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.
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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 Pineapple Sandesh / Diabetic Friendly Sweet / Naturally Sweetened

Sugar free pineapple sandesh.
A delicious sweet for diabetic and diet conscious people. Actually its superbly delicious so everyone can enjoy these guilt free sweets.

A sandesh without any artificial sweetener. But its perfectly sweet. Sweetness of pineapple and raisins made these sandesh sweet and yummy.
So a healthy treat for not only diabetic people but for everyone. Diet conscious people its for you too. Enjoy the natural sweetness without any guilt.

Already shared one more sugar free sweet recipe here. To get the recipe click on the name.

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

This sandesh recipe is very easy and simple. You don’t need much ingredients to make it. I have used homemade paneer/cottage cheese and khoya or milk solid in it. Both are made with skimmed milk.
Get the method of making khoya/mawa or dried milk or milk solid here.

You can get the method of making paneer or cottage cheese here.

Sandesh will get it’s perfect sweetness from raisins and pineapple. I have used little yellow food colour to make these attractive. You can skip colour if you want. And if you don’t have pineapple essence use cardamom powder or vanilla or any flavour of your choice.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup, tightly packed

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 1/4 cup

Chopped pineapple – 1/2 cup

Raisins – 1/4 cup

Pineapple essence – 2 – 3 drop

Yellow food colour – a pinch, optional

Method

1. Soak the raisins in hot water for 15 minutes.

2. In your mixer grinder blend or grind soaked raisins and chopped pineapple.

3. Add crumbled paneer or cottage cheese and khoya or milk solid. Blend again to make a smooth mixture.

4. Pour the mixture into a nonstick or heavy bottom pan.
Cook on low flame stirring continually.

5. Cook till the mixture becomes a dough like consistency.
Remove from heat. Add pineapple essence and mix well. Let it cool down.

6. Add yellow food colour if you want to use. Mash it with you palm to make smooth.

7. Now grease your favourite mould with little oil or ghee.
Shape your sandesh as you like.

8. If you don’t have mould simply make them small round ball. And serve as laddu.

You can garnish your laddu with chopped pistachio.

Enjoy the delicious pineapple flavoured sugar free sandesh without any guilt.

Notes

1. You can use store bought crumbled cottage cheese and milk solid in it. But fresh cottage cheese is better.

2. If you don’t have pineapple essence then you can use any flavour of your choice.

3. You can also make it without khoya or milk solid. Just use 1/4 cup paneer or cottage cheese more.

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Kasundi / Guest Post By Rita Ghosh

Kasundi
One more recipe from Bengal.
You can call it mustard sauce. I love it’s tangy zingy taste and lovely aroma of mustard.
You can serve it with any Bengali snack, cutlets, chop, fritters, croquettes or anything as a dip or sauce.

You can make fish or any vegetables with it. I often make eggs, ladyfingers, eggplant etc with kasundi. You have to add kasundi with salt, turmeric powder and chilli only. You don’t need much spices with it.

Kasundi is the Asian or Indian variety of mustard sauce. It is a pungent paste of fermented mustard seeds, spices and sometimes dried mangoes, dried Indian plum and olives, popular as a dipping sauce in Bengali cuisine.
Kasundi has always been a revered fixture of Bengali households, its making used to be almost a religious rite, with many restriction and rituals. With modern household appliances becoming commonplace, its making no more remains a complex ritual.
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Some of my readers requested for kasundi recipe. I never tried it. Always bought readymade bottles from Kolkata. So I have requested my friend Rita Ghosh for a guest post. Rita Ghosh is an avid cook and a very humble person. We never met physically but she is really a good friend. We met in a food group. Our interests are same. We chat every day and our topic is food. So when I requested her for kasundi post she gave me the recipe immediately. Thanks a lot dear for this awesome recipe.
Sharing her authentic method to make kasundi. Try it and please give your feedback 😊

Recipe

Black mustard seeds – 3 & 1/2 cup

Ginger paste – 2 tablespoon

Red chilli powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 2 teaspoon

Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper – 8 – 10

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 2 sticks

Raw mango – 2 medium, chopped

Hot water – 1 litre

Method

1. Wash black mustard seeds and ginger and let them dry under sunlight.

2. When dried completely blend them well.

3. Dry roast black pepper, green cardamom and cinnamon. Grind them altogether. Make fine powder.

4. Take a deep bottom pan. Mix blended mustard seeds, turmeric powder, salt and water in it.

5. Add mango pieces and mix well.
Cover the pan and keep it overnight.

6. Next day, take out the mango pieces and blend. Now add blended mango pieces and all the spices in this fermented mixture.
Add more cold ( room temperature) water as require.

