STRAWBERRY SPINACH SALAD

This simple recipe is a celebration of summers bounty in the most amazing salad you will ever eat. Fresh crisp spinach salad is taken to another level with bursts of sweetness from fresh strawberry.

It is tossed in Lemon dressing and topped with crunchy walnuts and crumbled paneer.

The sweet taste of strawberry pairs perfectly with the tangy lemon dressing. I have used lemon dressing in this Strawberry Spinach Salad, but you can use a salad dressing of your choice.
You can use balsamic vinaigrette dressing too.

Perfect for everyone also for any time of the day. You can have this crunchy in your lunch.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 Cup chopped Spinach
1/2 Cup Sliced strawberries
1 tbsp chopped walnuts
¼ Cup paneer 1/ 2 tsp seasme seeds

LEMON & HONEY DRESSING:
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

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INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Whisk together Lemon juice, honey, extra virgin olive oil and salt and pepper.
  2. Toss the spinach leaves and strawberries with ¼ cup of dressing.
  3. Divide the spinach and berries amongst two plates and sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons Walnuts and 2 tablespoons Paneer Enjoy!
  4. I used a small fondant cutter to cut paneer and strawberries in a heart shape.
  5. Makes 2 small or One large salad.
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NOTES:

You can also use nuts of your choice, try Almonds in place of walnuts, also you can use a combination of almonds and walnuts too.

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MINI STRAWBERRY TARTS

I  love these mini fruit tarts because they’re SO easy to make. The recipe might have a few steps, but making them couldn’t be easier. And look how pretty they are, with all the cream & strawberries.
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I have used strawberries here but you can use fruits of your choice for making the fruit tarts. Also instead of a cream filling, you may use custard, cream cheese or ganache.
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They are easy to serve and look absolutely gorgeous on the plate.

Makes 8 tarts.

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup plain flour maida
1/4 cup salted butter – cold
a pinch baking powder
1 tbsp powdered sugar
2-3 tbsp ice cold water
Whipped cream 1/2 cup
Strawberry coulis 2tbsp

Strawberry coulis recipe here…STRAWBERRY COULIS / SAUCE

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut the cold, solid butter into small pieces.
  2. add baking powder, sugar, and butter to the bowl.PicsArt_02-14-09.18.42.jpg
  3. Rub the butter into the flour with fingertips till it resembles bread crumbs. add 2-3 tbsp cold water.PicsArt_02-14-09.19.55.jpg
  4. Bind into a dough of rolling consistency. knead lightly.PicsArt_02-14-09.20.46.jpg
  5. Roll out large chapati of1/8″thickness. Cut out small circles with a biscuit cutter or a Katori, which is slightly bigger than the tart mould and fit them into tart tins.PicsArt_02-14-09.21.34.jpg
  6. prick with a fork bake blind for 8 minutes in the centre of a hot oven 200℃ till very lightly golden in colour.
  7. take out from oven .cool.

    ASSEMBLE:

  8. Fill cooled tart shells with whipped cream.
  9. Top with strawberry coulis and fresh strawberries.
  10. Serve after some time at room temperature or cold
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NOTES:

  • Wait until the moulds are completely cool before removing them.
  • prick the base of the tart with a fork so it doesn’t puff up .
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STRAWBERRY COULIS / SAUCE

A very simple recipe but filled with deliciousness… Versatile uses… On your ice cream or waffles or cakes/muffins or bread or chapati or tart …. Just keep licking it… It’s soooooo yummy…
Serve this coulis with a kick on ice cream, pancakes or cheesecake or tarts.
I hope you give this recipe a try and enjoy it as much as we do. Have a great day folks!
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INGREDIENTS
200 g Strawberries
8-10 Tsp Sugar
2 Tsp Corn Flour
1/2 Cup Water
1 Tsp lemon juice.
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Clean and wash the hulled strawberries.
  2. Put them in a food processor and puree it coarsely, that is, don’t make too smooth
  3. Transfer this coarse Puree to a pan.
  4. Add sugar and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.5fa6c0fd-a4aa-46c6-8e7b-f9e9cd7e6b68
  5. Dissolve corn flour in water and add to the above mixture.08ee2c4b-4a7a-4742-a02a-3cb502563f11
  6. Keep stirring and cook for 4-5 minutes till the sauce/ coulis becomes slightly thick.
  7. Lastly, mix lemon juice and take off from the gas.
  8. Let it cool.
  9. Use as desired.
  10. Store in a glass bottle in the refrigerator
If you like this easy strawberry preserve recipe, then try making at home before the fruit goes out of season and give that extra love on your desserts and ice creams. Share your feedback with me in comments below. Your views are valuable to us!
NOTES
  • Hulled Strawberries mean that the green leafy top is being removed.
  • The quantity of sugar may vary depending on the sweetness of strawberries.
  • Don’t make it very thick as it thickens on cooling also.
  • You can puree it smooth in the blender too.
  • Lemon juice is added to give shiny texture to the coulis.
  • Remains good for 8-10 days in the refrigerator.
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EGGLESS WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR STRAWBERRY CAKE

