Category: Vegan Recipes

Rajasthani Panchmel Dal | Mixed Lentil Curry | Dal for Baati

Dal-Chawal-Achar-Pyaaz aur Papad (lentil curry, steamed rice, pickles, onion salad & some poppadoms)……there are days when that’s all you need! Probably every Indian’s soul food 😊 It’s mine for sure.

I make lentils (dals) in so many ways…I literally change the recipe each time I make it…and that’s like 5-6 times a week! Some days I temper the dals post cooking them…on others, I first add the tempering to the oil in a pot and then add raw lentils and slow-cook them together! Each way tastes different and yet so tempting!

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Like this Rajasthani Panchmel Dal or Panchratna Dal…I always temper this one twice! The aroma is so smoky and the flavours are subtle & yet packs a punch. This dal is very famous all over Rajasthan and the rest of India for being served with Baati…smoky, roasted wholewheat dumplings served with a generous topping of melted ghee..(clarified butter).

However, in my kitchen…it is made very regularly and served with steamed rice or soft rotis and a side of some veggies & curd. Or you can try my Dhabba Style Dal Makhani if you prefer something richer 😉 Along with Lacchaa Parathas 

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Let’s see how…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment:  pressure cooker, measuring cups/ spoons, 2 pans, ladle.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp each of tur dal, chana dal, masoor tukda, Kali urad tukda & yellow tukda moong (pigeon peas, split Bengal gram, pink lentils, black split lentils & split yellow lentils)

2 cup water

salt to taste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

For 1st tempering:

2 tbsp ghee

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1/4 tsp cumin seeds

2-3 nos. cloves/ laung

2 nos. whole dry chillies

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1/2 tsp each coriander & cumin pwd

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

1/4 tsp Garam masala pwd

1 cup chopped tomatoes

For 2nd tempering:

1 tsp ghee

1/4 tsp red chilly pwd

1 tsp sliced garlic

To garnish:

chopped coriander leaves

Method:

Wash all the dals together & soak them with salt & turmeric in 2 cups of water for 1 hour.

 

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Next, pressure cook them for about 2-3 whistles or until done as per your regular procedure of using the pressure cooker. Let the steam release in it’s own. Once the steam has released, open the pressure cooker and mash the cooked dals a bit using the back of the ladle. Set this aside.

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Now, heat 2 tbsp ghee in a pan, once this is hot enough, add red chillies, cloves, cumin seeds & hing. Wait until they crackle a bit, then add the cumin pwd, coriander pwd, ginger-garlic paste & red chilli pwd. Mix well and tip in the tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes turn mushy and the ghee seperates from the the mixture. Then add the cooked dals to this mixture and mix well and cook for 3-5 mins. Add water & salt if needed to adjust the consistency & flavour. Lastly add the Garam masala pwd & cook for a minute more. Turn off the flame and place a lid over the pan to let the flavours build up.

Meanwhile, make the second tempering in another pan by heating ghee, adding red chilli pwd and the sliced garlic to it. Let them crackle until the garlic is slightly brown and crisp. Add this tempering on top of the ready dal and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve this piping hot!

Add a dash of lime juice to this dal…and it tastes heavenly!

 

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This definitely makes me drool!! 😋

Love,

Shreya💕

Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s cookbook Khazana of Indian Vegetarian Recipes…(one of the earliest gifts given to me by my hubby)

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar – the evergreen breakfast in most homes is a novelty at mine! That’s because my hubby isn’t too fond of it and rarely agrees to have this combo for breakfast/ brunch. So on the day when he finally agrees to have some for the weekend, I go all out in making this combo extra special. 

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

There are no tricks to making a perfect Idli (lentil cake) if you ask me….it’s the climate that plays the most important role. Warmer the climate, obviously, better the fermentation resulting in soft, moist & super spongy Idlis 😋 Besides, softer the Idlis, the more Sambhar (South Indian style spiced lentil curry) they soak up!!! Sluuurrppp!

