Chickpea salad

chickpea salad

Chickpea Salad- Chickpeas are a good source of protein which growing kids really need.
Chole or white chickpeas are relished by everyone in our house be it chole bhature, tikki chole, Hummus or Falafal wrap.

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Whenever I boil chickpeas I always think that I will keep some aside for salad but somehow there is none left. This time I had kept them aside for making falafal but kids insisted on having salad. Can’t really blame them it is so hot these days that salads are everyone’s first preference.
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Kids loved this salad so much that I was not sure there will be enough left for taking photos.
You can add whatever you like to the salad. I have added onions, tomato capsicum, green chillies and coriander. You can add red and yellow peppers, cucumber, beet roots whatever you like.
The salad is quite filling and yummy. It’s perfect for lunch if you want to skip proper food and have only salad.
healthy chickpea sald

How to make Chickpea Salad
preparation time: 5 minutes
Soaking time: 6-7 hours
cooking time: 20-25 minutes for boiling chickpeas.
Serves 2-4

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup boiled chickpeas
2 medium onions chopped

2 medium tomato chopped (remove the seeds)
1 small capsicum chopped
1 tsp chopped green chilly
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves

Juice of 1 lemon

Salt to taste (boiled chickpeas already have salt so add accordingly)

1/8 tsp Pepper

1/8 tsp red chilly powder (optional)
¼ tsp chaat masala

Note : you have to wash and soak the chickpeas overnight or atleast for 6-7 hours. Boil them with salt in pressuse cooker for 20-25 minutes till soft.

chickpeas

To make chickpea Salad
Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl. Keep in the frige for 1-2 hours for all the flavors to blend in.

Your chickpea salad is ready. Enjoy with your food or have it as your food
your choice:-)
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hung curd sandwich

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Hung curd sandwich is a very healthy easy to make breakfast. You can pack these in kid’s lunch box also as sandwich stays fresh for 4-5 hours. Just make sure that the curd you use for this recipe is not very sour.

 

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We all know the health benefits of curd. Adding hung curd in sandwiches gives taste of cheese while you enjoy health benefits of curd. What could be better than that?

This sandwich will remind you of Dahi ke Kebab in taste. Another point in its favor ;-)

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I have learned the recipe from my husband’s Buaji. She was visiting us in April and we were discussing my blog and recipes in general. And she said okay you have to try this recipe. I am sure your kids will love it and if they do you can share it on blog.

My kids loved the recipe Buaji. I have already made it a lot of times since then. Thank you for this super recipe  :-)

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I have added some more vegetables to the sandwich and I have added Chaat masala and Oregano also as my kids loves their flavor. But you can skip them if you do not want.

How to make Hung Curd Sandwich

Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
no cooking required
makes 4 sandwiches

Ingredients:

8 slices of bread
¾ cup hung Curd( from 1 1/2 cup curd)
1 onion chopped
1 tomato chopped (remove seeds before chopping)
½ capsicum chopped

½ Carrot grated
1 green chilly chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
salt to taste
1/8 tsp red chilly powder
1/8 tsp chaat masala
¼ tsp oregano (optional)

Olive Oil/butter/ghee to grease the bread lightly

Note: to make hung curd hang 1 1/2  cups of regular curd in a muslin/cotton cloth in a strainer. Keep a bowl under strainer to collect the liquid. Keep this curd with strainer in the fridge for 3-4 hour. So that all liquid separates from the curd and you get a thick cheese like curd called hung curd. Keeping it in fridge ensures that the curd does not get sour.


to make Hung Curd Sandwich

vegetables

Take all the chopped vegetables in a wide pan.

add hung curd

Add hung curd to it.

mix

Mix all the spices and salt and mix properly.

grill

Grease bread slices lightly on one side. Apply a thick layer of hung curd mixture on bread.

grilled

Grill in a sandwich maker or Tawa.

Serve hot with green chutney or tomato ketchup.

hung curd sandwich

 

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Mango Lassi

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Mango Lassi is such a blissful and refreshing drink. All the health benefits of curd and mango combined in a glass.
Mango is known as king of fruits. Whichever recipe it is added in it takes that recipe to another level. My younger son is a big fan of Lassi though elder one prefers chaach but they both loved this Lassi so much that I had to make another round.

