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Vettu cake is a simple evening snack. Its one of the most loved food in bakery by kids. Children’s will love it. You should definitely try this…
Maida- 0.5 kg
Sugar- 400 gm
Baking soda- 1 pinch
Ghee – 25 gm
Oil – few
- Take egg ,sugar , cardamom,baking soda in mixer jar and mix them well.
- Transfer the mix in a bowl and add maida ,ghee and some oil to the bowl and mix them well.
- Leave the mix for one hour.
- Then flatten the mixture and cut them to smaller pieces with a thick base.
- Fry the pieces in oil .
- Serve it in a bowl as a evening snack.
Nowadays, we could see only a minor volume of children’s playing outdoor games .We can see clearly point out that it is the video games that are depriving kids to go out and play. By only playing video games , their health is also becoming wasted.Sitting on a computer has made most of the kids to wear spectacles and there were also many cases which needs operations and other high on cost treatments.
What should parents do to reduce this harmful effects of gaming, which all of the kids are very much fond of ?
Restrict kids from having mobile phone or restrict the time period that they use to play. Buy mobile phones for them only when they reach the age of 18 or more.Speak to them and inform them how much harm is caused by playing games on mobile or laptop . Set the time to watch TV or use a mobile phone for your kids. Let him play some outdoor games or board games instead of the virtual ones .Also try to play with them to keep their attention towards outdoor games.Put up a password or lock pattern on your mobile phones or now you can also put fingerprint and never let your kid pick up your mobile phone without your permission. Never put television or video games in your kids’ room. Put them away in a separate room or say a common room or hall would be better . Strictly ask your kid to put away the phone or video game away while having a meal or doing any other tech-free activity. Never allow him to bring the mobile phone or video game in his bedroom.Sit beside your kids whenever he is using a mobile phone. Keep a watch whatever he’s doing. But not letting him know.
Never let your kid’s childhood be fully occupied by the technology. There’s much more out there with Mother Nature. And believe me, in those green lawns and soil, he’s going to learn better.Even the parents have to reduce the usage of cell phones , either you can switch to land phones when at home. Usage of phones in front of your kid also can create a hatred in their minds.If you could’t restrict them always try to avoid the harm by buying them protective glasses.But that’s not all a solution for it.You have to convince them to avoid it at any cost, because a healthy future is very much good than an a virtual pleasure in the present.
It’s the other kids, whose parents who weren’t tough enough and bought them one, who is fond of showing off with it and cause your kid to want it. At the end of the day, it’s us, parents, who are looking for an easy way out and that’s bit difficult considering time we could manage or other issues. Call me old-fashioned, but kids should be out having fun at playing outdoors and not slicing the fruit in “Fruit Ninja” all day at all. Kids should be playing basketball outside and not spending time “running” at “Temple Run.” I see less and less kids outside nowadays doing kid stuff and hanging around with friends; each one “buried” into his phone and of course this is not what childhood should look like.
kids don’t need a phone at all you can buy them tablet with WiFi only version for their studies .But still have restrict them from using that also as is could harm their eyes.
Almond biscotti are great side dish or dipper in coffee, tea or milk. Some people love to enjoy them by itself as a quick snack.
Biscotti are snacks with Italian origin. They are twice-baked biscuits which are oblong-shaped, made dry and crunchy through cutting the loaf of dough while still hot and fresh from baking in the oven. As they are very dry snacks biscotti traditionally are served with a drink, into which they may be dunked. You can learn more about biscotti and its influence on Italian Culture from this Wiki article.
Preparation of Almond Biscotti
- Sieve maida, baking powder and baking soda in a big bowl.
- Add rest of all ingredients in it and mix well.
- Knead a soft dough by adding water gradually into it.
- Prepare a log out of it and arrange it on a lined baking tray.
- Bake it in pre-heated oven on 180° for around 20 mins. Then after, transfer it to a cooling rack and let it cool down to room temp.
- Cut the log into slices of your preferred thickness.
- Bake them again in pre-heated oven for 10 more mins.
- Serve with a cuppa tea or coffee!!!
- You can replace almonds with any of your favorite nuts!!!
Thenga choru / Coconut rice was a popular Malabar rice variant before Biriyani conquered the Muslim kitchens. Its still prepared in most of the Kerala Muslim houses. Its even considered as poor man’s Biriyani. Now a days people serve thenga choru for small events / functions and get together.
Preparation of thenga choru
- Wash the rice well and drain it and keep it aside.
- In a mixer blend the grated coconut with water and extract the first coconut milk using a filter.
- Again blend the filtered residue with water, filter it again so as to make it approximately 6 glasses of coconut milk. Keep it aside.
- Heat a pressure cooker and pour the ghee and oil it.
- Add the green chillies, ginger and sauté it.
- Add the turmeric powder, curry leaves, cumin seeds and stir well.
- Pour the coconut milk and stir.
- Add salt.
- Add the drained rice to the boiling coconut milk and mix well.
- Close the pressure cooker with the lid.
- Cook it for up 2 whistles.
- Stir the rice when pressure goes out and let the flame in simmer mode to dry if it is wet.
- Serve it hot with beef curry, Mutton curry or chicken curry.
