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Vegan Biscotti With Semolina: Dairy-Free Suji Cake Rusk


This post comes in continuation with my last post on vegan condensed milk. Now that I have prepared condensed milk, I wanted to put it to best use. So what better way than adding it to a baked beauty and creating an eggless, dairy-free biscotti with semolina flour?

suji cake rusk vegan biscotti


What makes this vegan biscotti different from my other suji cake rusk recipe is that the latter is little crunchier than the former.

What it does not mean this vegan biscotti recipe cannot be tried?
egless cake rusk vegan with semolina suji
 This makes a perfect treat for tea time for vegan followers.
While I was preparing the batter for the vegan cake rusk with semolina, there was a power outage in my area for 2 hours. So the dough was left on the kitchen counter for 2 hours once it was ready. I was unsure what the end product would be.
suji cake rusk vegan condensed milk
 I had given up hope as well. But then when power was restored after 2 hours, I went ahead with baking the suji cake rusk with vegan condensed milk.
Did it disappoint?
vegan biscotti with semolina flour





Well, not exactly!
But perhaps, if I had got an opportunity to bake it instantly, I would have got even better results.
Never mind! It is still good to go and I am happy with the result.
I did not add baking powder to the recipe, but I think it will be a good addition here. So I am mentioning it in the ingredients.

Well, veganism is a way of living that abstains from the use of dairy or animal products. It is all about being empathetic toward animals. Vegan followers are against cruelty to animals in any form, so they do not use any animal products and vegan recipes are based on plant products.
SO you will not find dairy products or any kind of animal products in any vegan recipe.

Ingredients for Semolina Biscotti With Vegan Condensed Milk

eggless semolina biscotti : a vegan recipe

1 cup- suji/rava/semolina
¼ cup- whole wheat flour
1/2 cup- coconut powder (dry – add more for more intense flavor)
1 cup- vegan condensed milk (here's the recipe to make vegan condensed milk)
½ cup- sugar powder
1/2 tsp- baking soda
1/2 tsp- baking powder (I added only 3/4 tsp baking soda )
Cardamom powder for flavor
Almond meal to garnish or you may add nuts of your choice
¼ cup- olive oil/vegetable oil

How to make Semolina vegan biscotti or cake rusk


  1. Whisk vegan condensed milk, olive oil, sugar powder, and cardamom powder until light and fluffy.
  2. Add baking soda and baking powder.
  3. Throw in coconut powder, whole wheat flour, and semolina.
  4. Mix everything well until combined.
  5. Preheat oven/microwave convection at 170 degrees for 10 mts.
  6. Meanwhile, the batter should look like sticky dough. If it looks dry, add little water or more condensed milk.
  7. Grease your cookie tray and make two logs of the dough.
  8. Bake for 25 mts at 170 degrees.
  9. Take out the logs when done.
  10. Allow them to cool down before slicing them into biscottis. Do not cut too thin or too thick slices.
  11. Bake one side for 12 minutes at 170 degrees.
  12. Bake another side for 10-12 mts.
  13. Allow the vegan biscottis to cool down before enjoying these crunchy bites.
Do give this eggless dairy free biscotti with semolina a try and share feedback. I would look forward to hearing from you.


3-Ingredient Vegan Condensed Milk Recipe


No, I have not turned a vegan, nor do I have any plans either. The reason being that my diet does not allow me to become one. I am happy experimenting with my food my way. Perhaps I do want to try out a few vegan recipes as well, especially for my vegan followers.This vegan condensed milk recipe is inspired by Uma Srinivasan's recipe.
vegan condensed milk recipe


 Uma has turned a vegan and her recipes are purely reflective of veganism. Do check out her blog if you wish to try out vegan recipes. She blogs at MRISHTANNA.com


vegan milk 
 I have tried out vegan condensed milk with almond meal alone and coconut milk alone. But Uma has decided to combine both and the combo gives you a delicious dairy-free milk recipe. You will be tempted to taste the condensed milk vegan as soon as it is ready. Do not be surprised if you finish it off before trying it out in a recipe, for it is just too yummy not to indulge in.
vegan condensed milk
 Anway, you can make vegan kulfi with this condensed milk, as I did. It was simply too delicious. I will share the vegan ice cream recipe as well later.
vegan recipe condensed milk



Coconut milk is one of the healthiest, yummiest dairy-free milk blends. It is so versatile that it finds its place in all types of savories, sweets, and bakes in south India. Ever since the vegan era began, vegan followers are trying out a number of coconut milk recipes. Here's one of the easiest ways to make condensed milk at home.

