Mar 27, 2015

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

This is my easy and quick homemade strawberry lemonade recipe, it is made in the blender using lemon Juice, strawberries and Sugar. Drinking cold and chilled strawberry Lemonade with Ice cubes will just make your Summer Days.
 
As soon Summer starts, We all have to grab lots of Lemons or Lime for Lemonade. Even now my son has also started to make an Lemonade and being Mommy I am very happy that he is drinking full of Vitamin C Lemonade ...Wow...

Strawberry Lemonade
 
Since it’s incredibly hot outside, I’ve been looking for ways to chill out and create some refreshing cold beverages for me and my family. I was just surfing on net and was stuck on many types of lemonade recipes and found this amazing strawberry flavored Lemonade. So I just gave a try on it and no need to tell, it's an amazing drink with lots of energy of Lemons and flavors of Strawberry. Sugar can be replaced with Honey. If you like honey's soft taste and it really goes very well with lemons. If you like strawberries natural sweetness , then you can just have this without any sugar or honey.
 
This winter I already had lots of strawberry and made lots of recipes from strawberry like Strawberry Smoothie, Strawberry Milkshake, Strawberry Popsicles and many more. Being lazy many times I forget to click on the recipe ,so this time I don't want to miss on this Strawberry Lemonade pictures.

Strawberry Lemonade


Ingredients

2 cups water
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 pint strawberries
Ice (optional)
Lemon slices, sliced strawberries

Preparation

1.Combine the water, sugar, and lemon juice. Mix it well till sugar dissolves. Or you can make sugar powder in mixer and directly put it into water.
2.Remove the stems, hulls, and any bad spots from the strawberries. You can use more or fewer strawberries if you wish to.
3.Place the strawberries in a blender with lemonade to cover generously. Add a bit of ice if you would like more of a smoothie or slushy consistency.
4.Blend until mixed. Pour into glasses and float sliced or halved strawberries to the top. Serve the strawberry lemonade.
 
Strawberry Lemonade

 
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Mar 24, 2015

Dal Bati

I made Rajasthan Cuisine, Dal Bati and loved it so much. In my childhood, I just heard about it and first time eat in Chokhi Dani. After that , I had crush with Dal Bati many time in different places. Dal means its spicy lentil soup and Batis are baked flour balls, which are soaked in Dal with lots of ghee. The original batis are baked in chulas or in tandoor. I saw some videos where they bake batis is chulas and I am still thinking when I will get to eat that. Just to eat this, I can do Rajasthan Tour ;-)

dal bati

In my aunt's home, she used to make batis and steam and then fry it. It taste awesome. But as I wanted another option instead of frying, I found baking recipe of Batis. Many people make simple batis with just flour, little salt and water. There are variations of spices to add in Batis, some add Jeera or fennel seeds. It gives extra flavor to batis. On my second Son's Birthday, I wanted to make something special, and then struck on this recipe. Me and my sisters together made and my whole family enjoyed this Dal Bati that evening.

how to make dalbati
 
I have preferred toor dal , but traditional recipe go with chana dal, Moong dal, toovar dal and urad dal. They prepare dal with mixing all types of dal.

dal bati
 
 

Ingredients
 
For The Dal
1 bowl toovar (arhar) dal
salt to taste
3 tbsp ghee
3 cloves
2 bayleaves
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
2 green chillies
 a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1 tbsp garlic ,finely chopped
1 cup onions,finely chopped
1 cup tomatoes,finely chopped
1 tsp coriander (dhania) powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tbsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania) , to garnish
 
For Batis
1 cup  wheat flour
2 tbsp Semolina/rava
2 tbsp Ghee
1/4 tsp Ajwain
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Salt

Preparation
 
For Batis

1.Add wheat flour, semolina, salt, baking powder, ajwain, cumin seeds and fennel seeds in a mixing bowl.
2.Add melted ghee in flour and rub with hands in flour, so all ghee is mixed properly with flour mixture.
3.Add water little by little to make it  a tough dough. Don't worry about cracks. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.(In this time, make a dal ;-)
4.Pre heat oven to 180 deg C. Mean while, divide the dough to 10 equal sized balls.
5.These balls should be having cracks, it helps in easy cooking. Arrange in a baking tray. Brush generously with ghee and bake for 10 minutes.
6.Check if they turn golden brown then turn on the sides and bake again for 10 more minutes.
7.Your Batis are ready.
 
