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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Apple Kheer

For today's 'fruit' based recipe, here is a very yummy dessert based on apple and it involves a simple preparation. I am sure that anyone with a sweet tooth would enjoy this treat, irrespective of their age. Any variety of apple works here as long as it is a sweet one. I have just used milk here and reduced it in quantity to get a thicker consistency but for a quicker and more decadent version, a small quantity of condensed milk or cashew paste can be added. It would make a great treat for gatherings as it can be prepared a day in advance or it can be a part of festive meal for a quick 'sweet' option.
Ingredients: (yield 2 servings)

1 small sized apple (1/2 cup grated)
1 to 2 tbsp. ghee 
1 & 1/2 cups full fat milk 
2 to 2.5 tbsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
1 tbsp. slivered almonds to garnish
* Peel and grate the apple.
* Heat ghee in a pan, preferably a non stick one and fry the apple on low flame until it softens, about 6 to 7 minutes. Transfer the cooked apple to a bowl and keep it aside.
* To the same pan, add the milk and bring it to a boil. Lower the flame and continue to heat it until the quantity reduces to about 2/3rds (about a cup), stirring intermittently.
* Add sugar and cardamom to the milk and stir until the sugar dissolves. Turn off the stove and stir in the cooked apple. 
* Either serve the kheer warm or let the mixture cool and chill it before serving. 
* Garnish with almonds or other nuts/ dry fruits of your choice.
These pancakes go to 
1. Blogging marathon #69.
2. 'Kids' Delight' event hosted by Varada this edition, with a theme of 'Fruit based Recipes'. 


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Eggless Multi Flour Banana Pancakes

These banana based pancakes are made with a melange of flours to up the nutrition factor. I tried to replace the good old APF with wheat, oat and amaranth flours here though any other flours can be substituted easily. The flours I used here do not affect the flavor of the pancakes at all and so, chances of these pancakes getting rejected by kids are not that much.

Ingredients: (Yield 6 pancakes)
1 tbsp. flax meal or 1 egg substitute
1/2 cup wheat flour
1/4 cup oat flour
1/4 cup amaranth flour
2 to 3 tbsp. buckwheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder 
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 mashed banana
2 to 3 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. honey
3/4 cup milk or as needed
1. Whisk flax meal and 3 tbsp. warm water together and leave aside for about 5 minutes.
2. Heat a griddle / non stick pan on medium heat such that a drop of water beads when dropped on it.
3. Whisk together the flours, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl. Whisk the flax meal from step 1, mashed banana, melted butter, honey and milk in another bowl. Combine both dry and wet ingredients and whisk the mixture to a thick batter of pouring consistency. 
4. Pour about 1/4 cup batter of batter onto the pan. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface and the bottom side turns golden brown. Flip the pancake with a spatula and cook for about 30 - 40 seconds more. Transfer onto a serving plate. Repeat the steps with the remaining batter.
5. Serve the pancakes warm with maple syrup or any sauce of your choice.

These pancakes go to 
1. Blogging marathon #69.
2. 'Kids' Delight' event hosted by Varada this edition, with a theme of 'Fruit based Recipes'.