Baked Poha Cutlets: A No Fried Recipe

baked poha cutlets
Poha (rice flakes) is a versatile ingredient, agree? It can be put to innumerable uses, of course in your kitchen. Get your creative mind at work and start experimenting with these thinnest rice flakes and you can create marvels. Trust me!

It may look bland at first sight, but if you do pick this ingredient, you will find you can make

  • diet snacks
  • savory snacks
  • desserts, sweets
  • cookies and cakes
Also known as beaten flakes, flattened flakes, or dehusked rice, poha has a unique characteristic to swell when it comes in touch with water. So when it comes to making poha snacks, you ought to remember this.

It is an easily digestible form of raw rice, which is widely popular across India and savored in different ways everywhere.
Poha Recipes
  • The simple poha recipe would be to soak these flakes in water for a couple of minutes and then add them to warm flavored milk - do not be surprised if these taste like kheer or rice pudding.
  • Then another form to enjoy poha is by dry roasting it along with almonds and puffed rice, and tempering them with carom seeds, curry leaves and turmeric. You will love this diet snack.
  • In some parts of the country, poha is eaten raw and mixed with jaggery.
  • You may dry roast poha and then give it a few churns with jaggery and dry fruits. Add 1 tbsp of ghee or clarified butter and roll the powder into ladoo. This poha recipe was shared by Neelam Avasthi in my food group, and she got great reviews on the same.
  • Mix poha with curd and ripe banana and little sugar, and you will get a quick anytime snack with poha. This is known as chuda kadali chakata and savored in Odisha - my sasural (in-law's place).
  • Kanda poha is another poha recipe popular in Maharashtra. 
poha cutlets

1/2 cup- poha
1/4 cup- buttermilk (you may use curd water)
1/2 tsp- oil
2 tbsp- hung curd
1 boiled potato
salt, turmeric, roasted methi powder (optional), powdered coriander seeds (dhaniya powder)
curry leaves
roasted almonds or groundnuts (I prefer almonds)
Sauteed Spinach leaves (optional)

Healthy Poha Cutlets Procedure

baked poha cutlet no fried recipe

  1. Soak poha in buttermilk for 2 minutes. Squeeze and then keep aside.
  2. Now add mashed potato, hung curd, salt, haldi, dhaniya powder, curry leaves, roasted almond flakes.
  3. Mix well with hands until you can combine everything into small balls.
  4. Flatten the balls lightly with hands. 
  5. Grease each flattened poha ball with oil.
  6. Bake at 180 degrees for 10 mts.
  7. Savory poha snack is ready. You may even shallow fry it on tawa or skillet. 
  8. I wanted to bake it this time, so went ahead with baking, since I have already tried tawa poha cutlets.
  9. This is a simple poha cutlet recipe that you can relish as is or with any condiment of your choice.
  10. I usually enjoy snacks without chutneys. But you may want to try tomato-lauki chutney with this one. I am sure you will love every bit of this combo. 
feedback on poha cutlets baked: healthy recipe

Ever tried pan fried suji (semolina) cutlets?
I am sure you will love them. 
shallow fried suji cutlet

pan fried suji kachori with vermicelli filling

Here's some feedback on poha cutlets from Kalyani Iyengar:

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Oatmeal Digestive Biscuits for Weight Loss

oat digestive biscuits
Obesity seems like a curse these days. An increasing number of people are obese. Statistics are really threatening, given the ballooning obese population. Nevertheless there are ways to get back in shape.Of course, I do not claim that you should start eating healthy cookies for weight loss. But then this will certainly make a difference. After all, what goes in comes out. Your diet has a big role to play in shaping your body, agree? You cannot ignore the role of a healthy exercise regimen simultaneously. My fitness mantra is simple - eat healthy, drink loads of water, and exercise daily. That's it!

What is A Healthy Diet for Weight Loss

Now let's come back to your healthy dietary regimen, You must include fiber in your diet - irrespective of the fact whether you are obese, overweight, or have a normal body mass index. Fiber is necessary for everyone alike. You are no different. Try to derive most fiber from the food you eat. Eat dietary fiber-rich products. This includes bakes and cookies. Bakery and processed foods must be avoided, but since you are human, you may crave for something special sometimes. This oat digestive biscuits recipe can come in handy - trust me you can enjoy it guilt free as part of your regular diet How?

Read further to know how oat digestive cookies can come in handy.

What if I say this makes a great Diwali gift for a loved one? Of course, they won;t mind munching on healthy cookies! What say?

Why should you try this recipe of digestive cookies for weight loss:

  1. It uses oatmeal as the base.
  2. It has no butter.
  3. It uses olive oil.
  4. It uses hung curd/Greek Yogurt.
  5. It is less sweet - with the addition of honey.
  6. It also includes whole wheat flour.
Yes, this oatmeal digestives recipe is loaded with healthy ingredients. Now you must be wondering about its taste. Well, if didn't taste good, I would never share. This recipe of healthy oatmeal cookies with wheat flour got hubby's approval - hubby is somebody who isn't too fond of cookies. 

Need I say more?

I am glad he liked this batch of digestive cookies. I am sure you, too, will like it.

why include oatmeal in your diet for weight loss
This set of healthy cookies is a must-try baking option for health freaks or those of you who wish to include healthy snacks and ingredients in their regular diets. Do you love cookies - that too, cookies with oatmeal or whole wheat flour cookies? What if I say homemade whole wheat cookies?

