Bulgur pulao

Bulgur is my all time comfort food. These days with a toddler roaming around and mostly clinging onto my legs, it is rather challenging to cook lunch for self. And when I really want to treat myself good then bulgur is my goto recipe. The bonus point is that my 14 months old daughter loves it too.

Ingredients (enough for 1 adult):

  • 1/2 cup Fullcorn bulgur (I have added a picture of the one I use and this I can recommend)
  • 1/2 Onion – chopped finely
  • 1/2 tomato – chopped finely
  • 1/3 cup green peas
  • 1/3 cup corn
  • 1/4 tsp zeera powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/3 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Method (medium heat cooking):

  1. Take oil in a pan and heat slightly. Add onions and stir fry until they start to become golden brown.
  2. Add the tomatoes and salt. Cook until tomatoes are soft.
  3. Add green peas and corn. I use frozen peas and frozen corn so I let this cook until the peas and corn are soft (not like mushy) but must be soft.
  4. Add the spices and mix well.
  5. Add bulgur and mix well. Cook for 1 min.
  6. Add water. Cover with a lid and cook on medium heat. Cook until bulgur is completely cooked. You can choose to dry out the water completely or leave it a bit wet. I had left it slightly wet because then it is easier for a toddler to eat.

Enjoy with yoghurt on the side.

Raw food – Energy balls vegan

I ain’t so much of a raw food fan myself but after having a little baby, time has become a constraint and also the energy. So I need something that I can just pop into my mouth and also gain healthy energy.

So here is my first try at making energy bites. I used another chefs recipe to make this, with a slight variation at my end. They have come out fine. Not too sweet yet enough tasty.

Recipe credit: Original recipe Ruchiskitchen.

  • Ingredients:
    1. Almonds (soaked and peeled) – 2 cups
      Deseeded Dates (not the dry ones) – 1 cup
      Dessicated coconut – 1 cup

    Method:

    Soak the almonds overnight and peel off their skin the morning. Or soak the almonds in boiling water for 15-20 min and then peel off the skin. Keep aside.

    Now remove the seeds from all dates. Keep aside. (I am cutting down on sugar so I have only used dates in this recipe for the slight sweet touch). In case you want more sugar, you can follow the original recipe from Ruchi.

    Finally one cup of Dessicated coconut.

    Add all the Ingredients to a food processor and crush until the whole mixture blends together. The mix must be slightly sticky. If not, add dates or honey.

    Make small balls out of the mixture. Roll over each ball in dessicated coconut and keep aside.

    Keep the energy bites in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.