The Best Horlicks Biscuits Recipe With Oatmeal: Eggless Crunchy Bites in Airfryer, No Baking Powder


How about munching on crunchy flavorful bites? Think about Horlicks and your mind cannot go beyond the Horlicks milkshake. But this was a few years back until Horlicks biscuits were introduced. These crunchy cookies with Horlicks flavor became widely popular with tiny tots. Although I was not a toddler then, I fell for these flavorful bites too. Of course, you know me by now - I am a cookie lover. But then the health bug bit me and  I started quitting anything and everything suspicious. Then was the turn of the baking monster, which got me into baking cookies every now and then to satiate my cookie cravings. This was the time my experiments with wholegrain baking began. Yes, I no longer need to travel to Patiala's Kwality Bakers to get my favorite biscuits, for I can bake everything at home. Happy me!

eggless cookies - simple cookie recipe


horlicks cookies sugarless

Hey, but this is the first time I have tried Horlicks biscuits market like. My earlier attempt was different. It was Horlicks nankhatai at that time, though I had added Powervita to the cookie mix. But if you love Horlicks biscuits, then these power-packed cookies are a must try. Believe you me, this simple cookie recipe will take you by storm and draw you toward baking healthy biscuits at home.
ragi benefits


What's So Special About Horlicks Cookies

eggless horlicks biscuits

Easy eggless Horlicks biscuits are special because they use:


  • fiber-rich oatmeal
  • iron, calcium-rich ragi (finger millet)
  • mineral-rich jaggery as a white sugar substitute
  • half and half of the ghee-olive oil mix, so you can have the best of both worlds
  • chocolaty Horlicks flavor
  • protein-rich almond flour
horlicks biscuits wholegrain baking 

So what makes this batch of sugarfree Horlicks biscuits with oatmeal so special?


  • These are buttery, without too much butter
  • These are crunchy, without baking soda
  • These are healthy with the goodness of almonds, ragi, oats
  • These are a favorite with kids and elders alike
  • These are my most special biscuits - for I got the best compliment from dad, when he said "there is nothing better than these - nothing can compare with these delicious bites"

Baking With Horlicks: Recipes Using Malt Powder

So if you are wondering about the recipes using Horlicks, you will find 3 here;

  • Horlicks cookies or nankhatai with whole wheat
  • Horlicks flavored energy bars with oatmeal
  • Horlicks biscuits with ragi, almonds, and oats
  • Horlicks kulfi or ice cream will be next
  • I do plan to come up with a range of recipes with Horlicks
Now you might be wondering if baking with Horlicks is a challenge. Well, of course, not! My two recipes using Horlicks are cookie recipes. I have used airfryer for cookies on both occasions. You might choose to bake in microwave convection or oven. These cookies can be tried on stovetop as well. The options are galore.

So what are you waiting for? Let's get started with this easy Horlicks biscuits recipe without further ado:

Ingredients for Horlicks cookies

3/4 cup- oatmeal/powdered oats/ground oats
1/4 cup- almond powder
3 tbsp- Horlicks powder
2 heaped tbsp- ghee/clarified butter (vegan recipe may use coconut oil instead)
2 tbsp- olive oil/or any flavorless oil
1/4 cup- dry jaggery powder or more for a sweeter taste
1 pinch- salt
1 heaped tbsp- wheat bran (optional)
1 tbsp- milk (almond/coconut milk for a vegan cookie recipe)
3 tsp- Ragi/finger millet flour (or whole wheat)

How to make Horlicks biscuits sugarfree: Baking With Horlicks/Malt Powder

  • Whisk ghee, oil until well combined.
  • Add jaggery powder and salt. Whisk again. Add milk and it's time to whisk for the final time until light and fluffy. This step is very important to baking crispy, crunchy cookies with Horlicks.
  • Next, take a strainer and sift through the remaining dry ingredients.
  • Start mixing everything with hands.
  • Combine the ingredients into dough. DO NOT KNEAD. We are not adding any raising agent here, so kneading will result in gluten formation. Gluten gives chewy texture to cookies. Do you want your cookies to be chewy? Of course not! So why would you want to knead the dough here? We are not trying to make chapatis!
  • Make a log and wrap in a cling film or aluminum foil or airtight container and refirgerate for 30minutes.
  • After half an hour, preheat oven (mw convection) at 170degrees for 10 mins. I airfried the cookies, so preheat the airfryer for 3 mins.
  • Take out the log from the refirgerator. Roll out into a thick roti using rolling pin. Cut into desired shapes.
  • Bake/airfry for 8-10 mins at 170 degrees. Oven setting vary, so you may need a couple of minutes extra to bake these chocolaty beauties.
  • Allow the eggless Horlicks biscuits to cool down before munching on crunchy bites. Do not try to touch the cookies when they are still hot, as they might crumble. The Horlicks cookies need time to tighten up and become crunchy. They will be ready in half an hour. So patience is advised.
  • This is one of my favorite cookie batches now - packed with fiber, minerals, proteins, and energy bites! So when are you trying out this simple cookie recipe? It's time to surprise your tiny tots with a healthylicious cookie recipe that tastes divine and oh so chocolatty!





Candied Ginger Sugarfree: How To Make Sweet Ginger Candy


Whether you often suffer from a viral attack or nausea, candied ginger can give you the much-needed respite from these tough symptoms. There may be someone in your home with a motion sickness problem. The candied ginger promises to provide them with some relief on the road. Perhaps it might be your answer to the travel blues. What's more, if a loved one is undergoing chemotherapy, ginger can provide therapeutic benefits and immense relief from that nauseated feeling, which is one of the worst side effects of chemotherapy for cancer patients. Of course, candied ginger can give you relief from nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy.
candied ginger sugarfree one pot one shot: ginger for nausea relief


One ginger and so many benefits!!
This surely puts ginger in the category of therapeutic herbs for;


  • cold
  • cough
  • nausea relief
  • motion sickness
  • morning sickness
  • travel blues
  • sore throat
  • gastric problems
  • acidity
Promotes Digestion
Besides being predominantly used as a spice for Indian cooking, Ginger can be consumed fresh, dried, or in powdered form. Ginger benefits health in more ways than one. The phenolic compounds in anti-inflammatory ginger can help relieve gastrointestinal irritation while stimulating salivation and bile production. It helps suppression of gastric contractions when food flows through your GI tract. Studies are underway to look into the benefits of ginger as a preventive aid for colon cancer as well as constipation.

