Broccoli Stir Fry With Carrot Beans And Olive

Broccoli stir fry with carrot beans and olive topped with roasted sesame seeds. A delicious and easy to make mixed vegetable dry curry. This stir fry also includes Bengal gram or chana dal with capsicum, tomato, chilli and spices. So its a very filling dish. Serve it as a side dish with any bread or dal chawal or enjoy it bowlful when you are not in a mood to make elaborate meal. You can also use baby corn, sweet corn, bell peppers or any other vegetable of your choice.

You may like some more broccoli recipes on this blog.

1. No onion garlic broccoli potato stir fry

2. Broccoli malai curry

3. Broccoli with cottage cheese and vegetables

4. Broccoli almond cheese soup

5. Broccoli stir fry with lemon and ginger julienne

6. Broccoli with egg and tomato

7. Broccoli mushroom noodles

This Monday our 243 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Little Chefs suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. Priya has a wonderful blog. I am sure you will love her delicious and healthy recipes. I have recently bookmarked her Oats dosa and Rainbow rice salad to try. Do visit her space for more mouthwatering recipes.

We have to keep our kids busy in these days. And its very difficult to manage super active kids engage in home for a long time. So Priya suggested why not take our kids in kitchen to help us and make some interesting and healthy dishes with them. Great idea isn’t it? Give them responsibility to dry roast the sesame seeds or wash the vegetables for you. After that chop the vegetables and let them arrange those colorful vegetables on a plate. Use vegetables according to your kid’s choice like red, yellow bell peppers, baby corn, sweet corn etc.

Recipe

Broccoli – 1

Beans – 100 grams

Carrot – 1

Onion – 1 large, sliced

Capsicum – 1

Tomato – 2 large, chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3, finely chopped

Garlic paste – 2 teaspoon

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Olive slices – 2 tablespoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Chana dal or Bengal gram – 1/2 cup

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sesame seeds – 2 teaspoon, optional

Water – 1 cup + 2 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Pressure cook the chana dal or Bengal gram with salt, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 cup water for 15 minutes. Dal should be soft but not mushy.

2. Dry roast the sesame seeds and keep aside. This step is optional.

3. Rinse the broccoli. Cut into small florets. Dip the florets in hot water for 3-4 minutes. Drain and keep aside.

4. Peel and cut the carrot into thin slices.

5. Cut off the both tips of the beans. Chop into 1 inch pieces.

6. Mix cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder, black pepper powder and turmeric powder with 2 tablespoon water in a bowl .

7. Heat oil in a pan. Add onion slices and chopped green chilli. Fry till onion becomes brown.

8. Add chopped tomatoes and garlic paste. Saute till tomatoes becomes mushy.

9. Add sliced carrot and chopped beans. Saute for 2 minutes.

10. Add chopped broccoli, green peas, sliced capsicum and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Saute for 2 minutes again.

11. Now add soaked dry spices and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook on simmer until vegetables become tender. It will take about 15 minutes.

12. Remove the cover. Add the olive slices and mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice and mix. You can add more lemon juice if you want.

13. Sprinkle dry roasted sesame seeds. This step is optional. You can skip it if you like.

14. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves, lemon wedges, olive slices and red or green chilli. Serve hot with roti, paratha, naan, puri, or any bread or dal chawal.

Notes

1. Use green chilli less or more according to your taste.

2. You can also use baby corn, red, yellow bell peppers or sweet corn etc.

3. Any lentil or dal can be used instead of chana dal or Bengal gram.

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Gluten Free Savoury Pancakes With Bottle Gourd And Carrot / Vegan Recipe

Gluten free and vegan savoury pancakes with bottle gourd and carrot. Pearl millet or bajra atta, sorghum flour or jowar atta, oats, bottle gourd and carrot made this pancakes nutritious and spices made it absolutely delicious. We always need some nutritious breakfast and its a perfect dish for health conscious people and as well as who like to satisfy their taste buds.

Yes, I used all the healthy flour to make these pancakes and very happy with the taste. Its a super hit breakfast in my home. All the flour has numerous health benefits.

