Showing posts with label #Lemon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Lemon. Show all posts

Monday, 10 February 2020

Oats and Dalia Upma || how to prepare oats & dalia vegetable upma

Oats dalia upma with step by step pics and tips. It is very tasty and healthy upma prepared using broken wheat(dalia), oats and vegetables. It is weight loss recipe prepared in a healthy way. I used carrot, beans and fresh green peas to make it more healthy, upma tasted bit creamy because of oats. I added onion today if you want to have it on vrat skip onion and add potato (optional). Adding lemon juice and fresh coconut gives good taste. You can serve it with any chutney's or any chutney podi's like Milagai Podi / Idli Dosa podiPeanut / ground nut powderAndhra kobbari karam podiCurry leaf powder

Taking this healthy oats dalia upma to FoodieMondayBloghop fb groups #233NutriBrekke theme. By this time you are all aware that i am part of this lovely group where we bloggers share recipe for theme suggested by a person in alphabetical order every week. This week theme is suggested by "Sujata Roy di"  who blogs at batterupwithsujata . We bloggers sharing different recipes using gourds like bitter gourd, ivy gourd, snake gourd, ridge gourd, bottle gourd. Many of us do not like these gourd recipes, but trust me we can prepare many tasty recipes with these gourds. Coming to Sujata di, she shares many traditional (Bengali cuisine) and authentic recipes. I can surely call her as "Sandesh Queen" as she prepare many sandesh varieties like sugar free pineapple sandeshhazelnut chocolate sandesh which i am planning to prepare. Do checkout her space..                                                                  

                    Oats & Dalia Upma  

Preparation time - 10 minutes
cook Time : 15 minutes
Serves : 1 bowl
Category : breakfast
Recipe Cuisine: Indian 
Main ingredients : Oats, dalia
Author : Aruna SarasChandra



Oats - 1 small glass
dalia / broken wheat / godumanuka - 1 small glass
water - 4 and half  glasses (adjust)
onion - 1 
carrot -1 
beans - 3
peas - 1/4 cup
green chillies - 4
ginger - 1 inch
curry leaves -1 sprig
coriander leaves - 1 tsp
salt as per taste
oil- 2 tsp
mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
cumin seeds - 1 /2 tsp
urad dal - 1/2 tsp
chana dal - 1/2 tsp
Lemon  juice - 3 tsp (half lemon)
fresh grated coconut - 2tsp


1) Finely chop onion, veggies, green chilli, ginger and keep it aside.

2) Dry fry oats on low medium flames till it turn crispy and keep it aside.

3) Heat a oil in kadai add mustard seeds when it starts crackle add urad and chana dal when it starts changing color add cumin seeds, curry leaves fry it well.

4) Add green chillies , ginger fry well. Then add onions, pinch of salt and fry till it changes color.

5) Now add carrot , beans, peas fry it well and let it cook by closing lid till veggies becomes smooth.

6) Now add 4 and half glasses of water and required amount of salt and let it boil.

7) Now add dalia little by little and mix well.

8) Let the above cook for few second and then add oats, mix everything well and close the lid.

9) Cook till water absorbs, then switch off the flames. Add fresh grated coconut, coriander leaves, lemon juice and mix everything well.

Thats it healthy and tasty oats & dalia upma is ready to serve.


** You can also  add capsicum or veggies of your choice.

** If you feel upma becomes very thick after adding oats then add some more water. AS water quantity depends on type of oats you used.

Also check other breakfast and other related recipes by just clicking the link under image. 

                     Oats Ven Pongal

                         Pundi / Undi

               Adai/Mixed lentils dosa

                                     Uggani bajji


                 Ragi Mungaaku rotte

        Sweet Coconut paratha

                             Idli Upma

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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Baingan Ki Lonje || Uttar Pradesh famous brinjal curry

Wish you all a very "Happy New Year 2020" to all friends and family.  Today's recipe is from Uttar Pradesh cuisine - Baingan Ki Lonje. It is UP style brinjal curry which is very delectable with its unique flavours and taste. It is spicy, aromatic with spices added in it and sour from lemon juice added. I really loved this variety brinjal recipe as it is easy to prepare and different brinjal recipe i ever tasted. Onions are fried by adding sugar till they are caramelized and they are grinded with other fried spices. We cut brinjal from middle along with stem then apply onion masala and fry it both sides, today i fried brinjals first then applied masala paste and fried again. This makes brinjal cook well from stem. Finally we add lemon juice on fried brinjal. This adds very unique and awesome taste. 

