Homemade Strawberry Jam

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Home made jams are tasty and have no added preservative. With strawberries around, I wanted to make jam since a long time. The time did come at last, last week  for my Homemade Strawberry Jam.

My weekly fruits are purchased on Sunday, thus the whole lot of fruits I separate, wash and keep them in the refrigerator. My sonny boy is not here these days and no one really eats this fruit. It is used as topping for desserts, thus I wash, dry and deep freeze them and use accordingly.

Thus, the strawberries used here are frozen ones. I made the pulp, added sugar and kept aside for a couple hours.

The benefits of strawberries I did write in my earlier post.

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strawberry jam

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Ingredients:

  • 250 grams strawberry
  • 1 cup sugar (1 cup =125ml)
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice

Method:

  1. Keep three plates in the freezer.
  2. Wash the jar and keep it aside to dry. It is essential the jar is clean.
  3. Make puree of the frozen strawberry, add sugar and keep it aside for 3-4 hours. If you are using fresh strawberry, cut them, add sugar and keep it aside. Make the pulp later.
  4. Put the pulp in a pan and set it to boil. Keep stirring. In ten minutes it will be done. Add the lime juice and give a stir.
  5. To check if it is done, take a plate from the freezer and put a drop of it. If it spreads, you need to cook it for some more time.
  6. Store in the bottle.
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strawberry pulp

Make the pulp of the strawberries.

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sugar added

Add sugar, mix and keep it aside for 3-4 hours.

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jam in the making

Put it in a pan and cook for ten minutes.

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testing

Check if it is done.

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strawberry jam

Homemade strawberry jam is ready.

Strawberry Jam

Strawberry jam is a delicious spread that can be used with bread, toast, chapati or even with cookies. 

Course condiments, jam recipe, kids favourite
Cuisine international
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 250 grams strawberry
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Keep three plates in the freezer.

  2. Wash the jar and let it dry.

  3. Make pulp of the strawberry, add sugar and keep it aside for 3-4 hours. If you are using fresh strawberries, cut them, add sugar and keep it aside. Make the pulp later.

  4. Put the pulp in a thick pan and set it to boil. Keep stirring. It should be done in ten minutes. As it is being done, add lime juice to it. To test if it is done, put a drop of the pulp mixture in a plate, if it spreads, cook it for some more time. 

  5. Remove and store in the jar. 

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strawberry jam

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Low calorie strawberry milkshake/ healthy strawberry milkshake

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Its the season of strawberries, the red luscious fruit is loved by all. Mostly consumed as a fruit, it is also used in desserts, cakes and toppings. It gives a wonderful taste to cold beverages. Strawberry milkshake is a favourite drink to enjoy in this season.

Here is a healthy twist to the usual milkshake. There is no added sugar and the milk used is low fat. I usually blend my milkshakes with a scoop or two of ice cream but avoided it here. Thus, this low fat milkshake is ideal to be consumed by all weight watchers.

Strawberry is  nutritional packed, it is rich in anti oxidants and polyphenols. It also has nutrients, vitamins and minerals as manganese, Vitamin C,folate, potassium , dietary fibre and magnesium.

Benefits of Strawberries

Strawberries boosts immunity, reduces hyper tension and improves heart function. They boosts brain function and improves eye sight. They help prevent arthritis and gout. It reduces inflammation caused by injuries. It helps in weight loss.

Other Milkshake Recipes from my blog:

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strawberry milkshake

Ingredients for Low Calorie Strawberry Milkshake

  • 250 ml low fat milk
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon natura (sweetener)
  • ice cubes for dressing

Method to make low calorie strawberry milkshake:

Wash the strawberry, pat dry and cut into small pieces. Freeze them for some time. Grind all ingredients, pour it in a glass, add ice cube and serve immediately.

Take a tip:

  • Natura is a sugar free sweetener added to enhance the taste of the beverage. It can be prepared without  it also.
  • It is ideal to freeze strawberry pieces ahead of time.

Low calorie strawberry milkshake

Low calorie strawberry milkshake is tasty and healthy, it can be consumed by all. 

Course Breakfast, diet drinks, health drinks, midday snack
Cuisine international
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 glasses
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 250 ml low fat milk
  • 6 frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon natura
  • ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Wash the strawberries, pat dry, cut into chunks and  freeze them for sometime.

