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4 Healthy Holi Recipes by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor

(03/15/2014)

Most of us tend to binge on sweets during festive times and repent later on the extra calories. So this Holi we are bringing you four delicious and healthy recipes by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor that you can binge on.

1) Bhajanee Chakli

Ingredients:
Bhajanee Flour
4 cups rice
1 cup skinless split black gram

Dough
2 cups bhajanee flour
2 tablespoons Nutralite Table Spread
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon red chilli powder

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°C.
2. For the bhajanee flour, dry-roast the rice and black gram separately. Cool completely and grind separately to a powder. Si both the -ours and mix.
3. Place two cups of bhajanee flour in a bowl. Add Nutralite Table Spread, salt, cumin powder and chilli powder, and mix well. Divide the mixture in half. Take one half and knead into a soft dough with half a cup of water. When the dough is used up, make a dough of the remaining flour.
4. Put small portions of the mixture into a chakli mould and press out several chakli onto a silicon sheet arranged on a baking tray.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 15- 20 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Allow to cool. Store in airtight container and serve as required.

Chef's Tip - Add 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds to the dough for special occasions.

2) Mathri

Ingredients:
2 cups refi-ned flour
Salt to taste
½ teaspoon carom seeds
1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves
5 tablespoons Nutralite Table Spread

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°C.
2. Place the flour in a bowl and add the salt, carom seeds and dried fenugreek leaves and mix well.
3. Add -five tablespoons of Nutralite Table Spread and mix well. Add sufficient cold water and knead into hard dough. Cover and rest the dough for -fifteen minutes.
4. Divide the dough into twenty-four equal balls and flatten them slightly. Roll each ball thinly into small puri and fold in half and then fold again to make a triangle. Stick a clove at one corner making it appear like a paan.
5. Place the mathris on a baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes.
6. Serve.

3) Kesari Malai Peda

Ingredients: 
4 cups milk 
A few strands of saffron 
A pinch of citric acid 
2 teaspoons cornflour, dissolved in 2 tablespoons of milk 
¼ teaspoon green cardamom powder 
10 teaspoons Sugar Free Natura Diet Sugar 
8 almonds, chopped 

Method

1. Bring milk to a boil in a deep pan and simmer till it reduces to half its original quantity. Add saffron and mix well.
2. Mix citric acid in two teaspoons of water and add to the thickened milk.
3. Add dissolved cornflour and stir continuously till the mixture thickens.
4. Add green cardamom powder and mix well.
5. Take pan off the heat and stir in Sugar Free Natura Diet Sugar and set aside to cool.
6. Divide the mixture into eight equal portions and shape them into round pedas.
7. Sprinkle almonds over the pedas and serve.

4) Thandai

Ingredients:
Full cream milk 1½ litres (7½ cups)
Saffron a few strands
Sugar free natura Diet Sugar 5 tablespoons
Almonds, blanched & peeled 25 nos
Cashewnuts, soaked 20 nos
Pistachios, blanched & peeled 30 nos
Melon seeds (magaz), soaked 3 tablespoons
Poppy seeds (khuskhus), soaked 3 tablespoons
Green cardamoms 8-10 nos
Rose petals, dried 20-25 nos
Cinnamon 1-inch stick
Peppercorns 8-10 nos

Method

1. Bring milk to a boil in a pan. Add saffron and simmer. 
2. Grind together almonds, cashewnuts, pistachios, melon seeds and poppy seeds with a little milk to a fine paste.
3. Add this paste to the milk and mix well. Simmer for three to four minutes.
4. Grind green cardamoms, dried rose petals, cinnamon and peppercorns to a fine powder.
5. Add this to the milk and mix well. Add sugarfree natura Diet Sugar and mix.
6. Chill the milk and serve. 

Source: LifeHacker

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.