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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Bengali Garam Masala

Bengali garam masala. An aromatic spice mixture. Add a pinch of this garam masala with a teaspoon of ghee or clarified butter in your curries at the end to enhance the flavour and taste. This spice mixture is commonly used in every Bengali home. In curries, ghonto,dalna etc.

My mother and mother in law both were use it freshly ground in stone grinder or sil batta. And they never dry roast the spices. But I have dry roasted lightly for easy grinding. I remember it’s a regular duty of our domestic helper to grind a small bowl full of this garam masala with the help of little water daily. I didn’t use my stone grinder or sil batta since a long time. Discarded the old one because of small modular kitchen. But I had browse for the picture last night. And loved the picture below. Just like I had in my earlier kitchen.

In my parental home stone grinder or sil batta was made of black stone. In Bengali it’s called sil nora. I will ask my sister in law to send me a picture. Earlier shared one more aromatic Bengali spice mix Bhaja moshla to enhance the flavour of your cutlets, dum aloo, sandwich stuffing or any savoury dish.

Sending this recipe to 278 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Spice Mix Secrets suggested by Aruna SarasChandra who blog at Vasusvegkitchen. Aruna is a very talented blogger. Her space is full of different types of wonderful recipes. And she has also some delicious and flavorful spice mix or podi recipes. I have bookmarked her Peanut powder or palli podi and Idli dosa podi. Do visit her space for many more delicious snacks, starter, bread, curries, baked and tiffin recipes.

As I mentioned above that earlier people used this masala freshly ground. But I always store some for easy use. You have to add very little of this spice mixture. And never add it with other spices when sautéing or frying. Always add at the end or before removing the curry from stove for best result. It will make your dish more aromatic.

Recipe

Cardamom- 20

Cloves- 16

Cinnamon- 3 stick

Method

1. Dry roast the spices on a skillet for one minute only. You can also grind without dry roasting. But lightly dry roasted spices will grind easily.

2. Grind when cool. Store in an airtight container for later use. Add a pinch in your curries with ghee or clarified butter at the end to enhance the taste and flavour.

Notes

1. You can also grind this spice mixture without dry roasting if you have a powerful grinder.

2. You can add bay leaf and little javitri with cardamom, cloves and cinnamon if you want to make your spices more aromatic. But in Bengali garam masala we use only green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.

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Mango Raisin Overnight Oats With Chai Masala Extract And Mixed Seeds

Mango raisin overnight oats with chai masala and mixed seeds. A completely no cook, healthy, filling, aromatic, creamy and absolutely delicious recipe for breakfast. Overnight oat is a great breakfast option specially in summer. Enjoy the creamy delicious oats as a dessert with any flavour, fruits, dry fruits and seeds of your choice. Just mix everything in a mason jar, bowl or glass and place in refrigerator at night. Top with some more chopped fruits, dry fruits and seeds and serve chilled. Your delightful breakfast in the morning is ready.

I have used roasted mixed seeds including sunflower, pumpkin, flax, watermelon, chia and gojiberries seeds. You can use chopped apple, strawberry, banana or any fruits of your choice but now mango season is about to end in India so I am using it in my overnight oats and other dishes. And I got chai masala extract as a gift hamper from Spice Drop. I loved the aroma so added 2 drops in the oats while soaking.

You can get two more overnight oats recipes on this blog.

1. Mango pomegranate overnight oats parfait

2. Vegan coconut dry fruits overnight oats

And some recipes with my most favourite fruit mango.

1. Mango salsa with pickled Jalapeno

2. Hazelnut honey chocolate mango smoothie

3. Black rice pudding and mango parfait

4. Mango walnut chocochip muffins

5. Vegan mango pineapple smoothie

6. Sugar free mango coconut laddu

7. Mango rasgulla

8. Mango steamed sandesh

9. Vegan mango peach pear smoothie

10. Mango pomegranate and tender coconut salsa

11. Mango litchi fudge or barfi

12. Eggless no bake mango cheesecake

13. Mango cottage cheese smoothie

14. Mango kalakand

15. Mango sandesh

16. Mango banana smoothie

17. Eggless mango mug cake

18. Mango coconut flaxseed smoothie

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 letter O and my star ingredient is super food oats.

