Appetizers and Snacks

Samosa Galette ….

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Samosa Galette ..
Galette is a term used in French cuisine to designate various types of flat round or freeform crusty cakes usually filled with a sweet or savory filling..

Samosa galette is less fussy than a traditional samosas and offers crisp crust. The flavors can be kept hot , medium or mild according to your taste and mild it can be a great way to introduce Indian dishes to your family and friends ..

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So lets Transform one of the most favorite Indian street food into this Galette which is so much easier than making the traditional, triangle shaped samosas which are deep fried.

Bringing these super easy and delicious galettes to Angie’s Fiesta Friday #108 which is comhosted this week by Suzanne @ apuginthekitchen and Zeba @ Food For The Soul.to share with fellow bloggers ..
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1 box Pie Crust OR frozen puff pastry
OR
For the home made crust

For the pastry:
1 1/4 cups (160 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
8 tablespoons (115 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces and chilled
1/4 cup (60 grams) plain yogurt / curd
2 teaspoons (10 ml) fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup (60 ml) ice water
1 tablespoon milk (for brushing the dough right before baking)

Ingredients For the filling
4 medium potatoes
1 tablespoon oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seed, crushed
1/4 cup chopped onion
2-3 finely chopped green chiles or to taste
¼ cup frozen peas, thawed
2 teaspoons ginger, grated
2 teaspoons cumin powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tbs cilantro leaves, chopped

Directions

To Make The dough:
1.Stir the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Sprinkle bits of butter over dough and, using your fingertips, work it into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal, with the biggest pieces of butter the size of tiny green peas.
2. In a small bowl, stir together yogurt , lemon juice and water and add this to the butter-flour mixture.
3. With a wooden spoon, mix in the liquid until large lumps form. Pat the lumps into a ball.
4. Create a disk with the dough, wrap it in plastic wrap then let it rest for an hour or up to 2 days.

Lets Prepare The Filling Now

1. While the dough rests, boil water and cook potatoes until they are fork tender .
2. Once cooled, peel the potatoes and roughly chop them.
3. Heat oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add the cumin and coriander seeds and cook until they start to pop.
4.Add onions to the pan and saute until it starts to brown. Add green chilies and ginger and saute for a minute more.
5. Stir in the cumin, garam masala, turmeric, salt and potatoes, .
6. Cook until heated through. Add the lemon juice and cilantro .
7. Let the fillings cool completely.

To Make The Galette

Preheat the oven to 375F.
Roll the dough to 1/8th inch and transfer into a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Gently spread the filling on top of the rolled dough
Fold the pastry edge up and over to create a 2-3 inch border. Gently brush the top with milk.
Bake for 45-50 minutes until slightly brown.
Transfer the pan to a rack and let the galette cool. Serve it warm or at room temperature.

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Cooking is like love: It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” — Harriet van Horne

 

Tandoori Gobi / Gobi Tikka Masala ….

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Tandoori Gobi / Gobi Tikka Masala
My family loves eating cauliflower and the never seem to have enough of it , that is the reason I am always on a look out for new recipes around gobi … This Tandoori Gobi Tikka is a super simple and yet super delicious variation & can also be described as Succulent pieces of cauliflower marinated in tandoori spices.
You can use the same marination for any vegetable as well as non veg of your choice like like Potatoes , paneer , mushroom , chicken etc. to tickle your taste buds ….

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Preparation Time: 15 mins
Marination time 30 mins
Cooking Time: 15 – 20 mins
Makes 4 servings

Indigents
1 medium Cauliflower cut into medium pieces ( around 4 cups )
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Water for blanching cauliflower
Oil for basting the cauliflower
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For the Marinade
1/4 cup Gram flour / besan
1/4 cup yogurt
2 tsp Kasoori methi / dried fenugreek leaves optional
1 tsp Garlic paste
2 tsp Ginger paste
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tbs tandoori masala
1 tspGaram masala powder
2 tbs Lemon juice
1 tbs oil
Salt as per taste
Lemon wedges and finely chopped cilantro for garnishing ..

