Monday, 31 July 2017

BADAM BESAN KA HALWA

Let me warn you this Badam Besan Ka Halwa is sinful, but you don't want to commit a sin by not eating it too! My Badam Besan Ka Halwa is rich and divine but is surprisingly easy to make.  It is enriched with nutty ground almonds, mawa, aromatic spices and a generous amount of desi ghee.

Badam Besan Ka Halwa is a rich and delicious Indian Sweet, which is perfect for any celebrations or occasions. It is prepared with ground almonds, chick pea flour, khoya, sugar and milk and garnished with rich nuts, saffron and edible gold leaf. It's a real soul satisfying treat!

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Moriyo Phool Makhana Kheer-Barnyard Millet and Fox Nuts Pudding

Moriyo and Makhana Kheer, so easy to prepare and it is luscious, ideal  to consume during fasting but you may enjoy it anytime!

This deliciously creamy Moriyo Phool Makhana Kheer (sweet thickened milk with Barnyard Millet and Fox Nuts) recipe is a sweet dish. It is a quick and comfort dish which can be enjoyed on fasting days such as Shravan Month, Gokulasthmi, Navratri or Mahashivratri. This rich and creamy kheer is prepared with Moriyo also known as Sama, Samo or Vrat ke Chawal and Makhane aka Fox Nuts, flavoured with cardamom, nutmeg and added nuts halfway through then garnished with almond and pistachio slivers.These added flavoures and textures make an already creamy kheer even more delicious!

More Kheer Recipe -> Shahi Mango paneer Kheer (can be consumed on fasting day) | Date and Pear Moriyo Kheer | Carrots and Fox Nuts Kheer | Doodhpaak | Garvanu-Gujarati Semolina Kheer | Beetroot Kheer | Meethi Boondi Kheer

The holy month of Shravan is here, it is the holiest and auspicious month of the Hindu year. This month is dedicated to Lord Shiva, not only devotees of Lord Shiva but followers from Sanatan Dharma around the world observes austerities, fast and prayers to purify the mind, the senses, the body and the soul. Also in this month, various big festivals such as Naag Panchami, Shitla Saatam, Raksha Bandhan, Janamasthmi and Hindola are celebrated with zeal.

Moriyo and Makhana Kheer, so easy to prepare and it is luscious, ideal  to consume during fasting but you may enjoy it anytime!


While I was growing up in India, I used to wait eagerly for the month of Shravana. Obviously, there are plenty of festivals lined up in this month, means so many delicious and gorgeous yummy treats were on the table.

As far as I know, my mum never observed any fast in the month of Shravan, and I followed same, however, sometimes I love to indulge in delicious fasting dishes. So here I am with Moriyo Phool Makhana Kheer! Some make a kheer with just Moriyo and you can also make it with just Phool Makhana. But I have combined Moriyo+Phool Makhana and made one kheer out of both. This experiment paid off and the results were very pleasing!!!

More fasting Recipe -> Must Try Vrat Ka Khana 

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moriyo makhana kheer, samo chawal ki kheer, makahane ki kheer
Desserts
Indian
Yield: 6 Servings
Author:

MORIYO PHOOL MAKHANA KHEER

MORIYO PHOOL MAKHANA KHEER

Moriyo and Makhana Kheer, so easy to prepare and it is luscious, ideal to consume during fasting but you may enjoy it anytime!
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 20 M

ingredients:

  • 50g Barnyard Millet
  • 50g Fox Nuts
  • 1ltr Milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Ghee
  • 150g Sugar
  • pinch Cardamom and nutmeg powder
  • 2 Tbsp. Almond and Pistachio slivers
  • 2 Tbsp. Cashew Nuts
  • Pinch saffron threads

instructions:

