Coconut Ladoo is an easy and delicious recipe that can be made using just 2-3 ingredients – desiccated coconut, condensed milk and cardamom powder. Simply mix all these ingredients and roll them into a ball. Coat these balls into some desiccated coconut and garnish with dryfruits and you have a super easy, quick yet extremely tasty Ladoos ready. With festive seasons coming up, having such easy recipe at hand is always good idea.
Chocolate Chip Walnut Granola Bars are a healthy homemade snack/treat option that is packed with oats, honey, walnuts and chocolate chips. These chewy, crunchy and chocolaty bars are the perfect on-the-go after school/office snack. …
Peda is a popular Indian sweet mostly well known as Prasad (religious offering to God which is then distributed to the followers). Traditionally Peda is made out of mava/khoya and there are many variations of Peda available in market today – ranging in different textures, sizes, shapes and even color. But in today’s post I am sharing this very simple recipe of Milk Peda using milk powder and condensed milk.
With summer at its peak, all you want to eat and drink is something chilled and cold. Ice-creams and Popsicles make the perfect treats, snacks or dessert to beat this heat. Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles are the perfect summer treats. They are are all natural and delicious treats not just for kids but for adults too. These Popsicle come out nice and creamy. Make some fancy layering and these poposicles are treat to the eyes as well as to the taste buds. Honestly I can eat them for breakfast too.
I like to add a bit of sugar to the strawberries to bring out their sweetness and depending on how sweet or sour your yogurt is you can skip or add the sugar. Since I was making this treat with the lil one in mind I’ve used full fat yogurt. Found it a bit thick after whisking. Hence added some milk to adjust the consistency (but this is completely optional).
You can make various patterns using the strawberry and yogurt mixture. For instance you could simply mix the two and fill the mold to get a pink and creamy Popsicle or make alternate layers of strawberry puree and yogurt or take a step further and add some pattern like I did for this post. Which ever pattern you chose doesn’t alter their taste but definitely makes them look pretty. Now who doesn’t like a pretty looking treat/snack.
For the recipe…
Ingredients: (Makes 7-8 Popsicles)
For Strawberry Puree:
9-10 medium sized strawberries washed, cored and quartered (using fresh but frozen can be used too)
1 tsp sugar or honey
pinch of salt
For Yogurt Mixture:
1 cup yogurt (used plain, vanilla flavor can be used in which case skip the extract)
1/2 cup milk (optional)
1 tbsp sugar (or honey) (to taste)
pinch of salt
pinch of cardamom or drop of vanilla extract (optional)
For Strawberry Puree – Add the chopped strawberries to a bowl and to it add the the sugar and mix. Allow it to sit for 15-20 mins. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Remove it into the bowl. Keep aside.
For Yogurt Mixture – Whisk together all the ingredients like yogurt, sugar, salt and milk until smooth. Keep aside.
For Making Strawberry Popsicles :-
There are many variations you can make using these two purees but I have mentioned the method followed by me here. Please refer notes for the other ways.
Take the Popsicle molds and add the Yogurt Puree around 2 tbsp followed by 2 tbsp of strawberry and around 1 tbsp of yogurt (or as much required to fill the mold) again. Take a knife or the back of a spoon and insert into the mold make swirls or up-down motion to give some pattern to the mixture. Once you have filled all the molds, cover and insert the stick. Freeze for around 6-8 hours and Popsicles will be ready .
- Design Variations:You can follow the method listed above or simply mix the strawberry and yogurt puree together and fill the molds. You can do more strawberry and less yogurt and make patterns. Or you can make alternate layers of yogurt and starwberry mixture without the swirls. All these ways look and taste great.
- Depending on the sweetness of the strawberries and yogurt you can adjust the amount of sugar or keep it all natural and skip the sugar.
- I’ve used full fat yogurt but greek yogurt, lowfat yogurt will work too.
- I have used milk to adjust the yogurt consistency but that can be skipped or replcaed with water.
- You can make these Popsicles using any fruit of choice.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries are these exotic looking treats which are really easy and quick to make. These make the best desserts, gifts or even appetizers. They are as easy as dipping clean and dry strawberries into melted chocolate and allowing them to set. To take a step further add some toppings to them or drizzle some chocolate. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, these quick treats are a great gift idea. A couple of ingredients and hour or two is all you need to make these.
In this post, I’ll be sharing both – chocolate covered strawberries drizzled with more chocolate and the ones which have some toppings on them. You could simply dip the strawberries in chocolate and leave out the drizzle or topping part. But these additions make the strawberries much more presentable especially if you are planning to gift/share these with someone special/friends/family. Toppings can be sprinkles, finely chopped nuts or chocolate, shredded coconut. etc. Basically anything you like. Now forget those store bought expensive Chocolate Covered Strawberries and try these homemade ones.
Now to the recipe…
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
10-12 fresh strawberries
Toppings of choice (am using chopped walnuts, chocolate sprinkles, and valentine theme sprinkles)
Wash the strawberries thoroughly and gently pat dry them with a paper napkin or kitchen towel. If required, air dry them further on a kitchen towel till completely dry. Line a plate or a baking tray with parchment paper and place the strawberries (once completely dry) over it. Keep aside.
