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North Indian Punjabi Recipes

North Indian Punjabi Recipes
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Authentic South Indian Recipes

Authentic South Indian Recipes
If you love south Indian food, do not leave without checking this page. Dedicated to Chitra Balachander, a south Indian homemaker, the page is all about taking a journey into her south Indian kitchen. Travel with me to her kitchen to savor traditional south Indian food.

Kaju Katli (Cashew Fudge)

kaju katli

Kaju Katli or cashew burfi is a hot favorite with everyone alike.

Before trying making it at home, I had never imagined it was so simple to make. We would always buy it from a local sweet shop, since all of us are so fond of it.

Here is a simple badam katli or badam burfi recipe for you.

Remember, almonds benefit health in more ways than one, unlike cashews that raise bad cholesterol and fats.


badam burfi almond fudge






Kaju Katli Recipe:
Cashew -1 cup
Sugar -1/2 cup
Water -1/4 cup
1/2 tsp-Ghee for greasing plate/aluminum foil

badam ladoo; fasting recipe

Preparation

  • Grind cashew & make a fine powder. Make sure it does not become a paste. It should remain coarse. You can grind half cashew first and then the next lot.
  • Simultaneously, make sugar syrup, with water and sugar. Bring the sugar syrup to a boil on low flame. 
  • When it starts boiling & bubbling up, keep stirring.
  • Switch off the flame once the syrup reaches one string consistency. 


kaju katli dough

  • Immediately, add powdered cashew. Make sure the flame is off when you add cashew to the syrup.
  • Mix well and switch on the flame. Set to low flame. 
  • Keep stirring. 
  • The mixture will start to thicken, forming a mass.
  • Keep stirring and it will form like a dough in about 7-8 minutes. 
  • Apply little water on fingers.
  • Take little cashew dough and roll between fingers. If it does not stick, that means the dough is ready.
  • Turn off the flame and transfer dough to a plate. Knead it well for 1 minute. It will be hot so make sure you do not burn your hands.
  • If the mixture gets dry, add 1/2 tsp of ghee.
  • Make sure you knead it to a smooth dough.
  • Take a greased plate or butter paper/ aluminum foil. 
  • Grease aluminum foil with ghee.
  • Roll the cashew dough into thin layers with a greased rolling pin. 
  • Cut into desired shapes and enjoy.


Chana Dal Halwa Burfi

chana dal halwa burfi
Lightweight Chana Dal Halwa Burfi. This delicacy is for those counting their calories and watching their sugar intake. Try the recipe if you want a light-weight burfi, smile emoticon
 which tastes more like chana dal halwa. For more richness, you would need to add triple the amount of ghee and load it with condensed milk or khoya and eliminate water from the recipe . 
Recipe

1 cup - chana dal 
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup milk
sugar as per taste 
1 Tsp-Green cardamom, 1 tbsp roasted til (sesame seeds)
Ghee (clarified butter)- 2 tbsp
A Nonstick pan




Procedure
Soak chana dal overnight or for 6-7 hours and then grind it.
Take a nonstick pan.
Add ghee.
Then add ground dal and roasted sesame seeds. Keep on low flame and keep roasting. It will take a lot of effort. 
Simultaneously keep water, sugar, cardamom, and milk in a pan for boiling.
Once the dal is fried well, add the boiled milk-water-elaichi-sugar combination.
Keep stirring until the dal collects in the center and forms a mass.

Grease an aluminum foil. Pour the roasted dal over it. Press the dal with a plate. Garnish with dry coconut powder.

Cut into pieces and enjoy.

Here is authentic besan burfi recipe.

Growing Up in School - Chapter 2 I Am Malala


"MY MOTHER STARTED school when she was six and stopped the same term. She was unusual in the village as she had a father and brothers who encouraged her to go to school. She was the only girl in a class of boys. She carried her bag of books proudly into school and claims she was brighter than the boys. But every day she would leave behind her girl cousins playing at home and she envied them. There seemed no point in going to school just to end up cooking, cleaning and bringing up children, so one day she sold her books for nine annas, spent the money on boiled sweets and never went back. Her father said nothing. She says he didn’t even notice, as he would set off early every morning after a breakfast of cornbread and cream, his German pistol strapped under his arm, and spend his days busy with local politics or resolving feuds. Besides he had seven other children to think about.............

