Yes , we are here for our September Mega Marathon . These Mega Marathons always excite me and my search begins as soon as the theme is announced . Somehow this time I was confused, the theme said Protein Rich , but we have so many dishes which are marked as Protein Rich but might be high in calories and fat .So are we looking for Protein Rich . low cal ? No , the recipes I am going to post will be Protein Rich,the recipes that can be everyday dishes.I did not want to do make food which I can’t have . I could have easily whipped up a couple of smoothies which are healthy as well as full of protein but No ! that is not me.
After juggling with my sub themes I finally decided on 5 themes . Week 1 has just two days so a different theme for those two days .
Week 1 will feature Kebabs , which naturally are high in protein.
Week 2 … hey wait why am I telling you guys ? Let this remain a surprise ! Right?
Okay coming to the theme ! Protein Rich ! First of all let me make myself very very clear . I am a home maker and no specialist on this topic . My knowledge on Nutrition facts is not professional, so guys please if I am wrong somewhere , just skip it ! I will Not go into details as to how much protein a dish has .
Non vegetarians food is full of protein while the vegetarians have to seek protein from Lentils , Pulses , few veggies , dairy products , soy and nuts and seeds . Since I am a vegetarian all my posts will feature a combination of these to get high protein .
We begin with Day 1 and for today I have Masoor Daal Kebabs .
Masoor is a lentil which is actually a legume .Legumes normally grow in pods that contain either one or two lentil seeds. Lentils are one of the earliest foods mankind has been consuming and have a distinct earthy flavor. These are very commonly used throughout South Asia, the Mediterranean regions, and the Middle East. These small legumes are exceptionally nutritious and carry numerous health benefits. Lentils are rich in proteins and they meet a major part of the protein demands of the body.
Since I am making Kebabs let me tell you a little about them.
Kebabs are often cooked on a skewer, but there are many types of kebabs that are not. Kebab dishes can consist of cut up or ground meat or seafood, lentils and vegetables for vegetarian versions , fruits and vegetables; these are cooked on a skewer over a fire, or like a hamburger on a grill, baked in a pan in an oven, or as a stew; and served with various accompaniments according to each recipe.
I made these Protein Rich and served these with our roti and spicy coriander and peanut chutney. I made the kebabs on a skewer and baked them . Ideally I would have loved to make these on charcoal , but somehow it could not happen . Masoor and peanuts both are rich in protein and along with roti made a complete Protein Rich meal.
I have some very delicious Kebabs and Tikkis , you could check them here.
Masoor ke Kebab
1 cup masoor daal
1/2 cup channa daal
1 big potato , boiled
1/2 cup mint, finely chopped
1/2 cup coriander , finely chopped
2 tbsp ginger garlic and green chilly paste
3 black cardamom , powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp chaat masala
1/2 cup oats powder
Wash and soak the daals overnight .
Boil both the daals in separate pressure cookers.
Add salt while boiling .
Masoor daal will require 3-4 whistles while channa daal will be done in 2 whistles .
Remember always open the pressure cooker after the pressure has completely released .
Drain excess water from the daals.
Let cool .
Mash the daals and roast them in a non stick pan .
Remove and cool .
Add boiled potatoes and all the spices , herbs and oats powder.
Mix well and check for spices . Adjust according to your taste.
With greased hands make kebabs .
String them on skewers and brush with oil .
You could string red ,yellow capsicum and onion cubes too.
Roast them in the oven till golden .
Serve with coriander and peanut chutney . You can serve the red garlic chutney for added spicy flavor.