Ingredients


2 cups- coconut milk (16 oz.)
1/2 cup- almond meal (here's how to make almond meal at home) - check the video above
1/4 cup- sugar powder (more or less)

How to make vegan condensed milk


  1. Make coconut milk first if you do not have it at hand. It's easier to process coconut milk at home. Here's the recipe for coconut milk.
  2. Keep coconut milk for boiling.
  3. Add sugar powder. 
  4. Stir in almond meal.
  5. Keep on low flame.
  6. Stir intermittently so that the mix doesn;t stick to the sides of the pan.
  7. Keep stirring until it reaches the desired consistency.

  1. Use this vegan condensed milk for cake, cake rusk, ice cream, or serve it as a smoothie or shake. It tastes delicious. I have prepared vegan biscotti with semolina and it is light, crunchy, and just perfect for your tea time. 

Coconut Biscotti With Semolina: How To Make Eggless Suji Cake Rusk With Whole Wheat Flour


You have relished coconut cakes, but ever thought of a coconutty biscotti? Well, if you are yet to try a coconut cake rusk with semolina, then I am giving you a failproof recipe. I love coconut and I am fond of eggless biscottis. When I decided to combine coconut with semolina, it gave me the yummiest eggless suji cake rusk recipe. Don't believe my words?


eggless cake rusk suji
 Then you better give this eggless biscotti recipe a try.

What's so special about this eggless suji cake rusk ?

The semolina biscotti eggless :



  • is flavored with rose water
  • is bursting with the flavors of coconut
  • does not use all purpose flour or maida
  • uses whole wheat suji
  • is quick to process
  • is eggless
  • is crunchy
  • is too yummy to resist
eggless suji cake rusk coconut
 With so many takeaways, would you still want to wait o give this eggless cake rusk with semolina a try?

If you wish to wait, then you're keeping your kids from munching on a heavenly treat, which is made healthy with semolina.

A perfect tea time rusk, this eggless semolina biscotti with coconut will rule your hearts.
eggless biscotti suji

eggless coconut biscotti semolina

For a more kid-friendly biscotti, try adding choco chips or nuts and get set to receive lots of hugs and kisses in return from your tiny tots.

Okay, so let's not keep you waiting.
eggless biscotti coconut semolina








Here's my foolproof suji cake rusk eggless recipe:

Ingredients for coconut biscotti


3/4 cup- suji (semolina/rava)
3/4 cup- whole wheat flour
2 tsp- besan (chickpea flour - gives a beautiful golden color)
1 cup- dry/dessicated coconut powder
1/2 cup- malai/cream
1/2 cup- curd
1-2 tbsp- milk/water
3/4 tsp- baking soda
1 tsp- apple cider vinegar/vinegar
1 tsp- rose water (optional)
cardamom powder
4 tbsp- sugar powder (more or less depending on your sweet intake)

Procedure: How To Make Eggless Suji Coconut Cake Rusk


  1. Mix cream and curd. Whisk it until light and fluffy.
  2. Add sugar powder, rose water, and cardamom powder.
  3. Whisk again.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix suji, besan, half of coconut powder, and whole wheat flour.
  5. Mix both wet and dry ingredients.
  6. Allow this mixture to sit on the counter for an hour. This will help in the fermentation of the batter.
  7. Preheat oven/microwave convection for 10 minutes at 170 degrees.
  8. Add baking soda and pour apple cider vinegar over it and immediately mix everything in one direction. I did it with hands.
  9. Immediately add the remaining coconut powder and 1-2 tsp of milk or water. Mix.
  10. Pour this sticky loose dough in a cake pan and bake at 170 degrees for 25 mts.
  11. Remove the cake pan from the oven after it has cooled down.
  12. Keep it in the refrigerator for an hour. It will help in drying the cake so you can cut it easily into slices.
  13. When the cake cools down, remove it and cut into slices - make sure the pieces aren't too thin or thick.
  14. Bake the slices for 12 mts at 160 degrees. 
  15. Bake the other side again for 12 mts at the same temperature.
  16. Allow the coconut cake rusks to cool down and enjoy munching these golden beauties with or without tea.
  17. If you don;t wish to add coconut, you can skip it right away and instead add nuts. Try this simple suji cake rusk recipe instead.

