Vegan Oats Mango Chia Smoothie Bowl

Vegan oats mango smoothie bowl with chia seeds. A very delicious, filling and nutritious breakfast smoothie. You don’t need any sweetener to make this smoothie. If you like mango then its a perfect breakfast smoothie for you. You can satisfy your sweet tooth without any guilt.

Earlier shared one more Vegan smoothie bowl on this blog. For 27 more different types of Smoothie recipes click here. You may also like to try Mango almond shake from the blog of my friend Preethi Prasad.

Ingredients used to make this delicious and healthy smoothie bowl.

Oats – Used rolled oats to make this smoothie. We often use oats to make different breakfast dishes. And we all know that fiber rich oats have many health benefits. You can get many other Oats recipes here.

Mango – Used sweet variety dasheri mango. These mangoes are very sweet so I didn’t use any sweetener. You can use any type of ripe mango. To get some Recipes with mango click here.

Almond – Used almond or badam to make this smoothie more nutritious. You can use almond in many other recipes. You can get some recipes here.

Chia seeds – I used overnight soaked chia seeds. You can soak the chia seeds for 2 hours only if you want. Chia seeds are very nutritious.

The antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds may promote heart health, support strong bones, and improve blood sugar management. To read more about Chia seeds click here.

For garnishing used mango cubes, shredded almond, soaked chia seeds and roasted mixed seeds. Mixed seeds are optional but I like the crunch of the seeds.

Roasted mixed seeds – I have a mixture of roasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, muskmelon seeds and flax seeds. You can use any mixed seeds. You can get some different recipes With mixed seeds here.

Seeds are great sources of fiber. They also contain healthy monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and many important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

When consumed as part of a healthy diet, seeds can help reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. Source

This smoothie bowl is very filling and nutritious. You will also love it’s delectable taste. And you can enjoy it without adding any sweetener. Or if you like your smoothie sweeter or your mango is not enough sweet then you can add little honey, coconut sugar, stevia or any sweetener of your choice. See notes for more options.

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Recipe video of this healthy and delicious smoothie bowl

Recipe

Oats – 1/4 cup

Ripe mango – 1 cup, chopped

Almond – 8-10

Chia seeds – 1 tablespoon

Water – 5 tablespoon

Mango cubes, chopped almond and mixed seeds to garnish

Method

1. Soak chia seeds in 5 tablespoon water for 2 hours or overnight. I soaked overnight. It will look like gel when soaked.

2. Soak the almond in hot water and let it cool down. Drain the water and peel the almond.

3. Grind the oats into fine powder. Add mango pieces, peeled almond and soaked chia seeds. Reserve some soaked chia seeds for garnishing.

4. Blend everything well to make smooth. Taste and add little honey, coconut sugar, stevia or any sweetener as require. My mango is enough sweet so I didn’t use any sweetener. See notes for more options.

5. Transfer the smoothie to the bowl. Garnish with mango pieces, chopped almond and soaked chia seeds. Sprinkle some roasted mixed seeds over the smoothie. This step is optional. You can skip but I like the crunch of roasted mixed seeds.

6. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for an hour or more to serve chilled.

Notes

1. You can use any fruit instead of mango.

2. You can also use banana or any other fruits with mango.

3. Add 1 teaspoon honey, stevia or any sweetener of your choice if you want your smoothie more sweet.

4. If you are using stevia powder, add 1/4 teaspoon only at first. Mix, taste and add more if required. Because stevia powder is more sweet than sugar. A pinch of stevia powder is equal to one teaspoon table sugar. 

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Kodo Millet Broccoli Pulao

Kodo millet broccoli pulao. A flavorful, spicy, no onion garlic and delicious pulao made with kodo millet and broccoli. You don’t have broccoli? No problem try with cauliflower, carrot, beans or mixed vegetables. An absolutely easy to make and delectable one pot meal. A very nutritious and gluten free dish for everyone.

