07
Feb 19

Apples

Apples are delicious, during the apple season high quality apples one can get at low price. I would like to upload and talk about this juicy, crunchy and wonderful fruit and their recipes. How it can be consumed in different ways:

This is the most popular favorite fruit among the health conscious and fitness enthusiast, who firmly believe “health is wealth”

“An apple a day sends a doctor away” Its daily intake boosts metabolism, improves heart, bones, teeth and skin health. It helps to relieves constipation and diarrhea too; above all it boosts brain power. This wonderful fruits contains ‘vitamin B Complex’, beta carotene and many more vitamins and minerals.

Apples are the symbol of youthfulness and fertility ever since. That’s why once upon a time there used a slogan…

“An apple a day, do not doctors to pay.”

Apple trees originally grew in Asia and Europe about thousand years ago, now it is grown all over the world. Different types of apples are grown as per demand i.e. cooking purpose, raw eating purpose and cinder producing purpose.

Asian apples are extremely sweet, especially in Indian sub continent. The skin of ripen apples are red, pink, green, yellow, golden and rusted color. They also differ in size significantly. Japanese consumers prefer the large size apples.

Apples have religious and mythological significance in many cultures i.e. apples are eaten with honey at the Jewish new year to symbolize a very sweet new year.

Eat apples whatever the way you like, it gives advance nutrition. Eating them whole gives maximum benefits, but cooked dishes of apple can be fun while cooking and serving as well as tasty too.

Following recipes you can prepare with help of ‘Indian Cooking Manual’. I have already linked the recipe, you just click…

When I was in London, I saw there were apple toffee, candy and many more things are available in the stores.

Chocolate coated apples also available at the tourist places, so the proverb of now a day is …

“An apple a day keeps a doctor away”

Delicious and nutritional tips for using apple and its recipes:

You can serve it as juice or mixed with other fruit juices and prepare blend fruit juice.

Following are some apple preparation; Indian cocking manual will help you to prepare them:

  •  Low calorie fruit cream
  • Dreamy fruit dessert
  • Apple kheer
  • Apple juice
  • Apple shake
  • Apple lassi
  • Green apple chutney
  • Boiled apple for toddlers
  • Apple custard
  • Apple cake
  • Apple jam and jelly
  • Apple sandesh (Bengali sweets)
  • Fruit salad
  • Add few pieces of apple in your vegetable salad
  • Apples can be served with ice-cream, yogurt and cereals.
  • Prepare apple smoothie with curd or milk/almond milk/coconut milk.

11
Sep 18

Sattu ka laddu

Since it is rich in proteins, sattu is beneficial for health and well being of growing kids. Sattu is prepared by one of the healthiest cooking method that is “roasting”; in this the nutrients value remains intact and can be stored for months.

Making chana ka sattu is a time taking process; I used here readymade sattu flour from Bihar but if you don’t have, just grind the roasted chana dal to fine powder. Sieve it, use it.

“Sattu laddu” is very easy to prepare it does not need to be cooked or fried, just add Indian spices, green cardamom and sugar powder or Jaggery and some dry fruits.

Ingredients:

  • Sattu (roasted chana dal powder):100 gm
  • Unsalted butter/Ghee: 50 gm.
  • Sugar: 80-100gm
  • Green cardamom: 1- 6 no.
  • Cashew nut: 10-15 no.
  • Almond: 10-15 no.
  • Pistachio: 10-15 no.
  • Saffron: 1 pinch
  • Milk: 1 -2 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Grind green cardamom to make powder, keep aside.
  2. Slice dry fruits thinly, keep aside.
  3. Grind sugar to make fine powder, keep aside. Soak the saffron into tablespoon milk for 10-15 minutes.

Method:

    1. Take pan melt butter: add sattu, powder sugar, green cardamom powder and sliced dry fruits; and mix all things properly along with saffron milk. (Add more milk to reach the binding consistency if needed).
    2. Take one handful mix; shape the mixture in round (laddu) by using your hands, depending upon size of laddu 10-12 laddu will be ready.

