Weekend brunch: All organic wholesome and delicious brunch for a spring morning…one of those weekends when a dose of vitamin rich organic food will infuse your whole day with energy. The juice is green, freshly made with Kale, Apples, Celery, Carrots and Aloe…..the plate has a Bulgar and Flax Pulao made in cinnamon and vegetable broth and infused with onions and tomatoes….the side are scrambled eggs with earthy mushrooms topped with fresh watercress. A brunch like this warms your soul.
Bitter Melon or Karela known for its bitter taste and for its ability to fight diabetes. Normally I remove the seeds and use this vegetable in juicing, getting all the nutrients. Using it in a bread recipe was a delicious move. You could also fry the bread and make puri’s and serve with dal. I served it with cauliflower and sambar.
1 cup Bajri flour
1 cup Jowhar flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp sooji (semolina)
1tpsp ground flaxmeal ( optional)
2 tbsp besan flour
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp cayenne powder ( reduce if needed)
It was a perfect green papaya that came from the market. The snow outside kept it intact for a couple of day before I ventured to make this tangy uplifting salad. This salad is usually a staple at Thai restaurants but making it at home could not be easier. I have adjusted to make it lower in calories and healthier.
Peel half of a green papaya with a box grater ( needs to be thin and long)
For the dressing mis 5 tbsp of fresh lime, a tsp of lime zest, 1 tsp of stevia extract, 2 tbsp fish sauce ( or make it vegan with Amino Liquid), 1 tsp of minced garlic.
Mix the vegetables, pour in the dressing and top with the peanuts.
I absolutely love Kale in all it’s varieties and it is always good to know the enriching things it brings. It is rich in beta carotene, vitamin K, C and a host of other nutrients that are good for the body and soul. Then come the Shitake mushrooms which are not only delicious but known to be an excellent source of iron and have properties to boost the immune system
Both these are cooked together with garlic and Sriracha to produce a “anytime” dish served with a side of Quinoa.
I used 1 tsp of coconut oil for the base, 1 chopped red onion, 4 cloves of sliced garlic, 1 tsp Sriracha. Fry the onion and sliced garlic and cook the sliced mushrooms for about 5-7 minutes, add the chopped Kale and let it steam through until wilted and still bright green. Salt and pepper to taste.
Okra and potatoes ( aloo bhindi ) with Bajri ki roti…..Fry cut okra in oil until crisp, add chopped yellow onions, red whole chillies and cumin, add salt, turmeric and a tsp of dry coriander and fry for a couple of minutes. Add chopped boiled potatoes and fry until combined and dry. Top with lemon juice and serve with fresh bread. The bajri flour is mixed with a bit of whole wheat, salt and olive oil.
Nadru or Lotus stems/roots are a delicious curious vegetable very popular in Kashmir (India). The are often fried and served as street snack food. This recipe is a yoghurt based curry which is absolutely delicious when served with rice. Tastes even better the next day
# Take 2 cups of yoghurt and beat with a wisk until smooth. Add 1 cup of water and add to a heavy bottomed pan. Let it come to a boil stirring constantly. Once boiling reduce the heat and let it cook until it has thickened and reduce to half. You will have to whisk occasionally.
# Wash and lotus root and then slice in 1 inch pieces diagonally. The root usually has some mud in it so be sure to wash it out really well.
# Pressure cook the the pieces for about 10 mins
# Fry one onion until gold brown and blend to make a paste. Set aside.
# In a heavy bottom pan, add 2 tsp of ghee, 2 tsp ginger powder, 2 tsp fennel powder, 4 whole black cardamon, 8 green cardamon, 8 whole cloves, 4 pieces of cinnamon, salt and the onion paste.
# Add the cooked yoghurt and let it simmer for about 10 minutes
# Add the Lotus root piece
# Cook for about 30 -40 mins until the gravy has thickened.
# Add crushed dry mint and black zeera.
# remove from heat and serve with rice