Showing posts with label Pomegranate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pomegranate. Show all posts

Monday, October 22, 2018

Wheat Fruit basket Chat

Wheat Fruit Basket is a chat. It is my own creation. It is healthy, easy and creative I can say.
Just had some thing in mind and gave a try, it has come out nicely and of course healthy.

I have used wheat flour and fruits like apple, pomegranates with little chat masala.
The baskets are made with wheat and chiroti rava/thin variety of semolina.
Try and enjoy this Wheat Fruit Basket Chat.
Wheat baskets are easy to prepare.
These Wheat baskets are prepared with wheat flour and chiroti rava.
Let us see the recipe now :
Let us prepare wheat basket first and then proceed to fruits

Things Needed :

Wheat Baskets 

Things needed :

Wheat flour : 2 Cups
Chiroti rava/thin variety of semolina : 2 Tablespoons
Jeera /Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon
Salt : As required
Oil : To fry : 1 Cup
A Steel glass
Fruits Filling :
Apple : 1
Pomegranate : 1
Honey : 2 Tablespoons
Chat Masala : 1/4 Teaspoon
To Add :
Fried Corn flakes. (Purely optional).


Method :

1. Take a big bowl and add wheat flour,jeera, ghee and salt. Mix it well and then add water to prepare poori dough.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of chiroti rava and then mix it with dough. Kneed the dough well and keep it aside.

3. Now divide the dough into small portions.

4. Roll them as small chapatis.
5. Take a steel glass. Put it up side down.
6. Take a rolled chapati and put it on the bottom around the glass. ( Only 1/4 of the glass ).
7. Just give a basket shape and keep it aside. Let the chapati stick on the bottom of the glass.

8. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Add oil and let it get hot. ( Medium flame).
9. Now take a glass with the help of holder and dip in hot oil.

10. Slowly the basket comes out of the glass bottom. Fry on both sides and remove the wheat baskets once it is done. (Fry on low and medium flame). Put it on a kitchen tissue.

11. Repeat the same and prepare the remaining baskets.

12. Wash and peel off the apple skin and seeds. Cut it into small pieces.
13. Remove pomegranate seeds and put it with apple pieces.

14. Mix the fruit pieces with honey and chat masala. Mix some rose petals. ( Optional).
Mix it nicely. Keep it aside.

15. Now arrange the wheat baskets in a tray and fill it with fruits mixture. Top up with fried corn flakes and serve. Adding corn flakes on the top is optional.

Note :

Let the dough be bit tight. Adding chiroti rava helps to add the crisps to wheat baskets.
Adding any fruit pieces is optional. I have added some rose petals with fruits. (purely optional).
You can also add onions and carrot gratings and make spicy wheat basket.
Time : 40 Minutes. 
Serves : 3 to 4.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Apple-Pomegranate filled Pani Poori

Pani Poori who does not like it? Each and every corner you see a pani poori seller and people around him. It is such a tempting chat that you too feel like having some. Now a days even in marriage halls during the wedding reception too you get a chance to have Pani pooris.These chats are like that. They make your mouth watering by tempting your togue.

Pani pooris are small pooris, filled with spicy water along with some vegetables.
Here I have used sweet potatoes, potatoes, pomegranate&apples. For the pani (spicy water), I have used some jeera, chilly, pudina and other ingredients.
Lets see the recipes now:

All you need is :

Boiled Sweet Potato : 1 (Big) (boiled and cut into small)
Potato : 1 (Medium size) (Boiled and cut into small)
Khara Boondi : 1 Bowl
Pomegranate : 1
Apple : 1 (Red/Green : of your choice)
Sweet and Spicy Chutney : 1 Small cup

Method :

1: Wash and remove the pods from pomegrante and keep it aside.
2. Wash and remove the outer layer of apple and cut it into small piece.

3. Prepare or buy kara boondi and put it in a bowl and keep it ready. ( I have prepared khara boondi at home)
4. Keep the pooris in a big tray. Keep cut sweet potatoes and potato pieces in a bowl.

5. Make a small whole and fill in pomegranate, cut apple.
6. Add a spoon of khara boondi on the top.
7. Fill the poori with spicy water and serve immediately.

