Posts Tagged ‘Healthy You’

Homemade chocolate cookies- chocolaty buttery delicious!

Cookies, dip them in a cup of hot milk or simply eat them dry, crispy! The choice is yours! Chocolate cookies are one of the amazingly delicious cookies that no one can resist, can you?

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Preparing cookies at home is in itself a lot of fun. Are you arranging a get-together at your place with your friends and family members? Do you want to surprise them with a basket of homemade cookies? Here is a simple recipe of chocolate cookies that anyone can try at home:

Ingredients:

  • Wheat flour- 500gm
  • Crushed sugar- 250gm (as per taste)
  • Ghee- 200gm
  • Cocoa powder- 100gm
  • Milk- 1 to 2 cups (as required)

Recipe:

  • Take 500gm wheat floor in a vessel
  • Add 250gm crushed sugar and 200gm ghee in the wheat floor
  • Add 100gm cocoa powder in the floor and mix it well
  • Pour 1 to 2 cups of milk in the mixture and mix it well until it becomes dough
  • Prepare small pieces of dough in the shape of cookies
  • Take a silver foil and apply ghee on it
  • Place the foil on the tray of tandoor (oven)
  • Pre-heat the tandoor (oven) for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Place the pieces of cookies on the silver foil and keep the tray inside the tandoor for baking
  • Heat the oven for 5 minutes and switch it off
  • Let the tandoor cool down for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Remove the cookies and serve them hot in a place

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Note:

  • Keep an eye on the cookies while they are kept inside the tandoor for baking so that they are not over-baked
  • You can either serve the cookies hot or eat them once they cool down to room temperature

Garnishing tips:

  • Spread crushed chocolate pieces or chocolate sauce on the cookies and serve them hot
  • You may like to serve hot chocolate cookies with fresh cream
  • Sprinkling crushed pieces of dry fruits on the cookies will add to the taste

Are you crazy about cookies? Try baking them at home, the way you want! Just spare 15-20 minutes and there you go, your cheesy crunchy cookies are ready!

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Try hot chocolate cookies with vanilla ice-cream. It is a dream dessert, isn’t it? So what’s your recipe of chocolate cookies?

Russian Salad-Easy crunchy appetizers in your plate!

At many diner parties, barbecue parties, weddings and even socialising parties, you will definitely see starters, appetizers and drinks served before the fine dine. No matter what the occasion is, different salads and starters are always served as a side dish to the main course. Russian Salad is one of the popular side dishes, a classic appetizer that commonly accompanies the main course.

The Russian Salad was first invented in Moscow, Russia, way back in 1860 and still is a popular side dish. French born Lucien Olivier, first prepared the Russian Salad at the Hermitage Restaurant in Moscow. Earlier, different simple recipes of Russian Salads were prepared, with mayonnaise being the chief ingredient. Infact, it is a special mayonnaise stuffed salad that every foodie loves to make.

Today, people love to prepare their choice recipes. As far as Russian Salad is concerned, some add pieces of beet root and green salad leafs while many others mix it with eggs and ham.

Here is a simple recipe of crunchy Russian salad that serves 3 people, a side dish for your main course:

Ingredients 

Sr. No Ingredients Quantity Measurement
1 Macaroni 1 bowl 100g
2 Green Pees 1 bowl 100g
3 Fresh Beans 1 bowl 100g
4 Carrots 2 small 150g
5 Potato 1 small 100g 
6 Mayonnaise ½ bowl 2-3 tablespoon
7 Salt   As per taste
8 Pepper   As per taste
9 Pineapple ½ 2-3 pieces
10 Pomegranate 1 bowl 1-2 tablespoon
11 Fresh Cream ½ bowl ½ tablespoon

 

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Procedure

Step 1

Slice cut 2 medium size carrots in small pieces

Step 2

Slice cut 1 medium size potato in small square pieces

Step 3

Chop French beans in thin pieces

Step 4

Mix 100g fresh green peas, sliced pieces of carrots, potato, French beans and boil the mixture for 5 minutes

Step 5

Boil 100g macaroni for 10-15 minutes

Step 6

Put the salad in a bowl and add 3 tablespoon mayonnaise sauce

Step 7

Add salt and pepper as per taste and mix well

Step 8

Refrigerate the salad bowl until it is chilled

Garnishing tips

Decorate the salad with Pomegranate seeds, slice of Pineapple and fresh cream. Serve chilled.

The red little crunchy seeds of Pomegranate and pulpy chunks of Pineapple will make your tongue twist inside the mouth. You can add different vegetables as per taste. Enjoy delicious Russian Salad with a glass of wine or simply prepare it as a side dish for your diner.

Eggtastic recipes!

I usually eat 2 eggs, a glass of milk, fruits, bread or chapatis, when I work-out full capacity. Talking about eggs, they are my favorite snack for breakfast. Sometimes, they surely deserve to be more than just a breakfast snack. They can be prepared for lunch and dinner too! Eggs, packed with proteins, are a favorite snack, easy to make and delicious in taste.

Oops, that’s not all! Don’t forget the desserts! There are so many dessert recipes, with ‘eggs’ as their major ingredients.

