Maamoul Cookies / Date Filled Semolina cookies

Maamoul cookies or date filled semolina cookies. A famous Arab dessert which is usually made on festival time. Mouth melting, scented and lightly sweetened date stuffed cookies taste divine.

These cookies can be made with different fillings, like dates, pistachios, walnuts, almond or fig. Cookie dough shaped with a wooden mould. And most interesting is it’s shape depends on filling so that people can recognize the filling by it’s shape. Date filled maamoul cookies are flat topped and round shaped, pistachio filled are oval shaped and walnut filled are dome shaped. I don’t have maamoul mould so used my sandesh mould and fork. Place the date filled balls on baking tray and press with any mould or fork to give shape.

But now I have to order a maamoul mould. I will update the pictures when I can get it. You can get some more cookies recipe here.

Ma’amoul (Arabic: معمول‎ [mɑʕmuːl] also spelled m’aamoul, m’amul, m’aamul) is a filled semolina cookie found in Arab regions made with dates, nuts such as pistachios or walnuts and occasionally almonds, or figs. Ma’amoul are usually made a few days before Christmas, Easter, or Eid, then stored to be served with Arabic coffee and chocolate to guests who come during the holiday. It is popular throughout the Arab world, especially in the Arabian peninsula. They may be in the shape of balls, domed or flattened cookies. They can either be decorated by hand or be made in special wooden moulds. Ma’amoul with date fillings are often known as menenas, and are sometimes made in the form of date rolls rather than balls or cookies. Source – Wikipedia

When Kalyani Sri who blog at Sizzlingtastebuds suggested the theme Emirati Eats for this week’s 265 #Foodiemonday bloghop, I immediately decided to share this maamoul cookies recipe. Because it is one of my most favourite cookie. Kalyani has a wonderful blog with many mouthwatering recipes. Her Sweet and salty digestive biscuit and Bangalore bakery style Om biscuits are in my list. I will try these recipes soon. Do visit her space for many healthy and delicious recipes.

As I mentioned above these cookies are lightly sweetened and sprinkled with powdered sugar. But this step is optional. You can enjoy these delicious cookies without sprinkling sugar.

Traditionally these cookies are flavoured with orange blossom water and rose water. But if you don’t have orange blossom water or rose water, you can still make these cookies. I have used rose essence and cardamom powder in the dough and orange essence in date filling. You can use cinnamon powder too. Pistachios, walnuts or fig can be used for filling instead of dates. Traditionally coconut are not used in these cookies but I have used 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut in the filling for taste. You can skip coconut or replace with pistachios or walnuts. I have used homemade melted ghee or clarified butter, you can use butter. If you are using salted butter omit salt.

Recipe

Semolina or suji – 1 & 1/4 cup

All purpose flour or maida – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup

Clarified butter/ghee or butter – 1/2 cup

Salt – a pinch

Milk – 1/4 cup

Rose essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For filling

Dates – 3/4 cup, pitted

Clarified butter/ghee or butter – 1 teaspoon

Orange essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut – 1 tablespoon, optional

Almond – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. In a large bowl mix semolina or suji, all purpose flour or maida, baking powder, powdered sugar, cardamom powder and salt. Mix with your hand.

2. Now add milk and rose essence. Knead to make a smooth dough. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes.

3. Grind the almond. You can dry roast the almonds before grinding.

4. Grind dates into smooth paste. In a bowl mix ground almonds, dates, desiccated coconut, ghee or clarified butter and orange essence. Make small balls and keep aside.

5. Grease or line a baking tray with parchment paper. Preheat the oven at 180°.

6. Make balls with semolina or suji dough. Balls should be double in size than date balls.

7. Flatten the ball with your palm. Place date ball in the middle. Close the edges and make ball again. Press gently with your palm.

8. Arrange the balls on greased or lined baking sheet. Press with a mould to make design or press with a fork.

9. Bake the cookies for 20 – 25 minutes or till the cookies becomes light golden brown. For crispy cookies bake for a few minutes more or let it cool down in oven.

10. Let the cookies cool down completely. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the cookies. Serve or store in airtight container for later use.

Notes

1. Walnut, pistachio or fig can be used for filling.

2. If you have orange blossom water use it instead of orange essence, rose essence and cardamom powder.

3. Butter can be used instead of ghee or clarified butter. If you are using salted butter skip salt.

4. Sprinkling of sugar is optional, you can skip this step.

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Herbed Milk Bread With Honey

Herbed milk bread stuffed with sriracha sauce and Italian herbs. A super soft, flavorful and delicious bread with honey. For a change add grated cheese in the stuffing. You don’t need anything with it. Just slice and enjoy as a snack with your tea or coffee. Or make crisp toast and serve.

I have used warm milk to knead the dough because I love the soft texture of milk bread. But if you want to make it for vegan people use warm water instead of milk. I love this soft spicy bread as a snack. And for breakfast crisp toast.

You may like some more bread recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipes.

1. Focaccia with whole wheat and soybean flour

2. Cheesey bread

3. Whole wheat bread

4. Oats flaxseed whole wheat bread

5. Multigrain bread

6. Zimbabwe cornbread

7. Olive Jalapeno savoury cornbread

8. Gluten free vegan multigrain bread

This post is my contribution to Facebook group Healthy Wealthy Cuisine for Wheat Flour Savoury Baking theme suggested by Sasmita who blog at First Timer Cook. I always love her blog with beautiful pictures. Do visit her space for many healthy and delicious recipes. I am sure you will love her wonderful blog. I recently bookmarked her Eggless chocolate piped cookies and Vegan orange blueberry mini bundt cake to try. Check out the recipes of my fellow bloggers shared for this theme.

