Dairy Free Sugar Free Beetroot Smoothie 


Dairy free sugar free beetroot smoothie.

Ramadan Mubarak

Muslims are observing Ramadan, a holy month of fasting and religious devotion.

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and is the holiest of the month as it is believed that the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed during this month.

During this holy month of Ramadan Muslims are required to abstain from eating and drinking from dawn till sunset.

Drinks play a vital role when we are on fasting. A glass of chilled and refreshing drink at Iftaar time is energy boosting.

Fasting is a tough task for people, who abstain from food and drink until sunset in this summer season.

Our this week’s 97th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Ramadan recipes.

Fasting people need to drink more after Iftaar in order to avoid dehydration.

So here is a refreshing chilled and yummy dairy free beetroot smoothie for Iftaar. Beetroots are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals.

You don’t need to add sugar in it. You can add black salt or rock salt and black pepper powder if you like. I didn’t.

Recipe 


Seedless beetroot – 1 cup cubed

Cucumber – 1 medium

Lemon – 1

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Flax seed powder – 1 teaspoon
Ice cubes as required
Lemon wedge for garnishing

Method 


Boil the whole beetroot with skin in a pressure cooker.

Let it cool down. Peel and chop the beetroot into small pieces.

Peel and grate or chop the Cucumber. Make small pieces for easy blending.

Combine every ingredients with juice of 1 lemon. You can add some ice cubes too.

Blend until smooth and frothy.

You don’t need to add sugar in it.

Taste and add more lemon juice if require. You can add black salt or rock salt and black pepper powder if you like. I didn’t.

If you don’t like cinnamon, you can omit it. Add few mint leaves instead of cinnamon.

Place some ice cubes in the glass. Pour the mixture over it.

Garnish with lemon wedge. Serve chilled.

Stay happy stay healthy.

Wish you all a very happy and blessed Ramadan!!

Oats Wholewheat Caraway Cookies / Eggless Savoury Cookies 

Eggless oats whole wheat caraway cookies.

One more oats cookies. But this time not sweet its savoury cookies. Crispy, delicious and healthy cookies for your sudden hunger pangs or munching time.

Perfect for kids to. You can make it as your kids choice. If they like Italian seasoning. Use Italian herb and chilli flakes instead of caraway.

If you don’t like caraway or ajwain use dry roasted cumin. Add chilli flakes or black pepper powder to make your cookies spicy.

You can add dried and crushed mint leaves, dried fenugreek leaves or kasuri methi or cilantro. Options are unlimited. Choice is yours.
This post is going to be a part of 96th #Foodiemonday bloghop #baking theme.

I have used homemade unsalted butter. If you want to use salted butter adjust the salt. Make and enjoy the crispy delicious savoury cookies with the flavour of your choice.

Recipe 


Whole Wheat flour – 1/2 cup + for dusting

Oats – 1/2 cup

Unsalted butter – 1/4 cup

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Caraway seeds – 1 teaspoon + to sprinkle

Powdered sugar – 1 – 2 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – a small pinch

Milk – 3 tablespoon or as require

Method 


Preheat the oven at 180°

Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Grind the oats. Make fine powder.

In a bowl mix whole wheat flour, oats powder, baking powder, soda, salt, caraway seeds, powdered sugar and butter. If you don’t want to use oats you can use 1 cup whole wheat flour or refined flour or maida only. Or use 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup refined flour. Taste is better with refined flour or maida but I have used whole wheat flour and oats to make it healthy for kids and elderly people. And yes for health conscious people too.

Add sugar according to your taste. If you like more sweet add 2 tablespoon or add 1/2 teaspoon salt and, 1/4 cup sugar to make the cookies more sweet. I want to make these savoury so  I have added 1 tablespoon sugar only. You can add black pepper powder or chilli flakes too to make your cookies spicy.

If you don’t like caraway you can use dry roasted cumin. You can add dried fenugreek leaves or kasuri methi, dried mint leaves or cilantro.

Or add some Italian herb and chilli flakes. Choice is yours.

Mix everything. Add milk gradually to combine. Make a smooth dough.

Roll the dough on a flour dusted surface  with a rolling pin. Roll into a thin disc. Sprinkle little caraway seeds. Press lightly with rolling pin.

