Sunday, February 7, 2010

Savory Semolina Muffins and No Bake Date & Nut Fudge

Today's post is all about trying recipes from the fellow bloggers. Almost a decade back when I started to have adventures in my kitchen, Bawarchi.com was the main or I should say only place where I would go searching for the Indian recipes. But many a times even I liked the recipes but because of lack of photos I never tried those. I always love reading cookbooks also with food photos. Fast forward o 2009, I discovered food blogs while looking for some recipes and instantly loved that how everything is given with photos. Result is my list of bookmark recipes, sometime I feel, to find a bookmarked recipe I need some sort of search program....I can't help bookmarking, because the details and pictures in the recipe make me go "try this one...try this one". So, to solve that problem I try to make the recipe same day I discover it(provided I have everything on hand plus time to make it). My first trial was Ragi Roti and in the past couple of weeks I tried 2 more recipes : No Sugar Nuts Fudge from Creative Saga and Savory Semolina Cake from Red Chillies, they have also adapted these recipes from other food blogs.

Now for the recipes I mainly followed the actual recipes but with some changes according to my taste & availability of ingredients.So for actual recipes please check the respective blogs as I'm going to mention only the changes I made.

1) No Bake Date & Nut Fudge actual recipe NoSugar Nuts Fudge(Creative Saga) :

Actual recipe doesn't ask to soak the dates but I did soaked them in 2 Tblsp. of warm milk as that made it easy to puree them. But that also add little extra moisture, so for that add either more oats or nuts. But I added sesame seeds & wheat germ which balanced it. Also, I kept only few pieces outside & rest in the fridge as I've used milk in it.

I made two versions, first version was for kids so I used almond meal instead of coarsely grind almonds & I didn't used any walnuts in this. Added 2 Tblsp. of Wheat germ + 1 Tblsp. of instant oats.
Second version : Coarsely grind almond & walnuts. I also added around 1 Tblsp. each brown & black toasted sesame seeds and 1 Tblsp. of wheat germ.
NOTE : a) If you are new to black sesame seeds, it's better to use them in combination with regular sesame seeds you use, as the flavor is really strong, but they have more calcium, for more details check here.

b) Wheat germ is a concentrated source of several essential nutrients & essential fatty acids. Which is naturally found in whole wheat flour. I use it in my baking & cooking whenever I'm using any other flour than whole wheat flour. I don't remember the actual source from where I read it but it said it should be used sparingly as it is concentrated form of nutrients and it also need to be stored in fridge as it can easily become rancid if not stored properly.

2) Savory Semolina Muffins actual recipe Savory Semolina Cake(Red Chillies)

Changes I made in this recipe were :
  • chopped broccoli florets instead of peas
  • no sugar I used only salt
  • 2 Tblsp. of wheat germ
  • baked them as muffin in regular muffin tin for 22 minutes at 375 degree F.
Loved the taste of Upma & the ease of baking it in the evening & having it for weekday breakfast next morning.

Thanks to Sowmya & Supriya for sharing these recipes. I feel this is the best way to celebrate my 50th post in this blog world by saying thanks to my blogger friends & enjoying some of their recipes.

30 comments:

SE said...

wow...these looks great..i use a lot of semolina..nice recipes..

simply.food said...

Interesting savory muffins.I have made chhese muffins but not semolina savory muffins will definately give it atray.Your fudge looks lovely too.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Both the dishes look really delicious.

Rachana Kothari said...

The Savoury muffins and the fudge, both looks really delicious!

Chetana said...

Liked ur variation of vegetables added to the semolina muffins...

Nina said...

I liked the savory muffins...interesting one:)

PJ said...

wow, both the dishes look great. semolina puff sounds really interesting, I should try that soon.

tasteofbeirut said...

So interesting! I cook a lot with semolina but have never tried to make savory things like this! Great idea, thanks.

Sushma Mallya said...

wow that looks very delicious..loved the savory muffins ...

Nithya said...

Something so new and interesting. Looks yummm :)

Priya said...

Both dishes looks healthy and fantastic..

sowmya.s said...

love the healthy twist you have given to the fudge...looks wonderful and love the savoury muffins..will try them sometime..

Jyoti said...

looks awesome.. i love dates!!

Padhu said...

Looks gorgeous .New to me
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Gulmohar said...

Both looks fantastic..The savory muffins look very tempting

Spice said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by...once again thanks to sowmya & supriya.....

Ramya Manja said...

Bumped in here for the first time,must admit u have an awesome space here,cool,interesting and unique recipes with a nice a intro...

I found this post particularly unique n delicious..

Great clicks..

Keep rocking...

Jagruti said...

Both dishes looks tempting and yummy..:))nice pics..

Preety said...

love both recipes , specially the muffins , will try this

Oraphan said...

The fudge and muffins look oh so yummy! I would love to try the second version of the nut fudge because I love walnuts, yum!

Red Chillies said...

Love the variation that you have come up with dear Spice. So glad you liked it. Love the bake and nut fudge.

Sheetal Kiran said...

Truly, the food blogosphere is such a gift! I am like that too .. need to see before I can decide to cook! Love both the recipes ... these are bookmarked for later!

Rima said...

I love all of this! Thanks for posting.

Preethi Rajeev said...

Both dishes looks so delectable,you have a nice collection of recipes, loved ur blog, first time here


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Spice said...

Thanks everyone.

Preeti Kashyap said...

loved both the dishes....Should try out the semolina puffs soon!

Cicily Antony said...

Lovely fudges!!! Lovely blog too...

Babli said...

Muffin looks delicious and yummy. Wonderful and tempting pictures. I feel like having it now.

Raje said...

Hi First time here. You have a nice space. The dishes sound Very Yumm!

Spice said...

Thanks all of you....Thanks Cicily & Raje for following my blog. Will see U around.