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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.

Eggless, Sugarless Cornmeal Cake

cornmeal cake
Cakes have been my a favorite indulgence for me. But since I turned a health freak, I try to avoid processed foods. For one-time indulgence, I wanted to try an eggless cornmeal cake recipe. Yes, this is one guilt-free treat that you can savor during festivities. If you are looking for eggless cake recipes for the Christmas season, this lemon cornmeal cake does fit in well.

I have added banana to the cake, but you are always free to choose fruits that you like. Orange cornmeal cakes are loved by one and all. If you want to try an eggless orange cake with cornmeal, go ahead with this recipe and include 1/2 cup orange juice along with banana. Adding 1/2 tsp of orange rind will enhance the flavor. Exclude milk from this recipe, replacing the same with orange juice.

Let's try this healthy eggless sugarless cornmeal cake.


This is one eggless lemon cornmeal cake that uses no sugar, though you are free to choose your ingredients. Add nuts of your choice to make it a fruit cake. You may add tutty fruity to make it a tutty fruity cake. The options are endless with cornmeal cake.

Just go ahead and give it a try and do share your experience. Would love to hear back from you.

Ingredients


1 cup - makki atta (cornmeal)
1/4 cup - oat meal (powdered oats)
2 tsp - olive oil (or any vegetable oil)
1/4 cup - milk or 1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup - yogurt/curd
1 - banana (pureed) (+ 1/2 tsp orange rind - if you want orange cornmeal cake)
Jaggery (gur) - may vary - I added 3 tbsp of powdered jaggery
1/2 tsp- baking soda
1 tsp- Lime juice (vinegar) (I do not use baking powder for most o f my cakes. You may add 3/4 tsp of baking powder as well)

Cornmeal Cake Procedure
cornmeal cake


  1. Sieve cornmeal, oatmeal and baking soda. 
  2. Keep aside.
  3. Peel banana and puree it in a blender.
  4. Add milk, curd, jaggery, and oil to the blender and whisk again until all ingredients combine.
  5. Fold wet ingredients into the dry ones. Do not overdo!
  6. Meanwhile, take a big heavy base kadahi/vessel/cooker. Add salt/sand. Keep a stand over it.
  7. Switch on the gas.
  8. Grease a baking pan. I used a steel bowl this time.
  9. Sprinkle lime juice on the batter and immediately pour it into the baking pan.
  10. Cover the baking pan with aluminum foil.
  11. Cover the cooker without whistle.
  12. Bake for 50-60 minutes on slow flame (took me almost an hour). The time may vary. Please keep an eye on your lemon cornmeal cake. You may bake the same in microwave convection at 180 degrees for 30 mts or little longer until the skewer comes out clean. Do preheat the oven for 10 mts at 180 degrees. 
  13. When done, let the cake sit on a cooling rack for 5-10 minutes.
  14. Cut lemon cornmeal cake into slices and enjoy healthy bites.



No Fuss Quick Palak Paneer Recipe

palak paneer
Another paneer recipe - another royal affair!

I belong to the land of Punjab, and Punjabis are well-known for their use of a lot of dairy products. Paneer (cottage cheese) is one of them. Palak paneer (cottage cheese in spinach gravy) is a popular form of using paneer. It has become widely popular all over India. I have tasted palak paneer umpteen times, but never had the courage to give it a try myself.

Today, while making lunch, the idea to make palak paneer struck my mind. But I did not know how to make it. So I quickly did Google search for palak paneer recipe. VegrecipesofIndia topped the list, and I wasted no time to go with that recipe. I prefer this site for most recipes.

Here's the paneer recipe from Dassana Amit, though I have not added butter to my recipe:




Ingredients for palak puree:
250 grams - palak
1 - green chilly
4 -5 garlic cloves
½ inch ginger
3 cups - water (we need water to blanch spinach - of course after washing)
2-3 cups water for ice bath (I used 8-10 ice cubes and added them to water)

