Thursday, May 24, 2018

Vegan & Gluten Free Spiced Quinoa Stuffed Eggplant Rolls

I have couple of  Bookmarked recipes to be cooked, its getting much harder to go with when you decide to cook up something especially from your bookmarked. Yes i have numerous bookmarked dishes to try and taste at home. However thank god to this week's theme, you might have guessed my theme for this week' blogging marathon na. Yes its Bookmarked recipes, and i have dished out three different dishes from my bookmarked lists. Am kick starting this week's theme with a fabulous Vegan, gluten free dish. My today's dish is quite a filling meal which is very simple and easy to cook. Actually i prepared this stuffed eggplant rolls for our lunch and we enjoyed thoroughly as this dish is quite a satisfying meal to whoever doesnt want to spend more time in their kitchen. A simple and quickly cooked spiced quinoa stuffed in a grilled or pan fried eggplant slices makes this ultimate dish.

Spiced Quinoa Eggplant Rolls, Vegan Eggplant Quinoa Rolls

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Maa Choley ki Dal/Langarwali Dal/Amritsari Dal

Langarwali dal is a delicious, protein packed dal served at the Langar in the Golden temple in Amritsar. Since this dal is served regularly in Langars or in Dhabas in Gurudwaras, this dal is called as Langarwali dal.This ultimate dal dish calls for Whole urad dal aka whole black gram and channa dal cooked with simple spice powders. Definitely a fabulous dal to give a try without any fail if you love dal based dishes in your weekly menu. This thick flavourful Maa choley ki dal is quite a different from the popular Punjabi Dal Makhni. Both Whole urad dal and channa dal are slow cooked for making this lipsmacking dal. Soaked dals cooked in a open deep pan with usual spice powders makes this delicious dal. But still for easy cooking, i used pressure cooker method which helps a lot to dish out this extremely delicious dal with less efforts.

Langarwali Dal, Punjabi Langarwali Dal

Friday, May 18, 2018

Dal Lucknowi/Lucknowi Dal/Awadhi Dal

I was looking for a different dal dish for this week's blogging marathon. You might have noticed that am running this week's blogging marathon with Dazzling dals as theme. After a delectable Dhaba style dal fry, my post for this week's theme goes for an another interesting, easy breezy and definitely a comforting dal dish from Awadh cuisine. Google master took me to Chef Sanjeev Kapoor's Site where i crossed this delicious dal. This dal calls for easy ingredients with usual cooking process, but the interesting addition in this dal is Milk. Yes you heard it rite, milk is used in this dal dish. Adding milk in a dal is completely new for a South Indian like me. Even i was bit skeptical about this addition, but trust me i was completely wrong.

Dal Lucknowi, Lucknowi Dal

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dhaba Style Dal Fry/Punjabi Dal Fry

If you are looking for a fingerlicking dal dish, am sure my today's Dhaba style dal fry will definitely tempt you to give a try at home. Dhaba style dal fry is quite a popular North Indian lentil dish served in Dhabas. This dhaba style dal is enjoyed along with rotis or else with hot steaming rice . This dal fry is prepared completely with toor dal which is also known as Arhar dal. Dhabas are small restaurants which are typically situated on alongside of roads and highways. Most of the dhabas serves rustic Punjabi dishes, you can find many delectable both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes in every dhabas. If you planning a trip to go to Northern part of India, dont forget eating at Dhabas. Most of the dishes served in Dhabas tastes ultimate.Yes Dhabas dishes are known very much for their simplicity and for their flavors.

Punjabi Dal fry

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Almond Chia Seeds Breakfast Smoothie

Breakfast smoothie, this smoothie is quite enough to fill some hungry tummy easily with less efforts. Actually am not a breakfast person earlier, i usually skip them but now am very much strict towards me to have atleast a slice of bread with a cup of coffee or tea before leaving. And this works,am skipping that mid morning snacking habits which helps a lot for not skipping my lunch. Yes i love snacking and now having breakfast in morning is literally keeping me away from it. If i dont feel like having a bread slice, i will whisk some smoothie to fill my tummy. And this works even for my kids. Obviously i do prepare varieties of smoothies early in the morning to finish our breakfast in time.One of my recent trial with breakfast smoothie is this Almonds, chia seeds smoothie.

