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BY PUJA GUPTA
Dessert have the ability to make us feel happy. In these trying times, a portion of a heavenly dessert is all we are looking for to keep our stress at bay. Here are some easy, delicious and low fat dessert recipes to feed those cravings without the additional guilt, shared by Chef Steffi Tellis Assistant Professor-Food Production ITM Institution of Hotel Management.
Granola Yogurt Parfait
Serves : 02
- 100 gms low fat yogurt
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 100 gms fresh fruits of choice (peach, grapes, pomegranate, banana, mango, berries etc.)
- 100 gms Granola*
- Mint Sprig- to garnish
- To prepare Granola
- 40 gms Rolled oats
- 20 gms Almonds
- 20 gms Cashewnuts
- 20 gms Raisins
- 20 gms Dried Cranberries
- 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
- A pinch of Salt
- 4 Tbsp Honey
- To prepare Granola
- Slice the almonds and cashewnuts
- Mix the sliced almonds, cashewnuts, raisins, cinnamon powder and salt in a bowl.
- Add the honey and mix until well coated.
- Line a baking tray with a butter paper and spread the mixture evenly on it.
- Bake at 160C for in a pre-heated oven for 20 minutes or until lightly golden.
- Allow to cool slightly and add the dried cranberries.
- Once completely cooled, use as desired.
- To prepare Parfait
- Drain the yogurt on a strainer for 10 minutes.
- Whisk the drained yogurt with honey until smooth.
- Slice the peach, grapes, banana,strawberry and mango. Separate the pomegranate seeds. Other berries could be used whole.
- Using a tall glass – make layers of Granola, yogurt and fruits. Repeat until the brim of the glass. Top with more fruits.
- Garnish with a mint sprig. Serve immediately.
Fudgy Healthy Brownies
Serves : 04
- 45g whole wheat flour
- 46g refined white flour
- 50g unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 20g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
- 80g plain nonfat yogurt (drained)
- 80 ml Honey
- 50g chopped dark chocolate (or dark chocolate chips)
- Preheat the oven to 180 ï¿½ C, and line an 8-inch square pan with butter paper.
- Whisk together both the flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the yogurt, mixing until no large lumps remain. Stir in the honey. Add the flour mixture, stirring until just incorporated. Fold in some of the chopped dark chocolate (or chips).
- Spread the batter into the prepared pan, and gently press the remaining chopped chocolate into the top. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely to room temperature in the pan. Let the brownies set for at least 3 additional hours before slicing for the fudgiest texture.
Flourless Banana Blondies
Serves : 04
- 100 gms plain yogurt (drained)
- 2 tbsp almond butter (or any unsalted butter)
- 2 large eggs
- 120 gms old fashioned rolled oats
- 70 gms brown sugar
- 25 gms almond meal
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- 2 medium-size ripe bananas, mashed (150 g mashed)
- 60 g Chocolate chips/seeds/nuts (of choice)
- Preheat your oven to 180ï¿½C and prepare an 8ï¿½8 (20x20cm) baking pan by lining it with a sheet of aluminum foil or butter paper. Grease the foil with oil and set aside.
- Whisk together all of the ingredients except for the bananas in the order listed,
- Continue until the oats have fully broken down and the batter becomes smooth and creamy.
- Gently fold in the mashed bananas. Finally, fold in your add-ins.
- Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan, using a spatula to distribute it evenly.
- Bake for 22-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the blondies from the oven and let them cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Serves : 04
- 2 tbsp milk
- 2 tbsp coconut or vegetable oil
- 125 gms cottage cheese (paneer)
- 2 tbsp pure vanilla essence
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 60 gms whole wheat flour
- 60 gms refined flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 4 tbsp sugar of choice (or stevia proportionately)
- Preheat oven to 180 ï¿½C and grease an 8ï¿½8 square pan. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the first 5 ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients and stir very well. Pour wet into dry and stir until just evenly combined, then pour into the prepared pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
For the Cream:
- 80 gms cottage cheese (paneer)
- 80 gms cream cheese
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
- pinch pure stevia (artificial sweetener of choice)
- Blend all ingredients together until completely smooth.
- For the syrup
- 3 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp instant coffee
- 1 tbsp rum (*optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a small dish.
- To make the Guilt-free Tiramisu
- Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap.
- Cut the cake in half, placing one half in the bottom of the loaf pan.
- Brush with some of the espresso, then smooth on a layer of cream.
- Place the other half of the cake on top, then cover with the rest of the espresso and another layer of cream.
- Refrigerate at least 5 hours before serving to let the espresso sink into the cake layers. Before serving, dust with unsweetened cocoa if desired.
Low Calorie Carrot Pudding
Serves : 04
- 600 gms Grated Carrots
- 1 tbsp Ghee
- 5 Tbsp Dates (soaked in warm water, squeezed and pureed)
- 3 Tbsp Milk Powder
- 3 Tbsp Milk
- 1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder
- 50 gms dry fruits of choqice
- Heat ghee in a non stick pan
- Add grated carrots and allow to cook, stirring occasionally.
- Add the sugar, continue cooking for 3-4 minutes.