This bread is also made of whole wheat flour or atta but I also used 1 cup all purpose flour/maida for better texture. If you like you can skip all purpose flour/maida and use only whole wheat flour. Just increase the amount of whole wheat flour. I have used my most favourite sriracha sauce but you can use any chili garlic sauce or use green chutney or any chutney of your choice. For spreading chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, parsley, rosemary or any herbs can be used over sauce or chutney. Choice is your.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 2 cup

All purpose flour or maida – 1 cup

Dry yeast – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Honey – 1 tablespoon

Salt – 1 & 3/4 teaspoon

Vinegar – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Milk powder – 2 tablespoon

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon + for greasing

Warm milk – 1 & 1/2 cup

Sriracha sauce – 2 tablespoon

Oregano – 2 teaspoon

Dried basil – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Mix yeast in 1/4 cup warm milk. Milk should be warm not hot. Add honey and stir well. Cover and keep in a warm place for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes it will becomes foamy.

2. In a large bowl mix whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, milk powder, salt, vinegar and oil. Mix well. If you want to add cheese in the stuffing then use 1 teaspoon salt only.

3. Make a hole in the middle and pour the yeast mixture and 1 cup slightly warm milk. Mix well. Knead the dough using remaining 1/4 cup warm milk. Add water as require to make soft and smooth dough. Dough will be sticky.

4. Sprinkle little flour on your cleaned kitchen counter and place the dough on it. Knead the dough for 8 – 10 minutes. You can use your kneading machine to knead the dough in less time. It will take 5 minutes in kneading machine.

5. Knead the dough by pressing with your palm and heel of your palm by pushing and stretching. Gather the dough and stretch it again. After kneading well dough will becomes less sticky. Make a ball with the dough and drop few times on the kitchen counter. Don’t use too much flour. Add little oil for easy kneading and make the dough non sticky.

6. Grease a bowl generously. Smear the dough with oil and place in the greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in a warm place for an hour or till the dough becomes double. Timing depends on the temperature of your place. Its summer time here so 1 hour is sufficient.

7. Grease baking pan and keep aside.

8. After 1 hour punch down the dough and knead again.

9. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin or your oil greased palm. Roll or press the dough into flat and rectangular.

10. Spread sriracha sauce all over it. Sprinkle oregano and basil. You can use any herbs of your choice. You can also spread some grated cheese. See notes for more options.

11. Start rolling it from shortest side. After rolling pinch the seam well.

12. Turn the roll upside down. Cut the roll lengthwise from the center. Rotate both the pieces to place cut sides facing upwards. Place both pieces side by side.

13. Now make a braid with both pieces by overlapping each other. Place one side piece on other side piece.

14. Repeat the process and pinch the both ends. I have cut the braid into half. You can make half before rolling the dough. Make two separate rolls. Place the rolls carefully in greased baking pan or loaf pan.

15. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes or till it becomes double.

16. Preheat the oven at 190° for 10 minutes. Bake the braided bread in preheated oven for 40 – 50 minutes or bread becomes golden brown.

17. Take out the bread from oven and place on cooling rack.

18. Slice the bread after 1 – 2 hours or when the bread become completely cool.

Notes

1. You can use any grated cheese in stuffing.

2. You can use rosemary, parsley, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, mint or any herbs of your choice.

3. Schezwan sauce, pizza sauce or any chili garlic sauce can be used instead of sriracha sauce. Even you can use green chutney or any chutney of your choice.

4. You can use water instead of milk.

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Herbal Tea

Herbal tea. Sharing my morning tea recipe today. Black tea with all the immunity booster ingredients. Every ingredient is full of numerous health benefits. You will love the aroma of boiling tea. No negative side effects shown of these common ingredients. But before using these supplements always talk to your doctor.

You can also try two more healthy drink Turmeric shot and Smoothie with turmeric and aloe vera .

These days everyone is taking kadha or different immunity booster food or drink using Ashwagandha, Giloy, Tulsi or Holy basil, cinnamon, nutmeg, raw turmeric, cumin, fennel seeds etc. I don’t have Ashwagandha so I didn’t use it. If you are living in a cold place then you can also add 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg or nutmeg powder.

I have used Tulsi or Holy Basil, Giloy stem, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, black pepper and lemon juice with tea leaves.

Now let’s see the health benefits of these ingredients.

Tulsi or Holy Basil or Queen of herbs. Yes this herb called queen of herbs. I remember my mother used to give Tulsi leaves juice with honey daily to my daughter and she never had cold or cough.

