Friday, 22 September 2017

Muliki Besan wali subji - Mulyacha Korda or Bhugara (मूळयाचा कोरडा / मूळयाचा भूगरा )

Radish or muli primarily used in salads or parartha stuffing, but it also makes interesting main course. As you would see in many of my recipes, this also can be prepared with few day to day ingredients. This is mainly due to the region I belong to is usually very hot and scarcity of water, where we did not have regular supply of fresh vegetables in past. Though in recent times the situation has changed, in traditional foods one can easily find the impressions of past.  

1. 2 mediums size white radish
2. Half cup besan( bengal gram flour)
3. 1 green chilli chopped
4. Few Curry leaves
5. 1/2 tbsp Rai
6. 1/2 tbsp jeers
7. 1 tbsp turmeric powder
8. 2 tbsp red chilli powder
9. 1tbsp amchoor powder
10.1/2 tbsp sugar
11. Salt to taste
12. 4-5 tbsp oil

1. Peel and grate radish/muli. Press with hand and remove excess water. Don't make completely dry and same moisture we will use for cooking.
2. In a pan dry roast tell it is golden brown and starts releasing aroma
3. Lower the flame and add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, sugar, amchoor powder and mix well
4. Keep this mix aside to cool
5. In another pan, heat oil and add rai and jeera to it. As it crackers add curry leave and chopped green chilli
6. Add radish, cover and cook till reddish  done
7. Now at the roasted besan mix to cooked radish. Mix well and if if sabzi is too dry sprinkle little water with your hands. Cover and let it cook for few minutes with moisture.

Served hot with paratha or phukla..

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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Mexican flavored Tomato poori - Lunch box series recipe #11

These simple poories make a great snack or lunch box item for all. To make it more flavorful and give it a unique taste from regular poories, I used Mexican seasoning and it turned out too be a very good combination with tomato puree.
You can pack these poories as it or with tomato ketchup or a simple tomato-curd rita. These poories also taste great with Guava chutney, recipe can be found here

1. 2 medium sized tomato, select nice red ones
2. 1 cup whole wheat flour
3. 1 tbsp Mexican seasoning mix or all purpose seasoning
4. 1/2 tbsp chilli flakes
5. 1/4 tbsp red chilli powder
6. 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
7. Salt to taste
8. 1/4 tbsp sugar
9. Oil for deep frying

1. Dice the tomato and make fine puree using mixer
2. Mix whole wheat flour, seasoning, chilli flakes, chilli powder, sugar, sesame seeds and salt together
3. Add tomato puree to this mix slowly as needed and knead a stiff dough. Add water only if needed, otherwise knead the dough only in tomato puree
Apply 1/2 tbsp oil and knead it well, cover and keep aside for 10 mins
4. Divide into equal portions and roll in to small poories
5. Deep fry poories till golden brown

Tasty tomato  poories are ready..Cool to room temperature before packing in box.

Kitchen Gyan: Adding small amount of sugar to any poories dough helps poori stay puff for longer 

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Spinach Dhokala - Palak Dhokala - Lunch box series recipe #10

Goodness of spinach added to simpleness of dhokala!
Simple addition of pakal/Spinach makes this dhokala healthy and also colorful.
As my LO demanded again something new for his school lunch box, I opened up this kept secret recipe :) and he simply loved it! 

1. 1 cup chopped palak
2. 2 cups besan (gram flour)
3. 2 tpsp rava (suji)
4. 2 tbsp oil
5. 1 tbsp sugar
6. Salt as per test
7. One sachet of Eno Fruit salt (Use lemon flavour or plain(blue packet) only)
8. Salt to taste

For tampering:
1. 1 tbsp rai (mustard seeds)
2. 1 tpsp oil
3. 1 tbsp sesame seeds 
4. few curry leaves

1. In a mixer jar, and palak and little water and puree the palak well. No need to blanch as we are going to steam the dhokala. 

2. In a bowl mix besan, rava, 2 tbsp oil, 1tbsp sugar and salt and pakal puree. 

3. Add water slowly while continuously mixing so that lumps are not formed. Make a batter of pouring consistency

4. Grease idli mould or deep plate with oil and keep ready. In cooker keep sufficient water for heating. I have made mine in idli mould.

