Mixed Vegetable Salad | healthy eating

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Today, salads form an important part of our diet more so than ever. We are more mindful of what we eat, though cannot cut down at all times. The alarming rise of death rates, obesity and risk to life style diseases are some of the factors that have made us to change for good.

Salads are highly nutritious and less in calories. They are filling and tasty. Here is one such salad that I love to binge on.

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mixed vegetable salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 cucumber
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels

For the seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Method:

  • Wash all the vegetables (except the onions).
  • Cut the cucumber into small pieces.
  • Dice the tomato and capsicum into small cubes.
  • Cut the onion finely.
  • Put the corn kernels in hot water for sometime, drain the water and put in a colander after sometime.
  • Mix all the veggies in a bowl.
  • Mix the pepper powder and salt in lemon juice. Add olive oil to it. Mix and pour it over the salad.
  • Chill and serve.

Take a tip:

  • You can add carrots, I have not added here.
  • Add walnuts and raisins if you are giving it to children.

A few of my other salad recipes Watermelon and cucumber salad Kidney bean salad Two way crunchy salad  Exotic Spinach Salad

 

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Mixed Vegetable Salad

Mixed vegetable salad is a refreshing and healthy salad. 

Course Salad
Cuisine international
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 4 cucumber
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red tomato
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 bowl sweet corn kernels

For seasoning

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash the veggies (except onion) and pat dry.

  2. Cut onions finely.

  3. Cut cucumber into small pieces.

  4. Dice the tomato and capsicum.

  5. Put the sweet corn kernels in hot water for sometime. Drain and put in a colander.

  6. Mix all the veggies together.

  7. Mix the lemon juice, pepper powder, salt and olive oil.

  8. Put the seasoning over the salad. Chill and serve.

Recipe Notes

If you are using fresh corn, you need to boil them. I have used frozen corn kernels.

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Salad recipes from co-bloggers :

Grilled Corn Nectarine salad  Chickpea with fruit and nutsalad  Grilled paneer salad with honey viniagerette  Fruit and Veggie Pasta Salad Cold Noodle salad

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Nippattu rice crackers karnataka recipe

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Nippatu or rice crackers as they may be called are popular snacks prepared during festivities. They can be stored for a long time and can be used with tea or as an evening snack. In Karnataka, nippattu is different from other states. Here is one such kind. (more…)

How to make chiwda at home

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Chiwda is one of the snacks stored in the kitchen shelves. It is primarily made during Diwali, when a variety of snacks are prepared. Here is my version of Chiwda recipe.

Plain chiwda is usually made by frying flattened rice or poha. It is then mixed with spices and other condiments. But, here we are lucky enough to get the ready version of it. Thus, it was only the seasoning that I made.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 kilogram plain chiwda
  • 1/2 cup groundnuts
  • 1/2 cup split dalia (putani)
  • 8 cashewnuts
  • 15 raisins
  • curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sesame
  • 1 teaspoon chilly powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • salt to taste
  • oil for frying and roasting

Method:

  1. Take oil in a thick bottom pan. Deep fry the ground nuts in oil. Do not burn them. Remove them and put them aside.
  2. Now, similarly fry the other ingredients, split dahlia, cashewnuts, raisins and curry leaves seperately.
  3. If you do not have readymade chiwda, you need to fry the rice flakes (poha or aval) also.
  4. Remove the excess oil in a bowl. You need two tablespoon of oil for the seasoning.
  5. Add mustard seeds, as it splutters put cumin and then the sesame seeds. After a few seconds, put turmeric powder, asafoetida, chilly powder, salt and sugar. Mix well and heat it for a few seconds.
  6. Add all the fried ingredients and plain chiwda to it.
  7. Mix well and heat it on a low flame for three to four minutes.
  8. Once it is cool, store in an air tight container.

Take a tip: To make chiwda, deep fry thick aval in oil and keep it aside, then proceed with the recipe. Alternatively, used the ready one, it is not deep fried also.

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making of chiwda

Deep fry the groundnuts, split dahlia, cashew pieces, raisins and curry leaves separtely.

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making of chiwda

Make the sesoning. Take two tablespoon of oil, add mustard seeds, as it crackles put cumin and then sesame. Next add turmeric powder, asafoetida, chilly powder, salt and sugar. Mix well and let cook for a few seconds. Then add the plain chiwda to it and mix.

 

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How to make chiwda

Chiwda is a delectable snack to binge on. It is usually made during festivals as Diwali and Holi. 

Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 19 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kilogram plain chiwda
  • 1/2 cup ground nuts
  • 1/2 cup split dahlia
  • 8 cashewnuts
  • 15 raisins
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sesame
  • 1 teaspoon chilly powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • salt to taste
  • curry leaves
  • oil for frying and roasting

Instructions

  1. Take oil in a pan. Deep fry the groundnuts. Remove them and keep aside.

  2. Similarly, fry the split dahlia, cashew nuts, raisins and curry leaves seperately.

  3. Take two tablespoon of that oil and make the seasoning. Add mustard seeds, as it splutters, put cumin and sesame. Add asafoetida and turmeric. A few seconds later, add chilly powder, salt and sugar.

  4. Mix well. Put the fried ingredients into it. Add the plain chiwda and mix well.

  5. Heat it for a few minutes. Tasty chiwda is ready to binge.

Recipe Notes

To make chiwda, take flattened rice (poha or aval) and deep fry in oil. Do not make it brown in colour.

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Tasty Bhindi Fry | okra fry

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Bhindi is the common name for ladies finger or okra. It is a versatile vegetable which can be turned into crispy fried savouries or as a stir fry. The stuffed okra is simply irresistible. The weather calls for fried food and I ended up frying it, Tasty Bhindi Fry is on the blog today. I like this recipe for it’s simplicity, no extra dressings or garnishing; but yet, it is tasty and loved by all.

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bhindi fry

My other bhindi recipes: okra stir fry, stuffed bhindi

Let’s get over to the recipe of Bhindi Fry

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg ladys finger/okra/ bhindi
  • salt to taste
  • 3 teaspoon chilli powder
  • oil for frying

Method:

  1. Wash and dry the okra. Cut them into thin pieces.
  2. Take oil in a pan.
  3. Heat it.
  4. Once it it is hot, slowly put a bowl of it.
  5. Deep fry on medium flame, after sometime, keep it on high for sometime. Keep stirring with a ladle.
  6. Once it is light brown in colour, remove it on a tissue paper.
  7. Put the next batch to fry.
  8. Take the fried ones and put them in a bowl. Add a little salt and chilly powder (1/2 teaspoon). Mix it well.
  9. You need to repeat this step every time.
  10. Store in a air tight container.

Take a tip:

  • Add salt and chilly powder accordingly.
  • Let it not get darker in colour, it will taste bitter.
  • Cut them into thin pieces.
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Bhindi Fry | Okra fry | Ladies finger Fry

Bhindi fry is a tasty accompaniment that can be used with any meal. 

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, karnataka, South Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 kilogram bhindi/okra/lady's finger
  • 3 teaspoon chilly powder
  • salt to taste
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Wash and pat dry the okra. Cut them into thin pieces.

  2. Heat oil in a pan. 

  3. Once it is heated, add handful of cut pieces slowly into the oil.

  4. Deep fry on medium flame. After a few minutes, fry on high flame for one minute.

  5. Once it is light brown in colour, reduce the flame and remove it on a tissue paper.

  6. Put the next badge of okra pieces to fry.

  7. Put the fried okra in a bowl. Add a little salt and chilly powder to it. Mix it. It is ready to serve.

  8. Repeat for the rest of the cut pieces.

Recipe Notes

  • Cut okra into thin pieces.
  • Add salt and chilly powder accordingly.

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Ring Murukku snacks in the jar

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Ring murukku is another kind of dry snacks. It is from the state of Andhra Pradesh. They are soft but crispy, different from the usual kodbole that we make.

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Other snack recipes;

Kodbole Instant Chakli Poha Chiwda

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon moong dal
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • asafoetida
  • oil for frying

Method:

  1. Wash and soak moong dal for half an hour.
  2. Heat one cup of water. Drain the soaked dal and put it in water along with salt.
  3. Once the water, put the rice flour, keep stirring continuously.
  4. When the consistency becomes thick, turn off the gas. Let cool.
  5. Add chilli powder and asafoetida to it. Knead it to a dough.
  6. Take a small ball of the dough and roll into the shape of a ring.
  7. Repeat for a few more balls.
  8. Heat oil in a frying pan.
  9. Once it is hot, put a few murukku (six to seven ) in the oil.
  10. Deep fry on medium flame until golden in colour.
  11. Repeat for the rest of the dough.
  12. Ring Murukku are ready to serve.

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Ring Murukku

Ring Murukku is another kind of snack that can be made and stored in jars. They are crispy on the outside but soft inside.

