Sweet Potato Sabudana Vada |Vrat Recipe

Happy Navratri To All. May Maa Durga Bless everyone with a good heart, peace, and prosperity. 🙂 In India, this festival is celebrated in different states with their own unique way. And each state has their own mouth-watering Navratri food which they offer to Goddess Maa Durga.

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As many of you will be fasting these days so it’s very important to eat something which will keep you energized the whole day. Sweet potato tikkis or sabudana vadas are the best fasting snack. They not only keep you energized but they are filling too and also that tastes awesome. Even if you are not fasting you should try this sometime. Trust me, Navratri recipes are to die for. 😀

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You can also try Kachhe Kele Ki Tikki, while fasting doesn’t add onions-garlic and instead of normal salt use sendha namak in this recipe.

 

Serves 14-15 Vada

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup soaked sabudana
  • 2 Sweet potato, boiled
  • 1/2 Cup peanuts, roasted and coarsely grind
  • 1/2 Cup chopped coriander leaves
  • 3 Green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp cumin-coriander powder
  • 1 Tsp chat masala
  • Sendha Namak as required
  • Coconut oil for cooking

Learn Step By Step Recipe For Sweet Potato Sabudana Vada | Navratri Vrat Recipe

Recipe:

Step 1- Drain out the excess water from the sabudana and peel the sweet potatoes

Step 2- In a mixing bowl mash the sweet potatoes and add coriander leaves, coarse peanuts, chopped green chilies, cumin-coriander powder, chat masala, and sendha namak, Mix everything well and add soaked sabudana and bind them well. Make small size balls from it

Step 3- Heat an appe pan and sprinkle some coconut oil in each and add one mixture ball in each. Let it cook on the one side until golden brown and then using a spoon/fork flip the vada and cook on the other side until golden brown and crisp. Remove on a paper towel and serve hot with coriander chutney

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Tandoori Chicken Tikka | Chicken Tikka | Broiled Chicken Tikka

Who doesn’t love to go out and get spoilt with yummylicious and gorgeous food? That’s fun! Right? I too love to go out to enjoy the food but sometimes the few restaurants disappoint me. I really miss Indian authentic roadside food here in the USA. 😀 I mean who serves sweet goat curry? or a biryani which is nowhere close to biryani? but just a chicken fried rice.  😀 That’s sad and specially when some Indian restaurant does this. 😦 So for me, cooking at home with slow music in the background and a glass of your favorite drink ( for me, it’s a cup of chai) 😀 is a kind of therapy 😀 though not always. 😉

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Roasted, Grilled, Oven Baked, or Broiled, give me a plate of any kind, I just love chicken tikkas. 😀 Easy to cook and always a treat for your tummy. Chicken Tikka tastes best when served with mint-coriander chutney and some onion rings. There are many different recipes which you can make using these chicken tikkas. I used them for making Chicken Tikka Biryani. I will try sharing that recipe soon. 😀

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The traditional way of cooking chicken tikka is to cook them in a clay tandoor but since I don’t have a tandoor so I used the oven for baking. Though a few weeks back I got a surprise from hubby, a charcoal grill. ❤ It requires assembling so it’s yet to open. 😀 Next time I am going to try that for sure. 😀

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breast (cut into cubes)
  • 1 Small onion, cut into cubes
  • 1 Small bell pepper (any), cut into cubes
  • 1/4 Cup hung curd/ greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 Tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 Tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 Tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 Tsp red chili powder
  • 1 Tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/2 Tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 Tsp kasuri methi
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt as required

Learn Step By Step Recipe For Chicken Tikka 

Recipe:

Step 1- In a large mixing bowl take all the ingredients except chicken cubes and beat everything well until combined

Step 2- Add the chicken cubes, onion and bell pepper. Marinade them well and refrigerate for 2-3hrs or more

Step 3- Arrange them in skewers alternating veggies and chicken. To prevent the skewer from burn, soak them in water for 30mins

Step 4- Preheat broiler for 8-10mins. Arrange the skewers on a baking pan and pour some melted butter over the marinated peices. Broil them for 10-12mins, turning over once

