Strawberry Shake with Sabja Seeds

Another breakfast drink from my kitchen 😀 . This time the main ingredients are strawberries and sabja seeds or falooda or basil seeds.

It’s strawberry season now and one can spot these beauties at fruit counters in super markets. Sabja seed or falooda is said to have lots of health benefits. It aids in digestion, helps in cooling body heat, relieves stress.. to name a few.

Read on for the extremely easy method of preparation below.

Ingredients:

  1. Strawberry – 200 grams
  2. Fresh cream – 20 grams
  3. Sabja seeds – 3 tsp
  4. Date syrup – 1 tbsp (adjust to taste)
  5. Protein powder – 2 tsp
  6. Water – 1 cup

Method of Preparation:

  1. Soak sabja seeds in 2 tbsp of water overnight. Those will swell up after coming in contact with water.
  2. Wash and cut strawberries into half.
  3. Put cut strawberries along with other ingredients (except soaked sabja seeds) in blender and blend well.
  4. In the serving glass, add half of the soaked and swollen sabja seeds and add the strawberry shake on top of it slowly.
  5. Our beautiful and delicious breakfast drink is ready to be enjoyed.

Choco Almond Milk

Here is another breakfast drink from my counter. Choco almond milk is delicious when served chilled. It can be considered low carb or keto friendly as well.

A small glass of this drink is best to be taken along with other breakfast items.

Read on for the recipe. It’s quite simple and easy to prepare.

Here the ingredients mentioned make two small glasses of choco almond milk.

Ingredients:

  1. Chilled almond milk – 2 cups
  2. Sweetener – as per taste
  3. Unsweetened cocoa powder – 1/2 tbsp
  4. Fresh cream – 30 grams
  5. Cinnamon powder – 1/2 tsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Put all the ingredients in the blender and blend for for 15 to 20 seconds.
  2. Choco almond milk is ready. Pour into glasses and enjoy.
  3. Add ice cubes if required.

Apple,Kiwi and Banana Smoothie

Here is another breakfast smoothie from my kitchen. This time it’s all about fruits.

Some other smoothies from my counter.

  1. Smoothie that’s rich in protein
  2.  Oats-Banana smoothie

 

Read on for the apple, kiwi and banana smoothie.

Ingredients:

  1. Apple – 1
  2. Kiwi – 1
  3. Banana – 1
  4. Milk – 1 cup
  5. Honey (optional) – as per taste

Method of Preparation:

  1. Peel and cut the fruits.
  2. Put in blender along with milk and honey. I used the fruits straight out of refrigerator. So, did not use any ice. WaterMark_2017-11-02-17-31-40.jpg
  3. Blend everything together and pour into a smoothie jar. Serve chilled.  WaterMark_2017-11-02-17-32-08.jpg

Protein Rich Smoothie

Most of the times I love to have different kinds of healthy smoothies as my breakfast as that saves me the cooking time. Lazy me 🙂 . But yes, I do utilize that saved time in preparing lunch.. fair enough I guess 😉

This smoothie in context is rich in protein and packed with nutrients. Also it keeps one full for longer. I usually have this smoothie around 9.50-10.00 AM and do not feel hungry till around 2.00 PM. In a nutshell, it keeps me sane at work 🙂

Read on further for the recipe. You may play with the ingredients as per your convenience. You may like to check here for another healthy smoothie recipe.

Ingredients:

  1. Apple (chopped) – Half of an apple (adjust as per your carbohydrate intake)
  2. Roasted rolled oats (optional) – 1 tbsp (adjust as per carb)
  3. Almonds – 8
  4. Whey protein powder (I have taken chocolate flavour) – 1 scoop
  5. My protein powder (optional) (alternatively you can add varieties of seed mix used in this recipe) – 2 tsp
  6. Fresh Cream – 10 grams
  7. Chilled water – 1 cup
  8. Ice cubes – 2
  9. Cinnamon powder – 1/3 tsp

Method of Preparation:

  1. Put all the ingredients except cinnamon powder in the blender and blend well. Adjust water quantity as per desired consistency.
  2. Smoothie is ready. Take it out in a serving glass and sprinkle cinnamon powder on top.
  3. Enjoy the protein rich drink and stay full for long.

Oats Porridge with Raisins

Oats is considered to be one of the healthiest whole grains with innumerable benefits. It’s a good source of carbohydrate and dietary fiber. It helps in lowering cholesterol level in body.

There are many recipes those can be prepared using oats. Oats porridge or kheer can be had as a breakfast item. This recipe is hassle free and can be prepared instantly.

Here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

  1. Rolled Oats – 1 cup
  2. Milk (coconut milk or almond milk can also be taken for a healthier version) – 2 cups
  3. Honey or pure maple syrup – 1/2 tbsp (adjust to taste)
  4. Almonds (chopped) – 5 to 6
  5. Raisins – 8 to 10

Method of Preparation:

  1. Dry roast the rolled oats for few minutes. Do not over roast.
  2. Add milk slowly with continuous stirring. Let the oats absorb milk. The mixture becomes thick within few minutes. You may add little more milk in order to adjust the consistency.
  3. After bringing the porridge to desired consistency, switch off the flame. Add honey and raisins. Give a good stir.
  4. Take out in a serving bowl and garnish with chopped almonds.

