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Giving it one last shot & Gluten-Free Jowar Coconut Almond Cookies

Sometimes all it takes is perseverance. Nothing else works. As a mother, I persevere each day to find pockets of calmness that I can then share with those around me. As a working woman who needs to work from home, I persevere to keep looking for those who realize that one’s life phase of motherhood does not determine one’s performance or aspiration level ūüôā
I ask myself and now you too – How many times have you worked on the same thing over and over again, had massive or even minor failures – a project , a task, a recipe, a bake, a venture , a dream ? It just doesn’t seem to go the way you want it to.¬†
And then one day after many days you decide to give it one last shot , one moment of committed effort and use all possible tips that you have discovered from the past years of baking or working or going that extra mile ūüôā
 
That’s the shot that matters.¬†
That is also the kind of shot that helps you¬†nail your own recipe of gluten-free biscuits which are –¬†NO-APF , NO-refined sugar, Eggless, NO baking powder or soda.
Presenting the delicious and crunchy Jowar Coconut Almond cookies !
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Ingredients

1 cup jowar flour

1/2 cup dessicated coconut

3/4 cup mix of cane sugar and jaggery powder
Almonds 5-6 pieces
180 gms unsalted butter
Method –
Mix the jowar flour, coconut and the ground mix of cane sugar-jaggery-almonds. Mix them lightly with fingers but for a long time. Then Melt the butter and then pour it into it. Start rubbing the butter slowly into the mixture. This can take a while but you need to be patient.
This recipe is more about the method than about the ingredients. Here are some broad tips to remember for the same.
1. Butter should be melted when it is used.
2. Don’t knead the dough ever !
3. Cane sugar and jaggery plus almonds should be ground together coarsely.
4. You must make the round balls , keep them on the greased tray and the tray in the fridge for 20 mins before baking.
Take the tray out of the fridge and bake at 170 degrees C for 20-25 minutes in a preheated oven.
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Became a mother slowly, and the Gluten-free Vegan Orange Almond Cake

 

36365849_873757856144561_8472246135832969216_nAt what point in time did I realize that I am a mother with complete certainty ? The question itself might sound absurd when you think of the fact that I have two human kids and 2 canine kids too, all of whose birth and entry into my life should have been enough to make me feel sure. That I am a mother.

Each of them did take me a little further into my realization. I became a mother slowly. You question your own motherhood from time to time due to many factors. You know you¬†are there and yet that ‘little something’ which makes you feel sure evades you. You wait for that big moment to burst into your life to convince you.

And then there is this Рa quiet moment between your kids, that tiptoes into your day, into your life.On an ordinary afternoon. And you know with a sense of peace that you are a mother indeed. When you have raised a child whose compassion shows in his gesture, in the way he expresses, without a word. 

On that note, let me share a recipe which is Gluten-free and Vegan ( in line with my belief to be compassionate towards all beings)  Рthis yum Orange Almond Cake.

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1 cup Jowar Flour

1/2 cup Buckwheat Flour

1tsp Baking powder

3/4 cup Raw, Unrefined sugar

1/2tsp Salt
1 cup Applesauce

1/4cup Oil

1/2 cup fresh orange juice. Zest of one orange.

Roasted almonds as per one’s taste.

Preheat the oven at 160 degrees C. Grease a round baking pan  and keep it aside. Sieve well the flours,baking powder, salt and keep aside.

Whisk the applesauce,oil and raw sugar nicely and beat well. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients gently and mix with spatula. Do not over mix the batter. Add the orange juice and zest. Pour the batter to the already prepared pan.

Bake in middle rack for 25 minutes,until its done.
Let the cake cool completely.

 

 

 

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Being “in the moment” & Gluten-free , Butter-free Spinach Caramelized Onion Quiche

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Every so often one thinks and over-thinks how to manage a crazy schedule with two little kids – who are little enough to find joy in the most ordinary things in life together. Yet a little apart in age to move onto different things that hold their interest.

My son is now in the phase where he loves the story of ‘Black Beauty’, the horse and his life journey. And we are reading it over and over again. And we are carrying it to bed so that he can hug the book and sleep. My daughter is mainly treating books as a chew toy when no one is watching and at times trying to turn the pages to discover what’s inside.
And yet, he decided to keep away his book and try and flip through the pages of his sister’s book with her. She in turn , despite being so tiny has figured out that when we are reading out his story book, she can also actually join in by listening !

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As adults there are so many times when we refuse to give up what we love doing just for a few hours to try and be with the other person and do what they truly want to do.

But children ? They can drop what they enjoy doing with unbelievable ease, and move onto another thing that makes the other person happy and immediately get engrossed in that.

May we all find the quality to be in the moment , be involved and be engrossed in what someone else loves doing – even if it is not what we might like.

Happy week ahead to all of you ūüôā

For this time, here is a recipe that is super simple.¬†It’s quick to mix and bake. Contains loads of spinach and some great spices . And a hint of Millet flour . It’s a great recipe to add to your collection of mealtime bakes and get more spinach into your child’s foodplate !

Pick up a fork and dig into these yum crustless glutenfree , butterfree Spinach and Caramelized Onion Quiche.

Ingredients –

1 bunch of spinach washed and chopped finely

2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped finely

1 large onion sliced thinly and caramelized till they are brown

1 cup milk

2 eggs

2 tbsp jowar/sorghum flour

1 tbsp oil

Seasoned with salt, paprika and thyme as per your requirement.

Method – Beat the eggs nicely and add the seasoning, as well as the chopped garlic. Add milk and beat well. Add the jowar flour and oil, mix well. Add the onions and spinach. Mix well.

