Black Rice Pudding And Mango Parfait

Dairy free black rice pudding and mango parfait.
Pudding made of black rice or forbidden rice, coconut milk and organic jaggery powder.
If you want you can also make it with sugar or brown sugar.
Serve the pudding chilled or make it parfait with mango or any other fruit.

Black rice is quite popular in Asia. The black rice has a texture similar to brown rice, but with a more prominent nutty flavor.
Black rice is more nutritious than brown rice. Its an excellent source of fiber, amino acid, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.

In China and some South-East Asian country it is known as “Forbidden Rice” because it was reserved exclusively for the Royals in ancient China.

Despite being less popular than brown rice or wild rice, black rice, known as forbidden rice, is an ancient grain that has even more impressive health benefits than most other closely related rice varieties.

Not only is it the type of rice that is richest in powerful disease-fighting antioxidants, but it also contains dietary fiber, anti-inflammatory properties, and has the ability to help stop the development of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and even weight gain.

Black rice has been eaten in regions of Asia for thousands of years; in fact for centuries it was reserved for only Chinese royalty. Today this type of rice is picking up in popularity and popping up in more health food stores across the US, Australia, and Europe, as people discover the numerous health benefits that whole grain black rice has to offer.
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You can get some more black rice recipes here. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

Black rice oats and beetroot pancakes

Gluten free black rice double chocolate cake

Stir fry black rice

Chakhao kheer

Its Monday again and this week’s 156 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is ‘Any but white rice’. When Mayuri suggested the theme I decided to make something with black rice. I love the nutty taste of this rice.

Its a very simple, easy and quick yet delicious recipe. If you have boiled black rice, you can make it in a jiffy. I have made it with coconut milk and used organic jaggery powder to sweetened it. But you can use same amount of sugar or brown sugar if you like. You can use vanilla or any flavour of your choice.

Recipe

Black rice – 1/2 cup

Water – 2 cup

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Jaggery – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisin – 2 tablespoon

Oil to fry the nuts

Mango – 1, chopped in small cubes

Method

1. Wash the rice well.

2. Black rice takes longer time to cook so soak the rice 6 – 8 hours or overnight. Then microwave for 20 minutes on high power or pressure cook with water for one whistle, after that cook on low flame for 20 minutes.

3. Heat ghee/clarified butter or oil in a pan.
Add raisins. When the raisins puffed up, immediately remove from ghee or oil.

4. In the same oil fry the cashew nuts till light golden brown. Keep aside.

5. Now mix coconut milk and jaggery powder or sugar. I have used organic jaggery powder.

6. Cook on low flame till it becomes thick and creamy. Stir occasionally.

7. Taste the sweetness. If require add 1-2 tablespoon jaggery powder or sugar.

8. Add cardamom powder, fried raisins and cashew nuts. Reserve some for garnishing. Mix well.

9. Keep the pudding in refrigerator to serve chilled.

For parfait

10. In a glass add some mango cubes, layer with black rice pudding over it.

11. Repeat the layers till end. Top with mango cubes and fried cashew and raisins. You can sprinkle little desiccated coconut over it.
Serve chilled.

Notes

1. You can use sugar or brown sugar instead of jaggery powder.

2. You can use any fruit of your choice instead of mango.

3. You can add roasted almond, pistachio or any dry fruit.

4. You can use vanilla or any flavour of your choice instead of cardamom.

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Mango Walnut Choco Chips Muffins

Eggless mango walnut choco chips muffins with whole wheat flour. Its eggless and butter less too. I have used only 1/4 cup olive oil in it.
One more mango recipe for you. Mango season at its peak so enjoy this royal fruit before it’s season over.

This is my second post for Facebook group Recipe Swap Challenge. This month my partner is lovely Bhawana Singh who blog at Code 2 cook.
I have selected her healthy and delicious Eggless whole wheat banana walnut muffins.
Thanks Bhawana for this wonderful recipe.

