Thursday, 19 November 2020

Haldi Doodh or Turmeric Milk Latte Recipe

Haldi Doodh or Turmeric Milk Latte Recipe

A drink that calms me down after a hectic schedule is Haldi doodh or Turmeric milk latte (as it's called nowadays). For one it makes me feel warm, fuzzy, and induces deep sleep. 

 

Haldi Doodh or Turmeric Milk Latte Recipe

 


Golden milk or Haldi Doodh as they call it, is a traditional Ayurvedic drink made with turmeric root (or ground turmeric), milk, black pepper, and s few other ingredients.  It is totally sweetened with sugar or jaggery but for best medicinal benefits the use of honey is important.  


Here are some of the most basic terms used for Golden Turmeric Milk:


Haldi Doodh: Originated from India, this is the original name for Gold milk.

Turmeric Milk Latte: This is made with warm milk and turmeric. And often preferred to regular  caffeinated lattes.  Some folks also refer to this drink as golden milk latte, golden latte, golden turmeric latte, or turmeric latte.



Haldi Doodh or Turmeric Milk Latte Recipe


Turmeric Milk Benefits

Turmeric milk has numerous benefits for our health. 

It can relieve a sore throat, cold and cough.

 It relaxes our body and soothes aching muscles. 

It is also proven to prevent cancer.

It induces sleep when had at bedtime. 

It gives body warmth and drives away winter chills. 


Now here is an easy recipe to try out. The ingredients will be found easily  in your kitchen. Do try out this recipe. I used Gokul Whole Fat Milk for this recipe


Ingredients

Milk - 2 cups 

1 tsp fresh Turmeric 

5 to 6 Peppercorns

2 cinnamon sticks

1 piece of ginger 

2 tbsp Honey 


Method

1. Put two cups of milk in a pan.

2. Grate some turmeric and add it to the milk. If fresh turmeric is not available you can add turmeric powder (haldi).

3. Now add some ground pepper and cardamom powder to it.

4. Lastly add the honey to the sweetness.

5. Combine all the ingredients on low heat and simmer for 5 minutes .

6. Strain the Turmeric milk and serve it warm.








Friday, 13 November 2020

An Easy Pearl Millets/ Bajra Pulao Recipe

 

An easy Pearl Millets/ Bajra Pulao Recipe

Nowadays everyone has become health conscious. Eating healthy and exercising has become the need of the hour. As carbohydrates are the key debatable ingredient, we need to take in to consideration other healthier options. Hence there is a revival of the Millet (Bajra) era.


For this recipe I used Pearl Millets (Bajra). Bajra is a gluten-free grain that is rich in antioxidants, soluble fibres and protein. Bajra brings warmth to the body and is excellent to be consumed in winters



For this recipe I used Pearl Millets (Bajra). Bajra is a gluten-free grain that is rich in antioxidants, soluble fibres and protein. Bajra brings warmth to the body and is excellent to be consumed in winters.
 
Today I have tried a different twist to  the regular pulao for good health. This  recipe I substituted regular rice for bajra ... A delicious bajre ka masaledaar pulao...simply spicy and delectable! ...
Lats head straight into the recipe.  




Ingredients

1 cup Bajra (Pearl Millets) , soaked overnight
2 chopped Onions
2 chopped Tomatoes
½ cup Moong Dal
½ tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (Haldi)
1 tbsp coriander seeds powder
1/2 tbsp garam masala
1 cup  veggies(carrot, potato, peas)
Salt to taste

 

 


Method

1. Pre soak the millets overnight or preferably for 8 -10 hours. This will ensure it cooks faster.
2. Finely chop the onions, tomatoes and other vegetables.
 3. Now take a pressure cooker and heat the oil. Now add the onions and saute till it is translucent.
4. Add the ginger garlic paste and stir for one minute.
5. Now add the tomatoes, chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala, salt and sauté for 1-2 minutes on low flame.
6. To this add the soaked and drained bajra, mix well and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
7. Also add the moong dal and add 3 cups of water, close the lid and pressure cook on high heat up to 3 whistles.
8. Then lower the flame and pressure cook for 10-12 minutes.
9. Let the Khichdi wait in the cooker till its warm. At this stage it absorbs water. Open the lid and add a tbsp of ghee and mix well.
10. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve it hot with curd, pickle and salad. 

