Zero Oil Soup with 16 Beans .IMG_2462 IMG_2461  One POT  Meal for LUNCH or DINNER  . KIDS will eat and drink without complaining about the ingredients. 

      What I like about this soup is we can Cook everything in One Pot. Easy and Simple recipe that you can prepare ahead of time and refrigerate and bring to boil before you serve for Lunch / Dinner .   It ‘s best Soup to try when the temperatures are dropping . It not only  keeps you warm , but fills you up. Easy way to feed Vegetables and Beans for Kids. Read about the Health Benefits of Ingredients I used at the end of the recipe .  I added a Special ingredient  which enhances  the taste of the soup. One pot meal for Lunch/dinner . Everyone in your family will enjoy it ( including picky eaters) without complaining about the ingredients.


Transfer all the Ingredients to Instant pot.  Close the lid . Manual( Pressure cook – 10  minutes ) .  Unplug when you see Low. NPR ( 5 to 10  minutes) .

Recipe for  3 People. 


1.Whole Grain Penne Pasta – 1/2 Cup and Potato – 1  to thicken the soup .

2. 16 Beans  -1/2 cup ( Soak overnight)  or Canned Beans  of your choice 

3.  VEGETABLES : Onions – 1/2 Cup( Chopped) and Garlic Cloves (4 to 6 ) – Crushed,  Tomatoes – 2 ( Finely Chopped), Bell Pepper – Medium ( Finely Chopped) and Vegetables of your choice ( Green Beans , Carrots , Chopped cabbage etc) .

4. Water – 3 Glasses ( 24 Ounces)

5.Pizza  Sauce – 1/2  cup ( Special Ingredient) or Salsa – 1/2 cup or Marinara sauce – 1/2 cup 

6. Spice powders : Red Pepper Flakes – 1 tbsp. ( Mild Spicy), Coriander and Cumin Powder – 1/2 tbsp. each, FRESHLY ground Black Pepper – 1/2 to 1 tbsp and Mixed Herbs – 1/2 to 1 tbsp

7. Cinnamon Stick – Small 

8. Salt as per taste


1. Soak Beans  Overnight Wash and transfer to inner pot . OR CANNED BEANS OF YOUR CHOICE 

2. To this add finely Chopped Onions ,  Chopped Potato , Crushed Garlic , Tomatoes , Bell Pepper , Chopped vegetables . Whole Grain Pasta,  and Pizza Sauce or Salsa .

3. Season it with Salt , Red Pepper Flakes , Coriander and Cumin Powder, Cinnamon Stick. 

4. Add water . Close lid . Manual  10 minutes. Unplug when you see LOW . NPR . 

5.  Open the lid.  MASH THE POTATO . Taste for Salt and  Spices  and add accordingly.   Add Mixed herbs and freshly ground Black Pepper. 

JUST INFO:IMG_2165 Source : HM .

1. Whole Grain or Whole Wheat :    If you select 100 Percent Whole Grain or Whole Wheat Products , the Bran and Germ of the Wheat will remain in your Meal and the Health Benefits will be Impressive.

2.Boiled Potato:   One Cup of Boiled Potato provides 293 micrograms of Copper and 69 milligrams of Phosphorous the two essential minerals . Need of Phosphorous helps to make several important Biological compounds including the lipids in your Cell membranes , Hemoglobin and DNA .It also contributes to Bone tissue . Copper supports several aspects of Brain function.

Adding Boiled Potato’s to your diet boosts your Vitamins and Minerals intake which contributes to your overall Health.

3. Cinnamon Stick :     Cinnamon helps people with Type 2 Diabetes . Improve their ability to respond to Insulin . Thus normalizing their Blood Sugar Levels.

4.Beans :  Scientists recommend that adults Consume 3 Cups of Beans per week to Promote Health and reduce the risk of Chronic Diseases.

5. Garlic :  Garlic is a natural antibiotic herb . It is effective not only against Bacterial Infections but against Fungal and Viral Infections.




