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Sarson da Saag & Makki di Roti

Sarson saag and makki roti is a quintessential Punjabi recipe. No Punjabi food mention is complete without this delectable blend of cornmeal and mustard leaves, spinach leaves, bathua leaves (Chenopodium album), and methi leaves (fenugreek).

Of course, this is a labor of love, which requires a lot deal of time, from chopping the leaves to washing to patiently cooking the greens and letting them simmer on low heat for a good amount of time , but it's well worth the effort. 

You'll forget your efforts once you serve this delicious blend of vegetables to your family.

I can say this because I am married to an Odiya boy. Since makki di roti and sarson da saag make a flavorful, lip-smacking, and healthy combination for Punjabis, I always wanted my hubby to enjoy it. He loves the combo as much as I, despite being from a state that uses stir frying method for greens.

This is one pot of good health that you would want to have again and again.

Easy Recipe Traditional Taste
Anybody who has tr…

Instant Recipes for Beginners: Gajar Carrot Halwa Sugarless; Vegan Option

Surprised at the thought of 5-minute Carrot Halwa? Yes, there are 3 gajar halwa recipes here.  Whether you are on a diet or watching calories, this instant dairy-free vegan carrot halwa is for you.
Gajar halwa is a traditional delicacy that we love to relish during bone-chilling weather conditions. It is comforting, soul pleasing, and oh so yummy. Did I say healthy? Did I also mention how quick it is to process yummiest carrot pudding? 5-6 minutes is all you need to cook deliciousness in a pot! Do not believe my words?
sugarless carrot halwa
carrot burfi/gajar ki burfi
sugarfree gajar halwa 

Winter is the season of color - colorful vegetables. Carrot is one such crimson beauty that all of us love. And gajar halwa tops the list of winter delicacies. Our list of winter sweets is incomplete without carrot fudge or gajar ki burfi.
But the traditional carrot fudge uses a good amount of khoya or clarified butter. I am introducing you to a healthy treat, substituting khoya or milk solid with f…

Sweet 'n Spicy Ginger Chutney: Collection of Instant Chutney Recipes

Ginger chutney and that too sweet? There is nothing to be surprised here! This is a delectable blend of anti-inflammatory ginger and jaggery that gives you a lip-smacking treat - something that makes a perfect meal-time accompaniment.

Ginger is an anti-inflammatory with several health-friendly properties. While in India, we use ginger extensively during winters in our meals, I decided to use it differently. I wanted to make sweet ginger chutney so started surfing the world wide web for recipe.

Then I came across this ginger jam or spicy ginger chutney recipe from I made slight variation to the original recipe.

Sweet Ginger Chutney Ingredients 
1 cup -Fresh Ginger chopped
1/4 cup- Coriander seeds (sabut dhaniya)
1/4 cup- Cumin seeds (jeera)
1 tsp- Pepper (kali mirch)
2 tsp- Ajwain (carom seeds)
1 -Cardamom (elaichi)
2- Clove (laung)
2 tsp- Ghee (clarified butter)
Powdered jagerry (gur)- should be equal to the amount of the ground mixture
Salt- 1 tsp (depending on ta…

Baked Wheat Mathri

Oats Manchurian

I have been in love with the spicy Manchurian balls ever since I tasted them for the first time. I relish Manchurian with plain rice.

This time I decided to give a healthy twist to my favorite manchurian balls by substituting maida with oats and frying these in paniyaram pan.

I rarely deep fry anything.
The result did not disappoint - at least I am happy I have a healthier Manchurian recipe now.

Ingredients for oats manchurian balls

1 cup - grated cabbage  1/2 cup - grated carrot 3 tbsp- oat meal (oats powder) 1/2 tsp- black pepper 1 tsp- Garlic paste 1 tbsp- curd Salt to taste
Mix all ingredients and make small balls.Grease an appe pan.Put balls in each of the wells.Put on medium flame. Cover the paniyaram pan.Keep checking at regular intervals - after 3-4 minutes.Change sides of the balls.

How to Cook Oatmeal: Dhokla (Steamed Oatmeal Cake Recipe)

How to prepare oatmeal for breakfast? Well, here is a simple recipe with oatmeal that makes a healthy, filling, and delicious breakfast.

Call it oatmeal dhokla or handvo, the homemade oatmeal recipe is sure going to be your family's favorite.

I loved the healthy oatmeal recipe of idli that I tried earlier. This was the turn of oats dhokla.

It did not disappoint me either. Enjoy this healthy snack and feel happy that you are feeding your family health food.

This recipe takes inspiration from Sonia Saluja's oatmeal recipe of dhokla.

This is a sure pleaser!

Do you love oats? Or do you still need to give this healthy cereal grain a try? Wondering how to cook oatmeal?

This is a sure shot way of preparing homemade oatmeal recipes! A favorite with kids and elders alike, the oatmeal recipe will tinkle your taste buds and change your idea of oats.

You will no longer think oatmeal is boring.

1 cup- oats
1 cup- suji (semolina)
1 tbsp- besan (optional)
1 tbsp - flax powder (optio…

Atta Pinni/Ladoo: Indian Sweets

Atta pinni or ladoo are a specialty of Punjab.

I remember our parents and grandparents preparing these delicious delicacies during winters when we were young. We would relish this healthy sweet like anything. We love atta pinnis even today, but have made little alterations to the recipe to make it with less amount of ghee, which is a healthier option but isn't great for your heart.

This click of atta pinni was taken by my sis-in-law and this is her recipe.

Indian Sweet Ingredients

1 cup- wheat flour
2 tbsp- ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 cup- khoya or paneer
1 tbsp - rice flour or corn flour or maida
2 tbsp-sugar (as per taste) 
green cardamom/elaichi
Almonds or any other nuts
2 tbsp - milk

Take milk in a pan and add rice flour/cornflour.Mix & stir well.Add crumbled paneer and switch on the flame. If you are using khoya, you may not need milk. Simply add khoya to the pan and heat on low flame.Keep stirringAdd sugar and mix well.Add elaichi.Meanwhile take another pan and add gh…