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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Ghee Or Clarified butter/ How To Make Ghee Easily At Home/ Ghee With Less Residue

Homemade ghee or clarified butter is always best. Here is a very easy method of making ghee. And also sharing the easy method to get more ghee and less residue. And making ghee without burning the pan.

Ghee or clarified butter generally used to tempering dal or rice dishes, in curries, sweets, in Aurvedic medicines and for different religions rituals. To make ghee first we have to churn the milk topping/ malai or cream to make butter. And then we have to cook the butter till clear liquid ghee and brown coloured residue separates.

This ingredient has been used in Indian and Pakistani cultures for thousands of years. When used in place of butter, ghee has several benefits. The differences between ghee and butter Understanding the differences between ghee and butter can help you determine which ingredient to use when cooking. Ghee has a higher smoke point when compared to butter, so it doesn’t burn as quickly. This is perfect for sautéing or frying foods. Butter can smoke and burn at 350°F (177°C), but ghee can withstand heat up to 485°F (252°C). Because ghee separates milk from fat, this butter substitute is lactose-free, making it better than butter if you have allergies or sensitivities to dairy products. Source

I have used cow milk to make ghee. You can see the lovely colour in the pictures. If you are making ghee with Buffalo milk, your ghee will be white. But cow milk ghee looks different. And aroma is heavenly.

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Watch the video recipe below of making ghee.

Recipe

Malai or milk topping/cream

Water

Ice cubes

Method

1. Store malai or milk topping in a container. And keep the container in refrigerator.

2. When you want to make ghee take out the container before an hour. Don’t try to make butter with chilled malai. And don’t keep the butter out of refrigerator for a long time. If the weather is hot, smell of the malai may change if you keep it out of the refrigerator for a long time.

3. After an hour pour the malai or cream in a blender jar. Add half cup normal temperature water and blend till water and butter separates. Watch video above for details.

4. Add some ice cubes in the blender jar and blend again. Now you will get perfect butter. Transfer the butter in a large utensil.

5. Whisk well with your palm. Make round ball of butter and discard the water. If you want you can make paneer with this water. To make paneer, boil it and add vinegar or lemon juice as required. Paneer and whey will separates. Immediately strain the paneer.

6. Rinse the butter with chilled water. Place the butter in a large pan or wok. Heat to just melt the butter. Don’t let it boil. When it starts to boil it will turns into ghee. So be careful heat till the butter starts to melt. When it starts to melt immediately switch off the heat. Keep stirring. Don’t leave unattended.

7. Let the melted butter cool down. Keep it in refrigerator overnight. Next day you will see some water under the solid butter. Drain all the water. This step to get less residue and more ghee.

8. Heat the drained butter again. Keep stirring till liquid ghee and brown residue separates. When residue starts to become brown immediately switch off the heat. Let it cool down a bit. If you leave it on low flame unattended, your utensil may burn from bottom. But if you keep stirring your utensil remains clean. Still if your pan or wok slightly burnt from bottom just boil some water with a teaspoon of baking soda. Now it will be clean easily

9. Strain the ghee with a strainer and store ghee in a glass jar. Use this as required.

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Vegan Oats Mango Chia Smoothie Bowl

Vegan oats mango smoothie bowl with chia seeds. A very delicious, filling and nutritious breakfast smoothie. You don’t need any sweetener to make this smoothie. If you like mango then its a perfect breakfast smoothie for you. You can satisfy your sweet tooth without any guilt.

Earlier shared one more Vegan smoothie bowl on this blog. For 27 more different types of Smoothie recipes click here. You may also like to try Mango almond shake from the blog of my friend Preethi Prasad.

Ingredients used to make this delicious and healthy smoothie bowl.

Oats – Used rolled oats to make this smoothie. We often use oats to make different breakfast dishes. And we all know that fiber rich oats have many health benefits. You can get many other Oats recipes here.

Mango – Used sweet variety dasheri mango. These mangoes are very sweet so I didn’t use any sweetener. You can use any type of ripe mango. To get some Recipes with mango click here.