8. You can add a spoon of thick curd on the top and serve too (Optional).

Note :

One should eat this pani poori as soon as you pour spicy water in it. You can prepare pooris at home.
You can prepare khara boondi at home easily.
Time : 15 to 20 minutes.
Serves : 4 to 5.

a) Poori preparation :
Put a cup of chiroti rava (1 cup), wheat flour (2 Tablespoons), a little salt and one tablespoon of corn flour in big bowl.
Mix it with required water and prepare chapati dough. Add a teaspoon of oil on the top and leave it for 10 minutes.
Now roll on with roller and prepare big chapatis. Cut it with a small bottle cap and remove the small pooris and arrange them on the plate.
Now keep a frying pan on the fire. Add a cup of cooking oil. Let it heat.
Fry pooris on both sides. You can fry at least three small pooris at time.
Repeat the same with remaining dough and prepare pooris.
Keep the pooris aside.
Note : 
The chapati dough should be thick. Roll it as thin sheet, so that pooris turn crispy.
I did not add much oil while kneeding the dough.
b) Khara Boondi :
Mix a cup of besan, little salt and a spoon of oil.
Mix it well and add water and prepare dough.
(Should be idli dough consistency).
Now keep a frying pan on the fire and heat. Put a cup of oil and let it be hot.
Take a boondi laddle and pour a big spoon of dough on the boondi jar.
Let the boondi drops fall in hot oil. Let the both sides be crisp.
Remove from the hot oil and put it on a kitchen tissue.
Repeat the same with remaing dough.
A bowl full of khara boondi is ready to serve.
Note :
Let the dough be thick not watery. If you use more water it might absorb more oil. Use a pinch of cooking soda helps the boondi to be crispy.

c ) Sweet and spicy Chutney
Wash a bunch of coriander leaves and a bunch of pudina (mint) leaves and cut into small.
Wash 2 green chilly.
Grind pudina, coriander leaves, half teaspoon of jeera, a marble size of tamarind, 5 to 6 dates, (remove the seeds), a lttle jaggery and required salt with minimum water. Let it grind into thin paste.
Remove to the bowl and rinse the mixi jar with littlewater. Keep this water aside.
Note :
Do not add much water while grinding. Spicy chutney and sweet chutney can be prepared separately.
Use the spicy mixture and grind it nicely and remove to a small bowl. Grind jaggery, dates and little tamarind separately and put it into a bowl. Use it according to your wish.
I used all the ingredients "Sweet and Spice" together and prepared mixed chutney.
These things can be prepared previously /or before. This chutney can be stored in the freezer for a long time.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Refreshing Drinks and Kosumbari (Salad)

Happy Maha Shivarathri to one and all. Shivarathri is one of the many festivals celebrated by Hindus. It is said that Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvathi on this day.

People do visit temples and worship Lord Shiva on this special day. Prayers, bhajans and bhakti geetas are chanted on Lord Shiva. "Om Namah Shivaaya" is the Panchakshari Mantra and people keep chanting this Mantra most of the day.
People do fasting and keep themselves awake (jagaran) whole night. The next day it is a festival day. They enjoy having feast.
Here are some fresh drinks and fruit bowls, salads which can be prepared easily and quickly and enjoyed on the Shivaratri day.
We all know Fresh fruit drinks do refresh us and helps to keep us healthy. Fresh Fruits adds to our energy and it is good for health too.
Let us see some fruit drinks which can be done easily.

1. Banana Milk Shake :

Things Needed 

Ripe Banana : 2 to 3
Fresh boiled and cooled milk : 2 to 3 Cups
Honey : 2 to 3 Tablespoons

Method : 

Remove the outer skin of banana and put it in a mixi jar. Add milk and honey and give a churn for 2 minutes till banana grinds and mixes well with milk. Pour it out to serving glass and serve. (Adding cardamom is optional).

2. Pomegranate & Apple drink

Things Needed :

Pomegranate : 1 Cup
Apple : 1 (Red)
Honey : 2 to 3 Tablespoon
Milk : 2 to 3 Glasses (Boiled and cooled)

Method :

Wash and remove the skin of apple and cut into small pieces. Remove the pods from pomegranate.
Now put these apple pieces and pomegranate into the mixi jar. Add milk and honey and grind for 2 minutes. Put this ready drink to a bowl. Mix it well and serve . (Adding ice cube is optional).

