Khajoor Satori (Stuffed Khajoor Paratha)

Healthy twist to traditional dessert

Satori is a traditional Maharashtrian dessert prepared with khoya, coconut and suji stuffed in a poori made with maida. I have given a healthy twist to this traditional sweet dish by adding khajoor (dates), poppy seeds, sesame seeds and dried coconut stuffing inside a puri made with mainly whole wheat flour and some maida. Instead of deep frying, I lightly roasted them with ghee. The result was delicious yet healthy khajoor satori !

khajoor satori

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup maida
1/2 cup warm milk
2 teaspoon oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup ghee 

For stuffing
1 cup chopped dated
1/4 cup dried grated coconut
2 teaspoon sesame seeds
3 teaspoon poppy seeds

Method

Stuffing –

  1. Chop pitted dates as small as possible.
  2. Roast sesame seeds in a small frying pan until they become lightly brown. Keep aside and let them cool
  3. In the same pan, heat 1/2 table spoon of ghee and roast poppy seeds for 3-4 minutes on low flame. Once done, keep them aside and let them cool.
  4. Again add 1/2 teaspoon oil and roast the grated coconut until the color changes to light brown. Coconut gets browned quickly so keep an eye on it and stir constantly. Let it cool down. Crush the roasted coconut with hands or in a grinder.
  5. Then add 2-3 tablespoon of ghee and roast chopped dates for 5 minutes. The dates become tender, now mix all above ingredients. Mix well for 2-3 minutes. You can make this stuffing well in advance and it can also be preserved in an airtight jar for few months.
Dough –
  1. When you are ready to roll the satoris, mix whole wheat flour, maida and a pinch of salt.
  2. Heat the oil and mix it in the flour. This hot oil is also know as “mohan”, it helps the mixture to become lighter and fluffier.
  3. Stir in warm milk and knead the dough for a few minutes to make smooth and firm dough. Keep it aside for half an hour.
Satori / Stuffed paratha –
  1. Divide the dough and stuffing in 5 equal sized balls. Stuffing balls can be larger than dough balls.
  2. Roll a dough ball to make around 3 inch diameter circle, put a stuffing ball and seal all sides as we do in any stuffed paratha. Roll it to make a think puri (around 5 inch diameter puri).
  3. Repeat this for all 5 parts.
  4. Heat a medium size skillet and add 1 teaspoon of ghee. Place a satori over the skillet. After few seconds, flip the satori and lightly press the puffed areas. Flip it couple of times. It will develop golden-brown spots. Take it out on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb extra ghee. Repeat it for other satoris.

Satoris can be enjoyed warm or cold. Enjoy these healthy khajoor satoris!

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Chocolate Brownies

Rich, Cakey, Chocolatey Goodness!

I bet you are smiling already. 🙂

This is one thing I have found hard to resist. Even though they are easy to make at home, next time I would rather buy them by the piece just to keep my weight loss goal on track. I found couple of recipes with slight variations in amount of chocolate, cocoa powder and eggs used. The one I used came from my colleague’s mom. She has been baking these brownies for last 50 years, how wonderful is that! I think i did a good justice to her recipe and made them more special by baking them on Valentine’s day.

Chocolate Brownies

Yields – 16 big pieces
Ingredients

5 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick)unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 tb spoon cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Equipment : 9inch Square Baking pan

Method
Preheat the oven to 350F /180 C. Line the baking tray with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, melt the chocolate and the butter over simmering water. Set it aside.
Remove from the heat and stir in cocoa powder and sugar.
Next whisk in vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time; beating well after each egg addition. Finally fold in the flour and salt, making sure you don’t over mix the batter. Add in chocolate chips and walnuts. You will notice that the metled chocolate becomes hard to work with once eggs and flour are added, but that’s okay.

Transfer this mixture to the baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Pull out and let them cool for at least 40 minuts on a wire rack to get well defined pieces. Well, I dugged in immediately, nothing tastes better than warm chocolate brownie on a perfect rainy evening!

The Secret
The time you take out the brownies out of the oven is very crucial. A few minutes could turn rich moist brownies into hard ones. Test with a toothpick or a skewer inserted into the middle, it should come out sticky with a little batter and a moist clumps clinging to it. If it comes out clean, you have overbaked them.

