Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Healthy Pav Bhaji | How To Make Healthy Pav Bhaji

 

The delicious healthy Pav Bhaji


Pav Bhaji is a delicious combination of thick vegetables which are mashed together and served with Pav also known as buns.

 


Healthy Pav Bhaji | How To Make Healthy Pav Bhaji



‘Pav’ means ‘buns’ and ‘Bhaji means vegetable dish’. It’s the most famous street food in India. It’s the most comforting food for any of us and can be had for any meal of the day. This dish is much loved in the Maharashtra region of India.


It is extremely flavorful dish and served in almost all the restaurants and food joints, streets, canteens across the country.


Well, I’m making the healthy version of Pav Bhaji. It taste exactly like the street version but with lots of vitamins and minerals.


It’s an all time favorite staple at our home. Make this with whatever veggies that are available in that season. Since mine is healthy version, and I wanted green veggies for my Bhaji, thankfully it was available at that season.



Healthy Pav Bhaji | How To Make Healthy Pav Bhaji



To make the healthy version of Pav Bhaji, I added all the green veggies like cauliflower, lauki (bottle gourd), tinda (ridge gourd), torai (apple gourd), brinjal, green beans. Carrots and beetroot for color and potatoes for taste. 


It is highly nutritious because green veggies contain a lot of iron and protein. It's a wonderfully delicious and nutritious dish. It's rich in vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fibre.


Making healthy Pav Bhaji is also a great idea for kids since they run away from green veggies. Your kid will definitely have a smiley face after tasting this and than gobble it up.


Pressure cook all the veggies, mash them with a masher. Sauté onions in a pan and prepare the tomatoes puree, add all the green veggies, mix and a dollop of butter on the top with some fresh chopped onions and lemon juice to make the Bhaji delicious and serve along with pav or buns. Cut the buns from between and toast it on pan with butter from both the sides.


You can also add Kashmiri Lal mirch and Pav Bhaji Masala to give a nice red color. But I substituted it with cumin powder or homemade Masala powder.


The Pav are toasted in butter and are eaten along with Bhaji. The taste, aroma, flavors are super delicious so do give it a try.


You can pin this recipe if you like it.


Healthy Pav Bhaji | How To Make Healthy Pav Bhaji



HEALTHY PAV BHAJI | How To Make Healthy Pav Bhaji



Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Serves: 6 People
Author: The Food Root 


Ingredients


For cooking Bhaaji


2 cups of water
1/2 size Lauki (bottle gourd)
3 medium size Tinda (ridge gourd)
3-4 medium size Torai (apple gourd)
1/2 cup French beans
1/2 cup cauliflower florets
1/2 cup Green peas
1 Beetroot (optional)
1 small Brinjal
4 medium size Carrots
4-5 medium size Potatoes


For Tempering



2 tbsp - clarified butter
2 tbsp - butter
pinch of asafoetida
1/2 tbsp - crushed cumin seeds
1 inch long - ginger, grated
5-6 garlic cloves, chopped
3 medium size onions
4-5 medium size tomatoes
1 Capsicum
3 green chillies, chopped
2 medium size onions - chopped
4 medium size tomatoes - chopped
1/2 tbsp - Red chili powder
1/2 tbsp - Turmeric powder
1/2 tbsp - Coriander powder
1/2 tbsp Garam masala
1/2 tbsp - Mango powder
1 1/2 - Salt to taste
chopped coriander leaves



For Serving



1/2 cup finely chopped onions
2 lemon wedges


For the Buns



8-10 Pav (Buns)
4-5 Butter


Method



1. Chop all the veggies : Rinse, peel and chop all the veggies like potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, bottle gourd, ridge gourd, apple gourd, brinjal, green beans, beetroot and add them in the pressure cooker.



2. Pressure cook all the veggies : Add 2 cups of water. Pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles on medium flame.



3. Mash the Bhaji : Switch off the flame and remove it. Wait for the pressure to release completely before opening the cooker. Next, open the lid and mash the bhaaji with wooden or aloo masher. Do not make a smooth paste, coarsely mash it.



