It is hard to find an Indian who does not enjoy the soft chewy cottage cheese (paneer), so we like to add paneer into many dishes that we prepare often like curries or pulao (rice). Paneer matar masala is one of the most popular curries prepared in almost every Indian household, and it is usually served with chapathi, roti or pulao.
Eggplant (brinjal) gothsu is one of our favourite accompaniments for idli & dosa and I usually prepare this for breakfasts on Sundays. It is a very unique gothsu prepared by people living in Tirunelveli and is called as kathrikai kichadi.
Ginger jam is a digestive jam usually prepared during Deepavali. A teaspoon of ginger jam taken in the morning in an empty stomach helps improve the digestion mainly when we enjoyed a sumptuous feast in the previous day. It is also beneficial to children to increase their appetite.
Millet pongal is a healthy hearty dish that can be served for breakfast. Since millets are used in this pongal, the pongal is slowly digested & absorbed and hence the slower or smaller rise in blood sugar levels. Millet pongal may be simply served with spicy coconut chutney, and it does require to serve this with sambar, so we can prepare this breakfast in a jiffy. Besides we can also serve this pongal with sambar, or vegetable gothsu.
Vallarai keerai (Centella Asiatica) is an amazing herb used here to improve the memory for children who are preparing for competitive exams and also for old people with decreased memory. It is always better to include such fresh herbs into our diet rather than taking them in capsule form. I also found that when we served a chutney using vallarai keerai to my father everyday, there was a significant improvement in his memory. So we can take vallarai thuvaiyal to improve our memory power naturally. It can be used as a spread for breads, dosa, or wraps and it can also be used as a side for idli, dosa, or any rice varieties.
Sambar is the most popular side dish for idli, or dosa typically prepared by south Indians. Others used to feel that their sambar is not as delicious as the one prepared by south Indians. So I have shared a fail-safe recipe for making delicious sambar which is a perfect accompaniment for idli, masal dosa, vennpongal, kichadi, or medhu vada.
Millet Kichadi is our family’s favorite breakfast. Generally I prepare this nutritious kichadi when my son preparing for his exams as it helps to keep him fresh & focused during his exam even though he had not slept well the previous night. Since all the ingredients in this kichadi are rich in micro-nutrients, it turns out to be a wholesome food. Hence millet kichadi is the perfect breakfast for active children & busy professionals to keep them energetic all through the day.
Avarakkai poriyal (Broad beans poriyal) is a nutritious side dish that goes well with rice & sambar, rasam, morkuzhambu, or any other kuzhambu. Kids also like this vegetable mainly for the delicious nutty beans inside the pods. Indian broad beans (avarakkai) are good sources of calcium, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and iron, and they also contain some dietary fiber and vitamin C.
If you are keen to reduce the intake of carbs and rice is your staple food, then here is the cooking method that you can follow to reduce the carbs in rice by 40%. I have used a special cooking pot with a perforated locking lid. We just need to cook the rice in the cooking pot and then drain the starch by closing the pot with its lid. Since the pot is locked with its lid, we can safely keep the pot tilted allowing it to drain out the starch. You can check out other similar rice cooking vessel here.
Drumstick leaves idli or murungai keerai idli is a nutritious breakfast ideally served to energetic children, dynamic professionals and busy women, as these moringa leaves contain all the nutrients required for active mind & body. These keerai idli are also good for weight-watchers as they are so filling that they could very well reduce the intake of idli to a great extent than the plain idli. Besides it is as easy as making an ordinary idli, we can simply add a handful of fresh drumstick leaves into idli batter, pour into idli moulds and then steam them for few minutes. We can also encourage kids to take these nutrient-rich idli by serving them with flavorful chutney and/or Sambar.
Millet porridge is one of the best breakfasts that can be taken on a scorching sunny day during summer as it keeps us cool & energetic all through the day. It is so filling that we don’t require to take anything till the lunch. The millet I used here is a flavorful protein-rich pearl millet (kambu). You can check out the link here to know more about the health benefits of millets.
Since rava upma is the easiest meal prepared with commonly available ingredients, it is being served often for breakfast or dinner in most of the south Indian families. Hence people especially children get bored of taking rava upma, but we can make this simple meal interesting, healthier & tastier just by adding a handful of fresh green peas. Rava upma with peas can be enjoyed the most when served warm in the evening particularly during monsoon.