Veggies and Fruits with Black Rice

 

This is my idea of an ideal weekend lunch during summer. Black rice, which was also known as forbidden rice, has won the hearts of a whole lot of rice eating population because of its nutitional value. This rice is native to China. 

According to legend, black rice was thought to be so rare, delicious and nutritious, that it could only be eaten by emperors. While this rice is now being brought to the masses around the world, its nutritional content has still remained high. It provides a satisfying nutty flavor, making it a great addition to a number of different dishes. 

It usually takes a bit longer to be completely cooked than traditional white or even wild rice. Due to its high fibre content it keeps you feeling full for a longer period of time, making it a favourite for weight watchers. This recipe combines the health benefits of rice, fruits, veggies and healthy oil . I usually make it on saturdays for lunch because everyone is at home and I want to feed then something really healthy.

Serves 4

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Breakfast in a Glass

Breakfast, according to most nutritionists, is the most important meal of the day. I make sure to provide my family with a wholesome breakfast.

Children, or even my grown up daughters are in so much of a hurry in the mornings that they tend to skip breakfast or go for just a cup of coffee with biscuits. That’s when I came up with this recipe and since then have been making it almost everyday.

Oats are known to have so many health benefits, are great system cleansers and combined with probiotics and fruits take it to an altogether different level. 

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Paani Puri

This is one of the best street foods of India and has managed to weave the entire country in one string. It is known in various regions of India by varying names like phuchka, golgappa and paani puri.A little preparation beforehand is required for the ultimate pleasure. I would divide this into four sections as per the ingredients and preparation.Some like it sweet, some sweet and sour and some like me, love this simply hot and sour.

Serves 5

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Chicken Kabab

This is a recipe for times when you want to keep your meal light and simple. The broth we get while cooking  serves as an excellent combination of soup with the kabab, keeping the meal protein packed and tasty. The kababs can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge and can be shallow fried and served whenever you want. As for the soup, just strain and pour it in a soup bowl and serve hot. The kabab is best made using boneless chicken thighs because breast boneless tend to become fibrous at times and also the bengal gram or chana dal and thighs take almost equal time to cook.

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