Many studies support the use of the entire plant of holy basil for human use and its therapeutic value. The nutritional value is also high, as it contains: vitamin A and C calcium zinc iron chlorophyll Holy basil has been shown to boost your body’s health in a variety of ways. It can help protect against infection, lower your blood sugar, lower your cholesterol, ease joint pain, and protect your stomach. Source

Giloy

This age-old miraculous herb is also known as “Amrita” in sanskrit, which means “immortality.” In fact, according to the Ayurvedic experts consuming giloy on a daily basis can keep disease at bay. This is the reason why giloy extracts have been used as an active ingredient in several Ayurvedic medicines. Apart from that, giloy is one such ingredient that can be consumed in several ways. However, the stem of this plant has maximum nutrition. This might sound unbelievable, but according to the books of Ayurveda, Giloy can cure as well as prevent hundreds of diseases. Right from seasonal ailments like cold, cough, flu to stomach issues to diabetes to chronic arthritis, giloy has been used for its medicinal purpose since times immemorial. Source

Ginger or adrakh

Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. Ginger is one of the very few superfoods actually worthy of that term. Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine. It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. To read all the 11 health benefits of ginger click here.

Cinnamon or darchini

Cinnamon is a highly delicious spice. It has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Modern science has now confirmed what people have known for ages. Cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits. Source

Green cardamom or chhoti ilaichi

The seeds, oils and extracts of cardamom are thought to have impressive medicinal properties and have been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Cardamom is an ancient remedy that may have many medicinal properties. It may lower blood pressure, improve breathing and aid weight loss. What’s more, animal and test-tube studies show that cardamom may help fight tumors, improve anxiety, fight bacteria and protect your liver, though the evidence in these cases is less strong. Source

Bay leaf or tej patta

The presence of vitamin A and C along with folic acid and various minerals in bay leaf makes it a nutrient-dense herb. Bay leaves are commonly found in biryani, pulao, soups, curries and most Indian dishes. Also known as tej patta, this culinary herb makes for an integral part of the Indian cuisine, thanks to its distinctive flavour and fragrance. Apart from this, it is also known for its age-old medicinal properties. Scientifically known as Laurus Nobilis, bay leaves are used for treating various health conditions. Source

Cloves or laung

Cloves are best known as a sweet and aromatic spice, but they have also been used in traditional medicine. In fact, animal studies have found that the compounds in cloves may have several health benefits, including supporting liver health and helping stabilize blood sugar levels. This article reviews 8 of the most impressive health benefits of eating cloves.

1. Contain important nutrients.

2. High in antioxidants.

3. May help protect against cancer.

4. Can kill bacteria.

5. May improve liver health.

6. May help regulate blood sugar.

7. May promote bone health.

8. May reduce stomach ulcers. Source

Black pepper or kali mirch

Black pepper is more than just a kitchen staple. It has been deemed the “king of spices” and used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years due to its high concentration of potent, beneficial plant compounds. Black pepper and its active compound piperine may have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Laboratory studies suggest that black pepper may improve cholesterol levels, blood sugar control, and brain and gut health. Read all the 11 health benefits of black pepper here.

Lemon or nimbu

Research shows lemon water has many potential health benefits. Aside from those, adding lemon to your water may help you drink more throughout the day and keep you hydrated. Staying hydrated is critical to good health, so lemon water is pretty much a win-win. Here are seven ways your body may benefit from lemon water.

1. It promotes hydration.

2. It’s a good source of vitamin C.

3. It supports weight loss.

4. It improves your skin quality.

5. It aids digestion.

6. It freshens breath.

7.It helps prevent kidney stones. Source

Why I am sharing my morning tea? Well this week’s 263 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Herbal And Health suggested by Aruna SarasChandra who blog at Vasusvegkitchen. Aruna suggested to share some herbal tea or anything with immunity booster ingredients. Aruna has a wonderful blog with different types of mouthwatering recipes. Her Chocolate and custard jelly cake and Sabudana coconut laddu is in my list to try. You can also visit her YouTube channel for recipe videos.

This recipe is for 3 cup of tea. You can increase or decrease the ingredients. You can also make it without tea and serve hot as kadha. Use black pepper powder or freshly crushed black pepper according to your taste.

Recipe

Tulsi or holy basil – 8 – 10 leaves

Tea leaves – 1 teaspoon

Ginger – 1 teaspoon grated or dry ginger powder

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece crushed or 1/2 teaspoon powder

Green cardamom – 2, crushed

Bay leaf – 1

Giloy stem – 1/2 inch

Cloves – 4 – 5 crushed or 1/4 teaspoon clove powder

Black pepper powder or freshly crushed black pepper – 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon or to taste

Lemon juice to taste

Water – 4 cup

Method

1. Crush the giloy stem with a mortar pestle. You can use 1/2 inch stem more but remember giloy taste bitter.

2. Crush the cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. I have used cinnamon and clove powder. You can grind the cloves to make powder.

3. Tear up tulsi or holy basil leaves and bay leaf with your hands.

4. Mix all the ingredients with water in a pan or kettle.

5. Add black pepper powder to taste. I have used 1/8 teaspoon only.

6. Heat the pan or kettle. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Let it boil on low heat for 15 minutes.

7. After 15 minutes add tea leaves and switch off the heat. Steep the tea for 3 minutes. If you like strong tea boil for a few seconds more. Or if you like you can strain the tea immediately after removing from heat. I always steep the tea for 3 minutes.

8. Stir and strain the tea in teapot or cups. Add any sweetener of your choice. You can add jaggery powder, sugar, unrefined sugar, honey, stevia etc. Now add lemon juice and enjoy hot aromatic tea anytime.

Stay healthy stay happy!

Notes

1. This recipe is for 3 cup tea. You can increase or decrease the ingredients.

2. Use black pepper powder or freshly crushed black pepper according to your taste.

3. You can also make it without tea leaves and serve hot as kadha.

4. You can also add 1/4 teaspoon grated or powdered nutmeg or jaefhal.

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Caramel Custard

Eggless caramel custard.

