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Rice Olaf Lunch Box for Kids

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  • January 8, 2018


Packing lunch for kids is the most hectic job, especially when you have picky eaters it gets even more difficult to pack lunch that your kid will eat. Every day moms are struggling with ways to Jazz up the lunch box so that it doesn’t come back home, full (not eaten).  As part of the series on the blog Fun, Creative and Delicious Rice Recipes, I took the challenge to come up with a creative yet delicious lunch option for kids and here it is OlafLunch box.

Japanese Bento-lunch box have always fascinated me and I so wanted to try making it. With this series I got that opportunity and it was so much fun doing it.  Learning new techniques and methods of cooking or doing things makes you feel so good. In a Japanese Bento Box you pack different into items in a compartmentalized box. This way you get variety of food options in a box.  Lunch box doesn’t always have to be sandwich, it can be rice too. And when it’s your kid’s favorite character, lunch gets even more exciting.

Movie Frozen is the most loved movies of all. While all the characters are a favorite, Olaf is a loved a little more. At first I was a bit nervous in making the Olaf thinking it won’t turn out perfect but with Reem ka Steam BasmatiRice it was so easy. This long grain, fragrant rice is so easy to cook and was even easier to handle while making Olaf. 
It was a moment of achievement when the rice Olaf turned out perfect. The rice was flavored using chicken broth so that it tastes good. The omelet hearts, sausage snowflakes, chicken nuggets and berries complete the box. All ingredients were from the kitchen pantry. The face details of Olaf were supposed to be made with Sushi Nori Sheets but I didn’t have them so used paper instead, to complete the look (don’t add paper to the lunch box – this was for photography purpose only).
This Olaf Lunch box is sure to put smile on faces and kids would finish the box for sure. Jazz-up the lunch box, make rice Olaf, bear or any of the favorite character using  Reemka Steam Rice and keep your kids fueled all day with creative and nutritious meal.

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Rice Olaf Lunch Box
by January-8-2018
Do you want to build a snowman? Jazz-up your kids lunch box with their favorite Olaf made with Rice, omelet hearts, sausage snowflakes, nuggets and fruit. You’ll love the warm hugs too

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serving 1 Lunch box

Ingredients

Rice Olaf

Heart Shaped Egg Omelet

  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper, Crushed
  • Oil

Snowflake Sausages

  • Chicken Sausages
  • Oil to pan fry

Filling the box

  • Salad Leaves
  • Berries
  • Chicken Nuggets

Instructions

  1. Cook Reem ka Steam Rice according to package instruction. Let it cool, best to prepare a day in advance. Using a plastic wrap shape the rice to make the body of Olaf.
  2. Cut small circles out of sushi nori sheet to make Olaf’s eyes, buttons, brows and mouth. Cut circles of sliced cheese for eyes and a thin strip for teeth. Attach them on the face using little mayonnaise to make it stick together. Use the carrot to make the nose.
  3. Heart Shape Egg Omelet: Beat eggs and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a pan on low heat. Pour 1/5th of the egg mixture in the pan and spread. Cook the egg until the edges start to turn, start rolling the egg. Move the rolled egg to one side of the pan. Pour another 1/5th of the mixture, spread. Lift the rolled egg a little to spread the mixture under it. When the edges start to turn roll the egg again. Repeat until all the egg mixture is consumed.
  4. Now cut the egg into one-inch pieces. Place the cut side up (the side where you see the egg swirls) Cut diagonally and then turn one of them upside down. Attach to make the heart shaped egg omelet.
  5. Cut Sausages in half. Make cross incision on it and then make another incision on it. Pan fry the sausage, the snowflakes pattern will begin to open.
  6. Place Salad leaves on the base of the box. Position Olaf, fill up the spaces with Heart-shaped Egg Omelet, Sausage snowflakes, berries and nuggets.

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Vegetable Stuffed Rice Balls

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  • January 1, 2018
Got left-over rice? Let’s give it a new delicious twist. Sounds great, right? As part of the series of recipes with Rice that are creative, fun and delicious, this recipe of Vegetable Stuffed Rice Balls is not only delicious but is an awesome way to use those left-over rice and turn them into crispy and flavorful snack.