3. Poppy Seeds & Almond Drink 

Things Needed :

Poppy Seeds/Gasagase : 2 Tablespoons (Cleaned)
Almonds : 1 Handful
Fresh coconut gratings : 2 Tablespoons
Jaggery : 2 To 3 Tablespoons
Cardamom : 1 pod

Method : 

Soak poppy seeds in water for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Soak almonds in hot water and remove its skin. Remove the seeds from cardamom. Grate coconut and grind all the ingredients nicely till paste. (Add required water to grind. Add jaggery at the end and churn for 2 minutes. Let everything mixes well. Pour it a bowl add little more water and mix it nicely and then serve.

4. Pomegranate Sweet Kosumbari

Things Needed : 

Beetroot : 1
Pomegranate : 1
Coconut : 2 Tablespoons
Honey : 1 Teaspoon

Method :

Wash and remove the outer layer of beetroot and grate. Remove the pods from pomegranate and grate coconut. Now put all the ingredients together in a big bowl and mix it with little honey and serve. (Adding Chat Masala is optional).

5. Corn - Cucumber and Gooseberry Kosumbari 

Things Needed :

Corn : 1 Cob
Cucumber : 2 Small ones
Gooseberry : 1
Coconut : 1 Tablespoon
Green chilly : 1
Coriander leaves : 1 Tablespoon
Salt : Required

Method :

Boil corn cob and remove the seeds from the cob. (You can use frozen corns). Wash and cut cucumber and keep it aside. Grate coconut and goose berry . Wash and cut green chilly.
Now mix all the ingredients in a big bowl. Add salt and mix it well.

6. Channa Kosumbari 

Things Needed :

Any Channa (Kabooli / black) : 1 Cup
Coconut : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Green chilly : 2
Coriander leaves : 2 Tablespoons
Ginger : 1 Teaspoon (grated)
Oil : 1 Tablespoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera/Cumin seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Ingh/Asafoetida : a pinch

Method :

1. Wash and soak channa for over night or 5 to 6 hours and pressure cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
2. Wash and cut green chilly, coriander leaves and grate coconut and ginger.
3. Now keep a pan on the fire and heat. . Add oil. Let it heat. Add mustard seeds. Let it splutter.
4. Add jeera, ingh and greenchilly. Add curry leaves. Add cooked channa and mix it well.
5. Add little turmeric powder and salt. Mix it nicely. Let it cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
6. Add grated coconut and cut coriander leaves. Put it in a serving bowl.
Note :
Channa has to be cooked well to get good taste. Drain all the water from channa after cooking. You can use that water for rasam or soup. Adding more chilly is optional.

7. Mash Mellon & Banana Fruit bowl :

 Things Needed :

Mash Mellon : 1 (Small One)
Banana : 3 to  4 (Ripe Bananas)
Chat Masala : 1/4 Teaspoon

Method : 

Wash and remove the outer layer of mash melon and cut into pieces. (According to your wish). Remove the skin of bananas and cut into circle shape. Mix it well in a big bowl and sprinkle chat masala. Fruit bowl is ready to serve.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Beet - Pomegranate Salad

Beet and Pomegranate salad is an easy munching dish, it can be a good snack too. It is very simple to prepare and quick too.
Eating pomegranate helps the blood to to refresh and get strengthen. Beet helps in many ways like increase of red blood cells, helping the anemic to get back to normal etc etc.

I have used fresh beet (raw) and some pomegranate and little chat masala. You can add your own choice of fruits or vegetables and make it more creative.
Lets see some benefits of eating Pomegranate fruits in our diet.
Pomegranate fruit is one of the most nutritious rich fruit. The fruit contain moderate amount of calories and no cholesterol or saturated fat. It is very good source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber and it helps in the easy digestion. It also helps people who suffer from constipation and bowel movements. Eating pomegranate helps in boosting immunity. It has antioxidant properties and Vitamin C in it. It is also good source Vital B complex groups of vitamins and minerals like calcium, copper, potassium and manganese.
Beetroot, tomatoes, pomegranate are red in colour. It is because of a red pigment in them, called Lycorpene. It gives red colour to the vegetables and it is rich source of antioxidant properties and it takes care of the healthy heart.
As I said earlier this is an easy, simply simple, quick and yummy salad or kosumbari as we say. I have not added any oil to it. You can eat this salad as it is or roll it inside chapatis or just munch it as snack.
Lets see the recipe now:

