Watermelon heart bites(Watermelon mint salad)


Eating fruits on a regular basis is boosting human health and always the best tool to improve human immune system and also keeping them free of diseases.

Although all fruits are not equal in benefits, but some of them provide unique health and good benefits, and watermelon is one of them.

It is a surprisingly healthy fruit because it has high water content and also delivers many other important nutrients. Especially in summer time when our body always in need of hydration, watermelon keeps you hydrate. At my place (Middle east) all time i feel like summer is coming😉 so most of the time i replace my snacks with this refreshing salad.

Although for eat this watermelon salad you never need to wait for summer, you can eat this salad anytime you want.

Ingredients

2 cups watermelon pieces of your desired shape (chilled).

1/4 cup coarsely chopped mint leaves.

1 table spoon lime juice.

1/2 tea spoon extra-virgin olive oil.

Pink salt as to taste.

Instructions

In a large bowl, add water melon chunks then add all other ingredients and toss gently.

Garnish with the fresh mint leaves and serve immediately.

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Non-Alcoholic Sangria


“Sangria” is the most popular party drink and after tasting it, for sure you will call it as paradise drink.

Sangria is commonly prepared by alcohol, but today here i am going to share a Non-alcoholic version of sangria, which is evenly good for all age groups. It is a refreshing drink which is packed with fruits and nutritious ingredients.

Some places, people use white grape juice to replace wine but you can also replace this with fresh orange juice.

Sangria is the best drink to celebrate any special occasion, or especially in summer when our body always in need of hydration, this mocktail is the best option because of lots of fruits in it and has multiple benefits with delicious taste.

Ingredients

1/2 apple sliced
1 orange sliced
1 lime sliced
1.5 table spoon lime juice
50 gram blueberries
1 cup cranberry juice
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 can lime soda or 1.5 cup

Instructions

1. To prepare Non-alcoholic Sangria, firstly take a pitcher and add all prepared fruits in it.

2. Now add orange juice, cranberry juice and lime juice into the pitcher and stir well.

3. Refrigerate this mixture for about 3 to 4 hours, and then add lime soda and serve immediately.

Bhakarwadi


Bhakarwadi

Bhakarwadi is one of the most delicious and well known snack of Maharashtra

These flavourful crunchy sweet and spicy rolls are the very unique in taste and also considered as best snacks during long travel. There are many ways to prepare bhakarwadi like you can prepare it with all purpose flour, gram flour, wheat flour or mixture of all purpose flour and gram flour etc. But here i am using the mixture of gram flour and wheat flour to make the dough of bhakarwadi and rest stuffing mixture is prepared by poppy seeds, coconut powder, sesame seeds and by using some other aromatic spices.

Here i am sharing a deep fried version of this recipe but you can make them in oven as well. Fried bhakarwadi can be stored for couple of weeks. Its a best tea time snack during monsoon, so lets prepare bhakarwadi today….

Ingredients

For Dough

1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups gram flour/chickpea flour
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 tea spoon asafoetida
1/3 tea spoon turmeric
1/2 tea spoon red chilli powder
Water as required
Salt to taste or 1/2 tea spoon

For stuffing

1 tea spoon poppy seeds
1 tea spoon coriander seeds
1 tea spoon fennel seeds
1 tea spoon white sesame seeds
1 tea spoon sugar
1 tea spoon red chilli powder
1 tea spoon coconut powder
1/2 tea spoon cumin seeds
8 to 9 pepper-corns
1 tea spoon amchur/dried mango powder
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Instructions

1. Take a big bowl and add all dough ingredients together except water and give it a nice mix with the help of hands.

2. Now with the help of luke warm water, knead a stiff dough then cover and set aside for at least 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile add all stuffing ingredients together in a mixer jar and make a coarse powder of it.

4. Now again knead the dough for about 2 to 3 minutes and then divide it into two equal parts.

5. Now roll out one portion of the dough into a big circle.

6. Now apply a little bit water (by using brush) over the rolled circle and then evenly spread half portion of filling over it.

5. Now roll tightly to form a roll and stick the ends with a little water then cut out equal sized pinwheels from the dough roll.

6. Now heat oil in a kadai and on medium flame deep fry the bhakarwadi until it becomes golden from both sides.

7. Then remove from the oil and place them on absorbent paper.

Now bhakarwadis are ready to be served….once it cool completely store in air tight container.

Anjeer Akhrot Shake (Walnut and Fig Milk Shake)


Walnut is one of the very common ingredient in our daily life. We consume walnuts in cookies, cakes, chocolates and etc.

Even not only its taste is good but walnuts are like blessing for our body because of its health benefits.

And Anjeer(Fig) is also a combo pack of health benefits, it is a good source of potassium, maintaining blood pressure, and also a good source of calcium as well.

They contains a multitude of vitamins and antioxidants, and keep our immune system healthy and prevent us from so many unwanted diseases.

Walnuts and figs have incredibly high protein and fiber content that can help contribute towards a healthy body. So my today’s recipe is a high energy drink which combines the goodness of fig and walnuts.

Good for occasions when you are low in energy levels and quickly wants to super charge your energy levels or during fasting. Best time to have this drink in morning.

