Sunday, April 6, 2014

Green Smoothie

Its been a lot heard of but never tried kind of drink to me until yesterday. As I was cruising the aisles of Costco, came across a Vitamix Rep getting ready to wind up all her work. As I stopped by with my kid to show him the spread of fruits that was placed near the Vitamix blender, she asked me if I would like to try a green smoothie. I said sure, considering the fact that I've never seen one. She made a batch for herself and shared it with us for the taste.

So here goes the recipe as I saw her and made a mental note of the ingredients. I made a batch with the ingredients I had at home and turned out yummiiee!

Vary the ingredients measure to your taste.
Ice cubes

  • Now, I don't own a vitamix. This was done in my preethi mixer. Blend all the ingredients in a blender.
That is it! I din't have banana, celery or pineapple. This recipe is so versatile, you can replace any fruit/fruits for the pineapple. I just made it with oranges sans banana / celery. So just make it with whatever ingredients you have and mix and match them. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Simple Vegetable Pasta in Spicy Tomato Puree

This is a quick fix recipe for a one pot dish. A good way to add kale to your dishes. Got this idea of adding kale to pasta from a friend... and works so well!

Number of Serving - 2
Pasta - 1 cup (cooked)
Vegetables - 1 cup
Spinach - a hand full
Onion - 1 chopped
Tomato - 1 and 1/2 chopped and blended to a paste
Turmeric powder
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 spoon
Freshly Ground Cumin and Fennel Seeds
Olive Oil

  1. Heat oil in a wok, temper mustard seeds and urad dal. Add chopped onions and cook well
  2. Add chopped kale and cook. It takes a while for kale to cook.
  3. Add vegetables and salt and saute
  4. Add tomato puree and cook. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, freshly ground cumin and fennel seeds and cook well. Squeeze few drops of lemon
  5. Add cooked pasta and mix well

Here is another way to add kale to your menu... in roasted cracked wheat upma with bell peppers...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tomato Rice (with Golden Brown Basmati Rice)

This is an easy peasy recipe for a tomato rice. Just in case you woke up late (as was our case today :) ), running late, getting out of ides for lunch box recipes.... try this.

Number of Serving - 2 to 3
Tomatoes - 3
Onion - 1 big
Jalapeno- 2
Red Chilli powder - 1 spoon
Coriander powder - 2 spoons
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Ginger Garlic - freshly shredded 1 spoon
Cumin and Fennel - freshly ground with pepper gringer
Salt as needed

To Temper:
Cinnamon, Cloves, Elaichi

Brown Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Water to Cook Rice - 2 cups (or a little more depending on the rice)

Ever since I got Ozeri's Electric Pepper Grinder... I'm using my old one to grind fresh spices like cumin and fennel together for this tomato rice today... works beautifully!

  • Wash the basmati rice 4 times and cook it in rice cooker as you would do for white rice. Keep aside.
  • For the tomato paste, chop and make paste of the tomatoes in the blender
  • Heat oil in a wok, temper the spices. Add ginger garlic paste, onions, jalapenos and saute well
  • Add the blend tomatoes, add all the powders and salt and let it cook and simmer for a few mins. Add cilantro. Paste is ready
  • Mix the paste with rice
Note: This paste can be made ahead and used for the next day. As an alternative, you could soak the rice and add it to the simmering paste and cook it in the pressure cooker (I've never tried brown rice this way. In fact, this is the first time I'm cooking brown rice at all). 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ozeri's Electric Pepper Grinder - Review

I've been on the look for a good electric pepper grinder. I have a mechanical one and it is difficult to grind more when needed and hurts my arm. So, when I got the opportunity by Ozeri to try and review their electric pepper grinder, I was obviously excited.

Its been almost 10 days of testing so far and I'm pretty confident by now to write about it. I've already got extensive use off it :) I like to grind fresh pepper to food when ever possible due to its health benefits. Some items I never skip are eggs, fried rice, broccoli stir fry, etc. One trusted and tested use of pepper is with turmeric in milk when you have sore throat, cough, etc.

Please feel free to read more on the health benefits on pepper in a research paper here. (Ref. Source: McCormick Science Institute)

Coming to the product, it is a sleekly designed grinder with a black casing and very ergonomic. The button is like a feather touch operator. There is a knob at the bottom to vary the thickness and coarseness of the pepper from coarse to fine. There is a clear section to the bottom where you can see the level or the amount of pepper so the refill is very easy and never runs out.

Pepper ground at different levels

It saves you time and most of all you don't have to skip on the pepper just because you have to twist the mechanical one. If you do have hand pain, neck issues then I strongly recommend this for you. Also, it makes a great gift to housewarming, gift for friends, parents, elder people who really cannot grind with the mechanical one.

Disclaimer: The product was sent for review by Ozeri. However, opinions expressed are purely mine.