26 October 2020

Eggless Cauliflower Tot (BAKED)

       

slightly crisp and delicious snack using cauliflower which is a healthy twist to the tater tots





Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable which is naturally high in fiber and B-vitamins. Although cauliflower is of 4 varieties depending upon the color - white, green, purple and orange but the white variety is most commonly used. Cauliflower is available fresh or frozen. I usually wait for the winters to get some fresh cauliflowers from the nearby market which are particularly covered by thick green leaves. While purchasing cauliflower always look for a clean, creamy white, compact size in which the bud clusters are not separated. Spotted or dull-colored cauliflower should be avoided, as well as those in which small flowers appear. Basically if the cauliflower head is surrounded by many thick green leaves then that is better protected and much fresher.

Well, there are seemingly endless ways to eat cauliflower. It can be 

➤ steamed or roasted as a side dish
➤ baked in a cheese sauce, as cauliflower cheese
➤ fried until golden brown, then added to rice dishes
➤ used as the main ingredient in a curry etc.


Well, todays recipe is a snack variety using cauliflower as Cauliflower Tot. If you like tater tots, then here is a healthy variation to that using cauliflower and also no deep frying here.


Dietary note :


    ✔ Egg free
    ✔ Gluten free 
    ✔ Vegetarian
    ✔ Baked Snack





    How these cauliflower tots are prepared ?


    These tots are here prepared in oven unlike deep frying of tater tots. First in a steamer, all the cauliflower florets are steamed until tender. Don't steam the cauliflowers up to too mushy. When it seems to be little tender, that's it. Take out from the steamer. Then the cauliflowers are drained well, spread on a kitchen towel to dry and cool down completely. 

    Meanwhile, the oven is preheated at 200 degree C and also a baking tray is lined with parchment paper. Next using a knife, the cauliflower florets are finely chopped or even using a fork simply mashed to a coarse mixture. Everything is transferred to a mixing bowl. Into that, finely chopped onion and coriander leaves, grated cheese, gram flour, pepper powder, salt are added and mixed well. With greased palm, around 1/2 tbsp of mixture at a time is shaped like oval. If the mixture doesn't seem to bind well, just add 1-2 tsp of water and mix again and start shaping. All the tots are place over the baking tray, keeping space in between. 





    These are then brushed with little oil and baked in preheated oven for 28-30 minutes. Then the cauliflower tots are ready to serve !


    Can these cauliflower tots be stored for later use ?


    yes, these can be stored either in fridge or in freezer.

    If there are some leftover baked tots, then just keep in any airtight container / zip lock bag and store in fridge / freezer. At the time of need just take out and allow to thaw and then reheat.

    If there are some extra amount of tots before baking, then do similarly as above. Instead of reheat, bake those.






    What are the Serving suggestions ?


    If your kids are not fond of cauliflower, then this is a very good idea to make the tots out of it. Any age group will surely enjoy these cute ones. With ketchup or any other dip of choice goes well with this. Just a whole head of cauliflower turns into a lot of tots here. Although tater tots are deep fried, but these are baked here which is surely a healthy twist and low carb too. Mix everything, shape like oval and bake; that's it ! These can be a side dish, snack and even used as a filling in sandwiches. When your are looking for a healthy comfort food, then surely include these delicious tots in the plan. And also if you like cauliflowers then this egg free tots are a must try recipe !

      The event related to this post :






      Monday is here again and thFoodie Monday Blog Hop team has decided the 270th theme as 'Cauliflower Stories' which is suggested by Preethi di. So this Eggless Cauliflower Tot (BAKED) is contributed for the theme. And yes, don't forget to check her space for some amazing recipes like arbi ka raita, baked aloo kulcha .






      And, yes !!!

