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North Indian Punjabi Recipes
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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.

Oatmeal Kulfi with Almond Butter

oatmeal kulfi
Oatmeal kulfi? Surprises?

Well, you ought not be, since it is coming from me! Yes, now you already know that I have been experimented with different healthy oatmeal recipes, and this oatmeal dessert is a step in that direction.










Yes, it's oats again - the key ingredient in this creamy, thick, and delectable kulfi, though without the addition of cream. Oats has this supreme quality to turn creamy and thick when blended with liquid. This makes it a healthier alternative to cream, which is loaded with calories and gives you no additional health benefits.

Rich in fiber, oat powder has become my go-to ingredient for all recipes. I try to include this healthy cereal grain in everything I make or bake these days. Yes, it gives us unmatched health benefits. In fact, I want everyone to turn to using oats and substitute cream with this healthy cereal. Take my words for it - you won't ever remorse the decision.My dear friend Ritu Mendiratta knows it better. She shares some of the healthiest recipes in her blog. Do try to explore her food blog to learn super tempting, simple, yet healthy oats recipes. Of course, she is a cooking genius and has umpteen tempting recipes to tinkle your taste buds. I am sure you will love every single recipe in her blog.

Now coming back to my recipe I have tried oatmeal badaam kulfi and oatmeal mango kulfi before.Here's a glimpse of both.

oatmeal dessert with almonds and milk


oatmeal kulfi with mangoes

This time I added almond butter. To my surprise, this new addition gave the kulfi an altogether different taste. It's little chocolatty without chocolate.

Healthy Oatmeal Dessert Ingredients
2 tbsp- oat powder
2 tbsp- almond powder/kulfi mix/or nothing at all
1 cup milk
2 tbsp- almond butter
Sugar or jaggery (gur) - I do not add sugar if I am adding kulfi mix
1 tbsp rose essence or roofazah
Almonds slivered
Elaichi

Oatmeal Dessert recipe Procedure
oats almond butter kulfi

  1. Mix oats powder, milk, elaichi, and kulfi mix/almond powder.
  2. Keep it on high flame for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add almond butter. Mix into the mixture very well.
  4. Turn the heat on a slow flame.
  5. Oats will quickly make it a creamy mixture. Let it thicken.
  6. Before turning off the flame, add sugar if you want it more sweet. I do not add sugar to my kulfi, as roofzahh has enough of it. Even kulfi mix has sugar.
  7. Let the rich, creamy mixture cool down.
  8. Mix roofzaah very well and churn everything well.
  9. Better to use your grinder or processor to churn it up.
  10. It will blend very well.
  11. Pour it in kulfi moulds and freeze for 4-5 hours.
  12. Take out, garnish with slivered almonds and enjoy oats almond butter kulfi.
  13. You cannot have it once.
The list of my oatmeal recipes is increasing by the day - shows my commitment to using this healthy cereal grain in my daily diet - be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner - including snacks, kulfis, cakes, or other bakes.

Do let me know how you find this healthy dessert with oatmeal. I am sure you are going to love it as much as me.

Here is another of my oats kulfi - mango oats kulfi, tried and tested by my friends.

You may also want to try the badaam oats kulfi, which tastes just like khoya kulfi.

Do not forget to check my growing list of healthy oatmeal recipes

Broken Wheat Recipe: Daliya Idli Toast

daliya idli toast
Wondering how to cook broken wheat? Here's a simple yet interesting way to include cracked wheat into your everyday meals.


Cracked wheat benefits health in more ways than one. If you learn cracked wheat for weight loss recipes, then you are working toward a healthy lifestyle. Even I am a health freak.












Here are some broken wheat benefits:









Remember, the uncle next door for whom I had baked the suji mango cake? The 80 +year old is fond of idlis. We came to know about it recently. So one day hubby offered to make idlis for him. This was the right time to make another healthy set of idlis. Yes, I have made daliya idlis many times before. But this time it was different. How?

I have always been wanting to make idlis sans baking soda or any emulsifying agent. You know the reason already! So this was the right time, I thought to experiment with fermentation. I soaked daliya overnight and next day was able to make super soft idlis. These are the softest I have ever had.
The best thing the batter didn't get too sour. Yes, it is more sour than the instant daliya idlis I make often. But these are even healthier.

After sending daliya idlis to this uncle and savoring the same in breakfast, I was still left with some batter. So I decided to experiment further. Made another set of idlis and kept them aside, for I had some food experiment going on in my mind. We have not had bread for over a year, since hubby has been fighting severe food allergy symptoms. So we tend to avoid a lot many things these days - no outside food of course, no baked goodies from the confectionery, and no food outings!

