Homemade Chana Dhal & Chinese Spinach

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Homemade Chana Dhal & Chinese Spinach
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
 
We love Indian food. At home, it is very unusual if we don’t have Indian food at least once a week. The aromas, the textures, the spicy flavours of this wonderful culture, delight our guests, as well. But, let's talk about the Dhal. Dahl, which is also often spelled daal, and dal, is essentially a thick South-Asian-inspired lentil stew, which is often prepared with ghee or clarified butter. This recipe uses a little sesame oil for depth and flavour instead of ghee, and to make it vegan as well. There are actually a wide range of dahls made from many different types of lentils and other vegetables called "pulses." Dried and split, they are cooked with various different spices, meats, and vegetables. Options include red and yellow lentils, mung beans, lobiya (black-eyed peas), and chickpeas among others. It's easy to modify a dahl to make it mild or spicy, or to create a full dah-based meal, or a side dish. This simple dahl is one of my favourite go-to recipes as it is easy to prepare with pantry staples, and quick to make in one pot. It can also be doubled or tripled when you have a lot of mouths to feed for a large family gathering or a party. It is also a great to-go leftovers lunch that can be served with naan and tea.
Ingredients
  • • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • • Thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • • 1 red tomato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • • 1½ tsps. ground turmeric
  • • 1½ tsps. ground cumin
  • • 1 ½ tsps. Garam Masala
  • • 2 sweet potatoes (about 400g/14oz), cut into even chunks
  • • 250g Chana Dhal
  • • 600ml vegetable stock
  • • 80g of Chinese spinach
  • • 4 spring onions, sliced on the diagonal, to serve
  • • 1 tbsp. ginger, sliced finely, to serve
  • • 1tbsp. green chilli, finely chopped, to serve
  • • ½ small pack of Thai basil, leaves torn, to serve
  • • Cooked rice, as side dish
  • • Sour cream
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a wide-based pan with a tight-fitting lid. Add the onion and cook over a low heat for 10 mins, stirring occasionally, until softened. Add the garlic, ginger, tomato and chilli, cook for 1 min, then add the spices and cook for 1 more min.
  2. Turn up the heat to medium, add the sweet potato and stir everything together, so the potato is coated in the spice mixture. Tip in the dhal, stock and some seasoning. Bring the liquid to the boil, then reduce the heat, cover and cook for 30 mins or until the split chickpeas are tender and the potato is just holding its shape.
  3. Taste and adjust the seasoning, then gently stir in the spinach. Once wilted, top it with the spring onions, chilli, ginger and basil to serve.
  4. Serve with rice and sour cream as you like.
  5. Enjoy!!

 

Spinach N Cottage Cheese Pasta

Spinach N Cottage Cheese Pasta
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 3
 
Homemade freshly cooked pasta with spinach and cottage cheese recipe follows a trendy and healthy line of Italian love for incorporating simple seasonal ingredients in their everyday food preparation. Here edible nutritious mustard flower is added, as it is available now in our local market and can best paired with a new twist for colour garnishing. Enjoy with your whole family for weekdays dinner.
Ingredients
  • 2 cup Pasta
  • 3 cups Baby Spinach Leaves
  • 11/2 cup Homemade Tomato Puree
  • 2 teaspoon Tomato paste
  • 1 cup Onion chopped
  • 5 Garlic pods chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Herbs
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • Few Basil Leaves chopped
  • 4 tablespoon Parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Butter
  • 2 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Homemade Cottage Cheese
  • Few Edible Mustard Flowers
Instructions
  1. At the very beginning of this recipe, cook the pasta in salted boiling water as per package. Reserve some boiling water for later use for later addition in case the pasta gets too dried .
  2. Chop the parsley, basil, onion and garlic.
  3. Heat a medium saucepan with oil and melted butter, add the italian herbs.
  4. Fry the garlic and onion for 3 minutes.
  5. Add the tomato puree and cook till three fourth of the quantity is left.
  6. Season with salt and add the tomato paste
  7. Add the pasta and coat well with the sauce for a minute.
  8. Mix the spinach and stir for 4 minutes or less.
  9. Garnish with crumbled cottage cheese, pepper, basil and parsley on top.
  10. Serve hot on pasta platter with numbers of mustard flower of your choice.

