DATE TAMARIND CHUTNEY (KHAJUR IMLI KI CHUTNEY)

Sweet and sour Date Tamarind Chutney (Khajur imli ki chutney ) is a must-have dip or stir in the mix for many Indian snacks.
The jaggery, cumin powder and red chilli powder give it a sweet and spicy kick.

A quintessential element in most chaats.
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INGREDIENTS :

1/4 cup Seedless Tamarind ( imli)
1/2 cup seedless dates
1/2 cup jaggery ( gud)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp black salt
salt to taste
3 cups hot water

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Chop dates into small pieces. Grate or chop jaggery into small pieces.
  2. Soak chopped dates in 3- cups of water for 10 minutes.
  3. Add tamarind to soaked dates and boil them together over low flame approx 8-10 minute or until dates become soft and tender.
  4. Turn off the flame and let them cool for 10 minutes. Transfer Tamarind, dates and water to a mixer jar and blend until a smooth puree .place strainer over a bowl and pour the puree over it.wp-15966422386096262036974577837018.jpg
  5. Strain puree through the strainer using the backside of spoon to push it through strainer . Discard any residue and transfer it to the  same pan .
  6. Add jaggery and salt, stir until jaggery is dissolved. Boil over medium flame for 4-5 minutes. Turn off the flame, add red chilli powder and cumin powder and salt to taste.
  7. Let it cool at room temperature and transfer to a jar or bowl.
  8. You can store in it an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month .
  9. Enjoy with your favourite chaat.
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GRILLED PINEAPPLE AND CORN SALAD

Quick, easy and super delicious Grilled Pineapple and corn salad made with Mexican dressing.

Fresh in season, sweet pineapple slices are grilled and tossed grid together with soft chickpeas, corn, pomegranate, onion and cucumber with a lot of coriander in a delicious dressing. Chickpeas make this salad hearty and pack a good amount of protein in the salad.

The dressing is made with all of the favourite Mexican ingredients like Mexican seasoning, cumin powder, chilli powder and a lot of lemon juice. This salad is sweet, spicy and tangy all at the same time. It’s really refreshing and you will just keep going for more and more.

It’s simple, customizable and comes together quickly. So so delicious!

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 whole Fresh Pineapple
1/2 cup Boiled Chickpeas
1 large cucumber- diced
1 medium onion- thinly sliced
1/2 cup cooked corn
1/4th cup pomegranate aerials
1/4th cup chopped fresh cilantro/coriander

Dressing:

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp Mexican  seasoning
1 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp lemon juice
salt to taste  (1/2 – 1 tsp)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Start by cleaning the pineapple and removing the thorns (I recommend you get it done from the vendor you buy it from).
  2. Cut pineapple into slightly thicker slices and place on the grill once it’s hot.
  3. Make sure to keep the grill adjusted on high heat.( In case you don’t have an electric grill/panini maker, you can caramelize pineapple on a non-stick pan or a grill pan on high heat) even I use a grill pan for this.wp-15941211630304005654871812282560.jpg
  4. Once the pineapple is charred, take off the heat and let it cool. Cut into chunks and keep aside. (Don’t overcook the pineapple and make it all soggy)
  5. To prepare the dressing, add all the ingredients in a small air-tight container and give a good mix. Taste and adjust the flavours if required. (Salt is really important in this salad so ensure to add enough salt.)
  6. Next, assemble the salad. Add pineapple chunks, chickpeas, pom, corn, cucumber, onion and fresh coriander in a salad bowl. Pour the dressing and toss everything together.
  7. Chill for half an hour and then serve.
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KERI KI SABJI

Kairi ki Sabzi is a quintessential complement that must be surely made during the summer. Flavoured with chilli and exotic spices such as heeng, Sarson, zeera, methi, kalonji, saunf, a spoonful Kairi Aur Mirch ki Sabzi can perk any and every meal.

This dish is literally my favourite, whenever I don’t feel like eating anything else, Kairi ki sabzi is the rescue.
Enjoy delicious raw mango dusted with spices and cooked to its best.

INGREDIENTS:
2 Raw Mangoes peeled and chopped
5-6 Green chilli Slit into half
1 tsp Vegetable oil
1 onion finely chopped
1/4 tsp Heeng
1/ 4 Sarson / Mustard Seeds
1 /4Zeera / Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp Methi / Fenugreek seed Crushed
1/4 tsp Kalonji / Onion seed
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp jaggery

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Once the oil is hot, add heeng, Sarson, zeera, methi, kalonji and let them crackle for a few seconds.wp-15916290968563188727849805227651.jpg
  3. Add Onion and saute for 5 minutes.
  4. Add raw mangoes and green chilli and cook for a minute.wp-15916290970493948819702630528076.jpg
  5. Add salt, turmeric powder, until raw mangoes are softened.
  6. add jaggery and cook for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Remove the pan from heat.
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MIRCHI CHA THECHA/ MAHARASHTRIAN GREEN CHILLI GARLIC DRY CHUTNEY

Mirchi cha Thecha is a Maharashtrian dish served an accompaniment. If you want the food to be more spicy, you can have this along with your regular food to lift up its taste. This chatpata Maharashtrian hirvi mirchi thecha is sure to add a lot of excitement to your meal!wp-15884418513568760601843756529010.jpg

A delectably spicy combo of green chillies, garlic, peanuts and coriander, the Green Chilli Thecha can be ground in a mixer but will taste even better if you patiently crush it in a mortal-pestle! Thecha can also be made with fresh red chillies.

