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Instant Pan Recipe

This Sunday we had Satsangha of our Beloved Rayaru at Ms. Vandhana’s house. Satsangha has become an event which I look forward for every single month. The pooja, the prayer,  the bond we have with each and every family cannot be described in words. Each one of us have become so close that I feel that they are my sisters. Like I said, it is an unbelievable bond and to know each and every one of them has utmost devotion towards our beloved Rayaru is just amazing.

During this satsangha at Ms. Vandhana’s house, we were all stumped by two amazing food items, something very new for most of us and really really tasty. A pressure cooked lemon pickle which I will post soon, and this amazing and tasty pan.

Ms. Vandhana was kind enough to allow me to record the recipe, and here I am posting it as is. Thanks Vandhana for the amazing pan recipe. Hope this recipe is now going to reach every nook and corner that this blog reaches as well.

Ingredients:

  1. 5 Betel leaves – torn into small bits
  2. 2 tablespoon regular supari, or triveni supari
  3. 1 spoon roasted saunf, or commonly called as fennel seeds, or Badi Saunf
  4. Little honey to bind together
  5. Roasted Coconut
  6. Gulkhand – optional

Method:

  1. Mix all of them together
  2. Serve after a scrumptious meal.

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Quick and Easy PC2 Palya

Can you guess what PC2 is? Of course, you can after seeing the image below –  Potato, Capsicum and Corn. Such a great combination, and can be done within minutes. Quick, and easy and yummylicious.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Potatoes
  • 2 Red Capsicum(Bell pepper), you can use any color, I used Red
  • 1 box frozen corn
  • 3 Green Chillies slit lengthwise
  • 1 sprig curry leaves finely chopped
  • 3-4 springs coriander leaves finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger finely grated
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tsp oil, 1/4 tsp mustard seeds, 1/2 tsp jeera

Method:

  1. Clean, boil and remove the skin of the potatoes. Chop into bite size pieces. You can boil them traditional way or use microwave.
  2. Microwave the frozen corn.
  3. I also microwave red capsicum for 3-4 mins until it is soft
  4. Next, in a pan heat oil. Add mustard seeds, jeera, green chiilies, curry leaves. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Next, add potatoes, and grated ginger. Keep frying for another 3-4 minutes on low heat.
  6. Add Red Capsicum, and corn.
  7. Finally, add salt, and coriander leaves.
  8. Just before serving, add the lemon juice.

Another look at the yummy, quick and easy palya:

P.S: I ate it as is, but it is a good combination to use in a chapathi wrap, or eat it with chapathi. You can also use different colors of capsicum.

Aloo Channa Chat – Potato Chickpeas Salad

With all the traveling and work, it has become hard to follow any diet. Since this week I was not going to travel, I decided to at least focus on some healthy eating. We had a huge can of chickpeas, and so decided to prepare this yummy salad as I call. It took less than 10 minutes to put this dish together. You can definitely prepare this as a starter for many of your get together.

Ingredients:

  • 2 potatoes boiled and peeled
  • 2 cups soaked chickpeas – I used canned, washed and drained
  • Red chilli powder to taste
  • Chat masala powder to taste
  • Tamarind and Date chutney from store
  • Green chutney from store
  • Bhel mixture from store
  • Finely chopped onions, and cilantro

Procedure:

  • Boil potatoes, and chop them. You can also microwave and chop them into bite size.
  • I also microwaved the chickpeas so they are a little soft
  • Put the potatoes, chickpeas, onion in a bowl
  • Give a good toss.
  • Add both chutneys, red chilli powder, chat masala powder and cilantro.
  • Serve by topping the Bhel mixture.

P.S: You can definitely skip onion and add tomatoes and cucumber and carrot.

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.

 

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