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

I have used my Mom’s recipe for both, Idli & Sambhar…along with her lip-smacking, easy-peasy green Coconut Chutney🤓 I must confess…this Sambhar is the closest to a traditional tiffin/ Udupi style Sambhar that I have ever had at home. Robust flavors accompanied by the tang from tamarind makes it super yum!

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

Let’s get going with the recipe…..I have shared a few tips in the method given below.

We will start with the Idli.

Wash the urad dal first. Rinse it at least twice under running water. Soak it with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours.
Follow the same step for the two kinds of rice. Soak them together with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours. Also, add the methi when soaking the rice.
Once the dal and the rice have soaked well, grind them separately. The dal, when ground must be smooth. Do not add too much water while grinding it.
Follow the same step for grinding the soaked rice with methi. However, the texture of rice when ground will be slightly grainy. Do not add too much water while grinding them.
Next, mix the ground dal and rice together in a large bowl. You can add a bit of water (I added approximately 1/2 cup) if they seem too thick after mixing.
Do not add salt yet. Once these two are mixed well, cover the bowl with a lid and set it aside in a warm place to ferment overnight.
Since the climate here is very hot & humid, the mixture fermented very well…almost overflowed from the bowl by next morning.

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You can place the bowl in the oven with its light on to ferment overnight if the climate in your part of the world isn’t very hot. Do not touch the mixture or disturb the process of fermentation.
What I usually do is, soak the rice & dal in the morning around 11am, it’s soaked really well by 6pm. That’s when I grind & mix them.

That way the mixture ferments for almost 12-13 hours for breakfast the next morning! It always works for me, I don’t add ENO or any other fruit salt to make the Idlis soft and spongy.
The fermentation is the only key here.

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Now that the batter is ready…what remains is making the Idlis! Keep about 1 cup water in the Idli steamer/ pressure cooker to boil.
In the meantime prepare the Idli plates, grease each depression with some oil. Season the batter with salt and mix well.

Pour about 2-3 tbsp. of the batter in each greased depression. Steam these in the pressure cooker/ Idli steamer for 10-12 minutes.
Once done, gently remove the Idli plate stand from the cooker/ steamer. Let it cool for a few minutes.
Now, a big pressure point for me is usually to unmould each Idli intact. A little tip here which I picked up from my Mom…
Take a bowl of water. Use your butter knife. Dip the butter knife in the bowl of water.
Then gently run it around the Idli and the Idli will come off the plate intact! Dip the butter knife in water for each Idli. Foolproof way to get those perfectly intact Idlis!!

For the Sambhar

Wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes. Add the soaked dal in the pressure cooker with water, salt, turmeric powder.
Add the tomatoes, curry leaves, onions & bottle gourd too. Cook them together in the pressure for 2-3 whistles. Let the pressure cooker cool down completely before opening the lid.
The dal & the veggies must be soft & mushy by now. You can add some water to correct the consistency if needed and boil the dal for about 2-3 minutes.
Next, add sambhar powder and grated jaggery to the tamarind pulp and mix well. Add this mixture to the cooked dal & veggies. Stir well and boil the sambhar for 3-4 minutes.
Now to temper the sambhar, heat oil in a small pan. Add all the ingredients listed above ‘for tempering’ to the hot oil and let them splatter for about 2 minutes.
Add this tempering to the boiled sambhar and mix well. Cover with a lid for a few minutes. Serve piping hot with Idli/ Dosa/ boiled rice.

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

Prep Time: 20 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Makes 15-18 small Idlis. Sambhar serves 2

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar - the evergreen breakfast in most homes is very easy to make and absolutely healthy!

