Baking with Oat Flour: Ragi Crackers

ragi crackers
Baking cookies at home can be addictive. I have experienced it fully. Ever since I started making cookies at home, I have never looked back.

Baking with oat flour is easy if you add the right amount of ingredients.

Oatmeal makes a perfect snack when blended with other whole grains. Rich in fiber and calcium, oatmeal and ragi flour make a perfect blend.








savory ragi crackers







1 cup- Ragi flour
1/2 cup - wheat flour
3/4 cup - Oats
1 tbsp- curd
5-6 tbsp - chilled water (you may need little more water)
3 tbsp- olive oil (or any vegetable oil)
Salt as per taste
Red chilly flakes
1 tsp - Roasted flax seed powder (alsi)
1/2 tsp - Sesame seeds (roasted) - optional
1/4tsp- Ajwain/carom seeds
1/2tsp or more- cumin seeds/ jeera
1/2 tsp -Ginger paste
1 fat pinch of baking soda
1 pinch sugar
You can add any spices or herbs of your choice





Baking with whole Grains Process


  • Preheat the oven for 10 mins at 180 degrees.
  • Roast ragi flour for 3-4 minutes. Keep aside.
  • Roast oats for 2-3 minutes. Let it cool down and grind to coarse powder.
  • Mix oats, wheat, and ragi flour.
  • Add salt, red chilly flakes, flax seeds, sugar, carom seeds, jeera, ginger paste, and baking soda. You may add sesame seeds at this stage or garnish the chips with them.
  • Add baking soda.
  • Add olive oil and curd. Mix well. The atta will appear like bread crumbs.
  • Add 3 tbsp of water first. Do not add all the water together. We do not want a sticky dough.
  • Cut into thin slices.
  • Bake at 180 degrees for 15-18 mins.
  • Let the ragi crackers cool down.
  • Enjoy these salty chips with a hot cup of tea.
If you are interested to make yeast-free ragi bread, click here.

Tasty Quick Healthy Crackers With Chickpea Flour Gluten Free

healthy crackers with chickpea gluten free


Is chickpea flour gluten free? This is one of the most common questions asked today. Ever since gluten was presented as a beast. Well, gluten is not that bad for everyone. It is harmful for only those who suffer from celiac disease or allergies. For everybody else, gluten is safe.




gluten free recipe












So I have come up with the tastiest and healthiest cracker recipe for those looking for chickpea gluten free snacks.

I simply loved the wheat-oat crackers that I prepared a few days back. I have got some amazing reviews on the sesame cracker recipe that I baked with whole wheat flour.

Here's some feedback on the same.


This time I wanted to try making crunchy bites with chickpea flour to make a gluten free savory snack for Diwali. I was not surprised to bake the best and healthiest crackers ever! I plan to bake one batch for my parents in Patiala as a Diwali gift.

What are your plans for diwali? If you plan to offer a healthy Diwali gift to someone special, go for this recipe or the sesame crackers. They would love you even more!


crunchy munchy crackers gluten free recipe










A few words on chickpea flour:
It is

  • gluten free - means no allergy threat to you
  • rich in iron, protein, and fiber - means it is a complete grain
  • has a good amount of potassium, manganese, magnesium, 
  • a versatile flour - can be used for making sweets, savories, snacks, healthy crackers, desserts (hmmm...my mind has gone into thinking mode)
  • comprises 40% dietary fiber
So how do you use chickpea flour or gram flour, as it is commonly known across India?
gluten free crackers


  • Pakodas - fried or nonfried - I often make chickpea fritters in appe pan and you won't believe they taste so light, healthy, and delicious..I have even experimented with this unique blend of chickpea and rice flour to make a no bread bread pakoda.
    mix dal pakoda 



    • Cookies - I have numerous chickpea gluten free cookie recipes and have made healthiest crackers with this flour. 
    baked chickpea cookies with oatmeal
    tawa chickpea cookies with oatmeal

    besan burfi traditional style

    baked chickpea flour fudge
    • Festive Sweets- burfis (fudge) - baked and non baked 



    If you are looking for more festive recipes, that too, healthy, then I have a delectable collection of the same. The healthy recipes are contributed by my friends and group mates from Healthy Recipes by Homemakers - my facebook food group.


