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May 29, 2017

Indian Vegetarian Avocado Sandwich Recipe – Guacamole Sandwich Recipe

After a long gap, I am sharing a recipe with avocado because this healthy fruit is very rarely available in my placeSad. So whenever I see it in Reliance fresh, I take one to try some interesting recipes with it. Avocado is popularly known as “Butter fruit” in India. So far I have tried and posted avocado paratha, avocado milkshake and Guacamole recipes and that too very long back. So this time I made Indian style, vegetarian avocado sandwich for a change. This no cook sandwich is a quick and easy breakfast/dinner recipe. Its a vegan recipe as well. You can use whole wheat bread to make it healthy and low in calorie. I don’t think kids would like this sandwich. If you use milk bread, add lots of grated cheese to the sandwich filling and toast it with butter, kids may like to have itWinking. But this is an ideal recipe for adults who look for weight loss. One sandwich, a banana and a glass of milk was very much filling for meHappy. You too give a try ! Lets see how to make this easy and quick Indian style vegetarian Avocado sandwich recipe with step by step pictures.
Avocado sandwich recipe Indian

Indian Avocado sandwich recipe


Indian Avocado sandwich recipe Indian vegetarian style avocado sandwich recipe - A very healthy breakfast/dinner recipe !

Cuisine:Indian
Category: Sandwich Recipes
Serves: Serves 2
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes



INGREDIENTS

  • Ripen avocado - 1 no ( Big)
  • Green chilli - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Big onion - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Grated carrot - 1/4 cup
  • Lemon juice - Few drops
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Chopped capsicum - 2 tbsp
  • Ripe tomato - 1/2 no ( finely chopped)
  • Salt - As needed
  • Pepper powder - 1/2 to 1 tsp
  • Chat masala powder - 1/2 tsp ( add more if needed)
  • Olive oil or cooking oil - 1 tsp
METHOD

  • In a plate, wash and cut the avocado into two pieces vertically.Remove the seed with a knife. Scoop out the pulp and discard the skin.
    Vegetarian avocado sandwich recipe
  • In a wide bowl, take the paste, grated carrot, finely chopped green chilli, onion, tomato, coriander leaves, required salt, chat masala and pepper powder. Mix well.
    Vegetarian avocado sandwich recipe
  • Take two bread slices, trim off the sides if needed. Apply butter on one bread if needed.Apply the sandwich filling on the other bread.Cover it and grill or toast the sandwich if needed. I served it raw.
    Indian style avocado sandwich recipe
  • Enjoy!

Try this easy, healthy avocado veg sandwich for your breakfast or dinner. You will like it for sure !
Avocado sandwich recipe Indian

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April 30, 2017

Vazhaithandu Kuzhambu Recipe – Banana Stem Gravy–Valaithandu Recipes

Vazhaithandu kuzhambu
I try to include vazhaithandu recipes in my cooking at least once in a month as it has lots of health benefits. Whenever I go to Salem, my FIL buys me banana stem and banana flower because finding these vegetables in my place is very rare. Mostly I make Vazhaithandu juice ( Salt version) Or valaithandu thayir pachadi and sometimes poriyal or thogayal. I haven’t tried any gravies/ kulambu or kootu with it. So this time, I wanted to try some kuzhambu with banana stem. I got the recipe from HERE. I made some changes and tried it. It tasted good when mixed with plain rice adding ghee. Banana stem is a bland vegetable. It doesn’t absorb any flavor or taste within it. So in this gravy, the masala gives the taste more than the vegetable. Original recipe called for using black chana along with banana stem. But I had used only vazhaithandu as I wanted to consume more quantity of this vegetable.If you are looking for some different vazhaithandu recipe, try this one. You may like it Happy. Lets see how to make banana stem gravy for rice with step by step pictures !
Vazhaithandu kuzhambu

Banana stem gravy / Vazhaithandu Kuzhambu


Banana stem gravy / Vazhaithandu Kuzhambu How to make vazhaithandu kuzhambu/ Banana stem gravy for rice
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Side dish for rice
Serves: Serves 4
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
To grind
  • Methi seeds/ fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 2 tsp
  • Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Grated coconut - 1/3 cup
  • Red chilli - 3 nos
  • Water - as needed to grind
  • Tamarind - Gooseberry size ( soak in water)
To Temper
  • Cooking oil or coconut oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - Few
  • Hing/asafetida - a pinch
METHOD

