STRAWBERRY AND BLACK GRAPE RAITA

strawberry and black grape raita is a healthy strawberry black grape raita made from strawberries, black grapes, low fat curds, cumin seed powder and black salt. There is zero sugar used in strawberry and black grape raita and it’s quick to make.

This strawberry and black grape raita is super quick and easy to make and it is made with minimum of ingredients. All you need to is mix all the ingredients together and it will be ready in a blink of eye.

If you are making for fast , skip normal salt .

What are Raitas ? Raita is a quintessential accompaniment for any Indian meal. It adds a refreshing note, making the heaviest of meals seem light and digestible. Simply put, raita means veggies and/or fruits in curd. 
South Indians temper the raita with mustard and red chillies, while in the North it is served with a sprinkling of spice powders. A raita can be standalone, like Tomato Raita, Pineapple Raita or Onion Raita. Or, it can be a combo of fruits and veggies like Dill and Cucumber Raita.

Recipe adapted :Tarla dalal ji

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped strawberries
  • 1/2 cup black grape halves
  • 1 cup chilled low fat curds (dahi)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) powder
  • 1/2 tsp black salt (sanchal)
  • salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. To make strawberry and black grape raita, combine the curds, cumin seeds powder, black salt and little salt in a deep bowl and whisk well.
  2. Add the strawberries and black grapes and mix well
  3. Serve strawberry and black grape raita immediately.
     
     

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ORANGE SPINACH AND PANEER SALAD

Here is a lovely salad that gives you a bit of everything – tanginess, juiciness, crunch, cheesiness and spice!

Paneer,  spinach and orange make a fabulous salad combo, which is enhanced further by the peppy, flavour-packed dressing
Mixed herbs and pepper add a dash of spice to this dressing, which combines the sweet notes of honey and the pungency of lemon juice .

You can try other salads like the GRILLED PINEAPPLE AND CORN SALAD, ROASTED BEETROOT AND ORANGE SALAD, HEALTHY CHICKPEA SALAD, WATERMELON BLUEBERRY COTTAGE CHEESE SALAD WITH CUCUMBERS, Crunchy Munchy Sprouts Salad in Cabbage Cups, Fresh Salad In Watermelon Bowl from my page.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup orange segments
  • 3 cups spinach (palak)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled paneer
  • 1/2 cup quartered strawberries
  • 1/4 cup cucumber

To Be Mixed Into A Dressing:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tbsp organic honey
  • 1/2 spoon black pepper
  • salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl, along with the dressing and mix gently.
  2. Add the crumbled paneer, mix very gently.
  3. Serve immediately.

I love to make my recipes in heart shape so i use cookie cutter and shape heart shape.

I used paneer here , you can use feta cheese too.

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CARROT RAITA / GAJAR KA RAITA

For something this simple, Raita can add such a special touch to any Indian meal. This is particularly true when the meal is rich and/or spicy.

I am very fond of Raita recipes. I make sure that at least a bowl of yogurt or raita is served with my lunch meals.

Carrot Raita or Gajar Ka Raita is an Indian accompaniment made using fresh yogurt, grated carrots, and few spices. It comes together in just 10 minutes and can be paired with any Indian meal. Here is how to make it.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups thick plain Yogurt (make sure its not sour.
  • 1 black and red Carrots (or use 1 cup of regular grated Carrots)
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp roasted Cumin powder
  • Black salt to taste
  • 1-2 green Chillies, sliced thin (optional)
  • chilli powder/ground pepper for garnish (optional)
  • Few sprigs of carrot greens/cilantro as garnish (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1.  I used one black and one reguler carrot. Scrub and wash them. Peel the skins, Chop the hard ends.Grate them.
  2. Steam them for 2-3 minuteswp-16107651297932670432196884850241.jpg
  3. While that’s steaming, add the rest of the ingredients together.
  4. Whisk them until smooth.wp-16107651300205765165165944046247.jpg
  5. You can add some water/milk to it to reach your desired consistency.
  6. Add in the steamed carrots to the curd mixture. I usually set aside some for garnish before adding the rest of them to the yogurt.
  7. Whisk well until combined. Do a taste test and season accordingly.
  8. Garnish with the remaining carrots and carrot greens/cilantro. A little sprinkle of more roasted cumin powder does not hurt 🙂wp-16110387983837912334261820511643.jpg

NOTES:

  • You can also try other variations such as Corn and Carrot Raita, with Beetroot, Carrot Peanut Raita, Carrot Orange Walnut Raita, Carrot, and Dill Leaves Raita, Carrot Ginger Raita, Cucumber, and Carrot Raita, and many more that you can experiment to make this Raita even more healthy.
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ALOO BUKHARA CHUTNEY- A VERY HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS PLUM CHUTNEY

Aloo bukhara chutney – I love all kinds of slightly tart fruits whether they are oranges, kiwis or beautiful Plums .

