Oats Carrot Payasam

Indian desserts are a treat to taste buds and undoubtedly an indispensable part of any festival or celebration - loaded with sweetness and enriched with goodness of milk, nuts, etc. Talking of indian desserts only brings water in my mouth. The very first image which comes to my mind when we say dessert is a big bowl of rice kheer or payasam cooked in milk loaded with heartful of dry fruits. yummm.....

While in North its kheer made up of rice cooked in milk, in south its popular as Payasam or payasa , be it rice or vermicelli cooked in coconut milk and jaggery. In south there's varities to prepare the payasam or payasa but in North india all sweets or desserts are mainly of dairy products. Myself being north indian also uses milk more and today's recipe is also inspired by south though I have used milk inplace of coconut milk. With a twist I have cooked oats n carrots in milk and the outcome was commendable. Since I used more of milk the dessert came out as payasam , if we red…

Overnight Oats Weightloss Breakfast recipe

Big cities like Mumbai where life runs like a marathon race we hardly get time for ourselves. Most of the time either goes in travelling or in resting (after a tiring week). And in all of this suffers our health. Yes, we dont pay attention to our well being and result - obesity, body aches, weakness and other lifestyle diseases.
I realised my ignorance towards my health after I was hit by thyroid in my first pregnancy and since then I struggled hard to shed off the fats and weight I had put on. I had been more cautious now what I eat, When I eat and how much I eat. besides diet exercise plays the very important role in maintaining our weight. 
This recipe will be a saviour to those who are short of time in morning and needs a quick breakfast yet healthy. Starting your day with fruits, milk and oats. Wow ! Try this recipe, its tummy filling and you dont feel hungry till lunch. The choice of fruits is entirely yours. I used pomegranate seeds and oranges and they were sweet enough to av…

Sprouts Dhokla

Sprouts my energetic start for the day, high in protiens and low in carbs. A wonderful healthy breakfast to get indulge in. Sprouts can be of any pulses and all are healthiest, be it brown moth dal, whole moong dal, or whole masoor dal, etc. I generally prefer Whole green moong daal over other as its easy to digest and less gaseous.

I generally include sprouts in my meal atleast twice a week in any form, sprouts dhokla, tikki, salads, chaat or even add to soups. You may love to try my other sprouts recipes as well - Sprouts tikki, Sprouts currySprouts Dosa, Sprouts Chaat,  Since I am little allergic to raw sprouts I prefer using steamed sprouts in my recipes. Never overcook them as nutritive value gets finished. Always steam little for use. Those who like crunchy raw sprouts and are able to digest it , can use it direct.

3/4 cup oats
3/4 cup semolina / suji
1/2 cup curd
1 cup water approx
Green chilli ginger paste 1 tsp
Salt 1 tsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Moong sprouts 1/2 cup

Cream of Mushroom

"Cream of Mushroom" sans cream is my family favourite. Everyone knows my family loves my soups so here is the favourite one. This soup also takes very less time to prepare and very healthy and nutritious it is. Avoiding cream doesnt means that you cant use it. You may add cream in end but why adding calories. I used milk to substitute cream and its super delicious. Try you will love it.

Mushrooms a fungi vegetable, high in water content and nutrients are technically not plants but are considered as vegetables in food category worldwide. The naturally grown food like mushrooms reduces the risk of lifestyle diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart diseases and promotes healthy complexion and hair, increased energy as well weight loss.

Here's the recipe with pictorial details for your convenience.

Ingredients required :
1 packet mushrooms or12-15 pieces
1 small onion chopped
4-5 garlic pods chopped
1 bayleaf
1 tsp black salt
1/2 tsp black pepper (optional)
Water 1 cup
Milk 2…

Palak Sprouts Peas Medley

Where do Popeye, the sailor man gets instant muscles, power from? Spinach! Everyone knows the leafy greens are good for us. A super food it is, loaded with minerals, vitamins, it is just as healthy as you suspect it to be. It really is a versatile food. While some might not like it but there are number of ways to prepare that it works for them.

Number of combinations makes great food. Few days back I tried my luck by combining Spinach and sprouts, two superfoods together. And it turned out awesome. Sprouts are another marvel food and I have so many varities under my cap, be it Oats sprouts tikki , Sprouts chaat, or even parathes and Chilaas, I have always loved them but little steamed.

This recipe is my own creation and believe me you will love it.  Give it a try. 

Serves : 3  Preparation time : 15 mins  Cooking time : 20 mins
Ingredients required  Spinach 2 bunch Moong sprouts 1 cup Tomato 1 big Onion 1 big Green peas 1 cup boiled Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp Jeera 1 tsp Hing pinch  S…

Whole wheat chilaa

Good thing about this is that its instant and be it infants or older , it is loved by all. Makes a great breakfast, light and easy to prepare. Can be enjoyed with any chutney, curry. If making for others you may add semolina a little and it would be crispy as dosa.

Usually we start chapaties when baby turns 12 months old soaked into daal but soft chilas can be started when teething has started and babies learn to eat.
We can slowly start with the quantity to be offered. Like at first give only one two bites of these chilas and gradually increase the number of bites and by 1 he/she should be able to enjoy one small chila.
The recipe is very simple and easy to make at home and the baby learns watching us eating so we must eat with them. This way they feel connected and try to copy us. Thus learns to eat.

Whole wheat chilaa

Ingredients :
1/2 cup wheat flour
Water 1 cup or more to adjust consistency
Salt 1 tsp
Hing pinch
Turmeric pinch

Note : you may add veg stock or veg puree or grated…

Minty pomegranate Raita

I am fond of curd and keep trying varities. Curd plays an important role in my daily meals. I make sure my family eats curd atleast once a day, mostly in lunch. A good source of calcium, 1 bowl of curd is equal to 2 glass of milk. Plain curd goes well with Parathas for breakfast while varities are in demand for meal time by my family. So I know endless list of raitas and yogurt varities.

The Minty raita is just a simple variation I brought to make plain yogurt a little flavourful additions. Sweet pomegranates and tangy mint make a tentalizing flavour that will just blow your taste buds. Finger licking accompaniment in your meal.

Recipe goes like this
Serve 3-4
Time : 10 mins

Ingredients Required
Curd 4 bowls
Mint Chutney 1 spoonful (or more as per your taste)
Pomegranate seeds 1 bowl
Pomegranate juice 3-4 tbsp
Rock salt 2 tsp

Method : Mix all ingredients well. Refrigerate and before serving garnish with mint leaves and pomegranate seeds.

You may like to try my other Curd/raita recipe…