Authentic Recipes from the Kitchens of Shriya, Nithu & Arthi!

Quinoa Idli

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Breakfast Menu, Gluten Free | 4 comments

  Quinoa is a healthy grain rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. It is essential to incorporate whole grains and seeds in your daily diet. There are lot of Indian dishes you can make using quinoa. Idli is one of the staple Indian breakfast dish. It will be a great start for your day after having these super healthy Quinoa Idlis.   Preparation time: 12 hours Cooking time: 15 minutes Yield: 25 to 30 idlis Ingredients: Quinoa – 1 cup Par boiled rice – 1 cup Whole urad dal – 1/2 cup Fenugreek seeds (methi) – 1 tsp Salt to taste Method of Preparation:   Wash and soak rice, quinoa for 4 hours. Wash and soak urad dal for 1.5 hours. Soak everything separately. Grind urad dal separately. Sprinkle water in between. Batter should be light and fluffy....

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Quinoa Salad with Corn and Beans

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Salads, Healthy Eats | 4 comments

Quinoa is a nutritional whole grain or seed rich in protein and low in fat content. One cup of cooked quinoa has about 8 grams of protein. It is great source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals which are essential for growing and repairing body tissues. You can cook quinoa just like rice with 1:2 ratio water. Boil until it becomes fluffy. The salad that I have made today is so easy and it takes only few minutes to put together. You can have this salad warm or chilled. It is light and filling, also perfect for your lunchbox. I was looking for a nice and easy recipe for quinoa salad and a friend of mine forwarded this recipe. I tweaked it a bit to satisfy my taste buds and it came out so...

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Vegetable Soup (Version2)

Posted by on Oct 23, 2013 in Soups, Healthy Eats | 2 comments

I have already tried a Vegetable Soup in which I grind all the veggies. Here is my another version of simple Vegetable Soup recipe.. Time of Preparation : 35 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Onion – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup chopped Carrots – 1/2 cup (cut to small squares) Beans – 1/2 cup (cut to small size) Green peas – 1/4 cup (I have used frozen peas) Corn – 1/4 cup (I have used forzen) Dried basil – 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning – 1/4 tsp Black pepper – powdered (1/2 tsp (adjust according to taste) Salt – to taste Water – 3 cups Vegetable broth – 3 cups Oil – 2 tsp Method of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add the chopped onions. Fry...

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Vegetable Soup

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Soups, Healthy Eats | 1 comment

I wanted to try some soup recipes for a long time. I tried this vegetable soup (thick soup) and it was good. We can add any vegetable we want and we have to follow the same procedure. Here is the recipe.. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes No of Servings : 3 to 4 Spice level : 2 Ingredients: Onions – 1/2 cup (finely chopped) Tomatoes (medium size) – 3 (chopped) Carrots – 2 (cut to small cubes) Beans – 10 (finely chopped) (optional) Cauliflower – 1/2 cup (chopped to small pieces) Broccoli – 1/2 cup (chopped) (optional) Peas – 1/2 cup Cumin powder – 1 tsp Garam masala – 1/2 tsp Black pepper – 1 to 2 tsp (freshly ground) (according to spice level) Salt – to taste Oil – 2 tsp Vegetable Broth – 3 cups Method...

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Split Moong Dhal and Green Peas Dosa

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Breakfast Menu, Healthy Eats | 1 comment

Looking for some easy, tasty and new recipe???? This Split Moond Dal and Green Dosa is a healthy and tasty recipe which will taste like Pesarattu. But it is less time consuming and it is something different than a usual Dosa. Thanks to my cousin for this wonderful recipe. Time of Preparation : 40 minutes No of Servings : 2 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Split Moong Dhal – 1/2 cup Green Peas ( I have used frozen) – 1/2 cup Ginger (chopped) 2 tsp Green chillies – 2 Salt – to taste Oil – 6 to 8 tsp For Seasoning: Oil – 2 tsp Cumin seeds – 1 tsp Onions (finely chopped) – 1/4 cup Method of Preparation: Soak the the split moong dal at least for half an hour. If your using fresh green...

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Keerai Masiyal (Version 2) / Spinach Masiyal

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Healthy Eats | 1 comment

If you are bored of cooking greens with dal, this recipe is an easy one without adding dal. My mom used to make Keerai Kadayal with Mulai Keerai by adding just chillies and garlic. For Spinach Masiyal, adding onions and tomatoes gives more taste. I got this recipe from my cousin and she said this recipe will be good for Arai Keerai and Siru Keerai too :). Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings:2 Spice level : 4 out of 5 Ingredients: Onions – 1/3 cup (chopped) Tomatoes – 1/3 cup (chopped) Green Chillies – 2 (adjust according to spice level) Garlic – 2 cloves Spinach – 2 cups (tightly packed) Oil – 1 tsp Salt – to taste Time of Preparation: Heat oil in a pan and add the onions and fry till they become soft....

