Maamoul Cookies / Date Filled Semolina cookies

Maamoul cookies or date filled semolina cookies. A famous Arab dessert which is usually made on festival time. Mouth melting, scented and lightly sweetened date stuffed cookies taste divine.

These cookies can be made with different fillings, like dates, pistachios, walnuts, almond or fig. Cookie dough shaped with a wooden mould. And most interesting is it’s shape depends on filling so that people can recognize the filling by it’s shape. Date filled maamoul cookies are flat topped and round shaped, pistachio filled are oval shaped and walnut filled are dome shaped. I don’t have maamoul mould so used my sandesh mould and fork. Place the date filled balls on baking tray and press with any mould or fork to give shape.

But now I have to order a maamoul mould. I will update the pictures when I can get it. You can get some more cookies recipe here.

Ma’amoul (Arabic: معمول‎ [mɑʕmuːl] also spelled m’aamoul, m’amul, m’aamul) is a filled semolina cookie found in Arab regions made with dates, nuts such as pistachios or walnuts and occasionally almonds, or figs. Ma’amoul are usually made a few days before Christmas, Easter, or Eid, then stored to be served with Arabic coffee and chocolate to guests who come during the holiday. It is popular throughout the Arab world, especially in the Arabian peninsula. They may be in the shape of balls, domed or flattened cookies. They can either be decorated by hand or be made in special wooden moulds. Ma’amoul with date fillings are often known as menenas, and are sometimes made in the form of date rolls rather than balls or cookies. Source – Wikipedia

When Kalyani Sri who blog at Sizzlingtastebuds suggested the theme Emirati Eats for this week’s 265 #Foodiemonday bloghop, I immediately decided to share this maamoul cookies recipe. Because it is one of my most favourite cookie. Kalyani has a wonderful blog with many mouthwatering recipes. Her Sweet and salty digestive biscuit and Bangalore bakery style Om biscuits are in my list. I will try these recipes soon. Do visit her space for many healthy and delicious recipes.

As I mentioned above these cookies are lightly sweetened and sprinkled with powdered sugar. But this step is optional. You can enjoy these delicious cookies without sprinkling sugar.

Traditionally these cookies are flavoured with orange blossom water and rose water. But if you don’t have orange blossom water or rose water, you can still make these cookies. I have used rose essence and cardamom powder in the dough and orange essence in date filling. You can use cinnamon powder too. Pistachios, walnuts or fig can be used for filling instead of dates. Traditionally coconut are not used in these cookies but I have used 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut in the filling for taste. You can skip coconut or replace with pistachios or walnuts. I have used homemade melted ghee or clarified butter, you can use butter. If you are using salted butter omit salt.

Recipe

Semolina or suji – 1 & 1/4 cup

All purpose flour or maida – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup

Clarified butter/ghee or butter – 1/2 cup

Salt – a pinch

Milk – 1/4 cup

Rose essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For filling

Dates – 3/4 cup, pitted

Clarified butter/ghee or butter – 1 teaspoon

Orange essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut – 1 tablespoon, optional

Almond – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. In a large bowl mix semolina or suji, all purpose flour or maida, baking powder, powdered sugar, cardamom powder and salt. Mix with your hand.

2. Now add milk and rose essence. Knead to make a smooth dough. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes.

3. Grind the almond. You can dry roast the almonds before grinding.

4. Grind dates into smooth paste. In a bowl mix ground almonds, dates, desiccated coconut, ghee or clarified butter and orange essence. Make small balls and keep aside.

5. Grease or line a baking tray with parchment paper. Preheat the oven at 180°.

6. Make balls with semolina or suji dough. Balls should be double in size than date balls.

7. Flatten the ball with your palm. Place date ball in the middle. Close the edges and make ball again. Press gently with your palm.

8. Arrange the balls on greased or lined baking sheet. Press with a mould to make design or press with a fork.

9. Bake the cookies for 20 – 25 minutes or till the cookies becomes light golden brown. For crispy cookies bake for a few minutes more or let it cool down in oven.

10. Let the cookies cool down completely. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the cookies. Serve or store in airtight container for later use.

Notes

1. Walnut, pistachio or fig can be used for filling.

2. If you have orange blossom water use it instead of orange essence, rose essence and cardamom powder.

3. Butter can be used instead of ghee or clarified butter. If you are using salted butter skip salt.

4. Sprinkling of sugar is optional, you can skip this step.

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Soya Nuggets Curry With Poppy Seeds, Coconut And Sweet Corn

Soya nuggets curry with poppy seeds, coconut and sweet corn. A delicious and flavorful curry with protein rich soya nuggets. Different aromatic spices, almonds and poppy seeds made this curry rich and absolutely delicious. A perfect accompany with naan, paratha, roti or any type of rice. You can also make this delectable curry with chicken, eggs or any non vegetarian dishes.

