KHAJUR & CHOCOLATE OATS LADDOO

This is a very healthy and delicious snack prepared with oats, nuts, and dates.1507396232824.jpg

I made these simple and healthy dates and oats laddu for Diwali .just roast, grind and mix all the ingredients and yummy and delicious laddu’s are ready to offer..

It can be prepared with sugar or jaggery and not much of ghee is needed and it is optional. They are non-sticky while you hold on and slightly chewy and taste good. They can be made absolutely fat free or vegan by eliminating the ghee.

So, from this year, one more item is added to my list of festival sweets. Let’s celebrate Diwali with these soft ladoos.

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Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Cook time: 6-10 minutes

serve:4

 

INGREDIENTS :

Dates pitted and chopped 10-12
Cocoa powder 2-3 tablespoons
Oats 1 cup
Ghee 2 tablespoons
Walnuts chopped 1/2 cup
Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon
Jaggery (Gur) grated 3/4-1 cup
poppy seeds roasted 1tbsp

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat ghee in a non-stick pan. Add walnuts, mix and sauté till golden. Reduce heat, add oats and sauté for a minute.1507395403328
  2. Add dates, cardamom powder, mix and cook till dates soften. Add jaggery, mix and cook till it melts on low heat.1507395515760
  3. Transfer the dates-oats mixture in a bowl and mix. Add cocoa powder, mix and cool.
  4. Divide the mixture into equal portions and shape them into laddoos, and roll in poppy seeds.1507395587521
  5. Serving suggestions-For breakfast, dessert, and good as a travel food too
  6. Serve.1507396151074.jpg

 

NOTES:

  • You can also use almonds, walnuts or any other nuts of your choice.
  •  Adjust the quantity of dates according to your taste.

 

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OATS GRANOLA HEARTS/HOMMADE ENERGY BARS

These homemade energy bars (hearts) are not only very healthy, also very tasty. These energy bars are so dense in nutrition and a small piece goes long way.

Are these crisp or chewy, sweet or fruity? It is this mixture of flavors and textures that make the Granola Hearts a treat for kids!

I made this for my husband for his work break and kids for before school snack.
Every time I am worried about my kids, as they don’t have time in the morning for breakfast.This is a quick morning snack which powers them up.

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I decorated with dark chocolate for my kids are chocolate lovers.

It keeps them guessing with every bite, loaded with fiber and protein rich oats and cornflakes, dates, nutritious dry fruits and nuts, all bound together with caramelized sugar.

Recipe courtesy.Tarla Dalal ji

INGREDIENTS :

3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped mixed nuts (almonds, walnuts, and cashew-nuts)
2 tbsp melon seeds (charmagaz)
3/4 cup crushed corn flakes
1 tbsp raisins (kismish)
1/4 cup chopped dates
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp oil for greasingPicsArt_08-22-08.30.35

 

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Combine the oats, mixed nuts and melon seeds in a broad non-stick pan and dry roast them on a medium flame for 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside to cool.PicsArt_08-22-08.32.00
  2. When cooled, add the cornflakes, raisins, and dates and mix well. Keep aside.PicsArt_08-22-08.34.20
  3. Combine the sugar along with 1 tbsp of water in a broad non-stick pan and cook on a high flame for 10 to 12 minutes or till the sugar caramelizes, while stirring continuously.PicsArt_08-22-08.43.55
  4. Remove from the flame, add the oats-cornflour mixture and mix well.
  5. Pour this mixture on to a greased marble or stone surface or a barfi trey.
  6. Using a large greased rolling pin, roll it out lightly.PicsArt_08-22-08.41.57
  7. While it is still warm, cut out heart shape bars.
  8. Decorate this hear bars with melted dark chocolate.
  9. Store in an air-tight container.

 

NOTES:

  • The Orignal recipe does not have dates, I have added them.
  • Sugar burns very quickly, so give it your full attention.
  • Grease your hands, the marble top, and the rolling pin generously with oil.
  • Store the homemade energy bars at room temperature in an airtight container. It keeps well for a week. You can store it in the fridge if you make the double batch.
  • You can use raw nuts or briefly toast the nuts for more flavor. You can use any dry fruit and nuts of your choice.
  • I have not used any fat like coconut oil or butter etc. It is really not needed.

 

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SPROUTED MOONG , OATS AND VEGGIE KABAB/ TIKKI /CUTLETS

Sprouted Moong Cutlet (Tikki / Kabab) is made from sprouted moong beans. Sprouted Moong Cutlet is rich in fiber and a significant source of protein and carbohydrates. Kabab is made of by using mashed potatoes, sprouted moong, carrot, beans coriander leaves, green chili, onions, nd spices. Potato has been used for binding the cutlet.

