Recipe for chilli honey 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)
Dried red chillies (I used Kashmiri) – 3 large or 4 medium ones
Cumin – 1 tsp
Garlic – 3 cloves
Honey – 2 tsp
Salt to taste
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.
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
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
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.