Today sharing one of my favourite dessert. Its my 500 post on the blog. Thanks to all my readers for your love, support and encouragement.

You don’t need gelatin or agar agar, eggs or bread to make this caramel pudding. Even you don’t need oven because it is steamed pudding. Very easy to make yet taste is heavenly.

This chilled caramel custard pudding can be also served as a party dessert. Have you made custard with paneer or cottage cheese yet? If no try it I am sure you will love the taste. You can make it in a cake pan or in small ramekins for individual serving. Make caramel in a cake tin or pan. Make a thick custard and pour over the caramel. Steam for 30 – 40 minutes and let it cool down. Place in refrigerator to chill. Slice and enjoy. You can get many more dessert recipes on this blog.

This caramel custard is my contribution to 260 #Foodiemonday bloghop. This week’s theme is Meethe Pal suggested by me. This pandemic time dramatically changes our lives. Switched to only homemade healthy foods. No outings or restaurant hopping. Our only motto is to stay safe. So I thought if we can share some heavenly desserts to fill some sweetness in life. Dessert or sweets improve our mood. We can enjoy sweet in moderation or in small amount once or twice in a week. And we have to make some sweets for our kids.  And I am sure kids will love this mouth melting and yummy pudding. Let’s see what my fellow bloggers share for this theme. Check out all the recipes below.

Kesar pista shrikhand by Priya Vijaykrishnan

Badam halwa by Kalyani Sri

Khubani ka meetha by Archana

Sweet sundal by Priya Iyer

Paneer kheer by Preethi Prasad

Bellam undrallu by Aruna

Churma laddu by Poonam

Oats jaggery laddu by Swaty Malik

Chocolate modak by Mayuri Patel

Now coming to the recipe. Not only kids as I mentioned caramel pudding is my favourite. When I started cooking after marriage I usually make caramel pudding with eggs, milk, vanilla essence and bread. But this custard caramel is different but taste is equally good. So it is perfect for vegetarian people. I didn’t use gelatin in it so we have to make slightly thick custard. I have used 2 teaspoon cornflour to make the custard thick. If you don’t have cornflour use 2 teaspoon more custard powder. I love strong caramel flavour so made caramel with 3 tablespoon sugar. If you want your custard with light caramel use 2 tablespoon sugar only.

Recipe

Milk – 2 & 1/2 cup

Custard powder – 3 tablespoon

Cornflour – 2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/3 cup + 3 tablespoon

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/4 cup

Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. In a metal cake tin or pan heat 3 tablespoon sugar and 1 tablespoon water. Keep the flame low to avoid burning. I have used 3 tablespoon sugar for strong caramel flavour. If you want light caramel flavour use 2 tablespoon sugar to make caramel.

2. When sugar melts and starts to change it’s colour switch off the heat. Caramel shouldn’t be burned. With the help of a tong tilt the pan to spread the caramel evenly in all over the pan. Keep it aside.

3. In a bowl mix 1/4 cup cold milk, custard powder and cornflour. You can also add 2 tablespoon milk powder if you like.

4. Boil remaining milk in a pan. Add 1/3 cup sugar. When sugar dissolved and milk starts to boil reduce the heat.

5. Stir the cornflour and custard powder mixed milk well and add in the milk. Stir continuously to avoid lumps.

6. Cook till milk becomes thick. Keep stirring. Remove from heat. Add vanilla essence and mix. You can also add chopped dry fruits in custard.

7. Mash the paneer or cottage cheese well to make smooth. Best to use fresh paneer. Get the paneer recipe here.

8. With a hand blender or whisker blend the paneer and custard well. Mixture should be lump free and smooth.

9. Pour the mixture on caramel. I have used my rice cooker to steam the custard.

10. You can steam in pressure cooker or any pan. Pour water in the pan. Place a stand in the middle. When water starts to boil place the caramel custard pan on the stand. Cover and steam on low medium heat for 30 minutes.

11. Let it cool down completely. Keep in refrigerator for 4 – 5 hours or overnight. Run a knife gently through the sides. Place the pan upside down on plate. Demould the custard. Slice and serve chilled. Enjoy……

Stay safe stay healthy and happy!

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Whole Wheat Milk Bread With Mixed Seeds

Whole wheat milk bread with mixed seeds. A healthy breakfast bread made with whole wheat flour and mixed seeds. Serve crisp toasted bread with butter, jam or any spread or make sandwiches. Mixed seeds will make your bread more nutritious.

You may like some more bread recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Cheesey bread

2. Whole wheat bread

3. Oats flaxseed whole wheat bread

4. Multigrain bread

5. Zimbabwe cornbread

6. Olive Jalapeno cornbread

7. Gluten free vegan multigrain bread

8. Focaccia bread

Sending this post to Facebook group Healthy Wealthy Cuisine. This time theme is Breakfast Series suggested by Preethi Prasad who blog at Preethi Cuisine. Preethi is a very talented blogger. I love her different types of mouthwatering recipes. Recently bookmarked her Raw mango curry andChocolate affogato to try.

Check out my fellow bloggers recipes for this theme.