Inspired by the Italian favorite Arancini (Italian Rice balls) that are made with Risotto (Arborio rice, an Italian rice variety), these Vegetable Stuffed Rice Balls are made with Basmati Rice. I’ve used Reem ka Steam Basmati Rice for creating this recipe. I had so much fun working on rice recipes and specially with Reem ka Steam Rice as the rice quality is great. It’s long grain rice, fragrant and takes less time to cook too. 

What makes these rice balls even more exciting is the stuffing. The crisp outside, soft creamy inside with colorful vegetables, the combination is delicious. The breadcrumbs give the added crunch to it, making it even more crispier. I’ve used vegetables as stuffing for rice balls, you can use meat, cheese or any kind of stuffing as per your liking. You can be as creative as you want and go according to your taste palette.

If you like this recipe, check out other ones on the series Rice Recipes here and here.

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Vegetable Stuffed Rice Balls
by December-29-2017

Crunchy deep-fried rice balls stuffed with vegetables and a hint of sauce. A great way to use those left-over rice and turn them into an exciting snack

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serves 4-6

Ingredients

For Rice

Vegetable Stuffing

  • 1/2 Cup Mixed Vegetables, chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp Chili Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper, crushed
  • Mozzarella Cheese diced, as needed
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil

Breading

  • Flour
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying

Serve with

  • Chili Sauce

Instructions

  1. Cook Reem ka Steam Rice according to package instructions.
  2. In a large sauce pan bring Chicken Stock to a boil add rice and black pepper. Cook over a very low heat, stirring frequently until the stock has been absorbed. Rice will look overcooked but a perfect texture for rice balls. Keep aside to cool completely or refrigerate overnight.
  3. In another sauce pan over medium heat add oil, green chilies and minced. Saute until light golden and fragrant. Add the vegetables and the seasonings and stir. Cook until the vegetables are soft. Taste check and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  4. Prepare the breading station: In a deep plate beat the eggs and season with a little salt and pepper. In two other deep plates keep flour and bread crumbs.
  5. To make the rice balls: Put some cooled rice in your hand keeping it cupped shaped (make sure you wet your hand a bit for easy handling) and flatten it. Place a tablespoon of filling and a pice of mozzarella in center along. Add a little more rice on the top and start closing it around filling into a ball shape.
  6. Dust the rice balls with flour, then roll in the egg and then in breadcrumbs until completely coated.
  7. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan and fry the rice balls until golden. Drain on kitchen paper.
  8. Serve hot with Chili Sauce.

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Creamy Brown Rice Porridge with Dark Chocolate

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  • December 28, 2017
Rice is the most-loved staple food across cultures. The popularity of this grain in different regions gives us a variety of ways to enjoy it with every dish being unique and delicious. So I decided to do a series of recipes with Rice bringing you creative, fun and delicious ways to make this everyday staple a little more exciting. Starting-off with a breakfast bowl and this ain’t your regular breakfast bowl, it is a bowl of Creamy Brown Rice Porridge with Dark Chocolate and fruit.

There is something really comforting about a bowl of rice topped with your favorite gravy, meat, veggies or fruit. All items in a bowl sound so good and tastes even better. It’s equally pleasing to look at. Just like this bowl of Creamy Brown Rice Porridge with dark chocolate, it looks so good and tastes amazing. Brown rice, a darling grain for the health conscious doesn’t have to be boring and basic and when chocolate is involved, it just gets delicious!
This breakfast bowl is really simple to make with only 5 ingredients and is packed with nutrients, flavors and energy to give you the perfect boost to start your morning. I tried  Reem ka Steam Rice Brown Rice for this recipe and I was pretty much impressed with the quality of grains. I cooked the brown rice for the first time and they came out perfect and tasted good too unlike all the stories and experience I’ve had heard of that brown rice don’t taste that good and all. These one’s were easy to cook and tasted good too. For my clean-eating days I am now using Reem ka Steam Brown Rice and am pretty satisfied. I’ve found the best alternative to satisfy my rice cravings.
Satisfying rice cravings with something else can be hard but having brown rice as a nutritional alternative  makes it easier. Specially when it’s packed with proteins, fiber, magnesium and other health benefits! Starting the day with this? I can’t think of a better way. Also, along with the nutrients from the Creamy Brown Rice, this breakfast bowl gets the sweetness from maple syrup and is also rich with antioxidants from the cocoa powder. Topped with fresh fruit and chocolate square, this breakfast bowl is breakfast deliciousness!
Bring out those fancy bowls and fill ’em up with this yummy and creamy Brown Rice porridge with Dark Chocolate.

