Shakar-para

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Home made Shakar-paras  a treat, Yummy!

Hi  friends ! Here is an easy  recipe to make delicious Shakar-paras today. Taste is medium sweet, crispy yet melt in your mouth! Traditionally served as a snack to guests during janmashtami Diwali but excellent snack to be had throughout the year . Shakar-paras are prepared in two ways.  In one recipe sugar or jaggery is kneaded in the dough of  shakar-paras and in the second recipe shakar-paras are sugar or jaggery coated later. In my this recipe I have made Shakar-paras with sugar kneaded in the dough. As you will see it is very easy to make sweet.

Preparation time : 30 minutes

Time for frying: 20 minutes

Cuisine: Indian, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka

Course: snacks

Serves : 6

Ingredients :

  • 2 1/2 cups All purpose Flour /Maida
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup Chick pea flour / Besan
  • 1/2 cup Ghee
  • 3 tbsp fresh Cream / Malai from boiled and cooled milk
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds / Til
  • Oil – for frying

Method:

Step 1.

Sift flours, powder the sugar finely in a grinder, keep aside.

Step 2.

In a mixing bowl take all purpose Flour /Maida , Grind sugar finely, rice flour, Chick pea flour / bengal gram flour /besan, mix well and add ghee, fresh Cream / Malai from boiled and cooled milk and powdered sugar ,cream mix and rub in very well.

Step 3.

Add sesame seeds / Til Knead a soft firm dough by adding milk very slowly as required . Cover and keep aside the dough for 30 minutes.

Step 4.

Divide the dough into four equal portions. Roll out each portion into a 1/4 ” thick flat round circle.

Step 5.

Cut the rolled dough circles into diamond shaped Shakarparas with a knife . keep in a greased tray for frying.

Step 6.

Heat oil in kadahi /wok or a deep heavy bottom pan, put cut diamond shaped Shakar-paras in hot oil. After putting the shaker-paras in hot oil reduce the heat to medium low flame. Fry till they turn light golden brown, turning regularly.

Step 7.

Remove the fried Shakar-paras on a tray lined with paper kitchen towel to drain excessive oil.

Step 8.

When all the Shakar-paras are fried, cool and store them in an air tight container.

Note:

Very hot oil while frying will cook the shakar-para from outside but will not be cooked properly inside.

It is rich in carbohydrates, making it an instant source of energy.

Shelf life: It has a long shelf-life. Once it cools completely, store in airtight container , will stay good for weeks.

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Pizza bases

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Hi friends ! Here is a simple and easy recipe for pizza dough made with fresh yeast that is delicious .

Yields: 10 portions

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms.Fine flour (maida)
  • 25 gms.Fresh yeast
  • 250 ml Milk
  • 5 gms Salt or / salt to taste
  • 20 gms.Sugar
  • 50 ml Oil/ olive oil or any other cooking oil

Method:

Step 1.

Sieve flour and salt together. Dissolve yeast, sugar in warm milk and keep aside till frothy.

Step 2.

Make a soft dough with the ‘milk yeast mix’ by adding it to the sieved flour, finish the dough with an oil coating.

Step 3.

Cover it with wet cloth, leave for proving (15-20 minutes).

Step 4.

When proved divide the dough into ten equal parts. Round off each part for intermediate proving ( 10 minutes).

Step 5.

Then roll out each round dough ball into a base of 8” diameter and place in a baking tray, prove till double in size.

Step 6.

Prick the bases with a fork and bake in a hot oven ( 375 degrees Fahrenheit) till half baked (blind baking).

Step 7.

Top with desired filling, sprinkle grated cheese on top and finish baking till golden brown in colour.

Health benefits of pizzas:

The Great Misconception

Many of us would categorize pizza as a type of fast food, putting it together with many of the greasy and unhealthy meals such as hamburgers and cheeseburgers. However, this is certainly not the case. Although pizza is often sold the same way as those other fast foods, it contains so much healthy and nutritive elements that is can simply not be on the same list.

