traditional recipes

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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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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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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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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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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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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మసాలా గారెలెన్నున్నా మామూలు గారెనే మిన్న

తాజా కరివేపాకు ఘుమఘుమల కమ్మటి నూలుపప్పు పచ్చడితో వేడి వేడి గారెల కొండను ఢీకొందాం!
మసాలా గారెలెన్నున్నా మామూలు గారెనే మిన్న

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dosa hut

yet another Daddy’s creation 🙂 Its a #spicy #life 🙂
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పాత పెనం మీద కొత్త అట్టు

“పుల్లట్లు”, “చల్లట్లూ” పాత తరం బాబూ .. “పంచట్లు” కొత్త తరం .. 🙂

Stack them all like a burger and take them in one-bite-at-a-time with accompanying ginger chutney 🙂

Flattened rice and curds soaked overnight, add little salt while making the batter and pan fry them into palm sized cookies with different vegetable top-ups… Tomato, peppers, onions, carrot, mint/coriander… served with ginger or sesame chutney.. Enjoy the sunday.
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వే.ట.కూ.ర కాదు! … అంతకు మించి … తోటకూర! :)

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వెన్న మురుకులు

Packed with energy, this traditional snack made with fine grained black grams, lot of butter, generous amounts of ajwain with the rice flour base., is an instant hit and a childhood memory for every generation of tired kids.
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jowar roti (sorghum tortilla) served with crushed raw garlic-onion-mirchi

Do you see the yummy glow from the hand-rolled jowar roti (sorghum tortilla) served along with rock-crushed raw garlic-onion-lemon-mirchi in the sides and spinach-potato-spice-curry...? yey! I got it so well the very first time.. yes yes I made them all except the spinach curry 🙂 #great #old #indian #village #tradition #recipe
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