Malala tells that her father's dream was to open his own school. But financial hardships made it harder for him to live his dream. Her father believed that nothing was more important than knowledge.

Malala adds: Education had been a great gift for her father, who blames Pakistan's lack of
education for all of its problems.

"Ignorance allowed politicians to fool people and bad administrators to be re-elected."

He has always harped upon the need for schooling for everyone, be it rich or poor, boys or girls.

Her grandfather wanted his youngest son to be a doctor  and contribute to the household income. Her father’s elder was working as a teacher at a local school and staying with Malala's grandfather,

When her father was offered a place at Jehanzeb College, the leading advanced
education institution in Swat, her grandfather refused to pay for his living expenses. Since there is nothing like student loans in Pakistan, Malala's father needed money to live on.

But with no money to pay for his expenses, her father would often cry in frustration. So he had to compromise with his career and teach in a local school, where his elder brother was a teacher. Fortunately, a relative Nasir Pacha met him one day and came to know about Malal's father's opportunity to study in Jehanzeb College. He offered him to stay in his house in Spal Badi - a romantic & beautiful place in the mountains.

In Spal Badi, Malala's father learned that women were in a better condition than in his own village and had greater freedom.

It was here that he met Akbar Khan, who was a man of wisdom without much education. Akbar Khan lent him money for higher education, though he himself could not go for higher studies. Her father would often speak of the kindness of Akbar Khan and Nasir Pacha, saying that "if you help someone in need you might also receive unexpected aid."

At this time, important events were unfolding in Pakistani politics. Benazir Bhutto was elected prime minister of the country, and dictator General Zia was killed in a plane crash, which is alleged to be caused by a bomb placed in a crate of mangoes.
It was at this time that student organizations became active in Pakistan, and Malala's father was chosen as the general secretary of Pakhtoon Students Federation (PSF) for his oratorical and vocal skills.

PSF demanded equal rights for Pakhtoons. Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala's father, could not become PSF president as he did not have a rich background.

It was then that Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses was released, which was considered blasphemous by Muslims, as it was a parody on the Proper Muhammad. Clerics berated the book as offensive and protested its release.  Many students argued that the book should be banned and fatwa issued against Rushdie.

Ziauddin also believed that the book was against Prophet Muhammad but he was also a proponent of the freedom of speech.

He suggested fellow students to read the book and respond to Salman Rushdie with "our own book." In a loud voice, he asked other students, ‘Is Islam such a weak religion that it cannot tolerate a book written against it? Not my Islam!’

After graduating from Jehanzeb, Ziauddin worked as an English teacher in a well-known private college. But since he was getting merely 1,600 rupees per month and could not contribute to his father's household, Malala's grandfather was not happy with him.

So he decided to open his own school, where there was freedom of speech and expression and opportunities for sharing independent thought, along with his friend Naeem, who shared the same thought as him. Naeem lost his job following a dispute with the college
administration, which was very strict and against freedom of speech and expression.

Both invested their life's savings of 60,000 rupees and borrowed 30,000 rupees
to invest in a school building. Unfortunately the demand for English tuition wasn't much those days. Moreover, Naeem wasn't too happy about Ziauddin's involvement in political discussions after college in their own school. The two friends-turned business partners were finding it difficult to adjust to each other's lifestyle. Unfortunately, they had to part ways after three months when they were no longer on talking terms to each other.

Ziauddin gave Naeem his share from the school and partnered with another of his friend, Hidayatullah. The school was named Kushal School after the name of Ziauddin's heroes -Khushal Khan Khattak, who was a warrior poet from Akora and had tried to unify different  Pashtun tribes against the Mughals in the 17th century.

