Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Spicy Carrot Soup

A hearty, comforting and an Asian inspired Spicy Carrot Soup that will warm you up on those freezing days. It is made with a few ingredients such as Carrots, lemongrass, red chilli and soy sauce and topped with crunchy sesame seeds.

A hearty, comforting Asian inspired flavoured Spicy Carrot Soup will warm you up on those freezing days. It is made with a few ingredients such as Carrots, lemongrass, red chilli and soy sauce and topped with crunchy sesame seeds.

This winter I broke my own record, I have already posted a good amount of soup recipes which were phenomenal. I just Can't get enough of my Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Sumac and Tofu Croutons, and also my family favourite Tomato, Harissa, and Orzo Soup, plus the Roasted carrot, chickpea soup with lime and coriander vinaigrette and the fourth one being Roasted Cauliflower, Parsnip and walnut soup.  This shows that the weather controls our diets and I am totally fine with it having made all these flavourful soups.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Coconut and Cardamom Wholewheat Cookies

Little pillows of deliciousness Coconut and Cardamom Wholewheat Cookies are just to die for and comes with a caution' these are dangerously addictive! If you love cookies of all kinds, this recipe is a keeper. Hmm,  yum, yum, yum! Crunch crunch crunch!

Coconut and Cardamom Wholewheat Cookies are eggless and so delicious. These are prepared with basic ingredients and easy to prepare.


Officially Spring has arrived here, about time too with Easter only just around the corner. It looks like spring has only arrived on the calendar, as forecasters are predicting Return of the 'Beast from the East' we may have White Easter,! Well, we won't be able to do anything against mother nature, then do something that we humans can do, brew a pot of chai!! and enjoy these absolutely delicious and eggless cookies to see you through this cold snap.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Lemon, Rose and Pistachio Semolina Bundt Cake

A mouthwatering Middle Eastern-inspired Lemon, Rose and Pistachio Semolina Bundt Cake!


Lemon, Rose and Pistachio Semolina Bundt Cake is eggless and made with basic ingredients.

It is soaked in fragrant sugar syrup and served with whipped clotted cream and yogurt on the side, this is a dessert worthy of any occasions. A super delicious cake that is very easy to prepare and is Eggless! Serve after a good meal with Coffee, definitely, it will add that extra oomph to a meal.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Tomato, Harissa and Orzo Soup

A blissful bowl of Tomato, Harissa and Orzo Soup, is bursting with amazing flavours! There is just so much comforting goodness in every spoon of this soup.  It's vegan, hearty and spicy that keeps you full and warm. It's a perfect choice when you want to have a full meal yet light on the tummy.


Tomato, Harissa and Orzo Soup is filling, healthy and vegan that is made with tomatoes, harissa paste and orzo pasta.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Kenyan Style Chevdo / Chevro

Kenyan style Chevdo or Kenya Chevdo / Chevro is sweet, spicy and incredibly tasty and you must shove a handful in your mouth at least once in a lifetime. I guarantee that you'll never give up on it. This savoury snack is crunchy and definitely full of flavours. It's a delicious blend of deep fried potato crisps, beaten rice, fried beans, lentils, nuts and some basic spices.

Kenya Chevdo or Kenyan style chevdo is spicy, sweet and crunchy spice mix that is made with fried lentils, potato chips, beaten rice , nuts and basic spices.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

FRIED THICK POHA CHIVDA

One of the most popular and delicious savoury snacks, Fried Thick Poha Chivda is super tasty and tongue-tickling and not so complicated to prepare. This crunchy and aromatic chevdo is prepared with thick flattened or beaten rice (Poha), assorted nuts and tossed in basic spices. Generally, chevdo is prepared during the festivals such as Diwali or Holi, many consume throughout the year too.


Poha Chevdo or Chivda is a very popular diwali snack which is savoury and prepared with beaten rice , nuts and basic spices.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

PersonalizedCart- personalised Cutting Board- Product Review

" Happiness is giving someone a gift "

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Gift giving is a great feeling. Seeing the recipients face light up when they unwrap their gift is one of the main reasons we give them in the first place. But what do you give someone that already seems to have everything they already want? With so many special days and occasions dotted throughout the year, the pressure goes up to find a great gift.