Mango lassi

If you have read my Sweet and sour mango Salad post then you already know that hubby is a die hard fan of Mangoes. For him it is two of his loves combined in one. Couldn’t get any better than this ;-)

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In summers when we do not feel like eating food and just want to drink something cold and filling at that time this Mango Lassi really comes handy. We make it quite thick but if you want you can add milk to dilute it a little.
The mangoes that I used were quite sweet so there was not much need of adding sugar. It will depend on the variety of Mango that you use how much sugar you need to add. Sometimes we do not add sugar at all.
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How to make Mango lassi
preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking time: nil
Makes 2 big glasses

Ingredients:
1 mango (around 1 ½ cup of chopped mango)
1 cup curd
1 tbsp Sugar ( optional)
5-6 ice cubes
mint sprigs to garnish

Note: Mango lassi was quite thick but my family liked it this way only. You can dilute it with ¼ cup milk if you want.

 

To make Mango Lassi
blend chopped mango, curd and sugar in your blender until smooth.

Serve cold in glasses with ice cubes. Decorate with mint sprigs.

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8 Summer drinks

Here is a list of 8 Summer drinks or mocktails or coolers to survive the summers. Our summers would be so unbearable without these drinks. These are also perfect for serving guests while entertaining.

 Virgin Mojito
magic of lemon mint and sprite/soda……
its sweet and tangy taste will be loved by all of your family.

Virgin Mojito mocktail

watermelon mint cooler

we all know benefits of watermelon. It is a Rich source of vitamins and minerals.


watermelon cooler

Raw Mango Panna

This drink is not only kids favorite it helps in fighting heat stroke also.

raw mango panna

Iced Green Tea

Cool refreshing Iced Green tea to get the benefits of green tea in a cold drink.

Iced green tea

 Bel ka Sharbat

Bel or Wood apple is very healthy and full of fibre. It has a cooling effect on stomach.

bel ka sharbat

Iced Tea

You have to drink it only once and you will fall in love with it for forever…

cool iced tea

Kesar Badam Milk

Nutritious healthy flavored milk. Can be had both hot or cold.

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Wheatgrass Juice

Full of health and nutrition

wheatgrass juice

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Iced Green Tea

Iced green tea

Iced Green Tea-Here I am back with another cool drink. Didn’t I tell you that I have been advised by hubby to post more drink recipes this summer ;-)
Now we all know the health benefits of green tea. It is a good source of antioxidants, helps in fighting Cancer and Helps in losing weight and lowering Cholesterol levels. With so many known benefits one must sometime wonder why everyone has not switched to green tea totally.

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In winters you can have tea easily but summers get too hot and unbearable. So if you want to enjoy benefits of green tea in summers this is the how you can.

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I have added very little sugar as we are used to having green tea without milk and sugar. You can add more if you like or replace it with honey. Lemon adds the punch so do not skip them. Mint not only adds flavor and nutrition but also increases the cool factor and makes the drink soooo inviting J

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How to make Iced Green Tea
cooking time: 2 minutes
preparation time : 5 minutes
Makes 4 glasses

Ingredients:
2 green tea bags
4 cups Water
1 tbsp sugar
juice of 1 lemon

10-15 Mint leaves
lemon slices to garnish

To make Iced Green Tea

boil water

Boil 2 cups of water.

add tea bags

Switch off the flame. Add green tea bags and sugar to the water. Cover the pan and let it steep for 5 minutes.

cool

 

Remove tea bags and let the tea cool down and come to room temperature.
Add rest of the water and chill it in fridge.

Before serving add juice of 1 lemon to the tea.
Add lots of ice cubes, mint leaves and lemon slices to the glass. Pour green tea over it. Serve chilled.

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how to make kids eat Lauki

How to make your kids eat Lauki
I know. It is so difficult. Infact getting kids to eat green vegetables is tough but Lauki is on top of their never to eat list.
Lauki is packed with so many nutrition that it is every mothers desire to make their kids eat it.
It is alkaline in nature, full of vitamins and minerals. It is very light and is digested easily.
In summers it is very healthy as it has a cooling effect on body. Water content is quite high in Lauki that is why it has a hydrating effect.

Now how to make your kids to eat Lauki.
I have tried many ways both successfully and unsuccessfully. I will share here with you successful ones.

I grate a piece of lauki and add it to rajma, chole, dal while boiling. It disappears after boiling and kids eat them quietly. This is my mother in laws tip.

