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An excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants, strawberries are famous fruits. The crunchy and juicy strawberries cure many diseases apart from being tasty. It is easily available in the market and those who love to cook can bring them home and make easy dishes.

Check out some of the easy to make strawberry recipes and stay healthy.

Strawberry banana smoothie
Strawberry banana smoothie
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One of the most refreshing things you can make with strawberry is this smoothie. This will fill your tummy for a longer time and flush out toxins from your body. Also, if you are following a weight loss regimen, this smoothie can be your breakfast or lunch or dinner. Just put two cups of strawberries, one banana, one cup of toned milk or almond milk, and one tablespoon of honey. If you want you can put a few cubes of ice also.

Strawberry dipped in chocolate
Strawberry dipped in chocolate
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This is the easiest strawberry recipe that you can make any time. It is tasty and relaxing both. You just need to melt chocolates (regular milk chocolate would do) first. Now dip the strawberries (the whole ones – no cutting is required) in it. Place them in a tray and refrigerate it for 4 hours. Enjoy them while binge-watching on your weekends or while sipping a tasty wine with close friends.

Strawberry cucumber salad
Strawberry cucumber salad
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Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, this strawberry salad is something that will fill your stomach and take care of your body. The refreshing salad will aid in weight loss and is a perfect summer salad. You need to cut the strawberries in whichever shape and size you prefer. Also, bring some kiwis, cucumber, and watermelon. After cutting them mix them in your salad bowl. Sprinkle some salt and pepper (optional) along with a dash of lemon juice. You may also garnish it with shreds of cottage cheese.

You may enjoy this tasty and healthy salad at your lunch.

Strawberry chicken salad
Strawberry chicken salad
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Those who love chicken can infuse some strawberries in their dish. Take boneless chicken (so that you can shred them easily), marinade, and then roast them well. Now take a bowl and place some lettuce leaves first followed by chicken shreds of the roasted chicken, cubes of strawberries, cucumber, and tomato, a dash of salt and pepper, and parmesan cheese. It is damn tasty and healthy.

Strawberry open sandwich
Strawberry open sandwich
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Toast two pieces of bread and apply butter, margarine, or mayonnaise. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Now cut the strawberries into small pieces and garnish the toasts. Your open sandwich is ready to savor.

Strawberry Mug cake
Strawberry Mug cake
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Just bring home a vanilla or chocolate cake mix and milk. Now take your favorite oven-friendly mug and pour some cake mix. Add milk in it and give a mix. Remember that the mix should not be too thick or too thin. Now add to it some small pieces of strawberries. Put it inside the oven and bake for 4-5 minutes. A delicious yet easy strawberry mug cake is ready for you. Enjoy it with a scoop of ice-cream.

Three basic things bind people in India and they are – food, cricket, and cinema. Out of these three, food is the basic necessity of people without which survival is impossible. The food habits of people in a certain location are the reflection of geography and culture. Our country boasts of its striking diversity and therefore, the moment you turn from one district to another or one city to another – you will notice a huge change in cuisine. Isn’t that beautiful?

If you are a foodie, then, you must know which city is famous for which food item. To make your task easier, here is a list of Indian metro cities that are food-lovers paradise.

Dilwalo ki New Delhi
Dilwalo ki New Delhi
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New Delhi is the capital of India and thus you will find people from all other Indian regions here easily. Thus, to accommodate people of every part, you will find joints that serve PAN Indian food or specializes in a certain regional cuisine. If you are looking out for cheap and delicious regional food, you can go to Dilli Haat or go to the state houses (Andhra Bhawan, Banga Bhawan, etc.). But the real Delhi kinda food is Chhole Kulche, Rajma Chawal, Chhole Bhature, Dahi Bhalla, Aloo Tikki, Gol guppa, and chaats of various types. Also, you must not miss strolling through Chandni Chowk and Parathe wali gali.

