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28.7.10

Mung Sprouts in Herbs Based Curry - Mulai Payiru Nilgiri Kuruma



Sprouted Green Gram Korma:

Sprouted Green Lentils Curry, Mulai Payiru Kuzhambu.

Ingredients:

Green gram/mung dhal/ green lentils 1 cup
Curry leaves 2 twigs
Cloves 5
Cinnamon sticks 2
Green cardamom 6-7 pods crushed
Bay leaves fresh 2-3 leaves
Star anise 1
Fennel seeds 2 spoons
Green chilies 6-8 grated
Onion 1 large grated
Ginger 2" minced/paste
Garlic 4-6 cloves minced/paste
Tomato 1 large chopped/puree
Salt
Turmeric 1/4 spoon
Mint 1 fistful(leaves alone)
Cilantro 1 fistful(leaves alone)
Coconut 1 large(made into puree, use limited water)
Ghee 1 cup.

Method:

Soak the lentils overnight, next day...drain the water and cover them up, leave the set-up for at least 12-15 hours, you'll notice sprouts coming up.

In a wide wok, heat ghee. Add all the spices one by one(cloves, cinnamon cardamom, bay leaves, anise, fennel seeds and curry leaves). Wait till they pop and splutter.

Now add grated chilies, onion, ginger and garlic paste. Fry real good. Maybe till their raw smell leaves the pan.

Now stir-in tomatoes and fry till they lose water content and oil shows up on top.

Add salt and turmeric to it. Then add 2 cups of water and bring this to boil, let this get cooked over medium heat for 20 minutes.

Add the sprouts to the curry. Meanwhile wet-grind cilantro and mint leaves.

And add the green paste and coconut to it. Bring this to boil and remove from heat.

Serve warm to go with your chappathis or pooris.

12.3.10

Raagi Malt - Home Made Health Drink



Raagi Malt:

Malted Finger-Millet health drink. Kezhvaragu Kanjji. Kezhvarugu Paal. Ragi Malt.

Ingredients:

Finger-millet 1 cup(sprouted)
Almonds 10
Cashew nuts 10
Cardamon seeds alone 1-2 spoons
Saffron strands 1 spoon/any food color(Mommy used orange)
Sugar
Farm fresh milk 1-2 cups.

Mommy's Directions for Making Raagi Malt

Sprouts: Wash and clean finger-millet. Throw away the excess water. Spread them in a clean bowl, with very little moisture. Cover them up with muslin cloth. You can observe fine sprouts after 2-3 days. Do not over do it, the water may turn musky.

Now again spread this sprouted millet in a clean sheet/cloth and sun-dry them for 2 whole hours(in South India...its always summer).

Then dry toast them in a wok/oven for few minutes. Just to get rid of that remaining moisture. Blend them into fine powder along with other ingredients mentioned above(except sugar and milk). Store them in an air-tight container.

My Method:

Carefully pack Mommy's hard work into a zip lock bag. Securely bring them in check-in baggage. Empty them in a clean and dry tupper ware.:)

Boil 1-2 cups of farm-fresh milk and mix 1-2 teaspoons of health mix powder(made above). Bring this to boil. Filter the same, add enough sugar.

Serve warm and accept the kudos:):)

21.2.10

Mung Sprouts Korma






Sprouted Lentils Kurma:

Moong Sprouts Curry. Mung Sprouts Curry. Sprouted Mung Dhall Curry. Green Gram Sprouts Curry. Mulai Payaru Kuruma. Mulai Payir Kurma. Pachai Payiru Kuruma.

Ingredients:

Sprouted Green gram lentils 1 cup
Grated coconut 1 cup
Coconut milk 1/2 cup
Green chilies 3
Onion 1 grated
Ginger-garlic paste 1 spoon
Tomato chunked out from 2-3
Salt
Turmeric powder 1/4 spoon
Chili powder 1 spoon
Coriander seeds 1/4 cup -toasted and powdered
Cilantro to garnish
Butter 1 cube
Cloves 3
Cinnamon 1
Bay leaf 1
Cardamom 3 crushed
Fennel seeds 1/2 spoon.

Method:

Melt butter, in a wide wok. Throw in the whole spices and green chilies. Wait to sputter.

Now add onion, ginger and garlic...fry till the raw odour leaves the pan. Followed by tomatoes.

Add sprouts, salt, turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, grated coconut and coconut milk. Cover and cook over low-medium heat.

Once the gravy thickens and sprouts done, remove from heat.

Serve to go with your rotis, chappathis or rice.

23.4.09

Alfalfa Fried Rice



Alfalfa Fried Rice:

Science behind the Sprouts: When a seed holds up a tuff cover, packed with high protein and carbohydrate! Upon germination(a crucial period of sudden raise in their active molecules). At the expense of some protein it gets converted into all essential vitamins! Since a germinating plant needs all support for growth(survival of the fittest)...it is boosted with vitamin A, C and B-complex! All challenging the limes, lemons and meat products. Imagine a simple fragile sprouting root+shoot from a seedling has so much capacity!!! That is why it is highly nutritious and most welcomed by vegans and vegetarians to compromise their protein and vitamin need! A cup of raw sprouts has just 10 calories...making us all happy. Eat as much as we want, no worries about gaining weight!!!

