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Oats Cracked Wheat Spinach Dhokla

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I wanted to cook a different breakfast with oats, and when I was browsing, I came across Oats, semolina and spinach dhokla in Tara Dalal site.  It was a healthy recipe and tempted me. I tried the same recipe, replacing semolina with cracked wheat.

Oats Cracked Wheat Spinach Dhokla

Preparation Time : 5  mins | Standing time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins 

Recipe Category: Breakfast

Ingredients:

Oats – 1/2 cup, coarsely powdered

Cracked Wheat/ Gothuma Rava/ Bulgar Wheat/Dalia – 1/2 cup

Thick Curd/ yogurt – 1/4 cup

Spinach – 1/3 cup

Green chilli  paste – 1/2 tsp ( Adjust according to your taste)

Baking Soda/Eno salt – 1/2  tsp, heaped (I used baking soda)

Salt  – as needed

Method

  • Combine all the ingredients except baking soda and add 3/4 cup of water, and let it rest for 15 minutes
  • Just before steaming, add the baking soda and 2 tsp of water
  • Grease the dhokla plates with very less oil  and pour the batter. Spread them evenly

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  • Steam them for 10 minutes, or till the dhoklas are cooked. After 5 minutes, cut them and serve

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My Notes:

  • Cooking time may vary depending on the container, so keep an eye after 7 minutes
  • Can add tadka and make them flavorful
  • If required, pulse the cracked wheat

Baked Bread Tikki

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Its raining these days at my place, and a rainy day calls for a quick snack. Had few bread slices, and thought of preparing baked bread rolls. I then rembered the bread vada recipe in I saw in sanjeevkapoor site, and wanted to try that. Since I preferred baking, I consider it as Tikki:-)
Baked Bread Tikki
Prepartion time : 10 mins | Cooking time : 20 – 25 mins | Serves : 4
Recipe category : Appetizer

Ingredients:

Bread slices – 6, crumbled (I used whole wheat bread)

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Green chili – 1, finely chopped

Curry leaves – few

Coriander leaves – few

Salt – as needed

Ginger – 1/8 tsp

Asafoetida – generous pinch

Rice flour – 1/3 cup

Semolina – 1 tbsp.

Baking soda – generous pinch

Yogurt – 1/3 cup

Oil – 2 tbsp

Oil/ Cooking Spray – to grease

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Method

• Preheat the oven to 400 degree Farenheit

• Add rice flour, bread crumbs,semolina and salt in a bowl and mix well
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• Add onion, ginger, coriander, curry leaves, oil and green chilli to the mixture and combine everything. Add yogurt and make a dough. If required add some more yogurt/water (1 or 2 tsp of yogurt)
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• Make small balls and flatten it to a thin tikki. Grease the foil with cooking spray, or brush with oil on both side of tikki
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• Bake them for about 20 minutes, turning sides in between or until they are crisp and golden brown. Broil for 2 -3 minutes in low

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My Notes:
  • Instead of baking, can also deep fry in oil
  • Can add any veggies of your choice
  • Original recipe called for peanut powder. As I didn’t have peanut that day I used semolina
  • They taste best when served immediately. If its kept for a long time they tend to became rubbery

Pressure Cooker Thakkali Vengaya Thokku (Onion Tomato Gravy)

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Thakkali Vengaya Thokku is my favorite side dish for many breakfast items like Paniyaram, dosa, idli, and many more. Though its preparation is simple, usual procedure demands  stirring occasionally. After trying this method, I started preparing this way regularly, which doesn’t require me to stay in the kitchen for long.

Pressure Cooker Thakkali Vengaya Thokku (Tomato Onion Gravy)

Preparation Time : 10 min | Cooking Time :  20 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Side dish

Ingredients:

Onion – 2,  roughly chopped

Tomato – 4, roughly chopped

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Green Chilli – 1 (Adjust accrording to your taste)

Curry leaves – few

Mustard Seeds – 1/8 tsp

Channa dal – 1/2 tsp

Oil – 1/2 tsp

Salt – as needed

Method:

  • Put a pressure cooker on the stove and add oil. When the oil is hot add mustard seeds and channa dal. Once they start spluttering, add onion and green chilli and saute for a minute. Add tomatoes and remaining ingredients and close the lid without adding water

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  • Switch off after 2 whistles. Once steam releases, open the cooker lid

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My Notes:

  • Water in tomato and onion is enough for the gravy so no need to add water. Excess water will make the gravy thinner
  • If gravy becomes runny, add 1/4 tsp of rice flour and cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Can add ginger garlic paste/ garam masala
  • Red chilli can be added instead of green chill
  • I directly cooked this gravy in pressure cooker, instead it can also be cooked in pan. Saute onions till they turns translucent then add tomatoes
  • Can avoid tempering and prepare this gravy oil free

Baked Nei Appam

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It is been a while since I tasted Nei Appam. Recently I saw my friend Priya’s Nei Appam. After seeing that I was so tempted to taste It, but the traditional method of preparation is a bit time consuming for me. Previously I used store-bought rice flour for Kozhukkatai, Seedai and thattai, so I used the same rice flour for an instant version. Instead of using Kuzhi Paniyaram pan (like I did for wheat appam), I baked them this time, as a couple of my friends who do not have kuzhi Paniyaram pan asked for a baked version.

