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Leftover Rice Cutlet: Healthy Snacking Option


leftover rice tikkis
I have made leftover rice cutlets earlier. Made these today especially for a neighbor next door, who was celebrating his 75th birthday.

You can't get happier than this - bringing smiles on other's faces. Can you?
Not at least in my case. As I am not a foodie, I never cook for myself (except cookies). I cook to get a first-hand experience of healthy recipes. My mission is to find a balance between health & food.

I try to include healthy ingredients in my recipes, so everyone can enjoy healthy recipes. This is why I opened the group "Healthy Recipes by Homemakers" in Facebook, where talented homemakers from across the world share healthy recipes.

This group is an open invitation to anybody willing to share or learn everything about healthy eating.




Healthy Snack Ingredients
1 cup- leftover rice
2 boiled potatoes
2 tbsp- hung curd
coriander leaves
salt, haldi, red chilly powder
1 tbsp- oatmeal
jeera, til
coriander powder



Procedure
leftover rice cutlets


  1. Mash leftover rice to make paste.
  2. Add boiled potatoes and mash them along with rice.
  3. Mix hung curd.
  4. Add coriander powder, salt, haldi, red chilly powder, and coriander leaves.
  5. Mix well. Make small balls and flatten them with palm to shape them like tikkis.
  6. Spread oatmeal in a plate.
  7. Coat tikkis  with oatmeal.
  8. Grease a nonstick pan/tawa.
  9. Place tikkis and heat on a medium flame.
  10. Flip sides and enjoy leftover rice tikkis.
  11. Looking for a traditional delicacy from the state of Odisha? Here is the link to my MIL's coconut-besan tikki. 
You may want to try my earlier recipe.

Suji Mango Cake in Cooker: Easy Semolina Cake Recipe Without Egg


Think about an eggless cake with mango and your mouth starts to water. This mango suji cake is a match made in heaven - a unique blend of whole wheat semolina and the king of fruits, this eggless bake is sure to become a regular in your homes.


suji mango cake eggless

Loved by one and all, the semolina mango cake is a tongue pleaser and has an intense visual appeal. Just look at the eye-popping color, striking, isn't it?

I love this eggless suji cake for


  • its golden color
  • its choice of ingredients
  • its being a versatile cake
  • its being a healthy bake

A Little Story behind This Mango Cake



The smile you can bring on the face of someone through your trivial efforts does not have a match. It was the birthday of a 75-year-old neighbor, who does not have a strong financial background. Moreover, his only son, who is around 40 years, is not mentally strong enough to work outside. The boy remains with his pensioner dad, as his mother left for heavenly abode 6-7 years back.

Anyway so today was the old man's birthday. I wanted to cheer him up. So thought of baking a healthy cake for him. I decided to use a blend of semolina and mango and the end result was just perfect for a celebration. On top of it, I added jaggery powder as a substitute for sugar. 




Glad I could bring a smile to someone's face today with this semolina cake recipe without egg!

Here's my healthy mango suji cake.

suji cake mango


Semolina Cake With Mango Ingredients

mango cake with semolina

How To Make Mango Cake With Suji

2 mangoes-pureed (equals 1 cup)
11/4 cup- suji (semolina)
1/4 cup- oil
1 tbsp- thick curd
3-4 tsp- jaggery powder/ sugar (more or less depending on your choice and mango sweetness)
cardamom powder and dalchini (cinnamon)
3/4 tsp- baking powder
1/4 tsp- baking soda
Almonds, pistachio or nuts of your choice
2 fat pinches of haldi (turmeric)-- totally optional
pinch of salt

Semolina Cake Recipe Without Egg Procedure
mango suji cake eggless



  1. Sieve together suji, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.Chop mangoes and then throw them in the blender/grinder/processor along with jaggery powder, cardamom powder, cinnamon, haldi, curd, and oil. Churn well until it is a light and fluffy mixture. When it was my turn to run the grinder, there was an electricity cut. So I had use a hand whisker to whisk everything well. Doesn't matter! 
  2. Add half of slivered/chopped nuts to the wet ingredients. Keep the remaining aside.
  3. Grease a baking pan or place a butter paper in the pan.
  4. Preheat the cooker. Remove the cooker whistle. Place a stand in the cooker. We do not need salt or sand. Thanks to Sonu for sharing this brilliant idea with me. Earlier, I was of the opinion that we need a layer of sand or salt to bake cakes in a cooker. Now I am happy we can bake without the same. It has made my task easier than ever!
  5. Mix dry and wet ingredients. Just fold in the ingredients. Do not over mix.  Else, this will make the cake dense.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining nuts over the batter.
  7. Pour the batter into the baking pan. 
  8. Place the baking pan on the stand in the cooker.
  9. Heat on a high flame for 5 minutes.
  10. Then slow down the flame to medium and bake the suji mango cake for 35-45 minutes. 
  11. Keep an eye on - insert a knife to check if the cake is baked properly from inside.
  12. When done, let the cake sit in the cooker for 20-30 minutes or until it has cooled down. Do not remove from the pan before it has cooled else it may crumble.
  13. Take out on a cooling rack. Let it sit there for half an hour.
  14. Cut into pieces and enjoy this healthy, delicious eggless suji mango cake.
  15. Isn't it a simple suji cake recipe with mango, friends?
  16. Try my eggless sugarless oats suji coconut cake - the best cake I have ever baked. Get the recipe here.
  17. The recipe to a simple coconut suji cake is here.