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Baked Kale Chips

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Healthy Eats | 2 comments

Kale has very high nutritional value. It is very rich in calcium vitamin K and Vitamin C. Kale has been found to contain a group of resins known as bile acid sequestrants, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and decrease absorption of dietary fat. I had these Kale chips at my sister’s place and I loved it. It is very simple to prepare too. This is a simple kale roast with a touch of garlic. Time of Preparation : 5 minutes Cooking Time : 20 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Ingredients: Kale leaves – 1 bunch Olive oil – 1tbsp Garlic powder – 3/4 tsp Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: Remove the leaves from the stem and wash them. Dry them completely and mix them with olive oil, garlic powder and salt. Preheat...

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Trail Mix – Fruits and Nuts

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Healthy Eats, Slideshow | 5 comments

Trail mix is a mix of nuts and dried fruits and sometimes contain chocolate chips and granola. It is a satisfying snack you can enjoy on your hiking or other outdoor activities since it is easy to carry and provides a lot of energy and required nutrients. Serve this to your guests as a healthy snack for a party or get-together. Pack this in your kid’s lunch box or your own so that you can avoid snacking on unhealthy food. By making this at home we can save some money and add in your favorite nuts and dried fruits unlike the store bought ones. I have added all the nuts and fruits that I had on hand. But you can add or remove one or more ingredients and adjust to your taste. Ingredients: Almonds – 1 cup Pistachios – 1/3 cup...

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Fried Quinoa

Posted by on Apr 27, 2013 in Healthy Eats, Gluten Free | 3 comments

Quinoa is a healthy wholegrain and you can substitute it for rice in many recipes. Fried Quinoa (rice) is very easy to make, delicious and a great source of nutrition. It is also suitable for the 28 days detox diet that I have written about. Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes No. of servings: 3 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Cooked Quinoa – 2 cups Garlic – 4 cloves Minced ginger – 1/2 tsp Vegetables – 2 cups (red bell pepper, broccoli, snow peas, carrot, green peas and carrot) Green onions or spring onions – 2 to 3 Low sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos – 1 tbsp Hot sauce or Sriracha sauce – 1 tsp Canola oil – 1 tsp (can use cooking spray) Sesame oil – 1/2 tsp (optional) Salt and pepper to...

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Healthy Eats | 1 comment

Brussels Sprouts are leafy vegetables look like miniature cabbages. They have high nutritional value and they are believed to have anticancer properties. I like them to be cooked lightly and they are really tasty when we roast them. Here is the recipe for the simple Brussels Sprouts roast… Time of Preparation : 5 minutes Cooking Time : 40 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Spice level : 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Brussels Sprouts – 1 pound Red Onion – 1/2 (thinly sliced) Olive oil – 2 tbsp Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp Black pepper – 1 tsp (freshly ground) (adjust according to taste) Salt – to taste Method of Preparation: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Remove the stems of the brussels sprouts and remove any outer yellow leaves. Cut them to 4 and keep...

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Quinoa Oat Muffins (Gluten Free and Dairy Free)

Posted by on Apr 20, 2013 in Baking, Diet plan, Cookies and Cakes, Gluten Free | 2 comments

I was looking for a healthy and delicious muffin recipe with whole grains for my 28 Day Weight Loss and Detox Diet. This recipe caught my eye in Pinterest and I decided to give it a try. I made a few changes to the original recipe and the output was delicious. I have used all gluten free ingredients. It definitely satisfies my sweet cravings and it is guilt free. When you are on this diet, do not eat more than one muffin per day. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes Yield: 9 muffins Ingredients: Oat flour – 1.5 cups Instant oats – 1/4 cup Oat bran – 1/4 cup Cooked Quinoa – 1/3 cup Almond butter – 3 tbsp Agave nectar – 3 tbsp Sugar substitute – 3 packets (I used stevia) Canola oil – 3 tbsp...

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Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie (Gluten and Dairy Free)

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Beverages & Drinks, Gluten Free | 1 comment

If you are looking for a delicious, dairy/gluten free smoothie then this is perfect for you. I have used almond milk which is very nutritious and has a nutty flavor. This is also perfect for the 28 Day Weight Loss and Detox Program that I have written about in our blog. Ingredients: Strawberries (fresh or frozen) – 10  to 12 (washed and cleaned) Kiwi fruit – 2 (wash and peel the skin) Almond milk (gluten free) – 3/4 cup Agave nectar – 1 tsp Ground flax seed – 1 tbsp Method of preparation: Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend till everything is smooth. Transfer it to a serving glass and you can top it with chopped fresh fruits. You can add a few ice cubes to the blender along with the other...