Eggless Lentil Bread Bun: A Yeast Free Recipe for Vegans

Think of a vegan bread and here I come with a yeast free bread recipe. Perhaps this is one bread recipe that uses no raising agents either.
lentil bread bun
 What's more special about the no yeast bread recipe is that it :

  • is vegan
  • uses lentils
  • is gluten free
  • is grain free
  • uses urad dal or black gram dehusked
  • uses no raising agents - so no baking powder, no baking soda

vegan lentil bread

Why use Urad Dal

Perhaps I wanted to make it a gluten free recipe. Additionally, urad dal is a rich source of protein and B vitamin. A common ingredient in South Indian homes, including south eastern India, urad dal is a versatile ingredient to experiment in your kitchen. The lentils get easily fermented naturally if left out in the open, so you do not need to use any raising agent to make a cake or bread.But the dal has to be left for 6-7 hours for natural fermentation.

From idli to dosa, cake to bread, urad dal can be used in a range of preparations. If you are looking for a protein-friendly, gluten-free diet, get your hands on black gram.

Easy to digest, thanks to its fiber content, urad dhal aids digestion and keeps your sugar under control, since fiber is slowly absorbed and the release of glucose is slow.

Before jumping over to the eggless vegan bread recipe, let's learn a bit about urad dal benefits.

yeast free lentil bread

Urad dal benefits health in more ways than one:

  1. rich in fiber
  2. rich in proteins
  3. rich in iron
  4. has a profuse amount of minerals
  5. helps manage inflammatory conditions
However, urad dal raises uric acid levels, which means it is not the best choice for those with gallstones or kidney stones, as it may add to calcification in the body.


Let's come back to the vegan bread recipe.

I have always been impressed with urad dal's natural fermentation properties and thus was planning to experiment with the same. A Google search directed me to one page (veganricha) that gave me the confidence to experiment with this lentil.

What gave me even more confidence was the vegan lentil cake success. It is one yummy cake that you cannot ignore, since it uses lentils alone and no other grain. It is gluten free, butterless, eggless, sugarfree, and loaded with nuts. Perhaps if you have nut allergy, you can always skip the nutty part.

The vegan lentil bread recipe was the result of my success with vegan lentil cake.


no yeast bread bun lentils gluten free




Let's get back to the vegan bread recipe. I have used honey but you are free to replace it with sugar powder for a purely vegan version.

Ingredients for Eggless Lentil Bread

1 cup- urad dal (black gram split lentils dehusked)
1/4 cup- makhana or you can take sabudana/sago
1 tbsp- flax meal (optional)
cumin seeds
3 tbsp- rice flour
black pepper,
1/4 tsp common salt
1 tsp- honey or 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp olive oil (or any other vegetable oil)
Curry leaves, nigella seeds, sesame seeds
3 tbsp-water or little more to make the right batter consistency

Procedure: How To Make Eggless Lentil Bread Bun


  1. Wash and soak urad dal in water overnight.
  2. Next morning, Grind it along with roasted flax seeds and makhana.
  3. If you are taking sabundana instead, soak it along with urad dal and grind the next day.
  4. Add only 1-2 tsp water for grinding.
  5. Mix all other ingredients well.
  6. Allow the dal paste to sit on the counter covered for 5-6 hours.
  7. This will help the lentil ferment naturally, so we do not need to use any raising agent. 
  8. When the lentil has fermented, add little (1-2 tbsp) water.
  9. The batter has to be thick and pasty. We do not want a flowy batter. To check whether your batter is ready for baking, drop one drop in a glass of water, if it stays on top, your batter is ready. Otherwise, you need to beat/whisk it well until it becomes bubbly.
  10. I used only 1/4th of this batter for the bread bun.
  11. Air fry or bake for 15 mts at 180 degrees or little longer until done - may take 5-10 mts more to get a golden crust like I got.
  12. Enjoy eggless vegan lentil bread bun with chutney of your choice, It goes well as a sandwich bread too. We enjoyed the no yeast bread bun with chickpea curry. It tasted delicious.




