Avocado Dip (Mexican Guacamole)

recipe for weight loss

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Hey, it’s snack time!!!!
I always (to a certain extend) have tried to add some healthy recipes here .But snacking is real fun, and healthy snacking is good for our body also. Only thing is that, we should try to keep a time for snacking.
Avocado is Mexican in origin and packed with mono saturated fat.Avocado  speeds up metabolism and thus helps to loose weight.
Monounsaturated fats help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol while also boosting HDL (good) cholesterol.
This recipe is also called Guacamole.
You can serve this with Nachos/Tortilla corn chips.
Avocado – 2 numbers

Lime juice - 2 tsp

Jalapeno - 2 numbers
Salt- to taste
Onion- ½ medium sized
Cilantro – 1-2 tablespoon
In a bowl, scoop out Avocado pulp; Mix lime juice and make it a smooth paste.
Add in finely chopped Onion, Jalapeno peppers, cilantro and salt. Make it a smooth mix using a fork.
If you are using picked Jalapeno (which is easily available), then pour in some of its syrup, to get more flavor.
(Optional: If you are planning this recipe  for a Party, then you can add 1table spoon cream to this dip, to make it rich and tastier)
Serve it chilled with Tortilla Chips/Nachos. 
Happy Snacking ! 


Soy Chunks Curry

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meal maker curry,Indian style masala

Here is a simple recipe using Meal maker or Soya Chunks.
Is Soy healthy? It’s a topic of debate today. In my opinion, we can take it once in a while, not making it part of our every day diet. This fact applies to Tofu or any other Soy product.
Soy has good Protein content in it. Let’s enjoy a simple and delicious curry, which can be served with any kind of Bread.
Shall we start?

Soya chunks – 1 cup
Onion - 1 big
Tomato - 1 Big
Ginger-Garlic paste- 1 tsp
Cardamom and cinnamon – powdered 2 tsp
Turmeric powder- ½ tsp
Red chilly powder- 2 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
Tomato sauce – 1 tsp
Cilantro – To taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt - To taste
Method of preparation
Wash Soy chunks and soak it in cold water for 15 minutes. Squeeze the water off .
Boil a cup of water with a pinch of Salt. Cook Soy chunks well, squeeze off any remaining water from it.
Or, you can Pressure cook it until 1 whistle on high flame.
Blanch 1 big sized onion and a Tomato in 1 cup of boiling water for 5 minutes.
Cool and grind them separately to a fine paste.
In a sauce pan, heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil (Canola oil).
Add ginger-garlic paste, fry well.
Add in onion paste, cook for 3 minutes. To this add Salt and Cilantro chopped.
Mix in Tomato paste and all other powdered Spices, cook for 2-3 minutes. Add one tsp of sugar and keep it on low flame until oil separates. To this, add 1 tsp tomato sauce.

Mix cooked Soya chunks into this paste and add 1 cup of water to it.

When it starts boiling, add 4 tbsp Milk and cover and cook for 5 minutes on low flame until gravy is thick.
Garnish with Fresh Cream and serve it with Chapati,Nan or any other bread.


Mint Chicken Recipe (Low-Fat)

Another very quick and easy dry chicken recipe.You can serve this with Coconut-Rice or curried chicken or veggies.
Skinless Chicken- 200g
Onion- 1 big sliced
Ginger- ½ inch piece
Garlic – 2 cloves
Mint leaves – bountiful
Chilly powder – 2 tsp
Coriander powder – 2 tsp
Salt – To taste
Spices crushed- 1 tsp (Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves and Fennel seeds)
Potato – 1 medium cut into cubes
Coconut small pieces -2 tbsp
Method of Preparation
Clean and cut chicken.
Make a paste of ginger, garlic and mint leaves.
Marinate chicken with onion slices, Spices, Chilly, coriander, salt and the mint paste .Add in potatoes and coconut pieces.
Rub in this marinade well into the chicken and keep aside for 2 hours.
Cook this well (in a pressure cooker)
Now, heat a skillet, add in a tsp of oil. Sauté the chicken with the marinade until it turns to dry and reddish brown in color.
Serve with plain rice, Chapattis or Bread.
Instead, you can serve it with this exotic Coconut-Rice .


