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Vegan mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce

It's raining outside, perfect timing for a cup of khewa and crispy hot snacks I really enjoy the sound of rain ,it's so relaxing just like making a tasty meal for family. 
This time I thought of something interesting and healthy too. Mozzarella sticks with quinoa and vegetables , it is crunchy from outside but cheesy from inside. And tastes yum with warm marinara sauce.

Vegan Mozzarella Sticks

mozzarella sticks

1 block of Britannia cheeza Italian flavor – cut into sticks about 4 inches by 1 inch by 1/2 inch.
1 cup quinoa ( boiled )
1/2 cup vegetables of your choice (finely chopped and boiled)
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chilli powder 
1 tsp Chilli garlic paste 
Cornflakes for coating  
vegetable oil for frying
1 tsp All purpose flour 
1 tsp Cornflour / arrowroot 

How to go about..

Heat the vegetable oil  in a suitable skillet or pan so that the oil is about an inch high.
Mix all purpose flour and Cornflour in a bowl add water and make a little flowi thin paste just enough to dip sticks into it.
Crush cornflakes and keep aside. Mix half of the breadcrumbs in crushed cornflakes mixture .

Mix the breadcrumbs,quinoa,vegetables ( drained and dried ), chilli garlic paste , chilli powder and salt in a shallow dish.

Roll cheese sticks through the breadcrumb mixture and allow them to dry.  Dip the cheese sticks once more in the Cornflour + all purpose flour water and roll once more in the breadcrumb and corn flacks mixture to ensure the entire surface of the cheese stick is coated with breadcrumbs.

Deep fry the coated vegan mozzarella sticks until golden brown.  Move to a paper towel covered plate to cool.  These are best when dipped into a warm marinara sauce.

Marinara sauce

1/2 cup ......extra-virgin olive oil
2 small .......onions, finely chopped
2 .................garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 stalks .......celery, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 tsp..........sea salt
1/2 tsp..........freshly ground black pepper
10-12  ..........tomatoes (roast on fire )
2 dried bay leaves

In a large pan, heat the oil over a medium-high flame. 
Add the onions and garlic and saute until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. 
Add the celery, carrots, and 1/2 teaspoon of each salt and pepper. Saute until all the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. 
Peel roasted tomatoes and chop it finally .Add the tomatoes and bay leaves, and simmer uncovered over low heat until the sauce thickens, about an hour. 
Remove and discard the bay leaf. Season the sauce with more salt and pepper, to taste. 
(The sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cool, then cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium heat before using.) 


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