Bharwa Mirchi or Besan wali Mirchi Recipe

Sometimes we feel like eating simple food like sabzi and roti or dal. To make that simple food taste spicy treat you can make this easy Bharwa Mirchi or besan wali Mirchi. Don’t worry it will take minimum time to cook and will add spicy and chatpata twist to your simple food. I can bet that you can eat any sabzi if you have these tasty mirchi to go with. Try it to believe it. And yup this special recipe is from my special MIL.

Let’s jump in to our recipe,

Ingredients:

  • Mirchi or big green chilies (7/8 piece)
  • Oil (2 tbsp for shallow frying)
  • For stuffing
    • Jeera or cumin seeds (1 tsp)
    • Red chili powder (1 tsp)
    • Turmeric powder (1 tsp)
    • Dhaniya and jeera powder (1 tsp)
    • Amchur powder (1 tsp)
    • Saunf or fennel seeds powder (1 tsp)
    • Salt as per taste
    • Besan or Gram flour (1 cup)
    • Oil (2 tbsp )
    • Asafetida or Hing (1 pinch)

Recipe:

Take chilies and wash them. Slit them and deseed them. Keep them aside.

Now to make stuffing, take pan and heat oil in it. Once oil is hot enough add jeera to it. Let it splutter and add Hing to it. Add turmeric to it. Now add besan and let it cook nicely. Once it changes color and leaves aroma add other dry spices to it. Mix them all and cook them. Now let it cool down. At this stage you can store this stuffing in dry glass container in fridge.

Now take slit and deseeded chilies and stuff the filling prepared. Take pan and heat oil in it. Once it is hot enough add stuffed chilies to it. Cover the lid and let them cook. After few minutes check them and keep them flipping so that they get cooked nicely from all side. And Your Barwa Besan Mirchi is ready to serve with Sabzi roti or dal roti or you can serve it as a sabzi with hot chapati.

You can store them in fridge or just store the stuffing masala you have prepared in air tight glass jar.

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Healthy and quick recipe of Carrot Peas Chapati Veg Roll

When you are hungry and need something quick and tasty snacks make maggi. No, not when you want to have something healthy. I am going to share very healthy and quick recipe for such morning or evening hungers. Even kids will love it. Ingredients are super easy to get and mostly available at home.

There are different types of veg rolls options. Based on season you can decide what filling is going insideyour veg roll. You can have mixed veg stuffed or paneer stuffing or some chatpata potato stuffing. Even you can make sweet chapati rolls by using sugar or chocolate syrup or some chocolate spread or cheese spread. Told you na, multiple options are there. Just experiment based on your taste.

In this winter season, carrots and peas where available at home so made carrot peas chapati veg roll.

Benefits:

Carrots: Carrots are good source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, so they help boost your immunity. Carrots are good for your eyes and skin. The fiber contain in carrots help in cholesterol and boost heart health. For your digestive health they are good cause they contain significant amount of dietary fibers. Carrots are good for weight loss too, so add them in the diet food list of yours.

Matar or green peas: Green peas are good source of vitamin c and other anti oxidants which improves your immune system, good source of plant based protein too, high fiber content in them helps in digestion, good for heart and eyes.

Let’s jump in to our recipe,

Ingredients:

  • Carrots (2 no grated)
  • Matar (1/2 cup)
  • Green chili (1 chopped)
  • Curry leaves (for tempering)
  • Jeera / cumin seeds (1 tsp for tempering)
  • Oil (1 tsp)
  • Asafetida / Hing (1 pinch)
  • Salt as per taste
  • For making dough
    • Wheat flour (1 cup)
    • Oil (1 tsp)
    • Salt as per taste
    • Water as required

Recipe:

First take carrots, wash and clean them. Grate them and keep them aside. Take green peas and wash them.