Lentil and spring onion pancake by Preethi

Easy poha idli by Jayashree

Sandwich dhokla by Vanitha

Paneer pyaaz paratha by Shalu

Gujarati rice khichu by Poonam

Quinoa upma by Sasmita

I am sharing my favourite breakfast bread for this theme. I have used whole wheat flour or atta to make this bread but you can also use all purpose flour or maida if you like or use half atta and half maida. Knead the dough with milk instead of water. Milk will make your bread more tasty and soft. I love crisp toasted bread and sandwiches both.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta- 3 cup

Dry yeast – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Warm milk – 1 & 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1 tablespoon

Salt – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Milk powder – 2 tablespoon, optional

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon + for greasing

Vinegar – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Roasted mixed seeds – 3 – 4 tablespoon + to sprinkle

Method

1. Mix sugar and yeast in 1/4 cup warm milk. Milk should be warm not hot. Stir well and cover. Keep in a warm place for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes it will looks foamy like this 👇

2. In a large bowl mix whole wheat flour or atta, salt, milk powder, vinegar, olive oil and roasted mixed seeds. I have roasted mixed seeds including sunflower, pumpkin, flax, watermelon, chia and gojiberries seeds. You can use any seeds.

3. Make a hole in the middle and pour the yeast mixture and 1 cup slightly warm milk. Knead the dough well and add remaining 1/4 cup milk slowly.

4. Dough should be soft and sticky. Sprinkle little flour on your cleaned kitchen counter and place the dough on it. Knead the dough for 9-10 minutes.

5. Knead the dough by pressing with your palm and heel of your palm by pushing and stretching.

6. Knead the dough really well. Now after kneading well dough will becomes less sticky. Make a ball with the dough and drop few times on the kitchen counter.

7. Grease a bowl generously. Smear the dough with oil and place in the greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in a warm place for an hour or till the dough becomes double. Timing depends on the temperature of your place. Its summer time here so 1 hour is sufficient. I kept the dough in my oven.

8. After 1 hour punch down the dough and knead again. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin or your oil greased palm. Roll or press the dough into flat and rectangular. Fold and shape the dough into a loaf.

9. You can also make 2 small bread with this dough if you have small size loaf pan. Place the loaf in oil greased loaf pan. Place seam side down. 

10. Cover and keep aside for second proofing for 30 minutes. Or till it rise above the pan.

11. Brush with water and sprinkle mixed seeds on the top.

12. Bake in preheated oven at 185° for 40 to 50 minutes or till bread becomes golden brown.

13. Take out the bread immediately and place on a cooling rack upside down to completely cool.

14. Don’t keep the bread in oven after baking, it may become soggy so let it cool on cooling rack or a towel before slicing.

15. Slice the bread when it completely cooled. Make sandwiches or toast and serve with butter, jam or any spread.

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Oats Dosa / Instant Dosa

Oats dosa. A healthy and delicious breakfast made with superfood oats. These gluten free crispy and tasty dosa can be also serve as a snack with tea or coffee. Even if you don’t like oats I am sure you will love the taste of this dosa. And you can’t recognize oats in it. To get more oats recipes click here .

To make this dosa lacy and crisp make a thin and flowing batter like rawa dosa. And for crisp texture remember to cook on low heat. You can use any spices of your choice in the batter. I have made it without onion but you can add 1 finely chopped onion in the batter.

Posting after a long time. And feeling happy to participate again in our weekly bloghop group after a short break. This Monday 257 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is dosa den suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. Priya is a very good friend and a talented blogger. I love her healthy and authentic recipes. I have bookmarked her Mysore masala dosa and Broccoli masala dosa to try. Do visit her space for different types of delicious recipes.

To make this dosa you don’t need to fermentat the batter just mix everything and your batter is ready to cook. This nutritious dosa is a perfect breakfast option for diet conscious people, kids and everyone. If you like add 1 finely chopped onion and any spices of your choice. Use green chilli and black pepper powder according to your spice tolerance. Skip chilli if you are making for small kids. Serve oats dosa immediately after cooking. It may be soft when cool. But still it will be tasty.

Recipe

Oats – 1/2 cup

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Curd or yogurt – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2 finely chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Oil for shallow fry

Method

1. Grind the oats into fine powder.

2. In a large bowl mix oats powder, rice flour, salt, cumin powder, black pepper powder and chaat masala powder. See notes for more options.

3. Add beaten curd and 1 cup water. Whisk well to make a smooth lump free batter.

4. Add remaining water and whisk well. Batter should be flowing like rawa dosa.

5. Now add grated ginger, chopped green chilli and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix well. If your batter is thick add little more water or if the batter is too runny add 1-2 tablespoon more rice flour.

6. Heat a pan or skillet. Brush with little oil and reduce the heat. Pour batter on the pan. Fill the gaps. Drizzle little oil on the sides and over the dosa. Don’t spread the dosa with ladle or spatula, just pour the batter on the pan.

7. Cook on low heat till edges starts to leave the pan. For crisp dosa remember to cook on low heat. It will take 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the dosa and cook other side too on low heat.

8. Flip again and when dosa becomes brown and crisp fold into half.

9. Serve hot with coconut chutney or any chutney of your choice.

Notes

1. You can use 1 finely chopped onion in the batter. Few chopped curry leaves can be used in the batter.

2. Always serve hot for crisp dosa. Dosa may become soft when cool.

3. Use chilli and black pepper according to your taste.

4. Batter should be flowing like rawa dosa and don’t try to spread with back of the ladle like normal dosa, just pour the batter on the pan.

