Aug 21, 2014

Wheat Germ Kheer | Wheat Germ Payasam- Eat Well Live Well

Few Days back, I got a mail through Ritu who shared two packs of Harmony original toasted wheat germ, each of 250 grams with me. Today I shared some nutrition value of wheat germ and one recipe delicious traditional Indian Dessert “Kheer” with my readers.  The term Germ in wheat germ often gives an impression of bacteria but here germ stands for germination. Wheat germ in hindi will be गेहूँ का अंकुर.

Wheat germ is the part of wheat that sprouts and grows into a new plant. Wheat germ is a nutritious super food, rich in vitamins, minerals, protein enzymes, and much more that the body needs to grow and stay healthy. Wheat germ has more nutrients per gram than any other vegetable or grain. Wheat germ contains complex carbohydrates, protein, fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E & A, B9, B1, Biotin, Calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and potassium. Wheat germ is a delicious and easy way to add the nutrients to the foods you love.  These days’ wheat germ easily available in supermarkets and the cost of 500 grams pack is 200 INR only; even you can shop through website also. For more detail you can visit the website: or 

How to use Wheat Germ:
You can sprinkle the wheat germ on fruits or salad.
Stir it into your oats and cornflakes.
Blend it with shakes and smoothies.
Add it into curd and yogurt.  Mix with wheat dough to make nutritious chapattis.
Add to baked foods like bread, cookies and muffins and cakes.

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Dessert

3 1/2 Cup Full Cream Milk
2 Tbsp. Vanilla Flavoured Custard Powder
2/3 Cup Harmony Toasted Wheat Germ
1/2 Cup Sugar or as per taste
1/4 Cup Chopped Nuts (Pistachios, Cashews, and Almonds)
3-4 Cardamom Pods
Pinch of Saffron strands

Mix the custard powder with ½ Cup of cold milk and keep aside.
Boil 3 Cups of milk in deep bottom pan. When milk starts boiling, add custard powder and mix mixture into pan and stir continuously.
Add chopped nuts, cardamom powder and wheat germ and mix well. Cook for 5 minutes until to combine everything.
Add sugar as per taste and saffron strands and mix well. Remove from the flame and serve hot or chilled.

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Aug 4, 2014

Soya Cutlets | Soya Pattices

Soya chunk cutlets are rich in proteins and very healthy starters which are good option for ongoing monsoon season. For this recipe, you have to just combine the soya chunks with mashed potatoes, onion and spices to form patties. It’s a prefect snack for parties and picnics. You can replace the potatoes with cottage cheese or paneer. 

Preparation time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Snacks

1 Cup Soya Chunks, Cooked
2 Medium Sized Potatoes, Boiled and Mashed
1 Large Onion, Chopped
1 Tbsp. Green Coriander Leaves
2 Green Chili, Finely Chopped
1 Tsp. Ginger Paste
2 Tbsp. Cornflour
1 Cup Bread Crumbs
Salt to Taste
Red Chili Powder to Taste
1 Tsp. Cumin Seeds
1 Tsp. Coriander Powder
1 Tsp. Lemon Juice
Oil for Shallow Frying

Boil the soya chunks in a sauce pan with enough water for 15 minutes till to double size. Squeeze out the excess water with the help of hands and keep aside. 
Add these chunks in mixer and grind them till to coarse crumbs.
Heat the 1 tsp. oil in separate pan and add cumin seeds. 
When they start splutter, add chopped green chilies, ginger paste and sauté for 1 minute. 
Add chopped onion and add coriander powder, chili powder and mix well.
Add the onion masala and mashed potatoes with coarse chunks. 

Add salt, cornflour, lemon juice and green coriander leaves and mix well. 

Divide the mixture into equal portions and form into round pattices.  
Toss the pattices one by one into bread crumbs and keep aside.

Heat the enough oil in non-stick pan and place the pattices and shallow fry the each pattice on both sides till to crisp and golden. 

Serve hot soya pattice or cutlets with ketchup or green coriander dip.

You can add some season veggies also like green peas, beetroot, and capsicum.
If you are calorie conscious, you can replace potatoes with paneer or cottage cheese.

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Jul 9, 2014

Rava Onion Uttapam | Instant Rava Uttapam Recipe

Rava Uttapam is one of mine favorite breakfast recipe. Whenever I feel hungry, I made this instant rava uttapam with some veggies or onions. For instant version, you have to just combine curd and rava together with salt and eno to prepare crisp and small uttapam within 5 minutes. You have to prepare the consistency of batter just like idli batter. I added small quantity of carrot also just for giving nice and colourful texture, it’s completely optional.

Preparation Time: 12 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 2
Category: South Indian Cuisine

1/2 Cup Rava/ Semolina
1/2 Cup Yogurt
Salt to taste
1/2 Tsp. Eno (Fruit Salt)
2 Green Chilies, finely chopped
2 Medium Onions, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. Carrot, finely chopped (optional)
Butter for shallow fry


Peel and finely chop the onions and carrots. Combine rava, yogurt, green chili and salt together in large bowl. Add eno at the time of making uttapam.
Pour the 1 ladle full of batter in hot greased non-stick pan.

Sprinkle the chopped onion and carrot on the top of batter.
Drizzle the butter and cook on medium flame.
Flip the uttapam and cook again for 2 minutes until to both sides get golden brown and crisp.
Serve hot onion uttapam with coconut chuntey.

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Jul 7, 2014

Lemon Rice| Andhra Cuisine

Lemon Rice is a very common recipe in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamilnadu made with lemon flavored and vibrant yellow color. It’s known as pulihora also, puli means sour taste and pulihora is also referred to as sour rice. This tangy rice is perfect meal for lunch time or tiffin meal. In this recipe you have to prepare tempering in sesame oil and then toss with cooked rice and lemon juice. You can serve this tangy flavor lemon rice with papad and fresh curd. Tempering of peanuts and pulses gives crunchy taste to rice.

Baby shower or you can say godh bharai is very special moment for all expecting mothers. In this special occasion, whole family and friends celebrates the day with gifts and blessing to welcome the coming baby and mother. One of our Blogging Marathon members, Sapana from “Cooking with Sapana” blog is having a baby very soon and we decided to celebrate virtual baby shower for her. We cooked one dish from her blog and wish her the very best for healthy baby and healthy mother. 

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Rice

2 Cup Cooked Rice
3 Tbsp. Peanuts, roasted
2 Green Chilies, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. Oil
3 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
Salt to Taste
1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder

For Tempering
1 Tsp. Mustard Seeds
1 Tsp. Urad Dal
1 Tbsp. Chana Dal
Pinch of Asafoetida
8-10 Curry Leaves
2-3 Whole Dry Red Chili, de-seed

Heat the oil in a deep vessel. When oil is hot enough, add tempering ingredients.
When mustard seed starts sizzle, add chopped green chilies and roasted peanuts and stir for two minutes.
Add turmeric powder and cooked rice and mix well.  Turn off the heat.
Combine the lemon juice with salt and mix in cooked rice. Serve this lemon rice with fresh curd.

Notes: Adjust the lemon juice according to tastebuds, if you like more tangy flavor.

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Jul 4, 2014

Bread Idli - Instant Snack

Bread idli is an easy and tempting snack which you can prepare with in few minutes with few ingredients, which are easily available in our kitchen. In this recipe, you have to prepare three steps and then assemble them in one platter. First one is aloo tikki or potato cakes, you can add some seasonal veggies also. Second, is bread slices and last one is tempered curd. If you try this recipe, please share your views under comment section.

Preparation time:  10 Minutes
Cooking time: 12 Minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Instant Snacks

8 Bread Slices
For Potato Cakes
3 Large Potatoes, Boiled and mashed
Green Chilies, Chopped
Salt to Taste
Red Chili Powder to Taste
Oil for greasing

For Curd Paste
1 Cup Yogurt
Few Curry Leaves
1 Tsp. Mustard Seeds
Salt to taste
Red Chili Paste to taste
1 Tbsp. Oil


Prepare firm dough using mashed potatoes, green chili, spices and cook from both sides on hot griddle. Keep aside.
Cut the bread slices in round form using ring mould or bowl.
Whisk the fresh yogurt in separate bowl. Heat the oil in tadka pan.

When oil is hot enough, add mustard seeds, curry leaves and red chilli powder. Pour the tadka in yogurt and salt. Mix well.

How to Assemble
Heat the non-stick tawa and grease with little oil.

Place the one aloo tikki and cover with bread slice and spread curd paste on the top of bread slice.
Cover the pan with lid and cook for two minutes. Do same with remaining material.
Serve hot bread idli with chutney.

You can add chopped onion also while preparing potato cakes and adjust the spices as per taste. You can replace the white bread with brown or multigrain if health conscious.

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