Pearl Millet commonly known as Bajra in India is rich in essential compounds like protein, fibre, phosphorous, magnesium and iron. Due to its rich composition of minerals and proteins, Pearl Millet has many health benefits. It contains essential amino acids and vitamins also which contribute to its therapeutic properties.  5 reasons you should include bajra in your diet

1. Powerful for controlling diabetes.

2. Weight loss.

3. Reduces cholesterol

4. Helps in digestion

5. Helps prevent cancer

Source

Sorghum is a nutrient-packed grain that you can use in many ways. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. It’s likewise an excellent source of fiber, antioxidants, and protein.

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Oats are an incredibly nutritious food packed with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In addition, they’re high in fiber and protein compared to other grains. Oats contain some unique components — in particular, the soluble fiber beta-glucan and antioxidants called avenanthramides. Benefits include lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, protection against skin irritation and reduced constipation. In addition, they are very filling and have many properties that should make them a weight loss friendly food. At the end of the day, oats are among the healthiest foods you can eat. To read more health benefits of oats click here.

You may like some more pancake recipes on this blog.

1. Oats semolina chila or pancakes

2. Green moong uttapam or dosa

3. Rosti or Swiss potato pancakes

4. Gluten free multigrain pancakes

5. Manipuri tan or flatbread with finger millet or ragi

6. Gluten free multigrain cheese stuffed pancakes

7. Black rice oats and beetroot chila or pancakes

This month in Shhhhh Secretly Cooking Challenge facebook group we are sharing different types of pancakes. Shhh Cooking Secretly a group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes, is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen. Theme of this month suggested by Archana. This month my partner is lovely Swaty Malik. I always love her healthy and easy to make recipes like Spinach tortillas etc. Visit her space for different types of healthy and delicious recipes. Swaty gave me chaat masala and green chilli and I made this delicious and healthy gluten free pancake with bottle gourd and carrot. I gave her cumin and ginger and Swaty made a super tempting and healthy Mixed dal dosa.

You can call it a super healthy breakfast. Its a no onion garlic recipe but you can add one finely chopped onion in the batter. All the three flour, carrot and bottle gourd made these pancakes not only delicious but also nutritious.

Recipe

Bajra atta or pearl millet – 1 cup

Oats powder – 1 cup

Sorghum flour or jowar atta – 1/4 cup

Bottle gourd or lauki – 1 cup, grated

Carrot – 1 large, grated

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 2 – 3, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Peel and grate the bottle gourd or lauki, carrot and ginger.

2. In a large bowl mix all the three flour, salt, finely chopped green chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves, cumin powder, chaat masala powder, black pepper powder, grated bottle gourd, carrot and ginger.

3. Add water gradually and whisk well. Make a lump free batter. Batter should be thick but flowing. Cover and keep aside for 15 minutes.

4. Heat a skillet or non stick pan. Spread little oil. Pour a ladle full batter in the center. Spread the batter gently with a spatula.

5. Let it cook on low flame till edges becomes light brown. Drizzle little oil on the sides. Flip and cook the other side too till golden brown.

6. Serve hot with any chutney or sauce.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.

2. One finely chopped onion can be used in the batter.

3. You can use any other flour instead of these flour.

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Mint Carrot Beetroot Hummus With Green Peas

 

Mint carrot beetroot hummus with green peas. A superbly delicious hummus with a different taste and flavour. Flavour of mint and lemon and sweetness of beetroot, green peas and carrot made this hummus mouthwatering.

Hummus is a savoury dip or spread made of boiled and ground chickpeas mixed with garlic, tahini and lemon juice. A delicious and very popular spread or dip in the Middle East and Mediterranean, as well as in Middle Eastern cuisine. Earlier shared a delicious Beetroot dip.

You can always increase the ingredients according to your taste. I don’t like sesame seeds flavour so I have used only 1 teaspoon but you can use 1 tablespoon full if you like. I have sauteed the carrot, beetroot and green peas in little olive oil before blending with chickpeas. And sauteed vegetables gives a different taste to the hummus. I didn’t use tahini. Tahini is a paste of toasted sesame seeds and olive oil. And as I mentioned above you can add 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds instead of 1 teaspoon if you like. Or you can completely omit sesame seeds. Sometimes I make it without sesame seeds. But I recommend to add at least 1/2 to 1 teaspoon. Or use 1 tablespoon tahini instead of toasted sesame seeds.

This week’s 236 #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is Hummus Time suggested by Kalyani Sri who blog at Sizzling Taste Buds. Love her blog name as well as different types of delicious recipes she shared. Recently bookmarked her 8 healthy pongal recipes to try all the delicious and healthy pongal.

