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Bottle Gourd (Lauki ) Curry with Musurdal (Red Lentil) Kofta:Vegan and Gluten free Ayurvedic Recipe

Bottle Gourd (Lauki ) Curry with Musurdal (Red Lentil) Kofta:Vegan and Gluten free Ayurvedic Recipe

Bottle Gourd (Lauki ) Curry with Musurdal (Red Lentil) Kofta:Vegan and Gluten free Ayurvedic Recipe

Yesterday I had made the bottle gourd curry with Musurdal (red lentil) kofta.It was so delicious and filling, you can’t imagine that the curry of bottle gourd can be delightful so much! Bottle Gourd is very beneficial for our liver and it can slow our aging. For thousands of years  it ihas been used  in Ayurvedic  Medicine for various problem. Bottle gourd is believed to reduce high blood pressure, fatigue, constipation, jaundice etc. Besides this the red lentils are gluten free, nutritious and flavouful.

Ingredients:

For the curry:

I lb (450 gm) Bottle gourd (diced in cube shape)
½ tsp cumin seed
1 red chili
1 bay leaf
1 tsp salt
½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin powder
½ tsp ginger paste
½ tbsp vegetable oil

For the Kofta:

½ cup Red lentil (soaked for one night and then finely pasted)
1 dash of salt
¼ tsp chili powder
½ tsp oil

Preparation:

For kofta:

Mix the ingredients of kofta except oil. Heat the oil in a nonstick pan and pour the batter of kofta in small quantity so that you can make 15 koftas in round shape. It will take only 10 minutes for shallow fry of koftas on medium flame.

For the curry:

Use the same nonstick pan and heat the ½ tbsp oil and add cumin seed,bay leaf and the red chili.saute for 2 minutes.

Then add the bottle gourd and the remaining spices and sauté for 5 minutes.

Add 2 cups of water and cover a lid .Slow cook for 20 minutes.

When your veggies are become tender add the koftas in the curry and serve with boiled brown rice or roti.

Note: You can enjoy the Koftas as snacks or use this for another veggie curry for a different flavor.

Nutritional Information:
5 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 47.3
Total Fat 1.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 502.1 mg
Potassium 120.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate 7.5 g
Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
Sugars 0.0 g
Protein 2.4 g
Vitamin A 21.4 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 4.4 %
Vitamin C 37.9 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 1.2 %


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One Lovely Blog Award

One Lovely Blog Award

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Thanks very much to moreissuesthantimemagazine for nominating me for this award.  Please visit her blog as she writes about beautiful and inspirational topics that inspires me a lot.Thanks to moreissuesthantimemagazine for the nomination.

Now for the One Lovely Blog Award I’ll share eight facts about myself, share five lovely writing quotes, and nominate five other bloggers for this award. There aren’t any rules for this award so nominees are welcome to share eight facts about themselves and pass the award on.

Eight facts about me…

  1. I always appreciate a healthy living.
  2. I always believe that happiness is within us and we have to just find it out.
  3. My favorite flower is yellow rose.
  4. I used to write Bengali poem when I was too small.
  5. Some time I become so much nostalgic when I miss my childhood.
  6. Again I want to nurture my writing skill  🙂
  7. My daughters are my princess in my world
  8. My inspirations for a good and healthy life comes from Swamivivekananda..One of  my Idol.

Five lovely writing quotes…

“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.”– Swami Vivekananda
“As soon as I think that I am a little body, I want to preserve it, to protect it, to keep it nice, at the expense of other bodies; then you and I become separate.” .”– Swami Vivekananda
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” ― Albert Einstein
“With will one can do anything”.-Samuel Smiles
“Well begun is half done.”-Greek Proverb

The nominees…

1.myfoodtapestry

2.cityhippyfarmgirl

3.Theoddpantry

4.The vegan kitchen of dr caligari

5.Vishal Bheeroo

Thanks for your time and support me through my journey of blog writing. 🙂


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Bengali Dessert :Malpua:Vegan Recipe

Malpua:Bengali Dessert

Malpua:Bengali Dessert

Most people think cheating is a bad thing but it’s some time ok to cheat with your diet as it gives you a mind satisfaction to have your desired food. I always avoid the deep fried food but after two crazy weeks this weekend I have managed to make this dessert “Malpua “one of my favorite Bengali sweet .We have to deep fry the batter of ingredients and dip it into chasni (cane sugar syrup).We celebrate Durga Puja(The Mid-Autumn Festival of Bengali) specially Dasami by distributing sweets between our friends and relatives and “Malpua” takes place among those sweets.

Durga Puja is a festivity of Good (Ma Durga) winning over the Evil (Mahishasur the demon). It is a worship of power of Good ,Power of woman which always wins over the bad. This year Durga Puja is scheduled to start on 9th October, 2014 with the Panchami Puja and will end on 14th October, 2014 with Vijaya Dashami.Kolkata will become a city of light and joy.

Actually during Durga Puja we all forget about our diet and enjoy the festive time to its fullest. 🙂

malpua,Bengali Dessert

malpua,Bengali Dessert

Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour/Almond flour
1 cup low fat milk/Almond milk /soy milk to make a thick batter.
½ cup coconut crust
1 ripe banana,
2-3 green cardamoms(crashed)
1 tbsp of sauf powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup Cane Sugar and 1 cups water to make sira( Chasni or sugar syrup)
vegetable oil for deep frying.

Method:

Mix flour , milk , mashed banana, coconut,crushed green cardamoms and sauf to make a thick batter. Add baking soda to this batter. Meanwhile make sira by boiling 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water. Heat oil in a large skillet and put one laddle of the batter into oil and fry until brown. Take it out and put it in tissue paper to reduce excess oil.Dip into the sugar syrup for 2-3 mins till it absorbs it. Take it out and serve hot or you can refrigerate the dessert for a cold treat.

Nutritional Information:
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275.1
Total Fat 2.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 75.9 mg
Potassium 141.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 64.7 g
Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
Sugars 50.9 g
Protein 2.7 g
Vitamin A 1.5 %
Vitamin B-12 6.2 %
Vitamin B-6 4.6 %
Vitamin C 2.8 %
Vitamin D 3.8 %
Vitamin E 0.4 %