Sugar Free Low Calorie Gajar Halwa / Diet Gajar Halwa

Sugar free gajar halwa or diet gajar halwa or low calorie halwa.
Winter means season of gajar ka halwa or carrot pudding. In India gajar ka halwa is a famous and most popular dessert during winter.

Normally gajar ka halwa made with full cream milk, lots of ghee or clarified butter, khoya or dried milk and fry fruits. Grated carrots cooked with full cream milk till dried up. Then cooked again with lots of ghee and khoya. Yes this halwa must be mouthwatering. But what about diabetic and diet conscious people?
So here is a gajar halwa recipe for diet conscious people.

Its made with toned milk and sweetened with dates and raisins. I have added khoya or dried milk in it which is also made of toned milk. Get the homemade khoya recipe here.

I have used only 1/2 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter for flavour. You can omit it or add more ghee for taste. Choice is yours.

Dates are small and sweet fruits and have a surprisingly low glycemic index. Studies have been done to determine the effects of consuming dates on blood sugar levels. They concluded that eating dates does not cause a spike in the blood glucose levels.

In fact, they are extremely healthy – packed with an array of vital nutrients.
Apart from containing a high amount of fructose, they also contain an opulence of fiber and nutrients like vitamins A, K, and B-complex, iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. The presence of these nutrients in dates helps prevent constipation, heart diseases, intestinal problems, anemia, and diarrhea, among other conditions
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Enjoy this winter delicacy but diabetic patients should eat once in a day. Its necessary to eat a balanced diet and just moderate your intake.
You have to make it in a similar way of normal gajar halwa. Just replace sugar with dates and raisins. And use low fat or toned milk to make it. Believe me taste is too good just like with sugar gajar halwa. And its low calorie. So enjoy this gajar halwa without any guilt.

Recipe

Gajar or carrot – 1/2 kg

Toned milk – 3 cup

Dates – 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoon, finely chopped

Raisins – 3 tablespoon

Dry roasted almonds – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Khoya or dried milk – 1/3 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, optional

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Fried cashews and sliced almonds to garnish

Method

1. Wash, peel and grate the carrots. Clean and soak the raisins in little water.

2. Mix milk, chopped dates and grated carrots in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan or wok.

3. Cook till milk reduces to half. Stir occasionally.

4. Add raisins and cook till the halwa dried up.

5. Now add ghee, khoya or dried milk, and dry roasted and sliced almonds. Get the recipe of khoya here.
You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon or more ghee if you want. I have added only half teaspoon for flavour. Or you can skip ghee of you are on a restricted diet.

6. Fry the mixture well till dried up completely and colour changed. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

7. Garnish with almond slices and fried cashew nuts.

8. Serve hot or cold. Or keep in refrigerator for later. You can refrigerate it for 8 – 10 days.

Happy cooking. Be healthy be happy 😊

Notes

1. You can use full cream milk if you like.

2. Add any dry fruits of your choice.

3. If you don’t have khoya or dried milk, skip it and increase the amount of milk.

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Eggless Gluten Free Apple Almond Cupcakes / Soyabean Flour Cake

Eggless gluten free apple almond cupcakes with khoya/mawa or dried milk. Made with organic unrefined sugar, soyabean flour and oats. Delicious, healthy and filling, perfect for your kiddos and you. Soyabean flour made these cupcakes protein rich.
Tutti fruity makes the cupcakes attractive. But you can also use choco chips or dry fruits instead of tutti fruity. You can also make a single cake with this batter. I have made 12 cupkakes and 1 small cake.

I have used organic unrefined cane sugar. Far better than chemically produced sugar.

