We cook for preparing our daily food. Some people cook out of passion, some to demonstrate skills and some even to get over boredom.
I like to try and reproduce some of the traditional delicacies, some of which are fast disappearing from the table. I even have a broadcast group on whatsapp titled ‘Cooking Exotica & Fitness’
There are situations when we have some ingredients which if not cooked would get spoiled.
Here I have a similar situation. We ended up having some extra apples and I decided to try ‘Apple Crumble’.
There are recipes available, but I have to stick to available ingredients and mostly healthy options. Here’s what I did, adopting and modifying an available recipe of ‘vegrecipesofindia’.
Three big apples (equivalent to five normal size apples) were peeled, cored and cut into small cubes. Added palm jaggery and sprinkled two tablespoons of whole wheat Atta. Added half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and some nutmeg powder. Mixed well squeezing half a lime.
For the streusel topping, took about 75 grams of butter and a cup of whole wheat Atta and half teaspoon of baking powder. Added some palm jaggery powder, a teaspoon of vanilla essence and squeezed the other half of the lime. Added a pinch of salt. Mixed well into a bread crumb consistency.
Greased a baking tray with some ghee and spread the apple cube mix in the tray. Spread the streusel mix on the top evenly add bake for about 40 minutes in a preheated oven .
Apple Crumble is ready
And when your wife, one of the greatest cooks, said ‘it’s really good’, it’s really really good.
Payasam of different varieties are popular in Kerala, especially in Onam season.
In these times of health consciousness; fresh, unprocessed and enriching dishes are welcomed. Here’s something simple, fresh and yummy.
This payasam doesn’t even need cooking. Mash up two robusta bananas and add one and a half cups of coconut milk. Mix well with jaggery as required and a spoon of cardamom seed powder. Add a pinch of salt to balance the taste. Fresh payasam is ready. If you like hot payasam, just heat or boil.
In that case, why not add marble sized rice powder balls, (made of rice powder and little grated coconut and salt and made into small balls and steamed). Roasted broken nuts and coconut pieces will add to taste. Using steamed ‘ethakka’ (Kerala banana) will make it even better. Allow chunks of it in the mix.
Do try the ‘no cooking’ fresh payasam. (Credit- recipe seen in daily news consolidation ‘daily hunt’).
I have done this and displayed here, earlier. But i am doing it again as some of the favourite ingredients here are in end season.
That’s mango and then jackfruit. And they deserve a fitting farewell with this display. Until next year, devoid of any Covid!
Chia seeds are soaked in coconut milk and set in the refrigerator. Ingredients for layering are: 1. Mango 2. Jackfruit 3. Pineapple 4. Papaya 5. Grated coconut 6. Roasted peanuts 7. Palm jaggery 8. Honey.
If the glass is taller, add pomegranate, banana, apple etc. to make it a procession and a celebration of seasonal fruits. I suggest, use only seasonal fruits. It’s what the science tells us for healthy enjoyment.
I just got 3 small bottles of Arsenic Album 30, a immunity boosting homeo medicine.
This hit Kerala news when a municipal chairman gave the medicine successfully to 107 primary contacts and 2000 others in a place where two people contracted Covid virus.
I did some reading, including a talk by former head of department of Govt Homeopathic Hospital in Kerala. Apparently the medicine has been around for about 200 years, no side effects and recommend by the Government of India. I understand it is recommended and used World over.
Dosage according to Professor is 4 tablets (small usual homeo balls) each for 3 days for adults and 2 for 4 days for children, on empty stomach. Repeat after 2 weeks during the Virus threat.
Diet mentioned is reduce coffee/ tea intake. Can be taken along with other medicines. Importantly, follow other preventives like mask, distancing, washing hands etc.
please take a look, do your own research and consult when necessary. I got it from Amazon. Dosage may differ for tablet, powder
Intermittent Fasting, as we know, is the best wellness program. It can do many wonderful things and probably could prevent and reverse such deadly problems like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and even Cancer. It can also help lose weight.
I lost about 8 kgs in the first few months of starting the fast about a year and a half back. Then it plateaued.
Though disappointed a bit at the stoppage of losing weight, the desire to look good and to wear a six pack kept me focused and be strict with fasting, supplemented with a fairly rigorous workout schedule.
In the process, I kept reading and listening to experts in the field. I also mentor a small group of intermittent fasters and share with them the research findings and personal experiences. We exchanged notes.
Adopting some the new techniques learned and staying sincerely on course with increased intensity, I could feel good results in the bathroom mirror. But there was a problem! I didn’t have a weighing machine in Bangalore where we stayed back for the past nearly 5 months due to the lockdown.
And I just got this machine through amazon and it’s another 3 and half kilos off for me, making it a total of about 12 kgs through intermittent fasting.
One of the things I miss with the decision to stay back in Bangalore, is the abundance of good quality jackfruit in Kerala. And along with that the thrill of making chakka undas and chakka chips.
Jackfruits are available in Bangalore too. Pealed ones, sold at roadsides are not very welcome in this virus times. And without proper tools, buying the whole fruit needed more courage than what I could muster.
Not quite though. Horticulture unit HOPCOM of the state government, brings fresh fruits and vegetables to the compound, twice a week. And while buying fruits and vegetables, I saw a lady asking for half of the jackfruit. The aroma and colour were too hard to resist and I took the other half.
Good, brave decision indeed. The fruit is very fresh and delightfully tasty. And the Chakkakuru (seeds) make unique dishes.
It’s also discipline! And when we talk about discipline, the best in class is military. So regimental best describes my totally repetitive, strict and rigid discipline when it comes to diet, exercises and wellness programs.
I do Intermittent Fasting 16 to 19 hours a day, 7 days a week and it’s strict water only fast.
My daily yoga lasting an hour and a half involves the same asanas, the same breathing and the same stretches.
My crunches, running and walking are at the same pace, same numbers and same periods of time every day.
People rightly alerts me on the need to have variations. True, but I will need a trainer to manage the resultant complexity.
The benefits will be better with variations. I can’t manage complexities and hence I am regimental.
Still I believe there are benefits. Certainly so. We usually ignore most benefits as usual. If we know what we would be without the regimen and discipline, the benefits are so huge.
I feel happy when I think how i would be; without fasting, workouts and a bit too much of show off!