Almond Breakfast smoothie

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Quinoa Masal Vadai/Gluten Free Quinoa Dal Fritters

Third dish with Quinoa for this week's blogging marathon is our usual South Indian masal vadai aka channadal fritters loaded with quinoa. You might have noticed that am running this week's blogging marathon with Protein rich ingredients and i opted for Quinoa. Quinoa is a protein rich grains,and these tiny grains are extremely versatile to dish out many incredible dishes out of it. Masal vadais are quite popular in South Indian cuisine, these dal based fritters have their own place in any festive meals or for an evening snacks. These masal vadais are common snack foods in many tea shops and they are easily available in each and every corner of Tamil nadu. Its quite a street food as well. Masal vadais are prepared with many variations, however channadal based masal vadais are the most common one and i love these vadais very much.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Gluten free Quinoa Coconut Milk Payasam/Quinoa Kheer with Coconut Milk

If you are looking for a healthy and droolworthy Indian sweet dish for your festive meal or to celebrate an event, dont forget to give a try to this gluten free Quinoa coconut milk payasam. Actually South Indians makes ultimate coconut based kheer with freshly squeezed coconut milk along with rice. Obviously i cant stop myself to dish out the same kheer aka payasam with protein rich quinoa. Am running this week's blogging marathon with Protein rich ingredient as theme for this week. After a tangy and fingerlicking quinoa vatha kuzhambu, am posting an another delightful and super delicious kheer prepared with less efforts. Quinoa is definitely a versatile grain and you can cook many ultimate dishes out of this Protein rich grain. I have been cooking with these grains since a while and this grain is one of my favourite grain after Oats. If you want to give a try to this grain, give a try with a sweet dish with this ultimate grains.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

No Onion No Garlic Vatha Kuzhambu with Quinoa/Quinoa Vatha Kuzhambu/Quinoa in Tangy Dry Berries Gravy

If you want to give a twist to your usual Vatha kuzhambu saadham aka tangy dry turkey berries or dry black nightshade berries gravy with rice dish, then you have to look at my today's dish. Actually while i was running the Mega marathon, i picked No onion No garlic dishes as theme for my second week of April's marathon. And i prepared this lipsmacking gravy for the theme, but unfortunately i couldnt post this delicious dish for the theme. However I learned this dish from a Chef who is a good friend of mine. He rocks with so many interesting dishes and i crossed him accidentally through Facebook. When we were chatting i asked him to give a different dish to cook at home but i was looking for a traditional one. Then he asked me what about making no onion no garlic recipes and he suggested me one of his signature dish aka Vatha Kuzhambu without onions and garlic. Immediately he gave the ingredients list and i dished out this lipsmacking Vatha kuzhambu loaded with dry black night shade berries for our lunch.

No Onion No Garlic Vatha Kuzhambu Quinoa

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Churmo/Goan Churmo Sweet

You might heard or had Churma, one of the popular sweet dish prepared either with crushed baatis or rotis with ghee and jaggery but about Churmo? you may wonder na. Even when i crossed this dish while googling i was very much surprised to see this Goan sweet. Obviously i was very curious to try this dish at home. And bookmarked immediately from Pooja's Space. Pooja shares many delicious Goan delicacies with catchy clicks. Whenever i feel like cooking a different Goan or Konkani style of dish, i cant think more than going through her space. And this churmo is also from her space. She says that Goan Hindus have a tradition to send a sweet baskets to their married daughters during festivals like Diwali and Ganesh chathurthi. And this Sweet baskets have varieties of laddoos,pedhas, karanjis and chivdas etc. One among those sweets, a mildy spicy Churmo also have its own place.

Goan Sweet, Churmo

Friday, May 4, 2018

Goan Sangacho Ross/Goan Drumstick Curry

You might have noticed that am cooking from Goan cuisine for this week's blogging marathon. Yes my theme for this week is Regional cuisine from a country. Though many regional cuisine do exists, i couldnt resist to go with Goan cuisine. This cuisine is particularly very interesting to explore as most of their traditional dishes are influenced by the Portuguese cuisine. Seafoods have their own place in Goan cuisine, however you can still find some aromatic vegetarian curries. While googling, i have crossed couple of delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes from this cuisine. Even i was surprised to see some dishes are seriously very simple to dish out with pantry friendly ingredients. Obviously i picked an aromatic curry from Pooja's space which is an easy breezy curry to cook and serve with rice and papads. Flavored with a special masala paste, this curry is also prepared with cooked dal.

