Cooking Healthy Made Easy with Vegetarian Video Recipes by Archana

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Thursday, 31 July 2014 03:04

Kumror/Kaddu Posto Recipe is a simple, quick twist to a traditional Bengali recipe of Aloo Posto. In my endeavour to experiment with vegetables and spices, this posto recipe came by chance and I must say we loved it, even my vegetable loving children ate it with delight. The subtle hint of garlic, along with lots of coriander and garam masala, makes this Kumror/Kaddu Posto a vegetarian delight.

Thursday, 24 July 2014 07:23

The Aloo Methi Sabzi Recipe is a quick, simple and nutritious vegetables that is packed with flavors from the sauteed methi leaves also known as fenugreek leaves. The Aloo Methi Sabzi when combined with the sauteed onions and mild spices, makes this dish simple and yet delectable to the palate. 

Serve the Aloo Methi Sabzi along with Tawa Paratha and Kadhi for a quick weeknight dinner.

Monday, 21 July 2014 06:02

The Karela Masala Sabzi is a delicious simple to cook recipe made from bitter gourd, that is one of the most nutritious vegetables. In this karela sabzi, I first steamed the karela vegetable along with salt and tumeric. Pre cooking the vegetable before adding to the masala, helps prevent overcooking and retain the required nutrients of the karela. Serve the Karela Masala Sabzi along with Phulka's or plain steamed rice and Bengali Dal Chenchki.

Thursday, 17 July 2014 12:34

The Dal Chenchki is a recipe from Bengal, a state I love to visit so very often for its aromatic food. The Dal Chenchki is a simple recipe made from red lentils (masoor dal) and combined with baby onions (shallots) and seasoned with ghee and mild spices. Serve the Dal Chenchki with   with Aloo Parwal Sabzi (another Bengali favorite) and hot rice, topped with ghee.

I must mention that the version of Dal Chenchki might not be same as many bengali's make, but is an inspired version of what my cook used to make while I lived in calcutta. 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

Manathakkali Keerai Molagootal (Kootu) recipe is a traditional south indian recipe made with greens like spinach, beetroot leaves, amaranth leaves or a special greens known as Manathakkali Keerai. The Kootu is a dish in south india, that is made with the combination of lentils and coconut, mixed with vegetables.

Keerai Molagootal (Kootu) is part of almost every South Indian home, especially Kerala. It is healthy, nutritious and can be served along with phulkas or even steamed rice.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 08:54

The Murungakkai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe is a tradional south indian recipe that is essentially a tamarind curry that is cooked with spices like sambar powder and combined with vegetables like srumsticks and baby onions (shallots). Different regions of south india make a Kuzhambu with a set of spices that a family uses and many also add coconut milk to make the Kuzhambu richer.

Serve the Murungakkai Puli Kuzhambu Recipe for a quick weeknight dinner along with steamed rice and ghee or even along with dosa's and idli's

Monday, 14 July 2014 06:36

The Savory Multigrain Waffles with Green Chillies & Tabasco Sauce is a recipe that you can use for breakfast instead of bread. Its healthy and very quick to make using a waffle maker pan or an electric waffle maker. The result of this savory waffle that is spiced up with green chillies and coriander is simply delicious. And at home, I love to serve it with a drizzle of Tabasco sauce.

Monday, 14 July 2014 05:58

The Stuffed Paneer Millet Patties recipe also know as paneer cutlets is a simple, healthy and quick recipe that you can make as a tea time snack for parties or as lunch box for kids. The Paneer Stuffed Patties recipe is made from boiled potatoes, homemade paneer, steamed green peas and steamed millets, with the minimum amount of spices to make it sattvic and tasty as well.

Saturday, 12 July 2014 05:24

The Bread Upma Recipe is a dish that we look forward to whenever we have excess bread lying around the refrigerator. This recipe is a great way to use any kind of excess bread. The addition of onions, green chillies, sambar powder and fresh herbs like coriander leaves along with toasted buttered bread is super delicious.

Thursday, 10 July 2014 10:39

Keera Sambar (Kuzhambu) is a very traditional south indian lentil curry made from spinach or amaranth leaves or any other green leaf of radish or beet. The sambar is cooked in a tangy tamarind base flavored with homemade sambar powder. Keerai sambar is a favourite at home with my children and a variation from the regular dals. 

Wednesday, 09 July 2014 05:02

The Vazhaithandu Pachadi (Banana Stem Raita) is a healthy recipe if the Banana Stem that is added raw to the yogurt and seasoned with mustard seeds. Banana Stem is known as Vazhaithandu in Tamil and is a super nutritious root to have. The Vazhaithandu is rich is fiber and nutrients and when combined with yogurt is great for stomach ailments.

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 07:42

The Malai Kofta recipe is a delicious preparation paneer and potatoe balls simmered in a spiced tomato gravy. This recipe of kofta is healthy as the kofta's are not deep fried and the gravy is made mild and sattvic without the addition of onion and garlic. The result is an absolutely delicious curry!