Saturday, January 7, 2012

Choco Apple Banana Smoothie!

I bought a box of unsweetened cocoa powder and making use of it in many ways. Cocoa is a very good antioxidant and it has many health benefits. We love smoothies and this is a different variation of the berry smoothie. Ingredients are just some basic fruits at hand with added oats, walnuts, cocoa powder and fig/dates as the natural sweetener. You can also add avocado, it blends well. This smoothie tastes like indian fruit Chikku juice.

What you need?

Oats-1/2 cup
Walnuts-1/2 cup
Cocoa powder-2 Tbsp
(Increase the sweetener as per your taste)
Salt-1/4 tsp
Yogurt or milk - 1 cup
water - 1 cup

Optional ingredients
Chia seeds-2 Tbsp
Avocado-1 medium sized

1. Soak dates and fig with hot water for 30 mins and remove pit.
2. Cut the fruits into chunks
3. Blend everything until smooth. Add chia seeds at end. Adjust water consistency by adding more if desired.

You can top it with sliced almonds for a great look.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Peanut Avocado chutney

I had already posted one Avocado dip or chutney. This fruit is so healthy and I find new ways to use it into my everyday cooking. Avocado and peanut go well together.

What you need?

Roasted Peanuts - 1/2 cup
Medium sized avocado-1
Ginger-1/2 inch
Gr chillies - 3 (depends on your taste)
Cumin seeds(Jeera)-1/4 tsp

How to make?

1. Cut avocado into half and take out the pulp,

2. Grind all the ingredients and do tadka


Heat 1 tsp oil and add mustard seeds.

Note: You can add lemon juice if you would like to add tanginess.

Simple and quick make chutney with can go with Idli/Dosai and can also get into roti rolls! or just a dip for baby carrots.

Crispy Healthy Dosai(Dosa)

I have been making this for a while after playing with the ingredients little bit. Dosai is using made with boiled or raw white rice and urad. My recipe uses brown rice, whole urad(with black skin) and whole ragi(finger millet) as the main ingredient. My kids who were not eating dosas just love this and that is the reason I thought of posting this.  Here is the picture of the Dosai with carrot chutney.

What you need?

Br rice - 1 cup
Whole urad(with skin) - 1/2 cup
whole ragi - 1/2 cup
Toor dal - 2 Tbsp
Fenugreek seeds (Methi) - 2 Tbsp (optional)
salt - 1 tsp

Prep work:

Soak all the ingredients for 6-8 hrs or overnight. Wash them and grind whole urad, rice and ragi. I usually let the whole urad run for a while in my grinder, it turns really fluffy. You should add enough water for it to grind. It is similar to grinding for idli batter. If someone needs to know in detail, please email me. Take the urad out in a container and then grind ragi, once it is soft, you can add rice and other ingredients to it. Let it all grind smoothly. Transfer it to the container, mix salt and let it ferment for few hours. Fermentation time depends on the weather. Keep the container in a warm place. It takes 16 hrs here to ferment. Once you see some bubbles and the batter risen, it is fermented. It is ready to make dosas or store it in the refrigerator.

If you store the dough in the refrigerator, keep it out for few hrs to bring it to room temperature.

How to make?

1. Heat a tava or a griddle and keep it on Med high
2. Make crepes and it can really go as thin as you want, spray oil.
3. In a minute, it will be ready to turn
4. Turn it to the other side, let it cook.
5. Serve hot with any chutney of your choice.


1. Recently, I have started using chia seeds into my cooking. It is a very healthy seed which has so many health benefits. I just add a tbsp of it into any batter and it goes into the system without any effort!! This is jsut optional. You should just keep your mind open and let good things in whenever and wherever possible.