Sweet Capital of India- Kolkata
Sweet Capital of India- Kolkata
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Kolkata is a true food lover’s paradise. The Kathi roll that is now famous in many metro cities was born here during the British Raj. The authentic Biryani came to Kolkata through Wazir Shah of Lucknow. The biryani lovers can go to Aminia & Arsenal and enjoy the Kolkata special biryani with one whole potato and egg. Fish in fried and gravy forms are the best here. The variety of street food from fritters (potato, banana flower, soybean, mango, mix vegetable, brinjal,etc.) to jhal-muri (puffed rice), haleem, fuchka (gol gappe), etc. are lip-smacking. Last but not the least, you must experience the countless varieties of sweets like Roshogolla, Chhanar jilipi, sondesh, etc.

The city of Nizams- Hyderabad
The city of Nizams- Hyderabad
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Biryani is one of the most famous food here that is a mix of Andhra, Turkish, and Mughlai cuisine. Go to Bawarchi for Mutton Biryani and stop at Shadab for Chicken Biryani. Sarvi serves the unconventional Chicken and drumsticks biryani – don’t miss that. You can also try other amazingly delicious recipes like keema samosa, lukhmi, sheer khurma, and paaya.

Mayanagri Mumbai
Mayanagri Mumbai
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This is another place just like Kolkata and Delhi where you will find a variety of regional food apart from their flavor. Vada pav and pav bhaji are the two authentic dishes of Mumbai along with lots of Marathi cuisine like Aluvadi, Sabudana Vada, Bhakarvadi, Puran Poli, Misal Pav, Thaipeeth, and Pithale. Also, if you are a fan of Parsi cuisine, then, Mumbai will serve you right with its Sali Boti, Dhansak, etc.

Nawabo ka Shahar Lucknow
Nawabo ka Shahar Lucknow
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It is the seat of Awadhi cuisine and anyone who has eaten here would believe that it is heaven. From biryanis to kebabs – the list of scrumptious non-vegetarian food is endless here. Go to the iconic places like Dasterkhwan for its galouti kebabs, Tunday kababi for their tunday kebabs, and Naushijaan for the boti kebabs. Also try paaya ki nihari while in Lucknow.

Cooking is an art. The fragrant spices, fresh vegetables, and colorful cookware fill the mind with happiness. When you have time at your hand, then you can cook slowly – taking time to hop the veggies in style. But when you are rushing and still cooking has to be great, knowing some hacks will surely help you. These Indian cooking hacks will also help the amateurs to become a PRO at the kitchen.

Check out the Indian cooking hacks and be a PRO now:

#RiceRiceBaby
RiceRiceBaby
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Rinse rice several times at first. Then when you measure the right amount of water for boiling the rice, don’t forget to put a few drops of lemon juice in it. The rice will be whiter, won’t be sticky, and will be tastier.

#TamatarTales
TamatarTales
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To peel the skin of tomatoes easily place them in simmering water for 10 minutes. In case the tomatoes have over-ripened then place them in cold water with some salt overnight. The next morning you will see them all firm up.

#KyukiPyaazMehengaHai
KyukiPyaazMehengaHai
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The trick to keeping onions fresher for a longer time is to wrap them individually in newspapers. Now store them in a cool and dark place. And to caramelize the onions faster, add some baking powder in the pan.

#KesarKiKahani
KesarKiKahani
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Has that happened to you that you have added saffron to your dish but the flavor is minimal? Well, there is a trick to enhance the flavor of saffron. You can warm it up for 10-15 seconds in a microwave and then stir with a teaspoon of warm milk.

#TelKaKhayalRakkhe
TelKaKhayalRakkhe
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All of us want tasty and rich Indian food but don’t want to add up to our cholesterol – right? So, for your Sunday special breakfast puris – keep the puris in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before frying. That way the puris won’t absorb much grease.

#NamakShamak
NamakShamak
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If by mistake you have poured way too much salt in your dish, don’t panic – you can fix this. Add a splash of milk in your dish and the salt will be neutralized. Or you can also add a few cut potatoes that will soak up the extra salt.

#NimbooKiShakti
NimbooKiShakti
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Lemon is a wonderful thing in the kitchen. Rub the lemon on your knives and then wash it under running water. All the grease will be gone. To keep your refrigerator smell good, always keep a cut lemon in it.

#KadhaiKiSafai
KadhaiKiSafai
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To get rid of sticky, greasy, and patchy pans or woks, you need to add some vinegar and warm water and keep your utensils like that for half an hour. And then use a normal dishwasher and clean them up.

