Wednesday, January 30, 2013

OATS IDLI RECIPE | INSTANT OATS IDLI

INDIAN DIET RECIPES

I have been thinking for a long time to post some diet recipes for a long time but somehow it got postponed but after getting many request from readers to post some diet recipes without any delay i thought i should post some Indian vegetarian diet recipes using the ingredients easily available at home. Though i didn’t get the pictures very satisfied due to poor lighting, hope to update this soon when i make this next time. The original recipe i tried from here but replaced with  broken wheat instead of semolina.
Generally i don’t personally diet too much but will not over eat also. I do walk for 30 to 45 minutes everyday and started yoga recently. Just keep in mind that whenever you want to be on diet ,  do not skip any meal , just try to avoid deep fried junk food and sweets. Eat lots of fruits and drink plenty of water.
Before trying this Oats Idli i was worried about the out come but it turned out very well and  i enjoyed with pudina chutney. My hubby who came from Office little early yesterday relished this Oats idli too.
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INGREDIENTS: (YIELDS 5 IDLI)
OATS 1/2 CUP
BROKEN WHEAT | SAMBA RAVA 1/4 CUP
OIL 1 TSP
YOGURT 1/4 CUP
GREEN CHILLI 1-2
GINGER (GRATED) 1/4 TSP
BAKING SODA | ENO FRUIT SALT 2 PINCHES
MUSTARD SEEDS 1/4 TSP
CHANNA DAL 1/4 TSP
URAD DAL 1/4 TSP
CURRY LEAVES FEW
SALT AS NEEDED
CARROT (GRATED) 3-4 TBLSP
TURMERIC POWER A PINCH
WATER AS NEEDED
IMG_3491METHOD:
  • Roast the Oats ( i used Quacker quick cooking oats) for 3-4 minutes. Powder this finely.
  • Roast the broken wheat for 2 minutes in a medium flame.
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  • In a kadai add little oil and add mustard seeds, ginger, channa dal, urad dal, finely chopped green chilli, chopped curry leaves and coriander leaves.
  • Switch off the flame and add the grated carrots.
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  • Add this to the powdered oats and broken wheat mixture. Add yogurt, salt ,turmeric powder and required water to reach the idli batter consistency.
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  • Add the baking soda | eno fruit salt to this and grease the idli plates.
  • Pour this oats idli batter to this and steam it for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Insert a knife to check whether it is done .
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  • Take out from the moulds and enjoy hot. It tasted well even when it not very hot.
  • The pudina chutney went well with this and will post the recipe soon.
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Note:
  • You can replace broken wheat with semolina.
  • Pour into the moulds after adding the yogurt and water.
  • You can add any veggies of your choice.

Monday, January 28, 2013

PANEER KOLHAPURI | PANEER RECIPES | SIDE DISH FOR ROTI

Paneer Kolhapuri is an interesting  Paneer side dish and also different from the usual Paneer Butter Masala and other paneer recipes. Recently i came across the name of the recipe through a friend and i just searched about the recipe in google and finally ended up in making my own to suit my family’s taste.
We had this with Jeera rice and simple Yellow dal.
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INGREDIENTS:  (Serves 3-4 )
PANEER CUBES 1 CUP
ONION 1
TOMATO 2 ( I USED 1/4 CUP TOMATO PUREE)
GINGER GARLIC PASTE 1/2 TSP
CUMIN SEEDS 1/4 TSP
DRY COCONUT(KOPARAI) 4 TSP
WHOLE BLACK PEPPER 5-6
SAUNF ( SOMBU) 1/2 TSP
SESAME SEEDS 1 TSP
CARDAMOM 1
CLOVES 2
CASHEW NUTS 4-6
RED CHILLI POWDER 1/2 TSP
CORIANDER POWDER 1/2 TSP
OIL 1 TBLSP
CORIANDER LEAVES FEW
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METHOD:
  • Dry roast the black pepper, dry coconut, sesame seeds,cardamom , saunf, and cloves till the coconut turns nice brown color. Take care not to burn it.  Lastly add the cashew nuts and switch of the flame. Grin this into a fine paste adding little water.
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  • In a pan, add oil and add the cumin seeds and  ginger garlic paste.
  • Saute in a low flame till the raw smell goes. Chop the onions finely and add to this.
  • Saute till the onions turn brown.
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  • Now add the ground masala. After few seconds add the tomato puree( if adding tomatoes, grind it nicely and add at this stage) , red chilli powder, coriander powder and salt.
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     Let this cook for a while in a low flame . Add the paneer cubes and add water to reach a desired consistency. Check for salt. If you wish you can add a dash of garam masala. Garnish with coriander leaves.
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  •   Serve hot with roti | jeera rice. Will be posting the recipe of jeera rice soon.
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Note:
  • Paneer can be replaced with mixed veggies like carrot, peas and cauliflower.
  • You can add 1/2 tsp of poppy seeds( Khas khas) if you want while grinding the masala.

