Saturday Spicy Snack | No Fried Bread Pakora | Tea Time Healthy Snack With Zucchini and Carrot | Pan- Fried Bread Pakora

Rain comes and all we can think of is piping hot tea, served with spicy pakoras, bhajias, and vadas. Pakoras are one of the most friendly rainy day snacks. From vegetables like spinach, onion, cauliflower, capsicum, chilies, potatoes, to paneer. Mix them with gram flour batter with spices, and deep fry. That’s a perfect match – Chai and Pakoras !!

No Fried Bread Pakora

Bread Pakoras are always a hit in my house. Earlier, I made no fry bread pakoras stuffed with paneer, and both my boys loved it. There is no harm to indulge in fried stuff once in a while especially when it rains. But, being a fitness freak husband’s wife it’s dicey because if I will make fried bread pakoras there is no chance Manu will eat. So, I made little bit changes to make bread pakora healthier. 

Tea Time Healthy Snack With Zucchini and Carrot

I added oats flour, gram flour with little Rava, and grated vegetables. Yes, vegetables – Zucchini and Carrot. Then roasted bread pakora on tawa with little oil. Served with my favorite Kiwi Avocado Coriander Chutney. Surprisingly, Reyansh loved it and asked me to make it again for dinner.

Pan Fried Bread Pakora

Gram flour or Chickpea flour is popularly used in Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and other cuisines. It is a great gluten-free substitute for wheat or all-purpose flour in many recipes, and can also be used to thicken sauces or curries. Oats flour is one of my favorite and one of the easiest to use ingredients. I never missed any chance to add oats in my cooking. It helps thicken gravies, work as healthy substitutes for refined flours and grains. Adding little Rava in the batter makes bread pakoda crispy and tasty.

Flours – Gram Flour & Oats Flour

Zucchini is quite a bland vegetable and its texture is soft but not mushy. Its skin is soft, thin, and perfectly edible, so don’t peel it off. It blends with other ingredients and you would never even know there is a vegetable in it. Recently, I baked a Chocolate Zucchini Cake and it turned out delicious.

Veggies – Zucchini & Carrots

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which, when consumed, converts to vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A directly affects the retina and the rhodopsin, a purple pigment that is necessary for night vision. This is a great way to include carrot in your favorite bread pakoras.

Healthy Evening Snack

No Fried Bread Pakora | Tea Time Healthy Snack With Zucchini and Carrot | Pan- Fried Bread Pakora

This no fried Bread Pakoda is a healthy, very delicious, and a perfect weekend treat or party snack. It is also the best option for the tiffin box. Made from brown bread slices, gram flour, oats flour, rava, and spices along with zucchini, carrot. Lots of good ingredients in one go. Have you ever tried adding sesame seeds in bread pakodas? Do try it – Sesame seeds give a wonderful nuttiness to this no fried pakoras.

Tea Time Snack

Ingredients :

For Pakora Batter:
Gram flour or besan – 1/2 cup
Oat flour – 1/4 cup
Rava – 1/8 cup
Water – 1/2 cup
Grated zucchini – 1 cup
Grated carrot – 1 cup
Carom seeds – 1/2 tsp
Roasted cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

For Pakora:
Roasted sesame – 1/4 cup
Brown bread – 5
Oil for roasting

Adrak Elaichi Chai

Method :

  1. For Pakora Batter – Mix all ingredients mentioned under pakora batter and make a batter. Keep it aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Take on a slice of the bread. Cut it into half and dip prepared batter and coat from both the sides.
  3. Heat a non-stick tawa with a little oil and place batter coated bread pakora carefully on it.
  4. Sprinkle some sesame on it. Press lightly with the help of a spatula.
  5. Shallow fry on medium to low heat until golden color.
  6. Put little oil on bread pakora and flip pakora with a flat spatula.
  7. When bread pakora is roasted from both sides. Pick bread pakora (vertically) with the help of tong and roasted from bottom and sides as well.
  8. Take it out in a paper towel. Serve with your favorite chutney and hot chai.
Veggies Loaded Snack

Broccoli Carrot Cutlets with Oats | Healthy Tea Time Snack | Vegetable Cutlets

Broccoli Carrot Oats Cutlets is a healthy, tasty, and soft yet crunchy cutlets made with broccoli, carrot, and oats for a perfect tea time snack. Serve it with kiwi coriander chutney and adrak elaichi wali chai or as an appetizer for your dinner parties or it can be a great afternoon snack for kids or can even be packed in lunch boxes.

Broccoli Carrot Oats Cutlets

These yummy cutlets are tossed cutlets with flax seeds. Flax seeds bring that missing crunch and make it tastier. You can stuff cutlets with little cheese piece or chopped roasted peanuts, cashew, or raisins for extra crunch. I made little bit changes to make cutlets healthier. Instead of deep-frying, I roasted on tawa with little oil.

I roasted on tawa with little oil.

Oats are packed with nutrients like healthy carbs and fiber. One of the most unique and unusual ways of using oats within the kitchen is as a binder for when you are making aloo tikki or cutlets.

Healthy Tea Time Snack

Once the oats are exposed to moisture, they create a binding power to vegetables and spices. The oats also help set the cutlets as they bake, making for a more tender and less crumbly patty. Replacing cornstarch or maida with oats gives you a healthy option.

Vegetable Cutlets

This step is completely optional, but I love to have plain yogurt which adds the creamy flavor it adds to this snack. It also settles the heat from the chutneys and gives it a nice taste altogether.

Serve Greek Yogurt

Broccoli Carrot Cutlets with Oats | Healthy Tea Time Snack

Broccoli is one of my favorite veggies. Broccoli Carrot Cutlets is a great way to incorporate veggies into your diet.

