KANDA BATATA POHA – VEGAN | GLUTEN FREE

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An all time favourite (debatable), staple breakfast recipe, Poha saves the day for anyone trying to think of breakfast recipes to make every morning. Debatable because Indian parents end up making this at least twice a week and most kids make a face when its Poha day. If you can’t think of anything, it’s always Poha! (The other one being Upma). But I love Poha ❤ and I make this at least once a week.

I’ve previously shared the Red Rice Poha recipe which is different from this one. This here, is a typical Maharashtrian style Poha or Pohe made from White Flattened Rice and this one tastes beautiful because of the added Onion (Kanda) and Potato (Batata). Delicious, as it sounds, this fluffy delicacy is served in almost every Indian household for breakfast. This is such an easy and quick recipe, you must try making it sometime.

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INGREDIENTS
1 Cup Jada Poha (Thick Flattened Rice/ Rice Flakes)
1 Tbsp Ghee/Neutral Flavoured Oil
1 Tbsp Groundnuts (Optional)
1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Finely Chopped Green Chilli
5-6 Finely Chopped Curry Leaves
1 Pinch Asafoetida (Hing)
1/2 Finely Chopped Onion
1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1/4 Tsp Sugar
1 Boiled, Peeled and Chopped Potato
2 Tbsp Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves
1 Tbsp Grated Coconut (Optional)
1-2 Tbsp Water
Salt to Taste

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METHOD

  • So first things first, you need to buy the right kind of Poha for this recipe. In India you get 2 kinds of Flattened White Rice – Jada (Thick) and Patla (Thin). To make Poha, you need Thick Flakes which is Jada Poha.
  • Don’t try to make this with the thin variety. I accidentally used the thin variety once and the moment I moistened them under water (which is the next step), they stuck together and formed one big mushy ball of rice. The thin variety is used to make Chiwda which is a crispy snack recipe.
  • So once you’ve got the right kind of rice flakes, add them to a strainer and run tap water over this while gently moving the flakes with your fingers to hydrate every flake of rice evenly. Do this for 8-10 seconds.
  • Let any excess water drain out completely and then add Salt & Sugar. Mix gently. Cover and keep this aside to allow the flakes to fluff up.
  • I don’t really measure the quantity of my ingredients, it’s always ‘whatever feels right’ at the moment. The trick to always know this, is to understand your ingredients. In this case, whatever amount of dry rice flakes you take, it will increase in size once you hydrate them. They will get fluffier. So you need to take rice flakes anticipating an increase in the final quantity. If you are a beginner, then you can follow the measurements I’ve listed approx. measurements enough for 1 person. In continuation with the Poha recipe;
  • In a deep pan, first fry the Groundnuts, if you are using them in this recipe. Though completely optional, groundnuts give a nice crunch to Poha. Once they’ve browned a little, take them out in a separate plate for later.
  • Heat some Ghee or Oil (If Vegan/Dairy Intolerant) in the same pan. I use Ghee.
  • Splutter Mustard Seeds.
  • Now add in Cumin Seeds and let them sizzle as well.
  • Next add in the Chopped Green Chilli, Chopped Curry Leaves along with a pinch of Asafoetida.
  • After a few seconds, add Finely Chopped Onion and sauté until translucent.
  • Now add some Turmeric Powder and mix it all up.
  • Also add the fried Peanuts (Groundnuts) to this.
  • Go ahead and add chopped Boiled Potatoes, add salt but only a little, since you’ve already added some in the Poha. Mix everything gently.
  • Now add your fluffed up Poha to this and combine everything. Make sure you reduce the flame here to avoid Poha sticking to the pan or drying up.
  • Sprinkle some water, mix again and it should all look a nice lemon yellow.
  • Cover and cook for around 2 minutes on low flame.
  • Open up, add some Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves and mix again.
  • Garnish with Grated Coconut, which is totally optional. You can also top this with some Sev, a drizzle of Lemon or fresh Pomegranate Seeds. I don’t add any of this.
  • Always serve Poha immediately and hot for breakfast or as a mid-evening snack 🙂
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YOGURT SMOOTHIE BOWL

This is a Keto, Paleo, Diabetic Friendly, Vegetarian and Gluten Free recipe. Also an easy-to-make yogurt fruit & nut smoothie, one bowl recipe! So, I’m going to stop right here and let you head straight to the recipe, below.