The Healthy Pizza

Believe it or not, one of the main qualities of pizza lies in the tomato, one of the main ingredients. Tomato contains a certain antioxidant, highly beneficial in fighting and preventing many types of cancer, especially that of the mouth and stomach, colon or lungs. It is an interesting fact that the processed tomato found in pizza contains even higher concentration of this antioxidant due to the water extraction during the production process. Pizza dough is also rich with some important antioxidants and, miraculously, some can even be amplified during the baking process.

Other Healthy Ingredients

The list does not stop here. For example, onions, being the common ingredient, rich in vitamins, lower the sugar levels in one’s blood and level the blood pressure. Olives and red pepper without which most of us cannot even imagine our pizza, are excellent for regulating cholesterol and are rich with vitamins as well.

The Endless Possibility of Pizza

One of the main qualities and characteristics of pizza is its diversity. Its basics being the dough, tomatoes, cheese and some vegetables, you are free to combine many other, possibly healthy elements with it. This way, you yourself are able to boost the nutritive and health value of this meal.

For example, by adding chicken, or any other meat, you enrich your pizza with carbohydrates and proteins. Also, by adding many different types of vegetables, you may increase the vitamin value and diversity, making it even healthier for you to consume. It does not stop here, however, since you can modify the dough and the sauces as well as types of cheese which go into your pizza. The toppings may vary as well since you can even include different types of fruit and even eggs, making the list practically endless. That being said, the health benefits of this meal truly depends only on you and your own creativity.

Conclusion

Pizza is not a fast food meal. Pizza is what you make. If you have the will and are creative enough, by getting just a little bit of information, you can make this meal contain all the healthy ingredients our organism may need daily and thus show the true power and value of this, truly remarkable dish.

Ref.http://ic.steadyhealth.com/health-benefits-of-pizza

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Yellow Pumpkin Soup

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Pumpkin nutrition facts

Pumpkin fruit is one of the widely grown vegetables that is incredibly rich in vital antioxidants, and vitamins. While this humble backyard vegetable is less in calories but contains vitamin A, and flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as leutin, xanthin, and carotenes in abundance.The plant is a fast-growing vine that creeps along the ground surface in a similar fashion like that of other Cucurbitaceae family vegetables and fruits such as cucumber, squash, cantaloupes…etc. It is one of the most popular field crops cultivated around the world, including the USA at the commercial scale for its fruit, and seeds.

Pumpkin soup simply exotic.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 10 minutes

Servings : 4

Cuisine : Indian

Course: Soup

Level Of Cooking: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 250 gms Yellow pumpkin , cut into small cubes
  • 5 tbsp Butter
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 12 Black peppercorns
  • 1 medium size Onion/ 1 cup, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Maida/ all purpose flour
  • 1 level tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 3 cups milk

Method :

Step 1

In a pressure cooker heat 2 tbsp butter, add bay leaf and black peppercorns. Add onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add cubed pumpkin, sauté for two minutes.

Step 2

Add one cup water and close the lid. Pressure cook until pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the cooker cool down to room temperature, open the lid strain excess stock and reserve. Remove the bay leaf and put it in the pumpkin stock. Puree  only the pumpkin onion mix.

Step 3

Add the reserved stock to the puree, keep aside.

Step 4.

Heat in a non-stick pan three tbsp butter, add all purpose flour, stir fry on medium flame. When it gets the sandy texture remove from the heat and cool.

Step 5.

Take boiling milk and pour the boiling milk into the fried cold all purpose flour and butter mix/roux, stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Simmer gently for two minutes. Stir this white sauce, and then add pureed pumpkin mix.Cook the mixture on medium flame for about 2 minutes while stirring it continuously. Add salt, mix and switch off the heat.

Step 6.

Pour the soup in bowls and serve hot.

Possible Health benefits of Pumpkin:

It is one of the very low calorie vegetables. 100 g fruit provides just 26 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol

it is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. The vegetable is one of the food items recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.

Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E.With 7384 mg per 100 g, it is one of the vegetables in the Cucurbitaceae family featuring highest levels of vitamin-A, providing about 246% of RDA. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes.

