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Nei Appam/Neyyappam

Hi friends! Nei Appam or neyyappam as its called is made in all South Indian households on festivals as a neivedhyam / prasadaam. To make it healthier in this recipe it is made using appam moulds.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cups-Jaggery, dissolved in one cup water
  • 2 Bananas, mashed well
  • 2 tsp Rava / semolina
  • 6 green cardamoms, powdered
  • 2 tsp dry ginger powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Oil for lining the mould indents

Method:

Step 1.

In a bowl take wheat flour, mashed bananas, rava, cardamom powder, ginger powder, baking soda and mix well .

Step 2.

In a pan heat water add jaggery, heat till all the jaggery dissolves.

Step 3.

Mix the jaggery syrup to the flour gradually, stirring and mixing all the ingredients well.

Step 4.

Add slowly milk to  the mix  to have a thick batter.

Step 5.

Keep the batter aside for half an hour.

Step 6.

Heat the appam pan and put oil into each mould . Now add the required amount of batter into the moulds. When it gets cooked (golden brown), turn other side and make sure appams are fully cooked. Serve hot wheat appams.

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Tea Cake

Tea cake   Tea Cake sliceTea Cake

Hi friends! This is a simple butter cake that is good with tea or coffee. Easy to make, and very delicious.

Cook time: 50 minutes
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: Approx.40 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Butter (melted)
  • 11/4 cup White sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Powdered sugar for dusting

Method:
Step1.
In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Step 2.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
Step 3.
If the batter is too stiff, a tablespoon or two of milk can be added.
Step 4.
Grease and flour a round pan. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
Step 5.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F /175 degrees C Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
Step 6.
Take out the pan from the oven. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack, then turn out onto a plate. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Here are a few things your less-than-perfect cake may be trying to tell you:

  1. Your cake is too dense.
    A cake that is overly dense typically has too much liquid, too much sugar or too little leavening (not excess flour, as is commonly thought).

Solutions: Make sure you’re using wet measures for wet ingredients and dry measures for dry; check the freshness of your baking soda and powder, and check your oven temp to make sure it’s hot enough. A cake that bakes too slowly takes longer to set and may fall, causing a dense texture.

  1. There are holes and tunnels in your cake.
    Cakes that have holes are problematic, especially if you plan to slice them horizontally. Holes in cakes are caused by improper mixing (generally over-mixing). You can always fill the holes with frosting to cover them up, but of course preventing them in the first place is the better plan.

Solutions: Consider what mixing method you’re using. If you have a recipe that calls for hand-mixing, yet you use a hand blender, you’ll need to mix much less. Standing mixers are incredibly efficient, but will mix your cakes very quickly. Make sure your ingredients (eggs, liquid and dairy) are as close to room temperature as possible to encourage proper mixing.

  1. Your cake is dry.
    The culprits for dry cake are ingredients that absorb moisture, such as flour or other starches, cocoa or any milk solids. A second, and equally damaging culprit, is over-baking.

Solutions: Ensure that you’re measuring your flour properly. To do so, spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level off evenly. Avoid dipping your measuring cup into the bag as this presses the flour into your cup and you’ll end up with too much flour. Measure cocoa powder the same way. To avoid over baking, there are three indicators that you should look for to determine if your cake is done: The cake should be slightly pulling away from the side of the pan, a cake tester inserted into the deepest part of the cake comes out clean, and the cake should spring back when gently pressed.

  1. Your cake is tough.
    Mixing is a tricky thing when it comes to cakes. You need to find the perfect speed, temperature and duration to form perfectly-sized little air cells to make the ideal texture. Toughness in cakes is caused by over-mixing, or the wrong type of flour.

Solutions: Mix your cake according to the recipe — there is a function to the order in which ingredients are added to create the right texture. As soon as you begin mixing flour with a liquid and a fat, gluten is developed. Gluten is not desirable in cakes, so mix thoroughly but as little as possible. Make sure you’re using the correct flour. If your recipe calls for a cake or pastry flour then an all-purpose flour or bread flour will be too hard, creating a tough crumb.

