Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dates Milkshake Recipe | Easy Milkshake Recipes for Kids

dates milkshake
Milkshakes have become more of a routine for me after my kiddo as it is a quick,healthy and filling snack option.Also, my kiddo is not fond of drinking milk and I find that the milkshake is a great way to include milk in his diet and keeps him full until his dinner. I usually prepare fruit milkshakes like Mango MilkshakeStrawberry MilkshakeAvocado MilkshakeBanana MilkshakeChikoo Milkshake and also Oreo Cookies Milkshake and Dates Milkshake quite often. I try to replace sugar with mostly dates in few shakes like Banana MilkshakeChikoo Milkshake but in the rest I use the regular sugar.Also, I use full cream milk for him and also add cream at times which is collected from the boiled milk to make it rich which acts as a perfect energy booster for him.
dates milkshake
I usually make a big batch of mixed dry fruit powder made out of roasted Almonds, Walnuts and Cashew nuts and I add it to all the milkshakes, kheers and halwas which I prepare for my kiddo. If you do not have dry fruit powder, you can skip it totally or you can even add a couple of almonds and cashew nuts while soaking the dates. I like to add dry fruits to the milkshakes and halwas as it adds nice taste, texture and also all the goodness from the nuts enhances it to the new level.As I prepare these milkshakes mostly for my kiddo, I avoid ice cream in them but one can add it as it adds the creaminess to the milkshake.Also as we are using more dates in the milkshake it does not need extra sweetener but one can add it according to their taste buds.
dates milkshake
Dates Milkshake Recipe:
Serves 2 | Author: Prathibha
Prep time: 3 mins | Cooking time: 2 mins | Total time: 5 mins
Cuisine: International | Category: Beverages

Ingredients:
500 ml full cream Milk, boiled and cooled
12-15 good quality soft pitted Dates
1-2 tbsp Sugar,optional
2 tbsp mixed Dry fruit powder
2 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream, to serve(Optional)
Date Syrup, to drizzle(optional)

Method:

  • Warm 1/2 cup of milk and soak the soft pitted dates in milk for half an hour.
  • Blend the dates with the remaining milk along with dry fruit powder and a scoop of vanilla ice cream (if using) nicley using a hand blender or you can even do it in mixie.You can taste it and add sugar if required and blend it again.
Serve it with vanilla ice cream on top and drizzle with date syrup.

Notes:
  1. In case you do not have dry fruit powder you can skip it or you can soak few almonds and cashew nuts along with dates in the milk.
  2. The addition of ice cream is optional but gives a creamy texture to it. I do not use it for my kid and hence I did nod add it.
dates milkshake
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Monday, February 13, 2017

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | Instant Dhokla | Besan Dhokla Recipe

dhokla
Dhokla is a popular Gujarati snack and is also called as Khaman Dhokla which is pretty well known all over India and is widely available every where.Dhoklas are nothing but fluffy savory steamed chickpea flour cakes which are eaten with green chutney and meeta chutney. Usually the dhoklas that are available in the market are extremely soft and fluffy,almost like a sponge but the homemade ones are slightly dense compared to the market ones but it is no less in taste otherwise.Dhoklas are almost oil free low calorie and also protein rich snack.
besan dhokla
Dhoklas can be prepared easily at home with the ingredients easily available in the pantry and I highly recommend to use eno instead of cooking soda to get fluffy dhoklas.Also the key secret for fluffy dhoklas is one has to put the prepared tin(with batter) quickly in the steamer as soon as the eno is mixed in the batter, the more you delay the more you loose the fluffiness of dhoklas.
khaman dhokla
There are various versions of Dhoklas like Moong dal Dhokla, Palak Dhokla, Khatta Dhokla, Rava Dhokla, Corn Dhokla, Sandwich Dhokla.You can check out Moong Dal Corn Dhokla which I have posted earlier where I have used moong dal and corn instead of besan.
besan dhokla
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dhokla
Khaman Dhokla | Instant Dhokla Recipe:
Serves 3-4 | Author: Prathibha
Prep time: 10 mins | Cooking time: 20 mins | Total time: 30 mins
Cuisine: Gujarati | Category: Snacks/Breakfast