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Ingredients

Ingredients

add sattu, powder sugar, green cardamom powder

add sattu, powder sugar, green cardamom powder

ground sugar  & Sliced dry fruits

ground sugar & Sliced dry fruits

ground sugar  & Sliced dry fruits  mix

ground sugar & Sliced dry fruits mix

Take one handful mix

Take one handful mix

Take one handful mix

Take one handful mix

shape the mixture in round

shape the mixture in round

shape the mixture in round (laddu) by using your hands

shape the mixture in round (laddu) by using your hands

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu


17
Aug 18

Raw papaya with peanut

This ‘Raw papaya with peanut ‘recipe gives me the confidence for any occasions either daily meal or kitty party. The recipe is focused on ingredient peanut and preparation technique which takes less time in kitchen. The crunchy peanut taste in raw papaya is so yummy…

Ingredient:

  • Raw papaya: 300 gm
  • Madras onion: 4-5 no.
  • Garlic: 4-5 flakes
  • Cooking oil: 2 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: ½ teaspoon
  •  Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Peanut: 1 tablespoon
  • Mustard seed: ½ teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Dry roast peanut, discard the skin of peanut, roughly ground, and keep aside.
  2. Chop the onion and garlic, keep aside.
  3. Peel off papaya, discard the seeds and chop into small cubes, boil/ microwave the chopped papaya, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a heavy bottom pan. Heat oil, add mustard seed, sputter for few seconds; add a pinch of turmeric powder, and put chopped onion and garlic, stir fry for 2
  2. minutes on high flame till it gets translucent, add boiled raw papaya, sauté on medium flame, and cover for few minutes (~ 4-6 minutes).
  3. Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and roughly grind peanut.  Stir fry for 2 minutes, now raw papaya with peanut is ready to serve.
  4. Note: heavy bottom pan works better. This is served with rice or chapati/ paratha.

    Raw papaya with peanut

    Raw papaya with peanut

    Ingredient

    Ingredient

    chopped ingredients

    chopped ingredients

    put chopped onion

    put chopped onion

    Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt

    Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt

    now add raw papaya

    now add raw papaya

    now add raw papaya

    now add raw papaya

    Stir fry for 2 minutes

    Stir fry for 2 minutes

    Add roughly grind peanut

    Add roughly grind peanut

    Add roughly grind peanut

    Add roughly grind peanut

    Raw papaya with peanut

    Raw papaya with peanut

    Raw papaya with peanut

    Raw papaya with peanut

    Raw papaya with peanut

    Raw papaya with peanut


30
Mar 17

Rasam powder

Ingredients:

  • Mixed dal (Split pigeon peas, chana dal, urad dal and mung dal): 2 tablespoon
  • Red chili powder: 2 tablespoon
  • Cumin: 2 tablespoon
  • Black pepper: 2 tablespoon
  • Coriander powder: 2 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Asafoetida: ¼ teaspoon

Method:

  1. First grind cumin, mixed dal and black pepper on full speed, add remaining ingredients and grind to fine powder. Rasam powder is ready to store.
  2. When I made Rasam from this homemade rasam powder, thanks to the aroma, it does not take long time for my neighbor to know I am cooking rasam; it is amazing blend of hot spices with maximum aroma and flavor.
  3. An easy appetizer cooked easily with this spiced powder. I would like to suggest make it in small quantity, to retain the freshness of the aroma and flavor as with time it loses its aroma.

Rasam powder

Rasam powder

Ingredients

Ingredients

First grind cumin, mixed dal and black pepper

First grind cumin, mixed dal and black pepper

Rasam powder

Rasam powder

Rasam powder

Rasam powder


11
Nov 16

Different types of chapati Aatta(Indian bread dough)

For those who love a bite of chapati (Indian bread), here is the variation of making dough to chapati for day to day life.

Whenever you feel board with regular chapati, I am sure these changes will refresh you; you are definitely going to enjoy.

These changes are suitable for all age group. The best thing about this is that it doesn’t take much efforts or time to prepare, try this variation while making dough for chapati.

