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Authentic South Indian Recipes
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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  (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.

How To Make Quick Palak Biryani: One Pot One Shot Recipe


We all love biryani - the aroma of fresh spices, the taste of ground masala, and the bewitching look of this one pot meal makes biryani an all-time favorite with you, me, and everyone, isn't it?
palak biryani one pot one shot


Perhaps biryani takes inspiration from the Mughals - whose lavish menus could never ignore biryani. My hubby makes delicious biryani - veg and nonveg both. These days we are not eating nonveg, except fish, for reasons galore.

one pot one shot palak biryani recipe easy quick healthy
Spinach is rich in:
iron
calcium
dietary fiber
vitamin A & E

A great source of iron for those with iron deficiency, spinach isa healthy addition to your meal planning. What better way to relish this green beauty than palak biryani.

biryani palak one pot meal


If you have sudden guests at home, this palak biryani recipe can come in handy.

The green color of palak biryani is so tempting, while the aroma of whole spices is sure to tempt taste buds of just about anyone.

Palak Biryani Ingredients

1 cup - basmati rice
250 grams- palak/spinach leaves
8-10- garlic pods
small ginger piece
1 small cinnamon stick (dalchini)
1 green cardamom
1 big cardamom
1 clove (laung)
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp- oil
1/4 cup- water or just 2 tbsp,depending on your palak puree
veggies of your choice- carrot, peas, beans
3 tbsp- curd
garam masala, chicken masala
salt as per taste
3 pinches of sugar
1 tomato
1 onion
haldi/turmeric (just for marinating)

How To Make Palak Biryani in One Pot One Shot


OPOS sambar recipe- 5-min sambar
  1. Chop veggies and marinate them with curd, salt, turmeric, and garam masala. Keep aside.
  2. Chop one onion.
  3. Chop one tomato
  4. Wash palak leaves thoroughly. Add ginger and garlic along with chopped palak leaves to a mixer grinder and grind everything together.
  5. You will get palak puree. Do not add water.
  6. Take a 2 or 3-liter pressure cooker.
  7. Add oil, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, both cardamom pieces, clove..
  8. Add chopped tomato in the center. Then spread a layer of chopped onion around it.
  9. Next add a layer of marinated veggies. Keep half of this for the second layer.
  10. Spread rice evenly. 
  11. Add the remaining marinated veggies.
  12. Now spread palak puree.
  13. Add salt, garam masala, coriander leaves.
  14. Add just 1/4 cup of water since palak puree is already water. I got one and a half cup of palak puree so used 1/2 cup of water, but felt my rice got little sticky. So the idea is to use minimal amount of water.
  15. Cover with a lid. Do not mix. 
  16. Turn on the flame to medium and allow for 3-4 whistles.
  17. Allow the pressure to settle down.
  18. Open the lid,and mix everything.
  19. Close the lid once again until you are ready to serve a delicious palak biryani ready in one pot one shot (OPOS).
  20. Do write to me how you find this spinach biryani loaded with fiber, minerals, and iron. Treat your loved ones this weekend with a special menu. Do not be surprised if they ask for more.
  21. Do try out my OPOS sambar recipe. You will instantly become a fan of this 5-min sambar.
Thanks to Mr. Rama Krishnan for coming up with OPOS method. It has made life easier for me.I am experimenting with OPOS ever since I came across this revolutionary culinary procedure. 

How To Make Eggless Suji Cake Rusk: Eggless Biscottis


My love for eggless cake rusks and cookies is no secret now. You too love baked goodies. Perhaps bakery products aren't the best ingredients for a healthy lifestyle. But you can always make bakery products at home with healthy ingredients and turn them healthier - at least healthier than the market junk. Isn't it?


eggless suji cake rusk
 This is my funda!
I love eggless cake rusks and cookies so I make sure I try out different variations. Now same is the case with biscottis or cake rusk.

If you are wondering how to make cake rusk at home, this is the right place to be in.

Previously I tried out the whole wheat cake rusk biscotti that was loved by one and all. Now it's time to try out suji rusk or semolina biscottis loaded with nuts.

suji biscotti
 These nutty suji cake rusks are soft yet crunchy and yummy.
If you or your kidoo loves biscottis, then this is one batch of healthy cake rusks with semolina that you should be baking immediately.

suji semolina rusk biscotti
 For kids, you may try adding cocoa powder or chocolate sauce to the wet ingredients and make chocolate biscottis.

