Two-way Vegan and Gluten-free Oatmeal Recipes

How about trying a vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free recipe? I’m sure at this moment just one thing strikes your mind. Will this vegan recipe be boring or tasty? Well, it simply depends on the cooking method and the ingredients you use to either kick a recipe or make a recipe yet bland. Let’s try both the sweet and spicy versions of healthy oatmeal. This breakfast recipe is definitely going to add some sweet and spice to your life keeping the health factor in consideration.

Sweet Vegan Oatmeal Recipe

Vegan Sweet Oatmeal for Breakfast

Vegan Sweet Oatmeal for Breakfast

Ingredients:-

1/3 cup Water,

1/3 cup rolled Oats,

2/3 cup Almond Milk,

1/2 sliced ripe Banana,

1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon,

Strawberry as Required,

1 tablespoon Ground flax,

2 tablespoons Chia seeds.

Preparation Method:-

    1. The night before: Grab a medium bowl and mash the banana until smooth. Now stir in the chia, oats, cinnamon, milk, and water until combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
    2. In the morning: Scoop the oat mixture into a medium pot. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat immediately to medium-low, and stir frequently until heated throughout and thickened. At the end of cooking, stir in flax.
    3. Pour oats into bowl. Garnish with your desired toppings!

Vegetable Oatmeal Recipe

Vegan Spicy Oatmeal for Breakfast

Vegan Spicy Oatmeal for Breakfast

Ingredients:-

2 cups Oatmeal,

Salt as Required,

150 gms Carrots,

Water as required,

1 large size Onions,

50 gms Green peas,

1/4 tsp Black Pepper,

150 gms Runner beans,

1/2 teaspoon Garlic paste,

3 tablespoons Cooking Oil,

1/2 teaspoon Ginger paste,

1/2 teaspoon Mustard seeds,

Quarter tsp Turmeric powder,

Coriander leaves for garnishing,

1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder.

 

Preparation Method:-

  1. Boil vegetables, except onions with half tsp of salt and bit of black pepper. Keep it aside and let it cool.
  2. Cook oatmeal in two cups of water in a non-stick saucepan. Bring it down till the desired consistency is achieved. Heat three tbsp of cooking oil in a frying pan.
    Once the oil is heated add mustard seeds. Allow it to crackle. Add ginger and garlic paste to it and stir fry until it turns light brown. Then add diced onions to it, till it turns golden brown.
  3. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder to the sauteed onions. Cook for one minute and then add the boiled vegetables and oatmeal into it. Add salt as per taste. Stir for 1 minute. Remove from flame.
    Serve hot!

Enjoy healthy diet!

 

 

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Celebrate Chinese New Year with Traditional Almond Cookies

Chinese New Year is here! There is gonna be lots of firework in China, symbolizing the festive spirit. It is believed that Buddha invited all the forest animals to invite him on a particular day. Twelve of them appeared and Buddha named a year after each one of them. New year calls for a huge get together and Chinese food is my all time favorite. People pay a visit to each other’s house, share meals, gifts and of course happiness.

Crunchy Cookies!

Crunchy Cookies!

In Chinese culture, red color is considered sacred. It symbolizes fire, which means bad luck is driven away. People wear red color garments, children write short poems on red paper. Children are given luck money in red envelopes. In ancient times, the tribals lit up bamboo stalks. They believed this would drive away the evil spirits and that they can lead a peaceful life. So lets pay a visit to our friend’s place with a box of traditional almond cookies.

Ingredients:-

1 pinch salt,

100 ml corn oil,

1 beaten egg yolk,

150 gm plain flour,

100 gm caster sugar,

100 gm ground almonds,

100 gm blanched almonds,

3/4 teaspoon baking soda,

3/4 teaspoon baking powder.

Preparation Method:-

1. Sieve the flour, caster sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Add the ground almonds to the flour and sugar mixture.

2. Slowly trickle in the corn oil to this bowl. Blend until a cohesive dough forms. Heat the oven to 180 D.C. Roll the dough into small balls, place almonds above them and press a bit as shown.

3. Place on a baking tray. Make cookies until all the dough is used up. Lightly glaze the top of the cookie balls with the beaten egg yolk.

4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the cookies become slightly golden. Leave to cool. Enjoy the homemade cookies.

Enjoy the Year!

Enjoy the Year!

Happy New Year!

Rebel Wilson and her Love for Pavlova

Rebel Wilson, the 28 year old Australian actress, writer and a stand-up comedian, flew home for celebrating Christmas with her family. Neither did she prepare turkey nor honey glazed ham, but was seen munching on the traditional Pavlova or ‘Pav’. This is well portrayed on social sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The recipe has a crunchy and crisp outer-shell and is soft and moist from inside. The texture makes me crave for it right away. I love authentic recipes. Hope you enjoyed Chocolate Lamington.

Yummy Pavlova

Yummy Pavlova

Did you know that Pavlova has a historical significance? Pavlova is a dessert. It is named after a famous Russian ballet dancer called Anna Pavlova, when she visited Australia. There is yet a long story behind this. Pavlova makes a great summer dessert in entire Australia and New Zealand. Different fruits added to this recipe, give a colorful topping thereby making the dessert yummier. So let’s celebrate Australia day with authentic Pavlova.