- Add milk and milk powder and continue cooking on medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
- Sprinkle cardamom and chopped dry fruits of choice and stir.
- Serve warm or store in the refrigerator and serve cold.
Dalgona Mug Cake
Serves : 01
- 2 Tbsp Refined Flour
- 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar (or sugar substitute in proportion)
- 2 Tbsp Oil
- 2 Tbsp Milk
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
- 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
- A pinch of salt
- For Dalgona Foam
- 2 tsp Instant Coffee Powder
- 2 Tsp brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Hot Water
- Add Flour, Brown sugar, salt, baking powder and mix
- To the dry ingredients, add milk, oil and vanilla essence and whisk until no lumps.
- Pour this mixture into a microwave safe mug and microwave on high for 1 minute.
- To prepare dalgona foam, beat hot water, instant coffee powder and sugar until foamy with stiff peaks.
- Once the mug cake is out of the microwave, allow to cool for 30 seconds and top with dalgona foam.
- Serve warm. (IANS)
Israeli Ambassador Naor Gilon on Thursday said that the Pegasus snooping issue is India's internal matter.
The NSO is a private company and it has a license to sell its software to the government entities only, he added.
Gilon said: "This is an internal issue of India and I can't speak beyond this point. This is the only main requirement that... under the requirements, they cannot sell it to non-governmental actors".
Responding to a query if the Indian government will contact them, he said that he has no idea whether the Indian government has contacted them or not.
Referring to the explosion that took place last year near the Israeli embassy in Delhi, he said that the perpetrators are yet to be nabbed; however, the investigating agencies of both countries are cooperating with each other.
"We are thankful to the government of India for providing security to all embassy personnel," Gilon said.
Talking about the newly-formed quad with Israel, India, the US, and UAE, the Ambassador said it is totally an economic forum based on mutual cooperation among the participant countries.
"It has nothing to do with the military component as of now," he added.
Talking about Afghanistan, Gilon said that the country should not be used for extremism.
"There should not be any human rights violation and women and children should not suffer there", he commented.
Saying that Israel is a technologically sound country but it cannot go for industrial manufacturing, the partnership between India and Israel can work better for industrial productions.
Sharing the details of the recently-concluded visit of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, he said that the visit was most successful in terms of bilateral relations.
Jaishankar met all important Ministers of the Israeli government and also met the Indian Diaspora, the Indian Jews who have recently settled there.
"It was a very warm visit, very friendly which I think emphasized the strategic partnership declared during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Israel. I think that the visit was in the spotlight of 30 years of diplomatic relations which we are going to celebrate on January 29 next year," Gilon added. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Israel Politics, Indian Diaspora, Pegasus issues, Pegasus snooping issue, a partnership between India and Israel.
The Sher Bahadur Deuba government on Thursday recommended veteran diplomat Shanker Sharma as the next ambassador to India.
Sharma earlier served as Vice Chairman of the National Planning Commission and Nepal's Ambassador to the United States of America from 2009 to 2013.
The post in the New Delhi embassy of Nepal fell vacant recently after Deuba recalled the ambassadors from 12 countries including India. The outgoing ambassador, Nilamber Acharya has already returned to Kathmandu.
Sharma has extensive experience in government, international institutions, and economic research. Before joining the National Planning Commission as a member in 1997, he worked as a Senior Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Nepal; a Senior Economist in the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore; and a Fellow in the East-West Center, Hawaii. He also served as a Professor of Economics in the Centre for Economic Development and Administration, Tribhuvan University.
He worked regionally and globally for many organizations, such as the UNESCAP, World Bank, and ASEAN. Sharma is close confident of Prime Minister Deuba. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: India-Nepal relations, Nepal Ambassador, economic research.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced that 2022 will be celebrated as the friendship year for India and ASEAN countries as both have completed 30 years of partnership.
The event will coincide with India's celebrations of the 75th year of Independence from the colonial regime, he added.
While participating in the 18th edition of the India-ASEAN Summit, Modi said, "India is committed to deepening its relations with the next presidency, Cambodia and country-coordinator Singapore."
"History is witness to the fact that India and ASEAN have had relations for thousands of years. India-ASEAN relations are reflected in everything, including in our shared values, traditions, languages, scriptures, architecture, culture, food," the Prime Minister noted.
Speaking about the Covid pandemic which engulfed the whole world, he further said that the Covid period was also a test of India-ASEAN friendship. "Our mutual ties in the Covid time will keep strengthening our corporations in future and form a base for goodwill between our people," Modi added.
He further said that the unity and centrality of ASEAN have always been a priority for India and history has witnessed the fact that "we have had ties since thousands of years," he said.
The Prime Minister also said that India's Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) and ASEAN's Outlook for the Indo-Pacific are the framework for their shared vision and mutual cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.
During the Summit, the head of the member states will review the progress of India and ASEAN Strategic Partnerships which was signed in 2012. They will also review the progress achieved in the sectors like Covid-19, health, trade and investment, connectivity, education among others, the officials of India's Ministry of External Affairs said. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: India, and ASEAN partnership, COVID-19, India, and ASEAN, India, and history, Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative.