Thursday, October 17, 2019

Rasmalai Recipe - How To Make Rasmalai Recipe - Diwali Dessert Recipe


Rasmalai is a classic rich dessert, consists of the delicate flattened cheese balls cooked in a sugar syrup and dipped in flavoured thickened milk (rabri).



Easy Homemade Rasmalai Recipe for Diwali topped with nuts and decorated with diyas and flowers.



Diwali is in full swing! Around this time of the year, everyone is in festive mood and so are we! Festivals like these are time to connect, share moments, make memories, with your loved ones and are based around eating. And, eating with friends and family are indeed the moments we want to cherish every time. The Food Root, wishes everyone a wonderful diwali filled with with love, laughter, and good-food.

Diwali festivities calls for home decor, shopping and lots of sweets. Today, I have an easy and delicious dessert to share with you which can be prepared in an hour. So, lighten up your homes with diyas and flowers and make one of the delicious festive dessert recipe - Rasmalai.



How To Make Rasmalai Recipe



Rasmalai is both creamy and comforting, exactly what i’m craving now. It has a nutty flavour and have a beautiful colour. Rasmalai is soft, smooth and spongy and melt in mouth completely. My kitchen smells like a heavenly bliss when i made this and i’m already looking forward to making it again.

Rasmalai is an easy homemade recipe. It's bit time-consuming since they are so many parts but if you make strain paneer (chenna) and flavored thickened milk (rabri) together, you'll be able to pace yourself.



Delicate rasmalai cheese balls topped with cardamoms and pistachios.



Choose your Rasmalai ingredients to make this delicious recipe. Ingredients like milk, cornflour, lime-juice, sugar, oil and nuts are needed to make this yummilicious dessert. You need to prepare strain paneer (chenna) and sugar syrup and dip rasmalai balls in the sugar syrup. After squeezing the balls you need to make the flavored thickened milk (rabri) and add the balls into it and serve it with saffron strands and crushed cardamoms on top of it. This dessert takes about 6 hours to freeze or preferably overnight.

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Enjoy and have a wonderful diwali!🎉🎈
Much Love!



Rasmalai Recipe : How To Make Rasmalai Recipe (Diwali Dessert Recipe)



Serves : 6 People
Refrigeration time : 5-6 hours
Cooking time : 1 hour
Author: The Food Root
Rasmalai Calories : 188 (1 piece)



INGREDIENTS


For strain paneer/cheese (chenna)


4 cups cow’s milk
2 tablespoon lime juice or vinegar
2 tablespoon cornflour
1/2 cup water


For Sugar Syrup


4 cups water
1 cup sugar
Oil for frying


For the Rabri (Flavored Thickened Milk)


2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
few strands of saffron
5-6 crushed pistachios
5-6 crushed cardamoms


METHOD


For strain paneer/cheese (chenna)


1. Pour 4 cups of cow’s milk in a saucepan and bring it to boil over medium heat. Switch off the flame and add 1/2 cup of water, so that the milk cool down to the room temperature.

2. After 5 minutes, add lime juice and stir the milk slowly till it’s completely curdled. Using a strainer get rid of excess water and collect the paneer/cheese (chenna) in the muslin cloth. Keep it aside for 20 minutes.

3. Start kneading the strain paneer/cheese (chenna) to get a smooth dough for 8-10 minutes or until it starts leaving oil.

4. Add cornflour in the chenna so that it soak extra moisture and let it rest for 10 more minutes.

5. Gently flatten the chenna to get 10-12 smooth balls and keep it aside.


Sugar Syrup


1. For the sugar syrup, combine 4 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar, in a pan, and let it to boil until the sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes.

2. Dip the rasmalai balls into the prepared syrup and and let it boil for 12-15 minutes and turn off the flame and you will see that balls have got spongy, fluffy and double in size. Now, let it cool down to room temperature for some time.

3. Squeeze the dumpling balls to remove extra sugar syrup and transfer it into the flavoured thickened milk (rabri).


Rabri (Flavoured Thickened Milk)


1. Heat 2 cups of milk in another pan and bring it to boil. Once it comes to boil, lower down.

2. After, 15 minutes when the milk slowly starts to thicken, add 1/4 cup of sugar, soaked saffron, crushed pistachios and cardamoms, and, continue stirring over medium heat. Turn off the flame and let it cool down.

3. After 10 minutes, transfer the balls into the flavoured thickened milk (rabri) and freeze well or refrigerate for 5-6 hours.

4. Pour them into serving bowls and top it up with saffron strands and crushed cardamoms.


NOTES


1. Keep extra lime ready with you, in case the milk doesn't curdle.

2. You can curdle the milk with both lemon and vinegar.

3. If possible, use cow’s milk to make rasmalai balls as it will softer their texture.



Monday, October 14, 2019

DIY DIWALI DECOR IDEAS

Diwali is round the corner. It's the time of the year when people decorate their houses with diyas, candles and tiny string lights which adds unique glitter and charm. Here are some effortless ways to jazz up those little corners of your home. These simple decors will make your home glow with glitters and lights. Have fun doing these simple DIY decor projects. They'll certainly add an oomph factor to the decoration of your home.

Here are some 5 fun, easy and inexpensive DIY decor ideas to decorate your home.

1. Goblet Diya


Goblet diya, with a glass upside down and a tea light at the top.

Materials required
  • Wine Glasses
  • Fresh or fake flowers
  • Decorative tray
  • Tea Light / Diya
We all have wine glasses in our homes. The idea is to use them as the candle stand this season. We will going to fill up the goblet of these glasses with fresh or fake flowers, whatever available. Then flip the glass upside down and place them on a decorative tray. To add on that festive element, place a tea light at the top and lit it up. They'll definitely add that glam factor to your Diwali decor.



2. Floating Candles


Floating candles in a deep vessel, filled half with water, rose petals, marigolds and tea lights.


Materials required
  • A large vessel
  • Flowers
  • Tea light / Diya
Take a wide mouth bowl or a serving platter of your choice - glass, steel, brass and filled it half with water. Add in some rose petals or marigolds to give it a festive element. Complete the arrangement by placing a small floating oil lamps or a tea light candles and lit it up. It gives a pleasant looks to the surrounding at the coffee table or the pooja ghar.


