CHAKKA BIRIYANI. JACKFRUIT DUM BIRIYANI.

I remember the official menu when British Prime Minister, Theresa May visited India. Jackfruit Biriyani was one of the dishes.

It’s now popular across the world, that jackfruit is officially a health food.

Apparently, raw jackfruit is a taste substitute for meat and thus ideal for a vegetarian or vegan alternative for biriyani, cutlets, burgers etc.

I did the Dum process also with saffron, Rose water and milk. It came out well.

The recipe I used is here.

https://www.archanaskitchen.com/kathal-biryani-recipe-raw-jackfruit-pilaf/amp

CHAKKA BIRIYANI. JACKFRUIT DUM BIRIYANI.

JACKFRUIT CUTLETS. YUMMY AND HEALTHY.

After Kappa Vada, it’s a natural progress to the other staple Chakka. So it’s jackfruit cutlets which is already trending in places like London.
Take out the raw jackfruit bulbs and remove seeds. Cut into small pieces and boil in a little water and salt till soft.
Heat coconut oil in a vessel and add finely cut fresh ginger, cut green chilli, finely sliced onion and curry leaves. To this add half tsp of turmeric powder, one tsp of garam masala, one tsp pepper powder and salt.
After the onion and masala are done and mixed well, add the boiled jackfruit and mix thoroughly.
Make the mix into cutlet shapes. Break two eggs and beat well. Add one and half tsp of cornflour and beat till frothy.
Spread powdered bread crumbs on a flat lid. Dip the cutlets in the egg mix and roll on bread crumbs.
Pour sufficient quantity of coconut oil in a vessel and bring to boil. Reduce the fire slightly and deep fry the crumb coated cutlets.
Yummy, healthy Chakka Cutlets are ready.

Recipe curtesy : https://youtu.be/pYZbgajrdEA

JACKFRUIT CUTLETS. YUMMY AND HEALTHY.

Rooibos Tea and Good Sleep.

Rooibos Tea

Lockdowns, life indoors disrespecting circadian rhythm etc have introduced a new addition to the old problem- sleep deficit.And sleep deficit could be the single most important wellness threat.Ask anyone from Southern Africa, they’ll say ‘you sleep like a baby’ to Rooibos Tea.Health benefits like antioxidants, prevention of heart problems, cancer, diabetes etc. are scientifically proven. (see attached article).Ancient wisdom is above scientific research. Though not proven with detailed research, this zero calorie, caffeine free and tasty drink without practically any side effects is an ideal drink for inducing sleep and during fasting hours of intermittent fasting too.I just got mine from Amazon and I need some good sleep.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/rooibos-tea-benefits#TOC_TITLE_HDR_5

Rooibos Tea and Good Sleep.

END OF RICE.

Quinoa Lunch

As a Malayali, I have been a predominant rice eater. A typical Kerala lunch has par boiled brown rice eaten with an array of healthy curries.
Rice, even brown, is high carb and a candidate to be off the menu.
That’s when I started my affair with quinoa. It has a lot of health benefits and is a seed, not even a grain.
The taste of lunch is on the accompanying curries. The taste is retained just by substituting rice with quinoa.
Here the coconut based dal (paripp), kadala (chickpeas), raw banana mezhukkupuratty and minute steak gave the same satisfying lunch feel.
End of Rice!!

END OF RICE.

Coconut Milk Yogurt. More Of A Challenge.

Yogurt or plain curd has become an important part of my diet, now that I have a formula for breaking intermittent fasting in the day.
That’s when I read about diary free options for yogurt. Almond yogurt, cashew yogurt etc are more expensive compared to coconut milk yogurt.
First recipe for coconut yogurt mentioned trying some 500 times before it turned out perfect.
I decided to try, but certainly used many shortcuts. I didn’t wrap the bottle in cheesecloth and kept at 40 degrees (centigrade) for 4 to 5 hours and didn’t add corn or tapioca starch for thickening.
Just mixed warm coconut milk with a tablespoon of milk yogurt to ferment and kept in sunlight for 3 to 4 hours. Added some agar agar and kept in the fridge overnight.
It came out just okay.
Then why the trouble, just use cow milk yogurt.
But I will try again when I get my slow cooker for bone broth and with a button for Yogurt. Of course tapioca starch added for thickening.

Coconut Milk Yogurt. More Of A Challenge.

Breaking A Long Fast

Breaking any long fast has a science to it ensuring that some of the fasting benefits are not immediately compromised.
Like in everything else, traditions and nature give answers and solutions.
Here’s adopting wisdom from two ancient practices. One is for breaking Ekadashi fast and the second for breaking Ramadan fast.
So, after a 20 hour water only fast, I have this made for breaking fast.
A tablespoon of yogurt mixed with sliced Amla (gooseberry) and crushed red cheera (spinach)
Have 3 dates along with it. It’s 3 and not 2 or 4, as told by a colleague when I was working in Kuwait. Odd number of dates are taken for breaking fast.

Breaking A Long Fast

A Reluctant Bonsai Artist

Egg Fruit Plant

This egg fruit (canistel) plant is more than one and a half years old. When the seed sprouted in a pot, it was to be taken to land for growing, where it would be about 6 ft or more tall.
But Covid and resultant lockdowns prevented it, but plant is growing slowly but brightly in the pot.
Could this be a bonsai! Perhaps egg fruits will grow in this pot.

A Reluctant Bonsai Artist

BREAKFAST EMOJI

A chance shift from using willpower to sustain an intermittent fasting schedule of 20.4 to planning and preparation is working well.
It also helps in being crudely creative like designing this breakfast emoji.
Now I plan what to have for breakfast and lunch, the two meals I have in the day. Make them to be taken at the desired time.
Bonuses are a circadian clock, better quality food and conquering the sweet tooth (I don’t know how, it just happened).
Bullseye 🎯 🍳

BREAKFAST EMOJI

Madakkusan, Excellent Snack. Enticing But An Enigma.

Madakkusan a teatime snack.

Madakkusan is a tea time snack that we used to have bought from local tea shops in my childhood days.
As such I was elated to get them from Navya bakery.
Madakku is ‘folded’ which the snack is but why san added! San is Mr. In Japanese, so it could be giving the formal respect to the item, even though it’s not Japanese.
It’s excellent, but the food preferences for me have changed. It’s made of maida (refined flour) and sugar in almost equal quantities. Turmeric powder gives an enticing food colour.
If you can and like sugar in abundance and don’t mind refined flour, then this is an excellent choice.
But I would, reluctantly give a pass.

Madakkusan, Excellent Snack. Enticing But An Enigma.

‘മൊനേ മനസിലൊരു ലഡ്ഡു പൊട്ടി’ . Bull Active In Stock Market.

The Economic Times’ Market Column is a must watch item on a weekday starting from 9am. It gives the stock market indexes and the day begins in a happy note depending on whether you see green or if it’s red.

In fact, in a lockdown situation, the weekends are boring without the point by point monitoring of the index and the real-time values of the stocks held.

I am actually not fully recovered from the Ruchir Sharma article in Financial Times on how the super rich soaked up the Covid cash!

And the first title you see on Economic Times is ‘SENSEX at 200,000 in 10 years! That’s 4 times from now

Image result for manasiloru laddu potti

Literal translation from Malayalam ‘Laddu exploded in mind’

Pictures credit: google search

‘മൊനേ മനസിലൊരു ലഡ്ഡു പൊട്ടി’ . Bull Active In Stock Market.