August 10, 2020

Sugarfree Apple Cinnamon Milkshake , and a very special post :-) | Kids Recipes | Zero Cook

Today is a quick Sugar free Apple Cinnamon Milkshake and its special for many reasons : my little one has completely made this by herself from chopping to pureeing to photographing, except the shots where she wanted her hands to be seen but not her face (well, I didn’t want to show the face on social media - that was entirely my call). 

Isn’t it fabulous when little munchkins help you out? And although I don’t generally add milk products with fruits, we can always, always make an exception, for occasions like these. As the apples were super sweet, and the cinnamon aids in getting it to taste sweeter too, we didn't add any extra sugar except ….. (check out the recipe below!) .Fruit in (or as) dessert. While we generally consume fruits as whole, there are a few dishes with fruits and bake-worthy veggies which go into delicious dishes like:

Smoothies and chilled desserts like : Mango Mastani , Sugarfree Muskmelon-Cucumber Cooler, Amrud ka Panha (Guava Cooler)

Fruit based Salads like :Melon ball Salad , Citrus Burst Salad, Pear Pomogranate Salad

muffins:  like the Sugarfree Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins with Oats Streusel ,

bakes : (Wholewheat Pumpkin Coconut Chocochip bread) , Eggless Sugafree Raga Banana Bundt Bread , Eggless Mango Cardamom Cake

everything else as a mild dessert: think Almost Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Cake OR a Keto Friendly Apple Crumble made with almond flour with no added Sugar OR Wholewheat Apple Cinnamon Pecan Scones (yummmmm!) 

So, Archana who gave us Fruity Desserts as a theme today, this is a sweetish (no added sugar) dessert from my kitchen today. Archana’s Peach and Apple cobbler is a real treat for those wanting to indulge in an elegant, sophisticated dessert, but for now my little one says thanks to Archana aunty for she could ‘pose’ for the pics and make the delicious milkshake today. 


Prep time - 5-7 mins , No cook, Serves - 2 kids

What you need:

  • Chilled Apples -  2 medium (Red Delicious variety works best)
  • Chilled milk - 3/4 cup
  • Ice Cubes - as desired
  • Cinnamon powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Honey - 1 TBSP (as required) or add sugar if required

How to:

  1. Wash and cube the apples (with the peel on). You may peel them if you like, but we prefer it with the peel on
  2. In a blender, add apple, cinnamon powder, chilled milk and puree
  3. Add ice and puree it once more till frothy.
  4. Add honey and mix
  5. Serve immediately

August 6, 2020

Little Millet Onion Uttapam Recipe | Samai Vengaya Oothappam | Vegan and GF Breakfast

Millets are a great replacement to rice especially for diabetics / weight watchers. In Indian Cuisine, Millets can easily replace rice for IdliDosa , Pongal  . Today's dish is a play on the popular Onion Uttapam with a twist with millets. You could use the Millet Idli recipe to make the Uttapam, but I chose to make the Uttapam batter from scratch. If you are just venturing into millets, do check out various ways to use millets from One Pot Meals  to DosaIdli  Upma Pongal to Millet Cakes

Onions and garlic belong to the family Allium which are basically sulphur compounds, which helps in treating cardio vascular ailments, nasal congestions (best done with steamed onions), lowering blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides and lowering blood pressure. 

This month on the A-Z recipe Challenge, we have alphabet O where we need to make a dish featuring a star ingredient which begins with O in its english name . Onions, olives, oysters are few ingredients that came to mind, of which I chose onions. 

I did make onion rings, but it was all gone before I could capture a few decent pics (and I am not surprised at all :-)) . 

Uttapam / Utthappam / Oothappam is a South Indian Pancake made slightly thicker than Dosa on a skillet topped with veggies / sauces / chutneys / Podis. As mentioned, one can use Idli / Dosa batter to make Uttapam, but let's make the batter from scratch. 

Other Uttapam recipes on the blog include:

Andhra style Erra Karam Dosa

Let's get to the recipe now.

