Mini bajra dosa plate

I used a mini dosa pan for this. It makes 4 small sizes of dosa or pancakes. The size is a hit amongst kids 🙂

I used the bajra dosa batter and made these small size dosas. Made the tomato peanuts chutney and a fresh salad to go alongside it. This a healthy meal as it’s full of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.

For the salad, I used:

1 red bell pepper cubed and deseeded

2 cucumbers cubed

1 tomato cubed

2 tsp crushed walnut

1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)

1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/4 tsp crushed black pepper

salt to taste

Tomato peanuts chutney

This chutney goes well with dosa or with any meal. Takes very little time to prepare too.

Ingredients:

2 tomatoes

1 small cup of peanuts

2-3 whole red chilies

2-3 garlic cloves roughly chopped

1/2 tsp sesame or coconut oil

salt to taste

For tempering:

1/2 tsp sesame or coconut oil

5-10 curry leaves

1 tsp mustard seeds

Method:

Dry roast peanuts first. Take 1/2 tsp oil in a pan, add garlic cloves, red chilies, then tomatoes and salt. Cook for a minute and add peanuts and stir for a few seconds. Switch off the flame, let this cool down a bit and blend it in a mixer. For tempering, put mustard seeds and curry leaves in hot oil, and when it starts to crackle, add it to the chutney.

Bajra (Pearl millet) dosa

Bajra (Pearl millet) is rich in fiber, protein, and gluten-free. It’s a good alternative to wheat. This is a simple bajra dosa recipe that can be made for breakfast or any meal.

Ingredients:

2 cup bajra seeds

1 cup whole white urad dal (lentil)

1 cup rice flour

1 small piece of ginger

2 green chilies

1 tsp salt

a little sesame or coconut oil

Method:

Soak bajra seeds with urad dal in water overnight.

Grind this mixture into a fine batter with ginger and green chilies. Mix rice flour and salt.

On a flat pan, drizzle some oil and add a big ladle of this batter, and spread like a dosa. Cover with a lid and let it cook for about 20 seconds on a medium to high flame till it’s crispy and flip. Cook on the other side as well. Serve with any chutney.

A quick Quinoa meal

As we all know, quinoa is considered to be a superfood. It is gluten-free, high in fiber and protein content, and has many health benefits. We should try to incorporate quinoa into our daily diet. It’s quick to cook and can be eaten in a variety of ways.

I made this quick quinoa meal with zucchini and red bell pepper. You can add any veggie and lean meat too if you like.

Ingredients:

1 cup of uncooked quinoa

2 zucchini cubed

1 red bell pepper cubed

1 onion finely chopped

2 tomatoes finely chopped

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1 green chili chopped (optional)

1 tsp oregano

1 tbsp chili garlic sauce

1/2 tsp black pepper powder

1 tbsp sesame or olive oil

salt to taste

Method:

Wash quinoa well and rinse it. Add 2 cups of water and cook quinoa on high flame first until it comes to boil and then on medium to low flame until it’s fluffy. Should take around 15 minutes.

Heat oil in a pan. Fry onion till it gets a light brown color, then add ginger garlic paste. Stir for a while and add tomatoes. Add salt and let it cook for a minute. Add zucchini, cover the lid and cook for a couple of minutes. Add red bell peppers and the rest of the ingredients. Cook for less than a minute. Add cooked quinoa and stir everything well. Switch off the flame. Your quinoa meal is ready!

A walk in nature

Nature is so beautiful. There’s endless beauty to admire. Captured some pics while walking in the surroundings. Sometimes it’s so relaxing to get out, unplug yourself from the routine activities, and take a walk in nature. It not only reduces the stress level but also re-energizes you for the rest of the day, increases productivity, uplifts your mood, creates a positive mindset, and improves overall health.

Oil-free one pot millet meal

I made this oil-free dish out of sorghum millet (jowar) and veggies. Jowar is gluten-free, packed with nutrition, and a good alternative to wheat. This dish is a one-pot meal that is high in protein, fiber, iron, vitamins, minerals, and contains no oil.

