This is a separate post to share an amazing recipe of a delicious & unique dip – Basil Pesto. As I mentioned in my previous post, this is no my recipe but my cousin’s & uses a lot of fresh sweet basil, pine nuts & extra virgin olive oil.
Use this sauce in pasta, like I did for my last post, or use in sandwiches, marinate chicken breast or make garlic bread; the options are limitless.
For the recipe, you’ll need:
Preparation Time: 15 mins
Ingredients for Pesto:
Sweet Basil – 500 grams, washed thoroughly
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 125-150 ml or accordingly lesser as per preference
A big handful of Pine Nuts, roasted
Grated Parmesan Cheese as per preference
Salt & Pepper to taste
Preparation Method for Pesto:
Dry roast the pine nuts lightly in a non-stick pan and keep them aside to cool.
Grind the washed basil in a food processor till coarsely ground and start pouring olive oil slowly in the food processor.
Add pine nuts & Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper & grind again till you get the desired consistency of the sauce.
Store the Pesto in refrigerator in an air-tight container with a layer of olive oil on top. Use as & when required.
Continuing with my series of summer friendly recipes, I am bringing you an eye catching & refreshing lemonade recipe. This lemonade drink has a really vibrant color and unique sweet tangy flavor. I made this “Strawberry & Watermelon Lemonade” using my last batch of strawberries for the season. I had seen this video recipe for watermelon lemonade by Smita Rawat of HappyTummy2HappyHeart with Smita fame, and had that in mind to try it for my hubby.
One fine evening, when he returned home from office, I had all the required ingredients at hand plus the strawberries which I had bought the same afternoon. So, I tried this lemonade and it turned out to be very refreshing & made with all natural ingredients. This juice is a healthy option too than to have store bought sugar-laden juices to quench your thirst in this scorching heat. For the recipe, you’ll need:
Watermelon – 10-12 small pieces
Strawberries – 5-6
Juice of 1 lemon
Sugar to taste
Salt/Juice Masala/Chaat Masala to taste
Chilled water/club soda – 1 glass
Few mint leaves chopped
Deseed the watermelon pieces and blend watermelon & strawberries in a blender.
Sieve the mixture to get the fresh watermelon strawberry juice concentrate.
Dilute this concentrate with chilled water/soda as per your preference.
Add lemon juice, mint leaves, salt, chaat masala & sugar to taste and stir well.
Add the lemonade in a glass and top with ice cubes.
As you all know, I promised to share summer recipes over the coming few weeks, so today I am bringing you a recipe using the “King of Fruits” – Mango!!
Mango can be used in variety of recipes like Mango yoghurt, Mango gelato, Mango phirni, Mango ice cream and many more. But today, I am sharing a unique cake recipe using Mango – “Mango Semolina Cake”. This cake is extremely soft & moist and simply melts in your mouth. Moreover, this cake is healthier as compared to the other cakes as it is made of semolina aka sooji and uses very less oil. Since this cake does not have refined flour, it is very good for kids as well.
The recipe for this cake is taken from a dear friend Kaveri Obhan’s blog, “Pretty Little Things”. This cake is one of her most tried recipes. She shared this recipe last year on the Chef at Large group on Facebook and received tremendous appreciation. A lot of people tried this cake, including myself and were super happy with the outcome. This year, as the mango season stepped in, I decided to bake this cake again and it was loved by all in the family.
The cake is extremely easy to make and requires simple ingredients which are readily available in your kitchen at all times, so you should not wait for long to try this cake. Just follow the recipe to the T and you will not be disappointed with the outcome.
For making this beautiful scrumptious eggless cake, you’ll need:
Hope you all liked my previous post for Litchi Cooler and tried it at home. Today, I would again be sharing an another unique flavored drink – PLUM COOLER. I tried this out of curiosity when I had this batch of plums lying in my refrigerator for so long and no one was eating them as they had a little thick skin and were not that juicy unlike their usual characteristics.
I usually like to eat these juicy fruits as it is but when they turn out to be disaster to eat them raw, I think of ways to use them up in innovative ways. Hence, I had to experiment with these plums as well & come up with this concoction. The drink came out to be really yum with a unique sweet & tangy flavor.