Goan Drumstick Curry, Sangacho Ross

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Alle Belle/Goan Pancakes

Though we finished with our April month's mega blogging marathon, we are back to our usual 3 days of blogging marathon which kick starts from today. And am taking you all to a beautiful Indian region  'Goa' which have its coastal region known as the Konkan. Its is bounded by Maharashtra in North and Karnataka to east and south, and Arabian sea on its western coast.I had an immense chance to visit this coastal region long back during our Indian trip. Goan cuisine is a fabulous cuisine with many delicious dishes which is very much influenced by the Portuguese cuisine. I picked Regional cuisine of a country as theme for this week's blogging marathon, hence am going to post three interesting Goan traditional dishes.

Alle Belle, Goan Shrove Pancakes


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Recap - 26 Days of Explore the Flavors

You cant give up few things in your life, for me its blogging. I cant let down my blog baby for any reason. Its very close to my heart and i love blogging. Though my professional life is taking most of my leisure time, i dont want to stop myself from blogging. This virtual world gave me so many wonderful friends, lovable sisters, adorable followers and many more relationships which i never imagined or expected until i started blogging. Seriously since few months, i even want stopping blogging as it was seriously hectic to cope up with my weekend's chores. But blogging marathon pulls me everytime to come up with some interesting posts. As a member of this wonderful Blogging marathon family, we marathoners run a month of blogging twice a year. Yes every year during the month of April and September, we ran with different themes. And its been a ritual now, apart from it, we ran three days of blogging marathon which is quite easier for me to plan and post before the day ends.


And this year's April theme was Explore the flavors. This month's Mega marathon have two options, yes either you pick a theme per week, or pick a theme and cook for a month. Obviously i opted for the easy one, yes i blogged for 4 weeks with 4 different themes. With a super duper busy schedule, i cant go with a theme for a whole month. However i dont regret picking easy themes and finishing the marathon in time.

Week 1 - International Breakfast: 

1)Pannekaken 



American Potato Pancakes


Rundstykker 



Chebab


Vitumbua


Hootenannies



Week 2 - No Onion No Garlic
Pepper Gravy


Capsicum Kurma


Paneer Butter Masala


Banana Blossom Tomato Gravy


Tomato Saar


Aloo Rasedar


Week 3 - Wholegrains
Eggless Rye Breakfast Pancakes


Egg Quinoa


Nuts & Fruits Oats Breakfast Bars


Broken Jowar Sambar Bath


Brown Rice Paal Payasam


Vegan 3 Seeded Spelt Bread


Week 4 - Kid's Lunchbox
Protein Tomato Biriyani



Potato Minced Meat Paratha Pockets


Vegan Eggplants & Sunflower Seeds Powder Rice


Eggless Multigrain Tomato Pesto & Cheese Rolls


Egg Tomato Pulao


Carrot Paneer Rice


Herbal Chicken Biriyani


Hara Channa Aloo Ki Briyani


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Monday, April 30, 2018

Alsi Ki Pinni/Flax Seeds & Edible Gum Sweet Balls

Though am running a month of blogging marathon, i couldnt stop myself to dish out some super duper healthy Alsi ki Pinni for this month's Shhhh cooking secretly event. This month's Shhh Cooking Secretly, a monthly event started by me, which is now hosted by Mayuri Patel is taking you all to Haryanvi Cuisine. You might have noticed that since few months, we are cooking from different Regional cuisines of India. After dishing out some delightful dishes from Gujarati cuisine, this month's event is all about Haryana. Alsi ki pinni is a very popular sweet in Haryana which is prepared with Alsi aka flax seeds, whole wheat flour, ghee, edible gum/gond, jaggery and cardamom powder.Pinni are prepared during winter as they gives lot of warm and energy to the body. Alsi aka lin seeds are extremely healthy and quite beneficial for cold and cough, as they gives strength. Lin seeds contains many nutritional properties, which control the cholesterol level of your body.

