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North Indian Punjabi Recipes

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.

Collection of 50+ Healthy Recipes With Oatmeal


oatmeal recipes
Looking for healthy recipes with oatmeal? You have come at the right place. As an oatmeal lover, I have come up with an umpteen number of healthy oats recipes for weight loss that you are going to fall in love with.

The list of recipes focus on how to prepare oatmeal for breakfast. If you think baking with oat flour is a hassle, you are seriously wrong. After having tried and tested (read: tasted) numerous healthy ways to eat oatmeal, I can guarantee that this cereal grain would become a part of your daily diet.

Check below the entire list of healthy oatmeal recipes that I have experimented with, prepared, and savored without anybody even realizing they are actually eating oats.

Benefits of Oats; Do oats contain gluten
Here is a collection of oats recipes to make it easier for you to include this healthy fiber-rich cereal grain in your diets. My first experience of masala oats was really bad. I stopped eating oats for a year after that. But ever since I started experimenting with Patanjali oats and sometimes Saffola oats, I have been in love with this cereal grain, which is a healthier option to include in your meals.

Rich in minerals and dietary fiber, a meal with oats keeps your tummy feel full for longer, which means you are less likely to indulge in binge eating or snacking unnecessarily. If we say oats is your key to keeping your weight managed, would it be wrong?

Well, of course, not! But I admit, oats alone cannot help your weight management goals. It's a blend of diet and exercise regimen that can help you fulfil your fitness goals. Of course, your choice of ingredients should be healthy!

However, like ALL other grains, oats too are mineral and vitamin deficient. This means you should blend oatmeal with other vitamin, mineral rich foods that can work together to give you the overall nutritional benefits. Oatmeal recipes are not bland or boring; rather, you can make delectable health food with the inclusion of oats.

oats benefits
Listed below are the healthy ways to include oatmeal in your daily diet.


  1. Knead dough with oatmeal

I knead my regular dough with oatmeal and whole wheat flour - 40:60 ratio. The rotis turn out to be very soft and delicious. Do try to knead your dough with oats next time. You will find no better way to include this healthy cereal in your meal planning than this.

Or you may add a handful of oatmeal to multigrain flour, comprising whole wheat, barley, ragi (finger millet), jowar, bajra, soy, sattu (black chickpea flour), and chana dal/besan (gram flour) to derive the maximum benefits of all cereal grains.

Easiest way to knead dough with oatmeal



2. Oatmeal recipes for weight loss
You may want to try some of the oats recipes below, which comprise oats snacks, oats meals, oats curries, oats desserts, oats cookies, oats cakes, oats kulfis. oats bread, oats idlis, oats sweets, and oats savories.

The list of oats recipes is increasing by the day, as I and Ritu, a dear friend who runs her blog Ritzinkitchen, continue to experiment with this grain. Do not forget to scroll over to her page for more delectable recipes with oats.

Oats Idlis: How to Prepare Oatmeal for Breakfast
1.     Oats Ragi Idli
2.     Oats Dalia Idli
3.     Oats Idli
5.     Oats carrot idli
6. Instant oats mix- oats upma recipe
Oats Meals/Oats Curries: Learn How to Make Oatmeal Delicious
6.     Oats Manchurian
7.     Oats Gatte Kadhi
Oats Cookies: Baking with Oat Flour

Oats Cakes/oats bread: Oatmeal Breakfast Recipes


Oats Sweets: Recipes With Oat Flour
Oats Snacks/Savories: Oatmeal Healthy Recipes

Oats Desserts/Oats Kulfi: Innovative oatmeal recipes
  Oats shakes/oats soups: How to make healthy recipes with oatmeal

OPOS Bhaja Santula From Odiya Cuisine: A Diabetes-Friendly Recipe


If you are looking for a diabetes-friendly recipe for regular meal planning, then read this post further.

