Tzatziki Dip

Super easy homemade tzatziki dip ready in just 10 minutes! I tried the best ever Tzatziki dip at a friend’s place who used greek yoghurt to make this – this recipe is however made using regular curd (we make curd at home) and I simply put it on a strainer and in the refrigerator overnight and had thick curd in the morning with all the water being drained out.

Tzatziki is basically a simple greek based dip made using the simplest ingredients (see picture below) and goes best with pita bread.

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Here is the simple step by step recipe for you guys!

by Sheenam & Muskaan November – 19 – 2017

Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 120 grams hung curd
  • 50 grams grated (and deseeded) cucumber  – all water should be drained out
  • 2 grams minced garlic
  • juice of half lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 grams grated dill leaves (fresh leaves!)
  • salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mix together hung curd, cucumber, garlic, lemon juice, oil oil and dill leaves. Add salt and pepper and mix everything. Optional: if your dip is too thick, add the left over water from hung curd and adjust according to your preference.
  2. Serve with pita bread.

Hummus

Who doesn’t love a classic hummus dip with some crackers and pita. We absolutely enjoy this easy recipe because its healthy, delicious and can be made in just about 15 minutes with the simplest ingredients. We also enjoy the flavoured versions of hummus – smoked paprika or beetroot etc but a classic hummus is number one for us!

Its so easy to make hummus at home – specially when all the ingredients are so simple and absolutely no prep is required, unless you don’t have Tahini at home. We made ours and stored in the fridge and it stays for more than 10 days at least! Tahini is basically a paste made of white sesame seeds. The process is really simple – you simple dry roast some white sesame seeds on a saucepan and keep stirring it on medium flame for about 4-5 minutes until the sesame seeds are golden brown in colour. Please make sure that you are constantly stirring the seeds because they can burn real quick! Now let this cool down for about 15 minutes and then all you need do is, blend the seeds with some water to make a smooth paste.

Hummus itself is super simple – just mix together chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and tahini and adjust the seasoning. We did not use canned chickpeas, rather soaked some overnight and boiled them before using them for the hummus.

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Here is the quick recipe for you guys. Hope you enjoy.

Hummus

by Sheenam & Muskaan November – 12 – 2017

Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white sesame seeds (toasted)
  • 2 cups chickpeas
  • 1/4 extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp water (2 tbsp for tahini paste and 2 for hummus)

Instructions:

  1. Dry roast the sesame seeds and add to the blender once cooled down. Add some water and blend to make a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  2. Add 2 cups of chickpeas to the blender and add olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt. Blend and check for smoothness. Add some water if needed. Serve with carrots, crackers or pita bread.

Whole wheat banana chocolate chip muffins

These whole wheat banana chocolate chip muffins are super healthy, chunky and so delicious! Imagine all the good things in the form of these gorgeous muffins, minus the extra fat? These skinny muffins are inspired by the superb blog of Krista and were the yummiest muffins I have ever had!

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You can serve them as breakfast options with tea or coffee – because they are super easy to make (did I mention that they are also one-bowl muffins?) and have the goodness of bananas, whole wheat, walnuts and the sweetness comes from the honey (instead of sugar)

I used total three bananas, but you can also add an extra one, in case you want the muffins to be extra chewy. Also, I replaced coconut oil with regular (sunflower) oil and also added some walnuts to the batter – no reason, I just love them! 😀

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Give these muffins a try and let me know if you like them 🙂

Whole wheat banana chocolate chip muffins

By Sheenam and Muskaan October-21-2017

Edited on 24.10.2017

Healthy breakfast muffins with banana, honey, walnuts and chocolate chips

Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 25 mins

Yield: 11-12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sunflower oil
  • 1/4 cup yoghurt (dahi)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (atta)
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Mash the bananas using a fork. Add vanilla essence, oil, yoghurt, honey, egg and mix well.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 degree celsius.
  3. To the banana mixture, add the dry ingredients: wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder and incorporate the mixture.
  4. Add the chopped walnuts and mix everything well.
  5. Line the muffin tins with cupcake liners and add the batter to each of them 3/4th of the way full.
  6. Top with chocolate chips and bake for 15-20 minutes at 180 degree celsius.

 

Crunchy homemade granola

On a recipe blog, which promises to be full of creamy, high-calorie soul satisfying delicacies, it is very unlikely to find a healthy recipe. But when healthy is tasty, then why not?

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I have never been a health freak but every now and then I try to initiate a bit of clean eating and healthy alternatives in my diet, considering that I eat out so much and when I eat at home, I always end up cooking something sinful (which mostly includes cheese, cream, butter or my favourite vegetable: potatoes!)

I started experimenting a lot with oatmeal, specially with overnight oats because they are super handy and have become my favourite go-to meal to take to work at least thrice a week. They are super easy and so moist and delicious and I cannot wait to write a post about that soon.

Coming to this recipe => Granola: I was amazed to read online about the easy recipes to make your own granola at home. You can have them parfait style with yoghurt (plain or flavoured) and top them with your choice of fruit. Most of the recipes that I was inspired from were very purely vegan, which means they involved a lot of almonds and they used coconut oil. This recipe is not vegan and I have used honey and unsalted butter in it.

It is really very easy and the end product is so so crunchy and of course healthy. The only challenge in this recipe is to be in the kitchen during the entire cooking process (which is only 15 minutes by the way!). Yes I do trust my cooking skills but I preferred staying in the kitchen having my eye on the oven while the oats were in the oven because it takes just an extra minute for the delicious crunchy granola to get burned. I have tried this recipe three times now (before publishing it) and ruined it the very first time when I left the granola in the oven for an extra one minute.

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This recipe makes 150 grams of granola and since I am the only one eating it, I make a fresh batch every week experimenting with nuts, dried fruits, replacing honey with different syrups and so on. This is a very basic recipe made of old fashioned oats, nuts, honey, vanilla and unsalted butter.

Here is the detailed recipe:

Homemade crunchy granola
Easy crunchy homemade vanilla flavoured granola with nuts and honey
Ingredients
  • 100 grams (or 1 and 1/4 cup) old fashioned oats
  • 40 grams or 3/4 cup crushed mixed nuts (walnuts, almonds and cashews)
  • 30 grams unsalted butter (in cubes)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • dash of vanilla essence
Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degree celsius and line a baking tray with foil paper.
2. Mix together nuts and oats and put it on the baking try for dry roasting them for 4 to 5 minutes.
3. While the oats are in the oven, mix together melted butter, honey and vanilla essence.
4. Take the oats out of the oven, mix them a bit and pour the honey mixture over it and mix again. This goes in the oven again for 3 (maximum 4) minutes. 
5. Take this out of the oven and mix again. Now let it cool for 15 minutes at room temperature and later serve with yoghurt and fruits.
Details

Prep time: 5Cook time: 10

Total time: Yield: 150 grams

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