Are you feeling a little hungry for something spicy?
Indian cuisine is flavorful, and full of healthy spices. If you don’t have the funds to go traveling around the world, why not explore the world in your kitchen?
International food is delicious, cheap and easy to prepare. With only a handful of fresh ingredients and a few authentic Indian food products, you can quickly have some mouth-watering food in no time.
And don’t think your children wouldn’t mind exploring some Indian food at home. Get them involved and make it an experience for them.
The following 2 recipes are light and healthy breakfast (or brunch) item and a mild spicy evening snack that can be made at home quite quickly with you loved ones and when friends come over, often unannounced.
Sweet Corn Bhel (Boiled Sweet Corn Recipe with fresh, finely chopped Tomatoes, Cilantro and Cheese)
Category: Evening Snack
Preparation/Cooking Time: 10 mins/7 mins approx.
4 cups of boiled sweet corn
2 Tbsp de-seeded and chopped tomatoes
1 finely chopped green chile
1 Tbsp chopped Cilantro or Coriander
1 tsp Chaat Masala
1 tsp Unsalted butter
1 tbsp grated cheese (optional)
Salt to taste
- In a pot boil water till it starts bubbling.
- Now add the sweet corn to it and boil for another 5 minutes.
- Drain the water and keep the boiled corn in a bowl and set aside.
- Add the chopped green chilly, chat masala, chopped tomatoes, butter and salt to the sweet corn and mix well.
- Garnish with the chopped cilantro or coriander and serve. ( You can add 1 tbsp of grated cheese if your kids love cheese)
Upma (A Healthy South Indian Breakfast or Brunch Recipe Prepared with Semolina)
Category: Breakfast or Brunch
Preparation/Cooking Time: 15 mins/15 mins
Serving: 2 to 3
250 ml Semolina (Rawa) dry roasted
1 medium-sized finely chopped onion
A tsp of Split and skinned Bengal Gram (Chana Dal)
A tsp of Split Skinned Black Gram
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig of curry leaves (optional, you can use 1 tbsp of fresh finely chopped Coriander or Cilantro leaves instead of curry leaves)
½” grated Ginger
1 chopped green chile (optional)
1 tsp sugar (optional)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Salt to taste
- Heat a pan and add the Semolina or Rawa and dry roast stirring with a flat wooden spatula till it becomes crisp and starts giving out an aroma (don’t over roast and let it turn brown).
- Remove the pan from the stove and keep aside the roasted semolina in a plate.
- In a separate pan, heat the oil and add the mustard seeds to it and let it crackle.
- Now add in the remaining ingredients one by one (Bengal Gram, Black gram) and fry them till golden brown.
- Now add the onions and sauté till they turn translucent.
- Add in the grated ginger, curry leaves and sauté for one minute.
- Now add 750 ml or 2 ½ cups of water to it and salt.
- Add the sugar. You can skip sugar if you don’t like a slightly sweet taste. I prefer it as it tastes good. Now stir well.
- Bring the water to a boil on a medium flame.
- Now lower the flame and add in the roasted semolina or rawa, while continuously stirring. (Quick and continuous stirring cooks the semolina properly.
- Cover the pan with a lid and let it steam for 2 mins on the low flame.
- Switch off the flame.
- Remove in a plate and garnish with the chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.
- Your Upma is ready to be served.
Hope you liked these 2 recipes and will surely try and make them for your loved ones. Do get back to us here on LifeStyleBody with your own Sweet Corn Bhel and Upma making experience. Bon Appetit!