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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Mango Frooti (Homemade & Preservative free)

As mangoes are seasonal, do you wish to have this fruit throughout the year ? I would love to have this fruit as much as possible and so try to make use of the ripe fresh mangoes in the best possible ways. Mango frooti is one drink that I enjoyed as a kid, and that was bought once in a blue moon, though. But all store brought drinks do have some preservatives. 

Homemade mango frooti is one such healthy drink that you can try making at home and surprise your guests with this chilled drink. This frooti can be preserved for 10 days in the fridge, I have personally used within 10 days, but I think you can extend a few more days if you preserve it in small batches. I have used the pressure cooker to prepare this drink, which is quite simple and faster. Check this simple recipe and enjoy this fruit as much as possible. 

                                  

Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking time ~ 10 minutes
Serves ~ 6 glasses
Author ~ Julie
Ingredients
ripe mangoes 2, cubed
raw mango 1, cubed
granulated sugar 3/4 - 1 cup
water 4 cups + 1 cup



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Method
  • Wash, peel and cut the mangoes in cubes.
  • Add the mango pieces to a pressure cooker and add a cup of water. Place on flame and cook for 2- whistles. Switch off the flame and wait till the pressure is released. Then open the lid, and mash the mango pieces using a potato masher. 
  • Add the granulated sugar when hot and mix until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the contents in a clean dry bowl through a strainer. Add little water to the residue and extract the pulp as much as possible.
  • Add the remaining measured water little by little and give a quick mix until smooth. Serve in glasses or refrigerate in clean dry glass bottles.



NOTES
* You can add up to 1 cup of sugar, depending on the sweetness of mangoes.
* As it is preservative free, you can preserve the frooti in fridge for a maximum of 10 days.
* Use clean, dry glass bottles to prevent any contamination and reactions.
* The amount of water depends on the thickness of the pulp received, so add water little by little and stop once you receive the desired consistency.

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Morinja Chakka Ada | Ripe Jackfruit Snacks (Oil Free Snacks)

Looking for some guilt free snacks ? Then go ahead and give this filling snacks a try. Jackfruits are in season in Kerala now, how about in other parts of the world? 
This is a healthy quick fix snack that you can prepare on an iron griddle. I used my dosa griddle. Ripe jackfruits work best for this snack, however you can use over ripe plantains too. This is a simple Kerala style snack that you can prepare instantly and enjoy warm.




Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking time ~ 10 minutes
Author ~ Julie
Serves ~ 8 ada
Ingredients
whole wheat flour 1 cup
ripe jackfruit bulbs (without seeds) 1 cup
grated coconut 1/2 cup
jaggery syrup 1/8 cup
cardamom powder (elakka podi) 1/2 tsp
ghee to smear




Method
  • Remove the seeds from the jackfruit bulbs.Cut it small and keep aside.
  • Heat a pan and add the cut jackfruit bulbs. Cook the jackfruit until it's soft, switch off the flame and leave to cool. I cooked 2 cups of ripe jackfruit bulbs with 1/4 cup jaggery syrup. I removed half of this mix and made adas. Rest of the cooked jackfruit was frozen, made these adas again after two weeks.
  • Add the wheat flour, grated coconut, cardamom powder and give a quick mix. Prepare a loose dough, I haven't added any water as the cooked jackfruit mix was enough to make the dough.
  • Heat an iron griddle, I used my dosa tawa (you can use non-stick tawa too but may not get crisp adas). Scoop out a big lemon size dough and place on the hot griddle. Dip the fingers in water and spread the ada evenly to a round shape (don't touch the griddle at any point as it's very hot, spread over the dough).
  • Wait for the ada to lightly brown, add ghee on top and flip the ada. Cook evenly until crisp. Remove to a plate.
  • Repeat, making all the ada till the dough finishes. Makes 7-8 adas with this measure.
  • Enjoy with black coffee / black tea.


NOTES
* I cooked 2 cups of ripe jackfruit bulbs with 1/4 cup jaggery syrup. I removed half of this mix and made adas, rest of the adas was frozen and made these adas again after two weeks.
* I used my dosa tawa, but you can use non-stick tawa too (may not get crisp adas).
* Don't touch the griddle at any point as it's very hot, spread over the dough with wet fingers.
* Depending on the sweetness of the ripe jackfruit bulbs, alter the amount of jaggery. This was very sweet so added only little jaggery syrup.





Sunday, May 05, 2024

Yellow Watermelon Punch ~ Summer Cooler

Do you buy the yellow watermelon? I was always fascinated with the red watermelon and hardly brought in the yellow watermelon. But this time, kids insisted on buying and in fact we started loving the yellow one too. This simple punch can be made with any fruit like pineapple or oranges, however watermelons are best to keep the body cool. I added a handful of pudina, which gave a lovely flavour of pudina (alter as per tastes if you don't like pudina flavour). Beat the scorching sun with some homemade coolers that can help beat the heat and keep you cool to some extent. Quite simple to put together, so just blend and enjoy chilled !!



Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
Cooking time ~ nil
Author ~ Julie
Serves ~  glasses
Ingredients
watermelon 2 cups, cubed
pudina (mint leaves), a handful
ginger, a small piece
granulated sugar 2 tbsp
lemon juice 2 tbsp
ice cubes as needed 


Method
  • I have used cooled watermelon, so haven't added extra ice cubes. But if you like it more chilled, then go ahead and add ice cubes.
  • Remove as many seeds as possible and cut the watermelon in cubes. Add to a blender jar along with pudina, ginger, sugar and lemon juice. Blend smooth. Add a cup of chilled water and strain the juice. Discard the residue.
  • Pour the punch in glasses and serve chilled with more ice cubes.



NOTES
* The amount of sugar can be altered as per sweetness of watermelon.
*  I added a handful of pudina, which gave a lovely flavour of pudina (alter as per tastes if you don't like pudina flavour)

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