Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon salsa.
Here is a healthy and quick recipe for my 400 post. Thanks everyone for your love and support.

Watermelon salsa is a perfect appetizer for summer. Very easy and quick to make. Just combine everything. Refrigerate for few minutes and enjoy. If you have mango, strawberry or any other fruit then you can add them in this salsa. Use the fruits according to your choice. Bowl full of this salsa is refreshing, filling, healthy and delicious. And also great for weight watchers. You can get one more fruit salsa here.

Loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients, watermelon is one fruit you should not miss this hot season.
own as a body-healing fruit, watermelon is full of amazing health benefits, especially during the summer season. Because clearly, it is the best time to indulge in this fresh, succulent melon, as it has to offer an array of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. The fruit is incredibly hydrating, with up to 92 per cent water content, making it naturally low in fat.

If you eat watermelon on a daily basis, it can improve your cardiovascular health and protect your eyes and immune system.
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You may like some more watermelon recipes on this blog.

1. Watermelon rasgulla

2. Watermelon cantaloupe mint smoothie

3. Watermelon sandesh

4. Watermelon muffins

5. Virgin watermelon mojito

6. Mocktail with watermelon and Fanta

7. litchi watermelon date peach Tulsi and almond smoothie

8. Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and Aloe Vera

Our this week’s 194 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Summer fruit fest suggested by Swaty Malik who blog at
foodtrails.
Do visit her space for some wonderful recipes she shared.

I have used boiled sweet corn, cucumber and tomato in this salsa. You can use red and yellow bell pepper, mango, pineapple, strawberry or any fruit of your choice.

Recipe

Watermelon – 2 cup, scooped or cubed

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup, boiled

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Green chilli – 1 finely chopped

Cucumber – 1, peeled and cubed

Tomato – 1 cubed

Red onion – 1, chopped

Freshly crushed black pepper – to taste

Dried mint leaves – 2 tablespoon, crushed

Or

Fresh mint leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Orange juice – 1/4 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Rock salt or black pepper – to taste

Method

1. Combine everything in a glass bowl. Mix gently.

2. I have used dried mint leaves. If you are using dried mint leaves like me then crush the dried leaves with your both palm and mix.

3. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves or mint leaves.

4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve with tortilla chips or papad. Or enjoy bowl full as appetizer.

Notes

1. You can use jalapeño, red and yellow bell pepper, mango, strawberry, pineapple, fresh coconut pieces or any fruit of your choice.
2. Add chilli and black pepper according to your taste.

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Coriander Or Cilantro Red Potatoes

Coriander or cilantro red potatoes.
A no onion garlic dry curry with small red potatoes. Its spicy and lip-smacking side dish. You can also serve it as a teatime snack. Cilantro or coriander leaves, tomato, green chilli and ginger makes it spicy and mouthwatering.

Red potatoes are not only tasty but these are also nutritious.
Red potatoes can have an enormous impact on health. There are so many methods and reasons to incorporate wholesome red potatoes into a daily diet and lifestyle.
Much of the nutritional value of a potato is found in its skin. Red potatoes are particularly healthy because of the thin, nutrient filled skins, which are loaded with fiber, B vitamins, iron and potassium.
To read more about red potatoes click here.

Recipe is very easy and simple. Boil the potatoes and cook with ground cilantro, tomato, green chilli and some spices. You have to only grind and cook with boiled red potatoes for a few minutes. Easy isn’t it 😊

Recipe

Small red potatoes – 500 gram

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 3 cup, chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 2, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder -1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – a pinch

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 – 2 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Rinse the potatoes well and boil till the potatoes becomes tender. You can peel the potatoes, I didn’t.

2. Grind cilantro, green chilli, ginger and tomatoes. Make a smooth paste.

3. Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

4. Add a pinch of hing or asafoetida, boiled potatoes and salt. Fry for 2 minutes or till the potatoes start to change it’s colour.

5. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Mix well.

6. Add the ground paste and mix well. Saute till the potatoes dried up completely.

7. Taste and adjust the salt if require.
Add ghee or clarified butter if using. Mix and remove from heat.

8. Garnish with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges.
Serve hot with puri, paratha or dal chawal. You can also make sandwich stuffing with leftover potatoes. Or serve as a teatime snack.

Notes

1. You can make it with any potatoes.
2. Add green chilli according to your taste.

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Koat Pitha

Koat pitha.
Koat pitha from the beautiful state Mizoram. A delicious sweet fritter made with banana, rice flour and jaggery.

After Meghalaya sharing a recipe from Mizoram, one of the state of seven sisters state of India.
The Seven Sister States is a popular term for the contiguous states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura prior to inclusion of the state of Sikkim into the North Eastern Region of India.

Mizoram is a state in northeastern India, with Aizawl as its capital city. The name is derived from “Mizo”, the name of the native inhabitants, and “Ram”, which means land, and thus Mizoram means “land of the Mizos”. Within the northeast region, it is the southernmost landlocked state, sharing borders with three of the Seven Sister States, namely Tripura, Assam and Manipur.
Rice is the staple food of Mizoram, while Mizos love to add non-vegetarian ingredients in every dish. Fish, chicken, pork and beef are popular meats among Mizos. Dishes are served on fresh banana leaves. Most of the dishes are cooked in mustard oil.
Source – Wikipedia

This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group after Meghalaya cuisine we are sharing different dishes from Mizoram cuisine.
This month my partner is Renu Agrawal Dongre. Who blog at Cook With Renu. Do visit her space for some wonderful recipes.
We gave each other two secret ingredients. Renu gave me rice flour and jaggery. And I gave her Nigella seeds and mustard seeds. Check out her space for the delicious Panch phoran taratari recipe she shared with these ingredients.

This soft inside and crisp outside koat pitha is very easy to make. Just mash the banana well with jaggery powder, mix rice flour and make fitters with it. Serve when cool. I love cardamom and jaggery mixed flavour so added cardamom powder. But if you want authentic taste then you can omit cardamom powder.

Recipe source – Gayathriscookspot

Recipe
Rice flour – 1/4 cup

Jaggery – 1/4 cup

Banana – 2

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Mash the banana with a fork.

2. Add jaggery powder or grated jaggery and mix well. Make it smooth.

3. Add rice flour and cardamom powder. Mix and make a lump free thick batter.

4. Heat sufficient oil in a pan.

5. Drop a tablespoon full batter in the oil and fry on low medium heat till it becomes golden brown.

6. Turn over and fry the other side too.

7. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel.

8. Fry all the pitha this way.

9. Let the pitha cool down completely before serving.

10. Serve as a snack with tea or coffee.

Note
If you want authentic taste skip cardamom powder. I have added it for flavour.

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Rosti Or Swiss Potato Pancake

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Rosti or you can call it potato pancake. Easy to make and perfect for breakfast or side dish.

According to Wikipedia
Rösti or röschti is a Swiss dish consisting mainly of potatoes, in the style of a fritter. It was originally a breakfast dish, commonly eaten by farmers in the canton of Bern, but is now eaten all over Switzerland and around the world. The French name röstis bernois makes direct reference to the origins of the dish.

This week our 172 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #InternationalFeast.
This week Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuri’s Jikoni suggested the theme.
Mayuri suggested World Cuisine for this week. So the country we have to choose a dish from to make should begin with our name’s first letter. Interesting isn’t it ☺️

I have chosen beautiful country Switzerland famous for it’s chocolate. And the dish name is Rosti begin with the first letter of my nick name ha ha no its not in the rule but when I was searching for recipes noticed this easy to make potato pancake rosti. I loved the recipe.

Adopted the recipe from
the spruce Eats. This Swiss rosti recipe is very simple. You can add onion, parsley paprika, nutmeg etc.
But I have made it with only salt and pepper. Next time I will try with green chilli, cilantro and some Indian spices. I am sure it will be also taste great with any seasoning.
I have tried to make it little thin but if you want to make perfect round shaped rosti follow the exact recipe.

Recipe credit – the spruce Eats

Recipe

Potatoes – 4

Salt – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Olive oil or butter – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Method

1. Peel and wash the potatoes.

2. Grate the potatoes. Use a grater with big holes. Fine grater would make your potatoes mushy.

3. Add 1 teaspoon salt in the grated potatoes and mix well. Keep aside for 5 – 6 minutes.

4. Take a fistful grated potato, press tightly and squeeze well. This way squeeze all the grated potatoes and place in a bowl.

5. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Mix well. You can add ground paprika, finely chopped onion or parsley. Or add chopped green chilli, chaat masala, cumin powder and handful chopped coriander leaves or cilantro.

6. Heat half of the oil or butter in a pan. You can also use any vegetable oil. When the oil becomes hot, add grated potatoes in it. Add small amount at a time. Add potatoes about 1 inch deep. Add the potatoes till the bottom part of the pan fully covered.

