Friday, 20 January 2017

One pot Spicy & Quick Vegetable Pulao

       As a busy mommy of two little ones I always like quick and wholesome one pot meals which can be cooked with less time.
Vegetable pulao is one such wholesome meal which doesn't need a side dish and can be taken with any raita ,pappad or pickles.And my husband likes it with a boiled egg so its becomes a totally wholesome meal then with cereals,veggies,fat and protein..When I prepare it always prepare a little more and keeps the rest refrigerated for next day.You can reheat it and use it again.Its possible to halve the recipe also.


Basmati rice -3 cups
Ghee/oil/butter -1 tablespoon
Salt- as per taste
Water-5 & 1/ 4 cups


Cardamom - 4
Cloves- 4
Star anise- 1
Cinnamon-1 inch
Black pepper- 1/2 tsp
Fennel seeds- 1/ 2 tsp
Bay leaf- 1


cauliflower- 1/2 a cauliflower cut in to florets
Carrots- 2 cut in to cubes
Potatoes- 2 cut in to cubes
Green peas- 1/2 cup
Onions- 2 thinly sliced
Tomatoes- 2 cut in to cubes
Ginger - 1/ 2 inch crushed
Garlic - 4 crushed
Green chilly- 3 slit
Coriander leaves - 1 tablespoons chopped
Mint leaves -  1 tablespoons chopped


1.wash and soak rice for 30 minutes in water.( amount of water to be used is 13/4 cup water for 1 cup of basmati rice for cooking)

2.Take a heavy bottomed vessel , I used pressure cooker and a tablespoon of ghee and crack whole spices and saute green chilly,ginger garlic crushed ,onions and chopped leaves

3.Then add the spice powders and saute  for few seconds and pour 1 cup of water to avoid burning then add all veggies and rice add salt and rest of water (4  1/4 cups in this recipe) as required and mix well.

4.Close the pressure cooker and cook for  10 minutes on SIM after first whistle.

5.After 10 minutes turn off the flame and after the air   escapes ,open  and fluff the rice with a fork and have it with raita,salad,pickles or pappad.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Home made Whole Wheat OREO Cookies

                    Nowadays everybody likes OREO Cookies and kids are the biggest fan of it .Here in this recipe a healthier twist have been added to it using whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour.OREO is nothing but chocolate sandwich cookies.


Butter - 1/2 cup
Powdered sugar - 1/2 cup
Egg - 1/2

Vanilla - 1/2 tsp
Whole wheat flour- 1 cup
Cocoa- 70 gm
Baking pdr- 3/4 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp


1.Cream butter and sugar then add egg and vanilla ,combine well.Now add the sieved dry ingredients and mix well make cookie dough.(its good to refrigerate the cookie dough for 1 hour to make the dough more firm while rolling and cutting out the cookies)

2.Roll out the cookie dough and cut out cookies using a cookie cutter.

3.Bake at 180 degree celsius for 10 to 13 minutes.Baking time may vary according to ovens.



Butter- 1/4 cup
Half &Half- 1 tablespoons
( Can be made by  mixing 40 ml milk+ 1 tsp Butter)
Vanilla- 1/2 tsp
Salt- a pinch
Sugar- 11/2 cup


Cream butter and sugar and add the rest and mix well.

Take the cooled cookies and spread the cream between two( can either use a spatula or a an icing bag for filling the cream) and enjoy the healthy whole wheat Oreo sandwich cookies.