Ingredients for palak curry:
1 - onion, chopped or more (depending on taste)
1 - tomato, chopped or more (depending on taste)
4 -5 - garlic cloves/ chopped
½ tsp - cumin seeds (jeera)
a pinch -asafoetida (hing)
turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tej patta (bay leaf)
250 gms - paneer
 ½ cup - water
1 tbsp oil
coriander powder
salt as required

palak paneer recipe
Process

  1. Wash spinach very well in running water.
  2. Boil 3 cups of water and add little salt. Stir. Next add spinach leaves in the hot water. 
  3. After 2-3 minutes, take out palak leaves.
  4. Take ice cubes and put them in a different bowl of water. Immediately add spinach leaves to the ice cold water. Leave them for 1-2 minutes. This step helps in the retention of natural spinach color.
  5. Now it's time to make palak puree, so drain palak leaves and add in a blender along with ginger, garlic, and chillies.No need to add water.
  6. Let' make the curry now. Heat oil and add hing and bay leaf. Then add jeera. Stir and add onions. Saute well.
  7. Add garlic and stir well.
  8. Add tomatoes and stir until they turn soft.
  9. Add haldi and stir very well.
  10. Next add palak puree. Give it a good mix.
  11. Add 1/2 cup of water or more if required.
  12. Mix well and let the curry simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  13. Add salt and mix.
  14. Grease a different pan and add cubed paneer pieces.We need to fry paneer cubes.
  15. Add the paneer pieces to the palak puree and mix.
  16. Turn off the flame.

Enjoy palak paneer recipe with rice, naan, or rotis, The original recipe uses butter, garam masala, and lime as well. But I preferred not to use these ingredients.

Whole Wheat Horlicks Biscuits Nankhatai


Call them Horlicks biscuits or bournvita delights, this batch of cookies will become permanent in your home. Perhaps every kid wants to have that familiar chocolaty flavor in everything and anything they eat. As a parent, you want to make sure your kid eats it right. Correct?

horlicks nankhatai biscuits

Of course, you want to include fiber in your child's diet while ensuring they enjoy healthy food. This blog is all about health, with "health" written all over it. Certainly, you will find many simple recipes with oatmeal and whole grains that make a delightful feast. Trust me or try those simple cookie recipes yourself. Of course, this blog isn't all about cookies - but you'll certainly find over 60 oatmeal cookie recipes without butter here. Surprised, are you?

Well, we wish to take you on a healthy journey where health reigns supreme and there is a panacea for all ills. I wish so!

Coming back from my world of fantasy to this simple cookie recipe - this is my take on the newly introduced bournvita biscuits. Perhaps this can be a healthy substitute to Horlicks biscuits that you have savored until now.

I have replaced bournvita or horlicks with Powervita from Patanjali. It tastes similar to Bournvita. 


bournvita biscuits nankhatai
What is so special about this oatmeal cookie recipe without butter?
Well, this Horlicks biscuit recipe uses:


  • fiber-rich oatmeal
  • nutrient-rich whole wheat flour
  • antioxidant-rich olive oil
  • power-packed nuts
  • chocolatty flavor from Powervita (of course, you may substitute the same with horlicks or bournvita)
  • no butter (for kid-friendly recipe, you may include 1 tbsp of butter as well, as growing children still need a serving of the same)
  • no sugar, substituting it with jaggery

All in all, this is deliciousness, yumminess, and health packed in a batch of  healthy cookies with oatmeal.
 What all you need for this cookie recipe: Ingredients

1/2cup  whole wheat flour
1/2 cup- oatmeal (powdered oats)
1/2 cup- almond powder (optional)
3 tbsp- Horlicks/Bournvita/Powervita
1 tbsp- jaggery powder (gur) (more or less depending on your taste - remember these maltose drinks already have sugar)
2 tbsp almond butter (here's the almond butter recipe)
1 tsp- baking soda
3 tsp- olive oil


How to Bake Cookies with Oatmeal 
I am happy to introduce you to this vegan recipe.

  1. Sieve baking soda, oatmeal, and whole wheat flour. Add powdered almonds. Keep aside.
  2. Mix olive oil with almond butter and jaggery powder. .
  3. Mix dry and wet ingredients. Now add powervita/bournvita/horlicks. Bring together everything. 
  4. Do not worry if the dough tends to be sticky.
  5. Make lime-sized balls and place on a baking tray.
  6. Preheat the oven (microwave convection) at 180 degrees for 10 minutes. Place the cookies evenly on the tray.
  7. You may sprinkle sesame seeds on top if you wish.
  8. Bake the oatmeal cookies no sugar at 180 degrees for 20 minutes.
  9. Check if they are still too soft. Else, remove from the oven and set aside for cooling.
  10. Store in an air tight container upon cooling completely.


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