Friday, 25 September 2020

Healthy Peanut Butter Laddoos

 

Healthy Peanut Butter laddoos

Peanuts are often used in Indian cooking to thicken gravies, even added to dishes to enhance the flavours. It is a good source of protein and should be included in diet. 


I have tried to make a healthy version on peanut butter laddoos using jaggery and not sugar. Also added healthy multi grain flour and oats to this recipe. The laddoos can be stored in an air tight jar in the refrigerator for a week.
These delicious balls of melting  temptation with peanut butter rolled in jaggery and other ingredients, is not difficult to fix. This is a good option to give children instead of chocolates. So note down the simple ingredients and get it done on the weekend. 




Healthy Peanut Butter laddoos

 

 

Ingredients

1 cup peanut butter (unsweetened)
1/2 cup gram flour
1/2 cup multi  grain flour ( ragi, bajra, jawar)
3/4 cup jaggery granules
2 tbsp ghee

Method

In a pan, dry roast the oats for 2- 3  minutes till they emit a toasted aroma. Leave aside to cool.

2. In the same way roast the gram flour and multi grain flour. Roast till golden brown.

3. When its cooled, add it to a mixer jar and grind into a fine powder.

4. Now sieve the powder and remove granules. To this flour add jaggery powder. Mix well.

5. Now add melted ghee and peanut butter and combine to make a dough.

6. Start making the  laddoos now, take a fistful and start shaping into a round shape.

7. Make round balls and make the laddoos ready.Store in clean dry container.




Healthy Peanut Butter laddoos


Note


1. Use the crunchy peanut butter for better taste and texture.
2. It is optional to.add nuts or seeds to the mixture.
3. If the mixture doesn't bind together you can add a little milk to it.
4. Instead of ghee, the  next time I added 2 tbsp of Cocosoul cold Pressed Virgin Coconut oil. 

Enjoy your healthy peanut butter laddoos now. Each laddoo is a powerhouse of taste and nutrition.









Friday, 4 September 2020

Dark Chocolate Energy Bites Recipe

 

These Dark Chocolate Energy Bites were delicious in every bite. I made a couple of these last week and stored them away in my refrigerator. It was a healthy option to dessert cravings  after meals ~ these bites are made with a combination of rich dark chocolate and regular milk chocolate topped with fruits and seeds.
I did not add nuts as I was doing another recipe with nuts that day but surely you can top it with almonds and walnuts to make it more healthier. They were extremely delicious and fulfilling to taste.



Dark Chocolate Energy Bites


I used morde cooking chocolate and Cadburys Milk chocolate for this recipe in 2:1 proportion. You can use the chocolates available to you. As I did not have chocolate moulds so I used small sized plastic lids of disposable boxes. The size of Monaco or Marie Biscuits. But if have the choco moulds that would be perfect. 

This recipe made roughly 20 to 22 pieces of dark chocolate energy bites. 

Ingredients

200 gms Dark Chocolate (Morde)
100 gms Milk Chocolate  (Cadbury's)
1 tsp Flax Seeds
1tsp Pumpkin seeds
1 tsp Sunflower seeds
1 tsp tutti  frutti

Method

1. Roughly break the dark and milk chocolates into small pieces and put it in a microwave safe bowl.

2. Now place it in the microwave  for 30 seconds. Remove and stir with spatula, place it again for 20 minutes.  This will ensure the chocolate will not burn. If it doesn't melt then ace again for 10 seconds.

3. Mix the melted chocolate well together.

4. Now fill the round moulds with the melted chocolate. Lightly tap it on the surface  that it spreads evenly.

5. Sprinkle the three types of seeds and tutti frutti on the soft chocolate so that its sets well. Do it quickly  before the chocolate  hardens again.

6. Further pop the chocolate in the refrigerator chiller for an hour to harden.

7. Now take the chocolates out and unmould them slowly without  breaking the bites.

8. Store the dark chocolate energy bites in a container and savour whenever you wish. 


Dark Chocolate Energy Bites


Note


You can use the  double boiling method and melt the chocolate on the gas. You have to place water in a vessel and then take the chocolate pieces in another vessel and place it over the water vessel. Keep stirring it on slow flame till the chocolate melts .

