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Saturday, 17 March 2012

Healthy Home Made Fast Food

Fast food has got a very pretty press and stands for everything that is yum but unhealthy.  It need not necessarily be so.  One can make "fast food" meaning an all in one meal which saves one a lot of time and effort but is tasty all the same.

For example, make a pongal with all imaginable vegetables in it.  Or think of bisibele bhath, oats upma, broken wheat or bansi rava upma with all veggies in it.  One dish and you are done.  If you get fed up of the same things, you can try quinoa as a substitute for rice or rava.  Check out made in the same way as a pulao.  You could well add some cashewnuts and/or groundnuts to the dish.

Today it is vegetable quinoa pongal (khichadi) instead of pulao.  High on protein and vitamins.

Vegetable Quinoa Pongal

(To serve 5)

Quinoa - 1 cup
Moong dal - 1cups
Beans - 5
Carrots - 1/2 a large carrot
Peas - a handful
Sweet corn - a handful
Capsicum - 1 small
Cauliflower - 3-4 florets cut into smaller pieces
Onion - 1 (optional)
Jeera / cumin seeds - 1 tablespoon
Dried red chillies - 2
Pepper corns - 5-10 (depending on how spicy you like your pongal)
Hing (asafoetida) - 1/4 teaspoon
Oil - 2 tablespoons
Turmeric - A pinch
Salt - to taste


Heat the oil.  Add the cumin seeds (jeera), red chillies, pepper corns and asafoetida (hing) and allow the cumin seeds to turn brown.    If you want to add onions, add them and allow to turn brown.  Then add the vegetables and the quinoa and saute it for a minute.  Transfer this to a large vessel, add 3 cups of water to it.  Add the turmeric and salt.  Cook in the pressure cooker.  Your vegetable quinoa pongal is ready to serve.

Serve it with raita, roasted pappad and vadu mangai (whole mango pickle) and I promise you will be unreachable for a while.  You will be with the angels listening to them playing on their harps. 

P.S.  If you wish to add carbohydrates to your meal, you could make some curd rice along with this.

A well balanced meal - quick to make and tasty as well


  1. Dear Satchi...
    Yummy recipes I checked the super market near my home but I couldnt get hold of quinoa...
    I will search when I go to Star

  2. Thanks Vishku. Sorry you could not find quinoa nearby. Good luck with searching in other places. A tip - just check out on internet for stores selling quinoa in Pune.