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Cranberry Jam is sweet and sour bread spread. It has a rich and vibrant color that kids or even adults fall for it. Cranberries are in season now but are very sour and leaves a bitter taste when eaten raw. Tried this jam with fennel or saunf, to give it a very earthy aroma. Its easy to make with just 5 ingredients.

Cranberries is a popular superfood with 87% water content, 12% Carbs and moderate levels of Vitamin C and Dietary fiber. It has antioxidants which are good for immunity, reduces blood pressure. It reduces the risk of certain cancers and UTIs.

As its holiday time and families get ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities, this Cranberry Fennel Jam can be a nice delish addition to the festive dinner table.

A video link to this recipe – https://youtu.be/gEZcQCkNpg4

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 2 Cups Cranberries
  2. 1 Cup Sugar
  3. 1 Cup Water
  4. 1 Teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  5. 1 Teaspoon Cornflour

PREPARATION TIME: 15 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Boil 1 Cup water and add in Fennel seeds to infuse its flavours
  • Add Sugar and let it dissolve
  • Add in the Cranberries , cover and let it cook for 5 minutes
  • Stir in between  and cook covered until the cranberries are mushy
  • Mash up the berries until a pulp like consistency is formed
  • Pour in cornflour mixed in 1/4 th cup water and  keep stirring
  • Cook until a thick consistency is achieved.
  • Pour  it in canning jars and close lid
  • Once cool refrigerate it.
  • Stays well in refrigerator for over a month.

Chutneys are an essential part of any meal. They are made up of different fruits and vegetables or sometimes even the peel of the vegetable.  Its a pureed form or paste form of any fruit or veggie with spices and even a tempuring sometimes. Chutneys add a extra taste or dimention to a meal.

Today its Mango chutney, which is sweet in taste and is made up of half ripe or ripe mango. I have added paprika or red chilli too, for a spicy taste.  Looks so delectable and tempting. You can use Mango Chutney as a spread on bread or as a marinade for various meat cuts. Mango Chutney goes well with chicken wings, pork, and beef too.

I have not used vinegar as i am making in a small quantity to last a few days or probably a couple of weeks in refrigerator. Lets get started!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 2 Ripe Mangoes
  2. 2 Tablespoon Oil
  3. 1/2 Cup Sugar /Jaggery
  4. 2 Dry Red Chillies
  5. 1 Teaspoon Panchphoran ( A mix of Cumin, Fenugreek, Fennel, Black Mustard and Nigella Seeds)
  6. 4-5 Peppercorns
  7. 1 Bay Leaves
  8. 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin / Jeera Powder
  9. 1/2 Teaspoon Paprika / Red Chilli Powder
  10. 1/2 Lemon juice
  11. Salt as per taste
  12. 1 Cup Water

PREPARATION TIME: 20 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Wash, Peel, de-seed and puree the mango. Keep aside.
  • Heat up oil, and crackle bay leaves, dry red chilli , peppercorns and panchphoran.
  • Add Mango puree and cook until all water reduces.
  • Add sugar and keep cooking on low heat
  • Add water to get the consistency you want.
  • Add Salt to taste and red chilli powder.
  • Keep cooking until it gets thick and looks like a thick paste.
  • Take it off heat and let it cool. Once warm enough to touch squeeze lemon juice.
  • Mix the juice in and let it cool further
  • For more spiciness add more red chilli.
  • Once cooled, pour it in jar and refrigerate.

 

Karahi is nothing but a heavy bottom pan in a big bowl shape. The Karahi recipes are all made in this pan and thus named after it. The origins of karahi recipes can be found in Pakistan, so named this dish Lahori Murg Karahi.

Chicken is also known as “Murg” and here i have used small cuts of chicken thighs. Chicken thighs are juicy and is easy to chew. It doesn’t get chewy unlike the breast pieces., but whole chicken can also be used. Lahori Murg Karahi is made in thick rich tomato gravy and various spices to give it its aroma and flavour!

