Monday, August 19, 2013

Upama Recipe for Janamastmi Fasting

Morio or Samo Upma is simple and quick  recipe usually consumed during fasting on Janamastami (Lord Krishna's Birthday) . Upma is good a sOne Pot Meal or it is easy enough to make for a week day lunch box.
In below picture Upma is served with yogurt, fasting vegetable (recipe to be posted soon) and quick and simple peanut burfi.


1.1/3 cup morio (samo seed ) 
2. 1.small shredded potato 
3. green chili ginger paste
4. 1.tsp salt or as per your taste
5. 1 cup water  
6. 1. tbs roasted crushed peanut 
 7  2 tsp shredded dry coconut


1.tbs oil ( ghee ), 1/4 tsp cumin, 3 clove, 1/2' cinnamon stick, sweet curry leaves


1.Wash morio and soak for 1/2 hour.
2. In a sauce pan add all the tempering ingredients.When cumin cracks, add ingredient 1 through 3. Keep it covered on medium flame.Stir frequently.
4. When water is absorbed and upama is cooked, add peanut and coconut.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Vegetarian Soybean Burger Recipe

This is a easy recipe for vegetarian burger using Soybean. It is protein rich recipe and  good source of potassium, vitamins A,B and C.
These burgers freezes really well. At the end of a busy day, if you are looking to throw together a quick, satisfying and healthy meal this is the good recipe to have. Enjoy these healthy burgers with eggless bun made using wheat flour.


1. 1/2 cup  Soybean
2.1/2 cup shredded Carrot
3. 1/2 cup  shredded potato with skin
4. 1/2cup shredded  zucchini
5. 1 fine chopped jalapeno paper
6. 1tbs cilantro
6.salt to test
7. 1tsp taco seasoning
8. 1tsp crushed red paper
9. 1/4tsp oregano
10. 1/4 tsp dry parsley
11. 1 piece bread ( 1/3 cup bread crumbs)
12. oil for shallow fry

Method Step By Step

1. Soak soybean over night. Cook in pressure cooker for about 20-30 minutes.
2.Mesh soybean in a food processor or by spoon or mixer
3. Add remaining ingredients and mix it all gather.
4.Make flat patties. It should make approximately 8 burgers.
5. Put 2sp oil on griddle and do shallow fry until slightly brown.
6. Enjoy as it is  with tomato ketchup or make a sandwich.


For this burger you can also add mushroom, corn, sweet potato, onion as well.

Sending this recipe to 'Only' Food for Pregnancy Event.

Sending this recipe to Healthy Snack event @Eat Your Veg and Banger Mash.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Healthy Tadka Dal with Spinach Using Slow Cooker

Tadka Dal with Spinach is a very satisfying and complete meal. This daal with rice or chapati (Indian flat bread) is great as packed lunch. It is protein and iron reach food. It can little bit time consuming to make tadka daal on stove top. However using slow cooker it can be made very simple. Yes, it take more time to cook food in  slow-cooker  but it is all in-active time. One cannot put food on stove top and go out to run errand, while that is possible on slow-cooker. Enjoy this tadka dal with easy to cook Jeera Rice using Microwave.


1. 1/3 cup moong dal (yellow dal)
2. 1 1/2 cup water
3. 1 1/2 cup spinach
4. 1 small onion
5. 1 small tomato
6. 2-3 clove garlic
7. 1tsp red chili powder, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/4tsp garam masala (all spice powder), 1/2  tsp coriander
  powder, 1tsp sugar
8. Salt to test


 1. 1 tbs oil 1/4 tsp cumin, pinch of asafoetida (hing)

Method Step By Step
1. Soak Moong dal for 1 hour. In a slow cooker Combine Moong Dal with very hot water, salt and turmeric powder. Cover it and let it cook on high in slow cooker
2.Stir Dal after 1 hour
3.Cut small pieces of tomato, onion  and garlic. 
4.In a frying pan heat oil and add cumin. After cumin cracks add asafoetida and onion. You can also add 1/4tsp sugar if prefer. After 5 minute add tomato and garlic. When tomato is tender add spinach and rest of the spices. Stir it for 1 minute and turn of the gas.
5. After about 2 hours dal will be cooked. That is when add Tadka (Spinach Gravy crated in step 4) in Dal.

Sending this entry to Side Dish Mela Food Event.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Sprout Pulav Recipe Using Slow Cooker (Crock Pot)

This is a very simple and yet health one pot meal using slowcooker. All ingredients in Sprout Pulav recipe are rich in nutrition as well as tasty. This Sprout Pulav recipe is great for packed lunch or quick weeknight dinner.

1. 1 1/2 cup water 
2. 1/2 cup rice
3. 1 cup moong sprout

4. 1 medium size tomato cut in small pieces
5. 1 cup vegetable cut in small pieces (carrot ,green  beans, potato ,onion )
6  3 tsp green chili, ginger, garlic paste
7. salt to test
8. 1/2 tsp garam masala ( all spice )


 1 tbs oil, 1/4 tsp cumin, 5 clove, cinnamon stick  2'

1. Wash rice and soak it for 30 minutes
2. Boil 1 1/2 cup water. And mix it with all ingredients from 2 through 8 and put it in slow cooker.
3.For tempering, take a small sauce pan, heat the oil and add cumin. When cumin creaks add clove and cinnamon. Add it in slow cooker and give it a good stir.
4. Cover it well. Give it a stir after one hour. Pulav will be ready in 2 hours.

Pulav can be served with yogurt, butter milk or raita.