Almond – Used almond or badam to make this smoothie more nutritious. You can use almond in many other recipes. You can get some recipes here.

Chia seeds – I used overnight soaked chia seeds. You can soak the chia seeds for 2 hours only if you want. Chia seeds are very nutritious.

The antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds may promote heart health, support strong bones, and improve blood sugar management. To read more about Chia seeds click here.

For garnishing used mango cubes, shredded almond, soaked chia seeds and roasted mixed seeds. Mixed seeds are optional but I like the crunch of the seeds.

Roasted mixed seeds – I have a mixture of roasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, muskmelon seeds and flax seeds. You can use any mixed seeds. You can get some different recipes With mixed seeds here.

Seeds are great sources of fiber. They also contain healthy monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and many important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

When consumed as part of a healthy diet, seeds can help reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. Source

This smoothie bowl is very filling and nutritious. You will also love it’s delectable taste. And you can enjoy it without adding any sweetener. Or if you like your smoothie sweeter or your mango is not enough sweet then you can add little honey, coconut sugar, stevia or any sweetener of your choice. See notes for more options.

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Recipe video of this healthy and delicious smoothie bowl

Recipe

Oats – 1/4 cup

Ripe mango – 1 cup, chopped

Almond – 8-10

Chia seeds – 1 tablespoon

Water – 5 tablespoon

Mango cubes, chopped almond and mixed seeds to garnish

Method

1. Soak chia seeds in 5 tablespoon water for 2 hours or overnight. I soaked overnight. It will look like gel when soaked.

2. Soak the almond in hot water and let it cool down. Drain the water and peel the almond.

3. Grind the oats into fine powder. Add mango pieces, peeled almond and soaked chia seeds. Reserve some soaked chia seeds for garnishing.

4. Blend everything well to make smooth. Taste and add little honey, coconut sugar, stevia or any sweetener as require. My mango is enough sweet so I didn’t use any sweetener. See notes for more options.

5. Transfer the smoothie to the bowl. Garnish with mango pieces, chopped almond and soaked chia seeds. Sprinkle some roasted mixed seeds over the smoothie. This step is optional. You can skip but I like the crunch of roasted mixed seeds.

6. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for an hour or more to serve chilled.

Notes

1. You can use any fruit instead of mango.

2. You can also use banana or any other fruits with mango.

3. Add 1 teaspoon honey, stevia or any sweetener of your choice if you want your smoothie more sweet.

4. If you are using stevia powder, add 1/4 teaspoon only at first. Mix, taste and add more if required. Because stevia powder is more sweet than sugar. A pinch of stevia powder is equal to one teaspoon table sugar. 

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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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Mango Mint Coconut Lassi With Chia Seeds

Mango coconut lassi with chia seeds and coconut sugar. This chilled soothing and filling drink taste utterly delicious. Its mango season so try this delectable mango coconut lassi to beat the heat. You don’t need refined sugar to make it. I have used coconut sugar, you can also use honey, maple syrup, stevia, sugar or any sweetener of your choice.

Ingredients used to make this chilled lassi

Ripe mango – You can use any ripe mango to make this lassi. Better to use sweet variety lassi.

Curd or yogurt – Used homemade curd to make this lassi. You can also use store bought curd or Greek yogurt. But curd shouldn’t be sour. Check before using.

Fresh coconut – Grated fresh coconut taste great with ripe mango.

Mint leaves – Mint leaves used for a refreshing flavour.

Chia seeds – Used chia seeds for it’s nutritional value. You can skip if you don’t have or you don’t like.

Chia seeds may be small, but they’re incredibly rich in nutrients. A staple in the ancient Aztec and Maya diets, these seeds have been touted for their health benefits for centuries. The antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds may promote heart health, support strong bones, and improve blood sugar management. Healthline

Milk – Used milk to soak the chia seeds. You can also use any dairy free milk or water if you want.

