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Spicy Corn and Cabbage Rava Idlis

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My friend is a Tupperware distributor. Every month she regularly gives me the flyer she receives from them. My interest is not is on sale but what recipes are given there. J

I have copied quite a few of the recipes but this was for the first time tried one out.

Today I decided to try Rava Idlis. Well I do try them out regularly you may expect me to be an expert in making them but in actual fact we, the Rava idli and I do not agree.  The Rava Idlis do not agree that and I am the boss and I expect them to turn out in a particular fashion.

Either the idlis are soggy or they are flat pancakes. So when these came out so beautiful I was thrilled. 

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Oats n Tilwale Aloo

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When I was blogging with alphabets I had pored and pored over all the scraps of papers that I have collected in the last 25 years of my married life.

This is the time I discovered that some of the books that I have are unopened and unread.  I know it’s a criminal waste but then I had made up my mind that I will be using them all.

The idea was catch hold of one book and make all the makeable (is that a word?) recipes.

So what better than Cooking from Cookbook Challenge

So I started with Cooking and more of Tarla Dalal.  From this edition I have made Subzi and  daal already but today’s target was Tilwale Aloo.

Wondering how my til got so big? For the person who does not know what til is its Sesame seeds.

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Corn Upit

As a child I have stayed in rented places always. Pappa used be transferred after every 3 years and we used to shift bases. I love that life too. It was new friends, new beginnings and a new house.

One such house I remember when I was small we had a lot of garden place we had marigold (my rapt students who used see the end of my stick if they did not pay attention to teacher J ) and we had corn planted, there were groundnuts too but then some creature ate them up at night. Must have been rats.

Anyway we had had a bumper crop of corn and Amma had made Corn Upit. I do not remember how that tasted but I remember Amma and the maid sitting and grating corn.

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Diabetics Awareness Campaign-Jowar Rava Upit/Upma

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One word that had caught up with me is Diabetics.

Some 25 years ago it was something that my father-in law’s brother suffered from. He had a very controlled diet. Beyond that it did not exist in my dictionary.

Then in one health check-up my Father in law was diagnosed as diabetic! Now came in my world the word regulation… diet regulation. Being extremely on the thin side and wishing to put on weight this was a word unknown to me. But there were/are diet restrictions!

Yes this is post is a part of the Diabetic Awareness Day where a group of us are  getting together to spread awareness about Diabetics!

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C for Chana-Cho Ros Goan Style Peas Bhaji

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Blogging Marathon  for this month is running again for the full month but this time we are blogging with alphabets.

So get ready for today’s alphabet… C

What do you see? Breakfast…

Breakfast is an important meal and breakfast should  have all the four components of food i.e protein, carbohydrate, fat and  minerals.

Most traditional reflect this combo in some form or other. Take Dosa chutney, paratha and curds they are complete meal by themselves.

In Goa there are a lot of Portuguese influences so pav or bread forms an integral part of diet.   So every morning you will hear the Pav Walla called the “Poder”, trading his wares loaded in a basket and on a cycle.

The lady of the house will make suki bhaji, alsande tonak, chana cho ras, salad bhaji or tomat bhaji. This is eaten with the pav or unna else buns. These buns are not your usual buns from the bakery but they are deep fried and like puris only softer, spongier and sweet (will post the recipe soon)!

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Ammade Che Karam

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How can I say I live in Goa and forget about Ammado or Ammade?

How can I say ammado and forget about “Ammade che karam”! The delicious sweet and sour delicacy? I had mentioned the sour fruit called Ammado and also written about.  You can read more about it here and here.

Karam or chutney as it is called is a major requirement for Diwali or Deepavali festivities in Goa.

But before that let me tell you something about the Narkasur effigy made here and burnt in the morning the next day.

Diwali for us meant making dry stuff like chakalis, shankarpali, chivda, ladoos etc. but here in Goa there are different varieties made from poha, yes the regular beaten rice they are called fov here.  Have you had rasatele fov, batat fov, thikse fov, dahi fov, god fov to name a few, and then there is chanya cho ras and chutney.

Chutney is Amado chutney.

Ammade che Karam

Ammade che Karam

To make chutney the basic ingredient is of course ammado. There is no replacement for it. So I suggest if you come to Goa or even Karwar etc try this local dish out. It’s delicious.

This is my Blogging Marathon entry for  the month long Marathon under the theme” Traditional”!

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Bhakari & Zunka or Zunka Bhakar

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Bhakri Zunka or Zunka Bhakar

This is my Blogging Marathon entry for the month long Marathon under the theme” Traditional”!

Its Bhakari & Zunka or Zunka & Bhakar !

Bhakari/ bhakar as they are known in Karnataka /Maharashtra are traditional foods. A very healthy food that is the staple of most of the hard working labourers and farmers. Today I have teamed it with Baigan Bharta but this is not necessary. For Zunka takes care of your protein and vegetables too. But then tongue loves its variations so Baigan Bharta was also a part of the menu.

Bhakari/bhakar is made from jowar or from bajara. It has a low gylcemic index.

You can check what Wikipedia has to say about GI here.

But I will like to just make it concise.

“G.I. stands for Glycemic Index used to measure short-term changes in blood glucose levels in humans after a carbohydrate rich food. Glucose being the source of energy is set at 100 rest of the foods are measured against this.

A diet based on foods with low glycemic index has been associated with diabetes management, improved blood lipids (cholesterol), reduced risk of heart disease and weight management.

Foods with a low glycemic index take longer to digest (therefore prolonging satiety) they will also maintain blood glucose levels at a relatively constant state unlike foods with high GI.

Low glycemic foods contain: Fat, Whole grains, Protein, Raw Starches, legumes, vegetables, fruits and dairy products.

High Glycemic Foods contain: Refined grains, refined sugars, increased amylopectin: amylose ratio, and often high sugar fruits have a high glycemic index.”

So with this do I need to say more?

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