Healthy Apple And Grape Jam/Sugar free Jam

Sugar free jam. Surprised right? Yes this delicious apple and grape jam is absolutely sugar free. But taste is scrumptious. Spread this guilt free jam on your toast or enjoy with any bread. I am sure you will love the taste and flavour. 

This apple and grape jam is sweetened with dry date powder. As we all know that dates are highly nutritious. And aroma of star anise and cinnamon gives a lovely flavour to the jam. So its a perfect treat for kids and adults both. Health conscious people can enjoy this delicious fruit jam without any guilt. But remember enjoy the delectable taste of this jam but everything should eat in moderation. 

We need only apple, red grape, cinnamon, star anise, lemon juice and dry date powder to make this delicious and healthy jam. Not only elders but let your children enjoy this healthy treat. 

Dates are a very healthy fruit to include in your diet. They are high in several nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, all of which may provide health benefits ranging from improved digestion to a reduced risk of disease. It’s easiest to find dates in their dried form, though these are higher in calories than fresh fruit so it is important to eat them in moderation. Dates are definitely worth adding to your diet, as they are both nutritious and delicious.

8 Proven Health Benefits of Dates

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• High in Fiber. Getting enough fiber is important for your overall health.

• High in Disease-Fighting Antioxidants.

• May Promote Brain Health.

• May Promote Natural Labor.

• Excellent Natural Sweetener.

• Other Potential Health Benefits.

• Easy to Add to Your Diet.

Source – Healthline

I am a member of a blogger group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. Every month we share recipes using two secret ingredients given by our partners. This month theme is jam and jelly suggested by Preeti Tandon Shridhar. Preeti who blog at Cakes and curries shared this delicious recipe..

This month my partner is Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni gave me cinnamon and date powder as secret ingredients. And I gave her lemon juice and cardamom. Mayuri shared this nutritious and tasty Watermelon rind jam with these ingredients.

As I mentioned above diet conscious people can enjoy this delicious jam with breakfast but everything we should eat in moderation. 1-2 spoon jam is okay in breakfast to satisfy your sweet craving.  You can use lemon juice according to your taste. And use any grape if you don’t have red grape. We are using dry date powder so textures will be little different from jam made with sugar. You can also use any fruit of your choice.

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Recipe

Apple – 3 

Grapes – 1 cup 

Star anise – 1

Cinnamon – 1 stick 

Dry date powder – 1/3 cup 

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon 

Water – 1 cup 

Method

1. Wash the apples and grapes well. Peel deseed and chop the apples into small pieces. 

2. Chop the grapes into 4 pieces. Discard the seeds. 

3. Heat a pan and add add chopped apples and grapes, star anise, cinnamon and 1 cup water.

4. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove the cover and stir well.

5. Cook on high heat for 5 minutes uncovered. Keep stirring to avoid spilling. You can reduce the flame in-between. Watch video recipe for detailed method. 

6. After 5 minutes switch off the heat. Let it cool down.  Remove the star anise and cinnamon when cool.

7. Now blend into a smooth paste.  Heat a pan and add the paste. Add cinnamon and star anise again. Add dry date powder and mix everything well.

8. Taste the mixture when it starts to become thick. Add more dry date powder if required. It depends on the sweetness of grapes and apples. Mine was perfectly sweet with 1/3 cup date powder. 

9. Cook till mixture becomes thick and starts to leaving the sides of the pan.  When mixture thickened switch off the heat and let it cool down. 

10. Add lemon juice and mix. Add half lemon juice if you don’t want your jam tangy. I have used 1 tablespoon for a lovely sweet and tangy taste.  Now finally remove the star anise and cinnamon. Store the jam in a sterilized jar.

Notes

1. You can use any fruit of your choice.

2. Cinnamon powder can be used instead of cinnamon stick.

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Besan Biscuit/ Sugar Free Biscuit

Sugar free besan or chickpea/garbanzo flour biscuit. A delicious, crisp and easy to make biscuit with date powder, pistachio and almond. You don’t need sugar or jaggery to make these biscuits. Little rice flour will make your biscuits perfectly crispy. So here is a healthy and delicious biscuit for your munching time or to serve with tea, coffee or milk.

Already shared many different types of cookies on this blog. Click here for the recipes.

You may also like to try Cardamom nankhatai from me fellow blogger Priya Vijaykrishnan.

Earlier shared besan nankhatai here. But taste of this besan biscuit is totally different. I didn’t use sugar in these biscuits. Date powder will give enough sweetness.

Dates have a low GI, which means they’re less likely to spike your blood sugar levels, making them a safe choice for people with diabetes. Dates boast an impressive nutritional profile and natural sweetness. Because they’re a natural source of fructose, they might be a concern for people with diabetes. However, because they have a low GI and medium GL, they’re safe for those with diabetes in moderation — which translates to no more than 1 to 2 dates at a time. Source

Recipe is very simple. Just add everything to make a smooth dough. I have used shredded almond and pistachios but you can use any dry fruits of your choice. You can also use tutti frutti in the dough if you want.

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Recipe

Besan or chickpea flour/garbanzo flour – 1 cup

Rice flour – 3 tablespoon

Dry date powder – little less than 1/2 cup

Butter or ghee/clarified butter – 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon

Milk – 3-4 tablespoon or as required

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk powder – 1 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Shredded pistachios – 1 tablespoon

Almond – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Method

1. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper. Preheat the microwave oven at 170°. Use convection or hot blast function. And for OTG preheat at 180° for 10 minutes.

2. In a bowl mix besan or chickpea flour, rice flour, milk powder, baking powder, cardamom powder and shredded almond. Mix well and keep aside.

