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whats fascinating in your kitchen today? Ootappam with peanut/mint chutney

Total time for prep: 18 minutes

Total Carbs: Just 153 per ootappam. (your RDI is approx 2500 so this is a wonderful breakfast overall)

First its the smell of this ‘two-minute–roasted-peanut-mint-chutney’ that calls you in into the kitchen, then the fermented batter sizzling on the pan with vapor bubbles on the glass top makes you peek and smell the onion/coriander toppings.. (at this point, you are half way closing your eyes, inhaling deeply and start bending your head backwards)

.. and the slice cut green chili, dipped in olive oil and torched to perfection pulls you in completely.

A perfect breakfast with a superb nutrition scale.. Try it out and flatter yourself 🙂

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boring food — boring person

boring food - boring person

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you can cook this sumptuous meal in 30 minutes

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It takes less than 30 minutes to cook this sumptuous meal and be happy you did a right thing today by NOT eating out.

Stewed jira-eggplant, braised bittergourd with jaggery and tamarind, hot spinach-zucchini-kadhi…. all under 30 minutes..

slow cooked to preserve the maximum nutrients… I can’t explain better than this pic.

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incredible power of the wholegrain blackgram .. in your kitchen!!

To all those who don’t realize the incredible power of wholegrain blackgram, here is the most famous breakfast from India.. Steam boiled and served hot, these wholegrain idli coupled with pigeon-pea-powder-and-sesame-oil, tomoto-capsicum-and-garlic-chutney….

Not just for kids, this is an energy bomb for everyone to revive their boring days and dull weekends, go out and spend that energy blast ourdoors.. It all starts in your kitchen 🙂  ఇంటికి ఇనుము.. ఒంటికి మినుము 🙂

The ingredients, the combinations, the passed-down knowledge in handling, the simplicity in preparation, the amount of packed power ounce-by-ounce and most of all the undeniable taste that anyone and everyone comfortable with .. is what all makes the idli… the idli.

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What is worth the wait for a weekend?

There are a ton of reasons people wait for a weekend.. But I do it for my fav dish that never disappoints.. The superb aroma, mouth watering taste, a wonder combination of vegetables, herbs and spices… Seen here is our signature Veg Biriyani 🙂
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Best of Indian Food (contd..)

Those kitchen-morons just don’t know the best of it all.. I am surprised to see the amount of negative publicity in the press around Indian Food. The number of options we have for low caloried, high fiber content coupled with super good nutrition is just mind blowing.   For example, look at this dinner option:

Bajra-Jowar Dosa topped with onions and served with veggie-filled Sambar ( a thick lentil soup with super beneficial herbs, spices and lots of vegetables ) and peanut chutney.

very delicious, mouth watering combination with amazing health benefits.. It takes pages to explain why you should focus on lentils, millets, fiber and vegetables..

Bon Appètit.

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yet another hidden gem of Indian Cuisine — అరటి పువ్వు రోటి పచ్చడి

raw banana flower bracts pounded in a rock mortar and pestle, added curd, raw green mirchi paste along with a heavy dose of mustard then tempered with traditional spices in peanut oil … Its all.. simple yet a bliss to eat in.  yes.. a bliss.

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How does a simple Indian meal look like?

A freshly made authentic Indian meal would typically start with pleasing your eyes before teasing your taste buds. The herbs and spices involved in the making of each ingredient are carefully cooked in a specific style to maximize taste while minimizing nutrient loss.  And no doubt there is a lot of science in an Indian kitchen that straightly dictates your overall physical and mental health.

The fact that it makes you feel hungry as soon as you look at it and the tremendous knowledge handling taste, texture and nutrition are enough of an evidence of the Indian culinary wisdom.

In the picture below is an Andhra style meal — one cup of rice served with a vegetable curry, one pickle, one curd-based chutney, dried curry leaf powder topped with a little spoon of fresh ghee… and of course a yummy ripe banana.

Enjoy the meal.
How does a simple south indian meal look like?

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Is your kid “foodthusiastic” at the dining table?

