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Kid Friendly, Allergy Friendly Pakodas

It has been raining alot here and with rain comes Pakodas. Pakodas are fried potato fritters and are usually served in rainy season in India and Pakistan. This is a quick and easy recipe, made with Besan (chickpea flour), potatoes and spices. A great back to school lunch or snack idea. If your kids love potatoes they will surely love this.

  • 30 min
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
oil, for frying
3 Potatoes
1 tsp crushed red chili pepper
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
water, as needed
1 cup Chickpea flour (besan)

Steps

1
Done
5 min
back to school lunch

Cut potatoes into thin slices

2
Done
2 mins
  • back to school snack

Heat oil on medium heat. Meanwhile, add all the spices and flour together, in a bowl. Add water as needed and mix. The batter should not be too thick or too thin.

3
Done
1 min

Now dip the sliced potatoes into the batter and fry until golden brown and the potatoes are done.

Pakistani Style Allergy Friendly Corn on the Cob

Pakistani Style Allergy Friendly Corn on the Cob

Corn is our family's absolute favourite vegetable to eat, in any shape or form. I remember it being sold as a street food in Pakistan. A man strolling the street with a small cart, on it a makeshift stove for grilling up the corn. After it was cooked up, it was smeared with red chilli powder with the help of half a lemon or a lime.

I have tried to recreate this recipe at home, grilling the corn on a grill pan, as I do not have a proper grill for now. If you have BBQ grill, you can use that to grill the corn. It is a very easy and delicious recipe, a little different from the usual corn on the cob.

  • 1 hr. 5 min
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 tsp coconut oil or vegetable oil
2 Corn on the cobs
1 lemon/lime, cut in half
1/4 tsp chilli powder
salt, to taste

Steps

1
Done
60 min

Boil the corn until done.

2
Done
2 mins

Heat up a grill pan, on medium heat. Place the corn on the pan and pour coconut oil or the vegetable oil on top of each corn. Let it cook until you see sear marks

3
Done
1 min

Meanwhile, in a plate mix up the chilli powder and salt.

4
Done
1 min

Once the corn is done, take half the lemon/lime whichever you are using, dip it in the chili powder mix and rub it all over the corn, squeezing the lemon a little so the juice comes out.

Gluten Free & Dairy Free White Sauce - Roux


Gluten Free & Dairy Free White Sauce - Roux

This is a quick and easy recipe, made with cornflour, coconut milk and dairy free cheese shreds. Cornflour can be substituted for gluten free flour and coconut milk to your choice of dairy free alternative milk. The cheese is added to give substance to the roux. This sauce can be used in lasagna and pastas.

  • 10 min
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 cup dairy free milk
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp corn flour
salt & pepper, to taste
1 cup water
1/2 cup dairy free cheese shreds

Steps

1
Done
5 min

Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil on medium heat. Pour coconut milk and add a bay leaf then let it come to a boil

2
Done
2 mins

Once the milk starts bubbling, dissolve 1 tablespoon of corn flour in 1 cup of water. Mix it into the milk and let it thicken.

3
Done
1 min

Once the sauce becomes thick, add nutmeg and adjust the seasoning to your taste. Take off the heat and add the cheese to give it substance. Sauce is ready to be used.

Cook Notes

  • Always adjust seasoning to your taste
  • Simply change to your choice of dairy free milk
  • Oil can be left out if need be.

6 Simple Food Substitutes for Food Allergies


6 Simple Food Substitutes for Food Allergies

The following are six simple substitutes that I always use, when I do not have a store bought alternative at hand. They are ingredients that are usually in the pantry and let's be honest do not break the bank like the store bought counterpart.

Chicken Potato Sticks - Gluten, Egg & Vinegar Free


Chicken Potato Sticks - Gluten, Egg & Vinegar Free

These sticks are sure to please the pickiest of eaters, my son is hard one to please but he eats these without any objections and who doesn't love anything skewered and fried. The skewers are first fried and then dipped in sizzler sauce. The potatoes can simply be boiled or baked according to the recipe given for baking and then skewered.

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Serves 5
  • Medium

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
½ kg boneless chicken
1 tbsp Ginger/Garlic
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp garam masala
1 cup gluten free flour
½ tsp turmeric
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 Onion, cut in square
1 packet small red/yellow potatoes, cut in half (boiled half way through/baked *recipe below)
wooden skewers, as needed
Baked Small Potatoes
1 Packet red/yellow baby potatoes, each
splash olive oil
pinch salt/pepper, each
herbes de Provence/italian seasoning, as needed
Spicy Sauce
5 tbsps pasta sauce
2 tbsps water
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp chilli powder

Steps

1
Done
30 min

Marinate chicken with given ingredients, except the gf flour, for 30 mins.