Now take a pan and heat it on the gas stove. Add 1 tsp oil to it and let it get hot. Once it is hot enough add cumin seeds to it. Add pinch of Hing. Now add curry leaves and chopped chili to it. Sauté them a little. Now add Green peas and grated carrot to it. Add salt to it and mix them all nicely. Now keep the lid on and let it cook. If you are using mix veg, you can add red chili powder or garam masala to it.

To make chapati let’s make dough first. Take wheat flour and add salt and oil to it. Mix them and make poori like dough with water. Now make small balls out of it and roll a chapati out of it. Make big chapati so that we can add more stuffing to it. Now heat tawa on the gas stove and cook chapati.

Once it is cooked well from both the side, keep it in a plate. Spread green chutney on it. You can use tomato ketchup or cheese spread as well. I am making healthy version so just added green chutney to it. Add stuffing to chapati and roll it. Your Carrot peas chapati veg roll is ready to eat.

If you are making them for kids avoid adding green chili and use ketchup or cheese spread to spread on chapati before adding veg stuffing. Also if you are in hurry you can use brown bread or any sandwich bread and make yummy sandwich with veg stuffing prepared. Very easy and healthy food option, don’t you agree?

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Harabhara Sabz Pulao – Zero oil recipe loaded with green vegetables

Making pulao that too without oil looked impossible to me. I love ghee tadka in all my dal, khichdi or other recipes. So when I came across this recipe, I was like no way this is going to taste nice. But I am glad I tried this recipe.. omg it’s really the best one. We are not going to use oil but we are going to use fresh grated coconut to give it same texture we expect from pulao.

Benefits:

It is oil free recipe so if you are watching your weight, here you go. Also I tried it with brown rice so doubled up benefits, but you can use basmati rice as well. We are going to put green vegetables so it will be a healthy recipe.

Let’s jump in to our recipe,

Ingredients:

  • Brown rice (1/2 cup)
  • One big onion (chopped)
  • Carrots (1 small piece chopped) you can use potato also instead of carrot
  • French beans (4/5 chopped)
  • Matar or green peas (1/2 cup)
  • Capsicum (1 small chopped)
  • Green chilies (1 chopped)
  • Lemon Juice (1 tbsp)
  • Fresh coconut grated (1/2 cup)
  • Coriander leaves (to make green paste)
  • Mint leaves (to make green paste)
  • Whole Spices
    • Bay leaf
    • Cloves
    • Cinnamon stick
    • Jeera (1 tsp)
  • Salt as per taste

Recipe:

First chop all vegetables. Take brown rice or basmati rice for pulao, wash them and soak them in water. Take coriander leaves and mint leaves, wash them and make thick paste in mixture.

In cooker we are going to make it, so take cooker and put it on gas stove. Switch on the gas and add whole spices we have taken. Roast them a little. Now add chopped onion to it and let it cook a little.

Add chopped vegetables and chopped chilis to it. Add fresh grated coconut to it. Add green paste we have made and mix them all nicely. Add little water and let this all cook a little.

Now add salt and lemon juice to it. Add brown rice soaked and water to it. Now let it get boiled and close the cooker lid and let it cook till 3/4 whistles.

Your oil free and vegetables loaded Harabhara sabz pulao is ready!

Enjoy it with cucumber raita, onion raita or with plain curd. Also you can cook this recipe in pan also. Just you need to cook rice before hand. So cook your vegetables same way in a pan and add boiled rice to it. Whether you cook it in a cooker as a one pot cooked meal or in a pan, it is going to taste awesome.

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Healthy Protein rich, Diabetic friendly breakfast option Besan chilla recipe, very easy and quick recipe

We get bored by eating same breakfast everyday that too when we are watching our weight and we need some healthy option. Most of the time we end up eating poha or upma or bachelors end up with bread or skipping breakfast. Also when you are working and have no time for cooking, you go to some cereals for breakfast. Today I have got best recipe which is easy and quick. Important thing is, it is very healthy. Besan chilla or pancakes made of gram flour,are easy to make and takes no time to get cooked. You can pair them with some chutney and your meal. is all sorted.