How to cook MORIYO PHOOL MAKHANA KHEER

  1. Clean, wash and soak barnyard millet in cold water and leave it aside for 5 minutes.
  2. In a heavy bottom pan heat ghee and lightly roast fox Nuts until crispy.
  3. Remove fox nuts and add milk in the same pan.
  4. Bring the milk to boil and add soaked millet ( discard the water) and let it cook. keep stirring continuously.
  5. In a mixer grind the roasted fox nuts, don't make powder keep it coarse.
  6. Once you see milk getting thicker, add coarsely fox nuts.
  7. Now add sugar and continue cooking the kheer for another 5 minutes.
  8. Add saffron, cashews, cardamom and nutmeg powder.
  9. After a couple of minutes turn off the heat.
  10. Serve kheer in a serving bowl and garnish it with almond and pistachio slivers.
  11. Enjoy!

NOTES:

Use non-dairy milk and omit the ghee for a vegan version of this kheer.
Calories
229.27
Fat (grams)
10.12
Sat. Fat (grams)
2.80
Carbs (grams)
32.52
Fiber (grams)
1.18
Net carbs
31.34
Sugar (grams)
27.73
Protein (grams)
4.43
Sodium (milligrams)
74.26
Cholesterol (grams)
7.50
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Barbecued Halloumi and Mushroom Skewers

These Halloumi and Mushroom skewers served on flatbread alongside with healthy hummus and fresh salad, creates a delicious and fresh meal.

Hello, Weekend! I am so excited to introduce to you my new recipe Barbecued Halloumi and Mushroom Skewers which I conjured up recently. These Halloumi and Mushroom Skewers are simply delicious. It's spicy and tangy sauciness infuses every bite with lip smacking deliciousness. These char-grilled skewers make the perfect treat for any BBQ. I bet this drool-worthy dish may also be enjoyed as much by non-vegetarians as much as the vegetarians.

These Halloumi and Mushroom skewers served on flatbread alongside with healthy hummus and fresh salad, creates a delicious and fresh meal.


It's summer in my neck of the woods, the sun is constantly shining although temperatures are not high as used to be and we hardly have seen much rain this year, actually just a couple of days ago we received a flyer from the water board company asking us to start saving the water. We try in every way.

These Halloumi and Mushroom skewers served on flatbread alongside with healthy hummus and fresh salad, creates a delicious and fresh meal.

Summer screams BBQ parties, and we keep up with it, every few weeks my other half loves to fire a BBQ. Tell you the truth I battle scorching sun and can't stand BBQ in very very hot weather, so we look out those days when the sun is still shining but temperatures are little lower. Past week has been perfect for us and couple of times we enjoyed BBQ meal with friends and family.

More BBQ Recipes-> Barbecued Sweetcorn Roasted Pepper, Honey and Sumac Salsa dressing | Grilled Corn, Nectarine and Mixed Beans salad

These Halloumi and Mushroom skewers served on flatbread alongside with healthy hummus and fresh salad, creates a delicious and fresh meal.

This year in every BBQ that we do, I have been trying to prepare a new dish. In the last BBQ a few days ago I made Halloumi and Mushroom Skewers.This time I chose to use Halloumi Cheese for our BBQ recipe, as sturdy enough to handle and cooked over the coals and doesn't loose its texture.

These Halloumi and Mushroom skewers served on flatbread alongside with healthy hummus and fresh salad, creates a delicious and fresh meal.

So in this recipe Halloumi cheese and Button Mushrooms are smothered in lime and chilli sauce, Vita Coco Coconut oil with various spices, I added a tiny bit of Apricot, sweet pepper and Thyme Chutney to bring that glossy glaze, then grilled on hot BBQ grills. I think lime, chilli and coconut combination was splendid. This sticky and tangy glaze brings the cheese and vegetables to life and adds that extra texture, tang and richness to the dish. Serve these delicious skewers on a lightly toasted Flatbread, Pitta Bread or Naan Bread with plenty of Chilli Hummus, fresh salads and yogurt or it is so good on its own just don't forget to squeeze some extra lime juice.



