appetizers/snacks, snacks, vegetarian recipes

Baked Batata Vada

One of the popular street food of India batata vada ( fried potato dumplings) usually served with green chutney or with pav. This is best tea time snacks enjoyed with a cup of hot tea.These are usually deep fried spiced potato dumplings dipped in gram flour batter. Here i have made a healthy less oil version of these vadas using an appam…

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appetizers/snacks, vegetarian recipes

Raw Banana Cumin Stir Fry

This stir fry is a simple side dish with just few ingredients and ready within 30 minutes. Ingredients: 3-4 raw bananas cut in roundles 2 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp roasted cumin seeds powder salt to taste 1 tbsp of oil/ ghee( clarified butter) 1 tsp red chilli powder 1 tsp turmeric powder chopped coriander leaves for garnish Method: Wash…

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curries

Dalema ( lentil and vegetable curry)

Dalema or Dalma is one of the authentic dishes prepared in Odisha. Its one of the staple dishes prepared in every Oriya home. Dalema is super healthy rich in  proteins as its loaded with dals(lentils) and variety of vegetables.Pair this curry with steamed rice, vegetable stir fry and tomato chutney or mango chutney. Ingredients: For the curry 1/2 cup toor…

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curries

Dal makhni

Dal is a must in our everyday meal and this kali dal is one my favourite recipe.The amazing blend of dals, kidney beans and spices makes it a perfect weekend meal to go with some rice or naan.Its usually made with lots of ghee or butter and topped with generous scoop of cream.I avoid the use of too much ghee/…

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breakfast

Methi paratha (fenugreek leaves flatbreads)

Ingredients: 2 cups whole wheat flour salt to taste 1/2 cup chopped methi leaves/ fenugreek leaves 1 tsp red chilli powder 1tsp haldi/turmeric powder 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp minced garlic cloves 1 tsp chopped green chillies water as required oil Method: Wash the methi leaves atleast thrice to remove all the dirt and strain the excess water using…

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snacks

Nimki (Namak pare)

Ingredients: 2 cups maida / all purpose flour salt 1 tsp 1tsp kalonji / nigella seeds 1/2 tsp baking powder 2 tbsps refined oil water as needed oil for deep frying Method: In a large bowl add in the maida,salt ,baking powder,2 tbsps oil and kalonji and mix well.Now mix in water as needed and knead into a stiff dough,Cover…

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breakfast

Ragi idli

Hubby is on a healthy eating spree so I Iook out for ways to introduce new techniques and healthy substitutes to include in our daily diet.Ragi or finger millet is one of the whole grains filled with nutritional values.It helps in weight loss, controls diabetes and packed with good carbs and calcium.Its no more an alien grain where people hardly…

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appetizers/snacks, vegetarian recipes

baked samosas

Its raining !!! And it calls for bhajiyas, pakode, vades and my personal favorites Samosas.Samosas are made from a flaky pastry stuffed with potatoes and peas mixture.Imagine dunking hot samosas in tomato sauce or imli/tamarind chutney.Yum isn’t it.Now imagine making it guiltfree, replacing the unhealthy maida flour with whole wheat four and instead of frying them bake it with a…

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curries, non vegetarian recipes

chicken bhuna

Chicken bhuna is spicy, masaledaar curry which is easy to make and takes just 30 mins to make.Loads of onions, chillies and tomatoes give it that spicy tangy tingling taste.This curry can be made both sukkha/dry or make a nice gravy.Usually i add boiled potatoes to the curry which tastes equally good. I made this chicken bhuna dry  and served…

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breakfast

Brocolli & carrots paratha with garlic yogurt dip

Parathas are one of the popular breakfast options in almost every home. You can try and make as many varieties of stuffed parathas, the options are endless.Some of our favourites are alloo paratha, mooli paratha, papita(raw papaya) paratha,methi paratha, i can go on and on.Parathas are typically served with plain curd, raita, pickle or dal. For us parathas doesnt only…

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