I mentioned above that I sauteed the vegetables before blending with chickpeas. You have to saute the vegetables till fork tender in little olive oil. You can add more lemon juice if you want your hummus more tangy. I don’t like the flavour of sesame seeds so I have toasted 2 teaspoon but used 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds and reserved some for garnishing. But you can use 1 tablespoon if you like. Or use 1 tablespoon tahini instead of toasted sesame seeds. You can also add more garlic if you like the garlicky taste and flavour.

Recipe

Chickpeas – 1/2 cup, soaked and boiled

Beetroot – 1

Carrot – 1

Green peas – 1/4 teaspoon

Garlic – 1 clove, chopped

Mint leaves – 2 tablespoon

Toasted sesame seeds – 1 teaspoon

Olive oil – 1 tablespoon + to drizzle

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon or to taste

Method

1. Peel, rinse and grate or finely chop the beetroot and carrot.

2. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a pan. Add chopped garlic, beetroot, carrot and green peas. Add little salt and stir. Reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer until vegetables becomes little soft. Press with a spatula to check. Stir in between. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

3. In a food processor or blender blend the boiled chickpeas. You can also use your grinder. Reserve some chickpeas for garnishing. I reserved some ground chickpeas too for garnishing.

4. Add sauteed vegetables, mint leaves, toasted sesame seeds, salt, cumin powder and black pepper powder. Add some water from boiled chickpeas for easy grinding. Blend everything till smooth.

5. Add lemon juice and remaining olive oil. Blend till everything combine well and becomes smooth. You can add little more cold boiled chickpeas water. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if require and blend again.

6. Take out the mixture into a bowl. Drizzle little olive oil over it. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, boiled chickpeas and mint leaves. Serve with pita bread or raw vegetable sticks. Remaining hummus can be stored in refrigerator.

Notes

1. You can add 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds or use 1 tablespoon tahini instead of sesame seeds.

2. You can use one more garlic clove if you like.

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Ginger Noodles

Ginger noodles.
Today sharing one of my most favourite and very easy to make noodles recipe.
To make this delicious noodles you can use cabbage or any vegetable of your choice. I don’t like cabbage so I didn’t use. I have used whatever vegetables I had in my pantry. Sometimes I also use broccoli and capsicum.

Its a vegetarian recipe but if you want you can add shredded and boiled chicken or scrambled egg or sliced omelette in it.
Enjoy the noodles with chilli paneer, honey chilli potatoes, chilli chicken or manchurian etc.

This post is going to be a part of A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated on Facebook Group, created by Jolly
and Vidya.
Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month. This month’s Alphabet is letter G.

Some more recipes for this challenge I have posted earlier.

Beetroot shot

Corn cottage cheese stir fry

Date walnut fudge

Eggs in poppy seeds or dim posto

Fennel oats millet cookies

To make this noodles cut the vegetables in thin slices and cook on high heat to retain the crunch of the vegetables. Be careful while boiling the noodles. Noodles shouldn’t be over cook. If you want you can also add chicken, eggs etc.

Recipe

Noodles – 150 gram

Ginger – 1 tablespoon, grated

Onion – 1 large, sliced

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves, minced or finely chopped

Tomato 1 medium, sliced

Red Bell pepper – 1 medium, sliced

Yellow Bell pepper – 1 medium, sliced

Spring onion green – 1 – 2, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Carrot – 1 medium, thinly sliced

Vinegar – 2 tablespoon

Tomato sauce – 1 tablespoon

Schezwan sauce – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Soya sauce – 2 tablespoon

Chilli sauce – 1/2 tablespoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Boil the noodles and 2 minutes or according to the instructions printed on the noodles packet. Add 1 teaspoon salt in the boiling water then add the noodles. Boil for 2 minutes and drain the water immediately.

2. Rinse the noodles with tap water.
Spread on a plate and toss with 1 teaspoon oil to prevent sticking.

3. Peel and chop the carrot into thin slices.
Thinly slice the red and yellow bell pepper and tomato.

4. In a bowl mix vinegar, soya sauce, tomato sauce, chilli sauce and Schezwan sauce. Keep aside.

5. Heat oil in a pan. Add sliced onion, garlic and green chilli. Fry till onion becomes translucent.

6. Add grated ginger and carrot. Fry for 2 minutes.

7. Add bell peppers, spring onion green and tomato. Saute for 1 minute.

8. Add vinegar, soya, chilli, tomato and Schezwan sauce. Mix well.

9. Now add the boiled noodles, salt and black pepper powder. Toss well.

10. If you feel difficult to toss, mix with the help of two spatula or tongs.

11. When the noodles will coated well with sauce, remove from heat.

12. Garnish with chopped spring onion green and ginger julienne.
Serve hot with chilli paneer, chilli chicken or manchurian.

