A Good News and a short break from blogging …….

It has been a while since I logged on, and my sincere apologies to my readers for this break. I have been enjoying again the joys of motherhood with the arrival of my daughter a month ago ! I couldn’t explain how excited and emotional I was when I held her in my arms. I felt like I was out of the world. She was so soft and pink. .IMG_2179 pvb

I’ll be taking short break from blogging and continue enjoying these precious moment with little princess.

I sincerely hope you would keep visiting my blog from time to time. Feel free to leave comments–I will be here, checking in, answering any questions and such, I’m just taking a writing break.

Till then,
cheers  and enjoy Pure Vegetarian Bites

Dry Fruit Balls ~ Snack for Pregnant women and Lactating moms

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. It is a great miracle to have a baby growing inside of you.  Women need to be taken care of during this time.  One of the most important determinants of the baby’s health and development is the mother’s diet. Proper nutrition and rest is required for the baby’s development.  Most Indian mothers & grandmothers make all kinds of healthy and tasty laddoos especially for the expecting and lactating mother!PicMonkey Collage-1 final

Dried fruits are very good for are excellent for any pregnant and lactating mothers, unless she is severely allergic to them. It is loaded with calcium, iron, protein, potassium basically all essential vitamins and minerals, which is good for mom and her baby.IMG_1719-1 bm final

I am sharing dry fruit ladoo today. These ladoos are very good for pregnant women and new moms.IMG_1744-1 bm final

Ingredients:

  • Walnuts ½ cup
  • Almonds ½ cup
  • Seedless Dates chopped 2 cups
  • Pumpkin seeds ½ cup
  • Figs chopped 1 cup
  • Dry apricot chopped ½ cup
  • Cashews ½ cup
  • Cardamom 1tsp (optional)

Directions:

  1. Chop almonds, cashews, walnuts. Dry roast all the nuts and pumpkin seeds till very light gold brown and set aside. After cooled add these nuts to the blender/mixer and turn on just once to twice (don’t make fine powder)
  2. Chop all seedless dates, fig and apricot. (Use good quality dates to make this laddoo, try to use fresh ones as those as moist and helps to bind laddoo well).
  3. Add the nut mixture to dates, fig, apricot, cardamom and mix it thoroughly.
  4. Take the mixture and make balls and enjoy every morning with a glass of warm milk.

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  • You can use any nuts of your choice.
  • Dates should be of equal/more quantity compared to dry fruits.

IMG_1731-1 bmSpecific Ingredients and their Nutrition for this recipe

Walnuts: Walnuts has good supply of proteins and omega-3 fats. It is good for your baby’s brain and eye development. Walnuts help breast-feeding women to maintain a healthy milk supply too.

Almonds: Almonds are a nutritious source of protein, iron, vitamin E and heart-healthy unsaturated fats. These nutrients help support a healthy pregnancy.

Dates: Dates are high in potassium, which helps you maintain the electrolyte balance in your body as your blood volume expands during pregnancy. Dates also supply zinc, niacin, folate, vitamin B-6, manganese and magnesium. Dates also contain calcium that helps support fetal bone growth and iron that prevents anemia and keeps you from becoming overly fatigued.

Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds are highly nutritional loaded with iron and protein.

Figs: Figs are a great nondairy source of calcium; Figs are also a good source of iron. Iron deficiency can cause anemia, especially during pregnancy.

Apricots: Good source of iron. They also contain folic acid, potassium, calcium and magnesium. They will also help keep your bowel from becoming sluggish as your pregnancy progresses.

Cashew nuts:Cashew nuts are a great source of iron. Pregnant women as their bodies produce more blood in order to nourish the fetus. Cashews are easy to eat and can help stave off fatigue caused by the lack of iron.PicMonkey Collage-2 final

You can store them in air tight jar for several months however, it would be better to make a fresh batch every month! All you need is an undisturbed 15 – 20 mins and the delicate Ladoos are ready to eat.  This is surely an energy booster and can be eaten by anyone.

Enjoy !!!!!!

Rich, Intensely sweet, Indulgent festive sweet….. IMARTI….. Bring back good memories.

Whenever Diwali comes around, it takes me back to India and my childhood. What a traditional celebration it was!  We always got new clothes to wear, ate loads of sweets and snacks made by mum, and visited family and friend.  The twinkling lights in the sky, the Illuminated faces of the family members, the faint smell of the firecrackers, and the children all shouting and enjoying their time watching the sparks coming out from their firecracker, is what all Diwali is about.

