20 July 2017

Nungu Sarbath / Palm Fruit Sarbath




Nungu is the fruit of the palm tree. Its seasonal only available during summer. It's a coolant for the body and very nutritious. It can be eaten as the whole fruit after peeling the skin off or we can make sarbath by adding milk to it.

Nungu's health benefits are : it prevents chicken pox, improves digestion, keeps the body cool, good for acidity problem, it is high in potassium and its good for liver and spleen disorders.

Nungu Sarbath / Palm Fruit Sarbath

No. of Serving : 4

Ingredients

Nungu / palm fruit - 10

Milk - 300 ml

Water - 100 ml

Sugar - 10 tsp

Rose essence with colour - 5 drops



Preparation Method

1. Peel the skin off from the nungu / palm fruit and mash it.

2. Add to the mashed nungu, boiled and cooled milk and water.

3. Add rose essence and sugar , mix well.

4. Serve chill.

Notes

Only rose essence will suit the nungu / palm fruit.


You can add essence with colour or without colour.

6 July 2017

Yam Curry




Yam is a coolant. It will cool the body during this hot summer season so it's an apt veggie for this summer. It has many nutrients too. It's a good source of Vitamin C , potassium , manganese , fibre and metabolic B vitamins. It's good for fighting flu and cold and also heals wounds and provides a healthy immune system.

Yam Curry

No. of Serving : 5

Ingredients

Yam - 250 gms

Onion - 1 medium

Tomato - 2 medium

Garlic - 10 cloves

Vadavam - 1 tsp

Mustard - 1 tsp

Fenugreek - 1/4 tsp

Curry leaves - few

Tamarind paste - 2 tbsp

Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

Coriander powder - 2 tsp

Curry powder / kozhambu powder / sambar powder - 2 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil - 2 tbsp



Preparation Method

1. Clean the yam , chop into big chunks and pressure cook it for 3 whistle, keep aside.

2. In a kadai , heat oil add mustard, vadavam and fenugreek seeds.

3. When the mustard crackles add finely chopped onion and garlic and sauté till the onions turn golden brown.

4. Then add chopped tomatoes, red chilli powder, curry powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt and sauté till the oil separates on the top.

5. Then add tamarind paste and enough water to make the curry.

6. Bring it to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.

7. Add chopped yam and let the curry boil for another 5 minutes.

8. Add curry leaves.

9. Serve hot with steamed rice or chapati. It goes well with idli and dosai also.


29 June 2017

Mango Rava Cake



Mangoes are in season now, just thought of trying a cake out of it. I made a mango rava cake and it turned out very delicious. Hurry !!! before the mango season ends why don't you folks try this awesome cake. This cake has a shelf life of one day , so please refrigerate it.

Mango Rava Cake

No. of Servings : 6

Ingredients

Rava / Sooji - 2 cups

Sugar - 2 cups

Yogurt / Curd thick - 2 cups

Ghee melted - 4 tbsp

Baking powder - 1 tsp

Salt - a pinch

Mango ripe - 1 medium



Preparation Method

1. In a mixing bowl add rava, sugar, baking powder and salt and mix well.

2. To the above mixture add thick yogurt and melted ghee and mix well.

3. Peel, chop mango and puree it.

4. Add it to the rava mixture.

5. Rest it for 1 hr.

6. Preheat oven at 180 degree for 10 minutes in mode "bake".

7. Grease a 7" diameter mould with ghee and pour the cake mix into it.

8. Bake it for 40 minutes at 180 degrees at mode "bake".

Notes :

This cake has a shelf life of one day , so please refrigerate it.


15 June 2017

Indian Style Chicken Pasta



This is a fusion of pasta in Indian style. The best way to use up the breast meat of the chicken is by making good pasta dishes, it won't dry up the meat and it remains moist and tender to eat. Here I have used Indian style to make this pasta by adding Indian masalas. Hope you will enjoy the taste and flavour of it.

Indian Style Chicken Pasta

No. of Serving : 4

Ingredients

Chicken breast meat - 250 gms

Pasta - 250 gms

Onion - 2 medium

Tomato - 2 medium

Red chilli powder - 2 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

Garam Masala - 1 tsp

Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp

Capsicum - 1 cubed (optional)

Salt to taste

Oil - 3 tbsp



Preparation Method

1. Boil the pasta for 10 minutes, strain and keep aside.

2. Chop the chicken breast meat into 1 inch cubes and marinate for 1/2 hr with red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Keep aside.

3. Puree tomatoes, keep aside.

4. In a kadai heat oil and add the onions and fry till golden brown.

5. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till a nice aroma comes.

6. Add the chicken and salt and sauté for 5 minutes. Add little water, cover and cook till the chicken is done.

7. Add the pureed tomatoes and garam masala to the chicken and sauté till the tomato is cooked and oil separates on the top of the gravy.

8. Add capsicum and sauté till the mixture is thick without any water.

9. Add the cooked pasta and mix well. Heat it for 5 minutes.

10. Serve hot with onion raita.


9 June 2017

Mango Lassi



Mangoes are known to produce heat to the body, but yet they are available only in the hot summer season. You can combine them with milk or yogurt to make their heat reduce. In this recipe I have added mango, yogurt and milk and made a tasty chill lassi for all the lassi lovers. Hope you will enjoy it as much as I loved it.

