Whole Wheat Flour- Double Treat

Mens sana in corpore sano. (Your prayer must be for a sound mind in a sound body.) ~Juvenal

Pumpkin Cupcakes

In my never-ending but seemingly unattainable quest to make (somewhat) healthy eats I have tried adding whole wheat flour to the most unlikeliest of foods.
Therefore when I found these recipes in an old issue of Good Housekeeping I was beaming like an insurance salesman about to sell annuities on the Titanic. It is as healthy as healthy can be;still passes off as a er..treat. My youngest son ate quite a few-he loved them, but then he will eat ANYTHING sweet…ANYTHING. My verdict is that it is quite a healthy breakfast/snack time eat. It has none of the delicious but vicious stuff( read butter, flour) but still manages to taste reasonably good.
At least it doesn’t leave any evidence on your hips.

Healthy Pumpkin Cupcakes

2 cups flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup pumpkin puree( its beta-carotene rich..)
3 tbsp oil
He's gonna grab another Pumpkin Cupcake
Preheat oven to 400 C. Lightly oil muffin tray.
In a large bowl mix the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
In another large bowl whisk egg, buttermilk, brown sugar, pumpkin puree and oil.
Add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
Spoon into muffin tray.
Bake cupcakes for 10 minutes or until nicely puffed and browned.

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins
whole wheat Banana Muffin
Yields 1 dozen muffins
I found this recipe here.
Ingredients
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
2 cup mashed bananas
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

In a large mixing bowl, combine salt, flour, baking powder and baking soda.
In another bowl, mix honey, eggs, oil, and banana well.
Add banana blend to the flour mixture and mix until Just combined.
Pour into a greased muffin pan or paper muffin cups.
Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes or until done.
Let cool in pan for 10 minutes and serve warm.

Can Diamonds Make you Fat??

YES!! When they look like this…

Diamond Cuts- Diwali Sweet

I just love these ‘Diamond Cuts’ as they are called back in my hometown Kerala. Although my mom never made them, I’ve had these goodies at homes of various friends and relatives and I’m always filled with longing when I think of these ‘precious sweets’. I used the recipe that I found on a college-mates blog but made it using whole wheat flour instead. They were ALMOST as good as the real thing. ALMOST. Nevertheless, my boy’s finished the whole lot almost immediately. I guess it was a case of Diamonds being a boy’s best friend.

Ingredients for Diamond Cuts:

* 2 cups whole wheat flour
* 2 1/2 tbsp beaten egg
* A generous pinch of salt
* Enough Water to knead into a pliable dough
* Seeds from 2 cardamoms, crushed
* Oil for deep frying

Directions:

Mix the flour, egg and salt; add water in very little by little and knead well until you get soft dough .Add in the crushed cardamom. Once the dough is ready, cover it with a damp cloth for 15 minutes.
Roll out the dough and cut into a diamond shape.
Diamond Cuts
Fry in hot oil until it puffs and and turns a goldenish colour.
Dust liberally with icing sugar or use sugar syrup as mentioned in the original recipe..actually i was rather pressed for time so took the easier way out…

Diamond Cuts
These Diamonds go to the Sweet Series” event going on at Mom’s Recipies.

Multi-Lentil Carrot Paratha

Multi-Lentil Carrot Paratha
Preparing a healthy breakfast is such a challenge. I’m almost always out of ideas, and more often than not I turn to the super healthy Multi-lentil Carrot parathas. This is such a fabulous meal. I first tasted these when a friend sent some over but they have become a hot favourite, especially for breakfast. Serve this with some chilled thick curd and you have the perfect wholesome breakfast. This recipe makes around 6 parathas.

Ingredients for filling

1/4 cup channa dal / Bengal gram
1/4 cup toor dal
¼ cup split moong dal
1-inch piece of minced ginger
Turmeric powder-a pinch
1 green chilli minced
1 onion chopped fine
1 carrot grated finely
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
Juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 tsp ajwain /thymol seeds
2 tbsp ghee or oil

Soak the lentils for about half an hour, then pressure cook along with the ginger, turmeric and 1 cup of water. Switch off after 2 whistles. You may need to cook further to drain the excess water, if any.

Next heat some of the ghee and fry the onions, chilli and ginger-garlic paste until the onions turn opaque and seems cooked.Now add the grated carrot and the cooked lentils to this and top with the lime juice and ajwain. Mix to combine. This mixture should look like a thick mass of ball. Use your hands to divide this mixture into even sized balls. Set aside.

Ingredients for the dough

* 2 cups whole wheat flour
* 1 teaspoon salt
* Water to knead the dough
* Oil/ ghee for cooking

Combine wheat, salt and ghee. Add water gradually to form a soft, pliable dough . Knead dough until it is smooth and elastic. Add 1/2 teaspoon oil to coat the dough and knead little more.

The dough will be soft and non sticky. Set aside covered with a damp cloth for 10 minutes. Make 12- 15 lemon sized balls of the dough and roll them out into thin circles of approximately 3 inches in diameter. To prevent it from getting all sticky and messy you may occasionally toss the dough in some dry flour.
Now take each circle and add a spoonful of the mixture in the centre. Sprinkle some dry whole wheat flour on top and then form into a ball by gathering the edges up together. Remove the little excess dough which popped out when you brought them together.

Gently toss the stuffed side onto a floured rolling board and very very gently roll out the dough.

Place on hot griddle. After a few minutes when it has formed brown spots on one side, turn and cook the other side. Smear a little ghee on the edges of the paratha as it is cooking. When it looks crispy and done take off heat.
paratha
Serve warm.

This is my entry to the WYF Breakfast event. If you wish to know more about the blog and the event don’t hesitate,just CLICK HERE.

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