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Red Bell Pepper Chutney

During the Satsangha in February, Ms. Rekha had prepared Red Bell Pepper Chutney. I also got a cup of the remaining Chutney and had it with Green gram dosa the next day. It was very delicious, and I emailed Rekha for the recipe. This is Ms.Rekha’s recipe I tried this week, and had it again with Green gram dosa. The Chutney is very delicious, very healthy since you have peanuts, sesame seeds and bell pepper. I also didn’t add onion since we had the dosa on a Thursday. And we also didn’t add any seasoning. But, if you have guests coming, definitely add it. I am sure it will taste even more delicious. Thanks Rekha for the wonderful recipe.
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Ingredients:
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped about an inch size)
  • 1 onion (optional) I did not use it.
  • 1 or 2 dried red chillies per your taste, I used 6 red chillies.
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup Sesame Seeds (Til)
  • 1/4 cup dried desiccated cocounut ( I use 1 Tbl spoon)
  • Tamarind, Jaggery, salt to taste
  • Seasoning – 1 tsp oil, mustard seeds, hing and curry leaves.
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Method:
  • Saute bell pepper, onion(optional) and red chillies with a pinch of oil (literally a pinch)till they turn soft.
  • Let it cool.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and blend with water.
  • If you want to add seasoning, heat a small pan, add oil, and the rest of the seasonings and add to the Chutney.

Sprouted Green Gram Dosa

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It has been months since I prepared dosa. I wanted to make the most healthiest dosa and what better way than to use Sprouted Green Gram or Hesara Kalu.

I kept the batter for a week and it didn’t turn sour, came out perfect every time. I ate just 1 dosa each day. 🙂

To know how to best sprout green gram, read this post from a while ago.

Ingredients:

  1. 3 cups sprouted green gram – Hesara Kalu
  2. 1/4 cup urad dal
  3. 1/2 cup channa dal
  4. 3 tsp Methi seeds
  5. 1/4 cup Brown rice
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Oil for preparing dosa

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Method:

  • Wash and Soak all the ingredients  from 2-5 in water for 5-6 hours.
  • I soak them before I go to work, around 7.00 AM in the morning.
  • In the evening, grind the soaked ingredients in two batches with little water.
  • I used my wet grinder and the batter was super smooth.
  • Make sure the batter is very fine. Add salt to taste.
  • I make dosas in the night without the batter being fermented. Make dosas as you do always. No change here
  • Leave it outside so it ferments for making dosa the next day.
  • Use very little oil, I usually use Olive Oil for making my Dosas.
  • Enjoy with Chatni, or Saagu, or Potato Palya.

Link for other Dosas, Chutney and Saagu can be found here:

South Indian Vegetarian Low Carb Diet – Our Progress

It has been almost a month since we started the low carb diet. I wrote in great detail why I wanted to go on this diet. You can read all about it here:

We have continued the diet, have not eaten Rice or any rice items. No Upma, No Avalakki, No Dosa, No Idli or No Chapathi(just me). And No Akki Roti  or Sabudhana Khichadi which we love. 😉

Initially for a day or two, I used to have slight headache, now even that has gone away.

We threw away all the bread, Pizza dough, all the potatoes we had. We visited my Daughter for Mothers day, but didn’t visit any restaurant. I am surprised how we always combine any celebration with food or going to a fancy restaurant. I told my daughter instead I wanted to go hiking, and we went on a hike and walked almost 7 miles.

It has been easy doing this diet since even my Husband stopped eating any rice or rice products. I make or sometimes he himself makes 1 or 2 chapathis.

So, if you wish to do this diet, make sure you have a buddy who is willing to do this with you. You definitely need a support system.

I still make all the south Indian dishes, Rasam, Sambar, Vegetables, Khadi, Yogurt, Raitas, lots of Kosambaris.

Yesterday, since it was Pushya Nakshatra if it was my normal diet, I would have made a sweet dish. However, yesterday I made Nucchina Unde, Kosambari, Majjige Huli or Khadi. No sweet dish, instead recited Rayaru’s name a couple more times.

