Showing posts with label healthy food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label healthy food. Show all posts

Monday, December 11, 2017

Fresh dates and dry fruits ladoo

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
How are you? I am happy that I could take out time for another post. Actually all these days I thought I can not type on the cellphone and I am not getting time to sit infront of the computer. But, now no more excuses. I will post the recipes from my cellphone itself.
Home made food is always the best and many food act as the medicine too. Having deep rooted culture, our India offers countless ideas or recipes as a medicine.
Here is one among those treasures which acts as magic for many diseases.
Yes, I am talking about laddoos made of fresh dates and dry fruits. I have already posted a recipe of gondh ke laddoo long back. It has it's own benefits and who can eat it. The link is  Here for the recipe. Please visit and let me know.
Now, why again this type? Because this laddoo has NO more ghee, NO SUGAR OR JAGGERY.
Easy to make and can store it for a week.
And benefits!!! From our skin care to iron deficiency to weight loss and constipation!

So, what are you waiting for? Go through the recipe, I am sure all the ingredients are in your kitchen. It takes only 20-30 minutes make these laddoos.
Recipe :
It makes 15-16 small laddoos (small lemon size)
Fresh dates - 1cup, deseeded and cubed
Dry fruits(almonds, cashew nuts, raisins, walnuts) - 1/2 cup
Dry coconut grated - 1/3 cup
Edible Gondh - 1tbsp, fried in a spoon of ghee.
Alalvi (garden cress seeds)- 2 tsp, again fries in the same pan.
Keep these to cool.
Put dates in a blender or mixi for few seconds to get it in to coarse powder. Transfer it into a wide open bowl. Now add the dry fruits and grind to make small pieces or even to a coarse powder.

Transfer this into the same bowl in which you kept the dates.
Add fried Gondh and alalvi and mix it properly. And take a small portion to make a laddoo of small lime size.

Eat it or give it to kids everyday with a glass of milk in the morning after the breakfast. Immunity will increase, if there is low Hb count , this will help to increase it. It's very tasty, healthy and you just can't wait one. But don't eat more than two a day.

Keep smiling,

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Eat Nutritious, Feel Fabulous - Challenges that we all should take !

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
How are you all?Wishing you all a very happy new year. Everyone is busy around making new resolutions and Trying(!!) to keep. Today Me and Jagruti are here for something else. We don't want you people do make some resolutions and trying hard to keep those. We want you all to do some commitment and follow it regularly.
Resolutions are to break but not commitments.
Dearies, we are here to bring some awareness about what actually is a real healthy food and its benefits. We would like to invite all of you to join us and lets make our and our loved ones life healthy.
I learnt a great lesson in the life and always push myself to keep fit and healthy. May be I am off and on in between but always follow at least three things.
Some simple rules for good life:
Regular exercise and brisk walking at least for 45 minutes,
Good food,
Lot of water intake.
 I am not talking any thing new or I am not a guru in any of these fields. But this is what I have realized and I have committed myself to maintain these. Will you join me too. Not actually only me, its WE, Me and Jagruti.
Lets hear it in Jagruti's  (of Jagruti's Cooking Odysseywords:

"What is the real meaning of healthy? These days this word is constantly thrown around without truly understanding it's real value. With so many claiming to be eating healthy, there is still a massive increase in the general public developing all sorts of health related illnesses. 

The only way to combat all of these illnesses is to eat well and to do plenty of exercise. There are so many nutritious foods out there that can increase our well being and health. wholegrain, proteins and essential amino acids, good fats and fruits and vegetables! It's about eating all of these in moderation. If we can incorporate more of these foods into our diet, then our overall health is sure to improve!

Obviously, simply adding a piece of fruit to your calorie loaded dessert doesn't suddenly make your dish healthy. Adding heaps of sugar to your nutritious porridge is completely against the point! A bit of vegetable puree to fried food won't magically make it beneficial. It has been scientifically proven that eating certain foods together cancels their nutritional value. For example foods with calcium will prevent any iron being absorbed in the body, so eating these together in the same meal isn't going to help!

