Healthy dosa and chutney for all

Dosa is a great south Indian snack, breakfast or meal that can be eaten with different types with various fillings. Dosa is usually prepared with urad dal and rice then cooks up to a golden white crepe. But a healthy dosa should have a couple of lentils and beans. Dosa full of lentils/beans holds different proteins and nutrition that makes much more than just fillings. Taste it and have a healthy snack. Ingredients – Dosa Medium/long grain rice (basmati can be used) – 1 cup (185 gm) Brown rice – 1/4 cup (47.5 gm) Whole urad dal (black gram) – 1/2 cup (100 gm) Methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) – 1/2 teaspoon Toor daal (Pigeon pea) or chana daal (Bengal gram/ chick pea lentils) – 2 Tablespoons Rice flakes (optional) – 1/4 cup (59.15 gm) Salt – As needed Steps to follow: Preparing Dosa Batter Rinse the rice and soak it … Continue reading “Healthy dosa and chutney for all”

Kheer Rice Pudding

This is a warm winter desert balancing Vata and keeping Pitta healthy and balanced. Kheer rice pudding helps to increase appetite and is easy to digest. This is a rich source of carbohydrates and calcium. This Ayurvedic recipe is easy to prepare with the natural ingredients which are really beneficial for your overall health. However if you are Kapha you need to watch the quantity and frequency. Ingredients: • Milk – 2 cups• Warer – 2 cups• Rice (basmati, Jasmine it Jeera rice) – 1/4 cup• Sugar – 1/3 cup• Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon• cashews – 10 nos• Chopped pistachios – 10 nos• Raisins – 2 tablespoon• Ghee/Butter – 1 tablespoon Steps to follow: 1.Wash rice 3 times and drain it completely.2. Boil the milk in a large vessel3.Cook rice in water and water is almost absorbed, add boiled milk in 2-3 parts. Cook the rice until the rice … Continue reading “Kheer Rice Pudding”

Moringa Recipes

Moringa is a common plant in Kerala of which leaves, flowers, fruits, bark and roots are used for cooking and/ or medicinal purpose in almost every house hold. It holds a wide range of health benefits and is lately recognised as a super food. It is rich in healthy antioxidants, bio-active plant compounds, protiens, minerals, and vitamins. Moringa is mainly used for anemia, arthritis, joint pain, cancer,asthma, diabetes, constipation, stomach pain, headache, heart problems, ulcers,kidney stones, fungal infections and lot more. This even protects cells from damage. Moringa is used in many Ayurvedic herbal combinations and massage treatments to address inflammation, poor metabolism and nutritional deficiencies. I have seen Moringa trees (also known as drum stick trees) in Sydney. You can also buy Moringa leaves and drum sticks (fruits of the plant commonly used as a vegetable) from Indian shops here. Following are some of the ways you can add … Continue reading “Moringa Recipes”

Lemon rice and butternut pumpkin curry: a recipe for Autumn

Lemon rice is a vibrant coloured aromatic rice that whole family including children will enjoy. Butternut pumpkin curry is such a mouth watering combination for lemon rice and form a nourishing meal for Autumn. It’s easy to prepare lemon and butternut pumpkin curry with just a few ingredients and some spices. Butternut pumpkin curry is light but still a filling curry with roasted butternut squash and sweet potatoes in creamy spiced coconut milk sauce and a sprinkle of crunchy black sesame seeds. This recipe is ideal for cooler seasons and Vata. Pitta and Kapha can also enjoy as long as it’s not too often. Ingredients: Butternut pumpkin Curry • Sweet potato cubes – 2 cups • Broccoli florets – 2 cups • Butternut pumpkin cubes – 3 cups • Coconut milk – 1 cup • Coconut oil: 2 teaspoons • Garlic – 1 clove • Fresh chilli pepper – as … Continue reading “Lemon rice and butternut pumpkin curry: a recipe for Autumn”

Mango Lassi

Lassis are energising drinks for summer. They can quench your thirst and hunger and is ideal as a healthy drink for hot summer if your digestion is good. Lassis come in all flavors like salty, sweet, mint, etc. Mango lassi is yogurt based mango smoothie. Prefer to use cubes of fresh mango, however canned mango can also serve the purpose. Ground cardamom sprinkled on top is perfect for this lassi. Ingredients: • Yogurt – 3/4 cup • chopped ripe mango – half cup • honey – 2 teaspoons • A pinch of ground cardamom (optional) • Ice (optional) Method: Blend mango, yogurt, honey and cardamom in a blender for 2 minutes. You may add ice if you prefer. Sprinkle a pinch of ground cardamom to taste. Lassi is ready to serve. Things to remember: 1. You may use ripe or raw mango. Ripe one gives the golden sweet lassi where … Continue reading “Mango Lassi”

