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Sambal Spiced Veggie Mee Goreng Recipe

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Healthy Muesli and Cranberry Energy Balls

Healthy Muesli and Cranberry Energy Balls

These healthy no-bake muesli and cranberry energy balls is the perfect healthy treat you can gobble up for snacks or even a brekkie. 6-Ingredients, 10 minutes and you have these utterly delicious and filling energy balls ready to pack and pop-in. Oh guess what? The […]

Strawberry Fig and Coconut Chia Pudding with Muesli

Strawberry Fig and Coconut Chia Pudding with Muesli

When breakfast can look, taste and feel a lot like dessert and can be healthy too at the same time, who wouldn’t dig in? This Strawberry, Fig and Coconut Chia Pudding With Muesli is the best way to start your morning. Fresh figs and strawberry gives it an extraordinary flavour, while the banana and coconut milk makes it thick, creamy and smooth. You’ll love this as a healthy dessert too.

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I love smoothies and I almost end up adding any fruit or vegetable that compliments it. A bit of crunchy granola or muesli takes it notches above and the creamy smoothie that so easily blends with the chia seeds makes it irresistible not to dig in.

I particularly like the coco-nutty flavour in this smoothie and just how creamy it gets because of coconut. I got the fresh figs and strawberry from city market here in Bangalore for a steal. Figs weren’t that sweet but the strawberries sure were juicy, succulent and luscious. I usually stock up strawberry when they’re in season and freeze them. It lasts me anywhere between 6-8 months. But these were just fresh and so so juicy.

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When I thought about developing this recipe, the first thing that came to my mind was the fact that a fancy breakfast may well be healthy too. And making it vegan by using plant based ingredients is even more welcome.

Strawberry and banana smoothie is too mainstream, so just a bit of change won’t hurt at all. Guess what? You could make this as a make-ahead healthy dessert for potluck parties or even a large gathering, or simply just dig in when you feel like indulging.

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  • ALTERNATIVES:
  • If you don’t have fresh strawberry at home you could use just the banana or combine oats with it. 
  • If you don’t have fresh figs, use the dried ones, most household would have dried figs in the dry fruits dabba 😛 
  • If you don’t have coconut milk handy, you could extract the milk out of freshly grated coconut or just use normal milk if you’re okay without a vegan option. 

ALSO CHECK OUT THESE OTHER HEALTHY BREAKFAST RECIPES:

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Strawberry Fig and Coconut Chia Pudding with Muesli
Healthy Strawberry Fig and Coconut Chia Pudding with Muesli. Naturally sweetened, 10-Minutes and a filling breakfast in just a few Minutes.
Strawberry Fig and Coconut Smoothie Pudding WIth Chia Seeds - slurpy platter-1
Strawberry Fig and Coconut Chia Pudding with Muesli
Healthy Strawberry Fig and Coconut Chia Pudding with Muesli. Naturally sweetened, 10-Minutes and a filling breakfast in just a few Minutes.
Servings Prep Time
2People 30Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2People 30Minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To begin making the chia pudding, let us soak the chia seeds in a 100 ml of water for 15 minutes. Then add a tbsp of coconut milk to it and let it soak for 15 minutes more until it becomes soggy.
  2. Meanwhile, blend the strawberries, banana, desiccated coconut and coconut milk in a blender until it attains a smoothie consistency. Keep it aside.
Assembling the pudding
  1. In a glass jar, add a layer (2 tbsp, if using a big jar, adjust serving as per your glass measurement) of Muesli. Place a few slices of fig in the jar.
  2. Top it with a heaped layer of soaked chia seeds and add the banana strawberry mixture. until the top. Garnish it with sliced strawberries and mint leaves. Enjoy chilled.
Recipe Notes
  • This pudding is mildly sweet and naturally sweetened. If you wish to make it sweeter you could add honey or maple syrup.
  • You could use papaya instead of fresh figs in case it is not in season. 
  • Also, ensure that the banana, strawberries and coconut milk/cream is chilled at the time of blending so that you get a creamy and thicker consistency. 
Sihi Kumabalakayi Gojju | Yellow Pumpkin Curry

Sihi Kumabalakayi Gojju | Yellow Pumpkin Curry

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Radish Greens Salad

Radish Greens Salad

Crunchy, colourful, hearty, super easy and fulfilling, this radish greens salad is just right for a light lunch or as a delicious salad by the side of a soup for dinner. and it is ready in 15 minutes. When I was first introduced to radish […]

Haalu Menasina Saaru

Haalu Menasina Saaru

A hand-me-down recipe from my grandmom, this Haalu menasina saaru ( literally translates to milk pepper rasam) is a rich and soupy rasam recipe that is just right for cold and nippy days. It has pepper, urad dal and channa dal as a base, cooked in milk and seasoned with cumin and mustard. Just 5 ingredients and you have the most soothing comfort food on the table in 20 minutes flat.

