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NAVALKOL PALYA / KOHLRABI STIRY FRY

Hello!!

As a part of my our final series of exploring Recipes from Karnataka this month, I would like to share a simple and healthy Navalkol Palya. This is a simple stir fry that goes well with Phulkas , rotis and Rice. This is a simple recipe that can be easily made by an newbie who wants to learn cooking or even for bachelors.I am sure your family will be impressed. Simple recipes are always the best.

The taste and texture of kohlrabi are similar to those of a  broccoli stem or cabbage heart, but milder and sweeter, with a higher ratio of flesh to skin. The young stem in particular can be as crisp and juicy as an apple, although much less sweet .

The bulbous kohlrabi stem is frequently used raw in salad or slaws. It has a texture similar to that of a broccoli stem, but with a flavor that is sweeter and less vegetal.It is also known as Navila Kosu in Karnataka.

Kohlrabi leaves are edible and can be used interchangeably with collard greens and kale. Source:Internet

Recipe for Navalkol Palya:

Ingredients:

  • 4 Medium Sized Navalkol / Kohlrabi
  • 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
  • 3 Red Dry Chillies roughly torn
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 Tsp Coconut cream
  • 1/2 Cup grated fresh coconut
  • 1/2 Tsp Urad dal / uddina bele
  • 1/2 Tsp Channa dal / kadale bele
  • 10 Curry leaves
  • 1/2 Tsp Oil

Method:

Wash Navalkol and peel the skin. Finely chop them and keep it aside. Take a wide bottom pan. Add oil. Now add channa dal and urad dal .Ensure you do not burn .Once they turn slightly brown add mustard seeds and asafoetida.

Once the mustard seeds splutter add red chillies and mix well. Later add the chopped navalkol and mix well. Add salt , 1/2 cup water and keep it on medium flame. Cover the lid and allow it to cook for about 15-20 mins.Once the vegetable is cooked add coconut cream and grated coconut and mix well. Mix well and let it cook for about 1-2 minutes.

Once done garnish with curry leaves and serve with Rotis /Phulkas /Hot Rice.

Enjoy!

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SMOOTHIE BOWL

Smoothies are packed with nutrients and makes a perfect meal when you have a busy schedule or works perfect even for breakfast. It is quick , light and healthy.

This is Vegan ,filling and refreshing.It is loaded with Vitamins and minerals. This smoothie bowl is made from Mangoes,chia seeds,Kiwi, Avacado and Strawberries.

Fresh mango contains a variety of nutrients but only vitamin C and Folate are in significant amounts .

Green kiwifruit provides 61 calories is 83% water and 15% carbohydrates, with negligible fat and protein). It is particularly rich in vitamin C (112% DV) and vitamin K (38% DV), has a moderate content of  vitamin E(10% DV), with no other micronutrients in significant content.


Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals. Avacado is rich in Vitamin K,Folate,Vitamin C,Potassium,Vitamin B5,Vitamin B6 Vitamin E.It also contains small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous and vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin).

Chia seeds are rich in Antioxidents.It is rich in Protein and a high source of Fiber.

Information Source –Various websites from Google.

All the above ingredients are good for your skin and body. Healthy skin reflects your inner health. These fruits are so nutritious and good skin food too.For 185th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Glowingskinrecipes is this nutritious Smoothie Bowl. No added sugar or sweetener.Thank you Amrita for the wonderful theme. Check out her wonderful blog http://thefoodsamaritan.com/

Recipe for Smoothie Bowl:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Mango cut into cubes
  • Pulp of 1 Medium Size Avacado
  • 1 Kiwi cut into cubes
  • 6 Strawberries
  • 1 Tsp Chia Seeds
  • 8-10 Black Raisins
  • 1 Tsp Sun Flower Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Pumpkin seeds

Method:

Add fresh mango cubes , kiwi cubes, avacado pulp , strawberries in a blender and blitz to get a fine paste.

Transfer the contents to a bowl. Garnish with Chia seeds, black Raisins, Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds .Add few strawberries pieces and mango pieces and serve .

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

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NUTTY CAULIFLOWER RICE

This week I am sharing a recipe which fits in the PEGAN Diet. Have you heard about this diet? Well this is absolutely new for me too.

Like the name suggests, the pegan diet borrows principles from both the paleo diet and veganism. In short, paleo eaters try to consume only foods available in the Paleolithic era 2.6 million years ago: vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, and meat. It usually excludes dairy, grains, sugar, legumes, oils, salt, alcohol, and coffee. Veganism prescribes refraining from any animal products and byproducts — including meat, fish, eggs, cheese, yogurt, and honey — and eating plant-based foods instead.
A trendy eating plan dubbed the pegan diet (not pagan, mind you — that’s something else). Dr. Mark Hyman first coined the term on his blog in 2014, but the philosophy has only since picked up steam.  Source https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/a25906196/what-is-pegan-diet/

I would like thank my fellow blogger Veena who suggested this wonderful theme for this week.Head over to her blog https://veenasvegnation.com/ for some healthy and awesome recipes.

Pegan diet mostly has 75% veggies and 25% meat .You can check out alternatives for vegan protein. Basically any processed food is to be avoided.There are some do’s and don’t’s in this diet. Check the link above for more information.

Recipe for Nutty Cauliflower Rice

  • Ingredients:
  • 3 Cups grated Cauliflower
  • 1 Medium Onion finely chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 1 Tbsp Unsalted Pistachios
  • 1 Tbsp Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Boiled Chickpeas
  • Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1 Cup Chopped Baby Bok Choy
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • 1/2 Tsp Chilli Flakes

Method:

Wash the Cauliflower nicely and remove the leaves and cut into florets. Pulse them coarsely in a food processor or grate them using a box grater.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add olive oil. Saute the onion until they turn translucent for about 4 mins.Add minced garlic and cook for another minute. Next add boiled chick peas and chopped bok choy and mix well.