You may like some more recipes with soya nuggets, chunks or granules on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Soya loaf

2. Soya nugget korma

3. Protein rich soya nuggets

4. Spinach curry with corn and soya chunks

5. Soya egg shami Kabab

6. Soya paneer lollipop

7. Soya kofta balls in gravy

8. Oats soya green gram toast

9. Veg calzone

To make this curry you will need onion, garlic, poppy seeds, almonds fresh coconut, sweet corn and some aromatic spice powder. I have used paste of poppy seeds, ginger, garlic, coconut and almond to make thick and rich gravy. Cubed tomatoes made the curry attractive. You can also make this gravy with eggs, chicken or any non vegetarian dishes.

Recipe

Soya nuggets – 1 & 1/2 cup

Fresh coconut – 1/3 cup, grated or finely chopped

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup

Tomato – 2, cubed

Onion – 1, chopped

Ginger paste – 1/2 tablespoon

Garlic paste – 1/2 tablespoon

Green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste

Poppy seeds or khaskhas – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Clove powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Yogurt or curd – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Boil the soya nuggets with 3 cup water and 1 teaspoon salt. Let it cool down. When it cool down drain the water. Rinse 2 times with fresh water. Drain and squeeze well.

2. Cut the tomatoes in cubes.

3. Soak the almond in hot water. Peel the almonds when cool.

4. Grind the poppy seeds. When it becomes powder add soaked and peeled almonds, fresh coconut and 1 – 2 green chilli. Add 3 – 4 tablespoon water and make a smooth paste.

5. In a bowl mix yogurt, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, clove powder, cinnamon powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder. Whisk well.

6. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan or wok. Add cumin seeds and bay leaf. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add chopped onion and fry till onion becomes translucent.

7. Add ginger garlic paste. Saute till raw smell goes out and onion becomes brown.

8. Reduce the heat to low and add spices mixed yogurt. Saute till oil leaves the sides. Stir continuously.

9. Now add poppy seeds, coconut, green chilli and almond paste. Saute till the mixture dried up.

10. Add cubed tomatoes. Saute for a minute. We don’t want the tomatoes mushy.

11. Add squeezed soya nuggets, sweet corn and salt. Mix well and saute till soya nuggets coated with spices.

12. Add water and 2 – 3 green chilli. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 15 minutes. If you want thick gravy add 1 cup water only.

12. Remove the cover add remaining 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder, mix and switch off the heat. You can add 1-2 tablespoon fresh cream I didn’t.

13. Garnish with sliced tomato, almond and coconut pieces. You can also garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice, pulao, jeera rice, roti, paratha, puri naan or any bread.

Notes

1. Cashew nuts can be used instead of almond.

2. Add chilli according to your taste.

3. You can also make this gravy with eggs, chicken or fish instead of soya nuggets.

4. Fresh cream can be used at the end.

This post is my contribution to A to Z monthly challenge. Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every month. This month’s alphabet is letter P. And my star ingredient is poppy seeds.

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Oats Date Dry Fruits Modak / Sugar Free Modak

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. May God bless you all 🙏 Celebrating 5th year blog anniversary. Thanks to all my readers for your love support and encouragement. 5 years with 500 posts, its possible because of you. Thanks a lot to everyone.

Oats date dry fruits modak. Not authentic but a super healthy sweet for health conscious people. Sugar free and low calorie delicious modak made with reduced skimmed milk, oats, dates and dry fruits. Sweetened with natural sweetener dates and raisins only. A healthy treat for kids and adults both.

You can make modak by using modak mould or shape with your hand or make barfi or fudge. I have made modak using modak mould. You can easily shape them into modak with your hands. And used my sandesh mould to shape remaining mixture.

Earlier shared three more modak recipes.

Stuffed chocolate modak

Quick dry fruit coconut modak

Gulkand stuffed chocolate modak

I have used gluten free oats to make these modak. Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. Many studies have shown that the beta-glucan fiber in oats is effective at Oats are an incredibly nutritious food packed with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In addition, they’re high in fiber and protein compared to other grains. Oats contain some unique components — in particular, the soluble fiber beta-glucan and antioxidants called avenanthramides. Benefits include lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, protection against skin irritation and reduced constipation. In addition, they are very filling and have many properties that should make them a weight loss friendly food. At the end of the day, oats are among the healthiest foods you can eat. To read more benefits of oats click here.

Earlier shared some oats recipes on this blog. Get the recipes here.

Modak sweetened with dates.

