Veggie Rava Idly & Vitamin A

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  • Most of the kids/ppl now a  days don’t eat enough vegetables. Let’s not get into reasons.
  • I like to add vegetables into everything. So of course even my idly will have vegetables. This is instant rava idly. Added some chopped cilantro, shredded carrot, torn curry leaves.
  • There are plenty of recipes for it online so i won’t repeat.  The only thing am suggesting is add some vegetables.
  • Chutney made with cilantro, curry leaves, coconut and yogurt. 
  • Wanted to talk abt Vitamin A. Everyone knows most of the benefits of Vitamin A and that it’s good for eyes and carrot has Vitamin A.
  • Here’s an excerpt from Healing with whole foods book : ” Those who are pregnant, lactating or undergoing a disease process usually have greater requirements. More Vitamin A is needed in the cooler seasons and who uses their eyes extensively for reading or other focused work.”
  • Now sit back and think for a second. Are you getting enough? Are your kids getting enough?
  • Vitamin A is stored in liver for what i call rainy days. We all save money for rainy days so i would think it’s better to have little extra in this dept too for those rainy days.
  • When you get from vegetables, it’s not toxic and anything extra your liver will store.
  • All greens, yellow, orange food is rich in Beta Carotene which liver converts into Vitamin A as needed.
  • I got some Vitamin A in today’s lunch since cilantro, carrot, curry leaves all has beta carotene/vitamin A.
  • What abt you?
  • Enjoy !

Soup with seaweed and cabbage curry

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  • I say this every fall but seaweed is really good to eat in fall when air is dry. I have seen very good benefit with dry cough so now when i feel it’s coming, i just make soup with seaweeds and it’s kinda instant relief.
  • There are many kinda seaweed so buy the kind that is for soup. It will say on the pkg.
  • Made red bean/chori soup with it. Use less salt since seaweed is already salty and also it’s rich in natural iodine.
  • You can make any soup you like and just add seaweed to it.
  • Cabbage is another wonderful vegetable with lots of benefits and very easy to cook.Also very cheap too. Here’s a simple way to cook for non-indians who won’t have all indian spices.
  • Heat olive oil or any oil you like, season with mustard seeds and or cumin seeds. Add slit green or red chilli, chopped/paste garlic.
  • Add shredded or chopped cabbage, cover and cook. Add salt after it’s cooked little bit.
  • You can add some green peas to it too.
  • Enjoy !

Dudh poha on sharad purnima

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  • Today is sharad purnima which is celebrated in Gujarat. I do not know how ppl celebrate now a days but while growing up, it was simple. We eat dudh poha with sugar and or jaggery. Some dudh poha is kept outside under moon light and then we have that as prasad and we can eat dudh poha as much as we like. Also bhajiyas were made. That was all for dinner on sharad purnima.
  • Everyone sits outside in moon light and there was a big ground where ppl would gather and have “Ghari”. Ghari is a sweet associated with this day.
  • Reason for eating dudh poha on this day  according to ayurveda , is to pacify pitta which generally increases during this time of year.
  • Sitting out under moon light also pacifies pitta.
  • I made bhajiyas and even left dudh poha outside for sometime so it absorbs some moon light. It really tasted great and it was fun to do it. :-)
  • Moon is very beautiful on sharad purnima. Do check it out.
  • Enjoy !

 Updating this post since some ppl are looking for dudh poha recipe:

  • Tomm 8th oct is sharad purnima this year 2014.
  • Wash poha in water and remove all water. Leave it aside for 10 mins.  Add cold milk, sugar or jaggery depending on your taste.
  • If you want to keep it outside under moon light, cover it with cotton cloth or put a lid. If you are just standing there then it’s ok to keep it open i guess.
  • Have fun !

 

Brown Rice Dhokla

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  • I  have been trying to make things using brown rice now a days so this was another experiment and it turned out great. I didn’t see/taste any difference.
  • If  you know how to make dhokla, replace white rice with brown rice and follow same procedure.
  • Dhokla is generally rice and urad dal mixture but i add 2-3 tsp of chana dal too and it gives a very good taste. Trick i learned from my cousin’s wife many years back.
  • Don’t be afraid to try brown rice. You can buy small bag and experiment.
  • Sometimes i see ppl so bored with life or life becomes so routine or just way too many complains with life and then there’s no joy. So no matter how busy you are,try to  find some time for new things to learn, experiment. And it will keep you alive, healthy and happy/content.
  • Enjoy ! 

Gujarati Guvar Dhokari

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  • Guvar is an acquired taste but if you never had it, i would say must try. It has very different taste. Generally kids don’t like it.
  • Guvar dhokari is popular gujarati dish. You can eat with roti as subji or you can have it just by itself too.
  • Make roti dough using whole wheat flour but add spices like turmeric powder, red chilli powder, few ajwain seeds and salt. Make dough harder than roti. Keep it aside for 30 mins.
  • Seasoning is imp here. You want to season oil with ajwain(carom seeds), little hing. Ajwain helps with digestion and gas.  Add cut guvar ,ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt . Add some water. Use pressure cooker.
  • Make small rounds from dough using just hand, fingers and put it in above guvar mix. Add more water if needed. Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.
  • Tada…it’s ready.
  • Instead of making dhokari, you can add some chopped potatoes to guvar.
  • Enjoy !