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Bengali Sabur Khichuri Or Sabudana Khichdi With Moong Dal

Sabur khichuri or Bengali style sabudana khichdi with moong dal. A simple yet delicious flavorful no onion garlic fasting recipe. You can make it with potato, cauliflower, carrot or any vegetable of your choice.

This khichuri is not like North Indian sabudana khichdi but a khichdi with sabudana and moong dal or split yellow lentil. On fasting day we usually take one time meal. And it should be vegetarian and without onion garlic and rice. It may be Luchi, Kachodi or Radhabollobhi with Dum aloo or any no onion garlic curry. But this sabudana khichuri is easy and quick to make and better than deep fried foods. I love it simple but sometimes use cubed and fried potato.

I got this recipe from my loving masimaa Utpala Mallick. Usually I spent all my summer vacation with my masimaa, meshomoshai or uncle and my cousins at Ranchi. Masimaa was an excellent cook. I already shared her Orange steamed sandesh. I was a school going girl at that time and never cooked anything. Once she cooked this khichdi on one of her fasting day. I just loved the taste. When she made it in the second time I noticed the method and ingredients. And I made it first time when my maa and masimaa both were not at home. Still remember their surprised face after tasting the khichuri. Both said its too good and perfect. That was a fasting day so I was feeling very happy to see their happy faces. Both my masimaa and mother are left for heavenly abode. But they are always with me in my heart. Learned a lot from maa and her sisters. Do you remember Misti doi recipe? I got it from my sejomashi Gargi Gupta. I will share some more age old recipes soon. Stay tuned.

Its my contribution to 254 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Farali Farmaish suggested by Kalyani Sri who blog at Sizzlingtastebuds. Do visit her blog and YouTube channel for different types of healthy and delicious recipes. I have bookmarked her Coriander garlic walnut pesto and Baked broccoli casserole recipe to try.

Yes we can make luchi puri kachodi anything but this sabudana khichdi is a healthy option for one time meal. After the whole day fasting its better to take something quick and simple food in evening. If you like you can add cubed and fried one potato, fried cauliflower florets, carrot or small pieces of fresh coconut. Add the vegetables before adding water. Vegetables will become soft with dal. Add some more water if using vegetables. You can make the khichdi thick or thin consistency as you like. You can use less ghee or make it with oil and add a dollop of ghee at the end. You can also make it in a pressure cooker. I sometimes do so to save time. You can dry roast the dal before rinsing.

Recipe

Moong dal or yellow split lentil – 1/3 cup

Sabudana or tapioca – 1/4 cup

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 2

Bay leaf – 1

Water – 5 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar to taste

Fried cashew nuts and raisins to garnish, optional

Method

1. Rinse the moong dal and sabudana separately. Drain the water and keep aside. I don’t like sabudana much so used less than moong dal. You can use equal quantity or more sabudana and less moong dal. Choice is yours. I have made it one serving so used little less than 1/3 cup moong dal and 1 tablespoon less sabudana.

2. Crush the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a mortar pestle.

3. Heat ghee in a wok or pan. You can use half oil and half ghee. 1 tablespoon ghee is sufficient but I have used 2 tablespoon to enhance the flavour. If you don’t want to use ghee, you can make it with only oil. But add at least 1 teaspoon ghee at the end.

4. Fry the cashew nuts if using. Fry till golden brown and transfer on a plate. Now fry the raisins. When raisins puffed up immediately remove from ghee.

5. In the same ghee add cumin seeds, bay leaf, crushed cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. When cumin seeds start to splutter add grated ginger and 1 chopped green chilli.

6. Stir and add drained moong dal. Fry the moong dal. See notes for more options.

7. When dal starts to change colour add water, salt, turmeric powder and 1 – 2 slit green chilli. Mix well. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or till dal becomes soft.

8. Now add drained sabudana and sugar. Mix and cook again for 5 minutes or until sabudana becomes transparent.

9. You can add more water if you want your khichdi little thin consistency. Taste and adjust the seasoning if required. You can add a dollop of ghee at the end.

10. Garnish with coconut slices, fried cashews and raisins. You can also use chopped cilantro or coriander leaves to garnish. Serve hot with Date raisin jaggery chutney with mango bar, Mango raisin chutney, Instant sweet mango pickle , curd or any no onion garlic vegetable curry.

Notes

1. You can add cubed and fried potatoes, fried cauliflower florets, carrot and small pieces of fresh coconut in the khichdi. Add a little more water if using vegetables.

2. You can also use 1 chopped tomato with grated ginger and green chilli.

3. Add green chilli according to your taste.

4. To make it quickly you can cook it in a pressure cooker if you want. Dry roast the dal before rinsing and add everything when cumin seeds start to splutter.

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Oats Tutti Frutti Cookies / Gluten Free Cookies / Jaggery Cookies

Oats tutti frutti cookies with jaggery. Completely gluten free, eggless and sugar free cookies. Crispy crunchy cookies with the flavour of rose and cardamom. You don’t like rose flavour? No problem use vanilla essence, pineapple essence or any other flavour of your choice and enjoy the delicious healthy crispy crunchy cookies.