 


Monday, 2 November 2020

Healthy Fruity Muesli Dessert Shots

 Healthy Fruity Muesli Dessert Shots

 

Nothing beats the fact that you can indulge to satisfy your sweet tooth yet get low on calorie intake. And in this context I end up  enjoying my  experimentation  in the kitchen with healthy wholesome ingredients. When Yogabar sent me their new range of healthy breakfast Muesli and Almond Nut butters this is what I created. You can check out the range on their website here.
This layered healthy Muesli fruity shots is a fun yet low calorie dessert with hung curd. I used the Yogabar fruit, nuts and seeds with whole wheat muesli in the recipe. This Muesli is an indulgent mix of dried fruits, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Added fresh fruit and Yogabar Dark Chocolate Almond Butter .  Added beetroot to hung curd that added a colorful nutritious twist to the entire recipe.  With different layers of yogurt, fruits and muesli, it looked so vibrant and beautiful.



This recipe makes 5 tasty little slimming friendly dessert shots. I used cutting chai glasses here; you can use whatever you have in your kitchen.

So without further ado lets get straight into the recipe.



 

Ingredients
½ kg curd
½ cup cream cheese (optional)
Juice of half beetroot
2 tsp honey
1 finely chopped apple
1 cup pomegranate pearls
1 cup of YogaBar Muesli
2 tbsp YogaBar Nut butter
4 Digestive Biscuits







Method

1.   Place the curd in a cotton cloth and hang it up over the kitchen sink so that the whey drains out. It will need 2 -3 hours

2.   In a mixing bowl add the hung curd, cream cheese,  beetroot juice and honey and stir well till creamy. Keep aside to use when you start layering.

3.    Break the digestive biscuits into pieces and grind them to a powder, using a mixer. Keep aside.

4.   Take the Cutting chai glasses, make the first layer of powdered digestive biscuits.

5.   Add some chopped apples and pomegranate.

6.   Now add a layer of hung yogurt and cream mixture.

7.   Add a layer of Yogabar Muesli followed by a layer of hung curd.

8.   Add another layer of Muesli and finish the top with dark chocolate Nut butter.

9.   Garnish with pomegranate and some other sprinkles.

10.   Fill up all the 5 glasses in a similar manner.

11.   Serve immediately or after chilling in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. However the chilled version tastes much better.



Notes:

1. You can play around with the recipe to add fruit of your choice

2. No real consistency in quantity, you can make thinner layers of yogurt of fruit.

I hope you will check  this my recipe and try it. And don’t forget to tell me if you liked it!

 

Monday, 12 October 2020

Easy Breakfast Overnight Oats Bowl Recipe

 Easy Breakfast Overnight Oats Bowl Recipe

 

 This easy Overnight Oats Recipe is made with gluten-free pressed oats, almond milk, fruit, seeds and nuts. Packed with healthy proteins and soluble fibers, this makes a healthy breakfast option for the entire family. It is easy on the stomach and easy to digest for the elderly, yet nutritious and delicious to savour for the younger generation. 

 

Easy Breakfast Overnight oatmeal bowl

 

 

To make overnight oats
 take one cup of oats and soak it in one cup warm milk/ almond milk. Cover with an airtight lid and keep for minimum four hours. Add the jaggery powder and honey and stir well.  The next day it is ready to use in your Oats bowl. If you wish you can heat it in microwave oven 30-40 seconds.  You can even add yogurt to overnight oats recipe. Check out the easy recipe of Oats Overnight Bowl and top it with fresh fruits and toppings of your choice.

 


 

Ingredients

I cup Rolled Oats
220 ml Almond Milk / regular milk
2 tsp jaggery
1 tsp honey
 

Toppings

Banana
Apple
Granola Mix
Seeds/ Nuts
Cinnamon powder



Easy Breakfast Overnight Oats Bowl Recipe

 Method

 
1. You can make oats with the Overnight Oat recipe. Or even cook oats the regular way on low flame by stirring oats, milk, and honey jaggery on a pan on slow flame. Constantly stir and cook the oats till it gets into a thick porridge consistency.

2. Now let till cool down for ten minutes, then pour in a bowl and all the topping of your choice. 

Favorite Topping options

Peanut Butter
jam
Blueberries/ Strawberries
Dark Chocolate
Flax seeds
Yogurt
Coconut flakes
pecans
Maple syrup

So top your oats bowl with your favorite from the list and enjoy a delicious healthy breakfast, guilt-free.



Also Try these Easy Oat Cookies Recipe

 

 


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. 

 

 

Haldi Doodh or Turmeric Milk Latte Recipe

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