Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon salsa.
Here is a healthy and quick recipe for my 400 post. Thanks everyone for your love and support.

Watermelon salsa is a perfect appetizer for summer. Very easy and quick to make. Just combine everything. Refrigerate for few minutes and enjoy. If you have mango, strawberry or any other fruit then you can add them in this salsa. Use the fruits according to your choice. Bowl full of this salsa is refreshing, filling, healthy and delicious. And also great for weight watchers. You can get one more fruit salsa here.

Loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients, watermelon is one fruit you should not miss this hot season.
own as a body-healing fruit, watermelon is full of amazing health benefits, especially during the summer season. Because clearly, it is the best time to indulge in this fresh, succulent melon, as it has to offer an array of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. The fruit is incredibly hydrating, with up to 92 per cent water content, making it naturally low in fat.

If you eat watermelon on a daily basis, it can improve your cardiovascular health and protect your eyes and immune system.
Source

You may like some more watermelon recipes on this blog.

1. Watermelon rasgulla

2. Watermelon cantaloupe mint smoothie

3. Watermelon sandesh

4. Watermelon muffins

5. Virgin watermelon mojito

6. Mocktail with watermelon and Fanta

7. litchi watermelon date peach Tulsi and almond smoothie

8. Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and Aloe Vera

Our this week’s 194 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Summer fruit fest suggested by Swaty Malik who blog at
foodtrails.
Do visit her space for some wonderful recipes she shared.

I have used boiled sweet corn, cucumber and tomato in this salsa. You can use red and yellow bell pepper, mango, pineapple, strawberry or any fruit of your choice.

Recipe

Watermelon – 2 cup, scooped or cubed

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup, boiled

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Green chilli – 1 finely chopped

Cucumber – 1, peeled and cubed

Tomato – 1 cubed

Red onion – 1, chopped

Freshly crushed black pepper – to taste

Dried mint leaves – 2 tablespoon, crushed

Or

Fresh mint leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Orange juice – 1/4 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Rock salt or black pepper – to taste

Method

1. Combine everything in a glass bowl. Mix gently.

2. I have used dried mint leaves. If you are using dried mint leaves like me then crush the dried leaves with your both palm and mix.

3. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves or mint leaves.

4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve with tortilla chips or papad. Or enjoy bowl full as appetizer.

Notes

1. You can use jalapeño, red and yellow bell pepper, mango, strawberry, pineapple, fresh coconut pieces or any fruit of your choice.
2. Add chilli and black pepper according to your taste.

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Date Walnut Fudge Or Barfi

Date walnut fudge or barfi.
One more sugar free sweet for you.
No artificial sweetener added. Sweetened with date.
You can make this yummy and guilt free sweet as a Diwali treat for your friends or guests.

Sending this post to A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated on Facebook Group, created by Jolly and Vidya.
Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month. This month’s Alphabet is D. And my humble contribution is this delicious and healthy date walnut fudge or barfi.

 

 

You may like some more sugar free sweet recipes. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

1. Coconut raisin almond laddu

2. Sugar free mawa nariyal peda

3. Sugar free pineapple sandesh

4. Sugar free mango coconut laddu

5. Sugar free date sandesh

6. Sugar free sheer khurma

7. Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge

8. Sugar free carrot cake

Dates are not only delicious but they are also very nutritious. They are good source of various vitamins, calcium, minerals, fiber, antioxidants etc. And dates have the potential to help regulate blood sugar due to their low glycemic index.

I have used walnut in it.
Walnuts are round, single-seeded stone fruits that grow from the walnut tree. They are a good source of healthful fats, protein, and fiber. They may enhance heart and bone health and help in weight management, among other benefits.
The possible health benefits of walnuts may include boosting the cardiovascular system and bone health, reducing the risk of gallbladder disease, and treating epilepsy.
Read more about health benefits of walnut here.

These fudge are very easy to make. I have used only 3 ingredients to make it. And sprinkled little almond to garnish. I have used homemade khoya or dried milk/milk solid, you can also use store bought. If you are using store bought mawa or dried milk just grate before using.

Recipe

Khoya/mawa or dried milk/milk solid – 1 cup

Dates – 1/2 cup, chopped

Walnut – 1/3 cup, finely chopped

Shredded almond to garnish

Method

1. Grease a plate with oil or ghee/clarified butter or butter.

2. Soak the chopped dates in hot water. Add water just to soak dates. Don’t add much.

3. Let it cool down.
Mash the soaked dates with a spoon or hand.

4. Mix khoya/mawa or dried milk, soaked and mashed dates and chopped walnut.

5. Heat a nonstick pan or heavy bottom pan.

6. Add the mixture and cook on low flame till the mixture lightly change it’s colour and leaves the sides.

7. Remove from heat.
I didn’t add any flavour because I wanted to retain the aroma of dates but if you want you can add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder or rose water and mix well.

8. Transfer the mixture into the greased plate.

9. Spread and level with a spatula.

10. Sprinkle shredded almonds and press gently with the spatula.

11. Keep in refrigerator to set for 15 – 30 minutes.

12. Cut into your desired shape.

Enjoy the guilt free dessert on this festive season.

Note

If you want more sweetness then you can add little more soaked dates.

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Whole Masoor Dal Or Red Lentils

Whole Masoor dal or brown or red lentils. You can call it powerhouse of nutrients.
A protein rich very delicious, flavourful and spicy dal. Best accompany with your steamed rice or any bread.

