STIR-FRIED BROCCOLI WITH GARLIC

Sometimes simplicity is the best. Although My hubby loved roasted veggies with their heavenly char, this garlic broccoli stir fry is one of my hubby’s favorite broccoli dishes. I make this very often.

Broccoli, as we all know, is very healthy food. It is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin E & calcium. So we must add such healthy food to our diet. Now we have a very easy and crunchy Broccoli salad.

Broccoli when sauteed with garlic and a bit of pepper and chilli in olive oil makes the stir fry really tasty. The only thing one should keep in mind while doing this kind of stir-fries is to blanch the vegetables in the right manner so that it will not lose its crunch in the process.

INGREDIENTS :

Broccoli – Cut into medium-sized pieces
Salt – as per taste
black pepper 1/2 tsp
Garlic – 3,4 pods finely chopped
Ginger – 1inch finely chopped
Lemon – 1/2 small
Olive oil – 2 tbsp
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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. First, wash and cut Broccoli into medium-sized pieces.
  2. Heat 2 cups of water in a pan. Add 1/4 tsp of salt.
  3. When water comes to boil, put broccoli pieces into boiling water. Boil it for 2 minutes and switch off the flame.
  4. Strain Broccoli from water.
  5. Now heat a frying pan. Pour oil. When the oil is medium hot, add garlic and ginger and Saute the garlic to a light brown colour.picsart_12-14-082822308476163953940.jpg
  6. Now add broccoli pieces and stir fry for 2 minutes.
  7. Now add salt & pepper and mix well and switch off the flame.
  8. Now squeeze 1/2 slice of lemon over it and mix well.
  9. Healthy and tangy Broccoli is ready.
  10. Serve hot.

    NOTES:

  • You can stem broccoli in the microwave too.
  • You can add onion in the recipe.
  • You can add red chilli powder instead of black pepper in the recipe.
  • Nuts like walnuts, pine nuts can be added for extra crunch.
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JOWAR VEGETABLE KHICHDI

A tasty One-Dish Meals made of healthy jowar, the Jowar and Vegetable Khichdi is also quite exotic due to the choice of veggies used in it.
Coloured capsicum brings in not just colour but also a host of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, just as the whole grain makes the jowar khichdi rich in protein, fibre and iron.

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INGREDIENTS :

1/2 cup whole Jowar (white millet)
1/4 cup finely chopped red capsicum
1/4 cup finely chopped yellow capsicum
1/4 cup finely chopped Onion
1/4 cup finely chopped Tomato
salt to taste
1 tsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1/4 cup chopped coriander (dhania)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Soak the whole Jowar overnight in enough water. Next day, drain all the water.
  2. Combine soaked and drainedJjowar, 1 cup of water and salt in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 5 whistles.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep the cooked whole Jowar aside without draining the water.
  4. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds.
  5. When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida, green chillies, Onion red, green, yellow capsicum and the Tomato and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Add a little salt, cooked jowar (along with the water), mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes or till the water dries up, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  8. Add the coriander, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  9. Serve immediately.

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DATES, NUTS, SEEDS ROLLS WITH DRIZZLED CHOCOLATE

These Dry Fruit Dates Nutty Rolls are power-packed energy bites, especially for this beautiful season. NO Sugar or No artificial flavour added.
These will be loved by kids and adults both, Health and taste in each roll ..

We all are aware of how much beneficial are dates and dry fruits. Winter has proved as the Best season to make your self healthy and fit. It is been said that the health which you gain in winter, will last for the whole year…

INGREDIENTS:

200 gms Dates (seedless )
2/3 cup chopped Almonds
1/4 cup chopped cashew nuts
1 tsp Cardamom Powder
1/4 cup roasted mix seeds
2 tsp Ghee (clarified butter )
1 tbsp poppy seeds

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Deseed dates and chop them finely.
  2. With the help of Mixer grinder/food processor, grind dates… DO NOT add water.
  3. In a non-stick wok dry roast poppy seeds 10-12 seconds. Take out in a plate. In the same wok take 1 tsp Ghee. When hot add chopped nuts and roast till fragrant.
  4. Take out in a plate. In the same wok, heat 1 tsp Ghee. Roast dates mixture. Roast for 3 to 4 minutes on slow flame. When mixture looks soft enough, add all roasted nuts and seeds. Mix well.
  5. Add cardamom powder. Mix very well. Switch off the flame..
  6. Allow it to cool a bit , then grease your hands and roll cylindrical shape. Roll these rolls in Poppy seeds. One makes small-sized Ladoos too.
  7. Keep in refrigerator for 30 to 40 minutes… With a sharp knife, Cut into rolls and Drizzle some melted dark chocolate and enjoy.
    NOTES :
  • You may add nuts of your choice like walnut, fig, kishmish and others.
  • You may add dedicated coconut too.
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EGGLESS BANANA OATS MUFFINS

Eggless Banana Oats muffins are a delicious and yet healthy combination of bananas and oats.
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This recipe does not contain maida and butter. Just two tablespoons of cooking oil for the entire batch of muffins!! Use any oil like sunflower oil or olive oil which is odourless and you can enjoy muffins without being guilty of stashing loads of calories. It is really a delicious oats recipe which will make one eat oats without even realising it.