This website is a hub of healthy recipes, for I love to include healthy ingredients in my meals. You won't find an unhealthy ingredient here. That's a promise!

oatmeal digestives for weight loss
Baking can be a rewarding experience, only if you love baked goodies. If you do not, you are almost certain to find faults in something or the other. But there are hardly any people that do not like baked goods. If we get to prepare healthy oatmeal cookies with wheat flour at home, nothing can beat that.

These are healthy oatmeal cookie with honey recipes you can enjoy guilt free, for they use healthy ingredients. Easy to make, quick to churn, and delectable in taste, these healthy cookies are for cookie lovers who cannot wait to dunk a cookie in a cup of milk.

oatmeal for healthy weight loss diet
Whole wheat flour cookies are healthy, crispy, and of course flavorful. In fact, you can bake a set of healthy cookies with whole wheat flour, without losing flavor or texture. Yes, you do not need all-purpose flour/refined flour or white flour to create baking marvels.
say no to maida cookies

Whole wheat flour or other healthy grains can do the magic for you! Don't believe my words? Do try this cookie recipe to find it out on your own.

Why Olive oil? What are the olive oil benefits
A cornerstone of Mediterranean diet, olive oilis loaded with health benefits, which range from skin to hair to overall health.

  1. Lower cardiovascular risk
  2. Lower risk of stroke
  3. Reduced risk of cancer
  4. Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  5. Aid against osteoporosis 
  6. Boost for bone health
  7. Preventive aid from depression
  8. May prevent skin cancer
I will do a detailed post on olive oil benefits soon. Keep watching this space for more.

Weight loss cookies 
Who says you cannot munch on cookies on a diet? This batch of oatmeal cookies uses no butter and is loaded with fiber to help with your weight loss goals.If you are doubting the taste of these weight loss munchies, better try this batch out and find it out for yourself. One batch of this weight loss digestives would disappear soon unless you can control your instincts!

1/2 cup- whole wheat flour
1 cup- oatmeal flour
4 tsp- olive oil (I like extra virgin olive oil - if you do not, you may replace with butter or clarified butter/ghee)
3 tsp- hung curd/Greek Yogurt (here is an easy way to make hung curd at cloth needed) - you may replace with butter if you do not have hung curd
2 tsp- honey (you may replace honey with sugar or jaggery powder if you so wish to)
2 tbsp-sugar (more or less)
1/2 tsp- baking soda
Roasted sesame seeds (til)

whole wheat oatmeal cookies with honey

  1. 1. Sieve both flours along with baking soda.
  2. Throw in sesame seeds and sugar powder. Mix very well.
  3. Next add olive oil or any other vegetable oil. I am including oil, but you may add cold desi ghee if you so wish. 
  4. Now add hung curd and then mix honey.
  5. Are you able to collect all the ingredients into a ball?
  6. If not, add 1 tsp more of hung curd. 
  7. We want a smooth ball- not too soft, nor too hard. Please do not knead like roti atta.
  8. Keep aside wrapped in a cling film/parchment paper/ aluminum foil for 30 minutes.
  9. Roll out into a chapati-like dough, but it should be little thicker than chapati.
  10. Take a small bangle and cut into round shapes.
  11. Now take a knife and make vertical and horizontal lines on each cookie.
  12. Meanwhile, preheat the oven (mw convection) for 10 mts at 180 degrees.
  13. Place cookies on a greased baking tray at an even distance from each other - should not be cluttered. There should be some gap between each cookie.
  14. Bake in a preheated oven for 14 minutes at 170 degrees.
  15. Enjoy healthy cookies with a hot cup of tea. Any takers here?
  16. You can certainly bake a fresh batch as a Diwali gift for someone special.
  17. These are the healthiest digestives you would want to bake for your family. Do give these a try.
  18. Here's a link to healthy oatmeal cookies no sugar recipe. I call this batch of cookies Mcvities digestives.

Here's some feedback on the weight loss recipe/digestives:

The first feedback comes from a person who is no less than a mentor for many young girls. Chithra Vishwanathan or CV tried this batch of weight loss cookies and loved them. I am so happy to see CV try out my recipe, since she is a gem herself. I love her recipes and her south Indian ethnicity.

Here's some more feedback From Shruti Ogra

feedback on weight loss digestives

feedback on weight loss digestives butterless

Navratri Recipes by Homemakers: Healthy Food, Falahari Dishes for Fast

food for navratri
So, you have come looking for navratri recipes to this page? You will find some of the best food for navratri fast here - shared by some of the top homemakers in the country, who are doing it big in their lives. Am proud of each one of the contributors to this post.

Navratri is an auspicious time in India. It is considered one of the best time to kick-start a new journey, be it a business, marriage, or anything. It connotes nine nights - when people fast for their favorite deity Goddess Durga because the goddess brings peace, strength, and prosperity.

Navratri marks the pinnacle of autumn festivities and ends with the grandest of all Indian festivals - Dussehra. On the nine days of navratra, different incarnations of mother Goddess Durga are worshipped, with each having its unique characteristics.

Each of the days proceeding navratra signal the gradual decrease of darkness in an ascending order. According to mythology, the demonic powers dominated the world led by Mahishasura . No God, not even the triumvirate of Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh was able to kill the demon. All the gods and goddesses gathered at a common place and deliberated on creating a supreme power. All of them contributed their powers, virtues, weapons, and all they had to create Goddess Durga- who stands for preservation of virtue, end of greed, and the guiding light from darkness.

Durga also represents a larger life, where truth and beauty represent the vivid world picture on a larger scale.

Dussehra is the day of Vijaydashmi, the day when good prevailed over bad -virtue over vice. It is the day when Goddess Durga- the epitome of all the power of nature killed Mahishasura - who stands for egoism and darkness.