Winter is perhaps the best time to eat. Why? Because you get a variety of fresh vegetables as compared to summer and monsoon. Beet or beetroot is one of the easily available vegetables of this season. It contains major nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants that provide many health benefits. Beetroot consumption helps in lowering the blood pressure, may prevent cancer, provides a supple and glowing complexion, aids in maintaining a healthy weight, provide ample muscle power among people with weak heart, may prevent dementia, etc. Apart from that, beetroot is a great source of potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, copper, vitamin C, and folate.

This bulbous root vegetable is generally eaten as a salad or juice or smoothie. But I will let you know about a recipe using beet that will satiate your sweet-cravings this winter. Beetroot kheer is not only tasty but also looks gorgeous and therefore be ready for loads of Instagram likes and comments.

Ingredients:
  • Beetroot: 2 cup (grated)
  • Milk: 1.5 liters
  • Ghee or clarified butter: 3 tsp
  • Sugar: 1 cup
  • Green cardamom powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew nuts: 30 gms
  • Almonds: 30 gms
  • Rosewater- 1.5 tsp
How to make Beetroot Kheer?
  • First of all, grate the beetroot and measure 2 cups and keep them aside.
  • Now take a saucepan and fill it with 45 cups of water and bring it to boil.
  • Add the grated beetroot in it and cover it.
  • Let this boil for 5-7 minutes.
  • Keep the lid intact for another 2 minutes and now sieve the beetroot.
  • Let it cool for some time.
  • Take a bowl and squeeze the half-boiled beetroot. You will get the raw reddish-pink color.
  • Don’t throw away this juice and save it for later.
  • You can throw away the water you used to boil the beetroot.
  • Now take a clean and large saucepan or pot and put the ghee in it.
  • Let the ghee release its beautiful aroma and then add the beetroot.
  • Sauté it well for 3-4 minutes. The beetroot will become softer now.
  • Now put the milk in it and give a nice stir for 2 minutes.
  • Close the lid and keep the flame low.
  • Check after 10 minutes and give another stir.
  • It won’t take more than 15-20 minutes to cook.
  • Open the lid and check the thickness at this point. If you want a diluted one, then, add some hot water.
  • Also, add the sugar and stored juice of beet at this stage. Give a nice mix to this one.
  • Now sprinkle the green cardamom powder and give another mix.
  • Let all these gather well on the heat for another 2 minutes.
  • Add another teaspoon of ghee and rest it for 10 minutes.
  • Finally, add the rose water and close the lid to open only before serving
  • Add chopped cashews and almonds before serving.

Enjoy this amazing delicacy during your wintertime get-together parties or during the lazy weekend meals.

“Wine makes every meal and occasion, every table more elegant, and every day more civilized” – Andre Simon

What a beautiful quote was that! Wine makes you wiser wonderfully. There are major benefits of drinking wine. It contains antioxidants which help you retain a glowing skin and hair. Drinking wine increases bone density and boosts the immune system. It lowers the risk of heart diseases and cholesterol. So, if you are bored of just drinking wine (which can never be true), you can try this purely magical, mysterious, and miraculous White Wine Chicken.

Step 1 – The Marinade Process:
Key Ingredients

Chicken: 250 gms

Salt: 2 tsp

Black Pepper Powder: 5 tsp

Ginger Paste: 1.5 tsp

Thinly Sliced Onion: 2 Small

Finely Minced Garlic: 5-6 tsp

Chopped Green Chilies: 4

Chopped Coriander: 5 tsp

Melted Butter: 7 tsp

Mustard Oil: 2 tsp

White Wine: 6-7 tsp/30 ml

  • Wash the chicken pieces nicely and pat the pieces dry.
  • Now gather all these mentioned ingredients and start the marinade by putting the ingredients in order.
  • Always put the salt first followed by black pepper powder, ginger paste, thinly sliced onion, finely minced garlic, green chilies, coriander leaves, melted butter, and mustard oil.
  • Use your hands to give a really nice mix.
  • Finally spread the white wine over this chicken. Give another hand mix very well and refrigerate it.

P.S. – For best results, the chicken should be marinated for 6-8 hours. But if you are in a hurry, you can marinade it for 1-2 hours.

