Hi all,

Finally I am done with event roundup! I was thinking of selecting one best recipe from the entries and publishing it here at my space. So many delicious and competitive entries, I really got confused and couldn't decide upon anything! So, ended up with giving only the Participation Award.
Here is the Participation Award for all the participants! Friends, do grab your participation award and post it in your space :)

I would like to thank all of you for these lovely and innovative entries and making the event successful. After conducting the event, I am so happy to see a nice collection of cool beverages. Friends, have a look at these lovely entries from my blogger friends..

  • Prabha @ Cookwell has sent a traditional Malnad recipe which is very healthy and perfect for the summer. Do check her recipe Yellow Cucumber Seed Juice!

  •  Bhavna @ From My Rasoi had sent 2 lovely entries for this event. 
        Healthy Cantaloupe Milkshake 

       and summer special Mango Banana Milkshake.  

  • Pranjali @ Taste Bud Delight had sent an innovative recipe from her kitchen.
       Orange Squash flavored with ginger and green cardamom. 
       Do you believe? she had prepared this Squash concentration by herself!

  • Sanoli @ Sanoli's Kitchen had sent a total of 5 entries to the event! Below are the entries from Sanoli..
       Watermelon Agua Fresca - a Mexican delight with Indian twist!       
        Fizzy Mango Watermelon Juice - very flavorful n healthy drink for the summer..

       Jus De Gingembre - healthy pineapple juice with the flavor of ginger

       Refreshing Jeera Lemonade - refreshing drink for hot days!

       Banana And Mango Smoothie - yummy n creamy smoothie for summer..

  • Julie @ Erivum Puliyum had sent a refreshing summer drink - Cherry Lassi using fresh cherries.

  • Sharanya @ Sharan's Samayalarai !! had sent below 3 delicacies from her kitchen..
       Mango Lassi - a refreshing and nutritious drink

      Avocado Milk Shake - yummy drink with with healthy fruit!

      Kiwi Apple Delight - a healthy, low calory drink..

  • Healthy and flavorful Mint Juice from Kavitha @ Kavi's Kitchen.

  • 2 innovative entries from Sumedha @ Sumee's Culinary Bites..especially I loved the first one..
       Spicy Tropical Green Smoothie..a healthy breakfast drink.
      Sparkling Watermelon Juice..looks really wonderful!

  • Yummy Mango Shake - a lovely entry from Shabna @ Shabbu's Tasty Kitchen.

  • 2 lovely Smoothie recipes from Shree @ Just Cooking N Baking..
       Healthy and yummy Avocado Smoothie..

      Mixed Fruit Smoothie..sounds delicious with well blended fruits!

  • Next comes Priyanka's delicacies..3 lovely entries from Priyanka @ Priyanka's Simple & Delicious recipes.
       Strawberry Peach Smoothie..a lovely twist with berry and peach.

      Delicious Kiwi & Banana Shake..

      Mango Roohafza Ice Cream Shake..yummy kids delight!

Thank you, wish you all happy blogging :)

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ.

Sometime back, I was planning to buy Flax seeds just to experiment it in egg-less baking. But I couldn't find it in any shops nearby. So, we bought it from a shop in our native during last visit. For our surprise, it was available in so many shops there! Its popularly known as 'Agase Beeja' in Kannada. Flax seeds are a good source of Omega - 3 Fatty Acids. So, vegetarians can rely on Flax seeds to get Omega - 3 Fatty Acids, which is not available from vegetarian food. Also, I heard that Flax seeds help to control cholesterol levels in our body.
Due to its health benefits, we have started using flax seeds as a part of our daily food. Flax seeds, when roasted, will give a nice aroma. I tried adding salt and spice to the roasted flax seeds while preparing the powder. It tasted really good with rice. We also tried adding little curd to flax seeds powder which tasted very good with chapathi. 
Here is the recipe of Flax Seeds Powder which I prepared..

Preparation Time: 15 - 20 minutes
Yield: 1 1/4 cups

Flax seeds - 3/4 cup
Dry red chillies 1 - 2 (adjust according to taste)
Garlic - 1 or 2 cloves
Salt to taste

Take a heavy bottom pan. Combine flax seeds, red chillies and garlic cloves and roast them on medium flame.
Keep mixing them occasionally. Roast them till you hear the crackling sound of flax seeds.
Once it gets cool down, add salt to taste and make a fine powder out of it.
Store this powder in an air tight container and use it as needed.
These days, its the routine at our home to have a spoonful of Flax Seeds Powder with a small portion of rice as a part of lunch as well as dinner. If you are a Roti fan, you can mix 1 tsp of Flax Seeds Powder with little curd and it tastes good with roti or chapathi.

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ.

These days, we are trying to follow healthy food habits as a part of which hubby wants me to use leafy vegetables in cooking at-least 3 - 4 days a week. Normally, he will bring fresh leafy veggies from a vegetable shop nearby. Other vegetables will not be so good, but varieties of leafy vegetables are available very fresh there. If we go in the evening time, shop keeper will be busy arranging the fresh leafy vegetables on the racks. Hubby prefers using spinach in our food regularly since its very rich in iron. 
These days, I really got bored with spinach palya and currys due to regular usage. So, thought of trying some new recipes using spinach. This recipe is from an old Kannada magazine which I noted down long back. Already I have tried this Roti quite a few times at home and it was a success! So, here is the recipe for you :)
Other than spinach, fenugreek as well as dill leaves will also go well for this recipe.