Prep time - 10 mins, Soaking + grinding time - 6 hours, 
Fermentation - overnight / 8-10 hours.
Makes - 15~20 Uttapams

You would need:
  • Little Millet / Samai / Samo  - 3 cups (1 cup = 120 ml)
  • Urad Dal (Split / Whole) - 1 cup
  • Methi / Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp 
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - to fry (approx. 1/4 - 1/2 tsp per Uttapam)
Chopped Onions - 1 cup
Chopped  coriander - 2 TBSP
Chopped curry leaves - 1 tsp
Crushed black pepper - 1/2 tsp 
Minced ginger & green chillies - to taste
Idli Podi - 1/2 tsp per dosa (optional).

How to:

Day 1:

Wash and soak the millet + methi and Urad in minimal water separately for 4-6 hours. 
Grind the Urad dal and methi first to a smooth fluffy batter. Grind the millet to a slightly coarse texture. 
In a bowl, mix both the batters and add salt and fluff it up well. Close and ferment the batter for 8-10 hours or overnight. 


To make the topping:
Heat 1 TBSP oil, add the ginger, green chillies, curry leaves and minced onions and caramelise it well. Add black pepper and mix well. Add the chopped cilantro and mix well. Keep ready.

Once the batter has fermented well, mix well with a deep ladle. Heat the skillet to medium-hot. Pour 1-2 ladles of the batter to a thick dosa (uttapam consistency) and drizzle the oil around, while topping the dosa with the minced onion mixture and some idli molagapudi (opt,). Let it get golden brown on one side

Flip to the other side if required. Or serve the Millet Onion Uttapam immediately with more Idli Molagapodi / Chutney of any sort.  

August 3, 2020

15-min Matki Chi Usal Recipe | मटकीची उसळ| Moth Beans Gravy | Vegan and Gluten Free Recipes

Matki chi usal is a delicious gravy from Maharashtra. It’s a semi solid kind of gravy made with moth beans (a.k.a matki in local lingo), although Usal is also had in the dry sautè form. Having been in Mumbai for considerably long now, we have started adapting these local cuisines as part of the daily menu plan and these sprouted curry is part of a fortnightly meal rotation. 

The kids love this with hot chapatis for dinner. It also makes an excellent source of fibre (due to its sprouting, although sprouting is optional) and protein as a legume. 


Other Maharashtrian dishes on the blog are 

Priya Vijay who blogs at SweetSpicyTasty gave us #Maharashtrian cuisine as a theme. Her Farali Chivda is something I would love to try out soon. 

Vegan GF and filling - that’s a good dish to have for your meal, isn’t it ? Let’s get cracking. 

Soak time - 8 hrs of soaking time + Sprouting (optional). 
Prep time - 10 mins
Cook time - 15 mins
Serves - 4
Cuisine : Maharashrian (indian). 
Course : Side dish / snack; 
spice level - medium 

What you need:
Moth beans / Matki (you can also make this with cow pea / alasandhe OR dried vatana / dried peas) - 150 grams
Oil - 1 TBSP
Tempering : Curry leaves, Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp, Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
turmeric -1/4 tsp
Potato - 2 medium (or 1 large)
Onion - 1 large (minced)
Ripe Tomato - 1 large

Spice powders:
Goda Masala - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Pwdr - 1/2 tsp
Dhania powder / Dry Coriander powder - 1 TBSP
Kashmiri Red chilli pwdr - 1 tsp
Amchur / dry mango powder - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp (opt. But recommended) 