4. Sauté onions and garlic in a pan : Heat 2 big tbsp of clarified butter or oil and 2 tbsp of butter. Add cumin seeds and a pinch of asafoetida powder. After it crackles, add finely chopped garlic cloves, add grated ginger and fry them for 40-50 seconds. Next, add chopped onions and stir it. Keep stirring and adjusting the flame so that onions cook slightly golden brown.



5. Prepare the tomato puree tempering : Add chopped tomatoes and sauté it for around on 7-8 minutes on low-medium flame. Next, add the spices - Red chili powder, Turmeric powder, Coriander powder, Mango powder and Salt to taste. Stir it well. Let the mixture cook, till the oil separates.



6. Add the cooked bhaaji in the pan : Now add the cooked bhaji in the pan. Add hot water if needed to adjust the consistency. Stir it for another 8-10 minutes on low/medium flame. Add garam masala and mix it well. Add 1/2 cup of green peas. Add 2 tbsp of butter and mix it well. Garnish with coriander leaves. Turn off the heat and remove it.



7. For the Pav : Slit the Pav or buns horizontally with knife on low flame. Heat butter on the frying pan and place the Pav, toast it for 1 or 2 mins from both sides until it’s slightly crisp.



8. Serve and Garnish : Now, transfer the bhaji to a serving bowl and serve the Bhaji. Since it is so much healthier just top it with butter on Bhaji. Serve bhaji with Pav or Buns and enjoy it with onions, lemons.



Notes



You can also add Kashmiri Lal mirch and Pav Bhaji Masala to give a nice red color.


You can also add Garam Masala and Red Chilli Powder which is normally available in all the super markets instead of Kashmiri Lal Mirch and Pav Bhaji Masala.







Monday, July 12, 2021

Top Nutritional and Health Benefits of Bananas

 

Found some homegrown bananas growing in my courtyard garden. I love bananas mainly because of its sweet taste, nutritional benefits, health benefits also because it makes you feel full and energetic for a longer period of time.

Gardening helps you so much to connect with nature. Isn’t it funny, how much satisfaction you get from growing your own fruits and vegetables?

Banana is one superfood that is commonly available across the globe. I love this fruit as it provides you instant energy to kickstart your day.


Top Nutritional and Health Benefits of Bananas



Here are the Top Nutritional and Health Benefits of Bananas;

Bananas are highly nutritious



1. There is 110 calories in single banana with zero fat.

2. Bananas are rich in Potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Iron and Manganese.

3. Packed with fibre, it provides lots of energy.

4. They are rich sources of fibre and have lot of antioxidants.

5. It’s don’t require much pesticides so it doesn’t get dirty.




Top Nutritional and Health Benefits of Bananas


Health benefits of Bananas


There are many health benefits of bananas like -


Bananas can help regulate blood sugar


It might actually help lower blood sugar. For a lower Glycemic Index, eat green bananas. It is packed with fibre, it provides lots of energy. It helps in boosting your immune system.

Bananas may support heart health


It helps in curing heart diseases and regulates blood pressure and helps in recovering from illness, fighting fatigue, reducing the person's risk of cancer, diabetes, inflammation and other health problems,

Bananas may help with weight loss


The carbs helps you produces more serotonin, which helps regulate your metabolism. It helps in reducing constipation. Bananas contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol.

Bananas are good for digestive health


Bananas is an amazing food that help with digestion. It treats nausea, morning sickness, stomach problems and other infections. It keeps eyes and bone healthy. It also reduces the risk of kidney diseases. It helps in curing acne and pains.


You can also pin the below picture if you like it.



Top Nutritional and Health Benefits of Bananas



Bananas can be eaten both ways, riped and raw. Raw bananas are used to make different kinds of dishes. It can be eaten as banana chips or banana fritters. There are different recipes which can be made with riped bananas as well like smoothies, porridge, pancakes, ice creams, muffins, granola, blueberry bars. All of these recipes doesn’t take more than 15 minutes.


Love this? Try these..??