They will not stop at one- trust me!

Let's come back to the suji cake rusk recipe:
how to make eggless suji cake rusk at home





Ingredients for Eggless Suji Cake Rusk

1 cup- semolina
1/2 cup- oatmeal
2 tbsp- milk powder
1 tsp- saunf (fennel seeds)
1/2 cup- cream/malai
1/4 th cup- besan/chickpea flour (optional - replace with whole wheat/multigrain flour/oatmeal)
1 tsp- baking powder'
4 tbsp- sugar powder (please add more for a sweeter version)
1 pinch- salt/himalayan pink salt
1/4 cup- curd
1 tbsp or little more- water (please check the video for dough consistency)
pistachios and nuts
1/4 tsp- baking soda
1/2 tsp- vinegar/apple cider vinegar (check benefits of apple cider vinegar here)

How to make  suji cake rusk/eggless biscottis


  • Mix semolina, oatmeal, and besan.
  • Whisk curd and cream until light and fluffy.
  • Add milk powder and whisk.
  • Add sugar powder and saunf. Whisk again.
  • Add both wet and dry ingredients. Mix well. Keep aside for 30 minutes. This will help semolina and oats swell and absorb the moisture.
  • After 30 mins, add baking powder and baking soda to the dough. Pour vinegar over it and mix with hands.
  • If the dough feels too hard, add 1- 2 tsp or water.
  • Add chopped nuts and mix.
  • Pour in a greased loaf pan or baking bowl and bake in a preheated oven at 170 degrees for 20-25 mins. Keep an eye on your semolina cake. 
  • Once the cake is ready, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool down.
  • We will be slicing it once it is completely cooled.
  • Cut it into slices and bake the cake pieces for 10-12 mins at 170 degrees.
  • Then change sides of the slices and bake them again for 10 mts or little longer at the same temperature.
  • Allow the eggless biscottis with semolina cake to cool down before munching on these double baked beauties.

Top Himalayan Sea Salt Benefits: Know Why You Need Rock Salt


The Himalayas are known for their grandeur and beauty. Agree? The abode of snow is also known for its rich deposits of salt, especially the Punjab region of Pakistan. Salt, that too, on the mountains? Of course, salt is found in the sea. So now you must be wondering where the Himalayan salt came from?
Well, the answer is simple!
rock salt himalayan benefits


The Himalayas rose from a primordial sea 250 million years ago.  Within that body of water was a pristine ecosystem. The sea evaporated gradually due to plate tectonics or movement of plates inside the earth, pushing Himalayas toward heavens. After the evaporation of sea, the life-sustaining minerals crystallized under the impact of solar heat, resulting in stretches of Himalayan pink salt. It is this Himalayan salt that benefits health in innumerable ways.

Pink salt Or Himalayan salt benefits
All of us love salt, but the intake of sodium has to be moderate in order to avoid high blood pressure, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. But Himalayan pink salt is a wonder salt, known for its medicinal and therapeutic qualities.

The purest of sea salt, the mineral salt from the Himalayas has truly powerful and potent qualities, thanks to its being the best source of natural minerals, which is healthier than bleached and processed table salt we use regularly.

Let’s see why you should make Himalayan pink salt a regular part of your daily diet:


1.       Loaded with Minerals
As the cleanest, purest salt, pink salt provides your body with 84 trace minerals & elements and electrolytes, with 85% sodium chloride.  Some of the top electrolytes found in Himalayan salt include Chloride, Sodium, Sulfur, Calcium, Potassium, magnesium, and iodine, which are essential to maintain pH balance of the body, prevent muscle cramping, and help absorb nutrients.

Now you must be wondering why electrolytes are important for your body?
From regulating your heartbeat to facilitating muscle contraction, sea salt can be the key to avoiding an electrolyte imbalance.
actual pink salt is light pinkish color when ground to powder


You may be surprised to know that an imbalance of electrolytes is responsible for some serious negative symptoms in your body, some of which are potentially deadly.

Why is sea salt pink in color?
The frail ruby color may be due to the trace amounts of iron oxide in pink salt. However, all minerals are not healthy for your body. Some can even prove toxic if taken in large quantities. These include uranium, lead, plutonium, radium, and thallium. Moderation is the key.