3. In a large bowl whisk date powder, ghee or clarified butter and milk.

4. Add all the dry ingredients and mix. Make a smooth dough. Don’t knead much. Add little more milk and 1-2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter if require to make dough. I had to add little milk and 1 tablespoon ghee more to make smooth dough. Add milk slowly as required.

5. Make small balls and press gently with your palm. Arrange the balls on greased or lined baking tray.

6. Place little shredded pistachios in the middle of the cookies. Press gently with your finger tips. Arrange all the cookies like this.

7. Bake in preheated oven at 170° for 8-10 minutes or till edges becomes light brown. Every oven takes different time. So keep an eye after 8 minutes. Don’t make too brown.

8. Let the cookies cool down completely. Enjoy delicious sugar free cookies immediately or store in airtight container for later use.

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Peanut Butter

Peanut butter. Here is an easy and quick recipe to make peanut butter at home. Homemade peanut butter is much better than store bought. Its absolutely sugar free, preservative free and delicious. You can make creamy delectable peanut butter easily and you can also customize according to your taste. Add any flavour of your choice.

Recipe is completely vegan and gluten free. Store bought peanut butter contain unhealthy oils and additives. But this homemade peanut butter contains only peanut, salt and very little peanut oil. And peanut oil is completely optional, you can skip it if you want. Earlier shared this recipe with my Multigrain bread post. Now here is a separate post and YouTube video recipe for you. Hope you will like it. Please subscribe my YouTube channel for more video recipes. And don’t forget to click on the bell icon to get all the recipes immediately after uploading. Click on the link below to subscribe. https://youtube.com/c/SujataRoy

Benefits of peanut butter

Peanut butter doesn’t just contribute to weight loss. Consuming peanuts as a regular part of your diet has other benefits, too.

• Peanut butter helps you recover after a workout. It’s high in protein, which you need to boost recovery if you’re going hard at the gym.

• Peanut butter may reduce your risk of diabetes. Because of the low glycemic score of peanuts, consuming peanuts regularly can help keep blood sugar stable and lower your diabetes risk.

• Peanut butter is packed with vitamins and minerals. Copper, folate, B vitamins, and manganese are all right there.

• Peanut butter may reduce your risk of heart disease and other leading causes of death.

To read more health benefits of Peanut butter click here

How to customize according to your taste?

You can use 1 tablespoon honey to make your peanut butter sweet. And you can also make it without any oil or you can use any flavorless oil instead of peanut oil. Yes, you can make it without any oil or use only 1 spoon of oil instead of 2 tablespoon. Choice is your. You can also add chocolate or cocoa powder, mint or any herbs to give different flavour. I am sharing basic recipe. You can make it in different flavour every time.

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Recipe

Peanut – 1 cup

Sea salt or pink salt – 1/4 teaspoon

Peanut oil – 2 tablespoon, optional

Method

1. Dry roast the peanut on low medium heat till peanut becomes crisp and slightly change it’s colour. Don’t make too brown. And peanut should be roasted well to preserve for a long time.

2. Or microwave on high power for 2 minutes. After one minute stir and press the start button.

3. Take out the peanut and stir well. Microwave again for 1-2 minutes. Every oven takes different time. I had to microwave for 4 minutes. Check and stir after every 1 minute. Don’t make too brown. Check out the video recipe above .After roasting well you can peel the peanut easily.

4. Let the peanut cool down. Take out all the peanut on a kitchen napkin or any cotton cloth. Wrap and rub with your palm to remove the skin of peanut. Separate the peanut and peel.

5. Grind the peanut. Scrap the sides with a spoon or knife and grind again.

6. Now peanut will release oil. You can use it as a spread if you don’t want to use oil.

7. Add 2 tablespoon peanut oil in the grinder jar. If you want your peanut butter slightly sweet add 1 tablespoon honey at this stage. I didn’t. If you are using honey add only 1 tablespoon oil instead of 2 tablespoon. You can also add cocoa powder or chocolate chips or any herbs of your choice. Grind again to make smooth creamy butter.

8. Store the peanut butter in covered container in refrigerator for later use.

Notes

1. Roast the peanut properly for longer shelf life. You can store your homemade peanut butter in refrigerator for a month.

2. Any herbs or chocolate can be added while grinding the peanut. You can try different flavour every time.

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Red cabbage chickpea curry

Red cabbage chickpea curry. If you bored of regular chhole masala or chickpea curry try this delectable chickpea curry with red cabbage or purple cabbage and raw turmeric. Taste and flavour is completely different from our regular chhole. This spicy tasty curry can be served with any bread or rice dishes. You can make this curry dry or with gravy both. Choice is your.

I have used red cabbage in this curry. Red cabbage also called purple cabbage because of it’s dark purple colour.

Purple cabbage is a nutrient-rich vegetable linked to a variety of health benefits. These include reduced inflammation, a healthier heart, stronger bones, improved gut function, and perhaps even a lower risk of certain cancers. This vegetable is also incredibly versatile and one of the most cost-efficient ways to add beneficial antioxidants to your diet. Healthline

Earlier shared two more red cabbage recipes here. Red cabbage and spinach salad with peanut butter and pumpkin seeds and Noodles with red cabbage.

I have also use pumpkin seeds with almond in this curry to make the curry creamy and tasty.

Pumpkin seeds may be small, but they’re packed full of valuable nutrients.Eating only a small amount of them can provide you with a substantial quantity of healthy fats, magnesium and zinc.Because of this, pumpkin seeds have been associated with several health benefits.These include improved heart health, prostate health and protection against certain cancers. To read more about health benefits of Pumpkin seeds click here.

You can also make this chickpea curry without red or purple cabbage. Taste and flavour will be great but taste and colour will be differ from with red cabbage. I also sometimes make it without red cabbage with same recipe. Here is a picture for you. You can see the difference in colour.

