Gulab Jamun

Gulab jamun.

Gulab jamun is a most popular dessert of India. Its a deep fried milk solid dumpling soaked in rose, cardamom and saffron flavourd sugar syrup.

No idea about why it called gulab jamun. Perhaps for rose flavour sugar syrup. Gulab is rose and jamun is round shaped Asian fruit black plum. What’s in a name. It tastes heavenly.

According to Wikipedia Gulab jamun are a milk-solid-based South Asian sweet, originating in the Indian subcontinent, notably popular in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, as well as Myanmar.

Making of gulab jamun is so easy. Just mix milk solid and little cottage cheese with refined flour or semolina make small balls and deep fry. Then soak in flavoured sugar syrup. Refined flour or maida and semolina is used for binding. Sometimes it can be made without cottage cheese or with milk powder.

I am sharing the recipe of my mother. She was an excellent cook and loved to make different types of sweets. I remember those days when we kids entered the kitchen at afternoon attracted by the sweet aroma. Our house smell delicious.

Here is a very simple and easy recipe of our all time favourite gulab jamun.
Our this week’s 154 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #filmyFoodies.
Sharing this recipe inspired by the movie ‘Gulab Jamun’.
Read a news that entire Bachchan family to star in Anurag Kashyap’s film Gulab Jamun. But Abhishek Bachchan said that they are still in early talks regarding filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming production. Let’s wait.
Till then enjoy the Marathi movie gulab jamun and this delicious gulab jamun 😀

I have shared some more fried dessert here. Click on the name below to get the recipe

Pantua

Malpua

Gokul pithe

Its very easy to make. I have used homemade khoya and paneer in it. You can use store bought. If you are using store bought, grate before mixing. But homemade is always best.

Recipe

Khoya or dried milk/milk solid – 1 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/4 cup

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Maida or refined flour – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Black Cardamom – 1

Mishri/rock sugar or pistachio – as require

Oil for deep frying

For sugar syrup

Sugar – 1 & 1/2 cup

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Saffron – a pinch

Rose water or essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. In a pan heat water and sugar. Add cardamom powder and saffron.

2. Let it boil. When sugar dissolved completely, simmer for 3 – 4 minutes.

3. Remove from heat. Add rose water or essence. Mix and keep aside.

4. Take out the seeds of black cardamom. Keep aside.

5. Mix khoya or dried milk, paneer, baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder and 2 tablespoon maida or refined flour. Mix well and make a smooth dough. If require add 1 tablespoon more refined flour.

6. Make small balls. Flatten the ball with your palm. Place one black cardamom seed and one mishri/rock sugar or pistachio in the middle. Bring the edges together and make a smooth ball again. There should not be any crack. Make all the balls this way.

7. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok. Fry the balls on low flame. Don’t overcrowd. Stir gently to fry all the sides.

8. Don’t increase the heat. Fry on low flame to fry well from inside.

9. When the balls become golden brown, remove from oil and place on paper towel.

10. Heat the sugar syrup again. Add the fried balls in sugar syrup. When it starts to boil switch off the flame.

11. Keep the balls in sugar syrup for 3 – 4 hours.

12. Serve hot. Before serving boil again or microwave on high power for 1 minute.
Garnish with pistachio.

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Dairy Free Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Dairy free mango pineapple smoothie.
A delicious refreshing chilled and filling smoothie for your breakfast.
Its dairy free. Used coconut milk in it. Mixed taste of mango pineapple, coconut milk and a dash of cinnamon made this smoothie super yummy. A perfect drink for fasting days.
And its just three ingredients smoothie. If you don’t like cinnamon then you can omit it. Or you can increase the amount of cinnamon powder if you love the flavour.
Its peak mango season. You can get so many varieties juicy Mangoes or king of the fruit in this season. Yes its called king of the fruit because of its lip smacking taste.

Not only delicious Mangoes are packed with vitamins like A, C, and K. While, good levels of vitamin K are beneficial for our bone health and vitamin A promotes good eye health. … Mango is one of the highest food sources of vitamin C. This vitamin is essential for your immune system.
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Pineapples are delicious tropical fruits, which have been celebrated for centuries not only for their unique taste but also for their miraculous health benefits. The health and medicinal benefits of pineapple include boosting the immune system, and respiratory health, aiding digestion and strengthening bones. They also help in reducing inflammation, curing coughs and colds, and accelerating weight loss.
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Instead of milk or yoghurt I have used coconut milk in it for a dairy free version. It has also numerous health benefits.
Coconut milk improves Heart Health by Lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol. Builds Muscle and Helps Lose Fat. Provides Electrolytes and Prevents Fatigue. Helps Lose Weight. Improves Digestion and Relieves Constipation. Manages Blood Sugar and Controls Diabetes. Helps Prevent Anemia.
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So this smoothie is not only delicious, refreshing and filling but its healthy too. You don’t need ice if you are using frozen fruits. But if you have fresh fruits add some ice cubes to make it chilled.