How To Make Eggless Vegan Lentil Cake: A Flourless, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baked Beauty

Vegan, eggless, flour-less, gluten-free, sugar-free. What more could you ask for in a cake recipe? Easy, yummy, and healthy - perhaps this is how I describe this dark beauty, which is just waiting to be devoured. Na, wait a minute! Do not you want the vegan cake recipe? What is it that makes this eggless dark beauty vegan? Or let me put it in other words - what is it that makes this eggless chocolate cake so yummy?
eggless lentil cake vegan

I said flourless, what does that mean?
Wondering how can a cake be flourless?
Well, read further.
There are too many secrets to be unraveled here.
the first glimpse of the complete vegan lentil cake without frosting

vegan lentil cake eggless tastes and looks good
 What more now? You must be wondering.
Well, perhaps, this eggless vegan cake is unique because it:


  • uses lentils
  • uses lentil puree
  • uses no dairy
  • uses no sugar
  • uses nuts
  • uses all the healthy ingredients on earth
grainfree lentil cake sugarfree

look at the sponge texture of the lentil cake eggless vegan

sans the frosting this is a purely vegan cake
 So now you know the secret.
Does that make you wonder how can lentils transform into a decadent cake?

my first attempt at decorating eggless sugarfree butterless grainfree lentil cake

You will have to explore the eggless cake recipe vegan to know.

Ingredients for Gluten free cake vegan

3/4 cup- lentil puree (I had stocked a mix of moong and arhar dal puree - it was simply no salt dal curry)
1 cup- urad dal powder (black gram, dehusked)
1/2 cup- rice flour
3/4 cup- roasted almond powder
1/2 cup- jaggery powder (more or less)
1 tbsp- flax seeds (roasted and powdered -optional)
1 banana- as a substitute for 1 egg
1/2 tsp- baking powder
1/4 tsp- baking soda
2 tbsp- cocoa powder
4 tsp- olive oil
cinnamon powder (dalchini)
1/4 cup- water
1/4 tsp or 2 pinches of black salt/Himalayan pink salt/sea salt/common salt

check the video here

How to make vegan lentil cake

  1. Make lentil puree if you have not stocked it. The lentil puree will remind you of aquafaba.
  2. Take 1/2 cup arhar dal and 1/4 cup moong dal. Boil it in 2 cups of water for 4 whistles or until the dal can be mashed. Or strain the dal and grind it. Keep 3/4 cup for cake - rest can be used for sambar or to make cookies. I will share the lentil cookie recipe as well.
  3. Allow it to cool down completely.
  4. Preheat microwave convection/oven at 170 degrees for 10 minutes.
  5. Process banana along with cinnamon powder and olive oil in a food processor. 
  6. Mix with lentil puree, jaggery powder, and flax seeds powder.
  7. Run the processor until the wet mixture is light and fluffy.
  8. Meanwhile, sieve urad dal, rice flour, baking soda, and baking powder. I did it in processor.
  9. Sieve it well for 4-5 times.
  10. Next mix with cocoa powder and almond powder.
  11. Mix dry and wet ingredients.
  12. Do not overmix. If the batter looks too thick, add water little by little until it is ribbon-like in consistency.
  13. Grease a baking pan and pour the batter into it.
  14. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 170 degrees, depending on your oven settings.
  15. Allow the vegan cake to cool down before slicing.
  16. I went ahead with frosting this time. Not the typical creamy frosting. I am not good at it either. But it was certainly a baby step in that direction.
  17. If you are interested in frosting, take 1/4 cup almond meal, 1 cube of paneer (vegan users may take coconut condensed milk instead, 1 tbsp of almond butter, 2 tbsp honey or more (use sugar for vegan cake frosting recipe), 2 tbsp hung curd (again, vegan users may skip it and add lime juice instead). Run all the ingredients in the processor until light and fluffy.
  18. Mix with choco chips or chocos and spread it like a layer . You know it better than me. 
  19. Enjoy vegan cake eggless, sugarfree, and nutrient-rich.