Notes
1. You can use any vegetable like cabbage, broccoli florets, capsicum, beans etc.
2. Boiled and shredded chicken can be used with vegetables.
3. You can add scrambled eggs or omelette pieces in the noodles.
4. Use chilli according to your taste. If you are making it for kids then you can skip chilli and chilli sauce.

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Carrot Or Gajar Sandesh

Carrot sandesh.
Carrot flavoured sweet with all the goodness of carrot, paneer or cottage cheese and evaporated/dried milk or khoya/mawa.

Sandesh (Bengali: সন্দেশ Shôndesh Hindi: संदेश) is a dessert, originating from the Bengal region in the eastern part of the Indian subcontinent, created with milk and sugar. Some recipes of Sandesh call for the use of chhena or paneer(which is made by curdling the milk and separating the whey from it) instead of milk itself. Some people in the region of Dhaka call it pranahara (literally, heart ‘stealer’) which is a softer kind of sandesh, made with mawa and the essence of curd.

Source – Wikipedia

One more recipe to celebrate world carrot day. I have already shared delicious Gluten free cornmeal carrot cake.

You can get some more carrot recipe links in the above post.

Carrots are often thought of as the ultimate health food. Generations of parents have told their children: “Eat your carrots, they are good for you,” or “Carrots will help you see in the dark.”
Carrots contain vitamin A, antioxidants, and other nutrients. Evidence suggests that eating more antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, can help reduce the risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Carrots are also rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
To read more about carrot click here.

Here is a delicious sweet Carrot sandesh. Already shared different flavoured sandesh on this blog.

1. Sugar free date sandesh

2. Sugar free pineapple sandesh

3. Coconut sandesh with date palm jaggery or khajur gur

4. Chocolate sandesh

5. Coconut pomegranate sandesh

6. Paan sandesh or betel leaf sandesh

7. Steamed sandesh with date palm jaggery

8. Mango steamed sandesh

9. Watermelon sandesh

10. Cake sandesh

11. Chocolate coconut sandesh

12. Kesar pista sandesh

13. Mango sandesh

14. Sandesh

15. Steamed sandesh

16. Chocolate stuffed chocolate sandesh

Today I have noticed that I didn’t share carrot flavoured sandesh yet. And its Word Carrot Day today. So after carrot cake here is a delicious carrot flavoured sweet carrot sandesh or gajar sandesh or gajorer sondesh.

Very easy to make and delicious. I have paneer or cottage cheese and khoya/mawa or dried milk ready so quickly made it and everyone enjoyed the heavenly taste.
I have used only 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter but if you like you can use 1- 2 teaspoon more ghee or unsalted butter.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup crumbled

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Grated carrot – 1 cup

Milk – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon

Ghee/clarified butter or unsalted butter – 1 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Grind the grated carrot. Don’t add water. We don’t want smooth paste, just grind to make coarse paste.

2. Blend paneer or cottage cheese, khoya/mawa or dried milk and sugar in your mixer grinder or blender to make smooth. I have used homemade soft paneer. Get the method of making paneer and khoya here.

3. Heat ghee or unsalted butter in a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. I have used only 1 teaspoon but if you want you can use 1 – 2 teaspoon more.

4. Add ground carrot and fry for a minute. Add milk and let it boil.
Reduce the heat and cook on simmer. Keep stirring.

5. When the carrot will be about to dried up add 1 tablespoon sugar. Mix and cook till dried up completely.

6. Add blended paneer, khoya and sugar mixture.

7. Mix and cook on low medium heat. Stir continuously to avoid sticking at the bottom.

8. When the mixture dried up and becomes like a dough, remove from heat.

9. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

10. Transfer the mixture in a plate and let it cool down.

11. Knead the mixture well to make it smooth.

12. Make small balls. I have made 20 balls.

13. Shape the balls with a mould. I have used this mould.

14. But if you don’t have mould then you can spread the mixture in a greased plate. Let it set for 15 – 30 minutes. Cut in your desired shape.