Alsi Ki Pinni, Alsi Laddoo

Hara Channa Aloo Ki Biriyani/Vegan Green Chickpeas & Potato Briyani

My recent find in Indian grocery is a packet of frozen green channa, seriously i was the happiest person in the world. Yes i have been looking for this fresh green channa since a long and finally i saw them in frozen section. Without any hesitation i grabbed a packet happily. I have been hunting for this green channa since a long and everytime i go for Indian grocery, i will ask the saleman about these green chickpeas. Unfortunately they usually says that its a most demanded one as North Indians living in Paris dont forget to buy them in huge quantities. Thank god, one of my long wait came to an end few days ago. Back home i cooked a delicious one pot meal with those frozen green channa along with potatoes as biriyani. And this biriyani came out extremely flavourful, delicious and prefect to pack in anyone's lunch box. Trust me this green chickpeas and potatoes works awesome together in dishing out this gluten free one pot meal.

Hara Channa Potato Briyani

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Herbal Chicken Biriyani/Green Chicken Briyani/Mooligai Kozhi Biriyani

My kids are meat lovers, though i love vegetarian foods, i had an obligation to cook meaty foods atleast a meal per day. Though i cook meat dishes often, i post them very rarely in my space. If you check non vegetarian dishes in my space you will find them lesser than the vegetarian dishes. Dunno why i think twice to post meat friendly dishes here. Since its sunday today, i felt like posting this flavorsome green chicken biriyani aka Herbal chicken biriyani i cooked recently for our lunch as sunday special. This chicken biriyani tastes absolutely fabulous with eye pleasing green colour. Though this dish is also named as Nilgiri Biriyani, i felt like naming this dish as Herbal chicken biriyani as this dish calls handful of mint and coriander leaves with couple of spices. Yes this dish is completely cooked in a special mint & coriander leaves paste grounded along with whole garam masala, green chillies. This briyani is tomato-free dish, only onions is used in this dish with ginger garlic paste. I used yogurt to prepare this biriyani, if you want to make them more flavourful, just replace the yogurt with freshly squeezed coconut milk.

Green chutney Chicken Biryani

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Carrot Paneer Rice

If you dont have any ideas for some lunch box friendly dishes on your mind, dont get tensed. Just check my today's dish and am sure this simple but yet a healthy and delicious rice dish will definitely please your kid's tastebuds. I have seen rarely kids saying 'no ' to paneer, obviously my today's rice dish is one of the easiest dish you can prepare in less time than you can imagine. Honestly, my kids are ardent fan of carrot rice, if i feel bored or lazy to cook a meal, i will stick definitely with easy dishes. One among those easy dishes is Carrot rice. Just freshly grated carrots when spiced with usual spice powder,once sauteed and mixed with rice makes a quick carrot rice. If you add some cubed paneer to this simple rice, trust me this simple, quick carrot rice will get an another avatar and becomes a calcium rich rice dish. If you have leftover cooked rice and cubed paneer in your fridge, this rice gets ready within less than 10 minutes.

Carrot Paneer Rice

Friday, April 27, 2018

Egg Tomato Pulao

Easy meals are always a blessing when you are engaged with so many stuffs in the morning. Preparing foods for a lunch box is definitely a difficult task for a mom especially if the kids are picky eaters. Thank god my kids arent that much picky eaters and now they are grown up. Though i never packed their lunch box for them, i always want to feed them with healthy stuffs in their meal. However i can imagine the hassles every mom go through to cook healthy foods for their kids especially to pack in their lunch box. Am running a month of blogging marathon since three weeks and we are nearing the end of this Mega marathon successfully. Am happy that i could finish this Megamarathon without any hassles though i sticked with easy themes for all these four weeks. Thanks to my followers and my fellow marathoners who are always here for me to give some positive vibes. They never failed to stop motivating me, this gives me more enthu.

Egg Tomato Pulao, Egg Pulao

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Eggless Multigrain Tomato Pesto & Cheese Rolls

If you want something easy and cheesy to pack in your kid's lunch box, you should definitely take a look to my today's post. Its quite an easy cheese rolls you can bake either with store bought bread dough or pizza dough or else with homemade bread dough. This time i opted for a multigrain mixture of flours as i was planning to bake a bread rolls with rye flour, spelt flour, oats,quinoa,pearl millet flour along with wheat flour. And this wholegrains as flour works out awesome to bake out this cheesy rolls. My kids enjoyed thoroughly this cheese rolls with simple cucumber salad for their lunch. Yes served along with a salad or cold soup for a summer lunch or picnic these cheese rolls makes an excellent lunch to finish without any guilt. As much as like always, i prepared my own tomato pesto which I have already posted here, but this time i prepared this vegan pesto with some fresh cherry tomatoes & sun dried tomatoes and this combination works awesome.

