Weekend Treats: Winter Special

Winter season in India, brings with it lot of green vegetables and fruits. As such, fruit desserts and sweets are popular and easy to make. One such dessert is ‘Gazar ka halwa’ or carrot Helwa, homemade with fresh carrots.

Gazar ka halwa, @chitrangadasharan

Talking about greens, Methi paratha is another popular winter recipe, made with fresh methi leaves (Fenugreek).

And, the mixed vegetables go well with it. For example, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, green beans, green peas, cooked with some slices of tomatoes.

So, what are you cooking for this weekend?

Easy Diwali Sweets/ Snacks: Weekend Treats

Coconut Laddoo, ©Chitrangadasharan

You may buy as many sweets and snacks as possible from the market, and even receive sweet boxes from your family and friends. But, it gives immense happiness and satisfaction to make some sweets on your own.

Coconut Laddoo:

This is the easiest sweet to make at home, I believe.

Just cook 100 gm. dried Coconut powder, in 1 litre of milk, on low flame, till the milk reduces completely. Add sugar to taste, around 1-2 tablespoon, and 3-4 green cardamom powder. When slightly cool, make even sized Laddoos.

Methi Mathri ©Chitrangadasharan

Methi Mathri:

Snacks are also important and it’s best to prepare them fresh at home.

2 Cups maida (self raising flour), vegetable oil for the dough, and for frying the Mathris, ajwain, dried methi leaves, salt to taste.

Combine the ingredients and Prepare the dough as you would for namak para. Rest for 15 minutes, roll and fold the mathris, and fry on medium flame.

Have an enjoyable and prosperous festival of Diwali 🪔

Weekend Treats: Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi, Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

Mango Lassi is perhaps the best Summer drink, for the hot summer in India.

The flavour and aroma of the ripe mangoes, combined with homemade curd or yogurt can be prepared in less than 5 minutes.

No need to add sugar, as the mangoes are sweet enough. But, if you are making it for the kids, you can add a little bit of sugar or honey.

You can also add saffron or cardamom powder for added flavour.

For the best fruit based smoothies, always go for fresh fruits.

Wash and peel the mangoes, and purée them in a blender.

Add curd and 3 to 4 ice cubes and blend again.

Usually the mango pulp and curd can be taken in equal quantity.

1 cup mango pulp + 1 cup curd

But, you can have your choice, whether to increase the mango pulp, or increase the amount of curd, according to the person, for whom you are making this delicious and nutritious drink.

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