How To Make Oatmeal Delicious: Nutty, No Sugar Kulfi


Summers are here, and you cannot wait to indulge in guilty eating. Perhaps, kulfis, desserts, and ice creams are a hot favorite in the summer season. But what if you are watching weight? Can you indulge in a guilty treat? Perhaps not, But there's a way out! Yes, I prepared this healthy, nutty oatmeal kulfi at my mom's place a few days back, and surprisingly, the no sugar kulfiwas loved by my brother, who hates oats - to be precise.

It was only after he had tasted it did I unravel the "oatmeal" secret.
healthy kulfi with oatmeal no sugar
But no sugar does not make it a diabetes-friendly recipe, for it uses honey as a sweetener.
nutty oatmeal kulfi no sugar
 Since this kulfi with oatmeal got his stamp of approval, I knew I had the go-ahead to share this yummy summer delight with you all. I am sure you will like it too, if not fall in love with this healthy dessert.

badam kulfi with oatmeal no sugar
 I call it healthy but not the healthiest dessert, because it still uses dry or evaporated milk powder.
Other than that, it is loaded with roasted nuts.
It comprises a base of almond meal - which is another nutty twist to the recipe.
Finally, it has my favorite roasted oatmeal, which raises its health quotient- perhaps making it a healthier dessert than the market junk.

oat benefits
benefits of oats 

history of oats

guilt free no sugar kulfi with oatmeal dessert




You have got to be a little innovative to explore the potential uses of the humble oats.
To me, oats are a healthy addition to my meals.

Did I say this no sugar kulfi with oatmeal was relished by my one-year-old niece - my paro?

So  let's see how to make oatmeal delicious.

Ingredients
1/2 cup- roasted powdered oats/oatmeal
1/2 cup- almond meal (here's how to make almond meal - click on the video below )
1/4 cup- evaporated milk/ dry milk powder
2 tbsp or more - honey (as per your taste)
Roasted nuts - almonds, pistachio, walnuts


How to make oatmeal delicious

1. Dry roast oats and grind them to powder. This is your oatmeal.
Mix oatmeal with equal amount of water. Let oatmeal sit in that water.
2. Take homemade almond meal and mix it with the wet oatmeal. Give it a good mix and allow them to sit together in the water overnight or for 1 hour at least. I kept it overnight in the refrigerator.
3. Dry roast nuts and keep them aside.
4. Take the oatmeal-almond meal mixture and run it in the food processor.
5. Throw in dry milk powder. If you want a more intense flavor, you may double the amount of evaporated milk than given in the recipe.
6. Run everything in the grinder.
7. Next add honey and again run the processor.
8. Pour the kulfi mix in a kulfi mould or any container of your choice.
9. Thrown in roasted nuts and allow it to freeze for 3-4 hours.
10. Enjoy yummy, oatmeal kulfi guilt free or less guilty indulgence.

Soda Lemonade: Beat the Heat This Summer With This Refreshing Drink


Summers are here already and you are looking for thanda thanda cool cool drinks to beat the heat. This fizzy lemonade is quick to process and gives you a refreshing treat when you are looking to get some respite from the scorching heat.

The Story Behind the Fizzy Lemonade

I was at mom's place when the weather took a sudden turn, with the chill in the temperature giving way to the hot winds.

Soda lemonade

Perhaps we knew on my cousin:s wedding day that it was the beginning of the hot weather. With summers, we start to experiment with different cooling drinks. Today I have come up with a summer cooler prepared by my younger sibling, my brother.

While we would be busy with our professional commitments, he would come once to serve us this refreshing glass of lemonade. How sweet!

He is too fond of soda drinks, so is his wife. He prepares this soda mint lemonade often, though I have never brought soda bottles home. But this drink is refreshing for those scorching hot days when the sun is in full ablaze.

Lightly sweet, little tangy, and bursting with bubbles is how I define this lemonade fizz, which will help quench your thirst on these bright, hot, and sunny days.

The best thing about this lemonade recipe is that you can experiment with ingredients- add more or less sugar, play with spices of your choice, and enjoy a refreshing summer cooler to beat the heat.  When I asked my brother the process of preparing this lemonade, he was quite explicit with the ingredient amounts. Let's see how my brother makes the soda mint lemonade.      
lemonade fizz
I do not claim this is the healthiest drink on earth, but it is still better than the soda and carbonated drinks that you get outside, which are loaded with sugar and artificial sweeteners and flavorings.

