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Bengali Sukto Recipe

Bottle gourd (Lauki) is not a favorite with anyone. It wasn't happily savored in my home either unless I learned a Bengali recipe that uses boiled lauki. I must say anyone who tries this SUKTO recipe will fall in love with lauki smile emoticon
Introduced to me by my Bengali neighbor - this traditional recipe is a treasure! In north India, we couldn't have thought of this version of lauki.

Thanks to the fusion of recipes these days,and of course, the Internet, we get to savor and learn recipes from across the country, if not the world. It's great to learn about the food habits of people from across the world.

Let's come back to the sukto recipe.


I have been in love with traditional recipes. When I learned this recipe, I was on cloud nine. There is a funny story behind my learning of Bengali sukto recipe. Would talk about it later.

The star ingredients in this recipe are lauki and karela. I did not have karela so I made it without bitter gourd. Nevertheless, it tastes yum. I…

Basbousa - No Butter, No Oil, No Sugar Eggless Semolina Coconut Cake

Basbousa is a Lebanese cake that uses semolina flour, which is healthier alternative to white/all-purpose flour. What attracted me most to the eggless cake was its use of semolina, yogurt & coconut. The native Egyptian cake also belongs to traditional Middle East. The sweet moist cake made from cooked semolina uses soaked simple syrup that gives Basbousa a glossy look.

If health is a top priority, but you still want to indulge in, this guilt-free Basbousa cake can come in handy.

 This yogurt cake flavored with coconut is the solution to all your cake baking problems.  Simple, quick, and healthy sugar-free semolina cake recipe that you would want to bake again and agai

The semolina (suji)-coconut cake is sweetened with dates and flavored with coconut. The roasted semolina flour takes its taste to another level. If this isn't enough, I have added oatmeal to the recipe to include some fiber to the recipe.

Oatmeal benefits are aplenty. Let's do a recap here


This is my take on…

Atta Nankhatai: Whole Wheat Flour Cookies, Healthy Indulgence

In pursuit of healthy recipes, I am now attempting a few simple cookie recipes without raising agents. You are here for a no baking powder cookie recipe as well. Worry not! I am making a collection of such cookie and cake recipes that do not use raising agents. I have tried out a few and shall continue to update the page as I go along.

This page is all about healthy nankhatai - say oats nankhatai, and atta nankhatai.

So let's come back to the atta nankhatai recipe without baking powder. I would have never thought of it a year back. But these days, I am experimenting with a few bakes to make my previous baked goodies healthier.  
Let's see what I have come up with here in this new atta oats nankhatai recipe without baking soda or powder.
Ingredients 1/2 cup- whole wheat flour
1/2 cup- oatmeal (or you make take an additional 1/2 cup of whole wheat instead) 2 tbsp- desi ghee/ butter at room temperature 2 tsp- olive oil (or any other vegetable oil) 1/4 cup- jaggery powder or sugar…

Poi Saag Bengali Style Mix Veg Recipe

A sheer delight for vegetarians, this Bengali Poi saag recipe, with Poi, pumpkin, potato, and capsicum, is a soul pleaser :) Add vegetables of your choice and delight your family with this easy peasy recipe!

I learned this recipe from a Bengali aunt, who has shared this delicacy with me umpteen times.I just love the sheer aroma and taste of this Bengali poi saag recipe.





Bengali Poi Mix Veg Recipe

Poi Saag - a bunch
Pumpkin - cubed-
Potato-cubed
Capsicum- thinly sliced
Lauki- sliced 1/2cup
Green chilly
Salt
Sugar-2 pinches
Panch phoron- 1 tsp
Bay leaf -1
Mustard oil- 1 tsp


Heat oil in a vessel. Add panch phoron and bay leaf. Let the spices splutter. Add potatoes. Stir for a minute. Add salt & turmeric. Mix well. Add sugar. Mix.Add the remaining vegetables.Give them a good mix. Heat on a high flame for a minute. Keep stirring.Cover & cook for 5 mins on a low flame. Open the lid and mix everything well.Cover again for 5-10 mins.Check if the vegetables are done. Make sure the veggi…

Eggless Semolina Cake Recipe With Coconut

The first time I came across semolina cake recipe, I was left wondering as to how our very own suji can be used for baking. I had never thought about it.

Instantly I baked an eggless semolina cake with that recipe from Radha Natrajan.

Once I experiment with something, my hands start itching to exploit that ingredient further. This is exactly what I have done to this recipe.

I love cakes.Of course, baked goodies aren't the best choices for a healthy me. But I do not indulge in these goodies frequently - once in a blue moon! yay!  Except my favorite cookies - that too, one cookie with a cup of tea. This is how I go about it!

When I am choosing healthy ingredients for my recipes, I can still choose to indulge. Isn't it?

But I rarely do so. I have my self-imposed limitations that do not let me rest. Yes, I am happy being myself. Why shouldn't I?

Yes, I prefer healthy baking - baking with healthy ingredients.


Did you know semolina is rich in carbs and proteins? But unlike whit…
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