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

How to make Guacamole?

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Healthy Eats, Mexican, Multi Cuisine, Weight Watchers Recipe | 5 comments

Guacamole is one of the most popular avocado recipes and it’s also popular in Mexican cuisine. It’s one of my favorite and easiest recipes to make. Whenever I go to any mexican restaurants I can’t eat any dish without guacamole and it’s also very healthy. When you have some guests coming it’s easy to make and you can serve it with some tortilla chips. I had some avocados sitting in my fridge so I decided to make this delicious guacamole . My 16 month old little boy loved this guacamole:-). Try this recipe and let me know how it turned out. If you have a variation of this recipe I’d love to hear that too Preparation Time : 20 minutes No Of Servings : 5-6 Spice level : 1 out of 5 Weight watchers Point(1/4 cup): 2 points Ingredients:...

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Vegetable Fried Rice

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012 in Chinese, Healthy Eats, Multi Cuisine, Weight Watchers Recipe | 5 comments

If you want to make some healthy food in less than 30 minutes and also make it taste really good then, this recipe is your best bet. This lighter version of vegetable fried rice is one of the easiest and healthy recipe. You don’t need to go out for a  fried rice take out when you can make it at home. If you have some brown rice , or any cooked rice sitting in your fridge than it’s more easy to make this recipe. And this recipe is also weight watcher’s friendly recipe. Preparation Time : 30 minutes No Of servings : 2-3 Spice level : 2 out of 5 Weight watchers point: 6 points (1 cup of fried rice) Ingredients :  Cooked Brown Rice : 4 cups Onion : 1/2 cup(cut into lenghtwise) Cooked Vegetables : 11/4 cup...

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Quinoa Biryani

Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in Healthy Eats, Veggie Entrees & Sides, Weight Watchers Recipe | 6 comments

I just joined in weight watchers in the last couple of months, so I started calculating my points in my daily eating habits. I’ve always wanted to make Quinoa for a very long time but never got a chance. I just tried making Quinoa Biryani yesterday and I must say the flavor and aroma tasted almost like basmati rice. You don’t see a bug difference in biryani. The cooking technique of Quinoa is just like cooking any rice. Wash it and always soak quinoa for atleast 15 minutes before you use. You will see a white tail in quinoa after its fully cooked and that’s the sign it’s completely cooked. A little information about Quinoa from Wikipedia: Quinoa a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is...

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Tortilla Soup

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in Healthy Eats, Mexican, Multi Cuisine | 2 comments

I am a huge fan of Tortilla Soup. Tortilla soup topped with corn tortilla strips and a little bit of sour cream is soul satisfying. This is a tomato based soup of Mexican origin which usually has chicken stock cooked with tomatoes, onion, jalapenos, garlic, cilantro and lime juice. But I have made a vegetarian version and tweaked it a bit to satisfy the vegetarian taste buds. Okay! Now I will tell y’all what inspired me to prepare this soup. I love the Mexican Gumbo from Qdoba, which is a fast food restaurant in the United States serving Mexican style cuisine. The foundation of this dish is Tortilla Soup, Cilantro Rice and Beans. My friend usually gets the Tortilla Soup alone and that’s how I got to taste this soup once and I loved it. I used to make it now...

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Simple Brussels Sprouts Fry

Posted by on Feb 21, 2012 in Healthy Eats, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 2 comments

Brussels Sprouts are leafy green vegetable and they look like a small cabbage bud. They are rich in protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are rich in vitamin A and C and said to contain sinigrin, which protect against colon cancer. Learn more about Brussels sprouts from Wikipedia or here. Today I have prepared a simple fry in Indian style which can be served with rice and sambar or rasam or even as a salad with chapathi. Do not over cook the vegetable since it will become too soft and releases an odour which some people may dislike. It is not ideal for people with thyroid dysfunction to eat this vegetable on a regular basis, although a reasonable intake once in a while wouldn’t hurt. Preparation time: 25 minutes No. of servings: 3 to 4 Spice level: 2.5 out of...

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Fusilli with Spinach and Arugula Pesto

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in Healthy Eats, Italian, Multi Cuisine | 5 comments

Fusilli is spiral shaped pasta and is widely used . I have made a Spinach Arugula Pesto inspired by Giada’s Spicy Pesto. I have tweaked it according to my taste and it was creamy and delicious. If you like it more spicy add more jalapenos. I blanched spinach and arugula since I thought I may not like the raw taste of it and I was right. You can also add some basil leaves if you have. You can avoid cheese and use brown rice pasta to make it healthy. I hope you all like this dish. Preparation time: 40 minutes No. of servings: 5 to 6 Spice level: 2 out of 5 Ingredients: Arugula – 1 and 1/2 cups Spinach – 2 cups Avocado – 1 One and half jalapeno pepper with seeds (adjust to taste) Sun dried tomatoes –...

