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DRY FRUITS & NUTS LASSI

 

Hello!!!

Most of us are welcoming Summers in different parts of the world. With summer comes summer coolers to keep you hydrated all the time. I love king of fruits Mangoes. During my childhood i remember my mom making  different types of  fresh fruit juices , lassi and buttermilk. Hmm… everyday we would have a new menu and we as kids would be eagerly waiting to gulp down the juices / lassi /buttermilk. We must drink plain water and keep  ourselves hydrated as the scorching heat will drain you off.

My family loves different types of lassi and i treat them as per their requests.The happiness on their faces make me happy.

This week our 141st  #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme is  #Yogurtbasedrecipe. My contribution for this theme is lip smacking Dry fruits and nuts Lassi that is sugar free too.

Recipe for Dry Fruits & Nuts Lassi:

2 Cups Thick Yogurt

1/4 cup Milk

3 Ripe Bananas peeled and  chopped

2 Tnsp Cashew Nuts chopped

2 Tbsp Almonds chopped

1 Tbsp Sunflower seeds

1 Tbsp Pumpkin seeds

1 Tbsp Raisins

5 Dried Apricots

5 Walnuts

3 Tbsp Honey

8 Ice Cubes

Method:

Take a blender.Grind all the dry fruits and nuts  .Some coarse pieces  of dry fruits are  fine. Add ice cubes , yogurt , banana ,milk and honey and blend well. Serve chilled in tall glasses and hydrate yourself.

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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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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SOYA KANGHOU / FRIED SOYA CHUNKS

Hello!!!!!

Today we from our foodiemonday bloghop have decided to cook and share recipes from pushpitaschakhum.wordpress.com.  She has got a wonderful blog and shares many traditional and unknown recipes from her beautiful hometown in the north east. I am really intrigued by the simple ,healthy and yummy recipes that she has learnt from her mom and aunties. Do check her blog and get introduced to many awesome recipes.

I decided to cook a very yummy and simple recipe Soya Kanghou from her blog.This is my contribution for 121st #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Pushpita’srecipes.

Recipe for Soya Kanghou / Fried Soya Chunks:

Ingredients:

100 gms Soya Chunks (pre-soaked in hot water)

4 Medium size potatoes peeled and cubed

2 Medium Onions finely chopped

1.5 Tsp Jeera roasted and coarsely ground

3/4 Tsp Turmeric /Haldi

Salt to Taste

3 Tbsp Mustard Oil

4 Green Chillies  roughly chopped

Method:

Squeeze the water from the  puffed (pre soaked) soya chunks and keep them aside. Heat oil in a wide bottom pan. Add mustard oil Once it is hot add chopped onions and fry till they turn translucent. Add green chillies and cubed potatoes and roast till the potatoes turn golden brown .Once done add soya chunks ,turmeric and salt , coarsely ground jeera and mix well. Fry till the soya chunks are well coated with spices . Switch off the flame.

Serve hot with phulkas / roti /rice & dal.

Comfort food anytime for me. Thank you Pushpita for sharing this wonderful recipe you learnt from your aunt. Keep sharing the secrets from your kitty.

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MIXED DAL PEPPER KHICHDI

 

Hello from my part of the world!!!!!

Winters have started in many parts of the world. It is raining and gloomy at my place as well. Perfect weather to stay cozy and warm. I am enjoying this weather with perfect cup of Masala chai and some fritters for snacks. I would love a warm bowl of Khichdi that is so comforting in this weather and can be whipped up quickly with easily available ingredients at home. Our humble khichdi had made headlines recently with different varieties of Khichdi from all regions in India.

Today i will share a very easy recipe that is cooked regularly at my place.My boys would love to have it with thick yogurt and some fritters.I paired it with eggplant wedges this time and it was an instant hit.

My humble contribution for 118th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Khichdi is this Mixed Dal Pepper Khichdi.

Recipe for Mixed dal pepper Khichdi:

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup White rice

1/2 Cup Brown rice

1/2 Cup Toor dal

1/2 Cup Whole Moong / Green gram

2  Tsp Freshly ground pepper

Salt to taste

A generous pinch of  jeera and Methi powder

1 Potato peeled and cubed

1 Carrot cut into medium chunks

1 Capsicum cut into medium size pcs

1/2 Cup  chopped Spring Onion

2 Sprigs of Curry leaves

1 Tsp Mustard seeds / Rai

1/4 Tsp Hing / Asafoetida

2 dry red Chillies for Tadka /Tempering

1.5 Tbsp  plus 2 tsp Ghee

Method:

Soak rice and dals for about 30 minutes.  Place the pressure cooker on the stove and switch on the heat. Add 1.5 tbsp of ghee. Once the ghee melts add mustard seeds , hing and dry red chillies. Once the mustard seeds crackle keep some tadka aside for garnishing later. Once done add all the veggies and chopped spring onion and saute for about 2-3 minutes. Now add freshly ground pepper powder ,salt and jeera methi powder and mix well. Now add the soaked rice and dal and 3.5 cups of water and pressure cook upto 2 whistles. Once done switch off the flame.