One of the studies say they have more chlorophyll content than our fav' greens! Its hard to believe tho'...but it does have some chlorophyll content, we have to agree with that. Since sprouts are rich in phytochemicals, it helps to fight against diseases, improves one's immune system!

As I said at the expense of certain protein it gains more vitamin ratio beyond the point, that one could imagine 200-300%. Same goes to fighting against any outbreaks while germination! Like a mother's milk is extra and excess in all vitamins, for fast growth, possessing disease fighting compounds!!! Similar molecules are found here...they have rich enzyme activity. In this fragile plants,they have found significant amounts of glucosinolates and isothyiocyanates! Which are very important inducers of phase 2 enzyme production that prevents malignant cell growth! The cancer fighting ones!

Like most of the greens, they too have plant Saponins! Which could lower one's cholesterol! So supports heart related diseases. Saponis are said to promote one's immune system by increasing the activity of fighter cells(the lymphocytes and interferons).Besides they are loaded with antioxidants, you know...prevents cell degeneration process and DNA destruction...making it a good source to bring down aging related symptoms!! All girls wanna go shopping now for sprouts, right!:) Alfalfa sprouts contains great amount of phytoestrogens...which is very essential for female health. It can prevent menopausal symptoms and age-related osteoporosis. It overall provides good heart condition, upon regular consumption.

As any good thing has its own demerits, so does the sprouts...always had a apprehension while handling whether there could be a 'Salmonella' or any deadly bacteria, virus and pathogens! Certain strains of E.coli are very dangerous. When you indent to produce your own sprouts, make sure you clean the seeds properly. If the seeds had any soil, kindly forget the idea. Never try to produce with a stale seeds. Mix only clean(but not boiled or any) room temperature water for sprouting. Sterilize your sprouting aparatus. After 2-3 days...be very content with what you get and refrigerate them immediately. Leaving them over for prolonged period could bring up a musty smelling, uninvited virus/bacteria to your salads!

A spoon of seeds could give you 10-15 spoons of sprouts, absolutely no hard work...doesnt require sunshine, big pot, potling soil, fertilizer...this was how my friend Tulsi Ram lectured before making me to eat 'Mung sprouts' in the Hostel.

Well as usual this is my own invention recipe. I generally eat sprouts raw with lemon juice and salt for break fast. Since it is already rich in protein, vitamins and fibre...thought of making them wholesome, by pairing with white rice. It turned up great! Now it became my favourite meal!

Ingredients:

Cold Cooked Rice(salted n cooked)
Veggies - teeny meeny bits
Scrambled eggs
Chicken cubed/shredded
MSG
Vinegar 1 spoon
Heavy soy sauce 1 spoon
Chili sauce 1 spoon
Alfalafa sprouts 1 handful
Oil as required.

Method:

Heat oil in a skillet, stir-fry chicken an then add veggies and fry real good for 2 minutes. Set aside.

In the same wok, heat little more oil. Fry rice for about 2 minutes...until oil coats up. Now add vinegar, soy and chi sauce...mix them well.

Followed by...add chicken, eggs, veggies and sprouts now. Keep them on heat for less than a minute!

Serve warm to go as a main dish. Lunch or dinner!:)

21.12.08

Alfalfa Lemon Rice





When a seed holds up a tuff cover, packed with high protein and carbohydrate! Upon germination(a crucial period of sudden raise in their active molecules). At the expense of some protein it gets converted into all essential vitamins! Since a germinating plant needs all support for growth(survival of the fittest)....it is boosted with vitamin A, C and B-complex! All challenging the limes, lemons and meat products. Imagine a simple fragile sprouting root+shoot from a seedling has so much capacity!!! That is why it is highly nutritious and most welcomed by vegans and vegetarians to compromise their protein and vitamin need! A cup of raw
sprouts has just 10 calories.......making us all happy. Eat as much as we want, no worries about gaining weight!!!

One of the studies say they have more chlorophyll content than our fav' greens! Its hard to believe tho'......but it does have some chlorophyll content, we have to agree with that. Since sprouts are rich in phytochemicals, it helps to fight against diseases, improves one's immune system!

As I said at the expense of certain protein it gains more vitamin ratio beyond the point, that one could imagine 200-300%. Same goes to fighting against any outbreaks while germination! Like a mother's milk is extra and excess in all vitamins, for fast growth, possessing disease fighting compounds!!! Similar molecules are found here......they have rich enzyme activity. In this fragile plants, significant amounts of glucosinolates and isothyiocyanates....which are very important inducers of phase 2 enzyme production that prevents malignant cell growth! The cancer fighting ones!