Do you cook once and eat it for a week? yuck! (sorry, I honestly didn’t mean to insult you) Are you killing your kid’s taste buds and enthusiasm with stale, reheated, boring food? Don’t you agree defrozen items from a Microwave Oven can never ever compare with a Mother’s warm and fresh magic delicacy?
In a world obsessed with Calories but not Kitchen Wisdom, at times when eating out is considered convenient and fashionable but cooking your daily food is looked down, with families hardly having enough time to cook, sit down and eat together, if your kid is NOT saying this everyday, every week, at least once in an year, then you as a parent is a complete failure:

“<grins>Mommy! You are the best cook in the world</grins>”

PYKFTW – NTWFYK

In the Pic below is one of the super man snacks that a kid can get… minapasunni

“ఇంటికి ఇనుము – ఒంటికి మినుము” కదా మరి 🙂
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strengthy breakfast

ఉల్లి చట్నీతో మినప రొట్టె, పటుకో ఒక పట్టు
ఉదయాన్నే జీవాత్మని ఉషారుతో మెలిపెట్టు  — ©balu

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wanna generate your own bodyheat in cold winters? Try “Pudina Thepla”

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Wanna dine light but with hellafa fiber, anti-oxidants, low-calorie-high-energy cereals and essential elements with a punch of herbal medicine right in your kitchen? Taste this raw mint, cumin, coriander, saunf, red chilli and turmeric that went into the making of simple rotis served with a spicy curry of cabbage, carrot and beans.

When the dominating aroma of fresh mint reaches your nostrils, the strong flavor fills your palate and the cool aftertaste makes you close your eyes and bend your head back, then you know you are ready for dinner 🙂

Not to mention the heat it all generates, you surely would be more resilient to the winter weather 🙂 hail the herbs.

Kitchen Credits: Master Chef Latha

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how to entice a kid to his breakfast?

how to entice a kid to his breakfast?Just a lil trick I thought worth sharing. When kids say they are not in a mood for breakfast but its time, you can certainly grab the ‘parent’ wand and force them eat something, but thats not what the daddy here does 🙂 I asked them to the kitchen, made them break the eggs, wash the veggies, light up the stove, put the pan and toast some bread slices. In the meantime, I beat the eggs and cut the veggies. Then they added a good amount of garlic salt and jira masala, readied another pan and butter.. One kid  wanted a dotted-sauce outlining and the other a linear ketchup border 🙂 Daddy bows like a magician and voila!

Cheddar jack cheese on garlic omlette with 17-grain bread sandwitch is deliciously ready 🙂

and they ate it happily.. thats the finishing touch.  Hope this gives you a message.  Happy Thanksgiving week 🙂

 

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global cuisine or a globetrotter’s humble dinner?

I didn’t realize at first but that is a freshly baked French baguette served with Israeli olive oil from the Arbel mountains at the Sea of Galilee, sprinkled with Italian seasoning and the famous Californian garlic salt… truly Global cuisine? haha, no, a globetrotter’s humble dinner I would say 🙂
global cuisine - humble dinner

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రాగి ముద్ద — ఉలవ చారు (finger millet balls with horsegram rasam)

millet mania continues.. The #sunday #experiment with the finger millet balls and horsegram rasam turns out be finger-licking delicious.

And the 2-tea spoons of rice would keep it all together.
రాగి ముద్ద -- ఉలవ చారు

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Legume Paradise — బొబ్బర్ల దోశ – ఉలవల చట్నీ — Black-eyed-peas dosa with Horsegram chutney

If you are an energy freak but likes a zero glucose, zero fat, zero cholesterol recipe, then this wonder combination with superb amounts of soluble Fiber, symbiotic bacteria, Iron, Potassium and Zinc will be on your menu, salute the Leguminosae.  You don’t need guts of steel to digest these but the health burst will surely be visible the next time you go for a hike or hit the gym..  Along with that heavy coat of nicely baked onions and ginger, this will also help tune your body to maintain a steady temperature no matter what the weather is..  Try it out and lemme know. Traditional Indian Recipes never let you down 🙂 #sunday #experiment
బొబ్బర్ల దోశ -- ఉలవల చట్నీ -- Black-eyed-peas dosa with Horsegram chutney

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