Recipe

Mango – 1 cup, chopped

Pineapple – 1 cup, chopped

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Cinnamon powder – 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Honey or sugar to taste

Sliced almond to garnish

1. Blend mango and pineapple pieces in a mixer grinder.

2. Add coconut milk and blend again.

3. Taste and add honey or sugar to taste. My fruits are too sweet so I didn’t add any sweetener.

4. Add cinnamon powder if using. Blend again.

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

6. Garnish with sliced almond and serve chilled.

Notes

1. You can use any fruit of your choice instead of mango and pineapple.

2. If you don’t like cinnamon then you can omit it and use cardamom or any flavour of your choice.

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Cottage Cheese Or Paneer Stuffed Parwal Mithai Or Pointed Gourd Sweet

Cottage cheese or paneer stuffed parwal mithai or pointed gourd sweet.
Yes sweet again. My last post was a sugar free sweet.
But no its not sugar free. Sugar syrup soaked parwal or pointed gourd stuffed with cardamom flavored paneer/cottage cheese, almond and pistachio mixture. You can imagine the heavenly taste.
I have shared some savoury pointed gourd recipes in this blog.

Pointed gourd with poppy seeds

Stuffed pointed gourd or potol dolma

Pointed gourd with poppy seeds and coconut

And now a sweet one. Contributing this post to 154 #Foodiemonday bloghop #Stuffedveggies theme.

Normally this parwal mithai is stuffed with dried milk or khoya/mawa. But I have used paneer or cottage cheese for stuffing. And taste is better than khoya stuffed parwal mithai. Paneer is easy to digest than khoya.
And this high protein paneer or cottage cheese is a richest source of healthy nutrients.

This sweet is very easy to make. I have used homemade paneer or cottage cheese for stuffing. You can use store bought, just grate or crumble the paneer before cooking. Food colour is optional. I have used it to get bright green colour.

Recipe

Pointed gourd or parwal – 6

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup, crumbled

Milk powder – 3 tablespoon

Sugar – 1 cup + 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Rose water or essence – 1/4 teaspoon

Baking soda – a small pinch

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Pistachios – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Little green food colour, optional

Saffron and pistachio to garnish

Method

1. Wash the parwal or pointed gourd well. Peel and cut off the tips from both ends.

2. Cut lengthwise from one side. Parwal should be intact from other side.
Scoop out the pulp and seeds.

3. Grind the almonds into a coarse powder.

4. Heat a nonstick pan. Add Paneer or cottage cheese and 1/4 cup sugar.
Cook on low flame till it dried up.

5. Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder and remove it from heat.
Let it cool down.

6. Mash with hand or blend in mixer grinder to make smooth. I have use my grinder to make it smooth.

7. Add milk powder, ground almond and sliced pistachios. Mix well. Stuffing is ready. Keep it aside.

8. Heat sufficient water in a pan with a small pinch of soda. When it starts to rolling boil add peeled parwal or pointed gourd. Let it boil for 3 – 4 minutes.

9. Switch off the flame.
After 5 minutes drain the water.

10. Heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a wok or pan. Add green food colour if using. I have used colour to get bright green colour but you can skip it.

11. Stir and when sugar dissolved add the parwal, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder and rose water or essence. Cook for 10 – 15 minutes or until the parwal changes it’s colour and becomes soft.

12. Let it cool down completely.
If you want more sweet soak the parwal in sugar syrup for 1 hour.

13. Take out the parwal from sugar syrup and place on a plate.
Be careful, parwal shouldn’t be break.

14. Stuff cottage cheese mixture in the sugar syrup soaked parwal.

15. Garnish with saffron and sliced pistachio.

16. Keep in refrigerator to serve chilled. Or you can serve it immediately.
You can keep in refrigerator for 7 – 8 days.
Enjoy….

Note 

If you want you can make the stuffing with khoya/mawa or dried milk. Just replace khoya with paneer. And follow the same method.

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Sugar Free Mango Coconut Laddu

Sugar free mango coconut laddu.
Another guilt free treat for you. Its sweetened with dates and mango. You will love the mixed flavors of dates, mango and coconut. Taste and flavour is heavenly so I didn’t add any flavour in it. If you like you can add little cardamom powder or any flavour of your choice.

