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Broccoli Rotis

The best part of staying in Munnar is to get hold of the local fresh veggies . Broccoli is one such veggie that I love to cook with .Soups and salads were my first preferences when I started to cook with them .But it wasnt a big hit with my kids as they rarely fancied them on their plates . Being a mother my first priority has always been to find out ways to include them in the daily diet .The fun part of cooking is to keep innovating recipes .That’s one way that I came up with the Broccoli Rotis which is now a fave with my young one .”Amma , you know these green rotis are much better if you add extra ghee to them …well thats how I want them !” my younger one chuckles and adds on, “But u dont have to add more ghee to my brothers rotis….” with a naughty smile. Hmm ….that was short ignite to the reason for a  new fight that started off in a matter of minutes..

 

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Broccoli Rotis
1326 calories
221 g
11 g
35 g
33 g
5 g
878 g
362 g
14 g
0 g
28 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
878g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1326
Calories from Fat 311
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g
54%
Saturated Fat 5g
25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Cholesterol 11mg
4%
Sodium 362mg
15%
Total Carbohydrates 221g
74%
Dietary Fiber 11g
44%
Sugars 14g
Protein 33g
Vitamin A
90%
Vitamin C
779%
Calcium
14%
Iron
32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. For the Filling
  2. 2 tbsp of oil
  3. 1 onion finely chopped
  4. 3-4 green chillies chopped
  5. 7-8 Broccoli florets
  6. Salt to taste
  7. 1/2 tsp of dry mango powder
  8. 1 tsp f garam masala
  9. For the dough
  10. 2 cups of wheat flour
  11. 1 tsp of ghee
  12. Salt to taste
  13. water as required to knead
  14. Ghee to panfry the rotis
Instructions
  1. Mince the broccoli in a blender or food processor .
  2. Heat oil in a pan , saute onions and add in green chillies .
  3. Once the onions are translucent add the minced broccoli .Stir add water and salt .Cover & cook till the the water has totally evaporated .Keep aside .
  4. In a bowl mix wheat flour , salt and ghee .Pour in the required amount of water and knead the mix into a dough .Leave it to rest for about 10 minutes . Now pinch and roll balls out of the dough , flatten them , dust them with wheat flour .Dusting with flour stops it from sticking a lot to the rolling pin .
  5. Roll them thin .spoon some of the broccoli mix and fold from all the four sides into a square.Dust again with wheat flour and roll them out thin .
  6. Pan fry the rotis on both sides on a flat pan with ghee.
  7. Serve rotis with pickles, raita or curries.
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fat
35g
protein
33g
carbs
221g
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Spicin up the win of “4 o’ clock temptations of Kerala “

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

                                                                                                                       Franklin D. Roosevelt 

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     Indeed the thrill and joy of achievement is just unexplainable. Last year in the month of July when I was at my parents place for the monsoon break from school , I least expected the outcome of my long awaited cookbook  “4 o’ clock temptations of Kerala” .I have had the craziest as well as the most unexpected  circumstances when I look back .I lost the data of my book thrice and then send it for print .Things were totally haywire with my harddisk broken , my laptops display dead and so on ….it was just never ending and I had time constraints as I was to exhibit my books at the Frankfurt World Book fair …When the book print was all sorted just two days before my flight I am informed that my visa got rejected ..It was totally devastating  🙁 ..to top all these my son was down with pneumonia .I tried my level best ..but unfortunately I couldnt make it to Frankfurt .The books were exhibited there as my brother was there for the event ..but it took me months to recover from the mishaps .

Whatever happened, happened for good.
Whatever is happening, is happening for good.
Whatever will happen, that will be for good as well. –

                                                                                  Bhagvad Gita 

   Its taken me a very long time to share with all of you the news of my book , but as its told better late than never ..so I am very  happy , excited, thrilled, ..you can take up all the synonyms that can go with it ….to share with you all tht my cookbook , “4 o’ clock temptations of Kerala ” which is on the snacks of Kerala cuisine has won “Best Indian cookbook in the world ” for the Gourmand world cookbook awards 2015-16  from 209 countries representing India .I seriously had no words to say on stage… when I was called up I was in all tears ….

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   Its great to win the Gourmand awards the second time and experience the whole event  .Earlier it was for my cookbook “Lip smacking Dishes of Kerala” which won the 3rd Best Local Cuisine book in the world for 2013-14 at the Gourmand World cookbook awards from 187 countries representing India , held at Beijing , China .