Karahi recipes are generally dry but i like keeping a little thick gravy , which makes it even more tastier and fingerlicking. Lahori Murg Karahi is served with Roti, Naan, Parathas or Rumali rotis.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 2lb/1 kg Chicken Thighs boneless
  2. 4 Tomatoes
  3. 1 Onion
  4. 2 Teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  5. 1 Cup Curd/ Yogurt
  6. 3-4 Cloves / Long
  7. 6-7 Black Peppercorns / Golki
  8. 3 Green Cardamoms / Elaichi
  9. 1 Teaspoon Cumin/ Jeera Powder
  10. 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  11. 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  12. 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  13. Salt to taste
  14. Red Chilli Powder to taste
  15. 2 Tablespoon Oil / Ghee
  16. 4 Slit Green Chillies
  17. 1 Teaspoon fresh Ginger Julienne
  18. 1/2 Cup Fresh Green Coriander for Garnish

PREPARATION TIME: 45 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Heat oil in Karahi and crackle peppercorns, cardamom and cloves
  • Throw in chopped onions and ginger garlic paste. Saute until onions get golden brown in colour.
  • Add in 2 green chillies and chicken pieces, saute until chicken changes colour and finishes releasing water.
  • Add in chopped tomatoes, Salt and Turmeric and give everything a good mix.
  • Once the tomatoes soften, add in cumin and coriander powder, saute for 3-4 minutes.
  • Once the excess liquid reduces, add in the curd and garam masala.
  • Mix everything, reduce heat, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes. Stir in between.
  • Cook until the curd releases oil, and chicken takes up a glossy look.
  • Add little water if gravy required and simmer and let boil until chicken is done
  • Garnish with Ginger Juliennes, Fresh coriander leaves and slit green chillies.
  • Serve hot with Roti, Naan or Rumali rotis.

 

Pearl couscous are little edible pearls that were developed in Israel in 1950’s. Its a machine made rounded kind of pasta made from semolina or suji. It is ideally used as a base in a grain salad or risotto as it has a slightly chewiness just like any other pasta.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 Cup Pearl Couscous
  2. 1/2 Cucumber
  3. 1 Tomato
  4. 1/2 Cup fresh Coriander
  5. 1/2 Lemon Juice
  6. 4-5 Garlic pods
  7. Black pepper to taste
  8. Salt to taste
  9. 1 Tablespoon Oil

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Cook pearl couscous as written on its packet. Generally its boiled in water. 1 Cup measure of Couscous takes around 1 3/4 th cup water. Boil the water and add couscous, let it cook for  10 mins until they swell up.  They should break easily between two fingers. Once done, drain excess water and keep it covered for  5 mins. Then fluff up with a fork.
  • Heat oil in a wok, add garlic pods and let it get browned or burnt to get a smokey garlicky flavour.
  • Throw in the couscous, salt and pepper and give everything a good mix
  • Take it off the flame and sprinkle lemon juice, mix well
  • Add in chopped cucumber, chopped tomatoes and fresh chopped coriander .
  • Spin well in a salad mixing bowl. Voila its ready to eat!
  • Enjoy with any meal or as a meal in itself.

 

 

This soft and spongy, little piece of art is a beauty on plate, with swirly swirls or waves of chocolate cake with the banana cake and added rich texture of  walnuts.  Well if you are craving for banana cake  and chocolate cake  both, then this delicious Banana Walnut Marble cake is the answer.

Bake this beauty to perfection with sugarfree granules or zero calorie sugar or artificial sweetener and enjoy a less calorie version of  the super moist Banana Walnut Marble cake.  Try making your own design or swirls, its pretty much fun thing to do with kids and family. When your cake turns out to be the centrepiece of the table, you are the one who is most proud.  Happy Baking!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 2/3 Cups All Purpose Flour
  2. 1/3 Cup All Purpose Flour for dusting Walnuts
  3. 4 Teaspoon Cocoa Powder
  4. 1 Cup Sugar / Artifical Sweetner
  5. 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
  6. 2 Eggs
  7. 2 Ripe Bananas
  8. 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence
  9. 1/2 Cup Milk
  10. 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  11. Pinch of Salt
  12. 1/2 Cup Walnuts

PREPARATION TIME: 50 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Chop Walnuts and dust it with the flour and keep aside
  • Mash the bananas and keep aside
  • In a Bowl, blend sugar, eggs and oil till light and  fluffy.
  • Add in mashed bananas, vanilla essence and mix well
  • Add in flour, baking powder, salt and milk, mix well
  • Ensure there are no lumps, should be thick batter consistency
  • Divide the mixture into two parts
  • Add Cocoa powder to one part and mix well till the batter is dark and chocolaty
  • Fold in walnuts equally in both divided mixture parts
  • Pour little of the light coloured mixture in a greased pan
  • Next pour in little of the dark mixture on the light coloured mixture
  • Keep alternating until all batter is in the greased pan
  • Make swirls or diagonal lines to create a beautiful design with a knife
  • Bake for 40 minutes or until the cake leaves the pan sides at 190 degrees centigrade.

