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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
PADDU 3

BATATA HARRA / SPICY ROASTED POTATOES

Hello!!!

I am here with a very simple and delicious recipe from the Lebanese Cuisine. In my quest to search Levantine Cuisine I have come across such wonderful recipes ranging from salads to dips to spicy vegetables. Levantine Cuisine includes recipes from Syria , Lebanon, Palestine.Israel, Jordon , Cyprus(East Mediterranean shore). I wanted to make so many recipes but stuck to a simple one as I am travelling and have limited access to many Ingredients.

181St #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #LevantineCuisine was suggested by Sujata Shukla who blogs at https://www.pepperonpizza.com/. Thanks for suggesting such a wonderful theme that introduced us to many wonderful cuisines.

Recipe for Batata Harra / Spicy Roasted Potatoes:

Ingredients:

6 Medium Size Potatoes Peeled and boiled

2 Garlic Cloves minced

1.5 Tsp Chilli Flakes

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Tsp Crushed Coriander Seeds(Must be Coarse)

1 Tsp Turmeric

1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro finely chopped

1/2 Cup Fresh Dill Leaves finely chopped

1/2 Cup Fresh Parsley Leaves

3/4 Tsp Coarsely ground Pepper

Salt to taste

Juice of 1 Lemon

Method:

Boil the potatoes and allow it to cool. The potatoes should be cooked but ensure it is still firm. Once cooled cut them into bite size cubes.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add minced garlic and
turmeric and coarsely crushed Coriander seeds. Roast for a few minutes. Now add the cubed Potatoes and mix well.Add half of parsley , cilantro and dill leaves and chilli flakes. Mix well untill the potatoes are well coated for about 5 mins.
Add salt and Coarsely ground pepper ..Once done switch off the flame. Add lemon juice and mix well.

Garnish with remaining Parsley , Cilantro ,dill leaves and chilli flakes.

Serve with any Rice dish or you can just have it like this .

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

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ROASTED FOXNUT SALAD / MAKHANA SALAD

 

It’s Monday !!!!!!!! I am back with another quick healthy and yummy recipe this week. Today’s recipe is a low calorie recipe without any fancy dressing.It can be whipped within 10 mins .It is light and filling at the same time.Low calorie recipes are good for weight watchers. Always consult a professional nutrition who can advise you as per your body conditions. When we are not hungry we prefer to have something light. This recipe comes to my rescue.

For 180th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #LowCalorieFood my humble contribution is this simple and delicious Roasted foxnut salad.This theme was suggested by fellow blogger Sujata roy who blogs at https://batterupwithsujata.wordpress.com. Check out some wonderful low calorie recipes from my fellow bloggers too.

Recipe for Roasted foxnut salad/ Makhana Salad:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Makhana / Foxnut

1/2 Green Bell Pepper finely chopped

1/2 Carrot finely Chopped

1 Japanese Cucumber finely chopped

1/2 Tsp Jeera / Cumin

1/4 Tsp Red Chilli Powder

Salt to Taste

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1/2 Tsp Coarse Pepper powder

1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Coriander

Method:

Take  a wide bottom pan. Add 1/4 tsp oil. Add jeera /Cumin .Once it splutters add the foxnut or makhana. Now add chilli powder and salt to taste and roast on low flame for about 3-4 minutes.Once done switch off the flame.

In a wide bowl add finely chopped Japanese cucumber, Green bell pepper ,carrots and coriander. Sprinkle salt , coarse pepper powder and lemon juice. Mix with a spatula. Add the roasted foxnut just before serving so that  foxnut is nice and crisp.

Enjoy this simple low calorie salad anytime !!!!!!

http://salad

PADDU 3

MANGO THOKKU MINI DOSA

 

A warm hello to everyone from this part of the globe. We are approaching month end already in this year.Time just flies. We are all looking forward to the Chinese New year as we get a good break from work.I am very eagerly looking forward to it.Atmosphere here is so festive with all the Chinese new year decor. Places are all vibrantly decked up.