Now to spice up all this news I have a recipe for a pickle that I made from the garden fresh cherry tomatoes…

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Cherry tomato pickle
480 calories
34 g
0 g
39 g
8 g
3 g
437 g
441 g
16 g
0 g
34 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
437g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 480
Calories from Fat 343
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 39g
60%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 26g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 441mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 34g
11%
Dietary Fiber 11g
46%
Sugars 16g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
163%
Vitamin C
513%
Calcium
11%
Iron
35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/4kg cherry tomatoes
  2. 2tbsp of kashmiri chilli powder
  3. 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  4. 2-3 green chillies chopped
  5. 1 small piece of ginger finely chopped
  6. 1 tsp of mustard seeds
  7. 1/2 tsp of fenugreek seeds
  8. 1/4 tsp of asafoetida powder
  9. 2-3 tbsp of oil
  10. 1/2 tsp of sugar
  11. 1 tbsp of vinegar
  12. salt to taste
  13. 2-3 sprigs of curry leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat a pan , add oil and fry the tomatoes till they shrink in size and seperate.In the remaining oil , pop mustard seeds, add fenugreek , ginger, green chillies and stir fry them for a minute or two on med flame .Lower the flame and stir in the turmeric and kashmiri chilli powder .Once the oil starts seperating add in the vinegar .I added a little extra vinegar so that i can cook the the sauce a bit more .You can also add water but that at times accelarates mould growth in the pickle .
  2. Now mix in the fried tomatoes , add sugar , asafoetida , salt and curry leaves .Turn off the flame and let it cool before you bottle them .
  3. Enjoy these pickles with rice or rotis ...
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480
fat
39g
protein
8g
carbs
34g
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A few months back when Facebook team contacted me to do a video on my journey from a homemaker to an entrepreneur I had no clue of what to expect .My latest cookbook “4 o’ clock temptations of Kerala ” won the “Best Indian cuisine book in the world” for the Gourmand world cookbook awards 2015-16.A few weeks back I received  an email from Facebook India with the statistics of the reach…”The video had reached 600,000 people across India! The video itself has been viewed 300,000 times ”
I whole heartedly thank all the wonderful people who had viewed,supported,encouraged ,shared and liked the video .Kudos to YourStory for the wonderful video 🙂

Greg Grano and Sarah Sellman two wonderful filmmakers from SanFrancisco did a portfolio on me for the website Hooplaha-Only good news  ..it was just magic as the video is very close to my heart ..

Its crazy when I look back and see how my passion for food has created magic …the magic of following my heart!!!

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Dash of red ..a dash of cherry tomatoes!!!

pasta, veg | May 16, 2015 | By

Its been for long that I have been trying to get my cherry tomato plant healthy and bloomin..but every year theres something or the other that pours water on my intentions.This year too something similar happened.The first saplings were accidentally pulled out by our gardener who was busy levelling out the grass.The second sapling pulled out by rodents and phew.. the third set planted ..washed out by untimely rains this year.So this year I have decided to be more contented on using the cherry tomatoes that my friend was kind enough to share with me …

The cherry tomatoes are very small varieties of tomatoes. These beauties are so pretty in sight and they are thought to have originated in Peru and Northern Chile. These variety of tomatoes are used more in salads , with pasta, the dried versions in breads..

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Pasta with cherry tomatoes
895 calories
77 g
44 g
57 g
25 g
12 g
570 g
619 g
17 g
0 g
42 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
570g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 895
Calories from Fat 499
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 57g
87%
Saturated Fat 12g
58%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 34g
Cholesterol 44mg
15%
Sodium 619mg
26%
Total Carbohydrates 77g
26%
Dietary Fiber 11g
45%
Sugars 17g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A
86%
Vitamin C
76%
Calcium
46%
Iron
35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of bow pasta/ any other type of pasta
  2. 1 cup of cherry tomatoes chopped in half
  3. 1 tbsp of olive oil
  4. 2 tbsp of oil
  5. Salt to taste
  6. 2 tsp of chilli flakes
  7. ½ cup grated Mozzarella cheese
  8. 1 tsp of basil seasoning
  9. 1 tsp of thyme seasoning
  10. 2 onions finely chopped
  11. Crushed pepper to taste
  12. 3 cloves of garlic chopped
Instructions
  1.  Cook the pasta in boiling water with salt to taste and strain in a colander.
  2.  Heat oil in a pan saute the chopped onions with garlic till transparent.
  3.  Add in the cherry tomatoes and cook for 5-10 minutes.
  4.  Add in the chilli flakes and mix in the pasta.
  5.  Add basil, thyme and crushed pepper and mix.
  6.  Mix in the grated cheese and season with olive oil and turn off the flame.
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calories
895
fat
57g
protein
25g
carbs
77g
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Melt in the mouth ..Mixture !

