Breakfast

Kesari Baath


Kesari Baath

It has taken me a lot of courage to make Kesari Baath due to the amount of ghee and sugar used (equal to quantity of rava), but trust me it was truly satisfying and didn’t feel weighed down after consuming this delicious dish!  It is a must try!!

My other rava or sooji halwa recipes have half the quantity of ghee/sugar, but this recipe turns out truly melt in your mouth.  This is usually served as prasad at temples and at pooja ceremonies.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rava (Sooji, Semolina, Farina)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup ghee
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. cashewnuts, broken
  • 2 tbsp. raisins
  • ½ tsp. Saffron (Kesar)
  • ½ tsp. cardamom powder (optional)

Method

  1. Heat 2 tbsp. ghee (from the one cup) in a kadai, fry the cashewnuts and raisins to golden brown. 
  2. Remove and set aside. 
  3. In the same ghee, roast the rava on low heat till aromatic, 10 to 15 minutes on low flame.  Remove. 
  4. Add three cups water to the kadai, 1 tbsp. oil and half the remaining ghee, and the sugar and bring to a boil. 
  5. Add the kesar and cook till sugar dissolves. 
  6. Reduce flame to low and add rava and stir making sure no lumps are formed. 
  7. Stir cook for 2 minutes. 
  8. Cover and cook till all the water is absorbed, mix well till rava is well cooked. 
  9. Add the remaining ghee and stir cooking till the ghee is incorporated and the rava begins leaving the sides of the kadai and ghee begins to separate.
  10. Add the cardamon powder and mix well.
  11. Add the nuts and mix.  
  12. Serve hot.

Mooli Rotis


Mooli Ki roti

These are not the usual Mooli Parathas but more like theplas, usually served at mealtimes but can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a teatime snack with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grated raddish
  • 4 cups wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. ajwain
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Ghee for smearing the rotis

Method

  1. Peel, clean and wash the mooli (raddish).
  2. Mix all the above and and knead to a soft dough. 
  3. Divide into equal portions (about 15 to 18) and roll into a circle as thin as possible dusting some flour to prevent it sticking.
  4. Cook the roti to a golden brown on a hot griddle (tava) on both sides applying some ghee on both sides. 
  5. Serve hot with lunch or dinner or for breakfast with yogurt, pickle.

Eggless Banana Pancakes


What do you do when you feel like pancakes and have run out of eggs…. You make eggless pancakes! What do you do when you have some overripe bananas in the kitchen and don’t wish to discard them you add them to the eggless pancake batter and make ‘Eggless Banana Pancakes’. True deliciousness!! The best eggless pancakes ever…..

Eggless Banana Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup All Purpose flour or wheat flour
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon powder (optional)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbs. oil
  • 1 tbs. water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted

Method

  1. Whisk dry ingredients in a bowl. 
  2. In a separate bowl add milk, oil, water, vanilla, mix and add to the dry ingredients and mix lightly, its okay for lumps to remain.
  3. Mash two ripe bananas and add to the batter and mix. 
  4. Melt the butter in a heated pan and add immediately to the batter and combine. 
  5. To the same pan, on heat, put  ¾ cup of the batter, spread into circle, cover and cook till the wet look disappears and bubbles appear on top. 
  6. Flip and cook on other side for a minute or two till brown. 
  7. Serve hot with honey, maple syrup, butter or just enjoy them plain.

Check out my other pancake recipes on the blog:-

  1. Pancakes

2. Ragi Banana pancakes,

3. whole wheat & Blueberry pancakes

Cooking with drumstick leaves


Enjoy healthy and nutritious drumstick leaves, popularly known as ‘Moringa leaves’ which are a powerhouse of nutrition. There are several ways to cook drumstick leaves some of which are herebelow. We used to have plenty of the drumstick trees around our houses and don’t think our mothers ever had to purchase drumsticks or the leaves for cooking.

As they are currently available in the market decided to make a few dishes and post recipes.