15. Serve in room temperature or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled. You can store it in refrigerator for 6 – 7 days.
Enjoy the heavenly taste.

Note
If you want more carrot flavour add 2 cup grated carrot. Also increase the amount of ghee or unsalted butter.

 

Check out some more carrot recipes shared by my fellow bloggers

Carrot soup by Naina

Carrot cake by Shobha

Carrot orange granita by Archana

Carrot tagine by Melanie

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Red Lentil Soup

Red lentil soup.
A delicious comforting and flavourful soup. Very easy to make and nutritious. Serve it as a comforting meal with a dash of lemon juice or serve it with rice or bread.

Earlier made a Lebanese lentil soup with whole red lentils and loved the taste so tried this with red lentils. Its equally delicious.

You may like some more lentil recipes in this blog.

Lebanese Lentil Lemon Soup

Beetroot dal or lentil curry

Whole Masoor dal or brown or red lentils

Red lentil fritters in sour gravy

Red lentils, also known as Masoor dal, are an extremely popular lentil in India. They are grown all over the country and consumed for their various health benefits. Red lentils are extremely good for your skin and can prevent issues like rapid ageing and acne. They can also be used to lighten the skin and get rid of tans. Red lentils promote weight loss and are very good for your digestion due to the high amounts of fiber present in this lentil. It is good for diabetics as it regulates the random spikes and drops in the glucose level in the blood. It is abundantly rich in proteins and minerals, which help boost various systems in your body. It is very good for your bones, teeth, and eyesight because of this. It can reduce the risk of cancer due to its anticancer properties and is known for reducing bowel, colon, lung, and breast cancer risks. Moreover, due to its high antioxidant content, it is very beneficial for your immune system and can help prevent a ton of diseases and infections.
Read more about red lentil here.

This lemon flavoured lentil soup is very easy to make. You can use your pressure cooker to make it. But better to cook in open pot for taste. Soup will be more tasty if you will cook it in open pot.

Recipe

Red lentils or Masoor dal – 1 cup

Carrot – 2 medium

Potato – 1, optional

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Bay leaf – 1

Garlic – 3 – 4, minced

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Tomato – 1, chopped

Baby spinach – 100 gram, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 cup

Dried mint leaves – 3 tablespoon, crushed

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 5 cup

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Zest of 1 lemon

Method

1. Peel and cut the carrot and potato in cubes.

2. Rinse and chop the spinach.

3. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Add onion and garlic. Fry till the onion becomes translucent.

4. Add grated ginger, carrot, and potato. Saute for 2 minutes.

5. Now add spinach and tomato. Saute for 2 – 3 minutes or till the tomato becomes soft.

6. Add lentils, salt, cumin powder and black pepper powder. Mix well.

7. Add water and crushed dried mint leaves. Let it boil.

8. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on low heat till lentils becomes soft. It will take 25 – 30 minutes. Don’t cover the pan.

9. When lentils becomes soft add lemon zest and lemon juice. You can add more water if require.

10. Remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more lemon juice if require.

11. Garnish with mint and coriander leaves, lemon wedges and chopped tomatoes or fresh red chilli. I have used small pieces of fresh red chilli.

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Cornmeal Oats Soya Vegetable Idli

Cornmeal oats soya vegetable idli.
Soft and delicious idli made of Soyabean flour, ground oats, cornmeal and vegetables. I have used broccoli, green peas, sweet corn and carrot. You can use any vegetable of your choice like capsicum, cabbage, beans, bell pepper etc.

Not only healthy but its very easy and quick recipe. You don’t need to soak, grind or ferment the batter. If you have ground oats or oats flour ready then you can make it anytime.
I have already shared three different flavoured idli recipes on this blog.

1. Green moong idli

2. Chutney idli

3. Barnyard millet fried idli

Along with oats and semolina I have used cornmeal in this idli.
Unlike flour made from wheat grains, corn meal does not contain gluten, so it makes for a safe cooking ingredient for those suffering from celiac disease or gluten intolerance, according to Colorado State University. Eating corn meal also offers some health benefits because it serves as a source of essential nutrients.
Source

Sending this post to 188 Idli Medley theme suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuri’s Jikoni. Do visit her space for some awesome recipes. For this theme we have to make idli without rice.

