Baked Lentil Patties or Vaazhai Poo (Banana Flower) Vadai

June 30th, 2009 Madhuram Posted in Low Fat Baking, Salt and Spicy, Vegan Baking 23 Comments »

Banana Flower Lentil Patties

Back when I was in India before my marriage I rarely cooked because my grandmother and mother took care of it. I knew few basics like kootu, rasam and some poriyal (dry curry), so that was enough to help them out occasionally but certain things I did not know. One such thing is the procedure for cooking banana flower (vaazhai poo). Although my grandmother used to make usili and poriyal out of it I never bothered to learn how to prep the flower for cooking. After coming to US I did not see it in the local markets so I literally forgot that such a thing existed.

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Low-Fat Savory Scones

June 26th, 2009 Madhuram Posted in Low Fat Baking, Salt and Spicy, Scones 27 Comments »

Savory Scones

I found this savory scone recipe in a book named Gifts from the Kitchen. I made a couple of changes to the original recipe, like adding Garam Masala/chili powder and cilantro instead of Italian herbs and seasoning. To make it low in fat I have also substituted plain non fat yogurt for the sour cream and omitted the Parmesan cheese. I also replaced 1/4 cup of all purpose flour with chickpea flour. After all these changes the end product tasted like the baked version of the Indian Pakoda/bonda. More about the taste in the Taste section.

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Whole Wheat and Sesame Crackers

May 25th, 2009 Madhuram Posted in Salt and Spicy, Vegan Baking 24 Comments »

Whole Wheat Sesame Seed Crackers

Ever wondered how baked roti dough will taste? I have always thought about it but did not try it until last week. Now I know how it will taste and it’s definitely good. My husband wanted me to make something savory but not deep fried in oil. He actually wanted me to bake “bajjis” (vegetables dunked in chickpea flour batter and deep fried in oil) but I simply shrugged it off because I was not in the experimenting mood. Anyhow I wanted to make something for him because he usually does not ask much.

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Low Fat Samosas in a jiffy!

April 8th, 2009 Madhuram Posted in Food Blog Events, Others, Others, Pizzas, Puff/Phyllo Pastry, Salt and Spicy, Vegan Pizzas/Calzones 31 Comments »

Low Fat Samosa Recipe

Can you believe if I tell that you can make tasty samosas in just 15 minutes? Thanks to the mini fillo shells, these bite size samosas are low fat and also very easy to prepare. I have used these shells to make instant baklavas, but the idea of samosa did not occur to me until I saw Red Chillies’ low fat pani puri recipe. Thank you very much RC for another interesting recipe.

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