According to Wikipedia Paspalum scrobiculatum, commonly called Kodo millet or Koda millet, is an annual grain that is grown primarily in Nepal (not to confuse with Kodo (Finger millet, Eleusine coracana) and also in India, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and in West Africa from where it originated. The plant is called Arikelu in the Telugu language, Varagu in Tamil, Varak (വരക്) in Malayalam, Arka in Kannada,Kodra in Hindi and Bajra (ਬਾਜਰਾ) in Punjabi.

Now what is millet?

Millet is a group of small-seeded grains resembling small pearls. In the United States, some people haven’t heard of millet, yet it’s a staple in many parts of the world. It’s commonly included in Indian and African dishes. Millet is a gluten-free grain that’s rich in antioxidants, soluble fiber, and protein. In particular, it may lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The different types of millet include:

• pearl

• foxtail

• finger

• little

• jowar

• kodo

Millet is a whole grain. It’s considered a “good” carb, so it’s easily digestible. And since it’s also gluten-free, it’s a great alternative for people living with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Additionally, millet has a high nutritional value Millet is a whole grain that’s packed with protein, antioxidants, and nutrients. It may have numerous health benefits, such as helping lower your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Plus, it’s gluten-free, making it an excellent choice for people who have celiac disease or follow a gluten-free diet. Its nutty taste and versatility make it well worth trying. Source – Healthline

I have used nutrient-rich broccoli with corn, green peas, green chilli, ginger and some aromatic whole spices in this millet pulao.

Broccoli is a rich source of multiple vitamins, minerals and fiber. Different cooking methods may affect the vegetable’s nutrient composition, but broccoli is a healthy addition to your diet whether cooked or raw. Broccoli is a nutrient-rich vegetable that may enhance your health in a variety of ways, such as by reducing inflammation, improving blood sugar control, boosting immunity and promoting heart health. However, keep in mind that good health doesn’t come from any single food. Broccoli is merely one of numerous healthy foods that can contribute to optimal health. Including this nutritious vegetable in your healthy, balanced diet may help you achieve your health goals more easily. To read more about health benefits of broccoli click here.

Here are some more broccoli recipes from this blog. Click on the link below for recipe.

1. Broccoli stir fry with carrot beans and olive

2. Broccoli mushroom noodles with sriracha sauce

3. No onion garlic broccoli potato stir fry

4. Broccoli malai curry

5. Broccoli with cottage cheese and mixed vegetables

6. Broccoli almond cheese soup

7. Broccoli stir fry with lemon and ginger julienne

8. Broccoli with egg and tomato

9. Steamed vegetable

As I mentioned above recipe is very easy to make. You can also make it in pressure cooker. Just reduce the amount of water while cooking in pressure cooker. For 1 cup millet use 1&1/2 cup water instead of 2 cup and cook for 2 whistle. Let the pressure settle down on its own. Use green chilli according to your spice tolerance. To make the pulao more spicy add more chopped green chilli or if you are making for kids, use only one green chilli or skip chilli. You can also use mixed vegetables in this pulao like cauliflower, carrot, beans etc with broccoli. Or you can also make it like Mixed vegetable fried rice if you want. Use cooked millet instead of rice.

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Recipe

Kodo millet – 1 cup

Broccoli – 1

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Sweet corn – 1/3 cup

Great chilli – 2-3 or to taste, finely chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Oil – 1/2 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 1/2 tablespoon

Green cardamom – 2-3, broken

Cloves – 1 inch piece

Star anise – 1 small

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Bay leaf – 2 small

Salt – 1&1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Mint leaves – 8-10 leaves, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Bengali garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Lemon juice – 1/2 tablespoon

Method

1. Wash the kodo millet on a strainer. Soak in sufficient water for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes drain and keep aside.

2. Wash and chop the broccoli into medium size florets.

3. Heat oil and ghee in a wok or pan. You can use only ghee or only oil if you want.

4. Add cumin seeds, start anise, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, dry red chilli and bay leaf. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add grated ginger and chopped green chilli. Saute for a minute. Add some more chopped green chilli to make the pulao spicy if you want.

5. You can also use finely chopped onion and garlic with ginger and green chilli if you want. Fry the onion garlic till light brown if using.

