27
Feb 19

Sweet potato mash with honey and butter

Toddlers/Baby recipe:

You may serve as sweet dish/dessert or regular recipe for all age group…

It was balmy winter evening when I was passing the street back home from station in Tokyo; highly pleasing delectable flavor of baking aroma was coming from a stall. When reached near the stall, I found that sweet potatoes were being baked. Japanese love to eat the sweet potatoes in both ways; savory and sweet. In Japan sweet potato is available almost whole year. Most of the Japanese sweet potatoes variety is sweeter than Indian counterpart.

I love to eat sweet potato and my husband like to eat the recipe that I am uploading today. The recipe “Sweet potato mash with honey and butter” is healthy and highly nutritious for toddlers/baby. They will certainly like the taste and smooth finish of this sweet potato recipe.

Very easy to prepare; just boil/microwave the sweet potato, peel out the skin, mash it and add some honey and dash of butter. In this recipe I grilled the sweet potatoes.

The benefits of honey, butter and sweet potatoes is good for vision and tonic for brain. Add little butter in the sweet potatoes to increase the absorption of beta carotene in the body.

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potato (shakarkandi/satsumaimo): 2-3 no. (Small size)
  • Honey: 2 tablespoon (as per taste)
  • Butter: 1 teaspoon
  • Ghee/oil: to moisturize outer layer

Preparation:

Wash and dry the sweet potato with kitchen towel, apply little quantity of ghee on the skin of it; Boil/microwave potato, keep aside. Here I used Japanese griller, which is very convenient, remove skin (outer layer) Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a mixing bowl put all ingredients into this bowl, mash all with the help of masher or hand.
  2. Mash properly more you mash better will be the taste as well easy to gulp for toddlers/baby.
  3. Sweet potato mash with honey and butter is ready.
Sweet potato mash with honey and butter
Ingredients
apply little quantity of ghee
apply little quantity of ghee
Japanese griller
grilled sweet potatoes
remove skin
adding butter & honey
Mash properly
Sweet potato mash with honey and butter
Sweet potato mash with honey and butter
Sweet potato mash with honey and butter

21
Feb 19

Avocado shake

Toddler’s recipe:

The recent day’s new mother is very aware about her baby’s food: she always plans to feed her baby a delectable, nutritious and healthy food. Avocado is called super food and comes under the category of healthiest food.

The Avocado shake is easy and quick to prepare recipe; adding honey gives the awesome flavor and health benefits; babies mostly like its light green color, kind of slippery, smooth and creamy texture, easy to gulp.

It increases brain power; good for toddlers, mothers and every age group. It contains potassium, vitamin A, B, C, E and K. Enjoy the look and taste…

Ingredients:

  • Avocado: 1 no. (Medium size)
  • Sugar/honey: 1-2 tablespoon (as per your taste)
  • Milk: 400-450 ml
  • Green cardamom: 1no. (Optional)
  • Ice cubes: optional

Preparation:

Cut the avocado into two halves: discard the seed, scoop out the pulp with help of spoon. Keep aside.

Method:

Take a grinding jar; put scooped Avocado along with 100 ml milk, green cardamom and sugar, blend it on medium speed till it become smooth, add remaining milk and ice cubes and blend them on high speed, Avocado milk shake is ready.

While serving in tumbler garnish with Avocado slices, as in the photo.

Avocado shake
Ingredients
Cut the avocado into two halves
put scooped Avocado along with 100 ml milk
scoop out the pulp
blend it on medium speed till it become smooth
Avocado shake
Avocado shake
Avocado shake
Avocado shake

21
Feb 19

Stuffed mashed-potato Poori (Stuffed mashed-Aaloo Poori)

We (my family and friends) love the recipe and have a special place in our hearts… and have confidence that it will be surely liked by guests too…it happened in last month when couple of my friends visited our place for lunch. I prepared many items but they liked it so much that after their 1st bite only they told me “this recipe alone is more than sufficient”.

Enjoy the weekends with delicious ‘Stuffed mashed-potato Poori (Stuffed mashed-Aaloo Poori)’as brunch …

 Ingredients:

For dough:

  • Aata (wheat flour): 1 cup
  • Maida (refined flour): 1 cup (optional)
  • Ghee: 2 tablespoon (for moin that is put it into dough itself).
  • Onion seed: half teaspoon
  • Carom seed: half teaspoon
  • Salt: half teaspoon.
  • Ghee/ cooking oil: for deep frying

For stuffing:

  • Potato: 200-250 gm
  • Onion: 1 no. (Medium size)
  • Ginger: 2” pieces
  • Mint leaves: 50 gm
  • Mustard seed: ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin seed: 1 teaspoon
  • Fennel seed: 1 teaspoon
  • Green chili: 1-2 no.
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  •  Chili powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Dry mango powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Kala namak (black rock salt): ½ teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Cooking oil: 1 tablespoon

For making dough:

  1. Take a wide vessel; pour Aata, Maida, 2 tablespoon ghee, onion seed, carom seed and salt. Mix well by rubbing between palms.
  2. Add water in small quantity and knead them, if required, put some more water till the dough becomes soft.
  3.  (The dough can be made in food processor also)
  4. Cover and Keep aside, to be used after 10-20 minutes.

For making stuffing:

  • Boil and mash potatoes, keep aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a fry pan; add cumin seed, funnel seed and mustard seed, sputter for few seconds, add chopped green chili, ginger and onion. Add salt, chili powder, mint leaves, dry mango powder, Garam masala and mashed potatoes; stir fry for 4-6 minutes, Keep aside .Now stuffing is ready.
  • Divide stuffing as well as dough into equal parts and make balls.