Notes:-
Instead of Halloumi, you can use Paneer or vegan can choose Tofu.
Any flavoured Hummus can be used.

These Halloumi and Mushroom skewers served on flatbread alongside with healthy hummus and fresh salad, creates a delicious and fresh meal.


My recipe is prepared for entry to the Foodies100/Vita Coco #ReachfortheBeach Competition.

UPDATE: This recipe was a runnerup in the above competition.


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Barbecued halloumi mushroom skewers
Mains
International
Yield: 4 SERVINGS
Author:

Barbecued Halloumi and Mushroom Skewers

Barbecued Halloumi and Mushroom Skewers

These Halloumi and Mushroom skewers served on flatbread alongside healthy hummus and fresh salad, creates a delicious and fresh meal.
prep time: 2 hourcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 2 H & 20 M

ingredients:

CHEESE AND VEGETABLES
  • 400g Halloumi Cheese Cubed
  • 250g Button Mushroom
  • 150g Baby Tomato
  • 150g Courgette Cubed
  • 1 Green capsicum Cubed
  • Bamboo Skewers soaked in water for half an hour
MARINATE/MARINADE
  • 1/4 cup Vita Coco Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Apricot, Sweet pepper and Thyme Chutney or Honey
  • 1/2 tsp. Lime zest
  • 2 tbsp. Lime Juice
  • 2 Red Chili finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • Pinch Red Chilli flakes
  • Pinch Salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Finely chopped fresh coriander
TO SERVE WITH
  • 4-6 Flatbread or naan
  • 150g Hummus
  • 5-6 tbsp. Thick yogurt
  • Fresh salad - I used tomato, cucumber, radish, spring onion and romaine lettuce
  • Lime wedges
  • Leftover marinate

instructions:

How to cook Barbecued Halloumi and Mushroom Skewers

  1. In a large glass bowl add all the marinade ingredients and mix well.
  2. Add Halloumi cheese, tomato, mushroom, courgette and capsicum.
  3. Leave at least one hour or up to 5-6 hours.
  4. Thread cheese and vegetables on bamboo skewers.Grill cheese and vegetable skewers until lightly charred on the barbecue turning skewers occasionally.
  5. Transfers the skewers on the plate and remove it from the bamboo skewers.
  6. Now lightly charred the flatbread on the barbecue, and spread it with Hummus.
  7. Top with cheese and vegetable skewers and salads.
  8. Garnish with coriander and lime wedges and drizzle of the leftover marinade and yogurt.
  9. Enjoy!

NOTES:

You can use tofu for vegan option, make sure you drain out first all the water from it.
Calories
2264.56
Fat (grams)
64.19
Sat. Fat (grams)
35.35
Carbs (grams)
332.81
Fiber (grams)
91.33
Net carbs
241.48
Sugar (grams)
207.84
Protein (grams)
105.04
Sodium (milligrams)
9542.16
Cholesterol (grams)
130.59
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

5 MINUTE AVOCADO, BASIL AND ORANGE PESTO


Healthy and easy to prepare Pesto-this recipe uses avocado, basil and orange juice to make the most delicious and vegan pesto!

Raise your hand if you would love a recipe which is super duper easy to prepare and very healthy and can be made with simple ingredients, here it is, 5 Minute Avocado, Basil and Orange Pesto and I can vouch for it. This recipe is delicious and combines flavours in a way that knocks your socks off.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

COCONUT, PINEAPPLE THAI FRIED RICE

Easy to prepare Coconut, Pineapple Thai Fried Rice.

This great tropical flavoured Coconut, Pineapple Thai Fried Rice is incredibly delicious and this fantastic recipe is a keeper!  It's a treat for your taste buds. This dish is perfect for small get together or on a lazy weekend where you don't have to work too hard to cook something delicious.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Strawberry, Goats' Cheese and Pistachio Crostini

A perfect summer appetizer Strawberry,Goats Cheese and Pistachio Crostini

These Strawberry. Goat's Cheese and Pistachio Crostini, are one of the easiest items you can prepare for any summer occasion. A scrumptious, sweet and savoury, light and refreshing summer appetizer or a snack. These crostinis are loaded with juicy strawberries, creamy and salty goats' cheese and then garnished with lightly toasted pistachio slivers, balsamic, maple syrup and mint leaves. It's a gorgeous summer treat!

