Palak Paratha Recipe Spinach Flatbread

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Hello, hope you all having a fine day! So spinach, do your kids like it? My daughter doesn’t, and since the favourite cartoons have changed these days she doesn’t care for the line, “Popeye eats it to become strong!” Anyway there is only one way I can get her to eat spinach, it is through this paratha I make. It is very simple to make too. So here is the recipe:

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Ingredients:

Spinach 3 bunches, coriander (optional) 1/4 bowl,

Spices: Garam masala, 1/2 tsp, cumin powder 1/2 tsp, coriander powder 1/2 tsp, Dry mango powder 1/2 tsp, turmeric 1/2 tsp, garlic paste.

Regular flour (chapati atta) – 3 bowls,

(Optional) Rice powder or Refined Flour (All purpose flour) 1/2 a bowl

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Salt to taste, Oil. Take off the stems off the spinach and chop the veggies, it is okay if it fine but even if it is not it is okay. Some people prefer to add this tender chopped spinach to the dough but I find that sauteing it a little bit helps to blend it better. So we saute the veggie in 3 tsps of oil, first add the garlic, then the veggies, then add all the spices cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric, and dry mango powder and mix well. (You can eat this as a vegetable with a regular chapati!)

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Put off the stove flame, cover it with a lid and let it sit. Take off the cover and mix the flours in veggies without adding any water at first. Blend the veggies as well as you can with the flour and add water only when you start kneading. When the dough kneaded well add a bit of oil to it and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

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Then take a bit of the dough and roll it on your palms and flatten it a bit. Then with a rolling pin start rolling the dough into round parathas. You don’t want them as thin as chapatis, they should be thicker. Heat a pan and roast these parathas well.

Serving Instructions: Serve hot with ketchup or boondi raita.

Boondi raita: Just mix the store bought boondi into yogurt that has blended into a buttermilk like consistency.  Most store bought boondis have salt but if not you may have to add it. Add red chilly powder and chat masala if you think it is too bland.

It also tastes very well with chole (chana).

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Bread Pan Pizza Recipe

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There are times when we just want to have a pizza but don’t have the pizza base at home and don’t want to buy from the outside. In such a scenario the humble bread will come to your rescue. Here is a simple recipe for a pizza that tastes as good but is so easy to make.

Ingredients:

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A pound of sliced bread,

Capsicum 3-4, tomatoes 3-4, onions 2-3,

Sauce of your choice,

Oregano two tsps.,

pepper half tsps.,

oil, salt to taste,

mozarella cheese just lots of it!

Procedure:

Chop all the veggies. Saute them in some oil. Add the oregano, pepper and sauce. We usually don’t saute the pizza toppings but since this is a pan pizza we will need to saute them a bit to break their crisp. Toast the bread into a crisp consistency. Spread the topping and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese. Heat it for a minute on a pan or microwave. And enjoy!

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Schezwan Veggie Rolls

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So this is the first time we will be participating at the school fair. I had a rough plan to make cookies and cakes for the same but I was wondering if I could make something spicy or savory because that is the sort of food people would probably prefer at such an event. Eventually I settled for sauteed paneer, Schezwan Rice and Schezwan Rolls. I haven’t shared it here so here we go.

I have always loved the Chinese cuisine, but what I also love is the Indian twist we give to the traditional Chinese dishes. Here is how the Schezwan dumplings got a veggie, fried twist (perhaps our logic is why make something healthy when you can fry it?) Here is how I made this Chinese dish with its many twists.

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Ingredients:

For the dough:

Refined flour 3 cups, butter 2 tsps, cumin powder and salt.

For the filling: Green bell pepper 3-4, Cabbage: 1/4  kilo, Onion 2-3, Cheese: Mozzarella 2-3 cups Schezwan Sauce (I prefer Ching’s Schezwan Chutney)

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Knead the dough by first mixing the dry ingredients, then mixing the butter and then water for a soft but still roll-able consistency. For the filling, just julienne the onion, bell pepper and cabbage, saute in a wok, and add the grated Mozzarella Cheese. Then add the schezwan sauce and mix.

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Roll the flour into small puris, you can dry flour if the butter doesn’t allow you to roll them. Add spoonful of the filling and wrap the dough into a roll. 

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Shallow fry them and serve them hot.

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Dry Fruit Banana Milk Shake – 4 ingredients

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Soon it will be the time of sultry heat. It means hot lazy afternoons and time for milkshakes and ice creams. But instead of buying them from restaurants whip up some easy ones right at your home.

