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Tomato Pulav with Cucumber Raita

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Tomato Pulav with Cucumber Raita




This is a very easy to make rice variety, and can be a lifesaver, when time is a constraint.

Jumping on to the recipe,

Ingredients:

Basmati rice- 2 cups
Tomatoes- 4 to 5 (roughly chopped)
Onions- 1 (finely chopped)
Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
Garam Masala- 1 tsp (optional)
Cilantro- a handful (for garnish)
Salt- to taste
Ghee/Oil- 2 tbsps.

Notes:

1. After rinsing the rice thoroughly, keep it soaked in water for 1- 2 hours prior to cooking. A longer soaking time facilitates quicker cooking.
2. You can use any oil of your choice. Ghee really brings out the delicate flavors in this rice.

Ingredients for the Masala Paste:

Cloves- 2 to 3
Cinnamon powder- 1/2 tsp
Ginger- a small knob
Garlic- 4 to 5 cloves
Cardamom- 2 to 3 pods
Green chillies- 2 (adapt it to your spice preference)
Pearl onions/Shallots- a  handful

Grind the above mentioned ingredients to a smooth paste, adding the needed water. Adding shallots really enhances the flavor in this pulav variety.

Spices fo…

Arugula greens poricha kootu

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Arugula greens poricha kootu:




Arugula is one of the leafy greens variety, that is a immune enhancer. It is a nutrient dense leafy green, that confers a whole lot of health benefits.

Its rich phytonutrient content makes it a potent anti inflammatory food. It is immensely beneficial for the eyes, due to its high carotenoid content. It also helps in promoting gut health.

It is particularly rich in Vitamin A, K and folate.

This Poricha kootu boasts of Arugula as the star ingredient. This medley of cooked arugula with steamed toor dal and moon dal is a treat for the taste buds.

Let's proceed to the ingredients

Ingredients:

Arugula Greens- 1 bunch (stalks removed, thoroughly rinsed and roughly chopped)
Toor dal- 1/4 cup
Moong dal- 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
Asafoetida-a small pinch
Salt- to taste
Oil/Ghee- 2 tsps

Notes:

1. After rinsing the dals thoroughly, soak them in water for at least 4 - 5 hours prior to cooking. These dal varieties, in fact cook pretty quickly. Soaking lentils f…

Gluten free,vegan Chickpea flour bread

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 Gluten free,vegan Chickpea flour bread




I am always on the lookout for  gluten free recipes for my son, and this recipe is definitely a keeper.
I got this recipe at https://www.rhiansrecipes.com/gluten-free-vegan-bread/
This bread comes with an added bonus, in that there is zero sugar, in any form, that is added. It is yeast free as well.
Once you have all the ingredients on hand, baking this bread is relatively easy. 
It tastes great topped with hummus. A slathering of organic grass fed butter, and jam would be yummy as well.
Let's take a look at the ingredients
Wet Ingredients:

Dairy free milk of your choice- 1 cup. I used full fat coconut milk Water- 2 oz (60 mls)

Apple Cider Vinegar- 1 tbsp 
Dry Ingredients:

Chickpea flour- 1.5 cups Rice flour- 1 cup Tapioca flour- 2 tbsps Baking powder- 4 tsps Baking soda- 1/4 tsp Sea salt- 1/4 tsp

Notes:
1. Chickpea flour has a tendency to absorb a lot of moisture. The batter will seem runny, while placing it in the oven. 
2. Tapioca flour is a…

Cilantro-Ginger chutney

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Cilantro-Ginger chutney




This is a very healthy chutney variety with 2  amazingly powerful ingredients - Ginger and Cilantro, which confer a whole host of health benefits. They are anti inflammatory, and help in keeping inflammation at bay.

This is a very easy to prepare chutney, and makes for a great side with idli, dosa, upma and pongal. A slightly thicker version of this chutney, called thogayal, tastes fantastic with rice as well.

