Garlic Bread -My Way

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  • Does everyone love garlic bread?But store bought ones are loaded with way too much butter, isn’t it? Or only i think that way. :-)
  • It’s very easy to make it home and you can control how much butter you add.Most imp you can use fresh garlic and get all garlic benefits at the same time.
  • Heat butter, add some freshly chopped garlic to get garlic flavour into butter. Made me realise life also roasts us sometime so our real flavour comes out. Isnt’ it? Think abt it.
  • Alright, saute garlic for a min. Add bread and roast it. Simple.
  • While serving make sure each piece has some garlic on it. Little bites of garlic while eating taste really good.
  • Fresh garlic is easy to find, cheap and stays good on a counter for a long time. So buy fresh to reap some benefits.
  • You can also use olive oil instead of butter and /or italian seasoning.
  • Pictures are not great since i was trying to do too many things but hope you got the point.
  • You can have this garlic bread with soup, pasta or with tea, coffee too. Wrap it into foil paper and take to work.
  • Try it. It’s really yummy.
  • Enjoy !

Dosa With Sweet Potato Filling

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  • Do you know that ppl from Ryukyu Islands in japan have highest life expectancy in the world and 1 of their staple food is purple sweet potatoes. There’s a Okinava diet based on them. Check more abt it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okinawa_diet
  • Sweet potato is another wonderful vegetable full of Vit A, C, fiber etc but we see only in pies. 
  • You can roast sweet potatoes in oven while baking something , steam, boil, pressure cook or make curry like me. 
  • Serve it as side dish with anything or throw it in your salad if you are a salad person.
  • Dosa stuffing is most of the time potatoes but you can fill with sweet potatoes for a change. Ppl, kids who like sweet food will love it.
  • Oh and they are so cheap year around. Stays good for a long time on the counter.
  • Picture is of my lunch dosa with sweet potato curry and side of freshly squeezed orange juice.
  • I used regular american sweet potato which is orange. You can find different varietes in asian stores.
  • Oranges are pretty cheap now in winter and on sale everywhere. If you don’t have citrus juicer, buy 1. It’s pretty cheap.
  • Easy, yummy and healthy lunch. Got so much of my vitamins already in 1 meal. :-)
  • Enjoy !

Yogi’s Tea

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  • We all have built in wisdom but our minds are so preoccupied that we miss it most of the time. And also, we are so busy trying to fix other ppl and never look at ourselves to see what needs to be fixed within us.
  • I am as most of other indians start my day with my indian masala chai. But lately, i was not enjoying it at all. It just wasn’t appealing anymore. So i just dropped it. Instead am trying all kind of different tea. I tried some green tea but they were ok.
  • Now what am doing is, just look around in cabinet, spice box, fridge and see what appeals to me. It’s so much fun and you have a new flavour each time.
  • One in picture is , made with cumin seeds, coriander seeds, fennel seeds and some ginger. Doesn’t it sound exotic?
  • You can try so many things like cardamom, saffron, lemongrass, mint or you can use some fruit too. Am still enjoying goji berry tea too.
  • All you need is a hot cup of water and throw spice, fruit whatever speaks to you and let it rest for few mins. Simple.
  • Now i enjoy tea even after dinner or a hot cup while watching my favorite TV program. And i derive some health benefit too like ginger helps with digestion. I don’t add any sweetener.
  • See what appeals to you and trust your own intuition.
  • Have fun with your tea.
  • Enjoy !

Goji Berry Tea

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  • Goji Berries recently have become very popular as anti-oxidants rich food. Other day i saw on Jeopardy superfood category had a question on goji berry.
  • I had first them in Tibet few years back and of course, they were so good. They look like raisins but red in color.
  •  Recently a friend gave me a pkg and so have been trying to use them. You can find them at health food , asian store or amazon.
  • To make tea, boil a glass of water and add 10-12 goji berries. Boil for few mins until berries plump up.
  • Drink warm and eat berries in between.  No need to add anything else.
  • In winter time, when you feel like drinking something warm, try this.
  • You can use them in any recipes where you use raisins. Eat like snack, throw in oat meal etc etc.
  • To check all health benefits, google.
  • Enjoy !

Kodri Or Foxtail Millet Khichadi

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  • Kodri is recommended in diabetic in india.  It has good amt of calcium according to pkg i have.
  • Made khichadi with mung dal and it was way too tasty. I would say must try if you are khichadi fan like me.
  • Makes good 1 pot healthy meal. And a break from wheat and rice which we indians are heavy on.
  • Used 50:50 kodri and yellow mung dal.
  • I add lot of vegetables to khichadi. Today i added green beans, corn, yellow squash, onion and spinach.
  • With a side of yogurt, it made a good meal.
  • It’s good to have little light dinner now and then i believe. Give digestion little break.
  • Do try…you won’t be disappointed.
  • Enjoy !