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 449.6 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34.0g 52%
Saturated Fat 3.0g 15%
Trans Fat 29.1g
Cholesterol 47.8mg 16%
Sodium 114.3mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 35.2g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2.9g 12%
Sugars 5.2g
Protein 6.9g 14%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Rainbow Salad is one healthy way to get more vegetables in your food. Kids as well as adults love the pop of colors and is a nutritious and delicious option of healthy food.  Seeds being the superfood, add crunch and a nutty texture to the whole salad.

This low fat rainbow salad has all the food colors like, red, green, purple, orange etc. which is necessary for the body as it contains all the nutrients a body requires. Rainbow foods provides nutrients like Vitamin C, Fibre, Beta-Carotene, Lycopene and folate etc. This Salad is rich in potassium and dietary fibre.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 Cup Napa Cabbage
  2. 2 Cup Iceburg Lettuce
  3. 1 Cup Red Cabbage
  4. 1 Cucumber
  5. 2 Tomatoes
  6. 1 Avacado
  7. 1/4 Cup Walnuts
  8. 1 Tablespoon Sesame seeds
  9. 1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Seeds
  10. Fresh chopped coriander
  11. Salt to taste
  12. Black Pepper to taste
  13. 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar

PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • In a bowl, throw roughly chopped Napa cabbage and Iceberg Lettuce
  • Add Shredded red cabbage and freshly chopped coriander
  • Add diced tomatoes , avacados and cucumber, mix well
  • Throw in Sesame seeds, Pumpkin seeds, and chopped Walnuts
  • Sprinkle Salt and Black pepper
  • Pour in Balsamic vinegar and mix all ingredients well.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 182.3 Calories from Fat 128.7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.3g 22%
Saturated Fat 1.8g 9%
Trans Fat 11.7g
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0%
Sodium 78.0mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 12.8g 4%
Dietary Fiber 6.0g 24%
Sugars 2.5g
Protein 4.4g 9%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Chicken with spinach is a comforting, low calorie, high protein curry with lots of earthiness from freshly chopped spinach. This chicken spinach curry is packed with nutrients and  is a healthy food for proper hair, skin and blood.Spinach is high in iron and is a superfood to increase haemoglobin in the body. This chicken curry is packed with iron, vitamins, mineral and other vital nutrients.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 500 gms Chicken Breasts diced
  2. 2 Cups Chopped fresh Spinach
  3. 1 Onion
  4. 1 Tomato  Puree
  5. 1 Teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  6. 1 Green Chilly
  7. 2 Tablespoon Oil
  8. 3 Cloves
  9. 1 Bay Leaf
  10. 2 Dried Red Chillies
  11. 3 Green Cardamom
  12. 1 Teaspoon Kasoori Methi
  13. 1 Teaspoon Turmeric
  14. 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilly Powder
  15. 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin Powder
  16. 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  17. 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  18. 1 Teaspoon Chicken Masala Powder
  19. Salt to taste
  20. 1/2 Cup Milk
  21. Fresh Coriander Chopped

PREPARATION TIME: 45 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • In a pan, heat oil and crackle Cumin, Bay leaf, Cardamom and Dry Red Chillies
  • Saute Ginger Garlic paste and add sliced onions, saute till onions are brown
  • Add tomato paste, Green Chilly, Salt, red chilli powder and turmeric powder, saute till it forms a thick paste
  • Add diced Chicken and saute till the colour changes and chicken releases water
  • Add Kasoori Methi, Garam Masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and chicken Masala
  • Cook until all water dries up and chicken turns brown
  • Add Milk and little water, mix well, and let it boil
  • Throw in Chopped spinach and give it a boil until you achieve the right consistency
  • Serve hot with fresh chopped coriander as garnish

