Homemade Paneer


It is the simplest cheese to make at home. Unlike other cheeses, it needs no special equipment or complicated technique. vinegar, a piece of muslin cloth and a strainer. everyday kitchen stuff is all that one needs to turn out the delicious paneer in a matter of minutes.

do check my other paneer recipes 

Paneer Sandwich 

Paneer Bhurji 

Grilled Paneer 

Paneer Magaz Masala

Matar Paneer

Paneer Butter Masala

Malai Kofta

ingredients

3-litre full cream milk

300 ml cream

120 ml or 8 tbsp vinegar

ice

recipe Courtesy @chefharpalsokhi

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Method

Step by step

Bring three-litre of milk to boil. once it boils turn off flame Immediately.

add vinegar and stir slowly till the milk curdles and separates from the whey.

Add ice so it stops cooking and paneer will be soft.

Drain that Split milk(Cheese) in a Dish cover with a muslin cloth or cheesecloth.

wash with fresh water to remove tanginess of paneer.

Dip the cloth in chilled water so that it cools down completely. Squeeze out the water again.

Place the paneer under a heavyweight so that all the water drains away and the paneer sets in a block.

after 2 hours or Until all water Drained, Paneer is ready to use.

note: for every litre of milk use 100 ml of Cream

keep extra vinegar with you if milk doesn’t split use it.

 

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overnight oats with chia Seeds


Make breakfast a breeze with a grab-and-go recipe for Healthy Overnight Oats with Chia and your choice of toppings.

Instead of cooking oatmeal and milk, it is refrigerated overnight to become soft and creamy.  The key is to refrigerate the overnight oats for at least 4-5 hours.

After the overnight oats have been chilled, top them with fresh fruits, nuts, coconut, almond butter, or peanut butter anything your heart desires.

All you have to remember is the ratio 1:1. That’s one part old fashioned oats to one part liquid (i.e. milk, yoghurt, juice, etc.). Stir in a tablespoon of nutrient-rich chia seeds then pop your breakfast into the fridge.

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INGREDIENTS

1 cup Quaker old fashioned oats

1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy variety)

1 tablespoon organic chia seeds
 
2 teaspoons organic honey/maple syrup 
 
Fresh fruit, for serving(optional)
 
method
 
Combine the old fashioned oats, milk, chia seeds and dry fruits of your choice in a Mason jar or small bowl. Stir to combine and cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
When ready to enjoy, stir the oats, top with fresh fruit and serve.

Note:-Old-fashioned  oats are the best choice for overnight oats. They soak up the liquid overnight, leaving you with a creamy (but not mushy) texture.

Chia seeds also provide a good amount of fibre, omega-3’s, and protein. but do consult your health provider before using it.

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Triple Berry Chia Pudding


Chia seed pudding is a simple and delicious way to easily get the benefits of chia seeds. It takes minutes to make and has enough protein and nutrients to be a quick, on-the-go breakfast option.

I love this with some chopped fresh fruit, for breakfast or a delicious low-sugar dessert.

Ingredients

Chia seed 1 &1/2 tbsp

Almond milk /Any regular Milk 1 cup

Sugar /Stevia /honey /maple syrup as per taste

Blueberries

Strawberries

Raspberries

Method

Soak chia seeds at least for 20 minutes.add sugar in milk .wash your fruits before you use.One can chop or use whole.Take a glass/Mason jar, add soaked chia seeds.then on top pour milk.add your fruits.serve chilled or eat instant.

Tips:- I have used Almond milk.

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Mixed Berry & Oatmeal smoothie with Chia seed


It’s A creamy, thick smoothie filled with ground oats, fresh mixed berries and chia seeds. Healthy and satisfying!

As well as my current obsession with chia seeds.  until the last few months when I started noticing recipes on other blogs and read on the internet.check one more recipe Triple Berry Chia Pudding

Ingredients

1/2 Cup quick oats

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Cup of mixed berries fresh (Strawberries, Raspberries &bluberries)

1 Cup of Unsweetened almond milk or Regular milk

1 tbsp honey or any sweetener optional

Instructions

Blend everything in a blender till smooth.except for chia seeds .pour blended mixture in glass .add chia seeds & keep aside for 15 minutes and drink.

