Category Archives: Soups

Apple Paneer Salad – No cook healthy salad!!

Its time for my first salad recipe on Clicks N Bites. Of late, myself and hubby have decided to do some detox diets. With the whole world emphasizing on healthy eating and weight loss, we thought why not we do it atleast once a week. So, here begins our mission for the new year. This is a very simple salad with apple and paneer. I originally wanted to do this with Tofu but unfortunately, I could not get tofu that day and so settled for paneer. Please replace paneer with tofu for a much more healthier version. This salad does not use any fatty or heavy dressing. So this is one perfect dish when you feel like skipping your dinner and when you really do not want to slog in the kitchen preparing the dinner. Try this easy no cook salad for a change and feel the difference 🙂

Let me list down some of the health benefits here. Apples are rich in fiber, antioxidants and what not. An apple a day indeed keeps the doctor away. However, with lots of fertilisers and pesticides in use, I usually do not prefer the wax coated apples. Please peel off the skin in case you get hold of such apples or try to use organic apples. Next on the list is paneer. Again, paneer is a healthy source of protein, burns down more fat and has lots of calcium in it. Tofu if used is going to make this much more healthier and vegan. So, the choice is users. The dressing mainly uses olive oil. Am sure most of you must be familiar with the benefits of olive oil. I used Gaia Extra Virgin Olive Oil.Olive oil is known to be rich in monosaturated fat that helps reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases good cholesterol (HDL) that protects your heart. It also contains anti-oxidants that provide anti-aging benefits and help keep your skin and hair healthy. This is a super healthy meal that your kids will enjoy too. Lets move on to the recipe now.

Apple Paneer Salad

Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Apple – 1 big peeled and chopped into small pieces
Paneer – 200 gms chopped into small pieces
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
Dry Red Chillies – 4 (ground to chilli flakes)
Salt – to taste
Lemon juice – as needed
Coriander leaves – as needed

Method:

1. Mix apple and paneer with lemon juice to avoid discoloration.
2. Take olive oil in a small container. Add chilli flakes and salt. Shake well.
3. Pour the dressing into the apple paneer mixture.
4. Add coriander leaves and serve.

Notes:

– You can substitute pepper for chilli flakes.
– You can add any other ingredient like mayonnaise instead of olive oil for a richer salad. But olive oil is the healthiest option.

Milagu/Pepper Rasam – sssssssss its hot!!

Rasam finds place regularly on a south indian lunch menu. This is one rasam which does not use rasam powder or dhal. It just uses pepper, jeera and a few other ingredients. If you are suffering from cold or nasal congestion, this is an excellent cure and will be absolutely comforting in such times.

Milagu Rasam

Serves: 2 or 3

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
Pepper – 1 tsp
Jeera – 1 tsp
Garlic – 5/6 cloves
Oil – 2 tsp
Tamarind – gooseberry sized
Tomato – 1 medium sized chopped
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – a few
Coriander leaves – for garnish
Water – 2.5 cups
Salt- to taste

Method:

1. Blend pepper, jeera and garlic cloves to a coarse paste.
2. Heat oil in a pan. Temper mustard seeds.
3. Add the paste and saute for 3 minutes.
3. Add tamarind extract,water,curry leaves, tomato and salt to taste.
4. Let the mixture come to a boil.
5. Switch off the stove and garnish with coriander leaves.

Soup with a vegetable and a nut??? Beetroot Pistachio Soup!!

Beetroots and Pistachios!!! Combination might sound weird. But trust me. This tasted great. Healthy, simple and tasty soup! Time to slurppppppppppppppp!!

Beetroot Pistachio Soup

Ingredients:

Beetroot – 1 medium
Onion – 1
Tomato – 1
Capsicum – 1/2
Green chillies – 2
Pistachios – 10-12
Butter – 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Milk – 1 cup
Sugar -1/2 tsp
Salt – to taste

Method:

1. Peel and chop beetroot. Chop other veggies also.
2. Mix all veggies, chillies and pistachios.Pressure cook for 7-8 whistles.
3. Blend the above mixture to a smooth paste.
4. Heat butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds. Once they splutter, add the paste along with milk and required water.
5. Once the mixture starts boiling, add sugar and salt.
6. simmer for 5 minutes and switch off.
7. Garnish with chopped onions, pistachios and coriander leaves.

Note: Since I added green chillies, I did not use pepper powder. This is your personal preference. if you have added more water, you can use corn flour to thicken the soup.