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10 Delicious Diwali Dishes

Wishing every one a Happy Diwali and Happy New Year “Saal Mubarak” 

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Deepawali – “Festival of Lights” An ancient Hindu festival to celebrate the triumph of light over dark and good over evil. This year Diwali will be celebrated on Wednesday November 11th, 2015, this is one of the most major holidays in India. Although, it’s not just celebrated in India it’s actually celebrated by millions all over the world.

No festival or celebration is complete without delicious food and sweets.  This Diwali and New Year’s be sure to check out these great 10 recipes that is guaranteed to please the whole family.

Diwali is celebrated in many different ways, but the most traditional ways that people celebrate is by lighting lamps and clay diyas, fireworks, music, decorations, delicious food and sweets. Rangoli patterns are decorated inside and outside created with colorful rice, sand and colorful flower petals. These colorful geometric rangoli designs are created for the entrance ways, living rooms or courtyards of houses that encourage and welcome the goddess Lakshmi Mata.

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Diwali is one of the most lavishing, fun, full of tradition, bright, colorful and exciting festivals celebrated around the world. I find Diwali to be very similar to the traditional holiday “Christmas” which is also celebrated by many around the world. Diwali is all about exchanging gifts and sweets, greeting friends, family and loved ones with Diwali wishes, indulging in lavishing festive meals, buying and wearing new clothing.

For some of us the next day after Diwali, is Gujarati New Years also known as “Bestu Varsha”, “Nutan Varsha”, “Padwa” and “Saal Mubarak”. We celebrate the year 2072 this year, Gujarati’s all over the world will celebrate this day to mark the beginning of a new year and put all their worries behind, forget the past and prepare to welcome the “New Beginning” of a new year.

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No festival or celebration is complete without delicious food and sweets.  This Diwali and New Year’s be sure to check out these great 10 recipes that is guaranteed to please the whole family.

  1. Sooji Ka Halwa

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2. Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora

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3. Dal Dhokli

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4. Dry Fruit Anjeer Kajoor Ladoo

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5. Methi Muttar Malai Paneer

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6. Mattar Tofu in White Gravy

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7. Moong Dal Dhokla

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8. Strawberry Rose Lassi

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9. Methi Kela Na Bhajiya

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10. Carrot Kheer – Gajar Dhoodh Pak

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Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali and Prosperous New Year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunshine Ginger Smoothie

 

 

imageStay healthy, boost the immune system, and keep the body energized with this super delicious and excellent source of “Vitamin C” packed Fruity Sunshine Ginger Smoothie. The delightful taste of your favorite mixed fruits like papaya, strawberries,plums, apple and pineapple with a piece of super anti-oxidant fighting ginger, a generous amount of honey and a huge shot of Orange Juice with the super added touch of my all time favorite “TURMERIC POWDER” all blended together. This is a smoothie that is close to impossible not to try out.

Things we should know about the “Influenza Season” also known as “flu” season. The timing of a flu is close to impossible to predict, it’s some what very unpredictable because the “flu” season varies in different parts of the country  and from season to season. The most common seasonal flu typically arrives between October and May. In parts of the world the common peaks of the flu season is around December and February.

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It’s also very different to predict how/what the flu season will be like. The “FLU” season as mentioned before is very unpredictable in numerous ways. Flu season comes around every year, the flu spreads every year, but it’s very difficult to determine the timing, the severity and the duration of the season. Again, all these common factors varies from one year to another.

Some of the most common symptoms of the flu are:

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills.
  • Cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • Runny or stuffy nose.
  • Muscle or body aches.
  • Headaches.
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

 

“What should we do to protect ourselves from the flu season”

There are many different options we are given to protect ourselves from the flu. One of the most common recommended yearly by our doctors, pharmacist and health officials is the “flu vaccine” . The vaccination is for everyone from 6 months and older, this has to be the first and foremost important step in protecting ourselves against the flu. Health officials announce it every year that we should start getting vaccinated as soon as the flu vaccine becomes available. Normally, these vaccines are ready and available by Mid-October and the best part now about these “flu vaccines” is that they’re “FREE” at least where I live in Canada. Also, they’re no longer  just available at the doctor’s office, these vaccines are readily available to be taken at many pharmacies, community health centers and flu clinics.

There are many other preventive things we can do to stay healthy and protected this flu season:

  • get your flu shot early
  • wash your hands often
  • avoid touching your eyes and face
  • do not share personal items such as drinking cups
  • cover your cough or sneeze
  • do the fist bump instead of shaking hands

These are facts and information that is readily always available to use through our local health centers, doctors office, pharmacy and the internet. I have also read up on many different factors relating to the “flu season”, “Influenza”, prevention, and also participated in classroom sessions learning about the prevention and protection. I believe that the number one protection and prevention starts at home. 🙂

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I’ve shared many different smoothie and drink recipes that will help you stay protected, help boost the immune system and energize the body to stay protected all throughout the season. Be sure to try out some of these everyday smoothies; Orange Immune Booster JuiceFruity Turmeric SmoothieCold Buster Ginger-Turmeric Drink, and Tropical Turmeric Smoothie.