No Cream No Sugar Mango Oats Kulfi


mango oats kulfi
After my friend Ritu had tried the mango oats ice cream, I thought of giving it a try. I wonder if anybody, except Ritu, would think of such combination. But she is a big oats lover. Rightly so, her focus is on healthy eating and health food.

I added oats to my kulfi a couple of days back. It did not disappoint. Rather, I loved how oatmeal adds that creamy layer to the kulfi, without the need to add cream. This means this recipe gives you no extra calories from cream while offering the benefit of fiber. No health freak would ever want to miss this mango kulfi. Will you?

Anyway let's come back to the healthy dessert recipe.








Ingredients
1 mango -pureed
1 tbsp- oatmeal (you may dry roast oats first - I didn't)
2 tbsp- thick/hung curd (check the above  video to learn how to make instant hung curd at home- no cloth, no hanging required)
1/2 cup-milk
1 tsp- roohafzaah/rose essence (you may add more since we are not including sugar in the recipe - I like it less sweet, so added 1 tsp)
almonds/nuts

Mango Oats Kulfi Procedure
no cream mango oatmeal kulfi


  1. Mix oatmeal and milk. Keep for boiling on slow flame. Let the mixture thicken like a gravy.
  2. Meanwhile puree mangoes. 
  3. Let the oatmeal milk mixture cool down.
  4. Add the milk-oatmeal mixture to mango puree, hung curd, and roohafzaah. Run the grinder for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Take out and pour in kulfi moulds.
  6. Garnish with almonds.
  7. Chill for 4-5 hours and enjoy.
  8. Check my badaam oats kulfi here.

I have also experimented with another healthy dessert recipe - mango oats peda. Check the recipe here.

Feedback from Anu Lahar on mango oatmeal kulfi - a healthy dessert.

Baking With Oat Flour: Nutty Oatmeal Cookies

oatmeal cookies 
Yes, it's cookies time again. Of course, these days I do not bake cookies without oatmeal. This healthy blend of oatmeal, almond meal, and wheat flour, with a hint of gram flour and a dash of semolina, makes these cookies a perfect accompaniment to your tea, without compromising the taste & health.


Here's my another take on healthy cookies with oats. A healthy blend of oats, wheat flour, besan, and almond meal - nutrients and fiber!

What more could you ask for if you can get cookies with these healthy ingredients?

A favorite with everyone, this healthy nutty oatmeal cookies shows how easy baking with oat flour can be!





Ingredients
atta cookies

1 cup- oatmeal
1/2 cup-wheat flour
1/2 cup-besan
1/4 tsp-suji
1cup- almond meal
3 tbsp- sugar powder
elaichi
2 tbsp- ghee/clarified butter
2 tbsp- oil
2 tbsp- curd
3-4 tsp- milk (as required)
1 tsp- baking powder

Crunchy oatmeal cookie Procedure

  1. Take 15-20 almonds. Boil them and remove their cover. Dry roast them. Keep them aside to cool down.
  2. Meanwhile, sieve flour, baking powder, besan, and oatmeal.
  3. Whisk sugar, ghee, oil, curd, and elaichi.We want a light, fluffy mixture.
  4. Check if the almonds have cooled down. Grind them to powder.
  5. Preheat oven (microwave convection) at 180 degrees for 10 mts.
  6. Mix almond powder with the flours.
  7. Mix dry and wet ingredients.
  8. Rub with hands. It should be like bread crumbs.
  9. Add 1 tsp of milk at a time. We need to gather ingredients. 
  10. Make sure the dough is not sticky. Do not knead - collect the ingredients and you are done.
  11. Take lemon-size balls and flatten them. Give them cookie shapes.
  12. Grease a baking tray and place cookies evenly.
  13. Bake for 15-18 mts at 180 degrees.
  14. Enjoy crispy, healthy oatmeal cookies with a hot cuppa tea!
  15. Here are 50 plus healthy whole grain cookie recipes.

Badaam Oatmeal Kulfi: Healthy Dessert


badaam oatmeal kulfi

Looking for oatmeal recipes? Do not be surprised if I treat you to oatmeal kulfi? This does spring a surprise on you. Isn't it?

Well, if you have reached this page, then surely, you are looking for healthy desserts, and this one does make a healthy dessert.  It is my take on a healthy kulfi.

The oatmeal introduction to this recipe takes it to another level.

Sweet, creamy, and healthy is how I would describe this oatmeal dessert.

You have got to try the recipe to believe me if you have not tried oatmeal recipes yet.
For you, I have a huge collection of homemade oatmeal recipes that you may want to try.

Badaam kulfi 
Call it milk kulfi or badaam kulfi, this healthy dessert is my mom's recipe. In fact, I have grown up savoring this kulfi. My mom's recipes are extremely simple. She doesn't use any fancy ingredients in any of her recipes.

