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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Millet Soyabean Cutlets Slim/Air Fried Cutlets

Millet soybean cutlets. Kodo millet soybean cutlets are slim fried in microwave with only two teaspoon oil. One teaspoon oil to grease the crusty plate or baking tray and one teaspoon to brush over the cutlets. You can also use your air fryer to fry these cutlets. Or you can also bake the cutlets in oven or halogen oven at 200° or shallow fry. Sharing all the methods. Cooked kodo millet and soybean with spices and lemon juice made these cutlets delicious. Potatoes are used for binding. You don’t need breadcrumbs or any flour. You can also use sweet potatoes instead of potatoes if you want.

These super healthy gluten free cutlets can be served as party starter or as a teatime snack. Or enjoy it as nutritious and filling breakfast dish with any sauce or chutney. Kodo millet and soybean have an impressive amount of protein and vitamins. Vegan people can skip cheese, I had used cheese only in two cutlets for my kids. Using cheese is completely your choice. I recently shared protein rich Soybean egg casserole. And a delicious Kodo millet broccoli pulao. Here are some recipes with millet. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Millet walnut date cake

2. Vegan date millet peanut butter cookies

3. Pearl millet pizza crackers

4. Fennel oats millet cookies

5. Manipuri tan or flatbread with finger millet or ragi

6. Finger millet oats chocolate cookies

7. Pearl millet cashew almond honey cookies

8. Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

9. Finger millet or ragi chocolate crinkle cookies

10. Barnyard millet fried idli

11. Potato and barnyard millet cutlets

According to Healthline Although anyone can reap the nutritional benefits of eating millet, it’s been shown to be especially beneficial for diabetes management, making it one of the better whole grains for managing blood sugar. Millet is a good choice for diabetes due to its high fiber content. Fiber helps slow digestion. As a result, sugar enters the bloodstream slowly, lessening the risk of a blood sugar spike.

Potatoes are a versatile and delicious vegetable that can be enjoyed by everyone, including people with diabetes. However, because of their high carb content, you should limit portion sizes, always eat the skin, and choose low GI varieties, such as Carisma and Nicola. They’re rich in potassium and B vitamins, and the skin is a great source of fiber. However, if you have diabetes, you may have heard that you should limit or avoid potatoes. The truth is, people with diabetes can eat potatoes in many forms, but it’s important to understand the effect they have on blood sugar levels and the portion size that’s appropriate. To read more click here.

But as I mentioned above you can always use sweet potatoes instead of potatoes. So these cutlets are gluten free, vegan and diabetic friendly. You have to rinse and soak the soybean overnight like chickpeas rajma etc. Next day pressure cook with 1&1/4 cup water. After one whistle reduce the heat and cook for 20-25 minutes or till soybean becomes soft and easy to mash. Don’t discard the remaining nutritious water of boiled soybean if any. Either cook till water absorbed completely or use the water in soup or other dishes.

You can cook kodo millet as you cook rice. Soak in water for 15-20 minutes drain and cook with double amount of water. Use 1 cup water for 1/2 cup kodo millet. You can also use pressure cooker to boil the kodo millet. Pressure cook for 2 whistle. For open pot,when water starts to rolling boil reduce the heat, cover the vessel and cook on simmer for 10-15 minutes or till moisture evaporate and millet becomes soft. Add spices according to your choice. To make your cutlets more spicy add more chopped green chilli or you can also use red chilli powder.

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Recipe

Kodo millet – 1/2 cup

Soyabean – 1/2 cup

Potato – 3 medium, boiled

Onion – 2 medium, finely chopped

Green chilli -2-3 or to taste, finely chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Salt – 1&1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Black salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Cheese as require, optional

Method

1..Rinse and soak soybean overnight in enough water. Next day rinse again and pressure cook with 1&1/4 cup water. After one whistle reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 20-25 minutes or till soybean becomes soft. Let the pressure settle down on its own. Open the lid and cook again till all the moisture evaporate if any.

2. Wash the kodo millet well on a colander or sieve. Soak in water for 15-20 minutes. Cook with one cup water till water absorbed and millet becomes soft. You can also pressure cook the kodo millet if you want. Peel the boiled potatoes.

3..Mash the boiled potatoes, kodo millet and soybean with a potato masher or your hand. Make lump free smooth dough. You can use your mixer grinder to grind the boiled soybean. If you find it difficult to mash. But don’t add water.

4. Add chopped onion, green chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves, grated ginger, salt, black salt, lemon juice and all the spices. Mix everything well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. You can add more green chilli if you want your cutlets more spicy or you can also use red chilli powder.

5. Make equal size balls and press with your palm to make flat patties. Shape the cutlets.

6. I made two large size cutlets and stuff with a piece of mozzarella and cheddar mixed cheese. Also sharing the pictures of cheese stuffed cutlets after frying.

