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Vegetarian Cooking Recipes

Sprouts Salad

Enjoy sprouted mung salad recipe/easy and quick to make
•    Sprouts are packed with nutrition/plant based protein/alkaline,pure,natural whole foods  
•    Healthy diet/ Law Carb Diet//nutty flavor/Ayurvedic Cuisine/taste kind of like salsa 
Ingredients: 
•    Sprouted Green Mung Beans, Brown Mung Beans, Black Lentils, Green peas, Brown Chick Peas, Fenugreek Seeds, Alfalfa Seeds, and Clover Seeds. 1 Cup
•    Shredded Cabbage ½ Cup
•    Grated Carrots ½ Cup
•    Chopped Tomatoes ¼ Cup
•    Chopped Onion ¼ Cup
•    Chopped Fresh Coriander 1 Tbsp
•    Lemon Juice 1-2 Tsp.
•    Himalayan/Black Salt to taste 
Method: 
•    Steam Sprouted beans 4-7 minutes or soak in warm water about ten minutes and then drain water and keep a side.
•    To make sprouted mung salad, combine all the ingredients with sprouted beans, in a bowl and toss well.
•    Serve the sprouted Beans salad immediately.

You can also make it with different capsicum, cucumber, broccoli, etc fruits like apple, pear.

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Khichari (Rice and Dal Risotto)

Khichari is the classic Ayurvedic dish, and it is a one pot meal of rice and mung dal and spices. Addition of vegetables is a more recent thing to make wholesome meal. It is simple, easy to make and easy to digest, a complete source of protein. It’s also helps to purify digestion and cleanse systemic toxins.

According to Ayurveda try to avoid cook food in pressure cooker, when u cooking food in pressure cooker, food get dissolve but not cooked. All nutrition and vitamins are lost. So try to use unglazed clay pots, iron, brass or bronze utensils for cooking food. When cooking food in these kinds of utensils, food cooks slowly, thereby bringing out their natural flavors and preserved the all nutrition.

Here you can add in recipe onion and garlic but according to ancient Ayurveda onion and garlic classified as rajasic and tamasic, so not eating them every day but other day and so.

Ingredients

• Khichari Rice 1 Cup (Soaked for half an hour)

• Split Moong Dal with skin 1/4 Cup and without skin 1/4 cup (Soaked for half an hour)

• Ginger root 1 inch , chopped or grated

• Coriander powder ½ tsp.

• Cumin powder ½ tsp.

• Black Pepper 4-6 crushed

• Mustard seeds ½ tsp.

• Turmeric powder ½ tsp.

• Garam Masala ½ tsp. (Optional)

• Ghee or Cold pressed Oil 2 tsp.

•Hing (asafetida) Pinch (Optional)

• Handful of fresh cilantro leaves

• Spinach ½ cup

• Seasonal vegetables 1cup (Optional)

• Water 6 Cups (Approx.)

• Salt according to your taste

Method

• Carefully pick over rice and dal to remove any stones.

• Wash both of them in at least 2 changes of water. Soak in water 20-30 minutes.

• In a pan, heat the ghee or oil on medium heat and add mustard seeds, once start to crackle, add hing, turmeric powder, grated ginger, cumin powder, crushed black pepper, coriander powder, garam masala sauté for 1 minute. (Add grated 2-3 cloves garlic if you like)

• Add the rice, dal and vegetables. Add 6 cups of water and salt.

• Bring to a boil, and then turn the heat to low.

• Cook for about 30 to 40 minutes or dal are soft and completely cooked.

• Add more water if you want a soupier consistency, and simmer little longer to get a thicker stew. Check seasoning.

• Serve with cilantro leaves, coconut and spinach, a drizzle of fresh lime juice or spoon of yogurt if you like, stir nicely and enjoy!!

According to Ayurveda our

• Food should be LIVING means straight from farm to kitchen, not go to a factory between. Nothing processed, tinned, packaged, bottled or canned, frozen.

• Food should be WHOLESOME means unprocessed and unrefined. e.g. wholegrain, rice etc.

PLANT-BASED food mean food should derived from plants and trees not from animals, means no meat, fish or eggs.

WATER RICH FOOD means our food should be juicy containing high amount of water e.g. fruits, vegetables, leafy greens etc.

Thus try to know your food and try to get back to eat what Mother Nature designed us to eat. And live a healthy, happy, disease free life.

