by Pallavi Purani

clean eating

Kobi-Gajar-Jowar na Muthia

Kobi-Gajar-Jowar na Muthia

Muthias come is a lot of forms, deep fried, steamed, steamed or steamed and stir fried. They are a power house of whole grains, vegetables and are sturdy health wise. I have found a super simple way to make a keep muthia’s base ready to use. Once it is available, it takes almost 10 minutes to assemble dinner/snack. I used Moong dal, tuver dal, cracked wheat and chana dal as the base. To this I keep adding flours like jowar, bajra, ragi etc to make the muthias. Keep the lentils and kansaar mix as a ready to use. I always…

Methi Kansaar Muthias

Methi Kansaar Muthias

Muthias are steam and stir fried dumplings. They are made in a lot of ways. My favorite one has cracked wheat, methi leaves and yogurt. In my attempt to make breakfasts more wholesome, this dish was born. Kansaar is finer version of broken wheat/bulgar. The sourness from the yogurt compliments the methi leaves and also makes the muthias softer.

Tuvero Dhokli

Tuvero Dhokli

I took sometime to adjust to the idea of dhokli. It was one of the earliest things that my sister in law helped me to learn. Since it is a family pleaser, it was good to learn. 🙂 Tuvero or Pigeon peas are full of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus as well as potassium. It is a widely used grain in Gujarati cuisine- fresh and dry both. The dried version is soaked and then cooked in a cooker. Dhokli is the love of life for the husband. The pillow-y dough is cooked in spiced water which reduced beautifully to a velvet texture.

Mix veg and Daliya Tikki

Mix veg and Daliya Tikki

Oh boy, this daliya/Broken wheat tikki was a rage suddenly among family, friends and even a happy client who ordered a version of this. These tikkis are plump gorgeousness of health and happiness. Serve them with ragda, chole or even with chutney. They are real crowd favorites. I made them recently for the holi get together at a friend’s place.

Misal Pav or Spicy Lentil Sprout Stew

Misal Pav or Spicy Lentil Sprout Stew

Misal pav is one of the easily recognizable breakfast for the Maharashtra region. Different parts of the region believe to make the “best” of all, this is a never ending debate. Traditionally Misal is a made with matka/moth bean, dry sprouts, kala masala and red spicy water. I made my version with Moth bean sprout, moong dal sprout, kulthi sprout, hara matar sprout, black gram sprout and green gram sprout. Pav here is Ladi pav which are little soft buns like pillows.

Horse Gram/Kulith Sprout Salad

Horse Gram/Kulith Sprout Salad

Horse gram or kulith sprout salad might sound exotic, however it is one of the healthiest thing around too. Did you know horse gram can ease the kidney stone? It’s anti oxidant, anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti hypoglycemic qualities are scientifically proved. It helps to get rid of urinary impurities, solve constipation and helps to keep heart in check too. So find a way to eat this gorgeous gram in any form that you can.

Moong Dal with lauki

Moong Dal with lauki

Moong Dal makes very common appearance at our home. I always look forward to making different version for husband’s tiffin. The split whole green gram/split green moong dal here is cooked with lauki/bottle gourd and tempered lightly with green chillies and tomato.

4 Grain Burger

4 Grain Burger

Whole grains are always a healthier option than the oil soaked potato patty. This 4 grain burger has sour cream and spicy salsa as accompaniments. The crisp lettuce renders a beautiful bite for the burger.

Sprouts and Barley Flour Pancakes / Bajre ka Pooda

Sprouts and Barley Flour Pancakes / Bajre ka Pooda

Poodas or savory pancakes are our go to breakfast after long walks. They are easy to put together and very healthy. A Pooda is basically a mix of flours, spices and water. When I was younger, mum used to make these with besan/chick pea flour, onion and green chilly. However I out-lived my love for t

Paneer Methi Paratha – Cottage Cheese Fenugreek Leaves Flatbread

Paneer Methi Paratha – Cottage Cheese Fenugreek Leaves Flatbread

My earliest memories of food have been with Parathas, All sorts, aalu, mooli, gobhi, paneer, missi roti, dal paratha, leftovers paratha… Oh so many.