7..Grease the crusty plate with 1 teaspoon oil. Arrange the cutlets on crusty plate. Brush the cutlets with little oil. Fry the cutlets in microwave slim fry mode. Set as instructed for veg cutlets. After beeping sound flip the cutlets upside down and press the start button. If cutlets are not perfectly brown cook for a few minutes again on slim fry mode. I had to cook for 5 minutes more.

8. You can also bake the cutlets in your preheated oven at 200° for 10-15 minutes or until cutlets becomes golden brown from both sides.

9. For halogen oven press speed up button. Set the temperature at 200°. Bake for 10 minutes or till upside becomes brown. Flip the cutlets upside down and bake again at 200° for 5-6 minutes or till cutlets becomes golden brown.

10. Or use your air fryer. You can also shallow fry the cutlets from both sides till golden brown.

Notes

1. You can use boiled sweet potatoes instead of potatoes.

2. You can also use cooked quinoa in the cutlets.

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Steamed Vegetable In Rice Cooker

Steamed vegetable in rice cooker. Vegetables are smeared with salt and herbs and steamed on banana leaf till vegetables become fork tender. An easy to cook delicious flavorful and nutritious dish without any oil.

You can enjoy these steamed vegetables on it’s own as a salad or main dish. Or you can also serve this with white sauce. Slightly crunchy and flavorful vegetables taste wonderful. I have served it with grilled paneer or cottage cheese and white sauce.

I have placed the vegetables on banana leaf before steaming. Vegetables release juice while steaming. We don’t want to discard the nutritios juice of vegetables, right? So place any edible leaf under the vegetables. Or you can cook your rice or any other dishes under vegetable basket so that juice of vegetables will mix into the dish below.

I have used mushrooms, broccoli, French beans, carrots, cauliflower, baby corn, sweet corn and green peas and seasoned with rock salt, garlic powder, black pepper powder and oregano. You can use any herbs of your choice. If you don’t have rock salt, use any salt instead. You can also use any vegetable of your choice. Add vegetables less or more according to your taste.

You may also like Baked vegetables on this blog. Or you might like to try Chinese style steamed eggplant from Preethi’s blog.

So here is the recipe as I made this steamed vegetables. My daughter and I love this steamed vegetables as main dish. I gave the measurement of vegetables as we like. You can always use more or less according to your taste. Or you can also use any vegetable of your choice. I like my vegetables in stripes but you can chop the vegetables in small cubes or in round shape. Small sized vegetables will cook quickly. Chop the vegetables in your desired size and shape. As I mentioned above that you can use any herbs of your choice. You can also use Indian spices if you want.

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Recipe

Mushroom – 250 gram

Broccoli – 1

French beans – 1 cup, chopped

Cauliflower – a few florets

Baby corn – 10

Sweet corn – 3/4 cup

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Carrot -2

For seasoning

Rock salt

Garlic powder

Oregano

Black pepper powder

Method

1. Wash all the vegetables well. Cut the broccoli into medium size florets. Chop the carrots into stripes. You can also chop the carrots into small round pieces or in cubes.

2. Cut the mushrooms and baby corn into half. You can also chop the baby corn into thin slices by cutting lengthwise. Chop the French beans into long pieces. Chop the cauliflower into small florets. You can use more cauliflower florets if you like. 

3. Marinate all the vegetables separately with rock salt, garlic powder, oregano and black pepper powder. You can marinate the vegetables altogether. But I have mixed the seasoning separately with all the vegetables because some of my family members don’t like mushrooms. If you marinate and place the vegetables separately in steamer basket everyone can enjoy their favourite vegetable.

4. Wash a banana leaf with running water. Place the banana leaf in steamer basket. You can steam the vegetables without banana leaf but I don’t like to waste the juice of vegetables which released while steaming. You can use any edible leaves instead of banana leaf. Or you can cook your rice under the vegetables. Place all the marinated vegetables, sweet corn and green peas over the banana leaf in steamer basket.

5. Pour 4 cup water in the rice cooker. Cover and heat the water on cooking mode. It will take 4-5 minutes to boil the water.

6. When water starts to boil remove the lid and place the steamer basket with vegetables on the rice cooker. Cover and steam for 10- 15 minutes or until the vegetables become fork tender.

7. Check after 10 minutes. Mine are perfectly steamed after 12 minutes. Vegetables should be little crunchy.

8. You can steam the vegetables on stove top but remember water shouldn’t touch the steamer basket while steaming. Taste and add more seasoning if required. Enjoy the hot delicious and nutritious steamed vegetable. You can add a dash of lemon juice before serving. Or you can also serve this steamed vegetables with white sauce.