7. Keep under sunlight for 7 – 8 days.
Your kasundi is ready.
Relish throughout the year.

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Green Tea Grape Mocktail

Green tea grape mocktail.
Summer time again. And here is a chilled and refreshing drink for you.
A perfect drink to beat the heat. This non alcoholic drink is perfect for your party. A delicious mocktail for kids and non drinkers.

You can make the drink and store in refrigerator. Mix soda water and ice just before serving.

This week’s 137th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is mocktail.
And I am sharing this green tea grape mocktail.

You can get some more drink recipes here. Click on the name to get the recipe.

Virgin watermelon mojito

Kiwi ginger lime cooler

Thandai flavoured fruit punch

Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and aloe vera

Virgin mojito with watermelon and Fanta

Refreshing flavour of green tea, mint, ginger and lemon, sweetness of grapes and cooling properties of cucumber makes this drink superbly delicious.
I have added little ginger in it but if you don’t like you can omit. Or you can increase the amount of ginger if you like.

Recipe

Ingredients

Green tea – 1 cup

Grape – 1 cup

Cucumber – 1/2

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Mint leaves – 8 – 10

Lemon juice – 3 tablespoon

Sparkling water or soda water – 1/2 cup

Black salt – 1/4 teaspoon

Lemon wedge, mint and thin lengthwise slice of cucumber to garnish

Method

Make one cup green tea and let it cool down.
Wash the grapes. Peel and chop the half cucumber. Taste the cucumber before using. It shouldn’t be bitter.

In a blender blend grapes, cucumber, mint leaves, black salt, grated ginger, lemon juice and green tea.
Blend till smooth and frothy.

Strain the mixture. Press with a spoon on strainer to get all the juice.
Slice thin lengthwise piece of cucumber.
Place the slice in a glass. Press on the inner wall of the glass.

Place some crushed ice in the glass.
Pour the strained juice over it. Top with sparkling water or soda water.
Garnish with lemon wedge, mint and grape.
Serve chilled.
Enjoy……

Notes

1. I like natural Sweetness so I didn’t add any sweetener. You can add honey or sugar if you want.

2. You can add little more black salt if require.

3. You can increase or decrease the amount of mint and ginger as per your taste.

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Ragi Or Finger Millet Oats Chocolate Cookies 

Ragi or finger millet oats chocolate cookies.

Gluten free, eggless, delicious and healthy cookies for your kiddos and for you too 😊

Nutritious and iron rich ragi or finger millet is a wonder food for adult and kids both.

Calcium deficiency can be cured by taking ragi regularly.

Ragi is the common name of Finger Millet in Southern part of India (and known as Nachni in the northern part of India). Along with oats this is one of the most nutritious food and one of the easy one to digest. It is rich in calcium and protein and also have good amount of iron and other minerals. It is low in fat most of which are unsaturated fats.

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So here is a delicious way to enjoy healthy ragi and oats both. You can give it in your kid’s tiffin.

I have used ghee or clarified butter but you can use unsalted butter if you like.


Recipe


Ragi or finger millet flour – 1 cup

Oats – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Method


Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper or aluminium foil.

Grind the oats into fine powder.

In a bowl sift ragi or finger millet flour, oats powder, baking powder, soda and cocoa powder.

In a large bowl cream 3/4 cup ghee or clarified butter and powdered sugar.

Add vanilla essence and whisk well.

Now add the dry ingredients.

Mix well and make a smooth dough. Add the remaining ghee if require.

Take 1 tablespoon of the dough. Make round ball with your hand. Press gently.

Make all the cookies and arrange on the greased or lined baking tray 1 inch apart.

Bake in a preheated oven for 12 – 15 minutes or until the edges becomes brown.

Cookies will be soft when hot so let them cool down completely.

Serve these delicious, healthy and melt in mouth cookies with a glass of milk to your to kids.

Or enjoy with your tea or coffee.

Or store in a airtight container for later use.

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Soya Paneer / Cottage Cheese  Lollipop 


Soya paneer lollipop.

A very easy and delicious appetizer for your evening snacks or party starter.

You don’t need to saute,  just mix everything and fry. Your delicious soya paneer lollipop is ready.

Its a healthy and delicious snack for your kiddos. You can pack it in their lunch box. You will love these  crispy and yummy soya paneer lollipop. 

This week’s our 109th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Onastick. My contribution is this super yummy and healthy soya paneer lollipop.