Baked Nei Appam

Preparation time:  5mins  |  Cooking time: 20 mins

Recipe Category: Snacks/Sweet

Ingredients:

Rice Flour – 1 cup

Jaggery, grated – 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp (Adjust according to your sweetness)

Fresh grated coconut – 3 tbsp

Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp

Water – 2 tbsp

Salt – 1 pinch (optional)

Ghee (clarified butter) – 2 tbsp

Method:

  • In a pan, add jaggery and water, and cook till jaggery melts. Add cardamom powder and coconut, and switch off

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  • Add rice flour and salt to jaggery and mix well without lumps. Let it come to room temperature

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  • Knead them into a pilable dough

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  • Grease the parchment paper with ghee and make small balls of batter and place it in the greased tray

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  • Bake them for 12 – 18 minutes turning sides in between. As they cook they expand and attain the Appam shape. Appam becomes crispy over time so remove from the oven before that stage

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My Notes:

  • If you are using kuzhi Paniyaram pan. The batter should be thick like idli batter (Dropping consistency).  Heat the kuzhi paniyaram pan (Aebelskiver mould) and when its hot, grease each indent with ghee. Pour batter into the mould till 3/4 full and let it cook for 2-3 mins till it becomes golden brown. Using a skewer or a spoon gently flip them over and let the other side also cook for 1-2 mins
  • Banana can be added. Adding banana makes them soft
  • If you doubt whether jaggery may have impurities, you can filter  them after melting
  • If you want to reduce ghee, add a tsp of ghee in the batter and use oil for greasing
  • Instead of baking/ using Paniyaram pan, you can also deep fry them in oil. Just pour a small ladle full of batter into hot oil and cook till golden brown, flip it over and when cooked, drain onto a kitchen paper

Baked Besan Bonda

After preparing Besan Bonda I started thinking about a particular snack place in India. We stayed in Mambalam in Chennai, and there is one “Venkatramana Boli Stall”. Thinking about that place makes me drool.  Everyday evening they prepare fresh snacks, and it will be over in no time. Their Carrot Halwa, Puran Poli and Besan Bonda are my favorites. Being so addicted to their snacks, I still remember those days when almost every Sunday Sis and I would send my father to buy. If Appa is not going there any weekend, it means Amma has prepared something at home. This Besan Bonda can be prepared easily, and is a modification of yet another recipe from my Amma’s cookbook. Amma fries it deep in oil, but I wanted to prepare a healthy version, so baked it!

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Baked Besan Bonda

Preparation time: 5 Minutes | Cooking time:  20 – 25 Minutes | Makes : 8 pieces

Category: Snacks

Ingredients:

Besan flour/ Chickpea flour/ Garbanzo bean flour/ Gram flour- 1/2 cup

Rice flour – 2 tbsp

Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp (Adjust according to your spice level)

Big onion – 1 no , finely chopped

Carom Seeds/Ajwain – 1/8 tsp

Curry leaves – few

Asofoetida – generous pinch

Baking  soda – 1/8 tsp

Baking powder – 1/8 tsp

Ghee/oil – 1 tbsp (I used oil)

Cooking spray/Oil – to grease (I used Oil)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degree Fahrenheit
  • Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and water to make a thick paste. Grease your hand with oil and make small ball-shaped pieces

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  • Take a muffin tray and grease it  and place the small pieces. Put the tray in the preheated oven. After 10-12 minutes, turn sides and bake for another 10-12 minutes

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My Notes:

  • You can also deep fry
  • You can add any veggies of your choice

Bread Utthapam (Bread Savory Pancake)

Bread utthappam is a great option when you feel like eating utthapam instantly without idli/dosa batter. This recipe for making bread uttapam is easy and quick, as the batter does not need to be fermented, and all the ingredients are easily available at home. Make instant bread uttapam whenever you like!

This bread Uttapam can be made with any type of bread – white, whole wheat or multigrain.

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Bread Utthapam (Bread  Savory Pancake)

Preparation  time : 10 mins | Standing time : 10 mins | Cooking time :10 mins | Serves: 4

Category : Breakfast

Ingredients:

Bread –  7  pieces (I used whole wheat)

Thick yogurt/curd – 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp

Coarse rava/ sooji/semolina – 1/2 cup

Rice flour/ All purpose flour – 4 tbsp (I used rice flour)

Water – 1/3 cup approx

Chopped onions – 1/4 cup

Shredded carrot – 1/4 cup

Frozen peas and frozen corn – 1/4 cup

Salt – as needed

Cooking Oil – as needed

Method:

  • Remove the edges in bread and soak it in cold water and drain excess water. Transfer the bread pieces into a blender along with rava, rice flour and curd. Grind everything to a smooth batter. Add water accordingly to get dosa batter consistency

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  • Transfer to a bowl and Add chopped onions, shredded carrots, peas, corn and little salt. Mix everything and add water if required. Keep it aside for 10 minutes

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  • Heat the skillet on medium heat and spread some oil on it. Pour ladle full of batter and spread it to make a small and thick bread uttapam or pancake. Flip it over and cook till bread uttapam or pancake becomes nice and crispy from both sides. Serve them with your favorite chutney or sauce.

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