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More about Ground nut nutrition
Kappalandi/ Kadala is the most common nut in Kerala. Eventhough its the place of Kashuvandi(cashew nut) Kappalandi is the common man's snack. Cashew nut is costlier than this one.
The crispiness and the sweetness of Kappalandi mittayi will never fade from the mind. Everyone has some sweet memories associated with these candies. 'Mittayi' may be the first sweet name taught by the children in Kerala. Its the malayalam of 'toffee' or 'Candy'. Every child needs 'Mittayi' . My children also wants 'Mittayi' and I found the 'Kadala mittayi' as a safe replacement. Its made of Jaggery and the nutritious Kappalandi. Its an all time favourite in my home. I had not prepared this at my home but its also a regular visitor of our snack box.
Chidren always need sweets and even adults need them. A sweet candy means more to a child. Whenever I think of these common snacks the small story of Kabuliwallah will came into my mind. Its a haunting story of the great Rabindranatha Tagore, opening up a vast world in front of us. Its also a story of 5 year old with lot of questions and querries.
When we travel through Kerala we can see Inji mittayi(ginger toffee), bombay mittayi and Jeeraka mittayi. Its very nice to think about it bombay mittayi will melt into your mouth and its like 'Appooppan thadi'. We can see mobile vendors with heavy jar of Bombay muttayi. Jeeraka mittayi is a nice option other than chocolate toffees. Another one is 'Naranga Mittayi'. My ammoomma still loves it and we always buy it for her.
Some tastes take us to our past, if it is a sweet taste the memories will be sweet. Please share your nice memories about sweets.
Monday, November 1, 2010
I had done some posts about Spinach in my nature blog. Please have a look.
Spinach is a healthy food. It has lot of medicinal qualities also. Do not hesitate to include it into our daily diet. It will take more time to prepare spinach for cooking. Convince children about its medicinal effects.
PS: A very small story related to Cheera/ Spinach
Story is from Mahabharatha. Draupadi had a vessel named Akshaya pathra, which gave all the food to their crew. Whenever she finished her eating it will stop its food. Once Durvasa came to pandavas, at that time draupadi finished her meals. She was frightened and prayed krishna for a peaceful solution. Krishna adviced her to offer him anything that remained in the vessel. She found a leave of Cheera in one of sides and offered it to Lord Krishna with prayerful heart. At that time Durvasa and his followers hunger disappeared and they left. Is it a nice story??
Last month we had participated in famous Vallasadya of Aranmula temple, Kerala. During the sadya all the dishes are asked through 'Vanchipattu' the lines for Cheera thoran was like this , 'Panchaliyude pathrathile cheerathoran kondu vayo'. Its always interesting to know more about the dishes in that time.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Wash the goose berries. Put it in the air tight container with salt, water and chopped green chillies. If kanthari is availabe it is the best for this preparation. It will be a nice combination with Kanji. Water must be cooled enough after boiling and the container must be air tight.
water -one cup
Vanilla Essence-4 drops(optional)
After thourough washing peel off the Guava. Make a puree of it with a small amount of water and sugar using a mixie. Strain it. Add the milk and serve . We can add 3-4 drops of vanilla essence into it for better taste. A nutritious and colourful drink with lot of Vitamin C.
PS: You may heard about these words' Oru malar podikkarante swapnam'
Its a small folk story about our fascinations. Now I am attaching this story with this recipe because the main item in this story is 'Malar podi'
This story is about a man who is selling 'Malar podi' for his living. One day he had made a pot full of 'Malar podi' for the sale of next day. Then he thought that after selling this full pot malar podi he can buy a hen. After some calculations about the eggs, he thought he can buy a goat by selling that eggs. The thoughts continued and the last he reached at a point where he had a herd of cows from this pot full of malar podi. At this time in his dream he picked a stick and swayed it to redirect his cows. But in real life also he picked a stick near to his bed and swayed like in the dream but on the top of the bed he had that pot filled with malar podi. He had beaten that pot with the stick and the whole dream finished. His body and face filled with malar podi. This story is from my lovely ammoomma. There may be slight variations from the original. Its a famous saying in malayalam'Malar podikkarante swapnam pole' about an event that can not be happen or the possibility will be less and someone dreaming so impractical.
In those days people will place food in pots and they will hang from the rope with the help of ropes. This way is used to protect the food from ants and insects. These type of storing method is called 'Uri' in malayalam. In this story he had stored the popped rice powder in 'uri' . My ammoomma always tell about these small things in detail and duirng his story telling process always move her fingers over my hair. Every story has some nostalgic memories.
Friday, October 29, 2010
In this puttu I preferred to Ragi because of its nutrition. It can be eaten as such or with banana (Njalipoovan pazham).
It contains high amount of Calcium. It is recommended for children, pregnant women and elder people who need more Calcium in their daily diet. It is suitable for diabetic patients also. Its fibres prevent constipation. In Kerala its a must food for small children as 'Kurukku' . Its a protein rich food.
