Vegan Carrot halwa

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This recipe was posted in February 2017. I am reposting some of my old but true and tested recipes.

Carrot is a very versatile vegetable. You can make stir fries or curries, salads, carrot cake or baby food. When I was a kid, I was told to eat carrots. I was told that it is good for eyesight. It is very high in Vitamin A. (For more information and health benefits check http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=21).

 I was always proud of my eyesight and always thought it was because of the carrots I ate. Unfortunately, today, even with all the carrots I eat, I need reading glasses. 😦

I love carrot halwa, but can’t eat it most time since one of the main ingredient other than carrots are milk. So, I make my own. I usually substitute milk with soy milk. Today, I have used almond milk instead. Try it and let me know, how it tastes. As I am writing this post, I am enjoying the halwa, not too sweet, just right and delicious!

Ingredients:

4 cups grated carrots (around 1 Kg)

2 cups almond milk (or soy milk)

6-7 tbsp sugar (according to taste- you could add more)

1/2 cup cashew nuts

1/4 cup raisins

1/2 tsp cardamom powder

1 tbsp oil or ghee

Directions:

In a heavy bottom pan, add the oil or ghee. To it, add the cashew nuts and fry till golden brown. Add raisins and fry for thirty seconds. Remove and keep aside.

In the same pan, add the carrots and fry for 5-6 minutes. 

Add milk and let it cook on a slow flame till most of the liquid evaporates. Add sugar and cardamom powder mix well till the liquid evaporates. 

Add cashews and raisins and mix. Serve it hot or cold.

Enjoy!

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Leftover Fries Frittata

What would you do with leftover fries? You could fry it again or crisp it in the oven, or make a frittata. I have made frittata before with noodles, mushrooms or sliced potato. When I googled ideas for leftover fries, I saw ideas for frittata. Threw in a few things together and a dish is made! You can follow the same recipe and instead of fries, you can add leftover noodles or thinly sliced potatoes.

Ingredients

1 tbsp vegetable or olive oil

1 1/2 cups french fries

1/2 onion, chopped

1 green chilli , chopped (optional)

3 eggs

salt and pepper to taste

2 slices, ham or smoked turkey (optional), chopped

2 tbsp goat cheese or mozzarella cheese (optional), crumbled or grated

Directions

Chop the fries

Heat skillet and add oil

Spread fries on the skillet and and let it sit on medium flame for a few minutes to crisp up

Beat eggs and other ingredients together

Pour on the fries and let it cook

Slowly flip. I usually cover the skillet with a plate and then flip. Then slide the frittata back

Cook till golden brown

Slice and serve with a side of vegetables or some salad

Enjoy!

Peach Cobbler

I bought some beautiful peaches from the farmer’s market. I used some for salads and made a dessert with the rest. It is a really easy dessert to whip up. I don’t know why I never made this before. This recipe has no eggs, so a good dish to make if you want an egg-free recipe. I had this recipe in a recipe book which I wanted to try but never had peaches. When I got the peaches, my cook book was packed up. I remember the picture in the book, it was beautiful; peaches sliced perfectly and laid out perfectly. My dish is more rustic, may not be a great photograph, but really tasty. This recipe was inspired by tastesbetterfromscratch.com


Ingredients

3 peaches (I would try it with ripe mangoes too)

¼ cup sugar

1 tbsp brown sugar

A pinch of cinnamon

A pinch of salt

3 tbsp butter (could substitute a vegan butter)

For the batter

½ cup whole wheat flour

½ cup sugar (I used 1/3 cup brown sugar and the rest white sugar)

1 tsp baking powder

¼ cup milk (I used almond milk)

a pinch of salt

1 tsp cinnamon powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 350º F (180º C)

Place peaches in a pan of boiling water for a minute. Immerse it in cold water and peel the peaches or use a peeler

Slice into wedges

Add it to sugar and cinnamon and salt in a pan and cook till sugar dissolves, 4-5 minutes

Chop butter and put in an 8 inch pan. Place in oven till butter melts

Take the pan out

Mix ingredients for the batter except the cinnamon. Add batter to the pan, over the melted butter and spread it

Spoon the peaches and the juice into the pan

Sprinkle with cinnamon on top and bake for 40 minutes. The batter rises to the top giving a rustic look

Serve warm with ice cream, whipped cream or just as is.


