Gluten-free Kale & Spinach Protein Crepes with Tomato, Onion and Coconut Relish

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

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For the crepes:

You need:

  • Kale and Spinach-1 handful each-blanced in hot water
  • Ginger-a small piece
  • Cumin seeds-a tsp
  • Salt-to taste
  • Buckwheat and Chickpea flour-1/2 cup each
  • Chili powder-a tsp/more to taste

Method:

  • 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

You need:

  • Onion-1.5 cubed
  • Tomato-2 cubed
  • Coconut-2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds-1 tsp
  • Oil-2 tsp
  • Sambar powder-1-2 tsp depending on spice level
  • Salt-to taste

Method:

  • 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)

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Vegan Tomato Lentil Soup

Chantal Brodrick is a personal trainer based in Sydney.I met her last March(2012) and ever since my weight has been dropping down 🙂  I should say the classes with her at my local gym was the turning point of my healthier life. 🙂 Love her classes-so much energy in there 🙂 Thank you so much Chantal for everything you have done. This is one of the vegetarian recipes Chantal had given me when I mentioned to her that I am vegan. I have veganised it and it’s so healthy 🙂
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You need

  • 1 cup of red lentils
  • 3 tomatoes-blend in a blender
  • 2-3 sun-dried tomatoes-finely chopped
  • 3 cups vegetable stock+ extra water (if needed)
  • 1 onion-finely chopped
  • 1 garlic-finely chopped
  • Salt& Pepper-as needed
  • 2 tsp rice bran oil
  • Coriander/parsely- few leaves finelt chopped
  • Turkish bread

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Process:

  • In a stock-pot , heat oil, add onion, garlic and fry until onion is soft.
  • Add in Kale and spinach-fry until they shrink
  • Add lentils, tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, vegetable stock and bring it to boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 mins until lentils are creamy and soft.
  • You could blend it for finer texture but I love it as it is.
  • Serve with Turkish bread 🙂

Quinoa with Rasam

Rasam is my all-time favorite –  A tangy Indian soup eaten with rice. Usually tomato/tamarind are the base for rasam, Either you can love rasam or hate it completely. When India was under Brits rule, Brits loved Rasam so much that they came up with their version of Rasam- Mulligatawny soup. It translates to Pepper water in Tamil.

There are different ways to make rasam. Every place in South India has their signature rasam. There are ones which take less than 10 mins to cook or some complicated ones which take more than 45 mins.

This is the most easiest recipe. Are you bored by adding quinoa to salads? If you are looking for an alternative, this is what you do. Make Rasam and add quinoa to it. 🙂

Ingredients: 

  • Roma tomatoes – 3 big nos
  • Turmeric – a pinch
  • Coriander leaves- 6-7 leaves

To grind to fine paste 

  • Garlic- 5 nos
  • Green chilli-1
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Peppercorn -8 nos

To season:

  • Oil-1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds-1 tsp
  • Curry leaves- 10
  • Red chilli-broken into half

Method

  • Bring water to boil, add the tomatoes in and close the pan, let tomatoes boil for 5-6 mins/until the skin starts peeling off. Cool and blend it to a fine puree.
  • In a pan, add 1 tsp oil, add mustard seeds and curry leaves and add the ground paste in. Lower the flame. Fry for a couple of minutes and add the tomato puree, salt, 1 and 1/2 cups water, salt and wait until it froths.
  • Remove off heat and top with coriander leaves

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Vegan buckwheat crispbreads with tomato salsa

Vegan buckwheat crispbreads with tomato salsa

Losing weight is very depressing if you are with broccoli and greens all the time.  Especially, if you love food, it could be really hard to diet. Over a long run, diets are not going to work. How long can we count calories? Portion control, is a better choice. 5-6 meals a day, you never go hungry and you start to appreciate food much more. So I try to pick different things I have never had before. This is what I found in the supermarket, buckwheat crispbreads 🙂

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Topped these crispbreads with tomato salsa and this turned out to be the best snack I have had in a while.

Ingredients for Salsa

  • Onion-1/4 chopped fine
  • Tomato-1 chopped fine
  • Cucumber- 2″ piece-chopped fine
  • Macadamia nuts-3 nos-chopped fine
  • Chickpea, peas, groundnuts (boiled) / any kind of boiled lentils
  • Coriander leaves- 2 strands-chopped fine
  • Chilli powder- a pinch
  • Chat masala (got this from Indian grocery shop-usually used in Indian street food)
  • Salt-to taste, Lemon-optional

Method

  • Mix all the ingredients together and salsa is ready to be topped up on buckwheat crispbreads. Yum 🙂

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Serves:2 people

Tomato Sesame seed Dip

Tomato Sesame seed dip/chutney

 Ingredients

  • Tomato-1.5 sliced
  • Sesame seeds-2 tsp
  • Garlic-2 pods
  • Green chilli-1; Dry chilli-2
  • Mustard seeds, white urad dal, cumin seeds-1 tsp each
  • Curry leaves-one strand;
  • Asafoetida/Hing-1 pinch
  • Coconut-1 tbsp
  • Onion-1/2 finely chopped
  • Rice bran oil-2 tsp
  • Salt- to taste

Method

  • 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.

Serves:2 people