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Haalu Menasina Saaru

Haalu Menasina Saaru

A hand-me-down recipe from my grandmom, this Haalu menasina saaru ( literally translates to milk pepper rasam) is a rich and soupy rasam recipe that is just right for cold and nippy days. It has pepper, urad dal and channa dal as a base, cooked […]

Mini Ragi Dosa With Corn and Bean Filling

Mini Ragi Dosa With Corn and Bean Filling

A welcome twist to the good old ragi dosa with a Mexican filling inside. Healthy, quick, easy and full of flavour. Just 10 ingredients and 30 minutes. You have a healthy snack ready to bite into, especially during the cold evenings.

Little Millet Pongal | Saame Pongal Recipe

Little Millet Pongal | Saame Pongal Recipe

Healthy, light, easy and loaded with proteins and fiber, this little millet pongal recipe is the healthiest dish you can make for Sankranthi. Cooked with split moong dal, little millet and seasoned with pepper, cumin and a generous hint of ginger – there’s no better way to start your day than with this healthy dish.

Little Millet Pongal - Slurpy Platter - Saame Pongal

Come January, it is the time for harvesting happiness as Makara Sankranthi – the harvest festival falls on either the 14th or 15th of January, every year. It is the time when the winter sun marks the transition of the Sun into its celestial path and begins his northward journey. The traditional Indian calendar is based on lunar positions, Sankranti is a solar event.

This is also the time when all the farmers celebrate their first harvest of the season and offer it to the Gods. It is a way of expressing gratitude for all the good things that have been received.

Of course, Sankranti celebrations and rituals vary from region to region and in Karnataka we celebrate it with a special mixture of yellu ( til), bella (jaggery) that is mixed with roasted and peeled groundnuts, dried coconut and fried gram dal which is just right for the season (winter) to keep the body warm.

Little Millet Pongal - Slurpy Platter - Saame Pongal

Little Millet Pongal

Here’s what little millet looks like when you buy it from the store. I buy mine from the organic farmer’s market that happens once a month near my place. This is an unpolished version of the little millet which has nutrients intact.

Saame pongal-Little Millet Pongal - Slurpy Platter

Significance of yellu bella during Sankranti:

The til is known to negate all the toxins in our body and the jaggery keeps our body warm, since both these are warmers, the dried coconut is known to have cooling properties which balances the heat. The groundnut of course is for the protein and anti-oxidants. So it is a perfect balance of all the ingredients to keep the body in sync with the season.

Nostalgia

I remember the days when I was young and my grandmom would painstakingly cut the jaggery, dried coconut with a scissor specifically designed for cutting them into small chunks. She would lay them on the terrace to sun dry and how we’d sneak into the space to stealthily pop in some jaggery and coconut only to get yelled by her later ha ha ha. Those are the days I really miss the most and the memories still remain afresh. If only we could travel back in time! Phew!

Little Millet Pongal - Slurpy Platter - Saame Pongal

Anyway, coming back to little millet pongal – the general norm at most household is to make pongal with rice and moong dal. However, owing to curb some carbs and eating healthy, we switched to millets 3 years ago. ever since then it has been millets pongal on Sankranthi. Of course, you could make this with red rice/brown rice. But making it with millets keeps you all the more lighter.

Little millet tastes the closest to rice and is not too bland either. It tastes just right and would be the perfect breakfast even on other days or as an option for lunch box.

Why little millet:

  • Because it is high on fiber
  • Simple to cook
  • Helps in weight loss
  • Is great for diabetics

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Little Millet Pongal - Slurpy Platter - Saame Pongal
Little Millet Pongal | Saame Pongal Recipe
Healthy, light, easy and loaded with proteins and fiber, this little millet pongal recipe is the healthiest dish you can make for Sankranthi. Cooked with split moong dal, little millet and seasoned with pepper, cumin and a generous hint of ginger - there's no better way to start your day than with this healthy dish.
Little Millet Pongal - Slurpy Platter - Saame Pongal
Little Millet Pongal | Saame Pongal Recipe
Healthy, light, easy and loaded with proteins and fiber, this little millet pongal recipe is the healthiest dish you can make for Sankranthi. Cooked with split moong dal, little millet and seasoned with pepper, cumin and a generous hint of ginger - there's no better way to start your day than with this healthy dish.
Servings Prep Time
4People 15Minutes
Cook Time
20Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4People 15Minutes
Cook Time
20Minutes
Ingredients
For tempering
Instructions
  1. To begin making the little millet saame pongal, mix the little millet and moong dal together and wash it 3-4 times. Keep it aside.
  2. In a pressure cooker, heat oil and add the mustard, jeera - once they crackle add the green chillies, hing, turmeric and curry leaves. Now add the cashews and fry till they turn golden brown. Keep a small portion of this for garnishing.
  3. Now add the little millet and moong dal - give it a quick mix. Add 2 cups of water to this and wait till it comes to a slight boil.
  4. Time to add the ginger, pepper powder and salt - give it a quick mix. Close the pressure cooker and let it cook until 2-3 whistles. Once the cooker cools, open and give it a fluff, check if you need to add more water in case it is a bit dry. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with a bit of seasoning.
Recipe Notes

You can use foxtail millet/ barnyard millet as well instead of little millet if you want to experiment.

