Curried Quinoa Recipe | Gluten Free Vegan Lunch Ideas

Quick, easy and delicious Stir- fried Quinoa for lunch with vegetables. This recipe is perfect for any day lunch meal.

Ingredients/ Method for the Recipe

1 cup cooked Quinoa
Vegetables of your choice – we used onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms and peppers
oil for cooking
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Salt per taste
1 tsp curry powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 small chopped tomato
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp paprika

Method:

Cook quinoa (just like rice and set aside)
In a wok, add oil. Let oil become hot and Fry cumin seeds for 30 secs.
Add ginger-garlic paste, onions and carrots. Mix well. Give a minute or two and add salt and paprika/red chilli powder. Mix well. Add other veggies. Add tomatoes. Mix well.
Add curry powder. Add Quinoa and then for some crunch Red peppers.
Add lemon juice. Mix well and serve.

If you like Quinoa , also try:

1. Quinoa Kebabs
2. Easy Quinoa Salad
3. Quinoa Pilaf

How to make Malpuas ? Easy Holi Recipes

Happy Holi to all our friends and viewers. Here is an easy, delicious, quick Holi special recipe for Malpuas . Homemade Indian Pancakes a.k.a Malpuas are perfect for any celebration.

Ingredients/ Method

1/2 cup Milk powder
1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 tbsp Sooji/Rava/ Semolina ( Cream of wheat)
1 cup Milk
Desi ghee for cooking
Cardamom powder and fennel seeds for flavouring

For Syrup:

1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water
Remember Syrup thickens upon standing.
Cardamom for flavour.

Dry fruits for garnish

Method:

Mix flours and make batter by adding milk. Add cardamom powder and fennel seeds and fry on a pan until both sides are brown. Prepare syrup and dip malpuas in the syrup. Garnish with dry fruit and serve.

Watch hindi recipe for Malpuas here

Easy Healthy Burfi Recipe- Banana and Dates Burfi

One of my favourite snacks during Holi festival is Burfi ( or call it bar). Here is a healthier, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, No artificial Sugar, High Fiber and Protein Rich recipe idea which is ready in no time. Give it a try and you will love it.

Ingredients/Method

2 tbsp coconut oil
2 ripe bananas
200 gms chopped dates
1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
1.5 cup Dry fruit of your choice – chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon and cardamom powder
2 tbsp charmagaz – Cantaloupe seeds

Method:
Melt oil and roast dry fruit. Add coconut, mix well. Add spices.
Add dates and bananas. Mix well and let banana melt. While mixture is still warm, spread evenly on a plate. Let cool then chill ( i put it in the freezer for 2 hrs). Cut into bite size pieces and enjoy. Stays fresh in the fridge for a week, in an airtight container.

Quinoa Khichdi Recipe with Beans

Healthy, Fibre Rich and easy to make this Quinoa Khichdi recipe is a must try for everyone.

Ingredients/Method

1/2 cup Quinoa (+ 1 cup water)
1/2 cup blend of Red kidney beans and black chickpeas ( Soak them in water waternight or atleast an hour) + 1 cup of water
1/2 cup Oats
Salt and Paprika as per taste

For Tempering/ Tadka

2 tbsp oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup onions and 3-4 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp cumin seeds

Method:
Soak Beans and chickpeas in water overnight. Then add all ingredients in a pressure cooker and cook on medium heat for 3 whistles ( or until beans are tender). Open cooker once it has cooled down. Fry onions, garlic and cumin and pour tadka/tempering over quinoa and enjoy with plain yogurt, raita or curry of your choice.

Gluten free, Vegan Brownies – Black Bean Brownies

Protein rich, Fiber rich, gluten free and vegan..these brownies are tasty and healthy. Instead of calling them brownies, it would be better to refer to them as Chocolate power bars.
Perfect for snacking and to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients/Method

1 Cup Black beans ( Cooked or uncooked..if uncooked, we pressure cook them after soaking them in water overnight or atleast an hour)
1/2 cup coconut shredded ( i used unsweetened but you can use sweetened version too)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup walnuts ( or nuts of your choice)
1/2 cup sugar
2 drops Almond extract
3 tbsp Chia seeds ( soaked in 1/3 cup water for 10 mins) – using this as an egg replacement.