Tea Time Cake

Ingredients:

For Cutlets
Florets of two Broccoli (medium size)
Carrots – 3
Quick oats – 2 cups
Finely chopped green chili – 1
Flax seeds – 1/4 cup each
Oil for roasting

Spices
Roasted cumin powder – 1 tbsp
Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
Chaat masala – 1/2 tsp
Red chilli flakes – 1 tbsp
Himalayan pink salt to taste

Serve Cutlets With : Greek Yogurt – 2 cups ( Well beaten), Kiwi coriander chutney

Broccoli Carrot Cutlets with Oats

Method:

For Cutlets :

  1. Bring water to boil with a little salt. Add the washed and cleaned broccoli florets. Let it remain in water for 2-3 minutes. Drain the water completely, pat it dry.
  2. Mince boiled broccoli along with chopped carrots in a food processor .
  3. In a bowl, mix together minced broccoli, carrots with oats, chopped green chilli and spices. Mix all ingredients well.
  4. Keep the prepared mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes (covered).
  5. After 30 minutes take out prepared cutlet mixture. Take some lemon size portion and make cutlets. Coat them flax seeds.
  6. Heat little oil in pan and place cutlets in a pan. Shallow fry till both sides are golden brown and crisp.
Healthy Veggies Cutlets

Serving
Place 3 prepared cutlets on a plate. Pour 5 tbsp of yogurt on the cutlets. Top with a few teaspoons of chutney as required. Garnish with flax seeds. Serve immediately.

Veggies With Oats

Mango Smoothie With A Healthy Twist | Breakfast Bowl Recipe | Mango Oats Smoothie

A creamy delicious and healthy bowl of Mango Oats Smoothie is a perfect way to start your day. Smoothie bowls are very easy to make, just throw all the ingredients in blender and blend – It’s Ready Besides their sweet, delicious taste mangoes also have many advantages and health benefits. Mangoes are a very good source of fiber. Mangoes also contain many minerals in them; most notably potassium and magnesium. These minerals are necessary for muscles’ growth, contraction of muscles, relaxation of muscles and producing proteins in your body.

Mango Smoothie With A Healthy Twist

Whereas, Oats are loaded with dietary fiber and have a range of healthy cholesterol-lowering properties. But the problem is – Plain oats taste blend. By adding a few ingredients and the right cooking method, it will become a better bowl of oatmeal.

Breakfast Bowl Recipe

Just blend cooked oats and mango together. Top it with a few extra mango chunks, fresh cherries, and sliced pistachios or roasted sunflower seeds or any nuts of your choice. You will have tropical, a protein-packed, fiber-rich bowl of deliciousness.

Mango Oats Smoothie

Ingredients:
Mangoes – 1 (Peeled and cubed)
Oats – 1/2 cup
Cold Milk – 1/2 cup
Water – 3/4 cup
Fresh fruits – 1/2 cup ( Mango cubes. sliced cherries) Any fruits of your choice
Sliced Pistachios – 1/4 cup

Method:

  1. Heat a 3/4 cup of water in a nonstick saucepan and add oats. Cook oats for 6 minutes on medium low flame stirring continuously.
  2. When oats are cooked switch off the flame. Let it cool down completely before grinding.
  3. Soaked 10 pistachios (without shells) in a 1/2 cup of water for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes drain the water and slice them. Keep them aside.
  4. Now blend cooked oats, mangoes with cold milk together in a mixer till smooth.
  5. Pour into a big bowl, garnish with chopped mangoes, cherries and sliced pistachios.
Summer Breakfast

Tips:

  • You could even make oats in advance and use accordingly.
  • You can substitute mangoes with any seasonal fruit.
  • By soaking, pistachios will slice easily.

 

Sprouts Oats Cutlets | Healthy Snack

Sprouts Oats Cutlets is very easy and nutritious snack with goodness of oats and sprouts.  It is a perfect tea time snack and also a nutritious after-school snack for kids. It is rich in fiber and a significant source of protein and carbohydrates.

Sprouts Oats Cutlets

Sprouts contain a significant amount of protein and dietary fiber, as well as vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, vitamin A. If you are looking for weight loss diets with good taste, then sprouts can replace them all. Whereas Oats are loaded with dietary fiber and have a range of healthy cholesterol-lowering properties.

Healthy Snack

Ingredients :
Whole Green Dal Sprouts – 1 cup
Roasted Oats – 1 cup
Finely chopped onion – 1 medium
Finely chopped garlic- 2
Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1/4 cup
Finely chopped green chilly – 1
Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
Sabzi masala or pav bhaji masala – 1/2 tsp
Crushed Roasted Peanuts – 3 tbsp
Salt to taste

Oil for shallow frying

For Serving :
Thick curd – 1 cup
Chaat masala – 2 tbsp
Green Chutney or Sauce – 1/2 cup

Healthy Cutlets

Method :

  1. Microwave sprouts with 1/2 cup of water for 5 mins. Drain off the water. Let the sprouts cool. Then slightly chopped or grind boiled sprouts.
  2. Microwave roasted oats with 1 cup of water. Let it cool completely.
  3. Mix ground sprouts, microwave oats, and other above ingredients (except oil ) to make a soft dough. Keep it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Now apply little water on your hands. Take some lemon size portion and make cutlets.
  5. Heat little oil in pan and place cutlets in a pan.
  6. Shallow fry till both sides are golden brown and crisp.
  7. Serve hot with curd, green chutney and sprinkle chaat masala.
Healthy Chat Recipe