5. Add Eno Fruit salt to above batter and mix gently

6. Quickly pour the Dhokala mix in the greases plate or in the idli mould using laddle

7. Steam dhokala for 10-12 minutes

8. Open and carefully check by inserting a knife, it should come out clean. If so the Dhokala is cooked

9. Take out the Dhokala plate and let the steam evaporate.

10. Now prepare the tampering. Heat 2 tbsp oil and add rai and as it crackles add sesame seedns and curry leaves Turn off the flame quickly

12. Spread tampering on the Dhokala 

Healthy and tasty Spinach/Pakal dhokala are ready to be packed..

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Saturday, 2 September 2017

Guava (पेरुची) chutney

Very different and unique chutney again from my mom's kitchen. This chutney made with unusual ingredient guava is sweet and tangy. Since my childhood I usually view it as a way to get over with over ripe guava. With very few ingredients this chutney also makes yummy dip or spread for kids! 

1. 2 medium size ripe guava 
2. Around 4 tbsp of grated jaggery 
3. 1 tbsp red chili powder 
4. Half tbsp of jeera 
5. Salt to taste 

1. Deseed guava and cut it into small pieces. Remove as much seats as possible otherwise the chutney will not be smooth. 
2. Add guava pieces, jaggery, chilli powder, jeera and salt to a mixer jar and then to a fine paste 

Your guava chutney is ready. Eat it with pulka, paratha or dal rice
For storage purpose keep it inside the fridge. Consume within 2-3 days.

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

Gulkand Modak

This is exciting flavour of traditional Modak with feeling of Gulkand to it. Though mainly Talniche(fried) Modak(recipe here) are mainly loved at my home, this time we made this special Modak for Ganpati Bappa and they were loved by all!
Since I strictly avoid food colours in my recipes, for this modak also I gave the tint of pink using beetroot juice.. 

For outer layer
1. 3/4 Cup rice flour/powder 
2. 1 cup water 
3. Small piece of beetroot to make natural pink colour 
4. Pinch of salt 
5. 2 tbsp ghee

For stuffing: 
1. Half cup Gulkand 
2. Half cup desiccated coconut powder 
3. 2 tablespoon of sugar (only if your Gulkand is slightly dry) 

For stuffing: 
1. Heat a pan and dry rose desiccated coconut powder 
2. Add Gulkand and sugar to it and mix well 
3. Keep stirring till the mixture start living from side. Cool to room temperature before using 

Prepared stuffing looks like below. As I have used homemade Gulkand it is slightly dry, if you use store bought, it may have sugar syrup to it, you can remove it before using Gulkand for stuffing.

For outer cover: 
Before starting keep the beetroot piece in around half cup water. It will start releasing nice pink colour to water. 
1. Heat remaining water in a pan.
2. Add salt and one tbsp ghee to it 
3. At the beetroot pink colour water discarding the beetroot piece
4. As the water starts boiling, slowly start adding rice powder. Mix well 
5. As a Rice Water dissolve to water it will start getting thick. Cover and team till the rice powder is cooked well. Occasionally stir as needed 
6. Take out the cooked rice mixture in a plate and as it becomes slightly cool to handle with hand knead it well to make it more smooth. The mix should not be to dry at this stage else the modak will break

Ukad ready before kneading will look like this. You can get darker pink color by using concentrated beetroot juice.
 Ukad after kenading

Preparing modak: 
You can make Modak with hand or with the help of a mould for beginners it is good to use a mould. As I was running short of time I prepared all modak with the help of mould. 

Grease the mould with ghee from inside. Take a small ball of the rice mixture and press it in the mould. Wet your hand with water and with the help of a finger press the rice mixture around the sides of the mould, making a hollow at the centre. Add around a tablespoon of gulkand stuffing to the and with help of a small piece of rice mixture cover the mould from bottom. The pictures below. 

Gently open the mould and take out the Modak. Make all the modak like this. 

If you want to shape it without mould, make a small ball of rice mixture and shape it like a small bowl gently and then pinch with two fingers. Add stuffing and close the modak. 

Heat a steamer and place the modak on the steamer payment for another 7 to 10 minutes. 
Gulkand modak are ready to be served

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Moong Daal Bhajiya-Pakoda-Bhajji

With the rain pouring in almost every evening in Bangalore, it is perfect time to enjoy a cup of hot Masala Chai and something fried, hot and tasty..If the weather is so in your city also( and even if it not) it is time for Moong Daal Bhajiya. What I love about these bhajiya is, ingredients are easy and readily available and the preparation is also very easy!

