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Oatmeal Cookies Eggless With Chickpea Gluten Free Flour


besan oatmeal cookies

Oats seem to have become an integral part of my cooking. I can't think of recipes without including this healthy grain - which is the healthiest of all! Earlier, my impression of oats was something bland, tasteless and boring. I never wanted to include it in my meals. But the story has changed now, especially ever since my food experiments begun and I realized the importance of this fibrous grain.














tawa besan oats cookies
By now you already know that I am a cookie lover and keep experimenting with different flour combinations to bake healthy, tasty cookies. I have already tried this combination before - but this time I included pistachio along with almonds. The besan oats cookies are the best I have ever had!

This is one easy oatmeal cookie recipe that you can try on stovetop. Yes, absolutely. However, if you wish to try it in oven, go for it
Some of my friends were surprised with the gram flour-oatmeal combination, but trust me you get the tastiest, crunchiest, and healthy oatmeal cookies you have ever had.

If you are in love with old fashioned cookies, then you have got to try this recipe – the unique combination of gluten-free chickpea flour and oatmeal makes this batch healthy and delicious.
Next I am gonna try oatmeal raisin cookies, for I am wondering how the combination would work. I think these would be chewy cookies with a sweet, savory flavor. Isnt it? Worry not, the next time, I try this recipe would love to share it with you all.


Homemade oatmeal cookies without brown sugar are certainly a hit in my family. In fact, this batch was made for my family in Patiala, and every one loved the distinctive taste of these cookies.

Let's come back to the recipe:

baked healthy oatmeal cookies with no brown sugar



Ingredients
1 cup- besan/ chickpea flour/ gram flour
1/2 cup- oat meal (powdered oats)
10 pistachio (pista)
5 almonds (badaam)
2 tbsp- ghee/ clarified butter
2 tbsp- oil
2 tbsp- sugar powder (more or less)
2 tbsp- milk (depends on the dryness of the dough)
cardamom/elaichi
1 tsp- baking powder

Feedback from Ritu S.Mendiratta

feedback on chickpea flour cookies with oatmeal 

Procedure

gram flour oatmeal cookies eggless


  1. Preheat oven (mw convection) at 180 degrees for 10 mts.
  2. Sieve besan, oatmeal and baking powder 2-3 times so that baking powder mixes evenly with the flour.
  3. In a bowl or food processor/grinder, add sugar, oil, ghee, and elaichi. Mix very well so that the mixture gets airy and fluffy
  4. Chop pista and almonds and spread them over a plate. Now drop the wet mixture over these.
  5. Next add the flour mixture with the wet ingredients.
  6. Gather the ingredients. Do not knead.
  7. If the dough feels dry, add milk. If you feel it's still dry, add one more tbsp of milk.
  8. We do not want sticky dough. It should be wet enough to bind easily.
  9. Make small lemon sized balls with the dough.
  10. Grease a baking tray and place the flattened balls over it.
  11. Make sure each cookie is placed at a distance from the other. Otherwise they will not bake properly.
  12. Bake at 180 degrees for 12-14 mts. Enjoy this healthy batch of flavorful besan oatmeal cookies with a hot cup of tea.
  13. These crispy besan cookies are just perfect for any occasion - remind me of besan ladoo :)
  14. Check besan cornflakes cookies here. For more of my cookie recipes, click here.

Tawa besan oatmeal cookies
tawa oatmeal cookies

  1. Grease a thick/heavy steel plate and keep aside
  2. Place an iron skillet or tawa over high flame on stovetop.
  3. Keep a stand on the tawa.
  4. Cut cookies into desired shapes. Use a knife or fork to create designs or patterns on cookies.
  5. Place cookies at an equal distance from each other on the steel plate.
  6. Keep the steel plate over the stand.
  7. Cover the cookie plate with a big vessel. It will work like an oven.
  8. Lower flame to medium.
  9. Bake one side for 6-8 minutes.
  10. Change cookie sides and bake the other side for 5-6 minutes or until done.
  11. Cool them on a cooling rack.
  12. Dunk these healthy besan oatmeal no egg cookies in a hot cup of milk or tea.
  13. If you are an oats lover, do not forget to check over 50 oatmeal recipes here.


Eggless Wheat Banana Cake


 Do you love banana cake? Perhaps you love bananas or cakes or both. What if we combine both? Loaded with the goodness of fiber-rich oats, bursting with roasted nutty flavors, and smelling of fruity haven, this eggless wheat banana cake is a must try.
wheat banana cake eggless

 One try at this banana cake and you will be addicted. Yummy, fruity, and nutty, this eggless cake recipe is very simple - perfect for beginners.
eggless banana cake with whole wheat

My previous attempts at making an eggless banana cake weren't as successful as this one. I really wanted to get perfect with this eggless cake recipe with banana. Voila! Today was the day when I got it right. The eggless banana cake is yummy and tastes just like the fruit cake we used to buy from the market.