Notes

1. You can use any vegetable of your choice.

2. Any herbs can be used for seasoning.

3. You can use any salt instead of rock salt.

4. Use vegetables less or more according to your taste.

5. You can also use Indian spices to marinate the vegetables.

6. You can chop the vegetables according to your desired size and shape.

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Tisane Or Caffeine Free Herbal Tea

Tisane or caffeine free herbal tea with blue pea and chamomile tea, HolyBasil and mint. A refreshing and flavorful drink with numerous health benefits. Enjoy the delicious aromatic tea warm or chilled.

According to Wikipedia Herbal teas—less commonly called tisanes are beverages made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water. The term “herbal tea” is often used in contrast to true teas, which are prepared from the cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. 

Tisanes or caffeine free herbal tea can be served hot and cold both. I have used Organic Blue pea and chamomile tea bags or herbal infusion to make this tea. But if you don’t have blue pea tea then you can use any green tea bag. And I have Ceylon cinnamon dip bags or pouch so I used it. These herbal infusion bags are full of strong cinnamon flavour. But you can also use cinnamon powder if you want.

To get one more herbal tea click here. This blue pea tea looks beautiful blue in colour but when you add lemon juice it becomes purple.

Ingredients used in this herbal tea.

1. Blue pea and chamomile tea. Blue Tea is made by seeping dried butterfly-pea flowers in water and can be enjoyed both hot and cold. It is also said to have weight loss benefits. Blue tea is said to have detox and weight loss benefits Blue tea is caffeine-free and a good alternative to tea or coffee.  While chamomile is very well-known for its mild and soothing flavour that acts as a stress buster. To read more about blue pea tea click here.

Cinnamon. The spice comes from the inner bark of a small evergreen tree. The bark is peeled and laid in the sun to dry, where it curls up into rolls known as cinnamon sticks. Cinnamon is also available in powdered form. It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Contains antioxidants with anti-inflammatory effects. Its prebiotic properties may improve gut health. Reduces blood pressure. Lowers blood sugar and risk of type 2 diabetes. Relieves digestive discomfort. Source

Tulsi or Holy Basil From the leaves to the seed, holy basil is considered a tonic for the body, mind, and spirit. Different parts of the plant are recommended for treating different conditions. The nutritional valueTrusted Source is also high, as it contains: vitamin A and C, calcium, zinc, iron, chlorophyll. Holy basil has been shown to boost your body’s health in a variety of ways. It can help protect against infection, lower your blood sugar, lower your cholesterol, ease joint pain, and protect your stomach. Source – Healthline

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

Mint makes a delicious and healthy addition to many foods and beverages. Mint’s health benefits range from improving brain function and digestive symptoms to relieving breastfeeding pain, cold symptoms and even bad breath. To know more click here.

Rock salt or Sendha namak, a type of salt, is formed when salt water from a sea or lake evaporates and leaves behind colorful crystals of sodium chloride. Sendha namak, or rock salt, has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to boost skin health and treat coughs, colds, and stomach conditions. Sendha namak is highly valued in Ayurveda, a system of alternative medicine originating in India. According to this tradition, rock salts offer numerous health benefits, such as treating colds and coughs, as well as aiding digestion and eyesight. Source

So here is a healthy and aromatic warm drink to enjoy in the Monsoon. You may also like this hot delicious Lemon coriander amla soup by Swaty Malik As I mentioned above that you can serve this caffeine free herbal tea hot or cold. If you don’t have blue pea tea then you can use green tea instead. I used ginger powder as I always use it in my regular Herbal tea But you can use fresh ginger. Just grate the ginger before adding in the water. And instead of Cylon cinnamon dip bag you can use 1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder.

Recipe

Blue pea and chamomile tea bags or green tea bag – 2

Tulsi or HolyBasil – 15 leaves

Cinnamon dip bag – 1, or 1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder

Lemon – 4 slices

Dried ginger powder or fresh grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Mint – 15 leaves

Rock salt – a pinch

Honey to taste, optional

Water – 4 cup

Lemon juice – 2 – 3 teaspoon or to taste

Method

1. Boil the water with tulsi or Holy basil leaves, dried ginger powder, rock salt and mint leaves for 5 minutes.

2. In a teapot place teabag and cinnamon pouch. Pour the boiled water with tulsi, mint leaves and dried ginger. Also add a few fresh tulsi, mint leaves and lemon slices.

3. Cover the teapot and let it steep for 5 minutes.

4. Now strain the tea in cup. Add honey and lemon juice to taste. Enjoy caffeine free refreshing and flavorful warm blue tea anytime. Or let it cool down and serve chilled with some ice cubes. Or refrigerate the tea and serve chilled.

