Carrot Raddish Stir Fry (Gajjar Mooli Bhajja)

mooli gajjar bhajja
After a successful experiment with mooli, I have come up with another raddish delight.The inspiration of this recipe comes from Chitra Balachander.

Ingredients
Mooli-1
Gajjar -2
Mooli leaves
coconut- 2 tbsp or more
roasted sesame seeds- 1 tbsp
spring onion-1
mustard seeds,  chana dal, urad dal - 1/4 tsp each
few curry leaves
oil- 1 tbsp
Ginger- small piece
turmeric
dry red chilly or green chilly

Procedure
mooli gajjar stir fry


  1. Grate, mooli, gajjar, ginger, and mooli leaves. Mix salt and haldi.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Take a nonstick pan.
  4. Heat oil. Splutter mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal.
  5. Add curry leaves. Stir for a minute. 
  6. Add spring onion.
  7. Now add mooli-gajjar mixture.
  8. Stir well and cook & cover for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Add fresh coconut powder. Mix
  10. Next cook & cover again for 5-8 minutes.
  11. Check for salt and enjoy with rice or roti.


Multi-Grain Veg Kebab: A Diabetes-Friendly Recipe

veg kebab
Health is wealth, they say. It is the only thing I am focusing on these days. I tried to make something different today, combining healthiest of ingredients. The result does not disappoint - whether you call it muthiya or veg kebab, it is up to you.

Looking for a diabetes friendly recipe?
This is it!
Wondering how to curb those hunger pangs as a diabetic? Then this diabetes friendly snack recipe will come in handy.










One thing is sure - you'll love the outcome






Diabetes diet needs to be monitored closely. If you are watching your intake and want to keep blood sugar levels in control, make sure you munch healthy grains and nuts every 2 hours. Smaller meals at regular intervals is a way to keep your blood glucose levels under check. 

This is one diabetes friendly recipe that you want to try for choti choti bhookh!






Ingredients of diabetes friendly snack
2 tbsp- oat meal
2 tbsp- sattu
2 tbsp- ragi
2 tbsp-wheat flour
2 tbsp- suji
1 tbsp- oil
salt, coriander powder, dry red chilly powder
1 radish (mooli)
Few mooli leaves
1 small piece of Ginger
1/2 tsp- flax meal (alsi - optional)

Tempering
sesame seeds 1 tsp
mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal - 1/2 tsp each
oil- 1/2 tsp

Lime juice (optional)
How To Make Diabetes Friendly Snack
multigrain veg kebab


  1. Grate mooli along with its leaves and ginger.
  2. Mix all the items listed under "ingredients" very well. I did not use any water for the dough, as mooli releases water.
  3. Make into two logs.
  4. Steam the logs for 15 minutes.
  5. Take out and cut into pieces.
  6. Heat a nonstick pan.
  7. Grease with oil.
  8. Temper with mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal and sesame seeds.
  9. Place the cut pieces evenly in the pan.
  10. Sprinkle coriander powder over each piece.
  11. Cook & cover on low heat for 5 minutes. Change sides of each piece and again cook & cover.
  12. Repeat the process until all sides look cooked up. 
  13. Once done, sprinkle some lime juice over the pieces.
  14. Enjoy this multi-grain veg kebab, which certainly makes a healthy smacking option.

Ragi Coconut Cookies With Oatmeal

ragi oat coconut cookies
My friends say I am on a roll with oats. Well, these days I prefer to include oatmeal to most of my recipes. After having tried coconut combination with wheat, cornmeal, kuttu, I have included it for ragi oats cookies. These crispy, crunchy, and flavorful ragi oats coconut cookies taste as good as the whole wheat coconut cookies.

Let's get to the ragi cookie recipe immediately:













Ragi Oatsmeal Coconut Cookie Ingredients
1/2 cup-ragi (finger millet)
1/2 cup- wheat flour
1 cup- oats
1 cup-coconut
1 tbsp- ghee/clarified butter
4 tbsp- oil
3-4 tbsp-cold milk
1 tsp- baking powder
2 tbsp- sugar powder (you may add more as per your taste)

Procedure
ragi coconut cookies


  1. Sieve ragi, wheat flour, and baking powder.
  2. Add oatmeal to this.
  3. Next mix sugar, ghee, and oil.
  4. Pour this wet mixture over the dry ingredients.
  5. Rub with hands.
  6. If the dough feels dry, add milk. 
  7. We need to gather the ingredient- do not knead.
  8. It should not be too hard, nor too soft dough.
  9. Preheat oven (microwave convection) at 180 degrees for 10 mts.
  10. Give different shapes - better to take small lemon-sized balls and flatten them with palm.
  11. Keep each cookie at a good distance from the other.
  12. Bake for 20 mts at 180 degrees.
  13. Enjoy this set of crispy oatmeal coconut cookies with a hot cup of tea.
Looking for healthy wheat coconut cookies, check the recipe here. You may want to check oat coconut cookies, click here for the recipe.

Mooli Bhajja My Style

mooli sabzi
A few days back, I came across a recipe from South India, which was different from what we are used to relishing. I was yearning to try my hands at it, but we hardly get banana stem/flower here in north. So I had to keep waiting. Then today, I decided to experiment with mooli (raddish). The experiment is a hit with me and hubby.

I must tell you my hubby does not eat mooli, nor does he like it. So I did not tell him before starting with this experiment. When I served him lunch today, he immediately loved the new dish. I was on cloud nine for sure!

So let's get back to the recipe.

Ingredients
1 mooli (grated)
1/4 cup- bengal gram dal
2 tbsp- oat meal (powder)
2 tbsp- fresh coconut powder
ginger piece
salt, jeera, mustard seeds
1 green chilly or more
oil- 1/2 tsp
1 spring onion
red chilly powder

Procedure
mooli bhajja


  1. Wash Bengal gram dal and put it into the grinder along with ginger, green chilly, and coconut.
  2. Churn it until the dal is ground and everything is blended with each other.
  3. Add salt and mix well.
  4. Next we need to steam this mixture. Better to steam in idli stand.
  5. Meanwhile, grate mooli and chop spring onion.
  6. When the mixture is steamed, take it out and let it cool. Then break it down - just like upma.
  7. Take a pan. Add oil.
  8. Next add mustard seeds and jeera. Let them splutter. Add spring onion. Stir fry little.
  9. Now add mooli along with the steamed mixture.
  10. Check salt. Sprinkle little red chilly powder.
  11. Cook & cover for 5 minutes.
  12. Done! Enjoy this delectable mooli bhajja and your family will never again hate mooli. This is the best way to relish this healthy vegetable -which is usually eaten as salad or stuffed in paranthas. 
Radish benefits
This fiber-rich vegetable is loaded with copper, manganese, magnesium, folate, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and calcium.


Oatmeal Idli With Ragi (Finger Millet)

ragi oat idli
Looking for oatmeal recipes? Wondering how to cook oatmeal for breakfast?

Yes, you have come at the right place. Here, you will find a variety of recipes with oatmeal.

This oatmeal idli recipe is just one example of my experiments with this fiber-rich grain.

Ever since I started experimenting with oats, I have fallen in love with this fibrous grain. I love it for its sheer qualities that provide a health boost in more ways than one.

Tried combining oats and ragi to make savory steamed cakes. The combination doesn't disappoint.

Oatmeal benefits health in numerous ways:


Here's the healthy oatmeal recipe of idlis:





Ingredients

1 cup- oat meal (ground oat powder)
1 cup- suji (semolina)
1/2 cup- ragi (finger millet)
1 cup- curd
Water to make idli batter - not too thick, nor too runny
Grated veggies of your choice - I included carrot, peas, ginger, and capsicum
Salt
Baking soda- 2 fat pinches

Procedure

  1. Take oat powder, suji, and ragi.
  2. Add curd.
  3. Add salt and grated/chopped veggies.
  4. Now add water. Make sure it is not too thick nor too watery.
  5. Grease idli moulds and add baking soda when you are ready for steaming.
  6. Pour batter into each idli well. Steam on high heat for 8-10 minutes.
  7. Enjoy with tomato chutney or bengal gram-coconut chutney, or sambar.
Tomato chutney recipe
ragi oats idli

3 tomatoes
1/2 tsp- chana dal
1/2 tsp- urad dal
1/4 tsp- mustard seeds
1 small piece of ginger
curry leaves
1/4 tsp oil
salt, 1 dry red chilly or green chilly
sugar- 2 fat pinches or little more
1 tbsp-curd

Procedure
  1. Take oil in a pan.
  2. Heat on high flame.
  3. Add dry red chilly, chana dal, urad dal and mustard seeds.
  4. Next add curry leaves. Stir fry.
  5. Now add tomatoes. Switch off the flame. We do not want to heat tomatoes much.
  6. Grind the mixture with curd, salt, and sugar.
  7. Enjoy
Here's another tomato chutney recipe that you should try at least once. I love this recipe.
If nobody likes bottle gourd in your family, here is a simple way to hide it in their meals. Try this lauki chutney.
tomato lauki chutney


Go to the recipe of Bengal gram-coconut chutney here.
here's feedback on the oatmeal ragi idli

Healthy Crackers Recipe: Oatmeal Savory Sticks With Red Lentils

oatmeal healthy recipe with red lentils
Besan crackers doesn't sound too strange, but oatmeal crackers with red lentils may give you some weird feelings, isn't it?

Well, there isn't anything like weird in this healthy cookie recipe, because if you love baked goodies but are a health freak, you ought to look for healthy ingredients.

This recipe is just perfect for your weight loss goals. How?

Well, it is a unique blend of fiber-rich oatmeal that creates a feeling of fullness and satiates your hunger cravings. This means you do not end up eating more.

Yay! Secondly, it uses red lentils or masur dal, which adds a distinct flavor to the healthy cracker recipe, eliminating the boring factor.

Wow! What a combination - I must say!

