Corona pandemic has put the whole world into a whirlpool. The government of each country is trying its best to make sure that its citizens are not sucked into the whirlpool.
We as the citizens have to be equally responsible by practicing social distancing and respecting the curfew that has been implied in our country.
However with the curfew, also comes the challenge of getting our kitchens equipped with all the necessary grocery and fresh produce. Home kitchen ‘managers’ often come under stress, first to decide the menu based on the available ingredients and then to refill the stock that is getting over.
In many places, people have found it difficult to procure the fresh produce. Either the quality is really bad or the venders have been selling double or even triple the actual cost.
Hence, if you are not having the fresh produce but still want to ensure that you and your family get the adequate nutrition to keep up the immunity and fight against the virus, here are five simple yet tasty recipes made without the addition of vegetables. These recipes are packed with nutrition.
Multigrain dal paratha
Milk pepper rasam
Sprouted moong pancake (dosa)
Dry fruit smoothie
Nutrients - Iron, vitamin C & B complex, potassium, selenium, magnesium, fibre, protein, omega 3 fats & carbs
Good for - immunity, hypertension, musculoskeletal health and boosts haemoglobin
20 seedless soft dates
1 cup milk (water to make it vegan)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cooking soda
1 tsp cardamom powder
Walnuts - 1/4 cup
Soak the dates in milk/water for 2 hours or till soft. Grind it in a mixer to a paste. Add oil to it and keep it aside.
Sieve flour, baking powder, soda and add them to the dates and oil mixture with gentle mixing.
Add 1 tsp of flour to the chopped walnuts and add them to the batter, also add cardamom powder and mix gently till all ingredients are mixed.
Pour into a greased tray. Preheat the oven and bake the cake at 180 degree celsius for 30 min. Cool on a rack, slice it and serve warm with tea.
Note: Dates give sweetness to the cake. If you want it a little more sweet, 2 tbsp of jaggery powder can be added to the dates while making paste.
Multigrain dal paratha
Nutrients - Selenium, zinc, potassium, calcium, proteins and fibre
Good for - hypertension, diabetics, immunity, musculoskeletal growth in kids
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp jowar flour
1 tbsp ragi flour
1 tbsp bajra flour
¼ cup cooked dal (tur/moong dal)
¼ tsp turmeric powder
¼ tsp kalonji (nigella seeds)
½ tsp red chili powder
½ tsp garam masala powder
Salt to taste
Fistful chopped coriander (optional)
Pressure cook dal till soft. Remove excess water and retain it. Mash the dal well
Sieve all the flour. Add all the spices mentioned in the list. Mix well by hand.
Add the mashed dal (it should be warm) and the dal water to knead into a soft dough. Add a tsp of oil and let it rest for 15 minutes.
Make small balls of the dough. Knead into thin chapatis and roast them on both sides adding ghee/oil on a hot tava.
Serve it hot with pickle and curd or with any curry of your choice.
Note: Kalonji is an excellent antioxidant. If not available, ajwain/kasuri methi can be used.