I have followed the recipe just replace banana with mango. Because its mango season and I want to use this royal fruit in these muffins. But if you want you can use 2 mashed banana instead of mango.

Recipe is very simple and easy. Mango, walnut and choco chips made these muffins super yummy. This muffins is made with whole wheat flour or atta and olive oil. A healthy treat for weight watchers. If you like you can use refined flour/maida or any flour of your choice. I will make it again with some gluten free flour.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 cup +1 teaspoon

Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup

Olive oil – 1/4 cup

Mango – 1 cup, chopped

Choco chips – 1/4 cup

Milk – 1/2 cup

Vinegar – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Walnut – 1/4 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

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

2. Grease the muffin tray or cupcake moulds.

3. Mix vinegar with room temperature milk and keep aside.

4. Mix 1 teaspoon flour with Choco chips and walnut to avoid sinking at the bottom.

5. Blend the mango pieces in mixer grinder or food processor.

6. In a bowl sieve 1 cup whole wheat flour or atta, baking soda and cinnamon powder.

7. In a large bowl mix olive oil, vinegar mixed milk and powdered sugar. Whisk well.

8. Add vanilla essence and blended mango pieces. Whisk again.

9. Now add the dry ingredients gradually. Mix well to make a smooth lump free batter.

10. Fold in walnut pieces and choco chips.

11. Pour the batter in the greased mould.
Fill 3/4 and sprinkle walnut pieces generously.

12. Bake in preheated oven for 20 – 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

13. Let it cool down on wire rack.
Serve warm or room temperature.
Enjoy….
Happy baking 😊

Notes

1. You can use refined flour or maida or any flour instead of whole wheat flour or atta.

2. You can use 2 mashed banana instead of mango. Or use any mashed fruit of your choice.

3. If you don’t like choco chips then you can add any dry fruits in it.

4. If you don’t like cinnamon then you can omit it. Or you can use any flavour of your choice.

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Dairy Free Mango Pineapple Smoothie

Dairy free mango pineapple smoothie.
A delicious refreshing chilled and filling smoothie for your breakfast.
Its dairy free. Used coconut milk in it. Mixed taste of mango pineapple, coconut milk and a dash of cinnamon made this smoothie super yummy. A perfect drink for fasting days.
And its just three ingredients smoothie. If you don’t like cinnamon then you can omit it. Or you can increase the amount of cinnamon powder if you love the flavour.
Its peak mango season. You can get so many varieties juicy Mangoes or king of the fruit in this season. Yes its called king of the fruit because of its lip smacking taste.

Not only delicious Mangoes are packed with vitamins like A, C, and K. While, good levels of vitamin K are beneficial for our bone health and vitamin A promotes good eye health. … Mango is one of the highest food sources of vitamin C. This vitamin is essential for your immune system.
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Pineapples are delicious tropical fruits, which have been celebrated for centuries not only for their unique taste but also for their miraculous health benefits. The health and medicinal benefits of pineapple include boosting the immune system, and respiratory health, aiding digestion and strengthening bones. They also help in reducing inflammation, curing coughs and colds, and accelerating weight loss.
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Instead of milk or yoghurt I have used coconut milk in it for a dairy free version. It has also numerous health benefits.
Coconut milk improves Heart Health by Lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol. Builds Muscle and Helps Lose Fat. Provides Electrolytes and Prevents Fatigue. Helps Lose Weight. Improves Digestion and Relieves Constipation. Manages Blood Sugar and Controls Diabetes. Helps Prevent Anemia.
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So this smoothie is not only delicious, refreshing and filling but its healthy too. You don’t need ice if you are using frozen fruits. But if you have fresh fruits add some ice cubes to make it chilled.

