Showing posts with label poppy seeds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label poppy seeds. Show all posts

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Poppy seeds - Cool Drink (hasi Gasa-gase)

Poppy Seeds  Drink helps to cool your body and refresh you and helps you to be fresh whole day.
It is good for hot summer day. I have used poppy seeds, almonds and honey with fresh boiled milk.
Lets see some benefits of having Poppy Seeds in our diet. 
Poppy seeds/Gasagase/Khus khus is rich source of anti oxidant properties. They do have fatty acids and it is good for our body. Poppy seeds are rich in mono unsaturated fatty acids that help in lowering bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol levels. They are rich in dietary fiber and good for people who suffer from constipation. They are rich in Vitamin B complex vitamins. Poppy seeds contain good amount of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese and zinc.
Lets see the recipe now. Sugar is not added and it is an easy drink that anyone can prepare.
Things needed :
Poppy Seeds : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Almonds : 10
Honey : 1 Cup (8 to 10 Tablespoons)
Fresh Boiled Milk : 1 Litre

Method :
1. Clean and soak poppy seeds and soak almonds in warm water.
2. Remove the outer skin of almonds and grind it with soaked poppy seeds.
3. Now remove the almond and poppy seeds paste and put it in a big bowl.
4. Add water and mix it well. Put it in a big bowl.
5. Add boiled and cooled fresh milk.
6. Mix ground poppy seeds, almonds with milk.

7. Add honey to it and mix it well. (You can use 5 to 6 tablespoons of Honey to 1 litre Milk). Adding more honey is optional. The drink should be mild sweet.

8. Poppy Seeds -almonds Cool milk is ready to serve.
Note : 
Do not roast poppy seeds. It is said that roasting poppy seeds might lose its healthy properties.
Grinding with almonds helps the poppy seeds turn as paste. Do not boil the mixture for a long time. Just one boil will do. Fresh milk can be boiled and cooled earlier. Do not mix Hot milk to poppy seeds mixture. It might curdle and milk may turn spoiled. Let it be cooled milk and cooled poppy seeds mixture. Adding more/less honey is optional. Adding jaggery instead of honey is also optional.
Serves : 8 to 10
Time : 20 Minutes.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Nutritious Laddu

Nutritious Laddus are prepared using walnuts, cashews, raisins, almonds and poppy seeds. They are very nutritious and yummy and very healthy sweet. No sugar in it.
You  can cut in to slice or turn as laddu and have them when ever you want.

I have used dates (fresh Lion dated), Anjur/figs, Almonds/badams, Cashews, Raisins and little poppy seeds. It is sugar free and guilt free laddu / slice.
Dates are free from cholesterol and contain very low fat. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are rich source of protein, dietary fiber. It helps to improve the digestive system as it contains soluble and insoluble fibers. they are great energy boosters as they contain natural sugars. Dates are very low in calories and suitable for health conscious people.
Figs are also filled with
Nuts like, Badam(almonds), Cashew nuts, Figs, dry grapes are full of nutrients and good for health.
They are good for digestion, diabetes, cough, astama and constipation. They also help to control the cholesterol level and helps to gain weight in people who wants to put on some weight. They are filled with minerals, vitamins like, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Calcium, Iron, Phophours, Manganese, Sodium, Potassium and Chlorine.
We bought these figs from a small place near Sagar, It is home grown and sun dried.
These " Dates and Nuts Laddus" are loaded with nutrition and good to eat at any time of the day. You can carry it for travelling and good for kids school snack box. Good for ladies kitty party or kids party.
No Need to roast or fry any nuts. Use them as they are to get good benefits.

Lets see the recipe Now: 

Things needed :
Dates : 250 Grams
Cashew nuts :200 Grams
Almonds : 200 Grams
Walnuts : 100 Grams
Figs : 100 Grams (Optional)
Raisins : 200 Grams
Dry figs/Anjur  : 100 Grams
Poppy Seeds : 1 Tablespoon

Method :

1. Dry grind almonds coarsely. Remove the seeds from dates and cut into small pieces.

2. Powder walnuts into powder.

3. Powder figs into powder. ( Use a dry grinder - mixi jar).

3. Cut cashews into small pieces.
4. Now take a big bowl and mix all the nuts and powdered figs.

5. Mix all the ingredients nicely for some time and see they are hard as logs.

6. Now roll it as logs and slice or take a small portion and prepare laddu.

7. Prepare laddus and arrange them in a tray and sprinkle some poppy seeds on them.

8. Dates and Nuts Laddu is ready to serve. You can store them in a airtight bottle or box.

9. You can also prepare the the whole content as a log.
10. Slice the log in to small pieces. Sprinkle some poppy seeds on the top and enjoy.

 Note :
 You can also add other dry fruits like Apricot with dates. It gives more taste too. Adding Mari/Glucose biscuits to ingredients is optional. It helps the ingredients to bind it well and the pieces turn as thick and well shaped slices. ( I have not added, because biscuits contain maida/All purpose flour).
Put on your creative cap and mould shapes you fancy!