If you are wondering how to make oatmeal delicious, you have got to try this delicious snack once!

Let's come back to the oatmeal crackers recipe.

Why Dal?

It's time again to try a new snack. For people fighting allergies, a few doctors advise against using any yellow-colored ready-to-eat snack, since they use colors and additives. This includes our very popular bhujia/ mixture that we relish with tea. So I have stopped buying even a mixture packet from the market. It was time to try making something tasty as an accompaniment to my evening tea.

I have gone ahead with mixing oats and red masur dal (red lentils) to come up with a sweet, savory snack.

Belonging to the legume family, lentils benefit health in more ways than one:

  • Rich in fiber
  • Loaded with vitamins & minerals and proteins
  • Low in calories
  • Have no fat

Being rich in fiber, they keep a check on blood sugar levels and prevent them from spiking after meals. It won;t be wrong to say that lentils boast cholesterol-lowering fiber. Comprising both soluble and insoluble fiber, lentils are packed with health beneficial properties.

According to WHFoods, "Soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance in the digestive tract that snares bile (which contains cholesterol)and ferries it out of the body. Research studies have shown that insoluble fiber not only helps to increase stool bulk and prevent constipation, but also helps prevent digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis."

Being rich in folate and magnesium, lentils benefits your heart and cardiovascular system. Rich in magnesium, lentils help veins breathe a sigh of relief, improving blood, oxygen, and food flow in the body.

Okay enough of lentil benefits. I have already written on oatmeal benefits hundreds of times. Here is a recap.



While you are looking for a recipe as to how to make oatmeal delicious, here is some history of oats.


oatmeal history
Yes, oatmeal healthy recipes are delicious, and this is just one of over 50 oatmeal recipes that are a result of my experiments with this fiber-rich cereal grain. Do check the recipes here, from idlis to dosas, from kachoris to khakhras, from soups to beverages, from kulfis to cookies and cakes.

Ingredients
1/2 cup- oatmeal
1/2 cup- masur dal (Washed, dried, and powdered - I washed it and then dried on tawa)
1/2 cup-wheat flour
1 tbsp flax meal (alsi powder)
3 big pinches of baking soda
2 tbsp- oil
1 tbsp-curd
6-7 tbsp- cold water (more or less - we want to get a non-sticky, not too hard dough)
salt, sugar powder (as per taste - we are adding sugar to make it sweet & savory)
dry redy chilli
jeera (cumin seeds)
kasuri methi
You may add any herbs of your choice

Healthy Oatmeal Crackers Procedure
oatmeal snacks


  1. Mix oat powder, masur dal, atta, and baking soda.
  2. Mix sugar and salt.
  3. Add kasuri methi, red chilly powder, flax meal, and jeera. 
  4. Add oil and curd. Rub with hands. It should be like bread crumbs.
  5. Now it's time to add chilled water. Make sure we need to collect the ingredients and not knead into dough.
  6. Roll out into a chapati. Cut into thin slices.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes at 180 degrees. 
  8. Enjoy this healthy snack with tea.
Does baked oatmeal-chickpea gluten free sev interest you?
Here's the recipe. If you have a health freak friend, do delight them with this healthy snack as a diwali gift.

Here's the recipe for besan crackers.

What is Diabetes; Common Diabetes Myths



Beet Oat Curd Curry/Soup

beet oat curd curry
Yes, you have heard it right. We are going to try beetroot-curd curry with a dash of oatmeal. The addition of oats adds fiber to the curry and makes it even healthier. Research says it is always better to blend carbs, proteins, and fiber for a balanced meal.

So what are you waiting for? Add that extra nutrition to your diets and enjoy healthier meals.






Ingredients
Beetroot- 1/2 (boiled -4 whistles with little salt)
Boiled beet water -1 cup
Curd- 1 cup
2 tbsp- oatmeal
salt, coriander powder
Ginger-chilly paste
Curry leaves
chana dal, urad dal dal, mustard seeds
1/2 -1 tsp oil

Procedure

  1. Wash beet very well.
  2. Boil beet with little salt.
  3. Keep that water aside. We will need it for the recipe.
  4. Take oil in a pan. 
  5. Throw in mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal.
  6. Let them splutter.
  7. Next add ginger-chilly paste. Add salt.
  8. Saute well.
  9. Now add beetroot cubes. Stir and cook on a low flame for 5-8 minutes or until soft.
  10. In a bowl mix beet water, oatmeal, and curd. 
  11. We will add this oat-curd-beet mixture to the pan.
  12. Let it simmer on a low flame for 8-10 minutes. You may add more water if you want to increase the amount.
  13. Garnish with curry leaves and enjoy with rice or savor it as soup.
  14. I had it with rice, while hubby like it as a soup. Works both ways.

Oats Recipes From Healthy Recipes by Homemakers

oats sprouts tikki by Ritu Mendiratta
oats soup by Ritu Mendiratta

oats dhokla by Ritu Taneja Mehta (https://loveserveddaily.wordpress.com/2016/02/25/oats-dhokla-a-healthy-delight/)



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