Thursday, April 19, 2012

Multi Grain Flavored Drink

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This flavored milk,which can be made in a breeze is a combination of nutritious seven grains,vitamins and protein packed nuts.It makes an ideal accompaniment to morning breakfast,tea time snack or before a workout.The consistency of the drink can be altered by adding more or less of the multi grain nut powder depending on taste and preference.

Ingredients - Makes 1 cup of powder-4 big glasses of drink
1/2 cup 7 Grain Flakes
1/2 cup Slivered Almonds
10 Whole Green Cardamoms-Discard the shell
10 Whole Raw Cashews
Skim Milk-2 cups for each big glass
Sugar per taste
Few Saffron strands and Pistachios for garnish

Add the first four ingredients to a pan and dry roast it on low flame for about 5 mins till a nice aroma arises.Let it cool and grind it to a powder.For each big glass of the drink add 1/4 cup of the powder,along with 3 tbsp sugar and 2 cups milk.Cook for about 3-5 mins or till the milk thickens,stirring in between.Garnish with chopped pistachios and saffron.
Note:You can substitute 1/4 cup almonds with pistachios making it half and half.The powder can be stored refrigerated in an air tight container but is best made in smaller quantities and consumed right away.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Healthy Cereal

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Delight your family and yourself to this delectably healthy seven grains cereal.You can naturally sweeten them with raisins,dates,figs and fruits along with nuts or add some brown sugar or honey,however you prefer it.These seven grains:Rye,Sunflower seeds,Barley,Triticale,Oats,Red and white wheat, are loaded with vitamins and nutrients and add a nice natural chew,which I enjoy eating hot for breakfast.
Ingredients -Makes 1 large bowl of cereal
1/2 cup Seven Grain Flakes
1 1/2 cups water
2 tbsp sweetened coconut
10 Walnuts roughly crushed
Almond Flakes per taste
Raisins per taste
Milk - optional
Powder the flakes to a coarse consistency.Add water and cook for 3 mins or till done cooking.Stir to smooth out well.Add the nuts,coconut and raisins per liking and enjoy hot.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Yellow Peas Curry

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Here is a hearty,warming,one meal-curry I enjoy making with whole yellow peas.These peas naturally add great flavor and aroma to the curry.This peas curry goes very well and is a great accompaniment to parathas,rotis,toasts,quinoa,rice,pooris,idlis or dosas.
1 cup dry whole yellow peas
1 large onion
1 small potato - optional
2 ripe tomatoes-pureed
3 hot serrano peppers minced
1/2 tbsp grated ginger
1/2 tbsp grated garlic
1/2 tsp each chilli pwd and coriander pwd
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
3-4 tbsp oil
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
5 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
Few curry leaves
Garam masala as per taste
Salt as per taste

Soak the dry peas overnight,drain and pressure cook them with 3 cups water.In a separate pan heat oil then add fennel seeds,cloves,cinnamon,curry leaves.Then add the pepper,ginger,garlic,onions,salt and stir cook till the onions turn golden and the raw smell disappears.Add the cooked peas,tomato puree and the dry powders.Add chopped cilantro and water as needed and stir cook till the curry blends together.Enjoy hot!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ugadi Pachadi

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India is a country of different dialects.While everyone celebrates universally the New Years Day on January 1st,they also celebrate New Years Day according to their dialects-which can differ as per the calendars they follow by their traditions.Along with all the delicacies like vada,payasam that were made during those days,there was one item that stood out as a special on Ugadi-which is Telugu and Kannada New Years Day,may also be for other dialects.The pachadi is a mixture of different flavors like sweet,sour,bitter,heat and tartness- reason for it being life is a mixture of different feelings and it has to be fully enjoyed.
1 large banana
1/2-1 tsp dry neem flowers
1 1/2 tbsp shredded raw mango
1 1/2 tbsp shredded pear
1/4-1/2 tsp black pepper powder
3 cubes jaggery melted in 1 cup water
Bring water and jaggery to a boil and when the jaggery melts,and the liquid reduces to about half.Take off the flame and strain if there are any stones and set aside to cool.When the liquid cools add mashed banana and rest of the ingredients and mix to blend well.

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