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Monday, May 29, 2023

Mango Oats Smoothie ~ Healthy Breakfast Smoothie

Mangoes are in season now, and you can try a wide variety of recipes with mangoes. I love desserts and drinks with mangoes the most. I have already posted the mango lemonade and mango lassi which I love making as it's simple to prepare. Here is another healthy smoothie that you can prepare on a daily basis till the mango season gets over. 

Mango Oats smoothie is quick to prepare and consists of all the elements for a perfect breakfast smoothie. Fruit, grains, liquid, dry fruits or nuts, and natural sweetener which makes a yummy combo.You can always replace whole milk with coconut milk. You can use regular sugar instead of honey. Almonds can be used in lieu of cashews. Except for the soaking of nuts and boiling & cooling part of milk, rest of the steps is very simple and quick to blend. If you are looking or a simple smoothie, then try this out - Mango Strawberry smoothie.Try and enjoy !!

Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking time ~ nil
Author ~ Julie
Serves ~ 3 glasses
mango 1 cup (peeled & diced)
oats 1/2 cup
honey 2-3 tbsp
milk 1.5 cups (boiled & cooled)
cashews 10-12 (soaked)

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  • Wash and peel the mangoes. Cut and dice cubes, add to a blender jar. Add oats, soaked cashews and blend coarsely. Then, add half of the milk and honey. Blend again smoothly. Add the remaining milk, blend again. Pour in glasses and serve chilled.
* Boil the milk and chill. Add to a blender jar.
* You can replace sugar instead of honey.
* Almonds can be used in lieu of cashews.
* You can always replace whole milk with coconut milk. 

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Chicken Sandwich ~ Lunchbox Ideas

What is your favourite sandwich ?? I love all kinds of sandwiches, but this chicken sandwich is a family favourite. This chicken sandwich is a filling yet tasty one that can be prepared quickly for a brunch or picnic, or for a lunch box for kids. This sandwich can be had with or without toasting the bread, both ways taste good. The only time needed to make this sandwich is the cooking of chicken and shredding. Do give this a try and I would love to hear the feedback too !!

Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
Serves ~ 6 sandwiches
Author ~ Julie
chicken 250g
salt 1/2 tsp
pepper powder 1/2 tsp

onion 1 small fine chopped
carrot 1 small (1/4 cup) 
capsicum 1/4 cup
coriander leaves 2 tbsp
mixed herbs 1 tsp
chilly flakes 1 tsp
mayonnaise 4 tbsp

bread 12 slices
unsalted butter 2-3 tbsp, softened

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  • Wash, rinse and cut the chicken in bite size pieces. Cook the chicken with salt and pepper powder, add 1/4 cup water. Cook covered for 6–7 minutes until done. The water is used up while cooking, if not, drain the chicken pieces and cool slightly. Shred the chicken pieces using a fork in thin strands (don't use a mixer as it gets fine minced).
  • To a bowl, add the shredded chicken, fine chopped carrots, onion, capsicum, mixed herbs, chilly flakes, salt lightly.Add mayonnaise and give a quick mix. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour for flavours to set (optional step but gives a nice flavour). Add the chopped coriander leaves, give a quick toss. (I have not added any salt in the filling as cooked chicken contains salt, if you wish you can add)
  • Apply the butter and spread the sandwich filling. Spread butter on the other side of the bread, top up with another slice. Spread butter again and place on heated tava or frying pan. Smear butter on the top bread slice and flip. Cook another 30 seconds until toasted.
  • Similarly, make all the other sandwiches. Enjoy warm with a dash of ketchup !!

* Adding carrots is optional, or you can add grated too. But we love fine chopped carrots as it adds a little crunch in between.
* You can even sauté the veggies and add to the sandwich.
* The refrigeration helps the filling to bind together with spices, mayonnaise and ketchup.
* Add ketchup along with mayonnaise and can be prepared too.
* You can even add mashed avocado instead of mayonnaise.In that case, add few tsp of lemon juice too.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Baby Corn Masala | Baby Corn Gravy Curry

Baby corn makes a tasty and delicious preparation, especially when making curries for chapathis. This is one such preparation that needs no intro, as it is similar to baby corn butter masala but uses more spices. Cashew and khus khus ground together along with sautéed masala adds the richness to the gravy. Try this out and enjoy !!

Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
Author ~ Julie
Serves ~ 3-4 
baby corn 250 g
onion 1 medium-sized, chopped
tomato 1 medium-sized, chopped
ginger 1/2' piece
garlic 2 cloves
cashews 10-12
poppy seeds(khus khus) 1/2 tsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
fennel powder 1/4 tsp
garam masala 1/2 tsp
coriander powder, 1 tsp
hot chilli powder 1/2 tsp
cumin powder 1/4 tsp
veg oil 2tbsp + 2 tbsp
coriander leaves 2 tbsp
sugar a pinch

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  • Clean the baby corn and cut thick slices.Keep aside.
  • Soak the cashews and khus khus in water for 20 minutes.
  • Heat a pan, add 2tbsp oil. Add the chopped onion, add chopped ginger, chopped garlic.
  • Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, fennel powder, garam masala, coriander powder, hot chilli powder. Sauté on low flame.
  • Add chopped tomato and add salt. Cook till the tomatoes are mushy. Switch off flame.
  • Cool the mix lightly and transfer to a blender jar. Add the soaked cashews, khus khus and grind to a smooth paste.
  • Heat a pressure cooker and add 2tbsp oil. Add the chopped baby corn. Sauté on high for 3 minutes until slightly wilted.
  • Add the ground paste, add a cup of water. Adjust salt, add a pinch of sugar. 
  • Close the cooker and coo for three whistles. Switch off and wait till the pressure is released.
  • Open the lid, and you can see oil floating on the surface of a well cooked masala. Garnish with some coriander leaves. Mix and enjoy with chapathis, phulkas.

* You can use the same gravy and add paneer or cauliflower instead of baby corn.