Step 2 – The Paste and Mixes:
  • Boil a handful or 20-25 pieces of Cashew Nuts in water nicely so that it turns soft.
  • Now make a smooth paste of cashew nuts to be used in this amazing chicken recipe later.
Step 3 – The Frying and Cooking Process:

This step would start once your chicken is thoroughly marinated (for the time mentioned above)

Key Ingredients

Refined Oil (for frying chicken) – approximate amount

Refined Oil/Butter (for frying other ingredients) – 5 tsp

Cumin Seeds (Jeera) – 1.5 tsp

Fennel Seeds (Saunf) – ½ tsp

Green Cardamom (Hari Elaichi) – 4-5 pieces

Bay Leaves (Tej Patta) – 2 pieces

Thinly Sliced Onion – 5 pieces

Garlic Paste – 2 tsp

Sliced Tomato – 1 Medium

White Wine – 4 tsp

Full Cream Milk – 1-2 cups

Green Chilies – 4-5

Chopped Coriander Leaves – 2 tsp

Oregano – 1 tsp

  • Now you have to take out the chicken from the refrigerator and bring it to normal room temperature before proceeding with the final leg of the wine chicken.
  • Put some approximate amount of oil in a wok or frying pan. Pull only the chicken out one at a time from the marinade mix and fry them well until golden brown.
  • Now take another wok and put that 5 tsp of refined oil or butter.
  • Drop the Cumin seeds, Fennel Seeds, Bay Leaves, and Green Cardamom and let the aroma fill in your kitchen.
  • Its time now to put in the thinly sliced onion with garlic paste. Fry it until golden and then put in thinly sliced tomatoes.
  • Let the tomatoes soften a bit and then put the fried chicken in the wok. Keep stirring for at least 5-7 minutes so that nothing sticks at the bottom and every bit of chicken receives the spices.
  • Remember that the marinade mix had onion, garlic, coriander, and green chilies. Now put that mix in this wok of chicken. Give a nice stir and let it cook undisturbed for 10 minutes.
  • The cashew nut paste along with 1 cup of full cream milk has to be spread now. Give a stir and put 3-4 tsp of white wine more. Keep mixing and stirring meanwhile.
  • Stir well so that there are no lumps of cashew nut paste.
  • Check the consistency of gravy and as you have put some more white wine, put the lid and let it cook for at least 15 minutes.
  • Open the lid and check the consistency again. The consistency can be adjusted with some more milk or warm water.
  • The mesmerizing aroma of white wine chicken can now be felt more. Sprinkle a tablespoon of white sugar, slit green chilies, coriander leaves, and oregano.
  • Serve it hot or mildly hot with Steamed Rice or Chapati or Paratha.

The sleep requirement varies from one body type to another. Some may stay fit with only 5 hours of sleep while some need at least 8 hours of sleep. But the main point is the quality of sleep. Going to bed at 10 P.M and staying awake till 1 A.M. to fall asleep is not good. Waking up at 2 A.M. and again struggling to fall asleep is not a strong sign.

Some people don’t even consider these sleep-related problems as a real problem but imagine if you go to bed sharp at 10 P.M. and fall asleep in 10-15 minutes- complete your quota of sleep- won’t your morning be refreshing? Of course, it will be. Research says that when you have a good-quality sleep, you become more positive towards life, and become more productive at work.

Do you know that there are certain types of food that can help you with better sleep? Of course, things won’t happen overnight but if you practice including these following food types, you will see good results in 2-3 weeks.

A warm companion- Tea:
Tea
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Yes, tea is generally consumed right in the morning to energize the mind and body. But there are certain types of tea that help you sleep well. Chamomile tea & passionflower tea are those types of tea that will provide you with a night of better sleep. There is the presence of antioxidants in chamomile tea that promotes a better heart function and reduces inflammation. This tea also has apigenin- a type of antioxidant that communicates with certain receptors in our brains that signals the brain to sleep. The same things are present in passionflower tea and these tea types also reduce levels of anxiety and stress.

