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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!!

Garam Masala which is a hindi word where garam means hot and masala means spices. It is a basic blend of spices very common in india and other South Asian cuisines. The spices in a garam masala differs according to region and personal taste. Basically the common ingredients are black peppercorns, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, whole cloves, green cardamom seeds, black/brown cardamom seeds, dried bay leaves and cinnamon sticks. Garam masala is pungent but not hot as chilli peppers.

This highly aromatic seasoning serves as an all-purpose blend in Indian cooking, seasoning non vegetarian and vegetarian dishes . Often it is sprinkled on the top of dishes towards the end of the cooking process to preserve its special flavor.

You can get garam masala in every grocery store these days but I like to make my own masala at home which allows me to control the ingredients  according to my taste . Garam masala is like any other recipe. It is very easy to put together and once you do it you are not going to get the packed ones from the stores.

Freshly ground garam masala can be stored for up to 3-4 months in an air-tight container in your pantry.

Garam Masala

Garam Masala

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 4 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon black pepper corns
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 6 large black cardamom
  • 5 green cardamom pods
  • 2  cinnamon sticks
  • 3-4 dried bay leaves

 Method:

  • Heat a skillet and carefully dry roast all of the above ingredients on low flame. Stir once in a while.
  • Once the spices are roasted, turn off the flame and let it cool.
  • Once cooled, grind them all together to a fine powder in a clean, dry coffee grinder.
  • Store in an air-tight container in your pantry and use as needed.
Garam Masala

Garam Masala