  1. The cake broke when turned out of pan.
    A cake has gone through a lot over the last 30 minutes, not to mention turning from a liquid to a solid! It needs a minute or two to gain its composure once removed from the oven.

Solutions: Line the bottoms of your pan with parchment paper. Cakes should rest in their pans on a rack for 15 minutes after coming out of the oven. By lining the bottom of the pan you give yourself some added insurance that the cake will slide out after cooling. (Running a sharp knife between the inside of the pan and the cake is a good idea, too.)

  1. The icing is full of crumbs.
    Crumbs are the cake-decorator’s nemesis! They’re inevitable if you build a layer cake and have to split the layers, but there is a fix to minimize these irritating little morsels.

Solution: Do a ‘crumb coat’ when frosting your cake. Whether you’re making the simplest of cakes or the most extravagant of gateaus, put a very thin layer of icing on the cake for starters. This layer glues down the crumbs. Chill the cake until that crumb coat is firm, then continue icing your cake. There shouldn’t be a crumb in sight.

To sum it all up, here are my best cake-making practices:

  1. Always grease the pan and line with parchment.
    2.Allow the oven to fully preheat before putting your cake in.
    3. Bake in the center of the oven unless otherwise specified.
    4. Bake in the size of pan specified, otherwise uneven baking will mean an uneven cake.
    5. Don’t try to double a recipe — cake recipes are more complex than that. Source out a recipe for a larger volume instead.
    6. Use fresh ingredients. Old ingredients taste bad, and old leaveners simply don’t work.
    7. With the exception of spices, don’t substitute ingredients. Especially ones that have structural impact.

Now that you have all those rules…have fun and go bake a cake!

Ref. http://www.chatelaine.com/recipes/cakes-recipes/what-your-cake-is-trying-to-tell-you/

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  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
  • Nick’s kitchen does not claim to be health care professional, nutritionist, nor does it claims to treat any illness through vegan or vegetarian diet.
  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
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Peanut Brittle

 

Peanut brittles NG

Hi friends! A tasty peanut brittle or chikki made with jaggery. It is an excellent snack to enjoy in winters .

Recipe Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 100 gm peanuts, dry roasted
  • 90 gm jaggery
  • 1/2 tsp butter/ ghee-clarified butter

Method:

Step 1.

Peanuts can be roasted in the microwave oven. Peanuts spread out one layer deep in a microwave safe dish, heat for one minute. Take out the dish, shake and mix the peanuts and once more put in the microwave for one more minute.Take out from the microwave, cool to room temperature, keep aside.

Step 2.

Coarsely crush the roasted peanuts and keep aside.

Step 3.

On medium flame heat the ghee in a pan add jaggery ( without water) till it melts.

Step 4.

Cook the syrup for six to seven minutes on slow fire.

Step 5.

Add the roasted and crushed peanuts and mix well.

Step 6.

Grease a tray and spread the mixture evenly, roll it flat to desired thickness.Cut into squares when hot, when cooled separate the pieces and store in an airtight container.

Health Benefits of Peanuts:

  1. Helps Promote Fertility (Folate)Peanuts contain a good amount of folate.
  2. Aids in Blood Sugar Regulation (Manganese) a mineral which plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation.
  3. Helps Prevent Gallstones-It may come as a surprise that peanuts can help prevent gallstones.
  4. Helps Fight Depression (Tryptophan) –Peanuts are good sources of tryptophan, an essential amino acid which is important for the production of serotonin, one of the key brain chemicals involved in mood regulation. When depression occurs, a decreased amount of serotonin may be released from the nerve cells in the brain. Tryptophan may raise serotonin’s antidepressant effects when there is an increased amount of serotonin in the blood.
  5. Boosts Memory Power (Vitamin B3) –Do you know what can be found in peanuts that gave them the “brain food” tag? This is due to their vitamin B3 or niacin content whose many health benefits include normal brain functioning and boosting memory power.
  6. Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels (Copper) –The same nutrient which gives peanuts their memory enhancing power also helps lower and control cholesterol levels. Added to that is their copper contents which aids in reducing bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol levels.
  7. Lowers Risk of Heart Disease-Peanuts are rich in heart-friendly monounsaturated fats and antioxidants such as oleic acid. Reach for a handful of peanuts and other nuts at least four times a week to reduce your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.
  8. Protects Against Age-related Cognitive Decline (Vitamin B2)-the most niacin-rich foods like peanuts were 70% less likely to have developed Alzheimer’s disease.

