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Aloo Palak

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I love green gravies because of the vibrant color. Usually I prefer either finely chopped onions/ ground onion in my gravies, but for a change this time I thinely sliced onion and added little chat masala to the Aloo palak (Am I crazy????) But believe me the gravy was super duper hit in home. Jagadish  kept asking me what did I add extra this time.  When a little change can make hubby think its a happy smiley 🙂

Checkout my other recipes with Spinach and potato

Spinach Corn gravy

Keerai pappu

Oats Cracked Wheat Dhokla

Pesto

Potato Curry

Potato Tikka

Potato Fry

Potato Wedges

Microwave Potato Chips

Spinach Potato Gravy

Preparation Time : 5 min | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Side dish

Ingredients:

Spinach –  2 cups

Potato –  2, big

Onion – 1, thinely sliced

Green Chilli – 1 ( Adjust according to your spice level)

Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

Garam Masala powder – 1 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Chat masala – 1/4 tsp

Sugar –  generous pinch

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Salt -as needed

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Method:

  • Pressure cook potatoes until tender (for about 2 whistles or microwave the potatoes for 10 minutes). Peel off the skin and cut into bite-sized pieces and keep aside
  • Rinse the spinach well in water. Boil water with pinch of sugar and salt. Add the spinach to the boiling water. Cook and switch off the flame, after 3-5 mins drain and quickly pour cold water over the spinach. Transfer them into a blender and make fine paste, with green chilli

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  • Add oil to the pan, when oil becomes hot add cumin seeds and it splutters. Add onion and ginger garlic paste and saute till the onions are translucent

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  • Add the cooked  potatoes and saute for a minute. Add turmeric powder, garam masala,  chat masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and salt; gently mix everything cook till the potatoes are well coated with masala

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  •  Add spinach puree and cook for 3 – 4 minutes

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My Notes:

  • Add water if you think the gravy is too thick
  • Sugar helps to retain the green color in spinach
  • To make rich Can add milk/fresh cream/coconut milk to the gravy
  • Whole spices (bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom etc) can be added
  • Butter can be added for flavour
  • Tomatoes can be added while cooking onion
  • As chat masala already contains salt adjust the salt accordingly
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Avocado Paratha

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Avocado is one of my favorite fruit and after hearing its healthy benefits, I started buying them regurlaly. My frequent take with Avocado is Guacamole in Indian style. In our home we love this as side dish for chappati, put it in bread and do Guacamole Sandwich, few Mexican style dishes like Burrito and Quesadilla. Every since I saw Avocada Paratha in my friend Malar’s space, I wanted to try but somehow I kept postponing Finally I did it, and I regretted for delaying it, softest paratha I ever tasted. Now a days once a week I am doing this

Avocado Paratha

Preparation time : 10 mins | Standing time : 30 mins – 1 hour | Serves : 2

Ingredients:

Whole wheat Flour – 1 cup

Avocado – 2, small; ripe avocado pitted and mashed

Pepper powder – 1/8 tsp

Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp

Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp

Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp

Oil – 1 tsp

Salt – as needed

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Method:

  • In a  bowl mash avocado and add lime juice; mix well. Add wheat, oil, salt, pepper powder, coriander powder and cumin powder to the mashed avocado pulp; combine well and make a pliable dough. Moisture in avocado should be enough to make dough but if the required add 1-2 tsp of water. Cover it with damp cloth and leave it for 30 mins – 1 hour

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  • Take small portions of dough and make small balls; roll it with rolling pin, dusting wheat flour. Heat a griddle and when it is hot, place the rolled paratha. and cook for a minute or so till the chappati starts puffing , flip it over to the other side. Cook till the other side cooks

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My Notes:

  • Can add onion, garlic or any other Masala like garam masala, pav bhaji masala etc. for flavors
  • I didn’t use oil while cooking the paratha but you can drizzle some oil/ghee/butter
  • Instead of lemon juice Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to prevent Avocado from changing color
  • Can add 1 tbsp of yogurt instead of oil while making dough

Cracked Wheat Savory Cake

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With my Little one going all around the house, I am finding it difficult to prepare breakfast. So I prefer preparing some light breakfast, or some bread like Wheat Oats Banana Bread. Couple of weeks back, I tried Savory Rava Cake and had them for next day breakfast, and we both liked it. Wanted to do it again, and this time I used Cracked Wheat instead of Rava. Remembering cracked wheat idli!!