    Believe me, I have shortlisted the healthiest of sweets and snacks to prepare this festive collection for Diwali.

    Okay now let's come back to our healthy cracker recipe with chickpea flour!
    besan crackers


    Ingredients

    1 cup besan (chickpea flour)
    1 tbsp roasted flax seed powder (alsi)
    2 tsp olive oil (you may use any other vegetable oil)
    3 tsp cold water
    Red chilly flakes as per your preferred spice level
    Salt as per taste
    Sugar 1 pinch
    1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
    1/4 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
    1/2 tsp dry ginger powder (saunth) - optional
    2 fat pinches of baking soda
    fresh coriander leaves


    Guilt-Free Snack Making Procedure: Healthy Cracker Recipe with Chickpea Flour

    1. Preheat oven at 180 degrees for 6 minutes.
    2. Mix besan, flax powder, salt, cumin seeds, carom seeds and red chilly flakes.
    3. Now add salt and baking soda.
    4. Mix very well so that baking soda evenly blends with besan,
    5. Add oil and mix well. The flour should appear like bread crumbs.
    6. Now add water and collect the flour.
    7. Knead into dough.
    8. Do not over knead.
    9. Place on a flat board and roll out like a thin chapati.
    10. Cut into pieces or designs of your choice.
    11. Bake at 180 degrees for 15 minutes (may take 5 min more. but mine were done in 15 mins)
    12. Cool on a wire rack and store in an air tight container.
    13. Enjoy this guilt-free snack with tea.
    masur lentil crackers
    I am coming with a post on tomato chickpea crackers. I am loving them.

    Here is the recipe of wheat-oat crackers if you are interested to give them a try. Do try oats-masur dal crackers.

    Don't forget to visit this page to learn how to retain freshness of greens & veggies for long:

    http://www.mercuryimp.com/2015/11/tasty-quick-besan-crackers-gram-flour.html

    Besan Burfi: Chickpea Gluten Free Fudge

    chickpea gluten free burfi besan
    Wondering is chickpea gluten free? Also, are you looking for a Diwali gift for a loved one?

    Yes, chickpea is gluten free and makes healthy sweets - some of the tastiest delicacies you will ever make.

    The iron-rich chickpea flour gives you a good amount of fiber benefits as well. So you can make healthy sweets for Diwali with this gluten free flour.



    I have been trying sweets and savories that can be enjoyed guilt free. But I really wanted to try the authentic besan burfi recipe. Since it is Diwali, I have given myself a day's rest from healthy recipes.

    Thanks to my dearest friend Anna, I could make this scrumptious delicacy that is simply aromatic and flavorful for Diwali.

    Let's see how our moms and grandmothers used to make besan burfi in those days:

    Here is my baked version with chickpea gluten free flour. It is absolutely delish and in no way less than the present stuff.

    You have got to try this healthy sweet with gluten free chickpea flour to believe me.
    baked chickpea gluten free sweet













    Ingredients

    1 cup- mota besan (thick gram flour)
    1 cup khoya (leftover material when you make ghee or you can prepare khoya from milk. Home-made khoya recipe is here)
    Sugar as per taste
    1 cup water
    1 tbsp- roasted flax seed powder (alsi) - optional
    1 tbsp- ghee

