After a week of simple egg recipes, I am back with paneer recipes for this week. For the first week if you have noticed, I used paneer as cubes in all the recipes, and this week it is all about crumbled paneer. When I started paleo, I used to make so many variations with cauliflower. But after some months, I became allergic to cauliflower and so I was searching for other options to mimic rice varieties and that is when paneer came to my rescue. This week you will be seeing six recipes which have been created as substitute for rice varieties. Let us start with my favourite pongal. Kara pongal is one dish I can have any time of the day, but it is full of carbs and even the sambar we serve as the side is also full of carbs. For a low carb diet pongal can never be tasted. But what if I crave for pongal? This is what I came up with on a day and when I served it along with garlic chutney it was a super hit at home. Usually we don’t use cashew in cooking as it also has carbs, but for pongal I couldn’t make it without cashews. So I used just three cashews to make this, but still its crunchiness added to the taste. Do try this to know what I am talking about!
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I am sure every one knows what sevai is. When we were kids, rice sevai was prepared at home but nowadays it is easily available ready made. My mom used to make so many varieties of sevai and awe her guests. Even I used to make it but Sruti didn’t show any interest. So I stopped making. But once I bought store bought sevai and made some varieties with it and she loved it. So nowadays I don’t prepare it at home. I just go and buy the ready stuff. It is quite easy to make and saves you lot of time. I have already posted lemon sevai and masala sevai previously. When I chose the theme lunch box recipes, I decided to make one sevai recipe for this. And here we are with a really simple but delicious sevai recipe.
New month and new themes in BM. For the first week of BM I have chosen Kid’s lunch box recipes. So what is a cranberry muffin which is usually served for breakfast doing in lunch box series? Let me clear your doubt. When Sruti started her sixth standard, her school timings changed. She is supposed to be there in the bus stop by 7 am. At first she had so much trouble adjusting with the timing. But now she has got used to it. As 7 am is too early for breakfast, I usually send her breakfast in lunch boxes. Yeah, I only send her breakfast. Her school canteen takes care of her lunch. So I decided this recipe would be apt for those who are like me, who send their kid’s breakfast in a lunch box.
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.
My daughter loves chocolate in any form and I have been depriving her for some days. I am trying to avoid giving her anything loaded with butter, sugar and chocolates and she is really very much sad. I don’t give her the cakes I make and those cakes are not for us to taste. So she has been craving for something chocolate for weeks now. For the past four years, she has been bragging about my baking to all her friends and teachers, that when ever I visit her school, her teachers would let me know about that. Last year they invited me to show how to bake a cake for their 3rd standard students and this year they want me to do a recipe on no fire cooking.
When I come to the end of any mega marathon, I get a feeling of accomplishment and content. So on the final day of this mega marathon, I am so happy that I could give you all a month long treasure trove of recipes which was loved by all in the family. And September also marks the birthday of my beautiful blog baby. She is my younger child as I have given so much attention which I usually give to my daughter Sruti. And my blog turned 6 this month on 17th. I wanted to make a celebration post but couldn’t do it as I was so busy with posting other recipes. So I decided to make the last post of the month as a celebration post.
For the Lacha Paratha, I made this delicious rich Palak Paneer as the side dish. Served with some onion rings and lemon, this makes an absolutely inviting meal. First I planned on making this for dinner, but in our house we are so used to light dinners, I finally postponed it to the next day morning. This also went into Sruti’s lunch box. The idea of making palak paneer came to me when my friend Rashmi asked me about the recipe. Only then I found that I haven’t blogged about it. For the Punjabi theme I selected for this week, this would be an apt dish to make. The secret of maintaining the green colour of the gravy is in making the dish without tomato paste and red chilly powder. While cooking any greens, the pan should be open to preserve the green colour. That happens to be true even in cooking palak / spinach.
Today we start another week of Blogging Marathon. For this week, I have chosen to do three rice dishes. I have tried so many rice dishes, some one pot meals, some mixed rice and one or two layered rice. This week I need to make three dishes using all the three techniques mentioned above. For the first day, I am making an one pot meal. This thengaipaal saadam / coconut milk rice is very easy to make and is so mild in taste and would be perfect for kids. If serving adults, serve it along with a spicy gravy and onion raitha.
I am doing a month long A-Z Tamil recipes marathon and today is the day of the alphabet J. The only ingredient that came to my mind for J was Javvarisi which is nothing but sago or sabudana. No one at home is fond of javvarisi and so I don’t usually stock it up. As far as I know in Tamil cuisine, javvarisi is used in payasam or vadagam. My mom used to make payasam combining both javvarisi and semiya/ vermicelli. That would taste so nice, but after marriage, as my hubby was not a fan of javvarisi, I just started making payasam only with vermicelli leaving out sago. So this is the first time I am making payasam out of javvarisi in these 11 years.