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Authentic South Indian Recipes
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Easy Whole Wheat Coconut Cookies Recipe

coconut cookies
Of course, you have savored branded coconut cookies innumerable times in your lifetime. It won't be wrong to say that you have also enjoyed the bakery coconut biscuits as well. But there is no comparison to home food. If you can bake cookies with healthy ingredients, there is no match to it.

Earlier, I shared a wheat coconut cookie recipe using ghee. This time I have blended ghee and oil for a healthier twist. The result is not disappointing; rather, I simply love these cookies more than ever.

Parul Bansal tried this coconut cookie recipe and shared her experience with me. I am so glad that her family loved these crunchy bites, flavored with coconut.





Atta Cookie Recipe:
1 cup- wheat flour
 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
2 tbsp - butter/ghee ( clarified butter) 
3 tbsp- oil (I used saffola)
I tbsp milk
powdered sugar - as per taste
1 tsp baking powder

Procedure for baking eggless coconut cookies
wheat coconut cookies
1. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees C (mw convection mode).
2. Take a bowl and mix ghee/butter and sugar. Add oil and stir everything well to make it fluffy.
3. In another bowl, sieve wheat flour and baking powder. Add dry coconut powder. Mix well.
4. Add all the ingredients in a grinder and grind.
5. Take out in a bowl.
6. Make lemon-sized balls and press them with hand.
7. Line the cookies in the baking tray.
8. Place them in the preheated oven for 15 minutes.

Here's another wheat coconut recipe using only ghee.

Carrot, Capsicum Dal

carrot capsicum dal
Dals are a common accompaniment to rice or rotis (Indian flat bread). Since childhood, we have been savoring these pulses in one form alone. Yes, in Punjab, dals are usually made as plain curries. But after getting married in an Odiya family, I have realized that dals make a delectable serving when blended with vegetables of your choice - yes, we can get that wholesome meal kinda feeling!

I have tried different vegetables and blended them with arhar and chana dals but ever experimented with capsicum. This time I have gone ahead and used capsicum in moong dal along with carrot, after I came across a similar recipe in Yummy Tummy blog. My experiment was a success. Happy me!

Let's get back to the recipe!



Ingredients
1/2 cup yellow moong dal
2 carrots
1 capsicum
1 Garlic pod (10-15 garlic cloves)
1 dry red chilly, green chilly
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
hing
salt, haldi
coriander leaves, curry leaves (kadipatta)
1 tbsp- oil
1 tomato
1 1/2- 2 cups water
garam masala

Procedure
carrot dal


  1. Soak dal for half an hour.
  2. Drain and keep aside,
  3. Chop carrots and capsicum.
  4. Gather dal , carrots, and capsicum in a pressure cooker.
  5. Add water, salt, turmeric, 10 garlic cloves or more, whole tomato, and green chilly.
  6. Turn off the flame after 3-4 whistles.
  7. Open the cooker and take out the tomato.
  8. Take a pan.
  9. Add oil/ghee.
  10. Drop 1 pinch of hing into the oil.
  11. Let it sizzle.
  12. Add dry red chilly and fenugreek seeds (you may add mustard seeds as well).
  13. Throw some curry leaves in the pan. Let them splutter.
  14. Next add the remaining garlic cloves. Stir a little.
  15. Now add the boiled tomato.
  16. Add salt, jeera powder, and turmeric (if needed).
  17. Pour the boiled dal and mix well.
  18. Sprinkle garam masala if you want. I did :)
  19. Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy with roti or rice.

Interested in shalgam chana dal or dalma? Click here.

Oats Gatte Kadhi

gatte kadhi
If you love gatte, you have always tried these savory snacks with gram flour (besan). In continuation of my experimentation spree, I went ahead and tried gatte with a blend of besan, suji (semolina), and oats.

This post is inspired by Ritu Mendiratta's Dahi wale gatte.

Let's make this unique gatte recipe dipped in curd and whey.






Ingredients
4 tbsp - besan
3 tbsp - oats
3 tbsp - suji
1 tsp- ginger-chilly paste
1/2 tsp- jeera (cumin seeds)
1 tbsp- curd
Fresh coriander leaves
1 pinch turmeric
ajwain (carom seeds)
salt

