Thursday, June 5, 2014

Egg Muffins

I wanted to make savoury muffins for the longest time. Egg muffins seemed like the easiest ones to try... and I did. They turned out yummy and so tasty. Even my hubby who is generally not open to experiments loved it. 

- 2 or 3 eggs, depending on how big your mould is. My mould is quite shallow and so I needed 3 eggs
- Veggies- tomato, capsicum, onion, cauliflower. I did not have mushrooms and corn else would have added them
- salt to taste
- black pepper

You can also add tomato ketchup, cheese or any other sauce you have. I decided to keep it simple

- Preheat the oven at 180 degree celsius
- Chop all the veggies together
- Grease a muffin mould
- Beat the eggs and add salt and pepper
- Mix all the veggies with the beaten eggs
- Pour the mixture in each mould ensuring a proper mix of veggies and eggs is present in each muffin cup
- Bake in the oven for 20 mins at 180 degree celsius. I tried baking it for 10 mins but it was insufficient. I think 20 mins should do it
- Let it cool and then remove from the moulds

They can be eaten as b'fast or dinner.  Very tasty. 

Corn Oats Upma

This is another recipe that I use for b'fast and dinner. It is very tasty and healthy. I came across this recipe in Nita Mehta's book 101 diet recipes which was bought during the book fair at Pragati Maidan.
So, here it is:

Serves 4
1 cup oats- roasted for 2-3 minutes and then powdered in a  mixie
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 dry red chilli
2 tbsp channe ki dal
1 tsp urad dhuli dal
10-12 curry leaves
1 onion- chopped
1 tomato- chopped
2 cups water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup corn kernels boiled or frozen
1/2 capsicum- chopped
juice of 1 lemon

- Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds when the oil is hot
- Remove from fire. Add red chilli, channa dal, urad dal and curry leaves. Stir till dal turns light brown
- Return to fire. Add onions and fry till golden brown
- Add water and salt. Let it come to a boil
- Cover and cook on low flame till the dal is cooked and is no longer crunchy
- Keeping the flame low, add chopped tomato and corn. Stir
- Add oats gradually and stir.
- Stir fry the upma for 3-4 minutes till dry. Turn off the fire and add capsicum and lemon juice. Mix well.

This is how I make upma. The 1st 3 steps remain the same. After that,
- Add tomato and corn, capsicum and fry till tomato gets completely mushy.
- Add water with curd mixed. Curd gives upma a little sour taste which I like. Add haldi and let it boil
- When it comes to a boil, add the oats and stir till upma becomes dry
No need to add lemon juice.

You can cook it anyway you want.