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Kid-Friendly 2-Ingredient Power Packed Pista Badam Ladoos


pista badaam ladoos
Looking for kid-friendly dry fruit ladoo recipe?

When making anything for kids, you always want to make sure it is healthy as well as tasty. Of course, this is the only criterion when it comes to pleasing kidoos. They always look for taste. You always look for a blend of taste & health. Worry not! I have come up with this irresistible ladoo recipe for kids. Of course, elders can have a bite too. But I am afraid, you won't stop at a bite and would want to have the entire thing. Yes, these badaami ladoos are like that.

Badam ladoos - wait a minute.

This dry fruit laddu recipe includes pistachios as well to complete the energy boosting blend. Yes, just 2 ingredients and you can churn these up quickly.
 What more could you ask for?

Moreover, these pista badam ladoos make perfect snacking option for your hunger pangs. True, these are addictive, but it is always wise to consume everything in moderation. Though almonds are the healthiest of dry fruits or nuts, excess of everything is bad. We do not want this healthy recipe to turn bad for you.

Enjoy heart-healthy dry fruit laddus in moderation.

Pistachio Benefits
With a low calorie content of 160 per ounce, pistachios are a blend of vitamins, minerals, proteins, dietary fiber, and healthy fats. The pista tree takes 10-12 years to bear fruit. Some of the pistachio benefits include a healthy heart and cardiovascular system, diabetes management, weight management, protection from hypertension, and digestion aid.

Packed with dense nutrients, pistachio is a health-boosting aid from nature’s pharmacy. 

heart healthy nuts
There are multiple pistachio benefits to make these power-packed nuts a part of your regular diet. According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, pistachios have a higher amount of beta-carotene, lutein, and gamma-tocopherol compared to other nuts, which are rich in vitamin A, vitamin E, and boost health.

The research study reveals that a heart-healthy diet, comprising pistachios, helps reduce serum oxidized-LDL or bad cholesterol levels due to the presence of antioxidants in pistachios.
Moderate use of pistachios can

  • ·         improve the level of antioxidants in your body
  • ·         lower lipids and lipoproteins
  • ·         promote heart-healthy lipid profile
  • ·         reduce systolic blood pressure




So what are you waiting for?

Roll out these almond-pista beauties and these will become a frequent recipe in your kitchen! Can't believe my words?

Try this almond-pista ladoo recipe once, and know it for yourself!

Badam Ke Ladoo Ingredients
pista badaam burfi

1/2 cup-pistachio
1/2 cup- almonds
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp- sugar (more or less depending on your choice)




Dry Fruit Laddu Recipe Procedure


almond pistachio ladoos


  1. Grind almonds to powder. Keep aside.
  2. Powder pistachios. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, keep the water and sugar mixture on high flame.We are looking for one thread consistency.
  4. Once it reaches one thread consistency, add almond powder and pista powder.
  5. Mix and stir very well until the mixture turns into a mass and gathers in the center of the pan.
  6. Keep roasting.
  7. Take out on a greased plate and knead very well (just like we do for kaju katli).
  8. When the dough looks smooth, spread it out on an aluminum foil or greased plate.
  9. Let it cool down.
  10. Cut into pieces to enjoy almond-pista burfi or roll out into cute little ladoos. 
  11. In my case, I was not able to get one-thread sugar syrup, as I was in a hurry. So the dough looked sticky initially. But by evening, the ladoos had dried and got the perfect texture.
  12. Enjoy kid-friendly, heart friendly pista badaam ladoos. 
  13. Here is another almond ladoo recipe that uses almond meal in place of almond powder. This batch of badaam ladoos is tasty and healthy. You are going to love these cute little almond balls. The best part is you can enjoy these home-made Indian sweets during fasting days.
  14. Badam burfi - the easy way.

Healthy Oatmeal Coconut Cookies With Whole Wheat Flour: Parle Style


If I say I am going to treat you to homemade oatmeal cookies flavored with coconut, what will be your reaction?

baking with oatmeal cookies


This is one baking recipe with coconut that you are instantly going to fall in love with. Do not believe me? Read further!


parle style coconut cookies

No I do not claim to have got the perfect Parle style coconut biscuits, but I have certainly come closer to replicating the taste and crunch of these coconut cookies. I have been trying out various cookie recipes, for I am a biscuit lover. I love to enjoy my tea with cookies - though I eat only one or two biscuits.