1. 2 cup yellow Moong daal, soaked in water for 4-5 hours/ overnight. (So if your plan is to make the bhajiya for tea time, soak the daal in morning)
2. 2-3 tbsp fresh coriander leaves chopped
3. 1 green chilli, chopped
4. 1/2 inch piece of ginger
5. 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
6. 1 tbsp red chilli powder
7. 1/2 tbsp jeera
8. Salt to taste
9. Oil to deep fry bhajiya

1. Drain water from soaked moong daal and add it to the mixer jar
2. Add coriander leaves, green chilli, ginger, red chilli powder, turmeric, jeera and salt to it and grind it together to fine paste. Avoid using water, unless it is too dry. We need think mix for bhajiya
3. Heat oil for frying
4. Now this is the trick for bhajiyas to turn soft and puffy inside, add 2 tbsp of hot oil to the daal mixture and mix it with spoon in one direction for 8-10 rounds
5. Drop small portions of daal mixture using spoon in hot oil to fry bhajiya. If you want to make bhajiya using hand, then soften hand with water and drop small portions of mixture in hot oil carefully.
6. Fry till crisp and light brown from outside
Serve hot with tomato ketchup or green chutney

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Ridge guard peels chutney - दोडक्याच्या शीरांची चटनी

As it is the month of Shravan, we do not take onion-garlic. Though it is difficult to follow this too strictly as most of our time is spent outside, I ensure I do not use onion-garlic when cooking at home. Now to make any dry chutney, garlic is one of must have, so I was thinking of alternatives and this good old Chutney from ridge guard(दोडका ) peels came to mind which mom used to make and I have not for long time. This is kind of best our of waste recipe where the peels are also utilized and ridge guard you can use to make subji.

1. 1 Cup ridge gourd peels (I used a big size ridge gourd peels)
2. 1 tbsp peanuts
3. 1 tbsp sesame seeds
4. 1/2 tbsp jeera
5. 1/4 tbsp sugar
6. 1/4 tbsp turmeric powder
7. 1 tbsp red chilli powder
8. 2-3 pieces of kokum
9. 2 tbsp oil
10. Salt to taste

1. Heat one tbsp oil in a pan and roast ridge gourd peels till crisp. Keep stirring so that the peels don't burn. If it does not become completely dry, it is fine as we are going to roast the chutney again
2. Cool the roasted peels to room temperature
3. Dry roast peanuts and cool that as well
4. In a chutney jar, add roasted peels, roasted peanuts, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, sugar, kokum and salt and dry grind the chutney
5. Heat remaining oil and add jeera and sesame seeds. As it starts crackling, add the ground chutney mix and roast well till it the moisture is released completely. Keep stirring.

Cool the chutney and store in air tight container. Serve with hot pulka or daal-rice.
Stores well in fridge for 10-12 days.

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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Dates Roll

Suitable for fasting, you can make ahead and store  these rolls in fridge and it makes great addition to lunch box on fasting day.
They also make a healthy option for kids.

1. 1 cup seedless dates
2. 8-10 Almonds
3. 8-10 pistachios
4. 8-10 cashew
5. 1 tbsp ghee

1. Run almonds, pistachio and cashew in food processor on chopper attachment.
Don't make it to powder. Or you can chop it using knife.  Keep aside
2. Heat a pan and add dates. Keep stirring constantly. Dates will become softer, add ghee and keep mixing till dates start forming a ball. Add the chopped dry fruits and mix well. Turn off heat and transfer it on a plate. Cool slightly.
3. Grease hands with ghee and divide the dates and dry fruits mix into 2 parts and roll it into a long cylinder shape.
4. Set in fridge for 15- 20 mins and then cut the rolls of desired thickness

Store in airtight container inside fridge.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Pav Vada - Bread pakoda recipe

A big time favorite this Pav Vada is a must have on rainy evening. What makes it more yummier is this unique spicy green chilly and garlic mix filling. 
Already watery mouth? Come let's make it


For Vada
1. Ladi pav, 6 pieces. Here is a trick in using ladi pav than bread slices, due to one side connected it becomes easy to handle when dipped in batter 
2. 2 green chillies. Spicy or bhaji chilli as per your spice preference 
3. 7-8 cloves of garlic 
4. 1 tbsp jeera

For outer cover batter

1. 1 cup besan 
2. 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder 
3. 1 tbsp red chilli powder 
4.  1/2 tbsp jeera 
5. Salt as per taste
6. Water as needed