Tomato SoupStuffed Japanese Aubergine




Sunday, May 23, 2021

RAINBOW BUDDHA BOWL


Rainbow Buddha bowl is a healthy, filling and a delicious wholesome meal. It's a colorful bowl composed of vegetables proteins, healthy grains and nutrients.



Rainbow Buddha Bowl : This satisfying bowl of goodness is filled with rice, red kidney beans, broccoli, bell peppers and cucumber.

Rainbow in my bowl!!

Rainbow Buddha bowl is a satisfying bowl of goodness, filled with cooked rice, boiled red kidney beans, blanched broccoli, roasted bell peppers and sliced cucumber. I combined this with almond butter lime dressing to give it a touch of sweetness and it just turned out perfect! Buddha bowl is a simple way where you can also use your leftover food which is sitting in refrigerator. 

I had the most indulgent weekend ever. I had lots of chocolates and yummy treats, so I decided to make Buddha bowl for lunch. I picked up these gorgeous broccoli and colorful bell peppers at the farmer’s market this past weekend. Luckily, I had enough cooked rice and beans in my refrigerator to make this power-packed meal.



Rainbow Buddha bowl




While each portion of this plate has its own individuality and uniqueness. Red kidney beans are full of protein, fiber, vitamin and nutrients. Though rice doesn’t offer much in terms of nutrients but is a good source of carbs. You can always switch white rice with brown rice since it has more nutrients and is relatively low in calories. I totally love the combination of broccoli and bell peppers as they add crunch, color and sweet flavor to the meal. Broccoli is one of my favorite cruciferous vegetable. It is rich in dietary fiber, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants and bell peppers are rich in antioxidants and other vitamins.

Buddha bowl is a versatile meal. To make this, obviously you'd have to make rice and beans ahead of time. I always try to make it differently, depending on what is available at my home. Follow these few simple steps to make a this beautiful Rainbow Buddha Bowl that I have listed below. 


RAINBOW BUDDHA BOWL




Serves: 2 People
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes 
Author: The Food Root


INGREDIENTS


Red Kidney Beans:
3/4 cup red kidney beans
2 cups water
3/4 tablespoon salt or as per taste

Rice:
1 cup rice
2 cups water
3/4 tablespoon salt or as per taste

Broccoli:
1 head broccoli
2 cups water
1/2 tablespoon salt or as per taste

Roast Veggies:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 tablespoon salt or as per taste

Chop Raw Veggies
1 cucumber, finely sliced

Dressing
1/4 cup Almond butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
2 tablespoons water
Salt and pepper as per taste


DIRECTIONS


1. Prepare Red Kidney Beans: Wash 3/4 cup red kidney beans, under the running water. Drain and soak them overnight or in the morning for at least 4-5 hours. After soaking the beans, rinse them with fresh water. Now place a pressure cooker, add beans with enough water and pressure cook them for at least 40 minutes on medium-low flame. After 40 minutes, turn off the heat and wait for the pressure to release completely. Add salt and stir it for few more minutes till it's properly cooked. Drain the water off the cooked beans and let it cool for some time.


2. Boil Rice: Rinse 1 cup basmati rice with cold water, soak it for about 30 minutes. Place a saucepan with double amount of water to boil. Add salt and loosely cover the pan. Reduce the heat and cook the rice for about 10 minutes. Stir it once and turn off the flame. Let the rice sit for about 5-7 minutes. Drain the rice using a colander or a strainer. Let it cool for some time.


3. Blanch Broccoli: Wash the broccoli and cut them into large individual florets. You can also cut the stem into thin circular pieces. Bring in a large pot of water to boil. When water starts to boil, add broccoli florets and a pinch of salt into it. Meanwhile, fill a bowl with cold water preferably with ice cubes in it. Set it aside. After 3-4 minutes remove the florets with slotted spoon in a colander or a sieve. Now immediately, plunge the florets into the bowl of cold water. After a minute, strain them. Keep it aside.


