Maharashtra Cha Varan

Varan is an authentic maharashtrian dish, its basically plain tur dal having tempered with Ghee. It contains almost all the amino acid our body needs for good skin, good hair, and the ones who moves your fat from its stores. And yes have your ghee here, the CLA – conjugated linoleic Acid – the kind of essential fat will help the fats to be used for energy and not to be stored. Bright yellow colour of turmeric not just makes the dal palatable but also removes toxins and kills germs inside the digestive tract.  Mash the rice, add dal , add extra dash of ghee and your little toothless baby will love it.

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Mungdal and carrot chilla

Once again a great combination of protein with vegetable, a chilla is easy to make and handy. This recipe is good source of protein and vitamin A. Plus green mung dal is good source of dietary fibres too  and carrots provides starchy carbs and various antioxidants. Phytonutrients of carrot protects against cardio vascular disease and dietary fibres will not allow cholesterol accumulation. So what are we waiting for lets have it!!

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CholaDal Crepe

Crepe is a thinly spread pancakes, known as dosa in Indian subcontinent. A healthy food is the one which is the balance combination of complex carbs, lean protein and healthy fat. This crepe consists of chola dal – complex carbs and lean protein. It will make your tummy full for longer and satisfy your taste buds. Eat along with fresh coriander chutney and have zest!!

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Broken wheat Khichdi

Khichdi is one of the wholesome food, which is easy to digest, yet filling, good to taste, easy on pocket and easy to make too. You don’t need any mastery over kitchen to make good khichdi, just add some water & salt with goodness of grains and khichdi is ready. Today lets see one variety of the popular mung dal khichdi. Those who wants to avoid rice at night this is the good choice. This variety contains lots of fibre as we are using broken wheat and plus it contains easily digestible protein of yellow mung dal.  Its a power food for babies too, you can give this khichdi over 6 months and above. Add some veggies of your choice and serve it with curd will make it a complete meal in itself.

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Baked beans on Toast

Very easy to make, this recipe is another healthy option for breakfast as it is the combination of complex carbs and protein. Tin of baked beans is available in almost any part of the country so if you are bachelor and want to make healthy breakfast yourself, this one is easy  and yummy option. Lets see how to make it.

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Milano Minestrone Soup

An authentic Italian healthy soup, that makes a meal in itself. As we know that to make a meal balanced we need to have carbs, protein and fat in it, this soup contains everything, Pasta fulfils the carbs portion, Beans fulfils the proteins and olive oil gives best essential fat, plus its tomato based soup having goodness of antioxidant lycopen and fibres and minerals from other veggies. Its quick and easy, yet yummy and nutritious.

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Mung Dal Tosties

How to make some traditional chillas interesting? We can put them in between bread and can make sandwiches, but how about making toast? Crunchy from one side and soft yet crispy on the other side.  If we look at the nutritional value, its a perfect meal in itself, wheat bread is the complex carb and mung dal is a lean protein – the best combination to control fat accumulation and provide energy to body. Plus its a good snacking option for tiffin box and kids will love them too. Lets see how to make it.

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Veg Hummus wrap

A very simple and very low oil recipe. With goodness of protein from chickpeas & wholesome rotis plus salad can fulfil daily dose of nutrients. This combination makes it a perfect meal in itself. How better you can use your left over rotis to make a yummy & delicious snack. Lets see how to make !!

Soaking time: overnight

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: NIL

Serves: makes 4 wraps

Ingredients:

For hummus:

Chick peas: ½ cup (soaked overnight and boiled)

Curds: 1 tbsp

Salt: as per taste

Olive oil /oil: 1 tsp

Lemon juice: 1 tsp

For Salad:

Cabbage/lettuce: ½ cup shredded

Carrots: ½ cup shredded or cut in long stripes

Spring onions: ½ cup thinly chopped (with greens)

Capsicum: ½ cup thinly chopped or striped

Chat masala: 1 tsp

Lemon juice: 1 tsp

Salt : as per taste

Olive oil/oil: 1 tsp

Process:

  • To make hummus spread, take boiled chick peas, oil, lemon juice, salt and curds in a blender and blend to a smooth paste. Keep it aside.
  • Take onions, cabbage/lettuce, capsicum, carrots and mix well, now add salt, chat masala, lemon juice, oil and toss well.
  • Now take a roti, and place it on a dry surface. You can lightly roast the rotis on hot griddle.
  • Then take ½ to 1 tbsp of hummus spread and spread it on a roti. Now place a tbsp of salad and roll it tightly.
  • Repeat the process with another 3 rotis.
  • Serve with tomato ketchup / coriander chutney.

Nutritional value:

Energy: 141 cal

Carbs: 25.6 g

Protein: 4.3 g

Fat: 4.5 g

Dal Dhokli

A balance diet is the one, which consist of balanced combination of Complex carbohydrates, lean protein, healthy fat and vegetables. One of the complete meal in itself and a yummy pure gujarati dish. Yes it contains dhoklis made up of whole wheat, plus the dholklis are swimming in pool of dal, a lean protein and traditionally potatoes, are added to it making it  a wholesome complete meal in itself. Lets make the yummy dal dhoklis.

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