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Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in Snacks | 0 comments

Whole Wheat Cheese crackers

Whole Wheat Cheese crackers

Do your kids like gold fish,cheese crackers? Mine do.A LOT ..A LOT ..i might add. So i decided to make it a home,with my kids helping me through the process and we did.We made the dough,rolled it and cut it together.Princess crown,flower,cupcake,heart ,star and paws ,we cut them all.We followed this recipe. Verdict from my kids : Average.They liked it ok  but didn’t care for it as goldfish or other store bought crackers. What do I think about it? It is crispy and much more richer then regular goldfish cracker.Not as crunchy as store bought.It some what reminds me of my mom’s ‘nimki”.You can eat couple of pieces as Indians do with ‘chai’ or coffee in my case. Will I make it again?Yes time to time but not regularly.I might tweak the seasoning. I felt 15-18 mins is too long for such delicate pieces so i baked it for 10-11 mins.You must keep an eye on it as it will burn. Let it rest and crisp up after you...

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Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Indian, Snacks | 0 comments

Jhal Mudi

Jhal Mudi

Whats in the name? Lets go word by word.”Jhal” is a Hindi slang for “Very spicy” and “Mudi” is “puffed rice”.So basically spicy puffed rice.Not ‘chili’ spice necessarily but the blend of spices brought together for your taste bud in one bite. Visual which comes in my mind with ‘Jhal Mudi’ is back in the days,when we played out in the evening on the street with friends in neighborhood.As evening approached,you will hear the voice of a man,who is coming with the cart,yelling out ‘Jhal Mudi’ and ringing the bell.Then you run to your mom and ask if you can buy it.If answer is yes,then you wait for the ‘Jhal Mudi’ man to get close to your home,you tell him, what you want.He will quickly mix bunch of stuff while you watch and salivate.After he is done mixing it,he will fold a paper cone in a snap and pour the ‘Jhal Mudi’ and hand it to you,taking money in return.You walk back to your friends,to rejoin the game where you left,eating it as you walk.Sooooo...

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in Indian, Snacks | 1 comment

Indian Rice Crispies

Indian Rice Crispies

What makes it Indian Rice Crispies? The answer is simple.It uses Indian rice puff instead of traditional Rice crispies and Jaggery(‘Gur‘ in Hindi) instead of marshmallow. Couple of days ago,i went to India store and bought Indian rice puffs.I didn’t know exactly why i was buying it for that time,just that i will figure it out and so i did.I had a plan in place which i didn’t know about until i went to pantry that day and saw jaggery begging me to use it. With ‘Muri‘ and ‘jaggery‘ in my vision,i thought of what we ate growing up every year during popular Indian festival,which happens every year on January 14th-15th,”Makar Sankranti“.Every Indian festival has food associated with it,could you have guessed.?So with this ,it is what we call in Hindi “La-e”,a ball of Indian puffed rice mixed with Jaggery. Puffed rice as it is called in English,we call it ‘Muri‘ or ‘Farhi‘ in Hindi.It is impossible not to think of my grandmother,sitting by the fire,making these in a HUGE claypot or broken bottom “Ghada” as it is called. Indian...

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Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Snacks | 1 comment

Goldfish Croutons

Goldfish Croutons

I call it fake goldfish.Yup,thats what they are but kids don’t care.I wasn’t planning on faking it but what do you do with tons of leftover sandwich bread?We hosted anniversary party for my in-laws and catered the food.BBQ precisely.Obivious choice in summer,in Texas.It came with tons of sandwich bread.More then what we can eat so we had tons of leftover.So what were my options? Toast and make bread crumbs.Use it for topping,breading,dressing etc. Make salad croutons. Make fun croutons which kids can eat as snack.My kids love crunchy,crispy snacks,more so if it made with carbs 🙂 Here is what i did.Mine love goldfish snacks,so i chose to cut using small fish and color it yellow using  Turmeric spice.I had white sandwich bread but you can use bread of your choice. PrintGoldfish Croutons Ingredients1 bag of sandwich bread,sliced Toss in Olive oil Salt Turmeric(yellow color) Mediterranean spice mix Assembly Small fish cookie cutter or your choice of cookie cutter cookie sheetInstructionsPreheat oven to 350F. Slice each sandwich using your choice of cookie cutter.I...

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Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Breakfast, Snacks | 1 comment

Granola Cluster

Granola Cluster

Couple of weeks ago,i had the opportunity to help with  Vacation Bible School at the church we are visiting.If you know about VBS, you know it means early start in the morning.So some of the day,i may have coffee before i leave and if not,i would grab a bag of homemade granola to munch on the way.So one of that day,as i was munching,my friend,Keri, who i was helping,noticed and said,”You know what  i like better then granola? granola cluster,easier to eat on the go,we are always on the go.” She had a good point. So as you are reading this post,we are most likely on our road trip to the beach,praying that it doesn’t rain.Isn’t that odd that all the time that we are at home,praying for rain to get us out from drought,it remains dry as it could be and make a plan for beach and there is tropical depression forming in a gulf.We will take rain here in Texas anyday,not complaining.*Ahem*. I thought of Granola cluster for our...

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Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Snacks | 0 comments

Brown Rice balls

Brown Rice balls

What can you do with leftover rice? I have filled them up in burrito, used them in casserole dishes,have thickend the soup with them.If it is plain,then of course,you are limited only by your imagination.Best,if you can’t think of anything at that moment,then freeze them until you can figure out(just don’t take eternity !). One thing i had not played with yet was  rice ball.Not a new concept.Italian has baked arancini, Brazilian have fried ‘Bolinhos de Arroz’, Japanese have assembled ‘Onigiri’..different filling,different method and not necessarily made with leftover rice…common theme is shape and yumminess. We made Brown Fried Rice couple of days ago and we had leftover..and yes you guessed,i wanted to try Yummy Rice Balls this time. PrintBrown Rice balls Ingredients1-1/2 cup Brown Fried Rice 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1 egg Panko bread crumbsInstructionsIn a bowl,mix brown fried rice,cheese and egg. Make rice ball. Dust each ball in panko bread crumbs. Set it in refrigerator for 10 mins.It helps holding the shape while cooking. In a pan,heat 2-3 table spoon of...

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