Coconut sugar – Used coconut sugar as a sweetener. Coconut sugar or coconut palm sugar is a plant based natural sweetener. You can also use honey, maple syrup, stevia, sugar or any sweetener of your choice. If your mango is less sweet then add more sweetener. And if your mango is too sweet use small amount of sweetener.

Lemon juice – Lemon juice used for a refreshing flavour and taste.

Lemon zest – Little lemon zest used to give an extra zing. It will give a strong lemon flavour. You can skip it if you want.

Ice cubes – Ice cubes used to make the lassi chilled. Add less or more according to your choice. You can also add some ice cubes in the glass before serving. Or you can also skip the ice cubes and keep lassi in refrigerator for an hour to serve chilled.

Here are some yogurt based dishes from this blog.

1. Strawberry yogurt

2. Mint yogurt dip

3. Bhapa doi or steamed yogurt pudding

4. Buttermilk Kuzhambu

5. Mint orange lassi

6. Mango pomegranate overnight oats parfait

7. Misti doi

8. Banana almond mint smoothie

9. Savoury cucumber smoothie

10. Misti doi parfait

11. Guava banana smoothie

12. Cold soup

And you may also like to try Spicy oats buttermilk from the blog of Sasmita Sahoo Samanta.

As I mentioned above this lemon flavoured mango lassi taste utterly delicious. You can adjust the sweetener according to your taste. If your mango is too sweet use 1 tablespoon only. Taste after blending and add more if required. Never use sour curd or yogurt. Always use fresh curd or yogurt. I have used homemade curd. You can also use Greek yogurt or any store bought yogurt but taste before using.

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Video recipe of this healthy and delicious lassi

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pVhPYxJ1Cms&t=3s

Recipe

Ripe mango – 1/2 cup, chopped

Curd or yogurt – 1 cup

Fresh coconut – 1/4 cup, grated

Mint leaves – 2 tablespoon

Milk – 1/3 cup

Chia seeds – 1 tablespoon

Coconut sugar – 1 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Lemon zest – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Ice cubes – 1/4 cup or as required

Method

1. Soak chia seeds in 1/3 cup milk for an hour.

2. Blend curd or yogurt, soaked chia seeds, grated fresh coconut, mint leaves, chopped mango pieces, coconut sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and ice cubes in a blender.

3. Taste and add more coconut sugar and lemon juice if require. I had to add 1 tablespoon more coconut sugar because mango was not enough sweet. If your mango is sweet then add sugar accordingly.

4. Pour the lassi in your favourite glass. Garnish with scooped mango and mint leaves. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator to serve chilled.

Notes

1. You can skip chia seeds if you want. But chia seeds will make your lassi more nutritious.

2. Any sweetener can be used instead of coconut sugar.

3. Add sweetener according to your taste. Taste after blending and add more if required. Its depends on the sweetness of mango.

4. You can use any dairy free milk or water instead of milk.

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Tomato Chutney

Tomato chutney. Here is an easy and delicious Bengali style sweet tomato chutney to serve with any meal. Recipe is very simple and easy to make. If you have boiled tomatoes ready then you can make it in a jiffy.

And its also perfect to serve with Bhoger khichuri or bhuni khichuri, Bengali Sabudana khichdi, Basanti pulao, Aloo chutney pulao, Luchi or any pulao.

You may like some more chutney recipes on this blog. Click on the link below for recipe.

1. Brinjal chutney

2. Almond walnut chutney with mango ginger or amada

3. Olive chutney

4. Tomato oambal or Tomato chutney

5. Ginger chutney

6. Mango sesame chutney

7. Date raisins jaggery chutney with mango bar

8. Waterchestnut chutney

9. Onion tomato chutney or dip

10. Mango raisins chutney

11. Peanut chutney

22. Mint yogurt dip

You may also like to try Imli ki chutney from the blog of Preethi Prasad.

Ingredients used to make this chutney.

Tomato or tamatar – I have used 4 small medium tomatoes. If you have large tomato then use two only.

Salt or namak – Used 1/4 teaspoon salt only. You can use according to your taste.

