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Diet Snack: A Healthy Evening Snacking Option

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To me, diet food or diet snack is simple, easy, and healthy. When it comes to making health food, this unique blend of ingredients comes in handy. You would not stop at eating the mixture that contains poha, murmure, roasted almonds, sprinkled with chaat masala and tempered with carom seeds, with the flavor of curry leaves just enough to tinkle your taste buds.

Make this easy diet snack for Diwali and serve it to your guests. You are ready to receive compliments.

Did I say this makes a great Diwali gift or for that matter a good presentation to a foodie friend or a health freak?







No, this may not be counted as diet snack for weight loss, but it certainly can satiate your cravings when you experience hunger pangs.

Yes, this may qualify as a low-carb snack - a healthy snack for those on diet.

If you are looking for healthy evening snacks or for that matter best healthy snacks for work, this dry roasted mixture is for you.

Ingredients

1 cup- Rice flakes
2 cups- Murmure (puffed rice)
1/2 cup- Roasted black gram (bhuna chana) - you may add peanuts, groundnuts, or almonds
Salt as per taste
Chaat masala (or sugar - 1/4 tsp)
1/2 tsp-Carom seeds (ajwain)
1 tsp - oil
Turmeric (haldi)
Curry leaves -10-15
1/2 cup-Cornflakes
Mixture of your choice (optional)


Process
  1. Dry roast rice flakes.
  2. Dry roast puffed rice separately so that you get the crunchiness.
  3. Keep both aside.
  4. Roast peanuts, groundnuts, almonds, black gram.
  5. Take a heavy bottomed pan.
  6. Add oil.
  7. Next, add ajwain.
  8. Add salt, haldi, and chaat masala. If you are using sugar instead of chaat masala, add it now.
  9. Add curry leaves.
  10. Now add cornflakes and roast for a minute.
  11. Mix rice flakes and puffed rice with cornflakes mixture.
  12. Add mixture or bhujia of your choice.
  13. Stir well & enjoy this diet snack.
Looking for healthy cookies or digestives for weight loss? Here's the oatmeal digestives cookie recipe that does not use butter, and instead replaces it with olive oil.



Besan Paneer Peda

besan peda
We all love besan ladoos and burfi. After having made different types of ladoo and burfis with besan, this time I have tried using paneer (cheese) to make besan (gram flour) ladoos or pedas.

Ingredients

1 cup- besan
1/2 cup- paneer/khoya
3 tbsp - rice flour
2 tbsp-sugar (as per taste) - I added 2 tbsp melted jaggery (gur) as well
green cardamom/elaichi
2 tbsp- ghee (clarified butter)
Almonds or any other nuts
2 tbsp - milk


  1. Take milk in a pan and add rice flour.
  2. Add crumbled paneer and switch on the flame.
  3. Heat on low flame and keep stirring
  4. Add sugar and mix well.
  5. Add elaichi.
  6. Meanwhile take another pan and add ghee.
  7. Roast besan (preferably thick besan)on low flame.
  8. Keep aside.
  9. Now add paneer mixture into the roasted besan.
  10. Keep stirring.
  11. Add gur and stir very well.
  12. Switch off the flame when done.
  13. Roll out into small balls and flatten them with your palm.
  14. Delicious besan paneer pedas are ready.


Wheat Custard Cookies: Perfect Christmas Gift



I am not fond of custard, unlike hubby who loves it. Nevertheless, while browsing through a food group, I came across Soniya Saluja's whole wheat custard cookie recipe. The cookie clicks tempted me into trying out the recipe myself.










Here's the recipe:

1 cup - wheat flour
1/4 cup - custard powder
3 tbsp- powdered sugar (as per taste)
1/4 cup - olive oil (or any vegetable oil)
2 tbsp -milk
1/4 tsp - baking soda
1/4 tsp- baking powder
Cardamom/cinnamon (or any essence of your choice)
pinch of salt

Custard cookie procedure:

  1. Preheat oven (mw convection) at 180 degrees for 10 mins.
  2. Sieve wheat, custard, baking soda, and baking powder.
  3. Add sugar.
  4. Next, add cardamom or cinnamon.
  5. Now add oil and mix well.
  6. Add milk if the dough feels dry.
  7. Roll out into small lemon-size balls and press them gently with your palm.
  8. Use a fork or knife to make design on the cookies.
  9. Grease a baking tray.
  10. Place cookies at a distance from each other.
  11. Bake wheat custard cookies at 180 degrees for 20 mins.
  12. Cool on a cooling rack and store in an airtight container.
  13. Enjoy these Christmas goodies with a hot cup of tea.
  14. Don't they make great Christmas gifts for a loved one?

Kuttu Crackers (Savory Buckwheat Crackers)

buckwheat crackers
All of us love snacks. But some of us are always on the lookout for healthy snacks. I have come up with a healthy snacking recipe for you all, using kuttu atta (or vrat atta).


Kuttu/Buckwheat snacks
3/4 cup- kuttu atta/vrat ka atta (Buckwheat flour)
1/4 cup- besan (gram flour/roasted chickpea flour)
1/2 tbsp- oats (optional)
2 tbsp- olive oil (or any vegetable oil)
4-5 tbsp- cold water
1/2 tsp-sesame seeds
1 tsp- flax seed powder (roasted)
red chilly powder
salt as per taste
1/4 tsp- kasoori methi (powdered with hand)/ dried fenugreek leaves
1 tsp- cumin seeds
2 pinches- carom seeds (ajwain)
1/4 tsp- baking soda






Procedure

  1. Preheat oven at 180 degrees for 6 mins.
  2. Sieve kuttu atta, besan, and baking soda.
  3. Add powdered oats.
  4. Add all the spices and herbs (you may choose any herbs you want).
  5. Add salt.
  6. Now add, olive oil. Rub the flour with your hands.
  7. It's time to add chilled water to make a dough.
  8. Do not knead. Just gather the ingredients.
  9. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin (it may stick to the belan - but that's okay).
  10. Give shapes.
  11. Bake for 15 mins at 180 degrees.
  12. I use microwave convection mode for baking.

