Pistachio and Mint Raita/ Yogurt dip

Pista Raita final


This is a delicious creamy dip with wonderful minty flavour and crunchiness of chopped pistachio with nutty taste of crushed nuts. Usually this dip is served with any biryani or pulao or even as a side dish with meal along with spicy curry/ flat bread like paratha.

Health benefits of Pistachio:

Snacking on pistachios may help lower your cholesterol. Pistachios contain fewer calories and more potassium and vitamin K per serving than other nuts.

Serves: 3-4
Preparation time: 10 minutes

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Quinoa masala in Asian style

Quiona masala final


Combining Quinoa with Aubergine, Zuchini, Peppers in Asian flavours would make one healthy pot meal. The combination is so delicious, very flavorful, with all ingredients working really well together

Health benefits:

With twice the protein content of rice or barley, quinoa is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also possesses good levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fibre.

Aubergines are an excellent source of dietary fibre and Vitamins.

Green bell pepper is a tasty vegetable, which is low in calories and contains 0 grams of fat and a good supply vitamins and minerals.

Preparation time-10 minutes
Cooking time-35-40 minutes

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Parsnip-dill leaves pakoras/pakodas – Baked

Pakoda final


These are healthy snacks served as an appetizer. These are Indian style fritters which are generally made using chickpea flour, crunchy veggies of choice and spices mixed together and dalloped into hot oil-fried to perfection and served with  chutney on the side.

If you love pakoras and are watching your weight and health, and you are worried to eat them often just because they are deep fried. Here I tried baked version where you can enjoy them guilt-free. I used grated parsnip and onion for crunchy bites, dill leaves makes the pakoras flavoursome.

Baked pakoras are not only healthy, but also vegan and gluten-free. A perfect snack for your tea time or for parties of get togethers.

Serve this with home made tomato Chilli sauce (Recipe link)

Yields-25-30 pakodas
Preparation time-15 minutes
Baking time-25-30 minutes

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Aubergine, Baby corn, potato in coriander gravy – Vegan

Babycorn and Aubergine gravy final


This is a very simple but delicious rustic one pot dish. It is low in fat but high in flavour.

Hot, hot, hot! But wonderful. This will get your taste buds tingling. This is a wonderful dish full of fantastic spicy flavours and a kick of chilli. If you are a curry lover, then you will be coming back to this dish time and time again. Of course! If you don’t like it too spicy, then lessen the amount of chilli. It will still taste absolutely amazing.

I served this with Roasted vegetable Pulao (Recipe link)

Yields: 4-5 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes

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Roasted Vegetables pulao

Roasted fried rice final


Vegetable pulao is delicious, flavourful dish which is an easy and healthy way to indulge vegetables.  This pulao recipe is unlike other pulao recipes just that are roasted vegetables instead of cooking it along with rice. Oven roasted vegetables have a unique flavour and crunchiness. However it can be customized with your favourite vegetables.

It is a easy lunch recipe with mixed roasted vegetables, perfect for lunch box and as one pot meal.

I served with Aubergine and Babycorn in Coriander gravy (Recipe link). You can also serve with any gravy of your choice (Click here for recipes)

Serves: 3-4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 25-30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

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