Ingredients:
1 cup Chickpea flour(Besan)
1 tsp Rava(Sooji)
1 cup thick Buttermilk or Water
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp Green chili paste
1/4 tsp Citric acid or 1 tsp Lemon juice
Salt,to taste
1 tsp Oil
1 sachet Eno

for tadka:
1 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeeds
a sprig of Curry leaves
2-3 Green chilies,slit
1 tbsp white Sesame seeds
1.5 tsp Sugar
Salt,to taste
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp Lemon juice

to garnish:
2 tbsp chopped Coriander leaves
2-3 tbsp grated fresh Coconut

Method:
  • In a bowl mix chickpea flour,salt,sugar and add buttermilk(or water) and mix it nicely using a whisk without any lumps.
  • Now add rava,grated ginger, green chili paste, lemon juice, oil and mix it nicely again.
  • Keep the steamer ready and grease a flat bottomed round vessel(with edges) with oil and keep it ready. Switch on the steamer or cooker(without whistle) with water of 1 inch level and let it get hot.
  • Now add eno to the chickpea mixture and whisk it nicely, you will see a nicely foamed up batter now. QUICKLY pour it into the prepared vessel and put it in steamer/cooker and let it steam for 15 mins on HIGH flame.You can even steam this mixture in a greased microwave safe bowl in the microwave for 8-10 mins depending on the powder of the microwave.
  • Check the doneness of dhokla by inserting a tooth pick in the dhokla , if it comes clean then it is ready else cook for bit long.Switch it off and let it cool.
  • Now gently run a knife around the edges of dhokla and turn it on to a plate(with edges).Gently tap on the vessel so that the steamed dhokla cake can slip out of the vessel easily.
  • Meanwhile prepare the tempering.Heat oil in a small tadka pan and crackle mustard seeds and then add green chilies,curry leaves and sesame seeds and fry until the chilies wilt and then add water.
  • Add salt and sugar to the water and once it comes to a boil add lemon juice and remove it from flame.
  • Now pour the tempering along with water all over the dhokla uniformly using a spoon.
  • Add grated coconut and coriander leaves generously and cut it into 1.5 inch squares like shown in the picture by cutting the edges.
  • Let them sit for half an hour for the pieces to absorb the water and become fluffy.
Serve them with Green chutney and Meeta Chutney.

Notes:
  1. Besan itself gives a lovely yellow color to the dhokla and hence it is not necessary to add the turmeric powder to it.Sometimes the turmeric powder and eno reacts together and gives few red spots in the dhokla, so better to avoid it.
  2. If you are using butter milk you can reduce the lemon juice added to the mixture.
  3. Instead of eno use 1/4 tsp good quality cooking soda to it and prepare.
  4. You can even microwave the mixture in microwave which is a quick process.
  5. I add a pinch of hing to any of the besan based dishes to avoid gas and hence I add it in the batter.
khaman dhokla

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Eggless Banana Bread Recipe | Eggless Banana Walnut Bread

eggless banana bread
Whenever I buy bananas I always end up having few bananas which are over ripen by the time we consume and I never feel bad as I always look up for it so that I can prepare various varieties like Pancakes, Banana Bread ,banana buns, muffins with them. I always had great results using bananas to create nice eggless whole wheat banana pancakes, eggless whole wheat banana muffins which are absolutely delicious and a bit guilt free.
eggless banana bread
I had already posted a Banana Bread recipe with Eggs and also Choco Banana Bread but somehow never posted the eggless version of Banana Bread, better late than never I am posting today a quick and easy eggless banana bread recipe.This recipe yielded a nice moist and beautiful loaf of banana bread which holds it shape nicely when sliced.The addition of brown sugar added a nice color to the bread and as I used dark brown sugar the color was but dark than the usual banana bread.
eggless banana bread
I always add walnuts to my banana bread or banana muffins as the combination of banana and walnuts is something I really love as they add a nice bite to the bread,hence do not skip them unless you do not like those nuts. I had made this bread for a small tea party at my place and needless to say that it was a hit.I love to eat banana bread just like that but one can toast it a bit and apply peanut butter or nutella or butter and have it like regular bread for breakfast.
eggless banana bread
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eggless banana bread
Eggless Banana Walnut Bread Recipe:
Yields: 1 loaf | Source: here
Prep time: 10 mins | Baking time: 40-45 mins | Total time: 1 hr
Cuisine: International | Category: Baking

