Apr 30, 2013

Kachumber Salad

This time I prepare very simple salad recipe i.e. “Kachumber”, it’s a really tasty and healthy recipe which prepared by some raw veggies included cucumber (kheera), red onion, tomatoes and radish (mooli) with some lemon and salt flavors. You can add bell peppers too if you like which gives lots of color to this kuchumber salad.  You can prepare this salad recipe with in few minutes for your surprise guests. 

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 1 Bowl

1 Medium Sized Cucumber, Peel and Chopped
1 Medium Sized Onion, Chopped
1 Medium Sized Tomatoes, Chopped
1 Medium Sized Radish, Peel and Chopped
Few Mint Leaves, Chopped
2 Green Chili, Chopped
1 Lemon Juice
Black Pepper Powder to taste
Black Salt to taste
Chaat Masala to taste

Watermelon Juice

Juicy watermelons are indeed packed with some of the best antioxidants in nature. It is the season of watermelons. They are best during the summer as they will be soft, sweet and juicy.
For upcoming summer, we prepare lots of drinks and sometimes brought tinned juices from market which not as good for health because of preservatives. Personally I prefer to prepare homemade juices which are so fresh and preservative free. This time I prepare fresh watermelon juice at home. It’s really easy and simple to prepare with only watermelon chunks. You have to just blend watermelon chunks and strain it. Add little salt and lemon juice which increases taste.

Apr 28, 2013

Homemade Spinach Puree

Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh, steamed, or quickly boiled. It is a rich source of vitamin A (and especially high in lutein), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folicacid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. Recently, opioid peptides called rubiscolins have also been found in spinach.

This time I post how to prepare spinach puree with in few minutes at home. Its very easy process and you can store this puree in frozen form. Just place this puree in ice mould and keep in freezer for few hours to set. Keep this in airtight pouch in freezer for further to use. 

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
Spinach Bunch

Blender/ Mixer

Clean and wash the spinach leaves and boil the leaves in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain and wash under running cold water to maintain green color of spinach. Squeeze this blanch leaves. Keep aside to cool. Blend boiled spinach into blender for smooth puree consistency. Spinach puree is ready to use.


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Apr 27, 2013

Peanut Butter Bites

This time I prepare very easy and simple recipe of homemade chocolate, that’s call Easy Peanut Butter Bites. For this recipe we have to prepare small ball with peanut butter and coat with chocolate. It's really fantastic and healthy too for kids and adults both.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 3 hours
1 Cup Peanut butter
1/2 Cup Sugar powdered
2 Tbsp. Melted Butter
Melted Cooking chocolate

Combine peanut butter, little melted butter and sugar (according to taste) in bowl. Mix well. Make small balls from this batter. Place this ball on butter paper and keep in freezer for one hour to set.
Dip and coat in melted chocolate. Again place this ball on butter paper and keep freeze again for 1 more hour.
Note: if you have not butter paper, use aluminium foil and grease with little butter. 

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Apr 25, 2013

Homemade Roasted Cumin Powder

Cumin is very essential spice which used in various recipes of Indian cuisines, in whole and ground form both. Today I post homemade roasted cumin powder, for which  first roast the jeera on hot tawa till to dark and grind it till to powder form. This recipe is used in various recipes especially in street food for chaat and dahi bhalla, raita or curd, Indian chutney more.

Cumin seeds are used as a spice for their distinctive flavour and aroma. It is globally popular and an essential flavouring in many cuisines, particularly South Asian, Northern African and Latin American cuisines.
Cumin can be used ground or as whole seeds. It helps to add an earthy and warming feeling to food, making it a staple in certain stews and soups, as well as spiced gravies such as chili. It is also used as an ingredient in some pickles and pastries.
Although cumin seeds contain a relatively large percentage of iron, extremely large quantities of cumin would need to be consumed for it to serve as a significant dietary source. According to the USDA, one tablespoon of cumin spice contains are Calories (kcal): 22, Fat (g): 1.34, Carbohydrates (g): 2.63, Fiber (g): 0.6 and Protein (g): 1.07

Apr 24, 2013

Creamy Cucumber Dip

I choose miscellaneous theme for 4th week of BM#27, under this we have to post some crafty and basic recipes… For the very 1st day of this theme, I prepared “Creamy Cucumber Dip” which serve with fresh fruits, biscuits, crackers, nachos or chips. It’s a very refreshingly cool and minty in flavors. This creamy texture makes this dip so beautiful and refreshing and explores the taste of snacks. You can prepare this dip in few minutes and serve chilled. It’s a really good accompaniment to serve….. You can prepare eggless mayonnaise too at home. 

Winner's Choice Giveaway

After a long time, I announce one more wonderful giveaway on my blog which personally sponsored by Simply Tadka. This event is especially for Facebook people who give me lots of support and love to my passion. I want to celebrate this mini milestone of my blog with all my readers and Facebook fans. I reached 270000+ page views, 300 posts, Facebook likes 1400+ and G.F.C with 225.  So I think to do something different which shows my appreciation. It has to be something fantastic and interesting, something which creates reader’s interest. So I thought why not reader will choose own giveaway…

The most interesting part of this event is giveaway… you can choose your own giveaway. I have given four categories as under and you can choose your preference of giveaway. This event is runs for the period of 25 April- 25 June, 2013. There are two winner will be choose by random.org. 

