Kala Jamun (kalo-Jam) Diwali Sweets Recipe


Kala Jamun sweets are very delicious specially made during Diwali festival. They are very dark made with Khoya and Paneer. Kala Jamun outer layer looks very crispy but they are very soft from inside. As Diwali 2014 is coming I’m sharing this Delicious Kala Jamun recipe, if you experienced it please don’t forget to share your experience with us in comments.

Servings: 4 People

Ingredients :

For Jamun :

  • 2 cup (500gms) Plain Khoya (Mava)
  • 1 cup grated Paneer
  • 4-6 tbsp Maida (all purpose flour)
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • A pinch of baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ghee / clarified butter - to knead
  • Ghee - for deep frying

For Sugar Syrup:

  • 4-5 cup sugar
  • 2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon - Green cardamom powder


How to make Kala Jamun:


  1. Grate the khoya & paneer and mix well. Add cardamom powder, sugar and baking powder.
  2. Mix the maida and 1 tbsp ghee. Combine everything well and knead till smooth dough. Keep it aside for minimum 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, you can prepare sugar syrup. In a pan add 4 cups of water and mix the sugar. Keep it on medium flame and check the consistency. It takes only 15-20 mins.
  4. Grease you palm with ghee. Take the dough and make medium sized balls jamun or you can make bullet shape jamuns.
  5. Heat ghee in pan for deep frying. Once its ready, start frying balls on low flame. Fry it until its color turns to black remove it from ghee pan and drop in Sugar syrup.
  6. Soak the Jamuns in syrup for about 5 hours. Then remove it from the syrup and coat it with grated nuts or coconut powder.




Gorgeous gluten-free Oat and Raspberry Traybake

Oats are super-healthy and incredibly versatile so it’s a shame they are often overlooked in cooking.

It’s the soluble fibre they contain that makes them especially valuable for heart health. The beta-glucan found in oats is universally acknowledged to reduce blood cholesterol, plus it helps with appetite control.

Oats are also rich in a range of minerals including iron and they’re gluten-free too. Why not read more about the fantastic health benefits of oats while this super-simple traybake is in the oven?

Ingredients:


  • 200g fresh raspberries
  • 75g clear honey
  • 250g rolled oats
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 50g butter
  • Salt
Instructions:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200˚C (180˚C fan or Gas 6)

2. Rinse the raspberries then transfer to a bowl and mash roughly with a fork.

3. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter and honey with a pinch of salt.

4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the oats and ground almonds, stirring well to coat.

5. Butter a 20cm x 20cm baking tray. Press half the mixture evenly into the tray, spread the mashed raspberries on top, then spoon the remaining oats on top of the fruit. Smooth with the back of a spoon.

6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool a little before dividing into 12 slices.


Author: Anna Atkins is the cook and brains behind Lemon Squeezy, a food facts and recipe website for busy people who care about what they eat.


Hog Roast Recipe

Hog roast recipes are becoming popular as they are truly delicious and hassle free. More and more people are having hog roasts in their menus. There are many chefs who specialise in hog roast recipes but there are a few recipes that can be tried at home as well. If you are planning a barbeque at home, cooking a hog roast is possibly a great idea as it would be something new and all your guests will welcome the change. Try this easy yet mesmerizing recipe today.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 kg pork belly pieces
  • 15 gm fennel seeds (whole)
  • 10 gm sea salt
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 1 Carrots (cut into 2 inch pieces)
  • 2 Onions
  • 2 Celery sticks (cut into 2 inch pieces)
  • Thyme
  • Garlic
  • White wine (1 bottle)
  • 75 gm flour

Instruction:

  1. Preheat your oven to 220 degree Celsius. Now take the pork belly pieces and make deep cuts into the fat (and not the meat) using a sharp and pointed knife. It is better to make close cuts that would give a better crackling effect to your meat pieces. Now take a mortar and pestle and smash the fennel seeds and seal salt. Now rub this mixture onto the pork and make sure that this dry rub enters the cuts you made. 
  2.  Now wash the vegetables and put some olive oil on the baking tray. Place the vegetables on the baking tray cut the onions into quarters. Place the onions on the baking tray as well. Add smashed garlic cloves and the thyme.
  3. Place the pork over the vegetables and roast for 20 minutes till you see the skin turning golden brown. Reduce the temperature to 170 and cook further for 1 and ½ hours. Add the wine and roast for another 1 hour.
  4. Take the veggies out and cook on medium heat with some flour. Add the wine and cook for few minutes. Keep stirring. Serve.