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Vendhaya Keerai Poriyal / Fenugreek leaves Fry

Posted by on Mar 4, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Healthy Eats | 8 comments

I usually make Kootu with meth leaves. Recently my friend Jayanthi made this Methi Poriyal and it was not at all bitter. I got the recipe from her and tried this and it came out very well. We can make drumstick leaves fry too with this recipe. Time of Preparation : 20 minutes No of Servings : 2 to 3 Spice level : 3 Ingredients: Methi leaves – 1 bunch Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp Split Urad dal – 1 tsp Red chillies – 3 Asafoetida – a pinch Onions – 1/4 cup (finely chopped) Garlic – 1 tsp (grated) Peanut powder – 1/4 cup (dry roasted and powdered) Oil – 2 tsp Salt – to taste Sugar – 1/2 tsp Method of Preparation: Cut the roots and thick stems oh the methi leaves and chop them. Wash the...

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Oats Cutlet

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Healthy Eats, Snacks | 5 comments

Now a days I want to try many recipes with oats. This is my first recipe with oats. I got this idea from my friend Jayanthi and I liked it. It is very easy to make and it is tasty to. It is very healthy too when compared to most of the snacks. Time of Preparation : 30 minutes Spice level : 3 out of 5 No of Pieces : 11 Ingredients: Oats – 1/2 cup Onions – 1 cup (finely chopped) Green Chillies – 6 (finely chopped) Ginger – 1 tsp (grated) Potatoes (boiled and mashed) – 2 (I have used 2 large go;den yellow potatoes) Peas – 1/3 cup (boiled) Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp Sambar Powder – 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp Garam masala – 1/4 tsp Salt – to taste Bread crumbs...

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Rice Porridge – Puzhungal Arisi Kanji

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Beverages & Drinks, Healthy Eats | 2 comments

Parboiled Rice Porridge called Puzhungal Arisi Kanji in tamil is a healthy and delicious porridge which is perfect for both adults and kids. This is generally served when people fall sick. It is easy to digest, good for health and easy to make. Parboiled rice is used for making this dish. If you like it savory, you can substitute sugar and milk with buttermilk and salt. It is also perfect if you are diabetic. I always have the rice powder handy so that I can make this porridge for a quick breakfast or if I am sick. You can also add palm sugar or honey to this porridge. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes No. of servings: 2 Ingredients: Parboiled rice – 1/2 cup For Porridge: Parboiled rice powder – 4 tbsp Milk – 1 cup Sugar...

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Oats Pongal

Posted by on Jan 15, 2013 in Veggie Entrees & Sides, Healthy Eats, Indian Festival, Slideshow | 1 comment

Oats Pongal is a healthy South Indian breakfast dish. This is a wonderful way to incorporate oats in your daily diet. It is nutritious and very easy to prepare apart from the fact that it tastes very close to the original Ven Pongal. This fiber and protein rich breakfast dish can be served with sambar/chutney. You can use gluten free oats if you are on a gluten free diet. If you want to avoid dairy, substitute ghee with oil. Try this wonderful dish at your home and enjoy a healthy and hearty meal… Cooking time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 4 Spice level: 2.5 out of 5 Ingredients: Rolled oats – 1 cup Split moong dal – 1/2 cup Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tbsp Choped ginger – 1 tbsp Cumin seeds – 3/4 tbsp Crushed black pepper...

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Homemade Granola

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Breakfast Menu, Healthy Eats, Slideshow, How to?? | 2 comments

Homemade Granola is a mixture of rolled oats, nuts and dry fruits with oil, maple syrup and sugar. It makes a healthy breakfast or a snack or a topping in your ice cream or Greek yogurt. This is a basic granola recipe and it is very easy to make. Make your own cereals with your favorite mixture and mix it with cold or warm milk or munch as a snack. I have added all my favorite ingredients in my Granola. You can also include seeds such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds and other dry fruits such as dates, prunes and berries. If you start making your own cereals or granola bars you will never go back to the store bought ones. Believe me and give it a try!!! Ingredients: Rolled oats – 2 cups Slivered or sliced almonds – 3/4...

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Oats Adai (Oats Lentils Pancake)

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Breakfast Menu, Healthy Eats | 6 comments

Oats makes for a healthy breakfast and you can’t go wrong with any oats recipes. My husband and I both love Adai so I thought instead of making it with rice why not try it with oats. And it came out very delicious and Karthik didn’t even realize it was made with oats until I told him. It has become one of my favorite oats recipes. Try this delicious oats adai if you are in a hunt for healthy Indian food recipes. Preparation Time : 1 hour and 45 minutes Spice Level : 2 out of 5 No Of Servings : 6-7 weight watchers Point : 8 (for 2 adai) Ingredients: Powdered oats: 1 cup Chana dal : 1/2 cup Moong dal : 2 tbsp Urad dal : 1 tbsp Onion: 1 big(finely chopped) Whole red chilies : 3-4...

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