Friday, 19 January 2018

Katlu - Gujarati Style Winter Warmer Wholesome Bars

Katlu, a traditional sweet dish hails from Gujarat which is popular during winter months and is wholesome and loaded with nourishment.  A sweet dish prepared with wheat flour, Jaggery, a generous amount of ghee, Indian herbs and spices which are considered as a medicine according to Ayurveda, so this dish is on more of a health benefits side.

Katlu  - A Gujarati Style Winter Warmer Wholesome Bars are given to new mothers and consumed by all during winter months.

Around the world in many countries with different cultures, people from all backgrounds have their own food remedies to have in cold winter times as energy boosters. There is a saying in Gujarati ' Je Shiyala ma khay pak, tene na lage thaak' translates as 'if one eats good winter warmer food during winter, that person will stay full of energy' In my hometown of Gujarat, families traditionally starts to prepare winter warmer dishes that will help in keeping yourself healthy and fit as soon as the first sign of cold weather appears. The youngsters of the family rely on the very elderly for help and advice on how to go about making these or they use very old recipe books.

Katlu  - A Gujarati Style Winter Warmer Wholesome Bars are given to new mothers and consumed by all during winter months.


According to many Vaidya (Ayurvedic practitioners), they advise that people should eat a specific type of foods which provides them energy and keep the health of mind, body, and spirit free from diseases, so if these winter warmers are consumed in the cold season it will actually help you healthwise during the rest of the year. As we all know that we seem to burn more calories in winter as our body needs more fuel, it is advisable to consume high energy foods such as nuts, ghee ( clarified butter), Jaggery and whole grains. In Ayurveda, these special winters warmer foods such as Methi Paak (Fenugreek Bars) , Gundar Paak ( edible gum bars ) Saalam Paak ( herbs and spices bars) Katlu and many more healthy bars of this type are given the utmost importance. The contents of these bars are very specific in providing heat to the body and keep the immune system good, so these are very useful to consume during the cold and harsh weather.

More Winter Warmer Recipes - Peanuts and Sesame Kachariyu | Broken Wheat and Flax Seeds Ladoo | 


Katlu  - A Gujarati Style Winter Warmer Wholesome Bars are given to new mothers and consumed by all during winter months.


So What is Katlu? you may ask. Well, family and friends would not hesitate to make these for you if they find out that one has just given birth, it is very familiar to consume by the new mother after giving birth as it has lots of healing and strengthening properties. It works magically to get you back on your feet. But having said that Katlu can be consumed by anyone during the cold weather as it is packed with powerful ingredients. The main ingredient of this Katlu recipe is KATLU OR BATRISU POWDER which is a blend of 32 types of Indian herbs and spices. Also, Ingredients such as methi, edible gum, and ginger helps in strengthing of the backbones and joints. Desi Ghee and Nuts provides protein, fats , minerals and a rich source of energy. These traditional and rustic looking Katlu bars appears sweet in taste but with a sharp distinct flavour which takes time to get used to as it is quite overpowering. Katlu is all in one, energy bar you will need as it contains each and every beneficial ingredient that will do the job so no need to make other various time-consuming winter warmers.

The recipe today I am sharing with you is my Mum's and feel proud that I can make exactly the same way as hers. Let's hope my daughter keeps this tradition up :)

Katlu  - A Gujarati Style Winter Warmer Wholesome Bars are given to new mothers and consumed by all during winter months.


Note:-
Katlu powder is available in Indian grocery shop.

