Oats Uttappam

September 22, 2008

 

My entry to Jhiva for this month is Oats Uttappam. Thanks Suganya for hosting and I am very happy to contribute this recipe in this event.

As I have already mentioned in my previous recipe, oats are rich in protein and fiber and including oats in your daily menu helps you reduces cholesterol and also helps to control sugar level in the blood.

So here goes my recipe.

Ingredients

  • One cup of oats
  • Half cup of wheat rava
  • Quarter cup of green gram
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon rice flour
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 red chillies
  • 1 tsp jeera
  • Salt as required
  • Cooking oil for making uttappam
  • One onion (finely chopped)
  • One tomato (finely chopped)
  • Few coriander leaves
  • Dosai mirch powder (milagai podi) for garnishing

Method

  • Soak Oats for 15 minutes
  • Soak wheat rava for half an hour
  • Soak green gram for 8 hours
  • Grind the soaked oats, wheat rava, green gram, green chillies, red chillies, jeera to a smooth paste
  • Mix rice flour and salt to the ground batter
  • Allow the batter to ferment for 4 to 5 hours

  • Heat tawa and pour the ladle full of batter to make it round shape and little thicker in size
  • Sprinkle chopped onion, chopped tomato  and coriander leaves
  • Pour oil on all the sides of uttappam
  • When it is cooked on one side, flip the uttappam on other side
  • When it turns brown, sprinkle dosai milagai podi on the top of uttappam
  • Serve hot with chutney, sambar or fresh curd

Note: The consistency of the batter should be like dosa batter.

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Have You Thought of Cauliflower Flakes as a Substitute for Rice?

September 10, 2008

This whole blogging activity has got me touch with lots of healthy food-lovers across the globe. Many readers come up with useful tips and suggestions, that has inspired me to research further and try out new stuff.

Recently one of my readers, Betty suggested cauliflower flakes as a good substitute for rice. Since cauliflower has a low glycemic index, it suits both diabetics and people on diet.

I made cauliflower flakes and my husband had it with daal, just as people have normal rice with daal.It really turned out to be very tasty. Cauliflower flakes go well with sambar,rasam or even chole and rajma . Thanks to Betty for suggesting a wonderful recipe especially for diabetics.

The recipe is simple.

Choose a medium sized cauliflower.

Cut the cauliflower into pieces and grate the cauliflower pieces completely.

You should grate in such a fashion that you get flakes as shown below:

Now take the cauliflower flakes in a cooking vessel and boil it with just enough water and salt. Remember not to pour excess water. The cauliflower flakes must not get overcooked.

When you cook the cauliflower flakes to the right extent, it appears just like cooked rice.

Here I have made chole to go with cauliflower flakes. You can choose to have it with any gravy 🙂


Green Soup

September 1, 2008

Ingredients

  • One cup of palak leaves
  • One cup of drumstick leaves
  • One medium sized onion
  • One tomato
  • One small piece of ginger
  • 3or4 flakes of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • One cardamom
  • One clove
  • One small piece of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • One Bay leaf
  • Salt as required

Method

  1. In a piece of white cloth, pack cardamom, clove, cinnamon, fennel seeds, bay leaf and tie the bundle with a small thread .
  2. In a pan, boil palak leaves, drumstick leaves, onion, tomato, ginger and garlic along with masala bundle till they get cooked.
  3. Allow them to cool.
  4. Remove the masala bundle and grind the cooked palak in a mixer.
  5. Strain the mixture and add salt, pepper and enough water.
  6. Boil the mixture for 5 minutes.

Serve hot with whole wheat bread.