Sunshine Blogger Award

OMG! I feel pretty delighted while framing this blog post. I am Subrata and this is my very first blogging award and all ‘firsts times’ definitely hold a special place in one’s heart. I started blogging recently around July last week of 2017. I feel each and every blogger around me is very very talented and there is something or the other to learn from each one of them. I am still learning and learning from the awesome writers over here 🙂

I have been nominated by my fellow blogger friend Sachu from https://sneakpeekintomykitchen.wordpress.com. She owns this wonderful page with varieties of delicious recipes of many categories. Please do visit her page https://sneakpeekintomykitchen.wordpress.com for so many wonderful recipes.

Thank you so much Sachu for nominating my page for the award.

Now as per the rules I need to answer the questions she has asked in the award nomination. So, here are those with my answers:

  1. What was your recent kitchen disaster? :: Well, I always try to put my hands on cake decoration. This is one of the area I am trying to learn. Recently for my sister’s anniversary I baked a cake and tried to decorate it. But somehow I did not like the end result. Though taste of the cake was awesome, I failed at the decoration. Many may not agree this as a disaster, but for me it was no less than a disaster.
  2. How do you take critics of your blog? :: Constructively. I always welcome any constructive criticism for my blog.
  3. Whose your best/worst critic of your blog? :: I may be able to answer this question few months down the line. I am a beginner in blogging platform and have got many positive feedback till date.
  4. Your favorite cuisine? :: Indian cuisine is always the closest to my heart. It includes cuisines from all parts of India.
  5. If blogging was not in your life? :: Apart from blogging, my favourite pastimes are cooking, photography etc.

 

I am nominating below wonderful bloggers for the sunshine blogger award.

  1. Prateek @ https://avocations.in
  2. Sowmya @ https://mybreadtherapy.wordpress.com
  3. Pooja @ https://foodnfoodie.me
  4. Sneha @ https://snehdeepskitchen.com
  5. Sreelakshmi @ https://sreelakshmikitchen.com
  6. Nadia @ https://maisontravers.wordpress.com
  7. Vidya @ https://masalachilli.wordpress.com
  8. Sujata @ https://batterupwithsujata.wordpress.com
  9. Sweta @ https://cookingwithsweta.com
  10. Nisha @ https://masalamojo.wordpress.com
  11. Ankita @ https://foodexpressodisha.wordpress.com
  12. Jyoti @ https://jyokitchen.com
  13. Jyo @ https://jyolikalwayscravecute.wordpress.com
  14. Delicious Addiction @ https://foodfoodonlyfood.wordpress.com
  15. Kiran @ https://cradle-ofjoy.com
  16. Anshu @ https://easyvegeterianrecipes.com

 

Some fun questions to these awesome fellow bloggers:

  1. What is your favorite ingredient to cook with?
  2. What is the ingredient you find the most difficult to work with?
  3. What else is your hobby apart from blogging?
  4. Given a chance, which cuisine would you like to experiment with?
  5. What is the maximum number of dishes you have cooked alone for any occasion and for how many people? 🙂

 

Happy Blogging!

Strawberry Shake with Sabja Seeds

Another breakfast drink from my kitchen 😀 . This time the main ingredients are strawberries and sabja seeds or falooda or basil seeds.

It’s strawberry season now and one can spot these beauties at fruit counters in super markets. Sabja seed or falooda is said to have lots of health benefits. It aids in digestion, helps in cooling body heat, relieves stress.. to name a few.

Read on for the extremely easy method of preparation below.

Ingredients:

  1. Strawberry – 200 grams
  2. Fresh cream – 20 grams
  3. Sabja seeds – 3 tsp
  4. Date syrup – 1 tbsp (adjust to taste)
  5. Protein powder – 2 tsp
  6. Water – 1 cup

Method of Preparation:

  1. Soak sabja seeds in 2 tbsp of water overnight. Those will swell up after coming in contact with water.
  2. Wash and cut strawberries into half.
  3. Put cut strawberries along with other ingredients (except soaked sabja seeds) in blender and blend well.
  4. In the serving glass, add half of the soaked and swollen sabja seeds and add the strawberry shake on top of it slowly.
  5. Our beautiful and delicious breakfast drink is ready to be enjoyed.

Paneer Halwa

Paneer Halwa is a delicious sweet dish that can be served either as a snack or desert. It’s a calorie dense (good ones of course) dish. So, it should be consumed in less quantity 🙂 .

It can prepared either with store bought paneer or freshly prepared Chhena. If preparing from chhena, make sure to drain out all the water from it. It should be completely dry.