In terms of availability, versatility, convenience, texture, price, eco-friendliness, and nutrition the best substitute for the ubiquitous white sugar is perhaps organic cane sugar. Organic cane sugar is unrefined sugar minus the cancer-causing and environmentally damaging pesticides present in conventionally grown sugarcane. Compared to white sugar, organic cane sugar has the full-bodied taste of sugarcane and is much less processed, retaining a lot of the nutrients present in cane juice. Unrefined cane sugar contains 17 amino acids, 11 minerals, and 6 vitamins, including antioxidants that may help reverse oxidative damage. It is made up of sucrose, fructose, and glucose. Table sugar is just sucrose and calories, plus traces of chemicals utilized in the refining process such as lime, sulphur dioxide, and phosphoric acid. Organic cane sugar is not like brown sugar, which is white sugar with molasses thrown back in.
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Sending this post to 173 #Foodiemonday bloghop toddler fingers food theme. This week Poonam Bachhav who blog at Annapurna
suggested the theme #toddler finger food.

So here is a healthy and delicious recipe for toddlers. Cupkakes with all the goodness of apple, milk, almond, oats and protein rich soyabean. I have only one toddler in my neighborhood. A 3 year old naughty boy. And he loves this cake’s look and taste.

Recipe

Apple – 1 large, peeled, cored and chopped

Soyabean flour – 1 cup

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup, heaped

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Organic unrefined cane sugar – 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon

Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Khoya/mawa or dried/evaporated milk – 1 cup, tightly packed

Olive oil or butter – 1/2 cup

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

2. Grease or line the cupcake or muffin moulds.

3. Mix lemon juice with milk and keep aside. Milk should be at room temperature.

4. Grind the almonds into fine powder.

5. Sieve Soyabean flour, oats powder, baking powder, soda and cinnamon powder.

6. Blend chopped apple into smooth paste. Add khoya or dried milk and blend altogether. Get homemade khoya recipe here.

7. In a large bowl mix unrefined sugar, olive oil or butter and lemon juice mixed milk. I have used olive oil. Whisk well.

8. Add blended apple and khoya mixture. Whisk again. Sweetness is perfect for me. But if you like more sweetness, add 1 – 2 tablespoon more sugar. Taste the batter before baking.

9. Now add the dry ingredients gradually. Add half of the flour mixture, mix well then add other half.

10. Mix and make a lump free batter. You can add little more milk if require to make a thick but flowing batter. Milk should be at room temperature.

11. Pour the batter into greased or lined mould. Fill the moulds 3/4.

12. Tap the moulds gently. Sprinkle tutty fruity over the cupcakes. You can also sprinkle choco chips instead.

13. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 20 – 25 minutes. Every oven takes different time. So check after 20 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle of one of the cupcakes. If it comes out clean, cakes are ready.

14. Let the cupcakes cool down completely.

15. Serve these protein rich and filling cupcakes to your kids. Adults can also enjoy these cakes.

16. You can serve it With milk, tea or coffee or enjoy without anything.
Happy baking!!

Notes

1. You can use whole wheat flour or refined flour/maida instead of Soyabean flour.
2. If you want you can use vinegar instead of lemon juice.
3. Choco chips can be added in the batter.

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Tomato Saar

Tomato saar.
Delicious spicy curry with ripe tomatoes from Maharashtra cuisine.

According to Wikipedia Maharashtra is the name of a state of India and its language is Marathi. In area it is the third-biggest state of India. Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra. Pune is the cultural and educational capital.
The food of Maharashtra is different in each place. The people in the Konkan region eat more rice and the ones near the ocean eat a lot of fish. In eastern Maharashtra, most people eat a lot of wheat, jowar, and bajra. Other important things people eat in Maharashtra are lentils, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, chilies, garlic, ginger, and aamras. Many people also eat chicken and mutton.

Tomato is known scientifically as Solanum lycopersicum, the tomato is the berry of a plant from the nightshade family, native to South America. Despite technically being a fruit, the tomato is generally categorized as a vegetable.

Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.
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This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Maharashtra cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is Priya Mahesh. Who blog at Www.at200deg.com
Priya gave me two easy to use ingredients hing or asafoetida and jeera or cumin. And I gave her turmeric and ginger. Check out her blog for the amazing recipe she shared with these ingredients.