For this recipe, I am not mentioning any specific measurements & quantities as all the ingredients need to be added as per your own taste & they totally depend on the actual natural sweetness & juiciness of the fruit itself.
Moving on to the recipe, you’ll need:
Wash and cut the plums into small cubes; and remove the seeds.
Add some sugar and a little water to the chopped fruit and pressure cook it till 1-2 whistles.
Let the mixture cool.
Blend & strain the mixture and store the made concentrate in an air-tight bottle.
To serve, put a little concentrate in a glass, add chilled water and a little sprinkle of black salt.
Top it with ice cubes and serve chilled.
You can use Club Soda instead of water, in case you want a fizzy drink.
You can replace sugar with honey to make it more healthier.
You can add lemon juice as well to make it a plum lemonade.
Till date I have only posted about desserts or savoury dishes, but this post is different from all my previous posts. Today, I will be sharing the recipe for a super simple dip using a very healthy ingredient, our very own HUNG CURD. I will be sharing the other dip in the pic shown above in the next post for Cream Cheese & Walnut Dip.
This dip is a great party pleaser and is perfect for your potluck parties, tasting parties, dinner parties and all sorts of get-together. This dip can be made well ahead of time and stays good for 1-2 days in the refrigerator. The dip goes well with all sorts of finger foods, nachos, chips, kebabs, and cutlets. I have made this dip a lot of times till now and this dip has never ever failed me in front of my guests. I had made this dip a few months ago for a party hosted by my brother for his friends; and believe me you, this dip was an instant hit at his party and his friends polished off the entire bowl of this dip in no time.
For this recipe, you’ll need:
1 cup hung curd
1 small onion, chopped very finely
1 small capsicum, chopped very finely
Salt to taste
Black pepper powder to taste
1-2 tsp Amul fresh cream
Beat hung curd for a minute to make it smooth and creamy.
Mix everything together except cream till consistent and creamy.
Add Amul cream to adjust the dip’s consistency.
Garnish with few coriander leaves and serve chilled with vegetable sticks, crackers, nachos, potato chips, or potato wedges.
Note: Make sure onion and capsicum are chopped really finely and should not be chunky. Hang the curd in a muslin cloth for 2-3 hours to get rid of all the water and your super creamy hung curd is ready.
I know I am posting after a very long time & I have not been able to make a post regularly, as my writing had taken a back seat for a while and there was some technical glitch with my blog. I was not able to upload the pictures on the posts. I really apologize for the same and I will try to be more regular with my posts.
Today I am back with a recipe for a very fresh summery salad made with Moong Sprouts. This salad is a great crowd pleaser, so go and make it for your potlucks, dinner parties or lunch parties. This salad is so versatile that it goes well with almost everything and at any time of the day whether you serve it in breakfast, lunch , dinner or with drinks as well. I had made this delicious sprouts salad for a get together of our friends at my mom’s place.
This salad is super simple to make and and no oil in this salad makes it super healthy to eat. You can make this salad with ready made sprouts or you can make your own sprouts at home. I made the salad with the ready made ones. For this salad, we will steam or boil the sprouts till they are tender, but if you like a little crunch, you can leave them half cooked. This salad has its own freshness and crunchiness from all the veggies we add to it. You can get creative and add as many veggies you want & like, but I will be sharing my version here.
Serves: 4-5 people Preparation Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 10 mins
For the recipe, you will need:
2 cups Moong Sprouts
1 Tomato, finely chopped
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Boiled Potato, diced into small cubes
1 Cucumber, finely chopped
1 Green Chilli, finely chopped (optional)
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt to taste
A pinch of black pepper powder
1 tsp Chaat masala
1 tbsp Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
A few Lemon slices for garnishing
Steam/Boil the sprouts in the microwave for 4-5 minutes till they are tender. We have to make them tender for this salad. Strain them and keep them in the strainer and let them cool.
In a bowl, mix all the salad ingredients and give them a nice toss. Do a taste test and adjust seasoning and lemon juice. Garnish with coriander leaves and lemon slices.
Your super simple and healthy salad is ready. Serve it chilled or at room temperature.