And today is Monday and this week’s 259 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Fruity Bites suggested by Archana who blog at Mad Scientist Kitchen. You can get variety of mouthwatering Goan recipes and many traditional, healthy and innovative recipes on her blog. I am planning to try her Japanese milk bread to try. Loved the pillow soft texture and different shapes. Looks really amazing. And also want to try Icecream loaf cake and many more. List is too long. Do visit her space for the recipes.

Now coming to this overnight oats recipe. I have used rolled oats and skimmed milk. You can use full fat milk. Or to make vegan use any plant based milk like almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk etc. Chai masala extract will give a lovely aroma but if you don’t have it then you can use vanilla essence, cinnamon powder, cardamom powder, chocolate or any flavour of your choice. You can also use any dry fruits, choco chips or anything according to your taste and availability. Instead of honey you can use maple syrup, stevia or any sweetener. Or skip any sweetener and add finely chopped dates. If you don’t have mango, use strawberry, banana, apple or any fruit of your choice. You can also use any roasted seeds, chia seeds etc. Use whatever you have or you like. Raisins and mango will give enough sweetness so you don’t need to add much sweetener in your overnight oats.

Recipe

Oats – 1/3 cup

Milk – 1/3 cup

Chai masala extract – 1 – 2 drop

Honey – 2 teaspoon or to taste

Mango – 1, peeled and chopped

Raisins – 3 teaspoon

Dry roasted mixed seeds – 1 tablespoon ( mixture of sunflower, pumpkin, flax, watermelon, chia and gojiberries seeds)

Pistachios to garnish, optional

Method

1. In a mason jar or bowl mix oats, honey, raisins, roasted mixed seeds and chai masala extract. First add 1 drop extract taste and add 1 drop more if require. I have used 2 drops.

2. You can also add chopped mango. I have added as topping in the morning. Keep the mixture in refrigerator for overnight or 3 – 4 hours. Best to soak overnight. See notes for more options.

3. Next day take out the soaked oats. Top with chopped mango, some roasted seeds, raisins and pistachios if using. Serve chilled.

4. Or take a jar or glass. Make layer of soaked oats, place some chopped mango over it. Pour remaining soaked oats and top with chopped mango, mixed seeds, raisins and pistachios. Serve delicious overnight oats parfait as a breakfast or dessert.

5. Enjoy your creamy, aromatic, healthy and delicious breakfast.

Notes

1. You can use vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon or any flavour of your choice instead of chai masala.

2. Strawberry banana, apple or any fruit can be used instead of mango.

3. Any dry fruits and chia seeds or any seeds can be used with raisins and mixed seeds.

4. You can also add 1-2 tablespoon chopped fresh coconut while soaking the oats.

4. You can also use almond milk, coconut milk or any plant based milk instead of dairy milk.

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Mango Salsa With Pickled Jalapeno

Mango salsa with pickled Jalapeno. One more easy no cook recipe in a row with mouthwatering taste. Serve it as a snack, side dish or salad and enjoy the tangy spicy taste. Raw mango, lemon juice, green chilli, freshly crushed black pepper, pickled Jalapeno and some other ingredients made this salsa perfectly tongue tickling and ripe mango gave little sweetness.

Its mango season and you can get plenty of this delicious fruit either raw or ripe. Raw mango is not only rich in vitamin C but it has numerous health benefits. So here is a fresh healthy and delicious no cook recipe for this difficult time. Just combine everything and enjoy.

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

1. Watermelon salsa

2. Mango pomegranate tender coconut salsa

3. Capsicum salsa

4. Fruity salad with dried basil

5. Corn salad

6. Fruity salad with corn cucumber and parsley

7. Peas chickpeas low calorie salad

8. Peanut chaat

9. Sprouts chaat

10. Chickpea chaat with raw mango

Sending this post to Facebook group Healthy Wealthy Cuisine . This time theme is #TangoWithMango suggested by Narmadha who blog at Nams Corner. I love her blog which is full of wonderful recipes like Lactation cookies , Ragi chocolate truffle cake, Buckwheat cookies without oven etc. Do visit her space for many more. Check out my fellow bloggers recipes for this theme.

