Thursday, July 20, 2017

Methi thepla | Methi masala paratha

I am in love with Methi in any form and hence try to include it in some way in the diet. 
Methi thepla is a flavoured flat bread recipe from gujarati cuisine prepared with fresh fenugreek leaves. This thepla comes very handy as a lunch box recipe and also for tiffin box while traveling since it has a longer shelf life compared to normal roti’s and can be easily preserved for 3 days in room temperature

while the fenugreek leaves are considered to be bitter in taste, it has several heath benefits to offer. Firstly, it helps in improving digestion and appetite, it is full of antioxidants and fibre, which eventually removes all toxins from our body. Secondly, fenugreek leaves helps in reducing body weight and can be easily included in diet for weight watchers. It is also considered to be good remedy for menstrual disorders especially the pain and the cramps. lastly, it also helps to cure hair loss disorder and helps to retain the glow on skin.

2 cups wheat flour / atta
¼ cup besan / gram flour
½ tsp kashmiri red chili powder / lal mirch powder
1 tsp sesame seeds / til
¼ tsp turmeric / haldi
½ tsp carom seeds / ajwain
1 green chili, chopped
salt to taste
1 inch ginger, grated
1 cup methi leaves / fenugreek leaves, finely chopped
½ cup curd / yogurt, fresh / sour
water as required, to knead dough
2 tsp oil
5 tsp oil / ghee, for roasting

firstly, in a large mixing bowl take wheat flour and besan.
also add chili powder, turmeric, sesame seeds, carom seeds and salt.
additionally, add green chili and add finely chopped methi leaves.give a rough mix making sure the spices are combined well.
furthermore, add half cup of curd and combine the dough well.
additionally, add some water and knead the dough.
knead the dough to smooth and soft texture like of chapathi dough.
add 2 tsp of oil and knead the dough for 5 more minutes.
now pinch a medium sized ball dough, roll and flatten it.
also dust with some wheat flour.
further roll it in a thin circle like chapathi or paratha.
now on a hot tawa place the rolled thepla and cook for a minute.
flip the methi thepla also brush oil / ghee and press slightly.
finally, serve methi thepla with raita and pickle.

Thepla has to be fried on medium to high flame and not on low flame. on low flame the thepla would turn hard and brittle. 
Adding curd is optional while kneading the dough. however curd helps to make thepla soft
Addition  ajwain or carrom seeds which help in digestion of gram flour.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Washi tape card | Easy card | Kids craft

Hi Peeps

Recently little miss made these cards for her grandparents anniversary. We stuck colorful washi tape on card stock. Cut some balloons, attached strings. Stamped a little fairy which was colored by missy. Inside she wrote lovely message for her grand parents. Do let me know how u liked her simple creation. :)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Healthy Steamed Methi Muthia

Methi being my favourite, I love to include it in any diet possible. Steamed Methi Muthiya is a healthy yet delicious snacks. 
This is also a great way to get children to eat loads of Methi, which they otherwise find bitter.

Steamed Methi Muthia is a delicious and healthy snack from Gujarat made with fresh fenugreek leaves, wheat flour, and gram flour. Enjoy it with a piping hot cup of Masala Chai.

2.5 Cups Fresh Methi (Fenugreek) Leaves
1.5 Cups Atta, Wheat Flour
0.5 Cups Besan, Gram Flour
1 tbsp Sesame Seeds
1 tsp Green Chilli Paste
1 tsp Fresh Ginger Paste
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Sugar
1 tbsp Oil
To Taste Salt
As Required Water
Ingredients for Tempering
1-2 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Rai, Mustard Seeds
1 tbsp Til, Sesame Seeds
A Few Curry Leaves
A Pinch Hing, Asafoetida


Making the Dough for Methi Muthiya:
Chop the fenugreek leaves. Wash them and set aside to drain in a colander.
Mix together atta, besan, red chilli powder, turmeric, green chilli paste, ginger paste, sesame seeds, sugar, and salt.
Add the chopped and washed methi leaves. Mix well
Add the lemon juice. Mix well.
Using a little water, mix to create a firm yet pliable dough.
Add 1 tbsp oil. Mix well.
Set aside for 5 minutes.
Divide the dough into 2 halves.
Roll each half into a log about 1.5" in diameter.
In a pressure cooker or steamer, add enough water for a 7-10 minute steam.
Bring the water to a boil.
Place the rolls in a steamer or a flat colander.
Steam the rolls for 7 to 10 minutes.
Turn off the heat and let the rolls cool a bit.
Cut the steamed rolls into 1/2" slices.

Tempering the Methi Muthiya
In a pan, heat the oil.
Add the mustard seeds and wait till they splutter.
Add the sesame seeds, curry leaves, and hing.

Stir-fry for a few seconds.
Add the Methi Muthiya.
With a gentle hand, stir-fry for 3 to 5 minutes till the muthia just start to change colour.