After 2-3 mins add the grated cauliflower and mix on high heat so that the moisture evaporates. Add pistachios , sunflower seeds and chilli flakes.High heat will remove the excess moisture and will not turn mushy.

Lastly add sea salt and stir in parsley .

Serve warm wholesome dish!!!

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Notes:
  • You can add Sundried tomatoes
  • You can add pine nuts and almonds as well
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REFRESHING SUMMER SALAD

 

Summer season is in full swing here. It is very Important to keep yourself hydrated all the time to beat the heat.Refreshing Summer Salads are a boon for me as i can whip up some yummy salads quickly.

I have been missing in action for sometime and have been missing you all. Work and home front have kept me bus.It is school holidays here and my boys are keeping me busy.Well i promise you to be more active and share some wonderful recipes with all of you.

Coming back to cooking in summers,I personally prefer to whip up quick meals for my family and avoid spending long hours in kitchen. I like to whip up up salads with fresh and yummy ingredients . Sometime simple salads with no fancy dressing is an absolute delight .

For our #149th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Salads my humble contribution is this refreshing summer salad that can be prepared within 10 mins from start to finish.

Recipe for Refreshing Summer Salad:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Corn (Frozen corn defrosted  or boiled corn)

1 Small  Onion Finely Chopped

1 Red Tomato finely chopped

Juice of 1/2 Lemon

1/4 Tsp Coarse Pepper Powder

Salt to Taste

1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tbsp fresh Coriander finely chopped

1/2 Green Chilli / Jalapeno  finely Chopped ( as it gives a nice aroma)

 

Method:

Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl. Allow it to rest for 2-3 mins. Then serve this refreshing salad with the goodness of fresh ingredients.

Remember to keep yourself hydrated all the time!!!

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!

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KONDAKADALAI SUNDAL / CHICKPEAS SUNDAL (GANESH CHATURTHI SPECIAL)

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वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय सूर्यकोटि समप्रभ ।
निर्विघ्नं कुरु मे देव सर्वकार्येषु सर्वदा ॥
Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Suurya-Kotti Samaprabha |
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa ||

Ganesh Chaturthi will be  celebrated  this year on 25Aug ,with great devotion all over India. People bring home murtis (Idols) of Lord Ganesha and celebrate the festival by worshiping the Lord in a special way for a day and a half, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days or 11 days depending on the family tradition and commitment of each individual.
On the last day of worship the idol is taken out in a colourful and musical procession to be immersed traditionally in water. Ganpati is one of the most popular God. His blessings are invoked at most religious ceremonies as He is the one who can remove all obstacles to success. He is the giver of fortune and can help to avoid natural calamities.

All rituals start with Ganapati Pooja so that all obstacles will be removed.

My Contribution for 106th #Foodiemonday # Bloghop theme #GaneshChaturthiSpecial is a simple Chickpea Sundal that is always prepeared at my place as an offering to Lord Ganesha.

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Recipe for Kondakadalai Sundal:

Ingredients:

1Cup =250 ML

1 Cup Boiled Chickpeas /Kondakadali

1.5 Tsp Split Black gram

1/2 Cup Freshly grated Coconut

1 Tsp Mustard

A Pinch of Asafoetida

4 Dry red chillies (roughly torn)

Salt to taste

2 Tsp Oil

Method:

Soak Chickpeas overnight. Drain the water and then pressure cook the chickpeas with some water and salt untill they are nicely cooked and soft. Drain the water and it can be used for soups,rasam or sambhar.

Heat the oil in a wok. Add split black gram, asafoetida and mustard. Once the mustard splutters add the red chillies. Saute for a few seconds .Now add the boiled chickpeas and mix well .After 3-5 mins add freshly grated coconut. Mix well and switch off the flame.

Tranfer it to a cup and offer it to Lord Ganesha along with Modak as an offering. After the prayers distribute to everyone.

May Lord Ganesha shower his choicest blessings on everyone !!!!!!!

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MANGO AND CILANTRO DRESSING

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Hello !!!!

Summers are in full swing and the heat is unbearable. I am always thinking of quick and healthy recipes that can help me to be out from my kitchen as soon as possible. Apart from the heat, work at office is also hectic and drains me end of the day as i have been reaching home very late everyday. For dinner my family prefers to have a healthy salad that is filling too. My boys have rice or Chapati with any veggies as well. You can make the salad more appetizing by adding home made dips or dressing. Home made dips and dressing are always the best.

Our 93rd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme is  #Summerfruit. My Contribution for this wonderful theme is this versatile Mango and Cilantro dressing that is so finger licking good. I enjoyed this dressing with some papadums.

Recipe for Mango and Cilantro Dressing :

Ingredients:

1 Ripe Mango peeled and cubed

1/4 Unripe Mango peeled and cubed

1/2 Cup fresh Cilantro leaves

1 Garlic Clove

2 Sprigs of spring Onion finely chopped

2 Green Chilies (Medium Spicy)

1/4 Tsp Cumin / Jeera

Salt to taste

1/4 Cup fresh Lime juice

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

1/2 Tsp Freshly ground Black Pepper

Method:

Put all the ingredients except oil in a blender and blitz until smooth. Gradually add oil in batches. Puree thoroughly after each addition. Dressing will be thick ,creamy and light lime color.

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Store it in an airtight container and refrigerate. I make it in small batches regularly.

 

Enjoy this creamy dressing !!!!!!!!!

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