Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Avocado Banana Smoothie Recipe

Avocado Banana Smoothie is a creamy, rich and nutritious beverage consisting of the main ingredients banana and avocado along with milk some chia seeds, and milled flax seed. This can be made Vegan by using Almond or Soy milk. Its a great breakfast or snack option and is one of my go to smoothies for my daughter. Its a very healthy drink not only for kids but also for adults. 

What I love about this smoothie is every ingredient in this (like most smoothies) is packed with nutrients. Both Avocados and Bananas are nutrient dense food packed with fibre, potassium, vitamins minerals and good fats. They are creamy  and their combination together gives a rich thick smoothie with the sweetness imparted by bananas. Chia seeds and flax seeds we all know are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and thus a great addition in Smoothies. I usually skip the sugar/honey as my little one prefers it that way but you can add any sweetener of choice. 

Now to the recipe...

Ingredients (serves 1): 
1/2 Avocado
1/2 Banana
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp milled flax seed
3/4 cup milk (using whole milk)
Honey/sugar or sweetener to taste 
Chopped pistachios for garnishing (optional)

In a blender add all the ingredients and blend until smooth. 

  • You can add chia seeds or flax seeds or both. In addition, dry fruit powder can also be added to this smoothie to make it even more richer. 
  • Both avocados and bananas have a tendency to turn black when exposed to air, in other words they oxidize. So try to serve the smoothie as soon as its ready. 
  • This smoothie on it own is very filling but if required you can add some oats too.  

That's it, our Creamy, rich and nutrient dense Avocado Banana Smoothie is ready. Serve for Breakfast/snack. Enjoy!!

Stay Healthy!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sanjori - Rava Sheera Paratha - Sweet Paratha - Semolina Pudding Stuffed Indian Flabread

Sanjori is a Sweet Paratha (Indian flatbread) that is stuffed with Rava Sheera (Semolina Pudding). Its a Popular Maharashtrian dish and is similar to our regular paratha, the only difference is that of stuffing which is sweet as opposed to the savory kind.  It can be served for breakfast or as a snack with some Ghee applied on it. This recipe is definitely not for those watching their weight but having said that once in a while a small portion definitely doesn't hurt :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Rava Sheera - Sooji Halwa - Prasadacha Sheera - Semolina Pudding

Rava Sheera also known as Sooji Halwa is a very popular Indian Sweet dish. Its one of those easy sweet recipes which comes together quickly and requires only a few ingredients like Rava(Sooji/semolina), Ghee (clarified butter), Sugar, dry fruits and some cardamom powder for flavoring. You can serve this dish as dessert or even as a breakfast item. Its a usual sight to find this dish as a Prasad (blessed food which is then distributed to all) at most Pooja's (prayer to worship one or more deities). In addition to this, its also made on a number of Indian festive occasions such as Ganesh festival, Navratri, Diwali etc. If you are planning a Satyanarayan Katha Pooja at your place, this Sheera is one of the Prasad that you will need for this Pooja. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cheesy Garlic Bread

Cheesy Garlic Bread is an easy appetizer/snack that is super simple to make comes together with just a few ingredients. Its a no-fail recipe and comes out good every single time. Its great on its own OR with a dip of tomato ketchup/hot sauce and also pairs perfect as a side with pastas and soups to make it a wholesome meal. Its a classic combination for all the bread and cheese lovers like me. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rava Ladoo - Rava Laddu

Rava Ladoo is an Indian sweet made from semolina (sooji/rava), sugar, Ghee (clarified butter) and dry fruits. These are shaped into balls which are called ladoo or laddu. Its a very basic and simple recipe requiring very few ingredients as mentioned and no advance preparation as such. These can stay good at room temperature for a week or so and hence are the perfect type of sweets for Diwali or other festivals or simply any time of the year. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Petha Vadi - Petha Wadi Sabzi - Pethe Ki Sabzi - North Indian Style Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Recipe

Petha Vadi is a sweet and spicy North Indian style Sabzi which can be served with  Roti/Chapati. The texture of this dish is like a Bharta i.e soft and mushy and is basically Pumpkin and Punjabi vadi cooked with onion tomato and dry Indian spices. For those who are new to the concept of Vadi (or Wadiyan), these are ground and spiced lentils shaped in rounds/dumplings and then sun-dried for long preservation. Wadiyan can be made at home but are also available at most grocery stores. Pumkin when cooked is sweet and soft while the Vadi is spicy and hard/crunchy so the combination together is just perfect.