Healthy Cooking : Sooji Idli

When planning to eat healthy food, sooji idli is a great and tasty and healthy food to start your day with… Trust me 3-4 of the idlis with a glass of cold coffee or Mango shake (why to miss out on it since it is Mango season ;) ) kick starts your day..

Sooji Idli

Preparation Time:- 5 mins | Cooking Time:- 15-20 mins | Makes:- 12 idlis

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups Dry Roasted Semolina (Sooji/Rava)
  • 1 cup curd
  • 1 tea spoon ghee/oil
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 small Carrot finely chopped
  • 3-4 french beans finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tea spoon Mustard seeds
  • 2-3 curry leaves (Kari patta)
  • 1 tea spoon Eno powder

PREPARATION:

Mix the roasted sooji with salt and curd, add some water to make a thick batter.  Keep aside for 15 mins.

In a pan heat the oil and add mustard seeds and curry leaves, allow them to crackle.

Now add the vegetables and saute them for a few mins.

Add these vegetables to the sooji batter and mix well.

Grease the idli stand with some oil.

Add the eno powder to the batter mix properly and fill the idli stand.

Steam the idlis, generally takes 7-8 mins to steam. Can check by inserting a toothpick and make sure nothing sticks to it.

Ready to serve.

SERVING:

  • I have used various variations for vegetables, like spinach, peas, capsicum… basically anything available can be used.. Or you can eat them plain also.
  • Serve with any chutney or Sambar.

Tasty Cooking..!!

 

Healthy Sprouts Salad

Sprouts is a healthy way to start the day.. Moong dal sprouts is what my husband loves, I make it often either for breakfast or as a salad for lunch or dinner… 

Sprouts

Preparation Time:- 10 mins | Cooking Time:- 15 mins | Serves:- 2 people

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups Sprouted Green Moong Dal
  • 1 tea spoon ghee/oil
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 small Cucumber finely chopped
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tea spoon Red Chilly Powder (Lal Mirch)
  • 1 tea spoon Garam masala powder
  • 2 tea spoon Chaat masala powder
  • 2 table spoon lime juice
  • 2 table spoon fresh coriander leaves finely chopped

PREPARATION:

In a pan heat the oil and add salt, chilly powder and garam masala. 

Now add the sprouts to the pan, mix.

Add 1 cup of water and simmer. Allow to cook till the sprouts boil, and then evaporate any excess water.

Allow to cool the sprouts.

Once cooled down, mix the chopped vegetables, chaat masala, lime juice and coriander leaves to the boiled sprouts.

Ready to serve.

SERVING:

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Tasty Cooking..!!

 

Gajar Matar

I love love love winters.. With winters we get the beautiful red carrots which are a part of anything I cook now-a-days.. And the fresh peas.. Nothing like them.. Now this recipe is purely to be made when you have both of these.. because it is not the same taste with the orange carrots and the frozen peas.. :)

Gajar Matar

Preparation Time:- 5 mins |  Cooking Time:- 20-25 mins |  Serves:- 2-3 people

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups Carrot (Gajar) chopped in small cubes
  • 1 cup Peas (Matar)
  • 1 table spoon Mustard oil (Sarson ka tel)
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tea spoon Turmeric powder (Haldi Powder)
  • 1/4 tea spoon red chilli powder (Lal Mirch powder)
  • 1 tea spoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 & 1/2 tea spoon garam masala
  • 1 tea spoon Dry Mango powder (Amchoor Powder)

PREPARATION:

Heat the mustard oil  in a pan and add cumin seeds. Allow them to crackle.

Add the chilly powder, salt and turmeric powder to the oil. Now add the chopped vegetables and mix gently so that everything gets folded in the masala properly.

Simmer the stove and add 1/2 cup of water. Mix again and cover the lid.

Allow the vegetables to cook in steam for about 15-20  minutes, by mixing in between. Once the water dries out and the veggies gets soft sprinkle the garam masala and dry mango powder. Mix well.

SERVING:
  • Gajar Matar goes well with hot chapatis/paranthas and curd.
  • Try to add a bit ghee before serving, it will change the taste of the dish.

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Cheesy Spinach Pasta

Since long I had this craving for pasta.. so when peeked into my fridge if I had something to make this white sauce pasta.. Found a bunch of spinach some mozzarella cheese and hence came this recipe.. 

Cheesy Spinach Pasta

Preparation Time:- 5 mins | Cooking Time:- 15 mins | Serves:- 2 people

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups Pasta
  • 2 table spoon cornflour
  • 1 table spoon Butter
  • 4-5 cloves Garlic grated (Optional)
  • 2 cups Milk
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 table spoon grated Cheese
  • 1 tea spoon Dried Basil
  • 1 tea spoon Oregano
  • 1 tea spoon Pepper Powder (Kali Mirch)
  • 1 tea spoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup washed and finely chopped spinach (palak)
  • 1 tea spoon Olive oil

PREPARATION:

Boil the pasta as per the instructions provided on the packet (Generally boil along with some salt and oil) . Drain and keep aside.

Take butter in a pan and add the grated garlic and saute for a minute.

Once its done add the cornflour saute for a second let it not turn brown.

Add milk and stir it continuously to avoid lumps.

Once the mixture starts thickening add oregano, basil, salt, pepper powder and seasoning.

Add the grated cheese and and bring to boil. The sauce will become a bit thick.

Add the chopped spinach and pasta to the sauce. Cook for another 2 minutes.

SERVING:

  • Serve hot with some grated cheese.

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Tasty Cooking..!!

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