For Dal

1.Clean and wash the Toor dal. Cook Dal in pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles.
2.Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Do not drain the water and keep aside.
3.Heat the ghee in a deep non-stick kadhai, add the cloves, bay leaves, cumin seeds, green chilies and asafetida and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
4.When the seeds crackle, add the garlic and onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
5.Add the tomatoes, coriander powder, turmeric powder, chili powder and garam masala, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
6.Add the cooked dal and little salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
7.Add the coriander and mix well. Keep aside.

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Mar 17, 2015

Tofu Pulao

Tofu Pulao

In my diet and gym days I got to know about Tofu. Till that time I just heard Soybean and never have soybean in my diet also. But as I started to know more about Soya, I was amazed and started to think why we are not using this wonderful grain in out daily life.

Tofu Pulao
 
Tofu is a wonderful Soya paneer for vegetarian people. Its like protein god in vegetarian diet.There are lots of Health Benefits of Tofu. Soybean has lot of protein content and that's why nowadays soya milk and soya paneer(Tofu) is gaining lots of popularity.
 
Tofu Pulao

I bought Tofu from frozen section of market , so I have to keep in freezer. After taking out, thaw the Tofu or keep at room temperature for 2 hours.
 

Ingredients
 
1 pack Tofu
1 cup Basmati Rice
2 medium size Carrots ,sliced
1/2 cup Peas
1/4 cup green pepper , sliced
2 tbsp Olive oil
2 cups Water
1 tbsp Salt
2-3 green chilies
1 medium onion, sliced
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1  Cinnamon stick
3 Bay leaves
4-5 Cloves
2 Cardamom
1 tsp. cumin seeds
coriander leaves to garnish
 
Preparation
 
1.Wash all vegetables and cut them in slices.
2.Wash Basmati Rice with clean water and soak in water for 10 minutes.
3.Cut tofu into small pieces. I have used frozen tofu, so I have to keep it at normal temp for long time or you can thaw tofu once out of freezer.
4.Heat pan on medium flame and put olive oil. Add cumin seeds, cloves, bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon stick and stir little.
5.Add green chilies and sliced onion. Cook til onion turns little pink. Add ginger garlic paste. Saute the mixture for few seconds till rawness of ginger garlic goes away.
6.Add carrots, peas and green pepper.(You can add many more veggies of your choice)
7.Stir all veggies with all spices and add soaked basmati rice (drained from water).Add 1 1/2 cups hot water into this rice.
8.Add salt and keep lid on pan. Let it cool for 8-10 minutes with medium flame.
9.After 5 minutes and rice half cooked, add tofu pieces, so tofu will get flavors of rice and spices while in cooking process.
10.Once rice is cooked nicely, switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.

Tofu Pulao
 
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Mar 11, 2015

Strawberry Smoothie

When summer arrives and strawberries are in season, this is the perfect way to enjoy them. Many times we eat strawberries as it is and sometimes I make Strawberry milkshake,Strawberry Lemonade, Strawberry Popsicles and many more.
 
Strawberry Smoothie

 
I read about smoothies and learnt that it is very good for breakfast as it is filling and can be mixed with any fruit flavors. So I made strawberry Smoothie. If you don't have fresh, you can use frozen strawberries. Strawberry smoothies are delicious, healthy, and a breeze to make. They can also be a fantastic party treat or a refreshing afternoon snack for kids.
 
Strawberry Smoothie

You can also add one ripe banana and make a full breakfast with this single smoothie. For summer evenings, add a scoop of vanilla or strawberry ice cream in this smoothie and enjoy chilled smoothie. You could also serve this smoothie as a chilled soup. Pour it into a hollowed-out pineapple or melon bowl, and top with a bit of whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.
 
Strawberry Smoothie
 

Ingredients

Strawberry - 10
Thick Yogurt(Curd) - 1 cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 3-4 tbsp sugar
2-3 ice cubes
 
Preparation
 
1.Chop the strawberries into chunks and blend it with milk to a smooth paste.
 
