Spinach dosa stir fry with vegetables - For VCC2

Creating a low calorie dish does not call for a whole lot of determination, but limiting the portions and thereby restricting your daily intake of calories sure require some. A low calorie meal lives up to its name, only when enjoyed within the suggested serving size. When everything is crunched back down to the basics, dieting is all about attitude, of convincing the body about the requirements of the mind. If you are perplexed about this sudden deviance from my usual “sugary” culinary inclinations, this post is for My Dhaba’s VCC 2 event with “Low calorie Food –Indian or Chinese” as the chosen theme.

My entry for the event is a dish for the Main Course category, is not exactly based on any existing recipe that I know of and was rather conjured in the spur of the moment. Green Spinach –wheat dosa ( or just call it a Spinach crepe) , appear in this dish in a slight geometrical aberrance from its usual round self. A plate of this recipe is a serving equivalent of 1 medium size dosa with 2 ½ cups of mixed vegetables and some added proteins per person for a filling lunch or dinner. Spiced up like a traditional Indian fare, this recipe is not too dietary sounding as a Jell-O meal and has proteins, carbs, fibers and other essential nutrients going well together. If you can afford to enjoy 350-400 or so calories for a lunch or dinner, this is going to work well along with some vegetable raita served on the side

For two servings
Per serving ~ 350-400 Cal (when served with 2 -3 tbsp of vegetable raita )

Whole wheat Flour – ½ cup
Fresh Spinach, chopped – 2 cups
Chopped vegetables (carrots, broccoli, green beans, mushrooms, tomatoes etc.) – 3 cups
Bell pepper cut into tiny squares – 1 cup
Chopped onions – 2 tbsp
Minced ginger – 1 tsp
Minced Garlic – 1 tsp
Green chilies chopped (optional) 1 tsp
Green onion chopped – 2 tbsp
Powdered Cumin –3/4 tsp
Crushed paneer – 1-2 tsp
Lemon juice 2 tbsp
Cilantro- 2 tbsp
Oil – 1 ½ tsp
Water – 1 cup
Salt – to taste

Puree spinach with 1 cup of water,1/4 tsp cumin, 2 pinches of salt and ½ tbsp lemon juice. Add wheat flour and mix well to make a thin batter. Make three medium size dosas ( or crepes) . Cool and cut into long thin strips to resemble fettuccine. Heat 1 tsp oil till smoking hot, add chopped onions, and cook for ½ a minute. Add ginger, garlic, green chilies and mix well. Add bell pepper, chopped vegetables (except tomatoes). Add salt and cumin, sprinkle with 2 tbsp water, and cook covered for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, dosa strips, cook in high heat with constant stirring till the mixture is dry. Remove from fire, add chopped cilantro and paneer. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix well and serve hot with tomato raita.

Calories per serving calculated based on data obtained from www.thecaloriecounter.com
You can always improve on the calories by adding a diced hardboiled egg or spoonfuls of spiced cooked meat to this recipe.



Tanuja said...

Hi Archana,

what a wonderful presentation looks perfect.

Anonymous said...

Hi Archana, this looks lovely with all that spincah -- delicious! As does the blackberry rock, oh my... my grandmother's yard was full of blackberries and raspberries when we were kids... what fun we had then. Thanks for the sweet reminder :)

indosungod said...

Spinach dosa stir fry sure has "rich" looks though the calories are low.

Sumitha said...

Hey Archana what a novel idea!I love the way you capture your pictures,especially the second one,its so eye catching and what a beautiful colour!

Krithika said...

What a great recipe. That first picture is definitely prize-worthy. Will try this.

Anonymous said...

That looks fabulous. The crepes when cut looks so beautiful and perfectly shaped. And the second photo simple but elegant. Wonderful creativity Archana :-)

KA said...

Great recipe Archana.. kudos to your creativity!! Presentation is awesome!

wheresmymind said...

That green looks like PAINT! Very cool on a hot day :)

Anonymous said...

Ooh..what a creative mind and wonderful presentation too..Archana..

Anonymous said...