Karela Masala stir fry – Stove top – Side for Roti or with Steamed rice and Dal – NOT deep fried 

 Kids are going to like this Bitter free Karela . Serve with Steamed rice and Dal . Do you like Karela( Bitter gourd) and cook frequently . Then you need to try this new recipe. Simple recipe prepared with few ingredients from your pantry. I marinade Karela for an hour to remove bitterness( Karela I  buy here are too bitter) . It’s a 3 step recipe. Pan fry Karela , fry Onions, roast and grind Spices . Mix all three. It’s that Simple recipe . You can prepare the Masala powder in your free time and refrigerate it . 

Add Oil and Spices according to your taste . As it is bitter , need to marinate at least for an hour. It is a very  low Calorie vegetable( If not deep fried) 17 Calories per 100 grams. Good source of fiber and helps in flushing out toxins from body. If you are adding Bitter gourd to your diet , make sure you limit 4 to 5 times in a month . It is a very Old age vegetable and traced back 600 years ago .It is grown widely as a backyard vegetable or as a field crop and commonly found in Africa , Asia . I Marinade karela in tamarind  and salt for an hour . This soaking will cut down the bitterness of Karela , will soften and cooks fast with less Oil . 

Recipe for 2 .

Preparation time;10 minutes Cooking time : 15 minutes .


MARINADE : Rub the Karela with salt and Marinade  in Tamarind juice for an hour. Pour tamarind juice in the slit. So they will become soft and cooks in less time and less oil . Flip in between while you chop Onions and prepare Masala powder .

1. Karela – 6 ( cut into half and make a slit in the middle )

2. Onion – One big ( thinly sliced)

3. Oil – 4 to 6 tbsp , salt and turmeric

4. Tamarind –  small Lemon size to marinade Karela

5. Spices to roast and grind – Handful of mixed nuts, Urad dal, Yellow moong dal and Channa dal , 1/2 tbsp Cumin seeeds , 1/2 tbsp Coriander seeds , Fenu greek seeds – 10 and 2 to 4 red chillies. Cool and grind with marble size tamarind and 4 cloves of garlic. 

You can add 3 cloves, 2 cardamom and small piece of Cinnamon stick while grinding. 

                      Mix the above spice powder with 1 tbsp curry powder for flavor , color and taste . ( I prepare CURRY POWDER at home and stays good for more than 15 days in refrigerator . I add tbsp for stir fry vegetables , stuffed vegetables , Biryani, Upma etc) 


1. Heat a wide pan on medium high heat. Add 2 tbsp oil and place Karela in a single layer. Cover and cook until KARELA is soft ( say 3 to 4 minutes) . Check with knife .

2. Once soft uncover and cook until light brown on 4 sides( takes 4 minutes)

3. Transfer fried Karela to a plate. Cool and stuff with Masala powder

4. Add OIl to the pan and fry Onions till light brown.

5. Add Stuffed Karela and rest of the Masala powder. Squeeze Juice of lime if needed . Add finely chopped Coriander .

                      SERRVE as a side for Lunch /Dinner . or with STEAMED RICE and VEGETABLE DAL .



No school for kids. No rush in the morning to prepare Lunch Box. Usually I pack finger foods or Vada or  Pasta or Idli etc for Lunch Box. Some times One pot rice which is easy to prepare in the morning in Instant pot. Both kids need to go for Physicals. Need to prepare quick Lunch before talking them to Pediatrician . ( So they can come and eat Lunch immediately without waiting.  What I like about IP , Food stays warm in Instant pot for 3 to 4 hours . No need to transfer to Bowl and refrigerate and reheat )  . As I opened the refrigerator door to pick vegetables I found Raw mango ( Usually I add to Dal or Prepare chutney with it) . Thought I will add to Biryani .(  So far I tried 10 different One pot rice recipes with different lentils and vegetables) .Didn’t tried with Raw mango .  It turned out good . I added One more Ingredient which changed the taste of Biryani . Can you guess it?  Check my recipe for the secret ingredient To make it One pot meal I added Lentils and lot of vegetables. Serve with Raita and Papad . Here is the Simple recipe with every day ingredients. 

