If your Kids trouble to eat their Breakfast try this recipe for Breakfast/ Snack time. Simple recipe with outstanding taste . No school for Kids because of Snow. So prepared a different Breakfast from our regular Idli and Uttapam . Simple recipe to prepare if you have Split Green Moong Dal in your Pantry . Because it will Soak in less than One hour . ( If you want to try for evening snack and have whole Green Moong Dal , soak for 3 to 4 Hours ) .I soaked early Morning after I got message from School that Schools are closed because of Snow. Just mix everything and prepare in Paniyaram Pan .  They are soft, tangy and tasty  . Simple recipe with outstanding taste . 

Moong dal is a  good source of Protein for vegetarians Consuming .Green Mung Beans have been studied to treat the following medical conditions Anemia, Inflammation, , Cancer , Heart disease , Diabetes , Gluten free diets . Diets that rely on plant based Protein such as eating Green Mung Beans are recognized by doctors and nutritionists to be extremely healthy. Low in sodium , Low in Cholesterol , High in fiber and Protein . Low on GI at 25 and have a glycemic load of 4 making them a smart food choice for diabetics The low GI , fiber and protein help to regulate blood sugar. Green Moong Beans has 7 g of Protein ( equivalent to one hard boiled egg or 1 oz of chicken ) and 0 g of fat . The insoluble fiber in Steel cut oats helps improved blood glucose levels in diabetes and improved cholesterol levels . The fiber content also aid in digestive system and help you loose weight because it will help you feel full longer than other foods.  Steel cut Oats comes from the same plant as rolled or Instant Oats and other Oats products . Steel cut Oats are never cooked and start from the whole grain that is then passed through slender blades that cut the oats kernel into thin slices . Steel cut oats takes a little longer time to cook .  In today’s recipe I  grinded along with Dal . So it won’t take longer time to cook. Source : HM 


1. Turn IP on Saute mode . When warm add Oil followed by Mustard seeds , Cumin seeds, Black Split Urad dal , Hing and Garlic.

2. Add thinly sliced Onions . Season with Salt and Turmeric. Fry till Onions are Brown .

3. Add 2 chopped tomatoes and 1/2 cup water . Scrape the Bottom.

4. Add all vegetables ( thinly sliced Potato , Carrot , Green Bottle gourd( Lauki) .

5. Add 1 tbsp Sambar powder and 1/2 more cup water . Mix well.

6. Close Lid and Manual 3 minutes . NPR ( 5 minutes ) .

7. Mix 2 tbsp Chickpea flour and rice flour in water . Add Chickpea flour water , tamarind extract and Jaggery . Close the glass lid and bring to Boil .

8. Add 1/2 tbsp Ghee and finely chopped coriander. Taste for Salt and Spices and add accordingly . SERVE WITH SPLIT GREEN MOONG DAL TOMATO PANIYARAM . 


Preparation time : 10 minutes and Cooking time – Less than 10 minutes for 12


1. Split Green Moong Dal – 1 cup

2. Steel cut Oats – 1/2 cup

3. Green Chillies – 2 ( Mild or Zero spicy)

4. Small piece of Ginger

5. Salt

6. Oil – 1 tbsp

7. Onion – Finely chopped

8. Tomato – Desseded and Chopped 

9. Finely chopped Coriander 

10 . Yogurt – 2 tbsp or accordingly .( Optional) 


1. Soak Split Green Moong Dal for an Hour . Wash 3 to 4 times. Don’t discard the skin of Split Green Moong Dal .

2. Transfer to a Blender and add Oats, Green chillies , Ginger and Salt . Grind with very little Water . The batter must be thick .

3. Transfer to a Bowl and add finely chopped Onions, Yogurt ( Curd) , Deseeded tomato and finely chopped Coriander . Mix well . Taste for salt and Spices and add accordingly . Note : You can add little Rasam or Sambar powder .

4. Heat Paniyaram pan on medium heat . Grease cavities with little Oil . When the pan is warm enough pour 2 tbsp of Batter in each cavity . When the bottom is light brown flip them slowly with the help of pointed wooden stick ( Comes with the pan ) or with a Knife . Drizzle little Oil on each Pakora.

5. Cook on four sides flipping slowly . When done transfer to a Plate. SERVE with Ketchup or Dates Tamarind Chutney or taste good on their own or Curry Leaf Powder .



