Classic Snacks Made Healthy With Chef Natasha Gandhi

by | July 8, 2021, 10:28 IST

Three classic snacks get a healthy twist in these recipes from Chef Natasha Gandhi, founder of House of Millets

Baked Jowar Chakli
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1 cup jowar flour
1 cup boiling water
1 tsp red chilli powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp sesame seeds
½ tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
Salt, to taste

  1. Place the jowar flour in a bowl, add the boiling water, and mix. Allow to cool, then add the remaining ingredients, and knead to a dough.
  2. Transfer the dough to a chakli maker, and pipe out chaklis on parchment paper.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven at 180° C for 25 to 30 minutes until crisp. You can also shallow-fry them.

One-Minute Millet Cookie in a Bowl

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½ cup jowar (foxtail millet) flour
¼ cup coconut sugar
½ cup chocolate
½ tsp vanilla extract or essence
½ tsp baking soda
¼ cup plant-based milk
½ cup hazelnut butter or any nut or seed butter
Chocolate chips, to garnish

  1. Place all the ingredients (except the chocolate chips) in a large bowl, and mix well.
  2. Transfer to small serving bowls that can be microwaved.
  3. Garnish with the chocolate chips
  4. Microwave on high for one minute, or bake at 175° C for 12 to 15 minutes.

Ragi Pancakes

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1 cup ragi flour
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
4 tbsp grated jaggery
Salt, to taste
½ cup milk (or plant-based milk)
½ cup yoghurt (or dairy-free yoghurt)
½ tsp oil

  1. Place the ragi flour, baking soda, baking powder, jaggery and salt in a large bowl, and mix well.
  2. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, and add the milk, yoghurt, and oil. Mix to a lump-free batter.
  3. Heat a pan on a medium-high flame, and pour small amounts of the batter to make pancakes. Cook until you see bubbles, then flip and cook the other side.
  4. Serve with honey, maple syrup, fruits, seeds and nuts.

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