  1. Drumstick Leaves Adai
Drumstick Leaves Adai

2. Drumstick Leaves & Potato Bhaji

Drumstick Leaves & Potato Bhaji

3. Drumstick Leaves Tel Piyav

Drumstick Leaves Tel Piyav

Ponsa Muddo


These cakes are usually steamed in teak leaves, which impart a unique fragrance and reddish color to the cake. In the absence of teak leaves here, I have used banana leaves but would surely use teak leaves whenever I can get some and re-post the pictures. Canned jackfruit has been used in this recipe.

Ponsache Patoleo – Jackfruit cakes steamed in banana leaves (Pelakai da ghatti in Tulu)

Ponsa Muddo

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Average
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  • 2 cups Jackfruit, chopped
  • 2 cups  white rice (or rice rava)
  • ¼ cup coconut
  • Jaggery 1/4 cup, or as required (may be omitted if jackfruit is extra sweet)
  • Salt to taste.
  • 8 Teak leaves (or 5 to 6 banana leaves cut into  medium sized pieces)
  1. Wash and soak rice for 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Grind along with jackfruit, coconut and jaggery to a very thick paste using very little water. Add salt.
  3. If using rice rava, soak for 15 minutes. Grind the jackfruit, coconut, jaggery to a paste and mix  with the rava.
  4. Place 2 ladles (or more depending on the size of the leaf) and fold into  a packet and place in steamer, seam side down and steam for 30 minutes.  Cooking time would vary according to size and thickness of the jackfruit cake.
  5. Remove and cut into pieces, if cakes are large.
  6. Serve for breakfast or as tea-time snack.  Also goes well with curries on festival menus.

Bread Pudding


Bread Pudding

A delicious and satisfying dessert or teatime-snack!

Bread Pudding

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 cups milk
  • 8 tbsp. sugar, or to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. raisins/sultanas (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence (or nutmeg or cardamom powder)
  • Pinch of salt, optional
  • ¼ cup (or 2 tbsp.) sugar, for caramel
  • (Place sugar in a pan on low flame and heat till the sugar melts and turns golden brown)

 Method

  1. Place milk on heat, add the sugar, stir to dissolve and bring to a boil. Switch off.
  2. Break the bread into small pieces, add to the hot milk.
  3. When cool add the eggs and beat the mixture well or transfer to a blender and blend till smooth.  Add vanilla essence and raisins.
  4. Take a medium cake tin and coat with caramel.  Add the bread mixture and steam or bake on medium low heat till done, approx.. one hour.
  5. To test if the pudding is done, insert a knife in the center and if it comes out clean the pudding is ready.
  6. If baking, add water to a tray and place the pudding dish in the water bath and bake on low for an hour or so

Sheera


Sheera – Sooji Halwa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rawa
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Ghee
  • 4 cups hot water
  • Few drops yellow color
  • 1/4 cup Almonds and pistas (for garnish)
  • 2 tbsp. cashewnuts
  • 2 tbsp. Raisins
  • 1/4 tsp.Cardamom powder (optional)
  1. Slice the almonds and pistas. Clean the raisins, removing stems if any.
  2. Heat ghee in a kadai and fry the raisins till they swell.  Remove and set aside. Fry the cashewnuts lightly and remove.
  3. Add the rawa to the kadai and fry on medium low flame till it turns light brown and you get a nice aroma. Takes about 15 to 20 minutes. You can fry it longer if you prefer it nice and brown. Do not fry on high flame or the rawa will get burnt ruining the sheera.
  4. Add the hot water and stir quickly to avoid lumps being formed.
  5. Add the saffron and stir and mix well. When the rawa thickens add the sugar and mix till dissolved.
  6. Then add the nuts and raisins. Keep stirring till it begins to leave the sides of the kadai and forms a ball.
  7. Put into bowls and press lightly and turn out onto a serving plate. Garnish with nuts and serve hot.
  8. Avoided saffron (kesar), but intend to make kesari baath soon, going all out with the ghee and sugar in equal quantities to the rava!!

And the Kesari Baath is now published do check it out!

