Healthy Sabudana Oats Vada

Crunchy, low-fat sabudana oats vada – a healthy, fiber-rich delicious snack that takes only 15 minutes to make!

Healthy Sabudana Oats Vada Recipe | Low Fat Appetizers written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

A month ago, I made the low-fat version of a classic favorite – Mirchi Bhajiya. Granted, this new recipe makeover took a bit longer than what I anticipated – but I had caught on the recipe-makeover-bug. Suddenly, I was re-looking at some of our deep-fried favorites and thinking of how to make the dish more healthy without compromising on the taste or texture.

Sabudana Vada is one such delicious snack that we Indians absolutely love. The chewiness of the Sabudana (pearl tapioca) lends this deep fried goodie a wonderful texture. To make this umpteen times healthier than a regular recipe, I decided to use cut the potatoes and add Oats instead. Oats, like potatoes is an excellent binder. And the goodness of oats is something we all know and love! To cut the fat, I went the shallow-fry way. Making smaller patties and cooking like any regular burger patties is all you’ve gotta do for these vadas.

If you’re someone who doesn’t usually like the idea of recipe makeovers, you’ve got to give this sabudana oats vada a try. You’ll never notice the difference!  Even the best fast food joints in Mumbai may not be able to match up to the deliciousness of these vadas! (more…)

Low Fat Mirchi Bhajiya

Cut the fat from the traditional mirchi bhajiya (milagai bajji) and make a healthier, (still) delicious version of the ever popular Indian delicacy!

Low Fat Mirchi Bhajiya Recipe | Indian Jalapeño Fritters written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

My dear Desi friends,

You are going to adore this recipe. I only stress on the desi friends bit because I’m not sure those of you with a lower threshold for spice will want to make + eat this goodie. Mirchi Bhajiya is an Indian favorite – something that is considered to be a perfect snack with tea on a cold, rainy day. Fiery hot, stuffed with a potato filling and deep fried to crispy perfection is how a traditional Mirchi Bhajiya is supposed to be.

You may want to check out my original post where I did the whole deep frying bit. That was wayyyyyy back in 2012. I was young. And thin. And had a metabolism of a horse. 😛 But now that I’m being a bit more conscious about the kind of foods I eat, I ensure to keep it as healthy as possible. If there is a healthier alternative, I definitely prefer that over deep frying. Which is why when my friends at Tupperware sent me their new Steam it, I couldn’t wait to try something innovative as opposed to just steaming veggies. Just you wait. You’re going to want to scroll down to see how brilliant this steamer is and how you can use it in so may ways!

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50 Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes

We have a collection of 50 delicious, vegetarian Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes! Browse through these Indian delicacies to choose an auspicious menu for the festival!

ganesh chaturthi recipes

Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday of Lord Ganesha, son of Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvati. Ganesha is widely worshiped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and is traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture! This festival is celebrated in all parts of India, and is especially prominent in Maharashtra. This festival usually falls between August 18th to September 22nd and lasts for 11-13 days. During the festival, idols of Ganesha are hosted in various homes and delicious food, known as Prasaad,  is offered to the Lord. You can read more about the festival here.

Food, as always, is an important part of the festival.Various versions of Modaks (also known as Kozhakattai / Kadubu / Modagam / Sughiyan) are prepared as offerings to the Lord. It is a kind of sweet dumpling and varies from region to region. A kind of savory mixture is also commonly prepared in households.

Different people follow different traditions and rituals and the food varies with region. To get the list of Ganesh Chaturthi recipes, continue reading!

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Bhindi Masala

Simple, low fat Maharashtian style Bhindi Masala (Okra stir fry) made with my favorite spice blend – Godaaa!
Bhindi Masala Recipe | Easy Maharashtrian Okra fry with Goda Masala | Bhendi Fry with Goda Masala | Easy stir fried veggies | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com After potatoes, okra is my most favorite vegetable in the whole world! Maybe I’m a little biased, but I only have it with rice. I think rice + okra is a powerful combination.

I have 2 favorite methods of cooking Bhindi (okra) – The south Indian stir fry way… and more recently, the Maharashtrian bhindi masala way with extra dose of Goda Masala!

Ever since I discovered the secret to Goda, I’ve been using it generously in all my stir fried veggie dishes. It’s a great spice mixture – even better than garam masala in some cases. I believe this is (almost) how Maharashtrians make their Bhindi masala. (more…)