It is also an essential vitamin for good visual sight. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A help a body protects against lung and oral cavity cancers.

It is also an excellent source of many natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds such as α, ß carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lutein and zea-xanthin. Carotenes convert into vitamin A inside the body.Zea-xanthin is a natural anti-oxidant which has UV (ultra-violet) rays filtering actions in the macula lutea in retina of the eyes. Thus, it helps protect from “age-related macular disease” (ARMD) in the elderly.

The fruit is a good source of B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid.It is also rich source of minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.

Ref. http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pumpkin.html

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Carrot Soup

carrot Soup

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian
Serves : 2
Level: Easy
Ingredients :

  • 4 carrots, medium size, peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 apples, peeled, cored, and cubed
  • 1 onion , medium size, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 9 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 cups milk , low fat
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup water

Method:

Step 1.

Melt butter in a pressure cooker. Add onion sauté till they are translucent add ginger , garlic and sauté for a minute on low flame.

Step 2.

Add cubed apple and carrots and sauté for 2 minutes. Add water and close the lid. On high flame, the moment full pressure is formed, switch off the stove. Let the cooker cool down to room temperature.

Step 3.

Remove the cooked mixture from the cooker into a blender jar and puree the vegetables. Strain and add 2 cups of milk bring to a boil , and then simmer for 5 minutes. Add salt and black pepper.

Step 4.

While the soup is simmering, cut the bread into cubes and in a frying pan over medium flame, heat 2/3 cup of the olive oil until it is just below smoking. Add the bread pieces and fry until crisp and golden brown on all sides. Remove and drain on a kitchen paper towel.

Step 5.

Pour the soup in bowls, garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with croutons on the side.

Possible Health benefits of Carrots:

An overwhelming body of evidence exists suggesting that increased intake of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables reduce cancer and cardiovascular disease risks, carrots included.

Cancer: A variety of dietary carotenoids have been shown to have anti-cancer effects due to their antioxidant power in reducing free radicals in the body.

Lung Cancer: One study found that current smokers who did not consume carrots had three times the risk of developing lung cancer compared with those who ate carrots more than once a week.2

Colorectal Cancer: Beta-carotene consumption has been shown to have an inverse association with the development of colon cancer in the Japanese population.3

Leukemia: Carrot juice extract was shown to kill leukemia cells and inhibit their progression in a 2011 study.4

Prostate Cancer: Among younger men, diets rich in beta-carotene may play a protective role against prostate cancer, according to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition.5

Vision: According to Duke ophthalmologist Jill Koury, MD, vitamin A deficiency causes the outer segments of the eye’s photoreceptors to deteriorate, damaging normal vision. Correcting vitamin A deficiencies with foods high in beta-carotene will restore vision.6

Studies have shown that it is unlikely that most people will experience any significant positive changes in their vision from eating carrots unless they have an existing vitamin A deficiency, which is common in developing countries.

So where did all the hype surrounding carrots and vision come from? During World War II, the British Royal Air Force started an advertising campaign claiming that the secret to their fighter pilots clear, sharp vision was carrots. Realistically, the fighter pilot’s accuracy was due to a new radar system the British wanted to keep secret from the Germans, but the rumor spread and remains popular today.

Other possible benefits: The antioxidants and phytochemicals in carrots may also help with blood sugar regulation, delay the effects of aging, and improve immune function.

Ref.http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270191.php

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Vegetable Pasta

 

vegetable pasta with mixed vegetables is a simple and delicious dish

Prep time:20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time:50 minutes

Recipe type: Main course

Cuisine: Fusion

Serves: 4-5

Ingredients :

  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour/maida
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cups chopped white button mushrooms
  • ½ cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup French beans, finely chopped
  • 1 medium potato, finely cubed
  • 1/2 cup carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 Capsicum, finely chopped
  • 2-3 baby corns, Sliced vertically through the centre
  • 1 onion medium size, finely chopped
  • 2-3, cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 2 tbsp butter/ clarified butter
  • 2 tbsp grated cheddar or powdered cheese (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt or/ salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Method:

Step 1.          

