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Steamed Daal Payasam

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Our old traditional dessert "kheer" is mostly associated with rice kheer cooked in milk and dry fruits in North India. Similarly, in South kheer is known by name "payasam" and is prepared with chana dal or moong dal or even tuar dal cooked in coconut milk and jaggery with lots of dry fruits. All taste yum.๐Ÿ˜Š

 I have been fortunate to be surrounded by people belonging to different regions of india thus I get the oopurtunity to taste and learn different dishes. This also gives me idea what combinations will work better and what not. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰


One day I had soaked 1 cup of tuar dal to make puran poli (maharashtrian sweet dish) but had unexpected guests arriving at home and the quantity was too less so I changed my mind and thought of making kheer out of it. I didnt have coconut milk but with skim milk I went ahead. Neither did I added jaggery nor much ghee.But I steamed it so dat it absorbs less ghee and thus remains healthy. I followed my instinct and the outcome was asu…

Sattu ke Parathe

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Parathe-sharathe makhkhan-shakkan de naal te lassi-wassi da glass !! Burraaa.... punjab di yad aagyi. Par aaj paratha punjab ka nhi bihar ka hae ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‰

Yup. You heard it right. As the name only suggests.. sattu very famous ingredient from bihar. It was originally made of roasted gram flour but has now evolved to include other nutritious flours too. It is prepared in making parathas, laddoos, litti chokha and many more variations.

Having low glycaemic index, its good for diabetics as well. Sattu also has cooling properties.It is consumed as energy drink to keep our body cool, fit and fine. It helps fight constipation, gas and acidity.

I dont know how many of you have actually eaten or heard or even used sattu flour but believe me, Sattu ke parathe are wholesome breakfast option - spicy, digestive, nutritious and wholesome.

For sattu ke parathe you need

Ingredients

Wheat flour 3 cups _ dough to be kneaded adding 1 tsp salt and 2 tbsp ghee and water.

For stuffing:

Sattu atta 1 cup

Chana Kebabs

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kebabs as the name suggests are the ultimate eat-on-the-go food. Usually it is served as an appetizer with chutneys and dips. There are number of healthy , easy and quick kebabs varities which are irrestible to make and my Chana kebab urf cutlets urf tikkies urf urf urf call it by any name is much more delicious than you can think of.

You can keep it ready beforehand and as guests comes can just shallow fry in a pan and serve hot and crisp.It serves the purpose both of the appetizers as well as snacks. Also you can pack and carry while travelling.Saves your outdoor unhealthy munching if you carry them along , I usually carry something like this when I am hungry and has time to reach back home.


I knew making tikkies out of chana dal wont disappoint me as earlier also I had had my hands on Oats moongdal tikkies which still standsout in taste. Nevertheless, I wanted to try chana dal now but did not combine with oats this time. Instead added bread crumbs and mashed potato,I did not wante…

Cornmeal Orange Cake

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Once I started baking cakes post encouragement by my friend Lily it became a regular demand in my home. But since I am a health freak I started looking up for healthy ingredients and needed guidance from these baking expert queens. Then I came across Kiran' s Cornmeal orange cake recipe. Loved the ingredients at first sight.

Had been observing her for quiet sometime... unlike me she also made few healthy and good bakes. So I instantly liked this one. Knew it would definately taste good so one sunday it was there in my oven.... smelling so good and yummy. Wow ! The golden brown color from outside and orange flavour inside what a treat for eyes and tummy. Me happy. Happy faces around.

Cakes served as tea accompainment is just perfect when you have guests at home. Fresh and hot oven baked cakes taste heavenly delicious. Dont believe me? Give this one a try.


Cornmeal Orange cake

Ingredients
1.  cup cornmeal
1.  cup wheat flour
1.   cup Sugar powder
1/2 cup curd
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 …

Instant Mangodi ki sabji

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Rajasthani mangodi ki sabji is another flavourful fried dumpling in spicy gravy , best goes with fulke/ chapaties. Best when in weekend your stocked vegetables gets finished , you can turn to these lolz. I often do that. Very common but still there are people who never heard of this and that doesnt surprise me coz we dont try to learn out of our regular daily dishes we make.

But I am different ๐Ÿ˜‰. Being a foodie , I always look to learn new dishes and have learnt large number of other state recipes. Never get bored of any vegetable coz I keep making , reinventing and experimenting.

Originally Mangodi is a fried dumpling but I altered it to steamed ones ! Sounds healthy now. Yes without compromising with taste I enjoy the old traditional mangodies in a much healthier version.