 

One Pot Spiced Beetroot Rice

One Pot Spiced Beetroot Rice
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Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 3-4
 
If you are looking for an easy one pot super nutritious quick vegan meal then you must give a try to this recipe. It can be your favorite super easy lunch pack for your kids and your whole family for a very busy schedule. Here the multi beneficial spice Nigella seed is added to score for the mild taste and extra nutrition. This pink color rice can be the kids most wanted dish in the menu list along with the garnish of edible mustard flower
Ingredients
  • 4 cups Cooked Basmati Rice
  • 4 cups Beetroot
  • 2 teaspoon Nigella/Kalonji seed
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • Few Mustard Flower for garnish
  • 2 tablespoon chopped Coriander Leaves
  • 1 Green Chilli
  • 3 teaspoon Oil
  • 2 cup Water
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. At first wash the beetroot, peel off the skin and grate it.
  2. Cool the cooked basmati rice.
  3. Heat a wok with oil, add nigella seeds and the green chillies.
  4. Add the beetroot, turmeric and salt, toss it well for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the water and bring to a boil and cover till fully cooked.
  6. Stop the flame with little gravy left at the bottom.
  7. Toss in the rice and check for seasoning.
  8. Serve warm on dinner plate with mustard flower,coriander leaves and nigella seed for garnish.

 

Drumstick Leaves Egg Recipe

Drumstick Leaves Egg Recipe
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 3
 
Drumstick Leaves are powerhouse of nutrients, and voted by Vogue as the super food ingredient for 2018. The extensive use of these leaves for cooking is famous in South India mostly but due to its medicinal benefits the usage is now widespread. Here this ingredient is added to make scrambled eggs to make your first breakfast meal . Try it , very easy recipe without compromising with the taste but you will be amazed to hear that these leaves contribute double the health benefits than that of an egg.
Ingredients
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 11/2 cup Drumstick Leaves
  • 11/2 Onion chopped
  • 2 Green chilly
  • 2 teaspoon Oil
  • ½th teaspoon Black Pepper powder
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. First wash and dry only the leaves .
  2. Chop the onion and green chilly.
  3. Take a medium bowl , crack open all the eggs and beat well with green chilly, black pepper and salt.
  4. Heat a frying pan with oil and fry the onions for few minutes.
  5. Add the beaten eggs and leaves together and toss to scramble on low heat.
  6. Check for seasoning.
  7. Serve hot on a plate with butter toast and a glass of orange juice.

 

Apple Kale Chia Seed Salad

Apple Kale Chia Seed Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Continental
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Serves: 3
 
If you are searching for a power packed crunchy salad then toss up this colorful ingredients with dijon mustard dressing. A perfect anytime salad with nutrients overloaded to energize your daily routine and start your favorite routine. Kale, apple, almonds, chia seed and any other dried nuts you wish to add the salad will taste awesome. The continental influence of mixing up with the seasonal winter salad leaf Kale is available in local market or choose from Organic section. A fantastic super food salad for your whole family especially for our little ones.
Ingredients
  • 2 cup Kale Leaves
  • 1 Apple
  • 1/ 2 cup Almonds
  • 2 teaspoon Chia Seed
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • ¼th teaspoon Lemon juice
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. First clean the leaves and drain the water then chop the Kale leaves.
  2. Toss the kale leaves with little salt in a bowl and rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Cut the apple in thin slices.
  4. Take a small bowl and mix dijon mustard, lemon juice and honey.
  5. To assemble all take a big serving salad bowl and transfer the kale leaves in it.
  6. Now toss in the apples, almonds and dijon mustard sauce together.
  7. Sprinkle chia seeds on salad from top just before eating

 

Mutton Galouti Kabab

Mutton Galouti Kabab
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 5-6
 
Mutton galouti kabab recipe is all time favourite from Lucknow Cuisine. Available in all Kabab restaurents, where one can indulge to share the essence of Nawab style eating habits and authentic taste. Next time try to make in your kitchen, sure you will surprise yourself that the homemade version is not that difficult if you love experimenting with recipes. Feel free to add your best ingredient addition to this recipe and bring out the melting in the mouth experience and get addicted to eating fresh and healthy food.
Ingredients
  • 700 grams Mutton mince
  • 4 teaspoon Papaya paste
  • 2 teaspoon Cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Ginger and Garlic Paste
  • ¼th teaspoon Black Pepper powder
  • 2 tablespoon Gram Flour
  • A handful of Mint Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Lime juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoon Clarified Butter
  • Oil to shallow fry
Instructions
  1. To make Mutton Galouti Kabab, first take a big bowl and mix the minced mutton, lime juice, papaya paste, clarified butter and salt for one hour.
  2. Take a blender and pour in all the ingredients except oil. Blend it well with no added water.
  3. Now add the minced meat and blend well for second time.
  4. Pour it in a enclosed container and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Just before cooking take out the marinated meat from refrigerator.
  6. Heat a grilled iron pan with oil.
  7. Shallow fry palm sized equal portion of kababs , both side on medium to low flame for about 25 minutes.
  8. Alteratively one can grill or barbecue these for that smoky kabab flavor..
  9. Serve hot with cucumber and onion salad.