7. Cook on medium heat. Stir and cook for a minute with a spatula to coat the potatoes with olive oil or butter.

9. Spread the potatoes in the pan and press with a spatula.

10. Press gently with spatula to make the layer evenly. Cook on medium heat.

11. Cook for 10 minutes. Now cover and cook again for 5 – 10 minutes or till the bottom part becomes golden brown.

12. Now place a plate on the top of the pan and transfer it on the plate.

13. Add remaining oil or butter in the pan. When it becomes enough hot slide potato pancake in the pan cooked side up. Press down with a spatula.

14. Cook it for about 15 minutes or until the bottom side becomes golden brown. You can make small sized rosti if you like. I have made one small individual sized.

15. Swiss potato rosti is ready to serve. Transfer the rosti on a plate. Sprinkle salt and pepper if require.

14. Slice and serve hot.

Notes

1. You can boil and peel the potatoes and refrigerate overnight. Next day grate just before making rosti.

2. You can add finely chopped onion and green chilli with grated potatoes if you like.

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Khajur Or Fried Biscuits

Khajur or khajuria from Bihar.

A quick and easy to make delicious sweet deep fried cookie type snack. You can serve it with milk tea coffee or enjoy on your munching time.

This post is going to be a part of 169 #Foodiemonday bloghop #beginnersrecipe theme.

In this theme we have to share our first recipe we cooked. Thanks Amrita for the suggestion. This theme reminds me of my childhood days. A little girl of class 5th as I remember who didn’t know anything about cooking her naughty younger brother Maa Baba. Missing badly those days. Maa baba brother all left me. Its so painful but your memories are a treasure for me.

In school I remember there was a test of cooking. Every student got some ingredients and a dish name to cook. Everyone had to make different dishes. Teacher asked me to make khajur. And I was shocked, my reaction was ‘what’s that’? That time in my knowledge khajur is a Hindi or Urdu word for date. So how could I cook it? One of my friend came to rescue. She said “don’t worry let me make my dish then I will make your too”. And she made both our dishes. Don’t know where is she now. God bless her. That day I learned my first dish and after returning home made it under my mother’s supervision. And I still remember their surprised faces after tasting it. This week our bloghop group made me really nostalgic.

Now coming to the recipe. You need very few ingredients and quick process to make this delicious crispy sweet snack. Just mix everything and Knead a dough. Shape them and fry. Isn’t easy? 😊

I have used refined flour or maida but you can use whole wheat flour or atta if you want.

Recipe

Refined flour or maida – 1 cup

Semolina or suji – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 3 tablespoon, melted

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/3 cup or as require to make a stiff dough

Oil for deep frying

Method

1. In a large bowl mix refined flour, semolina or suji, sugar, cardamom powder, desiccated coconut and melted ghee or clarified butter.

2. Mix everything well with your palm and finger tips.

3. Add milk slowly and Knead a stiff dough. Don’t add much or the dough will be sticky. But in case your dough becomes sticky, you can add little more flour and semolina.

4. Make small balls. Shape them with your hands or mould. I have used my sandesh mould. Or you can roll with a rolling pin and cut with your favourite cookie cutter.

5. Heat sufficient oil in a pan. When heated lower the flame.

6. Slide 4 – 5 khajur in the hot oil. Don’t over crowded. Fry the khajur on low heat till golden brown.

7. Flip and fry the other side too. Keep the flame low.

8. Remove from oil and let them cool down completely. After cooling khajur becomes crisp.

9. Keep the khajur in airtight container. You can keep them in room temperature for 10 – 12 days.

10. Serve with milk, tea or coffee.

Notes

1. You can fry the khajur in ghee or clarified butter if you want.

2. If you like less sugar add 3/4 cup powdered sugar.

4. You can add powdered almond or cashew in the dough if you like.

5. You can use whole wheat flour instead of refined flour.

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Corn Stir Fry

Corn stir fry.
Presenting an easy and quick recipe today. If you like corn then it will be a perfect dish for you to make in a jiffy.
You need some sweet corn, garlic and soya, chilli and tomato sauce to make it. You can serve it as a side dish or enjoy as a snack.
Contributing this post to 166 #Foodiemonday bloghop #stirfry theme.

Made this simple dish in my daughter’s place. She doesn’t have any cookware in her kitchen. Always ordered food from outside. Bought some induction based cookware and made this simple yet delicious corn stir fry.