I did add coconut to the recipe, but I do not feel the need to include it, since the banana taste overpowers that of coconut. So it is completely optional whether you want to include coconut.
whole wheat cake recipe with banana

Here's the simple cake recipe with whole wheat and banana:
banana cake with atta


Ingredients

1 cup- wheat flour
1/2 cup- oatmeal/powdered oats
3 bananas pureed
2-3 tbsp-gur/ jaggery powder/sugar powder (more or less depending on your taste)
2 tbsp-ghee/butter
1 tbsp-oil
1/4 cup- dahi/curd
1/4 tsp- cinnamon/dalchini
almonds/nuts of your choice
1/4 cup- fresh coconut (optional)
1/4 tsp- baking soda
1/2 tsp- lime juice
3/4 tsp- baking powder (I did not add baking powder; instead added 3/4 tsp of baking soda and lime juice)

How to make Oatmeal delicious: Eggless Banana atta cake Procedure


  1. Preheat oven (mw convection) at 180 degrees for 10 mts.
  2. Sieve wheat, baking powder, and baking soda four-five times. Keep aside.
  3. Puree bananas with oil, dalchini, butter, curd, and gur in a blender/food processor/grinder.
  4. Mix coconut with flour and then gradually fold dry and wet ingredients together.
  5. Throw in the nuts.
  6. It will be a loose sticky dough.
  7. Take a greased baking pan and pour the dough.
  8. Bake for 25-30 mts at 180 degrees.
  9. Let the cake cool down and then remove from the pan on a cooling rack.
  10. Cut into slices and enjoy eggless wheat banana cake.

No Sugar 3-Ingredient Fruity Popsicle With Mango Watermelon

It's summer time and we need something chilling to beat the heat. But I never have chilled water even on hottest days. Of course, it's not the safest thing to do. Nevertheless, I can still enjoy ice cream - my favorite since childhood. I still remember the Khoya wali kulfi that we used to have. The nostalgia surrounds me when I still hear the sound of any ice cream vendor.
melon mango popsicle

Anyway, cutting the long story short. I decided to try a no sugar ice cream. I had 1 cup of watermelon and wanted to include it. Then I had a few leftover pieces of a mango, which wasn't completely ripe. Of course, you will always find hung curd in my stock.

I took the watermelon pieces. Threw them in the food processor and adding 1/4 cup of hung curd and 1/2 mango. Gave everything a churn until I got a pulpy (more watery) mixture. Poured the mixture in ice cream moulds and set them in the freezer.
fruity popsicle melon mango

The next day took these no sugar beauties out and enjoyed! Taste more like khatti meethi toffees that we used to have during childhood. These are more on the sour side than sweet. If you want these sweeter, please add sugar. I didn't because I like it less sweet :)

Ingredients for No Sugar Kulfi


1 cup- watermelon (de-seeded)
1/2 mango - ripe (mine was half ripe)
1/2 cup- hung curd (here's a quick way to make hung curd- no cloth required)
1 tsp- honey (optional -I didn't add)
black salt or spice mix of your choice (optional) - you may even add jaljeera powder for a spicy punch



You may want to try another of my favorite no sugar, no cream nana ice cream. Check the recipe here.

How To Cook Cracked Wheat: Cookies With Dalia/Broken Wheat


Does the title spring a surprise on you - cracked wheat cookies? Are you wondering whether you are being misled here? Well, if you love broken wheat or know about the immense health benefits of cracked wheat, you will find a number of reasons to include this fiber-rich, nutrient-enriched ingredient in your every day meals.

One is in dalia cookie form!

In fact, your daily diet plans should include some space for cracked wheat. 
The best way to cook cracked wheat is in idli form. I love broken wheat or dalia idlis. What about you?

These are a favorite with my hubby!

dalia cookies with broken wheat


I have been itching to try my hands at dalia cookies. Previously, I had made whole dalia cookies, but wasn't too happy with the result.

So this time I have come up with a simple cookie recipe with broken wheat.

The cracked wheat cookie recipe includes broken wheat along with other flours.

The result is crunchy cracked wheat cookies, with dalia lending the crunch.You will love these crunchy bites while enjoying the health benefits of this immensely beneficial grain.


how to cook broken wheat


Ingredients
3/4 cup- wheat flour (I used multigrain)
1/4 cup- oatmeal
3 tbsp- dry roasted and powdered dalia (cracked wheat)
2 tbsp- olive oil or any other vegetable oil
3 tbsp- ghee (clarified butter)
2 tbsp- curd (or add oil instead)
2 tbsp- milk or as needed if dough feels dry
4 tbsp- sugar (more or less as per your taste - add more as I take less sugar)
3 tbsp- powdered cornflakes
Nuts of your choice (I used roasted kala chana, almonds, and raisins - powdered everything and mixed with flour)
Baking powder- 1tsp
Sesame seeds or til for garnishing (opional)
how to cook cracked wheat cookies


How To Cook Broken Wheat: Cookie Recipe

  1. Sieve wheat flour and baking powder.
  2. Mix cornflakes powder, oatmeal, powdered dalia, and powdered nuts.
  3. In a food processor, add oil, ghee, curd, and sugar. Churn it until the mixture gets light & fluffy.
  4. Mix wet and dry ingredients. Do not knead.
  5. Add 1 tbsp of milk at a time. 
  6. Preheat oven (mw convection) at 180 degrees for 10 mts.
  7. Take lemon sized balls and flatten them with palm. You may use a fork to create an imprint on the dalia cookies.
  8. Place cookies evenly on a greased baking tray and bake for 15-18 mts at 180 degrees.
  9. Dalia lends crunch to this set of cookies.