This is also the day when lord Rama killed demon king Ravana - another symbol of darkness.

Human life is all about a struggle for peace and prosperity, and the quest for wealth is unending. Each one of us is struggling hard to get wealthy in literal sense. There is no end in sight to this quest, unfortunately!

Nevertheless when it comes to fasting and eating for fast, navratri recipes keep you afloat. Surprised? Gone are the days when people would savor only fruits for navratri fast. These days, food experiments for fasting ingredients have given birth to an enormous range of recipes.

So, without further ado, let's get back to the navratri food recipes shared by my groupies in Healthy Recipes by Homemakers -a Facebook food group  :)

  1. Paneer Peanuts Fudge with Apple Caramelized by Bishakha Kumari Saxena 

navatri recipe

"This dish is my innovation and delicious in taste also," says Bishakha.

Ingredients -
150 gms paneer crushed
100 gms peanuts roasted, soaked and peeled also crushed
Dry fruits
2 Apple caramelized in brown sugar
2 bowl brown sugar
1/2 ltr milk

Method -
Firstly boiled the milk, then add paneer, peanuts, dry fruits and brown sugar and cook it on sim gas for atleast milk is totally reduced and paneer and peanuts become like butter.

Then take one pan and put 1 grated Apple and brown sugar for caramelized the Apple.

Your sweet dish is ready for garnishing. Take one small glass put paneer and peanuts fudge the in the top caramelized Apple.

2.  Ramdana dates ladoo by Bishkha Kumari Saxena

navratri recipe by Bishakha

According to Bishakha: "This ladoo is healthy and yummy too much."

Ingredients -
250 gms ramdana roasted
100 gms dates de-seed and grinded
200 gms Jaggery
8-10 pieces cashew nuts and Almonds

Method -
Firstly in heavy vessel put Jaggery nd 1 glass water nd put on the gas for make syrup.

When Jaggery syrup is ready put ramdana, dates nd dry fruits nd mix nicely. After that makes ladoo.

Your tasty ladoo is ready for serving.

3. Falahari pizza by Bishakha Kumari Saxena

Bishakha has recently joined my group, but I salute her innovative thinking. She comes up with really innovative recipes.

Keeping up with her food experimentation spree, Bishakha says, I am thinking that all things we prepare, than why not Pizza... bus koshish karke atleast bana hi liya."
falahari pizza

Ingredients -
250 gms shinghara ka atta
100 gms roasted makhane powder
4 pieces boiled potatoes
Green and dry red chillies
Coriander leaves
Apple minty Chatani
100 gms mashed paneer
Fresh cream optional
Veggies like carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes

Method -
Firstly you make tight dough with shinghara ka atta, green chillies, salt and makhane powder. Then make roti and try on tawa both sides without using oil.

Meanwhile grate all veggies only potato's are cut in small pieces. Then take one roti and spread Chatani and veggies, then potato's on toppings. Sprinkle paneer everywhere, dry red chilli pieces and cream.

Then on non stick pan bake it, cover with lid for 5 min or in microwave bake it for 10 min on micro.

Your yummy yummy pizza is ready for change your taste in fasting πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

4.  FALAHAARI BARFI by Neelam Avasthi

Neelam Avasthi is a well-read lady, who has some exceptional culinary skills. Her culinary expertise has made her the toast of many groups. Yes, she is so talented.

This navratri recipe comes from her kithen.

First of all I wish all the friends a Very Happy Navratri. May Maa Durga bless us all !!!
Today is the first day of Navratri, so I am here with something Meetha. Enjoy fasting friends and keep posting whatever you make in these Navratri.

falahari burfi by Neelam A,


Singhara flour-1/2 bowl
Grated coconut-1/2 bowl
Ghee-1 tbsp
Jaggery powder-1/2 bowl or you can use sugar
Milk-1/2 ltr
Elaichi powder-1 tsp
Roasted dry fruits of your choice


Boil milk in a heavy bottom wok n reduce it to half. In another wok dry roast singhara flour on low flame till it changes color, add grated coconut n roast for only one minute, add thickened milk and cook till becomes like a lump, add jaggery powder and mix well, add one tbsp ghee and cook for hardly one minute, turn the flame off. Mix elaichi powder and dry fruits, spread this mixture in a greased plate and let it cool completely. Cut in diamond shape and enjoy this yummy, light and healthy treat.

5. FALAHAARI APPE by Neelam Avasthi

"Can you think of making saabudaana without soaking of hours," asks Neelam.
"But with this method you can, soaking is required only for 15-20 mins.
One more Marvel of APPAM PATRA!!!"

This is another navratri recipe for vrat that you can relish whether fasting or not.

falahari appe by Neelam A

Saabudaana powder- half bowl
Samak rice flour- half bowl
Singhara flour-2 tbsp
Boiled potatoes-2
Chopped ginger n green chilli-1 tbsp
Black pepper powder- 1/4 tsp

First soak saabudaana powder with water, water should just cover the powder, meanwhile boil potatoes, peel n mash, gather other ingredients, add saabudaana n mix well, heat APPAM PATRA, add little oil in each of its well, put balls of mixture and cook till brown n crispy from all the sides.
Instant saabudaana VADA are ready to relish !!!

6. FALAHAARI DOSA by Neelam Avasthi
When looking for navratri fast recipes, you cannot miss this falahari dosa from Neelam ji's kitchen. 