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INGREDIENTS
250 ML Yogurt/Kefir
100 Grams Strawberries (6-7)
Other Fruits (Banana, Sweet Lime, Orange, Kiwi, Berries)
Stevia/Erythritol/Honey
Mix Seeds (Chia Seeds, Watermelon, Sunflower)
Mix Nuts (Almonds, Walnuts, Cashew Nuts)
Cocoa Powder / Dark Chocolate
3 Tbsp Muesli
Coconut Flakes

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METHOD

  • In a large blender, add Yogurt, Strawberries along with your choice of Sweetener. Since I am making this for a Diabetic Diet, I’ve used a mix of Erythritol Powder and Stevia Drops..
  • Blend this into a smooth puree and transfer into a bowl.
  • Now top this with all the other ingredients in the list – Fruits of your choice, Mix Seeds and even Raisins.
  • If your diet allows you to, you can also add Muesli to this.
  • Sprinkle Cocoa Powder and Coconut Flakes. Or add Dark Chocolate bites.
  • You can add anything you like to make this smoothie bowl, filling and scrumptious.
  • That’s all. Grab a spoon and take some photos and enjoy a healthy fulfilling bowl of goodness while watching your favourite show.
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KOLKATA STYLE EGG ROLL

Egg rolls are quite the popular Kolkata Street Food item. Normally made using All Purpose Flour (Maida), I’ve used a Whole Wheat Chapati as a base here, to roll the egg fillings in. I will share the flaky Maida Paratha recipe as well, if you like it that way, but the whole wheat base tastes equally good and it’s definitely the healthier of the two.

Egg Rolls can be eaten for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or even served as a mid-evening Snack. In Mumbai, the only time I’ve tried Egg Rolls were at Durga Puja pandals which had at least one stall serving them. I haven’t eaten the authentic egg roll from Kolkata because well, I haven’t been to Kolkata but my husband, Akhilesh was born and raised there and if he said it tasted a lot like what he ate in his childhood, I guess my recipe will be a hit at your home as well.

Kolkata Egg Rolls can have different kinds of fillings, but I stuck to the very basic which has just 4 ingredients but tastes fabulous. It’s such a burst of flavours while using minimal ingredients. I don’t use Ketchup in this recipe, so this is diabetic friendly as well.  I don’t recommend using any sweet sauce even if you can eat sugar.

INGREDIENTS
1 Whole Wheat Chapati or
*FOR FLAKY WRAP :
1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/4 Tsp Sugar
1/4 Tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Oil/Ghee
Warm Water to Knead

*FOR FILLING
2 Eggs
1 Chopped Green Chilli
1/2 Thinly Sliced Onion
2 Tbsp Mustard Sauce (Kasundi)/ Mustard Base Pickle
Salt as per taste
Lemon Juice (Only if your Mustard Sauce isn’t Sour)
Pepper (Optional)

METHOD

FLAKY PARATHA RECIPE

  • I used a plain Wheat Chapati made with just Whole Wheat Flour, Salt and Water. You need to knead this into a dough ball and roll into a wrap and place over a hot pan until both sides are brown and cooked thoroughly.
  • If you are interested in making a flaky wrap, follow the below method:
  • In a mixing bowl, add the flour, salt and sugar. Give it a mix and then add in the ghee or oil. Using your hand, mix the ghee or oil nicely, so that it forms a crumbly texture. Now pour warm water, little by little and form a soft pliable dough. Shape the dough into a ball, rub a little bit of oil and cover it with a cloth for 30 minutes.
  • To prepare the layered paratha, divide the dough into portions (if you’ve made a bigger batch of dough) and shape the portions into small dough balls. As you work with one dough ball, make sure you cover the rest with a clean cloth, preferably damp. Roll the dough ball into a very thin almost transparent chapati. The shape doesn’t really matter.
  • From the edge of one side, make small pleats by folding the rolled dough, like you’d make a japanese paper fan but one above the other, like a horizontal tower. Now swirl the pleats to form a circle. Tuck in the ends well. It will look like a distorted disk.
  • Cover and keep the dough ball for 5-10 mins and then roll it out into a big circle.
  • Let a skillet heat up and then place the rolled out paratha. Let it cook well while continuously rotating the paratha and then flip it.
  • Drizzle a little ghee, gently press and cook for another minute. Make sure to press the edges as that area takes more time to cook. Flip and cook again for a minute. Continue flipping and cooking until you see golden brown spots all over. Take it off the skillet and keep aside in a roti box and roll out the rest in a similar fashion.