During special occasions, shopping centers can become packed with people trying to find the perfect present. It makes sense, then, to stay in the comfort of your own home and buy personalised gifts online where you have the time to try think through what you want rather than give a generic shop bought gift.

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Personalised gifts show you have put thought into your gift and you've really thought about the recipient. Generally, personalised gifts are treasured and will remind people of the time they were given the gift and they will remember that day for it. Personalising a gift will be special for whoever you've got it for and unique because it is something that no one else can give them.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Personlizedcart from the USA, and they kindly offered me to choose one of their products and review it. They have personalised and handmade gifts for all occasions and every budget no matter what is the occasion - birthdays, Father's day, Mother's day, wedding anniversary, Christmas or even for gifts for best friends too. So many meaningful gifts ideas that anyone would adore.

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I was so delighted whilst I was browsing the site, it was very hard for me to choose a gift, from personlised jewelry to personalised puzzles and brass compass gifts, custom front door mat to personalised pocket knife or watch. Hundreds of products for any occasion and the engraving is done free for you. Every few seconds I was changing my mind as to what I wanted. In the end I had to tell my mind that being a food blogger, I should choose a Personalised Cutting Board, after all for me a good cutting board will be my best friend in the kitchen and for my photography, I can use as a backdrop :)

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I chose a large size black walnut wood cutting board and chose a pattern H. For engraving I chose my blogs name ' Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey' As soon as I ordered my personalised cutting board, I did not have to do anything else. In less than a week I received my cutting board all the way from USA in mint condition. They took great care in sending their products to their customers, cutting board was well wrapped with appropriate packaging materials.

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I was so thrilled to open my package and it did not disappoint at all. It looked so sleek and such good quality wood cutting board. I have given this cutting board a special place in my heart and kitchen as this is personalised. It's nice to think a little more than just giving your loved ones chocolate, flowers or cakes.

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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Green Peas, Chickpea and Popcorn Bhel / Chaat

Try this healthy and tasty Green peas, Chickpea and Popcorn Bhel/Chaat or spice mix. It is a unique snack that is nutritious and colourful. This crispy and crunchy healthy mix can be done in a few tics and definitely satisfy your hunger pangs whenever you feel like having a snack.


Try this healthy and tasty Green pea, Chickpea and Popcorn Bhel/Chaat or spice mix. It is a unique snack that is nutritious and colourful. This crispy and crunchy healthy mix can be done in a few tics and definitely satisfy your hunger pangs whenever you feel like having a snack.

(Update - while I was drafting this recipe, things were different but currently, whole UK is battered with snow)

Try this healthy and tasty Green pea, Chickpea and Popcorn Bhel/Chaat or spice mix. It is a unique snack that is nutritious and colourful. This crispy and crunchy healthy mix can be done in a few tics and definitely satisfy your hunger pangs whenever you feel like having a snack.

Although recently temperatures have dropped very low, the bitter cold wind have blown in from the east, making everyone go numb! But, clearly spring signs are everywhere, and it feels like spring is just around the corner. Past few days the sun is rising early, while I go for my walks early in the morning, I watch a sunrise, sometimes I take out my phone and click pictures of it.

 Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey

Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey 

People say sunrise is a magnificent time of the day, when you witness the sunrise it feels it's a new beginning and fills your hearts, mind, and body with joy, happiness, and energy. It recharges you for an entire day. Also, it is a nice surprise to see a burst bright and sunshine in the fields and people's front gardens with fresh spring blooming flowers such as daffodils in February.

Try this healthy and tasty Green pea, Chickpea and Popcorn Bhel/Chaat or spice mix. It is a unique snack that is nutritious and colourful. This crispy and crunchy healthy mix can be done in a few tics and definitely satisfy your hunger pangs whenever you feel like having a snack.

The spectacular and energising sunrise, fresh and yellow flowers remind me of the Indian Spring festival Holi and seem like it even mother nature wants to play herself with bright colours, so why can't we humans!

Try this healthy and tasty Green pea, Chickpea and Popcorn Bhel/Chaat or spice mix. It is a unique snack that is nutritious and colourful. This crispy and crunchy healthy mix can be done in a few tics and definitely satisfy your hunger pangs whenever you feel like having a snack.

I have not played Holi past 3 decades, and tell you the truth I'm not missing it either. I've always enjoyed watching others play it rather than join in myself. To get into the Holi spirit, I much prefer making different Holi foods and enjoying eating them!

