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Eggless Strawberry Mousse

Just 3 ingredients. And what do you get in return for putting them together? Dreamy, airy, pink-a-luscious yumminess that’ll make you feel like you’re floating amidst clouds. Pink clouds. Pink clouds that have sweet succulent strawberries hanging from them.

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Tangy Tomato Chutney

Would you believe me if I said that if you make this chutney and have a go at it, you will not stop licking your fingers? Yes, it’s true. If you’re like me and you love tangy chutneys, this one nails it. Like never before.

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Ubbu Rotti

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?” 
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” 
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet. 
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.” ― A.A. Milne

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Healthy Apple & Jack-fruit Salad

If you are a weight-watcher, then this one’s for you. Well the good news is, even if you’re not, this one’s still for you. It’s for everybody, cos you cannot deprive yourself of such a delicious and healthy salad. It’s got granny smith apples, its got red delicious apples, its got radish, its got carrot, its got jackfruit, its got raw mango (keri),  some pickled ginger (yes, this is where some of my Gari went!), a roasted cumin vinaigrette, some chopped parsley, and that’s it. Voila! Yeah, I’ve said it all so you don’t really need a recipe for this one now, do you? Would you still need me to sit and type it out all over again in an organised manner? If you just answered yes, I must admit that I’ve spoilt you guys rotten. But I love doing it, and that’s what I’m here for. So yeah, I’ll give you the detailed recipe all the same :)

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Cottage-cheese Chops with Potato Cream Dip

Are you a vegetarian/eggitarian like me? If the answer to that question is “yes”, picture this – you’re watching a favourite cookery show on tv. You’re all spruced up with pen and paper to take recipe notes (or atleast mental notes, like me), seated comfortably in your favourite chair. The show starts, and the chef/anchor comes in and what does he/she announce the first recipe for the day as? “Chicken something-something”, or “Fish something-something”. Bam! Your attention goes slack once you hear the words “chicken”, “fish”, “lamb” (or any reference to something that was once able to creep/crawl), and anything after those words are lost in space. Sounds familiar? What do you do then? Do you switch channels, or do you still watch? Earlier, I used to be the kinds that would go “Ewwww!” and prefer the channel switch. Now however, I stay put and watch, and start thinking about how I can make a veg version with the ideas from the recipe. After all, fresh ideas for recipe concepts are always welcome, no? Continue reading

Deviled Potatoes

I love having people over, and I love hosting parties. I love everything to do with the hosting – planning, sending out invites, the prepping, and I don’t even mind the clearing up after everyone’s left too. There’s one thing I just hate doing though - preparing starters that entail deep-frying. Much as they are the easiest to dish up, I just abhor the thought of standing in front of the frying pan. Not my cup of tea. Uggghh! So when Nags suggested we all come up with ideas for savoury appetizers that would be easy to make in bulk (for about 50 people or more), it had me all excited. It was like she had leafed through my mind and decided to give me a chance to fix for my problem.

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‘Serve me Some…Salads’ Event Round-up

You can eat Salads any time of year, don’t you think? Well atleast I can. And what I love most is that you don’t have to feel guilty even one bit, no matter how much you’d gorge. What’s more, they fill you up real fast too. I love that salads are so versatile ‘cos you can make your own combos of fruits and veggies alike, add a dressing of choice, or stick to plain old salt and pepper…do what you like, sky’s the limit! And salads are just what the doctor ordered, so you bet I will be making the most of this round-up.

Thanks everyone for sending in your entries…I’m all set to try every one of these now. And since I’m on a weight-loss spree, all of this really helps inspire me more! The round-up really makes for a treasure trove for all those weight-watchers out there too. This time, only bloggers chose to contribute, so all you have in the round-up are pictures and links to each contribution. Have fun drooling and get set to eat healthy!

