Sunday, December 11, 2016

Oats Carrot Payasam

Indian desserts are a treat to taste buds and undoubtedly an indispensable part of any festival or celebration - loaded with sweetness and enriched with goodness of milk, nuts, etc. Talking of indian desserts only brings water in my mouth. The very first image which comes to my mind when we say dessert is a big bowl of rice kheer or payasam cooked in milk loaded with heartful of dry fruits. yummm.....

While in North its kheer made up of rice cooked in milk, in south its popular as Payasam or payasa , be it rice or vermicelli cooked in coconut milk and jaggery. In south there's varities to prepare the payasam or payasa but in North india all sweets or desserts are mainly of dairy products. Myself being north indian also uses milk more and today's recipe is also inspired by south though I have used milk inplace of coconut milk. With a twist I have cooked oats n carrots in milk and the outcome was commendable. Since I used more of milk the dessert came out as payasam , if we reduce the milk quantity and increase carrots it would a great competition to our own traditional gajar ka halwa 😂😝. But if you can go with my words,  will suggest you try this recipe with jaggery ( instead of sugar) and coconut milk (instead of milk).

The combination of coconut, carrots and oats have created a unique new flavourful dessert.

Oats carrot payasam
Serves 4

Carrots big 4 no.s
Almondmeal 3 tbsp or 10_15 no.s crushed.
Raisins 10-15 no.s
Milk 750 ml
Ghee or clarified butter 1 tbsp
Oats 2 tbsp
2 Cardomom seeds crushed finely
Sugar 1/2 cup
Grated coconut half cup.


Wash, peel and chop carrot.
Pressure cook them till tender. When cool grind them into paste. Keep aside.

In a deep thick bottom pan add ghee and then milk slowly. And cardomom powder.
Let it simmer and reduce a little.

Add oats and cook for another 10-15 mins.

Now add carrot paste and almondmeal. Cook on simmer gas till it becomes little thick. then add grated coconut. cook for 5 mins stirring continuously.

Add sugar. Let it get dissolved.
Switch off the gas and add raisins.

Refridgerate when cool for atleast 3-4 hrs before serving. This taste awesum when chilled. But since its winters you enjoy it hot!!

You may like to try my earlier steamed daal payasam. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Overnight Oats Weightloss Breakfast recipe

Big cities like Mumbai where life runs like a marathon race we hardly get time for ourselves. Most of the time either goes in travelling or in resting (after a tiring week). And in all of this suffers our health. Yes, we dont pay attention to our well being and result - obesity, body aches, weakness and other lifestyle diseases.
I realised my ignorance towards my health after I was hit by thyroid in my first pregnancy and since then I struggled hard to shed off the fats and weight I had put on. I had been more cautious now what I eat, When I eat and how much I eat. besides diet exercise plays the very important role in maintaining our weight. 

This recipe will be a saviour to those who are short of time in morning and needs a quick breakfast yet healthy. Starting your day with fruits, milk and oats. Wow ! Try this recipe, its tummy filling and you dont feel hungry till lunch. The choice of fruits is entirely yours. I used pomegranate seeds and oranges and they were sweet enough to avoid sugar in this recipe. you can use apple, pear, plums, bananas any seasonal fruit. Chia seeds are also known for its weight loss benefits. The recipe can do without it too so you can go ahead even if its not available. Nuts give that crunchiness to this recipe that you will love it !

Ever since I consulted a dietician I realised how much harm I did to my body during all these years. My struggle would not have been so long had I realised this earlier. 

There is no easy and quick way to lose those extra kilos. Its not a magic. You gained over a period of time, give time to loose too. 

I will share some food recipes (coming more) you can try if you aim to lose weight but remember nothing works if you are not working out. Even a 45 mins brisk walk twice a day for 5 days a week is enough. If not walk, you can take up any sports _ badminton, football, swimming or even dance helps ! Do whatever makes you happy and make sure you are moving your body ! 

Today I am sharing my Overnight Oats Weight loss breakfast recipe. Remember, Oats consumption should be max 1 cup in a day. Afterall, it also has carbs.We must know how much to consume what. Oats being a great weight loss option is mostly consumed in breakfast. Here we have combined curd to oats since some people gets stomach problem like loose motions etc and curd helps in neutralising that effect. So people who avoid oats due to its effect on motions can easily try this recipe. 

Overnight Oats Pudding 

To make one serving you need
4 tbsp rolled oats
2 tbsp yogurt
1 cup milk
1 tbsp dates puree ( You can use honey if dates puree is not available)
1 cup of fruits (could be  any of your choice) - I used pomegranate, orange, kiwi.
1/2 cup nuts - I used anjeer, raisins, walnuts.
1 tbsp sabja seeds or chia seeds whichever is available.

Method :

Warm milk a little. Add sabja or chia seeds and let it sit for 15 mins.

Now in a bowl take oats, add curd, milk and sabja/chia seeds. Mix and refridgerate overnight or keep in fridge for atleast 4-5 hours.

Keep fruits and nuts chopped and ready for assembling.

To assemble :

Take a serving cup or bowl. Place few orange segments on base. Pour half of oats mixture over it. Add tsp of dates puree or honey.

Sprinkle pomegranate seeds layer over it. Again add orange segments and kiwi pieces. Pour another layer of oats mixture. Add tsp of dates puree or honey.

Spread walnuts, raisins, and pour the remaining little oats mixture.

Garnish with a walnut, pomegranate seeds, orange segments and place one anjeer on top or cup/glass side.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sprouts Dhokla

Sprouts my energetic start for the day, high in protiens and low in carbs. A wonderful healthy breakfast to get indulge in. Sprouts can be of any pulses and all are healthiest, be it brown moth dal, whole moong dal, or whole masoor dal, etc. I generally prefer Whole green moong daal over other as its easy to digest and less gaseous.

I generally include sprouts in my meal atleast twice a week in any form, sprouts dhokla, tikki, salads, chaat or even add to soups. You may love to try my other sprouts recipes as well - Sprouts tikki, Sprouts currySprouts Dosa, Sprouts Chaat,  Since I am little allergic to raw sprouts I prefer using steamed sprouts in my recipes. Never overcook them as nutritive value gets finished. Always steam little for use. Those who like crunchy raw sprouts and are able to digest it , can use it direct.

3/4 cup oats
3/4 cup semolina / suji
1/2 cup curd
1 cup water approx
Green chilli ginger paste 1 tsp
Salt 1 tsp
Sugar 1 tsp
Moong sprouts 1/2 cup
Chopped coriander leaves little
Lemon juice 1 tsp optional

For Tadka we need
Oil 1 tsp
Rai 1/2 tsp
Kari patta few
Sesame seeds 1/2 tsp (optional)
Red chilly 1 sabut (in 2-3 pieces)


Steam sprouts for 2-3 mins or skip as you may like.

In a bowl take oats, suji, salt, sugar, ginger chilly paste, curd n water. Mix well n keep aside for some time.

Add sprouts, coriander leaves, lemon juice and give it a thorough mix.

Make a tadka and mix the tadka in this batter. For tadka add 1 tsp oil in a pan. When hot add rai and sabut red chilly. when it starts spluttering add kari patta and sesame seeds. swtich off the gas. Mix the tadka in batter.

Grease a thali or microwave vessel and pour this mixture.

Steam it for 10-12 mins if on gas or micro for 4 mins on high.

Cool and demould. Cut the dhoklas into pieces and serve with chutney or sauce.

You may like to check more dhokla recipes on the blog - link given below :