Healthy Coleslaw

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Preparation time: 5 mints
Serves – 2

Ingredients
½ cup thinly sliced red cabbage
½ cup thinly sliced carrot
½ cup thinly sliced onion
2 tbsp greek yogurt (curd)
1½ tbsp mayonnaise
1 tspn lemon juice
salt to taste
pepper to taste

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix it well.
  3. Best served chilled.

Will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days…

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Caramelised Walnuts (Nuts)

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Preparation time: 5 mints
Cooking time: 5 mints

Ingredients
1 cup walnut halves/pieces (or your choice of nuts)
¼ cup white granulated sugar
1 tbsp water
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp chat masala
¼ tsp sweet chilli powder

Method

  1. Take walnuts, sugar and water in a non-stick pan.
  2. Heat over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently so your mixture doesn’t burn (especially towards the end). When the sugar mixture starts melting, stir constantly until all sugar is melted and nuts are coated.
  3. Once sugar is melted and nuts are coated turn off the heat. Add salt, chat masala and chilli powder to it and give it a mix.
  4. Now transfer nuts immediately onto a sheet of parchment paper and separate the nuts right away.
  5. The coating will harden in minutes, you can transfer them to a bowl and enjoy!

These delicious nuts can be used in several cakes, but you can also put them on ice-cream, pancakes, fruit salad, or eat them just as they are.

Carrot coriander stalks Soup

Carrot Coriander Stock SoupPreparation time: 5 mints
Cooking time: 5-7 mints
Serves – 3 – 4

Ingredients
1 cup coriander stalks roughly chopped
2 medium size carrots roughly chopped
½ cup chopped onion
1 tbsp oil
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp cumin and coriander powder
1 tsp salt
½ tsp all mix spices powder (garam masala)
1 liter water

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker, add onions along with turmeric powder, salt, garam masala, cumin and coriander powder and lemon juice, let it cook for 5 minutes until softened. Stir in the coriander stalks and cook for 1 min. Add the carrots and water. Cover the lid and pressure cook it for 3 whistles.
  2. Allow the steam to escape and open the pressure cooker.
  3. Transfer the mixture in to a food processor and blitz until smooth.
  4. Return to pan, taste, add salt if necessary, then reheat to serve.

I say make a good use of coriander stalks!! 😉

Methi Thepla

Methi Thepla

Preparation time: 10 mints
Cooking time: 10 mints
Makes – 8 pieces

Ingredients
1 cup wheat flour
¾ cup gram flour
1 cup finely chopped methi (fenugreek)
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin and coriander powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp jaggery
¾ cup yogurt
oil to cook

Method

  1. Combine the wheat flour, besan and the remaining ingredients in a bowl, mix well and knead into a soft dough. Use extra water if needed.
  2. Keep it aside for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Now divide the dough in to 8 equal portion and roll out each portion into a circle.
  4. Preheat a pan on medium heat and cook each portion both side using 1 tea-spoon oil till golden brown spots appear.
  5. Serve it with yogurt raita or ghee jaggery.

Kids love this dish and Fenugreek health benefits are multitude.

Cabbage Pancake

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Preparation time: 5 mints
Cooking time: 15 –  20 mints
Serves: 2

Ingredients
2 cup finely chopped or grated cabbage
½ cup gram flour or all-purpose flour
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin and coriander powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp all spice mix
oil to shallow fry

Method

  1. Combine cabbage, turmeric, chilli powder, all spice mix, cumin and coriander powder along with salt in a large bowl. Let it marinate for 6-7 hours.
  2. Once marinated add gram flour and mix it well until all cabbage get flour coating. Add more flour if required.
  3. Heat a griddle on high heat and add some oil to it to coat the bottom.
  4. Add 1/4 of the cabbage mixture to the griddle, pressing it out into a 2 to 3 inch pancake.
  5. Let it cook until the edges are brown or around 2-3 minutes.
  6. Now, flip it over and let it cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Serve it hot with tomato ketchup.

Feel free to use any vegetable you like, to make this dish more interesting…

Curly Endive & Oats Muthiya – Steamed Dumplings

Curly Endive Muthiya

Preparation time: 10 mints
Cooking time: 15 mints
Serves: 2-3

Ingredients
2 cups chopped curly endive
1 cup quick cooking oats
2 tbsp semolina (rava)
3 tbsp curd
4-5 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger paste
2-3 green chillies finely chopped
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp asafoetida powder
1/4 tsp baking soda or fruit salt
1 tbsp sugar
salt to taste
water as required

For Tempering
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
1/4 asafoetida powder
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp lemon
1 tbsp sugar
salt to taste

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients well in a bowl, mix well and knead into a soft dough using little water.
  2. Divide the dough into 4 equal portions and shape each portion into a cylindrical roll.
  3. Arrange the rolls on a sieve and steam in a steamer on a high flame for 15 minutes. Remove and keep aside to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Now cut into bite size pieces.
  5. For the tempering, heat the oil in a big non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds.
  6. When the seeds crackle, add the sesame seeds, asafoetida powder and cook on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  7. Add muthia pieces into the pan along with chilli powder, sugar, lemon and salt and toss it lightly till each muthia covers well with masala.
  8. Enjoy it hot with green chutney or curd.

