Grandma’s cast iron pots & pans

Cast iron pot and pans have come back and many ppl are using it now since they are safer. You get little iron in your cooked food which is extra benefit. I also got few and use now and then .

Have you tried them ? Lodge cast iron is good. Price is affordable to everyone and it will last life time.

New cast iron kadai in picture . Friend recommended it and I had to get it . Perfect size for me. Made my favorite potato poha in it.

Oh and it will give some arm work out too since they are heavy. Be careful touching it since it gets hot .


Ekadasi Meal

Ekadasi meal is supposed to be just 1 item, 1 time and min spices. Amaranth flour is used which is gluten free. Sindho salt is used little bit.

Even if you don’t observe Ekadasi vrat, it’s good to have this simple meals. And try to eat 1 or 2 meals with just 1 item. Avoid all day snacks.

With this modified eating I still see benefits. You are more aware of what is going in the mouth.

Do you observe ekadasi vrat ? How do you feel ?

Whenever we make changes in life style , diet we should observe how it’s feeling. Most of the time ppl are just looking at scale. So learn to observe how you are feeling. And you will know what works for you and what not.


Proso Millet Idli

Have been cleaning up pantry and found some proso millet. Soaked with some urad dal and fenugreek seeds. Think next step later.

Made idli with it . My new favorite almond chutney made it again.

I also added some beetroot powder in some batter. Can you tell middle idli has some pink hue to it?

You can also make dosa.

Do you try millets or are stuck with wheat and rice ?


Peanut Yogurt Kadhi

Made peanut yogurt at home. There are you tube videos on it. Soak peanuts, make milk and add chili tops to make yogurt. Yogurt didn’t turn out as thick as in video but that’s ok. It tasted just like peanuts.

But when I made kadhi which is a Gujarati soup made with milk yogurt, no peanut taste. We add all kind of spices in it so peanut taste took back seat.

It’s a good option for ppl who can’t eat dairy or avoiding dairy. Peanuts are cheap and 1 cup of peanuts made lot of yogurt. If you are on budget, this will not break bank.

In picture, eggplant bharta and millet roti called Dhebra in Gujarati. This is a classic kathiyawadi meal.


Almond Chutney

Nuts are good to eat but you can get bored eating same way everyday if you are like me. Almond chutney turned out very good and must try. Here’s how I made it:

  • Soak almond for few hrs or 15-30 minutes. Remove the peel if you like. If you soak long enough, skin comes out easily.
  • Grind almond, green chili, piece of ginger , salt with little water.
  • I added too much water so added some daliya (roasted chana dal) also.
  • Heat little oil. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, Urad dal, curry leaves.
  • Add seasoning to almond paste.
  • So yum. All gone. Will have to make again .