Thursday, April 26, 2018

Methi Chole Recipe-Methi Chick Pea Curry-Methi Channa Sabzi

Methi Chole is a very delicious curry prepared with fresh fenugreek leaves (methi leaves) and chick peas. It pairs well with both rice and phulka/chapati. This curry is very nutritious, rich in fiber, protein and vitamins. Today we will learn how to make Punjabi Methi Chole masala following this easy recipe with step wise pictures. 

Methi Chole-Methi Chick Pea curry

Methi Chole

Methi Chole

 Prep Time : 30 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2-3
 Recipe CategorySide Dish
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Chick peas - 3/4 cup
   Fenugreek leaves - 2 cups tightly packed
   Onion - 1 cup chopped
   Tomato Puree - 1 cup
   Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Salt needed

   Spice Powder

   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Coriander powder - 2 tsp
   Roasted Cumin powder - 3/4 tsp
   Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
   Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
   Dry mango powder/amchur powder - 1/2 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
   Red chilli - 2
   Hing - a generous pinch

   For Garnishing

   Coriander leaves


Preparations

Pick and clean methi leaves (This is more most time consuming and hectic part). You can use the very tender stems also. Wash and chop it finely.

If using dry chick peas, wash and soak it overnight and pressure cook with a little salt and water for 3-4 whistles until soft. Keep it aside. If using canned chick peas, just rinse it.

Grind 3 - 4 raw tomatoes (we need 1 cup of tomato puree) and keep it ready.

Finely chop onions.

Method 

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, hing and red chillies.

how to make methi chole sabzi/curry

When cumin seeds sizzles, add finely chopped onions. Saute until onions turn light golden brown. Add salt to speed up the process.

Punjabi methi chole

Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.

Add chopped fenugreek leaves and cook on low heat until they wilt.

Methi Chick Pea Curry

Add tomato puree.

methi bhaji channa sabzi

Add all the spice powders, salt needed and cook until the rawness of the tomato goes and the mixture changes color.

methi channa sabji

Add cooked chick peas along with a little water in which it was cooked and mix well.

Mash a few chickpeas and cook on low heat for a few minutes. This is a semi gravy, so do not add too much water.

methi chickpea curry

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rotis, parathas or with rice.

Methi Chole Recipe

Our Lunch that day - Phulka, plain dal/paruppu, potato capsicum sabji, cucumber raita/pachadi, methi chole, rice and pickle.

Indian Lunch Ideas-Easy Lunch Menu-Vegetarian Lunch

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Peanut Ladoo Recipe-Groundnut Sesame Seed Coconut Laddu with Jaggery

Peanut sesame seed coconut laddu is very nutritious, healthy and easy to prepare. You just need 3 main ingredients for making this laddu.  I love snacking on these healthy guilt free laddus. As these laddus contain peanuts, jaggery and sesame seeds, they are rich in protein and iron. These guilt free laddus can be had as a snack, can be given to children as after school snacks or can be packed in their snack boxes. I often make and stock these kinds of healthy laddus at home to snack in between meals. I adapted the recipe from here. What I loved is the addition of ganthoda powder. Ganthoda/Peppermaul powder is made from the root of long pepper. It is said to help joint pains and gastric troubles. Today we will learn how to make nutritious peanut laddu with jaggery, sesame seeds (til) and dry coconut following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Peanut Ladoo-peanut coconut laddu

Peanut Ladoo Recipe

Peanut Ladoo Recipe

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 20-21 Peanut Ladoos
 Recipe CategoryHealthy Snacks
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Peanuts - 1 cup
   Dry Coconut - 1 cups
   Sesame seeds - 1/2 cup
   Ghee/clarified butter - 6 tbsp
   Jaggery - 1 cup grated
   Dry ginger powder/sukku - 1 tbsp
   Ganthola powder - 2 tsp (optional)


Preparations

Dry roast peanuts on medium heat stirring continuously till it splutters and and is nicely roasted. Once it cools, rub the peanuts and remove the skin.

Dry roast sesame seeds until it splutters. Leave it to cool.

