Healthy Coleslaw

coleslaw

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.

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.

Jacket Potato with Beans and Coleslaw

Preparation time: 5 mints
Cooking time: 45-50 mints
Serves – 4

Ingredients
4 baking potatoes
1 tbsp oil
salt
pepper

For Serving
1 can baked beans (400 grm)
home made coleslaw

Method

  1. Scrub the potatoes and prick in several places with a fork.
  2. Place in a microwave bag and microwave it for 15 minutes on high.
  3. Pre heat oven to 200C/180C.
  4. Cook the potatoes until tender (you may need a more or less time depending on the size of your potatoes and your microwave).
  5. Once potatoes are done put a few drops of oil over each one and rub it all over the skin.
  6. After that, rub in some salt and pepper – salt will draw out the moisture from the skin and, together with the oil, provide more crunchiness.
  7. Now place the potatoes straight on to the centre shelf of the oven and let them bake for 30 minutes, or until the skins are really crisp.
  8. Serve immediately because, after you remove jacket potatoes from the oven, they lose their crispness very quickly.

Serving

  1. Split open the potatoes and spoon in the beans.
  2. Take some coleslaw with it.
  3. Serve immediately.

Cold days require comfort food, give yours a health boost with home made coleslaw…

Urad Dal – One Pot Recipe

urad dalPreparation time: 10 mints
Cooking time: 25-30 mints
Serves – 3 – 4

Ingredients
1 cup urad dal (white lentil)
½ cup chopped tomato or tomato puree
1 chopped green chilli
½ roughly chopped red chilli
5 garlic cloves finely chopped
2 tbpn ghee (clarified butter)
½ tspn mustard seeds
½ tspn cumin seeds
½ tspn asafoetida
½ tspn turmeric powder
½ tspn chilli powder
½ tspn cumin and coriander powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt to taste
5 cups water
coriander leaves (to garnish)

Method

  1. Heat ghee in a pressure cooker. Once hot, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  2. When they crackle, add asafoetida, turmeric powder, chillies, garlic, chopped tomato and saute them for a minute.
  3. Now wash urad dal and add it to cooker stir it well and add all remaining ingredients.
  4. Close the lid and let it cook for one whistle on high heat. Now let it simmer for 15-20 minutes on low heat with lid on.
  5. Turn off the heat and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Garnish it with coriander.
  7. Serve it hot.

Simple, easy and delicious Urad Daal..

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.

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.