Second is my moms tip. She gets lots of lauki from her kitchen garden and she sometimes uses it this way.
Lauki

Take a 3” piece of lauki. I have used this much Lauki to make around 12 paranthas.
grate lauki
grate it

boil lauki
pressure cook it or boil it with a little salt.

boiled
Cool the boiled lauki. Use its water also in which it is boiled.

add spices

Add red chilli powder, saunf powder.

add flour

Add flour.

make dough
Make a soft dough.

make parantha

Now you can make Roti/parantha or poori this way and kids will not even know that they are eating Lauki HAPPILY.

parantha

Send these paranthas in their lunch box. These stay quite soft.
soft parantha

Note: Start with adding half quantity of lauki and then increase gradually.

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Roti Pizza

roti pizza

Roti Pizza

Ever since I have started making this Roti Pizza I have not bought pizza base at home or even baked one at home. What is the need?

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Whenever kids want to eat pizza they say mummy make roti pizza or quesadilla. As I make both with whole wheat roti I do not feel guilty about feeding kids fast food.

We all want to reduce maida/plain flour from our daily diet but with kids growing taste in fast food it is becoming tougher. If we can replace plain flour with whole wheat flour in some of the recipes then there is no harm in indulging kids. Even my mother in law who is very particular about diet liked this roti pizza idea.

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A special thanks to my son who not only helped me in making these pizzas but also took most of the photos. As it was Saturday and he was at home he helped me in baking, grated cheese and even bought cheese from the market.

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Luckily both my kids like cooking and helping in kitchen. They must take after their father because I was definitely not like this when I was a kid ;-)
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How to make Roti Pizza

Preparation time: 10 minutes
baking time: 7-8 minutes per pizza

Serves 4

Ingredients:
8 roti/phulka
200 grams Mozzrella cheese grated (you can use less cheese also if you want)
cheese spread (around 1 tsp for each roti)
8 tbsp pizza sauce ( I have used homemade pizza sauce. If you do not have you can use tomato ketchup also in its place)

For vegetables:
3 medium sized onions chopped
1 large capsicum chopped
2 tomato seeds removed and chopped
¼ cup boiled corn
salt and black pepper to taste
½ tsp chaat masal
¼ tsp oregano
¼ tsp parsley

Note: You can use onions, tomato, capsicum, corn, baby corn, pineapple, olives, Brocolli or whatever else you like

To make Roti Pizza

Preheat the oven at 180 C for 15 minutes.

Chop Onions, tomato and Capsicum and add salt, pepper, oregano, parsley and chaat masala to them.

roti

Make rotis regular way. Do not apply ghee on it. I generally make rotis beforehand and keep them in a casserole. Then I bake them one by one.

cheese spread

Apply cheese spread.

pizza sauce

Apply some homemade pizza sauce.

add vegetables

Add vegetables. Mix everything mentioned under for vegetables. Divide into 8 portions. You can increase or decrease vegetables according to your taste.

add cheese

Spread a layer of mozrella cheese on top.

pizza made with roti

Bake for 7-8 minutes. Mine were ready in this time. Rotis were crisp and cheese was all melted.

Serve hot :-)

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Aish el Saraya

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Aish el Saraya
is a soft creamy Mediterranean dessert which just melts in your mouth. Rusk base gives it crispness while the custard pudding is so soft, flavorful and creamy that you just can’t get enough of this dessert.

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I recently saw its photos on Savoryandsweetfood.com and I just fell in love with her photos. The recipe turned out to be very simple and hassle free. So there was no excuse left to try this amazing dessert :-)

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This is one of those desserts which do not require much effort whether you are making it for 4 persons or 10. That makes it a perfect dessert while entertaining guests. My kind of dessert I would say ;-)

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How to make Aish el Saraya

Recipe source: Archana’s Kitchen  Savoryandsweetfood.com
preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking time: less than 15 minutes
serves 6-8
(if you are making for a family of 4 you can easily half the recipe)

Ingredients:
24 rusks

For sugar syrup:
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup water
1 tbsp rose water
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

 

For Custard
2 + ½ cup milk

4oo grams milkmaid
5 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp rose water
Note: original recipe uses cream also but I have not used that.

