Instant Bajra Idli

There is no limit to variation in idlis!! A hot favourite across the country, try this aromatic porus soft Bajra idlis! 

To begin with here is a healthy, super soft pearl millet idli without using rice and semolina.

Health benefits of bajra for kids and adults:

Pearl millet has a high protein content, the highest amongst any grain! It contains iron, calcium, magnesium, protein, folic acid and fiber.

The presence of all these nutrients makes it –

Good for diabetic patients

Bajra has the ability to increase insulin sensitivity, so it is good for diabetics to keep their diabetes in check.

It is also good for people who do not have diabetes as it helps to lower the risk .

Reduces bad cholesterol

This helps to reduce the bad cholesterol and keeps you healthy.

Good for weight loss

For weight watchers out there, pearl millet won’t put a spoke in your weight loss dream. It takes keeps you feeling full for longer, as the starch takes longer time to break down.

The result is that you won’t give into any unhealthy cravings.

Body coolant

People says it’s a winter grain . No , the fact is bajra do wonder in a Summer , so you add this grain to your diet as it helps to bring down the body heat.

Good for the stomach

Bajra helps to heal stomach ulcers.

Apart from that it is also very good for digestion. It is easy to digest and the fibre present in pearl millet helps to prevent constipation. Thus it ensures that your digestive system functions well.

Improves lactation

This grain is excellent for lactating mothers as it helps to improve lactation.

Good for heart problems

The magnesium and potassium present in pearl millet helps to regulate blood pressure.

Apart from that bajra contains lignin which lowers the chance of getting a cardiac arrest. So keep your heart happy with some bajra.

Helps in growth

Bajra contains calcium and it goes without saying how important this is for the bones.It also contains amino acids that are required for making protein. This makes it an excellent food for growing kids.

Reduce cancer risk

Studies show that pearl millet helps to protect the body from cancer. It seems to be beneficial for pre-menopausal women as it can protect them from breast cancer.

Gives instant energy

We are a generation who don’t have time, especially to eat a proper and healthy meal. The result of skipped meals is low energy levels. Pearl millet will be able to help you here as it can help you recharge your body.

To prepared this idli using bajra ke atta. We can mix bajra ke atta with curd . It came out very well and I am completely satisfied with the results.

Do try this healthy bajra idli at home and share your feedback with me.

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup Pearl millet ( bajra) flour

• 1/3 cup Curd

• 1 Carrot ( grated )

• 1/2 cup Capsicum ( fine chopped )

• A pinch of eno fruit salt

• Water if required

Direction

1. Take pearl millet flour and curd together in a bowl .

2. Mix the batter together well and adding enough water if required.

3. Let it ferment for 10 to 15 minutes . Add your choice of fresh vegetables in the batter. Add eno fruit salt just before cooking.

4. Grease the idli tray , pour the batter and steam it 15 – 20 mins .

5. Idli is ready to serve with your choice of chutnies.


Mushroom Tacos

The Homemade Taco Shells recipe is super simple. Its not fried and baked making it healthy too. All you need is a few homemade tortillas and the Hard Taco Shells will be ready in just 10 minutes.

These vegan tacos are a great way to sneak more vegetables into your day. The vegan taco is entirely plant-based, made from mushrooms , crushed walnuts and plenty of seasoning.

I served them in Indian taco shells along with mushrooms, walnuts, cucumber. You can also serve along with Baked Beans, Salad, Refried Beans, Chilli Paneer, Filling & more.

Ingredients

Shell

•1cup Whole wheat flour

•1/2cup chickpeas flour ( besan)

•1/2cup leftover Dal or lentil ( yellow)

•2teaspoon cilantro, chopped

•1/4 cup Cooking oil

•Salt , to taste

Filling

• 1 cup mushroom (sliced chopped)

• 1 onion, fine chopped

• 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced

• 1/2 capsicum, fine chopped

• 2 teaspoon walnut , crushed

• Salt , to taste

• Basil, few leaves

• 2 teaspoon olive oil

  • Salad

    • 1 cucumber, thin ribbons

    • 1/2 tomato, thin wedges

    • 1/2 capsicum, thin wedges

    • Basil, few

    • 2 tablespoons peanut, crushed

    • Salt, to taste

    • Pepper, to taste

    Dressing

    • 2 tablespoons hung curd

    • 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle

    • Fresh herb any

    • 1/2 teaspoon ketchup

    Directions for The Homemade Taco Shells and Filling Recipe

    1. To begin making the Homemade Taco Shells Recipe, we will first preheat oven to 180 C.

    2. Place top rack of oven on middle level and line bottom rack with a drip tray or even foil.

    3. Assemble all the atta flour, besan , dal , cilantro and salt together in a deep bowl. Add oil and little warm water at a time and knead into a stiff dough.

