Are you a vegetarian and looking for healthy preparations, which are full of protein and also tasty to eat?? then this Sattu ka Paratha is your answer. Sattu for the uninitiated is roasted channa dal powder and it packs a power punch with regards to protein in our diet.
When Priya Suresh from Priya’s Versatile Recipes, gave me sattu ka atta and green chillies as my secret ingredients, i was stumped. I never realised that sattu ka atta was nothing but roasted channa dal ??? silly of me ..i went to the store and bought it :D. Anyways i started to look out for recipes which use this combination and came upon Sattu Ka Paratha.
Since this recipe is used in Jharkhand..i thought let me write a little bit about one of our newer and younger state. Jharkhand came into existence in November 2000, after it was shaped from the southern part of Bihar. Though relatively a small state, Jharkhand is known to have more than 40% of mineral reserves of India.
Coming back to Sattu Ka Paratha, one can either buy the powder ready made from a store (like i did) or one can dry roast channa dal and powder it. For vegetarians getting protein into diet is not easy, we get our proteins from lentils, tofu and some diary products. This sattu ( roasted gram flour) is an excellent protein addition to our food. In our house we also use this powder to different dry curries, chutneys, or chutney powder. Did you know that this powder is also used by many a households to make ganji or malt powder to be mixed with milk. There is another very simple way to eat this…mix the sattu ka powder with some ghee and some sugar and that’s it…eat it as a desert…it tastes yumm..
Breads…my one true love…i just love eating them. It could be made from any kind of flour, all purpose or whole wheat or rye…with oats or seeds or just plain..i love them all. Its no wonder that whenever we travel abroad..i just stare at the various boulangeries and order all the breads one by one and..well eat them. The aroma is just so heavenly and inviting isnt it?? This is what i look to create in my small kitchen. I keep experimenting with different type of breads / rolls and try and make them with different stuffings..today i write about a flavourful stuffing with cottage cheese and sweet corn. Here is my Cottage cheese stuffed dinner rolls with sweet corn.
If you ask any of my friends or if you have been following my instagram journey..it would come as no surprise that i bake breads loafs or buns or rolls quite often. My heart just longs for baking savoury kinds of breads ( i have even dreamt about them :D). I tend to ramble when i start talking about breads 😉
My Trip to Boulangerie
Recently when we traveled to Paris, we stayed in Bastille. Bastille is an amazing area to stay, full of restaurants, pubs and supermarkets. We used an airbnb kind of place to stay in Bastille. Most days we cooked breakfast at the place of stay..but on the other days it was always a short walk to the boulangerie or Bagelstein. Oh my… the variety of sandwiches or breakfast breads that they had to offer was simply amazing. The baguette with fresh mozarella, basil and tomatoes was my favourite to eat all day long. They were so simple…just 3 things on a bread and yet so much flavour.
Bagelstein also offered a variety of bagels and converted them into mouthwatering sandwiches..Being vegetarians we could only have one kind of sandwich filling – Cream cheese, salad leaves and roasted vegetables…but wow..how does it matter..simple and tasty..that’s how it was. The boulangerie also sold different variety of sourdough breads which we picked up and had for lunch and dinner..yup we are like that !!!
Why cottage cheese stuffed dinner rolls??
Coming back to reality…with a toddler at home, i am always looking at healthy options which are homemade to give her as a snack. These cottage cheese stuffed dinner rolls with sweet corn is an excellent way to get some protein and vegetables into my daughter.
My go to recipe for bread loaf or rolls is this one : Rosemary Rolls . Most of my bread recipes are a variation of this one…in this post i have mentioned the ingredients of the bread dough and have followed the recipe to shape them. You can also have a look at this Video for shaping the rolls.
Homemade dinner rolls stuffed with cottage cheese and sweet corn
Homemade sambar powder is the quintessential ingredient found in every south Indian household – each having their own mix forming the homemade sambar podi recipe.
The Samabar does not require any introduction, it is what we South indian families eat almost every day. It is present during breakfast, lunch and sometimes even during dinners. Today I would like to share a little story on how to make Sambar Powder at home. This recipe is very easy to make and gives the sambar a fragrance that is unbelievable.
It was the year 2003, I was a new bride and had some knowledge in the kitchen area. Having helped my mother in the kitchen, I was not a total failure but the one thing I wanted was to learn making Sambar Powder at home.
My Sudha chithi (aunt) is an amazing cook and I love her sambar. That colour, that bright orange Sambar powder used by her to make Sambar….there have been so many instances in those early days that i would call her up and check with her whenever i had a confusion with regards to a recipe or ingredients to use in a specific dish.
During one of those days, i asked for her recipe of sambar powder and that homemade sambar powder recipe is something i still use and follow. This recipe never fails…its simple and easy to make and best of all it has got passed on to me from my chithi (aunt)
Here it is from my kitchen to yours, a vibrant and lovely orange homemade sambar powder recipe !!!