The entrance was designed and engraved with a motto: "WE ARE COMMITTED TO BUILD FOR
YOU THE CALL OF THE NEW ERA."

He always wanted his children to derive inspiration from Khattak, but with pens, not swords. He would always say that he wanted Pashtuns to unite against ignorance. But this was not enough to convince people in the village, and only 3 students got enrolled for the school.

Worse was in store for him. He was under debt and with just 3 students, they could not get the funds to equip the school.

When Ziauddin went to get the school registered, he had to wait for hours and when his turn finally came, there were more surprises in store for him.

One official mocked at him, saying, ‘How many teachers do you have? Three! Your teachers are not trained. Everyone thinks they can open a school just like that!’

Everyone else in the room started ridiculing him. It was aptly clear that the superintendent was indirectly asking for bribe.

Pashtuns never pay a bribe nor can they stand anyone belittling or ridiculing them.

Ziauddin immediately turned on the superintendent with all the strength of years of
debating, and asked ‘Why are you asking all these questions? Am I in an office or am I in a
police station or a court? Am I a criminal?’

In order to vociferously oppose bribe and corruption, Ziauddin joined Swat Association of Private Schools, and quickly became vice president.

He would often be vocal against bribe. He would tell members of the group, who were school principals, "Running a school is not a crime. Why should you be
paying bribes? You are not running brothels; you are educating children! Government officials are not your bosses; they are your servants. They are taking salaries and have to serve
you. You are the ones educating their children.’

But his promotion as the president of the group did not bring him any fortune. Ziauddin and Hidayatullah did not even have money to pay the local grocery store.

To boost their income, they started a tuck shop, wherein they sold snacks to school children. He would buy maize and make pop corns for children to buy.

Hidayatullah says, ‘I would get very depressed and sometimes collapse seeing the problems all around us,  but when Ziauddin is in a crisis he becomes strong and his spirits high.’
Ziauddin wanted to do it big, so he decided to advertise in television. Hidayatullah laughed at the idea, saying that they themselves did not even have a TV, where they would watch the ad.

Meanwhile, Ziauddin left for his village for a few days. The reason was that he was getting married, but he did not inform any of his friends in Mingora about the wedding, as he did not have enough resources to entertain them. Muslim wedding celebrations last for days together.  Ziauddin could attend only the last day ceremony of his own marriage!!!

After the marriage, Ziauddin left for Mingora, leaving his newly wed bride with his father. But Malala's grandfather wasn't too happy about it either - he would often complain about the lack of resources and financial support from Ziauddin. He only made Malala's mother's life miserable.

Finally, one day Malala's mother shifted to Mingora to be with her husband Ziauddin. But Hidyatullah wasn't too happy about it. He complained but Ziauddin told him that his wife would clean their clothes and make food for them.

Malala's mother was happy to be with her husband in a place that was considered modern compared to Swat.

‘Ziauddin was a family man and they were unusually close,’ said Hidayatullah. ‘While most of us
can’t live with our wives, he couldn’t be without his.’

Malala's mother was pregnant with her first child within a few months. Unfortunately, their first child was stillborn. Ziauddin says, ‘I think there was some problem with hygiene in that muddy place. I
assumed women could give birth without going to hospital, as my mother and my sisters had in the
village. My mother gave birth to ten children in this way.’

Unfortunately, the city was hit by flash floods and the school, furniture, and all their belongings were destroyed. There was no where to sleep or eat. It tool them a week to clear up all the debris.

Amidst all the troubles and tribulations, Malala was born on August 14, 1997. By the time Malala was born, the school had expanded to 5 teachers and 100 children.

Malala and her family used to drink green tea, as they could not afford milk. Her father tells that even before Malala could talk she would toddle into different classes and talk like a teacher.Finally, the two friends and business partners parted ways, and Hidyatullah left to start a separate school.

Soon, 9/11 happened, and the life of the local people was changed forever, says Malala, who was merely four and a half year old then.

