Chickpea Veggie Crepe

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Posted by Mia | Posted in healthy recipes, Picnic Food And Recipes, Vegetarian Food Ideas | Posted on 29-09-2014

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Chickpea Veggie Crepe

Chickpea Veggie Crepe

A picnic is the best way to spend some quality time with your family and friends. For couples, a picnic can be a romantic encounter. For friends, it can be a fun and casual way to pass the day. For families with children, it’s a great opportunity for quality time and bonding. A lot of my friends and family like to take a picnic a couple of times per month, weather permitting. It’s a great way to get outdoors, unwind, get some exercise and let go of all the tension from the busy work week.

When you go out for picnic, it’s important to choose foods that don’t spoil easily. Even when you take the proper precautions with a cooler, picnic food needs to keep well if you want to ensure your diners will be entirely safe when they enjoy the spread you set out on that blanket for them.

Here’s a great recipe that is not only perfect for picnics because it keeps well, but is delicious and fun to eat: veggie chickpea crepe. These crepes will keep for a long time, depending on the filling. The filling I provide the recipe here for is best, though, and can be prepared with any kind of veggies like zucchini, colorful bell peppers, mushroom and many more. These crepes can be best served with tomato sauce or with simple parsley and chilly condiment. It is basically made with garbanzo flour and fully loaded with buttery, crunchy veggies.

This recipe is so easy, you can prepare it in no time. Just keep ingredients on hand for any time you want to make it and you can whip it up in a jiffy.

Serving: 2 people

Ingredients

To Make Veggie Filling

  • Green bell pepper – 1 medium
  • Carrot – 1 small
  • Tomato – 1 small
  • Black pepper powder – ¼ tsp
  • Red chilly powder – ¼ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Butter – 1 tbsp

 

Chickpea Veggie Crepe

Chickpea Veggie Crepe Filling

To Make the Filling

 

  1. Clean the veggies and chop them very finely. Remove the seeds from the tomatoes and dice the flesh.
  2. Place a pan on medium flame and add 1 tbsp of butter into the pan.
  3. When the butter melts, add cumin seeds and fry for 1 minute.
  4. Add chopped bell pepper and carrot. Sauté for 2 minutes on the same medium flame.
  5. Add chopped tomato, red chilly powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder and salt. Mix well and cook for another 2 minutes.
  6. Turn off the flame and allow the filling to cool down for a while. While it rests you can start the crepe batter.

To Make Chickpea Crepes

  • Chickpea flour – ½ cup
  • Red chilly powder – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste – ¼ tsp
  • Water – as required
  • Oil – for frying
Chickpea Veggie Crepe

Chickpea Crepes

 

  1. Sieve the chickpea flour using the strainer to avoid any lumps in the flour.
  2. In the wide bowl, add sieved flour, red chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  3. Mix well and make a semi thick consistency paste batter using required amount of water. This crepe comes out good when it has right consistency of batter, so add water little by little to check the batter consistency.
  4. Place a non stick pan on medium flame .When pan heats up, spread the oil all over the pan.
  5. Add spoonful of batter and spread it into round circle crepe using the spatula.
  6. Smear more oil all around the sides of the crepe if required. Let the crepe fry on medium flame for 2 minutes on each side.
  7. Place the filling over the crepe and roll it as shown in the images. Another option you can try is making small coin shape crepe topped with filling. This is the best option to impress your children during picnic.
  8. Now wrap each roll in the foil as an individual serving. Doing this your dish will remain fresh and there will be no mess during eating.

 

Here we go! Chickpea veggie crepes are ready to enjoy.

Chickpea Veggie Crepes

Chickpea Veggie Crepes for Kids!

