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Oats Semiya Payasam | Kheer

#Festivalrecipe #Vratrecipe #SouthIndianCuisine

Payasam plays an important role in South Indian Cuisine and any feast is incomplete without them.  The rich, creamy payasams with delectable taste makes our celebrations remarkable. Here, ‘Oats Semiya Payasam / Kheer‘ is an interesting variation of the traditional South Indian ‘Paal Payasam’ made using oats and vermicelli.

How to make Oats Semiya Payasam | Kheer?

Just like Paal Payasam, the core ingredient is milk in this recipe. Instead of rice, I have used rolled oats and roasted Semiya, that are slowly cooked in milk with sugar to get a thick creamy texture with subtle caramelized taste in the Oats Semiya kheer. It tastes good without any garnishing too. But I have added roasted dry fruits and elaichi powder for flavour. A great option for bhog or neivedhyam during poojas or festivals like Navratri, Janmashtami and more.

Ingredients

  • Full Cream Milk – 2 ltrs
  • Semiya – 1/4 cup, roasted
  • Oats – 1/4 cup
  • Sugar -1/2 cup (or as per taste)
  • Cashew – 5 or 6, broken into pieces
  • Raisins – 10 to 15
  • Elaichi Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Ghee – 1 tbsp

Method

  • Roast semiya, oats, cashews, raisins in ghee separately. Keep them aside.
  • In a heavy bottomed kadai or vessel, boil and condense milk to half the quantity.
  • Add roasted semiya, oats and simmer for few mins for it to get cooked well.
  • Add sugar and mix well. Keep scraping the sides of the vessel to mix
    the malai collected on the sides with the kheer. At this point, the kheer gets even more condensed.
  • Add cashews, raisins, elaichi powder and mix well.
  • Remove from flame and serve either hot or cold.

For similar Indian Sweets, plz check Wheat HalwaMysore PakMakkan PedaMalai KulfiBadam Halwa.

Happy Cooking!

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Paanagam

#TraditionalSouthIndianRecipe #VratRecipe #EnergyDrink #HerbalDrink

A healthy and refreshing drink, ‘Paanagam’ is made as a part of neivedhyam during Sri Rama Navami and many other festivals. It is also served in South Indian weddings especially after the main function ‘Muhurtham’. Since it is rich in nutrition, it’s a best option to relish frequently in summers than having store-bought soft drinks and juices.

How to make Paanagam?

Paanagam is a simple recipe that calls for few easily available things like jaggery, imli, ginger, tulsi and edible camphor. All these ingredients are loaded with anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory properties that helps to boost our immunity, digestion and more.

This herbal drink can be frequently relished during vrat or fasting as it boosts our energy instantly. If serving in a get together or party, serve it cold or hot depending upon the weather.

Ingredients

  1. Tamarind / Imli – a small gooseberry-sized
  2. Jaggery – a large lemon-sized
  3. Dry Ginger / Saunth Powder – 1 tsp
  4. Elaichi Powder – 1/2 tsp
  5. Tulsi – 2 0r 3 leaves, crushed
  6. Edible Camphor – a small pinch (optional)

Method

  • Add 2 cups of water to the soaked imli and extract imli water.
  • Boil it for a minute or two along with jaggery.
  • Remove from flame and add powdered dry ginger, tulsi, elaichi powder and edible camphor. Adjust water as per the taste.
  • Serve hot or chilled.

Notes

  • Instead of imli, we can use lemon juice also, but I have followed the method that family follows over generations.

For more such refreshing recipes, plz checkout Minty Apple Cider Cooler, Kootchulu, Sugarcane and Kiwi Mocktail.

Happy Cooking!

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Almond Chia Seeds Laddu

#Healthy…#Quickrecipe…#NoSugar #NoButter #NoGhee…

In this a no-fuss laddu recipe, I have used Organic Raw Chia Seeds from Lvya that are rich in Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids, protein and dietary fiber with antioxidant properties.

I have roasted the almonds to enhance their flavour and crunchiness. Dates and raisins are used for sweetening the dessert. They also add to the health quotient of the recipe and act as a good binding agent while shaping laddus. Chia seeds can be used raw and gets powdered well along with badams.

Ingredients 

  1. Almonds/Badams – 1/4 cup
  2. LYVA’s Organic Chia Seeds – 1/4 cup
  3. Raisins/Kishmish – 1/8 cup, finely chopped
  4. Dates – 4 nos deseeded, finely chopped
  5. Elaichi Powder – a pinch

Method 

  • Dry roast badams in medium flame and keep tossing them to avoid burning. Roast till they emit nice aroma and are light golden in colour. You can also blanch and peel badams before roasting as per your preferences. 
  • In a mixer jar, add badams and chia seeds together and pulse them into a coarse powder. 
  • Add finely chopped dates, raisins and elaichi powder. Pulse till the ingredients get mixed well and form a dough-like consistency. 
  • Divide the dough into equal parts and shape them into laddus. 
  • These badam chia seeds laddus stays good for about 10 days at room temperature.