My love for biscuits started during childhood. We would savor glucose Bakeman's biscuits with milk during those days. The story is simple - there was a Bakeman's factory near Patiala, and we would buy loads of biscuit packets whenever we would be crossing the factory while heading to and fro Patiala. Rajpura is my mom's home, and as kids, we would love to visit nana-nani (maternal grandparents) during vacations. It was then that we would travel from Patiala to Rajpura by a moped (2-wheeler) that papa would ride and all of us would anxiously wait for the biscuit factory.

Beautiful memories there!!

The factory closed down in the later years ((:

coconut cookies with oatmeal


It was then that we started trying out different biscuit brands and varieties, and coconut biscuits was one of them. My love for cookies is eternal!

oats for cholesterol
So let's come back to the coconut biscuit recipe, which uses whole wheat flour. One point that you would notice in my recipes is the use of healthy grains. I never use refined flour or maida. So all of my posts comprise no maida recipes.

Yes, I have tried coconut cookies and coconut oatmeal cookies several times using different combinations and got very good results as well as reviews on them. But this time it's different. I have been trying to get my hands on biscuit recipes so I can replicate the packet style cookies even while using whole wheat flour. My Mcvities style digestive cookies recipe was a step in that direction.

I have also shared one cornflakes coconut cookies recipe that you will love!
This is a keeper's recipe - no, these aren't chewy oatmeal coconut cookies, but crispy oatmeal cookies with coconut.


Coconut adds a distinct flavor to any recipe it is part of. I am in love with coconut since my marriage in the coastal state of Odisha. It was only after marriage that I developed a liking for coconut. Surprisngly, as opposed to most claims, coconut and coconut oil are natural wonders. Check for coconut oil benefits here.

Here's some feedback on the oatmeal cookies Parle style:


Healthy Oatmeal Cookies With Coconut Ingredients
atta coconut biscuits

1 cup- atta (whole wheat flour)
1 cup- dry coconut powder (you may use leftover coconut powder after extracting coconut oil)
1/2 cup- oats powder  (grind rolled oats)
6 tbsp- cold butter or desi ghee (clarified butter) (or coconut meat that remains at the bottom following extraction of oil)
2 tbsp- Honey
2 tbsp- milk (or coconut milk that remains at the bottom after extraction of coconut oil)
1 tbsp- sugar powder
3/4 tsp- baking powder
1/4 tsp- baking soda

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies Bake Procedure
This coconut cookies recipe can come in handy after you have extracted coconut oil at home. You can easily use the leftovers for this recipe.
  1. Sieve together atta, baking powder, baking soda, oats powder, and coconut powder.
  2. Mix sugar powder.
  3. Add cold butter and rub it into the flour. This step is very important so do it well.
  4. Pour honey over the crumbled flour mixture.
  5. Again rub everything well with hands.
  6. Add milk. 
  7. Check if the dough consistency is okay. We do not want to knead it. Just collect all the ingredients. It should not be sticky. If the dough feels dry and rough, add 1 more tbsp of milk. 
  8. Add the remaining tbp of milk if the dough is still little dry.
  9. It should be soft dough but not sticky. 
  10. Make two logs and cover them tightly with aluminum foil or butter/parchment paper.
  11. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.  The longer you refrigerate, the better the results. I refrigerated it overnight.
  12. Before rolling out the dough into cookies, preheat the oven (mw convection) at 180 degrees for 10 mts.
  13. no maida coconut cookies
  14. Meanwhile, roll out the dough into a thick chapati. The dough may feel hard since it uses less fat. So it is a good idea either to slice it as is or leave it outside for 5 mts to soften. Or add 1tsp of milk and then roll it out.
  15. I made two batches of coconut biscuits - one thinner version like Parle and a thicker version like bakery style coconut cookies. Choice is yours.
  16. I used a bottle cap to cut the dough into round cookie shapes. You may give any shape - but the round one looks more like market bought packet biscuits.
  17. I used a knife to carve out design on top of the cookies.
  18. Place each cookie at a distance from each other on a greased baking tray - this helps in even baking of biscuits.
  19. Bake for 20 mts at 170 degrees. Enjoy crispy, crunchy Parle style coconut biscuits.
  20. Surprise your family with this batch of coconut cookies!
  21. You may want to try my other cookies recipes. Click on the link to get over 25 types of cookie recipes.
  22. If oatmeal interests you, do try any of my 50+ oatmeal recipes.

