Showing posts with label diet friendly. Show all posts
Showing posts with label diet friendly. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Pumpkin Mosaru Bajji

Mosaru bajji is a type of curry prepared using Curd or butter milk. Here I have prepared Mosaru bajji using pumpkin. It is an easy recipe and not much of preparation is needed. Try and enjoy.


I have used cooked pumpkin pieces, curd, seasoned with mustard seeds, ingh, green chilly and curry leaves.

Let us see some benefits of eating PUMPKIN in our diet.

Pumpkin is a type of winter squash, is filled with vitamins and minerals.
It is rich in antioxidant properties and helps to strengthen our immunity in our body. It is good for our eye health.It is low in calorie and good for people who are in diet. It is good for our heart health. It is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E. It is full of fiber and good for people who suffer from constipation.Pumpkin is filled with minerals like potassium, iron, copper and manganese. It is also rich in protein and good for our skin health.
NO ONION or NO GARLIC DISH.
Good to prepare during festival, feast, fasting or family get together.
Let us see the recipe now :


Things Needed :

Cooked Pumpkin pieces : 1 Bowl
Curd /Yogurt : 1 Cup
Salt : As required
Seasoning :
Coconut Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Jeera/Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh/Asafoetida : A little
Green chilly : 2
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6

Method :

1. Wash and peel off the hard layer of the pumpkin and cut into pieces.


2. Cook and keep it aside. Let it cool. Wash and cut green chilly. Cut in to small pieces.
3. Now smash cooked pumpkin pieces nicely.
4. Add salt and a cup of curd.


5. Mix it well and shift it to a serving dish.


6. Add seasoning done in coconut oil, using mustard seeds, jeera/cumin seeds,  cut green chilly, ingh and curry leaves.



7. Mix it and serve as one of the side dish.

Note :

Pumpkin cooks quickly so no need to use the pressure cooker. (Optional).
Use of red chilly instead of green chilly is optional.
Use of any cooking oil is optional.
Use of savoury curd makes Mosaru bajji tastier.
Time : 10 minutes. (Pumpkin pieces should be cooked already).
Serves : 2 to 3 . 

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Rava - Dals Ade / Dosa

Rava /Semolina - Dals dosa is rich in protein and good for breakfast or dinner.



Rava /Semolina dosa is very easy to prepare and you can prepare dosa with just ground batter or You can ferment the batter and then prepare crispy and yummy dosa.
I have used Moong dal, channa dal, toor dal, urid dal and a cup of Rava/semolina. I did not use any  soda or Eno salt. It is full of healthy breakfast and it keeps you full for a long time no doubt.

Let us see some benefits of Dals in our diet.

Dals are rich in protein and very essential for vegetarinas. Moong dal is full of protein and filled with nutrients. It is filled with manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, potassium, zinc and Vitamin B. Moong dal is easy to digest and low in cholesterol. It helps in regulating the blood sugar level and good for weight reducers.
Urid dal is filled with fiber. It improves and strengthen bones. It helps to boost energy and control blood sugar level. It is good for our skin. Urid dal is a good source of protein, potassium, iron, and Vitamin A and C.
Toor dal has good source of folic acid and good for pregnant women.It is filled with fiber. It contain proteins, potassium, iron, folic acid, magnesium and Vitamins.
Channa dal provides energy and good source of fiber. It is diabetic friendly and regulate the blood pressure level in our body.
 It is full of B Complex vitamins like Vitamin B 1 , B 2, B 3 and Vitamin B 9.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Things Needed :

Channa dal : 1 Cup
Toor Dal : 1 Cup
Moong Dal : 1 Cup
Urid Dal : 1 Cup
Semolina /Rava : Medium sized : 1 Cup
Salt : As required
Cooking Oil : 2 to 3 Tbs

Method :

1. Wash and soak urid dal, toor dal, moong dal and channa dal for 3 to 4 hours.


2. Grind it with required water.

3. Take out the batter to a big bowl.


4. Add a cup of medium size rava/semolina.


5. Add required salt and mix it well. Let it set for 10 to 15 minutes.

6. You can prepare dosa / adai with out fermenting the batter.

7. Or you can ferment the batter and then prepare dosa.



8. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Clean the tava with a tissue.

9. Add a ladle full of dosa batter and spread it in round shape. Add little oil and cook on both sides.

  8. Both the types of dosas ( with non ferment and ferment batter) dosas comes out nicely.

9. Enjoy with your choice of side dishes.
10 We like honey and had it with honey and pickle and chutney .




Note :

Do not add much water to grind the dals. You can add it later while mixing rava with dals.
Adding little pepper adds to aroma and taste. Good for health too.
Adding Vegetables like grated carrots and onions is optional.
Fermented batter turns the dosa crispy. You need to be little careful since it cooks up quickly.
Adding more or less oil while preparing dosa is optional. Adding more ghee or oil adds to the taste.
Serves : 3 to 4
Time : Dals : Soaking time : 4 Hours - Grinding + 5 Minutes (Mixi), preparing dosa : 20 minutes.
(Without fermentation) and fermentation 3 to 4 hours .



Friday, March 6, 2020

Oats & Finger Millet Laddu 2

Oats and Finger Millet Laddu is a sweet dish and is one of the healthy laddu that helps you to keep strong and energetic for the whole day. You can have this as Laddu/Unde whenever you feel hungry OR crave for some sweets or to skip some carbs.


I do try and varieties of laddu/laadu/unde and though it looks same it has different ingredients and is mostly available at your home store.
Here in this laddu I have used Oats with its husk and Ragi flour. Dates and jaggery , handful of raisins and cashews.