Notes

1. If you don’t like your tea sweet skip honey.

2. You can use any sweetener instead of honey.

3. Green tea bag can be used instead of blue pea teabag.

4. You can also use cinnamon powder instead of cinnamon dip bag.

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Microwave Chicken

Microwave chicken. Again sharing a simple yet absolutely delicious chicken recipe in an easy peasy way. Just mix everything and microwave for 8 to 10 minutes and your chicken curry is ready with only 2 teaspoon oil. Easy isn’t it?

Earlier shared one more no oil microwave chicken or Hariyali chicken on this blog. In this recipe I used only 2 teaspoon oil. If you want more spicy add some more slit or chopped green chilli and red chilli powder. You can serve it with any bread or rice dishes. I served it with steamed rice and Beetroot green stir fry.

This Monday our 304 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Side Ka Kamaal suggested by Priya Vijaykrishnan who blog at Sweet Spicy Tasty. Priya suggested us to share any side dish. My contribution is this easy and healthy chicken curry for this theme. Priya has a wonderful collection of South Indian recipes on her blog. As the name of her blog you can get many other different types of sweet spicy and tasty recipes on her space. I recently bookmarked her Vegan kootu curry to try.

This is a microwave recipe. But you can also make it on stove top in the same way. Use a nonstick pan to fry the onions in less oil. Or you can use barista or fried onions too. Use green chilli according to your taste. To make more spicy add some more chopped or slit green chili and red chilli powder. Or if you are making for kids omit chilli. You don’t need to add water. Chicken will release enough water to cook. You can add a spoonful of ghee or clarified butter at the end if you want.

Recipe

Chicken – 500 gram

Curd or yogurt – 5 tablespoon

Ginger garlic paste – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Onion – 2 large

Mustard oil – 1 teaspoon, optional

Slit green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Vegetable oil – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method

1. Marinate the chicken pieces with salt, curd, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice and mustard oil if using. Mix everything well. Cover and keep it in refrigerator for one hour.

2. Thinly slice the onions. In a microwavable glass bowl mix sliced onion and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Microwavable on high power for 2 minutes. Stir and microwavable again for 1-2 minutes or till onion slices becomes brown.

3. After 1 hour take out the marinated chicken from refrigerator. Mix brown onion slices into the chicken. Reserve 2 tablespoon for garnishing. You can grind the brown onion and add brown onion paste into the chicken if you like smooth gravy.

4. Add slit green chilli according to your taste.

5. Mix and microwave on high power for 8-10 minutes. Use a loosely covered microwavable glass bowl. Check after 8 minutes. Stir well and microwave again for 1-2 minutes if require.

6. Garnish with fried sliced onion and cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve with steamed rice, jeera rice, pulao or any bread.

Notes

1. Use chilli according to your taste.

2. Barista or fried onions or paste of fried onions can be used in the chicken.

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Eggplant Or Brinjal Chutney


Eggplant/brinjal or baigan chutney. A lipsmackingly delicious chutney with very simple ingredients. Eggplant/aubergine or baigan haters will also enjoy this chutney without recognizing eggplant or brinjal in it.

You need very simple ingredients to make this chutney. For best result always use seedless brinjal or eggplant. And you can customize the recipe according to your taste. I have used dry coconut in the chutney. You can use fresh coconut pieces if you want. You can also use hot variety red chilli powder instead of Kashmiri red chilli powder for more spicy chutney. Usually same amount of eggplant and tomato used to make this chutney but I like more tomatoes and less eggplant in my chutney. So I used a small eggplant and three tomatoes. Tomatoes and tamarind both will make your chutney tangy and tasty. I have used eggplant, tomatoes, dry coconut pieces, green chilli, curry leaves, mustard seeds, ginger, roasted peanuts, dry red chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves, tamarind paste with some spices.


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

. Almond walnut chutney with mango ginger or amada

. Olive chutney

. Tomato oambal or chutney

. Ginger chutney

. Mango sesame chutney

. Date raisins jaggery chutney with mango bar

. Water chestnut or singhara chutney

. Onion tomato chutney

. Mango raisins chutney

. Peanut chutney

. Gur aam


293 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Tiffin Side Dish suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. You can get many chutney recipes on her space. I recently bookmarked her delicious Vegetarian pad thai noodles to try soon. And her Gujarati kanda Kairi recipe is also in my list to try.

I like my chutney tangy and spicy. Hotness depends on the green chilli you are using. You can taste and adjust the seasoning according to your taste. You have to roughly chop the ginger and green chilli. You can also serve it without blending as a side dish with roti, paratha or any Indian flatbread. I used roasted peanut but if you don’t have roasted peanut then you can dry roast the peanut separately or fry the peanut with ginger, green chilli and coconut. If you are using seedless eggplant, then its impossible to recognize the taste of eggplant or brinjal/baigan in the chutney.