6. Add broccoli florets, cumin powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Saute for 2-3 minutes. You can use any vegetable with broccoli like cauliflower, carrot, beans, mushrooms etc. Even you can also use fried cubed cottage cheese or paneer in the pulao if you want.

7. Now add kodo millet and saute for a minute. Add salt, sugar, green peas and sweet corn. Saute for a minute again.

8. Add water and lemon juice. Tear up mint leaves roughly with your hand and add. You can also add 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro or coriander leaves with mint leaves. I didn’t. If you are using pressure cooker add 1&2/ cup water instead of 2 cup and pressure cook for 2 whistle. Let the pressure settle down on its own.

9. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes.

10. Remove the cover. Add Bengali garam masala powder and stir. Get the homemade garam masala powder recipe here.

11. Cover again and cook on simmer for 5 minutes more or till water absorbed completely. Remove from heat. Cover and keep aside for 5-10 minutes.

12. Your kodo millet pulao is ready. Serve hot with any raita, chutney or any spicy curry.

This post is going to feature on Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge for the theme Healthy Ideas. In this monthly group members are paired with different partners every month and two secret ingredients are given to each other. We have to use these ingredients in our recipe. Best part of this group is we can interact with a blogger every month. This month my partner is Shobha Keshwani. We had a lovely chat about healthy food. She has also an awesome YouTube channel. Shobha Keshwani gave me cardamom and star anise as secret ingredients. I made this healthy and delicious millet pulao with with these ingredients. And I gave Moringa leaves and black pepper to her as secret ingredients. And she made nutritious and delicious Corn and Moringa soup with these ingredients.

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Mor Kulambu Or Buttermilk Kuzhambu

Mor Kulambu or buttermilk Kuzhambu from Tamil cuisine. A no onion garlic spicy tangy and lipsmackingly delicious curry made with curd or buttermilk. Similar to kadhi but without besan or chickpea flour. A perfect side dish to serve with steamed rice.

This yogurt based curry is usually made with okra/ladyfingers/bhindi, ash gourd or other vegetables but I am sharing the recipe of curry only because I love it without vegetables but you can use okra, winter melon, ash gourd, colocasia or any vegetable of your choice. Vegetables should be cooked till tender before adding in the ground paste of coconut and spices.

Here are some more South Indian style recipes on this blog.

1. Cornmeal oats soya vegetable idli

2. Chutney idli

3. Green moong idli

4. Barnyard millet fried idli

5. Masala paniyaram or appe

6. Carrot peas instant appe or paniyaram

7. Rice appe

8. Masoor dal or red lentil appe

9. Beetroot appe

10. Semolina and lentil appe

11. Roasted gram or sattu appe

12. Semolina and flatten rice appe

13. Sprouts and oats appe

14. Green moong uttapam or dosa

15. Hayagriva-or-hayagreeva maddi or chana dal halwa

16. Sprouts sundal

17. Paruppu payasam

18. Dal rasam

19. Kadala curry or black chickpea curry

You may also like to try Mor kootu recipe from the blog of Priya Vijaykrishnan.

According to Wikipedia Buttermilk Kuzhambu or Moru Curry(Malayalam) Mor Kuzhambu(Tamil) is a commonly prepared dish in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This is a liquid curry recipe which is served with white or boiled rice, pancake made of lentils / mixed gram dosa. Traditionally, it includes vegetables like okra, winter melon or ash gourd, colocasia, etc. The taste is a bit sour, and it is a dish of Tamil Nadu. It is widely prepared on festivals as a special dish. It is often served with hot steamed rice and potato fries.

This buttermilk Kuzhambu or Mor Kulambu is very easy to make. Just don’t forget to blend the curd or yogurt well. Without blending curd will curdle and texture will differ. And ground spices should be a smooth paste. Colour of the curry should be pale yellow so don’t use turmeric powder more than 1/4 teaspoon. I have made this curry without vegetables but if you want to use ladyfingers/okra or bhindi or ash gourd or any other vegetable, chop and cook them with one teaspoon oil before adding in the curry. Try this delicious yogurt curry and let me know how you like it.

