Mango Pomegranate And Tender Coconut Salsa 

Mango, pomegranate and tender coconut salsa.

Mango is one of the most favourite fruit of the world. Its called king of the fruits because of it’s superbly delicious taste. And mango season is at its peak this time. I have already made some yummy dishes with it. Mango litchi fudge or burfi.  Eggless no bake no gelatin cheesecake.  Paneer or cottage cheese and mango smoothie.  Mango kalakand.  Mango sandesh.  Mango banana smoothie.  Eggless mango mug cake.  Mango coconut and flax seed smoothie 

Its Monday again. Our bloghop day.  And this week #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #CWFB means cook with fellow blogger. Yes we have to choose a recipe from each other’s blog. This  recipe is from my fellow blogger and friend Alka’s blog. She has an excellent blog. Alka is a Blogger Photographer and Food Stylist.  She always amazed us by her photography skill. Visit her blog Culinaryxpress  for many amazing recipes and excellent pictures. All the pictures are really a visual treat.
At first I thought of a baking recipe from her blog. But I  am out of town this time. So its impossible to bake anything. Alka suggested me to make this easy no cook but delicious Mango pomegranate and tender coconut salsa.  Thanks Alka.

Mango is my favourite fruit. And I have used it in many of my dishes. But all are sweet. In this recipe sweet pulpy mango, Pomegranate,  cucumber and tender coconut mixed with salt, green chilli and pepper. Sounds interesting isn’t it? Believe me taste is too good. Pomegranate, cucumber and onion gives a crunchy texture to this salsa. Love this sweet, salty and spicy mixed taste.

According to Alka “Salsas  always go well with a platter of Chips, Tortillas and even with Papads khakras, which are a slightly healthier version when compared to chips. I prefer the Mango salsa the most for it’s perfect burst of flavors with the sweetness of mangoes which is balanced with the acidity from lemon and the heat from the chillies but you can make various salsa varieties with fruits and vegetables during their respective seasons”.

I am in Kolkata now so I have used Himsagar mango. Thanks to bro Nilotpol Ganguli for these sweet juicy flavourful mangoes. A superbly delicious gift. I love the taste of this variety. Its a famous variety in West Bengal.

Recipe 


Mangoes –  2 large ripe , peeled, diced

Cucumber –  1 diced

Pomegranate seeds –  ¼ cup

Tender coconut –  1,  flesh cut in one inch strips

Red onion –  ½ cup , chopped
Coriander leaves –   ¼ cup chopped

chilli –  1 finely chopped

Lime –  1

salt and Black pepper to taste

Method 



Dice the mangoes and cucumber and keep aside. Deseed the pomegranate and take out the flesh of the tender coconut.

In a large bowl, combine diced mangoes, cucumber, chopped onions,pomegranate seeds, tender coconut, chopped chilies and chopped coriander leaves.Add lime juice and salt to taste. Mix well.

Let this sit for 10-15 mins for flavors to mingle together.Serve it with papads or chips.

For outdoors, scoop them in paper cups and serve it with scoop type chips or papas.

Enjoy the sweet, salty and spicy mixed summer fruit salsa.  Perfect for this hot weather.

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Mango Litchi Fudge Or Burfi 


Mango litchi fudge or burfi. 

A delicious sweet with the flavour of both mango and litchi. 

Its very easy to make. You need only khoya/mawa or reduced milk, sugar and cardamom powder with mango and litchi. 

I was born and raised in Bihar. And always tasted the best litchis of the country. Yes I am taking about litchis from Muzaffarpur. Large size juicy litchis with small seed. 

Muzaffarpur is famous for Shahi litchis and is known as the Litchi Kingdom.

There are numerous beauty and health benefits of litchi fruit, from aiding weight loss and digestion to treating influenza and reducing the signs of aging. 

It is highly rich in nutrients and offers numerous benefits for your skin, hair, and health that make it all the more irresistible.

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And mango is the most popular fruit in the world. We all know it as king of fruits. 

Now taste both of these delicious juicy fruits in this mango litchi fudge or burfi.

Recipe 


Mango – 1 cup chopped 

Litchi – 10 – 12

Khoya/mawa or reduced milk – 1 cup 

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Sugar – 4 tablespoon or to taste

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon 

Method 


Grease a plate with ghee or clarified butter and keep aside. 

Peel and remove the seeds of litchis. 

Grind the litchis with chopped mango. 