Did you know March 30 is celebrated as World Idli Day?
For the last three years, March 30 has been celebrated as World Idli Day. The delicious south Indian steamed rice cake is often eaten for breakfast along with piping hot sambhar and a variety of tasty chutneys.
Source – NDTV

 

Earlier I have used only semolina or suji in idli. But this time added oats and cornmeal, oats and Soyabean flour to make it healthy and for a different taste. But if you don’t have these flour then you can make it with semolina and oats or only semolina.

Recipe

Cornmeal – 1/4 cup

Oats – 1/4 cup, ground

Soyabean flour – 1/4 cup

Semolina or suji – 1/4 cup

Broccoli – 1/2 cup, chopped

Green peas – 1/3 cup

Sweet corn – 1/3 cup

Carrot – 1, grated

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1 – 2, finely chopped

Rai or mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 12 – 15

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Curd – 1/2 cup

Fruit salt – 1 teaspoon

Water – 3/4 cup or as require

Method

1. In a bowl mix cornmeal, ground oats, soyabean flour and semolina or suji.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.

3. Add curry leaves, grated ginger and chopped green chilli. Fry for a minute.

4. Add all the vegetables. Add salt and cumin powder. Mix well.

5. Cover and cook on simmer for 4 – 5 minutes or till the vegetables become tender. Stir in between.

6. Now add all the flour and mix. Saute for a minute and remove from heat.
Let it cool down.

7. Add curd and 1/2 cup water. Mix well and add more water slowly to make a thick batter.

8. Cover and keep aside for 15 – 30 minutes.

9. Grease the idli moulds with oil.

10. Add fruit salt in the batter. Give a good stir and immediately pour the batter into the idli moulds.

11. Steam for 8 – 10 minutes in idli cooker. Insert a toothpick in the middle of a idli. It should comes out clean. I have made in microwave. In microwave it will take 6 – 7 minutes on full power.

12. Serve hot with any chutney. You may like some chutney recipes on this blog.
1. Mango sesame chutney

2. Water chestnut chutney

3. Onion tomato chutney or dip

4. Peanut chutney or dip

Notes

1. If you don’t have Soyabean flour and oats then you can make it with only semolina. Use 1 cup semolina or suji and skip oats powder and Soyabean flour.
2. Use chilli according to your spice tolerance.

Check out some more idli recipes of my fellow bloggers.

Poha idli by Archana

Buckwheat idli by Mayuri

Kanchipuram idli by Priya

Quinoa idli by Poonam

Oats rawa idli by Kalyani

Oats almond vegetable idli by Preethi

Veggie quinoa mini idli by Sasmita

Barnyard millet idli by Veena

Ragi idli by Swaty

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Vegan Fruity Golden Smoothie With Turmeric And Aloe Vera

Vegan fruity golden smoothie with fresh turmeric and Aloe Vera.
Dairy free golden smoothie with fresh turmeric, ginger, Aloe Vera gel, grapes, orange, carrot, cucumber, coconut milk and flavoured with mint and cinnamon. A perfect breakfast smoothie for weight watchers.

You don’t need to make juice of orange and carrot. Just use finely chopped or grated carrot and remove the skin and seeds of orange before using. Smoothie is enough sweet due to orange and carrot so you don’t need any sweetener.
You can get some more smoothie recipe here.

Turmeric is known for it’s healing compounds curcumin. Ginger is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Earlier I have shared turmeric shot recipe. Click here to get the recipe.

Here are some health benefits of the ingredients used in this smoothie.
1. Orange is high in Vitamin, C. Healthy immune system. Prevents skin damage. Keeps blood pressure under check. Lowers cholesterol. Controls blood sugar level. Lowers the risk of cancer.
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2. Grapes are packed With Nutrients, Especially Vitamins C and K. High Antioxidant Contents May Prevent Chronic Diseases. Plant Compounds May Protect Against Certain Types of Cancer. Beneficial for Heart Health in Various Impressive Ways. May Decrease Blood Sugar Levels and Protect Against Diabetes.
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3. Carrots health benefits includes supporting healthy eyes, a good source of antioxidants, supporting healthy heart, supporting health teeth and gums, treating wounds, improving brain health and cognitive functions, fighting cancer, supporting better digestion, maintaining youthful age, supporting healthy hair and skin and lowering the risk of developing diabetes.
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4. Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit.
It’s high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants that may help treat and even prevent some conditions.
Also, cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.
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5. Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties .Curcumin Is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound. Turmeric Dramatically Increases the Antioxidant Capacity of the Body. Curcumin Boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Linked to Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases.
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6. Aloe Vera contains healthful plant compounds. Antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Accelerates the healing of burns. Reduces dental plaque. Helps treat canker sores. Reduces constipation. May improve skin and prevent wrinkles. Lowers blood sugar levels.
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Now coming to the easy and simple recipe. Just combine everything and blend till the mixture becomes smooth. I don’t like the flavour of fresh turmeric so I have added cinnamon. Because of mint leaves and cinnamon you hardly notice turmeric flavour. If you want you can omit mint or cinnamon. But I recommend to use both for a lovely flavour.

