Monday, April 11, 2011

healthy veggie soup(bottle gourd spinach soup)

Eating healthy soup can improve our digestive flow, as well as helping to dramatically lower  calorie intake :).                                                                          

Ingredients: 1 tsp Garlic crushed 

1 tbsp Butter  

2 Cup bottle gourd (diced) 

 1 large Potato (diced)  

1 cup Tomato Sauce.

1 onion diced 

1 bunch baby Spinach (washed and chopped)  

1 tsp black pepper corn
2Bay leaves
White Pepper Powder to taste 
1 tsp corn flour
Salt to taste

Soya sauce to taste

Cook bottle gourd, potato, onion, spinach , pepper corn ,bay leaves with 5 cup of water, till soft. then remove bay leaves, reserve the water and put in a blender to make a fine puree .
Now heat butter in a  deep pan add the puree sauté for 2 minutes. Add reserved water. boil  and reduce the stock to reach the desired consistency. add white pepper powder,corn flour dissolved little water.add salt to taste. Garnish with soya sauce ,serve piping hot.

                                                                           This is part of Design a menu check here .


Bhindi bhaja

bhindi/okra(small size)-8                                                                  
oil to deep fry
salt to taste
turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
rice(soak for an hour) 1 cup
garlic  - 7-8
dry red chilly  - 2
sauf powder- 1tbsp
roasted sesame powder-1 tbsp
roasted peanut powder-2 tbsp
red chilly powder to taste
dried mango powder (amchoor)-1 tsp

Wash okras and make them dry.make slit in all the okras lengthwise from cap to bottom.don't remove the caps.
place the cut okras in microwave plate  and microwave for 4 min or till done.
rest it to fill the filling very carefully so that it doesn't come out from the bhindis/okras.
Now grind soaked rice with garlic ,red chilly and salt to make a thick batter.In this batter marinade all the stuffed bhindis/okras for 5 min.
Now heat oil in non stick pan for deep deep fry all the marinated bhindis till golden brown.
serve hot.

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bottle gourd raita

1 cup washed,chopped and boiled bottle gourd along with salt and turmeric
2 cup curd
 1/2 tsp black salt
1/4 tsp red chilly powder
1/4 tsp black pepper powder
1 tbsp black mustard paste

mix all the ingredients very well.

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rice-2 cup(washed and soaked for 5 min)
water-3 cup
2 tsp sugar
8-9 cashew nuts
9-10 raisins
1/4 tsp green cardamom powder
1 stick cinnamon
1 tsp pure ghee
      Heat ghee in a pressure pan add sugar when the sugar turns brown add water then add all the ingredients close the lid and cook for 1 whistle.
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Apple-Banana Milk shake


1 cup chopped apple

1 cup chopped banana
2 cup milk
2 tsp sugar
5-6 ice cubes
2 tsp honey
Combine all ingredients in blender container. Cover and blend until smooth and creamy.
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arhar dal with kathal {pigeon beans with jackfruit}

Today is Chaitra Durgashtami  and was not in mood to cook veggie with onion and garlic .so i tried dal with jack fruit.The flesh of the jack fruit is starchy, fibrous and is a source of dietary fiber.pigeon beans contain high levels of protein and the important amino acidsmethioninelysine, and tryptophan. In combination with cereals, pigeon peas make a well-balanced human food. . here is my recipe:

4 cup chopped kathal( baby jack fruit without seeds)
1 cup arhar(toor) dal
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3 chopped tomatoes
1 tsp grated ginger
salt to taste
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
1/4 tsp kitchen king powder
1 tsp oil
1pinch asafoetida
1 tsp cumin seeds

                Pressure cook dal with kathal,turmeric powder,salt and all powders except garam masala.cook for 3-4 whistle or till done.

                Heat  oil in a pan when hot add cumin seeds when splutter add asafoetida ,then add chopped tomatoes and grated ginger ,a pinch of turmeric,salt saute for a min.add cooked dal-kathal.mix very well .add garam masala simmer the flame and close the lid for 10-12 minutes.

serve with rice .   its really delicious and mouth watering.
this is part of "Design a menu" check here..

Also going to  cooking with whole food toor dal/pigeon beans  and Kiran's announcement page.....

sending this recipe to  Charita's and Aarnavi's "C for Colourful Currys" 

This is going to  For the love of cricket and legume  and Susan’s MLAA