Tips:-One can pre-soaked chia seeds with 2-3 tbsp of water for 15-20 minutes or add chia seeds directly with other ingredients too.

Adjust for sweetness with honey, I didn’t add at all. the chia seeds will make the smoothie get very thick if you let it sit for a while before drinking, so be sure to enjoy the smoothie right after you blend it up!

Please consult your dietician before using chia seeds.

Tindora Stir-fry with Onion


Ivy gourd in Hindi called as tindora/kundri/kundru. Tindora is a very healthy vegetable.I was a big fan of tindora and now my daughter too.I like to eat from my childhood.Now I make it at least once a week for my family.mostly we bought vegetables from American supermarket but few specific Indian vegetables we have to make a  trip to the Indian grocery store.My husband &  daughter is not keen to visit  Indian grocery store.One condition they agree if I will buy tindora.Many ways to cook tindora deep fried /with curry.my family like a simple stir fry with onion as a side dish to rice,dal or chappati.

Ingredients

20 Ivy Gourd/Tindora/Kundri

1/2 cups onion sliced(thin)

1  tablespoon oil

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 dry red chili pepper

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon Coriander powder

White pepper powder to taste

Red chili powder to taste

Salt to taste

Method

Wash the ivy gourds/tindora & pat dry.slice off a tiny bit at the two ends to remove the stem and the remains of the flowers if there are any. Then slice them in half and then in fours in thin strips.Heat oil in a thick bottomed skillet. Add the dry chili pepper and the cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle  add the sliced gourds to the pan  along with red chili powder,turmeric powder & coriander powder cook on medium heat,once ivy gourd half cooked add sliced onion ,salt & white pepper powder. Cook until the gourds and onions are soft to bite in. The onions and the gourd might brown and that is okay.Turn off heat.It is a side dish, served along with rice and dal or Chappati.

 

 

Beetroot stir fry


Beetroot stirfry is a preparation where the grated vegetables are sauteed in spices and .It’s a great accompaniment to full meals and is a very hit recipe in the southern part of India Beetroot is a good source of iron and folate.It’s an easy, healthy & nutritious recipe.Being a north Indian we spend few years in a southern part of India @hyderabad.My daughter ate with rice and calls the dish as pink rice. It’s one of her favourites.she ate first at my neighbour home afterwards weekly twice she prefer to eat this vegetable either in lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

Beetroots – 2 grated

Bengal Gram – 2 tsp

Black Gram – 1  1/2tsp

Cumin  Seeds – 1 tsp

Dry Red Chilies – 2

Curry Leaves – 2-3

Turmeric Powder – a pinch

Coriander powder 1 tsp

Salt – To Taste

Oil – 2 tsp

Onion 1 tbsp finely chopped

Method

Wash & peel beetroot then grate it & keep aside.Heat oil in a pan and add Bengal gram ,black gram,cumin and let it splutter. Add in the curry leaves, red chilli .Fry for a minute then adding chopped onions and salt and fry till soft and tender.add turmeric powder and coriander powder fry for few seconds.then adding grated beetroot sprinkle salt and stir.cover and let the veggies cook till they are done.sprinkle some water if the moisture dries in the pan.keep on checking during intervals and sprinkle water whenever required.when the veggies are cooked well.Turn off heat & serve with rice or chappati

Tips :- preparing for small kids then adjust spices.

 

 

 

Bell Pepper Egg Ring


Bell pepper serves as a beautiful edible egg ring.It’s an easy breakfast using egg served alongside whole wheat toast or served as side dish .The bell pepper adds gorgeous color to a simple breakfast.Use any color of Bell pepper of own choice.Add cheese as a topping or seasoning with Paprika or black pepper.