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Katlu -
Katlu is a Gujarati style winter warmer wholesome bars. These bars are prepared with wholesome ingredients such as Nuts, Indian herbs and Spices, Wheat flour and jaggery. One a day in winter keeps you warm and energetic.
Ingredients
  • 500g Wheat flour ( I used wholemeal chapatti flour)
  • 750g Desi Ghee
  • 750g Grated desi Jaggery
  • 250g Methi Powder- Fenugreek Powder 
  • 250g Edible Gum (Gond or Gundar)
  • 150g Dry ginger powder
  • 200g Katlu ( Batrisu) powder
  • 150g Desiccated coconut
  • 300g Mixed Nuts roughly chopped ( Iused cashew, almond, pistachio, walnuts)
  • 100g Poppy seeds
  • 150g Dates and Dried figs chopped
  • 100g Raisins
  • 2 tbsp. Cardamom and Nutmeg powder
Instructions
On a previous night heat 250g ghee and add methi powder and mix well, leave it aside whole night.Next day morning start preparing katlu. In a big and wide plate place mixed nuts, raisins, dates and figs, cardamom, nutmeg and katlu powder. Mix well.Heat about 100g ghee in a kadai, and fry edible gum and add into the mixed powder plate. Now add more ghee(250g) and heat and add wheat flour and fry on a very low heat until nice and pink. It will take about 18-20 minutes. Transfer fried flour into the plate, straight away add soked methi powder as well. Mix everything so well.Now heat remaining ghee in the same pan, and add jaggery and make jaggery syrup without any water. It will take about 5-7 minutes.Meanwhile keep a greased tray or thali next to you.Pour jaggery syrup on the prepared flour mixture and quickly mix. Transfer katlu mix in the greased tray and spread evenly.Sprinkle almond and pistachio slivers (optional) and let it cool for an hour.Then cut into the desired shapes. Once totally cooled down store in a air tight conatianer .Consume ONLY 1 piece every morning with a glass of milk.Enjoy!
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 20-22 bars





More winter warmer recipes
Gond ke ladoo
Atte ki Pinni
Cashew and Rice Ladoo
Dakhni Mirch aur Aate ke Ladoo

Monday, 15 January 2018

Roasted Carrot, Chickpea Soup with Coriander and Lime Vinaigrette

This Roasted Carrot, Chickpea Soup with Coriander and Lime Vinaigrette, is a healthy, flavourful and satisfying dish which can be served at lunch or light dinner and ridiculously easy to prepare.


Season of winter is in full swing, so is the season of soups, at least in my kitchen :) Already We have gulped down so many soup bowls, and there are many soup recipes waiting to be executed in my kitchen.  Freezing and Cold temperatures with Hot and Cozy soup go hand in hand, warming, and hearty soups to get you through the cold spell.

Remember I told you here about how I went a bit crazy and bought a half trolly full of vegetables, just because they were 29p per bag, so I went on soup cooking spree and prepared huge batches of soups which overtook my fridge and freezer.

More Carrot Recipes:- Roasted Carrot and Coriander Hummus | Carrot, Tomato and Cardamom Chutney | Lasniya Methi Gajar ( Sauteed carrots with garlic and fenugreek seeds)


One of the soups I prepared was this Roasted Carrot, Chickpea soup with Coriander and Lime Vinaigrette which is the result of few leftover bags of carrots I had in my fridge. We just threw whatever we found in the fridge and pantry as we were going on holiday and wanted to use all our perishable ingredients. Instead of adding more vegetables I added Chickpeas so this soup would be packed with protein too.

This soup turned out so delicious, that after coming back from our holiday we already finished the frozen ones, and I had a go at making second time as per demands of the family and also I wanted to post this recipe on my blog.

More Chickpea Recipe:- Sun dried tomato, chickpea Cakes with Cashew and Oats | Gujarati Black Chickpea Curry | Thai Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Mushroom Curry


So this soup of mine is Frugal, amazingly flavourful, spicy and delicious, and a bonus point is that it's vegan and so healthy.

In this soup, fresh and juicy carrots and chickpeas give such a thick, creamy and luscious texture, neither runny or lumpy, just right so it slips down your throat. A strong and warm flavour of harissa paste is so inviting in this cold weather. Zippy and fresh tasting coriander and lime vinaigrette brightens up the soup and makes this it all more enjoyable.



Notes:-
For a low carb diet, serve soup without any bread.

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Roasted Carrot, Chickpea Soup with Coriander and Lime Vinaigrette
This darn easy and quick soup is vegan, healthy and flavourful!
Ingredients
  • 500g Carrots Peeled and cubed
  • 200g Boiled chickpeas water drained
  • 1 Big white onion chopped
  • 5-6 Garlic cloves
  • 700ml Vegetable stock
  • 3 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Harissa or Chilli Paste
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Dry red chili flakes
  • Coriander and Lime Vinaigrette
  • 4 Tbsp. Coriander leaves
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Lime Juice
  • 4-5 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • salt and Pepper
Instructions
Preheat the oven to gas mark 5-6.Place chopped carrots on a baking tray, drizzle olive oil and sprinkle some salt and pepper.Roast it in the oven for 15-20 minutes.Now add drained chickpeas, onion, and garlic.Mix well and once again roast it for another 15 minutes.Now add harissa paste and mix everything together and let the vegetable and chickpea roast for another 5 minutes.Remove the tray from the oven and transfer everything into a big saucepan. ( leave some chickpeas for garnishing the soup)Add vegetable stock and blend the soup with the hand blender until smooth.Heat the soup on the stove for a couple of minutes, check the seasoning.In a blender place coriander, lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grind till everything mixes well.Serve hot soup in a serving bowl, garnish the soup with the remaining chickpeas, vinaigrette, fresh coriander and chili flakes.Enjoy with crusty bread or even without, it tastes great too.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4-6 servings