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In two days the holidays come to the winding stage and its back to normal .The temperature has been really hot in Thrissur ..I think its been almost the same in most  parts of Kerala.Being  accustomed to the Munnar climate , changing over to the  tropical climate it was a bit difficult.But its nice to have a little rain although the heat doesnt come down very much .

Todays post is an Andhra style mixture with poha or beaten rice.A mixture that looks complicated but which is super simple to try  and can be kept bottled for some time.I love this snack as its a wonderful melt in the mouth snacker with a very distinct taste.

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Poha/Aval Mixture
4184 calories
567 g
0 g
180 g
94 g
23 g
937 g
2593 g
9 g
0 g
151 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
937g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4184
Calories from Fat 1539
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 180g
276%
Saturated Fat 23g
115%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 67g
Monounsaturated Fat 84g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2593mg
108%
Total Carbohydrates 567g
189%
Dietary Fiber 33g
130%
Sugars 9g
Protein 94g
Vitamin A
43%
Vitamin C
74%
Calcium
30%
Iron
100%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 500 gm thin white Poha (beaten rice flakes) dried in sunlight for 2hrs
  2. 1 cup of coconut chips
  3. 1 cup of peanuts
  4. 1 cup of fried gram
  5. Salt to taste
  6. 2-3 tsp of chilli powder
  7. 1 ½ tsp of chaat masala
  8. 1 tsp of cumin powder
  9. ½ cup Curry leaves
  10. Oil for frying
Instructions
  1.  Fry the poha till it is crispy in a dry pan and separate.
  2.  Fry and separate coconut chips, peanuts, fried gram and curry leaves in to a
  3. colander so that the oil oozes out.
  4.  Mix the fried ingredients and poha together, add in salt and mix.
  5.  Mix in chilli powder, chaat masala, and cumin powder.
  6.  Once cool store them in air tight containers.
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calories
4184
fat
180g
protein
94g
carbs
567g
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Milky milky milkelicious ..Milchreis!!!

Desserts, Rice, Sweets, veg | March 1, 2015 | By

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Are you a rice fanatic? I like rice but not to an extend where I would choose it over  breads and chapathies….may be that would be the routine of my mom avoiding rice for dinners as my dad was a person who would least prefer rice when it comes to dinner time.But my rice stories have no connections to me having in puddings..Cooking at home my sons are always head over heels over the white payasams/kerealan milk puddings.Me and hus crave for  the jaggery one so its more of a weird face that he would put up when i choose the “white ” one.

Now todays post is of a German pudding which was passed on to me by Julian Kloos & Kathrin…which was an equal hit with my hus and kids.The pudding is told to be the best thing to bribe your kids on …:P you have to have your tricks and trades,well thats what I have learnt with my sons..:D

Rice puddings are famous all around the world. Milchreis , the traditional rice pudding from Germany is a very famous pudding. Made with cinnamon , milk and rice it’s a simple recipe that tastes heavenly.The word “Milchreis” basically means Milkrice. This is a pudding basically served to children .It can be topped with any fruit compote. Here I have a recipe with apple compote.