Ingredients

Green Bell Pepper Ring 1

Olive oil or any cooking oil 1/4 tsp

Egg 1

Salt to taste

Black Pepper to taste

Paprika a pinch (optional)

Method

 

Sprinkle a pinch of salt & black pepper & season bell pepper ring .Heat a non-stick pan put a ring on a pan if one wish can cook both sides  for charred flavor or directly break an egg in a ring hole & season with salt ,black pepper & paprika.if one like egg soft, cook over low heat for 3-5 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked to preference.If one like your egg hard, break up the yolk with the skillet for even cooking. Cook 6-9 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked to preference.

Tips :- for a large family breakfast use more bell pepper rings & more no of eggs .

Eggless Wholewheat Multigrain Loaf Cake


Multigrain Flour can be an important part of a healthy diet and an excellent way to eat more, whole grains. Multigrain meaning several different types of grains mixed.Multigrain flour is going to taste different than Refined  flour. The big difference is that it actually has a taste. White flour/Refined flour  takes on other flavors during baking, while multigrain brings its own flavor elements.

Instead of using Refined flour sharing a cake recipe of Whole wheat with Multigrain,Yogurt ,Nuts & Chocochips.Adding Chocochips because my daughter’s  like it .one can leave choco chips or nuts in a recipe. Sweetness Depend on individual taste buds so increased or decreased.

Ingredients

1 cup Wholewheat Multigrain flour

1/2cup light brown Sugar /Regular sugar (to taste)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup oil

1/2 cup yogurt

Water as required for consistency of batter

Chopped almond 1 tbsp

Small Chocochips 1/2 tbsp (optional)

Method

Preheat oven @ 400f /200 C,Sieve all dry ingredients in a bowl.In another bowl mix curd & oil till well blended.slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients mix well .if needed add water to make a dropping consistency of a batter.Grease tin with oil dust with flour & then remove extra from pan ,adding chopped almonds & choco chips in batter mix well. Pour cake Batter into baking tin & Bake cake on a temp of 350 f /180 c for 60 min or till toothpick comes clean.Remove from oven carefully keep on a wire rack to cool down completely.Slice & serve !!

Tip: after 40 minutes baking time ,keep checking cake batter till toothpick comes clean.batter should not be too thick or thin but dropping consistency .one can omit Almond or choco chips or Add any favorite Nuts .

 

Hariyali Dhokla


A dhokla is a spongy savory cake made of gram flour, suji (semolina) or rice powder. Dhokla recipe is a very popular Gujarati dish prepared in almost every household in India. Many variations of dhoklas such as Besan Dhokla, Suji Dhokla, Chawal Dhokla or Khaman Dhokla. it is prepared by steaming .Dhokla can be served as breakfast, evening snack or even as an appetizer.

Dhokla recipe with a tweak adding Blanched & pureed Spinach.

Ingredients

Spinach blanched & pureed 2 cup

Gram flour 1 cup

Yogurt 1/2 cup

Green chillies 1-2

Ginger chilli Paste 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Sugar 1 tsp

Asafoetida 1/4 Tsp

Fruit salt 1 tsp

Lime juice 1tsp

Oil 2 tsp

Black mustard seeds 1tsp

Method

In a bowl add gram flour,yogurt spinach puree,salt ,sugar ,green chilli ,ginger paste & 1 tsp oil mix well.Grease a plate or dish.in a big vessel adding enough water for steaming.Before pouring batter mixture into a greased plate.add fruit salt & lime juice & mix well.transfer mixture to greased plate;put in a steamer to cook.it take 10-12 min .plz check using toothpick or knife as dhokla mixture comes clean.Once done remove plate & keep aside.prepare tempering heat oil in a pan add black mustard seeds,asafoetida &chopped green chilli .pour this tempering on top of cooked dhokla.cut in shape & serve !!

Lettuce Gazpacho


Gazpacho is a soup made with raw vegetables and served cold. During the hot summer,as it is refreshing and cool.Originally  Gazpacho is prepared with a tomato base and bread.Now there are many variations of gazpacho, often in different colors and flavors such as avocados,spinach,watermelon  & etc.Lettuce Gazpacho is a healthy bright green soup with green vegetables blended with yogurt.The flavor of Crisp romaine lettuce is freshness itself and the creamy consistency of yogurt is the perfect base.

