Spicy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe – Healthy Snack Ideas

Roasted chickpeas are not only healthy but they taste great as well. Easy to prepare, these chickpeas are perfect for munching on or as a homemade gift for your friends/family for the holidays.

Ingredients/ Method

1-2 cups boiled or canned chickpeas. I boil mine. I simply soak them in the water overnight and pressure cook them for 2-3 whistles.
Adjust the spices as per the quantity you are cooking. If you plan on storing these, roast the chickpeas first then add spices. If you plan on eating them right away or fairly soon, go with the way I am cooking them.
In a bowl- add 2 tbsp oil, 2 tbsp lemon juice. Stir- in chickpeas. Then add spices- 1 to 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1 to 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder.
Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cook in a preheated oven at 425 F for 30-40 mins or until desired crispiness is achieved. Also try our Honey Cinnamon Roasted chickpeas recipe.

Vegan Sweet Potato Mash Recipe – Healthy Lunch Ideas

Delicious, healthy, Vegan Sweet Potato Mash dish inspired from Punjabi cuisine. It is great to enjoy with a toast, flatbread, on sandwiches or even as a dip. If you love bright and bold flavours of Punjabi cooking then do try our: Punjabi Parantha, Punjabi Chickpea Curry
and Punjabi Fish Pakora Recipe

Ingredients/ Method

2 sweet Potatoes – Boil and mash them.
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds (Methre) – These lend that unique flavour to the dish.
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 small chopped tomato
1/2 tsp seasoning pepper. Optional 1/2 tsp garam masala (or curry powder)
2-3 tbsp oil
Spices- Salt, Turmeric and Red chilli powder/ Paprika

– Get sweet potatoes ready (boil, peel and mash them)
– Heat oil in a pan and add cumin and fenugreek seeds. Let them sizzle and add onions and ginger. Add salt, turmeric and red chilli powder
– Fry for 2-3 mins and add sweet potatoes. Mix well. Add tomatoes. Cook for 2-3 mins. Season with pepper/ garam masala and serve warm.

Easy Lunch Ideas – Vegan Sloppy Joes

Vegan food can be quite healthy and delicious. Here is my take on sloppy joes. It’s easy to prepare, quick and flavourful.
Give it a try today.

Ingredients/ Method

1 cup onions
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 cup Mushrooms
1 cup of Red pepper
2 cups stewing tomatoes
350 gms of Tofu
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp seasoning pepper
2-3 tbsp oil

Method
Heat oil in the pan. Add onions and garlic. Add salt and red chilli powder. Mix well and fry for 2 mins.
Add mushrooms and red peppers. Add Tofu. Mix it well. Add Cumin and tomatoes. Let everything cook for 4-5 mins. Finish off with seasoning pepper.
Pour on a bun. Top up with pickled onions and avocados and enjoy.

For more exciting lunch ideas, check out: Indian Food Recipes

Best Ever Homemade Bars – Breakfast On the Go

If you are looking for a healthy on the go snack or breakfast recipe idea then these easy homemade bars wont disappoint you.
More snacks Ideas here : Easy Indian Snacks

Ingredients/ Method

1 frozen banana
3/4 walnuts
1/2 cup cashews
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup pitted dates
3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix all these ingredients and bake them at 350 F for 30 mins in a baking pan lined with parchment paper.

How to make vegan French Onion Soup at home? Soup of the day

Want to make onion soup at home from scratch ( yes, I am talking about not using any sort of onion soup base)..well then this vegan french onion soup recipe could be quite interesting.

Ingredients/ Method

2 shallots
1 large white onion
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
6 stalks of fresh Thyme
Salt per taste
2-3 tbsp oil for cooking
1/2 tsp pepper
Vegan Cheese for garnish
1 bay leaf
3-4 cups of veg broth ( can be substituted by water)

– Caramalize onions along with salt and thyme in a pot with little bit of oil. Takes about 30-35 mins (also depends on the quantity of onions you are using)
– Then add balsamic vinegar and cook further for 5-10 mins. Add broth, pepper and bay leaf. Bring to boil then simmer for 15-20 mins.
– Garnish with daiya cheese and serve.

