With the festive season upon us, it's time to look forward to some lip-smacking dishes and desserts. So, we asked readers to share their Diwali recipes with us. As part of a continuing series, we present five recipes that we received:
Shikha Singh sends in this quick recipe for Macaroni Salad:
Preparation time: 20 minutes
- Juice of a lemon
- Boil macaroni. Drain and dip in cold water. Keep aside.
- Chop tomatoes, cucumber and onions into cubes.
- Mix well with the macaroni.
- Add salt and juice of a lemon. Refrigate and have it cold.
Health quotient: Quite healthy since it is a salad.
Next, Jitendra Vyas shares his recipe for Soya Bean Dahi Wada:
Preparation time: 5 minutes
- 250 gms soya wadi (available prepacked)
- 200 gms curds
- Salt to taste
- Roasted cumin seeds powder, to taste
- Red chilli powder to taste
- Black / rock salt to taste
- Boil the soya wadi in hot water till soft, drain excess water.
- Dip the wadi in lightly beaten curds, dress with salt, cumin seeds powder, chilli powder and rock salt.
Health quotient: It does not have oil or any fatty items and is quick to make.
Megha sends her recipe for Mushroom Pepper Fry:
Preparation time: 25 minutes
- 250 gram mushrooms
- 7 pods garlic, chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil (or as per requirement)
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Salt to taste
- Oregano for seasoning
- Heat oil and add garlic pods followed by pepper.
- Once the garlic turns light golden, add mushrooms and salt.
- Cook till all the water evaporates. Season with oregano after turning off the heat.
Health quotient: This is a very easy recipe that uses olive oil (one of the healthiest) and mushrooms that are high on protein.
Preeti Amonkar shares her recipe for Chicken Cafreal:
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
- 1 kg chicken, cut into big pieces
- Green peas, cauliflower, carrot, French beans (for the side dish, optional)
- A bunch of coriander leaves
- 10-12 green chillies
- 15 cloves
- 2 small sticks of cinnamon
- 12 peppercorns
- 1/2 cup synthetic vinegar
- Salt to taste
- Turmeric powder
- Grind the ingredients along with vinegar without adding water to a fine paste.
- Pierce the chicken pieces with a fork.
- Apply half the green masala to the chicken pieces and keep for four-five hours.
- In the meantime, boil some green peas, some cauliflower (big pieces), round pieces of carrot and French beans (cut into two-three pieces) with a pinch of salt till the water evaporates.
- Place a non-stick pan on medium heat, put the chicken pieces in, do not add water. Cover this with a plate and on the plate keep a heavy object, so that the chicken pieces flatten.
- After 10 minutes turn the pieces and put the remaining masala. Once the chicken is cooked add a little oil. In a plate, keep the cooked chicken pieces and serve with boiled veggies and French fries.
Health quotient: It requires very little oil (almost none). Secondly, it is coconut-free so a saving grace for the heart! And last but not the least, it's tasty!
Next is HV Srividya's mum's recipe for Carrot Kheer:
Cuisine: South Indian
Preparation time: 10-15 minutes
- 1/2 kg carrots
- 1 litre milk
- 2 cups
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 1/2 tsp cardamom power
- Cashews and raisins
- Peel the carrots, cut into cubes and pressure cook till soft.
- Once carrot cubes are cool make into smooth paste.
- Meanwhile boil the milk till it thickens.
- Take the carrot paste and put into kadai (wok) and boil it till the raw smell goes away.
- Once the paste becomes thick add sugar and boil till mixed well.
- Once thick, add cardamom powder and the boiled milk and let it boil for two-three minutes and remove from heat.
- Fry the cashews and raisins in the ghee and garnish.
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