Dates boast an impressive nutrient profile but are quite sweet. Yet, they’re packed with fiber, which helps your body absorb its sugars more slowly. When eaten in moderation, they’re a safe and healthy choice for people with diabetes. Source

According to experts, diabetics can also benefit from the high fiber content of dates. It is okay to eat 2-3 dates a day for diabetics so long as they exercise caution and maintain healthy eating habits overall. Source

So diabetic people can also enjoy these modak but in moderation. You may like some more recipes with dates on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Sugar free carrot cake

2. Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

3. Sugar free mawa nariyal peda

4. Sugar free sheer khurma or vermicelli pudding

5. Sugar free date sandesh

6. Sugar free mango coconut laddu

7. Date walnut fudge or barfi

8. Sugar free low calorie gajar halwa

9. Date walnut muffins

10. Vegan smoothie bowl

11. Date oats cookies

12. Watermelon date tulsi almond smoothie

Sending this post to 261 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Milky Way suggested by Swaty Malik who blog at Food Trails. Swaty suggested to share recipes with any form of milk. I am sharing a recipe with khoya/mawa or reduced milk. Swaty has a wonderful blog with many mouthwatering and healthy recipes. You will definitely love her Ganesh Chaturthi special recipes. And I also bookmarked her super healthy Oats jaggery laddu to try. Do visit her space for many more recipes.

I have used almond, cashew nuts and raisins but you can use any dry fruits of your choice. You can also stuff the modak with chopped dry fruits. If you want your modak more sweet add 5-6 dates and 2 tablespoon more raisins. We like mild sweetness so its perfectly sweet for me. Soak the dates and raisins in hot milk or boil with milk and you have to dry roast the oats and dry fruits only. Blend or grind everything and saute the mixture for few minutes. Let it cool down and shape them into modak, laddu or use any mould of your choice. Or you can spread the mixture on a greased plate when hot, level with a spatula, let it cool down and cut into your desired shape to make barfi or fudge. I have made some modak using modak mould and used my sandesh mould to shape remaining mixture.

Recipe

Rolled Oats – 1 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Dates – 3/4 cup, pitted and chopped

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Milk – 1/4 cup

Khoya/mawa or reduced milk – 3/4 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Green cardamom – 3 – 4

Rose essence – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

1. In a pan heat 1/4 cup milk with pitted and chopped dates and raisins. When milk starts to boil switch off the heat and keep aside to cool down.

2. Dry roast the almond and cashew nuts for 2 – 3 minutes. Nuts shouldn’t be burned.

3. In a pan dry roast the oats till light brown. Transfer the roasted oats on a plate and let it cool down.

4. Take out the seeds of the cardamom. I have small sized cardamom so used 4. Add the seeds in boiled milk date raisin mixture. Don’t discard the peel. You can add these in tea for lovely flavour.

5. Grind roasted almonds and cashew nuts into a fine powder.

6. Grind roasted oats and keep aside.

7. Now blend milk soaked dates and raisins with cardamom seeds in your mixer grinder or food processor. Add khoya/mawa or reduced milk. I have used homemade khoya or mawa. Get the recipe here. Add 2-3 tablespoon milk for easy blending. Blend everything well till smooth.

8. Heat a heavy bottom or nonstick pan. Add blended milk mixed date, raisins, cardamom seeds and desiccated coconut. Saute for 2 minutes. You can also grind or blend the desiccated coconut with dates, I didn’t.

9. Add ground oats, almonds and cashew nuts. Mix well. Keep stirring. Cook till mixture comes together and becomes like a dough. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

10. Mash the mixture well to make smooth. Make balls and shape them using modak moulds or shape with your hands. Or you can make laddu or use any moulds. Or spread the mixture on a greased plate when hot. Level with a spatula or spoon and cut into your desired shape when cool to make barfi or fudge. I have made some modak and shaped remaining dough with my sandesh mould.

11. Sprinkle desiccated coconut over the modak. This step is optional. Your delicious nutritious and aromatic modak is ready to serve.

Stay happy stay healthy stay safe!

Notes

1. If you want your modak more sweet use 5-6 dates and 2 tablespoon more raisins.

2. You can stuff the modak with chopped dry fruits.

3. Pistachio or any dry fruits can be used with almond, raisins and cashew nuts.

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ABC Curry/ Almond Beetroot Cottage Cheese Curry

Almond beetroot cottage cheese or paneer curry. Or you can call it ABC curry. A spicy flavorful rich creamy gravy with marinated and lightly fried paneer and almonds with all the goodness of beetroot. Full of aroma and mouthwatering taste.