3. Mason Jar Lanterns


Mason Jar with embellishments and an LED tea light inside them.


Materials required
  • Mason Jar
  • Embellishments (Glitters, beads, sequins or colored gems)
  • Tea light or LED tea light
Mason Jar are really trendy these days. There are endless ways to decorate them. Arrange the mason jars and fill them with glitters, beads, sequins or colored gems. Then put a tea light inside it and lit it up. You can also use a LED tea light. It makes a beautiful centerpiece for a coffee table or any corner of your room.


4. CD Tea-Lights


Old CD's decorated with embellishments and placed an LED tea light on top of it.


Materials required
  • CD's
  • Embellishments (Glitters, beads, sequins or colored gems)
  • Tea light holder
  • Tea light / Diya
  • Craft Glue 
We all have a mountain of old CD's sitting at home. The idea is to recycle those CD's and create a beautiful candle holder out of them. Get the your favorite embellishments from any local market and add sparkles on your Diwali decor. Start by sticking a tea light holder in the centre of the CD and then apply the glue on the flat surface of the glass bead and press it firmly against the CD and decorate it in whatever way you like. Now place a tea light into the tea light holder and lit it up. It step up the sparkle game.



5. Diwali Flags and Banners

DIY Glitter Diwali Flags and Banners

Materials required
  • Decorative glitter paper in two different shades
  • Punching Machine
  • Scissor
  • Twine
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Craft Glue
Take a decorative glitter paper and measure out a rectangle (6 inches wide and 8 inches long) and cut it out. Now using a ruler and pencil (find the middle mark) go up all the way to find the tip of the triangle and draw the line from that mark to corner of each sides. Cut the triangle. Repeat the step until you collect the required number of flags. Now look around for any other glitter paper and make letters with them. Apply glue and stick the letters on the flags. Once you're done, punch the holes at the two corners of these flags. String them, so the twine goes front to back into the right hand hole and back to the front on the left. Keep doing that that until you are done with whole of the banner. You can hang it anywhere on your wall.

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DIY DIWALI DECOR IDEAS


We hope you light up your home with these awesome and innovative DIY hacks. Do try them and let us know how it turned out for you!

Much love!



Friday, October 11, 2019

Amazon Great Indian Festival 2019 Sale


Amazon Great Indian Festival 2019 Sale : Price cuts on OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro, iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Samsung Galaxy Note 10Samsung Galaxy M30s and wide range of smartphones at a very attractive prices.



Latest technology, at great prices! Shop at Amazon Great Indian Festival 2019 Sale between 13th October to 17th October.


Latest technology, at great prices! Shop at Amazon Great Indian Festival 2019 Sale between 13th October to 17th October. This festive sale will have offer on wide range of smartphones, laptops, headphones, TV’s, and other electronic items. It will also list, free screen replacement, no-cost EMIs and exchange offers. ICICI Bank users will also get 10 percent instant discount on both debit and credit cards during the sales.


Amazon Great Indian Festival 2019 Sale


This Amazon Festive Sale is a one-stop destination for all your festive shopping needs. These are some of the smartphones which you can buy on very attractive prices.

1. OnePlus 7

OnePlus 7, with Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB storage and gorgeous AMOLED Display will get discount of Rs. 3,000 on MRP Rs. 32,999.

2. OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro which comes with a 90 Hz refresh rate screen and a beautiful QHD+ display will get discount of Rs. 4,000 on MRP Rs. 48,999.

3. iPhone XR

iPhone XR will be listed at an effective price of Rs. 44,999 which is substantially lower than the launch price and seems like a great offer during the Great Indian Festival Sale.

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is also reportedly up for sale starting at Rs 42,999, down from its original price of 73,600.

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 10, a true flagship smartphone with an impossibly thin design will be available with an exchange offer of Rs. 6,000 extra on your any old smartphone which makes it a great deal on this festive season. This smartphone will sell for Rs. 69,999 (MRP Rs. 75,000)

6. Samsung Galaxy M30s

GalaxyM30s the budget smartphone from Samsung comes with flagship 48MP AI triple rear camera, stunning 6.4” Super AMOLED Display, monster like performance, and monstrous 6000 mAh battery will be available at Rs. 13,999. (MRP Rs.15,550)


There are other smartphones which you can also check out like Redmi 7A which will be available at very affordable price of Rs. 4,999. Samsung Galaxy M30 will sell at Rs. 9,999. Mi A3 best mid-range Android one smartphone will go on sale for Rs. 12,999. Samsung Bestselling A series Smartphones Galaxy A50 Rs. 18,990, Galaxy A50s Rs. 22,999 and Galaxy A30s Rs. 16,999 are some of the great deals to check out.

There is a great opportunity for ICICI Bank debit and credit card users as they are eligible to get 10 percent instant discount on every purchase.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Warm Fudge Brownie With Vanilla Ice-Cream


Hot sizzling brownie with vanilla ice-cream topped with some chocolate sauce.



Starting a warm and cozy weekend with a plate of warm fudge brownie with vanilla ice-cream topped with some chocolate sauce. It’s super refreshing, has a crisp aroma and is among the world’s most tempting treats. It has a natural sweetness and is a light substitute for rich dessert.

Indulge in this warm fudge brownie without any guilt made from ingredients like dark chocolate, butter, milk, flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla essence and walnuts. It’s an easy dessert recipe which can be made in less than 45 minutes.



Hot sizzling brownie with vanilla ice-cream topped with some chocolate sauce. The sweet nutty flavour and the rustic texture is sure to satisfy all your sweet cravings.



Brownies are always a fun dessert. They are perfect for anytime of the year. I couldn’t believe I never made brownies before. This is the first time i’m making it and i’m so happy. It's a classic dessert that never goes out of style.

It has some surprising deliciously flavours. The sweet nutty flavour and rustic texture is sure to satisfy all your sweet cravings. This dessert is rich, moist, creamy, fudgy and melt in mouth completely. The nuts and the chocolate sauce gives the great flavour to the palate.


Brownies are a classic and a fun dessert and are perfect for anytime of the year. This dessert is rich, moist, creamy, fudgy and melt in mouth completely.