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Recipe

Curd or thick yogurt – 1 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated or finely chopped

Curry leaves – 4-5

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon

Arhar dal or toor dal/ split pigeon peas – 1 tablespoon

Rice – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 1 cup

For tempering

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Methi or fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 2

Curry leaves – 10-12

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

1..Wash dal and rice well. Soak in 3-4 tablespoon hot water for 30 minutes.

2. Grind cumin seeds, coriander seeds, ginger, green chilli and coconut. Drain the water of soaked rice and dal or split pigeon peas lentil. Add in the grinder with cumin, coriander, ginger chilli and coconut paste. Add 3 tablespoon water and make a smooth paste.

3. Take out the ground mixture in a pan or wok. Add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, salt and 1 cup water. Also add the cooked vegetables if using. See notes for more options.

4. Mix well and let it boil on medium heat for 6-7 minutes. Stir in between to avoid sticking to the bottom.

5. In the meantime blend the curd or yogurt. You can use your mixer grinder or hand blender to blend. Curd should be blend really well.

6. After 6-7 minutes reduce the heat to lowest. Add blended curd and mix. Cook on simmer for two minutes or until it starts to boil and becomes frothy. Keep stirring to avoid curdling the yogurt or curd. Remove from heat. Don’t boil for a long time.

7. Now heat oil in a small pan. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, dry red chilli, curry leaves and hing or asafoetida. When seeds starts to splutter remove the pan from heat and mix in cooked curd or yogurt mixture. Mix well and cover for a few minutes.

8. Serve hot with steamed rice and potato fries.

Notes

1. Never use yogurt or curd without blending well.

2. You can use ash gourd, okra/ladyfingers/ bhindi or any other vegetables. Even you can use udad dal or black lentil pakoda or vada in this yogurt coconut curry if you want. If you are using vegetables, cook them with one teaspoon oil till tender before adding in the curry.

3. Use green chilli according to your spice tolerance.

4. Use thick yogurt or curd for perfect taste.

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Apple Coconut Date Kheer Or Pudding

Apple coconut kheer or pudding sweetened with date powder. Thickened milk, cashew nuts, almond, date powder, apple and coconut made this kheer heavenly.  Taste is much better than the kheer usually made with sugar or jaggery. And best part is you need only 3 spoon of date powder to make this delicious kheer. 

This kheer is made with apple coconut and dry fruits. So its perfect for your fasting days.  My recent visit to local supermarket Kipps I got this date powder and very happy with the taste. Very fine powder so easy to use in any dishes. Stay tuned for one more scrumptious recipe with date powder. 

Here are some more kheer recipes on this blog. 

1.  Chakhao kheer or black rice kheer

2.  Chhanar paesh or paneer kheer

3.  Rice kheer

4.  Khajur gur or date palm jaggery kheer

5.  Rasgulla kheer

6.  Kheer komola or orange Kheer

7.  Lauki or bottle gourd kheer

And you may also like to try  Dry fruits and foxnut or makhana kheer from my blogger friend Swaty Malik. 

Recipe is very simple and easy. Only thing to remember that never add apple in hot thickened milk. Milk may curdle if added in hot milk. And please don’t skip the stir frying grated apple with little ghee. But you can use olive oil or any flavorless oil instead of ghee if you want. Coconut is optional, you can omit coconut if you want. Or you can stir fry the grated coconut with one teaspoon ghee before adding in the thickened milk. You can also use any dry fruits of your choice. 

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Recipe

Milk – 4 cup 

Apple – 1 large 

Grated Coconut – 1/4 cup, tightly packed 

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 teaspoon 

Date powder – 3 tablespoon 

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Almond – 20, sliced 

Cashew nuts – 20, sliced 

Pistachio to garnish 

Method

1. Peel and grate the apple. Discard the seeds. Heat a pan and add ghee or clarified butter.  Add grated apple and cook till all the moisture evaporate. Keep stirring to avoid sticking to the bottom. When dried up completely remove from heat and keep aside. Cook grated apple immediately after grating.