JOWAR MIXED DAL IDLI AND DOSA – Same Batter 6 recipes – No rice added with INSTANT  LAUKI ( GREEN SQUASH ) ZUCCHINI  VEGETABLE SAMBAR. ( Idli , Dosa , Uttapam , Spicy Onion Dosa , Tangy fritters, Paniyaram,  Jowar Idli Upma with vegetables) . SOFT and FLUFFY IDLI’S. ENJOY for any Meal. 

A classic South Indian food Idli is prepared with Lentils, Idli rava or Idli rice is good source of Carbohydrates , Protein and is fermented . In today’s recipe instead of rice I tried with jowar and Lentils . Though it is a South Indian food it is liked by people around the world. Jowar is high in fiber compared to other grains. Jowar is the Indian name for Sorghum a cereal grain native to Africa. It is cultivated in 99 countries in the world. Major production share contributed by the African countries. Second and third Positions are Nigeria and India.

                   Jowar is good for People trying to loose weight . It is high in fiber which lowers the risk of Obesity , Diabetes , Cholesterol and digestive Problems.One cup serving of Jowar contains 12 grams of Dietary fiber which is 43 percent daily allowance of fiber for average adult as recommended by Food and Nutrition Board.  Good source of Iron . You can increase the Iron you absorb from Jowar by eating it with Vitamin C . without adequate Iron you may be more likely to develop anemia. Jowar contains tannin an agent found in the Coating of the seeds in dark Jowar grains which prevents the body from absorbing the Protein , Vitamins and minerals . Remove the seed coating of the Jowar prior to eating or consume only Yellow or white Jowar which contains relatively low quantity of tannin. 

Protein is one of the macro nutrients your body needs to function properly ( along with fat and carbohydrates) . Our body needs 22 different types of amino acids to function properly . 13 are non essential amino acids ( within the body) and 9 are essential amino acids must be obtained from food. These essential amino acids derive the classification of Protein as complete and incomplete .Complete protein comes from both animal based 9 like meat , fish , diary and eggs) and plant based ( Quinoa , buckwheat , hemp and Chia seeds). Nuts , seeds, legumes , grains and vegetables are considered incomplete protein . They need to combine to provide the right balance of essential amino acids like rice and beans, Hummus with whole grain pita etc. Protein in combination make a complete amino acid profile are known as complementary Protein. 

Fermented foods contain good bacteria and offers wide range of Health benefits . Fermented foods improve gut Health and immune system , Synthesize and increase bio availability of nutrients reduces the symptoms of Lactose intolerence and reduces certain types of diseases. Source : HM 

Recipe for 24 Idli’s .

Preparation time( Soaking Lentils ( 3 Hours) , Grinding ( 5 minutes in a regular Blender) and Ferment Overnight .

STEAMING TIME : 12 Minutes



1. Jowar flour – 1 cup

2. Urad dal – 1 cup

3. Channa dal – 1/2 cup

4. Yellow Moong dal – 1/2 cup

5. green Moong dal – 1/2 cup

6. fenu greek seeds – 1/2 tbsp

7. Salt

8. Water for Grinding

9. Oil to grease the Plates

10 . Finely chopped Vegetables 


1. Soak Dals for 3 to 4 Hours. Wash before and after soaking. Grind with Water and Salt . Transfer to a Bowl . Now add Jowar flour and mix with Spoon or Hand without Lumps. Add little water if needed.

2. Ferment Overnight. If not fermented leave for 2 more hours. You can enjoy soft and fluffy idli if batter is fermented properly .

3. Grease Idli Plates with Oil . Pour 2 big spoonfuls batter in each mould .

4. Fill the pressure cooker with water and keep the idli stand inside the Pressure cooker. Cover with lid and Steam for 12 minutes without whistle .

5. After 12 minutes Switch off the stove. Wait for 10 minutes . When Pressure comes down take out Idli plates . Remove idli’s with wet steel Spoon .

                     SERVE with INSTANT VEGETABLE SAMBAR. 




Sometimes we run out of ideas what to prepare for Breakfast . Here are 10 Healthy Indian Breakfast recipes with LESS GRAINS and Cooking time – Less than 15 minutes. These Breakfasts keep you full and satisfied till next meal . Spend 15 minutes for preparing Day before and enjoy a Healthy Breakfast with less work. 