Lentils have negligible amount of fat and good source of protein without adding any extra fat to the body there by promoting a healthy heart . India has largest number of vegetarians ans Lentils can be a substitute for meat in supplying the required protein . Good source of dietary fiber . Dietary fiber filled food such as Lentils help in controlling blood sugar . Dietary fiber also slows down the rate at which food is absorbed by the blood and thus maintains the sugar level constantly . Lentils have great potential to control cancer growth. Studies conducted at university of Illinois have found that plant lectins a separate type of plant protein originate from foods like lentils , wheat , peanuts have a great influence on cancer cells.Side effects of excessive protein – excessive consumption can pressurize kidneys  in flushing out those excess protein in the body .  Eat in moderation .Source : HM  

Recipe for 3 . Preparation and cooking time : Less than 20 minutes 



             To 2 cups of Yogurt add 1/4th cup chopped onions, One chopped tomato , 3 Baby carrots grated , Chopped coriander and salt. Heat 1/2 tbsp oil and add 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds . Cool and add to Yogurt( curd) . 


1. White Basmati rice Or Brown Basmati rice  – 1 cup  and  Water – 1 1/2 cup

2. Green Lentils – 1/2 cup to 3/4 th cup ( first try with 1/2 cup ) 

3.   VEGETABLES : Onion – thinly sliced , Garlic cloves – 4 ( Peeled and crushed ) , Ginger – small piece ( Paste in Mortar and Pestle ) and  fresh Green chilli paste – 2 g ( In mortar and Pestol) 

                    Finely chopped coriander and Mint 

                   SPINACH – 3 Handfuls ( finely chopped) 

Tomatoes – 2 chopped , Green Beans and Carrots – 1 cup and One Potato – chopped 

                 Chopped Raw Mango  Pieces – 1/2 cup and Mango Pickle – 1 tbsp ( Special Ingredient) 

4. Whole Garam Masala – 5 cloves , 3 cardamom , small cinnamon stick , 2 Bay leaves and Cumin seeds 

 5 . Sambar Powder – 1/2 tbsp ( available in Indian store)

6 . Oil – 3 to 4 tbsp and salt accordingly 


1. Soak rice and Green  Lentils for half hour . Wash 3 to 4 times and add Water. Add salt to water , taste and add accordingly .

2 Chop Spinach and chop vegetables.

3. Gather all ingredients .

4. Turn Instant pot on saute mode . When warm add Oil . Add whole garam Masala and chopped Onions. Fry till onions are light pink. 

5.  Add crushed ginger and garlic. Fry for a minute. Add chopped Spinach . Cook for a minute .  

6. Add  Chopped tomatoes. 

7. Add vegetables( Chopped green Beans, carrots , Potato , Chopped raw mango) 

8. Add sambar powder and Mango Pickle . Mix well . 

9. Add rice ,Lentils with  water. Add chopped coriander and mint leaves .

10. Close lid . Rice mode . NPR( 5 TO 7 MINUTES) . . Open lid . Fluff with fork .

                                                 SERVE with Vegetable Raita 







10 INSTANT   Indian Breakfast recipes for kids . Stove top/Instant pot. Prepared with 5 main Ingredients . Cooking time : 15 minutes with Preparation time : 15 minutes day before. 

1. GREEN VEGETABLE PANCAKES. They look as if they are deep fried , but not. Crispy Pancakes prepared with few ingredients . It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare for whole family if you use wide pan .

Recipe for 22 to 24 Medium Pancakes .

Preparation time : 10 Minutes ( Chopping or Grating vegetables ) Cooking time : 10 Minutes for 7 to 8 Pancakes .