Ingredients:
1.5 cups All purpose flour
4 large ripen Bananas
1/2 cup unsalted Butter,melted
1/2 cup Walnuts, roughly chopped
3/4 cup Brown sugar(you can make it to 1 cup if you like it sweet)
1/2 cup Milk or Buttermilk
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
a pinch of Salt

Method:
  • Preheat the oven to 350 def F or 180 deg C for 10-12 mins.
  • Line a 9"*5" pan with a parchment paper and grease the sides of the pan with butter and keep it ready.
  • Sieve flour with baking soda and salt nicely a couple of times and keep it ready.
  • Melt the butter and let it cool.
  • Peel,chop and mash the ripen bananas with the brown sugar until it is smooth.
  • Add melted butter,vanilla essence and milk(or buttermilk) and mix it nicely with a whisk until it is uniformly combined.
  • Now add flour mixture and gently fold until just combined and you see no streaks of flour remaining in the batter.
  • Sprinkle a tsp of flour on the chopped walnuts and toss them a bit so that the flour covers all the walnut pieces.
  • Add chopped walnuts to the prepared batter and mix it gently and pour it into the prepared pan and tap it gently to remove the air bubbles. I have sprinkled few sunflower seeds on top , but you can sprinkle even chopped walnuts on top as well.
  • Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake at 180 deg C(350 deg F) for 40-45 mins until done.
  • Check it for doneness by inserting a toothpick, if it comes out clean it is done else bake it for bit long until it pass the toothpick test.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and let the pan cool a bit and then run a knife at the edges and invert the pan and gently tap the pan to remove the banana bread from the pan and let it cool on the wire rack completely.
Slice and serve it as breakfast or a snack or dessert. You can keep it for 2 days under room temperature and upto 3-4 days when refrigerated.

Notes:
  1. The color of banana bread depends on the quality of brown sugar used in the recipe.I use dark brown sugar and hence the banana bread was very dark in color.
  2. You can increase the sugar upto 1 cup if you like it bit sweet.
  3. One can toast the banana bread a bit with butter and can apply peanut butter or nutella or just serve as it is, it tastes yumm.
  4. I have replaced melted butter with oil and still got good results.
  5. Use large ripen bananas for the recipe for the best taste.
eggless banana bread
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Kala Masoor Dal | Whole Masoor Dal | Easy Dal Recipes for Rotis

kala masoor dal
Dal,Roti and Sabzi is an everyday fare for dinner at my place and hence I use various varieties of dals to avoid repetition. Kala Masoor dal comes to rescue on those days when I forget to soak the pulses like chole/rajma/lobia as this whole masoor can be cooked without soaking and it gets cooked fast too. The preparation process is very similar to any other dals like Whole green moong dal, masoor dal or moong dal . There are no hard and fast rules for the addition of ingredients in the recipe.One can prepare it very simple with out any spices or you can make it bit masaledar by adding the spices, I like both the versions too.
whole masoor dal

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whole masoor dal
Kala Masoor Dal Recipe:
Serves 2-3 | Author: Prathibha
Prep time: 5 mins | Cooking time: 25 mins | Total time: 30 mins
Cuisine: North Indian | Category: Side dish - Dal

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Kala Masoor(Whole Masoor dal)
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 large Tomato, finely chopped
1 Green Chili, slit
1 tbsp Coriander leaves chopped
1 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp Garam masala,optional
3/4 tsp Red chili powder
a pinch of Asafoetida
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1 tbsp Oil/Ghee
Salt to taste

Method:
  • Wash and pressure cook kala masoor dal for 3 whistles and reduce the flame and cook it for 5-7 mins.
  • In a kadai heat oil/ghee and crackle cumin seeds and add asafoetida.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry for half a minute and then add chopped onion and fry it nicely until the onion turns transparent.
  • Add slit green chili and chopped tomatoes and fry nicely until the tomatoes turn slightly mushy.
  • Add all the spices- red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala, turmeric powder and salt and fry until the mixture leaves the oil.
  • Add cooked whole masoor dal and mix nicely and cook it for 5-6 mins until the dal gets a nice boil and cook properly.
  • Add coriander leaves at the end.
Serve it hot with rotis/parathas or rice.

