Warm yourself up on a cold winter day with this yummy heart healthy Lentil soup. The green gram(moong dal)  is full of protein and dietary fiber, low in cholesterol and is almost like a vegetarian superfood. The combination of  green gram, spinach leaves and fresh coriander makes this soup full of flavors and nutrition.

I pressure cook the dal so it is ready in few minutes. Just squeeze some fresh lemon juice and enjoy!



Ingredients

  • Moong dal(split green gram)  -  1 cup
  • Spinach - 1 cup (chopped )
  • Fresh coriander leaves- 1/2 cup
  • Cloves- 5
  • Whole red chili - 3-4
  • Asafoetida (hing) - a pinch 
  • Turmeric powder- a pinch
  • Salt - to taste
  • Fresh lemon juice- to taste

Instructions-

  • Wash the dal under running water until it runs clear
  • Add the dal in pressure cooker with 4 cups of water (use less water if you like thicker soup, I prefer thin soup)
  • Add salt to taste and a pinch of turmeric powder
  • Close the lid and cook until 2 whistles
  • Open the cooker when all the steam has escaped
  • Add chopped spinach and coriander leaves, mix well 
  • Cook on medium heat for few more minutes and switch off the heat
  • Heat 1tbsp of desi ghee in a pan
  • Add whole red chilies, cloves and asafoetida
  • Pour it over the dal soup
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice and enjoy!












Posted by sneh On Tuesday, January 16, 2018 No comments READ FULL POST

This is one pot mixed vegetable pilaf  made  in pressure cooker. It is quick and easy to make and is super tasty.
It is also very convenient for lunch boxes. I had carrot and peas in hand so used those but you can use any vegetables you like.

The  flavors come from the whole spices that we use that is Bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon, big cardamom and cumin seeds.

Enjoy this pilaf(pulao) with yogurt and your favorite chutney!




Ingredients

  • Rice  -  11/2 cup
  • Onions- 2 medium (chopped)
  • Green Peas- 1 cup
  • Carrot  - I cup (chopped)
  • Cloves - 4
  • Whole black pepper corns - 10
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Big cardamom - 2
  • Salt - to taste

Instructions-

  • Soak rice in water for 2 hours
  • Heat oil in pressure cooker
  • Add all the whole spices and cook for few seconds till you start getting aroma
  • Add chopped onion and saute' till light brown.
  • Add turmeric powder, chopped vegetables and Salt 
  • Add drained rice and saute' for a minute
  • Add 21/2 cup of water
  • Put the lid and cook till 1 whistle
  • Open the pressure cooker when all the steam has escaped.
  • Serve hot and enjoy!





Posted by sneh On Monday, January 15, 2018 No comments READ FULL POST

This quick and easy colorful salad is made with grated and chopped veggies like Radish, Carrot, Tomato and cabbage tossed together with some lemon juice and salt.

The leaves in the photo are green chili leaves and are used to for garnishing only!
Enjoy this fresh and tasty salad on the side of any dish or by itself and also get your daily dose of veggies.


Ingredients

  • Radish  -  1 (grated)
  • Carrot - 1 (grated)
  • Tomatoes- 2 small (roughly chopped) 
  • Cabbage 2 tbsp (chopped )
  • Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup (chopped)
  • Fresh lemon juice- 1 tbsp (or to taste)
  • Green chilies-  (optional)
  • Salt - to taste

Instructions-

  • Toss everything together in a bowl
  • Adjust salt 
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Posted by sneh On Monday, January 08, 2018 No comments READ FULL POST

Tasty, Spicy and delicious moong dal vadas are great for a cold or rainy day with a hot cup of tea!

These moong dal vadas or pakoras are easy to make and taste great with coriander or mint chutney.
Chopped spinach make these fritters even healthier and crispier.


Ingredients

  • Moong dal(split green gram)  -  1 cup
  • Onions- 2 small (chopped)
  • Green Peas- 1 tbsp
  • Spinach  - I cup (chopped)
  • Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup (chopped)
  • Crushed fennel seeds - 1tsp
  • Crushed dry coriander seeds - 1 tsp
  • Green chili - 1 chopped
  • Salt - to taste

Instructions-

  • Soak moong dal in water for 4-5 hours
  • Strain and keep it in the strainer for 15 min
  • Grind the dal into semi coarse paste. Whisk it for 2 -3 minutes to make the batter a little lighter.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well
  • Heat oil in a wok over medium flame
  • Drop a pinch of mixture in the oil, if it comes upwards immediately that means the oil is sufficiently hot for deep frying.
  • Take small portions in the hand,  drop  into hot oil and deep fry till golden brown.
  • Serve hot with Coriander chutney.
  • Enjoy!








Posted by sneh On Friday, January 05, 2018 No comments READ FULL POST


Ingredients

  • Bread slices   -  2
  • Avocado - 1(thinly sliced)
  • Onions-  chopped (1 tbsp)
  • Tomatoes - chopped (1 tbsp)
  • Green chillies- finely chopped 
  • Salt - to taste
  • Red chilli flakes
  • Chopped coriander leaves 
  • Fresh lemon juice


Instructions-

  • Toast the slices in the toaster 
  • Cut into halves
  • Arrange avocado slices evenly on toasted  bread
  • Top with  chopped onions, tomatoes, green chillies  and coriander leaves
  • Sprinkle salt and chili flakes to taste
  • Drizzle some lemon juice on top
  • Serve and Enjoy!

Posted by sneh On Tuesday, August 22, 2017 No comments READ FULL POST
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