Garnish - Lemon juice 1 TSP + chopped coriander - 1 TBSP

How to:
  1. Soak the moth beans overnight (or till they double). Drain (at this stage, you can sprout them or use as is).
  2. In a pressure pan, heat oil. Splutter the tempering ingredients. Add turmeric, minced onion .Add salt and sauté well till onions turn golden brown. Now add soaked matki (moth beans), cubed potato  tomato and the spice powders. 
  3. Sauté well for 3-4 mins till the oil slightly separates. Add 1-1.5 cups of water and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.
  4. Let the pressure come down on its own. Mash up the potatoes a bit to give the gravy more volume and body. 
  5. Add 2-3 TBSP water if you need to adjust the consistency to a gravy like texture.
  6. Let it simmer for 1-2 mins , at this stage adjust salt and spices. 
  7. Finish with lemon juice  and chopped cilantro. 
  8. Serve hot with Chapatis or Pav (bread rolls)

July 30, 2020

Instant Cucumber Idli - No Grinding, No Fermentation, No Urad Dal required | ಸೌತೆಕಾಯಿ ಇಡ್ಲಿ | How to make Cucumber Idli | GF, Vegan

Idli is one of the healthiest Indian Breakfasts, and it has a wide following worldwide, even amongst non-South Indians as its easy to digest, can be taken even for convalescence patients who otherwise can't eat everyday food. As a family,Monday mornings are usually reserved for Idlis / Dosa as I grind the batter on Sunday evenings. With the humidity levels tolerable, I ferment for a little longer. 

You would naturally guess that we are a Idli loving family with over 14 varieties of Idli here on the blog (and counting!). And what better fun than to pair these Idli / Dosa with these huge collection of 20+ chutney varieties. Take your pick :)

Another plus  in our family is we are huge fans of steamed dishes like: 
Plus of course there are recipes like Baked Idli FryIdli Chilli and Idli Manchurian
which are made with leftover Idlis too. All in all, instant or fermented , Idli rules in our house.

Today's recipe came from a friend who's shared her mom's recipe for Instant Cucumber Idlis. This is a NO Urad dal recipe. You need about 15 mins of prep time + 30 mins (minimum) resting time. Since I made it first, we have made it thrice already. 

If you are a fan of Idlis or like trying out new recipes, please do check out the recipe and leave the comments on the YouTube video below too once you watch it for the method. If visiting the channel for the first time, please do like and subscribe to our channel.  

Anu Kollon suggested that we make steamed dishes this month for Ssshh Secretly Challenge, and I was paired with Preethi who gave me cucumber and cumin as the main ingredients. I gave her cardamom and milk powder - do check out the yummilicious Instant Kharwas she has made. 

Till then, check out this ultra delicious Cucumber Idli - Gluten Free and Vegan. 

See notes for getting it right the first time, every time :)

Prep time - 15 mins, Standing time - 45-60 mins ; Cook time - 15 to 20 mins. Makes - 12-14 medium sized Idlis


  1. This recipe traditionally doesn’t use Curd / yoghurt. But if you are short of cucumbers, use can use curd partially. Don't skip the cucumbers entirely  
  2. Don’t skimp on the quantity of the fresh / frozen coconut. That gives the extra moisture and softness for the idli
  3. Don’t steam for less than indicated time, as the batter is somewhat watery, cook it for 2-3 mins more than the usual Idli (again time depends on how many idlis you are making per batch)
  4. Only Rice Rava (homemade or store bought ) will work for this recipe, not the usual semolina / Sooji / Kansa rava.  If you don’t have readymade / store bought Idli rava, click the above link on how to make  homemade Idli Rawa.
1 cup = 200 ml 

What you need:
  • Rice Rava (homemade) - 1.5 cups
  • Grated Cucumber - 2.5 cups (Grated with skin on and don’t squeeze out the water)**
  • Grated Fresh / Frozen Coconut - 1 cup
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds -1 tsp
  • Green chillies - 2 to 3 finely minced
  • Grated ginger - 1 TBSP (opt.but recommended)

How to make:
Refer the YouTube video below for the detailed steps 

July 28, 2020

20+ Easy Chutney Recipes for Breakfast or lunch | Easy Chutney Recipes | Recipe Collections

Think Chutney for breakfast in most houses would be the Classic Coconut chutney or mint chutney. Think beyond the classic and check out these 20+ varieties of chutney you can make. 

