Watermelon Rasgulla / Diabetic Friendly Sweet

Watermelon rasgulla.
Another sugar free treat for you.
Rasgulla is a dessert made with ball shaped paneer/chhena or cottage cheese dumplings cooked in light sugar syrup. And I have used watermelon juice instead of sugar syrup to make these rasgulla.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know I love to share desserts for diet conscious and diabetic people. Because every one has sweet tooth. And we have to make something to satisfy their sweet craving.
So here is a rasgulla recipe without sugar.
Already shared watermelon sandesh and muffins.
And now one more dessert with watermelon.

Despite the popular belief that watermelon is just water and sugar, watermelon is actually a nutrient dense food. It provides high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and just a small number of calories.
Source

So enjoy this healthy and delicious rasgulla without any guilt.
I have made these rasgulla with watermelon juice. I am lucky that I have got the sweetest variety watermelon. If your watermelon is not so sweet and you are not on a restricted diet then you can add 1/2 cup sugar for better taste.
Get all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla here.

First time tried it without adding any colour but not satisfied with the look. Taste is good but not picture perfect 😀

So made again with little colour in chhena or cottage cheese balls.

Recipe

Milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4 tablespoon or as require

Watermelon juice – 4 & 1/2 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Red food colour – a pinch or 1 – 2 drop if you are using gel colour, optional

Method

1. Make cottage cheese or paneer and make balls with it. Get the method of making cottage cheese and balls here.

2. Add colour if you are using. Mix well. Make smooth balls without any crack. If you feel difficulty to bind then you can add 1 tablespoon maida/all purpose flour or semolina. I didn’t. I have made these with only cottage cheese. Please follow the method of draining the cottage cheese I have mentioned in above link of tips and tricks of rasgulla.

3. In a large and broad pan heat watermelon juice and water. You can add 1/2 cup sugar in it if you like for better taste . You can add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder or rose water or essence if you want. I didn’t because I have wanted to retain the natural flavour of watermelon.

4. When it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame for 2 – 3 minutes. Don’t overcrowd.

5. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.

6. Keep 1/2 cup hot watermelon juice handy. After 10 minutes add the hot water. Cover again. Don’t stir just shake the pan gently in between.

7. After 20 minutes switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 3 – 4 hours or until completely cool down.

8. You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.

Enjoy the delicious and healthy watermelon rasgulla chilled or warm.
Better serve it chilled with some watermelon juice of rasgulla.

Notes

1. Use cow milk to make paneer or cottage cheese.

2. Mash the cottage cheese well with your heel of the palm and fingers at least for 4-5 minutes or until you feel your palm little greasy.

3. Sweetness depends on the watermelon. You can add 1/2 cup sugar with watermelon juice if you are not on a restricted diet.

4. Don’t overcrowd the rasgulla while cooking in watermelon juice. You don’t get round shape rasgulla if overcrowded.

4. Please read all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla before trying to get perfect rasgulla. Click here
to get the detailed method.

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Soya Loaf

Soya loaf.
A loaf made of soya granules or nuggets with some other ingredients like bread slices, milk, eggs, onions, tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Sounds healthy and protein rich, isn’t it 😊
A perfect loaf for your breakfast or dinner.

You heard about meat loaf.
Meatloaf is a dish of ground meat mixed with other ingredients and formed into a loaf shape, then baked or smoked. The shape is created by either cooking it in a loaf pan, or forming it by hand on a flat pan. Source – Wikipedia

When our this week’s bloghop members decided the theme leftovers. I thought of my leftover bread pieces lying in the refrigerator. And here is a loaf for semi vegetarian people who can consume egg. Yes I didn’t try it without eggs. I don’t think it will taste much without eggs.

Sending this post to the #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Leftovers.
A delicious loaf for your breakfast or dinner. Serve it with any sauce. I have made it with the ingredients whatever available in my pantry. I have wanted to add 1 – 2 spoon Worcestershire sauce but I don’t have it right now. And didn’t find it in my neighbouring shop. If you have you can use 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce for taste. I have used brown sugar in it but if you don’t have brown sugar add 2 tablespoon tomato ketchup.
Here is the method of making soft delicious soya loaf.

Recipe

Soya granules or nuggets – 1 cup

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup

Bread slices – 4

Or

Breadcrumbs – 1 cup tightly packed

Onion – 2 large, finely chopped

Tomato – 2, chopped

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt – 1 & 1/4 teaspoon

Oregano – 2 teaspoon

Garlic powder – 2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Egg – 2

Brown sugar – 2 teaspoon

Tomato ketchup – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Soak soya granules or nuggets in 1 & 1/2 cup hot water for 15 – 30 minutes.

