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Maggi took a break: Now Let us have some ghar ka khana (home made food)

kerala style apple recipes

This week when I went to the local market, where we can bargain and get fresh vegetables at lower rates  as compared to regular shops, I got onion at Rs 80/Kg and Apple at 40/Kg. I bought 2 1/2 Kg of apples. It is in human nature that when you see an item is surplus, even if it is your favourite thing, you lose interest in having it. The basket of red apples simply lying around reminded me of basket full of mangoes in my mother’s home during summer season. A friend Sudhir suggested adding apple pieces in Sambar, where from I got the sudden Idea of trying out Kerala recipes with apples, as shallots (not onion) are required for the dishes.  And Kerala recipes are a perfect combination with rotis.

Maggi took a break: Now Let us have some ghar ka khana (home made food):lunchbox recipeIn their busy schedule parent usually prepare lunch box consisting of bread and jam or cooked instant noodles. The lunch box recipes makes no one happy. Neither the children are happy with the  cold snack, nor the parents are happy with the nutritious value of the food packed in the lunch box. If the children are inculcated with the habit of eating home-made food, they never give up that habit. With some quick trick, and 20 minutes to spare, parents can prepare healthy and homely lunch box recipe for kids. Here are a few lunch box recipes, that will bring smile on the face of parent and children.

5 summer drink recipes to beat the heat:summer drinksThe summer drinks mentioned here are for people of all age groups and you can easily prepare them using ingredients that are regularly used at homes. Unlike the aerated, sugary, soda drinks,that just quenches the thirst these healthy summer drinks option also provide necessary vitamins to resist heat and diseases.

CHRISTMAS CAKES: Three Generations of Christmas Cakes DSC04682The arrival of Christmas season is heralded when people busily go shopping for nuts and fruits to be soaked in wine for atleast three weeks in advance before the preparation of the plum cakes.  Few days before Christmas, people go to bakeries with all the ingredients and patiently watch as the batter is mixed and baked in the industrial oven.

DELHI FOOD FEST:Food Fest Delhi confirms Delhiites love Good Food: If we make a comparison of what the Delhiites love more: food or Music; then Delhi can be officially declared as the city of foodies after 50,000 Delhiites turned up for the Food Festival Delhi in Nehru Park. ‘Palate Fest’ was held at the same venue a week after the ‘World Percussion Festival’, around 10,000 viewers came on the three days music fest. <

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WESTERN VIEW OF INDIAN FOOD:Westerners love spicy Indian food:DSC04602Indian sabji’s (vegetable curries) are so tasty and they are not as spicy as some people say. India got a bigger variety of sweet delicacies than in the west, like the Gulab Jamun, sweet rice,…. Everything is so beautiful here.

 

 

BAKE TIME:Honey Oat BreadDSC04567After doing some google search I found recipe for a simple bread, using which I baked a bread without sweating or spending much time, and the kids also approved with the new dish.

Being encouraged by the positive outcome of the first experiment, I decided to try out a healthier version using some other cereals and that is when I chanced upon Maria’s eggless honey oat bread. Believe me the recipe has come out really beautiful, it was tasty, soft, nutritious, and presentable.  I verbatim followed Marias instruction.

EXPERT’S TIP TIME:Seven Onion Substitute For Everyday Cookingonion-1When onions are too costly or unavailable, life comes to a standstill. Onion is the basic ingredient for most of the Indian dishes. An Indian women staying in Africa, who cooks delicious Indian recipes, said that half of the ingredients will not be  locally available so she uses substitutes. Her recipes are as good as the original. If half of the ingredients does not reduce the taste of a recipe, can’t onion substitute be used.
FAST COOKING TIME:5 Quick lunch box recipe for kid’s:*temp* Preparing the lunchbox for children is a challenge for parents. The lunch box recipe usually is bread and jam or cooked instant noodles. The lunch box recipe makes no one happy. Neither the children are happy with the  cold snack, nor the parents are happy with the nutritious value of the food packed in the lunch box. If the children are inculcated with the habit of eating home-made food, they never give up that habit. With some quick trick, and 20 minutes to spare, parents can prepare healthy and homely lunch box recipe for kids.
KID’S FOOD TIME:vegetable recipes for kidsmy-5-tips-for-make-my-kids-to-eat-vegetables-546-x-345 Easiest way to make the kids eat vegetables is to make the same vegetable recipe for kid differently every time using different types of vegetables. For instance every time you make sambar, use different kinds of vegetables. Only two vegetables are required to prepare sambar. So next time substitute potato with raw papaya; or carrot  with beetroot (beetroot gives an attractive colour to the sambar).
GOOD NEWS ABOUT SATURATED FOOD:Saturated fat is good for health, claims a new study:Experts till now said that saturated fat was the cause of heart  diseases, so consumers were advised to read the label on the foods pack before buying. During comparative food testing of food products in the market, the brand that has the lowest amount of saturated fat are crowned as the healthiest among all the brands. So whom should we believe the old school of thought; or the new discovery!

VEGGY TIME:Five green leafy recipes for winter:green leaves Vegetables is best to prevent breast cancer in women

Green leafy recipes are nutritious and affordable. Over the ages the Delhites have developed different green leafy recipes where the leaves are camouflaged (mixed with other ingredients) so as to make them more palatable. Dishes of five green leaves are popularly prepared at home and restaurants.

Ancy Abraham

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