Benefits:

There are multiple benefits of Besan. Besan or gram flour has more good fat than whole wheat flour and also higher protein content. Also it is gluten free so if you are allergic to gluten best flour to consume. Most of weight loss recipes includes besan recipes as they helps in burning calories faster due to lower levels of glycemic index. Due to low glycemic index it is best flour choice for diabetes patients. Besan is great choice for healthy diet as it contains protein, potassium, iron, vitamins, magnesium and fiber with zero cholesterol. Besan contains soluble fiber which makes your heart healthy so good for heart health too.

Ingredients:

  • Besan (1 cup)
  • Vegetables of your choice
    • Capsicum (1 chopped)
    • Onion (1 chopped)
    • Carrots (1 no grated)
    • Tomatoes (1 chopped)
    • French beans (4/5 no chopped)
  • Green chili (1/2 no chopped or crushed)
  • Red chili powder (1 tsp)
  • Turmeric powder (1 tsp)
  • Jeera (1/2 tsp)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Coriander leaves (chopped)

Recipe:

Chop all vegetables you want to add. I have taken capsicum and onion as per availability. you can take as many as you like, just chop them nice and small pieces. Now take one mixing bowl and add your chopped vegetables to it. Add gram flour or besan to it. Now add all dry spices and salt as per taste. Add jeera seeds to it. Finally add chopped coriander leaves and mix them all. Now slowly add water to it and mix it nicely. Make thick batter out of it.

once your batter is ready, take tawa and put it on gas to get hot. Now reduce flame and pour batter on it. Now spread in a thin layer and give it a shape you like. Now you can increase the flame to medium high and let it get cooked. Once cooked from bottom, flip it and cook the other side as well. If you like you can add oil to it but if you are on diet or want to eat healthy skip oil.

Your quick and easy breakfast is ready to it. Serve it with green coriander chutney or if you are diabetic have carrot garlic chutney with it (recipe I have already shared https://critaajindal.com/2021/01/10/diabetic-friendly-no-cook-and-very-easy-to-make-carrot-garlic-chutney/?preview_id=950&preview_nonce=79c4307e07&preview=true&_thumbnail_id=961).

You can eat them with curd as well or you can eat them plain as well as we have added vegetables in it. You can have them for dinner as well. Make some tasty and healthy tomato soup to go with your healthy dinner.

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Healthy recipe of Coconut Ladoo for your sweet cravings

Sometimes I get sweet cravings and I end up eating chocolates. Being a chocolate lover I don’t mind it but when we are trying to make life a little healthier those little bites of chocolates also counts in sugar intake. So to reduce my sugar intake I came up with this easy and quick sweet recipe which is loaded with healthy stuff and you won’t have that guilt feeling after eating them. Using coconut we can make this ladoo and they are extremely tasty. Try them to believe it.

Let’s jump in to our recipe,

Ingredients:

  • Desiccated Coconut (1 cup)
  • Chopped dry fruit of your choice
  • Ghee (1 tsp)
  • Jaggery (1/2 cup grated)
  • Almond powder (if you like it or it is available)
  • Elaichi or cardamom powder (pinch of)

Recipe:

Take a pan and keep it on gas. Switch on the gas and put ghee in the pan. Now add desiccated coconut to it and mix it. Now add dry fruits of your choice and mix them. Cook them till the coconut become golden brown. Don’t overcook it else it will destroy the nice color and taste of your ladoo.

Now add jaggery to it and mix it well. Add almond powder if you want and also add elaichi or cardamom powder to it and mix all well. Jaggery will start meting and you will get nice bind to make your ladoo.

Now switch off the gas flame and let the mixture get cooled a little. Don’t let it get completely cooled down else you won’t be able to make ladoo. You can use baking try and spread them to make square pieces out of it, but i prefer small size ladoo more. So yeah once it is cooled down a little start making ladoo using your hands. Make round balls out of it. Your healthy and sweet coconut ladoo are ready.

They are made with jaggery and of course home cooked food is way better than out side package food so enjoy your sweet treats without any guilts. They are super easy to make and you can enjoy them as healthy sweet option.