2
Done
30 min

Cut the potatoes in half. Boil the potatoes until done or if you are baking, preheat the oven to 350°C. Mix all the ingredients under baked potatoes (use one of your preferred herbs - Herb de Provence or Italian) and bake until the potatoes are done.

3
Done
15 min

Cut the onion into squares. Skewer a yellow potato, onion and a chicken cube then follow with a red potato, onion and chicken. Repeat the process until the skewer is filled. Repeat until all the chicken, onion and potatoes are skewered.

4
Done
5 min

Mix all the sauce ingredients and bring to boil on medium heat. Then lower the heat while the skewers are frying.

5
Done
20 min

After All the chicken has been skewered, take one cup of gf flour. Dredge the sticks in the flour and deep fry until golden and the chicken is done.

6
Done
5 min

Once all the sticks are fried, dip them in the sauce until well covered, place the sticks on a serving plate and serve.

Unbunned Lettuced Burgers


wheatfree Eggfree Lettuce lamb Burgers

These homemade allergy friendly burgers are delicious and easy. They are in a lettuce simply because I was short of time to do baking, so the next best thing I could thin of was this. They are eggfree and wheatfree, with just some spices. Grill them or pan fry them if you do not have a grill. Top them up with your choice of toppings and enjoy.

As you can see I only have Daiya cheese slices crumbled on top as my kids do not like anything else. Of course if you can have regular buns you can just make them into a proper burger.
These go well with my homemade smilies

  • 1 hour
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 lb Beef/Lamb Mince
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Soy Sauce (simply omit if soy is an allergen)
1 tbsp tomato/pasta sauce/paste
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Mustard Powder
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Chilli Powder (optional)

Steps

1
Done
5 min

Mix all the ingredients together

2
Done
30 min

Marinate for 30 minutes

3
Done
20 min

Simply shape into round patty and grill or pan fry


Cook Notes

  • Always adjust seasoning to your taste
  • Can be freezed, just take out and cook as needed

Homemade Allergy Friendly Smilies


Homemade Allergy Friendly GlutenFree DairyFree Potato Smilies

These homemade allergy friendly smilies are so easy to make at home and so delicious. you will not miss the store bought ones. These are so easy to make your kids can help too. The main part is similar to making mashed potatoes but you just don't leave them like that you make them into a patty and put a smile on them. :)

For the flour you can use any gluten free flour at hand and instead of using butter use olive oil and for milk its any dairy free beverage you like.

These go well with my homemade Unbunned Lettuced Burger

  • 1 hour
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
2 Potatoes
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/4 cup Gluten Free Flour
1/4 cup Dairy Free Milk
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Utensils Needed
potato masher
straw
spoon

Steps

1
Done
30 min

Boil the potatoes, until done. Cool and peel.

2
Done
10 min

Add salt, pepper, oil and flour. then mash and adjust the seasoning to taste.

3
Done
10 min

Make into small patties. Then pierce two holes with the straw to make eyes.

4
Done
10 min

With the help of the spoon make the mouth. Make sure the spoon is facing the eyes, otherwise you will have a mad emoji instead of a smiley

5
Done
10 min

Now fry and enjoy with your favourite dip!

Cook Notes

  • Always adjust seasoning to your taste
  • Do not use air fryer the smilies will loose their shape
  • Can be freezed after making the smiley face, just take out and fry when needed

Cauliflower Fried 'Rice'


Cauliflower Fried Rice

My husband has been bugging me for quite sometime that we should eat less rice but in an allergic household there is very limited choice of grains you can have, so often rice is the go to option. However, the other day I went grocery shopping and found a bag of Cauliflower Rice on display and I decided to try it to see how it tastes. I think it was pretty good tasting for a faux rice. I took the recipe on the bag as guideline and added my own steps to it.

  • 15 min
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 cup carrots, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups Cauliflower Rice
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp sesame oil

Steps

1
Done
1 min

Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil on medium heat. Add minced garlic, cook until fragrant, do not brown

2
Done
2 mins

Now add carrots, onions, cabbage, cook for 2 minutes

3
Done
1 min

Add soy sauce and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 1 minute.

4
Done
5 min

Sprinkle sesame oil. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes on low heat.

Cook Notes

  • Always adjust seasoning to your taste
  • simply just omit or use salt, if you are allergic to soy sauce
  • simply omit sesame oil if you are allergic