Saturday, February 13, 2016

Much Ado about Protein : Part Deux

“Whether through grains, beans, or even fruit, there’s plenty of protein in a plant-strong diet.”  
                                      ― Rip EsselstynMy Beef with Meat
I was born and brought up in the South of India ( Madras) and my fall back diet goes back to Dosas, Idli and Adai  - I have over the years tried to tweak these recipes to make them more protein rich and low in carbs. Here is my go-to Adai recipe for the busy week days - seriously easy to get on the table in less than 15 minutes ( I usually make my Adai in the Waffle Maker - 1/2 a minute per Adai)


Servings: 15 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes
½ Cup Black-Eyed Peas
½ Cup Green Moong (with skin)
½ Cup Moth Beans or Matki
1 Cup Rolled Oats
¼ Cup Fenugreek Seeds (Methi)
3 Cups Shredded Red Cabbage
1 Onion
Ginger (as per your taste)
Green Serrano Chilies (as per your spice requirements)
Salt, Cumin Seeds and Hing (as per taste)
  • Soak the first 3 ingredients  and the methi seeds overnight. Add in the oats first thing in the morning
  • Blend all ingredients to Idli Batter in your food processor ( I do this in my trusty Blendetec)
  • Preheat the Waffle Maker( I use a Cuisineart Waffle Maker)
  • Spray the Waffle Maker (I alternate between Spectrum High Heat Organic Canola Oil Spray and the home use Misto Spray filled with Spectrum Oil)
  • Pour a ladle of the Adai Mix in the Waffle Maker
  • Serve hot with the Jhatpat Peanut Chutney 
Servings: 10 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes
1 Cup Raw Peanut
¼ tsp Jeera/Cumin Seeds
8 cloves Garlic
1-2 Sprigs of Curry Leaves
6 Dried Red Chillies (less or more
Hing, Jaggery, Salt and Tamarind (to taste – I usually start with 1 tablespoon Jaggery and  1 tsp tamarind extract ( tamicon) )
  •  Roast the Peanuts for 2-3 minutes in the microwave ( careful not to  burn!)
  • Put the hing, curry leaves, cumin seeds, garlic, dried red chillies in a microwave safe bowl
  • Spray with some oil & Microwave for 1-1 ½ minutes (careful not to burn!)
  • Add the peanuts and the spice mix along with salt, tamarind paste and jaggery to the blender
  • Blend with 1/4th cup of water (add more if needed)
  •  Enjoy with the Adai

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