Ingredients

    IDLI:
  • 1 cup split White urad dal (white lentils)
  • 1 cup rice (I used Basmati)
  • 2 cup boiled rice
  • 1/2 tsp methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed
  • Oil for greasing as needed
  • SAMBHAR:
  • Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup tuar/ arhar dal (skinned & split pigeon peas)
  • 2+1/2 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup cubed lauki (bottle gourd, one can add more veggies of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup tamarind pulp
  • 1/2 tsp grated jaggery
  • 2 tsp Sambhar powder (I use MTR)
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • For tempering:
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
  • A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 2-3 whole ber mirchi
  • A few curry leaves

Instructions

    IDLI
  1. Wash the urad dal first. Rinse it at least twice under running water. Soak it with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours.
  2. Follow the same step for the two kinds of rice. Soak them together with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours. Also, add the methi when soaking the rice.
  3. Once the dal and the rice have soaked well, grind them separately. The dal, when ground must be smooth. Do not add too much water while grinding it.
  4. Follow the same step for grinding the soaked rice with methi. However, the texture of rice when ground will be slightly grainy. Do not add too much water while grinding them.
  5. Next, mix the ground dal and rice together in a large bowl. You can add a bit of water (I added approximately 1/2 cup) if they seem too thick after mixing.
  6. Do not add salt yet. Once these two are mixed well, cover the bowl with a lid and set it aside in a warm place to ferment overnight.
  7. Since the climate here is very hot & humid, the mixture fermented very well...almost overflowed from the bowl by next morning.
  8. You can place the bowl in the oven with its light on to ferment overnight if the climate in your part of the world isn't very hot. Do not touch the mixture or disturb the process of fermentation.
  9. What I usually do is, soak the rice & dal in the morning around 11am, it's soaked really well by 6pm. That's when I grind & mix them.
  10. That way the mixture ferments for almost 12-13 hours for breakfast the next morning! It always works for me, I don't add ENO or any other fruit salt to make the Idlis soft and spongy.
  11. The fermentation is the only key here.
  12. Now that the batter is ready...what remains is making the Idlis! Keep about 1 cup water in the Idli steamer/ pressure cooker to boil.
  13. In the meantime prepare the Idli plates, grease each depression with some oil. Season the batter with salt and mix well.
  14. Pour about 2-3 tbsp. of the batter in each greased depression. Steam these in the pressure cooker/ Idli steamer for 10-12 minutes.
  15. Once done, gently remove the Idli plate stand from the cooker/ steamer. Let it cool for a few minutes.
  16. Now, a big pressure point for me is usually to unmould each Idli intact. A little tip here which I picked up from my Mom...
  17. Take a bowl of water. Use your butter knife. Dip the butter knife in the bowl of water.
  18. Then gently run it around the Idli and the Idli will come off the plate intact! Dip the butter knife in water for each Idli. Foolproof way to get those perfectly intact Idlis!!
  19. SAMBHAR
  20. Wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes. Add the soaked dal in the pressure cooker with water, salt, turmeric powder.
  21. Add the tomatoes, curry leaves, onions & bottle gourd too. Cook them together in the pressure for 2-3 whistles. Let the pressure cooker cool down completely before opening the lid.
  22. The dal & the veggies must be soft & mushy by now. You can add some water to correct the consistency if needed and boil the dal for about 2-3 minutes.
  23. Next, add sambhar powder and grated jaggery to the tamarind pulp and mix well. Add this mixture to the cooked dal & veggies. Stir well and boil the sambhar for 3-4 minutes.
  24. TEMPERING
  25. Heat oil in a small pan. Add all the ingredients listed above 'for tempering' to the hot oil and let them splatter for about 2 minutes.
  26. Add this tempering to the boiled sambhar and mix well. Cover with a lid for a few minutes. Serve piping hot with Idli/ Dosa/ boiled rice.
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I simply love these….and the combo is to die for!! Do try once.

