Papaya Smoothie

 

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Papaya smoothie.
We should include papaya in our diet not only for it’s sweet taste but lots of health benefits.

They are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients, vitamins and minerals etc.

It helps in weight loss and boost immunity.
Rich in fibre which helps to lower cholesterol.

Some more health benefits of consuming papaya include a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, aiding in digestion, improving blood glucose control in diabetics, lowering blood pressure, and improving wound healing.

 

Healthy filling refreshing and yummy papaya smoothie.
I don’t like papaya but in this way just love it.

And its dairy free smoothie. No milk or yogurt added. A smoothie without any calorie.
So perfect for health watchers too.
And very easy to make.

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Recipe

Papaya – 1 and 1/2 cup peeled and chopped

Grapes  – handful

Mint leaves  – few

Honey  – 1 teaspoon

Juice of 1 orange

Few drops of lemon juice (optional)

Method

Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Blend till smooth and frothy.
Pour in a glass.

A perfect blend for fasting or dieting people.
Start your day with this yummy and healthy smoothie.

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Beetroot Cutlets

 

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A very healthy and tasty oats beetroot cutlets. Pair well with burger. And very easy to make.

‪ Beetroot is low in fat.  Full of vitamins, potassium, iron, nitrate and packed with powerful antioxidants. Its known as super food.

Added oats in the cutlets,  loaded with dietary fiber. Containing more than any other grain. Oats have a range of healthy cholesterol lowering properties. We know it as world’s healthiest food.

Cutlets are very popular snacks and very easy to make. You can serve them in parties as an appetizer with sweet and sour chutney or dip.

You can sandwich them in a burger or bread slices with any sauce of your choice.

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Recipe

Beetroot – 2

Carrot – 1

Boiled potatoes – 2-3 grated or mashed

Green peas – 1/4 cup

Beans – 1/4 cup chopped

Oats – 1/2 cup for binding

Green chilli – 2-3 finely chopped

Coriander leaves – handful chopped

Salt to taste

Cumin powder -1/2 teaspoon

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala – 1 teaspoon

Semolina -1/2 cup

Bread slice – 1

Oil for shallow fry

Method

Grate the beetroot and carrot.
Boil green peas and beans ( I microwaved both for 5 minutes).

Add all the spices, green chilli, coriander leaves, bread slice, salt and oats.

Mix everything well. Shape them into round patties.

Take semolina in a plate. Place the cutlets on semolina and coat them evenly on all sides.

You can use oats for coating instead of semolina.

In a pan add 2 teaspoon oil and fry the cutlets.

Enjoy your spicy and healthy cutlets with any dip or chutney.

Dairy Free Smoothie

 

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Dairy free smoothie.
Its sweet lime, apple, guava, cinnamon and almonds smoothie with honey and cinnamon. You can add any other fruits too.

Smoothie is a best way to get in a delicious blend of nutritional goodness to kick start the day.

I have made it completely dairy free. No milk or curd. Nothing dairy, only the goodness of fruits and flavour of cinnamon.

I have added frozen fruits. If you don’t have frozen fruits add handful of ice in the blender.

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Recipe

Apple  – 1 peeled and chopped

Guava  – 1 deseed and chopped

Almonds  – few soaked in water peeled and chopped

Honey  – 2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1 teaspoon

Juice of 2 sweet lime.

Method

Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Blend it till smooth and frothy.

Pour in a glass.
Garnish with lime wedges. Enjoy the calorie free smoothie.

Chicken Chaap

 

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Chicken chaap. Its simple and very easy to make but taste is finger licking. Chicken chaap or chanp is a mughlai dish cook with lots of ghee.

I made this aromatic and delicious chicken chaap with very little ghee and less spices. And believe me taste is awesome.

Delicious aromatic chicken chaap.

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Recipe
Chicken- around 1 kg

Cardamom- 4

Cinnamon- 1 inch piece

Clove – 4

Mace – 2 strings

Star anise- 1/2 piece

You can dry roast and grind them. But its my quick and easy way so I didn’t roast just ground with a tomato.

Hung curd- 1 cup

Garlic paste- 11/2 tablespoon

Ginger paste – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder- 2 tablespoon

Red chilli powder as per your spice tolerance

Coriander powder- 1 teaspoon

Poppy seeds- 2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 10-12

Salt to taste

Sugar- 1 teaspoon

Oil – 3-4 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter -1 tablespoon

Kewra water/Pandanus essence – few drops ( optional)

Method

Soak the poppy seeds and cashews in half cup warm water for 15 minutes and make a paste.

Take a bowl add chicken, curd, salt, sugar, ginger garlic paste, kashmiri red chilli powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, poppy seeds and cashew paste.

Mix them well. I put them in refrigerator for over night. You may keep it for 4-6 hours.

Heat a pan. Add oil and ghee. Then add the chicken pieces. Saute for some time then add the marinade spices.

Stir well and cook over medium flame. Add tomato spices paste. Stir and cover it.

Check it in few minutes and stir again. Fry until oil leaves the sides of pan and chicken gets tender.