Yes, this is how we are going about it!

So the last set of idlis was put to use finally in the evening. I mashed all idlis, mixed them with oat flour and roasted bengal gram podi (comprising chutney dal+salt+dry red chilly), mixed everything, rolled them out like a chapati, cut the sides to give a rectangular bread-like shape, topped one side with pumpkin chutney,  added paneer (cottage cheese) as stuffing, covered with another, and shallow fried these beauties on a skillet, and that's it. This gave me the healthiest toast in the world.

If you are wondering how it tasted...well, while I was in doubt, hubby said "it's too good." Mission accomplished for me.

Here are some more broken wheat benefits before we go to the recipe:

daliya benefits

If you are looking for a cracked wheat for weight loss recipe, then skip the cottage cheese addition to the toast and substitute the same with fresh vegetables, including onion, tomato, and sprinkle some black salt, black pepper powder, and tomato chutney and wait for your toaster to give you another amazing treat, which is both healthy and tasty. Howzatt!!!

Let's start with the broken wheat recipe for idlis:

Ingredients
fermented daliya idli toast healthy recipe

2 cups- dalia (broken wheat)
1 cup- urad dal
1 tsp- methi dana (fenugreek seeds)

Procedure

  1. soak urad dal and methi dana for 2-3 hours.
  2. Soak dalia separately for 1 hour.
  3. Grind urad dal and methi dana with enough water required for grinding.
  4. Add half of dalia to the ground mixture and grind together.
  5. Add the remaining dalia to the mixture. No need to grind it. This will give nice texture to the idlis.
  6. Keep the batter covered overnight for fermentation.
  7. Next day it should have risen beautifully.
  8. Grease idli moulds.
  9. Add coriander leaves or curry leaves, salt, haldi to the batter. Mix well. This step is optional.
  10. Pour into idli moulds and steam for 10-12 minutes or longer.
  11. Enjoy healthy dalia idlis with chutney of your choice. I made coconut-Bengal gram chutney, tomato-onion-ginger chutney, and pumpkin chutney.
Now let's make toast with leftover idlis. This is one of the best ways to use leftover idli batter or idlis.
You may directly add the idli batter to a toaster and create magic with it. Of course, broken wheat would become part of your daily diet for weight loss after this trial!


Ingredients
fermented daliya idlis


10 Idlis
2-3 tbsp- roasted oats (powdered)
2-3 tbsp- Roasted bengal gram dal podi (make podi at home with this dal,dry red chillies, and little salt...grind everything together) --this is optional...you may add roasted besan instead
Salt, coriander leaves
Paneer for stuffing
1 onion
Tomato chutney or pumpkin chutney or any other condiment of your choice for topping.

Procedure
fermented daliya idlis 

  1. Take idlis in a plate.
  2. Mash them with hands.
  3. Mix the Bengal gram dal podi and oats powder.
  4. Mix very well. Add salt. You may add green chilly and coriander leaves.
  5. Make small balls.
  6. Roll out the balls like a chapati.
  7. Cut into rectangular shape-- just like bread slices.
  8. Top the rectangular pieces with chutney. I used pumkin chutney.
  9. Add some amount of chutney with paneer. Mash and mix well. You can add chopped onion and tomato here. I did not.
  10. Use this paneer mixture as stuffing.
  11. Stuff the slices just as you would do with bread pieces.
  12. Place the other slice over it.
  13. Take a skillet (tawa).
  14. Grease it with oil.
  15. Roast or fry the stuffed slices on both sides. 
  16. Enjoy these dalia idli toast with chutney of your choice. We savored these without any condiment.

Still wondering how to cook broken wheat? We are coming up with more broken wheat recipes. You might just want to try sweet daliya pudding - my mom's way. Would share the recipe soon.Here is instant dalia idli recipe.

Raw Mango Chutney

mango chutney
Mango chutney is loved by one and all. I have been trying to avoid making this chutney, since it uses a good amount of sugar/sweetener. Nevertheless I could not stop myself from making mango chutney for the season after Anita Chahal aunty ji posted the raw mango chutney in our food group  Healthy Recipes by Homemakers.

My mouth started to water every time I scrolled down the page and came across aunty ji's chutney. The day she had shared raw mango dip was my Savitri Amavasya fast. So I promised to treat myself to this tasty. tangy chutney after fast.