This Healthy, crunchy, and yummy Sprouted Moong Cutlet is a perfect for breakfast or snack time.PicsArt_07-02-06.54.40

This time I  tried to add sprouted moong to add additional nutrient to make some delicious and tempting looking kababs for my kids  Not only kids  but we all enjoyed every bite of it. Used capsicum, beans, carrots, potato and some oats to make these beauties. These are pan fried in very less oil , which makes it suitable snacks for weight watchers too.

So, try out making sprouted moong cutlets with these easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Enjoy!PicsArt_07-02-06.55.40

Serves: 4-5 
Time: 30 mins( leaving the chilling time)

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cup very finely chopped mixed veggies (Beans, carrots, colored capsicum)
2 cup sprouted moong ( green lentil), lightly steamed or microwaved for 5-6 mins.
2-3 medium size potatoes, boiled and mashed
2 big onions, finely chopped
3-4 green chilies, finely chopped
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup green coriander leaves, finely chopped( optional)
1tsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp black pepper /red chilli powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
1/2-1 tsp chaat masala powder
Salt to taste
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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. First of all coarsly grind sprouted moong . Don’t make its paste , grind for few pulses without adding any water. Keep aside for later use.
  2. Heat some oil in a wok, add chopped onions and chilies. Let them fry till golden, now add ginger garlic paste (optional) and saute for 2 mins. Add all dry spice powder except chaat masala .PicsArt_07-02-06.44.13
  3. Now add chopped mixed veggies and some salt, saute for 4-5 mins. Cover and cook till veggies are tender.
  4. Add oats and saute for 3-4 mins. Now add ground moong and saute for 4-5 mins.
  5. Add mashed potatoes again saute for 2-3 minutes.PicsArt_07-02-06.46.11
  6. Now add  chaat masala and adjust salt.
  7. Finally add coriander leaves and mix well. Switch off the flame and your mixture for Kabab is ready. Let it chill in fridge for 1 hr.
  8. Now make desired shape of kabab from mixture . I made heart shape using cookie cutter.PicsArt_07-02-06.48.44
  9. shallow fry on a non stick tawa till nice golden on both sides.
  10. Your nice tender and delicious kabab is ready to be served with any chutney or sauce. I served with tomato, coriander, and mint chutney.
  11. It is a healthy shallow fried cutlets, great finger food for kids. It can be kept inside a burger bun or eaten as it is with tomato ketchup or chutney.PicsArt_07-02-06.56.33

 

NOTES:

  • You can use any veggies of your choice,  I used whatever was available.Veggies added to these cutlets make them more delicious and healthy.
  • You can adjust spices as per your taste.
  • You can prepare its mixture prior and keep in fridge.Just prepare kabab when have guests at home or can make it for kids after school snack .
  • These are not only delicious but healthy too, as full of iron and fibers . Enjoy your day with yummy and healthy snacks. You can use these kababs as patties for your buns too.

Happy cooking…. 

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SUPER SIMPLE MELON (CANTALOUPE) BOWL SALAD

I love love love salad. It is so much fun to put together your favorite fruit, veggies, nd dressings and create a spectacular dish. My husband loves my salad presentation and taste, He always appriciate me to make new creations .

Super Simple Cantaloupe Fruit Bowl is loaded with your favorite fruit, vegetables, and a simple dressing to perk up your tastebuds. It is a fun-filled fruit salad, perfect for parties and easy enough for lunch at home.. a flavorful blend of veggies  fruit, lemon, and hung curd  makes for a light and delicious salad.

I try to give salads the importance they deserve, as a complete and delicious course, and I hope my salads can inspire others to try them and enjoy a healthy diet, as I do.

I do believe the dish looks good if you present them in creative plating and of course taste matters.

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INGREDIENTS :

Dressing:
1/2 cup hung curd
2tsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
1tsp black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt or according to your taste

Salad:
1cup melon balls
1/2 cup boiled American corn
1/4 cup cucumber
1/2 cup red and green capsicum
1/2 cup tomato
1 cantaloupe(muskmelon) halved
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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Using a non-toxic marker, draw a zigzag pattern on the cantaloupe.
  2. Cut deeply into the melon along the pattern.
    Separate the halves and seed.PicsArt_06-14-08.58.32
  3. Use a melon baller to scoop the flesh from the cantaloupe and honeydew into balls.Set aside.
  4. Make the dressing by whisking the Hung curd, lemon juice,  sugar, pepper and salt in a mixing bowl.20170614_090330
  5. Add the red and green capsicum, cucumber, sweetcorn, green chili,
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  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to blend flavors, stirring a couple of times.
  7. Spoon the salad mixture into the hollowed out melon halves or into serving bowls.
    Serve immediately.

    NOTES:

  •  you can include whatever fruits you want or have on hands and make your own creation – so much fun!
  • Melon baller: if you don’t have a melon baller, you can make melon cubes instead.
  • Nuts: for some added crunch, you can add some sliced almonds or some walnuts.
  • Decoration: place a branch of mint on top of your melon bowl, so pretty!