Mango cream oreo tart by Shalu

Aam ras by Jayashree

Instant mango chunda by Poonam

Srilankan raw mango curry by Preethi

Mango chutney by Vanitha

Mango mastani by Narmadha

Raw mango thokku by Ruchi

This recipe is very easy to make and completely gluten free and veganò. Get the ingredients ready. Wash well add chop everything into small pieces. Mix well and serve immediately or keep it in refrigerator and serve chilled. It will be delicious in both ways. Olives and coconut is absolutely optional. You can can skip these if you don’t have or you don’t like. I have bottled olives so I used it.

Recipe

Raw mango – 1/2 cup, chopped

Tomato – 1, chopped

Red onion – 1, finely chopped

Pickled jalapeno – 1 tablespoon or 7 – 8 pieces, chopped

Green chilli – 1 small, chopped

Boiled sweet corn – 1/3 cup

Freshly crushed black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon

Ripe mango – 1/3 cup, chopped

Olive – 2 tablespoon, optional

Cilantro – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Mint – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Lemon juice – 2 – 3 teaspoon or to taste

Sea salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Oregano – 1/2 teaspoon

Fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Cucumber – 1/3 cup, chopped

Method

1. Peel and chop the raw mango into small pieces. Also chop onion, tomato, green chilli, cucumber, pickled Jalapeno and fresh coconut into small pieces.

2. Combine everything in a large bowl. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, and mint leaves. Add sea salt, oregano, olives and lemon juice. Mix well. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if require.

4. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled.

Notes

1. Pink or black salt or any salt can be used instead of sea salt.

2. You can skip olives if you don’t have or don’t like. Fresh coconut is also optional. Skip if you don’t like.

3. Add green chilli and black pepper according to your taste.

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Gluten Free Vegan Multigrain Bread

Gluten Fre vegan multigrain bread. A soft bread made with amaranth or rajgira flour, soybean flour, tapioca flour or sabudana atta, sorghum or jowar flour, rice flour flaxseed powder and millet flour or bajra atta. If you like rustic taste then its perfect for you. A completely gluten free and vegan breakfast bread.

All the flour used in this bread are nutrient rich. Every flour has numerous health benefits. Toast the pieces and make sandwiches or spread butter or jam, it will be a nutritious breakfast. You don’t need to knead bread dough like normal bread. Just whisk everything well and make a thick batter and bake. Already shared some different bread recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Multigrain bread

2. Oats flaxseed whole wheat bread

3. Whole wheat bread

4. Cheesey bread

5. Olive Jalapeno savoury cornbread

6. Zimbabwe cornbread

Sending this post to Facebook group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly challenge. Shhh Cooking Secretly a group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes, is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen. Theme of this month is Millet Magic suggested by Aruna SarasChandra. Aruna blog at Vasusvegkitchen. You will love her millet based recipes and many more like Finger millet puttu, Multigrain banana bread etc.

This month my partner is very talented blogger Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. I love her authentic and healthy recipes. You can also get many millet recipes on her blog. I have bookmarked some recipes from Priya’s blog like Ragi kuzhi paniyaram, Multi millet lemon rice etc. Do visit her space for many wonderful recipes. Priya gave me sorghum flour and rice flour as secret ingredients. I made this gluten free multigrain bread with these ingredients. And I gave her bajra or millet and chana dal or Bengal gram. Priya made delicious and healthy Pearl millet lentil pancakes with these.

This bread is gluten free so added xanthan gum to prevent the bread to become dense. Baking powder and soda helps the gluten free bread to rise. Tapioca flour also prevents the bread to become dense and heavy. Always use all the ingredients in room temperature. You can increase or decrease the amount of flour according to availability.

Recipe

Amaranth or rajgira flour – 1/2 cup

Soybean flour – 1/2 cup

Tapioca flour – 1/2 cup

Sorghum flour or jowar atta – 1/2 cup

Flaxseed powder – 1/4 cup

Rice flour – 3/4 cup

Pearl millet flour or bajra atta – 1/4 cup

Vinegar – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Oil – 4 tablespoon

Xanthan gum – 2 teaspoon

Water – 3 &1/4 cup

Yeast – 1 teaspoon

Salt – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Melon seeds to sprinkle, optional

Method

1. Mix sugar and yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Water should be warm not hot. Stir well and cover. Keep in a warm place for 15 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven at 200° for 10 minutes. Grease a loaf pan generously with oil or line with parchment paper.

