A Dose of Good Health and Nutrition 116

While the month of March began with a blazing heat, I felt very bored to cook and wanted some change in the routine. We decided to head out for lunch. However, I did not want to go to those regular restaurants that are heavy with spices, oil, and all the things that are rich in gluten, sugar and what not. We may enjoy the taste, but in the end of the day, it feels so heavy that we may even end up with digestion problem.

Hence, we decided to go to a restaurant that we recently noticed. This is a restaurant that boasts of fresh and nutritious food. You will note there are no much varieties of dishes here. “Vaathsalya Millet Cafe” is a place for those who are really looking for healthy, homely and nutritious food.

Sitting in their outside seating, we ordered Elaichi Malt drink and tomato soup. For the main course, we ordered Thali meals and waited. As the place is new for us, we waited anxiously to taste. Seeing fewer varieties in the menu, we were slightly put down. So waited for the food. When the drink was served, you could actually see smiles on our faces after the first sip. It was so tasty and we decided to order few more glasses. Later, the meals were served. The menu of the thali meals was, millet roti, millet (proso) kheer, sprouts curry, vegetable curry, millets (Navara) pulav, salad, buttermilk, papad. Everything was so delicious that I asked for a second serving. The serving is slow, so enjoy the malt and other health drink while your healthy food gets cooked and served freshly.

What is more? You can also buy the healthy food products from their retail millet shop such as the finger millet pop, Aralu, finger millet malt in different flavors, millets. The pleasant ambiance with bamboo chairs and tables outside, indoor seating which does not allow it to be too crowded, healthy food altogether makes it a must visit. I am definitely looking forward to my next visit soon.

If you are planning a visit to Bangalore or looking for a homely and healthy lunch or dinner, this is the restaurant you should be going. They also do home deliveries. Check out their website to know more.

Visit us at  www.vaathsalyafoods.com .

Location of the restaurant – #277, 15 Cross, 21 Main, 100 ft road, JP Nagar, 5 Phase, Bangalore -78

Contact – 9449810272

You can also check out their FB Page here.

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High Five’s for the Summer !! 86

We are proud of our countries, rich variety of landscape, flora and fauna and of course seasons. We enjoy all along with the food, spices and herbs associated with them. The summers are here and so is the ever increasing temperature and the wide variety of tropical fruits. Every house has its own share of summer recipes. Out of many, sharing here some simple effective cool drinks.

Love of Mango Man- Aam Panna
Mango is a synonym of summers. Everybody loves mangoes irrespective of age! Raw mango or kacchi keri is relished in many forms. Here is a cool mango drink made by raw mango to beat the heat.

• Green mangoes 1 kilogramme
• Roasted cumin powder 4 teaspoons
• Roasted fennel(saunf) Powder
• Black salt (kala namak) 2 teaspoon
• Sugar 3 cups
Method
1. Wash and boil the mangoes. Let them cool. Peel, mash and strain the pulp.
2. Add five cups of water and mix well.
3. Add the cumin powder, powdered fennel seed, black salt, and sugar. Mix well till sugar is dissolved. Chill in the refrigerator.
4. Pour into glasses as required and dilute with chilled water as per your taste.
5. Serve immediately.

Tadka Chaach – Tempered Buttermilk
A very humble recipe from the villages of India. A guaranteed coolant. Rustic India still relies on this one since ages and nothing can beat the cooling effect it has.
Ingredients
• Curd
• Cumin seed roasted
• Ginger 1 inch
• Chili 1
• 1 tbsp black salt
1. Mix the curd, cumin seeds powder, ginger-green chili paste, black salt and salt in a deep bowl and mix well.
2. Add 4 cups of chilled water and whisk well.
3. For the tempering, heat the oil in a small pan and add the cumin seeds.
When the seeds crackle, pour the tempering over the buttermilk.
4. Garnish with chopped coriander and mint. Mix and serve.