Course Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon moong dal
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • asafoetida
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Wash and soak moong dal in water for thirty minutes.

  2. Heat one cup water. Drain the water from the soaked moong. Put it in water along with salt.

  3. Once it boils, add rice flour and stir continuously, it should come to a thick consistency.

  4. Let cool. Add chilli powder and asafoetida to it and knead well.

  5. Take a small ball of the dough and roll into a ring shape. 

  6. Make a few more rings.

  7. Heat oil in a pan.

  8. Once it is hot, put a few rings (about six or seven) and deep fry on medium flame until golden in  colour.

  9. Remove them on an absorbent paper. 

  10. Repeat for the rest of the dough. Ring murukku are ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

Make them more circular in shape like a small ring. Mine are not exactly like a ring, could not make them again for the photograph.

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Alu Methi | no onion garlic recipe

Moongdal salad koshambir recipe

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Salads form an important part of our diet. Here I have used moongdal to make it. This version is called as moongdal salad koshambir and is usually made during functions. It is served to ladies during haldi kumkum. One can make it as an accompaniment with rice or chapati.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 1 teaspoon bengal gram
  • 1 big cucumber
  • 2 teaspoon oil for seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • a few curry leaves
  • 2 green chilly
  • 1 cup fresh coconut
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 lemon
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moong dal salad

 

METHOD :

  • Soak moong dal and gram dal in water for half an hour.
  • Remove the skin of big cucumber and cut it into small pieces.
  • Drain the water of the dal and put it in a colander for ten minutes.
  • Later,put in a bowl and add cucumber, salt  and grated coconut to it.
  • Make seasoning and add to it.
  • Add a dash of lime juice to it.
  • Serve as an accompaniment or binge as a snack.

Tips :

Cucumber used is the long variety. Remove the edges and rub well in circular motion. Then peel the skin. The seeds should be removed.

Here are a few of my festive recipes

Lemon rice, Beans stir fry, Masala Bhath, Shenga holige, Appi payasa, Cabbage pakoda

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Moongdal salad koshambir recipe

Moong dal salad is usually prepared during festivities in South India. It is tasty to have as a light snack.

Course Salad
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 cup moong dal
  • 1 teaspoon bengal gram
  • 1 big cucumber
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 green chilly
  • a few curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. Wash both the dals and soak them in water for half an hour.

  2. Drain the water and put in a colander.

  3. Peel the skin of the cucumber and cut into small pieces.

  4. Take a small pan and make the seasoning. Put the oil and the mustard seeds. as it crackles, put the green chilly, asafoetida, turmeric powder and curry leaves.Keep it aside.

  5. Put the dal and cucumber in a bowl. Add salt and coconit to it. Put the seasoning and mix it. Finally, add lime juice to it.

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Vada pav the desi burger

Vada pav is very famous in the streets of Mumbai and is known as the desi burger. It is tasty and serves as a good snack for a memorable  evening with a cup of hot tea or coffee. This snack is a  favourite of my children.

Ingredients that you need :

10 pav buns

butter

tomato ketchup

For the vada  (dumpling) :

6 potatoes boiled

 2 onions finely cut

1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder 

1 teaspoon chilli powder 

 1 tablespoon coriander leaves finely cut

1/2 teaspoon amchur powder 

salt to taste

For the batter :

1 bowl gram flour 

1 tablespoon rice flour 

1 teaspoon chilli powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 

salt to taste

a pinch of soda bi carbonate

oil for frying

For the green chutney :

1 bunch coriander leaves 

30 mint leaves 

6 green chillies 

4 cloves garlic 

salt to taste

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mouth watering

 

 

 

To make the green chutney:

Grind all the ingredients together sans water. Remove it in a bowl.

To make the vadas :

Mash the potatoes, add the onions, garam masala, chilli powder ,salt, amchur powder and coriander leaves and mix well. Mix the ingredients of the batter with a little water. It should be of semi thick consistency.  Make small balls of the filling, keep aside. Heat oil in a kadai.Take a ball, dip it in the batter and slowly let a few of them in the oil. Fry till a  dark hue engulfs them. Remove on an absorbent paper. 

To make the vada pav :

Cut the pav bun into halves . Heat a skillet, smear some butter on it and  roast it slightly. Apply tomato ketchup on one half and the green chutney on the other half. Take ,a fried dumpling, press it between palms and keep it between the two halves. Heat it on the skillet for a few seconds. Serve hot. 

 

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