    4. Divide the Taco dough into equal portions.

    6. Roll out a portion into a 4 inch diameter circle by dusting in flour while rolling.

    7. Once rolled, prick the taco dough with a fork. This will prevent it from puffing. 

    8. Next drape the taco on the baking grill rack. They will spread over two rows of the grill rack. Once you have arranged all the tacos in the grill rack like shown in the picture, place them in the oven.

    9. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes until you see the taco are crispy and lightly browned.

    10. Keep a watch on the taco as each oven acts differently. Sometimes it turned over brown . So monitor till you understand how the oven behaves with the taco.

    12. Once done, remove the Taco Shells from the oven and allow it to cool completely. The Taco Shells will continue to harden while it cools down.

    13.For Filling: In a sauté pan , heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion , mushrooms and seasoned with salt , pepper . Toss to coat all mushrooms .

    14. Cook for 5 minutes on medium flame without stirring .

    15. Reduce heat to low flame and add garlic and walnuts . Cook for 3 more minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic is fragrant and mushrooms are fully cooked.

    16. Remove from heat and add basil .

    17.Salad : use ribbon blade cutter or slicer , cut the cucumber into ribbons.

    18. In a bowl, mix all ingredients together(Cucumber, tomato, capsicum, salt, pepper and peanut ).

    19. Mix dressing into cucumber, stir well to combine.

    20. To assemble the tacos, spread sauté mushrooms down the centre of each taco shell. Finish the tacos with salad garnishes or your choice of Dips.

    21. Serve immediately .


    Banana oats ragi Pancake

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day . How is it with you ? , you eat breakfast or you completely not attached to this meal? . Breakfast although definitely modest was not one of the first activity after waking up 😊😋. For me and kids this stack was prefect breakfast.

    I placed all the ingredients in my blender and process until smooth. The batter thickens as it sits so you want to bear that in mind when preparing your pancakes so don’t leave the batter sitting for too long.

    I made this Banana Oats Ragi Pancakes recipe without include the baking powder and the recipe turned out great, so it is totally up to you whether you use it or not.

    If the batter gets too thick, add a little extra liquid whether it be more non-dairy milk or water .

    I cook the pancakes on each side in a non-stick pan.  I usually put a lid on my skillet and leave it slightly open after I turn over the pancake just to make sure it cooks through.

    I made a mountain of mini banana oats ragi pancakes , spread Nutella and topped them with delicious homemade jam , fruits and maple syrup.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup oats ( rolled or flour)

    • 1/2 cup ragi flour

    • 1/2 cup almond milk

    • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

    • 2 ripe banana

    • 1 teaspoon vanilla

    • 1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)

    • 1/4 teaspoon pink salt (optional)

    • Butter, for cooking

    • Maple syrup

    • Nutella

    • Jam

    • Fresh fruits

    Instructions

    1. Place all the ingredients in a blender, roll oats, ragi , almond milk, maple syrup, banana, vanilla, baking powder, salt. Process until completely smooth.

    2. Brush oil in a large non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add batter and cook until edges are golden brown, about 2-3 minutes, flip the pancake and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Repeat until batter is all gone.

    3. Spread Nutella on each pancake.

    4. Serve topped with maple syrup and fruits.


    Amaranth Waffle

    Introducing new grains is quite difficult to kids. Changing how you present food to your kid can make a big difference  to your children’s acceptance  of that food. These Amaranth Waffles are a great way to get your kids pleading for more vegetables !!