4. Roast Veggies: Wash the pepper, slice it into half, remove the excess seeds and slice off the thin strips length wise. Heat olive oil in a skillet, add chili flakes followed by sliced bell pepper and sauté until it turns golden brown, about 5 minutes. Sauté it and season them with salt and garlic cloves. Toss it for about a minute on medium flame and turn off the flame. Set it aside.


5. Chop Raw Veggies: Chop any raw veggies you like. It depends on your taste. I added fresh cucumber in my bowl.


6. Prepare the Dressing: To make a dressing, whisk 1/4 cup almond butter, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 tablespoon minced ginger and 2 tablespoons water in a bowl, add salt and pepper to taste.


7. Assemble: Assemble your bowl, add red kidney beans, rice, broccoli, roasted bell peppers and sliced cucumber. Season the bowl with salt and pepper. Drizzle the yummy almond butter lime dressing and gently toss them to combine. Enjoy!!


ENJOY YOUR RAINBOW BUDDHA BOWL, AND LET US KNOW HOW YOU LIKE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

 


Monday, May 3, 2021

Soya Chaap Masala

 

Soya Chaap Masala is a dish where Soya Chaap pieces are fried and marinated, and than added into a spiced onion-tomato based fragrant gravy. Pair it with a naan or steamed rice and enjoy!



Soya Chaap Masala


Soya Chaap Gravy that we made for lunch today, turned out so yum that i wanted to share the recipe with you all, right away!


What is Soya Chaap?


Soya Chaap is a prepared with soybean flour and whole wheat flour. Mostly the ratio of soybean is 60% and whole wheat flour is 40%. This thick flour is wrapped into a stick and comes in a can. Use within 2-3 days after opening the can.


Soya chaap is a great substitute of veg and can be use in alternatives of non-veg, meat eaters and many more. It gives a meaty and chewy texture. It's a good source of protein for vegetarians or vegans.


You can serve it with tandoori roti, naan, kulcha, or steamed rice. These Soya chunks comes in a can which you buy from a nearby supermarket or can also buy online.


What are the variations of Soya Chaap?


Soya Chaap can be used in various recipes like Punjabi Soya Chaap, Tandoori Soya Chaap, Malai Soya Chaap, Tandoori Malai Soya Chaap, Afghani Soya Chaap, Soya Chaap Roll, Soya Chaap Kabab, Soya Chaap Recipe Gravy or Soya Chaap Masala and many others. 


A dry version goes well as a starter. The semi-dry recipes goes well with steamed rice. The gravy version goes well with chapatis, naan, parantha or kulchas. The one I'm making is Soya Chaap Gravy also known as Soya Chaap Masala. 


So, use a packet or tin of Soya Chaap differently cuz you can make variety of dishes from it. 



How to Make Soya Chaap Masala?


Soya Chaap Masala is a popular street dish in Delhi and many other North Indian Cities. Soya Chaap Gravy is vegetarian dish which can be easily made at home. It is full of protein and taste delicious.


Fried Soya Chaap chunks are marinated into yogurt, butter and chaat masala for half an hour, and than added into a spiced onion-tomato based gravy. Pair it with a naan or steamed rice and enjoy! 


Soya Chaap Gravy takes less than half an hour to make. It's suitable for weekday meals or weekend special parties or events. Soya chaap is made from soybean flour and whole wheat flour, which gives it a meaty and chewy texture. It is delicious treat not for just vegetarians but for meat-lovers too.


Step by Step Pictures of making Soya Chaap Masala


How to Marinade the Soya Chaap?


1. The process is pretty simple first, wash and dry all the Soya Chaaps along with sticks. Remove the Soya Chaap from the sticks and cut them into 1-1.5 inch chunks.



Soya Chaap Masala



2. Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan and shallow-fry the Soya Chaap Chunks on a lower-medium flame or till it turns golden brown. This will take about 6-8 minutes.



Soya Chaap Masala



3.  Marinate the fried Soya Chaap Chunks with butter, chaat masala and yogurt. 


4. Mix until all the fried Soya Chaap Chunks are well coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for minimum for 30-40 minutes.



Soya Chaap Masala



How to make Soya Chaap Gravy?


