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North Indian Punjabi Recipes
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Authentic South Indian Recipes
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Mixed Fruit Chutney/Jam


mixed fruit chutney
I am fond of fruit jam since childhood. Never ever did I imagine that I would be making jams one day. Well, I had to, since we are no longer buying any ready-to-eat food items. It's been more than 5 years since I tasted jam. Surprised?

Do not be! I am not a foodie and thus not crazy about things (except cookies). Since we are not buying anything from groceries or confectioneries, I am trying my hands at anything and everything that comes my way. I am glad I am coming up with surprising results - yes, surprising for my own self.


Nobody in my home, except hubby, knows what all I am doing in my kitchen, because I am not known to be passionate about food among my loved ones. Well, that's another story. But I wanna try my hands at everything. oopssss....too much of self-talk again.

Let's come back to the new mixed fruit jam recipe.

SO the uncle for whom I baked my suji-mango cake that day did not want to return my dish empty, and knowing well that we do not eat outside stuff, he thought of returning my plate with half a kg grapes. I am feeling very bad about it. But it's a tradition in most Indian homes that you do not return plates empty. ((:

Anyway, so I thought of putting these grapes to good use - I wondered why not make an ice cream with these beauties. Then I deferred my idea and used half of the grapes to make mixed fruit jam. Well, I would still not call this jam, since I use little sweet (gur/jaggery) and making a jam does require a good amount of sugar or gur.

Nevertheless, despite using just 1 tsp of gur with grapes, mango, and banana, I was able to make a tasty, tangy blend that I would like to name "mixed fruit chutney" or fruit jam.
mixed fruit jam


Tip:

Increase the amount of sugar - almost equal to the amount of fruits - and you could make jam with this recipe.

Ingredients
1 cup- grapes (I have used green grapes, you may use black ones)
1 banana
1 mango
black salt  (optional - I have used since I do not want to make it too sweet)
Gur/Jaggery- 1 tsp (if you are making jam, then you may want to increase the amount of sugar or gur to 1/2 cup)
1 tsp- vinegar (I have used apple cider vinegar)

Mixed Fruit Chutney Procedure
mixed fruit chutney jam


  1. Take grapes and boil them in water for 5-8 minutes or until they turn soft and pulpy.
  2. Meanwhile, chop mango and banana (I have used an overipened banana; you may use the yellow one)
  3. When grapes have cooled down, throw them in the food processor or grinder along with mango slices and banana pieces.
  4. Give everything a good churn.
  5. Take this mixture out in a heavy bottomed vessel and add sugar or gur.
  6. Cook on medium flame while stirring continuously.
  7. Keep stirring until the mixture thickens as a mass. If you are making mixed fruit jam, then you do not need to add salt.
  8. Add black salt when it is almost done.
  9. Next add vinegar. Mix well and turn off the flame.
  10. The mixed fruit chutney or jam with a glaze is ready.
  11. Enjoy!
  12. Make in small batches, since we are not using pectin as preservative. Of course, vinegar does act as a preservative though!
You may want to check the recipe for dhaniya-amla chutney.

Eggless Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookies/Jeera Biscuits (No Maida)


jeera biscuits
Healthy cookies are my weakness. What about you?

I am a cookie lover. But I love biscuits as well. Now you must be wondering whether there is any difference between both. Well, to me cookies are the goodies we get in bakeries - these are little heavier than biscuits, which are light and flaky.

After having tried my hands at different combinations to make homemade whole wheat cookies, I have been curious enough to look for a biscuit recipe. Today, I was experimenting with homemade wheat-oatmeal for pizza base. I used little dough for pizza and thought of keeping the remaining dough overnight to bake a bread the next day.

But God had different plans. The pizza base I was able to bake was crunchy and of course, healthy. So I decided to try baking healthy oatmeal cookies no sugar puffs with the remaining dough. Sorry I was not able to click the pizza. But I do have a no maida, yeast free pizza recipe. Do give it a try.

whole wheat oatmeal cookies without raisins
I am extremely happy with the results I have got with this new batch of healthy whole wheat cookie recipe with oatmeal, since this may be the secret I have been looking for so long!!

Let's see if I can reach my goal of baking biscuits Marie style.

Fingers crossed. But I am not one to give up!

I do not prefer using maida for my cookies, not for any other recipe either. In fact, maida or white flour does not find a place in my home. Reasons galore -all related to health.
Without, further ado, let's get back to the healthy oatmeal cookies  with wheat flour. The combination may come as a surprise for you, but it does give me the healthiest bakes I have ever had. Yes, I can boast about it. Yay!



Ingredients of Eggless Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cookies
1/2 cup- whole wheat flour
1/2 cup- oatmeal
1/4-1/2 cup- curd (more or less depending on the dough)
1 tsp- oil
salt, sugar(depends on your taste buds..should be almost of equal quantity ---1/4 tsp of salt and an equal or little more or less quantity of sugar...I added little less)
1/2 tsp- baking powder
1/2 tsp- baking soda
Jeera, Red chilly powder

Jeera Biscuits Procedure
As you can see,  this healthy oatmeal cookies with wheat recipe is a keeper. Try it any time at home, since it does not require any fancy ingredients. All ingredients used are easily available on your kitchen counter.

So let's proceed with the procedure to make healthy cookies my style:
  1. Sieve wheat flour, oatmeal, baking soda, and baking powder.
  2. Mix sugar and salt.
  3. Throw in jeera, red chilly powder.
  4. Add oil.
  5. Rub with hands. Does the flour give you an anxious bread crumb like look?
  6. Next add 1/4 cup curd. We want to collect the ingredients.
  7. Now add little more curd if the dough feels dry.
  8. It should not be sticky.
  9. Refrigerate for 30 minutes (though I didn't).
  10. Roll out like a chapati. Cut shapes and make holes with a fork.
  11. Preheat oven for 10 mts at 180 degrees.
  12. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes.
  13. Enjoy healthy oatmeal cookies with wheat flour or jeera biscuits, as I fondly call them. I can flaunt my recipe, since I have been eagerly looking for something like this for a long time. Happy me!
  14. Here is my take on savory besan crackers. Try them once and you will make these again and again.
  15. If you are looking for diet cookies recipe, click here.

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