Heat a small pan. Add the balance ghee. Add curry leaves and some hing. Once the curry leaves become crisp  switch off the flame. Mix it with the set aside tadka and add this tempering to the cooked khichdi.

Serve hot with thick yougurt and eggplant wedges.

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

 

 

 

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MASALA SPAGHETTI OMELETTE (FUSION RECIPE)

 

Hello!!!!!

Hope you are all doing good. I have been unable to post lately as i have been on rest and recovering from a toe injury. I miss posting and interacting with all of you lately.I will bounce back to normal soon with your blessings and best wishes.

Our Challenge for this this week was a fusion recipe. I am unable to cook an elaborate menu.I did not want to miss this challenge. So my contribution for #116th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Fusionfiesta is Masala Spaghetti Omelette.This was a healthy and wholesome breakfast for my boys.An Indo-Italian Fusion that was a perfect hit.

A very simple recipe that can be made when you are short of time.

Recipe for Masala Speghetti Omelette:

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

1/4 cup finely chopped Green Bell Pepper

1 Small Onion finely chopped

1 Small tomato finely chopped or sliced

1/2 Red chilli finely chopped(optional)

Salt to Taste

A generous pinch of Red Chilli Powder

A generous pinch of Coarse Black pepper powder

A generous Pinch of Chana Masala / Garam Masala

1/2 Cup Cooked Spaghetti

1/4 Tsp Jeera / Cumin

1/4 Tsp Olive Oil

Method:

Beat the eggs in a bowl. Add all the finely chopped onions,bell pepper,tomatoes,fresh chilli,salt,pepper powder,chana masala,chilli powder,jeera and mix well.

Heat a Pan. Pour oil and spread it on the pan. Now pour the egg mixture ,add spaghetti and cook on low flame. Once the bottom is done flip the side. Once both the sides are done switch off the flame.

Serve hot . I washed it down with a hot cup of Masala Chai.

Bliss!!!!!!!!! Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MIXED VEGETABLE TAHIRI

 

Hello!!!

Hope you had good Diwali celebrations. We had a good one too. After feasting on some yummy dishes for the last few days its time to have some simple and healthy food that is easily digestible and can be cooked within short time.We need some respite after the festivities. I am sharing a simple Mixed vegetable Tahiri from the Awadhi cuisine.

Awadhi cuisine ‎ is a cuisine native to the city of Lucknow, which is the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India.The Awadh region has been greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques, and the cuisine of Lucknow bears similarities to those of Central Asia, Kashmir, Punjab and Hyderabad. The city is also known for its Nawabi foods. The cooks during this period introduce dum style cooking.The richness of Awadh cuisine lies not only in the variety of cuisine but also in the ingredients used like mutton, paneer, and rich spices, which include cardamom and saffron.

My contribution for 115th #Foodiemonday # Bloghop theme #AwadhiCuisine is this simple and healthy Mixed Vegetable Tahiri.

Recipe for Mixed Vegetable Tahiri:

Ingredients:

2 Cups Basmati Rice(wash and soak for 30 mins)

1 Cup Cauliflower Florets

1 Carrot sliced cut into 1 inch cubes

2 Medium size Potatoes cut into 1 inch cubes

1 Onion slice length wise

2 Capsicum cut into pcs

1/2 Cup green peas

1/2 Tsp Turmeric /Haldi

1 Tsp Coriander Powder

1/4 Cup fresh coriander finely chopped

2 Red chillies

6 Garlic cloves

1 Inch Ginger

1 Tsp Jeera /Cumin seeds

6 Pepper Corns

1 Inch Cinnamon stick

5 Cloves

1 Bay leaf

Juice of 1 lemon

3 tbsp Oil

Salt to taste

Method:

Wash and soak basmati rice for 30 mins.

Coarsely grind fresh red chilli, garlic and ginger.

Heat a heavy bottom pan. Add oil. Once the oil is hot add cumin, pepper corns, cinnamon,cloves and bay leaf and roast for a few seconds until fragrant. Add sliced onions and roast until they turn slightly brown.Now add potatoes and roast for 5 minutes. Once done add all the other veggies.Mix well and roast for 2 -3 minutes.

