Power Green Juice

Power Green Juice

This is my daily power green juice for the morning….variations are many but I will share the cleaning and reinforcing ingredients in this one. Make sure the ingredients are fresh and organic as it all gets quickly absorbed in your blood stream. I also added an Ayurvedic herb called Ashwagandha for its blood cleaning properties ( optional)
Kale
Bitter melon ( blood cleaning properties)
Ginger
Green Apple
Cucumber
Cilantro
Coconut Water
Wheat grass
Run everything through a high power blender and enjoy

Lauki and Chana Dal ( a bottle gourd recipe)

1-photo 1Lauki is a wonderfully delicious vegetable and continues to be one of my favourites. Also known as Bottle Gourd, this vegetable is 96% water but full of health benefits with healing properties. I have made many variations of it ranging from Kashmir down to the south.

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This is pretty common in indian household and is rich in plant based protein and nutrients

I bottle gourd or Lauki ( peeled and sliced in chunks)

I cup Chana Dal

fresh herbs – curry leaves, mint and cilantro

lemon or lime

2 whole red dried chillis, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp tumeric, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp cumin seeds, pinch of  asafoetida(hing), 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 1 cup of chopped tomatoes.

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Soak chana dal in water for a couple of hours . Drain. Boil chana dal and lauki with salt, turmeric powder and one cup of water till done ( I used a pressure cooked for about 5-7 minutes).  Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, red chillies and asafoetida and cook for a minute. Add red chilli powder, coriander power. Add tomatoes and cook till they soften and there is a sauce like consistency. Add the cooked chana dal and lauki and stir. Add fresh chopped mint, cilantro and juice of 1 lime. You can also top it with some curry leaves if you have them

Serve hot with bread or rice.

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Mango Tart

This one is a Mango version of the recipe I did a while back with chocolate and strawberries https://foodforthesoul00.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/chocolate-raspberry-tart/

It is a heart healthy desert and full of protein and nutrients.

You can use fresh ripe mangoes or frozen ones. I happened to have both on hand so used a combination.

For the crust you need to grind up

1/2 cup pecans; 1 cup golden raisins; 1/2 cup shredded coconut; 1 teaspoon coconut nectar or agave;

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For the filling use a good blender and blend up. I used the high power vitamix blender.

2 1/2 cups raw cashews;  1 1/2 cup chopped mango pieces; 1/2 cup water; 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar; 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ,1 tsp of lemon zest, 1 tsp Maca powder (optional)….once blended add a tablespoon and a half of psyllium husk to thicken.

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Pour in the filling and refrigerate for a couple of hours until set. Serve topped with Mango pieces.

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Desert that is beautiful, rich and healthy!

 

Banana Bread – gluten free

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I have been experimenting with many variations of a gluten free banana bread recipe. The best so far has been a recipe I found in Elana’s Pantry at http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-banana-bread. This is a high protein Paleo recipe that hit the mark. The consistency is soft and juicy and the flavor nutty. This is an excellent snack toasted and served with Raw honey.

Almond meal is made from blanched sweet almonds and is low carb substitute to wheat flour in baking

You do want to use ripe bananas and a regular loaf pan

  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 3 organic large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 cups of a good variety almond meal
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Blend together bananas, eggs, vanilla, honey and coconut oil and pulse in the dry ingredients.
Pour into a greased ( with coconut oil) loaf pan and bake at 350° for about 60 minutes. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.
Once cool, serve slices with raw organic honey.

Methi ki roti

A friend as work introduced me to these delicious rotis ( bread) that his wife had packed for lunch. So grateful that he shared them with me. I made these at home as a low gluten version

Methi or fenugreek can be used dry or fresh. It is used in multiple cuisines such as Indian, Persian and Egyptian. Methi has multiple health benefits including helping lower cholesterol.

About the flours:

Jowar (white millet) is a gluten-free, high-protein, cholesterol-free source of essential nutrients, including dietary fiber, iron, phosphorus and thiamine. It is a great substitute for whole wheat.

Bajri is another millet flour full of nutrients

Rye is lower in gluten that wheat and high in fiber. It has been touted to work well for weight loss.

The dough will no be very pliable due to the low gluten content so use your hands and light pressure on the rolling pin to roll them out.

1 cup of Rye flour

1 cup of bajri flour

1 cup of jowar flour

1 cup of dry methi leaves

1/2 cup of kefir or youghurt

1/2 tsp of himalayan salt

 

Knead the dough with a bit of warm water as needed.

Roll out the rotis and cook on a flat pan with a dash of ghee. Serve with a side of chutney and vegetable korma. It is a delicious as a snack by itself.

 

Coriander Coconut chutney

I am always exploring good and healing Ayurvedic recipes. The simplicity and balance found in such form of cooking balances the pittas and is good for the soul. This is a variation of a Coriander chutney that I found on an Ayurvedic website and was inspired to try it out.

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Coriander also known and Cilantro contains antioxidants and has antibacterial properties. It has also been documented to be used for traditional treatment of Type 2 diabetes.

All the good stuff aside, I LOVE Coriander and find something to use it in pretty much everyday.

This chutney was served with Methi Roti ( recipe coming), Green pea pulao and yoghurt.

I used frozen shredded coconut that was unsweetened and had no added preservatives.

Cumin and mustard seeds are readily available in supermarket. I have a plant of curry leaves but you can always buy a bunch from the local asian grocery store.

Heeng or Asafoetida is used as a flavor enhanced and as a digestive aid. It has a strong pungent smell so a pinch is just enough. You can choose not to use it at all.

A bunch on green coriander ( stems and all)

1 cup of shredded coconut

water

3 green chilis

2 inch fresh ginger peeled and chopped

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

8 pieces of curry leaves

pinch of heeng (Asafoetida)

1 lemon

1 tsp ghee

Blend the Coriander, ginger, coconut and green chili in a blender adding water to bring it to a good consistency.  Add lemon juice and salt to taste

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Sizzle the cumin, mustard seeds  in ghee. Add Heeng and curry leaves. give it about 30 seconds and turn off the heat.

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Nun Chai ( Kashmiri tea)

Kashmiri Nun Chai

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Nun Chai was not traditionally made in our house while I was growing up so I relied on other resources to savor this wonderful salty tea. Memories include waiting for the housekeeper to wake up or knocking on the their shack behind our house to get a cupful. Earlier memories revolve around waiting for Sunday afternoons when the very old “dai” would walk 5 miles to our house and I would coax her into making me tea. Sitting outside early mornings or lazy afternoons, this tea always warmed my soul.

With no access to a Samovar, hot coals and time…the recipe below is simple, inspired by a verbal recipe rally between friends and some experiments at home. Variations and secrets are welcome.

 

Tips:

Nun Chai leaves are green tea not black tea so try to use the authentic leaves ( borrow from friends)

Use good baking soda ( a little goes a long way). Good baking soda will not bubble up and make it bitter  but will give the tea it’s pink color.

Use a egg beater to really whip up the tea

 

Tea for 4

6 cups of water

1 and 1/2 teaspoons of nun chai leaves

a pinch of soda

2 cups of milk ( low fat if you like it thin and clear)

 

Boil the tea with one cup of water and baking soda until the water has reduced to one third.

Add another cup of water and boil and simmer. Use the whip to beat the tea leaves apart until you see the pink color.

Add the rest of the water and brew for 20-30 mins.

Add milk and salt to taste. Bring to a boil.

Enjoy a cup with friends.

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great food and discovery of the soul

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