December 26, 2015

Mixed Greens Saag | Saag Paneer | Chana Saag

I can't believe that it's almost the end of the year. For me, 2015 was a super fast one. I still feel Jan - Feb was just a few months ago & its already the end of December. 

One of the good thing about 2015 was that I kind of managed to get my blogging mojo back & I hope it stays that way in 2016 as well.

We are going on a little holiday so, this is going to be my last post for 2015. So, I am here to share a favourite recipe - Mixed Greens Saag. I love anything that has greens in it. From Green Smoothies to a leafy Salad to a Green Rich Saag.

Saag 

Saag is a great way to incorporate greens in our diet. You can use a variety of Greens based on your liking. Saag is a very versatile curry. It can be eaten plain along with Indian Breads or cook it with Paneer to make Saag Paneer, or with Chickpeas to make Chana Saag or even with potatoes to make Saag Aloo 

To Make Saag - You Will Need:
  • 2 Bunches Spinach
  • 1 Bunch Methi Leaves
  • 1 Bunch Green Amaranth Leaves
  • 1 Bunch Mustard Greens (When in Season)
  • 1 big Onion
  • 1 Ripe Tomato
  • A small knob of ginger
  • 7-8 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 Green Chilies
  • 2 tsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt as per taste

How To:

Finely chop all the greens & wash them under running water. Set aside for the water to drain
Roughly chop the onions & tomatoes. Grate ginger & Slit the chilies lengthwise. 

In a Pan, heat cooking oil. Add chilies, ginger & garlic & sauté for 30 seconds. Add the onions & sauté till they turn slightly pink in colour. Add the tomatoes & cook till the tomatoes are soft.

Add chopped greens & some salt & cook for 3 to 4 minutes until they slightly wilt. Turn off the heat & allow to cool.

Once, cool enough to handle, blend coarsely. Transfer back to the pan, add about 1/4 a cup of water, Add Garam Masala & bring to a gentle boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. check for salt. Turn off the heat

Saag Paneer

To Make Saag Paneer:

You Will need about 200g of Paneer & about 2 cups of Saag

Dice the Paneer cubes & dunk them in salted warm water & let it stay for about 10 minutes. This makes the Paneer (especially Store Bought ones) stay soft 

In a Kadhai, Add 2 cups of Saag & add the paneer cubes. If the Saag is too thick add very little water to adjust the consistency. Add salt if needed. Gently simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat. Add juice of half a lime & mix well.

Chana Saag

To Make Chana Saag:

You will need about Half a cup of Chana/Chickpeas & 2 cups of Saag

Clean &  Soak Chickpeas in water overnight or for 6 hours. If I am short on time, I soak Chickpeas in Hot water for about 3 hours.

Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles in salted water.

In a Kadhai, Add 2 cups of Saag & Add cooked Chickpeas. If the Saag is too thick add very little water to adjust the consistency. Add salt if needed. Gently simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat. Add juice of half a lime & mix well.

Serve with Hot Makai Rotis/Phulkas or any other Indian Bread of your liking. Add a bit of sliced onions on the side. Makes such a yummy meal 

NOTE:

Any leftover Saag can be used to make Chapatis. Knead wheat flour along with Saag & make them like regular chapatis. Its a great way to sneak in some greens if your kids are fussy eaters

December 21, 2015

Khaman - Steamed Savoury Gram Flour Cakes

Khaman - Not to be confused with Dhokla is a popular Gujarati snack. It is now well known all over India & is a hot selling street food. It is very healthy since it is steamed & it makes for a great party starter & a good snack box option for kids.

I remember my childhood days in Bombay when almost every store & even our school canteen sold tiny packets of Khaman with a good dose of mint chutney & we kids would occasionally eat this when we didn't bring our lunch boxes or we had to stay at school for extra hours

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I also make a similar Dhokla out of Fine Semolina. You can Check out the recipe here


You Will Need:
  • 1 1/2 cups Gram Flour/Besan
  • 1 tbsp Fine Semolina - optional
  • 1/2 cup Curds (Not very Sour)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • A big pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tsp Ginger Green chilli paste
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 sachet Eno (Fruit Salt)

To Temper:
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • A bit of chopped coriander
  • 2 tbsp fresh grated coconut
  • 1 tsp cooking oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 tsp sugar

How To:

In a Bowl Add 1/2 cup water & Sugar & whisk well. Add the Gram Flour  slowly & whisk so that no lumps are formed. Add Semolina, salt, sugar, Ginger-green chilli paste & Turmeric & give it a good mix.

