Maamoul Cookies / Date Filled Semolina cookies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recipe

Semolina or suji – 1 & 1/4 cup

All purpose flour or maida – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup

Clarified butter/ghee or butter – 1/2 cup

Salt – a pinch

Milk – 1/4 cup

Rose essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For filling

Dates – 3/4 cup, pitted

Clarified butter/ghee or butter – 1 teaspoon

Orange essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut – 1 tablespoon, optional

Almond – 1 tablespoon

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes

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

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

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

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

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Orange Grape Juice With Fresh Turmeric Mint And Lemon / Vegan Drink

Orange and grape juice with fresh turmeric, mint and lemon juice. A nutritious and delicious juice, perfect drink with your daily breakfast.

These days doctors advise everyone to take vitamin C enriched orange daily as a immunity booster. Grapes are also rich in vitamin C and A. So you can call it a immunity booster drink. Orange and grapes are naturally sweet so you don’t need to add any sweetener in it. I have made it 1 serving so used 1/2 cup grapes but you can use 1 cup grapes if you want. You can also increase the amount of turmeric. Use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon if you like the flavour.

Oranges are known for their high Vitamin C content. They are also rich in many anti-oxidants and carotenoids which are known to boost your immune system. Oranges can help in shielding the body from many types of infections and even the growth of cancerous cells. Regular consumption of Oranges can safeguard your body. To read more health benefits of orange click here .

Grapes also support immunity. In addition to the aforementioned vitamins C and A, which are both vital for immunity, grapes support the immune system through their natural anti-microbial properties. A one cup portion also supplies about two and a half ounces of water, which is important for hydration, circulation and healthy blood flow, and waste elimination. Source

Turmeric boosts the Immune System Here is a spice that should be added to your cold and flu prevention regimen! Turmeric is a natural way to help bolster the immune system by increasing the immunomodulating capacity of the body. Try adding extra turmeric into your diet during periods of stress or during flu season to help give your immune system a little boost. Source

Lemons are high in vitamin C, a natural antioxidant which enhances the immune system and has antiviral and antibacterial properties. … Regular use can relieve joint pain, lemon juice is an anti-inflammatory because of its anti-oxidants. Lemons are very flavourful making them a healthy salt substitute. Source

Mint is rich in Nutrients. May Improve Irritable Bowel Syndrome. May Help Relieve Indigestion. Could Improve Brain Function. May Decrease Breastfeeding Pain. Subjectively Improves Cold Symptoms. May Mask Bad Breath. Easy to Add to Your Diet. 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. Source

This week I have joined a new group Healthy Wealthy Cuisine.
Its my first post for the group. This time theme is Cool Colours suggested by Sasmita. Sasmita is a very talented blogger. I always love her wonderful recipes and photography. Sasmita shared Sparkling pomegranate iced tea for the theme.
Here are some other recipes shared by the group members.
Hand whipped dalgona coffee by Archana.

Mint mojito mocktail by Preethi. Pineapple mint mojito by Shalu. Revitaliser by Jayashree.
Mango and passionfruit iced tea by Swaty.
Pineapple juice by Narmadha.

A very easy to make yet delicious drink. You don’t need to add any sweetener because orange and grapes are naturally sweet. But you can add little pink salt if you want. I didn’t. Better to enjoy it without adding anything. You can also add more fresh turmeric if you like.

Recipe

Orange – 2,peeled

Grapes – 1/2 cup

Mint leaves – 2 tablespoon

Fresh turmeric – 1/4 teaspoon, paste or grated

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Discard the seeds of oranges.

2. Blend everything in a blender. Sieve the juice using a strainer.

3. Or take out the juice of orange using a juicer. Blend orange juice with grapes, fresh turmeric mint leaves and lemon juice. See notes for more options.

4. Pour the juice in your favourite glass. Garnish with lemon wedge mint leaves and grape. Serve immediately.

Notes

1. If you want to serve chilled, add some ice cubes or keep the juice in refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes before serving.