Red or purple cabbage gives a beautiful colour to the curry. Here are some different types of chickpea recipes from this blog.

1. Chickpea chaat with raw mango

2. Green chickpea curry

3. Black chickpea curry

4. Tomato coconut chickpea curry

5. Chickpea potato dry curry

6. Pea chickpea low calorie salad

7. Oats black chickpea Kabab

This curry is rich creamy flavorful and delicious. You have to grind two different types of spices for this curry. First almond, pumpkin seeds, fresh grated coconut, mint leaves and peeled and chopped raw mango with 1/4 cup water. Paste should be smooth. And second make a paste of ginger, garlic, tomato, chopped raw turmeric and soaked dry red chilli with it’s water. Make a smooth paste. Ground nuts, seeds, coconut and spices will make your curry rich creamy and delicious. If you don’t have raw turmeric, use 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder.

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Recipe

Chickpea- 1/2 cup

Red cabbage – 2 cup, shredded

Raw turmeric – 1/2 inch piece, peeled and chopped

Onion- 1, finely chopped

Garlic- 3-4 cloves

Ginger- 1 inch piece, peeled and chopped

Tomato – 1, chopped

Dry red chilli- 2

Cumin powder- 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder- 1 teaspoon

Fennel seeds or sounf powder- 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder- 1/2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon

Mint leaves- 2 tablespoon

Raw mango – 1/4 cup, peeled and chopped into small pieces

Pumpkin seeds- 2 tablespoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Grated fresh coconut- 1/4 cup

Bay leaf- 1

Cumin seeds- 1/2 teaspoon

Fenugreek seeds or methi- 1/8 teaspoon

Mustard seeds- 1/4 teaspoon

Oil- 2-3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Sugar- 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Water – 1&1/2 cup

Method

1. Rinse and soak the chickpea overnight. Next day drain the water and wash again. Pressure cook with sufficient water till chickpea becomes soft. After one whistle pressure cook on simmer for 40-50 minutes. Let it cool down. Chop the red cabbage into this slices.

2. Soak the dry red chilli in 1/8 cup water.

3. Grind pumpkin seeds and almond into a fine powder. Add grated fresh coconut, chopped raw mango, mint leaves and 1/4 cup water. Grind into a smooth paste.

4. Separately grind ginger, garlic, raw turmeric, chopped tomato and soaked dry red chilli with its water. Grind into a smooth paste.

5. Heat oil in a pan. Add bay leaf,mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds. When seeds starts to splutter add finely chopped onion and fry till onion starts to change it’s colour.

6. Now add ginger, garlic, tomato, turmeric and dry red chilli paste. Fry till raw smell of garlic and turmeric goes away and oil leaves the sides. If you don’t have raw turmeric, use 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder.

7. Add shredded red cabbage and saute for 2 minutes. Add chopped cilantro or coriander. Saute again for a minute. Now add salt and all the spices.

8. Saute till everything dried up. Add boiled chickpea and saute till all the water evaporate.

9. Add pumpkin seeds, almond, raw mango, coconut and mint leaves paste. Saute till everything dried up. Now add water and sugar. Cook till you get your desired consistency. You can make this with gravy or dry curry both. Gravy also taste great. But today I made it dry. So when it about to dried up remove from heat. Taste and adjust salt if required.

10. Your rich creamy aromatic and lipsmackingly delicious curry is ready to serve. Garnish with cilantro and mint leaves. Serve with any bread or rice dishes.

Notes

1. If you want you can also make this curry with only chickpea. Skip red cabbage and enjoy rich creamy spicy scrumptious chickpea curry.

2. This curry can be made dry and with gravy both. Try both ways or make according to your choice.

Blogger group

Linking this recipe to Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. In this monthly group members are paired with different partners every month and two secret ingredients are given to each other. We paired every month with different bloggers so that we can interact each other. Sometimes we become very good friend. And after preparing the dish members share a picture of the dish and other members have to guess the ingredients. This month Mango Mania theme suggested by Mayuri Patel. I recently bookmarked her Curried chickpea stuffed sweet potato to try. This month my partner is Renu Agrawal Dongre. Renu has a wonderful blog. I have to try her No churn coffee almond icecream. Sounds interesting isn’t it?

Renu gave me turmeric and mint and I made this red cabbage chickpea curry with a different taste and flavour. I gave her oil and milk as secret ingredient. Renu shared delicious mango cake with these ingredients.

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Oats Cantaloupe Sugar Free Milkshake With Stevia

Oats cantaloupe sugar free milkshake with Stevia. I have used homemade Stevia powder. Also sharing the method of making Stevia powder at home in the recipe. Try this chilled and guilt free milkshake to beat the heat and enjoy the delectable taste.

Stevia as sweetener

I have made stevia powder from my homegrown stevia plant to make my milkshake calorie free. You can also use store bought stevia powder. Stevia is more sweet than sugar. A pinch of stevia powder is equal to one teaspoon table sugar. So you need very small quantity to stevia powder. We like our beverage less sweetened so used 1 teaspoon for 3 medium size glass. After blending taste and add more if required.

Stevia is a nonnutritive sweetener. This means it has almost no calories. If you’re trying to lose weight, this aspect may be appealing. If you have diabetes, stevia may help keep your blood sugar levels in check. One 2010 studyTrusted Source of 19 healthy, lean participants and 12 obese participants found that stevia significantly lowered insulin and glucose levels. It also left study participants satisfied and full after eating, despite the lower calorie intake. To read more about stevia Click here.

You may like some more cantaloupe recipes on this blog.

