Phool Makhana Namkeen ( Roasted Lotus Seeds or Foxnuts Snack) | Healthy Snack Recipe

The roasted makhana namkeen made an amazing snack as they were light, crunchy and healthy. Makhanas are also known as fox nuts, or lotus seeds, or phool makhana. Usually, people consume it during their fasts or even use it as an ingredient in Indian cuisines or sweet dishes like kheer, raita or makhana cashew curry, and are also eaten as an evening tea-time snack. Many people in different regions of the country use these seeds as an offering to the Gods, especially during Navratri.

Healthy Snack

Makhana is rich in calcium, protein, carbohydrates, phosphorous, iron, thiamine and zinc. This recipe is super easy and a great nutritious snack.

Best Tea Time Snack

Ingredients :
Makhana – 1 & 1/2 cups
Ghee – 2 tsp

Spices:
Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
Black pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
Chat masala powder -1 tsp
Salt – to taste

Method :

  1. Add 2 tsp of ghee in a non-stick pan and add the makhana. Roast it till golden and crispy.
  2. Switch off the flame. Add all spices and toss it well.
  3. Cool down completely then store in airtight container.
  4. Enjoy with tea.
Roasted Makhana Namkeen

Orangey Besan Dhokla | No Sugar | Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Dhokla is a vegetarian food item that originates from the Indian state of Gujarat. Dhokla can be eaten for breakfast, as the main course, as a side dish, or as a snack. Being steamed besan dhokla is healthy and nutritious too. It is my favorite breakfast.

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No Sugar Dhokla

Made from besan this dish is nutritious, low calorie, protein-rich recipe ideal for breakfast or snack time. But this Dhokla is little different. It’s Sugarless. Generally, we add sugar to make dhokla little sweet. So I replace sugar with orange juice or mousambi juice. It makes dhokla tastier and healthier.

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Juicy Dhokla

Ingredients:

For Besan Dhokla:
Besan – 1 cup
Curd – 1/2 cup
Water – 1/2 cup
Eno or Baking soda – 1 tsp
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Juice of one lemon
Salt to taste

For Tempering:
Mustard Seeds or Rai – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 1/2 tsp
Water – 1 cup
Green chilli – 3
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp

Fresh orange juice – 1 cup
1/2 cup Pomegranate for garnishing

Method:

  1. Mix all above Dhokla ingredients except Eno and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Keep 2 cups of water in deep kadai and put a stand in it. Cover it and let it boil for 5 minutes. Now add Eno in a dhokla batter and pour 1 tsp of lemon juice over it. Mix it well.
  3. Pour Dhokla batter into greased pan and steam for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Check with a toothpick if it comes out clean then it’s done. Allow dhokla to cool completely.
  5. Heat oil in a small pan, first add the mustard seeds. Let them pop first. Now add chopped chilies.
  6. In bowl mix water, lemon juice and add this mixture to tempering and boil for a minute.
  7. Then pour this hot mixture over steamed besan dhokla.
  8. Keep aside for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes add fresh Orange juice and serve immediately.

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Besan Orangey Dhokla

Tip :

  • Add juice just before serving.
  • Mosambi juice gives more sweet and tangy taste.
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Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Yellow Moong Dal Dhokla (Savory Steamed Lentils Cake) | Protein Rich Breakfast

Moong Dal Dhokla is a savory steamed cake recipe for breakfast made with yellow moong dal, besan (gram flour), curd, soda, and tempered with curry leaves, sesame seeds. It is best enjoyed with a cup of hot tea.

Healthy Breakfast

Yellow Moong Daal refers to moong beans that have been skinned and split so that they’re flat, yellow and quick-cooking. They’re easy to digest.

Moong Daal Steamed Cake

Ingredients :
For Dhokla:
Yellow moong dal ( washed and soaked for 4 hours or overnight ) – 3/4 cup
Green chilies – 2
Sugar – 1 tsp (optional)
Oil – 1 tbsp
Turmeric – 1/4 tsp
Besan – 1 tbsp
Curd – 2 tbsp
Eno – 1 & 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

For Tempering:
Oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds or Rai – 1/2 tsp
Chopped Green chili  – 3
White Sesame – 1 tbsp
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
Curry Leaves – 6
Sugar – 1 tsp (optional)
Water – 1 cup

Method :

  1. Combine soaked yellow moong dal, green chilies, salt, sugar, oil, turmeric powder, besan, curd and blend in a mixer using a little water (2 tbsp) to make a smooth paste.
  2. Keep 2 cups of water in a deep kadhai and put a stand in it. Cover it and let it boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Now add Eno in a dhokla batter and pour 1 tsp of lemon juice over it. Mix it well.
  4. Pour batter into a greased dhokla pan and steam for 15 minutes. Check with a toothpick if it cum out clean then it’s done.
  5. Allow dhokla to cool down completely.
Light & Healthy Breakfast

For Tempering:

  1. Heat oil in a small pan. First, add the mustard seeds. Let them pop first.
  2. Add curry leaves and white sesame, and allow to crackle.
  3. Then add green chili, sugar. Now add water, lemon juice and let it boil for 1 minute. Switch off the flame.
  4. Spread tempering over dhokla. Cut into the desired shape and enjoy.
Tea Time Snack

Oats Moong Dal Tikki (Oats Yellow Lentils Cutlets) | Protein-Rich Snacks | Non-Fried Snacks

Looking for a healthy and perfect monsoon tea time snack? Here comes the delicious combination of moong dal and oats – OATS MOONG DAL TIKKI. These tikkis are loaded with the goodness of oats and moong dal. It is simple to prepare that makes it an excellent starter recipe and a perfect healthy treat for parties.

