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Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Snacks | 0 comments

Pepper Onion spread

Pepper Onion spread

What do you do with bunch of red bell peppers ? I love red bell peppers and I had bunch of them.It is a good problem to have but we were about to leave on long vacation and i was afraid it will wilt and go bad.So I roasted  the peppers and  froze them.You can freeze them without roasting but my oven was on, so I took advantage of it.One less thing to do later. When we got back, I remembered those peppers.I turned them into a simple spread. It is good as spread for crostini/bruschetta. We love this with grilled chicken. And when nothing fancy is available to spread on,simple cracker works too 🙂 It keeps well for at least a week in refrigerator.  You can add plum tomatoes to it while cooking, chopped basil in the end if you want to. I kept it simple and let caramelized onion and pepper shine through 🙂 Ingredients 2 roasted red bell peppers,sliced 1 medium-big onion,sliced 1 clove of garlic Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil Method...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Food-lens, Snacks | 2 comments

Ponk

Ponk

My aunt Rita sent me these fabulous pictures during last winter. As I looked these pictures after pictures, I was reminded how diverse India is.Though i knew of sorghum(‘Jowar’ in hindi).I didn’t know the unique way it is consumed in this part of India. So what is ponk? It is green immature sorghum grains. It is local to the area around Surat, ‘economic capital’ city  of  the Western state of Gujrat.It is available during winter months only. End of November to February.  Ponk, sorghum stalks are  ready for cleaning. It is roasted at the bank of river Tapti. Ponk grains are sorted out by the ladies.  This picture makes me very nostalgic.I see ‘soop’ ,’baskets’ and steel ‘Thali’. It reminds me how in villages, my grandmother and aunt  would do similar kind of thing with rice or wheat crop.Notice what women are using with both of their hands.I don’t know what it is called in english.We call it ‘Soop‘ in our home. Its light, woven thing women in India...

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Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Kids, missions, Snacks | 0 comments

Peanut Butter Candy

Peanut Butter Candy

Couple of morning back,as i walked by my kitchen counter,i noticed freshly opened peanut butter jar.I also noticed the tracks of small finger in  peanut butter.It was time to make peanut butter candy 🙂 Seems like Ugandan children like peanut just as much mine do. Not surprising knowing the fact that groundnut,as what peanut is called in Africa , is popular crop . Uganda has been in our mind for some time .We had the opportunity to watch  mwangaza  children choir on Resurrection Sunday at our church.Stellar performance. My daughter had the opportunity to briefly meet the sweet little girls who were part of this choir afterwards. So as we were making this candy, we were talking about that day. You should must use heaping help from your kids.Its a requirement.Mine had so much fun mixing and mesuring and rolling it into small candy balls.Of course followed by eating 🙂 It is super sweet and chewy. I keep it refrigerated so it stays that way. I used malted milk powder...

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Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Indian, Snacks | 0 comments

Crispy Fried Rice Flakes

Crispy Fried Rice Flakes

I had hard time naming this dish.In Hindi,it has a short name ‘chhana chura’.Indians are very hospitable by nature.By that i mean,if you are dropping by at someone’s house,you will be asked for ‘Chai'(tea)  to the very least,no matter what time of the day it is.After that comes the snacks.It could be store bought Indian cookies or homemade ‘halwa‘ or ‘nimki’ or anything else hostess may have to offer you.It is  considered very rude if you are not offered anything at all,when you are visiting somone. One of the snack,my mom would quickly make to serve the visitor was  crispy fried rice flakes.Indian houses in that part of the country where my parents live,rice and ‘chura'(rice flakes) is staple pantry items.It takes seconds to fry the flakes in hot oil and sprinkle it with salt.This quick salty snack goes very well with ‘chai’. I can’t say i can keep up with my mom in hospitality department to that extent.Back to my house,i didn’t had any visitor  but what i did...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Indian, Snacks | 2 comments

Samosa

Samosa

“Mom,why didn’t you pack Samosa in my lunch?” is what my daughter asked me couple of days ago after the school. And i said,”Honey,we didn’t leave any ,we ate it all.” Samosa is one of my most favorite Indian snack and i am so glad my family loves it  too.Particularly my daughter.Potato lover.Yes,she is my daughter 🙂After living here for decade,i had prepared homemade samosa only twice until now.That too when my sister visited and she prepared them.So you would ask,what took me so long to make samosa? It is little bit of work and i am lazy would be the simple answer.I am getting better about it.I have tasted samosa here couple of times,in fact everytime i am having Indian buffet,i have samosa in my plate.Though i like what i have eaten here but i can not simply put them even close to the category of what i have tasted back in India.In fact,i am bias to say that the great samosa are not even available everywhere in India.I have...

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2012 in Snacks | 0 comments

Apple Chips

Apple Chips

Since our girl has started kinder,i have been in a lookout for healthy snacks.She is awfully hungry after the school.Don’t  mistake me, i do send her with good lunch but just the long school day is good enough to make one hungry.I do not want to feed her empty calories ,though i certainly do that at times.Couple of weeks back we tried sweet potato chips.I was highly skeptical if they will like it.I was proven wrong,since they crunched it down. I was talking to my friend Melissa couple of days back and we talked about making apple chips.I can not keep our conversation out of food.Have you noticed?I had not thought about it.So this last Friday we gave it a try.This is what i have to say about it. It shrivels as it dehydrates so it was not very appealing to my 3 year old.I did a mistake to call it ‘chips’ and it does not fit his vision of ‘chips’,so he has not touched it yet but i will try...

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