You could also try this recipe with brown/red rice instead of millets.

2- Ingredient Mini Ragi-Rava Idli

2- Ingredient Mini Ragi-Rava Idli

This 2-ingredient mini ragi-rava idli is such a saviour on days when you have to make a quick brekkie. All it takes is 10 minutes to prep it up and 15-20 minutes to steam the idlis. How easy is that?    I usually plan my […]

Banana Bread Tiramisu

Banana Bread Tiramisu

Recipe for Banana Bread Tiramisu – Decadent, rich, and exactly what a delicious mess looks like! Layered with banana bread soaked in Baileys and espresso coffee, with a generous spread of coffee & Vanilla flavoured whipped cream, drizzled with caramel sauce and dusted with cocoa […]

Orange and Cranberry Muffins | Eggless

Orange and Cranberry Muffins | Eggless

When life gives you oranges, you pair them with cranberries because they’re a match made in heaven. Moist, fluffy, festive and  bursting with zesty flavours, this recipe for orange and cranberry muffins is your best bet for a quick snack or even the kid’s snack box. Not to forget the pistachios and almonds that adorn the muffins, good enough to allure you to grab a bite. 

Orange Cranberry Muffins-Slurpy platter

This is the season of oranges and when you get them in abundance I believe in making the best use of it. I love eating oranges as is, cuz of how juicy they are are and it also means loading up on natural Vitamin C.

I honestly think Ornage is cranberry’s soulmate! it is its best friend. Oh! BTW, Both orange and cranberry are a potent combination to reduce heat in the body as well as prevent UTI (Urinary tract infection) respectively. So the Christmas season after the rich plum cake I thought cranberries deserve some love and should pair it up with oranges to have a happy dance.

Orange Cranberry Muffins-Slurpy platter

When I was looking at pinterest for some simple inspiration to bake this season, and especially to do with orange a lot of cranberry and orange recipes popped up. Since, I’ve made a lot of laoves in the past I thought, it was time to make some muffins. Aren’t they beautiful? Guess what? They’re made of whole wheat and I was really apprehensive that they’d be dense. Thankfully enough, they turned out to be just moist and perfect. If you are baking this for the first time and you aren’t sure about using wheat, you could definitely give it a shot with APF, but if you’ve got the hang of baking and you’re a moderate baker like me and know how to handle flours and consistency fairly well, you’re most welcome to try this.

Also, I was intending to use foxtail millet flour, but hell no, I was scared. I am determined to give it a try sooner or later.

These muffins are so festive, fluffy and packed with flavor. The orange zest and juice plus the flavours of cranberry are a match made in heaven! You could gulp it down with mulled wine and more desserts this season.

They’re so simple to make with just a few ingredients that could be your best breakfast on hurried mornings too. I used sweetened cranberries. You could use frozen or fresh depending on the availability in your region.

Orange Cranberry Muffins-Slurpy platter

Besides being tangy-tart and sweet, the texture of these cranberry orange muffins are super moist and just melt in the mouth. Although I haven’t used butter in this recipe, the fluffiness is intact.

These beauties are just warm out of the oven topped with roasted pistachios and almonds. You could even glaze them with orange juice and sugar. I like to keep mine a little less sweet since the cranberries are already a little on the sweeter side. You could use brown sugar too.

Orange Cranberry Muffins-Slurpy platter

Try these other eggless bakes:

[WHOLE WHEAT BANANA BREAD | NO REFINED SUGAR AND BUTTER]

[COFFEE CARAMEL CAKE WITH WALNUTS]

[EGGLESS CHRISTMAS FRUIT CAKE | PLUM CAKE] – THE STAR OF MY CHRISTMAS BAKES THIS SEASON!

Orange Cranberry Muffins-Slurpy platter
Orange and Cranberry Muffins | Eggless
These orange and cranberry muffins are so festive, fluffy and packed with flavor. Orange and cranberry are truly a match made in heaven. Made with whole wheat flour, these muffins are a hit with your kids and adults alike this season.
Orange Cranberry Muffins-Slurpy platter
Orange and Cranberry Muffins | Eggless
These orange and cranberry muffins are so festive, fluffy and packed with flavor. Orange and cranberry are truly a match made in heaven. Made with whole wheat flour, these muffins are a hit with your kids and adults alike this season.
Servings Prep Time
12Muffins 15Minutes
Cook Time
20-20Minutes
Servings Prep Time
12Muffins 15Minutes
Cook Time
20-20Minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To begin making the orange cranberry muffins, first sieve the whole wheat flour and keep it aside. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree Celsius (350 Degree F).
  2. In another bowl add the yogurt, sugar and whisk until it dissolves. Now add the baking soda, baking powder and whisk again till you see bubbles. At this point, add the orange zest, juice, Cointreau and oil and give it a mix.
  3. Now add the chopped cranberries to this and the wheat flour. Fold and mix everything until it resembles a pancake batter consistency. If it is thick add a tbsp of oil/ milk (at room temperature).
  4. Line the muffin pans with liners and spoon the batter into it. Top it with pistachios and almonds.
  5. Bake these muffins at 180 Degree Celsius for 20-25 minutes until they rise, and start to get a golden brown hue. You'll know they are done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Recipe Notes
  1. Temperatures may vary with different oven types. So keep an eye on the muffins after 15 minutes to ensure they dont burn.
  2. You can use brown sugar too instead of white sugar, but they'd look a little more darker.
Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake | Plum Cake