Perhaps this fizzy lemonade is not for those with diabetes, cardiovascular and BP problems. Soda can be a health hazard, so be wary of its use in your day-to-day life. Soda drinks can raise your risk of obesity and diabetes.

However, this one is a better alternative to carbonated drinks if you are looking for a fizzy lemonade to serve guests on a hot summer day.

Fizzy Lemonade Ingredients

Serves:6 persons
2.5-3 glasses of Water
3 lemons
1 soda bottle (600 ml)
 5-6 tsp sugar
1/4th tsp black salt
1/4th tsp common salt
jeera powder or roasted cumin powder
fresh mint leaves
2 pinches of black pepper powder
Goond katira optional (a few pieces soaked in water overnight..they will soften the next day)
Spices of your choice
lemonade drink

soda lemonade drink


How to make lemonade

Making this summer drink is easy.
Here is the simple process to churn it up at home.


  1. Take 3 glasses of water
  2. Squeeze juice of lemons and mix with sugar
  3. Stir well until everything combines
  4. Next add black salt and common salt
  5. Stir in roasted jeerA powder
  6. Open up thr bottlr of soda and add to the lemon mix
  7. Add fresh mint leaves. 
  8. If you are using goond katira, crush it with a laddle or run it in a grinder and then add to the drink.
  9. Serve chilled. 
  10. Enjoy thanda thanda summer lemonade to beat the heat

How To Make Oatmeal Delicious: Yummy Creamy Quick Oats Chocolate Kulfi


Once a chocolate lover, I am no longer fond of this dark beauty, which is universally loved by one and all (except me). But I had a desire to make chocolate kulfi and cake since I am at mom's palce, where brother and bhabhi love chocolate. An idea came to my mind to try out oats chocolate kulfi. The same day Satinder Wadhwa aunty requested a healthy chocolate kulfi recipe. I could not say no to her.




chocolate kulfi with oatmeal no cream no milk dairy free


chocolate kulfi  (feedback: Satinder Wadhwa aunty)

oats chocolate kulfi

This further inspired me to try my hands at something chocolaty, and this was exactly what I did. As you know about my love for oats, I wanted to include my favorite cereal grain in the recipe. This was primarily to create interest toward oats in my family, who are not oats fans.

When you do not have oats fans at home, what can you do to spark interest in them? After all, oats is one healthy cereal grain, with umpteen number of health benefits for men and women, including children.

Besides dietary fiber, oatmeal supplies your body with an array of nutrients and helps ward off heart disease, lower cholesterol, and keep you healthy and happy.

I am so happy the oats kulfi with chocolate was an instant hit with my brother and dad - brother does not like oats and dad does not like anything chocolatey.
But I blended both together, and the result was just awesome.

The oatmeal dessert was loved by everyone at home, including my toddler niece.
I wish I could capture a click of my cutie niece savoring the oats kulfi.

Enough of self-praise!

oats dessert
 Let's come back to the simple chocolate kulfi recipe that


  • is ready in a jiffy
  • does not require fancy ingredients, except chocolate and chocos
  • requires no heating
  • only requires churning and freezing
chocolate kulfi with oats
 Making this oats chocolate kulfi is as easy as blending all ingredients and setting in the freezer, topping the yummy, creamy delight with nuts and chocos for those crunchy bites.

Yes, you're done in an instant.
What more could you ask for?
If you are a chocolate lover and want an intense chocolatey flavor, you are free to increase the amount of chocolate in this recipe.
oatmeal chocolate kulfi


This is a foolproof oats chocolate kulfi recipe that will get you compliments from chocolate lovers!