In a pressure cooker, but for capsicum add all the chopped vegetables, 1/4 cup water and 1/4 tsp of salt. Switch off the heat after one whistle. Let it cool and keep the steamed vegetables aside.

Step 2.

In a sauce pan boil water with salt add the pasta and cook the pasta for three minutes or till it is well cooked. Add a tsp of cooking oil in the pasta when it is getting cooked. Drain the pasta rinse with running water and keep aside.

Step 3.

In a pan heat butter on a low flame, add onions and garlic. Saute till the onions become translucent.

Step 4.

Add the chopped capsicum and saute till they are softened and almost cooked.

Step 5.

Add the chopped steamed veggies and stir well. saute for a minute. Switch off the stove, keep aside the sauteed mix vegetables.

Step 6.

For white sauce:

Take a heavy bottom pan add the all purpose flour/maida , dry roast on medium flame for 2-3 minutes.

Step 7.

Pour milk gently in to the pan and keep on stirring. Mix flour and milk and on medium flame continue stirring till sauce starts getting thickened slowly. Add salt, pepper and oregano, basil, dry mint powder, chili flakes and mix well.

Step 8.

When the sauce starts to thicken and reaches to thick pouring consistency, fold in the pasta and sautéed vegetables mix well. Switch off the stove.

Step 9.

Serve vegetable pasta hot garnished with little grated cheese or powdered cheese.

 

Note: As an accompaniment to the pasta, serve garlic bread and tomato soup.

 

Maddur Vade

Meddur vade

Maddur Vade

Hi friends! Maddur Vade is a very popular snack of the state of karnataka, in India. Maddur Vade got its name from a little town called ‘Maddur’ which is situated in between Bangalore and Mysore. These delicious vade are a good for breakfast or evening snack and can be served with or without coconut chutney . Vade are easy and quick to make and have a crispy crust and soft from inside.

Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Resting Time :
10 minutes
Cooking Time :
1 to 2 minutes for frying each batch
Serves:
15 vade

  • 2 cups Rice flour
  • 1 cup fine Sooji/Semolina
  • 1/4 cup Maida/ all-purpose flour
  • 2 medium size Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Green Chilies , finely chopped
  • 8-10 fresh curry leaves, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp oil, heated
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt or / salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

Step 1.

Take all purpose flour, sooji, rice flour, salt in a bowl mix all the ingredients well . Sprinkle three table spoon of oil and rub the mixture with your hands so that it resembles bread crumbs and oil is fully absorbed.
Step 2.

Now add onions, chilies, curry leaves to the mixture, adding water slowly make a firm dough.

Step 3.

Cover and leave the dough for about 10-15 minutes.

Step 4.

Divide the dough into equal lemon size balls.Pat and flatten the dough balls between your palms and set aside.

Step 5.

Take the patted dough and slide it carefully into hot oil for deep frying. Fry these vade on low to medium flame.

Step 6.

Fry the vade until they turns golden brown.Remove vade from the oil and drain them on a paper kitchen towel , keep them aside. Fry three to four vade at a time . Serve these hot vade just like that or with coconut chutney.

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Crispy Chiplets

Crisy sticks

Crispy Chiplets

Hi friends! Crispy Chiplets/Namak  paras are a traditional Indian savory all time snack. They are tasty and crunchy  snack.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup maida/ All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds/ Ajwain
  • 1/2 cup water

Method:

Step 1.

In a bowl, mix all purpose flour and rice flour, oil and salt, carom seeds. Rub in the mix well, till it resembles bread crumbs.

Step 2.

Add water slowly and mix until you get a smooth, soft dough. Divide the dough into equal portions – roughly the size of a big marble. Dust your work space with enough flour and roll out a circle.

Step 3.

Cut the circle in to thin strips.Once all the strips are ready, heat about two cups of oil in a wok or deep bottomed pan and fry them in batches of six to eight strips, until golden on both sides.

 Note:

Crispy sticks are India’s popular snack item at tea time.

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