Combine all the ingredients together and whisk everything together, until it is totally blended and pan lined with parchment paper and bake it on 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Let it cool for 10 minutes. Then, put the scoop of vanilla ice cream on a warm fudge brownie and drizzle chocolate sauce over it and enjoy with a cup of coffee or cold drink. Hope you all enjoy!

Check out my other posts on easy and yummy dessert recipes like - Dry Fruit Custard, Pistachio Ice-Cream and Shahi Tukda.


Hot Sizzling Brownie With Vanilla Ice-Cream




Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4-5 people
Author: The Food Root



Ingredients



100 grams Dark chocolate
7-8 tbsp Butter
1 cup Milk
1 cup Powdered sugar
1/4 cup All purpose flour
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla essence
6-8 Walnuts, crushed
1 scoop Vanilla ice cream
Chocolate sauce


Direction



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Meanwhile, grease a 9-inch round cake pan with butter and line it with parchment paper. Brush another layer of butter over the parchment paper and grease it again and set it aside.

3. Take a small bowl and melt dark chocolate and butter and pour it into a large mixing bowl. Add milk, salt, vanilla essence, and sift powdered sugar, baking powder, all purpose flour and whisk everything together, until it is totally blended.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and add crushed walnuts over the mixture and bake it for 25-30 minutes.

5. Gently peel off the parchment paper. Let the brownies cool completely, for about 10 minutes in the pan before slicing them into squares.

6. Take out the serving plate and put the scoop of vanilla ice cream on a warm fudge brownie and drizzle some chocolate sauce, if desired.



How To Make Chocolate Sauce



Ingredients



1 tbsp butter
1 cup milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tbsp heavy cream


Direction



Add butter, milk and chocolate chips in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Then, add heavy cream and microwave for another 10 seconds, and stir to get a smooth chocolate sauce.


Friday, September 27, 2019

Restaurant Style Malai Kofta Recipe


Malai Kofta is a North Indian dish originated from the Mughlai cuisine. This dish is buttery rich, soft and sweet in taste. It goes well with naan or steamed rice.



Malai Kofta is a North Indian dish originated from the Mughlai cuisine. This dish is buttery rich, soft and sweet in taste. It goes well with naan or steamed rice.



Malai means heavy cream and Kofta refers to the paneer (cottage cheese) khoya balls. It’s a rich dish perfect for parties and special occasions. Malai Kofta is a quick and easy main dish that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.

This dish is such a hit at all Indian restaurants. There is nothing better than trying out this yummy restaurant style malai kofta recipe. It's one of the best vegetarian punjabi recipes.

My Mother recently surprised us with this dish. It's already been made twice this week at our home. The moment I looked at this dish, I couldn't resist taking the picture for my blog and post it for you guys. I'm super duper excited to share the recipe with you all. I tried this recipe and it came perfect like restaurant style. It is mainly served for lunch and dinner with naan and steamed rice.



Malai means heavy cream and Kofta refers to the paneer (cottage cheese) khoya balls. It’s a rich dish perfect for parties and special occasions.



The stuffing of koftas are made from mashed khoya, grated paneer (cottage cheese), mashed potato and nuts. Then they are deep fried into hot oil. When the koftas are ready they are gently dipped into rich gravy. This gravy is made from onion, tomatoes and indian spices. It's butterly and bright yellow in color. Malai Kofta is mostly sweet in taste but i always try to tame it a bit.

It's one of the easy malai kofta recipe. The recipe is wonderfully rich, hope you guys love it. Please, let me know in the comments below!

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Malai Kofta Recipe



Serves : 4 People
Preparation time : 15 minutes
Total time : 30 minutes
Author : The Food Root



Ingredients


For gravy

2 tablespoons, butter
1/2 inch long, ginger, grated
4-5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/2 teaspoon, salt or as per taste
3/4 teaspoon, cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon, red chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon, turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon, garam masala
3/4 teaspoon, coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon, sugar
2 green chillies, chopped
1/2 cup, water
1/2 cup, milk
1/4 cup, fresh cream
1/2 cup, khoya


For kofta

Oil for deep frying
1 cup or 100 gram, grated cottage cheese
1/2 cup or 50 gram, mashed khoya
1 mashed potato
2 tablespoons, corn flour
1/2 teaspoon, salt
1/2 teaspoon, garam masala
1/2 cup, cashews and raisins, chopped


Method


1. Heat butter in a pan, add ginger and garlic and stir-fry until fragrant. Add chopped onion, cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Next add chopped tomatoes and cook for another 3-4 minutes or so.

2. Then add salt, cumin powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, coriander powder, sugar and chopped green chilli. Mix everything well. Stir it nicely and cook them on low flame.

3. Add 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of fresh cream and 1/2 cup of khoya into the pan and stir occasionally, or for 6-7 minutes.

4. Next, to make kofta, we will take grated cottage cheese, mashed khoya, mashed potato, corn flour, salt, garam masala, chopped cashews, raisins in a bowl. Mix well and knead them into a dough and divide the mixture into the smooth balls.

5. While shaping the balls for koftas, heat the oil in a pan for deep-frying them. Once the oil is hot, dip koftas gently into the hot oil.

6. Once it’s browned from the one side, flip it over and do the same, and place it on the tissue paper.

7. Dip koftas into the gravy just 5-10 minutes before serving and enjoy!


Notes


* You can also stuff kofta with grated paneer, mashed potato and nuts and not add khoya into it but I recommend to add khoya in the koftas as it bring more creaminess and sweet texture in the recipe.



Monday, August 26, 2019

Sautéed Broccoli And Carrots


Heat up your pan and get ready to dig in to the best sautéed broccoli and carrots recipe that goes well with noodles, steamed rice or a vegetable platter.



Sautéed broccoli and carrots is a colourful and delicious side dish. It's super simple and super easy to make. It's one of our family’s favourite meals recipe.


This dish is a crispy and crunchy which will definitely surprise you! It’s a party in your mouth with lot of explosions. A perfect vegan dish for anytime of the day and gets ready in less than 15 minutes.