1. Watermelon cantaloupe mint smoothie

2. Muskmelon orange and coconut smoothie

3. Melon cooler

You can use any sweetener instead of stevia. But I made this delicious milkshake with Stevia to make it diabetic friendly. Don’t forget that stevia is much sweeter than table sugar, so you won’t need to use as much. Add little at first and taste after blending. Add more if required and blend again. I have used vanilla essence for flavour but you can also use cardamom powder, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder or any flavour of your choice.

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Recipe

Oats – 1/4 cup

Milk – 1&1/2 cup

Cantaloupe or muskmelon/kharbuj – 1 cup, chopped

Stevia powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Vanilla essence – 3/4 teaspoon

Pistachio to garnish

Method

Stevia powder

1. To make homemade Stevia powder wash the Stevia leaves well. Drain well and let it drain well.

2. Dry the leaves under sun or in shade. I have dried the leaves in microwave. Spread the leaves on a microwavable plate. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir the leaves with a spoon. Microwave again for 30 seconds or until the leaves becomes crisp.

3. Grind the dried leaves in your grinder jar. Or you can also use mortar pestle to make dried leaves powder. I have ground the dried leaves into fine powder.

4. Mix oats with 1/2 cup milk. Cover and keep it in refrigerator 5-6 hours or overnight. I soaked the oats overnight.

5. In a blender add 1 cup milk, peeled and chopped 1 cup Cantaloupe or muskmelon/ kharbuj, overnight soaked oats and stevia powder.

6. Blend everything well. Taste and add more stevia powder if required. Add vanilla essence and blend again till mixture becomes frothy. You can also use 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder and a pinch of nutmeg powder instead of vanilla. You can also add 1-2 scoop icecream if you want or you are making for kids.

7. Add some ice cubes in the glass. Pour the blended mixture over it Garnish with small pieces of Cantaloupe. Sprinkle little pistachio over the Cantaloupe pieces. Serve chilled milkshake immediately.

Notes

1. You can use any sweetener instead of stevia powder.

2. If you are making for kids add 1-2 scoop icecream in the milkshake to get rich creamy texture.

3. You can also use store bought stevia powder.

4. Mango or any other fruits can be used instead of Cantaloupe. Make your milkshake with any fruit of your choice.

5. You can use any dairy free milk to make the milkshake for vegan people.

6. You can use any flavour instead of vanilla essence.

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Mixed Dal/Lentil With Mango Ginger Or Amada/Panchmel Dal

Mixed dal or panchmel dal with mango ginger or amada. A very flavourful and delicious dal to serve with steamed rice. Usually we make this mango ginger or amada dal with moong dal/yellow lentil or masoor dal/red lentil. But here is a panchmel dal or mixed of five lentils. This lightly spiced and aromatic dal with steamed rice is a comfort food for summer.

Here are some more dal recipes from this blog.

1. Lemony dal

2. Panch phoran dal

3. Beetroot dal or lentil curry

4. Whole masoor dal

5. Masoor dal chochchori or chorchori

6. Mediterranean red lentil soup

7. Dal rasam

8. Dal makhani

9. Red lentil soup

10. Lebanese lentil lemon soup

11. Goan dal curry with coconut and kokum

12. Dal kanda or chana dal fry

13. Dal palak

14. Egg dal tadka

You may also like to try Healthy methi dal from the blog of Priya Vijaykrishnan.

Ingredients used to make this protein rich mixed dal

Moong dal or split yellow lentil – Moong dal or split yellow lentil or split and skinned green gram/mung beans. Moong dal is a light and protein packed lentil. Also a comfort Indian food.

Arhar/toor dal or split pigeon peas – Used split pigeon peas or arhar/toor dal with equal amount of other lentils or dal.

Chana dal or Bengal gram – Delicious and nutritious dal used to enhance the taste.

Udad dal or split skinned black gram – Dhuli udad dal is used to give a creaminess. Udad dal is also packed with protein and other nutrients.

Masoor dal or red lentil – Protein and vitamins enriched Masoor dal is used to give a wonderful taste and flavour.

Mango ginger or amada – I have used mango ginger from my terrace garden. See the above picture of mango ginger and it’s plant. Bought online and placed some under soil. Now it becomes a lovely bunch of plants.

Curcuma amada, or mango ginger is a plant of the ginger family Zingiberaceae and is closely related to turmeric (Curcuma longa). The rhizomes are very similar to common ginger but lack its pungency, and instead have a raw mango flavour.Wikipedia Amada or mango ginger has also many health benefits. You may like to try Walnut almond chutney with mango ginger.

Ginger or adrakh – Ginger used to give a spicy aroma and enhance the taste.

Tomato – Tomato or tamatar used to give a mild tangy taste. You can omit if you want.

Panch phoran – Panch phoran or Bengali five spices used for tempering. To make panch phoran or five spice mix 1 tablespoon each nigella seed or kalonji, cumin seeds or jeera, mustard seeds or sarso, fennel seeds or sounf and 1/2 tablespoon fenugreek seeds or methi. Here are some recipes using panch phoran.

Panch phoran bhaja or dry roasted Bengali five spice powder

Panch phoran dal

Panch phoran tarkari

Olive chutney with jaggery and panch phoran

Dry red chilli – One whole dry red chilli is used for tempering or tadka. You can break the chilli before adding in the oil if you want your dal more spicy.

Hing or asafoetida – A pinch of hing used for flavour. You can skip if you want your dal gluten free.

Onion – Used one chopped large onion to enhance the taste. Fried onion will give a scrumptious taste to your dal. You can use one more onion if you like. Or you can also skip if you want your dal no onion garlic or satwik.

Salt – Salt or namak is used for taste.

Turmeric powder or haldi – Turmeric powder used to give a nice colour.