Stoke Place - The King & Lamb - Restaurant Review

With the New Year, we all want to make dietary changes and embrace clean eating. But what do you do when your friends mention having a catch up over dinner? Instead of just ordering a salad, why not try out the new Vegan menu at The King & Lamb at Stoke Place in Buckinghamshire!

Stoke Place-The King and Lamb Restaurant is in Buckingham shire.

Stoke Place Country House is located in Buckinghamshire.  We were thrilled to be invited to sample the brand new The King and Lamb restaurant's vegan menu for veganuary.

The idea behind the vegan menu was to change perceptions of veganism. Instead of "mock duck" for example, why not embrace the wonderful plant-based food and fresh ingredients that the world has to offer?

As we arrived at Stoke Place, there was an immediate calm. We were not far from the city and main roads and yet we were given a complete sense of serenity. The exterior of Stoke Place was beautiful with lovely gardens on the outside. We really were looking forward to seeing the inside!




If we thought the outside was nice, we were in for a real treat when we walked up to the restaurant. It was lavishly decorated with beautiful fabric and antique ornaments. My daughter especially fell in love with the globes. This was definitely not the interior of a standard restaurant.

We were greeted by Mark who is the restaurant manager. He showed us to our table and then explained a bit about the country house and restaurant. It was interesting to find out the history of the house and how it came about. Stoke Place was built by Patrick Lamb in 1690. He was a master cook to several Kings and Queens but it was here in Stoke Place that he cooked for Queen Anne.



We were then talked through the full menu and explained the ingredients gone into each dish. We chose to have all three courses. Each dish sounded divine, it was hard to pick! We learnt that the food is sourced within 10 miles of the hotel.

We were also offered a vegan wine to go with the courses. I didn't know that wine isn't always vegan so that was good to learn and also did not contain sulphites. The wine was priced at £36 a bottle.


Whilst we waited for the first course, we had hot out of the oven bread rolls with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. For starters, I ordered the carrot soup and my daughter ordered the cabbage. The soup was simply perfect. There is no other description that I could give. Every flavour was coming through without being overpowering. The soup was wonderfully silky with the hit of ginger being just right. It was just what I needed for a cold wintery day! My daughter loved her starter too and said that she had never eaten cabbage before that tasted so good.


For mains, I had the gnocchi and my daughter had the butternut squash. With one bite I knew that the chef really knew his ingredients and flavours. Each ingredient complimented the other perfectly, I don't think I've ever eaten gnocchi that tasted this good before. It was so fresh. I was told by my daughter that the butternut squash was splendid too.

It's also worth mentioning that the portion sizes were perfect. Not too small, and not too filling that we were getting too full to enjoy the next course.

For dessert, we were recommended the vegan brownie and the poached pear. What a heavenly end to an already exquisite meal. Usually, I always skip any offers of cakes because I don't eat egg so it was great to be able to indulge in the brownie knowing that it is vegan. My daughter loved her pudding, particularly the pear sorbet.  With all of our dishes, the food was so beautifully and delicately presented. I and my daughter both were almost completely silent as we ate!



After our meal, we had a tour of Stoke Place where we got a chance to take in the rich history of the building and explore the different ways the hotel could be used to entertain. We finished off in the butterfly bar where we had a tea to round up our lunch.


I'm so glad that I've had the chance to discover Stoke Place. It's such a wonderful place to visit with family and friends in all the different seasons.

