495. healthy bhel
WhatsApp has improved communication tremendously. You just need to be connected to an internet or wifi and voila… you’re good to go. Its become easier to communicate with friends and family who are far from us or when we are travelling. So the typical messages sent are ‘leaving for the airport’, ‘reached the airport’, ‘done with security and immigration’, ‘having coffee’, ‘boarding plane’, ‘boarded’. Then for a while its peace and quiet. As soon as one lands, the first task is to find out if there is free wifi at the airport. If there is messaging begins again. ‘Lovely airport’, ‘immigration line very long’, ‘waiting for baggage’, ‘reached our destination’, etc etc. While for most of this is really good because we can keep in touch with family and friends, sometimes whatsapp can turn out to a be a huge nuisance. If you are part of several groups, then your mobile is certainly very busy. Sometimes we have a situation where the same message is forwarded to the same group umpteen of times by the members. Wrong messages have gone to the wrong group. If the members of the group are in different time zones, then the messages start pouring in early morning and continue till late night. The best one is the herd mentality in a group. Our Lions Club group loves to send birthday and anniversary and any other important event wishes to its members. So recently our Club secretary sent an email wishing a member happy birthday for tomorrow. People do not read the message properly. One member sent happy birthday wishes a day earlier. Then the mobile kept on bleeping again and again. Birthday wishes were pouring in for the member. I too sent one. Later, opened my mail to realize that the birthday is tomorrow and not today. If you don’t get time to answer a message then the sender thinks you are not interested. Like everything certain rules and etiquette has to be followed. No obscene messages, no jibe at ones belief, religion or culture, mindful of different time zones and no repeated forwards please.
Today’s recipe is a healthy bhel. Healthy because I have added different yummy and healthy ingredients to it. Don’t get me wrong, the usual boiled potatoes and chickpeas are healthy, but this bhel is different. You can actually add whatever you want.
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2 -3 cups puffed rice (mamra)
½ cup thin sev (optional)
½ -1 cup cooked sweet corn
½ cup roasted peanuts
½ cup pomegranate seeds (arils)
½ cup sliced grapes
½ cup finely diced cucumber
½ cup finely chopped onion
¼ cup finely chopped raw mango
1 cup date tamarind chutney
½ -1 cup green chutney
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
½ – 1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tbsp oil
- Preheat the oven to 150°C.
- Put mamra (puffed rice) in a big bowl.
- Add oil and salt to it. Mix it well.
- Put the mamra in a baking tray.
- Roast the mamra for 20 minutes in the oven or till they become crunchy.
- Remove the mamra from the oven and add chilli powder. Mix well. Let the mamra cool down a bit.
- Just before serving add sev, cucumber, pomegranate, sweet corn, peanuts, grapes, onion and raw mango. Mix well.
- Serve the bhel with the chutneys.
- Add also boiled potatoes, cooked chickpea, raw carrot diced etc. In fact add whatever you wish.
- I sometimes add boiled peanuts instead of the roasted ones.
- You can buy ready made thin sev at any Indian grocery or sweet shop.
- You can use the ready made bhel mix.
- Serve this bhel as a starter. I make a meal out of it as its so much lighter on the tummy during the hot season.
- If you wish you can add more vegetables and fruits to it.
- To make it an absolute healthy option don’t add sev. Can add baked papdi instead.
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