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Sweet pongal

Sweet pongal

 

This dish is the sweet version of the regular khichdi that is prepared. The main ingredient is the same - rice and moong dal. Jaggery/sugar is added to give the sweetness and decorated with ghee fried nuts and raisins and flavoured with cardamom powder. It is generally prepared in temples as a prasadam, (an offering made to a deity).

Preparation of Sweet Pongal

Ingredients:

Rice: ½ cup

Moong dal : 1 cup

Jaggery powder: 1 cup

Cardamom powder: ½ tsp

Mix nuts: 1 small cup

Ghee: 1 tablespoon


Method:

  • Dry roast moong dal till it is slightly brown in colour, add a cup of water and allow it to soak.
  • Wash the rice in water and keep it aside.
  • Melt jaggery by adding ¼ cup of water, cool and strain.
  • Chop all the nuts and keep them ready
  • In a pressure cooker, add dal and rice with a cup of water and cook for 2-3 whistles.
  • Remove the cooker lid, add the jaggery syrup, lower the flame and allow it to simmer till the mixture becomes a little thick.
  • Switch off the gas, add cardamom powder. Roast the nuts in the ghee and add all over the sweet pongal. Mix well and serve.

Note: Rice can be replaced with millets like foxtail or any other millet. Millets need to be soaked for 4-5 hours before cooking.

  • Pallavi Gupta
Til ke ladoo

Til ke ladoo

An easy to make ladoo and a perfect one to have in this weather. Our culture has some very specific foods to be eaten in a particular season. Such foods have a great impact on our health, one such is ladoo made from sesame seeds.


Sesame seeds are rich in Vitamin E that is good for our skin. It is a good source of MUFA, PUFA - may help in reducing the total cholesterol and risk of heart disease.

1 tablespoon of sesame seeds contain up to 87 mg of calcium which makes it one of the richest sources in a vegan diet. During Sankranti, eating til ladoo plus exposure to the sun by flying kites gives our body the required Vitamin D. This in turn helps in maximum absorption of calcium in the body. Not to mention the nutty flavour of these tasty ladoos that makes it difficult to stop at one!

Preparation of Til ke ladoo

Ingredients:

Sesame seeds: 1 cup

Peanut: ¼ cup

Dried coconut grated: 2 tablespoon

Jaggery: 1 cup

Cardamom powder: ½ tsp


Method:

  • Dry roast sesame seeds till it starts spluttering, remove and cool.
  • Roast peanuts and coconut until slightly brown. De-skin the peanuts.
  • Melt jaggery by adding ¼ cup water, strain, simmer on a medium flame till it becomes a little thick. To test if it is ready, add ½ tsp of jaggery in a bowl of water, if it does not dissolve, it is ready. When we take out the jaggery from the water and roll it between our fingers, it should form a soft ball. 
  • At that stage, add the sesame seeds, peanuts and coconut. Mix well, cool it a bit
  • Wet the palm a bit, take a small amount of the mixture and make small balls out of them. 
  • As the mixture cools, it will become hardened.
  • Enjoy the nutrition rich balls.
  • Rohini Prasad
Learn how to make soft & fluffy gluten free roti’s with Nutty Yogi Gluten Free Super Lite Flour

Learn how to make soft & fluffy gluten free roti’s with Nutty Yogi Gluten Free Super Lite Flour

Learn how to make soft & fluffy gluten free roti’s with this easy step by step 2 videos tutorials. ⠀

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cup gluten free flour (I’ve used gluten free super lite flour from @nuttyyogi ) ⠀
  • 1 cup water ⠀
  • 1 tsp oil ⠀
  • Pinch of salt ⠀
  • Extra flour ⠀

Recipe:  

1. In a pan add 1 cup water.⠀
2. Add a pinch,less than half tsp of salt.Allow it to boil.⠀
3. Add 1.5 cup gluten free flour. ⠀
4. Using a wooden ladle, allow the flour to cook and continue to mix well until the dough starts to form.⠀
5. After 2-3 minutes when the dough is formed add 1 tsp oil and mix.⠀
6. Transfer the dough onto a plate.⠀
7. Cover the dough with a towel and let it rest for 5-7 minutes until the dough cools down slightly and then knead to make into a smooth ball.⠀
8. Take a small portion of the dough, make a small ball and then roll into roti using a rolling pin. Add extra flour whenever necessary so it doesn’t stick to the board. 9. Heat a pan on high heat and transfer roti to the pan , cook for few minutes on each side. It can also be cooked directly on the flame. ⠀
10. Transfer to plate and enjoy the delicious soft and fluffy gluten free roti.⠀

  • Pallavi Gupta
Monsoon Recipes: Millet Dhokla!

Monsoon Recipes: Millet Dhokla!