      If you like the recipe shared here and give a try at your place then do share in INSTAGRAM by tagging #firsttimercook. I would be so happy to see and surely share in my INSTA stories ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

      Now let’s go through how to make "Cauliflower Tot" at home ๐Ÿ‘‡


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      Eggless Cauliflower Tot (BAKED)
      Author
      Sasmita
      Prep time
      20 Min
      Cook time
      30 Min
      Total time
      50 Min
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      Eggless Cauliflower Tot (BAKED)

      slightly crisp and tasty snack using cauliflower which is a healthy twist to the tater tots

      Ingredients

      • Cauliflower floret (medium) 300 gm
      • Onion (finely chopped) 1/4 cup
      • Gram flour (besan) 4 tbsp
      • Pepper powder 1 tsp
      • Coriander leaf (finely chopped) 2-3 tbsp
      • Cheese (grated) 3-4 tbsp
      • Salt as needed
      • Water as needed
      • Oil for greasing

      Instructions

      1. In a steamer, first steam all the cauliflower florets until tender (not mushy).
      2. Drain well, pat dry on a kitchen towel and keep aside to cool down completely.
      3. Meanwhile, Preheat the oven at 200 deg C and also line a baking tray with parchment paper.
      4. Using a knife, finely chop the cauliflower florets or even using a fork simply mash it to a coarse mixture and transfer to a mixing bowl.
      5. Into that add finely chopped onion and coriander leaves, grated cheese, gram flour, pepper powder, salt and mix everything well.
      6. Grease palm with oil.
      7. Take 1/2 tbsp of mixture at a time and give into an oval shape. If the mixture doesn't seem to bind well, just add 1-2 tsp of water and mix again.
      8. Place all the tots over the baking tray, keeping space in between.
      9. Brush these with little oil and bake in preheated oven for 28-30 minutes.
      10. Serve hot with ketchup or any other dip !

      Notes:

      After making the oval shaped tots, one can either directly bake these or freeze it for later use by keeping in zip lock bag. Any cheese like cheddar, mozzarella etc. can be picked here. Don't steam the cauliflowers up to too mushy. When it seems to be little tender, that's it. Take out from the steamer.
      Gram flour, snack, appetizer, baking, besan, onion, healthy twist, low oil recipe
      Vegetarian, Baked Snack, Cauliflower tot, Gluten free,
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      19 October 2020

      Sago Dahi Shot | Tapioca Pearl-Yogurt Shot (for Fasting Days)

            

      a spicy and savory healthy drink using tapioca aka sabudana / sago for the fasting days


      Navratri !!


      Navaratra / Navratra / Navratri is just celebrating in Indian subcontinent. Navaratri word has two parts - 'Nava' means nine, 'Ratri' means night; so this indicates nine nights. Navratri festival is celebrated twice a year, one is 'Chaitra Navratri' which comes in March/April and second one is 'Shardiya Navratri' which comes in September/October. As the sharad ritu (fall season) is going on, so the navratri is named as Shardiya Navratri. It is celebrated to worship Goddess Durga who killed demon king Mahishasura and other demons in a fierce battle. And this navratri is always celebrated with extreme passion by most of the Hindus.

      The celebration varies from one state to another although the dedication and devotion remains the same all over India. Some people eat only fruits and drink milk during the entire nine days. Some refrain to use onion, garlic and non-veg foods during Navratri and eat only satvik food with is allowed during these fasting periods.




      What is Sago Dahi Shot ?


      Dahi Sabudana is a typical Maharashtrian recipe made during religious fasts. In that, sago is allowed to soak in dahi and then a tempering is added to the whole mixture. Well, the sago dahi shot is a twisted version of that dahi sago / sabudana.

      Basically this is a drink which one can enjoy at room temperature or even chilled (put ice cubes / keep in refrigerator till serving)

      Sago Dahi Shot completely falls under No Cook & No Oil Recipe category.

      Sabudana is full of carbohydrate. So it makes anyone full for longer and provides enough energy. So one should consume it once during fasting time. During fasting, there is surely a container full of sabudana in my pantry.

      Do check some Sabudana / Sago recipes from this blog ๐Ÿ‘‡


      Tapioca PancakeStuffed Tapioca DumplingMint Tapioca Pilaf Sabudana Sitaphal Payasam


      What are the Ingredients needed to make this ?


      ⧫ Sago - 
      Sago / sabudana / tapioca pearls are main ingredient. Any variety (small / large) will work perfectly here.

