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.


Preparation
Time: 10 minutes
Cooking
Time: 0 minutes
Servings: 5-6
glasses
Ingredients
1 Small Watermelon
Salt to taste
1 Whole Lemon Juice
Sweetener to taste
Lemon Wedges
for garnishing
Ice-cubes
for garnishing
Watermelon
cubes for garnishing


Direction
Chop and peel the watermelon, remove the
seeds. Blend the watermelon cubes in juicer or mixer. Strain it and add salt,
sweetener and lemon juice according to taste. Garnish with lemon wedges and
ice-cubes. Serve chilled fresh watermelon juice.

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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

Ingredients
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

Direction
Wash and chop all ingredients in small
diced form. Combine all ingredients together in one large bowl and garnish with
chopped coriander and mint leaves. Serve little chilled.  Adjust the salt according to taste. 

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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
Ingredients
Spinach Bunch
Water
Tool
Blender/ Mixer
Direction
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.
Recipes

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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
Ingredients
1 Cup Peanut butter
1/2 Cup Sugar powdered
2 Tbsp. Melted Butter
Melted Cooking chocolate

Direction
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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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

Preparation
time: 15 Minutes
Serving: 1
Cup
Ingredients
1 Cup Cumin Seeds/ Jeera
Tools
Grinder
Griddle/ Tawa
Directions
Dry roast the cumin seeds on the hot tawa
till to dark brown color. Keep aside to cool for 5 minutes and grind this roasted
cumin in mixer. Store this roasted cumin powder in airtight jar for few months.

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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. 

Preparation time:
10 minutes
Chilling time:
30 Minutes
Servings:
1/2 Cup
Recipe
Source: Tarla Dalal
Ingredients
1/4 Cup Grated Cucumber
1/6 Cup Hung Curd
2 Tsp. Mint Paste
2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
Salt to taste
Direction
Peel and grate the cucumber. Squeeze out the
water from the grated cucumber. Make paste of mint leaves. Blend all
ingredients together in one bowl. Keep aside in freeze for minimum 30 minutes. Now
serve this yummy and creamy dip with fruit and chips. 

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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
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    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
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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
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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. 

Source: Google.com

Preparation
time: 10 minutes

Chilling Time:
4-8 Hours
Servings: 4
people
Ingredients
5 Cup Watermelon, peel and chopped
1 Tsp. Salt
2/3 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Water
1Tbsp. Lemon juice
Direction
Blend the watermelon pieces into blender and
strain the watermelon juice into another bowl.
Heat the sugar and water together and cook
till to dissolve. Keep aside to cool.
Mix well sugar syrup, lemon juice and
watermelon juice into bowl.
Place the bowl into freezer until to become
ice form.
Now take spoon and scrap the ice into crushed
form. 
Again transfer this into freeze till to serve.
Serve this scrap ice into glasses as
watermelon iced candy or watermelon granita

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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. 

Preparation
Time: 15 Minutes

Cooking
Time: 0 Minutes
Servings: 4
Persons
Ingredients
3 Cup Chopped Watermelon, Seedless
1/2 Cup Orange Chunks, Peel & Seedless
1/2 Medium Chopped Red Onion
1 Cup Chopped Tomatoes
1/2 Cup Chopped Cucumber
2 Tsp. Chopped Green Chilies
2 Tbsp. Chopped Mint
2 Tbsp. Sugar
1/4 Cup Fresh Orange Juice
1 Tsp. Lemon juice
Direction
Whisk sugar into lemon and orange juice till
to dissolve.
Peel, seedless and chop the watermelon into
small pieces. Chop the tomatoes, red onion, green chili, cucumber into fine
pieces. Peel the orange chunks into small pieces.
Combine all the ingredients together into one
large bowl. Toss twice or thrice times. Sprinkle little salt and pepper for
seasoning. Serve chilled with nachos or chips.

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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.

Preparation time:
10 minutes

Cooking
time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Glasses
Ingredients
500 ml Milk
1/2 Cup Almonds
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp. Green Cardamom Powder
5-8 Strands Saffron
For Garnishing: Chopped Pistachio, Almonds
Pictorial

Direction
Boil almonds in water for 5 minutes. Now drain
out almonds and peel it. Grind almonds with little milk in smooth consistency
paste. Heat the milk on high flame, when milk starts boiling. Add almonds
paste, cardamom powder and stir well. Stir continuously till to little thick nearby
3/4 of original on low flame. Add saffron (soaked in 1/2 tbsp. milk) and mix
well. Garnish with chopped nuts and serve chilled in individual glasses.

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