Recipe

Mango – 1 cup, chopped

Pineapple – 1 cup, chopped

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Cinnamon powder – 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Honey or sugar to taste

Sliced almond to garnish

1. Blend mango and pineapple pieces in a mixer grinder.

2. Add coconut milk and blend again.

3. Taste and add honey or sugar to taste. My fruits are too sweet so I didn’t add any sweetener.

4. Add cinnamon powder if using. Blend again.

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

6. Garnish with sliced almond and serve chilled.

Notes

1. You can use any fruit of your choice instead of mango and pineapple.

2. If you don’t like cinnamon then you can omit it and use cardamom or any flavour of your choice.

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Chutney Idli

Chutney idli.
A delicious soft steamed breakfast dish made with semolina or suji and coriander or cilantro chutney ingredients. You can serve it with any chutney or dip. But its taste great without anything. So it can be serve as snack.

Normally idli batter need to be fermented.
According to Wikipedia Idli or idly are a type of savoury rice cake, popular as breakfast foods throughout India and northern Sri Lanka. The cakes are made by steaming a batter consisting of fermented black lentils (de-husked) and rice. The fermentation process breaks down the starches so that they are more readily metabolized by the body.
But you don’t have to soak, grind and ferment to make these idli.

A quick and easy to make idli. Just mix roasted semolina and chutney ingredients. Wait for only 10 – 15 minutes and steam. Delicious, soft and fluffy idli will be ready in few minutes.
And because of semolina its healthy too. Have a look on the health benefits of semolina or suji.
Helps Diabetics: …
Helps In Weight Loss: …
Provides Energy: …
Provides Balance To Diets: …
Boosts Body Functions: …
Prevents Iron Deficiency: …
Provides Antioxidants: …
Prevents High Cholesterol.
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Now coming to the recipe. I don’t like garlic much so I didn’t use it. But if you love garlic flavour then you can add 1 – 2 cloves garlic while grinding the cilantro and mint leaves.
You can use more lemon juice if you want your idli tangy.

Recipe

Semolina or suji – 1 cup

Curd – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 cup

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Rai or mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 10 – 12, chopped

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Eno – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Heat oil in a pan. Add rai or mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add curry leaves, stir and add semolina or suji. Fry for 2 – 3 minutes. Don’t make the semolina brown. Semolina shouldn’t change it’s colour.

2. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

3. Whisk the curd and keep aside.

4. Grind cilantro or coriander leaves, mint leaves, ginger and green chilli altogether. Make a smooth paste with little water.

5. In a large bowl mix roasted semolina, curd, salt, cumin powder, chaat masala powder and ground mixture. Add water as require to make a semi thick mixture. Make a pouring consistency. Cover and keep aside for 10 – 15 minutes.

6. After 10 – 15 minutes check the consistency if it too thick add little more water to get the required consistency.

7. Grease the idli mould.
Heat water in a steamer.

8. Just before steam add eno and give a good stir.

9. Pour the batter in greased idli moulds.

10. Steam for 12 – 15 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

11. I have made these in microwave. If you are using microwave steam it on full power for 6 minutes.

12. Serve hot idli with peanut chutney, onion tomato chutney or dip.
You can get the recipe of peanut chutney here.

And get the recipe of onion tomato chutney here.

Notes

1. You can add 1 – 2 garlic cloves while grinding coriander mint leaves if you want.

2. You can use more lemon juice if you like your idli tangy.

3. Use chillies according to your taste. You can add 1 – 2 chilli more if you like your idli spicy. Or you can omit chilli if you are making it for kids.

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Beetroot Shot With Mint Lemon And Black Salt

Beetroot shot with mint, lemon and black salt.
Chilled beetroot shot is a perfect drink to beat the heat. And we all know that beetroot is a very nutritious vegetable.

Beetroot is low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals and packed with powerful antioxidants. And it contains potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre. Not only that beetroot nutrition can also make your skin glow.

I recently joined a facebook group A to Z recipe challenge. Created by Jolly and Vidya. Every alternate month we have to make a post. I have missed first theme challenge. Alphabet of this month is B. And I am sharing this chilled beetroot shot for this theme.