Slivered pistachios and almonds
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To make Aish el Saraya
boil watersyrup

First of all make sugar syrup. Boil water and sugar in a pan for 3-4 minutes till sugar is dissolved fully. Add lemon juice and rose water and boil for another minute. Switch off the flame and let the mixture cool a little.
arrange ruskfirst layer
Arrange half of the rusk in a dish. You can break pieces to fill the odd spaces.
Pour half of the sugar syrup on the rusk while it is still warm. So that the rusk absorbs the syrup completely.
second layer
Arrange second layer of rusk and pour rest of the sugar syrup over them.
boil milk boil milk and milkmaid
Boil 2 cups of milk and milkmaid in a heavy bottomed pan.
mix cornflouradd cornflour
Mix cornflour in a glass with ½ cup of milk. Mix thoroughly there should be no lumps.
After it comes to boil add cornflour mixture. Keep on stirring so that no lumps form.

The mixture will be thick after 3-4 minues of cooking. Add rose water and switch off the flame. Let it cool down a little.
pudding layergarnish
Pour warm custard over soaked rusk pieces.
Sprinkle slivered pistachio and almonds on the pudding.
After it comes to room temperature cover it with a cling film and keep in the fridge for at least 4-5 hours.
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Kesar Badam Milk

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Kesar Badam milk is everyones favorite. Be it cold or hot this is one milk which is never turned down by anyone. Why should we be the exception ;-)

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This milk is very healthy and nutritious and it looks so tempting that you do not even have to ask kids to finish it.

Cool almond milk colored by saffron flavored by cardamom it is a treat to all senses :-)

Heavenly……

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This month I have been instructed by my family to concentrate on drinks and salads as weather has turned very hot. Well I can’t really blame them. When kids come home from school or classes they want just something cold to drink. Same is with hubby. So you can expect some more drinks and salad recipes from me.

When we make this in winters we add some ghee to it as it is served warm. My mom used to give this to us in our exam days when we were studying hard and needed lots of nutrition.

Kesar badam milk

You can have it in breakfast or at tea time. You can also serve these in cute shot glasses to your guests when you are entertaining.

How to make Kesar Badam Milk

Preparation time: 2 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Makes 4 cups

Ingredients:

4 cups milk
around 25 almonds soaked for 6-7 hours ( If you do not want to soak you can use blanched almonds also)
4 tsp Sugar (taste and adjust according to your taste)
¼ tsp Elaichi/cardamom powder
10-15 strands of saffron
a pinch of black pepper

To make Kesar Badam Milk

boil milk

Boil milk in a thick bottomed pan.

almond paste

Make almond paste in a blender using little milk.

add

After milk boils, add sugar, elaichi powder, almond paste, saffron and pepper to the milk.

Let it cook for 4-5 minutes.

Cool the mixture.

If you want to drink it hot serve as it is. For cold kesar badam milk keep it in fridge for 1- 2 hours.

Serve chilled garnished with almond slivers, pistachio slivers, saffron strands and a sprinkle of elaichi powder.

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Iced Tea

cool iced tea

 

Iced Tea is sooooo cool and refreshing and amazing and tempting and… I can go on and on but I think you have got the idea ;-)

iced tea

For tea lovers like me summers pose a real problem when we are craving for our cup of evening tea and Sun is shining too brightly and simply refuse to listen to our requests. This tea is the solution to this problem.

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Addition of lemon and mint simply increases the cool and refreshing factor manifolds. What do you say :-)

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I am sharing basic Iced Tea recipe. There are so many variations you can make of iced tea. We make this with green tea, orange juice and many more.
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How to make Iced Tea

Preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 2 minutes
makes 4 glasses

Ingredients:
4 cups water
2 tsp tea leaves
4 tsp sugar
½ lemon+ some lemon slices
10-12 mint leaves

 


To make Iced Tea

boil water

Boil 2 cups of water.
add tea
After it boils switch off the flame. Add 2 tsp of tea leaves. Cover the pan and let it steep for 5 minutes.
strain
Strain the water and add sugar to it.

cool

Let the water cool down. Then keep it in fridge for atleast 2-3 hours.

glasses

Before serving add 2 cups of cold water and juice of ½ lemon. Put lots of ice in a glass (preferably tall ;-) ) add lemon slices and mint leaves and pour iced tea.

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Sit back, close your eyes, take a sip and enjoy….

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