Multigrain Pesto rolls with cheese

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Vegan Eggplant & Sunflower Seeds Powder Rice/Kathirikkai Podi Rice

After making two delicious kid's friendly lunch box dishes, i couldnt stop myself making an another delicious lunch box dish with a healthy twist in it. Usually i love to make eggplant rice with a special spice powder to make them more flavourful and delicious. And my today's recipe is definitely a different recipe you would have never crossed yet. I prepared this eggplant rice with a flavorsome rich spice powder using sunflower seeds along with other usual spices. I have prepared couple of breads using sunflower seeds, but never tried them in my cooking. Since i want to make a super duper twist to the usual eggplant rice, i simply opted for a spice powder which goes for Sunflower seeds. Initially i was bit skeptical to use sunflower seeds in this spice powder but seriously i want to give a try eventhough its the first time am preparing a spice powder with sunflower seeds.

Vegan Sunflower Seeds Podi Rice

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Potato & Minced Meat Paratha Pockets

Packing a kid's lunch box is definitely a hard task especially for picky eaters. However i dont pack foods for my kids as they dont carry their lunch boxes. We are running a month of blogging marathon during this whole month of April. With 4 themes for 4 weeks, i have been posting for the past three weeks with different themes. And the final theme for this week is going to be Kid's Lunchbox recipes, after an easy breezy one pot meal, am posting a terrific paratha pockets which calls for a fabulous potato and minced meat filling. My family cant survive more than a day without eating meats, yes they are meat lovers.

Potato & Minced meat Paratha


Monday, April 23, 2018

Protein Tomato Biriyani/Gluten Free Black-eyed Peas Tomato Biriyani

We are running successfully a month of blogging marathon for the past three weeks. And this week is the last week of this Mega marathon. You might have noticed that am running this month's marathon with 4 themes for 4 weeks. For the first week i picked International Breakfast dishes, 2nd week was No Onion No Garlic Recipes,3rd week was Wholegrains. And for the last week of this blogging marathon is going to be Kid's lunch box recipes. Yes this week's posts are going to be kid's friendly lunch box dishes that you can pack them easily with less efforts. For the first day of this week's theme, am posting this simple, yet a flavourful protein packed biriyani i dished out few weeks back for our meal. My kids loves beans very much in their diet, obviously i dont forget to add them whenever i feel like feeding them easily with this protein rich beans.My young one's favourite black-eyed peas, he just love to munch them once they gets pressure cooked.

Black-eyed Peas Tomato Biriyani

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Vegan 3 Seeded Spelt Bread

Its been a while, i baked bread at home, if i dont bake a weekend, everyone at home will complain that am not baking at home. And one of my recent visit to a nearby organic shop pulled me to get a packet of spelt flour. Spelt is one among the wheat varieties and its one of the ancient grains which is very much used in the place of wheat flour. Since this grain is completely healthy, they are used in many European countries like Germay , Austria where spelt loaves and rolls are widely available in bakeries. And the unripe spelt are dried and eaten as well. Beer is brewed from spelt in Bavaria and Belgium. Spelt is an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber, several vitamins and many dietary minerals. Since this flour is high in protein and low in gluten lends a slightly sweet and nutty flavor to the bread.

3 Seeds Spelt Bread,Vegan Spelt Bread with 3 seeds

Friday, April 20, 2018

Brown Rice Paal Payasam/Brown Rice Milk Pudding

Brown rice is a highly nutritious food. It is a whole grain that is relatively low in calories, high in fiber, gluten-free and can be incorporated into a variety of dishes. Since brown rice is a good source of magnesium, phosphorus, selenium,thiamine, niacin, Vitamin B3 obviously its high in fiber. When the outermost layer of a grain rice (the huskà is removed) brown rice is produce.Brown rice has a shelf life of approximately 6 months but hermetic storage, refrigerating or freezing can extend their lifetime.The cooking time of brown rice needs generally a longer cooking times than the usual white rice.Brown rice and white rice have similar amounts of calories and carbohydrates. I have been cooking with brown rice since a long, however i seriously want to showcase some of brown rice dishes which i usually cook for our weekly menu. I have couple of dishes to post but still i picked this alluring, creamy brown rice payasam aka milk pudding to post for this week's blogging marathon.

Brown rice Paal payasam