2. You can use more fresh turmeric. If you like the flavour. 1/2 or 1 teaspoon grated or paste can be added.

3. You can also use 1 cup grapes instead of 1/2 cup.

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Mint Orange Lassi

Everyone stay home stay safe. This time we have to make something delicious and nutritious with easily available ingredients. Sharing a delicious fruity lassi to satisfy your sudden hunger pangs or sweet cravings.

Mint orange lassi with honey. Different but a very delicious and filling drink with yogurt, orange juice, banana and mint leaves. You will also love the flavour. This lassi is also great for fasting days. Banana and yogurt made this lassi filling. Lassi is also very flavorful because of mint and orange.

You may like some more yogurt based drinks on this blog.

1. Banana almond mint smoothie

2. Cucumber smoothie or chhach/lassi

3. Misti doi parfait

4. Guava banana smoothie

5. Cold soup

239 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Cool Lassi suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni. Mayuri is a very talented blogger. I always love her baked recipes like Fig amaranth cookies, Carrot oatmeal cookies and Thandai muffins etc. And also visit her space for many authentic Gujarati recipes. I am sure you will love her wonderful recipes.

Mayuri wisely suggested lassi this week. From yesterday maximum state of our country under lockdown. Praying for everyone’s well being. Stay safe stay healthy. This lassi is very filling and delicious. And also easy to make. Just combine everything and blend. You can enjoy it room temperature or chilled. You can add some ice cubes in the glass or use everything chilled. I have used chilled yogurt so didn’t use ice cube. Or keep the lassi in refrigerator to be chilled. Always use thick yogurt. I have used homemade yogurt but you can also use store bought. Banana is optional, you can skip it. But I recommend to add banana. Banana will make your lassi filling and more delicious.

Recipe

Yogurt – 1 cup

Orange juice – 1/2 cup

Orange zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Mint leaves – 2 tablespoon

Banana – 1

Honey – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon or to taste

Method

1. Peel and chop the banana. Rinse the mint leaves well.

2. In a blender add yogurt, orange juice, orange zest, mint leaves, chopped banana and honey. Blend till smooth and frothy.

3. Taste and add more honey if require. Blend again. For more sweetener option see notes.

4. Pour the lassi in your favourite glass. You can add some ice cubes if you want. Garnish with mint leaves and pistachios. Serve chilled or room temperature.

Notes

1. You can use 1 tablespoon more mint leaves if you want.

2. You can use any sweetener like sugar, stevia etc.

3. Add honey according to your taste.

4. For chilled lassi add some ice cubes in the glass before pouring lassi. Or use chilled yogurt. Or keep the lassi in refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes before serving.

Praying healthy and peaceful life for you and your family. Stay home stay safe. Please follow all the protective instructions adviced by WHO .

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Gluten Free Fruit Cake / Sugar Free Cake

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas in advance. Have a peaceful and joyous Christmas. May all your wishes come true.

Gluten free fruit cake with amaranth flour or rajgira atta, sorghum flour or jowar atta and soybean flour. Vegan people can replace honey with jaggery. Use 1/4 cup more jaggery powder instead of honey.

A delicious aromatic festive cake loaded with dry fruits and flavoured with all the spices and chocolate. Try and feel the burst of taste and flavour. Blend of three healthy gluten free flour, tea soaked dry fruits, flavorful spices, cocoa, jaggery and honey made this cake super soft, moist, mouthwatering and healthy.

You don’t need to soak the dry fruits for long periods. I have soaked dry fruits in tea overnight. I have used masala tea but you can use any tea or green tea or use tea bags. You can also use any fruit juice or alcohol to soak the dry fruits.
And this cake is sugar free. A jaggery and honey cake. So you can call it a healthy cake.
Last year I have also shared a gluten free and vegan cake.
But this time I have changed the flour. Instead of oats used amaranth flour and sorghum flour with soybean flour. Mixed of three healthy flour made the cake super soft and moist. And didn’t use sugar in it. Its perfectly sweetened with jaggery and honey.

Amaranth is a nutritious, gluten-free grain that provides plenty of fiber, protein and micronutrients. It has also been associated with a number of health benefits, including reduced inflammation, lower cholesterol levels and increased weight loss.

Sorghum is a nutrient-packed grain that you can use in many ways. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. It’s likewise an excellent source of fiber, antioxidants, and protein.
Soybeans are high in protein and a decent source of both carbs and fat.

