Chilli honey paste for stir frys and noodles

chilli honey paste
Recipe for chilli honey paste

chilli paste

Supermarkets today stock isles full of readymade pastes and sauces to make your life easy. Once you have a sauce or paste as your dish’s base, then all there’s left to do is to bring the veggies/meat together. Your meal is done in just a few minutes. I made such pastes and sauces at home so I know what’s in them, unlike the bottled ones with ingredients that sound like they belong in a lab! If you make them at home, you can do small batches for one time use. Or make bigger batches and freeze till your next meal.

Yield: 1 tbsp (for one time use)

Ingredients:

Dried red chillies (I used Kashmiri) – 3 large or 4 medium ones

Cumin – 1 tsp

Garlic Р3 cloves

Honey – 2 tsp

Salt to taste

Method:

Dry roast chillies and cumin. I deseeded one of the chillies because I wanted more colour and less heat.

Blitz together in a blender with the rest of the ingredients.

Use in a stir fry or noodles like I did.

Note: If you want to make a bigger batch, save it in a jar and in the freezer so it lasts longer.

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Wheat Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

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It’s Pancake Day today, apparently. On this auspicious (how can pancake day not be?!) occasion, let me present you with wheat pancakes. Just good old atta replacing the evil maida (not to worry, you can have enough of it in your cake). Since it’s winter, there’s enough of strawberries rolling around in the market and in my kitchen. I just blended a box of them with a spoon of sugar. You can skip the sugar and add honey instead so it’s not all tart and no sweet.

Yield: 4 pancakes

Ingredients:

1 cup atta (whole wheat powder)

3/4 cup milk

1 large egg

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp fine/castor/powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Pinch of salt

Method:

Mix dry ingredients (atta, baking powder and salt) together in a mixing bowl.

Mix milk, egg and vanilla together in another bowl.

Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix till everything is incorporated well. Do not over mix, else pancakes will turn out leathery and tough.

Pour a ladleful of the batter on a hot nonstick pan and let it cook for a min on medium heat or till you see bubbles on the side of the pancake.

Flip it and let the other side cook for 40 seconds to a minute.

Strawberry sauce: Blend a box of strawberries (hulled and diced) with a spoon of sugar or honey.

Serve pancakes with strawberry sauce along with other fruits and honey or maple syrup.

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Waffles with Caramelized Bananas and Honey

The Flipkart Big Billion Day was upon us and everybody was all ooh-aah and everything about it. I also downloaded the app (yes, I’m a cavewoman when it comes to apps) to see what the fuss was all about. As expected, the first thing I click on was the kitchen appliances section. And lo behold, by the grace of tech Gods, I saw one waffle maker. That too for Rs. 899 only. One brand called Lifelong it seems. Now only time will tell if it’s going to stand the test and taste of time. Anyway, now that I have procured the maker, I presumed with the making. Of the waffles, of course. I came across too many recipes. But decided to figure this out on my own. Couldn’t be THAT off considering I’m one pancake queen. So here goes:

Makes 4 waffles. 2, if you want to stuff all the batter into that waffle maker and cause spillage and dense waffles.

Ingredients:
1 cup maida (plain flour)
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 cup oil
2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt

Method:
1. Mix dry ingredients and keep aside.
2. Mix milk, oil, yolk from the egg (keep the white aside to be added later) and vanilla and keep aside.
3. Now make a well in the flour mixture and pour the wet ingredients to this and mix till incorporated. Don’t over mix, else you’ll have waffle shaped leather type thing to chew on.
4. Whisk the egg white till nice and frothy. Like cappuccino froth maybe. Gently fold this into the batter.
5. Pour 3/4th ladle of the batter on each waffle mould of the preheated waffle maker.
6. Close it and wait till you see steam coming out from the sides. Also, there will be a red and green light where green turns on means it’s done.

I topped this with caramelized bananas and honey. You could choose chocolate sauce or maple syrup or basically anything else you’d like.

Also, I’ve learnt this a little too late, but still. Taking some effort to make your food look nice makes you also feel nice. Especially when the picture comes out good, when you don’t have a fancy-shmancy camera and only a phone.

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Half and Half Pancakes with Mango and Honey

Pancakes make for a great breakfast. Of course, they do. Especially when they’re topped with fruits, chocolate sauce, maple syrup and the likes. I’m *trying* to eat *healthy* these days. Sunday is my cheat day. It’s best when you can cheat on your diet, yet not drive yourself up the wall with guilt. This time I tried going half and half – wheat and plain flour. Instead of maple syrup, it was honey. Topped it all with fresh mango.

Here is my old recipe for pancakes. Just go half and half with the flour, or maybe go all wheat, or maybe multigrain. Or maybe just indulge and we’ll all go on a guilt trip later.

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