Friday, July 15, 2016

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream - No Sugar - Milk - Cream - Vegan & Healthy Nice Cream


healthy chocolate banana ice cream

Would you like to indulge in this low calorie and healthy chocolate ice cream; when I meant low calorie, I meant no sugar, no milk, or cream!! This "nice cream" as it is called is vegan and has less calories, just 50 calories in a scoop; now that is something great if you want to indulge in ice cream and shed a few pounds too. No guilt indulgence is what I love the best.

Frozen bananas are the key ingredient in this recipe and I used cocoa powder, vanilla essence to give the much needed flavour and some black coffee (leftover morning coffee) to just balance all the flavours. The black coffee sort of helped the frozen bananas to mix well and be creamy.

You need a food processor to make this or a mini chopper both works well, if using a blender you will need to mix it with a spoon once in a while.

If the bananas are really ripe then the ice cream will be really sweet and that means you can avoid sugar, so make sure you freeze ripe bananas. If you like some extra sweetness then dates would be a good choice.

I hope you will try this and enjoy this "no guilt" Ice cream.

Video recipe of chocolate banana ice cream:


Ingredients:
Banana: 3, frozen
Cocoa powder: 5 tbsp
Brewed Coffee: 2 tbsp
Vanilla: 1 tsp
Almond to garnish

Method:
Add frozen bananas into a food processor and pulse for a couple of seconds.
Then add in cocoa powder, brewed coffee, and vanilla and blend well until it is creamy.
Serve it topped with sliced almonds.
PS: This has a soft serve consistency though you can keep in freezer if you want a harder consistency.



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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tawa Pulao Recipe - Mumbai Style Tava Pulav - Indian Rice Recipes


tawa pulao

Mumbai style tawa pulao is a quick and easy street food from Mumbai/Bombay which can be made easily at home and is a quick meal. This easy and flavour full pulao is a great lunch box meal for kids. The main ingredient is pav bhaaji masala which I bought from Amazon. Do give it a try and I am sure you will love this.

Tawa Pulao Video Recipe:

Ingredients:
Rice: 1 1/2 cups
Water: 12-13 cups
Salt: 2 tsp
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Carrots: 1
Potatoes: 2, boiled and cubed
Peas: 1/2 cup
Capsicum: 1, chopped
Coriander Leaves: 1 handful
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Ghee: 2 tbsp
Oil: 2 tbsp
Jeera: 1 tsp
Pav Bhaji Masala: 1 tbsp
Kashmiri Chilli: 1 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
Garam masala: 1/4 tsp
Salt: 1 tsp or as needed.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

No Oven Bread Recipe - How To Make Chicken Bread Rolls On Tawa On Gas Stove - Iftar Recipes


no oven bread recipe

No oven bread recipe - can you make bread on a gas stove on a tawa / skillet?? this question must have crossed your mind when the recent controversies on bread surfaced. So, I am going to teach you how to make these pillow soft chicken filled tawa bread rolls on tawa on the gas stove....as simple as that!!

Can you believe that apart from the proofing of the dough, they just take 15 mins on the gas stove to make bread. These buns are so easy to make and for those who don't have an oven....now you can make bread on tawa.

While living in Coorg; during monsoons there was always power shortage and I used to make this for Nidhi mostly as an after school snack...which Nidhi gently reminded me when she read about the recent issues of bread. And yes, I thought sharing this would help moms who want to bake bread without oven.

No oven bread may not have the good looks of an oven baked bread; but yes they smell and taste exactly the same. The texture is perfect and same as that of an oven baked bread which you can see for yourself in my video.


Note: Of late a lot of my recipes, ideas, style has been copied by bloggers and by some whom I thought were friends. This particular recipe has not been posted by anyone on the internet. Please do not copy, create your own style.  Pls understand that a lot of energy, time, and hardwork is into this little passion of mine. Thank you for understanding.

 Ingredients:
FOR THE DOUGH:
Flour: 1 1/2 cups
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Warm water: 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp
Instant Yeast: 1/2 tsp
Sugar: 1 tbsp
Ghee : 1 tbsp, extra as needed.
FOR THE CHICKEN MASALA FILLING:
Onion: 1, chopped
Green chilli: 1/2
Ginger: 1/4
Garlic: 3
Kashmiri chilli powder: 1 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala: 1/2 tsp
Salt: 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves: 2 tbsp chopped.
Oil: 1 -2 tbsp
Chicken: 300 gms (with bones)
Waater: As needed.