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Serve chicken tikka with mint-coriander chutney and onion rings. Enjoy 🙂

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Red Curry Fried Rice | Thai Red​ Curry Fried Rice

Any kind of fried rice is such a comfort food for me that I can have it every alternate day. If you ask me is there any shortcut for yummy food without spending too much time in the kitchen? Then the answer is of course YES! There are many but today I am sharing the yummy, healthy, little spicy and colorful dish which am sure everyone is going to love. And to know how it tastes…Try making soon. :D.  Although I am not fond of Thai curries, when I tried green and red curry fried rice, THAT WAS AWESOME and since then I wanted to try that. So here it is, Spicy thai red curry fried rice. Mix and match the veggies according to you and top it up with chicken breast pieces or shrimp (if required) and serve.

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The secret tip for the perfect fried rice recipe is, always use a day old rice because it absorbs the flavor well and the rice grains stay separated. But if you forgot to cook a day before it’s perfectly ok. Cook then and spread on a plate and let it cool down completely. You can make this dish using any rice but for thai dishes, I always prefer jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk.

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Serves  2

Ingredients:

For Rice

  • 1 Cup jasmine rice
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 Tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt as required

For Fried Rice

  • 1 Small green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2  Small yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Small orange bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Carrot, cut into julians
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 Tsp dry crushed basil leaves/ fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 Cup coconut milk
  • Salt as required
  • 1/4 Cup coconut oil

Learn Step By Step Recipe For Thai Red Curry Fried Rice

Recipe:

Step 1- Thai fried rice tastes awesome if using previous day rice. But you can use freshly made too. To make rice add rice, water, coconut milk, turmeric powder, and salt as required and cook

 

Step 2- Heat oil in a large skillet pan and saute minced garlic and then add all the veggies and fry on high flame for 2mins and then add the red curry paste and stir occasionally and add in the coconut milk

 

 

Step 3- Once the mixture is thick add in the dry crushed basil leaves, required salt, and rice. Mix everything well and turn off the flame

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Top with some lemon wedges and your favorite meat and serve. 🙂 Enjoy the vibrant plate of comfort food with your family and friends.

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Karela Stir Fry | Karele Ka Bhujiya | Bitter gourd Stir Fry

Not many people are fond of karela because of its bitter taste. I used to wonder why would anyone eat karela? It’s so bitter in taste. Then I realized could be because of its health benefits and it is easy to digest. I am not fond of eating karela but still, I make karela because of its health benefits. Other than karela stir-fry I love karele ka bharta, the tangy karele ki sabji which my mom cooks.

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I got this karela stir-fry recipe from my mom and I have tried this 4-5 times so far and every time I loved it. 🙂

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Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 250 Gms tender karela/ bitter gourd
  • 1 Large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 Green chilies, slit
  • 1 Tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 Tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 Tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp amchur powder
  • Salt as required
  • 1 Tbsp mustard oil

Learn Step By Step Recipe With Pictures For Karela Stir Fry | Karele Ka Bhujiya | Bitter gourd Stir Fry 

Recipe:

Step 1- Wash the karela thoroughly with running tap water. Deseed the karela and slice the karela into thin round pieces

Step 2- Heat oil in a kadhai/ pan and let the cumin seeds splutter and then add the green chilies. Add the sliced onion and saute until translucent

Step 3- Now add the karela and fry on medium flame until the slices become slightly brown. Stir in between to avoid burn

Step 4- Add the spices turmeric powder, coriander powder, and salt. Mix and saute for 5-6mins on low flame. Add amchur powder and turn off the flame

Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve as a side dish to roti, chapati or dal-rice. Eat healthy

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Baked Tilapia Fish | Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia

The last time I bought tilapia fillets were a long time ago I guess. 😀 As I was craving for fish so we bought tilapia as I wanted to try this recipe since a long time. This baked tilapia is easiest and healthy way to include fish in your diet. So you really don’t have any excuse not to eat healthy now. 😛 I did not want it dry so I use some extra butter in the mixture. This recipe is incredibly easy to make and requires minimum effort and ingredients. You can also pan fry it if you want.Both way this tastes great.

