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.
Source

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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Fruity Salad With Corn Cucumber And Parsley

Fruity salad with corn, cucumber, and Parsley.
A perfect dish for this scorching summer. And a great way to feed kids fruit. A chilled bowl of this fruit salad is filling, delicious and easy to make.

You can use any fruit of your choice. I have used watermelon, pineapple and mango with sweet corn, cucumber, tomato and Parsley.

You can use grapes, banana, apples, kiwi, pomegranate, orange or any fruits you have. If you don’t like Parsley then you can use mint, basil, cilantro or coriander leaves or any herb of your choice. Mix salt and pepper. Drizzle lemon juice and serve immediately or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled. Enjoy a bowl full of chilled fruity salad.
You can get two more salad recipes here.

Pea chickpea low calorie salad

Mango pomegranate tender coconut salsa

Our this week’s 149th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #salad.
When all the members vote for salad, I thought of my favourite fruit salad. Yes I love it as lunch in this hot weather. You can adjust the pepper powder according to your taste. Use any fruit available in your pantry. Lemon juice, black salt and pepper powder will make your salad delicious.

Recipe

Sweet corn – 1 cup

Cucumber – 1 cup, diced

Watermelon – 1 cup, scooped or cubed

Pineapple – 1 cup, diced

Mango – 1 cup, scooped or cubed

Tomato – 2, small

Black salt or rock salt – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon

Chopped Parsley – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Chop the tomatoes in small pieces. Take only outer part. Remove the pulp or seed. Don’t discard, you can use it in the curries.

2. In a bowl add all the ingredients and chopped tomatoes. You can use halved cherry tomatoes if you want.

3. Add salt, pepper powder and lemon juice.

4. Mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more salt, pepper and lemon juice if require.

5. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled.

Notes –

1. You can use any fruit of your choice.

2. If you don’t have Parsley then you can use chopped mint leaves, basil, cilantro or any herb of your choice.

3. You can also use finely sliced 1 onion in it.

4. You can add chopped green chilli if you like your salad spicy.

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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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Sugar Free Sheer Khurma Or Vermicelli Pudding

Sugar free sheer khurma or vermicelli pudding.
Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslim friends and readers.
May this Ramadan bring joy, health and wealth to you. May this festival brighten up you and your near and dear one’s lives.

Sheer khurma is a rich, creamy and aromatic dessert made of milk, fine vermicelli, dates, sugar and lots of dry fruits and flavoured with cardamom, rose water or essence and saffron.

Sheer stands for milk and khurma stands for dates in Persian language.
According to Wikipedia
Sheer khurma or Sheer khorma literally “milk with dates” in Persian, is a festival vermicelli pudding prepared by Muslims on Eid ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha in Afghanistan, Indian subcontinent and parts of Central Asia. It is a traditional Muslim festive breakfast and a dessert for celebrations. This dish is made from dried dates.
This special dish is served on the morning of Eid day in the family after the Eid prayer as breakfast, and throughout the day to all the visiting guests. It is very popular throughout the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia.

You can get some more pudding or Kheer recipe here

Rasgulla kheer

Khajur gur kheer or date palm jaggery pudding

Chhena/paneer kheer or cottage cheese pudding

Rice kheer or pudding

Chakhao kheer

Our this week’s 148th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Eid special recipe.

My humble contribution is this sugar free sheer khurma.
I have made it without sugar or any artificial sweetener. Its naturally sweetened with dates and raisins. You can call it a guilt free treat. You will love it’s divine taste and aroma.
You can serve it hot or warm but I love it chilled. You can make it thick or thin as per your taste. I like it thick but if you want to make it thin just add little more milk to get your desired consistency.

Recipe

Milk – 4 cup + 1 tablespoon

Fine vermicelli – 1/2 cup, broken

Khoya or dried milk – 1/4 cup, optional

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Chopped Dates – 1/2 cup, tightly packed

Cashew nuts – 2 teaspoon, sliced

Almond – 2 tablespoon sliced

Pistachio – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Chironji or charoli – 1 tablespoon

Saffron – a pinch

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Rose water or essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak Saffron in 1 tablespoon hot milk.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Fry the raisins till puffed up and keep aside.

3. Now fry sliced cashew nuts, almond, pistachio and chironji or charoli. Fry till the dry fruits become light brown and keep aside. You can saute chopped dates too, I didn’t.

4. Add 1 tablespoon ghee in the same pan and fry the vermicelli on low heat. Stir continuously and fry till it becomes golden brown.
If you are using roasted vermicelli like me still fry them in ghee for a minute to get the flavour.