feedback on coconut cookies with whole wheat flour





OPOS Rasgulla & Rasmalai: Odisha Pahala Rasgulla OPOSd


The word rasmalai sounds so blissful - with all the ras intact. 
Well, I am sharing with you a gur rasmalai and rasgulla recipe that uses toned/low-fat milk. This does make a healthy sweet that you can indulge in guilt free. Of course, I am not saying you should be doing this daily. Pahala rasgulla is a special sweet in Odisha. I love the brown tint of this Odiya sweet and its spongy texture.
paneer rasgulla sponge Odiya recipe


Well, I am OPOSing a number of recipes every day. In fact, OPOS is what I do these days in my kitchen - rarely do I make anything the old way. Why not? OPOS is another name for life made easy - or you may say it is cooking made easier!  While we have been trying out OPOS recipes everyday, primarily meals, it's time to OPOS sweets now. Of course, it is Diwali time, which is the time to relish sweets. Since I do not indulge too much in sweets, given the amount of empty calories that go into the body, I try making everything at home, so that I can keep an eye on what goes inside us. What do you have to say about it?
sponge pahala rasgulla Odiya recipe OPOS

Here, I would like to declare that I have stopped buying white or refined sugar. Rather, I have chosen to substitute it with its healthier alternatives:


  • jaggery
  • raw cane sugar
  • honey
  • fruit purees



OPOS paneer rasgulla



Without further ado, let's see the OPOS rasgulla recipe. I wanted to go ahead with OPOS rasmalai as well, but I want to be fully confident here before OPOSing rasmalai. Worry not! Will do so shortly.




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Call it rasogollah, rasugullah, or chenna meetha, this less sweet delicacy is going to tinkle your taste buds. The no fuss recipe uses paneer (cottage cheese), sugar, and water - the simplest of ingredients available in every home. Yes, it's as simple as that.

Can it get simpler than this?

Wondering how could a delicacy like this be so simple to churn out?

I have been fond of rasogollah since childhood. The rasogollah I used to savor during childhood was more like gulab jamun. I am looking for a recipe to make that kind of rasogollah, but thus far have not been able to get my hands on it. Everytime I Google rasogollah, I am driven to the sponge rasgulla.

Nevertheless, I have tried sponge rasgulla many times, and everytime I love the less sweet dessert that I learned to make last year. Hubby dear loves these sponge rasugullah, which originated in his home state of Odisha. Initially I did not like this kind of rasogollah, but after marriage, I have got so used to the Odiya style of spongy sweet made from chenna (cottage cheese).

Usually this recipe uses high fat milk for good results. But I use toned/skimmed milk, so try everything with this low fat milk. It never disappoints.

Let's come back to the recipe


Ingredients
250 grm Paneer (I have used cottage cheese made from low fat/skimmed/toned milk - you may use one with cow's milk/full-fat milk) - (HOW TO MAKE PANEER IN 5 mins)
Jaggery powder-1 cup (more if you want it sweeter-- I took 1/2 cup only )
Water- 3 cups
elaichi (cardamom)

Procedure
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OPOS paneer. Here is how you can make 5-minute paneer with one pot one shot.
Strain paneer and allow it to cool down. I allowed the panner to sit in a tea strainer until all water was gone.





 Then add 1 tsp of water to the paneer and start kneading it.
Knead into a very smooth dough - it will need a lot of hard work. You may continue to press it with your palms again and again until it becomes smooth - silky smooth, that it. Keep kneading until oil oozes from paneer...that's the point where you should stop kneading.

This will ensure that the paneer balls remain intact while boiling in the jaggery syrup. You may use a processor to churn it quickly. Make sure it does not become loose though.

 Once done, make lime-sized balls without cracks.

 Add water, jaggery powder, and elaichi powder in a 2- or 3-liter pressure cooker.

 Drop all paneer balls into the cooker.
Cover with whistle/weight on.
 Pressure cook on a high flame for 7-8 whistles.
Turn off the flame.
Allow pressure to settle down.