Sautéed broccoli and carrots is a colourful and delicious side dish. It's super simple and super easy to make. I make these sautéed vegetables recipe so often at our house, as my family love this recipe. I make this dish with carrots, broccoli and bell peppers as these are my favorite vegetables.

Broccoli is the best of all the cruciferous vegetables. It can be eaten raw, but blanching it in boiling water helps it give to a more crisp-tender texture. It protect your body from various diseases. It is rich in dietary fiber, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants. t’s a rich source of Vitamin A, K, C and many other minerals.

Carrots are the versatile vegetable and can be used in various dishes. It has a crunchy texture and a sweet taste. It comes in red, orange and yellow color which is due to pigments. Carotene makes the carrot orange and anthocyanin makes it bit yellow and red. They are rich in Vitamin A, B8, C, L, Folate, Potassium, Iron, Copper and Manganese.

Bell Peppers gives colorful, crispy, crunchy, sweet and salty flavour to the recipe. It comes in three colors - green, red and yellow. You can use pepper of any colour in the dish. They are an excellent source of vitamin A and C and are also a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin E, B6 and folate.

I typically serve this comfort meal as a side dish but you can serve it as an easy appetizer. It is a nutrient dense meal, so tender and tasty which fills you up quickly and tastes best with noodles, steamed rice or a vegetable platter.



Sautéed broccoli and carrots is a beautiful blend of broccoli and carrots. I totally adore the combination of these beautiful veggies, just stir-fry them and enjoy!



How To Make Stir-Fry Vegetables?


It requires basic ingredients you likely have on hand like -  broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, olive oil, a splash of vinegar and flavourful herbs and spices.

1. Add harder veggies first, followed by softer veggies.
2. Only cook the veggies until they’re tender and crisp, but do not overlook them.
3. Feel free to substitute your favourite veggies.
4. Add your choice of flavourful herbs and spices.
5. Add your choice of sauces or condiments, which add flavour boost to your food, and make it savoury, sweet or spicy.
6. Extra virgin olive oil is perfect for sautéing vegetables but in case you don’t have olive oil in hand, you can use butter.

This recipe is a beautiful blend of carrots, broccoli and bell peppers. I totally adore the combination of these beautiful veggies. I'm a great fan of these veggies, but feel free to substitute your favourite veggies. You can control your spice level according to your taste preferences and requirements.

I love making this recipe a lot. It has so much flavours and textures. It tastes best when vinegar and cayenne powder is added, and is served hot.


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Sautéed broccoli and carrots is a perfect vegan dish for anytime of the day and gets ready in less than 15 minutes. It’s a party in your mouth with lot of explosions.



To prepare this yummy dish, first blanch broccoli in hot water then drain them into the bowl of cold water and strain them again and keep it aside for some time. Next, heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat, and add carrots and stir-fry them for 3 minutes or until they are tender. Add bell peppers, stir-fry for 2 minutes but do not overcook. Add the broccoli and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add garlic cloves and sauté for 1 minute. Then add cayenne powder and stir-fry for 1 minute. Season with salt to taste and sauté them for 2 more minutes. Drizzle vinegar and sauté for 1-2 minutes and enjoy.

Make it exciting, but not bland or boring. Add your favourite veggies and condiments and your kids will love it!

Check out my other post on easy and yummy stir-fry recipe - Sautéed Broccoli with Bell Peppers and enjoy!!


Sautéed Broccoli and Carrots



Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 3 people
Author: The Food Root


Ingredients



1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or butter
2 large carrots (cut them into thin strips)
1 medium broccoli florets  (300 grams)
1 medium bell pepper (Remove the seeds and cut 1/4 inch slice off)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 tsp salt or as per taste
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
1 tsp rice vinegar


Method



1. Bring in a large pot of water to boil. Meanwhile, fill a bowl with a cold water preferably with ice cubes in it. Set it aside. When the water is boiling, add 1/2 tbsp of salt and broccoli florets. After 3 minutes, remove the broccoli with a slotted spoon or drain the florets in a colander. Now plunge them into the bowl of cold water and after 1 minute, strain them again.

2. In a pan, heat 1 tbsp of virgin olive oil or butter. Reduce to low medium heat, when the oil is hot enough, add carrots and sauté approximately for 3 minutes or until they are tender.

3. Then, add bell peppers, and stir well for 2 minutes or until they are tender, but do not overcook.

4. Add the broccoli and toss it for 2 minutes.

5. Next, add garlic cloves and sauté for 1 minute.

6. Season to taste with salt and cayenne powder and stir well for 1 minute.

7. Drizzle vinegar and continue to stir-fry about 2 minutes. Serve Sautéed Broccoli And Carrots and enjoy!


Notes



1. In addition to the florets, the broccoli stems are edible. The stems work well in a stir fry recipes but make sure to peel the skin and cut them into thin circular shape.

2. You can drizzle any sauce you want like - soy sauce, miso sauce or barbecue sauce to enhance the flavour of the meal.

3. You can add lemon and this will enrich your recipe.


* Keep it simple and find vegetables you actually enjoy eating, and try Sautéed Broccoli and Carrots and let me know how you like it!!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Mango Blueberry Smoothie



Mango Blueberry Smoothie is a simple, healthy rich dessert which will wake up your taste-buds and gives you instant energy. This is my go-to smoothie recipe, and is vegan and gluten free.



Mango Blueberry Smoothie is a simple, healthy rich dessert which will wake up your taste-buds and give you instant energy.



Since summer in India doesn’t seem to end anytime soon, indulge in this delicious mango blueberry smoothie. It’s full of natural fruit flavours and sweetness. It's a delicious and healthy way to start off a day, and the flavours that comes out from the drink is absolutely delightful.

This 7-ingredient recipe is totally refreshing for a hot summer day and is topped with finely chopped nuts. It’s creamy but light, and loaded with rich flavors and fresh fruits.

This blueberry mango smoothie is one of my favorites ever and is perfect for summer. It's a perfect breakfast smoothie for busy mornings and helps in maintaining good health.

This smoothie is high in fibre, potassium and a powerhouse of antioxidants. It’s full of vitamins and minerals, and has a quality source of protein which helps you feel full for hours.