I have used raw beetroot to make it. Because I love the sweetness of raw beetroot. Not only that.
Beet juice is known as a blood purifier due to its antioxidant and detoxification properties. Consuming beets increase your body’s production of glutathione, which
helps your body detoxify by grabbing numerous toxins and pulling them into the colon, where they are evacuated. Beet juice might also improve the composition of blood by stimulating red blood cell production, improve stamina, dissolve kidney stones and reduce blood pressure, according to “Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet.”
Betalains and some other nutrients are reduced in cooked beets because they are sensitive to heat, according to “Nutritional Sciences for Human Health.” As cooking time and temperature increase, betalains and vitamin C content steadily decreases.
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I have used mint, ginger, lemon, black salt and pepper in it. These ingredients made this juice delicious. Add some ice cubes and enjoy the healthy and delicious beetroot shot chilled.

Recipe

Beetroot – 1 medium

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Mint leaves – 8 – 10

Lemon zest – 1/4 teaspoon

Black salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon or to taste

Water – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Ice cube – as require

Method

1. Blend grated or finely chopped beetroot with water, mint leaves, lemon zest and ginger in a mixer grinder or food processor.

2. Strain the juice with a strainer or sieve.

3. Add lemon juice, black salt and pepper.

4. Mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

5. Place some ice cube in the shot glass. Pour the juice over it.

6. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve chilled.

Enjoy….
Stay healthy stay happy 😊

Notes

1. Use black pepper powder according to your taste. If you don’t like pepper you can omit it.

2. If you don’t have black salt then you can use rock salt or any other salt but black salt tastes better.

3. If you don’t like raw beetroot then you can boil the beetroot with skin and then peel chop and blend as mentioned above.

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Corn Salad

Corn salad.
Delicious refreshing filling and healthy salad. Perfect for this hot weather.
Just mix sweet corn, parsley, tomato, cucumber and onion with a tangy delicious dressing. Topped with roasted almond and sesame seeds. And your salad will be ready in a jiffy.
Roasted crunchy almond and sesame seeds will make this salad delish.

You can get some more salad recipe here.
Peas chickpea low calorie salad

Mango pomegranate tender coconut salsa

Fruity salad with corn cucumber and parsley

Its my 300 post on the blog. Sharing this healthy salad and coming soon with one more interesting recipe for you.
Sending this post to the 151 #Foodiemonday bloghop #Corn theme.

I have mentioned above that recipe is very easy and simple. I have used 1 tablespoon almond in it but if you like more crunch then you can use 2 tablespoon sliced roasted almond. If you don’t like parsley then you can use cilantro or coriander leaves, mint, basil or any other herb of your choice.

Recipe

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup

Tomato – 2, chopped

Onion – 1, sliced

Parsley – 1/4 cup

Cucumber – 1

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon

Vinegar – 2 tablespoon

Mustard powder – 3/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Olive oil – 2 teaspoon

Almond – 1 tablespoon

Sesame seeds – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. For dressing, in a bowl mix olive oil, salt, mustard powder, lemon juice, vinegar, salt and black pepper powder. Whisk well and keep aside.

2. Dry roast the almonds and sesame seeds.
Let the almonds cool down and slice them.

3. In a bowl mix sweet corn, cubed cucumber, chopped tomatoes, sliced onion and parsley leaves.

4. Mix the dressing in it. Combine everything well.

5. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if require.
Sprinkle roasted sliced almonds and roasted sesame seeds over it.

6. Cover and keep in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Serve chilled

Enjoy……

Notes

1. If you don’t have parsley then you can use cilantro, mint, basil or any herb of your choice.

2. You can add 1 tablespoon more roasted and sliced almond if you like the crunchiness in your salad.

3. You can use broccoli, capsicum, bell peppers, carrot, radish or whatever vegetable you like.

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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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