2. Boil milk in a heavy bottom pan or vessel. Cook the milk for 15 minutes. Stir continuously and scrap the sides. I have used toned milk but you can use full cream milk if you want. 

3. After 15 minutes add grated coconut and mix well. See notes for more options. If you don’t like coconut, then you can skip this step.  

4. When milk starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 30 minutes or till milk becomes thick. Keep stirring in regular interval. Also scrap the sides. 

5. After 15 minutes add date powder. Break all the lumps of date powder and mix well with a ladle or spoon. Add sliced almond and cashew nuts and cook for 5 minutes more. Reserve some nuts for garnishing. 

6. Add cardamom powder,mix and remove from heat. Let it cool down completely.  Add apple and mix.

7. Garnish with shredded almond, cashew nuts and pistachio.

8. Keep the kheer in refrigerator and serve chilled. Or you can also serve it in room temperature. Enjoy the heavenly taste. 

Notes

1. You can use raisins or any dry fruits of your choice. 

2. You can also stir fry the grated coconut with 1 teaspoon ghee before adding in milk. 

3. Sugar or any sweetener can be used instead of date powder. 

4. Add apple when thickened milk becomes completely cool down. 

5. You can use olive oil or any flavorless oil instead of ghee.

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Kaju Curry/No Onion Garlic Curry

Wishing a very happy Janmashtami to you all and your family. May Lord Krishna fill your life with bliss and joy. May God bless you all with good health, happiness and prosperity 🙏

Kaju or cashew nut curry. A no onion garlic rich creamy, mildly spicy and delicious tomato based gravy with fried cashew nuts. A scrumptious side dish to serve with paratha, puri or any bread and rice dishes.

You can also make it with onion garlic. Also sharing the recipe below with onion and garlic. You may like some Janmashtami special recipes on this blog. Click on the link for recipe.

1. Apple coconut fudge or barfi

2. Chhena kheer

3. Malpua

4. Mohanbhog

5. Makhana curry

And many other dessert, sweet and no onion garlic satwik recipes. Or you might like to try Janmashtami prasad thali to celebrate the festival from the blog of Poonam Bachhav.

This Kaju curry is completely Satwik recipe. But you can also make it with onion garlic if you want as I mentioned above. To make with onion garlic fry the roughly chopped onion, garlic cloves, ginger and green chilli. When onion becomes translucent add tomatoes. Saute till tomato becomes mushy. Let the sauteed mixture cool down and grind into a smooth paste. Then follow the steps as given below. Add the ground mixture in oil instead of tomato green chilli and ginger paste.

I served this delicious Kaju curry with paratha. To make paratha in a bowl mix 1 cup maida or refined flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or atta. You can use only maida or only atta if you want. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoon oil or ghee. Mix well. Now add water gradually to make a smooth dough. Smear the dough with half teaspoon of oil. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes. Make medium sized balls and roll into a thin roti with the help of little flour. Fold the round roti into half then fold again into a triangle. You can spread ghee on both layers. Fry the triangle paratha from both sides on a griddle or tawa.

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Recipe

Kaju or cashew nuts – 3/4 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

For gravy

Tomato – 3 medium

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 2-3 or to taste

Cashew nuts or Kaju – 2 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 2 tablespoon

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Fresh cream – 2 tablespoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon

Kasuri methi – 1/2 teaspoon

Water 1&1/2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped, optional

Method

1. Dry grind cashew nuts, poppy seeds and melon seeds into a fine powder. Add 4 tablespoon water and grind again to make smooth paste.

2. Grind chopped tomatoes, 1-2 green chilli and ginger. Make a smooth paste.

3. Heat one teaspoon ghee or butter in a pan. I used ghee. Add the cashew nuts or Kaju and fry on low medium heat till light golden brown. Take out the cashews and ghee and place on a plate.

4. In the same pan heat 3 tablespoon oil. You can use ghee or butter if you want. Add tomato, chilli and ginger paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, salt and sugar. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

5. Add cashew nuts, melon seeds and poppy seeds paste and fresh cream. Saute again till everything dried up and oil leaves the sides.