Peanut sesame seeds Ladoo Recipe

Grind peanuts and sesame seeds separately until slightly coarse.

ellu kadalai laddu

Method

In a bowl, mix together powdered sesame seeds and powdered ground nut/peanut powder.

moongphali til ladoo

Add dry coconut powder, dry ginger powder and ganthola powder. Mix everything well.

groundnut laddu recipes

Heat 2-3 tbsp of water and dissolve jaggery in it. Filter it to remove any impurities.

Now add ghee to the filtered jaggery and heat it again. Boil until it bubbles and starts thickening.

Groundnut Sesame Seed Coconut Laddu with Jaggery

Add the jaggery syrup to the peanut, coconut and sesame seed mix.

Mix well until there is no dry flour.

how to make peanut laddus

Once the mixture is warm, make even sized smooth balls from the mixture.

heathy laddu recipe-healthy snacks

Storage and Shelf Life

After it cools completely, store it in an airtight container. It stays at room temperature for 1 month and for a longer period, if refrigerated. 

If you love these nutritious laddus like me, check our collection of more such Ladoo Recipes

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Conchiglie Pasta with Tomato Sauce-Bell Pepper-Red Sauce Pasta Recipe

Conchiglie Pasta is commonly known as "shell pasta". This is one of my favorite pasta and I love it both with white sauce and red sauce. For this pasta recipe, I have added colored bell peppers to make it more nutritious and colorful. This conchiglie red sauce pasta with bell pepper makes a filling meal and is very easy to prepare. This is sure to be a hit with the entire family. Today we will learn how to make this Easy Conchiglie Pasta recipe following our step by step pictures.

Conchiglie Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Bell Pepper-Pasta with tomato sauce


Easy Conchiglie Pasta Recipe

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryPasta-Dinner Recipes
 Recipe CuisineInternational-Pasta
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Shell pasta or any pasta - 1 1/4 cup
   Salt needed

   Large Tomatoes - 6
   Garlic - 2 tbsp minced
   Onion - 1
   Bell Pepper (all colors) - 1 cup
   Tomato ketchup - 1 tbsp
   Dry Oregano powder - 3/4 tsp
   Dry Basil Powder - 1/2 - 3/4 tsp
   Salt to taste
   Pepper powder to taste
   Grated cheese - 1/4 cup


Preparations

Using a sharp knife, cut a shallow X at the bottom of the tomato. Bring water to boil. Add all the tomatoes and let it cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and let it sit for 5 minutes. Remove the tomatoes from the water, peel the skin and discard the core. Chop 2 tomatoes and keep it aside. Puree the other 4 tomatoes and keep it ready.

Finely chop onion and garlic. Chop all the bell peppers.

how to make red sauce/tomato sauce pasta

How to cook Conchiglie pasta

Bring plenty of slightly salted water to boil. Add the pasta, reduce the heat to medium and let it cook. Keep stirring in between to prevent the pasta from sticking to each other. Cook until soft but not mushy. Test by tasting the pasta (you can use any pasta for this recipe).

Conchiglie Pasta-cooking shell pasta

Once cooked, drain the water and pour cold water on top of it to stop further cooking.

how to cook conchiglie pasta

Method

Heat olive oil in a pan, add garlic and saute for a few seconds. Then add onions and saute until onions turn transparent.

Add chopped tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes.

how to make pasta in red sauce

Add the chopped bell peppers. Cook for a few seconds.

Pasta with fresh tomato sauce and bell pepper

Add tomato puree, tomato ketchup, salt needed, pepper powder, dry oregano powder and dry basil powder.

pasta in red sauce with vegetables

Cook on low heat stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens and changes color.

red pasta sauce-red sauce pasta

Now the sauce and the pasta is ready. Mix the pasta with the sauce. Top it with grated cheese (morzella or parmesan) You can even use amul cheese, if you cannot get parmesan cheese.

Conchiglie Pasta with Tomato Sauce

Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy it warm. It makes a meal in itself. It is easy, comforting, effortless and of course super delicious. These shell pastas holds the sauce well and that makes it very delicious. 

