Recipe: Chick Peas with Grated Coconut

Recipe: Chick Peas with Grated Coconut

Ingredients:

1 can of chick peas

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

1tsp lemon pepper powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp cayenne powder

1 tsp turmeric

2 cloves of garlic

Salt to taste

Canola Oil

1/4 cup grated coconut- frozen or fresh

Preparation:

Heat a pan with canola oil. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and wait till splutters. Add turmeric, cayenne, coriander powder, salt and lemon pepper powder. Then chop garlic and add to the pan. Saute for less than a minute. Then transfer the chick peas from the can and mix well for about 3 min’s so it soaks in all the flavors of the spices.

Turn off the heat and add the grated coconut and mix well.

Enjoy! This is such a great healthy snack!

If you do not wish to use the caned chick peas, you can buy the packet of chick peas from the store and soak it overnight. Pressure cook it and use the cooked chick peas.

My favorite Snack- Chick Peas with grated Coconut

My favorite Snack- Chick Peas with grated Coconut

I never gave Chick Peas that much attention or respect that it deserved:) all this time until there was this weird craving of a snack once my kids got back from school. I always gave them cookies/ sandwiches/ cupcakes and was tempted to eat some myself. I decided to make something healthy for them as well as me one day and opened my pantry to find canned chickpeas!!!OKK K now what? So I opened it and made something that took me less than 5 minutes:) to prepare.

Now if you do not want to use the canned ones, you can always buy the packet of chick peas from the store and soak some overnight and pressure cook it! Well, I have 2 kids and I really need something that saves me time hence the readily available cooked ones works better for me:)

Recipe: Tomato Chutney

Recipe: Tomato Chutney

Ingredients

1 large Onion

2 Tomatoes

1 tsp tomato puree

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 inch piece ginger/ 1 tsp ginger powder

3 cloves of garlic

1 tsp cayenne powder

Salt to taste

Sesame Oil(best) or if you cannot find it Canola oil is fine.

1/2 tsp Mustard seeds

Curry leaves -2/3

Preparation

Chop onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic. Heat a pan with sesame oil and add the chopped garlic, ginger and onions.

Add salt, cayenne, cumin coriander powder and saute for about 5 minutes till the onions are light brown. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute till the tomatoes also take in all the flavors of the spices and are well cooked. Then transfer to a blender and blend well till smooth.

For garnish, add sesame oil to the pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves till you hear them splutter!!!!

Transfer the blended chutney paste to the pan with garnish and mix well. Enjoy!!!

Recipe: Tomato Chutney

Crepe With Tomato Chutney and Coriander Chutney

 

I have always been fascinated by the different ways one can present a CREPE- both savory and sweet! It is indeed one of my favorite dishes:)

Well, I made my version of Savory Crepe with a bright red tomato chutney and a green coriander chutney. The tangy flavor from the tomato chutney and the earthiness from the coriander chutney makes it a perfect dip for the crepe.

Recipe: Curried Cabbage with Green Peas

Recipe: Curried Cabbage with Green Peas

Ingredients
1/4 head of cabbage
1/4 cup snow peas (if frozen, thawed)
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Lemon Pepper
1 tsp Curry Blend
Pinch of Turmeric
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds

Preparation

Chop the cabbage very finely and evenly. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Wait till it splutters. Then add salt, turmeric, lemon pepper and my curry blend. Make sure not burn the mixture. Transfer the chopped cabbage and sauté for 2 minutes, transfer the thawed snow peas and mix well. Now sprinkle some water, reduce the gas and keep covered. Keep checking in between and mix to avoid burning of the cabbage. Once its cooked completely the cabbage would be soft. Now to retain the crunch of cabbage, remove the lid and cook for 2 more minutes till all water evaporates. Now transfer to a plate and enjoyyyyy!

Pic 1: Chop cabbage very fine Pic 2: Add mustard seeds and all spices to oil

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Pic 3: Transfer the cabbage Pic 4: Transfer Snow Peas and mix

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Pic 5: Keep covered till it cooks

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Nutrition Facts

Cabbage is a vegetable rich in Vitamin C. It also contains large amounts of glutamine, anamino acid that has anti-inflammatory properties. Cabbage is a low-calorie food.

Green Peas are one of the most nutritious leguminous vegetable, rich in phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. Peas are relatively low in calories and contain good amount of soluble and insoluble fiber but contains no cholesterol. They are excellent source of folic acid and folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies. Fresh green peas are very good in ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Peas contain phytosterols especially ß-sitosterol. that help lower cholesterol levels in the body. They are also good in vitamin K and contain adequate amounts of anti-oxidants flavonoids such as carotenes, lutein and zeaxanthin as well as vitamin-A.