Thursday, 7 September 2017

Chestnut flour chocolate chip cookies

Chestnuts are belongs to Fagaceae family. It’s a starchy, sweet, edible nuts of northern hemisphere. I usually buy chestnuts and chop them into small pieces, roast and sprinkle on the breads top. But last week, I found the flour on the super market shelf and thought of bake a cookie and it turns out pretty good and here, is the recipe.

Ingredients :  60 gms of butter     ;    1 Egg    ;    1/8 cup of brown sugar + 2 tbsp    ;     1/3 cup of chestnut flour       ;     1/2 cup of all-purpose flour    ;     1/2tsp of vanilla essence;     1/4 tsp of baking powder  ;     pinch of salt       ;      ½ cup of chocolate chip 

Mix all the dry ingredient (using the sieve) like, all-purpose flour, chestnut flour, salt, baking powder and keep aside.

Using the electric hand mixer beat butter with sugar till it turns into pale in color. (Avoid to over beat) Add egg, vanilla essence and beat until all combine well.  

Add the dry ingredients into the butter-egg mixture and beat well until the mixture become uniform. Finally, add the chocolate chips and mix well with a wooden/plastic stick. Scope the cookie dough (using ice cream scoop) and arrange it in the greased baking tray. 

Transfer the baking try into the 180◦c pre-heated oven and bake the cookies at 200◦c for 2 -3 minutes and reduce the temperature to 180◦c and bake further about 20 – 25 min. This helps to keep the cookies in shape. Otherwise, it may spread and loose the shape.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Caramelized Rava Kesari

This is a direct contradiction to my previous post. Yes, Carb (sugar) rich sweet recipe. Those who are in HFLC, please stay away from this. It’s exclusively meant for sweet toothed people

I’m sure, many of you know how to make a rava kesari. The twist here it is “Caramelized”, to enhance the ordinary kesari. This was introduced to me by my aunt Manju, who lives in France. This Caramelized version of kesari, impressed me so much I thought of sharing it here……

Ingredient  :    1 cup of Rava (semolina)   ;        ¾ cup of sugar      ;       3 tbsp of ghee      ;        2 cup of milk  ; ½ tsp  cardamom powder        ;     10 no's of chopped cashews

In a thick bottom pan start to roast rava at low flame for about 10 – 15 min or until a slight colour change. Transfer the rava into a plate and keep aside.

In the same pan, add sugar and put the flame at medium allow to caramelize. (During the caramelization process, water will be released from sugar) Meanwhile, boil the milk and keep it aside.

Once, the sugar turns into light amber in color, add the milk and 2 tbsp of ghee. (Take care of splatters as water and fat are in different temp)

Continue to cook and keep stirring until the caramel mixture become smooth. Add roasted rava to the mixture and star cook at low flame until the kesari starts to leave the sides of the pan.

Meanwhile, in small pan add 1 tbsp of ghee and fry the cashew to golden colour and add it to the kesari. As a final touch, sprinkle cardmom powder and serve hot or warm.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Meat Balls (Kari Urundai / கறி உருண்டை)

Meat Balls are one of mother's signature recipe. But, all these days I was forfending to do because of the fear of fat (cholesterol) after realizing / experiencing the goodness of Fat. For the first time I attempted to recreate my mother’s recipes in the HFLC style and enjoyed the goodness of meat balls without any guilt. 

Ingredient – 500gms of mined Mutton      ;     2 tsp of ginger garlic paste     ;     chopped medium onion       ;     2 chopped green chili       ;        salt to taste     ;      curry leaves & finely chopped coriander leaves            ½ tsp of turmeric powder      ;      2 tsp of chili powder     ;       10 no’s of chopped cashews     ;      2 tsp of coconut oil       ;        2 tsp of  powdered  fried chana dal       ;    Coconut oil (VCO) for deep fry 

Add turmeric powder to the mined meat and sprinkle with water, pressure cooker for one whistle and remove the cooker from heat.

Meanwhile, fry onion until it change its color. Add green chili, ginger garlic paste, chili powder, curry leaves and coriander leaves and fry for 2 -3 minutes and remove the pan from heat.

Take out the pan from the pressure cooker, strain the water if any. (mutton milagu soup can be made out of this water) add the fried items, cashews, and powdered fried chana dal into the meat and mix well with hand and shape into small balls.

Heat the oil and fry the mutton balls (either shallow or deep fry) till in turns into brown in color. Since, I need the medium chain fatty acids in my diet, I used VCO coconut oil. You may even bake the balls (after brushing with butter or oil) in the 180◦c preheated oven for about 40 min.

Serve them hot with the squeeze of lemon with onion topping or tomato or mint chutney.

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Saturday, 28 January 2017

Country Chicken Soup

I was asked to share High Fat, Low Carb recipes by fatproteincarb blog. Hence, I decided to open the separate tab for HFLC. Where, you can find most of the HFLC curry’s, roast, fry, broth and the bake! 

To being with country chicken or free range chicken soup (in Hindi desi murgi, in Tamil, நாட்டு கோழி)

For the soup, we just use the bird long neck and the back born only (you may add the skin and the fat as well) ask the butcher to Spatchcock  (kind of butterflying) so you get from neck and back born.

Ingredient – 1 full country  chicken neck & back bone along with skin and fat) clean & washed     ;      Butter  1 tbsp ;       salt to taste     ;       2 tsp of whole pepper       ;       1/2 tsp of fennel seed       ;      1 tsp of coriander seed     ;    1 tsp of garam masala powder      ;      one medium onion chopped      ;     2 tsp of ginger garlic paste    ;  600 ml of water

sauté the onion  in butter using the pressure cooker add pepper, coriander seeds, salt, fennel seeds  garam masala, fry for about 2-3  minutes. Remove the cooker from heat, allow to cool to room temperature. Grind the mixer as a paste.

Add the chicken bones and skin along with fat in the same pressure cooker and sauté in a high flame for about 5 minutes. Add the freshly grinded ginger-garlic paste mix well and add onion masala paste and water. Once, the broth starts to boil, close the pressure cooker lid and wait for one whistle and put the flame to low. Allow the meat to cook in the low flame for about 30 – 40 minutes.

Transfer the soup into to the serving bowl and a scope of butter and serve hot. The whole soup (single serving) may yield less than 10g of carb (approx.), which is perfect for HFLC life style.