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ICED CHOCOLATE COFFEE

 

 

Hello !!

 

I am back after a short break.Today i am here with another popular beverage Iced Cold Coffee. Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world.It can be prepared and presented in a variety of ways (e.g., espressoFrench presscafé latte, etc.). It is usually served hot, although iced coffee is a popular alternative these days. Filter coffee is a quintessential beverage in ant typical SouthIndian household. I love the aroma of fresh Filter Coffee and love  to have it . Although i am not a coffee person i love first dose of fresh filter coffee and Iced chocolate coffee.

My contribution for 140th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme # Coffee is Iced Chocolate Coffee. It is so tempting and perfect for this hot weather that will leave you craving for more. .It is so easy to make .

Recipe for Iced Chocolate Coffee (1 Serving):

2 Tsp Nescafe Coffee Powder

1 Tsp Cocoa Powder

3/4 Cup fresh milk

2.5 Tsp Sugar

8 Ice Cubes

Whipping Cream

2 Tsp Choco Chips

Few granules of Coffee Powder for Garnish

Method:

Take  a blender. Throw in coffee powder,cocoa powder,  1tsp choco chip, milk and ice cubes. Blend well until all ingredients are mixed well.

Pout it in a jar / mug. Add whipping cream on the top. Garnish with choco chips and coffee granules and serve chilled.

 

Enjoy this Iced Chocolate Coffee!!!!!!!!

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JUICY MINT MOCKTAIL

 

Hello!!!!

Summers are fast approaching. Are you looking for serving some exotic non alcoholic drinks to your family and friends this summers?? Then this recipe is a keeper to keep you hydrated and energized through out the day.If you don’t drink alcohol or are simply looking to drink a little less of it, there’s no reason to fret as  you can still enjoy the sweet pleasures of a cocktail by embracing the mocktail.

Mocktails are the perfect party drinks for people who are not used to consuming alcohol. These non alcoholic cocktails are a big hit among the non drinking, party going population in places around the world. Most mocktail recipes contain at least one or more fruits or fruit juices.There are many DIY recipes and you can enjoy these refreshing drinks by making them at home .

My Contribution for 137th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Mocktails my humble contribution is this juicy Mint Mocktail.It is very refreshing and yum.

 

Recipe for Juicy Mint Mocktail:

Ingredients:

2 Portions Orange Juice

1 Portion Red Guava Juice

2 Portions Ginger Ale

Handful of mint leaves finely copped or crushed

Ice Cubes as per your requirement

Method:

Mix orange juice, guava juice and ginger ale. Add chopped fresh mint leaves and ice cubes. Serve Chilled.

Enjoy and treat your guests with this wonderful mocktail.

 

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VEGETABLE MASALA POWDER

 

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I am back with a new post today. Happy to share my 250th post today with a recipe for Vegetable Masala Powder that is an integral part of any Indian Kitchen. This masala powder is so versatile that it can used for dry sabji curry and even fried rice. Home made masala is always the best. I make this vegetable masala in small batches and store it in an air tight container. This recipe can be made in just 30 mins fro start to finish as i make it in small batches.Love the aroma of the freshly ground masalas at home. It tastes good as it is fresh and also preservative free and pocket friendly as well.

I suggested this theme for 136th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop and all my fellow bloggers agreed with the theme. My contribution for this wonderful theme is home made Vegetable Masala Powder.Do check out for all the wonderful collection for home made masala powders. I am looking forward too.

Recipe for Vegetable Masala Powder:

Ingredients:

Channa dal – 7 Tbsp

Urad dal – 3 Tbsp

Desiccated Coconut – 5 Tbsp

Black Pepper Corns- 10

Dry Red Chilli (Byadgi Chilli)- 25

Coriander seeds  / Dhania -3 Tbsp

Curry Leaves – Handful

Asafoetida / Hing -1/2 Tsp

Fenugreek / Methi -1/4 Tsp

Cumin / Jeera -2 Tbsp

Turmeric / Haldi – 1/2 Tsp

Method:

Heat a heavy bottom pan. Dry roast all the ingredients separately and ensure it does not burn. Allow it to cool. Once it is at room temperature grind all the ingredients to get fine powder.   Store it in an airtight container.

It can be used for dry sabzi ,curry and even fried rice.

Enjoy !!!!!!

Notes :

  1. You can increase or decrease the chilli as per your heat tolerance.
  2. If you use the same measurement as i have given you can skip chilli powder while cooking.
  3. Desiccated Coconut enhances the taste, You can skip it if you want.