1. Grind tomatoes, ginger, garlic and green chilli to form a smooth paste.



Soya Chaap Masala


2. Heat 2-3 tbsp oil. Add sliced onions & cook on a lower medium flame till it turns golden brown. This would take about 5-7 minutes.



Soya Chaap Gravy | Soya Chaap Masala



Soya Chaap Masala



3. Grind onions and a cup of water in a blender to form a smooth paste.



Soya Chaap Masala


4. Add a pinch of asafoetida and cumin seeds in the remaining oil. When seeds starts to sputter, add tomatoes & cook it on a lower medium flame for about 5-7 minutes until all the moisture is gone and the mixture is nicely roasted.



Soya Chaap Masala


5. Next, add spices like salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and give it a good mix to make sure that the spices are well combined.



Soya Chaap Masala


6. Add onions into the the tomato paste and stir continuously for about a minute.



Soya Chaap Masala


7. Add roasted Soya Chaap pieces into the onion-tomato paste and mix it than cover over low heat for 5-7 minutes.


Soya Chaap Masala


8. Now add 2 cups of water and cover over low heat for 10 minutes.


Soya Chaap Masala


9. Add chopped coriander leaves and stir for about 2 minutes. Mix properly and turn off the flame.


10. Serve soya chaap gravy with steamed rice, naan or kulcha.



Soya Chaap Masala



How to make Soya Chaap Masala?


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4-6 People
Author : The Food Root


Ingredients:


for marination


6 Soya Chaap Sticks
Oil for shallow frying Soya Chaap pieces
3 tbsp yogurt
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp chaat masala or 1 tbsp salt

for onion tomato gravy


5 tomatoes, roughly chopped
3 onions, sliced
2-3 tbsp oil
3/4 inch ginger, grated
4-5 garlic cloves
2-3 green chillies
2 cups of water
a pinch of asafoetida
1 tbsp cumin seeds
3/4 tbsp coriander powder
3/4 tbsp red chilli powder
3/4 tbsp turmeric powder
3/4 tbsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp salt or as per your taste
1 handful fresh coriander freah leaves, chopped 


Method:


How to Marinate Soya chaap


1. Wash and dry all the Soya Chaaps along with sticks. Remove the Soya Chaap from the sticks and cut them into 1-1.5 inch chunks.

2. Heat the oil and shallow fry the pieces from both the sides on a lower medium flame or till it turns golden brown. This will take about 6-8 minutes.

3. Marinate the fried Soya Chaap with butter, chaat masala and yogurt. 

4. Mix until all the fried Soya Chaaps are well coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerte for minimum for 30 minutes.


How to Make Onion-Tomato Gravy


1. Grind tomatoes, ginger, garlic and green chillies to form a smooth paste.

2. Heat oil. Add sliced onions & cook them on a lower medium flame till it turns golden brown. This would take about 5-7 minutes.

3. Grind onions and a cup of water in a blender to form a smooth paste.

4. Add a pinch of asafoetida and cumin seeds in the remaining oil. 

5. When seeds starts to sputter, add tomato pulp & stir continuously on a lower medium flame for about 5-6 minutes until the mixture is nicely roasted.

6. Next, add spices like salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, and give it a good mix to make sure that the spices are well combined.

7. Add onions into the the tomato paste and stir continuously for about a minute.

8. Add roasted Soya Chaap pieces into the tomato-onion paste and mix it than cover over low heat for 5-7 minutes.

9. Now add 2 cups of water and cover over low heat for 10 minutes.

10. Add chopped coriander leaves and stir for about 2 minutes. Mix properly and turn off the flame.

11. Serve soya chaap gravy with steamed rice, naan or kulcha.



Friday, March 26, 2021

How To Make Carrot Halwa

 

This traditional Gajar Ka Halwa is made with Carrots, Cream, Khoya, Sugar, Ghee and lots of Nuts. It's a delicious North Indian sweet but is relished on every occasion. Serve this classic, rich and creamy halwa and enjoy it with your loved ones!