Some of my favorite pastas are Pesto pasta, Roasted bell pepper pasta, creamy spinach pasta. We have more pasta recipes. Check Pasta Recipes.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Thengai Paal Sadam-Coconut Milk Rice Recipe

Thengai Paal Sadam is a very simple dish and is easy to prepare. It is prepared with coconut milk and few spices. It is flavorful and mild. As it is less spicy, it pairs well with any spicy veg or non veg gravy. Today we will learn how to make thengai paal sadam or coconut milk rice following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Thengai Paal Sadam-Coconut Milk Rice

Thengai Paal Sadam-Coconut Milk Rice

Thengai Paal Sadam-Coconut Milk Rice

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryRice-Lunch
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Basmati Rice - 1 cup
   Green Chilli - 2 slit
   Ginger-Garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Mint leaves - fistful
   Coriander leaves - fistful
   Turmeric powder - a pinch
   Coconut Milk -2 cups
   Salt as needed

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 1 tbsp
   Ghee - 1 tbsp
   Bay leaf - 1
   Cardamom - 1
   Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
   Cloves - 2
   Cumin seeds - 1 tsp


Preparation

Wash and soak basmati rice for 20-30 minutes. After 30 minutes, drain the water and keep it aside.

Extract coconut milk. We need coconut milk which is neither too thick nor thin. So if the coconut milk is too thick, you can dilute it with a little water. If you are interested in making your own coconut milk, check how to extract coconut milk from fresh coconut.

coconut milk for making coconut milk rice

Method

Heat oil + ghee in a pressure pan (or any heavy bottomed pan with a tight lid), add bay leaf, cardamon, cinnamon, cumin seeds and cloves.

When cumin seed sizzles, add ginger-garlic paste and slit green chillies.

how to prepare thengai paal sadam

Saute for a few minutes and then add chopped mint and coriander leaves. Saute for another 2 seconds.

Add the drained basmati rice, turmeric powder and salt needed.

how to make coconut milk rice

Mix well so that the rice is well coated with the spices. Then add coconut milk.

how to make thengai paal sadam

Check for salt by tasting. If required, add at this stage.

Coconut Milk Rice recipe

Once the coconut milk starts to boil, reduce the heat to low and close the cooker. Do not put the weight/whistle, instead, place a small cup to close the steam vent.

Once it is almost cooked (you can check by opening the cooker), if preferred, place the cooker on a tawa on very low heat for another 5 minutes or you can cook on low heat until done.

Coconut Milk Rice

Once fully cooked, turn off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then open the cooker, mix the coconut milk rice gently and serve hot with any spicy gravy.

We enjoyed flavorful coconut milk rice with matar paneer.

Our Lunch 

Thengai paal sadam with mattar paneer and curd rice with instant cut mango pickle.

South Indian Lunch Menu

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Orzo Tomato Pasta with Bell Pepper-Healthy Orzo Pasta Recipe

Orzo Tomato Pasta is a quick dish prepared with orzo pasta. Orzo pasta is a rice shaped Italian pasta. It resembles a large grain of rice. Orzo pasta is great for making different pilaf, salads and soups. Today we will learn how to make a simple and quick tomato bell pepper pasta using orzo pasta and Indian spices.

Orzo Tomato Pasta with Peppers-Indian style

Orzo Tomato Pasta with Peppers

Orzo Tomato Pasta with Peppers

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 15 mins 
 Serves: 1
 Recipe CategoryPasta Recipes
 Recipe CuisineIndian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Orzo Pasta - 3/4 cup
   Olive Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
   Onion - 1
   Garlic - 3-4 cloves minced
   Green Chilli - 1 slit
   Carrot - 1
   Tomato - 2 big
   Red Bell pepper - 1/4 cup chopped
   Yellow Bell pepper - 1/4 cup chopped
   Green Bell pepper - 1/4 cup chopped

   Spice Powder

   Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
   Coriander powder - 1 tsp
   Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Salt needed

   For Garnishing

   Coriander Leaves


How to cook Orzo Pasta 

Bring plenty of slightly salted water to boil in a pot. Reduce the heat to medium, add orzo pasta to the boiling water and stir. Boil again and cook (for about 8-10 minutes) stirring from time to time until the pasta is soft but not mushy.

Once cooked, drain the water and keep it aside.

how to cook orzo

Method 

Heat oil in a pan, add finely chopped onion, green chilli and garlic. Saute until onions turn transparent.