 

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Healthy Vegetables Saute / Stir fried vegetables

Healthy eating is always a popular resolution and it is on my list always. I am trying to include more vegetables into my diet and into our family meals. I love making stir fry because it is easy, healthy, and a great way to sneak a variety of vegetables into one meal!

This is my husband’s all-time favorite dish. My daughters like eating soya chunks and so I add them to the veggies.And this time I am very happy because I used broccoli grown in my kitchen garden for this recipe…My first ever grown broccoli patch..fresh and fully organic.

It looked so good that I couldn’t resist myself from taking a selfie with it.1487685438727

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup broccoli florets
1/2 Bell Pepper Yellow
1/2 Red Bell Pepper
5-6 cherry tomatoes
1onion
2 Oregano tablespoon Fresh
1/3 tablespoon olive oil
to taste Salt
1/2 tsp black paper powder according to your taste.picsart_1488295681773

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. first, break the broccoli into florets or you can chop them.
  2. heat enough water with 1/4 tsp salt in a pot. let the water vigorously boil.
    switch off the flame and add the broccoli florets.
  3. wait for about 15-20 seconds and then drain the florets. reserve a few broccoli florets for garnish.
  4. the above blanching method is to get rid of the insects in the broccoli.
  5. Cut other Vegetables in identical sizes.
  6. In a pan heat oil and add oregano and Onions. Stir and add bell peppers. Stir for 2-3 minutes and then add Broccoli.picsart_1488296141400
  7. lastly, add tomatoes and Stir the vegetables at high flame.
  8. Stir for another two-three minutes. Add salt, paper, and stir. Serve Hot

NOTES:

  • You can add any vegetables of your choice like the mushroom, beans, red cabbage etc.
  • You can add paneer, soya chunks,. chickpeas too.
  • You can add tomato and chili sauce as per your taste.

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SUGAR LESS DATES AND NUTS LADOO (HEALTHY KIDS RECIPE)

Now a days me and my daughters have started running in the morning. After that they have to go to school so, they have no time for breakfast.I am very much worried about it. So I decided to make these energy laddoos- easy to make and easy to eat.

Dates and dry fruits both provide warmth to the body and hence these Dates and Nuts ladoos serve as a delicious,  healthy and nutritious winter breakfast with energy punch to start the day.

The dates and nuts ladoo recipe makes use of fresh dates,figs, Poppy seeds and nuts like Cashew Nuts, Almonds,raisins, Walnuts and Pistachios. Dates serve as natural sweetener and hence no additional sugar is added to this Ladoos. Recipe is very quick and easy to follow.

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INGREDIENTS:

Pistachio – 1 tbsp chopped
Almonds – 4 tbsp chopped
Cashews – 3 tbsp chopped
Dates – 20picsart_1483626020905
Raisins – 2 Tbsp
Ghee – 1 tbsp
Walnuts-2 tbsp chopped
poppy seeds 3 tsp
Cardamom Powder – 1 large pinch

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. First chop the pistachio, almonds, cashews, walnuts finely and keep aside.picsart_1483626099498
  2. Remove the seeds from the dates and using a food processor or grinder pulse the dates in small batches. This will make their small bits and save time of individual chopping of dates.picsart_1483626155679
  3. Heat up 1 tbsp ghee in a non stick wok and shallow fry Almonds and Cashew nuts on low to medium flame . You will get nice aroma from the nuts. Keep stirring for 1-2 minutes or until cashews turn light pink. Drain and remove from the wok and keep aside.picsart_1483626257659
  4. In the same ghee now roast the Pistachios and Walnuts for about a minute or so. Remoand keep with the Almonds and Cashews.picsart_1483626293688
  5. Now roast the Poppy seeds on low flame in the same wok with left over Ghee for 1 minute. Keep stirring continuously .picsart_1483626326168
  6. At the end add the dates in the wok along with poppy seeds. Mix properly and put off the flame. Now add the roasted nuts followed by Cardamom powder. Mix everything nicely and allow the mixture to cool down for 5 minutes.picsart_1483626565727
  7. Once the mixture cools a little, mix it with hands to form a dough.
  8. Pinch small portion and roll out into a small gooseberry shape ball between the palms. Repeat the same for all the Ladoos. You may make big ones or small bite size depending on your choice.picsart_1483626887744
  9. Keep them in an air tight container. Serve with warm milk as a healthy and filling Breakfast. NOTES:
  • Choice and quantity of the nuts can be changed based on your preference.
  • While sauteing the dates, be sure not to overcook them. Or else the sugars may burn and the ladoo will taste bitter or else the sugar might caramelize and ladoo will harden after cooling.
  • Slightly grease the mixie jar or food processor before pulsing the dates. This will help the dates not stick to the jar.

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