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Healthy Homemade Oatmeal Recipe: Diabetes-Friendly Idli


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Oatmeal idlis, surprised, are you?

Made of hulled oat grains, oatmeal has become a part of my dietary regimen. Oats idli is one such healthy oatmeal recipe that you would want to try again and again. Yes, the best thing about idlis is that they are steamed.

The oatmeal idli recipe uses rolled oats or old-fashioned oats that are thin flakes, which have been ground into a corase mixture for idlis.

I am glad with the results with this idli for I have tried to make it a diabetes friendly recipe for my parents in law.

All of us love idli. After having tried suji (semolina) idli, I wanted to make it even healthier. So this time I have added oats for an even healthier twist.

A Little About Oats

The term "oatmeal" is used in Canada, U.S., and Australia for oat porridge made using rolled, steel-cut, or ground oats.
rolled oats

Oatmeal makes not only a healthy, but also quick breakfast option. Did I say tasty?

If you are yet to experiment with oatmeal, better start with this healthy oatmeal idli recipe.

This was my first attempt with oatmeal and I was pleasantly surprised with the result.

This was how my oatmeal experimentation spree was kick-started!

There is no looking back!

The highly nutritious, fiber-rich oatmeal makes a perfect breakfast meal. On top of it, oatmeal is diabetes friendly ingredient.

Kick-start your day with steamed dumplings or idlis using oatmeal or you may simply make oats porridge with fruits and nuts for a quick, power-packed oatmeal breakfast.

Sweet or savory, oatmeal recipes are a keeper. You would never feel bored of this so-called bland cereal grain. Trust me, you will never say oats is boring!

Give your morning breakfast a makeover with dry roasted and steamed oatmeal idlis. 
The beta glucan content in oatmeal can help lower cholesterol and the fiber can boost your digestive tract functioning.

Kids that experience constipation problems often may benefit significantly from regular use of oatmeal. Here' s some advice from a friend who started adding oatmeal to her whole wheat flour dough after her son was experiencing digestion problems.



Cooked, uncooked, baked, fried, roasted, or steamed, oatmeal recipes are going to be a welcome addition to your family's regular meal planning.

Healthy Oatmeal Recipe for Diabetics: Idli

1 cup- Oats
1/2 cup -Suji
1 tsp- Powdered flax seeds (optional)
1/2 cup- Curd + 1/2 cup curd water or buttermilk
1 cup -Water (check the batter consistency - should not be too flowy, rather should be of dropping consistency)
Salt- as per taste
Mustard seeds (rai)- 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves (kadi pata)
Chana dal - 2 pinches (optional)
Urad dal- 2 pinches (optional)
Oil
Baking soda- 2 fat inches





How To Make Oatmeal Idli Recipe for Diabetics
Oatmeal idlis make a perfect diabetes-friendly recipe.
  1. Grind rolled oats into powder. You will get oatmeal.
  2. Take a pan.
  3. Add oil
  4. Put mustard seeds. Let them splutter.
  5. Add chana dal and urad dal.
  6. Fry for a few minutes.
  7. Add curry leaves.
  8. Add suji. Roast for 4-5 minutes.
  9. Add oats. Fry for 2 mins.
  10. Let it cool down.
  11. Take a different bowl.
  12. Put the oats-suji mix.
  13. Add powdered flax.
  14. Add curd. Mix
  15. Add water. Mix well to reach dropping consistency.
  16. Add baking soda. Stir immediately.
  17. Grease idli moulds and pour the batter.
  18. Steam for 10 minutes (may take longer..keep checking)
Now let's make chana dal chutney


oats idli recipe
Ingredients for chutney
Roasted bengal gram (chutney dal in south India)- 1 cup (or substitute with 1/2 cup roasted peanuts and 1/2 cup roasted black chana)
Fresh coconut powder- 1 cup
Lime juice- 1 tsp
Salt
Ginger- 1 tsp
Green chilly- 1
Curd- 2 tbsp
Water- 2 tbsp

Procedure
  1. Grind coconut. Keep aside,
  2. Grind roasted bengal gram, ginger, and chilly.
  3. Add coconut. Grind
  4. Add curd, lime juice, water, and salt.






healthy idli
Tempering ingredients for chutney
Oil- 1/4 tsp
mustard seeds
curry leaves


  1. Heat oil in a pan
  2. Add mustard seeds.
  3. Let them splutter.
  4. Add curry leaves.
  5. Pour this tempering over the ground chutney.
Enjoy this diabetes friendly recipe and do revert with feedback.


Some people wonder whether oats are a healthy option and whether they contain gluten. Check more here whether oats are gluten free.

Want to try oats dhokla, here's the easy recipe.



oatmeal recipe dhokla or handvo

If you are already in love with oats, do not forget to check over 50 homemade oatmeal recipes here. I am coming up with a jumbo post on healthy recipes with oatmeal from my group mates. Stay tuned! You will find some oatmeal recipes for weight loss here.



10-Minute Sugarless Dates Ladoo Recipe


dates ladoo
sugarless ladoo in 10 minutes - quick ladoo recipe

It's Diwali time and everyone is busy preparing sweets. I have come up with a breezy ladoo recipe that takes just 8-10 minutes.

On top of it, the healthy ladoo recipe uses just 2 main ingredients. You do not need sugar for the recipe. You can even add dry fruits to the recipe to make it more nutritious.