6. Add water and let it boil for 4-5 minutes on low heat. Stir in between to avoid sticking to the bottom.

7. Now add the fried cashew nuts, 1-2 slit green chili and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves . Reserve some fried cashew nuts for garnishing. Cook again for 3-4 minutes.

8. Crush the Kasuri methi with your palm and add in the gravy. Mix well.

9. Add garam masala and remove from heat. I have used homemade Bengali garam masala. Get the recipe here.

10. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and fried cashew nuts. You can also use fresh cream to garnish your Kaju curry. Serve with paratha, puri, or any bread and rice dishes.

Notes

1. You can use ghee or butter instead of oil to make the gravy.

2. You can also use 1-2 tablespoon more cream at the end if you want.

3. Dry roasted cashew nuts can be used instead of fried cashew nuts.

4. Use green chilli according to your taste.

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Mint Yogurt Dip

Mint yogurt dip. A delicious dip similar to Greek sauce tzatziki which is a yogurt based sauce made of cucumber, lemon juice or vinegar, garlic, mint or dil. But its without cucumber and garlic. Mint, little cilantro, a small green chilli and a dash of lemon juice mixed this yogurt based sauce taste delectable.

Here are some more dip or chutney recipes on this blog.

1. Beetroot dip

2. Waterchestnut chutney or dip

3. Onion tomato chutney or dip

4. Peanut chutney or dip

5. Eggplant chutney

6. Almond walnut chutney with mango ginger

7. Mint almond hummus

8. Mint carrot beetroot hummus with green peas

9. Ginger chutney

10. Mango sesame chutney

11. Capsicum salsa

To make this delicious dip we need thick curd. You can serve this dip with veggies, snacks or pita bread. I think it would be great with Aruna’s Cucumber discs and pipes.

Strain the curd or yogurt with a cheesecloth or use Greek yogurt. Don’t use watery curd or yogurt. Very finely chopped or coarsely ground mint leaves and green chilli will give a wonderful taste. This dip is very lightly spicy because of a small green chilli and pepper powder. You can increase or decrease the chilli and pepper according to your taste. I have used 1 tablespoon cilantro or coriander leaves for taste. You can use 1 tablespoon more if you like. Or skip if you don’t like cilantro. Leaves should be coarsely ground don’t grind to a smooth paste. You can also use half grated and squeezed cucumber into the dip. Taste the cucumber before using. Don’t use bitter cucumber.

Recipe

Thick curd or hung curd – 1/2 cup

Mint leaves – 1/4 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Green chilli – 1 small

Lemon juice – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Black or pink salt – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Finely chop or coarsely ground mint leaves ,green chilli and cilantro or coriander.

2. Add hung curd or thick yogurt, black or pink salt, black pepper powder and lemon juice. If you don’t like your dip tangy use one teaspoon lemon juice.

3. Blend everything well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more lemon juice if require.

4. Pour the dip into a bowl. Garnish with mint leaves. Serve with any snacks, pita bread, vegetable sticks or serve with any meal instead of raita. You can also use the dip as a sandwich spread.

Notes

1. Use chilli and black pepper according to your taste.

2. If you like less salted dip add 1/4 teaspoon first and adjust after tasting. 1/2 teaspoon is perfect for me. You can also use rock salt instead of black salt. But black or pink salt taste best.

3. You can add half grated and squeezed cucumber into the dip while blending. Squeeze the water of cucumber completely before adding.

4. You can store this dip in refrigerator to serve chilled.

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Crispy Bitter Gourd And Potato Or Aloo Karela / Less Oil Recipe

Crispy bitter gourd and potato or aloo karela. Crispy but cooked with only one teaspoon oil in halogen oven. You can also use your microwave or OTG to bake or grill the karela and potato in the same way. Or use your air fryer to fry with less oil. An easy to make yet delicious no onion garlic bitter gourd recipe.

Bitter gourd has numerous health benefits.