Comfortable & Tasty Soyfood:
Soyfood
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Soy rich food types like miso, edamame, soy nuts, and tofu are rich in isoflavones. These isoflavones enhance the production of serotonin in the brain and that encourages the body to sleep. Having two soy food over the day will help you with your sleep-related problems.

Your Favorite Fiber Food:
Fiber Food
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Wholegrain cereals, nuts, seeds, pulses, potatoes with skin intact, pears, broccoli, oranges, berry, barley, etc. are the food types that are rich in fiber. Include these types of food in your meals and see a sea-change in your sleep cycle. Fiber-rich food actually prevents blood sugar outpourings that may lower melatonin affecting your sleep. So, include more fiber food in your diet.

Tasty Fish:
Fish
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Having any type of fish is a healthy option. But just to cure your sleep-related problem, you can have salmon, tuna, or halibut. They are rich sources of vitamin B6 that produce melatonin- a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness. These kinds of fishes also have a great amount of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids. This is an amazing combination that produces serotonin- another sleep-enhancing brain chemical.

Crunchy & Juicy Kiwi:
Kiwi
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You can enjoy this exotic fruit after 1 hour of your dinner as a pre-bed snack. Kiwis carry a good amount of vitamin C, E, and K along with folate and potassium. Kiwis help in reducing inflammation, aids the digestive system, and also lowers the level of cholesterol. Also, don’t forget that kiwis contain serotonin that helps with a night of good sleep.

Tart Cherry Juice:
Tart Cherry Juice
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The small and beautiful looking red fruit is a great source of vitamin A, C, K, along with copper, manganese, and potassium. The juice of this fruit is known to cure insomnia too along with sleeplessness. Insomniacs can have this juice two times a day and see a great result. This juice is rich in melatonin that helps with good quality sleep.

These food types are what you see in the departmental store or vegetable market easily. Thus, pick them up if you or anyone in your family is suffering from any kind of sleep-related problem.

Dhansak is a famous Indian dish that originated among the Parsis of the Zoroastrian community. It is a beautiful combination of Persian and Gujarati cuisine. Originally, it is mutton, vegetable, and lentil recipe that is savored by people. In a regular Paris family, Dhansak is a Sunday menu because it requires a lot of time to prepare. And as it is a special food item, so, the whole family must enjoy it at the lunch/dinner table.

Although most households prepare it with chicken or mutton, here I will present a recipe for vegetarian dhansak. The vegetarian Dhansak recipe is quite simpler and healthier. As the winter season is here, you will get many fresh vegetables in the market which you can use in Dhansak.

So, check the delicious recipe of Dhansak here:

Main Ingredients:
  • Pigeon Pea Lentils (Arhar or Tuvar Daal)- 1 cup
  • Green Gram Lentils (Haare Moong Daal)- 1/4th cup
  • Pink Lentils (Masoor Daal)- 1/4th cup
  • Salt- As per taste
  • Water- 4 cups
  • Tomatoes- 4-5 medium-sized
  • Onion- 1 large (chop it well)
  • Potatoes- 2 or 3 medium-sized
  • Pumpkin (chopped)- 1 cup
  • Eggplant (Baingan)- 2 or 3 medium-sized
  • Bottle Gourd (chopped)- 1 cup
  • Clarified Butter or Ghee- 2 to 3 tsp
  • Tamarind Pulp- 3 to 4 tsp
  • Dry Fenugreek Leaves (Kasuri Methi)- 4 tsp
Please note that here 1 cup is equal to 250 gms
Ingredients for Dhansak Spice Mix:
  • Ginger- 1 inch
  • Garlic- 12 to 15 cloves
  • Cinnamon- 1 if large and 2-3 if small
  • Cumin Sees- 1.5 tsp
  • Cloves- 8 to 9
  • Dry Red Chilies- 2to 3
  • Coriander Seeds- 1 tsp
  • Green Chilies- 4 to 5 (more if you want it spicy)
Process to Prepare Dhansak?
  • Take the lentils and rinse them well under flowing water. Make sure no dirt remains.
  • Now take all these lentils and the chopped veggies (except onion) in a pressure cooker.
  • Pressure cook it in 4 cups of water for 4-5 whistles. (You can add some more water and wait for 2 or 3 more whistles in case the lentils and veggies are not prepared)
  • Now strain the lentils and vegetable mix through a strainer and keep it aside.
  • Bring the ingredients for Dhansak Masala now and grind all the ingredients to a fine paste. You can add some water to make a nice paste.
  • Now take small marble-sized tamarind and soak it in 3-4 tsp of warm water for at least half an hour.
  • Once the tamarind becomes soft squeeze the tamarind using your palm and extract its juice in a bowl.
  • Now take the ghee and add it to a clean wok or pan.
  • Add the chopped onions and saute them till they become golden brown.
  • Then add the dhansak masala that you have prepared and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add the lentils and vegetable mix into it now and simmer for 6-7 minutes.
  • After that add the tamarind pulp and simmer for another 3 minutes.
  • Check the consistency- in case you want a thinner one, you can add some hot water into this mix.
  • Simmer for another 5 minutes or till the time the fragrance of tamarind pulp is there.