Love,

Shreya💖

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Fruity Green Tea Cooler

Summers have arrived and how!? The heat kills me and all I want to do is sip on something chilled. But my hubby & I, we are both teetotallers, so I  try to make some healthy, non-alcoholic drinks when at home..😍 

Last summer too, I had shared some easy to do mocktail recipes over at Summer Siesta.  You may even find some of the most delicious ice creams there! 👌

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As I have said above, that we are a teetotaller couple….well that’s not entirely true because…I don’t even drink tea or coffee!! Yes, that’s right, I DON’T! Never have needed the kick from caffeine to wake me up every morning or to get rid of a bad headache. When most people learn this fact about me, they are surprised and try to convince me otherwise and stuff…LOL!! Makes no difference to me 😝

But I always make a large mug of tea and that’s just for my hubby…who loves his ‘chai’, proper with ginger and lots of milk! To be honest, he’s the one who taught me how to make a ‘decent cup of tea’. I’d never be told to make any at Mom’s as I never drank any so nobody trusted me to make it well! Hahahah…and I never complained😹😹

So coming on to my Fruity Green Tea Cooler, it’s delicious with a hint of grassy flavour that it gets from the green tea…but it’s dominated by the fruitiness it gets from one of my favourite fruits! 😋 Besides, it’s too easy to make and will compliment everything summery…🍹🍹🍹

Let’s see how….

Serves: 2

Equipment: a blender, a saucepan, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

2 cup chilled de seeded & chopped watermelon

1 nos. green tea bag (I used Lemon & Honey)

1 + 1/4 cup water

1/2 tsp lemon juice

honey to taste

ice cubes as needed to serve

Method:

Brew the green tea with warm water. Let cool down completely. Then chill this green tea for about 30 mins.

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Once this is chilled, add the green to the blender along with lemon juice, chopped watermelon & honey. Blend all these for a minute until everything is blended well. That’s it, add ice cubes if you like & enjoy!

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Now, doesn’t that look absolutely charming! I guess having something as healthy as this is much better than grabbing a can or two of cola!!

Love,

Shreya❤️

Adapted from The Busy Baker

Kurkuri Arbi

‘Arbi’ in Hindi or Colocasia in English is something many people do not enjoy. It could be because of it’s slightly slimy texture or because it has no flavour of it’s own….or could be because many people have not tried these Kurkuri Arbi! 😊 

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I, for one love it in any form. Yes, I do!! I make in 3 different ways, meaning 3 different preparations…first being in a curry form, it has a great flavour with aromatic spices and goes so well with crisp, hot Parathas! (yeah, the North Indian in me can’t live without her Parathas😂)

The second being a very simple stir fry…almost like French Fries but so different! It has a very few spices and goes perfectly with some ‘dal khichadi‘ (mixed lentil risotto – Indian style). However, I am not too fond of this preparation and make it very rarely.

Now, it’s the third and my most favourite way of cooking ‘Arbi’ that I am partial to…and it makes an appearance in our plates very regularly…and goes remarkably well with a bowl of steaming hot dal Tadka, rice & some pickle! Wow….my mouth just filled with saliva as I am typing this…😜😜 we call it Kurkuri Arbi…literally translated to Crispy Colocasia Fritters!

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I have learnt this from my Mom and she, probably from hers…it’s a family recipe. The best part about it is that it’s needs no onions or garlic, gets ready in a jiffy and can be served as starter too….could it BE any better!?

Few things to keep in mind when you make these.… I always prepare these in mustard oil however, you can make them in regular refined oil (olive oil?! Well, I don’t know…it’s a traditional Indian recipe…so I would suggest you stick to the basics). When pressure cooking the Arbi, be careful not to go over 2 whistles as they will just turn into a mash if they are over cooked. Also, ensure your hands are completely dry as you coat them with the spices, we don’t want to ruin them by adding any water. They are supposed to be super crisp.

And lastly, don’t worry about itchy fingers while peeling/ cutting them…the way we cook this is foolproof!

Also, I make a stuffed brinjal preparation using the same spices..and it’s awesome! Do have a look… Anyways..coming to this..

Yield: serves 2-3 persons

Equipment: a non-stick pan, measuring cups/ spoons, a spatula, a pressure cooker.

Ingredients:

400 grms Arbi (Colocasia, washed and cleaned well during you get rid of any mud or roots)

2 cup water

5-6 tbsp mustard oil (refer the tips mentioned above)

For the spice blend:

salt to taste

4 tbsp coriander pwd

2 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp sugar

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

3/4 tsp amchoor pwd (dry mango pwd)

Method:

In a pressure cooker, cook the cleaned Arbi for 1-2 whistles (read the tips mentioned above).

