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Semolina Almond cake

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Cakes are everyone's weakness, that's so obvious but when its healthy and yummy who can stop one ! I love cakes but not the creamy ones. I wonder sometimes why and what do people like when they eat mouthful of creams over a small piece of real cake. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Sorry, I mean its my point of view. Its their choice. But if you ask me I would go for real bakes, not the decorative ones. Fresh from the oven and hot ! Slurrrrp ! The very thought of it makes me crave for it πŸ˜πŸ˜‹
Between I am not against the cream or icing over the cakes, thats an art all together. Its just that I am health freak.My friend Sangeeta Chandra is exceptional whose icing art is too good and I look at her work with my jaws open wide 😱


I joined a food group last year and fortunately happened to join Ravneet in healthy recipes group wherein number of healthy bakes and food recipes were getting exchanged and encouraged. Being a foodie and health conscious myself I learned many good shares by friends over …

Oats Sprouts Tikki

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It was just another energetic holiday when I was happily inside my kitchen, the work station where alongwith usual meals my unusual, sometimes not so rocking ( whooff) and sometimes breathtaking (yeah!!) experiments takes place. I feel so lucky that I have always enjoyed that freedom post marriage to own my kitchen my way and hence I can think of keep trying new dishes. After a hectic office schedule (yes, I am a working woman) I manage to prepare the meals and now full on experiments too. I just follow my instinct and expect family to like it. Dats it.

Oats has found its permanent place in my kitchen. No day goes without it. Its that superfood which suits all my needs. Quick and instant, Oats have a well balanced nutritional composition. The diet containing oatmeal gets promoted as way to lose weight and reduce cholesterol. I also happen to get introduced to this wonder grain while I wanted to lose weight. And since then it never left me.

Like oats even sprouts are considered very h…

Cabbage Muthia

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By now you all know I am more fond of experimenting in snacks items , this is because I find hunger in evening and early morning craves me more and to avoid popping in just anything my focus remains to bring varities in these little bites. Oats has by far my first to reach item and more so now that I am totally in love with it I find it easier to just include it in anything.
Few days back I tried oats in muthia , a famous gujarati side snacks and the result was amazing. It is nutritious and a tasty recipe.
I have seen combination of cabbage and oats goes very well. And this is just another perfect example.

I am die hard fan of steamed snacks coz it uses less oil and nutrients remains intact so dhoklas , idlies, muthia, are my all time favourites and are important breakfast meal in my house. Healthy food in morning is the best way to energise and fuel your body.

I was introduced to muthia by my friend who brought methi muthia. Very delectable and distinct taste it was. I was surprised…

Moongdal Oats Dahi vade

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I usually soak moongdal generously πŸ˜‚ coz when I do many dishes get lined up for next two days. In my home more than any other pulse moongal dal is used without any hesitation as the same is not so heavy on tummy unlike other daals. Day before yesterday I made moongdal poha and then the rest batter was fermented for dahi vadas.
Unlike urad dal vadas I find moongdal vadas much lighter and digestible. Urad dal vadas doesnt suits my family as it is very heavy and gaseous. Only when guests are at home do I make urad dal Dahi bhallas(of course they taste yummy) I shared the recipe too.

This is an easy recipe but requires good grinding and fermentation for soft and tasty vades. I avoid using eno or baking soda as naturally fermented ones are good to digest and healthy.


Recipe
Makes 15 vades

Ingredients

Moong dal 1 cup
Ginger 1/2 inch
Curd 3 cups
Salt
Chopped cilantro
Green chillies chopped as per taste
Oats 2 tbsp
Oil to shallow fry
Ajwaen 1/2 tsp
Nuts (optional) - almonds, raisins.
Hing p…

Moongdal Poha

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What a lovely pleasant morning ... its raining mumbaiiiiiii..... ⚡⚡πŸŒ‚
I like people who smiles when its raining..lol I am one of them. As the rain washes the city anew, we love to enjoy mumbai monsoon with a cup of tea with a healthy yummy hot poha (errrrrr....!! no pakodas , they are so oily and unhealthy).

Cloudy misty weather, cool winds blowing and a weekend holiday - what a deadly combination πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ cannot ask for more. Yesterday it was getting too hot and humid that waking up to a cool windy morning is really welcome and thrilling.

