Rainbow Gajar Matar ki Sabzi | Lunch Recipe | Recipe with Rainbow Carrot

When we think of carrots most of us think of them as being orange. Rainbow carrots are a mix of colorful carrot varieties picked at their immature stages for young harvest. Typical varieties that are grown for the mix are yellow stone, white satin, purple haze, black knight, nantes and atomic red making for a perfect array of tender-crisp, sweet and earthy carrots.

Rainbow Carrots

These carrots have a sweet aromatic taste and a fresh crisp texture similar to radish. Their sweetness allow them to be used more in fruit form for deserts, preserves and smoothies, but they are equally good in savory dishes. They generally cook faster than their counterpart.

Lunch Recipe

This Gajar matar ki sabzi is a steamed and sauteed dry dish made with carrots, green peas and minimal spices. Though there are many variations of making carrot and peas dry sabji, this recipe is simple and quick to make with a handful of ingredients. This dish makes for an easy lunch or dinner on weeknights. Savor with a roti or paratha for a comforting healthy meal.

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Ingredients :
Rainbow carrots chopped – 500 gms
Frozen peas – 1 cup
Finely chopped cherry tomato – 5
Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1/4 cup
Slit green chilli – 2
Finely chopped garlic – 1 tbsp
Cumin – 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tbsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Himalayan pink salt to taste
Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing

Method :

  1. Add oil in a pan and add cumin seeds till they turn aromatic.
  2. Then add grated garlic and slit green chilli cook till 15 seconds. Add chopped rainbow carrots and frozen peas with salt, red chilli powder, turmeric with coriander powder.
  3. Mix them well and cook for 10 minutes (covered).
  4. After 10 minutes add chopped cherry tomatoes. Saute till they turn soft and mushy (10 minutes).
  5. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves.
Lunch Recipe

Hidden Heart Cake | Valentine Kid Birthday | Baking in Wok

14 February yes, it’s Valentine Day. The Day of love but WE have one more special reason to celebrate. This day is more special for us because it is our son Reyansh’s 11th Birthday.  This Hidden Heart Cake is perfect for this occasion. This cake is made with whole wheat flour and it is soft, moist, filled with lots of love 🙂 and chocolate.

Yummm Cake

How to make this cake ?

Making of Heart Cake Batter: Start by making a chocolate curd cake batter and bake it in a loaf pan. Cool the cake completely and then use a cookie cutter to cut it into heart shapes.

Make vanilla cake batter. I used vanilla curd batter recipe. It makes the most delicious cake.

Assembling: Spoon some vanilla cake batter in the bottom, then place the heart and then cover the entire cake with remaining batter and bake.

Decorating and Serving: Drizzle some chocolate sauce with sprinkles and it’s done.

Three boys of my house

Hidden heart cakes, or surprise cakes, are a simple and creative way to add a fun twist to birthday cakes. This is also a unique and thoughtful gift for a friend or loved one. And the effect is much easier than you may think. This doubles as a craft for kids as well and really wows them :). With only a few tweaks and a couple of extra steps you will transform a loaf cake into an impressive and beautiful dessert that also serves as a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for any cake lover.

Wok Cake

I used curd as one of the wet ingredients in this recipe. Curd is an excellent replacement for the egg when used for baking. It adds a very nice softness to the baked good it is added too in eggless chocolate cakes and eggless vanilla cake. Instead of sour curd, you can also use plain curd, baking soda, and baking powder to make the cake spongy and fluffy.

Hidden Heart Cake

Chocolate Cake Recipe :

Ingredients :

Whole Wheat Flour – 1 & 1/2 cups

Greek yogurt – 1 cup

Brown sugar – 1/2 or 3/4 cup

Cocoa powder – 1/4 cup

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Baking powder – 1 tsp

Refined Oil – 1/4 cup

A pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Method :

  1. Dry mixture: Shift whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda. Mix salt and keep it aside.
  2. Wet mixture: In a grinder add brown sugar, curd, oil and mix until smooth.
  3. Mix dry mixture into wet mixture.
  4. Put prepared batter into a greased pan.
  5. Tab the pan on a countertop to release any large air bubbles.
  6. Put the pan into the preheated wok and bake it for 1 hour.
  7. When cake is done, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove bread from the pan and set them on a rack set over a tray or sheet pan.
  8. Allow cake to cool completely .
  9. Once cool, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out chocolate sponge hearts. Keep it aside.