Green chilli or hari mirch – Green chilli used to give a spicy kick to the dal. You can use more green chilli if you want your dal more spicy. I have used slit green chilli, you can also use chopped green chilli.

Oil – Used mustard oil for tempering or tadka. You can use any oil of your choice but mustard oil will give a lovely flavour.

This dal is very flavourful because of mango ginger or amada and completely vegan. And also lightly spiced so perfect for this hot weather. Really a comfort food with hot steamed rice, some potato fry and dry vegetables. Try and enjoy the delectable taste. I have boiled all dal with mango ginger or amada in pressure cooker. But you can also add grated or ground mango ginger before adding water while tempering. Boil the dal only. Add everything while tempering or tadka. Add chilli according to your spice tolerance.

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Recipe

Moong dal or split yellow lentil – 1/8 cup

Arhar dal/toor dal or split pigeon peas – 1/8 cup

Chana dal or Bengal gram – 1/8 cup

Udad dal or split and skinned black gram – 1/8 cup

Masoor dal or red lentil – 1/8 cup

Mango ginger or amada – 3 tablespoon, peeled and grated

Ginger – 1 inch piece, chopped

Tomato – 1, chopped

Panch phoran – 2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Onion – 1 large, finely chopped

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Slit green chilli – 2

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Rinse all the lentils or dal well and soak in sufficient water for 15-20 minutes. Peel, wash and grate the mango ginger or amada. Drain the water and boil the dal with grated mango ginger or amada in a pressure cooker with 2 or 2&1/ cup water till dal becomes soft. Or reduce the flame after one whistle and pressure cook on simmer for 20-25 minutes. Let the pressure settle down on its own.

2. Grind the ginger and tomato. You can use grated ginger and finely chopped tomato but I like to use these smooth paste. Also peel wash and chop the onion.

3. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Add panch phoran and dry red chilli. If you want your dal more spicy break the dry red chilli before adding.

4. When seeds starts to splutter add chopped onion. Fry till onion starts to change it’s colour. Now add ginger tomato paste. Mix well.

5. Add salt and turmeric powder. Saute for a minute. Add hing or asafoetida if using and saute till oil leaves the sides.

6. Add mango ginger mixed boiled dal and mix well. Add two cup water, two slit green chili and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix and let it cook till you get your desired consistency. I like this dal semi thick. You can make thick or thin according to your choice.

7. Keep stirring in regular interval. When you get your desired consistency, taste and adjust salt.

8. Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice,some potato fry or aloo bhaja and any dry vegetables.

Notes

1. You can also make this dal without onion. Follow the same recipe and omit onion. Also reduce the amount of oil if you are not using chopped onion.

2. This dal can be made with only moong or masoor dal instead of mixed dal.

3. To make gluten free skip hing or asafoetida.

4. Add less or more chilli according to your spice tolerance.

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Red Cabbage And Spinach Salad With Peanut Butter And Pumpkin Seeds

Red cabbage and spinach salad with peanut butter, almond and pumpkin seeds. A very delicious salad with all the nutritious ingredients. A very easy to make yet tasty salad. You can also serve this salad as a full meal with some crisp toast.

You may like some different types of salad and salsa recipes on this blog.

1. Grape cape gooseberry salad

2. Fruity salad with dried basil

3. Corn salad

4. Fruity salad with corn cucumber and parsley

5. Pea chickpea low calorie salad

6. Mango salsa

7. Mango salsa with pickled Jalapeno

8. Watermelon salsa

9. Mango pomegranate and tender coconut salsa

You may also like to try Tender jowar salad from the blog of Priya Iyer.

Ingredients used to make this healthy and delicious salad.

Red cabbage – Nutrients enriched red cabbage or purple cabbage looks reddish purple in colour. See the above picture, looks beautiful isn’t it?

Purple cabbage, also referred to as red cabbage, belongs to the Brassica genus of plants. This group includes nutrient-dense vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and kale. Purple cabbage is a nutrient-rich vegetable linked to a variety of health benefits. These include reduced inflammation, a healthier heart, stronger bones, improved gut function, and perhaps even a lower risk of certain cancers. This vegetable is also incredibly versatile and one of the most cost-efficient ways to add beneficial antioxidants to your diet. Source

Baby Spinach or palak – Baby Spinach is also packed with nutrients. Used half cup uncooked baby spinach in this salad.

Eating spinach may benefit eye health, reduce oxidative stress, help prevent cancer, and reduce blood pressure levels. There are many ways to prepare spinach. You can buy it canned or fresh and eat it cooked or raw. It’s delicious either on its own or in other dishes. If you’re interested in its health-boosting potential, spinach is an easy food to add to your diet. Source

Carrot or gajar – Used grated carrot. Orange colour carrot will not only make your salad colorful but it has numerous health benefits.

The carrot (Daucus carota) is a root vegetable often claimed to be the perfect health food. It is crunchy, tasty, and highly nutritious. Carrots are a particularly good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. They also have a number of health benefits. They’re a weight-loss-friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health. What’s more, their carotene antioxidants have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer. Source

Tomato or tamatar – Used chopped one tomato. You can use small or large pieces according to your choice. Sweet and sour taste of juicy tomato will give a wonderful taste to the salad. Use firm tomato to make this salad

Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. They are especially high in lycopene, a plant compound linked to improved heart health, cancer prevention, and protection against sunburns. Tomatoes can be a valuable part of a healthy diet. Source

Cucumber or kheera – Mildly sweet cucumber will give a refreshing taste to the salad.

Cucumbers are a refreshing, nutritious and incredibly versatile addition to any diet. They are low in calories but contain many important vitamins and minerals, as well as a high water content. Eating cucumbers may lead to many potential health benefits, including weight loss, balanced hydration, digestive regularity and lower blood sugar levels. Source

Spring onion/scallion or hara pyaj – Spring onion or scallion will give a pungent flavour and enhance the taste of salad. And it also has many health benefits.

