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Benefits of Oatmeal; Healthy Recipes: Why Make Oats A Part of Your Regular Diet

Health benefit of oats are aplenty. It is the foremost reason for its adoption as a popular cereal grain these days.

Do you know the first evidence of adoption of oats has been traced to a cave in Switzerland (belongs to around 3000 BC)?

History of Oats
If you think oatmeal recipes are getting popular these days, then you might be wrong.

Oat is the most popular food in Scotland and also widely used in England. When the English came to India and settled here, they began cultivation of oats. Though the first mention of oats is found in Ain-e-Akbari of Abul Fazal (around 1590), their real adoption began with British promotion after 1816, when they captured vast areas Uttarakhand. However, this was limited to the consumption of the British army only.

Hari Singh of Kashmir ordered special oat seeds from England in the 1930s and began their cultivation in royal farms. After independence, the state govt of Kashmir promoted oats and local farmers began cultivating it. Gradually, it spread to …

Home Made Healthy Whole Wheat Cookies With Almond Meal, Oatmeal

Baking with whole grains is easy. Agree?

I have been doing so for over a year, trying out different cookie variations with healthy grains. I am quite happy with the results.

Almonds are my favorite nuts. I prefer to add them to my cookies. However, the addition of almond meal makes a big difference to the taste of cookies. I have added almond powder to my previous batches, wherein I used ground almonds for the recipe, but almond meal enhances the taste to the next level.

Here's why you should include nuts for a healthy heart.

Let's see what all I have included in these healthy whole wheat cookies with almond meal.





Oatmeal Cookie Ingredients

1 cup- wheat flour
1/2 cup- oatmeal
2 tbsp- milk powder
1 cup- almond meal (check the recipe of almond meal here)
1/2cup-besan (chickpea flour)
1 tsp- baking soda or powder
4 tbsp- sugar powder (more or less as per your taste)
2 tbsp- chilled ghee (clarified butter)
2 tbsp- oil
1-2 tsp- milk for binding dough
1 tbsp- curd

How To Make Whole G…

Healthy Breakfast Recipe: Instant Poha Upma - 2 Recipes

Kick-start your day with a healthy breakfast recipe. Looking to add another healthy recipe to your breakfast collection?

Well, this surely is going to be a great start. Poha or rice flakes is a healthier alternative to many things normally used in Indian kitchens. 
This makes even diabetes-friendly recipes. My diabetic parents-in laws have poha as a snack in the evenings.


Here I am sharing two poha recipes - perhaps poha upma recipes that are unlike the kind of upma you have been having until now.

The first simple breakfast recipe uses steamed veggies. It is as simple as steaming vegetables of your choice, say carrots, peas, capsicum and then adding them to a tempering of onion, tomato, and ginger. Finally, your poha upma is ready when you mix pre-soaked poha. Done! So simple; yet so yummy and healthy!

I started eating poha a few years back after I found its varied uses as a snacking option and healthy breakfast alternative. Here is a very simple, filling, and delectable way of enjoy…

Idli - Steamed Rice Flour Black Lentil Dumlings

Here's what I do with the leftover dosa batter. Yes, you have guessed it right - I make idlis with it.

Ingredients
 2 cups- rice
1 cup - urad dal (black lentils)

Procedure


Soak both for 6-7 hours or overnight.Grind together in the morning.Let the batter ferment for 5-6 hours.Take a laddle full of the batter and pour into greased idli wells.Steam for 8-10 minutes (more or less).Enjoy with coconut chutney, Bengal gram chutney or sambar.

Chakuli - Odisha's Dosa

Chakuli - A breakfast option from Odisha

This recipe uses the traditional same dosa ingredients, with the only difference being that it is softer to touch, feel, and relish. Makes a wholesome lunch meal as well.
I learned this recipe from my mother in law, who has amazing culinary skills. Chakuli is widely common in Odisha and savored as a breakfast or lunch. I can eat it for dinner as well.













Ingredients 2 cups- rice 1 cup- black lentils (urad dal) 1 tbsp- fenugreek seeds (methi dana) - optional
Other ingredients oil salt





Procedure
Soak these three ingredients separately for 7-8 hours. I usually soak them overnight and grind them in the morning.Next day, I grind these together without water.Keep these aside for fermentation for another 4-5 hours. I usually leave them as such until evening. When you are ready to make chakli, mix the batter well.Take out the batter that you want to use instantly and keep the rest in refrigerator, especially during summers, as it risks getting sour. I usually ma…

Rava Dosa: A Healthy Breakfast Option

Breakfast is the start of the day's meal planning. When you get to eat "soul food," you don't want anything else. This is exactly what I am experiencing today. Made Rava dosa 'n it tasted yum with potato sambar curry!!! Perfect meal combo to kick-start your day! Super easy to make 'n is equally filling.









Recipe:
1 cup rava (suji)
1/2 cup rice flour
1 tsp atta
2 tbsp of curd (optional)
1 cup water (more or less depending on the consistency - the batter should not be too runny)
salt as per taste

Tempering/tadka ingredients:
1/2 tsp oil
mustard seeds
curry leaves
chana dal, urad dal (optional)

Procedure


Mix rava, rice flour, atta, salt, and water. You can add 2 tbsp of curd.. Set it aside for 15-20 minutes.Meanwhile, boil potatoes. Cut boiled potatoes in small sizes. Marinate them with salt, turmeric, and sambar powder.Fry marinated potatoes on tawa/skillet.Pour one cup of water in a pan. Add 2 tsp of sambar powder and potatoes and keep it for boiling. Check salt. …