Lightly fried marinated paneer and rich creamy and aromatic gravy made this curry absolutely delicious. You can serve it as a party side dish. Already shared some more curries with paneer on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Tomato corn peas paneer kadhi

2. Paneer in mustard gravy

3. Gobhi palak paneer

4. Chhanar dalna

5. Kathal paneer kofta curry

6. Schezwan paneer

7. Italian flavoured paneer bhurji

8. Methi paneer kofta in palak gravy

9. Paneer capsicum stir fry

10. Paneer kala chana kofta curry

11. Mint paneer kofta

12. Hariyali paneer makhani masala

13. Shahi paneer

14. Aloo paneer

Monday again and this week’s #246 Foodiemonday bloghop theme is P For Paneer suggested by me. So we all bloghop members are sharing different paneer or cottage cheese recipes this week. Check out what my fellow bloggers are sharing for this theme.

I have used soaked and peeled almonds in the curry, you can use cashews instead. Or you can also make it without nuts. Don’t skip the marination step. Marinated paneer will give a wonderful taste to the curry.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 2 & 1/2 cup, cubed

Yogurt – 1 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1/2 teaspoon

Ginger garlic paste – 2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon + 1 teaspoon

Black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 + 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Beetroot – 1, grated or finely chopped

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Onion – 1 medium, sliced

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2 or to taste, chopped

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Green cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Oil – 2 tablespoon + 2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Marinate the paneer or cottage cheese cubes with 1 tablespoon yogurt, salt, 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder. Mix well, cover and keep aside for 15 – 30 minutes. I have used homemade paneer, get the recipe here.

2. Soak the almonds in hot water for 15 minutes. Peel when cool.

3. Grind the grated or finely chopped beetroot. You can add 1 – 2 teaspoon water for easy grinding.

4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add green cardamom, cinnamon, sliced onion, chopped ginger and garlic. Saute till onion becomes brown. Add chopped tomatoes. Saute till tomatoes becomes mushy. Let it cool down. Grind the onion tomato mixture when cool. Make a smooth paste.

5. Heat 2 teaspoon oil in a pan. Spread the marinated paneer. Shallow fry for a minute.

6. Turn the paneer pieces upside down and saute for 1 minute more. Paneer should be lightly fried. Don’t make brown. Transfer the paneer pieces into a plate.

7. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add ground beetroot. Saute till moisture evaporates and beetroot paste dried up. You can add little more oil if require.

8. Add onion tomato paste and green peas. Mix well. Add salt, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1 teaspoon coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

9. Now add paneer or cottage cheese cubes,peeled almond and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix well. Saute for 1 – 2 minute.

10. Add water and let it boil. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on low heat for 10-12 minutes or till green peas becomes soft.

11. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from heat. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve with roti, paratha, naan, puri, pulao, fried rice or any bread.

Notes

1. Use green chilli according to your taste. Add more if you want your curry spicy.

2. Cashew nuts can be used instead of almonds. Or you can skip both.

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Til Badam Laddu Or Sesame Almond Laddu

Happy makar sankranti in advance.
Sesame seeds almond laddu or til badam laddu/nadu with khajur/nolen gur or date palm jaggery and khoya/mawa or dried milk. Try this winter delicacy and enjoy the delectable taste.
Til or sesame seeds, jaggery and almond everything have some nutritious benefits and perfect for winter.

I have used homemade soft khoya/mawa or dried milk. Get the recipe here.
But you can also use store bought mawa. Grate the mawa before using.
Normal cane jaggery can also be used to make this laddu. I have used date palm jaggery and we love the flavour of this jaggery so I didn’t use cardamom powder. But if you are using cane jaggery, don’t forget to add cardamom powder at the end.

You may like some more recipes with khajur or nolan gur or date palm jaggery and some sankranti special recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Date palm jaggery oats dry fruits cookies

2. Payesh or rice pudding with date palm jaggery

3. Coconut jaggery barfi

4. Moong dal fried and baked pithe

5. Semolina or rawa cake

6. Coconut sandesh with date palm jaggery

7. Baked dudh puli

8. Gokul pithe

9. Malpua

I have used sesame seeds, almonds and date palm jaggery to make these laddu.
Sesame seeds are a good source of healthy fats, protein, B vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds.

Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E.
The health benefits of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss.

Jaggery contains more nutrients than refined sugar because of its molasses content.
Molasses is a nutritious by-product of the sugar making process, which is usually removed when making refined sugar.
Jaggery may also contain small amounts of B vitamins and minerals, including calcium, zinc, phosphorus and copper.
One commercially available product, SugaVida, is a granulated palm jaggery that is claimed to be a good source of naturally occurring B vitamins.
Source

This week our 229 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is sankranti special recipes. And my humble contribution is this til badam laddu with khajur or nolen gur.
You don’t need much ingredients to make this delicious sweet. Only four ingredients are used to make these laddu. Til or sesame seeds, jaggery, almond and khoya or mawa. Make this quick, healthy, easy and heavenly laddu to serve on makar sankranti or enjoy anytime as a sweet. You can also double the recipe.

