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Homemade Granola!!

Homemade Granola!!

Hi everyone…I am glad to be back blogging, I hope you’ll are doing well, I am doing good too.

Let me start with saying this – Why didn’t I did this earlier?. Seriously this the first thing came in my mind after trying out this homemade granola. It’s delicious and so easy to make that you will never go back to the boxed cereal. It was my first time making granola and I’ll be sure to do it again.  This homemade granola is that good and ADDICTIVE! This homemade granola is a wonderful mixture of grains, nuts, fruits and hint of chocolate.

Don’t feel intimidated by the long list of ingredients, it is all just measure, mix and bake and the delicious results are very well worth. It’s also a fun recipe for kids to help measure and mix. On top of that what I like the most is you can substitute whatever ingredients you like… the kind of flavor you want to add (or not add), and which ingredients you have on hand.

I love this in a bowl of yogurt and some berries on top. On the other hand hubby likes to have this with cold milk or just as a snack. And to my little one he loves to pick all the cranberries and chocolate chips when he sees the jar open…:)

Homemade Granola!!

Homemade Granola!!

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil, vegetable oil,or canola oil
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup dried fruits (such as cranberries, cherries, chopped apricots, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips(I have used both white and dark chocolate)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  •  Combine oats, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and mix.
  •  In a small bowl, whisk honey, oil and vanilla extract together until combined. Pour over dry ingredients and mix well. Spread mixture evenly onto prepared baking sheet and bake for about 20-25 minutes, stirring and re-spreading a few times with a spatula, until entire mixture is medium golden brown. Watch carefully, it burns quickly and will brown first in the corners and on the bottom.
  •  Remove the granola from the oven and allow to cool on wire rack, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the apricots, cranberries, cherries and the chocolate chips.
  • Store the cooled  granola in an airtight container in refrigerator. It will keep for several weeks. Enjoy!!
Homemade Granola!!

Homemade Granola!!

Poha

Posted: May 11, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Poha

When we get bored having cereals and bread for breakfast every week days, i make this simple and easy breakfast called Poha which is a flattened rice or dried rice flakes. My mom use to make this for breakfast or for evening snack to go with a hot cup of tea/chai.  Flattened rice is also called Chiura/Chiwda and we use to eat chiura  in different ways, by  immersing the rice flakes in cold water, drying them and eat with freshly prepared home made yogurt and sugar or fry the chiura’s in couple of tablespoons of  oil until golden brown and mix it with fried peanuts, chopped red onions, chillies, lemons and some indian mixtures. Flattened rice/Chiura is the ingredient from which we can put or prepare a fast snack.

Poha

Poha

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups Flattened rice/Chiura
  • 1/2 cup peanuts and cashews
  • 1  medium sized onion, cut in slices
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 small potato, cut into small cubes
  • 1 green chilli, de-vined and chopped
  • 1  teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 8-9 curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries to granish
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • salt to taste

 

PREPARATION:

  • Soak Flattened rice/Chiura in water, wash and drain the water completely and dry for 5-7 minutes.
  • Roast peanuts and cashews with little bit of oil over medium heat and keep it aside.
  • In the same skillet heat oil over medium heat, add mustard seeds and let it gets splutter. Add onions and green chillies and cook until the onions are golden brown.
  • Add potatoes, turmeric powder, salt and curry leaves and cook until the potatoes are done.
  • Mix in the soaked poha/flattened rice/chiura and stir well.  Pour lemon juice over the poha and mix well.
  • Garnish with cranberries, roasted peanuts, cashews and corainder leaves to serve.

Shrikhand

Posted: April 29, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Uncategorized
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Mango Shrikhand
On one weekend we bought this frozen Mango Shrikhand of Rajbhog sweets from indian store and it was so delicious like heaven. Each spoon was full of  taste real yum,  I decided to try to make this dessert at home. So, got the ingredient and tried making this delicious dessert at home which require no cooking, just combining the ingredients together and who-la-la you have a wonderful mouth watering dessert ready.

Shrikhand

Shrikhand

Receipe Yield: 4 serving

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups greek yogurt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup mango pulp
1/2 teaspoon Cardamom powder
3-4 strands of saffron, soak in 2 tablespoon of whole milk
1/2 cup crushed pistachois, cashews and almonds(almost powdered)
sliced almonds for garnish

PREPARATION:

Take the strands of saffron and soak it in milk and keep it aside.

Mix well the yogurt with sugar using a hand mixer about 5 minutes.

Add mango pulp, cardamom powder, soaked saffron and crushed nuts and mix all together.

Pour it in individual serving dish and garnish it with sliced almonds n strands of saffron.

Chill it for atleast an hour or two before serving, so the shrikhand gets the time to set.