A Heathy Breakfast and a Lunch with Veggies/ ಪುಷ್ಟಿಕರ ಟಿಫನ್ ಮತ್ತು ಮಧ್ಯಾನದ ಊಟ

We prefer vegetables to be crunchy than completely boiled. Salads being all time favourite. I keep experimenting new stuffs with vegetables and sometimes it come to a twist too.... I guess at the end of the day the common question in most of our mind is what to cook for tomorrow? I passed this burden to my hubby and he suggested peas pulav for lunch and asked me decide for breakfast & side dish. Soon i realised about the vegetables in the fridge and decided to cook Vegetable Upma for breakfast and peas pulav with Veg kurma.
Upma is the most uncomfortable for breakfast for both of us. But, the easiest to make. My first weekend breakfast here at Jeddah was Upma, which i made it in a different way by adding lots of fresh vegetables and less of rawa (semolina). And then i realised that one who is not fond of Upma can make it in this way ...for sure it will be different than the regular upma.
& about veg kurma i tried it for the first time was bit nervous about it but fortunately it turned well and im confident about preparing it again.

Now the recipes
For the Delicious Veg Upma,
1 Carrot – thin sliced
Green chillis -2 fine chopped
Fresh corn – ¼ cup
Onion – 1 fine chopped
Ghee- 1 tsp
French beans – 10
Coriander leaves
Cauliflower florets – 10
Semolina rawa – 2 handfuls
Heat 1 tsp ghee
Fry finely chopped onions till pink
Add green chillies diced carrots, French beans (cut into 1”), cauliflower florets (cut each flower into 4 pcs) & corn kernels just fry for 5 minutes without adding water. I left it a bit crunchy.
Then add 1cup water, once it gets a boil add semolina & keep mixing so that lumps are not formed.
Add salt to taste & keep on flame only for 2 minutes.
Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Next to lunch:

Peas pulao:
Peas -1cup
Basmati rice -1cup
Bay leaf -2
Cardamom -3
Cinnamon -1”
Peppercorns -5
Cloves -4-5
Green chillies -3
Onion-1 slices into half
Salt to taste
Water -2cups
Fresh coriander leaves few
· soak rice for at least for 15 min. Then drain
· heat ghee/oil, add all the spices
· add onions and fry them till brown
· then add green chillies & fry
· add drained rice & fry for a minute or two
· after adding all ingredients add peas and salt.
· Mix well & close lid nd keep on sim atleast for 12-15 minutes.
· Remove from flame and garnish vth coriander leaves.
Here the peas pulao is ready to serve

Now i have a recipe of a side dish

Veg kurma:
We need:
Carrots diced - ½ cup
12 French beans cut into 1”
Diced potatoes- ½ cup
Fresh green peas – a handful
Cauliflower -7 florets
Salt to taste
For seasoning-
Onion sliced into half -1/4th cup
Bay leaf-1
Oil -3tsp
For the masala(to grind) –
Coconut scraped-1cup (1/2 coconut approx)
Green chillies -3 garlic cloves -4
Onion -1 small
Garam masala powder -1tsp
Turmeric powder –a pinch
Cashew nuts -10
Grind fine paste of all the ingredients – for the masala (to grind).
Boil all the vegetables by adding salt in it.
Heat oil & add bay leaf, onions and fry till pink (for seasoning).
Add the ground masala in the seasoning & fy for 5 minutes until the raw smell is off.
Now add boiled veg’s to the masala & let it to boil for 10 minutes.
Remove from flame and serve with hot peat pulao or anything of ur choice.

And here are the fresh cucumbers which is our all time fav in vegetables.


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