P.S – Product Review of Lyva Naturally Organic Raw Chia Seeds for www.goindiaorganic.com

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1. Lyva’s Organic Raw Chia Seeds, a plant-based superfood is rich in Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids, protein and dietary fiber. This naturally gluten-free chia seeds has antioxidant properties also.

2. Colour and Texture: Lyva’s Chia Seeds are tiny in size, similar to basil seeds. When soaked in wet ingredients, it swells up and has a gel-like texture. It looks black and white in colour.

3. Taste and flavour: Chia seeds are well-known for their versatility that makes us to incorporate them in our daily food easily. It tastes dry, crunchy and nutty just like poppy or sesame seeds. When soaked in liquid, it tastes soft and sweet. It has a subtle nutty flavour that makes the dish more interesting.

4. Packaging and Shelf Life: These high-quality Chia seeds are pesticides-free and dirt-free. They are neatly packed in a zip lock pack that retains the freshness of the product intact. The nutrition information and suggestions for use mentioned on the pack helps the users to know its benefits well. As per the expiry date mentioned on the pack, it has a shelf life of 2 years. So, the product can be refrigerated and used as and when required.

5. Health benefits: It is highly recommended to include Chia seeds in our daily food as it helps to boost energy, reduce weight, reduce inflammation and high cholesterol etc.

6. Culinary Uses: Lyva Organic Raw Chia Seeds can be used in raw or soaked or grounded form in the dishes. They can be included in salads, soups, smoothies, juices, curries, chutneys, cakes or desserts and more.

7. Daily consumption of about a tablespoon of Lyva Organic Raw Chia Seeds in our food helps us to lead a healthy life.

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Click the following links for recipes using BRAGG’s Organic Raw Unfiltered Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar with the ‘Mother’ and Lyva Naturally Organic Raw Chia Seeds..

Black Chick Peas and Corn Salad with ACV Dressing

Chia Seeds Idly powder/ Milagai Podi

Chia Seeds Chutney

Minty Apple Cider Cooler

Cold Cucumber Mint Soup with Chia Seeds

Mixed Fruit Salad with Chia Seeds

Eggless Basil Mayonnaise using Apple Cider

Happy Cooking!

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Mixed Fruit Salad with Chia Seeds

This scrumptious mixed fruit salad is adapted from a renowned South Indian dessert, ‘Panchamirtham’, that is prepared as a bhog/prasadam during festivals and pujas in temples and households in Tamil Nadu.

The authentic version of panchamirtham recipe has milk / curd, ghee, honey, edible camphor, elaichi powder and rock sugar. Here, I wanted to keep the salad simple but bursting with natural flavours of the fresh fruits and chia seeds. So, I have made few changes in the recipe… instead of milk/curd I have used lemon juice…skipped edible camphor, rock sugar and honey and have included jaggery and chia seeds.

The recipe calls for fresh fruits like apple, banana, pears, plums, dates and pomegranate. If any of these fruits are not in season, you can substitute that fruit with another, from the same family and with similar taste.

A small portion of jaggery in the recipe helps to subtly sweeten the dessert. Also, it enhances the nutritious value of the dish as jaggery is rich in iron and aids in digestion.

The highlight in this recipe is, I have included organic raw chia seeds that are rich in Omega-3 & Omega-6 essential fatty acids, protein and dietary fiber to make it more nourishing. Also, it gives slight crunchiness to the salad. This delicious recipe can be relished as a dessert or a salad.

Ingredients

  • Banana – 1, medium sized, ripe
  • Apple – ½ cup, cored and cubed
  • Pears – ¼ cup, cored and cubed
  • Plums – 4 or 5, deseeded and cubed
  • Dates – 5 or 6, deseeded and chopped
  • Pomegranate seeds – ¼ cup
  • Jaggery – 1 tbsp, grated
  • Raw Chia Seeds – 2 tsp
  • Cardamom / Elaichi powder – a pinch
  • Lemon juice – few drops

Method

  • Prepare the fruits. Wash, peel, core or deseed and cube them as required.
  • Toss chopped banana, pears and apple with few drops of lemon juice to prevent them from discolouring.
  • In a large bowl, add grated jaggery and mash it slightly. Add the fruits, elaichi powder, half of the chia seeds and mix well till jaggery gets coated well on the fruits.
  • Sprinkle the remaining raw chia seeds over the fruit salad and serve immediately.

For more salad recipes, plz click Black Chick Peas and Corn Salad with ACV Dressing, Thenga Manga Pattani Sundal, Gado Gado.

Happy Cooking!