Like most of the greens, they too have plant Saponins! Which could lower one's cholesterol! So supports heart related disease. Saponis are said to to promote ones immune system by increasing the activity of fighter cells(Lymphocytes and interferons).Besides they are loaded with antioxidants...prevents cell degeneration process and DNA destruction..... making it a good source to bring down aging related symptoms! Alfalfa sprouts contains great amount of phytoestrogens.....which is very essential for female health. It can prevent menopausal symptoms, early cancer and age-related osteoporosis. It overall provides good heart condition, upon regular consumption.

As any good thing has its own demerits, so does the sprouts......always had a apprehension while handling whether there could be a 'Salmonella' or any deadly bacteria, certain strains of E.coli are very dangerous. When you indent to produce your own sprouts, make sure you clean the seeds properly. If the seeds had any soil, kindly forget the idea. Never try to produce with a stale seeds. Mix only clean(but not boiled or any) room temperature water for sprouting. Sterilize your sprouting aparatus. After 2-3 days....be very content with what you got and refrigerate them immediately. Leaving them over for prolonged period could bring a musty smelling, uninvited virus/bacteria to your salads!

A spoon of seeds could give you 10-15 spoons of sprouts, absolutely no hard work.....doest require sunshine, big pot,potling soil, fertilizer.....this was how my friend Tulsi lectured before making me to eat 'Mung sprouts' in the Hostel.

Well....this is my own invention recipe. I generally eat sprouts raw with lemon juice and salt for break fast. Since it is already rich in protein, vitamins and fibre....thought of making them wholesome, by pairing with white rice. It turned up great! Now it became my favourite meal!

Ingredients:

Long grain rice 1 cup
Alfalfa sprouts 1/4 cup
Ginger 2" julienned
Jalapenos 1 large julienned
Salt
Lemon juice 1-2 fruits
Mustard seeds 1/4 spoon
Asafoetida 1/4 spoon
Cumin seeds 1 spoon
Olive oil few spoons.

Method:

Cook rice along with salt till tender. Then spread them in wide platter.....allow them to cool down to room temperature. Let all the rice get well separated and be little stiff.

In a pan, heat oil. Add mustard, asafoetida and cumin seeds. Wait till they pop up.

Now add ginger and chilies to...fry for few seconds and remove from heat.

Now run this seasonings over the rice. Mix well.

Then add chopped sprouts and lemon juice, mix well. Serve to go as a main dish!

8.12.06

Moong Dal Sprouts Salad:

Green gram sprouts Salad. Pachai Payiru - mulaikatti Salad.

Ingredients:

Green gram - 1 cup
Purple/red onions 1 large
Ripe tomatoes 2
Corinader leaves 1 cup
Lemon juice few spoons
Salt
Black salt
Cumin seeds powder 1/4 spoon
Coriander seeds powder 1/4 spoon
Chaat masala powder 1/2 spoon
Olive oil 1/2 spoon.

Method:

Soak green gram in 1/2 cup of water and cover the bowl with clean muslin cloth/cheese cloth. Allow it to sprout. Maybe 2-3 days.

When the sprouts are coming up. Remove the green gram from the bowl and wash it gently.

Transfer the washed sprouts to large bowl. Add salt, black salt, cumin, coriander & chat masala powders to it. Further add olive oil and allow it to stand for 10-20 minutes.

Then add finely chopped onions,tomatoes, coriander leaves & lemon juice on the top. Mix them thoroughly. Leave them in the fridge for 2 hours.

Serve them chilled as a dinner time salad.

Healthy salad.....one should try!

17.11.06

Raagi Malt - Home Made Health Drink



Raagi Malt:

Malted Finger-Millet health drink. Kezhvaragu Kanjji. Kezhvarugu Paal. Ragi Malt.

Ingredients:

Finger-millet 1 cup(sprouted)
Almonds 10
Cashew nuts 10
Cardamon seeds alone 1-2 spoons
Saffron strands 1 spoon/any food color(Mommy used orange)
Sugar
Farm fresh milk 1-2 cups.

Mommy's Directions for Making Raagi Malt

Sprouts: Wash and clean finger-millet. Throw away the excess water. Spread them in a clean bowl, with very little moisture. Cover them up with muslin cloth. You can observe fine sprouts after 2-3 days. Do not over do it, the water may turn musky.

Now again spread this sprouted millet in a clean sheet/cloth and sun-dry them for 2 whole hours(in South India...its always summer).

Then dry toast them in a wok/oven for few minutes. Just to get rid of that remaining moiture. Now in a blender blend them into fine powder.

Blend all the other above mentioned ingredients(except milk & sugar) and mix with the raagi malt powder. Store them in an air-tight container.

Mix both the powders togather and store them in air tight container.

My Method:

Boil 1-2 cups of farm-fresh milk and mix 1-2 teaspoons of health mix powder(made above). Bring this to boil. Filter the same, add enough sugar.

Serve warm and accept the kudos:):)