Bitter gourd is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It contains iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamins like A and C. It contains twice the calcium of spinach and beta-carotene of broccoli. Various anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds are present in bitter gourd.
It also helps in lowering the bad cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. That’s not all. It strengthens the immune system, improves respiratory health, boosts skin health and contains anti-ageing properties. Source

You may like some more bitter gourd recipes on this blog.

1. Bitter gourd dopyaza

2. Gujarati bitter gourd stir fry

3. Bitter gourd with tomato

4. Sukto

And some more recipes using halogen oven.

1. Cauliflower corn butter masala

2. Olive Jalapeno savoury cornbread

3. Greek pizza

4. Beetroot dip

5. Moong dal bhaja pithe

6. Grilled potatoes

7. Piperade with Indian spices

8. Baked egg burger

9. Cooking in halogen oven

This week our 262 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Bitter But Good suggested by Sasmita who blog at First Timer Cook. You will definitely love her mouthwatering recipes. I would love to try her Dalgona muffins and also visit her YouTube channel for beautiful and heavenly Layered coffee panna cotta and many more.

Recipe is very easy to make. Slice the potato and bitter gourd and boil with salted water till fork tender. Drain the water completely and marinate with salt and spices. I have used coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder and little garam masala with salt. You can use any spices of your choice. I don’t like bitter gourd dishes hot so used Kashmiri red chilli powder for colour. You can use hot variety red chilli powder or black pepper powder if you like. You can also add amchur or dry mango powder if you want. And use very little oil to spray over marinated potato and bitter gourd before baking. You can use olive oil or any other oil of your choice.

Recipe

Karela or bitter gourd – 1 large

Potato – 1

Salt to taste

Coriander or dhania powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Peel and chop the potato into round slices.

2. Discard the both tips and chop the bitter gourd or karela into round slices.

3. Wash well and drain the water.

4. Boil the karela and potato slices with 1 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt for 4 minutes or till fork tender. Don’t make mushy. Check with a knife or fork.

5. Drain the water and let it cool down. Marinate karela and potato slices with little salt, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder.

6. Spread the slices on a baking sheet. Spray little oil all over it.

7. Press the speed up button. Set temperature at 200° and set the timer for 5 minutes. Keep an eye if the slices becomes golden brown switch off the oven.

8. Turn the slices upside down and cook again at 200° temperature for 4 minutes or till golden brown. If require cook for a few minutes more.

9. If you are using microwave convection mode or OTG follow the same method. Sprinkle little chaat masala powder before serving if you like. Serve with rice or roti as a side dish.

Notes

1. You can use any spices of your choice.

2. Red chilli powder or black pepper powder can be used instead of Kashmiri red chilli powder.

3. You can use any oven to make this crispy bitter gourd.

4. You can use chaat masala or amchur/ dry mango powder if you like your karela little tangy.

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Matar Chaat Or Green Peas Curry

Spicy delicious no onion garlic matar chaat or green peas curry. Serve it as a side dish or chaat with green chutney, chopped onion, green chilli, tamarind chutney and a dash of lemon juice. Bhaja moshla or dry roasted mixed spices powder made it aromatic. Get the recipe here. A completely gluten free and vegan recipe. Fasting people can use rock salt.

You can also make it with onion garlic if you want. Just add 1 tablespoon more oil and fry 1 chopped onion and grind few garlic cloves with tomato, ginger and green chilli. But I love without onion garlic version more. You can make according to your choice.

Already shared one dried peas or matar chaat Ghugni.

And some green peas recipe

Matar nimona

Beetroot green with peas and corn

Potato with green peas

Beetroot hummus with green peas

Matar kofta

I have made this curry with green peas but you can also use overnight soaked and boiled dried peas to make it following same method. Make it and enjoy lipsmacking taste as chaat or side dish with puri, paratha, roti or dal chawal.