Watermelon and Mint Salad

Watermelon is juicy, sweet, and as the name suggests, it holds high water content (92%). Consuming watermelon will make you feel full without a lot of calories. It includes vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, vitamins B1,B5, and B6. Mint is a popular herb that can be used as fresh or dried in many dishes. Mint has the highest antioxidant and anti-inflammatory property. This recipe includes light olive oil or avocado oil as a dressing base. Avocado oil is neutral in flavour that generally adds desired oil taste in a fruit salad.Light olive oil will flavour the salad with less calorie content. The sweetness of watermelon along with the refreshing taste of mint and lime will a perfect blend like a dessert more than a salad. Ingredients: • 1 watermelon • 1/4 cup mint • 2 tbsp light olive or avocado oil • 1 tbsp lime zest • 2 tbsp … Continue reading “Watermelon and Mint Salad”

Quinoa Coconut Rice Recipe

Quinoa is the world’s most popular nutty-flavoured ancient grain which is a nutritional powerhouse with fibre and protein. It is also high in iron, B vitamins, Calcium, Vitamin E, magnesium, folate, copper, potassium and antioxidants. Health benefits: • Good for blood sugar control and hypertension • Perfect for people with gluten intolerance • Prevents osteoporosis • Helps to lose weight • Protects the heart • Fights inflammation • Improves skin health • Helps to fight cancer • Promotes longevity • Treats dandruff Ingredients: • Quinoa- 1 cup • Grated coconut- Half cup • Mustard seed- 1/2 tsp • Urad dal-2 tablespoons • Oil- 1 tbsp • Dry red chillies- 1 • Curry leaves- 1 spring • salt- As per your need • water- 2 cups • Chia seeds 2 teaspoons How to prepare: Take a saucepan, add water and salt then bring to a boil. Add quinoa and cover it … Continue reading “Quinoa Coconut Rice Recipe”

Mung bean curry with veggies

Mung beans are small, green beans which is sweet in taste and are available as sprouts or as dried beans. They’re rich in vitamins and minerals and it’s one of the best plant-based source of protein. Health benefits of mung beans Wrapped with healthy nutrients One cup of boiled mung beans contains: Fat: 0.8 grams Carbs: 38.7 grams Vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6 and selenium High antioxidant levels helps to reduce chronic disease and prevent heat stroke Helps to lower bad LDL cholesterol and reduce heart disease Mung bean rich in potassium, magnesium and fiber which reduce blood preasure Helps to boost digestion Lower blood sugar levels Promote weight loss Support healthy pregnancy Ingredients: Cooked Split Mung Beans – 150g Oil – 3 tbsp Chopped Onion – 1 Garlic Paste – 1 tsp Ginger Paste – 1 tsp Green Chillies, chopped – 3 or to taste Cinnamon Powder – 1 … Continue reading “Mung bean curry with veggies”

Beetroot dry curry(beetroot thoran)

‘Thoran’ is basically a dry dish which can be prepared using vegetables and spices. This is a classic Kerala Stir Fry /Thoran using Beetroot. Beetroot supports our body by boosting immunity, lowering blood pressure, improving blood pressure etc. Ingredients Beetroot: 1 large (finely chopped) Shallots: 1-2 (thinly sliced) Garlic: 2 pods (crushed) Green chilies: 3-4 Cumin Seeds: 1/4 tsp Grated Coconut: 1/4 cup Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp Mustard seeds: 1 tsp Curry leaves: 1 spring Oil: 1 tbsp Salt to taste Preparation 1 – Using your hands mix thoroughly the chopped beetroots, grated coconut, with turmeric powder, shallots, cumin seeds, garlic, salt, and curry leaves. 2 – Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and when it’s starting to splutter. 3 – Add the beetroot mixture and sprinkle very little water on the top and cover the pan and cook on low heat, stirring occasionally; After 5 minutes … Continue reading “Beetroot dry curry(beetroot thoran)”

Steamed Asparagus with Sunflower Seed Sauce

Asparagus is a wonder of early spring. Fresh asparagus is so delicious when steamed and coated with sunflower seed sauce. Ingredients Fresh Asparagus- 2 bunches Chopped Parsley – 2 tablespoons For Sauce: Sunflower Butter – 1/2 cup Warm Water – 1/2 cup Olive Oil – 4 tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice – 3 tablespoons Tamari Soy Sauce – 1 tablespoon Garlic, minced – 1 clove Red Pepper Flakes- 1 pinch or to taste Preparation: Peel off the hard outer layer of the asparagus spears. Put the asparagus into a colander over a large pan of boiling water. Place a lid on top. Steam for 5-6 minutes until the spears are tender. Remove from the heat. Place the sauce ingredients in a blender and process until it becomes creamy and smooth. If you want a thinner sauce, add a little bit more warm water. To serve, pour the sunflower seed sauce over … Continue reading “Steamed Asparagus with Sunflower Seed Sauce”