Thursday, May 22, 2008

Stuffed Dal Chapathi

Foody Facts

Chapathi's which are also known as Indian bread are made using whole wheatflour. The dietary fiber rich whole wheat flour has many nutritional benefits. Studies have shown that consumption of whole wheat flour results in the reduction of stroke risks by 30-36%, type 2 diabetes risks by 21-30%, heart disease risk by 25-28% & keeps a check on cholesterol levels. Further if replaced by rice in the diet, it leads to better weight maintenance & has been shown to reduce the incidence of obesity. Apart from these, it has also been known to be highly protective against childhood asthama.




Ingredients

For the stuffing

  • 1 Cup Moongdal
  • 2 Green chillies
  • Small piece of Ginger (around one inch long)
  • 1 Tsp oil
  • 1/4 Cup of coconut
For seasoning
  • 1 Tsp mustard seeds
  • Few Curry leaves
For Garnishing
  • 3-4 Strands of chopped coriander leaves

Method
  • Heat oil in a pan & add mustard seeds.
  • When they start popping add chopped green chillies & curry leaves.
  • Add 2-3 glass of water to it.
  • Once it starts to boil add moongdal & allow it to cook for 15 minutes. Keep stirring. Take care to ensure that the dal is properly cooked.
  • Add salt & chopped pieces of ginger & stir it.
  • Lastly add grated coconut & garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
For Dough

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups wheat flour
  • 2 Tsp oil
  • Salt as per taste

Method

  • Add water, salt & oil to wheat flour. Knead into a soft dough.
  • Keep for around one hour.
  • Then divide it into equal portions & make small ball of the dough.
  • Roll out into small chapathi & add the cooled dal stuffing to it & seat it with another chapathi.
  • Fry on tawa by adding ghee/oil on both the sides. (If you are not the calorie conscious kind, fry it with butter. It tastes real good!! )
  • Serve hot with curds or ketchup.
Hope you all like it..!!!

This is also my first entry into any event. I am exited being a part of the roti mela being hosted by Srivalli.



Monday, May 19, 2008

Fruit Custard

Foody Facts

Its an inarguable fact that raw fruits & vegetables are true recommendations for a healthy diet. Eating a diet rich in fruits keeps a check on your calorie, fat & cholestrol levels. Most of the fruits are rich in the fiber, vitamins & minerals which form a part of a healthy balanced diet.

Different people have different versions of preparing fruit salad. I prepared this version since its fast, easy to prepare & tastes good.




Ingredients

  • 1 Apple
  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 Sweet lime/Orange
  • 1 Cup of cream
  • 2 Cups of custard/condensed milk
  • 1/2 Cup of milk
  • 1/2 Cup sugar or as per taste
  • 1 Drop of vanilla essence
  • Raisins & Cashewnuts for garnishing
Method
  • Whisk together cream, custard & milk in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle Sugar. Chop all the fruits & add it to the mixture & stir gently.
  • Garnish it with dry fruits.
  • Refrigerate and serve it cold.
You can decorate this in so many ways. I have used the custard & cream to decorate it to give it the look of ice cream!!!!! :)

Tips


To prepare the custard.
  • Boil half litre milk on medium flame, stirring continuously else the milk will get burnt.
  • Mix 5 tsp of custard powder in about 1/2 a cup of cold milk. Add this to the boiling milk & keep stirring continuously on a low flame.Your Custard is ready.

I personally used the readymade custard pudding available in the market, it gives the same taste & you also save time. :)

Beetroot Salad

Foody Facts

Nowadays salads form an important part of the Indian diet. Here I have done a salad made from beetroot. This is also known as beetroot kosambari in konkani.
Beetroots are rich in iron & other minerals. Beetroots are very good to relieve constipation & is very good for obesity. Its fibre contents promotes healthy cholesterol levels, helps to build red blood cells & is believed to be a powerful recovery agent for life threatening illness such as cancer.










Ingredients

  • 1 Beetroot
  • 1 Medium sized onion
  • 1 Green chilly
  • 1/4 Cup of coconut
  • Small piece of lemon
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Salt as per taste
Method
  • Grate the beetroot and keep aside.
  • Grind the coconut & green chilly to a course mixture.
  • Then add the mixture to the beetroot with little salt & mix well.
  • Chop the onions finely & add the chopped onions to the mixture.
  • Squeeze the lemon & add salt as per taste.
  • Finally garnish the mixture with coriander leaves.
Your salad is ready.

Tips :

Add the chopped onions to the salad only when serving, otherwise the salad loses its freshness.