Papaya is a healthy and nutritious fruit which is ignored by people. Papaya helps people who are suffering from constipation. It also provides relief from piles and has anti-cancer properties. It prevents urinary stones and helps to lower down the cholesterol level. I am sharing this papaya drink recipe, which can help to prevent constipation and piles. You can also enjoy this chilled papaya drink in summer.


  1. Ripe papaya cube – 1 ½ cup
  2. Lime juice – 4-5 tbsp
  3. Black pepper – 1tsp
  4. Rock salt – 1 tsp
  5. Salt – ½ tsp
  6. Sugar – 3-4 tbsp or Splenda (sugar free sweetener)– 3-4 tbsp
  7. Chilled water - 1- 1 ½ cup
  8. Crushed ice


Take a blender and put all ingredients except ice. Blend them into a smooth puree.
Now, take a glass and put some crushed ice. After that pour blended papaya mixture over crushed ice and chilled papaya drink is ready.

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Here is another veggie burger recipe which my son loves.

Cooking Time: 15 min

Serves: 5


  1. Boiled chickpeas – 1 ½ cup or chickpeas - 1 can
  2. Boiled potatoes – 2(medium size)
  3. Spring onions – 3-4(chopped)
  4. Green chili – 1-2(chopped)(optional)
  5. Ginger grated – 1 tbsp
  6. Sesame seeds – 3-4 tbsp
  7. All purpose flour (maida) – 2 tbsp
  8. Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
  9. White pepper – 1tsp
  10. Black pepper – 1tsp
  11. Salt to taste
  12. Lettuce leaves -2 (cut into small pieces)
  13. Tomato ketchup
  14. Mustard sauce
  15. Onion dip (optional)
  16. Burger buns – 5
  17. Oil for greasing


  1. Take a bowl and mix boiled chickpeas, potato, spring onion, green chili, ginger, all purpose flour, salt, black & white pepper. Make smooth dough and divide this dough in 5 equal portions. Now make 5 flat patties and wrap up in sesame seeds.
  2. Now heat a flat greased pan and put 2-3 patties on heated pan in one time. Cook them on medium heat for 5-6 min or until bottom side gets golden brown. Now turn the other side and cook another 5-6 min or until this side also turns golden brown. Repeat this procedure for remaining portions.
  3. Now heat the burger buns on pan. Now take bottom piece of bun and put onion dip prepared patty, lettuce, mustard sauce. Cover it with other half of the bun. Now, put some tomato ketchup on the top of burger. Chickpeas Burger is ready to serve.

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Cooking time – 20-30 min


  1. Tamarind pulp – 4 tbsp

  2. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

  3. Fennel seeds – 1 tsp

  4. Cardamom powder – 1 tsp

  5. Salt to taste

  6. Sugar – 4-5 tbsp

  7. Jaggery pieces – 1-2 (1 inch)

  8. Cooking oil – 1 tbsp

  9. 1 ½ -2 cup water


Mix tamarind pulp with water. Now heat a deep vessel with oil. Add cumin and fennel seeds. When they crackle, add tamarind water and keep stirring. Bring it to boil. Now reduce the heat to medium low heat and add salt and sugar. Mix them well. Let it cook for 10-15 min on medium low heat. After that add jaggery pieces and turn off the stove. Let it cool for 2-3 hr and mix them well. Tamarind chutney is ready.

We can store this chutney for 1-2 months in refrigerator. Use this chutney with kachori ,dahi vada, chaat etc.

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Nargisi kofta is an exotic Awadhi dish (Uttar Pradesh in India). It’s not as difficult as it looks or sounds. It is very easy to prepare and we really don’t need too many ingredients for this dish. All these ingredients would be easily available in your kitchen. I prepare this NARGISI KOFTA with all kinds of vegetables or with chicken & eggs.

Cooking Time: 45 min

Serves: 4-5


For Kofta

  1. Boiled vegetables (potato, cauliflower, green peas, carrots) – 1 ½ cup
  2. Paneer ( grated) – 1/2cup
  3. Grated ginger – 1 tbsp
  4. Black pepper – 1 tbsp
  5. White pepper – 1 tbsp
  6. Maida (all purpose flour) – 3-4 tbsp
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Oil for deep frying

For Gravy

  1. 1 medium size boiled onion paste
  2. 3-4 tbsp tomato puree or 1 medium size tomato (chopped)
  3. Canola/olive/vegetable oil – 2-3 tbsp
  4. Bay leaves – 2
  5. Ginger paste – 1 tbsp
  6. Garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  7. Red chili powder – 1tsp
  8. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  9. Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
  10. Garam masala powder – 1tsp
  11. Milk – ½ cup
  12. Fresh cream – 2 tbsp
  13. Salt to taste


For kofta

  1. Take a bowl and mix all ingredients of kofta except oil. Make small kofta balls from this mixture.
  2. Heat oil on high in deep frying pan and deep fry all koftas until they turn to golden brown. (While frying if you find balls are splattering then add little more maida into this mixture.) Drain all koftas on absorbent paper to absorb extra oil and keep them aside.

For Gravy

  1. Now heat a vessel with oil and add bay leaves. After that add onion, ginger and garlic paste. Reduce the heat to medium and fry this mixture until it turns translucent and oil starts to separate.
  2. Now add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt in this mixture. Mix well and cook it for another 5 min on medium heat
  3. Add milk and little water into this mixture to make gravy. Bring it to boil on high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low. Add fresh cream and garam masala powder. Mix it well and cover this vessel with a lid. Cook this gravy for another 3-4 min on medium low heat. Now turn off the stove.
  4. Add koftas into this prepared Gravy and serve hot with rice or chapatti. (Remember one thing; add koftas to gravy only 5-6min before serving otherwise kofta would break.)

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