AIR FRYER PINEAPPLE HALWA POORI – KIDS LUNCH BOX/BREAKFAST

Air fryer Pineapple Poori – Kids Lunch Box / Breakfast 

If you are looking for a new recipe to pack for Kids Lunch Box or to serve for Breakfast , try these Air fryer Pineapple Halwa Poori . I prepared the dough and filling day before , so it’s easy to prepare in the morning to pack for Kids Lunch Box. No need of foil and need to flip after 5 minutes. Filling ( Big Lemon size )  must be more than the outer covering. Once stuffed with the filling don’t use the rolling pin. Grease your hands with oil and shape the patties. 3 or 4  at a time. Spray oil half way . If you don’t have pineapple juice , you can skip and prepare halwa with water . Here is the simple recipe with every day ingredients from your Pantry .

RECIPE FOR 15 . Just follow my recipe to enjoy these Crispy and Tasty Halwa Poori .

INGREDIENTS for Outer covering. : Mix 2 cups wheat flour with One cup milk and 1/2 cup water , Oil – 3 tbsp and little salt. Like Chapathi dough . if needed add little more water.

METHOD : Add flour to a mixing bowl . Then add 3 tbsp Oil and salt. Mix well . Then add milk and water . Mix like chapathi dough . 

INGREDIENTS for FILLING ( Halwa) :

1. Sooji or Fine wheat rava – 1 cup or Roasted wheat upma mix 

2. Water – 1 cup and Pineapple juice – 1 cup

3. Ghee – 3 tbsp

4. Jaggery – 1 cup or sweetner of your choice 

5. Raisins – Handful ( chopped)

6. Chopped nuts – 2 handfuls

7. Cardamom – 6 ( Powdered) 

METHOD :

1. Fry semolina or fine wheat rava with 1 tbsp ghee. Transfer to a bowl .

2. Add water , pineapple juice , raisins, jaggery powder , chopped nuts and powdered cardamom . Taste water for sweetness and add accordingly .Bring to boil .

3. Add semolina or fine wheat rava and cook for couple of minutes. Add ghee . Cool the filling before you refrigerate or prepare Poori .

4. Take small lemon size chapathi dough and roll into circle with rolling pin .

5. Take big lemon size filling and place on the dough . Cover from all sides.IMG_2359IMG_2361

6. Grease your hands with oil and shape like patties. 

7. Grease air fryer basket with Oil and place the Poori’s . Spray Oil .

8. Bake at 370 degrees for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes , take out the basket and spray with Oil . Bake for another 7 minutes. 

                   SERVE for Breakfast or pack for KIDS LUNCH BOX 

MASALA URAD DAL VADA (MEDU VADA) – AIR FRYER – KIDS LUNCH BOX

Masala Urad dal Vada ( Medu Vada) – Air fryer – Kids Lunch Box with APPLE KHEER 

Urad dal vada or Medu vada is a popular breakfast from South India and is served with Coconut Chutney and Vegetable Sambar. If you like Urad dal vada and doesn’t like deep frying , try these Air fryer vada. You don’t find any difference from deep fried one’s . Prepared with minimum oil . No need of foil and no flipping. I even pack for Kids Lunch Box with  Apple  Kheer.  Doesn’t need any dip as they taste good on their own. They are soft at room temperature. Here is the simple recipe with everyday ingredients from your pantry .

Recipe for 12 

INGREDIENTS :

1. Urad dal – One cup ( soak for an hour or two)

2. Vegetables – Onion – 1 ( finely chopped) , Green chillies – 3 ( Chopped ) , Ginger – small piece ( Chopped) and finely chopped coriander .

3. Cumin seeds – 1/2 tbsp

4. Salt – accordingly

5. Oil – 2 tbsp

METHOD:

1. Soak Urad dal for an hour or two. Wash 3 to 4 times. Transfer to a blender and grind to smooth paste without adding water.

2. Transfer to a Bowl . Add salt, Cumin seeds , Chopped onions, green chillies , ginger and finely chopped coriander. Mix well . Taste for salt and add accordingly .

3. Grease Air fryer basket with Oil . Divide the batter into 12. Wet your fingers and take one portion of the batter and place in the air fryer basket . Press and make whole in the middle .