Oats Moong Dal Tikki

Yellow moong dal or lentils is extremely light and easy to digest.  It is low in fat and rich in B complex vitamins, calcium, and potassium. Whereas, oats are rich in soluble fibers which help in lowering cholesterol levels.  Protein-packed, full of fiber and low on fat, oats are designed to boost your energy levels and help you lead a healthy lifestyle. They are not only good for the stomach but are super filling, satisfying and versatile.

Oats Yellow Lentils Cutlets

Oats Moong Dal Tikkis are an excellent snack recipe without deep frying. In this recipe, tikkis are shallow fried with very little oil. This makes it more healthy and fat-free.

Protein-Rich Snacks

Ingredients:
For Tikki:
Yellow moong dal -1 cup
Oats – 1 cup
Yogurt – 1/4 cup
Sooji or Semolina – 4 tbsp
Finely chopped onion – 1
Finely chopped garlic – 1 tbsp

Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1/2 cup
Finely chopped green chilies – 2
Chaat masala – 2 tsp
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp

Roasted and crushed peanuts – 1/4 cup
Oil for shallow frying

For Serving :
Green Raw Mango Coriander Chutney – 1 cup
Amchur Chutney – 1 cup
Pomegranate Pearls – 1 cup

Non-Fried Snacks

Method :

  1. Dry roast the oats on a slow flame till it turns crisp. Let it cool completely.
  2. Wash and soak moong dal in 4 cups of water for 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Drain and cook soaked moong daal with about 2 cups water on medium-low heat in a deep saucepan until all the water has evaporated.
  4. Allow cooked daal to cool down completely.
  5. Mix cooked moong daal, roasted oats, and other tikki ingredients (except oil ) to make a soft dough. Keep it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  6. Now apply little water on your hands. Take some lemon size portion and make cutlets.
  7. Heat little oil in pan and place cutlets in a pan.
  8. Shallow fry till both sides are golden brown and crisp.
  9. Serve hot with chutneys and pomegranate pearls.

Masala Kaju Namakpare – Holi Special

Namakpara a popular Indian Tea time snack and also made during the festival. It is a crunchy savory snack made with maida or all purpose flour mix with carom seeds, fennel, cumin seeds and flavored with spices. It is made in various shapes but mostly in long sticks. I gave them the shape of Cashews (Kaju) with help of small round cookie cutter. You can use bottle cap also to give them this shape. They are crispy and a perfect snack with a hot cup of tea in this festival. Do try!

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Colourful Tea TIme Snacks

Masala Kaju Namkeen – Holi Special

Ingredients :

For White Dough:
Maida – 1 cup
Carom seeds or ajwain – 1/2 tsp
Roasted Fennel Powder – 1/2 tbsp
Water – 1/4 cup
Ghee – 2 tbsp
Curd – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

For Pink Dough:
Maida – 1 cup
Carom seeds or ajwain – 1/2 tsp
Boiled Beetroot Puree* – 1/4 cup
Roasted Fennel Powder – 1/2 tbsp
Ghee – 2 tbsp
Curd – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

For Green Dough:
Maida – 1 cup
Carom seeds or ajwain – 1/2 tsp
Roasted Fennel Powder – 1/2 tbsp
Boiled Palak Puree* – 1/4 cup
Ghee – 2 tbsp
Curd – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste

Spices:
Red chili powder – 1 tbsp
Oregano – 2 tbsp
Black pepper powder  1/2 tbsp
Roasted cumin powder – 1 tbsp
Chaat masala – 1 tbsp

Oil for deep frying
Ghee – 1 tbsp

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Colorful Namkeen

Method :

  1. White Dough –  Mix ghee and curd in 1 cup of flour. Rub well till all flour is coated with ghee and curd. Add a little water at a time and form a stiff dough. It needs to be stiffer than Chapati dough. Rub a little Oil/Ghee on the dough ball, cover and allow to rest for an hour.
  2. Pink Dough – Mix ghee and curd in 1 cup of flour. Rub well till all flour is coated with ghee and curd. Add a little beetroot puree at a time and form a stiff dough. It needs to be stiffer than Chapati dough. Rub a little Oil/Ghee on the dough ball, cover and allow to rest for an hour.
  3. Green Dough – Mix ghee and curd in 1 cup of flour. Rub well till all flour is coated with ghee and curd. Add a little spinach puree at a time and form a stiff dough. It needs to be stiffer than Chapati dough. Rub a little Oil/Ghee on the dough ball, cover and allow to rest for an hour.

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Holi Recipe

How to make Kaju Shape Namkeen?

Grease the rolling surface and the rolling pin. Roll out the dough into an oval shape and it should be thicker than roti.

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Using a cookie cutter or any bottle cap.

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Starting from one end press half of the cookie cutter into the dough and cut an arch as shown below.

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Separate the piece and keep on making another arch on the top of other to give kaju (cashew) shaped.

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Beautiful kaju shaped.

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Starting from one end to other end cut the dough in horizontally or vertically rows.

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Fry these in oil until they turn a golden color.

Mixing Spices :

  • Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a deep non-stick pan and all spices. Saute for a minute.
  • Switch off the gas and toss fried kaju shape namkeen nicely.
  • Allow to cool down completely. Store in an airtight container.

Tips :

  1. Adjust spices according to taste.
  2. First, fry white dough namkeen, then spinach namkeen and pink namkeen at last.

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Perfect Holi Recipe