Today amazing theme for 179th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Foodmagbest was suggested by Seema who blogs at www.mildlyindian.com.Check out her wonderful blog for awesome recipes. Thank you Seema for the wonderful theme which really got me thinking .Due to hectic work schedule  just managed to make a very simple yet delicious dish.

Recipe for Mango Thokku Mini Dosa:

Ingredients:

1 Cup =250 ML

2 Cups Dosa Batter

1.5 Tbsp Mango thokku

4 Tbsp Dry Chutney Powder

2 Tsp Dry Dill Leaves

1Cup Pomegranate Arils

1 Cup Cheese

Method:

Take a wide bottom bowl. Add dosa batter and mango thokku and mix well. Heat the Tawa. Once the tawa is hot, pour  the batter to make mini dosa. Once the bottom starts to turn crisp and brown and the top is also cooked sprinkle chutney powder, some cheese and a little dry dil leaves.Once done repeat the process for the remaining batter.

Transfer the dosa to a plate . Garnish with pomegranate Arils and enjoy the cheesy Mango thokku Mini Dosa.

My boys just loved it for breakfast and now they want me to pack it for lunch as well.

You must try it to believe it.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

PADDU 3

VENDHAYA KEERAI MOR KOZHAMBU / FENUGREEK (METHI) LEAVES YOUGURT CURRY

 

Welcome to my first post in 2019. Hope the new year has started on a fantastic note for all of you. For me it has started on a very positive and encouraging note. I am sharing a very delicious and healthy curry with fresh Methi Leaves. There are many recipes with methi leaves. This one is a keeper for sure as it is finger looking good. It goes well with hot rice , Rotis and even Dosa. Try it to believe it.

Theme  for 177th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop   #MagicofFreshMethiLeaves  was suggested by Sasmita who blogs at www.firsttimercook.com. Check out her blog for the wonderful recipes. I am so happy  as I wanted to share this awesome recipe with all my wonderful readers.This Methi curry is loved by my family and a regular dish at my place.

Recipe for Vendhaya Keerai Mor Kozhambu / Fenugreek (Methi) Leaves Yogurt Curry:

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Toor Dal /  Pigeon Peas

1/2 Cup Channa Dal / Bengal Gram

2 Cups Roughly chopped Methi Leaves / Fenugreek Leaves / Vendhaya Keerai

1/4 Tsp Turmeric

Salt to taste

2 Cups Yogurt plus 1 Cup Water Mixed well (without any lumps)

1 Tsp Tamrind Paste

/4 Tsp Hing / Asafoetida

1 Tsp Ghee

Few Curry Leaves

For Tadka / Tempering:

2 Tsp Oil

4  dry red Chilies(Round ones)

1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds

For Masala / Paste:

3/4 Cup Grated Coconut (Fresh)

4 Green Chillies

2Inch Ginger

1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Coriander leaves

Method:

Wash both the dals and pressure cook with enough water  upto 3 Whistles or untill soft. Once the pressure is released, remove the dals and mash well. Channa dal will not be fully mashed. It is ok. Keep the mashed dals aside.

Mix the thick yogurt and water untill smooth and ensure there are no lumps.Keep it aside.

Grind all the ingredients for the masala or paste untill smooth.You can add little water in order to get smooth paste. Keep it aside.

Heat a wide bottom Pan. Add Ghee. Once the ghee melts add  Mustard seeds and asafoetida. Once it splutters add the chopped Methi leaves and cook untill done. Approx 5-8 mins. Now add the mashed dals and mix well.Add turmeric and mix well. Add the masala / paste and mix well. Add 1/2 cup water and allow it to simmer on medium flame for about 8-10 mins.

Once done lastly add the beaten yogurt and mix well. Switch off the flame immediately. You can garnish with some Tadka and serve hot with Rice, Rotis and Dosa.

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

PADDU 3

STUFFED PARCELS

 

Hello!!!