Healthy Quick Ladoo Recipe in 10 minutes:
Roasted Bengal gram (bhuna chana/chutney dal)- 1 cup - I buy it from big bazaar and it is known as ROASTED BENGAL GRAM - add more if you want (add up to 1 1/2 cups)
Dates (khajur) -8-10
Ghee- 1/2 tsp
Water- 1 cup










roasted bengal gram/bhuna chana/chutney dal
Dates Ladoo Process

  1. Take water in a pan and add dates to it.
  2. Keep it for boiling.
  3. Grind roasted Bengal gram dal.
  4. Add ghee to ground dal and grind once again.
  5. Check if the dates have softened.
  6. Remove from water. I did not use the water. So you can discard it.
  7. De-seed dates.
  8. Grind dates.
  9. Mix ground dal and dates.
  10. Mash and knead well with hands.
  11. Give shapes of ladoo or even burfi (fudge).
Enjoy!

Here's some feedback on dates ladoo from Satinder Wadhwa aunty:

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The Best Oatmeal Cookies Recipe Unlocked: Diabetes Friendly Crackers


wheat crackers
What are crispy, crunchy bakes known as?
Yea, you have guessed it right!

Crackers - cut. cut cut!!! Do you love than crackling sound? If so, this post is for you.

Do you love homemade crackers? If so, this recipe is for you!

Are you looking for a Diwali gift or even a birthday present for a health freak? Then this pack of healthy goodies is for you!

So many options in one post!
Wow!





Whole wheat flour cookies are a healthier take on refined flour cookies available in the market. Agree?

Yes,you ought to!


What about crackers- say whole wheat crackers or even oatmeal crackers?

Well, you bet it!

Crackers are even healthier than cookies, for they use less of fat and more of water.

diabetes friendly recipe cracker


Cookies healthy cookies everywhere, and so many crackers to eat! Can cookies be healthy? Somebody questioned. Why not, my mind pondered? When you eat outside junk, you never question whether this or that is healthy. Then what's the need to ask whether cookies are healthy?

Nevertheless, homemade oatmeal cookies are healthy. Even the multi-grain cookies are healthy.
Rest assured about it! At least healthier than the market cookies. Agree?

Ever wondered what goes inside those cookies that you buy outside? Yes, even the ingredient list is not clear about it. They claim having added wheat flour, but do you know wheat flour is a misnomer - it may stand for a blend of all-purpose flour and whole wheat grains.  Please check the image below for detail.




Have you started pondering over this fact now?

Read further.

Since learning the basics of baking, I have been trying my hands at all sorts of healthy cookies. But in the back of my mind, I have always wanted to try my hands at quick oatmeal biscuits recipe for my diabetic mother-in-law and father-in-law.

Glad, I experimented with oat cracker recipe today and the experiment has been successful . Now I can present homemade healthy cookies to my in-laws when I meet them next.

Did I tell you these are the best oatmeal cookies I have ever had?Wondering why? Because the recipe uses healthiest of ingredients.

Here's my experiment with yet another healthy cookies.


Ingredients

1 cup- wheat flour
1 tbsp- Ragi flour (optional)
1 cup -oatmeal (ground oats)
3 tbsp - flax seeds powder
1/4 tsp- salt
2 fat pinches of sugar (optional)
3 tbsp- oil (I used saffola)
1/2 cup - chilled water (may need little more for dough)
Chilly flakes
1 tsp -Cumin seeds
1 tsp- curd (optional)
1 tbsp - sesame seeds (til - roasted)

oats wheat crackers
Oatmeal Cookie Recipe Procedure
Look at these beauties? Don't they tell you something? Yes, they tell you that they are loaded with healthy ingredients that make them a perfect diabetic friendly recipe. My parents-in law have been savoring graham crackers for over a decade. Ever since I started baking at home,  I have been curious enough to crack the recipe. I may not have been able to do so, but what I have come up with is a keeper!

You would surely want to bake another batch of quick oat biscuits because these would be gone in no time. Out of the oven and disappearing from the shelf quickly!

All right, let's get back to the procedure of this oatmeal cookie recipe.
  1. Grind Oats
  2. Roast flax seeds for 2-3 minutes. Let them cool down and grind.
  3. Grind red chilly to get flakes.
  4. Mix everything, except oil and water.
  5. Add oil and mix with dough.
  6. It will appear like bread crumbs.
  7. Add water little amount at a time. We do not want a sticky dough, but it should not be dry either.
  8. Gather the dough.
  9. Pre-heat oven for 8-10 minutes at 180 degrees.
  10. Grease a baking tray.
  11. Cut the dough into very thin sheets.
  12. I used cookie cutter to give shape.
  13. Bake for 15 minutes (depending on the thickness of your crackers - took me almost 20 mins, as my crackers were little thicker).
  14. Enjoy with a hot cup of tea.
  15. This is a perfect snack for diabetic patients as well. If you are making wheat crackers for diabetics, do not add sugar. I plan to bake these for my diabetic parents-in-law :) Since my in-laws are fond of these and have included crackers in their diabetic diet.
Feedback time on the diabetes-friendly recipe:

It's Diwali time and everyone is busy cooking sweets. Here I have come up with a healthy cookie recipe instead. Yes, of course, you need to watch your intake this festive season. After all, what goes inside, comes out! Be careful, enjoy, and do not hurt others. By the way do not forget to try this oat cracker recipe. Would love to hear back from you all!

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