Monday, 17 February 2014

Split Green Moong Khichri-Unpolished lentils and rice mix

Khichri is a preparation of rice and lentils and is generally considered as a comfort food.Lentils and rich in protein and khichri is also considered good for growing children.There are several ways of making a khichri and each state in India has it's own version.Today I am sharing an easy to make khichri recipe.

Ingredients:
Unpolished Split green moong dal-1/2 cup
Rice-1.5 cups
Cumin seeds-1/4 teaspoons
Hing-a generous pinch
Beans-5-6,finely chopped
Carrot-1small,grated
Green peas-1/2 cups
Ginger-1/2 teaspoon,grated
Curry leaves-4-5
Red chilli powder-1/2 teaspoon(optional)
Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Water-3.5 cups
Ghee/any vegetable oil-1 teaspoon

Method: 
-Soak the split moong dal and rice separately in enough water for 2-3 hours.
-Heat a pressure cooker and add oil to it.
-Add cumin seeds and let it splutter.
-Now add curry leaves and hing.
-Add the finely chopped vegetables and stir for 3-4 minutes.
-Drain the water from he rice and dal and add them to the cooker.
-Now add 3.5 cups of water and salt,turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
-Let it pressure cook on medium flame for 3-4whistles .
-Let the pressure completely escape from the cooker.
-Serve the hot khichri with fresh yogurt,roasted papad and any pickle.


Banana Tikki-Shallow fried green banana cutlet

In my previous post i have already mentioned the awesome health benefits of banana.
Today's recipe is a simple boiled raw banana mashed with boiled potato to make a tikki.This recipe can be served with any green chutney and can also be had as a starter.It is shallow fried with a lite oil and is extremely nutritious for kids.

Ingredients: 
Raw banana-2,boiled and peeled
Potato-1 big,boiled and peeled
Onions-1 small,finely chopped
Green chilli-1,finely chopped
Coriander eaves-2 teaspoons,finely chopped
Aamchur powder-1/2 teaspoon(optional)
Salt to taste 
Oil to shallow fry the tikkis-Olive/vegetable oil

Method: 
-Peel the banana and the potato and mash it in a bowl.
-Add all the above ingredients except oil to it and mix well.
-Heat a  pan and add 1 teaspoon of any oil.
-Take small portion of the mashed paste and make a round ball and gently flaten it on your palms to give the shape of a tikki.
-Place the tikkis on the pan and cook till both sides and done.
-Remember to cook the tikkis on low flame.
-Serve hot with green chutney. 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Whole Wheat Veggie Crepes

Whole wheat vegetable crepes are packed with the goodness of carbohydrate and vitamins.It's easy to make and makes a good breakfast recipe.

Ingredients:
Whole wheat flour-2 cups
Carrot-1 medium,grated
Drumstick leaves-a handful,finely chopped(optional)
Onions-1 small,finely chopped
Green chilli-1,finely chopped
Salt to taste
Water-4 cups
Olive oil-1 teaspoon for each crepe

Method:
-Take a big bowl and add the wheat flour and salt along with the above ingredients except oil and water.
-Mix well and slowly add water.
-Mix to make a thick batter.Make sure the batter is not thin.You can add a little flour if the batter is runny or add more water if you find the batter very thick.
-Heat a pan and add little oil and take 2 ladle spoons of this batter and spread it on the pan to make a small pancake/dosa.Add a little oil on the sides of the crepe.
-Let it cook for 2-3 minutes on medium flame and flip it and let the other side cook.
-Repeat the above step for the rest of the batter.
-Serve the crepes hot with fresh yogurt and stir-fried vegetables.