Sugar or chini – Sugar used to sweetened the chutney. You can use jaggery or any other sweetener. But sugar will taste best.

Raisins or kishmish – Used raisins for taste. If you don’t like the taste of raisins then you can omit it. You can also use cashew nuts if you want.

Ginger or adrakh – Ginger will give a spicy kick to your chutney. You can use less or more according to your taste.

Mustard seeds or sarso – Mustard seeds used for tempering or tadka. You can use black or yellow any mustard seeds. Use whatever you have.

Dry red chilli or sukhi lal mirch – Whole dry red chilli also used for tempering or tadka. It will give a very light heat to the chutney. If you want your chutney more hot break the red chilli into half before adding in oil.

Oil or tel – Used very little mustard oil to cook the chutney. You can also use any vegetable oil.

I made this chutney in small quantity. You can double the recipe if you want. Usually this chutney served after meal with papad before serving dessert. But I like this chutney with khichdi, dal chawal, puri or luchi, paratha or with anything. I have used boiled tomatoes but you can also use chopped tomatoes. I like my chutney smooth so boiled and peeled the tomatoes. I have small medium sized tomatoes so I used four but if you have large tomato then use two large tomatoes. Rest of the ingredients will be same.

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Recipe video of tomato chutney

Recipe

Tomato – 2 large

Ginger 1/2 inch piece grated

Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Raisins – 2 teaspoon

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon or to taste

Sugar to taste – 3 tablespoon

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Wash the tomatoes well. Make a cross-shaped incision or make X with a knife at one end. Don’t make too deep cut. See the method in video recipe above.

2. Soak raisins in 4 tablespoon water. If you don’t like raisins, omit it. You can also use cashew nuts if you want.

3. Boil 2 cup water in a pan. Add the tomatoes in it. Boil for 4 – 5 minutes or until the skin starts to separate.

4. Let it cool down. Peel the boiled tomatoes. Discard the skin and chop into small pieces.

5. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and dry red chilli.

6. When seeds starts to splutter add the tomatoes, salt and ginger. Saute, keep the flame low.

7. Add raisins and keep stirring. You can also add cashew nuts if you want. I didn’t. When tomatoes become soft add sugar and mix. Cook on low flame for 5-6 minute or till tomatoes become mushy and thick.

8. And its ready. Transfer the chutney in a bowl to serve.

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Mouri Mishri Jol/Saunf Mishri Sharbat Or Fennel Seeds And Rock Sugar Drink

Fennel seeds and rock sugar or mishri sharbat with mint. Sounf/mouri or fennel seeds and mishri or rock sugar soaked water is an age old refreshing drink for summer. Fennel seeds and mishri are usually used for mouth freshener. Here is a delicious chilled drink made with fennel seeds and rock sugar soaked water. Not only for mouth freshener but sounf mishri water is also an age old remedy for digestion.

Have a look on health benefits of the different ingredients used in this drink.

Fennel seeds or sounf – Aside from its many culinary uses, fennel and its seeds offer a wide array of health benefits and may provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial effects. Both the flavorful, crunchy bulb and aromatic seeds of the fennel plant are highly nutritious and may offer an abundance of impressive health benefits. Adding them to your diet may improve heart health, reduce inflammation, suppress appetite, and even provide anticancer effects. Healthline

Rock sugar or mishri – Mishri not only make your drink sweet but it has so many health benefits. Rock sugar or ‘mishri’ is more than just a mouth freshener. Generally, people tend to overlook the surprising health benefits of ‘mishri’. It is less sweet than refined sugar and contains vitamins, minerals and amino acid. Rock sugar, which is made from the solution of sugarcane, can be included in your daily diet to get the lesser-known benefits of health. Celebrity nutritionist, Rujuta Diwekar has unraveled how rock sugar is crucial in cough and cold. To read more about health benefits of mishri click here.

Mint leaves – Used mint to give the drink a lovely aroma. Mint leaves have not only a refreshing flavour but also have some health benefits.