 

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EGGLESS BUNDT CAKE (2 INGREDIENTS CAKE)

HELLO !!!!

Hope you all had good Holi Celebrations yesterday.I am celebrating this weekend with yummy eggless bundt cake that is made with only two ingredients.Absolutely divine when you have sudden sweet cravings. These two ingredients are mostly available in our kitchen. On my younger son’s demand i made these fab bundt cakes. You need to try it to believe it. You can serve your guests too when they come unannounced.It is not too sweet and just perfect for me. Oh my boys just loved it.

Recipe for Eggless Bundt Cake(Makes 2 Nos) :

1 Cup=250 ML

5 small Scoops of Vanilla Ice cream+ 2 Scoops for serving

3/4 Cup Self Raising Flour (Unbleached)

2 Tsp choco chips for Garnishing (Optional)

Method:

Pre heat the oven at 200 C for 10 mins.

Take a wide bottom bowl. Sift the self raising flour twice. Now add 5 small scoops of  Vanilla ice cream and mix well. Grease the bundt pans and pour this flour and vanilla mixture (fill upto to 3/4 th of the bundt pan). Garnish with Choco chips.Place the bundt pans in the preheated oven at 180C for about 25-30 mins or untill the toothpick comes out clean.

Once done serve war bundt cake with a scoop of Vanilla ice cream .

Isn’t it so easy???

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ROSE AND ORANGE INFUSED WATER

Hello!!!!!

Infused water is the latest craze worldwide. This is the best way to drink more water and avoid frizzy drinks .This will help you to keep the unwanted sugar at bay and at the same time the body will be hydrated. There are many types of infused water.Today i am sharing an interesting recipe  of Rose and Orange infused water that is so refreshing with  the goodness of rose petals and citrus.If you don’t drink enough water, dehydration kicks in and you start feeling tired, achy, crampy, and constipated. Your skin starts to show it, and it only gets worse from there.Drinking more water helps you feel fuller and addresses the false hunger that dehydration can cause. Just that one healthier habit can lead to healthier body mass.

I am feeling unwell this weekend .This infused water really uplifted my spirits and left me feeling so refreshed and hydrated.

Perfect for this Valentine to keep you  hydrated and feel refreshed.

My Contribution for 131st #Foodiemonday # Bloghop theme #RoseFlavoured is this humble rose and orange infused water. This water will leave you feeling refreshed.

Recipe for Rose and Orange infused water:

3 Navel Oranges sliced

Fresh Petals of 2 Roses( Pesticide free roses)

800 ML Filtered water

1.5 Tbsp Rose water

Lots of Ice

1 Tsp dried rose petals (optional)

Method:

Fill the pitcher /jug with water. Slice the oranges .Add ice and sliced oranges.Now add rose water and stir well. Add the rose petals .Mix well. Sprinkle dried rose petals (optional).

Let it sit for sometime and then serve.

Enjoy this drink and feel refreshed!!!!!!!!!!!

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QUINOA AND BEETROOT PATTIES

Hello Everyone!!!!

I am back with another healthy  recipe  in this beautiful month of February that celebrates Love. Red is the color of this month.

Deep purple roots of beetroot are eaten boiled, roasted or raw, and either alone or combined with any salad vegetable.The green, leafy portion of the beet is also edible. The young leaves can be added raw to salads, whilst the adult leaves are most commonly served boiled or steamed, in which case they have a taste and texture similar to spinach.Raw beetroot is 88% water, 10% carbohydrates, 2% protein, and less than 1% fat . In a 100 gram amount providing 43 Calories, raw beetroot is a rich source of folate and a moderate source  of manganese. We use beetroot very often in various recipes.It add a nice colour to the dish as well.

Another wonderful ingredient is Quinoa, pronounced ‘keen-wa’ is a great wheat-free alternative to starchy grains. There are two types: red and creamy white. Both types are slightly bitter when cooked and open up to release little white curls (like a tail) as they soften.Grown in South America (Peru, Chile and Bolivia) for thousands of years, quinoa formed the staple diet of the Incas and their descendants. In recent years, foodies in the UK and the US have heralded it as a superior alternative to  wheat, couscous and rice.

My Contribution to this 130th  # Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #SeasonofRed is this yummy and healthy Quinoa and Beet Patties.These Yummy patties is loaded with the goodness of Quinoa and other multigrain and beetroot. It is easy to make and can be used in Burgers too.