Add kewra water/ pandanus essence ( I didn’t). Mix well.

Your chicken chaap is ready. If you want richer you may use more ghee/clarified butter. Or you can make it with only ghee/clarified butter. Enjoy…

Pan Fried Flat Bread With Oats

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Pan fried flat bread or paratha with oats.

I always feel happy when my not so oats loving family members love my oats recipes.

Oats porridge are disliked by them. So I try adding oats often in the breakfast with my own recipes. And the best part is they don’t get to know about it and gobble up everything.

Today I made simple paratha/pan fried flat bread with oats. And its delicious. Added flax seed powder too.

Flax seed is a source of healthy fat, antioxidants, fiber and omega 3.
Flax seed can also help lower the risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Dry roast the flax seed and let it cool. Grind and keep in freezer in a airtight jar for later use.

I served it with potato curry, but you can serve it with any other curry, curd,  chutney/dip or pickles.

I used green coriander but you can use mint, spinach or any vegetables of your choice.

You can prepare it with any stuffing of your choice. Or make it plain like me.

You can add garlic, egg or onions too. I didn’t.

Recipe

Wholewheat flour  – 1 cup

Oats  – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Tomato  – 1 large chopped

Ginger  – 1/2 inch piece

Flax seed powder  – 3 teaspoon

Oil or clarified butter/ghee – 1 teaspoon + for frying the paratha/pan fried flat bread

Green chilli  – 1-2

Coriander leaves  – handful chopped

Method

Dry grind the oats and keep aside.

Now take chopped tomatoes, coriander leaves, green chilli, ginger and flax seed powder and grind altogether. If you want to add garlic, onion or egg add in the girder now.

In a bowl take all the ingredients. Make a dough with the help of water.
Add water in small quantity at a time.

Knead a smooth and soft dough.
Grease it with 1 teaspoon oil and cover the bowl.

Keep aside for 10-15minutes.
Divide the dough in equal quantity and give shape of round balls.

Take one ball,  flatten it with your palm and coat with dry wheat flour. Dry flour coating will prevent it from sticking to rolling pin and board.

Roll it with rolling pin. I made it simple round like roti or fulka. But you can spread few drops of oil or clarified butter on the surface and dust flour. Fold into half circle.

Again spread few drops of oil or clarified butter and dust flour on it. Fold into a triangle shape.
You can change the shape as per your choice.

Oil and flour dusting gives you a crunchy taste.

Roll the paratha again.
Heat a griddle or tava. Place the paratha on it.

When the bubbles starts to rise on the surface flip it.
Spread little oil or clarified butter/ghee.

Press with a spatula. Shallow fry the paratha by repeating the process till golden brown spots appear on both sides.

Your paratha/pan fried flat bread is ready. Spread some butter if you like. Serve hot.

Lemon Cake

 

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Lemon cake. A perfect solution for your sweet craving.

The cake is butter less so you can call it guilt free cake. Added only 3 spoon oil.

Recipe courtesy Meghana Bhadauria a fellow foodie  from a food group. We learn a lot in a food group. Thank you Meghana Bhadauria for this wonderful recipe.

I include a pinch of lemon zest.
Only few ingredients added. A very simple yet delicious cake.

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Recipe

Sugar  – 1 cup

Milk  – 1 cup room temperature

All purpose flour – 1 and 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoon

Baking powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda  – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Lemon juice  – 1 tablespoon

Lemon zest  – a pinch

Method

Preheat the oven at 170 degree.
Grease a mouldt .

Mix 1 cup sugar ( you can reduce the quantity if u don’t want it too sweet I used 3/4 cup)
and 1 cup milk at room temperature.

When sugar dissolves add 3 tablespoon of oil and mix well to form an emulsion.

Sieve 1 and 1/2 cup of  flour+ 3 tablespoon.

Add 1/2 teaspoon baking powder + 1/2 teaspoon soda add the above milk mixture to form a smooth batter add 1 tablespoon lemon juice, a pinch of lemon zest and mix.

Pour the batter in the greased mould and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

The time depends on the type of your oven. Check after 25 minutes with a toothpick. It should come out clean, if not bake for some more time till done.

Let it cool before slicing. Enjoy the eggless and butter less yummy cake.

Cold Soup

 

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Healthy and refreshing chilled mint, cucumber, yogurt, apple, flax seed powder and almond cold soup with salt lemon and pepper.

Beat the heat with this healthy, refreshing,appetizing, chilled and yummy drink.

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Recipe

Yogurt- 2 cup

Fresh mint leaves- 1 bunch

Small seedless cucumber- 4  (peeled and chopped)

Almonds- few ( soaked and peeled)

Apple – 1 ( peeled and chopped)

Lemon juice- 1 tablespoon

Flax seed powder- 1 tablespoon

Salt- to taste

Pepper- 1/2 teaspoon, add more or less according to your taste.

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Method

Combine all the ingredients. Pour the mixture into a blender. Blend until smooth.

Soup is ready. Serve or chill in refrigerator. Enjoy the refreshing cold soup in summer.