You may like some more corn recipes here.
Spicy corn

Fruity salad with corn cucumber and parsley

Corn salad

Corn cottage cheese stir fry

French beans with rosemary oregano and corn

I made it in a very simple way. You can add one thinly sliced or cubed onion in it. Or you can use broccoli, bell peppers or any vegetables of your choice. If you like it hot add some chopped green chilli or increase the amount of chilli sauce.

Recipe

Corn – 2 cup, boiled

Garlic – 4-5 minced

Soya sauce – 2 teaspoon

Red chilli sauce – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Tomato ketchup – 2 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Heat oil in a pan.

2. Add minced garlic. Fry till garlic becomes light brown.

3. Add boiled corn and fry for few seconds.

4. Add soya sauce, red chilli sauce, tomato ketchup and 2 tablespoon water.

5. Mix and saute till everything combined well and dried up.
Serve hot.

Notes

1. You can add one sliced or cubed onion and 1 – 2 chopped green chilli with minced garlic.

2. You can add broccoli, bell peppers, scallion or any vegetables of your choice.

3. Add chilli sauce according to your taste. If you like hot, you can add more or add some chopped green chilli.

4. You can garnish it with chopped scallion or onion greens.

 

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Grilled Potatoes

Grilled potatoes.
An easy and delicious potato recipe. Simple way to cook potatoes. Sharing two different ways and flavours to grill the potatoes. One is on grill pan and for other I have used my halogen oven. If you don’t have halogen oven then you can make it in your microwave or OTG.
Potatoes are available in every season. You can get this vegetable round the year. And its known as a comfort food. Weather you make simple mashed potato or make spicy curry or mix it with any other vegetables it will make your dish delicious.

And potatoes are not bad for our health at all.
Potatoes are naturally gluten-free and they’re packed with nutritional benefits needed for a healthy lifestyle. Potatoes are one of the world’s most versatile vegetables. Foundational in a wide range of international and all-American cuisine, potatoes are the perfect blank canvas for a variety of flavors. This is welcome news when your good health depends on eating a gluten-free diet.
An ideal substitution for some of your favorite bread, grain and pasta-based dishes, potatoes add a boost of nutritional benefits.
Important to a healthy diet, one medium-sized (5.3oz) skin-on potato has:
Just 110 calories.
No fat, sodium or cholesterol.
Nearly half your daily value of vitamin C.
More potassium than a banana.
A good source of vitamin B6.
Fiber, magnesium and antioxidants.
Resistant starch.

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Our this week’s 159 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #GrilledRecipes.
I am not in a mood or situation to make something fancy because maintenance work is on full swing in our house. But I don’t want to skip. And humble potato comes to rescue. So here is a simple easy and delicious grilled potato recipe for you. I make it so often. Enjoy it as a snack or a side dish.
I have used two different marination for the potatoes. One is with Italian flavour and other is with tandoori masala. Made one in grill pan and one in halogen oven.

Recipe

Potato – 2 large

Olive oil – 4 tablespoon

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon +1 teaspoon

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon

Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

With tandoori masala

Potatoes – 2 large

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon +1 teaspoon

Thick yogurt – 3 tablespoon

Tandoori masala – 1 tablespoon

Oil for greasing the pan

Method 1

1. Wash and peel the potatoes. You can also make it with skin.

2. Make thick slices.

3. Heat sufficient water in a pan. Add 1 teaspoon oil.

4. When the water starts to rolling boil slide the potato slices.

5. Boil for 5 – 6 minutes.

6. Drain the water.

7. Marinate with olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, oregano and chilli flakes.
Marinate for 30 minutes.

8. Now heat a grill pan and grease it with little oil.

9. Place the potato slices on it.

10. When it becomes brown flip and fry the other side too.

Serve hot.

Method 2

1. Heat water in a pan. Add 1 teaspoon salt. When it starts to rolling boil slide the potato slices.

2. Drain the water and marinate with 1/4 teaspoon salt, thick yogurt and tandoori masala.
Marinate for 30 minutes.

3. Arrange the potato slices on a baking tray.

4. Grill on 200° for 6 minutes. If its not perfectly brown grill for 1 – 2 minutes more. Every oven takes different time so check after 6 minutes.

5. Flip the potato slices and grill the other side for 5 – 6 minutes again.

6. Take out your grilled potatoes on a serving plate.
Serve hot as a snack with tea or coffee or serve as a side dish.
Enjoy….

Notes

1. Tandoori masala has enough oil so don’t need to add extra oil.

2. If you don’t have halogen oven then you can grill it in microwave or OTG.

3. You can use black pepper powder instead of chili flakes or use both if you want more spicy.

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