2.Add sugar ,and yogurt/curd and blend it again to creamy consistency.

3.Pour into serving glasses with ice cubes.
 
Strawberry Smoothie

 
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Feb 24, 2015

Gajar Halwa | Carrot Halwa

gajar halwa
 
Carrot Halwa or Gajar Halwa is traditional Indian dessert ,is made up with grated carrots and milk, dry fruits and nuts. This dessert is very rich having lots of ghee and dry fruits , always served in marriage or Indian festivals.
 
gajar halwa
 
Diwali — the festival of lights , is very known festival of India, when lots of varieties of desserts are made at every home. It is also perfect time for fresh carrots in market as it falls in winter. There could be nothing more perfect than a bowl of warm carrot Halwa on a cold day during Winter.
 
gajar halwa
 


The freshly grated carrots cooked in lots of ghee, its nice aroma  spread in whole house ....ummmm....my memories with Carrot Halwa. My mother used to make it many times in winter season, we were always grabbing the fresh Gajar Halwa and I still remember that rich sweetness with lots of roasted cashews. Gajar Halwa is not only kids friendly, even I have seen many adults or diet freak people loose the weight loss ambitions when they see Carrot Halwa.
 

Ingredients
 
6-7 big Carrots
1 1/2 cup Sugar
2 cups Whole Milk
6-7 tbsp Ghee / unsalted butter
10-12 Cashew nuts
1/2 tsp. Cardamom powder
 
 Preparation
 
1.First we need to roast cashew nuts in 1/2 tsp. ghee and keep it aside.(You can do this task in microwave for 2 min , because I did the same.)
 
2.Boil the milk in separate pan and Keep aside.
 
3.Take deep kadhai or deep pan ,add butter and melt it on medium heat.
 
4.Put shredded carrot into kadhai and cook these carrots 7-8 min until they change little color.(Make sure flame is on medium or carrots may get brown ;-)
 
5.Add milk in these carrots and cook till the milk gets absorbed in carrots. It will take 20-25 min again.(I generally put milk such that all grated carrots are immersed in milk.)
 
6.Add sugar and cardamom powder and mix them well. It may again take 10 min to soak all sugar inside Halwa. Once Halwa is done, it will start to leave ghee on sides of pan.
 
7.Garnish with cashew nuts.
 
You can serve hot Gajar Halwa or cold , both way it taste delicious. If you are on dieting, you can use 0% milk.
 
gajar halwa
 
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Batata-Flower Rassa Bhaji

 
batata flower rassa bhaji

 
Very spicy and yummy Batata-Flower Rassa Bhaji, it means Potato Cauliflower spicy curry. Rassa is a popular gravy dish from state of Maharashtra. A typical Maharashtrian food, Batata ani Flower cha Rassa enhances the traditional preparation by using cauliflower florets in addition to potato cubes.

Batata-Flower Rassa Bhaji

This curry is slightly watery and have very traditional spices like tomato, dry coconut and garlic. I have used garam masala to make it more spicy, you could use goda masala. Freshly prepared masala will give nice aroma to this spicy curry. It is always served got with roti or rice.
 

Ingredients
 
2 big potatoes, (cut into big chunks, put in the water to avoid oxidation)
10-12 medium Cauliflower florets
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup grated dry coconut, roasted
4 to 5 Garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp. Oil
1 Tomato, pureed
4 cups water
2 tbsp Oil
2-3 curry leaves
1/4 tsp. Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. Cumin seeds
1/8 tsp. Asafetida
 1/4 tsp. Turmeric powder
1 tsp. red chili powder
2 tbsp garam masala
Cilantro for garnishing
 
Preparation
 
1.Cut potato in chunks , not too small or not too big, medium only. Keep those chunks in water to avoid oxidation or they will turn brownish.

2.Heat kadhai or pan, 1 tbsp add oil, garlic and onion. Saute onion till it become translucent.

3.Put roasted dry coconut and sauté for 3 minutes on medium flame. It should not burn.Let mixture cool down. Add 1/2 cup water and grind to a fine paste.

