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.


Brahmi syrup

Brahmi : Brahmi is the small creeping therapeutic herb with the numerous branches. Brahmi leaves are a powerhouse of valuable alkaloids and triterpene saponins that can stimulate brain chemicals for shaper thinking, memory and learning. It can used them fresh in your salad, making syrups and sharbat , dry & powder the leaves to sprinkle it in your curries and chutneys.The flavor is relatively mild, but the real reason for using brahmi is for the impact that it has on human health.

Health benefits of Brahmi

• Boosts Cognitive

• Helps to treat cognitive disorders

• Relieve from stress and anxiety

• Rich in Antioxidant content

• Boosts immunity

• Improve respiratory system

• Improve skins

• Regulate blood sugar levels

And many more.

Ingredients

  • 100gms Brahmi leaves
  • 100gms Almonds (soaked and peeled)
  • 30gms Fennel powder
  • 10gms Melon seeds
    5gms Khuskhus seed ( soaked)
  • Direction
    1. Wash and blend Brahmi leaves in blender with little water till smooth paste.
      Take Almonds, Melon seeds and khuskhus seeds in blender make smooth paste.
      Mix all ingredients ( Brahmi paste, Almonds paste and fennel powder) together well.
      Syrup is ready to add in milk shakes or will chilled water.

    Note: I didn’t add sugar in syrup. It’s upto you if you want then make sugar syrup add in Brahmi paste. Approximately 600gms sugar will use in this syrup.


  • Red Bell pepper and Tomato Soup

    Occasionally , we just need comfort food in our life. But comfort doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. Such is the case with this healthy yet insanely creamy red pepper tomato soup!

    If you have 20 minutes, you can make this simple, nutrient-rich soup that’s perfect for days .

    This adaptation is similar to classic tomato soup with the addition of bell pepper. In place of cream, I rely on coconut milk and the flavor comes from roasted tomatoes, burnt garlic and roasted bell pepper. Once it’s blended all up, it takes on a deep red-orange hue and silky-smooth texture.

    I could boast about the flavor all day, but it’s also so hearty healthy.

    Ingredients

    SOUP

    • 1 large red bell peppers

    • 4 fresh tomatoes

    • 1 cup water

    • 1 carrot

    • 2-3 cloves garlic

    • 1 onion

    • 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black

    pepper

    • 1 tsp dired basil

    FOR SERVING optional

    Herb Garlic bread sticks

    • Cilantro

    • pasta

    • Full-fat coconut milk

    • Black pepper

    Instructions

    1. Roast red peppers, tomatoes , onion, garlic and carrot in a 500 degree F (260 C) oven or over an open flame on a grill or gas stovetop until tender and charred on all sides – about 10-15 minutes in the oven, or 5 minutes over an open flame.

    2. let cool to the touch, and remove charred outer skin seeds and stems.

    3. Transfer to blender or use immersion blender to purée soup. Then transfer into saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat.

    4. Add salt , black pepper and dired basil . Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

    5. Let simmer on low for at least 10 more minutes. The longer it simmers, the deeper the flavor develops.

    6. Serve as is or top with desired toppings, such as herb garlic bread sticks , cilantro, pasta , black pepper and coconut milk.


    Khaman Dhokla

    Gujarati cuisine is known to have a lot of flavourful and delightful snacks to offer, Dhokla is one of the specialities of Gujarati cuisine and is enjoyed as a breakfast or a snack . This is an easy-to-make snack recipe that can be prepared anytime and is best enjoyed with tempered or pan-fried green chillies. It’s a quick dish that can be prepared in just 30-minutes and requires ingredients that you can easily find in your kitchen cabinet. It’s the most common type of dhokla that you will see anywhere. Their main ingredient is ,as the Khaman Dhokla is prepared using gram flour or besan. Khaman Dhokla is sweet and sour in taste. they are part of a culture that loves feeding people.

    khaman dhokla was the very first recipe that I learned from my mom during my school days. Since then, it has been by far one of my favorite recipes, and I have been entertaining my family and friends for years.

    Here is an easy way to make Khaman Dhokla, which is soft sponge and super in taste. I serve with spicy sour cherries chutney.