You may like some more tomato recipes here

Marinara sauce

Tomato coconut chickpea curry

Onion tomato chutney or dip

Tomato cilantro egg drop soup

Bitter gourd with tomato

This tomato saar goes well with hot steamed rice. I have added kokum in it. I love the mild tangy taste of kokum. But if you don’t have kokum, use tamarind paste or you can skip it if you don’t like tangy taste.

Recipe

Tomato – 4 medium

Water – 2 cup

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 2

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coconut – 1/2 cup, finely chopped or grated

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 12

Dry red chilli – 1

Hing or asafoetida – a pinch

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Jaggery powder or sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Kokum – 2 – 3 pieces, optional

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped + to garnish

Method

1. Wash the tomatoes well. Make a cross-shaped incision or make X with a knife at one end. Don’t make too deep cut.

2. Boil 2 cup water in a pan. Add the tomatoes in it. Boil for 6 – 8 minutes or until the skin starts to separate. Don’t discard the water we will use it.

3. Let the tomatoes cool down. Discard the stem. Peel and grind into a smooth paste.

4. Grind the coconut, green chilli and ginger. Make a smooth paste. You can add 2 – 3 garlic cloves if you want. I didn’t.

5. Add cumin powder and keep aside. If you are using whole cumin add it with coconut, chilli and ginger and grind.

6. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds.

7. When the seeds start to splutter add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

8. Add dry red chilli. Now add hing or asafoetida and curry leaves.

9. Add coconut, chilli, ginger, cumin paste and turmeric powder. Mix well.

10. Saute till the mixture dried up.

11. Add ground tomatoes, salt, kokum and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix well.

12. Add the water we have used to boil tomatoes. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes.

13. Remove from heat. Garnish with coriander leaves.

14. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.
2. If you don’t have kokum then you can use 1 teaspoon tamarind paste or if you don’t like tangy taste skip it.
3. Use fully ripe red tomatoes to make tomato saar.

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Khoa Or Dried Milk And Paneer Or Cottage Cheese / Easy Method

In many of my recipes I have mentioned about khoya or dried milk and paneer/cottage cheese or chhena. Today I am sharing easy method to make both khoya and chhena. I will try to add step by step picture later.

Khoya or dried milk

2 litter milk

Method

1. Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan.

2. Let the milk cook on low flame. Stir occasionally.

3. Scrape the sides to avoid burning.

4. Milk will be changed into a thick mass. Like this 👇

5. It can take 2 to 2:30 hours.

6. After reducing I have got 1 and 1/2 cup tightly packed khoya/mawa or dried milk from 2 litter milk.

Paneer Or Cottage Cheese

Milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4

tablespoon or as require

Method

1. Place a cheesecloth on a strainer.

2. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil remove from heat. Add lemon juice or vinegar.

3. Add 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir and add 1 tablespoon more or as require to curdle the milk completely.

4. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately pour into the strainer.

5. You can make cottage cheese with curd in same method. First add 1/4 cup curd then add as require. It will depends on the milk. You need 1/4 to 1/2 cup curd to make cottage cheese.

6. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese.

7. Remove the cottage cheese on a large dry cloth. Wrap well and put a heavy weight on it for 2 hours.

8. Now paneer or cottage cheese will be look like this 👇

9. This cottage cheese can be use to make curry, stuffing for paratha, cutlets or make different kinds of sweets.

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Rosti Or Swiss Potato Pancake

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Rosti or you can call it potato pancake. Easy to make and perfect for breakfast or side dish.

According to Wikipedia
Rösti or röschti is a Swiss dish consisting mainly of potatoes, in the style of a fritter. It was originally a breakfast dish, commonly eaten by farmers in the canton of Bern, but is now eaten all over Switzerland and around the world. The French name röstis bernois makes direct reference to the origins of the dish.