Coconut Rice Recipe

delicious coconut rice from kerala,srilankan rice
  Coconut rice is a good option when you want to give a twist to the normal rice dishes.
This is  similar to Thai Coconut rice.
Rich in coconut milk, this is a real relish with any accompaniment you like.My suggestion ,this delicious chicken curry is a great combo.
White Rice – 1 cup
Coconut milk – 2 cups
Salt- To taste
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp (Optional)
Method Of Preparation
Soak and clean white rice. In a heavy bottom pan, cook rice with good quality coconut milk.
When rice turns almost done, add crushed cumin seeds and salt.
Cook well. Add 1 tsp ghee on top.
Garnish with dry grated coconut.
Serve hot with chicken curry.


Indian Rice Pudding

rice pudding kerala payasam

India is rich in its tradition and its festivals. We have a potpourri of festivals, not only connected with Gods and Goddesses, but also with wind, harvest and so on.
Colors, sweets, firecrackers and flowers are an integral part of any festival in India.
Sharing an Indian Rice Pudding recipe,apt for any occasion. This is a quick and easy method to make this dessert, which could take an hour to cook otherwise, if we follow the usual method. But taste is the same, I must say! So here we go!
Raw Rice -   ¾ cup
Milk        - 1-1/2 liters
Sugar – 1-1/4 cup
Ghee – 2 tsp
Cardamom – 2tsp
Cashew nuts, Raisins – To garnish
Method of Preparation
Wash the rice and soak for 15 minutes.
In a pressure cooker, add in milk, sugar, rice and powdered cardamom.
Cook on high flame until 1 whistle. Simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Allow the pressure cooker to cool.
Heat Ghee in a pan. Fry cashew nuts and Raisins.  Pour in the ghee along with the fried items.
If you want a thicker consistency, add in some powdered cashew nuts. And serve chilled or at room temperature.
Kids would enjoy this version of rice pudding.


Garlic-Butter Rice

Butter Rice
"" Thanks to all who took time to appreciate my efforts "
Garlic-Butter rice is something I came up with, when I didn’t get time to make a big meal.
So another quick recipe, my family loves it and I am sure, your kids too will.
No one can resist the aroma of garlic sauteing in butter. So here we go !
Butter- 1 tb sp
Garlic – 4 cloves finely chopped
Onion-1 medium
Cashew nuts -
Rice -1 cup
Cardamom, cloves, cinnamon –crushed 1 tsp
Spring onion- to your taste
Salt- to taste
Melt butter in a heavy bottomed pan .Add 1 tsp sugar, when it turns brown, add onion sliced.
Add the crushed spices and rice. Let the rice fry for 2 minutes .Add cashew nuts and spring onion.
Now pour in water and add salt .Cook until done.
Garnish with spring onion.
Serve hot. I served it with 'Dal Makhni (Creamy Lentils) "


Crispy Potato Wedges~kids recipe

Potato Recipes
Today I am going to talk about that wonder vegetable. Since Potatoes contain mounds of carbohydrate, it is easy to digest. Potatoes are really magical not only in its taste, but it is used to relieve a number of diseases like high blood pressure due to tension, indigestion etc.
Juice of Potato can be used for the treatment of burns and skin problems.
But it's better to know that green potatoes are poisonous and so are its leaves.
Diabetic, obese and those who are on slimming regime should avoid Potatoes since it is high in energy and sugar content.
It’s always better to avoid deep fried Potato dishes. So let’s make these crispy grilled/shallow fried Wedges.
Potatoes    - 2 Big
Butter - 1 tsp
Corn flour - 1 tab sp
Chilly Powder - 2 tsp
Salt - To taste
Thyme -1 tsp
Olive Oil/Butter - 2 tsp
Method of Preparation
Boil whole potatoes  until just done (do not over cook). This step is for a fluffy interior after grilling.
Now cut them into wedges.
In a bowl, mix dry corn flour, thyme, salt and chilly powder.
Coat potato wedges with some melted butter. Now dip buttered potato pieces in the dry flour mix.
Toss it on a grill or on a pan with just 1-2 tsp Olive oil until it’s crispy and golden.
This recipe makes the wedges extra crispy with fluffy interior .Kids gonna love it and this can be a healthy lunch for them too.
Serve  the yummiest snack with anything you like.