A Vegan and Gluten-Free Essential: Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

When converting to a vegan or gluten-free diet (much less a vegan and gluten-free diet), it’s easy to assume that your days of rich, fulfilling desserts are over.

Not the case! In fact, adapting to one or both of these diets ensures that not only will you still be able to give in to your sweet tooth, but you’ll be able to do so in a healthy way. With heart-healthy oats, flax, and nuts, this classic vegan and gluten-free cookie recipe is a treat you’ll truly feel good indulging in.


Ingredient: 

• 7 tbsp Earth Balance butter substitute + 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
• egg substitute: 1 tbsp ground flax mixed with 3 tbsp water
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1/2 tsp baking soda
• 1/2 tsp kosher salt
• 1 cup gluten-free oat flour (simply mix/process 1 cup gf rolled oats into flour)
• 1 cup almond flour
• 1/4 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instruction:

1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a small bowl, mix together the flax egg substitute and set aside.

2. Using a mixer, beat the Earth Balance and oil until fluffy, then add the sugars and beat for an additional 1-2 minutes or until creamy. Beat in the flax egg and vanilla extract.

3. Beat in the remaining ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips.

4. Using a wooden spoon or wet fingers, roll small balls of dough and place them on the baking sheet. Don’t worry about stickiness, and don’t flatten the dough. Bake for 10-11 minutes or until golden along edges.

5. Allow to cool for 5-10 mins. on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack for another 10 minutes.

6. Eat up!

Andrea Fisher is a writer, blogger, and content specialist for ADT Home Security. She has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Chicago Tribune and Business Insider. Read more of her work on Google+ or Twitter.

Ultimate Nachos Recipe for the Super Bowl

Did you know that the Super Bowl is the second highest day of food and alcohol consumption in the United States (after Thanksgiving)? A recent Fox Sports article revealed this fun fact, along with a few other interesting Super Bowl Sunday food stats:

• Football fans eat 1.23 billion chicken wings.
• Domino’s Pizza delivers 11 million pieces of pizza.
• The average fan consumes 1200 calories and 50 grams of fat from snacks alone (not including meals!).
• Vegetables are the top healthy treat.
• 8 million pounds of avocados are mashed up for dip.
• Snack tables around the country will offer 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips.

What you top your tortilla chips with is an important decision — and there are many options! Nachos are one of the most widely loved Super Bowl snacks and are constantly being reinvented by culinary enthusiasts. If you’re trying to spice things up this year, play around with these ideas until you find your ultimate nachos recipe.

Cheesy Beef Nachos

Start by mastering Kraft’s Cheesy Beef Nachos. Brown half a pound of lean ground beef, then stir in some chunky salsa. Arrange your base of tortilla chips, then top with the meat mixture and a cup of shredded Mexican-style cheese mix. Finally, add your favorite accoutrements, like chopped jalapeño peppers, tomatoes, onions, black olives and guacamole.

Southern-Style Pulled Pork Nachos

Swap out the ground beef for pulled pork (try an easy Crockpot method), and the salsa for barbecue sauce. Sharp cheddar cheese, pickled jalapeños and a cilantro-sour cream sauce round out this fun twist on traditional nachos. To make the sauce, combine eight ounces of sour cream with a jalapeño pepper, bunch of cilantro and the juice of one or two limes.

Slow-Roasted Lamb Nachos

Roast and shred about two cups of lamb, and combine the meat with diced tomatoes and a can of red kidney beans. Prepare an avocado salsa by mixing avocado, onion, tomatoes, corn, lemon juice and a pinch of coriander. Top the tortilla chips with the lamb mixture and the avocado salsa.