  • Soak tamarind in little water. Grind all the ingredients given under “To grind” adding tamarind to a smooth paste.  Set aside.
    Vazhaithandu kuzhambu
  • Wash and chop raw banana stem into small pieces. Keep them immersed in water or buttermilk till use to avoid discoloration.  In a pressure cooker base, heat oil and splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin seeds, hing and curry leaves.
    Vazhaithandu kuzhambu
  • Add the ground paste, 1/4 cup water and saute for a minute. Add 1 tsp sambar powder. Mix well. Squeeze the banana stem and add it to the cooker. Add 1 cup of water, required salt and mix well.
    Vazhaithandu kuzhambu
    Vazhaithandu kuzhambu
  • Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles. Open the cooker after the steam is released. Mix well and check for taste. Add more salt if needed and more water if the gravy is too thick. Mix well and serve with plain rice adding ghee. Tastes the best when mixed with rice & ghee. Ghee helps to enhance the flavor of this gravy.Do add it !
    Vazhaithandu kuzhambu
  • Enjoy !
Note

  • Sambar powder is not mentioned in the original recipe.But I used it.
  • Adjust the consistency of the gravy as you like. I made it semi thick.
  • This gravy thickens as it cools down. So add more water whenever needed.

Try this healthy vazhaithandu gravy for a change. You may love it !
Banana stem gravy
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December 4, 2016

Godhuma Rava Upma – Wheat Rava Upma Recipe

Wheat rava upma recipe
Wheat rava upma ( Godhuma rava upma in Tamil, Broken wheat rava/ cracked wheat rava or samba wheat rava in English ) is a healthy, easy to make breakfast & dinner recipe. I make it at least once in a week for our dinner using pressure cooker in an easy way. I was not a big fan of this upma but when I was pregnant, my doctor advised me to reduce the intake of rice due to gestational diabetes. On those days, my mom made this upma by adding more onions and vegetables just like kichadi. She makes it very well, soft, colorful, spicy and flavorful. Mom adds large quantity of sliced small onions which gives an additional flavor and taste for this upma. So I loved to have this upma every single day. From then, I started making this upma very often and till date I try to include this dish in our regular menu by keeping its health benefits in mind. My mom makes it in a kadai and cooks it patiently whereas I cook it directly in a pressure cooker to finish the job quicklyWinking. Its a tummy filling breakfast/dinner recipe which is ideal for people under weight loss. Bachelors and working women would find this recipe helpful to make a quick and healthy breakfast or dinner. Friends, do include this easy, healthy Godhuma rava upma in your regular diet. I feel coconut chutney is the best side dish for this upma. But some people like to have it with sambar, sugar or even with curd. Lets see how to make broken wheat rava ( also known as cracked wheat rava upma) at home easily in a pressure cooker.

Do check out my Rava upma, semiya upma, Instant poha upma recipes !

Godhuma rava upma

Godhuma Rava Upma / Wheat Rava Upma Recipe


Godhuma Rava Upma / Wheat Rava Upma Recipe Godhuma Rava Upma / Broken Wheat Rava Upma Recipe - Healthy breakfast/ dinner recipe
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Breakfast recipes
Serves: Serves 2-3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 20 Minutes
Total time: 30 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Broken wheat rava upma/ Godhuma rava - 1 cup
  • Water - 3.5 cups
  • Salt - as needed
  • Chopped vegetables - 1/2 cup ( Carrot, peas, beans)
  • Big onion or small onion - 1 no/ 15 nos
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Green chillies - 2 nos ( finely chopped)
To temper
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 2 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tbsp
  • Curry leaves - few
METHOD

  • Wash and chop the vegetables finely and set aside.Chop the onions, slice the green chillies finely or slit them.
    Godhuma rava upma
  • Heat oil in a cooker base. Splutter mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal and curry leaves. Saute onions, ginger, green chillies and finely chopped vegetables. Mix well.
    Godhuma rava upma
  • Add water, required salt. When the water starts to roll boil, add wheat rava. Mix well till most of the water is absorbed by the wheat rava. When the mixture becomes semi thick, cover the cooker and keep the flame completely low. Put the weight valve and cook for one whistle. It takes nearly 8-10 minutes to cook. Switch off the flame and remove the cooker from the stove.
    Godhuma rava upma
  • Open the lid after the steam is released. Mix well with a fork like ladle. Serve hot with coconut chutney or sambar ! Garnish with freshly grated coconut and serve it hot if you like.
    Godhuma rava upma
Enjoy !

