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2 Easy And Nutritious Recipes To Jazz Up Every Dinner Menu

Posted: October 16, 2015

Whether you are having guests over or eating with the family, these 2 easy and nutritious recipes will spice up your dinner menu. Make them today! 

Palak shorba (spinach soup)

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This beautiful green soup is filled with good nutrients and is easy recipe to make as a dinner meal accompaniment. Spinach is something that is easily available in the bazaars and the supermarkets.

So apart from the regular tomato soup do try out the spinach version which is likely to be a surefire hit during chill evenings.

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches of spinach
  • One onion – sliced
  • Cream- half cup
  • Pepper- ¼ tea spoon
  • Oil- one tea spoon
  • Salt and little sugar (optional)  as per taste

Method

Wash the spinach (palak) thoroughly in salt water. Strain it and kept it aside. In a pan pour oil, add onion and allow it to become a little translucent. Do not fry it too much. Add strained palak and stir fry it for a minute or so. Add salt while adding palak and allow the ingredients to cool. The spinach leaves should not be turned into black, so take care that you do not fry them too much.

Take the cooled ingredients of spinach and onion and then put in a blender. Add little water to make it to a smooth paste. You can strain the mixture and then add a bit of cream before serving it.

Carrot salad (also known as carrot kosambari in south India)

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Here is a salad that can be easily made at home and with minimum cooking. The point however to note is that only salads cannot comprise a daily diet. It needs to be supplemented with other wholesome meals.

Ingredients

  • Grated carrot -2 to 3 of them
  • Moong dal- 1 cup (soaked for an hour)
  • Chillies- one or two as per taste
  • Salt- As per taste
  • Grated ginger- ¼ tea spoon
  • Grated coconut (optional)

For seasoning

  • Mustard seeds- a pinch
  • Urad dal- a pinch
  • Curry leaves- small bunch

Method

Grate the carrots and keep it aside. Then take the soaked moong dal (yellow one), strain it and the mix with carrot along with salt. Take a pan, add little oil (you can use sunflower oil or cooking coconut oil), add mustard seeds, chillies, urad dal, curry leaves and fry it for a less than a minute.

Do not allow the ingredients to turn black. When they splutter add the tadka to the carrot and moong dal that is there in the bowl. Add salt and you can use grated coconut. Finish the dish by adding a dash of lime juice.

You can garnish the dish with coriander leaves.

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I am an independent writer, storyteller, blogger and a mum residing in Bangalore, India. Earlier

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