Monday, 21 January 2019

Apple Roll

Air fryer is very useful for baking and making some unusual desserts. It is really satisfying to make snacks and desserts with very little fat. Today let me share the secret of how to make yummy apple rolls using spring roll sheets.

Ingredients:
Apple – medium sized, peeled, cored and cut into cubes
Sugar – 2 tablespoons
Butter – ½ teaspoon
Spring roll sheets – 2 no
Nutmeg powder – a generous pinch
Powdered sugar – 1 teaspoon
Lemon juice – ½ teaspoon

Method: Cook apple pieces with 2 tablespoonfuls of water over low flame. Once cooked and the water is fully absorbed, add sugar and nutmeg powder.Mash the contents well. Switch off the stove. Add lemon juice and mix well.

Ready-to-use frozen spring roll sheets are available in most departmental stores. Defrost the spring roll sheets by keeping them at room temperature for 30 minutes. Then gently separate two sheets from the lot and return the remaining sheets to the freezer compartment covered in food grade plastic wrapper.


Place half the filling on one sheet and make a roll as shown in the picture. Repeat the same process with the remaining filling using the second sheet. Apply butter on the surface of the rolls. Place the rolls in the baking tray and air fry at 200º C for 10 minutes. Remove from the tray and sprinkle powdered sugar over the rolls. Serve the dessert rolls warm.   

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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Pongal Greetings!

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Saturday, 29 December 2018

Spring Rolls

Air fryer is very useful for making quick tea time snacks. With proper planning, you can make fresh snacks everyday in less than half an hour. Here’s the recipe for making spring rolls.

Ingredients:
Onion – 1 no, finely chopped
Carrot – small, 1 no, grated
Cabbage – finely chopped, 4 tablespoons
Green peas – shelled, 1 tablespoon
Ginger – 1” piece, grated
Green chili sauce – 2 teaspoons (adjust to taste)
Soya sauce – 1 teaspoon
Spring roll wrappers or sheets – large, 4 no
Oil – 2 teaspoons
Salt – to taste
Oil – for brushing


Method: Heat oil in a wok; add chopped onion and fry till the pieces become transparent. Then add the cut vegetables and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook on low flame till the vegetables are partially done. Add soya sauce, green chili sauce and ginger. Mix well and cook for a minute. Remove from fire. Divide the contents into 4 parts.

Place the wrapper on a plate. Place one part of the stuffing at the lower portion of the wrapper as shown in the image. Bring the lower end of the wrapper over the stuffing (1). Roll once. Now bring the side ends of the wrapper over the rolled stuffing (2). Finally bring the top end of the wrapper over the rolled portion. Repeat the same process with the remaining wrappers. Brush the rolls with oil and place them in the air fryer baking tray; fry at 200º C for 10 minutes; turn once in between. Serve hot with tomato ketch up.

Note: Spring roll wrappers or sheets are available in different sizes and numbers (20s or 40s). They are deep frozen and tend to dry easily if not stored properly. Before each use, you need to thaw the pack for 30 minutes in room temperature. Gently peel off the wrappers required and store the reaming sheets in the original pack, wrapped in a wet cloth and inside a food safe zip lock bag in the freezer compartment.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Malai Kofta

Koftas are delicious, but are rich in calories. However, by using an air fryer you can avoid deep frying koftas in oil. Today I wish to share this air fryer recipe for making yummy malai koftas.

Ingredients - For the koftas:
Paneer or cottage cheese - 200 gms
Green chilis - 2 no, chopped
Salt - to taste
Baking powder - ½ teaspoon
Corn flour - 2 teaspoons
Coriander leaves - chopped, 2 teaspoons
Oil - for brushing

For the gravy:
Onions - 3 no, cubed
Tomato puree - ½ teacup or 100 ml measure
Coconut milk - ½ teacup or 100 ml measure
Ginger garlic paste - 1 teaspoon
Green chilies - 2 no
Coriander powder - 1 tablespoon
Cumin powder - 1 teaspoon
Poppy seeds - 1 teaspoon
Cashew nuts - 1 tablespoon
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Cinnamon - 1" stick
Cloves - 3 no
Cardamom - 3 no, seeds removed and powdered
Salt - to taste


Method - Making koftas: Crumble paneer in a bowl. Add corn flour, green chilies, baking powder, salt and coriander leaves. Mix well and knead into firm dough. Divide into 10 equal parts. Roll them into  balls. Brush little oil all over the balls. Grease the wire mesh in the air fryer with oil. Place the balls on the wire mesh, leaving 1 cm space around the balls. Cook for 10 minutes at 180º Celsius. Remove from the air fryer and allow the koftas to cool.

Making the gravy: Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a kadai and fry onions till transparent. Grind fried onions and green chilies into a fine paste. Similarly grind poppy seeds and cashew nuts into a smooth paste. Keep aside.

Heat the remaining oil in a kadai, add the cinnamon and clove, saute for a minute. Add ground masala and ginger garlic paste, mix well and cook on low flame till oil separates. Now add tomato puree, coriander powder, cumin powder and required salt. Mix well and bring it to boil. Simmer; add coconut milk and cardamom powder. Mix well; cook for a minute. Finally add cashew paste and cook on low flame for 2 minutes. Switch off the stove. Just before serving, add the koftas to the gravy. Let it stand for 2 minutes. Serve hot with poori, paratha or chapatti.

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