Rose and coconut water lemonade


I have a thing for pretty drinks. I know I just shared this amazing Orange and ginger masala lemonade but I really wanted to share this gorgeous drink too before Diwali. I think drinks are perfect for festive entertaining and it's always better to present something with a special touch rather than just handing over juice out of a box.

Speaking of Diwali, I have compiled 21 Easy Diwali recipes which you can make both for guests and family members. The compilation consists of welcome drinks, desserts, appetisers and you must check it out.


A touch of rose water adds a beautiful and subtle floral flavour to this sweet lemonade which pairs really well with coconut water. This drink is light, naturally sweet, aromatic and refreshing. Addition of rose petals in this drink makes this drink even more prettier!

This lemonade is

Pretty + naturally sweet + hydrating + healthy and has just the right amount of tang.


I seriously haven't come across a drink before which is so delicious yet so easy. All you have to do is add all the ingredients in a pitcher, mix and chill for one hour before serving. In case you haven't used rose water before in any drink then I highly recommend trying this drink.This is for the first time that I have added rose water in a drink and I know from now on, I am going to be using it often.


Simple, delicious and refreshing drink with a subtle hint of floral aroma. Tastes best when chilled!

Type: Beverage/Drink
Diet: Vegetarian
Serving: Makes 3 glasses

Ingredients

3 cups Coconut water
1 Tsp honey
1 Tsp lemon juice
1+ 1/2 tsp rose water
Rose petals

Method

Add coconut water in a pitcher.

Add honey, lemon juice, rose water and mix well with coconut water.

Next add rose petals in the pitcher and chill for at-least one hour and serve cold.



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Instant Chocolate and date ladoos


Diwali is just a week away! It's the biggest festival of India and the zeal with which it's celebrated all over India is really amazing.

No festival in India is complete without sweets and there are just too many of sweets during Diwali which are just irresistible. Food brings people together and our heritage has given us so many different recipes to share with everyone. Every household has it's own special snacks and sweets which are prepared a week in advance. My mom always made Nariyal ki barfi, Besan ki barfi and papdi at home for papdi chat. There's nothing better than treating guests to handmade treats!


Today I am sharing recipe of these delicious and fudge-y Instant Chocolate and date ladoos which are perfect for welcoming guests and even better if you want to make something personalised for gifting. You guys are going to love these!

One bite and these ladoos will remind you of a cake-y and fudge-y brownie. I mean really, they are unbelievable. They are absolutely gluten free and naturally sweet with just little bit of honey.
Made with goodness of dates, walnuts, almonds and oats, these ladoos are indulgent, chocolatey and super healthy.

The base of these ladoos are dates which have to be cooked to get them caramelised and soft so that they act as a binding agent.


How cool it would be if you eat a rich and moist chocolate ladoo and don't  feel guilty after eating it! Well, your guests are going to exactly feel that. And might I add that unlike most ladoos, they are not laden with ghee. I have just added 2 Tbsp to bind everything together.

They are perfect anytime of the day as a healthy and wholesome snack too. They will pack really well in your kid's and husband's lunch box too for evening snack. Once I start eating them, I usually gobble down like 4 of them together. I keep a batch of it ready at home to satisfy my sweet tooth whenever I want, they are such an amazing dessert.


Instant chocolate and date ladoos - Fudgy, chocolatey, rich, moist and perfect as a dessert/healthy snack. These ladoos will be amazing as a sweet treat for welcome guests this Diwali

Type: Dessert/Healthy Snack
Diet: Vegetarian/Gluten-free
Seving: Makes 12-15 ladoos/balls

Ingredients

1 cup pitted dates- chopped
1/2 cup walnut- ground
1/4th cup oats- powdered
1/4th cup almonds- ground
2 Tbsp ghee
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1+1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp sesame seeds

Method

Add chopped dates in a pan and cook on medium heat till they become soft and mushy. Break them down with a help of wooden spoon.

Bring the burner down to low heat and add honey and ghee. Incorporate into dates properly.

Turn off the gas.

Next tip in powdered oats, ground almonds and walnuts. Also add sesame seeds, vanilla essence and cocoa powder.

Mix everything properly.

Rolling the ladoos

You have to make sure that the mixture is still warm otherwise ladoos won't come together.

Start making ladoos by taking about 1 Tablespoon amount and carefully form into balls. The mixture will be little fragile so use the warmth of your hands to gently roll them into balls. 

Mixture will make about 12-15 balls/ladoos.

Store in an air-tight container and refrigerate. Ladoos should be fine in fridge for about 10 days.



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Orange and ginger masala lemonade


It's almost Diwali time and I come bearing the most refreshing and delicious Orange and ginger Masala lemonade.