            10 Healthy Indian Breakfast recipes and our family favorites . Some  Breakfast recipes are Instant and some need SOAKING  lentils and grains ( STEAMED BREAKFAST) for 3 Hours and GRINDING  for 5 minutes in regular Blender and FERMENTING overnight. The batter will stay good for 5 days in the refrigerator .  These Breakfast recipes are very easy to prepare in the morning with  15 minutes COOKING TIME if you do PREPARATION Day before for 15 minutes. These are HEALTHY BREAKFAST RECIPES which keeps you full and satisfied till next Meal.


1. MIXED DAL DOSA WITH LESS RICE  ( Brown Basmati rice) and Mixed Dal dosa with Daliya and Mixed dal Dosa with Quinoa. 

                   are Healthy Breakfast recipes to start your day . Prepared with Lentils and grains . SOAK for 3 hours , GRIND ( It will take 5 minutes in a regular Blender) and FERMENT overnight . Fermentation helps in Protein digestion and Dosa( Pancakes)  will taste good. The Batter will stay good for more than 5 days. You can prepare Dosa , Uttapam ( Vegetable Pancakes) and Spicy Onion Dosa. 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/Mixed dal dosa 

QUINOA MIXED DAL DOSA prepared with Lentils and Quinoa. You don’t need to ferment because sometimes Quinoa turns bitter. Soak , Grind and prepare Dosa .

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DALIYA ( CRACKED WHEAT) MIXED DAL DOSA prepared with Lentils and Daliya ( Cracked wheat) . Soak , Grind and Ferment to enjoy tasty Dosa .



                            is an Instant Breakfast recipe and keeps you  full and satisfied till next meal. You can prepare with Red rice Poha or Brown rice Poha or Poha( flattened rice ) of your choice.

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/Rainbow Poha


                is a Steamed Breakfast recipe prepared with Lentils and Brown Basmati rice or Daliya( Cracked Wheat) or Quinoa. Soak for 3 Hours, Grind for 5 minutes in regular blender and Ferment overnight to enjoy Soft and Fluffy Idli’s for Breakfast . 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/Mixed dal idli

4. GREEN MOONG DAL IDLI WITH BROWN BASMATI RICE OR DALIYA( CRACKED WHEAT) is a Steamed Breakfast recipe . Soak Lentils and Grains for 3 hours , Grind( it will take 5 minutes in a regular Blender) and ferment overnight to enjoy a Soft and fluffy Idli’s . Serve with Coconut chutney or Coconut Raita or Vegetable Sambar or Onion Chutney 


5. 3 INSTANT RED RICE POHA DOSA MIX POWDERS. Stays good for months if stored in a glass container. Comes in handy when you don’t have an idea what to Prepare for Breakfast. Just add water and Salt and finely chopped vegetables. or sprinkle Vegetables on top of Dosa. 

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/08/17/3 Instant 

6. RICE FLOUR MOONG DAL PATTIES is an Instant Crispy  Breakfast recipe prepared with 5 Ingredients . Just mix everything and prepare Patties. No need of resting the dough . My kids favorite Breakfast. 


7. 3 INSTANT OATS DOSA mix powders. They stay good for months if stored in Glass container . Just mix water and add finely chopped vegetables . Helpful for my family to prepare their own Breakfast as it is Instant . I tried 3 combinations and shared in the post. 


8. PICKLED WHOLE WHEAT VEGETABLE VERMICELLI is an Instant recipe . It is different from regular Vermicelli recipe. You are going to like the taste . My kids call it as Skinny  Pasta.

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/pickled vegetable vermicelli

9. SEMOLINA ( Sooji) RAGI UPMA is an Instant Breakfast  recipe and you are going to like the combination of ingredients I used and lot of vegetables. 


10. CAULIFLOWER PATTIES WITH OATS. If you are bored of eating Oats with Milk and Fruit try these Instant Cauliflower Patties with Oats. Kids won’t say no for Breakfast and easy way to sneak in Veggies .





