KADALAI MITTAI/PEANUT CHIKKI/GROUNDNUT CANDY FOR KIDS

Hello Friends!I hope all of you all keeping good .People in North India please take extra care of yourself because of the smoggy winter prevalent.There were no posts from me for the past two days because of the horrible pollution which has bombarded us. It was a real shock to a first timer like us and we are slowly finding ways and means to tackle it.I had severe eye irritation because of it irrespective of staying indoors.It is definitely not so simple as most people think.This is an alarming situation.I shall write a separate post on this because I would write several pages if I commence.Coming to today’s recipe,it is our own traditional and the most healthy snack “Kadalai Mittai/Peanut Bar/Groundnut Chikki/Groundnut Candy”.This is one of the recipes which I had been miserably failing several times and this time hubby made it perfectly.Yeah!You can call this a guest post from Kitchen King(H/O Kitchen Kathukutty).We have so keenly trying on this because we had a tough time to pick up a pure groundnut candy for our kid.By pure what do I mean?I mean the ingredients should be only “Jaggery+Water+Cardamom+Groundnut” and no glucose syrup or other artificial/refined sweeteners. You may ask me why so much of stress on this .It is because it is our regular snack.We don’t send packed snack/ready made food as our son’s snack. Peanuts/Groundnuts are so rich in protein and combining it with jaggery makes it a super food. To know more about benefits of groundnut refer here Continue reading “KADALAI MITTAI/PEANUT CHIKKI/GROUNDNUT CANDY FOR KIDS”

Whole Wheat Cardamom Cookies

Yayyyyyy!!!Time for a guest post from a wonderful person. I hope all of you remember the guest posts invites I have been doing after my 100 th blog post.I invite each of you to provide me pure vegetarian recipes with mushrooms/soya chunks as main ingredient or any baked goodies without refined white oroducts as guest posts for my blog. I had already extended invite to fellow bloggers,friends and family. Whoever is interested ,please write to me at kitchenkathukutty@gmail.com with ingredients,detailed recipe and step by step images(at-least one final image). I will be happy and honoured to post the same in my blog.All of you are welcome.

Coming to today’s guest post,It is from Abi Guna,a Vlogger at veg2nonvegkitchen .Her channel mainly concentrates on authentic chettinad cuisine but she also has presented a variety of dishes from the most authentic ones to very modern foods. I came to know via a FB group and I have always admired her cooking,presentation & versatility. Her recipes are so inviting and tempting.When I had approached her for the guest post she immediately agreed to it and offered me with this simple & awesome recipe in just 2 days.  Thank you so much dear for doing an amazing job! Do not miss her videos.Do subscribe at https://www.facebook.com/Veg2NonvegKitchen/   Continue reading “Whole Wheat Cardamom Cookies”

HOME MADE MANGO JAM-PRESERVATIVE FREE

MANGOES-I drool when I hear the name,so is my little boy.When the last few mangoes were entering our home I thought of making some mango jam for my son and here is the recipe for you.This recipe is a no white sugar ,no preservative recipe hence it is very safe for your kids.I have already posted beetroot jam and strawberry dates jam recipes.The colour totally depends on the variety of mango used and the type of sugar used.The glaze which you find in beetroot jam is missing here because I have replaced white sugar with palm sugar.LO loves jam and hence I always make jams with various fruits/veggies for him with no sugar and no preservatives.Do give a try and let me know your feedback. Continue reading “HOME MADE MANGO JAM-PRESERVATIVE FREE”

VEGAN MANGO MUFFINS/EGGLESS MANGO MUFFINS

VEGAN MANGO MUFFINS/EGGLESS MANGO MUFFINS-A muffin recipe with no white ingredients and no milk products-Yes it is vegan. I just can’t believe myself and I can’t hold the recipe to myself. It is definitely worth the try because it just takes half an hour and it is free of all whites like milk,curd,butter,white sugar,maida/wheat flour(A perfect recipe which will fit the purpose of my blogging journey-Read it in detail here).Don’t ask me if I am a VEGAN. I am certainly not. I can’t survive without butter,ghee,buttermilk,paneer,cheese.I totally avoid white/refined flours,sugar,milk,table salt and mostly curd too. I partially avoid white polished rice in our reguar food and substitute with whole grains and millets. Continue reading “VEGAN MANGO MUFFINS/EGGLESS MANGO MUFFINS”

HOME MADE BUTTER

Hello Folks! Greetings from KitchenKathukutty 🙂 It has been a very long time since I had posted in this space(It was before Navratri). I was away on account of several family and personal commitments and finally back after 5 months. So were you guys missing me?. I hope all of you are in good health and high spirits.Shall we get into today’s recipe? It is a long pending recipe from my side.I had sent this to mylittlemoppet as a guest post few months back and I am posting it here for you. As most of you would know I always prefer home made ingredients and this is my son’s favourite too. Making butter at home might seem tedious at first but I can bet you that you wouldn’t try store bought butter if you start using this. It will just melt down in your mouth.As summer is almost there here burning all of us I would recommend to have a spoonful of butter in empty stomach early in the morning. This will help you beat the heat.  I can hear many of you asking “Won’t butter increase fat content of my body?, Is it not harmful?” Butter is such a super food if taken in moderation.Butter has been used as a healing medicine by our ancestors.Butter is an excellent source of healthy fatty acids and cholesterol.It is a great anti aging agent .When it comes to babies you can include home made butter from six months . You can add to all food items or even offer it fresh from your blender.  Continue reading “HOME MADE BUTTER”

