Bateta Sabudana Vada (Potato Sagoo Balls) – Eaten when Fasting

Oh yes, its ekadashi tommorrow, what better way to post a recipe of these delicious vadas. So if you want to munch on some yummies lets do this, yaaaaaay. Simple ingredients make this a super delicious and abit unhealthy as it is deep fried, but cheat days are aloowed, arent they??? SO here we go!

Ingredients (Serves 3)

  • 4 Potatoes boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 1 cup sabudana (washed and soaked in water over night)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Crushed Green chilly to taste
  • Chopped fresh coriander
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin seed powder

Method

  • In a bowl, mix the mashed poatoes, drain the sabudana and mix it with it
  • Add all the spices, Lemon, Salt, Pepper and green chilly paste
  • You can taste and adjust the spices accordingly, some people add sugar but personally i dont
  • Now mix it all and roll out small balls, refrigerate the balls for minimum 20 mins to 30 mins (refrigeration is the secret guys)
  • Heat sunflower oil. we cannot have corn oil on ekadashi any way, then add the balls for deep frying and move them with a chapati rolling spatula, this is to ensure they dont stick at the bottom
  • Tada they are ready

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Pesto Sauce Spaghetti

Well this one is one of the healthy known sauce, surprisingly it tastes very good without garlic too. A blend of greens with durum spaghetti is the way to go guys.  So here we go; If you check online recipes of pesto sauce it requires parmesan cheese, unfortunately i did not have that cheese available, so i just added 1 slice of sandwich toast cheese to the sauce.

Ingredients (Serves 3)

  • 350gms Spaghetti and enough water to boil them
  • 10ml olive oil for the spaghetti
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp ginger chilly paste

For the sauce

  • 15 leaves of green spinach (Palak)
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves (if you dont have fresh basil, you can use 2 tbsp of dry basil)
  • 6 – 7 pieces whole walnuts (Akhrot)
  • 1/2 tsp crushed Black pepper
  • 60ml olive oil for the pesto sauce
  • Lemon Zest approx to 1/2 to 1 tbsp (this ingredient is the most important)
  • 1/2 a lemon squeezed Juice
  • 1 slice of cheese (1 tbsp of parmesan cheese if its available)

Method

  • Boil the spaghetti in an open pan for 7 to 9 mins, with salt and some oil,once its cooked, drain it out in a sieve and run it under fresh water, add the olive oil and keep aside
  • Blanch the spinach and basil leaves in water for 10 mins, remove them into ice cold water and blend it in a blender
  • Now place walnuts, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, Black pepper powder and salt, blend it to a smooth paste (if you use dry basil, then add it to this walnut paste)
  • In a pan, heat oil and add ginger chilly paste, add the spinach and basil puree, let it cook for a while, add some salt and once it thickens, add the walnut paste and mix well, i added a slice of sandwich toast cheese too.
  • Now pour this pesto sauce on the spaghetti and mix well, garnish with black pitted olives

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Black Lentil (Dal Makhni)

Here is another healthy Lentil. Well Black Lentils are heavy to digest, hence they keep you full for longer, its thick tecture can be served with roti, rotla and rice also. so here we go.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 1 cup whole black lentil
  • Handful red beans
  • Ginger chilly paste
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 crushed tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp dhana jeera powder
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric powder
  • Water
  • Chopped coriander

Method

  • Wash and soak the lentil beans over night, pressure cook them for 5 whistles on low flame.
  • Add tbsp ghee in a pan, once heated add the ginger chilly paste, roast it until its golden brown
  • add the crushed tomato, salt, chilli powder, tumeric powder dhana jeera powder and mix well, let it cook for 7 mins.
  • Add the boiled lentil beans in the pan, add water  and butter bring it to a boil, you will defintely smell the aroma of ghee and butter.
  • Thats ready to serve.

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White Sauce Pasta

Yummy in my Tummy, this is also one of my favourite dishes, i often make it and if you like milk, you will defintely like this one. Another secret, you can mix the red sauce with the white sauce the pasta tatstes even better. So here we go for the white sauce recipe.

 

Ingredients (Serves 3)

  • 2 Bowls boiled pasta
  • 750 ml full fat milk (haha even low fat milk is allowed)
  • 1 tbsp All purpose home baking
  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • All the dry italian herbs (Basil, Thyme, Mixed Herbs, Rosemary, Oregano) a pinch of all of these.
  • Red chilli flakes
  • Black pitted olives
  • Salt, Black Pepper to taste

Method

  • Boil pasta in an open pan. After boiled, drain them in cold water and mix it with some olive oil.
  • In a pan heat butter and add the flour, roast it for a while and add the milk and bring it to a boil, once it boils add salt, followed by all the spices in the ingredients.
  • Bring another boil and you will see it will thicken itself in sauce form.
  • Add the boiled pasta and garnish with red chilli flakes, best served when hot.

