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.

Potato And Barnyard Millet Cutlets 

Pan fried cutlet with potato and barnyard millet. 

Today is fourth day of Navaratri. Goddess Durga took nine forms to kill Mahishasura, the demon. Each form has its own significance.

Devi Kushmanda, the fourth Avatar of Goddess Durga, is worhipped on the fourth Avatar day of Navratri.

According to popular belief, Devi Kushmanda is reflected in every living and non-living entity of this universe. She is the source of energy, which gives her devotees the ability to make decisions intellectually.She is there to show the right way in life and to overcome all sorrows and pain and fill life with happiness and joy.

Many devotees observing fast these days. Sharing a yummy recipe for fasting people. I have made it for my friend who is on 9 days fast. Pan fried cutlets. Feasting people like us can  enjoy it too  😀

I have made it with potato, Shama ka chawal or Barnyard millet. Its also known as Swang ke chawal or Mordhan. Its looks like small rice but actually its not rice. It is from millet family. A gluten free grain, can be consumed on fasting. 

Recipe 


Potatoes – 8 boiled 

Barnyard millet or Swang ke chawal – 1 cup

Tapioca sago or Sabudana – 1/2 cup 

Roasted peanuts – 1/4 cup 

Rock salt to taste 

Ginger – 1 inch piece grated
Green chilli – 2-3 finely chopped 

Coriander leaves – handful chopped 

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon 

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Roasted spices powder – 1-2 teaspoon 

Dry mango powder or amchur – 2 teaspoon 

Method 


Peel and mash the boiled potatoes. Soak the tapioca sago. 

Wash the Shama ke chawal or barnyard millet and cook in a pressure cooker with 2 cup of water for 3 whistle. Let it cool. 

In a large bowl mix mashed potatoes, boiled barnyard millet, soaked and drained  tapioca sago, roasted peanuts, salt, chopped coriander leaves, green chilli and all the spices. You can use 1 teaspoon red chilli powder too if you like. 

For roasted spices dry roast 2 tablespoon cumin seeds, 2 tablespoon coriander seeds and 6-7 dry red chilli. After roasting let it cool and grind. Add 1 teaspoon mix everything well taste and add more if require. Its depends on your spice tolerance. 

Mix well. Make round patties with the mixture. I have made big size 12 patties but you can make it small too. 

Shallow fry the parties in little ghee/clarified butter or or oil. Fry both the sides. Serve with coriander peanut chutney. 

For chutney 


Chopped coriander leaves – 1 cup tightly packed 

Roasted and peeled peanut – 1/2 cup 

Green chilli – 2-3

Lemon – 2

Tomatoes – 2 large 

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece 

Rock salt or srndha namak to taste 
Method 


Grind the roasted and peeled peanuts. With this peanut powder add chopped coriander leaves, chopped ginger, chopped tomatoes and green chilli. Make a smooth paste. You can add more green chilli if you like it hot. 
Add rock salt, juice of 2 lemons, cumin powder and mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. 

You can keep this chutney in refrigerator for 3-4 days. 

Enjoy your fasting food with this hot tangy chutney. 

Happy Navaratri. Happy Fasting or Feasting 🙂

Cucumber Apple Smoothie 


Navaratri festival is just around the corner. And many of you  observe fast these days. Smoothie is perfect for fasting days. Filing and yummy.
Dairy free low calorie cucumber apple smoothie. Perfect for health conscious people too. 

Do you want a glowing skin? Then add this smoothie with your daily breakfast. 

It is an easy way to get rid of oiliness in skin and leaves you with a glow. 

The older you get, the fewer antioxidants you have in your skin to combat wrinkles and sun damage. Cucumbers can help restore some of these.  Cucumbers are a source of several compounds that fight inflammation and aging. It  can resolves many skin problems and ensures healthy and younger looking skin.

And low calorie vitamins enriched cucumber keeps us hydrated and cool. It helps  in digestion, stabilize blood pressure and good for diabetic. 

Its lowers the uric acid levels and keep the kidneys healthy. They also contain the important nail health-promoting mineral. And also have anti-cancer properties.

This smoothie has apple too. Apple is extremely rich in antioxidants and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. 

The recipe is very simple. Just blend both add some flavour of your choice. I have used cinnamon but If you don’t like it you can use mint or any other flavour. Make it sweet or salty, both are yummy. You can add small spinach leaves or tomato too.

 

Recipe 


Cucumber – 1

Apple – 1

Cinnamon powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Lemon – 1/2

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon 

Honey or salt to taste 

Ice cube as require, optional 

Method 


Peel and chop the apple and cucumber. Taste the cucumber, it shouldn’t be bitter. 

Combine everything. You can add few small spinach leaves or 1 chopped tomato too. If you are using salt add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon black pepper powder too. You can use rock salt if you want to take it in fasting days.

 Blend everything until smooth and frothy. Add lemon juice and mix well. Taste and add more lemon juice if require. If you don’t like cinnamon you can use mint leaves or any flavour of your choice. 

Pour the mixture in your favourite glass. Add ice cubes. 

Garnish with cucumber, apple and lemon wedges. Serve chilled .

Paneer Or Cottage Cheese And Mango smoothie 

Auspicious month Shravan. Considered the holiest month of the year. Happy Shravan month to all of you. May God bless happiness and peace  to everyone. May God shower his blessings on you and your family.

This week our #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is #Satvikfood for the fasting people. My contribution is Cardamom flavoured paneer/cottage cheese and mango smoothie.

Yes a smoothie with cottage cheese or paneer. Paneer/cottage cheese makes your smoothie more rich, healthy, yummy and creamy .

The fifth month of Hindu calendar is Shravan month. Starting in late July and ending in the third week of August. Mondays of this month considered to be most auspicious days and called ‘Shravan Somvar’.

According to a legend the churning of oceans or Samudra Manthan took place in the month of Shravan and it is on a Somvar or Monday that Lord Shiva drank the poison Hala Hal to save the world.
In order to lessen the effect of poison the Devas had offered the Ganges water to Lord Shiva. Because of this on Shravan Somvar in Shiva Temples Lord Shiva is bathed with holy water by the devotees. This month is considered highly auspicious for praying to Lord Shiva.

Many Hindus observe fasts during the month specially on Monday. Fasting means not to torture yourself but to detoxify your body and learn self control.

So if we follow a proper diet and plan our meal during our fast not only we will feel satisfied but we will get enough energy throughout the day. And yes you don’t get weight too. Because main reason of weight gain during this time is the consumption of deep fried foods and sweets.

If we don’t follow a healthy diet the result will be obesity and illness. Protein and calcium rich paneer/cottage cheese is a healthy food. Its a source of various other nutrients and low fat content.

And mango, almond and curd makes it more healthy and yummy. By adding paneer/cottage cheese you will get a rich creamy texture of your smoothie. I have used 1 tablespoon reduced milk you can use more if you like.

Recipe 


Chopped mango – 1 cup
Almond – 4 soaked and peeled
Curd – 1/2 cup
Honey – 2 teaspoon
Reduced milk – 1 – 2  tablespoon
Paneer/cottage cheese – 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Ice as require

 

 

Method 


Take crumbled fresh paneer/cottage cheese. I have used homemade fresh paneer/cottage cheese. Mix all the ingredients and blend till smooth and frothy.

Pour it in your favourite glass. Garnish with mango and pistachios.

Fasting or feasting enjoy the rich, creamy, healthy and yummy smoothie 😀