1. Chickpea flour – 1 cup2. Rice flour – 1 cup, Jowar flour – 1/2 Cup

2. Ajwain – 1/4 th tbsp, Salt,  Curry Powder – 1/2 to 1 tbsp. ( Blend of Red chilli Powder , Coriander and Cumin Powder , Garlic and Coriander leaves with stems)

3. Oil – 2 tbsp.

 4.Garlic  – 2 grated,  Ginger – 2 tbsp. ( Grated), Water – accordingly

5. VEGETABLES – Zucchini – 1 ( Chopped) , Green Cabbage – 1 cup ( Finely chopped) , Onion – 1/2 cup ( Finely chopped) , coriander – 2 handfuls ( Finely chopped) , Green Bell Pepper – 1/2 cup ( Finely Chopped), Grated Carrot


2. Instant Patties . 3  main Ingredients . No need to rest the batter . Mix and prepare. They are  Crispy and tasty  .


3. INSTANT CABBAGE IDLI . 3 main ingredients. Mix and Prepare . No need to rest the batter . Taste good with Mango Pickle .Steam in INSTANT POT / PRESSURE COOKER 

RECIPE : Cabbage 

4.PICKLED VEGETABLE VERMICELLI . Just transfer all the ingredients into the pot and done in less time without burnt bottom. You are going to like the new taste of Vermicelli .


5.Daliya ( Cracked wheat ) Vegetable Khichidi with Red lentils . Don’t forget to squeeze juice of Lime at the end. 

Recipe : 

6. BAKED VEGETABLE POCKETS. Filling cooked in IP/ Stove top  and Baked in Oven in less time .

Recipe :

 7. BREAD PAKORA , BREAD ROLLS and ROUND SAMOSA with same filling . Prepare the filling on Stove top or Instant pot. Prepare night before and refrigerate. It will take less time to prepare Breakfast in the morning. 


1. VEGETABLES :Sweet potato – 1 medium ( Optional) and White potato –  3 ( Peeled and Cubed )  or 2 Sweet Potato and 2 White potato , Onion – medium ( finely chopped),   grated Ginger – small piece  and Crushed Garlic ( 4 cloves) , Green chilli paste, Green peas – 1/2 cup, Finely chopped vegetables of your choice

2. Red chilli powder, coriander and cumin powder –  1 tbsp and  Juice of Lime or Dry raw mango powder( to supress the sweet taste of Sweet potato)

3. Salt accordingly  and Turmeric- 1/4 th tbsp

4. Oil – 2 tbsp ,  Cumin seeds and Mustard seeds – 1/2 tbsp each

               5.and finely chopped coriander  n Mint leaves 


Recipe : 

 8. PANEER SPREAD FOR TOAST. 5 ingredients . Preparation 10 minutes and Steaming. Steam in Pressure cooker or Instant pot .

One cup – Measuring cup


1. Grated Paneer –  1 cup

2. Milk – One cup

3. Jaggery  or Brown sugar or sweetner of your choice – 1/2 cup or accordingly

4. Chopped Pistachio’s- 1/4 th cup or more

5. Semolina Or Roasted whole wheat  upma mix  or Almond flour – 3 tbsp ( roasted in microwave) 

6. Ghee to grease the steel bowl 

7. Cardamom – 5 ( Powdered)

8 .  Water – 2 measuring cups ( to pour in inner pot) 



Recipe : 

9.POTATO Dal vada . Cook Potatoes in pressure cooker or Instant pot Day before and refrigerate. Grind Lentils and refrigerate. Easy to prepare Breakfast in the morning. Kids are going to like this Crispy vada with their favorite vegetable .