Method:

  1. Roll the dough ball in 2-3 inch diameter circle, place stuffing ball in the centre of the circle: fold it and seal the edges by pleating and join properly: now press this ball slightly with the help of palm.
  2. Again roll this ball into the wheat flour, roll the ball with the help of rolling pin gently, till  3-4 inch dia. Now raw Poori is ready.
  3. Heat oil in a fry pan on maximum flame (to check if oil is ready or not, put a little piece of dough in the oil it should come up slowly).
  4. Deep fry the poories on medium flame: after they start to puff; slowly turn over, fry till it becomes golden brown.
  5. Now, mouth watering Stuffed-Aaloo Poori is ready to eat with or without chutney as you wish.
Stuffed mashed-potato Poori (Stuffed mashed-Aaloo Poori)
Ingredients
add cumin seed, funnel seed and mustard seed
add chopped green chili, ginger and onion
Add salt, chili powder, mint leaves, dry mango
add Garam masala and coriander leaves
Add Garam masala and mashed potatoes
stuffing is ready.
Deep fry the pooris
Deep fry the pooris
Stuffed mashed-potato Poori (Stuffed mashed-Aaloo Poori)

19
Feb 19

Winter special

A traditional dish from Bihar cuisine “Pittha (Bagia)”; which is almost mandatory  for each and every house to cook in the Hindi month of poush ( month of December and January); especially in the new born baby house rather new born child’s first winter. Legend is that if baby’s heel is warmed with steamed pittha; the heel of the baby will never get crack throughout their life.

Traditionally the recipe is cooked and paired with kheer to show the respect to God. This is not only popular in Bihar, but the recipe is prepared in west Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura and  most part of the India with few variations.

The cuisine is also cooked in neighboring country Nepal and Bangladesh.

It is also associated with harvest festival; the recipe is made from new harvested rice. Cooking authentic recipe of pittha is tiresome job: start with soaking rice about 6-8 hours, sieve it to get rid of extra water further allow it to dry for 15-20 minutes; till wetness disappear, then milling (grinding) it to prepare the flour.  Traditionally with stone grinder but now a day’s rice flour is readily available in the market, however the taste of the flour grounded at home is far better than readymade flour.

The pittha is then steamed on the hay put in the earthen pot of boiling water. The yummy-yummy piping hot steamed pittha in winter is so delicious. I will never forget that childhood taste, which my grand-mother cooked and treated the family in chilly winter nights.

Now, the recipe made with readymade flour, which is easily available in the store. There are many variety of pittha depending upon the region; but roughly it is of two varieties; plane and stuffed. The stuff can be sweet or savory.

Chana dal pittha is a traditional variety of north India: in this recipe the outer layer is made from rice flour and stuffing is chana dal with spices.

In sweet variety the stuffing can be fresh/dried coconut, sesame, dry fruits, flax seed, khus-khus (poppy seed), jeggery/ sugar etc.

In royal variety the stuffing can be dry fruits, khoa; which is boiled and cooked into milk, also served as a sweet dish ‘the delicacy in mithilanchal region’.

In savory variety too the stuffing can be pulses, vegetables, sesame, flax seed, khus-khus etc.

Now I come to the point, how to prepare it, traditionally it is prepared from rice flour, but you can prepare with wheat flour too. It can be made any time of the year and served in many ways: eating during breakfast or as a snack with tea or meal. You can slice them then fry it and serve.

Enjoy the easy, delicious, and good for health recipe.  Serve with ‘suran pickle’ or any chutney. The taste is awesome; have already linked the recipe, just clicked below…

  1. Royal Khoa Pittha (Khoa stuffed rice ball or traditional Bihari dumpling)
  2. Pittha (rice roll or traditional Bihari dumpling)
  3. Chhath pooja pittha (rice ball or traditional Bihar dumpling)
Royal khoa pittha
Royal khoa pittha
pittha traditional bihari dumpling
pittha traditional bihari dumpling
chhath pooja pittha
chhath pooja pittha

17
Feb 19

Avocado salsa

This recipe does not need cooking, easy to prepare in minutes and the taste is highly pleasing… Avocado salsa…wonderful recipe…

This is relished as side dish with just dal-chawal or it can be served with Indian chapatti and toasted bread as well. You can serve this with potato chips, biscuits and papad followed by evening tea. 

Avocado is very healthy and nutritious, good for every age group. It contains potassium, vitamin A, B, C, E and K. I used extra virgin olive oil which is rich in omega 9; helps to boosts skin elasticity and prevent dryness. Enjoy the look and taste…

Ingredients:

  • Avocado: 2 no. (medium size)
  • Tomato: 2-3 no. as per taste
  • Onion: 1no. (Medium size)
  • Ginger: 1 inch piece
  • Green chilly: 2-3 no.
  • Coriander leaves: 50 gm
  • Lemon: 1 no.
  • Salt: 1teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Olive oil: 1tablespoon

Preparation:

  • Chop the onion, tomato, ginger, green chili and coriander leaves, keep aside.

Method:

  • Cut the avocado into two halves: discard the seed, take out the pulp with help of spoon. (Shown in the photo) put them in a mixing bowl. Add chopped onion, tomatoes, ginger, chili, coriander leaf. Mash the all chopped ingredients and avocado pulp with the help of masher/hand. Add salt and olive oil mix well.
  • Avocado salsa is ready to serve with salted biscuits.
Avocado salsa
Ingredients
Chop the onion, tomato, ginger, green chili and coriander leaves
Cut the avocado into two halves
take out the pulp with help of spoon
discard the seed
Add chopped onion, tomatoes, ginger, chili, coriander leaf
. Mash the all chopped ingredients and avocado pulp
Add salt and olive oil
Avocado salsa
Avocado salsa