Want to try some more tasty soups? Take a look at our soup recipes.

How to make Rasam at home? South Indian Spicy Soup Recipe

Learn how to make Rasam (South Indian spicy, flavourful, tamarind soup) with this recipe video. This soup can be served as an appetizer or as a main with some sort of rice dish. Every family has their own rasam recipe and here’s mine 🙂

Ingredients/ Method

-Small piece of tamarind to make tamarind juice- 1/2 cup of water to soak pulp in
– 2-3 tbsp oil
– 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
– 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
– 1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
– 1 dried red chilli
– 10-12 dried curry leaves
– 2-3 cloves of garlic chopped
– 1/2 tsp turmeric
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1/2 tsp pepper
– 2 small tomatoes
– 3-4 cups of water
– cilantro leaves for garnish

– Begin by soaking small portion of tamarind pulp in water. After about 10-15 mins, remove the pulp and pass the juice through a sieve. Set the juice aside.
– Heat Oil in a pan and fry mustard+cumin seeds. Add asafoetida, curry leaves, dried red chilli (crushed or whole as per your preference), garlic cloves. Fry for 3-4 mins.
– Add tomatoes. Add turmeric. Let tomatoes become tender.
– Add tamarind juice. Mix well. Add water and bring to boil. then let simmer for 4-5 mins.
– Add salt, pepper and garnish with cilantro leaves before serving. Serve warm.

Like South Indian Food? Try Hot and Spicy South Indian style Potatoes and South Indian Style Lentils Curry

 

How to make Veg momos? Holi Recipes

Veg Momos is a tasty Indian street food which can be steamed, deep fried or pan-fried. It originates from Nepal and Tibet but nowadays has become very popular in Northern region of India. So, if you are thinking what to make this New year’s Eve for your friendly get together then give this recipe a try.

Bamboo Steamer I used in this recipe is from: Bang Good Website. Good Bang for your buck 🙂
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Ingredients/ Method

1 cup flour ( i used 3/4 cup all purpose flour and 1/4 cup whole wheat)
Roughly 1 cup of water
1 tsp of oil

For stuffing:

3-4 garlic cloves chopped
Small piece of chopped ginger and onion
2-3 tbsp oil
2-3 cups of veggies of your choice . I use mushrooms, carrots, beans, corn and peas
Salt Per taste
1/2 tsp red chilli pwd
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1-2 tsp soy sauce

Method:
Prepare the dough by mixing flour, water and oil. Let Dough stand for 30 mins covered in a wet cloth or lid
Prepare the stuffing in a pan/wok by stir-frying veggies , spices along with onion, ginger and garlic.
When you are ready to make the momos, add stuffing into small portion of flattened out dough. Seal the ends and shape as you like.
Place all the momos in the steamer and cook until done. This bamboo steamer needs 10-12 mins and I place the momos either in a foil or parchment paper.

When done, serve with a sauce of your choice.

Cold Tofu Noodle Salad Recipe ( Potluck Recipe ideas)

Cold Tofu Noddle Salad

I Love summer. Picnics and pot luck get togethers with friends, Long drives with family and splash parks with kids, so much fun. Here I am sharing an exciting healthy and easy summer salad recipe with you: Cold Tofu Noodle Salad, hope you like it.

