HOMEMADE ATTA NOODLES : The same kneaded flour that is used to make chappatis on a daily basis can be put into a sieve and pressed into the shape of noodles. You can also add soya chunks and spinach paste to flavour these noodles and add to its nutritive value. Boil them with a few drops of olive oil to get a non-sticky texture. They are extremely simple to make, and are a healthy option. Home masalas like dry coconut, onion paste, tomato puree or leftover vegetables can spice these ATTA NOODLES up.
HOW TO MAKE AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE TASTEMAKER : Mix some turmeric, chilly powder, coriander powder, amchur (dried mango powder), ginger-garlic paste and onion paste. Add these to your healthy noodles to make it tastier.
SPAGHETTI : Made of milled wheat and water, this long, thin, cylindrical pasta is any day a healthy alternative. A simple preparation with boiled veggies and scrambled egg is a perfect quick dish after a long day at work. You can always add some homemade masalas to enrich the taste.
NOOL PUTTU / IDIYAPPAM : Popular in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, it’s a desi homemade version of rice noodles. Known as Iddiyappam or Nool Puttu, these string-like noodles are prepared by kneading a mixture of rice flour with hot water, ghee and salt. They are then pressed out of a sieve (or an iddiyappam press) and steamed. They are usually served with a dash of grated coconut and eaten with a spicy coconut-based curry (potato, gourd, egg, fish or chicken).