It is now ready to be served at your lunch/dinner table. Serve it with hot brown rice and enjoy great family time.

All our festive moments include great food and desserts. Food binds people, spreads happiness, and gives us memories to ponder forever. Diwali is our biggest festival and like all our festivals, sweets play a major role in this one too. As a gift for your loved ones or to treat the family and guests, there are various types of sweets. The days of old grannies are gone when all these sweets used to be prepared in the kitchen itself. Now mostly people order from the shops nearby or online to treat or greet people on festive moments.

Laddoos are the most special types of round sweets and there are various types of Laddoos. Coconut Laddoos are the Diwali favorites along with the Motichoor ones. Coconut is a tropical fruit that is crunchy and tasty. There are many benefits one can draw from coconuts because it is a powerhouse of antioxidants. It helps in raising the good cholesterols and also offers a good amount of potassium to the body. Coconut is known to boost immunity, cut down fat, control diabetes, increasing energy, improving bone and teeth health, and fighting the aging process.

Preparing coconut laddoos at home is very easy. Diwali comes once a year and thus you must do something different so that people remember your sweet dish. Here, I will let you know about two different, unique, and new type of coconut laddoos. Just follow the simple steps mentioned below:

Orange-Flavored Coconut Laddoo
Orange-Flavored Coconut Laddoo
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Ingredients:

Ghee – 20 ml

Chopped Almonds & Pistachios – 1 tsp each

Orange Juice – 400 ml

Sugar – 150 gms

Cardamom Powder – ½ tsp

Grated Coconut – 160 gms

Process:
  • Take a pan and heat 10 ml of ghee first and then add the chopped almonds and pistachios in it.
  • Let them fry in the ghee for some time and keep stirring. Once they are fried well, keep them aside.
  • Now take another clean pan and add the orange juice (there shouldn’t be any pulp in it remember that) and heat it for some time. Just before it starts to boil add the sugar (you may cut down 25-50 gms than the said amount).
  • Now you have to stir it and bring it to a thick consistency (just like the normal sugar syrups have)
  • Once you achieve the one string consistency of this sweet orange syrup, you have to add the cardamom powder and give another round of stir.
  • Now add the grated coconut, fried nuts, and remaining 10 ml of ghee and mix them very well. This mix should be greasy a bit but not watery.
  • Let the mixture cool completely for an hour. Keep it covered though.
  • Now grease both your hands with ghee and take two full spoons of the coconut mix to give it a round shape.
  • Follow the same step for the remaining coconut mixture and you are ready to serve.

The tanginess of orange here is sweetened by the sugar but still, the orange lovers would find the refreshing smell of their favorite fruit in it. It is a must-try this year to woo your guests in style.

Paan-Flavored Coconut Laddoos
Paan-Flavored Coconut Laddoos
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Ingredients:

Betel Leaves – 8

Condensed Milk – 380 gms

Green Organic Food Color – 2 drops

Ghee – 2 tsp

Grated Coconut – 200 gms

Gulkand or Rose Preserve – A Small Bowl

Process:
  • Take the betel leaves and condensed milk along with food color in a mixer and a nice mix. The mixture should be smooth without any trace of leaves at all.
  • The paan mix should not be too watery or too thick. You can adjust that consistency with a spoon of water if you need it.
  • Keep the Paan mix aside and take a clean pan.
  • Put the ghee in the pan and let it heat up for a minute and add the grated coconut and give a stir for just 10-20 seconds.
  • Now add the paan mixture in it. Give a very nice stir so that coconut mixes with the paan mix properly.
  • Let this coconut and paan mix cool completely like in the previous laddoo recipe.
  • Now grease both your hands with ghee and take 2 spoons of paan mixed coconut and flatten it on your hand. Put 1/4th spoon of gulkand or rose preserve right at the center and cover it up from the sides. Give a round shape to it.
  • Your Paan flavored Coconut Laddoo is ready to be served.