8 Health Benefits of Mint

• Rich in Nutrients. Share on Pinterest.

• May Improve Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive tract disorder.

• May Help Relieve Indigestion.

• Could Improve Brain Function.

• May Decrease Breastfeeding Pain.

• Subjectively Improves Cold Symptoms.

• May Mask Bad Breath. Source

Lemon juice – Vitamin C enriched lemon used to enhance the taste and a lovely refreshing flavour.

Pink or black salt, chaat masala and black pepper used for taste. But its completely optional. You can add only a pinch of pink or black salt and skip chaat masala and black pepper powder. For fasting days omit pink salt too.

You can soak the fennel seeds overnight in refrigerator. Soak the seeds in night and make the drink in next morning. If you want your drink less sweet then add little more water. Make this refreshing drink according to your taste.

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Recipe

Fennel seeds or sounf – 2 tablespoon

Rock sugar or mishri – 1 piece

Mint leaves – 25-30

Water – 1 cup + 3/4 cup

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Ice cubes – as require

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Pink or black salt and chaat masala to taste, optional

Method

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1. In a bowl soak fennel seeds or sounf and rock sugar or mishri with one cup water for 2-3 hours. You can also steep fennel seeds overnight in refrigerator.

2. When soaked strain the soaked fennel seeds with a sieve. Remove and discard the thread of mishri.

3. Transfer the seeds in a grinder jar. Add mint leaves and 1/4 cup water. You can use less or more mint leaves according to your taste. For light green colour add less mint leaves.

4. Grind into a smooth paste. Strain the mixture again. Add remaining half cup water and press with a spoon to strain well.

5. Add lemon juice and mix. Add salt, black pepper powder and salt in the strained fennel seeds water. This step is optional but it will enhance the taste. Taste and add little more water if its too sweet for you. Add some ice cubes in a glass.

6. Pour the drink over it. Serve chilled. You can also store the drink in a jar and keep in refrigerator for later use.

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Melon Cooler/ Summer Cooler

Melon cooler. Orange and mint flavoured honeydew melon or kharbuj drink taste heavenly. You don’t need any sweetener. This cooler will be naturally taste sweet. Freshly squeezed orange juice and mint made this fruity drink refreshing and delicious.

Try this thirst quenching chilled fruity drink to beat the heat. You may like to try some more summer cooler recipes from this blog. 1. Mixed fruit summer cooler

2. Fruit parfait

3. Orange grape frozen cooler

4. Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and Aloevera

5. Kiwi ginger lime cooler

6. Watermelon punch

And two more recipes with cantaloupe. Watermelon cantaloupe mint smoothie and Muskmelon orange coconut smoothie

You may also like to try a delicious summer cooler from the blog of Kalyani Sri.

Ingredients used to make this refreshing summer cooler.

Honeydew melon or kharbuj – Used honeydew melon or kharbuj as main ingredient.

Honeydew melon, or honeymelon, is a fruit that belongs to the melon species cucumis melo (muskmelon). The sweet flesh of honeydew is typically light green, while its skin has a white-yellow tone. Its size and shape are similar to that of its relative, the cantaloupe. Honeydew melon is a sweet fruit that can be found around the world. Its flesh is light green, while its rind is typically white or yellow. Honeydew is full of vitamins, minerals and other health-promoting plant compounds. Eating this type of melon could have several health benefits, mainly due to its rich nutrient content. Source

Orange juice – Orange juice gives a sweetness and lovely flavour. I have used freshly squeezed orange juice. Orange juice is a favorite beverage high in antioxidants and micronutrients like vitamin C, folate, and potassium. Regular consumption has been associated with several health benefits, including improved heart health, decreased inflammation, and a reduced risk of kidney stones. Source- Healthline

Lemon – Used lemon juice to give the drink a tangy taste.

Mint leaves – Mint leaves used for flavour and it also gives a beautiful green colour.

Ice cubes – Ice cubes will make your drink chilled. You can also keep the glass in refrigerator for an hour to serve chilled.

