Today’s lunch was awesome. After starting with my paleo diet, I have been missing some dishes and one among them is ven pongal. Here is my attempt at making ven pongal into a paleo dish with cauliflower rice. Cauliflower is a great boon for all those are avoiding rice in their diet. Either grate it or process it in food processor and you will get it in the consistency of rice. You can then cook it in microwave or steam cook it to get the rice like texture. And this rice can be had with any gravy of your choice or can be made into any favourite dish.
Coming to the third day of toasts, I have one more recipe for paleo dieters. The popular peanut butter cannot be consumed in paleo diet as peanuts are non paleo ingredient. But as almonds is a really good alternative, I made this spread using almonds. Usually nuts have a lot of oil in them and so if making flour out of them, you need to be very careful. Otherwise you will end up with an oily mess. But the same oily mess can be made into beautiful butter with the addition of a few more ingredients. Commercially available nut butters have sweeteners in them, but I am doing it sugar free as sugar in any form is a great no no in paleo. To make it to spreadable consistency, usually refined oil is added but being a paleo recipe, I have added coconut oil which gave a really good aroma to the almond butter. The amount of oil added depends upon how spreadable you need your butter to be. Processed almonds are used in the recipe. We are not supposed to consume almonds as it is. You need to soak them for 12 hours, wash and dry and then use in any recipe. Even almond flour is made with processed almonds.
For the second day of toasts, I made one for us. As Sruti was sick after all the travelling, I couldn’t make her any bread recipes. So I made a paleo recipe so that myself and hubby could taste it. I had bookmarked an almond flour bread recipe from Headbanger’s Kitchen long back, but didn’t get an opportunity to try it. And this theme was the perfect occasion to try. To the batter I also added some Italian seasoning to make it more flavourful. This recipe has an egg in it so if you are following veg paleo diet, please excuse me. As I wanted to add more protein to my diet, I have started consuming eggs in different forms.
I am so late in posting this week’s recipes, but it is better late than never. We usually don’t plan our holidays. Whenever we plan something, it never happens. So this week, we were little surprised when hubby asked us to pack for a trip. We nagged him about our destination, but he never gave it until we started our journey. It was Coutrallam this year. It is one of the places we have never visited and so both myself and Sruti were super excited. But sadly this was off season and when we reached Coutrallam, the place was deserted. There was no water in the falls. And the hotel where we stayed was also deserted. But still we went to visit the old Coutrallam, which was far from the main place where we were staying. There were hundreds of monkeys and only one vehicle apart from ours.
Peynirli Cicek Pogaca literally translates to Cheese Flower pastry. Pogaca are savoury pastries filled with cheese, olives and potatoes and available all over Turkish bakeries. They are enjoyed as breakfast or tea time treats. When I saw the shape of the breads, I just immediately decided to make it for this month’s #BreadBakers theme. The theme was to make a Mother’s day inspired flower bread. There are so many ways to make beautiful shaped breads and this is one of the easiest methods.
Empanadas are pastries or bread stuffed with meat or any other filling. This is a dish common in Spain and Latin American countries. It is either baked or deep fried according to the region it is served. These are so easy to pack and so makes a great snack to take on picnics. I am doing picnic hamper recipes for this week’s BM and this recipe is a part of the theme. As I mentioned earlier, you will be seeing international dishes this week.
Last month, I had so many hurdles and couldn’t even visit my blog regularly. But this month I am trying to get back on track. So I have enrolled for this month’s BM. The themes are quite interesting as always. For the first week, I have chosen the theme Picnic Hampers. So when you go on picnic, what can you take with you to fill the tummies of all the hungry family members. When I was a kid, mom used to make puliodharai and thayir saadam for every picninc we went. And after marriage, even my mom-in-law used to make the same combination. Looks like most of us have grown up with the same food. Even my daughter loves this food. So even I make the same when we go for a picnic. But what can we do if we want to make a change? Go for any food that is easy to pack and doesn’t spill or go bad in the journey. I will be sharing three international recipes which can be packed for picninc and I am sure kids would love it.
Every year we do a mega marathon during April and I enthusiastically signed up for it. It was my most favourite theme, A-Z bakes around the world. I had my list ready before 6 months, and started baking before three months and was done with nearly 13 dishes. But everything doesn’t happen as you plan. Infact, nothing happens as planned for me, so due to some personal hurdles, I couldn’t participate in this BM which I am still sad about. I have been so disinterested in blogging this month and have been in some kind of zombie mode for the past four weeks. I hate to do anything. And somehow I got my brain working and wanted to blog today. So here is my post which was supposed to be done for the first of this month. I hope to regain all my confidence to blog again.
After starting my paleo diet, the one thing I crave for is watermelon. Being in a weight loss diet, even fruits are prohibited, but if you are in for a life style change, then there is no issue with eating fruits. And for this summer, water melon can be the best fruit. So many times I see this combination of feta cheese and water melon, I used to wonder how it would taste like. And one fine day I had both the home made feta and some water melon and thought why not try it.