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Isn’t this looks simply delicious and healthy? 😀 Oh, I can tell you…Seriously it was finger licking good. Trust me when I say this was so delicious and make sure you do try this recipe this weekend only. 🙂

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Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tilapia fillets
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 Tsp dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp parmesan (optional)
  • Salt as required
  • 2-3 Lemon slices

Learn Step By Step Recipe With Pictures For Baked Tilapia Fish | Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia 

Recipe:

Step 1- Preheat oven at 400ºF and grease a baking tray with some butter, lemon juice, and salt. And lay tilapia fillets into the pan

Step 2- In a bowl whisk all the ingredients together and pour the mixture over tilapia fillets

Step 3- Spread some powdered parmesan and few slices of lemon over the fillets. Bake for 12-15mins. Turn in between to cook the other side too. Cook until the fish flakes come easily with a fork. Time of baking depends on the thickness of fillets. If required cook less or more.

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Serve hot with some grilled veggies and garnish with parsley. You can also serve it with salad. Enjoy the deliciously baked tilapia without being worried about the counter mess. 😀

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Instant Upma Mix | Rava Upma Mix | Ready To Eat Upma Mix

Any instant recipe or ready to eat recipe comes in very handy for breakfast when you are in a hurry or when you are not at all a morning person. 😀 You can prepare this ready to eat upma mix with very less cost and time.

This homemade upma mix is very good for working bachelors who obviously doesn’t want to cook daily. 😀 You can make this mix on weekend or whenever you get time and store for your breakfast/dinner. After the long day at office coming home tired,  everything tastes good. 😀 So do prepare this mix and enjoy the morning with a cup of tea/ coffee without being worried about what to eat for breakfast.  😀

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Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup roasted rava/ sooji
  • 10-12 nos. cashew nuts
  • 1 Tbsp chana dal
  • 1 Tsp urad dal
  • 1 Tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 Tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 Tsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 Green chilies, finely chopped
  • 8-10 Curry leaves
  • Salt as required
  • 2 Tbsp oil

Learn Step By Step Recipe With Pictures For Instant Upma Mix | Rava Upma Mix | Ready To Eat Upma Mix

Recipe:

Step 1- Heat oil in a pan and let the chana dal, urad dal, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and cashew nuts splutter and saute them until the nuts and dal turn golden

 

Step 2- Add curry leaves, chopped ginger, and green chilies and saute for a while then add in the roasted rava. Mix everything well and turn off the flame. Mix in the required salt and let the mixture cool down completely

 

 

Store this upma mix in an air tight container for later use. While serving take umpa mix in a bowl and add warm water until the level of mix and cover for 2-3mins and it’s ready to eat. Enjoy the hassle free breakfast. 😀 You can store this mixture for a month. So make in usable batches and store for later use.

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Detox Water | Lime Cucumber Mint And Ginger Detox Water

It’s been a great San Fransisco & San Jose trip last weekend. Had so many varieties of food there that my body needs to be detoxed now. 😀 So after all that I ate and drank during my trip I decided to detox my body to make it ready for this coming weekend. 😀 Research has proven that poor digestion and unhealthy eating can cause a metabolic problem in your body and leads to weight gain. I’m sure we all know this fact. 😀 It’s time to shed some weight and remove toxins from the body. Detox water keeps you fresh throughout the day. This simple detox water can help you detox your body and combination of cucumber and mint helps you to keep cool in this summer. 😀 Try this simple detox water twice a week and detox your body and mind as well. 😀

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Disconnect from Toxins and Connect with Healthy You! Make yourself a jar of detox water and stay healthy. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Litre water
  • 10-12 Slices of cucumber
  • 6-7 Mint leaves
  • 1 Lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Inch ginger, cut into julians

Recipe:

Just add all the ingredients to water and leave overnight so that the flavors combine well. If you wish you can keep the jar in the refrigerator for chilled detox water. Next day filter the water and drink the whole day. Repeat this detox water intake twice a week.

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