Oil for frying Vada


1. Grind green chillies, 1 tbsp jeera and garlic cloves together to fine paste 
2. Slit each piece of ladi pav with knife from middle. Make sure not to separate 2 pieces.
Cut each ladi pav in 2 halfs such that the connected part is there on both pieces 
3. Apply little mix of green chillies and garlic prepared inside of the slit part of pan on each piece and keep aside
4. Prepare batter by mixing together besan, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and 1/2 tbsp jeera and water as needed. Batter should not be too runny or too thick.
5. Keep the oil for heating and add 1 tbsp hot oil to batter and stir well for 2-3 mins
6. As the oil is hot for frying, dip each piece of ladi pav in the batter, make sure it covers from all sides with batter and deep fry till outer cover is fried crisp
7. Drain on absorbent paper and serve with tomato ketchup 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Cabbage Pulav - Patta Gobi pulav

Simple and tasty pulav with cabbage and green peas, this one is perfect one pot meal when you are too tried to cook full meal.

1. 1/4 cup of finely cut cabbage
2. 2-3 spoons green peas
3. 1 cup raw rice, soaked in water for 10 mins
4. Few of khada garam masala, I used 1 phool chakri, 2 cardamon and 1 cinnamon stick. You can vary these as per what you have at hand.
5. 3 tbsp oil
6. 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
7. 1 tbsp garam masala
8. 1/4 tbsp sugar
9. 1/2 tbsp jeera
10. Salt to taste
11. Water

1. Heat oil in a pan. Use one which can fit in your pressure cooker as we are going to cook pulav in this directly
2. Add jeera and khada garam masala and get it
3. Add cabbage and saute in till translucent 4. Add green peas and fry again 1-2 min
5. Add turmeric powder, garam masala, sugar, salt and mix well
6. Add soaked rice discarding water
7. Mix well and cook on low flame for few mins
8. Add water just above the rice or as per your rice variety. Transfer the pan in pressure cooker and cook for 3 whistle
Wait till steam releases.
Serve hot pulav with any raita of choice or just enjoy with ghee!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Shengdanyache Peethale (शेंगदाण्याचे पीठले) - Groundnut Onion side dish

I did not try Shengdanyache Peethale (शेंगदाण्याचे पीठले) until recently though my Mom kept telling me how tasty it is. As kids I did not see my Mom making this due to the choosy children around, she mostly used to stick to sure recipes that we finish our food quickly.
Other day I was running out of vegetables stock and wanted to have something spicy and tasty, plus I had groundnuts handy, so I decided to try this recipe. And with Mom's guidance on call, this turned out to be sooo yummy side dish that now I just find reasons to make it :P

Here is my new found rocking recipe for all you to enjoy..

1. 1/2 cup groundnuts
2. 1 medium sized onion finely chopped
3. 4-5 cloves of garlic
4. 2 spoonful freshly chopped coriander
5. 1 green chilli, chopped
6. 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
7. Around 3 tbsp of red chilli powder(you can vary based on how much spicy you want)
8. 3 tbsp oil
9. 1/2 tbsp rai
10. Salt to taste
11. Pinch of sugar
12. Ping on hing

1. Roast the groundnuts till slightly brown, cool and grind into slightly coarse powder
2. Heat oil in a pan, add rai and as it crackles add hing and green chilli
3. Add finely chopped onion and fry till it becomes golden brown
4. Add chopped garlic and fry for another 1-2 mins
5. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, sugar and salt and mix well
6. Add the roasted groundnut powder now and mix. Add 1/4 cup water, cover and cook for3-4 few mins, occasionally stirring. You may adjust water to get peethala consistency
7. Add chopped coriander and mix well. Once the mix starts releasing oil from all sides Peethala is ready
Serve hot with bhakari or phulka.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Coriander Upma - lunch box series recipe #9

Simple variation of Upma with appealing color is sure to liked by kids. I pack it as little coins made using cookie cutter.

1. 1/2 cup rava/sooji
2. 1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
3. 1/2 tbsp rai
4. Pinch Hong
5. Pinch of carom seeds (ajwain)
6. 1 tbsp dry coconut powder
7. 1/2 tbsp chopped green chilli ( optional, I didn't add)
8. Few curry leaves
9. 3 tbsp oil
10. Salt to taste

1. Roast rava and keep aside
2. Grind coriander leaves to with help of little water to make smooth paste
3. Hear oil, add rai, hing, ajwain seeds, curry leaves and green chilli
4. Add prepared coriander paste and saute for 1-2 mins
5. Add salt and mix well
6. Add around 1/2 cup water, as water starts boiling slightly, add roasted rava and mix well
7. Adjust water to if too dry, cover and cook for few mins till rava is cooked completely
8. Add dry coconut powder and mix well
Coriander upma is ready to get in box!