I love experimenting with fruits and often make jam,chutney and stir fries.
I have made this plum/ aloo bukhara ki chutney slightly chunky but you can also mash it completely and use as a jam for breads etc.

Quantity of jaggery can also be adjusted as per your taste.so do try this plum chutney and enjoy with bread ,poori or any fried snack of your choice ,also goes very well as a side dish with your meal.

INGREDIENTS:
6 Plum/aloo bukhara
Juice of one lemon
2 green chillies finely chopped
1.5 tbsp Ginger / Adrak grated
1/4 cup jaggery
1.5 tsp Chili flakes /Kuti hui laal mirch
To taste Salt / Namak
Tempering/tadka
1 tbsp Cooking Oil
1 tsp Cumin Seeds / Sabut Jeera
2 Cloves / Lavang
2 tbsp dates deseeded & finelly chopped

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. wash and chop plums into small pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds .
  3. When cumin start to crackle then add cloves and ginger and give a stir.
  4. Add chopped green chillies, plums, jaggery, chili flakes, 2 tbsp water and salt.
  5. Mix well and cover the pan with a lid and cook on low heat.
  6. When fruit pieces become soft then slightly mash it with the ladle and add the Dates & lime juice .
  7. Simmer till it reach the desired consistency.(it will thicken further till it cool down)
  8. Let it cool down completely then store in a glass jar and keep refrigerated after 2-3 days

NOTES:

1.you can the chutney smooth or keep it chunky as per your preference.

2.Can add 2 tbsp of water if needed.
3.Can use Raw mango or tamarind pulp instead of lemon juice.

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KHAMANG KAKADI RECIPE/ CUCUMBER SALAD

A very refreshing and cooling summer salad, Khamang Kakadi can be made very easily and in a jiffy. It can be had as a salad or as a side dish to the main course or just by itself as a refreshing and light mid-time snack.

The best thing about Khamang Kakdi/Kakdi chi Koshimbir is that it is very light on the stomach.

Today I am sharing a very delicious and famous Maharashtrian salad – Khamang Kakadi recipe with you. This (salad) koshimbir is made with Cucumber (Kakadi in Marathi) and one can sense a strong tempering in it which means Khamang and hence the name of the dish.
This koshimbir recipe calls for use of fresh scrapped Coconut, roasted crushed Peanuts, finely chopped green chillies and fresh Coriander leaves apart from the main ingredient Cucumber. This mixture is then tempered with curry leaves, mustard seeds and cumin seeds and finally seasoned with lemon juice, sugar and salt.

This is a very easy recipe and gets done quickly. So when you want to have refreshing and light food between meals, then this Khamang kakdi is an option.

INGREDIENTS :
4-5 medium-sized Cucumber ( Kheera)
3 tbsp fresh scrapped Coconut ( Nariyal)
3 tbsp of roasted and coarsely powdered Peanuts(dardara pisa mungfali dana )
2 tbsp of finely chopped Coriander leaves(Dhaniya)
1 green Chilly finely chopped ( Hari Mirch)
For tempering :
1-2 tbsp of Ghee (clarified Butter)
1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds (Rai)
1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
Pinch of Asafoetida ( Hing)
1-2 sprig of Curry Leaves (Kadi Patta)
For Seasoning :
1 tbsp Sugar or as required (Chini)
1 tbsp fresh Lemon juice( Nimbu ka ras)
Salt to taste ( Namak Swad anusar)
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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Rinse and peel the Cucumber. Taste both edges of all the cucumber before chopping. Discard if any Cucumber is bitter. Finely chop all the Cucumber and place in a bowl. Add a little salt and keep it aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Lightly squeeze the Cucumber to release the extra water. This step will avoid the salad from being soggy after addition of peanut powder and Coconut. Discard the water.
  3. Roast the peanuts on a heated skillet or pan. Let it cool down, remove the peel by rubbing and grind to a coarse powder in a mortar and pestle or just pulse in the grinder. Take care not to make a fine powder.
  4. In a mixing bowl place the chopped Cucumber, fresh scrapped Coconut, coarsely ground peanuts, finely chopped green chillies and finely chopped fresh coriander leaves. Mix properly.wp-15970720728292606901541793179959.jpg
  5. Heat up 1 -2 tbsp of ghee in a pan on medium heat. Add Mustard seeds, Cumin seeds, Hing and Curry leave. Once the mustard seeds crackle and cumin seeds sizzle put off the flame. Pour this tempering over the Cucumber mixture.wp-15970720730335402290074372496723.jpg
  6. Season the salad with lemon juice, sugar and salt just before serving. Give it a quick toss and serve the delicious and refreshing Summer salad and enjoy with your loved ones!wp-15970720732212321862219426500595.jpg
  7. I hope you would love to give this recipe a try. Do not forget to give your valuable feedback.
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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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