Today’s post is Eggless Strawberry Cake Recipe with step by step pictures along with cream cheese frosting.

Strawberries are in season and I can’t stop munching on them! So, I added them to my go-to cake recipe and made a delicious, easy everyday cake! It turned out moist, soft and the berries gave a jam like a flavour to every bite!

This cake is easy to prepare with only a few ingredients, if you opt for frosting, the ingredients list gets little bit elaborated. I didn’t use food colour or artificial essence, it tastes good on its own.

 

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They say baking is simple. Yesss, just get your measurements right, use quality ingredients and put in your heart and soul and you’ll see how you can create magic in your kitchen.

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS:
3/4 Whole wheat flour
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 Cup Strawberry Puree
1/4 Cup Neutral Oil (
1/4 Cup Curd
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 Pinch Salt

For the Frosting
1/2 Cup Cream Cheese / Hung Curd
1/4 Cup Soft Butter
1.5 Cup Icing Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. First powder the sugar in the mixer. Then measure and keep all the other ingredients ready.PicsArt_02-04-11.39.49.jpg
  2. Chop the strawberries and transfer it to the mixer. Grind it without adding water and measure 1/2 cup of strawberry puree.PicsArt_02-04-09.01.16.jpg
  3. To a sieve, add whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda ,salt & sugar . Sift everything to avoid lumps.
  4. To a wide mixing bowl, pour curd and oil.
  5. Then pour strawberry puree and whisk it with an electric blender or hand wire whisk.PicsArt_02-04-08.55.20.jpg
  6. Now add the sieved dry ingredients and whisk everything till smooth and soft. Ensure there are no lumps.PicsArt_02-04-08.57.21.jpg
  7. By the time, preheat the oven for 10 minutes. Brush a baking tray with little oil and dust little flour all over. PicsArt_02-04-08.59.10.jpg
  8. Transfer the batter to the baking tray, then level it with a ladle/spatula. Shake the tray twice, so that the air bubbles releases.
  9. Place the tray in the preheated oven and bake it for 30 to 35 minutes at 180c or a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  10. In a mixing bowl, first, add cream cheese/Hung curd and butter. (I am using hung curd )
  11. Then add powdered sugar and vanilla essence.PicsArt_02-04-11.44.20.jpg
  12. Whisk everything well for 3 to 4 minutes, till stiff peak consistency. If the frosting is runny, add little icing sugar and if it is too thick, add 1 tbsp of milk to troubleshoot it.
  13. Refrigerate it for 1 hour so the frosting will set.
  14. With a knife/spatula, spread the frosting all over the cake. Slice the cake into pieces.
  15. Enjoy this eggless whole wheat flour  strawberry cake
    PicsArt_02-04-10.15.46.jpgNOTES:
  • Don’t use sour curd, as it will spoil the whole taste of the cake.
  • Use fresh strawberries for good taste and bright colour.
  • Adjust sugar quantity accordingly to the sweetness of the strawberries used.
  • For vibrant colour,  2 drops of pink food colour can be used.
  • For more flavour 2 drops of strawberry, essence can be used for this eggless strawberry cake recipe.

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CRISPY SPINACH HEARTS (PALAK MATHRI)

It is quite true that most, kids are n’t fond of green leafy vegetables. But they are a much essential part of the diet.
Palak or spinach is a superfood with an array of health benefits. Not only rich in iron, but it is also one of the principal resources of pigments, vitamins & minerals.