Eases Menstrual Pain
As ginger is a diaphoretic, it activates the sweat glands and promotes sweating, helping keep the body warm from within. This makes ginger beneficial to ward off winter blues.

Research reveals that ginger helps ease exercise induced-muscle pain as well as menstrual cramps for some women.

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can help treat inflammation and osteoarthritis symptoms.

Chemotherapy aid
An immensely beneficial aid for chemotherapy patients, ginger for nausea relief provides soothing effects for those fighting cancer.

A loved one is undergoing chemotherapy, and with God's grace and hubby dear's depth of knowledge, we have been able to minimize the chemo side effects for her. But that does not mean there are no adverse events. There still are minimal effects but compared to many other chemo patients, she has the minimum number of side effects. This fact was noted even by her chemo team. We are glad about it.
We would love to share her cancer treatment approach and therapies once she undergoes them successfully. There is still a long way to go. Fingers crossed.
sugarless ginger candy

Our efforts are paying off. I wish she gets better soon.

Here's the simple sugarless candied ginger recipe in one pot one shot:
1 cup- sliced ginger (I prefer thin slices)
1 cup- jaggery powder
2 tbps- water

How to make OPOS candied ginger sugarfree 


  • Scrap ginger cover.
  • Wash and slice it into thin pieces. I prefer to keep it thin for quicker drying of the candies. The thicker they are, the longer they will take to dry.

  • Take a 2-liter pressure cooker.
  • Add sliced ginger pieces.
  • Add jaggery powder on top of the pieces.
  • Pour 2 tbsp of water and cook for 15-20 whistles. 
  • If you sense a burning smell, turn off the stove immediately.
  • If the jaggery syrup looks watery and has not thickened, cook it for a few more minutes until the syrup thickens. You may choose prepare the candied ginger in an open vessel too.
  • When the syrup has thickened, your ginger candy is done.
  • Remove and strain in another vessel.
  • Place the candied ginger on a kitchen towel or tissue paper for drying.
  • I changed the tissue paper every day for 3 days.
  • My sugarfree candied ginger was ready in 3 days.
Some more ginger benefits from Anita Chahal aunty ji:

Enjoy !
The ginger candy tastes good as a medicine. The sweet coating makes it palatable for kids too, but once the sweet cover dissolves in your mouth, get ready for a spicy effect of ginger on your tongue!
I love it this way - my dad too likes my kinda candied ginger.
This ginger candy recipe is my gift to Balvinder Kaur Khera, who had asked for some home remedies for motion sickness for her princess. 

How To Make Milk Chocolate Sugarfree With Cocoa Powder


Chocolate is a mood enhancer - the ultimate comfort food. But is chocolate good? Are there any chocolate benefits? Well, there are both positives and negatives. If you crave for chocolates, take heart from the fact that dark chocolate has some health benefits. But if you indulge too much in everything chocolatty, then you are counteracting chocolate benefits and will end up adding pounds around your belly. Anyway, this post is not just about chocolate benefits, but more about how to make chocolate at home.

how to make chocolate with cocoa powder
Have you ever tried making chocolate at home? Chocolate- the very word itself makes your mouth to water, right? Whether you are a teenager or an octagenarian, your love for chocolate knows no bounds. Of course, exceptions are always there. One living example is yours truly! I was fond of chocolates during school days. When the health bug bit me, I quit everything I was fond of relishing - butter, desi ghee, malai/cream, creamy kulfis, and chocolate. But since the demand of the times is a healthy homemade chocolate, especially when my nephew and niece are deeply in love with anything chocolate, I decided to accept this challenge to make milk chocolate sugarfree with cocoa powder.

When the final product was produced before my loved ones, one said, "Is it Cadbury's", another said, "it is Dairy Milk." Well, their remarks were enough to make me smile and feel on cloud 9. Of course, there is still room for improvement, as my homemade chocolate is not as solid as the market stuff, but it is yummy nevertheless - just like the packaged version. I know well where I have gone wrong and will correct it the next time. But at the moment, I simply wanna enjoy the fruits of my labor -yes, I am happy with the result, especially seeing my people enjoy every bit of homemade chocolate with milk and cocoa powder.
homemade chocolate recipe




Next, I am going to revise my chocolate making journey with some twists, because I will be making chocolate at home for Paro and Sherry - my two cuties (niece and nephew).

Well, unlike professionals, I do not use any fancy equipment for my baking recipes or making chocolate at home.

Of course, professionals have an invaluable set of tools specially designed for your homemade chocolate adventure. But I do things in a simple way - as simple as it can get. Because I want to reach those with no fancy appliances and equipment. After all, everybody is not as lucky as a handful of us.
This reflects in my videos as well!


Making Chocolate at Home Sugarfree

Wondering how to make chocolate with milk powder? Well, making milk chocolate at home is the dream of many. This is exactly what we are going to do here. This simple chocolate recipe will come in handy if you are craving for something chocolaty.

Have a party in the evening and you do not want to serve market junk to your junior guests? Worry not, start with this homemade chocolate recipe now and it should be well set by that time, so your tiny guests can simply grab their share and enjoy the heavenly taste of homemade chocolate.

I have tried to keep my chocolate recipe healthier than other recipes available online, but it is still buttery, as I did not want to use coconut oil for vegan chocolate recipe because this is not going to be one. I have substituted sugar with honey. You may simply want to keep it as a chocolate sauce if you wish ti. The recipe should work well both ways.

A Little About Chocolate 

Some types of chocolate are rich in flavonols, especially those loaded with cocoa powder. Antioxidants in chocolate may help control blood pressure levels, besides fighting cognitive decline. .

Chocolate is often considered the ultimate comfort food for a majority of us. Some relish it as a stress buster. For some, it is a reliable source of consolation, especially as a mood-enhancer. But is a chocolate at all healthy?

