Rasgulla Kheer/Pudding Or Rosogolla paesh 


Nobility in heart and character in deed

Righteous homes alone make a beautiful State.

Sisters will tie the thread on the brothers

Abiding them to do only what is right and clean.

Put the Kumkum and blessed rice on the head

Where will dwell right thoughts and noble action.

A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

Happy Raksha bandhan to all the brothers and sisters. May the Bond of love between bro and  sis be more strong day by day year by year. May God bless long happy prosperous peaceful life to all brother and sisters.

Raksha bandhan or Rakhi is a festival that is celebrates the love and duty between sisters and brothers.

The world Raksha bandhan means the bond of protection. On this day sisters tie rakhi or sacred thread on brother’s wrist and pray for his happiness and prosperity.

Raksha Bandhan is an ancient festival of the Indian subcontinent, and its history dates back thousands of years.

According to one legendary narrative, when Alexander the Great invaded India in 326 BCE, Roxana (or Roshanak, his wife) sent a sacred thread to Porus, asking him not to harm her husband in battle. In accordance with tradition, Porus, the king of Kaikeya kingdom, gave full respect to the rakhi. In the Battle of the Hydaspes, when Porus saw the rakhi on his own wrist and restrained himself from attacking Alexander personally.

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Our this week’s 104th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Festiverecipes.

And today is Raksha bandhan. This rasgulla kheer is perfect for this occasion.

I have used homemade rasgulla in this kheer or pudding.

You can use store bought small sized rasgulla or anguri rasgulla to make this kheer or pudding. Just thickened the milk with cardamom powder and a pinch of saffron and add rasgulla in it. Add sugar as require. Rasgulla is already sweet so be careful when adding sugar.

Recipe 


Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup

Sugar 1 cup + 4 tablespoon

Milk – 1 litre

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Saffron – a pinch

Shredded almond and pistachio to garnish

Method 


Mash the cottage cheese with your palm. Use the heel of your palm to make the paneer smooth. Knead till it becomes lightly greasy. Make small balls.

In a large saucepan mix 1 cup sugar with 3 cup water. Rasgulla become double when cooked. Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder.

Boil it until the sugar dissolve completely. When it starts to rolling boil slid the paneer balls in it.

Cover and cook for 20-25 minutes. You can check after every 5 minutes shake the saucepan gently.

After 20-25 minutes when the rasgullas becomes double in size remove from heat.

Let it cool down.

Now heat 1 litre milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to boil lower the heat. Cook on simmer. Stir occasionally.

When the milk becomes half add a pinch of saffron, 4 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder.

Let it cook on low flame till its become 1/4. It will be thickened when cooled.

Squeeze out the syrup from all the rasgullas. Press gently to squeeze, rasgulla may break if press hard.

And drop in the thickened milk. Taste and check the sugar. Add little more if require.

If you don’t want to make rasgulla at home you can use store bought small sized rasgulla or anguri rasgulla to make this kheer.

Let the milk boil again cook on low flame for 5-8 minutes more. Remove from the heat.

Cover and keep aside 15-20 minutes. Rasgulla will soak the milk.

Serve in individual bowl. Garnish with chopped pistachio, almond and saffron thread.

Or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled.

Enjoy the heavenly taste.

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Peanut Potatoes / Fasting recipe 

Peanut potatoes or potatoes for fasting days.

Shravan is considered an auspicious month for the Hindus. Many people observe fast on every Monday during this month. Fast to learn self-control and detoxify the body. So fasting is not to torture ourselves. A proper diet is important to keep ourselves healthy and energetic.

Generally people eat potatoes, sabudana/sago or tapioca, buckwheat flour or kuttu atta, water chestnut flour or singhara atta, barnyard millet or vrat ka chawal/sama rice, fried food, sweets etc.

I have shared some more fasting recipes here.

Water chestnut and coconut cake

Barnyard millet fried idli 

Potato and barnyard millet cutlets

Singhara atta or water chestnut laddu

I am sharing a simple potato recipe today. Simple and easy yet lip-smacking taste.



