Friday, May 27, 2016

Healthy Chocolate Avocado Cookies

This time I am back with another dessert recipe, named Healthy Chocolate Avocado Cookies. Since I am posting dessert recipes regularly, you may think that I am a big fan of unhealthy diet. That’s not true,although I can’t control myself sometimes, especially when I prepare a delicious dessert for a party with my friends. Since our day-to-day food is healthy, balanced and less greasy.  Whenever I bake cakes or cookies for regular eating ,  try to make it in such a way that it will have less sugar and no butter.  So this time my health-conscious zero-figure friends don’t need to worry after hearing the word dessert because It’s made of healthy ingredients.

Chocolate Avocado Cookies  are very rich, fudgy and very soft. They taste like bite-sized brownies and perfect for dessert or as an afternoon snack. It may sound weird that that I have used avocado in chocolate cookies, instead of using butter. I used mashed avocado only because it’s incredibly nutritious and a great source of healthy fat. If you use mashed avocado in any baked goodies as a substitute for butter or oil, It gives a creamy smooth texture. At the same time adds the richness and moisture to it. Interestingly you will never know there is avocado in these cookies because it won’t interfere with the decadent chocolate taste here. 

As usual I had initial hesitation to try out this recipe but trust me they are best chocolate cookies I have ever made. Since this recipe is made with no butter, no milk and no eggs, we can call this recipe a great one for vegans. ( if you use almond milk in the place of milk ) So why is the wait, try this healthy Cookies and satisfy your chocolate cravings without any guilty feelings.

Recipe of Chocolate Avocado Cookies , Makes 2 dozen cookies. 
Ingredients :
All purpose Four : 1 cup + 1/4 cup
Baking powder : 1 teaspoon 
Cocoa powder : 2/3 cup 
Vegetable Oil : 1/4 cup ( you can use coconut oil also ) 
Mashed Avocado : 1/4 cup 
Granulate white Sugar : 1/4 cup
Brown Sugar : 1/2 cup 
vanilla extract : few drops 
Milk : 1/3 cup ( you can use Almond milk to skip milk ) 
Chocolate chips : 1/2 cup 

Method :

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

2. Take a mixing bowl, add all purpose flour, baking powder and cocoa . Mix it well and set aside. 

3.Take an another bowl add oil, two types of sugar and avocado. Beat it until it is creamy and smooth. Add vanilla extract.

4. Now add half of the flour mixture to the wet mixture. Mix it nicely . Add the milk, then add the remaining flour mixture and mix it well. Stir in the chocolate Chips. Cookie dough is ready.

5. Take one tablespoon cookies dough roll it into a smooth and round shape, then press it between to flatten it evenly and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Leave an 1 inch gap between each cookies. 

6. Bake it for 10 to 12 minutes or until the sides are set. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for two minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack until it is completely cool.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Spinach and Egg Curry ( Anda Palak )

It’s been couple of weeks since I posted my last recipe. Didn’t find enough time after that to prepare the new one. Generally whenever I have spare time, I love to click the photos and save it in the draft. But feels lazy whenever it comes to write about the recipe. On top of that, I have started walking regularly and trying to shed some of my recently gained weight from India trip. So a good amount of my free time is going there. I am loving my new routine not only because of health reason, but like the nature in my neighborhood in the midst of San Diego’s nice weather.  So whenever I have time, instead of lazily sitting in front of the computer, I go for a long walk.

This week I am trying to finish up all the recipes that were in draft. Today I will share one of the favorite recipes of my family. It’s called “Anda Palak” or Spinach and Egg Curry if we translate in English. In this simple but delicious dish, boiled Eggs are cooked with spinach and some spices. I have tried spinach with Chicken and Mutton many times but never tried it with egg until I saw the pictures of the same dish from my friend Devalina Sen. She is simply awesome when it comes to the recipes that are quick, simple but yummy.  

This recipe is not the exception either fast, easy but tasty. The other aspect I love about the recipe is the idea of pairing two nutritional ingredients, spinach and egg that make a super healthy meal. It’s a great way to add more greens in your diet and that too in a delicious way.  So if  you love both egg and spinach don't waste your time . Try this new dish and let me know if you liked it.  You can serve this dish with rice and/or naan.  Enjoy!

Recipe of Egg and Spinach Curry, Serves : 4 

Ingredients : 

Egg : 6 
Potatoes : 3, medium peeled and cut into pieces
Red onion : chopped, 1/2 cup 
Garlic : 2 cloves, minced
Tomato : 1, diced
Spinach : 2 cups (you can use frozen one too) 

Oil : 3 tablespoons 
Turmeric powder : 1 teaspoon 
Cumin powder : 1 teaspoon 
Salt : to taste

Method :

1. Boil Eggs and potatoes together for about 10 to 12 minutes. Shell the eggs and make slits partially trough the side into the yolk. 

2. Take a non-stick pan, add oil and heat it up. When oil is hot add the onions and fry it till translucent. Then add the eggs and potatoes and fry. 

3. Add turmeric and cumin powder and salt. Give some good stirs. 

4. Add tomato and saute till the oil leaves. 

5. Add the spinach and raw garlic. Cover the pan. Spinach will release water and and it will be cooked by its own water. When water dries up and gravy becomes thick. Switch off the gas. Serve it with a bowl of rice or Indian Flat bread.