This week our 172 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #InternationalFeast.
This week Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuri’s Jikoni suggested the theme.
Mayuri suggested World Cuisine for this week. So the country we have to choose a dish from to make should begin with our name’s first letter. Interesting isn’t it ☺️

I have chosen beautiful country Switzerland famous for it’s chocolate. And the dish name is Rosti begin with the first letter of my nick name ha ha no its not in the rule but when I was searching for recipes noticed this easy to make potato pancake rosti. I loved the recipe.

Adopted the recipe from
the spruce Eats. This Swiss rosti recipe is very simple. You can add onion, parsley paprika, nutmeg etc.
But I have made it with only salt and pepper. Next time I will try with green chilli, cilantro and some Indian spices. I am sure it will be also taste great with any seasoning.
I have tried to make it little thin but if you want to make perfect round shaped rosti follow the exact recipe.

Recipe credit – the spruce Eats

Recipe

Potatoes – 4

Salt – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Olive oil or butter – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Method

1. Peel and wash the potatoes.

2. Grate the potatoes. Use a grater with big holes. Fine grater would make your potatoes mushy.

3. Add 1 teaspoon salt in the grated potatoes and mix well. Keep aside for 5 – 6 minutes.

4. Take a fistful grated potato, press tightly and squeeze well. This way squeeze all the grated potatoes and place in a bowl.

5. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Mix well. You can add ground paprika, finely chopped onion or parsley. Or add chopped green chilli, chaat masala, cumin powder and handful chopped coriander leaves or cilantro.

6. Heat half of the oil or butter in a pan. You can also use any vegetable oil. When the oil becomes hot, add grated potatoes in it. Add small amount at a time. Add potatoes about 1 inch deep. Add the potatoes till the bottom part of the pan fully covered.

7. Cook on medium heat. Stir and cook for a minute with a spatula to coat the potatoes with olive oil or butter.

9. Spread the potatoes in the pan and press with a spatula.

10. Press gently with spatula to make the layer evenly. Cook on medium heat.

11. Cook for 10 minutes. Now cover and cook again for 5 – 10 minutes or till the bottom part becomes golden brown.

12. Now place a plate on the top of the pan and transfer it on the plate.

13. Add remaining oil or butter in the pan. When it becomes enough hot slide potato pancake in the pan cooked side up. Press down with a spatula.

14. Cook it for about 15 minutes or until the bottom side becomes golden brown. You can make small sized rosti if you like. I have made one small individual sized.

15. Swiss potato rosti is ready to serve. Transfer the rosti on a plate. Sprinkle salt and pepper if require.

14. Slice and serve hot.

Notes

1. You can boil and peel the potatoes and refrigerate overnight. Next day grate just before making rosti.

2. You can add finely chopped onion and green chilli with grated potatoes if you like.

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Lemon Rosemary Pasta

Pasta with rosemary, oregano, tomato and lemon.

Bored with white sauce pasta? Then try this lemony pasta this time.
Very delicious and aromatic pasta. Lemon and rosemary mixed flavour made it’s taste lip-smacking.

Lemony taste blend with rosemary, oregano and tomato makes the taste awesome.
I have used penne pasta but you can use elbow or any pasta. You can use Basil or any herb of your choice.

Recipe

Penne pasta – 110 gram, boiled

Tomato – 2

Garlic – 4-5

Onion – 1, thinly sliced

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Dried rosemary – 1 teaspoon

Oregano – 2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Lemon zest – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Red chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Olive oil or butter – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Sliced almonds to garnish

Method

1. Grind the tomatoes with garlic.

2. Dry roast sliced almonds and keep aside.

3. Heat oil or butter in a pan. Add sliced onion.

4. When the onion starts to change it’s colour into light brown add grated ginger. Fry for few seconds.

5. Add ground tomatoes and garlic. Saute till oil leaves the sides and raw smell of garlic goes away.

6. Add rosemary, oregano, salt black pepper powder and chilli flakes. Saute for few seconds. You can little water from boiled pasta if you feel it too dry.