Now add coriander powder,turmeric, ginger-garlic-chilli paste and chopped fresh coriander and saute for 2-3 minutes.Now add the drained basmati rice, lemon juice ,salt and 4 cups of water .Mix well. Cover and cook only medium flame until the rice is well cooked. Mix well .Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with any raita and salad of your choice.

 

Enjoy and relish this one pot meal with your family and friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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DAL TADKA / LENTIL STEW

 

Dal or Lentils are a powerhouse of Nutrition. Lentil is a dietary staple throughout regions of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.Lentil colors range from yellow to red-orange to green, brown and black.Lentils also vary in size, and are sold in many forms like with or without the skins, whole or split. Lentils are also widely used in many parts of the world.You can make a number of dishes using a wide variety of lentils.They can be sprouted too and used in salads and soups.

As a part of our 110th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Lentils I would like to share a very simple and healthy recipe Dal Tadka.My boys like to have dal with Steaming hot rice and potato fry .

Recipe for Dal Tadka:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Toor dal /Split Pigeon peas

1/2 Cup Urad Dal Split / Split Black gram

1/2 Cup Moong dal split / Split Mung Beans

3 Green Chillies slit

1 Tsp Kasuri Methi (dried Fenugreek)

1.5 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds

1/4 Tsp Haldi /Turmeric

A generous pinch of hing /Asafoetida

1/2 Tsp Mustard

1/2 Tsp Ginger finely chopped

5 Garlic Pods thinly Slit lengthwise

Salt to Taste

1/2 Tsp Red chilli Powder

4 Dry red Chiilies (Whole)

2 Tsp Ghee

1/2 Tsp Oil

Juice of 1 Lemon

Water to boil dal

Method:

Clean and wash all the three dals. Pressure cook the dals with haldi, green chilles and water upto 2 whistle or till it is cooked.Add water to get the right consistency if the dal is too thick.

Roast chopped garlic in 1/2 tsp oil until they turn nice golden brown in colour.

Heat a heavy bottom pan. Add ghee.Now add the Cumin and mustard seeds.Once they crackle add hing and ginger and saute for a few seconds.Add the dry red chilli and saute.Now add kasuri methi  and switch off the stove.Lastly add chilli powder and mix well and add this tadka to the boiled dal. Let the dal simmer for about 3-4 mins on low flame. Lastly Garnish with chopped coriander and roasted garlic .

Serve hot with Rice ,Phulkas or Roti.

 

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!

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SAMVAT KE CHAWAL KA DHOKLA /BARNYARD MILLET STEAMED CAKES

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Hello !!!!!!!!!

Today’s Post is all about Millets. Millets are mostly cultivated in Asia and Africa. They have gained a lot of popularity these days. There are different types of Millets. Millets are gluten free and an exceptional source of Nutrients to gluten intolerant people. There are many types of Millets. Today I am sharing a recipe using Barnyard Millet.

Barnyard Millets are Low in Calories , Rich in Fiber, Low in Glycemic Index , Gluten free and also rich source of Iron. I am sharing a simple Dhokla recipe that is made using Barnyard Millet. This is my contribution for 108th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Millets.

Recipe for SAMVAT KE CHAWAL KA DHOKLA /BARNYARD MILLET STEAMED CAKES:

Ingredients for Dhokla Batter:

1 Cup Barnyard Millets (Soaked for 5 hrs)

1/3 Cup Rava(soaked for 5 hrs)

1 Tsp Cumin / Jeera Roasted and crushed

Salt to Taste

1/4 Tsp Haldi / Turmeric

3 Tbsp Buttermilk

4-5 Tbsp Water

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

1.5 Tsp Baking Powder

1 Tsp Sugar

1 Tsp Oil for greasing

For Tempering:

4 Green chillies chopped

15 Curry leaves roughly torn

1 Tsp Mustard seeds

2 Tsp Oil

Apinch of Hing / Asafoetida

Method:

Soak barnyard millet and rava for 5 hours. Drain the water and grind the millet and rava to get a fine paste.Ensure there are no grains. To this mixture add buttermilk, lemon juice,roasted and crushed Cumin,salt, haldi,sugar and baking soda. Mix all the ingredients and then add water as needed to get a nice lump free mixture. Blend it with  hand mixture to incorporate more air in the mixture.This will make the dhoklas light and fluffy. Transfer this mixture to a greased plate and steam it for 15 to 20 mins. You can insert a toothpick to check it is perfectly steamed.

Remove from the steamer and allow it to cool. In a wok add oil. Once the oil is hot add mustard seeds, curry leaves and chopped chillies and hing. Pour the tempering on the steamed cake /dhokla ,cut into desired shape and serve it with green chutney.

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