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I am not one for resolutions. You know why? Coz I can't keep them and by March I end up asking myself what's the point of making promises to myself when I'm so weak-willed.
But, in the last few days, as I sat indexing all that I have done for the blog, I realised how many things I've actually cooked and made and what all I wanted to make and didn't get the time to. I also realised how much I really love cooking, feeding and eating. And that I wasn't going to be able to keep butter out of the house. And it also ruled out the fact that I wouldn't eat it.
But it struck me. I can start eating better, eating on time, and having breakfast which 9 times out of 10, I skip. I could eat more proteins, pretend to like fish a bit more. And generally bring in bits of change in the way I eat.
Look, this ain't a resolution. It's just something I need to do. I have to do. And I don't think there's a better day to start than today.
This granola was made after I realised that I didn't really enjoy store-bought granola too much. With the Fab India granola it was like chewing cud, Gaia's was like saw dust. Kellogg's didn't have enough dried fruit. So ya the list was endless.
I've realised there are three things that I like in my granola
1. I like it chewy and not too hard
2. I like it medium sweet, so that I can adjust the sweetness with honey or maple syrup if I feel like it.
3. I like it to fill me up.
The thing is granola is very fiddly, you can go along making up the recipe as you go and you can add or subtract if you don't have things in the pantry. The ratio to note is the dry ingredients to wet. Where the dry is about 3 cups and the wet 1, so 3:1
This granola has all the things I like - I like wheat bran because it fills you up a lot more and oat bran because of its flour like texture. Oats are ofcourse the best thing for granola and I love cinnamon, so that was a given. I added a whole lot of dried fruits - figs, raisins and prunes because I like it chewy. I've used jaggery as the sweetener, because it's perfect for winters, but any time else I feel maple syrup is a great way to roll.
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So here's to eating better in 2013. And hoping that it all goes well.
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Granola with wheat bran
2 cups oats
½ cup wheat bran
½ cup oat bran
1 /2 cup slivered almonds
½ cup mixed roast seeds
1/2 cup shredded sweet coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp all spice
¾ cup melted jaggery
2 tsp water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
½ tsp salt
½ cup raisin
½ cup prunes
½ cup figs
1.Preheat oven to 120 degree centigrade
2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, wheat bran,oat bran nuts, cinnamon, all spice coconut and salt
3. In a saucepan melt jaggery with the help of water. Once it has melted pour it into the oat mixture and add the oil. Mix well.
4. Transfer into a oven tin line with butter paper and make sure it is evenly distributed. Bake on low heat for 45 minutes to an hour. The granola will look soft when you take it out but it will crispen up a bit. Make sure you get them together in clusters.
5. Remove transfer into a large bowl. Add raisins, figs and prunes and mix until evenly distributed.
6. Let it cool before you store into a large jar.
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