Recipe

Sesame seeds or til – 1/4 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Khoya or dried milk – 1/4 cup, tightly packed

Khejur gur or date palm jaggery – 1/2 cup, grated or finely chopped

Or

Cane jaggery – 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Dry roast the almonds in a pan till crisp. Grind the roasted almonds when cool.

2. In a pan dry roast the sesame seeds or til on low heat. Stir constantly, sesame seeds should not be burn. When seeds becomes light brown and fragrant remove from heat. Transfer the seeds on a plate.

3. Heat khoya/mawa or dried milk in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan. Cook on low heat for 1 – 2 minutes. Stir constantly to avoid sticking to the bottom.

4. Add jaggery and mix well. Cook again and keep stirring.

5. When the mixture about to dried up add roasted sesame seeds and ground almonds and mix.

6. If you are using cane jaggery add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder and mix. I have used khaju/nolen gur or date palm jaggery so I didn’t.

7. Cook till everything combine well and dried up.

8. Grease your palm with little ghee or clarified butter and make small balls.

9. Roll the balls into laddu when still warm. You will feel difficulty to give shape if the mixture cool down.

10. Make balls small or little larger or your desired size. I like small bite size balls.
Serve immediately or store in airtight container when the Laddu completely cool down.

Enjoy as a sankranti delicacy or to satisfy your everyday sweet cravings.

Notes
1. Normal cane jaggery can be used instead of date palm jaggery.
2. You can also use any dry fruits of your choice.

3. Double the ingredients if you want to make a large batch.

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Gol Papdi Or Gur Papdi/Sukhdi

Gol papdi or gur papdi or sukhdi.
A delicious, flavorful and very easy to make barfi from Gujarati cuisine. You need only 3 main ingredients. Whole wheat flour, ghee and jaggery. A perfect winter delicacy.

You have to fry the flour with ghee carefully. Flame should be low and fry till the flour becomes golden brown. It will take 12 – 15 minutes. After removing from heat mix everything and set on a greased plate to set. Easy isn’t it ☺️

Garnishing is optional, it will also taste great without garnish. But I like to sprinkle some sliced almonds for extra crunch. You can also add sliced almonds, cashews or pistachios in flour.
You may like some more barfi recipes on this blog.

1. Chocolate cardamom fudge

2. Moong dal barfi

3. Mango litchi fudge or barfi

4. Chocolate barfi or fudge

5. Coconut barfi or fudge

6. Date palm jaggery and coconut barfi

7. Date walnut fudge or barfi

8. Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

9. Apple coconut fudge or barfi

Sending this post to Facebook group recipe swap challenge initiated by Jolly and Vidya.
We have to recreate a recipe from a fellow blogger’s blog. This month my partner is Sandhya Ramakrishnan who blog at My cooking journey.
Do visit her space for many tempting recipes she shared.

This month we have to choose a dessert recipe from our partner’s blog. While searching for a dessert on Sandhya’s blog loved this Gol papdi recipe. Immediately decided to make this easy and delicious looking wheat barfi or gol papdi.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1/2 cup

Powdered or grated jaggery – 1/3 cup

Ghee / clarified butter – 4 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp

Nutmeg or jaefal powder – a pinch, optional

Almond and pistachio slices to garnish

Method

1. Grease a plate with ghee and keep aside.

2. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Add whole wheat flour or atta. Fry on low heat till flour becomes golden brown. Stir constantly. It will take 12-15 minutes.

3. When the flour becomes golden brown remove from heat. Add cardamom powder and nutmeg powder. You can also add sliced almonds, cashews or pistachios in the flour. I didn’t. Mix well.

4. Now add the jaggery. Use grated jaggery or fine powder.

5. Mix and immediatly pour the mixture into the greased plate. Press with a spatula and spread the mixture evenly.

6. Sprinkle almond and pistachio slices.
Cut into square or diamond shape when still warm.

7. Let it cool down. Serve immediately or store in a airtight container for later use.

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Okra / Lady’s Finger Or Bhindi Korma

Okra/lady’s finger or bhindi korma.
Bored of regular bhindi or okra fry or masala stir fry? Try this restaurant style rich, spicy, aromatic and delicious gravy of okra. Never heard of bhindi korma right? Try it, I am sure you will love the taste.
You can also make it as a party side dish. Everyone will enjoy the finger licking taste of this bhindi korma. Cashew, almond and melon seeds gives the gravy rich taste and texture. And whole spices makes it flavourful.

You may like some more korma recipes on this blog.

