Everyone knows how healthy yogurt is as it contains calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals and the good bacteria that are important for the digestive system. Greek yogurt is in these days. It is thick, creamy, tasty and healthy. Most greek yogurts contain twice the amount of protein of regular yogurt and less sugar.

Because of its creamy and thick texture, Greek yogurt can replace sour cream, mayonnaise and cream cheese in many recipes.
One such recipe is this creamy veggie sandwich. It is so simple and so good, you can eat without any guilt and feel healthy.


Prep time-  10  Minutes
Assemble Time-  10 Minutes
Serves-  2

Ingredients

  • 4 Slices of bread
  • 4 tbsp low fat greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp grated cabbage
  • 1 tbsp grated paneer(cottage cheese)
  • 1 tbsp chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped bell pepper
  • Few chopped mint leaves
  • Butter
  • Salt to taste 
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions-

  • Mix  all the ingredients in a bowl except bread and butter
  • Spread some butter on one side of one bread. 
  • Then spread the veggie mixture and top with the other bread.
  • Cut into 4 pieces and serve.
Posted by sneh On Saturday, November 15, 2014 No comments READ FULL POST





Although Quinoa has been around for centuries, it has recently become very popular and you will find quinoa recipes all over the internet and magazines.
Quinoa is pronounced as "KEEN-wah" and is treated like a grain while  actually it is a seed of a plant. Its  cooking method is just like rice, boil one part quinoa in 2 parts water for 15 to 20 minutes. Its also interesting to know that the year 2013 was declared as the international year of Quinoa by United Nations.

Quinoa is considered a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids and therefore is a very good alternative to eating meat.  I really like quinoa, its tasty and super healthy and if your kids eat it - nothing like it! I made these patties with quinoa, potatoes, spinach and paneer and everyone including  kids ate these happily.
This recipe can also be made gluten free by using 1 tbsp of corn flour instead of bread crumbs.

Remember to rinse quinoa very well before cooking to get rid of the bitter taste.
I hope you like these patties/tikkis too.






Prep time-  10  Minutes
Cook Time-  20 Minutes
Yield - makes about 8 to 10 patties

Ingredients


  • 3/4th cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tbsp   boiled/canned chickpeas -mashed
  • 2 small potatoes - boiled and mashed
  • 11/2 tbsp paneer/cottage cheese- grated
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 clove of garlic- grated
  • Salt to taste 
  • Red chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp or to taste 
  • 1 tbsp plain breadcrumbs
  • Oil to cook
  • Chopped green chilies- 1/2  tsp(optional)

Instructions-

  • Mix  all the ingredients in a bowl except oil 
  • Form the mixture into patties 
  • Heat the non stick pan to shallow fry the patties
  • Cook the patties from both sides handling gently till brown
  • Enjoy with sour cream or your favorite dip



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Posted by sneh On Monday, October 20, 2014 No comments READ FULL POST


If you are anything like me, and don't like breakfast  cereals and sweet oatmeal or if you have gotten bored of eating oatmeal for breakfast, you can turn your oats into these savory pancakes. These pancakes are super healthy, gluten free and vegan all at the same time.  I am so much into crepes and pancakes these days that I have tried making all sorts of chillas(pancakes) using poha, wheat flour, quinoa, semolina, lentils etc.

You can make it even healthier by adding spinach and other veggies. I am sure you will feel healthy after eating these :)







Prep time-  10  Minutes
Cook Time-  15 Minutes
Serving - makes about 6 to 7 pancakes

Ingredients


  • Oats- 3/4th cup
  • Flaxseeds - 1 tbsp
  • Rice flour- 2 tbsp
  • Chickpea flour- 2 tbsp
  • Grated onion- 2 tbsp
  • Red chilli powder- 1  tsp or to taste (you can use use chopped green chilis and skip red chilli  powder if you like)
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Coriander leaves- chopped
  • Mango powder - 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to cook
  • Water - as required

Instructions-

  • Grind flax seeds and oats together in a grinder
  • Mix  all the ingredients in a bowl except oil to get the consistency of pancake batter
  • Heat the non stick pan that you use to make dosas and pancakes and spread oil with the help of paper towel.
  • Add a ladle full of  batter in the center and spread it around slowly
  • Sprinkle some oil on top and let it cook on medium heat
  • Flip it gently and cook from the other side.
  • Enjoy with you favorite sauce or chutney.




