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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.

Lauki Kofta in Appe Pan

lauki kofta
Recipe: Lauki kofta in appe pan
Lauki or bottle gourd -1 small
Besan -3/4 cup

1/4 tsp Haldi (turmeric)
1 tsp sukha dhaniya powder (Coriander powder)
1 tsp Curd 
1 tbsp Ginger grated
Salt as per taste
1 tsp Oil for greasing appe pan

Grate lauki using a grater. Squeeze water. This is an important step.
Grate ginger and add to bottle gourd. Add salt, haldi, coriander powder, chilly powder (if you are using), and besan. 
Check for consistency. Add curd. Mix well. Grease appe pan.
Make little balls and place in appe pan.
Cover appe pan with a lid. Place a skillet (tawa) beneath the paniyaram patra (appe pan) and keep on medium flame.
Check after 5 minutes. 
Flip sides of each ball in the patra and cover again.
Keep checking in between until done.

Badaam Oats Atta Cookies Recipe


almond oats cookies
Welcome to another homemade whole wheat cookie recipe post.

Here you will find a plethora of homemade healthy cookies that you cannot find elsewhere.

This website is your recourse to getting homemade whole grain cookie recipes that are not only healthy, but also crunchy bites that you can munch on at tea time or simply dunk in your big glass of milk.

You will forget packet biscuits available outside.

Here I have come up with whole wheat cookies, with a blend of oatmeal and almonds.





I love almonds and make it a point to include these nutritious nuts in most of my recipes.
Here are a few almond benefits:


almond benefits




Badaam Oats Atta Cookies Recipe: 
1 cup regular wheat flour, 1/2 cup oats (you may crush or grind them - I didn't)
1 cup almond powder
1/4 cup ghee/ butter, 1/4 cup olive oil (Mix both very well - you may use a blender)
1 tsp Baking powder
sugar (depends on taste)
a pinch salt 
1 tsp dry roasted fennel seeds (you may add green cardamom), 4 tsp of milk (more or less depending on how dry the dough is - I added less oil+ghee and included more of milk)






Method : 
Mix flour and baking powder. Add oats and mix well together. Next add almond powder, salt, fennel seeds. Mix well. In a separate bowl, take ghee & olive oil and add sugar. Use a blender to blend oil, ghee, and sugar until fluffy. Add to the flour. No need to knead like normal dough. Just gather the mixture. If it feels dry, add milk little by little. Make a log. DONT KNEAD. Refrigerate it for 20-30 mins (I didn't) 

Take out the dough log and cut it into even shapes. 
Preheat the oven at 180 degrees for 10 mins and bake the cookies for about 15 mins at the same temperature. 
When ready, do not forget to cool the cookies on a stand. Store them in an air-tight container once they have completely cooled.

Do not forget to check out crunchy munchy cornflakes cookies recipe and oats-cornflakes cookies recipe.

No Yeast Bread for Hot Dog Base


yeast free bread
Looking for a no yeast bread recipe? This one can come in handy.

People of all age groups love hot dog. But it isn't the healthiest food option. So I decided to take a plunge into the making of hot dog - yes, yeast-free hot dog base. I added exactly the same ingredients as that of yeast-free bread. Voila! 

The result I got was good, though it does not give you the same taste as the market-bought hot dog, it is a good alternative for those looking for a no yeast option.

Whether you want to avoid yeast the beast for health reasons, histamine intolerance, yeast allergy, or due to religious belief, this no yeast bread recipe can be the answer to satiate your garlic bread cravings. 

Did I say this is a whole wheat bread no yeast no maida?

White flour or all-purpose flour is the worst ingredient to include in your recipes. It does your bodies no good; rather, it only adds carbs and empty calories in your bodies. 

Maida has been a cause of serious health issues. 

So let's see how I prepared the no-yeast garlic bread for hot dog base.





Yeast-Free Bread Hot Dog Recipe:

1 cup- wheat flour 
2 tbsp - oil/ butter/ ghee
7-8 roasted garlic cloves
3/4 cup - whey (you may need more to knead the dough) (or you may use curd/butter milk instead)
salt - as per taste 
sugar -1/4 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Baking powder-1/2 tsp

no yeast bread buns
How To Make Yeast Free Bread with Whole Wheat
Take a bowl.  Mix wheat flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Use a sieve to mix the ingredients well. 
Add oil, salt, sugar, garlic cloves to the flour. Rub garlic cloves into the flour.
Finally, add whey to prepare the dough. 
Make sure the dough is not sticky. 
The dough should not be too hard. Make sure it is not too soft. If it feels sticky, add little more flour. 
Keep aside for 7-8 hours. I kept overnight.
In the morning, knead the dough very well for at least 5 minutes.
Press the dough flat.Lift from one side to another. Pat it well into a log.
If you want, you may use a fork to prick the dough for even heating.
Take a skillet (tawa). Place a heavy steel plate and grease it.
Place the log dough over it and cover with a big bowl.
Let it bake on slow flame. 
Keep an eye on it. It may take anywhere between 15 and 25 minutes.
I baked one side and then another. The second side took merely 5-8 minutes.

yeast-free bread for hot dog base
Prepare filling for no yeast garlic bread:
Boiled potato- 2
Boiled peas (not too soft, should be crunchy)- 1/4 cup or less
Ginger-chilly paste- 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves (I had coriander-garlic chutney, so I added that)
Salt as per taste
Paneer (cottage cheese)- your choice (optional)
Chopped Onion-1

Mash potatoes. Mix with chopped onions. Add ginger-chilly paste. Mix well. Add peas, salt, and coriander powder. If you wish you can add coriander leaves as well.

Make a horizontal cut mid way into the hot dog log. Add the potato-peas filling.
Heat a skillet (tawa). Place the hot dog over it. Let it fry for a couple of minutes.
Fry both sides. 
Enjoy the yeast free bread or hot dog with coriander chutney or condiment of your choice. 

Here is my latest yeast free focaccia with semolina.
no yeast bread recipe

I have tried yeast-free ragi bread as well.

Oil Free Cheese Cutlets in Appe Pan

cheese cutlets in appe pan


Cheese Cutlets Recipe

1/2 cup grated paneer (cottage cheese)
1 boiled potato
1/4 cup oats (optional)
2 tbsp suji
1 tbsp curd
salt as per taste
1 tsp garlic-ginger-chilly paste
1 grated onion
coriander leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

Mix everything and make cute little balls.
Grease the appe pan with a drop of oil.
Place a skillet (tawa) on direct flame. Put the appe pan on the skillet.
Place balls. Cover the pan with a lid.
Heat on medium flame.
Fry for 5 mins and then flip sides of the little roundels so that they are evenly heated from all sides.
Serve with coriander chutney or condiment of your choice. I relished these cuties as an accompaniment with rice.

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