In this recipe I have used coconut sugar as sweetener. It can be replaced with erythritol or stevia in order to make the dish keto/low carb friendly. Read on for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  1. Paneer – 200 grams
  2. Almond milk (or diary milk) – 100 ml
  3. Ghee – 2 tsp
  4. Coconut Sugar – as per taste
  5. Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
  6. Chopped almonds and pistachios

Method of Preparation:

  1. Blend paneer and almond milk together to a coarse paste.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan and add ghee.
  3. Now add the paneer mixture to ghee.
  4. Stir nicely. Add cardamom powder. Let the water content evaporate. Keep stirring in between.
  5. Once the water content evaporates, add coconut sugar, chopped almonds and pistachios. Coconut sugar gives a lovely caramelized color to the halwa.
  6. Keep flame on medium and the mixture structure become little crumbly.
  7. Switch off the flame. Garnish with dry fruits and serve.

Khira Gaintha – An Authentic Odiya Sweet Dish

Khira Gaintha is yet another famous authentic sweet dish from the state of Odisha. It’s prepared as offering during most Odiya festivals.

Khira in Odiya means milk and gaintha means dumplings. In this dish we prepare dumplings out of rice flour and then cook those in milk.

Read on for the recipe of this delicious sweet dish.

Ingredients:

  1. Rice flour – 1 cup
  2. Water – 3 cups
  3. Salt – a pinch
  4. Milk – 3 cups
  5. Sugar – as per taste
  6. Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
  7. Bay leaves – 2
  8. Grated coconut (fresh or dessicated) – 1/2 cup
  9. Crushed pistachios for garnishing

Method of Preparation:

  1. Mix water at room temperature and rice flour together so that no lumps are formed. Add pinch of salt to this mixture.
  2. Heat pan and pour this mixture into the pan.
  3. On low to medium flame, stir continuously till the mixture turns to a thick mass.
  4. Switch off flame and let it cool down little bit.
  5. Wet your palms with water and make slightly elongated shaped small dumplings.
  6. Now in a pan heat milk. Let it boil for few minutes.
  7. Add sugar, cardamom powder and bay leaves. Let it boil for few more minutes.
  8. Now add the dumplings slowly into the milk.
  9. Let the dumplings boil in milk for 10 minutes over low flame.
  10. Now add grated coconut. Mix everything carefully.
  11. Let it simmer for few more minutes.
  12. Switch off flame. Take out in a serving bowl, garnish with crushed pistachios and serve. Better served chilled.

Paneer and Spinach Cheesy Balls

What could be better than a healthy and quick snack !!! These balls are a perfect combination of micro as well as macro nutrients. Paneer fills in the protein share while cheese and spinach fill for good fat and fiber respectively.

Also these balls can be prepared in advance and reheated before serving. These are very much filling. It keeps one satiated for long. This recipe can be considered keto friendly as well.

Read on further for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  1. Paneer (grated) – 100 grams
  2. Spinach – 50 grams
  3. Cheese (grated) – 30 grams
  4. Salt – to taste (can be ignored also as cheese is salty too)
  5. Red chilli flakes – to taste
  6. Dried oregano – 2 tsp
  7. Dry mango powder (optional) – 1 tsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Chop, wash and blanch spinach leaves. Squeeze the leaves to drain out excess water.
  2. Now to the grated paneer, add blanched spinach leaves, grated cheese, red chilli flakes, oregano and dry mango powder.
  3. Mash everything together nicely and make small balls.
  4. Preheat oven at 180°c and keep the paneer balls in oven for 7 minutes (timing may vary depending on oven performance) in convection mode. Then for 4-5 minutes in grill mode for getting a crunchy outer crust.
  5. Take out and serve hot with choicest dip.

Choco Almond Milk

Here is another breakfast drink from my counter. Choco almond milk is delicious when served chilled. It can be considered low carb or keto friendly as well.

A small glass of this drink is best to be taken along with other breakfast items.

Read on for the recipe. It’s quite simple and easy to prepare.

Here the ingredients mentioned make two small glasses of choco almond milk.

Ingredients:

  1. Chilled almond milk – 2 cups
  2. Sweetener – as per taste
  3. Unsweetened cocoa powder – 1/2 tbsp
  4. Fresh cream – 30 grams
  5. Cinnamon powder – 1/2 tsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend for for 15 to 20 seconds.
  2. Choco almond milk is ready. Pour into glasses and enjoy.
  3. Add ice cubes if required.

Cabbage Curry – Without Onion and Garlic

Yet another curry from my kitchen for those no onion and no garlic days.

This is a simple yet tasty curry that goes well with rice, roti or paratha.

