KALA CHANA & PALAK KABAB

Looking for the perfect bite-sized guilt free snacks to celebrate your holiday party?Here is one such recipe you will love to try.
A very healthy and delicious  kababs made with kala Chana ( Bengal gram or Black chick peas) plus Spinach and paneer .
it is a complete blend of protein and fiber and hence guilt free .

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups boiled and drained Kala Chana ( Black Gram)
  • 2 cups packed Spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup grated low fat paneer ( indian cottage cheese)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1-2 green chilli
  • 2 tbsp of besan ( gram flour)
  • salt to taste
  • red chili powder- 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 4 tsp oil for cooking them.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Wash and roughly chop the spinach leaves. Boil them in water for 5 minutes and the drain them using strainer. Place the strainer under running water and in this way Spinach will get blanched. it will reduce to near about 1/4 cup. Also don’t throw the water. you can use it in kneading dough, or in soup or in daal too.
  2. In a food processor put kala Chana, ginger,garlic,green chili and pulse until combined but still coarse.( you don’t have to make a paste.)
  3. Add flour, onions , lime juice all the spices and mix well. Squeeze out the spinach and add as well. Mix everything well. Now roll this mixture into balls. If you feel that the mixture is too sticky add some more flour and grease you hand a little bit.
  4. Roll dough into lemon sized balls and gently flatten them to make a patty.
  5. Place patties on a non stick pan. Brush each patty with little oil , flip them over and brush on other side
  6. cook on both sides for 15 minutes, then flip them over and roast for another 15 minutes, until golden crisp on both sides.
  7. Serve it to your family and let them enjoy this delightful healthy meal loaded with taste and nutrition.
     
     
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DATE AND ALMOND TRUFFLES

Sweet and nutty chocolate truffles are fun to make, pretty to look at, and even better to share with your friends and neighbors!

Nutty date truffles are a sweet ‘’pick-me-up’’ treat that is naturally sweetened with dates without adding sugar. You just won’t believe how good they taste and how easy to prepare they can be.

Many of us parents work hard to keep refined sugar intake low. Sometimes though it’s hard to do so when so many things tempt us and our kids on supermarket shelves. This recipe contains only the natural sugar in dates, it is a great alternative to many sugary commercial products and you can rest knowing exactly what you are serving for your family.

I love to make amazing looking food that tastes terrific. And I don’t like compromising on quality and this is what these healthy truffles are all about.

Fudgy and nutty, these truffles feel sinful, except that they’re not. Loaded with healthy dates and nuts, these are bliss balls that you need to always have a batch of at home!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 100g Dates (deseeded)
  • 100g Almonds
  • 6-7 tbsp Chocolate chips
  • 50 g Shredded Coconut (optional)
  • 2 tsp Chia Seeds (optional)
  • To Coat (optional)
  • 150 gms Melted chocolate (or)
  • ¼ cup Cocoa Powder
  • Sprinkles
  • desiccated coconut 
  • silver balls

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a small bowl, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or using the double boiler method.
  2. In a food processor or a high-power mixer, add the dates, and almonds together.
  3. Add coconut, and chia seeds if using. Grind till it becomes a coarse mixture.
  4. Start to add the melted chocolate till the whole thing becomes like a slightly sticky dough. You should be able to make a firm ball without it crumbling in your hands. If the mix feels too dry, add a tbsp more of the melted chocolate.
  5. Make equal sized balls with the dough and place them on a greased plate.
  6. You can then dip each ball into some melted chocolate (let them rest for 10 minutes to dry) or coat them in cocoa powder or in coconut flakes.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

NOTES:
I like using almonds or a mix of almonds and walnuts in equal quantity. You could also do a mix of other kinds like hazelnuts or pecans. Similiarly, you could use other dried fruits or seeds such as flax, or raisins and cranberries.

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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&
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  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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