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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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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Gluten Free Multi Grain Pancake

Gluten free eggless multi grain pancake.
Pancake made with sorghum, finger millet, pearl millet, rice flour and flax seed powder. Stuffed with pizza sauce and cheese. But cheese is optional, you can also serve it without cheese and it will be delicious without stuffing too.

Recipe is very simple and easy yet delicious. Pack it for tiffin or serve in breakfast, it will be a nutritious and wholesome meal.
You can use any gluten free flour of your choice like soy flour or oats powder. If you don’t like ragi or finger millet, you can use soya bean flour instead.
You can get one more gluten free cheese stuffed pancake recipe here. And a black rice pancake recipe here.

I have used chilli flakes in it, you can use pepper powder instead or if you are making it for kids then you can omit the chilli.
You can add 1 finely chopped capsicum in the batter, I didn’t.

Recipe

Jowar or sorghum flour – 1/2 cup

Ragi or finger millet – 1/4 cup

Bajra or pearl millet – 1/4 cup

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Flax seed powder – 1 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Pizza sauce – as require

Oregano to sprinkle

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon

Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Grated cheese as require, optional

Water as require

Method

1. Mix 1 tablespoon flax seed powder with 3 tablespoon water. Stir well and keep aside for 15 minutes.

2. In a large bowl mix sorghum, finger millet, pearl millet, rice flour, baking powder, chilli flakes, salt, finely chopped onion, garlic powder and 1 teaspoon oregano.

3. Add soaked flax seed powder and water as require to make a pourable but thick batter.

4. Make a lump free batter. Cover and keep aside for 15 minutes.

5. Heat a nonstick pan or griddle. Lightly spray oil over it.

6. Pour a ladle full batter in the middle. Spread lightly.

7. Let it cook till bubbles appear on the surface.

8. Now flip and cook the other side.

9. Take out the pancake on a plate. Make another pancake like this.

10. When cooked from both sides spread pizza sauce over it.

11. Spread grated cheese over it and sprinkle oregano. You can also sprinkle pepper powder or chilli flakes if you want.

12. Cover with another pancake. Flip and cook for few seconds.

13. Make all the pancakes in this method.

14. Slice the pancakes with a pizza cutter or knife. But this step is optional.

Serve hot with any sauce.

Notes

1. You can also serve it without stuffing.

2. You can omit the cheese if you want. Spread only pizza sauce before serving.

3. You can add finely chopped capsicum or bell peppers in the batter.

4. Pepper powder can be used instead of chilli flakes.

5. You can omit chilli flakes or pepper if you are making it for kids.

6. You can use any gluten free flour like soya bean flour or oats powder.

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Lady’s Finger Or Okra With One Teaspoon Oil

Lady’s finger or okra or bhindi cooked in one teaspoon oil.
Very easy to make yet delicious. Just mix all the ingredients and cook with a tempering of methi or fenugreek seeds in one teaspoon oil. You can use cumin, mustard or any seeds for tempering.
You can also make it in microwave in a microwavable glass bowl.

Our this week’s 150 #Foodiemonday blogging theme is veggies with one teaspoon oil.
Now why to use only one teaspoon oil. If you like you can also make it without oil. Skip the tempering step and mix all the ingredients and cook on low flame till done.

If we look at the benefits of cooking without oil from a nutritional point of view, we will discover that we can do without it in our recipes. Most oils are high in sodium, fat and concentrated calories – three major things we do not need in our bodies. We can get all the wholesome nutrients we need, without the empty calories, from a natural, plant-based diet. A major advantage of cooking without oil is the amount of unnecessary added fats you will be eliminating from your meals. If you’re working on losing weight or maintaining a healthier heart, you do not need the fat from oils clogging up your arteries and slowing down your weight loss process. Cooking oils are packed with saturated fats which raise cholesterol levels in your blood.
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And my humble contribution is this easy to make spicy delicious okra. A healthy and easily available vegetable. Which has numerous health benefits range from treating diabetes to preventing kidney disease.
The beginning of September signals that fall is on its way, along with leaves, and… okra? The exotic medicinal and culinary vegetable (available year-round), is best to get in early fall when crops in Southern states reach their peak. Typically, okra is used as a thickening agent in soups like gumbo because of its ooey-gooey texture, but it can double as a nutritional powerhouse filled with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that provide an array of health benefits from treating diabetes to preventing kidney disease.
A single cup of raw okra has a little over 30 calories, about 3 grams of dietary fiber, 2 grams of protein, 7.6 grams carbohydrates, 0.1 grams of fat, 21 milligrams of vitamin C, around 88 micrograms of folate, and 57 milligrams of magnesium. This makes okra a nutrition hero and a very available food when it comes to our health.
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You can get one more okra/bhindi or lady’s finger recipe with mustard here
Okra or lady’s finger in Mustard sauce

Make it with or without oil it will be delicious in both ways.
You need only okra, onions, tomatoes, green chilli, cilantro and some spices to make it.
With these ingredients mix cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and turmeric powder and cook for 15 – 20 minutes and your okra is ready. You can use red chilli powder or any other spices of your choice.

