ABC pasta is light, funky and playful and my daughters favourite. Eat while you learn is my favorite statement:) . Here is a simple way to prepare this pasta and then watch your kids face light up !!!
I am a very private person when it comes to my family and i usually don’t share details on social media. This privacy also means that people on Instagram or Facebook get to see a lot of travel pics or just food / bake related pics.
Today i am going to introduce my daughter to you all, a chirpy, naughty and very perceptive 5 year old. She is my one true love and she is my partner in my cooking experiments. A true foodie with a very very sweet tooth. A pasta lover, she started eating pasta at the age of 2 years and still loves it.
We bought this ABC Pasta packet during our vacation abroad and one fine Sunday couple of weeks back we made it for lunch. We had so much fun, initially we arranged the letters for A – Z (i think we didn’t find some of them), then tried to make words out of them and then we made a warm pasta dish out of it.
Making of ABC Pasta
To make this ABC pasta, we divided our responsibilities 🙂 . She filled the water for boiling the pasta, i boiled it. She washed the vegetables, i cut them finely. She ate some butter, I cooked with it. That Sunday the kitchen was filled with a laughter and mess, such a awesome time. I thank God for every thing and all the time and happiness ( i might sound philosophical but one must always count their blessings).
We picked vegetables of different colours and the end product – pasta looked like a rainbow with red, green, yellow colours.
A little note form this mommy to all other mommies, take out time from your busy schedule and spend with your kid…these are small pleasures of life 🙂
Sometimes i just want to throw all things together in a pot and get something nice to eat. This Moong and cabbage rice is exactly that, a one pot recipe filled with deliciousness.
These days whenever we have friends over for dinner or lunch, i make this moong and cabbage rice instead of a pulao. It is easy, simple and one pot 🙂
The secret to this recipe you ask?? nothing..every time i cook this, i use whatever ingredients i have on my hand on that day or what my stomach fancies !!! Its that versatile a recipe, and makes a humble vegetable like cabbage tasty.
I have used left over rice (from previous night) in this recipe, but one can easily use freshly cooked rice for this recipe. Also this recipe can be tweaked in many ways, depending on what ingredients are available at home.
Different ways to make it more tasty and healthy:
To make this version healthy, you use cooked broken wheat or brown rice.
I have added peanuts, but to make it luxurious, use cashew nuts and walnuts.
I have also added capsicum and carrots to it to make it colourful, you could add green onions, potatoes, peas etc
Masalas : anything that you have on hand, a bit of garam masala at the end and the aroma is fabulous.
Protein: I have added cooked moong , you can use kabuli channa or black channa or even cooked rajma. Another intersting idea would be to add mixed sprouts as garnish to add texture to the rice.
If you are in a mood for some thing simple, serve this with cucumber raita or plain curd else serve this with channa masala or rajma or even kali dal.
Heat oil in a kadhai and add mustard, jeera and curry leaves to it.
Once the mustard splutters, add garlic, onions and saute well
Now add the tomatoes and all the masala powder mentioned above.
Once the tomatoes are cooked, add the carrots,soaked moong and sliced capsicum
Stir them briefly and add the cabbage and mix well
Add the required amount of salt to this mixture, stir and close the lid of the kadhai and let the mix cook for about 10 -15 minutes (stir once every couple of minutes so that the sabzi does not stick to the kadhai)
Once the cabbage sabzi is completely cooked, add rice and mix well
Close the rice pot with a lid and let it cook on low flame
Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with raita or plain curd
1. While using broken wheat or red rice, try and cook them al dente or the mix would go soggy.
2. Addition of butter, cashew nuts and green chillies would make this luxurious.
3. Mint leaves also can be added to give this recipe an interesting twist.
4. Grated coconut also can be added at the end to give the recipe a slight sweet hint.
Hello, fellow bakers, moms and dads. Today I want to share a really simple, step by step recipe. Here are instructions on how to make Home made healthy whole wheat and oats burger buns. These are soft and a little dense but wonderful to make burgers for a party or a trip.
I love breads and that is quite evident with me baking breads for us and for friends through out the week. Generally I just use all-purpose flour or maida for breads. Of late I am trying my hand at replacing maida with other flours such as rye, ragi, whole wheat and oats.