Cook the mixture on low flame. Add sugar. 

Stir continuously. 
At first add 2 tablespoon sugar. It depends on the sweetness of mangoes. Mine was not very sweet so I have added 4 tablespoon. 

When the moisture evaporate add ghee or clarified butter and khoya/mawa or reduced milk. 

Cook everything on low flame. Stir continuously. When it about to dried up taste and add more sugar if require. 

Cook until it becomes like a soft dough and leaves the sides. Switch off the flame. 

Add cardamom powder and MIx well. 

Pour the mixture in the greased plate. Spread and level the top with a spoon. You can sprinkle some shredded pistachio or almond over it. 

Keep it in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Cut into equal shape.
Enjoy mango litchi mixed flavour in one fudge 😊

Moong Dal Burfi Or Yellow Lentil Fudge (Basant Panchami Special) 

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सरस्वति महाभागे विद्ये कमललोचने ।

विद्यारूपे विशालाक्षि विद्यां देहि नमोस्तुते ॥

Sarasvati Mahaa Bhaage Vidye Kamala Locane |

Vidyaa Ruupe Vishaal Aakssi Vidyaam Dehi Namostute ||
Meaning –

O Devi Saraswati, the most Auspicious Goddess of Knowledge with Lotus like Eyes,

An Embodiment of Knowledge with Large Eyes, Kindly Bless me with Knowledge. I Salute you.

Vasant Panchami is an important Indian festival celebrated every year in the month of Magh according to the Hindu calendar. Celebrated on the fifth day of Magh, the day falls somewhere in the months of February or March according to the Gregorian calendar. The significance of the day lies in the worship of Goddess Saraswati, symbol of wisdom and also the onset of spring season.

According to the popular belief, the origins of this festival lie in Aryan period. Aryans came and settled in India through Khyber Pass, crossing the Saraswati River among many others. Being a primitive civilization, most of their development took place along the banks of the River Saraswati. Thus, River Saraswati began to be associated with fertility and knowledge. It is then that the day began to be celebrated.

According to mythology, a popular associated with this day is connected with poet Kalidasa. After he was married off to a beautiful princess through trickery, the princess kicked him out of her bed as she learned that he was foolish. Following this, Kalidasa went to commit suicide, upon which Saraswati emerged from the waters and asked him to take a dip there. After taking a dip in the holy waters, Kalidasa became knowledgeable and began writing poetry. Thus, Vasant Panchami is celebrated to venerate Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of education and learning.

The color yellow is the predominant color associated with the festival, the origins of which are supposed to be the fields of mustard which can be seen in Punjab and Haryana during this period. Kite flying is also commonly associated with this festival. Children as well as adults fly kites on this day to celebrate freedom and enjoyment.

Another tradition associated with this day is that of initiating studies in the young. Young children often begin learning on this day, which is believed to be the reason why the school sessions start in the month of March. Sweets with a yellow hue are also distributed on this day and people can also be seen donating books and other literary material to the poor.

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And the day after Saraswati Puja or Basant Panchami in west Bengal Sheetal Shashti is observed. Sheetal means cool and shashti means sixth day. It is customary for west Bengal people to eat a special dish called gota seddho. It literally means whole boiled. Because its made of whole lentils with 5 type of whole vegetables. None of the vegetables are cut. And its cooked on the day of Saraswati Puja or basant panchami but served on the next day.

This sheetal shashti is mainly observed by the Bengali mothers praying long healthy life of their children.

Raw mustard oil is drizzled over this gota seddho with salt. Each family has their own version to make it. With this dish six type of fried veggies, some no onion garlic vegetables, kheer or pudding with date palm jaggery or khajur/nolen gur, steamed rice, ber or Indian plum chutney and puri/luchi or kachauri are cooked on this day to be eaten next day.

 

In fact sheetal shashti is generally marked as a no cooking day. This observed by mothers but everyone in the family enjoy this special food.
Now coming to the today’s Basant Panchami special recipe.

Moong dal burfi or split green gram fudge.

A very delicious and easy to make sweet for this special accession.

You can make these with very simple and easily available ingredients. Need only moong dal or split green gram or yellow lentils, sugar, water, khoya/mawa or dried milk with ghee or clarified butter, little cardamom powder and saffron. A delicious burfi or fudge for this special accession.

 

Recipe 


Yellow lentil or moong dal or split green gram – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Saffron – a pinch
Chopped pistachios to garnish

Method 


Wash and soak the lentils in enough water for 2 – 3 hours.

