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September 30, 2013

Tutti Fruiti Cake

Ingredients :

For the topping:

  1. Tutti fruiti 
  2. Butter - 25 gms
For the batter:
  1. Butter - 125 gms
  2. Sugar - 125 gms
  3. Vanilla essence - 1 tsp
  4. A pinch of salt
  5. Eggs - 3 nos
  6. All purpose flour - 2 cups
  7. Baking powder - 2 tsp
  8. Milk - 1 -2 tbsp

Method :

1.   Grease the baking pan & line up with the parchment paper.  Preheat the oven about 180 C.

2.   To make the topping, melt the butter in a small pan.  

3.   For the sponge, whisk the butter in a mixing bowl using the whisk attachment until soft.  Add the sugar, vanilla essence & salt little by little, whisking all the time until you obtain a smooth mixture.

4.   Whisk in the eggs, one after the other, for about 1/2 min each on the highest setting.  Mix together the flour and baking powder and whisk briefly in two instalments on the medium setting, alternating with the milk.  

5.   Transfer the mixture into the baking pan & smooth to make it even.  Sprinkle the tutti fruity & pour the melted butter over them.  Bake for about 45 mins.

Happy baking :)

September 22, 2013

Bitter gourd fritters

Very simple, healthy & delicious fry.  Bittergourd is rich in vitamin C & nutritious dish.  This time I am sharing my friend   Jyothi's   recipe which taste great with steamed rice or just like the snack.  First time, I tired this & it taste just yummy.  

Ingredients :

  1. 3 long Bitter gourds
  2. Salt to taste
  3. Black pepper powder for spice 
  4.  Lime juice - 1 tsp
  5. Oil for frying

Method :

1.   Wash and cut the bitter gourd into thin round slices.  Soak the bitter gourd in the salted boiling water for 5 mins & drain throughly.

2.   Heat oil in the pan, either shallow fry or dry fry it till crispy & golden brown in color.

3.   Sprinkle some salt, pepper powder & lime juice.  

Serve immediately.

September 15, 2013

Simple Kiwi Salad

Great way of serving kiwi with twist from the regular routine.

Ingredients :

  1. Kiwi 
  2. Salt to taste
  3. Pepper to taste

Method :

Cut the kiwi & sprinkle some salt & pepper to taste.  Serve immediately.

Why you should include Kiwi in your daily diet ?

Kiwifruit aptly called a ‘nutritional powerhouse’ is a great source of dietary fiber, potassium, folic acid, Vitamin C and E, carotenoids and antioxidants.  It is packed with more vitamins and minerals per gram and per calorie than 27 of the most popular fruits. This is good news for 43 percent Asians who take dietary supplements to address health concerns.
Why you need to include this fruit in your diet
SUNDAY: After feasting on a Sunday it is time to give your tummy some rest.
Kiwifruit with 2.3g of fiber aids digestion and ensures faster metabolism which helps in speedy removal of toxins from the body. It also reverses constipation and brings relief from the bloated feeling.
MONDAY: Begin your Monday with bursts of the refreshing sweet tanginess rich in Vitamin C.
Kiwifruit has 2 times more Vitamin C than oranges. One Kiwi a day will strengthen natural defenses for everyday protection against infections. This is a boon for most Indians who are prone to cold, cough and flu-like conditions due to weak immunity and low nutrient intake.
TUESDAY: Vitamin E on a Tuesday for a younger and healthier you.
Kiwifruit with high levels of the fat-soluble Vitamin E anti-oxidant protects our body against harmful free radicals and slows the aging process. It also helps in healthy red blood cell formation and fights age-related macular degradation, reducing the risk of blindness.
WEDNESDAY: Keep the momentum high with magnesium for healthy heart.
Kiwifruit has high magnesium content. Our body needs an adequate dose of Magnesium to balance more than 300 biochemical reactions and for normal muscular and nervous functions. It keeps the heart rhythm steady, builds immunity and strengthens bones.  Magnesium also regulates blood sugar levels and normal blood pressure and is involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.
THURSDAY: Kiwifruit, chock-a-block with antioxidants.
Antioxidants in this fruit protect cells against the effects of free radicals, produced by the body when food breaks down, or by exposures to tobacco smoke and radiation. Research shows that the total anti-oxidant activity in 50mg of Kiwifruit extracts 96-98 percent of the total requirement. Antioxidants help restore the damaged cells in the body and reverse the aging process. The antioxidants have a preventive effect against cardiovascular diseases.
FRIDAY: Kiwifruit for a slimmer you.
Low glycemic index (48.5 percent) of this fruit keeps blood glucose levels under check, lessening the risk of diabetes. Low sodium and low-fat content of the fruit reduces cholesterol levels. It is an important component of a diet and combined with sufficient fluid intake and exercise, it is a perfectly balanced way to maintain weight and everyday wellness.
SATURDAY: Bond with your family on a Saturday relishing the family fruit.
Kiwifruit being a good source of folic acid is must for pregnant women who need about 400 to 800 mcg for a healthy foetus. Folic helps brain and cognitive development and improves cell repair and formation.
Kiwifruit based recipes are an amazing treat for children as well. For a quick snack on-the-go, simply slice the kiwis in half and scoop the delicious fruit with a spoon.

September 9, 2013

Boondi Ladoo

Ingredients : 

For Ladoo :

  1. Gram flour - 1 cup
  2. Water - 1/2 cup 
  3. Oil for frying
  4. Almonds sliced - 1 tbsp
  5. Crushed cardamom - 1 tsp
For Syrup :
  1. Sugar - 11/2 cups
  2. Water - 1 cup
  3. Spatula with big holes 

Method :

For syrup :

1.   In a heavy bottomed pan, add 11/2 cups of sugar & 1 cup water and cook till one string consistency.

For ladoo :

2.   Mix together the gram flour & water & make a semi thick smooth batter (like dosa consistency).

3.   Heat oil in the frying pan & pour batter on spatula.  Fry them till it stop sizzling.  

4.   Put all boondi in warm sugar syrup & mix well.

5.   Add almonds & cardamom powder.  Mix well.  Let it cool.

6.   Now make ladoos and press hard between your palms so that extra syrup comes out.

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi :)  
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