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Millets Puli Upma / Millets Pindi Upma

Millet Pindi Upma

Millets Puli Upma’ is a slight variation of traditional ‘Puli Upma / Pindi Upma’, one of the tastiest upma dishes prepared in South Indian Households. Puli in Tamil means Tamarind. As the name suggests, this delicacy tastes sour with the right balance of spiciness in it. Piping hot ‘Millets Puli Upma’ complements the snowy, cold winters or the windy rainy days perfectly.

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Thenga Manga Pattani Sundal

#Sundal #MarinaBeachSundal #Healthy #QuickRecipe #FestivalRecipe

Thenga Manga Pattani Sundal popularly known as ‘Beach Sundal’, is a
scrumptious snack that takes me down the memory lane of relishing
this at Marina Beach, Chennai. ‘Thenga’ in Tamil means coconut, ‘Manga’ means Mango (here, raw mango) and ‘Pattani’ means dried peas.

How to make Thenga Manga Pattani Sundal?

Prepared with very few commonly-used ingredients, the sundal is flavourful with the slight hint of tanginess from raw mangoes. This recipe can be made during Navratri festival as bhog. It can also be served as a party appetizer or as an evening snack along with tea. And also, a good breakfast option if you are aiming to have nourishing food with less oil as your first meal.

Ingredients

  1. Dried yellow peas / Sukha Mattar – 1 cup
  2. Haldi – a pinch
  3. Salt to taste

For Tadka

  1. Refined oil – 2 tsp
  2. Mustard Seeds Rai – 1/4 tsp
  3. Asofoetida / Hing – a pinch
  4. Curry Patha – 3 or 4 leaves, torn into pieces

For Masala Paste

  1. Coconut – 1 tbsp, grated
  2. Green chilly – 1, small-sized
  3. Ginger- 1/4 inch piece
  4. Curry Leaves – 4 or 5 leaves

For Garnishing

  1. Raw Green Mango – 1 tbsp, finely chopped
  2. Cucumber – 1 tbsp, finely chopped
  3. Carrot -1 tbsp, finely chopped
  4. Coconut – 1 tbsp, finely chopped

Method

  1. Wash and soak dry yellow peas in warm water for 1 hour or soak it overnight in normal water.
  2. Add haldi, salt and pressure cook them till 6-7 whistles. The peas should be cooked soft but firm.
  3. Once the pressure gets released, drain the
    water and let it cool.
  4. Grind grated coconut, green chilly, ginger and curry leaves coarsely without adding water.
  5. In a kadai heat oil, add rai and let it splutter.
  6. Add hing, curry leaves and grounded coconut masala. Saute briefly for a minute.
  7. Add boiled dry yellow peas. Mix well, adjust the salt if required.
  8. Remove from flame. Let it cool for a minute.
  9. Garnish with finely chopped raw mango, cucumber, carrot and coconut. Serve hot. 

Notes

  • Take care not to overcook the dried peas as it may change the taste and texture of the recipe.

For more salad recipes, plz checkout Black Chick peas and Corn Salad with ACV Dressing, Gado Gado, Mixed Fruit Salad with Chia Seeds.

Happy Cooking!

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Butter Idly

#Healthy #Idly #Fusion #Steamed

As the name suggests, ‘Butter Idly’ is flavourful, fluffier and softer than the usual idly. The interesting twist in the recipe is using butter in place of urad dal that takes the taste and texture of idly one step higher.

Though the debate on the goodness of butter is on over many decades, I always believe that moderate usage of butter on a daily basis adds on to the health quotient while considerably enhancing the taste of the recipes.

How to make Butter Idly?

Here is the simple idly recipe with butter that makes you indulge in spongy, jasmine-like white idly.

Ingredients

  1. Idly Rice – 3 cups
  2. Poha – 2 cups
  3. Butter – 3/4 cup
  4. Methi Seeds – 2 tbsp
  5. Curd – 1/2 cup
  6. Salt to taste

Method

  1. Soak idly rice and methi seeds separately for 4 – 5 hrs.
  2. Soak poha for just 12 hr before you start grinding the batter.
  3. First grind the soaked methi into a smooth paste with little amount of water.
  4. To that add soaked rice, poha and grind it into a fine batter.
  5. The consistency of the batter should be medium, neither too thin nor too thick.
  6. Add butter, curd, salt to the batter and grind it for a minute.
  7. Once the butter gets incorporated well with the batter, switch off the grinder.
  8. Transfer the batter into a large container that has enough space to contain the fermented, doubled up batter.
  9. Keep it covered on the kitchen top or at any warm place for 10-12 hrs for fermentation.
  10. Once the batter is fermented, mix well and prepare idly by steaming it for 7-8 mins.
  11. Serve hot with any spicy or tangy chutney of your choice.

Notes

  1. Batter grounded in the wet grinder yields good quantity and also, the idly comes out fluffier. However, you can opt for mixer grinder also but take care not to run it continuously for a longer time while grinding. If the jar gets heated up, the batter inside gets cooked up slightly and that completely alters the process of making soft fluffy idly.
  2. If the batter is not fermented properly due to cold weather, add 1/2 tsp of ENO fruit salt to 2 cups of batter and prepare idly.

For interesting tiffin recipes, plz checkout Poori Masaal, Palak Paneer Paratha.

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

My feedback for Lyva Naturally Organic Raw Chia Seeds

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.

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..

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!