 Taking this tasty "brinjal curry"  to Shhhhh Secretly Cooking Challenge fb group started by Priya of Priyas Versatile Recipes and taken further till date by Mayuri she blogs at Mayuris jikoni.  Here admins will select one Indian state in alphabetical order. And they pick pairs for theme, pairs will share 2 ingredients, using that ingredients we will prepare recipe and post it in group album. Other group members will guess the secret ingredient.This month we bloggers are preparing Uttar Pradesh cuisines, for this month i am paired with Kalyani she blogs at "".  Kalyani is wonderful and talented chef, she had been blogging from 2011.  Do check her lovely site , where you can get many varieties of food. We can get traditional, regional and authentic recipes, you can also get many baking recipes too. I loved her baking style, i tried her  Quick Multigrain Almond bread . For Up cuisine she gave me onions and cloves as secret ingredients, in turn i gave shalgam and jeera as secret ingredients with that she prepared benares special aloo shalgam matar ki sabzi. I checked this baingan ki lonje recipe from here with some chances.



                                Uttar Pradesh - Baingan Ki Lonje

Preparation time - 10 minutes
cook Time : 15 minutes
Serves : 2
Category : curries / Regional
Recipe Cuisine: Uttar Pradesh 

Author : Aruna SarasChandra



Brinjal - 2
lemon juice - 2 tsp
coriander leaves - 1 tsp(finely chopped)
ghee/oil - 2 tsp 

to grind 

onion - 2
sugar - 1 tsp
salt a pinch
red chilli -3
cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
elachi - 2
cloves -2 
cinnamon stick - 1/2 inch
peppercorn -2
oil - 1 tsp


1) Heat a pan dry roast all spices except onions without adding any oil and take it into plate.

2) Heat a tsp of oil fry onions by adding salt and sugar till onions changes color and caramelized then let it cool.

3) cut brinjal into two half from middle along with stem and immerse in enough water.

4) Add 1 tsp of oil in wide kadai fry brinjal both the sides till they cook well.

5) Grind fried spices and onions to fine paste without adding water.(If need add very little water)

6) Now spread onion masala paste on middle part of brinjal, add ghee/oil in the same pan and place masala coated side brinjal and fry it well. Now reverse the brinjal fry for a minute, switch off the flames and add lemon juice both the gently and garnish with coriander leaves.

That's it our Uttar Pradesh style baingan ki lonje is ready to serve. I had it with veg rice, with lemon pieces, onion 😋.


** I fried brinjal's twice first without adding masala, later after applying. This made outer portion of brinjal (skin )crisp.

** Adding lemon juice gives very taste to curry.

** Keep brinjal in water after cutting so that it won't change its color.

Hope these tips and pictures are useful to prepare this curry. Also check other related recipes just by clicking the link below pic..