Flax Seed Muffins recipe

Flax seed muffins,Low carb diet

One of the readers requested me to post some recipes with flax seed.So I hope she is reading this .
Flax seeds are the most nutritious meal .Its very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It contains high levels of dietary fiber. Flax seeds lower cholesterol. It has a great medicinal value.
So include flax seeds in your every day diet. Every morning, you can even take a tablespoon of flax seed powder dissolved in water.
Add some flax seed powder with any other flour in any of your recipes such as pan cake or baked items.
Enough of health talks. Now let’s begin.
Flax seed powder-1 cup
Plain Flour -1/2 cup
Salt- a pinch
Baking soda-1 tsp
Oil- 2 tab sp
Warm water/butter milk – 1 cup
Cinnamon powder-1tsp
Vanilla essence-1tsp
Blue berries-1/2 cup
Brown sugar-3/4 cup
Method of preparation
Using a fork, mix flax seed powder, flour, salt, brown sugar, cinnamon powder and baking soda well.
Add in buttermilk and oil to the dry ingredients and mix well with a spoon, care to be taken to avoid lumps. Mix in blue berries.
Fill muffin moulds lined with paper cups to 2/3 full, and bake for 17 minutes at 180 degrees.
Enjoy it with Tea or Coffee.
Coffee muffins


Falooda (Chilled drink-dessert)

on March 27, 2011 in , ,
Indian chilled Dessert Falooda

Want to try something exotic,slightly different from the usual desserts?Here's a choice.
Falooda is a cold dessert ,a deliciously soothing drink popular in all parts of India,especially Mumbai and its surrounding cities.
This is a summer drink  in Pakistan,Iran and other Asian countries.Falooda is originally from Persia,brought to India during Mughal period.
Falooda is similar to Thai Basil seed drink , Nam manglak.
Let's see how to make this royal dessert.
Milk            - 1cup
Icecream of your choice - 1scoop (for 1 glass of Falooda)
Basil seeds - 2 tsp
Rose syrup-2 tsp
Strawberry Jelly - 2 -3 spoons
Vermicelli - 2 tsp
Method of preparation
Boil some water and cook vermicelli until its tender.(Just like you would cook pasta)
Strain and keep aside to cool.
Boil milk and simmer it to get thickened a little .Add sugar and Pistachio, then chill it .
Soak Basil seeds in water for 5 minutes.Drain and keep aside.
Finally assemble the Falooda.
Take a tall glass. First, pour 1 tsp rose syrup.Then add vermicelli,Basil seeds,Strawberry Jelly and then milk .Add a scoop of ice cream on top and pour some more  rose syrup .Garnish with Pistachio.
Yummy, delicious drink ready !!



Planning for a party?
Make it more elegant with a mouth melting dessert .Coffee flavored, rich and creamy Tiramisu with crunchy walnuts and cocoa powder on top.Perfect end to a wonderful  meal.
Easiest recipe ever.
Here we go.
Lady Finger Biscuits - 10 nos
Mascarpone cheese/Any cream cheese - 1/2 cup
Sugar  - 1/2 cup
Egg yolks- 2 nos
Cocoa powder.
Method Of Preparation
Make a cup of strong coffee and cool it.
Beat egg yolks with sugar.(Instead of eggs,you can use fresh cream and  beat it till  stiff)
Now add cream cheese and beat well to make a smooth fluffy mixture .Add some coffee to this.Mix well .
Now dip lady fingers in coffee and arrange them into a layer  in a rectangle dish .Start to distribute the cream to get a cream layer. Repeat the step with biscuit and cream .Now top with cream.
Garnish with walnuts and cocoa powder.
Refrigerate it for 6-8 hrs.
Yummy,mouth melting Tiramisu is ready !!


