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Quinoa, Chana Dal and Brown Rice Dosa [Tri-grain Crepe]

Lately I have been looking for Quinoa based recipes for my little one. He is a picky eater and I have to struggle to bring him variety and yet healthy food. While surfing on net, I found this recipe here. The recipe is so easy and does not take lot of preparation. My ds loved it and so did we :)

Ingredients: Quinoa - 1/4 cup
Brown rice - 1/4 cup
Chana Daal [Gram Lentils]-1/4 cup
Fresh mint leaves - 1/4cup , finely chopped
Chopped onions - 1/4 cup
Green chillies - optional
Coriander powder - 1/4 tsp optional
Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp optional

Method: Soak the three grains in water for 4 hours. Rinse,strain and grind to get a smooth paste. Adjust the consistency to pancake like batter by adding more water. Add all the spices including salt flowed by  mint leaves and chopped onions.
Heat non-stick griddle and drizzle some vegetable oil. Pour the batter and spread it like a pancake. Cook on both sides and serve it ketchup [did it for my DS] or spicy tangy sambhar

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Quick and Easy Pasta

Last week I ran out of store bought pasta sauce and neither had any fresh tomatoes to make marinara sauce. All I had was a can of organic tomato sauce from Trader Joes . I made this quick pasta sauce and came out totally awesome ! It saved lot of my energy cooking authentic marinara sauce, especially when I am looking for quick dinner.

Pasta - 2 cups
Tomato Sauce [Trader Joes] - 2.5 cups
Dried or fresh Basil
Dried or fresh Oregano
Black pepper
Mild Cheddar cheese sticks - 2, grated
Onion - 1 small
Garlic - 1 clove
Olive oil or any vegetable oil - 2-3 tbsp
Sugar - pinch

Method: Boil pasta per packet instructions. Heat oil, add garlic slices followed by chopped onions. Saute' until pink, pour in tomato sauce and add some water to maintain desired consistency. Cook for 8 minutes on medium heat, sprinkle basil, oregano leaves , black pepper and adjust for salt. Add some sugar if sweet-sour taste is desired.
Fold in boiled pasta and sauce, garnish grated cheese. Take it off the stove…