Soya is called unique food for it’s high protein content and having surplus vitamins, fibers and minerals.

Soya beans are a wonder beans for the grown ups and teen ages.

I have added paneer in it.

 Protein and calcium rich paneer/cottage cheese is a healthy food. Its a source of various other nutrients and low fat content.

If you have all the ingredients ready then you can make it in a jiffy. You have to mix everything and fry. You can shallow fry it in little oil or deep fry. Choice is yours.

Recipe 


Soya granules – 1/2 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup

Potato – 1 large, boiled

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 2 – 3  finely chopped

Onion – 1 chopped 

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Cilantro – handful, chopped

Salt to taste 

Rice flour – 3 tablespoon

Breadcrumbs – 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon

Oil for frying 

Ice-cream sticks as require 

Method 


Heat the soya granules in 1 cup water. When it starts to rolling boil. Cover and remove from heat. Or you can microwave for 2 minutes on high power.

Let it cool down. Drain the water and squeeze well.

Peel and mash or grate boiled potato.

In a large bowl mix squeezed soya granules, mashed potato, grated or mashed paneer or cottage cheese, grated ginger, chopped green chilli,, chopped onion, garlic powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder, red chilli flakes, black pepper powder, lemon juice, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, salt, rice flour and breadcrumbs. You can add 1/4 to 1/2 cup boiled green peas in it. 

Mix well with your hand. If require add little more breadcrumbs. You can also use oats for binding.

Make equal size balls. I have made 6 lollipop but you can make small bite size 12 lollipop.

Shape the balls like cutlets or croquettes.

Heat oil a nonstick pan. 

Fry the cutlets in it till the cutlets becomes golden brown.

Flip and fry the other side too. Remove and place on a paper towel. 

You can also deep fry them.

 Insert an ice-cream stick to the every cutlets. 

Serve hot with tomato sauce or any sauce or chutney.

Enjoy….

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Dairy Free Coconut Dry Fruits Overnight Oats 


Dairy free coconut dry fruits overnight oats.

For overnight oats you have to soak the oats in any kind of liquid of your choice. You can use any milk like almond milk, soya milk, coconut milk etc, yogurt or any fruit juice in equal amounts of oats.

You will love the taste of this overnight oats even if you don’t like oats. The taste is just like a dessert. I am sure you will love it.

I love overnight oats as breakfast. Because its not only delicious but very easy to make and filling, just mix everything in a jar cover and keep in refrigerator and go to sleep. You don’t need to cook anything in the busy morning. Your breakfast is already ready in the refrigerator, just take out and enjoy.

Oats is a healthy option for breakfast. Oats are loaded with Dietary fiber, more than any other grain. Oats have a range of healthy cholesterol lowering properties, helps control weight, reduces blood pressure, stabilize blood sugar, good for skin, enhances immune system, lower the risk of colon cancer.

And we all know oats as world’s healthiest food. Better way to gain the strength and energy.

You can get one more overnight oats recipe here

I have used cashew nuts, raisin, almond and coconut. You can use any dry fruits of your choice. I have pomegranate and apple so I have added them. You can add banana or any fruit or if you like skip the fruit, make it with only dry fruits. If you don’t want to add fruit increase the amount of dry fruits.

Recipe 


Oats – 1/4 cup

Coconut milk – 1/4 cup

Honey – 2 teaspoon or to taste

Cashew nuts – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Raisins – 1 tablespoon

Fresh coconut – 1 tablespoon, finely chopped or grated

Almond – 1 tablespoon chopped

Cashew, raisin, almond, chopped fresh coconut and walnut for topping

Apple and pomegranate seeds as require

Method 


Soak the raisins in little water for few minutes. Drain and keep aside.

Mix oats, coconut milk and honey. Taste and adjust the sweetness.

Add 1 tablespoon soaked raisins, chopped almond, cashew nuts and coconut. Mix well.

Take a jar or bowl. Place chopped apple and pomegranate seeds in the jar. Pour dry fruits mixed and coconut milk soaked oats over the fruits. Cover and shake the jar and keep it in the refrigerator for overnight.

Next day take out the jar.

Top with some more chopped apple and pomegranate seeds. You can add the fruits at night but I have added some more over it before serving to retain the crunch of the freshly chopped fruits. If you like you can make it without any fruit,  just increase the amount of dry fruits. Or you can use banana or any other fruits of your choice.

Now top with some dry fruits over it. You can Garnish with dry fruits of your choice. I have used cashew, almond, raisin, walnut and chopped coconut.

Enjoy chilled as your breakfast. Or serve as a dessert.

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