  2. Blend all ingredients together except ice cubes. 

  3. Serve in glasses, top with ice cubes.

Recipe Notes

  • Natura is a sugar free sweetner that enhances the taste. You may avoid it if you wish.
  • Strawberries can be washed, dried and frozen ahead of time.
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strawberry milkshake

My Philips Hand Blender is a useful gadget to blend milkshakes. You can check my article

A few milkshake recipes from my co-bloggers

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Seekh Moong Kabab

Kabab or kebab have been very popular these days. Though originated in Middle eastern Asia, they have now become popular world wide. It is usually pieces of meat or vegetables  binded together on  a skewer and grilled or roasted. But today, I find that they can be put on a skewer or made into flat round balls and  served.These make excellent starters and today I find them to be a guilt free food for us. Here is one healthy, Seekh Moong Kebab for you.

When the theme of our blog hop was decided as “biryani and kebab” I really tried, searched and made my own versions by making a few changes. But, on the final day, I did post only one recipe and that was of Brown rice Biryani.

Seekh moong kabab is healthy and tasty, something different from the usual routine. I have served it with tzatziki dip. You can also use mint chutney.

Ingredients :

  • Split moong 1 cup
  • potatoes boiled 2
  • boiled peas 1cup
  • onion finely chopped 1
  • bread crumbs 1bowl
  • chilli powder 1 1/2 tsp
  • amchur powder 1/2 tsp
  • chat masala 1/2 tsp
  • salt
  • corn flour with water
  • oil
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seekh moong kebabs

Method :

Boil the moong with one cup of water. Let all the water evaporate. You can mash it with the back of the ladle. Let it cool. Add the potatoes, onion , peas and all the other spice powders to it.

Make balls of it, flatten it between palms and keep aside.

Mix cornflour and water to a paste.

Heat a skillet. I prefer using  Nirlep appliances, they last for a long time. You can check them.Take a patty dip it in the paste and put it on the skillet. Put some oil on it.  Allow to cook on both sides until golden brown in colour.

Seekh moong  kabab is ready to serve.

I love Nirlep appliances. They are one of the renowed manufacturers of non stick cookwares. They are of good quality and last for many years.

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seekh moong kebabs

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Nawabi green cutlets

It’s been sometime I have put any fried snack here. Summer has atlast vanished Now, the weather is good, it’s raining at times but pleasant. Loving this weather and the splendid climate ! Well, it’s hinting me to make some fried snacks to binge. Today, I present to you Nawabi  Green Cutlets. (more…)

Split gram murukku

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Indian snacks are so many that each time we can make a different variety, not to mention the various regions that we have. Nipaatu, Chakli, Tengalu and Murukku are popular South Indian snacks that one can find stored in jars.

Murukku is one such snack that resonates with everyone. Every house must be having their own version that has been passed through generations. Split gram murukku is a tasty and crunchy snack, one would love to have it over again and again.

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Ingredients for Split gram Murukku:

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 cup roasted split gram (putani)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • water to knead

Method to make Split gram Murukku:

  • Grind split gram to a powder.
  • In a wide bowl add the flour, powder and all the dry ingredients.
  • Put the ghee and rub it well with fingers.
  • Add little water and knead to a stiff dough.
  • Grease the mould with a little oil.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Take a ball of the dough, roll it into a cylindrical shape and slowly put it into the mould.
  • Press it in the spiral shape as chakli in the oil. Put a few more.
  • Deep fry on medium flame.
  • With a ladle turn it over to the other side.
  • Once they are done, remove on a absorbent paper, repeat for the rest of the dough.

Other similar recipes on the blog: Instant Chakli

Split gram Murukku

Murukku is a tasty snack to binge with a cup of tea. 

Course dry snack, Snack, snack in the jar
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup split gram
  • 2 teaspoon sesame
  • 1 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 2 teaspoon ghee
  • salt to taste
  • water

Instructions

  1. Grind split gram to powder.

  2. Add rice flour, split gram powder and other dry ingredients to it.

  3. Add ghee and rub it well.

  4. Now put some water and knead to a stiff dough.

  5. Grease the murukku mould.

  6. Heat oil in a kadai.

  7. Take a ball of the dough, roll into cylindrical shape and fill into the cavity. Press into spiral shaped discs in the oil directly. Put a few couple of them.