Whole Masoor (Red Lentils) is one of the small and good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber from a list of Indian dals. Masoor dal is a very important part of vegetarian diet in Indian cuisine. They are a powerhouse of protein and rich in vitamin B1 and folic acid. Ayurveda states that red lentils help in balancing the vata. Here are 7 amazing health benefits of Masoor Dal.
1. Prevents Rapid Aging
2. Helps Weight Loss
3. Boosts Immunity
4. Improves Digestion
5. Protects Your Heart
6. Reduces Inflammation
7. Healthy for Eyes
Source

One nice evening my neighbor Anju Arora came to my house. We were talking about some different types of dal or lentil. And I remember this whole masoor dal that I didn’t cook at all this year. Thanks Anju for reminding me of this nutritious dal.
Sending this post to 160 #Foodiemonday bloghop #DalsOfIndia theme.

If you don’t like onion garlic then you can skip these. Dal will be delicious without onion garlic too. Follow rest of the recipe, just omit onion and garlic.
You can add 1 teaspoon dry roasted and crushed kasoori methi at the end. I didn’t. I have made it in pressure cooker. You don’t need to boil it and then add tempering. Just fry all the spices in pressure cooker and add the dal. This dal takes longer time to cook than other dal.

Recipe

Whole masoor dal – 1 cup

Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped

Tomato – 2 large chopped

Green chilli – 1-2 finely chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves, minced

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 2

Bay leaf – 1

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Water – 4 cup or as require

Oil or ghee – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Method

1. Wash the whole masoor dal or brown lentils well and soak in water for 15 – 20 minutes.

2. Crush green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in a mortar pestle.

3. Heat oil or ghee/clarified butter in a pressure cooker. I have used half oil half ghee.

4. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, crushed cardamom, cinnamon and cloves and dry red chilli.

5. When cumin starts to splutter add chopped onion and green chilli.

6. Fry til the onions becomes translucent. Add minced garlic and fry until onion and garlic becomes brown.

7. Add chopped tomatoes and grated ginger. Add cumin powder, turmeric powder garam masala powder and salt. You can also add red chilli powder if you want your dal more spicy.

8. Stir continuously and cook until tomatoes becomes mushy and oil leaves the sides.

9. Drain the water from soaked whole masoor dal or red lentils and add in the pressure cooker.

10. Mix well and fry till it dried up completely.
Add 4 cup water. Mix and close the lid.

11.Whole lentils take time to cook. So let it cook for 7 – 8 whistle or after 1 whistle cook on simmer for 30 minutes.

12. Let the pressure cooker cool down.
Check the dal by pressing between your finger tips. If its not soft enough cook for 2 – 3 whistles more.

13. Your dal is ready. If you are not on a restricted diet, add a dollop of ghee or clarified butter.

14. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, sliced ginger and tomato.
You can garnish with chopped onions or fried onion slices. Or you can sprinkle 1 teaspoon dry roasted and crushed kasoori methi if you like.
Serve hot with steamed rice, roti naan or any bread.

Notes

1. Add chilli according to your taste.

2. Add water as you like the consistency thin or thick. Best keep the consistency semi thick.

3. You can mash 2 – 3 tablespoon dal to get creamy texture.

4. If you don’t like onion garlic then you can skip these. Follow the rest of the recipe and just omit onion and garlic.

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Sugar Free Mango Coconut Laddu

Sugar free mango coconut laddu.
Another guilt free treat for you. Its sweetened with dates and mango. You will love the mixed flavors of dates, mango and coconut. Taste and flavour is heavenly so I didn’t add any flavour in it. If you like you can add little cardamom powder or any flavour of your choice.

Its mango season in India. This juicy delicious mango called king of fruits for its taste.
Not only taste mango has numerous health benefits.
1. Prevents Cancer. Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers.
2. Lowers Cholesterol. …
3. Clears the Skin. …
4.Improves Eye Health. …
5.Alkalizes the Whole Body. …
6.May Help with Diabetes. ..
7.Improves Digestion.
8.Helps Fight Heat Stroke
9. Boosts the Immune System
Mango fruit also has a relatively low glycemic index so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.
Source – TheGuardian

So date, coconut and mango not only makes these laddu delicious but healthy too. Its also a perfect treat for weight watchers.
You can get some more sugar free recipes here.

Sugar free date Sandesh

Sugar free sheer khurma

Coconut raisin almond laddu

Sugar free mawa nariyal peda

Sugar free pineapple Sandesh

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

Sugar free carrot cake

Recipe is very easy and simple. Make it and enjoy with your family and friends. Dates and mango gives enough sweetness so you don’t need to add any artificial sweetener. Enjoy the soft and yummy guilt free laddu.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese -3/4 cup

Khoya or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Mango – 1 cup, chopped

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Date – 1/2 cup, chopped

Hot water – 3 tablespoon

Desiccated coconut for rolling

Method

1. Soak the dates in 3 tablespoon hot water for 15 – 20 minutes.

2. Blend the soaked dates in mixer grinder. Don’t discard the water, add it to grind easily.

3. Add chopped mango and desiccated coconut. Blend again into a smooth mixture.

4. Now add paneer or cottage cheese and khoya or dried milk. Blend again until smooth.

5. Taste the sweetness. If your mango is not enough sweet then you can add some more soaked dates.

6. Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Add the mixture and cook on low flame till it dried up completely. Stir continuously to avoid sticking at the bottom.

7. Remove from heat and let it cool down. Mash it with your hand to make smooth.

8. Make small round balls.

9. In a plate spread desiccated coconut. Roll the balls over it.

10. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later.

Enjoy the heavenly taste of guilt free delicious laddu.
Happy cooking!!

Notes

1. If your mongo is not enough sweet then you can add some more soaked dates.

2. If you want you can add little cardamom powder.

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