Friday, May 13, 2011

#13 : Vegetable Kurma/Korma Masala - 3 PP per serving on Weight watchers

Hi all, first off I need to thank you all for the encouragement on my blog. Like I said, it makes me want to cook more! Good for the husband rite ;). Been busy this past week in trying to organize an upcoming party for my son’s first birthday and in trying to get back to the gym to shed may be a pound or two before the party. I am doubtful if I will be able to it, but a workout makes me happy so I will at least do so for the sake of it. With regards to cooking, I have been trying different things and also taking interest into baking, so you might find some bake time recipes soon here!!

Today I wanted to blog about yet another Indian favorite side – Vegetable “Kurma masala” which is also popularly known as “Korma Masala” around here. The goodness of vegetables and the flavor of spices is so intoxicating! Moreover,per weight watchers, this recipe has 3 Points Plus per serving(Serving size being 1 cup). The below serves 6 .

• Cumin – 1/4th tsp
• Cardamom – 3 no
• Clove – 2 no
• Cinnamon – ½ stick
• Bay leaf – 1 no
• Ginger/Garlic Paste -1 tsp
• Green Chilli/Jalapeno peppers – 3, sliced lengthwise
• Onion – 1 medium, sliced lengthwise
• Tomato – 3 small
• Turmeric – ¼ tsp
• Chilli powder -1/2 tsp
• Green Beans – 2 cups,diced
• Carrot – 1 small, diced
• Grean Peas – 1 cup
• Potato (Red) – 1 small, diced
• Cashew – 6 no
• Khus Khus - 1tsp soaked in water for 10 minutes
• Shredded Coconut -1/2 cup
• Salt to taste
• Oil – 1 tbsp
• Water – ½ cup

Method :
  1. Cook the vegetables (Beans,peas,carrot,potato) and keep aside. I usually combine them and cook in the pressure cooker for 1 whistle. You need to make sure they are not over cooked else they will end up being mashed.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds and the spices Рcumin,cardamom,clove,cinnamon,bayleaf and saut̩ for 10 seconds.
  3.  Add the onions, ginger garlic paste and green chillies/jalapenos . Saute until the onions are translucent.
  4. To this, add tomatoes , turmeric powder, chilli powder, salt and cook on medium flame. Let the tomatoes cook slowly and immerse in the flavor of the spices.
  5. Meanwhile, add the shredded coconut , cashews and the soaked khus khus to a food processor and grind to a smooth paste and keep aside.
  6. When the tomatoes are cooked, add the cooked vegetables along with any water it contains , the coconut/cashew paste and half cup of additional water if necessary.
  7. Mix them well and let it boil for a minute or 2 until the vegetables mix well and then remove from flame.
  8. Serve hot with white rice or Indian roti/chappathis.
I love it, yummy!!Hope you like it too!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

#12 Hibiscus Banana Sorbet - For MAITRI

So, I received my much awaited MAITRI mystery ingredient yesterday!! Heather from GIRLICHEF had ,as she presents on her blog, put together the package so beautifully that it put up a smile on my face as I opened it. There was a pretty pink letter along with the mystery ingredient and also a spicy mango snack for me to enjoy and I just loved it!!!
 My  mystery ingredient was something I had never used for any recipe prior to this, so I was dying to find out what it was. I knew it was some kind of a flower and it took me a bit of googling and her clue to refer to her site to find out what it actually was! And it was dried Hibiscus flowers!
Dried Hibiscus is a delicacy in Mexico and often candied or used to garnish. I have also heard about the very famous hibiscus tea which can be taken hot or cold. They have a lot of medicinal properties which meant very good for health and that thrilled me. I have tried here to make a desert with the same and I call it the Hibiscus /Banana sorbet -as you can guess it is a fusion of hibiscus sorbet and banana sorbet.