How to Make Kadhai Masala at Home

Masals traditionally prepared by your grandmothers have no match. Learned this aromatic kadahi masala recipe from my multi-talented mother-in-law, who lives in a rustic atmosphere in a village of Odisha. She shares many masala recipes with me. I would love to share all such aromatic recipes with you. Keep watching this space.

homemade kadahi masala recipe

Indian Kadhai Masala Recipe

1 tsp- coriander seeds
1/2 tsp- cumin seeds
1/2 inch - cinnamon
2- green cardamom
2- cloves
3-dry red chillies
1 tsp- kasuri methi
4-5 black peppercorns
8- cahews/almonds (optional)
1/4 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)

Dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon, green cardamom, cloves, dry red chillies, and black peppercorns. Let them cool and grind without water.

Do try no butter kadahi paneer, click here.


kadahi paneer no butter



Add kasuri methi to the powder. When you are making any kadhai recipe, just grind cashews or almonds (I use almonds) and mix with the masala and make a paste with water.

Kadahi masala Lauki recipe:


Take a pan, add oil.
Add garlic-ginger paste. Stir fry
Add chopped onion. Fry well until browned.
Add tomato (chopped or pureed)
Mix well and fry
Add kadhai masala. Fry and then add vegetables of your choice. Cover and cook!

Yeast-Free Whole Meal Bread On Stove Top (No Oven)


yeast free bread
Has anyone tried making yeast-free whole wheat bread at home? I experimented with it and the result was good. Of course, it does not rise as much as the yeast loaf, but still good for those days when you want a yeast-free alternative.  

Since I made it with just 1 cup of wheat flour, the shape doesn't relate to bread. Moreover, I had decided to make pizza base, but owing to scarcity of time, I kept the dough unused for 7-8 hours and then instead of throwing it decided to experiment, that too without oven/microwave. Made this on a steel plate on tawa (iron skillet). The result made me happy.

Why Say No to Maida?
I do not use maida/all-purpose flour/white flour or refined flour, since it is nothing but empty calories. The extraction of maida or refined flour removes all the minerals, B-vitamins, fiber content from the grains, leaving it with nothing but empty calories.

Additionally, there are many other refined flour disadvantages:
It raises the risk of


  • obesity
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • diabetes
  • digestive disorders, including constipation
  • vitamin deficiencies

It is the favorite flour with bakers and the cooking industry, since it looks whitish, thanks to its bleaching and chemical treatment before reaching you, and tastes great. Contrarily, whole wheat flour is rich in fiber, B-vitamins, minerals, and is little brownish in color. Of course, it is healthier than refined flour.

When it comes to choosing wheat flour, you should be looking for whole wheat flour and not just regular wheat flour, which is prepared from refined grains, extracting bran and germ. Regular wheat flour is thinner, processed, fluffier, and finer than whole wheat. 

If you want a nutritional boost, please go for whole wheat flour. Check for product labels to find it what you are buying or being sold.

Your health is in your hands after all!
Anyway let's come back to the no yeast breakfast recipe.
Before sharing the recipe, I reiterate this isn't the typical bread bun that you get at the market, but quite similar to it, since it is no yeast and uses whole wheat flour instead of white flour.

Why No Yeast
Well, yeast could create problems for people suffering from

  • allergy
  • celiac disease
  • crohn's disease
  • stomach disorders
In some people with stomach problems, yeast could aggravate the symptoms. After all, yeast is a living organism which gets activated in moist conditions. 

I am giving you a simple bread recipe without yeast that would come to your rescue at any time.
Though I have fermented the load overnight despite not using yeast, it is still possible to bake this no yeast bread without overnight fermentation. I have tried that as well with great outcome. Here's the proof, though I used semolina flour for this recipe. More importantly, this was my take on how to make bread without yeast or baking powder.
suji bread no yeast semolina loaf

I will share the no yeast semolina bread recipe later. Let's focus on these cute little yeast- free whole meal  bread buns, which were my first trial in baking breads at home.

Yes, I admit, this was my first homemade yeast free whole wheat bread and I was successful at making it, that too on stove top. Can't explain in words how happy I was then!!!