4. Bake at 370 degrees for 5 minutes . 

5. Take out the basket . Spray Oil . No need to flip . Bake for another 6 minutes.

                  SERVE with APPLE  KHEER 

RECIPE FOR APPLE KHEER ( INSTANT POT) :

Recipe Link : 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/Mixed 

FOR MORE AIR FRYER RECIPES TO PACK FOR KIDS LUNCH BOX(  15 RECIPES)

Recipe Link :

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2019/03/09/Kids 

RED KIDNEY’S BEANS VEGETABLE PAKORA – INSTANT POT AND AIR FRYER – KIDS LUNCH BOX – 5 MAIN INGREDIENTS WITH MINT TOMATO CHUTNEY

Red Kidney Beans Vegetable Pakora – Air fryer – Kids Lunch Box – 5 main ingredients with Tomato  Mint Chutney

If your Kids are not interested in eating Beans in the form of curry , then try these Air fried Pakora’s . I cooked red kidney beans in Instant pot and used one measuring cup cooked beans for this recipe. Rest I refrigerated and use later in the week. I added good amount of vegetables and rice flour for binding and for crispiness. Just add the amount of water I mentioned , so the pakora’s will come out without sticking to the basket .  I even shared the recipe for Tomato mint Chutney to serve with the Pakora’s . . You can prepare the Chutney in INSTANT POT or On stove top . Here is the Simple recipe with 5 main ingredients. 

RECIPE FOR 30 PAKORA’s :

INGREDIENTS : One cup – Measuring cup

1. Red kidney Beans – 1 cup ( Cooked and Mashed ) . I cooked Red kidney beans in Instant pot .   Raw 11/2 cup . Soaked overnight . Transfer to Instant pot Bowl . Add salt and cover with enough water . Manual 15 minutes . Unplug when you see low. QPR after 20  minutes.

2. Rice flour – 3/4 th  cup

3. Vegetables – Onion – 1 ( thinly sliced ) , Finely chopped Zucchini – One measuring cup , Grated carrots, Green chilies – 3 ( chopped or paste) , Garlic cloves – 6 ( Peeled and chopped) , Ginger – small piece ( Chopped) . Finely chopped Coriander . 

4. Oil – 2 tbsp to Spray the Pakora’s .

5. Water – 1/2 cup

6. Ajwain ( carom seeds ) – 1/2 tbsp ( Optional) . Helps in digestion of Beans . 

METHOD :

1. Transfer mashed red kidney beans , Chopped Onions , Zucchini, grated carrots , green chillies, ginger ,  Crushed garlic , Chopped coriander , rice flour, salt , Ajwain ( carom seeds) to a bowl . Mix well . You can add little red chilli powder , coriander and cumin powder or Sambar powder – 1/2 tbsp to 3/4 th tbsp . 

2. Now add water slowly and mix like pakora batter. Note : 1/2 cup water is sufficient .

3. Taste for salt and spices and add accordingly .

4. Grease Air fryer basket with Oil . Take batter and place in the Air fryer ( in the shape of Pakora) .  Ten at a time .

5. Bake at 370 degrees for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes open the basket and spray oil . Bake for another 7 minutes.

SERVE with TOMATO MINT CHUTNEY . 

 

 

RECIPE FOR   TOMATO MINT  CHUTNEY :

4 People . INSTANT POT or STOVE TOP 

INGREDIENTS :

1. Onion – one ( chopped )

2. Tomatoes – 4 and Mint leaves – 20 to 30 

3. Green chillies – 3

4. Tamarind pulp or tamarind – 2 tbsp

5. Salt accordingly , Turmeric – 1/4 th tbsp 

6.  For seasoning : Garlic cloves – 4 ( Peeled and chopped ) to add in seasoning , Cumin seeds , Mustard seeds – 1/2 tbsp each .

7. Finely chopped coriander

METHOD :

1. Turn Instant pot on saute mode . When warm add oil . Followed by mustard seeds, cumin seeds . Then add Onions.  Season with salt and turmeric . Fry till light pink .

2. Once Onions are brown add Green chillies ,tomatoes and tamarind pulp or tamarind. Close lid. Manual one minute. NPR .

3. Open lid . Cool and transfer to a blender or Hand blender.

4. Transfer to a Bowl . 

5. Add seasoning with chopped garlic , Mustard seeds and Cumin seeds. Add finely chopped Coriander .

                 SERVE with Red kidney Beans vegetable Pakora.

