Gluten Free Rose Flavoured Nankhatai Or Shortbread Cookies

Gluten free rose flavoured nankhatai or shortbread cookies.
Mouth melting delicious cookies with Pearl millet or Bajra flour, almond, pistachio and chickpea flour or besan and flavoured with cardamom and rose water.

Nankhatai are shortbread biscuits popular in India and Pakistan. The word Nankhatai is derived from Persian word Naan meaning bread and Khatai from an Afghan word meaning Biscuit.

You may like some more nankhatai recipes here.
1. Orange crinkle cookies or nankhatai

2. Nankhatai

And bajra or pearl millet cookies recipes

1. Cashew almond honey cookies

2. Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

This week’s our 175 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Christmas special. And my humble contribution is this easy to make, delicious, mouth melting and healthy nankhatai.

Nankhatai is all time favourite among kids and adults both. I have added little food colour to make it attractive for festive season. But its completely optional. You can skip it. Ground almond and pistachio will enhance the taste of your nankhatai. Serve it on Christmas eve or make it to gift your friends. You can use refined flour or maida instead of pearl millet if you want.

Recipe

Pearl millet or Bajra flour -1 cup

Gram flour/chickpea flour or besan – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Clarified butter or ghee – 3/4 + 2 tablespoon, melted

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Rose water or essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Pistachios – 2 tablespoon

Red food colour – a pinch, optional

Shredded pistachio to garnish

Method

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

2. Grease or line a baking tray.

3. Grind the almonds and pistachio.

4. In a bowl sieve pearl millet or bajra flour, besan or chickpea flour, baking powder and soda.

5. Cream ghee or clarified butter and powdered sugar. Add rose water and whisk well.

6. Now add flour mixture, ground almond and pistachio and cardamom powder. Make a smooth dough.

7. Make small balls and arrange on baking tray. Place the balls 1 inch apart.

8. Place one pistachio piece on every balls. Press gently with your finger. You can place almond or cashew instead of pistachio.

9. Bake in preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until the edges becomes light brown and cracks appear on the cookies.

10. Let the cookies cool down completely before serving.
Cookies will soft when hot and become crisp after cooling.

Serve with tea, coffee, milk or store in airtight container for later use.

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Notes
1. You can use refined or whole wheat flour instead of pearl millet.
2. If you like crisp cookies use 3/4 cup ghee and 2 tablespoon milk in the dough. Ghee or clarified butter will make your cookies mouth melting.

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Date Walnut Muffins/ Sugar Free Muffins

Date walnut muffins with whole wheat flour,oats, almond and cottage cheese or paneer.
One more date recipe. Its sugar free, butter free and without refined flour. So perfect for diet conscious people and weight watchers.

You may like some more sugar free date cakes and cupcakes here

1. Sugar free carrot cake

2. Sugar free fruit cake

3. Diet cake

This post is going to be a part of a Facebook group Recipe swap challenge.
We have to recreate a recipe from a fellow blogger’s blog. This month my partner is very talented Poonam Bachhav who blog at Annapurna. Check out her space for delicious recipes. I have selected this recipe from her space.

I have added cottage cheese and almond in the muffins. Here is the recipe of delicious, healthy and guilt free muffins.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour – 1 cup + 1 tablespoon

Oats powder – 1/4 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Cottage cheese or paneer – 1/2 cup, crumbled

Date – 40 – 45 pitted

Walnut – 1/2 cup, chopped + to sprinkle

Oil – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1&1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180° for 15 minutes.

2. Line or grease the muffins or cupcake mould with oil or butter.

3. Add 1 tablespoon flour with chopped walnuts. Mix well to avoid sinking at the bottom. Keep aside.

4. Grind the almond into fine powder.

5. Soak the pitted dates in hot milk for 2 hours.

6. After 2 hours blend the dates into smooth paste. Use the milk of soaked dates for easy blending.

7. Add crumbled cottage cheese or paneer in the blender with date paste. Blend again to make smooth.

8. Sieve whole wheat flour, oats powder, baking powder and baking soda. Mix ground almond with the flour.

9. In a large bowl mix date and cottage cheese mixture and oil. Whisk well.

10. Now add the dry ingredients and mix well. Don’t over beat.

11. Fold in chopped walnuts in the batter.

12. Pour the batter into lined or greased muffin moulds. Fill up to 3/4 .

13. Tap the moulds gently to release the air bubbles and sprinkle finely chopped walnuts over all the muffins.

14. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 20 – 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the middle of a muffin to check.

15. Let the muffins cool down before serving.
Enjoy the healthy and delicious muffins. Happy baking!

Notes
1. You can use refined flour or any flour instead of whole wheat flour and oats.
2. I like mildly sweet so I have used around 35 – 40 dates. If you like your muffins more sweet add 45 dates.
3. You can add any dry fruits in the batter.
4. Mashed banana or grated apple can be added in the batter.

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Egg Corn Cottage Cheese Baked / Casserole

Egg corn cottage cheese baked or casserole. Easy to make and delicious dish for your dinner or breakfast. I love it in breakfast with crisp toast. I have used homemade soft paneer or cottage cheese but you can use store bought too. Just grate or crumble before using. You can add 1 – 2 more scallions or green onions if you like.

Sending this post to 174 #Foodiemonday bloghop #PotluckRecipes theme. This week Preethi Prasad suggested the theme. Preethi blog at Preethicuisine. Check out her blog for more delicious recipes.

You may like some more egg recipes here.

1. Korean rice or egg fried rice

2. Soya egg shami kabab

3. Chana dal and steamed egg khichdi

4. Egg dal tadka

Recipe is very simple. You can use any vegetables of your choice like bell peppers etc. I have used Italian seasoning, you can use Indian spices, cilantro or chopped coriander leaves, cumin powder etc. If you have leftover, store in refrigerator and microwave before serving.

Recipe

Egg – 3 – 4

Milk – 1/4 cup

Cottage cheese or paneer – 1 cup, crumbled

Sweet corn – 1 cup boiled

Scallion or onion green – 1, finely chopped

Flour – 1/2 cup

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Chilli flakes – 1/4 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Italian seasoning – 1 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Olive oil – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Preheat oven at 200° for 10 minutes.

2. Generously grease a baking pan with butter or oil.

3. Blend cottage cheese or paneer with 1/4 cup milk in a blender to make smooth.

4. Whisk the eggs well. Add oil and blended cottage cheese or paneer mixture. Mix well.

5.Add the flour, mix and make a lump free batter.

6. Add salt, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, chilli flakes and black pepper powder. Mix well.

7. Add corn and chopped scallion or onion green. Make a smooth batter.

8. Add baking powder and mix well.

9. Pour the mixture into the greased baking pan. Tap the pan gently.

10. Sprinkle chopped scallion or onion green cilantro or coriander leaves and red chilli flakes. You can place tomato slices on the top.

11. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until eggs set well and top becomes golden brown.

12. Every oven takes different time. So check after 35 minutes.

13. Let it cool down slightly before slicing.

14. Sprinkle little black pepper powder and oregano if require. Serve warm.

Notes
1. You can add oregano Basil or any herb of your choice.
2. If you don’t like garlic then you can skip it. Or if you like garlicky taste then add more garlic powder.
3. Chopped Bell peppers, capsicum green chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves or parsley can be added in the batter.

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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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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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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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