Sevaiya (Vermicelli) Upma

Upma is a savoury Indian dish that’s prepared with grains like flattened rice (poha), oats, dalia (broken wheat) etc and mixed vegetables. Different combinations of spices and sauces are also used in different types of upma.

Upma is mostly considered as a breakfast dish. But it can be had as brunch or heavy snack item also.

Here the recipe talks about vermicelli upma. I mostly prepare this in dinner when I am tired and not in a mood to prepare roti and curry. So, I add veggies to vermicelli and my healthy meal is ready.

Read on for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  1. Roasted vermicelli – 2 cups
  2. Peanuts – 1/2 cup
  3. Potato (chopped length wise) – 1 big
  4. Onion (chopped length wise) – 2 medium
  5. Green chilli (chopped) – 1
  6. Salt – to taste
  7. Black salt – 2 tsp
  8. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  9. Red chilli powder – 1 tsp (as per taste)
  10. Schezwan Sauce (optional)
  11. Oil – 1 tbsp
  12. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  13. Curry leaves – 8 to 10
  14. Water – 3 cups

Any veggie of your choice can be used in this recipe.

Method of Preparation:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and then add cumin seeds. Once the cumin seeds splutter, add peanuts and stir.
  2. Then add curry leaves, chopped green chilli, chopped potatoes and onions.
  3. Add salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder. Mix well. Cover and let the veggies be done half way through.
  4. Once the veggies are half boiled, add the roasted vermicelli. Mix well. Add 3 cups of water. Cover and let the vermicelli and veggies be tender.
  5. Let all the water evaporate.
  6. Add schezwan sauce (or any sauce of your choice) and mix everything well.
  7. Switch off flame and sprinkle black salt all over. Stir everything well.
  8. Hot vermicelli upma is ready to be served.

Aloo Puri

Puri or Poori is deep fried Indian bread which is prepared from unleavened wheat flour dough. It’s popular as a breakfast and is generally served with any choicest curry (bhaji).

This Puri is very much versatile and can be prepared by adding any ingredient of your choice to the dough.

Aloo (potato) Puri is prepared by adding mashed boiled potato to the regular dough along with some spices. 

Read on to know the ingredients and the method of preparation.

Ingredients
:

  1. Wheat flour – 2 cups
  2. Salt – 1/3 tsp
  3. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  4. Ajwain – 1/2 tsp
  5. Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  6. Cumin powder – 1tsp
  7. Red chilli powder (optional) – 1 tsp
  8. Kasuri methi – 1 tbsp
  9. Mashed boiled potato – 1 big
  10. Oil – 1 tsp ( to be added to dough)
  11. Oil – for deep frying
  12. Water – 3/4 cup approx.

      Method of Preparation:

      1. To the wheat flour, add salt, turmeric powder, ajwain, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder, kasuri methi and 1 tsp of oil. Mix everything together. 
      2. Then add mashed boiled potato to the wheat mix and and add water (do not add all the water at once). Knead to a tight dough. Add water gradually as and when required. The dough should be tight in order to make puffed Puris. 
      3. After making the dough, take little oil on the palm and tap the dough from all sides so that it’s covered with a layer of oil.
      4. Cover the dough and let it  rest for 15-20 minutes.
      5. Then make small balls out of the dough and roll those up to a diameter of 6-7 cms. Do not make these very thin. 
      6. Heat oil for frying in a pan. Once oil is hot enough, fry the rolled Puris from both sides till slight brown. 
      7. Take out on paper towel to drain excess oil and serve hot with curry or bhaji of your choice. 

      Instant Khaman Dhokla

      Khaman Dhokla is a very popular Gujurati snack item. Almost everybody in my family likes it.

      Let’s check out how I make it.

      Ingredients Used:

      1. Besan (Gram flour) – 2 cups
      2. Curd – 1 cup
      3. Green chili – 2
      4. Ginger – 1 inch
      5. Fruit Salt (Eno) – 1 sachet
      6. Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
      7. Sugar – 2 tsp
      8. Salt – 1/2 tsp (can be adjusted to taste)
      9. Water – 1 cup approx
      10. Oil – 1 tbsp
      11. Dry roasted sesame seeds – 2 tsp (optional)

      For tempering:

      1. Mustard seeds – 1 Tbsp
      2. Asafoetida (Hing) – 1/4 tsp
      3. Curry leaves – 8 to 10
      4. Green chili – 1 (cut into small rounds)
      5. Water – 1/3 cup  DSC04099

      Method of Preparation:

