Category Archives: Quick Recipes

Refreshing 4 Bean Salad

Last month I signed up for this 28 day program with Jordan Lark of Evolutionary Health.This program gave me the kick start to get back on the clean eating wagon. The program ended on 31st October and I continued with clean eating.I say clean eating in the broadest sense of the word.But mostly I am trying to eat non-processed and low carb.I have been a little slack this week with Diwali and outings,but good overall.
Today we spent most of the day out.We left home after a Brunch of eggs,Sausage n toast and went to the Royal Botanic Gardens.A fun afternoon was spent walking around,splashing around the mini-stream at Ian Potter Children’s Garden and rounded off with some Ice-cream and burgers and wraps.After all the gluttony,my tummy wanted salvation and this salad came to the rescue.I mean what’s not to love when there’s beans,avocado,and the usual suspects that make a salad.
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Interested,much? Read on for the recipe :

Ingredients: ( Makes 3 generous portions)

2 cans 4-beans or any beans of your choice ( drained and rinsed to get rid of excess salt
1 avocado (pitted and diced)
1/2 green capsicum-diced
1 small spanish onion,diced
1 medium sized tomato,diced
1 medium sized cucumber,diced
4-5 lettuce leaves,washed and torn.
rock salt,pepper
1 tsp lemon juice(optional)

Just toss everything together and chill in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes,before serving.

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Matar Paneer Dry

You know how some days,you are just pressed for time but feel like eating something fancy.Or how you are hungry and craving something yummy…or more elaborate but don’t have the patience to make it.That’s exactly what happened to me,yesterday.
I had some left over daal-fry dhaba style,from the previous nights dinner.So, I decided to make some jeera rice to go with it.But, as the smells of the delicious basmati infused with cumin filled up my kitchen,my mind started craving for a nice curry to go with it.I quickly raided the refrigerator only to find that not a single thing appealed to me.Well Except…the paneer. But there was not enough time.With less than half an hour left for DH to arrive,I had to act quickly.I got the paneer out,cut it into cubes.While I was still thinking of what to do with it..the little one woke up.Nothing much gets done in the kitchen,when she is awake.
So,I quickly tossed a few things into the pan..and came up with this 🙂

Like what you see? Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 1/ 2 cup paneer cubes

1 cup peas

2 tsp ginger-garlic paste.

1/4 cup milk+1/8 cup water

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp red chili powder

1 tsp coriander-cumin powder

1/2 tsp Garam masala

salt to taste

oil

Preparation:

Heat about 2-3 tsps of oil in a pan.

Add ginger garlic paste and fry for 2-3 minutes.

Next add the peas and stir fry,on a low flame.

When the peas are half cooked,add the paneer cubes.By then the pan should be well greased,if not,dribble a tiny amount of oil on the sides. lightly toss the paneer cubes in the pan,so as to keep them from sticking to the pan.

Add the spices and mix well,gently.

Add the milk-water mixture and let it simmer,till all the liquid dries. If you want to make the dish richer,just add all milk,no water.

Garnish with fresh coriander or mint leaves and serve hot,with roti .

Quick Tomato Soup

Winters are here and on these cold days, you crave something warm. And if you are all out of those canned soups and soup powders, but in no mood for something elaborate,this soup is your best bet. It is also great for those days when you are just too tired or sick.
Without further Ado,I present the quick Tomato soup-
Ingredients-
3-4 ripe medium sized tomatoes.
1-2 green chillies
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp jeera(cumin seeds)
few sprigs of fresh coriander
salt to taste
1/2 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper powder (can be substituted with red chili powder,depending on your taste-buds)
Method-
Cut the tomatoes in big chunks and put them in a microwave safe bowl with 3 cups of water. Cook it in the microwave for 8-10 mins(*varies with microwave ovens*) till the tomato pieces are soft.

Use a hand blender to puree’ the tomatoes.

Pass this mixture through a sieve,to remove the pulp and keep aside.

In a thick bottomed vessel,heat a teaspoonful of oil and add cumin seeds. When they turn brown,add chopped green chillies and then add the soup to it.

Add salt , pepper powder and sugar.Bring it to a boil.

Finally,add fresh coriander and simmer.

Serve hot -as a hot soup or as an accompaniment with steamed rice or pulav.

Note- You can leave the pulp in for that extra dose of fibers.