Murabba

Murabba  as the name suggest is a preserve made from fresh Alphonso Mangoes cooked in sugar syrup. Recipe of Murabba is very easy & doesn't need too many ingredients to prepare. I've grown up eating the Murabba & it continues to be one of my favourite. Murabba can be stored for more than 6 months in the fridge & can be enjoyed with hot chapati or phulka's
Ingredients
  1. 2 Alphonso Mangoes
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. ½ cup water
  4. 1 tsp saffron strands
  5. pinch of cardamom powder

Method
  1. Peel the mangoes & cut the mangoes in cubes, set aside
  2. In a pot add the sugar & water and make a thin syrup, after the syrup starts boiling add the mango cubes,  add the saffron strands & cardamom powder, simmer on low flame, until the mango pieces are cooked. This will take 5 minutes more.
  3. Remove from the flame & let the murambba cool, store it in a glass jar or steel box. Murambba can be stored for more than 6 months.

Strawberry-Watermelon & Mango Popsicles

Popsicle's are very popular these days in India, this Popsicle is made from fresh fruits, without any added sugar or water. If the strawberries are sour the natural sugar in the watermelon will take care of the it. Mangoes & Watermelon are available in abundance these days, so I thought of making a Popsicle using these fruits, the end product is so appealing its a perfect treat for kids and their parents.
Ingredients

  1. ½ cup fresh watermelon juice
  2. ¼ cup fresh strawberry juice (Strained)
  3. ¼ cup Mango Pulp (Alphonso mangoes)

Method

  1. Take a small piece of watermelon and remove seeds, use 6 ripe strawberries, chop roughly, blend both the fruits together them until you have a puree. Pour 2 or 3 tsp of the watermelon & strawberry puree into the bottom of the Popsicle mold freeze for 45 minutes.
  2. In the meanwhile use fresh alphonso mangoes to make puree, blend the puree into a smooth paste, pour 2 or 3 tsp of the mango puree on top of the strawberry & watermelon puree, freeze until set. this may take another 30-40 minutes. 
  3. Remember not to use the stick of the Popsicle mold to set the mango layer. Use only the cover of the Popsicle mold.
  4. After the mango layer has set, pour the remaining watermelon & strawberry puree on the top layer of the Popsicle mold, Use the stick to cover the Popsicle mold and allow the Popsicle to set.
  5. To remove the Popsicle's from the mold, take a glass, fill it with warm water, dip the mold for 10 seconds remove the Popsicle's and enjoy.

Roasted Makhana (Pop Mak) Oil free recipe

Phool Makhana are the Lotus Seeds or Fox Seeds which are nutritious, delicious, easy to digest when cooked. These days nutritionist recommend eating Makhana as they are light on stomach and easy to digest and satisfies your hunger pangs. Makhana is a perfect snack for carrying in tiffin for afternoon snack. You could ditch the popcorn have makhana instead when you watch a movie. Makhana  can be eaten during fast.
Ingredients
100 gms makhana (Lotus Seeds or Fox Seeds)
1 tbsp black salt
juice of ½ lime
Method
Use a large microwave safe bowl to make PopMak. Add the Makhana to the microwave safe bowl.
Use your palm to rub the lime juice & the black salt onto the makhana
Microwave high for 30 seconds, remove the bowl, stir the makhana with a spoon n microwave for another 2-3 minutes, remove the bowl n mix the makhana after 30 sec interval otherwise the makhana may burn inside the microwave.
Makahna must turn cripsy, if not microwave for another 30 seconds or until it turns crispy.\

You can also dry roast the makhana in a large kadai on stove top gas, It may take a longer time to cook though.

Orange & Kiwi Popsicles

Here's an easy & quick popsicle recipe that will cool you down this summer, I used Valencia oranges to make the popsicles but you can use the regular oranges too. You may also add mint leaves instead of kiwi, which gives a refreshing flavor n taste.

Ingredients 
Juice of 1 orange (Valencia orange)
1 kiwi peeled & sliced
2 tbsp sugar
Pinch of salt

Method
Use the hand juicer to make orange juice, add 2 tbsp sugar & a pinch of salt. Keep aside
Fill the Popsicle molds with orange juice add 2 slices of kiwi in each mold. Freeze for 2 hours 
For de molding the Popsicle, pour warm water in a glass, dip the Popsicle mold in the glass de mold with the help of Popsicle stick. 


Whole wheat butter cookies (Eggless)

A perfect buttery cookie that will go well with your hot cup of tea, coffee or plain milk! I made these with whole wheat flour (Atta). you can also replace whole wheat flour with All purpose flour. These are made from just 3 ingredients.


Ingredients

  1. 2 cups Whole wheat flour (Atta) 
  2. ¾ cup powdered sugar (add more to adjust the sweetness)
  3. 1 cup unsalted butter(softened not melted)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150ºC for 10-15 minutes (300º F, Gas No-2, Oven Terms- Slow) 
  2. In a large bowl, cream the sugar & butter with hands or hand mixer. it should change its color to white. 
  3. Sift the flour and add it to the sugar & butter mixture, until it forms a soft dough. Rest the dough for 15-20 minutes or more.
  4. Make small balls with palm, press with fingers to make a desired shape, you may also use a cookie cutter. I used a tiny round shaped steel box as a cookie cutter. you can use a fork to prick the cookie on the top.Roughly It should be of .50cm thickness
  5. bake for 20 minutes or until the cookie turns brown in color. 
  6. The above ingredients will yield 28-30 cookies depending upon the size you give.
Notes: 
  1. Add more sugar if you think the cookie dough is less sweet.
  2. Remember every brand flour acts differently (I used ashirwad atta), after resting the dough for more than 20 minutes it shouldn't be sticky to your hands, it should be relatively dry, i.e. when you touch the dough it should be dry but not very crumbly. if it is too crumbly add 1 tsp butter or more as needed.
  3. I added a tbsp of butter after resting the dough as I thought the dough was dry. 
  4. If you make the cookies with All purpose flour (Maida), you may be able to roll out the dough with the help of rolling pin, but rolling the dough with wheat flour was not possible.
  5. When you remove the cookies out from the oven, they might be soft but once they cool down they will harden.
  6. Baking time depends upon the side of the oven. Mine took 18mins
  7. You may also use 1 cup APF & 1 cup wheat flour. 


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