3. In a large bowl mix all the flour flaxseed powder, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder and soda.

4. Make a hole in the middle. Add yeast mixture, oil, vinegar and water. Whisk well. You can use food processor or hand blender or stand mixer. Whisk till everything combine well.

5. Pour the mixture into greased or lined loaf pan. Tap the pan on your kitchen counter. Level the top with your wet fingers or spoon. Sprinkle melon seeds on the top.

6. Cover the pan with a greased plastic wrap. Keep in a warm place for an hour.

7. Now bake in preheated oven at 200° for 40 to 50 minutes or until bread becomes brown from all the sides.

8. After 2 – 3 minutes transfer the bread on a cooling rack. If you keep the bread in pan it may become soggy so keep it on cooling rack to completely cool down before slicing.

9. When bread becomes completely cool down slice it and use as require. You can make sandwiches or make toast and serve with butter or jam. I love crisp toast. You can keep the bread on kitchen counter for 2 days. Enjoy homemade healthy gluten free and completely vegan breakfast bread.

Notes

1. Every ingredients should be in room temperature.

2. Any seeds can be used instead of melon seeds to sprinkle or you can skip this step.

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Paruppu Payasam.

Paruppu Payasam.
A vegan pudding or kheer with moong dal or yellow lentil. Coconut milk, roasted moong dal, fried cashew nuts and raisins, jaggery and cardamom made this payasam or kheer divine. This payasam is an Onam special recipe. Usually made for prasad or offering to deities in the temples of South India. It also made for special occasions.
And this pudding is sweetend with jaggery so its a healthy option to satisfy your sweet craving.

According to Wikipedia Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian subcontinent and is bordered by the union territory of Puducherry and the South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. Its capital and largest city is Chennai (formerly known as Madras).

The cuisine of Tamil Nadu deserves special mention because of the rich taste of the culinary items. Many items of Tamil Nadu cuisine are accredited internationally and are unique in their own ways.
A typical Tamil Nadu meal consists of steamed rice, lentils, grains and vegetables. This food is taken almost by every household member. But in special occasions there are special menu that are prepared with great care and concern.
To read more about Tamil Nadu cuisine click here.

If you are a regular reader of my blog then you know that I am a member of Facebook group Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge. And every month we share a recipe from different Indian States. This month sharing this recipe from Tamil Nadu cuisine.
Shhhhh Cooking Secretly a group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes, is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen. If you’re interested in joining this exciting group then please leave a message in the comment section. Thank you.

This month my partner is very talented blogger Archana Gunjikar Potdar who blog at The Mad Scientist Kitchen.
Visit her space for different types of healthy and delicious recipes. Recently she posted a very interesting and mouthwatering recipe of Caramel apple and plum mini pizza.
Archana gave me ghee and cardamom as secret ingredients and I gave her pepper and cumin. Archana made a delicious rice dish with these ingredients. Check out the recipe here.

This moong dal payasam or paruppu payasam is very easy to make and taste heavenly. You can keep it in refrigerator and enjoy chilled. No sugar used so you can say it is a healthy option for dessert.

Recipe

Moong dal or yellow lentil – 1/2 cup

Jaggery – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon

Ghee – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Grated fresh coconut – 1/4 cup, optional

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Water – 2 cup + 1/4 cup

Method

1. Dry roast the moong dal or yellow lentil till aromatic.

2. Wash well and pressure cook with 1 cup water for 4 – 5 whistle or after 1 whistle reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 15 minutes.

3. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.
Open the pressure cooker and mash the dal with a spoon or spatula. Add 1/2 cup water and mix well.

4. In a pan boil 1/4 cup water and jaggery till the jaggery dissolved completely. Strain the mixture if any impurity and keep aside.

5. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Fry the cashew nuts in it till light brown. Remove from ghee.

6. In the same ghee add raisins. When the raisins fluff up immediately remove from ghee.

7. In the same pan add the boiled dal, jaggery syrup and 1/2 cup water. Mix well and let it boil. Keep stirring.
When the mixture becomes thick, reduce the heat.

