Monday, March 10, 2014

Bathua Poori | Chenopodium Poori | Healthy Recipes

Bathua Poori | Chenopodium Poori | Healthy Recipes

recipe of bathua poori
Bathua is known as Chenopodium in English, it is a healthy green leafy vegetable rich in vitamin A, magnesium, potassium and Iron.
Bathua is used in recipes in many ways , like saag with potatoes, bathua paratha, and bathua raita.
As bathua is an unusual green, its cleaning require much time than other greens hence people don’t prefer to eat this, but as far as its health benefits are concerned one should try to include bathua in diet. For me it is very easy to include it in form of poori.
Now coming to the recipe, ingredients required and detailed instructions for the recipe are as follows:

Preparation Time : 25 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves :4
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Ingredients for Bathua(Chenopodium)Poori

Chenopodium or bathua leaves-1 cup
wheat flour-2 cups
green chillies-2
salt-to taste
roasted cumin powder-1 teaspoon
garammasala powder-1/4 teaspoon
oil- for deep frying

Method:

  1. Clean and wash bathua leaves.
  2. chop green chillies
  3. boil bathua leaves, green chillies with 1 tablespoon water till 3 whistles.
  4. with the help of hand blender, puree it or grind it to fine paste.
  5. In a bowl add bathua puree, salt, cumin powder and garam masala powder, mix well and knead it to stiff dough, add water if required.
  6. let is rest for 5 minutes
  7. heat sufficient oil in kadhai, take a small ball of dough, roll out poori with it and deep fry poori in hot oil. Prepare all the pooris in the same way.
step 2 of making bathua chenopodium poori

Notes:

You can serve bathua poori with any gravy dish or with spicy potatoes.
If preparing for breakfast, prepare puree a day before and than make pooris with it, or you can make puree once and use it differnt recipes.
Want to know more about chenopodium health benefits refer to this news.
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Khandvi Recipe | Easy Indian Snacks

Khandvi Recipe | Easy Indian Snacks

khandvi gujrati snack recipe
Khandvi is a Gujrati snack recipe, seems difficult but very easy to prepare. During my last visit to Ahmedabad, I had a chance to taste khandvi with mild and sweet chutney, from then it was in my to-do-list and finally I am posting khandvi recipe on my blog.
Usually curd is used in it, but I am using buttermilk(amul) in this recipe, hence no need to add water. Ingredients required and detailed instructions for the recipe are as follows:

Preparation Time : 05 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves :4
Recipe Category: Snacks | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Ingredients for Khandvi Recipe

Besan or gramflour- 1 cup
Butter milk -2 cups
Salt-to taste
Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon
Ginger paste-1/4 teaspoon
For tempering and garnishing
Coriander leaves- 1tablespoon
Black mustard seeds-1/4 teaspoon
red chilli powder-1/4 teaspoon
Oil- 2 teaspoon
Freshly grated coconut or coconut powder-1 tablespoon

Method:

  1. grease thali or tray with few drops of oil
  2. In a bowl add besan, buttermilk, turmeric, salt, and ginger to it, mix well
  3. Heat a non stick pan, pour batter in it, stirring continuously cook on high flame, as it starts boiling set the flame to low , stir it till batter thickens(refer to pick).
  4. step 1 of making khandvi
  5. Take a teaspoon of mixture spread it on greased thali or tray, spread it with the help of spatula, check if it is rolled easily, then mixture is ready, if not means mixture is not ready and require more cooking.
  6. step 2 of making khandvi
  7. Spread mixture on tray, let it cool completely.
  8. With the help of knife  divide it in lenghtwise strips, with the help of fingers gently lift upwards and then make rolls with each part and arrange all rolls in a plate.
  9. Heat oil in a tadka pan, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds as they crackle add red chilli powder and pour this tadka over khandvis.
  10. step 3 of making khandvi
  11. Sprinkle some coriander leaves and coconut as garnishing. Serve with chutney of your choice.
  12. step 4 of making khandvi

Notes:

If you are using curd the ratio of curd : besan: water will be of 1:1:1(1 cup curd, 1 cup water and 1 cup besan)
When batter starts boiling, reduce the flame to low and stir continuously till it thickens.
Mixture will spread easily only when it is warm , so you have to work fast.
Looking for other easy Indian snacks, please check my earlier post 10 indian deep fried snacks.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Chutney Aloo | Dhania Aloo | Chaat Recipes

Chutney Aloo | Dhania Aloo | Chaat Recipes

recipe of making chaat with cilantro and potatoes
Coriander is a healthy ingredient with lots of maganese, folic acid, vitamin C and vitamin K. Coriander leaves help to reduce bad cholesterol(LDL). We generally use it as garnish, in order to increase its intake in our diet, one easy method is to make chaat from it.
Chutney aloo or Dhania aloo is a famous North Indian Chaat recipe with lots of fresh coriander(dhania) leaves in it.
You can also serve this recipe as an appetizer. In this recipe first chutney is prepared and then combined with boiled potatoes and other spices, if you have already both things in fridge you can prepare it within 5 minutes.
Ingredients required and detailed instructions for the recipe are as follows:

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 05 mins | Serves :4
Recipe Category: Chaat Recipes | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Ingredients for Chutney Aloo:

Coriander(dhania)leaves-3 cups
aloo(potatoes)-8
ginger-1”piece
green chilies-6
salt-to taste
cumin seeds-1 teaspoon
chaat masala-1 teaspoon
lemon juice-2 teaspoon
oil-2 teaspoon

Method:

  1. boil potatoes, peel them and cut them into thick roundles
  2. grind coriander leaves alongwith ginger and green chillies.
  3. step 1 of making chutney aloo
  4. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds as they crackle, add boiled potato slices, roast them till they are pinkish in color from both sides
  5. step 2 of making chutney aloo
  6. add chaat masala powder, salt, chutney and lemon juice to it, mix well, cook for 1-2 minutes by gently turning it.
  7. step 3 of making chutney aloo
  8. Spicy and tasty chutney aloo chaat is ready to serve

Notes:

In this recipe I have used red potatoes(lal aloo) as their starch is of good quality, they are firm in texture.
You can also make this recipe with baby potatoes.
Mint flavored aloo bhujia can be used as a garnish, gives a nice crunch and flavor to this recipe.
Want to know more about health benefits of coriander leaves refer to this article of TOI
Searching for similiar recipe please try pudiney waley aloo.
This recipe is participating in cook with coriander event
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Amla Jam | Gooseberry Jam

Amla Jam | Gooseberry Jam

recipe of making amla jam
Amla or Gooseberry is rich in Vitamin C and other nutrients.
Homemade Jam is a method of preserving any fruit for further use. I always prefer Homemade Jams to packed one as they are free from artificial color and preservatives.
Today I am sharing with you my recipe of Homemade Gooseberry Jam made with only 3 ingredients.

Preparation Time : 05 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins| Serves :1 small bottle
Recipe Category: Jams | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Ingredients:

amla or gooseberry-15
sugar-2cups
green cardamom(powdered)-6

Method:

  1. Wash amla thoroughly, let them air dry in vegetable strainer for 5 minutes
  2. Place them on the turntable of Microwave, Micro high them for 5 minutes
  3. Give them standing time(time on which food is placed in Microwave after switching it off )
  4. step 1 of making amla jam
  5. Discard seeds of gooseberries and grind them to fine puree
  6. Take a wide pan, add gooseberry puree, sugar and cardamom powder, mix well
  7. cook this mixture on high flame till sugar dissolves(hardly take 2 minutes)
  8. Adjust the flame to medium to low, stirring continuously cook till mixture starts drying up and gooseberries start turning to transparent, this will take approx 12 minutes(during this process instead of stirring continuously you can stir after every 2 minutes but keep eye on it.
  9. step 2 of making gooseberry jam
  10. last 5 minutes of cooking are very important, set the flame to low, take a plate test ( refer to my earlier post of mango jam) if jam passes the test means it is ready else require more cooking time approx 2 minutes. Homemade gooseberry Jam is ready.

Notes:

Amla has lot of pectin in it hence no need to add pectin. If not using Microwave, you have to boil gooseberries till soft and then grind them to puree, along with boiled water many nutrients drain, you can use that water for kneading chapatti dough or use it in dal. Cooking time will increase this will take approx 40-45 minutes.
Don’t overcook Jam and don’t cook on high flame else it will become hard and sticky and it will be difficult to spread it.
Difference that I have noticed in both cooking methods(boiling or microwaving) is that after microwaving gooseberries remain sour and sufficient amount of sugar is required else Jam tastes sour. If looking for another recipe made from gooseberry, you can also try amla chutney recipe.
If you want to know what more you can do with your microwave please check these microwave oven cooking tips.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Stir Fried Lima Beans | Sem Phali Ki Sabzi

Stir Fried Lima beans | Sem Phali ki Sabzi

recipe of making stir fry lima beans
Lima beans or sem phali is usually served as a side dish, like other green beans these are rich in fiber and other nutrients. Lima beans are firm in texture hence proper cooking requires time, to overcome this step I have microwaved lima beans in this stir fry.
Ingredients required and detailed instructions for the recipe are as follows:

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves :4
Recipe Category: Side Dish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Ingredients for Stir Fried Lima Beans:

Lima beans: 250gms
Tomatoes-2(chopped)
Garlic – 15-20 pods
Green chillies- 4-5
Ginger-1”piece
Salt-to taste
Coriander powder-1 tablespoon
Garam masala powder- ¼ teaspoon
cumin seeds-1 teaspoon
oil-1 tablespoon
lemon-1

Method:


  1. Clean lima beans by removing their side threads with knife and chop them .
  2. li> Peel and crush garlic pods
    step 1 of making stir fried lima beans
    Stir Fried Lima Beans
  3. Wash lema beans, place them in a microsafe container, sprinkle some salt over them, micro high them for 4 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a pan add crushed garlic as it turns pinkish in color, add cumin seeds roast till they crackle, add tomatoes, lima beans along with salt and turmeric powder, cook for 3-4 minutes on low flame, stir once, at this stage you can cover the lid of pan.
  5. Add green chillies, ginger and remaining spices, mix well cook for another 2 minutes,
    step 2 of making lima beans
    Just before serviing add lemon juice to it, Lima beans are ready to serve.

Notes:

If you are not microwaving beans, cooking time will be increased at this step you have to cook till they are soft.
You can also made lima beans with potatoes
If looking for other recipes rich in fiber, you can check crispy clusterbeans,  beans potato stir fry and green moog dal vada.
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