Method

1. Boil five cups of water with 1/4 tsp turmeric powder in a large deep pan. When water starts boiling add cauliflowers in it.
2. Boil the florets f or five minutes. Drain and run under running water to stop the cooking .
3. In a large bowl add the blanched Cauliflower along with all the ingredients mentioned under marinade and marinade for minimum 30 mins ..
4. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.-200 *C / 360- 400 *F
5. Bake the cauliflowers in the preheated oven basting at least once in between . Cook till done ..

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Serve tandoori cauliflower garnished with lemon wedges and chopped coriander/ cilantro leaves.
Serve these with toothpicks as Starters or with Rotis / Puris / Parathas to make a quick working lunch.

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Cooking is like love: It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” — Harriet van Horne

Oats, Spinach and Yellow Moong Kabobs…..

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
–George Bernard Shaw

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Oats,Spinach and Yellow Moong Kabobs.. Diabetes Friendly Thursdays

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Creating Recipes with a Cause!
I am a proud DFT blogger. To learn about DFT, Click on the picture above ..

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and not knowing what to cook for your loved ones can be challenging at times..
Celebrate the Valentines Day with Team DFT’s Weight Watchers and Diabetes Friendly Appetizers…

These days everyone looks forward to Valentine’s Day ,but when you have diabetes it becomes difficult to celebrate a day which is mostly focused on sweets. Chocolates and rich desserts and food that are commonly eaten on Valentine’s Day, which mostly leave people with diabetes feeling like they cannot participate in the festivities.

You can still celebrate without having to go overboard on unhealthy foods. One just needs to remember that the occasion is more about celebrating with loved ones and not gorging on food ..

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These power packed oats , moong and spinach kababs are not only delicious but are packed with all the goodness of protein as well as fiber in each and every bite and hardly takes less then an hour from start to finish ..

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Cooking Time : 25 Min
Makes : 15 -20 Bite size kabobs
Serves : 5- 6 people

Ingredients :
1 Cup parboiled yellow moong dal
1/2 Cup quick cooking oats
1 cup finely chopped fresh Spinach leaves
1/2 Cup finely chopped onion
3-4 finely chopped green chilies or as per taste
1 tsp finely chopped ginger
Juice of a lime or 1 tbs
1 tsp chilly flakes or as per taste
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
Salt as per taste taste
1 Tablespoon oil + 1 tsp ( all will not be used )

Procedure :

TO COOK THE DAL
Add 1/2 cup of washed moong daal along with 1 cup of water and 1/2 tsp Turmeric/ haldi powder and salt as per taste In a big enough pan and bring to a boil .
Cook till all the water evaporates and dal is softer
Cool and keep aside
In a blender take the cooked and cooled dal along with the oats and pulse them 2-3 times making sure that it does not turn into a paste ..
Dal and oats needs to be coarse

In a bowl mix blended dal and oats along with spinach and rest on the ingredients and 1 tsp oil
Mix all ingredients well
Take a small portion of mixture on your hand and form small bite size kababs
Get all the kababs ready
Heat a pan ( non stick , iron , hard anodized ) and cook kababs on medium heat with a teaspoon of oil till kababs and nice and brown and cooked from both sides.
Serve along with mint chutney and lemon on the side ..
You can even sprinkle some chaat masala on top of the kababs to give it a little tangy flavor …

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Lets look at the benefits of the ingredients used in making these kababs ..

Oats
Oats and oat-enriched products have been proven to control blood glucose and are helpful in the treatment of diabetes.
DiabetesNet.com advises that foods such as oats have a lower glycemic index and help to balance glucose levels for better diabetes control and prevention of related complications. Oatmeal has this effect because it increases the viscosity or thickness of the contents of the stomach, slowing digestion and prolonging the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. This also gives the body a stable, long-term source of energy.

Moong Dal/Pulses
Pulses help people control blood glucose
Pulses have a low glycaemic index, making them excellent sources of carbohydrate in the diet of those affected by diabetes.
Including pulses in the diet helps control blood glucose and insulin levels. Pulses have other positive health effects, like reducing blood lipids. This may help to prevent some serious complications of diabetes.
Pulses are valuable additions to a modern diet because of their good taste, convenience, and nutritional role in managing and preventing diabetes.

