Today’s lunch was awesome. After starting with my paleo diet, I have been missing some dishes and one among them is ven pongal. Here is my attempt at making ven pongal into a paleo dish with cauliflower rice. Cauliflower is a great boon for all those are avoiding rice in their diet. Either grate it or process it in food processor and you will get it in the consistency of rice. You can then cook it in microwave or steam cook it to get the rice like texture. And this rice can be had with any gravy of your choice or can be made into any favourite dish.
Posts tagged DIET RECIPES
Paleo diet also known as the cave man diet is not a fad diet but a life style change as far as I know. Our diet is so much dependent on carbohydrates. I could never let a day pass by without having rice. When I was a kid I would happily eat rice for all the three meals a day. But then when I started doing yoga for weight reduction, I decreased my rice intake and added more vegetables in my diet. I nearly lost 15 kg during a period of 6 months. It was such a great achievement for me. And then marriage, kid and Food blogging happened and everything was back to where it started. I was struggling hard to get rid of my weight but my life style didn’t help me. Three months back when hubby came home, he brought with him a book named as Paleo Diet by Neander Selvan. It is a Tamil book which explains paleo in detail. When hubby told me about the diet, I didn’t take it seriously. Nearly after a month, hubby was thinking of following it, but without my enthusiasm, he couldn’t start. I don’t know how it happened, but on Jan 4th we decided to change our food habit and follow Paleo.
I know the name of the dish is weird. But let me explain. I have started with paleo diet and am finding it difficult to find filling meals. This is a meat based diet but being a vegetarian, it is tough to find sources of protein. It is R & D daily in my kitchen and this dish is one of our success dishes. When I found about the cauliflower rice, I was so happy. And now we get cauliflower in abundance. So I have two to three cauliflowers in my fridge always. This rice can be used as a regular rice and can be made into variety of flavours. With the need to incorporate as many vegetables as possible, I am learning the art of variety cooking. I use this rice atleast once in a day and try to vary the flavours. Till now I have tried biryani, fried rice, mushroom rice and vegetable pulao. All the recipes turned wonderful and hubby is so happy with my cooking. I think all these years in blogging is helping me so much with this diet.
Coming to the third day of healthy/ diet recipes, I made ammini kozhukattai with jowar/ cholam. As I mentioned yesterday, we get jowar rice, which makes it very easy to incorporate in recipes. You can easily substitute rice with this jowar rice and no one would be able to tell you the difference. When Mr. Sagayam (he is the hero of Madurai) was the collector of Madurai, he introduced a eatery based only on millets. It was called as Ulavar Unavagam and the officers were encouraged to eat there. Even we went there and only there I came to know about the advantages of millet based diet and all the disadvantages of rice. That was a turning point in our life. We started a healthy life style from that. After Mr. Sagayam left, even the eatery has lost its popularity. Nowadays there is very little crowd there. It is really sad that people don’t want to change. I hope my post brings change in some of your lives.
For the second day of healthy diet recipes, I am here with one more millet dish. The batter I am going to post is what I make always and it is always available in my fridge. I don’t prepare the normal dosa batter with rice. Millets have become part of our daily diet and I really feel good about it. When I first started using millets in the dishes, I started with flours of millet. If you look at my older posts, I started using millet in flour form. That is how millets found way into our diet. Jowar dosa was the first of the recipes I experimented with. Then I found that millets were available in the nearby supermarket and started using it. Jowar Aappam is one of the recipes I tried after getting the millets.
This year I have a resolution which I want to keep. I need to take part in Blogging Marathon all the 12 months. I don’t know whether I can keep up that resolution but I will try hard. Last year I have been so irregular in taking part and I really miss my regular blogging. If life is good this year, I am sure I will keep my word. For the first week of BM this month, I chose to do healthy recipes perfect for diabetics. Whenever I am given a choice between desserts and healthy recipes, I usually opt for desserts. But this year I will be doing more of healthy cooking and this seems like a great start.
Priya of Bon Appetit is a good friend of mine. When she asked me to do a guest post, I readily agreed. I couldn’t select a recipe for the post. I wanted to make a traditional recipe for her. When I visited Coimbatore, mom asked me to prepare this poondu legium for her. I took snaps of the legium to send it to Priya. This is part of postpartum diet. I got this recipe from a nurse. This is also a great medicine for those with gastric problems. One spoon a day is very effective.
Whole Wheat Roti-2
Pepper powder-to taste
Coriander Leaves-4tbs(finely chopped)
Onion-1(sliced into rounds)
1. Mix moong sprouts, curd and salt to taste. Keep it aside.
2. Heat 1/2tsp olive oil in a pan and add carrot, beetroot and radish. Add salt and pepper powder and mix well.
3. Saute till the mixture becomes dry.
4. Place a roti on a plate. Place half of the carrot ixture in the middle.
5. Place half the sprouts mixture on the carrot mixture.
6. Sprinkle coriander.
7. Fold both sides to the centre to form a roll and secure ends with two cloves.
8. Repeat for the other roti.
9. Serve along with sliced onions.
Sending this to Priya’s CWS-Moong beans.
Today is the second day of Blogging Marathon#10-Group2. I have taken the theme Deceptively Delicious and am sending this as an entry to Kid’s Delight with the same theme guest hosted by Pavani and started by Srivalli. This is a power packed smoothie best served chilled. The colour is very inviting and kids will surely love it. Even those who run away from beetroot will also like it. It is very filling and nutritious smoothie. The snap was taken before refrigeration. After cool the colour was darker and it looked gorgeous.
This is a nutritious and filling salad. It is also very easy to prepare. I used cucumber, pomegranate seeds and onion along with moong sprouts. The dressing is a very simple sweet olive oil dressing. Hubby liked it very much. I am sending this to CWS-Moong Beans by Priya Suresh. I will be sharing a post on sprouting seeds within a week.