Ragi dosa / Finger millet dosa is a whole grain crepe and is a healthy variation to the regular dosa. Ragi, also called as kezhvaragu in tamil belongs to the millet family and has earthy flavour. In ancient times, this reddish black wholegrain like its other millet counterparts were an integral part of India diet. Because of its unappealing texture and appearance, earthy & bland taste, it has become less popular in Indian cuisine. This long forgotten wholegrain is gluten free and is currently gaining popularity owing to the array of nutritional benefits. This instant ragi dosa is made easily by mixing the ragi flour, rice flour and rava/sooji along with yoghurt and green chillies. Ragi dosa is usually served with chutney or sambar.
Drumstick leaves aka Moringa leaves are the power house of nutrition and are becoming more popular and trendy in the food market in the form of dry powders, energy bars and smoothies. There are many ways to incorporate this nutrient dense fresh moringa leaves in the diet. One of the easiest way is to prepare a simple yet delicious and healthy drumstick leaves soup. Soups are hearty and comforting, a preferred appetizer during cold winter months. This power packed nutrient dense soup is prepared by simmering the drumstick leaves along with shallots, ginger, garlic and few other spices. Power up your immune system every now and then by consuming this healthy soup.
This is a delicious and spicy masala rice made from green bell peppers. It is very different from the pulav rice and demands a different set of roasting and grinding fresh spices. This simple yet scrumptious one pot meal is prepared by cooking the rice along with diced bell peppers and flavoured with freshly ground spice powders. The addition of roasted cashews and peanuts give a rich, crunchy & nutty flavour to the dish. It can be served with raita or pappadams.
Vegetable stew is a quintessential Kerala dish that pairs well with Appam / Idiyappam. It is a creamy, delicately spiced coconut based gravy. It is a simple dish and tastes very different from the traditional South/North Indian Korma. It is prepared by simmering some assorted vegetables along with few spices in coconut milk. The addition of coconut milk gives a light creamy texture perfect to soothe and satiate your palates.
Appam is a South Indian basket shaped pancake like dish. It is a very popular breakfast dish in Kerala and is specially prepared in a kadai called appachatti /appam pan. It is a thin, lacy paper like hopper that is soft and fluffy in the centre and thin and crisp on the edges. It is prepared from grinding and fermenting rice, urad dhal and coconut. It is light on stomach and is very easily digestible. Appams are usually served with vegetable stew or kadalai curry or vegetable kurma or sweetened coconut milk.
Rice dhal vegetable kitchadi is a hearty, comforting one pot meal that is very easy to digest. Many of us overindulge during holiday season or during winter months. According to Ayurvedic medicine, eating kitchadi is one of the best ways to detox and balance the digestive system. It is a simple yet delicious & nourishing meal and is usually made by cooking rice and dhal together, topped with ghee. To make it more wholesome, I have included both the yellow moong dhal and green gram dhal along with few vegetables. It is best served with pappadam or pickle.