Homemade lotus seed / phool makhana curry

Phool makhana / lotus seeds / fox nuts are the seeds of the plant Eurayle ferox. These seeds are popped before they are brought to the market to be sold and hence they are called phool makhana. It is an amazing source of calcium, protein, fiber & antioxidants and has wonderful health benefits, check this article to know the nutrition facts.


Ingredients:

  • 1C phool makhana
  • 1tbsp ghee

For the paste:

  • 1 cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cumin 
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 10 cashews 
  • 3 tomatoes ๐Ÿ… sliced
  • 1tsp ginger n garlic finely chopped 
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Salt
  • 1/2 tsps daniya pwd
  • 1/2 tsp chilly pwd

For tadka & garnish:

  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2C pre-boiled organic whole milk / fresh coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp grated jaggery
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped

How to make?

  • In a frying pan add 1/2tbsp ghee and roast the phool makhana until a little golden brown and then keep them aside.

  • In the same pan roast the cashews and keep aside.
  • In the same pan add all the ingredients listed under for the paste section in the mentioned order. Sautรฉ  the onions until golden brown and the tomatoes until done as shown below ๐Ÿ‘‡

  • Add fried cashews to it.

  • Remove from heat and allow it to cool and then blend to a fine paste.
  • Heat 1/2 tbsp of ghee & splutter cumin seeds,add this paste and sautรฉ until  you get a nice cooked aroma. Add some water and boil for few minutes with closed lid. 
  • Finally add the above roasted makhana. Add milk and a dash of jaggery. Make sure the consistency of the gravy is a little thin as it would become thicker once it cools.

  • Sautรฉ it and switch off the flame, take it to a serving bowl & garnish with coriander leaves. Tasty phool makhana gravy is ready, it goes well with pulkas. Everyone @my home like it, so give it a shot…


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Homemade soaked almond / badam powder

Almonds are just amazing in taste and are powerpacked with super nutrients like – biotin, vitamin E, manganese, copper, vitamin B12, phosphorous, magnesium, molybdenum & fiber! My LO loves having variety of nuts & dry fruits for snacks daily. Thanks to the Ajfan dates & nuts store near by that I get them, all fresh n that too unpacked, I carry my tins n jars n they fill it up for me! All I have to do is place them in the shelf, isn’t that cool! <Well if u think ๐Ÿค” it’s kinda crazy learn more about  zerowastehome here.>

๐Ÿ“Œ Do you know? 

  • Many researches found that nut consumption is linked to a lower risk for heart disease. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. Care about your heart? Go Nuts ๐Ÿ˜‰!!
  • Almonds provide double-barrelled protection against diabetese and cardiovascular disease.
  • Almond’s healthy fats may help you lose weight.
  • Almonds help prevent gallstones.

Read this article to find almond nutrition facts in detail.

Ingredients: 

  • 1C Almonds
  • 1/4C organic sugar
  • Few strands of saffron
  • Few cardamoms

How to make?

  • Soak the almonds overnight in bowl of water ๐Ÿ’ฆ.

  • Drain the water and peal the almonds.

  • On a very low flame dry roast them until they turn a light brown, like this ๐Ÿ‘‡ <optionally you can half the almonds to fasten the roasting>

  • Add saffron & cardamom to the mixer.

  • Add sugar to it and blend to a fine powder and keep it aside.
  • Add almonds to the mixer and blend low in short intervals to attain a course powder. <*over blending will release oils from the almond and it would turn into a paste instead, plz note!>
  • Finally add the above prepared sugar powder and blend it once. Voila!  homemade almond / badam powder is ready! 

  • This s soo rich in nutrients, taste & flavour too. It can be used in preparing hot/cold badam milk ๐Ÿฅ› and can be added to prepare several desserts like badam kova, badam kheer, badam kulfi <recipes to come up soon> etc. 

