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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 Jowar Cookies: How To Make Oatmeal Delicious


Baking with whole grains gives me a great deal of satisfaction. The happiness that I am choosing healthy ingredients has no match.

My cookie experimentation spree continues, as I try to include healthy ingredients in my bakes. Yes, baking isn't the best option, but I can't have my tea without cookies, so here's my take on jowar-oats cookies.

jowar cookies

The result I have got with this variation of almond cookies is just awesome.

eggless jowar cookies with sorghum flour





Wondering how to make oatmeal delicious?
This jowar cookie recipe with oatmeal can come in handy.


Jowar Cookie Ingredients
1/2 cup- jowar flour (sorghum)
1/2 cup-wheat flour
1 cup- oatmeal (grind oats to powder)
1 cup- almond meal (check the procedure to make almond meal here)
3 tbsp- desi ghee (clarified butter)/butter
2 tbsp- oil
2-3 tbsp- milk (to bind the dough)
2 tbsp- sugar powder (I take less sugar, you may add more)
1 tsp- fennel seeds (saunf) I like the aroma of saunf in cookies/you may add cardamom or cinnamon or any other spice
1 tsp- baking powder

Jowar Cookies Procedure
eggless simple cookie recipe: how to make oatmeal delicious


  1. Keep almond meal aside. I add saunf to almond meal. You may mix saunf with the flours.
  2. Sieve wheat flour, jowar flour, oatmeal, and baking powder. Oatmeal may get struck on the sieve. You may add it again to the flour after sieving it 2-3 times. This will ensure baking powder mixes well with the flour.
  3. Take a bowl. Add ghee, oil, and sugar. Whisk properly to get a fluffy mixture.
  4. Add almond meal to the flours.
  5. Mix wet and dry ingredients. The dough may appear crumbly, just like bread crumbs. Worry not. This is exactly what we are aiming for.
  6. Now add milk 1 tbsp each time. Add more if the dough still feels dry. Remember, we do not want a sticky dough. Milk is added just to gather the ingredients. DO NOT KNEAD.
  7. Cut the dough into separate logs and cover in aluminum foil.butter paper or parchment paper and refrigerate for 30 mts.
  8. After 30 minutes. preheat the oven (microwave convection) at 180 degrees for 8 minutes.
  9. This is the time we will use to give cookie shapes.
  10. Take out the logs from the fridge and cut into desired shapes.
  11. Grease the baking tray and palce cookies evenly, ensuring there is good distance between each cookie.
  12. Bake at 180 degrees for 20 minutes. 
  13. Enjoy delicious and healthy cookies with a hot cup of tea.
  14. Similar to jowar oats cookies, I have tried my hands at different flours. Take a look here.



How to Make Buttermilk With Cucumber: Mint Lassi


cucumber lassi
How to make buttermilk at home?

Well, who does not like a refreshing glass on a hot summer day?

We all love cucumber lassi.

 Yes, cucumber buttermilk is a healthy, refreshing drink. The cooling summer drink can be savored during winters as well. At least, I can do that, for I love everything curd :)


Cucumber is nature's gift for summers. It has cooling properties and helps bring down our body temperatures during summers. It is primarily eaten raw in salad form. In south India, they make cucumber pachadi as well, which I must say tastes yum. I plan to make it soon and shall post the recipe for you all.

Let's get back to cucumber lassi.











Ingredients
1 cucumber
1/2 cup- curd
salt
1-1 1/2 cups of water
roasted cumin powder (jeera)
2 pinches flax meal (optional)
mint, coriander leaves
pinch of sugar powder
1 small piece of ginger

Procedure

  1. Add cucumber, ginger, coriander and mint leaves in a blender and whisk until smooth.
  2. Add curd and salt. Whisk again.
  3. Add water and whisk again.
  4. Garnish cucumber buttermilk with jeera powder and flax meal.
Here's my take on pumpkin buttermilk. Yummy all the way :)




Oats Daliya Idli

daliya oats idli
After a successful experiment with daliya (cracked wheat) and suji (semolina), I tried to include daliya with oatmeal. The result is droolworthy.












