Lauki ki Kheer(bottle gourd pudding) is a tasty dessert popular in North India. It is often made during navratri or festivals in India when people keep fast. Bottle gourd or Lauki also called dudhi is very low in calories, has very high water content and is fiber rich which makes it very good for  our digestive system. If you want to make it vegan friendly, you can use almond milk instead of regular milk.  Here is the recipe for this easy and healthy dessert pudding





Ingredients

  • Bottlegourd (Lauki)   -  1 cup(grated)
  • Sugar - 3 tbsp -(adjust to taste)
  • Milk - 3 - 4  cups
  • Mixed dry fruits - 1 tbsp (chopped)
  • Ghee - 1 to 2 tsp
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Few saffron threads(kesar) 

Instructions-

  • Heat ghee in a pan and add grated bottle gourd(lauki)
  • Stir for few seconds and add milk 
  • Boil the mixture on medium low flame until it reduces to your desired thickness and blended well
  • Keep stirring so that it doesn't stick to the bottom
  • Add Sugar,  dry fruits, cardamom powder and kesar
  • Boil for another minute
  • Serve hot or cold
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A healthy mix of fruits, vegetables and some macaroni pasta. This Salad is so refreshing and delicious that you will keep making it over and over again.  You can have it as a side dish or even serve it as main dish. 
Use the fruits of your choice and enjoy!



Ingredients

  • Macaroni  -  1/4th  cup (boiled and drained )
  • Papaya - 1/2 cup (diced)
  • Mango  - I/2 cup (diced)
  • Chikoo (sapodilla) - 1/4 cup (sliced)
  • Apple  - 1/4th cup (diced)
  • Cucumber  - 1 (diced)
  • Carrot - 1 (diced)
  • Bell pepper - Mixed color ( 1/4th cup diced)
  • Pomegranate - 1/2 cup 
  • Grapes - 1/2 cup (halved)
  • Lemon juice- 11/2 tbsp
  • Sugar - 1 tbsp or to taste
  • Salt - to taste
  • Mint leaves - to garnish

Instructions-

  • MIxed all the ingredients together 
  • Add salt sugar and lemon juice and mix well
  • Garnish with mint leaves and serve



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A quick and tasty tomato chutney which can be a great accompaniment to any dish. It can be served hot or cold and goes well with paratha, poori, idli or dosa.




Ingredients

  • Tomatoes   -  2 small
  • Sugar - 2 tsp (or to taste)
  • Crushed black pepper - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds(jeera) - 1/2 tsp
  • Ghee(or oil) - 1 to 2 tsp
  • Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tsp
  • Salt  - To taste

Instructions-

  • Put tomatoes in boiling water for 1 minute, remove and put in icy water.  Peel off the skin of tomatoes and chop
  • Heat ghee in a pan 
  • Add cumin seeds, black pepper, cook for 30 seconds
  • Add tomatoes, mix well
  • Add 1 tbsp of water, cover and cook till properly cooked
  • Add ginger,  salt and sugar
  • Mix well
  • Add chopped fresh coriander leaves(i didn't have it so didn't add)
  • Mix well and serve


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Deviled eggs are always a crowd pleaser and these spicy masala eggs are definitely going to be a hit in your next party or get together. They are easy to make and very delicious.

They can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for 2 days. If you want to make these ahead of time, its a good idea to keep the filling and egg whites in separate air tight containers and assemble at the time of serving.




Ingredients

  • Boiled Eggs   -  2
  • Onion - 1 small (chopped)
  • Tomatoes - 1 small (chopped) 
  • Freshly ground black pepper- 1/2 tsp(or to taste)
  • Coriander Powder- 1 tsp
  • Red chilli Powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tsp
  • Chopped Green Chili - 1/2 small(optional)
  • Salt  - To taste

Instructions-

  • Heat oil in a pan
  • Add chopped onions and cook till golden brown
  • Add black pepper, salt red chili powder, coriander powder and cook for few seconds
  • Add tomatoes and green chilies (if using)
  • Cook until the tomatoes are blended and cooked.
  • Add coriander leaves, mix well.
  • Cut the boiled eggs into halves lengthwise
  • Remove the egg yolks into a bowl and mash with the fork
  • Add the masala mixture to the yolk
  • Mix well 
  • Fill the egg whites with the prepared mixture
  • Garnish  and serve.




Posted by sneh On Friday, January 26, 2018 No comments READ FULL POST

Sambhar or Sambar is a very versatile and tasty dish made with lentils and vegetables, It is like a spicy lentil and vegetable soup. Can be eaten with rice, idli, dosa, vadas, roti, uttapam or just like that.

There are various ways to prepare Sambhar. I am sharing a  quick and easy way to make it, simply pressure cook everything together and add the tadka/chaunk in the end.  You can use the vegetables of your choice. Adjust the spiciness to your taste and enjoy!




Ingredients

  • Toor dal(Pigeon Peas)  -  1 cup
  • Onion - 1 small( roughly chopped )
  • Tomatoes - 1 small (chopped)
  • Carrot - 1 (chopped)
  • Eggplant- 1 tablespoon (chopped)
  • Bottle Guard- 1 tablespoon 
  • Garlic - 1 tsp (roughly chopped)
  • Whole Red Chili - 3-4
  • Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder- a pinch
  • Sambhar Powder- 1 tbsp 
  • Salt - to taste
  • Tamarind paste - 1 tsp (optional)
For tadka
  • Curry leaves - 6-7
  • Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp 
  • Whole red chilies - 4 to 5
  • Oil - 1  tbsp

Instructions-

  • Wash the dal under running water until it runs clear
  • Add the dal in pressure cooker with all the vegetables and 2 cups of water 
  • Add sambhar powder, coriander powder, salt to taste and turmeric powder
  • Close the lid and cook until done (about 3 whistles)
  • Open the cooker when all the steam has escaped
  • Stir and adjust the consistency to your liking by adding more water if desired
  • Heat oil in a pan for tadka
  • Add all the ingredients for tadka in hot oil, stir for few seconds until it splutters
  • Pour it over the Sambhar
  • Add tamarind paste if you like(I don't like so I don't add it)
  • Cook for one more minute on medium heat
  • Serve hot with Idli, Dosa or rice
  • Enjoy!




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