Spinach Raita Or Palak Raita 


Spinach raita or palak raita.

A very easy yet delicious side dish. Goes well with stuffed paratha, biryani or pulao.
This raita is made of curd, spinach and some spices. 

You can get one more raita recipe here

Curd is an excellent source of protein and has very high levels of calcium so it prevent osteoporosis and also helps to strengthen the bones and teeth.

Curd is very good for digestive system too. 

I remember that I encouraged my son to eat spinach by giving the example of Popeye 😂

No mere vegetable ever gained the fame that spinach did in the 1960s through the cartoon character Popeye. Often in vain, parents encouraged their children to eat their spinach so they would grow up to be big and strong.

There’s actually some truth to that…

Health Benefits of Spinach

Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. In other word, it’s loaded with good things for every part of your body!
Abundant flavonoids in spinach act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from free radicals, particularly in the colon. The folate in spinach is good for your healthy cardiovascular system, and magnesium helps lower high blood pressure. Studies also have shown that spinach helps maintain your vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity.

Source 

Got the recipe idea from my daughter Suchismita who blog at https://theretrospectiveprocrastinator.wordpress.com.

Its her favourite raita.

Our this week’s #Foodiemondaybloghop theme is #leafygreen.

My contribution is this easy yet delicious spinach raita.

Yes no fuss simple and super easy but yummy dish. 


Recipe 


Spinach or palak – 1&1/2 cup, roughly chopped

Curd – 1 cup

Rock salt to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Roasted cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar to taste

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Rai or mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1


Method 


Wash the spinach well. Chop roughly. Boil or microwave on high power for 4 minutes with 2 tablespoon water.
Immediately rinse the spinach with cold water to retain the colour.

Crush the spinach with your hand or a spoon.
Whisk the curd with rock salt, black pepper powder, sugar and roasted cumin powder. If you don’t have rock salt you can use any salt. 

Add boiled and crushed spinach in it. Mix well.
Heat oil in a pan. Add rai or mustard seeds. When it splutter add cumin seeds and dry red chilli. Let the cumin seeds splutter. Remove from heat.

Pour it over the raita.
Garnish with cilantro.

Serve immediately or keep it in refrigerator and serve chilled. 

Serve with stuffed paratha, puri, biryani or pulao.

Enjoy chilled, delicious and healthy spinach raita.
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Eggless No Bake No Gelatin No Butter Mango Cheesecake 


Eggless no butter no gelatin mango cheesecake. A no bake no cook recipe. Delicious chilled dessert for this scorching hot weather.

You don’t have cheese cream? Don’t worry. Make your cheesecake with paneer or cottage cheese. I have made it with homemade fresh paneer or cottage cheese.
I didn’t used gelatin or agar agar in it. So it will be soft in room temperature. Keep it in refrigerator and serve chilled. You can keep it in freezer for 15 minutes before serving to get firm texture.

Our this week’s 93rd :Foodiemonday bloghop theme is summer fruits.

I have selected royal fruit mango.

One of the most popular fruits in the world.

This delicious and soft mango cheesecake is very easy to make. You need only paneer or cottage cheese, mango puree, yogurt, milk topping or malai, sugar and some mango cream biscuits for bottom crust. Just blend and keep in refrigerator to set.

I have used mango cream biscuits for bottom crust, so didn’t used butter.  But you can use Graham crackers, Marie biscuits or any crackers biscuits. If you are using crackers instead of cream biscuits then you have to use 1/4 cup butter and 1 – 2 tablespoon sugar with it. Add butter to remove the dryness of crackers. Add little more if require. You can use heavy whipping cream instead of malai or milk topping.

Recipe 


Mango – 1 cup chopped

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup

Thick yogurt or hung curd – 1/4 cup

Milk topping or malai – 1/4 cup

Sugar – 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon or to taste

Mango cream biscuits – 12

Method 


Grease a loose bottom cake tin generously.

Grind the mango cream biscuits. If you want thick crust make it double.

If you are using Graham crackers or any crackers or Marie biscuits add 1/4 cup unsalted butter and 1 – 2 tablespoon sugar with it.

Pour the ground biscuits in the cake tin. Press with a bowl or bottom of a glass. I have used a small glass to set it properly.

Keep it in refrigerator for 15 – 20 minutes.

Beat the milk topping or malai until it becomes stiff. Don’t over beat. Keep it aside. You can use heavy whipping cream too.

Blend chopped mango and sugar. Add paneer or cottage cheese and thick yogurt. I have used fresh homemade chhena/paneer or cottage cheese. Make sure your paneer and yogurt drained completely. Blend until smooth. Taste and add more sugar if require. Its depends on the sweetness of mango. Blend again.

Take out the mixture in a bowl. Fold the beaten milk topping or malai in it.

Pour the mixture over the biscuit crust.

Level with a spoon. Garnish with mango slices and mint leaves. Keep it in refrigerator for overnight. You can make it for  individual serving too. Set in silicone muffins moulds in the same way. Or set in glass bowls for individual serving.

I have already mentioned this cheesecake don’t have gelatin or agar agar. So it will be soft  not firm like with gelatin cheesecake. Before slicing keep in freezer for 15 minutes. Serve chilled.

Enjoy the chilled mango flavoured cheesecake as a dessert.