10. INSTANT POHA DOSA with vegetables. It’s tangy and tasty .

Recipe : 


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Instant pot Indian Broad Beans Masala curry , Tomato Rasam and steamed rice – PIP cooking

Indian Broad Beans also know as Horse Bean , English Bean , Tick Bean got their name from the seeds which are large.  Most Beans including Broad Beans are good source of Iron. Adding to your diet provides a boost of Protein , fiber , Potassium and energy providing B vitamins. It grows in winter from September to March because it requires a Cold season for growth . Moderate moisture supply is necessary for this bean to flourish well. try to pick Beans which are not flat and dry but meaty , tender and Plump beans inside . Take out fiber from both sides before you cook. I pressure cooked in Instant pot  t with very little water( no lost of nutrition) and for fast cooking. Cool in a wide plate before adding to the Curry . So the Curry won’t be mushy. Source : HM

If you normally find some vegetables are bland turn them into a delicacy and you will learn to love these  vegetables.How to make the Veggies a lot less boring is by adding spices. For some Vegetables flavors will intensify if we add Spices, Onions , Ginger and Garlic. Onions are rich in compounds to fight certain diseases . To cut the sharpness of Onions saute with GINGER and GARLIC which brings flavor and sweetness. I shared Homemade spice Powder and CURRY POWDER will add flavor and spicy bite you want.They will add rich deep flavor that you will love. The vegetable will taste so good when it coated with tomato masala paste with spices. Try this Simple and delicious  Vegetable to pair with Phulka or Plain paratha.  

  •               Full meal you can cook in INSTANT POT with PIP COOKING.

Recipe for 3 to 4 . Preparation and cooking time : 30 minutes 


1. Indian Broad Beans – 6 Handfuls

 2. Onion – 1  Finely chopped , Garlic – 4 cloves ( Peeled and crushed ) , Ginger – small piece grated 

3. Tomatoes – 3 ( Chopped )

4. Potato –  3  ( Peeled and Cubed) 

5. Oil – 3 tbsp,  Cumin seeds , Mustard seeds – 1 tbsp each , red chillies – 2

6. Masala Powder : Dry roast 1/2 tbsp Cumin seeds , 1/2 tbsp Coriander seeds, Fennel seeds, Mustard and fenugreek seeds – 1/4 th tbsp , Red chillies , Cloves -2 , Cardamom – 1 or 2 and small piece of Cinnamon . Cool and grind with 2 tbsp dry coconut and Mango Powder or tamarind .

7 . Fresh Coconut or Dry coconut – 1/4 th Cup In mortar pestol grind with 2 green chillies and toasted sesame seeds. ( I added half for Indian Broad Beans and half for Rasam) 

8. Finely chopped coriander to add at the end .


 1. Wash rice and add water .

2. Microwave 2 tomatoes . Chop them finely . Add to the steel bowl . Add water , salt , Turmeric, Curry leaves , Crushed garlic , Chopped ginger ,Chopped coriander  and Rasam powder . ( Once finish cooking add coconut )( Prepare tadka in the inner pot before cooking Indian Broad Beans Masala curry)

3. Add chopped Broad Beans to Steel Bowl . Season with salt and add very little water .

4. Add water to inner pot . Place trivet followed by Broad Beans , Rasam and rice . Close lid . Rice mode . NPR . 

While all 3 are cooking dry roast the spices . Cool and grind. Before grinding this grind Coconut with 2 Green chillies and roasted sesame seeds – 1 tbsp ( Half and half for curry and Rasam) 

5. Open the lid . Take out the steel container . Transfer Broad Beans to a wide plate and Potato to cool before adding to the curry .

6. Turn on saute mode . When warm add Oil , mustard seeds and Cumin seeds. Add finely chopped Onions. Season with Salt and turmeric. Cover with lid and cook until onions are light brown .

7. Add crushed garlic and ginger paste. Fry for a minute. 

8. Add finely chopped tomatoes. Cook until tomatoes are soft. Add  Masala powder to cooked tomatoes. Mix well .

9. Now add  cooked Indian Broad Beans  and Crumbled potato and Red chilli powder. Add finely chopped coriander. Mix gently . SQUEEZE juice of Lime if you don’t have tamarind. 

SERVE warm with Phulka( indian Bread) , Tomato Rasam , Raita and Steamed rice.