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Golden Milk (Turmeric Milk)

FD036A12-D0C2-4F65-BBB3-F04CF121592CGolden milk is a traditional Indian Ayurvedic drink made with ground Turmeric (or Fresh Turmeric),  milk, black pepper, rock sugar and ghee. Other spices and sweeteners can be added to make more tasty and nutritional.

There multiple health benefits. Turmeric Milk is full of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Supporting brain function and improving memory, preventing heart disease, may reduce the risk of cancer etc.

It is the perfect warm drink for winter months or other nighttime drink. Make for yourself and family and enjoy!!

Ingredients

  • Regular Milk or any other milk (Almond, Cashew, Coconut etc.)
  • Turmeric 1 Tsp.
  • Pinch of crushed Black Pepper
  • Pinch of Ginger Powder
  • Rock Sugar to taste
  • Optional
  • Coconut oil or Ghee (Clarified Butter) ½ Tsp. you can add if you like

Method

  • Place milk, turmeric powder, ginger powder, crushed black pepper, Sugar in a small sauce pan.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, until warm not boiling.
  • Give it taste; adjust spice according to your desire.
  • Turn off heat and Strain into your cups or in a glass.If preferred, sprinkle with ground cinnamon or cardamom powder. Serve.

Variation (Method same as above)

 Golden Milk with Saffron

  • Milk two cups + Turmeric 1 Tsp. + Saffron 4-6 stems + Pinch of ground ginger and cardamom powder

  Golden Milk with Tea Masala

  • Milk two cups + Turmeric 1 Tsp. + Saffron 4-6 stems + Tea Masala ½ Tsp. + Crushed Almonds.

   Golden Milk with Fennel Seeds

  • Milk two cups + Turmeric 1 Tsp. + Pinch of ground ginger + Fennel Seeds (Roasted and Crushed) ½ Tsp.

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Wheat Grass Juice

D8F8ED0B-5C84-4E46-AEE5-958E24D535C4Wheat grass has been proven to be a super food with a many health benefits. It is highly rich in chlorophyll, antioxidants, elements like Magnesium and Calcium and many Vitamins. These are only few of the many effective uses of wheat grass.

It helps in Digestion, Cures Anemia, Treats Arthritis, Helps in Diabetes, Hypertension and also useful in treating Cancer. Use to Cleanse Liver etc. So you can grow your own wheatgrass, it’s easy to grow and you can enjoy the juice or wheat grass powder.

Method  

  • Pick fresh and young wheat grass and wash the grass properly.
  • Add some mint leaves, coriander leaves (optional).
  • Cold press juice if you have Omega-3 Juicer or in a strong blender like Vitamix or freshly press the grass into liquid form in mortal and pestle.
  • Strain the juice and add few drops of lemon juice, Orange Juice or honey according to your taste.
  • Consume within 2 hours of making.
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Moringa Dumpling/Fritters (Muthia)

Drumstick leaves are probably the most nutritious of all greens. Always Insist myself to use more greens in daily cooking. After fenugreek leaves these  leaves I m most using in my cooking. You can make different recipes with this greens like  fritters, savory crapes, in  lentils or in rice. You can dry these leaves and make a powder for smoothies etc. Drumstick pods also used in curries and more.

Tea lover always need something with our flavorful cup of tea and these dumpling are ideal companion. Steam or fry some dumpling and enjoy with hot tea. It’s quick and easy to make.

Ingredients

  •  Moringa Leaves 1 Big Bowl
  • Whole Wheat Flour (Use Karkaro lot if you have)  1 and ½ cup
  • Sorghum (Jowar) Flour ½ Cup
  • Note: If you like you can make Muthia with only gluten free flour by adding chick pea Flour or with multi grain flour or handva flour or with semolina.
  • Oil for deep fry
  • Spices
  • Sesame Seeds ½ Tsp.
  • Ajmo (Carom seeds or Ajwain) ¼ Tsp.
  • Green Chili and Ginger Paste 1 Tsp.
  • Garlic Paste ½ Tsp.
  • Turmeric Powder 1 Tsp.
  • Cumin Coriander Powder 1 Tsp.
  • Coriander Powder 1 Tsp.
  • Fennel Seeds ½ Tsp.
  • Yogurt 2-3 Tbsp.
  • Sugar ½ Tsp.
  • Pinch of Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Asafoetida Powder
  • 2-3 Tsp. Oil
  • One small onion chopped if you like
  • Salt to taste