Spinach
This low-carb veggie is a wise addition to a diabetic diet because it’s loaded with folate, beta carotene, iron, and vitamin K. To get the biggest nutritional punch, ditch the canned stuff and buy it fresh or frozen. Fold steamed spinach into an egg-white omelette at breakfast or toss fresh leaves in a healthy, low carbohydrate salad at lunch or dinner.

Disclaimer

I am not a nutritionist or dietician. My knowledge and information is based on my research and reading from different resources. Please consult your doctor or dietician before making any changes to your diet.

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FOR MORE DIABETES FRIENDLY RECIPES,CLICK ON THE LINKS BELOW

  1. Grilled Spicy Paneer Skewers By Sonal
  2. Black Chickpea Falafel Bites by Parvathy
  3. Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers By Apsara
  4. Cajun Cauliflower Bites By Sarika
  5. Zucchini Boats By Suchitra
  6. Dhaniya- Methi Muthiya By Swati

“Cooking is like love: It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” — Harriet van Horne

Chocolate Chip S’more Dip… Super Bowl Sunday

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Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner ..
Have you Got your game face on to host a Super Bowl party for die-hard fans; and those there just for the ads ??

This time I am bringing something sweet to the super bowl potluck table which will please both the kids and adults alike ..This Chocolate Chip S’more Dip is divine, smooth and creamy and the best part Is you can whip it out on a short notice. It only takes under 30 minutes to whip this up and people love the gooey, chocolatey, marshmallow taste.

Bringing this dip  for Sonal’s Super Bowl Collective Post ….

lets get down to the recipe without wasting anymore time ..

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Chocolate Chip S’more Dip

Serves 8-10 y

Ingredients
1 , 8 ounce block of cream cheese at room temperature
1 stick of softer butter (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup mini chocolate chips

1 cup small Marshmallows ( optional )

Preparation

  1. Mix together cream cheese, butter, powder sugar, vanilla and brown sugar with an electric mixer.

2.   Stir in chocolate chips.

3.Next arrange marshmallows on top of the dip and char them a       little with the help of a torch .. ( The dip tastes divine even without the Marshmallows )

Serve with animal crackers Nilla ,graham cracker ! tea biscuits, or other cookies to scoop up this delicious dip.

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I am bringing this dip to Fiesta Friday Which is co-hosted by Little Sweet Baker and Foodie On Board.

Pull Apart Savory Monkey Bread …

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Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner …..
Have you Got your game face on to host a Super Bowl party for die-hard fans; and those there just for the ads ??

Today I bring to you Pull apart Monkey bread which is quick to prepare and touch down worthy ….
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Monkey bread is quick and easy to prepare thanks to Store bought biscuit dough … I have dipped the dough in melted butter and then rolled in 4 different herbs, cheese and spices ..
This recipe is adapted and inspired by Food Network Channel courtesy of Patrick and Gina Neely… I have made a few changes to the original recipe and added combo of herb , cheese and spices …

I have used a 9 Inch bundt pan for this bread , however you can use any cake pan you have with you…
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Serves 8-10
Preparation time 15 -20 mins
Bakes in 30 -35 mins
Oven Temp 350*F

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, melted, plus 4 tablespoons, melted, for brushing
1/4 cup finely grated cheese of your choice ( I used Mexican blend )
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup taco seasoning or any seasoning of your choice
1/4 cup cinnamon sugar OR any other seasoning of your choice
4 (7 1/2- ounce) cans store-bought buttermilk biscuits
Any dipping sauce of your choice

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Preparation
1. Adjust the oven racks to the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Brush Bundt pan liberally with 4 tablespoons melted butter.
2.Cut each biscuit in half and roll into a ball. Dip each biscuit ball in butter, then roll in desired coating. Arrange biscuits in the pan so that the various coatings are alternated.Repeat with the remaining biscuits until you have filled the pan ..( The balls of dough should overlap each other )
3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes OR until biscuits are done and surface is golden.
4.Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Run a soft rubber spatula around the edge of the pan to loosen any stuck cheese.
5. You can either separate the balls individually OR Allow guests to use their hands to break off a roll to enjoy.i

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I am serving My Monkey bread with Market Bought Marinara sauce as well as Nacho Cheese …

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Bringing this Monkey Bread recipe for Sonal’s Super Bowl Collective Post ….

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