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Disclaimer:- Thank you, Stoke Place-The King and Lamb, for welcoming us to enjoy your hospitality. The full meal for two was on the house and all views expressed are entirely my own. I was not told or paid to write a positive review.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Roasted Cauliflower, Parsnip and Walnut Soup

This wonderfully aromatic Roasted Cauliflower, Parsnip, and Walnut Soup is so delicious, creamy and a little sweet. Beware, folks will come for second helpings for this one! And as it's vegan, enjoy Veganuary!

Roasted Cauliflower, Parsnip and Walnut Soup is healthy, hearty and nutty. Perfect for cold and gloomy weather.

Hey, guys how are you all? Hope you all had a lovely Christmas with your loved ones and started the new year with a bang! We had a fantastic time together over the Christmas period. We indulged and enjoyed so much yummy and tasty food, movies, games and shopping, and in the beginning, of a new year, did get away for a 5 day trip to Austria and Hungary. A great way to start a new year, right!? :)

Roasted Cauliflower, Parsnip and Walnut Soup is healthy, hearty and nutty. Perfect for cold and gloomy weather.

I just mentioned above that over the Christmas we had rich, tasty and calorie loaded food, especially we went crazy on potatoes and gobbled so many Roasted Potatoes, Aloo and Onion Paratha, Aloo Tikki, Aloo Matar, and Dry Aloo Bhaji with Methi Thepla just because our local supermarket was selling 2.5kg Potato bag for only for 29p! Crazy right? Not only potatoes but carrots, parsnips, Brussels sprouts and so fresh cauliflower too.

Roasted Cauliflower, Parsnip and Walnut Soup is healthy, hearty and nutty. Perfect for cold and gloomy weather.

I got so greedy and bought almost a half a trolly full all these veggies. Whatever we could use for the recipes I used and all the leftover vegetables I used in making soups and froze them as I knew after coming back from the holiday we will need some food where I don't have to cook much ( oh yes, I do not easily switch off from the holiday mood) also we wanted to start a new year with the healthy note and of course wanted to beat cold and gloomy winter days with these type of piping hot soups.

More Vegan Soup Recipes - Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Sumac and Tofu Croutons | Carrot, Ginger and Coconut Soup with Saffron Vinaigrette | Harissa Roasted Mixed Squash, Tomatoes and Cashew Soup

Roasted Cauliflower, Parsnip and Walnut Soup is healthy, hearty and nutty. Perfect for cold and gloomy weather.

So here I am back to normal and back to blogging with this incredibly creamy, nutty and hearty Roasted Cauliflower and Walnut Soup recipe. Roasted cauliflower and parsnips lend such sweet flavours to the soup and nutty and crunchy walnuts add more taste and texture, topped with fresh thyme. This recipe is so simple, quick and easy, just throw all the ingredients in the oven for half an hour, while your oven does your work you get on with some stretching.... Perfect and healthy start to the new year.

Roasted Cauliflower, Parsnip and Walnut Soup is healthy, hearty and nutty. Perfect for cold and gloomy weather.

Notes:-
Instead of walnuts, you can use Almonds.



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Roasted Cauliflower, Parsnip and Walnut Soup
This vegan, quick and easy soup is so delicious and healthy.
Ingredients
  • 3 cup Cauliflower florets
  • 2 cup Roughly chopped Parsnips
  • 1/2 cup Roughly chopped white Onion
  • 5-6 Whole Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 700ml Vegetable Stock
  • per taste Salt and Pepper
  • Fresh thyme
  • 3-4 tbsp. Lightly roasted walnuts
Instructions
Preheat the oven to gas mark 4-5.In a baking tray arrange cauliflower florets, parsnips, onion, and garlic.Drizzle a good amount of olive oil and sprinkle little salt and pepper.Let the vegetables bake for 25-30 minutes.Once done remove from the oven, let it cool a bit.Add the soup into a blender with some vegetable stock and make a puree.Returned pureed soup to the saucepan, add the remaining vegetable stock. Heat on a medium heat and check seasoning. Serve in a bowl, sprinkle some toasted walnuts and black pepper. Drizzle some olive oil or walnut oil and garnish it with thyme. Serve with crusty bread or rolls.Enjoy!
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8 servings



More Soup Recipes - Sweet Corn Vegetable Soup |

Friday, 22 December 2017

Lean Greens - Product review

Talking about eating healthy is all and well, but actually doing it is something else. With busy lifestyles and supermarkets stocked with ready meals, it's hard to focus on our health and wellbeing. Luckily, Lean Greens has introduced their Super Greens Powder - UK's number 1 powdered green supplement. 