8. Add coconut milk and cook on simmer for 4 – 5 minutes. Don’t increase the heat. Cook on low heat to avoid curdling coconut milk.

9. Keep stirring to avoid sticking at the bottom.

10. Now add cardamom powder and fried cashews and raisins. Mix well and remove from heat.

11. Garnish with fried cashews and raisins.
Serve warm or room temperature or keep in the refrigerator and serve chilled.

Notes

1.You can use any milk instead of coconut milk.
2. Dried sliced and fried coconut can be used instead of grated fresh coconut. Or you can use both.

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Tender Drumstick Potato Dry Curry With Bengali Five Spices / Sojne Data Chochchori

Tender drumstick potato dry curry with Bengali five spices or sojne data chochchori.
A very simple yet delicious Bengali recipe using panch phoran or Bengali five spices which is consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.

You don’t need much spices to make it. You need only turmeric powder, mustard powder and red chilli powder to make this delicious dry curry with tender drumstick and potatoes.

The drumstick or moringa plant is one of those rare species, where every part is beneficial for health and wellness. While the world celebrates moringa leaves and moringa powder as superfoods, the stalks are equally powerful, and have been used since time immemorial in Indian kitchens to add a dash of health to your diet.
Drumsticks are rich in two vital nutrients that are essential to bone health, keeping osteoporosis and osteoarthritis at bay. Calcium and iron are both minerals that are known to enhance the quality of your bones, so consuming an adequate amount of drumsticks can really help with that.
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I have used mustard powder in it. You can use mustard paste if you want. You can skip potatoes if you don’t like potatoes. Make it with only drumsticks and enjoy the delicious flavourful drumstick dry curry. Or you can add eggplant and pumpkin with potatoes in this drumstick curry.

Recipe

Tender drumstick – 200 gram

Potatoes – 3 – 4

Tomato – 1 large, chopped

Panch phoran or Bengali five spices – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Mustard powder – 1 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Method

1. Peel and cut the potatoes into lengthwise.

2. Wash the tender drumsticks well. Cut and discard the both ends. Chop the drumsticks into 1 inch pieces.

3. Mix 1 tablespoon mustard powder with 4 tablespoon water. Stir and keep aside.

4. Heat mustard oil in a pan or wok. Add panch phoran.
Panch phoran consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.

5. Let the seeds splutter. Now add potatoes.

6. Fry the potatoes for 2 minutes or till the potatoes starts to charge it’s colour.

7. Add chopped drumsticks. Saute for 2 minutes more.

8. Add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder mix well.

9. Add soaked mustard powder and water and cover the pan. Cook till the potatoes and drumsticks becomes soft and dried up.

10. Remove from heat.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve with steamed rice or Indian flat bread.

Note

You can also add eggplant and pumpkin with potatoes.

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Vegan Fruity Golden Smoothie With Turmeric And Aloe Vera

Vegan fruity golden smoothie with fresh turmeric and Aloe Vera.
Dairy free golden smoothie with fresh turmeric, ginger, Aloe Vera gel, grapes, orange, carrot, cucumber, coconut milk and flavoured with mint and cinnamon. A perfect breakfast smoothie for weight watchers.

You don’t need to make juice of orange and carrot. Just use finely chopped or grated carrot and remove the skin and seeds of orange before using. Smoothie is enough sweet due to orange and carrot so you don’t need any sweetener.
You can get some more smoothie recipe here.

Turmeric is known for it’s healing compounds curcumin. Ginger is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Earlier I have shared turmeric shot recipe. Click here to get the recipe.