Soybeans are high in protein and a decent source of both carbs and fat.
They are a rich source of various vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds, such as isoflavones.
Source

You may like some more fruit cakes on this blog.

1. Eggless gluten free dairy free fruit cake

2. Eggless Christmas cake

3. Sugar free fruit cake with oats

4. Eggless fruit cake

5. Diet cake

6. Dundee cake

I have mentioned it earlier that my all the neighbors are vegetarian so I always make eggless cakes for them.

Earlier never used cocoa powder or chocolate in my fruit cakes. But this time my neighbour’s 4 year old son wants chocolate cup cake. He love my cup cakes. So for this little boy,this time I have made chocolate fruit cake. And everyone loved the taste. I have used three different shape baking pan. One cupcake mould for my little friend, one small sized bundt pan and one loaf pan. But you can use loaf pan, bundt pan, square pan or any baking pan to make this cake.

And small cakes baked quickly.

This week 225 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Christmas treats suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni.
Mayuri is a very dear friend and a talented blogger. I always amazed by her baked recipes. She has a vast collection of baked recipes along with other mouthwatering recipes. I recently bookmarked her fig and amaranth cookies to try. Sounds interesting isn’t it? Do visit her space for many more interesting recipes.

What can be better than this healthy and super yummy fruit cake for Christmas treat.
This cake is made of amaranth flour or rajgira atta, sorghum flour or jowar atta and soybean flour. Overnight tea soaked dry fruits, cocoa and all the mixed spices made this cake soft, moist and superbly delicious. Best part is that you don’t need to use sugar. Cake is completely sugar free. Jaggery and honey gives perfect sweetness. But if you want you can use all purpose flour or maida, whole wheat flour or atta or any flour of your choice instead of these gluten free flour. And you can also use 1 cup brown sugar or powdered sugar instead of jaggery and honey. You can use cranberry, apricot or any dry fruits of your choice.

Recipe

Amaranth flour or rajgira atta – 1/2 cup

Sorghum flour or jowar atta – 1/2 cup

Soybean flour – 1/2 cup

Cashew nuts – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Almond powder – 1/4 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Raisin – 1/4 cup

Sultana – 1/4 cup

Walnut – 1/4 cup

Dried fig – 1/4 cup

Pistachios – 1/4 cup

Tutti frutti – 1/4 cup

Candied cherries – 1/4 cup

Date – 1/4 cup, chopped

Water – 1 cup

Tea – 2 teaspoon

Ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Coconut milk – 1/2 cup

Vinegar or lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Oil or butter – 1/2 cup

Orange zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Jaggery powder – 3/4 cup

Honey – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Chop all the dry fruits in small pieces. And keep in a bowl.

2. Boil water with tea for a minute. I have used masala tea but you can use green tea, tea bags or any tea. Use whatever you have.

3. Strain the tea and pour hot tea on the dry fruits. Add chopped date. Mix well, cover and keep aside for overnight. You can store the soaked dry fruits in refrigerator for 2 – 3 days. You can use cranberry, apricot or any dry fruits of your choice.

4. Grease the baking pan with oil and dust with little cocoa powder or line with parchment paper. You can also use flour to dust. I have used cocoa powder.

5. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

6. Mix vinegar or lemon juice in coconut milk. Milk should be room temperature or slightly warm.

7. In a bowl sieve sorghum flour, soybean flour, amaranth flour, baking powder, soda and cocoa powder. Add almond powder and all the soaked dry fruits. Mix well and keep aside. If you skip this step, dry fruits will sink into the bottom of the cake.

8. In a large bowl whisk jaggery powder, honey, oil and vinegar or lemon juice mixed coconut milk. Whisk well till jaggery dissolved. See notes for more options.

9. Add vanilla essence and orange zest. Mix well.

10. Now add flour and dry fruits mixture gradually. Combine everything well.

11. Pour the batter in greased and flour dusted or lined baking pan. Tap the pan on kitchen counter to remove air bubbles.

12. Sprinkle some tutti frutti on the top. You can also sprinkle alomond, cashew nuts or cherries.

13. Bake in preheated oven at 180° on middle rack for 40 – 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the center to check.