    Posted by sneh On Saturday, October 11, 2014 No comments READ FULL POST




    While making Aloo Gobhi today I realized that I have not even covered(in my blog) the basic vegetables(sabzi) and lentils(dals) that make most part of our daily meals. I make this aloo gobhi almost every other week but still don't have a post about it yet. So I hope to at least cover these  recipes that I make regularly in coming posts.
    Although aloo gobhi is a very simple and basic dish to prepare, I have  to accept that it took some time for me to really get my aloo gobhi right every time.  The cauliflower I get where I live cooks very  quickly and potatoes take some time to cook, so I cook the potatoes for 5 -6 minutes in microwave and then add to the pan to cook with the gobhi.






    There is no one way to make aloo gobhi, I make it in three different ways,, but this one in onion tomato masala  is the favorite. Vegan and gluten free. Enjoy!



    Prep time-  10  Minutes
    Cook Time-  25 Minutes
    Serves- 3 to 4

    Ingredients


    • Washed cauliflower florets- 1 1/2 cups
    • Two medium onions - finely chopped
    • 1 Medium Tomato - chopped
    • 2 pods of garlic - grated
    • 1 Inch ginger- chopped
    • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
    • Kashmiri red chilli powder- 1 1/2 tsp
    • Coriander powder- 1 tbsp
    • Garam masala powder- 1/2 tsp 
    • Mango powder  1/2 tsp
    • Salt to taste
    • Oil to cook
    • Some water

    Instructions-

    • Peel and cut the potatoes in cubes, wash and microwave for 5 to 6 minutes in some water.
    • Heat oil in a pan or wok and add onions, cook till onions are light brown and start leaving oil.
    • Add  garlic and cook for few seconds
    • Now add salt,  turmeric powder, coriander powder and chill powder, mix well
    • Add Gobhi florets, ginger and potatoes mix well to coat all the pieces well.
    • Add tomatoes, mix well and reduce the heat to low, cover and let it cook for about 15 minutes. Keep stirring in between
    • Sprinkle some water if its too dry and sticking to the bottom of the pan
    • Cook till done.
    • Add Garam masala powder and mango powder in the end and mix well
    • Garnish with chopped fresh coriander leaves ad serve.

    Notes-

    • You may not need to boil the potatoes before. I do that because if I add potatoes and cauliflower at the same time in the masala, the gobhi gets mushy by the time potatoes are cooked.
    • Other alternative is to cook the potatoes in the masala for few minutes before adding cauliflower.






    Posted by sneh On Friday, October 10, 2014 No comments READ FULL POST


    I wanted to make baked samosas this weekend but I was too lazy to  make the cones and fill each samosa. So I instead made these bite sized pinwheels. They were so easy to make and were very convenient to eat.. Just roll the dough, spread the filling, roll, cut and bake.

    These are perfect as a bite sized snack for any party. You can make them ahead of time, reheat and enjoy. Make a big batch because they will disappear fast!
    Even my kids ate them happily.

    I made the dough at home but if you want, you can use puff pastry for these.



    Prep time-  15  Minutes
    Cook Time-  20 Minutes
    Serves-  4 to 5

    Ingredients

    for the Dough

    •  1 cup all purpose flour (you can mix whole wheat and all purpose flour if you like)
    •  1/4th cup of oil
    •  1/2 tsp salt
    •  water to kneed

    for the filling-

    • 3 Medium Potatoes- Boiled and mashed
    • 1/4th cup of boiled green peas
    • Coriander Powder- 1 tbsp
    • Turmeric Powder- 1/4th tsp
    • Red chilli powder- 1/2 tsp or to taste
    • Garam Masala Powder- 1/2 tsp
    •  Mango Powder- 1/2 tsp
    •  Salt - to taste
    • Oil to cook

    Instructions

    • Mix flour, salt and oil together in a bowl.
    • Knead it into a soft pilable dough by adding little water at a time
    • Cover it with a wet paper towel and keep aside for 10 minutes
    • Heat oil in a pan and add coriander powder, turmeric powder, chilli powder 
    • cook for few seconds(don't let it burn) add mashed potatoes and peas
    • Add salt, garam masala and mango powders. mix well
    • Switch of the heat
    • Now take a  small ball of the dough and roll it into a 12 inch diameter circle
    • Spread a layer of potato filling evenly over it
    • Roll it into a log, seal the edges.
    • Cut the log into 1/2  inch thick slices
    • lightly oil a non stick baking sheet
    • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and bake the pinwheels for 15 to 20 minutes till golden brown.
    Posted by sneh On Saturday, September 27, 2014 No comments READ FULL POST
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