I want to search for recipes that actually are healthy and full of nutrients. That use all of the true ingredients out there, that have medicinal benefits to the body. I want all of you to come up with recipes that do have health benefits, where every ingredient in the recipe can provide the body with a different nutrient. This recipe could be one that's been passed down the family, or your own creation!
The focus is on low GI and low fat!

I was thinking over the past few months to start this challenge, one day our fellow food blogger Nivedita of Nivedita's Kitchen mentioned the same and then we both decided to go ahead with this project.

So why wait any longer, it's new year, let's make a new start ! Let's cook with nutritious food in right manner and share with the world out there. If you are thinking same as me and Nivedita, join us and let us know if you want to be a part of this challenge. 

So let's Eat nutritious and feel Fabulous !

Guidelines to follow :-

  • Prepare dishes with Wholegrain, Vegetables, Fruit, Legumes,Seeds, Nuts, Natural sweeteners or low fat dairy or Non-dairy products without loosing their vitamins and minerals. These type of dishes won't be allowed e.g. Cake baked with little fruit or Baked samosa made with AP flour as there is no nutrition in AP flour so no point to either bake or fry. Do you know what I mean ? 
  • Recipe which are allowed only contains ONLY 1 tsp. fat or sugar per serving.
  • Only Vegetarian dishes will be allowed.
  • Can cook Breakfasts, lunch, Dinners, Snacks or drinks.
  • Me and Nivedita will be hosting this challenge over alternative months.
  • We all will post our recipes on 20th of every month.
  • Use of logo and link of this announcement page is MUST.
  • If you want to join us please email me at
  • or you can mail at
This month Jagruti is hosting the event. So please send your recipes to her blog.

Keep Smiling,

Monday, October 28, 2013


Tried and tasted by Nivedita
 Hi All,
How are you?
If you observe the previous months, I have posted the recipes only for this PPCS event. (Trying to adjust the timing for everything), And today I am here with Manjula's healthy cake, and this is really healthy, We all loved the taste, the flavour, the texture and everything. I enjoyed it with my cuppa coffee. Its really yummy. Its little bit dry but you don't feel when you eat. 
Here is the link for original recipe.
I used lemon juice instead of Vinegar as I was not having it. 
Shall I repeat the ingredients and the method of making it? Just copy and pasting it. (with your permission Manjula)

Maida - 1 cup
Sathumaavu/ Health mix - 1/2 cup(I used MANNA HEALTH MIX)
Cocoa Powder - 2 tbsp
Condensed milk - 3/4 cup, I used the Nestle brand
Baking pd - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Lemon Juice - 1 tbsp
Milk - 1/2 cup ( extra if needed )
Vanilla  essence - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 3 tbsp

  • Sieve maida, sathu maavu ,baking pd, baking soda in a bowl.
  • In another bowl add  all the wet ingredients  except lime juice and mix well.
  • Grease and flour the cake tin and preheat the oven at 350F or 180 degree C.(I used 6" pan, may be the larger one gives the best result)
  • Slowly fold the dry flour  with the wet  mix to get  a semi liquid batter.
  • Add extra milk if you feel the batter is very thick only to make it semi liquid .
  • At the last minute add the lemon juice  and mix the batter nicely.
  • Immediately transfer the prepared batter in the greased cake pan.
  • Bake this in preheated oven at 350 F for 15 - 20 min till a toothpick inserted in the cake come out clean.
  • Once the cake is done cool it in the wire rack and turn it upside down in a plate.
 May be I used the smaller tin because my cake came out but it was puffy.

 Sending this to 

 Keep Smiling,

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
A recipe prepared with yeast always puts me in tension till it is prepared and its served on the table.
This time, when Valli announced this month's  Indian Cooking Challenge and I checked the ingredients, my first response was NO!! This month also I am not going to participate in the event. I removed it from my mind to make it. But last week, when I saw the active yeast packet in a super market, somehow I felt I should try it. Its better to try and fail than never trying and crying afterwards. I brought the packet and boiled rice. Still I took few more days to make up my mind. 
Valli has chosen the recipe from  Shireen Sequeira's Mom. 