Wash again and drain the lentils.

Grind into a smooth paste.

Heat water and sugar in a pan. When it starts to boil reduce the flame and add cardamom powder and saffron. Stir well and let it boil for 6 – 7 minutes on low flame. Or until the syrup becomes one thread consistency.

Remove from heat and let it cool down.

Heat ghee or clarified butter in a heavy bottom pan or nonstick pan. Add ground lentils and stir continuously. Cook on low flame until it changes it’s colour into golden brown and becomes like a dough.
This step need patience. You can feel the aroma of fried lentils. Don’t make it in a hurry. Raw smell should goes out.

After frying take out the lentils in a bowl.

In the same pan cook the khoya/mawa or dried milk stirring constantly on low flame. Cook till it slightly change colour and becomes dough like consistency.

Add fried lentils in it. Mix well.

Now add the sugar syrup.

Cook till the mixture dried up completely and leaves the sides.

It will becomes a dough like consistency.

Grease a plate with little ghee or clarified butter.

Spread the mixture over it. Flatten the top with a spoon or your palm. Sprinkle chopped pistachios over it.

Keep in refrigerator for 1/2 an hour to set it.
Cut in your desired shape and size.

Serve and enjoy the heavenly taste of these fudge or burfi.

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.

Quick Dry Fruits Coconut Modak 


Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to everyone. 

May Lord Ganesh bless you abundantly with good fortune, wisdom, prosperity and wealth throughout your life.

Quick dry fruits modak. Modak is sweet dumpling popular in Maharashtra. Its offered to Lord Ganesha as prasad or naivedya during Ganesh Chaturthi.

Ganesh chaturthi is a very auspicious day celebrated to pray to the Lord Ganesha so that every activities that is started is completed without any obstacles. 

Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day Hindu festival celebrated to honour the elephant-headed God Ganesha’s birthday. He is the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Ganesha is the Lord of arts and sciences. And the God of wisdom. He is known by 108 names. Mostly he is known as Vinayaka, Ganapati and vighnaharta.

There are two different versions about Ganesha’s birth. One has it that Goddess Parvati created Ganesha out of dirt off her body while having a bath and set him to guard her door while she finishes her bath. Shiva who has gone out, returned at that time, but as Ganesha didn’t know of him, stopped him from entering. An angry Shiva severed the head of Ganesha after a combat between the two. Parvati was enraged and Shiva promised Ganesha will live again. The devas who went in search of a head facing north of a dead person could manage only the head of an elephant. Shiva fixed the elephant’s head on the child and brought him back to life.

The other legend has it that Ganesha was created by Shiva and Parvati on request of the Devas, to be a vighnakartaa (obstacle-creator) in the path of rakshasas (demonic beings), and a vighnahartaa (obstacle-averter) to help the Devas.

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Dry fruits modak. You can make it in 5 minutes if you have the ingredients ready. Very easy, quick and yummy sweet. Try out this modak shaped delicious sweet for the festival. I have made it in small quantity so I have used 1/2 cup dry fruits but you can use 1 cup of mixed dry fruits. Use whatever dry fruits you have. I have used cashew nuts, almonds and raisins.

Recipe 


Mix dry fruits – 1/2 cup to 1 cup coarse powered 

Mawa or dried milk – 1/2 cup 

Sugar – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon 

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Shredded coconut – 1/2 cup to 1 cup
 

Method 


Grind the dry fruits. Don’t make fine powder, make coarse powder. I have used cashew nuts, almonds and raisins, you can use any dry fruits of your choice. Keep aside.

Mix shredded coconut, mawa/khoya or dried milk and sugar. Grind them into a smooth paste. Take it out. Add cardamom powder and dry fruits. Mix well.
 

If you don’t have mawa/khoya or dried milk you can use milkmaid or milk powder too. Knead the coconut and dry fruits with milkmaid. Or add milk powder and knead with milk. If you are using milkmaid or milk powder omit the sugar.

You can increase the amount of shredded coconut and dry fruits both. Mix all the ingredients well. If you feel its little loose and difficult to hold shape, keep the mixture in refrigerator for 1/2 an hour. 

Now make the shape of modak. I didn’t have a mould but if you have, use it to get a perfect shape. You can make it in any shape of your choice. Easy isn’t it  🙂

Enjoy the quick and yummy modak with your family and friends.

Happy cooking !!