September 29, 2016

Apple and Carrot Porridge | Paleo Breakfast

apple and carrot porridge

This is one of the paleo recipes I like the most. I was searching for a few paleo breakfast recipes . Specially, eggless. I found this one in paleorecipes.com. Just modified based on my taste. It was more tasty than I expected. You can include this in your weight loss diet. It is not a difficult thing to prepare. You must take care of adding milk immediately to grated apples. Otherwise, the colour of apple will turn brown. Keep the fruits as cold as possible. Adding honey is completely optional. If you have a sweet tooth, you can use this one as a dessert too.

apple and carrot porridge

apple and carrot porridge

Apple and Carrot Porridge | Paleo Breakfast

Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
2 cups
Serving Size: 1 cup Calories per Serving: 140

Ingredients
  • Carrot - 1/2, medium
  • Apple - 1, small
  • Almond Meal or powdered badam - 1/4 cup
  • Almond Milk - 1/2 cup
  • Honey - 1 tablespoon

Quick Procedure
  • Grate apple and carrot.
  • Take grated apple, carrot and almond meal in a bowl.
  • Add milk and mix well
  • Add honey and mix again
  • Serve it cold. You could add another teaspoon of honey if you need.

Step-wise Pictures

Grate apple and carrot. Take grated apple, carrot and almond meal in a bowl.
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add milk
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Mix well
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Add honey and mix again
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Serve it cold. You could add another teaspoon of honey if you need
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Karamani Sundal | Lobia Sundal | Healthy Snacks Ideas

karamani sundal

Most of the doctors recommend sundal as a healthy snack . Oh yeah, sundal is the healthiest. It is easy to prepare. If you soak it the previous day night, it will be easier to make it the next day. Working people can soak the lentils the previous day and store it for the weeks usage. Also you can carry sundal to office and just reheat to have it as a snack. It is not a junk food. It has lot of vitamin b. It is rich in protein too.

To make it more tastier, I have added a good seasoning. It does not have onion and garlic. As we use sundal for poojas , I avoiding onion and garlic. This is actually my MIL's recipe. She uses this seasoning for chick peas sundal. I love the way she makes this coconut flavored snack. You can definitely make this recipe for this navarathiri. You would love this one.

karamani sundal

karamani sundal

Karamani Sundal | Lobia Sundal | Healthy Snacks Ideas

Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
1 and half
Serving Size:
1/2 cup tp 3/4 cup
Calories per Serving:
120 to 200


Ingredients
  • Lobia or Karamani - 3/4 cup
  • coconut oil - 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds and urid dhal - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves - a handful
  • Salt - as per taste
Roast and Grind
  • Coconut pieces - 1/3 cup
  • Red chilies - 3
  • Urid dhal - 1 teaspoon

Quick Procedure
  • Wash lobia or karamani and soak it overnight.
  • Add salt and 2 cups of water.
  • Pressure cook it for 2 to 3 whistles.
  • Once the steam is down, drain water from the cooked lobia.
  • Dry roast coconut pieces
  • Dry roast urid dhal and red chillies
  • Take them in a blender and grind it coarsely.
  • Heat a pan. Add coconut oil.
  • Add mustard seeds and urid dhal, let them sputter.
  • Add curry leaves and then karamani.
  • Sauté and make sure there is no more water.
  • Add the coarse powder. Sauté well. Let the powder evenly mix with lobia.
  • Karamani sundal is ready now.