What I used to make the sorbet :
1 large Banana
1 handful of dried hibisuc flowers
1 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
How to make the Sorbet :
->Boil water in a small saucepan.
-> Add the dried hibiscus flowers and remove from heat. Close the saucepan and let it stand for 15 minutes
-> Filter the hibiscus water and keep aside.
-> In a food processor, combine banana and sugar and puree until smooth.
-> Transfer the puree to an aluminium container and add  the hibiscus water.Mix well, close with plastic wrap and freeze for 2 hrs.
-> Serve the sorbet plain or with your choice of fruits or even vanilla ice cream .
Makes a nice treat for a hot summer afternoon and thanks to Heather for letting me discover this!
Also thanks to Reshmi an Priya for MAITRI .Looking forward to spread the joy :) .
  PS: Will update the Weight Watchers points for this desert soon. :)
  Also Submitting this to Kurinji's  Healthy Summer Event :

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

#11 : Lima Beans/Butter Beans Burger

I got the inspiration for this burger from . They had a recipe for a refried bean burger and I made something similar using lima beans, only it has more of an Indian flavor to it. I had almost forgotten that my mother used to make lima beans curry all the time when I was younger for Roti/Chappathi . And now I am making burgers out of them. Talk about food revolution :) .
The Lima beans/butter beans needs to be washed and soaked in water for about 2 to 3 hrs before cooking the same.
I like to pressure cooker the beans for about just 3 whistles in the pressure cooker so that it does not turn out too mashed up. It will anyway have to be cooked again in the pan with other ingredients.

And this burger is 7 PP for the whole thing on weight watchers!!

Ingredients for the Lima beans Curry:
2 cups Cooked Lima Beans mashed partly
½ cup onion sliced lengthwise
1 1/2 cups sliced tomatoes
1 small green chilli or jalapeno pepper
¾ tsp Garam Masala
½ cup finely chopped cilantro
½ tsp ginger garlic paste
Salt to taste
2 tsp oil

Ingredients for the Burger:
1 whole grain sandwich Rounds
2 -3 cucumber slices
1-2 orange bell pepper slices
1 slice of Kraft single American cheese
1tsp tomato sauce

Making the Lima Beans/Butter beans Curry:
• Heat oil in a pan, add the onions ginger garlic paste and green chilli/jalapenos. Saute till the onions are translucent.
• Add the tomatoes, cilantro and salt and cook the tomatoes on medium flame.
• When the tomatoes are cooked, add the partly mashed lima beans and Garam Masala. Mix well and cook for 3 to 4 minutes and keep aside
Making the Burger:
• Dry toast the rounds with one slice of the round having the kraft single American cheese slice on it in a oven or a pan. Let the cheese melt on to the bread slightly.
• Arrange the cucumbers on top of the slice with cheese and add 2 table spoons of Lima beans curry.
• Place the bell pepper slice on the curry.
• Spread the tomato sauce on the other slice of the round and close the burger to completion!

My first contribution ever for an event!!!!

This recipe is my contribution to Aipi and Priya's Bookmarked recipe event Vol 39 .

Also Sending this to Fast Food Event (May 1- June 15) hosted by Priya Sreeram and Priya Mahadevan

Monday, May 2, 2011

#10 - I am Losing weight eating Boiled Peanut salad(Peanut a.k.a "Kadalai" Sundal) !

Yes, you heard it right the first time. I am losing weight and I am eating a serving of boiled peanut salad at least once a week for a snack. There is a myth that eating peanuts or any nuts for that matter will lead to increased weight and like I said that is just a myth. In my opinion eating too much of anything will cause an increase in weight and will not do so much good on the body, not just peanuts. These legumes are a bunch packed with some good nutrients, essential Vitamin E and contain about 25 % protein, more than most of the nuts themselves. They are also a good source of fiber. You know it doesn't get better when I say that I found these peanuts also contain what is called mono saturated fat that is good for the heart. Besides they do me a lot good by keeping me full when I take a serving of this salad in the evening for snack. I am so full that my dinner portions are almost halved. Plus who wouldn't love some spicy peanut "sundal" (as we call in south India) by the beach side or on a rainy day on your porch? So, what are you waiting for ? go ahead and try some!! It is about 5pp on weight watchers but like I already mentioned, a really worthwhile snack to invest the points in!!

Things Needed:
1 cup of peanuts, washed well
2/3 cup of sliced carrots
1/2 medium onion chopped finely
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp mustard
1 tsp Lemon juice
1 tsp salt
Oil to drizzle

Cooking Method:
-> Wash and drain the peanuts into a pressure cooker.
-> Add water till the peanuts are immersed in it, add the salt and let it cook
for about 6 whistles on medium flame and then switch off.
-> When the pressure cooker cools, open and drain the cooked peanuts and keep
them aside.
-> In a pan drizzle some oil and let it heat.
-> When the oil is heated, add the mustard and let it crackle.
-> Add the onions and carrot and fry till they are cooked well.
-> Add the chilli powder and the cooked peanuts and mix then well and keep
aside and mix in the lemon juice for a tangy finish.