What’s the first thought that comes to our mind when we think of healthy eating – unappetizing / porridge, right? Whether it’s a health freak looking for a perfectly balanced diet or a mother who wants her child to get all the nutrition they can get, healthy food often means boredom / unpleasantness. .
In some cases, it is the working professionals who seek to adopt a healthier diet in their daily lifestyle while in others; it’s the kids talking about their mothers trying to cut down on junk food. In the rest of the cases, it is the husband who constantly complains that home-cooked meals are monotonous and uninteresting. The challenge in each of the three scenarios is that eating healthy can often become a boring, dragging affair that no one looks forward to. The result: a few days of healthy eating and you just want to go back to that delicious piece of chocolate cake and not worry about the health fad.
Well, it’s time for the cooks to put on their thinking hats and sprinkle some flavor and spice on the regular “Ghar-ka-khana”. And what could be better than being able to eat something that is not only delicious but also healthy?
Almonds can be a simple yet tasty addition to everyday dishes that can go a long way in adding an original touch to your food. And what is more? Almonds contain nutrients like vitamin E, fiber, and protein. Just the magical ingredient you needed to be the rock star cook in your home!
Here are some cool ways to add almonds to a dish to add a touch of magic to everyday food:
1. Momos with almonds and chicken (without shell)
These shellless momos are easy to make, are wholesome, and will make your lips smack before you finish making them. The innovation of this dish will make you a star among your friends and / or family if you serve it hot!
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Ground chicken – 250 g
Garlic, chopped – 1 tbsp
Carrots, finely chopped – 3 tbsp
Spring onions, finely chopped – 3 tbsp
Ginger, finely chopped – 1 tbsp
Soy sauce – 1 tbsp
Oyster sauce – 1 tbsp
Sesame oil – 1 teaspoon
Pepper powder – 1 teaspoon
Egg – 1 no
Blanched and chopped almonds -1/2 cup
Oil – for lubrication
Place the ground chicken in a bowl. Add all the ingredients except the almonds and divide them into evenly sized balls, roll these balls in the blanched and chopped almonds and carefully place these small balls on a greased plate. Prepare the steamer and cook them over high heat for 15 minutes. Remove and serve hot momos.
2. Chonkey Badam
A simple way to keep yourself and / or your family members from looking for that unhealthy chocolate bar or packet of fried goodies, this recipe gives your taste buds a reason to salivate while keeping you steady on your mission of healthy eating. . Chonkey badam is a preparation that is easy to carry to work, school or even the gym.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Oil -2 tablespoons
Jeera – 1 teaspoon
Heeng – 1/2 teaspoon
Dry red pepper – 1 no
Kasoorimethi – 3 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Turmeric -1 / 2 tbsp
Coriander powder – 2 teaspoons
Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
Tomato puree – 3 tbsp
Blanched and peeled almonds -1/2 cup
-1/2 cup green peas
Salt – 1 teaspoon
Soak kasoorimethi in half a cup of water. Heat the oil and add the dry red chilli, sprinkle with jeera and heeng. Sauté until I crack. Add the ginger and garlic paste and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Now add the turmeric, red chilli powder and coriander powder. Sauté over low heat for one minute. Remove the water from the methi and squeeze it. Add the fenugreek and cook for 3 minutes. Add a little water so that the masala does not stick to the bottom.
Now add the almonds, peas and salt. Sauté and add the tomato puree. Add a little water and cook over low heat, cook for 5 minutes, remove from heat and serve hot.
3. Gluten-free almond cake
And finally, we bring you a recipe that is not the icing on the cake, but the cake itself! Who doesn’t love cakes and pastries and how delicious it would be if we added a little innovation to our cake! A no-gourmet almond cake is delicious, healthy, and will have you craving for more as soon as you polish the delicious cake. There has never been and never will be a better combination!
For 4 people
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Almond powder – 350 g
Egg (Separated) – 200 g
Honey – 100 g
Baking soda – 10g
Vanilla essence – 10 g
Salt – 5 g
Honey – 20 g
Slivered almonds – 50 g
Preheat the oven to 180 ° C. Coat a 9-inch pan with butter and flour. Line the bottom with baking paper. Beat 4 egg yolks, 100g honey, vanilla, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add the almond powder and beat over low heat until blended. Then beat 4 egg whites in another large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until very frothy, but not firm enough to hold peaks. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the nut mixture until just combined. Scrape the dough into the prepared pan.
Bake cake until golden brown and a skewer inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Wipe a knife around the edge of the pan and carefully remove the side ring. Let cool completely and carefully transfer the cake to a serving dish. To serve, drizzle the top of the cake with honey and sprinkle with flaked almonds.
Advice: Make sure the almonds are toasted a bit before making a powder and that there is absolutely no moisture in the grinder jar to avoid lumps in the cake