Note
  • If you don’t like to cook in pressure cooker, you can make the same in kadai. Just cover cook for sometime till the wheat rava cooks. It takes more time to cook. So mix the rava once or twice in the middle while cooking and add more water if needed.
  • Add more chillies if you want spicy upma.
  • For variations and to give mild tangy taste, you can add one small, finely chopped tomato along with onions. 

Make this healthy cracked wheat rava upma for breakfast or dinner and enjoy !
Godhuma rava upma recipe
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November 6, 2016

Thinai Urundai–Foxtail Millet Honey Balls –Thenum Thinai Maavum

Thinai urundai
Thenum Thinai Maavum is one of the most popular neivedyam recipes offered to Lord Muruga in Tamil nadu.Yesterday I made Thinai maavu urundai ( Foxtail millet flour in English)for the first time on account of Skanda shasti. You can offer this for Karthigai deepam festival too.  I should thank my neighbor for suggesting me to try this. Traditionally speaking, foxtail millet (Thinai arisi) is dehusked, roasted, ground to a fine powder and then mixed with honey. But nowadays we get readymade foxtail millet flour( Thinai maavu) in all the organic & popular departmental stores.As I had a pack of flour in hand, I made these balls/ urundai very quickly and easily.I referred Viji’s blog for the idea. For variations, thinai urundai can be made with jaggery instead of honey.It is called as thinai maavu laddu. Honey or jaggery, both make this dish more healthy when combined with Thinai flour.Do try this healthy Thinai urundai/ Foxtail millet balls with honey for a change. You may like itHappy
Check out my detailed post on Health benefits of millets and my millet recipes too !
Foxtail millet honey balls

Thinai urundai recipe


Thinai urundai recipe How to make Foxtail millet honey balls - Neivedyam recipe for Lord Muruga!
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Sweet
Serves: 4 nos
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 250ml
  • Thinai maavu/ Foxtail millet flour - 1/2 cup
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Cashews - few
  • Honey - 1.5 - 2 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
METHOD

  • In a kadai, melt ghee and roast the cashew pieces.When it starts to turn golden brown, add the measured 1/2 cup of thinai maavu/Foxtail millet flour and roast in medium flame for few minutes. Let it cool down completely.

  • Do not add honey when the flour is hot.The balls will become chewy to taste. After the flour is completely cooled down, add honey to the roasted flour. Mix well and make balls.
    Thinai urundai
  • Arrange in a plate and offer to Lord Muruga. Get his blessings!
    Thinai urundai
Enjoy !

Note
  • Do not add honey when the roasted flour is hot. It should be cooled down completely.
  • Add more honey based on your liking.
  • In place of honey, you can use powdered jaggery.
  • If you don’t want to make as balls, you can just mix the flour with honey and eat as it is.
Healthy, Thinai urundai with honey. You can make this at least once in a while to reap its health benefits !
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June 18, 2016

Keerai Masiyal Recipe – Arai Keerai Masiyal

Keerai masiyal recipe
I got this recipe from a reader Priyadarshini. She shared some of her mom’s specialty recipes with me. This Arai Keerai masiyal is one among them. Last week, I tried it for our lunch along with Raw mango, drumstick vatha kuzhambu and shared a picture in my Instagram page too.In our family, we feed Keerai kadaiyal to one year old babies by making in a simple way adding garlic. But this recipe is entirely different from ours. So I was happy that I learnt and tried a new keerai recipe for lunch apart from my usual Keerai kootu, poriyal and sambar.Thank you so much Priyadarshini HappyYou can try this recipe if you want to consume more quantity of keerai in your diet. I guess this recipe works for mulai keerai and siru keerai too. Do include this healthy keerai recipe in your lunch menu and enjoy. Lets see how to make Keerai masiyal recipe with tomato, onion and tamarind.

