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Friday, February 8, 2013

'Wheat Dalia' Idlis

After the "Oatlis OR Oats Idli" (http://my-kitchens-aroma.blogspot.com/2011/09/fusion-cuisine-oatli-oat-idlis.html) , the " Ragidlis OR Ragi Idli "(http://my-kitchens-aroma.blogspot.com/2012/08/nutritious-and-delicious-ragidlis-ragi.html), the "Brown Rice Idlis"(http://my-kitchens-aroma.blogspot.com/2012/12/brown-rice-idlis-and-dosa.html) and the "Masala Corn stuffed Brown Rice Idlis" (http://my-kitchens-aroma.blogspot.com/2013/01/masala-corn-stuffed-brown-rice-idlis.html)....here comes another one!!!

Wheat Dalia Idlis!!!!!

Couple weeks ago..when I posted my "Brown Rice Idli" recipe on a facebook forum "Bon Appetit'...a fellow member ( Gayatri Tatke )....said she makes "Wheat Dalia Idlis" and they come out 'even softer than our regular idlis". Now..... you know me!! I had to try these ASAP!!!
Loved them!! The color is well...a little "Wheatish"...but you wouldn't miss the Rice in the Idlis!!

2 Cups Wheat Dalia (Cracked wheat-I had the coarse variety)
1 Cup Urad daal

1) Soak 1 cup urad daal and 2 cups wheat dalia for 8 hrs separately.( I soaked it in the morning and ground it at night) Grind into fine paste and let it ferment overnight. I warm the oven on 'warm' for 5 mins and then keep the batter in the Oven and TURN IT OFF.
After fermentation add salt to the batter.
2) Spray the Idli stand/mold with non stick cooking spray
3) Steam for 20 mins
4) Serve hot along with Sambar/Coconut Chutney/ Spicy Powder Chutney
Sambar and Chutney Recipes:

Spicy Powder Chutney:
 I bought the MTR "Spiced Chutney Powder" and mixed it with yogurt.( you can mix it in Oil too..but  I prefer yogurt)

Monday, February 4, 2013

"Coconut-Almond-Wheat Bran" Butter cookies

Every morning, before going to school, all 'E' has is....'Milk and Cookies'. Now which cookies you ask....not the 'healthy' kind I say. Oreo, Pepperidge farm Milanos and Chocolate chip (store bought) are his favorite kinds. Every now and then...I strive (yes that's the right word) to make him eat a 'bit' healthier homemade cookie.But most of the times, it is in vain. He will try one..and then he is back to what he likes.Same with "A'...I have to feed her a cookie (like I feed her Roti) with Great Effort!! But like all 'moms' are...I am very persistent....I will keep on trying...to bake a healthier cookie that they will like :))  
This is another one ....a 'tad bit' healthier version of a butter cookie.

1 Cup All purpose flour
1 Cup Powdered sugar (heaped full cup)
1/2 cup + 1 tbsp unsalted butter (that is total of 9 tbsp butter)
1/2 cup Dry powdered coconut
1/4 cup Powdered Almonds
1/4 cup unprocessed Wheat bran
1/4 tsp Baking powder
1tsp Vanilla essence
Mini chocolate chips and chopped almonds for garnish

Preheat the oven to 300F 
1) Bring butter to room temperature. Sieve the all purpose flour and baking powder.
2) Beat the butter till light( you can beat with a hand whisk) Add the powdered sugar and beat for few seconds.
3) Add the coconut powder, almond powder,wheat bran, all purpose flour, vanilla etc and make into a soft dough.
4) Refrigerate the dough for 15 mins.
5) Butter a cooking sheet. Make small round balls with the dough and flatten them slightly. Press almond chips/ chocolate chips in the center.
6) Bake at 300 F for 15-20 mins. Keep a watch. Do not let them brown much.
7) Let them cool completely before storing.

You will enjoy  every bite of these crisp,nutty Cookies with a little bit of 'less' guilt:)