Cabbage Balls – Not Deep Fried for Breakfast/ Kids Lunch BOX 

Pack for Kids Lunch Box with Ketchup or Dates Tamarind Chutney 

This weekend when I went for Grocery shopping I bought Paniyaram Pan ( Yes too late to buy.) By seeing so many Healthy recipes using this pan ( Which needs very little Oil ) I thought , need to try some recipes for Breakfast and Lunch Box. I don’t know the brand I bought will work or not. So want to try some easy  recipe. Took Cabbage as main ingredient as my kids are not interested in eating it as a Curry with Phulka .   Thought I would hide them along with other vegetables. I cooked  Grated Cabbage ( Bought a Grater too along with Paniyaram pan , I had small one.) and other vegetabes for couple of minutes in microwave . Cool and add other Ingredients and spices. After we finish eating for Yesterday’s Lunch ( Labor Day holiday and Kids are at Home. I try new recipes for Holidays and for weekend Lunch ) I saved couple of them to try for Breakfast. I warmed for a Minute and they said that it is really tasty . So all you have to do is cook the night before and just warm for a minute and serve for Breakfast or pack for Lunch Box . or ALTERNATIVELY prepare Balls and refrigerate and fry in Paniyaram pan freshly . It takes only 5 minutes to prepare BREAKFAST /KIDS LUNCH BOX . So you can Serve Or Pack fresh CAABAGE BALLS. Here is the Simple recipe with 5 Ingredients and spices.

Recipe for 10 to 12  .                  Preparation time: 15 Minutes Cooking time : 5 Minutes 

NOTE : You can prepare night before and refrigerate. Warm for 30 seconds and cook in Paniyaram pan or store all ingredients in a  Box and refrigerate. Mix everything in the morning and cook. It takes only 5 minutes to cook. 


One cup – Measuring cup 

1. Grated Cabbage – 2 cups 

2. Grated Carrots , Very finely chopped Vegetables of your choice 

3. Cooked and Mashed Green peas – 1 cup

4. Boiled and Mashed potato – 1 cup

5.  Semolina  – 1/2 cup or Oats ( will try with Oats and update)

6. Salt

7. Curry Powder – 1/2 to 1 tbsp

8. Green  chilli paste , Grated Ginger and Grated Garlic – 2 tbsp

9. Oil – 1 tbsp

10 . Finely chopped Coriander Leaves 


1. Cook grated Cabbage , Grated Carrot and Finely chopped Vegetables for 2 minutes .

2. To this add mashed Potato , Mashed green peas , Oats or Sooji , Salt, Curry powder, Green chilli paste , Ginger and Garlic and Finely chopped Coriander.

3. Mix well . Taste for salt and Spices and add accordingly . Divide into 10 equal portions and shape like Balls. Grease each Ball with little Oil .

4. Heat Paniyaram  pan on Medium/ Medium High heat. Place each ball in the cavity and cook for few seconds on four sides . Rotate the Balls with stick gently. If needed pour few drops of Oil on each ball . 

5. When Light brown on all sides transfer to plate. Cool and pack in Lunch Box with Ketchup or Dates and Tamarind Chutney .


3 Instant Red rice Poha Dosa mix powders . 

These Instant Poha ( flattened rice) Dosa ( Pancakes) mix powders will come in handy when you don’t have an  idea what to prepare for Breakfast or if you are looking for new Breakfast recipe you want to try and serve your family . Save the recipe . Will be useful  when you don’t feel like Cooking Lunch or Dinner. Just mix with Water and keep aside for 10 minutes. Mix finely chopped Vegetables or sprinkle on top . For a Complete meal serve these with some Salad and fruits. These powders stay good for months if you store them in Glass containers and in freezer . I tried 3 combinations and shared in the Post . 

Recipe for 8 Pancakes or 2 Big Dosa’s  Preparation time – 10 minutes and Cooking time – 10 minutes 


First combination : Red rice poha or Poha( Flattened rice)  of your choice  + Chickpea flour+ Sooji ( Semolina) or Rice flour

Second Combination : Red rice Poha + Yellow Moong Dal flour + Semolina( Sooji) or Rice flour for crispiness.

