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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

Fennel Gingerbread Bundt cake(sweetened with dates)

This aromatic fennel gingerbread bundt cake is going to be your favorite festive cake as it is not only delicious but also super healthy. As the festive season approaches, we are more inclined towards baking cakes, cupcakes, cookies...but since they are loaded with sugars...I wanted to make them guilt-free! So here is an eggless sugar-free moist and delicious version of bundt style cake along with Date glaze. Usually, Gingerbread cake consists of molasses but since I did not have any in hand I tried to make this with date syrup. If you have molasses you can replace 1/4 cup of date syrup in the recipe with molasses. Also, the addition of roasted fennel seeds and ginger powder makes it so aromatic and perfect for this cold festive season. My kitchen was filled with wonderful aromas from ginger, fennel, and date syrup. I recently came across this Einkorn All-purpose flour and wanted to substitute the regular All-purpose flour with it. Einkorn is nature's original wheat and has remaine

Spicing Up Life: A Journey Through Indian Spices

Indian cuisine is renowned for its rich and diverse use of spices, which are the cornerstone of its flavors. These spices not only add taste and aroma but also provide a myriad of health benefits. Here are some basic Indian spices :🫚 Turmeric (Haldi) : Known for its vibrant yellow color, it has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It's a key ingredient in curry powders and spice blends. 🟤Cumin (Jeera) : Cumin seeds are used both whole and ground. They have a warm, earthy flavor and are common in Indian spice blends, like garam masala. 🌿Coriander (Dhania) : Both the seeds and fresh leaves (cilantro) are used. Coriander seeds have a citrusy, slightly sweet flavor, while cilantro leaves add a fresh, herbal note. 🍃Cardamom (Elaichi) : Cardamom comes in two varieties: green and black. It has a sweet, aromatic flavor and is often used in desserts, chai tea, and spice mixes. 🟫Cinnamon (Dalchini) : Cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon add a warm, sweet-spicy flavor to both savor

Lauki ke pakode / Bottlegourd Fritters

"Lauki Ke Pakode: A Delicious Twist on Traditional Fritters Tea time definitely demands some or the other snack and so made these pakodes with bottle gourd for the first time and these came out so perfect and crispy that they were gone in no time😅  Fritters, or "pakode" in Hindi, are a beloved snack in Indian cuisine. While classics like potato and onion pakoras are popular, there's a hidden gem that often goes unnoticed - Lauki Ke Pakode, or Bottle Gourd Fritters. This dish combines the goodness of bottle gourd with the crunch of a perfectly fried fritter, creating a unique and flavorful snack. **Why Lauki Ke Pakode?** - **Health Benefits:** Lauki, or bottle gourd, is a highly nutritious vegetable known for its numerous health benefits. It is low in calories, rich in vitamins and minerals, and aids in digestion. - **Innovative Twist:** While traditional pakoras are delicious, Lauki Ke Pakode offer a unique and healthier alternative. The subtle flavor of bottle gour

Whole-wheat Foccacia - Spring Inspired🌷

Whole wheat spring Foccacia with lemon asparagus and other veggies🌷 What better way to welcome Spring than baking this beautiful spring-inspired Foccacia🌷🌷 Foccacia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread usually a combination of flour, olive oil, yeast, herbs, spices, salt, and pepper. Beautiful and delicious at the same time.I have used spring veggies like Asparagus, lemon, spring onion.Was planning to bake it for a long time and finally baked this beauty.😊 Recipe: Whole wheat flour 3 cups Active dry yeast 1 tsp Warm milk 1/2 cup Sugar 1 tbsp Water as reqd. Salt to taste Italian herbs 1 tsp Garlic powder Butter 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 tbsp Cherry tomatoes, onions, spring onions, Asparagus, lemon, black olives, mushrooms for topping. INSTRUCTION: 🌷In a Mixing bowl add the yeast & stir in 1/4 cup warm milk & sugar. Keep aside for 10 min till foamy. 🌷Now add flour, salt, water, butter, 1/4 cup milk, and knead into a soft dough for 10-15 mins. Keep aside for 1 hour. 🌷Ch