Ingredients:

1/2 small cup jowar millet

1/4 bottle gourd roughly chopped

2 carrots roughly chopped

2 tomatoes roughly chopped

a small piece of ginger

2 garlic cloves

Dry spices:

1 green chili (optional)

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp jeeravan powder or allspice powder

salt to taste

Method:

Soak jowar (whole seeds) for 5-6 hours in water and then roughly crush in the grinder. Take veggies of your choice and grind them with little water and ginger, garlic, and green chili. I took bottle gourd, carrots, and tomatoes. Put this puree in a pressure cooker without any oil. Let it come to a boil and add dry spices and crushed jowar seeds. Add 2 cups of water. Let it cook for about 15-20 minutes on a low flame or till you get 8-10 whistles of the cooker. Let the cooker cool down enough till it’s safe to open. Garnish with onion rings if you like 🙂

Oats banana smoothie

Enjoy this nutritious smoothie as your regular breakfast item. It’s very easy to make, high in protein, calcium, and fiber, very filling and a lot of variations can be done to suit your taste!

Ingredients:

1 small cup plain yogurt

2 small of 1 big banana

1/4 cup instant oats

3-4 walnuts kernels

1 tsp sesame seeds

1 tsp flax seeds

1/2 tsp honey (optional)

1/4 tsp cinnamon powder

1/4 tsp dry ginger powder

Method:

Blend all the ingredients in the mixer and your big glass of super healthy smoothie is ready 🙂 Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon powder on it if you like.

You can make this smoothie as per your liking. Add berries, almonds, cashews, seeds like chia seed or sunflower seed, dark chocolate, etc.

Electric Vehicle Companies

There’s a sudden boom in electric vehicle production and many companies are investing big time in this latest technology. The demand and competition continue to grow in the development and production of battery-powered vehicles, hydrogen-fuelled vehicles, and now electric planes too.

While it is a great feeling to learn about this zero-emission commercial EV, it also makes me think about whether it is the right time to invest in this sector? Well, we can see how Tesla has grown leaps and bounds in a very short time. There’s Nio, Nikola, Hyzon, Archer, and so many others working in the same sector and ready to launch their vehicles in the mainstream market. And many companies in this category have gone public or getting ready to go public soon.

What are your views on investment in this niche business? Would love to hear about it.

Savory snack (Chaat) – Part 1

 

Chaat items
Chaat ready to eat

I make this savory snack regularly called chaat. It’s a very popular snack item in North India. People enjoy it eating out at the food joints or make it at home. It can be tweaked in many ways in terms of toppings, spice level, sweetness, patties flavors, different ingredients, etc. There are a variety of versions of this savory snack available. The patties can be cooked in a lot of oil or very little oil. It is good to cook it at home as you can control the ingredients and the amount of oil. It’s a healthy and filling snack, cooked in very little oil, and has the goodness of white peas, potatoes, and yogurt.

This version of chaat consists of:

  • Potato patties (Aloo Tikki) cooked with dry spice powders and bread crumbs
  • White peas cooked in spice powders
  • Coriander chutney
  • Tamarind and dates chutney (Can be made ahead of time)
  • Slightly sweetened yogurt
  • Any crisps to add some crunch (optional)

After making the patties. white peas, and the chutneys, you have to just arrange everything on a plate as shown in the 2nd picture. First, put a couple of patties, then add a big spoon of white peas, over that add 2 big spoons of yogurt, then add a teaspoon each of the chutneys, and sprinkle some crisps on the top. You can add more yogurt or chutneys as per your taste. Your snack is ready to enjoy!

I will post other versions of this snack when I make those 🙂

A quick yogurt dessert

This dessert can be made within 5 minutes, do not need many ingredients and the sweetness can be controlled as per your liking. It has the natural sweetness of the digestive biscuits, strawberry, and chocolate.

Ingredients: (Serves 1 person)

1 cup of thick or hung yogurt unsweetened

4-5 drops vanilla essence

2 digestive biscuits (crushed)

1 small strawberry cut into slices

1 tsp of dark chocolate (grated)

Method:

Mix vanilla essence in the yogurt. This dessert is very mildly sweet so if you need more sweet, you can sweeten the yogurt by mixing little honey or sugar.

In a dessert bowl, arrange crushed biscuits and yogurt in alternate layers by putting half the quantity at a time. Add strawberries, and grated chocolate on the top and your super quick dessert is ready to enjoy 🙂