Lentils stuffed bell peppers – Cook or Bake


 

lentils stuffed capsicum final

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For a low fat, high protein dinner idea that’s full of nutrients, try these lentil stuffed peppers

I love this dish and I love that they are fewer calories and have more fiber then traditional stuffed peppers. This is a very filling dish!! Lentils provide plenty of protein and makes a great vegetarian dinner.

This can be served on its own as an appetizer or as a side dish with any rice dish (link) or Chapathis/Parathas

Yields: 3-4 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40-45 minutes

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Baked – Spicy coated mixed nuts


Coated nuts final

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My dad was a foodie and he was crazy on fried goodies and so as coated peanuts. Thatz how this coated nuts came in to thought. So thanks to my dad god for bringing all thoughts in me and making me do what am doing today.

Here in this recipe I used Almonds, Pecan nuts, Walnuts, Pistachios and coated it with gram flour, rice flour and spiced using green chills. Used curry leaves for the flavour so coating with flours helps to form a crispy coating on the nuts after baking.

This portable snack mix is prefect for tailgating or holiday entertaining.

Yields-2 cups
Preparation time-15 minutes
Baking time-30-40 minutes

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I 2 (Indo – Italian) : Capsicum paneer pasta with Basil and Parsley


 

Pasta panner parsley basil final

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This is a delicious pasta with the fusion recipe I tried to cook pasta in capsicum paneer masala gravy. Made few variations in gravy by adding basil and parsley and tried to make this as indo-italian version.

Basil and parsley add Italian taste to pasta and paneer and capsicum gravy adds indian touch in this recipe.

Health benefits of basil:

Basil (known as tulsi in Hindi) has been used for centuries in Ayurveda, a traditional Indian system of medicine, as a treatment for gastric, hepatic, respiratory and inflammatory disorders as well as a remedy for headache, fever, anxiety, convulsions, nausea and hypertension.

Do try this variation with your favourite veggies and spices.

Yields-3-4 servings
Preparation time-15 minutes
Cooking time-30 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat pasta-400gms
  • Low fat Paneer cubes-100gms
  • Diced bell peppers/capsicum-1medium
  • Chopped Basil leaves-8-10
  • Chopped tomato-3medium
  • Chopped onion-1medium
  • Chopped ginger- 1tsp
  • Chopped garlic-2-3cloves
  • Chilli powder-1/2tsp
  • Turmeric-1/4tsp
  • Chopped parsley-2tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Olive oil-2tsp

Procedure:

  • Combine onion, tomato, ginger, garlic in a blender/food processor and blend to the smooth puree and set aside.
  • Heat water in a large pot and add in pasta, 1/4tsp salt and cook pasta as per the package instruction on till al dente, drain and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan when hot add in ground puree and cook on a medium low flame for 3-4minutes.
  • Then add in chilli powder, turmeric mix well and cook for 2-3minutes/ until the raw flavour goes off.
  • Now add diced bell peppers and saute until they are tender, add paneer cubes, basil, salt mix well and cook for another 2-3minutes/until the paneer is coated well in the sauce.
  • Add the cooked pasta to paneer capsicum gravy and toss well without breaking paneer cubes and continue to cook until heated through.
  • Once heated through and pasta is coated well turn off the flame.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot.

Note:

  • Peas/onion or any vegetables can be included for variation.
  • Spices can be presonalised as per the taste.

Drumstick pulp-white bean-spinach soup – Protein and Iron rich


 

Soyabean Soup

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Drumstick is usually used in sambars/currys in India but here in this soup i scooped out the soft pulp of the drumstick and used it in the soup with protein rich beans and iron rich spinach to make it a healthy wholesome soup. This can be served as a soup or stew.

Health Benefits:

Drumstick soup is beneficial in asthma, bronchitis, arthritis, diabetes, and low blood pressure. It shows positive effects in amenorrhea and reduction of weight. Being warm in potency, it is very effective against digestive disorders such as anorexia and flatulence.

White kidney beans are a protein-rich starchy vegetable, full of vitamins, minerals and an excellent source of dietary fiber. Adding them to your diet offers a variety of health benefits such as promoting digestive health and preventing heart disease.

This can be served with garlic bread/breads (link)

Serves-4-5servings

Preparation time-10minutes

Cooking time-40-45minutes

Waiting time-6-8hours (if using dry beans)

Ingredients:

  • Drumstick-4
  • Chopped Spinach-2cups
  • Dry white beans-1/3cup
  • Red lentils/Masoor Dal –1/2 cup
  • Chopped onion-1medium
  • Chopped tomatoes-2medium
  • Chilli powder-1tsp
  • Cumin powder-1tsp
  • Coriander powder-1/2tsp
  • Chopped garlic-3
  • Lemon juice-as per taste
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil-1tsp

Procedure:

  • Rinse and soak white beans with plenty of water overnight. Next day drain and rinse the soaked beans well.
  • Rinse and wash Red lentils (No soaking required)
  • Combine white beans, masoor dal/red lentils in a pressure cooker with 3-4cups of water and cook for 4-5whistles and wait until the steam escapes before opening the lid.
  • Meanwhile wash and chop drumstick into finger sized pieces. Heat 2-3cups of water in a sauce pan and cook chopped drumstick until tender. Once cooked strain and separate cooked drumstick and water (retain the water as it can be used in soup)
  • Take each drumstick slit open and using a spoon scoop out the pulp (as we scoop out cucumber seeds) from it and keep aside as we are using this in the soup and discard the outer layer.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan, add in onions, tomatoes, garlic and saute for 3-4minutes.
  • Add in chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder stir and continue to cook for 2-3minutes/until the raw flavour goes off.
  • Add in cooked beans, red lentils, drumstick pulp, spinach with water and allow it to boil on a low flame.
  • As it comes to boil add in salt mix well and simmer for 5minutes more.
  • Turn off the flame and stir in lemon juice.

Enjoy

Note:

  • Canned beans can also be used, if using canned make sure to rinse thoroughly before using.
  • Any beans can be used alternatively.
  • Red lentils thickens the soup and so haven’t used any cream/coconut milk in here.

Sweet potato latkes – Vegan


Latkey

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Latkes are potato pancakes that are traditionally fried in oil. “I love the challenge of taking a traditional dish and tweaking it in such a way that you arrive at something new and different”

Health Benefits:

Sweet potato, not only is just sweet to your taste buds but also good for your cardiovascular health! It is an edible, underground tuber initially cultivated in the Central American region. This crunchy, starch root vegetable is rich source of flavonoid anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber that are essential for optimal health.

I served these latkes with soy ginger sauce (recipe link)

Yields-10-12
Preparation time-15 minutes
Cooking time-7-8 minutes per batch (I cooked 4 latkes at a time)

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