Southwest Veggie Nachos


To make this vegetarian-friendly version, mix up a can of black beans, diced green bell pepper, corn and a bit of cumin. Spoon the bean mixture over the chips, then top with olives, chopped jalapeños and some shredded Mexican blend cheese. Finally, make a salsa with tomatoes, onion, cilantro and lime juice and serve with the nachos.

Chicken Fajita Nachos with White Cheese Sauce

Combine two boneless, skinless sliced chicken breasts with lime juice, cumin, chili powder and garlic and cook in a skillet. Then, sauté a colored bell pepper and an onion until they soften. Cook your white cheese sauce by combining half a pound of shredded white American cheese with a half cup of milk and three pickled chili or jalapeño peppers; microwave until the ingredients melt and the sauce thickens. Layer tortilla chips with the chicken and pepper/onion mix and pour the white cheese sauce over the nachos. Serve with diced avocado, tomatoes and any other toppings of your choice.

Cajun Nachos

Combine a diced green bell pepper, celery stalk and onion; pour the mixture over tortilla chips, adding three cups of shredded cheddar cheese and a pound of cooked/diced andouille sausage. Bake the nachos and top with salsa and pickled jalapeños.
So, there you have it! One of these nachos recipes is sure to please even the pickiest Super-Bowl partygoer. Do you have a recipe that is a crowd pleaser? Share it with us!


Rajma Paratha Recipe

Rajma Paratha (Rajmah Parantha), a nutritious Indian flatbread using flour and Red Kidney beans. It’s very healthy and nutritious because red beans are so full of protein. You can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Learn how to make this delicious Rajma Paratha in few easy steps.

Ingredients:

• 1 Cup boiled Red Kidney Beans
• 1 Cup wheat flour
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (Maida)
• 3 tsp Salt
• 2 tsp red chilli powder
• 1 tsp Carom seeds (Ajwain)
• 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
• 1 tsp Garam Masala
• 1 large chopped onion
• 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
• 1 green chilli
• 1 tbsp chopped ginger
• 2-4 tbsp yogurt (Dahi)
• Oil for frying
• Water as required

How to make Rajma Paratha:

  1. Take plain boiled red beans in bowl. Add salt, red chilli powder, Garam masala, black pepper powder and carom seeds. Mix everything well and mashed the beans. Make it like a puree.
  2. Add chopped cilantro, chopped onion, green chilli and ginger in beans puree.
  3. Add wheat flour and all-purpose flour in this puree and mix in yogurt. Yogurt makes paratha soft.
  4. Add oil and water as required and make dough out of it. It has to be soft and smooth.
  5. Now heat up non-stick pan and make a paratha.
  6. Serve it with Yougurt.





Mediterranean Chickpea Salad Recipe

Hello, 2014! Perhaps, one of your New Year's resolution, is to stick to a vegetarian diet, right? Who says it's hard to embrace the vegetarian lifestyle? All you have to do is eliminate the meat, meat products and seafood from your diet and pick the menus that are stuffed with fruits, vegetables, legumes, dairies and whole greens! With this, it is possible to meet your dietary requirements without ever having to crave for meat.

Mediterranean Chickpea salad is really vibrant and is rich with fresh herbs and veggies.

Serves: 6 people

For the ingredients, prepare the following:

• 1 clove garlic, minced
• a pinch of salt
• 16 whole black peppercorns, crushed
• 5 tbsp sherry vinegar
• 3 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tsp dried oregano leaves
• 3 cups cooked chickpease, drained and rinsed
• 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
• 1 cucumber, peeled and diced
• 1 bell pepper, seeded and diced
• 2 carrots, peeled and diced
• 5 scallions trimmed and sliced
• 3 tbsp parsley leaves, finely chopped
• 2 tsbp basil leaves, finely chopped

Here's how you do it:

1. Mix minced garlic and salt in a mortar and pestle. Pound smoothly until a paste is made. Then, transfer paste to a huge bowl. Add crushed peppercorns, vinegar, olive oil and oregano.

2. Bring in chickpeas and mix with the dressing. Set aside for one hour but stir twice or thrice every now and again. Then, add tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, carrots, scallions, parsley, and basil. Combine and garnish with whole basil leaves.