Method:
Into a bowl add in the flour and salt, mix with a spoon.
Now make a well in the center, add in warm water, yeast, and sugar. Mix with a spoon first and then slow mix with hand to make into a rough dough.
Add ghee and then knead the dough a few times.
Place it back on the bowl and let it sit for 2 hours.
After 2 hours knead the dough lightly and roll into balls/buns and then flatten each ball into round shape and put chicken filling in the middle and seal and then place on the greased skillet. Keep each balls a little apart as these will rise again after 30 mins.
After 30 mins, place the skillet on the gas and switch on the flame. Put the flame to the lowest and cover it with the lid wrapped in cloth. (check video)
Keep it on flame for 10 mins, but after 10 mins check to see whether everything is fine.
After 10 mins flip the balls to the opposite side and again cover and cook for 5 mins.
Once baked remove them to a wire rack and allow it to cool.

To prepare the chicken filling:
First cook the chicken with water, chilli powder, garam masala, turmeric, and salt. Once the chicken is cooked, debone them (shred the chicken).
Heat a kadai or pan with oil, add in onion, ginger, garlic, and green chilly. Saute till light golden brown and then add in the chicken pieces.
Mix well for 5 to 7 mins and lastly add in chopped coriander leaves. Allow this to cool completely.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Peppers And Egg Sandwich Recipe


peppers and egg sandwich

Peppers and egg sandwich is my hubby's and son's favourite breakfast and this easy and quick Italian flavoured breakfast found its way late here on my blog. Egg sandwich are one of my easy breakfast option on Sundays; I always make this in a hurry and thus did not get to take a picture. When I mentioned this to Homey; he said he will wake me up early morning the next day so that I can take a video and plus he will get to have his favourite breakfast....how cool was that??

Okay back to peppers and egg sandwich; it is made with capsicum and onion and thus got the name "peppers" because the flavour of capsicum stands out. You can make it with both green and red capsicum or a mix of both, but my friend who gave me the recipe (he lives in Italy) insists that red capsicum should be used; apparently that makes this sandwich perfect in taste and flavour.  And, yes that is vouched by the men in my house....they simply love peppers & egg sandwich with red pepper.


Note: Of late a lot of my recipes, ideas, style has been copied by bloggers and by some whom I thought were friends. Please do not copy, create your own style.  Pls understand that a lot of energy, time, and hardwork is into this little passion of mine. Thank you for understanding.

Ingredients:
Bread : 2 slices
Onion: 1/2 onion, sliced
Red Capsicum: 1/4, sliced
Garlic: 1 large clove
Egg: 1
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Milk: 1 tbsp
Oil: 1 tbsp
Pepper: 1/2 tsp (divided)
Italian seasonings: 1/2 tsp (divided)
Cheese slice: 1

Method:
Heat an iron skillet and toast the bread. Keep it aside
Heat oil, add in garlic and once it starts to brown add in the sliced onion. Allow the onion to lightly brown and then add in the sliced capsicum, mix well add salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings and mix well.
Add in the beaten egg and after 20 seconds scramble the egg lightly.
After 30 seconds gather the egg mix into the middle and place a cheese slice on top. Sprinkle Italian seasonings and crushed pepper and then cover with a lid for 30 seconds ... to help the cheese to melt.
Open lid and place the sandwich on the bread toast and cover it with the other slice. Serve immediately.

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Vellarikka Pulissery - Vellarikka Moru Curry - Vishu Recipes


vellarikka moru curry

Vellarikka pullissery which is also known as vellarikka moru curry is a traditional dish from Kerala made with vellarika is an Indian cucumber which can be used to make curries. This curry is made with a paste made with coconut and curd/yogurt.

Instead of curd you can add raw mangoes, green or red tomatoes; to give sourness to the curry.  It is a must side dish for Onam or Vishu sadya.