Next keep all your toppings ready like sprinkles, finely chopped walnuts, shredded coconut etc. Divide the strawberries into two equal portions (this is optional) one to be dipped into white chocolate and others into semi sweet chocolate.
Using a double broiler method bring water in the bottom saucepan/vessel to a boil and place the bowl with semi sweet chocolate chips (should fit perfect and the bowl should be completely dry) on top. With heat on low, keep stirring occasionally until the chips begin to melt and chocolate turns smooth. Now take it off the heat and give it a good mix.
Once you have your strawberries, chocolate and toppings ready, start the dipping process. For this, work with one strawberry at a time. Hold the strawberry using its green leaves and dip it in the bowl of melted chocolate such that its 3/4 portion is dipped. Swirl and turn until the chocolate covers the strawberries well leaving some top portion of the strawberry as is. Tap off any excess chocolate.
If you want to add any toppings this is the time – Hold the chocolate coated strawberry over a clean plate and sprinkle the toppings of choice by slowly rotating the strawberry to distribute toppings evenly. Once done carefully place the strawberry back on the baking sheet. If you don’t want to add any topping simply place the dipped chocolate strawberry on to the baking sheet.
Repeat the process for remaining strawberries from the first batch. Allow the chocolate to set/dry completely. You can keep the tray into the fridge for 5 mins or until the chocolate sets. Don’t keep it for too long or else condensation might occur.
Now place another clean and dry bowl with white chocolate chips and place it above the sauce pan with simmering water. Same as semi sweet chocolate chips melt the white chocolate and dip the strawberries, add the toppings (if required) and place them on lined sheet. Allow the chocolate to set completely.
Now transfer the remaining melted white and chocolates into a small ziplock bag and push it towards one corner and make it into a cone. Snip off a tiny portion of the cone and start making designs of choice on the set strawberries without toppings. Allow the drizzled chocolate to set completely outside or in the refrigerator.
These stay good at room temperature for couple of hours or in the refrigerator for a day or two. But these are best when eaten fresh or within few hours.
- Instead of double broiler you can also use microwave to melt the chocolate. But be extremely careful as this could easily burn the chocolate if overdone. Microwave at 50% powder in 15-30 seconds interval. Mix after each interval to make sure the chocolate is melting evenly.
- Always melt the chocolate at low temperatures.
- Avoid chocolate to come in contact with water. Make sure the bowl is completely dry.
- If you feel the texture of the chocolate is grainy add a 1 tsp of vegetable/canola oil to the melted chocolate and give it a stir.
That’s it, our super yummy but extremely easy to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries are ready. Serve these as desserts or appetizers or as a gift to your friends/family/someone special. Enjoy!!
Magic Cookie Bars are crunchy,chewy and gooey bars made with chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts topped over layer of sweetened condensed milk and graham cracker crumbs. Traditionally these bars are made by layering all the ingredients in a single layer like the butter & crumbs mixture topped with condensed milk (which holds everything in place) followed by chocolate chips, nuts and then coconut. But I prefer to mix the coconut, nuts and chocolate chips together and sprinkle that as a layer. But you could totally do the single layer option too.
Now to the recipe…
Ingredients: (Makes 2-3 dozen bars)
1 and 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs or about 10-11 slabs of crackers (each contains 2 biscuits as seen in the pic below)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (melted)
2-3 tbsp milled flax-seed powder (optional)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts (or any nuts of choice)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 9X13inch baking pan with parchment paper and spray it with cooking oil or butter. Keep aside.
In a bowl mix together the walnuts,sweetened shredded coconut and chocolate chips. Keep aside.
Place the graham cracker slabs in a zip-lock bag and using a rolling pin crush them into fine crumbs.
In the lined and sprayed baking pan, add the crumbs, flax-seed powder and pour the melted butter over them . Mix well. Spread evenly and press firmly to the bottom of the pan.
Now pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the pressed crumb mixture. Lastly sprinkle the coconut, walnut and chocolate chips mixture evenly over the condensed milk and press down firmly. Bake for 25- 30 mins or until lightly golden brown. Cool completely in the pan and then lift the entire slab holding on to the parchment paper. Cut into squares of desired length.
- I prefer to mix the coconut walnut and chocolate chips together and then add them. But you could also layer them individually with the chocolate coconut and nuts layer or any order of your preference.
- I have used walnuts but you could use any nut of choice like pecans etc
- If you like to have it less sweeter, add unsweetened shredded coconut instead
- Pour the condensed milk evenly and don’t try spreading it with a spoon or spatula. Chances are you may pull off the crumbs layer.
- I prefer to mix white a semi sweet chocolate chips but you can use only one type of chips too
- Once cooled, I prefer to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
That’s it, our gooey chewy Magic Cookie Bars are ready. Enjoy these on their own or with a glass of cold milk as an after-school/office snack or as quick dessert.
