Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Paushtik Kheer

       You most probably won't believe me if I tell you my kids LOVE rice and lentils . They can ( read they do )eat it for each and every meal and today when I asked them what they would like for snack , all they said was Varan- Bhat / Dal- Chawal / Steamed rice with plain lentils. I sometimes get sooo tired of just the sight of this, I decided to give it a different look . And yes, the kids loved it . Its a protein packed drink and very yummy too .

     What we need :

1/2 cup cooked Rice ( leftover can be used )
1 cup cooked Toor Dal
2 cups of Milk
1 cup grated jiggery
2 Tbsp Almond powder
1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
a pinch of Nutmeg powder
a pinch of Saffron
2 Tbsp MTR Badam milk powder ( optional )*
1 Tbsp Everest milk masala ( optional)*

To Proceed :

1) Grind rice and dal along with some milk to make a smooth paste .
2) Use remaining milk to clean the jar .
3) Heat on medium low heat till thoroughly heated .
4) Add grated jiggery and let it dissolve .
5) Add almond powder , cardamom -nutmeg powder and saffron .
6) Bring to a low boil .
7) Turn the stove off.

Enjoy warm or cold . You can add chopped cashews,almonds or any other dry fruit of your choice .

* I did not use any of them though .*

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

White Chocolate Raspberry Lassi

  What we need :

2 Cups Yogurt
1 Cup Milk
2 Tbsp condensed milk ( optional )
1 cup Raspberries
1/2 cup while chocolate , chips or grated
3 Tbsp Sugar ( Not needed if you add condensed milk )
ice cubes

To Proceed :

Put all the ingredients in blender and blend till smooth .
Serve immediately .

Enjoy !!!

Zero oil microwave Dahi Vada

What we need :

For Vada :

1/4 cup moong dal
1/4 cup urad dal
2 green chilies
1" ginger
5-6 curry leaves
2 tbsp fresh coconut slices
1 tsp Eno fruit salt

For soaking the vada :

1 cup buttermilk / water
pinch of salt

Dahi for the vada :

3 cups yogurt
1 tsp chat masala
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
salt and sugar to taste

Green Chutney :

2 cups of cilantro
1/2 cup mint leaves
3-4 green chilies
1/2 tsp cumin
1 slice of bread crust removed

Khajoor Imli Chutney :

1 cup dates
1/2 cup tamarind( Imli)
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin powder
salt to taste

To Garnish  :
chopped cilantro
cumin powder
red chili powder
chat masala
Shev ( optional )

To Proceed :

Sweet /Khajoor Imli Chutney :

1) Boil the tamarind and Dates for 5 minutes . Let it cool .
2) Grind with remaining ingredients , stain and keep aside .

Green Chutney ::

Grind all the ingredients for the chutney and keep aside . My Vitamix grinds it without adding any water but you can add some to make it into a smooth chutney .

Dahi for the vada :

1) Whisk the yogurt  and add rest of the ingredients . Chill in the refrigerator till ready to use .

Vada :

1) Soak both the moong and urad dal in warm water for 1 hour atleast .
2) Grind into coarse paste along with rest of the ingredients except Eno fruit salt .
3) Add Eno fruit salt and mix well .
4) Add 1 Tbsp of the prepared batter each in four bowls .
5) Microwave high for 1 minute 10 seconds .
6) Let stand for a minute .
7) Soak the vadas in buttermilk for about 10 minutes .
8) Repeat with the rest of the batter .

Assembly :
1)Press the vadas gently in between the palms to  squeeze buttermilk out of them .
2) Place vada in a serving bowl .
3) Add prepared dahi/yogurt .
4) Garnish with green and sweet chutney and chopped cilantro .
5) Sprinkle some red chili powedr , cumin powder and chat masala if you like .
6) You can even garnish it with shev if you like .

Enjoy !!!

2 minute eggless moist chocolate mug cake in microwave

What we need :

4 Tbsp All purpose flour / Maida
3 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tbsp Cocoa powder
3 Tbsp Oil / Melted butter /Melted Ghee
3 Tbsp Milk
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp Vanilla Essence
1 tsp Chocolate chips ( optional )

To Proceed :

Mix all the ingredients in the given order in a coffee mug till well blended and smooth . Make sure the cup is only half full so that it has enough space to rise . Microwave on high for two minutes . Serve warm . You can even serve it with a scoop of ice cream .

Enjoy !!!