Ingredients

1/2 cup moong dal washed, soaked for 2 hrs. Grinded coarsly.
Chopped fresh methi 1/4 cup.
2 tomatoes pureed alongwith ginger and green chilly as per taste
Oil for tadka
Hing pinch
Jeera 1/4 tsp
Salt
R…

Instant Moist Dhokla

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A delicious, tempting, wet, spongy dhokla _ is one of my favourite among all dhoklas _ I learnt it hard , initially either made them too wet or they didnt turn up spongy _ dont know why but gradually I picked up on exact measurements. Over the period of time I have experienced that same recipe made by different people taste different  surprising na ! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜
Somehow I find making dhoklas and idlies easy and convenient in microwave although this recipe works better steaming on gas lol. This is one of the recipe which can be made within no time and served to guests. ๐Ÿ˜

These wet spongy dhoklas I first enjoyed at a brijwasi sweets corner in mumbai. Enjoyed and loved it so much that always wanted to learn it. But few years back only took the courage to keep trying it until now when I am an expert ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜. Self praising haha!  Some people dip the whole dhoklas in water but I prefer sprinkling water over them as I can easily avoid over watering them.  Here's my version of moist instant dhokl…

Instant dosa

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Since ages Dosa is a tummy filling south indian snack item. Popular as fast food , people are crazy about it.
I always found dosa making a very lengthy process.Soaking, grinding, fermenting and then cooking each dosa is such a lengthy process. I always brought ready to make ghol from market as my family is so very fond of these.

Dosa accompanied with coconut chutney and sambhar is a complete meal in itself, usually people make for lunch /dinner but its equally popular in breakfast. I had been trying different flour/ flour mix to create varities of dosa and today I shall be sharing one of our instant dosa recipe which need not fermented hence can be soaked overnight and grinded fresh in the morning. This can be enjoyed with any green chutney as well.



Instant dosa.

Ingredients for. soaking separately. for 4 hours

rice 1/2 cup
toor dal 1/2 cup
channa dal 1/2 cup
urad dal dhuli wali 1/4 cup

Ingredients. for grinding

All ingredients soaked mentioned above
red chilli 12 nos(or as per taste…

Instant Bread Gulab Jamun

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Yes you read it right Its Gulab Jamun... from ritzinkitchen... very unusual na ! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ hahahaha๐Ÿ˜

A sweet treat to your palate and what a quick dessert to make.๐Ÿ˜ It happens so often with me , sudden announcement of guests arriving at my home and the brain storming starts for yummy yet quick dishes to make for them. ๐Ÿ˜†

Sumtimes we want to make dishes whose ingredients are not available at home or has finished. It happens so many times with me but I find alternatives and go ahead with my instinct. I must admit my experiments never fails. But this time when I ๐Ÿ˜“ wanted to make gulab jamuns at home I found this bread gulab jamun recipe from my friend by chance and thought why not try this.
Making little alterations I made perfect ones and no one could actually make out its of bread ! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Gulab jamuns are mostly prefered eating hot but even the cold form is inviting. I love it both ways. Kuch to banate banate garma garam hmare muh mei instant chale jate he๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ baki hum thande karke mze se …

Makhmali Paneer Koftas

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It was just another lazy day when I wasnt wanting to enter the kitchen on so called "holiday" though I wonder for women when do they actually get a holiday like a holiday ๐Ÿ˜ confused, ugh !

Yesterday I was resting and just thinking what is it which can be made in minutes without my entering the kitchen ๐Ÿ˜ and almost decided to have famous chohle bhature of gulati (punjabi food resto) but it seems nazar hi lag gyi mere plans ko !๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜”

Suddenly guests were announced arriving in evening and I have to actually think hard what to make. I wished I can make and enjoy malai kofta but the richness and heavy cream in gravy made me reject the idea and then I did brain storming how I can make it without cream and cashewnut paste. I knew I was going to make a revolutionary dish lollzzz ...   for if it flopped my "miss khana khazana" tag was going to be snached ๐Ÿ˜ต. Yes You are right. I made it and it was a superduperhit. No one cud get to know dat I didnt use any cream or cashew…

Kala chana or Black Chickpeas Pulav

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This was an amazing dish I learnt from a food group I joined last year and I assumed that it will taste like my regular kala chana with plain rice but sorry I was wrong, it tasted heavenly and there cant be any comparison. Yes, I was little reluctant to try it out for I presumed that it wont surprise me if tasted our regular kala chana and rice combo. I was not only amazed but the dish  got finished in just little time.

I usually dont make rice very often. But on holidays I find making pulav , tehri , or even dal rice easier and less tiring. So trying this recipe wasnt a task on a holiday and black chana is anyway always welcome as its nutritious and healthy. I had posted black chickpeas chat sometime back.