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Umm Razeen’s Fatoush
Umm Razeen’s Kiwi and Sweet Melon Salad
Shubhada’s Instant Fruit Salad
Vidhya Iyer’s Mixed Veggie Salad
Nivedita Thadani’s Soya Beans Salad
Padhu’s Kosambari/Indian Salad
Deepti Pawar’s Pineapple Salad
Deepti Pawar’s Rotini Garden Vegetable Salad
Indrani’s Barley & Veggies salad with Greek dressing
Indrani’s Red cabbage, Kidney beans & Tomato salad with a zesty dressing
Indrani’s Mixed fruit & veg salad with Thai dressing
Indrani’s Green Moong & tomato Kachumber
Priya’s Nutty Cabbage Salad
Priya’s Minty Mixed Veggies & Chickpeas Salad
Priya’s Beets, Corn & Celery Salad
Priya’s Creamy Potato,Tomato & Dill Salad
Priya’s Rajma& Mixed Veggies Salad
Priya’s Mixed Veggies & Olive Salad
Jyoti’s Cucumber Bhurji Salad
Lakshmi’s Beetroot Citrus Salad
Manju Rajendar’s Rainbow Fruit Salad
Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal’s Sprouted Green Moong Salad
Aparna Vijay’s Fruit Salad with Custard
Kalyani & Gayatri’s Jicama Salad
Nayna Kanabar’s Pink Grapefruit and Pickled Gherkin Salad
Miriam Korula’s Spinach & Strawberry Salad
Suma Rowjee’s Pineapple, Corn and Roasted Bell Peppers Salad
Suma Rowjee’s Chilled Penne Pasta and Sweet Corn Salad
Kanchan’s Kakdichi Koshimbir/Cucumber Salad with yogurt dressing
Madhuri’s (not me!!) Fruit Salad
Nithu Bala’s Cauliflower & Orange Salad
Nithu Bala’s Kachumbari
Nithu Bala’s Mixed Vegetable and Fruits Salad
Nithu Bala’s Honey Fruit Salad
Nithu Bala’s Spicy Fruit Salad
Madhuri’s (this is me now) Carrot Salad | Carrot Kosambari
Madhuri’s Egg Salad
Madhuri’s Jugalbandhi Salad
Madhuri’s Macaroni Salad
Madhuri’s Potato Salad
Madhuri’s Spinach Raita
Madhuri’s Sprouted Moong Salad
Madhuri’s Summer Salad

A parting shot with a drool-worthy collage, just for you -

Raw-Mango Sharbat

Did you know?…

…that cooking raw mango in hot ashes and mixing the pith with sugar and water, is an effective remedy for heat exhaustion and heat stroke? And eating raw mango with salt quenches thirst and prevents the excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron during summer due to excessive sweating. So in short, whether you consume raw mango with salt or sugar, it helps you combat the heat. I tried the sweet version to start with, and cooked the mango in the microwave since we don’t do hot ashes in our modern kitchens. The Sharbat turned out refreshingly nice and I have a big jug-full tucked away in my refrigerator, to attack when I get home from work every evening.

Ingredients:

  • Raw Mango – 1 no, large-sized (I used the Thothapuri variety)
  • Jaggery – to taste
  • Elaichi powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Chilled Water – as required
  • Saffron (optional) – a few strands

Note: This proportion makes about 10-12 glasses of Sharbat.

Procedure:

  • Peel the skin off the mango and cut the pulp into chunks.
  • Microwave on high for about 10 minutes (time may vary with each microwave), with adequate water, till softly cooked.
  • Once done, allow to cool and mash to get a smooth pulp. You could even give it a whirr in the mixer if it makes it easier for you.
  • In the meanwhile, soak the jaggery in some water and allow to dissolve completely.
  • To the raw-mango pulp, add the jaggery water, elaichi powder, and salt. Stir well to incorporate.
  • Now, add adequate chilled water to the mixture and stir well.
  • Add a few saffron strands to lend a rich colour to the sharbat.
  • Refrigerate and serve chilled for a refreshing and healthy drink.