Fresh fruit flavored,all natural Popsicles or Ice Pops make such a great frozen treat for kids as well as adults. You could make these with any fruits you like but for today’s post its Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles. I chose this combination as love the way sweetness of the watermelon combines with the tartness of the strawberries. Secondly love the reddish color these two fruits impart to the popsicles making it yummy and pretty at the same time.
Now to the recipe…
Ingredients: (Makes 10 Popsicles)
2 cups of cubed watermelon
2 cups of washed, hulled and sliced strawberries
1-2 tbsp simple syrup Or sugar Or honey (to taste)
1 tbsp lime juice (or to taste)
1/4 tsp salt
In a blender add the sliced watermelon and strawberry pieces and blend until smooth. Add 1/4 cup water (at a time) and more if required to puree. Now using a wide strainer, strain the puree. I prefer to strain and use only the liquid & discard the remaining leftover fruit fibers. But you can even do this recipe without straining.
Now in the strained liquid add the simple syrup, salt and lemon juice. Mix well and then pour into the Popsicle molds. Cover and freeze for about 30 mins. Then remove from freezer and pop the wooden sticks in through the available slots. This helps to keep the stick straight and hold its position. Stick the whole container back into the freezer. After about 6 to 7 hours (or overnight) your Ice pops should be ready. Let them sit for about 2 mins or run/dip in warm water for about 10 seconds. Your ice pop should slide out easily.
- For storing, you could store individual popsicles in the small snack size ziplocks bags in freezer. They fit perfect for 1 popsicle.
- I prefer to strain the fruit puree and use only the liquid & discard the remaining leftover fruit fibers. But you can even do this recipe without straining. Just add simple syrup, salt and lemon juice to the pureed fruit and pour in molds.
- Some popsicle mold come with inbuilt stick on them (i.e.they are part of the lid. If you have one of those molds you can simply pour the liquid into the mold and freeze at a stretch for 6-7 hours or overnight.
- My strawberries were not so tart so I added a bit of lemon juice but you can skip it too.
- Simple syrup/Sugar/Honey and lemon juice are to taste so add as required or skip if not needed.
That’s it, our yummy fresh fruit Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles are ready. Enjoy this low-fat, guilt-free and juicy frozen treat with your family and friends!!
Granita is a frozen Italian dessert made from water, sugar and flavor of choice. Fresh fruit Granita are immensely popular but you can practically make a granita from any flavoring. Summer and citrus kind of go hand in hand for me so for this post I will be sharing my Orange Granita recipe. This dessert is very simple and easy to make and the best part is you don’t need any fancy icecream machine to make it. All you will need to do is pour the liquid/juice in a pan/container and pop it in the freezer. After about every 30 mins in next 2-3 hours scrap the ice crystals using a fork and Tadaaa you will have nice and granular granita. Isn’t that easy!!
When I first had granita it reminded me of “Gola” – a popular street dessert/snack in India. The difference being, for Gola you shave the ice and then flavor the ice using artificial sweet syrups/flavors whereas for granitas you create the granular ice from the flavor/syrup itself and is much more healthier.
If you are lucky to find juicy and sweet oranges you could make this dessert without adding sugar keeping it all natural. I like my granita to be sweet and sour. So I like to balance the sweet and tanginess from the orange with a bit of tartness from the lemons. But its totally upto your taste and could skip it too.
Now to the recipe…
Ingredients: (Serves 2-3)
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (I used about 3 and half oranges)
1- 2 tbsp lemon juice (or to taste)
1 -2 tbsp simple syrup or sugar (to taste)
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp orange zest (optional)
Few mint leaves for garnishing
Wash the oranges thoroughly. In a clean container grate half an orange to get the zest and then juice the oranges. Allow the juice and the zest to sit for about 5-10 mins (marinating) and then strain the juice along with the zest into a freezer safe container (i used 5X7 glass container). Taste the juice to understand the level of sourness and sweetness. Based on that go ahead and add the lemon juice,simple syrup and salt. Mix everything well and place the container in the freezer.
After 30-45 mins scrap the ice formed pulling it from the sides to center using a fork. At this stage you will notice that the ice is just beginning to form and there will be a thin layer of ice below which there will be liquid (pic1). Go ahead and scrap it. Once done for the entire container place it back in the freezer and repeat the process after every 30mins for the next 2-3 hours.(The above pics are scrapings done after every 30 mins) After about doing it for 3-4 times you will notice that the ice is now flaky and granular. That’s what we are looking for. Once done place the lid and freeze until use.
- To make simple syrup add 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water in a small sauce pan and bring it to a boil. Stir occasionally. Switch off and then let it cool. It stays good for couple of days in refrigerator and is handy for making lemonades and granitas.
- The wider the container the better as it help in freezing faster and uniformly.
- Fresh orange juice can vary in taste so it always advisable to taste and then add the lemon and sugar as required. The above ratio mentioned worked well with the oranges I used.
- I usually don’t cover my freezer safe container during the making process. I cover once its done and ready to be stored.
That’s it, out Citrusy and fancy yet easy to make Orange Granita is ready. Serve this dessert right out of the freezer and Enjoy.