2. Soak the bread slices or breadcrumbs in warm milk for 10 – 15 minutes.

3. Grind the tomatoes. And keep aside.

4. Drain soya granules or nuggets and wash under tap water. Squeeze well and grind into a smooth paste. You can add little water to grind easily.

5. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add chopped onions. Fry till the onions start to change it’s colour.

6. Add ground tomatoes. Saute till the mixture dried up.

7. Add soaked, squeezed and ground soya granules or nuggets.
Saute till it dried up completely.
Remove from the heat and let it cool down.

8. In a large bowl mix soya, onions and tomato mixture, soaked bread, eggs, brown sugar, oregano, black pepper powder and garlic powder. Mix well.

9. Transfer the mixture in oil or butter greased loaf pan. Level the top with a spoon or your fingers.

10. Spread tomato ketchup over it. Spread evenly.

11. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 40 – 50 minutes or till its done.

12. Let it cool down for 10 – 15 minutes.
Slice and serve with any sauce.
Happy baking!!

Notes

1. You can use parsley if you want.

2. You can add 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce if you have it.

3. If you don’t have brown sugar add 2 tablespoon tomato ketchup instead.

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Piperade With Indian Spices 

Piperade with Indian spices.

Yes presenting a fusion recipe again.

For this week’s bloghop google searched for some French recipes.

There are lots of delicious recipes but this one is tempting and easy to make.

Piperade or Piperrada, from piper is a typical Basque dish prepared with onion, green peppers, and tomatoes sautéd and flavoured with red Espelette pepper. The colours coincidentally reflect the colours of the Basque flag. Wikipedia

Adopted the recipe from

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According to the author Traditionally speaking, a Pipérade is a Basque dish colored with onions, peppers, and tomatoes to reflect the Basque flag (red, green, white). Typical additions include egg, garlic or meats such as ham.

Our this week’s 116th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Fusion fiesta.

My contribution is this delicious French dish with Indian spices.

This piperade is a specialty from the French Basque country. Bake a few eggs in the onion tomato gravy and you’re in for a treat.

Something like shakshuka. I have already shared an Indian style shakshuka recipe. Get the recipe here.

Recipe is very easy and simple. You have to make a onion tomato gravy and bake it with eggs. I don’t have bell peppers but you can use roasted and chopped bell pepper in it. I have baked the eggs in halogen oven. You can bake in microwave convection or OTG or any oven.

Recipe


Egg – 3 – 4

Onion – 3 large, sliced

Garlic – 5 – 6, crushed or grated

Tomato – 3 large, pureed

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method 
Preheat the oven at 200°.

Heat oil in a pan. Add sliced onion, green chilli and garlic. Fry till the onions become translucent.

Add ginger, tomato puree, cumin powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder, garam masala powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, chopped cilantro, salt and sugar.

Saute till the mixture becomes thick.

Switch off the flame.

Pour the mixture into an ovenproof pan.

Make holes with a spoon for the eggs. Crack the eggs one by one and drop in the holes.

Bake in preheated oven at 200° for 8 – 10 minutes or until the eggs are set.

Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Serve with crisp toast or any Indian bread.

Notes –

1. You can use bell peppers in the gravy.

2. You can double the gravy by increasing the amount of ingredients.

3. Add chilli according to your spice tolerance.
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Orange Crinkle Cookies Or Nankhatai 


Orange crinkle cookies or Indian shortbread biscuits or nankhatai.

If you are tired of eating same type of cookies try this fusion cookies. A mix match of orange flavoured crinkle cookies and shortbread  biscuits or nankhatai. I am sure you will love the taste even if you don’t like orange. I have tried it first time and everyone love the taste. I have to make one more batch 😀

This week’s our #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #fusion recipe. And my contribution is this super yummy crispy orange cookies.

Fusion cooking allows us to mix and match ingredients cooking style and recipes. And come up with a new and more delicious dish.

Nankhatai is Indian 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. These nankhatai are known for it’s divine taste and melt in mouth texture.

Crinkle cookies are coated with powdered sugar and while baking they puff up and crackle. So these cookies are called crinkle cookies.

And here is a mix match of orange crinkle cookies and nanakhatai or Indian short bread.

Recipe 


Flour – 1 cup

Oats – 1/2 cup

Powered sugar – 1 cup

Cashew nuts – 1/4 cup

Orange juice – 1/4 cup

Orange zest – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Clarified butter/ghee or butter – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Powered sugar for coating

Method 


Grind the oats and mix with flour. I have used 1/2 cup all purpose flour/maida and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or atta. You can use only whole wheat flour/atta or only all purpose flour/maida too.

Grate the orange peel for orange zest. Be careful while grating. Grate only the orange part and not the white pith. Because white pith is bitter in taste.

Grind the cashew nuts and keep aside.

Cream together clarified butter/ghee or butter. I have used ghee or clarified butter. You can use butter if you like. Mix orange zest and half of the orange juice.  Beat well.