 

Fruity Ginger Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Fruity Ginger Smoothie

Vitamin C packed stay healthy Fruity Ginger Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup - frozen Mixed Fruits - papaya, pineapple, strawberry, plum and apple
  • 1/2- 1 inch piece - Ginger; chopped into small chucks
  • 1 tbsp. - honey
  • 1 tsp. - turmeric powder
  • 1 cup - orange juice

Instructions

  • Blend all together into a nice smooth consistency and enjoy!
  • http://myfoodforthesoul.com/sunshine-ginger-smoothie/

     

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    Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora

    Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora | Special Corn Flour Spinach Onion Deep Fried Fritters

     

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    Dull rainy days always make me feel a bit down…can’t go out since it’s too wet and cold and staying in can get boring. That’s when these totally scrumptious, delicious and quick preparing Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakoras (fritters) come handy. I’m not one to always deep fry, but some things just taste much better when deep fried ….like Pakora! 🙂 Enjoy these divine little fritters with your favorite sauce and a cup of tea (chai) and trust me ….the rainy day blues will disappear.

    Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora are sinfully delicious little fritters made in a combination of corn flour, besan (gram flour), spinach, onion and flavored up with a combination of dried spices and deep fried till nice and golden brown.

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    Pakoras are really famous in Northern Indian, they’re made in many different variations of vegetables, spices, veg or non-veg and batters. Normally, all pakoras are deep fried till nice and golden brown and served as a snack or appetizer. They are considered to be a quick fast food item and are very regularly found sold on side street food trolley, in restaurants and grocery stores.

    I won’t say that these are  a healthier version since I’m using yellow corn flour, but yes ! one thing for sure that they taste awesome. The combination of yellow corn flour, besan, spinach, onion and spices is a total WOW!. I’ve made different pakoras before that are either completely traditional Gujarati or traditional Punjabi.

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    Some of my all time favorites are Methi Palak Pakora and Methi Kela Na Bhajiya with my favorite chutneys Green Coriander Chutney and Mint Coriander Chutney.

     

    Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora

    Prep Time: 25 minutes

    Cook Time: 25 minutes

    Total Time: 50 minutes

    Serving Size: 4-5

    Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora

    All time favorite and super simple Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cup - corn flour (I used the yellow corn flour)
    • 3 Tbsp.-besan (chick pea flour)
    • 1 medium - onions; finely chopped
    • 2 cups - spinach; washed & finely chopped
    • 1 tbsp. - ginger-garlic Paste
    • 1 tbsp. - green chili paste
    • 1 tsp. - red Chili Powder
    • 1 tsp. –turmeric Powder (haldi)
    • Pinch of Baking Powder
    • Salt to taste
    • 1/2 tbsp.- kesoori methi; crushed (dried fenugreek leaves)
    • ½ tbsp. - oil
    • 3 Tbsp. -coriander leaves / cilantro; finely chopped
    • Water as needed
    • Oil to deep fry

    Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, add corn flour, besan, green chili paste, ginger-garlic paste, baking powder, kesoori methi, salt to taste, red chili powder, turmeric, oil and combine all together. Then add in chopped spinach, onion and coriander leaves; mix well by adding in very little water at a time to create a smooth flowing batter of medium consistency. (Spinach releases water)
  • Heat a frying pan with oil while the Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora batter gets ready.
  • When the oil is medium hot ;test by gently sliding a little dough in the oil and it should rise to the top almost immediately. Drop spoonful of the batter in medium hot oil and fry the pakoras till golden and crisp.
  • Remove and drain on paper towels.
  • Serve hot with your favorite chutney/sauce.
  • http://myfoodforthesoul.com/corn-flour-spinach-onion-pakora/

     

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    Spinach Green Onion Paratha

    Palak Hari Pyaz ke Paratha stuffed with Paneer Onion Bhurji | Spinach Green Onion Paratha-Indian Flat Bread stuff with Cottage Cheese Onion stuffing

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    Spinach and Green Onion Paratha stuffed with Paneer Onion mixture. The perfect stuffed Indian Flat Bread made with fresh Spinach, Green Onions and stuffed with sautéed Onions and Paneer (cottage cheese) lightly flavored. These parathas are so delicious and healthy …packed with Iron,Vitamin K and Calcium.  The perfect meal to enjoy anytime, any day with your favorite pickle, yogurt or a side dish of your favorite subzi.

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    As I say, summer time is the best. Nothing beats freshly grown vegetables and nothing taste better than garden fresh vegetables. This year we’ve planted red onions and white onions, but onions do take a longer time to grow. As we all may know that the greens from the onions are edible and super delicious when added into any dish. We have a neighbor that loves to garden and he also grows many different vegetables, but his biggest harvest is onions. This year he had also planted spinach (palak) and as a nice neighbor he always shares with us and that’s how I ended up with triple the amount of spinach.

