ALWAYS A FOODIE, THRICE A COOK!

Food isn’t just nourishment. Food isn’t three times a daily necessity. Food isn’t just needed to live. Food is a culture. Food is a ritual. Food is a passion. Food is happiness for a sulking child. Food is a comfort for someone unwell. Food is family time for a man who worked hard all day. Food is Mother’s love for a son who brought tiffin from home. Food is hope for the poor. Food is a livelihood for the Farmer, for the Milkman, for the Sabjiwala. 

For me, food is the Kachori made by my Baba. The one he used to make when I was a little girl. I was hardly 11 when he passed away, but I still remember the taste. The whole ritual when he used to make them on weekends taking one whole morning and I used to hang around him, bobbing with anticipation and asking him every five minutes when he will be done and give me one to eat. Food is the Cheela my Amma used to make every Saturday for me and Papa and I used to take a bite from Papa’s plate calling it Food Tax. Food is the Aloo Parantha I had in Kasauli Hotel, where we made a secret kitchen in an Ante-Room. Food is the Maggie noodles I used to make with my brother and divided into two equal halves and then fought while deciding which plate holds more. Food is the Rabri from Birla Mandir that my uncle brought for me and I would wait for it eagerly every Tuesday. Food is the Coffee I had with my best friend while we worked on paintings, chatting our way through gossips.

I am a true Foodie in every sense. Not because I am experimental with my taste buds or try to taste all world cuisine, neither because good food makes my mouth water or I try to eat as many dishes as I can when I go to a Buffet. I am a foodie because I believe that food is good when memories are made along with it. I am a foodie in true spirit because I believe that breaking of bread with someone connects you to them on a whole different level. Every meal that is memorable and is delicious is less owing to the taste and more to the company.

I had thrice attempted to cook for my loved ones as a child. All attempts my first. First was the time when I made Chapati for my father. It was through kneading dough to rolling it out in a perfect circle and then making it go round on the stove. With a lot of anticipation, I served it on Papa’s plate. He tasted it and went ‘WOW’ not because it was yum, but because he knew it was my first Roti ever made. He kissed me and hugged me.

The second time was when I cooked Kheer for my Nanaji as Naniji had gone to a party and there were no women in the house. I opened my cookbook and attempted my hand at Kheer for him with an intention to surprise him. I measured everything as per the book and added to a vessel. But the rice kept getting dry and I kept adding milk and sugar. Finally, I made a gooey sticky lump I called Kheer and served him. He gave me Rs 500 as a reward for not giving up and told me it was delicious.

My third trial was for my mother when she was unwell. She hadn’t had anything all day and told she was hungry and couldn’t manage to get up as she had her leg in a cast. That day for the first time I made tea and sandwiches for her. I made it with utmost care and served it to her. She ate it with so much contentment and satisfaction that it brought tears to my eyes. She thanked me which made me realise the joy of doing something for someone.

So this is me the Foodie for you. Every food memory I got is not because the taste was great but because the memory was everlasting. Memories that are like the taste buds, Sweet, Sour, Spicy, Salty, Tangy and at time Bitter.

Bon Appetite!

COOL BREAKFAST IDEAS TO LIGHT UP YOUR BORING MORNINGS – “OATS IDLI”

images-2We all have different opinions about what healthy eating means. We concentrate both on the nutrients and healthfulness that foods bring. But while doing and thinking about all this we miss out the basics. Many people avoid eating breakfast thinking it would help them in their dietary routine. But it’s a myth, it actually leads towards obesity.

As Robert.A.Heinlein in one of his cook books have mentioned that- “One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast”.

So that’s how important the first meal of our day is. So how about waking up to a streaming bowl of sambhar and mushy idlis with a nutritious twist or zapped scrambled eggs with veggies and some cheese (which we will see tomorrow).

Oats Idlis

Ingredients

2 cups oats

½ l curd

1 tbspn mustard seeds

1 tbspn urad dal

½ tbspn chana dal

½ tbspn oil

2 finely chopped green chillies

1 finely grated carrot

1 cup finely chopped coriander leaves

½ tspn tumeric (haldi) powder

a pinch of cooking soda

salt as per taste

Method

1- On a tawa, dry roast the oats until it turns slightly brown and then powder them in mixer.

2- In a pan, add oil, mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal and saute till the dals turn golden. To it add the chillies, carrots and coriander leaves.