The Super Greens Powder aims to reduce bloating, cravings and prevent the afternoon slump by increasing natural energy. It works by packing a long list of active ingredientsWheatgrass, Barley Grass, Spirulina, Chlorella, Alfalfa, Spinach, Broccoli, Carrot, Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Digestive Enzyme Blend, Green Tea Extract, Siberian Ginseng, Stevia Leaf. Phew! 




Kindly, Lean Greens sent me their starter pack to try out at home. It contained a tub of Super Greens Powder, a shaker and two sachets of their Trim Formula protein isolate. I couldn't wait to try it the next morning and start feeling the benefits! 

I make the effort to cook foods that do contain nutritious ingredients, but I am grateful to have the help wherever I can. Knowing that if I drink a glass of the green powder, I have already done my body some good and started the day off well!

So how did I get on?



It was so easy to prepare. All I did was mix 250 ml of cold water with a large scoop of the powder. It was certainly quicker than preparing a green smoothie. As someone who is into green juices and has introduced their family to green juices, the powder was actually quite palatable! Don't let the bright green colour put you off! It really isn't at all bad. I had it first thing in the morning before my cup of masala tea as I wanted to give a chance for the alkalising ingredients to work their wonders. 

The shaker provided was foolproof and super simple to wash up after! I did notice an increase in my energy levels during the cold winter. I even gave some for my daughter to try whilst she was at uni and she also claimed feeling more refreshed than usual. We are not surprised that Super Greens has received such good reviews from their other customers! You can buy from Amazon here


I'm so happy that I have found a supplement to support me and my families needs alongside our meals. 


We are so close to the New Year and I'm sure that after the Christmas indulgence, you will be looking to get healthy again. Lean Greens would be perfect for that as it requires minimal effort. No more breaking your New Years resolutions and say hello to a healthier you in 2018!

Disclaimer- Thank you Lean Greens for sending me these products.  I was sent Lean Greens welcome pack for an unbiased review, and not told or paid to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou (Algerian Shortbread Cookies)

These gorgeous Vegan Boussou la Tmssou, shortbread cookies, reminds you of snowballs and originally are from Algeria. They melt in your mouth and these moreish cookies are not to be missed this festive season.  They can be great as Christmas cookies or any time of the year and very nice alternative treats for those friends and family who are vegan. Definitely, these bite-size delights will light up anyone's face!

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou ,  These Algerian Shortbread Cookies are made with Plain flour, Ghee and powdered sugar, For a vegan version use coconut oil or butter.

"Tis the season to be jolly and bake cookies" In our house, Christmas and cookies go hand in hand and I don't think there is anything more festive than a good shortbread cookie. Just curl up by the fire, pour some hot chocolate and munch a few of these delectable cookies and have fun and laughter with the ones you love! Oh yes, all we want for Christmas is food:)

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou ,  These Algerian Shortbread Cookies are made with Plain flour, Ghee and powdered sugar, For a vegan version use coconut oil or butter.

This year for  Christmas baking I was looking some inspirations to get baking, generally I don't bake much so in my case baking ideas just don't pop in my head to start baking, it has to be something special that would push me to go into that baking mood. As I was about to search online, what do I see about outside? Freaky snow started falling, people in Britain went crazy to see that amount of snow and especially social media flooded with such mesmerising and unique snow pictures, cute and very creative snowman pictures. While I was enjoying snow falling down on the trees, I had cravings for eating white snowballs. So thought of a treat that would resemble small snowballs. Quickly I searched for snow themed food, to my surprise a lot of recipes turned up from drinks to desserts, wow, and I thought about baking these Boussou la Tmssou!

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou ,  These Algerian Shortbread Cookies are made with Plain flour, Ghee and powdered sugar, For a vegan version use coconut oil or butter.

Boussou la Tmssou, delicate and delightful cookies which reminds you snowballs, dipped in orange blossom water and then covered in icing sugar hails from Algeria. The name Boussou la Tmssou means 'Kiss it, don't touch it'. I guess this name was given to these cookies because they are extremely delicate to handle, while you are making and eating, these cookies need to be handled with so much care and attention.  Although they need extra care, these cookies can be prepared in a such a short time and you won't need any special ingredients. Traditional Boussou la Tmssou made with Ghee, (some use melted ghee, some use set ghee). I had almost 2 kg organic virgin coconut oil bottles lying in my kitchen, so I thought of making these cookies as vegan.