Vellarikka moru curry video recipe:


Ingredients:
Vellarikka: Half of a medium size.
Turmeric: 1/2 tsp
Shallots (cheriya ulli): 4, sliced
Garlic: 3 cloves (optional)
Green chilies: 2, slit
Water: 1/2 cup water
Salt: 3/4 tsp or as needed.
Coconut: 1 cup, grated
Shallots: 2
Jeera: 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
water: 2-3 tbsp.
Curd/yogurt: 1 cup.
TO SEASON:
Coconut oil: 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Uluva: 1/4 tsp
Shallots: 4, sliced
Whole Kashmiri chillies: 3, broken
Curry leaves: 1 sprig

Method:
Cut and chop the cucumber and add it into a kadai with water, shallots, turmeric, garlic, and green chilies. Cook this until soft about 10 mins
Grind coconut with shallots, jeera, turmeric, and water.
Transfer the ground mix into another bowl and add in 1 cup of curd and mix well. Add this into the cooked cucumber. Mix well and once it starts to boil simmer the flame. Add salt if needed. Remove the pan from heat.
Into another pan add in coconut oil, add in mustard seeds, uluva/fenugreek seeds, shallots, whole red chilies, and curry leaves. Once everything is lightly fried add this into the curry.
Serve with rice.
For more tips check out my video.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Orange Squash Recipe - How To Make Orange Squash At Home


orange squash recipe

Homemade orange squash recipe - learn to make orange squash at home without any preservatives and enjoy summer!

I don't buy store bought squash or jam as they are really easy to make at home and during summers I make with fruits that are available.  I like to use seasonal fruits and when orange was in season, I made this squash.

This squash has a nice colour and that was attained by adding the orange rind, so when you plan to make this squash try to buy orange with nice orangey rind.

As usual, I did not add any preservatives or food colour and I hope you will try it and enjoy as much as my family did.

Homemade Orange Squash Video Tutorial:


Ingredients:
Orange: 6
Lemon: 4
Sugar: 1 kg
Water: 1 liter

Method:
Wash orange really well. Peel the orange and keep aside rind of 3 orange.
Put 3 orange rind in a sauce pan and fill with water, let this rind soak for 10 mins. After 10 mins, scrape off the inner white part of the rind. The orange rind is used to give a nice flavour and colour to the squash.
Cook the orange rind for about 10 mins with some water, once it has cooled down, grind it to a fine paste and keep aside.
Add the orange into a blender along with the lemon juice.
Pulse for 30-40 seconds on a blender and pour it into a strainer and squeeze out the juice. Keep the juice aside.
Into a pan add in the sugar and water and bring this to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, remove the impurities with a spoon. Simmer the flame for 10 mins and allow it to cool down completely.
Add the ground orange peel mix into the orange juice and mix well.
Now pour this mix into the sugar syrup through a sieve. Mix well. Homemade orange squash is ready and you can bottle this and keep in fridge.
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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Overnight Oats Recipe - Mango Lassi Overnight Oats


mango lassi overnight oats

Overnight oats recipe (Indian style mango lassi overnight oats/oatmeal), have you heard of overnight oats? they are quick and easy oats recipe for that busy mornings or if you are on a weight loss plan. Overnight oats are made by soaking oats in milk, yogurt, water, or even fruit juice and kept in fridge for a few hours or overnight.  They can be topped with your favourite fruits and dry fruits and the best of all it's NO COOK!! And it takes just under 5 minutes to prepare them and your breakfast is ready to serve the next day. They will keep you fuller for a long time too. Need any excuse for skipping the most important meal of the day??

overnight oats recipe

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Okay, back to the overnight oats recipe, usually they are prepared in a mason jar or a glass container with a lid for the sole reason they can be able to be carried to work place. If you plan to take this to office/college then make sure you have secured the lid tightly. You can also make this in a bowl also.

You may have doubts regarding using uncooked oats; no worries, quick oats or rolled oats are dehydrated and pre-cooked, and that makes everything easy and quick, right??

To make it low calorie, use only skimmed milk and yogurt (curd), do not use sugar, but if you prefer you can add in honey or maple syrup, but since the mangoes we get here are moderately sweet omitting honey would be wise choice to keep the calories away.

I used mango for this recipe and since I noticed that the fruits mixed in with oats tends to be soggy; I went a step ahead and mixed half of the mango with yogurt, milk...and that made it our good old mango lassi.....mixed in with oats...no soggy mangoes too.

I reserved some mangoes to top it and kept it in another container in the fridge.

I have recipes coming up with variations to this, and Homey and myself are really enjoying this easy and filling breakfast.