Research is under way to look into the benefits of chocolate for human health. Nevertheless studies claim that moderate consumption of dark chocolate


  • is good for the heart by helping restore flexibility of arteries, reducing inflammation, preventing blood clots because flavonoids in cocoa powder reduce blood pressure and improve blood circulation..research has revealed short-term benefits of chocolate on heart health. Studies are being done to look deeper into long-term benefits
  • prevents clogging of arteries by preventing white blood cells from sticking to the vessels 
  • lowers risk of stroke - according to a Finland research report
  • promotes blood  circulation  throughout the body, including the brain
  • is a mood enhancer
  • is loaded with minerals, including selenium, zinc, and potassium
  • lowers bad/LDL cholesterol and raises good or HDL cholesterol
  • can help keep your skin healthy, protecting it against sun damage
  • helps in weight management - how? because it creates a feeling of fullness, which means you are more likely to eat less during mealtime-so if you're trying to lose weight, but are unsure how to go about your food cravings, snack on a dark chocolate 30 minutes before mealtime!
  • is a stress buster, making it a perfect snack for expectant mothers, who are otherwise at a risk of prepartum depression
  • improves blood flow to the brain and helps prevent dementia, mental decline, risk of Alzheimer's - performing the brain protective role
  • cocoa helps improve insulin sensitivity, so a bite goes a long way in satiating sweet cravings in diabetics while helping keep insulin under control
  • makes you feel good by upping the production of the feel good hormone - it  contains phenylethylamine - the chemical your brain produces when you fall in love
Did you know a 100gram bar of dark chocolate which has 70% of cocoa powder, provides 67% of the RDA of iron?
But a chocolate is calorie dense.
Remember, moderation holds the key here.Indulgence in chocolate can amount to guilty eating, which you do not want to do. Why? After all, a chocolate needs butter for the typial layering effect. Then it needs sugar to coat the bitterness of cocoa powder. However, this recipe gives you a sugarfree chocolate version. I have used honey in place of sugar, and got awesome results. I offered this to a close friend, who is mad about eveything chocolate, and she loved every bit of it.


Ingredients
1/4 cup- milk powder (for a milkier version, add 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup- cocoa powder
1/2 cup- butter/desi ghee (for a vegan chocolate recipe, substitute with coconut oil0
3 tbsp or more- honey or sugar powder/jaggery powder (vegans may replace honey with sugar or jaggery powder for a healthy twist) - with sugar powder, you will get a silky smooth chocolate, which you can't get with honey but to me healthy comes first.

Procedure: How To Make Chocolate at Home

Take butter in a pan. Place the pan in another pot, which has 1 cup of water.- the double boiler method/Baine Maire method. You may take a glass cassarole as the inner pot. However, I took a steel one only.
Let the butter melt. Lower the flame.
Add cocoa powder and milk powder.
Start stirring constantly.
Turn off the flame and add honey to the chocolate mix.
Mix everything well.
Pour in molds or in a greased flat tray. I placed a few roasted chopped almonds and then poured the chocolate sauce over the almond layer.
Freeze for 4-5 hours and enjoy homemade nutty milk chocolate sugarfree.
If you love chocolate, you cannot say no to this chocolate recipe - a delectable blend of oats and chocolate gives you a yummy kulfi dessert.
chocolate kulfi with oatmeal - sugarless, no cream
Feedback on homemade chocolate sugarfree


Masala Cheese Crackers: How To Make Oatmeal Delicious


Do not be misled by the title here. Perhaps, these are minty masala crackers, but with a healthy twist. Of course, when you are here at Mercury IMP, you have got to be served with healthy recipes, right? What is healthy and what isn't healthy is one question that keeps you pondering. Of course, family health comes first, and you want your kids to eat healthy. Kids love everything cheesy, but cheese is not too healthy an option- but if you have active kids, every ingredient can be forgiving, for their physical activity can negate all the unhealthy features of an ingredient. Nevertheless, we will still be focusing on health and healthy ingredients here - with this simple recipe of minty cheese masala crackers.
kid friendly masala crackers 

Masala bottle gourd crackers with a healthy twist :)
Minty, cheesy, spicy crackers with the goodness of fiber! No maida of course!
Looking for a kid-friendly recipe of masala cheese crackers? Well, there is no cheese here per se, but the golden beauties are loaded with fiber. The goodness of bottle gourd and aroma of mint and coriander lends a unique twist to the masala crackers.

Bottle Gourd Benefits
bottle gourd benefits 


Ingredients
1/2 cup- paneer (I have used the leftover milk solid when making ghee- paneer can work equally good here)
1/4 cup- powdered oats
3/4 cup- whole wheat flour or multigrain flour
Salt, Black salt, Jeera (cumin seeds)
Mint leaves, coriander leaves,
1 green chilly
1/2 cup grated bottle gourd (lauki) - this was my healthy twist
1/4 tsp- baking powder
1-2 tbsp- cold water
2 tbsp- desi ghee (solid - I kept ghee in the refrigerator before using)
1 tbsp- dry roasted flax seed powder (alsi)

How to make masala paneer crackers: A Kid-friendly recipe

kid friendly masala cheese crackers

Take a food processor.
Add oats, whole wheat, flax seed powder, and baking powder.
Run the processor so that flours are sifted well and baking powder is distributed properly.
Next add butter/ desi ghee.
Run the processor so that butter is equally incorporated in the flours.
Next add crumbled paneer and salt. Again it's time to work with the processor.
Throw in washed but not wet coriander and mint leaves along with cubed/sliced bottle gourd, green chilly and cumin seeds. I did not squeeze bottle gourd and simply threw the lauki cubes in the processor.
Run the grinder again.
Add cold water if the dough looks little dry.
Remove to a wide plate and gather into a ball.
Cover with a cling film and refrigerate for30 minutes.
Remove after half an hour. Roll into a thick chapati and cut into desired shapes.
Use a fork to make insertions.
Bake masala crackers in a preheated oven/mw convection at 170 degrees for 10 -12 mins.
I airfried these crackers for 10 mts.
Allow masala cheese crackers to cool before indulging in baked goodness - yummy, bursting with unique flavors and healthylicious.