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Vegetable Poha Recipe made with Red Poha for Weight watchers

We all enjoy kanda poha or poha for breakfast, I cook it for dinner also. But when you are dieting and don’t want to eat white rice recipes, you can actually make poha with red poha which is healthier option for weight watchers. Also I have vegetable poha recipes so add all the vegetables you want to add and it is going to make it more healthier. So health bhi and taste bhi. Without compromising with your taste you can follow your dieting routine.

Benefits:

Red poha is healthy option as it is not highly processed like regular white rice poha as they are made from red rice which are high is fiber, vitamin, minerals and antioxidants. The distinct red color in the Red Poha is high concentration of anthocyanins which are an essential flavonoids and consuming it can prevent cancer. Red poha recipe is high in protein, carbohydrates and iron. It is best option for your weight loss diet and also good for your heart health. Actually poha is good probiotic as it has undergone fermentation and has healthy bacteria retained which are good for your gut. Poha is good for children and lactating mothers too.

Let’s start our recipe,

Ingredients:

  • Red Poha (1 cup)
  • Lemon Juice (1 tbsp)
  • Green chilies (1 chopped)
  • Onion (1 chopped)
  • Red chili powder (1 tsp)
  • Turmeric powder (1 tsp)
  • Saunf or fennel seeds powder (1 tsp)
  • Salt as per taste
  • Vegetables of your choice
    • Carrots (1/2chopped)
    • Capsicum (1/2 chopped)
    • Green peas (1/4 cup boiled)
    • Baby corn (1 chopped)
    • Potato (1/2 chopped – avoid if you are on diet)
  • Jeera / cumin seeds for tempering
  • Mustard seeds for tempering
  • Oil (1 tbsp for tempering)
  • Asafetida / Hing (1 pinch)
  • Dried curry leaves (for tempering)
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing

Recipe:

Take 1 cup red poha and wash and soak them for 2 minutes. Drain access water and add dry spices and salt to it. Also I add chopped green chilies to soaked poha only so that they don’t get cooked fully and you can taste them while eating. You can add them while adding onions if you don’t like spicy taste. Chop all vegetables and keep them aside.

Tips:

  1. Red poha is different than regular white poha. It has more coarse texture and needs to be soaked for few minutes to get the perfect soaked poha texture.
  2. I usually add my dry spices to soaked poha before hand and mix them, you can add them while cooking as well. But when you mix them in cooking process, you might break them.
  3. You can add 1 tsp sugar also if you like. If you are dieting avoid it completely.
  4. Also for dieting, you can add less oil while cooking.

Take pan and heat oil in it. When oil is hot enough, add mustard seeds and jeera seeds to it and let them splutter. Add hing to it. Now dry curry leaves and chopped onion to it. Let them cook nicely till onions become transparent in color. Add all vegetables to it and let them cook a little by putting the lid on. You don’t want to overcook your vegetables, just a little so that you can feel the crunch while eating. I have added peas in the last as they were frozen peas and already boiled.

Now remove the lid and add red poha to it. Mix them softly, as you don’t want to break your poha. Add saunf or fennel seeds powder to it and again mix it gently. Add lemon juice to it and mix it. Cover the lid and let them cook for 2 minutes. Your poha is ready to eat.

You can serve them with tea in the breakfast or as I prefer to have them as dinner. You can have them as a snack for your choti moti hungers also. It will be a light and spicy treat for you.

Garnish them with chopped coriander leaves before serving. You can also add little bit of Namkeen or sev with it. This one is diet friendly recipe so no Namkeen is allowed. Also to add some sweetness to it you can garnish it with few pomegranate on the top.

Yes, if you are in Madhya Pradesh, Poha jalebi is famous breakfast. Their poha are usually served with Namkeen, chopped onions, coriander leaves and spicy masala called jeeravan. It will make your poha taste really chatpata.