Curly Endive is rich in many vitamins and minerals, and Oats are high in fibre and protein which makes this tasty recipe very healthy.

Stuffed Sprouts

Stuffed SproutsPreparation time: 5 mints
Cooking time: 7-8
Serves: 4

Ingredients
250 grm brussel sprouts

For Stuffing
¼ cup shredded dry coconut
1 tbsp kasuri methi (optional)
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin and coriander powder
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp all spice mix
1 tsp dry mango powder
1 tbsp oil

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients together for the stuffing.
  2. Cut off the stem end of the Brussels sprouts and remove any yellowing outer leaves. Slit them crosswise from the bottom, almost all the way through – leave the stalk area uncut. Stuff each sprout with the stuffing – don’t be afraid to use clean hands to do this; just get right in there.
  3. Place sprouts in a microwave proof tray and microwave it on high heat for around 7 minutes or till sprouts are tender.
  4. Serve it warm.

In order to facilitate even cooking, it is important that the Brussels sprouts be as uniform in size and shape as possible.

Couscous-Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Capsicum

Preparation time: 10 mints
Assembling time: 40 mints
Serves: 4

Ingredients
4 large peppers
½ cup couscous
¼ cup shreded carrot
¼ cup finely chopped onions
4-5 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 tbsp coriander
1 tbsp oil
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
1 cup shreded cheese
Boiling water

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Cut the peppers in half through the stalks and scoop out the seeds.
  3. Drizzle one tablespoon of oil over the peppers, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the peppers are just tender.
  4. Place cous cous in a large bowl & covering with boiling water so that all cous cous is covered & there’s about 1/2 cm extra water. Keep it aside for 10 minutes to soak.
  5. Once, cous cous is soaked, fluff it up with a fork. Add carrot, onion, garlic and coriander in it. Season it with salt and pepper and mix it well.
  6. Spoon cous cous mixture into the pepper halves. Cover it with shreded cheese.
  7. Place it back in to the oven for 15 minutes, until the cheese is golden.
  8. Serve it hot with a salad.

Capsicum peppers are rich sources of antioxidants and vitamin C. Compared to green peppers, red peppers have more vitamins and nutrients.
Red peppers have twice the vitamin C content of green peppers.

Carrot and Walnut Cake

Carrot-cake

Preparation time: 5-10 mints
Cooking time: 30-35 mints
Serves: 8

Ingredients
1 cup plain flour
2 tbsp corn flour
1 cup shreded carrot
1 cup chopped walnut
1/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup yogurt
1 tsp cinemon powder
1 tsp all spice mix
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup hot water

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Place oven rack in center of oven.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add plain flour, corn flour, cinemon powder, all spice powder, salt, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Mix it well.
  3. Now, add all wet ingredients and mix it well.
  4. Add carrot, walnut and raisins and give it a stir.
  5. Lightly butter your cake pan and pour the mixture in it.
  6. Place it in oven and let it bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Remove the cake from oven and let it cool and enjoy…

Any eggless cake that over-does the leavening agent in an attempt to get a light fluffy cake, usually just end up tasting like baking soda.

Sev Usal

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Preparation time: 10-15 mints
Cooking time: 15-20 mints
Serves: 4-5

Ingredients
2 cup frozen peas
1 can chopped tomato
4 finely chopped onion
10 thinly sliced garlic cloves
3-4 chopped small green chillies
½ tbsp ginger paste
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp paprika powder
1 tsp coriander and cumin powder
1½ tsp salt
2 cups water

For Serving
3 medium size chopped boiled potato
3 wine tomato chopped
coriander for garnishing
Green Chutney
Tamarind Chutney
Sev ( besan flour snack)

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and asafoetida. Let it splutter, now add garlic, chilli and ginger paste saute it until light golden brown.
  2. Add chopped onion, turmeric and salt. Sauté on a medium flame till they turn translucent.
  3. Now add tomato and peas to it and let it simmer for 3-4 minutes and add water and paprika powder.
  4. Cover the pan with lid and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes on medium heat.
  5. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice and coriander-cumin powder to it and stir it.
  6. Serve it hot, in a soup or pasta bowl. Add both the chutneys as per your taste, top it up with tomato, potato and sev, garnish with coriander and enjoy..

Originally this recipe is made with dry white peas soaked over night in water and then pressure cook it. To make it quicker I have used frozen peas.