  8. Deep fry on medium flame.

  9. Turn it over to the other side. Once it is done, remove on an absorbent paper. Repeat for the rest of the dough.

  10. Store in an air tight container.

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murukku

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Lemon and Coriander Soup

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Lemon and Coriander Soup is one of my favourite soup. The fragrance of coriander and the refreshing taste of lemon juice gives a refreshing taste to it.
This soup is simply  delicious  and ideal food for dinner in winters. It is light and can be made easily.

This soup is light on stomach. Ideal for weight watchers. It is rich in Vitamin C.

Lemon and Coriander Soup
Ingredients:
3 cups stock
1/2 onion cut into small pieces
1 small carrot cut into small pieces
2 tablespoon cabbage finely cut
1/2 inch ginger
4 cloves garlic
1 green chilly
2 tablespoon coriander chopped finely
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoon oil
salt to taste
1 teaspoon cornflour

Method:
1)Grind ginger, garlic and green chilly together, keep it aside.
2) Tale oil, add onions to it and saute for some time.
3) Add cabbage and carrot to it, cook for sometime.
4) Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for sometime. Let the raw smell go.
5) Put coriander together and mix well.
6) Put the stock to it. Add salt.
7) Let boil for two minutes.
8) Make a paste of cornflour and mix it in the soup. Simmer for three minutes.
9) Remove from flame. Add lime juice. Lemon and Coriander Soup is ready to serve.

Take a tip:
1)Do not boil for a long time after adding lemon juice. It may be tart.
2) To make stock: Boil vegetables of different kind as beans, carrot, half an onion and any other veggies in a litre of water for twenty minutes. Drain the water. This is known as stock.

Other soup recipes from the blog:

Spicy Chipotle Chilli Corn Soup Sweet Corn Vegetable soup Cream of Tomato Soup Healthy Tomato Soup

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lemon and coriander soup

Lemon and Coriander Soup

Lemon and Coriander soup is a heart warming soup for winter, freshness of lime and taste of coriander gives a nice lift to it.

Course Soup, soup recipe, winter recipe
Cuisine international
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 3 cups stock
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 small carrpt
  • 2 tablespoon cabbage
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 green chilly
  • 2 tablespoon coriander chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour

Instructions

  1. Grind ginger, garlic and chilly together.

  2. Take oil, add onions and saute it until translucent.

  3. Add carrot and cabbage to it, cook for sometime.

  4. Add the paste and saute for sometime.

  5. Put coriander and mix well. 

  6. Add the stock to it along with salt.

  7. Make paste of cornflour and put in it.

  8. Simmer for two minutes. Add lime juice, stir and serve immediately.

 

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Green Pulao| how to make green pulao

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Rice variety are tasty and filling. They are ideal to use as a single dish or pair it with other variety of dishes. Pulao is one of the dishes that I make quite often, it’s loved by all and its easy for me to prepare. Green pulao, I have been making this since sometime, it make a good one pot meal.

Green pulao has the combination of mint and coriander along with other spices. I usually serve with onion raita (onion in yoghurt), but it can be paired with cucumber and onion raita too. A gravy based dish will also be ideal for a good meal.

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green pulao

Lets get cooking Green Pulao

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 15 french beans
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 cup green peas

To be ground to a paste:

  • 2 green chilly
  • 1/2 bunch coriander
  • 15 mint leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 onion

Other ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoon oil and ghee
  • 1/2 inch cinnamon
  • 2 cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon shahjeera
  • salt to taste

Method:

  1. Wash the vegetables and cut them.
  2. Wash the rice and keep it aside for ten minutes.
  3. Grind all the ingredients under the section “To be ground to a paste”
  4. Heat oil and ghee mixture in a par, add spices, let splutter, then add the ground paste, saute for sometime.
  5. Put beans to it. Then add peas and later add capsicum. Saute for two minutes.
  6. Put the soaked rice to it. Saute it lightly for two minutes.
  7. Now, add water and salt. Give a stir, close the lid and cook it for one whistle.
  8. Allow the pressure to release by itself.
  9. Gently mix the pulao with a ladle.
  10. Serve hot with onion raita.
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green pulao

Green Pulao

Green pulao is a tasty one pot meal that can be enjoyed for the weekend. 

