- Cook bulgur wheat according to pkg instructions. Basically boil with water just like rice.
- Cook your Chana masala or any of your fav bean curry.
- Eat the way you eat rice.
- Have some roasted vegetables or salad on side. I had roasted asparagus since they are in season right now.
- This will make a good lunch option to take to work too. Pack a side of salad too.
- Wholesome filling lunch and quick, fuss free.
- If you have left over bean curry then you can cook some bulgar in the morning too while tea, coffee is getting ready.
Am not sure if I have posted this idea before that I had seen on master chef India. Contestants were asked to make pizza with Indian flavor or something like that . I make Mexican style pizza using Indian rotla. What I like is rotla we make fresh which taste really good and then you top with your favorite ingredients.
- I made rotla using corn flour and the reason I am using rotla is because they are thick and so makes a good solid base. You can also use jowar/sorghum rotla. Make rotla little small in size.
- Put lettuce leaves on top of rotla.
- Now put black beans seasoned with salt and cumin powder. Or you can use kidney beans but mash them little.
- Top with salsa or chopped tomatoe , onion, cucumber, cilantro.
- Add chopped avocado and cheddar cheese.
- Take a bite. It’s really good.
- It makes good filling wholesome meal.
One of my colleague had told me abt pupusas a while back and since then I have been thinking to make them. It’s just like Indian stuff rotla and so I knew I will be able to make it. It is made with corn flour maseca and stuffed with mozzarella cheese. It’s eaten with special cabbage salad called curtido.Here’s How i made it.
- First make cabbage salad and I changed it little to keep nutrition intact.Mix shredded cabbage, carrot and thinly slice onion in a pot. Add tbsp of water, cover and let it come to boil. Switch it off right away. You want to cook it slightly only. It’s mainly cabbage and carrot,onion is only little bit.
- Now add salt, apple cider vinegar according to taste. And pinch of oregano. Make it in glass bowl and let it marinate on side. Result should be crunchy.
- For pupusas, take maseca and follow the pkg instruction to make dough. Basically add pinch of baking soda , salt and warm water.
- I mixed shredded mozzarella with some chopped cilantro leaves.
- Now make like stuff paratha and roast with little oil on a griddle . Cook well at medium heat.
- I had pupusas with cabbage salad and some chopped avocado. Yummy !
- You can stuff with beans and cheese mix too. Be creative. Green onion will go well too.
- If corn flour is not available , try jowar/sorghum flour. We need to learn to make things work when we want to do something.
- We learn things from ppl we meet and all our surroundings if we keep our mind open.
Is everyone using flax seeds or chia seeds for omega 3? Here’s another way to use flax seeds powder. Throw it in idly…and to my surprise it made idly very soft. I don’t know the reason. Here’s how I did it.
- Made idly batter as usual using brown rice.
- Added tsp of flax seeds powder into batter just before steaming them.
- For the uninitiated in flax seeds, they need to be powdered for body to absorb nutrients.
- Chutney was made using cilantro leaves, curry leaves, fresh coconut , Dalia, green chili, salt and lemon juice. It was yummy. There’s no need to season. Why add extra calories?
- Enjoy !
Ragi mudde or balls were another thing that’s been on my mind for so many years but it seemed tricky to make it and so I never tried. Had them once thanks to my neighbor’s mother-in-law. Finally I tried.
They take hardly 10 mins to make so I thought it makes a nice quick meal and Ragi keeps you full for a long time . When I had Ragi roti for lunch , wasn’t hungry all day. Recipe is simple but like I said it’s tricky and my first batch didn’t work. I would suggest look for videos and follow it properly. You just boil water with salt, tsp of oil and add Ragi. Wait 4-5mins and then mix. But it ends up with lumps if you don’t do it correct.
With sambhar, it makes a good meal. If you are trying to add Ragi, do try. Once you get hang of how to make them, it’s simple. And yes, you have to eat it while hot. So no left over.