While the country is celebrating the Labor Day weekend and grilling in their backyard. I am busy finding healthier options to reduce the 10 Pounds of extra weight I have so generously received unto myself.
I grew up learning the phrase “Eat And Be Merry, For Tomorrow Is Another Day To Eat”, and the person who taught me that (You Know Who You Are!!)….dint say anything about putting on any weight. It was repeated at every toast and with every host, the words ringing in my head.
” Eat Today, Eat Tomorrow, Eat Everyday…”
So this weekend while everybody is busy grilling and flavoring their meat, I have decided that I am going to spend time and find a healthier vegan alternate. My Food of Choice is the infamous cancer preventing and cholesterol lowering cabbage, who would have known sautéing a little cabbage could have so many healthy benefits. It has been proved in a number of studies that raw or short cooked cabbage has the ability to prevent bladder, colon and prostrate cancers. People at risk might want to include this vegetable in their diet 3-4 times a week.
I like my cabbage a little crunchy and without too many spices, below is my easy 10 minute recipe.
– Cabbage – 1/2 thinly sliced
– Jeera /Cumin Seeds – 1 Tsp.
– Rye/Mustard Seeds – 1 Tsp.
– Fresh Curry Leaves – 1 Stalk
– Green Chili – 1 Sliced
– Oil – 2 Tsp.
– Salt – To Taste
– Heat oil in a pan, (make sure the oil is hot).
– Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and green chili, sauté for a few minutes.
– Next, add the curry leaves.
– Finally add the cabbage and sauté it in a wok on a high flame.
– Do not cover the cabbage, allow it to cook on an open flame.
– Eat with Bread or Roti.
While the name Nightshade, sounds more like a character from the cartoon network series, it actually is just another name for the Eggplant. Back home we call this vegetable Baingan, you may have heard of it by a different name – Brinjal/Aubergine.
This Bharelu Baingan recipe, is a family favorite and according to my mom family legend states that this recipe originated from my grandmothers cookbook, which I have never heard or seen of in my entire life. Also, there are over a thousand stuffed baingan recipes available everywhere, but this is obviously my favorite.
1 Tbsp. Fennel seeds
2 Tbsp. Coriander/Dhana Seeds
1 Tsp. Kashmiri Chili Powder
1 Tsp. Jeera/Cumin Seeds
1/4th Tsp. Haldi/Turmeric Powder
4 Tbsp. Desiccated Coconut Powder
– Wash the brinjals and peel of the tiny leaves at the end of the stalk.
– Make 4 cuts into the vegetable and add some salt. Keep aside on a dry surface
– On a roasting pan roast the cumin and coriander seeds, crush them and keep aside
– Next, roast the fennel seeds and keep aside
– In a small pan add a little oil when hot add the crushed cumin and coriander
– Next add the chili powder, haldi powder and the coconut powder.
– Add this stuffing inside the crevasse of the salted brinjal and coat the outside with a very little amount of oil
– Cook the brinjal in a pan with a little grease for at least 20 minutes turning it occasionally
– Enjoy it with bread or some roti.
Note:- Eggplants, can soak a lot of fat while cooking, therefore it is preferable to add salt in the beginning.
Eaten hot on a cold rainy day, kheema is essentially an important element to many other recipes but tastes just as good eaten plain. Kheema also known as minced meat, is a traditional south Asian dish that can be prepared in a large range of varieties with any type of meat (chicken, mutton, beef). This dish can be eaten as is with yellow rice, bread, roti, paratha’s or even noodles and pasta.
The most important part of preparing kheema is washing the meat. I usually put all my kheema in a netted utensil/ strainer and wash it under warm water till the kheema washes out clean and without any blood. I know of so many people who don’t wash their Kheema but I think it’s really unhealthy to not do so, washing the kheema also prevents lumps from forming while cooking.
Ingredients For Kheema
1 lb. Minced meat (Chicken – Mutton – Beef)
2 pcs. Bay leaves
2 pcs. Cinnamon sticks
4-5 Whole pepper corns
1 tsp. Kashmiri chili powder
3/4 Tsp. Ginger garlic paste
2 Green chili’s washed and slit in the center
1/2 Cup tomato puree or ketchup
3 Tbs. Lal Masala
2 Medium sized onions
Salt to taste
Ingredients For Yellow Rice
2 Cups White basmati rice
1/2 tsp. Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Method For Kheema
-Wash the minced meat in a strainer till the water runs clear of blood
-Fry the onions in 1 tsp. of oil, add the ginger garlic paste and kashmiri chili powder
-Next add the Lal Masala and cook for 5 min on a medium flame
-Add the kheema and cook covered for five minutes
-Pour the tomato puree and add green chili’s, stir and cook for another five minutes
-Now add the dry spices – bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon sticks and whole pepper corns and continue cooking the meat for twenty-five minutes stirring occasionally
– Add salt to taste
Method for Yellow Rice
– Soak 2 cups of white basmati rice in water for 1 hour and wash the rice draining all the starch from the water
– Add the soaked rice to 6 cups of boiling water
– Next add 1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder and salt
– Add a 1/2 tsp. of olive oil to the water and boil covered for 3-4 minutes
– Cook partially covered for another 12- 15 minutes and immediately drain out the excess water
– Allow the yellow rice to cool in a perforated utensil