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Winter special Rajsthani Makki ke dhokale and spicy Panchmel dal

Winter has started in India and lots of fresh vegetables are coming in the market. One of such winter delicacy is makki ke dhokale which is famous main dish or side dish in Rajasthan. In winters Maize flour provides heat to body so people eat Makki roti or other maize flour delicacies in winter. This yummy delicacy is enjoyed with ground nut oil or sesame oil and spicy Panchmel dal. We can serve Green coriander chutney as well with this dish.

There are various recipes as we can add / remove ingredients as per the availability and likings. Like I have added green peas and soaked horse gram, you can use either of them. Also main ingredient here is papad khar but if you do not have it, you can replace it by baking soda. You can add chopped spinach leaves, methi leaves or even radish green to it. Try different variants and enjoy different flavors they give.

Benefits:

Maize flour has lower calories compared to other flours. It is high in proteins and also rich in iron, phosphorous, zinc, magnesium and various vitamins. It is naturally high in dietary fibers. It has omega 6 unsaturated fat and antioxidants too. It is proven to be good for eyesight, and also helps in the prevention of cancer and anemia like disease.

Ingredients:

  • Maize flour (2 cups)
  • Green chilies (2/3 pieces)
  • Garlic (4/5 cloves)
  • Green peas (1/2 cup)
  • Soaked horse gram (2 tbsp)
  • Red chili powder (1 tsp)
  • Turmeric powder (1 tsp)
  • Salt (As per taste)
  • Papad khar or baking soda (1/2 tsp)
  • Coriander leaves (chopped)
  • Ground nut or sesame Oil for serving
  • Panchmel dal
    • Toor dal or pigeon peas (1/4 cup)
    • Moong dal or split and skinned green gram (2 tbsp)
    • Urad dal or split and skinned black gram (2 tbsp)
    • Masoor dal or whole red lentils (2 tbsp)
    • Chana dal or Horse gram (2 tbsp)
    • Onion (1 medium size chopped)
    • Tomatoes (2 small size chopped)
    • Garlic (4/5 cloves)
    • Green chilies (2/3 chopped)
    • Oil / ghee (1 tbsp for tempering)
    • Mustard seeds (for tempering)
    • Jeera / cumin seeds (for tempering)
    • Cloves (2 pieces)
    • Dried red chili whole (1 piece)
    • Asafetida / Hing (1 pinch)
    • Red Chili powder (1 tsp)
    • Turmeric powder (1 tsp)
    • Coriander and jeera powder (2 tsp)
    • Salt as per taste

Recipe:

We will first do the preparation and then start making dhoklas.

  1. If you are going to use horse gram or chana dal then soak it for at least 30 minutes.
  2. If you are going to use frozen matar or green peas then take them out of fridge and soak in water till they come to room temperature.
  3. Chop coriander leaves.
  4. Take pestle and mortar and crush green chilies and garlic cloves to make a paste. Don’t grind them too much, it should be little chunky.

Now take Maize flour or makki atta in a mixing bowl. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt to it. Add matar and soaked chana dal to it. Add papad khar or baking soda to it. Add green chilies and garlic paste to it. Add chopped coriander leaves to it and mix it well. Mix all nicely with hand and start adding water little by little to form dough. Now make donuts like shape out of dough with your hands.

Add water to streamer and let it boil. I have used stainless streamer you can use any available one. You can even use pot and mesh plate to have similar arrangement. Once water is boiled, grease mesh plate or streamer plate with oil. And put our dhoklas on the plate and let them steam for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, you can check with knife whether they are done or not. Poke a knife and if it comes out clean, then your dhoklas are ready.

So when your dhoklas are boiling you can cook dal to serve with them.

For making panchmel dal, you need to take four or five different dal and wash them and soak them for a while. I have taken above mentioned dals but you can take any as per your liking and availability. Even you can make moong dal alone to go with this dish. Chop onions, garlic, chilies and tomatoes.

