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Bach Baras is a hindu festival celebrated by mothers for their sons. On this occasion mothers start their day by worshiping A cow and it’s Calf. Bach means “calf” and baras means “twelve”. Bach Baras or Gau Vats Dwadeshi follows janmashtmi (lord Krishna’s birth day). Women who have male kids fast on this day, depriving themselves from eating wheat or any grains and foodstuff prepared by cow’s milk. They also avoid using knife. Nothing should be chopped, not even vegetables. They eat sprouts and Jowar or Bajra Rotis. It is believed that worshipping cow gives prosperity and longevity of kids.

Thali consists of –

Starters

  1. Sprouts of Green Moong – Sauted in little oil with Salt, Pepper and fresh Coriander and little Chaat Masala and Turmeric.

Main Course

  1. Kadhi – Cooked by mixing curd and besan(gram flour) and finished with some dried fenugreek leaves.
  2. Gatte ki Kadi – This Curry is made with onion and tomatoes and the “Gatte” is made by gram flour dough boiled and broken into small pieces and cooked together.
  3. Aloo ki sukhi sabzi – Made with boiled potatoes with salt, turmeric, red chilly powder, jeera powder and finished with fresh coriander leaves. Potatoes are not cut with knife but just roughly mashed up by hand.
  4. Jowar Roti – Jowar Roti or bhakri are one of the Indian Flat Breads made with Sorghum Flour
  5. Bajra Roti – Bajra Roti or bhakri are one of the Indian Flat Breads made with Millet Flour

Sides

  1. Green Mirchi ka Thesa/Thecha – Its a Maharashtrian side which brings quite a lot of excitement in the thali as its spicy and chatpata. Its a coarse mix of Green chillies, Fresh coriander, coconut, sesame seeds and garlic etc made by pounding the mix in a mortal and pestle.

Desserts/Sweets

  1. Bajre ki Churi – Its a healthy North Indian recipe made from crumbling leftover bajra rotis and mixed nicely with loads of ghee, nuts, Jaggery or sugar and fennel powder.
  2. Sattu ka Laddoo – Its a Recipe made during special occasions and festivals. Its kid friendly and healthy too. Sattu is basically roasted chana Dal Flour. Its made by dry roasting wheat flour till its golden and releases aroma and then mixing in sattu, sugar, nuts and cardamom powder. Finally ghee is added and mixed, rolled into laddoos.
Amaranth Leaves or Cholai Saag are nutritious and full of iron, vitamins and minerals. In India is widely used in every household in various forms like stir-fries, soups, salads, saag, or curries.
I tried it out as a stir fry with Kala Chana Sprouts. Sprouts being a source of power and protein, this Amaranth with Chana Sprouts Stir fry is the healthiest meal one can include in their daily meal plans.
INGREDIENTS:

1) 1 Bunch Amaranth Leaves
2) 1 Bunch Spinach Leaves
3) 1 Cup Chana Sprouts
4) 1 Chopped Onion
5) 2 Chopped Tomatoes
6) Few Garlic Cloves
7) 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera/Cumin Seeds
8) 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilly powder
9) 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
10) 1/2 Teaspoon Dry Mango powder
11) Salt to taste
12) 1 Tablespoon Mustard oil

PREPARATION TIME: 30 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Wash and chop the spinach and amaranth leaves
* Chop onion, tomatoes and garlic cloves and keep aside
* In a wok, heat up oil and crackle jeera seeds, and saute garlic
* Add in chopped onions and saute till it turns translucent
* Add in Chopped tomatoes and turmeric, saute till tomatoes go soft
* Add red chilly powder, salt and Chana sprouts, mix well
* Add little water, cover the wok and cook for few minutes
* Finally ad in chopped Spinach and Amaranth leaves and mix well
* Sprinkle dry mango powder and cook till leaves wither
* Cook till all water is evaporated and leaves come together
* Serve hot with parathas and chilled curd