Showing posts with label healthy Indian food

Carrot Salad Recipe

by Food Like Amma, April 28, 2012

The Sweet Taste of Carrots are the Perfect Accompaniment to Curry

Amma loved her  carrot salad with extra green chilies and no Sunday lunch was complete without carrot salad. Though carrots were often the predominant ingredient  in this medley of vegetables - carrots were often complimented by other ingredients-depending on what was in the fridge. These often included a combination and /or of grated carrots, sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, onions and chillies topped with a salt and vinegar dressing or lemon juice.

How To Make Popcorn Without Oil

by Food Like Amma, October 16, 2011
Popcorn is not only best served during movies-its high fiber content also makes popcorn a healthy anytime snack especially as an alternative to potato crisps- provided  they are popped without oil. Amma was fond of making popcorn as a snack on cold days. She would pop the corn then fill up cones made from newspaper…my younger sister and I loved this.

How to Make Everyday Indian Food Healthier

by Food Like Amma, October 13, 2011

Although Amma made all of the delicious recipes featured in this blog-she never got to taste many of them- she was Diabetic.  Amma was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes since the birth of my older sister -later transforming into Diabetes Type 2 for the next 26 years of her life until her death. With Diwali around the corner and many looking for Diwali Recipes-it may be the best time to honour Amma- not just by sharing her Diwali recipes but also some of her strength and commitment to keeping her health for the sake of her children- despite her illness.

Fried Brinjal Recipe

by Food Like Amma, October 06, 2011
Amma’s Fried Brinjal recipe was much like her batter for frying fish. It contained flour and spices. The Brinjal (Aubergines) were sliced into thin discs then coated in batter before being deep fried. Amma mostly made Fried Brinjal as a topping for her Veg Pizza. 

fried brinjal

How To Make Fried Brinjal

This recipe serves 2 using 1 aubergine. To make a larger quantity increase the ingredients proportionately.

  • (1 cup cake flour + ½ teaspoon baking powder )  or 1 cup self raising flour
  •  ½ cup pea flour (gram flour)
  • 1  cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ tablespoon chilli powder (use desired limit)
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 large Brinjal (sliced thin)

1. Sift the dry ingredients- this will help prevent the batter from having any lumps.
2. Add the beat egg to the milk.Combine then add to the dry ingredients.
2.  Stir to form a thick paste like consistency.
3. Slice Brinjal into thin discs. Pat dry with so that the batter sticks to the brinjal.
6. Immerse a few Brinjal slices into the batter then fry on medium heat until the batter browns slightly.
7. Drain off excess oil. Serve warm.

Healthy Alternative to Fried Brinjal

Delicious as they are I prefer ‘fried brinjal without flour and the excess oil. To make a healthier alternative to fried brinjal simply omit the flour and excess oil for frying. Instead place the Brinjal in a bowl then add spices and a teaspoon or two of oil (preferably olive oil). Pre-heat the oven. Place Brinjal slices on parchment/oven paper then bake for 30 minutes on 180 degrees.

If you have a fan function in your oven this works best. Cooking times may vary depending on oven types. It is best to keep a close eye on the brinjals so that they don’t burn. Turning the Brinjal helps cook them evenly.

Alternatively you could also toast them on a heated pan instead of using the oven. This works best when the Brinjal is sliced thin.
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How to Serve Fried Brinjal?

Amma used fried Brinjal a topping on Veg Pizza, it can also be served in a salad.

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To make Aubergine Salad you will need:
  • A bunch of your favorite salad greens
  • Fried Brinjal
  • Diced cucumber
For the dressing:
  • ½ red chilli chopped fine
  • ½ teaspoon mustard
  • ½ honey
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar.

1. Place the salad greens in a bowl. Top with fried  Brinjal slices.
2. Combine the honey, mustard, salt, pepper and vinegar. Mix until a uniform liquid is formed. Drizzle over the salad.

How To Make Aubergine Bows

To make Bows as I have for this salad - simply twist the aubergine slices to form bows

Spicy Butternut Soup

by Food Like Amma, September 29, 2011

If you have read my previous post about Butternut Lentil Burgers you will know that I am in the process of cooking my way through an excess supply of butternut. I’ve now managed to store most in the freezer. This reminds me of Amma, whenever she had extra vegetables or after harvesting them from the back garden she would prepare them by pealing, shelling then chopping vegetables into tidy pieces for storage in the freezer. We used to have a chest freezer for that purpose. Unfortunately I don't have a lush vegetable garden like Amma used to so a combination fridge freezer serves me well.
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Spicy Butternut Lentil Burgers With Sweet Potato Wedges

by Food Like Amma, September 26, 2011
Butternut Lentil Burgers did not feature in Amma’s recipe collection-but the purpose of this Blog- is also to create new recipes inspired by Amma’s frugal ways. Spicy Butternut Lentil Burgers, is a recipe I came up with to use  the excess butternut squash in my fridge. I love butternut - unfortunately it is rarely available in my current home city -  whenever I do see them - I feel the need to stock up!

spicy lentil burgers