      1. Wash green chili and ginger. Peel ginger and grind it along with the chilies to make a coarse paste.
      2. To the gram flour, add curd and mix properly.
      3. Then add water little by little till the mixture comes to a thick pouring consistency (like cake batter).
      4. To the batter add ginger-green chili paste, turmeric, salt, sugar and oil. Give a nice and gentle mix. DSC04101
      5. Now keep this batter aside for at least 20 minutes.
      6. In the mean time, add water to the pot we are planning to steam in.
      7. Here I am steaming the dhokla in an idly pot. Keep a stand in the pot in order to separate dhokla pan from the bottom of steamer. And switch on the flame.
      8. Now grease the pan, in which you are planning to make the dhokla, with few drops of oil.
      9. Just before pouring the batter into the pan, add the eno fruit salt to it and mix gently to avoid any lumps. After adding fruit salt, the batter becomes plump and light. It helps the dhokla to rise.
      10. Now pour the batter into the pan and sprinkle the roasted sesame seeds on top of batter. Carefully place the pan in the steamer where the water is already boiling.
      11. Close the lid and let it be baked on a medium flame for minimum of 20-25 minutes.
      12. After 20 minutes, open the lid and check if the dhokla is cooked properly by inserting a toothpick in it. If the toothpick comes out clean, then our dhokla is cooked properly. If not, then close the lid again  and let it be steamed for another 4-5 minutes.
      13. Now take out the dhokla pan and let it cool down for about 15 mins. Then put it carefully on another plate upside down and demould  the dhokla with gentle taps on the pan.
      14. With the help of a knife, cut through the yellow sponge to make small squares.
      15. For tempering, heat a small pan on flame. To it, add oil. Once oil is hot enough, add mustard seeds. Let the mustard seeds splutter. Then add curry leaf, asafoetida and green chili cuts. After that add 1/3rd cup of water and bring to a boil. Let it boil for one minute. DSC04132
      16. Then add that seasoned water on top of our dhokla with the help of  a spoon so that all the pieces are moist.
      17. Let the pieces soak the moisture for few minutes and then relish the dhokla sponges. 🙂 DSC04133

      Whole Wheat Bread

      After numerous failed attempts and wasting ingredients, finally I am able to successfully bake a bread… Yes, home made brown bread 🍞 🙂

      I always avoid use of refined flour in my as well as my family’s diet. So I baked this bread with whole wheat flour only.

      Read on for the recipe.

      Ingredients:

      1. Whole wheat flour – 400 grams
      2. Instant dry active yeast – 1 tsp
      3. Lukewarm water – 1 tbsp
      4. Salt – 1 tsp
      5. Olive oil – 1 tbsp
      6. Water – 300 to 400 ml
      7. Unsalted Butter (melted) – 1tsp
      8. Milk – 1 tbsp

      Method of Preparation:

      1. Take wheat flour in a mixing bowl and make a well in the middle. Place instant active dry yeast in the well and pour lukewarm water over it. Let it sit for one minute. 
      2. Once the yeast starts bubbling, add rest of the water little by little and knead to a soft dough. Knead the dough for nearly 10 minutes on a flat surface. Dust flour lightly if required. 
      3. Apply oil on the dough and give round shaped. Place in a well greased bowl and cover with a damp kitchen towel.
      4. Let it sit for around 45 minutes. It will become almost double in size. 
      5. Then knead it again on flat lightly dusted surface for five more minutes. This will release the air from it. 
      6. Again give round shape after kneading and cover with the same damp cloth, on the flat surface.
      7. Rest it for 15 minutes.
      8. Then roll it lightly and give a rectangular shape as shown in the image. ( Fold both vertical edges and then roll it from the horizontal side) 
      9. Keep the dough log in bread tin and put the tin inside a plastic bag. Keep it aside for 30 minutes for the dough to proof and rise. 
      10. After 30 minutes the dough would have risen to cover the bread tin. Brush milk on top surface of the dough log.
      11. Now bake it in a pre-heated oven at 200°c for 35 minutes. 
      12. After 35 minutes, take the tin out and cool on a cooling rack. Brush melted butter on top surface of the bread.
      13. Slice the bread once it cools down. Enjoy.  

      Oats and Banana Smoothie

      They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But in our busy lives we tend to ignore breakfast most of the times in a hurry. 

      What if we have some recipes those can be prepared in a jiffy without much hussle and that way we will get our much needed energy punch to sustain throughout the day. 

      This oats and banana smoothie is one of such breakfast items which has the much needed nutrients in order to kickstart our day.

      Read on to know the ingredients for this power packed smoothie.

      Ingredients:

      1. Lightly roasted oats – 2 tbsp
      2. Banana – 1
      3. Almonds – 8 to 10
      4. Flax seeds – 2 tsp
      5. Milk – 1.5 cup
      6. Honey (optional) – 1 tbsp
      7. Pinch of cinnamon powder

      Method of preparation:

      1. Blend all the ingredients together in a juicer grinder. 
      2. Pour in a glass.
      3. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon powder on top.
      4. Enjoy.