Mango Ice Cream

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Summers are here early and in full swing!  Mangoes are also available in the market now!  Its the time of the year to make cool and refreshing ice cream.  Take a look at my easy and lip smacking 4 ingredient mango ice cream made without an ice cream maker.  You will surely want to try it out!

What you need:

1 mango diced

1 cup milk

1 cup condensed milk

1 cup cream

A few pistas finely cut for decoration (optional)

How to make:

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1.  Take the diced mango, milk, condensed milk and cream in a blender and churn it well into a smooth mixture.

2.  Pour into the tray/jar in which you want to set the ice cream.  I used jars.

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3.  Keep with the lids on  in the freezer for at least 8 hours.

4.  Garnish with chopped pistas.  Enjoy delicious and cool ice cream!

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Oats vegetable raita

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Oats vegetable raita is a healthy, flavorful stand alone dish which is wholesome and nutritious.  Oats not only aid weight loss but are also beneficial in heart disease, diabetes and cholesterol. And yogurt is loaded with vitamins and proteins.  Oats vegetable raita is a great way to incorporate this wonderful ingredient with the goodness of yogurt to make a super food!  

What you need:

For 1 serving

1 cup yogurt

1 medium carrot grated

1 medium cucumber grated(squeeze the water out)

2 tablespoons oats

1/4 tsp mustard seeds

3-4 curry leaves

1 dry red chilli

1/4 tsp  black pepper

Salt to taste

How to make:

  1.  Beat the yogurt until smooth in a bowl.

image2.  In a pan, dry roast the oats till they turn slightly brown.  Grind them to a powder in the blender..

image3.  Add the powdered oats to the yogurt and mix well.  Stir in the grated carrots and cucumber, pepper and salt to the yogurt.

4.  Cut the red chilies into smaller pieces and dry roast in a small pan along with mustard seeds and curry patta.

image5.  Temper the raita with this and enjoy!

 

 

Masala prawn salad

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I wanted to make a quick one pot dinner for myself without putting in a lot of effort.  Rummaging through my freezer I found some prawns.  I also found salad leaves in the fridge.  So voila!  Masala prawns with green salad….a complete meal!

What you need:

For masala prawns:

250 gms prawns shelled and deveined

1 medium onion finely chopped

1 tsp ginger garlic paste freshly ground

7-8 curry leaves

1 green chilli finely chopped

1 tomato finely chopped

1/4 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp coriander powder

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 tbsp oil

For salad:

1 cup finely shredded lettuce leaves

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes

1/4 finely chopped bell pepper

For dressing:

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp mustard

1 tsp honey

1 tbsp juice of lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

How to make:

  1.  Heat oil in a wok.  Add the cumin seeds and the mustard seeds.  Once they start spluttering add the curry leaves.  Give a quick stir and add the onions.  Once the onions turn pink, add the ginger garlic paste and saute well.
  2. Now add the dry masalas – chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder.  Stir well for a couple of minutes and then add the tomato.  Keep stirring continuously. Once the tomato has blended well with the onions (about 5 minutes), toss in the prawns and mix well.  Cover and cook on slow heat for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Once they are cooked, throw in the cilantro leaves and salt. Keep aside and cool.

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3.  Mix together all the ingredients for the dressing.

4.  In a bowl toss all the ingredients for the salad and mix well with dressing.

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5.  Now layer the prawns on top of the salad. Enjoy!

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Healthy & Delicious Banana Pancakes

 

Nothing quite hits the spot like eating pancakes for breakfast. Recently, I’ve been exercising a lot and didn’t want to undo my  hard work by indulging in my favorite breakfast food. Luckily, I found a solution to my cravings that is much healthier and just as delicious. As a bonus, it requires only a few ingredients and is extremely easy to make.

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What you need:

1 banana

2 eggs

2 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tbsp honey or agave nectar

Fruit (optional)

*Note: This makes about 3 pancakes. You can double the recipe if you want to make more.

