5 Easy To Prepare Navratri Recipes

Navratri is one of the most important and popular festivals in India and is celebrated with enthusiasm and excitement. During the nine-day festival, devotees from all over the country worship different forms or avatars of Goddess Durga. Navratri is a festival that is usually celebrated with lots of prayers, delicious food, and family & friends gatherings. 

Evidently, Navratri celebrations will be a bit different in 2020, but as we always say different doesn’t mean bad. You will still be able to enjoy delicious Navratri treats and spend quality time with your friends & family. More than thousands of devotees will also be fasting during Navratri to please Goddess Durga. 

Fasting during Navratri also has several scientific benefits. For instance, if done correctly, fasting will boost metabolism, aid weight loss, and keep you away from diseases by improving immunity. Fasting means not starving yourself, instead it means eating fruits, fresh and nutrient-rich food in small quantities. Also, you can even prepare these delicious Navratri recipes easily at home. 

Sabudana Vada 

Sabudana Vada, which is also called sabu vada, is a delicious deep fried snack. It is commonly prepared during Navratri because it is one of the best snacks to have when you are fasting. These crunchy and yummy vadas are usually served with green chutney along with hot coffee or tea.

Sabudana Khichdi

Navratri Recipes

Sabudana Khichdi is another popular Indian dish that is also commonly prepared during Navratri. The dish that has a chewy texture is often served with roasted peanuts. It is regarded as a comfort food by many and it is high in carbohydrates, but low in protein & fats. So, adding peanuts to sabudana khichdi is the simple way to get yourself a balanced meal. 

Vrat Ke Aloo 

Here is another easy to prepare recipe that you can have when you are fasting during Navratri. As the name suggests, Vrat Ke Aloo is prepared with potatoes, which are a great source of energy. 

Sabudana Kheer

Another simple recipe that you can easily prepare at home with sabudana is sabudana kheer. It is a light and delicious dish that is prepared with peanuts, mild spices, and sabudana. Since sabudana is a rich source of carbohydrates, it will give you the energy boost when you are fasting. 

Makhana Kheer 

Desserts are great at keeping you happy and satisfied. So, here is a lip-smacking dessert that you should definitely try during the Navratri season. If you are trying to lose weight, it will be best to use jaggery instead of sugar while preparing Makhana Kheer. 

 

5 Homemade Rice Recipes You Can Easily Prepare At Home

Rice is an important food crop in our country and it provides food to at least half of the Indian population. Even though Rice is an integral part in different Indian cuisines, we do not know a lot about Rice. It might come as a surprise to many readers when they hear that over 40,000 rice varieties are available out there. In some countries or in some cultures, rice is considered as a symbol of fertility and life.

Rice would probably be consumed in one form or another by most of us on a daily basis. In South India, rice is often used to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In fact, rice is one of the main carbohydrate sources for South Indians. It is certain that most of us would have experimented or tried to prepare recipes with rice. If you have not, here are a few homemade rice recipes to help you get started. 

Homemade Jeera Rice

Homemade Rice Recipes

Jeera rice is an easy to prepare rice recipe, whose main ingredients are rice and cumin (also called jeera)seeds. Cumin seeds not just add taste, texture, and flavor to the dish, but it also improves the nutritional values. In fact, cumin seeds are an excellent source of copper, zinc, iron, and several other nutrients. 

Homemade Lemon Rice 

Homemade Lemon Rice

The popular South Indian rice recipe. Lemon rice can be easily and quickly prepared at your home with a few ingredients. The rice recipe can be prepared with both leftover rice or freshly prepared rice. Lemon rice is usually served with vegetable salad, coconut chutney, or pappadams. 

Homemade Coconut Rice

Homemade Coconut Rice

Are you craving for a delicious and unique rice recipe? If so, you will surely love coconut rice. Coconut rice, which is made with freshly grated coconut and rice is an absolute delight for the ones who love rice recipes. 

Homemade Coriander Rice

Homemade Coriander Rice

Here is a tasty rice recipe that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Coriander rice is prepared with rice, spices, and several vegetables. You can add more vegetables like green peas, broccoli, tendli, and more to the rice recipe to make it more nutritious. 

Homemade Mutter Pulao

 Homemade Mutter Pulao

Mutter Pulao, which is prepared with herbs, spices, green peas, and rice is another common Indian rice recipe. It can be easily prepared at your home within 30 or less than 30 minutes. It can be served with pickle, chicken curry, vegetable curry, and more. 

Are you looking for more easy to prepare homemade recipes? If so, we have a few suggestions for you. 

Homemade Cauliflower Bhajji this monsoon season!