To pack in box, cool slightly and to make coins use round cookie cutter, add spoon full Upma and press well. Repeat to make now coins. Pack with tomato ketchup.
If serving directly, serve hot!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Chutney Paratha - Lunch box series recipe #8

Let's agree it..we all have had that few tablespoons of leftover green chutney kept in fridge thinking we will use it with something that you are not sure of..and then discarding it finally!!
Well not now..with this interesting paratha recipe you can use the leftover green Chutney in better way and no one will know the secret of those yummy paratha..

1. Around 1/4 cup or 4-5 tbsp leftover green Chutney ( you can use more also just it will make paratha more spicy)
2. 1 cup whole wheat flour
3. 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
4. 1 tbsp red chilli powder  (optional)
5. 1 tbsp sesame seeds
6. Oil for cooking paratha
7. Salt to taste
8. Water for kneading

1. Mix green Chutney, flour, salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, sesame seeds together in a bowl
2. With green Chutney the much will be already moist, now use little water at time to knead semi soft dough.
3. Apply little oil on to the dough, cover and keep aside the dough for 15-20 mins
4. Divide into equal portions and roll small parathas
5. Heat tawa and cook each paratha on both sides till golden applying oil

Serve or pack for tiffin with tomato ketchup.

Friday, 19 May 2017

No onion-garlic chole

Simple no onion garlic preparation of chole that I often like to make on festival days so that it can be served even in Bhog thali.
You can try this simple main course dish even otherwise also and be assured it will satisfy your taste buds.


1. 1 bowl chole/cheakpeas soaked overnight
2. 1/3 cup fresh coriander chopped
3. 1/2 inch piece of Ginger
4. 1/2 tbsp coriander seeds powder
5. 1-1/2 tbsp gram masala
6. 1 tbsp red chilli powder
7. 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
8. 1 tbsp gram flour(besan)
9. 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
10. Salt to taste
11. 3 - 4 tbsp oil
12. 1 tea bag (or 1 tbsp tea powder tied in muslin cloth)


1. Add water to chole and Pressure cook chole for 3 whistles. Also add the tea bag while cooking and very less salt.
The tea bag will help to get black-brown color and aroma to chole. Discard the tea bag and extra water after chole are cooked
2. In a mixer bowl, add coriander, ginger, coriander seeds powder, garam masala, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and grind to fine paste
3. In a pan heat oil and cumin seeds. As it crackles, add the cooridander-ginger-masala paste prepared and saute 2-3 mins
4. Add cooked chole and mix well so that all chole are covered with paste. Adjust salt as per taste
5. Sprinkle besan over chole mix. Cover and cook  for 2-3 mins.
5. Serve with hot pulka and garnished with salad

Sunday, 26 March 2017

All natural Kala khatta ice candy!

Hot summer and school vacation, surely justifies this home made kala khatta candy made with Black grapes.

1. 1 cup of black grapes
2. 1/4 cup sugar( adjust as per your sweetness preference)
3. 1 cup water
4. 1/4 tbsp black salt (kala namak)
5. 1/4 cup clear soda water (use plain soda without any flavour)

That's it..we are ready to make our yummy ice candy!

Mix all ingredients except the soda water in a juicer jar and make the black grapes juice.

Take the ice candy mould, in each section pour around 1/2 to 1 tbsp of soda water and fill with the grapes juice prepared. Soda water gives crunchy ice texture to the candy. Close the moulds with its lids and set in freezer for 4-5 hours or overnight.
While taking out the candy, run the lower potion of moulds under tap water and slowly release the candy. Relish your very own healthy kala katta ice candy!

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Strawberry Mint cooler

Want to quench thirst natural way? Try this easy summer cooler !

You'll need
1-2 Strawberries 
Few mint leaves
And jar full of fresh water
Few ice cubes or time for cooling
Cut the strawberries side wise, crush mint leaves a little with hand and add to water jar.
Add some ice cubes or keep in refrigerator for few hours..enjoy strawberry 🍓 mint cooler throughout the day!!

