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North Indian Punjabi Recipes

North Indian Punjabi Recipes
If Punjabi recipes tempt your taste buds, then this page is a must-visit. Take a peep into Anita Chahal aunty's kitchen and see what authentic Punjabi food is all about. You will also find fusion recipes from Anita aunty's Punjabi kitchen. Not to mention, she has started to share OPOS recipes as well.

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.

Oil Free Snacks With Leftover Rice

rice potato oil free cutlets
Usually I do not use leftover rice, but today decided to experiment with them. Glad the experiment worked well.

Recipe for Oil Free Cutlets 

Leftover parboiled rice- 1/2 cup
Boiled potato- 2
Suji- 1/4th cup
Besan (gram flour)- 2 tbsp
1 tbsp- oatmeal (optional)
Salt - as per taste
Black pepper- 1/2 tsp
Slit Green chilly -1
Ginger- 1tsp
Chopped onion- 1
Coriander leaves- as per preference
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric- 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds (jeera)- 1/2 tsp
Lemon - for sprinkling after the tikkis are cooked
Oil- 1/4th tsp (just for greasing the tawa/ utensil) (I used skillet)

Try to mash leftover rice. Then mix with potato.
Chop onions and grate ginger. Add to the mix.
Add suji and besan. Mix everything well.
Add salt and the remaining ingredients, except oil and lemon.

Make small balls and press them with both hands. Keep the cute roundels in fridge for 30 minutes or longer.
Grease a non stick pan or utensil.
Place an iron skillet (tawa) over direct flame.
Keep the nonstick tawa over it.
Set the potato rings over it and cover with a lid or big utensil that covers the roundels properly.
Keep on low flame.
It will take time for the tikkis to bake, but nothing better than an oil-free snack.
Once the lower side is done, turn the cutlets upside down and cover again. Make sure the flame should be slow.
It took me almost 25 mins to bake these beauties.
Once done, just sprinkle some lemon juice over the cutlets and enjoy.

Coconut Ladoo with Condensed Milk

How many of you love coconut ladoos? No, I am not talking of those made using sugar syrup, but of the richer ones that use condensed milk (home made). I can tell you, these are super soft and tastier smile emoticon.

Learned this recipe from a dear friend (Radha Natarajan).  Coconut offers umpteen health benefits, contrary to popular belief. 


Coconut Ladoo Recipe:
1/2 cup grated/ ground fresh coconut
1/4 Cup - milk powder (if you do not have powder, you can skip it and instead use cream or malai) 
1/4 cup sugar 
1/2 cup milk 
1 tbsp ghee/melted butter (optional)
1/4 tsp. green cardamom powder





coconut ladoo
Mix milk powder and milk well. Add sugar and 1/2 tbsp ghee and keep it on low flame. Stir continuously until it becomes thick. Keep aside.
Heat 1/2tbsp ghee in a non stick pan. Keep on  medium-low flame.
Add the freshly grated coconut and saute them on low flame. This shouldn't take long - just a couple of minutes.

Add the prepared condensed milk to coconut and mix all the ingredients. Keep stirring on a low flame.
Add cardamom and mix well. 
Cook until the mixture comes together. When the mixture forms like a mass in the center of the pan, switch off the gas.
Roll small balls when the coconut mixture is still hot (make sure you do not burn your hands).
Enjoy home made coconut ladoos.

If you love coconut, you may be interested in trying coconut cookies.

Quick Oil-Free Diet Snacks With Flattened Rice (Poha)

oats poha oil free snack
Oil free diet snacks are a favorite with me. You can munch on them whevever you wish to. 

A hot cup of tea always comes in as a great accompaniment.

I love tea and pair it with crunchy cookies. But sometimes I do love to munch on this healthy chiwda snack...

The best thing about this simple oil free diet snack is that it is quick to process. 

In fact, the diet snack recipe is all about:


  • gathering the ingredients
  • dry roasting them
  • tempering them with carom seeds and curry leaves to enjoy an aromatic snack that is high in fiber and calories 





This diet snack recipe is extremely simple and nutritious with a blend of healthy ingredients, viz. fiber-rich flattened rice and oats, nutritious peas and peanuts/almonds, and aromatic carrom seeds.


 Ingredients of diet snack



 1 cup Poha (rice flakes)
1/4th cup oats
little salt
corn flakes or mixture - 3 tbsp
Dry peas (optional)- 2 tbs
Roasted peanuts (I didn't use, as they raise bad cholesterol)
1/2-1 tsp of oil (I used olive oil)
1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
raisins and dry fruit of your choice




oats poha ratio
Process
Dry roast Poha (it will take some time..keep stirring, else poha will burn out easily), set aside. 
Dry roast groundnuts and any other dry fruit that you wish to use (no need to roast raisins). 
I roasted oats for a minute. But it breaks easily. So no need to roast oats.
Take oil in a separate pan, add carom seeds..let them splutter for a second, add salt, turmeric....add all the nuts and poha and oats...give it a good mix. 
Add any mixture that you may like. 
If you want, you may add chat masala as well at the end for that tangy taste!!

Roti Pizza

roti pizza without yeast
Looking for a healthier version of pizza? Yes, this one does not look like one, but it still is a healthier way to relish the desi version of the Italian delight. I made roti pizza - with whole wheat flour and sattu (black gram flour), oats, capsicum, and onion.

