This week’s theme on BM is so interesting. Two of the bloggers send ingredients to each other and the other person has to cook with the ingredients received. I was paired with PJ of Seduce Your Tastebuds. She is such a sweet person and a very good friend of mine. When we meet, we both talk a lot. We are the most talkative persons of the BM group. She is so good at making healthy recipes and I usually envy her for that. As you know whatever I make, they are not at all healthy and I couldn’t stop myself from doing it. So when I was paired with PJ, I was expecting healthy ingredients from her so that I too get an opportunity to make something healthy. And yes, I guessed it right. She sent me three beautiful ingredients. The first one of the batch is these beautiful pumpkin seeds.
Posts tagged GHEE
Almonds is an important part of vegetarian paleo diet. So how come high fat almonds are considered diet food? In paleo we try to reduce carb intake and increase fat intake. The energy needed are got from the fat consumed and do not worry, it will not increase your weight. I have been on paleo for the past 24 days and I am so happy with my weight reduction. I haven’t checked my weight for now, but the dress which was in my cupboard for more than a year is fitting me nicely. I will be sharing more recipes here. If you are interested, make sure to subscribe to my blog to receive updates.
Wishing You All A Very Happy Pongal
Harvest Festival is celebrated in different parts of India with different names but it is such a great part of our people. Fresh produce is used to make festive dishes and people take part in various games, they visit temples, visit relatives and friends and this is such a joyous occasion. I remember celebrating Sankranti in Mysore. We used to dress up so nicely and take ellu bella packs to all the neighbours and friends and it used to be so amazing. But nowadays, the getting together is missing so much. I myself confine myself to our home. Without mom, there is no one to talk to and it is becoming so boring nowadays. Guess, this is the side effect of getting old!!
For the second day of the flat breads, I made a paratha, which resembles our parotta so much but is made entirely of whole wheat flour. If you are new here, I am doing a month long marathon in which I will be doing posts on five categories, a category a week. We take off on Sundays and so the first week has only three posts. Yesterday I made Manakish Zaatar and today It is Pheni paratha. Recently I have taken to watching YouTube a lot. s so much like my initial days of blogging. I used to read so many blogs then. And now after starting a channel in YouTube, the craze for watching videos has caught with me.
Today we start another week of Blogging Marathon. For this week, I have chosen to do three rice dishes. I have tried so many rice dishes, some one pot meals, some mixed rice and one or two layered rice. This week I need to make three dishes using all the three techniques mentioned above. For the first day, I am making an one pot meal. This thengaipaal saadam / coconut milk rice is very easy to make and is so mild in taste and would be perfect for kids. If serving adults, serve it along with a spicy gravy and onion raitha.
I am doing an A-Z Tamil cuisine recipe marathon this month. We are half way through and have arrived at the alphabet N. For this I didn’t have to think a lot. I decided upon this ghee flavoured simple rice that is served with spicy kurma. Nei is ghee in Tamil and choru is rice. So the rice tempered with lots of ghee is called as nei choru. This is so rich with the addition of cashew and raisins. And it is best when served hot. Even if it is cool, reheat it while serving as ghee tastes great only when hot.
I am doing a month long A-Z Tamil recipes marathon and today is the day of the alphabet J. The only ingredient that came to my mind for J was Javvarisi which is nothing but sago or sabudana. No one at home is fond of javvarisi and so I don’t usually stock it up. As far as I know in Tamil cuisine, javvarisi is used in payasam or vadagam. My mom used to make payasam combining both javvarisi and semiya/ vermicelli. That would taste so nice, but after marriage, as my hubby was not a fan of javvarisi, I just started making payasam only with vermicelli leaving out sago. So this is the first time I am making payasam out of javvarisi in these 11 years.
For the alphabet G, I found this recipe in one recipe supplement book. The photo was awesome, I liked it immediately. This was the very first recipe I tried for this BM and should say I was so disappointed with the recipe. There is one popular Tamil magazine called Aval Vikatan, which gives a recipe book as a supplement for each magazine. I used to buy the magazine just for the recipe booklets and had more than 100 booklets. But at one point I stopped buying and had the booklets stored in my book shelf. For this marathon, I had noted down two or three recipes from the booklets and the very first try itself went bad. The measurement of ingredients are so off and if a beginner tries the recipe, it surely would have ended up in the bin. I just did some on the spot changes to the recipe and finally finished it like how it looked in the picture. The next two or three attempts with the recipes from the booklets also gave the same type of result. I was so furious. We spend so much for the magazine but what they give are hopeless recipes. I just threw away all the supplements day before yesterday. If a recipe from a blogger doesn’t turn out good, I have seen some horrible negative feedback in social media but what to do with these famous magazines? I will never ever buy that book..
After stopping regular baking of cakes, I am always in search of some snack for my daughter. She is so used to eating cakes, that nowadays, she misses them a lot. Even though I prepare cakes atleast once a month, she is still pestering me for cakes. That too, this February, I have baked two cakes and one mug cake, so this is the one month she has had so much cake to eat compared to previous month. As I love baking, I search for recipes with less butter and one such recipe is this whole wheat spirals. I saw this at Varada’s blog and had it book marked long ago. And now it is time I baked it.