This is a perfect breakfast smoothie for busy mornings and helps in maintaining good health.



Mango season would be totally deprived of it glory if you don't try this delicious mango berry smoothie. It is packed with nutrients and fresh seasonal fruits. You should definitely try this before the mangoes vanish from the market.

Mangoes are a versatile and an interesting fruit. You can add them in slushies, cakes, ice-creams, salads, smoothiesdipspickles, or sweet-dishes. Though, I don't love mango so much but I love adding them in smoothies.

I've also added 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries. They are a popular summer treat which gives a fresh and crisp flavor to the smoothie. Blueberries are packed with various health benefits, and can make the smoothie more wholesome and nutritious, and, it's texture is extremely surprising.

After a bit of trial and error, I used some of the most healthful smoothie ingredients like -

Fruits - Mango, Blueberries
Thickener - Greek yogurt, Ice cubes (optional)
Liquid base - Almond milk, Water (optional)
Flavoring - Vanilla extract, Honey
Protein and Fats - Nuts and seeds for toppings

Toss the ingredients in, blend and you are all set! It’s super easy, super light, super refreshing and a very healthy smoothie recipe.

Hope you love this healthy breakfast smoothie recipe. Let me know in the comment section below!
Much love!
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IF YOU LOVED THIS RECIPE, YOU'LL DEFINITELY LOVE:


TROPICAL SMOOTHIE



The tropical flavors of this sunshine smoothie is refreshing and loaded with amazing flavors and fresh fruits.. This delicious smoothie can be made in less than 5 minutes.




MANGO BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE




Serves : 2 People
Preparation time : 5 minutes
Total time : 5 minutes
Author : The Food Root

Ingredients


2 fresh ripe mangoes
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup plain or greek yoghurt
1/2 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon, vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp water (optional)
1 tsp honey or maple syrup
3-4 pieces crushed ice (optional)


Garnish with your choice of fruits, nuts and seeds.

I added -
2 almonds, crushed
2 walnuts, crushed
2 pistachios, crushed
1 tbsp, pomegranate seeds
1 tbsp, cantaloupe seeds

Method


1. Peel the mangoes & cut them into small pieces.

2. In a blender, combine mango chunks, blueberries, greek yogurt, almond milk, vanilla extract and water. Blend for 2-3 minutes, until smooth.

3. Add a little sweetener - honey or maple syrup, if you like.

4. Add crushed ice and blend again for 2-3 minutes.

5. Pour the mango blueberry smoothie in a bowl and garnish with your favourite toppings like fruits, nuts and seeds. Serve fresh and enjoy! 


Notes


1. If you want to keep your smoothie vegan, you can use coconut, hemp, soy or almond milk else you can also use the nonfat milk.

2. If you prefer a thicker consistency, use less liquid. If you prefer a thinner consistency, add a little more liquid.

3. You can also add frozen fruits or add crushed ice to make your smoothie slightly slushy.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Raw Mango Pickle Recipe


Mangoes are such a versatile and an interesting fruit. You can add them in smoothies, dips, or simply make pickles. This is the best side-dish and add a boost of nutrition to any meal! Mango pickle, also known as achar, is super easy to prepare and has complex flavors. It’s a tangy condiment that adds an extra zing to every meal.


Raw Mango Pickle is made with raw mangoes and flavoured with Indian spices. Achar or pickle is a great condiment which you will find in almost every Indian households. You can also make it spicy or mild to suit your taste by adjusting the amount of spices.



We always ate homemade pickles made by our mother as we don’t like the pickles that are sold outside in markets and you never know about the quality of ingredients they are using in their pickles. Also, we try to avoid high sodium products so we love homemade pickles and it’s very easy to make your own pickle instead of buying them at the store.

Raw Mango Pickle is made with raw mangoes and flavoured with Indian spices. Achar or pickle is a great condiment which you will find in almost every Indian households. You can also make it spicy or mild to suit your taste by adjusting the amount of spices.

Yesterday, Mom made these raw mango pickle for us. It was so yummy and healthy as she didn’t use any oil in it! She made these in small batches. If you want to make the pickle last, make sure you store the pickle jar in the refrigerator and use it within 2-3 days, as we are not using any oil in it.



This is a 5 ingredient pickle and get ready in less than 5 minutes. It is then kept in warm place for 6-8 hours, till the mangoes soften a bit, then this simple homemade pickles is ready. Make sure you store this in the refrigerator and use this within 2-3 days as we are not adding any oil in this pickle recipe!



This is a 5 ingredients pickle recipe and gets ready in less than 5 minutes. It is then kept in warm place for 6-8 hours, till the mangoes soften a bit, then this simple homemade pickles is ready. Make sure you store this in the refrigerator and use this within 2-3 days. You can add a spoonful of oil if you want.

I’ll also share the traditional recipe of mango pickle, where you add the mustard oil and other spices and can use the mango pickle for a year or two, but I like this particular raw mango pickle recipe a lot as it’s very easy to prepare, and it's vegan and gluten-free too! Hope you love the recipe too! Let me know in the comment section below!


Raw Mango Pickle Recipe |  Aam ka aachar



Serves : 3-4 people
Preparation time : 5 minutes
Total time : 10 minutes
Author : The Food Root



Ingredients



2 raw mangoes
1/4 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp salt


Method



1. Rinse the raw mangoes, dry them with a clean cloth. Cut them into small pieces and set them aside.

2. Add all the chopped raw mangoes into a dry bowl or a jar and add all the 5 spices - red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt, and, mix well.

3. Close the lid and keep the jar or bowl in a warm place for a 6-8 hours, till the mangoes soften a bit and become tender. Make sure you store this in the refrigerator and use this within 2-3 days.

4. Instant raw mango pickle is ready to serve with roti or parantha or with dal-rice!


Notes



1. Make sure you store this pickle recipe in the refrigerator and use it within 2-3 days as it doesn't have any oil in it.

2. We don't add the oil in this raw mango pickle recipe but you can add a spoonful of oil if you want.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Raw Mango Chutney | How To Make Raw Mango Chutney?


Raw mangoes had made their entry and it’s the best time to use them in this season. Mom made this delicious Launji recipe for us, which is a staple in every Indian households in hot summer days! If you haven’t tried it yet, you absolutely must. It’s insanely tasty and mostly eaten in the summertime.