      ⧫ Yogurt -
      Basically dahi is needed to make buttermilk here in which sago are allowed to soak. To make buttermilk, I have used 3/4 cup dahi and 3/4 cup water


      Homemade Dahi








      ⧫ Cumin powder -
      I have simply prepared a powder of few cumin seeds and used here. Roasted cumin powder works well too, do add if you wish.

      ⧫ Coriander leaf -
      Add some finely chopped coriander leaves for that extra freshness.

      ⧫ Green chili - 
      Spiciness totally depend upon individual choice, so add more or less green chilies. For kids, simply omit this addition.

      ⧫ Black salt - 
      Add as needed. Rock salt also can be used here.

      ⧫ Water - 
      Add this more / less to adjust the consistency of the drink (totally as desired).


      The preparation of sago dahi shot in details -


      In a mixing bowl first take 3/4 cup dahi, 3/4 cup water and mix well to get the buttermilk aka chaas. Next take the sago / sabudana in another bowl and wash, clean under regular water 2-3 times or till water appears clear. Put the sabudana into the buttermilk bowl and mix well. Cover and keep aside the bowl to soak sabudana at least for 3-4 hours. 

      After soaking, the sago will be so soft in texture (that means mashing a sago ball in finger should be easily done). Next to this bowl add crushed green chilies, finely chopped coriander leaves, cumin powder, black salt and 1/2 cup water. Mix everything well, also adjust the consistency of the drink by adding water more as desired. Pour into serving glasses and serve as it is / even putting few ice cubes in it !

      Dietary note :


        ✔ Vegetarian
        ✔ no Onion no Garlic used
        ✔ Fasting beverage (normal / cold)
        ✔ No oil recipe
        ✔ Make-ahead dish
        ✔ Festive friendly
        ✔ Gluten free
        ✔ 
        Easy and simple 
        ✔ No cook recipe





        What are the Serving suggestions ?


        Sago dahi shot takes hardly 1-2 minutes to make if the soaked sago / sabudana in buttermilk is ready. During festival time, one can make this ahead of time and enjoy through out the day. This spicy and savory drink one can enjoy chilled or even simply at room temperature. 

        During summer hot time too, this is a healthy choice for those thirst quenchers. As the festive time is currently going on, so why are you waiting for ๐Ÿ˜‰ Do make and enjoy !


        Hope you will like this fasting recipe๐Ÿ˜Š ! Why not try some more similar recipe as well ๐Ÿ‘‡


        Puffed Lotus Seed Pudding (using Coconut milk & Jaggery)Without onion and garlic raw papaya bhajiFestive makhana ladooPotato Fox nut Chaat


          The event related to this post :






          Monday is here again and thFoodie Monday Blog Hop team has decided the 269th theme as 'Navratri Navras' which is suggested by Mayuri di. As the Navratra is going on, so she wants to make some Navratri special dishes by all the group members. Hence I have come up with this Sago Dahi Shot | Tapioca Pearl-Yogurt Shot for the theme contribution. And yes, don't forget to check her space for some amazing recipes, one of my recent fav is this Haupia.




          And, yes !!!

          If you like the recipe shared here and give a try at your place then do share in INSTAGRAM by tagging #firsttimercook. I would be so happy to see and surely share in my INSTA stories ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

          Now let’s go through how to make "Sago Dahi Shot" at home ๐Ÿ‘‡


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          Sago Dahi Shot | Tapioca Pearl-Yogurt Shot (for Fasting Days)
          Author
          Sasmita
          Prep time
          5 Min
          Cook time
          2 Min
          inactive time
          3 Hour
          Total time
          3 H & 7 M
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          Sago Dahi Shot | Tapioca Pearl-Yogurt Shot (for Fasting Days)

          a spicy and savory healthy drink using tapioca aka sabudana / sago for the fasting days

          Ingredients

          • Sago 1/2 cup
          • Dahi 3/4 cup
          • Cumin powder 1 tsp
          • Coriander leaf (finely chopped) 3 tbsp
          • Green chili (crushed) 2-3 no.
          • Black salt as needed
          • Water 3/4 cup + more

