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Couscous Upma [Spicy Couscous]

Couscous is staple grain of North Africa same way as we have rice. It also resembles polenta or farina. Couscous is often considered Moroccan, however it is home to most North African countries.

This is a great light complete meal. When I have nothing in my pantry or not in mood to cook something elaborate, yet healthy I cook up this one! It prepared the same way as suji (rava, semolina) upma.

A properly cooked couscous should be fluffy and not slimy. Read more about Couscous here


Whole wheat CousCous - 1 cup
Water - 1 cup
Onion - 1 medium - Sliced
Green chillies - to taste
Curry Leaves - 5-7
Roasted peanuts - 2 tbsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Corriander powder - 1/4 tsp
Cumin [zeera] seeds - 1/4 tsp
Mustard [Rye] seeds - 1/4 tsp
Salt- to taste
Lime juice - to taste
Any Vegetable Oil - 1.5 Tbsp

Boil water , add couscous and few drops of oil and cook for 5 minutes . Fluff with the fork and keep it aside.In a frying pan heat oil, add zeera and rye seeds, let it crackle. Throw…

Beetroot Halwa / Chukandar Halwa [Beetroot Sweet Dish ]

Did you know that beets have amazing blood cleansing properties!!!
Beetroot is a good source of folic acid, iodine, organic sodium, potassium, chlorine and digestive forms of sugars. The iron content is of fine quality, which makes it ideal for blood production.

Health Benefits:[Read more here]
Fights AcidosisA great blood builderExcellent solvent for calcium deposits in arteriesNormalizes blood pressureRelieves constipationBeet juice when mixed with vinegar makes a good anti-dandruff solutionThe chlorine detoxifies the liverWhen mixed with honey, heals gastric ulcerBeet juice and carrot juice together cures gall and kidney problemsPrevents varicose nerves by maintaining elasticity of arteries
Enjoy Beetroot [Chukandar] Halwa !!


Beetroot [Chukandar in Hindi] - 2 medium
Milk - 2 Cups
Sugar - 1 tbsp
Clarified butter [Ghee] - 1 tsp
Choicest Nuts and berries - handful
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
Grated coconut - optional


Grate and steam the peeled beetroots for 5-10 minutes […

Eggless Carrot Cake and Award

This is my second egg-less cake and again the result is awesome!!! It came out very moist and had beautiful texture. Again I replaced the eggs with yogurt and looks like its working for me.

This is a very flavorful cake especially the spices add inviting flavor to it. The carrots provide nice color. Try it for your self, you will love it !


*Whole wheat bleached flour - 1 cup
Carrots - 2
Indian curd (thick) or Yogurt - 1/2 cup
Canola oil - 1/2 cup
Brown sugar - 2/3 cup
Nutmeg powder- 1tsp
Cinnamon powder - 1tsp
Vanilla essence - 1tsp
Milk 1tbsp
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt -1/4 tsp
Raisins - handful
Walnuts, chopped - handful


Pre- heat the oven at 360 degree Fahrenheit and grease the baking pan and keep it aside

Combine all the dry ingredients [except sugar] and sieve it through at least 2 times

Blend oil, thick yogurt, sugar and vanilla with a beater for 1 minute at medium speed

Next fold in the dry ingredients and mix gently without running t…