Tuesday, February 24, 2009

chenopodium stems in a mish mash curry



this mish mash dish is as healthy as it can be, as i am doing now a days, my food is fiber rich and low cal, mostly fat free (fats are taken in the form of nuts and coocnut).

And this one recipe fulfills all the three criteria, it is spicy as i make sure the food is not dull........i can't eat any dull food, and i have to eat my veggies in large doses...........the husband jokes that my skin will turn green eventually..:D :D....

chenopodium or bathua leaves are healthy...full of iron n Vit A n all of that...i never throw away the soft stems ......such a good fiber ...soluble one..........you know it sponges out all the bad cholesterol.....n some fats too.......you need any more reasons to eat it ........it can be cooked in a spicy curry.........

ingredients

chenopodium stems chopped finely with some leaves 1.5 cup
brinjal small sized 1 no.
tomato big one 1 no.
chana daal ( split chickpea) 1/2 cup
whole urad daal (black gram) 1/4 cup
green peas 1/4 cup
green chillies chopped 5-6 nos.
ginger garlic chopped 1 tbsp each or more
asafoetida a pinch
black pepper powder 1 tsp
red chilly powder 1 tsp
amchoor powder or dry mango powder 1 tbsp or more
salt to taste
turmeric powder

procedure

in a pressure cooker mix the lentils with double the amount of water,asafoetida, salt and turmeric powder
an dkeep it on gas stove.........it is so easy you keep chopping the veggies n go on throwing them into the cooker..........first go the peas ..then the small cubed brinjals ( this one is from my garden)......see here.....



then goes the chopped tomatoes, red n black peppers........i feel so delighted to post it here........as i was when cooking.......see next pic.....



and then put the lid on the cooker and cook till 2 whistles.............let the pressure release........open the pan and add amchoor powder...........though a tadke can be added but i kept it fat free...........it was tasty this way too



garnish with fresh coriander leaves or mint leaves..........these mint leaves are from my garden too...........
enjoy with plain boiled rice or chapatis.......i had it with both.......of course in two different meals..

Make it thinner and enjoy like a soup....

3 comments:

  1. Sounds delicious!I guess eating this with chapatis would be very yummy.Envy!!!you got your mint in your garden too!:P

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  2. Very healthy indeed!thanks sangeeta for your useful beauty tip about orange water ,I updated my post with the good tip.And the fennel,I didn't know it was useful for fighting UTI.
    take care.lots of love to mithi:)

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  3. I thought amaranth was cooked only in south and north east.Great to know about your dish

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