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Creamy Brown Rice Porridge with Dark Chocolate
by December-28-2017
Start your day with delicious bowl of creamy brown rice porridge. A healthy and tasty breakfast that’s chocolaty, not too sweet, warm and filling.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Reem ka Steam Brown Rice, cooked and cool
  • 1 Cup Milk (milk of your choice, low-fat, almond or any)
  • 1 tsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp Maple Syrup or Honey (or according to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

To Serve

  • Mixed Berries
  • Sliced Bananas
  • 3-4 Squares Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
  • Slivered Almonds

Instructions

  1. Cook Reem ka Steam Brown Rice according to package instruction. Best to prepare a day in advance
  2. In a large sauce pan combine cooked Reem ka Steam Brown Rice and milk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes. Stirring frequently, until rice is soft and creamy.
  3. Remove the pan from heat and add cocoa powder, honey and vanilla extract (optional). Stir to combine.
  4. Taste check and adjust flavors as needed. Add more milk if you prefer thinner texture.
  5. Serve the bowl of creamy rice porridge with dark chocolate, mixed berries, sliced banana and slivered almond.

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Rice Soup with Chicken (Thai Style)

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  • December 12, 2017
Rice Soup or Khao Tom in Thai language is a staple in Thailand eaten for breakfast or as a late-night meal. I always wanted to make it but had been waiting for winter season because this soup is packed with flavors I really wanted to enjoy it to the fullest in the cold season. With rice, chicken, peanuts and Thai chilies, this Rice Soup is “Comfort in a bowl”

What I like the most about this soup is that it is prepared with simple ingredients. The flavors from aromatic lemon grass and ginger gives this soup a very distinct and refreshing lemony taste, that I love the most. It’s such a perfect bowl for winter season to keep you warm and helps specially when you’ve got the cold or flu. A bowl of this rice soup is so welcoming and comforting when you’ve had a long day, it refreshes you. 
For this recipe I used Reem ka Steam Rice which came true to it’s description. Fragrant, aromatic long grain rice. Each grain was separate when cooked. These came out just perfect as cooked rice should be.
  
There are different cooking methods when it comes to making this Rice Soup. It’s either made by cooking the rice separately and then adding to soup or by cooking the rice in the Chicken stock. I used the first method and prepared this soup in two steps: (i) Cooking the rice separately (ii) preparing the Soup. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and absolutely love the flavors. I didn’t get a chance to try the authentic Rice soup in Thailand, when I was there last year. I’m definitely having it whenever I’m there next, to taste the authentic flavor. 

Enjoy a bowl of this Rice Soup with chicken (Thai Style) this winter and cozy up!

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Rice Soup with Chicken (Thai Style)
by December-12-2017
Rice soup flavored with aromatic lemongrass, ginger and shredded chicken, served with Thai red chilies and roasted peanuts. A delicious comfort food to warm you up this winter!

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serves 2

Ingredients

  • 5 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 Chicken Breast Fillet
  • 1 Onion, small and thinly sliced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Lemon Grass, dried
  • 1 inch Ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Cup Reem ka Steam Rice, cooked
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice, Fresh
  • 1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
  • Salt according to taste

Garnishes

  • 3 Thai Red Chilies, thinly sliced
  • 1 inch Ginger, peeled and julienne
  • 2 Tbsp Peanuts, roasted, skin-on and unsalted
  • Fresh Coriander
  • Shredded Chicken (reserved)

Serve With

  • Chili Sauce
  • Ginger, Julienne
  • Lemon Wedges

Instructions

  1. Cook Reem ka Steam Rice according to package instructions. Keep aside until further use
  2. In a large sauce pan bring chicken, chicken stock, sliced onion and garlic cloves to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Transfer the chicken and garlic cloves from the pan to the cutting board and let cool. Discard onion from the stock mixture. Using the side of the Chef’s knife smash the garlic to make a paste and return to sauce pan. Stir to combine. Shred the chicken and set aside (reserve some for garnish)
  4. Add lemon grass and sliced ginger to the stock mixture and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Discard lemon grass and ginger from the mixture. Add cooked rice and simmer briefly
  5. Stir in lemon juice, fish sauce and shredded chicken. Taste check and add salt if needed or adjust seasoning according to taste.
  6. Ladle the hot rice soup in serving bowls. Garnish with red chilies, ginger, reserved chicken, roasted peanuts and fresh coriander

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Crispy Chicken with Creamy Garlic Pasta

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  • November 22, 2017
This has been the most requested recipe on my Instagram. The day I posted this picture, I received a lot of DMs and comments for the recipe. So today here it is Crispy Chicken with Creamy Garlic Pasta. As winter roll in, it brings with it every excuse to have your favorite comfort food – a bowl of steaming pasta with your favorite veggies or meat, sounds perfect . You can make your meal as warming and luxurious as you need. 

