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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Barley Vegetable Soup

Brimming with veggies & barley, this delicious, hearty and filling barley vegetable soup is positively packed with healthy goodness!

Barley Vegetable Soup Recipe | Vegetarian Healthy Soups written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

The very first “Barley Recipe” on this blog. I really am growing up!

What I really like about this older me is that I’m starting to appreciate grains other than wheat and rice. There was a time when I pledged my love for rice and couldn’t imagine a healthier substitute to my meals. But this barley vegetable soup left me incredibly surprised. All my initial apprehensions were put to rest when I devoured spoonful after spoonfuls of this filling soup. This soup scores extra points in texture, taste and ease of preparation.

It is a New Year. And that means making small changes to make it a healthier year.  I almost always make it a point to make some healthy changes… always on a quest to take off a few pounds and live a healthier, more energetic life. And this soup is just perfect for whatever health goals you have. All you need is a pot, some fresh herbs & veggies and Barley! Let’s go! (more…)

Granola Bites

Power packed granola bites made with homemade granola! Get your nutrients on the go!

Granola Bites Recipe | How to make Healthy High Energy Granola Nuggets | High protein healthy snacks | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy from Foodomania.com

I made these granola bites about 2 months ago. Everyday since then, I’ve been eating one of these to satisfy my sweet tooth and my 4 pm-hunger.

You know, it is that time of the day when you feel like you’ve just got to reach out for a burger or order a plate of fries…. I’ve successfully resisted doing that for the past couple months… all thanks to these hunger-squashing super power nuggets! It did take a while for me to get used to this change in the menu. A granola bite is after all NOT a slice of pizza. For picky eaters, this may not be love at first sight. But stay with it, one bite at a time. It’ll grow on you.

As an unexpected yet welcome side effect of this ritual, I now see that my skin and hair have really started to improve! The omega-3 rich flax seeds and protein rich everything else have definitely contributed in a big way to my health! And now you can do this for yourself too! 🙂

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Chickpea Sundal

High protein Chickpea Sundal is a south Indian offering to the salad world – complete with “dressing” and all.

Chickpea Sundal Recipe | Indian Garbanzo Bean (Chole) Salad

 

Re-posting a very, very old post today. I had somehow missed this recipe when I started Foodomania. This reminds me of my very beginning days of blogging. This recipe still is as good as it was when I made it over 3 years ago! 🙂

Garbanzo beans (Chickpea/ Chole). Such beautiful legumes! There isn’t a single savory dish you could make with chickpeas that I’d dislike. With their natural high protein content, garbanzo beans make for a natural choice for diet-conscious vegetarians. Here is another recipe from the southern regions of India, accentuating the deliciousness of chickpeas!

Sundal – a word that could possibly mean Salad. There are various kinds of Sundal that South Indians make. Think – as many lentils & legumes there are, twice or thrice as many (known) Sundal recipes exist! The most commonly prepared and loved Sundal though is this Chickpea Sundal.

The “dressing” is made up of my mom’s concocted spice blend and some coconuts, curry leaves & mustard seeds cooked in a little splash of oil. (Before you cringe – a little fat is GOOD for your health, okay?!) If you’ve been put off by bland bean salads before, give this one a chance and you’ll be surprised to find a new favorite. 🙂 (more…)