Microwave Chivra/Flatten Rice

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We make lots of fried snacks in festival. But what about those people who can’t eat fried stuff for health reasons.

For those people we have to make something in less oil or without oil.

Try this microwave fried chivra/poha or flatten rice mix. You can’t get puffed chivra like deep fried. But its  more crunchy and yummy. I have used only few drop oil. You can omit it too.

So enjoy this delicious guilt free namkeen or savory snack.

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Recipe

Poha/chivra or flatten rice  – 1 cup

Peanut  – 1/2 cup

Cashew nuts  – 1/4 cup

Dry coconut  – few thin slices

Salt to taste

Cumin seed  – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard seeds  – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chilli  – 1 finely chopped

Coriander leaves  – 1 teaspoon finely chopped

Curry leaves  – 20 leaves finely chopped

Amchur powder or dry mango powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

Chaat masala  – 1 teaspoon

Black paper powder  – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Method

Take peanut in a microwavable glass bowl . Put 2-3 drops oil in it and mix well.

It will be fine if you don’t want to use oil. Omit it.

Microwave in full power for 2 minutes. Stir and again microwave for 2 minutes. Keep aside.

In same process cook the chivra/poha or flatten rice and cashew nuts separately.

You can add 2-3 drops oil in chivra/poha or flatten rice but don’t add oil in cashew nuts.

Now microwave the coconut slices for 2 minutes stir and check if undone cook again for 1 minute more.
And keep aside.

Take 1 teaspoon oil in the bowl add cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
You can do it in 1/2 teaspoon oil too.

Microwave covered for 2 minutes.
Now add chopped coriander leaves and curry leaves. Mix well.

Microwave for another 2 minutes. Check it,  leaves and chilli pieces should be crisp. If not cook for 1 minute more.

Now mix everything in the bowl add the dry spices and salt.
Mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

You can add red chilli powder too to make it more spicy.

Your low calorie crunchy and delicious savory snack is ready to serve.

Let it cool and keep in a airtight jar for later use.

Enjoyyyy

Sandesh

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Sandesh is a Bengali dessert made of paneer/chhena or cottage cheese. You can make it in home by curdling the milk and separating the whey from it.

This Bengali delicacy sandesh is very easy to make.
You can make your occasion special with this delicious sweet.

I made these in two different flavours.
One with sugar and other with date palm jaggery or khajur gur. I have shared the pictures of two types of sandesh above.

It needs only two ingredients. Paneer/cottage cheese and sugar or jaggery.

In sugar version we need little cardamom powder for flavour.

You can add any essence or fruit purees of your choice. Or you can add melted chocolate or cocoa powder to make chocolate sandesh. I have already shared the recipe of chocolate sandesh.

Recipe of sugar sandesh and date palm jaggery or khajur gur sandesh is same. Its very easy to make.

I used mould to shape them. If you don’t have mould simply roll like a ball and press lightly with your palm.

 

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You can decorate them with chopped pistachio, almonds or tutti fruity.

I made it with home made paneer/cottage cheese. Paneer should be soft. We have to knead it for more smooth and soft texture. You can use a grinder too for quick result.

We need cardamom powder for sugar sandesh only. Date palm jaggery is very flavourful so I didn’t used any flavour in it.

Add sugar according to your taste. First add less, taste after mixing then add more if require.

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Recipe

Paneer/cottage cheese out of 1 liter milk.

Date palm jaggery or sugar  – 1/4 cup or to taste

Cardamom powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

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Method

Take the paneer in a large plate. Knead with your palm for 4-5 minutes till the paneer/cottage cheese becomes smooth.

Add the sugar or jaggery knead for another 3-4 minutes. You can use food processor or mixer grinder to make it smooth.

Now cook the mixture on a nonstick or heavy bottom pan on low flame. Stirring continuously for 3-4 minutes. Cook till it becomes dough like consistency.

Don’t overcook, mixture shouldn’t be dry.
Add cardamom powder if making sugar sandesh.

Let it cool. Nead again to get a smooth texture. You can grind it too.

Shape them in a greased mould or make small balls and shape it as you like.

Enjoy the heavenly taste.

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Nimki Or Mathri

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Our country India is known for it’s cultural and traditional festivals.  Because of it’s various culture and religion.

In India we celebrate and enjoy the different festival in every month.