      

Friday, January 25, 2013

CAULIFLOWER PEPPER FRY | CAULIFLOWER RECIPES

Cauliflower is one among my favorite veggies and i love to have this with simple rasam and rice and even as a side dish for chapathis too. Being bored with the usual Cauliflower Curry i was thinking to make some different with cauliflower and tried out cauliflower curry using freshly ground pepper. It turned amazing well and especially kids enjoyed this a lot. Go ahead and try out this cauliflower pepper fry  recipe.
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INGREDIENTS: ( Serves 3)
CAULIFLOWER 1 (MEDIUM SIZE)
ONION 1
GINGER GARLIC PASTE 1 /2 TSP
BLACK PEPPER 3/4 TSP
CUMIN SEEDS 1/2 TSP
SALT TO TASTE
TURMERIC POWDER A PINCH
OIL 1 TBLSP
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METHOD:
  • Wash the cauliflower and cut them into small florets.
  • Chop the onions into thin slices. In a pan add oil and add ginger garlic paste.
  • Saute for a while and add the onions and saute till they become translucent.
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  • Add the cauliflower florets to this. Using a mortar and pestle, coarsely ground the black pepper and cumin seeds separately.
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  • Add this to the cauliflower and add salt and turmeric powder.
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  • Sprinkle little water and cook the florets become soft.
  • Switch off the flame once it is done.
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  • Serve hot with rasam rice or sambar rice. Even this will taste yum with Phulkas.
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Note:
  1. Do not add any curry leaves or coriander leaves as this will supress the pepper flavor.
  2. You can use store bought pepper powder and cumin powder but freshly ground one is highly recommended.

  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

HOT AND SOUR SOUP | HOT AND SOUR VEG SOUP RECIPE

Hot and sour soup is one my most favourite soup,  but i never attempted to do it at home , as i feel certain dishes will taste super yum in restaurants. During our trip to India in December, i bought a Knorr Hot and sour veg soup  packet and made it after coming to Singapore. We all enjoyed it but hubby was insisting me to try it at home. So i searched for the recipe in google and finally made my own of making Hot and Sour vegetable soup.
Thank you Nags for introducing me to the Chinese celery , else i would have ended up buying the bigger one with thick stems.
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INGREDIENTS:
CARROT 1/4 PORTION
CABBAGE(FINELY CHOPPED) 4-5 TBLSP
SPRING ONIONS FEW
CELERY FEW
GREEN CHILLI 2
SUGAR 1/2 TSP
SALT AS NEEDED
LEMON JUICE 1 TSP
GARLIC 4-5 CLOVES
CAPSICUM 3-4 TBLSP
SOYA SAUCE 1 TBLSP
OIL 1 TSP
CORN FLOUR 1 TBLSP
PEPPER POWDER TO TASTE
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METHOD:
  • Chop the celery, spring onion, carrots, capsicum, cabbage finely. Separately chop the spring onion  bulb and leaves .
  • In a deep wide pan, add oil (preferably olive oil) and add the slit green chilli.  When it changes the color, take it out and discard the chilli. We need just the flavor of the chilli to get into the oil.
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  • Add the finely chopped garlic and sugar and saute for a while.
  • Now add the veggies which we chopped finely, except the spring onion leaves.
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  • Saute for a minute and add 3 cups of water. You can add VEGETABLE STOCK too instead of water. Click on the link to see the recipe of stock.
  •  Add salt and bring it to a nice boil.
  • After 5 minutes mix corn flour in 2 tblsp of water without any lumps and add it to the pan.
  • Mix well. The soup will reach the right consistency in 2 minutes. Add soya sauce and put off the flame.
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  • Add pepper powder and lemon juice.
  • Garnish with spring onion leaves and chopped carrots.
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NOTE:
  1. Always add the veggies finely chopped.
  2. U can add extra 1 tblsp of soya sauce if you want the darker color. But don’t add too much it will spoil the taste.
     

Monday, January 21, 2013

RAVA PONGAL | RAVA PONGAL RECIPE

SOOJI PONGAL

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Rava pongal , if i remember correctly, i am making this for the second time. Few years back, in my in laws place i made this once. In fact, i tried it for the first time as someone told me that they made rava pongal for breakfast.  After coming home, out of my own idea i made this  Rava pongal. Those days i never know that i can get recipes from internet Open-mouthed smileBut it turned out quite well, after that i totally forgot about that. Suddenly yesterday when i was thinking what to make for breakfast, Rava Pongal came to mind and i started to make it keeping camera in one hand to post the recipe for you all.I loved the taste and texture of the Rava pongal.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

GARLIC PICKLE RECIPE | EASY PICKLE RECIPES

Though i love the addition of garlic in pickle i have never tasted garlic pickle. But my sister who is good at making this garlic pickle was insisting me to try this garlic pickle and wanted me to post in my blog for a long time. Somehow i couldn’t make it , but when i got a reader request for this recipe, i asked my sister during my visit to India in December and immediately noted down it and made it after coming back to Singapore. It tasted very well and we all loved it so lets see how to make instant garlic pickle.
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INGREDIENTS:
GARLIC 2 BULBS
SESAME OIL 2 TBLSP
METHI SEEDS(VENDAYAM) 3/4 TSP
REDCHILLI 5-8
CUMIN SEEDS 3/4 TSP
TAMARIND EXTRACT 1/4 CUP
JAGGERY 1/2 TSP
SALT AS NEEDED
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METHOD:
  • Dry roast the red chilli, cumin seeds, methi seeds and add salt in the last.
  • When it cool and grind into a fine powder.
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  • Take out the skin of garlic. Add oil in a pan and add the garlic pearls to the oil and saute in a low flame till it turns golden brown.
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  • Now add the ground spice mix and saute for 2 minutes and add the tamarind water and jaggery. 
  • Mix well and saute for 2 mins and switch off the flame. you can add a tsp of sesame oil if you want.
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  • Transfer it to a dry container. Enjoy with curd rice and even with sambar rice too.
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Note:
  1. This yielded 1/2 cup of garlic pickle.
  2. Always use dry spoon to take out the pickle.