Thursday, October 28, 2010

Masala Oats Wheat Rava Idli

I know this blog is all about low calorie foods and here I come with yet another yummiest low calorie Idli.I have started having oats as porridge mixed with milk in the morning and got bored in a couple of days . Then when I was about to quit oats I saw this Oats idli in lots of blogs , its simplicity urged me to try this .
Oh yeah its not only simple but the most yummiest idli I have eaten so far. If you are on diet , it is so hard to resist your tonque with 3 idlis . You would definitely ask for more .I have added all masalas into the idli itself so that you dont require any side dish . This is perfect for lunch box also .


  1. White oats - 1 1/2 cups 
  2. Wheat Rava - 1/2 cup.
  3. Butter milk - 1 cup 
  4. Grated Carrot - 1/2 cup
  5. finely chopped green chillies - 2 nos.
  6. Coriander leaves - few
  7. Big onion - 1 no.
  8. Eno salt - 1 1/4 tsp.
  9. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp.
  10. Channa dal - 1/2 tsp.
  11. Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp.
  12. Turmeric powder
  13. Oil - 1 tsp.
  14. salt to taste

Method :
  1. Roast the oats for about a minute.
  2. Heat a pan , add oil and season it with mustard seeds, channa dhal, urad dhal.
  3. Add onion and fry till it changes colour .
  4. Add green chillies, onion, curry leaves, turmeric powder and saute for few seconds.
  5. Add this fried mixture into oats and Rawa .
  6. Add buttermilk and salt and nicely mix.
  7. Finally add grated carrots. 
  8. The consistency should be of idli batter. If the butter milk is not enough , can add some more water to adjust the consistency.
  9. Add eno salt and gently give a stir. Pour it into idli steamer and steam it for about 12 mins. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Low fat creamy Sweet corn curry

My Diet phase is back . I normally go on diet without compromising on taste . Otherwise we would get bored of eating what we dont like and drop it half way . Oh yeah Did I tell you I have started some cardio too ... Oh this simple cardio for 40 mins a day is something I am passionate about of late . Lets see how much I lose coupled with not so strict diet in a month ..

My sweetcorn in the fridge was nearing its expiry and that i needed to finish it off . I have been seeing lots of sweetcorn curry floating in the blog and most of them are very rich and creamy . Then I came up with my own version and it tasted extremely extremely good . You can indulge in without any guilt and can still thoroughly relish it.

Ingredients :
  1. Sweet corn - 1 cup
  2. Onion - 1 big
  3. Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tsp.
  4. Tomato - 1 big
  5. chilly powder - 1 tsp.
  6. coriander powder - 1/2 tsp.
  7. cumin powder - 1/4 tsp.
  8. kasoor methi - 1/4 tsp.
  9. Skimmed Milk - 2/3 cup
  10. corn flour - 1 tsp.
  11. oil - 1 tsp.
  12. salt to taste.
  13. sugar - a pinch
Method :
  1. Heat oil in a non stick pan , once it is hot add chopped onions and fry until it turns brown colour.
  2. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.
  3. Add chopped tomato , chilly powder,coriander powder,cumin powder,salt and a little of water and fry until tomato is completely mashed.
  4. Now add boiled sweet corn and milk and corn flour dissolved in water and simmer it completely for about 8 mins.
  5. Finally add kasoor methi .

Notes :
  1. Kasoor methi gives a total flavour to the gravy.
  2. Adding a sugar is a must to get that creamy taste.
  3. cook on sim after adding milk otherwise milk might get curdled .

Friday, October 1, 2010

Simple Dhal recipe

Days are getting busier after my sis's marriage got fixed . I hardly find time to even think what to cook . Too much of baking in the last few days have resulted in me adding on like 4 kgs which is definitely not good . So I am so much resisting myself from baking , cooking rich foods and got back into diet phase again .

I am also planning to post from now on for next few months about the basic recipes to make it easier for my sister ;). She hardly knows to make dhal leave alone making sambhar . So this simple recipes period starts with this simple Dal which is anytime comfort food . It goes well with rice,idli, dosa and roti as well .

Ingredients :

  1. Split yellow moong dhal - 1/2 cup
  2. Small onion - 3 nos.
  3. Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp.
  4. Tomato - 1 no.
  5. Sambhar powder - 1 tsp.
  6. Green chilly - 2 nos.
  7. Garlic - 1 pod
Method :
  1. Pressure cook dhal upto 3 whistle along with sambhar powder and keep it aside.
  2. Heat a pan , add oil and once it is hot add cumin seeds , let it splutter , then add onions and saute for about 30 secs.
  3. Now add chopped garlic, tomato, green chilly,  and salt . Fry until tomato is completely cooked .
  4. Add the boiled dhal into the pan , adjust the water and simmer it until the dhal gets thickened. 

Notes :
  • Any dhal like split masoor dhal, toor dhal can be substituted for moong dhal.