Ingredients
1 cup- oat meal
1 cup- daliya
1 cup- curd
1/4-1/2 cup- water (for idli batter)
salt
2 pinches of baking soda

Procedure
oats cracked wheat idli


  1. Dry roast daliya and grind them to powder. Daliya needs to be coarsely grounded.
  2. Let it cool.
  3. Mix daliya powder with oatmeal.
  4. Add curd, salt and keep aside for 30 minutes.
  5. Mix required amount of water for idli batter.
  6. Grease idli moulds.
  7. Add baking soda to the batter and mix.
  8. Steam for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy with mooli sambar or chutney of your choice.
  9. I relished it with tomato chutney and chana chutney.

Tomato Chutney for Idli, Dosa, Rice, Roti

The tasty & tangy tomato chutney tastes yummy with idlis and dosas.  It's a simple recipe, which is quick to churn out.

Whether you are looking for a chutney for idlis, dosa,rice, or roti, you will love to sample this yummy tangy dip.

Enjoy the tomato chutney with rice, dosa, or idlis.


Ingredients
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



How to make tomato chutney for idli, dosa, rice, roti
  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 with oats idli, daliya idlis or any other idlis.
  8. Check for Bengal gram chutney recipe here.

Mooli Sambar (Raddish Sambar)

raddish sambar
Mooli sambar?I would have not believed my ears had I not seen somebody sharing this finger-licking recipe.

Yes, mooli ki sabzi is still popular, but the word sambar did surprise me!

I came across this recipe a few days back, shared by Karthik from ChinnisCorner. I have been in love with south Indian food ever since I met my hubby. No he is not from south India, but Odisha. However, there is some form of similarity in south Indian and Odiya cuisines.

Let's get back to mooli sambar recipe. I was wondering whether we could put mooli to other uses, except salad. I thought why not experiment with raddish sambar. SO I looked for recipes online, which guaranteed that mooli can be used as a veggie for sambar. It was then that I added raddish along with other veggies to see how it tastes in sambar.

Given the immense radish benefits for health, it is a must-include vegetable in our regular meal planning, though it is available in winters alone.

Let's do a recap of Radish Benefits:
Radish


  • is rich in water and fiber and thus aids in digestion and constipation, piles
  • is loaded with vitamins & minerals and micronutrients
  • is a rich source of antioxidants, and thus extremely beneficial for cancer patients, diabetics, and those with kidney problems
  • is a diuretic and works as a health wonder for kidney patients (do check with your doctor before making it a part of your meal planning though, as it may interfere with a few medications)
  • is useful in jaundice and aids liver health
  • helps lower blood pressure
  • helps in detoxification


my previous experiment with mooli sambar


Then I came across this recipe from Chinnis Corner and since it was an authentic version, I was yearning to give it a try.

Mooli Sambar Ingredients
1/4 cup- Tur dal/arhar dal
1/4 cup- yellow moong dal
1 mooli
2 tbsp- imli paste (I have used sweet imli paste made at home)
curry leaves
1 tbsp- home made sambar powder
water
2-onions
1 tomato
salt, haldi, red chilly powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp- oil

Procedure
This is one of the tastiest radish recipes you will eat ever, apart from mooli parantha and mooli ki sabzi. Can't believe my words? Try it and you will come to know!
mooli sambar


  1. Boil both dals together with little water (4-5 whistles).
  2. Keep aside.
  3. Take a pan. Add oil.
  4. Let mustard seeds splutter.
  5. Next add onion. Stir fry until they turn little pinkish in color. Sprinkle little salt for faster cooking. This is one tip I learned from my MIL.
  6. Now add chopped tomato.
  7. Stir well.
  8. Add thinly sliced mooli pieces. Fry for a few minutes.
  9. Add salt, haldi, and red chilly powder.
  10. Next add imli paste. You may add tamarind water. Boil some imli in water for 8-10 minutes. Strain and add the water to sambar.
  11. Now add cooked and mashed dals.
  12. Mix sambar powder. Check the sambar masala recipe here.
  13. Add curry leaves, salt, and stir well.
  14. Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy mooli sambar.
  15. Check mooli ki sabzi - a delightfully lip-smacking stir fry made from this humble vegetable.

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