It has also been easy doing this diet since I have not traveled anywhere. Starting next week, I am going to travel again until almost end of July. I hope to continue doing this diet.

I have more energy, sleep better, and am happy losing weight. I have no portion sizes, I eat as much as I want. Since I am eating lots of fruits and vegetables and whole grains, I feel full soon. I should warn that this diet is expensive, since you need to buy lots and lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and pulses.

The one fruit which we have not eaten is Banana. The one vegetable we have not eaten is Potato. Other than that, all fruits and vegetables can be consumed. We have not skipped breakfast even for a single day, and breakfast has been oats every single day.

Share with me your experiences.

P.S: If you really have chronic illness, please consult your Doctor.

South Indian Vegetarian Low Carb Diet – Red Kidney Beans Salad

Quick and easy Red Beans Salad with colorful red and yellow peppers. No Onion. You can eat it raw, but I like it cooked for a few minutes. The pepper still has its crunch.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Can washed and rinsed Red Kidney beans
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 Large yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 large green bell pepper (optional)
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 1 tsp oil, mustard seeds, Jeera and Hing
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. In a pan, add oil and when hot mustard seeds, jeera and hing
  2. Add bell peppers and green chillies
  3. Fry until translucent
  4. Once done, add red kidney beans and cook covered until soft
  5. Add salt, cilantro if you wish and lemon juice.

 

South Indian Vegetarian Low Carb Diet – Day 4 Lunch

A simple day 4 lunch which includes lots of proteins and really colorful vegetables. Colorful, delicious and completely healthy. This was prepared on a Thursday, so no onion was included.

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So, the plate has Red Kidney beans Salad with lots of colorful bell peppers, Carrot and Cucumber Kosambari, and Cucumber Raita.

You can find recipes for a variety of Kosambaris using both Channa Dal and Moong Dal here:

  1. Channa Dal Kosambari
  2. Carrot Kosambari
  3. Cucumber Kosambari

You can find several recipes for Raita variations other than the plain cucumber ones here:

  1. Badnekayi Mosaru Bajji or Roasted Eggplant Raita
  2. Carrot and Tomato Raita

I will post the recipe for Red Kidney Beans Salad soon!

 

South Indian Vegetarian Low Carb Diet – Day 3 Lunch

A simple day 3 lunch which again includes lots of proteins and vegetables. Colorful, delicious and completely healthy white beans Salad. I ate this Salad with a cup of Cucumber Raita. My Husband had it with 2 Chapathis.

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Can washed and rinsed white beans
  • 1 large onion chopped ( optional)
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 1 tsp oil, mustard seeds, Jeera and Hing
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. In a pan, add oil and when hot mustard seeds, jeera and hing
  2. Add onion and green chillies
  3. Fry until translucent
  4. Once done, add white beans and cook covered until soft
  5. Add salt, cilantro if you wish and lemon juice.

 

South Indian Vegetarian Low Carb Diet – Breakfast2

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It is very tough to be on a low carb diet and eat any Indian breakfast. Especially if you are working since you have no time to do all the grinding for any healthy options of Idli or Dosa where you can completely eliminate rice, use just dals.

It has been 2 and 1/2 weeks, yes it is 2 and 1/2 weeks since I started this low carb diet and I have lost close to 10 lbs. I feel really better, my clothes fit a little better, way more energized.

SO, everyday in the morning it is my Husband who makes a bowl of Oat meal. The first few days I added a tsp of honey, low fat milk, and slowly and steadily moved away and now not using either milk or honey.

Ingredients:

  • Steel cut Oats
  • 5 Walnuts
  • 5 Dates
  • Almond Milk
  • 5-7 any other nuts you have
  • Finely chopped fruits

Procedure:

  1. Cook Oats as per instructions using 1/2 water and 1/2 milk or just Almond milk
  2. Add chopped walnuts and dates
  3. Eat immediately
  4. Add any other nuts or raisins you have in hand
  5. You can also add strawberries, blue berries, red berries, apples

 

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