Method:
– Pour cooked beans in the blender along with other ingredients. Form a mixture.
– Pour batter in a baking tray and bake at 350 F for 25- 30 mins.
– Let the cake cool down and set before cutting it into pieces.

Easy Healthy Ladoo Recipe – 3 ingredients only

Super simple, delicious and healthy recipe for making ladoo in 5 mins at home. Ok..this is not a traditional ladoo but new age, full of taste and easy to make.

Ingredients/ Method

1 cup dates – pitted
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 cup of dry fruit of choice

Blend all ingredients together until coarse mixture is formed. Take out of the blender. Pour in a plate. Form small round balls and let chill. Decorate with cashews if need be and serve with tea.

Easy Tofu and Broccoli Curry Recipe ( Quick Lunch Ideas)

I like eating Tofu and here is a flavourful curry dish with tofu, Broccoli and Bell Peppers. If you enjoy eating tofu then definitely check out our tasty Tofu recipes.

Ingredients/ Method:

650 gms Extra Firm Tofu
1-2 cups of bell peppers chopped
1-2 cups of broccolli
1/2 cup sliced onions
3-4 garlic cloves
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp corn starch
1/2 cup of water

Marinade for Tofu

3 tbsp plain yogurt
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp garlic salt, regular salt, paprika and ginger powder
2-3 tbsp oil for frying.

Method:
1. Cut extra firm Tofu in bite size pieces and marinade overnight ( or atleast an hr)
2. Pan fry in hot il until all sides are lovely golden.
3. While tofu is frying, in a wok heat oil and fry onions and garlci for 2-3 mins. Add bell peppers and broccolli. Mix thoroughly and then add spices ( except curry powder).
4. Cover and cook for 4-5 mins. While veggies are cooking mix corn starch in water and set aside.
5. Add curry powder, Tofu , and water ( with corn starch). Bring it to a boil. Simmer for 2 mins and serve with rice, noodles or enjoy on its own.

Kid Friendly Gluten Free, Vegan Pancakes – Mixed Lentils Dosa

This is a super simple protein rich pancakes recipe which are not only healthy but taste good too. I make these plain for the kids and load them up/ make them a bit spicy for myself ( Check my spicy lentil pancakes recipe.) You can enjoy them with any chutney of your choice but my kids like them with Dahi 🙂

Ingredients/Method

1-2 cups of Mixed Dal/Lentils
Water for soaking the lentils and grinding them to make a coarse paste
Salt/Asafoetida/roasted cumin powder/paprika to add into the batter
desi ghee/oil/butter for cooking batter on a skillet.

Soak lentils overnight or at least 6-8 hrs. Grind to make a coarse paste. Then spice it up and cook on a hot skillet until both sides turn golden brown. Serve with Coconut Chutney (Recipe) or mint chutney ( Recipe).

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.

Edible Gift Ideas- Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas Recipe (Healthy Snack Ideas)

If you are looking for a cool edible gift idea that you can do yourself then look no further than simple, homemade, tasty – Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas. Easy to prepare, these chickpeas are perfect for munching on or as a homemade gift for your friends/family for the holidays.Check out more of our Snack Ideas here.

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.
Completely rinse and dry them. Roast them at 400 F for 20 mins. If they are on abaking sheet lined with aluminium foil, they will crisp up quickly. Once they are a shade darker than original and crispy, coat them with honey, coconut oil. cinnamon and nutmeg ( While the chickpeas are still hot) . Roast for 10-15 more mins and then serve warm or let cool, put in a pouch and give out as a gift 🙂 You can prepare two pouches.. One sweet and one salty. Here is a recipe for spicy roasted chickpeas.