Healthy Food Options on the Menu – Recipes by Chef Savita


This article is contributed by Chef Savita, Faculty, Lexicon Institute of Hotel Management

Pohe My Way

Pohe/ Poha is a very common dish prepared in most of the regions with a little difference in tempering or adding certain ingredients. I have given a healthy and tasty twist to it my way so calling it ‘POHE MY WAY’!

This preparation is very healthy because it has a very good mutual supplementation of proteins!


Sr. NoIngredientQuantity
1Red rice poha100gms
2Mixed Sprouts250gm
4Oil1Table Spoon
6Mustard Seeds1/2tea spoon
7Green Chilli1no
8Curry Leaves4-5no
9Coriander (chopped)1Table spoon
10Turmeric Powder1/4tsp
11SaltTo taste
12Sandagi Mirchi( Stuffed sundried green chilli)2no
13Lemon Juice1/2tsp
14Jaggery powder(optional)½ tsp
15Pomegranate2Table spoons


  1. Wash & soak poha in water till it becomes soft.
  2. Heat oil & sauté sandagimirchi in it & keep it aside.
  3. Temper mustard seeds & add peanuts and sauté them. Add chopped onions, green chill, turmeric& curry leaves. Allow the onions to turn golden brown.
  4. Add the sprouts & little salt in the onion mixture & mix well.
  5. Add little hot water & allow the sprouts to partially cook.
  6. Add soaked poha & crush sandagimirchi& jaggery powder in it & mix well.
  7. Cover it for 3-4 minutes stirring it occasionally.
  8. Add lemon juice & pomegranate & mix well.
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander &serve hot.

Note- Be careful while adding salt because stuffing of sandgimirchi also contains good amount of salt

Healthy Crackers

A very high fibre, low calorie easy & quick recipe!


Sr. NoIngredientsQuantity
1Whole wheat flour75gm
2Wheat bran25gm
4Sesame seeds1Table spoon
5Flax seeds1Table spoon
6Pumpkin seeds1/2Table spoon
7Sunflower seeds1/2Table spoon
8Salt½ tea spoon
9Olive oil2Table spoons
10WaterAs required
11Baking Powder1/8 tea spoon
12Jalapenos(chopped)1Table spoon


  1. Mix all the ingredients together & make a soft dough.

2)Rest it for 15 minutes.

3)Lightly brush the baking tray with oil.

4)Roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness. Prick it with the fork & cut in squares, place on the greased tray.

5) Bake in a preheated oven at 180°c for 10-15 minutes.

Note- You can serve the crackers with yogurt dip or salsa. If you don’t have oven, you can make them on a pan on very low flame.

Fruity Millet Cake

A fruity millet cake is a healthieroption for a high tea, for children’s party or dessert!

Ingredients- For Cake

1Ragi (Finger Millet Flour)90gm
2Jaggery Powder90gm
5Water2Table spoons
6Vanilla Essence1 tea spoon

Ingredients For Filling-

Sr. No.IngredientsQuantity
1Strawberries/ Mango300gm
2Jaggery Powder10-15 gm
3Corn Flour2tea spoons
4Fruits for GarnishingAs required


  1. Pre heat the oven at 190°c.
  2. Line or grease & dust a 6-inch cake tin.
  3. Whip eggs, jaggery powder & vanilla till it forms a thick foam.
  4. Fold in the ragi flour gently with a spatula, then fold in oil & water.
  5. Pour the batter evenly in the tin & bake at 190°c for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Allow the cake to cool completely.
  7. Mix Strawberries/mango cubes jaggery & corn flour cook it for 5 minutes.
  8. Allow it to cool.
  9. Cut the cake in two layers & sandwich with the fruit filling.
  10. Decorate with the fruits

Note- You can replace ragi flour with any other millet flour