1. Soya chunks or soya nugget korma

2. Savoury rasgulla korma

3. Egg korma

And get two more okra recipes here.

1. Sarso bhindi or okra in mustard sauce

2. Okra with one teaspoon oil

Okra can double as a nutritional powerhouse filled with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that provide an array of health benefits from treating diabetes to preventing kidney disease.

A single cup of raw okra has a little over 30 calories, about 3 grams of dietary fiber, 2 grams of protein, 7.6 grams carbohydrates, 0.1 grams of fat, 21 milligrams of vitamin C, around 88 micrograms of folate, and 57 milligrams of magnesium. This makes okra a nutrition hero and a very available food when it comes to our health.
Whether you consume okra stewed, boiled, fried, or even in pickled form, you can reap the health benefits of this little green vegetable any time of the year. Here’s how:
1. Alleviates Asthma
2. Lowers Cholesterol
3. Manages Diabetes
4. Boosts Immune System
5. Prevents Kidney Disease
6. Promotes Healthy Pregnancy
Read more about health benefits of okra here.

To make this lip-smacking korma you can fry the okra and make masala previously. For masala fry chopped onion, garlic, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, soaked cashews, almond and melon seeds. Let it cool down and grind to make smooth paste.
I have used cashews and almond both 1 tablespoon each. But if you want you can use 2 tablespoon only cashews or almond.

You can use any fried vegetable, eggs, chicken in this gravy instead of okra.

Recipe

Bhindi/okra or lady’s finger – 250 gram

Tomato – 2, chopped

Onion – 2, sliced

Garlic – 3 – 4, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, chopped

Green cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 1 tablespoon

Almond – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

Green chilli – 2, slit

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Oil – 4 tablespoon + to fry okra

Method

1. Soak almond, cashews and melon seeds in hot water. Peel the almonds when cool and drain the water. You can use 2 tablespoon only almond or cashew nuts.

2. Rinse bhindi or okra well. Drain the water and spread on a plate.

3. Cut off the tips from both ends. If you are using small or medium sized okra keep it whole. Or if using large size make them half.

4. Heat sufficient oil and fry all the bhindi or okra till light brown and keep aside.

5. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, onion, garlic and ginger.

6. When onions starts to change it’s colour add the tomatoes. Saute till tomatoes becomes mushy. Now add soaked almond, cashews and melon seeds. Mix well and switch off the heat.

7. When it cool down grind to make a smooth paste.

8. Heat 2 tablespoon oil again. Add the ground paste, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

9. Add coconut milk, water and 2 slit green chilli. Mix well. When it starts to boil reduce the heat.

10. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in between.

11. Add fried bhindi or okra. Mix and cook on simmer for 10 minutes more.

12. Your delicious okra or bhindi korma is ready. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon fresh cream at the end if you like.

13. Serve with steamed rice, pulao, jeera rice, fried rice, roti, paratha, puri or any bread.

Notes
1. You can air fry the okra instead of deep frying.
2. Add slit green chilli more or less according to your taste.
3. You can use any fried vegetable, eggs or chicken in this gravy instead of okra or bhindi.

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Cucumber Curry / Fasting Recipe

Cucumber curry.
An easy and delicious recipe for fasting days. You can serve it with sabudana khichdi or any fasting foods. Or enjoy it bowl full without anything as I did. Coconut, almond, green chilli and kokum made it super yummy.
Got this recipe from Mahesh Khole. Remember Mahesh who shared his Bombay duck fry on this blog as a guest post.
He gave me the recipe one year ago. Made it many times. Today sharing it with my readers.

Low calorie cucumber is best for fasting days.
Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit.
It’s high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants that may help treat and even prevent some conditions.
Also, cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.
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.
To read more about cucumber benefits click here.

Our this week’s 191 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #dahidelight suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The world through my eyes. Check out her blog for traditional and authentic recipes.

Recipe is very simple. I have added almond and melon seeds for thickness of the gravy and little ginger for taste. Mahesh suggested to add butter milk. But I have used curd, you can use buttermilk or can skip both. If you don’t have kokum then no problem you can also make it without kokum. First time I made it without kokum. If you are making it without kokum don’t skip curd. For fasting foods we use ghee or clarified butter but you can also use oil if you want.

Recipe

Cucumber – 2

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated or finely chopped

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 8-10

Dry red chilli – 1

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Peanut – 2 – 3 tablespoon, dry roasted and crushed

Curd – 1/3 cup

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Kokum – 1 – 2 pieces

Slit green chilli – 2

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon

Rock salt and sugar to taste

Method

1. Rinse and peel the cucumber. Cut in cubes.
Taste before cutting. It should not be bitter.

2. Soak the almonds in hot water. Peel when cool.

3. Grind coconut, ginger, green chilli, peeled almond and melon seeds all together. Make a smooth paste.

4. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan.