Archana, Wonderful as usual. I love your pictures :). Nice entry for the competetion.

Vineela said...

Hi Archana,
Beautiful presentation.
Rich recipe with healthy calories.

Hey i tried your chilli crepes and posted on my site .It came well.

Thanks for sharing.


RP said...

Mmmm... very colorful! Everything you make is so beautiful.

Surya Hith said...

Hi Archana,
Simply superb!!
will try this one.

Rajesh &Shankari said...

wow! what else can I say.

Anonymous said...

You are so creative...I cannot blv what I just read...You just made poor man's fettuccine? Who are you? Are you really a fairy? Do your legs touch the floor? I want to see a picture of that or I am not going to blv!!

And what a perfect shot, the second picture.

Mandira said...

Look at that green! I just want to keep looking... :) wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

Hey Archana,
Dosa stir fry that is very creative. Pictures looks fantastic. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Commenting for first time. I found your blog last week,after that i am regular. You will have a bright future, i am sure.

Sudha said...

A very good low cal food archana...

Unknown said...

I love the colour. I'm sure it tastes super delicious.

Shammi said...

wow! What a fantastic idea! And Archana, that second photo is absolutely GORGEOUS - almost abstract when taken out of context. I love it!

indianadoc said...

Enteeshwara ee kutteedey oru midukku!!ithrayum creativity eningeya a kuttithalayil othukki vachirikkunnathu...u amaze me everytime with u'r presentations and to be honest I feel ashamed of my insipid presentation most of the time...I'm in a madrush to cook and then blog...never really bother abt presentation...Hats off darling, again!!

Anonymous said...

After reading the title ,I searched for "dosa" in ur 1st picture but couldn't find it,then thought i should see it in its original size to find dosa but even that didn't help.Atlast I read the recipe below to find out it was cut it into lengthwise...now I'm happy 'coz "I FOUND DOSA" .
I tried blackberry rock yesterday ,it was yummy.

Nabeela said...

No matter what you make Archana, it'll still look beautiful with your presentaion...you have a certain flair which makes even the most mundane of dishes look exotic. I loved the idea of these healthy pancakes/crepes.

archana said...

Thank you

Thank you so much. I would have been so delighted to see these berries in my backyard when I was kid. I just love berries so ….


Thank you friend.

Thank you, I liked it too, very “Shrek”y !!

Thank you dear, and thanks a million for coming in the right time when I was peddling through that “part of the routine” Blogger trouble.


It was really fun to cut through a stack of Dosa KG, I am so glad that you liked it. Thank you.

Thank you dear..


Yes, it looked like fluorescent paint. A very funny batter !!!!


Thanks buddy..

Thank you as always ….. I am soooo happy that you liked it.


Yep, it was such a stimulating theme, liked it. Thank you for letting me know Vineela, I saw the photo, and just like everything else in your blog, C.crepes look awesome.

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder……Thank you RP


Thank you


Thank you so much

Loved the name “poor man’s fettuccine” !!!! Oh, yes I just noticed, my legs are not actually touching the ground after I read your comment !!! Thank you, I loved that pic too, very “Grinch”y !!!

Thank you friend.


Thanks a bunch

Thank you Jeena, you are very kind. Welcome to Spicyana.

Thank you

6:07 PM

Thnak you, yes it did. Wasn’t too dietary tasting .


Thank you , I liked it too. Refreshingly green !!!!

Thank you so much Shynee, you really touched my heart today thank you. I always enjoy your posts, and the diverse recipes that you have got there.
Radhika said...
I was bit confused about naming this dish Radhika, but then I thought I will call it this way. I know that it is not quite straight forward, but I am so happy that you finally found that hidden DOSA ! Thank you for trying the ROCK and letting me know. I am so glad that you liked it.

You always have a special way to lighten up my day with your comments, thank you friend !!

Mika said...

Besides your lovely photos, the recipe sounds so novel and it seems that kids will like it too, what with the pasta crazee kids!

Anonymous said...

That whole creation is mindblowing. I dont know how you keep doing it.