Preparation time: 30 - 35 minutes
Time for the dough to set: 30 minutes
Yield: 8 Rotis

Spinach (Palak), fenugreek or dill leaves - 1 1/2 bunch
Wheat flour - 2 cups
Rice flour - 1/2 cup
Gram (Besan) flour - 1 cup
Baking powder - a pinch
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Ginger green chilli paste - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Cooking oil

Clean the spinach and chop it finely.
Combine all the flours, baking powder and turmeric powder in a miking bowl. Add 2 tbsp oil and mix it nicely.
Add chopped spinach, ginger- garlic paste and salt to taste and mix it well. Add water little by little and prepare thick, non sticky dough.
Keep the batter closed with a lid and allow to set for half an hour.
Make lemon size balls from the dough and roll them into thin circles. You can use some wheat flour while rolling the Rotis.
Cook the Roti on hot tawa by applying oil on both the sides.
Serve hot Rotis with your kind of side dish!
This Roti will remain smooth after cooling. So, you can plan it for the lunch box as well!

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ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ.

Ash gourd is one of the main and very common vegetables of Indian cuisine. During old days, pure vegetarian people were not supposed to eat ash gourd and it was strictly prohibited. These days, everybody is using this veggie, but even now, some people won't prefer this veggie to enter into the home from the front door; just they will take it in from the back door of the house! I really don't know the reason behind it, but if you see the nutrition facts of ash gourd, I'm sure you will fell in love with this veggie :) Ash gourd is a good source of calcium, carbohydrate, protein and iron, which are very essential for our body. 
Ash Gourd ('Kumbalakayi' in Kannada) tastes very good when used in different varieties of curries. Here is a yogurt based curry using ash gourd which tastes very good with rice. Other than ash gourd, you can also use Seeme Badane (Chayote Squash), Egg plant or cucumber for this Majjige Huli.

Preparation time: 20 - 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ash gourd - 1/2 kg
Grated coconut - 1 1/4 cup
Chana dal (soaked in water for 1/2 hour) - 1 tsp
Green chillies - 2 (adjust according to taste)
Chopped coriander leaves - 3 tsp
Cumin seeds - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Ginger - 1/2 inch
Sour curd (Buttermilk) - 1 to 1 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
For seasoning: oil - 2 tsp, mustard seeds - 1 tsp, curry leaves - 1 strand

Peel the ash gourd and remove the seeds portion. Cut the veggie into medium size cubes and cook with enough water and salt to taste till smooth.
Grind grated coconut, ginger, green chillies, coriander leaves, cumin seeds, turmeric and soaked chana dal into fine paste. Add water if required.
Add this paste to cooked ash gourd and allow to boil for 3 - 4 minutes and switch off the flame.
Heat oil in a small wok. Add mustard seeds and roast till it splutters. Then add the curry leaves, saute for a while and switch off the flame. Add this seasoning to boiled Majjige Huli.
Add buttermilk to Majjige Huli when its still warm. Serve this Majjige Huli with hot rice.

  • If you want to retain this Majjige Huli for night dinner or for next day, take out a portion of Majjige Huli and keep separately before adding the buttermilk. Heat the majjige huli before serving and mix with buttermilk.
  • Veggies like Seeme Badane (Chayote Squash), Egg plant and cucumber will also go well for this recipe.
  • I have added the soaked chana dal just to make the curry thicker. You can replace chana dal with Putani (split dalia) also.
Sending this over to 'Spotlight: Curries/Gravies', ongoing event @ Cuisine Delights, which was originally started by Indrani of Recipe Junction.

ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಲು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ ಮಾಡಿ.

Here is one more variety of juice or cool drink for the for the summer! I love to have this Jaggery cool drink regularly due to health benefits of jaggery. As all of us know, jaggery is a very good source of iron. So, it helps to increase hemoglobin count in our blood. People suffering from acidity and digestion problems can surely rely on the usage of jaggery as a home remedy. People with digestion problems can have one glass of water mixed with 1 tsp of jaggery everyday half an hour before lunch and dinner for better results.
So, here is the healthy juice recipe for you friends! Try this easy and tasty Jaggery Juice at your home for a healthy living!  

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

Cold water - 2 glass full
Jaggery - 4 tsp (adjust according to sweetness)
Lime squeeze - 1 tsp
Pepper powder - one pinch
Ice cubes - optional

Add enough jaggery to water and mix it well.
Then add lime squeeze and pepper powder to enhance the taste.
Check the taste and add jaggery or lime squeeze, if needed.
Transfer the juice to serving glasses. Add ice cubes if you would like to.
Enjoy the healthy and tasty Jaggery drink with your family :)

Linking it to the event 'Bon Vivant #6 - Sunny Refreshing Drinks' @ Sumee's Culinary Bites

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