Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Quick Walnut Carrot Salad

At our house, we all love salads. This is one recipe thats a staple. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Ingredients -
Prep time - 15 minutes
Carrot Walnut Salad
Serves 2
1 1/2 cups of  baby carrots or regular carrots julienned
1/2 cup walnuts
2 pods garlic finely minced
8 grape tomatoes cut into halves
1 TblSpn Pomegranate seeds
1/2 onion or yellow onion finely chopped into strips
2 TblSp chopped Cilantro and green chillies to garnish
1 Tblsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 medium sized lemon juice
1/4 tsp Organic Honey ( I got the Morganic one from our loccal FM)
Pepper as per taste
Salt as per taste (normally we just use lemon juice at home in place of Salt)

Toss all the ingredients in a salad bowl.

This can be served as a side to any flat breads or rice or pasta.
This can be prepared ahead and chilled and served.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Fat Free Decadent Brownies!

Who doesnt love Brownies!
Recently I came across a recipe on the site Eggless Cooking  by MadhuRam. Here is the linkie
I changed the recipe a bit and have to say the end result is fabulous!  See for your self.

This one is made of FAT FREE YOGURT and absolutely no fat or eggs.
The website calls for using 1/2 cup semi sweet choc chips. I changed my versions as follows:

Dry Stuff
  3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour ( I used Bob's Red Mills)
  1/2 cup light brown sugar ( i used C and N)
  3/4 cup Ghiradelli unsweetened Cocoa powder
  1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda (A&M)
  1/2 cup chopped Walnuts
Wet Stuff
  1 cup Plain Fat Free Yogurt (Dannon)
  1/4 cup dark semisweet chocolate chips (Nestle)
  1 Tblsp white choc chips(Nestle) to sprinkle on top
  1/2 cup luke warm water

I mixed the dry ingredients after sifting them together. Then I melted the dark choc. chips in 1/4 cup water very slowly in increments of 10 seconds to not scald the melting chocolate. Then i added the yogurt to the melted chocolate (once it cooled). After that I added the wet mix to the dry ingredients by whisking simultaneously and little by little. I used the rest of the water to make a smooth batter.
  I used a glass 8X8 pan lined with parchment. I added the white choc. chips on top as garnish. This mix baked on a preheated oven for 350 degrees for 31 minutes. 
The result was 12 very fudgy medium sized moist brownies. Totally decadent and delicious!!

Me thinks, for future baking endeavors of this recipe, i will be letting the mix to bake for 35 minutes to make the end result less fudgy.

A Big Thanks to Madhuram for this great recipe!