A health cookery competition, a recipe demonstration and a related nutrition talk got me to visit Pune last week. The participants enthusiastically showed off their culinary skills and were supported by their friends present in full force. The judging panel comprised of a chef from a star hotel, a food connoisseur from the company and myself. The unanimous choice for the first prize was “Maharashtrian Tadka Biryani” made by Deepika Hublikar and Arti Deore. They have shared the recipe with all of you, so thank you, Deepika & Arti.
Method of Preparation –
Soon after I requested for healthy recipes, I received one from Chennai. Don’t throw away the watermelon seeds after you eat the fruit. Make chutney powder out of it – its nutritious and delicious, I’m sure.
Here’s the recipe contributed by Ms Smitha Suresh, Nutritionist, Chennai, India……
Watermelon Seed Chutney Pudi
Watermelon seeds – 100 g
Pepper corns – 1 tsp
Jeera (cumin seeds) – 1 tsp
Peanuts – 2 tbsp
Tamarind – 1 inch piece
Red Chillies – 2-3 nos.
Salt – to taste
Garlic – 3 cloves (optional)
Method of preparation –
Toast all the ingredients together for 2- 3 mins, cool for a while and then dry grind roughly. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of this powder on steaming red rice, mix and enjoy the warm, earthy flavour!
You can add other ingredients which give their unique flavour like curry leaves, dried basil (tulsi) or neem. Substitute with other nuts and seeds.
Yesterday during a group nutrition session, one of the participants requested me to put up some easy and healthy recipes on my blog. While I look for such recipes, if any of you have them already, do write to me and I’ll be happy to publish them here with your name.