Monday, November 22, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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.
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