Healthy Coleslaw

coleslaw

Preparation time: 5 mints
Serves – 2

Ingredients
½ cup thinly sliced red cabbage
½ cup thinly sliced carrot
½ cup thinly sliced onion
2 tbsp greek yogurt (curd)
1½ tbsp mayonnaise
1 tspn lemon juice
salt to taste
pepper to taste

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix it well.
  3. Best served chilled.

Will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days…

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Instant Rasmalai

rasmalai

Preparation time: 5 – 10 mints
Serves – 4

Ingredients
8 ready made rasgullas
4 big scoops vanilla ice cream
½ cup milk
¼ tsp chat masala
¼ tsp cardamom powder
1 tbsp thinly sliced nuts
4-5 strains of saffron

Method

  1. Take 4 scoop ice cream in a microwave proof bowl.
  2. Microwave ice cream for 30 seconds on high temperature.
  3. Now take it out and whisk it till smooth now add milk, chat masala, cardamom powder, saffron and thinly sliced nuts into it.
  4. Mix it well.
  5. Now squeeze out excess sugar syrup from rasgullas and add it to ice cream mixture.
  6. Just shake the bowl slightly so that all rasgullas are well covered in ice cream mixture.
  7. Now refrigerate it for 1-2 hours and enjoy it chilled….

Rasmalai is of Bengali origin and mainly consumed in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

Caramelised Walnuts (Nuts)

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Preparation time: 5 mints
Cooking time: 5 mints

Ingredients
1 cup walnut halves/pieces (or your choice of nuts)
¼ cup white granulated sugar
1 tbsp water
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp chat masala
¼ tsp sweet chilli powder

Method

  1. Take walnuts, sugar and water in a non-stick pan.
  2. Heat over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently so your mixture doesn’t burn (especially towards the end). When the sugar mixture starts melting, stir constantly until all sugar is melted and nuts are coated.
  3. Once sugar is melted and nuts are coated turn off the heat. Add salt, chat masala and chilli powder to it and give it a mix.
  4. Now transfer nuts immediately onto a sheet of parchment paper and separate the nuts right away.
  5. The coating will harden in minutes, you can transfer them to a bowl and enjoy!

These delicious nuts can be used in several cakes, but you can also put them on ice-cream, pancakes, fruit salad, or eat them just as they are.

Dates and Tamarind Chutney

Tamarindanddate chutneyPreparation time: 5 mints
Cooking time: 15-20 mints

Ingredients
2½ cups seedless dates
½ cup tightly packed seedless tamarind
1 inch piece of jaggery or add as per your taste
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin and coriander powder
salt to taste
5 cups of water (you can add more water to adjust consistency)

Method

  1. In a big pan soak dates and tamarind in kettle boiling water for 15-20 minutes until softened.
  2. Now add jaggery, salt, chilli powder and cumin, coriander powder to this mixture.
  3. Cook it on low flame for 15-20 minutes, stir it occasionally 
  4. Once its done blend it in a liquidiser and strain. Add some water if requires.
  5. Now let it cool down completely and serve…

You can serve it as a dip with fritters or sandwiches or you can use this chutney in chat…..

Cucumber and lettuce dip

cucumber-dip

Preparation time: 3-4 mints
Serves: 2

Ingredients
½ cucumber roughly chopped ( I am using english cucumber)
1 little heart gem lettuce roughly chopped
¼ cup peanuts
½ lemon’s juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paper

Method

  1. Put all the ingredients into the blender.
  2. Blend for 30-45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
  3. And serve…

Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins.

Jacket Potato with Beans and Coleslaw

Preparation time: 5 mints
Cooking time: 45-50 mints
Serves – 4

Ingredients
4 baking potatoes
1 tbsp oil
salt
pepper

For Serving
1 can baked beans (400 grm)
home made coleslaw

Method

  1. Scrub the potatoes and prick in several places with a fork.
  2. Place in a microwave bag and microwave it for 15 minutes on high.
  3. Pre heat oven to 200C/180C.
  4. Cook the potatoes until tender (you may need a more or less time depending on the size of your potatoes and your microwave).
  5. Once potatoes are done put a few drops of oil over each one and rub it all over the skin.
  6. After that, rub in some salt and pepper – salt will draw out the moisture from the skin and, together with the oil, provide more crunchiness.
  7. Now place the potatoes straight on to the centre shelf of the oven and let them bake for 30 minutes, or until the skins are really crisp.
  8. Serve immediately because, after you remove jacket potatoes from the oven, they lose their crispness very quickly.