Ingredients
Romaine lettuce 1 or any lettuce
Cucumber 1
Spring onion 1
Garlic Cloves 1-2
Thick yogurt 1/2 cup
Mint leaves 4-5
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
Crushed red pepper to taste(optional)
method
wash lettuce & mint leaves, spring onion & chopped.chopped cucumber .Blend all ingredients except black pepper,salt & red crushed pepper.
pour in a glass /bowl .add seasoning (Salt ,black pepper,red crushed pepper)& enjoy!!
tips:-
Any type of lettuce one can use.
instead of yogurt ,one can add sour cream.
any herbs one preferred.
Deseeded Cucumber it’s an individual choice.

 

Soft Idli


It is made of soaking ,grinding  & fermented rice ,lentil then Steamed. Serve with sambar & chutneys.

Ingredients
(Make 25-30 idlis )

Idly rice 2 cup

Urad dal 1/2 cup

Flattened rice  thick 1/3 cup

Fenugreek seeds 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Method
Wash & Soak rice & Flattened rice together for min 4 hrs.
(for grinding use water used for soaking)In a different bowl soak urad dal & fenugreek seeds.Grind separately.Mix both mixture using hands.add salt & cover.Let it ferment overnight.In cold places ,it may take longer time.Steam idli & serve with sambar & chutneys

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Vermicelli Upma


Vermicelli cooked with veggies & seasoned.

ingredients

2 cups vermicelli

3 cups water

1 small red onion, chopped

3/4 to 1 cup chopped vegetables of choice (carrots, peas, beans, OR u r fav veg

2-3 green chillies, slit (as per u r choice)

1″ piece of ginger, grated

1 tbsp oil

1/4 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp Bengal gram

1/4 cup roasted peanut(optional)for garnish

A few curry leaves (optional)

1/2 tsp lemon juice (optional)

Chopped coriander leaves for garnish (optional)

METHOD
Roast the vermicelli in a dry skillet or pan until golden brown. This will take about 4-5 mins but keep an eye on it and stir frequently otherwise they will brown on one side only or even burn. Set aside when done.Heat oil in the same pan and add mustard seeds, curry leaves, Bengal gram and green chillies. When the mustard seeds pop, add the chopped onion. When it becomes transparent, add the ginger and the vegetables. Mix well until well coated and cook covered on sim for 6-8 mins until the vegetables are soft. Sprinkle some water if necessary.Once the vegetables are cooked, add the water with some salt and bring to boil. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, dunk in the roasted vermicelli stirring continuously so that it doesn’t clump. Let it cook in the open pan until the vermicelli has cooked all over and there’s no water left. Usually a vermicelli : water ratio of 1 : 1.5 works well for me.
Garnish with coriander leaves ,peanut roasted & lemon juice and serve hot

Oats Dhokla


Ingredients

Oats -(roasted & powder)-1/2 cup
Gramflour -1/2 cup
Ginger & Green chillies paste -1 tsp
Salt- to taste
Lemon juice -1 tsp
Fruit Salt -1 tsp
Turmeric pwd-1/4 tsp
Water to make batter
For tempering
Mustard seeds-1 tbsp
Oil -1 tsp
sugar- to taste(optional)
Lemon juice -1 tsp
Salt to taste
Curry leaves-10
water -1/2 cup

method

Into a bowl  Gram flour,powdered oats,green chilli paste ,salt ,lemon juice & make a smooth batter adding water.add fruit salt at last .now take pressure cooker add water ,as we do for Idli ,grease idli stand pour batter ,..close lid put on flame for 8 min High & low flame 4 min.meanwhile prepare tempering to pour on dhokla.take out dhokla on a plate & pour tempering on top of it.once it absorbed .Serve hot with chutney!!

Yellow Moong Dal & Spinach Crepe


Crepe prepared using Soaked & grind Split yellow moong Dal with Spinach .