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Milchreis
1224 calories
188 g
172 g
48 g
20 g
29 g
2014 g
328 g
164 g
0 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2014g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1224
Calories from Fat 420
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48g
73%
Saturated Fat 29g
147%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 172mg
57%
Sodium 328mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 188g
63%
Dietary Fiber 15g
58%
Sugars 164g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A
49%
Vitamin C
51%
Calcium
79%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 200gms of white short grain rice
  2. 2 cups of milk
  3. 1 cup of water
  4. ½ cup of fresh cream
  5. 70gms of brown sugar
  6. 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  7. For the Apple Compote
  8. 2 apples peeled cored and cut in small cubes
  9. 2 cups of water
  10. 1 tsp of lemon juice
  11. ½ tsp of vanilla essence
  12. 1/3 cup of brown sugar
Instructions
  1.  In a heavy bottomed pot cook pour in the milk and water.
  2.  Wash and add in the rice, brown sugar and vanilla essence.
  3.  Cook the rice in the milk on low flame stirring it constantly till it is well cooked and stir
  4. in the fresh cream.
  5. For the Apple Compote
  6.  In a sauce pan combine sugar, vanilla essence, water and bring it to boil.
  7.  Add the apples, lower the heat and cover and cook.
  8.  Stir occasionally.
  9.  When the apples are soft add in the lemon juice and let the mixture thicken.
  10.  Remove from heat and cool.
  11.  Serve the milchreis pudding in bowls topped with the apple compote.
  12.  Sprinkle cinnamon powder over it before serving.
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calories
1224
fat
48g
protein
20g
carbs
188g
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Sago Gulu Melaka..the easy peasy pudding!!

Desserts, Sweets, veg | February 9, 2015 | By

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Off with all the birthday celebrations of my munchkins..both happy to have their birthdays celebrated with their friends…the best part is making time for their wishes and never ending menus…the twinkle of happiness that their eyes have is so very mystical .They can be the most naughtiest , the best friends worst enemies when stubborn..he he ..its all in the game ..I was the same 😉

Todays recipes credit goes to Khairul from Malaysia who is a foodie and blogger.I remember the day he had whatsapped me on the availability of classes .It was when he had dropped in with his friends for the class that I knew that he had been for long  a follower of my blog…an avid and very much talented foodie!The first time I read about the pudding was long back …it was one afternoon that it striked me that Khairul would have more info on this dessert…

“Sago Gulu Melaka” a local Malaysian dessert. This is a really quick and easy recipe for dessert with just 4 main ingredients. The pandan leaf is known as the vanilla of the east because of its unique aroma. These leaves are used in Indonesian, Singaporean, Filipino, Malaysian, Thai, Bangladeshi, Vietnamese, Chinese, Sri Lankan, Khmer and Burmese foods, especially rice dishes , cakes and desserts.

 

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Sago Gulu Melaka
81 calories
21 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
2266 g
97 g
17 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
2266g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 81
Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 97mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 21g
7%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 17g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
11%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1.  Boil 2 litre of water with sago until the sago cooks well.
  2.  Strain the sago in a sieve and lightly wash off the starch under cold running water.
  3.  Place the sago in small bowls, level the top and freeze for about 30 minutes.
  4.  In a saucepan heat the coconut milk till it starts boiling and keeps aside.
  5.  In another saucepan cook palm sugar with sugar and the ¾ cup of water till the sugar
  6. dissolves with the vanilla essence / pandan leaf and makes syrup.
  7. While serving separate the sago shapes on to plates and pour coconut milk and
  8. sugar syrup over it.
Instructions
  1.  Boil 2 litre of water with sago until the sago cooks well.
  2.  Strain the sago in a sieve and lightly wash off the starch under cold running water.
  3.  Place the sago in small bowls, level the top and freeze for about 30 minutes.
  4.  In a saucepan heat the coconut milk till it starts boiling and keeps aside.
  5.  In another saucepan cook palm sugar with sugar and the ¾ cup of water till the sugar
  6. dissolves with the vanilla essence / pandan leaf and makes syrup.
  7.  While serving separate the sago shapes on to plates and pour coconut milk and
  8. sugar syrup over it.
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81
fat
0g
protein
0g
carbs
21g
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Kulfi time !!!

Kulfi time !!!

Desserts, icecreams, veg | December 22, 2014 | By

 

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Its been like ages since I have posted …..really wanted to do a post for Childrens day…but couldn’t make it .As my kids had their always loved Kulfis. The past two months have been totally head raking for me classes, school , book , kids, home….things wouldn’t have been more or less worser with me being diagnosed with pneumonia…sheesh….. its like being chained …!!! The curtain raiser for the whole melodramatic experiences started off with Siva’s hand fractured…then with the viral and then with me all sick…hoping to get things sorted out and fine…

The kulfi recipe goes on to one of my students and dear friend ….Lindiwe Richer..sorry Lindi for being snail late..in posting this recipe…

 

