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.

Kheer Kadam Guest Post By Rita Ghosh 


Kheer kadam. One of the most popular sweet of Bengal.

Its a guest post from Rita Ghosh. A wonderful cook. We met in facebook group and she always amazed me with her daily new food posts. I requested her for a guest post. And she gave me this yummy kheer kadam recipe. Thanks a lot Rita.
Kheer kadam is a very famous sweet of Bengal. Most probably the name kheer kadam or kheer kadamba  comes from kadamba flower. I love this but never tried. Always tasted it at  Kolkata or Delhi. My daughter brought it for me from CR Park, Delhi. But now she is not in Delhi and I have this recipe now 😀
Here is the recipe from Rita Ghosh. Small rasgulla covered with delicious flavourful khoya/mawa or dried milk.

Recipe 
Ingredients :

Small rasgullas – 10nos.

Mawa or khoya/dried milk  – 250gms

Castor sugar – 200gms

Green cardamom powder – 1/4tsp

Roasted poppy seeds – 50gms

Procedure:

Squeeze out the sugar syrup from all rasgullas.

Keep them aside

Take a bowl & add grated mawa,sugar,cardamom powder

Mix very well to make a dough like consistency.

Take a portion of mawa mixture & make a ball

Make a whole the centre of the ball.

Put a rasgulla in this whole.

Cover it & make a ball again.

Make all kheer Kadam like this.

Take some roasted poppy seeds in a plate.

Roll up all kheer Kadam in it.

Serve as a dessert.

Note –

You can add little saffron and rose essence in khoya/mava or dried milk mixture.

Savoury Cucumber Smoothie Or Chhach 


Savoury cucumber smoothie or chhach. 

Do you love chhach or butter milk?  Then you will love this delicious cucumber chhach.  Butter milk is called the nectar of earth. And in Ayurveda its categorised as satvic food. 

This chilled refreshing low fat and low calorie drink help in weight loss. Apart from that its helps in digestion. A best accompaniment to meal. 

Its an excellent source of many nutrients and boost your calcium intake.

Not only that research shows its helps to reduce blood pressure, prevent cancer and lower cholesterol.

And this savoury smoothie has cucumber too. Low calorie vitamins enriched cucumber keeps us hydrated and cool. Its helps in digestion, stabilize blood pressure, good for diabetic and lowers the uric acid levels and keep the kidneys healthy. 

Apart from that cucumbers are a source of several compounds that fight inflammation and aging. It can resolves many skin problems and ensures healthy and younger looking skin and also have anti cancer properties.

Coming to the recipe. You can make it without cucumber too. But cucumber made the drink more delicious and healthy. 

Recipe 


Yogurt – 1 cup 

Cucumber – 1 peeled, grated or chopped 

Sea salt or black salt to taste

Black pepper powder to taste 

Roasted cumin powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon 

Mint leaves – few 

Ice cube – as require, optional 

Mint string, grated cucumber, lemon and cucumber wedges for garnishing

Method 


Combine everything and blend until smooth. 
Taste and add more salt, pepper  cumin powder and lemon juice if require. 
I have used sea salt but you can use black salt or normal salt too. 
Pour the mixture into a glass and keep in refrigerator until it becomes chilled. 

Or

Place some ice cubes in a glass and pour the mixture over it. 
Garnish with mint string, cucumber and lemon wedges and little grated cucumber. 

Serve chilled.

Stay healthy stay happy  😊

Eggless No Bake No Gelatin No Butter Mango Cheesecake 


Eggless no butter no gelatin mango cheesecake. A no bake no cook recipe. Delicious chilled dessert for this scorching hot weather.

You don’t have cheese cream? Don’t worry. Make your cheesecake with paneer or cottage cheese. I have made it with homemade fresh paneer or cottage cheese.
I didn’t used gelatin or agar agar in it. So it will be soft in room temperature. Keep it in refrigerator and serve chilled. You can keep it in freezer for 15 minutes before serving to get firm texture.

Our this week’s 93rd :Foodiemonday bloghop theme is summer fruits.

I have selected royal fruit mango.

One of the most popular fruits in the world.

This delicious and soft mango cheesecake is very easy to make. You need only paneer or cottage cheese, mango puree, yogurt, milk topping or malai, sugar and some mango cream biscuits for bottom crust. Just blend and keep in refrigerator to set.