2.       Regulates blood pressure 
Even Himalayan salt comprises sodium, which helps in fluid retention and raises blood pressure. But the amount of sodium in pink salt is less compared to table salt. Additionally, it includes traces of potassium, which helps lower blood pressure. One advantage of Himalayan salt over common salt is that it is absorbed into your bloodstream more quickly and efficiently.

Moderate use of pink salt can help in gradual reduction in blood pressure. However, you need to balance it out with a healthy lifestyle. The daily recommended dose of sodium is 1500 mg. For example, you can start substituting regular salt with pink salt for salad, curd, and other side items.

3.       Eat it, smell it, inhale it, or bathe in it!
Himalayan pink salt is said to have amazing properties that can promote your vascular and respiratory health. It is thus said to be useful for those with respiratory problems and asthma. Besides its use in the kitchen, Himalayan salt can be used as an air purifier. Weird it may sound, but research seems to point toward this. A number of yoga studios are turning to salt theory to enhance vitality of clients, opening up a special room for salt yoga, so you can breathe in “purified” air.

According to the Lung Institute, sea salt has amazing healing properties, being an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial. Besides, it accelerates mucus clearance by loosening excessive mucus and removing pathogens like pollen. For people suffering from allergies, sea salt can be beneficial in reducing IgE level or immune system oversensitivity and can be a great addition to your asthmatic or respiratory healing regimen.

What is salt therapy?
Salt therapy is increasingly becoming popular worldover as a natural therapy for many ills, especially respiratory problems, such as bronchitis, asthma, and allergies.
Also known as halotherapy, salt therapy works on the basis of inhalation of micronized dry salt in a salt cave or chamber. Research reveals that salt therapy is an effective way to treat chronic bronchitis naturally.

4.       Water retention
You already know that water follows salt or vice versa. If you take more salt, your body needs more water. It’s the Himalayan salt that helps water retention in the body. When you sweat or perspire, you lose some amount of salt in your sweat and thus feel dehydrated.
Now relate it to your outing- you go to a market in sweltering heat and feel dehydrated. A glass of lime juice with salt is all you need to restore your pH and electrolyte balance. Don’t you feel refreshed after a refreshing glass of lime juice?

5.       Muscular health Boost
Do you often experience muscular cramps? Perhaps this was my side of the story. Some time back I was suffering from muscular strains and spasms. Increasing the amount of Himalayan salt in my diet through addition in curd, salad, and buttermilk, I am feeling little better.

As a rich source of electrolytes and minerals, sea salt is a great addition to your everyday meals. It helps improve the functioning of muscles, brain, and nervous system. Sodium is required to transmit electrical signals in the body, without which your brain, muscular, nervous system is bound to suffer.
Moderation is the key here, as too much and too less of sodium intake can cause problems. The key lies in ensuring you are getting enough of Himalayan salt to maintain electrolyte balance and other crucial functions.

6.       A digestion aid
Well, you may be surprised to know that sea salt is a digestion aid. It not only adds taste to your food, but also helps promote your digestive health. Not getting enough salt can actually compromise with your digestive health. This could mean your body is at a loss, since it may not be able to produce enough hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which is essential for digestive health.
Low stomach acid could cause all sorts of digestion problems.

Too much of it can do the same.

Again, moderation is the key and consuming the right amount of sea salt can boost the production of adequate amount of hydrochloric acid or chloride - the building block of stomach acid.
Not only this, it helps in better nutrient absorption from the food you eat.

Pink Salt vs. Black Salt


Both black salt and pink salt are derived from the Himalayas. Both have almost similar therapeutic properties, with the major difference being in the sulfrous smell of black salt and dark color, which is attributed to its iron content.

Himalayan salt as a gastric aid for stomach problems. Here's tried-n-tested sea salt tip from Anita Chahal aunty :


Beware of Sea Salt

Perhaps sea salt is an important element in your food. However, too much of it can cause health problems. An overdose of sodium water can cause the kidneys to excrete more water, which can cause an imbalance of other essential electrolytes.

You must aim for a balanced and moderate salt use.


It is also known as Sea salt, Himalayan salt, Himalayan sea salt, Himalayan crystal salt, Himalayan pink salt, rock salt.