Today I am sharing a snack recipe that will be loved by kids and adults alike and is very healthy too. I am using whole wheat flour for this hearts.
Palak Mathri is really crispy and tasty to eat. A great snack dish for the unexpected guest or for a get together on any occasion.

I love heart shape and have thus used the heart-shaped cookie cutters to make the mathris more attractive.

 
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INGREDIENTS:

1 1/4 cups- wheat flour
1cup- Spinach puree
1tsp chilli flakes
1 tsp- salt
1 tsp- kasoori methi
2 tbsp- oil
Semolina – 1/2 cup
1tsp -Carrom seeds-( Ajwain)
1tsp- Black Sesame Seeds
Oil to fry Mathri
Around 2 & 1/2 tbsps of water

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take a bowl or plate or parath for kneading the dough. Add wheat flour, salt chilli flakes and carrom seeds, sesame seeds and mix well. 1548953473064
  2. Add spinach puree and Kasoori Methi and mix well.1548953661922
  3. Add oil and mix well and try to knead the dough.
  4. Add water if needed slowly to knead into a firm dough.
  5. We need firm dough for Spinach pooris so don’t need to add more water.
  6. Heat oil in a pan for frying.
  7. Now divide the dough into equal parts
  8. Roll them and use heart shape cookie cutter and make spinach hearts.1548953798541
  9. The size and shape of the mathri depend on your choice.
  10. When the oil is hot drop the Mathris in the oil for frying. Fry on medium gas until they become brown in colour and crispy.
  11. Crispy palak Mathri is ready to serve.
  12. Palak Mathri with Green chutney or Pickle as a tea-time snack.

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NOTES:

  • You may add green chilli also.
  • you may use carrom seeds.
  • you can bake this spinach hearts too.

 

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KHEER MOTICHOOR TRICOLOUR DESSERT

Shot glass dessert making is super fun, in fact, it has become my signature dish.
Today’s shot glass dessert recipe is a fusion of sweet dishes to honour the Indian flag. This Tiranga Dessert contains 3 layers of different colours of the Indian flag. It is a mix of Thick kheer (Rice pudding ) and Motichur laddu.
Wishing you all a very Happy 70th Republic Day.🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳
Perfect dessert for your parties or for your family.
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INGREDIENTS:
Basmati Rice (1/2cup or एक मुट्ठी)
Milk (1 ltr)
Sugar ( 1/2) or as required
Crushed Cardamom (1/2 tsp)
15-20 almonds/ badam, blanched and sliced
Pistachios, Cashew and Raisins (3 tbsp)
2tbsp cornflour
Motichoor ladoo 250 gms

For green kheer…
4-5 paan leaves
1tbsp gulkand

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Wash and soak the rice for 1-2 hours.
  2. Add milk in a heavy bottom pan and bring it to boil.
  3. When the milk starts to boil, add the rice slowly to it. Remember to keep stirring the milk continuously.194.jpg
  4. Take 1/2 a cup milk more and add 1tbsp cornflour to it.
  5. Add this 1/2 cup to the stirred milk.
  6. Allow it to boil in low to medium flame till the rice gets cooked well but it should be firm and soft without losing its shape.
  7. Generally, rice takes a longer time to cook. So keep mixing every now and then and make sure it is not burnt in the bottom.
  8. After about 20 to 25 minutes, when the milk has thickened and the rice grains have become soft add sugar, cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios and raisins and cook for another 5 minutes.
  9. Lastly, add crushed cardamom.
  10. Remove from heat and garnish with almonds.Assembling…
  11. Take kheer in 2 separate bowls.
  12. In one bowl add crushed paan leaves and gulkand and mix well. This becomes our green layer.PicsArt_01-26-10.49.22.jpg
  13. Crush all the motichur laddoos .
  14. Take shot glasses put 2 tsp of green kheer and lightly tap the glass to set it.
  15. Next, add 2 tsp of white kheer and tap it.PicsArt_01-26-10.47.28.jpg
  16. Top it with crushed motichur laddoos and some pistachios.
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    NOTES:

    Always add the sugar in the end.
    This kheer would thicken as it cools down.
    Keep stirring the kheer in between to prevent it from burning and sticking to the bottom of the pan.

 

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