Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Oats and Coconut Biscuits । ANZAC Biscuits

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If there are kids at home, demand for snacks will obviously be more. This holds good for our house as well and not only the kiddo, we are also snacks lovers! More than deep fried items, we like the baked goodies.
This biscuit recipe caught my eyes sometime back while reading a local magazine. I just gave it a try and the biscuits tasted delicious! Original name of this biscuit is 'ANZAC Biscuit'. As I read in Wiki, the name of these biscuits is associated with Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). During the time of 1st World War, wives of the soldiers were preparing biscuits using flour, rolled oats, desiccated coconut, sugar, etc. They were sending those biscuits to the soldiers which had a good shelf life. There are several ways to prepare these ANZAC biscuits. This recipe was published in a local magazine during the time of ANZAC Day. Original recipe called for Golden Syrup. I have replaced it Honey and it worked out well!
Recipe courtesy: Coles Magazine

Preparation time: 15 - 20 minutes
Baking time: 15 minutes
Yield: 25 - 30 biscuits
Difficulty level: Medium

  • All purpose flour / Maida - 1 cup (1 cup = 150 gm)
  • Rolled oats - 1 cup
  • Desiccated coconut - 1 cup
  • Butter - 125 gm
  • Brown sugar - 55 gm
  • Caster sugar - 110 gm
  • Honey / Golden syrup - 2 tbsp
  • Bi Carbonate soda - 1/2 tsp
  • Hot water - 1 1/2 tbsp

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Transfer the rolled oats into mixie jar and make it a course powder.
  • Combine all purpose flour, rolled oats, desiccated coconut, brown sugar and caster sugar in a mixing bowl and mix it well. 
  • Heat the honey and butter together and allow the butter to melt on low flame. Stir it occasionally. Once the butter is completely melted, turn off the flame and keep it aside for cooling down.
  • Mix 1/2 tsp of Bi Carbonate soda with 1 1/2 tbsp hot water. Add it to the melted butter and honey.
  • Fold in the flour mixture into melted butter and mix it nicely.
  • Take tablespoons of mixture and roll them into balls. Pat the dough balls and arrange them on a lined baking tray. 
  • Bake the biscuits for 15 minutes and allow to cool.  

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Beetroot Stir Fry । Beetroot Palya । Beetroot Poriyal

Beetroot is one of the nutritious vegetables which tastes awesome with its natural sweetness. This root vegetable is good for preparing delicious stir fry, sambar, salads and sweets. Beetroot Palya / Stir Fry and Sambar are my family favorites. My little one also loves to have it because of its nice red color!
Here is the recipe of Beetroot Palya / Poriyal. This tastes very good with rice, chapathi, roti and poori. Give it a try and let me know your feedback :)

Preparation time: 40 - 45 minutes
Servings: 5
Difficulty level: Medium

  • Beetroot - 1 1/2 bulb
  • Dry red chilli - 1
  • Urid dal - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida / hing - big pinch
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Green chilli - 1 (adjust according to taste)
  • Curry leaves - 4 to 5 leaves
  • Cooking oil - 3 tbsp
  • Grated coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Onion - half
  • Salt - for taste
  • Amchur powder - for taste
  • Sugar - 1 tsp or according to taste
  • Water - 1 1/4 cup or little more (as needed for cooking)

  • Wash the beetroot cleanly and peel off the skin. Chop them finely.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add broken red chilli pieces, urid dal, asafoetida and then mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds start crackling, add turmeric powder, slit green chillies and curry leaves.
  • Saute it for a while and add finely chopped beetroot and mix it well. 
  • Add 1 1/4th cup of  water for cooking the mixture. Close the lid and cook it for 18 - 20 minutes. Stir the mixture occasionally. Add more water if needed.
  • When the mixture is almost cooked and water is evaporated, add salt, amchur powder and sugar and adjust the taste. Also add the chopped onion and grated coconut and mix well.
  • Cook it for 8 - 10 minutes more and turn off the flame. 
  • Serve this Palya along with rice, chapathi or poori.

  • Beetroot bulbs are bit hard. If you find it difficult to chop them finely, just cut them into 2 or 3 pieces and pressure cook till 2 whistles. Then, chop them finely and follow the above recipe. Only change you need to consider is no need to add water after doing the seasoning since the veggie will already be cooked.
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