Ingredients/Method

1 Pack of Somen Noodles (Thin Wheat noodles, you can use any kind of noodles you like)
350 gms of Firm Tofu
(Cut Tofu into cubes and Marinade it with 1 tbsp Soy Sauce and 1 tbsp Lemon Juice)

Veggies of your choice but here’s what works well:
1/2 cup matchstix carrots (Or thinly sliced )
Small thinly sliced piece of Red Pepper (about 1/2 to 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup Green Onion

For dressing
1/2 tsp Red Chilli flakes
1 tbsp grated ginger
3 tbsp Vinegar
1 tbsp soy sauce
Few drops of Fish sauce

(If you require, you can add salt and pepper, although I find that salt content in Soy sauce is good enough for me)

Garnish with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of Peanuts (optional- some raisins)

– Cook Noddles per package instructions. Run them in cold water and then put them in a large bowl.
– Add in marinated tofu. I like to marinade tofu atleast overnight for best taste/flavour but if you are short of time, half an hr is good too)
– Add in all the veggies and dressing. ( For dressing, mix grated ginger, red chilli flakes, vinegar, soy sauce and few drops of fish sauce)
– Mix well and garnish with peanuts. Let it chill and then serve.

 

Easy Instant snack Recipe- Mushroom Upma

Easy Indian Snacks

Here is an easy recipe for Mushroom Upma which is a popular South Indian breakfast dish. Upma is traditionally made out of Semolina (sooji) and here I have used Cream of Wheat (breakfast cereal) for this dish. It’s quick and tasty. Give it a try if you are craving something savory in the morning or looking for healthy snack ideas. 

Ingredients/ Method
2 tbsp cream of wheat ( finer version of sooji/semolina)
1-2 tbsp oil ( or clarified butter)
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
4-5 cashews
1 tbsp chana dal (split yellow lentil)
2 tbsp chopped onions
4-5 chopped mushrooms
3-4 dried crushed curry leaves ( fresh work wonderful but dried ones are a good substitute)
1/2 tsp salt ( or as per taste)
1 cup of water

Method: 
Begin by dry roasting sooji/cream of wheat. Once it starts turning brown, take it off the heat. 
In the same pan, add 1-2 tbsp oil and fry mustard and cumin seeds. Remember oil needs to be hot. Give seeds 30 secs and then add cashews and chana dal, followed by onions and mushrooms. Give them 2-3 misn and then add salt and 1 cup of water. Add cream of wheat and cook until water dries up or semolina puffs up and is tender enough to eat. Serve warm with a cup of chai tea.

If you like Indian Snacks, here are few other ideas for you to try .  Enjoy 🙂

Indian Snack Ideas

Two Easy Quinoa Salad Recipes

Quick and Easy Quinoa Salad

Easy, Healthy, Fresh and Hearty- This Quinoa salad is perfect for any summer potluck or for a quick lunch.

Ingredients/ Method:
1 Cup Cooked Quinoa
2 cloves of Garlic minced
1/2 cup chopped avacado
2 tbsp chopped onions
1/2 cup tomato and peppers (red and yellow)
1/2 tsp Roasted cumin powder
1/2 to 3/4 tsp salt
3-4 tbsp lemon juice
1-2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 to 1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried mint leaves ( you can use other fresh herbs too)

Just toss all the ingredients together. Let the salad chill for atleast 15 mins and then serve.

Bonus Quinoa Salad Recipe: Here is another exciting Quinoa Salad Recipe which I really like because it is sweet, super easy and really delicious. Best part is it’s kids approved.

Ingredients/ Method
1 Cup cooker Quinoa
1 cup fresh chopped strawberries
1-2 cups dry fruit of your choice
(We used raisins, cashews, lightly salted and roasted peanuts and walnuts) Almonds, pecans, pistachios can also be used
Dressing- Honey Mustard Vinagerette made by using
2 parts Honey ( 2 tbsp Honey)
1 part Mustard (1 tbsp Mustard)
1 part Balsamic Vinegar ( 1 tbsp Vinegar- you can use vinegar of your choice)
Optional- Salt-pepper ( although we didnt use any and the result was really tasty)

Mix all the components. Prepare the dressing and add over the quinoa. Let everything chill for at least 15 mins before serving.