I have used mango cream biscuits for bottom crust, so didn’t used butter.  But you can use Graham crackers, Marie biscuits or any crackers biscuits. If you are using crackers instead of cream biscuits then you have to use 1/4 cup butter and 1 – 2 tablespoon sugar with it. Add butter to remove the dryness of crackers. Add little more if require. You can use heavy whipping cream instead of malai or milk topping.

Recipe 


Mango – 1 cup chopped

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup

Thick yogurt or hung curd – 1/4 cup

Milk topping or malai – 1/4 cup

Sugar – 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon or to taste

Mango cream biscuits – 12

Method 


Grease a loose bottom cake tin generously.

Grind the mango cream biscuits. If you want thick crust make it double.

If you are using Graham crackers or any crackers or Marie biscuits add 1/4 cup unsalted butter and 1 – 2 tablespoon sugar with it.

Pour the ground biscuits in the cake tin. Press with a bowl or bottom of a glass. I have used a small glass to set it properly.

Keep it in refrigerator for 15 – 20 minutes.

Beat the milk topping or malai until it becomes stiff. Don’t over beat. Keep it aside. You can use heavy whipping cream too.

Blend chopped mango and sugar. Add paneer or cottage cheese and thick yogurt. I have used fresh homemade chhena/paneer or cottage cheese. Make sure your paneer and yogurt drained completely. Blend until smooth. Taste and add more sugar if require. Its depends on the sweetness of mango. Blend again.

Take out the mixture in a bowl. Fold the beaten milk topping or malai in it.

Pour the mixture over the biscuit crust.

Level with a spoon. Garnish with mango slices and mint leaves. Keep it in refrigerator for overnight. You can make it for  individual serving too. Set in silicone muffins moulds in the same way. Or set in glass bowls for individual serving.

I have already mentioned this cheesecake don’t have gelatin or agar agar. So it will be soft  not firm like with gelatin cheesecake. Before slicing keep in freezer for 15 minutes. Serve chilled.

Enjoy the chilled mango flavoured cheesecake as a dessert.

Potato Pie 


Potato pie. 

A very delicious and easy to make baked dish with boiled potatoes mixed with seasoning.

Usually we make it with eggs. But I have made it eggless for my vegetarian friends. Used yogurt instead of eggs.

Our this week’s 92nd #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is yogurt. My contribution is this delicious easy to make potato pie. 

Potatoes are not so bad. Specially boiled potatoes.

Boiled potatoes are naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly potassium, phosphorus, B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. They are low in calories and fat, and their high fiber content helps you feel full. Contrary to popular belief, potatoes are not inherently fattening. 

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Coming to the recipe. If you are making it for kids add generous amount of cheese with potato mixture. I have used oregano but you can use Indian spices like cumin powder, garam masala powder, chaat masala etc. Follow the method and add spices of your choice. 

Recipe 
Potato – 2 & 1/2 cup, boiled, peeled and mashed 

Yogurt – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon 

Onion – 1 large, sliced 

Green chilli – 1 – 2 finely chopped 

Capsicum – 1/2 chopped 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Butter or oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon 

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon 

Oregano – 1 teaspoon 

Chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon, optional 

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon 

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon 

Cilantro – 2 tablespoon, finely chopped 

Oregano to sprinkle

Breadcrumbs – 1/4 cup

Mozzarella cheese – 1/4 to 1/2 cup or as much you want

Method 


Grease a pie dish with butter or oil. 

Preheat the oven at 200°.

Heat butter or oil in a pan. Add sliced onion and chopped green chilli. Fry until the onion becomes translucent. 

Add chopped capsicum. Fry until the onion becomes light brown. Remove from heat and keep aside. 

In a large bowl mix boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes, salt, pepper, chilli flakes, yogurt, oregano, lemon juice, grated ginger, cilantro, garlic powder, and fried onion, green chilli and capsicum. You can use Indian spices too if you like. 

Add green chillies and chilli flakes as per your spice tolerance. 

Mix well. Mixture should be soft not runny. 

Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Delicious isn’t it? But wait we have to bake it 😊

You can add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese too. I didn’t. Add more garlic powder and oregano if require. 

You can add frozen peas, bell peppers etc if you like. 

Pour the mixture into the greased pie dish. 

Level the top with a spoon or your palm. 

Spread breadcrumbs over it. 

Sprinkle generous amount of mozzarella cheese. 

At last sprinkle little oregano all over the pie.

Bake in preheated oven at 200° for 20 – 30 minutes or until the top becomes golden brown.

Serve it as a side dish or enjoy in breakfast.