Recipe is very simple and easy to make. Just combine everything and blend. Your chilled refreshing drink is ready. You can add little more lemon juice if you want your cooler more tangy. Enjoy the super yummy drink and keep yourself hydrated in this scorching hot weather.

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Recipe

Honeydew melon/muskmelon/cantaloupe or kharbuj – 1 cup, chopped

Orange juice- 1 cup

Lemon juice- 2 tablespoon

Mint leaves- handful

Ice cubes as require

Method

1. Peel the honeydew melon or kharbuj and cut into half. Take out the seeds with a spoon. Discard the seeds and chop the melon into small pieces. I had lightly greenish honeydew melon but you can also use muskmelon or cantaloupe. Use whatever you have.

2. Wash the mint leaves well. Blend the chopped cantaloupe and mint leaves in a blender.

3. Add orange juice and lemon juice. Blend again till everything blend well. I have used freshly squeezed orange juice.

4. In a glass put some ice cubes. Pour the melon orange mixture over it. If you don’t want to use ice cubes, then keep the cooler in refrigerator for an hour and serve chilled.

5. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon wedges. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Enjoy…..

Stay safe healthy and keep yourself hydrated.

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Kesar/Saffron Pista/Pistachio Rasgulla

Kesar pista rasgulla or saffron pistachio rasgulla. Saffron flavoured soft spungy rasgulla stuffed with pistachio taste scrumptious. Try and enjoy a different flavoured homemade rasgulla.

Rasgulla or rosogolla is chhena/chhana or Indian cottage cheese small ball shaped dumplings boiled in light sugar syrup. These rasgulla can be made with different flavour. You can also make these with any fruity flavour. Have a look on the kesar pista rasgulla while cooking. Looks beautiful isn’t it?

You may like some different flavoured rasgulla recipes on this blog. Please read all the tips and tricks to make perfect spungy rasgulla before starting to make rasgulla. Click on the name below to get all the tips and tricks and flavoured rasgulla.

1. Rasgulla with tips and tricks

2. Mint rasgulla

3. Chilli rasgulla or green chilli infused rasgulla

4. Komola bhog or orange rasgulla

5. Mango rasgulla

6. Watermelon rasgulla

And here are some sweet and savoury recipes with rasgulla.

1. Baked rasgulla

2. Savoury rasgulla korma

3. Rasgulla kheer/paesh or pudding

Making rasgulla is little tricky. So please read all the tips and tricks first before you start to making it. Full cream cow milk is best for spungy rasgulla. You have to mash the paneer or cottage cheese well. Mash cottage cheese with your finger tips and heel of your palm till your palm becomes greasy. Make thin sugar syrup. Take 4 cup water and 1 cup sugar to make sugar syrup. And never use small pan. Always use broad and large size pan to make rasgulla. If you are using small sized pan your rasgulla may be flat or loss it’s shape. Try and enjoy homemade rasgulla and don’t forget to drop a comment if you like the taste.

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Recipe

Full cream cow milk – 1 liter

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4 tablespoon or as require

Sugar – 1 cup

Water – 4 cup

Saffron – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Rose water or essence – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Shredded pistachios or pista as require

Method

Read all the tips and tricks to make perfect spungy rasgulla here.

1. Place a cheesecloth on a strainer.

2. Heat full cream cow milk in a heavy bottom pan and stir well. When it starts to rolling boil add lemon juice or vinegar. Add 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir and add 1 tablespoon more or as require to curdle the milk completely.

3. You can make cottage cheese with curd in same method. First add 1/4 cup curd then add as require. It will depends on the milk. You need 1/4 to 1/2 cup curd to make cottage cheese.

4. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately remove from heat and pour into the strainer and wash the paneer. If you boil further after curdling your cottage cheese and rasgulla will be hard.

5. Wash the paneer under running water or dip the cheesecloth in a bowl filled with cold water. Wash the cottage cheese well to remove the smell of vinegar or lemon.

6. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese. Remove the cottage cheese on a large dry cloth. Wrap well and put a heavy weight on it for 3-4 hours. There should be no moisture in cottage cheese. It will break in the sugar syrup if it not drained properly.

7. Take out the cottage cheese or paneer on a large plate.

8. Mash with your finger tips and heel of your palm. Mash till your palm becomes greasy and cottage cheese becomes smooth.

9. Make small balls. These will become double. I have made 6 rasgulla out of this cottage cheese. You can make 7 small size balls.

10. Flatten the balls with your palm. Place little chopped pistachio in the middle and close the edges. Make a ball again.

11. There shouldn’t be any crack on the balls. Press the balls between your fingers and palm tightly to make crack free balls.

12. In a large and broad pan heat 1 cup sugar and 4 cup water. Add saffron, cardamom powder and rose water or essence if using.

13. When sugar dissolved and it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame from 2-3 minutes.

14. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.

15. After 20 minutes switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 3-4 hours or until completely cool down.

16. Serve chilled or at room temperature. You can store leftover rasgulla in refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Notes

1. Always use full cream cow milk to make rasgulla.

2. To make spungy rasgulla mash the cottage cheese well with your finger tips and heel of your palm for 4 – 5 minutes or until your palm becomes greasy.

3. Use a large and broad pan to make rasgulla. Because these will be double when cooked.

4. Cottage cheese should be drained well. If not drained properly and moisture remains in cottage cheese, rasgulla balls will break in the sugar syrup.

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Strawberry Yogurt

Strawberry yogurt. Thick yogurt with cooked strawberries and a hint of lemon taste divine. This delectable strawberry yogurt is also perfect for fasting days. So try this strawberry flavoured yogurt on upcoming Navaratri.

You need only a few ingredients to make this heavenly dessert.

Strawberry – Strawberry cooked with little sugar made this yogurt smooth and delectable.

Sugar – My strawberry is tangy so I had to use 2 tablespoon sugar but if you have sweet strawberries use less sugar. Taste the strawberry before using.

Lemon juice – Hint of lemon enhance the taste and flavour.

Lemon zest – Little lemon zest also enhance the flavour. But you can skip if you want.

You can get many savoury recipes with yogurt on this blog. Type yogurt on the search bar to get the recipes. Here are some sweet recipes with yogurt. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

1. Bhapa doi or steamed yogurt

2. Mint orange lassi

3. Mango pomegranate overnight oats parfait

4. Misti doi

5. Banana almond mint smoothie

6. Misti doi parfait

7. Guava banana smoothie

As I mentioned above that you need only a few ingredients to make this delicious strawberry flavoured yogurt. And recipe is also very easy. You have to cook the strawberry with sugar only for a few minutes on low flame. Let it cool down. Whisk the yogurt or curd well and add cooked strawberries and whisk again. Refrigerate for 30 minutes if you want your strawberry yogurt chilled. If you have sweet variety strawberries add less sugar. Use sugar according to your taste. My strawberries are sour so two tablespoon is perfect for me.

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Recipe

Thick yogurt or hung curd – 3/4 cup

Strawberry – 1/3 cup, chopped

Sugar – 2 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon zest – 1/8 teaspoon

Method

1. Rinse and chop the strawberries. In a pan heat chopped strawberries and sugar. You can chop the strawberries into small pieces. My strawberries are little tangy so used 2 tablespoon sugar. If your strawberries are too sweet use 1 to 1&1/ tablespoon sugar or add sugar according to your taste.

2. Cook the strawberries on low heat till strawberries becomes mushy. Keep stirring. Add lemon juice and lemon zest and mix. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

3. In the meantime whisk the thick or hung curd with a wire whisker. Don’t use watery curd or yogurt. Whisk till thick curd or yogurt becomes smooth. Add strawberry, sugar and lemon mixture and whisk again. Strawberry mixture should be cool down completely.

4. Transfer the strawberry yogurt in your favourite bowl. Garnish with chopped strawberries and serve chilled. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy……

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