Friday, 24 October 2014

Peanut Chaat | Healthy Snack Recipe

The festivity has not yet died down in my neighborhood. I can still hear the crackers outside. The house is filled with sweets and savories from the Diwali celebrations and suddenly no one is in a mood to tuck in those delicacies!

Even though there a few sweets and savories that I have in my drafts that I made for Diwali,I am here to post a healthy recipe for Blogging Marathon #45, Week4 with the theme Healthy tea time snacks.

 Peanut is one of Lil Angel recent craze and she loves the piping hot roasted ones that are sold in the carts near the markets.Then I thought I should introduce her to my childhood favorite - steamed peanuts.So I got a bag of raw peanuts and made this chaat for her and she went crazy over it!

Chaats usually don't follow a recipe / quantity/ procedure, so I am giving you the list of ingredients that can be added to suit your taste.

I used:

Raw peanuts
Salt to taste

Add ons...

Finely chopped onion
Finely chopped tomato
Chaat masala
Black pepper powder
Black salt / Kala Namak
Lemon juice

Coriander leaves to garnish

Pressure cook the peanuts in plenty of water adding salt. I cooked in for 3 hisses / 10 minutes. Drain and cool. Remove the peanuts from the shell and keep aside.

In a bowl, take the boiled peanuts and put in the add ons. Toss gently to mix and serve garnished with coriander leaves.

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Bon Appetit...

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Thulasi Kashayam | Holy Basil Tea for Cough and Cold

This was the post that was supposed to to have been featured first in this the theme -Home remedies for BM #45, Week 3 mainly because this recipe was the one that gave me a sort of confidence to stick on to home remedies even after tons of medicines failed to do their jobs.

I was suffering from a haggling cough for almost a fortnight and the antibiotics did not seem to work. I was so fed up that I gave up on those meds and made this concoction. And the result was definitely something that I was happy with!

Since then I have been making this and giving my kids when ever I see the first signs of cold and cough.And surprisingly the kids don't mind taking this instead of the meds.

If you have a Holy Basil plant in your garden , then that's all you need along with a few kitchen staples.

I used:

Holy Basil leaves /Thulasi - a handful
Ginger- a 2" piece
Pepper- 1 teaspoon
Ajwain / Carom seeds-1 teaspoon
Palm sugar / palm candy to sweeten the concoction

Wash the thulasi leaves and discard the twigs.Use only the leaves.
Using a motor and pestle make  a coarse paste of all the ingredients except the sweeter .
Bring to boil 2-3 cups of water and add the ground paste and simmer till it reduces to 3/4 its original quantity.Remove from heat. Strain and add the sweetener.

Sip this while it is still hot so that it is more effective. This can be had in small quantities throughout the day.

  • Sometimes I add honey instead of palm candy and the kids love it this way.
  • Do not add sugar as it is really not a good substitute. Use honey / palm sugar / palm candy

Disclaimer : This is not a medical advice. This remedy has worked for me. If symptoms persist consult your physician.

Bon Appetit...

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Oma Water | Ajwain Water | Home Remedy For Stomach Problems

 I am back with another home remedy and this time it is for the tummy.One of the tried and tested remedy for an upset tummy / flatulence/ indigestion /nausea is this simple concoction made using Omam / Ajwain / Bishop's weed. It is really very effective and can be given to kids in small doses of 5- 10 ml,adults can take 1/4 cup of this 2-3 times a day.This is my second post for the theme -Home remedies for BM #45, Week 3, Day 2.

Roast 1 tablespoon of ajwain / omam in a pan for a minute till aromatic. Add 2 cups of water and bring to boil.Simmer till it reduces to 3/4th the original quantity. Stain and serve.

If you find the taste over powering, dilute it by adding some water.

Disclaimer : This is not a medical advice. This remedy has worked for me. If symptoms persist consult your physician.

Bon Appetit...