Brinjal Pakoras


Brinjal Pakoras

Brinjals or aubergines or eggplants as they are called are a very versatile vegetable and a universal favorite, available roundthe year. They are delicious fried as pakoras, bhajias, stuffed with mince or green chutney masala (these recipes are in the book Mai’s recipes). The brinjal bharta and brinjal pickle are famous and so is the turkish recipe Imam Bayildi

Ingredients

  • 6 medium brinjals (or two large)
  • 1 ½ cups besan (gram flour)
  • ¼ tsp. soda bircarb (optional)
  • 1 tsp. carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 2 tsp. chilli powder or to taste
  • 1 ½ tsp. amchur (dry mango powder) or pomegranate seeds powder
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Oil for shallow frying

Method

  1. Slice the medium brinjals horizontally.  If large cut into round slices.
  2. Mix the gram flour, soda bicarb, ajwain, chilli powder, amchur, salt to taste and make a batter with 1 cup water.
  3. Add some more water if batter is too thick. 
  4. Batter should coat the brinjals without dripping. 
  5. At the same time the coating should not be too thick. 
  6. Shallow fry to golden brown on both sides in hot oil. 
  7. Serve hot with ketchup, mint sauce, chilli garlic sauce or any sauce of your choice. 
  8. Make into sandwiches with bread or pita bread or rolled into a chapati for breakfast, packed lunch or a snack.

Rava Upma


Rava Upma

Rava Upma

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Quick Savoury Breakfasts

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Rava (Semolina)
  • 2 tbsp. cashewnuts
  • 2 tbsp. yogurt
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 green chillies
  • ½” piece ginger
  • 1 tsp. urad dal
  • 1 tsp. gram dal
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 4 small bay leaves
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 3 tbsp. ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 cups water

Method

  1. Heat 1 tbsp. ghee in a kadai and roast the rava on low heat
  2. Meanwhile, chop the onion, green chillies and ginger. 
  3. When the rava turns light brown, remove and set aside. 
  4. Add 2 tbsp. ghee to the kadai and fry the cashewnuts till they change color. Remove. 
  5. Add the mustard seeds, when they splutter add the urad and gram dal and saute. 
  6. Add the curry leaves, ginger, green chillies, and saute few seconds.
  7. Then add the onion and bay leaves and fry till onions turn soft. 
  8. Add the yogurt and salt and stir to mix well. 
  9. Add 4 cups water, stir and bring to a boil. 
  10. When it comes to a rolling boil, reduce heat and add the Rava. 
  11. Mix well to dissolve lumps if any. 
  12. Stir and cook covered till all the water is absorbed. 
  13. Open, stir and cook till mixture turns dry and thick and leaves the side of the kadai. 
  14. Add the cashewnuts, mix and turn off the heat. 
  15. Serve hot plain or with chutney for breakfast or tea-time snack.

15 Minute Breakfast Recipes


Leftover Dosa Upma

Leftover Dosa Upma

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A simple and easy upma recipe to use-up leftover dosas, sannas, idlis, etc. Similar Upma can even be made of leftover bread. Transforms into a completely new and delicious dish which you will certainly enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup yogurt
  • 2 cups Dosa, chopped into pieces
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1tsp. urad dal
  • 2 tbsp. coriander, chopped
  • Few curry leaves
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp. ghee

Method

  1. Beat the yogurt and add the dosa pieces and set aside. 
  2. Heat a kadai, add the ghee, when hot add the mustard seeds and allow to splutter
  3. Add the urad dal, let it turn lightly brown.
  4. Add the curry leaves and green chillies. 
  5. Saute lightly. 
  6. Add turmeric and the marinated dosa pieces. 
  7. Mix well and heat through. 
  8. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  9. Serve hot for breakfast or as tea-time snack or a mid-morning snack.