Once the pressure is settled, remove the boiled Arbi and let them cool down a bit. Then peel them properly and set them aside. (Your fingers won’t itch as they have been boiled).

Heat oil in the pan until it smokes and turn off the flame until the oil cools down (do this only if using mustard oil, else just heat the oil like you usually do). Once again turn on the flame, and add the peeled Arbi in the oil and shallow fry them until they turn slightly golden on all sides, it takes about 4-5 mins. Remove from the oil and set aside for a few mins. Then with the help of the spatula, smash them slightly to flatten them.

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Next, mix all the spices mentioned for the spice blend above. Coat each flattened Arbi in this spice blend and set it aside (Be generous with the spice blend and make sure the Arbi is coated well).

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Now, heat the oil left in the pan once again and shallow fry these coated Arbi until nice and crisp on all sides. This takes about 8-10 mins on medium flame. Once done, serve then piping hot with as a snack or as a side dish for your meal! ☺️

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These are seriously addictive! 😋 So please do try them soon…

Love,

Shreya💓

Tandoori Aloo Ka Paratha

North Indians love their Aloo ka Paratha! I am no different either…I can actually have it everyday…in all three meals😛😛 yes! I love it that much…😘 

Tandoori food also happens to be a hot favorite between my hubby and I. Smoky, crisp & full of robust flavours! I try to incorporate these flavours in a lot of dishes I make at home…including my Aloo ke Parathe😊 In Delhi and other parts of North India too, tandoori style Parathas are famous as street food and taste best when slathered with loads of butter….sluuurppp!

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Although, I don’t have a gas tandoor like most homes have (it occupies too much of space and I really don’t need it😉😉)….I manage to get that smokiness just right with my Naans and Parathas 👌🏼👌🏼 One simple …no fuss, easy and quick trick and I am sorted! Also, I must say my Mom’s recipe for the aloo (potato) stuffing is just out of the world…lipsmackingly good!

Common, let’s get on with the recipe…

Yield: 7-8 Parathas

Equipment: rolling board, rolling pin, measuring cups/ spoons, a large bowl, a small bowl.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

2 cup wholewheat flour

water as needed

1/2 tsp salt

4-5 tsp ghee

extra ghee to cook the Parathas

Method:

Mix all the dry ingredients with ghee in a large bowl. Slowly add water and make a very soft and pliable dough. Add some more ghee if needed to smoothen the dough. Cover the tough and set it aside for atleast 30 mins.

Ingredients for the surfing:

4 nos. boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes

salt to taste

2 tsp freshly grated garlic

1/4 tsp kala namak (Himalayan pink salt)

3 tsp chopped coriander leaves

1 tsp chopped green chillies

1/2 tsp amchoor pwd (raw mango pwd)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

Method:

In a small bowl, mix all the above ingredients well. That’s the stuffing ready.

Let’s proceed with making the Parathas, make small balls of the dough and stuff them like we do as usual for any stuffed paratha. Roll them out evenly.

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Next, cook them on a non-stick pan on both sides, grease with some ghee or butter.

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Once, it’s cooked properly on both sides, put the Paratha on open flame directly. Flip it with the help of tongs on the flames until they turn crisp and brown on both sides. That’s it, apply more butter or ghee and serve it piping hot! 😋

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Wow….this is just irresistible!! Some green chutney or a bit of pickle..and I am sorted!

Do try these soon.

Love,

Shreya💓

Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler

Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler is synonymous with summers in most Indian homes. Heaps of raw mangoes are washed, wiped dry, boiled and turned into this yummy sweet, salty & spicy concoction. Although, it is very common, but every household has some variation in the recipe which makes this drink so famous and irresistible!

Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler

Aam Panna is famous for it’s heat-resistant properties besides being delicious! My Mom says it’s great for digestion and insists we have it daily.

It is served as an appetizer too during summers which tastes best when served chilled! I usually don’t add ice cubes as it dilutes the flavor and the tartness of the drink but stick to using chilled water.

Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler

I follow my Mom’s recipe, which goes like this,

Wash the raw mangoes & wipe them dry.

Pressure cook them with 2-3 cups of water without peeling them for about 2 whistles.

Let the steam release on its own.

Then, once the boiled mangoes have cooled, squeeze out the pulp from the peels and the seeds.

Add some water in which the mangoes were boiled to the pulp but not too much.

About 1/2 a cup is enough to make the correct consistency.

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Then add sugar, mint leaves, Himalayan pink salt, salt and roasted cumin powder to the pulp.

Purée them all together in a blender or using a hand blender.

Taste the mixture and correct the salt or sugar to your liking.

Store this concentrate in a bottle in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks.

Mix 1 part of chilled water with 1 part of the concentrate, stir and serve!

Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 750 ml approximately

The perfect summer cooler made with delicate Indian spices and raw mangoes. A little sweetness and the freshness from mint adds to the final flourish!!

Ingredients

  • 6-7 nos. raw mango/ kairi
  • 1+1/2 cup sugar (adjust it as per preference)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt (kala namak)
  • 2 tbsp. roasted cumin powder
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 cup Water to boil the mangoes

Instructions

  1. Wash the raw mangoes & wipe them dry.
  2. Pressure cook them with 2-3 cups of water without peeling them for about 2 whistles.
  3. Let the steam release on its own.
  4. Then, once the boiled mangoes have cooled, squeeze out the pulp from the peels and the seeds.
  5. Add some water in which the mangoes were boiled to the pulp but not too much.
  6. About 1/2 a cup is enough to make the correct consistency.
  7. Then add sugar, mint leaves, hing, Himalayan pink salt, salt and roasted cumin powder to the pulp.
  8. Purée them all together in a blender or using a hand blender.
  9. Taste the mixture and correct the salt or sugar to your liking.
  10. Store this concentrate in a bottle in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks.
  11. Mix 1 part of chilled water with 1 part of the concentrate, stir and serve!

Notes

You can use any variety of non fibrous raw mangoes. You can choose to add more sugar if you like a sweeter version of Aam Panna.

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Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler

Absolutely delicious and it’s the best thirst quencher…beats a Cola for me!

Love,
Shreya❤️

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Lemon Rice

Some things are so simple and yet never cease to amaze you!! Lemon Rice happens to be just that for me! It’s so full of flavour, refreshing in every bite…I can’t seem to get enough of this! 

Leftover rice means Lemon Rice!! I make it at least once every week if I have any leftover rice.

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Being a non rice eater couple, I make rice just once a week, a little extra to purposely save some for the next day 😁 Even as a kid, my Mother would make it for lunch sometimes, pairing it with some papad, curd, pickle, etc. I always temper it with loads of chana dal, peanuts and stuff to give a crunchy texture!

I guess this is the best one-pot meal for the summers too because it gets ready in a jiffy! 😊

Let’s get going with this easy peasy recipe…

Yield: serves 1

Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, a wok.

Ingredients:

2 cup cooked rice

2-3 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

a handful of curry leaves

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 pinch asafoetida (hing)

1-2 dried red chilli (I used the round ones, called ‘ber mirchi’)

2 tbsp raw chana dal

2 tbsp raw white urad dal

1/2 cup raw peanuts

salt to taste

2-3 tsp lemon juice

Method:

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Heat oil in a wok. Once it’s hot enough, add asafoetida, curry leaves, mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, turmeric pwd, dried red chillies. Let these crackle for 2-3 mins. Next, pop in the peanuts. Fry the peanuts with the other ingredients for 5 mins. Season the ingredients with salt and add the cooked rice. Squeeze lemon juice and mix well. Turn off the flame. Cover with a lid for 2 mins and serve hot.

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Tips to follow for perfectly seperate rice grains:

*Use cold, leftover rice.

*If using freshly cooked rice, then keep it the refrigerator for 30 mins before making Lemon Rice.