Cut with your favourite cookie cutter. I have used small sized cutter. You can use large size cutters if you like.

Arrange on the baking tray 1 inch apart. Cookies will not spread much.

Bake at 180° in preheated oven for 12 – 15 minutes or until the edges becomes brown.

If you want more crispy cookies bake for some more time to make light brown.

Let the cookies cool down.

Store in a airtight container.

serve with tea, coffee or milk.

Enjoy healthy munching.

Happy baking 😊

Mango Litchi Fudge Or Burfi 


Mango litchi fudge or burfi. 

A delicious sweet with the flavour of both mango and litchi. 

Its very easy to make. You need only khoya/mawa or reduced milk, sugar and cardamom powder with mango and litchi. 

I was born and raised in Bihar. And always tasted the best litchis of the country. Yes I am taking about litchis from Muzaffarpur. Large size juicy litchis with small seed. 

Muzaffarpur is famous for Shahi litchis and is known as the Litchi Kingdom.

There are numerous beauty and health benefits of litchi fruit, from aiding weight loss and digestion to treating influenza and reducing the signs of aging. 

It is highly rich in nutrients and offers numerous benefits for your skin, hair, and health that make it all the more irresistible.

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And mango is the most popular fruit in the world. We all know it as king of fruits. 

Now taste both of these delicious juicy fruits in this mango litchi fudge or burfi.

Recipe 


Mango – 1 cup chopped 

Litchi – 10 – 12

Khoya/mawa or reduced milk – 1 cup 

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Sugar – 4 tablespoon or to taste

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon 

Method 


Grease a plate with ghee or clarified butter and keep aside. 

Peel and remove the seeds of litchis. 

Grind the litchis with chopped mango. 

Cook the mixture on low flame. Add sugar. 

Stir continuously. 
At first add 2 tablespoon sugar. It depends on the sweetness of mangoes. Mine was not very sweet so I have added 4 tablespoon. 

When the moisture evaporate add ghee or clarified butter and khoya/mawa or reduced milk. 

Cook everything on low flame. Stir continuously. When it about to dried up taste and add more sugar if require. 

Cook until it becomes like a soft dough and leaves the sides. Switch off the flame. 

Add cardamom powder and MIx well. 

Pour the mixture in the greased plate. Spread and level the top with a spoon. You can sprinkle some shredded pistachio or almond over it. 

Keep it in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Cut into equal shape.
Enjoy mango litchi mixed flavour in one fudge 😊

Misti Doi 


Misti doi or caramel flavoured sweet yogurt.

Misti doi is very common dessert in Bengal.

Authentically its made of thickened sweet milk and caramel. And allowing the milk to ferment overnight. Earthen post is best for making this Misti doi because water evaporate through its porous walls and produces the right temperature for the growth of the culture.

Nowadays you can get lots of flavours in misti doi. Such as aam doi or mango flavoured yoghurt, khajur gur or date palm jaggery yoghurt etc.

Many of my readers asked for the recipe of misti doi when I posted Misti doi parfait

This yogurt is my all time favourite.

We can get it at Kolkata or Delhi sweet shops. First time tasted homemade when spending my summer vacation at my Sejomashi ( maternal aunt’s) home at Delhi. She was an amazing cook. She and my mom is no more with us but still remember the taste of dishes made by my mom and aunt.

I have got this recipe from my Sejomashi Gargi Gupta. I always followed her recipe without adding any flavour. But in my last Kolkata visit noticed in sweet shops they used whole cardamom in misti doi. So I have added few cardamom. But next time again I will make without cardamom. If you like you can add or add a pinch of cardamom powder.

I remember when my father in law asked after tasted my homemade doi “from where you bought this doi? Its much better than I tasted before. More delicious.”  And that was my best reward I have ever get.

 

Happy Father’s Day in advance. Jagruti Cooking Odyssey   requested some blogger friends to link up with her to celebrate Father’s Day. This misti doi was most favourite dessert of my late father and father-in-law. So I am dedicating this post for Father’s Day.

