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Sticky Pineapple Rice/Quinoa!

sticky pineappleMy daughter did not take up the juice diet as she’s about to have a baby. In her last weeks she has been getting more hungry than usual, probably to put the fat on my grand-daughter. I can hardly wait. As the rest of the household was juicing she had less variety of food to eat than usual.

However, she made it work from our fruit juicing as there was some pineapple pulp/juice left over with some cooked rice and Quinoa in the fridge. Her mind working overtime decided to make sticky pineapple rice/quinoa dish. Had a small taste…it was too good! Tangy, salty, sweet and hot – all tastes in one.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 cup cooked Quinoa
  • 1 cup broccoli – cut small florets
  • 2 cups pineapple pulp juice (juice with a juicer without using a strainer/ or can throw a couple slabs of pineapple in the blender and finely blend)
  • 3 garlic cloves – slice
  • 1/4 white onion chopped
  • 1/4 finely minced jalapeno green chilli
  • 1 tsp red chilli oil – contains sesame/soy/ginger/garlic oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt

PREPARATIONS: 

  • In a pan heat olive oil and red chilli oil on medium, add and saute garlic & onions until golden.
  • Then saute broccoli florets for a few minutes. Remove florets to a plate.
  • Then add the green chilli, cooked rice/quinoa, salt and pour in the  pineapple pulp until it thickens and becomes sticky.
  • Garnish with broccoli florets

*Note:

  • Cooking Rice/Quinoa: Microwave uncovered 1/2 rice and 1/2 cup quinoa in 3 cups of water for 15 – 20 min.

Lime Tart Delight

Festivities have started! Time to polish those sweet making skills……..Bring out the pans, the whipping cream, and let’s have a party! One of my dearest friend put together an awesome potluck Diwali Party. My contribution was a lime tart and it was wonderfully greeted with hungry smiles!

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham crackers crumbs (food process)
  • 5 1/2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup ground almonds

Filling:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice (use Florida key limes for their tartness and aroma rather than the Persian ones that are readily available)
  • 1 tbsp grated lime zest

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp grated lime zest
  • Fresh berries – blackberries and raspberries; lime wedges

PREPARATION:

  • Food process graham crackers, butter, ground almonds and sugar. Pulsate to mix.
  • Press onto the bottom and sides of a greased 9″ tart pan.
  • Bake at 325* for ~ 15 min or until the edges are lightly browned.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks, milk, lime juice and zest. Acidic reaction between the lime juice and condensed milk will cause it to thicken.
  • Pour over crust. Continue to bake for 12 – 14 min.
  • Cool on wire rack until warm enough to handle to transfer to a serving plate. Tart crust should be warm to remove from the tart pan intact.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hrs
  • In large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken
  • Add sugar; beat until stiff peaks form
  • Fold in sour cream and grated lime peel
  • Spread whipped mixture over tart
  • Then garnish with the berries and lime wedges

*Note:

  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Nutrition facts: 1 slice = 288 calories
  • Try; fold in 2 tbsp coconut powder for the topping spread

Ironclad Review #2! Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice quick bread!

In the spirit of October my daughter and I decided to rendezvous at a good friends place. As we walked in Ashwini Srivatsan had a plan up her sleeve. She had been in the kitchen planning to bake something delicious. 30 minutes after catching up we got a whiff of delicious pumpkin spice aroma from her kitchen. In another 30 minutes she pulled it out of her oven and settled it to cool. As soon as it was cool she cut it and it was a race to get a slice as we all hoarded the kitchen.

The Ironclad Review for the Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice quick bread is an even bigger 4 knives out of 4. You can use the batter as bread, cookies, or even pancakes. What’s wonderful is that the batter is not too sweet, and the spices are even keeled throughout. It cooks fast and slides right off the pan for a clean finish. This will be a great addition for a Halloween get together. Spread the aroma of Pumpkin Spice in seconds and enjoy!!

Kheer Medley / Pudding

Indulge! Bal Gopal’s Favorite!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 gallon (3.8 L) milk – 2% or whole milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 cup jasmine rice or Basmati – microwave uncovered in 2 cups of water for ~15 min
  • 1 1/2 cup makhana (also known as foxnut) – mix with 1 tsp ghee or butter and spread out on a plate to toast in the microwave for ~40 sec (then break into half)
  • 1 1/2 cup paneer – crumble like large curds of cottage cheese or make fresh by bringing 1/2 gallon whole milk to a boil, then pour vinegar little at a time until the milk curdles. Wash the large curds with water few times to remove sourness and drain in the cheese cloth.
  • 1/2 cup wheat vermicelli – mix with 1 tsp of ghee or butter and toast in microwave for 1 1/2 min (check every 30 sec)
  • 1/2 cup yellow raisins and few munakka (big raisins – wash and remove seeds)
  • 1/4 cup almond – soak and remove skin (cut in half or slivered)
  • 1/2 cup pistachio and cashew – round cut
  • 1/4 cup shaved coconut – toast in microwave 1 1/2 min (check every 30 sec)
  • 2 tbsp chironji (seeds of Buchanania lanzan plant) – wash
  • 1 big piece of ginger – smash just enough to keep it intact
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp cardamon (grind the seeds and saffron in the mortar)
  • 1/4 tsp saffron
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • 1/2 tsp kewara
  • 1 1/2 to 1 2/3 cup sugar – or add sweeteners of your choice (better options available in the market)
  • 1 can evaporated milk (optional)

PREPARATION:

  • In a sauce pan heat 1 tbsp butter and lightly toast almonds, pistachios, cashews, chironji and raisins – then add the cardamon/saffron until the smell comes through. Keep it aside.
  • Bring milk to a boil on medium heat by stirring constantly so it does not burn. Can also microwave in a big glass bowl for ~20 min or more.
  • Add ginger – stir for 10 min.
  • Then add cooked rice, makhana, paneer – stir for 15 min.
  • Add evaporated milk,vermicelli, sugar and toasted mixture for another 15 min.
  • Remove ginger piece.
  • Reduction by 1/4 is sufficient as it thickens when it cools.
  • Last add coconut, rose water and kewara.
  • If the pudding thickens just add little milk.