7. Add lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix well.

8. Add boiled pasta and toss till everything mixed and coated well. You can add little more water if require.

9. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from heat.

10. Garnish with toasted sliced almonds. Serve hot.

Notes

1. You can use Basil or any herb of your choice.

2. Add black pepper and chilli flakes according to your taste.

3. You can use penne, elbow or any pasta.

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Spinach Curry With Corn soya chunks, Coconut And Almond

Spinach curry with sweet corn, soya chunks, coconut and almond.
A delicious creamy thick curry. You can serve it with any bread. Easy to make and perfect side dish for your lunch or dinner.

In my earlier posts we have discussed about the health benefits of spinach, corn and soya chunks. So this time talking about only taste. This lip-smacking curry is lightly flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Almonds made the curry thick and creamy. You can use cashew nuts instead.
You may like some more spinach recipes here.

1. Dal palak

2. Palak raita

3. Green gram carrot spinach soup

4. Spinach carrot bean beet and almond soup

5. Dairy free green smoothie

6. Zan

Our this week’s 171 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #saagsaga. Kriti suggested this beautiful theme. We have to share any leafy green or saag recipe. My contribution is this delicious spinach curry with corn, soya chunks, coconut and almond.

Lip-smacking spinach curry with all the goodness of sweet corn, soya, coconut and almond.

Recipe

Spinach or palak – 200 gram

Sweet corn – 1 cup, boiled

Soya chunks – 1/2 cup

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Tomato – 2, chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Coconut – 3 tablespoon, grated or finely chopped

Almond – 13 – 14

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 2

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Method

1. Clean and wash the spinach. Discard the stem. Take the leaves only.

2. Heat 3 cup water with 1/4 teaspoon salt in a pan.
When it starts to rolling boil add spinach leaves in it.

3. Boil for 2 – 3 minutes. Switch off the heat and immediately drain the water.

4. Keep ice cold water ready. Dip the spinach in ice cold water immediately to retain the green colour.

5. Grind the spinach into a smooth paste. Add very little water if require.

6. Soak almonds in hot water or microwave for 1 minute with little water.

7. Let it cool down. Peel and keep aside.

8. Boil the soya chunks with 2 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Boil for 1 – 2 minutes.

9. When it cool down drain the water, squeeze and wash with fresh water.
Squeeze well and keep aside.

10. Grind peeled almonds, tomato, green chilli, garlic, coconut, green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Make a smooth paste.

11. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. You can use butter or half oil half butter.

12. Add finely chopped onion. Fry the onion till onion becomes light brown.

13. Now add almond, coconut, ginger, garlic, chilli, tomato, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves paste.

14. Saute and add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Saute till the mixture dried up and leaves oil.

15. Add squeezed soya chunks and mix well. Saute for 1 minute more and add boiled sweet corn.

16. Mix well and add spinach puree.
Add 1 cup water and mix well.

17. When it starts to boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 6 – 7 minutes. Stir occasionally.

18. Taste and adjust the seasoning. You can add 1/4 cup water if the gravy is too thick but don’t add more.

19. If you are adding water boil for few seconds on high heat.

20. Remove from heat. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon cream if you want. I didn’t.

21. Your spinach curry with corn, soya chunks and coconut is ready. Garnish with boiled sweet corn, tomato and onion slices.

22. Serve hot with pulao, jeera rice, steamed rice, roti, paratha, puri, naan, tandoori roti, crisp toasted bread or any bread.
Happy cooking!!

Notes

1. Add chilli according to your taste. Add 1 green chilli or skip the chilli if you are making it for kids. Or add more green chilli if you want your curry more spicy.
2. You can use cashew nuts instead of almonds.
3. You can also add paneer or cottage cheese pieces in the curry.
4. You can use butter instead of oil, add little oil with butter to avoid burning.
5. If you like you can add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed kasuri methi or dried fenugreek leaves at the end.

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