14. Let the cake cool down before slicing. Enjoy the heavenly taste.

Notes
1. All purpose flour or maida, whole wheat flour or atta or any flour can be used to make this cake.
2. You can use apricot, cranberry or any dry fruits of your choice.
3. Butter, olive oil or any flavorless oil can be used.
4. You can use 1 cup brown sugar or powdered sugar instead of jaggery and honey.
5. If you don’t want to use honey, then use 1/4 cup more jaggery.

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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.
Source

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.
Source

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.
Source

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.
Source

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.
Source

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.
Source

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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Happy Maha Shivratri!
May this Shivratri bring blessings to you and your family. May the almighty Lord Shiva bless you with all the happiness!!

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.
Source – STYLECRAZE

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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Komola Bhog Or Orange Flavoured Rasgulla

Komola bhog or orange flavoured rasgulla.
Komola bhog is a popular sweet of Bengal. Just like rasgulla but slightly larger in size and flavoured with orange. These rasgulla are stuffed with pistachio and orange segment. Stuffing and flavour made these rasgulla super yummy.

I have already shared two different flavoured rasgulla here.

Mango rasgulla

Watermelon rasgulla

You may like some more orange recipes here.

1. Kheer komola or orange kheer

2. Chocolate cake with orange crunch and glaze

3. Orange crinkle cookies or nankhatai

4. Eggless orange muffins with chocolate inside

5. Sugar free choco orange mousse with malai or milk topping

Sending this post to 178 #Foodiemonday bloghop harvest harmony theme. My contribution is orange flavoured delicious spongy rasgulla or komola bhog for this festive theme.

Recipe is same as white rasgulla but flavoured with orange and slightly larger in size. I have stuffed this rasgulla with pistachio and little orange segment and added saffron and orange juice in the sugar syrup.

Always use large pan to make rasgulla. Because rasgulla expand in the sugar syrup. If you use less sugar syrup or overcrowded in the pan rasgulla will become flat. Rasgulla need space to retain it’s shape. Here is a picture of flat komola bhog because of wrong size pan.

You can skip orange segment stuffing if you want. Stuff only pistachio or you can stuff the cottage cheese or paneer/chhena balls with small misri/rock candy or ilaichi dana/nakul dana. Or you can make it without stuffing too. I sometimes make it just like white rasgulla with orange flavour and colour.

Recipe

Milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4 tablespoon or as require

Sugar – 1 & 1/2 cup

Water – 3 cup

Orange juice – 1 cup

Saffron – a pinch

Orange food colour – 1 – 2 drop, optional

Orange essence – 2 – 3 drop + 2 drops for syrup

Orange segment and chopped pistachio for stuffing

Method

Please read all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla here to make perfect orange flavoured rasgulla or komola bhog.

1. Place a cheesecloth on a strainer.

2. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil remove from heat. Add lemon juice or vinegar.
Add 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir and add 1 tablespoon more or as require to curdle the milk completely.

3. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately pour into the strainer. If you boil further after curdling your cottage cheese and rasgulla will be hard.

4. Wash the paneer under running water or dip the cheesecloth in a bowl filled with cold water. Wash the cottage cheese well to remove the smell of vinegar or lemon.

5. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese.

6. Remove the cottage cheese on a large dry cloth. Wrap well and put a heavy weight on it for 2 hours.

7. Take out the cottage cheese or paneer on a large plate. Add food colour if using.

8. Mash with your finger tips and heel of your palm. Mash till your palm becomes greasy.

9. Make 5 – 6 small balls. These will become double. If you want large sized komola bhog make 5 balls.

10. Flatten the balls and place little orange segment and pistachio slivers in the middle.
You can omit orange segment if you want.

11. Close the edges and make smooth ball again.

12. There shouldn’t be any crack on the balls.
Press the balls between your fingers and palm tightly to make crack free balls.

13. Make round ball using your both palm. Make all the balls this way.

14. In a large and broad pan heat 1 cup sugar, 3 cup water, saffron and 1 cup orange juice. Pan should be large. In small pan balls may be disfigured.

