Desserts, snacks

Sugiyan- sweet dal deep fried dumplings 

Sugiyan is a very popular snack in Kerala. Whenever we visit Kerala, while buying tea or coffee from the roadside stalls, this used to be a great accompaniment. There are variations to making this dish by changing the filling or the outer coating. I have tried using both green gram dal and Channa dal, and my personal favourite is the Channa dal filling. It is protein packed and very nutritious. Hope you enjoy this recipe.
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Ingredients: makes ~ 10 Sugiyans
1. Green gram dal or Channa dal- 3/4 cup

2. Coconut grated- 60 gms

3. Powdered Jaggery- 120 gms

4. Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp

5. Salt- little 

6. Plain flour- 1cup

7. Turmeric powder- a pinch 

8. Water ~1 cup 

9. Oil – for deep frying
Please watch video for the method.

Desserts, snacks

Rava laddu 

Rava laddu is a very simple and easy to make laddu at home using Rava or semolina. This laddu will just burst into powder in your mouth at every bite. This sweet explosion will steal your hearts. Again there are variations to this by adding coconut or milk. Enjoy the recipe!

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Ingredients:

1. Rava or semolina – 1 cup

2. Granuated sugar – 1 cup

3. Cardamom powder- 1/2 tsp (optional)

4. Ghee – 4-5 tbsp (including the ghee used to roll the balls)

5. Nuts- almonds and cashews chopped – few
Please watch video for recipe 

snacks, Starters

Healthy Chicken Nuggets- crispy oven baked

Chicken nuggets are a huge favourite to everyone. Why not turn it into a healthy snack through baking it in the oven instead of deep frying. This recipe shows just that and it is so good that you would want more and more. Adjust the spiciness and add any extra flavours to your liking. Very easy and simple to make. This has been inspired from one of Jamie Oliver’s recipes. Hope you like it.

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INGREDIENTS (serves ~4)
1. Chicken breast- 350 gms 

2. Paprika or chilli powder- 1 tsp

3. Salt as required 

4. Ginger garlic paste- 1/2 tsp

5. Lemon juice- few drops 

6. Pepper- 1/2 tsp

7. Wholemeal bread- 3 slices 

8. Cheddar or Parmesan cheese shredded- handful 

9. Olive oil- 1 tsp

10. Egg – 1/2

Please watch video for method:

snacks, Starters

Indian vegetable Samosa

Samosa is a very tasty and delicious appetizer or starters which will be loved by all. It is known by different names in different countries. In India, it is the called the Samosa, also a very popular street food.
It is a fried dough pastry filled with savoury stuffings. In this video, it is the vegetable samosa with the filling made out of potatoes and peas.
Enjoy the recipe!
INGREDIENTS 

(makes ~9 medium samosas)

For outer covering:

1. Plain Flour- 1 cup

2. cooking oil- 4 tbsp

3. Carrom seeds/ajwain- 1/2 tsp

4. Salt- 1/4 tsp

5. Water- 1/4 cup and little extra in tbsp if needed

For filling:

1. Potato- 2 medium 

2. Peas – 25- 50 gms

3. Oil( used sunflower)- 6 tbsp

4. Green chilli- 1 

5. Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp

6. Fennel seeds- 1/2 tsp

7. Ginger chopped- 1/2 tsp

8. Chilli powder- 1/2 tsp

9. Coriander powder- 1 tsp

10. Garam masala- 1/2 tsp

11. Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp

12. Salt – little 

13. Cashew nuts- 6 (optional)

14. Oil- as required for deep frying
Please watch video for the method.

snacks

Oats Anzac biscuits- a great after school or tea-time snack

Anzac biscuits are very popular in Australia and New Zealand. It is known to have originated during world war I when the wives and the women of the soldiers pack and send to them as it stays fresh for a long time.

The ingredients used are also quite healthy like rolled oats and desiccated coconut. I drew inspiration from Donna Hays recipe. The traditional recipe uses golden syrup but I substituted it with maple syrup. It has a gorgeous crispy texture and ready in just 15 mins.

Ingredients ( makes 14 biscuits):

1. Rolled oats – 1 cup

2. Desiccated coconut-1/3 cup

3. Plain flour- 1/2 cup

4. Bicarbonate soda- 1/2 tsp

5. Maple syrup or Golden syrup- 1/3 cup

6. Sugar- a little less than 1/3 cup

7. Butter- 65 gms

8. Hot water- 1 tbsp.

Method:

1.  Preheat oven to 160C.

2. In a bowl, add rolled oats, plain flour. 

3. Melt the butter and mix with sugar.

4. Mix bicarbonate soda with 1 tbsp hot water and add to butter mixture.

5. Combine oats and butter mixture together.

6. Take small balls of mixture and flatten to round biscuit shape on a baking tray lined with baking sheet. It may not stick together well, but don’t worry after baking it will be fine.

7. Bake for 10 mins and allow to cool for another 5 mins. It will take 2 batches to finish the mixture to make ~14 biscuits.

Enjoy yummy tasting Anzac biscuits.

snacks, Starters

Murukku- crunchy and crispy savoury snack

Murukku is one of my favourite savoury snacks from childhood. I got this recipe from my mom as I didn’t want to miss any ingredient. This crunchiness and taste cannot come in any store bought ones.

Murukku is generally made for any festival or poojas. It is also a great snack for kids and adults. The ones which my mom makes is usually in a round shape like a chakli. But here I have pressed it in a free form. Do try this simple, easy and yummy recipe.

Ingredients

1. Rice flour- 1 cup
2. Urid dal flour – 1/4 cup
3. Pepper- 1 tsp
4. Bicarbonate soda- small pinch
5. Asafoetida – 1/2 tsp
6. Sesame seeds- ( black or white)- 1/2 tsp
7. Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
8. Ghee- 2 tbsp
9. Coconut milk(optional)- 1/2 cup
10. Oil, salt, water as required

 

Please watch the video for the method: