Healthy Apple And Grape Jam/Sugar free Jam

Sugar free jam. Surprised right? Yes this delicious apple and grape jam is absolutely sugar free. But taste is scrumptious. Spread this guilt free jam on your toast or enjoy with any bread. I am sure you will love the taste and flavour. 

This apple and grape jam is sweetened with dry date powder. As we all know that dates are highly nutritious. And aroma of star anise and cinnamon gives a lovely flavour to the jam. So its a perfect treat for kids and adults both. Health conscious people can enjoy this delicious fruit jam without any guilt. But remember enjoy the delectable taste of this jam but everything should eat in moderation. 

We need only apple, red grape, cinnamon, star anise, lemon juice and dry date powder to make this delicious and healthy jam. Not only elders but let your children enjoy this healthy treat. 

Dates are a very healthy fruit to include in your diet. They are high in several nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, all of which may provide health benefits ranging from improved digestion to a reduced risk of disease. It’s easiest to find dates in their dried form, though these are higher in calories than fresh fruit so it is important to eat them in moderation. Dates are definitely worth adding to your diet, as they are both nutritious and delicious.

8 Proven Health Benefits of Dates

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• High in Fiber. Getting enough fiber is important for your overall health.

• High in Disease-Fighting Antioxidants.

• May Promote Brain Health.

• May Promote Natural Labor.

• Excellent Natural Sweetener.

• Other Potential Health Benefits.

• Easy to Add to Your Diet.

Source – Healthline

I am a member of a blogger group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. Every month we share recipes using two secret ingredients given by our partners. This month theme is jam and jelly suggested by Preeti Tandon Shridhar. Preeti who blog at Cakes and curries shared this delicious recipe..

This month my partner is Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni gave me cinnamon and date powder as secret ingredients. And I gave her lemon juice and cardamom. Mayuri shared this nutritious and tasty Watermelon rind jam with these ingredients.

As I mentioned above diet conscious people can enjoy this delicious jam with breakfast but everything we should eat in moderation. 1-2 spoon jam is okay in breakfast to satisfy your sweet craving.  You can use lemon juice according to your taste. And use any grape if you don’t have red grape. We are using dry date powder so textures will be little different from jam made with sugar. You can also use any fruit of your choice.

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Recipe

Apple – 3 

Grapes – 1 cup 

Star anise – 1

Cinnamon – 1 stick 

Dry date powder – 1/3 cup 

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon 

Water – 1 cup 

Method

1. Wash the apples and grapes well. Peel deseed and chop the apples into small pieces. 

2. Chop the grapes into 4 pieces. Discard the seeds. 

3. Heat a pan and add add chopped apples and grapes, star anise, cinnamon and 1 cup water.

4. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove the cover and stir well.

5. Cook on high heat for 5 minutes uncovered. Keep stirring to avoid spilling. You can reduce the flame in-between. Watch video recipe for detailed method. 

6. After 5 minutes switch off the heat. Let it cool down.  Remove the star anise and cinnamon when cool.

7. Now blend into a smooth paste.  Heat a pan and add the paste. Add cinnamon and star anise again. Add dry date powder and mix everything well.

8. Taste the mixture when it starts to become thick. Add more dry date powder if required. It depends on the sweetness of grapes and apples. Mine was perfectly sweet with 1/3 cup date powder. 

9. Cook till mixture becomes thick and starts to leaving the sides of the pan.  When mixture thickened switch off the heat and let it cool down. 

10. Add lemon juice and mix. Add half lemon juice if you don’t want your jam tangy. I have used 1 tablespoon for a lovely sweet and tangy taste.  Now finally remove the star anise and cinnamon. Store the jam in a sterilized jar.

Notes

1. You can use any fruit of your choice.

2. Cinnamon powder can be used instead of cinnamon stick.

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Besan Biscuit/ Sugar Free Biscuit

Sugar free besan or chickpea/garbanzo flour biscuit. A delicious, crisp and easy to make biscuit with date powder, pistachio and almond. You don’t need sugar or jaggery to make these biscuits. Little rice flour will make your biscuits perfectly crispy. So here is a healthy and delicious biscuit for your munching time or to serve with tea, coffee or milk.

Already shared many different types of cookies on this blog. Click here for the recipes.

You may also like to try Cardamom nankhatai from me fellow blogger Priya Vijaykrishnan.

Earlier shared besan nankhatai here. But taste of this besan biscuit is totally different. I didn’t use sugar in these biscuits. Date powder will give enough sweetness.

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

Recipe is very simple. Just add everything to make a smooth dough. I have used shredded almond and pistachios but you can use any dry fruits of your choice. You can also use tutti frutti in the dough if you want.

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Recipe

Besan or chickpea flour/garbanzo flour – 1 cup

Rice flour – 3 tablespoon

Dry date powder – little less than 1/2 cup

Butter or ghee/clarified butter – 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon

Milk – 3-4 tablespoon or as required

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk powder – 1 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Shredded pistachios – 1 tablespoon

Almond – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Method

1. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper. Preheat the microwave oven at 170°. Use convection or hot blast function. And for OTG preheat at 180° for 10 minutes.

2. In a bowl mix besan or chickpea flour, rice flour, milk powder, baking powder, cardamom powder and shredded almond. Mix well and keep aside.

3. In a large bowl whisk date powder, ghee or clarified butter and milk.

4. Add all the dry ingredients and mix. Make a smooth dough. Don’t knead much. Add little more milk and 1-2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter if require to make dough. I had to add little milk and 1 tablespoon ghee more to make smooth dough. Add milk slowly as required.

5. Make small balls and press gently with your palm. Arrange the balls on greased or lined baking tray.

6. Place little shredded pistachios in the middle of the cookies. Press gently with your finger tips. Arrange all the cookies like this.

7. Bake in preheated oven at 170° for 8-10 minutes or till edges becomes light brown. Every oven takes different time. So keep an eye after 8 minutes. Don’t make too brown.

8. Let the cookies cool down completely. Enjoy delicious sugar free cookies immediately or store in airtight container for later use.

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

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

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

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

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

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Watch the video recipe below of making ghee.

Recipe

Malai or milk topping/cream

Water

Ice cubes

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Besan Or Gram Flour Cake / 7 year blog anniversary

Celebrating 7 years blog anniversary today. Seven years with 613 posts. And now its 614. Thanks to all my readers for your constant support, love and encouragement. Its possible only because of you. Now also started YouTube channel. Here is the link https://youtube.com/c/SujataRoy. Please visit and subscribe for video recipes. Hope you will like it. Thanks again.

Eggless besan/gram flour or chickpea flour cake. A super soft and easy to make cake made with very simple and easily available ingredients. Try and enjoy the delectable taste. You will love the aroma and taste. Earlier shared many more eggless cake recipes on this blog. Click here to get the recipes.

This besan cake is very easy to make and taste is absolutely delicious. You can call it a healthy treat. Coconut, cardamom, yogurt and almond will give a wonderful taste and flavour. I always love to use different flours in my bakes. You can get different types of gluten free cakes and cookies on this blog. But never tried besan in my cake. Made besan cookies but not cake. Recently watched a video of Chef Kunal Kapur. Loved the look and texture of the cake. So here is my version of besan cake for my blog anniversary. A big thank to Chef Kunal Kapur.

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Video recipe of this delicious cake

Recipe

Besan- 1 cup

Oil- 1/3 cup

Curd or yogurt- 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar- 1/2 cup

Shredded almond- 2 tablespoon

Desiccated coconut – 2 tablespoon

Milk powder- 1/4 cup

Baking powder- 1 teaspoon

Baking soda- 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder- 1/2 teaspoon

Shredded almond to garnish

Method

1. Sieve besan or chickpea flour, baking powder and soda. Add shredded almond, desiccated coconut and milk powder. Mix everything well. Add cardamom powder and mix.

2. Grease a baking pan. I used loaf pan but you can use round pan or any pan of your choice. Spread some shredded almond in the greased pan. I made it upside down cake. If you don’t want upside down cake skip this step. Spread shredded almond after pouring cake batter in the pan.

3. In a large bowl mix oil, yogurt and powdered sugar. Whisk everything well. Add dry ingredients gradually. Mix well. Make a lump free smooth batter. Watch video recipe for detailed method.

4. Preheat the oven at 170°. Use convection or hot blast mode. For OTG preheat at 180° for 10 minutes.

5. Pour the batter in greased baking pan. Tap the cake pan gently on your kitchen counter to remove the air bubbles. If you are not making upside down cake, then sprinkle shredded almond over the batter.

6. Bake the cake in preheated oven at 170° for 28 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake to check. In OTG bake for 30-35 minutes at 180°. Let it cool down completely before slicing.

7. Cut and serve delicious soft moist flavorful besan cake and enjoy the heavenly taste. Happy baking!

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Peanut Butter

Peanut butter. Here is an easy and quick recipe to make peanut butter at home. Homemade peanut butter is much better than store bought. Its absolutely sugar free, preservative free and delicious. You can make creamy delectable peanut butter easily and you can also customize according to your taste. Add any flavour of your choice.

Recipe is completely vegan and gluten free. Store bought peanut butter contain unhealthy oils and additives. But this homemade peanut butter contains only peanut, salt and very little peanut oil. And peanut oil is completely optional, you can skip it if you want. Earlier shared this recipe with my Multigrain bread post. Now here is a separate post and YouTube video recipe for you. Hope you will like it. Please subscribe my YouTube channel for more video recipes. And don’t forget to click on the bell icon to get all the recipes immediately after uploading. Click on the link below to subscribe. https://youtube.com/c/SujataRoy

Benefits of peanut butter

Peanut butter doesn’t just contribute to weight loss. Consuming peanuts as a regular part of your diet has other benefits, too.

• Peanut butter helps you recover after a workout. It’s high in protein, which you need to boost recovery if you’re going hard at the gym.

• Peanut butter may reduce your risk of diabetes. Because of the low glycemic score of peanuts, consuming peanuts regularly can help keep blood sugar stable and lower your diabetes risk.

• Peanut butter is packed with vitamins and minerals. Copper, folate, B vitamins, and manganese are all right there.

• Peanut butter may reduce your risk of heart disease and other leading causes of death.

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How to customize according to your taste?

You can use 1 tablespoon honey to make your peanut butter sweet. And you can also make it without any oil or you can use any flavorless oil instead of peanut oil. Yes, you can make it without any oil or use only 1 spoon of oil instead of 2 tablespoon. Choice is your. You can also add chocolate or cocoa powder, mint or any herbs to give different flavour. I am sharing basic recipe. You can make it in different flavour every time.

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Recipe

Peanut – 1 cup

Sea salt or pink salt – 1/4 teaspoon

Peanut oil – 2 tablespoon, optional

Method

1. Dry roast the peanut on low medium heat till peanut becomes crisp and slightly change it’s colour. Don’t make too brown. And peanut should be roasted well to preserve for a long time.

2. Or microwave on high power for 2 minutes. After one minute stir and press the start button.

3. Take out the peanut and stir well. Microwave again for 1-2 minutes. Every oven takes different time. I had to microwave for 4 minutes. Check and stir after every 1 minute. Don’t make too brown. Check out the video recipe above .After roasting well you can peel the peanut easily.

4. Let the peanut cool down. Take out all the peanut on a kitchen napkin or any cotton cloth. Wrap and rub with your palm to remove the skin of peanut. Separate the peanut and peel.

5. Grind the peanut. Scrap the sides with a spoon or knife and grind again.

6. Now peanut will release oil. You can use it as a spread if you don’t want to use oil.

7. Add 2 tablespoon peanut oil in the grinder jar. If you want your peanut butter slightly sweet add 1 tablespoon honey at this stage. I didn’t. If you are using honey add only 1 tablespoon oil instead of 2 tablespoon. You can also add cocoa powder or chocolate chips or any herbs of your choice. Grind again to make smooth creamy butter.

8. Store the peanut butter in covered container in refrigerator for later use.

Notes

1. Roast the peanut properly for longer shelf life. You can store your homemade peanut butter in refrigerator for a month.

2. Any herbs or chocolate can be added while grinding the peanut. You can try different flavour every time.

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Vegan Oats Mango Chia Smoothie Bowl

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

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

Ingredients used to make this delicious and healthy smoothie bowl.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Recipe

Oats – 1/4 cup

Ripe mango – 1 cup, chopped

Almond – 8-10

Chia seeds – 1 tablespoon

Water – 5 tablespoon

Mango cubes, chopped almond and mixed seeds to garnish

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes

1. You can use any fruit instead of mango.

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

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

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

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Oats Millet Coconut Sugar Brownie

Oats millet coconut sugar brownie. A gluten free soft fudgy brownie made with bajra or pearl millet flour, oats powder, coconut sugar and olive oil. Very easy to make yet taste is scrumptious. Also sharing video recipe of this delicious brownie.

Earlier I always shared eggless bakes. But this brownie is with eggs. Very nutritious and tasty brownie so it can be enjoyed by kids and adults both. You can say taste bhi health bhi. So we don’t have to compromise taste for health. Try this easy way to make kids friendly brownie and enjoy the delectable taste. Spread some melted chocolate over the brownie pieces and see the happy faces of your kids.

Here are some more gluten free bakes from this blog.

1. Date walnut chocolate cake

2. Gluten free bread with garlic and mixed seeds

3. Til gur jowar cookies

4. Date millet peanut butter cookies

5. Pearl millet pizza crackers

6. Quinoa oats apple brownie

7. Oats tutti frutti jaggery cookies

8. Gluten free vegan multigrain bread

9. Gluten free cardamom rose muffins

10. Vegan sugar free fruit cake

11. Vegan apple jaggery cake

12. Oats cornmeal lemon crinkle cookies

13. Paan or betel leaf cake

14. Gluten free beetroot buns

15. Oats almond cranberry cornmeal cookies

16. Blackberry preserve stuffed cherry cupcakes

17. Cornmeal carrot cake

18. Fennel oats millet cookies

19. Eggless gluten free fruit cake

20. Rose flavored nankhatai

21. Apple almond cupcakes

22. Lemon cherry loaf cake

23. Chocolate chiffon cake

24. Mocha coffee cake with coffee glaze

25. Pineapple cupcakes

26. Lemon glazed waterchestnut Gulkand cake

27. Pearl millet cashew almond honey cookies

28. Double chocolate black rice cake

29. Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

30. Seeds date oats cookies

31. Jaggery oats sesame cookies

32. Millet walnut date cake

You may also like to try Chai spiced banana bread from the blog of Kalyani Sri.

I have used half cup oats powder and half cup Bajra or pearl millet flour to make this brownie. If you don’t have oatmeal grind rolled oats into fine powder. I also ground regular rolled oats. Measure after grinding. You can also use any flour instead of bajra or pearl millet flour. Coffee, cocoa powder and vanilla essence will give a lovely aroma. Do try and enjoy the delectable taste and aroma.

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Video recipe of this healthy and delicious brownie

Recipe

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Bajra or pearl millet flour – 1/2 cup

Egg -2

Coconut sugar – 1/2 cup

Olive Oil – 1/4 cup

Lemon juice – 1/4 teaspoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Milk – 1/4 cup

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Instant coffee powder -1 teaspoon

Salt – 1/8 teaspoon

Method

1.Preheat the oven at 160°. For OTG preheat at 180° and bake for 30-35 minutes. Every oven takes different time so check after 28 minutes.

2. Grease or line a baking pan. Sprinkle little cocoa powder.

3. In a bowl mix oats powder, bajra or pearl millet flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.

4. In a large bowl whisk eggs, add coconut sugar and whisk again. Add milk, oil vanilla essence lemon juice and coffee. Whisk well.

5. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually and mix well. Make a lump free smooth batter.

6. Transfer the mixture in greased or lined baking pan. Tap the cake pan gently on your kitchen counter to remove the air bubbles.

7. Bake in preheated oven at 160° for 28 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the middle to check. If toothpick comes out clean then your brownie is ready.

8. Let it cool down completely. Demould, slice and serve. Run a knife around the edges of the brownie and place the cake pan upside down on a plate to demould.

9. You can spread some melted chocolate over the brownie pieces if you want. Microwave the chocolate or melt on a double boiler and spread over the brownie. I served half of the brownie pieces with melted chocolate.

Notes

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

2. You can use any flour instead of bajra or pearl millet flour and oats powder. You can also make it with whole wheat flour or atta.

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Mango Mint Coconut Lassi With Chia Seeds

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

Ingredients used to make this chilled lassi

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

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

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

Mint leaves – Mint leaves used for a refreshing flavour.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some yogurt based dishes from this blog.

1. Strawberry yogurt

2. Mint yogurt dip

3. Bhapa doi or steamed yogurt pudding

4. Buttermilk Kuzhambu

5. Mint orange lassi

6. Mango pomegranate overnight oats parfait

7. Misti doi

8. Banana almond mint smoothie

9. Savoury cucumber smoothie

10. Misti doi parfait

11. Guava banana smoothie

12. Cold soup

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

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

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Video recipe of this healthy and delicious lassi

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Recipe

Ripe mango – 1/2 cup, chopped

Curd or yogurt – 1 cup

Fresh coconut – 1/4 cup, grated

Mint leaves – 2 tablespoon

Milk – 1/3 cup

Chia seeds – 1 tablespoon

Coconut sugar – 1 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Lemon zest – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Ice cubes – 1/4 cup or as required

Method

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

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

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

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

Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 Health Benefits of Mint

• Rich in Nutrients. Share on Pinterest.

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

• May Help Relieve Indigestion.

• Could Improve Brain Function.

• May Decrease Breastfeeding Pain.

• Subjectively Improves Cold Symptoms.