9 Cancer Protection-a form of phytosterol called beta-sitoserol (SIT) is found in high concentrations in some plant oils, seeds, and legumes including peanuts. Phytosterols not only protects against cardiovascular disease by interfering with the absorption of cholesterol, they also protect against cancer by inhibiting tumor growth.

  1. Lowers Risk of Weight Gain-Surprise! Eating nuts regularly is associated with a lowered risk of weight gain.

Ref. https://bodybuildingindia.com/health-benefits-of-peanuts/

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  • Nick’s kitchen provides some information on vegetarian and vegan diets to the best of their knowledge and abilities.
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Pinnies/Wheat Flour Laddoos

Pinnies

Aata/ whole wheat flour Laddoos /Pinnies

This simply delicious recipe of Aata/ whole wheat flour Laddoos /Pinnies is contributed by Mrs. Usha Mehta.

Hi friends! A ladoo made of whole wheat flour is a winter treat.There are so many regional variations. Wheat flour laddoos, are a rich, sweet dessert or snack. It is a simple recipe with few ingredients, but the taste is amazing!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Makes: 36 Laddoos / Pinnies

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms Aata/whole wheat flour
  • 300 gms Sugar, powdered
  • 250 gms Pure Ghee
  • 200 gms Almonds, slivered
  • 100 gms Pistachio, flaked
  • 100 gms Raisins

Method:

Step 1.

Heat the ghee in a big wok/kadahi/thick-bottomed pan.

Step 2.

Add gently the aata/whole wheat flour to it. Stirring continuously, on medium flame, mix well and fry the aata/ whole wheat flour till good fragrance emits and color of the flour is slightly changed to a light golden.

Step 3.

When aata/ whole wheat flour is well fried, take it off the heat, add the dry fruit and mix well, gradually add powdered sugar, mixing constantly.

Step 4.

Mix very well, cool the mixture to a bearable/ handle able level and bind it into small round shapes, the pinnis!

Step 5.

Cool the pinnis before storing in a container.Makes 36 medium sized pinnis.

Note: Slivered almonds from are shaved California almonds perfect for baking or making cookies.

Health Benefits of Whole wheat flour:

Why whole wheat is good for you?

Whole grains are packed with nutrients, including protein, fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, and trace minerals (iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium). A diet rich inwhole grains has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some forms of cancer.

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  • If you have a medical condition,Nick’s kitchen recommend that you consult your health care professionals before changing your diet.
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Doughnuts

 Doughnuts

Hi friends! If you are a Doughnut lover, now you can make these yummlicious Doughnuts at home! Doughnuts are usually deep-fried from a flour dough, and typically either ring-shaped or without a hole. Various toppings and flavorings are used for different types, such as sugar, chocolate, or maple glazing.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Fine flour/All purpose flour/maida
  • ½ cup Sugar,powdered
  • 1½ tbsp Vegetable cooking oil
  • 2 level tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp of Salt
  • Oil for deep-frying
  • 1/4 cup Sugar ,powdered to sprinkle on the doughnuts
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder to sprinkle on the doughnuts
  • 2/3 cup Milk

Method:

Step1.

Cream sugar and oil. Sieve All purpose flour/maida, baking powder and salt and add these to the creamed sugar and oil mixture.

Step 2.