EGG ROLL RECIPE

  • On a skillet or pan, heat a little oil or gheed and spread it evenly.
  • Now place your Whole Wheat Chapati (Roti) or Flaky Maida Paratha in the pan. Lower the flame.
  • Now break 2 eggs on top of the Roti/Paratha and with a Spoon break the yolk and spread it out a little. You need to be quick here. If this seems difficult, you can break and whisk the eggs in a bowl and then simply pour this over the paratha.
  • Now flip the paratha immediately, so that the egg is now at the bottom of the pan and sticking to the paratha on one side. We need the egg to form a layer on the paratha.
  • Cover and cook until the eggs are cooked completely. I used a steel pan, so I had to scrape it out. It works great on non-stick or cast iron pans.
  • Flip the paratha and take it out on a plate with the egg side facing upwards.
  • Now line the Onion slices and the chopped Green Chillies in the center of the wrap.
  • Also sprinkle some Salt and Pepper Powder. Pepper Powder is optional since we’ve used Green Chillies.
  • The star ingredient here is Mustard Sauce. This gives the egg roll it’s Kolkata Flavour.
  • Drizzle some Mustard Sauce all over. I use Kasundi which has a better flavour and not the American Mustard Sauce. Kasundi can have a very strong brain freeze effect, so careful on the quantity. Add some lemon juice if the Kasundi is not sour. On days I’m out of Kasundi Mustard Sauce, I use a Special Mustard Base Konkani Pickle.
  • Now all you’ve got to do is fold and roll into a wrap and enjoy this amazing egg roll that’s quick and easy to make.
  • You can also wrap this in an aluminum foil/paper wrapper to keep the roll in place. I don’t use any.

CHOCOLATE SHAKE – KETO | DIABETIC FRIENDLY | GLUTEN FREE

Craving a chilled chocolate shake but are on a low carb or keto diet? Say no more! Read further and make this super simple recipe that will be ready in minutes! I must tell you, this tastes really good!

INGREDIENTS
3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
2 Tsp Stevia
1 Tbsp Erythritol
10 -15 Almonds
1/2 Cup Milk Cream
1 Drop Vanilla Essence/Extract
1/4 Cup Chilled Water

METHOD

  • In a blender or mixer-grinder, add all the Ingredients. Save half of the water and keep aside.
  • You can adjust the quantity of sweetner and the other ingredients as per the taste and consistency you prefer. Choose a good quality Cocoa Powder.
  • I have used a mix of Stevia and Erythritol, but you can use any other alternative that you may have for sweetness.
  • Now once you’ve blended in everything well, pour this into your glass with some ice cubes.
  • I don’t like to waste anything, so at this point, I add the water kept aside into the jar and pulse it a few more times to clean it and then pour this chocolaty water in the glass. Give it a mix and enjoy a chilled shake!
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OVERNIGHT CHIA COCONUT PUDDING – KETO | PALEO | DIABETIC FRIENDLY

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EASY FRENCH TOAST (WITH EGG & EGGLESS VERSION)

Before we begin, let’s know a little history about this beautiful toast! Though called the French Toast, one of the earliest versions has been traced back to the Roman Empire. The name “french toast” was first used in 17th century England. The recipe and name were brought to America by early settlers. In France, the dish is called “pain perdu,” meaning “lost bread. Lost bread, because originally this dessert was made from stale bread.

