Thursday, January 26, 2012

Baked Onion & Amaranth Greens Pakodas with Creamy Cauliflower Dip & Happy Republic Day

Freedom in Mind,
Faith in Words,
Pride in our Heart,
Memories in our Souls.
Lets Salute the Nation on
REPUBLIC DAY."

(Message Courtesy : Rediff)

With the patriotic fervor played to the hilt, my daughter looked forward to something different to spend her afternoon satiated. I could only think of Priya Mahadevan's Baked Pakodas & Cauliflower dip that not only was an indulgence uber healthy but also surprisingly tasty. 


Priya by the way is the Blogger of the Month at my space. It was a perfect opportunity for me to showcase two of the bookmarked recipes from her versatile blog.


Verdict :- That my daughter, a certified fried-food junkie gulped down the baked stuff with the dip, goes to prove that the snack is kid-friendly and the dip totally yum ; it goes without saying that I merrily indulged :))

Baked Amaranth Greens & Onion Pakodas (Fritters)
(Quantity : 10)
  • Whole Wheat Flour - 70 to 75 grams approx (sifted)
  • All Purpose Flour - 70 to 75 grams approx  (sifted)
  • Baking Powder -  3/4 tbsp to1 tbsp
  • Onion - 1 small - finely chopped
  • Amaranth Greens (Mulai keerai) - a fistful - finely chopped
  • Olive Oil - a generous splash
  • Cheese - as required - optional - grated
  • Milk - as required
  • Chillis - 1 to 2 - to taste
  • Salt - to taste

Here's How :-

In a bowl add the sifted flours and mix baking powder & salt. Add the chopped onion, chillis & the amarnath greens and mix well. Add grated cheese and tip in the olive oil & required milk to make it a lightly mushy dough (pakoda batter consistency).


Preheat the oven to 205 C/400 F and grease the muffin tray/individual muffin liners. Scrape in a tablespoon of the dough/batter in to the muffin pan.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or till you see the browning of the top.

Enjoy hot with tomato sauce/dip of your choice. I served them with creamy cauliflower dip.


Creamy Cauliflower Dip
  • Cauliflower - 1 big head
  • Milk - 1 cup (I used full cream milk)
  • Garlic - 3 pods
  • Salt - to taste
  • Pepper Powder - 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Olive Oil - a dribble or two
  • Almonds/Pine nuts - Toasted (For Garnish)


Here's How :-

Cut the head in to small florets and let it soak in salinated hot water for a few minutes. In, the meanwhile warm a pan and add milk, along with pepper powder & garlic and bring it to a boil. Add the drained florets and let it cook till they turn sufficiently cooked & tender.

Toast some almonds or pine nuts and set aside.

Once the florets cool, grind it to a fine paste along with required salt and scoop it in to a serving bowl. Garnish with toasted nuts and enjoy with savoury snacks/pita/sandwich spread/steamed veggies


Enjoy !


Linking the Cauliflower dip to Siri's Healing foods- cauliflower ; guest hosted by Vardhini

23 comments:

  1. Delicious looking onion pakoras. Wonderfully prepared.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  2. Both recipes looks gr8...lovely preparation!!

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  3. Nice recipes !! perfectly done !!

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  4. Both recipes are looking great and yummy...

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  5. Delicious looking..will surely try this

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  6. yummy recipes....mouthwatering

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  7. Thrilled to bits that your family endorsed them :)- They have turned out great Priya :) Thank you for trying out these recipes :)
    love
    priya

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  8. superb!! i havent heard of cauliflower dp but this s awesome!!!

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  9. Awesome Recipe...Bookmarked

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  10. this looks wonderful happy republic day
    hope you can join the tea time sncak event

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  11. Thats one awesome recipe.. Baked... sounds so healthy... THe dip looks so creamy

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  12. Mouthwatering here, wat a terrific and super tempting dish..

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  13. Great clicks and a perfect dish!Jai Hind!

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  14. Very delicious clicks and no wonder that you daughter gulped down those. The dip looks too good.

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  15. Priya..just a couple of hours ago I saw a veggie vendor with his cart full of amaranth greens! And I was wondering what to make with them (apart from the usual way of cooking our greens) - I wish I had seen ur post earlier, I am sure my son will LOVE these pakodas :) I am off to hunt for that cart now :))

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  16. what a healthy way to snack upon, am always up for amaranth, nice cliks too

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  17. I love this healthy pakoras, now we can enjoy pakoras without any guilt.

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  18. Love these wonderfully baked pakodas and the dip is too good..

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  19. Extremely healthy decadence..! A great way to woo the kids..! Loved it...

    My event- Valentines Day Special

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  20. Now I wonder how did "bake" and "pakoda" get together??? you made the impossible possible and in style !!

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  21. The dip looks yummy and the pakodas totally inviting .. love low fat versions of deep fried stuff :) Thx for linking to the event.

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  22. These both look incredible! I love that scrumptious dip, very original and tasty!

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