Switch on the gas and put cooked on it. Add oil or ghee to it. Once it is hot enough, add cloves, red chilies to it. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add jeera seeds and hing to it. Now add chopped garlic and let them cook a little. Add onions and chilies to it. Cook till the onions are cooked well. Once onions are done add chopped tomatoes to it. Add all the dry spices and let them cook a little. Add soaked dal and water to it and close the cooker. Let it cook on medium flame for 4 whistles. Let the stream release, open cooker and churn it a little. Add water if it looks thick. So this one is single pot dal making recipe. You can make this dal to go with your jeera rice or even simple rice too. It tastes yummy and goes well with dal bati as well.

Now serve your dhoklas hot with groundnut oil or sesame oil. Serve spicy panchmel dal with it. Also you can serve green coriander chutney with it.

In winter season, enjoy this hot dhokle with oil and dal. Makki helps you stay warm during winter and oil is required for your body in this season. So best combination to try out. Do try this recipe and let me know how was your experience. As I always say shower your love with likes & comments. Also you can request any complex recipes you want me to try and make it simple.

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Restaurant style Methi Malai Matar recipe with easy steps

Today’s recipe is restaurant style Methi Malai Matar or Methi Matar. In this season we get fresh methi, other green leafy vegetables, matar (green peas), carrots, capsicums and what not… Season to add lots of vegetables in your diet. Main attraction for me is methi or you call it Fenugreek leaves… you can make curry with it, make theplas, paranthas, or make dry snacks with them or simply add them to your chapati dough. Love them all. I even tried growing methi at home due to this love but was not that successful, next time maybe I will get better hold of it.

Benefits:

For benefits we have two things: First is methi leaves or fenugreek leaves, which is low on calories so you can include them in your diet recipes, they are good for diabetic as they lower blood sugar level, helpful in reducing cholesterol levels too, they are rich with Anti oxidants, good for hair growth and skin. Second is matar or green peas, they are good source of vitamin c and other anti oxidants which improves your immune system, good source of plant based protein too, high fiber content in them helps in digestion, good for heart and eyes. So both of them are great choice for diet food and healthy life style.

Let’s quickly start our recipe then,

Ingredients:

  • Methi leaves / fenugreek leaves (chopped 250 gms)
  • Matar or green peas (boiled 1 cup)
  • Malai or fresh cream (1/2 cup)
  • Ghee (2/3 tbsp to sauté methi leaves)
  • Salt (as per taste)
  • Onions (chopped 3/4 )
  • Tomatoes (chopped 2/3)
  • Garlic cloves (10/11 small)
  • Ginger (1 small piece grated)
  • Green chilies (chopped 2/3)
  • Cashew nuts (fistful)
  • Ghee (1 tbsp sauté puree)
  • Wholes spices
    • Jeera (1 tsp)
    • Bay leaf (1 piece)
    • Star anise (1 piece)
    • Big cardamom (1 piece)
    • Black pepper (2/3 no)
    • Cloves (2/3)
    • Cinnamon (1 small piece)
  • Red chili powder (1 tsp)
  • Coriander powder (1 tsp)
  • Jeera powder (1 tsp)
  • Turmeric powder (1 tsp)
  • Garam Masala (1 tsp)
  • Ghee (1 tbsp for final recipe)

Recipe:

First we will sauté methi leaves for recipe. Take your methi leaves, wash them with water and chop them. Take pan and switch on the gas. Add ghee to pan, once it gets little hot add methi leaves to it and sauté them for 5-6 minutes. When they are well cooked and all extra water is gone, switch off the flame and keep methi leaves aside.

Now we will make puree for the recipe, Take pan and switch on the gas. Add some ghee to it and add all wholes spices we have taken. Let them roast a little and add chopped onions to it. Add Garlic cloves and grated ginger to it. Let them cook nicely till onions become little transparent in color. Now add green chilies and tomatoes to it. Let them cook a little. Now add cashew nuts. Cover the lid and let them cook for five minutes.

Once it is done, keep them aside to cool down completely. When cools down take them in mixture jar and make thick paste of it.