A creamy, comforting and quick pasta recipe is all you need to warm your soul this winter season. This Crispy Chicken with Creamy Garlic Pasta is the recipe that is creamy, quick and very comforting. It has delicious crispy pan fried chicken. The crust is so crispy and full of flavor. When you cut into the chicken it’s really tender and juicy!

 

The crispy chicken is served over pasta tossed with creamy garlic sauce that is just amazing. This entire meal comes out really Ah-Mazing. You get different textures and flavors. Crispiness from the chicken and creamy garlic flavor from the pasta.

The best thing about this meal is that it is ready in about 30 minutes, it’s that quick to make. It’s really easy and packed with delicious flavor. 
You’ve got to try this out because who ever has it, they’re going to rave about it for sure!

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Crispy Chicken with Creamy Garlic Pasta
by November-22-2017
Crispy, tender and flavorful chicken on Pasta tossed in creamy garlic sauce. A delicious meal in 30-minutes!

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serves 4

Ingredients

Crispy Chicken

  • 1 lb Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Onion, small and chopped finely
  • 2-3 Green Chilies, Chopped finely Chex
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Mustard Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Garlic Sauce or Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper, crushed
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Cornflour

Breading

  • 2 Cup Breadcrumbs
  • Oil for frying

Creamy Garlic Pasta

  • 1 box (1lb) Penne Pasta
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp White Pepper

Instructions

  1. Flatten Chicken Breasts using a meat mallet or with a knife
  2. In a blender add all the ingredients for crispy chicken until well combined. Coat each breast fillet with the prepared marinade and let sit for 10 minutes.
  3. While chicken is marinating, prepare pasta by boiling water with 1 tsp salt. Cook pasta until al dente. Strain and place under cold running water. Add 1 tsp of oil and mix.
  4. In a medium sized pan melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic and saute till it turns golden brown. Add flour and mix until it becomes fluffy about 1 minute. Slowly add to it milk stirring continuously to avoid lumps.Mix well and let it simmer over low heat. When it starts to thicken add chicken broth, cook on low heat. When the sauce starts getting thick add salt,black pepper and white pepper
  5. Add cooked pasta to the prepared sauce and mix so it’s well coated
  6. Heat Oil in a large pan over medium heat. Coat the marinated chicken breasts in breadcrumbs and then fry until golden and cooked through
  7. Serve the crispy chicken over pasta tossed in creamy garlic sauce. Garnish with fresh parsley or coriander

Notes

  1. If pasta sauce becomes very thick add chicken broth to achieve your desired sauce consistency. Don’t forget to taste check

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Crispy Chicken Bites – Two Ways

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  • October 20, 2017
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There are days when you crave for something crunchy, hot and filling. This happens mostly in winters (with me at least) when the temperature drops your body craves for warm, comforting food to keep those winter chills away. While these seasonal craving are unavoidable, one can simply not resist hot crispy chicken on any day specially when it’s tender and spicy too – all in one bite.

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These chicken bites are a no-hassle finger food, one that can be prepared quickly and the best thing you can get your kids to help. It would be a nice kitchen activity, simply set up a dredging station with bowls of egg and coating and let the kids do this stuff. This will keep them busy while it’s being prepared and then everyone gets to enjoy these delicious chicken bites. So, it’s a win-win. 
There is a secret ingredient in this recipe that makes these chicken bites more crispy and add flavor to it. The ingredient is in it’s coating. These chicken bites are coated with cracker crumbs which give it the crunch, flavor, makes it healthy and full of Proteins!

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I’m sharing two ways to prepare these delicious chicken bites. One is a healthy version and the other not so healthy version. I just want everyone to enjoy these so that nobody feels left out and hey, these are kid-friendly too.