Ingredients

Yellow moong dal (soaked) 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Asafoetida a pinch
Salt to taste
Spinach (chopped ) 1/2 cup
Onion chopped small
Green chillies 1
Method
Grind soaked moong dal .takeout in a bowl add salt, spinach,Asafoetida , cumin seeds.
Heat pan or griddle .pour batter on it spread..as we do for dosa..sprinkle chopped onion & green chillies..add oil on side cook both sides.till it crisp.Serve with Chutney!!

Spicy oats & moong crepes with mint & cilantro chutney


Crepes prepared using Oats ,yellow split lentil & veggies .
Ingredients
Old fashioned Oats(powdered) 1/2 cup
Yellow moong dal (soaked) 1/2 cup
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Green chillies 1-2
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Black Pepper powder to taste
Onion finely chopped optional
Tomato deseeded chopped optional
Oil
Method
Powder oats using a grinder.now make a paste of soaked moong dal.adding green chillies. take paste in a bowl add all spices & oats.make a batter.if u feel a batter is thick add a
little water.now heat a pan or dosa pan ..drop with ladle..drop oil with a help of spoon .add chopped onion & tomatoes .flip & cook both sides ..till it crisp
Mint & cilantro chutney
Handful of mint & cilantro
Garlic 1-2
Yogurt 1 or 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Mustard oil few drops (optional)
Grind all ingredients except oil & salt.tske in a bowl add salt & oil .
Serve ur healthy crepes with chutney & enjoy !!!

 

Oats Uttapam


Oats & semolina Pancakes  prepared with  Indian spices & seasoned

Ingredients
Oats (roasted & powder) 3/4 cup
Rava 1 tbsp
Yogurt 1 cup
Onion chopped.
spinach chopped (optional)
Curry leaves few chopped
Green chilli chopped
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder optional
Eno fruit salt 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice few drops
Water if required
oil for cooking
Method
Take a bowl add oats,rava,onion ,green chilli,curry leaves & spinach .then add yogurt mix properly.add salt if a batter is very thick a little water.Before preparing uttapam.add Eno fruit salt & lemon juice.mix properly.Heat a pan on med heat.drop full ladle on pan .sprinkle red chilli powder.add little oil .cook both sides.Enjoy plain or with Chutney.

Fresh Baby carrot & Orange juice


Carrots + Oranges  work well together and are a great source of Vitamin C, which supports the body in its ability to absorb iron, Beta-Carotene which converts to Vitamin A in the body and helps you maintain a youthful appearance and overall boosted an immune system.

My easy simple recipe made with chopped baby carrot blended with Freshly pressed orange juice.

Ingredients

2 cup baby carrot chopped

2 medium Orange pressed juice

Few ice cubes

Method

Blend baby carrots , orange juice with ice .pour & serve

tips:- I am not a professional nutritionist nor dietician.so plz contact a professional.before taking this ,if anyone have an allergy or health issues.

Sabudana Khichdi


Soaked Sago/tapioca cooked with boiled potatoes & roasted peanuts & seasoned.

Ingredients

Sago /sabudana -1/2 cups (soaked in 1/2 cup water or a little bit more)for 2-3 hrs so it absorb water & become fluffy.

Salt to taste

A pinch of turmeric optional

Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp

oil/ghee for cooking

Roasted peanut & coarsely grind 1tbsp

Cumin seeds 1 tsp

Lime juice 1 tsp

Few coriander sprigs chopped

Method

Heat a pan add oil then add cumin seeds once it crackled add turmeric powder red chilli powder ,add boiled potatoes mix properly ,Add soaked sago cook around 5-6 min or till it becomes translucent.add roasted peanut powder ,salt .Turn off heat then adding lime juice Garnish with coriander leaves & serve!!

Fresh Watermelon Orange juice


Oranges are a Good source of vitamin C. Its helping cardiovascular health, reducing stroke risk, lowering cholesterol and even playing a role in improving brain.Watermelons too, are linked to having heart health benefits. The have also been shown lower blood pressure, boost the circulatory system and protect cells from damage.

My Simple recipe ,it’s a heart-healthy combination.no fuss easy making two ingredients.

Ingredients

Watermelon Chunks 2 cup

Navel orange juice 1/2 cup (freshly pressed)

Few ice cubes optional

Method

Add watermelon chunks & orange juice in a blender.blend until watermelon liquefied.add ice cubes in a glass.pour & Serve .