Stir fry Dumplings/ Momos

Last week I bought some chinese dumplings. They used to be something I liked to eat as a snack. The last ten years in India I was introduced to momos, they are tibetan dumplings and were available everywhere, small stalls outside supermarkets to restaurants and I loved them.

My friends Angie and Upesh invited us for dinner and made momos. They make some of the best, tasty momos. After eating their momos, everything else paled in comparison. If I had their momos, I would just eat them plain.

Once, in a small food truck, I ate momo chilli fry. This can be considered an indian-chinese dish. I tried making something similar but added more vegetables to make it a wholesome meal and easy one to make on a weekday. I found some enoki mushrooms which I used other than the button mushrooms. You could use any dumplings you choose, vegetarian or otherwise. I love adding dumplings/momos to soups in the winter too.

Ingredients:

8-12 momos  / dumplings

½ large onion or 1 medium onion

1 tbsp chopped garlic

½ tbsp chopped ginger

1 carrot – sliced lengthwise

5-6 broccoli flowerets

4-5 mushrooms, sliced

Capsicum/ Green peppers – ½ to 1, sliced

Baby corn (optional)

Green chillies (optional)

Soy sauce approx. 1 tbsp

Red chilli / siracha sauce approximately 1 tbsp

Rice wine vinegar 1 tsp

1 tbsp vegetable oil

Spring onions- 2 tbsp chopped

Salt to taste

Directions:

Heat oil in a pan or wok

Add momos/ dumplings and pan fry them. Remove and set aside.

In the same pan, add a tsp of oil if required. Add onions, garlic and ginger and fry till golden. Add green chillies if you want it extra spicy. I did not add it.

Add veggies (choose 2-3 vegetables of your choice) and stir fry till crisp. I usually add mushrooms first and cook and add the others later so they do not get overcooked.

Add sauces and salt. Be careful with the salt as soy sauce has salt. Also, different soy sauces have different sodium levels.

 Add the dumplings/ momos and stir fry.

Sprinkle chopped spring onions and serve hot as an appetizer or a main. Enjoy!

Stir-Fried Okra with Peanuts

Okra is called ladies finger in India, maybe because it is slender and long. In hindi it is bhindi, in malayalam and tamil it is vendakka and kannada it is bendekai. When I was a kid, it was considered a ‘super food’ and good for the brain, my mom would say.

Okra has a bad rap for its sliminess. But there is a way to cook it properly and not have the sliminess. I had written about it sometime back. Here is the link. https://chaiwithpreethi.com/2018/10/19/vendakkai-pachadi-okra-in-a-spicy-tangy-coconut-gravy-why-is-okra-slimy-and-what-can-you-do-science-in-the-kitchen/

I ate this dish sometime back in Telengana and have tried to recreate it. It is crispy and spicy with a hint of sourness. Try it, you will love it.

Be sure to first wash the okra and wipe it dry. Cut into pieces and if you have time, spread on a sheet and leave it out for couple of hours. Some people also vouch that microwaving it for a few minutes does the trick.

  • 250 grams okra, cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal
  • 1 pinch asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
Directions
  • Roast peanuts and keep aside
  • Heat oil in pan. Once hot, add mustard, urad dal, asafoetida and curry leaves
  • When mustard splutters, add onion and ginger and fry till golden brown
  • Add okra, salt and fry till crisp. Add spice powder and mix
  • Add peanuts and saute for a few minutes
  • Turn off the stove and add lemon juice and mix well.
  • Serve hot