Open, cool the balls down, refrigerate, and relish OPOS sponge rasgulla.
If you press the rasgulla with hands, you can easily squeeze it like a sponge, but it will retain its shape quickly. This is a sign that your OPOS pahala rasgulla from Odisha are done.
Enjoy this simple Odiya delicacy with family or friends this Diwali - surely makes a palatable Diwali treat for one and all.

Here's another non-OPOS way to make sponge rasgulla in cooker:

  1. Let the paneer balls simmer on medium flame in the sugar/jaggery syrup If you are using cooker, let the water boil once. Then drop the balls into it and cover with weight (whistle ). Turn off the flame after 4 whistles. Your sponge raogollahs are ready in a jiffy.
  2. If you are using an open vessel, follow these steps. Meanwhile, make lemon-sized balls with paneer.
  3. Drop the balls in the boiling water+sugar mixture.
  4. Let it bowl for 20-25 mts or until the sugar syrup is reduced to almost half.
  5. Let the rasgullahs cool down.
  6. You may refrigerate paneer rasgullahs if you can control your cravings.
Craving for more sweet recipes. Here is my top-rated sugarless besan ladoo recipe.

You can make gur rasmalai with these rasgullahs.

2 cups- milk
elaichi, pista, almonds, sugar or gur (I have used gur/ jaggery powder)
milk powder (optional) - 2 tbsp

Procedure: How to make rasmalai at home with jaggery
rasmalai

  1. Mix milk and milk powder +elaichi. If you do not have milk powder, simply mix milk and elaichi and keep it on high flame.
  2. Add Gur or sugar.
  3. After the milk boils once, throw in the rasogullah balls and let them simmer on low flame until the milk is reduced  to half. 
  4. Add almonds, pistachio to the milk. 
  5. Enjoy super special rasmalai.



Tips to Bake Oatmeal Bread Without Yeast: Soda Bread Recipe With Whole Wheat


No yeast atta bread recipe is for health freaks like me. I am skeptical to use yeast in my bread recipes, so always try to come up with yeast free whole wheat bread recipes that give me the satisfaction of not including "yeast the beast" to satiate my bread cravings.

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Sounds interesting?

No yeast bread recipes are not as popular as those with yeast. But I always try yeast-free recipes.

I have been trying to experiment with different bread combinations. This time tried my hands at a mixture of rice flour, whole wheat, and oats. The bread comes out super soft, though there is always a difference between yeast and no yeast bread.

But for a healthy take, the yeast-free bread has many takers - at least I am always ready to bake one. We have not bought market bread for more than a year now. Yeast can be a major cause of allergies in many people with high histamine levels.

So we try to avoid market bread. Moreover, the bread making process in factories is filthy and the way they knead bread with feet is enough to make anyone puke.

So why not bake your own no yeast bread loaf and enjoy a trip to haven with every single bite!

You can experiment with this bread and make toasts, sandwiches, ice cream, desserts, and what not!

Especially sharing this yeast free atta bread recipe, without maida,  for my dear friend Anna!

yeast free bread whole wheat oatmeal

whole wheat flour benefits


whole grains benefits

oatmeal benefits

Yeast Free Oatmeal Bread Ingredients
no yeast oats bread

1 cup- whole wheat flour
1/2 cup-oatmeal (ground oats/oatmeal)
1/2 cup- besan//rice flour/chickpea flour
3 tbsp-oil
1 tsp-baking soda (you may add baking powder instead - I have my personal concerns for not using it)
2 tbsp-honey (or 1 tbsp sugar)
1 tsp -salt (more or less)
1 tbsp- flax seeds powder (optional- I added for a nutty flavor)
1 cup- buttermilk


Oatmeal Bread Without Yeast Recipe Procedure

  1. Mix all the flours lined up for making a no yeast bread loaf. Keep aside.
  2. Add salt to the flour.
  3. Mix oil, honey,  buttermilk and soda. The mixture will be frothy.
  4. Immediately pour into the flour mixture and mix very well with hands. The dough will be sticky and loose.It should not be dry.
  5. Pour in a greased baking pan.
  6. Top the bread with roasted flax powder. You may use herbs of your choice as well to spice up the soda bread.
  7. Preheat oven for 10 mts at 180 degrees.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 180 degrees.
  9. Enjoy the oatmeal bread without yeast fresh for best results.
  10. This is a kind of soda bread that you would want to try out today.

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