Different flours result in different texture and a very different taste. Experimentation will mean multiple recipes and that means lots of permutations and combination of ingredients. This just opens the doors to so many recipes ! (Phew that was a long sentence :D)
This is a recipe I made for friends and this was also my first use of 100% whole wheat and oats as a combination to make burger buns. I am yet to get them soft like buns made with maida but this is definitely a step in the right direction.
So here is my step towards healthy baking: Home made healthy whole wheat and oats burger buns !
Set aside all the other ingredients in individual bowls before starting.
In a large mixing bowl, add the yeast, sugar, flours, eggs, salt and warm milk and start kneading ( alternatively one can add all the ingredients to a stand mixer, attach the dough hook and start kneading)
Knead the dough just till all the ingredients come together (Over kneading increases the gluten in the dough and the buns become dense after baking)
Grease another large mixing bowl with little oil and lay the dough into that.
Cover the dough with cling film or a plate and let it rest for 45 minutes to 1 hour ( or till the dough doubles in size).
Remove the plate / cling film, punch down the dough and knead a little a bit.
Portion out the dough into small balls and set aside ( i weighed each ball to approximately 70 - 75 gms)
Grease a baking tray and set aside.
Tighten by rolling each ball between your palms and tucking the skin / edges to get a smooth skin on top.
Roll all the dough balls and place them slowly on the baking tray ( leave at least 1 inch space between each ball).
Cover with a wet towel or cling film and let it rise for another 30 minutes ( till the dough balls double in size).
While the dough balls are resting pre-heat the oven to 200 degree C.
Once the dough balls rise, remove the cling film, apply egg wash using a brush and sprinkle sesame seeds on them.
Bake the buns in the oven for 15-20 minutes or till it turns golden brown in colour.
Once baked remove the buns and set aside for 5 minutes ( always wear mittens while removing anything hot from the oven). Apply butter on top of the buns while they are hot.
Remove the buns from the tray and set aside on a wire mesh to cool.( cover them with a dry towel so that the top does not dry out)
Butterto brush on rolls once the baking is completed
Preheat the oven to 200 degree C.
Measure all the ingredients and set aside.
Take the yeast, sugar and 40 - 50 ml of the measured water in bowl and let it sit for a min or so (till we see little bubbles forming)
Sieve the maida on the platform, add the yeast & sugar solution to it and start kneading.
Add the salt and continue kneading.
Add water little by little and knead till the dough becomes a thick mass, at this stage add the butter and knead the dough till all the butter is incorporated into the dough.
Continue kneading and add water little by little till the dough becomes nice and soft and spongy.
At this stage, place the soft dough inside or under a bigger vessel and let it rest for 10 - 15 mins.
Once the dough is rested, knock out or remove the air in dough by flattening the dough with hand.
Roll the dough into a thick sausage and cut 6 equal portions and set aside.
Grease a 8 inch cake mold with oil or butter.
Roll each portion of dough into round balls and place them as shown in the pic...
Sprinkle the rosemary & chilli flakes on the rolls and rest them again in the same mold in a warm place for 15-25 mins or till the rolls double & puff up in size as shown in Pic... ( I kept the mold inside a switched off microwave, guess kitchen cupboard should also be fine).
Once they have risen nicely, brush the top of the rolls with milk or eggs and bake for 10 -15 mins or till they get a nice brown colour.
Once they are baked, remove from oven and set aside to cool. Brush the hot rolls with some butter..yumm...
Once they have cooled for 5-10 mins, try and slowly remove the rolls out of the mold and place them on a tissue or butter paper (this will ensure that there is no collection of moisture at the bottom of the rolls and it does nor become too wet).
Eat as a pav or with some olive oil or as is...enjoy!
Ah…….. at last I have been able to take time out of my busy office schedule and write a post… this was a veryy simple soup that i made some time back..it is also called the Classic Russian Borscht… I have made the vegetarian version on this soup…here goes
Take the eggs and whisk them nicely in a bowl till it becomes frothy.
Add the milk to this along with salt and sugar.
Heat 1 tsp butter in a non sticky pan, add the egg mixture to it and spread it nicely so that it coats the pan uniformly.
On top of this add tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and corn.
Sprinkle the grated cheese & 1tsp butter on top of this and put powdered pepper and oregano and close the pan with a lid for 10 mins ( till the cheese spreads nicely on top of the omlete and the corners start becoming brown).