How to make a perfect Poached Egg (Breakfast Recipe)

on March 17, 2011 in ,
Poached Egg
Looking for a very quick break fast recipe?
Poached eggs are a great option to start a day healthy.
Poached eggs are cooked by being simmered in   hot water and so contain all the nutrients of the egg
with out any added fat .
Making a perfect poached egg is a little tricky.But it's fun!
Boil water in a sauce pan.Add some salt to the water.
Crack an egg to a small bowl.
When salt water  starts boiling, reduce heat and stir the water anti clockwise and make a whirl pool.
Carefully drop the egg to the center of the whirlpool. Cover and simmer for 3-5 .
                                         poached egg center                                           Traditionally,egg yolk will be undisturbed inside,but I made it half cooked to suit my family's  taste.
Drizzle pepper powder and serve immediately.


Chocolate Doughnuts Recipe

Daughnut recipe

 Wonder what could be that tasty yet healthy snack in their tiffin  box?
Here is a choice . A healthy way to make doughnuts.


For the dough
Warm milk- 1 cup
Yiest       - 5 tsp
sugar   - 1/4 cup
Mashed potatoes -1/2 cup
Oil  -  2 tbsp
All purpose flour - 2 cups
salt     - 1/2 tsp
Oil to fry-

Instead you can bake them to make  healthier doughnuts .
Add 5 tsp yiest to 1 cup warm milk and add a tsp sugar to activate the yiest. Pour this mix to the flour , add 1/2 cup mashed potatoes,salt, 2tbsp oil ,sugar and knead well.
( Mashed potatoes make the snack more healthy.)
Keep aside for 10 minutes.
Deep fry on a medium heat until light golden brown colour.
Or bake them in preheated oven at 350 for 15-20 minutes .
For Chocolate glazing
Mix 2 tbsp warm milk with 1 tbsp cocoa powder and a tsp of butter .Make it thick creamy sauce.
Dip warm doughnuts into the glaze and lay them on a flat surface. Sprinkle powdered sugar or candy pieces.


Spaghetti Bolognese

Italian spaghetti with meat and bolognese sauce
Looking for a hot hearty meal for one of those rainy or winter nights?
Here is a suggestion.This is a quick method to make spaghetti bolognese.
Olive oil - 2tsp
Minced chicken sausages-5 nos
Onion-1 Large sized ,finely chopped
Garlic - 3 cloves
Green chillies-2
Tomatoes- 2 medium sized
Bay leaves-2
Thyme-1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Pepper powder -2 tsp
Preparation Method
1.Cook spaghetti in plenty of  boiling salted water.Till done al dente.
Drain and apply butter.
2.In a heavy-based saucepan add 2 tsp olive oil and saute  minced sausages ,bay leaves,chopped garlic, salt and thyme for 4- 5 minutes.(Instead, if you want to follow traditional method ,use minced meat or chopped bacon.)
Add finely chopped onion and green chillies.Cook until onion turns soft .Now puree 2 fresh tomatoes in a blender and add them .
Add pepper powder,cook for 3 -5 minutes.Finally add oregano.
Now pour this Bolognese sauce over the spaghetti.
Serve hot.


Eggplant Curry (North Indian Style)

Indian eggplant curry

Baingan Ka Bharta is a very simple North Indian eggplant dish eaten with rice or Indian breads.

Ingredients for the curry

Eggplants- 3 nos
Ginger-one very small piece
Garlic –3 cloves
Crushed garam masala-(Clove-2, Cardamom-2, cinnamon -2*1” piece)
Onion – 1 small size
Tomatoes- 2
Chilli powder-1-1/2 tsp
Turmeric -1/2 tsp
Salt – to taste
Lemon juice-1 tsp


Drizzle some olive oil/canola oil on the eggplants. Keep them in microwave high temperature for 4 minute. Cool and peel the skin. Mash them to a fine paste.