    besan burfi
    Besan Burfi procedure

    1. Take a heavy bottomed pan.
    2. Add ghee.
    3. Now roast besan.
    4. It may take 15-20 minutes. Keep checking.
    5. Add flax seed powder to besan and roast both.
    6. When besan has been roasted, mix it with khoya.
    7. Cook well.
    8. Keep stirring so that the mixture does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
    9. Meanwhile, take water in a pan and add sugar to it. Keep it for boiling. If you want to add green cardamom, include it now.
    10. Make 3-string sugar syrup (I could make only 1 string, as I was in a hurry)
    11. Quickly add this to the besan mixture and stir very well.
    12. Keep stirring until the mixture forms like dough and collects in the center of the pan.
    13. Also, do not forget to keep a greased plate aside or aluminum foil.
    14. When the besan burfi dough is done, pour it quickly to the greased foil or plate.
    15. Press with a heavy utensil.
    16. Leave it for 10-15 minutes.
    17. Cut into pieces when it is still warm.
    Thank you Anna for sharing this traditional recipe of besan burfi. I enjoyed savoring it on Diwali day. Also try our chana dal burfi made using milk or sugarless besan ladoo.


    Sugarless Besan Ladoo : A Healthy Chickpea Gluten Free Recipe

    besan ladoo
    Is chickpea gluten free?

    This is one of the most common question asked by few besan lovers.

    I have always been fond of besan (gram flour) ladoos. But hubby doesn't find them interesting enough to relish them. Yes, I am not joking. He loves boondi ladoos. So I have never tried making besan ladoos before.

    This Diwali, I wanted to give my favorite ladoos a try. But yes, the health freak in me questioned whether I was really prepared to give in my health goals to relish my favorite besan ladoos. Then the thought of giving a twist to these ladoos struck my imagination.

    The rest is history - the besan ladoos use just 1 tbsp of ghee (clarified butter) with no SUGAR. Yes, I have given myself the freedom to substitute sugar with dates in this recipe as well. Dates lend subtle sweetness to the recipe! So you can enjoy the delicacy guilt free!

    To my surprise, when I offered hubby to taste them, he said "these are really good."

    Need I ask for more?

    But I must tell you no sugar does not make it a diabetic friendly recipe.
    There are many things that decide whether a recipe is diabetes friendly. Since this recipe uses natural sugar in the form of dates, this does not qualify for diabetes recipes.

    But yes, for once in a while indulgence, this sugarless besan ladoo recipe is healthy and worth considering - a better, healthier alternative to sugar ladoos for diabetics or non-diabetics.

    Yes, dates do contain dietary fiber,which gives it hands up in comparison to refined sugar, which does not have fiber. They also provide potassium, copper, magnesium, manganese, and vitamin B-6.

    If you are fond of besan, you may want to try healthy chickpea gluten free cookies.

    Let's go to the healthy recipe now:

    healthy ladoo



    Besan Ladoo Ingredients
    1 cup mota besan (thick gram flour)
    1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) - you may add more for quicker roasting of besan
    10-15 dates (khajur)
    10-15 almonds
    1 tsp flax seeds powder (alsi)
    1 cup water (for boiling dates)















    besan ladoo
    Besan Ladoo Process

    1. Take a pan. 
    2. Add dates and almonds.
    3. Keep them for boiling for 5-8 minutes. We want to make dates soft so that it is easy to grind.
    4. Switch off the flame. Remove dates and almonds from water.
    5. De-seed dates and uncover almonds (remove the almond skin).
    6. Keep these aside.
    7. Take a pan.
    8. Add ghee.
    9. Next, add besan.
    10. Start roasting on a low flame.
    11. Keep stirring so that besan doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
    12. Add flax powder when besan is almost roasted. 
    13. Sprinkle just a few drops of water once besan is roasted.
    14. Add dates and almonds. Mix well and grind.
    15. You may grind dates and almond separately and then mix with roasted besan.
    16. Mix very well - just as you knead dough.
    17. Make ladoo shapes and enjoy this healthy besan ladoo recipe.
    Of course, nothing can beat the taste of authentic recipes, but this one certainly offers bliss to someone watching their sugar intake.

    Here's some feedback on the no sugar chickpea flour recipes vegan by Sangeeta Chandra, an awesome baker herself:



    You may also want to check authentic besan burfi recipe. Check it here
    Check baked besan burfi recipe here.

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