Day before yesterday I tried these Sannas. My first batch was a flop. Sannas were hard and tasteless. May be the reason was the batter was not fully fermented.

Please visit Valli 's PAGE  for the ingredients and the method. 
Lets see how I prepared these Sannas.
I did not take the step by step pictures  but will write down the method I followed.
I took the exact measurement of all the ingredients as in the recipe.
I soaked Urad dal(1/4 cup), Boiled rice(1 1/2cup) and raw rice(1/2 cup) separately at 11.45 AM.
At 3.00PM. I prepared the yeast(1 tsp heaped) solution with sugar(1 tsp) in tepid water(3 tbsp). Kept it for 10 minutes.
Till then, I prepared the urad dal paste first and then both the rice. It took time for the rice to get into fine paste.Mixed all the three nicely and added the yeast solution. Mixed it well. Added the salt to taste and 2 tsp more sugar. Mixed well and kept it closed till 5.30 PM.
Checked the batter, it was not fully up but my daughter was hungry. Thinking that given time in the original recipe was 1 1/2 hour, I tried making first batch.
This is what I got: hard and taste less.

                         First time, my elder daughter had it with sauce.

Then I waited till 7 PM and prepared two more batches. I got them nice puffy and tasty :-)
I prepared a simple sambhar and we had it for our dinner. My both the kids enjoyed it. Hey, one sanna I made in a Thatte idly stand, a big round one. My younger one loved it with ghee and sambhar.

I enjoyed my yeastwala sannas :-)

Keep Smiling, 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Oats, almond and dates granola bars

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
One more recipe followed from DEEBA'S blog.
Again the same problem of not getting few ingredients here. I think there is a plus point in that also. That brings more creativity in me.
The other day Suma Rowjee posted the recipe(.Eggless Chocolate Chip Oat & Whole Wheat Snack Bar..) which she has followed it from Deeba (recipe here) and Deeba has followed it from Megan(here) and everyone with their alterations.
I thought of combining all the ideas and creating my own granola bars :-)))), and hey it was a success, I could not stop munching these lovely bars. My younger daughter was so happy to have it, and I was satisfied of giving her some thing healthy. And I never never imagined even in my dream  that I will bake some bars like these...
And the best part of these bars is its made of wheat and oats added to it are almonds and dates. What a perfect breakfast with a glass of milk to start your day. It really keeps you energetic the whole day.
Please click the above links for their original recipes,

Coming to my version:
Dry Ingredients:
Oats - 1 1/2 cups(I used Saffola Oats)
Whole Wheat Flour - 3/4 cup
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Flaked almonds - 1/2 cup
Diced fresh dates - 1/4 cup

Wet Ingredients:
Granulated Sugar - 1/4 cup
Brown or Demerara sugar - 1/4 cup
Oil - 1/4 cup
Milk - 2 tbsp
Corn flour - 2 tbsp
Warm water - 2tbsp
Vanilla extract or essence - 1 tsp

for the coating :
Nutella spread 
and toasted flaked almonds

Pre heat the oven at 180c
Grease and line a 7x11x2 inch tin with baking parchment leaving an overhang.
Take all the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk. Keep aside.
Mix the warm water and cornflour in a bowl and keep it aside.
In a large bowl, add milk, oil, sugar and vanilla. Beat till the sugar is dissolved (it may take 3 to 4 minutes)
Add the cornflour mix. Beat again for a minute. 
Fold in the dry ingredients and mix well. The mixture will be very thick.
Spread it in a tin and level it.  
First time I baked it at 180 c for 30 minutes.
I removed and kept it to cool, but still the bars were soft.
So I cut it into bars and again baked at 200 c for 10 more minutes. And there I got crispy granola bars.
I used Nutella spread  and some flaked almonds to top it with. (I did not had dark chocolate).

My daughters enjoyed these bars.
You can store these crispy bars in an airtight box for a week or so.