Step-wise Pictures

Wash lobia or karamani and soak it overnight.
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Add salt and 2 cups of water. Pressure cook it for 2 to 3 whistles. Once the steam is down, drain water from the cooked lobia.
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Dry roast urid dhal and red chillies
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Dry roast coconut pieces
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Take them in a blender and grind it coarsely
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Heat a pan. Add coconut oil. Add mustard seeds and urid dhal, let them sputter. Add curry leaves
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Add Karamani. Sauté and make sure there is no more water.
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Add the coarse powder. Sauté well. Let the powder evenly mix with lobia.
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September 28, 2016

Simple Egg Salad with Low Calorie Dressing

simple egg salad

This is one simple salad. Including boiled egg in your diet is too good. It has more proteins. Proteins help building muscle and thereby reduced body weight. But mostly we cannot have a salad without a dressing. We have already discussed about the high caloric value of most of the common tasty dressings. In this recipe, I have used a yogurt dressing. The dressing is very tasty and easy to prepare.If curd or yogurt is available in your kitchen, the dressing can be made in a jiffy. The taste will be similar to mayonnaise. Those who like mayonnaise can satisfy themselves with this dressing.

If all the veggies are cut and had handy, it won't take much time to make this salad. It is better to have it cold. It will taste better then. C'mon let us see the recipe in detail.

simple egg salad

Simple Egg Salad with Low Calorie Dressing

Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
1 plate
Serving Size: 1/2 plate Calories per Serving: 100

Ingredients
  • Lettuce - 4 leaves
  • Capsicum - small piece
  • Sweet Corn - a handful
  • Boiled Eggs - 2
  • Yogurt - 2 tablespoons
  • minced onions - 1 teaspoon
  • minced coriander leaves - 1 teaspoon
  • pepper - 1 pinch
  • lemon wedge - 1
  • salt - a pinch
  • sugar - a pinch

Quick Procedure
  • Take yogurt, sugar, salt, pepper, minced onion and coriander in a bowl. Squeeze lemon wedge.
  • Mix it well. This forms the dressing.
  • Chop lettuce and wash it in cold water. Chop capsicum ready.
  • Add the vegetables to salad dressing and mix well.
  • Spread this mixture over a plate. Slice eggs and spread it over the vegetable salad. It is completely optional to mix it while serving.

Step-wise Pictures

Take yogurt, sugar, salt, pepper, minced onion and coriander in a bowl. Squeeze lemon wedge.
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Mix it well. This forms the dressing.
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Chop lettuce and wash it in cold water. Chop capsicum ready.
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Add the vegetables to salad dressing and mix well.
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Spread this mixture over a plate. Slice eggs and spread it over the vegetable salad.
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It is completely optional to mix it while serving.
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Kollu Masiyal | Mashed Horsegram | Weight Loss Recipe

horse gram recipe

Kollu is more associated with weight loss. It is meant to produce heat and burn fat around muscles. Most of know the fact. Many doctors have advised to use kollu for weight loss. Those who have problems related to heat like boils and piles must avoid taking kollu. Other than that you can take it as a natural remedy for weight loss. Kollu can be used in a number of ways. Kollu masiyal is a common dish and there are a number of variations in recipe. The one I am posting now is based on a cookery show.

I have added a number of spices to make it more tasty. It is better to take just a couple of tablespoons of this kollu masiyal. it will be spicy, tangy and flavorful. Try this recipe and include it in your weight loss diet.


Other kootu recipes
Simple Dhal Fry or Thalicha Paruppu
Keerai Kadaisal with Palak Keerai or Mashed Spinach
Chow Chow Kollu Kootu or Chayote Horsegram Stew
Avarakkai Paruppu Kootu or Broad Beans Stew
Kollu Masiyal or Mashed Horse Gram

horse gram recipe

Kollu Masiyal | Mashed Horsegram | Weight Loss Recipe

Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
1 and half cups
Serving Size: 2 tablespoons Calories per Serving: 120

Ingredients
  • Horsegram - 3/4 cup
  • 1/2 onion Or 7 shallots, chopped
  • Garlic - 5 cloves
  • Red Chillies - 3
  • Coriander Seeds - 1 Teaspoon
  • Tamarind Strip - little
  • Gingelly Oil - 2 Teaspoon
  • Asafoetida - a pinch
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Curry leaves - a handful