Eggless Sugarless Butterless No Bake Coconut Cake


Cake, the very word makes your mouth to water, right? A slice of cake is enough to curb your sweet cravings. Even when you are a diabetic, a cake is a sinful temptation that you want to indulge in. But hey, you do not need to experience guilty indulgence if you are a diabetic. There are ways to curb your carb and sweet intake. How about using natural sweeteners to make a baked beauty that tastes as good as any sinful cake? Well, this no bake coconut cake is all you need to pack a powerful punch and rest your sweet cravings. Yes, we have got you covered here!

coconutty no sugar granola bars


eggless coconut cake butterless no bake

Here's one simple eggless sugarless cake recipe that can come in handy anytime anywhere. It is one cake that is


  • perfect for guilt-free indulgence
  • is subtly sweet from natural sweeteners
  • uses no artificial sugar
  • loaded with fiber from dates
  • rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients from nuts
  • does not require baking
  • a no bake sugarless cake with oats
  • apt for weight watchers and dieters
  • uses no butter, no oil
  • comprises healthy fats from nuts
  • flavored with coconut

eggless cake no bake coconut cake
It is one way to sneak in healthy nuts in your kid's diet
This is one way to make a quick cake for your tiny tots
It is one healthy cake, which is not exactly a cake!


Let's get to the recipe of our no bake coconut cake:
eggless coconut cake ni bake

Ingredients

1 cup- powdered oats
1 cup- coconut powder (dry)
1 cup- nuts (almonds, pistachios, walnuts)
3/4-1 cup- dates (pitted and deseeded)
1-2 tbsp- cold water 
1/4-1/2 cup- cocoa powder (for that chocolaty flavor for kids - I did not add, as I was making it for someone who is allergic to caffeine---but certainly adding it the next time I make no bake cake for my Paro)

Procedure: How to make eggless coconut cake no bake

Soak nuts in half a cup of water for half a hour. This will help in their better absorption. Additionally soaking will turn them a little soggy, which is exactly what we need for this recipe. 

Pulse oats in a mixer, as we need them in powdered form.

Deseed dates. Let's start with our eggless no bake cake  now.

Grind nuts to powder. Discard the water in which nuts were soaked.
Add dates to the food processor next. Do not remove the powdered nuts.
Pulse the ingredients.
Add powdered oats and coconut. Run the processor again. If you are using cocoa powder, add it now to make a no bake chocolate cake.
Add 1-2 tbsp of water and let the processor run for the final time.
Remove the dough in a bowl.
Start gathering it with hands.
If you have a springform cake tin, you may add the ingredients there and press it with hands until the top flattens. I do not have such a cake tin, so I covered the cake with butter paper and placed it in a plastic container. Keep it covered and pressed with weight in the freezer for 2 hours.
Unmold and decorate the cake.
I served the eggless coconut cake as is without any frosting.
The leftover doubled up as granola bar.
If you are looking for a healthier, sugarless besan ladoo recipe, you cannot miss out on this one.



Red Lentil Cookies No Baking Powder: How To Make Oatmeal Delicious


Wondering how to make lentil cookies? Imagine how would a batch of red lentil cookies taste? Crunchy, aromatic, and healthylicious are red lentil cookies with oatmeal. If you have been wondering how to make oatmeal delicious, this lentil cookie recipe is exactly what you need. So what are you waiting for? One batch of no sugar, low fat cookies with oatmeal is a must try! Yes, these are gluten free cookies to please your kids and the kid in you.
red lentil cookies with oatmeal



Dad and mom are here, so I can have a better idea of how my cookie experiments work when they are served to different taste buds. Dad loves my cookie experiments and feels he would miss all healthy biscuits when he is back home.


Why Go With Red Lentil Powder?

If you remember my moong dal cookies, which were just a melt in the mouth lentil cookies, you will want to try out this batch of healthy biscuits too. One advantage of making these airfryer cookies is that these use :

  • no raising agent - so no baking powder/ no baking soda
  • no white sugar- replace it with mineral-rich raw cane sugar or even jaggery powder
  • no white butter - though I have used 1 tbsp of desi ghee or clarified butter and blended it with olive oil
  • oatmeal to enhance the fiber ratio for this batch of lentil cookies
  • with gluten-free oats and a mix of red lentil, we can bake a batch of gluten-free cookies at home in a jiffy


Red lentil benefits

A powerhouse of protein, red lentils red lentils are seeds from legume plants that are cooked in an instant, providing an important protein source. Calorie rich, nutritious, and packed with fiber, red lentils are a nutritional powerhouse that help improve your health and meet your weight loss goals.
On top of it, red lentils are known to slow down the absorption of carbs in the body, which means these are a healthy alternative to glutenated flours that cause digestive problems. This ensures slow release of blood glucose, thus preventing blood sugar spikes that could be very dangerous for those with diabetes.

Red lentils have a low glycemic index, which means they have a low blood sugar release.This helps improve energy utilization and efficiency in the body.

Additionally, they are a good source of dietary fiber,  which creates a feeling of fullness, so you are less likely to indulge in foodie goodness. Less food intake means low calorie.
They are a rich source of amino acids and micronutrients, which make them a perfect food for muscle repair and growth.

Lentils are packed with magnesium, which helps lower blood pressure while relaxing cardio muscles. Since lentils are a good source of B vitamins, they supply your body with a good dose of folic acid, which helps in the formation of red blood cells.

When you eat less but get all the nutrients from food, you can easily meet your weight management goals.

Oatmeal Cookie Ingredients

3/4 cup- red lentil flour (I dry roasted the lentil on a hot skillet and then powdered it)- the powder measures 3/4 cup
2/3 cup- oatmeal (powdered oats) - you may add 1-2 tbsp more if the dough feels too sticky
3 tbsp- olive oil/saffola/any vegetable/seed oil
1 tbsp- ghee/butter
3 tbsp- raw cane sugar (or white sugar powdered) - add more as per your sweet preference..I take it less sweet
1 tbsp- milk
Pinch of salt

No Baking Powder Cookies Procedure: How to Make Oatmeal Delicious


Please check the video above for reference. It will be a better guide as to how to prepare cookies without baking powder or baking soda.