A perfect summer appetizer Strawberry,Goats Cheese and Pistachio Crostini

Like I said, Crostini is one of the easiest dishes you can prepare in less than 10 minutes. Simply toast or bake some bread with olive oil and pile up with a mixture of ingredients you fancy. This weekend was quite relaxing for us, plenty of cricket matches were scheduled, so while we were watching women's cricket between India and Pakistan, the match between India Vs West Indies was recording on the box. When you are on a binge-watch, you're going to need some snacks and that too quick snacks which you can make in a commercial break. We got little peckish, so I prepared this super tasty crostini and we really enjoyed it, and I quickly clicked a few pics of it.

A perfect summer appetizer Strawberry,Goats Cheese and Pistachio Crostini

A perfect summer appetizer Strawberry,Goats Cheese and Pistachio Crostini

When I served crostini to my husband, he looked at it and asked me 'You forgot to cut the tops (green leaves) of the strawberries? 'No, I haven't and we are going to eat it too' I replied. 'Are you sure?' he asked. Yes, there is no harm in eating it, recently I've read in one of the articles that instead of tossing out those tops, eat your strawberries whole as these green leaves of strawberries are very healthy and flavourful'  I reassured him. Then we all finished the whole plate of crostini without realising that we also ate strawberry leaves :)

A perfect summer appetizer Strawberry,Goats Cheese and Pistachio Crostini


Notes:-
Instead of Maple syrup, you can use honey or agave nectar.
If you decide to use strawberry tops ( green leaves) please wash it carefully with plenty of water.
Don't like the taste of Balsamic Vinegar, omit it.
I had half a punnet of Blueberries, so I decide to use it, maybe you can use this recipe for 4th of July celebrations.

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Strawberry, Goats' Cheese and Pistachio Crostini, Strawberry, Goats' Cheese and Pistachio Bruschetta
Starter, Snack
International
Yield: 4 servings
Author:

Strawberry, Goats

Strawberry, Goats' Cheese and Pistachio Crostini

A scrumptious, sweet and savoury, light and refreshing summer appetizer or snack with juicy strawberries, creamy and salty goats' cheese, then garnished with lightly toasted pistachio slivers, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and mint leaves.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 5 Mtotal time: 10 M

ingredients:

  • 2 cup Strawberries quartered
  • 150g Goats Cheese
  • 2 tbsp. Pistachio slivers
  • 3-4 tbsp. Blueberries
  • 8 slice bread or baguette
  • 2 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. Maple syrup
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch Black pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp. Olive oil

instructions:

How to cook Strawberry, Goats' Cheese and Pistachio Crostini

  1. Preheat oven to gas mark 6.
  2. Place bread slices on a baking tray, drizzle olive oil on it and bake it for 3-4 minutes on both sides.meanwhile combine cheese, salt and black pepper.
  3. Once bread slices are toasted, remove it on a serving dish.
  4. Spread the goats' cheese, arrange the berries and sprinkle pistachio slivers.
  5. Drizzle some vinegar and maple syrup and garnish it with mint or basil leaves.
  6. Serve straight away.
  7. Enjoy!

NOTES:

Instead of maple syrup use agave syrup or honey if you like.
Calories
614.27
Fat (grams)
22.02
Sat. Fat (grams)
7.64
Carbs (grams)
83.71
Fiber (grams)
5.46
Net carbs
78.25
Sugar (grams)
19.16
Protein (grams)
21.57
Sodium (milligrams)
958.41
Cholesterol (grams)
17.25
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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