The variety of egg recipes, give you a chance to fulfill your hunger for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

  • Breakfast delight: In rush hours, when you don’t have much time to decorate your dish with different snacks, go ahead to cook the eggs, the way you want.  Slice them up, boil them or fry them, the choice is yours. Single-Fry, Double-Fry, Half-Boiled, Boiled, Omelet-have them with Chapatis or Bread. French Toast, another popular snack, gives you a sweetish taste.
  • Fantastic lunch: Fill your tummy with Scrambled Egg, Egg Curry, Egg Sandwich, Egg Pasta, and Egg Noodles and so on!
  • Finger licking dinner: When you have more time, think of the eggs, beyond their basics. Egg Pizza, Egg Biryani, Egg Chicken Curry, the list goes on!
  • Starters: Get ready to prepare some of the most delicious appetizers, with eggs on top. Russian Salad with Eggs, Monaco Biscuits with sliced eggs on top, Barbeques and more.
  • Egg Desserts: Cakes, Egg Pudding, Cookies and lot more!

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The list just goes on and on! Make your own recipes out of eggs.

Athletes love to drink a glass of egg-milk, a health drink. Crack 1-2 eggs, mix them raw in 1 glass of milk and add a tint of sugar. Tell you what; this is one of the best health drinks that you can have daily, if you follow a set of heavy exercises.

For your breakfast, lunch, brunch or diner, make your own eggtastic recipes.

Joy of making Desserts-Rasgullas in Vanilla Ice-Cream!

So, you too like to eat Ice-creams? Oh, so yummy they taste! And what’s your favorite flavor? Chocolate, Mango, Vanilla, Strawberry, Blackcurrant, Pista, Litchi, the choice is yours. Or just garnish the vanilla ice-cream with topping of your choice. It is rightly said, ‘a little vanilla goes a long way.’

There are many flavors available in ice-creams. My personal favorite is vanilla. Not because it’s plain vanilla but because I can flavor it as per my taste. You can do wonders with the plain, white looking vanilla ice-cream. Sprinkle crunchy little dry fruits or just decorate your bowl of vanilla ice-cream with fresh fruits. Sauce it up with fresh juicy pulps, honey or chocolate pieces or mix a scoop in a glass of chilled coffee.

The joy of making desserts is magical. And you don’t even have to put-in any extra efforts to make this dessert, Rasgullas in Vanilla Ice-Cream.

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Here is a simple procedure of making Rasgullas in vanilla ice-cream

Ingredients:

  • Vanilla Ice-cream- 1 kg pack
  • Rasgullas- 7 to 8 pieces
  • Dry fruits- 1 bowl

Recipe:

  • Remove the Rasgullas from the syrup and squeeze them gently
  • Pour the vanilla ice-cream in a big bowl and stir it until it melts
  • Dip-in the squeezed Rasgullas in melted vanilla ice-cream
  • Keep the mixture in fridge in a regular compartment (not in the freezer)
  • Serve chilled Rasgullas with vanilla ice-cream
  • Garnish the dessert with dry fruits of your choice

And it goes without saying, you will love it! Rasgullas when dipped in Vanilla ice-cream soak the flavored chilled milk. Vanilla adds a lovely scent to the sugary Rasgullas.

A perfect dessert to surprise your guests and friends! For a richer taste, decorate your bowl of Rasgullas in vanilla ice-cream with dry fruits, honey or cream. Suit yourself; suit your taste, for a dessert that you enjoy making!

Running up the hills, hard to say ‘no’

I see myself as a guy who likes to exercise regularly. Being a foodie, I make sure to work-out on a regular note. Visiting a gym is optional for me but doing natural exercises like warm-ups, push-ups, dips, Surya Namaskar, jogging and crunches is a routine.

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Waking up early in the morning at 6.00 am to reach a nearby hill for a jog is always there on the cards for me. It’s the best time of the day, a pleasure to run in fresh air. I consider running on the hill as a beautiful fitness routine. Even if you walk, up the hill, it does make a difference. As my home is positioned in between Chatturshringi Temple, Symbiosis College Hill and Law College Hill, I always have a choice to make.

What I like the most about jogging, up on the mountains is, I get the best chance to test my speed, stamina, fitness and capacity. When I run a distance, my tongue does come out like a dog and my tummy gets a painful pinch. Lol

Running up on the hill drains out every drop of water from the body, but the feeling that I get after covering a distance is just priceless. My experience of running says, ‘the slower you run, more the distance you will cover. ‘Slower’ doesnt actually mean very slow. Just avoid to sprint from the word go. The only thing that you need to do well to run more is breathe, breathe hard.

A slow and steady start is what you need to make to cover more distance. Maintain the pace, control the breath and move your hands to support your run. Carrying a bottle of water to sip in between is good. Infact, it is a must! It’s a low-risk approach actually. More the water your body drains out in the form of sweat, more you need to drink to regain lost energy. Even a fresh lime juice would do the trick. For those who exercise regularly, it’s never hard to say ‘yes’ to run up the hills.

The pleasure of running on the hill is truly magical. It is different! It’s an amazing feeling when you run in between tall green trees surrounded by rocks. When the sun peeps out from the trees, I just feel like saying ‘Good Morning, thanks for the light you share’. Nature is at its best, when I jog on the rocks, with trees standing tall.

Jogging is priceless! When the sweat rolls down the body, when calf muscles feel the pull and when tummy gets the crunches, you’ll get the feeling of a perfect run. Don’t forget to drink water in breaks, just smaller sips to regain energy lost in sweat!

Running up the hills! It’s really hard to say ‘no’ to it!