Most at vegan (plant based) and almost all are GF (if you skip the asafoetida). Almost all of them pair with breakfast IdliVadaDosa , Pongal  ,Dhokla, Upma while some are called Thogayals (a.k.a Thuvayal) which is a South Indian  / Tamil style thick chutney that is eaten with hot steamed rice and some gravy.  In Andhra cuisine, these chutneys are also called pachadi. 

So, do let me know in the comments below which is your favourite and what are the other chutney varieties would you love to see on the blog ? 

Thogayal / Thuvayals (thick South Indian Chutneys eaten with rice)

Tomato Thokku (Tomato Chutney)  - this can be eaten with idli / dosa as well

Inji Thogayal (GInger chutney)

Paruppu thogayal (Lentils - Only chutney) 

Karivepalai Thogayal (Curry leaves chutney)

For Chutneys served wit Idli/Dosa/Pongal/Upma, we have (in alphabetical order) :

July 27, 2020

Ragi Thinai Dosa | NO RICE DOSA | Diabetic friendly Foxtail millet Ragi Dosa | Gluten Free, Vegan Dosa

Ragi Thinai Dosa is a Rice - Free , gluten Free, Vegan Dosa . This is a diabetic friendly dosa / crepe that is made often at home. Introducing Ragi (finger millet / nachni) to kids at an young age is imperative for the calcium content it boasts of, and dosas are the easiest way to sneak this in right ? 

I have GF and vegan Ragi Choco chip pancake which my younger one loves for her Sunday breakfast and also instant Cucumber Dosa (which is my preferred dosa any day). Other Ragi based Recipes include Mini Stuffed Ragi Masala Dosa.

If you are just venturing into millets, do check out various ways to use millets from One Pot Meals  to Dosa, Idli  Upma , Pongal to Millet Cakes

This is a similar pancake /dosa which doesn’t require too much prep time.except for soaking the millets and grinding them. The dark colour of the dosas could be a little getting used to. But once you like the taste, it is totally yum. I have used Whole Ragi (whole millet) to make this. Served here is Chettinad style Khara Chutney which is the perfect foil to this dosa. 

I have about 20+ varieties of Dosa on the blog, and Priya asked us to make any kid of Dosa for this week’s edition of #DosaDen at FMBH. I am particularly in love with her Broccoli Masala Dosa - a delicious twist to the popular masala dosa. Let’s get to see how to make this delicious dosa.

Prep time - 15 mins, Soaking time - 6 to 8 hours ;  
Grinding time - 30 mins , Fermentation time - 10 to 12 hours
Makes ~ 15 to 20 Dosa

1 cup = 200 ml


You need:
Whole ragi / nachni grains - 1 cup  
Thinai / Foxtail millet - 1 cup
Urad dal - 3/4 cup
Methi seeds / fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Red poha / brown poha - 2 TBSP (optional but recommended)
Oil - to make the dosa.

How to:

  • Wash the ragi well. Soak the ragi and the foxtail millet in separate containers for 6 hours. Soak urad dal with the poha and methi seeds separately for 4 hours.  
  • Grind the Urad dal + methi + poha mixture well into a smooth paste. Transfer to a bowl. 
  • Grind the ragi and foxtail millet separately into slightly coarse batters. 
  • Mix all 3 batters and mix well with your hand or a whisk thoroughly. Add salt and mix again, ensuring the batters are well mixed in. Cover the container and ferment overnight. 
  • Next morning, mix the fermented batter again. Add 1-2 tsp of water if its too thick (I didn’t add). Adjust consistency to a pouring dosa batter texture. 
  • Grease a cast iron tava (skillet) well. pour a ladle full of batter and spread to a dosa (don’t make it too thin or thick). Drizzle little oil around the sides. Let it cook golden. Flip and cook for 10 more seconds. 
  • Serve hot with any chutney. We had with Chettinad style Khara Chutney  

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