Isn’t it a unique recipe for the lovers of coconut as well as Paan? The refreshing paan, sweet gulkand, and crunchy coconut will create a beautiful sensation inside your mouth.

Every part of a banana tree is useful. The most famous part of a banana tree is the fruit which is a popular fruit all across India. In the raw form, the banana chips are famous and the ripe bananas have wonderful health benefits. Bananas are also the cheapest of all fruits which are quite fulfilling. Apart from ripe bananas, do you know that banana flowers are also extremely beneficial to health? In South Asian and Southeast Asian cuisine, the banana flower is used as a vegetable, in fried foods, curries, and in soups. They taste like artichoke and both the fleshy part of the bracts and the heart are edible.

In 100gms of banana flowers, you will find the following:

1.6gms of Protein

1.07mg of Vitamin E

9.9gms of Carbohydrates

13mg of Copper

56mg of Calcium

553.3 mg of Potassium

73.3mg of Phosphorous

48.7mg of Magnesium

56.4mg of Iron

0.6gms of Fat

Banana flower is also known as a banana heart. They help eliminate infections, reduce free radical activity, managing diabetes & anemia, reducing anxiety, boosting mood, and reducing menstrual bleeding.

In Bengali cuisine, banana flower curry is regular in every home. Prepared without onion and garlic, this special Bengali dish is extremely tasty and the preparation requires quite a hard work. The magic of this dish lies in the use of mustard oil, ghee or clarified butter, the play of different textures of banana flower, brown chickpeas, raisins, and coconut.

Check the recipe of banana flower curry or Mochar Ghonto here:

Ingredients You Need:
  • Banana Flower or Mocha (Big-sized)- 1
  • Potatoes (peeled and cut into cubes)- 2 medium-sized
  • De-skinned coconut pieces cut into small cubes or shredded- A handful
  • Raisins- handful
  • Green Cardamoms- 4
  • Cinnamon stick- 1 inch
  • Bay Leaf- 1
  • Cloves- 5
  • Cumin Seeds- 1 tsp
  • Dried Red Chilies- 2 (broken into a few pieces)
  • Mustard Oil- 10 tsp
  • Ginger Paste: ¾ tsp
  • Cumin Paste or Powder- 1.5 tsp
  • Bengali Garam Masala (powder made from Cinnamon, green cardamoms, and cloves)- 1.5 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder- 1 tsp
  • Brown Chickpeas Boiled with Salt- Half a small bowl or a handful
  • Coconut (freshly scrapped)- 1/4th tsp and keep 1.5 tsp aside for garnishing
  • Cow Ghee- 1.5 tsp
  • Green Chilies- 5
  • Salt- As per taste
  • Sugar- 1.25 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder: ¾ tsp
How To Prepare Mochar Ghonto or Banana Flower Curry?
  1. Firstly, the banana flower needs to be cleaned. For that, you need to oil your hands. You need to peel the purple cover and remove the florets. In each floret, you have to remove the longest string with a round head called stamen and the translucent thin cover. Then, you have to chop these florets and soak them in water.
  2. It is suggested to soak them in water overnight because this peeling and chopping requires a long time.
  3. Now pressure cook the banana flowers for 2-3 whistles.
  4. You now need to fry the potatoes with some salt and turmeric powder and then keep them on a plate.
  5. Then fry the coconut pieces too until they turn golden brown.
  6. Now in the same oil fry the raisins till they puff up.
  7. Take some more oil and heat it up. Once the oil releases vapor, you have to reduce the flame and add the bay leaf, cumin seeds, and whole garam masala (cinnamon, green cardamoms, and cloves). Now, wait till the color of these spices changes to light brown.
  8. Use 3 tsp of water and make a paste of cumin powder, turmeric powder, ginger paste, red chili powder, and salt.
  9. Add this mixture to the wok and stir continuously.
  10. When the beautiful aroma of these spices fills up your kitchen after like 2-3 minutes, you need to add the semi-cooked or semi-mashed banana flowers.
  11. You need to cook this now for 15 minutes on a high flame. Sauté it continuously until the water dries out totally.
  12. Now you have to add the boiled brown chickpeas, fried potatoes, and freshly grated coconut.
  13. Then, add the green chilies and cook for 10 minutes on a medium flame and sautéing twice in between.
  14. Open the lid and sauté continuously. Then add the fried coconut pieces, raisins, sugar and cow ghee followed by Bengali Garam Masala.
  15. You now have to cook until oil or ghee leaves the sides of the wok or kadhai.
  16. Spread salt as per your taste and give a nice mix for 2 minutes.
  17. Now, garnish with freshly grated coconut and ghee.