Few weeks back I had read Divya Suresh's recipe on her blog of karnatka traditional Steamed split green gram upma and knew it would be a hit. Can imagine the taste and always wanted to give it a try. So basically idea of this poha originated from divya's upma.Yesterday night when I soaked yellow moong dal for dahi bda (yes thats coming up nextπŸ˜‰) I didnt knew I will be making poha out of it . I grinded the soaked dal in morning and used one…

Vermicelli Oats Laddoo

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Enough of snacks and breakfast recipes... Even I am bored of it 😝. Lets make something sweet. Eeeeeeh !! Sounds calorific 😱😱😱. tch tch tch... you people cant think of any healthy dessert.
Well, when I am here to rescue you just dont bother. I am rajnikant in healthy recipes πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Mind it !

when its oats you can count on me the dessert will also be healthy. Today its oats vermicelli laddoo from my kitchen. Delicious, easy and quick and very different than your usual laddoos.Try yourself and find out.



You Need:

1/2 cup Vermicelli (Sevai)
1/2 cup Oats
1/2 cup Sugar (you may replace it with date puree and reduce milk as well)
3 pods of cardamom
about 10 broken cashewnuts (optional)
milk as required (about 2 tbsp)
3 tbsp almond powder
2 tsp dry coconut powder (optional)

Method:

1. Heat a non stick pan & roast the vermicelli & oats separately on a slow flame. Do not burn, but slightly roast till you get a nice aroma. Remove and allow to cool. In the same pan, toast the broken c…

Pineapple Pullisary

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Pineapple is one of those wonder fruits which is blended in number of juices, cocktails, cakes, jams, smoothies and pastries. Not only for its sweetness, its been used since ages for digestion and inflammation problems.  It has numerous health benefits as it contains high amounts of vitamin C and manganese.

For all its sweetness, 1 cup of chunks contains 80 calories only. They are fat free, cholesterol free and low in sodium too. Thus it helps in weight loss.

In my family not all are fond of eating pineapples chopped raw. Over the years I have learnt various dishes and the best one I am sharing today. Its a south indian curry- sweetness of pineapple and sourness of curd combined with coconut makes a aromatic, yellow flavourful and colourful dish one would fall in love instantly.



Ingredients

Pineapple - 1 cup chopped
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - as needed
Yogurt (Curd) - 1 cup

For Grinding
Grated coconut - 1/3 cup
Green chillies - 2-3
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp

For Seasoning
oil - 1 tbsp

Puran polis

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In some people's home the sweets are as essential as regular meals. Cant live without it. And being a punjabi one will make it a part of the meals. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Punjabies are born foodie and sweet lovers.
When I came to Mumbai I didnt knew much about the maharashtrian food and culture. Living here for about 13 yrs now I am more inclined to other state foods than punjabi. Lolz. Gujaraties, rajasthani , maharashtrian and south indian food are now part of my daily meals.
Maharshtrian food is very spicy and unique. Fast food like wada pav, bhajji pav, pav bhaaji, samosa pav, misal pav.... pav....pav....pav.....pav.... eeeeee!! 😡😡😡Today its not pav combo why am I telling u pav varities 😝 . Unlike spicy food maharshtrian food has unique sweet items also - modak and puran poli. Yes , Puran poli is gujarati sweet also. Difference is that gujaraties make it with tuar dal and maharashtrians make it with chana daal. I wanted to make it with chana daal but then switched to tuar dal at last momen…

Blackeye Bean Spinach Dhokla

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Dhokla is a versatile breakfast or snack which can be made with so many variations and with different flours or mix.Quick to make.
Once I tried it with black eye beans and the outcome was just awesum. The combination with spinach was not only nutritious and healthy but so different in taste. πŸ˜‹


Here I didnt use oats or gramflour or any flour for binding as the batter didnt require. Had I used, the taste would have definately changed and I am glad I didnt😏😏.
But unlike other dhoklas this requires soaking. So it needs planning one day in advance. πŸ˜†



Dhokla Recipe

Ingredients
1 cup black eye beans
1 inch ginger
1 green chilly / red chilly powder 1 tsp
Buttermilk 1/2 cup
Chopped spinach 1 cup
Salt
Soda pinch

 Method

Wash and soak black eye bean for 5 hrs or overnight.

Grind it alongwith ginger and green chilly or red chilly pwdr.

Add buttermilk and grind smooth. Batter should not be runny nor thick. Take it out in a bowl.

Add salt and chopped spinach to this batter.Add pinch soda.Mix.