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Oats Dhokla..A healthy delight

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A big hello to all of you. I am so excited the spring will be here soon. With the New England weather, you can’t really predict much but at least with all the Easter stuff floating around, it makes both me and my daughter very happy. She is looking forward to all the egg hunting and I can’t wait for some warmer days and outdoor activities. We have been lucky enough to have a reasonably warm winter this year and are really looking forward to a  gorgeous summer ahead. How is the weather like at your end..?

Healthy is my favorite kind of food. I do enjoy eating all the junk and the not so good for you desserts but they make me so guilty afterwards. Dang. So not worth it. 😦 I am therefore always on the lookout for healthy recipes – oats, quinoa, kale, chia seeds are some of the most frequent ingredients used in my kitchen. I have been cooking with oats a lot off lately and this dhokla or steamed cake recipe was as healthy as it was delicious. 🙂

Without wasting any more time, lets make this yummy treat..

Ingredients:

Oats – 3/4 cup, dry roast and make a powder – will yield 1/2 cup oats flour

Sooji or Semolina – 1/2 cup

Yogurt – 1/2 cup

Ginger and  green chilly paste – 1/2 tsp

Chopped Spinach or grated carrots – 1/2 cup (Use your choice of veggies)

Salt to taste

Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp.

Sugar – 1 tbsp.

Eno Fruit Salt – 1 tsp

Water – 1/4 cup, use as needed

Oil – 1 tbsp.

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – a few

Chopped Cilantro for garnish

Method:

  1. In a bowl mix together the oats flour, sooji, yogurt, salt, lemon juice, sugar, ginger and green chilly paste. Add water as needed to make a smooth batter of pouring consistency. Let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Now mix in the spinach and give it a good stir. Add some more water if needed. The batter should be of pouring consistency but not too thick or thin.
  3. Get your steamer ready or boil some water in a large pot or cooker. If steaming in the cooker, do not use the whistle.
  4. Grease a 7 inch dish and keep it ready.
  5. Once the water comes to boil, add in the eno fruit salt to the dhokla mix and give it a gentle mix, making sure not to over mix.
  6. Pour the dhokla mix in the greased dish and let it steam on medium flame for at least 15 – 20 minutes till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. While the dhokla is steaming, we can prepare our tempering.
  8. Heat oil in a pan and add in the mustard seeds. Allow them to splutter. Throw in the curry leaves and once they crackle, switch off the flame.
  9. Once the dhokla is ready, pour this tempering over it and allow it to rest for 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves.
  10. Finally, cut your dhokla pieces and serve with your favorite chutney. Enjoy this healthy snack.

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So here is how I made this healthy and delicious dhokla. Do let me know if you try this out.

Thanks for stopping by. See you soon.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂

 

 

 

 


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Oats & Chia Seeds Crackers..For healthy munching.

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Hello everyone. Its that time of the month where I do my monthly column for the B’khush Magazine. It is an online magazine, catering to the South Asian population around the world. They write about varied topics ranging from fitness, beauty, parenting, DIY projects, recipes etc. Do check out their website – B’Khush – Upload Thoughts, Download Happiness.

My column in the magazine is called “Healthy Bites“. Through this column, I like to share such recipes that provide the nutrition, taste great and most of all you can enjoy them guilt free. Follow me here to make some easy and healthy dishes that you wouldn’t feel guilty about when you take that second serving.

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For today’s post I am making some healthy Oats & Chia seeds Crackers. I was desperately looking to make a healthy and crunchy snack that I can enjoy with my tea or coffee without the guilt. I recently tried these oats and chia seeds crackers that were made with minimal oil and are such a healthy snack, one that you wouldn’t feel guilty about.

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Need more motivation to make these – I also used these crackers to make a healthy papri chaat. Just top these crackers with some boiled potatoes, chopped onions, boiled chole, beaten yogurt and your favorite chutneys. Dig in. Now that’s what I call healthy feasting. 🙂

Lets hop on to the B’Khush magazine for the recipe here.

UPDATE – The B’Khush Website is currently not working. You can find the recipe for the crackers here:

Ingredients:

Oats – 1 cup (I have used quick oats, but steel cut oats would work too)
Whole wheat flour – ¼ cup
Chia Seeds – 1 tbsp
Oil – 1.5 tbsp
Water – ¼ cup, (more or less as needed to make the dough)
Salt – to taste
Dried Fenugreek Leaves – 2 tbsp, crushed
Red chilly powder – ½ tsp, more if preferred
Garam Masala Powder – 1 tsp
Baking Powder – 1 tsp

Method:

  1. Dry roast the Oats for a few minutes and grind them to a fine powder. 
  2. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and form a dough using as much water as needed. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat your oven to 400 F and grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
  4. Now roll out the dough real thin and cut it into rounds or use your favorite cookie cutter.
  5. Place it on the baking tray and bake it for 8 – 10 minutes. Keep a close eye toward the end as they burn really quickly. A slight brown towards the edges is all you need.
  6. Let the crackers cool down completely before storing them away in an air tight container.
  7. This recipe should give you about 30 round crackers.

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by. Do let me know if you try them out.

Love,

Ritu 🙂

 

 


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Healthy Banana Oats Cookies…Sugar Free, Butter Free & Oil Free

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Hello everyone. Sorry for missing in action for so long. My daughter started her Preschool today and I was super busy getting ready for the big day. I am so glad she thoroughly enjoyed her first day at school. There were lots of firsts for all of us and we are excited for the new beginnings. I really wish her the best in this new phase of life. 🙂

School also means thinking what to pack for lunch everyday. I can’t believe I have reached that stage. I still remember asking my mom – what’s in lunch box tomorrow and then saying..No give me something different. Sigh..how life takes a full circle. Having said that, I am excited to try new recipes for her so if you have an interesting lunch box idea, do share in the comment below. Would love to try it out.

Speaking of lunch box and healthy treats, today I am sharing a very healthy cookie recipe with you. If you are looking for a healthy snack, this is it. These cookies have the natural sweetness of banana, the goodness of oats and are free from any oil or butter. Best of all, they get ready in 15 minutes. So the next time, you see some ripe bananas lying round, make this delicious and healthy treat.

Here is how I made them:

Ingredients:

Ripe bananas – 2 (You can also use very ripe plantains instead)

Quick Oats – 1 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

Cinnamon powder – 1 tsp

Vanilla extract – 1 tsp

Raisins or chocolate chip – 1/4 cup

Method:

  1. Mash the bananas well and add in the rest of the ingredients till everything is well combined.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Scoop little balls of this mixture on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. You should get about 12 – 16 cookies based on the size.
  4. Let the cookies cool completely before storing them away in an air tight container. Enjoy your healthy snack.
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So that is the super simple recipe of the healthiest cookies. These taste like the chewy cookies and not the crispy ones. You can also make these like a bar. Just put the whole mix in a baking dish together and cut into pieces when done.
Thanks for stopping by. Do let me know if you try this out.
I hope to see you again soon.
Love,
Ritu. 🙂