Sugar Free Low Calorie Gajar Halwa / Diet Gajar Halwa

Sugar free gajar halwa or diet gajar halwa or low calorie halwa.
Winter means season of gajar ka halwa or carrot pudding. In India gajar ka halwa is a famous and most popular dessert during winter.

Normally gajar ka halwa made with full cream milk, lots of ghee or clarified butter, khoya or dried milk and fry fruits. Grated carrots cooked with full cream milk till dried up. Then cooked again with lots of ghee and khoya. Yes this halwa must be mouthwatering. But what about diabetic and diet conscious people?
So here is a gajar halwa recipe for diet conscious people.

Its made with toned milk and sweetened with dates and raisins. I have added khoya or dried milk in it which is also made of toned milk. Get the homemade khoya recipe here.

I have used only 1/2 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter for flavour. You can omit it or add more ghee for taste. Choice is yours.

Dates are small and sweet fruits and have a surprisingly low glycemic index. Studies have been done to determine the effects of consuming dates on blood sugar levels. They concluded that eating dates does not cause a spike in the blood glucose levels.

In fact, they are extremely healthy – packed with an array of vital nutrients.
Apart from containing a high amount of fructose, they also contain an opulence of fiber and nutrients like vitamins A, K, and B-complex, iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. The presence of these nutrients in dates helps prevent constipation, heart diseases, intestinal problems, anemia, and diarrhea, among other conditions
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Enjoy this winter delicacy but diabetic patients should eat once in a day. Its necessary to eat a balanced diet and just moderate your intake.
You have to make it in a similar way of normal gajar halwa. Just replace sugar with dates and raisins. And use low fat or toned milk to make it. Believe me taste is too good just like with sugar gajar halwa. And its low calorie. So enjoy this gajar halwa without any guilt.

Recipe

Gajar or carrot – 1/2 kg

Toned milk – 3 cup

Dates – 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoon, finely chopped

Raisins – 3 tablespoon

Dry roasted almonds – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Khoya or dried milk – 1/3 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, optional

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Fried cashews and sliced almonds to garnish

Method

1. Wash, peel and grate the carrots. Clean and soak the raisins in little water.

2. Mix milk, chopped dates and grated carrots in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan or wok.

3. Cook till milk reduces to half. Stir occasionally.

4. Add raisins and cook till the halwa dried up.

5. Now add ghee, khoya or dried milk, and dry roasted and sliced almonds. Get the recipe of khoya here.
You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon or more ghee if you want. I have added only half teaspoon for flavour. Or you can skip ghee of you are on a restricted diet.

6. Fry the mixture well till dried up completely and colour changed. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

7. Garnish with almond slices and fried cashew nuts.

8. Serve hot or cold. Or keep in refrigerator for later. You can refrigerate it for 8 – 10 days.

Happy cooking. Be healthy be happy 😊

Notes

1. You can use full cream milk if you like.

2. Add any dry fruits of your choice.

3. If you don’t have khoya or dried milk, skip it and increase the amount of milk.

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Gluten Free Multi Grain Pancake

Gluten free eggless multi grain pancake.
Pancake made with sorghum, finger millet, pearl millet, rice flour and flax seed powder. Stuffed with pizza sauce and cheese. But cheese is optional, you can also serve it without cheese and it will be delicious without stuffing too.

Recipe is very simple and easy yet delicious. Pack it for tiffin or serve in breakfast, it will be a nutritious and wholesome meal.
You can use any gluten free flour of your choice like soy flour or oats powder. If you don’t like ragi or finger millet, you can use soya bean flour instead.
You can get one more gluten free cheese stuffed pancake recipe here. And a black rice pancake recipe here.

I have used chilli flakes in it, you can use pepper powder instead or if you are making it for kids then you can omit the chilli.
You can add 1 finely chopped capsicum in the batter, I didn’t.