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June 14, 2016

Green Gram Dosa Recipe – Dosa Without Rice- Protein Dosa Recipe

Green gram dosa recipe
This is not Andhra special Pesarattu dosa. It is a no rice, green gram + Urad dal dosa ( Pachai Payaru dosai in Tamil) recipe and it can’t be made instantly.Its batter should be fermented overnight like our usual idli,dosa batter. I tasted this dosa in my MIL’s house recently. She got this recipe from Sun tv’s Parambariya Maruthuvam by Dr.Sakthi Subramaniam. He shared this dosa recipe under diet food for weight loss.I am not under diet or doing anything special for weight lossWinking, but still I wanted to try this dosa variety as it is a healthy, low calorie, protein rich dosa recipe without using rice. I made it for our breakfast today and loved its taste. It came out so thin like paper dosa but very soft in texture not crispy. But it was filling.We enjoyed it with coconut chutney.Weight watchers, do try this healthy dosa in your kitchen and share your feedback.Lets see how to make healthy green moong dal dosa at home !
Check out my chickpeas/Kabuli chana dosa if interested !!
Pachai payaru dosai

Green gram dosa recipe


Green gram dosa recipe Healthy, protein rich green gram dosa without rice
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Healthy Breakfast
Yields: 20 dosa
Prep time: 20Hours
Cook time: 2 Minutes
Total time: 20H2Minutes


INGREDIENTS
1 cup - 200 ml
  • Green gram - 1.5 cups
  • White, round urad dal - 1/2 cup
  • Salt & water - as needed
METHOD

  • Wash and soak the green gram and urad dal separately.Soak the green gram for 5 hours and urad dal for an hour.
  • Grind the urad dal in a big mixie jar or using grinder to a smooth paste adding enough water. Remove the batter to a bowl.The grind the soaked green gram to a smooth paste adding water and salt. Mix both the batter well using your hands.( I used grinder to grind the batter.So I ground the urad dal batter first and added green gram to it for grinding further.If you use grinder, you can follow the same) The quantity of batter ie. the yield will be more if you use grinder :)
Green gram dosa recipe
  • Ferment the batter overnight or for 12 hours. The next morning, batter would have raised well and light in weight. Heat a dosa pan. Mix the batter thoroughly and pour a big ladleful of batter over the dosa pan. The consistency of batter should be like usual dosa batter.
Green gram dosa recipe
Green gram dosa recipe
  • Spread it thin or thick as you wish.Keep the flame medium high and drizzle a tsp of oil around the dosa. Flip the dosa and cook the other side too.Remove it and serve hot with coconut chutney ! Enjoy !
Green gram dosa recipe


Note

If you feel, the dosa is too soft, reduce the quantity of urad dal to 1/4 cup and try it.
  • Fermentation is very important else dosa will smell raw.
  • You can grind the batter using mixie or grinder. Use ice cold water for grinding if using mixie.
  • Add sufficient water to bring it to usual dosa batter consistency.
Enjoy this healthy, protein packed dosa with your favorite chutney or sambar for breakfast !!
Green gram dosa recipe
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December 2, 2015

Easy Walnut Chutney Recipe - Side dish For Idli,Dosa

Walnut chutney recipe
Nowadays I started to look for some healthy chutney recipes other than my usual coconut chutney & onion,tomato chutney recipes.Recently I came across this walnut chutney recipe in a facebook page.Its recipe was very similar to my hotel style thick coconut chutney recipe.So this morning I tried it for our breakfast as a side dish for Samai idli/Little millet idli( Recipe yet to come).After having this chutney,Sendhil told its taste is very similar to peanut chutneyHappy.Its an easy to make,South Indian style chutney using less coconut.You can make it without coconut too.It was tasting good with Samai Idli & Dosa as well.If you don’t have walnuts in hand,you can prepare this chutney with Almonds/Badam or just with the skin of almonds.ie badam peel.It will come out well.Refer notes section for more variations.Lets see how to make Indian style,healthy walnut chutney recipe in detail !Check out my 40+ Chutney varieties HERE
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