Lemony Melon

Ingredients
• 1 Medium size watermelon
• 2 tablespoon mint leaves
• 1 tablespoon black salt
• ½ tablespoon chaat masala
• 1 lemon

Method
1. Cut and deseed watermelon into cubes.
2. Blend all ingredients in the blender.
3. No need to add water.
4. Serve cool in a tall glass.

Childhood memories-Yummy Jal jeera

Ingredients
 ¼ cup packed chopped mint leaves (pudina)
 ¼ cup packed chopped coriander (hara dhania)
 1 tablespoon chopped ginger (adrak)
 1 tablespoon cumin seed dry roasted and powdered (bhuna jeera)
 Pinch of asafetida (hing)
 1 teaspoon salt
 1 teaspoon black salt (kala Namak) available in Indian stores
 3 tablespoons lemon juice
 1 tablespoon tamarind seedless (imli)
 2 tablespoon sugar adjust to taste
 4 cups water
 1 cup crushed ice
Method
1. Blend all the spices into the paste using enough water needed to blend.
2. Strain the spice mix and squeeze all the spicy water out. Discard the roughage.
3. Add the water, mix it and serve over the ice.

Tropical Fun
Ingredients
• 1 Glass of Pineapple Juice
• 1 Glass of Orange Juice
• Few Mint Leaves
• 1 teaspoon of Ginger juice

Method
1. Mix the juices.
2. Crush the mint leaves along with the ginger juice.
3. Add crushed ice.
4. Pour Juice mix. Stir and serve.

Lucknow Memoirs 56

Some cities are close to our hearts. Mostly because we have spent a lot of time there especially our childhood. For me the city holding,  that special place is Nawabon ka Shehar Lucknow!!

Situated on the banks of River Gomti, it has an old world charm and enthusiasm of new age too. A beautiful city emerging as a cosmopolitan, saving essence of its culture, Tehzeeb.

Whether you choose to travel by train or by air, the moment you land, you can feel the aroma of Lucknow. The language though mainly hHindiis spoken with a touch of Urdu and typical accent, and few words are the patent of this city!

The roads and lanes are good, comparable to any other city. The best time to visit is between Oct-Feb when it is the onset of cold till peak cold arrives. Summers are hot and humid too. The temperature may go up to 45 degrees.

The city has rich cultural heritage. Make sure to visit places like Bada ImamBara, Chota ImamBara and Residency. You will brush up with the slice of history and its grandeur.

The amazing thing about the city is that many big malls have come up with awesome architecture and  Brands to envy of but the city manages a balance between the two.

My personal favourite time to visit them is the early morning where you can see the beauty of pebbled streets and can relish the amazing breakfast of khasta kachori and jalebi at a small shop near 8 number crossing called Aath number chauraha!

The city has one of the most amazing food with distinct flavours and taste. It has many delicacies both vegetarian and non-vegetarian which are recorded in Indian cookbooks.

Different areas of Lucknow are associated with different tastes. So when you visit old Lucknow, Chauk, Ameenabad do stop for the ultimate kebab junction. Whenever you visit don’t forget to taste the most famous of kebabs ” Galawati kebab” famously known as Tundey ke kebab , served with saffron flavoured roti called sheermaal .You will  give your taste buds a treat.

Radhe Lal ki lassi is something which is subtle sweet with the saffron aroma.

Prakash ki kulfi in Ameenabad is a place running since 1960s.More than 50 years and the place has kulfi which is distinct in taste and preparation!

And yes do taste Lucknow ki chaat , if possible visit Royale café in Hazratganj which is like  Connaught place of Lucknow and serves the best basket chaat called tokri chaat .

The trip cannot be complete without shopping. The city of Lucknow boast of some awesome street markets.So shop till you drop for chikankari suits in Hazratganj , Ameenabaad  according to accessibility and budget.

A hidden treasure is Nakkhas market which is famous for its sunday market and the attraction is pets and birds. Just for the fun and some old world chaos you can visit this too.

Overall a  must visit city at least once to take away beautiful memories!!