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Almond Dates Kulfi
679 calories
91 g
39 g
28 g
25 g
8 g
603 g
231 g
75 g
0 g
19 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
603g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 679
Calories from Fat 241
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g
43%
Saturated Fat 8g
38%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 39mg
13%
Sodium 231mg
10%
Total Carbohydrates 91g
30%
Dietary Fiber 9g
37%
Sugars 75g
Protein 25g
Vitamin A
21%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
73%
Iron
13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of full cream milk
  2. 1 tbsp of corn flour made into a thick paste adding cold water
  3. ½ cup of chopped dates
  4. ¼ cup of almonds roughly chopped
  5. 4-5 strands of saffron
  6. Seeds of one cardamom
  7. 1 tin of condensed milk(400g)
Instructions
  1. Mix in the milk and condensed milk and bring to boil.
  2.  On boiling, reduce the flame to low stir in the corn flour paste, cardamom seeds,
  3. almonds, dates and saffron.
  4.  Stir the mix on low flame till it thickens.
  5.  Let it cool and pour into kulfi moulds and freeze till they are firm.
  6.  Please take care while de moulding slightly pour hot water on it (take care that water
  7. doesn’t seep into the mold).
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calories
679
fat
28g
protein
25g
carbs
91g
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Slurp on these milky delights !!!

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Celebrate this Diwali.. relish on Papaya Halwa &Khascha !

Celebrate this Diwali.. relish on  Papaya Halwa &Khascha !

Snacks, Sweets, veg | October 22, 2014 | By

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Diwali/ Deepawali the festival of lights is all set for celebration . The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. The best part of Diwali is the wide variety of sweets that one can devour! After my post has pretty much lagged out and the reason was that my cam was under service. It was as if I had actually gone handicapped. There was no other choice but to rely on  my iphone for my snaps…to tell you the truth that’s when you really feel if you had your cam with u.Its not the pics but my mind that could never as such be content with the pics.

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This is my post after the Onam celebration . There was something more that came up during the onam holidays. I was invited over to Mumbai for the 160th Sree Narayana  Guru Jayanthi celebrations organized by the Sree Narayana Mandira Samithi  at The Sree Narayana Group of Institutions, Chembur during which I was to be felicitated..It was my first time to Mumbai ..an experience in itself. A trip with my inlaws, hus and kids….during the function I was pretty much overwhelmed to meet some of the most wonderful people who really cared for the society!

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As its Diwali and its all about sweet things..I have two recipes one is Papaya Halwa and Khascha a sweet snack from UttarPradesh.For the Khascha recipe a big thanks to Pooja ,my home science student at school for sharing their traditional sweets!

 

Papaya Halwa
936 calories
140 g
107 g
40 g
12 g
24 g
669 g
165 g
133 g
0 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
669g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 936
Calories from Fat 352
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g
62%
Saturated Fat 24g
120%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 107mg
36%
Sodium 165mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 140g
47%
Dietary Fiber 4g
17%
Sugars 133g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
74%
Vitamin C
229%
Calcium
43%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 225 gms of ripe papaya fruit deskinned, deseeded & cubed
  2. 300ml of milk
  3. ½ cup of sugar
  4. 2-3 tsps of ghee
  5. 1 tsp of almonds & 1tsp of raisins roasted in ghee
  6. 4-5 strands of saffron
Instructions
  1. Blend the papaya with milk to make a smooth paste.
  2.  Heat and keep stirring the papaya milk mix, add in the sugar, saffron strands and
  3. keep stirring on medium flame till the mix starts thickening up.
  4.  Add ghee on the sides of pan and continue mixing.
  5.  Once the halwa starts thickening add in the raisins and almonds and remove from
  6. flame.
  7.  If u wants to make your halwa sweeter, add in two tablespoons of sugar while
  8. cooking. Relish on your Papaya Halwa!
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calories
936
fat
40g
protein
12g
carbs
140g
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Khascha
2796 calories
424 g
268 g
107 g
39 g
64 g
748 g
81 g
208 g
0 g
36 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
748g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2796
Calories from Fat 939
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 107g
164%
Saturated Fat 64g
322%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 31g
Cholesterol 268mg
89%
Sodium 81mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 424g
141%
Dietary Fiber 10g
40%
Sugars 208g
Protein 39g
Vitamin A
67%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
24%
Iron
20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of Semolina
  2. 1 cup of all purpose flour
  3. 1 cup of sugar
  4. 100g ghee
  5. 150 ml milk
  6. 2-3 cardamom seeds
  7. Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Mix in the semolina, flour, cardamom and sugar.
  2.  Slowly pour in the milk and knead into dough.
  3.  Make small balls out of the dough or roll the dough into discs and cut desired shapes.
  4.  Sprinkle flour while rolling as it might quite sticky.
  5.  Fry the shapes out in oil till it is golden in color.
  6. Munch on these wonderful Khaschas this Diwali!
Adapted from Nimi's Culinary Ventures
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calories
2796
fat
107g
protein
39g
carbs
424g
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May the divine light of diwali spread into your Life with peace, prosperity, happiness and good health.Wishing all my friends a wonderful Diwali!