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou ,  These Algerian Shortbread Cookies are made with Plain flour, Ghee and powdered sugar, For a vegan version use coconut oil or butter.

While I was baking these cookies, the husband said it's beginning to feel like Christmas!  The festive season is in full swing in my house and we are looking forward to spending the most wonderful time of the year with loved ones and devouring all these yummy goodies.

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou ,  These Algerian Shortbread Cookies are made with Plain flour, Ghee and powdered sugar, For a vegan version use coconut oil or butter.


Merry Christmas from all of us and all the best for the new year!!!


Merry Christmas 2017 from Jagrutis Cooking Odyssey


If you are still looking for an idea then look no further, this foolproof recipe is the perfect for sharing the moments, small but sweet, just make double the amount as once you prepare these you'll want to scoff some as well as one is never enough!!!

Notes:-
I used rosemary sprigs only for the photographic purpose. 
You can make these cookies using ghee or unsalted butter too.



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Vegan Boussou la Tmssou (Algerian Shortbread Cookies)
These melt in your mouth cookies are so easy to make with only basic ingredients, perfect for a gift or just to enjoy them yourself.
Ingredients
  • 225g Plain flour - Maida
  • 40g Powdered sugar
  • 110g Coconut oil melted
  • 100-120ml Orange blossom water
  • 150g Powdered sugar for coating
Instructions
In a bowl add plain flour and 40g powdered sugar.Mix well then add melted coconut oil.Mix all the ingredients with the hands and form a dough.Divide the dough into small equal sizes and roll into balls.Meanwhile, preheat your oven to gas mark 3-4 for 5-7 minutes.If you want you can press the cookie balls with your thumb and make slightly flat, I did half of them then left it.Line them on a baking tray and bake them for 15 minutes or until bottom parts of the cookie gets slightly golden brown.Remove it from the oven and leave it to cool completely. Once they are cooled dip them into orange blossom water one by one and roll into the powdered sugar to coat them evenly, leave them on a tray for at least 4-5 hours at room temperature.Then store them in the airtight container and keep it in a refrigerator. Bring it to a room temperature for 30 minutes before consuming. Enjoy!
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 30-40 cookies



Recipe inspiration from here 

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Spiced Rosemary Almonds

These Spiced Rosemary Almonds are totally addictive, with the hint of spices and woody rosemary. These are ridiculously easy, quick and healthy nibbles to serve with any kind of drinks.

Spiced Rosemary Almonds are easy to prepare, it's tasty, delicious and healthy. Perfect as a edible gifts.


Treat your guests or host with this incredibly tasty and aromatic pan toasted Spicy Rosemary Almonds this festive season. Just pop them into a pretty jar with a pretty ribbon and it's such a thoughtful homemade gift.

More spiced nuts recipes:- Chana Masala and Kasoori Methi Peanuts | Honey and Thyme Roasted Walnuts 

Christmas period is a wonderful time to enjoy fresh herbs and spices as they not only lend amazing tastes in your cooking but works as a medicine to bring so many benefits to your body to fight the winter cold. Rosemary plays an important role in Christmas cooking, it's alluring woody scent is delightful with cooking and your kitchen will be left with very pleasant aromas that will make it extra festive.
Spiced Rosemary Almonds are easy to prepare, it's tasty, delicious and healthy. Perfect as a edible gifts.

Although you can serve these almonds at room temperature, If you really want to enjoy that distinct taste of rosemary, munch them while they are warm.



Notes:-
Instead of Almonds, any other types of nuts can be used. 



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Spiced Rosemary Almonds
Spiced Rosemary Almonds, so easy and quick to make and this can be a thoughtful homemade gift.
Ingredients
  • 400g Raw Almonds
  • 4 Tbsp. Fresh chopped rosemary
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. Butter ( vegan use olive oil) 
  • 2 tsp Dark brown sugar
  • Pinch Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Red Chilli powder or flakes
Instructions
Place almonds in a pan and dry roast them for 8-10 minutes.In a big bowl add butter, sugar, rosemary, salt, chilli powder and black pepper powder.As soon as almonds are roasted add them into the bowl and quickly start mixing.Once they are coated evenly with the spice mixture, serve warm.If you want to give it as a gift, leave nuts to cool completely then pack them in a jar. Enjoy!
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 400g

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Cardamom and Cinnamon Caramel Fudge

This scrumptious Cardamom and Cinnamon Caramel Fudge screams nothing but festivity and these might be an ultimate treat to offer your friends and family around this festive season.

