Friday, July 30, 2021



Here is a very healthy detox soup recipe made with drumsticks or moringa.Drumsticks are loaded with nutrition. This soup is said to be as nutritious as mutton or paya yakhni. So it makes a good option for vegetarians. This is also a weight watchers delight.

Nutritional Facts of Drumstick or Moringa

Drumstick is highly valued for its theraputic properties and nutritional benefits. This versatile vegetable is loaded with Vitamins A,C,K, B complex, minerals, iron, calcium, magnesium to name a few. Regular addition of drumstick in the diet is known to control diabetes, high blood pressure. It also fortifies the bone and improves skin health. Right from the root, bark, leaves, pod, flowers, fruits and seeds of this plant are used in traditional medicine.
(Information source - Google)

Can we add some vegetables to this soup ?

Yes, you may add vegetables to it. But to keep it healthy choose some nutritious ones.

Can we add any thickeners ?

Yes, you may add some oatmeal or barley powder for thickening. For a healthy version avoid adding corn starch

Drumsticks ........... 200 gms (about 5-6)
Ginger .................. 1" piece (peeled and chopped)
Salt ...................... to taste
Crushed black pepper .... 2-3 pinches or as needed
Roasted cumin powder ....1/4 tsp or as needed
Lemon juice .................... 1/2 tbsps or as needed
(add all the ingredients as per your liking)

1. Scrape the drumsticks and cut them into small pieces.
2. Put them in a pressure cooker with 3 cups of water and cook for 3-4 whistles.
3. Open after the pressure is released. Let them cool.
4. Transfer them into a grinding jar and grind them adding the water from the pressure cooker.
5. Strain the soup well.
6. Pour the strained soup into a pan and place it on the gas.
7. Add salt and bring it to a boil.
8. Add the roasted cumin powder and freshly crushed black pepper. Add some lemon juice.
9. Boil it for a minute or two on low flame.

Yield - 2 servings

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About the group:
Shhhhh Cooking Secretly is a monthly challenge in a facebook group where we are paired with a different partner every month. Two secret ingredients are  chosen by each partner for the other one and we prepare any dish with those ingredients based on the selected theme of the month which was MONSOON TREATS suggested by me.
My partner of the month was Jayashree Trao. She chose GINGER and  PEPPER as my two secret ingredients and I made this healthy Moringa soup.
I gave her GHEE and ASAFOETIDA as her secret ingredients. She made delicious and healthy LEMON RASAM 

Friday, July 2, 2021


This is a very delicious and spicy side dish made with baby potatoes and lot of ginger along with spice powders. You can serve it with rotis, puris, parathas or as a side dish with dal chawal and pulaos. If you don't have baby potatoes you may also use normal potato chunks. 
Since this dish does not have any onion and garlic you can make it during Navtratras also and enjoy with buckwheat rotis or samak khichdi.

Baby potatoes ..... 25 - 30 or as needed.
Grated ginger ..... 2 tbsps
Cumin seeds....... 1 tsp
Mustard seeds ..... 1 tsp
Turmeric powder .. 1/4 tsp
Kashmiri chilli powder ... 1/2 or 1 tsp (as much as you like)
Coriander powder ......  1 tsp
Cumin powder ........... 1 tsp
Garam masala .......... 1/2 tsp
Green chillies .......... 2 (slit)
Coriander leaves ...... handful
Oil ...................... for frying and cooking as needed

1. Wash the potatoes well and parboil them.
2. Let them cool. Peel them and set aside.
3. Heat oil and deep fry the potatoes until the outer layer if firm and light brown.
4. Remove and set aside.
5. In a pan heat 2-3 tbsps of oil.
6. Add the mustardand cumin seeds and let them crackle.
7. Now add the gingerand saute a bit. 
8. Cover the pan and cook on low flame for half a minute so that the flavours from the giger are infused into the oil.
9. Now add the salt and all the spice powders except garam masala which will be added towards the end.
10. Saute a bit on low flame and add little water.
11. Tip in the fried potatoes and green chillies. Saute a bit and add 1/2 cup water.
12. Simmer for few minutes or until done. Halfway through open the lidand addthe garam masala powder.
13. If you want a gravy version then add 1 cup of water.
14. Garnish with coriander leaves.

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This recipe is made for the event - A-Z Recipe Challenge. 
Season 1 - We hace completed the first season making the recipes alphabetically with ingredients with English names. ( eg. A - Apple, Artichoke, Asparagus ..)
Season 2 - We decided to make the recipes alphabetically with Hindi names. ( A - Anar, Adrak Aloo ... )

Recipe List of A-Z Challenge (Season 2)

A - Adraki Aloo  (baby Potatoes with ginger and spice powders)
B - Begun Bhaja  ( Bengali style fried Brinjals)
C - Chukandar Ke Parathe  (Stuffed Beetroot Parathas)
D -Dahi Chawal (Farali) ( Barnyard Millet Curd Rice)
E - Elaichi Cup Cakes ( Cardamom Flavoured Cup Cakes )
F - False ke Biscuit ( lemon Currant Cookies )
G - Gud Wale Pohe ( Sweet flattened Rice Flakes with Jaggery)
H - Hare Dhaniye Ki Sabzi ( Fresh Coriander Stir fry)
I - Imli Gosht ( Tangy Mutton Curry )
J - Jowar ke Phulke (Sorghum Flour Flatbreads)
- Karele ki Bhurji ( Diced Bitter Gourd Stir fry)
L - Lehsun Ka Achar ( Garlic Pickle)
M - Moong Dal with Sarson ka Saag ( Moong dal with Mustard Greens)
N - Neembu Gud ki Shikanji (Indian summer drink with herbs and spices)

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Thursday, July 1, 2021



Here is a light and easy salad recipes without any creamy dressing. Potatoes and parsely go very well together. We get two types of parsley, one resembles coriander leaves and the other one is a curled variety. Both are same in taste.
You may also use any other herb instead if you like but the quantity may differ depending on the herb you are using.

Potatoes ......... 3 - 4
Parsley ............ 1 cup (finely chopped)
Black pepper .... 1/2 tsp (crushed)
Salt ..................... to taste
Roasted flaxseeds powder .... 1 tsp
Celery seeds .................. 1/4 tsp
Olive oil ......................... 2 tbsps
Apple cider vinegar ....... 1 tbsp

1. Boil the potatoes, peel them and cut into cubes.
2. Wash the parsley well and cut it finely.
3. In a large mixing bowl combine the potates and chopped parsley.
4. Add all the remaining ingredients and toss it gently.

You may use any herb you like to replace parsley.
If you don't have celery seeds use 2 tbsps of finely chopped celery instead.

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