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How to cook Brown Rice?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2011 in Healthy Eats | 5 comments

Brown rice is high in nutrition since it is partly milled rice. A few information about brown rice from various other sources: Brown rice (or “hulled rice”) is a kind of whole, natural grain. It has a mild nutty flavor, is chewier and more nutritious than white rice, but goes rancid more quickly because the germ—which is removed to make white rice—contains fats that can spoil. Any rice, including long-grain, short-grain, or sticky rice, may be eaten as brown rice. When only the outermost layer of a grain of rice (the husk) is removed, brown rice is produced. To produce white rice, the next layers underneath the husk (the bran layer and the germ) are removed, leaving mostly the starchy endosperm. When the bran layer is removed to make white rice, the oil in the bran is also removed....

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Mixed Dal Curry – Mixed Lentil Soup

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 in Featured, Healthy Eats, Kootu/lentil Stew | 9 comments

This is a protein packed lentil soup with no oil. This is a quick and simple recipe. And this is suitable for the 28 Day Weight Loss and Detox Program. I have used four types of lentils (dals) in this recipe. Lentils are a good source of protein and fiber along with folate, vitamin B and minerals.  Red (or pink) lentils contain a lower concentration of fiber than green lentils (11% rather than 31%). I have added whole masoor dal, green split pea, split pigeon peas and channa dal (bengal gram) along with spinach. This is a healthy and tasty dal or soup. You can serve it with brown rice or white rice or roti along with a salad. Here you go… Preparation time: 30 minutes No. of servings: 5 to 6 Spice level: 3 out of 5 Ingredients: Whole Masoor...

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Pesarattu – Healthy Mung Bean Crepe

Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Featured, Gluten Free, Healthy Eats, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 14 comments

Pesarattu is a type of dosa or crepe from the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It has moong dal (muzhu pasipayaru), green chilies, ginger and salt. It is a protein packed and fiber packed dish and is suitable for the 28 Day Weight Loss and Detox Program. You can serve these crepes or dosa with chutney or Idli podi (spicy lentil powder). Ingredients: Whole green moong dal or green gram – 2 cups Grated ginger – 2 tbsp Green chilies – 3 to 4 (adjust to spice level) Salt to taste Oil or cooking spray Method of Preparation: Wash and soak whole moong dal in water overnight. Next day, drain the excess water and reserve the drained water. Grind it along with ginger, green chilies and salt to a fine batter (like the consistency of dosa batter). You can grind it in...

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28 Day Weight Loss and Detox Program

Posted by on Oct 2, 2011 in Diet plan, Healthy Eats | 12 comments

This 28 Day Detox Diet is offered by Arbonne company. I am happy to share the details of this program with you briefly which had helped me start a healthy life. I have tweaked the diet according to my convenience and but have strictly followed the do’s and don’ts. The step-by-step system teach us how to eat whole food and help us learn which foods do and do not work well for us as individuals. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below the post. I will also be posting gluten free, dairy free and sugar free recipes. So stay tuned!!! I started this diet to detoxify by body. But why? Our environment and the food we eat have changed drastically over time: everything is much more toxic now. The food we eat has a lot of...

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Diet and Healthy Lifestyle

Posted by on Sep 22, 2011 in Healthy Eats | 4 comments

Welcome you all to start a healthier lifestyle. This article contains information about health and fitness which is completely my opinion and a few things I learned from other sources. I have also given a brief description below about my Detox Diet, which I will discuss in full in the coming days. Everyday I see a lot of advertisements, web pages and books that screams about how important diet and exercise are. But then are we there yet? It is time to wake up and start a new life. Dieting has become one of the most common ways to weight loss. While dieting is really important, at the same time it is important to watch if the required nutrition is obtained by your body. There are many diet plans in the market and it is our duty to choose...

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Sprouted Moong Salad

Posted by on Jul 25, 2010 in Featured, Healthy Eats, Salads, Veggie Entrees & Sides | 46 comments

Sprouts are always healthy and even tasty when it’s done right. It contains proteins and vitamins. I love sprouts and make it atleast once in two weeks. It’s very easy to make and you can serve it as a lunch or even a snack. It can make a healthy alternative to any oily snacks. Also if you are dieting you should definitely consider this for one of your meals. It’s a very refreshing and healthy salad. Preparation Time for salad: 30 mins No of servings : 2-3 Spice level : 1 out of 5 Ingredients: Moong sprouts : 2 cups Onion : 1(medium) Tomato : 1/2 Carrot : 1 cup (shredded) Curry Leaves : 4-5 Lime juice : 1 tbsp Whole red chilies : 2-3 For Seasonings : Oil : 1/2 tbsp Mustard seeds : 1 tsp Urad dal...

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