Our country is full of diversity in the religions languages and culture.

We all are preparing for upcoming Diwali celebration. Making different kinds of savory and sweet snacks.

Today presenting a traditional snack recipe. A very common home made snack.

My mom and mom in-law made it very often and store to serve with tea or coffee.

Nimki or mathri. Crispy crunchy delicious snack made of all purpose flour.

But I mixed some whole wheat flour too. Nowadays we all try to avoid all purpose flour for health reasons. But you can use all purpose flour or maida only if you like.

I made it star shaped by a cookie cutter.
You can make it triangle shape or simply roll and cut into stripes. Like this

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For triangular shape take small ball out of the dough. Roll it in circle. Fold it in half moon shape. Then again fold it in a triangular shape.
Prick it allover with a fork or knife and fry.

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Recipe

Whole wheat flour  – 1 cup

All purpose flour/maida  – 1 cup

Onion seed or kalaunji – 1 teaspoon

Dried fenugreek leaves or kasuri methi – 1 teaspoon crushed

Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Hot oil or ghee/clarified butter – 4 tablespoon

Soda –  1/4th teaspoon

Oil for frying

Method

Mix flour, soda, salt and crushed dried fenugreek leaves together.

Add the onion seeds and hot oil or ghee/clarified butter.

Add water slowly to knead the dough.

The dough shouldn’t be soft but a little hard so add water carefully. Make a firm dough and keep aside covered for 10-15 minutes.

Make balls and roll the dough with rolling pin.

Take a cookie cutter of your choice. Cut them in any shape.
You can make round mathri/nimki too.

Fry the mathri/ nimki in medium hot oil. Keep the flame low.

Fry till light browned and crisp.
I used dried fenugreek leaves. You can use mint or curry leaves too if you like.

Even you can add oregano or basil in the dough to get a different taste.

Add the spices as per your taste and enjoy.

You can store the mathri/nimki in a airtight jar for later use.

Serve with tea or coffee.

This post is going to be a part of #FoodieMonday #Bloghop #Theme savory Diwali Snacks.

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Masala Aalu Or Spicy Potato

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A no onion garlic recipe.
Spicy delicious masala aalu. Pair it with puri or paratha in breakfast. Or enjoy as a snack. And perfect for travel too.

Very quick and easy recipe. Needs only boiled potatoes and dry spices. Shallow fry and get delicious spicy potatoes.

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Recipe

Potatoes – 4 large boiled, peeled and chopped

Salt to taste

Cumin or jeera powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander or dhania powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric or haldi powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder -1 teaspoon or as much your spice tolerance

Kashmiri red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seed or jeera- 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – 1/2 teaspoon

Amchur or dry mango powder – 2 teaspoon

Ghee/clarified butter – 1 teaspoon optional

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

Heat oil in a pan add oil and cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds crackle add hing.

Add potatoes and salt. Fry till the potatoes becomes light brown. Add all the spices saute till the spices fry well.

Add amchur or dry mango powder and ghee/clarified butter . Mix well. And its ready.

Serve with puri or paratha in breakfast. Or enjoy the spicy delicious masala aalu as a snack.

Coffee Banana Chocolate Smoothie

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Today I am very happy to publishing 50th post here.
And its a smoothie. A low calorie, healthy and yummy smoothie with coffee, banana and chocolate.

We like to start our day with a cup of hot coffee.
A cup of coffee in the morning may pack more than just an energy boost.

More and more research is emerging to suggest that there may be several health benefits associated with drinking this dark black beverage, from helping prevent diabetes to lowering the risk of liver disease.

But today its not hot. Chilled delicious low fat, low calorie healthy coffee banana chocolate smoothie.

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Recipe

1 frozen banana ( sliced)

1 cup milk ( more or less depending on the desired consistency)

1/2 cup curd

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

A pinch of nutmeg powder

1 teaspoon coffee powder

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon ground flax seed powder (optional)

Method

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.

You can add more milk if necessary. Add more honey if you would like the drink sweeter.

Enjoyyyyyyy

Steamed/Bhapa Sandesh With Date Palm Jaggery

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October November is festival time in India. And we have to make some sweets to celebrate the joyous occasions.

Here is a very easy and quick recipe of steamed or bhapa sandesh.

A delicious steamed sandesh made in microwave. I made it with date palm jaggery or khajur gur you can make it with sugar too.

