Yummy Lauki/doodhi Dhokla (steamed calabash savory cake)

After spending about 2 years (on and off) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, it was hard to not fall in love with the Gujarati delicacies- khaman dhokla, dhokli, theplas, handva, muthiyas, undhiya etc. However, the generous use of oil/ghee made it a little hard for me to enjoy those dishes without critical evaluation. So, with some determination and courage to try out a hybrid of two of my favorites – lauki muthiya and handva, I conjured up this “formula with halves” ūüôā This makes it easier to remember the recipe too!

I will let you try this recipe, as I reminisce the days we spent in Ahmedabad. The aroma of methi theplas being roasted early in the morning by my neighbor, while I prepared tea with lemon grass, is a fond memory.


View from our kitchen window

How to serve: Enjoy this dish with a cup of masala chai.

Know your nutrients: This dish serves as a good low calorie, nutritious snack with moderate amount of protein. Most of the snacks can be high in calories & sugar, and/or low in protein. I have used coarse semolina which contains more fiber than fine semolina or semolina flour. However, there was no source to quote its nutrient content. As such, I have used values for semolina flour.

Per serving: 103 cals | 4 g protein | 1 g fiber | 3 g total fat 

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Tomato chutney – for dosa/ topping on bread as mini pizza/ subzi with roti

Hi everyone! This is the first chutney recipe on my blog. My mom makes this as a subzi (vegetable side) to go with chapati, however, it tastes so comforting that you really would love it with dosas or as a topping on your bread to make your own unique pizza. I prefer to call it a chutney as its low in calories and goes very well with bread. Seriously, this is worth trying! This is one of my favorites!! Here’s why – when you run out of vegetables before your trip to the grocery store or if you are feeling just lazy, you open the fridge and all you have is onion & tomatoes. Don’t lose heart! This dish can save you from the temptation of going to your favorite restaurant. Toast your whole wheat bread and pour some of this chunky tomato chutney over it and a little bit of shredded cheese and voila you have a healthy delicious pizza with no hassle. ūüôā Wouldn’t it be great for Friday night? If not, then try it as an appetizer in the form of¬†mini pizza!

Since its low in calories, you won’t feel guilty when you help yourself with an additional serving of this chutney.¬†

Per serving: 67 cals | 1 g fiber | 5 g total fat | 12 mg vitamin C 

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Easy Lentils & Brown Rice Pulao

This recipe is my entry to the Canadian¬†Lentil Recipe Revelation Challenge in the main dish category. You¬†can show your support by liking my post &/ or my Pinterest post on this board. It might take a day to get posted on their board. Since I have only recently started blogging, I don’t have a lot of followers like other contestants who have been blogging for a long time. Popularity is one of the criteria for judging ūüėõ besides taste, appeal, simplicity & creativity. Deadline is Feb 23rd!!!!

I hope this recipe endears to people who love lentils and would be willing to give this recipe a shot.

Per serving: 243 cals | 9 g protein | 8 g fiber | 8 g total fat | 3 mg Iron | 55 mg Vitamin C | 400 mg Potassium

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SABUDANA¬†KHICHADI (Tasty sago/ tapioca pearl preparation)

Since today is Maha Shivaratri, an important Hindu festival, I am reblogging a previous post specifically prepared for Hindu fasts. I’ve added the nutrition info and it’s the first time I have included process photos…so do check it out again!

Quickly Delicious

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This dish is usually prepared and served on days of fasting in the Hindu tradition. Most Indians however love to eat this khichadi even when they are not fasting. It serves as a great snack or breakfast item.

Sabudana khichadi is usually prepared with a lot of oil and can be very greasy. I have used less oil in this recipe. Sabudana is a very starchy food and does not contain much fiber or vitamins. Although peanuts add some vitamins & a bit of protein to the dish, I recommend that you eat this dish only once in a while. I would also suggest that you have this khichadi with low fat or fat-free yogurt, plain or in the form of lassi. It will compensate for the absence of protein & vitamins in sago and also increase the satiety value ‚Äď you will not feel hungry for a long time‚Ķwhich‚Ķ

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Calabash soup (Lauki/ Doodhi soup) – Low calorie

Bottle gourd soup

There are various dishes you can make with Calabash/ bottle gourd, also known as Lauki in Hindi and Doodhi in Marathi. It’s very easy to cook and its mild taste takes on the flavor of the ingredients you add to it. Rather than using corn flour to thicken your soup, you can use boiled and mashed calabash to add body to your soup or stew. Garlic,¬†as usual imparts¬†a great flavor – a tip shared by my sister-in-law.¬†Enjoy this soup as a nice side!

Nutri-info: Calabash is low in calories and contains moderate amount of vitamin C per serving.

Per serving: 38 cals | 1 g protein | 0.8 g fiber | 2 g total fat | 17 mg vitamin C

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