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As a kid I remember my gramma making this rasam  for my paternal aunt and my mom who came home for her post-natal care. It is my gramma’s signature rasam recipe and is a hand-me-down from her to me. It is quite common in the Karnataka brahmin household and I’m the proud inheritor of this heavenly delight! Feel so proud of the legacy!  Normally pepper rasam is watery and translucent, but this one is a smooth blend of pepper, urad dal and channa dal with a hint of milk to negate the excessive heat (that pepper is known to cause).  It is one of the easiest rasam recipes I’ve known and tried.  You could even slurp it like soup or enjoy it with rice.

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As a little girl, I remember how I used to sit next to my aunt and rejoice eating this menasina saaru with her while my grand mom balled out the rice and served it to her on the plate.

Yet another reason why this was a staple of post-natal mothers was because it would aid digestion and keeo the body warm, which in turn would keep the baby warm and comfortable through the breast-fed milk. It was also to induce immunity in the child and mother to prevent infections and other diseases that the new born or mother is prone to during that period. It amazes me as to how our ancestors really knew the science and art of food and how it was medicinally valued by them to keep diseases at bay. No wonder their life span was longer than ours and they led a quality life with good health, strength and a robust immune system.

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On a cold evening, nothing is more comforting than this lovely rasam to sip into especially when the weather is nippy. Also, there’s just no count of how many times I have made this for my 10 m old during winter so that it keeps the phlegm at bay. This is the most healthiest thing you could consume during winters or on a rainy evening.

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You can make a vegan version if you prefer to by adding coconut milk. Gives a distinct flavour as well. If you’re using coconut milk, you could probably skip using the coconut while grinding and just make do with the urad, channa dal and pepper.

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Haalu menasina saaru-Slurpy Platter
Haalu Menasina Saaru
A hand-me-down recipe from my grandmom, this Haalu menasina saaru ( literally translates to milk pepper rasam) is a rich and soupy rasam recipe that is just right for cold and nippy days. It has pepper, urad dal and channa dal as a base, cooked in milk and seasoned with cumin and mustard. Just 5 ingredients and you have the most soothing comfort food on the table in 20 minutes flat. 
Haalu menasina saaru-Slurpy Platter
Haalu Menasina Saaru
A hand-me-down recipe from my grandmom, this Haalu menasina saaru ( literally translates to milk pepper rasam) is a rich and soupy rasam recipe that is just right for cold and nippy days. It has pepper, urad dal and channa dal as a base, cooked in milk and seasoned with cumin and mustard. Just 5 ingredients and you have the most soothing comfort food on the table in 20 minutes flat. 
Servings Prep Time
4People 10Minutes
Cook Time
10Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4People 10Minutes
Cook Time
10Minutes
Ingredients
To Roast and Grind
Seasoning
Binding Agent
Instructions
  1. To begin making the haalu menasina saaru, lets start by roasting and grinding the ingredients under 'Roast and Grind'.
  2. Add ghee in a small round bottomed pan and roast the pepper, urad dal and channa dal one by one until they pepper starts crackling and the dals are slightly brown, on medium heat. Just when you are about to turn off the stove, add the grated coconut and give it a stir. Allow it to cool and grind the roasted mixture along with coconut.
  3. Transfer the ground mixture to another vessel and add a bit of water (You could also add water to the mixer and give it a quick shake, so that it cleans up the left overs in the mixer and you could use it in the rasam). Add salt and once it starts boiling, add ½ cup of milk and let it boil for another five minutes until the liquid reaches a slightly thick consistency.
  4. Meanwhile, add a teaspoon of ghee in a tadka pan and and temper it with the mustard, jeera, hing, dried red chilli and add curry leaves. Add this to the rasam and enjoy while it is hot or serve it with a bowl of steamed rice.
Recipe Notes
  •  It is very important to maintain medium flame while making this rasam. Else it would burn all the ingredients which will turn the rasam bitter.
  • You can use coconut milk instead of the regular milk for a vegan version. But it is invariable to use it since it is the main binding agent. 
Mini Ragi Dosa With Corn and Bean Filling

Mini Ragi Dosa With Corn and Bean Filling

A welcome twist to the good old ragi dosa with a Mexican filling inside. Healthy, quick, easy and full of flavour. Just 10 ingredients and 30 minutes. You have a healthy snack ready to bite into, especially during the cold evenings.

