Sunday, January 17, 2021

Five Seeds Laddu - A Vegan Sweet with a blend of five healthy seeds


Spreading joy and good will is the main aim of sharing goodies during festivals. This is the time of the year when the winter months come to a close and Makara Sankranti heralds the arrival of the bright and sunny Spring season . Makara Sankranti is a harvest festival celebrated by all the states in India . Each state celebrates the festival with its own traditional food prepared with the seasonal produce. Sesame seeds which lend warmth and nourishment to the body find an important place in the festive sweets of all states. In Karnataka  Yellu Bella - a mixture of Sesame seeds, Jaggery, Peanuts, Roasted Gram and Copra - is distributed among friends and relatives during Sankranti . 'Yellu Bella tindu olle maatanaadu' is a saying which means ' eat sesame and jaggery and speak good words. ' Sesame Laddus and Sesame Chikkis are popular in other states.

Five Seeds Laddu is a Makara Sankranti / Pongal special prepared with a blend of four other healthy seeds along with Sesame seeds.




Sesame seeds - 1/4 cup

Flax seeds - 1/4 cup

Pumpkin seeds - 1/4 cup

Sunflower seeds - 1/4 cup

Chia seeds - 1/4 cup

Raisins - 1 cup 

Cardamom - 2


1. Dry roast the seeds one by one till they start cracking, emanating a pleasant nutty flavour.

2. Allow the roasted seeds to cool down . 

3. Grind the roasted nuts together into a coarse powder .

4. Add raisins and cardamom and grind again .

5. The powder will come together when the nuts start releasing oil . 

6. Scoop the powder into a bowl and knead well .

7. Take small portions of the nut and raisin mixture and firmly shape them into  Laddus . 

The oil from the nuts and the stickiness in the raisins will help to hold the Laddus together . 

Enjoy the healthy Five Seeds Laddus and share them with your near and dear ones during the festival .

Friday, September 11, 2020

Carrot and Oats Pidi Kozhukattai - Carrot and Oats Steamed Dumplings

 Rice being the staple food of the whole of South India , most of the Palagarams in this region like Idlies , Dosas , Aapams and Uthappams are also prepared using rice and lentils. Pidi Kozhukattai is another traditional steamed dish prepared using broken rice and lentils. Many people nowadays try to cut down on their rice intake due to their sedentary life styles and opt for healthier substitutes. Here is a healthy version of Pidi Kozhukattai known as Kadubu in Kannada prepared using Oats , Lentils and Carrots .

Recipe and Pictures Courtesy: Vidya Murali


Oats - 2 Cups
Split Pigeon Peas / Tur Dal - 2 tbsps ( Soaked, drained and coarsely broken)
Carrot - 1 ( Grated )
Fresh coconut gratings - 2 tbsps
Sesame oil - 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
Split black gram dal - 1 tsp
Green chillies - 2 ( Chopped )
Fresh ginger ( grated ) - 2 tsps
Curry leaves - a few
Asafoetida - 1 pinch
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Curds - 2 tbsps (Optional)
1. Dry roast Oats till it turns brown emanating a pleasant nutty aroma and keep it aside .

2. Heat oil in a kadai and splutter mustard seeds followed by split black gram dal.
3. When the dal turns golden in colour add asafoetida, green chillies, ginger and curry leaves.
4.  Stir in carrot gratings and add two cups of water.
5. Add salt, coconut gratings and curds ( Omit curd if you are vegan ) and bring it to a boil.
6. Stir in roasted Oats and broken dal, cover and cook on medium flame till it absorbs all the water.
7.Take a scoop of the cooked Oats and shape it into a Kozhukattai using your wet palms without pressing too much.
8. Make all the Kozhukattais similarly using the cooked Oats, place them on greased Idly plates and steam them for 6 minutes.
9. Let the Carrot and Oats Kozhukattais rest for ten minutes before you take them out .

Enjoy the healthy Carrot and Oats Kozhukattais with any chutney and gojju / vattal kozhambu of your choice .