March 31, 2015

Watermelon Rind Dosa / Instant Dosa / Diet Friendly Recipes

After posting Watermelon Rind Kheer, Watermelon Rind puli kuzhambu and Watermelon Rind Mor Kuzhambu, here comes my 4th Watermelon Rind recipe.... "Watermelon Rind Dosa"

As I quoted in my previous post, this recipe also has bansi rawa but it can be replaced with Bombay rawa or wheat rawa. This is perfect for morning breakfast as it has no fermentation process.Very simple, easy to prepare and mainly, very healthy ! And equally no compromise in taste,it tasted flavorful and delicious.

Instead of throwing away the rind part of watermelon, try this innovative dosa to impress your family members..

Here comes the recipe...

Ingredients :

1 Cup Grated Watermelon Rind
1 Cup Bansi Rawa ( can also be substituted with bombay rawa  )
2-3 Green chillies
Small piece of Ginger
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp Coconut grated ( Optional )
Water, as required

Method :

Add grated watermelon rind in a mixer grinder.

Add Bansi rawa followed by green chillies, ginger, coconut (optional) and salt.

Grind into fine batter by adding little water.

Pour it in a bowl and mix well.

Heat dosa pan and smear oil.

Take one ladle of batter and prepare like small dosa.

Once done, remove from the flame and repeat the same process with the remaining batter.

Serve hot.

Serving Options :

Serve hot with any chutney or sambhar.

March 27, 2015

Moong - Bansi Rawa Dosa / Diet Friendly Recipes

Breakfast is one of the most important meal of the day and I am sure that, this is an universal fact which is familiar to everyone. But there are people who thinks that brunch is an alternative way for dieting so that they don't feel like over eating. Actually No! From my past experience, I strongly believe that skipping breakfast makes a person fat. So breakfast should be healthy and filling which gives energy to start a day.

Today's recipe is all about a healthy and easy dosa which is prepared using Moong and Bansi rawa. Same recipe can also be prepared using green moong dal. Bansi rawa is a fine rawa which is used for weight loss and diabetics. A year back, happened to see this nutritious rawa in a super market and I asked the sales girl regarding this. She said that, this is generally used for diabetic people and I purchased one packet to give it to my mom. After coming home, in full curiosity tried Rawa upma using bansi and to my surprise, it tasted very delicious than the regular wheat rawa. Yeah! I am not a big fan of wheat rawa ;)

Then, googled to know the difference between bansi and wheat but could not get the exact details but the benefits mentioned for bansi sounds healthy. From that day, my monthly grocery list includes Bansi rawa and I had tried so many recipes using this healthy ones. In my personal comparison, the texture and taste varies from the regular wheat. I am really shocked to notice that I had never included bansi recipes on my blog... Yes ! your guess is right ;) More Bansi rawa recipes in the draft.... Stay tuned and Stay healthy !

Ingredients :

1 Cup Moong dal / Pasiparupu
1/2 Cup Bansi Rawa
2 Green chillies
Small piece of ginger
Handful of Coriander leaves, finely chopped
Salt to taste
Water, as needed

Method :

Soak moong dal for 1.5 to 2 hrs.

Wash, drain the water and add it to mixer grinder.

Now add bansi rawa followed by green chillies, ginger and salt.

Grind into fine batter by adding little water.

Pour the batter in a bowl and add handful of coriander leaves.

Mix well.

Heat dosa tawa and prepare like regular dosa.

Serving Options:

Serve hot with Chutney or Sambhar.

March 24, 2015

Capsicum Chutney / Bell Pepper Chutney

When it comes to chutney, I love to experiment with veggies than trying out the regular style of chutney. Adding veggies to chutney, makes it more healthy and also enhances the taste and flavor. In addition, this is an easy way to feed veggies to children. This chutney is made of 3 ingredients.. Yes ! you heard it right..ONLY 3 INGREDIENTS.

                                                           Dry red chillies

Capsicum has a unique flavor which blends well with tomato and chillies to give a spicy flavorful chutney. This goes perfect with Idli and Dosa. And personally I love it with curd rice :)

Ingredients :

1 Big green Capsicum / Bell pepper, chopped
3 Tomatoes, chopped
3 - 4 Dry red chillies ( Adjust according to taste bud )
Salt to taste
Water,as needed
4  Tsp oil ( 2 Tsp for saute + 2 Tsp for thalimpu )
1 Tsp Mustard seeds
1 Tsp Urad dal
Few curry leaves

Method :

Heat 2 Tsp oil in a pan and add chopped capsicum pieces.