Gazpacho Or Cold Soup 

Gazpacho 

In this hot weather we want some no cook dishes, right? 😀

Yes we enjoy smoothies, cooler, mojito and different types of fruit juice and mocktails in this season. 

Now what about some refreshing  chilled, yummy and healthy soup made of raw vegetables and fruits. Nothing is better than a bowl of gazpacho in summer. Some crisp toast and a bowl of chilled no cook soup, perfect dinner for summer. 

Gazpacho is a Spanish cold soup made of raw vegetables.

You can get one more cold soup recipe here.

Our this week’s 91st #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #20minutes recipes. My contribution is this chilled, refreshing, healthy and yummy gazpacho. 

If you have all the ingredients in your pantry  you can make it in a jiffy. Just chop and blend. Keep it in refrigerator and serve chilled or add some ice cubes. 

Instead of sugar I have used grapes and watermelon. Fruits made the soup delicious and healthy. And both are easily available in this season. I have used almonds to give a creamy texture. 



Recipe 



Chopped tomatoes – 3 cup 

Cucumber – 1 small peeled and chopped 

Onion – 1 small chopped 

Garlic – 1 clove chopped 

Capsicum – 1 small chopped 

Seedless watermelon cubes – 1/4 cup 

Grapes – 1/4 cup

Chopped cilantro – 1/4 cup

Vinegar or lemon juice  – 2 tablespoon 

Almonds – 1/4 cup soaked and peeled 

Olive oil – 1 tablespoon, optional 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Chopped tomato, cucumber, onion and cilantro for garnishing



Method 


Taste the chopped cucumber. It shouldn’t be bitter. 

Combine all the ingredients. Blend in a mixer grinder. 

I have made it smooth but you can keep it little coarse if you like. 

I have used vinegar, you can use lemon juice too if you don’t like vinegar. 

Taste and adjust salt, pepper and vinegar or lemon juice if require. Drizzle olive oil. I didn’t. 

Garnish with chopped cilantro, tomato, cucumber and lemon wedges. 

Keep in refrigerator and serve chilled. Or you can add some ice cubes if you want to serve it immediately. 

Serve with crisp toast. 

Enjoy the delicious, refreshing and chilled gazpacho or cold soup.

Watermelon Sandesh 


Watermelon sandesh.

Sandesh is a most popular and delicious dessert of Bengal made with chhena or cottage cheese and sugar or date palm jaggery. 

Sandesh can be made with different flavours. Today I am sharing a very easy recipe with watermelon. Its watermelon season so one more experiment with watermelon 😀

 And if you like watermelon, you will love the taste. 

I have made it very lightly sweet taste with only 4 tablespoon sugar. But you can add one more tablespoon if you like. 

Our this week’s 90th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #cheese. This time our fellow blogger Mayuri Patel suggested this theme. Go with any cheese and I have selected cottage cheese. 

You can get some more sandesh recipes here.
Sandesh
Mango sandesh
Keshar pista sandesh
Chocolate coconut sandesh;
Cake sandesh

Steamed sandesh with date palm jaggery or khajur gur 

Orange flavoured steamed sandesh
Chocolate stuffed chocolate sandesh 

I have some moulds.

 Now got some more beautiful mouds from my sister in-law Sandhya Gupta. Thank you so much Sandhya 😊

If you don’t have moulds you can roll it like small balls and make laddu shaped sandesh. 

Coming to the recipe of soft textured delicious watermelon sandesh. 

Recipe 
Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup 

Sugar – 4 – 5 tablespoon

Milk powder – 2 tablespoon 

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon 

Chopped seedless watermelon – 1/2 cup

Method 


Grind fresh homemade chhena/paneer or cottage cheese, sugar, watermelon pieces, cornflour and milk powder. Make a smooth paste. 

Use full cream milk to make chhena/paneer or cottage cheese. If you have low fat cottage cheese add 1 – 2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter. 

Heat a heavy bottom or nonstick pan.

Add the ground mixture. Cook on low flame. Stir continuously. 

When the mixture becomes dough like consistency and leave the sides switch off the flame. I didn’t used cardamom or any flavour to retain the watermelon falavour. You can add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder if you like. 

Let it cool down. 

Knead well with your palm to make it smooth. 

Make small balls and give shape with any type of moulds. Or if you can roll it with rolling pin use cookie cutters to give shape. Or you can use your chocolate moulds too. 

Keep the sandesh in refrigerator.

Serve chilled. 

Enjoy………