Cracked Wheat Savory Cake

Preparation Time : 10 min |  Cooking Time : 45  mins – 1 hour | Serves : 3

Recipe Category : Breakfast/snack

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:

Cracked Wheat – 1 cup

Peas – 2 tbsp

Corn – 2 tbsp

Carrot – 2 , peeled and grated

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Salt – as needed

Baking soda – 1/2 tsp

Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

Wet Ingredients:

Unsweetened Yogurt/Curd – 1 cup

Water – 3 tbsp

Oil/Butter – 1 tbsp ( I used Olive oil)

Sesame seeds – 1 tbsp (optional)

Cooking Spray / Oil – to grease

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Method

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the parchment paper in baking pan, and grease the baking tray with oil/cooking spray
  • In a bowl, add dry ingredients and mix well, and then add the wet ingredients

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  • Pour into baking tray and sprinkle sesame seeds

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  • Bake for 35-40 minutes

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My Notes:

  • You can also grind the cracked wheat for this
  • Instead of adding 1 cup of curd, you can also add 1/2 – 3/4 cup of yogurt and add 3/4 – 1/2 cup water accordingly
  • Red chilli powder/green chilli can be added to make it spicy
  • Same proportion works for Semollina/Rava cake as well

Baked Bread Rolls

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In our home both hubby and I like to have Snacks with tea. Though I like deep fried snacks, the calories in them causes some worry! Had half loaf of bread, so thought of trying something with that. I generally bake bread whenever I use them in vegetable biryani, bread upma and other dishes. This time I wanted to keep some stuffing and bake it. Crispy snack is ready, with minimal oil.

Baked Bread Rolls

Preparation time: 5 Minutes | Cooking time:  30 Minutes | Makes : 6 pieces

Category: Snacks

Ingredients:

Bread – 6 slices (I used multi grain wheat bread, but wheat and white bread can also be used)

Oil/Cooking spray – I used PAM olive oil spray to grease and little oil to brush

Potato Masala:

Potato – 2, medium sized

Peas – 2 tbsp

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Fennel(Sombu) powder – a pinch

Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1/8 tsp

Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp

Oil – 1 tsp

Salt – as needed

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Method :

Potato Masala:

  • Cut the potato into half and boil the potatoes (I microwaved them for 7 minutes). Peel the skin and mash them (You can use a fork to mash)

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  • Add 1 tsp of oil to a pan. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for 30 seconds. Add onions and saute till onions are cooked. Add garam masala, red chilli powder, fennel seed powder, turmeric powder and allow it to cook for a minute. Add mashed potato and peas, and cook covered for 2-3 mins. Switch off and keep the stuffing aside

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Bread Roll:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit
  • Trim the edges of the bread and roll them as thin as you can with a chapathi roller. Add approx 1 tbsp of stuffing in the middle, and seal the edges with little water

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  • Take a baking tray and put parchment paper on top. Use some cooking spray on the paper, and brush little oil on  both sides of bread rolls. Bake for 8-10 mins. Turn over and cook for another 8-10 minutes, till the rolls turn golden brown. Serve it with ketchup/ranch

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My Notes:

  • The timing differs from oven to oven, so keep an eye after 8 minutes
  • You can add ghee to make them rich
  • Any vegetable of your choice can be added in the stuffing
  • Can grill them instead of baking

Sugar Snap Peas Soup

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In Genghis grill, I had sugar snap peas for the first time. Genghis grill is a Mongolian Stir fry restaurant. I liked the flavor of Sugar snap peas, it was a bit sweeter than the regular peas. I bought some Sugar snap peas with the intention of doing Stir fry. But I got inspired by lot of green soup recipes and wanted to try a soup with Sugar snap peas. It turned out to be healthy and flavorful! I used avocado for the creaminess, thereby eliminating the need to use corn flour or other thickening agents.

Sugar Snap Peas Soup

Preparation Time: 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves: 4

Recipe Category: Appetizers & Snacks

Ingredients:

Sugar Snap peas –  1 cup + 1/2 cup, trimmed

Avocado – 1/2

Olive oil – 1 tsp

Shallots – 5

Garlic – 1 pod

Lemon Juice – 1/8 tsp

Italian Seasoning/Pepper – as needed (I used Italian Seasoning)

Salt – as needed

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Method:

  • Add oil to a pan. When oil is hot, add the shallots and garlic, and cook till onion becomes translucent.  Add sugar snap peas and saute for 3-5 minutes. Add water and close the lid . Cook until snap peas are tender

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  • Puree the cooked items in a blender. Peel and pit the avocado and add it to the peas mixture along with lemon juice and salt. Blend until smooth, adding more vegetable broth or water (I added Water). if the soup is too thick. Add seasoning to the soup. Taste and adjust seasonings/pepper if desired. Serve the soup, after garnishing with roasted bread

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My Notes:

  • I have used the water in which the snap peas were cooked. Instead, vegetable broth can also be used
  • Since Avocado tends to oxidize, I have used lemon juice
  • Butter or cheese can be added to give richness to the soup
  • Avocado can be used with any soup for getting the creaminess in the soup

Taking this Soup to  the  “Soups with SS” hosted by two lovely ladies, Shruti @Cooking with SJ and Sonal @ Simply Vegetarian 777.

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Sending  this recipe to First virtual Vegan linky potluck.