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STREET STYLE ANDA BHURJI | INDIAN STYLE SCRAMBLED EGGS – KETO | PALEO | DIABETIC FRIENDLY | GLUTEN FREE

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This super delicious Egg Bhurji is so easy to make and requires very basic ingredients. Ideally served with Dinner Rolls, making it the famous Bhurji Pav from Mumbai, this also tastes great with Roti or Bread. And if you are on a restrictive diet, you can have this with easy Coconut Buns (that I make at home) or simply eat as it is. A great breakfast idea, I make this at least twice a week. This also tastes exactly like the Mumbai street style Anda Bhurji, but since it’s made fresh at home with healthy ingredients and less oil, you can enjoy this recipe every now and then.

Before I forget to mention, this desi egg scrambled delicacy is Keto and Paleo Diet friendly. Ideal for Diabetic and Weight-Loss watchers, it also makes a great inclusion in Anti-Inflammatory and Gluten Free diet plans. Just replace the bread with Coconut buns and enjoy a hot plate of Egg Bhurjee!

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EGG BREAD PIZZA

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Another favorite breakfast egg recipe which takes just 10 mins to make, uses very basic ingredients, but tastes extraordinary. The burst of flavours from the fresh veggies and spices with the softness of bread, makes this recipe even more tempting. This recipe was invented by my mum and all the credits go to her. She named this Egg Pizza because of the round shape that resembles a pizza and also the veggies look like toppings. I lost her in 2019 and haven’t eaten this since. A few days back I was going through some old photographs and found an image of this recipe. The next morning I made this for breakfast and my husband loved it. So I’m pretty sure you will enjoy this recipe too.

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MALAI PANEER (COTTAGE CHEESE) BHURJI – SUBSTITUTE FOR EGG

This is a quick, easy, tasty and healthy recipe for breakfast or lunch. This masaledaar bhurji is a great alternative for vegetarians. This protein packed recipe is an ideal breakfast option. I’ve tried this with Malai Paneer, but you can use regular fresh Paneer as well or replace with eggs to make Anda Bhurji.

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INGREDIENTS
200 Grams Malai Paneer / 3 Eggs
2 Tsp Oil
1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
1 Onion
1 Tomato
1 Green Chilli
1/2 Inch Ginger & 3 Garlic Cloves Paste
1/4 Tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1 Tsp Tandoori Chicken Masala or Garam Masala
2 Tbsp Coriander Leaves
Salt

METHOD

  • In a wide pan, heat oil. I used Olive Oil.
  • Splutter Cumin Seeds.
  • Now add the chopped Green Chilli.
  • Add a finely chopped Onion.
  • Sauté for a few minutes.
  • Now add the Ginger Garlic paste.
  • Sauté until the onions brown a little.
  • Add finely chopped Tomato.
  • Add Salt to this and sauté until the Tomatoes soften.
  • Now add the spice powders – Turmeric Powder, Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder and Tandoori Chicken Masala. The Masala is 100% veg. If you don’t have this, use Garam Masala. Adjust the spice accordingly.
  • Mix everything well and cook for a minute.
  • Now scramble the Malai Paneer and add to the masala. You can use eggs instead!
  • Gently combine everything. Malai Paneer is extremely soft as the name suggests and very dense, quite creamy. So you don’t want to mash everything and make it look all pasty. So be extremely careful while mixing it. You can use normal fresh Paneer too. Avoid packed Paneer since they are a little chewy and hard.
  • Cook for a minute more and add chopped Coriander Leaves.
  • Serve hot with crispy bread toast or serve in a Pav (Dinner Roll) for breakfast or you can eat this at Lunch with Roti or Naan.
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AVOCADO TOAST

This is again so easy to make, you will never again spend at a restaurant or order-in this toast. The only trick is to find the right avocado. By right, I mean perfectly ripe buttery avocados which don’t have a bitter note to it. I’ve always struggled with getting the perfect ones. No matter what I did, I ended up slicing either an overripe ‘almost going to rot’ or undone, hard and bitter. This was mainly because I’ve been ordering them online and I still haven’t figured out a way to evenly ripen them or know how to recognise a ripe Avocado. Trust me, I’ve seen a lot of videos online and they didn’t work. If you do have suggestions, please comment below. Would love to try them out.

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