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Vegetable Hakka Noodles (Chowmein)

I have to share this with my readers, my little 2 year old is a big time picky eater. He wouldn't try anything new and have to really trick him to eat something special. I had my OMG moment when I saw him running after his father to try these Hakka noodles !!!  he actually ate not one, not two or three but many spoons.To my surprise he didn't find the noodles hot ..well, whatever, I am happy he tried something new, thats a good sign :))

Ingredients: Chings Hakka Noodles - 1 packet
Organic extra firm tofu - 2 cups [cubed]
Chings Chili sauce - 2-3 tbsp
Chings dark soy sauce - 3-4 tbsp
White vinegar - 2-3 tbsp
Spring onions - 1 bunch
Cabbage - 2.5 cups [shredded]
Bell pepper - 1 medium [sliced]
Carrot - 2-3 medium [sliced]
Broccoli - 1 cup [chopped]
Garlic - 2 pods [minced]
Salt to taste
Black pepper
Cooking oil - 2 tbsp

Method: Marinate tofu in 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp chili sauce and some salt for 1 hourSaute' or broil tofu in very little oilBoil noodles per you packet instruction…

Lauki Kofta in Onion Gravy [Opo squash dumplings in onion gravy]

Lauki [Opo Squash] is also known as doodhi in North India. This is a very typical side dish from Uttar Pradesh prepared on festive occasions. My mother makes a special onion gravy with little [preferably none] tomatoes....the curry has unique taste and I love this uniqueness... try it out yourself !

Ingredients: Lauki [Opo squash] - 1 medium
Onion - 2 medium [finely chopped]
Tomato - 1/2 medium [finely chopped]
Ginger-Garlic paste - 1 tsp
Gram flour [Besan] -  1/2 - 3/4 cup
Grated ginger - optional

Dry Spices Turmeric - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1.5tsp
Coriander powder - 1tsp
Chilli powder - optional
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp

For seasoning Bay leaf - 1
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Cooking oil

Method: Gravy Grate lauki, sprinkle some salt and keep it asideHeat oil [2 tbsp], add cumin seeds and when they start to crackle add 1 bay leaf and immediately add the chopped onions. Saute onions till golden brown in color (You can add some salt to hasten the process). Add ginger garlic paste and cook till done No…

Moong Bean Sprouts

Read it somewhere Moong beans [mung beans, green daal] are most consumed sprout on earth ! These are good way of getting proteins in a vegetarians diet.

A cup of moong sprouts offers:
CaloriesProteins(gm)*Fiber*Vitamin C*Iron*Folate262.542349* Percent daily value
source here

Soak moong beans in water for 6-8 hours or overnightDrain water and place the seeds in wet cheese cloth and tie it around Keep the cheese cloth with beans and little water in a closed box and keep it in a warm place for 10 hoursVoila !! you will see looong sprouts  Rinse the sprouts carefully and its ready to eat as a salad with some lime juice or prepare soup [daal], fried rice, dosa [crepe](use sprout beans instead of split moong beans) etc etc
And I just found that there are actually bean sprouters in the market, check them out, BTW you would not need it if you follow the method above -:)

Event Participation: MLLA#25 hosted Siri and event started by Susan
Lets Sprout hosted by Priya of Priya's Easy N Tasty …

Make Fluffy Rice in Open Pot

Here is an easy way to make fluffy basmati rice in an open pot.

Wash rice and soak in water for 10 minutesDrain water and transfer the rice in the cooking pot and cover it with water till its just one joint above your fingerPut the heat on high and wait till it starts to boilNow reduce the heat to minimum and cover the pot with lidCook on low heat for 10 minutes [DO NOT OPEN the lid]Now check if the rice is done, if not then cook for another 2 minutesTurn off the stove and let the pot sit for another 10 minutes Now open the pot and fluff the rice and its ready to serve

Sweet Potato Smoothie

Never thought of making this smoothie until I saw it on Sailaja's Kitchen. I try to incorporate sweet potatoes in our diet as it is one of the 7 superfoods. Till now I been serving baked/steamed version to my family, now its this Smoothie...
Read more about Sweet Potatoes and enrich your diet !

Ingredients Steamed sweet potatoes
Honey [or sugar]
Cinnamon powder

Method Add de-skinned & diced sweet potatoes, milk, honey and cinnamon powder to a blender. Adjust consistency by adding more or less milk/sweet potatoes and serve chilled !!