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Sookhi Moong Dal: Dry Yellow Moong Lentils

8 May

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Dal is usually cooked in soupy form, but yellow moong dal – the skinned and split form of moong beans – lends itself to very interesting dry recipes. Sookhi moong dal is one such.

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Fresh Fruit Rabri (No Refined Sugar)

20 Apr

Fresh Fruit Rabri

A healthy fresh fruit preparation that you can serve as a snack or an after-meal dessert.

Traditional rabri can be pretty heavy with its high content of sugar and condensed milk. Its usual pairing with malpua and jalebi (while delicious!) doesn’t help either if you’re watching your weight. Enter my recipe of fresh fruit rabri – the best sort of dessert to satiate your sweet tooth even on a healthy diet. No refined sugar, no tinned condensed milk –this rabri is sweetened only with natural nutrient-rich dates and apricots. No canned fruit either – only wholesome seasonal stuff. 

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Homemade Mushroom Soup

16 Oct

Creamy mushroom soup made at home – this is so much tastier, so much healthier than canned stuff. Simple ingredients, no fuss, very easy to make.

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Rice Kheer with Jaggery, Dried Figs and Saffron

14 May

An exotic rice kheer (pudding) that gets its sweetness entirely from jaggery and dried figs. A hint of saffron that elevates it to greater heights.

A dessert fit for royalty with the best kind of calories you can hope to get from such indulgence. Jaggery may come from the same source as white sugar – sugarcane juice – but it’s miles ahead in terms of nutrition. The process of refining strips white sugar of sugarcane’s mineral contents, while the simpler method of jaggery-making retains them.

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Banana Chocolate Shake

29 Apr

I make banana milkshake often, adding chocolate to it was a first. The combination banana chocolate shake was awesome – it not only tasted great but, with the chocolate tint, made itself a lot more visually attractive.

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How to Make Paneer at Home

5 Aug

There was a time when I lived next to a dairy that sold really fresh, soft paneer (cottage cheese). Now the only paneer I can lay hands on is the store-bought variety. Fridge life of three weeks says the wrapper, but within three days it starts to feel rubbery and sour.

Homemade paneer has acquired irresistible charm. Pre-packaged paneer will do no more – the taste buds crave the real deal.

Fortunately, this is an easily satiated craving. It is surprisingly easy to make paneer at home.

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Eggless Coffee Pudding

5 Jun

A blend of powders, some sugar and milk, a few minutes on the fire, and you have your eggless coffee pudding ready to set and savor in your next meal.

I am not much of a dessert person (as you can see from my recipes – this is the first dessert recipe in months :) ); I make this when guests are coming over, a more elaborate meal is cooking and I am pressed for time.

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