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups Gram flour(besan) sieved
    • 1cup Yogurt (beaten)
    • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
    • 1 tsp Ginger-chilli paste
    • 1/2 tbsp Lemon juice
    • 1/2 tsp Soda bicarbonate
    • Salt to taste
    • 1tbsp Oil

    Chutney

    • 1tsp Ginger paste
    • 2cups Cherries (halved)
    • 1/4 cup Honey ( or any sugar substitute)
    • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
    • 3 Chilli ( green or red )
    • 1/3 tsp Himalayan salt
    • 3 tsp Cider vinegar
    • 1tsp Oil
    • 1tsp Mustard seeds

    Instructions

    Chutney

    1. In a medium sauce pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add mustard seeds, when the seeds begin to crackle, add ginger and chillies , Stir in ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

    2. Add cherries, sugar, cider vinegar, lemon juice, and salt. Bring to a boil; lower heat to a rapid simmer and cook until sauce thickens, about 30 minutes.

    3. Transfer into a blender, make a quick blend. Then transfer into a bowl , set aside to cool. Chutney will continue to gel and thicken as it cools. Serve room temperature.

  • Khaman Dhokla
  • Take gram flour in a bowl. Add yogurt and approximately one cup of warm water and mix. Avoid lumps. Add salt and mix again

  • Leave it aside to ferment for one hour. When gram flour mixture has fermented, add turmeric powder and green chilli-ginger paste. Mix. Heat the steamer. Grease the moulds.
  • In a small bowl take lemon juice, soda bicarbonate, one teaspoon of oil and mix. Add it to the batter and whisk briskly. Pour batter into the greased moulds and place it in the steamer.
  • Cover with the lid and steam for ten minutes. When a little cool, take out from the moulds and keep in a serving plate.
  • Serve, garnished with chopped coriander leaves , scraped coconut and spicy sour cherry chutney.
  • NOTE

    Some Tips and Tricks

    • Start with a fresh batch of eno. The open pack or stale eno may result in flat dhoklas.

    • A simple trick to a fluffy khaman – beat the batter well. The more you beat the batter; more air is incorporated in the batter, resulting in soft-spongy khaman. Just remember to beat the batter before adding eno. 

    • After adding Eno, don’t let the batter sit for a long while. Steam it right away.

    • Follow these basic tricks correctly, and you are on your way to the most spongy dhokla.

    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.


    Overnight Oats

    Healthy no-cook make-ahead oatmeal just perfect for busy summer hot morning day . Especially when you don’t feel like stirring a pot over a hot stove.Best of all, easy to customize with your favorite flavors.

    A Bonus points :they’re nutritious, loaded with fiber, protein, essential vitamins minerals & can help to keep you full and calm inside.

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 Cup Oats

    • 1/4 Cup Almond Milk

    • 1/3 Cup low-fat greek yogurt

    • 1/2 Tsp Almond , Chopped

    • 1/2 Cup Mango, purée

    • 1 Tsp Mint , fine Chopped

    • 1 Tsp Chia seeds

    •. 1 Tsp Honey ( optional )

    Method

    Add Oats to your container of choice and pour in milk , low-fat yogurt , chia seeds and almonds. Mix mango purée and mint together. Add layer of mango purée. off with a drizzle of honey . Place in fridge and enjoy in the morning !!


    Healthy Creamy Pasta

     

    who said Pastas are not healthy. When your kids wants Pasta but health factor comes in mind ? Try this recipe ! It’s silky smooth full of favour healthy sauce . My sure the way to delight your and your child’s taste buds . It’s very simple to make .


    For sauce2

    1 tsp Oats flour

    1 tsp Ragi flour

    1 cup Milk

    1 tsp Dry herbs

    As per taste Salt

    1 tsp Butter

    1 tsp Chopped Garlic

    For Pasta

    2 cups Whole wheat pasta

    8 cups Water

    For Veggies

    1 cup Chopped red and yellow bell peppers

    1/4 cup Chopped Mushrooms

    1/4 cup Boiled Corn

    1/4 cup Chopped broccoli

    1/2 tsp Butter


    Method

    Pasta

    1) Take 8 cups water in deep pan . When it starts boiling add 2 cup raw pasta.

    2) It will take around 10 – 15 minutes for boil it .

    3) Transfer cooked pasta to a colander and drain all the excess water .

    Sauce

    1) Take pan sprinkle oats and Ragi flour. Dry roast for 2 mins .

    2) Pour milk , mix well with whisking constantly untill smooth ( avoid making lumps). Cook until very thick.

    3) Heat the another pan . Melt the butter . Add Chopped garlic sautéed for 1 minute again . Turn off the gas . Mix all well together.

    Pasta

    1) Take another pan . Melt the butter.

    3) Add mushroom and broccoli. sautéed for 5 mins .

    4) Add corns, bell peppers . Stir and cook veggies around 3 minutes. Turn off the gas.

    5) Pour sauce in Pasta. Stir to combine. Serve immediately ( while it’s very creamy).

    Note

    You can add cheese too. If you want more creamy