BAKED RAGI CRACKERS WITH SESAME SEED &CUCUMBER DIP

Baked Ragi Crackers with Sesame Seeds are healthy snacking option for all ages.The ingredients are rich in vitamins and minerals and good source of calcium.
This is a healthy snacking option for kids and adults alike. These crackers are studded with sesame seeds and flavored with black pepper powder.

The recipe requires just 5 ingredients and is very simple, quick and easy to follow. You just mix all the ingredients and knead a dough out of it using water. Roll out the dough, cut it in desired shapes and bake.

These light and wholesome crackers served with a refreshing curd-based dip made a great mid -afternoon snack. You can prepare and store a batch of the crackers in an airtight container to relish with a cup of tea or your favourite dip any time you want.
This calcium-rich, energy giving snack is a great pick for diabetics too.

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup ragi flour (just powder the ragi)
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • Black pepper powder to taste
  • 1 tsp chilli flex

To be Mixed In to a Cucumber Dip:

  • 1/2 cup grated cucumber
  • 1 cup hung curd ( dahi), whisked
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • /4 tsp jeera powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic paste
  • salt to taste
    Mix all the ingredients and dip is ready .

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat an oven at 180 Degree Celsius for 10 minutes.
  2. In a mixing bowl take whole wheat flour and ragi flour. Add sesame seeds, oil and black pepper powder.chilli flex&
    Mix everything very well.wp-16004469389142911850795784605678.jpg
  3. Add water little by little and knead into a soft dough.
  4. Divide the dough into 2 parts.
  5. Roll out each part on a dusted work surface using a rolling pin just like we roll chapati.
    Prick the rolled out dough with fork all around.
  6. Cut into desired shapes using cookie cutter. Repeat the same with rest of the dough.wp-16004469391506846336724444382995.jpg
  7. Arrange the crackers on a greased or lined baking tray.
  8. Bake the crackers at 180 degrees Celsius in a pre-heated oven for 12-15 minutes.
    Allow them to cool on a wire rack before transferring to an air tight container. 
     
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PEPPERMINT TEA

How to make easy peppermint tea
Use fresh leaves from your own garden or even the grocery store to make this bright and beneficial tea!here i used my homegrown peppermint leaves.
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Fresh mint leaves give this mint tea recipe an alluring herbal aroma and flavor. Since this tea is made with an herb instead of tea leaves, it is considered an herbal tea or tisane and does not contain any caffeine.
You can vary the mint in this recipe as long as it’s fresh. Peppermint or spearmint are classic choices, but other varieties will work just as well. You can even use a mixture of mint varieties. While you can use dried mint for tea, it doesn’t compare to the flavor of fresh herbs. Serve it hot or iced, sweetened or unsweetened, and with or without lemon. It’s easy to adjust to your taste and customize to each drinker.
Peppermint tea is an aromatic infusion that can instantly warm you up on a breezy evening. Not just for breezy evenings, it can also help you relax or unwind after an eventful day.
With a long list of health benefits, peppermint tea is also used for calming the nerves. Known for its minty taste and wonderful smell, it is the most sought-after drink across the world. Apart from helping overcome bad breath, the tea works well as immunity booster too.
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INGREDIENTS :
2 cups water
15-20 fresh mint leaves rubbed or crushed to release flavor
2 teaspoons honey or jaggery  if you like your tea a little sweet.
lemon slices optional
INSTRUCTIONS :
  1. In a small pot, add the water and bring to a simmer.wp-15978282140003103908638694167535.jpg
  2. Add the mint leaves and turn off the heat. Allow the leaves to steep 15 minutes at least. You can go a bit longer if you want a stronger flavor.
  3. Strain leaves out through a strainer and pour into teacups.
  4. Add one teaspoon honey per cup and a squeeze of lemon if desired. Serve warm.
NOTES:
5 Must-Have Peppermint Benefits
1.Headache and migraine fighter.
2.Support for digestive upsets.
3.Afternoon energy boost.
4.Bacterial infection fighter.
5.May reduce seasonal allergies.
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MOONG SPROUTS SAVOURY WAFFLES / HIGH PROTEIN MEAL

These days, I’m experimenting with my waffle iron. Today I made a very healthy breakfast by using it: just took some moong sprouts, mixed it up into a batter and made waffles. They turned out to be delicious.
So yeah, Let’s make savoury waffles using moong sprouts, something you can introduce as high protein meal to your diet and even kids would love it.
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INGREDIENTS:
1 cup Moong Sprouts
Salt per taste
2 green chillies chopped
Some onion greens
Coriander leaves
Oil
Honey
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Take a cup of moong sprouts &  crushed in a mixie. Add salt per taste
  2. Add 2 green chillies chopped, Add onion greens.
  3. Add coriander leaves, Mix well.
  4. Grease waffle-maker with oi
  5. Fill the moong sprout batter in the waffle maker
  6. Close the waffle-maker and let it cook
  7. Plate the waffles
  8. Savoury waffles with health twist are ready
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NOTES:
1. The batter should be medium in consistency.
2. Other spices can be added as per one’s taste.
3. You can add up some veggies to enhance the flavours and nutrients.
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HEALTHY DALIA IDLI /BROKEN WHEAT IDLI

Broken Wheat Idli is an instant Idli made with healthy and nutritious Broken wheat(daliya). There is no soaking, grinding or fermentation process required to make this Idli. It’s one very quick Idli recipe which can be served with tomato chutney, Coriander chutney enjoy.

Not only is it healthy, but very tasty.
My husband loves daliya and my daughter’s really like idli, so here is a delicious combo of both. Throw in some veggies and make it even better.