Gajar Ka Halwa | Carrot Halwa Recipe | How To Make Carrot Halwa


Happy holi everyone!! Holi is a festival of colors and celebrated with great warmth and high spirit. It’s a major festival in India. It begins with the lightening of bonfire and welcome the new beginnings with open arms. This festival is incomplete without the exchange of gifts, fruits, dry fruits and sweets.


There are host of traditional delicacies that are relished on holi festival and make this occasion even more enjoyable like Pede, Kheer, Gujiya, Puranpoli, Malpua, Ladoo, Thandai, Rasmalai, Jalebi, Sevaiya or Gajar ka Halwa and many more.



Gajar Ka Halwa | Carrot Halwa Recipe | How To Make Carrot Halwa


This Holi, my Mother and I have made Gajar Ka Halwa. It's a traditional North Indian Sweet that both kids and adults can enjoy. It's a must try dessert for winter season. So do try this recipe with your friends and family and enjoy the day!


This dessert hardly needs any occasion to be prepared and relished. It keeps you warm and healthy and can be served at all festivals like Diwali, Eid, Holi, Raksha Bandhan.



Gajar Ka Halwa | Carrot Halwa Recipe | How To Make Carrot Halwa



This Carrot based sweet dessert pudding is so rich and satisfying that I can have it all day and night. The method is sure time consuming, but the halwa is so soft and delicious, and the aroma of the cardamom powder is absolutely irresistible. It’s a slow cooked dessert but if you know the proper method it doesn’t take much time.


All you need is fresh, sweet, and abundance of red carrots which is properly washed, peeled than grated. It goes into non stick pan. Add a lot of khoya, full fat cream, sugar, ghee and lots of nuts in it and your Gajar Ka Halwa is ready. 


So this was the simple recipe of your low fat, low calorie Gajar Ka Halwa. Make this Holi delicacy and also let us know how you like it in the comments below.



Gajar Ka Halwa | Carrot Halwa Recipe | How To Make Gajar Halwa



Gajar Ka Halwa | Carrot Halwa Recipe | 

 How To Make Gajar Halwa 


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6-8 People
Author : The Food Root


Ingredients:


8-10 large carrots
1/2 cup full fat cream (milk cream)
5 tbsp sugar
1 cup crumbled khoya
4 tbsp ghee 


Chopped dry fruits of your choice - (optional)


1/4 tsp cardamom powder
1 tbsp cashews
2 tbsp almonds
1 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp pistachios


Method:

 

1. Wash the carrots and peel it with grater to discard the skin.


2. Heat the non stick pan, add the grated carrots, mix, and cook them till the quantity is reduced to half, on a medium flame. Stir continuously, until it  changes it's color. It will take around 12-15 minutes. 


3. Pour full fat cream in the pan and stir it continuously till it evaporates. It will take around 2 minutes.


4. Add sugar, as per your sweetness and mix it well. Cook for another 4 minutes on medium flame, while stirring continuously.


5. Next, add crumbled Khoya mix it well. Cover and cook them on a medium flame for around 10 minutes than stir it for a while.


6. Add ghee and mix it for next 2 minutes.


7. Add cardamom powder and chopped dry fruits and mix well for next 2 minutes.


8. And, your gajar ka halwa is ready. Turn off the heat, and let it rest for few minutes before serving.


Notes:


1. You can also add milk in Gajar Ka Halwa and boil it on low heat and keep stirring until the milk evaporates but it's totally optional.


2. I’ve added full fat cream instead of milk so that it doesn't take much time to get ready.


3. It tastes good without cardamom powder as well but the aroma of the cardamom powder in indian desserts is unbeatable.


4. Add chopped dry fruits of your choice.


5. You can also add vanilla ice cream on top of it and serve.


6. It can be prepared a day before or two before a large gathering. Just reheat gajar ka halwa at the time of serving.


7. You can also add some jaggery instead of sugar in the halwa.


8. You can increase or decrease sugar as per your taste.


9. Gajar ka halwa can be stored in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.


10. Even adding ghee in the gajar halwa is totally optional.