    Amaranth Waffles can be used in so many ways. I love to accompany them with a variety of toppings such as

    • Hummus
    • Mint chutney
    • Tamarind chutney
    • Salad
    • Aloo bhaji
      Sambar
  • You can also use them as a Bread for sandwiches ( like i have made it ) or pop them in a lunchbox.
  • Ingredients

    Waffle

    1/2 cup pumpkin purée

    2 cups Amaranth flour

    3/4 cups almonds milk

    1 teaspoon oil

    1 boiled Potatoes

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    A pinch of baking soda

    Filling

    2 teaspoon paneer ( grated)

    1 teaspoon Coriander, Chopped

    1 teaspoon corn

    Hummus

    1/2 cup White channa

    1 Potato, boiled

    1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder

    1/2 teaspoon Mixed spices ( or channa masala)

    Coriander chutney

    2 teaspoon curd

    1 green chilli

    Handful Coriander

    Salt

    Method

    Preheat waffle iron. Mix and beat in flour, almond milk, vegetable oil, purée, mashed potato , baking powder, salt and just until smooth.

    Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown.

    Filling

    Take bowl mix all ingredients paneer , Coriander, corn, salt and chat masala together.

    Hummus

    Blend all ingredients well together.

    Chutney

    Blend it well .

    Serve hot centre filled waffles sandwiches with hummus ,chutney and pomegranate pearls.


    Quinoa Oats Idlis

    This nutritious Quinoa Oats Idli is an easy and light dish to prepare. A perfect breakfast food, healthy Idlis which is best for those who are health conscious. A great blend of taste and health.

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 cup Semolina/Suji

    • 1/2 cup quinoa, pre cooked

    • 1/3 cup Oats

    • 1 cup curd

    • 1/2 tsp fruit salt

    • 1 tsp oil

    • 1 Carrot, finely chopped

    • 1 Onion,finely chopped

    • 1 large Tomato,finely chopped

    • 1 capsicum,finely chopped

    • 1 tsp Ketchup

    • ⅓ cup water

    • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves, chopped

    • Salt – As needed

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1 Heat a kadai and Add finely chopped onions and carrots ,fry till transparent.

    2 Add capsicum, fry for a minute in medium flame. Add tomato and salt. Fry till everything turns mushy and to a ketchup , cook covered for 5 minutes in low flame (or until veg are cooked). Turn off the flame and let it to cool down for sometime.

    To make stuffed idli

    1 Take a bowl. Add semolina, quinoa, oats and curd . Mix well together. Add fruit salt along with water, mix it . grease the idly plate and then pour a half laddle of batter and spread evenly.

    2 now add a tbsp of stuffing masala and drop over the idly batter and then again drop the idly batter over the filling and close it.steam the idli and serve hot.


    Samak Ki Idlis

    The recipes made during fasting /Vrat ka khana ,are often deep fried or shallow fried so we consume a lot of ghee or oil.These steamed samak Atta ki idli are very good as they are easy to digest and taste good,serve these samak ki idlis with healthy and delicious-fruit & nut chutney , coconut green chutney and tomato chutney.

    Prep time- 10 min

    Cooking time- 10 min

    Type-vrat ka khana

    Yields-12 idli

    INGREDIENTS-

    • Samak ka Atta- 1 cup

    • Yogurt- 1/2 cup

    • Spinach- 1/2 cup (purée)

    • lemon juice- 1/2 tsp

    • Ginger,chopped- 1tsp

    • Salt- to taste

    • Fruit salt- 1/2 tsp(optional)

    Tempering-

    • Cumin seeds- 3/4 tsp

    • Cooking oil- 2 tsp

    • Green chilies,chopped- 1.5 tsp

    PROCEDURE-

    1. Take a bowl and mix samak atta , curd and spinach puree.

    2. Heat oil in a small pan and add cumin and chilies in the same pan and fry till cumin become golden in colour.

    3. Add this tempering into samak mixture.

    4. Add ginger,lemon juice and salt in the batter and stir well.

    5. Boil enough water in the idli steamer and grease the idli mould with oil.

    6. When water start boiling,mix fruit salt in the samak batter and immediately pour the idli batter in the moulds.

    7. Cover the steamer and cook for 8-10 minutes.

    8. Now switch off the flame and  remove the plates from the steamer after 5-8 minutes.

    9. Now with a greased spoon scoop out the idlis.

    10. Serve with coconut green chutney,tomato chutney or fruit and nut chutney.