We are all gearing up for Christmas next week. We are on a baking spree to celebrate the festivities with our family and friends. Along with baked goodies do try this savoury stuffed parcels thats goes well as starters. I am sure it will be loved by your family and friends.

My humble contribution for 175th  #Foodiemonday # Bloghop theme #ChristmasSpecial is this simple and delicious stuffed parcels.A vegetarian dish that will make you drool and crave for more.

Recipe for Stuffed Parcels:

Ingredients:

For Dough:

1 Cup Multi grain Flour

1/2 Cup Sooji / Rava

1/2 Tsp Ajwain

1/2 Tsp Chilli Powder

Salt to taste

2 Tbsp Oil for Kneading the dough

Water as required

For Stuffing:

3 Boiled Potatoes

2 Onions finely chopped

1 Green Chilli Finely chopped

1/2 Cup Finely chopped Coriander

1/2 Tsp Garam Masala

1/2 Tsp Tikka Masala

Salt to Taste

2 Tbsp Oil

1 Tsp Jeera

1/2 Tsp grated ginger

1/4 Tsp Haldi /Turmeric

3 Garlic pods finely chopped

1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs

1/4 Tsp Amchur Powder

Oil for Frying

Method:

For dough:

Take a wide bottom bowl. Add multigrain flour, rava , ajwain and chilli powder.  Heat 2 Tbsp oil and once it sizzles add it to the flour mix. Mix the ingredients well. Add water as required and knead soft dough.Cover the dough with a damp clean cloth and allow it to rest for 30 mins.

For the Stuffing:

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add oil. Once the oil is hot ,add jeera. Once it splutters add grated ginger and finely chopped garlic.Once it turns slightly brown add the finely chopped onions and chopped green chillies.Saute untill they turn slightly brown and oil starts to leave the sides. Add garam masala, tikka masala, turmeric ,salt and amchur powder and mix well. Saute for a minute and then add mashed boiled potatoes.Mix all the ingredients well.Lastly add bread crumbs and finely chopped coriander. Mix well and keep it on medium flame for 2 mins. Once done switch off the flame.

For the Parcel:

Take a lime sized dough and roll the dough on a flat surface into desired shape. Place the stuffing in the center. Fold the dough from all the sides.It will overlap and look like small parcels.

Take a wide bottom pan.Add oil for deep frying. Once the oil is hot  deep fry the parcels.Repeat the process for the remaining parcels.

Serve with any green chutney or Ketchup.

 

PADDU 3

SPICY EGG MASALA

Hello!!!
This week I am back with a lip smacking recipe that is loved by my family and guests. This is one of the most appreciated recipes at the potluck parties / get together.
Long school holidays have started and we just find reasons to meet our near and dear friends. We always look forward to long weekends so that we can host potluck / parties.Planning a menu for the parties / potluck can be daunting at times. Especially if you have sudden plans to host one. If you fall under this category book mark this recipe . It is an absolute crowd pleaser and will leave your guests craving for more.
My contribution for 174th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #PotluckRecipes is this yummy Spicy Egg Masala. The theme was suggested by me. I am sure you will find lot of ideas from my bloggers friends who will share their amazing recipes for the theme.
Recipe for Spicy Egg Masala:
Ingredients:
4 Hard Boiled eggs
3 Onions (Medium size)
3 Tomatoes (Medium Size)
2 Bread Slices
1 Tsp Black Pepper corns
2 Tsp Jeera
4 Garlic cloves
2 Green Chillies
1/2 Cup finely chopped Coriander
1/4 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp Oil
1/4 Tsp Haldi /Turmeric
1 Tsp Shev Bhaji Masala (Given to me by my maharastrain friend.This is from Khandeshi Cusine).You can use garam masala instead.
Method:
Boil the eggs and remove the shell.
Take a wide bottom pan. Add  Tbsp oil. Once the oil is hot add 1 tsp jeera, pepper corns and haldi.Then add the chopped garlic pods and onions.Roast on mediumflame untill the onions turn slightly brown .Once done add green chillies ,chopped coriander (keep aside for garnish as well) and chopped tomatoes.
Once the tomatoes turn mushy add the bread slices.Mix well and roast on medium flame for about 5 mins. Switch off the flame and allow it to cool.
Grind the masala and keep it aside.
Heat the pan. Add 1/4 tsp oil.Once hot add chilli powder and slightly shallow fry the eggs. Remove the eggs and keep them aside.
In the same pan add balance oil. Add jeera.Now add the ground masala and let it simmer untill oil starts to leave the sides.
Add Shev Bhaji Masala / Garam Masala and salt to taste.Let it simmer for 5-7 mins untill the raw masala smell is gone.Switch off the flame.
Add the fried eggs to this masala and garnish with fresh coriander. Serve hot with Rotis /Naan or steaming hot rice.
Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PESTO COATED SMASHED POTATOES