Course brunch, dinner ideas, lunch ideas, Main Course, pulav variety, rice variety
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 person

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice
  • 15 french bean
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 bowl green peas

To be ground to a paste

  • 1/2 bunch coriander
  • 15 mint leaves
  • 2 green chilly
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic

Other ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon oil and ghee
  • 1/4 teaspoon shajeera
  • 2 cardamom
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • water for cooking
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash the rice and keep it aside. 

  2. Cut the vegetables and keep them ready.

  3. Grind the ingredients under the section,"To be ground to a paste"

  4. Take oil and ghee mixture in a pressure pan, add caraway seeds, as it sizzles, put cinnamon stick, cardamom and cloves to it. Give a stir and after thirty seconds, put the ground paste. Saute for sometime.

  5. Now, add beans to it. After two minutes, put peas and then capsicum to it. Saute for sometime, add the washed rice to it. Saute slowly for sometime.

  6. Add water and salt to it. Give a stir, close the lid and let cook for one whistle.

  7. Allow the pressure to release by itself. Gently mix with a ladle. Serve hot with onion raita.

Recipe Notes

  • Quantity of water depends on the rice. I usually add two cups of water for one cup of rice.
  • I do not soak the rice in water. I wash the rice, drain the water and keep it aside, this gives me good results. 
  • You may soak the rice if you wish.
  • I prefer to use oil and ghee mixture. You may use only ghee or oil.

Other pulao recipes from the blog:

 

 

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Blogger Recognition Award 2017 and nominees

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I am excited to announce that I have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Possess The World. This blog has been the best to happen to show my creativity. It is really a good feeling to be nominated. Thankyou for nominating me, Possess The World  

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Blogger recognition Award and nominees

What is the Bloggers Recognition Award?

The Bloggers Recognition Award is nominated by our peers and recognises those bloggers who are interested in blogging and investing their time and energy into it. It is a award to feel something good and worthy about.

What does the award mean?

It means that our peers consider Evergreendishes as a good blog and some people are really reading our work.

So what happens now?

The nominated blogger

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated them and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show the award.
  3. Give a brief story of how the blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the Blogger Recognition Award
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know that you have nominated them.

My blogging journey began three years back. I was writing on various platforms, I then decided to have my own blog and one niche. Since I loved cooking, I started writing about it. The journey has been a good experience. Meeting new friends, learning food photography, enriching blogging skills and much more.

Along with blogging have managed to write a couple of e-books. South Indian Breakfast, 30 Tasty Dal Recipes and Breadbasket, all these are available on Amazon. Recently I have got a mobile app also for my website, something I am so happy about. Do check it.

My advice to new bloggers:

Blogging is not really a over night success. You do need to spend a lot of time with it. Be passionate and have patience.

Write well, do not simply write for the sake of writing. Quality of the blog post is most important. It is always good to write on the topic that you know.

And here are the nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award. Passing on the baton further, Congratulations folks ! (sorry, Possesstheworld I took some time to come up with this)

Congratulations !! Dear bloggers, keep blogging !

Mayuri Patel for Vegetarian Cooking, her blog is  mayurisjikoni.blogspot.in 

Archana Gunjikar Potdar for  Innovative Cooking  themadscientistkitchen.com

Sushma Pinjala for Cooking   sushmapinjala.blogspot.in

Veena Krishna Kumar for Vegetarian Cooking, her blog is at  veenasvegenation.com

Seema Doraiswamy Sriam for Cooking and travelogues, her blog is mildyindian.com

Poonam Bachhav for Cooking, check her recipes at  poonambachhav.blogspot.in

Raji RG for Inspirational Blogger. Her blog is    www.rainbowleaflets .com

Wynee Catherine for literature. She writes on her blog  www.literature and movies

Jaya Sarathe, a published and famous writer. Her writings are on     https://www.jayasarthe.com

Pratishtha Malhotra writes about cinema and more on her blog  pocketdiarysite.wordpress.com

Sunidhi Agarwal writes and enriches people to live life to the fullest at  thepinkcrayons.com

Marnie Bonafe Torro, has a new internet built for book nerds at  http://www.bookblvd.net

Nashra Usmani, a teenage blogger, her blog is  thenashratray.wordpress.com

Ava James life style blogger and author. Her blog is www.inspiredbyhiswords.co.uk