Presenting before you my diabetic MIL's special mix vegetable recipe for diabetics. However, I have tried to standardize it as per OPOS technique this time. This is my one pot one shot bhaja santula. Enjoy lovely flavors, beautiful colors, and healthy greens right in one pot one shot.
OPOS bhajja santula - a recipe for diabetics sans potato

As you know, I was in Odisha recently. Yes, it is my sasural (in-law's place). The best thing about Odisha is the mesmerizing naturescape that I miss here in Delhi, where concrete structures abound. I do miss the green landscape that decks the coastal state of Odisha - with tall coconut trees flanking my in-law's home and enhancing its beauty. Nature is so beautiful :) I badly miss it here!

Another thing that captivates me in Odisha is its abundance of green vegetables that we usually do not get here in north India. I must say Odiyas are big time foodies and love food above everything else. There is so much diversity in the food there that any foodie would instantly fall for it.

Of course, I am not a foodie, but I love the food cooked by my mother in law. Yes, I have told you earlier that she is an awesome cook - she has been cooking since childhood. She was married when she was 16 and had a difficult MIL. But my MIL remained patient and focused on looking after her MIL all the time. She took utmost care of her MIL when the latter was in her last stages and suffering from cancer. This was the time when the latter regretted for having tormented the former.
Anyway, cutting my long story short, let's come back to the bhaja santula recipe of my talented MIL.

diabetic friendly recipe



Santula is a healthy blend of vegetables - it primarily uses green veggies that most fussy eaters refuse to eat. But if you try my MIL's bhajja santula, I am sure your difficult-to-please family will fall for the healthiest of vegetables - that's a promise.

I recently learned this recipe from my MIL, who is a diabetic and makes this recipe often, sans potato.

Now that I have OPOSd it, let's see how the layering is done in OPOS bhaja santula:
Ingredients
santula odiya cuisine

Brinjal- 1 (green brinjal is in abundance in Odisha - it's locally grown there - I did not add since hubby is allergic)
Raw papaya
1 plaintain (raw banana)
1 potato (when making a diabetes-friendly recipe, omit potato)
5-6 parwal
1-2 turai/tori (ridge gourd)
3 onions
8-10 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp- rai (black mustard)
salt to taste, haldi, and red chilly powder
3 tbsp- mustard oil (my MIL adds little more)
garan masala (optional)


How to OPOS bhaja santula:


Take a 3-liter pressure cooker.
Add 2 tbsp of water.
Top it with 2tsp of oil.
Add minced garlic. Top it with sliced onions.
Add one batch of parwal. Then keep another batch of papaya in its side. Another batch of ridge gourd, and one small pocket of French beans. Layer raw banana slices on top. I did n't use brinjal or eggplant this time because A is allergic to it. But if you are using, you may place it as one batch.
Layer all the veggies this way. I placed small pockets of each.
For potatoes, I used a pot. Add 1 tsp of oil and drop in thinly sliced and marinated potatoes. Use salt and turmeric alone for marination.
Add salt and turmeric on top of the veggies. Then keep the potato pot on top of it.
Pressure cook for 5 minutes. Release pressure. Open, mix everything together, and serve.
If you wish to temper bhaja santula, use mustard seeds and whole red chilly.




Bhaja Santula Procedure

  1. Slice all veggies lengthwise - the thinner the better.  Sprinkle haldi and red cilly powder on these sliced veggies.
  2. Slice onions. Keep aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan.
  4. Add mustard seeds. When they splutter, add garlic cloves. You may mince garlic first. My MIL adds the whole cloves.
  5. Next add sliced onions. Sprinkle some salt for faster cooking and cook them until they get browned.
  6. Now add all the sliced veggies.
  7. Add salt as required and stir fry for 2-3 minutes
  8. Cover & cook on a slow flame for 7-8 minutes.
  9. Now open the lid and stir well.
  10. Next keep the lid open and flame low. We do not want to cover the veggies now and will stir fry. This will prevent them from sticking together (advice given by my sasu ma).
  11. Enjoy bhajja santula with steamed rice or roti. This is full of nutrition and vitamins. Your family cannot reject this healthy recipe - trust me!
  12. If you like Odiya cuisine, you may want to try dalma - a healthy & delectable blend of lentils and veggies. Easy to make and tastes divine.
  13. This diabetes friendly recipe is a keeper. Do try and share feedback.





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