Chia pudding & granola parfait


Don't you just love quick and yummy breakfast especially when it's bursting with bright colours in a jar?

Meet my Chia pudding and granola parfait with mangoes and poms!

It's creamy, healthy, perfectly sweet and crunchy from the addition of granola. Mangoes and chia coconut pudding is a match made in heaven and come granola and poms in the picture, it tastes even more delicious!!

Speaking of mangoes, monsoon has almost hit Mumbai and I am not ready yet to bid goodbye to Alphonso untill next season! Making the most of them and having them literally everyday in some form or other as Mango Colada smoothie bowl, Mango chilli lemonade, Mango and cream cheese ice-cream and Mango salad with mango-mint dressing!



Parfait is a layered dessert made with cream and fruits but getting more popular now as a breakfast item. Breakfast parfait is made by layering healthy ingredients like yogurt, granola and fruits together.

Extremely easy to make with few ingredients, this parfait shines bright as a dessert too. Its healthy and super-light, perfect finish to a meal. I just love how balanced this parfait is, creamy and crunchy with freshness of fruits. Lemon juice cuts through all the natural sweetness and makes it even more delicious! You must try it at the next party you host!


I have used my homemade Instant stove-top granola in this recipe which I have been having pretty much everyday either for breakfast with milk/yogurt or as a snack. Not only is it addictive with goodness of walnuts, black raisins and pumpkin seeds, it also has tons of fibre in the form of oats.

If you are into healthy breakfast then you are gonna love this parfait. Vegan Peach breakfast bowl, Vegan Chocolate and Banana chia pudding and Egg-less whole wheat chocolate pancakes are also some of my favourites from the blog!


Healthy,creamy, perfectly sweet and crunchy Chia pudding and granola parfait

Type: Breakfast/Dessert
Diet: Vegan/Vegetarian
Serving: 3-4 portions

Ingredients

200 ml coconut milk/almond milk/regular milk
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 finely chopped mangoes
1/2 pomegranate kernels
Instant homemade stove-top Granola

Method

Mix coconut milk, chia seeds, vanilla and maple syrup together in a bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Once chia pudding is thick and creamy, prepare parfaits.

Take empty serving jars or glass and add pomegranate as the bottom layer. Next add some granola.

Now add chia pudding and over it add chopped mangoes. Squeeze tiny bit of lemon juice over mangoes.

Finish with some more granola on top.

Serve immediately.


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Instant stove-top granola


If you are into healthy breakfast, then this 8-ingredient instant stove-top granola recipe is for you!

Instant, crunchy, healthy, delicious and loaded with fibre in the form of oats.

Granola is essentially a breakfast food which is made by mixing rolled oats,nuts,seeds with honey, coconut oil, flavouring and then baking in oven till crisp. Since it requires 20-25 minutes of baking in oven, I came up with the idea of making it on stove-top and voila! It turned out as amazing as the baked one and saved me a lot of time too!


I have used maple syrup as a sweetener in this recipe but you can go for non vegan option like honey too. Adding coconut oil makes this granola extra crunchy and naturally sweet but go ahead and use other neutral oils like olive oil, canola oil and vegetable oil if you can't find out coconut oil.


This granola makes for a perfect breakfast to kick-start your day on a healthy note. Loaded with nuts, seeds and healthy fat in form of coconut oil, its flavourful and customizable. You can also add other nuts like pecans, almonds, cashews and flavour it with peanut butter. I often add chocolate chips to make it more yummy!

Since its nutritious, high in calories and packs well because of lightweight, its ideal for hiking, backpacking or a road-trip. My 2 year old daughter loves it and its is the first thing I pack when we have travel plans.


It is usually enjoyed with milk in the morning but tastes equally delicious with yogurt and some fruits like strawberries, banana and mango on the side. Granola can also be used in parfaits and other desserts like ice-cream,cupcakes as a crunchy topping.



Delicious and healthy homemade stove-top granola which is as good as the baked granola

Diet: Vegan
Type: Breakfast/Snack
Serving: Makes about 2+1/2 cup granola

Ingredients

1+1/2 cup Rolled oats
2 Tbsp Coconut oil
1/4th tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4th cup Pumpkin seeds
1/4th cup black raisins
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
3 tsp maple syrup(use honey if not vegan)

Method

Take a bowl and add oats, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.

Take a small saucepan and gently heat together coconut oil, honey, cinnamon powder and vanilla essence for 2-3 minutes. Make sure they are mixed well together.

Pour it over the dry ingredients in the bowl and mix to coat oats and nuts properly.

Now transfer this in a non-stick pan and cook on stove-top on low flame for about 10 minutes till oats are crispy and becomes slightly orangeish in colour. Make sure to keep stirring in between.