Check oat-wheat crackers recipe here. If you are looking for a healthier snacking recipe, click here for ragi sticks (crackers).


Easy Way To Make Homemade Whole Wheat Cookies Flavored With Pistachio


healthy cookies with atta
How do you make crunchy homemade whole wheat flour cookies?

You are here, so it's understood that you are looking for a healthy cookies recipe, isn't it? Of course, given the amount of disadvantages of refined flour or maida or white flour, whole wheat flour certainly makes a healthier alternative.

After having read and understood how maida affects our bodies, besides providing it no nutritional value, I have quit including it in my grocery. I can proudly say, maida finds no place in my home!

All my baked goodies are healthy, for they use healthy grains and cereals, including whole wheat flour, oatmeal, barley, chickpea flour, almond meal, and what not!

So, let's come back to the healthy whole wheat cookies recipe. I prepared this batch of healthy cookies when mom and dad were here last year. I wanted to send a batch of fresh cookies for my dearest brother.So did I , for home-made cookies have no match in terms of taste and health quotient.


Why Avoid Maida/Refined Flour?
  • results in blood sugar spike
  • adds empty calories in your body
  • lacks minerals or vitamins
  • comprises alum for a whitish look, which is an artificial ingredient
  • is nutrition deficient and loses 98% magnesium, 80% iron, 70% phosphorus, 60% vitamin B, 50% calcium, and all of vitamin E when it is processed (source:Mercola)

Look for more disadvantages of maida here
We are coming to the whole wheat biscuit recipe soon.

Refined Flour Disadvantages

The best thing is you know what you are eating. But the bakery junk that you buy outside is beyond imagination. You never know what is going inside your mouth and travelling to your tummy! Typically, bakeries use maida or all-purpose flour and dalda.

We substitute maida with whole wheat flour and dalda with home-made pure ghee (clarified butter), oil, and milk. This does make a healthy combination.

On top of it, we can add nuts and spices to add a nutty flavor to our homemade healthy cookies. Who would not want to enjoy a fresh batch of baked whole wheat biscuits? Nobody!

In this cookie recipe, I have added pistachio.

Pistachio lends a unique flavor to any recipe, isn't it? Besides making food and desserts flavorful, pistachio benefits health in numerous ways.

Let's see how:

Pistachio Benefits
With a low calorie content of 160 per ounce, pistachios comprise vitamins, minerals, proteins, dietary fiber, and healthy fats. It takes the pistachio tree 10-12 years to bear fruit. Some of the pistachio benefits include a healthy heart and cardiovascular system, diabetes management, weight management, protection from hypertension, and digestion aid.

Packed with dense nutrients, pistachio is a health-boosting aid from nature’s pharmacy. 

heart healthy nuts
There are multiple pistachio benefits to make these power-packed nuts a part of your regular diet. According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition,pistachios have a higher amount of beta-carotene, lutein, and gamma-tocopherol compared to other nuts, which are rich in vitamin A, vitamin E, and boost health.

The research study reveals that a heart-healthy diet, comprising pistachios, helps reduce serum oxidized-LDL or bad cholesterol levels due to the presence of antioxidants in pistachios.
Moderate use of pistachios can

  • ·         improve the level of antioxidants in your body
  • ·         lower lipids and lipoproteins
  • ·         promote heart-healthy lipid profile
  • ·         reduce systolic blood pressure

If you love pistachio, you might want to try this kid-friendly 2-ingredient pista badaam ladoo recipe.



Ingredients

1 1/2 cup wheat flour
3/4 th cup - chilled butter (desi ghee)
8-10- Pishta
1 tbsp - curd/yogurt
2-3 tbsp milk
3 tbsp- sugar (powdered)
8-10 almonds (optional)
1/2 tsp - green cardamom (elaichi)
1/2 tsp -cinnamon powder (optional)
1/2 tsp - roasted fennel (optional)
1tsp- baking powder (or 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda)


Let's see how these whole wheat biscuits are made:

pishta cookies
Whole Wheat Cookies Procedure

  1. Sieve baking powder & wheat flour.
  2. Take chilled butter. Grate it.
  3. Add powdered sugar to wheat flour.
  4. Mix elaichi, cinnamon, roasted fennel with wheat flour.
  5. Add grated butter to the wheat flour.
  6. Add sliced pistachio and almonds.
  7. Rub the butter into flour. 
  8. Add yogurt and milk.
  9. Do not knead. Just gather the ingredients.
  10. Make into 3 logs.
  11. Fold into aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.
  12. Next day, preheat the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes.
  13. Cut the log into thin slices.
  14. Grease the baking tray.
  15. Bake the pishta wheat cookies at 180 degrees for 20 minutes.
  16. Do not keep the cookies in the oven for longer than 5 mins. Take out and cool on a wire rack. Store in an air tight container upon cooling completely.
  17. Enjoy these healthy cookies with a hot cup of tea.
  18. Here's another whole wheat cookie recipe with pista badaam - with a secret ingredient :) Enjoy
If you want to bake on stovetop, here's the procedure:

I have tried making cookies on a greased non-stick skillet (tawa) or pan. Take one iron tawa and place a nonstick tawa or pan over it. Grease the nonstick pan with oil.
Place cookies on it and cover it. Cook on low flame.
Check after 3-4 minutes. Then change side of the cookies. Again cook for 3 minutes or more.
That's it.


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