Monday, 27 May 2013

Berry Cola Float

A yummy and refreshing drink for summer...

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Baked Soya Paneer Peppers

Here is a simple dish that I created last evening, for my daughter who likes to buy and eat Bell Peppers for their color but does not like the taste too much. So to make it appealing and nutritious I came upon this idea and called it "Baked Soya Paneer Peppers".
Whether red, orange, yellow or green, these Bell peppers yield the highest concentration of antioxidants . One small red, yellow or orange pepper provides three times the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C—way ahead of citrus. Red peppers stand out as one of the few foods that lowers the risk of various cancers.
Regardless of their exterior, all bell peppers share a healthy dose of fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and ward off colon cancer. They also have vitamin B6 and folic acid that protect blood vessels from damage. Plentiful A and C vitamins boost immunity and guard against a range of ailments, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis.

Soya chunks are very high in protein and is good for overall health.
Cottage cheese or Paneer is also high in protein.
Here is a delicious snack/starter which is also very healthy.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Coconut Coriander Chutney

Here is a simple Chutney that goes well with all kinds of south Indian breakfast dishes like Idli, Dosa and also also snacks like Vadas, Upma and other fritters.

Onion Uttapam or Onion garnished Pancakes

Onion Uttapam is a famous South Indian breakfast.
These are regular rice or rava pancakes garnished/seasoned with chopped onions, green chillies and coriander leaves.
Served with Coconut coriander chutney, this is the perfect Sunday morning breakfast.
The traditional dosa batter is used to make this uttapam, but you could also use leftover Idli batter too to make the same.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Dry prawns and potatoes in Chilly Garlic Gravy - Konkani style

Today is Mother's Day and my parents are on a vacation to UK and Europe and am missing my Mom a lot.
So I made this curry today which is her favorite. 
Of course she is the one who makes it the best, but over the years I have mastered this dish too.
Very simple to make and quick...
Goes well with Red rice Konji or simply rice and dal.
Alter the spice as per your taste buds...

Monday, 6 May 2013

Butter Garlic Mussels

Mussels are a high protein food source. Their low fat content makes them potentially healthier than other protein sources.
Mussels are also an excellent source of vitamin B12 and selenium, which is an essential micro-nutrient. Mussels are also good sources of other B vitamins (particularly folate), phosphorus, manganese and zinc. Mussels are a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids and are considered an excellent seafood choice.Mussels are a healthy and nutritious addition to most meals and can provide real benefits to health and well being. They are low in fat and high in nutrients like omega-3 and iron, and are also delicious and versatile.
Here is a simple starter made using mussels.
I have used frozen mussel meat (mussel meat removed from the shells) but the best way to make mussels is to cook them when live since mussels are prone to the same types of bacterial contamination as other seafood and should only be prepared if they are live, as dead mussels quickly deteriorate.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Sardines in Sichuan Pepper seasoned gravy or "Pedve theppala Ghashi" in Konkani

Sardines are rich in numerous nutrients that have been found to support cardiovascular health. They are one of the most concentrated sources of the omega-3 fatty acids, which have been found to lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels. Also an excellent source of vitamin B12 that promotes cardiovascular well-being.
Sardines are not only a rich source of bone-building vitamin D but also a very good source of phosphorus, a mineral that is important to strengthening the bone matrix. Hence eating sardines atleast twice a week, is good to ward off osteoporosis.
Sichuan pepper is not only tasty, but is also reported to have a number of health benefits and is sometimes used as a blood purifier and digestive aid.
Here is a lip smacking fish curry which is chilly and coconut based but seasoned with Sichuan pepper and coconut oil.
Goes perfectly well with rice or dosa.

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