Rebel Wilson enjoying Pavlova

Rebel Wilson enjoying Pavlova

Ingredients:-

16 Egg Whites,

2 diced Kiwi fruits,

A pinch Cream of Tartar,

300 ml thickened Cream,

1 1/2 cups Caster Sugar,

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract,

250 gm diced Strawberries,

Mint leaves for Garnishing,

1 tablespoon Icing Sugar mixture.

Preparation Method:-

1. Preheat oven to 120 D. C. Line a baking tray and baking paper. With an electric mixer, beat egg whites until stiff peaks are formed.

2. Now add caster sugar. Beat until the sugar dissolves. Then add cream of tartar. Beat for 1 minute.

3. Spoon mixture onto circle. Using a spatula, shape into a circle as shown. Make furrows. Bake for 1 hour or until firm. Turn off oven.  Allow to cool.

4. For the cream, using an electric mixer, beat cream, icing sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.

5. Place the cool pavlova on a serving plate. Top with cream mixture, mint leaves and fruits as shown. Serve.

Happy Australia Day

Happy Australia Day

Enjoy Australia Day!

Celebrate Australia Day with Traditional Chocolate Lamington

Australia Day, falling on January 26, has become nation’s largest annual public celebration. It brings together Australians from all walks of life. Make sure to grab your spot along the streets of Australia to cheer the bulk parade participants. It’s the national day and ultimate time to celebrate with classic and traditional dishes. Australia has a rich variety of food and drinks. Last year, I shared with you Australian Cocktails and I’m so glad that everyone loved to dance with those drinks.

Yummy Chocolate Lamington

Yummy Chocolate Lamington

This time I’ve come up with the traditional dessert called Lamington. Lamington are squares of sponge cake that are dipped in melted chocolate and grated coconut. Lamingtons are usually made up of stale cake. I have used fresh cake. So the trick is to freeze it. After this, dip the lamination when it is slightly frozen. Though I am equally fond of strawberry and raspberry flavor, this time I tried Chocolate Lamington. You can also add in strawberry cream in between the cake as I have done. 

For the Cake:-

3 eggs,

1/4 cup milk,

1/2 cup sugar,

1/4 cup cornflour,

3/4 cup self raising flour,

3 teaspoons melted butter.

For Icing:-

1/2 cup milk,

3 1/2 cups icing sugar,

1/3 cup cocoa powder,

2 teaspoons melted butter,

2 cups desiccated coconut for coating.

Preparation Method for Cake:-

1. Preheat oven to 180 D.C. Now grease and flour a square shaped cake tin. Take a bowl. Beat eggs, sugar, butter and milk in it. Sift this mixture in flour and cornflour mix. Mix until well combined.

2. Pour the mixture into the greased tin. Bake in preheated oven until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Bake time is 25-30 minutes.

3. Allow to cool. Cut into smaller squares. Place in the freezer until it begins to harden, for 1 1/2 hours, uncovered.

Preparation Method for Icing:-

1. Stir butter, milk and cocoa powder, together. Then stir in the icing sugar.

2. Dip frozen cake squares into icing mixture and then into grated coconut.

3. Place on baking paper and allow to defrost. This must take 1 1/2 hours at room temperature.

Australia Day Parade

Australia Day Parade

Enjoy Australia Day!


Chikki with Lohri – Festival of North India

Lohri is one of the major winter festivals of North India. It is celebrated every year on January 13, to mark the day of Uttarayan or sun’s journey towards north. Indian markets are flooded with “Chikki” throughout winter. Chikki is a traditional ready-to-eat Indian sweet generally made up of groundnuts, dry fruits and jaggery. There are several different varieties of chikki like sesame chikki, dried chikki Maewo, peanuts chikki, gram dal chikki etc.

Chikki is very beneficial to health. It contains proteins and iron. Jaggery helps in cleansing the body and acts as a digestive agent. It satisfies the sweet tooth completely. On this joyous night, sing heartily, dance merrily on the dhol(drum) beats around the bonfire with your family and friends. Say goodbye to winter and welcome Lohri with Groundnut Chikki.

Celebrate Lohri with Chikki
                                                 Celebrate Lohri with Chikki

Ingredients:-

250 grams of peanut seeds,

250 grams Jaggery,

1 1/2 teaspoon Ghee/Clarified butter

Preparation method:-

1. Roast peanuts until brown. Do not roast in the microwave for more than 2 minutes. Peel off skins on cooling.

2. Put a teaspoon of ghee in a frying pan and heat.

3. Prepare the jaggery syrup. Allow the jaggery to melt in the frying pan for 4 minutes or until the completely melted and frothy.

4. Now add peanuts and mix well for around 3 minutes. Grease the plate with clarified butter. Add the mixture.

5. Cut into diamond or square shape when warm with the help of sharp knife.

6. Preserve in glass jars when cool.

Enjoy Lohri with friends!!!
                                                  Enjoy Lohri with friends!!!

Say Happy Lohri with your favorite Chikki!!