Method 

  1. Take a big bowl or plate, take flour, green Moringa leaves, add all spices listed above, mix well with hand thoroughly, now make dumpling (Muthia) in cylinder shape. steam the muthias for 10-15 minutes or Deep fry them. For deep fry make a small ball and then fry.
  2. Once steaming done let it cool and you can enjoy with sesame oil or groundnut oil. If desired you may temper these dumpling by following below method.
  • Let the dumpling come to room temperature.
  • Slice the dumpling in rounds of desired thickness or crumble.
  • Take heavy bottom kadhai.
  • Take the oil 2-3 Tbsp. add mustard seeds 1 Tsp., sesame seeds 1-2 Tsp., whole red chili 1-2 and pinch of asafetida.
  • Once the sesame seeds begin to splutter add the slice dumpling and cook till they have reached desired crispiness.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander, sprinkle some chaat masala if you have or black powder and serve with a cup of tea, coffee etc.

Moringa pod and leaves are considered as super food, # natural energy booster also used as food dietary supplements #anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, #help improve digestion and healthy heart many health benefits.

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Tea Masala and Dry Fruits Smoothie

 

 

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This smoothie is very energy boost, healthy and delightful. Nutrition wise is almost a meal in glass with the goodness of milk and dry fruits. I would like to make this smoothie in a morning or as a part of afterschool snack for my son. According to your choice you can add cardamom seeds or Tea Masala or any other nuts like cashew. Make one and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • Dried Figs (Anjeer) 8 soaked for ½ hour and chopped
  • Dates 6 soaked in warm water for about ½ hour
  • Walnuts ¼ cup
  • Almond ¼ cup
  • Milk 1 ½ cup
  • Dark cocoa powder 1 Tsp.
  • Tea Masala 1 Tsp. or Cardamom seeds from Pods 3-4 (Optional)
  • Honey 1 Tbsp. or Brown Sugar 1 Tbsp. (Optional)

Method

  1. First wash Figs, dates, almond and walnuts and then soak for half an hour or more.
  2. Add all ingredients and milk in to a blender.
  3. Blend until everything is mixed (I am using Vitamix Blender so blending up to 30 to 40 second).
  4. Add more milk if the mixture is too thick.
  5. Enjoy your smoothie!!
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Ranchero Sauce for Enchilada

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Prep. Time: 10 Mins

Cook Time 35-40 Mins

This amazing recipe of ranchero sauce is perfect for enchilada. It can be used in a variety of other Mexican recipes like Taquitos, burritos, chiles rellenos etc. I made for enchilada. It’s easy to make and very delicious.

Ingredients

  • Diced Tomatoes 1 and ½ Cup
  • Chopped Onions 1 Cup
  • Red Bell Peppers Diced 1 Cup
  • Jalapeno 1 deseeds and diced
  • Minced Garlic 1 Tbsp.
  • few string of cilantro washed and chopped
  • Cumin Powder or seeds 1/2 Tsp.
  • Cayenne Powder 1/2 Tsp. or according to your taste
  • Oil 1 Tbsp.

Method

  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium heat. Add the onion along with the red bell peppers. Cook for about 4-6 minutes or until vegetables begin to brown.
  2. Add the cumin, cayenne, salt, jalapenos and garlic. Let cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add diced tomatoes mix well. Reduce the heat and allow simmering for 12- 15 minutes.
  4. Add in the chopped cilantro. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Transfer the ranchero mix to a blender and blend until smooth.
  6. Transfer the ranchero mix to the sauce pan and heat over medium heat until boiled and thicken. About 5-7 minutes.
  7. Garnish with some chopped green onions.
  8. Ranchero Sauce is ready to use for Enchiladas. 
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Vegan Black Bean Enchiladas

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We were in the mood for enchiladas in dinner one day but thinking to avoid all the fats and calories of the traditional one. So didn’t use feta cheese in my dish. According to ayurveda two milk products are also incompatible. So i came up with this tasty, healthy recipe of Black Bean Enchiladas.  I grated some fresh turmeric for more nutrition. But it’s totally optional.

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# Food feeds not only the body but also mind and soul. 