Let's see how to make this delicious oats kulfi with chocolate:

How to make almond meal at home



3 heaped tbsp- roasted oats +3 tbsp water to soak oatmeal
1 1/2 chocolate dairy milk (small)
2 tbsp- milk powder
2 tsp- honey (more or less)
1 tbsp- almond powder
1 tbsp- almond meal (you may use almond powder instead - check the video above for homemade almond meal recipe)
choco chips
nuts
1 tbsp warm water


How to Make Oatmeal Delicious


  1. Dry roast oats. Grind to powder.
  2. Mix with 3tbsp water and allow it to soak for 10 mts.
  3. Oatmeal will become gooey and sticky. This is exactly what we want.
  4. Next add the wet oatmeal to the food processor.
  5. Drop in milk powder, almond powder, and a few choco chips along with chocolate pieces.
  6. Add honey and run the processor until everything combines thoroughly.
  7. Next add warm water and mix everything again.
  8. Now it's time to pour your oatmeal kulfi in a bowl and mix with chopped nuts and choco chips/choco flakes.
  9. Pour the mixture in kulfi moulds and garnish with almond meal.
  10. Set the oats kulfi in freezer for 3-4 hours or longer in hot weather.
  11. Enjoy yummy, creamy chocolate oats kulfi.
  12. The best thing about this yummy treat is my little niece loved it (though she will turn 1 on 6th of this month, her mom gave her this frozen delight to taste, and she wanted more of it). It was loved by one and all in the family, including my brother, who is not an oats fan. The first question he asked me was: what is it made of? I said: do not ask; just enjoy! Let me know how you find it. But he knew his oats lover sister would include oatmeal in all recipes. But thankfully, he approved the oats chocolate kulfi and it was a huge hit in the family. Dad and mom loved it too. Amit cannot say no!! LOL
feedback om chocolate ice cream by Satinder Wadhwa aunty 

More feedback from Parshotam Kaur aunty on chocolate kulfi with oats:

Suji Cake in Cooker: Eggless Semolina Cake Recipe


Like me, if you, too, try to avoid refined flour/all-purpose flour, or maida in your recipes, then you surely look for healthy ingredients. Baking with healthy grains can help you inch close to your health goals, if not meet them. After all, processed food is not the healthiest choice. Nevertheless since all of us are too fond of eggless cakes, we can substitute unhealthy ingredients with healthy ones to bake a healthy treat for the kid in us. Of course, these healthy bakes will tempt the taste buds of your kids too. This eggless suji cake recipe is another healthy treat for your tiny tots.

suji cake in cooker recipe
It's a constant battle to rasie a healthy kid in this world where there is an influx of unhealthy choices all around. Do you also believe that the market is flooded with junk that you do not want your fussy eaters to indulge in?

Perhaps your picky eaters will fall in love with these healthy semolina cake if done right. A few years ago, I had no idea how to make a cake, let alone a healthy one. It is history now. Constant experimentation with healthy ingredients has helped me accomplish my health goals while treating our taste buds to healthy treats.

how to bake suji cake in cooker
 Let's talk about this simple sooji cake. This eggless cake in cooker is special, because I baked it on dad's birthday. The best part is it got a beautiful golden crust and top and was loved by one and all. The birthday boy, who usually abstains from baked goodies, had two slices. Could I be happier?

Let's come back to the suji cooker cake recipe. Yes, I love baking with suji, because it is a healthier ingredient to maida or white flour. There are a few tricks to bake with semolina flour that I have learned only with experience. Perfect I am not, but yes, I am glad seeing my improvements in the culinary world.

eggless cooker cake with suji


  • Dry roast semolina for a yummier cake.
  • Allow dry and wet ingredients to sit mixed for some time. This gives you better bakes with suji, which absorbs all the flavors when soaked with wet ingredients.
  • Experiment with other ingredients of your choice.
  • Enjoy a healthier cake with suji.
  • Add nuts or tooty fruity or chocolate chips for a kid-friendly cake with semolina or rava.
Easy Semolina Cake Recipe: Ingredients
1 cup- dry roasted suji/semolina (got this idea from my dear friend Anna)
1/4 cup- whole wheat flour
3 tbsp- dry milk powder (to enhance flavor - you may skip if you do not have)
1/4 cup- malai/cream (for a lighter version, use any other vegetable oil/olive oil)
1/2 cup- curd
5 tbsp - sugar powder (more or less as per your taste preference...I take it less sweet)
Roasted nuts
Pinch of salt
1 tsp- vinegar or apple cider vinegar or lime juice
3/4 tsp- baking powder
1/4 tsp- baking soda
cardamom powder or nutmeg powder or any other flavoring agent of your choice.