Recipe

Matar or green peas – 2 cup

Tomato – 1 medium

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon grated, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Chaat masala – 1 teaspoon

Or

Amchur or dry mango powder – 1 teaspoon

Bhaja moshla or roasted spice powder – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Water – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon or to taste

Method

1. Grind tomato, ginger and 1 or 2 green chilli. Use green chilli according to your taste. Make a smooth paste.

2. Heat oil in a pan. I have used mustard oil but you can use any oil. For onion garlic version see notes.

3. Add ground paste, cumin powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Saute till the mixture dried up.

4. Add boiled or frozen green peas, salt and grated coconut if using. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes or till dried up completely.

5. Add water and let it boil. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Add 2 slit green chilli and cover. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes. You can add more water if require but don’t make it runny, curry should be thick.

6. After 10 minutes add bhaja moshla or dry roasted and powdered spices and lemon juice. Mix well and remove from heat.

7. Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and grated coconut. You can also garnish with ginger julienne and chopped onion.

8. Serve hot with lemon wedges and onion slices.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.

2. Few garlic cloves can be added while grinding ginger, green chilli and tomato.

3. To add onion heat 1 tablespoon more oil. And fry 1 finely chopped onion till brown then add ground tomato, chilli, ginger and garlic.

4. 2 teaspoon tamarind paste can be used instead of chaat masala or amchur powder.

Adapted this recipe from the blog of Jolly Makkar. And this recipe is a part of recipe challenge month for this April month. I have used green peas instead of dried peas.

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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.

Source

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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Mango Jackfruit Or Aam Kathal

Mango jackfruit or aam kathal. A lipsmackingly delicious no onion garlic dry curry to serve as a side dish. Tanginess of raw mango and flavour of mustard made this curry absolutely delicious.

A completely gluten free and vegan side dish. You have to boil the jackfruit pieces with salt and turmeric. You can do it in advance and keep in refrigerator to make it quickly. Earlier shared Kathal paneer kofta with raw jackfruit.

Raw jackfruit is not only delicious but also very nutritious.

While the health benefits of the ripe jackfruit have been detailed time and again, we often underestimate the goodness that is packed in the raw jackfruit! Popularly known as kathal, it is not just sumptuous but offers a staggering nutritional profile. Let’s take a look at why you should be digging in. 1. High in protein

2. Low-Calorie

3. Boost immunity

4. Aids heart health

5.  A Great Meat Substitute

To read more about health benefits of raw jackfruit click here.

And vitamin C enriched raw mango made this jackfruit curry lipsmacking. Sending this post to 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 month. This month’s Alphabet is letter M. Sharing this mango jackfruit dry curry for letter M.

I love this easy to make dry curry. Don’t try to make it in less oil. Mango and raw jackfruit should be fried well. So use 3 to 4 tablespoon. Better to use mustard oil. You can use any oil but mustard oil will give better taste. I have used mustard powder, you can also use mustard seeds. Soak the seeds in little water and grind into a fine paste. Boil the jackfruit with salt and turmeric till fork tender. Don’t make jackfruit mushy.

Video recipe of this lipsmackingly delicious aam kathal

Recipe

Kathal or raw jackfruit – 250 gram,cubed

Raw mango – 1

Ginger paste – 1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 2

Mustard powder – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Sugar to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Method

1. Boil the jackfruit with water, salt and turmeric powder. Boil till fork tender. Jackfruit pieces shouldn’t be mushy. Drain the water and keep aside.

2. Soak mustard powder in 3 tablespoon water.

3. Cut the mango in big pieces. Make half lengthwise. Discard the seed and cut each half into 4 pieces.

4. Heat mustard oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and dry red chilli.

5. Add raw mango pieces. Fry till mango change it’s colour.

6. Add soaked mustard powder, ginger paste, Kashmiri red chilli powder and sugar. Mix well.

7. Add boiled jackfruit pieces and salt. Fry till jackfruit pieces becomes light brown. Stir constantly.

8. Taste and adjust salt. Your delicious aam kathal is ready. Serve with roti, paratha, naan puri or dal chawal.

Notes

1. Soaked and ground mustard seeds can be used instead of mustard powder. Or grind the mustard seeds with 1/4 teaspoon salt into fine powder. Add 4 tablespoon water and blend again to make smooth paste.

2. Break the dry red chilli while adding in oil to make the curry spicy.

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