Tips:I am not a professional nutritionist nor dietician.so plz contact a professional.before taking this ,if anyone have an allergy or health issues.

Thick Tomato Soup


Tomatoes & Vegetables Cooked in a pressure Cooker, pureed & seasoned.

Ingredients
Tomatoes 4
Garlic cloves 1-2
Baby Carrot 1-2
Beetroot small 1
Onion small 1
Bay leaves 1-2
Paprika to taste
Sugar 1/2 tsp(optional)
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Oil/Butter for cooking
Method
Heat a pressure cooker adding oil then add Bay leaves chopped garlic & saute.add onion & saute.add all chopped vegetables.salt,sugar & paprika.give a stir.Put a lid on pressure cook .wait for 1-2 whistles.Turn off heat.Once pressure cool down.Discard bay leaves.Blend cooked mixture & strain.Using same pressure cooker add a little butter.pour strain mixture & check seasoning.give a boil adding Black pepper powder.
Serve & enjoy Hot soup !!!

Quinoa with Vegetables


Quinoa Cooked with Vegetables & seasoned with Indian Flavor for a twist.

Ingredients
Quinoa cooked 1 cup
Olive oil 1 tsp
Mixed vegetables 1 cup
Onion 1 small
Green onions 1
Garlic cloves 1 -2
Ginger finely chopped 1/2″
Curry powder 1/2 tsp(optional)
Paprika to taste
Green chilli 1-2
Salt to taste.
Black pepper to taste
Lime juice 1 tsp
Method
Cooked quinoa as per instructions wrote behind packet.
Heat oil in a wok ,adding onion & green onion white parts.
Add chopped garlic cloves & ginger & Green chillies cook till raw aroma goes.add mixed vegetables
Then add spices saute .cover & cook till veggies become soft.
Check seasoning.
Mixed cooked quinoa.add lime juice & Sprinkle Black pepper.
Garnish with green Onions.

Banana Smoothies


Bananas are a very good source of vitamin ,minerals & dietary fiber.Milk is a healthy foods considered nutrient-rich because they serve as good sources of calcium and vitamin D as well as protein and other essential nutrients.

Banana Blend with Milk infused with Saffron.

Ingredients

Banana- 1
Cold Milk -3/4 cup
Heavy whipping cream -1/4 cup
Sugar as much sweeter u like
Saffron strands (soaked in water) & few for garnish
Rose water few drops (optional)
Method
Blend all above ingredients in a blender jar.pour in a glass garnish with saffron strands.Serve chilled !!!
tips :- boil milk adding saffron & then chill .
Before taking,plz consult a health professional if anyone allergic or health issue.

Yogurt & fruits Parfaits


Layered yogurt ,fruits & cereal bars.Complete Breakfast in a jar.Grab & go !!

ingredients
Thick low-fat Yogurt-1/2 cup
Banana-1 small
Honey-1 tsp (optional)
strawberry chunks
Cereal Bars(vanilla flavour)
Mixed dry fruits-(cashew nut,almonds,walnut& raisins)
Mint leaves -Twig(for garnish optional)
Method-
Put thick yogurt in a glass.on top of that add cereal bars crumble half.add banana slices & adding a  honey top of it ,add strawberry chunks.add cereal bar on top..add mixed dry fruits .and at last, add dollops of yogurt ,decorate with mint leaves .!!!

Strawberry & Oats Smoothies


Strawberry blended with Oats & garnish with Nuts.its like a breakfast in a jar.