Eggless Christmas Fruit Cake | Plum Cake

It’s not Christmas without the customary fruit cake. This recipe for eggless Christmas Fruit Cake or Plum cake is rich, decadent and loaded with rum-soaked fruits and nuts. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, this boozy cake is all that you want to make this Christmas special.

Roasted Pumpkin Pesto Pasta

Roasted Pumpkin Pesto Pasta

Recipe for roasted pumpkin pesto pasta is one of the creamiest, vegan pasta that is so satisfying, light and perfect for a weeknight meal or even a weekend Italian indulgence with a twist.

Ragi Dosa With Chilli and Cheese

Ragi Dosa With Chilli and Cheese

Just 3 basic ingredients and you have a quirky breakfast ready. This Ragi dosa with chilli and cheese filling is not just easy to make but also entices kids and adults alike to indulge in it. 

ID - Ragi Cheese Chilly Dosa-1-2

Ragi – Chilli and cheese! Wait, are you kidding me? You ask! For someone who doesn’t fancy ragi so much myself, I fell in love with it. I wouldn’t call it completely healthy or unhealthy for that matter. But this combo was a hit at my place with both the old and young alike.

Generally when I test a recipe I invite a few people randomly who like experimenting with new tastes and flavours. This time it was A’s cousin who lives in Vizag and was here for a long vacation. Plus a few other people in the family. Not many like ragi but they took an instant liking and instantly approved it.

There’s calcium, fiber and iron in ragi and a bit of cheese wouldn’t harm anyone. Plus, you can coax the kids to get to eat ragi at least this way.

When I first thought of this fusion idea, I was apprehensive, nevertheless, the cold-chilli mornings in Bangalore wouldn’t let me wake up early, hence decided to adopt a cheat’s version and tried it, much to the liking of the spouse.

This doesn’t just have to be a brekkie option, when you’re super tired after a long day, this 3-ingredient Ragi dosa with chilli and cheese comes in handy even for dinner because you can make it in no time.

ID - Ragi Cheese Chilly Dosa-1-2- Slurpy Platter

Guess what? After I was done with the photoshoot of this dish, I just sprinkled a bit of peri-peri powder on top of the cheese, God! the flavour was just out of the world. You could even try adding a bit of oregano and chilli flakes to give  it a more Italian feel.

Whether it’s brekkie or dinner, try this instant ragi chilli cheese dosa.

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This recipe is made in collaboration with ID Fresh Foods.

Ragi Dosa With Chilli and Cheese
Just 3 basic ingredients and you have a quirky breakfast ready. This Ragi dosa with chilli and cheese filling is not just easy to make but also entices kids and adults alike to indulge in it.
Ragi Dosa With Chilli and Cheese
Just 3 basic ingredients and you have a quirky breakfast ready. This Ragi dosa with chilli and cheese filling is not just easy to make but also entices kids and adults alike to indulge in it.
Servings Prep Time
4People 10Minutes
Cook Time
5Minutes
Servings Prep Time
4People 10Minutes
Cook Time
5Minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To begin making the Ragi dosa with Chilli and Cheese, firstly mix the cheese and chilli together in a bowl.
  2. Heat a flat pan and apply some oil over it with a tissue paper. Bring the flame down to medium low and then slowly spread the ragi dosa batter with a ladle. Now sprinkle some oil over it and let it cook.
  3. Once the sides begin to brown, add the grated cheese and chilli mixture over the dosa and spread it slightly without touching it too much. Cover with a transparent lid so and cook for another 30 seconds till the cheese melts slightly.
  4. Don't flip, just fold the dosa and serve hot with chilli sauce or tomato sauce.
Recipe Notes
  1. Special Tip- I personally found the batter to be a little coarse, so to smoothen it, I added the batter to the mixer and gave it a chick churn for about 20 seconds. Helps spread the batter evenly.
  2. You can flip the dosa once it has browned in the edges and then add the cheese. personally, I like adding the cheese once the dosa is almost cooked and not too crispy.
Ragi Paniyaram With Dill and Onions

Ragi Paniyaram With Dill and Onions

Simple, filling, nutritious and healthy – these ragi paniyarams with dill and onions are a treat for the taste buds. With just 5 ingredients, make the quickest brekfast for those hectic mornings.