Moong Dal Cookie Recipe: Aromatic, Wholesome, Crunchy Biscuits in Airfryer


Aromatic, flavorful, crunchy, and wholesome – this is how I define this batch of wholesome moong dal cookies. Wondering what makes this moong dal biscuit wholesome? Well, a mix of proteins, carbs, and dietary fiber is all you need to make this wholesome batch of cookies with moong dal.
moong dhal bicuits with oatmeal

The simple cookie recipe is

  • quick to process
  • rustic in taste
  • aromatic enough to tempt your taste buds
  • rich in fiber from oatmeal
  • packed with proteins from yellow lentils
  • a no sugar, no maida recipe
With so many plus points associated with this unique moong dal recipe, would you like to wait before baking a fresh batch of yellow lentil cookies for kids and elders alike?

If you do choose to wait, you are seriously doing injustice to your family. How?

Well, you are keeping your loved ones from tasting a wholesome cookie that is just perfect for tea time.

yellow lentil cookies biscuits with oatmeal


Dunk these oatmeal cookies in a glass of warm milk and feel blessed to have tried it.

I won;t believe if this no grain cookie recipe with moong dal doesn't become a family favorite.

Enough of self-praise!

A little about the star ingredient - moong dal!

Easy to digest, yellow moong dal is sourced from skinned, split moong beans . 

A powerhouse of nutrition, moong beans are a rich source of dietary fiber, proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids.

moong dal cookies

how to make oatmeal delicious with moong dal

A moong dal curry is all you need with a couple of rotis, pickle, and curd to make a complete meal. I love yellow lentil recipes of my mom.

She makes moong dal palak or spinach curry, which is simply out of the world - with key ingredients being yellow lentils, spinach, ginger.

Blend and puree the ingredients to make a wholesome soup recipe with moong dal!

Anyway let's come back to the moong dal biscuit recipe.

Let's see what we need for dhal biscuits:


Ingredients


1 cup - roasted moong dal (dehusked green gram lentil - yellow)
1/2 cup oatmeal (or 2 tbsp more if the dough gets sticky) - just the video above to learn how to make oatmeal at home
2 tsp- olive oil
1 tbsp- ghee/unsalted butter/clarified butter
4 tsp- jaggery powder or sugar powder (please add more as per your taste preferences - I take less sugar)
1/2 tsp- baking soda
1/2-1 tsp- water or milk or curd water (I have used curd water) 
Pinch- rock salt (or common salt)
Til/sesame seeds (optional -just for garnishing)

How to make oatmeal delicious with moong dal:

  1. Dry roast moong dal if you do not have a pre-roasted lentil powder. I washed the dal the previous day and then dry roasted it. Then it was time for grinding it into aromatic powder to be used for different moong dal recipes.
  2. Mix both flours and add baking soda and salt.
  3. Next, in a separate bowl, mix ghee with olive oil and jaggery powder.
  4. Whisk the liquid ingredients well until combined and fluffy.
  5. Now drop in the dry ingredients and start combining everything.
  6. Add sesame seeds.
  7. Do the ingredients come together? If not add water/milk/ curd water to bind the dough.
  8. Make a log and cover it with a cling film or aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  9. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  10. Preheat oven (microwave convection mode) at 170 degrees for 10 mts. This is my airfryer cookie recipe, so I used airfryer for the same. 
  11. Roll out the dough into a thick chapati - should not be too thick nor too thin.
  12. Cut into cookie shapes with a cookie cutter or whatever you have.
  13. Bake or airfry at 170 degrees for 10 mts. The moong dhal cookies may take a couple of minutes extra. So just keep an eye on them.
  14. The brown tint is due to the addition of jaggery. If you use sugar, you will get a beautiful yellow!
  15. Enjoy a fresh batch of yellow lentil biscuits with a cup of tea or milk.
  16. Munched on these delicious baked beauties and travel back in times - the flavor and aroma of moong dal is overpowering! I am loving these beauties.
  17. What about you? Do try this simple cookie recipe at home.

Here comes another addition to my 100+ oatmeal recipe collection!!!


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Vegan Red Lentils Pizza Bread: Gluten-Free Flatbread, Grain-Free Recipe


Looking for a gluten-free recipe? Do you tend to avoid gluten-rich grains, including whole wheat flour, for reasons galore? Any specific health issues?


grain free foaccia bread


gluten free flatbread yeast free 


Do you crave for guilt-free indulgence while wanting to avoid whole grains that come with gluten and cause you gluten sensitivity?

gluten free flatbread with lentils

vegan red lentil flatbread

grain free flatbread pizza discs

Worry not!