Garnish:

Garnish with powdered pistachio and verk (thin silver leaf) or top it of with your favorite berries and fruits or favorite sweets – gulab jamun, burfi, laddu, chumchum, halwa, cake, pie, muffin, etc. I have tried the kheer with chocolate cake and loved it.

Notes:

  • Can also add tapioca pearls if desired.
  • Rice (coarsely broken) – soak and cook directly in milk, but need to stir constantly to avoid burning the milk. Otherwise, microwave for intervals of 15 min and stir each time.
  • I prefer using milk than evaporated milk so that the flavors of all ingredients come through in the pudding.

Halloween Pumpkin Pudding with Spooky Blackberries

Happy Halloween!

Don’t be a scaredy cat this holiday and settle for mere  mortal treats.  Tonight IronAmma dares you to find a new way to dine on the guts of pumpkins and raven eye blackberries!  BUT! Be wary the ghosts of boring pumpkin pies!  For this Hallow’s Eve your dessert beckons for new blood and tricks.  BOO!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese

  • 1 1/2 cup milk (can use cream or evaporated milk depending on how rich desired  – I used milk)
  • 2 cups cooked pumpkin scraps* (Preparation:*Scrape the inside of a pumpkin that has a fibrous texture to get pumpkin scraps. Then place 3 cups of the pumpkin scraps into the microwave covered with 4 tbsp butter and 4 tbsp honey for 4 min)
  • 2 cup caramelized pumpkin scraps* (Preparation:*Scrape the inside of a pumpkin to get 3 cups pumpkin scraps and then place in the microwave covered with 1/2 cup brown sugar for 4 min)
  • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
  • ~ 4  big slices of rustic sour dough bread, any baguette or 6 pieces of raisin bread

  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (optional)
  • 1 /4 cup real maple syrup (use 1/3 cup for more sweet)

PREPARATION:

  • Whisk the eggs in a bowl.
  • Blend 2 cups cooked pumpkin+milk+maple syrup on medium speed and last pulse in the ricotta.
  • Mix pumpkin blend+spices with eggs.
  • Pour the mixture in the buttered or canola sprayed 3 quart casserole dish.
  • Break the bread into big pieces, place and soak them in the casserole dish.

  • Top it with the berries and caramelized pumpkin.
  • Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate for ~ 15 min to soak.
  • Preheat oven to 350*. Bake for 40 min. Insert a knife and when it comes out clean, the pudding is ready.
  • Cool and top with whipping cream.

*Note:

  • EGGLESS (Eegan) – Add ~3 tbsp of corn starch or use fruit pectin (Kraft brand). There are many egg replacers (egg substitutes) in the market that can be found in the aisle of allergen free products and mixes. Also, online!

Quince (Fruit) Pie

Quince grows in abundance in the areas of the Caspian Sea and Black Sea. Like the apple and guava it produces a natural pectin when cooked in vinegar and honey, ideal for jelling. Quince preserves are available in specialty stores.

Cheers to the quince pie – it was a hit and my family loved it. I didn’t have to go far to purchase quince as the trees in my backyard are loaded with the fruit!

INGREDIENTS:

Pie crust:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour – maida (1/2 to 3/4 cup more required if decorative fold desired around the edges) – 2 1/4 cups for crust, top and bottom (full cover or weaved lattice cover) is sufficient
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter cubed and little more small pieces/dots over the filling
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup ice cold water

Filling:

  • 6 medium quince – core and thinly slice with skin – toss with lemon juice, rind and honey
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup berries – blue, black, rasp, straw (eye ball it and your choice of berries)
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (use 1/2 cup brown and white sugar if less sweetness is desired)
  • 3/4 cup white powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar (turbinado) to sprinkle and caramelize on top of crust
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (for thicker consistency add more flour between the range given)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder
  • 1/8 tsp allspice

Garnishing:

  • Toasted walnuts, pomegranate and chocolate ganache
  • Or top it with whipping cream or your favorite ice cream.

PREPARATION:

-Preheat oven 375*F.

Pie crust:

  • Add oil and salt to the sifted flour- mix evenly with hand. Work the cubed butter into the flour quickly to make it crumbly, before the butter becomes soft. Then add ice water, little at a time, to make the mix like dough. Don’t over work it.
  • Divide the dough into 2 and shape each into a disk – bottom crust disk is bigger than the top one. Saran wrap and put in the fridge for about twenty min.

Filling:

  • Mix flour, all sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice evenly. Fold in the quince mixture, cranberries and fresh berries.
  • Spray with oil or butter 9″ pie dish.
  • On a floured surface roll both disks into 10 to 11 inch circle. For some it may be easier to roll between plastic wrap.
  • Line the bigger circle on the oiled pie dish by rolling it on the rolling pin and transferring it to the dish. Gently press to take the shape of the pie dish.
  • Mound the quince mixture into the pie dish and dot it with butter.
  • Cover the pie with the other circle and fold the over hangings around the edges.
  • Make slits in around the pie and a hole in the center.
  • Spray oil and sprinkle sugar on top of the crust.
  • Cover the edges with foil for the first 25 min.
  • Place on the center rack and bake pie for 50 min at 375*F. Slice pie after 15 min cool down.

*Note:

  • Next time try it with basil (ribbon cut) in the filling.
  • Add sugar in the crust, then use less in the filling.
  • Vegan option – Can use 1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 tsp baking soda to make the dough.

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