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Healthy Pav Bhaji

Who says street food can not be healthy.. All Mumbaikars or I should say Indians loves pav bhaji. Specially people staying in Mumbai must have had pav bhaji from Juhu beach.. Its yummm!!!

However it is very unhealthy and unhygienic. It contains lot of potato and butter and oil.

While searching for healthy recipes  I came across this link, which has recipe for healthy pav bhaji. As my husband loves pav bhaji from street, I thought to give this healthy recipe a try. And it turned out great.. It was yummy..

So the secret is using soy chunks instead of potato and beetroot to color the gravy. No butter and very less amount of oil.

 

Healthy Pav Bhaji

Healthy Pav Bhaji

Lets see the recipe.

 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soya chunks
  • 3-4 dried red chillies
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 medium potato
  • 1.5 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 150 grams cauliflower florets
  • 300 ml tomato puree
  • 1 medium beetroot
  • 1/2 finely chopped cauliflower
  • 1 medium beetroot
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tspoons pav-bhaji masala
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • chopped coriander to garnish
  • Finely chopped onions, lemon wedges, pav or whole wheat bread to serve 

 

Main Ingredients

Main Ingredients

 

  • In a bowl, place the dried red chillies and garlic-cover with ½ cup hot water and keep aside for 15 minutes. Once the chillies have rehydrated, grind them with the garlic to a fine paste, using some water. Keep aside.
  • Bring 4 cups water to boil with 1 tsp salt and the soy chunks. When the water is boiling, lower the flame and simmer for 5-7 minutes, until the soya chunks are cooked.
  • Drain the water using a sieve, and press out all the extra water from the chunks using the back of a cup. Grind coarsely (use the pulse function so that you don’t make it into a fine paste) and keep aside.
  • Peel and roughly chop the beet, potatoes. Wash and clean the cauliflower florets. Place them all together in a small pressure cooker with ½ tsp salt, 1 cup water and pressure cook for 10 minutes. Open when cool enough and mash with a potato masher until you get a coarse puree. Keep aside.
  • In a large pan, heat the oil. Add the finely chopped onion and capsicum and sauté on medium flame for 7-8 mins until the onion are soft. Add the chilli-garlic paste, pav bhaji masala and sauté for 3-4 mins on low flame. Add the coarsely ground soya chunks, sauté until the seasonings are absorbed by this. Then add the mashed cooked vegetables, tomato puree, salt and bring to a simmer.
  • If you want more spicy bhaji then you can add little more masala or red chilli powder
  • Garnish with fresh coriander. Serve hot.

You can also use this as filling for dosa or roll.

 

 

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14 Facts That Make Lemons Fit for Health

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The following 14 facts make lemons, with their rich taste, high vitamin C, antioxidants, B-vitamins, calcium and more, just what you need to pep up your life:

1.Lemons restore your body’s pH levels
Your body can be thrown into turmoil by the junk food, stress, lack of exercise, pollution and other toxins in today’s existence. Despite their acidity, the nutrient content of lemons is alkaline-forming, thereby helping to make your body better resistant to several threats to yourhealth. All you need to start your day in a healthy way is a cup of warm water with some lemon squeezed into it.

2.Lemons help your digestion process
Because lemons are very antibacterial, they destroy your body’s bad bacteria and allow the good bacteria to flourish. This helps such problems as constipation and indigestion. To help stimulate peristalsis and produce stomach acids that start the digestion process, you only…

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Crispy Oats Rava Dosa

Health is Wealth. So its very important for all of us to stay fit and eat healthy food. TodayI am going to share how to make crispy Dosa containing Oats. Oats are very healthy and are high in fiber. I used to purchase instant oats idli and dosa packs from market. But this time I thought I should do it differently so, I was looking for some oats recipe and I came across this blog Padhus Kitchen. It has lots of nice healthy recipes, one of which was ‘Oats Dosa’. Trust me it is really tasty and very easy to make.

This recipe contained plain oats, I thought of adding some twist to recipe and I added Masala Oats instead of plain oats.

Crispy Oats Rava Dosa

Crispy Oats Rava Dosa

Before looking into recipe lets see benefits of oats:

  1. It provides high levels of fiber
  2. It is low in calorie and  stops cravings
  3. Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease
  4. Enhance immune response to infection
  5. Stabilize blood sugar
  6. Lower type 2 diabetis risk

 

Recipe:

  1. 1 cup masala oats (of your choice)
  2. 2 tablespoon rice flour
  3. 2 tablespoon rava/sooji (Semolina)
  4. 1 teaspoon green chili paste
  5. 1 tablespoon coriander leaves
  6. 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  7. 1/2 cup curd
  8. 1 cup water
  9. salt as required
  10. oil to make dosas

Grind oats and mix all ingredients. Keeps for 15-20 mins.

Spread some oil on non stick pan (its ok if you dont have non stick pan, you can use normal one.). Heat pan properly and add 1 big spoon of batter and spread little. Let is cook properly, then turn the dosa other side, again heat for some time and remove from pan.

Serve hot with chatni or sauce of your choice.

