Sunday, December 11, 2016

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 reduce the milk quantity and increase carrots it would a great competition to our own traditional gajar ka halwa 😂😝. But if you can go with my words,  will suggest you try this recipe with jaggery ( instead of sugar) and coconut milk (instead of milk).

The combination of coconut, carrots and oats have created a unique new flavourful dessert.

Oats carrot payasam
Serves 4

Carrots big 4 no.s
Almondmeal 3 tbsp or 10_15 no.s crushed.
Raisins 10-15 no.s
Milk 750 ml
Ghee or clarified butter 1 tbsp
Oats 2 tbsp
2 Cardomom seeds crushed finely
Sugar 1/2 cup
Grated coconut half cup.


Wash, peel and chop carrot.
Pressure cook them till tender. When cool grind them into paste. Keep aside.

In a deep thick bottom pan add ghee and then milk slowly. And cardomom powder.
Let it simmer and reduce a little.

Add oats and cook for another 10-15 mins.

Now add carrot paste and almondmeal. Cook on simmer gas till it becomes little thick. then add grated coconut. cook for 5 mins stirring continuously.

Add sugar. Let it get dissolved.
Switch off the gas and add raisins.

Refridgerate when cool for atleast 3-4 hrs before serving. This taste awesum when chilled. But since its winters you enjoy it hot!!

You may like to try my earlier steamed daal payasam. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

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 avoid sugar in this recipe. you can use apple, pear, plums, bananas any seasonal fruit. Chia seeds are also known for its weight loss benefits. The recipe can do without it too so you can go ahead even if its not available. Nuts give that crunchiness to this recipe that you will love it !

Ever since I consulted a dietician I realised how much harm I did to my body during all these years. My struggle would not have been so long had I realised this earlier. 

There is no easy and quick way to lose those extra kilos. Its not a magic. You gained over a period of time, give time to loose too. 

I will share some food recipes (coming more) you can try if you aim to lose weight but remember nothing works if you are not working out. Even a 45 mins brisk walk twice a day for 5 days a week is enough. If not walk, you can take up any sports _ badminton, football, swimming or even dance helps ! Do whatever makes you happy and make sure you are moving your body ! 

Today I am sharing my Overnight Oats Weight loss breakfast recipe. Remember, Oats consumption should be max 1 cup in a day. Afterall, it also has carbs.We must know how much to consume what. Oats being a great weight loss option is mostly consumed in breakfast. Here we have combined curd to oats since some people gets stomach problem like loose motions etc and curd helps in neutralising that effect. So people who avoid oats due to its effect on motions can easily try this recipe. 

Overnight Oats Pudding 

To make one serving you need
4 tbsp rolled oats
2 tbsp yogurt
1 cup milk
1 tbsp dates puree ( You can use honey if dates puree is not available)
1 cup of fruits (could be  any of your choice) - I used pomegranate, orange, kiwi.
1/2 cup nuts - I used anjeer, raisins, walnuts.
1 tbsp sabja seeds or chia seeds whichever is available.

Method :

Warm milk a little. Add sabja or chia seeds and let it sit for 15 mins.

Now in a bowl take oats, add curd, milk and sabja/chia seeds. Mix and refridgerate overnight or keep in fridge for atleast 4-5 hours.

Keep fruits and nuts chopped and ready for assembling.

To assemble :

Take a serving cup or bowl. Place few orange segments on base. Pour half of oats mixture over it. Add tsp of dates puree or honey.

Sprinkle pomegranate seeds layer over it. Again add orange segments and kiwi pieces. Pour another layer of oats mixture. Add tsp of dates puree or honey.

Spread walnuts, raisins, and pour the remaining little oats mixture.

Garnish with a walnut, pomegranate seeds, orange segments and place one anjeer on top or cup/glass side.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

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
Chopped coriander leaves little
Lemon juice 1 tsp optional

For Tadka we need
Oil 1 tsp
Rai 1/2 tsp
Kari patta few
Sesame seeds 1/2 tsp (optional)
Red chilly 1 sabut (in 2-3 pieces)


Steam sprouts for 2-3 mins or skip as you may like.

In a bowl take oats, suji, salt, sugar, ginger chilly paste, curd n water. Mix well n keep aside for some time.

Add sprouts, coriander leaves, lemon juice and give it a thorough mix.

Make a tadka and mix the tadka in this batter. For tadka add 1 tsp oil in a pan. When hot add rai and sabut red chilly. when it starts spluttering add kari patta and sesame seeds. swtich off the gas. Mix the tadka in batter.