I love to have these as it is but you can have it the way you like it, the choices are endless. Simply prepare these chicken bites and a bowl of salad – there you have a quick lunch/dinner ready! It’s a great evening snack to have with chai or your favorite drink. Having friends over? No problem, serve these Cripsy Chicken Bites with a side of french fries, coleslaw and some cold drinks. The options are endless and nobody can say NO to such deliciousness. Trust me, you’ll get Big Smiles in return.

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Crispy Chicken Bites – Two Ways
by October-20-2017
Bite-sized Chicken pieces crispy on the outside and juicy inside with a perfect balance of spices. Fry them up or bake them, these golden and crunchy chicken bites make irresistible finger food.

Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serves 4

Ingredients

For The Chicken

  • 4 Boneless Chicken Breast halves, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2-3 Tbsp Hot Chili Sauce,I used Sriracha
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

For The Egg-Mix

  • 1-2 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Mustard Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Hot Chili Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika

For The Coating

  • 1/2 Cup All-purpose Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Cup Finely crushed Crackers

Instructions

Method 1: Fried Crispy Chicken Bites

  1. In a prep bowl add chicken pieces along with all the ingredients. Stir to coat well and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes
  2. While the chicken is marinating, set up the dredging station. In a bowl whisk eggs and add the egg-mix ingredients. Whisk it all together until foamy
  3. In another shallow dish, add all-purpose flour and mix in salt, dried oregano, garlic pepper, paprika and black pepper. Mix all the ingredients together
  4. In another shallow dish or bowl add finely crushed crackers
  5. Take the chicken out of refrigerator. Heat oil for frying in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat
  6. Coat the chicken first in flour, then in egg-mix and then generously roll in crushed crackers. You can repeat the steps to make a thick coating
  7. Carefully add the coated chicken pieces in the hot oil, don’t over crowd the pan. Let cook for 4-5 minutes until the chicken is crisp, golden and cooked through
  8. Remove from oil and drain on kitchen towel.
  9. Serve these hot and Crispy Chicken Bites with your favorite dipping sauce

Method 2: Baked Crispy Chicken Bites

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C and grease a baking sheet with oil
  2. In a prep bowl add chicken pieces along with all the ingredients. Stir to coat well and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes
  3. While the chicken is marinating, set up the dredging station. In a bowl whisk eggs and add the egg-mix ingredients. Whisk it all together until foamy
  4. In another shallow dish, add all-purpose flour and mix in salt, dried oregano, garlic pepper, paprika and black pepper. Mix all the ingredients together
  5. In another shallow dish or bowl add finely crushed crackers
  6. Take the chicken out of refrigerator. Heat oil for frying in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat
  7. Coat the chicken first in flour, then in egg-mix and then generously roll in crushed crackers. You can repeat the steps to make a thick coating
  8. Line the chicken on the greased baking sheet and place in the oven. Bake for 8 minutes and then turn sides. Bake for another 8 minutes until the chicken is crisp, golden and cooked through. Baking time may vary, just make sure the chicken it cooked through
  9. Serve these hot and Crispy Chicken Bites with your favorite dipping sauce

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Breakfast Pizza with Pancake Mix Crust

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  • August 31, 2017
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From the title of the post most of you would be like – Pizza for Breakfast? Well, Yes! This one right here is a Breakfast Pizza with no ordinary crust but a Pancake Mix Crust.


Did you know you can make so many delicious things using Pancake mix other than Pancakes of course? Until now, I didn’t. When I came across this recipe on Delish Plan I was so impressed by the idea of using pancake mix as a crust for this breakfast pizza that I had to try it out to experience the taste and flavors.

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Most of you know already that I’m not a breakfast person at all, but for our new followers – I’m not a breakfast person, which means I’m one of those who skip breakfast (as in proper meal) and are happy to have a cup of chai and call it breakfast. But I do enjoy trying out new breakfast recipes that I find interesting and worth sharing with you all. I also enjoy breakfast plans with friends and love trying out breakfast menus at restaurants, yet I’m not a breakfast person (maybe just at home, lol)
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This gorgeous looking and tastefully delicious Breakfast Pizza is so so easy and quick to make.And the best part, you don’t have to worry about making the perfect dough at all – what else could you ask for, right? You can also play around with the ingredients and add all your favorite things to it, mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes, sausage or anything at all . This pizza is versatile like that!
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This was my first attempt with the pizza, it turned out awesome but the eggs on the crust did not come out perfect – like I wanted them to be. It still looked great and tasted delicious. Next time I’ll be more careful when adding eggs on top so that they stay in shape and come out perfect.