  • Whisk ghee, oil, milk, and raw cane sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • Sift red lentil flour and oatmeal and mix both wet and dry ingredients with hands.
  • No need to knead the dough.
  • Just bring them together. Keep covered at room temperature.
  • Allow the flours to absorb the moisture for 20-30 minutes.
  • Roll out into a thick chapati or lime sized balls - make cookie shapes.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 170 degrees for 10 mins or little more if these look unbaked. These red lentil cookies should be done quite quickly. So keep an eye on your gluten free cookies when they are in the oven. You could turn these into airfryer cookies as well. I airfried this batch at 170 degrees for 8-10 mins.
  • Allow the red lentil cookies with oatmeal on a cooling rack. This will allow your gluten free cookies to become crisp and harden.
  • You can then munch on these baked goodies as a tea time accompaniment.
  • Do write to me about your experience with these red lentil cookies. 

So here goes our new addition to our "how to make oatmeal delicious" series. Any takers?

Anzac Biscuits With A Healthy Twist


If you are a cookie lover, then this batch of Anzac cookies is a must try. Wondering why? Well, I was unaware of this type of cookies unless my online research led me to this delicious variety of biscuits from New Zealand. One try is a must and you will love to bake Anzac biscuits with oatmeal and coconut again and again. I am sure these will be a people pleaser. Dad was amazed at their deliciousness.

crunchy anzac biscuits with a healthy twist
Your search for a healthy cookie recipe ends here. What do you look for in a healthy simple cookie recipe?

  • Taste
  • Crunch
  • Healthy bites
What do you get in these healthy Anzac biscuits?
  • Taste
  • Crunch
  • Health overload with dietary fiber

anzac cookies: how to make oatmeal delicious


To me, these are unique cookies, but this is a simple cookie recipe that you can try out today, especially with easily available ingredients. You do not need any fancy stuff here to make gluten free cookies.

Flavored with honey, these crunchy bites use a mix of oats, coconut, and barley. If you are on diet and looking for a low fat, low carb recipe, this one should work. With subtle sweetness, this Anzac cookie recipe is a class apart from all other varieties of cookies with oatmeal.
anzac cookies with oatmeal
The sweet biscuits from New Zealand and Australia came into being when wives of warriors and soldiers would send Anzac biscuits to soldiers on duty. The oatmeal cookies were especially chosen because they would not spoil easily and had a long shelf life.

This is an eggless cookie recipe, which omits eggs due to the scarcity of eggs during the time of war.


Ingredients: How to make oatmeal delicious

1 cup- oats
1 cup- dry coconut powder
3/4 cup- barley flour (You may substitute barley with whole wheat flour for healthy anzac biscuits, though original recipes use white flour/ all-purpose flour)
1/4 cup-olive oil or butter (authentic version uses butter)
2 tbsp- ghee/butter
1/4 cup- raw cane sugar
1/2 tsp- baking soda
1 tsp- hot water
1 tbsp- honey or golden syrup (Honey can be replaced with jaggery syrup or maple/golden syrup.)

How to make oatmeal delicious with Anzac Cookies


Line up a baking tray with parchment paper or grease it.
Heat 1 tbsp of water and add baking soda to it. Keep aside.
Heat ghee and oil together in a pan.
Stir in baking soda-water mixture.
It will get frothy.
Add raw cane sugar and honey.
Stir in all the flours and coconut powder one by one.
Mix everything with hands.
Roll into small balls and flatten. The dough may feel crumbly but you can still make balls with hands or put them in an ice cream scoop and place on a baking tray. Else, you may add little amount of milk or water to bind it.
Bake in a preheated oven/microwave convection at 170 degrees for 8-10 mts.
Allow the Anzac biscuits to cool on a cooling rack before munching on crunchy bites.

Sattu Cookies For Kids No Baking Powder: How To Make Oatmeal Delicious


Looking for a kid-friendly recipe? Of course, serving good food to kids is no less than an exercise. Probably everyone finds it challenging, so do you. But did you know there are ways to sneak in healthy goodness to your tiny tots? I am quite familiar with childish pranks. I have seen my nephew and niece indulge in finding escape routes from whatever is served on their platter. But my one-and-a-half year-old niece loves to indulge in my simple cookie recipes. She is my sweetheart- bhua's paro!
sattu cookies no baking powder: how to make oatmeal delicious

This sattu cookie recipe is dedicated to my Paro. I love to experiment with healthy cookie recipes for Paro darling. This is one simple cookie recipe that you can prepare in an instant. It requires no fancy tools, nor any expensive equipment. Of course, all you need is sattu or roasted gram dal powder and oatmeal.

If you wish to make these sugarfree cookies, then you should have jaggery handy. Else, we can prepare sattu cookies with raw cane sugar. I am no longer buying white sugar, so all of my recipes would be sugarfree from now. But that does not make all of these recipes diabetes friendly, please keep this in mind.

Whether you have an oven or microwave convection or an airfryer or even a stovetop, you can prepare this simple cookie recipe in a jiffy.

Making these healthy airfryer cookies is all about gathering the ingredients, sifting the flours, whipping up the wet ingredients, mixing with hands, and rolling out into lime-sized balls before putting the cookies in the oven.

Isn't that simple?

Okay, let us check what are the benefits of sattu, first:

  • It's a good source of insoluble fiber. This means it is good for your intestines.
  • Sattu is low in glycemic index, which means it does not cause any blood glucose spike.It is a safe addition for diabetics for this reason. But this cookie recipe is not diabetic friendly. However, there are many diabetes-friendly recipes in this blog. You will also love some of the best diet food recipes here. 
  • Additionally, roasted gram is a rich source of iron, magnesium, and manganese, which makes it a handy addition to your diet. On top of it, sattu is low in sodium, so it is a healthy option for those with blood pressure issues.


There are numerous ways to include in your diet. Some of the common sattu recipes include:

  • Sattu drink for summers - it acts as a coolant!
  • Sattu roti - mix with whole wheat flour, oatmeal, and methi dana to make diabetes friendly flour.
  • Sattu parantha- mixed with onions and methi- there are numerous variations!
  • Sattu ladoo with jaggery and nuts
  • Sattu cookies
  • Sattu halwa too!
how to make oatmeal delicious: oats benefits

Okay so let is come back to the sattu maavu cookie recipe.

Ingredients
3/4  cup- sattu (roasted black gram flour)
1 cup- oatmeal/powdered oats
1 tbsp- desi ghee/clarified butter
3 tbsp- olive oil
1 tsp- milk or little more for binding
3 tbsp- jaggery powder/ raw cane sugar
pinch of salt
sesame seeds

How to make Sattu Cookies for kids

The best thing about this no baking powder cookie recipe in an airfryer is that you can vary the proportions to suit the taste preferences of your family.

