Saturday, May 17, 2014

Skinny Dahi vada -low fat,no fry recipe (spicy lentil dumplings dunked in yogurt sauce)

Dahi vada or thayir vadai is a popular snack from India ,in which deep fried lentil dumplings are soaked in yogurt sauce .Here is something I tried to lighted it up and make it a diet-friendly recipe, so that it could be enjoyed guilt free more often.

urad dhal 1/2 cup
mung dhal-1/4 cup
almond-4 whole
salt and pepper to taste
thick yogurt -1 cup
oil for spraying
chaat masala for garnish

  •  start by measuring the urad dhal and the mung dhal,rise and soak for minimum of four hours
  • add almonds and grind everything to a smooth paste with the the help of a little water 
  • now season with salt and pepper ,mix and keep aside 
  • for the sauce take one cup of thick yogurt ,season with some salt and if you prefer add a bit of chaat masala at this stage
  • grease a paniyaram(also called aebleskiver pan ) pan and pour in the batter about 3/4 full 
  • give it a spray and let cook for a few more minutes before flipping it on the other side 
  • repeat until all the batter is used up
  • soak these vadai in the yogurt sauce for a minimum of an hour and finish off with some chaat masala sprinkled on top 
  •  serve this cold right out of the refrigerator with some sweet and hot chutneys  
Here is a quick tutorial :

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Herbal Throat drops ,homemade lozenges - for cold ,cough and sore throat-all natural remedy

 I make these honey drops every flu season and my family loves how they taste, my two year old even thinks they are candy (so far so good,until one day she discovers the real difference).They are chewy(best to be dissolved slowly in mouth for soothing relief) and very effective-without the chemicals of course ,so lets see how to make a small batch.
  First lets see how this recipe works against common cold and  flu :

  • Honey
 It has been in use for time immemorial around the world, in various traditional medicines and is known for its  
 antiseptic, antibiotic, anti fungal, and antibacterial properties,
  • Lemon
Lemon is acclaimed for its vitamin C content that helps immunize against common cold and also has antimicrobial properties.
Both honey and lemon have significant ability to inhibit the growth of microbes that can cause infection
  • Turmeric
turmeric has antiviral and antibacterial properties that helps fight flu naturally
  • Ginger
ginger acts as a natural decongestant and also as  an antihistamine(hiss-ta-meen)(like benadryl or claritin)that prevents allergy symptoms.
  • Cinnamon
Cinnamon like honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties,it fights viruses and inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria

honey-1/4 cup
lemon juice-1/2 tsp
lemon zest-1/4 tsp
turmeric powder-1/8 tsp
ginger powder(sukku)-1/4 tsp(reduce to 1/8 tsp if too spicy)
cinnamon powder-1/4 tsp
powder sugar-to coat


  1. Pour your honey into a heavy sauce pan and add in the lemon zest,turmeric,cinnamon and the ginger powder and mix well
  2.  boil this at medium to med. low heat for about 4 to 5 minutes until the mixture starts to darken and reaches 300 degrees F. 
  3. finally add the lemon juice and turn the heat off
  4. If you do not have a candy thermometer then test your honey by dropping a few drops of it in a cup of very cold water. If it hardens and you are able to pick it up and shape it then it's ready but if it's still soft to the touch,or dissolves in the water right away then keep boiling. 
  5. once the heat is off act quickly and drop spoonfuls of the mixture on a parchment paper sprinkled with some powder sugar you can shape them once they are a little bit cool
  6. sprinkle lots of powder sugar to keep them from sticking together.
  7.  store in a container no need for refrigeration and use during flu or cold by dissolving one lozenges slowly to get  relief from sore throat and congestion 
  8. also can be dissolved in water for a soothing cup of tea  
here is a quick tutorial :
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