Grease a thali or microwave vessel and pour this mixture.

Steam it for 10-12 mins if on gas or micro for 4 mins on high.

Cool and demould. Cut the dhoklas into pieces and serve with chutney or sauce.

You may like to check more dhokla recipes on the blog - link given below :

Monday, November 28, 2016

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 cup
Boiled corns kennels few (optional)
Wheat flour or oatmeal 1 tbsp
Butter or oil 1 tbsp
Method :

In a pan put butter and ba leaf. when hot, add chopped onion and garlicand saute for sometime till onions turn transparent.

Add chopped mushrooms and wheat flour or oatmeal. saute till mushrooms leaves water and it gets absorbed by flour and its cooked.

Add water, black salt, pepper and simmer covered for sometime. Let mushrooms gets soft and cooked.

When boils come add milk. cook covered till it boils again.

Switch off the gas and let it cool down completely.

Grind the mixture till smooth.  adjust seasoning.

Put on gas again and warm the soup to serve. Garnish with corn kennels ,butter and sprinkle herbs as you may like.

P.s. Do not bring boil to soup again or else milk may get seperate from mushrooms.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

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 
Salt as per taste 
Oil for tadka 
Garam masala 1 tsp
Red chilly powder 1 tsp
Water 1 cup


Wash, clean Spinach leafs throughly under running water to remove dirt. 

Place tomato, onion and spinach in pressure cooker alongwith water, salt and give 3-4 whistles. keep aside to cool. On cooling grind them together but dont make it smooth puree. it should be thick like saag. 

Meanwhile steam the sprouts till half cooked. 

Now in a pan, add 2 tsp oil. add jeera , hing. when brown add ginger garlic paste and let it become brown. Add garam masala and red chilly powder.
Then add green peas and saute little. 
Add sprouts and the spinach mixture. and mix. Let it cook covered for sometime. 
Check the seasoning and adjust as per your taste. Your bowl of health and nutrition is ready to eat. 

Serve hot. Combination goes great with Whole wheat chilaas and Mint raita. 

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 veggies later when baby turns 1 yr old.

Method :

In a bowl mix all ingredients listed and make a smooth flowing batter like dosa.

Grease a pan. When hot add a ladle of batter. Cover and cook for a min. When bubbles appears on its suface flip it over and cook the other side also until brown.

Cool and feed baby in little bite pieces.
Note :
1. Remember baby cannot chew so pieces should be small which do not choke when they gulp.

2. Since this is for infants we have not used baking soda or powder or even eno, but the same can be added for older. It hardly makes any difference so I avoid.

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 recipes on blog :
Beetroot Raita
Pomegranate Potato Raita
Kaddu Raita
Multigrain Boondi Raita

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Suji sheera ( for infants)

When infants starts foods they are usually started with liquids and gradually to semi solids and by year old they are put to solids too. Every child is different and may start early or late, depends on his/her immunity, digestive system and body reaction to each food item. All are adviced to introduce each food item one by one and after a gap of minimum 3-4 days. We must check carefully how baby and his body responds to a food. Some develop allergy to certain foods sometimes and if we dont watch carefully we may not know which food isnt suiting baby.

Suji sheera is few of the first things people try feeding babies when they are to introduce to thick liquids from clear liquids. Often at the end of 6 months kids learn to take liquids and it is time we should adjust the thickness of liquids.

Lets learn to make simple and easy to digest light suji sheera to start with.

Things required
2 tbsp suji pre roasted (roast till aroma comes)
Milk 1/2 katori
Water 1 katori
Jaggery 1/2 tsp ( in case infant is a yr old) else dates puree 1 tsp.

Note : we have taken half milk and full water as cow milk could also be heavy to baby hence diluting it. Sugar must also be avoided as it shoots up the blood sugar instant, baby might not be able to release energy he should. Hence use jaggery or dates puree instead depending upon the kids age.

Method :

In a pan add ghee, suji and roast for few seconds. Add water and let it come to a boil. Add milk now. Cook for 2 mins stirring continuously. Add jaggery or dates puree in last when you switch off the gas.
The consistency should be running for 7+ month old baby while it should be dosa like batter when baby gets 8+ months and gradually the consistency should be like idli batter when he's 10+ months. At 1 he can enjoy the sheera as thick as we eat.

Note : Do not introduce dry fruits to children below 1 yr old as it is too heavy to digest. We are already adding little ghee.
The pic has been taken of sheera prepared for a yr old baby.