 

Bread Utthapam (Bread Savory Pancake)

Bread utthappam is a great option when you feel like eating utthapam instantly without idli/dosa batter. This recipe for making bread uttapam is easy and quick, as the batter does not need to be fermented, and all the ingredients are easily available at home. Make instant bread uttapam whenever you like!

This bread Uttapam can be made with any type of bread – white, whole wheat or multigrain.

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Bread Utthapam (Bread  Savory Pancake)

Preparation  time : 10 mins | Standing time : 10 mins | Cooking time :10 mins | Serves: 4

Category : Breakfast

Ingredients:

Bread –  7  pieces (I used whole wheat)

Thick yogurt/curd – 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp

Coarse rava/ sooji/semolina – 1/2 cup

Rice flour/ All purpose flour – 4 tbsp (I used rice flour)

Water – 1/3 cup approx

Chopped onions – 1/4 cup

Shredded carrot – 1/4 cup

Frozen peas and frozen corn – 1/4 cup

Salt – as needed

Cooking Oil – as needed

Method:

  • Remove the edges in bread and soak it in cold water and drain excess water. Transfer the bread pieces into a blender along with rava, rice flour and curd. Grind everything to a smooth batter. Add water accordingly to get dosa batter consistency

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  • Transfer to a bowl and Add chopped onions, shredded carrots, peas, corn and little salt. Mix everything and add water if required. Keep it aside for 10 minutes

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  • Heat the skillet on medium heat and spread some oil on it. Pour ladle full of batter and spread it to make a small and thick bread uttapam or pancake. Flip it over and cook till bread uttapam or pancake becomes nice and crispy from both sides. Serve them with your favorite chutney or sauce.

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Bagel Pizza

When we visited my brother-in-law’s place, my co-sis prepared Bagel for breakfast, that was the first time I had bagel. I liked that, and decided I should prepare bagel for breakfast. Being Pizza lovers, tried Bagel pizzas.

Bagel Pizza:

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Breakfast

Ingredients:

Bagels – 2

Prego Tomato Onion Basil Pasta Sauce / pizza sauce – 1/4 cup

Grated Cheese-  3 tbsp (I used cheddar and mozzarella)

Olives – 4 tsp

Onion –  4 tsp

Yellow bell pepper – 4 tsp

Mushroom – 4 tsp

Salt as needed

Italian seasoning / pepper powder – 1/4 tsp (I used Italian seasoning)

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Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • Spread Pizza sauce (I used Prego Italian Sauce) onto both halves of the bagel. Add a layer of finely chopped onions, mushroom, bell pepper and olives. Sprinkle required salt and italian seasoning. Top with cheese

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  • Bake pizzas for 8-10 minutes 

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  • MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: Top each bagel half with sauce and veggies. Place on microwave-safe plate lined with paper towel. Microwave on HIGH for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Top each with cheese. Microwave on HIGH for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until cheese is melted and sandwich is hot
  • Instead of bagel, use Bread and enjoy Bread Pizza:)

 

Bread Upma

IMG_5108 Bread Upma is my all time favorite dish. I still remember my childhood days, whenever Amma buys a loaf of bread, she prepares bread butter jam, bread sandwich and bread upma. Amma’s Bread upma is simple and tastes yummy. To give a crispy texture to the bread I have baked the bread and added Checkout my other recipes using bread

Bread Upma: Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Baking time : 14 mins | Serves : 2 Recipe Category: Breakfast Ingredients: Bread – 8 slices (I used wheat bread) Onion – 1, finely chopped Tomato – 1, finely chopped Frozen Green Peas – 3 tbsp Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp Coriander Powder – 1 tsp Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp Garam Masala – 1 tsp Sambar Powder – 1/8 tsp Curry leaves -few Salt -as needed Cooking spray / oil – to grease the baking tray (I used cooking spray) Oil – 1 tsp IMG_5107 Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree F, and place the bread in oven. Bake on both sides (around 7 minutes each and turning the bread in between) or until bread becomes crispy.  Turn off the oven and let the bread stays in the oven

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  • In a pan heat oil and when the oil becomes hot, add curry leaves and onion, saute till onion becomes translucent,  then add tomato and cook
  • Once onion and tomato are cooked, add turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, salt, sambar powder and garam masala and cook for 2-3 minutes

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  • Take the bread from the oven;cut into pieces

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  • Add the bread pieces to the masala, gently mix until the masala coats well.  Serve hot to enjoy the crispy bread upma

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  • Baking bread is optional. You can even toast/ grill the bread
  • Baked Bread upma tastes great if served immediately
  • You can use plain bread and make upma  avoiding baking
  • Ginger garlic paste can be added
  • Usually i temper the upma with mustard seeds and channa dal,  missed doing that, while taking the picture
  • You can bake the bread and keep it in the turned off oven for 45 minutes – 1 hour and  quickly saute the bread with the masala before serving. By doing this way Bread upma will be crsipy instead of soggy texture