Saturday, April 25, 2015

Heavenly Coconut & Poppy Seed Pudding (Payasam)

I am so thankful to the many people who share their traditional family recipes on The Internet. One such site is that post traditional Karnataka recipes. Karnataka is one of the provinces in southern India offering some wonderful culinary delights.   I have tried some of these recipes and they are absolutely delicious! Most of the time I use these websites for my own reference.  I share one of my favourites today...

Poppy Seed & Coconut pudding:

Heat 2 tsp of Coconut oil or Ghee or butter. In it fry 1 tbsp of brown rice & 3 tbsp poppy seeds.  After about a  few seconds or a minute or so it starts smelling absolutely heavenly.  Now turn off stove and set the pot aside.  

Have 3 cups of water ready.  Take 3/4 cup of jaggery (palm sugar) in a pot. Add a little water to it and heat until it melts.  Strain it and set aside. If you want to skip this step just use about 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of honey or maple syrup depending on how sweet you like your pudding.

To the fried poppy seeds and brown rice add 1/2 cup of grated fresh coconut, a little water, 3 Cardamom pods(slightly break it) and add to the blender and blend until smooth. Add this paste, remaining water, melted jaggery or honey or maple syrup to a pot and bring to a boil. Boil for a minute and turn off the stove. Pour this into cups and serve. This makes enough quantity for 4 people

Chia Pudding

I had mentioned previously about my chiropractor who constantly posts links to great nutritious recipes on his twitter and facebook page.  I do try these recipes when I can.  They are very good recipes. I just tried one of these...Chia Pudding....Recipe below:

In a glass or a small jar pour in 12 oz (350ml) almond milk. Add 3 tablespoons of chia seeds.  Mix well and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes;longer the better...Add some maple syrup. The recipe called for 1 tsp of coconut sugar.  I didn't have that. So I added maple syrup.

If you can please do try this recipe. It is so heavenly and filling.  I had this for breakfast and didn't feel hungry for a long time.

Monday, April 20, 2015

What to drink after a run, jog or any workout...

I often think about what to drink or eat after a workout or a run.  This is my latest favourite drink after a run...

Blend together 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 cup water, one scoop of protein powder (I use whey powder), 1 banana and 6 or 7 strawberries and pour this into a tall glass or a glass jar and enjoy it.  This is so simple and easy to make.

If you don't have bananas or strawberries simply add your favourite fruits or berries and enjoy...Sometimes I even add cranberries or cherries, or strawberries & cherries instead of bananas and strawberries...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Coconut & Almond Chutney

Blend together 1 to 1 1/4 cup grated coconut, about half a cup of Almonds, Ginger chopped 1 tablespoon & 6 thai chillies until smooth.  Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Add cumin seeds 1 tsp. When you hear a popping sound add a few Curry leaves and Asafoetida and turn off the stove immediately. Add this seasoning to the chutney. Add salt as required. I added 1/2 tsp of salt. Mix well and serve with the crepes I have posted below.

If you don't have curry leaves and asafoetida just omit them.  But adding curry leaves and asafoetida gives an amazing aroma and flavour to the chutney.  You may also add mustard seeds instead of cumin.

Taking care of your spine...

My name is Vani and I blog about my life experiences. Starting this 2015 one of my resolutions was to increase my repertoire in music and take good care of my health. I say health because I have been suffering from chronic back and neck pain. So I signed up to have an assessment done by a chiropractor who fixes any misaligments in your spine.  It happened to be one of the best decisions I've taken.  After 2 months of treatment I have no pain in my back or my neck.  I am able to sit comfortably at the piano, meditate longer and focus better.  My walking is good... I don't feel any discomfort in my knees or lower back while I walk.  I don't get any headaches I used to suffer when exposed to sun even for 3 minutes.  I have a wonderful chiropractor who constantly gives us latest and  greatest information about nutrition and health.  You may follow him on twitter @DrSandyBhasin or facebook to learn about proper nutrition or a healthy lifestyle.  Wishing you all a great day and a great week...

Oats, Brown Rice and Lentil Crepes or Dosa...

I made these crepes this morning and it was so yummy I had to share. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  I have to thank couple of charming ladies on youtube for sharing this recipe.  They have a channel called showmethecurry.  You can check it out if you like.

Now for the recipe...

Soak 1 cup of brown rice along with 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds in water for 7 to 8 hours.  Also soak 1 cup of white lentils (urad dal or vigna mungo) in water and 3 cups of oats (in 2.5 cups of water) for an hour.  Then grind all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth adding enough water.  Grind them in batches. Mix the batter well in a big bowl set it aside for 8 to 10 hours to ferment.

If you live in a cold climate put the batter in the oven and turn it on 250 degrees F for 4 minutes.  Turn off the oven and let the batter be in it overnight or for 8 to 10 hours. Don't open the oven door for those 8 to 10 hours.

Add salt to the batter and mix well. Now the batter is ready for making crepes or dosas.  Enjoy the crepes with coconut-almond chutney. The  recipe for the chutney is posted above... thanks for reading my blog.  You may post any questions you have regarding this recipe.