Weekends are synonymous with mindless munching. You may have lost a pound or two by following a careful diet plan during the week but the sugary desserts and deep-fried snacks that tempt you in the weekend make those pounds pile on back in no time.
Break this temptation for unhealthy snacks by trying these low calorie, easy-to-make snacks that do not compromise on taste either.
Poha with green peas Ingredients:
2 cups - beaten rice/poha (the hard variety)
3/4 cup - boiled fresh peas (or frozen peas)
3/4 tsp - salt
1 tbsp - cooking oil
1/4 tsp - mustard seeds
1 tsp - split black gram dal (urad dal)
1 tsp - Bengal gram dal (chana dal)
1 pinch - asafoetida
3 - red chillies
Curry leaves, a few
Wash the beaten rice two times and drain. Squeezing is not necessary.
Let the wet poha stand for about 20 minutes, till it resembles cooked rice.
Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds.
When mustard seeds splutter, add the two dals and roast till golden in colour.
Add the asafoetida powder.
Add the broken red chillies and fry till crisp.
Add the curry leaves, and then the green peas and salt.
If you are using frozen peas, cover with a lid and let the peas cook on low fire.
Next add the soaked poha and blend well.
Cover and cook on low heat for two minutes.
Remove lid and stir well to break up lumps if any.