Notes:
  1. You can prepare any variety of dal like whole moong, lobia, chole, rajma, white peas, mixed lentils using the same process.
  2. You can avoid ginger-garlic paste and add just either chopped garlic or chopped ginger to it.
  3. The addition of spices like coriander powder,cumin powder and garam masala are optional.You can avoid them if you want.
kala masoor dal
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Easy Tomato Soup Recipe | Easy Soup Recipes

tomato soup
I like soups and hence when ever we go to restaurants soups would be definitely the first ones I would choose along with appetizers. I like both the thin and thick variety ones where as TH likes the thin varieties and we usually take one by two soup only so that we can try other varieties too. Nothing beats the comfort of a hot soup during winters of if you have sore throat, it gives a nice and soothing feeling.Preparing the soups at home is very easy and I have prepared this soup umpteen number of times for my little one as the soup itself was a meal for him when he was a baby. I had altered the recipe to suit my requirements like I have added potatoes and avoided cornflour in the recipe as the potatoes themselves give the thickness to the soup and also sometimes I have added dals like moong or masoor dal and oats too to make it a wholesome meal.
tomato soup
Coming to the classic tomato soup recipe, it is essential for one to choose nice, juicy and ripen tomatoes preferably the hybrid variety not the regular sour ones for this soup. I have also added carrots in the recipe which balances the sourness of tomatoes and also I have added a small piece of beetroot to give a bright red and appetizing color to the soup, however both the carrots and beetroot are optional in the recipe. The addition of sugar helps in balancing the sourness too and please be generous with pepper as it gives a nice spiciness tastes and complements the tartness of tomatoes.I always love the easy soup recipes and this is a simple one pot recipe which can be prepared in jiffy without any fancy ingredients. My mom always served this soup with deep fried bread croutons which makes the combination very delicious.
tomato soup
I usually do not add cream for the soup on regular basis unless I serve it with cream for guests or when served for my little one, but the addition of cream adds a very nice taste to the soup and hence do not avoid it if you do not bother about those little extra calories,one can add just 1-2 tsp of cream to one portion of soup.
tomato soup
tomato soup
Easy Tomato Soup Recipe:
Serves 2 | Author: Prathibha
Prep time: 10 mins | Cooking time: 20 mins | Total time: 30 mins
Cuisine: Indian | Category: Appetizer- Soup

Ingredients:
2 large ripen Tomatoes
2 tbsp chopped Carrots
1.5 tbsp chopped Beetroot, optional
1.5 tbsp chopped Onion
2 Garlic Pods, roughly chopped
2 tsp Corn flour
1/2" Cinnamon stick
1 Bayleaf
3/4 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Pepper powder
Salt to taste
1 tsp Butter,optional

Cream,to serve(optional)
Parsley or Coriander leaves, for garnish
Salt and Pepper, to serve
Bread Croutons or Garlic Bread, to serve

Method:
  • Wash and make a cross on tomatoes and pressure cook chopped carrots,beetroot,onion, garlic and crossed tomatoes with bayleaf,cinnamon and enough water for 3-4 whistles.
  • Once the pressure comes down, fish out the bayleaf and cinnamon stick.Remove the tomatoes and peel the skin off it and chop them roughly by removing the eyes of tomatoes and put the tomatoes back into the cooker and using an immersion blender, blend the tomato mixture to a nice smooth puree. 
  • Strain the mixture through a mesh colander and again put the mixture in the same cooker or another vessel.Switch on the flame.
  • Mix cornflour in 3-4 tbsp of water nicely and add the cornflour mixture to the tomato soup by mixing it simultaneously to avoid any lumps formation in the soup.
  • Add salt, sugar and pepper powder to the soup and let it come to a boil and continue boiling until you get the desired consistency. You can add more water accordingly and also taste the soup and adjust the seasoning. 
  • Add butter to the hot soup and mix for a nice buttery taste, this step is optional but it adds a nice taste to the soup.
Serve it hot in soup bowl with generous sprinkle of pepper, cream and strips of coriander/parsley. Serve them with bread croutons or garlic bread.