Recipe

Grapes – 1 cup

Orange – 1 large or 2 small

Carrot – 1, grated or finely chopped

Cucumber – 1, optional

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, optional

Fresh turmeric – 1/2 inch piece

Mint leaves – few

Lemon juice – 1 – 2 tablespoon or as require

Aloe Vera gel – 1 – 2 tablespoon

Coconut milk – 1/2 cup

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Peel and remove the seeds of orange. I have small oranges so used two oranges. If you have large orange then use one.

2. Peel and chop the cucumber. Taste before using. Cucumber should not be bitter.

3. Peel and grate or finely chop the ginger and fresh turmeric.

4. Combine everything, add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and blend till smooth and frothy. Taste and add more lemon juice if require.

5. Pour in your favourite glass. You can add some ice cubes in the glass if you want.

6. Garnish with mint leaves, cucumber and lemon wedges. Serve chilled or in room temperature.

Notes
1. If you want sweeter smoothie omit the cucumber
2. If you don’t like cinnamon then you can skip it.
3. Add lemon juice according to your taste.

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Broccoli With Cottage Cheese And Mixed Vegetables

Happy Women’s Day to all wonderful women.
Broccoli with paneer or cottage cheese and mixed vegetables.
Here is a simple yet delicious recipe with all the goodness of broccoli, cottage cheese and some mixed vegetables.

Yes broccoli again. My vegetable vendor brings lots of broccoli every day. And always request to buy some. Broccoli not only healthy but taste great and see how this vegetable looks beautiful with some other colourful veggies.

You may like some more broccoli recipe on this blog.

1. Broccoli with egg and tomato

2. Vegan broccoli stir fry with lemon and ginger julienne

3. Broccoli almond cheese soup

I had some different vegetables and cottage cheese in my refrigerator. So made this mixed vegetables.
Posting it from train. Going to Allahabad to attend a marriage in family. So quickly coming to the recipe. Try out this and enjoy.

Recipe

Broccoli – 1

Cauliflower – 1 cup, chopped into small florets

Carrot – 3/4 cup, cubed

Beans – 3/4 cup

Capsicum – 1, cubed

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Green peas – 3 /4 cup

Sweet corn – 3/4 cup, boiled

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Garlic – 4-5, minced

Onion – 2, sliced

Paneer – 1 cup, cubed

Salt to taste

Tomato ketchup – 1 tablespoon

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Oregano – 2 teaspoon

Rosemarie – 1 teaspoon, optional

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Cut the broccoli into small florets. Cover with water and boil till fork tender. Broccoli florets should not be mushy. Or microwave with water for 4 minutes.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions, garlic and green chilli. Fry till the onions becomes light brown.

3. Add grated ginger and chopped tomatoes. Saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy.

4. Add carrot, beans, cauliflower green peas and salt. Mix well.

5. Cover and cook on low flame till the vegetables become tender. Stir occasionally.

6. Add capsicum and cook for 1 – 2 minutes on high heat.

7. Add corn, broccoli florets and paneer or cottage cheese pieces. Mix everything.

8. Add tomato ketchup, vinegar, oregano and rosemary. Rosemary is completely optional. If you don’t have or you don’t like skip it.

9. Stir and cook on high heat till the vegetables dried up.
Taste and adjust the seasoning.

10. Remove from heat. You can garnish with chopped scallion or onion greens.
Serve with any bread.

Notes

1. You can use bell peppers or any vegetables of your choice.
2. Use green chilli according to your taste.

3. You can use any vegetable oil.

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Vegan Fruit And Veggie Smoothie


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Happy Maha Shivratri!
May this Shivratri bring blessings to you and your family. May the almighty Lord Shiva bless you with all the happiness!!