"We all make dosa in routine, but in fasting we miss it. Today we will learn to make FALAHAARI DOSA which we can relish in Navratri also. No more missing of our favourite food," says Neelam ji.

falahari dosa navratri recipe by Neelam A


Samak rice-1/2 bowl
oil for shallow frying


Boiled potatoes-2
Black pepper powder
Oil-1 tsp
Curry leaves


Wash n soak saabudaana and samak rice separately for 3-4 hours. Strain the water and grind both into a fine paste, add salt and keep it in a warm place for 3-4 hours. 
Grease a nonstick tawa and make dosa as we usually do.

For filling

Heat oil in a pan, add curry leaves, let the colour change, add boiled and mashed potatoes, salt and pepper powder, mix well, saute for a while and turn the flame off. You can make the stuffing of paneer as well.
Enjoy fasting friends...

7. Falhari Paneer Kadhi by Bishakha Kumari Saxena

Annother innovative navratri recipe from Bishakha's kitchen:
falahari paneer kadhi by Bishakha

Ingredients -
250 gms paneer mashed 
100 shinghare ka atta lightly roasted 
Roasted peanuts 
Roasted almonds, cashew nuts
Rock salt 
Chopped Coriander leaves 
Chopped Green chillies
1 spoon red chilli powder 
1 bowl curd
1 spoon ghee optional 

Method -
Firstly you take big bowl put curd, salt, red chilli powder and shinghare ka atta and mix it nicely and keep aside.

Meanwhile take mashed paneer add little salt and mix properly.

After that we make filling. In bowl put peanuts, raisins, cashew nuts, Almonds, chopped green chillies, chopped coriander, salt and mix it nicely.

Then take paneer and make ping pong size balls and in the center put filling and closed it. You make all paneer balls like this process and bake it in Appam Patra. If you want to fry then make thin paste of shinghare ka atta add salt in it, then dip all balls and deep fry it. But I baked it.

Then take kadhai put ghee heat it and add cumin splutter them then add shinghare ke atte ka mixture and let you them on sim gas. After boiling add paneer balls and switch off the gas.

Your yummy kadhi is ready to eatπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

8. Kuttu ki idlies by Sangeeta Sethi 

Sangeeta Sethi is a biology lecturer, who takes keen interest in healthy cooking. This recipe for navratri fast comes from her kitchen. She is a well-educated lady, with outstanding culinary skills. Her innovative recipes keep me awe-struck!

kuttu idlis navratri food by Sangeeta Sethi


Soak 100 g kuttu ka atta n 50 g singare ka aata n make a batter by adding grated lauki 
Add curd one katori 
Add lime juice. Little 

No need to add baking soda. 
Nw take idlies mould n pour it in the idlies mould 
Steam it for 7 minutes 

Let it cool de mould 

Nw make coconut chutney. No rai mustard seeds tadka here I hv made for vrat. 
Take coconut make it into pieces. Pour it in the mixi along wth green chilly little ginger n roasted peanut n one katori curd 
One spoon til ka tel. 
Grind it into fyn paste 

Nw for potato raita 
I took small potatoes 
Microwave them power high for 6 minutes 
Peel it 
Fry it on tawa by pressing it like a tikki 
Shallow fry all potatoes 
Pour it in the churn dahi 
U wl really find this raita very yummy 
Pour blk pepper powder n jeera powder on it 
Lovely vrat platter 

9. Kuttu Singhare Burger wth hung curd n cottage cheese by Sangeeta Sethi
navratri recipe burger by Sangeeta Sethi

Kuttu ka aata 50g 
Singhare ka aatta 25g 
Lauki one small 
Aloo two medium sized 
Curd 100ml 
Red chilly
Coconut powder 

Make a batter by combining both the flours 
Add grated lauki in the batter 
Add salt red chilly powder 
Add baking soda n little curd ..
If u dnt want to put baking soda them add lime juice 2 spoonfuls 
Put them in two small moulds n bake them in the microwave .mode at power hundred ...for 3 minutes ...

Ur two discs for the burger s now ready. 

Now take a slice of cottage cheese ..shallow fry on tawa..
Add salt blk pepper ..n red chilly powder 
Now smear the inner of kuttu baked discs wth hung curd .
Add paneer... cover wth another disc. Sprinkle wth coconut powder 
Ur kuttu burger s ready. 
Serve wth curd n coconut dip.
Enjoy this innovative yummy burger ...

10. Navratri Vrat cookies by Geeta Sachdev

vrat cookies by Geeta Sachdev
Geeta Sachdev is a sweetheart. Such a wonderful person at heart, Geeta di enjoys the reputation of being an amazing cook. She creates marvels in her kitchen. This navratri cookies recipe is her innovation.

1/2 cup ..samak rice aata
1/2cup ...coarsely grinded roasted almonds n makhanas
1/4 cup ...singhada/kuttu aata 
1/4 cup... sabudana aata
1/2 cup ..cold ghee /butter
1/2 cup ..sugar powder
2tbsp... milk 
1/2tsp ...cardamom powder
Pinch .salt

Take sugar and ghee in a bowl beat well add cardamom powder and mix well
Sieve all flours add salt n coarsely grinded almonds n makhana
Now mix d dry ingredients in sugar mix slowly and well with ur finger tips add milk bring together and make a dough knead just the fours are mixed properly
Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap sheet/cling film and refrigerate for about 1/2an hour.
After 1/2 an hour take the dough out of the refrigerator
Now divide the dough into equal parts make smooth balls
Flatten slightly press almonds/pistachios slivers/sesame seeds. Of ur choice on each cookie
Arrange the cookies on a lined cookie sheet
Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes in a pre heated oven 170 c untill the bottom of cookies golden in colour
Let the cookies down for 10 minutes
Serve nan khatai with tea /coffee store in air tight container.

