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10 Simple Dinner Ideas for Healthy Eating in Real Life

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Thinking about what to eat and what not to eat can be a gigantic task for dinner as you feel hungry but at the same time are drained of energy, so a simple dinner is required. Dinner can be the turning point for your health as it plays a vital role. A light dinner at a proper time can help you stay in good shape. So grab a pen and a notepad as we list the best simple Indian dinner recipes that you can make for your family and friends.

Sabudana Khichdi- People eat sabudana khichdi during fasts, but it can be made for dinner as they provide a simple yet healthy meal. The ingredients needs are:

  • 1 cup sabudana / tapioca / sago
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp jeera/cumin
  • Few green chillis (slit)
  • ½ boiled potato/aloo (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp peanuts (roasted & crushed)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves (finely chopped)
  • ½ lemon
    • Directions:
      • Firstly, in a large bowl, soak 1 cup of sabudana in enough water for 3 hours or till it gets mashed up.
      • Depending on the quality of sabudana, increase or decrease the soaking time.
      • Drain off the sabudana well in a strainer and rest for 30 minutes.
      • Prepare the tempering by heating 2 tbsp ghee in a pan and add jeera. Add green chilli and ½ boiled and chopped potato. Saute for 2 mins.
      • Now add in drained sabudana with 3 tbsp roasted & crushed peanuts, 1 tsp sugar and ½ tsp salt.
      • Cover and simmer for 3 minutes or until sabudana gets cooked well.
      • When sabudana is translucent, it means they are perfectly cooked.
      • Add in 2 tbsp coriander leaves and half lemon juice. Mix well. Finally, serve sabudana khichdi as a snack.

Oats Idli- Oats idli is a simple, healthy and instant dinner option. So you can prepare it on busy weekdays. You need the following ingredients:

  • Instant Oats
  • Coarse Rava / semolina / sooji
  • Curd
  • Eno salt or Baking soda and few basic ingredients.
    • Directions:
      • Create a Mix of Semolina/Suji/Rava and Instant Oats, grind them well and add curd to this mixture.
      • Add Water, Salt and baking soda(optional) to the batter. Mix well.
      • Heat the idli pan and add little oil to grease it.
      • Put the batter in the pan and let it cook for 5 to 7 mins.
      • Once done, serve hot with chutney and sambar.

Moong Dal Khichdi: Moong Dal Khichdi is light and comforting meal that can be eaten for dinner. Ingredients are:

  •   ½ cup rice and moong dal,
  • Salt, turmeric powder, and asafoetida(hingh)
  • , ½ cup chopped tomatoes and boiled peas
    • Directions:
      • Take 1/2 cup rice and 1/2 cup moong dal in a bowl.
      • Soak it in enough water for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, drain the water and set it aside.
      • Add the rice and dal to a pressure cooker and add around 3.5 to 4 cups of water.
      • Add salt, turmeric powder and asafoetida and pressure cook on high heat for 5-6 whistles.
      • The rice and dal will cook and be very soft and mushy, keep it aside.
      • Add chopped tomatoes and green peas. Cook for 2 minutes if you do not want the tomatoes to get too mushy.
      • Add the cooked rice and dal to the pan. Mix until well combined, add salt and adjust to taste.

Crunchy Corn Chaat- If you are craving something spicy yet easy to prepare a dish after a hectic day, corn chaat can be your go-to- dinner recipe. You can have this with tea or a glass of milk. The ingredients are:

  • A chopped tomato
  • A chopped onion
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 cup boiled corns
  • 1 cup True Elements Crunchy Pops
    • Directions:
      • Heat a pan and add butter.
      • Add boiled corn and salt for taste and roast the corn on medium flame until they turn slightly golden brown.
      • In a bowl, add these corns, onion, tomato, crunchy pops, and juice of half a lemon and mix everything. Ready to eat.

Masala Oats- Oats as generally eaten in breakfast. But have you tried having this spicy masala oat for dinner? Not yet, so try it now with the following ingredients:

  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • Chop onion, tomato, carrot, bell pepper, broccoli, boiled corn and green peas
  • 1 tsp salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala
  • 1 cup True Elements Whole Instant Oats
    • Directions:
      • Heat a pan and add oil. Add garlic and saute well.
      • Add onion, tomato, salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, and garam masala. Saute well.
      • Meanwhile, add the oats in a bowl and water in it and keep them aside while the veggies cook.
      • Once the veggies are ready, add the soaked oats.
      • Mix everything well until the oats cook. While serving, top the oats with coriander. Serve hot.

Veggies Loaded Quinoa- Veggies Loaded Quinoa is a perfect dish while keeping in mind your health. Quinoa is a rich source of protein, fibres and minerals that helps to keep your gut healthy. To make this recipe, you need is:

  • 1 cup True Elements Quinoa
  • 1 tsp olive oil/ghee
  • 1 cup mixed sliced onions, carrots, and capsicum
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
    • Directions:
      • Take quinoa and wash them twice.
      • Soak it in 6 six cups of water for 5 minutes.
      • Now, Boil it on a medium flame for 20 minutes. Strain the extra water and keep it aside.
      • Now take a pan, add olive oil/ghee and saute all the vegetables.
      • Add all the spices and soy sauce.
      • Now add the quinoa to the veggie mix and cook for another 5 minutes.

Masala Dalia- Dalia is one of the easiest recipes that you can enjoy for dinner. The recipe is light on the gut and simple to prepare for dinner. All you need is:

  • 1 cup True Elements Multigrain Dalia
  • 2 cups water
    • Directions:
      • Heat a pan and water. Let the water boil and then add dalia to it.
      • Keep stirring in between a few times to avoid sticking.
      • Let the dalia cook and water evaporate.
      • Top it with coriander and serve hot.

Quinoa Tikkis– These tikkis are a unique combination of health and taste, so try along with us. You need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup True Elements Quinoa (cooked)
  • 1/2 cup boiled potatoes
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables (boiled)
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • Salt and pepper as per taste
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder, chaat masala, cumin powder
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
    • Directions:
      • In a bowl, add all the ingredients and mix well.
      • Make small balls and flatten them.
      • Roll them in the breadcrumbs.
      • Heat a pan and add oil.
      • Shallow fry these tikkis and serve hot.

Multigrain Dosa- A tasty Dosa along with coconut chutney serves the purpose of a complete meal. Now you can make them easily with this recipe:

  • ½ cup True Elements Multigrain Dosa Mix
  • 1 ½ cup Water
    • Directions
      • Mix water and True Elements Multigrain Dosa Mix till you get the desired batter consistency.
      • Heat and grease the pan and pour the dosa mix on it.
      • You can also add a spoon of butter or ghee to the dosa.
      • Flip the dosa and cook till it turns golden brown and crisp.
      • Serve with your favourite chutney and sambhar.

Oats Appam- Appams are light, simple and tasty dishes from South India. They are easy to make with the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups True Elements Instant Oats
  • 2 tbsp semolina/Suji/Rawa
  • 1 cup Curd
  • 1 tsp baking soda (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Oil Salt as per taste
    • Directions
      • Create a Mix of Semolina/Suji/Rava and Instant Oats, grind them well and add curd to this mixture.
      • Add Water, Salt and baking soda(optional) to the batter. Mix well.
      • Heat an appam pan and add little oil to grease it.
      • Put the batter in the pan and let it cook for 5 to 7 mins.
      • Flip the appams and let the appam turn golden brown from both sides.
      • Once done, serve hot with chutney and sambar.

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