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BADAM PISTA BARFI – for the kid’s guilt-free snacking!

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Dry Fruits like Pistachios, Almonds, Cashews are considered some of the best healthy snacking foods for children during their growing up years. While we adults love munching on them, not all children take to them quickly. This BADAM PISTA BARFI recipe is therefore a very good way to incorporate these dry fruits into their daily meals. Add it to their lunch boxes as a sweet or let them snack on it in the evenings after a busy day at school. They will come to love it, just as much as you do.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup pistachios
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 100 grams or ¾ cup grated khoya (milk product)

Method:

  • Begin by heating a pan and on a low flame, roast the almonds and pistachios lightly for about 2 to 3 minutes. Make sure they don’t get browned. Just a light roasting. Meanwhile, grease a tray or plate with ¼ tsp ghee.
  • Once the almonds and pistachios cool down, blend them in a grinder. Also add the seeds from 3 green cardamoms pods to it.
  • Grind to a powdery texture. If there are tiny pieces or bits of almonds or pistachios, its fine. Don’t grind too much as then oil would release from the nuts.

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  • In the same pan, directly grate the khoya and add ⅓ cup sugar. 3
  • Keep the pan on a low flame and begin to stir the mixture. Keep on stirring the mixture continuously.
  • Both the khoya and sugar would begin to melt. The consistency of mixture would become slightly thin. So as soon you see the mixture bubbling and slightly thickening, remove the pan from fire. Here we don’t need to cook the khoya more, as the powdered almonds and pistachios help in binding the barfi. Don’t overcook as then the barfi will become chewy. 4
  • Add the powdered almonds, pistachios & cardamom mixture to the khoya mixture. Mix quickly and very well. 5
  • Pour the barfi mixture on the greased tray and spread it to a layer of ½ inch thickness from all sides. Level the top with the spatula.
  • Sprinkle some finely chopped or powdered almonds and pistachios all over the barfi. With a spatula or your fingers lightly press the chopped dry fruits on the barfi. 6
  • Once cooled at room temperature, slice the barfi into smaller pieces.
  • Serve Badam Pista Barfi straight away or store in an air tight box. These stay well for 3 to 4 days in a cold climate. Otherwise keep in the fridge.

Reference: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com

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CHEESE STICKS- Soft, melt-in-the-mouth & definitely yum!

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Cheese and Bread are two foods that most children love. It may be the taste, their ability to munch into it or even the softness, but hand them these and they will be on it for hours.

Our recipe today combines these two ingredients to make a wonder dish, CHEESE STICKS. You can make them fresh or even store them for a couple of days. They make for wonderful options for snack boxes or even evening snacks, and since made at home, is packed with health and freshness.

Ingredients:

1 cup Maida/ All purpose flour

1 tsp Red chili flakes

Salt to taste

1/2 cup Cheese, grated

Oil for deep frying

Directions:

1. Begin by grating the cheese and when done, keep it ready.

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 2. Make the chili flakes if you don’t have them ready.

3. In a bowl, take the flour, add chili flakes, salt and slowly add water to knead to a stiff dough.

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 4. Pinch out small balls from the dough, dust it with flour and roll out into thin discs. Spread the grated cheese over one layer, completely cover with another rolled out layer.

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 4. Press the top layer very firmly over the bottom and tightly roll them forward. You will end up with a roll, which you can again roll down to make sure the two layers are completely struck together.

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5. Now cut out small cubes from the rope. Dust and press it down to get an oblong shape. You will have the cheese coming out. You can ignore and twist it round. Cheese sticks9

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 6. Heat oil in a pan. When it is hot, drop these into it and fry on both sides. Cheese sticks11

 7. The cheese will not seep out, rather it helps the dough layers to separate. Cook on low flame to make sure all the layers are cooked to crispy texture. Once done, drain these on a kitchen towel and serve hot.

These CHEESE STICKS are a wonderful snack option for kids. You can even add some oats/ragi flour to the maida when making the dough.

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Source: http://spicingyourlife.blogspot.com/2013/04/cheesy-swirl-sticks-cheese-sticks-easy.html