Check-out more fifteen minute recipes:-

  1. Vermicelli Upma
  2. Bacon & Eggs
  3. Low Carb Toad in a Hole
  4. Egg Roll
  5. Toad in a Hole
  6. Egg Omlette with Cherry Tomatoes
  7. French Toast
  8. Rava Adai
  9. Poha Upma
Poha Upma

MENU PLAN FOR LACTATING MOTHERS


Menu Plan for Lactating Mothers
Menu Plan for Lactating Mothers

Menu V

Typical daily diet for lactating mothers, to be followed for atleast one month after delivery.

A constant dilemma usually faced is what to cook? and what to eat? and for women who have given birth many foods are restricted especially when breastfeeding their baby. Hence, the food choices get further narrowed down. This post is to alleviate some of the confusion as to the diet required to be followed by lactating mothers. Hopefully, these tips would also take away some of the stress in menu planning, faced by those caring for “mother and babe”.

Points to bear in mind:-

  1. Include more of nuts, fruit, vegetables in your diet.
  2. Meals should be light, freshly cooked and easily digestible. 
  3. Avoid packaged and processed foods, aerated drinks, alcohol and packaged juices. Fresh juices are preferable, include yogurt and buttermilk, if possible.
  4. Use only healthy fats like pure ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil for cooking.
  5. Avoid heavily spiced food.
  6. Limit sweets and fried food.
  7. Avoid left-over food from previous day etc, as far as possible.
  8. Avoid Pork and Beef.
  9. Avoid Mackerels, Sardines, King Fish, Shrimps & Crabs, Shell-fish i.e. anything from the Crustaceans, shellfish, mollusks group.
  10. Avoid potatoes, brinjals, starchy food and pulses to avoid flatulence and indigestion which can affect the baby through the breast milk.

Daily Diet Plan Schedule is approximate and should be adjusted to suit your day. Most of the recipes are available on this site and can be accessed by clicking on the link. Additional options/recipes can be found in the book “Mais Recipes”.

Fenugreek/Ajwain (Carom seeds) tea 3 to 4 times a day or throughout the day instead of plain water.

To prepare Fenugreek Ajwain water : Add a teaspoon each of Fenugreek, Ajwain (Carom seeds), Cumin and Fennel (Badishep) seeds to one litre or 1.5 litres of water, bring to a boil, switch off flame, cover and let it infuse for 10 minutes. Strain and reserve, to be taken by the mother, preferably warm, throughout the day instead of normal water

On rising

Warm water or Ajwain/Fenugreek tea, 5 to 10 soaked almonds with 1 or 2 dates. (Pre-soak the almonds the previous night, next morning peel and eat).

Breakfast – 08:00 a.m. approx.

1.Preferably hot/warm breakfast consisting of either of the following options :

2. Milk, or tea coffee made with milk

3. A tablespoon of  the lactating traditional preparation Thiklem.

Mid-morning: 11:00 a.m. approx.

  1. Porridge made of oats, ragi (tisan), vermicilli, rawa, or bread butter with tea coffee made with milk.
  2. One tablespoon of either Ginger (Aale) or Garlic (Lohsun), if available.

Lunch : 01:00 p.m. approx.

With steaming hot Rice.

  1. Main dish Either Fish/Lamb (Mutton)/Chicken/Vegetarian.

2. Side dish Options:

  • Grilled or Fried fish/Chicken/Mutton Chops
  • Vegetables like, leafy greens, spinach, pumpkin, gourds, french beans, tendli (Ivy Gourd/Gherkins) yam (very good for internal healing), lady fingers, raw banana.

3. Salad Options- cucumber, beetroot, carrot, lettuce, sprouts, quinoa, fresh thyme salad, etc.

4. A bowl of Nivol on alternate days (not everyday)- drink the nivol with your meal or you can have over your rice with some grilled fish/chicken.

OR

Methi Paez or Ajwain Paez as dessert after food. So if you are having Nivol, skip the methi/ajwain paez, have either one of the three.

Once in a while include Gulianchi Kheer, for dessert instead of Methi or Ajwain Paez.

Evening Tea: 04:00 to 05:00 p.m.

A tablespoon of Thiklem and some small snack or dry bhel, khakra, etc., or fruit.

