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19.10.09

Paani Poori







Paani Poori:

Pani Puri. Paani Puri/poori. Golgoppa. Street Food - Paani Poori. Healthy version of Paani Poori.

I am not so good when it comes to chaat food, certainly its not my cup of tea. Though I like the fact of having fun with my friends, its totally unacceptable to my diet ritual! Its from fun to fever...each time!:( Hmmm, no...I don't really have any cravings for these pooris.

When it comes to food, its always associated memories for me than the actual food. A little remembrance from the 'fun days' back in time at Hyderabad. Miss my friends off-lately so much!! So, fixed it at home, tried to make it healthy(??!!) all along!

Ingredients:

For Poori

All purpose flour (but I used whole wheat)1 cup
Sooji/ semolina 2 spoons(I didnt have sooji, used yellow corn meal)
Salt to taste
Baking soda 1 pinch
Oil for deep frying.

For the Filling

Potatoes 1-2 (peeled, boiled & mashed)
Garbanzos/ Chickpeas/Chana 1 cup
Onion 1 chopped
Jalapenos 1 chopped
Tomato 1 chopped
Mint few chopped
Cilantro chopped
Lemon juice few spoons.

For Paani

Tamarind pulp - lemon size
Dates 8
Figs (not necessary, I used it for a change)
Black salt
Cumin seeds
Jaggery
Cilantro/coriander seeds
Black pepper/Peppercorns
Chaat masala powder.

Method:

Knead the dough for poori using all the ingredients, except oil. Then you know, divide them into equal parts...roll and deep fry them till they pop up well. Set aside.

Chana should be soaked overnight, salted and boiled. Now toss all the ingredients mentioned to it. Set aside.

Blend and puree the ingredients for paani there...filter the same, set aside.

Now assemble everything in order.

Just before serving, tap the pooris, fill in the chana and followed by paani...hmm then what, pop into your mouth...ha haa. There you go, repeat the same for all the helpings.

19.2.09

Fresh Figs Subzi





Athi Kai Kootu:

Ficus in Culinary, Dumur ka Subzi, Athi Kai Kootu, Figs with lentils Curry.

This woody tree comes under Moraceae family. The genus name is Ficus...since there are several varieties of species here(about 850)...I am leaving it blank here. One could assume that, I used 'indica' species tho'. The tree is native to Persia(modern Iran)from there it spread to all Mediterranean and Asian countries. Fig tree is considered holy in many religion(Buddhism after enlightenment, under Bodhi tree). Fig trees are keystone species in an ecosystem. As it supports too many lives...including insects, worms, birds, bats that feed on its fruits....

Fig is a remarkable fruit! It has peculiar arrangement of flowers!! You guys wondering what? Have you ever seen a fig's flower? It is neither fruit nor a flower actually!!! As you would have heard this proverb in South India(Tamil language). 'Maraindhu Poo Pookkum, Therindhu Kai Kaikkum', meaning...the flowers bloom secretly and fruits flourish visually!!! Botanically speaking, it posses both flowers + fruit! A flower the grew inwards!! Since it has a receptacle like, hollow(the inner pith) & outer leathery skin. It has multitude of flowers that grow inwards...which never gets a chance to face the sun! Yeah...one of the natures mysteries!!! If you break open a fig, you'll notice 1000s of teeny seeds and along with it lots of 'dot' sized buzzing flies(microscopic flies that has been feasting inside happily and thereby helped pollination).......woooo!!!

Figs are often associated with a thought of 'Fertility tree' among most of the population. But in reality, it doesn't posses any such quality. It is valued for its high laxative property! Both the pectin and minute seeds gives a good roughpage to the stomach. The dry fruit...serves as a best source for magnesium, iron and potassium! It should be noted that, this fruit has more potassium than bananas! As a fresh fruit posses phosphorous and calcium. Again its calcium content is more than milk! It has high sugar content...gives out quick energy. One can rely on htis fruit for instant glucose! The thick pectin it posses, a soluble fibre helps to control the blood cholesterol level. So don't hesitate to pick a ripe fresh fruit, next time from the market. Also...do not throw away the cut and bruised fruits, my friends...I tell you. The over ripe, slightly bruised fruits are actually rich in anti-oxidants than the raw unripe ones.

My mommy and Grandma used to make pickle or kootu out of these fresh figs. The raw figs have unique taste...kind of like 'Plantain Flower'! There was lots of figs tree in our school. During lunch time...myself and my brother used to have food under one such big tree. As a kid...never liked this fruit. Used to wonder...how these 'microscopic' insects got into these fruits!! Older, wise people used to say...one should not 'break open' fig fruit and see it...before eating! Does this make any sense...yeah we will lose our appetite! It may not be a fancy fruit...but sure it has lots of goodness in it. So the next time you spot one...don't hesitate to cook them/eat them!

Ingredients:

Fresh Figs 1 cup
Thoor dal 1/2 cup(cooked)
Chana dal 1/2 cup(semi-cooked)
Dry red chilies 7-9
Onion 1 chopped
Ginger-garlic paste 1 spoon
Tomato chopped
Salt
Turmeric 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Oil few spoons
Mustard 1/4 spoon
Cumin 1/4 spoon
Curry leaves few.

Method:

Slit twice the figs and wash several times in the running water.

Heat oil, in a wok. Add mustards, cumin, asafoetida, curry leaves and red chilies. Wait till they pop.

Now, add ginger-garlic paste and followed by onions and tomatoes.

Further add figs and both the dals(cooked+semi-cooked). Add salt, turmeric and chili powders too. Cover and cook, till tender.

Serve to go with your rice. That I call as perfect healthy meal.

2.10.08

Figs Milk Shake




Figs Milk Shake:

Athi Pazham Shake. Athi Pazham Milk Shake.

Figs are known as fertility tree!! Although it does'nt have anything to with it! Since it grows in clusters! Probably antient fore-fathers thought it would have contributed something in that sphere!

The botanical name of this cluster fig is Ficus racemosa, It is called Higo in Spanish, Figue in French, Feige in German and Fico Italin.

Figs are used as treatment for constipation . Green figs are used for treating general illness. Dry figs helps coughs, cleanses the breast and help infirmities of the lungs, shortness of wind, they loose the belly, purge the reins, help infirmities of the liver and spleen; outwardly they dissolve swellings!

Ingredients:

Fresh figs 4-6
Heavy/whole milk 4 cups
Sugar as per taste
Vanilla essence few drops
Vanilla icecream 1-2 scoops (optional)

Method:

Blend all the above together! Bring this to foamy shake in tall glass tumblers!

Serve chilled!!