Eggless Wheat Cake Rusk


eggless cake
Eggless whole wheat cakes are a favorite with everyone. I am no exception.

But cakes or any bakes aren't the healthiest food choices.

Nevertheless, it is always better to bake eggless atta cakes at home and that too using the healthiest of ingredients for guilt-free snacking.

This time I wanted to bake a wheat cake for a double delight, since I was craving for biscottis - the double baked beauties.

So I started with my baking experimentation, taking no recipe as my reference. Glad, I was able to do so successfully.

Here I come with an eggless atta cake and cake rusk no egg.






biscotti/eggless wheat cake rusk

Ingredients
1 cup- multi-grain flour (or you may take whole wheat flour)
1/2 cup-milk powder
1/4 cup-cornmeal (makki atta - optional)
3 tbsp- oil
2 tbsp- butter/ghee
1/4 cup- condensed milk (optional - you may take milk instead)
3/4 cup- curd
1 tsp- baking powder
1/2 tsp- baking soda
Pistachio and nuts - powdered or chopped as per your desire
4-5 tbsp sugar (as per your taste)
cardamom and cinnamon

Whole grain cake rusk Procedure
eggless cake rusk


  1. Preheat oven (mw convection) at 180 degrees for 10 mts.
  2. Sieve wheat, cornmeal, milk powder, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. Mix curd, sugar, oil, butter until light and fluffy.
  4. Add chopped nuts to the dough.
  5. Add powdered cardamom and cinnamon.
  6. Mix dry and wet ingredients slowly. Do not overdo.
  7. It will be a sticky loose dough - we are not making batter here.
  8. Bake in a greased pan at 180 degrees for 25-30 mts.
  9. It's your wish whether you want to enjoy the cake or bake them further for a double delight.
  10. I chose to go the double baking route to bake wheat biscottis, which make my favorite tea-time accompaniment, besides cookies.
  11. Let the cake cool down.
  12. Cut into thin slices and bake for 12 mts at 160 degrees.
  13. Flip the slides and bake for 12 mts at the same temperature.
  14. Place the wheat cake rusks on a cooling rack and enjoy with a hot cuppa tea.

Here are my other cake rusk recipes.
eggless mango cake with semolina flour

Looking for eggless, sugarless whole wheat cake with banana?




Here's another butterless cake with almond butter.

Lauki In A New Avatar (Bottle Gourd Stir Fry)

lauki stir fry
Ever since I tried my hands at beans paruppu, I have been making it often. Thanks to Chitra Balachander di for sharing the recipe that has found a place in my heart and of course a permanent entry in my weekly meal charts.

After having tried the recipe with beans, I have changed the main ingredient, substituting beans with lauki. Certainly nobody can say I have used bottle gourd in the recipe.

Try it for yourself to see how you can introduce lauki in a new avatar in your family meal planning. I know how kids and even some elders have to be forced to eat lauki - the humble vegetable is not a favorite in any home!







Ingredients
1/2 lauki
1/4 cup- arhar dal
1/4 cup- chana dal
1 small piece of ginger
1 green chilly
curry leaves
1 onion
salt, haldi
1/2 cup- palak leaves (spinach - optional)
1/4 tsp- mustard seeds
1 pinch -hing
1/4 tsp- urad dal
1/2 tsp- oil

Procedure
lauki in a new avatar


  1. Soak both dals for an hour or more.
  2. Grind along with green chilly, spinach, and ginger, adding little to no water.
  3. Steam the paste just like idli. You may use your idli stand for steaming.
  4. Cut bottle gourd into small pieces.
  5. Boil it with little water, salt, haldi - for one whistle.
  6. Grate the steamed cakes using a grater when they are still warm. Do not burn your hands though.
  7. Take a non stick pan.
  8. Add oil. When it is hot, add hing, mustard seeds and urad dal.
  9. Let them splutter.
  10. Next add chopped onion and curry leaves.
  11. Now add salt and haldi. You may add red chilly powder if you want it spicier. This stir fry will taste better with a spicy touch.
  12. Add grated idlis. Mix well for 1-2 minutes.
  13. Now add boiled lauki.
  14. Mix and cook for 4-5 minutes or little longer.
  15. Garnish with coriander leaves and enjoy my style of lauki stir fry!!

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