If you don’t have date palm jaggery follow the recipe with sugar. You can find it at the end of jaggery recipe.

Try it and enjoy the heavenly taste. We need only two ingredients and little cardamom powder.

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Recipe

Chhena/cottage cheese or paneer – 1 and 1/4 cup

Jaggery- less than 1/2 cup or to taste

Cardamom powder –  a pinch

Method

In a bowl take the paneer/cottage cheese (paneer shouldn’t too dry) and jaggery (add little less, after mixing taste it, add more if require). Mix it well.

Add cardamom powder and knead it nicely until you get soft and smooth texture. You can use a grinder too.

Now take a microwavable bowl grease it with little ghee/clarified butter and pour the mixture in it.

Microwave it in high for 5-8 minutes.

Its ready now let it cool down at room temperature then put the container in refrigerator for half an hour. Cut it and enjoy the heavenly taste.

Recipe with sugar

Paneer/cottage cheese of 2 liters milk

Sugar-7 tablespoon or as per taste

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

In a bowl put paneer ( it should be soft) add sugar and mix nicely.

When it gets soft and smooth add the cardamom powder. Knead it again with your palm or grind it

Now make it like jaggery sandesh. Follow the microwave method recipe.

Garnish with tutti fruity, cherry or dry fruits. Keep it in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Enjoyyyyyy

Hariyali Paneer Makhani Masala/Green Cottage Cheese With Butter Gravy

 

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A delicious paneer/cottage cheese dish. I made it with a little change.

Flavoured the paneer with coriander. You can use mint too. Gravy is rich and yummy. You can make it more rich by adding 1-2 tablespoon beaten cream in the gravy.

A perfect side dish for a party. Make and enjoy it in lunch or dinner.

 

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Recipe

Paneer  – 2 cup crumbled
Coriander leaves  – handful or little more to get the green colour
Green chilli  – 1-2

Ginger  – 1/2 inch piece

Frozen peas  – 2 teaspoon

Cumin powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon optional

For gravy

Onion  – 2 large chopped

Garlic  – 1/2 teaspoon chopped

Ginger  – 1 teaspoon chopped

Tomato  – 3 chopped

Cardamom  – 2-3

Cloves  – 3

Cinnamon  – small piece

Mace or javitri – 1 string

Cumin powder  – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder  – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder  – 1/4 teaspoon optional

Oil  – 2 tablespoon +  1 tablespoon and little to shallow fry the paneer/cottage cheese

Butter  – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Kashmiri red chilli powder  1 tablespoon or as per your spice tolerance

Sugar  – 1/2 teaspoon

tomato sauce  – 1 teaspoon

Cashew nuts  – 2 teaspoon

Method

Grind the paneer with chopped coriander leaves, green chilli, salt, ginger, green peas, cumin powder and garam masala powder.

 

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Keep in refrigerator for half an hour. Cut them as you like.

Shallow fry the paneer pieces on a nonstick pan with little oil. Fry lightly. Don’t change the colour.
Pieces should be green.
Keep them aside.

Now heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan add chopped garlic saute till the colour begins to change. Add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and mace. Then add the onion.

Fry till light brown add the ginger and cashew nuts saute and add tomatoes. Saute till tomatoes becomes mushy. Switch off the flame.

Let it cool. Grind to make a smooth paste.
Heat remaining oil and butter add the paste saute till oil leaves the sides.

Add all the dry spices. Saute then add salt, sugar and tomato sauce. Mix well.

Add water as required for thick gravy.
Let it boil for 5-6 minutes on simmer.
Now its ready to serve. Arrange the paneer pieces on gravy. Garnish with cashew nuts.

Paneer pieces are too soft so don’t boil them with gravy. It may be crumble.

Serve with roti/ Indian flat bread, naan, paratha, pulao or fried rice.
Enjoy the yummy spicy paneer.

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Carrot Cake

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A perfect tea time cake. Its Egg less carrot cake. Soft moist and yummy. A flavourful cake.

Made with only 2 tablespoon oil. Didn’t used all purpose flour. So you can call it a healthy cake.

You can make it diet cake by replace sugar with 15-20 ground dates.

