Wednesday, 5 April 2017

What's for Dinner? (Green Doesn't have to be Always Boring)- Pri

Yummy recipes Aish! Thanks for Sharing.

Today, I am sharing what we ate for dinner and the recipes. Healthy food can be interesting and tasty too. Here is the menu, with ingredients-list and the method of preparation;

Broccoli and Yam Creamy Soup:


One head of Broccoli
One medium Yam
1 small Onion
1 Green Chili
Half a teaspoon of Cumin Seeds
Few Garlic cloves
A teaspoon of Butter
Salt and Pepper
Basil or other Herbs (optional)
2 cups of water.
Half a cup of milk.


1. In a pressure cooker, add butter. Once butter melts add cumin seeds, garlic, green chili, and onion. Saute well.

      2. Then add cut Broccoli and Yam. Mix well.

      3. Add salt, pepper and herbs.

      4.  Add water and close the cooker. Wait for a few whistles and switch of the stove.

      5. Once the pressure comes down, open the lid and blend the soup in a regular mixer or use a hand mixer.

      6. Add milk and bring the soup to boil. Adjust salt and serve hot.


 * Add any vegetables of your choice.
      *  Add Barley or even lentils, for a healthier soup.

Mixed Dhal and Rice Adai


1 cup of Rice
¼ cup of Urad Dhal (Black Gram)
¼ cup Toor Dhal (Pigeon Peas)
¼ cup of Channa Dhal (Split Bengal Gram)
¼ cup of split Green Moong Dhal (Green Gram) or yellow split moong Dhal
2 Green Chillies (Or Red Chillies)
One inch Ginger
Quarter teaspoon of Hing (Asafetida)
1 -2 tablespoons shredded Coconut (Optional)


1.  Wash rice and Dhals, and soak for at least two hours.

2. Grind along with the other ingredients into a thick course batter. (Grind into a thin smooth batter if you want to make Dosa-style Adai.

3. On a skillet pour batter as desired and cook with some oil. (Thick batter needs to be cooked on medium heat for longer time on both sides.)

 4. Add vegetable toppings if desired (Carrot, Onion, Capsicum…)


* If you have less time then, grind the batter into a fine paste and make thin dosa style Adai.  It cooks very quickly unlike traditional Adai, where each Adai takes at least 5 minutes to  cook on a medium heat.
 If you want to save time grind vegetables like Carrot, Spinach and Beetroot along with the batter. Bonus- Kids won’t know they are eating veggies!

Coriander and Mint Chutney


One cup of mint leaves
Some Coriander leaves
One small tomato
One onion
One Green Chili
One Red Chili
Small piece of Ginger
A Garlic Clove
1 teaspoon Urad dal
1 teaspoon of Channna Dal
A bit of Tamarind (Optional)


 1. On a skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil, sauté the ingredients over medium heat.

      2. At the end, add the greens and switch off the heat.

      3. Allow the mixture to cool, add salt and grind into a fine paste.

      4. Transfer into an air tight container for storage.


* Add tempering on the chutney to enhance the flavors. 
(Heat a teaspoon of oil, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, whole red Chili, urad dal and Hing)
      * Squeeze a little bit of lemon/ Lime juice for a better taste.

Avocado Milk Shake


One ripe Avocado
A cup of milk (Full fat or Skim)
Some water if using full fat milk
Sugar to taste


 1.  Cut, de-seed the Avocado and put the pulp in the mixer.

      2. Add milk, water and sugar.

      3. Grind into a smoothie.


Use ripe Avocado for best taste.
* Replace sugar with Dates, Brown Sugar or Honey.

Hope you liked the recipes. Do let us know what you liked, and share your tips with us. Happy Cooking!