We, at Masala Box, organize a lot of online cooking competitions and we feature some of these recipes on our platforms, like this Homemade Cauliflower Bhajji by Teena. A simple yet extremely delicious recipe, Cauliflower Bhajjis are loved by everyone. All it takes are a few minutes of your free time and some meager ingredients.

Recipe By– Teena

Prep & Cook Time– 15 Mins

Difficulty Level– Easy

Homemade Cauliflower Bhajji
Homemade Cauliflower Bhajji

Ingredients needed for Homemade Cauliflower Bhajji

Small Cauliflower Florets – as per needed
Gram Flour – 3 Cups
Chilli Powder – 1 Tablespoon
Turmeric powder- a pinch
Salt – as needed

How to cook Homemade Cauliflower Bhajji

Prep the marination required for the homemade Cauliflower Bhajji by mixing the gram flour, chilli powder, turmeric powder, salt and water to form a smooth batter.
Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying; you can use vegetable oil or sunflower oil.
In the meanwhile, coat the cauliflower florets with the batter and dip them to the oil for deep frying once the oil heats up.
Fry until golden brown.
Serve hot with/without a sauce of your choice.

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UNIQUE BREAD RECIPES FOR A HUNGRY YOU!

Bread is the most common leftover factor in every home, which is why we have unique bread recipes! No one is a perfect cook, but when it comes to bread, anyone can be a unique chef. Here we list down the top 5 unique bread recipes for a hungry you…

unique bread recipes

 

  • Bread fritters

Nothing is as simpler and tastier as bread fritters! Simply dip bread slices into a spicy or sweet batter made of flour and deep fry until golden brown. You have the perfect snack for the evening, which is why it is at the top of our list of 5 unique bread recipes.

 

  • Cheese bread balls

Same as the bread fritters, but more flavorful! Break bread into crumbs and add loads of cheese and spices, along with the required amount of salt. Mix water of the required consistency to make cheese balls, and deep fry them later on; you have the perfect snack for a boring Sunday.

 

  • Bread pizza

If you are crazy of pizzas, but no one is there to pay the bill for your home delivery, simply grab bread and make a pizza out of it! Top loads of mozzarella cheese and all your favorite toppings on bread and heat it on a pan or in an oven till the cheese melts.  Voila!

 

  • Bread upma-

Let’s add a bit more of flavors and also give it an Indian touch!  ‘Upma ‘may seem boring for some, but can be made delicious if made out of bread. Break the bread into crumbs and shallow fry it with onions, curry leaves and spices, to give you that exact hit of aroma.

 

  • Stuffed bread fritters

May seem complicated yet easy and appetizing! Create a unique stuffing for your bread and seal it within folded bread (you could also cut the bread into halves and make it like a sandwich.). Enclose the bread using a bit of water to dip into a batter of your choice; deep fry until golden brown.

 

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Recipe Thursday: How to Make Cheesy Vegetarian Chilli Mac

Looking to add some variety to your culinary expertise? A cheesy vegetarian chilli mac might just do the trick. A favourite among both kids and adults alike, this quirky take on a classic mac ‘n’ cheese is hit all the right flavour notes and is packed with all the good stuff your body needs. Make it for dinner, brunch or packed lunch, this one is a winner!

Chilli mac

Ingredients:
  1. 1 tbsp olive oil
  2. 1 medium-sized onion – diced
  3. 2 cloves of garlic – minced
  4. 2 tbsp flour
  5. 2 cups of diced tomatoes
  6. 1 ½ cups of tomato puree/sauce
  7. 2 cups of kidney beans (soaked overnight)
  8. 2 cups of black beans (soaked overnight)
  9. 2 cups of pinto beans (soaked overnight)
  10. 1 cup of corn kernels
  11. 2 cups of vegetable broth
  12. 2 cups of uncooked macaroni (elbow) pasta
  13. 1 cup of cheddar cheese
Method of preparation:
  • Sautee the diced onions and minced garlic in olive oil in a large pot on a medium flame for about 2-3 minutes, until the onions become transparent.
  • Add the flour to the sautéed onion and garlic mix and continue to stir the mixture for about 2 minutes. You can continue this step until the flour and chilli powder mix starts to form a coating at the bottom of the pot.
  • Drain water from the kidney, black and pinto beans. Add all the three varieties of beans, corn kernels, diced tomatoes and tomato puree to the pot along with the vegetable broth. Stir until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed. While stirring, it’s important to make sure there are no lumps in the mixture.
  • Add the uncooked elbow pasta to the mixture and stir until it’s combined with the bean-tomato mixture. Close the pot with a lid and cook until the water in the pot comes to a boil. It’s advisable to carry out this step over a medium flame. To avoid the formation of clumps, make sure you keep stirring the pasta mixture every now and then.
  • When the pot reaches a boil, turn the heat down so that contents continue to simmer. Let the simmering continue for another 10-12 minutes. Stir frequently to avoid the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the pasta becomes tender, add the grated cheddar cheese to the pot and mix until all the cheese has melted.