Ingredients
Rolled oats (roasted )1/2cup
Yogurt /curd 1/2 cup
Strawberries -5-6
Honey to taste
Pistachio & almonds for garnish(optional)
Method
Blend all ingredients together. Pour in glass .garnish with dry fruits
Tips :-smoothie mostly thick only.if u like a bit thin u can add little milk & blend

Hare Moong ki Dal


whole green gram cooked with Indian spices

Ingredients
Whole Moong dal 1 cup
Onion finely chopped 2 med
Tomato 3 chopped
Garlic cloves 3-4 crushed
Ginger 1/2 ” finely chopped
Bay leaves 2
Green chillies 1-2 finely chopped
Hing a pinch
Kasoori methi 1 tsp
Ghee 1 tbsp
Green coriander leaves chopped handful
Garam masala 1/4 tsp
kashmiri red chilli powder 1 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Cumin powder 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Water 2 1/4 cup
Method
Wash & soak dal moong dal for 3-4 hrs.
Heat a pressure cooker add ghee.then bay leaves.add garlic -ginger cook till raw aroma goes off.add onion sauteed till it becomes pink in color.add green chillies & soak moong dal & tomatoes & salt. saute .adding dry spices except garam masala.once it started leaving oil .add kasoori methi ,green coriander leaves & garam masala.give a stir .add water check seasoning before closing lid.
Pressure cook for 5-6 whistles.
Once cool down.serve with chappati !!
Pickled onions & green chilli

Strawberry & Mint Cold soup


Prepared using a Blender jar adding  yogurt  & fruits.Best during summer.

ingredients

Strawberries 1.5 cup
Fresh Orange juice1/6 cup (2 tbsp +2 tsp)
Mint leaves 5-6
Yogurt 1/3 cup
Salt & pepper to taste
Green chili 1 optional
Honey 1tsp optional Mint leaves (garnish)
Method
Blend all ingredients. serve in a bowl.garnish with Mint leaves

 

Mixed Veg Soup


Healthy & delicious Soup prepared in one pot with lots of veggies.

Ingredients
Baby carrots 1/3 cup
Celery stalks 1/3 cup
Sweet corns 1/4 cup
Frozen/fresh Peas 1/4 cup
Green onions 1-2
Onion 1 medium chopped
Garlic 3-4 finely chopped
Bay leaves 1-2
Black pepper corns 2-3
Olive oil /any cooking oil 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Water/vegetable broth 4 cup
Method
Heat oil in a pot add bay leaves & black pepper corns,add onion green onion white part & saute .once it change color add garlic saute till raw aroma goes off .
Add all vegetables & salt sauteed for 5 minutes .add water once it start boiling & add green onion reduce heat to sim & let vegetables cook .check soup consistency & salt.remove bay leaves & pepper corns before serving.
Serve hot in a bowl.

Quinoa Soup


Healthy Quinoa soup with lots of veggies.

Ingredients
Quinoa uncooked 1/2 cup
Mixed vegetables 1/4 cup
Water/vegetable broth 2 cup
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Green onion 1
Garlic powder 1 tsp
Oats(roasted & powder )1/2 tbsp
Olive oil 1 tsp optional
Method
Heat a sauce pan adding 1 tsp of oil then white part of green onion garlic powder saute for 1-2 min.Add vegetables(carrot/beans/corn).saute it.
Add quinoa mixed properly.add water & salt give a boil .
Turn heat on low let quinoa cooked properly.
Add oats powder(optional) to thicken .
Sprinkle black pepper & garnish with green Onions.
Serve hot in bowl or cup.

Spinach Soup


Blanched & Pureed Spinach with Dash of Cream.

Spinach Puree(chopped & Blanched) 2 cup
Oats (roasted & powder)2 tbsp
Olive oil/Butter 4 tsp
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
Red crushed pepper & Oregano (optional)
Onion powder 1 tsp
Garlic powder 1/2 tsp
Low fat milk or any Milk 1/2 Cup
Method
Wash spinach properly & chopped & blanched .don’t throw away water.
make a smooth paste using blender.keep it aside.
Heat a pan add oil then add onion powder,garlic powder saute on low heat.add oats flour saute properly.add milk stir continuously as it there should be no lump.
Once milk boil add pureed spinach stir properly.add salt ,pepper.
Add spinach blanced water.as per consistency u prefer.
Serve in a bowl/ Cup adding dash of cream (optional).
Cream of Spinach soup is ready to serve.
Tips
Instead of onion & Garlic powder.one can use fresh one too.
Add oregano /Red crushed pepper for a enhanced flavor .its optional

