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Celebrating Rakshabandhan, the wholesome way: Learn how to make assorted uttapas 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 !

 

Ingredients:

1. Rice (soaked for few hours) – 15 gms
2. Urad dal (soak for few hours) – 10 gms
3. Nachni atta – 5 gms
4. Oil – few drops (for greasing)



To Be Mixed Into A Corn-capsicum Topping 

1. Boiled and coarsely crushed sweet corn kernels (makai ke dane) – ½ cup
2. Finely chopped capsicum – 1 tbsp
3. Finely chopped green chillies – ½ tsp
4. Salt – use minimum to taste



To Be Mixed Into A Mixed Sprouts Topping 

1. Boiled and coarsely crushed mixed sprouts – ½ cup
2. Finely chopped onions – 1 tbsp
3. Finely chopped tomatoes – 2 tbsp
4. Salt – use minimum to taste
5. Pav bhaji masala – 1 tsp


To Be Mixed Into A Spicy Tomato-coriander Topping 

1. Finely chopped tomatoes – ½ cup
2. Finely chopped coriander (dhania) – ¼ th cup
3. salt – use minimum to taste
4. Chilli powder – ½ tsp (alter as per taste) 



To Be Mixed Into A Carrot-beetroot Topping 

1. Thickly grated carrot – ½ cup
2. Thickly grated beetroot – ½ cup
3. Finely chopped green chillies – ½ tsp
4. salt – use minimum to taste



For Serving:

1. Sambar – 1 katori
2. Mint coriander chutney – 2 tbsp



Method: Soak the rice and urad dal separately for a few hours. Once done, mix the same and grind. The mixed batter can be kept overnight to ferment and used the next day to make the mini uttapams. Heat a mini uttapa pan and grease it using a little oil. Pour a small spoonful of the batter on the pan and spread in a circular motion to make a circle. Sprinkle each of the toppings evenly on the mini uttapas and press it gently so that the topping sticks well to the batter. Cook the uttapas, till they turn golden brown in color from both the sides. Repeat the same steps to make more. Serve immediately with sambar or mint coriander chutney.

 


NUTRITIVE VALUE:

1 Energy (kcals)  230
2 Protein (g) 10
3 Carbohydrates (g)  40
4 Fat (g) 1.5

 

KHYATI'S HEALTH 'O' METER SAYS:

This carbohydrate and protein filled uttapam surely makes a very healthy option. Nachni contains all the essential amino acids , is the highest in calcium and potassium, and also a very rich source of iron making it very beneficial to anaemic to raise haemoglobin levels. Containing all the healthy ingredients such as corn, capsicum, tomatoes, carrots and beetroot, this uttapam platter boosts one providing all the antioxidants from the nutrients in them. Adding on to its protein is the presence of ural dal and sprouts, making this platter a wholesome healthy meal.

 

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