 

Hello!!!!!

I am back with another interesting recipe this Monday. An appetizer to treat your family and friends for all occasions.This is a crowd please for sure and will leave your guests craving for more. Loaded with cheese and herbs will take this humble potato to a new level.There are close to 4,000 varieties of potato including common commercial varieties and come in different colors too.

My humble contribution for #172 #Foodiemonday # Bloghop theme #InternationakFeast as suggested by our fellow blogger  Mayuri dee who blogs at https://mayuris-jikoni.com .A simple dish loved by many all over the world.The potatoes are coated with pesto and loaded with cheese and herbs.Calling all potato lovers to try this  lipsmacking dish .

Recipe for Pesto Coated Smashed Potatoes:

Ingredients:

10 Potaotes (Medium sized or Baby potatoes)

Salt to taste

1.5 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tsp Dill leaves to sprinkling

1 Tsp Chilli Flakes for Sprinkling

1 Tsp Pepper Powder for Sprinkling

1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese

For Pesto:

1 Cup Chopped Coriander( 250 ml cup)

3 Garlic Pods

2 Tsp Olive oil

1/4 Cup Roasted Cashews

1 Tbsp Lime Juice

1 Green Chilli

Salt to taste

Method:

Grind all the ingredients of pesto to a fine paste and keep it aside.

Boil the potatoes with 1/4 Tsp salt. Once done transfer the potatoes on to  the baking tray with parchment paper. Just smash the potatoes using a flat surface of a glass  or a potato masher. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and drizzle some olive oil. Place the tray in a pre heated oven at 180 C for about 15 mins. Now remove the tray and reverse the sides. Sprinkle salt and pepper an drizzle olive oil. Now place the tray in the oven for another 15 mins. Once done remove the tray from the oven. Sprinkle  cheese generously ,chilli flakes and dried dill. Drizzle the pesto over the roasted potatoes and place it in the oven for another 10 mins.

Once done remove from the oven .Transfer it to a plate. Drizzle the remaining pesto and serve.

Enjoy with family and friends!!!!!!

Other Potato recipes:

http://potatoes

PADDU 3

SAAG KUMBH / SPINACH AND MUSHROOM SABZI

Hello!!!

I am back after a good break . I was on a holiday with my family to Greece. I was hence away from blogging .I did miss blogging but a break was absolutely necessary. I am back  more energized and refreshed. Today I am sharing a very simple Saag Kumbh recipe that can be prepared in a jiffy. A nutritious and yummy side dish that can be eaten with rice and rotis.

My humble contribution for 171st #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme SaagSaga is this humble Saag Kumbh / Spinach and Mushroom Sabzi.I  love the  fresh greens i get here. Got some fresh amaranth leaves. Added some mushrooms and made this mouth watering dish. Amaranth leaves are storehouse for many phytonutrients, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins .The leaves and stems carry a good amount of soluble and insoluble dietary fibers.Amaranth greens also contains ample amounts of B-complex vitamins such as folates, vitamin-B6 , riboflavin, thiamin , and niacin.Additionally, it has higher levels of other minerals than spinach such as calcium, manganese, magnesium, copper and zinc.