Serve hot with a cup of Masala Chai.
Recipe Notes
Be careful not to over steam the Muthia; otherwise they will become tough.
You could add a pinch of cooking soda or fruit salt (Eno) to the dough. If you do choose to do this, make sure it is just a pinch.
I found that I did not need too much water because the moisture in the washed leaves and the lemon juice is quite sufficient to make the dough.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sooji and Besan Dhokla | Healthy breakfast recipe

Hi Friends, sharing the recipe for these scrumptious and yummy dhoklas. These are made by my mother in law. They taste awesome and serve as a healthy and filling breakfast option. Over to the recipe without much ado.

1 cup Suji
1 tbspn gram flour (besan)
2 tbspn oil + 1 tsp for tadka
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
1 sachet of eno
1 tsp mustard seeds
1tsp seasame seeds
8_10 curry leaves
2 Green chillies slit
curd 4 tspn

First take the curd in a bowl. To this add water approx. 1 cup .Beat it well so that there are no lumps.To this add Suji ,besan salt ,red chilli powder , turmeric powder ,oil sugar , lemon juice and mix all very well.Mix it very well so that there are no lumps.
Next put the enough sachet and give it a quick mix. Smear the thali with oil and pour the above mixture
Put the thali in the vessel or the pressure cooker without the whistle
Steam for 15-20 minutes
To check insert a fork .If it comes out clean means it's done
Take it out and cool completely
Heat the oil ,add the mustard seeds . Let it splutter than put the curry leaves, seasame seeds and the green chillies. Spread this on the dhokla
Cut the prepared dhokla in square pieces and garnish with red chilli powder and coriander leaves
Serve it with mint coriander chutney

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's day card... Origami shirt card

Hi peeps.. Sharing some quick origami cards which little miss and her cousins made for their father's.. We used a4 size printed paper for making the shirts.. Glitter foam for the tie.. 
Do let us know if you liked our little card! 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Accordian fold birds

Hi friends... Sharing some of the birds that I made for my daughters bird theme party. The body is made using Glitter foam. Used kite paper for wings... Accordian folding it to create beautiful feathers! 
Little miss was all to excited to help! 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Handmade birthday banner and bird theme decor

hi friends, sharing some of the decoration that I did for my daughters bird theme party. Made this cute little bird family with glitter foam sheet. Earlier i thought of making two birds which will hold the name banner in their beak. but i ended up making a pink and a blue bird, so my daughter thought they are daddy bird and mumma ofcource we needed a baby bird too!

This is from my daughters toy collection. As her love for birds is not a secret, so she has some bird toys who start sining on listening to any sound. and the other one repeats whatever is said..beware! I asked a mango seller near my home to give me some hay for the nest..he was quiet surprised for the unusual demand! hehe

These are the haning bird with glitter foam and accordian folded wings..will share these in more detail in next post

Tried making a photo banner with some pics of my daughter from sydney where she was merrily playing and feeding the birds.

the night photo shoot when the name banner was ready..for this i cut out 6 big cicles of white paper. Decorated them with small punch circles. The glitter alphas are ready made. Then tied a ribbon from behind.

the bird theme cake

Do let me know how u liked the deco for the bird theme party :)

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Vermicelli bird's nests - sweet dish for bird theme party

Prepared these cute little nests for my daughters bird theme birthday! They are so easy to make and taste delicious. It was loved by Kids and adults. I was glad that my first time experiment was very well liked. It looks so unique and innovative that some of my relatives could not stop drooling over these, asking recipe to impress in their parties :)
Lets to to the recipe without much adieu..

You can check the original recipe here. I followed the same, but added milk for cooking the vermicelli. Since cooking only in condensed milk left it very hard. So I softened it a little in milk. 

Vermicelli, crushed - 2 cup
Condensed milk - 100g
Butter - 2 tbsp
Dessicated coconut - ¼ cup
Cardamom powder - 1 tbsp
Rose water - 1 tbsp
Milk - half cup

For garnish:
Pistachio, Almonds

Heat butter in a pan.Add vermicelli and roast till it turns golden brown.
Add condensed milk and mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Add milk and cook for 2 min.
Add desiccated coconut, cardamom powder and rose water. Mix well and cook for another 2 minutes.Remove from heat and let it cool slightly. Take 2 tbsp of mixture and form into a nest. Top with chopped nuts!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Chinese paper lamp hoots - bird day theme party

We made these cute little owls for the bird theme party from Chinese paper lamps. We had some old lamps with hello kitty prints. Little missy painted them with Acrylic paint. Later I made the eyes, wings and legs by cutting paper. 

Do let us know if you liked these little fellas :) 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bird-day invitations!

Hi friends.. On the occasion of the 6th blog anniversary of my little space on the web... I would like to thank each one of you for being part of my journey through life!
It is really special to share a common bond without having met physically!

Little Missy loves birds.. And is behind us to get her real birds at home... I try to explain that birds will be happier flying in the sky rather then being in a. Cage!
To celebrate her love for birds and pets(dog.. Cat.. Peacock are the other beings that she wants in home! God save us :)) we decided to keep bird 🐦 theme for her birthday 🎂.
She is full excited and has so many suggestions for what planning to do.. What games to play... What food to give... Not to forget the party decorations... favors

We created these invitation cards for little miss friends... To invite them for her bird 🐦 theme birthday party 🎉
All the birds are hand drawn and cut.. Will share more of our crafting for her bird day!
Do let me know how you liked it.. Love


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