Green Mung Bean Idli’s

Green gram also known as Mung beans are a powerhouse of nutrients and rich in protein, vitamins and minerals.

The mung beans have been soaked and sprouted which makes it is even more nutritious and easy on the digestive system .

Also the process soaking and sprouting of the Mung beans reduces the anti-nutrients called phytic acid which blocks the absorption of nutrients in our body.

Moreover it’s diabetic friendly and super plant food…

Ingredients:

Idli Rice rava – 1.5 cups

Green Mung – 3/4 cup sprouted

Urad dal – 3/4 cup

Water to grind the batter

Salt as per taste.

Method:

Soak urad dal and green gram separately for 5-6 hours and grind together to a smooth batter.

Wash idli rava and strain the water.

Add the idli rava to the batter and mix well lightly with the ladle.

Add salt on the top and cover the utensil with a lid and allow the batter to ferment overnight.

The batter should be thick and of pouring consistency.

You may add a little water if it’s too thick.

Next day mix the batter well and grease the moulds with some oil and pour the batter into the moulds and steam them for about fifteen minutes in a steamer or in a cooker(without the weight or the whistle)

Enjoy steaming hot idli’s with coconut chutney.

Custard Biscuit Relish

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas 🎄 and a Happy and blessed 2023 .
Tried this new dessert today which has no added sugar.
I have used sugar free wheat digestives as a crunchy base for the silky smooth custard topped with fruits and toasted Nuts and raisins.

It’s a simple and easy Peasy recipe. Do try it in your kitchen and enjoy with family.

Ingredients:

Digestive Biscuits – 8-10

Butter – 2 table spoons

Custard powder – 2 table spoons.

Milk – 2 cups

Honey -3 table spoons

Black Grapes – 8-10

Sliced strawberries -4


Dry fruits – Almonds, Cashew and Pista bits (toasted) for garnishing

Method:

Crush the biscuits using a rolling pin and transfer it to a glass container.


Melt the butter and pour it over the biscuit mixture.
With the help of the spatula spread and flatten the mixture in the bowl. Keep it in the freezer for about twenty minutes to set.


In a saucepan heat milk .
Now add a few tea spoons of milk to the custard powder and mix well.
Add it slowly to the hot milk stirring continuously to avoid lumps.

once it thickens put off the flame.
Allow to cool.
Now add the honey and vanilla essence . With the help of a whisk mix well to get a smooth consistency..


Now pour the thickened custard mixture over the set biscuit mixture .



Now garnish the strawberry slices, grapes and tossed nuts and raisins and cover the container with a cling wrap or a foil and refrigerate for another two hours.
Enjoy with family.

Nankhatai

Nankhatai are soft delicious cookies prepared in almost all homes in India. The aroma of ghee fills in as they are baked.

One does not need an occasion to bake these melt in the mouth desi Indian treat.

We don’t need an oven to make them. They can be baked over a thick bottomed pan and come out as good as the baked one.

Do try them as this is a simple and quick recipe.

Ingredients:

Wheat flour – 1 cup

Ghee – 1/2 cup

Semolina – 1/4 cup

Chick pea flour (Besan) – 1/2 cup

Powdered Brown Sugar – 3/4 cup

Slivered nuts – 1 table spoon(almond, pista and cashews)

Powdered Cardamom 1/4 spoon


Baking soda -1/4 spoon

Method:

In a deep bowl over a strainer add in the Besan, wheat flour and baking soda and strain them into the bowl.

Now add the powdered sugar, semolina, cardamom and the powdered sugar and mix well.

Finally add the ghee (liquid) and mix lightly with the fingers to make a soft dough.

Now divide the dough into even sized balls and flatter each ball lightly with the help of one’s palms and garnish each cookie with the bits of the slivered nuts and press lightly.

Preheat the oven for ten minutes at 150 degrees.

Once the oven is ready place the Nankhatai leaving enough space between them so that they rise and do not stick to each other while they are baked.

Now bake them for 10 to 15 minutes at 150 degrees Celsius.

Do check them after 10 minutes as sometimes depending on your oven settings it can be ready after 10 minutes.

Once done allow to cool and the cookies are ready to be enjoyed😋

Horse-gram Idlies

Horse gram is a legume which is rich in protein and fibre. It’s mostly a native of South East Asia.

In India its mostly used in curries and also as a side dish. It’s rich in antioxidants and when sprouted is very healthy as it reduces the physic acid when it’s soaked overnight and allowed to sprout.

In the coastal region of Karnataka we prepare idlies which are nutritious and healthy too.

Ingredients:

Urad dal – 3/4 cup

Horse gram – 3/4 cup (Sprouted)

Semolina – 1.5 cups

Salt as per taste

Method:


Soak urad dal and horse gram separately for 5-6 hours and grind together to a smooth batter adding very little water.


Wash idli rava and add to the batter and mix well.


Add salt on the top.

Let it ferment overnight.


Next day mix the batter and pour the batter into the greased idli moulds and steam them for about 15 minutes.

Allow them to cool and remould them and enjoy hot steamed idlies with chutney or sambhar.

Fig & Beaten Rice Halwa

Today I tried out a new halwa which has no added sugar. It came out very yummy.unique combination but relished by my family.

Ingredients :

Dry figs – 10 to 12 pieces.

Beaten rice – 1/2 cup.

Almond bits -1 table spoon

Ghee – 3 table spoons

Milk – 1 cup.

Cardamom powder – 1/4 spoon.

Method:

In a pan add a table spoon of ghee and roast the Poha until it turns golden brown. Transfer it to a mixer jar and dry grind it to coarse powder.

Now in the same pan add a table spoon of ghee and add in sliced fig bits.

Now add the roasted Poha and milk and mix well. Add the remaining ghee amd on closed lid and cook for another two minutes.

Put off the flame and garnish with almond bits.The halwa is ready.

Mint Raita

The combination of curd and mint is awesome and cooling. I often use mint in my cooking as it’s cooling and refreshing. Aids digestion too.It’s always there in my kitchen garden.

Ingredients:

Mint – 1 handful

Green chillies – 2

Hung curd – 1 small bowl

Cumin powder – 1/4 spoon coarsely ground

Black salt – as per taste

Mint leaves for garnishing

Method:

In a mixer jar or preferably a salad chopper add in the green chilli bits and handful of mint leaves and just Whiz it for 10 seconds.

Transfer this to a bowl.

Now add the cumin powder. Black salt and give a proper mix.

Garnish with a tender mint sprig and enjoy it refrigerated.