Vegan fruit and veggie smoothie.
Beet carrot cucumber smoothie with orange and mint. Smoothie is naturally sweet so you don’t need any sweetener. Perfect for fasting days.
Smoothie is not only delicious and nutritious but every ingredients of this smoothie will also help to nourishes your skin.

Monday again and this week’s 183 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #GlowingskinRecipes suggested by Amrita Iyer who blog at Food samaritan.
Do visit her space for many amazing recipes.

I have used cucumber, carrot, orange juice, beetroot, almond, walnut and lemon in this smoothie. And every ingredients helps you to make your skin glow.

Cucumber – Cucumbers are light on the stomach, and perfect for quenching thirst and staying hydrated.
In fact, cucumber’s high water content is excellent for the skin as it keeps it hydrated and well-nourished. It is also rich in silica, which enhances your natural complexion and adds a glow to it.
Cucumber contains potassium, magnesium, biotin, and vitamins A, B1, and C, and therefore helps to improve your skin condition.

Carrot – We have been told time and again that carrots are great for the eyes. What you do not know is that they are great for the skin too.
Carrots contain vitamin A, which fights acne, wrinkles, pigmentation, and uneven skin tone. The juice is rich in fiber, which eases bowel movement and excretion, thereby clearing out your stomach. This enhances your skin.
Carrots also contain vitamin C and potassium, which improve skin elasticity and help in the regeneration of new cells.

Orange – Along with boosting your mood, it also elevates your skin’s health.
Oranges are rich sources of citric acid that aid collagen and elastin formation in the skin. Hence, they dry acne, enhance your complexion, improve your skin texture, and make your skin firm. Oranges also hydrate the skin and treat sunburns.
They contain antioxidants that fight free radicals and prevent wrinkle formation and skin sagging, thereby controlling premature skin aging.

Beetroot – Fresh beetroot juice has anti-inflammatory properties and is a rich source of iron and potassium, which help purify the blood. The vegetable juice also contains vitamins A, C, K, copper, magnesium, folic acid, and zinc.
Dilute beetroot with another ingredient and drink the juice every day to fight skin problems such as blemishes, acne marks, and inflammations.

Almond – The regular consumption and the proper external application of soaked almonds can do wonders for your skin.
Vitamin E and other antioxidants present in these nuts can eliminate the harmful free radicals from your body. As a result, the aging process gets delayed and you remain younger-looking for a longer period.

Walnut – Walnuts are good for the skin as they are packed with B-vitamins. Vitamin B is an excellent stress and mood manager. Lower stress levels result in a better skin. Increased stress levels can result in the earlier onset of wrinkles, thus inducing faster aging. The presence of the B-vitamins, together with Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, helps in fighting the free radicals induced due to stress. This further delays the aging process.

Lemon – Lemon is full of natural antioxidants. It can effectively combat damaging free radicals and remove them completely from your body. Being a good source of vitamin C, the fruit also repairs the damaged skin cells as well as helps you get rid of fine lines, blemishes, wrinkles, deep furrows etc. Hence, lemon water is considered as a great anti-aging solution.
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You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon Aloe Vera gel and 1 inch piece fresh turmeric root in the smoothie to make it more effective for glowing skin. Add fresh turmeric if you like the flavour. I don’t like the flavour of fresh turmeric so I didn’t use it.

Recipe

Orange juice – 1 cup

Carrot – 1

Boiled or baked beetroot – 1

Cucumber – 1

Mint leaves – 3 tablespoon

Almond – 10, soaked and peeled

Walnut – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon or as require

Method

1. Peel and chop the beetroot and carrot.

2. Soak the almonds in hot water and peel when cool.

3. Peel and chop the cucumber. Taste before using. Cucumber should not be bitter.

4. Blend chopped carrot, cucumber, beetroot, mint leaves, almond and walnut.

5. Add orange and lemon juice in the blender. Blend again till the mixture becomes smooth and frothy.

6. Taste and add more lemon juice if require. I have added 2 teaspoon more.

7. Pour the smoothie in a glass. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon wedges.

8. Serve immediately or keep it in refrigerator to serve chilled.

Notes

1. You can add pink or black salt and black pepper powder if you like.
2. Ice cubes can be added in the smoothie while blending.
3. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon Aloe Vera gel in this smoothie.
4. If you like the flavour of fresh turmeric root add 1 inch piece chopped turmeric root while blending the smoothie.

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