This is a no cheese, no butter pizza, since I wanted to avoid all the buttery part and make it completely healthy. I did not even add tomato or tomato sauce, since a dear one is fighting allergy from tomato. Nevertheless, to give a little tangy flavor, I added lemon juice, coriander powder, and curd as topping.

The best thing: hubby liked it as a healthier snack.
What more could I ask for?





roti pizza
Here is the super simple recipe:

Whole wheat flour: 1/2 cup
Sattu: 1/2 cup (you can skip sattu and use wheat flour)
Curd: 1/4cup
Salt: as per taste
Oil: 1/2tsp
Warm water: as required for kneading dough

Mix flour, sattu, salt, and oil. Add curd and mix well.
Add warm water to knead dough.(should be like roti dough, but not sticky)
Keep it aside for 15-20 minutes.

Toppings
Onion-1
Capsicum-1
Black chana - 1/4cup (you may skip this)
Oats- 2 tbsp (optional)
You may add tomato and any other vegetables of your choice.
Coriander powder- 1tsp
Salt- as per taste
Tomato sauce- as per taste (I didn't add)
Curd: 2 tsp
Black pepper: 1 tsp
Lemon juice: 1 tsp

roti pizza with no yeast
Mix everything well and keep aside. You may spread tomato sauce on the roti.

roti pizza without baking bowder
Let's make roti pizza.
Take an iron/nonstick skillet (tawa). Roll one ball of dough. Make sure it has to be thicker than that of roti. Roll in the form of a thicker roti. Grease the upper side with oil. Use a fork to make some incisions in the roti. Place on tawa. Keep it on slow flame. Turn the side of the roti after 2 minutes (if it looks uncooked, you can cook that side for some more time).
Top the roti with the toppings. If you are using butter or cheese, this is the time to add.
Then cover the roti with a cover. Let it cook for some time until the lower side turns little hard.


That's it! Your roti pizza without yeast is ready!

Eggless Whole Wheat Cookies: Atta Biscuits at Home


eggless wheat cookies
The cookie bug has bitten me badly. My healthy cookie recipe posts are a clear reflection of my love for cookies.

But as you already know, I look for healthy ingredients for my cookie recipes.

Baking no maida cookies is my forte.

This atta cookie batch is inspired by my memories of childhood.

Remember good old childhood days when cans of cookies from traditional local bakeries would be enjoyed by the entire family? 


Though childhood will never come back, you can still enjoy the tasty atta biscuits at home made of simplest of ingredients with whole wheat flour. With just a few ingredients, you can have the same taste that you used to enjoy when you were a kid!


Whole Wheat Cookie Recipe



Wheat - 1 1/2 cup
Ghee/butter- 1/2 cup
Milk-1/4 cup (add more if dough looks dry)
Crushed/Powdered Sugar - 1/4 cup (as per taste - I take it less sweet)
Baking Powder - 1 tsp
Green Cardamom/fennel seeds - 1tsp (I love adding saunf to my cookies. It lends a distinct taste & aroma) (I added black cardamom, but it did not make any difference)


How to make atta biscuits at home?


wheat cookies dough
Grind sugar and cardamom or fennel seeds together.
Take sugar and ghee. Mix well until fluffy.
In another bowl, sieve wheat flour and baking powder.
Start mixing dry and wet ingredients.
First, mix ghee/butter with wheat flour.
Then add milk. Prepare dough.
Make a log and place it in butter paper or aluminum foil and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Take out and cut in pieces of any shape.
Meanwhile preheat oven at 170 degrees for 10 minutes.


Grease baking tray and place cookies on it.
It's time to bake the whole wheat cookies. 
Place the tray in the MW oven (convection mode). Set a temperature of 170 degrees for 20 minutes (time varies in different ovens. It took me more than 25 minutes. I had to take out and bake them for 6 minutes after baking for 20 minutes. Then again, I baked for 6 more minutes. Total baking time in my case was 32 minutes).

Enjoy these eggless whole grain cookies with a cup of tea!





Easy, Healthy Lemon Pickle Recipe With Lime Peel

lemon pickle recipe
Lemon peel pickle? No, I am not kidding. I have been following this trick ever since I tried it the first time and it was a big hit.


How many of you use the lemon peel after squeezing lemon juice? I used to throw away the peel as trash unless I researched that every single part of the lemon fruit is beneficial for health.
So why throw the peel? I made lemon achaar with that. It is no less tangier n tastier than the normal lemon pickle.





lemon peel pickle
So do not throw the lemon skin from now onward after squeezing juice from it!! Just dry the lemon peel for a couple of hours, add sugar, salt, and cumin seeds and store in a bottle. Keep it in sunlight for a few days and the pickle is ready!!
I have two jars ready already.

Since you're adding salt, sugar & cumin seeds as taste enhancers, they will supply the needed juices to the pickle. Lemon peel is scientifically proven as beneficial to health. Never ever throw it, even if it may taste bitter sometimes.  

Recipe
Lemon peel (I make lemondae with 1 lemon daily and dry it for a couple of hours and then throw it in the jar, adding little salt)
Salt
Sugar
Black salt
Asafetida 
cumin seeds

Tip: Add salt, cumin seeds to the peels after drying. After a few days, add sugar, black salt, and asafetida. Adding sugar later will ensure that the pickle ripens quickly.

Tip 2: Add 4-5 pieces of your old lemon pickle to the new pickle and your pickle will get ready in a few days. :)




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