Celebrate this onam with Pumpkin Payasam!

Desserts, Indian recipes, veg | September 7, 2014 | By

ma4

Onam holidays have started a break of ten days Onam being the state festival of our Gods own country titled Kerala! All over the state of Kerala, festive rituals, traditional cuisine, dance and music mark this harvest festival. The ten day Onam festival is celebrated floral carpets, traditional dance forms , onam sadhya-the feast on banana leaf, boat race….At school we had the teachers day and onam celebrations on adjacent days.The  Thiruvonam day..the tenth day and the most sacred day of the celebrations…..its great fun all members in the family get together ,friends and relatives all ..the onamsadhya is prepared and served on the banana leaf with different curries , rice and desserts. This Onam I wanted to post the recipe of a special payasam .Payasam is basically the dessert that’s served after the feast. Today’s post is Mathanga Payasam /Pumpkin Payasam..

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Mathanga payasam / Pumpkin Payasam
2249 calories
218 g
22 g
158 g
20 g
136 g
1403 g
131 g
172 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1403g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2249
Calories from Fat 1327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 158g
243%
Saturated Fat 136g
679%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 22mg
7%
Sodium 131mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 218g
73%
Dietary Fiber 15g
60%
Sugars 172g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A
1530%
Vitamin C
46%
Calcium
28%
Iron
168%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of pumpkin cubes (de skinned &deseeded)
  2. 3/4 cup of jaggery syrup
  3. 2 cups of thin coconut milk
  4. 1 cup of thick coconut milk
  5. 2 cardamoms crushed
  6. 4 tbsp of sago cooked in water
  7. 2 tsp of ghee
  8. For Garnish
  9. 2 tsp of coconut pieces
  10. 2 tsp of cashews and raisins
  11. Ghee for frying
Instructions
  1.  Cook the pumpkins in water, sieve and blend into a smooth paste.
  2.  Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel and fry the pumpkin paste for about 5-10
  3. minutes on medium flame.
  4.  Mix in the jaggery syrup and keep on stirring.
  5.  Let the jaggery syrup blend well in to the mix and then pour the thin coconut milk and
  6. continue stirring.
  7.  Add in the cooked sago balls and cardamom.
  8.  When the milk starts thickening, pour in the thick milk and when it is on the verge of
  9. simmering, turn off the flame.
  10.  Fry out the coconut pieces in ghee along with the raisins and cashews and garnish
  11. the pudding.
Adapted from Nimi's Culinary Ventures
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calories
2249
fat
158g
protein
20g
carbs
218g
more
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Serve it warm or cold and enjoy this onam !

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It was while writing this post , I was reminded of a website I stumbled  on to while browsing on apps that help you order food online in India.It has got everything that a foodie would want to devour from mughlai cuisine to south indian to pizzas..With a userfriendly interface and a catchy name “Foodpanda

They cover most cities in India and when you have the app on your phone its pretty much more easier. Theres also city based pages like for Bangalore , Mumbai and Delhi .Well I have my foodpanda app on my phone..planning to use it once am in the listed cities. 🙂 Hope you all would find it equally handy  🙂unnamed

Being up all in festive mood,Heres the writeup on me that came up in Grihasobha Malayalam magazine (Delhi press publication)this September

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So signing off for now …Wishing all a happy and prosperous onam!

Jeeraka kanji ..the porridge to boost your immune!

Jeeraka kanji ..the porridge to boost your immune!