Recipe for Saag Kumbh:

Ingredients:

2 Cups Finely Chopped Amaranth leaves  along with the stem

2 Onions Chopped lengthwise

1″ Ginger finely chopped

8 Button mushrooms halved

Salt to taste

1 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds

1/4 Tsp Rai / Mustard seeds

1 Tsp Vegetable Masala

4 Curd Chillies

A generous pinch of Asafoetida

1 Tsp Oil

Method:

Cut the roots and wash the fresh amaranth leaves along with the stem. Allow the excess water to drain. Now finely chop and keep it aside. Heat a heavy bottom pan. Add oil. Add the curd chillies and shallow fry untill done.Now add cumin ,asafoetida and mustard seeds.Once it splutters add finely chopped ginger and onions. Saute on medium flame and once the onions turn slightly brown add the mushrooms and suate for 2 mins. Now add vegetable masala and mix well. Once the mushrooms are well coated add the finely chopped amaranth leaves. Add salt as per taste.Close the lid and allow it to cook on medium flame for 7-8 mins. Once done switch off the flame.

Garnish with fried onions and shallow fried curd chillies.Serve with hot rice or rotis .

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!

http://vegetable masala

Notes:

I have used home made vegetable masala. Link shared for the same.

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PULIODHARAI /TAMRIND RICE

 

Hello !!!

We are all so happy  to welcome Goddess Durg this Navratri. During these 9 days we offer rice varieties as offering to the Goddess.It is celebrated with great pomp and show . It is slightly different compared to the celebrations in the North.

Many keep Golu (Doll collection) at home.Everyday a new prasadam is offered to the Goddess.I love the Tamrind rice offered at temples as Prasadam. This is one of my most favourite dosh at home. The tamrind mix can be prepared well in advance. This recipe always makes me nostalgic as it was a menu on our cards whenever we used to travel long distance by train. I miss those days now.

For #165th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop  #NavaratriSpecial is this simple and yummy Puliodharai / Tamrind Rice.

Recipe for Puliodharai / Tamrind Rice:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Rice

Salt to Taste

For Masala:

2 Tbsp Channa dal

1 Tbsp Urad dal

8 Dry red Chillies

1/4 Tsp Fenugreek seeds

2 Tsp Dhania / Coriander seeds

2 Tsp White Sesame seeds /Til

1/2 Tsp Turmeric

1 Tsp Oil (I have used Gingelly oil.You can use any cooking oil)

1 Tsp Black Pepper Corns

1 Big Lemon Size Tamrind soaked in hot water

2 Tsp Jaggery

For Tempering:

2 Tbsp Gingelly Oil

1/4 Cup Peanuts

2 Sprigs Curry leaves

1 Tbsp Channa dal

1 Tbsp Urad dal

1 Tsp Mustard Seeds

Generous pinch of Asafoetida

4 Dry red Chillies

Method:

Cook rice and allow it to cool.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add oil.Once the oil is hot add Channa dal , urad dal.Once they turn slightly brown ,add fenugreek seeds ,dry red chillies,pepper corns and coriander seeds. Saute for a few seconds. Now add sesame seeds and sute untill they pop up and you can smell the aroma. Switch off the flame and allow this mix to cool. Now grind the mix with turmeric and salt to taste.

Extract the puree from the soaked tamrind and remove the pulp.Heat the Kadhai . Heat oil. Add all the channa dal,urad dal and peanuts.Once they turn brown,add mustard ,red chilli ,curry leaves and  asafoetida. Now add the tamrind extract. Once it starts to boil add jaggery and mix untill it fully dissolves.Now add the masala powder and mix well. Once the oil starts to leave the sides switch off the flame.

Add this mixture to the cooled rice and mix well. Offer this as Prasadam to Goddess and seek her blessings.

May Goddess Durga bless us all!!!!!!!!!

Happy Navratri!!!!!!