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Healthy Spinach Crackers – The story of Simran Oberoi Multani

A conversation with Simran will usually leave you a lot to Google because she will mention varieties of flours and sugar that you have not even heard. Founder of the healthy baking community, Ovenderful Mom Bakers Community, or fondly known as OMBC, and building a life around her commitment to healthy baking, she is an inspiration. Walking into her house, in the quiet, lush and canopied lanes, it is bustling with her toddler daughter, young son and a dog. Along with a family, she has handled professional commitments and her passion for healthy baking.

A conversation with her will inspire you to introduce diversity in your baking because there is so much more to explore in healthy baking beyond whole wheat flour and brown sugar. The Ovenderful blog and Facebook page is the greatest testimony to the diversity that exists, but is rarely tapped into, in the healthy baking domain.

Another of her passion projects along with curating healthy bakes is conducting community healthy bake drives where healthy bakers in the city bake and donate bakes in orphanages and children’s shelter. She also facilitates in conducting healthy baking workshop in shelters and homes as a means of livelihood. A day with her will leave you with many avenues to explore and many flours to tap into that you can integrate in your baking. We spent a day with her and enjoyed one of the bakes that she especially made for us.

Simran created for us spinach and sesame crackers. The thing about crackers is they can be prone to binge eating. So what if we could binge eat crackers and make it healthy at the same time? She showed us a way to do that by integrating iron rich spinach, sesame seeds and some healthy flours which are gluten free. She baked it and we had some and then some more because they are crackers and munching on them is our right! Let us learn how to bake them at home step by step:

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup wholewheat flour

1/4 cup jowar flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp paprika

2 tbsp oil ( flavourless such as rice bran, sunflower, canola)

1 tsp sesame seeds

1 tsp jeera seeds

1 cup chopped spinach

Water to bring the dough together

METHOD:

1. Mix the two flours together.

2. Add the salt, paprika, jeera and sesame seeds.

3. Mix well to ensure everything is evenly spread. Add the spinach.

4. Mix well so that it is coated with the flour spice mix.

5. Add the oil and mix. Add only enough water to bring the dough together to make it rollable.

6. Roll it extremely thin into sheets and then use a pizza cutter to cut the shapes.

7. Place them onto the baking tray which has been brushed with oil.

8. Bake for 15 minutes at 175 degrees C in an oven which is pre-heated at the same temperature for 10 minutes.

9. Cool off entirely and store in an air tight container. It will stay fresh for 2-3 weeks

You can enjoy these Millet crackers with your tea or coffee, guilt free.

 

 

 

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