4.Heat the same pan and put remaining 1 tbsp oil and add mustard seeds, curry leaves, cumin seeds, asafetida/hing, turmeric powder, red chili powder and garam masala.(If you want to go for more spicy or less spicy , adjust measurements as per your taste)

5.Add onion paste and sauté for few seconds and then add tomato puree. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes , till it cooks well and leaves oil on sides of kadhai.

6.Add potato, drained from water,(don't use that water) and cook in this mixture with 1 cup water for 5-7 minutes. Cover the pan with lid.

7.As potato will take little more time to cook, add cauliflower florets once potato half cooked. Add salt and water as per curry consistency and let it cook on medium flame till all vegetables get nicely cooked.

8.Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with roti or Rice.

batata flower rassa bhaji

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Feb 18, 2015

Sweet Potato Kheer | Ratalyachi Kheer

sweet potato kheer
 
How many times we pick up sweet potato from market when we do grocery..I know very few. Either it is used for baby food or for fasting/upwas/vrat recipes. Same here, I also pick up this high beta carotene vegetable mostly on my upwas days like Mahashivratri.
 
sweet potato kheer
 
I make many varieties of ratale / sweet potato like sweet potato upma, ratalyache kap (sweet potato caramelized in Jaggery sauce),sweet potato porridge mostly for my kids and many times used grated sweet potato in upwasache Thalipeeth. So it is good to eat variety dishes of sweet potato.
 
ratalyachi kheer
 
I made ratalyachi kheer / sweet potato kheer on this mahashivratri. This kheer is very delicious and tasty .Chunks of sweet potato were very well cooked in milk, giving very nutty flavor and taste along with roasted cashews.
 

Ingredients
 
1 cup sweet potato, cleaned, peeled and cut into small chunks
1/2 cup sugar or as per taste
1/2 cup water
1 cup milk
1 tbsp cashew or any other dry fruits
2 tbsp ghee/butter
1/2 tsp. cardamom powder
few strands of saffron
 
Preparation

1.Wash sweet potatoes to remove any sand. Peel them and cut into small chunks , which can easily cooked in the milk.(as seen in pictures)

2.Heat ghee in pan and add cashews in it. Let them roast till they turn little golden and take them in a plate.

3.Add sweet potato chunks in same pan and roast them for few minutes and hot water and hot milk. You can replace water with milk for more richness.

4.Add sugar and give a nice stir. Let it cook on a medium heat for 5-7 minutes.

5.take 2 tbsp hot milk and add saffron strands into it, let them stand for 5 minutes.

6.As sweet potato chunks are small, they need little time to cook. Once they cook nicely, switch off the flame.

7.Add cardamom powder, roasted cashews and saffron milk. Give  a nice stir.
 

You can serve Sweet Potato Kheer or Ratalyachi kheer as a hot or cold, whichever way it is gonna taste awesome....;-)
 
ratalyachi kheer

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Feb 17, 2015

Mint Coriander Chutney

mint coriander chutney
Mint Coriander chutney is very great for sandwich spread. I have used this chutney in my Grilled Bombay sandwich. Eating dhokla, Idli, dosa, samosa or many more chat food items are incomplete without any green chutney. It could be coriander chutney, mint chutney or mint-coriander chutney.
 
Making of all green chutneys is almost same. But there many more variations to these chutneys like some people add onion, some add chana dal, some give tempering of curry leaves and hing, some add curd to this chutney and many more. Try all these variations, so you will feel difference with same chutney every time.
mint coriander chutney
 
Initially I was not making good quality of this chutney because of proportion of green chili , sometimes its ginger, sometimes water, and some times cumin seeds. But after making practice of all times, now I could say, yeah, I can also make this one!!!!
 