These Rich, Tasty and Delicious Cardamom, Cinnamon and Caramel Fudge are so easy to make which melts in your mouth and it is perfect for festive holiday and makes a darn good gift.

It's that time of the year again when so many delicious and delectable treats are to be made, wrapped and shared with so much love. It's that time when sweets and confectioneries rain everywhere. Christmas is just around the corner and shops and markets are oodles with breathtaking and unique types of edible gifts, candies and chocolates sure to satisfy everyone's needs.

These Rich, Tasty and Delicious Cardamom, Cinnamon and Caramel Fudge are so easy to make which melts in your mouth and it is perfect for festive holiday and makes a darn good gift.


There is no doubt that it is far easy to buy those beautifully decorated boxes of edible gifts for anyone, but I don't know why I always strongly feel that if you want to wish to carry an edible gift for someone it has to be homemade. You need to add that personal touch, some customising and feelings to it. So have you decided if you are going to make anything this season? if you haven't then look no further.

These Rich, Tasty and Delicious Cardamom, Cinnamon and Caramel Fudge are so easy to make which melts in your mouth and it is perfect for festive holiday and makes a darn good gift.

I have this pretty easy to make Cardamom and Cinnamon Caramel Fudge recipe for you. This recipe would be perfect for you to try even though making fudge at home is not your cup of tea. I always prefer to make fudge for edible gifts, because I think it is the easiest confectionary you can make and honestly, the options are endless, customise or personalise your fudge recipes with ingredients, flavours also fudge can be stay fresh for long time.

More Edible Gift Recipes:- Dark Chocolate and Pistachio Fudge | Vegan Mocha Chia Seeds and Mix Nuts Truffles | Carrot, Tomato and Cardamom Chutney | Eggless Mini Penettone | Homemade Classic Herb & Spice Salt

These Rich, Tasty and Delicious Cardamom, Cinnamon and Caramel Fudge are so easy to make which melts in your mouth and it is perfect for festive holiday and makes a darn good gift.


So I have come up with two flavours which I love adding to my cooking. Cardamom and Cinnamon, these warm winter scents seem to bring that wonderful warmth during Christmas period, especially cinnamon being used abundantly in Christmas cooking, baking, in beverages. So along with Cinnamon, I decided to add Cardamom in here. Cardamom is the most used spice in my kitchen.

These rich, decadent and delightful fudge is perfectly spiced, beautifully textured with a no greater combination. It is made with caramelised condensed milk and flavoured with delicate cardamom and sweet cinnamon. These perfectly elegant looking fudge are perfect for holiday parties, a get-together or as gifts.

These Rich, Tasty and Delicious Cardamom, Cinnamon and Caramel Fudge are so easy to make which melts in your mouth and it is perfect for festive holiday and makes a darn good gift.

A darn simple recipe that you can easily remember and whip up in no time and you might want to make a double batch so you have a chance to enjoy too :)

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Cardamom and Cinnamon Caramel Fudge
These Rich, Tasty and Delicious Cardamom, Cinnamon and Caramel Fudge are so easy to make which melts in your mouth and it is perfect for festive holiday and makes a darn good gift.
Ingredients
  • 1 Tin (397g) Sweetened Condensed milk
  • 125g Butter
  • 450g Soft brown sugar
  • 130ml Milk full fat
  • 1 Tsp. Cardamom essence
  • Big pinch Cinnamon powder
Instructions
Line a tray or plate with foil.In a thick bottom saucepan place butter and sugar.Then add condensed milk and normal milk.Keep mixing everything and let the mixture cook, keep stirring constantly so mixture doesn't get burn.Keep stirring for 15 minutes continuously. Be careful mixture boils a lot at this stage.After 15 minutes, switch off the heat, and keep stirring the mixture. You will be able to see mixture getting thicker at this stage.Now add vanilla essence and cinnamon powder and mix well. Pour the mixture into prepared tray and smooth it as soon as possible.Leave it to cool for at least 2-3 hours and cut into desired shape.Store in an airtight container or arrange in a box and give it as a gift.Enjoy!
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 40-42 fudge pieces

Monday, 11 December 2017

Peanuts and Sesame Seeds Kachariyu - Peanuts and Sesame Energy Bites


Peanuts and Sesame Seeds Kachariyu can have a place in your healthy eating plan and winter essential menus. This wholesome, refined sugar-free and nutritious Gujarati winter dish is delectable and the simplest dish you can prepare to fight those winter blues.