Pancake Crust has been a hit and this Breakfast Pizza is now a favorite! You can find more breakfast recipes here

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Breakfast Pizza with Pancake Mix Crust
by August-31-2017
This gorgeous looking breakfast pizza with pancake mix crust is loaded with cheese, eggs and sausage – a perfect way to revamp your weekend breakfast!

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Ingredients

For Pizza Crust

  • 2 Cups Buttermilk Pancake Mix
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Water

For Pizza Topping

  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese (Grated)
  • 6 Chicken Sausage, cooked and chopped
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese (Grated)
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese (Grated)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper, ground
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F or 220°C. Prepare the pizza dish or a cookie sheet by lightly greasing it with olive oil or cooking spray
  2. In a large bowl mix together pancake mix, water and olive oil until well combined.
  3. On a clean counter top or kneading surface sprinkle some pancake mix or flour. Transfer dough from the bowl to the floured surface and knead for about 2 minutes. Place it back in the bowl and cover with a clean, damp kitchen towel and let sit for 5 minutes, undisturbed.
  4. After about 5 minutes dust the rolling pin with flour and start rolling the prepared pizza dough into your desired shape (circle, oblong or a square) keeping it about 1/2 an inch thick. Transfer the crust to the prepared pizza pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Once the pizza crust is ready, top it with mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, sausage and Parmesan cheese. Put it back in the oven for 14 minutes. Seven minutes into baking add eggs on the top and continue baking for the next seven minutes or until the egg whites are set
  6. Take it out of the oven and season with salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Sprinkle some chopped cilantro or green onion on the top,slice and serve!

Notes

  1. You can choose any topping for your Pizza
  2. This was my first attempt and the eggs did not come out perfect, next time when baking the crust I’ll make indentations on it where the eggs will go, to keep them in shape and to prevent egg whites from sliding around

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Biscuit Bhel (Bhelpuri with a twist)

Bhel Puri – a crunchy, flavorful chaat, is one of the most popular street foods in Pakistan and India. This delicious snack is low in calories but packed with zesty flavors and crunchy textures. A traditional bhel puri is made with a variety of ingredients, one of them being the puri (deep fried crackers) which adds the crunch and also serves the purpose of a spoon to enjoy the chaat. We  added a twist to the traditional recipe by replacing Puri with Biscuits (Crackers) and we have the Biscuit Bhel

Bhel means mixture and Bhel puri is all about textures. While a chaat generally has two or three basic ingredients, bhel puri has a lot more ingredients which includes puffed rice, sev, crumbled puri, onions, potatoes, three different chutneys and anything you would want in your chaat.

I was first introduced to this delicious snack in my childhood when a restaurant Lahore Chatkhara opened up in Lahore that served a variety of popular street foods. Our favorites on the menu were papdi chaat, dahi puri and bhel puri. My sisters and I used to choose one dish each as per our liking and totally did not share with one another (because it was soo good, lol) okay, no we did share because the portions served were generous and we were kids then. But Bhel Puri always was part of our order every time we went there and is still a favorite.
Replacing puri with biscuits (crackers) in Biscuit Bhel does not change the flavors of the chaat at all. It saves you from preparing those deep fried puris, unless you’re getting pre-made puris from the store. You can easily prepare this quick and jhat pat recipe in 10 minutes. It’s super easy, you can use the list of ingredients shared below and can add more as per your taste palate and liking. I do suggest using the ingredients mentioned because these are the basic ingredients for the dish but feel free to adjust as per your taste.
The star ingredients of this chaat are the three must-have chutneys that give this chaat that sweet, spicy, tangy and chatpata flavor. As bhel puri and this biscuit bhel is all about texture – the crispy puffed rice, soft but firm boiled potatoes, crunchy crackers (biscuits), crisp sev, sweet and spicy chutneys and small pieces of onions that squish as you bite into them (salivating??), all these together make this chaat/snack/street food a favorite and oh so delicious!
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Biscuit Bhel (Bhel Puri with a Twist)
by June-25-2017
Biscuit Bhel – a sweet and spicy snack chaat of puffed rice, sev, vegetables and chutneys with a twist of cracker (biscuits)

Prep time: Yield: serves 4 -6

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl add boiled potatoes, onions, green chilies and crackers. Top these with the chutneys and mix well.
  2. Now add spiced boondi, puffed rice and toss everything together
  3. Garnish with fresh corriander, sev, some chopped onion and chaat masala

