August 19, 2016

Eggless Whole Wheat Smiley Face Cookie

     Kids will not eat cookies just because they are good.  Sometimes we have to attract them by making the cookies in shapes like cartoons etc. Smiley is a simple and easy to make shape yet the cartoonish feel makes kids fall in love with them. This Cookie was a big hit in our family and I strongly recommend this to be tried out.




Recipe Cuisine : International | Recipe Category: Cookies
Preparation Time: 10 mins  | Baking Time: 10 mins | Yields: 13-15 Cookies

Ingredients:
For Cookie:

Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup
Butter
½ cup
1/3 cup
Vanilla Essence
1 tsp
For Smiley:

1 cup
Milk
1 tbsp
Yellow Liquid Food Color
¼ tsp
Brown / Black Liquid Fool Color
¼ tsp
Vanilla Essence
½ tsp

 Click here for Homemade Icing Sugar Recipe.

Procedure:
Procedure for Cookie: 
1. Add the butter in a wide bowl. Beat the butter using the electric beater or hand beater or wire whisk till it becomes fluffy.
2. Now add the icing sugar and vanilla essence, mix them well. Then beat it till the mixture becomes fluffy.
3. Now add the wheat flour and mix them well. Knead it into a pliable and soft dough.
4. Roll the dough into ½ inch thickness circle (like chapathi) on the dry rolling surface using the rolling pin. Before rolling, sprinkle the wheat flour over the rolling surface to avoid the flour getting sticky.
5. Now cut the rolled circle using the 2 inch diameter circular shape cutter.
6. Take out the cookies using the flat spatula and keep it on the ungreased baking tray. Leave ½ inch space between the cookies.
7. Preheat the oven for 200 degree Celsius.
8. Bake the cookies for 10 mins at 180 degree Celsius.
9. Allow it to cool down completely and then take them out from the tray. Again cool them on wire rack.
Procedure for Smiley Face:
10. Now take 1 cup of icing sugar in a bowl, add 1 tbsp of milk and vanilla essence. Mix them well with whisk till they become pouring consistency.
11. Now divide this icing mixture (from 10) into ¾ and ¼ parts. Pour them into two separate bowls.
12. Add yellow color to the  3/4th quantity bowl. Mix them well and keep it aside.
13. Add brown color to the  1/4th quantity bowl. Mix them well and keep it aside.
14. Pour these two mixtures into the piping bags or squeeze bottles or thick plastic cover with small hole. Close the bags tightly.
15.  Now using the yellow color icing draw the outer circle for the cookies. Leave it for 5 mins.
16. Then fill the circles with the yellow color icing. If the icing mixture is too thick you can add 1 tsp of water. Leave it for 10 mins.
17. Now you can draw eyes and mouth using the brown color. Leave it for 5 mins.

After 5 mins your smiley cookies are ready to serve.

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August 17, 2016

Carrot Idli - Kids Lunchbox Idea

     The idea for Carrot Idli came when I wanted to provide a vegetable along with Idli for my kid lunch box. It was liked even by elders.



Recipe Cuisine : South Indian | Recipe Category: Breakfast
Preparation Time: 5 mins  | Cooking Time: 10 mins | Yields: 4-5 Idlies

Ingredients:
½ cup
To Temper:

Oil
1 tsp
Mustard Seeds
¼ tsp
Chana Dal
½ tsp
Curry Leaves
Few pieces
Chopped Onion
2 tbsp
Grated Carrot
3 tbsp
Salt
To taste

Procedure:
1. Heat the oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and wait for popping.
2. Add chana dal and curry leaves. Fry them till they become crisp.
3. Then add the chopped onion and fry they become translucent.
4. Add the grated carrot and salt. Sauté till the color of the carrot becomes yellow color.
5.  Allow it to cool down completely. Then add this carrot mixture with idli batter. Mix them well and leave it for 2 mins.
6. Grease the idli plate with oil and pour ladle full of carrot  idli batter (from 5).  Steam cook them for 8-10 mins.
10. After 10 mins remove from the flame and leave it for few mins or apply water to the rare side of the plate.
11. Using the spoon, scoop out the idlies from the plate and serve with chutney and sambar.

Note:
1. Adjust the carrot level according to your taste.
2. Addition of onion is optional.


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