Just getting back to normal routine after being pampered by my mum. Managed to keep my weight loss and I am officially under 70 now 🙂
Sanju (my fiance’) and I have been looking at apartments here and we are glad we found one. He will be moving there soon and I will join him in February after our wedding. The new unit is really cool with a beautiful kitchen 🙂 Can’t wait to start cooking there and the oven is for me and me only-So watch out the space for more baking recipes.
Back to recipe, Kale and Spinach crepes is one of the easiest and yummiest crepes I have made and Sanju who is EXTREMELY fussy about food loved it 🙂 So here you go with the recipe
For the crepes:
Kale and Spinach-1 handful each-blanced in hot water
Ginger-a small piece
Cumin seeds-a tsp
Buckwheat and Chickpea flour-1/2 cup each
Chili powder-a tsp/more to taste
Blend blanched Kale and Spinach, ginger and cumin seeds to a fine paste and add them to remaining ingredients, add needed water and make crepes 🙂
For the relish/chutney
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Sambar powder-1-2 tsp depending on spice level
In a pan, add 1 tsp oil, onions, let them brown, add tomatoes and let it cool and add coconut and blend them into a very fine paste
In the same pan, add oil, mustard seeds, curry leaves (optional), blended paste and sambar powder and add 1/2 cup water, salt and let the paste boil until it reaches relish consistency (Source: My dearest mum)
Pongal is one of the usual breakfast in Tamilnadu (one of the South Indian states). I have to admit I used to hate pongal, the reason being it was just cooked rice and split mung bean with loads and loads of clarified butter (ghee) and pepper. My mum always had to make something else cos I was adamant not to eat it. Since last May/so, I have reduced my intake of rice substituting it with world’s yummiest grain, Quinoa 🙂 Came back from work yesterday and all I wanted was quinoa and lentils. I was going through my paati’s (granny) recipes I saw a non-vegan version of pongal. The Einstein part of my brain was so active I decided to make vegan quinoa pongal.
If you have a pressure cooker, this is really easy to make. Else, use a heavy-lid pan to make it.
Ingredients- Serves 3 (on a portion control diet)
Split yellow mung bean-3/4 cup
Pepper-coarsely ground-3 Tbsp (lesser if you want less spicier effect)
Mustard seeds (2 tsp) Cumin seeds (1 tsp)
Ginger grated- 1.5 Tbsp
Rice bran oil-2 Tbsp
Turmeric- 1 tsp
Pressure cook/Cover and cook quinoa and lentils with 3.5-4 cups of water.
Next step is to season it. In a pan, add oil,heat it,add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, turmeric, cashews, wait for it to be about brown, add ginger and pepper and pour it over the quinoa and lentil mixture.
Add salt and mix them well. Serve with chutney
Minty Coriander chutney
Mint leaves-2 handfuls
Coriander leaves-2 handfuls
Ginger-a small piece
Coconut (fresh/frozen)-1/4 cup
Tamarind paste-1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds-1 tsp
Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
In a pan, add mint and coriander leaves fry them until they shrink under heat, turn off the flame,let it cool and blend it with green chili, ginger, garlic, coconut, tamarind, salt.
In a pan, add oil, heat it and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, cury leaves and pour them over the chutney
Mustard seeds, white urad dal, cumin seeds-1 tsp each
Curry leaves-one strand;
Onion-1/2 finely chopped
Rice bran oil-2 tsp
Salt- to taste
In a sauce pan, dry toast sesame seeds
In the pan, add 1tsp oil and then when it is hot, add white urad dal and cumin seeds. Wait until urad dal turns red and take it off heat and add to sesame seeds
In the pan, with the remaining oil, fry green chilli, red chilli,garlic and tomatoes until tomatoes are cooked and let it cool to be blended.
In a blender, add the seeds and urad dal and once they blend, add the tomatoes, chilli and coconut and blend them all together
In the pan, add 1tsp oil, wait for it to heat,then add mustard seeds, hing, wait for the cracking sound, add curry leaves, fry onions with salt and add the blended paste and mix them all before transferring the contents to container.