Things Needed :

Pomegranate : 1
Beetroot : 1
Chat Masala : 1/4 Teaspoon
Coconut : Fresh and grated: 1 Tablespoon

Method :

1. Wash and remove the outer layer of beetroot and grate it.
2. Wash and cut the pomegranate in to halves and collects the seeds from pomegranate and keep it aside.
3. Grate some coconut and keep it aside.
4. Now take a serving bowl, add grated beetroot, pomegranate seeds, chat masala and mix it well.
5. Add grated coconut, mix it well and serve this salald or kosumbari with rice items, chapatis or rotis as one of the side dish. (salad dish).

You can also fill or spread this Pomegranate Salad in the chapati and have Pomegranate Salad Rolls.

Note : 

I have used only beetroot and pomegranate. You can add grated carrots, capsicum etc etc (according to your wish). You can use onions but it does not go well with this salad. You can also add a spoon of olive oil. (I have not added). You can also use honey instead of chat masala and make it sweet salad. Use of coconut is optional.
Time : 15 Minutes.
Servings : 2 to  3.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Carrot Shavige

Carrot Shavige is prepared using Shavige, Fresh Carrots, Goose berry and Pomegranate, coconut and and some mild spices. Carrot Shavige can be eaten for breakfast, snack and for dinner too.

 Carrots are healthy additions in your daily diet.. They contain beta carotenes, vitamin A, minerals andanti oxidants in ample amounts. Carrots are also good in Vitamin C and they are anti - oxidant. It helps the body to maintain healthy connective tissue, teeth and gum. Carrots also contain minerals like copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.

Goose berry is full of vitamin C content. It provides remedies for many diseases. It contains many menerals and vitamins like Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Carotene and Vitamin B Complex. Its also a antioxidant agent.fruit

Pomegranate is known as a superfood. This fruit is packed with powerful antioxidants and vitamins. It helps to stomach upsets, menopausal hot flashes, lowers the blood pressure, reduces inflammation, reduces the risk of heart disease and lowers cholesterol.

Shavige is also known as Semia or Vermicelli. It is a traditional style of pasta which is available in many varieties. We can use Vermicelli to prepare many dishes. South indians dishes can be easily prepaed using vermicelli.
Carrot Shavige has no onion or garlic.

Things Needed : 
Shavige (Vermicelli) : 2 Cups
Carrots : 2
Goode Berry : 2
Pomegranate fruit : 1 Cup
Coconut : 1 Cup
Mustard seeds : 1 Tea spoon
Urd Dal : 1 Tea spoon
Curry leaves : 10 to 15
Ginger : 1 Tea spoon (grated)
Green Chilly : 2 to 3
Lemon :  1 Tea spoon.
Oil : 2 Table spoons
Ghee : 2 Table spoons
Salt : required
Turmeric powder : a pinch

Method :
1. Wash and grate carrots, ginger and goose berry and keep it aside.

2. Wash and cut green chilly and coriander leaves very small.

3. Keep water for boiling. (1cup shavige = 2 cups water )
4. Keep a pan on the fire. Put oil and heat.
5. Put mustard seeds and urd dal. Let it spurt.
6. Add green chilly and curry leaves. Fry for 10 seconds.

7. Now add shavige and fry till they turn slightly brown.
8. Add water salt and grated ginger. Mix it well. Cover the lid and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

9. Stir in between and cook till the water disappear. Add lemon juice and put off the fire.

10. Add grated coconut and grated carrots. Mix it well.

11. Shift the ready Shavige to a serving bowl.
12.Now add coriander leaves and grated goose berry.

13. Add 2 table spoons of ghee and mix it again.
14. Put a table spoon of pomegranate fruits on top just before you serve Carrot shavige.

Note : Fry shavige on low flame. You can add little jaggery if you like sweet taste. You can also add more chilly if you like it spicy. You can also add vegetables if you wish. Adding beans, peas and capsicum will definitely give tasteto the food. You can add or reduce the quantity of the oil and also you can add onions to the Shavige baat

Preparatio time : 20 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4

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