Raw mango chutney is a classic sweet, salty, spicy and sour chutney made with raw mangoes, flavored with Indian spices and sugar.



Raw mango chutney or aam ki launji is a classic sweet, salty, spicy and sour chutney made with raw mangoes, flavored with Indian spices and sugar. It is one summer essential chutney made in almost all Indian households. This recipe is made from season’s favorite fruit and will drool you for sure. It’s a very easy recipe to prepare, and, does not require too much of effort or prior preparation and makes a perfect accompaniment for light and flavorful dishes.



Aam ki launji is an easy recipe to prepare, does not require too much of effort or prior preparation and makes a perfect accompaniment for light and flavorful dishes.




I love raw mango recipes and launji is one of my favorite current dip. It is very handy on busy and quick mornings, and, goes well with paranthas and purees. Consuming raw mangoes are a good way to beat the heat. They are a good source of vitamin A and C and are great for digestion. If you'll make launji in large quantity, you can store it in the refrigerator and use it for at least 1 month.



HOW TO MAKE RAW MANGO CHUTNEY



The unique flavor of this chutney comes from the mango skin. I love the texture of the fruit as it is slightly sour and acidic. Also, it gets the spectacular flavor from the cumin seeds and mustard seeds. This adds a nice and mild aroma in the recipe. To avoid the sugar intake, you can also use a piece of jaggery in this recipe.



It's a summer chutney made with raw mango, spices, sugar and sauteed till the raw mangoes starts to soften. It can be stored for at least a month.



You can peel the raw mango but we like to add them along with the skin as it contains more nutrients than the actual fruit. I'd just recommend you to wash the raw mangoes properly before you add them in the recipe.

The raw mango chutney recipe is very simple. First, heat the oil, fry the cumin seeds and mustard seeds for 1 or 2 minutes until they splutter, then add a pinch of asafoetida, and add mango pieces in the pan and saute them. Next, add the basic Indian spices, then stir to combine. Add sugar and water in the pan and cover with a lid for some time till the raw mangoes starts to soften. And, it's done! Once the launji cools down, it can be stored in the refrigerator for at least a week, and if you made this in bulk, you can store for at least a month.

Hope you make this wonderful recipe and enjoy with your family. This will surely transport you to a different world altogether. It’s extremely delicious, neither too spicy, nor too sour. I highly recommend this, it’s pure bliss!



RAW MANGO CHUTNEY



Serves : 3-4 people
Preparation time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 18-20 minutes
Author : The Food Root

Ingredients


2 raw mangoes
2 tbsp oil
pinch of asafoetida
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp salt
3-4 tbsp sugar or jaggery
1/2 cup water


Method


1. Wash the raw green mangoes, cut them into small pieces. Set them aside.

2. In a pan, heat the oil, then add cumin seeds and mustard seeds, stir over low heat, until they just start to pop, and sauté for 1-2 minutes on medium heat. When the seeds starts spluttering, add a pinch of asafoetida and sauté for 1-2 minutes on low heat.

3. Add the raw mango pieces in the pan and sauté for 4-5 minutes. Next, add spices; salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder, then stir to combine.

4. Add sugar and water, mix it well. Then cook them on a low flame and lower the heat, covering it with the lid and let it cook for at least 6-7 minutes, till the raw mangoes starts to soften. Stir occasionally.

5. When mango pieces starts to soften, increase the heat, let it simmer for another minute so the chutney thickens slightly, add garam masala and stir to combine.

6. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool. The chutney or the dip will thickens more as it will cool down.

7. Store it in the air tight container and preserve it in the refrigerator. Serve it with Indian meals and enjoy the raw mango chutney with paranthas and purees or anything you like!

Notes


1. We don't peel the raw mangoes, but if you want to peel them, you surely can.

2. To avoid the sugar intake you can also use a piece of jaggery in this recipe.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tropical Sunshine Smoothie


Tropical Smoothie Bowl


It's Mango Season!!! It's that glorious time of the year, where shops and markets are flooded with fresh and juicy mangoes. It's a great time to experiment new recipes with fresh seasonal fruits, so if you get your hands on some, stop yourself from eating them all plain and make a smoothie instead.



Beat the heat on a hot summer day and hydrate yourself with a cool smoothie, filled with frozen mango, banana and orange juice!



Beat the heat on a hot summer day and hydrate yourself with a cool smoothie, filled with frozen mango, banana and orange juice! This fresh fruit smoothie provides you with essential vitamins and minerals. They are a great way to nourish your body with nutrients and are a healthy addition to your daily diet.



Frozen Mango, Banana, Orange juice, Coconut Milk and Honey are few of the ingredients used in this tropical sunshine smoothie. This smoothie can be made in less than 5 minutes. It is one of the reasons, i like it so much. All you need is blender, your favorite fruits and milk.



This smoothie is vegan, gluten free, guilt free and absolutely delicious! A spoonful of this tropical smoothie taste anything like sunshine. This smoothie is my favorite because of its luscious, creamy texture and wonderful flavor.


This smoothie will refresh and rejuvenate your day. It's very simple and a delicious recipe, you can have this smoothie at any time of the day. It's low in sugar and perfect for a morning breakfast.

The tropical flavors of this sunshine smoothie is refreshing. It's very healthy for breakfast and quick enough for a dessert. This delicious smoothie can be made in less than 5 minutes. It is one of the reasons, i like it so much. All you need is blender, your favorite fruits and milk.



This smoothie is vegan, gluten free, guilt free and absolutely delicious! It has a luscious creamy texture and is truly very nutritious.



Start with a base, like a banana, then add frozen mango chunks and orange juice in a blender. Add 1 cup of milk. There are varieties of milk to add like coconut, almond, soy or hemp milk. I added coconut milk. It gives a nice creaminess, nutty flavor and a sweet taste to the smoothie. You can also add greek yogurt, if you want. Add sugar or your favorite sweetener. I added honey. Blend all these ingredients in a blender, until smooth and serve. Decorate with your choice of nuts and seeds, and, enjoy your tropical sunshine smoothie bowl.

