Bean Chalupa

There are lots of quotes on friendship, said by lot of important people. But, I will say friends are those, who never gives a second thought, when you need them. I am one of those lucky people who is always surrounded with friends. All friends are different. Some will criticize you, some will admire you, some will follow your paths, some will cut your paths and some is standing right next to you, to help you, support you and love you for what you are. I am lucky to have such friends around me every time, who makes me special each and every day of my life. I just want to thank all of you for all your love. Thank you friends for being there for me. 

For thanking you, I would like to share a simple, healthy and yummy recipe of Bean Chalupa. There is always some alternative for everything. My Kiddo hates beans(rajma). Well, I found this way of offering beans to her, which I must say is loved by her. 

Do you know what are the health benefits of beans. You might not realize it, but unknowingly you are doing a lot of good to your health by including beans to your diet. Beans are very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. Beans are high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, or insulin resistance. When combined with whole grains such as rice, kidney beans provide virtually fat-free high quality protein. 

So, including beans in your everyday diet is said to be a very good practice. Experiments shows including 1 cup of beans 4-5 times a week results in a very good health. 

Here, is the recipe for everyone to try-

Ingredients -

  1. Soaked and Boiled Beans with little water - 1 big cup
  2. Onion - 1/4 cup (chopped)
  3. Garlic - 4-5 pods (minced)
  4. Green Chili - 2 (chopped)
  5. Tomato - 1 big (3/4 chopped + 1/4 diced and kept separate)
  6. Cabbage - 1/2 cup (thinely sliced)
  7. Cooking Oil - 1tsp + 1 cup (for frying)
  8. Oil to spray
  9. Salt to taste
  10. Black Pepper powder - 1 tsp
  11. Chat Masala - 1 tsp
  12. Cheese (shredded) - 1 cup
  13. All Purpose flour - 2 Big Cup
  14. Curd- 1/2 cup
  15. Water as required
  16. Sour Cream - 2 tbsp

Directions  for filling - 

  • Fry Garlic in a heated pan. Add onions and green chili after a minute. When onions turn golden brown add 3/4 tomatoes, and mix.
  • Add boiled beans with salt, chat masala and black pepper powder in a pan. Fry on high flame for another 5 minutes. or, till all the water is evaporated.
Directions for Outer covering ( Dough is to be made ready a night before) - 
  • Dough is similar to Bhature ka Atta.
  • In a big Bowl, mix all purpose flour/Maida with salt and curd.
  • Add water slowly, and make a dough out of it. ready dough is little sticky.
  • Cover the dough with a hot damp cloth and leave it in a warm place for overnight.
  • Take a dough equal to the size of walnut, and roll it, not too thin.
  • Heat oil in a wide pan.
  • Fry it, same as you do it for puri or Bhaturey.
Directions for making Chalupa - 
  • Take Wax Paper, Aluminium Foil or anything in which you want to wrap your chalupa and serve.
  • Keep the puri on it, Add a layer of fried beans mixture in half of the Puri.
  • Then add sour curd randomly on top of it.
  • Close the puri in half.
  • Add some cabbage, diced tomatoes and shredded cheese.
  • Wrap and serve.
Note - 
  1. The dough can be made with yeast too. In a warm water, add 1tbsp of yeast, mix and let it sit for 5 minutes (yeast should not be old), Mix this yeast in a maida or All Purpose Flour with salt, make a dough, cover it with Kitchen towel dipped in a hot water. Set it aside for 2 hours and let it rise. Now, make the Puri.
  2. Sour Cream can be also be made by mixing 2 tbsp of sour curd and 2 tbsp of cream. 

Strawberry Lemonade

Hello everyone, it's been a while I wrote something. Lot of stuffs was going in my place. Had been really very busy last couple of months. But, here I am back telling you again one of my experiences. 

Last weekend, I got a chance to visit a Farmer's Market, which was about 7 miles away from my place. Never been to any Farmer's Market before in this area, and has always purchased fruits and veggies from stores. My friends told me a lot about this place, all the produce here are so fresh, that if you get any veggies and fruits from here, just store it in fridge and in case you forget about it for a week,still it will be fresh after  a week. So, here I am,standing in a Farmer's Market and looking around all the stalls.

My little one was with me, and I wanted to show her, how fresh veggies are sold. We just crossed few stalls, and a person came to us, offering us a piece of orange. It's there tradition of offering a piece of Orange to all the customers crossing their stalls. I have to admit, all the fruits and vegetables, I came across was really very fresh. And then, I got attracted towards the Strawberry stall. The owner of this stall was an old lady, she was sitting quietly, waiting for her customers to come and buy strawberries from her, whereas other stall owners, were shouting some or the other thing to attract their customers. 

My little one wanted me, to go with her to the stall of Oranges, and I wanted to look around in this stall. So, I purchased this big box of Strawberries from this Old lady. It was freshly, handpicked, straight from the farm, and amazingly tasty strawberry I have ever eaten. 

This is a very simple and ready to go recipe, of Lemonade, and definitely approved by my little one.

Ingredients -

  1. Strawberry (fresh) - 1 cup
  2. White Sugar- 8 tbsp
  3. Fresh Lemon Juice - 1/2 cup
  4. Water - 2 cups
Directions - 

Blend all ingredients together. And your strawberry lemonade is ready to go. 

NOTE - You can dilute the Lemonade as per your taste.

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