Jeera rice

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Jeera rice
(Serves 3-4)

Ingredients:-
1. One and a half cup rice washed and soaked in water for half an hour
2. Three cups water
3. One tsp oil
4. Two tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
5. 1/4 tsp clarified butter (ghee)
6. Salt to taste

Method:-
Heat oil and clarified butter together in a wok or deep pan. Add cumin seeds. When they have crackled add rice and salt. Mix well and toss for about 2-3 minutes. Add water and cook on medium heat till done. Cover the pan but leave a little space open for air to escape. Don’t stir till cooked. Once cooked, let it rest fully covered for around 5-10 minutes and then gently fluff up.

Tip:- Jeera rice is a staple with any North Indian curry. Enjoy it by itself or with any curry of your choice.

Dry garlic chutney

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Dry garlic chutney

Ingredients:-
1. 1/2 cup dry grated coconut
2. 1 tsp oil
3. 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
4. 1 tbsp roasted peanuts
5. 4-5 tsp dry garlic powder or 8 garlic cloves chopped
6. Red chilli powder to taste. I use 1 tsp red chilli powder
7. Salt to taste
8. 1 tsp tamarind paste

Method:-
Fry coconut powder for 2-3 minutes on medium heat in a pan till it gives out a distinct aroma. Keep aside. Now heat oil in the same pan. Add garlic cloves and fry for 2-3 minutes or till translucent. If using garlic powder skip this step. After coconut cools a bit add the rest of the ingredients and pulse in a food processor. Dry garlic chutney also called Vada pav chutney is ready.

PS- Besides Vada pav this chutney can be used to make veg sandwich, veg burgers etc or can simply be enjoyed with any South Indian meal.

Quick apple and grape salad

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Quick apple and grape salad
(Serves 2)

Ingredients:-
One medium apple cubed
1/2 cup red or black seedless grapes sliced
1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup craisins
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 cups shredded cabbage, kale, broccoli and Brussels sprouts mix or any other salad mix
2 tbsp pecans
1 cup of flavored Greek yogurt. Choose whatever flavor you desire.

Method:-
Mix everything in a big bowl. Serve chilled.

Sesame garlic noodles

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Sesame garlic noodles

(Serves 2)

Ingredients:-
4 cups noodles cooked as per pack instructions and strained
1 tsp sesame seed oil
1 tbsp white sesame seeds
1 tbsp garlic chopped
Salt as per taste

Method:-
Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add sesame seeds. When they crackle add garlic. When garlic turns translucent add noodles and salt. Mix and serve.

Tip:-
These go very well with sesame chicken or sesame vegetable stir fry. Find recipes for both on my blog.

Sesame vegetable stir fry

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Sesame vegetable stir fry with sesame garlic noodles

Sesame vegetable stir fry
(Serves 2)

Ingredients:-
1 tsp+1 tsp sesame seed oil
1 tbsp white sesame seeds
5-6 whole red chillies
1 tbsp garlic chopped
One medium onion chopped
1 cup broccoli florets blanched
1/2 cup snow peas blanched
1/2 cup baby carrots blanched
1/4 cup bell peppers blanched
4 tbsp soya sauce
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Maggi vegetable seasoning to taste
1/2 tbsp cornflour
1/2+1/4 cup water

Method:-
Heat 1 tsp sesame seed oil in a non-stick pan. Add sesame seeds to this. When they crackle add garlic and onions. When they turn translucent add the blanched veggies, water, salt, pepper and Maggi vegetable seasoning mix. Add soya sauce. Cook till water evaporates a bit. Dissolve cornflour in 1/4 cup water and add to thicken the gravy. Now in a separate pan heat 1 tsp sesame seed oil. Add whole red chillies and sesame seeds. After tossing for two minutes add to the gravy. Mix in lightly. Serve.

Tip:-
This goes well with rice or any kind of noodles.

Quick green tea

Quick green tea for those who don’t know how to prepare it
(Serves)

Ingredients:-
One cup hot water (you can heat water for about 2mins in the microwave)
2 tsp honey
Lime juice to taste
One pack of green tea. I use the one in the picture

Method:-
Add honey and lime juice to hot water. Keep stirring till honey dissolves completely. Dip the green tea. Stir and enjoy this great drink in the mornings.