Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tamarind Quinoa, Raita, Soup, Shake, Curry(A Wholesome three course meal)

Know what you Eat - A balanced diet is a diet which contains an optimal ratio of nutrients. The philosophy of a balanced diet is that no single food or food type is sufficient for sustaining good health alone. Only through a combination of contributions from various groups in certain proportions can one expect to acheive a healthy diet. An optimal ratio of carbohydrates, protein fruits, vegetables and dairy is required to maintain this balance.

Starter - Soup
Main Course - Tamarind Quinoa, Onion Raita and Sweet Potato Curry
Dessert - Dates & Nuts Shake

Tomato Soup


Tomato - 8 (Small chopped)
Celery - 2 Sticks (finely chopped)
Carrot - 1 big (finely chopped)
Beetroot - 1 small piece(finely chopped)
Mint - 2 tbsp (chopped finely)
Garlic - 2 cloves
Salt - 1 1/2 tsp or to taste
Oregano - 1/2 tsp
Onion powder - 1/2 tsp
Pepper - 1/2 tsp or to taste
Coconut Oil/Ghee/Butter - 2 tsp


1) Heat 1 tsp of oil and add the chopped celery, beets and carrot and leave it for a few minutes till they are half cooked
2) Now add the tomato pieces and cover the vessel and stir in between. Leave it for a few minutes till all the vegetables are cooked.
3) Switch of the stove and let the vegetables cool down.
4) Once the vegetables are cooled completely, transfer them to a blender and blend thoroughly till they become a puree.
5) Heat the rest of the oil and sauté the chopped garlic and mint and transfer the pureed contents to the pan and add water to the desired consistency.
6) Add the onion powder, oregano and salt and stir and leave and switch of once the soup starts bubbling.
7) Now add pepper powder and the soup is ready to serve.

Tamarind Quinoa


Cooked Quinoa - 2 Cups
Pulidarai/Pulihore/Pulikaichal(Spiced Tamarind) Paste - 2 Tbsps
Roasted Peanuts - 2 Tbsp
Oil - 2 Tbspsz


1) Cool and fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork and add, the spiced tamarind paste( i will post this recipe later as this post itself has 4 recipes), roasted peanuts and the oil.
2) Combine gently and thorougly till all the quinoa is well coated with oil and the the paste.

Onion Raita


Yogurt - 2 Cups
Chopped Onion - 3/4 cup
Salt - 1/2 tsp or to taste
Fresh ground pepper - 1/4 tsp or to taste
Cilantro - 1 tbsp(optional)


1. In a big bowl, combine yogurt,  salt, & black pepper together.
2. Now add chopped onion and cilantro to the above mixture and serve.

Date & Nut Milk Shake


Pitted Dates - 6 large
Almonds-1/4 cup
Milk -2 cups
Ice cubes - few
Honey - 1 tsp or to taste(Optional if you have sweet tooth otherwise the sweetness of dates will do)


1.Soak the Almonds and dates in warm milk for about 30 mins separately.
2.Grind the dates first and then add the almonds to make a smooth paste.
3. Now add the milk, ice cubes and honey into a blender and blend together.

Event Participation
1) This goes to Well balanced three course meal event hosted by Yasmeen and Food for Seven Stages of Life- Pregnancy hosted by Radhika.

3) The soup goes to Soup and Juice event hosted by Sireesha.
4) The Date & Nut shake goes to Soup and Juice event hosted by Sireesha, FIL-Milk hosted by Sanghi.


Pari Vasisht said...

Lovely and a very healthy spread. If only I could eat all that now...

Nandinis food said...

Healthy dishes! Slurpy soup!Innovative tamarind quinoa! Yummy milkshake! Pls pass me all the dishes!

Priya Suresh said...

Wow wat a lovely spread, delicious soup and shake..Tempting tamarind quinoa...mouthwatering dishes..

Pavani said...

Thats is a very healthy 3 course meal. Love the innovative quinoa recipe. Eveything looks delicious.

Vrinda said...

Lovely and healthy dishes...

Anonymous said...

thanks for this, seriously..I have started dietting fromt oday and this post so handy to me.

Shri said...

Such a delicious spread of dishes!!That soup and raita look damn good:D

ashsdelicacies.blogspot.ca said...

Lovely presentaion dear...nice colours...

Nithya said...

This is so yummy and healthy. Wish I could come there right now to have them all. :) colorful too.

Padma said...

Tamarind quinoa looks very tempting.... very healthy dishes esp loved the color of soup

Yasmeen said...

I'm overwhelmed by your contributions,thanks for sending yet another wholesome meal:)

chakhlere said...

Hey thats a lovely and healthy meal. Loved the soup and shake very much.

Divya Kudua said...

Healthy and wholesome meal..love the idea of Puliyogare-Quinoa:).Dates milkshake is something I have tried and absolutely loved :)

Saritha said...

Dates milk shake looks yummy,must try for kids

Lovely platter

my kitchen said...

Mouth watering dishes,Nice presentation.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

WOw thats really innovative idea dearie.. Everything looks picture perfect and delicious.. wonderful spread.

Priya Narasimhan said...

I loved all the dishes..esp the tomato soup..lovely color..

Suparna said...

The spread looks wholesome and super tempting :) loved the milkshake and soup ...they look so yummmmmmmmmmm....

Parita said...

Delicious feast !!

lata raja said...

very nice spread. loved the milkshake and soup particularly.

Varsha Vipins said...

Really wholesome..just loved the whole spread..:)

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

absolutely healthy spread.will surely going to try ur soup and shake.super

Anonymous said...

This is truly a well balanced meal. I love the tamarid quinoa...looks unique and yummy!

chef and her kitchen said...

very nice n healthy ones...:)

Unknown said...

Lovely lovely what a healthy spread yaar every thing looks just perfect yummmm.

Preety said...

i agree, good balanced meal is very imp..everything looks perfect on the platter

Cham said...

Tamarind quino different way to use pulliyore !

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