Mock Meat Rendang (Vegetarian )

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Hello !!!!!!

It is the holy month of Ramadan . Dedicating this post to all my Muslim friends and readers who are looking for some yummy recipes for Iftaar. Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, improvement and increased devotion and worship. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam. The fast (sawm) begins at dawn and ends at sunset.Presenting a vegetarian version of the famous Rendang recipe which is a popular dish from Malaysia.

As a part of our 97th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Ramadan my contribution is this lovely vegetarian Mock Meat Rendang.

Recipe for Mock Meat Rendang recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

3 Tbsp desiccated coconut
2 Garlic cloves
2 Large White Onions roughly chopped
2 Stalks lemongrass, peeled and sliced
3 Fresh red chillies
2 Tbsp fresh ginger( grated)
1/4 tsp turmeric
Salt to taste
250ml Coconut milk

125ml water
½  tsp tamarind pulp, dissolved in 1 tbsp of  water
4 Star anise
1 Inch cinnamon stick

1 Pkt of Mock Meat (Made of Soya)
2 Tbsp fresh coriander, roughly chopped, plus extra to garnish

½ Tsp Palm Sugar

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METHOD:

Heat a wok, add the desiccated coconut and toast until lightly golden. Blend the toasted coconut, garlic, onions, lemongrass, chillies, ginger, palm sugar,turmeric to make a fine paste. Now heat some oil in the wok. Add the paste and cook for about five minutes. Keep stirring until you get the nice aroma.

Add the coconut milk to the pan, along with 125ml water, the tamarind and water mixture, star anise, and cinnamon stick and bring to the boil. Keep Stirring constantly to ensure the masala does not burn. Reduce the heat and let it  simmer for about five minutes. Then add salt and the mock meat pieces , coriander  and continue to cook the curry on medium flame  for another 10 minutes.

To serve, garnish with more fresh coriander and serve with piping hot Rice, Naan or Rotis.

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Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

BRAIDED MANGO DIP MINI BREAD(EGGLESS)

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Last week was hectic with lot of work load at work . I was eagerly looking for the weekend to relax . I have not baked for a long time. It is school holidays here and my boys were looking forward to having some homemade savory bread. Baking is always therapeutic to me and helps me to unwind and relax. I had some home made Mango dip or Thokku sent by mom in law.The mango dip was flown all the way from India. You can find the recipe for Mango dip /Thokku here.

I decided to bake yummy braided mini bread stuffed with home made mango dip . Tasted heavenly and was over as soon as it was out from the oven.

My Contribution for 96th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Baked my contribution is this wonderful braided Mango dip Mini bread. It is eggless too.

Recipe for Braided Mango Dip Mini Bread:

Ingredients:

2.5 Cups All purpose flour (Unbleached)

11 Gms (1 Sachet) Instant Yeast

1/4 Tsp Salt

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Cup Water

Mozzarella 1/2 Cup(Increase or decrease as per your taste)

1/2 Cup Mango Thokku / Mango dip

Method:

Heat water till lukeworm. Sift the flour in a large bowl. Add salt and instant yeast and mix well. Make a well in between the flour mix. Add luke warm water and oil and mix well. Knead for about 5 mins until the flour comes together to form a sticky dough. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and cover it with a clean Kitchen towel or Cling wrap. Place this bowl in the oven or any warm place for about 40 mins or until the dough doubles in size.

Once the dough has doubled remove the kitchen towel / cling wrap ,deflate it and knead for a minute. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts. Roll each dough into a rectangular shape. Spread the mango dip / Thokku ,sprinkle some cheese and roll the dough like a log and seal the edges. Slit the dough in to 2 equal parts with the thokku / dip stuffing facing the top.Seal the edges of both the pieces ,list one piece over the other and plait it like a braid. Repeat the process for the remaining dough.

Place the braided dough on a greased baking tray and form a circle with the braid.Pinch the dough and tuck the edges at the bottom. Allow it to raise for another 30 mins. I baked 3 pcs at one time. Now pre heat the oven at 190C for about 10 mins. Place the baking tray in the preheated Oven and bake for about 30 -35 Mins.

Serve hot with soup of your choice. My boys polished the braided mini bread and did want to have any soup.

A positive feedback and contentment on their faces made my day!!!!!!

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Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

BROCCOLI AND COCONUT RICE(NO ONION NO GARLIC RECIPE)

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Everyone is  busy with a hectic life style these days. We are always on the run juggling work ,family,home.When you are short of time to cook and still want your family to have a healthy meal, one pot meal recipes come in handy. They can be cooked in a less time and yet be a nutritious meal.I usually cook one pot meals on weekday morning. Best way to incorporate veggies into my family’s diet. Today i am sharing one such healthy and yummy recipe.

