Friday, September 13, 2013

Beetroot Raita

So, I decided to try something new. I hate beetroot. In fact, I didn't even know what it looked from the outside when I bought it.



- 1 beet
- 1 cup curd
- rai (mustard seeds)
- curry leaves
- salt to taste (if required. I didn't add any)


- Boil the beetroot
- Grate it
- Add curd and water (if required)
- Heat oil (1 teaspoon), add rai and curry leaves. Turn off gas and add it to the curd
- Mix well

Yummy and healthy beetroot raita is ready.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Oats Upma

Another healthy innovation. I had this for dinner today.

This is where I took the recipe from here

Oats Upma Ingredients: (serves 2)
  • Oats – 1 Cup (e.g., Quaker Oats)
  • Finely Chopped Onion – 1
  • Chopped Green Chillies – 1
  • Oil – 1 and 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad Dal or Split Black Bean (Gram) / White Lentils – 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar – 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
  • Coriander Leaves / Cilantro
  • Salt

Time to Prepare: 15 min

How to Make Oats Upma :

1. Heat Oil in pan, add Mustard Seeds, once the Mustard Seeds splutter, add Urad Dal (White Lentils) and fry until they turn golden brown.

2. Now add Curry Leaves and chopped Green Chillies and fry for a minute. Then add chopped Onions and Turmeric Powder and fry until the Onions start to look a little transparent.

3. Add Salt and Sugar to the the above mixture and fry for a minute.

4. At this stage, add Oats to the pan and fry for 2-3 minutes or till you smell a nice aroma and Oats turn light brown in color.

5. Now sprinkle about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of water to the above fried Oats mixture in the pan and mix well all the ingredients with a spatulla and fry till the Oats turn soft. Make sure to not add excess water to the Oats Upma as the whole mixture can become too soggy and Oats Upma may not taste as good as it should.

6. Add Lemon Juice to the Oats Upma and mix well. Garnish with Coriander Leaves / Cilantro.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Daal Paratha

Another healthy recipe for you.


- 1 cup yellow moong daal (makes 6 parathas)
- 1 onion
- haldi, salt, red chilli powder
- wheat flour (enough to make 6 parathas)
- green chillies


- Soak moong daal overnight. Most recipes suggest 20-30 mins but overnight is more convenient
- In the morning, boil the moong daal in the cooker for 1 whistle
- Take oil in a pan, add onions. Sauté
- Add green chillies, daal and spices. Mix well
- Knead wheat flour in a dough and make 6 balls
- Roll out each ball of flour, stuff it with daal mixture and roast on the pan

Tada... yummy daal parathas are ready.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Stir fried Veggies

This is what I had for dinner. It has 200 calories (according to What an amazing way to fuel up on veggies.



- Veggies- Onion, Capsicum, Mushrooms, Beans, Baby corn, Cabbage, Cauliflower (I didn't have any at home so I skipped), carrots, tomatoes (if you want sautéed veggies you should avoid tomatoes)
- Soya sauce
- Salt to taste
- Black pepper
- White pepper
- Garlic paste
- Any sauces you have at home- I used wintergreen's salsa and Ching's chowmein powder soaked in some water


- Heat 2 spoons of oil. Add garlic paste
- Add onions and sauté till soft
- Add thick veggies like carrot, cauliflower, beans etc. Sauté on high heat for a few minutes
- Add the soft veggies. Sauté on high heat for a few minutes
- Add tomatoes.
- Add soya sauce, salt, pepper and any other paste
- Mix well

It can be eaten with roti also... tastes yum.


Vegetable Dalia

I have started on my fitness/weight loss journey and have been researching for healthy recipes which are quick and tasty.
Here is one of them. I was surprised by how good it tastes. If only my mom would have fed me dalia like this.

Ingredients (will be enough for 2 people):

- 1 cup dalia
- Vegetables- onion, tomato, beans, capsicum, corn, cauliflower, cabbage, peas, carrots
- salt to taste
- haldi
- red chilli powder
- coriander powder (dhania)


- Wash dalia
- Take a cooker and heat 2 spoons of oil
- Sauté onions. When soft, add the other vegetables and sauté
- Add dalia and spices
- Cook on medium heat