Read on further for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  1. Cabbage – 1 (medium)
  2. Frozen green peas – 1 cup
  3. Curry leaves – 7 to 8
  4. Green chilli (slit length wise) – 4
  5. Oil – 1 tbsp
  6. Water – 3 cups
  7. Salt – to taste
  8. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  9. Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  10. Ginger paste – 2 tsp
  11. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  12. Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  13. Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
  14. Freshly grated coconut – 1 cup

Method of Preparation:

  1. Chop cabbage into thin and small strips and wash those properly.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seed and cumin seed once oil is hot enough. Let them splutter.
  3. Add curry leaves, green chillies, and frozen green peas. Saute everything together.
  4. Now add ginger paste, salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala. Stir for few minutes.
  5. Now add washed cabbage strips and mix everything so that cabbages are coated with spices evenly.
  6. Now add water and cover the pan.
  7. Let the veggies boil for 15-20 mins under low to medium flame. Do check in between.
  8. Once cabbage becomes tender, remove lid and add freshly grated coconut. Give a good mix.
  9. Our cabbage curry is ready to be served with rice or roti.

Fruity Canapes

Happiness is when you can prepare an appealing and healthy snack in minutes and your kid loves that.

This snack has the goodness of cheese and varieties of fruits in it. To make it appealing for kids, I did serve the fruits mix in canapes. These canapes are easily available in supermarkets.

Read on for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  1. Cream cheese – 50 grams
  2. Honey – 3 tbsp (can be adjusted to taste)
  3. Apple – 1
  4. Kiwi – 1
  5. Banana – 1
  6. Cashew – 7
  7. Raisins – 10

Basically, any fruit or dry fruit of your choice can be taken. I had only these fruits available at home.

Method of Preparation:

  1. Cut all the fruits into small pieces.
  2. Beat cream cheese to a smooth consistency.
  3. Add honey, all the fruits and dry fruits.
  4. Mix everything well.
  5. Fill spoonful of this fruit mixture into canapes and serve immediately. Else the canapes become soggy if kept for long.

Whole Moong Dal (Green Gram) Curry

Moong dal or green gram is know for it’s nutritional value. It’s rich in protein. Moong dal is very versatile. It can be used in many ways. It can be roasted and used to prepare dal, it can be soaked and sprouted also. It can be used whole or split. There are umpteen uses and numerous recipes those can be prepared with moong dal including deserts.

Here I have prepared whole moong dal curry that goes well with roti, chapati or naan.

Read on further for the recipe below.

Ingredients:

  1. Whole moong dal – 200 grams
  2. Water – 5 to 6 cups
  3. Onion – 1 big (chopped into small pieces)
  4. Tomato – 1 medium (chopped)
  5. Garlic cloves – 7 (chopped)
  6. Green chillies (optional) – 3 to 4 (slit vertically)
  7. Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  8. Salt – to taste
  9. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  10. Cumin powder – 2 tsp
  11. Coriander powder – 3 tsp
  12. Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
  13. Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
  14. Oil – 3 tsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Wash and boil whole moong dal with 2-3 cups of water and little salt in a pressure cooker. Cook till two to three whistles.
  2. In a wok, heat oil. Then add chopped onion, tomatoes, garlic and slit green chillies.
  3. Saute till the onions become translucent and tomatoes become tender.
  4. Now add ginger garlic paste, salt, turmeric, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder. Check the salt quantity as it was already added to the moong dal while boiling.
  5. Saute everything well till the raw smell of ginger garlic paste goes.
  6. Now add the boiled moong dal and rest 2-3 cups of water.
  7. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. Water quantity can be adjusted depending on desired consistency.
  8. Switch off the flame. Hot moong dal curry is ready to be relished with phulkas.

Eggless Caramel Custard (Flan)

Caramel custard is an all time favorite desert amongst my family members.

This eggless version of caramel custard or flan requires no steaming, no baking and is very easy to make. Just assemble the ingredients and set in refrigerator. Taa da.. desert is ready.

Read on further for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  1. Milk – 900 ml
  2. Fresh cream – 200 ml
  3. Sugar – 4 tbsp (adjust to taste)
  4. Sugar (for caramelizing) (I have used mixture of white and brown sugar) – 2 tbsp
  5. Water – 100 ml
  6. Agar agar flakes (also known as vegetarian gelatin) – 15 gm
  7. Vanilla extract – 1 tap
  8. Yellow food color (optional) – a pinch

Method of Preparation:

  1. Heat a pan and put sugar on it for caramelizing. Take care not to burn the sugars.
  2. Once the sugar melts, pour it carefully in the pan in which we are going to set our flan. Keep it aside.
  3. Now in a pan take agar flakes and water and boil till the flakes are completely dissolved. Switch off flame and keep it aside.
  4. Now in a mixing bowl put milk and cream. Mix well. Now add sugar, vanilla extract and yellow food color. Mix everything nicely.
  5. Heat this mixture for two to three boils and simmer for few minutes.
  6. Switch off flame and add agar solution to this. Mix.
  7. Pour the solution to the setting pan in which we have poured our caramel earlier.
  8. Let it cool down and keep in refrigerator for one to two hours for setting.
  9. To unmold the flan, put the mould upside down on a plate and carefully remove the mould. Before unmolding, the mould pan may be placed in warm water for few minutes to make the process easier.
  10. Cut the flan to desired shapes and serve chilled. Garnish with choicest nuts.