Broccoli is a powerhouse of nutrients.It is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Manganese.Broccoli has low content of carbohydrates, protein, fat, and dietary fiber.Coconuts are known for their great versatility, as evidenced by many traditional uses, ranging from food to cosmetics.They form a regular part of the diets of many people in the tropics and subtropics.Broccoli and freshly grated coconut make a great combo.

My contribution for our 95th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Onepotmeal is this yummy and healthy Broccoli and Coconut Rice.

Recipe for Broccoli and Coconut rice:

2  Cups Basamati Rice (each cup is 160ml)

1.5 Cups Broccoli florets( 1 cup is 250 ml)

3/4  Cup freshly grated Coconut (1 Cup is 250 ML)

2 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds

1/4 Tsp Pepper corns crushed

2 fresh Red Chillies

8-10 Cashews

2 Tsp Oil

Salt to taste

Method:

Soak Rice for about  15-20 mins.You can skip this step if you are short of time.

Make a fine paste of  grated coconut, red chillies and 1 tsp jeera and keep it aside. Do not add water when grinding.

Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add Jeera and then the broccoli florets. Keep in on medium flame for about 7-8 mins. Now add the coconut mixture , crushed pepper corns and mix well. Now add the soaked rice and salt to taste. Mix all the ingredients and switch off the flame. Transfer the contents to a electric Rice cooker and add the required amount of water.One done  garnish with roasted Cashews and serve hot with any Raita or Nonya Achar.

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Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

NONYA ACHAR (SIMPLIFIED)

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Pickles or Achar is very popular in Asian Cuisine. Today I am sharing a recipe which is popular to the Peranakan Culture mostly found in Malaysia and Singapore. Peranakan or Nyonya cuisine comes from the Peranakans who are descendants of early Chinese migrants who settled in Penang, Malacca, Singapore and Indonesia inter-marrying with local Malays and combines Chinese, Malay and other influences.This Vegetable Achar is quiet popular among the locals here.It is an easy recipe .You can make it at home and enjoy with local delicacies likes fried rice.

Recipe for Nonya Achar :

Ingredients:

250 Gms Cucumber

100 Gms Carrots

1 Tbsp Salt

75 Gms diced Pineapple

1.5 Tbsp Roasted Sesame seeds

For Rempeh / Masala

1 Small red onion peeled and roughly chopped

1/4 Inch Fresh Ginger

2 Cloves of Garlic

2 Tbsp Sunflower Oil / Vegetable Oil

4 Candle Nuts

1/2 Tbsp Chilli Powder

1/4 Tsp Turmeric /Haldi

75 Gms Castor Sugar

60 ML Rice Vinegar

Method:

Cut the ends of Cucumber and peel the carrots. Cut the Cucumbers and carrots 2 inch long and 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Remove the seeds of the cucumber.Place the cucumber and carrot strips in a bowl and sprinkle salt.Toss and allow it to rest for about 45 Mins.

Blend chopped onions, garlic cloves ,ginger and candlenuts to get a fine paste.Heat oil in  a pan. Add the onion mixture, chilli powder ,turmeric and saute on medium flame untill the oil starts to leave the sides and the raw smell is gone.Keep stirring and ensure it does not burn. Lastly add sugar and rice vinegar. Once the mixture starts to boil switch off the flame and allow it to cool completely.

Squeeze the excess liquid from the cucumber and carrot strips and place it in a dry bowl.Add pineapple cubes and roasted sesame.Now pour the rempeh and mix well. Transfer the contents of the bowl to a clean and dry container. Allow it to ferment overnight . You can then store it in a refrigerator. Always use a dry spoon when serving.

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Enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PISANG GORENG / FRIED BANANA

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Pisang gorengfried banana in Indonesian/Malay) is a very popular snack made of banana or plantain, covered in batter and then deep fried and is  mostly found throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand ,Singapore,Brunei and  Philippines. In Indonesia and Malaysia, pisang goreng is often sold by street vendors. In the Philippines, it is called by different names as it has different variations. Most street vendors will then sell it as is.These days Restaurants that serve pisang goreng present it in many ways, such as with icing sugar dusted, cheese, jam, condensed milk, or chocolate. People in some parts of Malaysia even have it with Soy sauce.In Suriname this snack is also known as bakabana (meaning baked banana in the local language). Pisang raja is a popular kind of banana used for pisang goreng.