Ingredients

10 – 12 nos Dried figs
10 – 12 Walnut halves
1.5 glass chilled milk (low fat)
2 table spoon sugar or honey
2 table spoon crushed walnuts for garnishing (optional)
1/3 tea spoon green cardamom powder or Vanilla essence (optional)

Instructions

1. To prepare this energy drink, firstly we need to soak the dry fig and walnut halves separately in a cup of normal water for overnight.

2. Next morning take a blending jar and add soaked figs and walnuts in it. Then blend them until it turn in a smooth paste.

3. Now add all remaining ingredients in it and blend well until it gets smooth.


Now healthy Walnuts and fig shake is ready to be served…Garnish it with crushed walnuts and serve immediately..😊 Continue reading “Anjeer Akhrot Shake (Walnut and Fig Milk Shake)”

Falafel


Falafel

Falafel are fried chickpeas fritters which are often served with tahini sauce. It is a typical middle eastern food, which is most popular in breakfast and as in snacks as well. Falafel are not only good in taste but even they are great source of protein as well. There are so many options to make this recipe, and here i am sharing traditional one. So lets begin to prepare falafel now..

Ingredients

1 cup dry chickpeas( raw)

1 onion (roughly chopped)

1 tea spoon cumin seeds

1 tea spoon coriander powder

1 inch ginger piece

50 gram fresh coriander leaves

1/2 tea spoon chaat masala

1/4 tea spoon mixed spice(garam masala)

1/4 tea spoon black pepper powder

1 table spoon lemon juice

2 green chillies

2 table spoon all purpose flour

Salt to taste

Oil for deep fry

Instructions

1. To prepare this recipe firstly we need to wash and soak chickpeas for overnight or minimum 8 hours.

2. Now rinse and drain the chickpeas in a colander.

3. Add chickpeas to a food processor along with ginger, onion, green chillies, coriander, salt and all spices. Then process the mixture until it become a paste.

4. Now add all purposes flour and lemon juice in it and mix well, then refrigerate this mixture at least for an hour.

5. After one hour, heat oil in a pan and make lemon sized ball from the prepared mixture and fry them into hot oil on a medium flame until they turn golden in color. Then remove from the oil and place them on absorbent paper and serve hot with tahini sauce!

Healthy Chickpea Salad


Healthy Chickpea Salad

This protein packed salad is such a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy summer veggies. This healthy salad is loaded with fresh vegetables, herbs, chickpeas and some spices only.

It is very easy to prepare so this one is a perfect option for tiffin box, snacks and breakfast as well. In this recipe i am using fresh boiled chickpeas but you can also use canned as per your interest.

Chickpeas salad recipe is so versatile, so you can add or remove vegetables as per your taste and availability.

Ingredients
1 cup cooked chickpeas
1 tea spoon olive oil
1 small onion (finely chopped)
1 big tomato (finely chopped)
1 green chilli (finely chopped)
1 cucumber (bite-size chunks)
1/4 cup chopped carrot
1/4 cup frozen sweet corn
1/4 cup chopped capsicum
Handful of fresh cilantro or parsley
Chopped lettuce as per choice
Rock salt and fresh ground black pepper powder (as to taste)
2 table spoon lemon juice

Instructions

1. Take a big bowl and add cooked chickpeas in it.

2. Now add all veggies, olive oil, salt and black pepper powder together in this bowl.

3. Pour fresh lemon juice over the salad and toss. Then garnish it with fresh cilantro or parsley. And serve immediately.

Valencia Orange Muffins


Valencia Orange Muffins


These fresh Valencia Orange Muffins are best treat and option for morning breakfast or tea time snacks. These muffins are absolutely delicious, moist, tender and have full freshness and delicate taste of orange.

Recipe just required maximum 10 minutes to prepare and 16 to 17 minutes for bake only. To make these muffins little healthier, i am using brown sugar instead of white sugar. Although in this recipe i am using valencia oranges, but you can also use any type of orange, either Mandarine or Navel orange or whatever easily available for you.

So lets begin to prepare these flavorful muffins today.

Ingredients

1.5 half cup all purpose flour
1 tea spoon baking powder
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
60 gm butter (unsalted)
1 table spoon cooking oil
1/4 cup condensed milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 table spoon orange zest
Luke warm milk as needed
1 tea spoon orange essense
2 or 3 drops of orange food color (optional)
Pinch of salt

Instructions

1. Preheat oven at 180℃. Grease moulds or paper cups.

2. Now take a big bowl and add melted butter, oil, sugar, condensed milk, orange essence, orange zest in it and mix them well.

3. Sieve and mix all purpose flour baking powder and salt together and then keep aside.

4. Now add dry and wet ingredients together, if the batter is still thick add little milk and mix well.

5. Now pour this batter into greased moulds or paper cups and sprinkle some orange zest over them.

6. Tap the moulds lightly to even the batter.

7. Place them in to preheated oven and bake at 180℃ for 15 to 17 minutes.

8. After that check the muffin by inserting a tooth pick in it. If tooth pick comes out clean, its done. If its not clean then bake them again about 3 to 4 minutes then remove from the oven and let them cool before demoulding. Serve hot or cold with hot cup of tea or coffee……😊Enjoy!!