This gluten-free flatbread recipe is just for you!

Ever thought of a gluten-free vegan red lentil focaccia bread?

Well, I am going to introduce you to my next healthy bread experiment, which is gluten free, nut free, vegan, vegetarian, and egg free.
Perhaps all of my recipes are eggless.



red lentil flatbread vegan
 A common ingredient in north Indian homes, protein-rich red lentils or malika masur dal is all you need to bake a vegan breakfast bread. It is just perfect as a vegetarian sandwich bread as well.

Did I say it makes an amazing gluten-free dahi vada? I soaked the leftover gluten-free bread discs in water and hen dropped them to curd. The baked dahi vada tasted simply out of the world.

egg free red lentil focaccia bread



Perfect combo, I must say!

What makes this vegan flatbread gluten free special?

Well, a great source of dietary fiber, manganese, copper, vitamin B1, iron, phosphorus, and folate, lentils are a must-have ingredient for a well-balanced diet!

Do you want that glow on your face back?Do you want to become young again?Don't think it is possible?

Well, my research says that lentils are anti-ageing superfoods, of which red lentils top the list.
What does this mean?
vegan grain free gluten free bread 
Perhaps including more of red lentil recipes in your dietary regimen could bring about surprising changes in your looks!!

Lentils are high in nutritional value and are absorb flavors of food, creating sumptuous treats.

So you can use lentils for vegan, vegetarian, or nonvegetarian recipes, including

  • curries
  • soups
  • sweets
  • cakes 
  • cookies
  • flatbreads
  • breads
The list just goes on and on, and the variety of red lentil recipes will surely tickle your taste buds.
I love the aroma of this particular legume.
vegan flatbread batter





Let's come back to the red lentil flatbread.
Did I say it requires no yeast?
Perhaps a pinch or two of baking soda is all you need to make this red lentil flatbread rise.
Yes, it does not need leavening nor proofing.

Hey, the high protein flatbread with red lentils needs no kneading as well.
Packed with dietary fiber and easy to make, this red lentil pizza or flatbread will be loved by one and all.

Options are galore how you want to make the yeast-free flatbread healthier.
Add veggies of your choice - make toppings that please your kids and bake the simplest bread recipe.
The grain-free bread recipe takes inspiration from oatmealwithafork.


Egg-free flatbread Ingredients

1 cup- red lentils
2 pinches- baking soda
1/8th tsp rock salt (more or less depending on your choice)
1 tsp- olive oil (or any vegetable oil)
Toppings and veggies of your choice - I had nothing but spring onions, green peas, and turnip
1/2 cup- water (enough to make batter)
cumin seeds, coriander leaves or herbs of your liking
2 pinches-Black pepper
sesame seeds
apple cider vinegar/normal vinegar/lime juice- a few drops

How to make the vegan red lentil flatbread

  1. Soak masur dal for 2-3 hours.
  2. Pulse it.
  3. Add water and grind to make the batter.
  4. Allow it to sit on the countertop for 1 hour minimum. 
  5. Preheat oven or microwave convection at 170 degrees for 10 mts.
  6. Prepare the batter and toppings.
  7. Add rock salt to the batter and spices of your choice. Just before baking, add baking soda and a few drops of vinegar. Mix in one direction.
  8. Prepare toppings. I chopped spring onion, grated 1 turnip, and added green peas. Pour hung curd or Greek Yogurt over the batter and mix with sea salt, black pepper. Add little olive oil as well. Mix well.
  9. Grease a pan with 1 tsp olive oil. Sprinkle sesame seeds all over it.
  10. Pour the batter into a greased baking pan.
  11. Sprinkle the toppings over it evenly.
  12. Bake red lentil flatbread for about 20-25mts at 170 degrees or until it looks baked.
  13. It took my flatbread 25 mts.
  14. Allow the yeast-free flatbread to cool down before slicing it.
  15. Enjoy with chutney of your choice. I dipped the mini pizza discs in coriander-coconut chutney and they tasted heavenly.
  16. If you are looking for a gluten-free bread recipe, this won;t fail you.
  17. Try the sugar-free flatbread recipe once and do drop your feedback.

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