5. Add cumin seeds and dry red chilli.
When the seeds crackle add cubed cucumber and rock salt.

6. Saute till moisture of cucumber evaporate and dried up.

7. Add the ground paste. Saute for 1-2 minutes.

8. Add well beaten curd, water, 2 slit green chilli, kokum and sugar.

9. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in between.

10. Remove the cover. There should be thick gravy. If it runny cook on high heat for a few minutes more.

11. Add roasted and crushed peanuts and mix.

12. Taste and adjust the seasoning and remove from heat.
Your cucumber curry is ready.

13. Garnish with almond and chilli. You can garnish with coriander leaves if you like.

14. Serve hot bowl full or serve with sabudana khichdi.

Notes
1. Add chilli according to your taste.
2. If you want you can skip curd.

3. Cashew nuts can be used instead of almond.

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Blackberry Preserve Stuffed Gluten Free Cherry Cupcake

Blackberry preserve stuffed gluten free eggless cherry cupcake with buckwheat flour, cornmeal, soyabean flour and almond.
Soft moist and superbly delicious cupcakes. If you want you can also make single cake with this recipe.

I love to try different flour in my bakes. Soyabean flour is a super hit. Soya flour makes the cake super soft. This time used buckwheat flour or kuttu ka atta. Usually used in fasting foods.

The antioxidant and fiber content of this food lends itself to a number of significant health benefits. Here is an overview of the top 6 nutritional benefits of this pseudocereal.
1. Improved Heart Health.
2. Reduced Blood Sugar.
3. Gluten Free and Non-Allergenic.
4. Rich in Dietary Fiber.
5. Protects Against Cancer.
6. Source of Vegetarian Protein.
To read more about buckwheat flour click here.

Recently saw a post of a very talented chef Surjendra Krishna Chakrabarti. Surjendra served Bacon Muffins with Blueberry Sauce. I loved the idea but I stuffed the cupcakes with blackberry preserve. I have some blackberry preserve in my pantry so used it. Thanks chef for the idea. And thanks to Bhuira Jam for sending me this delicious blackberry preserve. Already used it in my Dundee cake.

This blackberry preserve stuffed gluten free cupcakes are a super hit among my family and friends.
You may like some more stuffed bake on this blog.

Eggless rasgulla cupcakes

Eggless orange muffins with chocolate inside

Our this week’s 190 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Mini cake suggested by Preethi Prasad who blog at Preethi cuisine.
Do visit her space for delicious recipes she shared.

I have used three gluten free flours and almond in these cupcakes. Cornmeal, buckwheat flour and Soyabean flour. If you don’t have any of these flour then you can substitute them with any other flour like oatmeal, almond flour or any other gluten free flour. Or you can also use whole wheat flour or refined flour. But try to use little Soyabean flour in your cake. Soyabean flour will make your cake super soft and moist.

Recipe

Buckwheat flour – 1/2 cup

Cornmeal – 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon

Soyabean flour – 1/2 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 1/3 cup

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Milk – 3/4 cup

Cherry – 1/2 cup, pitted and quartered

Cherry juice or syrup – 1/4 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Glazed or candied Cherry for topping – 6

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease the cupcake moulds or line with cupcake liner.

3. Mix 1 tablespoon cornmeal in the quartered cherries.

4. Grind the almonds into fine powder.

5. Mix Vinegar with room temperature or slightly warm milk and keep aside.

6. Sift the buckwheat flour first.

7. Then sift again with Soyabean flour, cornmeal, baking powder and soda.

8. In a large bowl whisk oil, powdered sugar and cherry juice or syrup. I have used canned cherry so used the syrup but if you are using fresh cherry use cherry juice.

9. Add vanilla essence and whisk well.

10. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually. First add half of the flours, and mix then add remaining half, ground almonds and mix well. Don’t overdo. Just make a lump free smooth batter.

11. Fold in the cherry pieces.

12. Pour the batter into the cupcake moulds.Fill 1/4 of the moulds.

13. Place 1 teaspoon blackberry preserve in the middle. If you don’t have blackberry preserve then you can use any fruit jam of your choice.

14. Pour the batter again over blackberry preserve. Fill the moulds 3/4.

15. Tap the moulds gently on your kitchen counter.

16. Place half candied or glazed cherry in the middle of every cupcakes.

17. Bake in the preheated oven at 180° on middle rack for 15 – 20 minutes.

18. Check with a toothpick. Insert a toothpick in the middle of a cupcake. Toothpick should comes out clean. If not bake for few minutes more.