Ingredients for the Recipe:

3 Beetroots
2 Potatoes
1”Ginger
4 Garlic Cloves
1 Cup Quinoa cooked in Vegetable stock
1.5 Tsp Garam Masala
2Tbsp Gram Flour/ Besan
1 Tsp Chilli Powder
Salt to Taste
1 Tsp Jeera
1 Tsp Chaat Masala
1Cup Multigrain Powder( A mix of roasted and powdered Green Gram ,Flax seeds and Chia Seeds)
1 Green Chilli
Finely Chopped Coriander

Method:

Pressure cook Beets, Potato,green chilli,Ginger and Garlic with 1 glass of water upto four whistles. In
case the beets are not fully mashed, blitz once in a blender to get a fine paste. Put all the boiled veggies
in a wide bowl without the stock . Use the Vegetable stock to cook Quinoa.
Add all the masalas, besan, coriander,jeera,multi grain powder and salt to the boiled veggies and mix
well. Take a small quantity of the mixture and give a round shape. Repeat this process for the balance
mixture.

Heat a heavy bottomed pan. Smear a tsp of oil to the bottom of the pan. Place the round patties and
cook on both sides with a Tsp of oil.
Enjoy these yummy patties with green chutney!!!!

Enjoy!!!!!!!

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PAHARI ALOO PALDA

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Today I am sharing a wonderful recipe from the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh .Himachal Pradesh apart from being blessed with breathtaking natural beauty, is also a wonderful blend of exquisite  pahari cuisine that gives any  one  a perfect reason to fall in love with this beautiful mountains dotted state. Himachali or pahari cuisine has a unique aroma and flavour to it due to the use yoghurt and cardamom and cooking on slow flame. Himachali dishes have a lot of influence of Punjabi and Tibetan style of food.I love recipes using humble potatoes.

Pahari Aloo Paldah is a flavorful yogurt based gravy made with basic spices. Goes with piping hot rice or rotis. One of the best Pahari dish I have had till date.This is my contribution for 129th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #HimachalRecipes.

Recipe for Pahari Aloo P alda:

Ingredients:

2 Medium size Potatoes

1 Small Onion finely chopped

200 Gms thick Yogurt

1/4 Tsp Chilli Powder

1/4 Tsp Turmeric / Haldi

1 Tsp Coriander Powder

1/4 Tsp Garam Masala

1 Tbsp Raw Rice

1Tbsp Mustard Oil

Salt to taste

1/2 Inch Cinnamon Stick

2 Cloves

1 Green Cardamom

1 Black Cardamom

Pinch of Asafoetida

1/2 Tsp Jeera / Cumin

Coriander Finely Chopped (I did not have  stock so have not used)

Method:

Mix yogurt and turmeric in a bowl and keep it aside.

Peel the potatoes and  slice them into thick pieces and boil them and keep it aside. Make a fine paste of raw rice and green cardamom. Add this paste to the yogurt mixture and mix well.

Take a heavy bottom pan. Add mustard oil. As it reaches nearly smoking point add black cardamom , Cinnamon  stick , cumin seeds ,cloves and asafoetida. Once you get the aroma add the finely chopped onions and saute on medium flame untill translucent. Now add the boiled potato pieces, coriander powder,salt, chilli powder and garam masala. Toss the mixture untill all the potato slices are nicely coated with the masala for about 3-4 mins. Reduce the flame and add the yogurt mixture. Let it simmer for about 2-3 mins. Once done switch off the flame .

Serve hot with Rice or Rotis.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!

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RAISIN CAKE (EGGLESS)

 

 

Hello !!!!!!

Today I am back with another recipe that is so easy and delicious too. This week as a part of our Foodie Monday challenge we have to share a recipe with just 3 ingredients.As i was wondering what to make ,my boys asked me to bake a cake. Cake with just 3 ingredients? Yes …you have heard it right. You can bake a yummy cake with just 3 ingredients.I have happy with the result and before i could take the pics of the slices the cake was just wiped off. Thankfully i had take pics of the whole cake. But my boys were super duper happy with the outcome and they wan me to bake again.

I will be baking a big batch this weekend with some variations to it.I am happy with this super easy recipe now. As a part of our 128th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #3Ingredient Recipe my contribution is this delicious cake.

Recipe for Raisin Cake:

Ingredients:

500 Ml Chocolate Milk

1 1/4 Cup of Self Raising Flour (Unbleached)

1/2 Cup Raisins

Method:

Soak raisins in chocolate milk in a wide bottom pan ,cling wrap  and refrigerate overnight. Remove the  mixture in the morning. Sift the flour twice. Fold the flour slowly into the raisin soaked chocolate milk and mix well. Pre heat the Oven at 180C . Transfer the cake mixture to a greased cake tin. Bake it for about 40 to 45 mins untill the tooth pic comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool.