15. When sugar dissolved and it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame from 2 – 3 minutes.

16. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.

17. After 20 minutes switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 2 hours or until completely cool down.

18. You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.
Serve chilled or at room temperature. Try out this komola bhog and enjoy the heavenly taste.

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Green Smoothie / Dairy Free Smoothie

Green smoothie or detox drink.
Hope you enjoyed the festival of light. Enjoyed all the festive goodies, sweets and different kinds of delicacies. Right?
Now we have to detoxify our body and shed those unwanted weight.
Detox drink helps to flush out toxins and improve metabolism. Not only weight loss detox drink will make your skin glow.

This green smoothie has baby spinach, carrot, orange, apple, cucumber, ginger and lemon juice. Carrot orange and apple made the smoothie enough sweet so you don’t have to add any sweetener. But if you want your smoothie salty then you can add rock salt or black salt and black pepper powder.

You can get some more smoothie recipes with different taste and flavour here. Click on the name below to get recipe.

1. Dairy free mango pineapple smoothie

2. Watermelon cantaloupe mint smoothie

3. Mango peach pear smoothie

4. Beetroot smoothie

5. Banana almond mint smoothie

6. Savoury cucumber smoothie or chhach

7. Guava banana smoothie

8. Cucumber apple smoothie

9. Cottage cheese and mango smoothie

10. Litchi watermelon date peach Tulsi and almond smoothie

11. Muskmelon orange coconut smoothie

12. Mango banana smoothie

13. Apple orange banana grape carrot smoothie

14. Pomegranate apple banana smoothie

15. Coffee banana chocolate smoothie

16. Papaya orange smoothie

17. Papaya smoothie

18. Dairy free smoothie

19. Apple almond raisin smoothie

20. Smoothie with green tea

21. Mango coconut flax seed smoothie

Sending this post to 170 #Foodiemonday bloghop #detox recipe theme.

Spinach apple orange and cucumber will make your smoothie delicious and enough sweet. Just blend everything and enjoy. If you don’t like ginger skip it.

Popeye’s favorite, spinach, contains a whopping 166 milligrams of glutathione per serving when eaten raw. Cook it, and it all goes away. Spinach also contains twice as much energy-boosting iron as other leafy greens. Spinach has also gained a lot of attention as a cancer-fighter, too.

Carrots are another food rich in glutathione, a protein that helps detoxify the liver. In addition to the detox properties, carrots contain good amounts of vitamin C, B6 and potassium. They also loaded with vitamin A and K, too! It’s best to eat these raw.
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You can use any fruit of your choice. Fruit gives sweetness and enhance the taste of your smoothie.

Recipe

Tender baby spinach – 1 cup

Carrot – 1

Orange – 1

Apple – 1

Cucumber – 1

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Clean, wash and chop the baby spinach.

2. Peel and chop the carrot and cucumber. Taste the cucumber. It shouldn’t be bitter.

3. Peel the orange and discard the seeds.

4. Peel, core and chop the apple.

5. Now blend everything in a blender till smooth.

6. You can add honey if you want. Or add rock salt or black salt and black pepper powder. Add the seasoning according to your taste.

7. Pour the mixture into your favourite glass and enjoy.

If you want your drink chilled then you can add some ice cubes in it.

Notes

1. Ginger is optional, if you don’t like gingery taste then you can omit it.

2. If you want your drink chilled use frozen fruits or add some ice cubes.

3. You can add grape, kiwi or any fruit of your choice.

4. You can add 1 tablespoon flax seed powder in it.

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Sugar Free Carrot Cake / Diabetic Friendly Cake

Sugar free dairy free eggless carrot cake.
A cake with whole wheat, soya bean flour and only 2 tablespoon oil. Sugarless and butter less diabetic friendly cake.
Sugar free yet delicious. Even you don’t recognise its sugar free. So its a perfect cake for diabetic and diet conscious people. Yes a guilt free treat for health watchers 😊

Diabetes is a global epidemic nowadays.
An estimated 285 million people worldwide are affected by diabetes.
Source

Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is very important to control blood sugar level.
But we have to make something for diabetic people for their sweet craving. So tried this cake for them. A guilt free cake made with shredded carrot, orange, dates, walnuts and raisins. These ingredients made this cake enough sweet. So a cake with whole wheat flour, soya bean flour, carrot, orange, raisins and walnuts definitely a healthy option to satisfy your sweet tooth.