Pour it into ramekins or tart tins. Sprinkle some cheese ( optional). Bake for 20-25 minutes at 175 degrees C.

 

 

 

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Sunday evening conversations & Gluten-free Pizza topped with barbecue chicken

gluten free Pizza topped with barbecue chicken. The base is made of jowar sorghum millet , foxtail millet grains and fresh amaranth leavesMondays are not the most exciting days unless you truly enjoy what you do for a living. Sometimes it becomes better because of conversations that you have had the previous evening just as the weekend was winding down.

One such conversation while I sipped my¬†#tea¬†was with my 5 year old. I usually try and ask him what he wants in his¬†#snack¬†box and we negotiate or re-negotiate to come to a common ground on what we both are comfortable with¬†ūüôā¬†Now, remember I am not aiming to win the parent of the year award and so these are tough discussions about why store-bought chips cannot be a part of the box. But there are many moments which fill my heart with pride for the child I am raising – I told him that I will give him paneer / cottage cheese as one of the items for a snack on his¬†#tiffin¬†. He responded back saying that he wanted to eat¬†#foxnuts¬†/ makhana . And as if to convince me he added ‘those are as healthy as paneer, Mamma’ . Truly speaking those are healthier and I realised that the slow and often challenging process of inculcating¬†#healthyeating¬†in¬†#children¬†is finally paying off !¬†

On that note, let me share yet another one of my little boy’s favourites – a healthy pizza made with a base that you can’t imagine and topped with barbeque chicken.

Baked gluten free Pizza topped with barbecue chicken. The base is made of jowar / sorghum millet , foxtail millet grains and fresh amaranth leaves !

1 cup jowar

1/2 cup coarsely ground foxtail millet

1/2 cup chopped amaranth leaves ( red ones)

1 green chilly and 2 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp oil

Salt as per preference

1 tsp paprika powder for flavour

Warm water

For Topping –¬†Homemade Pizza Sauce, Grated cheese, corn, capsicum, barbeque chicken pieces / shredded portions.

Mix the flours and the spices. Add the chopped leaves, green chilly and garlic and grind well.  Add to the flour-spice mix. Then add the oil and mix till it resembles coarse bread crumbs. Add warm water to bring together the dough. Let it rest for 30 minutes.

Roll it out into rectangles, cut the pizza slices / triangles and bake in a preheated oven at 170 degrees C, for 15-20 minutes until crisp. Remove and cool entirely, before storing in air tight containers.

Use with any toppings of your preference, and bake again for 10-12 minutes with the topping.

 

 

 

 

 

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Baked Jowar(Millet)-Oats Dark Chocolate Fudge Squares & How the Mind is more powerful…

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Chanced upon this place in the heart of Bangalore and what a serene place it was , with a sense of purpose. A plant nursery by the Association of People with Disabilities, and the memory I will have imprinted on my mind is of a young boy without legs, expertly guiding us through the rows of plants to help us choose what we were looking for. I did not want to embarrass him by taking a picture and so I strongly urge you to visit the place to meet him, and realize how knowledgeable he is.

Truly the mind is so much more powerful than the body will ever be.

And the icing on the cake was to see my son loving plant our plants into the pots¬†ūüôā

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What more could one ask for , to brighten up a weekend ? There is one more thing that could brighten it up a wee bit more ūüôā These yum and healthy fudge squares.

 

Baked Jowar – Oats Dark Chocolate Fudge Squares

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  • 200g dark chocolate, broken into cubes (I used Bournville, 50% Cocoa)
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 125 gms¬†butter
  • 3¬†eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour mix ( half jowar, half powdered oats)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Pre-Heat the oven to 160 C. Prepare a square tin or square sectional baking pan, since this is a traybake.
  2. Melt the chocolate, coconut sugar and butter in a pan. Keep stirring with the whisk and then when its well mixed, remove it from the heat. Allow it to cool off.
  3. Beat in the eggs,  flour mix and vanilla extract.
  4.  Pour the mix into the tin and bake for 25 mins or so.
  5. Cool in the tin and then cut into squares.

 

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Being “Grounded” and Gluten-free, Vegan Spicy Jeera Crackers

Final picThe lady who was my house help at my previous home came to meet me a couple of days ago. We started catching up about each other’s lives – her by asking me about how I was coping up with the baby and me by asking her about whether she had found sufficient work. Somewhere along the line the conversation drifted into areas that I realized mattered to both of us, as mothers and working women – children’s education and schools, and rising house rents and inflation.

Life has a funny way of bringing back people from your past always – it’s just an amazing thing because while it’s great to be able to talk about larger complex issues to a wide audience, it’s as important to connect to someone who you can exchange ideas with on the ground level issues at hand – it keeps you grounded. It keeps you wanting to always come back to earth no matter how high you fly.¬†

Our link to the earth is what drives all else, no matter how widely we travel through the vast, blue skies. And on that note, here is a recipe which is earthy, uses flours and spices are more connected to our Indian taste-buds and fairly easily available locally.

1 1/2 cups Bajra / Pearl Millet flour

1/2 cup Rice flour

Salt , red chilly powder as per your taste

1 tsp of Amchoor powder

1-2 garlic pods that are mashed

2 tbsp Jeera

2 tsp homemade Biryani masala

3 tbsp oil

Hot water to bring it together.

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the oil and rub it in. Add the hot water and knead it. Cover and keep for 30 minutes to rest the dough.

Roll out the dough. Cut the shapes you want ( I used a pizza cutter for this). Roll it very thin so that they are thin and super crisp.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 170 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes. And let them cool off. Store in an air tight container.

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