Sunday Treat

After four weeks of non carb/ low carb diet which mainly comprised of salads and likes DH was complaining about food….and a red light  went beep inside my head…..first signs of giving up!!!! I realize this is the kind of life style we have to maintain for his healthy heart and our lives and it is true that salads and bland food does get boring after a while so  there I was staring at the kitchen cabinets to find something interesting to make ….saw some canned tuna and I always have halloumi cheese in my refrigerator as my replacement for Paneer  because it is unavailable in this part of the world. This happened with these two as the main ingredients…

Tuna halloumi fish cake

Ingredients

  • 2 large pieces of Chunk light meat tuna in spring water
  • 100g halloumi cheese
  • One medium size onion
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 1 inch ginger root
  •  Few sprigs of parsley or cilantro
  • 3 pods of cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 1/2tsp of black pepper powder
  • 2 green olives with red pepper (optional)

To shallow fry

  • 1egg beaten and kept in a medium sized bowl.

  • 4 tbsp of Flax seed powdered kept ready in a flat plate. This ingredient is optional one may also use bread crumbs. Flax seeds are great for omega 3 and extra fibre and an extremely healthy part of low carb food.

  • 1tbsp oil to shallow fry.

Procedure

  • Grind all of the above ingredients in a blender

This is how it looks,

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  • Make medium sized balls and flatten them between the palms to make cakes.

  • In a medium bowl beat one large egg with a pinch of salt.

  • On a flat plate sprinkle flax seeds powder and add to it a pinch of salt and mix.

  • Keep it in the following order while the oil gets heated in a flat skillet(tawa)

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  • Dip one  cake in the beaten egg and immediately roll it in flax seed powder( or bread crumbs ) and then straight to the hot oil in the skillet.

  • Shallow fry for  2 min on each side. 1 tbsp oil is required to fry two fish cakes.

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You can serve them with any sauce.

I like mine with my favorite sauce in the world ” kasundi” a Bengali mustard sauce, a bit of Heinz chilli garlic sauce and slices of cucumber and onions at the side. 🙂

Delicious mouth watering snack or lunch for all of us who are into low carb food or for that matter any foodie.

 I ran the recipe through a site that calculates calories(I found this really exciting!) of your new recipes and as expected came out with the following, ie very low on carb and high on protein and also with lots of other goodness.

I guess with all those spices even non fish eater might like this one. You can also replace halloumi cheese with our good old paneer and may be use some other light flaky fish …..so go explore or just try this one!

 

 Fat  Protein  Carbs  Alcohol.

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Good points

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New developments

A lot has been happening lately…. DH was suddenly diagnosed with heart ailment and our lives as we knew it changed drastically I mean apart from the fact that we had to travel to and fro from one country to another for getting crucial medical help ( since rt now we live in a country which is not as competent in medicine as India!!!!) our lifestyle especially our food habit had to go a radical change.
 Our target is to reduce weight, a considerable amount around 25-30 kg each in a years time. Researched on this and concluded that a carb free / low carb diet is the quickest way to loose those kegs effectively. Carbohydrate is an essential component of all our foods be it fruits, veggies, cereals or pulses but we bongs are rice and roti (the Indian bread) eaters, in fact that is an understatement…all our foods are cooked so that it tastes best with rice and roti…to completely circumvent the main component of our meal is definitely a tall order for us…Anyways the happy fact is we have managed to be without the two “oh so important” part of bong cuisine for almost four weeks now and both of us have managed to shed some serious weight!!!!! Boy are we happy 🙂
Here I am eager to document all these wonderful low carb recipes that happened In my kitchen through my experimental self….so here goes the first recipe….
Oats Halloumi Cheese tikka

Ingredients

  • Quaker instant oats. 1/2 cup
  • Halloumi cheese grated 1/4th cup
  • One small onion chopped
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • Coriander powder 1/2 tsp
  • Parsley/cilantro few sprigs
  • 1 tbsp oil to shallow fry
Halloumi cheese is a traditional cheese from Cyprus, the island in the Mediterranean Sea.It’s  interesting how I bumped into halloumi. Its a delicious cheese for many in this part of the world…I was actually looking for paneer ie the cottage cheese ever since I came to this country and tried various kinds of edible cheese most of which were not edible to us, and finally found the Halloumi cheese which came closest to our paneer but found it extremely salty!!!! I have even used this cheese for making a hearty good old mutter paneer and it came out real nice…
In order to reduce the saltiness keeping it soaked in hot water really works ….
However in this recipe I used the cheese as it comes.
Procedure
  • Microwave the instant oats in a bowl with just enough water so that when it gets cooked its consistency is really tight like that of kneaded dough. Cook for 1 min.
  • Mix all the other ingredients to it.
  • Roll into medium sized balls and flatten them between the palms to make tikis.
  • Heat oil in a flat skillet( tawa) and shallow fry the tikis.
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These make great snacks with evening tea. I actually used them to make  oats Halloumi  tiki chAna chaat for lunch!!
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