You don’t need butter to make it. I have used only 2 tablespoon olive oil in it.
Diabetic or diet conscious people everyone can enjoy this guilt free cake.
You can increase the amount of oil 1/4 to 1/2 cup if you want your cake more moist. Oil or butter provide moistness. But if you are making it for diabetic or diet conscious people don’t increase. The cake is delicious with only 2 tablespoon oil.

Recipe

Whole Wheat flour or atta – 1 cup

Soyabean flour – 1 cup

Chopped dates – 1 cup

Raisins – 1/2 cup

Chopped walnut – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Shredded carrot – 1 & 1/2 cup

Orange juice – 1 & 1/2 cup

Orange zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

Carrot juice – 1/3 cup

Almond to garnish

Method

1. Grease a cake tin. Dust with flour and keep it aside.
Preheat oven at 170° for 10 minutes.

2. Soak dates and raisins in hot water. Use water just to soak not too much.
Let it cool down and grind to make a smooth paste.

3. In a bowl sieve whole wheat flour, soyabean flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon powder and cardamom powder.

4. In a large bowl mix oil, date and raisin paste, orange juice, orange zest and vinegar. Mix well.

5. Add all the dry ingredients gradually and mix well.

6. Add shredded carrot and mix.
Add carrot juice as require to make a thick but flowing batter.

7. Fold in chopped walnuts.
Pour the batter into the baking tin. Tap the tin gently. Garnish with almond.

8. Bake in preheated oven for 25 – 30 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.
Let it cool down completely before slicing.

Stay healthy stay happy!!
Happy baking 😊

Notes

1. You can make this cake with only whole wheat flour or refined flour or mix of both flour.

2. You can use 1/4 to 1/2 cup oil instead of carrot juice if you want your cake more moist. But if you are making it for diabetic or health conscious people don’t increase oil.

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Orange Grapes Frozen Cooler With Lemon And Mint 

Orange grapes frozen cooler with lemon and mint.

A very refreshing and delicious cooler to beat the heat. You can serve it as a dessert too. 

I have used fresh orange juice  grapes, lemon and fresh mint in it. 

A drink or dessert for this scorching hot weather. Serve it to your kids instead of fruits. I am sure they will love it.

Oranges are easily available and one of the most popular fruits in the world. Oranges are excellent source of nutrients but low in calories. And oranges are well known for vitamin C and significant antioxidant properties.

They not only promote healthy skin, also can help to prevent from many diseases.

And the queen of fruits grapes are known for numerous health benefits. Many studies proved that grapes can protect us from heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.

You can get some more cooler or mocktail recipes here. 
Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and aloevera 
Kiwi ginger lime cooler 
 Thandai flavoured fruit punch or mocktail 
Virgin mojito 

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is frozen cooler. And my contribution is this fruity frozen cooler.

A chilled drink with all the goodness of fruits. You don’t need to add sugar in it. Just enjoy the natural sweetness of fruits. A dash of pink or black salt and lemon juice makes the drink super delicious.

I have used fresh orange juice but you can make it with canned juice too. 

Recipe 


Orange juice – 2 cup frozen 

Grapes – 1 cup 

Lemon juice – 4 teaspoon 

Pink salt or black salt – 1/2 teaspoon 

Mint – few leaves 

Lemon wedge and mint leaves for garnishing 

Method 


I have frozen fresh orange juice but you can use canned juice too. Keep the juice in freezer till set. 

Combine frozen orange juice, grapes, salt, mint leaves and lemon juice in a blender. 

Blend until smooth. 

Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice according to your taste. I have used 1 lemon and 6 – 7 mint leaves. You can reduce or increase as per your taste. 

You can use any fruits of your choice instead of grapes. 

Pour the mixture into a glass. 

Garnish with lemon wedges and mint leaves. 
Serve chilled. 

Enjoy the healthy and super yummy fruity frozen cooler as a drink or dessert 😊