This is how I made this chutney

Ingredients  :

Cilantro- a medium sized bunch- stalks removed and thoroughly cleaned
Ginger- 1/4 cup (skin removed and chopped to small bits)
Channa dal- 1 tbsp
Urad dal- 2 tsps
Tamarind-a  small lime sized ball . Alternatively 2 tsps of the ready made tamarind paste can be used
Jaggery- 3 tsps (powdered)
Green chillies- 1 (adapt it to your spice preference)
Asafoetida-a  small pinch
Grated coconut- 1/4 cup
Salt- as needed
Oil- 3 tsps (preferably sesame oil)

Notes:

1. Addition of ginger makes this chutney pretty spicy. So, ke…

Cilantro Cauliflower subji

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Cilantro Cauliflower subji



This subji is a variation from the regular subji, in that it is cooked in a cilantro base. Cilantro or kothamalli as it is known in Tamil is a versatile culinary herb, with a lot of medicinal qualities as well.

This is a versatile gravy, which can be made with vegetables like potatoes, peas etc. It pairs very well with rotis, parathas and even some mild pulao.

Let's proceed to the recipe.

Ingredients:

Cauliflower- 1 medium sized head- florets removed and thoroughly cleaned*
Tomato- 1 (blanched)**
Red chilli powder- 1 tsp
Garam masala- 1 tsp
Ghee- 4 tsps

Spices for seasoning:

Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Fennel seeds- 1 tsp

Ingredients for the ground paste:

Onions- 1/2 cup roughly chopped
Cilantro- 1 small bunch-stalks removed and cleaned
Garlic- 4 flakes
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp

Preparation of the paste:

In a kadai, heat 2 tsps of ghee. Add the chopped onions, garlic flakes and fry for a couple of minutes, until the raw smell is minimised. Let it cool. Once it has cool…

Karuveppilai chutney

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Karuveppilai chutney



Karuveppilai, or curry leaves, as it is called in English is one of the staples in Indian cooking.

Widely used as a seasoning in dishes, this humble karuveppilai, comes loaded with a whole variety of nutrients, which confer a host of health benefits.

It is a potent digestion enhancer, and is supposed to help with hair growth, as well as improving general dental health.

I made a simple chutney using karuveppilai, and paired it along with ven pongal.

Here is the recipe

Ingredients:

Karuveppilai (curry leaves)- 1 cup (stalks removed and thoroughly washed)
Channa dal- 2 tsps
Urad dal- 1 tbsp
Dried red chillies- 2  (adapt it to your spice preference)
Tamarind- a very small lump. Alternatively, you can use 1 tsp of the ready made Tamarind paste
Asafoetida- a small pinch
Grated coconut- 1 tbsp
Salt- to taste
Oil- 2 tsps

Preparation:

Heat a tsp of oil in a kadai. When hot, add the asafoetida, red chillies, channa dal and urad dal. Saute over a medium flame until the dals ap…

Gluten free and Vegan Avocado-Banana Bread

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Gluten free and Vegan Avocado-Banana Bread




This is one amazing gluten free bread variety. The banana flavor is dominant in this bread. It comes loaded with the nutritional benefits of bananas, and the healthy monounsaturated fats from avocados.

Avocados give this bread a really smooth texture. You could throw in a couple of pecans or walnuts for a nutty texture.

This healthy bread tastes just yummy with grass fed butter or any nut butter/jam of your choice.

I adapted the original recipe from "livinghealthywithchocolate.com" and tweaked it a bit to suit our dietary preferences. The original recipe calls for an egg and 2 tbsps of honey to be added. I made this vegan by substituting "Flax egg" in place of egg and using maple syrup in place of honey

These are the ingredients we would need for this bread

Wet ingredients:

Ripe bananas- 3/4 cup (mashed)
Avocados-3/4 cup (mashed)
Melted coconut oil-3 tbsps
Vanilla Extract-1 tsp
Maple syrup-1 tbsp
Flax Egg -1* (notes below o…