Knead these ingredients into a soft dough by adding milk. Cover the dough with a wet cloth and leave for proving for about 15 minutes.

Step 3.

When proved, divide the dough into 10 equal parts. Round off each part. Keep each portion on a rolling board and cut the centre with a cutter.

Step 4.

Deep-fry the doughnut on a medium flame until golden. Drain on paper kitchen towel.

Step 5.

Roll the hot doughnut into a powdered sugar and cinnamon mix. Serve hot.

The Nutritional Value of Doughnuts:

Powdered doughnuts are cakes coated in powdered sugar. In one such doughnut, you can expect 340 calories, with 200 of them coming from fat. There are 22 g of fat, with 10 g being saturated fat. They also have 25 mg of cholesterol, 300 mg of sodium and 38 g of carbohydrates. Powdered doughnuts also contain 13 g of sugar and 4 g of protein, along with 4 percent of suggested daily values of vitamin A, 2 percent of calcium and 6 percent of iron.

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Besan Laddoos

Besan ladoos

Hi friends! The Besan ladoo is a popular and very delicious traditional Indian snack/ Indian dessert in North India, made with gram flour, powdered sugar and ghee.

Ingredients:

  •  500 gms besan / gram flour
  • 300 gms Sugar powdered
  • 12 green cardamoms seeds finely powdered
  • 250 gms Pure Ghee

Method:

Step 1.

In a kadhai / wok / heavy bottom pan, heat ghee.

Step 2.

Add the besan/ gram flour to it. On medium flame, mix well and continuously stirring, fry the besan / gram flour till it gets fried well and has golden colour .

Step 3.

When besan/ gram flour is well fried, take it off the heat. Gradually add powdered sugar, cardamom powder mixing constantly.

Step 4.

Mix very well, cool the mixture to a bearable / handle able level and make( round) laddoos!

Step 5.

Cool the laddoos before storing in a container.

Makes 36 medium sized laddoos.

Health Benefits of Besan / Chick pea flour:

Lowers diabetes- Besan is known to have very low levels of glycemic in it, which is great for those who have high diabetes. One can use the flour to make parathas and rotis, or replace the wheat flour to make desired dishes too.

Happy heart- Besan assures you with a happy heart, since it has high soluble fibre in it, which helps the heart stay strong and healthy for a very long time to come. Even the most reputed heart surgeons and specialists recommend the use of besan over any other flour for the heart, say experts

Lose weight now- Since besan has low glycemic index, the calorie count would be low too, which is why fitness freaks and experts swear by the consumption of besan, smoothie of besan is known as SATTU in India.

Fights allergies- Besan doesn’t have gluten in it, which is grain and especially wonderful for those who have allergies to gluten induced foods. Besan flour is highly nutritious and helps the body with immense benefits, especially when fighting allergies of any kinds.

Gluten free- Those who suffer from celiac ailments cannot have gluten, which is a protein. Gluten is found in barley and wheat extensively, but not in besan. Besan helps the immune system stay strong in the process, and the patient would be able to absorb all the nutrients as well as stay well nourished too.

No more anaemia to worry of- The flour of besan helps with fatigue, weight loss and even iron deficiency in the body, and we all know  when someone has low iron content in the body, they suffer from anaemia.

Besan is also good for those who suffer from dermatitis herpetiformis, autoimmune disorders, sclerosis, autism, ADHD and more.

One can use besan for the skin with a pinch of turmeric powder and milk. The paste can be applied on the visible parts of the face and neck and left for ten minutes to dry. This is a pack which would help exfoliate the skin and brings back the moisturising effects too. Besan flour helps tighten the skin, gives it a glow and brings back elasticity too

As a body scrub, the flour of besan has been used time again since our grandmothers young hood days. To remove spots, back acne, body marks and oiliness of the body, try using the flour as a pack with milk and turmeric twice a week. This is a pack which would remove the tan and keep the skin healthy and fresh.

Ref . http://stylesatlife.com/articles/besan-benefits/

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