Recipe 


Boiled potatoes – 8-10 small

Roasted or fried peanut – 1/4 cup

Clarified butter or ghee – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Rai or black mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 10-15

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Grated ginger – 1-2 teaspoon

Chopped green chilli – 2-3 chopped

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Rock salt or sendha namak to taste

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Chopped cilantro 2 tablespoon, optional



Method 


Peel the boiled potatoes. Make half. If potatoes are too small use whole.

Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them splutter.

Add curry leaves, asafoetida, chopped green chilli and grated ginger. You can add 1-2 dry red chilli with these.

Fry for 1-2 minutes. Add the potatoes, rock salt, cumin powder,  black pepper powder. Fry till the potatoes becomes light brown.

Add fried or roasted peanut. If you like also add some fried cashew nuts.

You can use crushed peanut too.

Mix well. Saute for 1-2 minutes more.

Add lemon juice and mix well.

Remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more rock salt and lemon juice if require.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges. If you have fresh grated coconut spread over it.

Serve hot.

Note –

You can use fried cashew nuts instead of peanuts, or use both. Add a fistful grated fresh coconut to make it more yummy.

You can use oil instead of ghee or clarified butter.

If you are not making it for fasting then add 1-2 teaspoon chaat masala too.

In place of lemon juice you can use dry mango powder or amchur or anardana powder/dry pomegranate powder.

If you want it hot add 1 teaspoon red chilli powder in it.

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Mango Peach Pear Smoothie / Dairy Free Low Calorie Smoothie 


Mango peach pear dairy free low calorie smoothie.

Mango season is about to over. So enjoy this yummy fruit in one more delicious, healthy, chilled, refreshing and filling smoothie.

A chilled glass of smoothie is perfect for this weather.

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is  #Shravanvratspecial.

Shravan is considered an auspicious month for the Hindus. In North India people avoid non vegetarian food including onion garlic in this month. People observe fast on every Monday during this month.

Presenting a yummy, nutritious, filling, refreshing and power packed smoothie to boost your energy. Take a long glass of smoothie on meal time instead of calorie ladden deep fried food.

I have added peach in this smoothie. Which is a rich source of minerals and dietary fiber. Low calorie peach contain no saturated fat or cholesterol.

Normally I make this smoothie with coconut milk or chopped tender coconut. If you have coconut milk you can add 1/2 cup for a different and delicious taste. Or you can add 1/2 cup chopped tender coconut. If you don’t like pear you can use any fruit instead like chickoo, banana etc.

 

Recipe 


Ripe mango –  1 cup, peeled and cubed

Peach – 1/2 cup cut into small pieces

Pear – 1 peeled and diced

Cinnamon powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – a pinch

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Honey – 2 teaspoon or to taste

 

Method 


Combine peeled and cubed mango, chopped peach and peeled and diced pear in blender jar.

If you want you can add add 1/2  cup of coconut milk or 1/2 cup chopped tender coconut. Normally I like to add coconut milk or chopped tender coconut in this smoothie but today I don’t have any.

 

If you don’t like pear you can use any fruit instead like banana, chikoo/sapodilla/zapota or any other fruits.

 

Blend until smooth and frothy. Add cinnamon powder, cardamom powder, lemon juice and honey. Blend again.

Taste and add more honey and lemon juice if required.

Place some ice cubes in a glass. Pour the mixture over it. Garnish with mango cubes.

Serve chilled.

Enjoy…….

See what my fellow bloggers have shared for #Foodiemonday bloghop on fasting food theme –

 

https://poonambachhav.blogspot.in/2017/07/fig-banana-smoothie.htmlhttp://aahaaramonline.com/2017/07/17/

 

http://aahaaramonline.com/2017/07/17/dahi-sabudana-maharashtra-recipe

 

http://aahaaramonline.com/2017/07/17/dahi-sabudana-maharashtra-recipe

 

http://www.delishpotpourri.com/sabudana-sago-tapioca-pearls-dahi-bhalla

 

https://veenasvegnation.com/recipe/til-chikki

 

https://krispykadhai.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/phalauri-a-pious-treat

 

https://afoodiehousewife.wordpress.com/2017/07/17/roasted-vegetables-with-honey-lemon-dressing-and-a-mild-beetroot-dip/

 

http://mayurisjikoni.blogspot.ca/2017/07/670-date-coconut-energy-balls.html?m=1

 

 

Dairy Free Sugar Free Beetroot Smoothie 


Dairy free sugar free beetroot smoothie.

