Saturday, September 17, 2016

Quick Tofu Masala | Easy Side-dish under 30mins


For the final day of this week, I would share one of my easy go-to recipe for a side-dish which is a low-fat version of Paneer Butter Masala and it works perfect with Tofu in place of Paneer. Tofu is a good source of Protein and contains all the 8 essential amino acids. It is low in carb and is helpful for weight loss.This recipe is very simple - no grinding of masala or tedious steps involved yet this Quick Tofu Masala is absolutely delicious and makes for a great side-dish for Roti or Pulao / Biryani. Adding just a little low-fat / skimmed milk will make the gravy rich and creamy. Also, I always have Everest Shahi Paneer Masala handy which had a unique flavour for any Paneer or Tofu based gravies. Try this Quick Tofu Masala for a heathy, yummy side-dish.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Cabbage Small onion Salad | Diabetic Recipe


Cabbage is one of the essential veggies to be included abundantly in a Diabetic diet. It is very low in calorie and has a high fiber content and a low Glycemic Index. Cabbage had a lot of antioxidant and anti-hyperglycemic properties which makes it an excellent Diabetic-freindly food. For those weight-watchers, make sure you bring Cabbage to your table often and see amazing results with your weight loss goals. I have already shared a rich and creamy Low-fat Cabbage Soup recipe. For today, its a very simple and easy Cabbage onion Salad which can be made in a jiffy. Cabbage with small onion / chinna vengayam is a nice combo and the nutrients in both are retained the maximum in this Salad.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mudakathan Keerai Soup | Balloon Vine Soup


Balloon Vine or Cardiospermum Halicacabum is called as Mudakathan keerai in Tamil and it has amazing anti-inflammatory properties which makes it a great medicinal plant. Regular use of this Mudakathan keerai in diet is helpful in treating joint pains and arthritis. It is easily available in local markets. Make sure you buy fresh leaves for maximum benefit. This herb can be easily grown at home with little or no maintenance at all. Few months back, when I was suffering from severe back ache and knee pain, I was suggested to drink this Mudakathan Soup everyday and it really helped relieve the intense pain. Together with some strengthening exercises, I could find a great relief. As with most medicinal plants, this Mudakathan Keerai Soup can be included in Diabetic diet. Check out the recipe for one of the easiest Soups which takes no effort at all in making. Instead of straining the leaves after boiling, I find it better to consume the leaves also. It may be quite strong, but a little adaptation will get you going with the taste of this medicinal Soup.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Low Calorie Tomato Soup | Tomato Moong Dal Soup


Soups are great for a healthy and low-calorie diet, if the addition of cream and high amounts of butter is avoided. This Tomato-Moong dal soup is very nutritious and light and makes a great substitute to regular Tomato soup. The creamy texture of this soup is attained by the addition of moong dal which is also a good source of protein. Instead of big onions, I have used the Small onion / chinna vengayam which indeed added a unique flavour to the soup. This Tomato-Dal Soup recipe is easy to make and can be whipped up in under 30mins. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Nellikai Sadam | Amla Rice Recipe

Amla or Indian gooseberry is considered to be a 'Kaya-Kalpa' berry, according to Ayurveda. It has all the six tastes viz, sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent which are essential for a healthy diet. Amla is said to increase the life-force or the 'Prana Shakthi' and is Sattvic in nature which is soothing to the brain. An Amla a day provides all the essential nutrients to the body. Rich in Vitamin C, Amla rejuvenates the cells, strengthens the organ systems and tones up the tissues. No wonder, it plays a vital role in Diabetic diet too. Coming up today is an easy recipe for Amla Rice / Nellikai Sadam which is suitable for Diabetics. My kids like to have it for their Lunch box as well. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Kala Chana Chaat - Diabetic friendly Recipe


Hope you are enjoying this Cooking Carnival together with me. As most of you know, I have picked up 26 diet recipes which I categorise under one sub-theme each week. And, for this week, its going to be 6 Diabetic-friendly recipes. When I decided on this theme, I gathered some info from my amma (MIL) who is managing her diabetics very effeciently. She is a very strong woman who strictly follows the prescribed diet and never gives in to cravings. For day 1 of this week, it is a healthy Chaat recipe made with Black chickpea or Kala Channa, which is rich in protein. Hence, it makes up for a filling mid-meal snack or a side-dish.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Oats Apple Phirni | Low Calorie Phirni recipe | Under 10-mins Dessert


I had bookmarked this recipe from Tarladalal's cookbook long back and wanted to try this for a super-delicious Low-calorie dessert. Today being the last in Low-Calorie recipe series, this Oats Apple Phirni would be a perfect choice. Kids and we adults too loved the Apple-Oats combo and the best thing is that I didn't add sugar or any other sweetener at all. Nevertheless, the Phirni turned out so yummy. Crunchy bits of Almonds and some pomegranate seeds added to the richness. 

Friday, September 09, 2016

Low fat Atta ka Sheera Recipe | Microwave Atta Halwa in 5mins

For Day 5 of this week's Low Calorie recipes, I would share an easy to make dessert recipe. Atta Sheera or Atta Halwa can be made healthy by reducing the sugar as well as replacing the ghee with Oil. I tried to cut down on the quantity of fats used but that did'nt affect the end result. The Atta sheera turned out so well and I was asked for the recipe by my friends who tasted this. This yummy dessert can be whipped up in just 5mins time..Microwave oven does the magic. Off to the recipe now!