How to Bake A Suji Cake in Cooker

  1. Dry roast suji. Allow it to cool down.
  2. Mix with milk powder, salt, and cardamom powder. Keep aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk curd, malai, and sugar powder.
  4. Mix wet and dry ingredients.
  5. Do not add baking soda or powder yet.
  6. Keep the mixture aside for 30 minutes. I kept it longer - 2 hours.
  7. Add baking powder and baking soda and add apple cider vinegar over them.
  8. Mix everything well. If you think the dough is dry, add 1-2 tbsp of water. Ideally this is a very thick dough, unlike the runny batter. Keep it thick.
  9. Meanwhile, heat a cooker and grease a thick bottom steel pan or baking bowl that can fit in within your cooker.
  10. Else you may place a plate in the cooker and keep the baking bowl atop.
  11. Mix roasted nuts with the dough.
  12. Pour the batter/dough into the pan. Pat it well 2-3 times to evenly distribute the batter.
  13. Place the baking pan inside the cooker.
  14. No need for salt or sand.
  15. Cover the cooker with its lid without the whistle.
  16. Bake on high flame for 5 mts.
  17. Then reduce the flame to low and keep it the same for 25-35mts.
  18. Keep an eye on your suji cake.
  19. Allow it to sit in the vessel for 5-10 mts once done.
  20. Take the baking bowl out of the cooker and allow it cool down before removing your suji cake.
  21. Cut once the cake has cooled down completely.
  22. Enjoy healthy tea time suji cake. Perhaps these are healthy bites that you will love. 
Here's another baking tip from my dear friend Anna, who is a cake expert herself:

How To Make Whole Grain Cookies With Ragi, Oatmeal, Moong Dal

You are looking for a ragi cookie recipe, isn't it? Perhaps you love healthy bakes. Why not, what you get outside is simply junk, loaded with unhealthy ingredients - say maida/white flour, dalda, and refined sugar. If this isn't enough, the market junk is rich in trans fats. You can only expect to have high triglycerides and bad cholesterol if you continue to munch on market cookies.
ragi cookies

You can't think of healthy stuff outside. This is my experience. One packet of ready-to-eat poha has made me suffer for the past 2 years that I have stopped buying every ready-made food item.


homemade ragi cookie recipe



This has inspired me to make everything at home. My love for cookies has only added fuel to the fire to cook healthy food.

Let's come back to the ragi cookie recipe.
I have included roasted moong dal for flavor. You may skip it altogether.
But it's a great idea to include lentils in your bakes to make your baking marvels wholesome - with fiber, proteins, and carbs.

Why Ragi/finger millet?

It is rich in
proteins,
fiber,
minerals
antioxidants
Not only this, ragi lowers blood sugar levels, with a low glycemic index. It reduces concentrations of triglycerides and cholesterol.

So now you know the reason why I have added ragi and whole grains for this cookie recipe?

After all, you need a balanced meal - so why not try making whole grain cookies?
healthy oatmeal cookie recipe

healthy whole grain cookies

Ingredients



1/2 cup-ragi/nachini/finger millet
1/4 cup- roasted moong dal
1/2 cup- oatmeal
2 tbsp or more honey
2 tsp milk powder
1 tbsp- ghee/butter
1 tbsp- olive oil
walnuts/nuts
baking powder/soda- 1/2 tsp


how to make simple cookie recipe with oatmeal, lentils

How to make oatmeal delicious

  1. Mix dry roasted ragi flour, dry roasted moong dal powder, and oatmeal.
  2. Add baking soda and sift well.
  3. In a different bowl, mix butter, olive oil, and milk powder.
  4. Now add honey to this wet mixture.
  5. Throw in nuts and mix.
  6. Next mix wet and dry ingredients.
  7. Just gather the ingredients. Do not knead.
  8. Pack the dough in a cling film/aluminum foil for 30-60 mts.
  9. Roll out the dough into a thick chapati.
  10. Use a cookie cutter or inverted lid or knife to cut cookie shapes
  11. Airfry the simple cookies at 170 degrees for 10-12 mts.
  12. Allow the ragi crackers to cool down before munching on them.

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