Soya Kebabs

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It’s always difficult to get enough protein if you follow a vegetarian diet. While there are conflicting opinions on whether soya is healthy or not, the truth is anything eaten is moderation can do no harm. Soya is an excellent source of protein, worth close to 24gms of it in a single cup of soya granules. So go ahead and indulge in these kebabs.

Ingredients
1 cup soya granules
2 slices of fresh whole wheat bread crumbs
2 medium-sized potatoes boiled & pealed
1 handful fresh coriander chopped fine
1 handful fresh mint chopped fine
1 large green chilli de-seeded and chopped fine
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Salt to taste
Oil in a deep pan to fry

Method
First run the soya granules through some cold water in a sieve a couple of times. Boil the soya granules in enough water to cover then with a little salt for 5-7 minutes. Left it cool and squeeze out as much water as you can. The drier the better. Now mash and add the potatoes and all the other ingredients. It should form into a firm doughy texture.
Heat the oil well on a high flame, when the surface above the oil feels got enough, your kebabs are ready to be fried. Take a little room temperature oil between your palms just to grease it a bit, now form the mixture into firm long sausage shaped. Make sure to roll it back and forth to pack the gaps well.
Now drop 2 at a time into the hot oil and fry till well browned.
If the mixture happens to break up in the oil it means that it is not firm enough. To fix that you could add a little more of the bread crumbs.
Serve this got with a mint chutney.

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Butter Cookies

If you have a little child in the house you will love these simple yet versatile cookies. They can be cut into shapes, rolled and iced for children to enjoy.

Ingredients

2 eggs

100 gm sugar, preferably fine granules

100 gm butter (salted will do)

230 gm self-raising flour

1 Teaspoon vanilla or almond essence

For Icing

3 tablespoons icing sugar

2-3 drops of assorted natural food colour

1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Method

Cream together the butter and sugar till it looks light and fluffy, then add one egg and beat some more. Add the essence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add the flour and kneed to a soft dough, wrap it in cling film and refrigerate for 20 mins if you plan to use cookie cutters. Remove from the refrigeration and roll the dough into 1/2 inch thickness. Then use your favorite cutters to cut out shapes. Place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.  Preheat the oven to 180 degree centigrade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beat one egg and keep aside to give the cookies an egg-wash. Place in the oven for 20 mins on 180 degrees. Remove once at 10 mins to lightly brush with beaten egg. Your cookies are done when they turn golden brown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make the icing. Mix food color, a teaspoon of lemon juice into icing sugar. Coat the cookies while still warm so that the icing sets when the cookies have cooled.