Palak Thalipeeth | Multigrain flour and spinach flat bread

Palak Thalipeeth, a multigrain flour flat bread from Maharashtra. Eat it with curd or sweet pickle and be sure to be amazed.

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

Tea With pakoras? or samosas, now is the time to try out a new snack in town. A traditional snack all the way from Maharashtra. Thalipeeth, is a flat bread made form various flours such a jowar, bajra, atta or rice flour.

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

This month, us bloggers from  Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge traveled to land of Bollywood and Chatrapati Shivaji, Maharashtra. I was paired with Sujata Roy from   “Batter Up with Sujata”. She gave me ginger and turmeric as my secret ingredients and with that i came up with Palak Thalipeeth.

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

Thalipeeth, a Maharashtrian flat bread is made from various flours such as jowar, bajra, rice and whole wheat flour. The different flours used in this recipe make it highly nutritious in calcium, phosporous, protein, minerals etc.

What goes to into making a Palak Thalipeeth

Multigrain flour is the main ingredient in making thalipeeth, so let see why  these flours and some other ingredients make this flat bead so nutritious:

Jowar flour: Made from jowar / sorghum, this flour is loaded with essential vitamins, anti-oxidants, zinc etc.

Bajra flour: This flour apart from being a great gluten free option, also is rich in proteins and fiber

Rice flour: an excellent substitute for gluten free recipes, it is also helpful in helping people who might not be able to digest wheat

Besan / Gram flour: Gram flour / chick peas flour is also a source of protein and vitamins

Palak / Spinach: Palak is known to contain vitamins and iron.

Masalas:  well Indian spices / masalas just bring life to all the recipes 😀

How to make Palak Thalipeeth

Once all the ingredients are collected as per the recipe. A firm dough is made and set aside in a bowl to rest for atleast 30 minutes. After that the magic begins!!!

  • Take two sheets of butter paper / parchment papaer (A4 size )

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

  • Take a ball of the dough (cricket ball size) and place it on the oiled parchment paper

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

  • Cover with the other sheet and slowly use your fingers to spread it out

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

  • Remove the top sheet, gently turn over the flat bread directly on the oiled tawa or on your hand before placing it on the hot tawa.

Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach

  • Cook on both sides with a little oil.

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I had a great time making this recipe..i hope you like it to.

 

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Palak Thalipeeth | Multigrain flour and spinach flat bread
Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
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Ingredients
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Step by step description on making a healthy multigrain flour palak thalipeeth (flat bread). This homemade flat bread also has the goodness of spinach
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, bring together all dry and wet ingredients
  2. Slowly add water to the bowl and bring all the ingredients to form a firm dough
  3. Cover the bowl with firm dough with a plate / cloth and set aside for 20 minutes
  4. Take 2 sheets of parchment paper, oil them and set aside
  5. After 20 minutes, form balls of the dough (cricket ball size)
  6. Place the ball on the oiled sheet and softly press it
  7. Place the other sheet on top of the dough and press the dough slowy to flatten it
  8. Flatten it till it is 2.5 - 3 times bigger than what the dough started out initially
  9. Remove the top sheet and transfer the thalipeeth on the tawa (either directly on the tawa or transfer to hand first and then transfer to the hot tawa)
  10. Make 4 - 5 holes while the thalipeeth is on the tawa
  11. Add oil to the holes ( this helps in evenly cooking the thalippeth)
  12. Cook on both sides on medium flame to get even colouring.
  13. Repeat the process till all the dough becomes a thalipeeth 🙂
  14. Serve hot with some pickle, curd and here we also some chickpea salad

Cottage cheese stuffed dinner rolls

These Homemade dinner rolls stuffed with cottage cheese (paneer) and sweet corn are an excellent way to get some protein and vegetables into my daughter.

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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.

These Homemade dinner rolls stuffed with cottage cheese (paneer) and sweet corn are an excellent way to get some protein and vegetables into my daughter.

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

Various breads for breakfast in a boulangerie in Bastille, Paris
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.

Bagel Sandwich with roasted vegetables and cream cheese

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 !!!




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.

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.

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Homemade dinner rolls stuffed with cottage cheese and sweet corn
These Homemade dinner rolls stuffed with cottage cheese (paneer) and sweet corn are an excellent way to get some protein and vegetables into my daughter.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1.20 hours
Servings
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 1.20 hours
Servings
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for the bread dough
These Homemade dinner rolls stuffed with cottage cheese (paneer) and sweet corn are an excellent way to get some protein and vegetables into my daughter.
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a wok or kadhai
  2. Add the onions and saute them till they are pink in colour
  3. Once the onions are cooked, add the sweet corn and mix well
  4. Now add the salt and different masala powder and mix well
  5. Cover and cook for a couple of minutes at a low flame
  6. Add crumbled paneer (cottage cheese) and mix well
  7. Cover and cook for a couple of minutes
  8. Add chopped coriander for garnis, remove from heat and set aside to cool
  9. Follow the instruction and the ingredients mention above to make a bread dough (without the rosemary)
  10. Let it proof for about 45 - 60 mins or till the dough doubles in size
  11. Knock down the air in the dough and make 6 equal portion of the same
  12. Pat each dough roll flat, place 2 - 3 tsp of the filling in it
  13. Get the edges of the flattened roll towards inside and cover the filling to form a seal
  14. Place the seal side of the dough on the platform and using your fingers and palm..slowly roll the dough into a tight roll
  15. Place the roll in a greased pan and repeat the process with all the dough rolls
  16. Once all the dough rolls are placed in the greased pan, cover with cloth and set aside for 20 -25 minutes for the rolls to double in size
  17. Pre heat the oven /OTG to 200 Degree Centigrade
  18. Brush the rolls with egg yolk or milk and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top
  19. Once the oven is preheated, place the rolls in the oven to bake
  20. Bake for 15 minutes or till the top of the buns get a golden colour
  21. Remove the rolls and immediately brush some salted butter on them
  22. Remove the rolls with a spatula and leave them to cool on a cooling rack
  23. Once they are cool or at room temperature, have thes rolls as is or with a little tomato sauce