Take off heat and transfer on a tray or plate to cool it down.

Once it cools down, add black raisins and transfer in an air-tight container.

Serve with milk,yogurt for breakfast.


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Rajma masala


Rajma masala is a punjabi dish cooked in tomato-onion based gravy along with other aromatic Indian spices. It's an extremely simple dish which if made well turns out very delicious and satisfying. It's healthy, flavourful and packed with proteins.


Rajma masala is something I eat when I am craving for something comforting which is delicious yet healthy.  Just like Mocha Banana shake, Ultimate eggless chocolate cake, Matar Paneer and Rose Masala spritzer, this dish too is my childhood favourite. Give me a bowl of rajma chawal and I am a happy girl!

It tastes best with rice or jeera rice but tastes equally good with hot chapatis or crisp paranthas. What I love about rajma masala is how delicious it tastes next day, somehow flavours develop more overnight. Whenever I have some leftover rajma in fridge, I devour it with toasted bread, tastes super delicious!


Healthy, delicious, flavourful and comforting Indian curry- Rajma masala

Diet: Vegan
Type: Main course
Serving: 4-6 people

Ingredients

1 cup rajma/kidney beans
3 chopped medium tomatoes
2 chopped medium onions
2-3 cloves garlic
1 inch piece ginger
1 green chilli
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 dried bay leaf
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/4th tsp garam masala
1/4th tsp chat masala
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste

Method

Soak rajma/kidney beans overnight or for atleast 8 hours.

Pressure cook on medium heat till 2 whistles are released and further on low heat for 10 minutes.

Blend tomato,onion,garlic,ginger and green chilli together till you get smooth paste.

Heat oil in a deep dish or kadhai and add cumin seeds. Once they crackle and become brown, add bay leaf.

Now pour in the tomato-onion paste and season with turmeric and salt. Cook till the time water evaporates and oil separates.

Now add coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala and chat masala. Cook further for 5 more minutes.

Now add all the boiled kidney beans along with the water (add as much as required)

Mix everything together and cook further for 10 minutes.

Taste and adjust salt and other spices according to your liking.

Serve with rice or hot chapatis.


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Oasis cold pressed juices


Who doesn't love freshly made juice in the morning to start the day!

But it's also true that most mornings we are busy with the daily chores and don't find time to make fresh juice.

I have been having Oasis juices every morning this past one week and they are so so refreshing and rejuvenating. Not only are they 100% natural, they are delicious and incredibly healthy.


Oasis is a cold pressed juice brand which looks to solve a problem most of us face everyday in the morning. Healthiest juice is delivered right at your doorstep every morning before you can begin your day; hence starting your day on the "Healthiest Note".


They come in exciting and delicious blends with 7 different juices for 7 different days. I have tried their blends and they are all very delicious and totally natural. Two of my favourites from their blends are Pineapple+kiwi+fennel+chia blend named "Shine on" and Muskmelon based blend  named "Keep Calm". Oasis juices have pure taste of fruits and veggies in their blends.

They revamp the 7 juices every season by adding the seasonal fruits and veggies and make the most of what Mother Nature has to offer. This ensures you get best and freshest ingredients always :)


Cold pressed Oasis juices are preservative free with no added sugar. Cold pressed juice protects and preserves the nutrients of fruits and vegetables. You get 100% of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and nutrients when you drink cold pressed juice.

Oasis juices are freshly pressed every morning and home delivered within hours to ensure that they deliver freshest of juices to star the day. 


Ultimate Eggless chocolate cake


Let me introduce my and my family's (both husband's side and mom's side) all time favourite Egg-less Chocolate cake with rich chocolate ganache. I have been making it since forever and this cake stands tall on our table for all the special occasions.

It is super moist, chocolatey and insanely delicious. It's absolutely full proof and don't even get me started on how easy it is! An absolute crowd pleaser!


Everyone wants a chocolate cake recipe in their life and this Eggless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache has my heart. Its the perfect chocolate cake and its the only recipe you will ever need.

Perfectly sweet and decadent, once you try this cake, I guarantee you will be making it for all of your celebrations too!


Its no secret that I totally adore dark chocolate and that's the reason why I often post recipes using chocolate. Some of my personal favourites are this No-Bake Chocolate tart, Eggless Double Chocolate Banana Bread, Mocha Banana Shake and Eggless Dark Chocolate and walnut brownies.

This Chocolate cake is super-moist, fluffy, tender and frosted with this unbelievable dark chocolate ganache. It is so good that I always lick the bowl with my daughter after making it. Sheer joy!


