Sunday, January 31, 2010

Nachni Ambat Satva

S turned three months last saturday and I having been thinking of all the possible foods I can introduce to him as he grows older.As a child I remember drinking Nachni (ragi ) satva or porridge. It was a must on my grandma's menu for us due to its nutritional values.We literally grew up drinking it twice a day. Soaked Ragi is crushed in a mixer and the milk is extracted. The ragi milk is cooked stirring continously and finally sugar and  cow's milk are added to make a soup like consistency This satva is also made into a thick pudding like consistency however I need to take some tutorials from my grandmom before trying it out alone.Mom makes a sweet Bhakri(Bread) mixing ragi flour with grated coconut and  jaggery.
During  pregnancy I had strict instructions to include Nachni in my diet. I dont like sweet and we dont get ragi here I complained. I was sent a packet of ragi flour and a spicy recipe from home.Well I did have this at least twice a week then and it can serve as a healthy breakfast food.Its realtively simple and quick to cook.

I used

2 tbs of ragi flour
2 finely chopped green chillies.
1/4 tsp grated ginger
1/2 cup yogurt.
Cilantro to garnish
salt to taste

Add the ragi flour to 1 cup water and make a smooth paste.Add the ginger and green chillies,cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring continuously.Its very important to stir continuously or it will form lumps.Add water if need to make the consistency of thick soup. Lower from flame and add the yogurt add salt and garnish with Cilantro.I didnt have it today so I didnt. This recipe is my contribution to JFI – Ragi/Finger Millet  event hosted by Madhuram.
No two opinions about the nutrituous ragi and I do add a spoon or two of its flour  in the rotis, bhakris  or sometimes even in gravies as a thickening agent along with cornflour.

Tofu shashlik

V and I celebrated our third  wedding anniversary last week. This one was our first with our little bundle. This recipe was a part of our anniversary dinner.I saw this recipe in a popular zee marathi show " Amhi saare khawayye". Its a quick and easy recipe. This recipe is my entry to  My Legume Affair 19 helping hosted by Simple Indian food which was initated by Susan of  The Well seasoned Cook

here goes the recipe:

Tofu : small cubes
Paprika (red, green yellow) : 2 cm squares
Onion: 2cm squares

Toothpicks/ satesticks.

for the sauce:
1tbs honey, 1 tbs chilliflakes, 1tbs ketchup, 1tbs chilli sauce, 1/2 tsp pepper powder, 1/4 tsp mixed italian herbs, 1tbs olive oil and 8-10 finaly chopped cloves of garlic and salt to taste. Mix well to make the sauce.

Lightly fry the tofu. Arrange the tofu, paprika and onion on the toothpicks and  overlay with the sauce. Grill for 3-5 minutes or  lightly fry on the griddle with little oil.The yummy snack is devoured as soon as its served. The Mommy in me feels bad and I am waiting  for my little S to start eating, my hubby jokingly says " Are u not happy with one guinea pig !!!!! "