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Ingredients:

Cashews, Almonds about a fistful,

bananas 2-3

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2 glasses of full milk,

Sugar or honey,

Optional: Cardamom powder to sprinkle.

Blend the cashew and sugar into a fine powder, leave the chunks if you like them. Peel and mash the bananas with your hand and add them to the blender. Add the milk and give a quick whisk.

Pour the milkshake into the glasses and sprinkle the elaichi and serve. Desserts are such a treat but this one is great because it is so healthy and so easy to make.

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Easy Cake with Leftover Bread

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My family has a limit to how much bread they will eat. So every now and then we are left with a pound of bread.Of course, I am left to wonder what to do with it. So, this time I thought let me try to make some cake straight out of this bread.

So I made the bread crumbs and for the rest of the ingredients I used the things I would have used for a regular cake.

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Ingredients

Bread Crumbs 

2 Eggs

3 Cups of milk / Cream (optional)

1 tsp of baking powder, 1|2 tsp of baking soda

6 tsp of ghee or butter melted

Tutti Fruity (optional)

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Whisk the milk and the sugar, and when the sugar dissolves add the eggs and whisk into a frothy consistency. Melt the butter and add it to the liquid. Add the bread crumbs and the tutti fruity. Butter the cake dish of your choice. I used the baking sheet because I wanted to give it the flower shape. Pour the batter in the baking pan.

Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 180 Celsius, and bake the cake for 20 minutes for 180 degree celsius. Cool it and using a cutter of your choice cut them into shapes you like.

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Apple Kheer Recipe

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Here is a recipe that is as regal to taste as it is easy to make, Apple Kheer. Since apple is not my most favourite fruit I did not expect it to become my favourite dessert. Here is this simple but very delectable Apple Kheer Recipe.

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Ingredients : 3 Red Apples

Kaju katlis 5-6

6 cups of Whole Cow Milk or 5 cups of regular milk and Full cream 1 cup

2 cups of sugar

Few saffron strands

ghee 5 tsps

Dry fruits of choice

Peel and grate the apples, sieve the excess water from the apples. Heat the ghee, roast the dry fruits till they change colour. Add the grated apple and sauté it till it loses all its crispy moist quality and gains a soft soggy brown look.

Pour the whole milk and keep stirring on sim till it blends in. If you do not have whole add the full cream at this point. Let it cool down and after it cools down add the sugar. Stir the sugar till it mixes. Take a few strands of saffron and add it to 3-4 tsps of hot milk. It starts losing colour, add this saffron to the Kheer.  Heat it up and serve with puris. Or chill it in fridge and have it as dessert.

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Happy Mongo Books

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I am back with my second instalment of Happy Mongo and their fun learning education series. As I have said before Happy Mongo is a tool to develop a child’s speaking, listening and reading skills. They also have lessons in Mathematics and General Knowledge.

I have tried their lessons on the website, the ones on listening are the best showcase of what can be achieved through the fun learning method. Besides developing the listening skills, it is an excellent exercise for the concept of comprehension, which sets apart the reading activity from understanding. If you are confused I want to remind you of the old pedagogical learning method from earlier Indian schools where students “rote-learned” their lessons without any understanding of what the lesson intends to convey.

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I have their book in my hands now which is as creatively compiled as it is simplistically put. They are marked for 6, 7, 8 year olds. On first glance, it looks slightly easy for the age group but as I browse through I understand the intent, that is make the child’s foundation stronger. 

I can give you one instance to make my point clear. I remember my own childhood when I had trouble learning mathematics, especially, “Multiplication Tables!” To me it appeared like a random matrix of number that for some reason we had to, to use a very Indian term, “mug up”. Now when my daughter is receiving a much better education I can see how a better education is made better, they SIMPLIFY! For instance, when my daughter started learning her multiplication she was told a simple fact, this is Repetitive Addition. Some people who may have been good at Math may wonder, “Duh! What else did you think it was?” But for someone who did not naturally have a flair for Math, it was not apparent to me.

That is what Happy Mongo Learning intends to do, but they also add the element of fun and storytelling to each of these lessons so that it does not seem like a chore to the student.  

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The books combine the web-based learning tools for Speed Reading and Listening lessons. These books are also a great way to understand where your child stands in understanding what they have read and how fast they can grasp information.

My personal experience is, my daughter finished the book in about an hour and she seems to enjoy the online “games” as she calls them, more. I am loving these books too and their web-based lessons too, especially speaking because it is more than just Grammar and Diction, it also teaches a bit of  oratory skills such as enunciation and intonation. Stay with me while I continue to explore their books more.

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