Saturday, December 2, 2017

Guest blog: Healthy can be yummy and crunchy!

Today, Shalzmojo is my guest blogger. She is a truly incredible blogger whom I met through Write Tribe, which is a group of bloggers who #writebravely. I asked her to write about food and to share a recipe. Here is this wonderful recipe from Shalzmojo. I, for one, am looking forward to trying it out. Enjoy!!!

A recipe from my kitchen
I was diagnosed with thyroid this summer and was in a frenzy to start eating healthy to eliminate all the processed flours/sugars from my food. In a bid to purge out my shelves, I threw out the store bought items like crackers, biscuits, cookies, savoury mixtures, etc. I began to trawl the net for healthy substitutes for the same and was amazed at the research of such recipes, which were super easy to make. Best part is that you make fresh batches every week and keep up the healthy eating motto.
Sharing with you all a healthy baked cracker recipe that I experimented with in various combinations, till I got the one I liked!

2 cups wheat flour
1 cup sooji or semolina
1 cup Jau / barley flour (optional)
1 cup oats flour (optional)
1 tbsp olive oil ( you can use refined oil / ghee of your choice too)
Salt to taste ( I use an herb/chilli flakes salt or rock salt store bought; you can use common salt or sea salt or whatver you use for salt)
1 tbspoon of ajwain / Caraway seeds
1 tbsp of kasuri methi  / dried fenugreek herb (optional)
1 tsp of kashmiri red chilli powder for color (optional)
* Instead of fenugreek, caraway, etc;  you can add oregano / basil / thyme / rosemary - any herb seasoning to make it another flavour. One can experiment with the flavour with using different kinds of herb mixes.
** Optional flours can be used in combinations- I make these crackers with 4 types of flours; you could use 2 /3 / all four – it’s up to your palate.

Dry rub in the entire mix and then add oil and crumb rub the mix. Add plenty of water to make slightly tough consistency dough. 

Roll out into a 2mm thick circle of 12" diameter and cut to shape with a knife or cookie cutter. While rolling, place a silicon mat or a sheet of butter paper; this will make lifting up the cut pieces easy.

Place on an oven proof  plate/tray and bake at 200 deg C in a preheated oven (200 deg c) for 20 mts; then flip and bake another 20  mts.
Time variation can be 15-20 mts depending on how hot your oven gets. I bake mine in a LG microwave at the convection setting!

Thinner the flour rolled out, crisper the crackers will be.

About Shalzmojo
An interior designer by profession, writing is a passion which coupled with travel love blossomed into this blog where I love to just “do my thing”! Be it recipes, food events, travel jaunts, fiction dreaming or even meditative musings; all of it’s taken up quite passionately on my blog. I am a serious wine guzzler and love to chase butterflies in my free time.
Please do check out my post on  my version of a  ginger-carrot cake
This post is written for the December bloghop #mymojo with Shalzmojo
Linking up for #wordsante with Namysaysso for every post deserves some love 


Anagha Yatin said...

A healthy yummy one Shalini! Am sure gonna try that!

mocktail mommies said...

Very nice and healthy one Shalini!!!

Martha DeMeo said...

Sounds good and can't beat healthy. Thanks for sharing Shalini!

Namratha said...

Sounds healthy Shalini. Hope it tastes yum too

Keerthi Vydyula said...

Wow! This is one healthy recipe to try. Thanks for sharing it :-)

Lavanya Srinivasan said...

Sounds like a healthy snack you can eat without feeling guilty of the calories. Nicely written.

Prasanna Kini said...

The perfect healthy recipe to satisfy those evening hunger pangs...Thanks for sharing Shalini!!

Alana said...

My husband baked crackers years ago - we should be going back to it. Winter is an ideal time. Pinned this for later.

Aditi said...

Shalz, you are super talented. Only realizing your baking skills during this December GP! Yummy!

shalz75 said...

Somewhow I cannot individually reply to the comments here so collectively a huge thanks for all the compliments. I hope you do try out this and would be great to hear how it turned out for you all!!!

Cheers said...

Interesting recipe. Except unless you have a very specific thyroid condition that includes other autoimmune disease, your claim for dietary removal of flour and processed foods is mistaken- at best. Even the removal of soy from the diet is not a clear indicator.

tulika singh said...

The children (and I) depend a lot on store bought biscuits for snacks. That really needs to change but I had no idea of healthy substitutes. Love this recipe and shall try it out. I've been following your guest posts Shalini and am amazed at the variety you're putting out there.

Dipanwita Chakraborty said...

Quite a healthy recipe. Would love to make these now. I too have cut out processed flours from my diet recently after having started practicing yoga.

Manisha said...

This is healthy and yummy. I have tried a lot of healthy snacks but end up never buying them again. You have shared variations which makes it easier to experiment too.

Lavanya Srinivasan said...

Oh, that looks and sounds scrumplicious!Thanks for a great recipe!

Dipika said...

Oh, had no clue of these delicious munchies. I was diagnosed with thyroid once and all mom gave me was not so tasty soups or foods. Let me try these for tea time snacking.. thanks for the recipe

bellybytes said...

You are quite the baker I must say Shalz. Very rarely am I tempted to try something new. Most times I tweak recipes or guess ingredients and make something.... I must try these crackers of yours .... might help with providing the grandkids with a healthy snack.

Vanessa Rowe said...

Great to see this side of you Shalini! I've never baked, so will try this one when I get down to baking some day :)


You had me at the first line, and you delivered. Will definitely try it out.

Shivani said...

This looks like an awesome snack for office desk munching. Will give this one a try Shalini!!