Grapefruit Chaat Salad Bowl#Foodieextravaganza

This is a simply lip smacking tangy salad bowl. It's so delicious that you will love it, its also low carb, just 2 grams Carb per serving.
This pink-orange citrus fruit is not only beautiful but has a long list of health benefits like rich Vitamin C plus plenty of minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. 
Serves Two
Ingredients

2 Large Grapefruit
1 Teaspoon Chaat Masala
½ Teaspoon Red Chilli powder
¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper powder
¼ Teaspoon Black Salt/Kala Namak
6 - 8 Mint Leaves

Method 
Peel the grapefruit and remove the white pith. Separate into segments, remove the seeds and place in a bowl.

Add red chilly powder, black pepper powder, black salt, chaat masala and mix well. Add mint leaves and mix.
Transfer onto individual serving bowls, garnish with a mint sprig and serve immediately.

Nutrition Info - Per Serving
Calories : 90 Kcal
Carbohydrates : 2 gm
Protein : 20 gm
Fat : 0.2 gm
Other : Vitamin C- 62mg

Labels: Foodie Extravaganza Party, Grapefruit, Salad, Chaat Masala, Healthy, Low Carb, Serves Two
Foodie Extravaganza February 2023 event National Grapefruit Month 

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Cheesy Chicken Nachos With Doritos#SundayFunday

These Doritos are with melted gouda cheese, homemade refried beans, spicy  chicken mince  in taco seasoning and a sprinkling of coriander, they are fantastic.  Whatever you would normally use on your nachos just use on the Doritos. Pop the tray into the oven at 180°C for 5-7 minutes or until the cheese has  just melted. That’s it, easy, peasy and delicious snack or appetizer to serve for a party.

Ingredients
Doritos
Chicken Mince
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Shredded Cheddar Cheese or Gouda
Homemade Refried Beans
Sliced Onion
Chopped Scallions Greens

For The Chicken Mince With Taco Seasonings
½ Kg Chicken Mince
2 Tablespoons Chopped Onions
1 Tablespoon Taco Seasoning

Method
For The Chicken Mince With Taco Seasonings
In a large sauté pan, cook the chicken mince, breaking it up, for about 4 -5 minutes. Add onions, homemade taco seasoning sauté until the onion is translucent. Set aside.
Place a layer of Doritos on the serving dish. Top with homemade refried beans. Then the shredded cheese (I used Gouda cheese).

Bake at 180°C for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted
Don’t bake the Doritos nachos too long or they’ll start to get a little crispy on top. 
Garnish them with sliced onions & chopped scallion greens.
These tasted so very, very good! My friends enjoyed these. You will definitely want to make these nachos with Doritos the next time you have a party or a get together. They make a wonderful snack, party dish, appetizer or even a casual dinner.
Labels: Baked, Doritos, Nachos, Chicken Mince, Party pleasers ,Refried Beans, Cheese, Mexican, Homemade, American
National Corn Chip Day for #SundayFunday 

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Homemade Refried Beans

This is an homemade refried beans recipe, it's vegetarian, vegan & gluten free and  gives you a really delicious and creamy refried beans. It tastes too good plain so have these with nachos or in tacos, quesadilla or tortillas. 

Vegetarian tacos or nachos made with refried beans and other accompaniment taste so good.
Refried beans is a well-known dish made in Mexican and Latin American countries. It is made with beans like pinto beans, black beans or kidney beans. I have used white beans

In Spanish language refried beans is called frijoles refritos. the word by word translation of ‘frijoles refritos’ in English is refried beans, ‘refritos’ means well fried. The beans are cooked and then mashed, so this is an healthy dish.
I have cooked beans in a pressure cooker or use an instant pot as it saves times and gets mashed easily . 
 Lard  is used to sauté the garlic & onions, but,  for vegetarians, one can easily use coconut oil, olive oil, butter or any vegetable oil.

Serves 3
Ingredients 

½ Cup Chitriwaale Rajma/Pinto Beans Or White Beans 
For Pressure Cooking  
2 Cups Water
¼ Teaspoon Salt 
Other Ingredients
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion - finely chopped
2 Cloves Garlic  – finely chopped
¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper powder
¼ Teaspoon Dried Oregano
½ Teaspoon Red Chilly powder or as per your spice level
1 Teaspoon Cumin powder
Salt to taste
½ to ⅔ cup Water 
To Garnish
Coriander leaves or Parsley