INGREDIENTS

Kala Chana 1 cup
Basmati Rice - 1.5 cup
Chopped Onions 1
Ginger Garlic Paste 1 tbsp.
Salt
Cumin powder 1/2 tsp
Amchoor 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder 1/2 tsp
Dry mint leaves powder- 1/2 tsp
Choley masala 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder 1/2 tsp
Oil/ Ghee 1 tbsp.
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp

Mango sheera

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Sheera is a common sweet almost everyone knows how to make but adding mango flavour, taste and aroma was something unbelievable_ I tried today and well very much satisfied and glad to do that. Not only me, my family also loved it. ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

Sheera is made with semolina , our regular suji with water and milk. The only difference I brought was addition of mango pulp to give it a new flavour. People with sweet tooth must try this for its not only quick and easy dessert to make but also turned out quiet interesting. ๐Ÿ˜

Mango is available in market these days and I am putting all my ideas and imaginations into real actions ๐Ÿ˜‚. Few days back I invented Mango Oats Icecream and Mango Oats Pie. Both rocked my home and are repeatedly made number of times by now. Coming back to my sheera ,lets give our simple sheera a new makeover !





Ingredients

1 cup semolina / suji (I used pre roasted)
2 tbsp ghee
1 cup milk
1 cup sweet mango pulp ( I used alphanso)
4_5 cup water
1/2 cup sugar ( adjust sweetness as…

Moong Dal Dhokla

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I find dhokla and idlies easy and fast breakfast I can make almost daily. With little or more variations in preparation and choice of ingredients one can always make different kinds of healthy dhoklas and idlies.
Usually dhoklas are made up of besan(gramflour) but with time and again experimenting with different flours I had made and collected numbers of variants dhoklas. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dhoklas are the gujarati's famous old traditional snack item. The soft and spongy dhoklas make a very good evening tea time item as well. Less time consuming and easy preparations makes it ideal for any quick serving to unexpected guests at home.



Moong Dal Dhokla

Ingredients

For The Batter
1 cup (1 hr soaked) yellow moong dal
1 green chilly
salt to taste
1 tsp sugar
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp besan
1 tbsp oats
2 tbsp curds
1 1/2 tsp fruit salt
Little water

For The Tempering
1 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds ( rai / sarson)
a pinch asafoetida (hing)
2 tsp green chilly…

Foxnut or Lotus seeds kheer

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Makhana, foxnut, lotus seeds, gorgon nut _ these are the different names of this water plant, beautiful pop corn looking edible seeds having multiple health benefits.Extensively grown in stagnant water _  it is highly nutritious and fully organic non cereal food, superior to dry fruits in terms of sugar, protein, ascorbic acid and phenol content.Good for heart and sugar patients. 
These can be consumed or eaten raw, cooked, roasted or fried. Can be an evening snack and subsitute the unhealthy food for kids for sure as it taste like a pop corn. Often used in worshipping ceremonies or occassions due to its heavenly nature. Are consumed on fast and puja etc. Here's simple Makhana Kheer for you which is healthy and very tasty. 

Makhane ki kheer

Grind coarsly makhane in mixie.
Dry roast it in a pan.

Add 1 tbsp ghee and roast further ( you may skip ghee).

Add milk to it and cook on sim.
 After 10 mins add chopped dry fruits. When milk is reduced to half. Cook for some time.

Add grated jaggery. …

Oats coconut burfi

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By now you must be knowing my love for oats ๐Ÿ˜‚ and I dont think I need to promote it anymore. Oats as the most benefecial, fibre rich and healthy grain among all and good for weight loss found its way to my kitchen long back. To learn more recipes of oats you can read my other oats recipes Vermicelli Oats idliOats vegetable idliOats upmaOats handvoOats moongdal tikki.


I keep experimenting with this grain in all forms whether roasted or raw, powdered or cut steel and it never disappoints me. I always ended up innovating something new like this time. I was making oats porridge for my 8 month old baby when i realised that I had made more than required. At the same time I knew no one else will eat the plain porridge. So taking out my baby share I went ahead with my experiment to the excess porridge I had made ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ and Oats coconut Burfi got invented.





Ingredients
Oats powder form 1/3 cup
Water 2 cup
Jaggery 1/3 cup (adjust as per your taste)
Oats 1/3 cup dry roasted little
coconut…

Papaya digestive smoothie

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Papaya, ginger, mint and yogurt _ what is it common among these? ๐Ÿ˜จ

Well, all promotes digestive health. Here's another healthy smoothie from my kitchen for you to gulp down not only for your poor stomach alone, but for your taste buds too. I swear you wont keep your glasses down, probably you will ask more ! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹
Need more promotions ? Haa! ๐Ÿ˜

A quick and easy smoothie targeted to help your stomach to soothe as each ingredients in this recipe is chosen carefully. Ginger and mint work to calm upset tummy while papaya helps you relieve constipation and yogurt is a known probiotic.Lemon juice with goodness of vitamin C, flush out toxins from body. Each ingredient in this smoothie is good for your stomach. ๐Ÿ˜

So, if you are feeling heavy , bloated or sluggish after having your "oily" "calorie rich" "unhealthy" "fatty" and "fastfood" meals whip up this smoothie for instant relief. Infact keep this recipe on hand for any overeating/ove…

Mango Oats Pie

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Summers is the time to chill out, enjoy cool drinks and desserts but what if we get hit by flu.... oooh! My poor mangoes in fridge were anxiously waiting to create an 'ooh la la' moment in my kitchen but this flu just striked the whole family .. now no shakes no ice creams until the bad bad cold cough goes away.๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ˜ต No chilled desserts alas !


๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜‚ Unlike any other day I made aamras tonight as we cudnt enjoy our fav mango milkshake. But I didnt start my cup of aamras after dinner. An idea was troubling me. I thought to give it a try with little quantity. So I just took a bowl. Added little my fav n impromptu ingredient oatmeal and milk just enough to soak them and left it for sumtime. Then added my cup of amras, little sugar for namesake alongwith baking powder and baked it.

Oh what an innovation.. i really cudnt believe... I actually made it ! Mango Oats Pie. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜

Now I am repenting why did I experiment with such a small measure. Made only 8 small pies. ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜”

Come on, …

Bajre ka Khichda

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"Bajra" also known as pearl millet , is now no more unknown grain. But if you ask, how many have actually made /cooked anything of it, you probably won't get any nod. Why does this old age grain get such a cold shoulder. 
The first time I tasted bajra was many years back at my rajasthani neighbour's house, where we were served hot hot bajra rotis, doused in desi ghee, alongwith range of other lip smacking masaledar subzis and curries. These small rotis had bit darker complexion, were dense than our usual whole wheat rotis and just two of them were enough to fill us up. We were damn impressed and felt in heaven. 
You must be assuming that post our delightful bajra experience we would have included it in our daily diet henceforth. Strangely No! It never made it to my kitchen until a year back. 
I bought bajra grains when my dietician adviced me to include it in my meals in some way. Finally this beautiful grain found its way to my home. 
Since I was a new user I thought be…

Gramflour oats almond cookies

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Had I tried this before I swear these beautiful cookies would have been frequent make at my home. Its been so long I read this recipe but could not try it for some reasons. But today I was little free to experiment in kitchen. Yes for me its experiment though recipe is my friend ravneet's tested one but my bakes are not always a hit. ๐Ÿ˜‰
I remember my mom use to bake nan khatayis in her cooking range. And it use to smell yum. Today once again when cookies were getting baked my home got filled with a delicious aroma. We were waiting anxiously for it to finish soon and we can get to taste. ๐Ÿ˜‚


The blend of gramflour with oats and almond meal is a healthy combination. My friend used almonds as whole but I used crushed form. Also in original recipe she used pistachoes but I skipped. The best part was there was no fuss or mess in whole procedure. It is an easy and quick recipe. If you are expecting guests at home you can quickly bake a batch to serve with tea or coffee.

Lets bake the go…

Cornmeal Oatmeal Strawberry Pancake

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What a lovely morning it was and what a great brunch on lazy sunday _ Pancakes, milkshakes and scrambled eggs. This Sunday was like any other sunday when we take a break from usual routine food. No rice, chapati, pulse or any green veggies.

We dont indulge in outside food so making something different every sunday is actually a task and more so combination of different choices too. Quick and easy recipes yet stomach filling are most welcome on such days.

Pancakes are my favourite breakfast and very often are made but I keep trying variations. Cornmeal is usually available in winters in north but now a days everything gets available at big stores throughout the year. I had plenty of them in store at home so thought to make something out of it. Then making pancakes came to my mind but cornmeal doesnot make very smooth or flowy batter so I added oatmeal and to give it a crispy texture added semolina too. Added almondmeal and strawberries too to make it more crunchy and yummy besides hea…

Besan ki katli ki sabji

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Katli made up of gramflour is an easy and delicious recipe of rajasthan. I love rajasthani food since childhood as my neighbours and few friends were marwari. My earlier post of gatte ki sabji is also my childhood favourite dish.
This is another lip smacking dish belonging to rajasthani cuisine but very easy and quick to make. So many times when no vegetables are available or sometimes when we dont wish to make the ones available we end up making these quick and instant dishes for a change.  Mine is a punjabi family but we at home all love different states food too like rajasthani, gujarati, maharashtrian, bihari, kashmiri , south indian and so many. My family supports me to try other states delicacies and thankfully I never let them down. My attempts never fails.  Having said much about our love for food let me come back to the dish I presented today _ เคฌेเคธเคจ เค•ी เค•เคคเคฒी เค•ी เคธเคฌเคœी । Rajasthani food majorly comprises of besan. And this is another wonderful recipe I am sharing. 
เคธाเคฎเค—्เคฐी เค•เคคเคฒी …