IDEAL COMBINATIONS

Flavors that marry together are decadent ideal combinations. A varying combination of ingredients not only adds to the exotic flavors and vibrant texture of the dish but also allows you to explore a new palate every time.

 

Be it sweet with something sour.

Be it tangy with something savory.

Be it nutty with something gooey.

Be it runny with something sautéed.

 

Initially, when I started to steer towards a healthy diet, I only found myself reading between the ingredients of each condiment bottles and jars in my pantry, trying to find some combinations that would be ideal with my food yet have less preservatives and sodium content. Eventually, I was conditioned to believe that what is better than some home cooked condiments that will not only be a clean but also complement my meals.

Here I share my favorite ideal combinations, so get ready to tantalize your taste buds!! 😀

HEALTHY HOME-MADE  JAM

Speaking of breakfast each one of us love fruits. Slicing them in a cereal bowl, blending them in smoothies or topping your go to toast.

Jam guarantees we have some thing on hand. My jam journey begins with Raspberry and kiwi jam. They are vibrant, full of flavors and have natural pectin. For jam the selection of fruits is very important. Pick the ones that are not overly ripe. Old fruits have less pectin and you will end up with something runny. You can control the ingredients as this recipe can be easily made with fruits of your choice so get whats in the season and give this  healthy easy jam a try with no HIGH SUGAR CONTENT.

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RASPBERRY JAM 

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 Tbsp spoon chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp jaggery
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp spoon orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp spoon honey

KIWI JAM

  • 5 kiwis mashed
  • 1 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp jaggery
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey

 

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Add the ingredients,bring it to a boil, mash them and cook for 4-5 minutes until the mixture is slightly thicken .

 

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Whip all of the things  together on the stove for 5 minutes and Voila! its done                                  QUICK,HEALTHY&DELICIOUS……………… 😎

 

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INCREDIBLY  NUTRITIOUS…. ❤
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Multi-purpose jam is perfect for all the things you could think of  using “

 

 

MANGO CHUTNEY

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Mangoes the staple  in summer routine and its one of my favorite fruits. They are high in leptin and soluble fiber. Sweet and spicy mango chutney  is very easy to make it is tangy and has the prefect kick of chilies and ginger. I made this batch and serve with meat, rice bowls,or spread it on sandwiches. It is a tasty condiment you will love  to have it handy in your refrigerator. A good chutney is all about the ingredients and 5 minutes of prep. Here is your recipe.

  • 1 Cup firm diced mangoes
  • shallot finely chopped
  • dash of grated ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh red chilies finely chopped
  • 1 tsp jaggery
  • 1 Tbsp sunflower oil

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METHOD

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Start by sauteing the shallots, add the cumin seeds, salt, chilies, jaggery for a minute.
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Once everything is translucent add 1/4 cup of water. Simmer on high for 2 -3 minutes.
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Cook on medium high till the Mangoes are broke up and thicken
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SPICE UP EVERY SINGLE BITE  ………….. 🙂

 

CARROT PICKLE

Pickles are staple in a desi house hold store-bought or home-made it is the prefect accompaniment to our meals. They come in all flavors, textures and consistencies.Back home we have unlimited variety of pickles/achar. Every month once grocery was done a big batch of pickles was made with seasonal vegetables. This particular one there  is made with red vibrant carrots. When I moved here to North America, like many others, I was so hesitant to make home-made pickles. It was not the question of time energy and effort that one have to put but the rules of oil ,moisture levels and the amount of sunlight it requires.

One day I altered the family recipe in a healthier way,chopped some fresh ingredients, toss them and preserve. Surprisingly ,it turned out to be quick, simple and delicious at the same time. Even a friend loved it. This crunchy spicy pickle is prepared with fresh carrots, garlic chilies and fragrant spices.On to the recipe now …..

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 Cups carrots thinly  sliced
  • 1 cup garlic sliced
  • 1 cup  de-seed green chilies sliced
  • 2 tsp Himalayan pink salt

FLAVOR AGENTS:

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder (mild)
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 Tbsp cracked mustard seeds (Rai kuria)
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp jaggery
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup oil of your choice

 

               Lets Satisfy your cravings and follow step by step instructions below

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Wash and cut these vegetables length wise.

 

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Add the Himalayan salt ,stir and leave it for about 3 hours.( mix in between )Now, using a sieve drain all the extra liquid from the bowl, cover  and leave them overnight.

 

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These crunchy vegetables  are now ready to be prepared with the aromatic spices
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Lets, start by add all the flavoring agents in a measuring cup/bowl. Whip up well till the mixture is emulsified.
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Pour this slight creamy mixture and mix together until everything is well blended.Do a taste test adjust seasonings if needed.
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R.E.A.L. F.L.A.V.O.R.S ……… right????

 

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MIX  MIX MIX…  until well blended. Let this crunchy pickle soak in all the flavors and sit for about 3-4  hours.
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Transfer to a clean sterilized jar and if it’s a sunny day let it sit for about an hour or so and then refrigerate.

 

Carrot pickle is packed with sweet&sour flavors and have the best crunchy texture. You can start to have this pickle the very next day.Pair it with your every day meal and take your taste buds to the whole next level ,no guilt and worries as this one is not submerged in tons of oil, its  instant, tasty and healthy at the same time.

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I follow my grand mother food steps and carry a bottle of this flavorful condiment on my visits to friends or family. 😛

 

These mouth-watering combinations are chock full of healthy stuff. You will feel an explosion of flavors even from a small serving.
Whether its protein high chia seed jam that is loaded with antioxidants, or the tangy mango chutney along with the carrot achar they will satiate your taste buds and add zing to any meal.
These recipes are versatile,simple easy and you will make these time and again. I promise 🙂

2 thoughts on “IDEAL COMBINATIONS

  1. I absolutely love these recipes. They seem very easy to make. Thank you for sharing! – H from Calgary

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