I have used little protein rich soybean flour with super food oats but if you don’t have soybean flour you can use any flour or use 1/4 cup more ground oats instead of soybean flour. Or you can also use 1/4 cup almond powder to make the cookies more nutritious. A delicious and healthy cookies for kids and adults both. Kids will love these tutti frutti cookies. You can also use any chopped dry fruits of your choice if you don’t like tutti frutti.

Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits. These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease. Oats contain some unique components — in particular, the soluble fiber beta-glucan and antioxidants called avenanthramides. Benefits include lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, protection against skin irritation and reduced constipation. In addition, they are very filling and have many properties that should make them a weight loss friendly food. Source – Healthline

You may like some more cookies with oats on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Oats whole wheat lemon cookies with olive oil

2. Oats whole wheat coffee jaggery cookies

3. Oats cornmeal lemon crinkle cookies

4. Oats almond cranberry cookies

5. Fennel oats millet cookies

6. Ragi oats chocolate cookies

7. Oats whole wheat caraway cookies

8. Oats almond jaggery cookies

9. Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

10. Date palm jaggery oats dry fruits cookies

11. Dates oats cookies

12. Cocoa almond cookies

13. Red velvet choco chips cookies

14. Orange crinkle cookies

15. Oats thandai nankhatai

Monday again and this week’s 253 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #MunchkinMeals suggested by Narmadha who blog at Nams Corner. A talented blogger Narmadha has a wonderful blog. And she has a vast collection of delicious recipes. You will definitely love her healthy Ragi jaggery cookies, Biscuit cake without oven, Easy chicken fry and many more.

Narmadha suggested to share some kids recipe using any ingredient which kids normally don’t want to eat. So my contribution is this oats cookies with tutti frutti and jaggery. I have used organic jaggery powder. And used tutti frutti because kids love colorful tutti frutti. And used only 5 tablespoon tutti frutti but you can use more if you want. Or use any chopped dry fruits instead of tutti frutti. But tutti frutti will give an extra sweetness.

Recipe

Oats – 1&1/2 cup

Soybean flour – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Jaggery powder – 3/4 cup

Melted ghee/clarified butter or butter – 1/3 cup

Rose essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Tutti frutti – 5 tablespoon + to sprinkle

Milk – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Grind 1 cup oats into fine powder.

3. In a bowl mix oats powder, remaining 1/2 cup oats, soybean flour, cardamom powder, baking powder and soda.

4. In a large bowl whisk ghee or clarified butter and jaggery powder. Whisk well. Add rose essence and mix well.

5. Now add all the dry ingredients, tutti frutti and milk. Combine everything well. Don’t knead much. You can add more tutti frutti if you want. 1/3 to 1/2 cup tutti frutti can be used. See notes for more options.

6. Just combine and make balls with 1 tablespoon dough. I have made 19 cookies with this dough. Press the balls with your palms gently to make flat.

7. Arrange the cookies on a greased or lined baking sheet 1 inch apart. Sprinkle little tutti frutti over all the cookies. Press gently to stick tutti frutti on the cookies. This step is optional but it will give an attractive look. And kids will love it.

8. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 10 to 15 minutes or until cookies becomes light golden brown. Don’t overbake.

9. Let the cookies cool down completely on a cooling rack. Serve these crispy crunchy cookies with a glass of milk or store in airtight container for later use.

Notes

1. Any chopped dry fruits can be used instead of tutti frutti.

2. You can use any other flour instead of soybean flour. Or use 1/4 cup more ground oats. Or you can also use almond powder to make the cookies more nutritious.

3. Powdered sugar, unrefined sugar or brown sugar can be used instead of jaggery powder.

4. To make vegan use coconut oil or vegan butter. Instead of dairy milk use coconut milk, almond milk or any plant based milk.

5. You can use vanilla, pineapple or any other essence instead of rose and cardamom.

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Mint Almond Hummus

Mint almond hummus. A very easy to make delicious dip. Almond made this tasty hummus more nutritious. Just combine everything and grind. Your mint flavoured fingerpicking hummus is ready. A completely gluten free and vegan recipe.

According to Wikipedia Hummus is a dip, spread, or savory dish made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. It is popular in the Middle East and Mediterranean, as well as in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe. It can also be found in most grocery stores in North America and Europe.

This recipe is without tahini. Tahini is a paste of toasted sesame seeds and olive oil. As I don’t like the taste of tahini so I have skipped it. In my Mint carrot beetroot hummus I have used toasted sesame seeds.

This time omitted sesame seeds. And now its a most favourite dip of my family. But if you want you can add 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds or 2 tablespoon tahini while grinding the boiled chickpeas. I have used 1 tablespoon finely chopped raw mango to enhance the taste. But mango is optional. If you don’t have mango just increase the lemon juice. Green chilli is also optional. I love the mixed taste of green chilli, mint and raw mango. So I have used. If you want your hummus more spicy add one more green chilli or skip it if you don’t like.

This Monday our 252 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Chana Time suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni. Mayuri suggested to make some recipes using chana or chickpeas. Mayuri is a very talented blogger. I love her baked recipes and all the authentic recipes. Her recent baked recipe is Semolina sesame seed bread. Do visit her space for many more wonderful recipes like Gujarati style Lilva kachori and Pear upside down cake etc.

As I mentioned above that this recipe is without tahini. But you can add 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds in the mixture if you like the taste of sesame seeds. Raw mango definitely gives a different taste but if you don’t have raw mango skip it and add more lemon juice. You can also skip green chilli but I recommend to add at least few pieces of green chilli for taste.