Take same pan and add ghee to it. Once ghee is hot enough add our thick paste to it. Add some water to get perfect consistency or you can skip it too. when the puree gets perfect texture, add boiled matar to it. Now add all our dried spices and mix them well.

Add sautéed methi to it and mix well again. Add salt as per taste and cover the lid. Let it cook for 4/5 minutes. Open the lid and add fresh malai or fresh cream into it. Mix it well again and enjoy the creamy texture we have got.

Your yummy restaurant style Methi Malai Matar is ready to serve. Serve it hot with chapati or pranthas. You are going to love this delicious and creamy curry recipe.

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Upma

Easy and Healthy Breakfast recipe: Vegetable Upma

Upma very popular breakfast recipe which is common across Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil nadu, Andhra Pradesh and where not. Very easy to cook and very healthy breakfast made out of semolina (Sooji) and sometimes coarse grinded rice. You get different flavors and recipes across India.

Semolina or Sooji is rich in Protein and Vitamin B. It is considered good for heart health and liked by many for supporting weight loss. But yes it is a wheat product which makes it high in carbohydrates, should be avoided by PCOS or Thyroid patients or can be taken in smaller quantities.

Talking about today’s recipe we are going to make Vegetable Upma which will have lots of vegetables and little quantity of Semolina or Sooji. Whenever I cook Vegetable Rice / Vegetable Khichdi / Vegetable Upma I make sure to add lots of seasonal vegetables available at home. You can do the same to include healthy vegetables in your meal.

Ingredients:

  • Semolina or Sooji (1 cup)
  • Salt (as per taste)
  • Turmeric Powder (1/2 tsp or you can avoid it completely)
  • Red Chili Powder (1/2 tsp or you can avoid it completely)
  • Mustard Seeds (for tempering)
  • Jeera Seeds (for tempering)
  • Pinch of Hing (asafetida)
  • Ghee / Oil (1 tsp for tempering, I have added 2tsp)
  • Onion (1 Big Onion)
  • Green Chilis (as per taste)
  • Curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves to garnish
  • Lemon Juice (2 tsp)
  • Chana Daal (1/2 tsp optional)
  • Urad Daal (1/2 tsp optional)
  • Vegetables of your choice
    • Green Peas
    • Boiled Corn
    • French beans
    • Capsicum
    • Baby corn
    • Potatoes
    • Tomatoes
    • Carrots

Recipe:

First chop all the vegetables and keep it aside.

Dry roast Semolina or Sooji and keep it aside.

Take pan and put on gas stove to heat it. Once the pan is heated add ghee or oil. let it get heated and add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add jeera and pinch of hing. Now add curry leaves. If you want you can add Chana daal or Urad daal at this time and let it cook till it gets golden color. You can avoid it completely.

Now add finely chopped Onions and green chilis. Let them cook till onions become transparent in color.

Tips: You can add Peanuts or Cashew nuts if you like. It will add crunchy texture to your upma while eating.

Once Onions are cooked add chopped vegetables and let them cook for few minutes. Keep the lid on to reduce cooking time for vegetables. While vegetables are getting cooked, keep water to boil on the other burner so that you will have hot water ready for cooking your Upma fast.

Once vegetables are cooked add your roasted semolina or sooji to it and mix all together. Now add your dry spices and salt as per taste.

Tips:

  1. Add your vegetables ordered by hard to cook goes first and easy to cook goes last. Let’s say potatoes, carrots and beans will take time to cook so add them first. Add capsicum or boiled peas and corns after vegetables are cooked a little so that they won’t become mushy and you can have bites of them while eating.
  2. Use boiled water to reduce cooking time. It will save your time as well semolina will get cooked nicely with hot water.

Now add boiling water to the mixture. be careful while adding water as the temperature created will make the water splutter and you can get burnt. So carefully and slowly add water to it, little at once. When you feel the water is appropriate and after mixing no lumps are there, let it cooked with lid on.

