Celebrating Rakshabandhan, the spicy way: Learn how to make masala batti now!
Raksha Bandhan is a special occasion to celebrate an emotional bonding between a brother and his sister by tying a holy thread around the brothers wrist. This thread which pulsates with sisterly love and sublime sentiments, is called the Rakhi. It means a bond of protection and Raksha Bandhan means that the strong must protect the weak from all that's evil.
But, this does not end here. As the Raksha Bandhan rituals end, the celebrations begin. During this day, it is more like a family union in most of the households. Family members exchange gifts with other well wishers and relatives.
Besides the gifts and warm greetings, how can we forget the tasty dishes and sweets prepared on this day. But, should one really compromise on their health?
Lets celebrate this trivia of Raksha Bandhan just like the true spirit of all other Indian festivals, but with a HEALTHY TWIST !
For The Dough
1. 1 cup whole wheat flour – 1 cup
2. Semolina – 1 tbsp
3. Salt to taste – use minimum, to taste
4. Milk – 2 tbsp
For The Green Pea Stuffing
1. Boiled and coarsely crushed green peas - 1 /2 cup
2. Cumin seeds (jeera) – ½ tsp
3. Asafoetida (hing) – 1.4th tsp
4. Ginger-green chilli paste – ½ tsp
5. Chilli powder – 1/4th tsp (alter as per taste)
6. Coriander (dhania) powder – ½ tsp
7. Salt – use minimum, to taste
8. Oil – 1/2 tsp
1. Panchmel dal (NO ghee) – 1/2 katori
1. For the dough: Combine all the ingredients in a deep bowl and knead into a firm dough using milk. Knead well for 3 to 4 minutes. Divide the dough into equal portions and cover with a wet muslin cloth and keep aside for 20 minutes.
2. For the green pea stuffing: Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan, add the cumin seeds and asafoetida. When the seeds crackle, add the green peas, ginger-green chilli paste, chilli powder, coriander powder and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring continuously. Remove from the flame and allow the stuffing to cool completely. Divide the stuffing into equal portions and keep aside.
How to proceed: Roll out each portion of the dough . Place one portion of the stuffing in the center of a rolled dough circle. Surround the filling with the dough by slowly stretching it over the filling. Seal the ends tightly and remove any excess dough if necessary. Flatten the rounds lightly and make a small indentation in the centre of the baati using your thumb. Boil water in a deep non-stick kadhai, add the baatis into the boiling water and cook on a high flame for 15 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Drain and keep aside. Allow the baatis to cool completely. Bake the battis in a pre-heated oven at 250°c (500°f) for 20 minutes, while turning them after every 5 minutes. Arrange the baatis on a serving dish, break them into pieces serve immediately with panchmel dal.
KHYATI'S HEALTH 'O' METER SAYS:
Dal Batti , one of the most popular cuisines, is the most healthy and filling meal with a delicious taste. It contains various nutritional values such as carbohydrates, proteins , dietary fiber and vitamins and minerals coming from wheat flour, semolina, dal and green peas respectively. Making it even more healthy by baking the battis makes it more nutritious , royal, unique in flavor and essential for everyone.
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