11. FIG N DATES COOKIES FR VRAT by Geeta Sachdev
vrat cookies by Geeta Sachdev
Another innovative navratri food post from Geeta Sachdev!

Fig n dates cookies
1+1/4 cup Shingada flour
1 /2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1/2 cup grated gur /jaggery
3/4cup chopped figs n date
mash vd hands or masher make a thick coarse paste
dash of salt 
1 tsp baking powder
1tsp vinegar
1/2 tsp elaichi essence or crushed seeds of 3to 4 elaichies
1/2tsp kewra essence/optional 

1. Mix unsalted butter, gur, figs n dates , vinegar n essence in a bowl 

2.Add Shingada flour, baking powder,, mix well.

3. Crumble n make a soft dough .don't over work .

4. Keep the dough in fridge fr 30 mins vd covering of cling sheet .

5.Make balls press lil n place half of almonds over each ball .

6.Bake at 160 fr 24 mins in halogen oven std temprature is 180 0 fr 12 to 15 mins or till bake .

5.Enjoy with tea or milk .

Sabudana khichdi for vrat

Wash n soak sabudana fr 4 to 5 hrs den issko ek badi chalni mein chan lein...nd ussi mein rakha rehne dein den add 1/4bowl skin removed coarsely grinded peanuts init n juice of one lemon mix nicely
Take kadhahi n roast peanuts ...meine unko salt k sath roast kiya hai...vid out oil ... fir..aap unko alag plate mein nikal lein
Take 2 big tbsp ghee add jeera n green chillies one or two nd roast boiled 2 or 3 patatoes den add peanuts salt pepper ...lal mich.... dhania pwd ...lil garam masala pwd ..mix all d ingredients nicely n add sabudana cook it fr 2to 3min ..Serve hot ..

12, Vegetable cutlets fr vrat vd coconut chutney by Geeta Sachdev
vrat cutlets by Geeta Sachdev

Yogurt 1 bowl
Scraped fresh coconut 1/2bowl 
Roasted n grinded pea nuts 1/2bowl
Blend together coconut n p nuts vd ginger chilli curry leaves lemon juice rock salt n chat masala optional n make a fine paste 
Add curd n blend it again transfer it in a bowl 
Fr tempring heat 1sp oil crackle jeera whole lal mirch 1or2 .sesame seeds pour over dahi chutney garnish vd dhania 
Fr cutlets
Boil n squeeze 1bowl grated lauki n 1bowl grated carrots 
Mash 4to5 boiled potatoes
Grate panner 1/2 bowl
In a bowl mix all veggies vd grated ginger green chillies fresh coriender leaves salt n bhuna jeera ...bind vd 1sp oil n 1sp savank rice flour 
Make sm balls of d dough n place in pre heated greased appa pan roast all fr 3to4 mins den flip dem n roast fr 3to 4 mind or till dey become brown 
Place in a plate serve vd coconut n green dhania chutney

13. Kadhi for vrat by Geeta Sachdev

navratri recipe kadhi by Geeta Sachdev

Ingredients  for pakoda
1 boil potato
2 tb sp singhada flour
Salt,red chilli,green chilli
Make pakoda like batter with help of water
Fry it in desi ghee
Ing for kadi
1glass sour buttermilk
1/2 bowl singhada flour
Salt ,red chilli,acc to taste
Turmeric pd 1 tsp
2 glass of water..less or more... Adjust acc to required consitancy of kadi
Mix all the ing.with help of mixer grinder...boil it in kadai..after 1 boil simmer the gas....cook it for 10 min...add pakodas...cook it for 5 min the flame ..
Heat1 tbsp desi ghee add 1/2 tsp degi mirch and pour it on kadi...
serve hot with vrat wale rice...
Recipe courtesy radhika chhabra

14. Fruits n Dryfruit shake by Geeta Sachdev

Fruits n dryfruits shake by Geta Sachdev
For 2 glasses

1 banana 
2 chikoos or 1 big piece
5to 6 soaked almonds
2 cardmom
2 figs /anjeer
2 apricot/khubani
1tsp gulukand or mixed fruit jam 
1 cup cold creamy milk
Soak figs apricots n cardmoms together in a bowl vd 1/2cup of water fr few hrs soak almonds seperately n remove skin of almonds 
In a mixer paste figs n apricots along vd water add almonds too
Add chopped banana n chikoo grind to make a fine paste 
Add glukand vd milk n ice cubes again churn adjust the consistency accordingly 
No need to add sugar
Pour in glasses 

15. Kache kele ke kofte by Geeta Sachdev
vrat kofta by Geeta S.

Fr 8 koftas
1 raw banana
2 potatoes
1tsp savank rice aata
Salt per taste
Fr filling 
1tbsp crushed paneer 
Few pieces of raisins n lil salt 
Fr gravy
1tbsp ghee or oil
2 tomatoes
1/2 bowl cut into pieces pumpkin /peela kaddu 
Sm p ginger 
Green chilli 1 or 2
1tbsp curd 
1sp sugar 
Salt n black pepper per taste 
Pinch heeng 1/2sp jeera 2cloves 4 black pepper 1/4tsp dalchini pwd
1glass water
Fr tempring 
1sp desi ghee
1/4 tspdegi mirch 
Mix panner vd raisins n salt in a bowl ..keep it aside
Boil banana n potatoes peel n mash make dough along vd rice flour n salt ..divide it into 8 equal portions make lemon size balls 
...take one ball.grease ur palm vd ghee flatten it thn fill paneer mixture in it .combine all d edges gv it round shape like a ball ..n make all koftas like this ..
In a kadhai or pan heat ghee or oil shallow fry all d balls till brown frm all sides keep them in a plate
In d same oil crackle whole masala ...add pumpkin tomatoes ginger chilli n curd sautey n cook fr 5 mins vd lid den remove d lid add water .let it boil fr 10 mins till tender vd lid ..or can gv it 2 whistles in cooker..
After cool blend all d mixture cook it fr 2 to 3 boils add salt sugar .n lil black pepper off d gas 
At d tym of serving place koftas in a bowl pour gravy over it ..
Heat ghee in a pan add degi mirch ..pour dis tadka over koftas ..garnish vd dhania leaves ..
Enjoy it vd puri parantha chilla or rice ..of ur choice

I hope you enjoyed these innovative yet healthy navratri recipes. These falahari recipes are credited to the posters. I have selected only a handful of these, and hope the contributors would continue with the good work. 

