Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Gooseberry Dip (Nellikai chutney)

Gooseberry is an indian berry used extensively in ayurveda medicine.   I make it more often now a days since it is very good for so many health conditions and also it is said to be good after keeping any fasting.  I started doing ekadasi fasting as a cleansing activity.  It is indeed very important to take appropriate food after fasting.  We dont get fresh gooseberries here in US though frozen ones are available.  I got dried gooseberries from India and they are also good.  You can use either of them.

What you need?

Gooseberries - dried/frozen - 2 Tbsp (dried ones) or 5-6 berries
Gr chillies-2 (for low spice family like ours)
ginger 1 inch
Almonds -10 or coconut- 2 Tbsp
Yogurt - 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Oil for tadka-2 tsp

Prep work:

* Soak dried gooseberries overnight after washing them  (min 4-6 hrs will be good)

* If using almonds,soak overnight if possible otherwise 30 mins is also fine in hot water. 

* soak cumin seeds in the same cup for about 30 mins

How to make?

Grind all the ingredients together with salt

Tadka with mustard seeds and curry leaves if any.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Apple Dates Sauce

I could see fresh apples coming in the farmer's market, not sure if this is the apple season but the deal is not bad on them.  I bought a bunch of them and husband got another bunch of them!  My little one loves apple sauce and I looked up some online recipes which asked to peel skin and add sugar.. I would'nt do that.  I have to change the recipe into healthier one.. Here is how i did that?

What you need?

Apples(organic are good since we are going to use the skin) - 4 big ones
or even jaggery - 1/2 cup
cinnamon-1/2 tsp (optional)
Lemon juice-1 Tbsp

How to make?

1. Cut apples into chunks, add  water half way to it on the skillet and let it boil.

2. Reduce heat and let it cook for about 20 mins in low flame. Add dates to them.

3.  Once it is cooked, let it cool for few mins, blend it

4. Add lemon juice and cinnamon if using and mix well. 

This could be given to kids as a snack or used to make muffins.  I made apple sauce muffins without adding any sugar. It turned out pretty good.  I will post that soon.

Quinoa Parsley Pulao

I bought a bunch of parsley last week from farmer's market.  You could replace it with any greens like Methi/Coriander or even spinach.  Parsley has wonderful heath benefits.. The key is to use as much as greens as possible, just give a round of try on all of them and see if it suits your palate. 

What you need?

Parsley-1 bunch
Tofu cut into small cubes
Gr chillies-1 (more as per choice)
Ginger-1/2 inch)
Quinoa-1 cup (water is 1:2)


Oil-2 Tbsp
mustard seeds-1/2 tsp (optional)
Cumin-1/2 tsp
Spice powder(garam masala) - 1/2 tsp

Prep work:

Remove stems from parsley bunch, wash and set aside.

I used blender to cut the parsley, ginger and gr chillies fine since my little one would not eat.  You could cut them fine too.

How to make?

1. Cook Quinoa with 1:2 water in rice cooker.  Once done, take the vessel out, open the lid and fluff it with fork and let it cool.

2.  In a kadai, heat oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, spice powder, asofoedita, add tofu, cut parsley ginger chilli mix, fry them for few mins.

3. Add the fluffed quinoa and salt, mix well

Serve with Raita or any other side dish of your choice.   I served with veggie yogurt sauce.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Quinoa Pongal

I make different dishes with quinoa but had not tried pongal till few days ago.  Our weekly menu has atleast one day - quinoa.  Quinoa pongal turned out pretty good and very filling too with the dal.  I served with coconut, dalia and peanut chutney.

What you need?

Quinoa-1 cup
moong dal-1/2 cup
water-3.5 cups
salt - 1 tsp
turmeric - one pinch


oil - 1 Tbsp
cumin seeds-1 tsp
ginger thinly sliced - 1/2 inch
peppercorns few
asofoedita-1/4 tsp

How to make?

1. Dry roast moong dal, wash with quinoa, add water and pressure cook for 2 whistles with little turmeric and salt. You can cook on stove top as well if you are not using pressure cooker.

2. Do tadka, heat oil and add the ingredients on the order above.  I used coconut oil for tadka but any oil is fine.

3. Mix well with the cooked quinoa and server hot with chutney!

That was pretty simple and complete meal.