Serving

  1. Split open the potatoes and spoon in the beans.
  2. Take some coleslaw with it.
  3. Serve immediately.

Cold days require comfort food, give yours a health boost with home made coleslaw…

Urad Dal – One Pot Recipe

urad dalPreparation time: 10 mints
Cooking time: 25-30 mints
Serves – 3 – 4

Ingredients
1 cup urad dal (white lentil)
½ cup chopped tomato or tomato puree
1 chopped green chilli
½ roughly chopped red chilli
5 garlic cloves finely chopped
2 tbpn ghee (clarified butter)
½ tspn mustard seeds
½ tspn cumin seeds
½ tspn asafoetida
½ tspn turmeric powder
½ tspn chilli powder
½ tspn cumin and coriander powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt to taste
5 cups water
coriander leaves (to garnish)

Method

  1. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Once hot, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  2. When they crackle, add asafoetida, turmeric powder, chillies, garlic, chopped tomato and saute them for a minute.
  3. Now wash urad dal and add it to cooker stir it well and add all remaining ingredients.
  4. Close the lid and let it cook for one whistle on high heat. Now let it simmer for 15-20 minutes on low heat with lid on.
  5. Turn off the heat and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Garnish it with coriander.
  7. Serve it hot.

Simple, easy and delicious Urad Daal..

French Bean Rice

French-bean rice

Preparation time: 10 mints
Cooking time: 10-15 mints
Serves – 2

Ingredients
2 cups cooked rice
1 finely chopped onion
1 finely chopped green chilli
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
½ cup roughly chopped french beans
2 tspn oil
½ tspn mustard seeds
½ tspn cumin seeds
½ tspn asafoetida
½ tspn turmeric powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp sugar
salt to taste

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  2. When they crackle, add the asafoetida, turmeric powder, chilli, garlic, onions and saute them till onions are light brown.
  3. Now add french beans to it. Stir it well and sauté it for 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add rice along with salt, sugar and lemon juice. Stir it well. Let it cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Serve it hot or its great for lunch box too..

A great way to use french beans in a meal…

 

Lahori Rabri Falooda

Rabri FaloodPreparation time: 5 mints
Cooking time: 10-15 mints
Serves – 4

Ingredients
1 can evaporated milk (370ml)
400ml milk
1 cup falooda sev (vermicelli)
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp basil seeds (tukmaria)
1 tsp cardamom powder
¼ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup sliced cashews
8 scoop vanilla ice-cream

Method

  1. Soak basil seeds in water for about 30 to 40 minutes once they swell drain and keep aside.
  2. Cut vermicelli in small pieces.
  3. Take milk, evaporated milk, vermicelli (you can use any type of vermicelli. I have used wheat vermicelli) and sugar in the non-stick pan. Let it come to a boil on medium heat.
  4. Add almonds, cashews and cardamom powder to it. Lower the heat and let it simmer while stirring continuously (approx. 10 minutes).
  5. Once cooked, let it cool and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

Assembling

  1. Once chilled take a serving glass.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon basil seeds to it and pour 1 heaping scoop vermicelli milk to it.
  3. Add one scoop of vanilla ice-cream to it and repeat the step.
  4. Serve immediately.

Once assembled must be served immediately. But you can prepare different elements (like soaking basil seeds and boiling milk) ahead of time. Keep it refrigerated and assemble right before serving.

Watermelon Rinds Smoothie

Watermelon smoothiePreparation time: 5 mints
Serves – 2

Ingredients
2 cups diced watermelon rinds
1 ripe banana chopped
1 cup strawberry
1 tbsp fresh mint leaves
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp chat masala
½ cup ice cubes

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients in blender.
  2. Blend it until smooth.
  3. Best served chilled.

This often-wasted food does good things for your body.

Watermelon Rinds – It contains citrulline, an amino acid that plays an important role in the human body’s urea cycle.

Watermelon Seeds – Seeds are a source of iron, zinc, fiber and protein.