Recipe

Eggplant/aubergine or brinjal (baigan) – 1 small

Tomato – 3, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, peeled and chopped

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Dry coconut – 2 tablespoon, chopped into small pieces

Salt to taste

Cumin/jeera powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric/haldi powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Mustard seeds/rai – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 8-10 leaves

Dry red chilli – 1

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Tamarind or imli paste – 1/2 tablespoon or to taste

Roasted peanut – 1 tablespoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon


Method

1..Chop the eggplant or brinjal in cubes. Immerse the eggplant pieces in sufficient water to avoid discoloring.

2. Chop ginger and green chilli roughly.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add half of the mustard seeds. When mustard seeds starts to splutter add 4-5 chopped curry leaves, chopped ginger, green chilli and coconut pieces. You can also add a few chopped garlic cloves if you want. I didn’t.

4. Fry till coconut pieces becomes light brown. Now add eggplant or brinjal, salt, cumin powder, turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Mix well and cover.

5. Cook till eggplant becomes soft. Stir in between to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add chopped tomato, cilantro or coriander leaves and roasted peanut.

6. Mix and cook covered till tomato becomes mushy. Add tamarind paste, mix and remove from heat. Taste and add more salt or tamarind paste if required. I added 2 teaspoon more tamarind paste because I like my chutney tangy. It will be delicious. You can enjoy it with roti, paratha or Indian flatbread.

7. Let it cool down. Blend the mixture in your mixer grinder.

Tempering

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small pan or wok. Add remaining mustard seeds and 4-5 curry leaves. When seeds starts to splutter pour the tempering on the chutney. Your chutney is ready to serve. Serve with idli, dosa or any meal.

Notes

1. You can use roasted eggplant to make this chutney if you like smoky flavour.

2. If you want your chutney more spicy, then add some more green chilli or you can also use some red chilli powder with other spices.

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Mixed Fruit Sumner Cooler


Mixed fruit summer cooler to beat the scorching summer heat with delectable taste. A sugar free fruity drink with numerous health benefits.

An easy to make drink and best part is, you can modify it according to your taste. You can add little black or pink salt or little sugar or honey or any sweetener of your choice. I have kept the glass in refrigerator before serving. You can use ice cubes to serve your drink chilled. Make according to your taste and enjoy.

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Recently shared a delicious and healthy Fruit parfait. And now a delicious drink with five types of fruits and lemon.


With black grapes, strawberry, kiwi and tender coconut water I have used dragon fruit in this drink.

Dragon fruits are not only looks beautiful and low calorie but also loaded with vitamins minerals etc.

High in Nutrients Dragon fruit, also known as pitahaya or strawberry pear, is a tropical fruit known for its vibrant red skin and sweet, seed-speckled pulp. Its unique look and acclaimed superfood powers have made it popular among foodies and the health-conscious. Dragon fruit supplies iron along with vitamin C, a combination that may improve your body’s absorption of this important mineral. Here are health benefits of dragon fruit.

1. High in Nutrients

2. May Help Fight Chronic Disease

3. Loaded With Fiber

4. Promotes a Healthy Gut

5. Strengthens Your Immune System

6. May Boost Low Iron Levels

7. Good Source of Magnesium

Source – Lifeline


Black grapes are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Black grapes also called immunity booster.

Strawberries are bright red, juicy, and sweet. They’re an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and also contain decent amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and potassium. Strawberries are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, which may have benefits for heart health and blood sugar control. Source

Kiwi is rich in vitamins including vitamin C and antioxidants. Helps treat asthma. Aids digestion. Boosts immune system. Helps prevent sickness. Manages blood pressure. Reduces blood clotting. Protects against vision loss. Potential risks. To read more health benefits of kiwi click here.


Tender coconut water is not only delicious and refreshing but also enriched with several nutrients .

• Good Source of Several Nutrients.

• May Have Antioxidant Properties.

• May Have Benefits Against Diabetes.

• May Help Prevent Kidney Stones.

• May Support Heart Health.

• May Reduce Blood Pressure.

• Beneficial After Prolonged Exercise.

• Delicious Source of Hydration. Source

Lemon is enriched with vitamin C and antioxidants.

Lemons are high in vitamin C, fiber, and various beneficial plant compounds. These nutrients are responsible for several health benefits. In fact, lemons may support heart health, weight control, and digestive health. Here are 6 evidence-based health benefits of lemons.

1. Support Heart Health. Lemons are a good source of vitamin C.

2. Help Control Weight. Lemons are often promoted as a weight loss food, and there are a few theories as to why this is.

3. Prevent Kidney Stones.

4. Protect Against Anemia.

5. Reduce Cancer Risk.

6. Improve Digestive Health.

Source – Healthline

You can call it a mixed fruit juice. Clean and wash the fruits properly and blend. And your healthy and delicious drink is ready. Serve it chilled by adding ice cubes or storing it in refrigerator. Or to serve room temperature serve immediately after blending.


