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Home-made Plum Sauce/Chutney.

Plums are one of the very popular fruit here in my area. But main problem with plum is that it gets ripened up quickly, so this time I decided to preserve plums and now I can use these for long time. I decided to make  this sweet, tangy plum sauce/chutney. It took around 1.5 hrs for me and this is what I came up with.Plum Sauce Plum Sauce

What you need:

  1. 1 Kg plums (ripened).
  2. 1 cup sugar (you can adjust as per your taste).
  3. 1 teaspoon salt.
  4. Few fresh mint leaves.
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder.
  6. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.

Total time required : 1.5 hrs (preparation + cooking)

Method:

  1.  Wash plums thoroughly with  warm water.
  2. De-seed them and chop them roughly.
  3. Take heavy bottomed pan and add plums to it ;cook on slow flame till plums gets softened.
  4. Add sugar to plums and cook on low flame for about 5 mins till whole of the sugar gets dissolved.
  5. Add fresh mint leaves and spices to the mixture keep it aside for 5 mins.
  6. Strain the complete mixture, you will get nice plum puree.
  7. Put the mixture back on the flame and reduce it in order to get thick consistency (Sauce like).
  8. Let it cool down for few mins and after that preserve in airtight jars.

Tip: You can store this sauce is refrigerator for few weeks if you want to preserve this for long then you can use Sodium Benzoate or Citric Acid as preservative.
Nutrition

 

 

Refreshing summer salad

For some people weight management is really a tough task similar to me. Today I am sharing a special summer salad recipe; which can be your complete meal as it contains most of the essential nutrients.Salad

 

 

Ingredients:

  1. Cucumber -1/2 cup sliced.
  2. Tomato -1/4 cup  thinly sliced.
  3. Carrot- 1/4 cup sliced.
  4. Capsicum/ Bell pepper -1/4 cup  thinly sliced.
  5. Macaroni – 1/2  cup boiled and rinsed.

For Dressing:

  1. Olive oil -1 tablespoon.
  2. Garlic- 2-3 cloves finely chopped.
  3. Black pepper- 3-4
  4. Lemon Juice- 1 tablespoon.
  5. Pineapple bits-1 tablespoon.
  6. Sesame seeds-1 tablespoon.
  7. Peanuts- 1/8 cup.
  8. Coriander- finely chopped- 2 tablespoons.

Method:

  1. Add all the  basic ingredients except dressing ingredients in salad bowl.
  2. Keep the salad in refrigerator so that it gets chilled.
  3. In a small bowl mix olive oil, garlic,  black pepper, lemon juice and pineapple bits.
  4. Roast peanuts and sesame seeds in pan.
  5. Add dressing over salad.
  6. Garnish with sesame seeds and peanuts.

Enjoy crunchy salad you will surely love this.

Guilt free smoothie- 1

“Rhododendron Smoothie ”
fruits and flower smoothie

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  1. Musk melon: 1/2 cup chopped.
  2. Green grapes- 6-8.
  3. Mint leaves: few sprigs.
  4. Soaked almonds: 2
  5. Raisins: 6-8
  6. Mango: 2 Tablespoons chopped.
  7. Rhododendron Petals: 4-6 dried or fresh
  8. Yogurt: 1 Tablespoon.
  9. Chilled Water: 1/4 cup.
  10. Ice cubes

Method:

1. Put all the ingredients except ice cubes in blender and blend well .Rhododendron Smoothie