My husband and I love this thecha because of its spicy taste and garlic flavour.

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INGREDIENTS:
Green chillies … about 1 cup (chopped)
Garlic ………….. 1/4 cup
Peanuts ………. 1/4 cup
Fresh coriander … 1 tbsp (chopped)
Salt ………….. to taste
Oil……….. 2 tbsps (preferably peanut oil)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1.  Wash the chillies and dry them with a kitchen towel. Cut them into big pieces.
  2.  Heat oil in a pan and fry the peanuts. Remove them into a bowl.If you are using roasted peanuts then you don’t need to fry them.
  3.  In the same oil tip in the chillies and saute them a little. Add the garlic pieces together with the chillies.
  4.  Remove them into a bowl and let them cool.wp-15884425159528417966500643508317.jpg
  5.  Grind all the ingredients coarsely adding a little salt to taste.
  6.  Saute the coriander leaves and add them to the ground chutney. 

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NOTES:

  • This chutney is very spicy on the first day when you make and it becomes less spicy the next days
  • If possible use light green chilies for this recipe. They are less spicy.
  • You can also remove the seeds of the chillies.
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ROASTED BEETROOT AND ORANGE SALAD

Today I am sharing the recipe of this vibrant beetroot salad which bursts with flavour. Soft beets teamed with fresh oranges, mint leaves, paneer and topped with a delicious simple dressing. This salad is a total winner!

Apart from having a beautiful pink colour, beetroot has numerous health benefits too. Beetroot is a rich source of antioxidant, lowers blood pressure and it’s almost fat-free. Beetroot is also high in fibre, iron and potassium. Beetroot is usually perceived as a boring vegetable but it can be used in so many different ways. Try it in soups, salads, cake, stews for not only its gorgeous colour but also sweet earthy taste.
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INGREDIENTS:

3 beetroots
segments of two oranges
1 Chopped  Cucumber
1/2 cup pomegranate kernels
few mint leaves
Crumbs of paneer

Dressing:
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp orange juice
salt to taste
black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place beetroots in aluminium foil and drizzle some olive oil, salt and black pepper. Fold it up and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes or until tender.
  2. Once done, peel off the skin and cut in small dices.
  3. To serve, add diced beets on a plate and top with Cucumber, pomegranate, orange segments, mint leaves and paneer .
  4. For dressing,  whisk together olive oil, honey, lemon juice, orange juice, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour 2-3 tsp of dressing over the salad and serve.
  6. You can also throw in greens like baby spinach, lettuce and nuts for better texture.
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SPROUTS AND MIXED VEGETABLE SALAD

One of the easiest and healthiest of all the salads- sprouted green gram salad. Sprouted green gram is rich in protein, easy to digest and when combined with some colourful vegetables and Indian spices make for a very fulfilling healthy evening snack.

You need to slightly plan ahead for this salad, as soaking and sprouting can take around 2 to 3 days depending on the temperature of your place. The recipe is very flexible, add or replace any vegetables of choice. You can also do multiple sprouted salad.
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INGREDIENTS :

1 cup sprouts

Soak one cup of green gram (moong) overnight insufficient water. Drain the excess water in the morning. This step is common for both the methods mentioned below.

*Using sprout maker
I have a sprout maker, so I put soaked moong along with water in it and they are ready in 12-15 hours.

*Using cloth
Take a cotton cloth/cheesecloth and tie the soaked moong in it. Then place it in a warm place and check for sprouting in 1-2 days.
Depending on the temperature at your place, it may take more or less time.

OTHER INGREDIENTS :

Peanuts, pressure cooked for 1 whistle/ boil in water for 10 minutes- 1/2 cup
Finely chopped yellow/red pepper- 1/4 cup
Finely chopped onions- 1/4 cup
Finely chopped tomatoes- 1/4 cup
Finely chopped coriander- for garnishing

OTHER FLAVOURINGS AND SEASONINGS :

Chaat masala- 2 teaspoons
Salt- to taste
Roasted cumin powder- 1/2 teaspoon
Chilly flakes/green chillies chopped/red chilli powder- according to taste preference
Lemon juice- from 1 big lemon

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a microwave on high power, cook the sprouted moong for 3 to 4 minutes, tossing once in between. This removes any unwanted odour and bacterial growth from the sprouts.
  2. You can also saute the sprouts in 1 teaspoon oil in a non-stick pan.
    Allow the sprouts to cool down, transfer it to a big bowl.
  3. Add boiled peanuts.
  4. Add all the chopped vegetables except coriander.
  5. Mix in lemon juice, salt and all other spices. Toss the sprouts well.
    Garnished with coriander.
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