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Healthy wrap for a evening snack or dinner. Made soya methi phulkas instead of these usual maida wraps. Topped with tofu n peppers stir fry and a dollop of spicy fry sauce.
This made a yummy healthy and filling wrap. What you need for Soya Methi Phulkas:
1 cup - Soya flour
1 cup - Wheat flour
1 cup - Mehi leaves, finely chopped
1/4 cup - Onions, finely chopped
1/2 tsp - Red chilli powder
1/4 tsp - Cumin powder
Salt as reqd
Water as reqd

How to make:
Mix all together roll into soft dough roll them and make into soft phulkas.

What you need for Tofu n peppers stir - fry:
1 cup - Tofu, thinly sliced
1 cup - Bell peppers, triple colored, sliced
1/4 cup - Onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup - Cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tsp - Red chilli flakes
1/4 tsp - Coriander powder
2 tbsp - Fresh coriander - finely chopped
1 tsp - Olive oil
Salt as reqd

How to make:
Heat a pan add oil add onions saute well add cherry tomatoes mix well add bell peppers add chilli flakes, salt and coriander powder saute well for 2 mins.

Add tofu mix th…


This is my version of creamy Dhingri mutter. Its a perfect side dish with Indian breads and also pairs up well with rice.
What you need:
2 cups - Mushrooms, chopped
1 cup - Frozen green peas
1/4 cup - Onions, finely chopped
1/2 cup - Tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp - Ginger garlic paste
2 tbsp - Milk / Cream
1 tsp - Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp - Coriander powder
1/4 tsp - Garam masala
Salt as reqd
1 tbsp - Olive oil
Coriander leaves

Grind to smooth paste:
10 nos - Cashew nuts
2 tbsp - Un salted Melon seeds

How to make:
Heat oil in a pan add onions saute well add ginger and garlic paste saute well now add tomatoes cook till it softens. 

Add mushrooms, peas and sauté till the mushrooms gets  half cooked to this add the paste, chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala, milk/cream, salt and half cup water.

Bring everything to boil and cook in low flame until it  thickens. 

Serve with Indian breads and a plate of salad.


Plantain pith a killer of kidney stones. Has to be consumed at least weekly once. Bored of making kootu, poriyal and usili.  Try this quick rasam you are going to love it. What you need:
Plantain Pith - 1 cup, chopped, medium sized
Fresh Tomato puree - 1/2 cup
Rasam Powder - 2 tbsp
Tamarind paste - 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Salt as reqd
Oil - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
Fresh Coriander - 1 tbsp

What you need for rasam Powder (dry roast and ground roughly using pestel):
Red Chillies - 7 nos
Black Peppercorns - 2 tbsp
Coriander Seeds - 1/4 Cup
Cumin Seeds - 2 tsp
Thoor Dhal - 1 tbsp
Chana Dhal - 1 tbsp
Garlic pods - 5 nos

How to make:
In a bowl take 2 cups water add tamarind paste, tomato puree, salt, asafoetida, rasam powder mix well and keep aside.

In a pan heat oil add mustard seeds once it cracks, add cumin seeds, curry leaves and pour the rasam mix and let it cook in medium fire.

Mean while boil plantain pith in 1 cup water and cook until they soften. Remove f…


Healthy lifestyle is the much needed change. Millets and lentils play a very important part. The packet of quinoa helped me get a sooper soft and tasty idli paired up with the all time fav tomato thokku.

What you need: Recipe from Priyas Versatile recipes
1 cup - Quinoa
1 cup - Brown rice 
1/2 cup - Varagu rice
1/2 cup - Urad dhal
1/2 tsp - Fenugreek seeds

How to make:
Wash and soak quinoa, brown rice and varagu rice together and urad dhal seperately along with fenugreek seeds for 4 hours.
Grind to smooth batter mix them add salt and ferment it.

Pour into idli moulds and cook. Serve with some spicy tomato thokku n podi.

What you need for Thokku: 1/2 kg - Ripen Tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp - Red chilly powder
1 tsp - Roasted Fenugreek seeds
1/4 tsp - Asafoetida
1 tsp - Mustard seeds
1 sprig - Curry leaves
3 tbsp - Olive oil

How to make:
In a pan heat oil add mustard seeds once it splutters add curry leaves and add tomatoes.

Mix them well and add chilly powder, fenugreek powder, asafoetida and salt. Mix them…


The summer is still at its peak and so any mix and match of fruits helps me. Tried this quick smoothie with my recent addiction organic honey its tasted wonderful.

What you need:
1 - Mango, chopped
1 cup - Cantaloupe, chopped
2 tsp - Organic Honey
Ice cubes

How to make:
In a blender add chopped mangoes, cantaloupe, honey and blend to a fine puree.