These muffins get all their softness and moisture from banana and curd. For the sweetness, I have used some brown sugar which is again a healthier alternative to refined sugar we generally consume at home.
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You can garnish these muffins with any fruit or nuts of your choice. Some of the suggested options which you can use are strawberries, blueberries, dried cranberries, almonds, raisins or chocolate chips etc.

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INGREDIENTS :

Oats- 1/2 cup
Whole Wheat flour-1/4 cup +1 tbsp
Baking Powder-1/2tsp
Baking soda-1/4 tsp
Salt- A pinch
Ripe Banana -1 (large)
Thick Curd-1/4 cup
Brown Sugar-1/4 cup
Milk-1/4 cup
Oil-2 tbsp
Vanilla Essence- 1 tsp

For garnishing:
Chocolate Chips-2 tbsp

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take oats in a grinding jar and grind them coarsely. Don’t grind it too fine.
    I have used Quaker Oats.
  2. Sieve together whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add coarsely ground oats to it. Keep it aside. These are the dry ingredients.
  3. Peel the banana and make a puree.
  4. Add curd and brown sugar to it. Mix well till sugar is completely dissolved.
  5. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Preheating oven is an essential step in baking. Please do not miss it.
  6. While the oven is heating, add milk, vanilla essence and oil to the above mixture. Mix well.picsart_11-30-116642531607217432392.jpg
  7. Gently fold the dry ingredients in this liquid mixture. Be gentle.
  8. Place the liners inside the muffin tray or muffin moulds.
  9. Pour the batter in muffin liners using spoon such that there are filled 3/4th. Garnish the muffins with chocolate chips.picsart_11-30-11486683849379252391.jpg
  10. If the oven has preheated by now, place the cupcake tin inside the oven and bake muffins at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, do the toothpick test.
  11. Prick the centre of any muffin by a toothpick and check. If the toothpick comes out clean the muffins are ready. If there is some liquid at the tip, bake for another 2 minutes.
  12. Enjoy these melt in the mouth healthy Banana Oats muffins and that too guilt-free!! You can have them warm also 🙂
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    NOTES:

  13. The muffin gets its natural sweetness from the ripe bananas. I would advise if you are trying this recipe, then please use only ripe bananas as I have added a nominal amount of sugar and these muffins get most of their sweetness from bananas.

 

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CARROTT AMLA POMOGRANATE JUICE

I love juices and keep trying them with different ingredients every time.
In my city Indore, there are many juice shops with a variety of healthy yet attractive juices like apple beetroot juice and spinach juice. Seeing these I decided to try them at home. The hero of the drink is amla with a blend of other veggies like a carrot.
The wonderful blend of carrots, amla and pomegranate with a slight hint of sweetness from honey gives a thick texture and a lot of fibre content. You can have this healthy beverage after your workout sessions or breakfast or as a snack at any time of the day.
All the three ingredients used are packed with nutrition and this juice is simply blended to give a thick juice full of texture from the fibre.
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 Try this easy juice recipe at home and keep yourself energized throughout the day! My family simply loved it. Try it and tell me about yours.
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Preparation Time: 10 M
Cooking Time: 10M
INGREDIENTS :
2 Carrots (Gajjar)diced
2 Amla (Nellikai/ Gooseberry) deseeded and chopped
1/2 cup Pomegranate Kernels
1 inch Ginger
1 tablespoon Honey
1/2 tsp black salt
1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
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INSTRUCTIONS :
  1. For making the juice, simply blend all the ingredients- carrots, amla, pomegranate, salt, honey, Ginger, cumin powder into a blender until you get a smooth mixture of the juice.PicsArt_11-23-10.01.32.jpg
  2. Sieve it if you want.PicsArt_11-23-10.03.33.jpg
  3. (*You will find the juice has a lot of texture from the pomegranates and the fibre from the carrots.)
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NOTES:
  • You may use sugar instead of honey.

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KHAJUR & CHOCOLATE OATS LADDOO

This is a very healthy and delicious snack prepared with oats, nuts, and dates.1507396232824.jpg

I made these simple and healthy dates and oats laddu for Diwali .just roast, grind and mix all the ingredients and yummy and delicious laddu’s are ready to offer..

It can be prepared with sugar or jaggery and not much of ghee is needed and it is optional. They are non-sticky while you hold on and slightly chewy and taste good. They can be made absolutely fat free or vegan by eliminating the ghee.

So, from this year, one more item is added to my list of festival sweets. Let’s celebrate Diwali with these soft ladoos.

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Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Cook time: 6-10 minutes

serve:4

 

INGREDIENTS :

Dates pitted and chopped 10-12
Cocoa powder 2-3 tablespoons
Oats 1 cup
Ghee 2 tablespoons
Walnuts chopped 1/2 cup
Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon
Jaggery (Gur) grated 3/4-1 cup
poppy seeds roasted 1tbsp

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat ghee in a non-stick pan. Add walnuts, mix and sauté till golden. Reduce heat, add oats and sauté for a minute.1507395403328
  2. Add dates, cardamom powder, mix and cook till dates soften. Add jaggery, mix and cook till it melts on low heat.1507395515760
  3. Transfer the dates-oats mixture in a bowl and mix. Add cocoa powder, mix and cool.
  4. Divide the mixture into equal portions and shape them into laddoos, and roll in poppy seeds.1507395587521
  5. Serving suggestions-For breakfast, dessert, and good as a travel food too
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NOTES:

  • You can also use almonds, walnuts or any other nuts of your choice.
  •  Adjust the quantity of dates according to your taste.

 

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