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.

Cucumber and lettuce dip

cucumber-dip

Preparation time: 3-4 mints
Serves: 2

Ingredients
½ cucumber roughly chopped ( I am using english cucumber)
1 little heart gem lettuce roughly chopped
¼ cup peanuts
½ lemon’s juice
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paper

Method

  1. Put all the ingredients into the blender.
  2. Blend for 30-45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
  3. And serve…

Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins.

French Bean Rice

French-bean rice

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

Ingredients
2 cups cooked rice
1 finely chopped onion
1 finely chopped green chilli
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
½ cup roughly chopped french beans
2 tspn oil
½ tspn mustard seeds
½ tspn cumin seeds
½ tspn asafoetida
½ tspn turmeric powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp sugar
salt to taste

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  2. When they crackle, add the asafoetida, turmeric powder, chilli, garlic, onions and saute them till onions are light brown.
  3. Now add french beans to it. Stir it well and sauté it for 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add rice along with salt, sugar and lemon juice. Stir it well. Let it cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Serve it hot or its great for lunch box too..

A great way to use french beans in a meal…

 

Courgette Pancakes

Courgette Pan CakePreparation time: 10 mints
Cooking time: 5-7 mints
Serves – 2 – 3

Ingredients
2 medium size courgette (grated)
1 cup chick pea flour
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin and coriander powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp all mix spices powder (garam masala)
water to make batter
oil to pan fry

Method

  1. Place grated courgette in a large mixing bowl and add all the ingredients and stir it well add some water to adjust the consistency of batter. (thick pouring consistency)
  2. Preheat griddle or frying pan to medium-high heat. Rub griddle or frying pan with oil before cooking each batch of pancakes. (You can use more oil if you like)
  3. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake on hot griddle. Cook until bubbles begin to form, about 1½ minutes, turn pancake over and continue to cook for another 1 to 1½ minutes or until pancakes are done. (You may need to adjust heat, depending on the type of griddle or frying pan you are using.)
  4. When pancakes are done, serve immediately.
  5. Serve with your choice of jams, syrups and add a dollop of soured cream or yoghurt.

Courgettes contain very few calories and have a high water content, which makes them a dieter’s friend.

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.

Potato Peanut Curry

potato-peanut curryPreparation time: 5-10 mints
Cooking time: 5-7 mints
Serves: 4

Ingredients
450 grm potato (boiled and peeled)
1/2 cup coarsely ground peanut
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tbsp lemon juce
1 tbsp sugar
2 finely chopped
4-5 curry leaves green chillies
coriander leaves to garnish

Method

  1. Cut the potatoes in bite size cubes.

  2. Heat oil in a pan (I will suggest to use non-stick pan). Once oil is hot add cumin seeds. Let it  sputter and add asafoetida, chillies and curry leaves along with ground peanut.

  3. Let it cook for 1-2 minutes or till peanut turns light golden brown. Now add potatoes and other remaining ingredients and mix it gently. Make sure potatoes are evenly coated with oil. If needed use more oil at this point.

  4. Let it cook for 4-5 minutes on medium high heat. Stir it occasionally.

  5. Once it’s evenly cooked garnish it with coriander leaves and serve it warm.

Serving Suggestions:
you can serve it with poori (indian bread), plain yogurt etc.

You can also use canned potato to prepare this recipe to make it quicker.

Winter Wonder Bite – Christmas gift idea

Winter Wonder BitePreparation time: 5-10 mints
Cooking time: 5 mints
Makes: 6 pieces

Ingredients
1/4 cup date spread
1/2 cup shredded dry coconut
1 tbsp charoli (Buchanania lanzan)
2 tbsp shredded almond
1 tsp poppy seed
1 tsp clarified butter (ghee)
1/2 tsp all spice mix

Method

  1. Take clarified butter in a microwave proof bowl, place it into microwave on high hit for 2 minutes. Once ghee is melted add poppy seed and shredded coconut in it and place it back into microwave for another 2 minutes on high hit.
  2. Now add date spread, charoli, 1 tbsp almond and all spice mix in it. Mix it well and place it back into microwave for 1 minute on high hit. (If you can not get hold of date spread just take 1/2 cup of dates and saute it in a pan on medium low heat with a teaspoon of ghee until it become paste alike and use it)
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  3. Let it cool for a while and make bite size balls or you can give different shape by placing it in a silicone mould as you can see in above picture. Garnish it with remaining almond. Place ready balls into freeze for 1 hour to set and serve.

Dates are rich in dietary fibre, iron content and being high in sugar level, they help to boost energy level instantly.

Kale Sweet Corn Cheese Grill

Kale Sweet Corn Cheese Grill

Preparation time: 5-10 mints
Cooking time: 10 mints
Serves: 6
Makes: 6 sandwiches

Ingredients
12 slices bread
butter to spread
ketchup to drizzle

Stuffing
1/2 cup chopped kale leaves
1/4 cup frozen sweet corn
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 tsp pepper powder
1 tsp mixed herb
1 tsp salt
6 cube dolcelatte cheese (25 grm cube) (you can use any cheese you want)

Method

  1. Mix kale leaves, sweet corn and chopped onion in a microwave proof bowl and add salt, pepper and mix herb in it.

  2. Now microwave this mixture for 2 minutes on high heat. Now give a stir and put it back in microwave for 2 minutes on high heat again. Keep this mixture aside.

  3. Butter the slices of bread on one side. Devide mixture in 6 parts and place it on bread (with the buttered side facing downwards)and top it with cheese cube. Drizzle some ketchup on it and cover it with another slice of bread (with the buttered side facing upwards)

  4. Place a pan on stove over high heat until hot. Once pan is hot, grill the sandwich both side, till both the sides turn golden brown. (You can also use a grilling machine or oven to prepare this recipe.)

  5. Serve it hot.

Serving Suggestions:
you can serve it with green chutney, ketchup or any dip that you enjoy.

Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium.

Quick Cheesy Pasta

Cheesy Pasta

Preparation time: 5-10 mints
Cooking time: 10 mints
Serves: 2

Ingredients
1 cup penne pasta
1/2 cup frozen mix veg
1 tbsp grated cheddar cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp mixed herb
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper powder
1/2 tsp thyme

Method

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta with mix vegetables and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until it becomes soft. Drain it.

  2. In a large bowl toss drained pasta with cheddar cheese, olive oil, herbs, salt, pepper and thyme.

  3. And serve..serve it warm.

Serving Suggestions:
you can serve it with fresh salad, or eat it on its own!!

To make this dish more fibrous and low fat, add more vegetables.