Thursday, September 10, 2009

barley in pasta sauce and corn-mung cutlets



i have been trying to include coarse grains in my food due to their nutritional value.........as they are complex carbs , alkalizing food, high fiber and wholesome food...........have made many recipes with whole barley like soups, salads, khichri , poha etc. which are in my archives .......i like whole barley in all these forms and was planning to make it with pasta sauce which i make as tomato concasse and keep in the fridge all the time........paired with fresh basil leaves from the garden it will taste heavenly i knew but my routine has been in such a mess these days that cooking a proper meal for the two of us seems like a big task .

all this while i have been thinking of how a three course meal is possible in a busy life ..... if you have been watching my blog , i did the post a balanced three course meal and was wondering how it can fit into a life like ours........the thought has really been with me all this while that eating nutritious food throughout the day is not that difficult if you know what you eat and make the right choices........but serving a single meal with all the food groups together may not be a good idea....like if you eat fresh fruits with the carb-protein meal , it may lead to putrefaction of the food before it's digestion and cause flatulence and other digestive problems.....

also, according to Ayurveda , too many food groups should not be grouped together for a single meal ....like milk should not be paired with spicy savory n tart foods and with non vegetarian foods........it is called vipareet aahar and those food groups should be avoided together......

at the same time some fruits are considered okay with meals ...like mangoes , but that too is not good if taken with a heavy meal.......

cooked fruits are okay with meals but they loose some of their goodness while being cooked.......

even raw salads using cucumbers n other veggies are not a good idea with meals ......raw salads can make a meal by themselves ....or may be a between the meals snack.........

all said and done....we choose according to what suits our individual taste and constitution........

let's come to the proper meals as we want it to be served.:)

barley in pasta sauce was easy...

the hulled barley is soaked for 4-5 hours and boiled till done and then is cooked quickly with lots of fresh basil leaves and tomato concasse .........served hot with a garnish of sliced boiled egg.....it was a good combination.


corn mung cutlets

these were not as quick as the barley but a close second.........
sweet corn kernels, soaked mung beans with skin, ginger, green chillies , salt n pepper were pulsed together in mixie to make a coarse paste ....



some grated processed cheese was added later and patty shaped cutlets were shallow fried in very little oil.........



the sweet dish is an apricot compote...........

chopped apricots with skin are simmered in orange juice and reduced to make a nice thick syrupy compote.....no additional sugar is needed if orange juice from carton is used....if using fresh orange juice , add little sugar....


i keep this in the fridge n it's good with ice cream or with a dollop of whipped cream on top......we enjoyed it as it is for the dinner....

nicely served meals are good and this was a healthy one too......

i am sending this to Yasmeen's three course meal event even though the pictures look disgusting.........and even though it seems to be a little too much for me....:) :)

9 comments:

  1. Oh yes! Here it is: http://www.cookingandme.com/2008/10/paruppu-urundai-kuzhambu.html

    Thanks :D :D

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  2. Too good! Your blog is a treasure trove of information on good food Sangeeta! :-)

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  3. thanks for the compliment Sharmila.

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  4. Corn Moong cutlets..wow! You come up with such tasty and healthy recipes as always.

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  5. Completely wholesome meal,sangeeta:).Love the barley in the tangy sauce,looks pretty with egg and fresh basil.The cutlets sound very nutritious and the dessert is simply delish :)

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  6. Love your cutlets, nutritious and delicious.

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  7. Lovely cutlets Sangeeta..nI love the fact that they are so healthy..:)

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  8. This all looks so lovely. I love the cutlets especially. So healthy and delicious--I'm going to have to give them a try. You always have such interesting recipes, Sangeeta.

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