  • Whisk ghee, olive oil, raw cane sugar, and milk until fluffy.
  • Throw in a pinch of salt.
  • Take a sieve and sift sattu, oatmeal.
  • Add dry roasted sesame seeds.
  • Mix everything with hands. DO NOT KNEAD.
  • Keep the dough as is covered for 30 minutes.
  • This will allow the flours to absorb the moisture on their own rather than you forcing the same into them.
  • After half an hour, the dough should have hardened a bit.
  • If it is difficult to roll and looks too hard, add 1 tsp of milk and gather the ingredients.
  • Roll into a thick chapati or make lime sized balls and use a fork to make insertions.
  • Preheat oven or microwave convection at 170 degrees for 10 mts.
  • I baked sattu cookies in the airfryer.
  • Preheat the airfryer for 3 mins.
  • Place cookies at a distance from each other and bake or airfry at 170 degrees for 10-12 mins
  • Temperature settings vary from oven to oven, so keep an eye on your kid-friendly cookies and bake them little longer if they look unbaked. But do not brown these too much.
  • Allow the sattu cookies to cool down completely on a cooling rack or wire mesh outside the oven/airfryer before munching on them.
  • These cookies should be done rather quickly.
  • Enjoy melt-in-the-mouth cookies for kids and elders alike.
  • Isn't it simple to bake a batch of deliciousness? Now, do you still wonder how to make oatmeal delicious? If so, do not forget to check our ever-growing list of oatmeal recipes here. We have more than 100+ oats recipes.


Quick Jam Recipe With Sweet Lime: Indian Mausambi Jam Without Preservatives


Jam has been a childhood favorite this side. Just like any one of you, I ,too, have grown up relishing the typical jam-bread combo. In fact, this was one of the most awaited breakfast or snack recipes for us as kids, next to bread omelete. Life changes drastically as you grow up. The thought of indulging in sweets gives us goosebumps, not because we no longer love anything sweet, but it is the sugar overload that poses a challenge to our fitness these days. Yes, sugar is touted as the number one health enemy. It is just empty calories, you know! The outgrowing number of diabetic cases only adds to our "sugarmania"! Anyway, this post is still too sweet, because I had promised to make fruit jam for my Paro - my niece, for she loves tomato sauce and jam.
mausambi jam recipe no preservatives


Let's talk about my mausambi jam recipe now.

The story is that 2 kg of mausambis or sweet lime turned out to be extremely sour that mom was not willing to indulge in. I love tangy stuff too, but when I tasted one, I gave in, telling dad that it is overly sour and cannot be sampled just like that. So I offered to make juice and jam with mausambi.
Some of the sweet lime were juiced along with pomegranate- tada!!

Next was my mausambi jam project, but as you know that we no longer buy white sugar, so all I had with me was jaggery powder. I am someone who would not hesitate to waste things for my healthy experiments. I have had thrown off lot of my failed stuff thus far. Thankfully, this wasn;t a failure.

So let's begin making our mausambi jam recipe without preservatives. This recipe was adapted from yummytummyaarthi's orange jam recipe.

Ingredients
1 kg-mausambi
250 gm- jaggery powder or little more if you want it sweeter
1/2 teaspoon- salt
2 tbsp- lime juice (acts as a preservative - you may use vinegar instead)

How to make Mausambi Jam without preservatives

Keep a sterilized jar ready.
Juice the fruit. I got 2 cups with this amount.
Keep it for boiling. Let it simmer for at least 10 minutes.
When the juice reduces to almost half, stir in jaggery powder and salt.
I use organic jaggery so it is free from impurities.
Boil it until the mixture reaches the desired consistency.
You can do a test with it - put a drop of the jam in a bowl of water. If it stays put and doesn't dissolve, it means your mausambi jam is ready.
If not, allow it to simmer for a few more minutes. Stir in lime juice immediately before turning off the flame. Mix everything well and your jam is ready.
However, remember that the jam thickens gradually upon cooling. So if you continue heating for a long time, you will end up making jelly candies for your kids. Little more heating means you could offer your tiny tots mausambi candies with a bite.
So, what do you want to make? Mausambi jam without preservatives or sweet lime candies?
You have the recipe handy here already. Go ahead and make an indulgent jam for your toddlers and preschoolers.

Preserve the homemade jam without preservatives in a sterilized jar and refrigerate. It will stay good in the refrigerator for at least 2 months.

Instant OPOS Dum Tea: Quick Masala Chai


Call it masala chai or dum tea, OPOS tea gives you the most flavorful beverage you have ever had. If you are a tea lover like me, you can never say no to OPOS dum tea. Make tea with one pot one shot and you will be hooked for a lifetime.This happened with me one fine day and will happen with you too if you give it a try.  Now I do not want to go back to the old way of making tea, seriously! I am not kidding.
dum tea opos


What is so Special about OPOS dum Tea?

Well, pressure cooking helps retain all the flavors in the tea - use whatever spices you may want to add to your tea and pack a punch with the most flavorful tea. The OPOS tea reminds me time and again of the tea I had at Shirdi Sai temple. The aroma of cardamom in the tea made it more flavorful.

Let's get started with our OPOS tea, also known as dum tea or masala chai.
OPOS is the trademark of Rama Krishnan, which has revolutionized cooking and is no less than culinary magic.

Remember, in order to learn OPOS recipe basics, you have got to start with a 2 or 3-liter pressure cooker. To check if your cooker is standardized for OPOS recipes, add 1/4th cup of water and cook it. If the first whistle comes between 1 and 2 minutes, you are all set for OPOS - one pot one shot. Never start with any OPOS recipe without learning the basics and completing the OPOS lessons.
opos tea masala chai instant


Ingredients for 1 cup
1/2 cup- water (you may vary the water: milk ratio---choice is yours..if you like it milkier, increase the milk amount and if you like it watery and light, reduce the milk to water ratio)
1/2 cup- milk
1 tsp- tea powder(I use Waghbakri)
Cardamom powder
Ginger- fresh or powdered
You may choose spices of your choice.
I make it sugarfree. So I do not add any sweetener in my tea.

