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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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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Healthy and easy to make Yummy Salad without any Salad dressings

Salads… very healthy option to eat but who likes to eat it? husband? Children? Me? No way. If you want to add healthy salad to your routine, i have excellent recipe. Of course easy to make and yummy to eat.

Take your choice of salad vegetables like beetroot, carrots, cucumber, tomotaoes etc… Chop them into really small chunks. *Tip: When you chop, make them really small, they tend to loose their peculiar taste and mix with each other. It will take sometime but when you will practise it daily, you can get hold of it really fast.

Take Sprouts, you can take different sprouts like moong, black chana or other lentils. They are easy to sprout, easy to store and of course loaded with good protein, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese and vitamins C and K. *Tip: You can sprouts at home, just soak them in water overnight, discard water after that and keep it to sprout. You can store them in container in fridge, like i use stored sprouts for a week.

Now the main ingredient which will give awesome flavour to your taste buds and you will love your salad like anything. Add fruits, yes fruits like pomegranate, grapes, oranges whichever you like. *Tip: you can add dry fruits too… it will give nice flavour to your salad and you will get benefits eating dry fruits too. Dry fruits are rich in vital minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron.

So now, you don’t need to add any salad dressing, just add a little chaat masala and you are good to go. Your healthy and easy salad is ready to be packed for lunch and youe spouse or children will love to eat them.

Try it yourself and share with me if any suggestion you have which i can also add into my salad to make it more interesting. 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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