It tastes like heaven with steamed rice and green chili. So, enjoy this amazing banana flower curry or mochar ghonto and surprise yourself and your loved ones.

If someone ever asks what according to you the most desirable thing in the world is, what would your answer be? You’d probably say money, fame or success. These might be the right answers in the long run. But what most of the people desire more than anything else is- to have a flat and toned tummy. Yes, the Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner sort. It’s a dream of millions.

Does measuring the circumference around your waist disappoints you at times? Or maybe you want to remove the muffin top that gets particularly noticed in everything you wear. Well, guess what? Getting rid of those love handles may be hard but not impossible. There are just a few food items that you should avoid or limit to lose the stubborn belly fat.

Avoid Sweeteners & Sugar-Sweetened Drinks

Too much sugar consumption is bad for you. If you have diabetes, then having sugar will increase your blood sugar and triglycerides, which can be a risk factor for heart disease. The soft drinks or soda might make you feel good and energized for some time. But they leave you craving for more that increases blood sugar level and leads to the accumulation of fat around the belly and other areas of the body. You can try and swap the artificial sweeteners with natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.

Ditch Dairy Products

Gas and bloated tummy are usually the symptoms of lactose intolerance. If you suffer from a mild or severe case of this ailment, you can try and swap cow’s milk for lactose-free milk or nut milk. Limit your cheese and yogurt consumption. Doing so will help better your digestion and aid the loss of belly fat.

Cut Down Unhealthy Snacking

We all often try and satiate the midnight cravings with snacks like salty potato chips or French fries. These snacks are loaded with unhealthy hydrogenated oils called trans-fat. It contributes to increased cholesterol, increased weight, and heart diseases. Potatoes are healthy when consumed boiled, not fried. You can try and replace potato chips with nuts or baby carrots to satisfy untimely hunger pangs and cut down those extra pounds.

Eliminate Processed Baked Goods

The processed baked goods may come across as a convenient or delicious snack but they aren’t easy to digest. These high-carb foods are loaded with refined sugar and preservatives with very low nutritional value. Including them in your diet may never allow you to achieve your dream body and make you look all puffy and bloated.

Say No to Fried Food

The fried chicken wings may cater well to your taste buds but they don’t do any good to your body and heart. Loaded with sodium and trans-fat, fried food has very little vitamins or minerals. They contribute to weight gain and cholesterol levels that can clog the arteries over time. Therefore, you need to learn to say no to fried food for a flat tummy and a healthy lifestyle.

Cut Back on White Carbs

White carbs are processed which are digested rapidly by the body to be stored as fat. If you want to achieve a flat tummy, then you should replace white bread, rice, pasta with fiber-rich whole grains, such as brown bread and rice.

Minimize Alcohol Consumption

Alcohol and losing weight don’t go hand-in-hand. Alcohol has significantly more calories but low in nutritional value and drinking too much of it can completely crush your weight loss efforts. It can also lead to dehydration and water retention that may leave you feeling bloated and puffy. You should try and minimize your alcohol consumption to achieve a flat tummy and better overall health.

Avoiding these food items will help you maintain a healthy diet and lose those unwanted pounds around your belly.

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