19. Let the cupcakes cool down before serving.
Enjoy the soft, moist, delicious and blackberry preserve or jam filled cupcakes.
Happy baking 😊

Notes

1. Any flour can be used instead of these gluten free flour.

2. You can use any fruit jam instead of blackberry preserve.

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Vegan Fruit And Veggie Smoothie


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Vegan fruit and veggie smoothie.
Beet carrot cucumber smoothie with orange and mint. Smoothie is naturally sweet so you don’t need any sweetener. Perfect for fasting days.
Smoothie is not only delicious and nutritious but every ingredients of this smoothie will also help to nourishes your skin.

Monday again and this week’s 183 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #GlowingskinRecipes suggested by Amrita Iyer who blog at Food samaritan.
Do visit her space for many amazing recipes.

I have used cucumber, carrot, orange juice, beetroot, almond, walnut and lemon in this smoothie. And every ingredients helps you to make your skin glow.

Cucumber – Cucumbers are light on the stomach, and perfect for quenching thirst and staying hydrated.
In fact, cucumber’s high water content is excellent for the skin as it keeps it hydrated and well-nourished. It is also rich in silica, which enhances your natural complexion and adds a glow to it.
Cucumber contains potassium, magnesium, biotin, and vitamins A, B1, and C, and therefore helps to improve your skin condition.

Carrot – We have been told time and again that carrots are great for the eyes. What you do not know is that they are great for the skin too.
Carrots contain vitamin A, which fights acne, wrinkles, pigmentation, and uneven skin tone. The juice is rich in fiber, which eases bowel movement and excretion, thereby clearing out your stomach. This enhances your skin.
Carrots also contain vitamin C and potassium, which improve skin elasticity and help in the regeneration of new cells.

Orange – Along with boosting your mood, it also elevates your skin’s health.
Oranges are rich sources of citric acid that aid collagen and elastin formation in the skin. Hence, they dry acne, enhance your complexion, improve your skin texture, and make your skin firm. Oranges also hydrate the skin and treat sunburns.
They contain antioxidants that fight free radicals and prevent wrinkle formation and skin sagging, thereby controlling premature skin aging.

Beetroot – Fresh beetroot juice has anti-inflammatory properties and is a rich source of iron and potassium, which help purify the blood. The vegetable juice also contains vitamins A, C, K, copper, magnesium, folic acid, and zinc.
Dilute beetroot with another ingredient and drink the juice every day to fight skin problems such as blemishes, acne marks, and inflammations.

Almond – The regular consumption and the proper external application of soaked almonds can do wonders for your skin.
Vitamin E and other antioxidants present in these nuts can eliminate the harmful free radicals from your body. As a result, the aging process gets delayed and you remain younger-looking for a longer period.

Walnut – Walnuts are good for the skin as they are packed with B-vitamins. Vitamin B is an excellent stress and mood manager. Lower stress levels result in a better skin. Increased stress levels can result in the earlier onset of wrinkles, thus inducing faster aging. The presence of the B-vitamins, together with Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, helps in fighting the free radicals induced due to stress. This further delays the aging process.

Lemon – Lemon is full of natural antioxidants. It can effectively combat damaging free radicals and remove them completely from your body. Being a good source of vitamin C, the fruit also repairs the damaged skin cells as well as helps you get rid of fine lines, blemishes, wrinkles, deep furrows etc. Hence, lemon water is considered as a great anti-aging solution.
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You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon Aloe Vera gel and 1 inch piece fresh turmeric root in the smoothie to make it more effective for glowing skin. Add fresh turmeric if you like the flavour. I don’t like the flavour of fresh turmeric so I didn’t use it.

Recipe

Orange juice – 1 cup

Carrot – 1

Boiled or baked beetroot – 1

Cucumber – 1

Mint leaves – 3 tablespoon

Almond – 10, soaked and peeled

Walnut – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon or as require

Method

1. Peel and chop the beetroot and carrot.

2. Soak the almonds in hot water and peel when cool.

3. Peel and chop the cucumber. Taste before using. Cucumber should not be bitter.

4. Blend chopped carrot, cucumber, beetroot, mint leaves, almond and walnut.

5. Add orange and lemon juice in the blender. Blend again till the mixture becomes smooth and frothy.

6. Taste and add more lemon juice if require. I have added 2 teaspoon more.

7. Pour the smoothie in a glass. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon wedges.

8. Serve immediately or keep it in refrigerator to serve chilled.

Notes

1. You can add pink or black salt and black pepper powder if you like.
2. Ice cubes can be added in the smoothie while blending.
3. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon Aloe Vera gel in this smoothie.
4. If you like the flavour of fresh turmeric root add 1 inch piece chopped turmeric root while blending the smoothie.

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