Here I am with this delectable chutney.






Ingredients
Raw Mangoes- 2
1/2 cup- Gur  or more depending on the sourness of mangoes and your taste buds..if you like it sweeter, add more sugar/gur
Salt- 1/2 tsp (more or less)
1/2 tsp- vinegar
Black pepper powder, jeera, ajwain (carom seeds)

Procedure

  1. Grate raw mangoes.
  2. Mix everything and keep on a slow flame.
  3. Keep stirring intermittently until it becomes thick and color changes from yellow to brown.
  4. Your mango chutney is ready to be savored with roti, parantha, rice, or even khakhra.I have made oats khakhra. Check the recipe here.

How To Make Oatmeal Delicious: My Take on Khakhra With Oats

khakhra with oatmeal
They often ask how to make oatmeal delicious. And I can have a bundle of oatmeal recipes to prove that this healthy, fiber-rich grain is tasty too.

Don't believe me?

Read further.

You have heard or tried or tasted Gujarati khakhra, right?
I have tried this savory snack with oatmeal. So this makes a healthy recipe with oatmeal. Yay!

I had never imagined I would be making khakhras one day, that too using oats. I had never tasted this Gujarati savory snack earlier until a neighboring Bengali aunt gifted us a packet last Diwali. Hubby loved these crispy snacks, which are traditionally made using whole wheat flour and besan (chickpea flour/gram flour) with a hint of jeera (cumin seeds).

I still haven't checked the traditional Gujarati recipe, so I cannot claim what all gets into the making of khakra, which is savored with pickle or chutney.

Last night, before making chapatis for dinner, I was surfing the Internet when a khakra recipe surfaced. I simply glanced over it to see how this snack is prepared. To my delight, it wasn't a tough job.

So I decided to make khakhras myself, since hubby loves these. But since we are not buying anything outside these days, so he has to be content with anything and everything I make.

This was surprise time. I decided to include oats in khakhras. Yes, oats have become my favorite ingredient these days. So I went ahead with oats and voila! The experiment does not disappoint either. I am so happy with the result, for now I have the recipe to make crispy, crunchy oats khakhras for dear hubby.

I can't forget to mention that when I was making these secretly, hubby suddenly came to the kitchen for a glass of water. He instantly noted what was being prepared - asked khakhras in the making? I felt so happy and said, "Oh thank God, these are looking like khakhras."


Why I chose oatmeal is history now, for you all know my love for oats. Here is a recap on oatmeal benefits for you if you are visiting this blog for the first time.

If you have never tried oatmeal or wonder whether you should try it or are not too happy with its bland taste, then you will find more than 50 delicious recipes here that will show you how to cook oatmeal. Sounds good na!!!

Oatmeal makes a perfect 

  • snack
  • breakfast
  • dessert
  • sweet
  • beverage
  • and what not!!!

Ask my friend Ritu S. Mendiratta and she will enlist a few more delicious ways to cook oatmeal.

Ingredients
oats khakhra

1/2 cup oats (oats powder) (If you do not have oats, you can ignore and increase the amount of wheat flour)
1/2 cup-whole wheat flour
2 tsp- besan
2 tsp- suji (semolina)
salt, sugar (pinch), jeera, ajwain (carom seeds), pinch of hing (asafetida), coriander powder, haldi, dry red chilly powder - You can add spices of your choice
1 tbsp- oil
1/4-1/2 cup- milk (to knead semi-soft dough - should be less soft than chapati dough--little on the harder side)

Procedure
khakhra with oats

  1. Mix everything except milk. Rub the flours with hands.
  2. Add milk slowly to knead semi-soft dough.
  3. Keep aside for 10 minutes (optional).
  4. Take lemon sized balls. 
  5. Roll out into paper-thin chapatis. Make sure the edges are very thin.
  6. Keep the burner on slow flame. Keep a tawa (skillet).
  7. Place the chapati on the tawa. Make sure you cook all of the oats khakhras on low flame. Yes, it will take time, but this will give you crispy, crunchy khakhras.
  8. Keep pressing with a thick cloth just like a roti. But it will take time. Enjoy with chutney or pickle of your choice.
  9. I had made raw mango chutney a day before. 
  10. Check the mango chutney recipe here. It was inspired by our dearest Anita Chahal aunty ji's post. 
  11. So is there any doubt left as to how to cook oatmeal? Sure, now you won't wonder how to make oatmeal delicious. 
mango chutney

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