 

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 193.5 Calories from Fat 69.3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.7g 12%
Saturated Fat 0.7g 4%
Trans Fat 4.3g
Cholesterol 45.8mg 15%
Sodium 187.1mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 7.6g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2.2g 9%
Sugars 2.8g
Protein 23.2g 46%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Hung Curd is Curd or Yogurt drained of its water. Its thick and creamy in texture. Hung Curd is used in many Indian Recipes like Tikkas, Kababs, Wraps, Sandwiches, Dips and Chutneys. Its Low in Sugar and Carbs and high in Protein and Calcium. In this Dip we have used Mustard oil as the flavour and curry leaves and mustard seeds as tempering. Its Creamy, Rich, Flavourful and made from easily available ingredients.

One of my friends had made this Hung Curd Dip to go along with her various snacks. It was love at first taste. It just melts in mouth leaving behind the strong mustardy taste in mouth. Its very easy and simple to make. Its the healthiest alternative for cream and mayonnaise.

To make Hung Curd take 200 gms Curd and put it in a clean Muslin Cloth. Tie the Cloth and hang it for an hour to drain the water. Once water is drained, open the cloth and put the hung Curd in a bowl.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 150 gms Hung Curd
  2. 2-3 Teaspoon Mustard Oil
  3. 1/4 Teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  4. Few Curry Leaves
  5. Pinch of Asafoetida
  6. 1/4 Teaspoon Chilli Flakes
  7. Salt to taste

PREPARATION TIME: 1 Hour 5 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • In a bowl take Hung Curd and add salt and chilli flakes
  • Mix curd well till its a smooth consistency, make a small well in between
  • In a small pan heat mustard oil and crackle asafoetida, curry leaves and mustard seeds.
  • Pour the oil on the curd and done.
  • Serve with snacks and bread!

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 47.6 Calories from Fat 24.3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.7g 4%
Saturated Fat 0.8g 4%
Trans Fat 0.3g
Cholesterol 3.1mg 1%
Sodium 73.8mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 3.6g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%
Sugars 3.5g
Protein 2.7g 5%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

This is a ‘whatever is left at home’ kind of a savory cake recipe. I stumbled on it just combining various ingredients, but love it now. Also, hey, sweet potato and beans – two on two for super foods!

INGREDIENTS:

400 gms sweet potatoes shredded or ribboned

1 (450 gms) can black beans

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup flour

1 egg

2 teaspoons oregano

1 tablespoon cumin

Salt, pepper, paprika to taste

HOW TO PREPARE:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Roast the sweet potato until tender, about 10-15 mins.

Meanwhile, combine all ingredients beans, parmesan cheese, flour, egg. Add the spices.

Let the sweet potato cool down for a few minutes.

Now mix it into the mixture above, mash everything together.

Make small patties and pan fry until golden on both sides. Serve with salsa and guacamole OR a yogurt dip!

Pizza and red wine is my fave kind of a Friday night. Here is my go-to fall/ winter pizza! Butternut Squash has a nutty, sweet taste and is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It goes well with caramelized Onions! Both on Pizza is a classic quick recipe, best for weekend comfort food!

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 wheat pizza dough (store bought)

1 tub carmelized onion dip (any other white/ mayo based dip works also)

400 gms butternut squash cubed or ribboned

1 large onion

Baby spinach leaves (to taste)

1/2 packet mozarella cheese

1 packet goat cheese

Arugula leaves (optional)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Set the oven to preheat to 450 degrees F. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the butternut squash and roast until tender, about 20 minutes.

Chop the onion into thin slices, saute in a spoonful of olive oil on low heat until it turns golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Wash the spinach leaves and set aside, slice the mozarella cheese into thin slices and set aside.

Roll out the dough on a pizza pan until it is 12″ wide. Spread the onion dip, be generous on the edges.

Take the butternut squash out of the oven, let it cool for a couple minutes.

Add spinach and the carmelized onions on the pizza, add mozarella slices, then add the butternut squash. Lastly sprinkly goat cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Let the pizza bake until the edges and the cheese is light golden brown. Let it rest for a couple minutes. Top with arugula, slice and serve!

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