Let us see some benefits of eating Dates in our diet.

Dates helps in boost energy and increasing iron in our body. They help in digestion. They are rich in fiber and contain various nutrients. They are loaded with antioxidants. They have good amount of anti inflammatory properties. Dates help in balancing blood sugar level. They help in reducing blood pressure. They are said to good brain booster. They contain minerals like, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc. They do have vitamins like, folate,  thiamin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A and Vitamin K.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Things Needed :

Oats : 500 Grams
Ragi/Finger Millet : 3 Cups
Ghee : 1 Small Cup
Dates : 20 to 30 or 250 grams or little more
Raisins and Cashews : 1 Handful
Jaggery : 250 Grams : 1 Cup (Powdered).


Method :

1. Dry roast Oats and keep it aside.

2. Dry roast ragi flour till the raw flavour disappear.

3. Dry grind Oats and keep it aside.

4. Remove the seeds from dates and cut or smash it nicely.

5. Keep a pan on the fire and put 1/2 cup of water. Add jaggery and let it melt nicely.


6. Sieve jaggery mixture and Put cleaned jaggery to a pan.

7. Boil liquid jaggery till it get one string consistency.
8. Let it boil for 2 minutes. Add powdered Oats and Ragi/finger millet flour to it.


9. Mix it nicely and take out from the fire. Add ghee


10. Add cut dates and mix it nicely and handful of cashews and raisins. Mix it thoroughly.


11. Dry Grind this mixture including dates, cashews and raisins. ( Do not grind for a long time. Just churn twice or thrice).
12. Put the ground mixture to a big bowl. Mix it nicely and prepare laddus.

13. Serve or munch when ever you crave for some sweets.

14. Store in a glass jar or  air tight boxes.

Note :

No coconut is used in this Oats and finger millet Laddu recipe. Adding cardamom is optional.
If the mixture turns dry, please do add some melted ghee or drops of hot milk. It helps to prepare laddu easily. Ghee used laddu shelf life is more and the taste does not change.
If laddu turns more moisture stir the laddu mixture little more.
Time : 40 Minutes
Serves : 50 Laddu can be made.
Use of more jaggery is optional.
Use of less/more ghee is optional.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Snake Gourd - Moong Dal Curry

Snake Gourd is filled with fiberm minerals and vitamins.
Here is a yummy curry using Snake Gourd /Padavala Kai (in Kannada language).


I have used Snake gourd, moong dal, green chilly, ginger and milk.
It simple, quick, easy, delicious and very mild.
Snake gourd is known as Padwal/Chichinda in Hindi, Padavala Kai in Kannada/ Karnataka, Pudavalana in Malayalam/Kerala, Pudalankaai in Tamil/Tamil Nadu and Potlakkaya in Telugu/Andra Pradesh.

Let us see some benefits of Having Snake Gourd in our diet.

Snake Gourd is known for its medicinal values and health benefits in Ayurveda from Ancient periods.
Snake gourd supplies plenty of nutrition to our body. It is filled with water content and helps to cool our body. It is good for heart health and loaded with vitamins and minerals.
Snake gourd has very low calories and zero cholesterol. It is good for people who diet for weight loss. It is full of dietary fiber and digested easily. It is good for diabetes. Snake gourd is helps to remove the toxins from our body. Snake gourd is full of fiber and helps to prevent constipation and regulate the bowel movements. Snake gourd is rich in antioxidants. It helps to strengthen respiratory process in our body. It is good for hair, skin and hair growth.
 There is no Onion or No Garlic in this Snake Gourd Moong Dal Curry.
This simple curry is good for all age group.It is yummy, easy, quick and delicious.


 Let us see the recipe :

Ingredients :

To Cook :
Moong dal : 1/2 Cup
Snake gourd : 1 Small size
Green chilly : 2 to 3
Ginger : An inch
Methi seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
To Add :
Salt : As required
Turmeric powder : A pinch
Coriander leaves : 1 Tablespoon
Boiled Milk : 1/2 Cup
Besan /Channa flour : 1/2 Tsp
Lemon : 1 Tsp. (1/2 lemon).
To Season :
Mustard Seeds : 1 Tsp
Jeera /Cumin Seeds : 1/2 Tsp
Curry Leaves : 5 to 6
Ghee : 1 Tbs
Ingh/Asafoetida : A little

Method :

1. Wash and cut Snake gourd. Remove the pulp and seeds. Cut into small pieces. Keep it aside.

2. Wash moong dal.
3. Wash and peel off the outer layer of ginger, wash again and grate it.
4. Wash curry leaves, coriander leaves cut into small pieces. Wash and slit green chilly.


5. Put snake gourd pieces, moog dal, slit green chilly, grated ginger, 1/2 tsp of methi seeds and 1/2 cup of water in a pressure cooker and cook for 5 to 6 minutes.


6. Let it cool. Take out the cooker lid, add little turmeric powder and required salt. Mix it well.


7. Add little water and let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
8. Add boiled milk and 1/2 tsp of besan/channa flour and mix it nicely. Cook for 2 minutes.


9. Put off the gas and add 1/2 lemon extract, Ghee seasoned mustard seeds, jeera, ingh and curry leaves and mix it well.


10. Shift Snake Gourd - Moong Dal Curry to a serving dish and serve as one of the side dish.

Note :

Adding more chilly is optional. Adding methi seeds is optional. Use of besan is optional.
Ghee adds to the taste. Adding any spice is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 .

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