 

Chickpea Veggie Crepes

Chickpea Veggie Crepes

 

Coronation Chicken

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Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in Recipes with Meat | Posted on 04-07-2014

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A Moist and Tender Chicken Dish, in a Lightly Spiced Curry Sauce

Coronation Chicken is an extremely versatile dish and can be made with just a subtle hint of spices, or a stronger ‘kick’ if desired – it is entirely up to you!
This dish first came to fame at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, but an earlier version was made as far back as 1935, for the jubilee year of King George V. The basis of the dish is cold cooked chicken breast with a creamy mayonnaise sauce and curry paste, but we have added a few little ‘delights’ to really make this dish sing. In this case, apricots and sultanas are the fruity addition, but you can use peaches or mango as well. Usually served with a saffron rice, this can either be mixed into the chicken, or served on the side as a separate dish, but you can also use any leftover rice from the previous day (as long as it has been refrigerated overnight).
Easily transportable and ideal for picnics, it can be prepared up to 2 days in advance and stored in an airtight container ready to take on your day out. The longer the dish is kept refrigerated, the more the flavour of the sauce develops. The beauty of this dish is that it really does go with everything – other meats, seafood or side dishes. Soft and tender chicken in this delightful sauce will really please your friends, family or guests.

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Jamaican Jerk Pasties

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Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in Finger Food, Recipes with Meat | Posted on 01-07-2014

Lean Minced Beef with Caribbean Spices, Encased in a Rich and Crisp Puff Pastry

A lovely taste of the Caribbean, these pasties will make you think of tropical beaches and warm summer breezes when on your picnic.
Jerk seasoning is a spice mix which contains cinnamon, nutmeg, chilli, thyme (main ingredients) but all Jamaicans have their own version. Nowadays, you can buy excellent Jerk spice mixes and rubs from most supermarkets as it has become very popular to use as a mix and also as a marinade for barbecued meats. It can be used with any meat, or even fish, but pork, beef and chicken particularly benefit from its flavour.
One of the things you don’t want to worry about when planning a picnic is whether your food will ‘travel’ and still be in one piece at the end of the journey. These pasties are very hardy and can withstand any bumpy journey! They can also be made in advance, so you have an instant dish ready to go. They can also be frozen for up to one month.
Your picnics won’t be bland with these delicious pasties – you can make them full size like we have, or lots of ‘mini’ ones for snacks – not just great for picnics, but super party snack as well.

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Mexican Picnic Food Ideas : Corn tortilla roll-ups

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Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in World Recipes | Posted on 15-02-2013

Corn tortilla roll-ups

Corn Tortilla roll-ups are the best picnic recipe. Tortillas are the staple food of Mexico and roll-ups are made as a snack. They are healthy and fill your belly, whether you eat them as snack or as a meal. It’s a whole new take on a lunch time. Corn tortillas are easily available at the grocery and are also very easy  to make at home. In my experience, the homemade tortillas are more flavorful than store-bought. Homemade tortillas can stay fresh up to 1 week in an airtight container. Tortillas can be made in different flavors, such as sun-dried tomato or baby spinach. As for the cheese cream spread, you can also add chopped onion and chopped cilantro. I did not add these below, so adjust quantities to your taste. For extra flavor, add Mexican shredded cheese.

 

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2 people

Corn tortilla roll-ups Ready

Corn tortilla roll-ups

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Kala Chana Usal – A Great picnic snack

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Posted by Roth McCoy | Posted in healthy recipes, Vegetarian Food Ideas, World Recipes | Posted on 15-01-2013

Indian Picnic Food Ideas : Kala chana” – black chickpeas

Kala chana usal is a famous Maharashtrian snack. “Kala chana” are black chickpeas.

This can be the best picnic recipe. Much like a stir fry, in Maharashtra it is served for breakfast and also as a snack during evening tea.

Mostly, people in Maharashtra prepare this dish during fasting days. Here, the dish is cooked with lots of sesame seeds and has a unique taste that makes it loved by everyone. It’s best served with dry coconut and some chopped cilantro, and sometimes also with Indian puffed fried bread that is known as puri. If you’re taking this recipe for a picnic, you can also take some puris along with this dish. Read the rest of this entry »