          Instructions

          1. In a mixing bowl take 3/4 cup dahi, 3/4 cup water and mix well to get the buttermilk aka chaas.
          2. Take the sago / sabudana in another bowl and wash, clean under regular water 2-3 times or till water appears clear.
          3. Put the sabudana into the buttermilk bowl and mix well.
          4. Cover and keep aside the bowl to soak sabudana at least for 3-4 hours.
          5. After soaking the sago will be so soft in texture (that means mashing a sago ball in finger should be easily done).
          6. Next to this bowl add crushed green chilies, finely chopped coriander leaves, cumin powder, black salt and 1/2 cup water.
          7. Mix everything well, also adjust the consistency of the drink by adding water more as desired.
          8. Pour into serving glasses and serve as it is / even putting few ice cubes in it !

          Notes:

          Few finely crushed peanuts can be added along with other ingredients. I have skipped that. Adjust the consistency of the drink by adding water more / less as desired. Spiciness totally depend upon individual choice, so add more or less. For kids, simply omit this addition.
          Sago, sabudana, no cook recipe, no oil, without onion and garlic, easy and quick, navratra special, spicy and savory,
          Beverage, Vegetarian, Healthy drink, Fasting beverage, Tapioca pearl, gluten free
          Indian
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          15 October 2020

          Quinoa Patties (VEGAN & Gluten free)

           

          healthy, gluten free and vegan patties using the super food, Quinoa and some vegetables




          In India, festive time is coming up soon which is an exciting time for many reasons. One of the main ones being binging on traditional sweets and savory snacks showered by relatives and friends. But at the same time, it becomes a matter of how to burn those extra calories. When picking healthy snacks to promote weight loss, one must look for high fiber and protein to help us stay fuller longer. These kind of snacks will surely sustain us for hours without wrecking our calorie intake for the day. Well, here the quinoa patties are perfectly fit for those category as quinoa is high in both protein and fiber.

          Quinoa !!!!


          Quinoa has gained immense popularity these days as it is the new favorite among weight watchers and health enthusiasts. Most of us have this misconception that quinoa is a grain. Quinoa is not a grain but a pseudo cereal. It is cooked like grain and also has similar properties. 

          Quinoa is loaded with protein, which makes it perfect for people who are trying to cut those extra kilos. It also has all the essential amino acids required by the body. Moreover, it is gluten-free which makes it a good option for people who are allergic to gluten. 

          How to cook this pseudo cereal, Quinoa ?


          Quinoa is coated in naturally occurring insecticides called saponins. These can give the grain a bitter taste and make it difficult to digest too. So it is always advice to rinse quinoa few times in a fine mesh strainer before proceeding for cooking. Next is the step of cooking the quinoa and for that, one just need quinoa and water ! The water ratio play the vital role here. 

          To get nice and fluffy cooked quinoa, keep the quinoa to water ratio as 1:2

          So take water and quinoa in a pan. Cook uncovered until the quinoa has absorbed all the water over low-medium heat. Here, the cooking time will vary based on quantity. Once the water is all absorbed, turn off the heat. Cover the pan and let the quinoa steam for 5 minutes keeping aside. That’s all ! perfectly fluffy quinoa is ready to use.

          One has endless options for using the quinoa in diet. Simply toss into a salad or use as a stuffing or make soup, it pairs so nicely with sweet and savory flavors as it has a neutral taste. 

          Do check some QUINOA BASED RECIPES from this blog ๐Ÿ‘‡



          Instant Veggie Quinoa Mini Idli     Quinoa Upma (Vegan & Gluten free)     Quinoa Mizo Bai     Quinoa Veggie Upma (Vegan & Gluten free)


          Making procedure of the Quinoa Patties :


          In these patties, I have used some vegetables along with quinoa. The vegetables used here are totally depend upon individual choice. So select accordingly. I have used potato, carrot, bell pepper and sweet corn. 