Almond – Toasted almond will give a crunch and nutty flavour. You can add little more toasted almond if you want. Almond is also rich in vitamins fiber protein minerals etc.

Pumpkin seeds or kaddu ke beej – Pumpkin seeds will also give a crunch and nutty flavour. You can add 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds more if you want.

Pumpkin seeds may be small, but they’re packed full of valuable nutrients. Eating only a small amount of them can provide you with a substantial quantity of healthy fats, magnesium and zinc. Because of this, pumpkin seeds have been associated with several health benefits. These include improved heart health, prostate health and protection against certain cancers. Source

Sweet corn – Used boiled sweet corn for a mildly sweet taste. I have used 1/4 cup but you can use 1/2 cup or more. Use according to your taste. I have used frozen sweet corn. Boil the sweet corn till the corn becomes soft.

Lemon juice or nimbu ka ras – Lemon juice will give a tangy taste and refreshing flavour. You can add 1 tablespoon more if you want. Taste and add more if required.

Rock salt or sendha namak – Used rock salt or sendha namak to enhance the taste. You can also use black or pink salt or normal salt instead of rock salt. Use whatever you have.

Mint leaves or pudina – Used chopped mint leaves or pudina for a lovely refreshing flavour. Aromatic mint leaves not only give a freshness but it has also many health benefits.

Cilantro or coriander leaves/dhaniya patta – Cilantro or dhaniya patta/coriander leaves used for flavour. I have used 2 tablespoon but you can use handful if you like the flavour of cilantro.

Black pepper or kali mirch – Used freshly crushed black pepper to give a spiciness of the salad. I like my salad mildly spicy so used only 1/2 teaspoon. You can add more according to your spice tolerance.

Peanut butter – I have used homemade peanut butter. If you want to make peanut butter at home click here. Peanut butter will give a creaminess to your salad. You can use one tablespoon more if you like the taste. Or you can also skip if you want. You can also use almond butter or olive oil instead of peanut butter.

Ginger or adrakh – Used grated ginger for a spicy and pungent aroma. It will also give a peppery taste and flavour. You can reduce the amount of ginger if you don’t like But don’t skip, use atleast one teaspoon for taste and flavour.

Green chilli or hari mirch – Used chilli to give a spicy kick to the salad. I have used only one but you can use more if you want your salad spicy.

You can make this salad in a few minutes. Just prepare the grated cabbage, carrot and other chopped vegetables ready in advance. Just mix everything and your delicious and nutritious salad is ready. I have also mixed everything in a bowl But if you want you can make your salad dressing separately. In a small bowl mix lemon juice, peanut butter, grated ginger, salt and crushed black pepper. Mix well add in the salad before serving.

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Recipe video of this healthy salad

Recipe

Red cabbage – 1 cup, grated

Baby Spinach – 1/2 cup, finely chopped

Carrot – 1, peeled and grated

Tomato – 1, chopped

Cucumber – 1, finely chopped

Spring onion – 2, chopped

Toasted almond – 6-8, shredded

Pumpkin seeds – 1 tablespoon

Sweet corn – 1/4 cup, boiled

Lemon juice – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Rock salt to taste

Mint leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Freshly crushed black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Peanut butter – 1 tablespoon

Grated ginger – 1/2 tablespoon

Green chilli – 1 chopped, optional

Method

1. In a large bowl mix all the shredded and chopped vegetables, rock salt, finely crushed black pepper, boiled sweet corn, peanut butter, pumpkin seeds, toasted and shredded almond and lemon juice. You can add more cilantro or coriander leaves and mint leaves if you want.

2. Mix everything well. You can use 1/2 cup boiled sweet corn if you like. Taste and add more salt, lemon juice and black pepper if required. See notes for more options.

3. If you want to make your salad dressing separately, then in a small bowl mix lemon juice, peanut butter, grated ginger, crushed black pepper and salt. Mix well and add in the salad before serving.

4. Garnish with chopped spring onion and serve. You can also store the salad in refrigerator to serve chilled.

Notes

1. You can use any vegetable in salad.

2. Almond butter or olive oil can be used instead of peanut butter. Or you can omit butter and oil and add only lemon juice.

3. Use green chilli and black pepper according to your taste.

4. You can use black or pink salt or normal salt instead of rock salt. Use whatever you have.

5. You can also add boiled eggs in the salad.

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Mango Salsa

Mango salsa. A perfect summer recipe can be made with handful of ingredients and in a few minutes. This spicy tangy lipsmacking mango salsa made with raw mango, cucumber, green chilli, ginger, tomato, watermelon, mint, cilantro or coriander leaves and some spices.

My last post was a Summer cooler. Now sharing one more summer special recipe. Try and please drop a comment about how you like it. 

Sweetness of watermelon enhance the taste of this spicy salsa. You can use any sweet fruit like ripe mango, grapes, pineapple instead of watermelon. You can also use little more lemon juice if you want your salsa more tangy. If you like your salsa more spicy add 1-2 more green chilli or 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder more.

Ingredients used to make this delicious salsa. 

Raw mango/green mango or kchcha aam – Main ingredient is raw or green mango. Sour taste and a sharp flavour made this salsa lipsmackingly delicious. 

Cucumber or kheera – Cucumber will give a refreshing taste to your salsa. But check the cucumber pieces before adding in the salsa. Cucumber shouldn’t be bitter. 

Watermelon or tarbuj – Watermelon will give a mildly sweet taste. It will balance the spiciness of the salsa. 

Ginger or adrak – Fresh ginger used for a spicy taste and aroma.