(This event was started byzlamushka and is now taken care of by Lakshmi of Kitchen Chronicles)

Keep Smiling,

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Quick Egg Cutlet

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Being a mother of two growing kids and a person who never likes to waste the food,  I am always in search of reusing the leftover food. Here is another recipe from leftover boiled potato. Whenever I boil potato for something, I have a habit of boiling one or two extra potatoes. Potatoes always come in handy for any quick preparation. prepare a salad with it, turn it  into jeera aloo, pakodas, mix with some vegetable to make it gravy.. 
The other day, when I prepared aloo paratha, I had kept one big boiled potato in the fridge. And afternoon, I told my daughter to bring eggs from nearby shop to make egg kurma for the night. She brought the eggs with one  broken..
I did not wanted to waste it, I transferred it into a bowl and thought of making an omelet. Then I saw my potato in the fridge, thought of adding it to the omelet. I mashed the potato and added in to the egg and went on adding few more things and finally came out with this nice cutlets..... Roll down for the recipe ..

Boiled Potato - 1 big
Egg - 1
Green chilly - 1 finely chopped(less if for kids)
dry red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Dhania powder - 1/4 tsp
Oil- 1tsp
Fresh coriander - 1/8 cup, finely chopped
Oats - 1 cup

Oil to shallow fry

Method :
  • Beat the egg. 
  • Add the mashed potatoes and add all other ingredients EXCEPT OATS and oil to fry.
  • Mix well, adjust the seasoning, 
  • Heat tawa, Till it becomes real hot,
  • Take a big spoon of ready mix, give a pressed,round shape, roll it into oats to cover the cutlets on all the sides.
  • Make all the cutlets ready and keep.
  • Spread the oil, keep 2 to 3 cutlets on tawa and fry on all the sides. Repeat with other cutlets.

  • Serve HOT with sauce.

Its perfect healthy snack for kids. But try to serve it hot as it it tastes like rubber once its cold.

Keep Smiling,

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sprouted whole moth Dry sabji (ಮಡಕೆ ಕಾಳು ಪಲ್ಲ್ಯೆ )

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
In North Karnataka,  in particular marriages, this sprouted whole moth dry masala is must along with, brinjal and onion masala, all types of dry chutney powders and curds. Giving you the recipe for the same :
It is called madake kaalu (ಮಡಕೆ ಕಾಳು ಪಲ್ಲ್ಯೆ) in Kannada. Very healthy and easy to prepare. It goes well with hot chapati, peanut chutney powder and curds. I love the combination.

To sprout the moong :

Whole moth - 1 cup
Wash and soak it in water for 8 hours. Drain the water. Tie it in a white cloth for one day. or keep in a bowl covered.  It may take more time in cold weather. 
You will get sprouted moth ready to cook.

Ingredients :
Sprouted moth - 1 cup
Onion - 1 medium, cleaned and cubed
Curry leaves few
Tamarind paste - 1 tsp
Green chilly - 2 finely chopped
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - a pinch or 1/2 chopped tomato
Sugar - 1 tsp
Fresh Coriander - 1 tbsp chopped
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Fresh coriander to garnish

Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds and wait to splutter. Add cumin seeds, curry leaves, onions and green chilly. Fry for 2 minutes. Now add salt, tamarind paste and turmeric powder. MIx it and add sprouted moong. Fry for a minute. Add sugar.Sprinkle little water. Cover and cook on medium heat till the moong gets tender. If you feel the water is less add in between and keep on stirring. It may take 8 to 10 minutes to get tender. Adjust the seasoning.

Do not over cook, it may make the moong like rubber. 
Garnish it with fresh coriander and serve with chapati or roti or just like that.

 Sending this to two events :

Keep Smiling,

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sprouted Sorghum and onion masala

Tried and tasted by Nivedita 
Hi All,
One more recipe from North Karnataka. A very healthy, nutritious and tasty food and tastes different. My mother used to make this when we were in school. But I do not know when we stopped eating this or when mom stopped making this.