Try this healthy and tasty Green pea, Chickpea and Popcorn Bhel/Chaat or spice mix. It is a unique snack that is nutritious and colourful. This crispy and crunchy healthy mix can be done in a few tics and definitely satisfy your hunger pangs whenever you feel like having a snack.


In Gujarat where I spent my childhood, I have seen so many recipes of using popcorn or puffed sorghum. I guess if popcorn was left over, then many different snacks and recipes could be made from it. DHULETI - on this day these snacks can be made with little cooking.

One such recipe is POPCORN BHEL or CHAAT. In all honesty, there is hardly any recipe here, just preparing the ingredients and mixing together and enjoy with friends and family. This snack can be made ahead once you are ready to serve just put all the ingredients together and enjoy.

Try this healthy and tasty Green pea, Chickpea and Popcorn Bhel/Chaat or spice mix. It is a unique snack that is nutritious and colourful. This crispy and crunchy healthy mix can be done in a few tics and definitely satisfy your hunger pangs whenever you feel like having a snack.

Recently British company from sunny Devon Portlebay Popcorn sent me their range of popcorn which is hand popped in Devon. Flavours including Chilli and Lime, Cinnamon, sea salted and sweet and salty, Wasaabi and Sweet Ginger and Sweet Thai Sriracha. Enjoyed all the flavours and now it is very hard to choose a favourite!

Try this healthy and tasty Green pea, Chickpea and Popcorn Bhel/Chaat or spice mix. It is a unique snack that is nutritious and colourful. This crispy and crunchy healthy mix can be done in a few tics and definitely satisfy your hunger pangs whenever you feel like having a snack.

This chaat turned out so well and delicious, no one even mentioned needing any tangy, sweet or spicy chutney for this chaat whilst we ate it. Without that chutney, the chaat was still full of all of those flavours!

Try this healthy and tasty Green pea, Chickpea and Popcorn Bhel/Chaat or spice mix. It is a unique snack that is nutritious and colourful. This crispy and crunchy healthy mix can be done in a few tics and definitely satisfy your hunger pangs whenever you feel like having a snack.


Notes:-
I have used black chickpeas here, but you can use white chickpeas too.
Chaat masala is available in any Indian store. If you can not find chaat Masala use lemon juice.

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green peas, chickpea and popcorn chaat, chickpea bhel
snack
Indian
Yield: 2 Servings
Author:

GREEN PEAS, CHICKPEA AND POPCORN BHEL/CHAAT

GREEN PEAS, CHICKPEA AND POPCORN BHEL/CHAAT

This nutritious, colourful and delicious Popcorn Chaat that is quick and easy and healthy!
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 5 Mtotal time: 15 M

ingredients:

  • 50g Salted Popcorn
  • 100g Boiled black chickpeas
  • 100g Green Peas steamed or frozen
  • 1 tsp. Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Cumin and mustard seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. Tomato finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Red onion finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Red, orange and green capsicum finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Freshly chopped coriander
  • 2 Tbsp. Pomegranate seeds
  • 1 Finely chopped green chilli
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. Red Chilli Powder
  • Pinch Garam masala
  • 1 tsp. Cumin and Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp. Chaat Masala

instructions:

How to cook GREEN PEAS, CHICKPEA AND POPCORN BHEL/CHAAT

  1. Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard and cumin seeds.
  2. Add frozen peas and cook for a couple of minutes.
  3. Now add boiled chickpeas (without any water) and mix it with green peas.
  4. Add a pinch of salt and turn off the heat.
  5. Once it's little cool down add green chillies, capsicum, and all the masala.
  6. Mix well and leave it aside or if you want to serve warm chaat add onion and tomato.
  7. Mix well, then add popcorn and mix well.
  8. Serve immediately in a serving bowl and garnish it with freshly chopped coriander and pomegranate seeds.
  9. Enjoy!

NOTES:

White chickpeas can be used in this recipe.
Green chilli is optional.
Calories
1087.82
Fat (grams)
77.64
Sat. Fat (grams)
9.61
Carbs (grams)
72.39
Fiber (grams)
17.52
Net carbs
54.88
Sugar (grams)
14.17
Protein (grams)
32.86
Sodium (milligrams)
1487.19
Cholesterol (grams)
50.66
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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