Meanwhile, Grease a square/round dish with some cooking oil. Add water to the steamer. Just before pouring the batter into the dish, Add the Eno sachet & give it a quick mix. Immediately pour the batter into the dish & steam for 12-15 minutes. Insert a tooth pick in the centre to check if its cooked. If the tooth pick comes out clean, it means that it is completely cooked. Else steam for a few more minutes

Turn off the heat & allow it to cool a little. Meanwhile, heat some cooking oil, splutter mustard seeds. Add this to 1/4 a cup of water along with sugar & lime juice.

Once the Dhokla is slightly cool, Invert it onto a serving dish & even sprinkle the water + oil mixture. Let it soak for a while. Garnish with grated coconut & coriander.

Cut into squares & serve with Mint Chutney

NOTE:

Adding Fine Semolina is optional but I feel it gives the Khaman a nice airy texture

December 10, 2015

Boiled Masala Peanuts

'Kadlekai Parishe' is the annual Groundnut Fair that happens at the famous Bull Temple in Bangalore. There are heaps & heaps of Groundnuts everywhere. Apart from Groundnuts, you also get to buy a few knick knacks & other munchies. You can read a bit more about what Kadlekai Parishe is all about Here. 

Parishe reminds me of old Bangalore. And, we made a visit this time too & bought loads of Kadlekai - Groundnuts.

Peanuts

We mostly end up eating these shelled peanuts as is but this time, We made a batch of Boiled Masala Peanuts , just like the ones you get from the street vendor. The weather is nice & cozy & this was what we needed with a cup of Chai. Its very basic with just boiled peanuts & onions with a dash of chilli powder & lime, nevertheless very tasty

They make a great post school snack for kids & is a great substitute for cookies or a pack of chips. Groundnuts are quite rich in proteins, so if you are watching your diet, this is a good mid day snack 


Boiled Masala Peanuts

You Will Need:
  • 1 cup Peanuts
  • 1 large Onion
  • 1/2 tsp or even less Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 tsp Freshly squeezed Lime Juice
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp chopped Fresh Coriander

How To:

If using fresh peanuts, shell them & soak in water for about 15 minutes. Add 2 cups of water & a tsp of salt. Pressure cook for 1 whistle . Drain & set aside.

Meanwhile, finely chop the onions.

In a wide bowl, Add in the peanuts, chopped onion, salt, Red chilli powder & lime juice. Give it a good mix. Add chopped coriander & toss well.

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Use only Raw Peanuts to make this. Do Not use the roasted ones. You can also use store bought pre shelled peanuts 

You can also add a bit of finely chopped tomatoes if you wish to.

This tastes good when the Peanuts are still warm. But, you can have them cold too. 

December 1, 2015

My Favourite Green Smoothie

This isn't even a proper recipe but this is my favourite kinda Smoothie. I make a lot of Smoothies, but this one is my favourite.

I practically drink this everyday or at least 5 days a week. This is my post workout drink & its so darn delicious or maybe I am hungry when I drink this :) Either way I love it so it has to be blogged :)

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Its got Banana, Spinach, Pear, Almonds & the new Superfood Chia Seeds & of course Milk .. Everything that makes a smoothie tasty. I add Spinach because it takes care of my daily dose of Greens & I don't have to bother about another dose of Greens for the rest of the day & of course I love the gorgeous Green hue it lends to the Smoothie

You Will Need:

  • 1 Banana - I use the Small Variety
  • Half a Pear or Apple
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 5 Almonds
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds
  • 200 ml Milk *

How To:

Roughly chop the pear or Apple. There is no need to peel the skin. Roughly chop the Banana too.  
Put everything in a blender & blend until Smooth

NOTE:

You can use any kind of milk you like. Regular, Skimmed, Soy, Nut milk or whichever. I mostly use the 2% fat milk 

I sometimes add a dash of Organic Unsweetened Peanut Butter to this. Makes it all the more delicious

I don't add Ice cubes because I use chilled Milk

I also don't feel the need to add any sweeteners as I feel the sweetness from the Banana & Pear is quite sufficient. You may add a dash of honey if you wish to. But Please avoid using White Sugar