Add oats powder mixed flour, baking powder, soda and ground cashew nuts.

Make a smooth dough with remaining orange juice. Mix orange juice gradually.

Dough will be soft and sticky. Keep the dough in refrigerator for 10 – 15 minutes.

Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.

Spread powdered sugar on a plate.

Make small balls out of the dough, roll on powdered sugar and place on baking tray 1 to 2 inch apart. Keep the tray in refrigerator again for 10 – 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180° for 10 minutes.

Take out the baking tray from refrigerator.

Roll the balls on powdered sugar again. Press gently on powdered sugar. Place the balls on baking tray 1 – 2 inch distance.

Cookies will expand so don’t forget to keep distance.

Bake at preheated oven at 180° for 15 – 20 minutes. Or until the edges becomes light brown. Every oven takes different time so check after 10 minutes.

Don’t overbake.

Let the cookies cool down before serving. Cookies will be soft when hot but they will turn crisp as they cool down. Store in an airtight container for later use.

Enjoy the divine taste. Serve with tea or coffee or satisfy your sudden hunger pangs.

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Chocolate Coconut Sandesh 

May Maa Durga empower you and your family with her nine swaroopa of Name, Fame, Health, Wealth, Happiness, Humanity, Education, Bhakti & Shakti. Happy Navratras. And have a blessed Durga Puja.



Chocolate coconut sandesh. A sweet made of soft and smooth coconut mixture and crisp chocolate.Bengali’s love sweets and Durga Puja is the perfect time for sweets. So spread happiness with this delicious and easy to make sweet recipe.



Durga Puja is the one of the most famous festival celebrated in West Bengal  in honor of Goddess Durga during the period of Navaratri
This festival marks the victory of Goddess Durga over the evil buffalo demon. Mahishasura.  Durga Puja festival epitomises the victory of Good over Evil.

In Bengal, Goddess Durga is worshipped as Durgotinashini, the destroyer of evil and the protector of her devotees.
Durga Puja or Sharadotsav is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu Goddess Devi Durga.

Durga Puja is celebrated every year in the Hindu month of Ashwin (September-October) and commemorates Prince Rama’s invocation of the goddess before going to war with the demon king Ravana.
This autumnal ritual was different from the conventional Durga Puja, which is usually celebrated in the springtime.

So, this Puja is also known as Akal-bodhan or out-of-season  worship. Thus goes the story of Lord Rama, who first worshipped the Mahishasura Mardini or the slayer of the buffalo-demon, by offering 108 blue lotuses and lighting 108 lamps, at this time of the year.

In this festival serve your guests a different and delicious sweet. Chocolate coconut sandesh. I have mixed coconut with kid’s favourite chocolate to make a lip-smacking sweet.

Coconuts are one of the wonder foods on earth that have multiple health benefits.
Coconut tree was called Kalpa vriksha in Sanskrit. The tree that supplies all that is needed to live.In ancient India, the coconut palm has been recognized as a top immune booster, antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral and antibacterial remedy for thousands of years all over the world.



In India one of the most common offerings in a temple is coconut. Coconut plays a vital role in all puja rituals. The coconut is a satvic fruit. It is sacred, pure, clean, and health giving, endowed with several properties.

Enjoy this auspicious occasion with this delicious chocolate coconut sandesh.

Recipe 


Shredded coconut – 1 cup

Paneer/cottage cheese – 1 cup

Sugar – 1/4 cup or to taste

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Dark chocolate – as require. I have used 1/2 morde chocolate bar

Ghee/clarified butter or butter for greasing the moulds.

Method 


Mix paneer/cottage cheese, coconut and sugar. Add less sugar, taste after mixing and add more if require. Mix well with you finger tips. Make a smooth mixture.

Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Cook the coconut mixture on low flame. Keep stirring. Cook until the mixture dried up. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool down. Make it smooth again. You can use your grinder or blender to make it smooth. I have ground it.

We have to set it in moulds. You can use any moulds whatever you have. I have used small chocolate moulds for bite sized sandesh and some muffins moulds for large size.

Melt the chocolate in double boiler or in microwave. Microwave for 30-40 second on high power stir if require microwave some more seconds. Stir with a spoon to check. It shouldn’t be burn. After melting stir it well.

Now take the greased moulds. Pour 1 teaspoon coconut paneer/cottage cheese mixture. Set and level with a spoon or your finger tips. Press gently. Pour 1 teaspoon melted chocolate over it. Make it flat and even with a spoon.

Keep the moulds in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
Demould on a plate. Serve chilled. Always keep the remaining sweets in refrigerator. Chocolate will melt if you keep it in room temperature.

Coconut paneer/cottage cheese mixture have a soft smooth texture and chocolate is crisp.
Enjoy the soft and crunchy taste.