Recipe

Lady’s finger – 500 gram

Onion – 2 large, cubed

Tomato – 2 large, cubed

Green chilli – 2 – 3, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Methi or fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method

1. Wash the lady’s finger or okra or bhindi well. And chop lengthwise.

2. Cut the onions and tomato in cube and chop the green chillies.

3. Heat oil in a pan. Add fenugreek seeds and let the seeds splutter.

4. Add okra, onion, tomato, green chilli, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, salt and and all the spices. You can also add red chilli powder or black pepper powder if you want more spicy.

5. Mix well. Cook on low flame for 15 – 20 minutes or until okra becomes tender.

6. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with dal rice, roti, paratha or any bread of your choice.

Notes

1. You can use red chilli powder or black pepper powder if you want to make it spicy.

2. You can add any spices of your choice.

3. Add little tomato sauce if you like sweetness in your okra.

4. If you don’t like fenugreek or methi you can use cumin, mustard seeds or any other seeds of your choice.

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Spicy Pineapple Virgin Margarita

Spicy pineapple virgin margarita.
A chilled delicious refreshing alcohol free drink.
Sweetness of pineapple, flavour of cumin and mint, hint of chilli and pink salt and tanginess of lemon makes the drink super yummy 😋

Pineapples are rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. They may help boost the immune system, build strong bones and aid indigestion. Also, despite their sweetness, pineapples are low in calories.
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So you can call it a healthy drink. Diet conscious people can enjoy this guilt free delicious drink.

I made it with or without sparkling water. Both are superbly delicious. You can serve it as a party drink. I didn’t add sugar in it. But if you like you can add sugar or sugar syrup according to your taste. I love this drink with the natural sweetness of pineapple.

Recipe

Pineapple – 1 heaped cup, chopped

Mint leaves – 7 – 8

Water – 1/2 cup

Black salt – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Chilli flakes or red chilli powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Blend pineapple and mint leaves with water in a blender.

2. Strain the juice with a strainer.
Add pink or black salt, chilli flakes or powder, cumin powder and lemon juice. Blend again. You can add some ice cube with it.

3. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if require.

4. Rub lemon on the rim of the glass. Now dip the rim in pink salt.

5. Place some ice cube in the glass. Pour pineapple mixture over it.

6. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve chilled.
Enjoy…….

Notes

1. You can add sugar or sugar syrup if you like.

2. I didn’t use sparkling water but if you want add it just before serving.

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Sugar Free Date Sandesh

Sugar free date sandesh.
A delicious sweet sweetened with dates. No sugar or artificial sweetener added.
But I repeat diabetic people should take only one piece in a day not too much. Its necessary to eat a balanced diet and just moderate your intake.

Diabetes usually means a big “NO” to sugar intake. But how far is this true?

Most studies show that it is not.

Diabetes is the fastest growing disease in the recent times. Although diabetics are not required to abstain from sugar entirely, they are advised to limit its intake.
So, what do you do when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth? Eat dates, of course!
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.
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You can get some more sugar free sweet recipe here.

Sheer khurma or vermicelli pudding

Coconut raisins almond laddu

Sugar free mawa nariyal peda or dried milk date and coconut peda

Sugar free pineapple sandesh

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

Sugar free carrot cake

Recipe is very easy. You need only few ingredients to make it. Just blend everything and cook. I have used homemade paneer or cottage cheese and khoya or milk solid. You can also use store bought.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 3/4 cup

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Dates – 1/2 cup, chopped

Cardamom powder – 1 /2 teaspoon

Hot water – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Soak chopped dates in 1/4 cup hot water.

2. When it cool down, blend with the water used to soak. Make a smooth paste.

3. Add Crumbled cottage cheese or paneer and khoya or milk solid in the blender. Blend again.

4. Heat a non stick or heavy bottom pan. Add date, cottage cheese and khoya or milk solid mixture in it.

5. Cook on low flame. Stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom.

6. When the mixture dried up and becomes like a dough, remove from heat.

7. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

8. Let the mixture cool down.
Make small balls and shape with a mould. If you don’t have mould then you can make ball shaped laddu with it.

Serve or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled.
You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.

Enjoy the delicious guilt free sandesh.

Notes –

1. You can make it with only cottage cheese or only khoya or milk solid if you want.

2. You can give any shape of your choice.

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