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Idli (Rice Pancakes)

Yummy, this is one of my favourites and they are very healthy, although white rice is used to make the batter, so readers here we go, super fluffy and soft idlis served with Lentil Soup (also called Sambhar in the indian Language)

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups thick white rice
  • 1 cup split black lentils without skin (Urad Dal)
  • Water
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp Eno

Method

  • Wash the rice and the lentil in seperate bowls, soak it in water for atleast 4 hours or even over night. The work done in 4hours to soften them will also do.
  • Grind it into a slightly coarse batter with a grinder/Blender.
  • Make sure the batter is thick, let it ferment overnight or another 4 hours. PLEASE NOTE AS SOON AS YOU MAKE THE BATTER, YOU CAN FREEZE IT TO AVOID IT GETTING SOUR.
  • Now in a bowl, take the mixture, add water, salt and 1 tbsp Eno. Mix well, place them in an idli stand and steam it until it bakes up like a cake.
  • Done done done, its that simple 🙂

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Tomato Soup

Dearest readers, i always wondered how the tomato soup can turn out to be thicker and tastier, well here is a very simple recipe of tomato soup that tastes delicious, you can have it with multigrain bread or just a bowl can do. 
Ingredients (Serves 4)
  • 4 Large tomatoes
  • 1 Medium size carrot
  • 1 Medium size bowl of chopped cabbage
  • 1 small potato

Method

  • Wash all the vegetables, peel potatoes and carrots, cut them into big pieces.
  • Place them in a pressure cooker for about 4 whistles.
  • Once done, blend it all in a blender, add water if the texture is too thick
  • Sieve it all in another pan, add salt and pepper to taste, bring it to a boil
  • thats ready to eat.

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Ugali Kebabs

Hi everyone, here is a super easy recipe of healthy kebabs, consists of Maize flour, which here in kenya we call it Unga ya ugali. This snack can be prepared for picnics, they are filling too with a mixture of vegetables. So here we go!!!

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Water
  • 2.5 cups Ugali Flour
  • 1 bowl chopped carrot
  • 1 bowl chopped french beans
  • 1 bowl crushed sweet corn
  • a few chopped green chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • Chopped coriander
  • Oil for deep frying, alternatively they can be baked.

Method

Boil water in a pan, add all the raw chopped vegetables, let the vegetables cook. Add salt , Oil and the remaining ingredients. Once the vegetables are cooked, add the flour and mix well, cover the lid for 5 minutes. Once you simmer it, place in a tray, with oiled palms fold them into kebabs.

If eaten hot they taste too crunchy and nice, deep fried.

If taken for picnic, they can be baked as well for 15mins at 180degrees, after rubbing them in oil.

Chinese Fried Rice

Here is a super tempting and delicious recipe with simple ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Cooked plain white rice
  • 1 small cup chopped french beans
  • 1 small cup chopped carrots
  • Oil for temper
  • salt and soy sauce to taste

Method

  • In a pan heat oil on high flame and stir fry the veggies on high flame
  • Once they are cooked, add the rice salt and soy sauce

Please note soy sauce is equally salty, so be careful when you put salt in the rice, again mix well on high flame and its ready.

Doesnt this look tempting 🙂

Nutritious Healthy Soup

Heres another super healthy recipe for Soup. Soup are an awesome blend of nutrients and yet light. People watching weight can actually have all types of different soups for dinner, it makes you full as well as lose weight.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Medium sized Bottle Gourd
  • 1 medium sized tomato
  • 1 medium sized potato
  • 1 cup cabbage
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 medium sized butternut
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Water to dilute the thickness

Method

  • Peel and cut all the above vegetables in big size
  • Drain in water properly
  • Place it in a pressure cooker with some water, give it 4 to 5 whistles
  • Once donw, blend it in a blender, sieve it.
  • Add some water to check the consistency, bring it to a boil and add salt and pepper to taste
  • It can be served with multigrain toasted bread as well

Home Made Natural Yoghurt

Hi everyone!!! I am back after a real long break.

Well we all are aware of the health benefits of yoghurt, it can be diluted further with water and be taken with lunch, which we Gujaratis call it chaas. Well here is a very easy recipe to get the natural taste of Yoghurt without getting it a sour taste!!!

Ingredients

  • 500ml Milk
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons of previous home made yoghurt or the ready made one can also do

Method

  • Warm the 500ml milk let it not boil, just a luke warm feeling. You can test it by dipping your finger in the milk which should NOT give you a burning sensation.
  • Take 2 to 3 teaspoons of previous yoghurt and whisk it well in another clean vessel.
  • Pour the Luke warm milk and stir well, cover it and let it rest for 4hours.
  • If it stays more than 4 hours the yoghurt will become sour, and if you want more thicker version of the same, use full fat or farm fresh milk.