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Homemade watermelon ๐Ÿ‰ popsicle / ice lolly

The most thirst-quenching & juicy fruit of all is definitely watermelon ๐Ÿ‰ since it has an extremely high water content, approximately 92% and has a sweet and delicious taste too… It is particularly refreshing on a hot summer โ˜€๏ธ day, and is the ultimate summer fruit!

Watermelon is a good source of vitamin C and contains decent amounts of potassium, copper, vitamin B5 and vitamin A (from beta-carotene). It is a good source of two powerful & beneficial plant compounds, the amino acid citrulline and the antioxidant lycopene, that have been linked to lower blood pressure, improved metabolic health and decreased muscle soreness after exercise. For more nutrition details read this article.

We <family of 3 ๐Ÿ‘ช> consume half a small watermelon ๐Ÿ‰ everyday – I like eating them as is, my hubby likes the juice with breakfast & my LO loves having these popsicles!

Ingredients:

  • 1C Watermelon ๐Ÿ‰ diced
  • 1tbsp Hรถney ๐Ÿฏ

How to prepare?

  • Put the diced watermelon peices and honey in the blender and blend.

  • Using a course metal sieve, separate the pulp & the juice. Pour the juice into the popsicle moulds like these ๐Ÿ‘‡

  • Freeze for few hours. To remove them easily from the moulds place them 3/4th immersed in water for a min. & hold the stick and pop them out…

They take like less than 5mins. to prepare and ur LOs are sure gonna love them!

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DIY all-natural bio-degradable hair shampoo

Hello friends! I hope you’ve already read my previous blogs – DIY all-natural pre-wash nourishing hair conditioner & DIY all-natural hair serum to manage frizzy hair. If not please do, as I have written on why I have chosen these for my hair. ย If you have one of these problems and are sick n tired using false promising & chemical laden shampoos, look no beyond than this DIY shampoo…

  • Hair fall?
  • Damaged & brittle hair?
  • Dandruff?
  • Early grey hair?

I have been using this diy shampoo since my childhood until my teens… Yep I did get carried away by the misleading advertisements ๐Ÿ˜ฌ, and departed from it for few years… I have a very thick, long and wavy hair and never had faced any hair problems other than frizzy hair. Suddenly a year after having a baby, every time I washed my hair I noticed a handful would fall ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. I changed my shampoos, tried x,y & z only to notice more hair fall… In between I was greatly influenced by the zero waste lifestyle by Bea Johnsonย & the zero waste girl Lauren Singer, watched their tedex talks & read few wonderful books which changed my perspective and made me realise how the small things that we do unknowingly on a daily basis can impact nature… And cause of these two major reasons I went back to my basics and started using this all-natural shampoo.

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Homemade organic mango ice cream ๐Ÿฆ

This recipe is specially for all those mango lovers out there… I’ve already shared my love ๐Ÿ˜ for mangoes in my earlier post and homemade ice cream recipe too… The mad-over-mango fever made me try this mango ice cream ๐Ÿฆ and my 4yr old LO loved it! He even complimented telling “it tastes yum ๐Ÿ˜‹ n I liked it more than the one I had outside” < btw he had a mango ice cream from BR just few days back>, n I was flattered for that compliment ๐Ÿ˜ƒ!

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Homemade rice pancake with coconut milk / appamย 

Appam is a traditional Kerala ๐Ÿ breakfast dish – it is a type of pancake ๐Ÿฅž made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk. It is crispy on one side and soft as cotton on the other n tastes yum. This is one of my favourite breakfast and a must try dish for those who haven’t tasted it yet. Get set ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿณ n started!

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Homemade beetroot chutney

Beetroots ๐ŸŒฐ are good sources of vitamins and minerals, such as folate(B9)manganese, potassium, iron and vitamin C. They are high in several beneficial plant compounds, especially betanin (beetroot red), vulgaxanthin and both have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. This chutney tastes yum, is very easy to prepare & is packed with nutrients. So why not try it out friends!

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