Friday, 25 June 2010

Pudina Aloo, Stuffed Zucchini Tempura, Dill & Spring Onion Rotis, Spinach & Parsley Dal

Green spaces grow and emerge, 
around me and inside too, 
I breathe and I rest, 
and watch the old turn into new......

Dill and spring onion rotis, pudina aloo, spinach dal,
zucchini flower tempura, goats yoghurt cucumber raita

Our Patio Garden

Zucchini Flowers

Stuffed Zucchini Flower Tempura

Zucchini flowers, stuffed with a mixture of creamy goats cheese,
basil and thyme, sea salt and black pepper - coated with a batter
made with gluten free flour blend, cayenne pepper, sparkling
water - then deep fried in mild olive oil.

I don't remember the last time I made any deep fried food,
but these zucchini flowers were totally worth it :-)
Trevor liked them so much, I'm making again tonight!

Dill, lots of it!!! and some Marigold too :-)

Gluten free rotis, made with a blend of Jowar (sorghum)
Rajgiri (Amaranth) and Besan (Chickpea) Flours.....
Added sea salt, ajwain, lots of dill and spring onions,
and spread some coconut oil when cooked.....

Mint from our herb patch, my favorite herb :-)

Pudina Aloo ( Mint and lemony Potatoes)

Boil potatoes, keep aside.
Green paste - blend fresh mint, fresh coriander,
dessicated coconut, lemon juice, water,
sea salt and ginger.
Heat oil, fry cumin seeds then add coriander powder,
garam masala and turmeric, add the paste,
stir fry for a few minutes
and then add the boiled potatoes and cook for a few
minutes till the paste starts drying and coating
the potatoes.
Squezze some lemon juice, serve hot with
rotis and raita......

Dinner outside in the patio, summer pleasures :-)

Apologies for the lack of precise recipes,
I'm just not too well these days, so do my best
with cooking, photographing and blogging.....

Keep it Simple.
Be Creative.
Taste and Play.
Find your Own Way.

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Trevor's Pappadum Samosas and Green Smoothie

I've made pappadum samosas many times before,
they are always a favorite at our home, 
I usually fill them with spicy potatoes and peas, 
but Trevor made a filling of spinach, onions and crumbled cheese.
These samosas are easy to make and quite healthy,
no need to make dough and no need for deep frying.
Trevor whizzed up a delicious green smoothie too,
lifted me right out of feeling unwell and blue :-)

1 Onion finely sliced ( Trevor used a red onion)
1 bag of young Spinach leaves roughly chopped up
1 teaspoon of garam masala
feta - crumbled up
a pinch of sea salt (as feta is quite salty too)
packet of Pappadums
olive oil

In a spoon of oil fry the onions till they are transparent
and keep aside to cool.
Chop up the spinach leaves and mix with the onions,
add garam masala, sea salt and tofu.
Gently mix this together. Keep aside.

Preheat the oven to 180 C and lightly
spray and baking tray with oil.

Fill a large bowl with water.
Take a pappadum and dip it in the water to make it wet.
Cut it in half with a scissor.
Take a big spoonful of the spinach and feta filling
and put it in the center of the half pappadum.
Fold one side and then the other side to make a triangle.
if the pappadum dries up then wet your hands and run
them over the pappadum, keeping it moist all the time.
Quickly press the wet corners and hold till they stick together.
Dip your finger in a small bowl of oil and run it over the corners
to help the edges stick even better.

You have to work fast while making these samosas,
as the pappadums dry out quite quickly.
Put the samosas on the baking tray and bake for ten minutes
on one side, then for five minutes on the other.
Keep checking as depending on your oven, this can take a
little less time or a little more.

Nothing cheers me up like a Green Smoothie does,
so Trevor blended a frozen banana and a handful of
frozen grapes with a big handful of romaine lettuce
(you can use any other greens, spinach, kale, etc)
added a spoonful of hemp seeds for super protein,
3 seedless dates, half a tray of ice cubes and some

He served it along with the samosas and a green herb
salad with cherry tomatoes, all freshly picked from our
patio garden.....

Trevor is from Ireland but his heart belongs in South India
just like mine does - his dream would be to live right next
to a Kerala restaurant and eat appams with meen curry
for lunch and dinner.....