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Ragda patties

Ragda patties is surely one of favourite chat dish that is filling and satisfying. Again this also can be made with most ingredients at hand like most of my recipes.
Though the preparation and recipe is slightly lengthy, its worth the end results!!
So if you are planning that weekend party or high tea party or just craving for chat surely try this one!

For ragda:
1. 1cup (green/yellow) peas, soaked overnight and pressure cooked till soft
2. 1 medium sized onion finely chopped
3. 2 medium tomato finely chopped
4. 1 medium potato boiled and roughly mashed (This gives thickness to ragda)
5.1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
6.1/2 tbsp turmeric powde
7. 2 tbsp red chilli powder
8. 1 tbsp garam masala
9. Salt to taste
10. 3 tbsp oil

For patties:
1. 4 large sized boiled and peeled potatoes 
2. 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
3. Pinch of sugar
4. Salt per taste
5. Oil/butter for shallow frying

For assembly:
1. Sweet and sour tamarind chutney 3-4 tbsp (Red chutney)
2. Coriander-mint chutney 3-4 tbsp (Green chutney)
3. Nylon sev 1/2 cup
4. Finely chopped onion, tomato and fresh coriander, 2-3 tbsp each
5. Chat masala 1 tbsp

For ragda:
1. Heat oil in pan and add chopped onion. Fry till translucent
2. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry for 1-2min
3. Add chopped tomato and let it cook well
4. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder and garam masala and mix well
5. Add salt and cook the mix for another minute. It should start separating oil by now
6. Add boiled, mashed potato
7. Add cooked peas and mix well
8. Add water to adjust consistency and bring to boil. Ragda is ready

For patties:
1. Mash boiled potatoes and add salt, sugar and lemon juice and mix well
2. Divide into equal parts and roll into patties
3. Heat little oil/butter in a tava  and cook patties till golden brown on both sides and keep aside

Before serving, assemble the patties as needed in each plate. Pour generous amount of steaming ragda on the patties.
Add sweet and sour chutney, green chutney and garnish with chopped onion, tomato, coriander, sev and chat masala..
Serve hot and yummy ragda patties!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Quick and healthy Oats Appe

Weekends are special with special breakfast and if you want to make something with ingredients at hand and also quick and healthy then this is perfect recipe.
My family loves appe in any form and when they are made extra healthy then its over in no time!

1. 1 ans 1/2 cup oats
2. 1/2 cup rava
3. 1/2 cup sour curds
4. 1 tbsp chilli-ginger paste
5. 1 small oninion chopped
6. 1/2 tbsp Eno fruit salt
7. Salt to taste
8. Oil for cooking
9. Water as needed

1. Roughly dry grind oats in mixer jar
2. Mix the ground oats, rava and curd together. Add water as need to make batter of idly/cake cosistency
3. Add chopped onion, chilli-ginger paste, salt and mix well
4. Keep aside for 15 mins
5. Add Eno fruit salt and mix gently
6. In Appe pan, add little oil and add the prepared batter in each section of pan. Cover and cook for 2-3 mins.
7. Turn and drizzle with oil. Cook for another 3-4 mins till appe are light brown on all sides. You can also insert a fork in appe and check if it comes out clean to ensure appe are fully cooked.

Serve hot with Coconut-roasted gram daal green chutney.

Coconut-roasted gram daal green chutney:

This version of chutney I usually make when I am mostly out of fresh coconut.
So this is most of with ingredients that are at hand most time.

1. Dry coconut slices around 1/4 cup
2. Roasted gram daal (Dalya/Pandharpuri daale) 1/4 cup
3. Handful of fresh coriander leaves
4. 6-7 fresh curry leaves
5. one green chilli
6. 1/2 tsp jeera
7. Salt to taste
8. Pinch of sugar
9. 2-3 tbsp mild sour curds
10. Water as needed

Optional for tadka:
1. 1 tbsp oil
2. 1/2 tbsp rai
3. pinch of hing
4. 1 dry red chilli

1. Add dry coconut slices, roasted gram daal, coriander leaves, curry leaves, chilli, jeera, salt, and sugar in mixer jar and grind to fine powder. It will be slightly damp.
2. Take the ground chutney in a bowl, add the curds and mix well. Add little water to adjust cosistency and mix well.
3. You chutney is ready. You can add tadka as well as per below steps. I have not added to avoid that extra oil :)
4. Heat oil and add rai and red chilli. As it crackles, add hing and off the flame.
5. Add hot oil tadka to the chutney and cover for a min or two. Mix well and serve.

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