Author’s Bio: Manilyn Moreno is a freelance writer for Better Cater catering software and event specialist. As a health enthusiast, she loves preparing healthy recipes at home.

Quick Healthy Chicken And Vegetable Recipes

Who doesn’t love chicken? Practically every family has a favorite chicken recipe that is brought to potluck parties, prepared for a convalescing friend or relative, contributed to church bazaars, shared with neighbors or made at home “just because.” Chicken, in fact, is the all-time favorite of people from all walks of life and all age groups. While chicken skin has a high content of cholesterol, its meat is a source of protein.

Whether it is free-range, pasture-fed or organic, chicken is packed with essential nutrients and several vitamins, the protein content of this fowl can actually lend itself to muscle development and growth, and has been shown to help lose unwanted weight gain and maintain optimal weight of an individual. Chicken is considered healthy food and has significant benefits to body, mind, eyes, skin, bones, among other body parts.

An all-natural anti-depressant. Chicken, like its sibling, the turkey, has a high content of the amino acid tryptophan responsible for that unexplainable comforting feeling which you feel right after consuming chicken soup. Chicken is nature’s anti-depressant that has the ability to increase serotonin levels in the brain to alleviate stress and subsequently lull you to sleep. Eating chicken can actually enhance one’s mood and prevent those so-called “mood swings.”

Selenium as metabolism booster. The selenium content in chicken makes it possible for the body to manage optimal metabolism, meaning, selenium sees to it that the body’s immune system is in top working condition. Selenium is also active in the maintenance of hormones and the thyroid, and is found mostly in chicken’s dark meat and liver.

Cholesterol level mediator. A most recent study conducted by South Africa’s University of Stellenbosch in Tygerberg showed that chicken consumption have the capability of lowering both blood LDL “bad” cholesterol and blood cholesterol levels by mediating the quality of triglycerides present in the body’s blood circulation. This fact could be significant in previous research that chicken does contain Omega-3 essential fatty acids.

Source of important vitamins and trace minerals. Chicken is a rich source of the essential trace mineral phosphorus that helps build strong bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also responsible for helping regulate the functions of the central nervous system, liver, and kidneys. Vitamins B1, B12, B3, B5, B2, and B6 are all present in chicken, as well as biotin, choline, and folate. Zinc, iron, copper, and magnesium are also found in chicken.

Serve chicken regularly as healthy meals in many different ways. Chicken is budget-friendly and readily available. Just make sure that you take off the skin to avoid health issues. Here are some favourite chicken recipes that can be quickly and easily prepared in no time at all for you and your family to enjoy, share with friends, and transform into a generational culinary tradition.

Chicken Tetrazzini is a savoury combination of chicken, mushrooms, and cooked vermicelli noodles in a rich sauce of low-fat Parmesan cheese and sherry. Sprinkled with toaste breadcrumbs, this recipe is an ingenious and budget-conscious effort to maximise the use of leftover broiled, fried, grilled, roasted or boiled chicken.

Chicken with Cashews is delicious paired with rice pilaf. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a saucepan over low-medium heat. Saute half a cup of chopped onion and two teaspoons of peeled, grated fresh ginger for two to three minutes and then stir in a cup of water, half a cup of brown rice, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Cover it and let it boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for ten more minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in two teaspoons of fresh chopped cilantro immediately.

Chicken Quesadillas with Mushrooms and Gruyère Cheese is based on a Mexican classic but with the surprising addition of sliced button mushrooms and creamy but low-fat cheese. Pair this off with a jicama and watermelon side dish by combining four cups of seedless watermelon pieces cubed into ½ inch-thick, 1½ cups of peeled jicama cubed into ½ inch, a cup of chopped cucumber, and half a cup of chopped onion. Add two teaspoons of brown sugar, 1½ tablespoons of lemon juice, and a teaspoon of olive oil. Toss well and serve with the Chicken Quesadillas.

Chicken Salad with goat cheese, pecans and peaches is a refreshing treat even during winter. Headlining this no-cook salad are healthy goat cheese and even healthier peaches. Pecans add the finishing crunch. Made with pantry staples, including the vinaigrette, this chicken recipe is a meal by itself when served with herbed baguette.