LOTUS STEM-POTATO MASALA


Lotus stem an aquatic plant has many essential minerals and nutrients and is a great source of vitamin C which fights viral infections, and boosts the immunity system.This root which is low in calories not only is believed to manage obesity ,but also aids in good blood circulation as Potassium is present in this root which aids in relaxing the blood vessels.

Now.. from the brief summary of the nutrition part I will be moving to today’s recipe …

You can check these recipes too… LOTUS STEM SALAD and KASHMIRI FISH ‘N’LOTUS STEM CURRY

Looking forward to your likes, comments and suggestions !

INGREDIENTS

2-3 peeled and sliced

2 potatoes cut into cubes

1-2 onions finely chopped

3 tomatoes coarsely ground

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1-2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder

1 tsp cumin seed powder

1/2 tsp pepper powder

curry leaves

salt to taste

2 tbsp oil

METHOD

First soak the sliced lotus stem in salt water for few minutes and wash well again for 2-3 times.

Heat oil in a kadai and add the onions and saute till light brown.

Next add the ginger-garlic paste ,tomato puree, chilli powder and salt .

After 5 minutes add the lotus stem and potato, mix well ,cover and cook on a low heat till the vegetables are cooked.

Add a little water only if needed.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Add the rest of the ingredients and remove from fire.

Can be served with any menu.

BRAIN FRITTER STIR FRY


This brain fritters recipe was made with minimal oil ….Yes it was made in the paniyaram moulds .

Kept a few to serve it plain and the rest I tossed in with some red chillies and greens .

The taste was awesome !Well this recipe was my discovery . These little dumplings can be made into a

curry or stir fry or served plain for starters with a sauce.

To the recipe

INGREDIENTS

2-3 goat brains

2 big onions chopped fine

1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste

2-3 green chillies cut fine

few curry leaves chopped fine

1 tsp pepper powder

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1-2 spinach leaves chopped fine (optional)

2 eggs

1 heaped tbsp breadcrumbs

1 tsp gram flour

1/2 tsp plain flour

salt to taste

oil for frying

METHOD

Clean the brains and mash it with eggs and all the ingredients and mix well.

Heat the paniyaram moulds and a tsp of oil in each division.

Add a spoon of the brain mixture and fry till golden brown on one side .

Flip over to the next side and fry till evenly browned.Remove from fire.

For the stir fry mix

1 small onion chopped

1-2 garlic crushed

8-9 red chillies broken

few spinach leaves /curry leaves

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp lime juice

1 tsp oil

METHOD

Heat oil, and add the garlic and onions with the dry red chillies.

Add the fried dumplings ,sprinkle the cumin powder, and toss for a minute.

Remove from fire, add lime juice and mix well.

CELERY ‘N’ FENUGREEK SPROUT SALAD


This is a healthy salad made with celery and fenugreek sprouts.

Celery is one low calorie vegetable with amplified health benefits.Some do not prefer the aroma of this vegetable consumed raw.

Considering the fact that the nutrients are not lost even though celery is blanched, steamed,or sautéed,i decided to toss the vegetable in a little oil before adding to this lovely salad.

Continuing to the next healthy ingredient the fenugreek is also a seed loaded with health benefitting properties.

I usually drink fenugreek water in the mornings, and sprinkle the soaked seeds in my garden and get fresh methi leaves often.

This time I decided to store it in the fridge to get the sprouts.When it sprouts in the fridge it has more of a fresh taste.

Soaked fenugreek does not taste bitter and it does not alter the taste when added into any salad.

This type of salad can be consumed by anyone, of any age.Very beneficial for diabetics.

A teaspoon is more than enough to soak in a cup of water for one person .

Moving on to the recipe now…

INGREDIENTS

1 cup celery stalks chopped and slightly tossed in 1 tsp.of oil

1 cup cucumber cut into cubes

1 red carrot chopped

1 small tomato (seeds removed

3-4 tsp fenugreek sprouts

For the dressing

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar /vinegar

1 tsp honey

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1 tsp Worcester sauce(optional)

1/2 tsp chilli flakes (optional)

1/4 tsp mustard powder

1 tsp olive oil or sesame oil

1/2 tsp lemon juice

salt to taste

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients for dressing in a separate bowl and pour over the cut vegetables and sautéed celery

and mix well.

This salad is beneficial to diabetics and people who want to prevent diabetes’s do try this healthy salad and post in your suggestions and comments.

SCOTCH EGGS WITH SLICED PAPRIKA &CHEESE


Scotch eggs are made with boiled egg wrapped in any filling of your choice, coated in breadcrumbs and

deep fried in oil.Plainly explained it’s boiled egg bundled in cutlet mixture.

Can be served as a snack/starter with any dipping of your choice.

Today’s recipe is made with only eggs and bread.Simple and elegant dish!

Let’s get into the recipe to know how…

INGREDIENTS

6 hard boiled eggs

3-4 bread slices

2 tbsp.sliced paprika

1 tsp Worcester sauce

4-6 tbsp grated cheese

1-2 tsp pepper powder

2 tbsp chopped onion/spring onion

salt to taste

For coating

2 lightly beaten eggs

Enough breadcrumbs to coat

Oil for frying

METHOD

Slit the boiled egg in half and remove the yolks into another bowl.

Soak the bread in water/milk for 2 minutes, and squeeze out the water.

Mix the squeezed bread with the rest of the ingredients, yolks and salt to taste.

Fill in the egg white cases, and shape like an egg.

Dip in egg, coat with breadcrumbs and deep fry in oil.

SCOTCH EGGS CURRY-Check this recipe also for scotch eggs in curry.

CARROT -CAULIFLOWER PICKLE


A Vegan pickle with a good combination of vegetables.

The cauliflower can be steamed,boiled in salted water or fried lightly in oil and added .

Adding mustard oil to any pickle produces a lovely taste and aroma .I tried this pickle with a mix of gingerly

oil and mustard oil .

The pickle can be used after a day.Do try this recipe and post in your comments and suggestions.

Moving to the recipe now…

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cauliflower florets

1 cup carrot cut into medium strips

Mustard oil+gingelly oil 3/4 cup (teacup)

2 tbsp.ginger-garlic paste

5-6 slit green chillies

1 tsp chilli powder

1.5 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 cup vinegar

6 tsp jaggery powder

salt to taste

Roast lightly and powder (coarsely)

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

METHOD

Wash the cauliflower florets well, mix in with a little salt and steam for 10 minutes, and allow to cool.

Boil 1/2 cup water with 1/2 tsp salt and add the cut carrots .Cook for 2 seconds and remove from the boiling

water, and set aside.

Next add the slit green chillies and remove immediately and set aside.

Heat both the oils, add ginger garlic paste,salt,rest of the ingredients excluding the roasted powder spice mix.

Add salt to your taste, mix well and then add the roasted spice powder and remove from fire .

Mix well, set aside to cool thoroughly and store in sterilised jars.

Tips to note: Once the roasted powder is added at the end, you should quickly remove from fire,as the

pickle may turn bitter if cooked longer.

Pickle made with fried cauliflower florets will have longer shelf life.