Recipe

Chickpeas – 1/2 cup

Or

Soaked and boiled or canned chickpeas – 1&1/2 cup

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup, sliced

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon + to drizzle

Green chilli -1

Garlic – 1 clove

Raw mango – 1 tablespoon, finely chopped

Method

1. Rinse and soak the chickpeas overnight with sufficient water. Drain the water and wash again. Boil the soaked chickpeas with 2 & 1/2 cup water in pressure cooker. After 1 whistle reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 30 – 40 minutes or till chickpeas becomes soft. Check by pressing with your finger tips.

2. Chickpeas will become 1 & 1/2 cup after boiling. Don’t discard the water of boiled chickpeas. We will use it while grinding. You can peel and discard the outer layer of boiled chickpeas if you want, I didn’t.

3. In a mixer grinder jar or food processor add the soaked and boiled chickpeas, salt, green chilli, black pepper powder, cumin powder, garlic, sliced almond, raw mango, lemon juice, mint leaves and 2 tablespoon olive oil. Reserve little chickpeas for garnishing.

4. You can add more garlic if you like the flavour. If you want your hummus spicy add one more green chilli. If you don’t have raw mango use little more lemon juice.

5. Add little water of boiled chickpeas and grind everything till smooth. Scrap the sides and grind to make a smooth mixture. Add chickpea water as require to make the mixture creamy.

6. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if require. Pour the hummus in a bowl or plate. Drizzle little olive oil over the hummus. Garnish with boiled chickpeas, chilli flakes and mint leaves.

7. Serve as a dip with Falafel or any snacks. Or store in airtight container and keep in refrigerator. Serve chilled or room temperature.

Notes

1. 1 & 1/2 canned chickpeas can be used instead of 1/2 cup chickpeas.

2. You can use any salt instead of pink salt.

3. If you don’t have raw mango use little more lemon juice.

4. You can add 2 tablespoon tahini or 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds if you want.

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Peanut Chaat With Corn Green Peas And Raw Mango

Peanut chaat with corn, green peas and raw mango. Taste is tangy, spicy in one word chatpata. Crunchy roasted peanuts, slightly sweet corn and green peas with raw mango, lemon juice and spices made this chaat absolutely delicious and tongue tickling. If you have roasted and peeled peanut ready then you can make it in a jiffy.

Peanut, mango, green peas, sweet corn, lemon, ginger, green chilli,tomato, onion with some spices, cilantro or coriander leaves mint will make your chaat tangy spicy and flavorful.

A completely no oil and no cook gluten free and vegan recipe. And very easy too. Just mix everything and enjoy. I have used dry roasted peanut, you can also use boiled peanuts but I love the crunch of roasted peanut in the chaat. You can also add 1 small cucumber. Peel and chop the cucumber and add in the peanut chaat. Earlier shared Chickpea chaat , Sprouts chaat , Matar chaat and Ghugni and aloo kabli .

You may like some more peanut recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

Peanut stuffed paratha

Peanut chutney or dip

Peanut potatoes

Peanut butter

Sending this post to Facebook group Healthy Wealthy Cuisine . This time theme is #GoNutsForPeanut suggested by Jayashree Trao who blog at Evergreen dishes . I love her healthy and unique recipes like Watermelon rind salad , Peanut curd and many more.

Check out my fellow bloggers recipes on this theme.

Peanut chaat by Shalu

No fry masala peanut by Vanitha

Peanut curd by Jayashree

Peanut chutney by Poonam

Peanut cookies by Sasmita

Peanut chutney by Ruchi

Peanut chaat by Swaty

As I mentioned above this chaat is very easy to make. And completely no cook and no oil recipe. You can also use boiled peanuts instead of roasted peanut. But I like roasted peanut in the chaat. If you want your chaat more tangy add some more lemon juice or grated raw mango. To make it more spicy add more green chilli or freshly crushed black pepper. Make according to your taste and spice tolerance.

Recipe

Peanut – 1/2 cup, roasted and peeled

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup, boiled

Green peas – 1/4 cup, boiled

Tomato – 1 small, chopped

Onion – 1 small, finely chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2 finely chopped

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon, optional

Raw mango – 1 tablespoon, grated

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Mint leaves – 1/2 tablespoon

Black or pink salt – 1 teaspoon

Freshly crushed black pepper – 1/4 teaspoon

Chaat masala – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Roasted cumin powder or Bhaja moshla – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Dry roast the peanut and peel the red skin.

2. In a bowl mix dry roasted and peeled peanut, boiled sweet corn, green peas, chopped tomato, onion, green chilli, grated ginger, raw mango and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

3. Tear up the mint leaves by hand and mix. Add black or pink salt, chaat masala, black pepper, lemon juice and roasted cumin powder or bhaja moshla. Use whatever you have. Bhaja moshla or roasted cumin powder is optional but I recommend to add for flavour.

4. Mix everything well. Taste and add more lemon juice, salt and black pepper if require. You can also add some more grated mango if you want your chaat more tangy.

5. Garnish with ginger julienne and mint leaves. You can add more cilantro or coriander leaves and mint leaves if you like. Serve immediately.

Notes

1. Add green chilli and freshly crushed black pepper according to your taste.

2. One small chopped cucumber can be used in the chaat.

3. You can add more lemon juice or grated raw mango if you want your chaat more tangy.

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