Stir Fry Garbanzo


Boiled Garbanzo sauteed with Veggies & seasoned.can serve as side dish or a healthy snack.

ingredients

INGREDIENTS
Boiled Garbanzo 1 cup; Olive oil /any cooking oil 2 tsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Roasted Sesame seeds (white)1tsp(optional)
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Onion finely chopped
Tomato diced & chopped
Bell pepper finely chopped
Green chillies 1-2
Chaat masala to taste
Lime juice 1 tsp or to taste
Cilantro/green coriander leaves chopped
Method
Heat a wok then add oil & add mustard once it crackled add boiled garbanzo sautee.add veggies saute for min(I like crunch so saute for min one can cook for 2-3 min if u like soft)
..then turn off heat.add roasted sesame.
seasonings mix properly. At last lime juice & garnish with cilantro.

 

Healthy Bowl


Boiled Soya Chunks With Sauteed Veggies & Seasonings

ingredients

Soya chunks cooked 1 cup
Olive oil /any cooking oil 1 tbsp
Curry powder 1/8 tsp(optional)
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
Onion 1 small diced
Green chilli 1-2/tastebuds
Green Bell pepper 1 diced
Tomato (deseeded)1 diced
Dried Oregano to taste
Parsley flakes to taste
Garlic powder 1/2 tsp
Cilantro/Green coriander leaves for Garnish
Method
Boil soya chunks adding salt for 5-6 min.
Rinse properly before preparing.
Heat oil in a pan add green chilli ,add onion saute for a minute.add tomatoes & green pepper .add curry powder,garlic powder ,salt & pepper cook around for a minute.add soya chunks .mix properly.
Turn off heat adding oregano & parsley.
Check seasoning.

Quinoa Khichdi


light & healthy for snacks or breakfast

ingredients
Quinoa 1/4 cup
Roasted Peanuts 1 tbsp
Green Chilli 1
Oil 1 tsp
Curry Leaves 3-4
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice 1 tsp /to taste
water
method
heat a saucepan add oil add mustard seeds & cumin seeds once seeds crackle add Curry leaves & green chilli sauteed.
Add quinoa & salt stir properly add water give a boil.
reduce flame to low & cook till become fluffy.
cover & keep it aside for 5 min.add lime juice.
Serve & enjoy !!!

Quinoa Salad


Cooked quinoa mixed with crunchy  vegetables & Nuts

Ingredients
Quinoa Pre-washed 1/2 cup
Water 1 cup
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Lime juice 1 tsp
Green onion 1 chopped
Baby Carrot 4-5 Diced
Celery sticks 1 chopped
Olive oil 1 tsp
Almond soaked & peeled 5-6
Golden Raisins 4-5
Method
In a pot add quinoa & water.once it boil,cover with lid.Turn heat to low.quinoa takes 10-15 min.once it cooked & fluffy.
Leave it for 5 min more.
After 5 min open lid add olive oil ,salt ,lime juice & black pepper,all veggies almond & raisins.mix it properly
Serve in bowl .

 

Oats & Quinoa Khichdi


Oats & quinoa Cooked with Indian spices & vegetables.

ingredients

Quinoa (pre-washed)1/2 cup
Old fashioned oats 1/2 cup
Assorted vegetables (carrot ,beans,corn,green peas)1 cup
Curry powder 1 tsp
Onion small 1 sliced
Ginger 1/2″ finely chopped
Green chilli 1 or to taste
Garlic Cloves 1-2 finely chopped
Oil for cooking
Water 2 cup
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Green coriander leaves for garnishing
Method
Heat oil in a pot then add cumin seeds once it crackled.add onion & saute till it becomes pink in color.add garlic & ginger .once raw aroma goes off.add vegetables ,curry powder & stir.
Add quinoa & oats saute on med-low heat for 2-3 min.add salt & mix.
Adding water once it started boiling turn heat on med-low flame.
Cook till water evaporates.
Turn off heat.let it covered for 5 min more.
Serve hot garnishing with green coriander leaves.dash of butter or ghee(optional)