This yogurt takes more time to set than normal plain yogurt. And we set our homemade curd or yogurt with only 1 or 1/2 teaspoon curd. But this yogurt need more curd to ferment.  I have added 1/2 cup curd in it. Because I have used fresh homemade curd which is not tangy at all. I am sharing some tricks to set the yogurt easily.

Recipe 


Milk – 1 litter

Sugar – 1 cup ( 3/4 + 1/4 )

Curd – 1/2 cup

Cardamom – 3 – 4 optional
Or
Cardamom powder – a pinch, optional

Sliced pistachio for garnishing, optional

Method
Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan. Add 3/4 cup sugar and reduce the heat. Cook on low flame until milk becomes almost half. Stir occasionally.

In a separate non stick pan or heavy bottom pan mix remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon water. Keep it on low flame until it becomes golden brown.

Immediately add in hot reduced milk. Mix well. Add the cardamom if you want. When it starts to boil stir and switch off the flame.

Let the milk become lukewarm. Stir continuously. Don’t let the milk topping set over the milk. Don’t make it completely cool. Milk should be warm and touch it to check. If you can tolerate the heat then its perfect to set.

Remember milk should be lukewarm not hot. If you add curd in hot milk it will curdle.

Whisk the curd well. Mix with reduced milk and whisk again.

Now time to set. You can set it in glass or ceramic pot too. But better try to set in earthen pot for better result.

Because it’s porous walls evaporate​ the moisture. And you will get perfectly set misti doi.

Pour the milk in the earthenware. Cover and keep it undisturbed in a warm place for overnight or 8 – 10 hours.

If the weather is cold then its difficult to set this yogurt. In that case keep the earthen pot in microwave and set the minimum temperature of your microwave. 180 or 200. In my microwave lowest is 180. Just press the power button 👆 few times to get desired temperature. Keep the yogurt filled earthen pot in it. start the oven for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes cover and keep it undisturbed in the oven for overnight or 7 – 8 hours.

You will get perfectly set misti doi.

After setting keep it in refrigerator.

Serve chilled. You can garnish with chopped pistachio.

Enjoy the chilled misti doi as a dessert.
Notes –

Don’t make the milk too thick  just reduce to almost half.

Whisk well before setting to make it smooth.

If you don’t have microwave keep it in a casserole and close the lid. Or cover the pot with a warm cloth.

Milk should be lukewarm not hot. If you add curd in hot milk it will curdle.

 

Some more recipes of other talented bloggers for Father’s Day celebration.

Sugar free mango basil and cashew

 

Ghari rotli or puran poli

 

Baigan ka bharta

 

Meat masala bharwa baigan

 

Masala upma

 

Sweet vermicelli with jaggery

Mint Rice Or Pulao 


Mint rice or pulao.

A very flavourful and spicy one pot meal. Goes well with any veg or non veg curry. Or serve it with simple onion cucumber raita or fruit raita. You can make this delicious rice for tiffin too.

Whenever we have to cook lip-smacking dish in a short notice one pot meal is the best option.

This post is going to be a part of 95th #Foodiemonday bloghop one pot meal theme.

You don’t have to spend lots of time in the kitchen. Just grind the spices and and make it in a pressure cooker for one whistle. You can add whole spices as tempering. But I have ground them to make the rice more flavourful.

Recipe 


Rice – 1 cup

Onion – 2 sliced

Garlic – 4 – 5 cloves

Ginger – 1 Inch piece chopped

Mint leaves – 1 cup

Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Green cardamom – 3 – 4

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch stick

Mace or javitri – 1 string

Star anise – 1/2

Tomato – 1 chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil or ghee/clarified butter – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Water – 1& 1/2 cup

Fried cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Method 



Wash the rice well. Drain and keep aside.

Grind mint leaves, coriander leaves or cilantro, ginger, garlic, green chilli, cardamom, cinnamon, mace or javitri, star anise and tomato. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

You can can use cardamom, cinnamon, cloves  mace and star anise as tempering. I have ground them to make the rice more flavourful. If you want to add as tempering crush the whole spices and add with cumin seeds in hot oil or ghee. Grind only mint leaves, cilantro, green chilli  ginger, garlic and tomato.

When cumin seeds starts to crackle add sliced onion. Fry until onions becomes translucent.

Add the ground mixture, salt, black pepper powder, sugar, coriander powder and cumin powder. Adjust chillies according to your taste.