Add 1/2 cup water and serve with ice cubes or chilled.


Try this creamy rich Shahi Bhindi for a change from usual bhindi masala you will love it.

What you need: Recipe source - Indian Khana
Okra/Bhindi - 300 gms or 2 Cups
Onion - 2 Large, chopped
Tomato - 1 Large, chopped
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala 1 tsp}
Kasoori Methi - 1/2 tbsp
Salt - To Taste
Oil - 3 tbsp
Cumin Seeds/Jeera - 1 tsp
Ginger-Garlic Paste - 1/2 tbsp
Water - 1 Cup
Cilantro - 2 tbsp [chopped]

Soak and ground to smooth paste:
Whole Cashew nuts - 15
White Sesame Seeds - 1 tbsp
Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp

How to make:
In a pan heat and fry okra until golden brown and keep aside. In the same pan add remaining oil and add cumin seeds, allow to splutter add onions saute for a minute add ginger-garlic paste, salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder mix well.

Add tomatoes and cook till it softens add bhindi and mix well and add cashew paste. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes.  Add 1 cup water, mix gently.

Cook in low flame for 3-4 minutes garnish with cilantro …

Foxtail Millet Sugar Free Milk Kesari

Made this milk kesari with foxtail millet and sucralose powder. This is diabetic friendly sweet dish and works well for health conscious freaks.

What you need:
Foxtail Millet - 1 cup
Diabetic Sucralose powder - 1/4 cup
Milk- 2 cups 
Cashewnuts, Pistas, Raisins - Few
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Saffron - Few strands
Ghee - 1 tbsp

How to make:
Wash and cook the millet with 3 whistles in a cooker with 3 cups water.

Now boil the milk add sucralose powder, saffron and add the fried  cashewnut, raisins, cardamom powder and reduce the milk to half.

Add cooked millet mix well and let it simmer in low fire until it thickens. Serve hot!!

Foxtail Millet / Thinai Dhal Bhath

Foxtail millet its such an healthy grain and a best replacement for white rice. It cooks same and perfectly like rice and helps in obesity and diabetic related issues.  

What you need: Recipe Source (Priyas Versatile recipes)
1 cup - Foxtail millet
1/2 cup - Thoor dal
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
2 cups - Mixed Veggies(any veggies of ur choice)
1 tbsp - Sambar powder
1 tsp - Mustard seeds
1/4 tsp - Asafoetida powder
1 sprig - Few curry leaves
2 tbsp - Coriander leaves (chopped)
1 tsp - Oil
How to make:
Wash and soak millet and dhal together for 15 mins. 

Heat oil in a cooker, add the veggies saute well add the soaked millet and dhal mixture with turmeric powder, sambar powder, salt, add 3 cups water and cook for 3 whistles.

In a small pan heat 1 tsp oil add mustard seeds once it splutters add asafoetida powder and curry leaves.

Once the steam goes off open the lid and add the tempering add chopped coriander leaves mix well and serve hot with raitha.


I love dosas and love trying variety of lentils and rice and they have come out perfectly. Try mixing high fiber and protein rich lentils and rice varieties for a healthier start..
What you need:
1 cup - Brown Rice
1 cup - Varagu (Kodo millet)Rice
1/2 cup - Black Urad Dal, whole
1 inch- Ginger
2 green chillies 
1/2 tsp - Cumin n pepper corns
Salt as reqd

How to make:
Soak all together for 4 hours and drain the water and grind it to a coarse paste adding little water if reqd. Add salt and set aside for 2 hours.

Add onions if you prefer and make dosas in a non stick pan and serve with spicy green chilli coriander thogaiyal.
What you need for Green chilli Thogaiyal:
15 nos - medium sized green chillies, stems removed
2 Bunches - Fresh Coriander, stems removed and washed thoroughly n chopped
1/2 tsp - Fenugreek Seeds
1/2 tsp - Asafoetida
1/2 tsp - Tamarind paste
1 tsp - Oil
Salt as reqd

How to make:
In a Non stick pan add oil roast fenugreek seeds and grind to fine powder with asafoetida and in the …


Came across this rice in a organic store with high fiber content and helps in reducing obesity and diabetic related issues.
What you need:
1 and 1/2cup - Varagu Rice
1/2 cup - Moong Dhal
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp - Peppercorns
1 no - Green cardamom
1/2 tsp - Cumin Seeds

1 tsp - Oil
1 tbsp - Fresh coriander, chopped
5 cups - Water

How to make:

Wash well and soak rice and moong dhal for 15 minutes, drain and keep aside.

In a pressure cooker, heat the oil, add cumin seeds, pepper, cardamom, rice and dhal mix well add water, salt, turmeric powder, close the cooker with lid and cook for 5 - 6 whistles.

Serve it immediately with pickles.