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July 16, 20200

by funadmin

Treat yourself to this wholesome meal of steamed appams & delicious veg stew packed with the goodness of coconut milk & healthy veggies!

 FOR THE APPAM:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup idli rice
  • ½ tsp fenugreek seeds / methi
  • ¼ cup thin poha
  • ¼ cup coconut, fresh grated
  • ¼ cup warm water, to activate yeast
  • ½ tsp dry yeast
  • salt to taste

Method:

  • Soak the idli rice & methi seeds for 5 -6 hours
  • In a blender take soaked rice, add thin poha & coconut
  • Add water as required & blend to smooth batter
  • To activate the yeast, in a large bowl take warm water, dry yeast, & sugar
  • Allow it to rest for 5 minutes
  • Now transfer the blended batter into the yeast water
  • Mix well & ferment the batter for 8 hours
  • Mix the batter slightly
  • Also, add salt as & water
  • The batter has to be in flowing consistency
  • Now, pour a ladleful of appam batter on to the medium hot pan
  • Immediately, rotate, & spread
  • Cover & simmer till the appam gets cooked well completely in presence of steam

FOR THE VEGETABLE STEW

Ingredients:

  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 cloves/avang
  • 1 inch cinnamon/dalchini
  • 2 pods cardamom/elachi
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 5 beans, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 potato, cubed
  • 3 tbsp peas/matar
  • 8-10 florets cauliflower/gobi
  • 2 green chilli, slit
  • 1 inch ginger, julienne
  • 2 cup coconut milk, thin
  • few curry leaves
  • ¼ cup coconut milk, thick
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt

Method:

  • Firstly, in a large kadai heat ½ tbsp coconut oil & saute 2 cloves, 1 inch cinnamon & 2 pods cardamom
  • Further, add ½ onion & saute till they shrink slightly. Do not brown the onions
  • Add the beans, carrot, potato, peas & cauliflower
  • Add in the green chilli & ginger
  • Sauté for a minute
  • Add 1 cup water, 1 tsp salt & few curry leaves. Mix well
  • Cover & boil for 5 minutes or till vegetables are half cooked
  • Now add 2 cup coconut milk (thin consistency) & mix well
  • Boil for 7 minutes or till vegetables is cooked completely
  • Turn off the flame & add few curry leaves
  • Add in ¼ cup thick coconut milk & 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Mix together well
  • Add the stew to a bowl & enjoy hot!
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April 15, 20200

by funadmin

A fun and easy-to-make recipe! This burrito bowl is wholesome, tasty, and a meal both kids and adults will enjoy!

Ingredients –

  • 3 bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 cup of beans
  • 3-4 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup boiled corn
  • 2 cups boiled rice
  • 2 cups thick hung curds
  • 7-8 baked nachos (optional)
  • 4-5 garlic pods
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 3 tsp chilli flakes
  • ½ cup coriander leaves or parsley
  • 2 tsp ketchup
  • 2 tsp Mexican spices
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste

Method:

For the Mexican rice –

– Sauté the onions, garlic and the coloured peppers with 1 tsp of oil for 2 mins

– Add boiled corn kernels

– Add the cooked rice

– Add the Mexican spices

– Cook for 2 mins

For the Beans –

  • Heat 1 tsp of oil
  • Sauté the garlic and onions
  • Add the tomatoes & cook on a medium flame for 2 mins
  • Simultaneously smashing the tomatoes
  • Add salt
  • Add 2 tsp tomato ketchup
  • Add little water & coarsely mashed kidney beans
    Cook for 2-3 mins

For the Sour cream –
– Take 2 cups of thick hung curds
– Add some lemon juice

  • Add salt
  • Add little garlic

For the Salsa-
– In a bowl, add onions

  • Add finely chopped tomatoes
  • Add green chillies
  • Add salt
  • Sprinkle in chilli flakes
  • Add coriander leaves or parsley
  • Mix all the ingredients together well & mash it up a little

How to assemble the bowl –
1. Put a layer of the Mexican rice
2. Top with a layer of the beans
3. Add in a layer of sour cream
4. Top with some salsa
5. If you wish, crumble a few pieces of baked nachos and garnish on top.
6. Ready to serve!

 

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March 17, 20200

by funadmin

Mushrooms are loaded with B vitamins, as well as, a powerful antioxidant called selenium, which helps to support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues. This garlic mushroom recipe is certainly easy-to-make& delicious to taste!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup diced garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Method:

  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan
  • Once hot add cumin seeds
  • Add in diced onions
  • Add in chopped red bell peppers
  • Add in diced garlic & sauté for 2-3 minutes
  • Add in the sliced mushrooms & sauté for 2-3 minutes
  • Cover & cook on a medium flame for
  • Once cooked remove from heat
  • Garnish with fresh coriander & sesame seeds
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February 7, 20200

by funadmin

Give in to your brownie cravings with these sugar-free, whole wheat dark chocolate brownies!