This was the beginning of my yeast free bread baking journey! I have not looked back since then.






Here are more yeast-free whole meal bread loaves
yeast free bread with whole wheat flour



Recipe:

1 cup- wheat flour (you may increase the quantity in order to get the bread shape)
2 tbsp - oil
1tbsp - sesame seeds (til)
10 Roasted garlic cloves
3/4 cup - curd (to knead the dough)
1 tbsp - water (if you need - I just used water to pat the dough before keeping it aside for rest for 7-8 hours in a warm place)
salt - as per taste (I added 1/4 tsp)
sugar -1/4 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Baking powder-1/2 tsp



bread without yeast

Yeast Free Bread Making Procedure

  • Take a bowl.  Add wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder. Mix well. You may want to use a sieve so that everything mixes well.
  • Add oil, sesame seeds, salt, sugar, and mashed/pounded roasted garlic to the flour. Mix well
  • Finally, add curd to prepare the dough. Make sure the dough is not sticky. If it gets sticky, add little more flour.
  • The dough should not be too hard, nor too soft (less softer than roti dough)
  • Keep aside for 5-6 hours.
  • After that, punch the dough and flip it very well for at least 5 minutes before baking it.
  • I used a fork to prick the dough. This will allow even cooking of the dough.
  • Take a skillet (tawa). Place a steel plate ( if you want the shape of a bread loaf, you can take a bowl that can give the loaf the desired shape).
  • Grease the plate. Place the dough over it and cover with another plate.
  • Keep on slow flame. It took for 15 minutes to bake one side and then I decided to turn the dough upside down and bake the other side for 10 minutes.
That's it!!!

ragi flour bread no yeast whole meal bread

Please check my recipe on yeast free ragi bread bun.

Dalma: A Unique Vegetable Lentil Curry From Odisha


Dalma -a heavenly blend of lentils and green vegetables. The first time I heard of it, I was surprised that dal could be used in this form too. Thus far we had been sampling lentils as simple lentil curry or as dal makhni, which is widely popular in Punjab.

But dalma is different. It was never thought of in my mom's home in Punjab, but now dalma curry has become a regular there. 
dalma Odiya recipe

But when I got married to an Odiya, I got to taste this unique blend of vegetables and lentils. I fell in love with the simple recipe, which is bursting with flavors and is full of health.

I must say it is one of the best ways to hide lentils in this curry and serve it to your fussy eaters. Nobody can say it is dal only.
dalma lentil curry Odiya recipe
 Another reason to make this dalma Odiya recipe is its lavish use of green vegetables - the veggies that aren';t too popular in our homes - lauki (bottle gourd), pumpkin (kaddu), raw papaya, raw banana or plaintain. You may or may not add potato. Odiyas typically use vegetables that are available in plenty there. I could get my hands on only these veggies here. 
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I have also shared another Odiya recipe "bhaja santula,"which is also a blend of green vegetables -

  • Raw papaya
  • Lauki (bottle gourd)
  • Plantain/green banana
  • Pumpkin
  • Potol/Parwal (Pointed gourd)
  • Ridge gourd/tori
Again, this santula bhaja is such a simple Odiya recipe, which is teeming with flavors and provides you a healthy blend of green vegetables. Enjoy it with dalma curry as a side dish or even sambar. I often make bhaja santula with simple dal or dalma.

odiya recipe of dalma lentil curry

healthy lentil curry from Odisha dalma



Often kids do not like to eat dal. Then there are a few vegetables that they run away from. So why not blend them all together and make DALMA - ODISHA's specialty? It's a real treat for your kids and enough to tempt your taste buds. 

I am sure you will love DALMA for its sheer taste and health benefits, since all the vegetables are boiled. Enjoy dalma with boiled/fried rice or chapati/naan.





What's so unique about dalma?

  • Healthy
  • Flavorful
  • Quick to prepare
  • Goes without any side dish
  • Is perfect to enjoy with rice or roti or even chakuli - another of Odisha's specialty - a kind of dosa with fermented rice and urad dal batter


The addition of roasted jeera powder, coriander powder, and red chilly powder at the end is all that you need to add the required flavor to the dalma curry.