Ramadan Mubarak

Muslims are observing Ramadan, a holy month of fasting and religious devotion.

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar and is the holiest of the month as it is believed that the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammed during this month.

During this holy month of Ramadan Muslims are required to abstain from eating and drinking from dawn till sunset.

Drinks play a vital role when we are on fasting. A glass of chilled and refreshing drink at Iftaar time is energy boosting.

Fasting is a tough task for people, who abstain from food and drink until sunset in this summer season.

Our this week’s 97th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Ramadan recipes.

Fasting people need to drink more after Iftaar in order to avoid dehydration.

So here is a refreshing chilled and yummy dairy free beetroot smoothie for Iftaar. Beetroots are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals.

You don’t need to add sugar in it. You can add black salt or rock salt and black pepper powder if you like. I didn’t.

Recipe 


Seedless beetroot – 1 cup cubed

Cucumber – 1 medium

Lemon – 1

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Flax seed powder – 1 teaspoon
Ice cubes as required
Lemon wedge for garnishing

Method 


Boil the whole beetroot with skin in a pressure cooker.

Let it cool down. Peel and chop the beetroot into small pieces.

Peel and grate or chop the Cucumber. Make small pieces for easy blending.

Combine every ingredients with juice of 1 lemon. You can add some ice cubes too.

Blend until smooth and frothy.

You don’t need to add sugar in it.

Taste and add more lemon juice if require. You can add black salt or rock salt and black pepper powder if you like. I didn’t.

If you don’t like cinnamon, you can omit it. Add few mint leaves instead of cinnamon.

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

Garnish with lemon wedge. Serve chilled.

Stay happy stay healthy.

Wish you all a very happy and blessed Ramadan!!

Banana Almond Mint Smoothie 


Banana almond mint smoothie.

One more healthy, yummy, chilled and refreshing drink to beat the heat.  And yes very easy to make.

Smoothie is an easiest way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. It gives you essential minerals and vitamins too. You need only some fruits, milk or yogurt and a blender to make this healthy and yummy drink.

Bananas are available in every season and packed with vitamins and minerals.

And almonds are excellent source of vitamins and heart healthy monounsaturated fat.

Yogurt has been consumed by humans for hundreds of years.

It’s very nutritious, and eating it regularly may boost several aspects of your health.

For example, yogurt has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as aid in weight management.

Source 

You can take all three in a delicious way. Just blend everything and its ready. You can add ice cubes and enjoy as a chilled drink. I have used everything frozen so didn’t used ice cubes. You can add cinnamon or cardamom powder if you don’t like mint.

Recipe 


Yogurt – 1 cup

Banana – 2 peeled and chopped

Almond – 5 – 6 soaked and peeled

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Mint – few leaves

Honey or sugar – 2 teaspoon or to taste

Ice cube – as require

Shredded almonds, lemon wedge and mint string for garnishing

 

 

Method 


Combine every ingredients. Blend until smooth and frothy.

You can add cinnamon or cardamom powder if you don’t like mint. You can add raisins or any soaked dry fruits of your choice.

Taste and add more honey, sugar or lemon juice if require.

Pour the mixture into your favourite glass. Add some ice cubes if require.

I have used everything frozen so didn’t used ice cubes.

Garnish with shredded almonds, lemon wedge and mint string.

Serve chilled.

Enjoy…….

Water Chestnut And Coconut Cake 


Water chestnut and coconut cake. 

A cake made with shredded coconut, water chestnut flour or singhara atta , dried  milk or khoya/mawa, malai or milk topping and clarified butter or ghee. I have made this cake during Navratri fasting days. 

We usually used to make laddu and different types of sweets these days. Next time make this cake during your fasting days for a change. I am sure you will love the taste. 

This week our #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is #Navrari special. My contribution is this super soft and yummy water chestnut flour or singhara atta and coconut cake .

Water chestnut flour or singhara flour/atta is normally consumed during fasting. It is a good source of energy. This flour/atta is gluten free and very good for overall health. 

It is rich in protein, carbohydrate, fiber, vitamins and minerals. It provides many essential nutrients too. 

