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

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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.