The rains call for comfort foods that's both healthy and extremely delicious. We have the perfect recipe in store for you -Dhokla, and that too a healthier version


Millet Dhokla is one of those recipes that you will never stop using on a rainy day because it defines comfort. And what better way to enjoy comfort if not guilt-free? 

The recipe can be made using any of the millets which are light (little millet / barnyard millet / Samai)

Ingredients:

- 1 cup millet
- 1/2 rock salt
-  1/2 cup curd
- 2 finely chopped green chillies
- 1 Tsp grated ginger
- A pinch of cooking soda
- Green Chutney

Seasoning: 
- 1 tsp oil
- 1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
- 1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1/8 Tsp Asafoetida Powder
- 2 Slit Green Chillies
- 10 Curry Leaves

Procedure:

- Dry roast millet for 2 minutes on low heat. Remove, wash thoroughly and dry on a clean cotton cloth for 20 minutes.

- Make grits/rava using the mixer. 

- In a bowl, add salt and curd, beat the two to make it smooth. Mix the millet grits thoroughly and keep it covered to ferment overnight.

- Next morning, add chopped green chillies, grated ginger and soda. Mix well.

- Grease two plates and pour the batter into them. Tap the plates so that the batter spreads evenly.

- Steam the batter for around 10 to 12 minutes.  Once cooled, cut into pieces.

- Take a piece of dhokla, apply green chutney and cover with another piece. Repeat the same for the remaining Dhoklas.

Do the seasoning mentioned above and pour it on the dhoklas. Serve.

Let us know how it turned out, stay tuned for more. 

  • Pallavi Gupta
Soft & fluffy gluten free roti’s with Nutty Yogi Gluten Free Super Lite Flour

Soft & fluffy gluten free roti’s with Nutty Yogi Gluten Free Super Lite Flour

Learn how to make soft & fluffy gluten free roti’s with this easy step by step 2 videos tutorials. ⠀

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cup gluten free flour (I’ve used gluten free super lite flour from @nuttyyogi ) ⠀
  • 1 cup water ⠀
  • 1 tsp oil ⠀
  • Pinch of salt ⠀
  • Extra flour ⠀

Recipe:  

1. In a pan add 1 cup water.⠀
2. Add a pinch,less than half tsp of salt.Allow it to boil.⠀
3. Add 1.5 cup gluten free flour. ⠀
4. Using a wooden ladle, allow the flour to cook and continue to mix well until the dough starts to form.⠀
5. After 2-3 minutes when the dough is formed add 1 tsp oil and mix.⠀
6. Transfer the dough onto a plate.⠀
7. Cover the dough with a towel and let it rest for 5-7 minutes until the dough cools down slightly and then knead to make into a smooth ball.⠀
8. Take a small portion of the dough, make a small ball and then roll into roti using a rolling pin. Add extra flour whenever necessary so it doesn’t stick to the board. 9. Heat a pan on high heat and transfer roti to the pan , cook for few minutes on each side. It can also be cooked directly on the flame. ⠀
10. Transfer to plate and enjoy the delicious soft and fluffy gluten free roti.⠀

  • Pallavi Gupta
  • Tags: Tasty
Immunity Ragi Laddoos

Immunity Ragi Laddoos

Dry fruits and nuts are loaded with nutrients and help in building immunity. Although I make it a point to include them in my daily diet, sometimes I need a delicious twist to make it more interesting. Here is my go-to recipe for delicious sugarless ragi laddoos.⁣ 

𝐈𝐌𝐌𝐔𝐍𝐈𝐓𝐘 𝐁𝐈𝐓𝐄𝐒⁣

𝐈𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬: ⁣
● 2 tbsp ghee⁣
● 3/4 cup @nuttyyogi ragi (finger millet) flour⁣
● 3/4 cup hazelnuts/almonds⁣
● 1 cup mix of dried apricots, figs and berries⁣
● 3/4 cup dates (deseeded and chopped)⁣

𝐌𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐝:⁣
1) Heat ghee in a heavy bottom pan and add ragi flour.⁣
2) Dry roast for 10-15mins till it becomes fragrant and changes colour.⁣
3) Let it cool.⁣
4) Add the nuts to a blender and process it finely.⁣
5) Add the mix of dates, figs, apricots, berries and process them till it combines to a crumbly texture.⁣
6) Add this to the Ragi flour and mix well.⁣
7) Take a tablespoon of the mixture and form Laddoos. ⁣
8) Store in an air-tight container and enjoy.⁣

This recipe is loaded with nutrients and helps to build your immune system. Apricots are low in calories and packed with vitamins, fibre and antioxidants. Figs are a great source of calcium and a variety of vitamins. Berries are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Hazelnut and almonds are packed with protein, fat, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Dates are an excellent natural sweetener and loaded with nutrients. Ragi gives strength to the body. It is gluten-free, rich in fibre, calcium, good carbs, Vit D, etc. Almonds, dates and ragi help boost your immunity.⁣

  • Pallavi Gupta
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