The Photographs of dough and roti with all seven combinations of ingredients is shown are almost look alike, but their effect and taste are different, which provides you a pleasant change and fulfill your requirements of our body.

So here are the secrets of weekly plan to make chapati for dinner and bring the change…collages2

Combination no. 1 (Sunday)

Ingredients:

  • Aata: 1 cup
  • Roasted cumin powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Asafoetida powder: 1 pinch
  • Ginger paste: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Water: ½ cup

Note: this combination of ingredients can be used to make simple roti/chapati or stuff dal paratha; it is very nutritious and good for health, good to relief from the gas trouble.

Combination no. 1 (Sunday)

Combination no. 1 (Sunday)

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Ingredients

Ingredients

Combination no. 2 (Monday)

  • Ingredients:
  • Aata: 1 cup
  • Pudina (Dry mint powder): 1 teaspoon
  • Ajawine (Carom seed): ¼ teaspoon
  • Curd: ½ cup
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon

Note: you may use this Aata to make simple roti/chapati or to make aaloo paratha.

Ingredients

Ingredients

Combination no. 2 (Monday)

Combination no. 2 (Monday)

Combination no. 3 (Tuesday)

Ingredients:

  • Aata: 1 cup
  • Ragi flour: 1 tablespoon
  • Garlic paste: ½ teaspoon
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Paneer left over water: ½ cup

Note: you may use this Aata to make simple roti/chapati or to make fat free stuff cauliflower paratha, helpful for cholesterol control.

Combination no. 3 (Tuesday)

Combination no. 3 (Tuesday)

Combination no. 3 (Tuesday)

Combination no. 3 (Tuesday)

Combination no. 3 (Tuesday)

Combination no. 3 (Tuesday)

Combination no. 4 (Wednesday)

  • Ingredients:
  • Aata: 1 cup
  • Pudina (fresh mint): 1 tablespoon
  •  Fresh Coriander leaves: 2 tablespoon
  • Ajawine (Carom seed): ¼ teaspoon
  • Water: ½ cup
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon

Note: this combination of ingredients can be used to make simple roti/chapati or stuff dal paratha; it is very nutritious and good for health, good to relief from the gas trouble.

Combination no. 4 (Wednesday)

Combination no. 4 (Wednesday)

Combination no. 4 (Wednesday)

Combination no. 4 (Wednesday)

Combination no. 5 (Thursday)

Ingredients:

  • Wheat flour (Atta): ¾ cup
  • Gram flour (Besan): ¼ cup
  • Dry Kasuri methi:  2-3 tablespoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Ajawine (Carom seed):  ½ teaspoon

Note: you may use this Aata to make simple roti/chapati or to make radish paratha which excellent for diabetes.

Combination no. 5 (Thursday)

Combination no. 5 (Thursday)

Combination no. 5 (Thursday)

Combination no. 6 (Friday)

  • Ingredients:
  • Aata: 1 cup
  • Besan: 2 tablespoon
  • Fenugreek powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Paneer left over water: ½ cup

Note: you may use this Aata to make simple roti/chapati or to make paratha.

Combination no. 6 (Friday)

Combination no. 6 (Friday)

Combination no. 5 (friday)

Combination no. 5 (friday)

Combination no. 7 (Saturday)

Ingredients:

  • Navratan Aatta (patanjali): 1 cup
  • Paneer left over water: ½ cup

Note: you may use this Aata to make simple roti/chapati or you may use to make paratha, which is very nutritious.

Combination no. 7 (Saturday)

Combination no. 7 (Saturday)

Combination no. 7 (Saturday)

Combination no. 7 (Saturday)

General Preparation for any combination mentioned above:

  1. Take a wide vessel; pour ingredients of your choice and mix well.

Method:

  1. Add water/ curd/ paneer water in small quantity and knead them, if required, put some more water till the dough becomes soft (The dough can be made in food processor also) Cover and Keep aside, to be used after 5 -10 minutes.