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Recipe

Whole wheat flour ( atta) – 3/4 cup

Carrots – 2 ( grated)

Curd – 3/4 cup

Powdered sugar  – 1/2 cup

Cinnamon powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

salt  – a pinch

Baking powder  – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda -1/2 teaspoon

Oil- 2 tablespoon

Method

Preheat the oven at 180°. Grease a cake tin with oil or butter and dust with some flour. And keep aside.

In a bowl add sugar and curd beat well. Add oil mix then slowly add flour, cinnamon powder, salt, baking powder, soda and mix well. Add grated carrots and mix.

Pour the batter in a greased cake tin. Bake in a preheated oven at 180° for 40-45 minutes. Time depends on the oven. Check with a toothpick after 30 minutes.

Cut into slices when completely cooled.

Enjoy the healthy and yummy carrot cake.

Coconut Laddu Or Narkol Naru

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October means festival time. Durga puja or Sharadotsav will start from 18th.

Happy time begins with cleaning, shopping and preparing for the festival.

Sharadotsav or Durga puja is an annual Hindu festival in Bengal that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It refers to all the six days observed as Shashthi, Maha Saptami, Maha Ashtami, Maha Nabami and Vijayadashami.

Coconut laddu or narkol naru. A traditional and popular sweet of Bengal. The popularity of this laddu due to its very easy and quick preparation. It needs only 3 ingredients grated fresh coconut, sugar and milk.

Try this yummy and easy sweets in these auspicious festival days.

You can make it with jaggery too. Jaggery laddu needs only grated jaggery, grated coconut,  little water and cardamom powder.

Boil water in a thick bottom or nonstick pan. Add the jaggery and let it melt completely. Now add grated coconut and stir continuously. When the mixture dried up switch off the flame.

Add cardamom powder and mix well. Roll into a ball to make laddu while warm. It will be hardened after cooled and it will be difficult to give shape.

Whenever I make it always remember my mom and mom in-law. These laddu were made by them in every festival days. Everyone love it’s soft chewy delicious melt in mouth taste.

Today I made a little change, made with khoya or mawa. Khoya or mawa is made of dried whole milk. I made the khoya at home by thickened the milk in a open pan on low flame.

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Recipe

Fresh grated coconut – 2 cup

Sugar – heaped 4 tsp or to taste

Milk – 4 cup

Khoya or mawa – 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut to roll  (optional)

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Method

Boil the milk then add grated coconut. Cook on medium low flame till the milk absorbed.

Keep stirring frequently to avoid the mixture get burned. Add the sugar and khoya or mawa. Keep stirring till the sugar dissolve and mixture dried up completely.

Add cardamom powder. Switch off the gas.  Grease your palm with little ghee and make laddu by rolling into a ball.

Laddu should be formed while mixture is little warm. It will be hardened when cooled and it will be difficult to give shape.

Roll the laddu in desiccated coconut. But its optional. Its delicious in it’s own, roll or not roll. Let them cool down before serving.

Yummy coconut laddu is ready to serve.

Diet Cake Or Fruit Cake

 

 

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A few days to go. It will be festival time. Everyone want something sweet in the festival time.

Today I am here with a delicious treat for diet conscious people. different but yummy guilt free cake. Super healthy for kiddos and perfect for health watchers.

Even diabetic people can eat it.
Its APF less, butter less, egg less and yes sugar less too. Even frosting is butter less and sugar less.

So enjoy everyone dieting or non dieting lol.
My friend MC Paul named it diet cake and its perfect.

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Recipe

Whole wheat flour – 1 cup

Oats ( ground) – 1/2 cup

Oil – 1/2 cup

Raisins – 1/4 cup

Dates ( chopped) – 25-30

Orange juice – 1 cup

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Baking powder -1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Orange zest ( finely grated) – 1 teaspoon

Flax seed powder – 2 tablespoon

Method

Blend dates, raisins and flax seed powder with orange juice. Make a smooth paste.

Add vinegar, oil and orange zest. Mix well. Sieve together flour, oats powder, baking powder and soda. Add the flour one tablespoon at a time and mix slowly.

Preheat the oven at 180°. Bake the cake in a greased oven dish for 35-40 minutes.

Frosting

115 gram dark or cooking chocolate ( melted) stir in the 6 tablespoon hung curd and 1 teaspoon honey stir well. Your frosting is ready.

Decorate the cake with frosting and tutti fruity or any other dry
fruits when completely cooled.
Enjoy