There was one special sweet IMARTI my dad use to bring especially for me and still does whenever I am in India during Diwali….. imarti also called as marka or jangari…. Though after coming to US I really miss imarti…This time I decided to prepare Imarti……… .and believe me or not it came out so nice. I felt so happy and proud that I could be able to make it….IMG_9445-1 bm name

Here comes my sweet on the special occasion…..
Ingredients

  • 1 cup Split black gram skinless/whole white urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Rice flour (optional)
  • 1/2 pinch of Orange food color
  • Oil/ ghee for deep frying

For Sugar syrup:

  • 11/2 cups of Sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice (optional)
  • a pinch of orange food color
  • 1 tsp green cardamom powder

Directions:

  1. Soak urad dal for 2 hrs. Drain and grind with very little water as we do for grinding vadas. The batter should be fluffy and smooth.
  2. Add food color and rice flour (it makes the imritis crispy) and mix well.
  3. Heat sugar with water. Boil till syrup of single-thread consistency is reached.
  4. Add lemon juice, food color and cardamom powder, mix well and switch off the stove.
  5. Keep the syrup hot.
  6. Take a zip lock cover or any plastic cover and make a hole. The hole should be about 3 mm in diameter.
  7. Fill half the bag with the batter.
  8. First practice making the imarti pattern  on a plate. Draw two circle first and draw small swirl like circles over it.
  9. Heat oil or ghee in a flat bottomed pan, filling it to 1 1/2inches.
  10. Hold the piping bag tightly and pipe into the hot oil in the pattern described above.
  11. Keep flame at medium. Deep fry on both sides.
  12. Remove when the sizzling of oil lessens or till imarties becomes crisp.
  13. Drop into the syrup. Let it be there for 1 minute.
  14. Remove from syrup and place in a plate. Serve hot and Enjoy!!!!!!

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  • Don’t keep the batter for long time it may turn sour.
  • Don’t add to much water while grinding urad dal . Just sprinkle to help them move around and get ground.
  • If you don’t get the exact shape just make some swirls and fry them like a jelebi shape.
  • You can also use kitchen cloth for piping as they do in stores.
  • The sugar syrup must be of one string consistency else imarti will not get soaked properly .
  • Once the imarti’s are fried they should be dropped in warm sugar syrup so that it absorbs maximum of the syrup right away. don’t try to fry all and then soak them in sugar syrup, they will not absorb the syrup properly .

IMG_9429-1 bmI Wish all of you a very happy DIWALI……………….May all your life full with lots of lights always……..IMG_9437-1 bm

Halloween Treats: Simply “Spooky” Ghost Cookies

Do you need a last minute snack that makes a quick and easy gift for teachers or to give out to your friends and family? You can still make cute Halloween cookies. IMG_9194-1 bm name   No baking required! In three simple steps and a matter of minutes you’ll have a cookie that is just boo-tiful!  An easy, kid-friendly project, these semi-homemade cookies consist of only three ingredients.

IMG_9195-1 bm IMG_9242-1 bmIngredients:

  • 1/2 package Nutter Butter cookies
  • 1 package Wilton white candy melts (white chocolate would work too.)
  • 1 tube Wilton black decorating gel

Directions:

  1. Melt 1 package of candy melts.
  2. Dip Nutter Butters into melted candy.
  3. Place on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.
  4. Refrigerate until candy is set.
  5. Make scary eyes and mouth with gel.

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Halloween Treats: Adorable Frankenstein Oreo Pops

It’s that time of year again…time for ghosts and ghouls and monsters to walk among us. That’s right, it’s Halloween!  My contribution to this year’s is Frankenstein Oreo Pops. These chocolate covered Oreos will bring a smile to your face, especially when the face smiling back at you is Frankenstein! They are so easy to make and are a great treat to make with the kids. Enjoy!IMG_9217-1 bm

IMG_9213-1 bmIMG_9239-1 bmIngredients:

Oreo cookies
Spooky Green candy melts
Dark Cocoa candy melts
Black icing (optional to make eyes and mouth)
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Directions:

  1. Take Spooky Green candy melts and melt a few in the microwave in 20 second intervals or use double boiler to melt candy melts.
  2. Take Oreos pull apart and remove littlebit of cream. Put melted candy and stick the Popsicle stick on one half and cover with other half of oreo cookie. Let it dry.
  3. Dip the Oreos in the green candy and set to dry on parchment paper.
  4. Melt Dark Cocoa candy melt or black icing and add two eyes, his head screws and mouth and let it dry outside but if you want early you can pop it in refrigerator for few minutes.
  5. Enjoy !!!!!!

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