Quick Procedure
  • Remove stones from kollu or Horsegram, wash it and soak it overnight
  • Next day, take it in cooker and add 2 and half cups of water.
  • Heat a pan. Add oil. Add onion, garlic, red chillies and coriander seeds.
  • Sauté till the raw smell goes off and add it to the pressure cooker.
  • Tear tamarind to small strips and add it to kollu.
  • Pressure cook it for 5 to 7 whistles
  • Now, remove water from kollu mixture and let the kollu paruppu cool down.
  • Take it in blender. Add salt and grind it. You may add little water while grinding.
  • Heat a pan. Add gingelly oil. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves and let them spitter.
  • Switch off the flame and add asafoetida.
  • Add this tempering to mashed kollu. Mix well.
  • Serve it with steaming hot rice or hot idlis.

Step-wise Pictures

Remove stones from kollu or Horsegram, wash it and soak it overnight
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You would need onion, garlic, red chillies and coriander seeds.
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Heat a pan. Add oil. Add onion, garlic, red chillies and coriander seeds. Sauté till the raw smell goes off
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Take horsegram in a cooker and add 2 and half cups of water. Add sauted ingredients to the pressure cooker. Add tamarind pieces too.
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Pressure cook it for 5 to 7 whistles
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Now, remove water from kollu mixture and let the kollu paruppu cool down. Take it in blender. Grind it. You may add little water while grinding.
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Add salt and grind again. Collect it in a vessel.
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Heat a pan. Add gingelly oil. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves and let them sputter.Switch off the flame and add asafoetida. Add this tempering to mashed kollu. Mix well.
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Serve it with steaming hot rice or hot idlis.
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September 27, 2016

Steamed Plantain | Nendran Vevichathu | Healthy Snacks Ideas

steamed banana

This is one of the simple snacks. It will be very tasty. Nendram pazham is rich in Iron. It increases the Hb count in blood. It is a blood purifier too. Unlike regular banana, Nendram pazham is rich in fiber. You can definitely include this in your regular diet for increasing Iron and other minerals. Having it often might increase body weight. If you have it once in a week or a couple of weeks, there is nothing to worry much. Full of health.

This recipe calls for very simple procedure. You need to prepare a stuffing. Fill it inside the plantain and steam it. This steaming increase the taste. The stuffing highlights sweetness. Those who have sweet tooth can have it as a dessert. It is also diabetic friendly. But don't eat the whole plantain . I'm just kidding :)

steamed banana

steamed banana

Steamed Plantain | Nendran Vevichathu | Healthy Snacks Ideas

Prep Time :
Cooking Time:
Yield:
1 Plantain
Serving Size:
half plaintain
Calories per Serving:
150


Ingredients
  • Plantain or Nendran Pazham ( ripen ) - 1
  • Grated Coconut - 2 teaspoons
  • Jaggery - 2 teaspoons
  • Powdered badam - 2 teaspoons
  • Cardamom powder - a pinch

Quick Procedure
  • Take grated coconut, powdered jaggery, powdered badam and cardamom powder in a bowl.
  • Mix it well.
  • Make a slit in the banana, lengthwise. Make sure you don't cut the banana completely.
  • Stuff the mixture we prepared earlier inside the space in the slit.
  • Cover it with a foil or banana leaf.
  • Steam it in an idli steamer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Tasty snack is ready to serve. Cut and serve it hot.

Step-wise Pictures

Take grated coconut, powdered jaggery, powdered badam and cardamom powder in a bowl.
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Mix it well.
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Make a slit in the banana, lengthwise. Make sure you don't cut the banana completely.
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Stuff the mixture we prepared earlier inside the space in the slit.
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Cover it with a foil or banana leaf.
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Steam it in an idli steamer for 10 to 15 minutes.
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Tasty snack is ready to serve. Cut and serve it hot.
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A tasty and healthy snack in a very few minutes :)

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