Your cheesy vegetarian chilli mac is ready to be served! You can find more easy to prepare and delicious homemade recipes on Masalabox.

Recipe Thursdays: Thai Mango Salad with Peanut Dressing

With summer almost in full swing, mangoes are taking over the stands in fruit shops, grocery stores and supermarkets. Delicious when eaten just by itself, mangoes also make for a very versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of savoury dishes, from fish curry to salads. Salads are a great way to keep the body cool during the sweltering summer. Here’s a simple, mango salad in a delicious Thai peanut dressing that you can experiment with this mango season makes a great appetizer and even better main.

Thai Mango Salad

Ingredients For the Mango Salad:
  1. 1 small-sized head of lettuce. You can replace the lettuce with any leafy greens of your choice.
  2. 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into long strips.
  3. 3 ripe mangoes (you can use any kind), diced into small cubes
  4. ½ cup sliced onions
  5. ¼ cup cilantro
  6. 1/3 cup roasted peanuts
  7. Pickled jalapenos as per your spice tolerance
For the peanut dressing
  1. ¼ peanut butter, the creamy kind
  2. ¼ lime juice or juice from 2-3 medium-sized lemons
  3. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  4. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 tablespoon honey
  6. 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  7. 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  8. 1 pinch of red chilly flakes (if you like your food spicy)

Peanut dressing

Instructions
  • Combine all the ingredients for the mango salad in a large salad bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Mix the ingredients for the dressing in a mixing bowl and whisk until its mixed thoroughly.
  • Drizzle a generous amount of the peanut dressing over the mixed the salad and toss it gently to mix. Voila, delicious Thai mango-peanut salad is ready for consumption!
  • You can add some grilled prawns or fish to give this salad your own twist.

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How to Make Homemade Ice Cream

There’s nothing like a scoop of delicious ice cream on a hot, summer day. Even better if it’s homemade. However, most of us don’t attempt making ice cream at home as the process requires an ice cream maker. But, what if you could make homemade ice cream this weekend without the use of an ice cream maker? Here’s a simple recipe to make smooth, creamy ice cream in just four steps.

Homemade ice cream

What you need:

Process of making homemade icecream2 cups of heavy whipping cream

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

3 tablespoons of melted butter

½ teaspoon cinnamon powder

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

The process…
  • Whip heavy cream in a bowl until it starts forming stiff peaks.
  • Whisk the sweetened condensed milk, butter, cinnamon and vanilla in a large bowl until it’s mixed thoroughly
  • Fold the condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream.
  • Transfer the ice cream mixture into an airtight container and freeze for 6 hours or until the mixture becomes firm.

Cinnamon ice cream

That’s it. Delicious, homemade cinnamon-vanilla ice cream is ready for consumption!

Looking for more simple and easy to prepare homemade recipes, here are a few suggestions to help you get started.

5 Delicious Watermelon Recipes to Try at Home

One of the best things about summer is the abundance of watermelon. Apart from being a delicious low-calorie diet, the fruit also packs antioxidants and electrolytes that play a vital role in keeping your body cool in this hot, humid weather.

Here are five ways you can use this water-rich fruit to the fullest this summer:

Frozen watermelon ice cubes

Watermelon

If you enjoy the fruit-infused water, then this one is a sure shot winner! Cut watermelon into small chunks and pop them in the freezer. You can use the frozen chunks in place of ice cubes to keep your drink cold and release that subtle, sweet delicious flavour we all love!

Dip it in dark chocolate and season with sea salt

Health Tips

Cut watermelons into big chunks and pat dry them well. Dip the dried watermelon chunks in dark chocolate and sprinkle sea salt on them before putting them in the fridge to set. This one is a definite must-try.

Drink it!

Watermelon Juice

A simple watermelon and mint agua fresca are just what you need to cool down this summer. Juice a mix of watermelon chunks, mint and maple syrup to enjoy the most easy-to-make, refreshing drink. You can also this mix to prepare cocktails on a Saturday night.

Make a salad

Salad

Very few things are as refreshing as a salad in this sweltering summer heat. Cut the watermelon into small cubes and toss it with some cucumber and feta cheese for the perfect balance of sweet and salty. You can experiment with other combinations of vegetables and fruits as well.

Cold soups

Cold soups

It can’t get much simpler than throwing a bunch of ingredients into a blender and transferring into a bowl, ready for consumption. A watermelon gazpacho requires minimal prepping and makes a lip-smacking appetizer. You can find the recipe here.

What are your favourite ways to consume watermelons this summer? Let us know in the comments below.