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Chocolate Avocado Smoothie - Healthy and delicious

  Chocolate Avocado Smoothie!! Made this super yummy guilt free smoothie using Avacados, bananas, cocoa powder, honey, and some milk.Absolutely tastes delicious. I made it two layers by just blending some avacadoes separately without adding cocoa powder.Just once in a while, We do have such quick breakfasts which is not only healthy but flavourful.😋😋 Here's a simple recipe for a two-layered chocolate avocado smoothie: **Ingredients:** - 2 ripe avocados - 1 big ripe banana - 2 tablespoons cocoa powder - 1 cup milk (dairy or plant-based) - 1-2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (optional, depending on your sweetness preference) - Ice cubes (optional, for a colder smoothie) **Instructions:** 1. **Prepare the Green layer:**    - Peel and pit the avocado and banana.    - Place them in a blender along with milk, and sweetener (if using).    - Blend until smooth. If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can add more avocado or banana. If you prefer a thinner consistency, you can add more

Huli pudi (Sambar Powder) North Karnataka style

Huli Pudi is one of the authentic traditional Sambar powders which has been passed on from generation to generation. This is specially made in North Karnataka. There is a wide variety of sambar powders not only within Karnataka but within South India. Each region has it's own way of adding ingredients and making them. In North Karnataka brahmin families, you can usually see two types of Sambars, firstly 'Saaru ' which can also be called Rasam with Toor dal. The consistency is thin and usually made with Tur dal and tomatoes or Tamarind. The other one is 'Huli' which is thicker in consistency and usually includes some veggies or greens. So here I am sharing the Sambar powder that is used to make a typical Huli. This is so unique and different from South Karnataka Sambar powders. The main difference being the omission of urad dal and Tur dal. This powder is just made with dried spices. This can be made in advance in large quantities/batches and stored in a

Bendekayi Nuggikayi Huli(Sambar)-North Karnataka style

Huli is one of the most popular thick Sambars made specially in North Karnataka. This is basically a type of sambar made with cooked pigeon peas/Tur dal, any veggies like potato onion, carrot, shallots, drumstick, or green leafy veggies, along with Huli pudi and other spices and simmered well. It goes very well with plain rice, chapati as well. This is specially made in North Karnataka Brahmin household.and it is different from the one prepared in South Karnataka, the main difference being the Huli pudi ingredients which are different from the sambar powder and also grated/ground coconut paste is not extensively used in North Karnataka. So here I will be sharing with you a mouthwatering, finger-licking good Bendikayi/Okra Huli along with drumstick, shallots, and tomatoes. Once you will try this, you can't resist making it again and again. It is so simple yet satisfying!! This recipe requires Huli Pudi which gives it a distinct flavor. You can check the recip

Homemade Schezwan Sauce

Schezwan Sauce is a popular sauce in Indo -Chinese cuisine. It is a spicy sauce made with dried red chilies. Very popular dishes like Schezwan Fried Rice, Schezwan noodles are made using this fiery sauce. I just love how this sauce gives the dishes a distinctly unique flavor. We always had schezwan sauce-based dishes in the restaurant during our childhood. It was all a great craze that we had about this Indo Chinese food. When I got married, I wanted to try making them at home...The store-bought sauce came into my rescue. But in recent years, when I came to know about the dangers of artificial preservatives and colors that are added in the store-bought sauce. I made up my mind that I will make it at home with all organic ingredients and no artificial preservatives or colors. That's when I started making my own sauce at home. Since then I haven't looked back at the store-bought ones...because this is freshly made in batches which tastes super good!! This

Healthy Baked Apple Roses

Apple roses are one of the beautiful autumn desserts in which the apples are beautifully styled as roses and then baked as a pastry. Usually, the puff pastry is made up of all-purpose flour which I again don't prefer in my baking. Hence, here I have made a quick whole wheat pastry dough which is much healthier and filling. I like refined sugar free desserts. I am always in search of ingredients that can replace refined sugar. So in this recipe, I have used organic maple syrup which gives both the apple slices as well as the pastry a beautiful sweet flavor. Usually, these are made by rolling a row of half apple slices and attached with pastry dough. And the end result resembles the shape of a rose flower. These will come out so beautiful that you will think about whether to eat or put it for display!! Use a softer variety of apples like Fuji, pink lady, or gala. I would prefer a very sharp knife to cut thin slices of apples. Making a rose out of apple slices