According to Ayurveda it contains more mineral compared to buffalo milk. It is used in Ayurveda to cure various diseases. 

And its helps to prevent sugar, ulcer, gout and heart diseases. Water chestnut is dense with potassium and fiber.

Recipe 



Water chestnut flour or singhara atta – 1 & 1/2 cup

Shredded coconut – 3/4 cup tightly packed 

Powered sugar – 1 cup 

Mawa/khoya or reduced milk – 1/2 cup 

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon 

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon 

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Curd – 1/2 cup 

Ghee or clarified butter – 1/4 cup 

Malai/milk topping or cream – 1/4 cup 

Tutti fruity – 1/2 cup 

Method 



Preheat the oven at 180°. Grease a cake tin and dust little water chestnut flour or singhara atta.

Sieve water chestnut flour or singhara atta, baking powder, soda, cardamom powder and cinnamon powder. 

In a large bowl mix powered sugar, curd and ghee or clarified butter. Beat well. Add Malai/milk topping or cream. I have used Malai/milk topping but if you don’t have milk topping you can use cream. 

Add mawa/khoya or dried milk. Mix well now add the dried ingredients gradually. Mix and add the shredded coconut and tutti fruity. You can use dry fruits too. Mix well. Don’t overheat. Make a lump free batter. 

Pour the mixture in greased and flour dusted  cake tin. Tap gently. Sprinkle some tutti fruity over it. Bake at 180° for 35 – 40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. Every oven take different time so check after 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean its ready. 

Let it cool down. 

Slice and enjoy the healthy and yummy cake with your family and friends. 

Happy Navratri. Happy baking.

Barnyard Millet Fried Idli 


Barnyard millet fried idli. One more easy healthy and delicious recipe for fasting people. 

Barnyard millet is not only used in fasting these gluten free barnyard millet is highly nutritious. These millets are more nutritious than rice and wheat. These are rich in vitamins, protein, minerals, calcium, iron etc. 

Because of gluten free and low glycemic index its suitable for those people who are allergies or intolerance of wheat. Barnyard millet is good for diabetic and perfect for weight loss.

I have used this millet to make idli. Didn’t use fruit salt so it is not super soft like normal idli but after shallow frying with spices it is delicious. Fasting or feasting its a healthy option for breakfast.

Recipe 



Barnyard millet or sama chawal – 1 cup 

Tapioca sago or sabudana – 1/2 cup 

Rock salt or sendha namak to taste

Mustard seeds or rai – 1 teaspoon 

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon 

Curry leaves – 10 – 12

Lemon – 2 

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Green peanut chutney – 2 – 3 tablespoon 

Water chestnut flour if require 

Clarified butter/ghee or oil – 2 tablespoon 
Coriander leaves – handful chopped 
Dry red chilli – 1 – 2

Method 



Soak barnyard millet and tapioca sago separately overnight. 

Next day drain the water and grind. Don’t add water. You don’t need water to grind tapioca sago or sabudana. But for millet or sama chawal use very little if require. 

Mix both. Add rock salt and keep aside for 1/2 an hour. Now stir well. The batter should be thick but pouring. If your batter is runny add some water chestnut flour or singhara atta. I have used 2 – 3 tablespoon. You can use more if require. 

Grease the idli moulds with ghee/clarified butter or oil. Mix 1/2 teaspoon baking soda with the juice of 1 lemon. Add in the batter. Give a good stir. Fill 3/4 with the  batter and steam for 6 – 7 minutes. I have made it in microwave. 

Demould the idli. Cut them into  4 pieces. 

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add rai or mustard seed and cumin seeds. Let it splutter. Add the curry leaves and dry red chilli. Saute for few seconds. Colour of leaves shouldn’t change. 

Add the idli pieces. And rock salt. Mix well. Fry for few minutes. Add the green peanut chutney and switch off the flame. Squeeze 1 lemon over it and mix well. 

Taste and adjust the seasoning. You can add more chutney if you like. For chutney recipe check out my previous post Pan fried cutlet with potato and barnyard millet. 

Add chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with green chutney and Tamarind/imli chutney. 
Happy Navratri. Happy Fasting.