It is advisable to limit intake of tea and coffee to once a day or maximum two per day, if you must.

Late evening: 07:00 p.m. approx.

Vegetable, Chicken or  Beef or Mutton Bones Soup.  It is advisable to have a bowl of warm soup daily, prepare the instant soup, if you must.

Dinner: 08:000 p.m. (or soon after your soup)

Similar to lunch options. With Rice preferably, or with any type of bread.

Bedtime: 10:00 p.m. (Optional)

Hot milk or Turmeric Milk (Haldi Doodh). Helps in healing and promotes good sleep, immunity booster.

To prepare Turmeric Milk – Boil one cup milk with 3/4 tsp. turmeric powder, 1 tsp. Misri (Candy sugar) or honey, 1/4 tsp. pepper powder. Sip slowly while hot. If using honey do not add while boiling, add after boiling, stir and drink hot.

Fruit – Anytime in between meals – Preferably seasonal fruit, Apples, Pears, Oranges, Bananas, Avocados, Cantaloup, Chickoo, Figs, Cherries, Grapes.

N.B. : Above is a guide for menu planning alongwith traditional mangalorean foods to consume while breastfeeding. Please bear in mind I am niether a dietician nor a nutritionist. The guide is what I have learnt from my mother and from elders in our family and from my personal experiences of giving birth to three children and having three grandchildren. As I have benefitted from these experiences, I am sharing the information. Please seek professional or medical advice when necessary.

For further information on Postnatal Care for Lactating Mothers, please click on the link

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Eggciting Breakfasts


Eggs form an essential part of our diets providing us with quality nutrients like protein, iron, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids and is a powerhouse of disease-fighting nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin.

Eggs should also be cooked in the right manner to benefit from the nutrients. For perfectly boiled eggs check out my post on Think you know how to boil an egg.

For those who love eating eggs, here are several options to enjoy this nutrient dense food for breakfast or even as lunch or dinner.

  1. Egg Frittata with potato and sausages
  2. Egg Omlette with Cherry Tomatoes
  3. Eggs Benedict
  4. Egg Roll
  5. Mughalai Egg Paratha
  6. Omlette Pao
  7. Toad in a Hole
  8. Low Carb Toad in a Hole
  9. English Breakfast
  10. Egg Bhurji
  11. Egg Mayonnaise Sandwich
  12. Bacon & Eggs
  13. Egg Dosa

Egg Frittata with potato and sausages


Egg Frittata with potato and sausages

A spin-off on the famous Parsi “Papeta par Eedu”, with the additon of sausages, this is a really simple and quick breakfast bake, albeit in a frying pan! For more Egg-based options check out ‘Eggciting breakfasts’!

Slice the sausages thinly and fry 2 minutes till the edges turn crisp.

Fry the chopped onions & green chilli adding 1/2 tsp. salt. Add the tomatoes and fry for a minute and top with the sliced potatoes. Sprinkle over with salt and pepper. Cover and cook ten minutes.

Spread the fried sausages over the potatoes and break the eggs one by one over the sausages. Cover and cook till done. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Egg Frittata with Potato & Sausages

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 Potato, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder (optional)
  • 3 Beef or Chicken Sausages (Frankfurters), thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbs. ghee

Method

  1. On a frying pan or skillet, heat ghee and fry the sliced sausages for two minutes or till crisp at the edges. Remove and set aside. 
  2. To the same pan add chopped onion and green chillie and saute till onion is light brown,  add a spoon of ghee if required. Add turmeric and mix.
  3. Add tomatoes and sauté for a minute, add ½ tsp salt and mix. 
  4. Spread the potato slices evenly over the onion tomato mixture.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the pan and let cook 10 minutes on low flame, till potatoes are almost cooked.
  5. Spread the sausage slices over the potatoes and then break the eggs one at a time over the sausages.  Cover and cook ten minutes or until the top is opaque and the eggs are cooked.  
  6. If you like the eggs runny, remove as soon as the whites are set. 
  7. Sprinkle with coriander leaves and serve immediately.

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