*Always use a fork to fluff the rice before adding it to the wok. This keeps the cooked grains of rice intact.

Hope you enjoy this!

Love,

Shreya💖

Fizzy Orange Popsicles

Yes! My love for Popsicles is very evident…I cannot resist Popsicles! 😛 And Orange Popsicles happen to be favorite ever since I was a kid. It’s so tangy, citrusy and yet deliciously sweet! Just what these relentless Summers need! 

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Look at that colour….😻 So bright and inviting. Every kid’s favorite flavour…Orange!! But I do like other flavours like Rose, Mango or even Kiwi! So many flavours to choose from this Summer!

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It’s very common to have Orange Squash/ Crush at home during summers…mix it with some chilled water and add a few cubes of ice. I do it too! So, the other day while sipping on some Orange Squash, I wished it was an Orange Soda instead of just plain squash…and that’s when I thought of freezing it for a few hours! That way I’d get to enjoy it as a Popsicle! 😬 One can easily incorporate other flavours of their choice. After all, it takes just 2 ingredients!! 

Yield: 3-4 Popsicles

Equipment: Popsicle moulds, a jug, spoon, ice-cream sticks.

Ingredients:

Club Soda …as needed per person 1/2 a glass approx

Orange Squash/ Crush…as needed per person 6 tbsp. approx. (you can adjust this)

Method:

In a jug, combine the squash along with soda very quickly so that the fizz from the soda remains fresh. Add a little extra squash as it gives a nice sweet flavour & a bright colour. Fill the popsicle moulds, cover with foil or Popsicle caps and freeze for 3 hours. Remove the moulds from the freezer, the Popsicles will be 50%- 60% frozen by now, place the ice- cream sticks in each Popsicle. Cover with foil or popsicle caps. Freeze for another 3-4 hours to freeze completely. Let these thaw for a few mins before you unmould and enjoy! 🤗

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These were the easiest Popsicles I’ve ever made..!! And they taste better than the store bought ones!

Love,

Shreya💓

3 Ingredient Strawberry Jam | Strawberry Preserve | No Pectin Strawberry Jam | Homemade Strawberry Jam

3 Ingredient Strawberry Jam | Strawberry Preserve | No Pectin Strawberry Jam | Homemade Strawberry Jam!! What’s not to love? It’s free of any preservatives, no pectin or added colors….it’s a win-win recipe all the way through. 

3 Ingredient Strawberry Jam | Strawberry Preserve | No Pectin Strawberry Jam | Homemade Strawberry Jam

Look at the glossy texture of this 3 Ingredient Strawberry Jam | Strawberry Preserve | No Pectin Strawberry Jam | Homemade Strawberry Jam 😍 So very luscious! It’s better than the store bought jams. The flavors are so fresh and fruity with hint of tang. I like this slightly chunky so did not mash the fruits too much, it’s completely up to you. I highly recommend that you make this once at least while we are still getting loads of fresh strawberries all around us.

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I had made a batch a few years ago and had long forgotten all about it until I found a really nice recipe just last week! I was excited and wanted to give it go…and it has turned out just perfect! The best part is that my hubby…who loves his Strawberry Jam/ Preserve, approved this with a big smile! Happy Dance!!! 💃🏻💃🏻🤗 It tasted fabulous with some bread…or go crazy making so many more desserts using this!

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Let’s get going with the recipe.

Wash the strawberries, pat them dry.
Then hull them using a paring knife (a regular knife will also do).
Chop them roughly and keep them in a large bowl. Add sugar to this and mix well.
Cover and set it aside for 4-5 hours. Remember to stir it once every 30 minutes or so.
This will macerate the strawberries well (help in releasing the juices).

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After 4-5 hours, that’s how they should look.
Alongside, place a ceramic/ stainless steel plate in the freezer, it will be used later to check the consistency of the jam.
Heat a heavy bottomed pan, add the strawberries with all their juices to the pan, stir continuously until they come a rolling boil, this will take about 6-7 minutes.