Treat yourself with this delicious and easy smoothie and let me know how you like it in the comments below. You can also follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe by email so you don't miss any of our new recipes. Enjoy and have a bright sunshine day! ☀️


Sunshine Smoothie Recipe




Serves: 2 people
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 2 minutes
Author: The Food Root


Ingredients


1 cup ripe banana 
1 cup mango chunks, frozen
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup coconut milk (use more or less depending on how thick or thin you like it)
1 tbsp honey or your favorite sweetener, if needed
A handful of ice cubes

Garnish with your choice of fruits, nuts and seeds

I added -
2 cashews, crushed
2 walnuts, crushed
1 tbsp cantaloupe seeds
1 tbsp buchanania lanzan seeds

Method


1. Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

2. Pour the smoothie in a bowl and garnish it with toppings like nuts and seeds. Serve and enjoy your tropical sunshine smoothie!

Notes


1. If you prefer a thicker consistency, use less liquid. If you prefer a thinner consistency, add a little more liquid.

2. If you want to keep your smoothie vegan and gluten-free, you can add coconut, almond, soy or hemp milk.

3. You can garnish your smoothie bowl with your choice of fruits, nuts and seeds.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Easy Gazpacho Recipe


Gazpacho is a refreshing, nutritious and a tangy blend of delicious raw vegetables, where tomatoes are the key ingredient. This is a delicious wellness meal that is healthy, vegan and gluten-free, that comes together in 10 minutes (or less!).



Gazpacho Soup Recipe



How to make easy, vegan and gluten free gazpacho?



Gazpacho is one of the many foods which i never knew that it existed before visiting a restaurant, which specialises in Mediterranean food. My first impression of gazpacho was not the best, but it left me craving for more.

However, the Traditional Gazpacho Recipe is made from raw vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber, red or green bell pepper, onion and garlic cloves, as these are the most common ingredients, that are readily available in Spain, although olive oil, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, salt, cumin and black pepper also go into the making of the Classic Gazpacho Soup.

Gazpacho is a refreshing, nutritious and a tangy blend of delicious raw vegetables, where tomatoes are the key ingredient. Since my garden is overflowing with tomatoes of every variety, I decided to try my hand at making the Spanish Gazpacho Soup. This soup is full of garden fresh flavor and can be made in less than 10 minutes.

To make the gazpacho, you need to chop the veggies and add them into the blender (or a juicer), along with a glass of water and blend it until you get a thick liquid. Next, you need to add the crushed stale bread, and toss it along with the olive oil, lime juice, balsamic vinegar and cilantro in a blender, and, blend until it's smooth. Season it with salt, pepper or cumin and enjoy! (Also, you can skip salt and balsamic vinegar to keep the sodium in check.)

Drink it immediately to enjoy a host of wonderful antioxidants that flush out the system of toxins or refrigerate it for at least one hour before serving.

Gazpacho is healthy soup rich in minerals, fiber, nutrients, vitamin A, C, E, iron, potassium, manganese and zinc. Red tomatoes, for example are the major dietary source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, that is a great way to boost the immune system and helps to regulate the digestive system. This fresh delicious soup keeps the body hydrated and gives the instant energy. Also, it gives glow to the skin and can be a great help in reducing the risk of bladder, gastric, colon and prostate cancer.

Today the diners want to eat healthy food, and yet don't want to compromise on taste so, what's better than this delicious wellness summer drink which is dairy-freevegan and gluten-free. Gazpacho is a healthy soup, that comes together in 10 minutes (or less!).

If you guys remember my mom made tomato soup last year, and, as you know i'm super obsessed with soups this time we wanted to make something different and unique so made gazpacho soup instead! Did I mention already, how much I love this soup!

Guys, give this recipe a try and let me know what are your thoughts in the comments below! I'd love to hear from you!


EASY GAZPACHO SOUP




Serves: 6 People
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Freeze time: 60 minutes
Author: The Food Root




Ingredients



7 Red tomatoes, blanched
2 Green tomatoes, blanched
1 English cucumber, peeled, chopped
1 Red or Green bell pepper, deseeded, chopped
1 Red onion, chopped
2 Garlic cloves, chopped
1 Stale bread, crushed
1 glass water
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp sugar (optional)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
handful of fresh parsley, chopped


Method



1. Make a cross sign across the bottom of each tomato, using a knife, and drop them into the boiling water. Blanch the tomatoes for around 1 minute and transfer them into a bowl of ice-cold water. Leave it for 2 minutes, then drain. Peel off the skin and cut them into half. Next, pull off the seeds, chop and set them aside.

2. Cut off the top of the red or green bell pepper, deseed, and cut it into small pieces.

3. Peel the cucumber, red onion and garlic cloves, and finely chop.

4. Place the chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumber, onion and garlic cloves in a blender or a juicer and add a glass of water. Puree for 1 or 2 minutes, or until the soup reaches the desired consistency.

5. Add a crushed stale bread and toss it along with olive oil, lime juice, balsamic vinegar, sugar (optional) and cilantro in a blender and blend until it's smooth. Season it with salt and pepper or cumin if needed.

6. Transfer the gazpacho in a bowl and let it chill in a refrigerator for at least one hour. Garnish the gazpacho with fresh parsley just before serving and enjoy!


Notes



1. You can skip salt and balsamic vinegar to keep sodium in check.

2. Chill the gazpacho soup in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.

3. You can avoid the blanching of tomatoes, instead you can directly chop and blend them along with the other vegetables.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Tulsi - Holy Basil


What is Tulsi? 


Ocimum sanctum or holy basil, also known as ‘tulsi’ is a perennial plant, widely found in Indian subcontinent. It is considered as a sacred plant by the 'hindus' and planted in every 'hindu' household and temples. Tulsi is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb which helps to strengthen and balance the immune system. It has been used for thousand of years in ayurveda and is known for its religious and medicinal purposes. It also acts as a great air purifier by removing toxins and cleanses the air in the environment.


Types of Tulsi


There are mainly 3 types of tulsi - Rama tulsi, Krishna tulsi and Vana tulsi.