Recipe

Jowar or sorghum flour – 1/2 cup

Ragi or finger millet – 1/4 cup

Bajra or pearl millet – 1/4 cup

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Flax seed powder – 1 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Pizza sauce – as require

Oregano to sprinkle

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon

Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Grated cheese as require, optional

Water as require

Method

1. Mix 1 tablespoon flax seed powder with 3 tablespoon water. Stir well and keep aside for 15 minutes.

2. In a large bowl mix sorghum, finger millet, pearl millet, rice flour, baking powder, chilli flakes, salt, finely chopped onion, garlic powder and 1 teaspoon oregano.

3. Add soaked flax seed powder and water as require to make a pourable but thick batter.

4. Make a lump free batter. Cover and keep aside for 15 minutes.

5. Heat a nonstick pan or griddle. Lightly spray oil over it.

6. Pour a ladle full batter in the middle. Spread lightly.

7. Let it cook till bubbles appear on the surface.

8. Now flip and cook the other side.

9. Take out the pancake on a plate. Make another pancake like this.

10. When cooked from both sides spread pizza sauce over it.

11. Spread grated cheese over it and sprinkle oregano. You can also sprinkle pepper powder or chilli flakes if you want.

12. Cover with another pancake. Flip and cook for few seconds.

13. Make all the pancakes in this method.

14. Slice the pancakes with a pizza cutter or knife. But this step is optional.

Serve hot with any sauce.

Notes

1. You can also serve it without stuffing.

2. You can omit the cheese if you want. Spread only pizza sauce before serving.

3. You can add finely chopped capsicum or bell peppers in the batter.

4. Pepper powder can be used instead of chilli flakes.

5. You can omit chilli flakes or pepper if you are making it for kids.

6. You can use any gluten free flour like soya bean flour or oats powder.

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Dal Palak Or Pigeon Peas With Spinach

Dal palak or pigeon peas with spinach.
A delicious, healthy and easy to make lentil. Make it thick or thin as per your choice. You can serve this delicious dal with steamed rice or roti.

Pigeon peas or tuar dal or arhar dal can be delicious with cumin, hing or garlic tadka or tempering. But today we will make it more healthy and delicious with spinach or palak.

And we all know about low calorie and low fat spinach.
Popeye was definitely on to something. Spinach is a super food loaded with tons of nutrients in a low calorie package. Dark, leafy greens like spinach are important for skin, hair, and bone health. They also provide protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals.
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Pigeon peas or tuar dal are low in fat, very high in protein and dietary fiber.
As well as being a good source of fiber and protein, pigeon peas contain various other healthy nutrients. They contain vitamin C and several member of the B vitamin family including folate and thiamin. They also come with a number of essential minerals including iron, manganese, potassium, and phosphorus.
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This dal is very easy to make. If you want you can omit ghee or clarified butter. You can use refined oil instead of ghee. In that case add at least 1 teaspoon ghee add the end for flavour.

Recipe

Pigeon peas or Tuar dal/arhar dal – 1/2 cup

Spinach – 3 cup, cleaned, washed and finely chopped

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2 chopped

Garlic – 4-5 cloves, crushed or grated

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Hing or asafetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

For tadka or tempering

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Hing or asafetida – a pinch

Dry red chilli – 1 – 2

Kasmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

Soak tuar dal or pigeon peas for 30 minutes. Boil the dal with salt and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker until dal becomes soft.

Heat 2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add Asafetida or hing.

Now add chopped tomatoes, garlic, ginger and green chilli. Saute till tomatoes become mushy.

Add chopped spinach and cumin powder.
Saute for 2-3 minutes or until the spinach becomes soft.

Add boiled dal. Add water as require. If you want thick dal don’t add much water.

Let it boil on low flame for 8-10 minutes or till you get your desired consistency.
Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix well and remove from heat.

Heat 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds and dry red chilli. When the seeds starts to splutter add hing or asafetida and switch off the flame.

Now add kashmiri red chilli powder and pour the tempering into the dal.

Serve hot with steamed rice, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha or any bread.

 

Note

1. If you want you can omit ghee or clarified butter. You can make it with refined oil.

2. If you are using refined oil add at least 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter at the end for flavour.

 

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