Antioxidant rich low calorie pumpkin curry

Today I share my recipe for pumpkin curry. This is a very nutritious curry and can be made in over 20-25 mins. Pumpkin is a very versatile vegetable which can be used in savoury as well as sweet dishes. Here I use pumpkin in my very easy recipe which is best served with chappati (indian flat bread).

So lets get started with the ingredients.

  1. one tablespoon ghee or mustard oil
  2. one teaspoon cumin
  3. one teaspoon mustard seeds
  4. one teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  5. around 2 cups of thinly sliced pumpkin
  6. one teaspoon turmeric
  7. salt and pepper to taste
  8. one tablespoon red chilli flakes

In a pan heat some ghee and add your cumin, mustard and fenugreek seeds and alow them to splutter for a min.

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Now add sliced pumpkin. Also add tumeric, red chilli flakes, salt and pepper. Cook them untill they become soft (should take 15-17 mins). IMG_20170217_195650.jpg

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Pumpkin is an amazing source of Vitamin A and C. Also it is fibre rich. I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it. Let me know how you find it. Happy eating 🙂

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Running late …quick nutritious breakfast

If you are one of those kinds who run late to reach workplace and have to leave home in a hurry. Then this blog is for you. Here I show you how quickly you can have some nutritious protein and carbs rich breakfast which will keep you full for a long time.

Firstly keep the eggs for boiling while you take your bath or do usual morning activity (this will save your time…multitasking u see :P)..eggs hardly take 15 min to get cooked. Eggs are rich source of protein almost 6 grams in each egg. They also have loads of Vitamin B and antioxidants. I find two eggs a day in breakfast, without fail, keeps me full and energetic.

Secondly I will pour in a cup of hot milk and some serving of muesli (you can opt for your favorite cereal like cornflakes, oats etc). These cereals are usually good on a hurry day. Remember not to add extra sugar over it as most of the store brought cereals  have sugars in them. If you have time, while you heat milk add in simple oats and cook for 4-5 mins and add your honey for low calorie cereal mix.  These cereal take care of your carbs and give you energy for work ahead.

Thirdly I go with a fruit generally banana (or apple). A banana is mostly best for me as I can have it on my way as well :).

Last but not the least I pair my breakfast with dry fruits. Generally I will have cashews, almonds, raisins, figs and dates for my daily dose of antioxidants.

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This is a nutritious breakfast and is ready in five minutes. I hope you liked my suggestion. Let me know wat are your breakfast essentials. Happy eating 🙂

Healthy protein rich lunch rajma

For those of you who think indian cooking is difficult or those of you who think indian food could only be either delicious or healthy and never both..I am sharing my recipe for rajma or kidney beans cooked in indian style. This recipe can be prepared from scratch in just half hour. Also if you always though that indian dishes could be cooked only in bulks …this recipe is sufficient for solo lunch as well. rajma or kideney beans are rich source of plant based proteins and is sometimes refered as poor man’s meat :D.

So lets get started. Here I am sharing recipe which is good enough for a single serving. You could double or triple up as you may require. First here is the list of ingredients:-

  1. one onion diced
  2. three to four cloves of garlic
  3. small piece of ginger roughly chopped
  4. half a tomato
  5. one teaspoon cumin
  6. one teaspoon mustard
  7. half a cup of low fat milk
  8. one cup of boiled kidney beans (rajma)
  9. one teaspoon turmeric
  10. one tablespoon coriander powder
  11. one teaspoon garam masala
  12. salt to taste
  13. one teaspoon ghee

First dice up your onion, garlic, ginger and tomatoes

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After the chopping is done. Heat ghee in a pan.

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Add cumin and mustard and allow them to splutter for a minute.

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Now add onions, ginger and garlic. You could also add ginger garlic paste here but I would recommend adding fresh ingredients and they hardly take any time to prepare.Saute them untill onions turn slight brown.

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Next add your turmeric and coriander powder and saute them for a minute.

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You can add water if the masala sticks to pan. Add tomatoes and stir them untill tomatoes turn soft. This should take 10 mins.

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Add your boiled rajma to the tomato mixture. I would usually soak the rajma the night before and by the time I get ready the next day I put them on boiling. The rajma is fully cooked when it could be mussed down between your fingers.

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Now let it simmer for 10-12 mins and then add your low fat milk. You could also add cream for best results. To prepare it more traditionally boil the rajmas with more water and add the whole amount in the mixture and let it simmer for half an hour or longer to get all flavours intensed up. Though 10 mins will do good enough. IMG_20170216_201913.jpgIMG_20170216_201940.jpg

After 10 mins your rajma curry is done.Add garam masala at the end and turn off the stove after 5 mins. You can serve this with rice or chappati (flat bread).

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This is a very hearty meal. You could also make in large volumes and freeze to serve next day.

I hope you would love this recipe. I found this recipe to be immensely healthy. For a cup of kidney beans you get 15 gms of protein which is very good. For your information people we are supposed to eat protein in grams as much of our weight in kilograms So this recipe does take care of your protein content specially if you are vegan.

Let me know what you think of this recipe and also if you try this recipe.  Happy healthy eating 🙂

Best beauty products for early 30s indian skin

Hey!! if you wondered which skin care products you should be having which are minimal as well as effective for your early 30s skin…here are my list #beautymantra. On a regular day #dailybeauty, I would wear just a serum (Estee Lauder) and apply a moisturiser plus sunscreen duo (Clinique). I finish off my daily wear look with a lip balm (Maybelline) and I am good to go. I have combination skin #combinationskin and so far now they have worked for me. Let me know wat are your favourites and may be I will give them a try. Happy skin 🙂beauty