The greatest festival of Kerala is around the corner and the preparations have already begun. Onam festival, the heart of Malayali culture is finally here. Every year during the malayali month of Chingam i.e, August-September, Onam is celebrated all across Kerala with great joy. This year Onam festival is expected to begin on 15th August and end by 27th of the same month. It is basically celebrated to mark the homecoming of king Mahabali. Continue reading Onam Sadya – The Much Awaited Feast For Malayalis! (10 Delicious Recipes)
India is known for its hot and humid climate, especially during the months from April- July, the temperature crosses all records. In India, many varieties of fruits and vegetables are available during summer season. These can be turned easily into yummy dishes. But, summer is the time when most of us chose to step out of the kitchen. Excessive heat and humidity makes it tough for us to cook. So, does that mean we are not going to savour yummy recipes? Hell no, in this article I am going to share with you the most amazing and yummy summer recipes filled with authentic Indian flavours. They are yummy and have many health benefits. Let’s learn how to cook different kinds of authentic Indian summer recipe!
1. Rasam :
If you have ever been to South India or tried South Indian cuisine, you know the importance of rasam. Rasam is a soup made with tamarind, tomatoes and spices. This yummy delicacy from the southern part of the nation is a treat to food lovers. In summer, when you mostly tend to suffer from digestion problem, this healthy dish can help you prevent indigestion and constipation.
Start this recipe by heating oil in apot along with mustard and cumin seeds and some dry red chillies. Next, add some garlic cloves, curry leaves and hing (asfoetida ). In another pan, tomatoes are saute along with salt and turmeric until it gets mushy. Then, add the prepared masala to it and cook for few more minutes. Pour some water along with tamarind paste and jaggery. Add salt at this stage if required.
Bring the mixture to a boil and add chopped coriander leaves. Your delicious rasam is ready to serve. Serve this flavorful Indian summer recipe with rice and papad. You can make your rasam healthy by adding some nutritious jaggery to it. Buy our variety of authentic karupatti and enjoy the yummy flavours.
Kadhi is again one delicious Indian summer recipe made in nearly most part of the country. It is very easy and yummy as well. Kadhi is known for keeping the body cool during hot weather and improving digestion. Add some yogurt and besan (chickpea flour) in a bowl . Then, put some chopped green chillies, turmeric powder, ginger-garlic paste and salt into it. Whisk the mixture nicely by adding water, until there is no lump left. Put this mixture into a pan and boil it up on medium flame.
Heat ghee in a small pan and add some mustard and cumin seeds to it. Next, put some dry red chillies, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Add some curry leaves and hing (asafoetida) to it. Lastly, add this seasoning to the kadhi along with some chopped coriander leaves. Simmer the mixture for 5-7 minutes and serve hot with rice or khichdi. This Indian summer recipe is a must try for all those who love curd.
3.Rice Pudding :
Rice is a very essential part of Indian cuisine. Whatever the recipe is, Indians don’t need a reason to dig into rice delicacies. This tasty Indian summer recipe tops everybody’s food list. Take some rice grains, water and a pinch of salt in a pan and boil over medium heat.
Cover the mixture and cook until all the water is absorbed. Add some milk and sugar into the mixture and cook for 30-45 minutes with frequent stirring. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Garnish with some pomegranate or any fruit of your choice and serve chilled. For more healthy and tasty rice pudding, use our variety of Kerala matta rice, which full of nutrition. We promise to serve the best!
4. Vegetable Stew :
Vegetable stew is a great nutritious meal option. This Indian summer recipe is inspired from the one made in Kerala. Filled with the goodness of lots of yummy veggies, this recipe is very easy to prepare. Heat oil in a pan and add cinnamon, cardamon and cloves. Next, add some black pepper and saute the mixture of spices for a while. Then, add ginger, garlic, sliced onions along with green chillies and curry leaves. Saute till the onions become translucent. Meanwhile, chop down carrots, potato, french beans and capsicum (optional). You can also put onions and tomatoes if you want. Put in the veggies with some green peas. Add coconut milk and cover it so that the veggies get cooked well. Add some curry leaves and serve with rice.