My family loves this popular snack. It hardly takes 20 mins to prepare this wonderful yummy snack with basic ingredients in the pantry. I like to have it with cinnamon powder sprinkled on it or with Vanilla Ice cream  and no other variations.

Our 94th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme is #Snacks and y contribution is this yummy Pisang Goreng from my part of the world.

Recipe for Pisang Goreng:

6 Bananas peeled and cut into 4 parts each

330 ML (1 Can)Ice cold Soda water

3/4 Cup Self raising  flour (Unbleached)

1/2 Cup Corn Flour

A pinch of Salt

2 tbsp to add to batter + Oil for frying

Method:

Take a wide bottom pan and heat the oil for frying.

In a wide bowl add all the flours, salt and 2 tbsp sizzling hot oil and mix well. Now pour the ice cold soda water slowly and mix well until you get a lump free thick paste.The paste should neither be too thick nor too thin. Dip the banana slices and deep fry until they turn golden brown.

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Serve hot these crispy Pisang goreng with a hint of Cinnamon powder sprinkled or Vanilla Ice cream.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

MANGO AND CILANTRO DRESSING

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Summers are in full swing and the heat is unbearable. I am always thinking of quick and healthy recipes that can help me to be out from my kitchen as soon as possible. Apart from the heat, work at office is also hectic and drains me end of the day as i have been reaching home very late everyday. For dinner my family prefers to have a healthy salad that is filling too. My boys have rice or Chapati with any veggies as well. You can make the salad more appetizing by adding home made dips or dressing. Home made dips and dressing are always the best.

Our 93rd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme is  #Summerfruit. My Contribution for this wonderful theme is this versatile Mango and Cilantro dressing that is so finger licking good. I enjoyed this dressing with some papadums.

Recipe for Mango and Cilantro Dressing :

Ingredients:

1 Ripe Mango peeled and cubed

1/4 Unripe Mango peeled and cubed

1/2 Cup fresh Cilantro leaves

1 Garlic Clove

2 Sprigs of spring Onion finely chopped

2 Green Chilies (Medium Spicy)

1/4 Tsp Cumin / Jeera

Salt to taste

1/4 Cup fresh Lime juice

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

1/2 Tsp Freshly ground Black Pepper

Method:

Put all the ingredients except oil in a blender and blitz until smooth. Gradually add oil in batches. Puree thoroughly after each addition. Dressing will be thick ,creamy and light lime color.

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Store it in an airtight container and refrigerate. I make it in small batches regularly.

 

Enjoy this creamy dressing !!!!!!!!!

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MANGO YOGURT SMOOTHIE BOWL

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I was craving for some dessert this weekend. I had a few ingredients in my pantry and viola i came up with a yummy and healthy Smoothie bowl with the goodness of Mango , greek yogurt, honey and organic dried Mulberries.Yogurt is a staple at my place. An important part of our daily diet.

Yogurt is extremely versatile. You can dip it, spread it, freeze it, add fruit to it or eat it plain. Yogurt is often included on healthy food lists and for a good reason. Yogurt is highly nutritious and is an excellent source of protein, calcium and potassium. It provides numerous vitamins and minerals and is relatively low in calories. The difference between yogurt and Greek yogurt is that Greek yogurt is more creamier as it is strained thrice compared to the normal yogurt.

Here are some other ideas:

1.Make a breakfast parfait by layering yogurt, dry cereal or granola, and topping with your favorite fruit

2.Top waffles or pancakes with yogurt and sliced strawberries

3.Enjoy a mid-day snack by blending yogurt, fruit and juice to make a delicious smoothie

4.Dip raw vegetables in plain yogurt

5.Use yogurt for salad dressing and dips

6.Serve plain yogurt on quesadillas, tacos, soups and chili—as an alternative to sour cream

Today I am sharing a healthy recipe for Mango yogurt smoothie bowl which can be whipped up in just 5 mins and can satisfy your sweet cravings and hunger pangs.By adding some cornflakes or Museli you can serve it as breakfast too.

My Contribution for #92nd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #YOGURT my contribution is this simple and yummy Mango Yogurt Smoothie bowl.

Recipe for Mango Yogurt Smoothie bowl:

Ingredients:

1 Ripe Mango Pureed

4 Tbsp Greek Yogurt

6 Physalis (Fresh fruit)

10 Raisins

6 Almonds grated

10 Organic dried Mulberries

2 Tsp Honey

Method:

Add Mango puree , Greek yogurt,honey and blend to get a smooth paste. Pour this mixture in a bowl . Garnish with raisins,grated almonds, organic dried mulberries ,Physalis and serve as a dessert.

Enjoy this healthy and yummy no fuss dessert at the comfort of your home.

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