Little Millet Pongal | Saame Pongal Recipe

Little Millet Pongal | Saame Pongal Recipe

Healthy, light, easy and loaded with proteins and fiber, this little millet pongal recipe is the healthiest dish you can make for Sankranthi. Cooked with split moong dal, little millet and seasoned with pepper, cumin and a generous hint of ginger – there’s no better way to start your day than with this healthy dish.

2- Ingredient Mini Ragi-Rava Idli

2- Ingredient Mini Ragi-Rava Idli

This 2-ingredient mini ragi-rava idli is such a saviour on days when you have to make a quick brekkie. All it takes is 10 minutes to prep it up and 15-20 minutes to steam the idlis. How easy is that? 

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I usually plan my meals the previous day or a little earlier than a day depending on the vegetables and other things that I need on hand. But there are some days when I just don’t feel like planning anything and go with the flow and make impromptu brekkie or lunch plans with what I have or don’t have.

One such day was when I had nothing but the Ragi Batter from IDFresh and a few other basic things to make chutney inside the fridge. The better half had to rush to office and the only thing I could think of at that moment was ragi idli – well, that’s a bit boring too, so gave it a little twist by adding the humble semolina to it and taking it a notch above 😛

Just roasted the semolina a bit and added it to the ready-made batter, mix, stir and pour. Job done and dusted! Brekkie sorted!

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These ready-made stuff are such saviours at times, honestly. The idlis were just right. Not too fluffy not too hard either, probably pairing it with sambar or sagu would’ve made it more easy to consume, but the chutney wasn’t too bad either. Not a bad idea after all on a morning when nothing strikes your brain and all you want to do is make something quick.

Quite filling, nutritious and healthy too. Guess what? You can add a bit of toasted oats too and skip the rava (semolina) if you don’t want it. Pulse the oats and then add it to the batter so that it blends well.

You could use the same batter to make dosa too, and zing it up a bit with cumin, onions , coriander and chillies to make it more flavourful. Because, pouring dosa is easier than steaming idlis (although, these are mini idlis and we were craving for idlis that morning). 

 

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If you want a no-onion version just the cumin and coriander with do, but you could add some grated ginger and a pinch of hing as well to give it a flavour burst sans the onions.

These petite idlis are sure to leave you full and satiated and are perfect for those mornings that just don’t let you breathe.

You might also like these recipes using IDFresh Ragi Dosa Batter

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RAGI DOSA WITH CHILLI AND CHEESE
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THIS RECIPE IS MADE IN COLLABORATION WITH IDFRESH RAGI DOSA BATTER.
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2- Ingredient Mini Ragi-Rava Idli
This 2-ingredient mini ragi-rava idli may look petite, but they're so satisfying, healthy and is such a saviour on days when you have to make a quick brekkie. All it takes is 10 minutes to prep it up and 15-20 minutes to steam the idlis. How easy is that? 
ID-Fresh - Ragi-rava Mini Idli- Slurpy Platter
2- Ingredient Mini Ragi-Rava Idli
This 2-ingredient mini ragi-rava idli may look petite, but they're so satisfying, healthy and is such a saviour on days when you have to make a quick brekkie. All it takes is 10 minutes to prep it up and 15-20 minutes to steam the idlis. How easy is that? 
Servings Prep Time
20Mini idlis 10Minutes
Cook Time
20Minutes
Servings Prep Time
20Mini idlis 10Minutes
Cook Time
20Minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To begin making the ragi-rave idli start by roasting the semolina if you don;t have the roasted one. On a medium flame, roast until the raw smell goes and it becomes slightly brown.
  2. Mix the semolina with the ID Fresh Ragi idli dosa batter and keep it aside for 5 minutes. ( You can add a pinch of salt if you prefer, I skipped it since the ragi batter is already slightly salted).
  3. Grease the mini idli moulds with vegetable oil and pour the batter. Steam it in a pressure cooker without the whistle for about 15-20 minutes on medium low flame.
Recipe Notes
  • You could use the bigger idli moulds too if you dont have mini idli pans. Just increase the quantity of the batter and the semolina and adjust accordingly. 
  • You can add oats instead of semolina too. 
  • You could use the same batter to make dosa too, and zing it up a bit with cumin, onions , coriander and chillies to make it more flavourful. Because, pouring dosa is easier than steaming idlis (although, these are mini idlis and we were craving for idlis that morning). 
  • If you want a no-onion version just the cumin and coriander with do, but you could add some grated ginger and a pinch of hing as well to give it a flavour burst sans the onions.
Banana Bread Tiramisu

Banana Bread Tiramisu

Recipe for Banana Bread Tiramisu – Decadent, rich, and exactly what a delicious mess looks like! Layered with banana bread soaked in Baileys and espresso coffee, with a generous spread of coffee & Vanilla flavoured whipped cream, drizzled with caramel sauce and dusted with cocoa […]