Recipe

Dragon fruit – 1/2

Black grapes – 1/2 cup

Strawberry – 1/2 cup, chopped

Kiwi – 1/2 chopped

Tender coconut water – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon


Method

1. Rinse all the fruits well.

2. Cut the dragon fruit into half lengthwise and scoop out the fruit with a spoon. Chop the strawberries.

3. Blend all the ingredients in your blender. Taste and add more lemon juice if require.

4. Pour the mixture in your favourite glass. You can add some ice cubes in the glass or keep the glass in refrigerator for an hour before serving.

5. Garnish with dragon fruit and kiwi slices and serve chilled. Enjoy your delicious chilled fruity drink to beat the heat.

Notes

1. You can use little sugar or honey with the fruits if you want, I didn’t. Its perfectly sweet for me without any sweetener.

2. A pinch of black or pink salt can be used while blending the fruits or stir in the glass.

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Date Walnut Chocolate Cake/Gluten Free Cake


Date walnut chocolate cake. Eggless low calorie gluten free cake with protein rich soybean flour, cornmeal and olive oil. Delicious soft cake is also sugar free and perfectly sweetened with dates. So you can call it absolutely guilt free cake to satisfy your sweet craving.

You may like some more chocolate flavored cakes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.


1. Chocolate cake with orange crunch and glaze

2. Gluten free chocolate chiffon cake

3. Lemon chocolate marble cake

4. Gluten free double chocolate black rice cake

5. Oats whole wheat cake

6. Mocha coffee cake with coffee glaze

7. Rasgulla stuffed cupcakes

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One more healthy recipe for diet conscious people. Diabetic people can also enjoy this cake but in moderation. Remember only one or two pieces in a day.

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

My Vegan date millet peanut butter cookies are lightly sweetened but this cake is perfectly sweet and absolutely delicious.

This week 288 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Chocolate Delights suggested by Swaty Malik who blog at Food Trails. Swaty is a very talented blogger. I always love her healthy and delicious recipes. Recently bookmarked her Eggless strawberry cake and Zucchini and carrot chocolate nut bread to try.

If you don’t have soybean flour then you can use any flour to make this cake. Its a gluten free cake. You can make it vegan by using almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk or any dairy free milk. You can also use any chopped dry fruits with walnut. I have used my Samsung smart oven or new microwave. And its take less time and temperature to bake than OTG. So set the temperature and time accordingly. For OTG bake in preheated oven at 180° for 30 – 35 minutes and in microwave hot blast function or convection mode bake at 150° for 20-25 minutes. Check with a toothpick. And after baking immediately remove from microwave. Your cake may be overbaked if you keep the cake in hot oven after baking. My cake was slightly underbaked due to frequently power cut during baking and I kept my cake in microwave after baking and took out when completely cool. Result is slightly overbaked cake but taste is too good.


Cake is also completely fat free. I have used only 1/3 cup Olive oil in the cake. If you don’t have olive oil then you can use any flavorless oil or butter. Coffee and cocoa is a great combo. Coffee, cocoa and vanilla made the cake heavenly. My kitchen filled with lovely aroma. So enjoy the delicious and healthy treat.


Recipe

Soyabean flour – 1 cup

Cornmeal or makka atta – 1/2 cup

Cocoa powder – 3 tablespoon

Instant coffee powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Dates or khajur – 35, pitted

Milk – 1 cup + 3 tablespoon

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Olive oil – 1/3 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Walnut – 1/4 heaped cup, chopped + for topping


Method

1. In a bowl sieve soybean flour, cornmeal or makka atta, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda. Add coffee and chopped walnut. Mix everything well. Keep aside.

2. Boil one cup of milk and chopped dates. Let it cool down.

3. Take out the soft dates and grind with little milk. Make a smooth paste.

4. Pour the date paste in a large bowl. Add rest of the milk and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Mix well.

5. Add vanilla essence and olive oil. Whisk well.

6. Grease a bundt pan or line with parchment paper and brush with oil. Dust the pan with little cocoa powder. You can use loaf pan or any cake or cupcake moulds to make this cake.

7. If you are using OTG preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes. And for new model Samsung microwave set hot blast function. Set the temperature at 150° and press start. Your oven will start to preheat.

8. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually and mix with a spatula. Add 3-4 tablespoon more milk and mix well.

9. Make a smooth lump free batter. Spread some walnut in the greased and cocoa dusted bundt pan. Pour the batter over it. Tap the pan on your kitchen counter to remove the air bubbles.