Similar Recipes:
Indian Mix-Vegetable Curry using Slow-Cooker
Slow Cooker Aloo-Gobi (Potato Cauliflower Curry)
Slow Cooker Dal Fry Recipe

Tricolor Coconut Halwa (Copara Pak) Recipe Using Microwave

On  occasion of Indian Independence Day this is a simple Microwave recipe to make Trirangi Coconut Halwa or Coconut Burfi.It barely takes 3-5 minutes to make delicious Coconut Halwa in Microwave. This recipe is very versatile. You can add any color of your choice and make Coconut Burfi to suit any occasion. If you are hosting an event like wedding or baby-shower this burfi adds charm to dessert table. It is delicious bite size dessert for any in-formal gatherings or parties.

coparapaak coconut halwa


1. 1 cup dry shredded Coconut
2. 1Cup condensed milk
3.1tsp ghee ( butter )
4. pinch of cardamom powder
5.Pinch/Drop of green and orange food color


1.Combine first three ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.
2.Cook for about 4-5 minute depending on power of microwave stirring every one minute.
3. After the mixture looks cooked (does not stick to the bowl), divided it in three equal parts.
4. One part green, One part orange. Add cardamom powder to the third part.
5.In a greased plate spread green part, top it with white and then with orange part.
6. After two hour cut into pieces.

Happy Independent Day to all our Indian readers around the globe.

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Sending this recipe to Let Cook with Coconut  and Dish it out Event.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

15 minute Mango Halwa Recipe In Microwave

My mother used to make Mango Halwa as offering to lord Krishna. I remember my mom waking up early in the morning, doing prayer and then making many items for offering to lord Krishna. It took hours to make this on stove top. Below recipe is a simplified version using Microwave. It barely takes 15 minutes to cook delicious Mango Halwa in Microwave.  You may also like my mom's Mango Jam adapted using slow cooker.

Also Try: Indian Microwave Recipes


1. 1 Cup mango pulp
2. 4 tbs  condensed milk
3. 2tbs sugar
4. 2tbs.powder sugar
5. 2tsp ghee ( butter )
6. 1/4 cardamom powder
7. Almond for garnishing


1. In a microwave safe bowl take first three ingredients. Cook for about 10- 15 minutes depending on power of microwave, stirring every 1 minute.
2. Check in-between to make sure Halwa is not burning.
3. Once it looks cooked (does not stick to finger) add ghee and give it a good stir.
4. Add cardamom powder after it settles for 2-3 minutes.
5. Add powdered sugar and mix it well.
6. Spread on greased  plate, sprinkle with sliced almond and cut into pieces.

Make sure to use fresh Mango pulp for Mango Halwa and not canned pulp. If you like this Halwa recipe try these other sweet or dessert recipes.

Sending this recipe to Special Summer Mela. and Spot Light - Raksha Bandhan

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Peanut Burfi (Halwa) recipe for Fasting

This is a sweet usually consumed during fasting on occasion of Krishna Janmashtami. (Birthday of Lord Krishna).  It is also called Shingdana Maisur in Gujarat region of India.
shingdana burfi

1.Sugar 1/3 cup
2.1/4 cup milk
3.Roasted peanut powder 3/4 cup
4. 1/4tsp cardamom powder, 1/4tsp nutmeg powder, 2tsp dry ginger powder, 1 tsp ghee ( butter )5.pistachio for garnishing

 Method Step By Step
1.Boil sugar and milk in a fry pan. Boil it it until it creates syrup of 1 1/2 thread consistency.
2.Add all ingredients from ingredients list 3 and 4. (roasted peanut powder, ginger powder, nutmeg powder, cardamom and 1tsp ghee ) and mix well.
3. Turn off gas. Let it cool for few minute. Spread it in a greased plate. Garnish with pistachio slices and cut into pieces as you like.

This item can be used for Prasad/Naivedyam/offering for lord Krishna.

Like my Grand kids say, this is wishing Happy Birthday to Kana (Lord Krishna)

Submitting this recipe to foodabulous fest and foodabulous fest event.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Whole Wheat Flour Banana Paratha (Flat Bread) Recipe

This recipe  is a very healthy  and great for kids' breakfast or lunchbox. It goes great with milk or yogurt. It is also great recipe to use your overripe bananas . You can freeze banana if not ready to use for months and then utilize them for Banana Paratha. These parathas freezes very well. We always keep them in freezer. My grand kids love to eat them any time of the day.

Eggless Baked Recipes

whole wheat banana paratha

1.3/4 cup wheat flour
2.2tsp rice flour (optional - helps digestion)
3.1/4 tsp salt
4 Less than 1/4 tsp cumin powder
5.Less than 1/4 tsp black paper powder
6.Less than 1/4 turmeric powder (optional )
7.2.tbp flour for dusting
8.1 tsp ghee ( butter ) three tsp oil
9.4 tbs oil for roast
10. 1 very ripe banana
1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a mixing bowl with oil and ( ghee ) or butter. Mix it well.
2.Mash banana very well. Using mashed banana make the dough. Rest it for five minute.
3.Divide dough in 7 to 8 parts. Roll paratha  approximately 5' wide put on tava (griddle ) and transfer both side. Spread 1 tsp oil on paratha and roast till slightly brown in color .

     It will be fresh in a freezer for two weeks

If you liked this kids friendly dish, please check out other Kids Meal Ideas.

Sending this entry to 'Cooking with Whole Grain' and Breakfast Club Event @Breakfast Club.

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