Onion or pyaj – Used one finely chopped red onion to enhance the taste and for flavour and crunch.

Green chilli or hari mirch – Green chilli will give your salsa a spicy kick. I have used only one but you can use more if you want your salsa more spicy. 

Tomato or tamatar – Used tomato for a sweet and sour taste. Always use firm tomato. 

Cilantro/coriander leaves or dhania – Handful finely chopped cilantro used for a refreshing flavour. 

Mint leaves or pudina – Mint leaves or pudina will give a cool fresh flavour. 

Lemon juice or nimbu ras – One teaspoon lemon juice used for a refreshing flavour and tangy taste. 

Pink or black salt/kala namak – Used pink salt for taste. If you don’t have pink or black salt, then you can use any salt. Use whatever you have. 

Black pepper or kali mirch powder – Black pepper or kali mirch powder used for a mildly spicy flavour. You can use little more to make your salsa spicy. You can also use freshly crushed black pepper if you want. 

Here are some similar recipes with some different ingredients. Click on the name below for recipe. 

1.  Mango salsa with pickled Jalapeno

2.  Watermelon salsa

3.  Capsicum salsa

4.  Mango pomegranate tender coconut salsa

5. Grape cape gooseberry salad with amada and Kasundi

6.  Fruity salad with dried basil

7.  Corn salad

8. Fruity salad with corn cucumber and parsley

You may also like to try   Muskmelon salsa from the blog of my  friend Poonam Bachhav.

You can add any fruit in this salsa to get the mildly sweet taste.  And as I mentioned above if you like your salsa more spicy add more green chilli and black pepper powder. Adjust the hotness according to your taste. 1 teaspoon lemon juice is perfect for me but if you want your salsa more tangy add little more lemon juice. 

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Recipe

Raw mango – 1

Cucumber – 1

Watermelon – 1/2 cup, cubed 

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated 

Onion – 1

Green chilli – 1-2

Tomato – 1 small 

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful

Mint leaves – 1/4 cup 

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon 

Pink or black salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Method

1. Wash everything well and drain the water. 

2. Peel and chop the raw mango into small pieces.  Cut the both ends of cucumber. Peel and chop into small pieces. Taste a piece before adding in the salsa. Cucumber shouldn’t be bitter. 

3. Peel and cut the watermelon into small cubes. Or scoop to make small watermelon balls. Discard the seeds. Peel and finely chop the onion. Finely chop the green chilli, tomato, mint leaves and cilantro or coriander leaves.  Mix everything in a bowl.

4. Add salt to taste and one teaspoon lemon juice. Mix well.  Taste and adjust the salt and lemon juice. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator to serve chilled. 

2. You can use any fruit of your choice instead of watermelon.

Notes

1. You can use any salt instead of pink salt.


2. You can use any fruit of your choice instead of watermelon.


3.  Add green chilli and black pepper powder according to your spice tolerance.

4. You can also use freshly crushed black pepper instead of black pepper powder.

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Moong Dal Chilla/Gluten Free Savoury Pancake

Split green moong dal chilla/cheela or savoury pancake. A very easy to make and delicious filling breakfast dish. You need only a few ingredients to make these chilla/chila/cheela or savoury pancakes. Ginger green chilli and all the spices made these gluten free cheela absolutely mouthwatering.

Not only delicious but these green gram pancakes are nutritious too. So here is a super healthy breakfast to start your day. You can also add any vegetable in the batter to make it more nutritious.

They’re high in nutrients and believed to aid many ailments. Mung beans are high in nutrients and antioxidants, which may provide health benefits. In fact, they may protect against heat stroke, aid digestive health, promote weight loss and lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Since mung beans are healthy, delicious and versatile, consider incorporating them into your diet. Source

Here are some more savoury pancake or chilla recipes from this blog.

Savoury pancakes with bottle gourd and carrot

Multigrain cheese stuffed pancakes

Green moong uttapam

Sprouts semolina pancake

Oats semolina pancake

You may also like to try delicious Cucumber pancakes from the blog of Priya Vijaykrishnan.

Recipe is very simple. You have to grind the soaked dal or yellow lentil with ginger and green chilli and mix all the ingredients. Its a completely gluten free recipe. Used rice flour with ground lentil to make the pancakes crispy. If you want your pancakes soft make it little thick but to make this crisp make it as thin as possible and fry on low heat. It will take some time but you will get crisp chilla/cheela or pancakes. Add spices and chilli according to your taste. You can also make a stuffing of paneer, potato, cheese etc. Place the stuffing on the pancake and roll. Your stuffed pancake is ready.

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Recipe

Split green moong dal or yellow lentil with skin – 1 cup

Rice flour – 3/4 cup

Curd or yogurt – 1/2 cup

Ginger – 1&1/2 inch piece, peeled and chopped

Green chilli – 3-4 chopped

Onion – 3 large

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Cumin powder – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Chaat masala – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Salt – 2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Rinse and soak the split and with skin yellow lentil or chhike wali moong dal for 4-5 hours or overnight. I soaked overnight.

2. Drain the water and rinse again. Grind the dal or lentil with ginger, green chilli and 1/4 cup water. Make a smooth paste. You can add more green chilli to make your chilla more spicy. I like the flavour of ginger so used 1&1/2 inch piece but you can use one inch piece if you want.

3. Chop the onions and cilantro or coriander leaves. Chop into small pieces. My son loves lots of onions in this chilla or pancake so I used 3 large onions. You can use less or more according to your taste.

4. Transfer the ground paste into a large bowl. Add curd or yogurt, rice flour, cumin powder, black pepper powder, chaat masala and salt. Mix everything well to make a lump free batter.

