January 27th, 2015

Some Healthy and Delicious Winter Specials!!

Dear Rewaders,

In winters many leafy vegetables such as mustard, spinach, fenugreek, dill, bathua (a local north Indian veggie) etc. are available in abundance along with a variety of beans, peas, colocasia, and also some other tubers. In fruits, grapefruit, oranges (or clementine), nectarine, apples, pomegranates, guava are also available in the markets. Delicious grain flours such as makka (corn) ,bajra (pearl millet), jowar are available. Also fresh peanuts in pods, white and black sesame seeds, and jaggery are special delights of winters. Many of these foodgrains have a tendency to provide warmth to the body.

It is important to take special care of your health in winters. We should drink lots of water and fluids, and keep an eye on sugar and salt intakes. We should also work out regularly. Balanced diet should be an important part of our life.

Happy Cooking,

Nimona Nimona- Nimona is a very popular green pea’s curry preparation. This dish is specially made in winters, when Bazaars are flooded with fresh green peas. I would like to say thank to our very dear friends Mr and Mrs C.V. Singh for sharing this recipe with me. Last summer when we were in India, Mr Singh advised me that I should write about this traditional winter specialty Nimona on my site. So here we are with a very simple, easy to make, and very delicious dish Nimona....

Some Other green peas preparations-

matar ki ghugni matar kachori aloo matar

matar ki ghugni                                matar ki kachauri                       aloo matar

Some other New Recipes -

Rava Kesari Rava Kesari-Rava Kesari- Rava is a Hindi word for semolina and Kesari is for saffron. As the name shows this is a sweet porridge (halwa) preparation made with semolina and saffron. Rava kesari taste different than North Indian sooji ka halwa. There are different recipes of making semolina halwa in different regions of India. My Gujarati friends make this halwa in milk, in North India the semolina is roasted until golden brown and this rava sesari is kesari (saffron color) ….This is an awesome sweet.

Upma for lunch Box

Oat-N-Date Laddoos

Dilruba Rice for lunch Box

Cheesy Bread Sticks

Aloo Pyaj paneer Paratha

Apple Cider

Vegetable lasagna

Chickpeas Burger

some photos for party planning and party organization/ bulk cooking.