Here are some health benefits of the ingredients used in this smoothie.
1. Orange is high in Vitamin, C. Healthy immune system. Prevents skin damage. Keeps blood pressure under check. Lowers cholesterol. Controls blood sugar level. Lowers the risk of cancer.
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2. Grapes are packed With Nutrients, Especially Vitamins C and K. High Antioxidant Contents May Prevent Chronic Diseases. Plant Compounds May Protect Against Certain Types of Cancer. Beneficial for Heart Health in Various Impressive Ways. May Decrease Blood Sugar Levels and Protect Against Diabetes.
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3. Carrots health benefits includes supporting healthy eyes, a good source of antioxidants, supporting healthy heart, supporting health teeth and gums, treating wounds, improving brain health and cognitive functions, fighting cancer, supporting better digestion, maintaining youthful age, supporting healthy hair and skin and lowering the risk of developing diabetes.
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4. Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit.
It’s high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants that may help treat and even prevent some conditions.
Also, cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.
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5. Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties .Curcumin Is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound. Turmeric Dramatically Increases the Antioxidant Capacity of the Body. Curcumin Boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Linked to Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases.
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6. Aloe Vera contains healthful plant compounds. Antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Accelerates the healing of burns. Reduces dental plaque. Helps treat canker sores. Reduces constipation. May improve skin and prevent wrinkles. Lowers blood sugar levels.
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Now coming to the easy and simple recipe. Just combine everything and blend till the mixture becomes smooth. I don’t like the flavour of fresh turmeric so I have added cinnamon. Because of mint leaves and cinnamon you hardly notice turmeric flavour. If you want you can omit mint or cinnamon. But I recommend to use both for a lovely flavour.

Recipe

Grapes – 1 cup

Orange – 1 large or 2 small

Carrot – 1, grated or finely chopped

Cucumber – 1, optional

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, optional

Fresh turmeric – 1/2 inch piece

Mint leaves – few

Lemon juice – 1 – 2 tablespoon or as require

Aloe Vera gel – 1 – 2 tablespoon

Coconut milk – 1/2 cup

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Peel and remove the seeds of orange. I have small oranges so used two oranges. If you have large orange then use one.

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

3. Peel and grate or finely chop the ginger and fresh turmeric.

4. Combine everything, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and blend till smooth and frothy. Taste and add more lemon juice if require.

5. Pour in your favourite glass. You can add some ice cubes in the glass if you want.

6. Garnish with mint leaves, cucumber and lemon wedges. Serve chilled or in room temperature.

Notes
1. If you want sweeter smoothie omit the cucumber
2. If you don’t like cinnamon then you can skip it.
3. Add lemon juice according to your taste.

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Vegan Fruit And Veggie Smoothie


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recipe

Orange juice – 1 cup

Carrot – 1

Boiled or baked beetroot – 1

Cucumber – 1

Mint leaves – 3 tablespoon

Almond – 10, soaked and peeled

Walnut – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon or as require

Method

1. Peel and chop the beetroot and carrot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes

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

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Vegan Smoothie Bowl

Vegan smoothie bowl.
A dairy free and gluten free smoothie bowl for breakfast. And also sugar free. So diabetic and weight watchers both can enjoy it.
Easy to make, filling, healthy and delicious. A perfect breakfast option. With all the goodness and taste of banana, oats, almond, raisins, dates and coconut and the crunch of walnut and pomegranate.

I have used banana but you can use strawberry or any fruit of your choice. You don’t need any sweetener because raisins, banana and dates give enough sweetness to your smoothie bowl.
Sending this post to 180 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Lowcalorie food.

This week I have suggested the theme. Read my fellow blogger’s posts to get many more low calorie food recipes.

This smoothie is perfectly sweet and delicious but if you like less sweetness in your smoothie then you can reduce the amount raisins and dates. You can dry roast the oats if you want. I didn’t.

Recipe

Oats – 1/4 cup

Banana – 1

Coconut milk – 1/4 cup or as require

Fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Almond – 5

Date – 2, pitted and chopped

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Walnut, raisins, pomegranate and banana pieces for topping

Method

1. Peel and chop the ripe banana.

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

3. Soak the raisins in water.

4. Grind the oats. You can dry roast the oats before grinding if you like.

5. In a blender blend ground oats, chopped coconut, chopped dates, peeled almonds, soaked raisins, chopped banana and 1/4 cup coconut milk. Blend into a smooth mixture.

6. Pour the mixture into a bowl. You can add 1/4 cup more coconut milk if you want your smoothie consistency thin.

7. Top with banana slices, raisins, walnut and pomegranate arils.
Enjoy the delicious and healthy smoothie bowl. Stay healthy stay happy

Notes

1. You can use strawberry or any fruit of your choice instead of banana.
2. If you don’t like oats then dry roast the oats before grinding.

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