Homemade Sambar Powder Recipe: South Indian style

Sambar Powder | A Homemade sambar podi is the quintessential ingredient found in every south indian household – each having their own mix forming the homemade sambar podi recipe

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Homemade sambar powder is the quintessential ingredient found in every south Indian household – each having their own mix forming the homemade sambar podi recipe.

Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar

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)

Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar

Here it is from my kitchen to yours, a vibrant and lovely orange homemade sambar powder recipe !!!

Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar
The mill near our house

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.

Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar

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…

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Sambar Powder | Homemade sambar podi recipe
Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 mins
Servings
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Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 mins
Servings
kilo
Ingredients
Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar
Instructions
  1. Dry roast each ingredient separately in a wok or kadhai (alternatively you can also let the ingredients sun dry for a couple of days)
    Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar
  2. Place the mix on paper or on a plate to cool down
  3. Grind to a smooth powder ( I get the entire mix ground at a traditional mill)
  4. Place the powder in a large wide mouthed vessel and let it cool down completely.
    Family recipe of homemade sambar powder resulting in fragrant and tasty sambar
  5. Store in an airtight and use this Sambar Powder for making yummy sambar !!!

Homemade Healthy Whole wheat and oats burger buns

Really simple, step by step instruction on how to make Homemade healthy whole wheat oats burger buns.These are a wonderful snack for children.

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Hello, fellow bakers, moms and dads. Today I want to share a really simple, step by step recipe. Here are  instructions on how to make Home made healthy whole wheat and oats burger buns. These are soft and a little dense but wonderful to make burgers for a party or a trip.

Really simple, step by step instruction on how to make Homemade healthy wholewheat and oats burger buns.These are soft and little dense but wonderful to make burgers for a party or a trip[

I love breads and that is quite evident with me baking breads for us and for friends through out the week. Generally I just use all-purpose flour or maida for breads. Of late I am trying my hand at replacing maida with other flours such as rye, ragi, whole wheat and oats.

Different flours result in different texture and a very different taste. Experimentation will mean multiple recipes and that means lots of permutations and combination of ingredients. This just opens the doors to so many recipes ! (Phew that was a long sentence :D)

This is a recipe I made for friends and this was also my first use of 100% whole wheat and oats as a combination to make burger buns. I am yet to get them soft like buns made with maida but this is definitely a step in the right direction.

So here is my step towards healthy baking: Home made healthy whole wheat and oats burger buns !

If Healthy baking is your cup of tea, you’d love this recipe for Raisin and Walnut Bread loaf.

Umm, just the sound of it makes your mouth water, right?

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Homemade Healthy Whole wheat and oats burger buns
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25-20 mins
Passive Time 1.5 hours
Servings
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 25-20 mins
Passive Time 1.5 hours
Servings
buns
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Sieve both the flours and set aside in a bowl.
  2. Set aside all the other ingredients in individual bowls before starting.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the yeast, sugar, flours, eggs, salt and warm milk and start kneading ( alternatively one can add all the ingredients to a stand mixer, attach the dough hook and start kneading)
  4. Knead the dough just till all the ingredients come together (Over kneading increases the gluten in the dough and the buns become dense after baking)
  5. Grease another large mixing bowl with little oil and lay the dough into that.
  6. Cover the dough with cling film or a plate and let it rest for 45 minutes to 1 hour ( or till the dough doubles in size).
  7. Remove the plate / cling film, punch down the dough and knead a little a bit.
  8. Portion out the dough into small balls and set aside ( i weighed each ball to approximately 70 - 75 gms)
  9. Grease a baking tray and set aside.
  10. Tighten by rolling each ball between your palms and tucking the skin / edges to get a smooth skin on top.
  11. Roll all the dough balls and place them slowly on the baking tray ( leave at least 1 inch space between each ball).
  12. Cover with a wet towel or cling film and let it rise for another 30 minutes ( till the dough balls double in size).
  13. While the dough balls are resting pre-heat the oven to 200 degree C.
  14. Once the dough balls rise, remove the cling film, apply egg wash using a brush and sprinkle sesame seeds on them.
  15. Bake the buns in the oven for 15-20 minutes or till it turns golden brown in colour.
  16. Once baked remove the buns and set aside for 5 minutes ( always wear mittens while removing anything hot from the oven). Apply butter on top of the buns while they are hot.
  17. Remove the buns from the tray and set aside on a wire mesh to cool.( cover them with a dry towel so that the top does not dry out)
  18. Use them to make burgers or have them as is !!!
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