Cookware/ Bakeware
Cook Books
CCD Coffee Hamper
Tableware/ Serveware

Thanks a lot. I don’t want to stretch out this post and come to direct on how to get this giveaway but read whole post carefully.

Mandatory entries: For each of your entries leave a separate comment on this post letting me know what you have done. (4 points)
  • Leave a comment on this post about which category you like and why?
  • Like the Simply Tadka on Facebook Page (if we reach more than 3000+ likes, I will give a another special prize (3rd ) for 3001th like.)
  • Share and Tag the Simply Tadka page and this giveaway both with your Facebook friends.
  • For Bloggers, Display this giveaway on your Blog Sidebar and write a detailed Blog post about giveaway and Simply Tadka  both in one post. Link this post in linkytool at the end of post. (Use your blog name in  linkytool column name) or
    For Non Blogger, they post about giveaway as cover pic on Facebook with URL link. till the end of event.
Additional entries:
  • Follow on Simply Tadka via GFC, Twitter, Pinterest and Email subscription (verify). (4 Points)
  • Additional number for who share this page many times among with different friends. (1 share= 1 Point).
  • Facebook Name:
  • Share Url:
  • Blog Url:
  • Blogpost Url:
  • Giveaway Choice:
  • How Many times Shared:
  • Email Id:
  • Additional entries:
If you have further any query please mail me on simplytadka@gmail.com or leave a comment separately. On the 30th June 2013, I will declare the name of lucky winner who have Indian shipping address.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post for each entry you fulfill. There are two winners: one winner will be randomly chosen and get own choice giveaway. Second winner will get giveaway from my choice. So start commenting and sharing now!

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Apr 23, 2013

Watermelon Granita/ Watermelon Iced Candy

Granita is semi frozen candy in ice form dessert which prepare by sugar, lemon juice, and some flavors. For this recipe, I use watermelon juice as a flavor. Now a days it’s so hot here…. for this, granita or ice candy is perfect treat for summer. To make this, you have to do just two simple step; first prepare fruity flavors and freeze it and secondly scrap the mixture and again freeze it. This time I prefer to use seasonal fruit watermelon. The color is really shiny and glossy like crystals.

When we were in school, after the School bell candywala’s comes with lots of colorful ice candies ... Me and my friends both always eat those pipe-candy. I always brought in the red and Coco Cola flavor, both were my favorite. 

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Apr 22, 2013

Watermelon Orange Salsa

I already post two very common salsas recipes in Simply Tadka that are Tomato salsa and Onion-chili salsas both are tangy and spicy in taste. But this time I prepared salsa with seasonal fruits. Combination of watermelon and orange both seasonal fruits, called “Watermelon Orange Salsa”. Its really awesome in taste and good option for upcoming summer season to serve with khakra, nachos or chips. 

Under this recipe, we combine watermelon, orange chunks, cucumber, onion and tomatoes with sugar and salt seasoning. This recipe is perfectly fit to seasonal recipe theme in blogging marathon. 

Apr 21, 2013

Badam Milk

Today I post very authentic drink i.e. Badam Milk or Almond milk, you can serve chilled or warm as you like. For this recipe, boil milk with almond paste, cardamom and sugar till to ¾ quantities and garnish with nuts. It’s a really traditional beverage recipe which is very popular in all over India and good option to serve in festival celebration. Badam milk is very good for activeness and increase energy. It’s improves skin quality too.

Palak Paneer (with Aalan/marination)

Paalak paneer is an Indian and Pakistani dish consisting of spinach and cottage cheese in a thick sauce based on pureed spinach. It is a popular vegetarian dish. Paalak paneer is one type of saag, which can also be made with mustard leaves.

Paalak paneer is mainly served with naan, roti and paranthas in dabbas but personally I love missi roti (gram flour with wheat flour based Indian flatbread) with palak paneer. At the time of serving, if you will add little lemon juice, its increase the taste 10times more.  
Paalak/ spinach is easily available in every season but in winter, you can get fresh, soft, green and raw paalak (kacchi palak) which is very good for cooking spinach recipes. Under this recipe, we add aalan which made by curd and gram flour… It helps in reducing bitterness and enhances the color and taste both.

Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh, steamed, or quickly boiled. It is a rich source of vitamin A (and especially high in lutein), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. Recently, opioid peptides called rubiscolins have also been found in spinach.

Apr 20, 2013

Kid's Delight Event Roundup

Here is the roundup of my event “Kid’s Delight– Street Food”, organised by Srivalli from Spice Your Life and hosted by SimplyTadka. This event received 48 recipes. Thanks to all who sent their lovely and tasty recipes and make my event so successful and delicious with Street food. I have categorized these entries as table format with blogger and blog name.

I love this event and roundup because it’s my favourite theme in cooking i.e. Street food and get so many options to prepare further for my family and friends….Once again a big thanks to all that who sent us great recipes.         





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