 

CABBAGE PAKORA – AIR FRYER – KIDS LUNCH BOX/SUMMER LUNCH

Cabbage Pakora – Air fryer – Kids Lunch Box /Summer Lunch 

I’m making good use of my Air fryer to prepare Pakora’s and Vada. Kids like finger foods in Lunch Box than roti and curry. Air fryer is so useful for me to prepare quick Lunch Box ( Summer Lunch) or Breakfast in the morning. Just like Instant pot it’s Zero monitoring except checking half way. If your kids trouble to eat vegetables try to add more Vegetables to finger foods. If you have a toddler they  can self feed. I added light color green chillies which are zero spicy and ginger. Both helps in digestion. I baked pakora’s directly in the basket without foil and without flipping. If you are taking Kids to activities and want to feed them immediately after coming , then prepare day before and refrigerate. Bake for couple of minutes before you serve if you want to serve Crispy Pakora or in the microwave for one minute.Here is the Simple recipe with every day ingredients from your pantry .

Cabbage : What it heals ? Colon cancer , Breast cancer, cancer of uterus and ovaries and diabetes.Good source of fiber and potassium . Helps and protects against and manage diabetes. Cabbage is low in calories ( a cup of chopped cabbage contains 20 calories ) and rich in Vitamin C. One study found that women who ate the most cabbage had a 45 percent lower breast cancer risk than women who ate the least . Source : HM 

Recipe for 30 Pakora

INGREDIENTS : 

1. Finely chopped Cabbage – 4 measuring cups and finely chopped Coriander 

2. Onion – One big ( thinly sliced ) , Green chillies – 3 ( chopped) and ginger – small piece ( Chopped)

3. Chickpea flour – 1/2 cup and rice flour – 1/2 cup and Ajwain – 1/2 tbsp 

4. Water – 1/2 cup or accordingly

5. Oil – 2 + 2 tbsp

6. Rasam powder or Red chilli powder , coriander and cumin powder – 1 tbsp

7. Salt – accordingly

METHOD:

1. In a bowl add finely chopped cabbage , thinly sliced onions, chopped green chillies, ginger , salt , oil , Ajwain , red chilli powder , coriander and cumin powder. Mix well . Add Chickpea flour and rice flour. Mix well.

2. Now add water slowly and mix like a thick batter.

3. Taste for salt and spices and add accordingly .

4. Grease Air fryer basket with oil . Take batter and place in the basket ( shape of pakora) . 10 each time.  Spray some oil .

5. Bake at 370 degrees for 5 minutes. Take out basket and spray oil . Bake for another 6 minutes.

SERVE with Dates chutney and fruit .

CAULIFLOWER POPCORN – AIR FRYER – SUMMER LUNCH /KIDS LUNCH BOX

Cauliflower Popcorn – Air fryer – Summer Lunch /Kids Lunch Box

Last day for school . 2 months vacation . I need to try Simple and Easy recipes for Lunch as I don’t want to spend too much time in Kitchen and at the same time kids favorite meal. For today’s Lunch I tried Cauliflower Popcorn in Air fryer. They turned out good.Cauliflower is one of my kids favorite vegetable  , they call it as Vegetarian chicken . There favorite way to eat Cauliflower is in the form of big florets cooked in Vegetable Gravy  or Cauliflower Popcorn  .  I didn’t preheat the Air fryer or used foil . They came out without sticking. Just grease the basket with oil before placing the florets. For me it is easy to cook in the morning as I do preparations day before. I microwaved the  florets for 4 minutes so they can cook in less time and soft when they bite  . Here is the Simple recipe with everyday ingredients from your pantry .

An interesting read about Garlic. Garlic contains allicin , a sulphur compound that offers a host of health benefits. The results of a few epidemiological studies suggest that high intakes of garlic and other allium vegetables ( Onions and leeks) may help protect against gastric and colorectal cancer . The vegetable organosulphur compounds are also believed to cut inflammation and people who suffer from autoimmune diseases might be helped by including garlic in their diets. As people age , harmful particles called free radicals build up and contribute to heart disease , cancer,  and  Alzheimer’s disease . Not only will antioxidants like those found in garlic fight off free radicals , they may reduce or prevent some of their damage. It is widely used to treat high cholesterol , heart attack , coronary heart disease and hypertension .