Once cooled cut it into slices and serve !!!!!!!!!

Enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Do share your feedback whenever you try this wonderful recipe.

 

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BRUSCHETTA VADA CHAAT

Hello!!!!!

Today I am back with a lovely fusion recipe that will knock your socks off. Bruschetta  is  popular italian  starter  consisting  of crisp bread served with various toppings .These are many variations in topping consisting of both vegetarian and non vegetarian options. I am presenting it with indian twist.

As a part of our #127th #FoodieMonday  #bloghop theme #Bruschetta Recipes my contribution is this yummy Bruschetta Vada Chaat. A simple and easy recipe that will leave your family and guests craving for more.There are no fancy sauces or masala used.

Recipe for Bruschetta Vada Chaat:

Ingredients:

4 Slices of Bruschetta

1/2 Tsp Butter

1 big Onion Finely Chopped

1 Big Tomato finely Chopped

1/4 Cup finely Chopped fresh Coriander

1/4 Coarsely Ground Pepper Powder

Salt to taste

2 Tbsp Chutney Powder

4 Urad dal Vadas (Vada recipe at Pepper Rasam Vada   )

Garden fresh Cherry Tomatoes (Green and Red)

Method:

Take  wide bottom bowl. Mix finely chopped onions,tomatoes,pepper powder,finely chopped fresh coriander,1.5 Tsp chutney powder and salt to taste and mix well.Keep this mixture aside. Brush butter on both sides of bruschetta slices and grill it in the oven for about 5-6 mins untill it turns crisp and golden brown on both sides.

Ensure it does not burn.Place the crisp bruschetta slices  on a plate. Spread the onion tomato mixture on the crisp slices.Place the crisp Urad dal vada on the top. Sprinkle some more chutney powder ,garnish with fresh cherry tomatoes and serve .

Enjoy this yummy Vada chaat served on the crisp Bruschetta slice!!!!!!!!

Tempted to try? Do share your feedback.Would love to hear from you.

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Tenginkayi Chitranna /Tengai Sadam / Grated Coconut Rice

 

Hello Everyone!!!

 

My first post this year. I am back after a lovely vacation with my Family  last 2 weeks of December 2017. We as a family spent quality time in Boracay enjoying all the water sports. I enjoyed Parasailing the most. A memorable experience for me. Weather was perfect although there were few showers here and there. We  even enjoyed the local vegetarian food that was easily available at our resort. The best part of our journey was we used all three modes of transport in a single day (Land,air and water).

My first post this year is for the upcoming Sankranthi festival next week. My contribution for our 126th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Sankranthi is this simple and yummy tenginkayi chitranna / grated coconut rice that can be whipped up in a short time.

Sankranthi, or Makara Sankranti, is a harvest festival in Karnataka as is the case in other parts of India. Sankranthi is celebrated when sun transcends from Sagittarius to Capricorn during the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. Sankranthi means ‘change of direction’ and is based on solar event and it also marks the arrival of Spring Season. Uttarayana, the day time of Devas, begins from Sankranthi and the next six months are considered highly auspicious.

This is one of the rice variety we have as a part of the festive meal.

Recipe for Tenginkayi Chitranna / Tengai Sadam / Grated Coconut Rice

1 Cup Cooked Rice

3/4 Cup Grated Coconut

1Tsp finely Chopped Ginger

3 Green Chillies slit

3 Red Chillies roughly torn

Salt to Taste

1 Tsp Channa Dal

1 Tsp Urad Dal (Split)

1 Tsp Mustard / Sasive

8-10 Cashews

2 Tsp Oil

1/4 Tsp Hing / Asafoetida

Method:

Wash the rice thoroughly and cook . Ensure it is soft and  fluffy. Allow the cooked rice to cool completely.

Heat oil in a wide bottom pan. Add channa dal and Urad dal. Once they turn slightly brown add finely chopped ginger and saute for a few seconds. Now add mustard , hing, green chillies and red chillies and mix well. Once the mustrad splutters add cashews , curry leaves and roast till they turn slightly brown. Once add  grated coconut and mix well.  Switch off the flame after 2-3 minutes. Add the cooked rice and salt to taste and mix well.

Serve with papadum, sandige  or fryums and enjoy!!!!!!!!

Wish you all a very Happy Snakranthi!!!!!!!!!