10. Bake in preheated oven for 25- 30 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the cake to check.

11. Remove the cake from oven and invert on a cooling rack or plate to cool down completely. Slice and enjoy the guilt free and delectable taste.

Notes

1. You can use any flour instead of Soyabean flour and cornmeal.

2. Any flavorless oil or butter can be used instead of olive oil.

3. You can use any chopped dry fruits of your choice with walnut.

4. 1 tablespoon Lemon juice can be used instead of vinegar.

5. Vegan people can use almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk or any dairy free milk.

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Vegan Date Millet Peanut Butter Cookies/ Gluten Free Cookies


Eggless date millet peanut butter cookies. Gluten free and vegan cookies made with bajra or pearl millet flour and lightly sweetened with dates. Only three ingredients cookies with little baking powder and a pinch of soda. Homemade peanut butter, pearl millet flour and dates made these cookies absolutely healthy.

I have used homemade unsweetened peanut butter to make these cookies. Get the recipe of peanut butter here. These fat free and low calorie cookies can be also enjoyed by diabetic people. But remember take only one or two in a day, not more than that. You may like some more recipes with dates on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Diet cake or fruit cake

2. Sugar free dry fruits cake with oats

3. Date raisins jaggery chutney with mango bar

4. Sugar free carrot cake

5. Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

6. Sugar free mawa nariyal peda

7. Sugar free sheer khurma

8. Sugar free date sandesh

9. Sugar free mango coconut laddu

10. Date walnut fudge or barfi

11. Sugar free gajar halwa

12. Date walnut muffins

13. Gluten free vegan fruit cake

14. Vegan smoothie bowl

15. Oats date dry fruits modak

16. Maamoul cookies

17. Gluten free and sugar free brownie

18. Sugar free date oats cookies

19. Smoothie

I have used three main ingredient bajra, peanut butter and dates to make these cookies.

Bajra is a type of pearl millet grown primarily in Africa and India, although it’s consumed worldwide. The gluten-free grain is low in calories but packed with healthy nutrients that may contribute to weight loss, improved blood sugar levels, and other health benefits. Some of the potential health benefits associated with regularly eating bajra are weight loss, improved diabetes management, and a higher intake of nutrients that support healthy hair, nails, and skin. Source

And homemade peanut butter is completely sugar free. I have made it with only little salt and two tablespoon of peanut oil. You can skip the oil if you want.


Peanut butter is comprised of about 25% protein, making it an excellent plant-based protein source.
Peanuts are low in carbs and suitable for people with type 2 diabetes or those following a low-carb diet.
Pure peanut butter is a good source of healthy fats. Peanut butter is rich in antioxidants, including p-coumarin and resveratrol. To read more about peanut butter click here.

Dates are a healthy substitute for white sugar in recipes due to their sweet taste, nutrients, fiber and antioxidants. Very Nutritious. Dates have an excellent nutrition profile. 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. Healthline

This week’s 287 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Date With Dates suggested by Aruna SarasChandra who blog at Vasusvegkitchen. Aruna has a wonderful blog with numerous mouthwatering recipes. Her Corn cheese balls and Sweet coconut paratha is in my list to try soon.

Recipe is very simple. You don’t need much ingredients to make these healthy and nutritious cookies. If you don’t have or you don’t like the taste of bajra or pearl millet flour then you can use any flour of your choice. I like the flavour of dates so didn’t add any essence. You can use vanilla essence or cinnamon powder if you like. As I mentioned above these cookies are lightly sweetened. If you want your cookies sweeter add 2 – 3 tablespoon more dates.

Recipe

Bajra or pearl millet flour – 1 cup

Peanut butter – 5 tablespoon

Dates – 1/2 cup, pitted

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – a small pinch

Water – 3 tablespoon


Method

1. In a bowl sieve bajra or pearl millet flour, baking powder and soda. You can use any flour instead of bajra.

2. Grind dates into a smooth paste. Add 2 – 3 tablespoon water for easy grinding. You can also use milk instead of water. These cookies are lightly sweetened. If you want sweeter cookies and 2 – 3 tablespoon more dates.

3. Mix date paste and peanut butter with the dry ingredients. I have used homemade peanut butter.

4. Mix everything with your hand. Don’t need to knead just combine everything well.

5. Preheat the microwave convection or hot blast function at 160°. For OTG preheat at 180° for 10 minutes. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.

6. Make balls with the flour mixture by pressing with your palm. Now make them flat and arrange on baking tray. Press all the cookies with a fork.

7. Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Or until the cookies becomes light golden brown. To make crisper cookies press the cookies to make thin and bake for a few minutes more.