Using a potato masher, mash the strawberries well and continue to stir.
Cook for another 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice at this stage (lemon juice is added to give a nice gloss to the jam).
Let it cook & allow the juices to reduce for a few minutes, but ensure you stir it constantly.

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Once the jam looks thick and gooey, drop some on the chilled plate and wait for 30 seconds to let it set. Then draw a line in between, if the lines do not spread into each other, it means that the jam is ready & you can turn off the gas.
If not, then cook it for another 5-7 minutes and repeat this step with another chilled plate.

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Cool the cooked jam thoroughly and store it a clean & dry glass bottle/ jar. Always use a dry spoon to remove the jam. Store this in the refrigerator and it should last for over 3 months.

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Prep Time: 4 hours

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 250 gms approximately

3 Ingredient Strawberry Jam is so easy to make and comes together in a flash, it needs no pectin. Enjoy this with some bread or top your favorite muffin with some jam!

Ingredients

  • 400 gms fresh strawberry
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Wash the strawberries, pat them dry.
  2. Then hull them using a paring knife (a regular knife will also do).
  3. Chop them roughly and keep them in a large bowl. Add sugar to this and mix well.
  4. Cover and set it aside for 4-5 hours. Remember to stir it once every 30 minutes or so.
  5. This will macerate the strawberries well (help in releasing the juices).
  6. After 4-5 hours, that's how they should look.
  7. Alongside, place a ceramic/ stainless steel plate in the freezer, it will be used later to check the consistency of the jam.
  8. Heat a heavy bottomed pan, add the strawberries with all their juices to the pan, stir continuously until they come a rolling boil, this will take about 6-7 minutes.
  9. Using a potato masher, mash the strawberries well and continue to stir.
  10. Cook for another 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice at this stage (lemon juice is added to give a nice gloss to the jam).
  11. Let it cook & allow the juices to reduce for a few minutes, but ensure you stir it constantly.
  12. Once the jam looks thick and gooey, drop some on the chilled plate and wait for 30 seconds to let it set.
  13. Then draw a line in between, if the lines do not spread into each other, it means that the jam is ready & you can turn off the gas.
  14. If not, then cook it for another 5-7 minutes and repeat this step with another chilled plate.
  15. Cool the cooked jam thoroughly and store it a clean & dry glass bottle/ jar. Always use a dry spoon to remove the jam. Store this in the refrigerator and it should last for over 3 months

Notes

Dry the strawberries completely before slicing them. Let the strawberries macerate well to get the best taste. Cool the jam completely before storing them in jars.

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Love,

Shreya💞

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Adapted from The Secret Ingredient

Kiwi Mojito Popsicles

Frozen desserts happen to be my favourite….especially Popsicles! 🤗😍😍 I can have too many at a go ever since I was a kid😋 

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The more fruity it is, the better it tastes! Last year too, I had shared some Popsicle recipes here..you can check those out. They are refreshing and too easy to make…maybe you could involve your kids this vacation season in some kitchen activities & make yummy Popsicles. 

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Kiwi is one of the prettiest fruits according to me….so making summery delights using them was on my mind…and Virgin Mojitos happen to me my favorite drink. Hence, I combined the two and made these really delicious Popsicles! They are healthy and absolutely irresistible 😉😉 lets get started with the easy peasy recipe…

Kiwi Mojito Popsicle

Yield: 5-6 small Popsicles

Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, Popsicle mould, ice cream sticks, blender.

Ingredients:

2 nos. chopped kiwis

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

2-3 tbsp sugar (add more or less)

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Method:

Heat water in a pan, once it starts boiling, add the mint leaves and sugar. Let these boil on low flame for about 10 mins. Once done, cool completely and strain the mint leaves. Keep the strained water aside.

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Next, add chopped kiwi in a blender along with lime juice and the strained water. Blender until smooth. Then fill the Popsicle moulds with this purée and cover with the lids and place the ice cream sticks. Freeze for 6-7 hours or overnight.

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Enjoy these yummy Popsicles this summer☀️🌞

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Dont they look pretty 😬

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Gimme Some Oven

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