Ponnanganni keerai also known as dwarf copper leaf is a wonderful herb. I have always heard mom say that ponnanganni increases eye power. I always stock my fridge with some greens and when I saw these tender greens in the farmer’s market, I couldn’t resist buying. Instead of making kootu or mash or poriyal, I usually add them in other recipes where the dish actually masks the greens. Some of the dishes are pulao, adai, roti and sambar. This is mainly because my daughter is so picky when it comes to eating greens. This way I can easily feed her.
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So many of you were asking me about the meal plan I follow for my paleo diet. So I tried putting together some dishes so that it would be helpful for those who are new to paleo. These dishes are totally vegetable based and doesn’t even include eggs.
This cream cheese platter along with onions and cucumber makes a great snack option for your diet or you can serve it as a side dish for your lunch or dinner. However you serve it, it is so delicious and I am sure you will go for a second helping. I could just live off with this plate for weeks. I served it along with oven roasted veggies and pumpkin soup for my lunch.
I have stopped using store bough tomato ketchup as it is loaded with sugar. I have been off sugar for the past two months and so I had to look for a sauce recipe without the sugar which I could use as a dip. I used to make tomato ketchup at home before marriage, but I used to add a lots of sugar to it. So I had to change that recipe slightly to make it perfect for my current diet.
From my childhood days, I have been a great fan of puffs. The flaky crispy pastry with a savoury filling always makes my mouth water. When I was in college, we bought a small oven. We also had a book which covered all the basic baking recipes including the Indian bakery style puffs. I noted down the recipe and tried it. As you can imagine, it was a great flop. So from that day, I stopped trying puffs at home and enjoyed them in bakeries. After four years, I stopped eating eggs and completely avoided eating puffs at bakery.
For the final day of Chinese recipes, here is a delicious veg manchow soup for you. I am not a huge fan of soups. The only soup I make often is made with drumstick leaves and is often taken a a medicine than for fun. But after I shifted to paleo, I have been making soups daily and I am also enjoying it thoroughly. Most of my time in kitchen is spent in cutting vegetables. I use lots of cabbage, carrots and mushrooms daily and this soup uses all these veggies and makes a great filling meal. Yes, you heard it right, this is what I made for dinner. If you are serving it as an appetizer, then thicken the soup with corn flour. The amount will serve minimum six persons, but if you are having this as your whole dinner, then the given amount will serve only two persons.
I am back with the next Blogging Marathon week. This week, I will post three recipes which can be made for Kid’s birthday parties. Last week, I bought a mozarella cheese pack, and I wanted to use it in the snacks for this week. The first recipe is for calzone. Calzone are yeast breads, usually filled with sweet or meat fillings and are shaped like half moon. There is also fried version of calzone, where the prepared dough is fried instead of baking. Pizza calzone is a variation of calzone usually filled with pizza toppings.
If you are a regular reader, you might know that I am part of Bread Bakers group and we bake a bread every month on a theme selected by the host. This month it is Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories. And her theme for this month is root vegetables. We can bake any bread using any of the root vegetables like onions, shallots, carrots, ginger, turnips, radishes or potatoes. As I did a potato roll last month, I was looking for some other vegetable to be used. There is one recipe which is so famous among the BM group and it is Korean Onion Bread. Varada posted it first and Srivalli and Pavani also posted it. Even I wanted to try it. I loved Valli’s version of adding coloured bell peppers. And for the cheese, I used paneer instead of mozarella in the original recipe.
I came across bialys two years back while browsing for bread recipes and I was so impressed. There is some close connection between me and breads. I want to bake every bread in the world. I know it is impossible, but it is my dream to bake as much as bread I can before I die. Being crazy for breads, I selected bialys as the first recipe in my draft when I decided on the theme. These look so much like bagels but there are so many differences in the way they are shaped to the way they are baked. While bagels have a hole in the middle, these bialys have a depression which is filled with caramelized onions or poppy seeds. While the bagels are boiled and baked, bialys are just baked.
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.