Saturday, November 12, 2011

Quinoa soup

We just love this hearty vegetable soup not only is it yummy but its also super nutritious. I try to include Quinoa in our diet because of its high protein content. Quinoa goes well in Pilafs and Biryanis. It makes a great substitute for rice, more about it on a later post. Today for supper we are enjoying a vegetarian Quinoa soup. Meat lovers could substitute some of the vegetables with any meat of your choice.

0. 1 cup Quinoa
1. 1 Qt vegetable broth (alternately water)
2. 1 can red kidney beans
3. 1 medium Potato
4. 1 cup mix of chopped carrots, beans and corn(I used frozen)
5. 1 cup chopped spinach(I used frozen)
6. 1 medium onion chopped
7. 3 Green chillies slit in the middle(or as per spice tolerance)
8. 2 tbsp coriander powder
9. 1 tbsp cumin seeds
10. 1 tsp turmeric powder
Salt as per taste

0. Rinse Quinoa thoroughly and set aside.
1. In a pressure cooker saute onion and chillies followed by cumin, coriander and turmeric powders
2. Add all the vegetables followed by quinoa and saute for about 2 minutes, add salt
3. Pressure cook on medium for 3 whistles
4. Check the consistency of the soup add more broth (or water) and salt/pepper as necessary.

Serve with wheat thins.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pani Puri

1. 25 puris
(If the puris are not crunchy then put it in the oven at 200F for 10 mins) 2. 1/8 cup of tamarind chutney
3. 1/8 cup of mint chutney
4. 1/8 cup water
4. 1/2 tsp Pani Puri masala
5. 1 boiled potato diced finely
6. Mung or chick peas sprouted and cooked.
7. Salt and chili powder as per taste

1. Mix both chutneys, stir in chaat and dilute it with 1/8 cup water.
2. Add salt and chili powder to the potatoes and chick peas(or mung)
3. Poke a hole in the puri, stuff it with all the solid ingredients
4. Dip in the chutney water and enjoy!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Strawberry lemonade

1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
8-10 strawberries blend to a smooth paste
2 cups cold water
Sugar as per taste

Mix the ingredients and stir until sugar dissolves.Strain and serve chilled.