I Met A Saint

I met a saint when I was young,
In my first meeting was left awe-struck!
Bright, shiny, serene face with a Godly-look,
With the ambience exuding sanctity in every nook!
Being a firm believer in the omnipresent Lord,
I believed all he said – yes every single word!
His fan following was huge at that very time,
It’s even bigger now and growing like River Rhyne!
Couldn’t resist my uncanny habit of asking for an autograph,
My words instantly brought a “smile” on the priest-like face.
Yes, the first time I saw him smiling then,
Nobody remembered the last time he smiled when!
The words from his mouth were like magic to my ears,
His “magical words” continue to reverberate in my thoughts here.
Yes, nobody can be God, nor act like him,
But there was something special – oh so special in him!
His "prophecy" is yet to come true for me,
But the path I am treading will surely bring out the ultimate me!
Respect for a soul that brings cheers to others,
Haven't met him for long - yes, it's been years!

Veg Momo Recipe With Suji

veg momos with suji
Do you know steamed stuff is diabetes friendly?

If you are looking for a diabetes recipe and also love momos, then this post is for you.

Momo or steamed dumplings seem to be a hot favorite snacking option among kids these days. Even I like veg momos. I started savoring these steamed dumplings when I shifted to Delhi. Yes, I had never tasted these before. But as I became more and more conscious about health and started watching my intake, we started to make a distance from momos, not because of calories, but since these dumplings use refined flour or all-purpose flour or maida.

No maida means diabetes friendly!
No sugar means diabetes friendly!
No fat means diabetes friendly!

Why Say No to Maida: White Flour Disadvantages
Maida is a big no at home - with no health benefits, all-purpose flour

  • raises sugar and empty calories in your body
  • does not have any minerals or vitamins
  • is laced with alum to make it look whiter
  • is devoid of any nutrition
  • loses 98% magnesium, 80% iron, 70% phosphorus, 60% vitamin B, 50% calcium, and all of vitamin E during the refining process (source:Mercola)
Refined Flour Disadvantages
Excessive consumption of refined flour may risk your health and result in:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Gluten insenstivity
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Vitamin deficiencies 
  • digestive disorders & illnesses
  • toxicity, since chemicals are adding as a whitening agent
On top of it, these days, the flour processing methods have changed. The way grains are processed results in the formation of less gluten. As a result, artificial gluten forming agents are added to processed flours. The resulting flour is merely starch, devoid of any nutritional benefits.

Do you know roomali roti, baked goodies, naans, cakes, snacks, street foods, biscuits, pastas, samosas, kachoris, noodles, and the list is endless use maida?

High-Carbs are not good!
Overeating carbohydrate foods could trigger a reverse cycle in your body, preventing conversion of a higher percentage of fats into energy, resulting in 

  • excess fat storage
  • high insulin levels, causing insulin resistance and diabetes

Contrary to popular belief, you do not get fat by eating fat alone. But it is your carbohydrate intake that makes you fat. This includes sugar and grains.

Do you know your body has a limited capacity for carb storage?
Do you also know that your body can easily convert excess carbohydrates into fat? Surprised, are you?

Well, the body mechanism works this way - it stores any excess carbohydrates in the form of glycogen. In simple words, glycogen is glucose molecules tied together. Glycogen is stored in

  • muscles
  • liver

When these two storage areas of the body are filled with glycogen, any excess carbs turn into fat and are stored in the adipose tissue, also known as the fatty tissue.

Of course, there is no fat in carbohydrates, but storage of excess carbs in the body occurs in the form of fats.  When you relish a carb-rich diet or snack, it instantly raises your blood sugar levels. This blood glucose spike results in increased insulin production by pancreas. The insulin spike counters the high blood glucose levels.

What is insulin
Insulin acts like a storage hormone, responsible for storing excess carbohydrate calories and converting them into fat for future use. When blood sugar levels spike after diet, insulin levels increase. This insulin stimulation promotes storage of body fat!

Looks complex, isn't it? This is how your body mechanism works. This is exactly how excess carb intake hurts the body. This is how you become fat!

Do you know when you eat carb-rich diet, indirectly you are sending a message to your body to store excess carbs in the form of fat.

High insulin levels are dangerous in more ways than one. Insulin spikes:

  • Supress activity of two key hormones that are responsible for burning of fat and sugar- glucogen and growth hormone.
  • Hinder energy generation in the body, since insulin suppresses functioning of growth hormone that uses fat for muscle development.
  • Lower blood sugar levels that often rise following the intake of a carbohydrate-rich meal, resulting in hunger pangs after a meal.

So what is the take away from this discussion on refined flour disadvantages?

Limiting your intake of refined flours and sugars can help your body ward off insulin resistance.
What I have learned is:

Say no to refined flours. Substitute them with healthier grains. Include more dietary fiber in your daily diet. A balanced diet holds the key to a healthier you!