In this recipe, we have used two varieties of dried chilli – salem and byadegi. The salem variety are spicy and the skin of these chilli’s are smooth to touch. The Byadegi variety are less spicy and have a very wrinkled texture.
The mixture (recipe shared below) can be powdered in small quantities at home…if one has larger quantities, then a mill is the way to go. I have one near my house and is my go to place to get Sambar Powder ready…
Today i will be writing about a friend and a new Kuzhi paniyaram batter recipe…this recipe is quite different from what i use at home. Every Southindian household in India has their own version of Kuzhi Paniyaram batter. Some might make it sweet and then some would make it savoury…which ever the case might be…each one of them would be tasty and crispy and yummy.
A little story on the side
Some people enter your life and …some people you never get to know them and then there are others who enter your life as a neighbour and then become friends forever. Deepa is one such person….a neighbour, energetic person, talkative and loud friend of mine. We talk to each other across balconies !!! When she first shifted to India from USA, the first thing i came to know about her..apart from all that i have already mentioned is that she doesn’t cook. Her mom on the other hand is an amazing cook and it is from these two amazing ladies that i came to know about a new recipe for making Kuzhi Paniyaram. Pssttt…..This family has its roots in TamilNadu, Mangalore and Goa!!!!
Usually the paniyaram in my moms house was something which would get made when my mom is almost done with the dosai batter. Different things such as rava (sooji / semolina), onions, various vegetables etc would be added to the dosai batter and voila a new snack would be made. But in Deepa’s home..the batter itself was different….so here goes….Kuzhi Paniyaram batter Deepa Style !!! using raw rice instead of par boiled rice..the result is Paniyarams crispy on the outside and uber soft on the inside
This Spicy and Sour green tomatoes chutney is made from using firm and unripe green tomatoes. These sour green tomatoes are loaded with nutrients such as Vitamin C and anti oxidants.
Every day we hear that the vegetables that we consume are either loaded with harmful pesticides or toxic colours. The look of the vegetables and the rich colours seem to have a better sale value than the health of the population. I guess that’s why slowly lots of people from the cities are looking at growing their own vegetables organically. One such person that i know is my neighbour Karthik. Karthik is very passionate about organic farming and because of his efforts i got to buy really good quality green tomaotes, raddish (mooli), Palak ( greens), amarnath greens etc.
While growing up, green tomatoes was easily available in the market and amma always used to make a kootu variety with it. This time around my help at home Nanjamma, told me about a chutney recipe that they make in their hometown near Kadur. A chutney which is spicy and sour and a little sweet too because of the sauteed onions.
And in the middle of this blog…my daughter also wanted her kitty to be featured in the blog…so here she is 🙂
For this round of cooking as part of Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge, i was paired with Avin S Kohli. Avin gave me Dudhi / bottle gourd and ginger as my secret ingredients. The only thing that came to my mind was my favourite savoury recipe from the land of Gujarat: Traditional Gujarati Dudhi Handvo – A savoury cake with bottle gourd. The handvo can either be made in a traditional handvo vessel or can be made in a pan…one can also bake it. For this recipe i am using a traditional handvo vessel.
The handvo vessel is made up of two parts, the bigger vessel in which the batter is poured and the smaller portion in which the sand is added. The hole through middle of the vessel lets the heat from the gas to the batter and lets the batter cook and the sand indirectly heats the batter.
Gujarati Doodhi Handvo - A savoury cake with bottle gourd
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, but every now and then, I wish for a recipe which is healthy, made easily and is not time consuming. This dosa was made by adding things already available in my pantry and voila we had a healthy instant Ragi Oats dosa recipe.
My family (which is quite small and includes hubby and daughter), love having a heavy breakfast. Most days we have bread and omelette or some kind of dosa. Dosa in any form is a big hit in our house. Masala dosa, plain dosa, adai, vegetable dosas. As you can see, we are big freaks when it comes to dosa.
Recently we went to my cousin’s place for the weekend; by the time we came back home it was too late in the night and I could not really decide on what I would make for breakfast.
Morning came and I just opened my pantry and fridge and decided to make something instant but homemade but healthy…well that’s quite a challenge when you don’t have time on hand and you have a cranky 4 year old who wants to eat cheese right at that moment !
Anyway, long story short, this dosa was literally made using items in my pantry on a Monday morning and in a hurry. So it is easy and it is simple to make – A healthy Instant Ragi and Oats Dosa.
Why Healthy Instant Ragi Oats Dosa ?
Having been in Karnataka for more than 12 years, Ragi is a staple in our food. Ragi or Ragi flour is very good for our health – it helps control diabetes, helps with weight loss. It is also loaded with calcium, but more than anything , it makes up for a very versatile ingredient.
Oats on the other hand just like ragi flour is gluten free and loaded with vitamins, minerals and fibre. Bringing these two together in one recipe is an ideal way to get loads of goodness in our diet
This Healthy Instant Ragi and Oats Dosa can be paired with any spicy chutney or podi of your choice.