Sunday, May 19, 2019

Mixed Lentils Dosa / Mixed Dal Dosa

Mixed Lentils Dosa is a healthy, tasty & protein packed dosa made using different types of Lentils (or "Dal" in Hindi). This dosa recipe which I am going to share today does not require use of rice. Also, it is an instant recipe that means it does not need any fermentation time.

Mixed Dal Dosa is known by various other regional names in India like "Bele Dosa" derived from "Bele" meaning lentils in Kannada, "Adai Dosa" in Telugu, "Panchratan Dal" Dosa as referred by some people in North which means Dosa made using five types of Dal. For those people who are not familiar with "Dosa", these are South Indian crepes which are thin & crispy in texture.
Mixed Lentil Dosa is a nutritious Healthy Breakfast Recipe which can be made in just few minutes once its batter is ready. I keep looking for such breakfast recipes which are full of nutrients and at the same time does not require long preparation time in mornings. This recipe is topmost as it easily meets both the criterion. I generally soak these lentils a night before. In the morning all I have to do is grind these soaked lentils with salt & water and the batter is ready. I store this batter for up to 3 days in refrigerator & my morning breakfast is sorted like a breeze every time.

The five lentils or dal I have used in this recipe are - Urad Dal, Split Green Moong Dal, Masoor Dal, Moong Dal and Chana Dal. 
The Dosas turn out to be perfectly thin & crispy if you follow the exact proportions mentioned below in the ingredients list. Regarding the nutritional value, these lentil dosas are low calorie, full of proteins, rich in iron and folate. They are Gluten Free and vegan (if cooked using oil). It would otherwise be difficult to include so many different lentils in our diet every day but with this recipe you are having a little bit of each type and that too without compromising on taste or time.

You can enjoy this Dosa with Coconut or Fresh Coriander chutney, recipes for which are shared in Chutneys/Dips section of the blog. You can even have it with traditional Sambhar and classic Aloo Masala which is served with traditional Rice Dosa.

Other Recipes which are completely made using Lentils and shared on this blog are-Moong Dal Cheela, Dry moong Dal Salad, Chickpea Salad and Chane ke Kebab.

Hope you would like this delicious and nutritious Mixed Lentil Dosa Recipe!!

List of Ingredients: (Makes 10-12 pieces)

  • Urad Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Yellow Moong Dal-1/4 cup
  • Orange Masoor Dal-1/4 cup
  • Split Chana Dal- 1/4 cup
  • Split Green Moong Dal-1/4 cup
  • Water-1/2 to 3/4 cup (roughly)
  • Salt - To Taste
  • Oil / Ghee - For cooking

Steps To Prepare:

Add all the lentils in the above mentioned proportion in a big bowl. Wash them thoroughly & change the water twice or thrice. Soak them for 3-4 hours. I generally prefer to soak these a night before. 
After few hours of soaking you will notice that lentils grains begin to swell & become slightly soft too.
Add these soaked lentils, salt & water in a grinding jar. Start by adding 1/2 cup water only. If the batter becomes too thick then add further tablespoon by tablespoon. Here I am using WonderChef Nutri-Blend Bullet Mixi for preparing the batter. It is really a good kitchen gadget for preparing smoothies & everyday grinding tasks. You can check out its price & other specification on Amazon by clicking here.
Give a nice pulse so that all the lentils are crushed completely till the batter becomes smooth.
Once the batter is ready, we will proceed to make dosas using it. Take a non-stick Tawa or heavy base griddle, spread some oil or ghee on it. Keep the tawa/griddle on medium heat. Wipe it off with a tissue while spreading it with a help of a tissue. This makes tawa non-sticky & manageable for dosas. Here I am using Hawkins Futura Non Stick Dosa Tawa (33cm). 

When tawa is slighlty hot, take a laddle full of batter & spread it in circular motion to give it a round shape. Keep the flame on Medium-High flame now.
After 1 minute, take a teaspoon of oil or ghee & spread it on edges and centre of dosa using a spoon or silicon brush. You will notice in some time the edges of the dosa will start coming off by itself.
If required use some more ghee or oil & starting from the edges, try to lift the dosa. No need to cook it from other side.
Enjoy it with Coconut or Fresh Coriander Chutney!! 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Vegan Chocolate Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl

Vegan Chocolate Oatmeal Smoothie is delicious wholesome smoothie that can be whipped in few minutes & make for a perfect breakfast.

Our mothers or elders generally give us a whole lot of preaching on what we should have every day for breakfast that includes nuts, oatmeal, fruits, milk etc. So I thought why not combine all these things together & come up with something tasty & healthy at the same time. This recipe has got a  nice chocolatey twist which makes it more tempting & irresistible especially to kids who are all time ready for having chocolates. 

We all want to include Oats in our diet but often find it boring & bland but with this recipe you would want to have them everyday. As claimed in numerous studies, oats have many health benefits like improving digestion, heart health, lowering cholesterol & rich in anti-oxidants. Oatmeal is quite fulfilling, making you feel full for a longer time and thus may help in losing weight also. 

This Vegan Chocolate Oatmeal smoothie mainly comprises of almonds, rolled whole oats, banana & cocoa. For non-vegan version, you can replace water with milk. For that little extra kick in the morning, I have added instant coffee powder to it. However feel free to omit it if you are making it for kids. The smoothie is garnished with some granola, nuts and chia seeds which gives a nice crunch in every bite. 

I had earlier shared the recipe for Fruit & Nut Granola which you check out by clicking here. For more recipes using Oats, check out the Oats Recipes section on blog.

Hope you would like this easy, delicious & healthy Chocolate Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe!!!

List of Ingredients:

  • Soaked Almonds - 12 to 15
  • Chilled Water-3/4 cup
  • Rolled Whole Oats-1/2 cup
  • Medium Sized Banana -1
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder-1 tsp
  • Instant Coffee Powder-1/4 tsp 
  • Brown Sugar-1 tsp (optional)

For Garnishing: (Any of Your Choice)

  • Granola- 2 tbsp
  • Banana- 1/2
  • Chopped Nuts- 2 tbsp 
  • Chia Seeds-1 tsp

Steps To Prepare:

Soak the almonds 8 hours or overnight. Peel these soaked almonds using knife or your fingers.

In a blender,add these soaked & peeled almonds along with chilled water. I am using here Wonderchef Nutri-Blender which comes quite handy when making smoothies & all. You can check out its price & specifications by clicking here.
Give it a pulse till almonds are completely blended & turned into liquid. If you want to skip this step, you can use almond milk directly or milk(dairy) for non-vegan version.

Add rolled oats to the almond milk & again give a pulse so that oats are completely crushed.
In this step add sliced bananas, unsweetened cocoa powder & instant coffee. If you want to add sweetener, add honey (non-vegan) or brown sugar. I don't add any as the smoothie gets its sweetness from natural sugars of banana. Blend it well so that all ingredients are mixed well. If you find the consistency thick, you can add some more chilled water or milk.
Transfer the smoothie in a long glass or bowl. 
Garnish it with some granola (recipe here), Chia seeds, chopped nuts, bananas or any fruits of your choice. Enjoy this bowl of health in breakfast or give it to your kids who would love to finish it happily!!

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