• May Mask Bad Breath. Source

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

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

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

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Recipe

Fennel seeds or sounf – 2 tablespoon

Rock sugar or mishri – 1 piece

Mint leaves – 25-30

Water – 1 cup + 3/4 cup

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Ice cubes – as require

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Pink or black salt and chaat masala to taste, optional

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mango Salsa

Mango salsa. A perfect summer recipe can be made with handful of ingredients and in a few minutes. This spicy tangy lipsmacking mango salsa made with raw mango, cucumber, green chilli, ginger, tomato, watermelon, mint, cilantro or coriander leaves and some spices.

My last post was a Summer cooler. Now sharing one more summer special recipe. Try and please drop a comment about how you like it. 

Sweetness of watermelon enhance the taste of this spicy salsa. You can use any sweet fruit like ripe mango, grapes, pineapple instead of watermelon. You can also use little more lemon juice if you want your salsa more tangy. If you like your salsa more spicy add 1-2 more green chilli or 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder more.

Ingredients used to make this delicious salsa. 

Raw mango/green mango or kchcha aam – Main ingredient is raw or green mango. Sour taste and a sharp flavour made this salsa lipsmackingly delicious. 

Cucumber or kheera – Cucumber will give a refreshing taste to your salsa. But check the cucumber pieces before adding in the salsa. Cucumber shouldn’t be bitter. 

Watermelon or tarbuj – Watermelon will give a mildly sweet taste. It will balance the spiciness of the salsa. 

Ginger or adrak – Fresh ginger used for a spicy taste and aroma.

Onion or pyaj – Used one finely chopped red onion to enhance the taste and for flavour and crunch.

Green chilli or hari mirch – Green chilli will give your salsa a spicy kick. I have used only one but you can use more if you want your salsa more spicy. 

Tomato or tamatar – Used tomato for a sweet and sour taste. Always use firm tomato. 

Cilantro/coriander leaves or dhania – Handful finely chopped cilantro used for a refreshing flavour. 

Mint leaves or pudina – Mint leaves or pudina will give a cool fresh flavour. 

Lemon juice or nimbu ras – One teaspoon lemon juice used for a refreshing flavour and tangy taste. 

Pink or black salt/kala namak – Used pink salt for taste. If you don’t have pink or black salt, then you can use any salt. Use whatever you have. 

Black pepper or kali mirch powder – Black pepper or kali mirch powder used for a mildly spicy flavour. You can use little more to make your salsa spicy. You can also use freshly crushed black pepper if you want. 

Here are some similar recipes with some different ingredients. Click on the name below for recipe. 

1.  Mango salsa with pickled Jalapeno

2.  Watermelon salsa

3.  Capsicum salsa

4.  Mango pomegranate tender coconut salsa

5. Grape cape gooseberry salad with amada and Kasundi

6.  Fruity salad with dried basil

7.  Corn salad

8. Fruity salad with corn cucumber and parsley

You may also like to try   Muskmelon salsa from the blog of my  friend Poonam Bachhav.

You can add any fruit in this salsa to get the mildly sweet taste.  And as I mentioned above if you like your salsa more spicy add more green chilli and black pepper powder. Adjust the hotness according to your taste. 1 teaspoon lemon juice is perfect for me but if you want your salsa more tangy add little more lemon juice. 

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Recipe

Raw mango – 1

Cucumber – 1

Watermelon – 1/2 cup, cubed 

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated 

Onion – 1

Green chilli – 1-2

Tomato – 1 small 

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful

Mint leaves – 1/4 cup 

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon 

Pink or black salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Method

1. Wash everything well and drain the water. 

2. Peel and chop the raw mango into small pieces.  Cut the both ends of cucumber. Peel and chop into small pieces. Taste a piece before adding in the salsa. Cucumber shouldn’t be bitter. 

3. Peel and cut the watermelon into small cubes. Or scoop to make small watermelon balls. Discard the seeds. Peel and finely chop the onion. Finely chop the green chilli, tomato, mint leaves and cilantro or coriander leaves.  Mix everything in a bowl.

4. Add salt to taste and one teaspoon lemon juice. Mix well.  Taste and adjust the salt and lemon juice. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator to serve chilled. 

2. You can use any fruit of your choice instead of watermelon.

Notes

1. You can use any salt instead of pink salt.


2. You can use any fruit of your choice instead of watermelon.


3.  Add green chilli and black pepper powder according to your spice tolerance.

4. You can also use freshly crushed black pepper instead of black pepper powder.

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