Punjabi Chole Bhature – the ever popular street food, everyday food, snack and favorite of the young and old alike! Chole(Cholay) is the Punjabi name of this curry made of chickpeas. It is also known in other regions as Chana Masala. Chana Masala and Chole are basically the same curried dish of chickpeas. It may be semi dry or have more gravy and the recipe varies from home to home and Dhaba to Dhaba (Punjabi roadside food stall)!
Bhature, (Bhatoora), is a soft, fluffy deep-fried leavened bread. It is similar to Puri which is its unleavened counterpart. Bhature is most often served with Chole, hence the name of the meal – ‘Chole Bhature’.
Chole is extremely simple to make. This easy recipe delivers a fast and so very yummy, semi dry gravy of chickpeas. Check out the stepwise pictures (slideshow) below. The Bhature is quite simple to make as well (although it may require a little practice). I often make the chole on its own to serve along with salads too.
Mushroom Melts Sandwich | Grilled Cheese Mushroom
Mushroom Melts Sandwich – these sandwiches are full-o-flavor! I just love mushrooms, don’t you? The umami that they lend to a wide array of dishes is irreplaceable. I enjoy all sorts of mushrooms, but my favorite has gotta be the swiss brown mushrooms! They are reliable in most of my recipes, with just the right amount of umami oomph, and not pushing anyones buttons. So, this sandwich is something I came up with for a breakfast sandwich and it was a total winner. As I always do, I quickly jotted the amounts of things I used, because you know me – my memory is awful! Another one for my recipe box. Keeper for sure. It’s quick and tasty – try it and let me know won’t you?
Easy Bread Pizza in Under 30 minutes
We all fall victim to certain cravings every now and then. This recipe helps to beat the craving for a quick Pizza, without the fuss of making the Pizza Base or Sauce. Instant gratification is guaranteed with this Cheesy Yummy and EASY Bread Pizza Recipe! Kids can help too! This Pizza is great for anytime!
Yummy! FROSTED FUDGY BROWNIE RECIPE.
This Frosted Fudgy Brownie Recipe is something I have depended for many many occasions. I thought it’s time I shared it with you all.
Brownies are said to have come into existence at the Palmer House Hotel, Chicaco in the late 1800’s. The wife of the Owner asked the chef to create a dessert for a socialite gathering. She requested for a dessert that was similar but smaller than a slice of cake and could be packed into a lunch box. By the early 1900’s the Brownie was a recognized dessert, typically eaten by hand and accompanied by a cup of milk or coffee.
There is something about these chocolate delights with their crinkled tops, that makes you want to reach for one, without a second thought. What’s your preference: Cakey, Fudgy or Chewy? Centre or Edge? Hot or cool? This recipe makes a delicious Fudgy Brownie using Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder and Shortening. I have found that they must be made in a light colored Aluminum Baking Pan for best results.
These brownies are fudgy, moist and just bordering on the cakey side. They have a certain melting quality that I love! Hope you will too.
Quick Chicken Tikka Fried Rice
This is a very quick Fried Rice, incorporating the yumminess of Chicken Tikka, which most kids are crazy for! The most important thing in preparing your kids lunch boxes, is planning! Make a plan for what you are going to make the next morning. This goes a long way in helping, no matter how sleep deprived or hazy you may be feeling.
For dishes like Fried Rice, always have some cold cooked rice in the fridge. I have a small baby sized pot with a lid that I use to cook rice in. When it cools down, I just stick it in the fridge. This way I can always make fried rice for my kids any time. Day-old cold rice is always best for fried rice anyway!
And when ever you are making a chicken dish for lunch or dinner, I recommend removing and setting aside a very small amount (like a quarter cup) of boneless meat. Marinate and chill this portion overnight, like I have done.
This way the next day I can send the kids off with this Chicken Tikka Fried Rice, which they always love!
Quick Stir Fried Rice Vermicelli with Vegetables (BeeHoon)
Beehoon or Rice Vermicelli, is a great thing to make a quick lunch. Chop some veggies and soak the vermicelli. Pack the lunch in a matter of minutes easily. My kids will actually eat their veggies when it’s mixed in with the Beehoon. This Stir Fried Rice Vermicelli with Vegetables is a quick and healthy fix for your kids lunch box.
Adults can add more vegetables to suit their taste. Left over chicken or other protein from the previous night may be added as well. I often like to add some bean thread (glass noodles) along with the rice vermicelli. It tastes even better!
Easy Turmeric and Carrot Fried Rice
Starting off my section on EASY KIDS LUNCH BOX RECIPES, this Turmeric and Carrot Fried Rice is a regular in my kids lunch boxes. They love the turmeric scented rice. It is so easy to make which is a necessity when sending off kids to school early in the morning! Just a few ingredients and you can have the lunch ready to pack in 10 minutes.
Turmeric is a great spice to add to your cooking, for its vast array of medicinal qualities. Turmeric contains curcumin- which has powerful anti inflammatory effects and is also a very strong antioxidant. It is said that it is better absorbed into the bloodstream if you add black pepper with it. Curcumin boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF and is known to prevent or delay brain related diseases and illnesses. It may also increase memory power.
Turmeric is also mentioned as a helping medicine to cure / prevent Cancer, Alzheimers, Depression and Arthritis as well as other Age related chronic diseases.