Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lychee and Rose Cooler

Cool and refreshing Lychee and rose drink

Lychees are in seasons so when I brought a big box of lychee I wanted to try some thing different with this beautiful fruit and when my dear Avanti send me this recipe I tried it instantly and it turn so refreshing and looks so beautiful.every one loved easy to make,taste great and surely a treat for the eyes.

Lychee is a succulent exotic fruit from the soap berry consist of a sweet and slightly tangy flesh with a big brown seed inside. It prevents growth of cancer cells, lower the risk of heart disease.Fight cold, sore throat and boost up your immune system, prevent anemia and reduce stress.So its a delicious fruit with so many health properties.

cool and refreshing lychee and rose drink

Prep time-10 min
Difficulty level-easy


  • Lychee fruit  - 6
  • Rose -1
  • Lemon juice -1 tsp
  • Aerated lemon drink -1 can
  • Rose syrup -2 tsp
  1. Peel the lychee fruit and remove the seeds.
  2. Now chop lychee and rose petals.
  3. Take a glass and add chopped rose petals and lychee and muddle/crush it well.
  4. Now the serving glass and add 1.5 tbsp of this muddled rose and lychee mixture
  5. Add 1/4 tsp lemon juice and crushed ice in the glass.
  6. Pour aerated lemon drink over the ice.
  7. Now drizzle rose syrup in it.
  8. Rose syrup will settle in the bottom and gives a lovely red hue to the drink
  9. Serve chilled.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stuffed Bread Dahi Vada - Instant and No Cook

Instant and healthy version of dahi vada made with bread - Easy, fat free and No cook Recipe

Dahi vada is a popular snack or street food of Northern India. It is a deep fried snack made with white lentil or urad daal .You need to plan it ahead as its made with soaked and ground urad daal paste.then deep fried and soaked again. I have already posted the recipe - How to make Dahi bhalla

But this bread dahi vada is an instant don't need to plane ahead to make this as no soaking ,grinding and deep frying is needed. Just add some beaten chilled yougurt over fresh bread roundels and garnish with green and date chutney and your fat free and easy dahi vadas are ready in minutes.

instant bread dahi vada recipe

Instant bread dahi vada

instant dahi vada

how to make bread dahi vada

Prep time-10 min
Difficulty level-easy
Spice level - medium
Type - snack
Yield - 5

  • Bread slice -10
  • Yogurt /dahi  - 1 cup
  • Sugar /chini - 1tsp
  • Green chutney - 3 tbsp
  • Sweet chutney/saunth - 3 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts / kaju- 5
  • Raisins / kishmish- 1 tbsp
  • Ginger/adrak - 1 inch piece
  • fresh coriander /hara dhaniya - 2 tbsp
  • Chili powder /lal mirch - 3/4 tsp
  • Roasted cumin powder /bhuna jeera - 3/4 tsp
  • Black salt /kala namak - 1/2 tsp
  1. Wash and soak cashew and raisins /kishmish  in 1/2 cup water and keep aside
  2. Take chilled yogurt in a bowl and whisk well.
  3. Add 1/4 cup water, salt and sugar in the curd and mix.
  4. Now chop cashews and ginger into small pieces.
  5. Now with a sharp bowl, lid or any mould cut bread into roundels.(circles)
  6. Take a bread roundel and dip it in in the curd and arrange in the serving dish
  7. Now sprinkle some chopped cashews,raisins,ginger and chopped coriander over it.
  8. Now cover it with other plain bread slice.
  9. Drizzle yogurt over it to cover from all sides.
  10. Now drizzle sweet chutney, green chutney, chili powder,black salt and cumin powder.
  11. Serve immediately.
  1. Add water according to the quality and thickness of the curd ,it should neither be very thin nor very thick,should be of pouring consistency so bread can soak it properly.
  2. If you don't have sweet chutney or green chutney even then you can make these dahi vadas ,they taste great both way
  3. Just make them when you are about to serve as they may become very soft to handle if kept for some time.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mango Salsa

Mango and bell pepper salsa

A tangy, cool and refreshing mango salsa to enjoy in this summer season.You can serve this as a salad, side dish or can serve this salsa with any crisp snack, nachos or chips. Its very easy to make and need just few ingredients and every one will surely love the tangy sweet and sour taste of this colourful salsa.

I have made few more  mango recipes this season ,Easy home made  Mango kulfi was loved and enjoyed by every one at home.The cool and refeshing Mint and  mango Lemonade is a tangy and delicious drink which is easy to make and taste very delicious and refreshing.

Prep time - 10 min
Cuisine - International
Difficulty level - easy
Spice level - mild
Type - side ,salad
Serve - 3

  • Ripe mango, chopped-1
  • Green bell pepper, chopped - 1/2 cup
  • Red bell pepper -1/2 cup
  • Mint leaves, chopped-10
  • Green chili, chopped- 1
  • Lemon juice- 1 tsp
  • Cooking Oil - 1 tsp
  • Crushed black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt -to taste
  1. In a bowl mix oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and mint.
  2. Add all the chopped fruit and vegetables pieces in the bowl and mix.
  3. Serve chilled with any snack ,chips or as a salad

NOTE- Don't use over ripe mango,choose ripe but firm mango.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pudina Aloo

Stir fried potatoes in tangy mint sauce

As Potatoes are everyone's favorite so there are end numbers of recipes to make potato dishes. Sweets, side dishes, stir fries, pudding, snacks we can make everything with potatoes.Children just love potato dishes.

Often people hesitate to eat potatoes as it have good amount of starch in it but if the potatoes are fried, only then they become high in calories so deep frying should be avoided but steaming, boiling, baking, mashed, roasting are good options to consume potatoes.They are fat free, cholesterol and sodium free.A good source of potassium, Vit B, C, Fibre and Iron. Potatoes are good for healthy nervous system and to reduce blood pressure.

I use potatoes to make different types of dishes, one of my favorite dessert is  Potato halwa which can also be used during fasting ,the crispy Potato mint  kachori and the spicy and popular  Mathura ke dubki waley aloo ki subzi which can be served with poori and kachoris.

I love the flavour of mint and often use it to make chutney and raita .This pudina aloo is my favourite recipe which you can serve as a starter, as a snack or can serve as a side dish with any Indian bread. The mint flavour combine very beautifully with potatoes and gives a wonderful flavour to this pudina aloo stirfry.

pudina waley aloo ki subzi

Prep time -10 min
Cooking time -10 min
Cuisine - North Indian
Difficulty level - Medium
Type - Side,snack
Spice level - Medium
Serve - 4

  • Potatoes,boiled - 5 (medium)
  • Mint leaves - 1/4 cup
  • Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
  • Green chilies, chopped - 2
  • Mango powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1tsp
  • Turmeric /haldi - 1/3 tsp
  • Salt /namak - to taste
  • Cumin /jeera - 1tsp
  • Cooking Oil - 5 tbsp
  1. Peel and chop boiled potatoes in medium size pieces.
  2. Wash and grind mint,corinader and green chilies into a paste.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan.
  4. Add cumin and when it start crackling add the mint paste.
  5. Stir fry till it start giving a nice aroma.
  6. Now add all the spices in it and stir.
  7. Add chopped potatoes and gently mix.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of water and simmer till potato absorb all the water.
  9. Serve hot as a appetizers, snack or side dish.