Sending this to Rasi’s I am the Star

Blackberry Smoothie

Nutritious yet delicious delight

The easiest way to enjoy fresh blackberries is to have thick creamy blackberry smoothie. Add fresh washed blackberries with thick greek yogurt, honey and some milk and give it a quick whisk in a blender. Nothing can be more filling than a glass of sweet creamy blackberry smoothie loaded with antioxidants.

Blackberry Smoothie

Blackberry Benefits
1. Blackberries are one of the top ten foods containing antioxidants. The anthocyanin, the antioxidants give blackberries their deep purple color help in memory retention and prevent the risk of hypertension.
2. Blackberries are packed with polyphenols helping to prevent cancer and heart disease.
3. Blackberries are said to strengthen blood vessels, help fight heart disease
4. The high tannin content of blackberries help tighten tissue, relieve intestinal inflammation, and help reduce hemorrhoids and stomach disorders.
5. The high fiber content of blackberries help reduce risk of intestinal disease and the risk of developing diabetes.

Blueberry Jam / Compote

I look at Jam as a way to preserve summer in a jar 😛 Every summer my mom used to make mango jam at home. She did the same thing with strawberries last summer and now I am following her tradition with yet another awesome gift of God – blueberries.

Ingredients:

2 pounds fresh blueberries
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/8 cup lemon juice

That’s it. Wash blueberries and let them dry completely. No need to chop blueberries, they are so tender they break down easily once heated.

In a sauce pan, mix blueberries and sugar and mix it well till the mixture comes to a boil. You can reduce it further but I like it to keep it at this consistency. This is also call ‘blueberry compote’ and can be used as blueberry spread for bread, syrup for pancakes or yogurt, combinations are endless!

Once the mixture cools down, add lemon juice and keep it in a glass jar in your refrigerator.

Blueberry Jam In Progress – Finally the reward with greek yogurt and blueberry smoothie!

Fresh Blueberries blueberryJam2
Blueberry Jam in progress Blueberry Jam in progress
blueberry Yogurt Blueberry Smoothie

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

What could be a better occasion than your hubby’s birthday to bake a chocolate cake? It had been a while since I baked a cake. I am a big fan of Ina Garten and I had watched this show when she made this mouth watering cake. She said she practically begged her friend Michael to give her the recipe, which is originally his grandmother’s. She also tells her secret ingredient which make the cake even more chocolaty.

I am glad I chose this recipe. We all enjoyed it. The texture was just perfect and the secret ingredient did its magic.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake

I am not gonna chalk out the recipe this time, it’s best told by my favorite  Ina Garten.

Here is a link to the actual video and the recipe – Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake by Ina Garten

It’s little messy to make a chocolate cake at home especially when you don’t have those big mixing equipments, but as she says that’s the best part of this cake! So enjoy this yummy cake.

Happy Holidays!

Banana Walnut Bread

Even though I think about calories, fat, saturated fat and of course, the price I end up buying banana walnut bread at Starbucks. Its taste is so hard to resist. Today I decided to try it myself at home using whole wheat flour instead of maida to make it little healthier. My husband could not tell the difference 🙂 Try this simple recipe.

Whole wheat flour              2 cups
Ripe bananas, mashed       3
Butter (unsalted)                1/2 stick
Egg                                        1
Sugar                                    1/2 cup ( or 3/4 cup )
Baking Soda                         1 tea-spoon
Salt                                        1/4 tea-spoon
Vanilla Essence                    1 tea-spoon
Walnuts, chopped               1/2 cup

Sift together the flour, baking soda, sugar and salt into a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk butter with one large well beaten egg and vanilla essence. Add this mixture to dry ingredients. Add mashed bananas and mix it well to form batter. Add chopped walnuts and mix again.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a loaf pan with cooking spay. You can also use parchment paper. Pour the batter into this loaf pan and bake for about 45-50 minutes at 375 F.

Banana Walnut Bread

Let it cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

Banana Walnut Bread

Food For Thought

Walnuts are often referred to as “brain food”, not only because of brain-like appearance of their lobes but because of their high concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids. They also promote bone health and play an important role in improving cardiovascular health. Banana is a good source of potassium and dietary fiber; provides cardiovascular protection and promotes kidney health.

So don’t feel guilty while enjoying this homemade dessert 😉

Sending this for Bread Baking Day being hosted at Paulchen’s Food Blog with the theme of “Bread With Egg”.

Bread Baking Day #48 (last day of submission April 1, 2012)