Mango Lassi

No. of Serving : 3

Ingredients

Mango ripe - 1 large

Yogurt fresh - 1 cup

Milk cold - 1/2 cup

Water cold - 1/2 cup

Sugar - 3 tbsp



Preparation Method

1. Peel and chop the mango into cubes. Keep aside.

2. In a blender add the mango cubes and grind to a thick paste.

3. To this add yogurt, milk, water and sugar and blend well.

4. Add water or milk according to your consistency.

5. Serve chill.


2 June 2017

Yam Roast



Yam is a cooling veggie very apt for this summer. It has a lot of nutrients too. It cools the body. It's a good source of vitamin c, helps fight against cold and flu. It an anti-aging and provides a healthy immune system. It helps in quick healing and strong bones. Its rich in fibre, potassium, manganese and metabolic B vitamins.

Yam Roast

No. of Serving : 5

Ingredients

Yam - 250 gms

Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

Coriander powder - 2 tsp

Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

Oil - 4 tbsp

Salt to taste



Preparation Method

1. Clean the yam, cut the skin off and make into chunks of 3 inch cube.

2. Wash well. Pressure cook for 3 whistles. cool it and cut into small cubes.

3. In a kadai, heat oil and add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.

4. Add the cubed cooked yam and fry on slow fire till golden brown.

5. Serve with steamed rice and dal.


24 May 2017

Mango Parfait



For this summer let's give our kids some good healthy homemade dessert. Mango Parfait is a perfect dessert for this hot summer and kids will enjoy it. I have used almonds and walnuts, you can use any nuts of your choice. Mango mousse used in this recipe is from my previous post (recipe link for your reference).

Mango Parfait

No. of Serving : 2

Ingredients

Mango Mousse - 2 cups - recipe link for your reference

Marie biscuits - 20

Almond - 10

Walnut - 10



Preparation Method

1. Refrigerate and keep chill 2 cups of already prepared mango mousse (recipe link for your reference). Keep aside.

2. In a blender, powder marie biscuits, almond and walnut to a course powder.

3. In a serving glass put a layer of powdered marie biscuit mixture and press it well, then add a layer of mango mousse, repeat has many layers as you wish.

4. Top it with cherry or chopped nuts.


5. Serve chill. 

6 May 2017

Eggless Mango Mousse




Delighted to have something cool and refreshing for this summer ? , here is an eggless mango mousse. Mango has lots of health benefits. Its healthy antioxidants help fight cancer, improves eye health, lowers cholesterol, improves digestion, helps fight heat stroke.

Mango is available only in hot summer season, but when you take it along with ingredients like milk and buttermilk the heat effect is reduced.

Eggless Mango Mousse

No. of Serving : 5

Ingredients

Mango ripe - 3 medium

Custard powder - 4 tbsp

Corn flour - 2 tbsp

Milk  - 3 cups

Sugar - 1/2 cup



Preparation Method

1. Peel chop and puree the mango, keep aside.

2. Mix custard powder, corn flour and sugar in milk and bring it to boil. Keep stirring till it thickens. Cool it and keep aside.

3. Mix the mango puree and the prepared custard.


4. Refrigerate it for 1 hr , serve chill topped with nuts and cherries.

15 April 2017

Sweet Dosai



A healthy summer holiday snack for your kids, Sweet dosai. It can be had for breakfast or as a evening snack. Since it is made at home with healthy ingredients you know that you are giving your kids good and hygienic food.

Sweet Dosai

No. of Dosai : 10

Ingredients

Raw Rice (not idly rice) - 3 cups

Cooked steamed rice - 1 cup

Coconut grated - 1/2 cup

Sugar - 1 cup

Cardamom powder - 1 tsp

Yeast - 1/4 tsp

Salt - 1/4 tsp



Preparation Method

1. Soak raw rice in water for 8 hrs.

2. Grind to smooth paste along with cooked rice , grated coconut, sugar, salt and cardamom powder.

3. Let it to ferment overnight.

4. Half an hour before making dosai add the yeast and let it rest for 1/2 hr.

5. Make dosai in tawa , cover and cook till it is done.

14 March 2017

Paneer Custard Ice-cream



Summer has started folks...... Wondering what to do to beat the heat and refreshment for the hot midmorning...? Here is a healthy and refreshing midmorning ice-cream, Paneer Custard Ice-cream. Paneer has lot of healthy protein and is loaded with calcium. This is a guilt free refreshment meant for people of all age group. It is also easily digestible.

Paneer Custard Ice-cream

No. of Serving : 5

Ingredients

Paneer - 200 gms

Custard Powder - 4 tbsp

Milk - 400 ml

Sugar - 1 cup



Preparation Method

1. In a pan mix milk, sugar and custard powder, bring to a boil and simmer it till the custard thickens. Cool and keep aside.

2. Grind to smooth paste paneer and prepared custard.

3. Pour into a freezer proof dish and freeze it for 4 hours. No need to churn.


4. Serve chill topped with chopped nuts according to your choice.