A growing fetus requires good nutrition in order to survive and have normal body weight when it is ready to see the world. This is possible only if the mother eats the right kind of food with all the essential nutrients.
If the mother is consuming the right kind of food items, it will ease out the postpartum period and also assist in better lactation.
Therefore, it becomes a necessity to have a good and balanced diet. So, starting off with a well-nourished diet when you plan to have a baby sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it?
Here’s are few healthy recipes you can try.
Zucchini Bell Pepper And Sprouted Moong Salad
– Use 2 cups of parboiled sprouted moong
– 1/4th cup of zucchini
– 1/4th cup of finely chopped yellow and red capsicum
– ¾ cup of chopped apple
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil
– Mix all these ingredients in a bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and salt to taste.
– Voila! Your healthy salad is ready to eat. This salad can be consumed as lunch too. It is rich in vitamin C and low in calories.
1. Moong Dal And Spinach Idlis
For this recipe, you’ll need:
-½ cup of moong dal soaked in water for 3 hours and drained
-¾ cup blanched and chopped spinach
-3 fresh green chilies roughly cut
-1 tablespoon fresh low-fat curd
– Blend the moong dal, green chilies and spinach in a mixer without adding water. Blend it till you get a smooth paste like substance.
– Empty it into a bowl and add 1tbsp of fresh low-fat curd, 2 tsp sea salt and a pinch of fruit salt to taste. Stir the mixture well and ensure there are no lumps formed.
– Grease the idli mold before pouring this batter into it so it does not stick to it. Steam for a while and serve hot!
2. Groundnut Tikkis
You’ll need:
– ½ cup roasted and powdered peanuts
– ½ cup besan (Bengal gram flour)
– ½ cup chopped spinach
– 5 tbsp whole wheat flour
– 1 ½ finely chopped green chilies
– 1 tbsp lemon juice, salt
– 1 tsp oil for kneading the dough
– 2 ½ tbsp oil for cooking and greasing purposes
– Mix all ingredients together in a deep bowl and knead it in the form of soft dough with the help of some water. Add 1 tsp of warm oil and knead the dough again.
– Split the dough into 8 equal portions and mold them flat in the shape of a round flat tikki.
– Heat the non-stick pan and grease it with ½ tsp of oil and cook each tikki on it till it turns golden brown on both the sides.
– Serve hot with green mint chutney.
3. Hariyali Dal- with 1 teaspoon oil
For this recipe you’ll require:
– ½ cup chana dal (split Bengal gram) cleaned, washed and drained
– ¾ cup of spinach purée, ½ tsp cumin seeds
– A pinch of asafoetida
– ½ tsp of dried fenugreek leaves
– Finely chopped onions and green chilies
– 1 tsp ginger paste
– ½ tsp garlic paste
– ½ tsp garam masala
– 1 tsp coriander powder
– ¼ cup low-fat milk
– 1 tsp salt
– Mix chana dal and 1 ½ cup of water in a pressure cooker and let it cook for 4 whistles. Later, drain and keep it aside.
– Heat oil in a nonstick pan and add cumin seeds, asafoetida, and dried fenugreek leaves, and saute on medium flame for about 30 seconds.
– When the seeds begin to crackle, add ginger, garlic paste, chilies and onions to it and continue to fry it for few more minutes.  
– Add garam masala, dhania powder (coriander powder) and salt to it and stir well on a medium flame.
– Add the spinach puree, ½ cup water and milk, and continue stirring on a medium flame for about 2-3 minutes tops.
– Now, add the cooked dal, mix uniformly and stir on a medium flame for 5 minutes.
– Serve hot with desired accompaniments.
4. Oats Mutter Dosa
There are two kinds of ingredients you would need to prepare this dosa:
For the dosa
– 1 cup cooking rolled oats
– ¼ cup split black lentils (urad dal)
– Salt
For stuffing
 – 1 ½ tsp oil
– 1 slit green chilly
– ¼ tsp mustard seeds
– ½ cup grated carrots
– ½ cup finely diced onions
– ¼ cup parboiled peas
– ½ tsp chat masala
– 1 tsp chili powder
– 1 tsp lemon juice
– 2 ¼ tsp oil for greasing and cooking
For the batter
– Mix the oats, salt, and urad dal and blend it in a mixer to obtain a fine powder.
– Add ¾ the cup water to it and mix well. Don’t allow the formation of any lumps in the batter. Cover it with a lit and keep it away for 15-20 minutes.
For the stuffing
– Heat some oil in a deep pan and add cumin seeds to it. Allow the seeds to crackle and then add green chilies and salt. Fry this on a medium flame for about few seconds.
– Add the parboiled peas, chopped onions and carrots to this mixture and mix it well. Add few drops of lemon to it and add salt and chaat masala for taste. Divide this mixture into 8 equal parts.
– For the preparation of dosa
– Smear oil on a flat pan and spread a spoon full of dosa batter on the pan in the round and circular motions.
– Spread few drops of oil on the dosa and smear the stuffing on it.
– Fold the dosa from the edges and bring it to the center.
– Serve hot with any chutney of your choice!

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