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Idli Upma

Idli is really healthy as it uses almost no oil, as it is steamed and makes a great breakfast. Sometime you run into a situation where you make one too many idlis. You can always reheat then and enjoy. Here is a recipe that will help you incorporate this healthy breakfast item to your evening snack or another breakfast from left overs.
Ingredients: left over idlis: 8 green chilies: 2 slit Mustard seeds: 1 tsponion: 1 medium thinly slicedturmeric powder: 1/4 tsp red chili powder: 1/2 tsp tomato: 1 small chopped3/4 tbsp oilsalt to tastecurry leaves: 5-6coriander leaves: 1 1/2 – 2 tbsps  finely chopped Procedure: Heat oil in a cooking vessel, add the mustard seeds.  As they stop spluttering add curry leaves and sauté for 1 min. Add the green chilies and chopped onions along with a pinch of salt and saute for 3-4 mins. Add the turmeric pwd, red chili pwd, and half of the fresh coriander leaves and mix well.  Add tomato and cook till tomato is mushy and saute for 4 -5 mts on low to medium flame.  Add…

Holiday Punch

Christmas is upon us and like me am sure you all must be on the look out for a delicious pouch to entrain your guests. So here is one, that is delicious and easy and goes great with christmas theme. It can be enjoyed with or without alcohol equally.
Ingredients: Pomegranate juice: A whole bottle of POMPulp-free fresh orange juice: 2 cups Fresh Lemon juice:  2 cupsMango Juice: 2 cups1 bottle (25 oz.) soda water or ginger aleOptional: Vodka / tequila (as per your taste)Lime and orange slices
Procedure: In a large punch bowl, combine pomegranate juice, orange juice, lemon juice and mango juice and chill. Float lime and orange slices on top as garnish.  As your guest arrive add soda water and ice cubes. When serving, sprinkle pomegranate seeds in each glass with punch and ice. Also if your guests prefer alcoholic version add about alcohol of your choice to the bottom of the glass and add the punch on top stir and serve.

I am sure your guests would enjoy it as much as mine did. Drink responsibly and …

Anda Palak

Egg and Palak is a combination that is not only healthy but also delicious.
Here is a version that will help spice addicts like me and Tanmaya.


Egg: 4 BoiledSpinach: 4 cupsPotato: 1 cut into cubesOnion:1 large thinly slicedTomato: 1 medium finely choppedGinger garlic paste: 2 tbspCumin Powder: 1 tbspCoriander Powder: 1tbspTurmeric Powder: 1 tspRed Chilli Powder: 1 tbspSalt: as per tasteCardamom: 2Cinnamon: 1/2 inch stickBay Leaf: 1Garam Masala Powder: 1 tspOil: 2 tbspCoriander leaves: 1/2 cup and little for garnish
In a pan heat oil. 
Add the potato cubes and fry till they are slightly golden. Remove from heat.
Shell the boiled eggs and fry till the outer skin is golden brown. 
Remove the eggs from heat and keep aside. As they cool down make a slit half way through each egg.
Roughly chop the spinach and coriander leaves.
Add the whole garam masala (cinnamon, cardamon and bay leaf).
Add the sliced onion to the oil along with a pinch of salt.
Let the onion cook till transluc…

Coriander Rice

Last week we celebrated our 4th anniversary. I decided to make a yummy dinner for Tanmaya but he loves when I prepare something new and I was running out of ideas so I decided to give a try to coriander rice. It goes great with raita and any masaledar curry.
Ingredients: Basmati Rice: 1 cupOnion: 1 small thinly slicedCardamom : 2Javitri : 1Cumin Seeds: 1/2 tspGreen Chillies: 2-3 ( adjust as per your taste)Coriander Leave: 1 bunchCumin Seeds: 1 tspGinger: 1/2 a inchCoriandre Powder: 1 tbspCumin Powder: 1 tspSalt as per taste.Fried Onion: 1/2 cupOil: 2 tbsp
Procedure: Make a fine paste of with coriander leaves, green chillis and ginger. Cook the rice with 2 cups of water in a pressure cooker or any way you prefer. In a kadhai heat the oil, add the Cumin seeds, cardamom and javitri. As the cumin stops spluttering add the sliced onions with a pinch of salt and cook till onions are translucent. Add the coriander, green chili and ginger paster, along with salt to taste, coriander powder, cumin powd…

Pohola Maacha Tarkari

Fish is the best thing that you can eat, it is a good source of protein and omega 3. The smaller the fish the healthier it is. Now with all the Fukishima radiation news going on, we are becoming more and more skeptical about eating fish. As per my nutritionist, its safe to eat fresh water fishes like tilpia, carp and smaller fish. So don't give up this healthy food.  Ingredients: Pohola Maccha: 2 whole gutted ( I used fresh herring)Onion: 1 medium finely choppedTomatoes: 1 large choppedmustard seeds: 2 tspcumin powder:1/2 tsp coriander powder:1/2 tsp red chillis :2 nospancha phutana: 1/4 tspred chilli powder:1/4 tsp garlic flakes :7-8 turmeric: 2 tbspoil : 6 tspcoriander leaves:1 tbsAmbula( dried mango): 1green chilli:2salt: as per tasteOil: 2-3 tbsp
Procedure: Clean the fish throughly. Add salt and 1/2 of the turmeric and keep aside for 5 mins.

Grind the red chillis, mustard seeds and the garlic flakes into a smooth paste. Heat a flat pan.  Add oil followed by the fish. Fry lightly on bot…