 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup palm jaggery
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup low-fat skim milk
  • ½ cup melted dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt

 Method:

  • In a large bowl combine the flour & unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Add in the baking powder
  • Add in the palm jaggery & skim milk
  • Add in the olive oil & salt
  • Add in the vanilla essence
  • Combine all the ingredients together
  • Pour the mixture into a lightly greased baking tray
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes (until the mixture rises)
  • Allow to cool then cut the brownies into squares
  • Coat the brownies lightly with the melted dark chocolate
  • Sprinkle on nuts & seeds of choice

 

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January 15, 20200

by funadmin

Feeling that pizza craving kick in? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Enjoy the deliciousness of hot pizza in our healthy & yummy variation!

Ingredients

  • 1 raw eggplant
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 7-8 garlic cloves
  • Mixed dried herbs
  • Chilli flakes
  • Cottage cheese, grated
  • Baby tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Low-fat cheese, grated
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method:

  • Cut 5-6 medium slices of raw eggplant
  • Place on tissues & allow to sit for 10-15 minutes
  • In a small bowl add 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Add 2-3 minced garlic cloves
  • Add 1 tsp mixed dried herbs
  • Mix this together well
  • Add the eggplant slices to a baking tray
  • Brush the olive oil mixture onto both sides of the raw eggplant slices
  • Bake the slices for 10-15 minutes
  • Remove from heat & flip over
  • Now add 1 tbsp of pizza sauce on each slice
  • Add grated cottage cheese
  • Add a small amount of grated low-fat cheese
  • Add sliced baby tomatoes
  • Add fresh basil leaves
  • Add toppings of choice (capsicum, olives, corn etc.)
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until done
  • Enjoy hot!

For the pizza sauce:

  • In a bowl add 1 cup tomato puree
  • Add 3-4 minced garlic cloves
  • Add 2-3 chopped basil leaves
  • Add 1 tbsp of mixed dried herbs
  • Add 1 tbsp chilli flakes/ finely chopped chillies
  • Add salt & pepper
  • Mix the ingredients together well
  • Cook on a medium flame for 10 minutes
  • Remove from heat & add into a bowl

 

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December 12, 20190

by funadmin

A one pot meal loaded with flavours & nutrition!

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 8-10 button mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 cup oyster mushrooms
  • 1” piece ginger
  • 2 Sp
  • ring onions
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 cup Vegetable stock
  • 2 Star anise
  • 1 tbsp soya sauce
  • White pepper powder
  • Sesame oil
  • Sea salt

METHOD

  • Boil the rice with little salt until almost done
  • Add in 1 star anise
  • Drain the rice in a colander (don’t drain its water completely)
  • Place in an earthen pot & keep aside

FOR THE SAUCE

  • Heat oil in a skillet
  • Add in ginger slices & fry till crisp
  • Sauté the white part of the spring onions till soft & transparent
  • Add sliced mushrooms & oyster mushrooms
  • Add soy sauce, salt & pepper
  • Add in vegetable stock
  • Cover & allow to cook
  • Once cooked add 1 star anise
  • Prepare a mixture of corn starch & add to gravy for a glazed look
  • Add in chopped greens of spring onions
  • Now pour over the steamed rice
  • Garnish with diced spring onion greens & enjoy hot!

 



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December 2, 20190

by funadmin

This Healthy Chicken salad in fresh lettuce leaf cups is delicious and guilt free in every way! Treat yourself to this low-fat and healthy recipe today!

Method:

  • In a bowl add 3 cups steamed & shredded chicken breast
  • Add in 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • Add in 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, diced
  • Add in 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • Add in 1/4 tsp salt
  • Add in 1/4 tsp pepper
  • Add in 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Mix all the ingredients together well
  • Scoop onto fresh lettuce leaves & enjoy fresh!
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November 12, 20190

by funadmin

Switch from white rice to cauliflower rice; it makes for a low-carb meal or even a yummy side dish with only about 1/4th of the carbohydrates that is present in white rice.

How to prepare:

  • In a large skillet heat 3 tablespoons oil
  • Add in 1 finely chopped or grated cauliflower (do not use the stems)
  • Add in 1 finely chopped onion
  • Add in 1 cup chopped coriander
  • Cook the cauliflower at a medium-high heat
  • Stir until the cauliflower has softened
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Spoon the cauliflower into a large serving bowl
  • Garnish with fresh lime juice
  • Serve hot!
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November 12, 20190

by funadmin

Craving some pasta but want to avoid the calories? Then try this yummy and healthylicious wheat macaroni salad pasta recipe!

How to prepare:

  • In a large bowl add 2 cups wheat macaroni
  • Add 1/3 cup diced celery
  • Add 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • Add 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • Add 1.2 cup yellow capsicum
  • Add 1/2 cup spring onions
  • Add 1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Add a pinch of freshly ground black pepper & salt
  • Combine all the ingredients together well
  • Garnish with lime juice & enjoy fresh!
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September 25, 20190

by funadmin

Sesame seeds are highly nutritious and loaded with healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Switch from packaged and processed salad dressing to this healthy and low-fat tahini salad dressing to give your food an extra punch of good health!

How to prepare:

  • To a blender add 1 cup sesame seeds
  • Blend for 4-5 minutes until the mixture begin to clump together
  • Add in 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • Blend again until smooth
  • Pour the mixture into an airtight jar
  • Use as a low-fat healthy salad dressing or veggies dip!

 

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