Fig Halwa

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  • Lots of figs every day and so new recipes continue….best investment I ever made is fig tree. Doesn’t need any care at all and gives me plenty of fruits to enjoy in august.
  • That’s called “Effortless effort”.
  • Roast little rava in salt less butter or ghee. Puree fresh figs with just little milk. Once rava is roasted, add pureed figs and cook until all water was gone.
  • Add sugar (Figs are naturally sweet so need less sugar) and cook until all water is gone again.
  • Add cardamom powder and decorate with chopped nuts.
  • Turned out pretty good. A keeper recipe for lazy me since it was very quick.
  • Instead of cardamom, you can add fennel seeds too. Fig and fennel seeds is a very good combination.
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Instant oat besan khaman

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  • Oat helps in cholesterol, diabetics, high blood pressure, good fiber, iron etc etc. And i have bought a box so have been trying new things with oat.
  • Roast oat lightly for few mins and grind it. Take  1 cup oat  flour + 1 cup besan + 2 tbsp rava.
  • Add 1 spoon yogurt, salt , little turmeric powder, 1 tbsp oil and water. Make batter just like of khaman.Not too thin and not too thick. 
  • Add 1 tsp of fruit salt/Eno. Mix well and steam for 15-20 mins.
  • You can also add ginger, green chilli paste, lemon juice and little sugar just like khaman.  I had chutney to go with it so made it plain.
  • It tasted really good with my coconut chutney.
  • Am happy when my tummy is happy. How abt you?

Eggless pear ginger bread

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  • Who doesn’t love to bake breads? I love it. It’s very simple and fun. I like to try all different fruits in bread. Had never tried pear before.
  • I first googled and checked few recipes. They all are wonderful. But i like to make it egg less. So followed my own method of throwing things that appeals to me.
  • Here’s what i ended up doing. Chopped pear, marinated in sugar, butter , added some chia seeds and freshly shredded ginger. Also added mixture of homemade yogurt + milk.
  • Used half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose. Added baking soda, baking powder. Threw some golden raisins into it.
  • Generally when you bake egg less, it’s hard to slice. But I have observed that adding chia seeds bind bread nicely. Almost like eggs. Soak 1 tsp chia seeds in water or milk before adding to bread. They absorb so much water so if you don’t soak, your bread will be very dry.
  • Baked until golden brown.
  • Result is sweet pear ginger bread. Ginger gave it a very nice flavour.
  • Sweet start to saturday morning with a cup of hot tea and pear ginger bread.
  • We all have our favourite banana bread recipes so tweak it to include different seasonal fruits and stay in harmony with nature.

 

 

 

Spicy indian potato

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  • This is a very very easy no fuzz dish and done in microwave. And who doesn’t love potatoes?
  • Chop potatoes in chunks or slices or  whatever way you like. But try to keep it small else will take longer to cook.
  • I kept the skin on since potatoes are home-grown else remove skin. Not from my garden though. Coming from my mgr’s dad’s garden. Yes we @ work share our veggie bounties ,plants, recipes.
  • Take potato chunks into microwave bowl. For 1 small to medium potato, use pinch of  turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp red chilli powder(more if you like it spicy), 1 tsp coriander-cumin powder mix. Or 1/2 tsp cumin powder + 1/2 tsp coriander powder if you have them separate. Add salt.
  • Add good quality oil like olive oil, peanut oil or use butter.  1 or 2 tbsp depending on how much fat you want to add. Mix everything.
  • Microwave for 2 mins. Mix and microwave again for 2 mins. If not done, cook little more.
  • You can garnish with cilantro or green onion.
  • Enjoy !
  • Tip:  I always use glass bowl in microwave. No plastic in microwave for me.

Fig Pudding

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  • Fig tree is giving lot of figs so am trying to invent new ways to eat them. This turned out really yummy.
  • Blend half a banana  with 7-8 fresh figs and 1 tbsp of chia seeds. Chia seeds are good source of omega 3. 
  • Keep it in fridge for at least an hour. Top it with some almonds, pistachios.
  • All natural and still yum !