5. Taste and adjust salt if required. I had to add 1/2 teaspoon more. You can also use some finely chopped green chilli and little more black pepper powder if you want your chila or cheela more spicy Add finely chopped onion and cilantro or coriander leaves.

6. Mix well. Batter should be thick and flowing. Don’t make runny batter.

7. Heat a pan and add two laddle full batter in the middle of the pan. Spread with the backside of the laddle. Rotate to make round. Keep the flame low medium. Drizzle little oil on the sides of chilla.

8. To make soft cheela make it thick like uttapam but if you want crisp make the chilla thin and cook on simmer. When it starts to leaving the edges of the pan, flip the chilla upside down and let it cook from other side.

9. Cook from both sides till golden brown. You can also fold the pancakes before serving like this 👇

10. Serve hot with any sauce, pickle or raita.

Notes

1. You can add grated carrot, chopped capsicum or any vegetable of your choice in the batter.

2. Use chilli according to your spice tolerance. Reduce if making for kids.

3. Olive oil or any vegetable oil can be used to cook.

4. You can use any spices according to your taste.

5. You can also make it without onion if you want.

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Carrot Smoothie/Dairy Free Smoothie

Carrot smoothie with grapes orange mint and coconut milk. Fruity flavored Vegan smoothie with a mildly spicy kick from ginger taste divine. A perfect breakfast smoothie to start your day.

Freshly squeezed orange juice and all the goodness of different fruits with mint leaves, coconut milk and ginger made this smoothly nutritious and absolutely delicious. To get some different flavoured Smoothie recipes click here.

Ingredients used to make this smoothie

Carrot – Sweet earthy taste of carrot not only makes your smoothie delicious but carrot has so many health benefits.

It is crunchy, tasty, and highly nutritious. Carrots are a particularly good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants Eating carrots is linked to a reduced risk of cancer and heart disease, as well as improved eye health. Additionally, this vegetable may be a valuable component of an effective weight loss diet. Source

Grapes – Sweet nutrients packed grapes will make your smoothie perfectly sweet tasty and nutritious.

Grapes offer a wealth of health benefits, primarily due to their high nutrient and antioxidant contents. Grapes offer several important nutrients and powerful plant compounds that benefit your health. Though they contain sugar, they don’t appear to negatively impact blood sugar control when eaten in moderation. Antioxidants like resveratrol provide most of grapes’ benefits, including their anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetes, and anticancer properties. To read more click here.

Banana – Sweet, nutritious and delicious banana will make your smoothie thick and creamy.

Bananas are a popular fruit with many potential health benefits. Bananas contain many essential nutrients and may benefit weight loss, digestion, and heart health. They may boost your digestion and heart health thanks to their fiber and antioxidant contents. Plus, they may support weight loss because they’re relatively low in calories, nutrient dense, and filling. Both ripe, yellow bananas and unripe, green bananas can satisfy your sweet tooth and help keep you healthy. Source

Orange – I used freshly squeezed orange. Vitamin C enriched orange will make your smoothie delicious and gives a lovely flavour. Discard all the seeds if you are also using freshly squeezed oranges.

Oranges are among the world’s most popular fruits — they’re as nutritious as they are tasty. They are a good source of vitamin C, as well as several other vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Some studies show that consuming citrus fruits like oranges on a regular basis may help lower the risk of certain health conditions, such as heart disease. Put simply, this bright citrus fruit is an excellent addition to a healthy diet. Source

Mint leaves – Used to enhance the taste and minty flavour. You can add more leaves if you like.

Ginger – Little ginger used to give a mildly spicy kick. If you don’t like then you can omit it.

Coconut milk – Coconut milk used to enhance the taste. I like the flavour of coconut milk. I had coconut milk powder so I used it. But you can use 1/4 to 1/2 cup canned or fresh coconut milk or use 1/4 cup grated fresh coconut instead of coconut milk.

Lemon – Used lemon to give a tangy taste and nice refreshing flavour.

Lemons contain a high amount of vitamin C, soluble fiber, and plant compounds that give them a number of health benefits. Lemons may aid weight loss and reduce your risk of heart disease, anemia, kidney stones, digestive issues, and cancer. Not only are lemons a very healthy fruit, but they also have a distinct, pleasant taste and smell that make them a great addition to foods and drinks. Source

Earlier shared two different smoothie recipes with coconut. Muskmelon coconut smoothie and Mango coconut flaxseed smoothie. You may also like to try Cornflakes banana smoothie from the blog of Priya Vijaykrishnan.

Its a filling and nutritious smoothie. You can serve this as breakfast smoothie or you can also enjoy this in your fasting days. You can also use soaked dry fruits in this smoothie. If you want to use almond, soak the almond in hot water and peel before using.

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Recipe

Carrot – 2 medium

Grapes – 1/2 cup

Banana – 1

Orange juice – 1/2 cup

Mint leaves – 12-14

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Coconut milk powder – 1/4 cup

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Shredded almond to garnish

Method

1. Peel and cut the carrot into thin slices. Peel and chop the banana roughly.

2. Combine everything and blend till smooth and frothy. You can use 1/4 to 1/2 cup thick coconut milk instead of coconut milk powder. Or use 1/4 cup fresh grated coconut. Add ice cubes if you want your smoothie chilled.

3. Taste and add little more lemon juice if require. Pour the mixture in your favourite glass.

4. Garnish with shredded almond and mint leaves. You can also garnish with lemon wedges.

Enjoy……..

Notes

1. You can use any fruit of your choice.

2. 1/4 to 1/2 cup thick coconut milk can be used instead of coconut milk powder. Or use 1/4 cup grated fresh coconut. Blend well with all the other ingredients.

3. You can also use 2 tablespoon soaked and peeled almond in this smoothie.

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