Tips:

  1. Make sure dosa is cooked properly from one side before turning it
  2. Heat dosa on low flame to make it crispy.

Try and let me know how it turns out.. 🙂


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Healthy AND Tasty Spinach Rolls (Spinach Khandvi)

These rolls are tasty and healthy tea time snack. This has goodness of spinach, curd (yogurt) and chickpeas flour and it does not contain oil.

Healthy spinach rolls

Healthy spinach rolls

Benefits of Ingredients:

  1. Spinach:
    1. It’s low in calories yet very high in vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients.
    2. Excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium, folate, manganese, iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, potassium, and vitamin B6.
    3. Spinach is loaded with flavonoids which act as antioxidants, protecting the body from free radicals.
    4. Recommended to those with high blood pressure
    5. The high amount of vitamin A in spinach also promotes healthy skin by allowing for proper moisture retention in the epidermis, thus fighting psoriasis, keratinization, acne and even wrinkles.
    6. And many many more.. 🙂

 

  1. Curd:
    1. Helps improve digestion
    2. Healthy for your heart
    3. Good for your teeth and bones
    4. Helps you lose weight
    5. Helps release stress and anxiety

 

  1. Chickpeas flour:
    1. It is Gluten Free
    2. One-half cup of besan flour has 201 micrograms of folate, compared to 26 micrograms in whole-wheat flour and 182 micrograms in enriched white flour.
    3. Good source of thiamin and vitamin B-6.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup chickpea flour
  2. 1 cup curd/ yogurt
  3. ½ cup chopped spinach leaves
  4. 1 ½ cups of drinking water
  5. ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  6. salt as per taste
  7. pinch of asafoetida powder

For garnishing:

  1. 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  2. 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  3. 1 tablespoon grated coconut
  4. chopped coriander leaves

 

Grind spinach leaves in grinder. Then add all other ingredients (except garnishing ingredients).

Mix well. Make sure there are no lumps.

Add this mixture to pan and heat it. Keep stirring continuously to avoid lump formation.

After some time this mixture will start leaving sides of vessel. This means our mixture is cooked properly. Now remove it from heat and pour it on flat plate, and spread to a thin sheet using spatula.

Let it cool. Cut the sheet into 2-3 inches strips using knife. Now roll each sheet into rolls.

Place these rolls in a dish.

Now for garnishing:

Heat oil in a wok and add sesame seeds, let them crack. Then add asafoetida powder and pour this tampering on rolls. Garnish with coriander leaves and grated coconut.

Your tasty spinach rolls are ready to eat.. 😉

 


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Tasty Green Tea

Whenever it comes about healthy life or eating right, I would first recommend green tea to everyone.. It is easily available and has lots of health benefits.

Though we can get tea bags for green tea in market, I always prefer loose leaves, as it is more pure form and you can give the flavor of your choice.

The recipe I am writing can be used either with loose leaves or with tea bags.

Ingredients and benefits:

  1. Green tea leaves:
    1. Green Tea Contains Various Bio-active Compounds That Can Improve Health
    2. Compounds in Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function and Make You Smarter
    3. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning and Improves Physical Performance
    4. Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Various Types of Cancer
    5. Green Tea May Protect Your Brain in Old Age, Lowering Your Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
    6. Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria, Which Improves Dental Health and Lowers Your Risk of Infection
    7. Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes
    8. Green Tea May Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
    9. Green Tea May Decrease Your Risk of Dying and Help You Live Longer…
    10. And many more…
  2. Jaggery:
    1. Purifies Blood
    2. Good for Digestion
    3. Cools your Stomach
    4. Prevents Anemia
    5. Good for Skin
    6. Cures Cough and Cold
    7. Provides Instant Energy
    8. Prevents Asthma
    9. Reduces Joint Pains
    10. Cures Menstrual Pain
  3. Lemon grass:
    1. Prevent cancer
    2. Drug indigestion
    3. Detoxification
    4. Benefits of the nervous system
    5. Lowering blood pressure (So people with low blood pressure problem, use with doctor’s advice)
    6. As an analgesic
    7. Beautiful Skin
    8. Help reduce menstrual pain and nausea
  4. Ginger:
    1. Helps in treating allergies
    2. Treating nausea and vomiting
    3. Preventing morning sickness
    4. Remedy for loss of appetite
    5. Aiding in digestion
    6. Reduce menstrual pain
    7. Relieve headache
    8. Reduce joint pain in Arthritis
    9. And many more…

You can add any other ingredients or remove some of these… it’s completely your choice.. (E.g. you can add mint leaves if you want)

Recipe:

  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 teaspoon green tea leaves or 1 green tea bag (you can increase the amount if you want ltle more more stronger tea.)
  3. Jaggery as per taste
  4. lemon grass as per taste
  5. ginger as per taste

 

Add cup water to pot.

Add lemongrass,  jaggery, ginger to it.

Heat the water till jaggery is dissolved completely, I just love the aroma of lemongrass that comes at this time.

Switch off the burner and add  green tea and keep for 2-3 mins.

Filter and drink green tea.