Saute for a minute and add chopped tomatoes.

Saute till it turns little soft and remove from the flame.

In a same pan, add red chillies and roast it.

Cool the mixture and grind into paste by adding salt and water.

Transfer the chutney into a small bowl and keep aside.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 Tsp oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds.

Once, it starts spluttering, add urad dal followed by curry leaves.

Now, add seasoning to the ground chutney and mix well.


Serving Options :

Serve with Idli or Dosa.

March 23, 2015

Curd Rice Using Brown Rice / Diet Friendly Recipes

Now everyone must be wondering that why did I post curd rice which is considered to be an easy recipe. yes ! Undoubtedly, It is an easy recipe but need to follow few tricks to get a perfect tasty curd rice. The most common complaint, when it is packed for lunch is the taste of the rice. It turns sour very fast due to hot climate but this can be easily solved by adding milk and little amount of curd. This is an easy method which I learned from my mother in law and have been following all these years.

And coming to today's recipe, more than a simple curd rice, this is a healthy rice as I have replaced white rice with Brown rice. Everyone must be familiar with the brown rice as it is the first step in dieting. Nowadays, Switching from white to brown rice has become very common among people.So I have decided to post few interesting recipes using brown rice, Stay tuned and Stay healthy.

Ingredients :

1 Cup Brown Rice
2 Cups Water
1 Cup Warm Milk
1 Tsp Curd ( low fat or regular )
1/4 Cup Pomegranate
1 - 2 Tsp Olive oil ( or sunflower oil)
1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
1 Big chilli ( small chillies - 2 ), finely chopped
Few Curry leaves
1 Tbsp Chopped Ginger pieces
Salt to taste
A pinch of hing ( perngayam )
Few Coriander leaves, For garnishing

Method :

Soak brown rice in water for 30 mins.

Wash and add 2 cups of water.

Cook for 1 whistle and simmer the flame to low.

Cook for 10-15 min, switch of the flame and let it cool.

When the pressure releases completely, open the lid and remove the rice.

Mash it with a ladle and add salt followed by warm milk.

First add half cup of milk and mix it properly.

Then, add the remaining milk followed by 1 tsp of curd.

Heat oil in a pan and add Mustard seeds.

Once,it starts spluttering, add hing followed by green chillies and curry leaves.

Saute and add it to the brown rice.

Add pomegranate and mix well.

Mix well and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve.

Serving Options :

Serve with any veggies stir fry.

Note :

It takes 4-5 hours for the curd to set perfect. So, prepare this around 8 or 9 am in the morning and the rice will be perfect for lunch.
Add extra curd to consume immediately.

March 19, 2015

Red Poha & Sprouts Upma / Diet Friendly Recipes

Hello Readers,

I am back ;) he he...

Back to my blogging after 4 months break and I am planning to post more interesting and diet friendly recipes. So, I welcome you all to visit my blog frequently and please do shower your support and encouragement as always by posting your comments. Your positive comments means a lot to me which helps me to build confidence in me and try new recipes....

And coming to my Today's recipe...

This is a healthy breakfast recipe filled with loads of proteins which helps to maintain your stamina. If you are planning for diet, then this recipe is for you! In addition to sprouts, veggies can also be included to make it more healthy. A bowl of upma and juice is a perfect way to start a day.

Ingredients :

1 Cup Red Poha
1/2 Cup Mixed Sprouts
1 Big Onion,Finely chopped
2 Green chillies, sliced
Small piece of Ginger, Finely chopped
Few Curry leaves
Few Coriander leaves, chopped
2 Tsp Olive Oil
1 Tsp Mustard seeds
1/2 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds
2 Tsp Channa dal
2 Tsp Urad dal
Salt to taste

Method :

Heat oil in a pan and add Mustard seeds.

Once it starts spluttering, add cumin seeds followed by channa dal and urad dal.

Roast and add the finely chopped ginger pieces.

Saute and add sliced chillies followed by curry leaves and chopped onion.

Saute for a minute in a medium flame and add mixed sprouts.

Add salt, mix well and simmer it for couple of minutes.

Meanwhile, Wash poha twice and soak in water for about 2 mins.

Strain the water using strainer add the poha to sprouts mixture.

Mix well and cook for a minute or two.

Garnish with coriander leaves and remove from the flame.

Serve hot.

Serving Options :

Serve hot with coconut chutney or Raita.