Method
Rinse the kidney beans a couple of times with water and then soak them in enough water overnight or for 8 to 9 hours. In India, these are called Chitri waale Rajma ( are white rajma) which are commonly known as Pinto Beans in other countries. You can use red kidney beans or black beans or white beans. Then next day discard the water. Rinse the beans very well in running water. Then add them in a large pressure cooker, with salt and 2 cups water. On a high flame take one whistle then reduce the flame to low and cook for 15 to 18 minutes.
When the pressure falls down on its own or the cooker, open the lid and check the beans. They should be completely cooked and mash easily when you press them. Drain all the water from the beans and keep aside.
Making Refried Beans

Heat olive oil in a pan, add the finely chopped garlic.
Fry the garlic for some seconds till its raw aroma goes away. No need to brown the garlic. Then add finely chopped onions, sauté on a medium-low flame till they become translucent. Then add the cooked beans. Add ½ to ⅔ cup water ( I have vegetable stock). Taste for salt add if necessary according to your taste and mix well. On a medium-low flame let the bean mixture come to a boil. When the mixture comes to a boil, then with a vegetable masher, lightly mash the beans. I preferred chunky beans, so I have not mashed the beans fully or you can blend them according to your taste. But do mash to much as this gives a creamy consistency in the refried beans.
Then add black pepper powder, dried oregano, red chili powder (or cayenne pepper), cumin powder. You can add cayenne pepper or red chili powder depending on the heat you want in the dish. So adjust the spices and herbs as per your requirements. Mix very well. On a low to medium-low flame continue to stir and simmer the beans for 5 to 6 minutes till it thickens. You can make refried beans thick or with a slightly liquid and flowing consistency. Add more water for a slight liquid consistency or if the beans look dry. When the refried beans have thickened to the desired consistency, switch off the flame. Check the taste and add more of salt, red chili powder, black pepper and oregano if you want.

I wanted dry refried bean, since I wanted it for nachos I did not add much water/stock. If you want you it as a dip or for any other dish, you can make this thicken more by cooking for some more minutes with stock or water accordingly.
Pour in bowls and serve refried beans. you can garnish refried beans with some coriander leaves or parsley leaves. Some grated cheddar cheese can also be sprinkled on the refried beans.

Additionally, you can serve a side of guacamole, tomato salsa, and sour cream to go along with the refried beans. 
Refried beans make for an excellent filling with tacos, chimichangas, or burritos. 
Labels: Mexican, American, International cuisine, Side Dish, Vegan, Gluten Free, Vegetarian , Beans

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

This homemade taco seasoning recipe is quick and easy to make, works great  on everything make tacos  or to season  veggies, meat, seafood, rice, beans, soups, salads and more. It has a perfect amount of spices which come together in the homemade taco seasoning! You will never buy taco seasoning from the store again!  

Ingredients 
2 Teaspoon Red Chilly Powder 
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder 
1 Teaspoon Cumin powder - coarsely ground 
½ Teaspoon Onion powder 
½ Teaspoon Dried Oregano 
½ Teaspoon Paprika powder 
½ Teaspoon Salt 
¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper powder

Method  
Mix the seasonings together in a small bowl to make the taco seasoning blend. Store this in a airtight container.
Labels: Homemade, Taco Seasoning, Preservative free, Mexican, International Cuisine

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Eggless Mango Semolina Cake#SundayFunday

Easy and tasty egg free mango cake recipe made with no flour, simple pantry ingredients and fresh mangoes. This eggless mango cake is light, moist, and delicious! You don’t even need any electrical equipment such as a stand mixer or electric beater for this recipe.

Ingredients
1 Cup Fine Semolina/Rawa
1 Cup Mango Pulp
¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
¾ Cup Caster Sugar
1 Teaspoon Baking powder
½ Teaspoon Cardamom powder
For Garnish
¼ Cup Chopped Nuts - I used sliced pistachios, almonds & cashew nuts. 

Method
Pre-heat the oven to 170°C.
Mix the semolina, sugar, cardamom and baking powder well.
In a large bowl add oil and mango pulp whisk well with a hand whisk until combined. Then add in the semolina mixture, mix well. Cover and let is sit for 15 minutes.
Pour in a greased round 6"pan. Level the cake and garnish with sliced nuts.
Place in the oven and bake for 30 - 35 minutes. Check after 30 minutes with a toothpick to see if properly baked. If it comes out clean then remove immediately. In my oven it took exactly 35 minutes.
Allow to cool completely.
Slice and serve it's light, moist, and delicious!
My Notes
The mango pulp should not be thick and not too watery.
If you use a pulp that is not thick then let the cake batter stand aside for 20 minutes or until the mango pulp is absorbed by the semolina.
If you place a thin batter directly in the oven it takes a longer time to bake and then browns the cake. You will not get that beautiful, rich yellow color. 
Labels: Cake, Eggless, Fine Semolina, Mango, Tropical Fruits, Sunday Funday 

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