Its mango season in India. This juicy delicious mango called king of fruits for its taste.
Not only taste mango has numerous health benefits.
1. Prevents Cancer. Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.
2. Lowers Cholesterol. …
3. Clears the Skin. …
4.Improves Eye Health. …
5.Alkalizes the Whole Body. …
6.May Help with Diabetes. ..
7.Improves Digestion.
8.Helps Fight Heat Stroke
9. Boosts the Immune System
Mango fruit also has a relatively low glycemic index so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.
Source – TheGuardian

So date, coconut and mango not only makes these laddu delicious but healthy too. Its also a perfect treat for weight watchers.
You can get some more sugar free recipes here.

Sugar free date Sandesh

Sugar free sheer khurma

Coconut raisin almond laddu

Sugar free mawa nariyal peda

Sugar free pineapple Sandesh

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

Sugar free carrot cake

Recipe is very easy and simple. Make it and enjoy with your family and friends. Dates and mango gives enough sweetness so you don’t need to add any artificial sweetener. Enjoy the soft and yummy guilt free laddu.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese -3/4 cup

Khoya or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Mango – 1 cup, chopped

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Date – 1/2 cup, chopped

Hot water – 3 tablespoon

Desiccated coconut for rolling

Method

1. Soak the dates in 3 tablespoon hot water for 15 – 20 minutes.

2. Blend the soaked dates in mixer grinder. Don’t discard the water, add it to grind easily.

3. Add chopped mango and desiccated coconut. Blend again into a smooth mixture.

4. Now add paneer or cottage cheese and khoya or dried milk. Blend again until smooth.

5. Taste the sweetness. If your mango is not enough sweet then you can add some more soaked dates.

6. Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Add the mixture and cook on low flame till it dried up completely. Stir continuously to avoid sticking at the bottom.

7. Remove from heat and let it cool down. Mash it with your hand to make smooth.

8. Make small round balls.

9. In a plate spread desiccated coconut. Roll the balls over it.

10. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later.

Enjoy the heavenly taste of guilt free delicious laddu.
Happy cooking!!

Notes

1. If your mongo is not enough sweet then you can add some more soaked dates.

2. If you want you can add little cardamom powder.

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Chutney Idli

Chutney idli.
A delicious soft steamed breakfast dish made with semolina or suji and coriander or cilantro chutney ingredients. You can serve it with any chutney or dip. But its taste great without anything. So it can be serve as snack.

Normally idli batter need to be fermented.
According to Wikipedia Idli or idly are a type of savoury rice cake, popular as breakfast foods throughout India and northern Sri Lanka. The cakes are made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice. The fermentation process breaks down the starches so that they are more readily metabolized by the body.
But you don’t have to soak, grind and ferment to make these idli.

A quick and easy to make idli. Just mix roasted semolina and chutney ingredients. Wait for only 10 – 15 minutes and steam. Delicious, soft and fluffy idli will be ready in few minutes.
And because of semolina its healthy too. Have a look on the health benefits of semolina or suji.
Helps Diabetics: …
Helps In Weight Loss: …
Provides Energy: …
Provides Balance To Diets: …
Boosts Body Functions: …
Prevents Iron Deficiency: …
Provides Antioxidants: …
Prevents High Cholesterol.
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Now coming to the recipe. I don’t like garlic much so I didn’t use it. But if you love garlic flavour then you can add 1 – 2 cloves garlic while grinding the cilantro and mint leaves.
You can use more lemon juice if you want your idli tangy.

Recipe

Semolina or suji – 1 cup

Curd – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 cup

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Rai or mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 10 – 12, chopped

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Eno – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Heat oil in a pan. Add rai or mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add curry leaves, stir and add semolina or suji. Fry for 2 – 3 minutes. Don’t make the semolina brown. Semolina shouldn’t change it’s colour.

2. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

3. Whisk the curd and keep aside.

4. Grind cilantro or coriander leaves, mint leaves, ginger and green chilli altogether. Make a smooth paste with little water.

5. In a large bowl mix roasted semolina, curd, salt, cumin powder, chaat masala powder and ground mixture. Add water as require to make a semi thick mixture. Make a pouring consistency. Cover and keep aside for 10 – 15 minutes.

6. After 10 – 15 minutes check the consistency if it too thick add little more water to get the required consistency.

7. Grease the idli mould.
Heat water in a steamer.

8. Just before steam add eno and give a good stir.

9. Pour the batter in greased idli moulds.

10. Steam for 12 – 15 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

11. I have made these in microwave. If you are using microwave steam it on full power for 6 minutes.

12. Serve hot idli with peanut chutney, onion tomato chutney or dip.
You can get the recipe of peanut chutney here.

And get the recipe of onion tomato chutney here.

Notes

1. You can add 1 – 2 garlic cloves while grinding coriander mint leaves if you want.

2. You can use more lemon juice if you like your idli tangy.

3. Use chillies according to your taste. You can add 1 – 2 chilli more if you like your idli spicy. Or you can omit chilli if you are making it for kids.