Vanilla Cake Recipe :

Ingredients :

Whole Wheat Flour – 1 & 1/2 cups

Greek yogurt – 1 cup

Sugar – 1/2 or 3/4 cup

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Baking powder – 1 tsp

Refined Oil – 1/4 cup

A pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Method :

  1. Dry mixture: Shift whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Mix salt and keep it aside.
  2. Wet mixture: In a grinder add sugar, curd, oil and mix until smooth.
  3. Mix dry mixture into wet mixture.
  4. Assembling : Transfer some of the cake batter into the baking pan, just enough to create a thin layer of batter at the bottom. Arrange the sponge hearts in a row along the middle of the baking pan. Pour/spoon the rest of the vanilla curd batter around and over the row of sponge hearts, smooth out the top,
  5. Tab the pan on a countertop to release any large air bubbles.
  6. Put the pan into the preheated wok and bake it for 1 hour.
  7. When cake is done, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove bread from the pan and set them on a rack set over a tray or sheet pan.
  8. Allow cake to cool completely before slicing.

For chocolate sauce – In a bowl add chocolate sprinkles (1/2 cup) with one piece of dark chocolate and milk (1/8 cup). Microwave high for 1 minute and its ready.

Valentine Kid Birthday
HOW TO BAKE THE CAKE IN KADAI (WOK)

In a heavy bottom, kadai add a cup of salt or sand. Place a steel stand in a wok. Cover and preheat the kadai on high heat for about 8 minutes. (Adding salt at the bottom ensures that the kadai doesn’t burn. Heavy bottom kadai acts as oven and ensures even cooking from all sides). I never used salt in my baking because I use a heavy bottom kadai (Prestige Brand) and I am baking for the past 2 years in the same kadai. It works perfectly fine. But, it depends on the brand, quality of the kadai.

After 8 minutes, lower the heat and put the baking tin in a kadai (wok). Cover a lid and bake bread for 60 minutes. After 60 minutes check the cake with a knife, if the mixture does not stick, it means the bread is done. If batter still sticks to the knife then again bread for another 10 minutes.

Tips:

  1. Baking time may vary.
  2. If cake batter looks dry, add 2- 4 tbsp of water or milk.
  3. If baking in Oven: Bake in the preheated oven at 180 deg Celsius or around 360 Fahrenheit for about 1 hour 30 minutes. The baking time may vary. So keep checking the cake after 40 to 45 minutes.

Heart Shape Goodies :

Easy homemade cake goodies covered in a sweet chocolate coating. The perfect bite-sized party treat or favor for any occasion.

Dip the end of the toothpick into the melted chocolate and push that same end into the heart shape sponge. The melted chocolate helps as “glue”. Coat sponge with chocolate sauce and top with sprinkles. Then keep them in a refrigerator for one hour.

Cake Goodies

Lemon Quinoa (South Indian Style) | Lunch Recipe

Here’s a fun take on the traditional south Indian Lemon Rice- this Lemon Quinoa has the same flavors as the rice but is more wholesome and protein-packed. Quinoa is pre cooked and tempered with mustard seeds, lentils, curry leaves, turmeric. Fresh Lemon juice makes it slightly tangy, further enhancing its taste and giving it a distinctive flavor. Vegan, Gluten-Free.

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah or ke-NO-ah) is often described as a “superfood” or a “supergrain,” is not actually a grain, but a seed. It grows from a plant in the goosefoot family and is considered very healthy – it contains all nine essential amino acids and is a great source of protein. There are many types of quinoa available in the market, most popular being creamy white, red, and black. They open up to release little white curls (like a tail) as they soften.For day-to-day cooking white quinoa is my favorite. I use white quinoa as a rice replacement in many recipes as its texture is super light and fluffy. I mostly use red or black quinoa in salads.

Lemon Quinoa

Ingredients :
Cooked quinoa – 2 cups
Chana dal & Urad dal – 1/2 tbsp each
Dried red chilli – 2
Green chilli – 2
Roasted cashews & peanuts – 1/4 cup each
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Dried curry leaves – 6
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Juice of one lemon
Himalayan pink salt to taste
Few fresh coriander leaves

Method :

  1. Heat oil in a nonstick pan. Add mustard seeds allow them crackle.
  2. Add chana and urad dal. Roast them until light golden. Now add curry leaves with green chilli and dried red chilli. Saute for a minute.
  3. Lower the heat and add salt with turmeric. Mix them well and add cooked quinoa.
  4. Cook for 2 minutes and then lemon juice. Cover it for 5 minutes.
  5. After 5 minutes add fresh chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and serve hot.
Lunch Recipe

Amla Gur Ki Chai | Healthy Beverage | Indian Gooseberry Jaggery Tea

Cultivated throughout India and nearby countries, amla has gained a following throughout the world as a “superfruit.” It’s no surprise — a 100-gram serving of fresh amla berries contains as much vitamin C as 20 oranges.  

