Spicy Kathi Roll

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Posted by Mia | Posted in healthy recipes, Picnic Food And Recipes, Romantic ideas, Vegetarian Food Ideas, World Recipes | Posted on 23-10-2014

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Spicy Kathi Roll

Spicy Kathi Roll

Summertime is the perfect time to plan for a picnic– especially if you need a vacation but just can’t get away. A picnic is like the perfect little 1-day holiday, taking you away from it all so you can really relax and enjoy with family and friends. Picnics create happy, sun-drenched moments and delightful memories to treasure forever. Just thinking back on a picnic when you’re old and gray will warm you with fondness and melt way stress, bringing a smile to your face.

If you’re tired of the usual picnic food and want to serve something new and exciting, consider a spicy kathi roll. A kathi roll is a bit like an Indian-style hot dog. Well, scratch that– maybe it’s more like a burrito, with a spicy mixture loaded of vegetables and hint of tomato sauce loaded in a wrap. Actually in India, Kathi rolls are very famous in West Bengal. They are different ways of making these kathi rolls, like egg kathi roll, chicken kathi roll, veggie kathi roll with potato stuffing.

I made these rolls using green gram filling with fried potatoes. It is superb and does not need any other condiment to go with it. It can be served all by itself. Allow me to share my recipe.


Ingredients To Make Roti

  • Whole wheat flour – 2 cups
  • Oil – 2tbsp + for frying
  • Salt – ½ tsp
  • Water as required

METHOD

  1. Combine whole wheat flour, oil and salt into one bowl. Knead the dough using required quantity of water. Make very soft dough.
  2. Cover the dough with the damp cloth and let it rest for 20 minutes
  3. For that, knead the dough for a little while.
  4. Then divide the dough into four equal sized balls. Smooth out each ball and flatten it a little.
  5. Roll out each ball into big sized disc as shown in the figure.
  6. Heat the pan and spread few drops of oil in the pan.
  7. Place the roti in the pan and fry it till you see light golden spot on each side.
Spicy Kathi Roll

Making the Roti

Ingredients To Make Filling

  • Green gram grains – 1 cup
  • Potato – 2 small
  • Ginger – ½ inch
  • Tomato – 2 medium
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp +1/4 tsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1tsp
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Asafetida – a pinch
  • Oil -2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

METHOD

  1. Wash and soak the green gram grain into the water for overnight or for at least four hours.
  2. Wash and finely chop the ginger and tomatoes. Keep it aside.
  3. Peel the potatoes and cut it into ½ inch cubes.
  4. Dice the bell pepper and cucumber. Keep it aside for later use.
  5. Place a pan on the medium flame and add 1 tbsp of oil into the pan.
  6. When oil heats up add cumin seeds and asafetida. Let the seeds splutter and fry for few seconds.
  7. Then add ¼ tsp of turmeric powder and diced potato cubes. Fry the potato cubes until it is fully cook. You can cover the lid of the pan and cook the potato.
  8. Take out the potato cubes into one plate.
  9. In the same pan, add the remaining the oil.
  10. When oil heats up, adds mustards seeds and chopped ginger. Fry for 1 minute.
  11. Then add chopped tomato. Cook till the tomato turn mushy and soft.
  12. Add the soaked green gram grain, salt, red chilly powder and turmeric powder. Mix well and cook till the green gram is completely cooked. This grain takes very less time to cook when they are properly soaked.
  13. Check the grains by keeping it in between your index finger and thumb. If it is pressed, then the grains are perfectly cooked.
  14. Add fried potatoes and mix well. Turn off the flame and filling is ready.

Additional Ingredients

  • Bell pepper – 1 small
  • Cucumber – 1 small
  • Chat masala – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – a bit
  • Tomato sauce

METHOD to Put it All Together

  1. Now take one roti onto the plate. In the middle of the roti, place the 2 tbsp of spicy mixture filling; top it with diced bell pepper and cucumber.
  2. Sprinkle some chat masala and salt to taste. Also add few drops of tomato sauce for more tanginess.
  3. Try the roti to fold it and make it into a roll. Seal the roll using the aluminum foil so that the roll does not open while eating. Your kathi Roll is ready to serve.
Spicy Kathi Roll

Spicy Kathi Rolls

 

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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