Thursday, 1 April 2021

Low calorie Homemade Chocolate Protien Pudding

Low calorie Homemade Chocolate Protien Pudding

 Low calorie Homemade Chocolate Protien Pudding


So today I made a really healthy chocolate pudding. And you will love this recipe as the secret ingredient is hidden and cannot be tasted. The only good taste you get is of chocolate along with the crunch of nuts. It is a vegetarian recipe with no eggs. 


In this recipe I am using Nuturamore Protein Powder. It has 40% Protein,  considering the different nutritional needs of women and children of all ages. It is fortified with Shatavari, Haridra, Calcium, Iron & Folic Acid, Biotin & Omega 3 DHA.


I took the liberty to mix this protein powder in my new recipe today. You can even try mixing it in biscuits wheat flour, milk, juice, cake batter etc. So let's  check out the ingredients and method by using Naturamore protein powder. And it turned out so delicious😋


Will make 4 small size bowls.






Ingredients


2 cups cauliflower florets, 

½ cup fat-free milk

4 tbsp chocolate cookie whey protein powder 

½ tsp  vanilla extract

Honey to sweeten

Handful of pumpkin and Sunflower seeds

Fresh fruit of your choice 


Method 


1. Steam cauliflower in a steamer or in the microwave until it gets tender.


2. Now drain well and keep aside to use later in recipe. 


3. Add all the ingredients to a blender and puree until it gets smooth in texture. 


4. Divide the puree into 4 bowls. 


5. Garnish with pumpkin seeds, walnuts and fruit of your choice (pomegranate, banana, figs, mango etc) 


6. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours and serve chilled. 


This makes a great breakfast bowl option. It can be combined with Muesli and chia seeds too. 






Monday, 29 March 2021

Holi Recipe - Mango Yogurt Thandai Shots

 Holi Recipe -   Mango Yogurt Thandai Shots

However much I love Alphonso  mangoes, my first mangoes of 2021 was of a different kind. During my regular visit for fruits and groceries to Bazar road, my fruit vendor strongly recommended this sweet freshly variety of mangoes from Kerala. It was at that time, I decided to stir up a simple dessert for the festival of Holi.

So instead of the regular gujiya, malpractice, thandai, and jalebis this was my humble tribute to the sweet tooth without adding sugar. 


So here is my recipe of Holi  Mango Yogurt Thandai Shots

Holi Recipe -   Mango Yogurt Thandai Shots


Ingredients 

2 big mangoes 

1 cup hung curd

Handful of nuts (cashew, pistachios and almonds)

1 tbsp thandai powder

1 tbsp raisins (kismish)

2 digestive biscuits( powdered)

Pomegranate pearls (for garnish)

1 tbsp honey (optional, only of mangoes are not sweet)



Method 


1. Wash, peal and make a pulp out of the mangoes 


2. Now add the hung curd and mix it well. 


3. Powder the digestive biscuits, add the thandai powder, and half of the chopped dry fruits and raisins to this.


4. Take cutting chai glasses to make the dessert.  First put in a layer of mango Yogurt.


5. Now add a thin layer of powdered biscuits and nuts.


6. Add another layer of mango Yogurt. 


7. Garnish this with pomegranate, chopped mango bits and nuts. 


8. Place this in the chiller for minimum an hour before serving. 


Note 


You can mix cream to mango instead of yogurt to make mango mousse jars 


Add a cake layer instead of biscuits for another variation. 


Holi Recipe -   Mango Yogurt Thandai Shots



The result will be phenomenal and finger licking good. 


Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Carrot Rice Pudding/ Gajjar ki Phirni

 Carrot Rice Pudding/ Gajjar ki Phirni

Weekends are always the time to try out desserts. And I especially like to try out Indian sweet recipes in my kitchen. So today, I am trying a new recipe today, phirni with a twist. Adding carrots to the dish proved to be a good idea in this dish, so before the Indian carrot season (the one we make gajjar ka halwa with) was over I prepared Gajjar ki phirni....

 

 



Ingredients

2 Carrots

4 cups Milk-3 cups

½ cup Jaggery

½ cup Basmati rice

½ tsp Cardamom powder

6-8 Almonds

4-5 strands of saffron





Method

 

1. Start by soaking the basmati rice in the water for an hour. Strain the rice, and then grind the rice with this remaining water in a grinder until you have a fine paste.

2. Grate the carrots and keep aside.
3. Now
in a saucepan, heat the milk and add the grated carrot and cook for ten minutes.

4. Add the rice paste and mix it with a whisk so as to ensure that no lumps remain.

5. Add the jaggery granules, and slow cook the mixture.
6. Keep stirring so it doesn’t burn at the bottom.

7. Now add the ground cardamom, and saffron to the thickened mixture.

8. Set the firni in terra-cotta or glass bowls and refrigerate, covered.

9. Garnish with crushed almonds and serve chilled.


Carrot Rice Pudding/ Gajjar ki Phirni



Now enjoy a chilled bowl of phirni and give in to your sweet tooth cravings. This is just another a worthy treat, like creamy traditional pudding 'Phirni' loaded with the goodness of carrots. Welcome your weekends on a sweet note.

 

Monday, 15 February 2021

Healthy Oats Chilla How to make a quick and easy Oats Chilla

Chilla is another name for a savoury pancake generally eaten for breakfast in Indian homes. It is a vegetarian preparation, shaped like an omelet it is the perfect substitute for egg. Chilla is made with Gram/ Besan flour. This flour is made with ground chickpeas.

The diet conscious substitute gram flour to make it still healthier Oats Chilla. This Oats Chilla is scrumptious and drool worthy packed with oats and vegetables. It is a low calorie dish that be made very easily in very less time. If you are thinking of easy healthy options then this recipe of oats chilla is a good option.

 

Easy Oats Chilla


Ingredients

Will make 2 large Chillas

 

1/2 cups Oats
 1 tsp semolina (sooji)
 2-3 tbsp Curd
 ½ finely chopped onion
½ finely chopped tomato
 1 chopped green chili
1 tsp finely corriander leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
½ tsp cumin powder
Water to make the batter
Oil for cooking Chilla


Easy Oats Chilla


Instructions


1. First dry roast the oats in a nonstick pan for 2- 3 minutes on medium flame by constantly stirring.  Take them out then let it cool down.


2. Now add the oats to a blender and blend to a course powder.

3. Add the semolina, salt, pepper, spices to the oats.  Now add the chopped onions, tomato, chilli and coriander leaves and lightly mix all ingredients together.

4. Add the curd and water and blend to make a smooth batter (Like for dosa or pancake)

5. Keep the batter aside for 10 minutes.

6. Now place a non stick pan on the flame, add oil and let it heat. Take one portion of batter and in a circular motion form a round shaped chilla.  

7. Cook on one side and then flip it to cook on other side. Cook well till brown.

8. You can make chillas according to the size you want. Serve it hot with ketchup or chutney.

Easy Oats Chilla



 

Friday, 15 January 2021

Chinese Style Soupy Rice Bowl

Chinese Style Soupy Rice Bowl 

Bored of making the same Chinese fried rice with Manchurian gravy at home? Well, you just need to be a tad bit creative like me. So this is what I tried instead of that. I cooked up one pot Chinese style soupy style pot rice. It was spicy with Asian flavors, goodness of veggies and added egg for protein. You can add chicken instead or even paneer if you prefer to be vegetarian.

The Sauces mixture is made with just soy sauce, Oyster Sauce, shezwan sauce, lime juice and pepper. You can add the sauces you have in your refrigerator. This makes a  perfect winter dish, it was soupy, saucy, tangy and so much more.

 


HOW I MAKE CHINESE STYLE SOUPY RICE

To get this simple recipe right you have to remember a few things.

A) SEPARATELY COOK THE RICE- Par cook the rice and then cook together when needed in recipe

B) SEPARATE VEGETABLES FROM LEAFY GREENS- In this recipe you can add any type’s of veggies available in the house. You need to cook veggies like carrots, beans, capsicum/bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower and corn a little more than cabbage and green leaves. The purpose of this so we can add the stems to cook with the rice, then just wilt the leafy part using residual heat while the rice is resting.




Ingredients

2 tbsp oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 piece grated ginger

1 finely chopped onion

1 ½ cup assorted chopped vegetables( carrot, bell peppers, baby corn, zucchini,  broccoli)

1 ½ cup Rice

1 Maggi seasoning powder packet

1 cup chicken/vegetable stock

2 chopped green chillies

2 eggs

Salt and pepper to taste

Spring onion greens for garnish


Sauces
2 tbsp soya sauce

1 tsp oyster sauce

1 tsp Shezwan sauce

1 tsp lime juice 

 



Method

1. Mix all the sauces together,to make a marinade and keep aside  

2. Wash, clean and cut all the vegetables into small cubes or long pieces. 

3. Beat two eggs, add salt and make an omelet. Once cool cut the omelet into small strips and keep aside.

4. Par cook the rice in water and add maggi seasoning powder to this. 

5.  Now heat 1 tbsp oil in a pot/kadai. Let the oil heat,  add onion, garlic, ginger and cook for two minutes. 

6. Add the vegetables, sauté the vegetables for two minutes on high flame.

7. Add the Chinese sauce marinade  and a cup of stock. Bring to a boil.

8. Now add the par cooked rice and mix well. Cook till the liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked.

9. Add the omelet to this. See that the dish is not too dry. If it is dry add stock to make it soupy.

10. Add the spring onion greens, and salt to taste. Now serve this Chinese style soupy Rice bowl with pride but serve it piping hot. 

