The humble potato is loved by most and is truly versatile to create a diverse range of delicacies. In this recipe, potato - the most commonly available vegetable in our household, is steamed and stuffed with nutritious filling of vegetables dressed in cashew based white sauce. In this recipe, we forgo the usual white sauce, made with refined flour as refined foods are difficult to digest. A cashew mayo is a healthier replacement. Steaming vegetables should be preferred over pressure cooking them, as it helps retain maximum nutritional value of the vegetable.
‘Bhel' is a lip-smacking savoury, commonly made out of puffed rice and is mostly relished by all age groups. How about a healthier version of the much-loved bhel! Yup, here's how you could weave the same magic only this time, use steamed corn and sprouts in place of puffed rice. Combined with finely chopped vegetables, laden with khatta-meetha chutney and served with love, this bhel is a sure shot hit recipe for your kids and adults alike! It's indeed, an interesting way to add the nutrition of sprouts. It is protein-rich and makes for an excellent anytime snack for your kids to boost their energy levels. A no-fuss snack, it will take just a few minutes to mix the Sprouts and Corn Chatpata Bhel if you have prepared the chutney beforehand.
Legumes like chickpeas are wholesome and a wondeful source of protiens as well as fibres. Chikpeas are versatile and are used in varied recipes like curries, salads, hummus etc. Here is a simple recipe of making chickpea cutlet. And yes, these aredone oilfree, making them all the more healthy!
Off the shelf cereal packets contain processed ingredients and are high in sugar. A colourful 'cereal' bowl made with just fruits fulfills all your nutritional requirements and provides the best kickstart for a busy day. Light and fulfilling and ready in a jiffy too!
For dhoklas, you may take some time to get used to the process. But these add a great variety of texture and taste vs. your standard meal of daal-roti-sabji. Also, the legumes are great on proteins and a wide variety of nutrition. So for that reason, dhokla making is a good skill. You can break the process into 3 steps: Soaking (8-10 hours). So do this overnight Fermenting (8-10 hours): do this in the morning, and keep aside in corner of your fridge Actual cooking: 20 minutes only! Do this at dinner time! Here we use no eno, no additions for fermenting. Just regular overnight (or 8-10 hours) for fermenting. If you do not have a steamer worry not, add some water to pressure cooker, add a channi at the bottom and then keep your glass or steel vessel. Cover the lid without the pressure.
This salad adds to your diet the goodness of 'live' foods. The Indian style chatpata salad tickles your buds along with providing you a great source of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. The spices and the tanginess adjusted to individual taste makes it a loved-by all choice!
Raw banana is common food item in the south and east of India. It is considered a good source of iron and is therefore good for inclusion in your meals regularly, especially for women and growing children. This recipe offers you the goodness of banana in a tasty snack way.
What if you could get to make your own bread to put together a yummy sandwich as a quick snack! The regular bread available in the market is not only made of refined flour, but rising agents and other chemicals are also used to prepare the same. Here's a recipe to prepare fresh bread, without any wheat/maida! Layer vegetables of your choice along with chutney and enjoy a filling, healthylicious sandwich!
Think of Mexican food and tacos are the first dish that comes to mind. Making tacos involves a laborious process, which pushes many to go for a readymade option. However, anything made at home is always tasty and satisfying and Mexican tacos are no exception to this rule. Crispy corn (makai)/bajra or jowar flour chappati loaded with tangy ramja topping and other toppings - These tacos are a sumptuous snack everyone will love.
Pizza is termed as 'junk food'. But this one isn't junk - Quick and Healthy besan and flax pizza tawa roasted. It is gluten free, dairy free and also free from any artificial additives. My girls love it & I'm sure your kids will love it too. Try soon, it's quite simple.
The recipe is a healthier way of preparing the regular veggies in white sauce. White sauce is a common base used in many delicacies. Conventionally, it is prepared using refined flour and milk. With the objective of cutting out both of these ingredients, in this recipe the white sauce is prepared using coconut milk and potatoes. This white sauce is not only a nutritious replacement, it is smooth, creamy and yummy! As the veggies are only lightly steamed, they tend to retain more of their moisture and nutrition!
Come moonsoons or chilly winters, and you crave for pakode (fritters). But the guilt always follows you if you indulge. So here is a guilt free oil free version of the pakode. We have simply grilled them! It tastes no different than the deep fried version. The recipe uses spinach, you could use any veggie of choice. In summers simply do an onion version.
Doing the veggie cutlet without oil may seem impossible. But cooking the food in simple ways such as steaming, and grilling actually retains the flavour along with the enzymes and nutrition of the food If you do not have an oven, worry not, you could use some cold pressed oil and lightly cook the cutlets on the usual tawa. This may not turn out exactly like the tikki waale bhaiyya does, but in our view keeps the taste intact. Combine it with your green chutney and imli chutney and you won't miss the oil fried version!
Makhanas (fox nuts, lotus seeds) are the perfect healthy office snack. Stock them at your workplace!! This is also our go-to-carry snacks for the kids. Whether a trip to mall, or an evening out in park, this is a handy snack equally enjoyed by kids.
Have this kebab raw or grilled with Imli chutney or hari chutney. Makes a great party snack. You can add your choice of veggies, whatever is available in fridge. Ideally a winter snack, made with lots of palak you can simply do it with other veggies. This version does not have potatoes, add them if you feel the need.
Kids will often say no to sprouts. Here is a simple way to add sprouts to kids meals. Serve this with home made green coriander chutney or home made sugar free Imli chutney and you kids won't say no. We often combine this tikki with nutty pumpkin or lauki soup and have as a full meal at home