Since we are in the midst of fiery summer here; we liked it straight from the fridge; but if you like to warm it, then I would suggest you to keep it at room temp for 30 mins (just take them out from fridge as soon as you get up and place on the kitchen counter). I personally do not like to use microwave, so I would not suggest you to warm the oats in microwave.

Mango Lassi Overnight Oats Video Recipe:


Ingredients:
Mango: 1 Medium sized
Skimmed Milk: 1/2 cup
Skimmed curd/yogurt: 1/2 cup
Seeds of 4 cardamon
Oats: 1/2 cup
Honey: 2 tsp (optional)
Walnuts: 4, chopped

Method:
Chop mangoes and add in half of the mangoes into a blender along with milk, curd, cardamon seeds, and honey. Blend well.
Add oats into a jar/bowl. Pour in the blended mango lassi and mix well. Keep in fridge overnight.
Serve next day morning topped with the rest of the chilled mangoes and crushed walnuts.
Serve immediately chilled.
Watch my video for more tips and tricks.



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Saturday, April 23, 2016

2 Ingredient Ice Cream Recipe - Eggless No Churn Ice Cream



2 ingredient ice cream

2 ingredient ice cream? really? yes, you can make ice cream with just 2 ingredients; cream and condensed milk, so easy! and no churning needed. Kozhikode now tops the list of most hottest district in Kerala and ice creams are a blessing to beat the heat.

I used Amul fresh cream with has only 25% fat and hence refrigerated it, so that I can scoop out the cream and not use the watery whey will get accumulated in the bottom of the packet. But if you have access to full fat whipping cream then you can use the whole packet. Keep the ingredients in the fridge for best results.

UPDATE: MAY 16, 2016
It is with great sadness to note most of my recipes, the techniques, tricks, and tips that I have learned in the last 20 plus years which I have shared on my blog and youtube channel are being copied and shown in blogs; some of them do give credit to me and for which I am thankful that my work is appreciated, but a majority of them and some which I thought were good friends have started to copy the tips and suggestions which I had posted on my blog or on my videos, pls try not to copy my ideas and style. A lot of hardwork and energy is put into this, pls do not copy... it hurts!!!




Ingredients:
Amul Cream: 3 pkts (600 ml)
Condensed milk: 1 tin
Method:
Lightly mix the cream with a whisk or handled beater.
Add in the condensed milk and whisk/mix again.
Pour into a container and freeze overnight.
Drizzle choc sauce before serving, if desired.
Watch video for more tips.


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

How To Make Indian Beaten Coffee In 10 Minutes



Heard of beaten coffee? also known as Indian Cappuccino. If you are a coffee lover, you must try this Indian style beaten coffee and believe me it is better than machine cappuccino and the best part is you can make it at home in just 10 minutes.

Instant coffee is mixed (beaten) with sugar and little water for 10 minutes and the result is a creamy coffee mix and the secret behind this addictive coffee. My daughter, Nidhi simply loves this coffee and I am sure it will be your favourite too :)

How to make beaten coffee video recipe:


Ingredients:
Instant Coffee: 1 tbsp
Sugar: 1 tbsp (adjust to your taste)
Water: 1/2 tsp plus a few drops extra
Milk: 1 cup, boiled and hot.

Method:
Into your coffee mug, add in the coffee powder, sugar, and 1/2 tsp water. Mix well with a spoon for about 10 minutes or until the mix is creamy, thicker, and lighter in colour. Add few drops of water if needed.
Pour hot milk into the mug and mix well. Once it is mixed well, form with start to come on top.
Serve immediately and enjoy better than machine coffee at home.
Note: Use a teaspoon to mix the coffee.
Check my video for more tips :)



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Thursday, April 07, 2016

How To Make Ginger Lime Juice


ginger lime juice

Ginger lime juice is a soothing and relaxing summer juice which can be made really quick with fresh lemon and fresh ginger root. Serving it topped with ice cubes and a sprig of fresh mint leaves is a treat to beat the summer heat.

How to make ginger lime juice video recipe:


Ingredients:
Lemon: 1/2 lemon
Ginger: 1/4 inch
Water: 1 glass
Sugar: 1 1/2 tbsp or as needed
Ice cubes: 2-3
A sprig of mint leaves

Method:
Into a blender add in the slice lemon, ginger, water and sugar. Blend it for a minute and then pour into a serving glass. Top it with ice cubes and a spring of mint leaves. Serve immediately.



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