Third Combination : Red rice Poha + Urad Dal flour + Semolina( Sooji) or Rice flour


Cup – Measuring cup

1. Red rice Poha or Poha ( Flattened rice) of your choice – 1/2 cup

2. Chickpea flour – 1/2 cup

3. Semolina ( Sooji) – 1/4 th cup or Rice flour -1/4 th cup 

4. Yogurt( curd) – 1/2 cup

5. Water – 1 cup

6. Chopped Onions , Chopped tomatoes – 2 , Grated carrots , Bell pepper

7. Finely chopped Corainder Leaves

8. Salt

9. Chopped Green Chillies , Rasam Powder or Sambar Powder or Curry Powder – 1/2 tbsp

10 . Oil – 1 to 2 tbsp 


1. Wash Red rice Poha or Poha ( Flattened rice ) of your choice 3 to 4 times . Drain out all water and transfer to a Bowl. To this add Semolina( Sooji) , Chickpea flour , Salt , Ajwain ( Optional) , Curry Powder , Curd , Water . Mix without Lumps .

2. Keep aside for 10 Minutes . Meanwhile gather and Chop the vegetables .

3. Heat a Pan on Medium/ Medium high heat . 4. To the batter add Finely chopped Onions, Chopped Tomato , Bell pepper , Grated carrot and finely chopped Corainder.

4. When the Pan is warm enough grease with Oil and try small Pancake .

5. For second Dosa pour a big spoonful of Batter and spread in a Circular motion. Drizzle Oil over the edges. When the bottom is light Brown flip and cook the otherwise.

                                         SERVE WARM .

NOTE: You can prepare 7 to 8 Pancakes if the pan is wide enough .


Quinoa Vegetable fritters with Lentils  . Serve or Pack with Carrot Lime Rasam or with Onion Lime Salad.

I shared Quinoa Mixed Dal Dosa 4 years ago . Now and then I Prepare Fritters / Vada with same batter. This time I took Photo’s to share. The Ingredients are same . I added Vegetables, Spinach and Yogurt(Curd) for tangy taste. Grind the batter without water , so it won’t absorb Oil when you Shallow fry them. I prepare these fritters 2 ways Panfried for Weekend Lunch . If I want to Pack for Lunch Box , shallow fry with Minimum Oil ( One measuring cup) . They didn’t absorb oil . Added little chickpea flour and rice flour or Semolina ( sooji) for crispness  .So the Fritters stay soft and tasty even at room temperature. You can pack with CARROT LIME RASAM or with Ketchup or with ONION LIME salad( Older Kids like to eat with Salad) . 

Kids may not like Quinoa because of bitter taste and Pungent smell. But they won’t notice quinoa in these fritters  . Kid friendly recipe .

Recipe link for CARROT LIME RASAM :

https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/Carrot lime rasam

Preparation and Cooking time:30 minutes 

Soak , Grind ( 5 Minutes) and prepare fritters. Simple and Easy recipe prepared with 4 Ingredients and Vegetables. 


1. Quinoa – 1/2 cup

2. Channa Dal -1/2 cup

3.  Urad dal – 1/2 Cup

4.  Split Green Moong Dal – 1/2 cup

5. Curd ( Yogurt) – 1/4 th cup 

6. Chopped Vegetables like Zucchini or Cabbage , grated carrots etc 

7. Chopped Onion – Medium and chopped Spinach 

8.  Semolina -1/2 cup for crispiness (optional and recommended )

9. Oil for Pan frying or Shallow frying – One measuring cup 

10 . Green chillies, Ginger and Salt 


Soak Dals and Quinoa for an hour  and Grind without water like a thick Batter with Salt, Green Chillies and Ginger.

2. To this Batter add Yogurt ( Curd) , Chopped Vegetables, Onions , Spinach and Chopped Coriander .  Add semolina ( to absorb less Oiland for crispiness)  if needed. Check for Salt and Spices and add accordingly .

3. Heat a wide Pan with Little Oil for Pan frying  or Warm One cup measuring cup Oil for Shallow frying. or in PANIYARAM PAN .

4. Take a Lemon size batter and Slide slowly in the Oil and fry both sides till Golden Brown . or Pan fry them  or in PANIYARAM PAN .

5. Transfer to a Plate lined with Paper towel to absorb excess Oil . They didn’t absorb Oil because I grinded without Water.

                    SERVE  or PACK with CARROT LIME RASAM or with ONION and Lime Salad or taste they taste good on their own . 


https://vegetarianhomestylecooking2015.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/Quinoa – same batter 6 different recipes 

Quinoa Mixed Dal Dosa 

Quinoa Uttapam 

Quinoa Wraps 

Quinoa Mixed dal paniyaram


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