Phirni (Rice pudding)

Phirni is a delicious dessert made with rice and milk.  This dessert is usually enjoyed during festivals like Diwali, Holi and Karva Chauth.

Ingredients:

2 litres full milk

½ cup of good quality basmati rice

1 ½ cups sugar

¼ cup slivered almonds

¼ cup raisins

8 strands of saffron

½ tsp of green cardamom powder

For garnish:

1 tsp slivered almonds

8-10 chopped pistachios

5-6 strands of saffron

Making Phirni:

  1. Wash rice thoroughly and soak them in little water for ½ an hour.
  2. After ½ an hour drain rice and grind them to a very fine or little coarse consistency (your preference) and keep it aside.
  3. Boil milk in a heavy base pot. Simmer down the stove to medium and keep stirring it for ½ an hour to reduce the milk quantity.
  4. In a small bowl, add 8 strands of saffron and 2 tb spoons of boiled milk and stir.  Keep it aside.
  5. Add the ground rice to boiling milk and keep stirring to avoid lumps.  In this step you cannot leave the milk unattended, keep stirring until it thickens and rice are cooked, about 5-6 minutes.
  6. Add sugar, cardamom powder, raisins and saffron (kept aside in milk).  Stir well and mix everything for 3-4 minutes or until sugar dissolves.
  7. Phirni is ready, take it off the flame.
  8. Pour phirni in a bowl and garnish with almonds, chopped pistachios and saffron strands.
  9. Keep it in fridge covered for 3-4 hours and serve it cold.

 

Please give this recipe a try and please leave your comments and questions below.

Eat healthy and be happy!

 

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Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is an excellent alternative to rice and is easier to cook.  It is much healthier choice as it is high in protein.  

Ingredients:

2 cups quinoa

1 cucumber

2 carrots

3 celery stalks

1 orange or red pepper

1 cup boiled chickpeas

1 cup boiled kidney beans

½ cup cranberries

½ cup chopped cilantro

4 cups of water to cook quinoa

¼ cup of homemade vinaigrette

Ingredients for Vinaigrette:

¼ cup olive oil

Juice of 3 lemons

1 ½ tsp of dry basil

Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients for vinaigrette in a small jar.  Close the jar and shake it well. Your vinaigrette is ready!

Making Quinoa Salad:

  1. Chop all the vegetables into bite size pieces and put aside.
  2. Boil quinoa in water for 10 min and take off the stove.  Keep it covered and leave it aside for 5 min and fluff it with fork.
  3. Add all the cute vegetables to the quinoa.
  4. Add cilantro and cranberries.
  5. Pour vinaigrette on top and mix well.
  6. Refrigerate for about 2 hours and serve it cold.

You can enjoy this quinoa salad as a snack, as full lunch or as a side with fish or chicken.  

Please try this recipe and if you have any questions or comments please leave it below. Enjoy!

Eat healthy and be happy!!

Gluten Free Pancakes

Oat pancakes with  berry sauce for breakfast is the perfect way to start your day.  These pancakes are healthy, gluten free and easy to make.

Ingredients:

For pancakes:

7 tb spoons of Oats

1 fully ripe banana

2 eggs

1 tb spoon shredded coconut

3 small cardamoms

2-3 tb spoons of water (needed only if batter is thick)

Coconut oil to grease the griddle

For berry sauce:

1 cup frozen mixed berries

2 tb spoons of honey

Making pancakes:

  1. Add all the ingredients except water in magic bullet and grind them.
  2. Add water if the batter is too thick and mix well.
  3. Heat a griddle (if you don’t have a griddle, a non-stick pan will do) over medium heat.  Lightly oil the griddle, put about 4 tb spoons of batter on griddle for each pancake.  Let it cook for 2-3 minutes or until top has few bubbles bursting.  Then flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  4. This batter makes 6 pancakes.

Making Berry sauce:

  1. Add berries in a small saucepan and let them cook until they are soft and thick.  
  2. Add honey and mix well.
  3. Use this sauce on pancakes and enjoy!

Please try this recipe and if you have any questions and comments, please leave them below.

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Vegan Sweet Potato Cake

This Vegan cake recipe is for my friends who are vegan and don’t consume eggs and dairy.  It is very healthy and is full of nutrients.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups oats flour

½ cup potato starch

1 tb spoon flax seeds (egg replacer)

I tb spoon baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

2 tb spoons raisins

2 tb spoons slivered almonds

1 ¾  cup of honey

1 large sweet potato

¼ cup oil

2 tb spoons of water

Making Vegan cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a cake pan with parchment paper and put it aside.
  3. In a bowl mix oats flour, potato starch, flax seeds, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  4. In a mixer mix honey, oil, sweet potato and water.
  5. Add the wet mixture to dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Pour the mixture in cake pan.
  7. Bake it in the oven for 45 minutes.  Check it with fork to make sure that the cake is ready.  
  8. Once you take it out of the oven, let it cool down and then cut into desired size pieces.  Enjoy!

Please try this recipe and if you have any comments and questions, please leave them below.

Eat healthy and be happy!!