Let's come back to the veg momo recipe.
veg momo recipe

I am on a mission to inspire others to quit maida and replace it with healthier grains, say whole wheat flour, oatmeal, rice flour, water chestnut flour, pearl millet, and what not! There are plenty of options out there.

So why use white flour when we know it does our bodies no good? Including it into your recipes merely for taste sake isn't a great idea. At least not for me!

This recipe takes inspiration from Deepti Aggarwal, a member of my healthy recipes Facebook group. In fact, the moment she shared this recipe, it won over me. I have been wanting to make suji momos since then. Today was the lucky day. A big thanks to Deepti for this groundbreaking veg momo recipe.

Ingredients for veg momo dough
1 cup suji (semolina)
1/2 cup- curd
1 tsp- oil
carom seeds (ajwain)


  1. Collect dry ingredients in a bowl and then start mixing wet ingredients.
  2. If the dough feels dry, add a drop or two of water.
  3. We need a tough dough - not too hard though.
  4. Let the dough rest covered for 4-5 hours.
  5. After this, take lemon-sized balls out of it and roll them out in the form of very thin roti one by one.
  6. Keep aside. 
Ingredients for filling
You may take vegetables of your choice, though I added only cabbage and capsicum, since these were the only vegetables available with me. 
Carrot, cabbage, ginger (adrak), capsicum, onion
green chilly
1 tsp oil

  1. Take oil in a pan.
  2. Add sliced onion. We do not want to make it pink. Let it remain crunchy.
  3. Then add ginger. Saute for a couple of minutes and then add the remaning vegetables along with salt and green chilly.
  4. Your filling ingredients are ready.
  5. Start filling them in each thin poori.
  6. Close it from all sides. You may apply little water at the ends so that they remain intact and do not open up.
  7. Next take a steamer. Add water. You may take your idli stand.
  8. Let veg momos steam for 10-12 mins.
  9. Enoy with tomato chutney. I relished with tomato methi chutney. It did make a deadly combo.
  10. Thanks once again to Deepti Aggarwal for sharing this healthier version of veg momos with suji.
  11. Believe me, if you try this veg momo recipe once, you will forget the maida ones. Trust my words or try this recipe yourself.

Rajgira/Amaranth Flour Cookies: Gluten-Free Recipe Collection

rajgira cookies

Looking for gluten free recipes? Say gluten free cookies?

Well, ask for it and you have it readily available here.

Rajgira or amaranth is a high protein, high vitamin & mineral gluten-free grain that has remained a staple for many ancient cultures.

The best fact about the gluten free amaranth is that it can be consumed as:

  • a leaf - make rajgria saag with it (known as chulai in Odiya and tastes delicious with simple ingredients on your shelf..will share the recipe )
  • a seed - amaranth ladoo for vrat/Navratris
  • grain flour - make amaranth parantha, dosa, idli, cake, or cookies

Festive season is just around the corner. The beginning of Navratras rings the bell for the festive season in India. The holy days when people from across the country observe fast in reverence of Goddess Durga and of course to please the deity. In English navratri means nine nights. The last four days of navratri are celebrated as Durga Puja in Bengal, which is a quintessentially Bengali festival.

Usually people savor fruits during Navratri fast. There is a special fruit-based flour known as singhara or chestnut flour that is used to prepare delicious flat breads during fasting days. In my mom's home, she prepares delicious sighara parothas that we savor with aloo curry or potato curry, tempered with cumin seeds and tomato.

  • No onion, no garlic for fasting days.
  • No vegetables (but I have seen many people eating bottle gourd, cabbage, and cucumber during these days surprised!!)
  • No use of wheat and related flours
We ideally savor amaranth flour ladoos, and during navratri fasts these ladoos were my tea time accompaniment, for I couldn't think of having cookies during fast. But these days we have started experimenting and these experiments have led us to create savories, snacks from the typical fasting ingredients. These navratri fasting recipes are a big surprise package - we couldn't think of them just a few years back!

Benefits of Amaranth
A native of Peru, amaranth grain has been cultivated for over 7,000 years. This is a big surprise for me,
If you are looking for super grains, then rest assured that you are reading about one now. 

  • The tiny yet powerful grain is gluten free and a rich protein source.
  • Technically it is not a grain, but a "pseudo cereal" packed with protein punch.
  • Amaranth contains iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. One cup of uncooked amaranth can give you 82% iron, 31 percent  calcium, and 14 percent vitamin C.
  • Amaranth is a rich source of amino acid lycine, so it acts as a digestion aid. This is one quality that sets rajgira flour apart from other whole grains. 
  • It comprises primary water-soluble proteins, known as albumin and globulins, which are more soluble and easily digestible.
  • Studies link amaranth benefits to heart health, claiming that the grain helps lower bad cholesterol and hypertension.
Gluten-Free Amaranth Recipe Options
  • It makes a good gluten substitute for recipes that require gluten despite being gluten free. It may be used as a thickener for soups, sauces, and stews. 
  • Enjoy the peppery-crunchy texture and flavor of amaranth as a snack,
  • It can replicate tiny popcorn kernels and can be enjoyed as toppings, thanks to its nutty taste.
I started experimenting just last year, but I had not thought of making cookies with the fasting approved flours. Recently, someone asked me to share amaranth flour cookie or rajgira cookie recipe. So this gave me an idea to experiment with amaranth for my cookies.

I must tell you, this experiment did not disappoint. Rather, the aroma of baking amaranth is so addictive! Can't explain in words!