Process
oats gatte kadhi


  1. Mix besan, oats, suji.
  2. Add ginger-chilly paste, jeera, coriander leaves, turmeric, salt, and curd.
  3. Mix well with hands.
  4. Add 1 tbsp of water to make dough. You may add little more water if required.
  5. Cut into two logs or more as desired.
  6. Take a pan and add 2 cups of water to it. Drop in 2 pinches of salt, 1 tbsp of curd.
  7. Drop the logs into water. Keep it for boiling for 10 minutes.
  8. Once done, take out the logs. Let them cool and cut into small pieces. 
  9. Keep aside.
  10. Now let's prepare the curry.
  11. Store the boiled water. We will use it for curry.
Gatte Curry ingredients
4 tbsp curd
1 cup- whey (water that separates paneer from milk) - if you do not have whey, you may take water instead
1 1/2 cup - water (you may add more if you want the curry watery)
1 tbsp - roasted besan (optional - I had so added)
salt, turmeric, coriander powder
Red chilly whole
Fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
Hing (asafoetida)
Curry leaves (kadhi pata)
1 tsp- Ginger-chilly paste
1 tbsp - Mustard oil 

Process
  1. Mix roasted besan with whey and curd.
  2. Whisk well.
  3. Add salt and turmeric.
  4. Take a heavy pan or kadahi.
  5. Add mustard oil.
  6. Keep it on high flame. Let it reach the smoking point.
  7. Now add hing.
  8. Next add red chilly whole.
  9. Stir and then add ginger-chilly paste.
  10. Stir with a spatula.
  11. Now add kadhi pata and drop the gatte pieces and fry little. Sprinkle coriander powder. Mix.
  12. You would be tempted to taste the gatte at this moment like me. I tasted and loved them. So did not hesitate to offer them to hubby as well. He too loved them.
  13. Next add the besan-curd-whey mixture and keep stirring. Keep it on high flame for 5 minutes.
  14. Add the boiled gatte water. You may add more water if you so wish.
  15. Then lower the flame and let it cook for 10 minutes while stirring intermittently.
  16. Check salt and add coriander powder.
  17. Garnish with coriander leaves if you want.
  18. Enjoy this oats gatte recipe with rice or roti.
  19. I relished this lip-smacking recipe with both boiled rice and roti.





Easy Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Recipe


The very word choco chip cookies will make any kid crazy, isn't it? Your bundles of joy are no exception either. You are always looking for a healthy cookie recipe for kids or for that matter everyone in the family.

whole wheat chocolate chip oatmeal cookies


another batch of digestives


  • What if I say this choco chip oatmeal cookie recipe uses a blend of oatmeal and whole wheat flour?
  • What if I say this healthy homemade whole wheat flour cookie recipe is enriched with olive oil?
  • What if I say this uses no choco chips but choco flakes?


Well, substitute chocos with choco chips to delight the kid in you. This batch of healthy cookies with whole wheat flour is a breeze to process. Just a few ingredients and you are done!

I made just a few pieces of chocolate chip cookies, but when I tasted them I fretted having made a few.

This is my take on choco chip cookies - a kid-friendly recipe!

The crunch that chocos lend to this oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe takes it to another level.
With fiber loaded oatmeal and nutrient-rich whole wheat flour, the oatmeal cookie without butter recipe demands attention. Involve kids in the recipe, and they would never reject this batch!

I have adapted this recipe from my MCvities digestive recipe and tried to make the kid's favorite chocolate chip cookies healthier.


Chocolate chip oatmeal cookie ingredients

1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup powdered oats
1/4 cup- dry milk powder
2 tbsp - clarified butter (desi ghee)
2 tbsp- olive oil
1 tbsp milk (if needed)
3 tbsp- jaggery -gur (powdered) - more or less depending on your sugar preference
3/4 tsp- baking soda
1/4 tsp- baking powder
1/2 cup choco chips/ chocos -if you are taking chocos, then break them into small pieces with hands or knife

choco chip cookies with whole wheat oatmeal

How to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe
These are not chewy choco chip cookies with oatmeal. Rather, this makes a crunchy batch of cookies with chocolate chips.
  1. Sieve baking powder, baking soda, and wheat flour.
  2. Add dry milk powder. Mix well.
  3. Mix clarified butter and olive oil and whisk both. 
  4. Add jaggery powder and whisk again until jaggery dissolves. 
  5. Mix the wet and dry ingredients. 
  6. Rub with hands until the ingredients combine into a dough.
  7. Add 1-2 tbsp of milk to make a smooth dough - should not be too soft, nor too tight.
  8. Add choco chips and try to bind everything together.
  9. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes.
  10. Roll out like a thick chapati and cut desired shapes. Or you may make lime-sized balls and press them with palm.
  11. Grease a baking tray.
  12. Bake the eggless wheat choco chip cookies at 180 degrees for 16-18 minutes. (I baked in Microwave convection mode)
  13. Remove the cookies from the oven immediately.  
  14. Allow them to cool on a cooling rack. Store in an air tight container upon cooling completely.
  15. Delight your kids with a kid-friendly cookie recipe that uses their favorite chocos or choco chips.
Doesn;t this make an easy recipe of cookies with choco chips?
Do not miss out on another kid-friendlyrecipe of pishta badaam cookies.


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