How to make OPOS tea

Make sure your cooker is standardized for OPOS recipes.
Put all ingredients in the cooker and pressure cook for 2 whistles. Even 1 whistle is good to go. But I wait for 2 whistles to let all the flavors immerse in my tea.
Ever since I learned to make OPOS dum tea, I have scaled the recipe up for 3-4 persons. Make sure you do not scale the recipe for more than 3 cups in a 3-liter pressure cooker. Else, there would be a lot of spewing. You can always take a bigger pressure cooker for the same once you are an OPOS expert.
Trust my words for it - you will get the most flavorful tea with one pot one shot. If you have a couple of guests at home, let the pressure cooker give you the world's best tea.
Get set to receive compliments from all your loved ones for serving them the most aromatic cup of tea. Are you ready?
Making dum tea at home only takes a 3-liter pressure cooker, tea powder, milk, water, and spices of your choice.

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Eggless Ragi Digestives Sugarless, No Baking Powder: Baking with Whole Grains


When dad tasted these eggless ragi digestives, he said, "Nobody can say this is homemade," adding there is some coffee flavor (he doesn't take coffee). Then I revealed the secret to these ragi cookies - which use a tablespoon of cocoa powder for flavor, which makes it a kid-friendly recipe.
eggless ragi cookies digestives sugarless low fat

Whether you are looking for an eggless cookie recipe or a healthy baked beauty for kids, this ragi digestives recipe is exactly you need for those family tea times that you enjoy the most.

sugarless ragi digestives gluten free kid friendly recipe

Wondering if baking with whole grains is tough? Looking for an eggless ragi digestives cookie recipe? Here is one simple eggless cookie recipe that uses no sugar, less fat, and all the healthy ingredients. The ragi digestives are just perfect for kids and elderly alike. The kid-friendly cookies will be an instant hit at your home. Try out these ragi digestives sugarless today.

eggless cookies ragi digestives for kids and elders 

  • Did you know ragi or finger millet is a rich source of iron that makes it a perfect food option for anemic patients?
  • A rich source of fiber, ragi is no less than a wonder grain - a superfood.
  • The whole grain contains bran, endosperm, and germ, which adds to their fiber content. 
  • The gluten-free grain is a staple in south India - and is overloaded with calcium, fiber, amino acids, vitamin D, and good carbohydrates. Since it is a good source of calcium, you need vitamin D to absorb calcium. Your body makes Vitamin D3 from a reaction to the UV rays.  Vitamin D2 is sourced from vitamin D fortified milk and poultry sources, such as egg yolk, fatty fish, and liver. 
  • Ragi for diabetics is a good low carb option. It is a skin-friendly grain, since it is packed with amino acids that help revert skin aging.
  • The antioxidant-rich ragi benefits those fighting stress, depression, helping you manage cancer symptoms.
  • The high content of dietary fiber makes ragi a superfood for weight loss enthusiasts.

With so many ragi benefits, the only problem with the millet is it’s high glycemic index (GI). A high GI signals that the millet is quickly absorbed in the blood, contributing to a blood sugar spike.

But since millet is a holy grail for those with gluten allergy or a normal human with excellent sugar control, how do you go about it? 

The idea is to slow down the absorption of carbohydrates by using
  • soluble fibre that can absorb a lot of water and form a gel-like consistency - as a result, it slows down the absorption process of carbohydrates - e.g oats, apple, beans, flaxseeds, nuts, and barley
  • proteins along with the carbohydrates - If you combine proteins with carbs, it will slow down the absorption of the latter, as protein takes longer for digestion. E.g. of proteins poultry, lentils, eggs, fish, and seafood. Vegetarian options include dairy and nuts. 




Ingredients

1/2 cup ragi flour (finger millet)
1/2 cup oatmeal/oats flour/powdered oats
1/4th cup jowar or whole wheat
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp ghee
1/4th cup olive oil or any other seed oil
1 tbsp milk
1/4-1/2 cup- jaggery powder (or sugar powder)

How to make Ragi Digestives for Kids: No Baking Powder

Sift all flours along with cocoa powder 4-5 times. This will help aerate the flours, so the ragi cookies are light and crunchy when you bake them.
In another bowl, add ghee, olive oil, and milk.
Whisk well and add jaggery powder.
Whisk once again until light and fluffy.
Now it's time to add the flour mix.
Try to fold with hands.
Do not knead. You do not want chewy cookies. Kneading will support gluten formation, which is not what we need for these ragi digestives. Gluten makes cookies chewy. But we want them crunchy, right? So go ahead without kneading.
Leave the dough for 30 minutes.
After half an hour, the flour should have absorbed oil and tightened a bit.
Now flatten it like a thick roti -1/4 inch.
Cut into cookie shapes.
Place cookies on a baking tray and refrigerate for 20-30 mins.
Preheat oven or microwave convection for 10 minutes at 170 degrees. I airfried the cookies and preheated it for 3 mins.
Bake ragi digestives without baking powder for 12-15 mins at 170 degrees.
Allow ragi cookies to cool down before munching these sugarless beauties.

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Instant Badam Burfi: 5-Minute OPOS Sweet Almond Fudge


This OPOS badam burfi post comes to you on the eve of Diwali - the festival of lights, which has been a favorite since childhood. I would always wait for this festival for reasons galore - the lighting, the diyas, the sweets, and of course the exchange of gifts with friends and loved ones. The fervor associated with Diwali is unique compared to any other festival of India. I have never been an admirer of crackers though - which are burst in millions in the country on the eve of Diwali. You may call it cracker phobia. Nevertheless, I am happy I have remained away from crackers all my life, which have been banned in Delhi NCR following the rising pollution levels in the region. Okay now I do not want to hijack this post talking about pollution, which is one of my favorite topics, but gives me goosebumps, given the amount of nitrous oxide and carbon monoxide we are forced to breathe in from all sorts of pollution.

opos badam burfi

The badam burfi takes inspiration from our very favorite one pot one shot technique. Now you might be wondering whether OPOS sweets are able to please everyone alike. Perhaps yes. I never had doubt about it.

