Monday, February 19, 2007

Beet Treat

My Second entry to Maheswari for her AFAM-Strawberry .
Refreshing Drink ,Beet treat

1 small beet root , peeled , washed and cut in to cubes
3 carrot, peeled , washed and cut in to pieces
10-12 straberries , cut into half.
2 tsp lemon juice.

Using grinder make juice of the above ingredients adding 1 glass of water to it, and strain it using strainer. Serve with crushed ice , very good for the hot summer days, as summer is arriving her slowly, it is a nice drink for the afternoon time.
Used in small amount still beet root is dominating factor in the juice, that’s why I named it as “Beet treat” . tastes good and it is rich source of iron ,folic acid, vitamin C and calcium .
My second entry to Maheswari-for her AFAM-Strawberry .
Check out my first entry strawberry ice cream here.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Carrot Halwa -entry for Monthly Mingle

500 gms carrot shredded,
2 cups milk,
1 cup fresh cream,
Sugar ½ cup or upto taste.
Cardamon powder ,
Raisins .
3-4 tsp ghee.

Wash and peel the carrot thoroughly and shred it.
In a big pan add ghee and place it on heat, when it is little hot add shredded carrot to it and cook it on high flame stirring continuously . this will burn the water part from shredded carrot and it will turn little more dark in its color. When it is cooked this way, add milk to it and let it again cook on high flame until milk turns in to thick , add sugar, fresh cream and soaked raisin to it and let it cook until all the water part from milk evaporates and it makes small white particles of cream there. Consider it cooked when it is thick enough and all things are mixed well with shredded carrot. Add caramon powder and mix well, turn of the heat and serve it either hot or cold. Tastes best in both ways.
As Me and hubby both don’t like much sweet items , this is a rare case in our home that we make anything sweet like this for us. Since Meeta announced to make something sweet for this month’s monthly mingle, I thought to make this from the fresh carrot available in the market here. And I think was a good idea indeed. Once it turn cool I store it in a air tight jar in refrigerator and hubby like to have just 1-2 spoons of it as desert for him . : )

With Love to Sahil& Siddharth - Coriander Stars

This has been my all time favorite snack item, which my mom made when I was a little child. Ever since I love this , I love this for its color and taste , it has every taste in it – sour, sweet and fragrance of coriander with crispiness. What else one want for a perfect snack. When Trupti announced her theme of Little chefs in Kitchen , I had this in my mind. Just to make it more attractive I give it Star shapes. So here is a dish full of coriander stars goes to Sahil and Siddharth with lots of love from Me.


1 ½ cup of wheat flour
¾ cup of rawa ,
1 bunch coriander leaves crushed ,
2-3 tsp Sesame seeds ,
3-4 tsp oil for dough ,
2 tsp lemon juice,
Sugar to taste,
Salt to taste,
Oil for deep frying .

Method :

Mix all the ingredients to make dough, and prepare the little hard(not as soft as we make for Roti or Paratha) by adding water to it.
Make 2 inch size balls of it, and roll out like roti with the thickness of 1/8 inch .
Make the shape using shaper you have.(or in a simple way by making small balls one can make small puri sized i.e. 2 inch diameter sized, round puri of it. ) make slits in it using sharp knife. ( this will help to make it more crispy , as without slits it will get puffed while frying. ) heat oil in a kadhai and deep fry these stars when oil is hot. Let it fry on low flame, and fry it until golden brown from both sides. Take care to keep flame on low once the oil get hot , as on the high flame this will not cook well and also the good taste of coriander from this will vanish.
Place it on a brown paper after removing from oil, to absorb excess of oil from it.
Serve to kids any time they are starved. I completed the whole dish in a single day : )) .
Now this goes straight to dear Trupti for her theme –Little chefs in Kitchen , Hope this will be appropriate for kids friendly recipe category : ) .

Thank you Trupti for a nice theme , I am glad I am able to participate in this.