Saturday, June 21, 2008

Mung Sprouts Parantha

This is one variant of using mung sprouts which I had to improvise as my hubby protested about having to eat mung salad which I love to make, where I steam the mung sprouts for short with a pinch of turmeric, add my simple home made chaat masala, chopped onion, tomatoes, diced cucumber, some fresh cilantro, if I have it at home, and lemon juice. But NO! It was too healthy for him. I guess you might know what I am talking about.

So, here is a creation which wasn't bad at all. I steamed the sprouts like I mentioned above and I made the paranthas with rape seed oil (mustard), which added to the flavour a lot. I just mixed the sprouts to the usual dough while preparing it with atta (whole wheat chapati flour).
All you need is the atta, salt, spices of choice, mung sprouts steamed with turmeric and salt for 3-5 minutes with little water, if required.
I could not make these paranthas puff up so much, because of the sprouts, but they still tasted really good. If you want to know exact preparation method, here are two links: one at, the other at Indian Foods link.

It can be eaten with yoghurt raita, daal or any vegetable preparation.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Brown Vs. White Bread

Did anyone tell you that white bread is more fattening/high in fat /has more calories than brown bread ????

Look at this chart.

After I see the chart I can say that brown bread is healthier than white but not less fattening. It has got equal amount of calories and more fat. But then it also has vitamins , minerals and protien in better quantity , so its healthier.

Also note that if you think, that the colour of the bread is brown , its whole wheat bread , then you are wrong. It can just be artificial colour.

If you don't believe me, read it here.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Strawberry smoothie

Call it a smoothie or a shake, this is how I often make a strawberry drink, earlier for me and my hubby and now more often for my 3 yr. old son. Like today!

Preparation time: 5 minutes
For 2 persons


6-8 strawberries, washed and pat dried, cleaned of the green cap or any other blemishes
2 small tubs (300 g) Yoghurt
1 scoop of strawberry icecream (or any other)
1 tsp sugar (optional)
2 mint leaves, chopped finely (optional)
a mint leaf as garnish

Mix everything with a blener untill smooth and homogenous.
Pour in a glas and serve garnished with a mint leaf.


  • Substitute the strawberries with other fruits like raspberries, blueberries or blackberries.
  • When using tropical fruits, like mango (delicious!) adjust the sugar accordingly.
  • If it is too thick, just add some milk. Yes, you can replace yoghurt completely with milk too!
  • For those living in hot climates, a few cubes of ice would be great too!