Sabudana Kheer

Being a school holiday today, wanted to try a new recipe with my daughter.It had to be something easy aswell as new!!

So tried Sabudana kheer -an easy Indian sweet dish generally  served for breaking fasts during religious festivals.You don’t need to fast to make this dish though.

Sabudana (also known as tapioca pearls )is made from the starch extracted from tapioca.Hence , it contains mainly carbohydrtes and is great for a quick boost of energy!!!

Taste of sabudana , as such is very neutral ,and takes on the flavors of the dish.

 

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Ingredients

  1. Sabudana – 3/4 cup
  2. Milk -1 liter
  3. Sugar -5 Tbsp
  4. Cardamom – 4 nos.( powdered)
  5. Saffron – few strands (soaked in 2 Tbsp of  milk a few minutes before adding )
  6. Almonds – chopped

Procedure

Wash  and drain sabudana and soak it in 1.5 cups of water for 4 hours.

(After 4 hours , we see the sabudana has soaked all the water and has increased in size.)

Now boil milk  and add sugar to it.Mix well.

To it, add the soaked sabudana and boil for 10 -15 mins,till the sabudana is cooked.Make sure to continuously stir , so that the milk won’t burn at the bottom of the pan.

Add cardamom powder, saffron soaked in milk to the above  mixture and let it boil for another 5 minutes, till the mixture is thicker.

Garnish with chopped almonds.

 

 

 

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Home made Hummus

Being in the middle east for 12 years of my childhood, I remember my dad bringing in Arabic dinner takeout on weekends.It was either mutton shawarma, mutton tikka , kebabs or rotisserie chicken ; along with salad, pita bread and two plates of hummus(yum!!!).

Whenever I visited my parents, this was one ritual I would ask my dad to do.It was actually to have the hummus.Now,my daughter too fell in love with hummus.Genes!!So had to learn to make it at home,because that’s what mom’s do!!!

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Ingredients

  1. Boiled chick peas – 1 cup
  2. Roasted til seeds(white) – 1 Tbsp
  3. Garlic cloves – 4-5 nos.
  4. Salt – as required
  5. Lemon juice -half or full lemon (as per taste)
  6. Olive oil -as required by you

Procedure

  • Add ingredients (1-4) in a grinder along with required water for grinding.Grind till you get a fine paste.
  • Take the paste in a bowl , and add lemon juice and olive oil.Mix well.
  • Have it with pita bread, salad, bread sticks.

You can store left over hummus for 3-4 days.

Kerala Mural Painting

Recently I took a break  from work and  got badly bored…so had to find something to do.My family consists of creative people, except me…more of a ruler and pencil.No curves!!!!

Seeing them, I too was inspired to try something ARTISTIC !!!!Hence put myself to self learn from the ever so beautiful tool – the Internet.Started out with you tube videos, blogs and found some interesting facts on Kerala Mural Painting and did try my hand on it too…

Kerala Mural Painting is an art form as the name suggests from South India, principally Kerala, India.It depicts  ancient mythology and legends.It is usually  found to be drawn on walls of ancient temples and churches and has its presence since the 9th century.

The traditional style mural art form  used natural pigments and vegetable colors to showcase their work and hence we see that there are not much  variety of colors used.

Nowadays, you find this art form done not only walls and canvas , but also on saris , shirts, salwars etc.They give a very ethnic feel.

Fascinated by the beauty of these , I too tried  painting on canvas and used acrylic colors to get the effect.

 

 

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