Saute until oil leaves the side.

Add the rice. Mix gently. Saute for few seconds.

Add 1 and 1/2 cup water and lemon juice.

Mix well.

Close the lid. Remove from heat after one whistle.

Don’t open the pressure cooker immediately. Let the pressure settle down on its own.
Fluff the rice gently.

Garnish with fried cashew nuts.

Serve hot with any veg or non veg curry. Or onion cucumber or fruit raita.

Banana Almond Mint Smoothie 


Banana almond mint smoothie.

One more healthy, yummy, chilled and refreshing drink to beat the heat.  And yes very easy to make.

Smoothie is an easiest way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. It gives you essential minerals and vitamins too. You need only some fruits, milk or yogurt and a blender to make this healthy and yummy drink.

Bananas are available in every season and packed with vitamins and minerals.

And almonds are excellent source of vitamins and heart healthy monounsaturated fat.

Yogurt has been consumed by humans for hundreds of years.

It’s very nutritious, and eating it regularly may boost several aspects of your health.

For example, yogurt has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as aid in weight management.

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You can take all three in a delicious way. Just blend everything and its ready. You can add ice cubes and enjoy as a chilled drink. I have used everything frozen so didn’t used ice cubes. You can add cinnamon or cardamom powder if you don’t like mint.

Recipe 


Yogurt – 1 cup

Banana – 2 peeled and chopped

Almond – 5 – 6 soaked and peeled

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Mint – few leaves

Honey or sugar – 2 teaspoon or to taste

Ice cube – as require

Shredded almonds, lemon wedge and mint string for garnishing

 

 

Method 


Combine every ingredients. Blend until smooth and frothy.

You can add cinnamon or cardamom powder if you don’t like mint. You can add raisins or any soaked dry fruits of your choice.

Taste and add more honey, sugar or lemon juice if require.

Pour the mixture into your favourite glass. Add some ice cubes if require.

I have used everything frozen so didn’t used ice cubes.

Garnish with shredded almonds, lemon wedge and mint string.

Serve chilled.

Enjoy…….

Oats Almond Jaggery Cookies / No Butter No Sugar Cookies 

Eggless oats almond jaggery honey cookies / no butter no sugar cookies.

Want a guilt free snack for your sudden hunger pangs or sweet craving? Yes its totally guilt free and delicious. No butter no sugar. I have used organic jaggery or gur powder and honey.

Thanks to my neighbor Jagjeet Kaur for this organic jaggery powder. She brought it from farm for me.
With so many health benefits jaggery  helps to increase the total count of haemoglobin in the blood and it is surprisingly effective as an aid for weight loss. This is because jaggery is a rich source of potassium, which is a mineral that helps in the balance of electrolytes as well as building muscles and boosting metabolism.

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So enjoy your munching time.

Its my second attempt to make this cookies. When made it first time, taste was too good but cookies becomes flat and soft. So made it again with some changes and very happy with the result.

Soft and flat but delicious

This post is going to be a part of 94th #Foodiemonday bloghop #Snacks theme. My contribution is this healthy and yummy oats, almond jaggery honey cookies.

These cookies have no butter or ghee/ clarified butter so perfect for weight watchers. And good for kids too because of oats, jaggery, honey and almond. You can give it in your kids tiffin too.
Organic jaggery and honey made these cookies super delicious. You can’t resist yourself to take another one.

Recipe 


Oats – 1 cup

Whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/4 cup

Jaggery or gur powder – 1/2 cup

Honey – 1/4 cup

Oil – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cinnamon – 1/2 teaspoon

Method 


Preheat the oven at 170° for 10 minutes.

Grease or line a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Grind the almonds and Oats into fine powder.

In a large bowl mix all the ingredients with almonds and oats powder.

Combine and mix everything well. Don’t kneed much.

Make small balls and lightly press with your palm.

Place on baking tray 1 inch apart.

Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until the edges becomes brown. If you want more crispy, bake for 2 – 3 minutes more. Don’t overbake.

Cookies will be soft when hot. So let it cool down completely.

Serve or store in airtight container for later use.
Enjoy healthy and yummy cookies with your tea coffee or milk.