8. Let the cookies cool down completely before serving.

Eat healthy stay healthy stay safe 😊

Notes

1. Any flour can be used instead of bajra or pearl millet flour.

2. Add 2 – 3 tablespoon more dates if you want your cookies sweeter.

3. You can use vanilla, cinnamon or any flavour in the cookies.

4. You can use any butter or ghee instead of peanut butter.

5. Milk can be used instead of water.

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Eggless Fresh Fruit Cake With Black Carrot

Eggless fresh fruit cake with black carrot, strawberry, chikoo or Sapodilla organic jaggery, olive oil, whole wheat and soybean flour. Cake is super soft, moist, healthy and absolutely delicious. An aromatic cake with all the goodness of fresh fruits. Protein rich soybean flour will make your cake nutritious and soft. You can get two more jaggery cake recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Gluten free apple jaggery cake

2. Oats whole wheat Bournvita cake

And a collection of Eggless fruit cakes

You can also type cake on search to get many gluten free and healthy cakes. Not only eggless but this cake is also butter less and APF less. So you don’t need maida or refined flour, eggs or butter. If you don’t have olive oil then you can use any flavorless oil instead. We normally use fresh fruit for icing but tried this tea cake with fresh fruit and very happy with the taste and texture.

I have used black carrot, chikoo, strawberry, dried cranberries, fig and flavoured with dried ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. And with whole wheat flour used soybean flour to add some protein and to make the cake more soft. I have used organic jaggery powder to sweetened the cake. You can use brown sugar, confectionery sugar, stevia or any sweetener of your choice. But I recommend to try with organic jaggery powder if you are making it for kids. You all know the health benefits of all these fruits and soybean flour so I am not making the post long and coming to the recipe. If you want you can get many articles about health benefits of these ingredients on Google.

This recipe is my contribution to 282 #Foodiemonday bloghop Best Of Berries theme. This lovely theme suggested by Poonam Bachhav who blog at Annapurna. Poonam has a great collection of different types of wonderful recipes. I love her variety of thali recipes. And bookmarked her Healthy gingerbread cookies to try soon.

As I mentioned above that you can use any sweetener of your choice instead of organic jaggery powder, you can also use any flour instead of whole wheat flour and soybean flour. Like any gluten free flour or even APF or maida can be used. And for flavour you can use vanilla or any essence of your choice if you don’t like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger powder. You can also add any chopped dry fruits of your choice. I have made this cake in my Samsung microwave. If you are using microwave convection or hot blast mode set the temperature 150°-160° but for OTG set the temperature at 180°.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 cup

Soyabean flour – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Strawberry – 1/2 cup, chopped into small pieces

Chikoo or Sapodilla – 1

Dried cranberries – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Dried fig – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Black carrot – 1 cup, peeled and grated + to sprinkle

Organic jaggery powder – 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon

Olive oil – 1/3 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoon

Vinegar or lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Grease a loaf pan or line with parchment paper and brush with oil.

2. If you are using OTG preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes. And for new model Samsung microwave set hot blast function. Set the temperature at 150° and press start. Your oven will start to preheat.

3. Peel and chop the chikoo into small pieces. Also chop the strawberries into small pieces.

4. In a bowl mix both fruits with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder and 1 tablespoon organic jaggery powder. Keep aside.

5. Stir 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice in lukewarm or room temperature milk. Your buttermilk is ready to use.

6. In a bowl sieve whole wheat flour or atta, soybean flour, baking powder, soda, dry ginger powder, nutmeg powder and 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder. Sieve twice.

7. Mix chopped dried cranberries and dried fig pieces in the sieved flour.

8. In a large bowl whisk organic jaggery powder and olive oil well. Add vinegar or lemon juice mixed milk and whisk again.

9. Add peeled and grated black carrot and mix. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually and make a lump free smooth batter.

10. Fold in Cinnamon and jaggery mixed chopped strawberry and Chikoo in the batter.

11. Pour the batter into greased or lined baking pan. Level the top with a spoon. Sprinkle grated black carrot all over it. Cut the strawberry into 2 or 4 pieces and arrange on the top. Place the strawberry cut side down.

12. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 30 – 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the middle to check. In Samsung microwave bake in hot blast function at 150° for 30 minutes. But check after 25 minutes. If it’s not done properly bake for a few minutes more.

13. Let the cake cool down completely. Slice and serve with milk, tea or coffee. Or serve soft moist cake as a dessert. You can also serve it with icecream. Happy baking!

Notes

1. You can use any fruit and dry fruits of your choice.

2. Any flour can be used instead of whole wheat flour and soybean flour.

3. You can use vanilla or any flavour of your choice instead of cinnamon and nutmeg.

4. If you don’t have organic jaggery powder then you can use brown sugar, confectionery sugar, stevia or any sweetener of your choice.

5. You can use any flavorless oil instead of olive oil.

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