Add chopped carrot and cook for a few minutes.

orzo pasta recipe

Add chopped tomatoes, all the spice powders mentioned under 'Spice Powder' and salt needed.

One Pot Orzo tomatoes

Cook covered. Once the tomato becomes soft, add all the colored chopped bell peppers.

Healthy Orzo Pasta Recipe

Cook for few minutes (do not overcook the bell peppers) and then add the drained and cooked pasta.

orzo with vegetables

Mix well, check for salt and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot.

Healthy Orzo Pasta Recipe

It is very easy to prepare and makes a filling meal. You can have this for lunch or for dinner.

Check out More Easy Pasta Recipes 

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Coconut Milk Vegetable Green Pulao-Green Pulao Recipe- Hara Pulao

Coconut Milk Green Pulao is a simple, flavorful and delicious dish in which basmati rice is cooked with coconut milk, vegetables, herbs and spices. It is a very nutritious and wholesome dish with loads of vegetables. This can be packed for lunch box also. Today we will learn how to make Green Pulao with coconut milk or veg pulao with green masala following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Green Pulao with coconut milk

Green Pulao with Coconut Milk

Green Pulao with Coconut Milk

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 25 mins 
 Serves: 2
 Recipe CategoryRice- Lunch
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian
 Author:

   Ingredients needed

   Basmati Rice - 1 cup
   Onion - 2 thinly sliced
   Ginger-Garlic paste - 1 tsp
   Salt needed
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

   Beans - 5-6
   Carrot - 1 medium size
   Cauliflower - 6-7 florets
   Peas - 1/3 cup
   Coconut Milk - 1 cup
   Water - 1 cup

   For Grinding

   Coriander leaves - fistful
   Mint Leaves - fistful
   Cashew nuts - 5
   Green Chillies - 2
   Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 1 tbsp
   Ghee - 1 tbsp
   Cinnamon - 1 inch piece
   Cloves - 2
   Fennel seeds/sombu - 1/2 tsp
   Bay Leaf - 1-2

   For Garnishing

   Ghee - 1/2 tsp
   Cashew nuts - 5-6


Preparations

Wash and soak basmati rice in hot water for 30 minutes.

Grind mint leaves, coriander leaves, cashew nuts and green chillies to a fine paste with little water. Add few drops of lemon juice to retain the green color.

If using fresh peas, parboil it and keep it ready. Blanch cauliflower florets and keep it aside.

Extract thick coconut milk and mix it with 1 cup of water. Alternatively you can use readymade coconut milk and mix it with a cup of water and keep it ready. You can check how to extract coconut milk.

Method 

Heat oil + ghee in a pan, add the ingredients mentioned under seasoning. (fennel seeds/sombu is optional but adding it gives a nice flavor).

coconut milk vegetable green pulao

Add thinly sliced onions and saute until onions turn transparent. Add a little salt to speed up the process.

Add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a few more minutes.

coconut milk vegetable green pulao recipe

Add the ground paste/green masala and saute until the raw flavor goes.

veg pulao with green masala

Add all the vegetables and mix well.

Add soaked and drained basmati rice. Mix well, so that the rice is evenly coated with the green masala.

Green veg pulao with coconut milk

Add coconut milk (coconut milk + water mixture), needed salt and mix well.

how to make green pulao

When it starts boiling, reduce the heat to low and close the cooker. Place a small stainless steel cup (as shown in the picture below) instead of the whistle/weight to prevent the steam from escaping.

You can open the cooker  to check inbetween and stir gently.

hara pulao

Once the rice is 90% cooked, turn off the heat. Heat a tawa, place the cooker on the tawa and cook on very low heat for 5-6 minutes. Turn off the heat. Let it sit for another 5 minutes. (If you do not prefer cooking on top of  tawa, cook the rice fully in the cooker itself and skip this step).

Then open the cooker and mix the rice gently. Fry cashew nuts in a little ghee and add it to the pulao along with the ghee.

green pulao recipe

Serve pulao with raita/pachadi or chips or papadams.

Note - Adding lemon juice and turmeric powder gives a nice colour to the pulao.

Our Simple and Healthy Lunch Menu - Green Pulao with coconut milk, seasoned curd rice, onion pachadi and salad.

Easy Indian lunch menu

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