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June 29, 2018

Bell Pepper / Capsicum Soup

Bell Pepper or Capsicum can be consumed raw or cooked. It adds a unique flavour and color to a dish to which is added. They come in variety of colors.  

Bell Peppers are rich in Vitmain C and is a low calorie vegetable.

How to select :-  Bell Pepper / Capsicum - Should be blemish free, firm.  The bottom part differs in bell pepper. Some has 3 bumps and some has 4 bumps. The Bell Peppers with 4 Bumps will be little sweet and hence suitable for use in Salads. Bell Peppers with 3 Bumps are suitable for cooking.

Today sharing a soup recipe using the Bell Peppers or Capsicum. You can use a mix of yellow, red and green or you can use any one of them in this recipe as per your choice or it's availability.

This is a nice, satisfying and lightly creamy recipe as we will be adding little fresh cream.

You will need :-
  1. Bell Peppers of your choice - 2 Nos. (diced)
  2. Onion (big) - 1 No. (diced)
  3. Tomato - 1/2 a tomato or 1 small  (Diced)
  4. Oil - 4 tsp
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Crushed Black Pepper - 1/4 tsp  or as preferred
  7. Water - 2 cups
  8. Fresh cream - 2 tbsp
Procedure :-

  1. Heat Oil and saute the diced onions. 
  2. Add diced Bell Peppers (Capsicums) and tomato, saute for a minute on high flame.
  3. Bring it to room temperature
  4. Grind it to a coarse paste (not fine) adding salt
  5. Add the crushed black pepper and heat it
  6. Switch off the flame and add 2 tbsps of fresh cream
  7. Serve it hot!

Relax and enjoy the yummy Bell Pepper Soup.

June 11, 2018

Vegetable Rava Upma

Vegetables when added to Upma not only makes it look colorful but also healthy.  I have shared a regular & simple version of Upma recipe. Vegetable upma also uses the same recipe and ratios with only few additions in the ingredients.

Upma making is so easy if you take care of few things.. rava should be roasted, ratio of water to rava , right amount of oil and the consistency to which it need to be cooked. You will get perfect upma every time.

  1. Rava - 1 Cup (roasted)
  2. Beans - 7 Nos. - finely chopped
  3. Carrot - 1 small - finely chopped
  4. Onion - 1 no. - finely chopped
  5. Tomato - 1 no. - finely chopped
  6. Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
  7. Ginger - 1" piece - finely chopped
  8. Green chillies - 2 nos. - finely chopped
  9. Oil - 3 tbsp
  10. Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  11. Channa dal - 1/2 tp
  12. Water - 2.5 cups
  13. Salt to taste

  • Heat a wok, Add the oil. when it is hot, add mustard seeds. When they start crackling, add channa dal and fry till it turns golden in color.
  • Add Chopped Onions, curry leaves, green chillies and fry till onion turns translucent.
  • Add the vegetables, Tomato and fry for a minute.
  • Add water and salt, bring to boil
  • When vegetables are partially cooked, start adding rava slowly while stirring it to avoid lumps.
  • once they all mixed well and solidified, cover it with a lid and leave in low flame for two minutes.
  • Turn off the gas.
  • Delicious healthy Rava Upma is ready!

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