Spicy oat/ Oat upma


  • For all indians, you know how to make upma and this one is just using oat. Just roast it for few mins and then same recipe.
  • For others, if you like spicy food like my coworkers, here’s how you can make it with minimum ingredients.
  • Roast 1 cup oat dry few mins so it won’t be sticky and if u don’t mind sticky, skip this step.
  • Heat oil, add either cumin seeds or mustard seeds whatever you have. Cumin seeds will turn little brown and mustard seeds will crack,jump around so be careful.
  • Add 1/4th cup chopped red, white or yellow onion. Add chopped green pepper or jalapeno or green chilies depending on how spicy you like. Start slow though.
  • Saute onion for few mins and then you can add chopped tomatoes if you like. I didn’t.
  • Add pinch of turmeric powder and now add your roasted oat. Add water(Microwave for a min so it’s warm).
  • Add salt and when oat is done, add 1 tsp sugar. Add some cashews or any nuts you like.
  • You can squeeze some lemon, lime over it and garnish with cilantro.
  • It’s easy and very quick.

Eggless fig muffin


  • Fig tree is still giving lots of figs.  Freezed some,  ate too many, shared with friends and still plenty left to experiment.
  • Muffins turned out great. I made 6 muffins and a little bread from same batter.
  • I didn’t measure things so will give rough idea  of what all went in.
  • All purpose flour, baking soda, chia seeds, sugar, pinch of salt, oil/butter, and fresh fig puree with milk.
  • Recipe inspired from http://www.aayisrecipes.com/cakes-cookies-pies/date-cake-eggless/
  • You can add cardamom powder or fennel seeds taste great too with figs. I have used both in the past.
  • Figs have too many health benefits. They are  a good source of calcium and fiber. Google if you need a reason to try them.
  • Warm fig muffin with Vanilla ice-cream…..Enjoy !

Gluten free dosa/pancake


  • One of my friend is trying out gluten-free diet and so i keep thinking of new gluten-free easy recipes. Obviously this was an experiment and turned out pretty good.
  • Singoda (water chestnut flour) and Rajgira(Amaranth) flour, both are gluten-free. I used 1 cup singoda and 1/2 cup rajgira but i think  you should be able to use any combination.
  • Add 1 spoon plain yogurt,water, salt and cumin seeds. Mix well. There shouldn’t be any lumps. You can add cilantro, green chilies whatever you like.
  • Make dosa usual way. They don’t turn out crispy but soft.
  • Both of this flour we use in fasting too. So instead of making fried puris and halwas, try this simple dosa.
  • Fasting this navratri will be easy with this dosa now. 🙂