Rabu, 31 Oktober 2012

Popcorn Walnut Croquette, a Healthy Combination


Walnut is a weird-looking nut. I read somewhere that it looks like brain and that is why it is very good for the body. It is an excellent source of omega-3, Protein and Fiber. In this recipe it partners with the healthy corn and rice to make a crunchy and healthful snack.


Corn is another important ingredient in our day-to-day life. You can find corn in more than 5000 food products in variety of forms. Corn syrup, corn flakes, roasted corn, corn on the cob, breakfast bars, rice crispy treats for kids, corn salads and the list goes on.

The croquette is baked in the oven to form a crisp texture outside and it tastes nutty and yummy, thanks to the walnut. It is very quick to make and very difficult for your guests to guess the ingredients. So try it for a quick evening snack.

Ingredients

Popcorn- 2 cups
Walnut- 2 tablespoons(chopped finely)
Lettuce Leaves- 1-2
Coriander leaves- a fistful or Basil Leaves
Rice Flour - 1 Tablespoon
Green chillies- 2 Finely chopped
Cumin powder- 1/4 teaspoon
Lemon Juice- 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Recipe

Soak the popcorn in water for 10 minutes and squeeze out the water. Add the chopped walnuts, coriander leaves, green chillies, cumin, rice flour and salt. Mix well and shape them into oval-shaped balls. Add some more rice flour if needed. Put them on aluminium foil or baking tray (greased) and bake in a preheated oven at 400 till they are golden brown in color. This takes about 15-20 minutes. Take the croquettes out when done and let them cool. Add a dash of lemon juice, place them in lettuce bowls and serve.

This croquette tests really nice with coriander and mint chutney. Coriander, sometimes referred as cilantro or dhania, is an annual herb. It adds nice fresh taste to your recipe and mostly used to give finishing touch to your dish.

You can follow this recipe to prepare nice coriander and mint chutney.Use this chutney as a bread spread or as a dipping sauce with tortilla chips. I am sure it won't disappoint you.

Ingredients

Coriander- 1 cup chopped
Mint leaves- half cup chopped
Grated fresh coconut (or frozen)-12 cup
Juice of one Small Lime
Green chillies- 5-6 chopped
Salt to taste
Put all the ingredients into a mixer and grind them to a paste. Season it with salt and store the chutney in the fridge.

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