 


NOTES

You can make it an all Veg Pot Rice. Add cubes of Tofu or cottage cheese instead.

Also add other Asian Greens - like pak choy, bok choi etc. Cut per recipe but scatter across top rice when its cooked.

 

Saturday, 26 December 2020

Easy Recipe of Beetroot Pachadi

 Easy Recipe of Beetroot Pachadi


Beetroot pachadi is a chutney style dish of beetroot which is integral part of Onam Sadhya.


Bring in your Onam festivities with this mildly spiced, curd-based Beetroot Pachadi. This dish is a must on during every offering.  Its deep red color and unique taste  makes it extremely likeable in every morsel. Read the full recipe here:


Beetroot Pachadi


Ingredients:

2 large beetroots

1/2 cup water

½ tsp cumin / jeera

1 whole chilli

½ cup curd

1 tsp salt

½ cup grated coconut

¾ tsp mustard


FOR TEMPERING:

½ tbsp mustard oil

Fresh curry leaves

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

3 dried red chilli

Beetroot Pachadi


Method


1. Grate  both the beetroots and boil it in hot water. In the same utensil, add ½ salt and mix it well. Cover it using a lid and let it boil for 15 minutes till beetroot are cooked. 

2. Now take the 1/2  cup coconut, 3/4  tsp mustard,1/2 tsp cumin, 1 chilli combine all this. Blend it to a smooth paste in a mixer grinder. Keep adding water bit by bit to maintain the consistency of the paste.

3. Mix the paste with the grated beetroot and let them rest for a while.

4. Now cook this over a sim flame for 7-8 minutes to get the taste of raw coconut out. 

5. Let it cool down a bit and add 1/2 cup curd to the mixture and mix it well. 

6. Ensure that the curd doesn’t form lumps and the batter has smooth consistency overall.


FOR TEMPERING 


7. Heat ½ tbsp mustard oil in a pan and splutter 1 tsp mustard seeds, curry leaves and  dried red chillies.

8. Now pour the tempering over pachadi and let it settle at the top.

9. Now serve the beetroot pachadi piping hot with banana chips and steamed rice.




This Recipe was shared by my sister's Mother in law Ms  Arundhaty Vijayan. She makes some really amazing recipes in her earthen pots especially this Beetroot Pachadi and serves it with pride along with prawn curry and rice. 

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Easy Quinoa Patties/Tikkis

 Easy Quinoa Patties/Tikkis

 

My experimentation in the kitchen made me cook up this interesting recipe. Want to use up some of that leftover quinoa in the fridge? So I decided in making these crispy quinoa patties. Great for a meal or just a snack these crispy fritters are so much yum!

 

Quinoa is pronounced as ‘keenwah’ or ‘kinuwa’ is a grain grown for its edible seeds. Quinoa is also known as a super food. It is a good source of protein, its beneficial for vegetarians as well as vegans. It’s also rich in iron, manganese, phosphorus and other minerals.

 

 


Ingredients

1 cup Quinoa (soaked overnight)

1 finely chopped onion

1 grated carrot

1 finely chopped capsicum( Green/ yellow/ red)

½ cup boiled sweet corn

5 tablespoons oil

1/2 teaspoon garam masala

1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 teaspoon red chilly powder

1 egg

Salt to taste 




 

Method


FOR COOKING QUINOA:

 

Soak the quinoa for 8 to 10 hours. Boil 2 cups of water. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and quinoa. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and let it cook for 15 minutes. Once the water dries up, keep aside to use later.

 

TO MAKE THE PATTIES BATTER

 

1.   Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Now add the vegetables and sauté for one minute. Add garam masala,  turmeric powder, paprika, and salt. Let this cook untill all the water from the vegetables evaporates.

2.   Once the mixture is dry, let it cool Add the beaten egg

3.   Now make small palm size balls, roll and flatten to make patties.





4.    Pour the rest of the oil on a grid or frypan.  Fry on medium to medium high heat till the coating is golden brown in color.

5.   Serve this hot with green chutney or ketchup.

 

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