Sweet, sour, citrus-y, gingery, minty and subtly spiced with Indian spices like rock salt, cumin powder and chat masala. Its the perfect welcome drink for your guests this festive season. I guarantee that you are going to find it really amazing!


Its that time of the year which marks the onset of winter season. Days are getting shorter and I can already feel the change in the air the mornings. Orange season is finally here and they are at their sweetest best right now. Glorious! I couldn't resist myself from trying this lemonade.

If you have been following my blog, you'd know that I love lemonades. Though Mango chilli lemonade is one of my favourite and one of the highest viewed recipe on blog, this orange and ginger lemonade has become my hot fav too!


This lemonade starts by making a simple orange syrup. Orange juice, grated ginger and sugar is simmered on low heat till flavour is concentrated and then strained to get a fine syrup. Once syrup is cooled, it can be used to make lemonade and soda. You just have to add little syrup and some spices to a glass of water. Serve with mint and soaked chia seeds/basil seeds with a chat masala rim for more deliciousness.

Ginger adds such a beautiful flavour in the syrup. This drink is really a celebration of oranges and pairs well with appetisers like Bruschetta bar, Mexican beans tacos with salsa, Pasta salad, Vegetable tikka and Paneer Schezwan frankie.


Delicious Orange and ginger masala lemonade subtly spiced with cumin powder, rock salt and chat masala. Perfect as a welcome drink this festive season!

Type: Beverage
Serving: Makes about 5 glasses

Ingredients

1 cup fresh orange juice
1/4th cup sugar
1 tbsp grated ginger
1/2 tsp chat masala
1 tsp jeera powder
1/2 tsp black salt
1 tsp lemon juice
mint leaves
Soaked basil seeds/chia seeds

For rim

1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp chat masala

Method

Add fresh orange juice, sugar and grated ginger to a medium saucepan and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.

Once cooled, strain the syrup. Mix chat masala, cumin powder, lemon juice and rock salt in syrup.

To make the lemonade, rub a lemon wedge along the edges of glass and dip in salt and chat masala mixture.

Now add about 3 Tbsp syrup to the glass along with soaked basil seeds, fresh mint and few ice cubes. Pour water and mix. Taste and add more syrup according to your liking.

Serve immediately.


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Easy Diwali recipes

Isn't Diwali the best time of the year? Freshly painted walls of the house, clean cupboards, new clothes, new bedspreads. Its the festival of lights and no festival is complete without some special recipes to share with near and dear ones. I have compiled some easy savoury and sweet recipes from the blog which can be made during festivities both for family members and welcoming guests.



Moist, fudgy, chocolatey and super healthy! One bite into this moreish ladoo and you won't be able to differentiate between brownie and this ladoo. Amazing right? These ladoos are refined sugar-free and gluten-free too! Perfect for welcoming your guests or as a personalised gift.





This is the perfect welcome drink this Diwali season and with oranges in season, you have got to try this lemonade at home. Citrusy, gingery and subtly spiced! So so delicious!


Instant stove-top granola

Go ahead and make a batch of it in advance to gift to your friends and family. Its an amazing healthy snack packed with goodness of oats and dried fruits. Its an ideal Diwali gift!


Egg-less Chocolate and walnut brownies

These melt in your mouth brownies will make your guests fall in love with you! So So good and keeps fresh in an air-tight container for almost 3 days.




This delicious and healthy milkshake is made by soaking dried figs in water. Simple to make, this naturally sweet drink is sure ti impress your guests.


Sabudana kheer

I grew up eating this creamy and sweet sabudana kheer and it comes together very easily. Its a very good dessert to make during festive season for your family and guests.


Pistachio meal cupcakes with cardamom flavoured frosting

I love fusion desserts and this Pistachio cupcakes are a perfect example of that. Bursting with the flavour of pistachio and cardamom, these egg-less and moist cupcakes are perfect for festive season and ideal for gifting too.



This probably is one of my top favourite appetisers for entertaining guests if  you are holding a party. All you have to do is grill bread and keep all the condiments, fruits, dried-fruits and cheese ready. 


Egg-less Dark chocolate cupcakes

Well who doesn't love a chocolate cupcake! These are perfect for any kind of celebration and unbelievably delicious and moist. Whenever I make a batch of these, these disappear in a day.



Aloo chat

Deep fried potatoes mixed with sweet and sour fruits and chat masala- a total winner! Such a simple dish yet so delicious.




Fruit and nut chocolate bark

Studded with chewy raisins and roasted almonds, these chocolate barks are so versatile and stays fresh for days. You can add your choice of nuts and flavour it the way you want. Make a batch of it and pack for your guests for gifting. Trust me they are gonna love these chocolate barks especially kids. You can even add gems for kids.