Notes

  1. Biscuit Bhel is supposed to be crunchy, so don’t prepare in advance as the ingredients will become soggy. So prepare fresh to keep it crunchy.
  2. You can also add roasted peanuts too
  3. If you plan to make it, stock up on sev and puffed rice. Make the chutneys in advance to save time.
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Falsa Sherbet

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The most awaited summer fruit of the season (after mangoes) in Pakistan is Falsa (Phalsa) that also has a very fancy English name – Grewia Asiatica, that nobody ever uses. From it’s color, taste and price at the start of the season, this little berry fruit gets you drooling. You just can’t have enough of it till the time it’s available (roughly two months). While it’s still available, we had to make Falsa Sherbet (juice) to keep us cool in sweltering summer heat.

Every food has a story and this fruit always brings back memories from childhood. Growing up and while we (my sisters and I) were in school, our final term exams and falsa season coincided – like every year it was like that. And this meant NO Falsay during exams!

Walking out the school gate after exam, we had our eyes on that falsa vendor’s beautifully arranged falsa display, he’d be at his fixed spot under the tree, right next to school gate. While most girls would stop by and have a small pack of falsa with generous sprinkling of black salt (kala namak), we’d just walk past it with this tiny thought that on our last exam you better be here falsa guy because we want those little berries bursting with flavors and of course with black salt! Last day of the exam was the best day because exams had ended and we could have these falsay as much as we wanted – no stopping there
On Sundays we all had a day off and so did my father, he’d bring falsay (my mother loves this fruit) and then would prepare bowls for us all. It was so exciting to see him prepare the bowls. He’d have all those falsa in a large bowl, would then sprinkle black salt all over it and would then cover the bowl with a fairly larger plate and would give it a good shake – this helps in equally salting the fruit and also smashes a few ripe ones, making it a lot more flavorful. We used to enjoy this entire experience a lot. Such were the joys of simple days.
As little as it may seem, this fruit is not only flavorful but has many benefits too. It’s loaded with Vitamin C, Potassium, Fiber, Calcium and Phosphorus. In simpler words, it helps treating dehydration, alleviates inflammation, helps in regulating blood pressure, digestion and is full of anti-oxidants.
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It has a nice a mix of sweet, sour and a bit acidic taste, which adds a good punch and flavor to it’s Sherbet/Juice. There are other ways to consume this seasonal fruit and you might enjoy having it in some other way but do give this quick and easy Falsa Sherbet recipe a try this summer to keep you cool all through the season.

You might also want to try this Mint Margarita another refreshing drink with a bit of lemon soda infused with mint leaves – so perfect for summers.

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Falsa Sherbet
by June-16-2017
Falsa Sherbet! Fresh, bright and refreshingly delicious, it’s the prefect summer drink

Prep time: Total time: Yield: serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1000 grams (1 Kilo) Falsa
  • 1.5 Cup Sugar (or to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp Black Salt (Kala Namak)
  • 1.5 Liter Water

Instructions

  1. Clean Falsa under running water and then soak in water for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse well. Now add Sugar and mix well. Let it sit for another 15 minutes
  2. In a blender add half water, macerated berries, salt and blend until pureed
  3. Strain it through seive, add more water if required to puree well and get all from the pulp
  4. Taste test and adjust sugar and salt according to taste
  5. Mix it up with a bit water to dillute it and get a more Sherbet like consistency. Serve chilled with ice and mint leaves

Notes

  1. The strained mixture in step 3 can be stored by freezing. Use it as and when required
  2. To make this Falsa Sherbet a bit more fancy try adding Sprite or 7Up in place of water

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3 Must Have Chutneys for Ramzan

Ramzan Mubarik! It feels so great to be blessed with another month of Ramzan this year, an entire month of blessings, preparations for Roza (Fasting) and of course Food (both Suhoor and Iftar). No Iftar (meal for breaking the fast at Maghrib prayers) is complete without Chaat on the Iftaar table and no Chaat is complete without at least one or two chutneys in it. Here are the 3 Must Have Chutneys for Ramzan

Chutney is a flavor-enhancer for any Chaat or other fried items like pakora, samosay, kachori etc. It may vary in texture – can be sweet or spicy, smooth or chunky and generally includes a combination of vegetables, fruits or herbs.