How to make:

  1. Cut your banana into slices and place them in a bowl.Use a fork to mash up the pieces as much as you can.
  2. Next, add your eggs, cinnamon and honey. Mix everything until you reach a smooth consistency. 
  3. Using either olive oil or coconut oil,  heat your saucepan on low to medium heat. 
  4. Use a ladle to place the mixture on the saucepan. Keep adding the mixture to the middle to create a bigger pancake. Flip the mixture once one side is done.
  5. Once the pancake is done, serve with fruit and drizzle with honey or maple syrup. You won’t be able to tell the difference! Enjoy 🙂

~ Ria

Salmon with garlic, mustard and honey

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My dinner tonight was this super easy garlic, honey and mustard flavored salmon.  It was easy and it was delicious and healthy…what more does one want!  Cooking the fish wrapped in foil, made the flavors and spices steep into the fish making it flavorful and tender as well.  You can have this on a bed of salad or stir fry veggies or with noodles, fried rice or quinoa.

What you need:

4 salmon fillets

1 tsp sesame seeds for garnish

For sauce:

  • Brown sugar – 2 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp
  • Dijon Mustard – 1 tbsp
  • Honey – 4 tbsp
  • Soy sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Vinegar – 1 tbsp
  • Ginger – 1 tbsp, freshly grated
  • Sriracha chilli sauce – 1 tsp
  • Red chilli Flakes – 1 tsp
  • Garlic – 3 cloves, mince
  • Sea salt – to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper – to taste
  • sesame oil – 2 tbsp

How to make:

  1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Throw in all the ingredients for the sauce separately in a bowl.  Mix well.
  3. Dunk each salmon fillet in the sauce and arrange on baking sheet.  Spoon the remaining sauce on the fillets.
  4. Fold the foil paper over the salmon covering it properly and bake for 15-20 mins.
  5. Open the foil and broil the salmon for 2-3 minutes till it gets a bit brown.
  6. Garnish the salmon with some roasted sesame seeds.  Serve on a bed of stir fry veggies.  Enjoy!

Chilli garlic fish

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This dish is inspired by my friend Karishma’s  recipe for Chilli Garlic Fish on her facebook  page “Wishes in a Pan”.  It looked delicious and easy to make.  I tried it out yesterday, when both the kids were home.  They loved it!  This quick and easy fish goes well with noodles, rice or even quinoa.  It has all the goodness of fish and veggies, and the flavor of sauces to make it into a favorite dish.

What you need:

5 fillets of Tilapia cubed

1 red bell pepper cubed

1 green bell pepper cubed

4 spring onion stems chopped

1 red onion sliced 

1 cup of sliced mushrooms

8-9 cloves of garlic finely chopped

1 tsp chilli garlic sauce

1 1/2 tsp of schezuan sauce

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp sweet thai chilli sauce

1 tbsp corn starch

1 tsp black pepper

Salt to taste

2 tbsp Chilli sesame oil for stir frying

2 tbsp regular oil for pan frying

How to make:

1.  Take cornstarch, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well.  Roll the cubed fish in this mixture so that it is coated evenly.

2.  Heat regular oil in a non stick pan and saute the fish till it is golden in color.  Make sure not to over fry the fish.

3.  In another pan, heat the chilli sesame oil.  Now add the minced garlic to this and saute till golden.  Add the chopped veggies (mushrooms, bell peppers, red onions, spring onions) and cook for 2 minutes.  

4.  Add the sauces and stir well.  Now throw in the fried fish and mix well.  Saute for 2-3 minutes till the veggies and the fish are well coated with the sauces.

5.  Serve hot with rice or noodles or quinoa.

Crunchy peanut broccoli

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I thought of making broccoli for our meal tonight and decided to add peanuts to the dish to make it more acceptable to the rest of the family! The peanuts added a nice crunch to the broccoli and my kids actually wanted seconds! This nutritional superstar vegetable is loaded with phytonutrients and is high in calcium, vitamin c and beta carotene.  It is a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fibers.  It is good for arthritis and cancer, and also improves blood pressure and heart health. A definite addition to a healthy diet.

What you need:

1lb brocoli florets

2 tbs veg oil

1/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts

1 large onion sliced

2 tsp low sodium soy sauce

1 tsp vinegar

1 green onion chopped(green parts only)

Sweet chilli sauce to taste 

salt to taste

How to make:

1.  Heat oil in a skillet.  Add the peanuts and fry.

2.  Add the sliced onion and cook for a few minutes till they start turning brown.

3.  Add the broccoli florets and saute well with the onions.  Cover and cook for about 10-15  minutes till the florets are tender but still crunchy.

4.  Now add the soy sauce, vinegar, chilli sauce and salt.  Toss till the florets are evenly coated.  

5.  Garnish with chopped green onions.  Serve hot.