Now in a sauce pan, add 1 tabsp olive oil. Add crushed (Clove-2, Cardamom-2, cinnamon -2*1” piece) spices, ginger and garlic paste and fry well.
Add onion finely chopped. Add tomatoes, green chillies, turmeric powder, and chilli powder.
Fry for 2 minutes .Add mashed eggplant and salt.

This is the time you have to be really careful. Stir the mix and wait until the oil separates from it.

Now put a tsp of sugar and cook for 2 more minutes or until the colour turns dark brown.
Serve hot with Indian bread (Roti) or Rice.

(Variation:- You can add some cream to this to  make it more rich and creamy.)


Eggless Chocolate mocha cake with cream cheese frosting

Egg less Cakes recipe

 Here is a super simple recipe for a soft tasty chocolate mocha cake.  Soft and  rich eggless cake in less than 10 minutes.

This is my version of eggless chocolate cake, after trying all those recipes by others.
Step 1
Dry Ingredients
Cocoa powder    --- ½ cup
All purpose flour – 1-1/4 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda   - 1 tsp
Salt                 - ¼ tsp
Whisk dry ingredients together with a fork. No need to sieve.
Step 2
Butter         - 75-80 g
Dark chocolate –20 g
Oil                     - 1 tab sp
Yogurt           -- 1 cup
Sugar              -- ¾ cup
Coffee           --- 1 tsp dissolved in 2 tab sp hot water.
Vanilla essence – 1tsp

In a sauce pan melt 80g butter, add chocolate and melt.
Cool the mix.
Combine dry ingredients, butter-chocolate mix, oil, sugar, yogurt and coffee, mix well.
Add enough water/buttermilk to get a dropping consistency.

Bake in a microwave high power for 6 minutes. You will get very high cake .
Cool the cake very well before frosting.
Beat together 200g cream cheese and 1/2 cup powdered sugar .Add vanilla essence.
Cover the cake completely with cream on all sides and the top.Sprinkle chocolate bits or cocoa powder .


Kachori Recipe

tea snack Kachori Indian
Gujarati Kachori

Kachori is a common snack in various parts of India,including UP,Delhi,Rajastan,Maharashtra,Gujarat etc.
It is one of our favorite snack from Chopatti. 
Chowpatti is a Marathi word with the meaning 'beach'.
In India we can find tasty snacks in small shops called Chowpatti at the beach sides and road sides.

 When we make these snacks at home,we can choose good quality oil and fresh ingredients.Kachories are available in a variety of textures and tastes, balancing sweetness with spice and tang. This recipe courtesy entirely goes to Manjula Aunty of Manjula's Kitchen . A Gujrati snack made of yellow Lentil filling .( Also called Khasta Kachori)
Plain Flour ( Maida ) -- 1 Cup
Oil - 2 tabsp for dough
Oil to fry kachories
For Filling
1/4 cup moong (yellow lentil) soaked
fennel seeds-1tsp
whole coriander - 2tabsp
chilli flakes-1 1/2 tsp
ginger-1 inch piece
Asafoetida/ hing- a pinch
Mango powder/Amchoor - 1 tsp
Preparation Method
Mix 1 cup Maida ( Plain Flour) , 1 tsp salt and 2 tabsp oil into a crumbly mixture.
Add water slowly and make a dough , not too soft. Keep it for 1/2 hr .
Crush  Moong bean, fennel seeds,coriander seeds,ginger,salt, mango powder,chilli,hing together  in a mixer/grinder .
Now heat a pan ,add 1 tabsp oil . Roast the filling to remove the raw taste.add 2 tsp water to the mix and keep aside for 5 minutes.
Now make small puris , place a spoon of filling , and enclose the puri ,make it as a dumpling.Gently  press the dumpling and give a kachori shape.
Fry on medium heat .It will come out puffy , then turn it carefully to other side.
Remove onto absorbent paper and serve warm along with a cup of chai.

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