Last week when I brought  Jowar or Sorghum to make flour (in flour mill). I remembered this recipe and thought of trying with very little quantity. I was not sure, whether I will like it now or not.
But, the taste was so good that I have decided to sprout the sorghum again and try it in salads or curry.
Here is the recipe for Sprouted Sorghum and onion Masala :
To sprout :
Sorghum - 1 cup
Wash the Sorghum and soak it in 3 cups of water for 24 hours.
Drain the water, wash it 2 times with fresh water. 
Tie in a muslin or cotton cloth for 12 hours. Open and check whether its sprouted or not, If not, tie it and keep it for another 8 to 10 hours.
Sprouting time depends on the weather. In cold weather, it takes more time than in hot weather. 

Ingredients :
Boiled Sprouted Sorghum - 1 cup
(Add 2 cups of water to the sprout and keep in a cooker to give 2 whistles. Let it cool and drain the water in a bowl to use it later.)
Onion - 1 big, cleaned, chopped into cubes
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 10 to 12, cleaned and chopped finely
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
or green chilly - 1 finely chopped
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Lime juice - 1 tbsp
Fresh coriander - 1 tbsp, finely chopped
Heat oil in a kadai. Add mustard seeds. When splutter add curry leaves and onion. Fry till onion changes its color. (Now add green chilly if you are using it). Or add red chilly powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix it properly. Add the boiled water about 1/8 cup. Cook for a minute. Add the boiled sorghum. Cover and cook it for 2 minutes. Remove the lid add lime juice and fresh coriander. Mix it and remove from the Fire. 
You can use fresh coriander also.
Serve it with chapati or rice or even puri!!

I would love to thank Nithu of  Nithu's Kitchen, who made me to feel happy and proud of myself by taking my interview and posting in her blog.
Check out my  interview  in her blog and enjoy her unique recipes too.
Sending this to 

Keep Smiling,

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Few recipes with green leaves stem

Tried and tasted by Nivedita 
Hi All,
Most of the times, we discard the vegetable peel, fruit feel and this green leafy vegetables. Most of us, use only the leaves from Spinach, Amarnath leaves and many few green leaves(I do not know English names for those like Rajgiri, Harive, dantina soppu). We do not like the tender stem of leafy vegetables. But it tastes very good and has more nutrition.

When I was in school, this was the toughest task for me, to clean these green leaves. But it was my work! I used to take so much time to clean it. Some times, mom used to get irritated and she used to clean it. That time, I used to collect these stems and play with those, making necklace or used to build spider web with the stems. 
When I was in college, I tried making  sabji using these stems. The taste was good. From then, its become regular in my house to use these stems for sabji, sambhar or salad. 
There are three recipes you can make with these(which I know),
1. With onions and garlic
Recipe for the same :
cleaned, and chopped stem - 1 cup
Onion - 1 medium, chopped
Garlic - 1 small bulb or 6 to 8 cloves, crushed
Green chilly - 1 crushed
Salt to taste
Haldi a pinch
Oil - 1 tbsp
Heat oil in a kadai. Add chopped garlic and saute till brown. Add onion and fry till it changes it color. Add green chilly and cleaned stem. Saute for some time. Add salt, haldi and 1 tbsp water. Cook for few minutes.
Garlic and stem sabji is ready.

2. Just add these stems while making dal or sambhar. It taste good.
3. Clean, chop and steam these stems and use it to make salad with curds, onion and tomato with seasoning of salt and pepper.

4. Now coming to the recipe with the photo:
Here is the recipe with dal,

Cleaned and chopped stem - 1 cup
Chana dal - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Green chilly and cumin seeds paste - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Haldi - a pinch
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Fresh coconut - 2 tbsp grated
Hing a pinch

Soak the chana for one hour in warm water.
Heat oil in a kadai.
Add mustard seeds. When splutter, add curry leaves and hing. 
Add soaked chana and fry for a minute.
Add chopped stem, green chilly paste and 1 tbsp water. Cook for a minute.
Add salt and haldi. Cook with 1/4 cup water till the chana is cooked.
Add Lemon juice and fresh coconut. Adjust the seasoning.
Serve hot with chapati or rice and sambhar.
Sending this to the event hosted by
Nithu at Nithu's Kitchen on 

Keep Smiling,

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