What's on your plate ? It's 2020!

I have always been fascinated with the food that ‘was’. It has always held my intrigue. How my grandmother and her previous generations cooked or ate . What recipes did they follow ? And how they ate ? Till I was growing up, the food that we ate at home was how they had cooked and ate except with the onset of fast food rush in India in the 90’s and with all the junk food we would be allowed an outing or two. But mostly it was home cooked Indian food at our dining tables. My mother and aunt would dish up some bakes and grills at parties but that was about it. From our travels our palette got used to other cuisines and so we became open to more flavours .So I can safely say that I did savour t

A dollop of goodness ...on Christmas Eve

Ah! Christmas ... it’s surely cookie time ! Trying out different flours and grains is good for your health . This adds to your nutrient quotient and another jar on your kitchen shelf ! This time its Vegan and gluten free Coconut scented almond flour cookies . This cookie is very easy and can be made in minutes . Ingredients : Makes: 18 2 cups Almond flour 5 tbsp Jaggery powder 4 tbsp Coconut oil 1 tbsp water 1/4 tbsp Vanilla extract 1/4 tbsp Sea salt Sesame seeds for garnish To prepare : 1. Preheat oven to 175 C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. In a medium sized bowl, combine all of the ingredients, and

Healthy Millet Idlis for Breakfast ..

Banyard Millet or Sanwa / Samvat ke chawal or Jhangora is usually used in dishes during fasting days. I cannot stress enough the "Health Benefits Of Millets ". Easily available here at Rootzorganics . Millets are anti acidic Millets are gluten free Millets detoxify body Niacin (vitamin B3) in millet can help lower cholesterol Prevents breast cancer Helps to prevent type 2 diabetes Effective in reducing blood pressure Helps to protect against heart diseases Aids in treating respiratory conditions such as asthma Helps to optimize kidney, liver and immune system health Reduces risk of gastrointestinal conditions like gastric ulcers or colon cancer Eliminates problems like constipation, excess

The Ancient Amaranth Cookie

This earthy and nutty grain was once a staple of the Maya , Inca and Aztec people. They call it a pseudo cereal but has comparable nutrients of a grain like wheat or oats. The seeds are actually botanical fruits and not seeds . Its gluten free, high in protein , fiber and antioxidants . It has very high manganese content which is important for brain functioning , high in magnesium which is responsible for numerous reactions of the body and in phosphorus and iron. It has pointed to reducing inflammation too in the body and cholesterol levels. It is a gluten free grain. Very popular in India known as Rajgira , it is used in the festivals and in foods for fasting . If you have the Amaranth gra

Can it be healthier! Green Mung Sprouts Bajra (Pearl Millet ) and Easy Jowar(Sorghum) Savoury Pancak

Bajra or Pearl Millet as known worldwide is probably one of the oldest cultivated grain the world before 3300 BC .It is grown widely in west India and consumed there very regularly. It’s gluten free and packed with nutrients  and often known as the cereal of rural India, maybe the cause of it not making to our tables. Consuming Bajra or Pearl Millet can help in digestion ,stabilize cholesterol,linked to lower risk of gall bladder formation and very powerful grain in controlling  diabetes . In my effort to reunite the east and west of India, I tried a famous breakfast or snack dosa (savoury crepe)called Pesarattu  of Andhra Pradesh , south east of the country but added Bajra to it. It is usua

Isn't this Ragilicious !

Ragi or Finger millet , probably made its way from Africa to India , supplementing the native millets, according to food historian K.T. Acharya in the 2000 BCE . Ragi , was first cultivated in Karnataka and has remained ever since the staple there, the most famous is the Ragi Mudde or flour balls that are boiled and savoured with sambhar (lentil) or mutton curry. No, this need not be your introduction to Ragi ...since this grain deserves more attention. Its rich in methionine (essentially the building blocks that are bodies use to make proteins) making it a superfood for the liver , and very high in calcium which can be very useful for new mum's and it is considered a very healthy ingredient

You Cannot Just Stop At One

And what if the cookie is a highly nutritious and a tasty one ? Buckwheat, a pseudo cereal, is a three sided seed of a flowering rhubarb plant and not from a grass ..probably one of the world’s oldest domesticated crops probably originating in Central Asia . We have heard of Buckwheat pancakes and the world famous Soba Noodles (No wonder Japan imports most of the buckwheat grown in the US) . In Eastern Europe its mixed in milk to make a drink called Kasha . The surge in consumption happened in the 1970’s. A few Buckwheat facts : This flour is gluten free, source of all four vitamin B ‘s, vitamin K, riboflavin, thiamine ,dietary fibre, minerals such as magnesium, manganese ,niacin and phos

Bring Millet Back to your Plates

The peasant’s grain as it is commonly referred to, has been around since 3500-2000 B.C in the Korean Peninsula and has been mentioned in the ancient Vedic scriptures of India specifically identifying Finger , Banyard and Foxtail Millet indicating its consumption dating back to the Bronze Age -4500B.C ! So why did we ever leave consuming this superseed? I refer to them as seeds , since this is a drought resistant annual grass grown for grain and hay. Until recently , i.e 50 years ,millet was the major grain grown in India . As urbanization took over , the diets became more refined , with wheat and rice taking over majority of the land , leaving these course grains as far behind as possible .

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