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Baked Delights

Baking ideas for this season

We are making a good headway into 2015! This means it’s time to track the progress on those New Year’s resolutions you promised you’d keep! Do we hear a sigh? Well, the good thing is you can start from where you left off. Here’s a sweet, yet a diet recipe to get you started: Oatmeal Raisin Baked Cookie.

Oatmeal Raisin Baked Cookie

Delightfully crunchy, the Oatmeal Raisin Baked Cookie is all about health. What makes this recipe an all-time favourite is that you can control the ingredients, as per your mood or goals (Resolutions, remember!). But, do justice to the name by adding lots of oatmeal -- 240 grams (3 cups) and 140 grams of raisins.Here’s a twist. You can alter the name of the cookie by adding other dry fruits like almonds or walnuts, incase raisins is not your favourite. Alternatively, you can add fruits or berries like blueberries, raspberries or cranberries. But, remember to add one tablespoon of vanilla extract and baking soda to bring the right fragrance and fullness. To add up the health quotient, bake these cookies in 190 grams (1 ½ cups) of whole-wheat. Lastly do add plenty of cinnamon (1 ½ teaspoons) to give a flavourful contrast to sugar.

Mathri /Mathhi

If you want to give your sweet tooth a break, go for the traditional Mathri/Mathhi with a healthy twist. Bake this savory cookie in 250 grams (2 cups) of whole-wheat flour blended with carom seeds, onion seeds, dried fenugreek leaves and caraway seeds, giving a healthy and homely flavour. Who says you have to compromise on taste for good health? Dig in and refresh those wonderful childhood memories of gorging on your mum’s homemade mathris, but with less guilt.