3- Add tumeric powder.

4- Add all this to the powdered oats.

5- Add the curd to make the batter (do not add water). Make sure the batter has its right consistency.

6- Grease oil to the idli plates and pour the batter.

7- Steam for 15 mins.

Remove and serve steaming hot mushy idlis with sambhar curry and chutney of your choice.

Anukta Dey Sahu

FOOD AND HEALTH – A BOND OF HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!

Gone are the days when people use to wake up with the crows of the roosters at 4 am. Gone are the days when morning breakfast meant to have fresh milk from the cows along with some freshly plucked fruits from the trees. Gone are the days when work was exclusive yet limited to fields where people used to spent whole days working in the lap of mother nature.

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Now, it’s only about ‘mobile’ alarms, heavy lefty meals and long sitting hours in front of laptops.

Life has no meaning now and people have one single objective – ‘We have to earn loads of money’ . Ok.I agree and I am with you for that but buddy – I have a question. What if you have quintals of gold, trillions of cash,properties in every single country but 20 days of your month are spent at hospitals and half of your monthly income is spent paying fees of doctors and medicines? Tell me! Will you say that ‘I am living my life king sized’ ? 🙂 Please be honest to at least yourself! 😀

Today, life only revolves around electronic gadgets, long sitting hours, regular munching and lavish multi cuisine buffets. We have forgotten the meaning of healthy food and healthy lifestyle. It’s all about running after money now. Nothing is left. Nothing! But yes, if you are alarmed at right time, still you can make your life worthy. Worthy in terms of good health and broad smiles.

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Like every other person I will not say that – Don’t eat this and don’t eat that. Sorry. I am not so rude and being a foodie myself I will not do injustice with you but yes being a foodie as well as doctor’s daughter, I will love to recommend some very simple lifestyle changes which you can do at the blink of your eye and can benefit a lot.

Should we start? 🙂 Get pumped!

The very first thing which I will recommend is to –

  1. Remove every product from your fridge which reads ‘ Processed Juice or Mix in 1 glass of water ‘. Yes. The one regular thing which hampers health is the processed juices which do bring smiles on the lips but they stay forever on the hips. Be it powdered, processed, cholesterol free or whatever…trust me, they are the most harmful for your health. The dissolved sugars in them makes your blood thick and leads to many problems like obesity, diabetes etc.


Lolzzzz 😀 – You are thinking na that if you remove these juices how can you have your quick breakfast every morning? 😀 Don’t worry. I have answer to that also! Have a glass of ‘Buttermilk aka Chaach’ which can be prepared in a nick of time and utmost healthy drink with no sugar. 🙂buttermilk-912760_1280

Recipe below: 

Ingredients

1/2 cup – Fresh curds

1 cup – Cold water

1 tsp Freshly grated ginger

1/2 tsp Powdered cumin

Salt – According to taste

1 tsp Flax seeds powder (It helps in lowering the BP)

Method

Put everything together in a blender. Churn it for 2 mins. Pour it in glass. Add ice.

Fresh Chaach is ready! 🙂

Can anything be better than this? I believe No! 🙂

2. Fill your fridge with fresh vegetables and fruits. Now you must be thinking about the regular sabzi and roti. No relax! Food palettes should be taken care of.  😀 Prepare regular Indian dinners can be prepared daily but along with it, make sure you have some exotic stuff too. Now for that, my favourite recipe is Russian Salad.

Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups of chopped fresh vegetables ( Carrots, Beans, Potatoes, Peas )

2 cups of chopped fresh fruits ( Apples, Pears, Pomegranate seeds )

1 tbsp sliced black olives

1 tbsp fresh parsley and basil

2 tbsp Eggless Diet Mayonnaise

1 tsp powdered sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp mixed dried herbs

Method

Steam the vegetables for 5 minutes.Turn off the flame. Mix all the ingredients together. Garnish it with dried herbs. Arrange it on fresh lettuce leaves. Serve it chilled! 🙂

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With this I end up my session of today. 🙂 Loved you guys a lot….and yes do take care. We will keep interacting and keep discussing a lot.

Author’s Bio: Kriti Singhal, a digital marketing professional by profession and food blogger along with home chef by obsession. 🙂
You may connect with her at Krispy Kadhai – Let the food talk! 🙂