Gattina Cheung said...

well said about dieting! Totally agree with you.
I always feel your photos very impactful... its radiant color and perfect compostion grab my all attention!

Sakhiya said...

All the pictures posted seem very professionally taken. However, this once picture caught my attention. I liked the fading green back ground to the blue bowl with the dumplings.

How is it possible to give that fade effect?

I'd appreciate your response.


Roopa said...

Hey Archana!

Congratulations on winning the VCCQ2! I will be waiting for the cake to celebrate!

archana said...

Thank you so much for voting for this dish at VCC Q2. I truly appreciate your support and encouragement. A BIG THANK YOU FOR ALL.

Thank you. I agree.

Thank you for your kind words. Welcome to Spicyana.

Thank you friend. I wish i could take photos like yours !!!

I am taking these photos with a point and shoot camera which won't permit me to play with many of the settings. I try to arrange things at different distances to get an off focus feeling. If you have any specific questions please feel free to email me and i will be glad to help.

Thank you, Congratulations to you too !! Pack me a set of your healthy Pratha's please.

Visala Manaskan said...

പ്രിയ അര്‍ച്ചന ജി,

ഈ ബ്ലോഗിലെ ഒരു പെര്‍ഫെക്ഷന്‍ ഞാന്‍ വേറെ എവിടെയും കണ്ടിട്ടില്ല എന്ന് തന്നെ പറയുന്നു. എനിക്കെത്ര അഭിനന്ദിച്ചാലും ‘പോരോ‘ എന്ന് തോന്നിയ സന്ദര്‍ഭങ്ങള്‍ ചുരുക്കമാണ്. ഈ ബ്ലോഗ് എന്ന് കണ്ടോ അന്നൊക്കെ എനിക്ക് ഈ ‘പോരാ‘ ഫീലിങ്ങുണ്ടാകാറുണ്ട്. സത്യം.

‘ദൈവത്തിന്റെ കയ്യൊപ്പുള്ള’ പലതും ഈ ലോകത്തുണ്ടെന്നല്ലേ? അങ്ങിനെയെങ്കില്‍ അദ്ദേഹം ഈ ബ്ലോഗിലും ഒപ്പുവച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. സംശയമില്ല.

ഗ്രേയ്റ്റ് വര്‍ക്ക്. ആശംസകള്‍. വീണ്ടും ആശംസകള്‍.

വിനയത്തോടെ വിശാലമനസ്കന്‍.
(ഇഞ്ചിപ്പെണ്ണിന്റെ ദത്തു സഹോദരന്‍!)

Visala Manaskan said...

പ്രിയ അര്‍ച്ചന ജി,

ഈ ബ്ലോഗിലെ ഒരു പെര്‍ഫെക്ഷന്‍ ഞാന്‍ വേറെ എവിടെയും കണ്ടിട്ടില്ല എന്ന് തന്നെ പറയുന്നു. എനിക്കെത്ര അഭിനന്ദിച്ചാലും ‘പോരോ‘ എന്ന് തോന്നിയ സന്ദര്‍ഭങ്ങള്‍ ചുരുക്കമാണ്. ഈ ബ്ലോഗ് എന്ന് കണ്ടോ അന്നൊക്കെ എനിക്ക് ഈ ‘പോരാ‘ ഫീലിങ്ങുണ്ടാകാറുണ്ട്. സത്യം.

‘ദൈവത്തിന്റെ കയ്യൊപ്പുള്ള’ പലതും ഈ ലോകത്തുണ്ടെന്നല്ലേ? അങ്ങിനെയെങ്കില്‍ അദ്ദേഹം ഈ ബ്ലോഗിലും ഒപ്പുവച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. സംശയമില്ല.

ഗ്രേയ്റ്റ് വര്‍ക്ക്. ആശംസകള്‍. വീണ്ടും ആശംസകള്‍.

വിനയത്തോടെ വിശാലമനസ്കന്‍.
(ഇഞ്ചിപ്പെണ്ണിന്റെ ഒരു സഹോദരന്‍!)

Anjali Koli said...

Wow I loved this recipe especially due to the color and low cals. Some how missed this one and saw it now.

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