OPOS badam katli is :


  • healthy
  • tasty
  • nutty
  • uses no white sugar
  • quick to make
  • uses no butter or oil

Why Should You Make Badam Burfi Almond Fudge with OPOS


  • If you are fond of nuts, go for badam burfi OPOS style.
  • If you have a sweet tooth, go for nothing else than OPOS badam katli or halwa.
  • If you have guests at home and there isn't much to serve them, make this instant badam burfi and get set to receive compliments.
  • Do not be surprised if people start asking you for the OPOS badam burfi recipe!

I tell you, the more you spread the word about one pot one shot, the better it is for one and all. OPOS, the brainchild of Rama Krishnan, is no less than culinary magic. This is exactly what I profess when I share my OPOS posts in different groups. Many wonder what OPOS is. The unique culinary technique is a huge achievement for us all and has stirred a revolution in the culinary world. This "unthinkable" technique has literally pulled out many women from the chains of "slow" cooking. Not to mention, OPOS is attracting many males toward the culinary world. Hail OPOS every day. Not a single day passes when I do not OPOS a dish so much so that I want to experiment literally everything with one pot one shot. 

Okay, enough of OPOS admiration, let's come back to the real post- OPOS badam katli.
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Ingredients
1 cup- almond meal (1 cup= 175 ml) (it's super easy to make almond meal at home. Take a bowl of almonds and put them to a 2/3-liter pressure cooker. Add enough water to cover almonds. Close and cook for 2 whistles. Release pressure. Remove almonds to a bowl of cold water and immediately start removing their cover. Either let the almonds dry on a kitchen towel or take a kadahi and start heating them until they become dry...upon cooling, grind almonds to powder to make almond meal - you may not want to dry almonds and grind them to paste...both ways you will get almond katli...but I always prefer the drier version)
1/2 cup- raw cane sugar or white sugar or jaggery powder (I have imposed a ban on white sugar and white flour in my home, so I always look for healthier sugar alternatives)
4 tbsp- water 

How to make OPOS Badam Burfi

Put sugar and water in a 2 or 3-liter pressure cooker and cook for 4 whistles.
Release pressure immediately and stir in almond meal until it looks like dough.
Pour the dough on a greased plate or aluminum foil.
Press with a heavy utensil/chakli.
Let it be like this for an hour.
Cut badam burfi into pieces after an hour and enjoy instant almond fudge.
You can always scale up the ingredients while keeping the number of whistles or cooking time the same. But never try to double the OPOS recipe without mastering the technique.

Odisha's Tomato Khajur Chutney OPOSd


Yes, you have heard me right. I have been trying out Odiya dishes ever since I started to cook post-marriage. It is not long ago! The transformation has happened only recently. Before I was not into cooking - not keen to, nor interested in cooking. But hunger brings the best in you, and when your health matters, there can be no excuses. Eating outside is not the healthiest of choices, but earlier, this wasn;t the case in my case. I would save cooking time and instead utilize the same for my projects. Perhaps, I was wrong. Health comes first, and it has to come first. You cannot live a healthy life if you eat outside frequently. Anyway, let's come to this tomato dates OPOS chutney. Well, yes, this is a specialty from Odisha and Odiyas are foodie. They love their food, tradition, culture, and everything about their rituals. Hubby being an Odiya is no exception, when it comes to food. He is not into tradition and culture per se, so only he married a Punjabi kudi.
tomato khajur khatta OPOS - dates chutney

Layer, heat, mix, and mash - the atypical tomato chutney with dates sugarfree

Let's come back to the OPOS tomato khajur chutney. I have tried this chutney many times, without ever learning it from MIL or SIL, not even food groups. Now that I am OPOSing everything, could the tomato chutney miss out the race?

Perhaps not!
The Odiya cuisine is thousands of years old. It is bursting with flavors - mustard is a must-use in Odiya recipes. My MIL always makes sure she adds garlic to almost every single recipe. Onions ,too, are a crucial part of the Odiya cuisine. Chutneys or khatta, as they call, are a quintessential part of the cuisine on my in-law's side. The foodies that Odiyas are love to indulge in everything "food." Their typical day starts with Jalakhiya (breakfast), then they have their madhyan bhojan (lunch), with sunset comes their tiffin time (evening snack time), and then before hitting the bed, it is their usual dinner.

OPOS tomato dates chutney Odisha - sugarfree chutney


The Odiya chutney OPOS promises to give you is :


  • lip-smacking
  • quick
  • one pot one shot
  • healthy
  • flavorful

Ingredients for OPOS tomato dates chutney

4 tomatoes
6-8 dates or more for  sweeter version (I like it sweet-cum-sour)
1 green chilly (optional)
1 small piece of ginger (I didn't add)
5-6 raisins
Black salt
Panch Phoron for tempering (a mix of cumin, black and yellow mustard, nigella, fenugreek)
Red chilly whole for tempering
4 tbsp- water (you may add little extra water if you want the chutney to be mushier)
1 tbsp-oil
black salt (I like to use rock salt in my chutneys- you may add common salt instead)
curry leaves - a few (optional)


How to make Tomato Khajur Khatta OPOS way

Chop tomatoes into small pieces.
Deseed dates. You may want to soak dates and raisins before using them. It's completely optional. I didn't soak.
Slit green chilly if you are using.
Take a 2 or 3-liter pressure cooker.
Add oil.
Throw in panch phoron.  If you want a paste-like consistency, then you may add panch phoron as a tempering later when other ingredients are cooked.
Drop tomatoes, raisins, dates, and green chilly.
Add black salt and curry leaves.
Add water without disturbing the layer.
Cover the lid and cook for 4 whistles.
Open the cooker after pressure settles in.
Mash the tomato khatta with a laddle. Enjoy healthy yummy chutney from Odisha.
You may choose to blend it in a mixie. If you decide to do so, please do not add the panch phoron initially and choose to temper the chutney with these 5 masalas. You may also add whole red chilly to the tempering. I have not added it.

I have modified the OPOS tomato khaur khatta recipe as per my taste. Odiyas add additional jaggery or sugar to make the khatta sweeter, but I prefer natural sweeteners and try to substitute white sugar or processed sweeteners with the same.

OPOS is a trademark of Mr. Rama Krishnan, who is the mentor of this revolutionary cooking technique that has given us a hassle-free culinary experience. Hail OPOS everyday.

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