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Chocolate Strawberry Banana Smoothie is a simple, healthy and delicious smoothie that can be made with easily available ingredients. I have used frozen banana in this recipe but you can use fresh banana and ice cubes to serve immediately.

Few More Beverage Recipes on the blog: How to Make Chocolate Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe:

Chocolate Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

How to Make Chocolate Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe with step by step photos and video.

  • 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 1 Frozen Banana ((approx. 1/2 cup))
  • 1/2 cup Strawberries
  • 2 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1 tbsp Honey ((or as needed))
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  1. In a blender, combine the yogurt, frozen banana, chopped strawberries, cocoa powder, vanilla, honey and milk.

  2. Blend everything until smooth.

  3. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. 

Chocolate Banana Strawberry Smoothie Recipe with Photos:

  • Wash and chop the strawberries and set aside.
  • Take a blender jar and add yogurt, banana, strawberries, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla and honey to it.

  • Pour 1/2 cup of milk to it and blend until smooth and frothy.

  • Add more milk if you want to adjust the consistency.
  • Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

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Aval Kesari or Avalakki Kesari Bath or Atukula Kesari is a South Indian style dessert made with beaten rice, sugar and ghee. This halwa is so quick to make and requires a very few ingredients. This can be served as a naivedyam during festivals such as Gokulashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi and Navratri. This can also be served as a dessert or sweet snack on any occasion.

Few More Halwa Recipes on the blog: Few Tips to Make the Best Aval Kesari:
  • Do not use thin poha or paper poha to make this poha halwa.
  • Make sure you grind the roasted poha to get the rava like texture. Do not powder them.
  • Make sure the poha or aval is fully cooked before you add sugar to attain soft texture.
  • You can use saffron instead of food color to enhance the flavor. Soak a pinch of saffron in warm water and use.
Atukula Halwa or Poha Sheera Recipe with Video below:

Aval Kesari Recipe – Poha Halwa Recipe

A quick and easy South Indian halwa recipe made with poha, sugar and ghee. Krishnashtami special recipe

  • 1/2 cup Poha
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 8 Cashewnuts
  • 8 Raisins
  1. Dry roast the poha over a low-medium flame for 3-4 minutes and let it cool completely.

  2. Grind the roasted beaten rice into a coarse powder.

  3. Heat two tablespoons of ghee in a pan and add the cashews. Fry until light golden color.

  4. Add raisins to it and continue roasting till golden brown color. Remove them from the pan and set aside.

  5. In the same ghee, add the ground beaten rice / poha and roast for 2 – 3 minutes.

  6. Pour 1 cup of hot water to the roasted poha and mix well without any lumps.

  7. Add 2 tablespoons of ghee to it and mix well.

  8. Keep stirring and cook until the mixture is thick and poha is completely cooked.

  9. Add sugar, cardamom powder and food color or saffron to and mix well.

  10. Keep stirring and cook for about 5-8 minutes or till you get the halwa consistency.

  11. When the mixture thickens and leaves the sides of the pan, add the fried cashews and raisins and combine well.

  12. Remove from the flame and serve warm or cold.

How to Make Avalakki Kesari Bath Recipe with Step by Step Photos:

  • Take poha in a pan and keep roasting for 3-4 minutes. No need to change the color.
  • Turn off the flame and let it cool completely before grinding.

  • Transfer the cooled poha to a blender or mixie jar and grind it into a coarse powder. It should be similar to rava.
  • Keep this aside.

  • Heat two tablespoons of ghee in a pan and roast cashews to light brown color.
  • When the cashews are lightly browned, add raisins and continue frying till golden brown color.
  • Remove them from the ghee and set aside.

  • In the same pan, add the coarsely ground poha.

  • Roast the poha in ghee for about 2-3 minutes.

  • When the poha is roasted, pour one cup of hot water to it and mix everything well without any lumps.

  • Add the remaining two tablespoons of ghee to it and mix.

  • Keep stirring and cook until the poha is completely cooked and thick.

  • When the poha is fully cooked and soft, add sugar, cardamom powder and food color or saffron to it. Mix well.

  • Keep stirring and cook for 5-8 minutes until the mixture is thick and leaves the sides of the pan.

  • When the halwa is thick, add the fried cashews and raisins. Mix everything well.
  • Turn off the flame and serve warm or cold.

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Coconut Chutney is a classic South Indian side dish for breakfast dishes. Traditionally, we make coconut chutney with fresh coconut and some other spices or vegetables. But we can also make this traditional chutney without fresh coconut. I have replaced the fresh coconut with desiccated coconut and used warm water to grind. This desiccated coconut chutney is a great alternative when you don’t have fresh coconut. If you are looking for more chutney recipes then check the below recipes.

Few More South Indian Chutney Recipes on the blog:

How to Make Desiccated Coconut Chutney Recipe Video Below:

Desiccated Coconut Chutney Recipe

Easy South Indian Coconut Chutney without fresh coconut. 

  • 1/2 cup Desiccated Coconut
  • 2 tbsp Roasted Bengal Gram
  • 1 Green Chillie
  • 1 Dried Red Chilli
  • 1/2 inch Ginger
  • 1 sprig Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Urad Dal
  • A Pinch of Hing
  • 1/4 tsp Tamarind
  • Warm Water to grind
  • Salt to taste
  1. Add desiccated coconut, roasted bengal gram, tamarind, green chilli, ginger, salt and warm water to a mixie or blender.