Egg-less, super-moist, chocolatey and rich Dark chocolate cake frosted with chocolate ganache- Perfect for all kind of celebrations

Type: Dessert
Diet: Vegetarian
Serving: Yields about 1/2 kg cake

Ingredients

125 gms flour
1/2 tin milkmaid
1 tsp chocolate essence
2 Tbps Cocoa Powder
2 Tbsp Drinking chocolate powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda (meetha soda)
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 Tbsp semi soft butter or 60 gms butter
1/4th cup milk

Coffee mixture

1/4th cup water
1 tsp coffee powder
1 tsp sugar

Chocolate ganache

2 cups/250 gms chopped dark chocolate (I use Morde Dark compound)
1 cup cream (I used Amul fresh cream)

Method

Pre-heat oven at 180 degree Celsius for 10 minutes.

Grease spring-form cake mould with butter and dust with little cocoa powder. Tap away excess cocoa powder.

All the cake ingredients  ( except for dark chocolate) should be at room temperature.

Strain all dry ingredients i.e. flour, drinking chocolate, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and powdered sugar together thrice. Divide it in three parts and keep aside.

Empty 1/2 tin milkmaid in a bowl and whisk using electric beater for 5 minutes. Now add butter and whisk together till mixture becomes lighter in colour.

Now fold dry ingredients and milk in the milkmaid mixture one part at a time. Add chocolate essence in the end.

Pour batter in the cake mould and bake at 180 degrees for 25-30 minutes or till baked through. Check by inserting a skewer or a knife.

    Take out of oven and let it rest for 10 minutes. Then release from the mould by unlocking the ring.

    Dust a plate/board with icing sugar and turn the cake upside down on that plate/board.

    Now gently remove the bottom plate of the springform cake mould.
      After 15 minutes, using a cake knife, carefully cut cake horizontally into two parts for frosting and keep aside.

      For making the ganache, heat cream in a non-stick deep pan over medium heat. Just when you see bubbles forming, turn off the gas.

      Immediately add chopped dark chocolate in cream and using a spatula stir in circular motion till chocolate is totally melted with cream. Mixture should be silky smooth without any lumps.


      Once the mixture comes at room temperature, check if it has a liquid or spreadable consistency. If its still quite liquid, refrigerate for half an hour.


      Assembling the cake



      To make the cake more moist, microwave 1/4th cup water with 1 tsp coffee powder and sugar for 30 seconds. Cool it down and moisten both halves of the cake with this liquid by spreading it evenly with the help of a spoon.



      Spread half of the ganache on 1st layer of cake evenly with the help of a palette knife. 


      Now place 2nd layer of cake over it and cover with rest of the ganache. Cover the sides of cake too with ganache for better finish and look.


      Stick chocolate chips on the side and decorate top of the cake with some ferrero rocher.


      For piping patterns on cake, put ganache again  in refrigerator for an 1/2 hour. Once set, fill a piping bag and pipe desired designs using different nozzles.



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      Mocha Banana Shake


      Say hello to my new favourite milkshake! Actually an old favourite ;)

      Somehow forgot about this energetic and delicious Mocha Banana Milkshake all this while.

      Made with only 5 simple ingredients, this Mocha banana shake is creamy, chocolatey and infused with the flavour of coffee. Its perfectly sweet with most of the natural sweetness lent by banana and little bit from honey.


      Chocolate and banana are magical together. Its one of my favourite flavour combination. Grilled Banana and Nutella sandwich is my ultimate comfort food. In case you haven't tried my Eggless Double Chocolate Banana Bread, you need to try it asap. Also my Vegan Chocolate and Banana chia pudding is pure love. Its one of the highest viewed recipe on blog and got featured on both Huffington post and Buzzfeed


      This energetic milkshake instantly lifts you up when you are feeling low on energy. Cold and refreshing way for your everyday caffeine fix!

      You can make it vegan by adding any other milk of your choice like cashew milk, almond milk or coconut milk and replacing honey with maple syrup.



      Cold, creamy and refreshing Mocha Banana shake

      Type: Beverage
      Diet: Vegetarian
      Serving: 2 persons

      Ingredients

      500 ml cold milk
      2 bananas- sliced
      2 tsp cocoa powder
      1 tsp instant coffee powder
      3 tsp honey

      Method

      Half an hour before making the milkshake, drizzle chocolate sauce in serving glass or empty bottles in an uneven pattern and place them in freezer.

      To make the milkshake, add milk, banana, cocoa powder, coffee and honey in a blender and blend till creamy.

      Taste and adjust to your liking. Add more cocoa powder if you want it to be extra chocolatey and more coffee if you'd like stronger coffee flavour.

      Take the glass out of freezer and pour milkshake in serving glasses or empty bottles. Serve immediately.


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