Ingredients for Black Bean Enchiladas

  • Small onion, chopped 1
  • Small green pepper chopped 1
  • Garlic clove 1-2 minced
  • Olive oil 2 Tsp.
  • Black beans boiled or can 1 Cup
  • Frozen corn ¾ cup
  • Jalapeno 1 deseeds and diced
  • Coriander few Strings ( Washed and Finely chopped )
  • Fresh turmeric (Optional)
  • Cumin Powder ½ Tsp.
  • Tortillas warm 6-8
  • Enchilada sauce 1 cup
  • Mexican cheese ¾ cup

    Method

  1. In a large skillet, sauté the chopped onion, chopped green pepper, garlic in oil until crisp and tender.
  2. Add the beans, corn, diced jalapeno, taco seasoning, and salt and chopped cilantro. Sauté 3-5 minutes.
  3. Spoon 2-3 bean mixture down the center of each tortilla. Roll up and place seam side down in a baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  4. Pour sauce over the top. Sprinkle with cheese.
  5. Bake uncovered at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until heated through.
  6. Or place 2 enchiladas on microwavable plates. Top each serving with enchilada sauce and cheese as per your desire quantity. Microwave each serving on high about 2 minutes or until cheese inside enchiladas is melted.
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Gawar Aloo Sabzi (Cluster Beans Potato Curry)

According to ayurveda when you are cooking food in pressure cooker, food get dissolved but do not get cooked. All nutrition and vitamins are lost. While cooking in pressure cooker u can save gas and time but compromising with your health so try to avoid to cook food in a pressure cooker.

Here is a simple recipe of Gawar Sabzi.

This gawar sabzi appears regularly in my kitchen. For most sabzis tempering we are using mustard or cumin seeds but for this  carom seeds are used in tempering. This sabzi is healthy yet delicious. And full of nutrition.

Gawar also known as guvar in Gujarati, gawar ki phalli in hindi and cluster beans in English.

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Ingredients

  • Gawar (Cluster Beans) 250 Gms.
  • Potato 1 Medium
  • Onion 1 Small
  • Oil 1-2 Tbsp.
  • Garlic 2-4 Cloves or garlic paste 1 tsp.
  • Ginger 1 inch
  • Green Chilies 1-3 (according to your taste)
  • Turmeric 1 tsp.
  • Coriander powder 1 tsp.
  • Cumin powder ½ tsp.
  • Ajwain (Carom Seeds) ½ tsp.
  • Hing (asafoetida) ¼ tsp.
  • Desiccated coconut 1 tsp.
  • Roasted peanut powder 1 tbsp.
  • Few String of fresh Coriander washed and chopped.
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Rinse the cluster beans (gawar) thoroughly in water and let excess water drains off.
  2. Once the cluster beans are dry, cut the head and tail part of beans and cut beans into small pieces.
  3. Now prepare the steamer. Take a glass full of water in a steamer. Let the water simmer in medium heat. Add gawar in steamer pan, cover with lid.
  4. Steam it on medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Or till beans get tender and soft. Do not overcook it. Keep it aside.
  5. Peel the potato and chop them into medium cubes. Finely chop the onions.
  6. Make a paste of the green chilies, ginger and garlic.
  7. Heat a pan and add oil in it.
  8. Once the oil is hot add ajwain (carom) and hing (asafoetida)
  9. Add finely chopped onions and mix well. Sauté till them translucent.
  10. Add chilies, ginger and garlic paste.
  11. Now add potato cubes and stir well cook for 5-6 minutes.
  12. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, and cumin powder, salt.
  13. Add cluster beans and mix well.
  14. Cook the sabzi for 5-8 minutes.
  15. Now add desiccated coconut and roasted peanut powder.
  16. Garnished with chopped coriander.
  17. Delicious gawar aloo sabzi is ready. Serve this sabzi hot along with roti, dal, and rice.

 

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Magnesium Boost Smoothie

IMG_0190Mostly all ingredients used in smoothie are Magnesium rich. Magnesium is a healthy mineral that plays a role in a number of chemical activities in our body. It helps maintain nerve and muscle functioning, keeps our blood circulating properly, and ensures healthy and strong bones.

Ingredients

  • Dry Figs 6-8 (Soaked overnight in water to rehydrate)
  • Almond ½ cup (Soaked in water overnight)
  • Banana 2
  • Sesame Seeds Black or White 2 Tsp.
  • Pumpkin Seeds 2 tsp.
  • Water 1 Cup or 1 Cup Coconut Water

Method

  1. Add all of the ingredients with water or coconut water to a blender.
  2. Blend until everything is mixed (I am using Vitamix Blender so blending up to 30 to 40 second).
  3. Add more water if the mixture is too thick.
  4. Enjoy your smoothie and have a wonderful weekend!!
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