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Bean salad

I make this salad quite often at my home and also when we have a huge gatherings. It makes a great appetizer. It is full of beans and finely chopped vegetables. This salad is rich in fiber and keeps you full for a longer time. You can make it to impress the mild eaters! 




Here are the ingredients Canned mixed beans- 2 cans Canned sweet corn- 2 cans Finely chopped onion, green peppers, red peppers, yellow peppers, tomato( deseeded), semi ripen Mango For dressing- zesty Italian  Salt to taste
Preparation  Open the cans and combine corn and beans in a colander and rinse them under cold running water. Drain all the water and add them to a big mixing bowl. Add all the chopped vegetables and add two cups of zesty Italian dressing. Add salt to taste and refrigerate at least an hour before serving. You can add or remove the vegetables based on your taste, I love adding freshly chopped cilantro and mint. 
You can make it a day ahead and refrigerate it, it tastes much better and saves most of your time o…
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Brown rice Avacado Masala dosa

Brown rice has become one of my favorite item now a days. My husband doesn’t like change in a recipe, he loves his authentic dosas. The other day I didn’t let him know that I put brown rice instead of white rice for making dosa batter, when I served the steaming dosa from pan he appreciated me very much for the soft dosas. If this recipe got my husbands approval then this should be a full proof recipe to share with anyone. I used Avacado filling instead of regular potato filling to make masala dosa, as I love Avacados so much. 


For brown rice dosa batter Brown rice 2 cups Urad dal 1.5 cups Fenugreek seeds 1 ts Salt 2 tbsp
For Avacado filling  Avacado 1 Finely chopped onion 2tbsp Finely chopped green chili 1ts Salt to taste Lemon juice 1 tbsp Optional - chopped tomato and cilantro 
Method: mix all ingredients and put aside before making dosa. You cannot store this for next day as the Avacado goes bad. You must use it immediately after making it. 
To prepare dosa batter Soak brown rice, urad dal and f…

Banana Oatmeal

Oats are one of my favorite recipes because they are healthy and filling. I use whole grain rolled quaker oats these are comparatively better in nutritional value than the quick cooking oats. The recipe is very simple and can be prepared in 10 minutes. Banana oats are my favorite breakfast as it keeps me full until afternoon. This recipe is also good for the diabetic patients as heart patients. Oats are very right option for a weight loss, because of low glycemic index and high fiber content. They are anti inflammatory and rich in antioxidants. I prefer having my breakfast after workout but i have to drop my kiddo at the school and go to gym, so I usually have breakfast before my workout. 
Ingredients  Half cup of whole grain rolled oats ( old fashioned oats) Water 1cup One Banana  Nuts optional



Method In a thick bottom vessel add oats and rinse it once. Add a cup of water and bring it to boil, keep stirring it until it thickens and cooks throughly. Add a pinch of salt if you prefer at this …

Healthy Eating and Weight Management

I know I have been away from blogging for a while now. But I am back with a bang, I promise I will post at least one recipe a day. I have a 3yr old who keeps me on toes, now that she started going to pre-school I have little spare time for me. I think we women forget to take care of ourself after we have a baby. it is always good to start it now because people say better late than never.  I registered at YMCA ( Gym) which is very near from my house even though I have treadmill at my home, as I know I will force myself to go an workout as I pay for it. I stated cooking healthy meals for me, been logging in the calorie intake and tracking my workouts. I will keep posting my updates.
I have lost 3pounds in 3weeks, which is not bad for a beginner. I will write a detailed post on my workout and meal preps. Keep peeping into my blog until then!!


Spaghetti Squash for kids

Being a worried Mom of 16 months old, who is not a big eater, makes me try different varieties. I do not know, how you can relate to me, but surprisingly most of my friends do not have this difficulty. My baby just few days back started taking cow milk, and 'touch wood' she continues it. I have been trying different recipes and the one she liked the most is broccoli-potato-carrot soup.  I will share the recipe soon. I just tried this spaghetti squash today, and she seemed to like it. Here is the recipe
You will need
Spaghetti squash-1
Carrot medium size-1
Salt to taste
Brown sugar 1tbsp
Butter/cooking oil-2tbsp

Method
Pre heat the oven to 350F. Make some slits on squash here and there. Pop it in the oven for 1hr. After an hour check if it has cooked properly by inserting a knife into it, if the knife moves in smoothly with little resistance, that is when you know it is ready.
Let it cool down, meanwhile heat oil in a pan and saute noodled/julienned carrots in  low flame. A…

Malai Kofta Curry (Spicy vegetable dumplings in creamy curry)

Being a new mom and with the job on other hand, it is really had for me to get back to the blogging. I finally sat down today as my little one is napping. I wanted to post this recipe from several days and here it comes. This is one of my party potluck recipe, and yes you gussed it right it was a big hit, for those who are calorie conscious,  I share few tips that cut down the calories, hoping they will be helpful to you. 
All you need for the recipe: (Makes around 30 dumplings) Can feed around 15people. 
For dumplings: Paneer grated- 8 table spoons
Boiled or pressure cooked mixed vegetables, I used the following vegetables. Potato-2Cauliflower-6 floretsCarrots-3Green peas- 1/2 cupBinding mixture:mix 2tbsp of all purpose flour/corn flour with 20ml of water. 
Salt to taste oil for deep frying/ ponganalu maker Green chili- finely chopped-5
For curry Roasted cashew nuts- 2 table spoons Cream or half and half milk- 50ml Tomato- 3large chopped Onion- 1 chopped Turmeric- 1tea spoon Ginger garlic…

French style beans stir fry with sesame seeds

This is the best filling, comforting and quick recipe you can make, just have these french beans handy all the time.

Ingredients:
French style cut beans-2cups
chopped onion-1/2cup
Sesame seeds (nuvvulu )-2tbsp
oil-2tbsp
mustard seeds (aavalu) -1/2tbsp
cumin seeds (Jeelakara) -1/2tbsp
salt to taste
pepper powder/red chili powder-1/2tbsp (or to taste)

Method:

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard and cumin seeds and allow them to splutter, later add onions and saute till they are transparent. Add ginger garlic paste, sesame seeds and turmeric and saute for a minute under medium flame. Add french style beans, mix well and close the pan with lid. Cook under medium flame for 10min and keep stirring in between. Now remove the lid, add salt and red chili power and saute it in open pan until the beans are done. The yummy fry is ready, serve it hot with steamed rice or chapati.