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Green (Hari)Chutney is the most popular and favorite of all Chutneys – a spicy and grainy chutney made with mint and coriander giving this concoction a beautiful green color. Mint adds freshness, while the addition of lemon enhances the flavors and also prevents discoloration. Adding tomato to the chutney gives it a nice flavor too.
This Chutney goes with all types of chaats and other deep-fried snacks likes samosas, pakoras, kachoris to add freshness and heat. Mixing a few tablespoons of Green Chutney with plain yogurt makes it Raita (a minty sauce with creamy yogurt base) that’s used as a condiment with Biryani, Pulao or Kebabs.

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Mint Coriander Chutney (Green Chutney)
A full package of freshness, spiciness and tanginess combined makes it a favorite! 
Prep time: Total time: Yield: Makes 1 Cup

Ingredients

  • 1 Bunch Mint Leaves
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Coriander Leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 Medium Sized Tomato, chopped
  • 8-10 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 3-4 Green Chilies, sliced
  • 1/2 Tbsp Salt or to taste
  • 1/2 Tbsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chaat Masala Powder

Instructions

  1. Wash and chop the vegetables
  2. Add all the ingredients in the blender, add 1 or 2 Tbsp of water so that the ingredients blend easily
  3. Keep blending until all ingredients are well combined into a smooth paste.
  4. Taste check, add more salt, red chili or lemon juice as required
  5. Its ready! serve it as a dip, spread or condiment

Notes

  1. This can be stored for about a week in the refrigerator
  2. This can be also stored be freezing and can be used as needed, just thaw and use. It’ll become dark green in color upon freezing however the taste will remain the same
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Tamarind and Date (Khajoor-Imli) Chutney –  a sweet, spicy and tangy chutney made with tamarind and dates along with some spices making this a must have chutney for lip-smacking food. Sometimes used as a condiment with fried-food but mostly used as a sauce in chaats like Papdi chaat, Dahi Bhalla, Bhel Puri

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Tamarind Date Chutney (Imli-Khajoor Chutney)
A sweet and sour chutney a perfect accompaniment with fried-foods and chaat
Prep time: Total time: Yield: Makes 1 Cup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Tamarind(Imli)
  • 1/2 Cup Dates, Pitted
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Dry Ginger Powder
  • 1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chili flakes (optional)
  • 1 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 2 Cups Water or as required

Instructions

  1. boil the tamarind and dates in water
  2. when they become soft add the brown sugar and the spice powders and salt. cook further till the sugar dissolves.
  3. switch off the burner and let the mixture cool.
  4. grind the chutney mixture to a smooth paste. sieve the chutney through a strainer. add more salt if needed.
  5. if the chutney becomes too thick add some water to liquidize it
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Tamarind (Imli) Chutney – a spicy and sour chutney made from tamarind and a few spices. This chutney has a liquid consistency and is a favorite one to add in all those Chaats to give it a more tangy flavor. Add it to your regular fruit Chaat for a kick of flavor and you’ll love it even more. This chutney can be frozen up to a month. 

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Tamarind Chutney (Imli Chutney)
A spicy and sour chutney to enhance flavors in your chaat to make it more flavorful and delicious
Prep time: Total time: Yield: Makes 1 Jar

Ingredients

  • 1 Kg Tamarind (Imli)
  • 1 1/2 liters Water
  • 1/2 Kg Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Chaat Masala
  • 1 Tbsp White Vinegar

Instructions

  1. Wash dried tamarind and soak in water over night
  2. Sieve the soaked tamarind and transfer to a wok.
  3. Add sugar and put it on medium heat, until sugar dissolves. Now add salt, red chili powder, chaat masala and white vinegar.
  4. When it starts to thicken, taste check, add more salt, red chili as required.
  5. Remove from heat, cool and serve it as a dip or condiment
These 3 chutneys are a must-have at my home during Ramazan and all year through. They make all those Chaats so much exciting and flavorful. Try these in your Iftar Chaats and enjoy lip-smacking deliciousness.

These also make great Ramzan gift items, prepare the chaats, transfer in storage jars, label them and tie a ribbon around the jar and gift it – Fancy yet useful gift.

You can also set up a Chaat station at the next Iftaar you’re hosting, allow the guests to prepare their own chaat with all the ingredients set out on the table, some papri, boiled potatoes, boiled chickpeas, onions, sev and 3 must-have chutneys and you have your Chaat station ready!

Have a great Ramzan 🙂 
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