 

Malaysian Prawn Sambal

Malaysian Prawn Sambal
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Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: Asian
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Serves: 3-4
 
Sambal is my favourite spicy gravy preparation , especially when is paired with prawn, I just can't stop loving till the last bite. Always love cooking it. Malaysian inspiration and few authentic ingredients is all you need to prepare such a mouthwatering dish.
Ingredients
  • 6 Large Prawn
  • 2 Onion chopped
  • 6 garlic chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Ginger paste
  • ¼th teaspoon Sugar
  • 3 teaspoon Sambal Paste
  • 2 teaspoon Sesame oil
  • 2 Lemon Slice
  • Few Coriander Leaves
  • ½ cup Water
Instructions
  1. To make prawn sambal recipe firstly clean and wash the shrimps and boil for 5 minutes in boiling water.
  2. Heat a wok with oil and fry the prawns with salt for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the ginger , garlic and onion fry for 5 minutes more.
  4. Now toss in the sambal paste, lemon juice and the lemon slices and water to cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir continuously, check for salt.
  6. Serve hot with fried rice and some chopped coriander leaves as garnish .

 

Sweet Kernel Corn Aloo Parathas

Sweet Kernel Corn Aloo Parathas
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4
 
Stuffed parathas are so famous in India, we all have tried stuffing with potato, peas, radish, spinach etc. Now add sweet corn to your potato stuffing for parathas. These are extremely satisfying and kids love to eat for tiffin. Serve with plain curd raita and pickles. A must try recipe for all corn lovers.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Atta
  • Water for kneading
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Sweet corn
  • 3 Boiled Potato
  • 2 Green Chilly
  • Coriander Leaves, a handful chopped
  • 11/2 chopped Onion
  • 2 teaspoon Homemade Tomato Pickle
  • Oil for rolling and shallow frying
Instructions
  1. To make corn stuffed paratha, first wash the corn and boil the potatoes.
  2. Take a medium bowl and mash the potatoes, add chopped onion, coriander leaves, corn and homemade tomato pickle. Mix well with exact seasoning.
  3. Make a dough with wheat atta, salt and water and rest for 15 minutes.
  4. Divide the dough into balls.
  5. Stuff with 2 teaspoons of stuffing in each ball, then roll with little oil into a circle shape. Finish with the whole batch.
  6. Heat a frying pan ,place the rolled paratha and cook both side adding a teaspoon of oil for each .
  7. Finish making all the corn stuffed paratha then serve hot with masala curd raita.

 

Posto Bhat

Posto Bhat
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4-5
 
Posto Bhat or raw poppy seed paste mixed with cooked rice, is a very tasty dish of bengali cuisine. Love to eat occasionally at the beginning of a weekend lunch or just whenever we feel for it and will satisfy your appetite to feel sleepy very soon. The aroma of fresh green chilly and mustard oil with poppy seed paste is extremely delicious. Make it more spicy to bring out the authentic recipe taste.
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoon Poppy seeds
  • ½ cup Water
  • Salt , to taste
  • 2 Green Chilli
  • 1 Dry red chilli
  • 11/2 teaspoon Mustard oil
  • 4 cups Basmati rice , cooked
Instructions
  1. To make the poppy seed rice, first take a bowl and wash and soak the seeds in water for few hours or overnight.
  2. Make the paste using mortar and pestle with half cup of water or less adding salt, red and green chillie.
  3. Once done put it in a serving bowl and add mustard oil.
  4. Take a big bowl and slowly mix the entire paste with the cooked rice. Check for salt.
  5. Serve hot posto bhat on lunch plates or serve few spoonfuls of paste on the side of served rice for each plate.

 

Raw Mango Corn Salad

Raw Mango Corn Salad
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 3-4
 
Raw mangoes are not only used for cooking but also for making delicious simple salad. Sweet corn is available all year round. Just grate mangoes usually sweet and sour in taste during off season, and mix with enough corn. Lovely salad ready in minutes to rejuvenate your senses make you feel fresh with the nutrients. Try to make it every weekend and get more close to eating simple fresh food for your happy health.
Ingredients
  • 4 Raw mango
  • 11/2 cup Sweet corn
  • 2 teaspoon Kasundi mustard sauce
  • 2 Green Chilli
  • Coriander leaves (Dhania) , to garnish
  • Black Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. To make the raw mango and corn salad, first peel off the skin of mangoes and grate in a big bowl.
  2. Wash and add the corn with kasundi and chopped green chilly.
  3. Mix it well adding little black salt to taste.
  4. Serve cold on a salad bowl with chopped coriander leaves garnish.