  2. Blend until everything is smooth. Adjust the water to get the desired consistency.

  3. Transfer the chutney to a serving bowl.

  4. Heat oil in a small pan for seasoning.

  5. Add mustard seeds and urad dal to the oil and saute until they are golden brown color.

  6. Then add the curry leaves, dried red chilli and hing and saute for a few seconds.

  7. Pour the seasoned ingredients over the prepared chutney and mix well.

  8. Serve with idli, dosa, pongal or upma.

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Yogurt Tutti Frutti Popsicle Recipe is a simple and delicious frozen dessert made with thick yogurt and tutti frutti. I have used honey to sweeten the popsicles and make it healthier. You can also replace honey with regular sugar.

These Vanilla Yogurt Tutti Frutti Popsicles are delicious, flavorful, rich and super easy to make. You can replace the yogurt with greek yogurt to make it more creamy.

Few More Dessert Recipes on the blog:

How to Make Yogurt Tutti Frutti Popsicles Recipe Video:

Yogurt Tutti Frutti Popsicles Recipe

How to make homemade popsicles with yogurt, honey and tutti frutti.

  • 1 cup Thick Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 3 – 4 tbsp Tutti Frutti
  1. Combine the thick yogurt, vanilla essence and honey in a mixing bowl.

  2. Whisk until smooth and creamy.

  3. Add tutti frutti to the yogurt mixture and combine.

  4. Fill the popsicle molds with this prepared yogurt mixture and freeze overnight or until set.

  5. To remove the popsicles from the mold, run the water on the outside of the molds for some time until the ends are loose.

  6. Serve them immediately.

Use thick and fresh yogurt only for better texture and taste.

You can replace the honey with sugar or any of your favorite sweetener.

Adjust the honey according to your taste.

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Blend with Spices by Hari Chandana Ponnaluri - 5M ago

Eggless Cherry Almond Cake is a simple, moist and super delicious cake made with fresh cherries and almond meal.

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Eggless Almond Cherry Cake Recipe Video Below:

Eggless Cherry Almond Cake Recipe

How to make Almond Cherry Cake Recipe with step by step photos and video. An easy, simple, moist and delicious cake made with almond meal and fresh cherries.

  • 1 cup Plain Flour
  • 1/2 cup Almond Meal
  • 1.5 cup Pitted Cherries
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Almond Slices ((optional))
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

  2. Combine the flour, almond meal, salt and baking powder in a bowl and whisk until well combined.

  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar and whisk.

  4. Add milk and vanilla essence to the butter and whisk.

  5. Add the prepared flour and almond mixture to the milk mixture and gently fold until just combined. Do not overmix the batter.

  6. Now add the chopped cherries to the batter and fold.

  7. Pour this batter into a greased cake tin or loaf pan and sprinkle a handful of almond slices on top.

  8. Immediately place them in the preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  9. Cool the cake in pan for a few minutes and transfer to a wire rack. let it cool completely.

How to Make Cherry Almond Cake Recipe with Step by Step Photos:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  • Grease a round cake tin or loaf pan and keep it aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the plain flour, almond meal, salt and baking powder.

  • Whisk well to ensure even mixing. Keep this mixture aside.

  • In a wide mixing bowl, combine the unsalted butter and sugar. Mix well.

  • Add milk and vanilla essence to it and combine.

  • Add the prepared flour and almond meal mixture to the wet ingredients and gently fold the batter.

  • Do not overmix or overbeat the batter.

  • Now add the pitted cherries to the batter and gently mix it.

  • Immediately pour the batter into a prepared cake pan.

  • Top it with sliced almonds.
  • Immediately place the pan in the preheated oven and bake at 180 degrees C for about 45 – 50 minutes or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  • Let it cool completely and cut the cake into slices.
  • Serve with a cup of coffee or tea.

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Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – Soft, chewy, healthy and delicious cookies.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies are very healthy and easy cookies made with ripe bananas and quick oats. This is a great recipe to use your overripe bananas. These soft and chewy cookies are made without any sugar, eggs, flour and butter.  If you don’t like chocolate chips, you can replace them with your favorite nuts, raisins or cranberries.

Few More Cookie Recipes on the blog:

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe Video:

Soft Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to Make Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with step by step photos and video. Very healthy, easy, soft and delicious cookies. No Eggs, No Sugar, No Flour and No Butter.

  • 3 Small Ripe Bananas
  • 1.4 cups Quick Oats
  • 3 tbsp Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  1. Peel the bananas and mash them well with a fork or masher. 

  2. Add vanilla essence and salt to the mashed banana and whisk well.

  3. Now add quick oats to it and combine very well to make a thick dough.

  4. Add more oats if needed.

  5. Add chocolate chips and mix until well combined.

  6. Take a small portion of the prepared dough and shape it into a cookie.

  7. Place them on the baking pan and bake in the preheated oven at 180 degrees C for about 15-20 minutes or until they are set and light brown.

  8. Remove from the oven and let them cool completely.

  9. Store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days

You can use any of your favorite nuts instead of chocolate chips.

The quantity of oats depends on the banana puree.

The riper the banana is the sweeter it will be. 

Vegan Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe with Step by Step Photos:
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and line a baking pan with parchment paper. Keep it aside.

  • In a large mixing bowl, add the ripened bananas and mash them well with a fork or masher. You can also blend the bananas in a blender to get a smooth puree.

  • When the bananas are well mashed, add vanilla essence and salt to it and combine well.

  • Add quick oats to the banana mixture and mix everything until you get a thick dough. Add little more oats if you feel the dough is too loose.

  • Now add chocolate chips or desired nuts to the prepared dough and fold until well combined.

  • Take a small portion of the dough. Roll and flatten it to make a disc. These cookies won’t expand while baking, so keep that in mind while shaping the cookies.

  • Place the cookies on the lined baking tray and bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until they are set and light brown color.
  • Let them cool completely and store in the refrigerator.

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