1. Rama tulsi has white stem and green leaves.

2. Krishna tulsi has purple stem and purple leaves.

3. Vana Tulsi or wild tulsi has green stem and green leaves. Vana tulsi is the most fragrant and hardest tulsi to grow. It is mostly found in the himalayas.



Holy basil or tulsi is a perennial plant widely found in Indian subcontinent. It's a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herb which helps to strengthen and balance the immune system.


How to grow Tulsi


The best time to plant tulsi is in the spring or summer. It helps the plant to grow fast and become strong before winters. You can start growing the herb from the seeds or by using the cuttings. The tulsi plant can grow well in both pot or garden. It's a best culinary and medicinal herb to get your garden started. You just need to feed them with good soil and place it in a warm, sunny spot as it requires plenty of sunlight and air, and water it regularly.

How to grow tulsi from seeds

Sow the seeds, 1/4 inch apart, in a moist, well drained soil. Water it gently and keep the soil moist until the seedlings germinate. Place it in a warm, sunny pot that receives atleast 6 hours of sunlight and water the seeds twice a week. After two weeks, transfer the pot to the outdoors.

How to grow tulsi from cuttings

Cut 4-6 inches of tulsi stem with a sharp, clean scissors and place it in a glass filled with water. Keep it in a partial sunlight, till the roots are about 1 inch long. This process will going to take 7-10 days. Next, transfer the cutting in a potted soil, make sure to water them regularly for atleast 2-3 weeks then keep the plant outside.

How to harvest tulsi

Harvest the tulsi leaves after the plant reach the height of at least 15-20 cms. Prune the plant by pinching off the top set of 2-3 leaves to extend the productiveness. Regular pruning encourages the tulsi plant to have a bushy growth. 


You can also read about tips for growing herbs in our other post.



Medicinal value of Tulsi


It is used in the treatment of various diseases like skin disorders, diabetes, bronchitis, cardiac, stomach, chest and respiratory problems. It is also acts as a effective pain killer. Regular consumption of tulsi helps in relieving the joint pains.


Nutritional value of Tulsi


It’s a great source of vitamin A, C, K, manganese, copper, calcium, iron, folate and omega-3 fatty acids.



It's an excellent remedy for colds, flu, sore throat, headache, high blood pressure, diabetes and chest related problems. It also helps in building stamina and increasing metabolism.



Health benefits of Tulsi

Tulsi leaves are rich in antioxidants and are linked to multiple health benefits.

1. It's an excellent remedy for colds, flu, sore throat, headache, high blood pressure, diabetes and chest related problems.

2. It helps in reducing stress and uplifts mood.

3. Builds stamina and increases metabolism.

4. It helps to strengthen and balance the immune system.

5. It removes toxin from the blood and stimulates the digestive system.

6. It's great for skin as it's loaded with antioxidant and antiseptic properties.

7. Help prevent grey hair and hair loss.



How to enjoy Tulsi in recipes?


Tulsi is a staple herb used in Indian, Italian and Thai cuisines. You can add them in the soups, stews and stir-fry dishes to get a strong sweet flavour. Have a look at our top 5 recipes including tulsi leaves.

1. Make tulsi tea by infusing 2-3 tulsi leaves in hot boiling water for 5 minutes. It helps in detoxification.

2. Add tulsi leaves in stir fry dishes that includes eggplant, potato, tofu, asparagus or zucchini.

3. Add tulsi leaves in noodles, pasta or bruschetta for garnishing.

4. Prepare tulsi juice by blending tulsi leaves in a blender to prevent acidity.

5. Blend tulsi leaves and add them in your favourite soups to give it a nice sweet and strong flavor.


I hope you find this information useful. Let me know in the comments below.


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Carrot Raita | Carrot Yogurt Dip



Carrot raita is a yogurt dip, prepared with grated raw carrot, yogurt and seasoned with mint, pistachios, chaat masala and served alongside Indian meals.


Raita is a whipped yogurt condiment, mixed with vegetables or fruits and seasoned with cilantro, mint, chaat masala and other herbs and spices. It goes well with paratha, biryani, kabab or just as a dip with any spicy meal. Similarly, Carrot raita is a simple yogurt dip, prepared with grated raw carrot, yogurt and seasoned with mint, pistachios, chaat masala and served alongside Indian meals.

Raita has so many variations, you can add any vegetables or fruits into it. It can be sweet, salty or savoury. I added grated raw carrot but you can make raita of almost anything you like. To make a good raita use a full, fresh, thick yogurt. You can also use greek yogurt if you like. It totally depends on your choice.

I love to make carrot raita during the sizzling days of summer. It’s refreshing, looks super fancy and tastes great! The carrots make the raita lighter, healthier and fun to drink. There are more ingredients which you can add but they are totally optional. You can also use it as a spread on the bread or as a salad dressing.

The ingredients couldn’t be any simpler - yogurt, raw carrot, pistachios, mint, salt, and sugar. You could also use cilantro instead of mint for garnishing. It’s high in protein and get ready in just 10 minutes.

Did you know carrot is rich in vitamin A, B8, C and other nutrients like potassium, folate, iron, copper and manganese. There are several other nutrients that are found in yogurt as well like vitamin b2, b12, calcium, iron and magnesium. They are great for immunity, digestion and strong bones.


Carrot raita



Serves: 4-5 People
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Author: The Food Root


Ingredients


1 large carrot, peeled and grated
2 cups yogurt, thick
1/4 cup milk or water, to adjust the consistency
1-2 tsp of pistachios, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cumin, roasted
1/2 tsp chaat masala, optional
2-4 mint leaves, garnish



Method


1. In a big bowl, whisk yogurt till smooth. Add milk or little water to adjust the consistency. Give it a nice mix.

2. Add, grated raw carrot, some pistachios into the yogurt. Mix. Cover with a lid and refrigerate it for 1-2 hours.

3. Transfer to a serving bowl. Add salt, cumin, chaat masala and sugar. Garnish it with pistachios and mint. Serve!



Notes


1. You can use regular or greek yogurt in your raita, both will work well. I prefer using a thick and regular one.

2. Add 1/4 cup of milk or water to adjust the consistency of the raita.

3. I love adding salt and sugar in the same ratio. You can adjust the ratios, according to your preferences.