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Cream of Mushroom

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"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

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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

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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

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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…

Suji sheera ( for infants)

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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 cas…

Whole wheat Apple Pancake (eggless)

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Who doesnt like Pancakes, its universal favourite among kids and youngsters. Soft, fluffy, sweet ... yummmmmm. If they could be more healthier , wow what say? And this one is eggless too !
One of my favourite breakfast on a lazy sunday alongwith cold coffee, easy and quick to prepare. You may skip baking powder if you want to, although it makes the batter thick and yield soft pancakes. I used eno in it. These pancakes can be made with bananas too in case you dont have apples. And if apples are too sweet you can skip sugar/jaggery too. I used jaggery in moderation.

Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

Makes 10 pancakes

INGREDIENTS

Wheat flour – 2 cups
Apple – 1 (big grated)
1 plum pureed (optional)
Oil – 1 teaspoon
Cinnamon powder – ¼ tsp
1 Cardomom powdered
Jaggery – 2 tbsp
Salt – a pinch
Baking powder – ½ teaspoon or eno half sachet (optional)
Milk – 3 cups (can use water if you want)

Chopped bananas and dates syrup or honey to garnish



Method

Sift wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder, …

Green Peas and Spinach Soup

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A delightful way to have your naturally packed nutritious greens - Green peas Spinach soup. Sight is so soothing to eyes , right ! What a combination - goodness of peas and spinach together.
Green peas are a good source of protiens, vitamins as well other nutritional elements like minerals, fibre and folic acid. Best thing about peas is that you can store it for whole year if kept and preserved clean and properly.

Spinach is another superfood loaded with protiens, fibre, vitamins, thiamin,calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper, niacin, zinc. Low in fat and cholestrol, what not ! In short its good for every part of your body.

Winters bring with it loads of green and leafy vegetables. And I love having my greens in form of soups ! You must try this nutritious soup and enjoy with a toast or sandwiches in evening. What a filling treat. Yum !


Here the recipe goes like

Serves 2-3
Ingredients required :
Fresh green peas 1 katori
Spinach leaves 6-8 no.s chopped
1 tsp rock s…

Spinach Mushroom Soup

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Winters has approached. We need to cope up with cold breeze by keeping our body warm externally and internally both. And to help us remain healthy and warm , soups are a great saviour. Yes, its time to bid adieu to cool summer juices and drinks and enjoy the warmth of nutritious appetizing soups.

Before also I have shared healthy soups you can easily make at home. Today sharing the goodness of spinach and mushrooms as a great combination.

Serves 2
Ingredients required :
Onion 1 small chopped
Spinach leaves blanched and chopped 2 cups
Garlic pods 4 chopped
Butter 2 tbsp
Veg stock or plain water 2 cups
Mushroom buttons 6_7 no.s pre blanched
Milk 1 cup
Salt and black pepper as per taste

Method :

In a pan add 1 tbsp butter and saute onion.

Add chopped garlic and saute for a min.

When onion gets transculent add chopped and blanched spinach leaves. Saute for 5 mins.

Add two cups water or vegetable stock and cook for about 10 mins.

Add black pepper and salt as per taste and switch off the g…

Oats Coconut Dates Laddooo

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This has to be an inspired recipe. Yes few days back only I read a recipe somewhere but did not note it down. But I loved the simplicity of it. Less and only healthy ingredients made a wonderful sweet. Somehow I did remember the recipe in the back of my mind so when I tried I added few more things  and replaced some with an alternative and the outcome was still amazing.

Original recipe consisted of fresh dates ( being softened in warm water) but since it wasnt available with me I used dates puree little along with jaggery powder to substitute it. Also grated coconut wasnt there in original recipe.



The recipe is such a quick instant  one that it hardly took me 15 mins to make handful of them. Yes I tried with little quantity so the measures I mentioned below are for less numbers of laddoos.



Ingredients required to make 10 laddoos

1 cup rolled oats (white)
3/4 cup grated or powdered coconut (dried)
3/4 cup almond cashewnuts etc
Jaggery powder 3-4 tbsp
Dates puree 3 tbsp

Method

Roast oa…