Microwave Crispy Spicy Makhana (Foxnut) Recipe ( Healthier Than Popcorn) : JhaalMurhi Flavour

Makhana, or fox nuts or lotus seeds are very popular in India as a fasting food. Makhanas are a good source of protein, carbohydrates, fibre, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron and zinc, and have high fibre content, thus making it a healthier option to snack on.

Recipe

In a small microwave-safe bowl heat mustard oil on high for 1 minute.

Take out the bowl ( don’t forget mittens as the oil is too hot and can scald, I love these silicon mittens as they have great grip for holding the glass while protecting from the heat)

Mix all the spices in hot oil and stir well

Take the makhanas in a large microwave-safe bowl with lockable lid

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Pur the oil and spice mix on top of makhanas, close the lid and shake well so that oil coats all the makhanas.

Remove the lid and put the makhanas in the microwave on a high for 2 minutes, stir the makhanas after minutes and heat on medium for 1 more minute.

Take out and allow them to cool.

Yor crispy, spicy, healthy snack is ready to be served.

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Green peas are loaded with anti-oxidants and vitamin C that reduces the oxidative damage to the skin and also helps in controlling all the signs of skin aging through nourishment while the pea extract negates the effect of UV rays on the skin by protecting the collagen and elastin of the skin, which are majorly responsible for the skin health and firmness.

What you need

        1. 50 gram: fresh or frozen peas (defrosted)
        2. 1 tsp: aloe vera gel Patanjali Saundarya Aloe Vera Gel, 150ml or I personally prefer to use organic  100% Natural Aloe Vera Hair Care & Skin Care Gel,150gm – 99% Organic, No ARTIFICIAL COLOR, NO PERFUME, NO XANTHAN, so it Absorbs Rapidly with No Sticky Residue
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Process :

  • In a blender put in all the ingredients and blend to form a thick paste
  • Apply the pack on your face & neck ( and your elbows, if they are rough and dark )
  • Leave the pack on face for 15 minutes & wash with cold water. Say hello to brighter, clearer looking skin.
  • You can apply this pack once a week.

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Craving something crispy , spicy , tangy & easy to make : Microwave Tamarind Chilli Fritters ( Mirchi Pakoda filled with Imli )

Its raining outside and I’m craving something crispy , spicy , tangy & easy to make. And there’s nothing better than pakodas to go with the rains. So here’s a super simple recipe.

  • 8 Jalapeno peppers ( de-seeded ) or large chillies ( don’t slit all the way – they should make a pocket)
  • 1/4 cup Tamarind paste ( easily available in all Indian stores)
  • 1 cup gram flour (besan)
  • 2 Tsp Chaat Masala (easily available in all Indian stores)
  • Pinch of Asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds ( jeera)
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 20 ml oil
  1.  Mix gram flour, salt, asafoetida , cumin seeds & carom seeds in a bowl. Add water & mix well to make a paste.
  2. In another bowl mix tamarind paste & chaat masala. Mix well.
  3. Stuff the jalapeno peppers with tamarind paste in step 2.
  4. Dip the stuffed peppers in the gram flour paste , ensuring they are thoroughly coated
  5. Place them on a greased microwave tray and spray some oil on all peppers. Grill them in microwave on high for 3 minutes.
  6. Turnover , spray with a little more oil and grill on high for another 2 minutes.

Your yummy hot treat is good to eat.

Simple Radish Soup in a Microwave

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large radishes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 medium potato , cubed
  • 1 green chilli , chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water

Method

  • In a microwave safe bowl put oil , radishes , chillies, onion & potato. Stir well so that oil coats all the vegetable. Heat on high for 2 minutes. Add water & heat for further 5 minutes
  • Add milk , salt & black pepper . Heat on medium high for 3 minutes .
  • Bring it out & let it cool. Purée the mixture in blender until smooth.
  • Serve with roasted bread.

Easy Microwave Cottage Cheese Balls in Gravy ( paneer kofta )

For Cottage Cheese Balls

  • Paneer / Cottage Cheese – 250 gms.
  • Maida / Plain flour – 2 tbsp
  • Salt (as per the taste)
  • Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp.
  • Green Chilli – 1 (finely chopped)
  • Green Coriander – 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Milk – 2 tbsp

For the Gravy

  • Tomato purée – 2 tbsp
  • Green Chilli – 2 finely chopped
  • Onion – 2 tbsp finely chopped
  • Ginger – garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Coconut milk – 1/4 cup
  • salt to taste
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – 1/2 cup

Recipe

For the Balls ( Koftas )

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to make a soft dough. Divide the dough to make 12  small balls.
  • Place them on a microwave-proof plate and microwave on high for 1 minute. Keep aside.

For the Gravy

  • Combine all ingredients except coconut milk  in a microwave safe bowl & heat on high in a microwave safe bowl for 3 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk and balls in the gravy and heat on high for 1 minute.

Your easy cottage cheese balls gravy is ready to eat – try it with rice or boiled noodles or with bread 🙂

Microwave Mushroom Risotto – Awesome Dinner for One

2 tbsps. butter

3-4 cloves finely chopped garlic (you may reduce / add garlic based on your preference)

½ chopped onion

¼ cup uncooked Arborio rice/ sticky rice

1/2 cup water or vegetable stock

20 ml white wine

2 tbsps. grated cheese

¼ cup chopped mushrooms

Salt & pepper to taste

Method

In a microwave safe glass dish combine butter, garlic and onion. Place dish in microwave and cook on high for 3 minutes.

Add mushrooms, and season with salt and pepper. Microwave until mushrooms have become tender, about 5 minutes.

Put rice & water / broth into a different microwave safe bowl, cover tightly & heat on high for 10-12 minutes.

Stir in the wine & cook on high for about 2 minutes , add mushrooms mixture and heat for 2 more minutes.

Stir in the cheese and enjoy your yummy risotto

Have a cheesy, spicy day: Valentines Jacket Potato

1 large potato

5 tbsps. cup grated cheddar/ processed cheese / vegan cheese

2 tbsp. chopped Jalapeno pepper (if you don’t like spicy replace with green pepper/ Shimla mirch)

1 tbsp. tomato puree

1 tbsp. chopped green onion / leeks

½ tbsp. chilli flakes

Method

Wash jacket potato and pierce with fork all over.

Place in microwave on high for about 8 minutes until done (test with knife / fork)

Cut the potato in half, scoop out the fluffy middle.  Mix the scooped out potato with chopped jalapeno, leeks, chilli flakes, tomato puree & 3 tbsps. of cheese.

Stuff the potato halves with above mix & top with remaining cheese (1 tbsp. each)

Put the filled ‘jackets’ on a microwave-safe plate and heat for one minute, or until the cheese has melted.

Enjoy “Love” on a platter.