Rehru| Kheru| Himachali Spiced Yogurt| Pahari Cuisine Recipe

Today, I bring to you a very simple but beautiful spiced yogurt recipe from Himachal Pradesh, akin to kadhi that is popular in most other Indian states. Locally called rehru or kheru, this dish tastes absolutely fantastic. It is a breeze to prepare as well. We had this with piping hot rice, and just loved it. I’m sure it would taste great with rotis and parathas as well.

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

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Finger Millet/ Ragi Vermicelli Salad| Vermicelli Salad, Thai-Style

This ragi vermicelli salad tastes beautiful – sweet and salty and spicy and tangy all at once. It is packed with nutrients, and is a healthier alternative to store-bought snacks and junk food. There are no fancy ingredients in there, just regular stuff from the pantry of an average Indian kitchen, and no fancy salad dressing either. It isn’t a very difficult or time-consuming dish, either. You have to try this out!

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

My Vitamin E Mantra| 5 Ways We Incorporate Moringa In Our Daily Diet

Did you know that moringa leaves, (Scientific name: Moringa Oleifera, Tamil: murunga elai), are very rich in Vitamin E? Among green leafy veggies like spinach, mustard greens, beetroot greens and Swiss chard, moringa greens rank right up there in terms of Vitamin E content. In fact, the quantity of Vitamin E in moringa has been found to be 20 times that in tofu!

The use of moringa leaves is not uncommon in South Indian cuisine, and I try to ensure my family gets enough of this essential nutrient by including the greens in my day-to-day cooking as much as I can.

Here are 5 simple ways to use moringa greens in one’s daily diet.

Healthy Walnut Laddoo| Kid-Friendly 3-Ingredient Recipe

Healthy walnut laddoos are a breeze to make, and require just three ingredients – walnuts, raw cane sugar, and a bit of ghee. They have the goodness of walnuts in them (and the teeny-weeny bit of ghee you put in!). Free of refined sugar, they are an easy-peasy snack to make for kids, especially ones that have a sweet tooth!

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

Zero-Oil Vegetable Salad With Pineapple

This vegetable salad with pineapple uses absolutely zero oil. There are no fancy ingredients or salad dressing involved. In fact, this salad can be whipped up within minutes, from whatever odds and ends of veggies are lying around in your refrigerator. And, yet, it is so lovely – juicy and flavourful and delicious. Let me tell you that it is a big-time hit at home, and I make it quite often.

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

Ponk Bhel| Hurda Bhel| Tender Jowar (Sorghum) Bhel

‘Ponk’, for the uninitiated, is the Gujarati name for immature grains of jowar, available only in the months between December and February in parts of Gujarat and Maharashtra. In Gujarat, they are all over Surat, and Ahmedabad gets a few truckloads from there, which are hungrily grabbed by the locals within minutes. Known in Marathi as ‘hurda‘, these grains are packed with nutrition and highly delicious. They can be used to make a variety of delicacies, from bhel and vada to cakes.

On our recent visit to Ahmedabad, we landed right in the midst of ponk season, I managed to get my hands on some and even carried a little back home to Bangalore. I made some beautiful ponk bhel with the first batch.

Check out the recipe for the ponk bhel, just in on my photo blog!

Glimpses From The International Kite Festival 2018, Ahmedabad

Our recent visit to Ahmedabad coincided with the beginning of the International Kite Festival 2018, and we decided to drop in to get a glimpse of the fervour. I got my first-ever taste of the festival that Ahmedabad has been hosting since 1989, and which has made waves in the media especially in the last 4-5 years.

We passed by for a very short while and managed to get only a few glimpses of the festival. Even then, the atmosphere managed to fill our hearts with awe and joy.

Check out my latest post, about our experience at the International Kite Festival 2018.

Chaat Bruschetta| Indian Bruschetta Recipe

By now, you guys must be aware of my love for chaat. I can have chaat any time of the day or night! 🙂 So, when the theme for this week’s Foodie Monday came up – ‘bruschetta recipes’- I decided to add a very Indian twist to it. I decided to turn the bruschetta into a chaat. The result – a chaat bruschetta – was fantabulous, if I may say so myself.

Check out the recipe, just in on my photo blog!

Home-Made Multi-Grain Atta| How To Make Multi-Grain Atta At Home

Over a year ago, we started getting our own atta ground from whole wheat at a flour mill – something we haven’t stuck to very consistently, but do off and on. This year, we surely want to be more regular with this – we want to stop buying atta off supermarket shelves altogether.

Over the last few months, we went one step ahead and tried to make our own multi-grain atta. We experimented with ingredients, quantities, techniques, and then finally arrived at a recipe that satisfies us on all counts.

Check out the recipe for home-made multi-grain atta, just in on my photo blog!

Ahmedabad, after ages

So, so, so, that long-pending trip to Ahmedabad finally happened! On New Year’s day, the husband got confirmation for a work trip to Ahmedabad, and he asked if the bub and I would accompany us. We did just that, flight tickets were booked, and we were off the very next day – as simple as that. After 6 long years, I finally visited the place where I grew up, and it happened Just.Like.That!

Did I find traces of the city I loved so much or has it changed drastically?

Well, yes and no.

Ahmedabad has, indeed, changed drastically. I don’t know the routes in the city any more. I don’t have a home to stay there any more. The area where I used to live in has changed beyond description. There are loads of new shops and eateries that have come up, and some old favourites of mine (the school I studied in included) have disappeared. The few tourist attractions in the city have been given a huge facelift. I have lost touch with the language – I can’t speak it so fluently any more, though I managed to read the script pretty well. That makes a difference, for sure.

But then, some of my old haunts still exist. The heart of the city still remains the same, and I cannot be more thankful for that. I managed to check out a few of them, in the week’s time that we were in the city. I got reacquainted with some foods that I used to love gorging on, and got shocked at just how much the prices have increased since then. I met up with old friends, shared old and new stories, and built better connections. I managed to show my daughter (and husband) some of what my life before them had held. I stayed over at relatives’ places, and liked it better than I had expected to. I rekindled some very old memories, some pleasant, some others not so much. I fell in love with the broad roads and ease of transportation in the city all over again (though it is not the same as before, the traffic is still way better than it is in Bangalore). I discovered new food joints with the husband and friends. I fleetingly visited the apartment I used to call home, and felt stumped. People recognised me and talked to me, and I felt stumped all over again.

Overall, my trip to Ahmedabad after ages was a mixed bag. I was kind of nervous before I left, I admit, of what I’d find there, but it wasn’t so bad. It was wonderful, in fact. I should do this more often, I realise. Hopefully, my next visit won’t take 6 more years!

Stories from Ahmedabad – coming up soon!