Indian recipes, Rice, veg | August 13, 2014 | By

jee1

It’s been like ages that I have been wanting to post on my space.. There’s loads of things that had gobbled up my time to write n my blog. Well when school closed up for the monsoon vacations this time round I was the most eager one compared to my munchkins to go “home”.Oh yes…even though you are married although you have a home here ,you still quote ur parents place as “home”. It’s not only my personal experience,but I think most women have this “home”sickness.I really chucked on this only when my colleague brought it to my notice.It was almost a month that I got with my parents in Thrissur..but this time round there came up a few surprises with media interviews, write-ups and the best part was being felicitated by the Thrissur Mayor , Mr.Rajan Pallan at the Council Meeting.

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Karkidaka masam/Ramayana Masam /Karkidaka month is considered the last month ie. the twelfth month according to the Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala.This year the Karkidaka masam started on July 17th  and ends by August 16th.The sacred scripture , Ramayana is recited during this month and so this month is also known as the Ramayana masam. It is to welcome the new year ie.The Chingam month  that the Ramayana is recited from the starting to the end of the month. In Kerala , Karkidaka kanji is very famous which is a medicinal rice porridge that is very much healthy .The monsoon months are considered to the most appropriate time to have medicinal rice porridge. On my stay in Thrissur , I had the opportunity to meet up with Dr.K.S.Rajithan (Medical Superintendent ) of Oushadi Panchakarma Hospital and Research Institute,Thrissur.Dr. says ,”Its during the monsoons that the immune system of our body deteriorates and we are more prone to sickness, digestive issues and many ailments. .Our ancestors used to have many practices with Ayurveda to boost their immune system . So this is in fact is the most suitable time to have different kanjis (rice porridges) in your diet.” During my period of stay in Thrissur there was a “Kanji Mela”(Rice Porridge fest ) organised by the Oushadhi Panchakarma Hospital Canteen.It was indeed a feast out there with 11 varieties of rice porridges each with special benefits.It  was the Kudumbasree unit(a women empowerment cluster ) working in the fabrication of  flavoursome dishes and variant rice porridges.

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So coming over to the recipe, for this post..it is Jeeraka kanji /Cumin rice porridge.The courtesy for the recipe goes to Dr.Rajithan. This is a pretty easy recipe and its only the ingredients that you have to get hold on to to make the medicinal mix.Its best to have it for 14 days in the monsoons..

Jeeraga kanji
1382 calories
81 g
66 g
118 g
15 g
97 g
1548 g
254 g
0 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1548g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1382
Calories from Fat 998
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 118g
181%
Saturated Fat 97g
487%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 66mg
22%
Sodium 254mg
11%
Total Carbohydrates 81g
27%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 0g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
17%
Vitamin C
7%
Calcium
16%
Iron
87%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. For the Medicinal Cumin mix
  2. 2 tsps of cumin (jeerakam)
  3. 2 tsps of black cumin seeds (karinjeerakam)
  4. 2 tsps of long pepper (thippalli)
  5. 2 tsps of Carom or Thymol seeds (Aimodagam)
  6. 2 tsps of Black peppercorns
  7. 2 tsps of dry ginger powder
  8. For the porridge
  9. 80g of broken rice /podiari
  10. 1 litre of water
  11. 450ml of coconut milk
  12. 5gms of the medicinal mix
  13. Salt to taste
  14. 2 tsps of ghee
  15. 3-4 shallots sliced
Instructions
  1. Dry roast the ingredients for the medicinal cumin mix and powder it finely in a
  2. blender.
  3.  Store this mix in an airtight container.
  4.  Wash the rice and cook it in a vessel with the required amount of water.
  5.  When half cooked add in the powdered mix.
  6.  Take care to keep stirring the porridge and keep on medium flame.
  7.  Pour in the coconut milk and add salt.
  8.  Cook till the rice is soft.
  9.  Heat ghee in a small pan fry the shallots till caramel in color and pour over the rice
  10. porridge.
  11.  If you feel that the porridge is a bit bitter, add in 2 tsp of jaggery syrup to cut down the
  12. bitterness.
  13.  You can serve this hot /warm with pickle, vegetable stir fries, pappad or even with
  14. fried salted curd chillies.
Adapted from Nimi's Culinary Ventures
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calories
1382
fat
118g
protein
15g
carbs
81g
more
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jee3 So enjoy this monsoon the healthy way!

Here’s a glimpse of the media coverage..

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