Say No to Junk Food, Say No to Burgers

Burger is one of the most-blamed food for health problems in America. Let alone the ham, the veg burger is also dangerous. First, it is a junk food, second it has over processed ingredients, and third is the excess sodium. Junk food results in obesity while excess sodium leads to high blood pressure and an increased risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. Processed ingredients have no essential nutrients. Many burgers available in the market contain hexane, a chemical used to separate soya oil from soya seeds, that can cause cancer. Toppings and cheese are always processed and without any nutritional value. French fries make it more harmful, as these fries too have a bad health quotient. Instead of making burgers at home, substitute it with more healthier options. Burger is made from refined wheat flour, which has no nutritional value and is full of starch sugar. If you wish to put on calories, please go ahead and enjoy a burger!
Ready to eat/Pre-Packaged Food
Now about pack…

Moong Dal Oats Tikki

Ritu Mendiratta is a health freak like me. She comes up with some of the healthiest recipes, with oats being the key ingredient. She shared yellow moong dal tikki (cutlet) yesterday, which inspired me to give her recipe a try.

I loved the idea of using parboiled moong dal (yellow lentils) and blending the paste with oats and a mix of vegetables of your choice. I included carrot and peas, as I had only these two vegetables in stock. Nevertheless the outcome did not disappoint; rather, I would love to try the recipe with other lentils as well.

Here's the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
Oatmeal 1/2 CUP + 1/4 CUP
YELLOW MOONG DAL 2/3 CUP
ONION 1 (I didn't add)
CARROT 1
Peas - 1/4 cup
GARAM MASALA 1/4 TSP
RED CHILLI POWDER 1/4 TSP
CORIANDER Powder
OIL 1 tbsp
Ginger- small
MILK 2 tbsp
SALT as per taste
Turmeric

METHOD:

Soak moong dal for an hour and then cook with turmeric for 10 minutes on a low flame. No need for pressure cooking the lentil.Drain excess water and allow dal to cool.Grind moon…

Orange Peel Pickle

Orange peel pickle, are you serious?
Na, I am not kidding!

After having thrown tons of orange peel all my life, I have come up with a tasty, tangy way to relish this vitamin C rich orange cover. Thus far, I was only aware of one use of orange peel, that is, face powder.

Yes, during childhood, we would dry these peels under direct sunlight and then grind them to powder for application on face as a rejuvenating face pack. I do not remember whether the face pack ever did any trick, I simply loved the aroma!

Another favorite activity we would indulge in during childhood was to squeeze orange peels in each other's eyes - yes, that was such an exciting moment. I do this even now...LOL!, though I do it with myself.

For a long time, I have been discarding orange covers like anything or only using them as a deodorizer in my shoe rack and refrigerator. I imagined doing something else with these Vitamin C rich peels, which have umpteen other health benefits, including their use in cancer med…

Instant OPOS Vermicelli Pulav /Biryani in 5 mins

What has brought you to this page is your search for a healthy breakfast option, right? Or you might be looking for a healthy snack idea for preschoolers or elders alike. When health tops the list of your priorities, can taste be left behind? Of course, you are often constrained for time when it comes to making healthy snacks. But not once you learn this one pot one shot vermicelli recipe. This instant OPOS vermicelli pulav biryani recipe takes inspiration from Jyothi Cooking Book.

What is One Pot One Shot (OPOS)If I dub OPOS as culinary magic, I won't be wrong. OPOS practitioners and students love one pot one shot technique for its sheer role in helping give you healthy, instant, and nutritious food, irrespective of your ethnic cuisine type. Whether you are a Punjabi, Bihari, Bengali, Madrasi, Malayali, Odiya, or from any part of the country (can't say about Western cuisine), you will fall for this technique if you give it a try once.
Okay, I do not want to hijack this post by …

Mix Vegetable Parantha

Paranthas are a quintessential breakfast in north India, especially Punjab and Delhi.

Being a Punjabi, I have a fondness for paranthas, though I try to make low-calorie paranthas, using least amount of oil, instead of clarified butter. Anyway, I add oats and ragi flour to wheat flour to knead my daily dough for rotis and paranthas.

This time I added finely chopped carrot, capsicum, peas, ginger and sprouts to the dough and made mix veg paranthas. These Indian flat bread rotis are healthier form of paranthas and taste great. I enjoyed these with sweet amla chutney.

Ingredients
wheat flour - 1 cup
ragi flour - 1/4 cup
Oatmeal (powder)- 1/4 cup
salt,
oil
Ginger grated
carom seeds (ajwain)
Chopped Vegetables of your choice (carrot, capsicum, peas, cauliflower, methi)

Procedure

Mix everything and make a semi-soft dough.Let it sit for 10 minutes.Roll out into chapatis or paranthas.Fry using little oil/ghee on either side or both sides. I usually apply oil only on one side.Enjoy with pickle or…

Homemade Oatmeal Recipe With Almonds

Health remains on the top of my agenda when it comes to meal planning. I started making sweets last year after joining a few food groups and learning the basics of making sweets there. Thereafter, I have been continuing with my food experiments in my efforts to make the food we savor healthier.

After having tried different kinds of sweets, I tried this super easy, quick, and healthy badam ladoo recipe that uses oats and almonds as the base. Before coming up with the final recipe, I had decided to make almond ladoos that I have made previously. While making ladoos this time, I decided to add oats to make these cute little balls healthier.







Badam Burfi Ladoo



The recipe does not disappoint, nor do these power-packed ladoos:


1/2 cup oatmeal (powder)
1/2 cup almond powder
1/2 cup condensed milk (if you do not have, you may use 1 cup milk and mix it with 2 tbsp of milk powder and let it simmer on low flame.. stir intermittently until it reduces to half the amount) If you do not have milk pow…
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