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Navane Payasa | Foxtail Millet Payasa

Navane Payasa | Foxtail Millet Payasa

Easy, quick and ready in under 30 minutes, this foxtail millet payasa is the perfect festive recipe. Serve it warm or chilled.

Korean Japchae Noodles Recipe (Sweet Potato Starch Noodles)

Korean Japchae Noodles Recipe (Sweet Potato Starch Noodles)

This classic Korean Japchae Noodles (sweet potato noodles) is a popular Korean delicacy that has a melange of stir-fried vegetables, with a savoury sauce. When I first heard/wrote about Japchae while I was working for my client (have written so much about Asian cuisine that […]

Ragi Halbai

Ragi Halbai

Ragi Halbai is a traditional and iconic dish, native to Karnataka, which is made using finger millet, jaggery and freshly grated coconut.

RagiHalbai-Slurpy Platter

Halbai/Halubayi is most commonly made using rice/wheat/rava at most households in Karnataka. Hoever, ragi halabi is also made to give it a healthy twist. The word ‘halubai’ literally means, to extract the cream/milk out of a millet/grain and make a cake out of it. It is most popular in the western ghats , malnad region.

All that this recipe requires is 4 ingredients and a bit of your arm strength to stir it continuously till the consistency is attained 🙂

Ragi Halbai-Slurpy Platter

If you’d like something different this deepavaLi, then this Ragi Halbai is just what you should make for your family. Using organic jaggery (slightly darker than the usual jaggery) lends this sweet a very unique taste and you can’t just stop at one!

If you love ragi don’t forget to try these easy Ragi Bliss Balls for your guilt free snacking indulgence. And a step-wise instruction to make Ragi Mudde (ragi Balls) which is the staple food of Karnataka.

Halubai-SLurpy Platter
Ragi Halbai
Make this Ragi Halbai, a sweet native to Karnataka that is made with jaggery and coconut.
Halubai-SLurpy Platter
Ragi Halbai
Make this Ragi Halbai, a sweet native to Karnataka that is made with jaggery and coconut.
Servings Prep Time
15-20 Pieces 10Hours
Cook Time
45Minutes
Servings Prep Time
15-20 Pieces 10Hours
Cook Time
45Minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To begin making ragi halbai, first wash and soak the ragi grains for 8-10 hours/overnight. Drain the water and then grind it with grated coconut to a fine paste.
  2. In a pan add a tbsp of water, jaggery and dissolve it completely until you see bubbles.
  3. Now add the ragi coconut paste to the melted jaggery and slowly start stirring, ensuring there are no lumps.
  4. Continue stirring on low/medium low flame (at least 30 minutes) until the mixture thickens and starts leaving the sides of the pan. YOU DON"T WANT LUMPS HERE STRICTLY! 😛
  5. Now smear ghee on a plate and spread the halbai evenly. Allow it to cool and then cut into desired shapes.
Recipe Notes
  • Since you're adding freshly grated coconut, the shelf life of this dessert is short and should be consumed within 2-3 days despite refrigerating it.
  • Strictly ensure you're near the stove while stirring the mixture and it is low flame, to avoid lumps. Else, the entire dessert becomes a disaster. 
Ridge Gourd Peel Chutney | Heerekayi Sippe Chutney

Ridge Gourd Peel Chutney | Heerekayi Sippe Chutney

A simple and easy chutney recipe made with ridge gourd peel that goes really well with idli, dose, chapati and steamed rice. 

Pomegranate and Kiwi Breakfast Parfait

Pomegranate and Kiwi Breakfast Parfait

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Broccoli Almond Soup

Broccoli Almond Soup

Try this Broccoli Almond soup, for a simple and easy weeknight dinner option that’s a boon for those gloomy days and nippy weather. Nutritious, healthy and flavourful, this is the ultimate comfort food for those weeknight dinners. With just a few ingredients, this soup can be made in 40 minutes. Pair it with a light salad or bread sticks.

Broccoli Almond Soup - Slurpy Platter

I love soups and I can slurp into a big bowl of it at any time of the day. Even when I go to restaurants, I begin my meal with a soup instead of an oily starter. It is so comforting, soothing and a boon for the nippy weather in Bangalore that we’re currently experiencing.

I had this soup at a restaurant near my place, which was just out of the world. I couldn’t wait to try my hands on making them at home and thus this broccoli soup was born.

Broccoli Almond Soup - Slurpy Platter

 

It is healthy, easy and quick, so what’s not to love about this soup? If you’re not a big fan of broccoli you can try this Tomato and Basil Soup too, which is quite a cake walk.