Notes:
  1. The addition of carrot is optional, but it balances the tartness of tomatoes beautifully, if you wish you can avoid it by adding a bit of more sugar to balance the tartness of tomatoes.
  2. The addition of beetroot is again optional, I have added it to give a nice color to the soup.You can avoid it if needed.
  3. If you want you can avoid onion but do not skip garlic for this soup.
  4. You can make your own bread croutons by deep frying or shallow frying the cubed bread pieces.
  5. Make sure you remove the skin and eyes of tomatoes for a smooth soup.Also drain the mixture else the soup will have lot of tomato seeds which spoils the taste of it.
  6. If you are preparing this soup for the kids, you can add a potato while boiling and avoid cornflour in the recipe as the potatoes gives the thickness to the soup and also it will be a wholesome food for the toddlers.
tomato soup

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Arbi Ki Bhujia | Arbi Dry Sabzi | Sukhi Arbi ki Sabzi

arbi ki bhujia
Colocasia(Arbi) is one of my favorite vegetable and I always end up preparing simple Chamadumpa Vepudu(Arbi fry) with it which is a typical Andhra preparation that goes well with the rice.I love to eat arbi mostly in the dry form like Chamadumpa Vepudu, Arbi ki bhujia or sukhi Arbi or Arbi Tikka but if you are looking for gravies you can check out this Arbi ka Salan recipe too.
arbi stir fry
We usually prepare arbi fry in a simple way - we boil the arbi and then it is peeled,cut and fried(deep fried or shallow fried) and sprinkle with simple spices.But today I am posting a preparation where we use raw arbi to make this stir fry.I got to know about this preparation of North Indian style arbi ki bhujia only through my cook when we were in Mumbai and we absolutely loved it.I usually prepare it as a side dish when we prepare heavy gravies like chole or rajma and that combination works great with rotis.It tastes even nice with rice and dal too.Now off to the recipe.
suki arbi ki sabzi
dry arbi sabzi
Arbi Ki Bhujia | Dry Arbi Sabzi Recipe:
Serves 2-3 | Author: Prathibha
Prep time: 15 mins | Cooking time; 20 mins | Total time: 35 mins
Cuisine: North Indian | Category: Main Course-Side dish

Ingredients:
250 gms Arbi/Colocasia
1.5 tsp Carom seeds(Ajwain)
1 tsp Red Chili powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1.5 -2 tsp Amchur powder(Dry Mango powder)
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Mustard Oil(or any regular oil)
Lemon wedges, to serve

Method:
  • Wash the colacassia nicely and scrape the skin off using a knife and wash them thoroughly again. I would suggest you to wear gloves for this step as arbi gives itchiness to the skin.
  • Cut arbi into thin slices length wise and cut them into strips looking like thin french fries.
  • Heat oil in a flat pan and add carom seeds and let them sizzle and then add cut arbi strips and fry them well for 12-15 mins until you see them turning brown in color and got cooked thoroughly inside.
  • Add salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder and amchur powder and mix well and let it cook for a couple of minutes more.
  • Switch off the flame and let them rest for an hour two.
  • Heat them over medium flame until they turn crispy again and serve.
Serve it with phulkas/rotis/parathas or rice along with lemon wedges. The addition of lemon reduces the itchiness caused by the arbi sometimes.

Notes:
  1. It is a simple stir fry recipe where the flavors play a major role.The addition of mustard oil, carom seeds and amchur powder gives its own taste to this stir fry.
  2. I suggest you to add more amchur powder than regular as it helps in reducing the itchiness created by arbi.Also, it is suggested to let the curry sit for an hour or two else it might cause itchiness to yur throat when eaten fresh.
sukhi arbi sabzi

 
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