    This is when I got inspired to make a dish combined with spinach and green onion also known as scallions. These greens are packed with many different health benefits as per research and that’s why I love to incorporate them into my dishes.These parathas were a creation of my own, cause I wanted to make this dish a bit more interesting and filling. I decided to make a simple but delicious paneer bhurji to fill inside the parathas to boost up the flavor. I love paneer, but I also know a lot of people don’t like it ….why I don’t understand? 🙂 No worries paneer can be substituted with tofu or if your completely not into vegetarian food then stuff it with your favorite meat.

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    This time around flavors or spiciness was not a problem, I wasn’t cooking for little ones ….this was made purely for me and my dear husband. Yes! we have become empty nesters for about a week now, our little ones are enjoying sleepover with their cousins for the last two weeks of summer vacations. 🙁  very lonely and missing them, but no worries soon their smiling faces will be back and life hearing “mummy” one million times a day will resume. Can’t wait! 🙂 🙂

    Paneer Bhurji is a very popular dish made in North India, and is enjoyed with roti. I’ve made a sandwich out of paneer bhurji called “Paneer Bhurji Sandwich”, there is actually no set ingredients for this dish, it’s lightly flavored with your choice of vegetables and mixed up with paneer (cottage cheese) or can be substituted with tofu. My Spinach Green Onion Parathas are slightly different because I flavored the parathas in a Gujarati style and prepared the stuffing in a more North Indian style but slightly on the lighter side to combine the two flavors.

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    Spinach Green Onion Paratha stuffed with Paneer Bhurji is a great breakfast, lunch or dinner idea. I made these for dinner and serve them with a dry Aloo Palak subzi- Dry Potato Spinach curry  and sweet mango pickle called Gori keri and a tall glass of Salty Lassi. The choice is yours ….no set rules enjoy it any way you like it.

    So, lets start preparing these awesome and delicious “Spinach Green Onion Paratha stuffed with Paneer Bhurji”  🙂

     

    Spinach Green Onion Paratha stuff with Paneer Onion Bhurji

    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    Cook Time: 30 minutes

    Total Time: 1 hour

    Yield: 7-8

    Spinach Green Onion Paratha stuff with Paneer Onion Bhurji

    Scrumptious, delicious and healthy garden fresh "Spinach Green Onion stuffed Paneer Bhuji Paratha

    Ingredients

      Dough
    • 1 1/2 cup - Whole Wheat Atta
    • 2 cups- Fresh Spinach; washed and finely chopped
    • 1 cup- Fresh Green Onions; washed and finely chopped
    • 1 1/2 tsp. - Ajwain (Carom Seeds)
    • 1 tbsp. - Garlic Powder
    • 1 tbsp. – Sugar
    • 1 tsp. – Red Chili Powder
    • 1 tsp. – Turmeric Powder (haldi)
    • 2 tbsp. – Oil
    • Salt to taste
    • Water as needed
      Paneer Bhurji Stuffing
    • 1 medium Red Onion - finely chopped
    • 1 cup - Springs of Green Onion - finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic – grated
    • 2 Green Chilies – finely chopped
    • 1 tsp. - Ginger - grated
    • 1 1/2 cups - Crumbled Paneer (chhena)
    • 1 tbsp. - Oil
    • 1/2 tsp. - Cumin Seeds (jeera)
    • 1 tsp. Red Chili powder
    • ½. – Red Chili Flakes
    • 1 tbsp. – Paratha Masala
    • Pinch of asafetida - Hing
    • Salt to taste
    • Oil 3 tbsp. + to roast the parathas

    Instructions

    Dough Preparation
  • Take a mixing bowl, add flour and all ingredients for dough preparation except water; mix well. Using warm water make it into soft and smooth dough & cover it and keep it aside for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Stuffing Preparation
  • Heat oil in a kadai on medium heat, when oil is warm add in cumin seeds, wait for them to splutter, then add in asafetida (hing), finely chopped onions, garlic, green chili, and ginger sauté well until onion are slightly pinkish.
  • Add in all dry ingredients and give it a good mix. Sprinkle a few drops of water on the mixture to avoid spices from burning and let it cook for about minute.
  • Now add in green onion and paneer. Mix it all well and turn off heat. Empty mixture into another bowl and keep aside to cool down completely.
  • Paratha Preparation
  • Knead the resting dough, and then make 7-8 equal lemon size balls. Once the stuffing has completely cool down, do the same make 7-8 lemon size balls and keep aside.
  • On to a well-floured surface, take one dough ball and roll out to about 3" disc, keep one paneer ball on the center and seal them by bring all of the edges together and roll it all into a ball. On a floured surface start rolling to make a round 8" paratha.
  • Heat tawa/frying pan, fry the paratha on both sides until turns light golden brown, Spread oil all around and on top of the paratha while cooking.
  • Remove from tawa, Spinach Green Onion stuffed with Paneer Bhurji is ready to serve hot with some butter(makhan) on top and a choice of plain yogurt, chutney or pickle or subzi.
  • http://myfoodforthesoul.com/spinach-green-onion-paratha/

     

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