Broccoli Almond Soup - Slurpy Platter
Broccoli Almond Soup in 30 Minutes
Try this Broccoli Almond soup, for a simple and easy weeknight dinner option that's a boon for those gloomy days and nippy weather. Nutritious, healthy and flavourful, this is the ultimate comfort food for those weeknight dinners.
Broccoli Almond Soup - Slurpy Platter
Broccoli Almond Soup in 30 Minutes
Try this Broccoli Almond soup, for a simple and easy weeknight dinner option that's a boon for those gloomy days and nippy weather. Nutritious, healthy and flavourful, this is the ultimate comfort food for those weeknight dinners.
Servings Prep Time
4 10Minutes
Cook Time
30Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 10Minutes
Cook Time
30Minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Begin by Washing and cutting the broccoli into florets and dip them into hot boiling water. Add a pinch of salt and cover it with a lid. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until the broccoli looks slightly tender and boiled.
  2. In a frying pan, add 1/2 a tbsp olive oil and roast the onions and garlic till they turn slightly brown. Allow it to cool.
  3. Now, add the almonds, broccoli, roasted onion and garlic into a mixer and grind to a semi-coarse paste. (Add, water only if necessary)
  4. Add 1/2 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan and add the ground mixture to it, gradually add milk and give it a stir on medium low flame.
  5. Once it starts boiling, grate/add the cheese over it and give it a quick stir again until it thickens a bit. Transfer it to a serving bowl and season it with extra herbs if you prefer.
  6. Enjoy while it's hot with croutons or a slice of toasted baguette.
Whole Wheat Banana Bread | No Refined Sugar and Butter

Whole Wheat Banana Bread | No Refined Sugar and Butter

No refined sugar, no butter, vegan and whole wheat Banana Bread. The healthiest banana bread you can indulge in without having to go on a guilt trip.

5-Ingredient Papaya-Banana Smoothie Bowl

5-Ingredient Papaya-Banana Smoothie Bowl

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Navane Nucchina Unde | Foxtail Millet and Lentil Dumplings

Navane Nucchina Unde | Foxtail Millet and Lentil Dumplings

A healthy alternative to fried snacks, these foxtail millet dumplings | Navane Nucchina Unde are your best bet as an evening snack as well as a starter before a meal.

Navane Nucchin Unde | Foxtail Millet Dumplings

The Monsoons are here and the only thing that the tummy craves for is a spicy something that goes with a cuppa chai to soothe your senses during the downpour. How therapeutic it is to simply sit and watch the rain drops with an equally flavourful chai that is infused with the sharp taste of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and other spices that burst forth and makes your taste buds dance in joy. Just next to it with a plate full of steaming hot dumplings that has a melange of millet, lentils and the ubiquituous onions, fresh cilantro and the ingredient-that-I-cannot-live-without – HING ( a generous pinch NEVER Harms) 🙂 The hands can’t stop reaching out to them and sipping on the heavenly chai. Life is delicious! Ain’t it?

Phew! Okay, time for you to try your hands at these delectable dumplings. The process is not very painstaking, however, just a tad bit of patience will let you do a tremendous job! Yes, getting together all the ingredients and steaming them is all that it takes to this make these beauties.

Nucchina Unde is a popular traditional Karnataka recipe which is generally as a snack or as a starter especially during festivals. ‘Nucchu’ is broken lentil/grain or millet and ‘unde’ means dumplings. The process of breaking down the millet and then steaming it results in Nucchina Unde. It is usually made with lentils and here is a millet version of nucchina unde with lentils.

I have used Foxtail millets along with lentils in this recipe because not only does it add the fiber quotient along with the proteins, but also makes it a great option for lunch box.

Navane Nucchin Unde 2

Navane Nucchin Unde | Foxtail Millet Dumplings
Navane Nucchina Unde | Foxtail Millet and Lentil Dumplings
A healthy alternative to fried snacks, these foxtail millet dumplings | Navane Nucchina Unde are your best bet as an evening snack as well as a starter before a meal.
Navane Nucchin Unde | Foxtail Millet Dumplings
Navane Nucchina Unde | Foxtail Millet and Lentil Dumplings
A healthy alternative to fried snacks, these foxtail millet dumplings | Navane Nucchina Unde are your best bet as an evening snack as well as a starter before a meal.
Servings Prep Time
25Dumplings 10-12 Hours
Cook Time
15-20Minutes
Servings Prep Time
25Dumplings 10-12 Hours
Cook Time
15-20Minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash and soak foxtail millet in a bowl for 6-8 hours.
  2. Wash the toor dal, channa dal and moong dal and soak it for 3 hours.
  3. Drain the water and mix the lentils and millet. Mix the other ingredients along with them except onion and grind it to a coarse mixture.
  4. Add salt and onion and quickly mix it with the coarse mixture.
  5. Grease the idly plates with ghee. Make lemon sized balls out of the coarse mixture and flatten it to resemble a malai chum chum.
  6. Steam them for 15-20 minutes until they are done. Pair it with ghee or yogurt based curry/chutney.
Recipe Notes

This can be made a starter for your parties as a healthy option as well as served for a fortifying breakfast.

Mango Cake With Oats and Chia Seeds

Mango Cake With Oats and Chia Seeds

Mangoes, oats and chia seeds, there’s everything in this cake to make it a healthy indulgence. This recipe for a mango cake is perfect when paired with a ice cream or even a cup of hot chai.