Amla Gur Ki Chai

Amla, also known as Indian gooseberries, grows on a flowering tree of the same name. The small berries are round and bright or yellow-green. Though they are quite sour on their own, their flavor can enhance recipes they’re added to. A tangy fruit, Indian Gooseberry is mostly available during the winter months. This fruit is particularly famous for its unusual taste as it contains a mixture of different flavors ranging from bitter, pungent, sweet to astringent and sour.

Healthy Beverage

Amla, if consumed both in the fruit and juice form, may help you get rid of those unwanted, extra fat around your waist. Amla juice is known to be one of the best natural juices one may consume for quick fat burn and weight loss. But to break the monotony, there is another way you can add amla to your weight loss diet is by simply making its tea.

Indian Gooseberry Jaggery Tea

Sounds interesting, right? Amla juice is known to be one of the best natural juices one may consume for quick weight loss. However, there is another way you can add amla to your weight loss diet is by simply making its tea. Preparing amla tea is extremely easy and will not take only 10 minutes.

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Ingredients : (For 2 cups)
Water – 2 & 1/2 cups
Grated amla – 2 (remove seed)
Grated ginger – 1/2 tsp
Grated jaggery – 2 tbsp ( adjust according to your taste)

Method :

  1. Heat water in a pan and let it boil. Add grated amla, ginger and fennel.
  2. Let it boil for 10 minutes on low heat. After 10 minutes switch off the flame and add jaggery.o
  3. Cover it for 1 minute and then filter tea. Enjoy
Healthy Drink

Quinoa Poha | Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Quinoa is low in calories and high in good quality proteins, which works well for any weight loss diet plan. Quinoa is a complete source of protein and a good source of anti-inflammatory, monounsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids. It is anti-inflammatory and also a powerful antioxidant. With all these and more nutritional benefits, it’s difficult to resist adding quinoa to your diet.

Quinoa Poha

But how do you really do it without having to change your palate? You can include quinoa in your morning diet by making quinoa poha. Yes, your regular poha gets a makeover by replacing high-carb rice flakes with low-carb, high-protein quinoa. This sweet, spicy, lemony and hearty, that’s how I would describe the flavors in this Quinoa Poha :). Quinoa Poha is my healthy twist on a popular Indian vegetarian breakfast and snack recipe. 

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Ingredients :
Cooked quinoa – 2 cups
Chopped veggies – 1/4 cup each ( Any veggies of your choice) ( I used beans, carrots, string beans, broccoli, red capsicum, frozen peas)
Finely chopped onion – 1 big
Finely chopped green chilli – 1
Roasted peanuts – 1/2 cup
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 7
Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Chaat masala – 1 tsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Juice of half lemon
Himalayan pink salt to taste
Few fresh coriander leaves

Method :

  1. Heat oil in a nonstick pan. Add mustard seeds allow them crackle.
  2. Add curry leaves with green chilli.
  3. Now add finely chopped onions and cook until onions are translucent.
  4. Add all chopped veggies with himalayan pink salt and saute for 8 minutes on low heat.
  5. Now add red chilli powder, turmeric and chaat masala. Mix well.
  6. Then add cooked quinoa and saute for 5 minutes on low heat.
  7. Switch off the flame and add lemon juice with fresh coriander leaves. Mix well and serve hot.

Vitamin C Tea | Mandarin Ginger Tea | No Sugar Chai | Fruit Beverage

Winter is nearly here which means it’s time to up our Vitamin C intake to help enhance our immunity and fight off the winter sniffles. This cozy, comforting Mandarin Ginger Tea for one is ready to go in under 10 minutes. Made with fresh mandarin orange, ginger, and with masala chai powder is a quick way to warm up. It pairs well with books, cozy blankets, and chilly nights or crisp mornings.

Vitamin C Tea

Mandarins are a delicious and healthy way to do this, whether you’re after a tasty snack to have on the go or want to enhance your go-to salad with some citrus flavour. Mandarins are a great, tasty, low-calorie winter fruit, packed with plenty of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals to keep you and your family healthy during the cooler months.

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Ingredients : (For 2 cups)
Water – 2 & 1/2 cups
Chopped mandarin – 2 (remove white pith)
Grated ginger – 1 tsp
Chai ka masala – 1/2 tsp

Mandarin Ginger Tea

Method :

  1. Heat water in a pan and let it boil.
  2. Add ginger with chopped mandarins and chai ka masala. Mash all ingredients with a potato masher.
  3. Let it boil for 10 minutes on medium heat.
  4. Then filter tea and enjoy. Fresh fruit tea.
No Sugar Chai