I am obsessed with heart shape, so I used a cookie cutter to make heart shape idlis.
*Broken wheat is also referred to as Dalia, Cracked Wheat and Couscous.*

 

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INGREDIENTS:
1 cup Samba Godhumai Rava (Broken Wheat / Dalia) 1 Cup – 250ml
½ cup Curd (Plain Yogurt)
1 Carrot Grated
½ tsp Eno Salt
¾ cup Water Adjust as needed
¾ tsp Salt Adjust As Needed
1 tbsp Coriander Leaves Finely Chopped
FOR TEMPERING:
2 tsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
5-6 Cashews
1 tbsp Split Bengal Gram (Channa Dal /
Few Curry
1 Green Chili
1 tsp Ginger Grated

INSTRUCTIONS:

 

  1. ROASTING BROKEN WHEAT
  2. Heat a pan and add broken wheat and dry roast it for 2-3 minutes. Take this dry roasted broken wheat in a mixing bowl or vessel.wp-15918027131267976143138785412100.jpg
  3. TEMPERING PROCESS
  4. Add oil to the pan and add mustard seeds and when the mustard seeds start to sputter, add split urad dal, channa dal and fry till the dal turns golden brown colour.wp-15918027133246679589773469995358.jpg
  5. Add cashews and fry till light brown. Finally, add curry leaves and fry for 2 seconds. Switch off the flame
    PREPARE IDLI BATTER
  6. In a mixing bowl, take the roasted broken wheat. Add tempering, grated carrot, coriander leaves and salt and give a good mix.wp-1591802713501879636292020033916.jpg
  7. To this now, add curd and give a mix. Add water little by little and make it to a thick batter. Keep the batter aside for 10 mins. Broken wheat absorbs the curd and water.
  8. After 10 mins, again add water and adjust the consistency. Add eno salt and mix gently. Eno salt makes the idli fluffy and salt. You can substitute with baking salt also.
    STEAM COOKING IDLI
  9. Grease the idli plates and fill in the batter in each idli mould and steam cook for 20 minuteswp-1591802713698425340848894166681.jpg
  10. Once the steam cooking is done, allow the idli to cool off for a couple of minutes and then take out the idli gently.
    SERVING TIME
  11. Yummy Broken Wheat Idli | Samba Godhumai Rava Idli | Dalia Idli is now ready to serve with idli with any chutney varieties

NOTES:

  • Roasting of DALIA  is very important as it helps to build very good flavour. Do not skip this step. Dry roast the wheat in a low to medium flame till you get a nice aroma.
  • Use of Sour curd is recommended. If you don’t have sour curd, you can add little quantity of lemon juice in addition to the curd
  • Add shredded vegetable of your choice and liking of your family.
  • As I mentioned earlier, additional of Eno Fruit Salt helps to make fluffy idli.
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STIR-FRIED BROCCOLI WITH GARLIC

Sometimes simplicity is the best. Although My hubby loved roasted veggies with their heavenly char, this garlic broccoli stir fry is one of my hubby’s favorite broccoli dishes. I make this very often.

Broccoli, as we all know, is very healthy food. It is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Vitamin E & calcium. So we must add such healthy food to our diet. Now we have a very easy and crunchy Broccoli salad.

Broccoli when sauteed with garlic and a bit of pepper and chilli in olive oil makes the stir fry really tasty. The only thing one should keep in mind while doing this kind of stir-fries is to blanch the vegetables in the right manner so that it will not lose its crunch in the process.

INGREDIENTS :

Broccoli – Cut into medium-sized pieces
Salt – as per taste
black pepper 1/2 tsp
Garlic – 3,4 pods finely chopped
Ginger – 1inch finely chopped
Lemon – 1/2 small
Olive oil – 2 tbsp
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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. First, wash and cut Broccoli into medium-sized pieces.
  2. Heat 2 cups of water in a pan. Add 1/4 tsp of salt.
  3. When water comes to boil, put broccoli pieces into boiling water. Boil it for 2 minutes and switch off the flame.
  4. Strain Broccoli from water.
  5. Now heat a frying pan. Pour oil. When the oil is medium hot, add garlic and ginger and Saute the garlic to a light brown colour.picsart_12-14-082822308476163953940.jpg
  6. Now add broccoli pieces and stir fry for 2 minutes.
  7. Now add salt & pepper and mix well and switch off the flame.
  8. Now squeeze 1/2 slice of lemon over it and mix well.
  9. Healthy and tangy Broccoli is ready.
  10. Serve hot.

    NOTES:

  • You can stem broccoli in the microwave too.
  • You can add onion in the recipe.
  • You can add red chilli powder instead of black pepper in the recipe.
  • Nuts like walnuts, pine nuts can be added for extra crunch.
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JOWAR VEGETABLE KHICHDI

A tasty One-Dish Meals made of healthy jowar, the Jowar and Vegetable Khichdi is also quite exotic due to the choice of veggies used in it.
Coloured capsicum brings in not just colour but also a host of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants, just as the whole grain makes the jowar khichdi rich in protein, fibre and iron.

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INGREDIENTS :

1/2 cup whole Jowar (white millet)
1/4 cup finely chopped red capsicum
1/4 cup finely chopped yellow capsicum
1/4 cup finely chopped Onion
1/4 cup finely chopped Tomato
salt to taste
1 tsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
2 tsp finely chopped green chillies
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1/4 cup chopped coriander (dhania)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Soak the whole Jowar overnight in enough water. Next day, drain all the water.
  2. Combine soaked and drainedJjowar, 1 cup of water and salt in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 5 whistles.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep the cooked whole Jowar aside without draining the water.
  4. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds.
  5. When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida, green chillies, Onion red, green, yellow capsicum and the Tomato and sauté on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Add a little salt, cooked jowar (along with the water), mix well and cook on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes or till the water dries up, while stirring occasionally.
  7. Mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  8. Add the coriander, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  9. Serve immediately.

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