Tips: Water quantity is based on type of Semolina or Sooji you are using. You can’t blindly add water to it. Just check while adding water to it. If you like you can keep running consistency or you can have khichdi kind of texture, totally depends on your liking.

Just cook for five minutes. Add lemon juice to it and your yummy healthy Upma is ready to eat.

Garnish it with fresh coriander leaves and Namkeen like bhujiya sev, or you can grate fresh coconut on it.

Enjoy your hot Upma with ginger tea or have it as a light dinner option. It can also help in your late night spicy food cravings.

Do try this recipe and let me know experience in comments below. As I always say shower your love with likes & comments. Also you can request any complex recipes you want me to try and make it simple.

Eat healthy & live healthy. Be happy always!! 🙂

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Healthy and easy recipe of Bajra Khichdi / Millet Khichdi – winter special

Have you heard of khichdi? it’s magic of mixing together rice & daal and cooking in a single pot. When you are hungry and want to eat light… go for it. When you are sick and don’t feel like eating… go for it. When you want to enjoy spicy treat for your taste buds with one pot meal… just go for it. It is simple to cook and requires minimum cooking time. You need to taste it to relish it.

When you are a fan of Khichdi.. you need to try this variant of khichdi as well. It is healthy and best food to keep you warm in winter season. Millet is a superfood, loaded with fibers which takes care of your digestion, it has various antioxidants, rich in magnesium and iron, what else you can ask.

Khichdi generally is cooked with rice and different pulses but this bajra khichdi is healthier version when you want to avoid rice or want gluten free option. Now that you know importance of Bajra / Millet, let’s start cooking to enjoy all the goodness.

Ingredients:

  • Bajra / Millet (1 cup ) soaked over night or at least soaked for 6 hours
  • Salt (as per taste)
  • Moong daal / Yellow split lentils (1 cup)
  • or Chilka wali Moong Daal / Split green gram with skin (1 cup)
    • *I added both to give nice flavor, you can add any one or both like me.
  • Vegetables of your choice
    • Onion
    • Capsicum
    • Green peas
    • Carrots
    • Boiled corn
    • Tomatoes
    • Potatoes
  • Green chilies (as per taste )
  • Dry Spices
    • Turmeric (1 tsp)
    • Red Chili powder (1 tsp)
    • Coriander powder (1 tsp)
  • Mustard seeds (for tempering)
  • Jeera (for tempering)
  • Pinch of Hing (asafetida)
  • Ghee or Oil (1 tbsp)
  • Coriander leaves to garnish

Recipe:

First cut all the vegetables and keep it aside.

Take soaked Bajra and remove access water and grind it coarsely in mixture.

Tips: I have grinded a bit more, you need to grind it really less. like just churn it for a minute or so with medium speed.

Wash your pulses and keep them aside to soak a little bit.

Switch on gas and put cooker on it. Add oil / ghee into cooker and get it hot a little. Add dry red chili into hot oil. Add mustard seeds and jeera, let them splutter, add pinch of asafetida. Now add your chopped onions & green chilies and let them cooks until soft and pink in color. Add ginger garlic paste if you want to add strong flavors to it. When onions are cooked, add chopped tomatoes. I add all the vegetables at the same time to reduce cooking time. We are cooking them in a cooker so no need to cook them before hand. Add all chopped vegetables, soaked pulses and grinded bajra. Sprinkle your dry spices on top of them and give them a good stir.

Tips: When you want to cook with ghee or butter, just add a little bit of oil before to prevent it from burning fast.

Add some water to it and close the cooked lid. Let it whistle on high flame, than you can lower the flame and let it whistle twice. Switch off the gas and let the pressure come out by itself so that bajra will be cooked nicely with pressure inside.

Once cooked, garnish it with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with lots of ghee and curd on the side. You can also have pickle or green coriander chutney with it. Enjoy your delicious khichdi cooked in no time.

Do try this recipe and let me know experience in comments below. As I always say shower your love with likes & comments. Also you can request any complex recipes you want me to try and make it simple.

Eat healthy & live healthy. Be happy always!! 🙂

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