5. Heat the milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil simmer the flame. Simmer for 15 minutes.

6. Now add Crumbled khoya or dried milk and mix well. Add chopped dates, fried dry fruits, soaked Saffron and vermicelli.

7. Stir and cook until vermicelli becomes soft.

8. Switch off the heat. It will become thick when cool.

9. Add cardamom powder and rose water or essence. Mix well.

10. Garnish with fried cashews, pistachio, Saffron strands and date.
Serve warm or chilled.

Enjoy the delicious rich, creamy and aromatic sheer khurma or korma.

Notes

1. Sweetness is perfect for me but if you like more sweet you can add 1 – 2 tablespoon sugar in it.

2. If you like the consistency thin add some more milk at the end.

3. If you are using dried dates soak the dates overnight. Or boil with milk.

4. If you are on a restricted diet and don’t want to use ghee or clarified butter then you can fry the dry fruits in oil and add only one teaspoon ghee to fry the vermicelli for flavour and taste.

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Mango Cobbler Cookies

Mango cobbler cookies.
I have shared many mango recipes but no cookies.
So here is a delicious soft chewy mango flavoured cookie recipe for you.

You can get some more mango recipes here.

Mango steamed sandesh

Mango pomegranate overnight oats parfait

Mango litchi fudge or burfi

Mango cheesecake

Mango kalakand

Mango sandesh

Eggless mango mug cake

Mango smoothies and salad

This week’s 147th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Mango. And my contribution is this healthy and delicious mango cobbler cookies.
Mangoes are well known as the king of all fruits. They fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean your skin, and make the perfect snack.
Most of us love the flavour of this fruit.

A post from “Can’t Stay Out Of The Kitchen” attract me. Pictures of this post tempted me to try it. Cookies made of very little butter and looks awesome.
I have made some changes. Used whole wheat flour and oats instead of all purpose flour. Used homemade mango yogurt and made the quantity half. Taste is too good. Full of mango flavour and you will love the taste of small pieces of mango in it.
Recipe credit
Can’t Stay Out Of The Kitchen

I liked its soft texture. But next time I will make crisp one too. So stay tuned for one more cobbler cookies recipe 😊
I have made large sized cookies because I loved the pictures of original recipe. But if you want to make it crispy make thin cookies. And make smaller size for quick baking.

Recipe

Whole Wheat flour – 1 cup

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup

Mango – 1/2 cup, finely chopped

Unsalted butter – 3 tablespoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

For mango yogurt

Curd – 1 cup

Mango puree – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Pour the curd on a sieve or fine cloth and keep in refrigerator over a bowl for 3 – 4 hours or overnight to get hung curd or thick yogurt.

2. Now blend this hung curd, sugar and mango puree in a blender.
You will get delicious mango yoghurt.

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

4. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.

5. Melt the butter and mix with mango yoghurt, soda, vanilla essence and powdered sugar. Whisk well until combined.

6. Add whole wheat flour, oats powder and chopped mango. Stir with a spatula. And mix to combine everything well.

7. Scoop out of the mixture and place on the greased or lined baking tray.
Place the cookies one inch apart.

8. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 20 – 25 minutes or until the edges become brown.

9. Let it cool down completely before serving.
Enjoy the delicious mango flavoured, soft chewy cookies.

Notes

1. If you want crisp cookies then make the cookies thin and press lightly with a fork. And add mango yoghurt as much require to make a dough like consistency. By reducing moisture you will get crispy cookies.

2. If you want to make baking time short make small sized cookies.

3. You can make it with only all purpose flour if you want.

4. If you want to serve mango yoghurt as a dessert, after blending taste the sweetness. It depends on the sweetness of mango. Add more if require. You can add a pinch of saffron if you like. Blend again and keep in refrigerator to serve cool.

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Soya Egg Shami Kabab

Soya egg shami kabab.
A delicious kabab without meat.
You can serve it as a party starter. Prepare all the patties shaped kabab in advance and shallow fry just before serving.

This kabab is made of soya granules, paneer or cottage cheese, potatoes, Bengal gram or chana dal, egg, bread slices and spices.
But you can make it without eggs too. It will be delicious with or without eggs both. I have made this in both ways. I am sure you will love the taste of this crisp outside and soft inside delicious kabab.

I have already shared a delicious soya loaf recipe. And my readers liked it. Some of you called meatless meatloaf 😀
Now here is a recipe of meatless shami kabab for you.

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #bread. We have to make anything using bread.
My contribution is this delicious and healthy soya egg shami kabab.