- It will taste better if you can serve thenga choru together with these side dishes Moong dhal curry, Mutton curry (or beef / chicken curry), Lemon pickle, Pappads and curd raita.
Share this recipe of Chicken filled Caterpillar buns or stuffed Croissant in Ramadan. Try it at home and let me know your thoughts on it.
Preparation of Chicken filled Caterpillar Buns
- In a bowl, add 1/4 cup of lukewarm water, dried yeast, 1 table spoon sugar and keep aside for 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, add flour, milk, oil, 1 beaten egg, 2 table spoon sugar etc. and mix with a spoon.
- Add yeast-sugar mix in and knead well with hands.
- Add luke warm water to make the dough a bit pliable. Knead well to get a smooth structure.
- Make the dough like a big ball and cover the bowl with a damp towel.
- Let it rest for 4 hours to double the volume.
- In the meantime, let us prepare the filling:
Cook chicken with a little pepper powder and salt. Shred it and keep aside.
- In a non-stick pan, heat oil and add sliced onion and saute in medium flame until light brown in color.
- Add ginger garlic paste, chopped green chillies, curry leaves and salt. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
- Add shredded chicken, chopped capsicum and grated carrot to it and cook for at least 5 minutes.
- Add chopped coriander leaves and sprinkle garam masala. Mix well and switch the flame off. Let it cool.
- Now lets work with the dough again.
Punch down the dough lightly using the palm and divide it equally.
- Clean and generously dust your workspace with flour. Roll out the dough into slightly think round shape and add the filling on one side and cover it to other side.
- Give some slits on the other side (Please refer the pictures) and fold the slits on the covered side just to look it like a caterpillar. Let it sit for another 10 minutes.
- Beat another egg in a small bowl and brush the buns slightly with a beaten egg. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
- Preheat the oven in 200 degree. Arrange butter paper on the baking pan and keep each buns on the paper leaving 2-3 centimeter distance.
- Bake the buns for 15-20 minutes or until the top portion is golden brown.
- Serve the Croissants warm!
- You can use anything like veggie, chicken, cheesy, tuna, etc for the Croissant filling.
By Athira Sooraj
Kozhukkatai is a traditional Kerala Christian recipe (particularly among the Syrian Christians) which were made during the time of Easter. Kozhukkatai is also one among the most popular Kerala sweet which is prepared from rice flour, grated coconut and jaggery. The dough for Kozhukkatai is made similar to that of Idiyappam.
This is a special recipe for Palm Sunday (In Kerala Kurutholla Perunaal).
- Preferably sieve the flour to remove the larger sized lumps.
- Add salt, ghee to water and boil it.
- Pour this water into the rice powder and knead well to make smooth dough, without lumps.
- Make big lemon sized balls out of this dough.
- Heat a thick bottomed sauce pan, add a spoon of oil / ghee and mix the grated coconut and cardamom powder.
- Roast it for some time and pour in the jaggery syrup.
- Keep it over the flame till the moisture dries up with constant stirring.
- Switch off the flame and transfer it to a bowl (optional)
- Spread a little oil on your palm and take a ball of dough and flatten in slightly (make it into 3-5mm thick and 6-8cm diameter rolls).
- Put a spoonful of the mixture (#7) in this and secure all the sides and roll lightly.
- Prepare the entire balls using the rest of the dough.
- Steam the kozhukkattas (in an idiyappam / idly maker) till done and serve them warm.
- Instead of ghee, you can add a teaspoon of oil also. This will make the dough soft and smooth.
- Keep the dough covered with a wet cloth all the time, to avoid the dough from drying out.
Erachi pathiri (fried bread stuffed with Chicken masala) is a traditional Muslim food item, which is very delicious, rich meat-filled pastry. Erachi pathiri is very popular in Malabar and through out Kerala during the period of Ramadan. We usually prepares it in all iftars. It is a meal by itself. You can use Mutton, Beef or Chicken for the spicy meat filling.
Erachi pathiri preparation
- In a vessel add the minced meat, add salt and turmeric powder and place it on the fire until it is well cooked and all the water has dried up.
- Pour oil in a pan and heat it.
- Add onions, ginger, green chilies, coriander leaves, garlic, curry leaves and mint leaves to the pan and saute it.
- When the onions turn brownish, add the cooked meat and saute well and keep it aside.
- Knead the refined wheat flour (maida), salt and water and divide it into small balls. Roll out each ball into small globes, roughly the size of a poori.
- Take some of the meat mixture and spread it on top of a pathiri and place another pathiri on the top, to cover it.
- Press and seal all the edges well.
- Beat the eggs, sugar and cardamom powder together in a bowl well and keep aside.
- Using a spoon spread the blended egg thoroughly over each pathiri (coat it well with the egg mixture).
- Add some oil into a second pan and heat it.
- Now take each pathiri and fry it on the pan.
- Turn it over as needed, until both sides are well cooked.
- Serve with tomato ketchup.
- While kneading the wheat flour, boil together water salt and 1tsp oil in low flame. So the dough won’t stick together.
Hope you all will try Erachi pathiri for this Ramadan and will let me know your feedback. If you are preparing erachi pathiri in a different way, do let me know through the comments below.