Healthy Recipes

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masala dal

Here’s another  recipe made with moong dal.  I had written down the recipe from some book (don’t remember the name as it was long back). While going through some old recipe books, I found this recipe and made it. It was a variation to the normal dal recipe in which coconut is not added.  This was a very flavourful recipe with the addition of coconut, cloves, cinnamon stick, onion and khus

pink paratha

Paratha is one dish which is easily accepted in my family without any fuss.  .  Usually I pack aloo paratha, methi paratha, methi thepla, mooli parathas and so on.  Most of the kids being picky eaters it becomes difficult to give them the right nutrition.  I have already shared with you about my daughter and I have followed this method of grating the vegetables and adding it to the dough

palakkadan sambar

Today’s recipe is Palakkadan sambar.  Sambar is a very imporatant dish in South India.  It is served along with rice, with idli / dosa.  As I have told you before, there are various kinds of sambar available.  Most of them are made with sambar powder, but Palakkadan sambar is one made with freshly ground spices, and coconut which makes it very unique.  You can make use of various kinds of

Coconut chutney/ Thenga chutney

Today’s recipe is a very simple one which all of you might be familiar of – coconut chutney.  There is nothing new about this recipe and is a very big recipe to boast about.  But since I have shared the recipe of pesarattu, pongal and also I am sharing many South Indian recipes, I thought of sharing this recipe also.  Coconut chutney has a very important place in South Indian

payar mezhukkupuratti

Achinga payar mezhukkupuratti / long beans stir fry is a very commonly made side dish for lunch.  It is a very healthy and tasty side dish which can be easily prepared for lunch. Achinga payar is a Malayalam word for long beans.   Coming to the health benefits, long beans are low in fat content, is an excellent source of protein, fiber, folic acid and complex carbohydrates.  The addition of

Oats muesli

“Oh God… no time to eat”.  This is a usual word from most of the working women.  No time to eat breakfast, and a little bit lunch. And when they get time at night everything is had together.  This leads to a lot of health problems.  There is a saying “have breakfast like a king and dinner like a pauper”.  This is a rule which is not obeyed these days.  A healthy breakfast

vegetable oats porridge

In today’s world, oats has gained popularity and is considered as a very healthy breakfast.  They are low in calories , great for weight management, and helps to fight against diseases like breast cancer, type 2 diabetics, heart diseases and blood pressure.  It is also believed that oats can considerably reduce cholestrol levels in your body.  Oats contain a good quantity of magnesium, protein and dietary fiber,  which makes them

olan|kerala sadya recipe

Since Vishu is very nearby, I thought I would share some of our authentic sadya recipes with you and this is one among them.  I have seen my mother and grandmother preparing olan at home, I have tasted it and I loved the taste but I never thought of doing it myself.  Then finally I decided to make it when my mother came home this time.  With her guidance I

rava dosa

Every morning is a new beginning for us thinking about what to make for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  A breakfast provides us with the energy required for the rest of the day.  So I always make it a point to make my daughter to eat enough before she leaves for her school.  But as I have told you before about her food habits, she wants something new every day and

Paneer paratha recipe

Paneer paratha is an Indian flatbread made with whole wheat flour and stuffed with paneer / cottage cheese filling and flavored with Indian spices.  It is a very healthy breakfast or dinner option.  This paratha can be served with curd / raita or green chutney and pickle.  Usually I make idli / dosa for breakfast, but after trying stuffed parathas, there is no looking back.  Now we make parathas at

Poricha kuzhambu

Poricha Kuzhambu is a classic tamil Brahmin recipe.  This can be made with vegetables like brinjal, snake gourd, drumstick, pumpkin or chow chow.  This is a recipe which is similar to the molakushyam which is very famous in Kerala cuisine.  This recipe contains a combination of lentils with vegetables.  The vegetables can be used alone or combined with other vegetables.  This can be served with any poriyal or pachadi of

ada dosa

Today I am sharing with you recipe for adai dosa or ada dosa as we tell in Malayalam.  It is my husband’s favourite when paired along with avial (mixed vegetable curry – Kerala style). It also pairs with onion tomato chutney, coconut chutney or if you don’t have any thing with jaggery or sugar. This is how my daughter always takes it – adai with a teaspoon of sugar or jaggery.   It is a

pal payasam

Payasam is a traditional sweet recipe which is made during special occasions such as marriages, birthday’s and during festivals.  Pal payasam is a pudding which is made out of rice, milk and sugar.  This is considered to be a must during Sri Krishna Jayanti pooja.  This is a very simple and easy to make pudding with a very rich and creamy texture and a great heavenly taste.  This is a very

kothamalli sadam

  Today’s recipe is yet another easy to make rice dish made with coriander leaves – Kothamalli sadam.  It is not only easy to make but tasty too. Variety lunches are very easy to make and pack for lunch boxes and kids would definitely love it.  I have made use of basmati rice here, but you can also try with raw rice or other rice varieties.  I always like such

kadhi

Today’s recipe is another easy to make dish that can be served with rice – Kadhi.  Kadhi is a famous gujrati sidedish which can be served with rice, kichadi and even with roti.  Most important thing to be noted is that for this you don’t have to cut any vegetables.  Being a Keralite, I always love curd based dishes but our food always contains curd and loads of coconut which

podalangai parippu usili

Paruppu usili is a popular iyengar dish which is made with lentils and vegetables.  Usili is usually made with vegetables like cabbage, banana flower , cluster beans and so on.  I have always wanted to make usili and today, I made it using snakegourd.  I had plans to make usili using cabbage but I had cooked cabbage yesterday and didn’t want to repeat the same today.  So tried with snakegourd

rava upma

Upma needs no introduction to a South Indian. It is a South Indian breakfast dish.  But apart from that I also make it in the evening for my daughter, when I feel that she hasn’t taken enough vegetables.  Here I have given the recipe for an upma made with semolina.  To increase the nutritional value, vegetables are also added to it.  Upma can also be made with vermicelli, poha, bread and so on. 

parippu thoran

Thoran is served as a side dish for rice along with sambar or any other curry.  Thoran can be made with various vegetables, like beans, long beans, okra, potato, and so many other vegetables.  Parippu thoran is made with toor dal and it goes wvery well with rice and other dishes. Though this thoran can be served with any curry like theeyal, moru curry and so on but usually, I

oats pongal / Healthy meals

Today I have made oats pongal.  Pongal is a South Indian breakfast recipe which is usually cooked with rice and moong dal.  Today I am sharing with you a healthy, easy to make pongal made with oats.  I have made this pongal in the same way as we make normal ven pongal.  It turned out to be very yummy and tasty.  Oats is gaining popularity with all its health benifits

avocado milkshake recipe

This is a very simple, yet tasty and healthy recipe.  This recipe makes use of very few ingredients mainly avocado, milk, sugar and cashew nuts.  This is very much liked by my children.  Here I haven’t used water at all.  But you can add ice cubes at the end and blend it once more if you want a really chilled shake. Avocado is a fruit which has got a creamy texture, and