Protein rich soya has numerous health benefits. Not only protein but you can get vitamins, fibers, minerals and all the essential amino acids. It reduces cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and cancer. And it is heart healthy too. It may reduce the risk of heart disease.
And we all know that paneer or cottage cheese is also rich in protein and calcium. Its good for heart health, good for bones and teeth, improve digestion and maintain blood sugar levels.

Egg is also a rich source of protein, vitamins and minerals.

Now here is a detailed recipe of egg soya kabab. You can serve it with any chutney or sauce.

Recipe

Soya granules – 1 cup

Bengal gram or chana dal – 1/2 cup

Crumbled paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup, tightly packed

Boiled potatoes – 2, medium

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Mace or jawitri – 2 strands

Black peppercorns – 4 – 5

Ginger – 1 inch piece, roughly chopped

Garlic cloves – 4-5

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Bread – 3 pieces

Roasted chickpea powder or sattu – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Onion – 2 large, finely chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste, finely chopped

Chopped cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, optional

Eggs – 2

Method

1. Soak the soya granules in 2 cup hot water for 30 minutes.

2. Boil Bengal gram or chana dal in a pressure cooker with green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, garlic and 1 & 1/2 cup water.

3. Open the pressure cooker. Dal should be dry. If it watery, cook without lid till the moisture evaporate and dal become dry. Let it cool down.

4. Dip the bread pieces in water and squeeze well.

5. Peel and mash the boiled potatoes.

6. Drain the water of soya granules. Squeeze it well.

7. In a mixer grinder grind dal along with whole spices, paneer or cottage cheese and squeezed soya granules. Don’t add water. Stir the mixture with a spoon in between to grind evenly.

8. Take out the mixture in a large bowl. Add mashed potato salt, cumin powder, garam masala powder, chopped onions, green chilli, roasted chickpea powder or sattu, soaked, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, squeezed bread pieces and eggs. Mix well.

9. Keep the mixture in refrigerator for 15 – 30 minutes.

10. Make round ball and flatten them with your palm. Make all the round patties.

11. Heat little oil in a pan. Shallow fry the patties from both sides.

 

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Serve hot with sliced onion and any chutney or sauce.

For without egg version

Mix boiled and mashed potato in the ground mixture. Add roasted chickpea powder or sattu. You don’t need to add bread pieces. Mix well and keep in refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Then make round patties and shallow fry.

Notes

1. Instead of roasted chickpea you can use dry roasted gram flour, oats powder or breadcrumbs.

2. If you like you can use minced mutton or chicken instead of soya granules. Boil the minced mutton or chicken with Bengal gram with more water and follow the same process .

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Sugar Free Coconut Raisins Almond laddu / Diabetic Friendly Sweet

Coconut raisins almond diabetic friendly laddu.
One more sugar free sweet recipe for diabetic and diet conscious people. And a guilt free treat for everyone. No artificial sweetener added.
I have sweetened this with raisins and almonds.

This laddu is lightly sweetened and delicious. If you want to increase the sweetness then you can add some more soaked raisins.
But remember 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.

These days, diabetics aren’t restricted to the dietary limitations of prior years, and eating fruits such as raisins is completely acceptable even when you’re trying to control your blood sugar levels. The key is to balance your intake of carbohydrates with fat and protein to prevent major blood glucose fluctuations.
Source

My husband is diabetic and he likes to take little sweet with breakfast. So I have to make some sugar free sweets for him. It helps to resist him from eating sugar laden sweets.
I also love these guilt free sweets. I think these are best for diet conscious people to satisfy their sweet tooth.
You can get some more sugar free recipes here. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

Milk solid date coconut peda/

Sugar free pineapple sandesh

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

Sugar free carrot cake

Coming to the recipe. You don’t need much ingredients to make these delicious laddu. I have made these round shape laddu but you can make it in any shape of your choice.

Recipe

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1 /2 cup

Raisins – 1/2 cup

Almond – 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak almonds and raisins in warm water.

2. Peel the almonds.

3. Blend almonds, raisins and dessicated coconut in a food processor or mixer grinder.

4. Add dried milk or mawa and paneer or cottage cheese.
Make a smooth paste.

5. Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan.

6. Add the mixture and cook on low flame, stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom.

7. Cook till it becomes like a dough and comes together.

8. Add cardamom powder and remove from the heat.

9. Let the mixture cool down.

10. Make small size round ball or give any shape of your choice.

Enjoy the delicious guilt free sweets.
You can keep these in refrigerator for 6 – 7 days.

Notes

1. You can add little rose water or essence with cardamom powder if you like.

2. You can use fresh grated coconut instead of dessicated coconut.

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