Here's the dalma Odisha recipe:

Ingredients
Arhar daal - 1/2 cup
Beans, bottle gourd (lauki), raw papaya, plantain (raw banana) -1/4th cup each
Potato- 1
Tomato-1
Salt, turmeric 
1 bay leaf

How to prepare dalma

  • Soak arhar/tuvar dal for some time.
  • Cut all the vegetables into small pieces and wash.
  • Take a pressure cooker. Add dal along with all vegetables.
  • Drop one bay leaf as well.
  • Add one whole tomato (no need to cut it)
  • Add turmeric and little water enough to cover the vegetables. You do not want to flood the dal - add enough water that soaks all the ingredients.
  • Keep the cooker on a high flame for 4-5 whistles.



dalma
Tempering:
Cumin seeds (jeera)- 1tsp
Rai/black sarson- 1 tsp (mustard seeds)
Kashmir Red Chilly or degi mirch - 1
Oil-1 tbsp
Roasted cumin powder - 1/2 tsp 
coriander powder- 1/2tsp
Red chilly powder- as per your spice preference

Take oil in a pan. 
When the oil is hot, add cumin seeds, black sarson and red chilly. Let the spices splutter.
Drop the boiled tomato and mash it with a ladle.
Mix it well and let it roast.
Mash the dal a bit with a ladle.
Then add the dal-vegetable mix over the tempering. 
Mix and check for salt. Add all the masala powders/
Gently mix.
Cook & cover for 3-4 minutes.
Sprinkle fresh coriander leaves & serve hot with rice or roti.
You may add fresh coconut for a rich version of dalma. It tastes absolutely delicious with or without coconut. Do give this lip-smacking marriage of vegetables and lentils a try.

Baati Recipe: Wheat Pockets

Wheat pockets following baati recipe. You may call it stuffed baati, but it's open like a basket. Just stuffed the wheat basket with potato filling. Worth a try for occasional oil-free treats! Made on gas stove.


baati
Recipe:

1 cup wheat flour
2 tbsp oil
salt as per taste
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
Little water to make dough - should not be too soft nor too hard

Mix everything and make a dough. Keep aside for 20-30 minutes.

Potato Filling:

2 boiled potatoes (mashed)
1/2 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 tsp coarse coriander powder (I used home made)
Salt as per taste, 1/4 tsp oil, 1 tsp ginger- chilly paste
Sambar powder- 1 tsp (optional) (I used home made)  Here's the sambar powder recipe.

Take a pan, heat oil.
Add cumin seeds, fennel seeds. Stir
Add coriander powder. Mix and add ginger-chilly paste.
Add salt
Add mashed potatoes.
Mix everything well. Add sambar powder. Switch off the flame.

Let's prepare the baatis.
Roll out small balls from the dough. Take one ball, roll it out like a small chapati. Add the filling. Close the sides like a basket. Follow the same process for all baatis. Brush baatis with little oil.
I used little dough to make baked wheat chips along with baatis as shown in picture.

Take a skillet (tawa). Keep a greased pressure cooker over it. Place baatis on the surface of the cooker. I also placed the wheat cubes along with baatis. Cover the cooker lid and remove the whistle.
We need to bake on a medium flame. Keep an eye on the baatis after 5-10 mins. You may have to switch sides intermittently for even baking. 
It may take 18-20 mins or more. Keep an eye on the sticks, which may bake quicker than baatis. 

Healthy Oatmeal Biscuits With Olive Oil: No Sugar Nankhatai Recipe


I am a healthy cookie lover. I accept. Now my friends have started to call me "cookie queen." 

Na, there is still a long way to go before I can accept that title. 

I am still learning, and in baking, you aren't perfect at any time. The learning curve is very very long.

But I am not one to give up though!

In my pursuit to bake another healthy cookie batch, I experimented with olive oil and oatmeal. This does make an awesome combination - both for taste and health.