Kachariyu is a traditional Gujarati delicacy which is eaten during winter times and made with very basic ingredients such as sesame seeds, Jaggery and Peanuts. It is very healthy and nutritious.

This Kachariyu is prepared with roasted peanuts, sesame seeds, Jaggery, some winter spices and nuts. Generally, traditional Kachariyu prepared with ONLY sesame seeds and crushed along with Jaggery and spices but this time there is a little twist.  Oh yes, my mind is always thinking of alternatives. At least, this twist made this recipe tastier in my opinion! Read my traditional Sesame (Til-Tal) Kachariyu recipe here.

More Peanuts Recipe for winter - Peanuts Jaggery Brittle ( Chikki )

Kachariyu is a traditional Gujarati delicacy which is eaten during winter times and made with very basic ingredients such as sesame seeds, Jaggery and Peanuts. It is very healthy and nutritious.

Winter is the best time to pamper and nourish your body with wholesome, good fats and energy boosting food that provide lots of energy to keep the body warm from inside and to build up a good immune system to fight many winters downfalls like cold, coughs and joint pains. 

Peanuts and Sesame seeds are perfect to use during colder days. While peanuts have plenty of vitamin B-3 which promotes blood flow and kick-starts your metabolism, sesame seeds naturally lower blood pressure and are a good source of vitamins and minerals.

More Sesame Recipe for winter -  Rose Pistachio Sesame Tahini Halwa | Rose Pistachio Coconut Till Gajak | Sesame and Jaggery Bites . Check my friend Sapana's Sesame Brittle-Til Chikki recipe. 

Kachariyu is a traditional Gujarati delicacy which is eaten during winter times and made with very basic ingredients such as sesame seeds, Jaggery and Peanuts. It is very healthy and nutritious.


As soon as the winter arrives in my part of the world, I dig out those traditional recipes to prepare a couple of types of winter warmer dishes which are healthy, beneficial and delicious at the same time, for my kids and family. So, this time I prepared Peanuts and Sesame Kachariyu, with healthy fats and plenty of protein that is a smart snack this time of the year which will also combat freezing temperatures.

This Kachariyu recipe is very easy to prepare, you don't require any ghee or dairy butter and can be done in a few ticks. Every morning a couple of tablespoons of Kachariyu do wonders to the body. Don't go binge eating as this item is not guilt free as there are jaggery and dates in this recipe which can spike your sugar levels.

Kachariyu is a traditional Gujarati delicacy which is eaten during winter times and made with very basic ingredients such as sesame seeds, Jaggery and Peanuts. It is very healthy and nutritious.


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Peanut and Sesame Kachariyu
Peanut and sesame Kachariyu is a homemade nutritious winter warmer recipe can be made very easily.
Ingredients
  • 150g Plain Peanuts
  • 150g Sesame seeds (white or Black)
  • 100g Jaggery grated
  • 100g Medjool dates pitted
  • 50g Almonds chopped
  • 30g Desiccated coconut
  • 3 Tbsp. Melon and poppy seeds
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Dry ginger powder
Instructions
Dry roast peanuts and sesame seeds separately.Let it cool and remove peanuts skin.In a food processor or grinder add almonds and peanuts, grind until you see oil oozing out of the almonds and peanuts.Remove it from the grinder bowl and add sesame seeds and melon seeds, grind the sesame seeds until you see oil coming out of the sesame seeds.Now add jaggery, dates, ginger powder, desiccated coconut, poppy seeds and peanuts mixture.Now grind everything so well in the grinder.Remove it from the grinder bowl and make ladoo or leave it as it is.Garnish it with the almond and pistachio slivers if you like.Enjoy this winter delicacy in the morning.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 500g Mass


































































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