                         Potlakaya pessara pappu  kura/ snake gourd curry 

                                     Punjabi Kadi


                                                    sanna kakaraya kaya kura

                                                             stuffed bitter gourd

                      Matar Fry

              Malai Matar paneer

                                Paneer LababdarJeera Rice

                 Hyderabadi Mirchi ka salan

               Punjabi Dum aloo

                              Kaju curry

               paneer butter masala

                          Kadai Paneer

          Stuffed paneer capsicum            

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Monday, 5 August 2019

Pudina Rice || Pudina Veg Pulao || Mint Rice, How to prepare pudina rice

"Happy Friendship Day" to all my friends.. Today's recipe is freshly aromatic, tasty and healthy Pudina Rice, Mint Rice or Pudina veg pulao. I prepared this pudina rice using basmati rice which enhances its taste, to make it more healthy i used veggies like carrot, beans, peas and potato. You can also pack this for lunch box with some cucumber and carrot slices. If you want to prepare something special for parties at home rather than regular veg rice then pudina pulao/rice is perfect rice items. Serve this with simple raita's like pomegranate raita, boondi raita. On hubby's demand i prepared potato matar/peas fry and masala raita,onions and lemon pieces with this pudina veg pulao. Instead of basmati rice you can also use regular rice and also cook in pressure cooker. I always prefer to cook pulao in kadai when using basamati rice, if you are facing problem in cooking basamati rice check out recipe and tips. There are number of variation in preparing this pudina rice, today i am sharing the recipe which i regularly prepare at home. Also check 
 Mango Rice , Carrot riceJeera Rice Green Peas PulaoKashmiri PulaoCoconut milk pulao , Ven Pongal,Restaurant style curd rice, Curry leaves powder rice.

                            Pudina Rice/ Pudina Veg Pulao
Soak time: 20 minutes
Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Cook Time : 20 minutes
Serves : 4
Category : Rice items 
Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Main ingredients : Mint / Pudina
Author : Aruna SarasChandra 


For pudina paste:

pudina leaves- 1 cup
coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
fresh/desiccated coconut - 2 tsp
green chillies - 2 to 3(adjust)
ginger - 1 inch
garlic - 2 cloves

Veggies used:

carrot - 1
beans - 5
potato -1
fresh peas/matar -1/2 cup


Basmati rice - 1 1/2 cup
water - 2 1/2 cup
ghee - 2 tsp + 1 tsp
vegetable oil - 1 1/2 tsp
elachi - 3
cloves - 3
star anise -2 
cinnamon stick - 1 inch
bay leaf - 2
pepper - 5 (option)
cashew nuts - 10
onion - 1
lemon juice - 5 drops 
salt as per taste


1) Wash basmati rice under water for 2 times and soak it in enough water for 20 minutes.

2) Meanwhile chop veggies and prepare pudina paste. wash pudina/mint and coriander leaves well. Take all the ingredients in a mixer jar and grind it to smooth paste.

3) Now take a kadai add ghee + vegetable oil, let it heat for a second then add elachi,clove, cinnamon stick, pepper, bay leaf, star anise fry it for few seconds then add cashew nuts, fry till it changes color.

4) Now add onion and salt fry till it changes color.

5) Now add all veggies, mix everything well then close the lid and cook it for few minutes till the veggies cook a bit on low - medium flames.

6) Now add pudina paste to the above mix everything well without breaking rice.

7) Drain basmati rice from water and add to the above mix everything well then add 2 1/2 cups of water.

8) now add 2 1/2 cups of water to the above mixture with few lemon juice drops and let it cook for a minute on high flames, later close the lid and cook it on low flames.(** check tips)

9) open the lid in the middle mix everything well add 1 tsp of ghee close the lid and cook till rice cook well.

once pulao cook well, let it rest for some time before serving. That's it aromatic and tasty pudina veg pulao is ready to serve.


** Instead of basmati rice you can use regular sona masuri rice.

** If you soak basmati rice for 20 minutes then add 21/2 cup water and cook for 2 whistle if cooking in  pressure cooker. To get perfect cooked non sticky texture of basmati rice add few drops of lemon juice.

** If you are using normal rice then use 3 glass of water and cook it for 3 whistles.

** Do not serve pulao immediately after cooking let it settle for few minutes, then you will get perfect texture of basmati rice.

** Use fresh mint and coriander leaves to get aromatic flavor and taste.

** You can also skip adding veggies to prepare plain pudina rice.

Taking this pudina rice to #FoodieMondayBloghop fb group #207Herbalicious theme. This week theme is hosted by talented chef Swaty Malik she blogs at Foodtrails25. Check out her site for delectable and innovative recipes. You can learn many UP's regional recipes and also many fusion, baking recipes from different regions. Her photography and way of presentation inspires me a lot. This week Swaty suggested to prepare any recipe using fresh or dry herbs. So i selected pudina which is easily available here and prepared this pudina rice.

Also check the following pulao/ rice recipes by just clicking the link below pic..

                                                               Mango Rice
                     Carrot rice
                                                Green Peas Pulao

                                           Jeera Rice

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Aruna Saraschandra 😊