This is one batch of cookies for weight loss that you would want to try even if you are on a diet.

Wondering how?


See, oatmeal is a wonder food. If I say it is a super food, it won;t be wrong.


Tried olive oil cookies on tawa, with the addition of oats. I am starting to love these cookies more than those available in the confectionery. The best thing about making these cookies is that you do not need a MW/Oven and can bake these on a skillet. I have tried a number of cookies - almond, coconut, simple wheat flour - and love everything home made. Before starting to bake last year, I had never entertained the thought of making cookies at home but after my first attempt at baking, I have never looked back- won't ever buy from the bakery again 

With the goodness of oats, jaggery, and olive oil, these do become healthy cookies! Of course, we are not using sugar in this recipe, which makes this set of healthy whole wheat flour cookies even healthier. Any takers?


Why tawa cookies?

  1. Easy to bake
  2. Quick to make
  3. Healthy, tasty, and divine
  4. You can keep an eye on what's going on with your healthy cookies
Olive oil is a miracle find - a staple for the Mediterranean diet. It is loaded with health benefits. When you bake a batch of oatmeal cookies with olive oil, you certainly get the benefits of olive oil. But remember, I am talking about extra virgin olive oil. Please do not buy pomace olive oil - it isn't for cooking use.



Olive oil:
  1. Reduces cardiovascular risk
  2. Reduces cancer risk 
  3. Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes
  4. Boosts bone health and reduces risk of osteoporosis


Recipe

1/4 cup jaggery (you can use more as per your preference) - you may use sugar instead
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tsp cream /butter/ghee

1 cup- wheat flour
1/2 cup- gram flour
1/4 cup semolina (suji), 2 tbsp oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp roasted fennel seeds (you may use powder as well)
1- 2 tsp -milk (if the dough feels dry - I added)

Mix baking powder , wheat flour, gram flour, and semolina well. 

Add jaggery and fennel to the powder. Add oats. Now add olive oil. 
Mix well. If the dough feels dry, add cream and milk. Roll into a dough form. Press the dough with a flat circular board (chakli) and give your choicest shapes.
You can use a cookie cutter.
Take a skillet (tawa) and put a greased steel plate on it. 
Place cookies on the plate and cover with another plate. Cook on low flame.
Check after 4-5 minutes. Then change side of the cookies. Again cook for 3 minutes or more.
That's it.

Looking for more olive oil cookie recipes? Here is a link to olive oil digestives.

Raw Banana Cutlets

Not everyone likes raw banana (plantain), but it can be put to numerous uses, since it is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Additionally green banana is a good source of resistance starch, which is not broken down by the body and acts like fiber. It also contains vitamin B6, which plays an important role in the formation of hemoglobin.

Fiber is essential for the good health of your digestive system. 




Let's get back to the recipe. Raw banana can be put to many uses. 

Today, I made raw banana tikki/cutlets. Better to call it tikki since I used only 1 tbsp of oil while the recipe called for deep frying. Another experiment from my healthy kitchen.

Raw Banana Cutlets Ingredients:

2 raw bananas (boiled and grated)
1/2 boiled potato (boiled)
1/2 onion
1-2 green chillies
1 tsp garlic-ginger paste
1/4 tsp- haldi
1/2 tsp jeera
1 tsp rice flour or suji
1 tbsp oats
1 tsp coriander powder
coriander leaves
salt as per taste

Procedure
Mix everything well. Make a big ball. Refrigerate for 10 minutes
Take out and make small balls. Flatten the balls like a tikki.
Take a non stick pan/ tawa (I used a tawa). Grease it with 1 tbsp oil..
Place the tikkis on the skillet (tawa). Keep on low flame.
Cover with a plate. Keep checking every 5 minutes. Rotate side when 1 side is done.
Took me 10-12 mins approx (may take you longer depending on the quantity)

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Offers Knowledge Management, Media, Information Dissemination, IT, Web Content, Editing, News Processing, Online Knowledge Dissemination, Online Reputation Management, Social Media Optimization services.