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Easy Avocado on Toast Breakfast Recipe

 

Have you tried having avocado on toast for breakfast? With plenty of avocados available in the market I decided to give it a try instead of the regular scrambled eggs on toast. So here is a simple and easy Avocado on toast recipe I stirred up in my kitchen. With the ingredients available to me that morning.  Well the recipe was easy and done in a jiffy. But my only advice is, once the avacado mixture is prepared, do not wait ti eat it. It has to be eaten as soon as possible ot else you will get a bitter after taste. 

Before I explain the recipe here are a few tips to buy and store avocados.
1. Buy the darker colored avocados, they are more freshy and loaded with health benefits.

 2. They should feel a tad bit soft but not mushy.

3. If avocados are hard, then store it in a newspaper or paper bag to ripen.

4. If you have used half an avocado and need to store the other half then squeeze some lime juice or vinegar on half of it. Also store it in an airtight container or else it will turn brown.


And Now for the Recipe ..... 

 

 

Easy Avocado toast recipe

 

Easy Avocado on Toast Recipe


Ingredients


1 ripe avocado 
2/3 slices bread
1 clove of garlic
1 tbsp virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 tsp lime juice

Cilantro or parsley (do not use coriander leaves, skip it if you don't have) 

 

For Garnish


Red chilly Flakes
Pomegranate




Method

1. First you need to cut the avocado in half and remove seed from the middle. Peel the skin of the avocado. 


2. Chop into pieces and add it to the mixer jar. 


3. To this add the other ingredients and blend well till it gets pulpy like a smooth buttery paste.


4. Toast the bread slices. Now scoop out the avocado mixture and apply to the toast. 

5. Garnish with red chilly flakes and pomegranate. 

6. Serve immediately with egg (fried or boiled) and cut fruit. 





Note 


You can top your avocado with various toppings of your choice
Cream Cheese, Baked Beans, Tuna, Cherry tomatoes or even strawberries and balsamic vinegar.

What would you like to try on your Avocado toast? Let me know in the comments below. 

 

 

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Qualities that make a scrumptious pizza

 Are you a Pizza Lover?
If the answer is in the affirmative and you start craving for pizza, I am sure you are a pizza lover. But do you know how to recognize a really good quality authentic pizza. A perfect pizza is a wholesome combination of a good base, sauce and toppings, it not only has to be placed well but also executed to perfection.

 

 

Qualities that make a scrumptious pizza

What are the Qualities that make a scrumptious pizza


1. A well done Crispy Crust

The general rule about authentic pizza  says that the crust should be crispy on the outside. The dough should be baked through and not raw, moreover not have a yeasty flavor. That is why people prefer the thin crust pizza that is crispy, well cooked yet melts in the mouth.  

 


2. A Delicious Sauce

A Pizza sauce is blended with ripe juicy tomatoes, and seasoned with garlic, basil, and salt. This has to added to the pizza base in the right proportion, not too much and not too less. You should be able to experience the wonderful robust flavor in each bite along with it’s over components. It helps in creating that wonderfully robust yet never overwhelming flavor. If added in access the pizza gets soggy and cannot be enjoyed with the over powering saucy flavor. 

 

 
3. Good amount of Cheese

You just know it in every bite. The pizza has to have a good amount of cheese, yes please.  And just how can you decide that your pizza is well made and with real good quality cheese. The chhese should melt well and stick to the base of the cheese. It can be stringy but not dry. A great pizza has a chewsy and tangy taste that is equal. 

 

 


4. Evenly placed Toppings

A good quality pizza slice displays evenly distributed toppings. If you have ordered a vegetarian pizza, the pizza should contain and clearly depict the toppings. If a Paneer Pizza has just vegetables and one or two pieces of paneer then you can tell that pizza is not the best. 


5. Cooking it through

  It really doesn't matter if the pizza is cooked in an electric or wooden oven or if its prepared in a pan. For best results the pizza should be cooked on high temperature yet placing the pizza on the middle shelf so that the pizza cooks even in the middle without leaving it under cooked. 


Here are the reasons why people around the world love eating pizza. It is all these factors that make a good pizza that can be enjoyed with your senses.  I am guessing, it’s a combination of how the pizza smells, looks, and tastes. But the taste definitely matter the most.

 

 

Healthy Peanut Butter Laddoos

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