Grilled Pesto Tofu Veggie Skewers 🍢

 What else can be more perfect than grilling some of our fav ingredients like Tofu , Brussel sprouts, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers & Zucchini all marinated in a simple pesto sauce.  Believe me this vegan marination tastes heavenly 😀 Super easy if you have some pesto in hand. INGREDIENTS: Tofu 1 block cut in cubes Red bell pepper 1 cut in small squares  Brussel sprouts 5-8  Cherry tomatoes 10-12 Green Bell peppers 1 cut in small squares Zucchini 1 sliced  Pesto (homemade / storebought) 1 cup Oil for grilling INSTRUCTION:  1.If you're using wooden skewers, soak them in water for about 30 minutes to prevent them from burning. 2.Wash and prepare your vegetables by cutting them into chunks or slices, making sure they're all roughly the same size for even cooking. 3.Dice Tofu into cubes. 4.In a big bowl, take 1 cup of pesto, add in all the veggies and tofu.  5.Stir gently to coat them with the marinade. 6.Keep aside in the Fridge for 1/2 an hour.  7.Thread the vegetables and to

Strawberry Coconut Water Mocktail 🍹

Strawberry coconut water mocktail🍹(with date syrup)   This refined sugar free pretty, easy and simple mocktail with a combination of strawberries and coconut water was absolutely refreshing and unique for us. Title: Refreshing Strawberry Coconut Water Mocktail Recipe Introduction: Looking for a delicious and refreshing drink to quench your thirst? Look no further! This strawberry coconut water mocktail is the perfect combination of sweet, tangy, and hydrating flavors. Whether you're lounging by the pool or hosting a backyard barbecue, this mocktail is sure to impress your guests. Ingredients: - 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced - 1 cup coconut water - 1-2 tbsp Date syrup, honey or agave syrup (optional, adjust taste) - Sparkling water / Soda - Ice cubes - Fresh strawberry for garnish Instructions: 1. In a blender, combine the fresh strawberries and coconut water. Blend until smooth. 2. Taste the mixture and add honey or agave syrup if desired, adjusting the sweetness to

Vegan Strawberry Mousse

   Delectable Delight: Vegan Strawberry Mousse Recipe Welcome to our vegan culinary haven! Today, we're diving into the realm of fruity indulgence with a luscious treat - Vegan Strawberry Mousse. This delightful dessert is not only a feast for the taste buds but also a celebration of plant-based goodness.  Benefits of Vegan Strawberry Mousse: - Vegan and dairy-free: Perfect for those with dietary restrictions or a plant-based lifestyle. - Rich in antioxidants: Strawberries are packed with antioxidants that promote overall health. - Light and refreshing: A guilt-free dessert option that satisfies your sweet cravings without feeling heavy. Ingredients: Fresh Strawberries 6-7 Coconut milk 13.5 oz (398 ml) Coconut cream 5.4 Oz(160 ml) Date syrup 1tbsp  Vanilla essence 1 tsp Fresh strawberries and mint leaves for garnishing Instruction: 1.Just blend strawberries into a smooth puree without any lumps and keep aside.  2.Drain coconut milk and coconut cream (keep the water present in them

Maledi Undi / Chapati laddoos

 Maledi Undi (Chapati Laddoo) One of the Authentic traditional North Karnataka dessert recipe that has been brought down from generations and also one of the healthiest delicious laddos which I like.The recipe is very simple, so flavourful and most importantly guilt free and It is believed that these Laddoos are among Lord Shiva's favourite desserts.My Grandmother would make these laddoos in Shravana Masa on Monday's and also on the next day of Shivratri  to offer as Naivedyam to Lord Shiva after which she would break the fast .My grandmother never used to have any junk food including biscuits and cooked and served healthy simple nutritious food.High Time to carry forward those healthy food recipes to our future generations.So here comes the recipe Ingredients : To make the dough for chapati 1 Cup Wheat Flour 1/2 tsp ghee Water as needed for kneading a medium chapati dough For making laddoos: 3tbsp Ghee / Clarified Butter ¼ Cup Grated Dry Coconut powder  1tsp Gasagase / Poppy S