            Storing Garlic in sealed plastic containers or a refrigerator promotes mold and sprouting. Store garlic at room temperature in a container with good air circulation like a wire basket . Source – HM

Cauliflower is a white food we can feel good about eating. This non starchy vegetable is cruciferous vegetable like Broccolli  and Cabbage . Intake of these vegetables is associated with lower risk of some diseases . We can eat raw in Salads ,roast or use in stir fry cooking . Healthy version of mashed potatoes. According to some research Cauliflower sprinkled with Turmeric may be powerful in fighting cancers. Impressively one serving provides 18 percent of daily value of Vitamin C . Avoid Cauliflower which are discolored and buy head that are tight and firm . You can get solid fresh Cauliflower from Summer to fall. It will last more than 2 weeks if you store in a produce bag and store in the lower shelf of the refrigerator . 

INGREDIENTS:


1. Cauliflower florets ( Big ) – 20 ( Microwave for 2  to 4 minutes and optional )

2. Chickpea flour and rice flour – 1/4 th cup each or All purpose flour , corn flour and rice flour 

3. Water – 1/2 cup

4. Salt – accordingly

5. Red chilli powder , coriander and cumin powder

6. Oil – 2 tbsp

7. Garlic and Ginger paste – 1 tbsp 

METHOD:

1. Wash cauliflower florets.

2. Prepare batter with flours , red chilli powder , cumin and coriander powder , salt , Ginger and garlic paste .

3. Grease air fryer basket with oil . Place the florets in a single row. Spray Oil .

4. Bake at 370 degrees for 6 minutes. Check half way . If needed spray oil .

5. Serve with Ketchup or dates chutney .

 

ADIRASAM ( SHORT CUT METHOD) – AIR FRYER AND INSTANT POT – 5 INGREDIENTS

DESSERT with COCONUT – AIR FRYER 

Do you like traditional desserts which are not deep fried. I tried this traditional recipe in Air fryer and turned out good. First we need to cook the dough on stove top or Instant pot . You can refrigerate the dough and bake in Air fryer before you serve. Knead the dough once cooled by adding Ghee or Oil or Combination of Ghee and Oil . Just bake the time I mentioned otherwise they will be hard. If you refrigerate the dough ,bring the dough to room temperature or  bake for couple more minutes. They have to be 2 inch thick . We like the taste of Jaggery. You can add sweetner of your choice or combination of Jaggery and sugar.  Here is the simple recipe with every day ingredients from your pantry .

Recipe for  12 to 15 . One cup – Measuring cup 

INGREDIENTS :

1. Rice flour – 1 cup( store bought)  , Wheat flour – 1 cup

2. Dry coconut -1/2 cup

3. Ghee – 5 tbsp or Oil – 5 tbsp 

4. Water – One measuring cup 

5. Jaggery – 1 measuring cup or combination of Jaggery and sugar 

6. Cardamom powder

METHOD INSTANT POT : 

1. Add water , powdered jaggery , cardamom  and 5 tbsp ghee to inner pot. Close lid Manual 2 minutes . QPR ( after 10 minutes) .

2. Take out inner pot . ( In a bowl mix rice flour , wheat flour and coconut . Mix well)

3. To the melted jaggery water add the flour and mix slowly . It may seem that water is not sufficient . Mix with hands once cooled down.

4. Grease your hands with little oil or ghee and take a big lemon size dough and shape them like cookie. Spray Oil .

5. Bake 5 at a time . 370 degrees for 4 minutes . Take out the basket . Flip them and spray some oil . Bake for another 5 minutes.

SERVE warm .

METHOD STOVE TOP :

1. Add water to sauce pan. When it comes to boil add powdered jaggery, cardamom and ghee.

2. Once Jaggery is melted take out the sauce pan and add rice flour , wheat flour and dry coconut. Mix gently . 

3.  Once cooled , Grease your hands with little oil or ghee and take a big lemon size dough and shape them like cookie. Spray oil . 

4. Bake 5 at a time . 370 degrees for 4 minutes . Take out the basket . Flip them and spray some oil . Bake for another 5 minutes.

SERVE warm .