HOME MADE TOMATO SAUCE-No Preservatives added

How did like the carrot cake my dear friends? I was overwhelmed with the feedback for that recipe.If you have tried it or any other recipes of mine,please click and mail to kitchenkathukutty@gmail.com.You will soon see them decrocating my page.Thanks in advance.Now let’s come to today’s recipe.It is my big time dream come true. Yeah! A home made recipe for all kids favourite “TOMATO SAUCE” with no added preservatives which is just finger licking good. Many mommy friends have been asking for this since they were not so comfortable to offering the store bought ones for kids. I just sat up yesterday ,made up some reading and experimented this recipe.I began with finding a recipe which will not require preservatives.Most recipes called for the usage of vinegar which I was not comfortable in using and I didn’t have it with me too. So I went ahead to looking if vinegar is a must add ingredient in sauce.Then I found it is not required.Few references quoted that Ketchup is made of tomatoes,vinegar and whereas sauce is made without vinegar.I happily began deciding on my ingredients and processes and went ahead. I had 670 gms of tomatoes and I am providing you with a scaled up ingredients list Continue reading “HOME MADE TOMATO SAUCE-No Preservatives added”

MULTIGRAIN CASHEW CARROT CAKE

Yes you heard it right-A cake with multigrain flour/health mix/sathumaavu that too 100% eggless.I was never so thrilled and excited so far even when I had cooked first and posted my first recipe.Buying an OTG was a long pending one and I was the sole reason behind dragging it. I was so skeptical about its usage and worth of the purchase.I was constantly doubting in many aspects and finally we bought this two weeks back.It is a 24 L Morphy Richards OTG.I have been reading and learning a lot of baking basics,tips and recipes since then .Ask my friends and you would know how much I had nagged them 😉 With some beforehand experience of making cakes in pressure cooker and as a result of reading a lot from the web,FB groups and books I finally roughly drafted this recipe .The major reference comes from here and FB group OVENDERFUL  MOM BAKERS COMMUNITY.I was so sure of baking it healthy without using maida/refined flour/all purpose flour.I have tried cakes with wheat and all millet flours in pressure cooker. Some turned great and few turned out to be a disaster.So with all learnings I gathered all courage to experiment with my OTG .I was so very excited when I tried this and had my finger crossed to check the outcome.Thanks to all wonderful friends who helped me by answering my queries and sharing their tips.I am a very beginning stage of baking and I am trying my best to put in all pointers in this post.I shall keep on improving.Do write to me your tips/suggestions.Here goes the recipe of my trial in my OTG.(Pardon me if I have not done the best) Continue reading “MULTIGRAIN CASHEW CARROT CAKE”

TOMATO/THAKKALI THOKKU & CHAPATHI DOUGH MAKING WITH LESS KNEADING(AUTOLYSIS METHOD)

Onion & tomato Thokku along with roti/chapathi/phulkha is an excellent combination and a no fail recipe in our family.This time I tried making chapathi using Autolysis Method which helps in reducing the kneading effort .I can hear you asking what it is… Here we go with the details of this.Long back, post few days of wedding when we had a family discussion during dinner and my father in law was elaborating a quick way he had learnt during his NSS camps and had asked me to give a try whenever possible as it would reduce my efforts. This is what he said to me,add half the amount of warm water to the flour(wheat) by just making deep hollow space in vessel containing wheat flour and just cover up the water with the flour just as we play with sand. Cover and let it for 30 minutes. Give a quick mix/knead and make rotis. I have always seen my in laws doing this but I have never given a thought of doing it.Recently I learnt from my school friend that this is such an easy way make chapathi/roti/phulkha and it is called “AUTOLYSIS” and I gained more confidence as I referred here.Yes…It took me almost 2.5 years to give a try and now I am always following this recipe to make roti.Believe me !The result was a perfect success. It might take you 2 or 3 trials to fix up on the right ratios as the wheat flour each of us use might differ.A few more insights about autolysis method which I read across before trying. Autolysis on a general term refers to destruction of a cell by its own enzymes or in just a word it is “self splitting”.When it comes to baking or kneading dough it means enzymes in the flour (amylase and protease)start breaking down starch and protein in the flour.Ok OK.. Let me stop here and get into the recipes. Continue reading “TOMATO/THAKKALI THOKKU & CHAPATHI DOUGH MAKING WITH LESS KNEADING(AUTOLYSIS METHOD)”

HOME MADE DATES STRAWBERRY JAM

There is something extra special to me apart from today being V’day…Any guess?? It is my blog first anniversary. Thanks from the bottom of my heart for a great support,trust and love from each of you.The journey has been extremely commendable and the credit goes to my dear readers and beloved well wishers. 🙂 A special bow down to each of you who supported and encouraged me in proceeding with my blog’s PURPOSE in this one year 🙂 I shall write special of dedication in detail marking my blog anniversary and now let’s get into today’s recipe.

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HOME MADE DATES SYRUP-NATURAL SWEETENER FOR BABY & TODDLER FOODS

I am becoming a home made maniac said my friends when I shared this to them during my first attempt. I made an attempt of this when I read the recipe in Aval Kitchen.But the process took some time and I was not satisfied with the process.I kept trying for better processes and especially a way to use the pulpy/fiber part which is discarded in the process.And finally I did it!Stay tuned to know what is that other dish :). This recipe is 200% better than what is sold in markets. Continue reading “HOME MADE DATES SYRUP-NATURAL SWEETENER FOR BABY & TODDLER FOODS”