Raggi puttu is a health concious version of our normal puttu
Recipe of Ragi puttu
Ragi flour:1 cup
Coconut grated: 1/2 cup
Salt :as per your taste
Mix the ragi flour with salt and water. Water must be sprinkled to the flour and make the mixture slowly. When we press the mixture inside our hand if the dough keep in shape, the amount of water is correct. After thorough mixing remove the lumps. Then fill the puttumaker with half amount of raggi flour and then grated coconut. Repeat the other half in the same method. Put it in the steam. It will be ready after 10 minutes. Its an easy nutritious breakfast item most suited for children.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Botanical name: Psidium Guajava
Guava tree from my nature blog
Mainly two types of guava available. The pink type and the white variety. In Kerala we always eat it fresh. In Tamil nadu we can see street vendors with spicy half ripe guavas. I had seen it in Chennai and in Bangalore. Guava can be spicy...... We can make juice or milk shake with this fruit.
Yesterday I had made a juice of Guava. Guava is always the first in my fruits list. It has 10times more Vitamin C than citrus fruits.
Guava juice seasoned with Cherries
Guava juice is a thirst quencher and a multipurpose healer. Its laxative property prevents constipation. Its Vitamin C content make it a healer for cough and cold.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Botanical name-Phyllanthus emblica
Nellikka, the best rejuvanator of Ayurveda has excellent healing properties. Fresh nellikka has the power to slow down the ageing and has better cooling effect in our body. Its the main ingredient in 'Chywana prasa'. The tree is known as 'Nelli' in Malayalam.
This round glowing green fruits are my favourite in school days. We had an experiment with its fruit to taste the water sweet after eating the fruit. This maybe because of its bitter taste, the water will be more sweeter.
An adage (pazhanjollu) related to nellikka in malayalam is
'Moothavar chollum muthu nellikka adyam kaykum pinne madhurikkum'
Means that the advices given by elders will feel bitter first and then it becomes sweet.
A treatment for psychatric problems in Ayurveda is 'Nellikka thalam' . According to Ayurveda it cools the body. They used it in dried form also.
Children doesn't like its bitter taste. It has 10 times more Vitamin C than an Orange. This is a precious fruit with rich vitamins. I have heard that the Vitamin C content of Nellikka will not diminish after cooking. Its nice news because of its sourness children will not eat it. We can give them nellikka pickles, it may be accepted. My inlaws always make nellikka arishtam/nellikka vine. I am trying to post the recipe of that home made medicine.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Recipe of sprouts and fruits salad
Mung bean sprouts(cheru payar mulappichathu)-3 table spoon (Moong dal in Hindi)
Cow pea sprouts(van payar mulappichathu) -3 table spoon
Peel off the pome granate and separate the seeds. Peel off the Apple and cut it into small pieces. Mix it with the sprouts. Use it fresh. If the ingredients are cool it will be more nice.
Sprouts are easily digetible and rich with vitamins. During their germination the vitamin level increases. It can be made at home.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Papaya is an all time available fruit in Kerala. Because of the ignorance we are not giving much importance to this fruit.
Scientific name of Papaya:Carica Papaya
Sanskrit name:Chirbhitha,Eranda Chirbhitha
Origin: It is believed that it is from Southern Mexico. It is now present in every tropical country. It is also known as Paw Paw and tree lemon in England.
Papaya is a healthy food especially for our skin.
Some nutritional benefits of Papaya from the net
- Rich with VitaminC, folate and Pottasium
- Good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin E
- It contains anti oxidants which give protection against heart diseases
- Digestive Aid
- 13 times more Vitamin C than Apples
- 33 times more Vitamin C than Oranges
Its always to good to eat the fruit as it is but children always deny Papaya because of the special taste. Thus it ended up with a sweet Halwa.
Recipe of Papaya Halwa
Ripe Papaya -2Cups
Rice powder roasted-3 table spoons
Sugar -According to your taste
Ghee-3-4 table spoons
Cashew nuts -5-6
After peeling cut the Papaya into small pieces. Using a mixer make a puree of Papaya. First roast the cashew nuts. Place a thick bottomed a vessel with 1 spoon ful of ghee. After removing the nuts we can add the papaya puree to the vessel and stir occasionally. After 15 minutes we can add sugar and rice powder to it. Then add the rest of the ghee to the vessel. After some time we can see the mixture will come out of the vessel surface. continue stirring till it becomes a ball. Then spread it into a flat vessel which must be coated with ghee. Garnish with Cashew nuts. After thorough cooling we can cut it into pieces.
It will take around 45 minutes to complete the dish. According to my opinion it is not an easy dish. If we have enough time we can do it and children will love the dish.
It can be served as a Dessert or a tea time sweet.
'Halva refers to many types of dense, confections served across the Indian subcontinent' wiki
We, Keralites have lot of names for Papaya, some of them are Omakka, Papparakka, Kappalanga and Kappanga.
If you are interested to know more about papaya tree
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