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Iced Green Tea With Orange And Mint

Iced green tea with orange and mint.
Weather is too hot these days. We want some refreshing drink to stay hydrated and feel energized. So here is a delicious refreshing chilled drink . Make and keep it in refrigerator and enjoy whenever you feel low.

I have used orange juice but you can use watermelon, grape juice, pomegranate juice, mixed fruit juice or any other fruit juice of your choice. If you are using sugar use sugar syrup. Because sugar takes more time to dissolve. Or you can use honey or any artificial sweetener.

Our this week’s 153 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is tea. And my humble contribution is this chilled refreshing iced green tea with orange mint and cinnamon.

I don’t like milk tea. Love black or green tea without milk and very little sugar. But in this hot weather refreshing and chilled iced tea is a good option to cool us down. So get ready to beat the heat.
Flavour of orange, lemon and cinnamon made this drink super yummy. Just add lots of ice cube and enjoy.

Recipe

Orange juice – 1 cup

Green tea – 2 bags

Mint leaves – a fistful, Finley chopped

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Sugar syrup or honey to taste, optional

Ice cubes – as require

Few mint leaves and lemon wedges to garnish

Method

1. Boil 2 cup water. Remove from heat and tea bags and cover for 10 minutes.

2. Now add chopped mint leaves and cinnamon powder.
Stir and let it cool down completely.

3. Keep it in refrigerator for at least least 2 hours or until chilled. Squeeze and discard the tea bags.

4. Strain the mint mixed tea with a sieve.

5. Add orange juice and lemon juice. Add sugar syrup or honey to taste.
If you like light sweetness omit sugar.

6. In a glass place some ice cubes and few mint leaves.
Pour iced tea over it.

7. Garnish with lemon wedge.
Serve chilled.

Notes

1. If you don’t like cinnamon then you can omit it.

2. You can also make it with black tea instead of green tea.

3. You can use watermelon, grape juice, pomegranate juice, mixed fruit juice or any fruit juice of your choice instead of orange juice.

4. You can use artificial sweetener instead of sugar syrup or honey.

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Soya Chunks Or Soya Nugget Korma

Soya chunks or soya nugget korma.
Gravy is smooth and finger licking taste. Enjoy the delicious,and protein rich korma with any bread, paratha, puri, naan, pulao or steamed rice.

I have used mini soya chunks but you can use any nuggets or chunks.

Soya nugget or chunks are full of protein. So Its a perfect protein source for vegetarian people.
You can get some more soya recipes here.

Soya egg shami kabab

Soya loaf

Soya paneer lollipop

Protein rich soya nugget or chunks

Soya kofta balls in gravy

Oats soya green gram toast

Soya chunks are meat substitute i.e. even vegetarians can have them for consuming a good amount of protein.
Apart from a large amount of protein content, they are also high in carbohydrates. A 100-gram serving of soya chunks contains 52g of protein and 33g of carbohydrate. It also contains iron and calcium along with little fat. A 100g serving of soya chunk has approximately about 336 calories. They are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin B. Soya Chunks are heart-healthy food because they are low in cholesterol.
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Soya chunks or soya nugget are cooked in spicy aromatic gravy. cashew and almond made the gravy creamy and thick. You will love the smooth texture of gravy. And taste is too good.

Recipe

Soya chunks – 1 cup, soaked in 3 cup hot water

Onion – 2, sliced

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated or chopped

Garlic – 4 – 5

Tomato – 2, chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3, chopped

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3 – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Mace – 1 strand

Bay leaf – 1

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Oil – 4 tablespoon

Method

1. Soak soya chunks in 3 cup hot Water for 15 – 30 minutes.

2. Squeeze well and wash .squeeze again and set aside.

3. Soak almond and cashew nuts in warm water. Peel the almond.

4. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and mace.
Fry till fragrant.

5. Add sliced onion, garlic, ginger and green chilli.

6. When the onion becomes light brown add tomatoes, soaked cashew nuts and almond. Saute until tomatoes becomes mushy.

7. Let it cool down and grind into a smooth paste.

8. Heat remaining 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add the ground mixture and cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder garam masala powder and kashmiri red chilli powder.

9. Saute till oil leaves the side.
Add soya chunks and salt. Mix well and saute till it dried up.

10. Add coconut water and water. Let it boil.

11. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 – 15 minutes.

12. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Cook on high flame till you get your desired consistency. You can add little more water if require.

13. Remove from heat.
Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and peeled almond.

14. Serve with roti or Indian flat bread, paratha, puri, naan, pulao or steamed rice.
Happy cooking!!

NOTES

1. You can use chilli according to your taste. You can add more green chilli or hot variety red chilli powder to make it more spicy.

2. I have used mini soya chunks but you can use any soya chunks or nugget.

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