But I love my mom's recipes. To me, they are soul food. I crave to have my mom's food now that I am in Delhi and she is in Patiala.

I always follow her kulfi recipe. Today, I decided to add some fiber to the badaam kulfi by including oatmeal.

Glad, oatmeal doesn't disappoint; rather, it gives this kulfi a beautiful creamy texture.
Healthy, flavorful, delectable, and creamy is how I would define this sumptuous treat.

You struggle to get your kids to eat healthy, isn't it? But here's a way out. Give them healthy food hiding healthy ingredients secretly and they would finish this healthy dessert in no time. Rather, be ready to hear "Mom I want more." (Ye, dil mangee more)

I love this healthy oatmeal dessert because it gives me the added benefits of fiber that you cannot find in desserts or sweets.

Here is a recap on why you should introduce oatmeal to your dietary regimen:

homemade oatmeal recipe ladoo
tasty oatmeal recipe,cutlets

almond ladoo


Ingredients
1 cup- milk
2 tbsp- milk powder
2 tsp- oatmeal (roasted and powdered - though in this recipe I have used unroasted...I did roast it for the next oatmeal kulfi recipe)
1 tsp- sugar
Almonds/pistachio
1/2 tsp or more- roofazahh//rose essence


Procedure
badaam pista oats kulfi


  1. Add milk powder to milk and keep for boiling on high flame. Else if you do not have milk powder. Just add sugar and keep the milk for boiling on a low flame until it thickens.
  2. After one boil. Lower the flame.
  3. Add oatmeal powder and mix well. Keep stirring until the milk reduces to half.
  4. Add sugar and turn off the flame.
  5. Add chopped nuts.
  6. Let it cool down and mix roofazah. 
  7. Pour in ice cream moulds and chill for 4-5 hours.
  8. Enjoy badaam oatmeal kulfi.
  9. Yes, this healthy dessert is another name for deliciousness.
  10. Do not forget to try almond butter oatmeal kulfi, which is another healthy dessert with the extra benefits of almond butter. Yes, this recipe is a keeper, for it does not use oil, cream, or sugar.
  11. Wanna try!Here's the recipe.
  12. Here's another oatmeal kulfi recipe.
Still think oatmeal is boring.Here are over 50 homemade recipes with oatmeal.



No Sugar, No Oil Oatmeal Recipe: Mango Peda


mango peda burfi

Wondering how to cook oatmeal for breakfast or snacks? Here's a simple yet delectable oatmeal recipe that uses no oil or sugar but gives you a lip-smacking delight.

Still have doubts?

Well, let's see how to make this healthy oatmeal recipe.

Mango is the king of fruits. I love it, you love it, and we all are fond of this pulpy, tangy, sweet, luscious fruit. The only person I know who doesn't like mango is my SIL (strange but true - yea, everyone has a choice). Anyway, in continuation of my food experiments, this time I have come up with a stunner.

My last burfi got really good reviews from different food groups. On top of it, hubby loved it. This gave me the confidence to introduce the king of fruits to my sweets experimentation spree. I was unsure how my experiment with a strange combination of oats and mango would come up, but I am writing this note while enjoying one of the healthiest sweets on earth. Do not get me wrong here - of course, there are better sweets out there. But when it comes to making sweets at home with the healthiest of ingredients, I can say my mango peda will stand tall among the competition.

Serve these healthy pedas to your loved ones and surprise them with a healthy treat - yes, it can be addictive. So make a big batch.

Uffff ....enough of self-praise!

I have already made oats peda on a previous occasion. Here's the recipe if you want to give it a try.

Let's come back to the recipe:

Ingredients

1 mango (pureed)
3 tbsp- oat meal
10-12 almonds
10 raisins (kishmish)
elaichi (cardamom)
1 tsp -bhuna chana (optional) - to roll over pedas/ else you can use almond powder here or dry coconut powder or even roasted oatmeal

Procedure
mango peda with oatmeal recipe 


  1. Wash almonds and pat them dry with a kitchen towel.
  2. Grind along with kishmish and elaichi.Set aside.
  3. Grind oats. 
  4. Puree mango and keep aside. I chopped 1 mango and ran it in the grinder.
  5. Take a nonstick pan.
  6. Dry roast oatmeal/oat powder for 3-4 mts.
  7.  Now add the ground almond-raisins mixture. Roast well for 2-3 mts.
  8. Next drop the mango puree into the pan. Mix everything well.
  9. Keep stirring until the mixture becomes a mass and gathers at the center of the pan.
  10. Make sure it loses most of its moisture.
  11. Roll into small lemon-sized mango pedas.
  12. This gave me 8 pedas.
  13. Roll the pedas over bhuna chana powder or roasted oatmeal or almond powder or dessicated coconut powder.
  14. Refrigerate for an hour and enjoy the healthiest of mango oats pedas out there.
  15. Like my papaya burfi, even these beauties with a subtle mango flavor can be addictive.
  16. Do give this healthy oatmeal recipe a try.
Here's some feedback on mango peda with oatmeal. This is your answer to the question: how to make oatmeal delicious.

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