Thursday, June 26, 2008

Triple Berry Smoothie

Berry smoothies are nutritional, contains vitamin C, vitamin E, antioxidants, and a lot of other nutrients as well. Berries combine with milk,juice,coffee and tea to make a smoothie. Berry Smoothie contains high level of antioxidants, vitamins C and E, and other nutrients.Berries provide natural sweetness, instead of adding sweeteners, you can add more fruit instead for a healthier smoothie.

Blueberry - high level of antioxidants and may be considered most nutritional berry.

Raspberry - sweet taste along with vitamin C, vitamin E, and a good weight loss supplement.

Blackberry - Antioxidant,Vitamin C and Fiber.


Blackberries- 1/2 cup
Blueberries- 1/2 cup
Raspberries- 1/2 cup
Banana- 1
Yogurt- 1/2 cup
Milk(fat free)- 1 cup
Ice cubes- 1/2 cup
Protein powder- 1 tsp(Optional)


Blend the banana, ice, yogurt, milk, and the berries together until a smooth drink is formed. Pour into a cup and enjoy a healthy smoothie.

Thursday, June 19, 2008


Kodabale is one of the favorite evening snacks enjoyed by the people of Karnataka with a cup of strong filtered coffee.They are spicy,crispy round snacks.


Rice flour- 4 cups
All purpose flour(maida)- 1 cup
Huragadale powder(putani) -1/4 cup
Red chillis powder- 3-4 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Jeera - 2 tsp
Om- 1 tsp
Fresh Coconut grinded -1/4 cup
Hing- a pinch
Sesame seeds- 1 tsp
Curry leaves(powdered)- 1 tsp
Hot oil- 2-3 tbsp
Oil to fry
Salt to taste


Fry Rice flour,maida and putani powder for a few minutes until the flour gets hot when you touch it.Keep it aside to cool.Now add red chillis powder,turmeric,jeera,Om,sesame seeds,curry leaves,salt,hing,coconut to this and mix thoroughly.Add hot oil to this mixture and mix again.Add water and make a soft dough.Knead well.Take a small lump of dough and roll on a chapati maker(chapati mane) or a stainless steel plate inverted with a drop of oil on it(so that the dough will not stick to the plate).Roll the dough into a long noodle shape and then turn into a round ring shaped like a bangle.Heat oil and fry these bangles to golden brown color.Drain on a paper towel. Enjoy your Kodabales.

Store in an airtight container after it cools down...If there are any leftovers :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Besan Dhokla

Dhokla is a Gujarati delicacy.There are various kinds of Dhoklas.This is one of the best tea time snack.It has a unique sweet,sour and spicy taste.Hope you all enjoy :)


Besan- 2 cups
Buttermilk- 4 cups
Baking powder- 1 tsp
Green chillies- 4
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Oil- 2 tbsp
Curry leaves- 4-5
Coconut freshly grated- 4-5 tbsp
Coriander leaves- Chopped- 3-4 tbsp
Salt to taste
Sugar- 1 tsp
Lemon juice- 2 tbsp


Mix Besan in the buttermilk. Add finely chopped green chillies,baking soda and cover it. Keep aside for 3-4 hours. Before preparing add sugar, salt and lemon. Mix well. Transfer the mixture to a deep, greased plate. Steam this mixture in a pressure cooker(just like the Idlis) for 15-20 minutes.
Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds, Curry leaves and 2-3 sliced green chillies.
After it cools down, take out the Dhokla from the plate,spread the seasonings on the dhokla and cut it into desired shapes. Take it out in a tray and garnish with chopped coriander and grated coconut.

Serve hot with coconut chutney or coriander chutney.
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