Instant Pot Stuffed Snake gourd /Stir fry – 5 Ingredients 

 If you cook SNAKE GOURD every week , then try these 2 Unique recipes with 2 different Spice powders to Stuff and to add at the end. . Today I’m sharing 2 recipes with same Vegetable ( Snake gourd) . Stuffed snake gourd and Snake gourd stir fry .  You can serve with steamed rice or as a side for your meal. Don’t get scared by the name . It’s very healthy vegetable and good source of fiber. Many  may not like this vegetable because of bland taste. But believe me once you try it’s going to be must in your grocery list . I tried in Instant Pot ( 3 qt) with less cooking time and no burnt bottom . I didn’t add any water . Just Oil and washed Snake gourd. I’m sharing two Spice powders . One to stuff the Vegetable and another to add at the end of Stir fry vegetable . You can prepare these Powders in your free time and stay good for months. Store in an airtight container. 

Snake gourd also known as Chinese Cucumber occupies as Healthy vegetable in India. It is grown within the Asian countries as well as across Australian and Nigeria . Snake gourd is a well liked vegetable and comes in different sizes and can be obtained all year round and mostly cultivated in Home gardens. 

Snake gourd is low in Calories , fat free because of its high water substance and filling and great to restrain in weight loss menu’s . This Summer vegetable nature provides has a cooling effect on the body and helps in handling the summer heat. Good source of minerals like magnesium , calcium and Phosphorous. Magnesium is an essential nutrient found in many foods like Green vegetables, legumes, nuts . The common signs of magnesium deficiency are muscle weakness and sleepiness. Magnesium plays an important role in energy production management . Leg cramps are often caused by magnesium deficiency and thus supplying magnesium will help .Source : HM 


1. Snake gourd – Medium and thin ( Wash and make a slit in the middle) For stir fry – 6 inch long pieces .

2. Oil – 2 tbsp and Salt

3. STUFFING with MIXED NUTS – Dry roast Handful of Mixed Nuts with 20  or more Peanuts , 2 tbsp Sesame seeds, 1/2 tbsp Cumin seeds , 1/2 tbsp Coriander. Cool and grind with Handful dry  Coconut , red chilli powder – 1 tbsp and 4 cloves Garlic 

4. STUFFING with DALIYA ( Roasted Channa Dal ) for STIR FRY SNAKE GOURD – Grind 1/2 cup Daliya with Handful of dry coconut, 2 tbsp roasted sesame seeds , red chilli powder, Coriander and Cumin powder , tamarind or dry Mango Powder .

5. Finely chopped Coriander and Mint leaves 


1. Add 2 tbsp Oil in inner pot . Add Washed Snake gourd to Inner pot in a single layer. Season with salt . Mix gently .

2. Close lid. Manual 5 minutes. Unplug it when you see Low. NPR ( 5 MINUTES) .

3. Open lid . Press saute and fry for 3 to 4 minutes , Unplug and leave in Inner Pot , so they will roast for some more time with the heat from inner pot.

4. Transfer to a Pyrex Bowl and stuff with MIXED NUTS SPICE Powder .

                  SERVE with Steamed rice or as a side for your Meal 


1. Add 2 tbsp Oil to inner pot and add Washed and  Chopped snake gourd . Season with Salt .

2. Close lid. MANUAL 3 minutes. Unplug when you see Low . NPR .

3. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes and transfer to a Pyrex Bowl .

4. Add Oil to the Inner Pot . When warm add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and Black Split Urad dal , Green chillies, Curry leaves, Crushed Garlic and Ginger. Red Pepper flakes too.

5. Add thinly chopped Onions. Season with Salt and Turmeric. 

6.Once Onions are fried . Unplug . Add Cooked and roasted Snake Gourd Pieces , Daliya sesame spice Powder and Finely chopped Coriander and Mint Leaves .

                       SERVE with STEAMED RICE or as a side for your Meal .