          So to make the patties, first heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. When the seeds starts spluttering, add grated ginger and chopped green chilies. Sautรฉ a bit and then add grated carrot, chopped bell pepper, sweetcorn (boiled). Add garam masala, coriander powder, amchur powder, turmeric powder and mix everything well. Sautรฉ for 1-2 minutes and turn off heat. Allow the mixture to cool down completely.
          Then in a mixing bowl take this cooled mixture, boiled potatoes, cooked quinoa and corn flour. Mash everything first and then start mixing using a spoon till everything incorporated well. Take 2 tbsp of mixture at a time and shape like patty. 
          Now heat oil in a frying pan. Place the patties into the pan, keeping space in between. Cook these from both the sides until nicely brown, flipping in between. Transfer these quinoa patties into a serving platter and serve hot with any desirable chutney !




          Dietary note :


            ✔ Festive friendly
            ✔ Vegan & Gluten free
            ✔ no Onion no Garlic recipe
            ✔ Healthy snack
            ✔ 
            easy and simple to make

            Serving suggestion -


            The slightly crisp and delicious patties are perfect appetizer or side dish. 
            These can be served warm over salads, in pitas, layer into a sandwich and lots more choices.


            Can these be prepared ahead of time ?


              yes, one can make a batch of these patties and simply freeze in an air-tight container. Just before serving, reheat in microwave and these are all ready to serve !






                The event related to this post :




                Well for current month the event 'A to Z Recipe Challenge' has come up with the alphabet 'Q'. That means, there must be a recipe post having the main ingredient name starting with alphabet Q. So I opted Q for 'Quinoa' and have prepared VEGAN & Gluten free Quinoa Patties.







                And, yes !!!

                If you like the recipe shared here and give a try at your place then do share in INSTAGRAM by tagging #firsttimercook. I would be so happy to see and surely share in my INSTA stories ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

                Now let’s go through how to make "Quinoa Patties" at home ๐Ÿ‘‡
                 


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                Quinoa Patties (VEGAN & Gluten free
                Author
                Sasmita
                Prep time
                15 Min
                Cook time
                15 Min
                Total time
                30 Min
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                Quinoa Patties (VEGAN & Gluten free

                healthy, gluten free and vegan patties using the superfood, Quinoa and some vegetables

                Ingredients

                • Quinoa (cooked) 2/3 cup
                • Potatoes (boiled) 2 no.
                • Carrot (grated) 1/4 cup
                • Bell pepper (finely chopped) 1/4 cup
                • Sweet corn (boiled) 1/4 cup
                • Green chili (finely chopped) 2 no.
                • Ginger (grated) 1/2 inch
                • Cumin seed 1/2 tsp
                • Garam masala 1/2 tsp
                • Coriander powder 1 tsp
                • Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
                • Amchur powder 1/2 tsp
                • Corn flour 1 tbsp
                • Salt as needed
                • Oil as needed

                Instructions

                1. Heat oil in a pan.
                2. Add cumin seeds and allow to splutter.
                3. Then add grated ginger and chopped green chilies.
                4. Sautรฉ a bit and then add grated carrot, chopped bell pepper, sweetcorn (boiled).
                5. Add garam masala, coriander powder, amchur powder, turmeric powder and mix everything well.
                6. Sautรฉ for 1-2 minutes and turn off heat.
                7. Allow the mixture to cool down completely.
                8. Then in a mixing bowl take this cooled mixture, boiled potatoes, cooked quinoa and corn flour.
                9. Mash everything first and then start mixing using a spoon till everything incorporated well.
                10. Wet the palm, take 2 tbsp of mixture at a time and shape like patty.
                11. Now heat oil in a nonstick frying pan.
                12. Place the patties over the pan, keeping space in between.
                13. Cook these from both the sides until nicely brown, flipping in between.
                14. Transfer these quinoa patties into a serving platter and serve hot with any desirable chutney !

                Notes:

                The vegetables used here are totally depend upon individual choice. So select accordingly. I have used potato, carrot, bell pepper and sweet corn. Adjust spiciness (no. of of green chili here) as desired.
                Healthy snack, shallow frying, cutlet, eggfree snack, vegan patties, Potato, Quinoa Patties, Carrot, bell pepper, sweet corn
                Vegetarian, snack, vegan, gluten free, patties, Quinoa, vegetable, healthy
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