Ingredients

1  cup fresh coriander leaves, cleaned, washed and chopped
1  cup fresh mint leaves, cleaned, washed and chopped
2 -3  green chilies, washed, stems removed, ends trimmed and chopped
black salt, to taste
1  teaspoon sugar
1 tbsp of grated ginger
1 pinch of roasted cumin / Jeera
1 tsp. of chaat masala
1  teaspoon fresh lemon juice
 
Preparation
 
1.Grind all ingredients together with little water and salt to a smooth chutney. Adjust water as per consistency of chutney you want.
2.Stir in lemon juice. You can refrigerate and use as required for 2-3 days.
mint coriander chutney
 
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Feb 15, 2015

Grilled Bombay Sandwitch

grilled Bombay Sandwich
 
Sandwich is always easy and fun recipe to enjoy. Fast and enough for hunger. Many famous and delicious sandwich we can get on roadside café shops, restaurants and many more. Bombay sandwich is one of them. I  was making this type of sandwich from childhood ,but knew this name very recently. I thing it is very easy and fast preparation method made it famous in Bombay. In all college by restaurants or station by shops have Bombay sandwich.
 
grilled Bombay Sandwich
It is one of best sandwich which can be served with or without grill, have many kinds of vegetable. I have used boiled potato, cucumber, tomato and onions. Grilling gives very nice texture to bread and nice aroma, too. I always prefer to grill on grill pan.
 
I prefer coriander chutney or mint chutney on sides of bread. So, I have used mint coriander chutney. But if you don't have chutney in store or don't have time to make, you can go for tomato ketchup from refrigerator. Because many times I do the same.
 
grilled Bombay Sandwich
 

Ingredients

8-10 slices of White /Brown Bread
1 medium potato, boiled ,sliced into rounds
1 small to medium cucumber, sliced thinly
1 small onion, sliced thinly
1 small tomato, sliced thinly
butter as needed
chaat masala powder as needed
roasted cumin powder as needed
salt as needed
tomato ketchup
 
Preparation
 
1.Make green chutney for base of bread.
2.Boil the potatoes in pressure cooker. It should be cooked perfect , not to tick or too loose. Peel them and slice them.
3.Cut the onion, tomatoes and cucumber in thin rounds.
4.Put butter on all the bread slices. It should be evenly spread. Put some green chutney on the slices.
5.Put a 1-2 slices of potatoes and then sprinkle roasted cumin powder and chaat masala powder.
6.Place 2 to 3 cucumber, tomato and onion slices. sprinkle roasted cumin powder, chaat masala powder and salt.
7.Cover the sandwiches with the remaining slices of bread.
8.Spread butter on the top of slices.
9.Put sandwich on medium hot grill pan , or you can use griller as per instructions given in manual. Turn the side of sandwich, when they are golden and little brown on other side, with help of spatula.
10.Remove the grilled sandwiches from pan and serve with coriander chutney or tomato ketchup.
grilled Bombay Sandwich
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Feb 10, 2015

Fodnicha bhat | Spiced Leftover Rice

phodnicha bhat

What you do with leftover rice ...I make Fodnicha Bhat / phodnicha bhaat, means it is Spicy Tempered Leftover Rice, little similar to Lemon Rice from South India. Mostly we make it for breakfast, specially in Maharashtra. We may call it as Maharashtrian Style Seasoned Leftover Rice ;-)
 
phodnicha bhat
 
Fodni means Tadka or tempering, so for this Fodnicha Bhat we give tempering of cumin seeds, mustard seeds, hing and curry leaves. Major Maharashtrian touch to dish is, adding peanuts to this dish. Peanuts are widely used in Maharashtra, we use roasted peanut powder in vegetables, roasted peanuts or fried peanuts in many ways.
 
phodnicha bhat
I personally like to go with pickle when I have fodnica bhat. Curd or buttermilk is very best option after this.
 

Ingredients
 
2 tbsp Oil
2 tbsp Raw Peanuts
2-3 cups leftover Rice
1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp. Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. Cumin seeds
pinch of Hing
1 cup Onion, finely chopped
8 to 10 Curry Leaves
3 slit Green Chilies
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
 
Preparation
 
1.Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan.

2.Add raw peanuts and cook until peanuts get light brown color. Once peanuts are cooked, remove them in to a plate.

3.In the same oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves and hing.

4.Add green chili and onion and cook until onion turns translucent. Add turmeric powder and mix everything well.

5.Add leftover rice mix well. Add salt as per need and squeeze half lemon. Mix well.

6.Cover and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.

Garnish with fried peanuts and coriander leaves!

leftover rice recipe
 
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