Strawberry and Orange rabdi

Rabdi is one of the most popular dessert in India and can be enjoyed with tons of sweets like gulab jamun, ghevar, jalebi and rasgulla. Try these two interesting flavours- Orange and Strawberry rabdi.




Rose Masala Spritzer

Made with rose syrup and cold water, this famous Indian drink is great for welcoming guests. Its so quick to make and tastes really good and refreshing.


Tandoori Vegetable Tikka

I have lost the count of how many times I have made these tikkas for guests. These are incredibly easy to make and packed with so much flavour. Bonus? These are extremely healthy too!


Anar soda/ Pomegranate spritzer

Refreshing and different Pomegranate spritzer made by reducing pomegranate juice and ginger together.



Cucumber and mint cooler

Refreshing and easy Cucumber and mint cooler. Trust me when I am saying that your guests are going to absolutely love it!


Gaund ke ladoo

October is almost ending and I can already feel cool air in the mornings. Onset of winter brings with it Gaund ke ladoo which are prepared in most of the Indian household. I absolutely adore these delicious and healthy ladoos. Festivals are incomplete without ladoos.


Badam Thandai

Creamy and healthy Badam Thandai made with almond paste and other ingredients with cooling properties. Great as a digestive too to combat Diwali binge.


Lemon iced tea

Wouldn't your guests love a lemon iced tea when they come to visit you? Well I am pretty sure they will! Nothing beats a classic lemon iced tea as a welcome drink.


Shrikhand

Cold, creamy, refreshing and indulgent! Shrikhand is one of my favourite Indian desserts and so so delicious. Flavour it the way you want. Keep it simple or add fruits like mango, strawberry,kiwi or canned pineapple. You can even add rose syrup and make rose version of shrikhand.


Chia pudding and granola fruit parfait

If you want to treat your family and guests to something different this Diwali then you must try this fancy dessert. Unbelievably easy to make and tastes so so good! Its the perfect combination of creamy and crunchy. You can add any fruit of your choice like oranges, pineapple, kiwi etc.



Instant Dal makhani with masoor dal (No onion/garlic)



Dal makhani as we all know is a famous Punjabi dish made with black urad dal and kidney beans. It's a slow cooked dal and gets its name "makhani" because its cooked in ghee, butter and finished with cream or milk.

When I was in school, Mom made this dal often and I absolutely loved eating it with Matar paneer and home-made naan. It was my and my brother's favourite meal cooked by Mom. As a matter of fact, till today, it is one of our favourite meal.


While this slow cooked dal is usually made with urad dal, Mom always made it sans onion/garlic with kali masoor dal (Brown lentil) and it always turned out delicious, flavourful and unbelievably creamy. Sure you can add onion and garlic if you want but I think it tastes really good as it is too! Since it takes just about 30 minutes to get ready, I call it my Mom's instant version.

Didn't you all have some favourite dishes which you thought of while getting back from school and wished for those dishes to be ready as soon as you reached home? This dal makhani was one of those dishes for me.- childhood favourite!


This dal makhani would be a perfect weeknight or weekday meal served with some jeera rice or chapati. It would pair really well with Matar paneer and Shabnam curry. This dal tastes even better the next day and I love dunking toasted bread in it.

Lentils or dal is not only high in protein but filling too. This instant dal  makhani is hearty, comforting, healthy and insanely delicious.Not only is it made without onion/garlic but also not loaded with too much ghee or butter. You can even make it vegan by making this dal in Olive oil or coconut oil and finish with some coconut milk instead of milk or cream. 



Creamy and comforting Instant dal makahani made with masoor sal sans onion/garlic.

Type: Main course
Diet: Vegetarian
Serving: 4-5 people

Ingredients

3/4th cup whole brown lentil (kaali masoor dal)
2 Tbsp ghee
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 dried bay leaf
3 medium tomatoes- chopped
1 green chilli- chopped
1 inch ginger- chopped
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1/4th tsp chat masala
1/4th tsp garam masala powder
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp butter
Crushed kasturi mrthi


Method

Soak brown lentil ( kaali masoor dal) for one hour.

After an hour, rinse properly. Pressure cook this dal with 2 glasses of water, turmeric powder and salt. (Dal should be done with 2 whistles on medium heat)

Next puree tomatoes, green chilli and ginger together in a processor.

In a heavy bottom pan or kadhai, heat ghee.

Add cumin seeds and once they crackle, add bay leaves.

Immediately add pureed tomatoes. Season with salt and turmeric. Stir and cover with a lid to cook.

Once tomato puree is cooked and releases ghee , add chilli powder, coriander powder and chat masala. Cook this paste further for 5 more minutes.

Now add boiled dal along with 1/2 cup milk and cook further for 5-10 minutes. Stir and check consistency. (Add more water if dal seems runny)

Finish with some garam masala, butter and kasturi methi.

Garnish with butter or cream while serving.


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