Without further ado, let's get back to the rajgira cookies:
coconut cookies rajgira

1/2 cup- rajgira atta
1/2 cup- almond powder or almond meal (here is the recipe for making almond meal at home)/ or coconut powder (I tried one batch with almond meal and substituted the same with dry coconut powder in the other, and the result was just awesome in both)
2 tbsp- sugar/ honey (you may add more if you like it sweeter)
2 tbsp- cold ghee/butter
1 tbsp- cold milk (if the dough feels dry, add 1 tbsp more)
1/2 tsp- Baking soda (or you may skip it altogether - then you will get rajgira crackers)
Pinch of salt (sendha namak/rock salt)
almond meal

amarath gluten free cookies

  1. Sieve baking soda, salt, and amaranth flour.
  2. Mix almond meal. If you are using coconut powder, add it here. My next batch was amaranth coconut cookies, and these tasted yummy. Made this batch for my elder sister who simply loves coconut flavor.
  3. Add cold ghee. Rub with hands.
  4. Add sugar or honey. Mix very well.
  5. Now add milk 1 tbsp at a time. If the dough feels dry, add 1 tbsp more.
  6. Do not knead. Just collect the ingredients.
  7. It should be little soft dough, though not too soft, nor too hard.
  8. Make a log and pack into a parchment paper or silver foil.
  9. Refrigerate for half an hour.
  10. Preheat oven (mw convection) at 180degrees for 10 mts.
  11. Flatten the dough log like a chapati.
  12. Cut into different shapes.
  13. Place evenly on the baking tray.
  14. Bake for 12-15 mts at 180 degrees.
  15. Enjoy amaranth flour cookies with a cup of tea.
  16. Do share how you find this festive recipe. Of course, you can enjoy this gluten free cookie recipe on any day other than fasting period as well.
pic courtesy: Harsharan K

Tip for baking cookies without raising agents:

There's another way to bake cookies for fasts without raising agents.
Whisk 4 tbsp of ghee with sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the flour. Do not knead.
Just combine the ingredients. If the dough is difficult to gather, add 1-2 tbsp of milk.
Then roll out into cookie shapes and bake. Enjoy healthy cookies for fasts without baking soda or baking powder.

Beans Thoran OPOS Way

green beans thoran
Loaded with dietary fiber, green beans or French beans are also known as snap or string beans.
The dark green colored vegetable has lutein, neoxanthin, beta-carotene, and other carotenoids. Other vegetable rich in carotenoids include carrots and tomatoes.

A rich source of antioxidants, French beans boast a good amount of B-vitamins. WHFoods recommends steaming green beans for 5 minutes to retain the maximum number of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.

Steaming brings out their peak flavor, besides providing moisture to retain their green color and make them tender.

Being rich in omega-3 fatty acids, green beans are touted to have cardiovascular benefits. Though the amount of omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid is not too much, it is still greater than most other sources of the same. Unfortunately, French beans benefits for cardiovascular health are underrated.

Their strong carotenoid and flavonoid content gives the vegetable unique anti-inflammatory benefits. They are a rich source of vitamin K, vitamin C,vitamin B2, manganese, folate, dietary fiber. Additionally, they are rich in vitamin B1, copper, calcium, magnesium, chromium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, protein, vitamin E, B6, and iron.

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one cup of fresh green beans (about 100 grams) contains 31 calories, 0 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

Green Beans Benefits: Panacea for Many Ills
Research studies reveal that plant foods, such as French beans, reduce the risk of certain diseases, including diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Besides, consumption of beans gives an energy boost, improves complexion, and helps manage overall weight.
beans thoran

Fight Depression
As beans are a rich source of folate, you can meet your daily folate needs from the green vegetable and fight depression, regulate sleep and mood. Supplying your body with adequate folate can help prevent an excess of homocysteine, which further prevents the flow of blood and other nutrients to the brain. An excess of homocysteine is not a good sign for the brain, as it can interfere with the production of dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, all of which are feel-good hormones.

How to eat green beans?
Eat them fresh in salad form or dip them in olive oil with a drizzle of black salt, pepper, and lime juice or steam them to enjoy the most benefits of French beans.

But we have another way to savor this healthy green vegetable. Beans thoran is a recipe from south Indian cuisine. There are different ways of preparing it. But I have modified it to my liking and here is my take on this south Indian recipe.

I have blended all ingredients together and then cooked them for 5 minutes in cooker. Easy, yummy, and healthy! This method is known as one pot one shot, where all ingredients are collected and cooked in one go.

OPOS has made cooking a breeze. But it requires measured cooking. Some people suggest using a 2 or 3 liter cooker for the same and then heating the same at high for 5 mins or little longer, depending on the ingredients.

Green beans Thoran Ingredients
2 cups-french beans
3/4 cup- coconut
curry leaves
ginger grated
haldi (turmeric)
hing (asafetida)
3 tsp-water
1 tsp- oil

beans opos thoran

  1. Chop beans finely. The smaller the size, the better.
  2. Grind coconut with ginger, green chilly, and little salt.
  3. Mix this paste with beans.
  4. Take a 2 or 3-liter pressure cooker.
  5. Add 3 tsp water and 1 tsp oil.
  6. Add french beans mix.
  7. Sprinkle some salt and haldi.
  8. Put on the lid and turn on the flame.
  9. Turn your timer on if you are following the 6-minute OPOS rule.
  10. Or you may wait for 2 whistles and let the steam escape.
  11. Open the cooker lid and mix everything.
  12. Enjoy this healthy take on beans thoran with rice.
  13. You may be interested in beans paruppu usli recipe, which is a unique blend of cluster beans and lentils. The steamed lentils in this recipe add flavor, richness, and taste to the vegetable.

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