5.Fruit Custard :
If you are still wondering about what to cook in summer for desert, then I have got something for you. Fruit custard or Mixed fruit custard, whatever you call it, is an amazing and healthy desert cooked in nearly all households. Take custard powder in a bowl and add 1/2 cup milk to it. Dissolve it nicely to avoid any lumps. Now. take 2 cups of milk in a pan and heat on medium flames. Add sugar and mix well.
When it starts boiling, put in the custard mixture and stir well for 5-6 minutes. Once thickened, remove it from flames and take out in a bowl. Place it into the refrigerate and chill it for 25-30 minutes. Chop down all the fruits (mango, banana, apple, pomegranate, grapes, papaya) into similar size. Add the fruits to the chilled custard and mix. Your yummy fruit custard is ready to eat. This recipe of custard helps you stay cool and is very healthy as it contains many fruits at a time.
So, no matter how high the temperature gets now, you have learnt all easy, tasty and healthy Indian summer recipes. Try these recipes in your kitchen and let us know in the comment section.
Stay Happy And Healthy This Summer!
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India is famous for its cultivation of variety of rice and Kerala is no exception. While Kerala has several delicacies in its cuisine, Kerala Matta Rice enhances the list. Kerala matta Rice, also known as Rosematta rice has bold grains and is grown in the fields of Palakkad district of Kerala. It is mostly consumed in Kerala and Karnataka. Sri Lanka also uses Kerala Matta Rice as idlies , plain rice and other food items. It is traditionally double-cooked as it has a lengthy cooking time and requires addition of extra water. Consumption of this healthy rice proves to be healthy for the body as compared to the other variety of rice. Along with its unique taste, Kerala Matta Rice is believed to have several health benefits over white rice. Below here, I provide you 7 facts to add this variety of rice in your diet.
It contains very less amount of calories compared to white rice. While Kerala Matta Rice has 150 calories, white rice contains calories upto 200. It turns out to be the ideal food item which does not makes you gain weight. It does not have any amount of fat and hence proves to be beneficial in preventing and controlling obesity. White rice is rich in fats which makes it the last option for obese people.
2. Kerala Matta Rice Improves Digestion :
While you will find several food item screwing up your digestive system, we bring to you something that will not. Kerala Matta Rice is very healthy for the body as it improves digestion and prevents related disorders. It contains fibres which controls digestive disorders like gas, indigestion, etc. Matta Rice helps in easy bowel movement and prevents constipation as well.
3.Controls Cholesterol Level:
Too much of cholesterol in body leads to the formation of fatty deposits in arteries, leading to heart diseases and stroke. Cholesterol can be controlled by eating this rice on a daily basis. It is rich in nutrient monacolin A, which decreases cholesterol level in the body. It is very useful for cholesterol patients.
4. Prevents Diabetes:
Another important benefits of Kerala Matta Rice is its ability to prevent diabetes. While diabetes is taking up the world today by affecting a major population, consuming Matta rice can be very useful. Matta rice helps in preventing insulin resistance and increases glucose uptake. Instead of taking up regular white rice, people should include this in their diet to lead a diabetic free life. You can buy authentic Kerala Matta Rice, fresh from the fields of Palakkad from The South Indian Store. Just click on the ‘buy now’ link below and place the order as per your needs. We deliver for free across the country.
5. Prevents Deficiency Of Vitamins:
Other than its unique taste, the bold grains of this rice are very rich in vitamins. It contains high amount of various types of vitamins, which prevents several deficiency diseases. It has vitamin A and B – vitamin A is important for normal vision, immune system and reproduction whereas vitamin B is essential to keep the body energized through out the day. It is also rich in vitamin B6 which produces serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the body.
6. Kerala Matta Rice – Rich Source Of Calcium And Zinc
Matta rice is very rich in calcium as compared to white rice. It helps to the keep the teeth and bones healthy as it is a source of calcium. Presence of calcium prevents several bone diseases and teeth related problems. Matta Rice also contains zinc which helps in healing of wounds. Consuming Matta Rice over white rice helps to heal the wounds and cuts faster.
7. Keeps The Heart Healthy:
With increasing risks of heart diseases, it has become very crucial for us to decide what to eat and what to not. Presence of low content of fats and cholesterol, makes Kerala Matta Rice a healthy choice. It helps to prevent clogging of arteries and thereby reduce the risk of several heart related disorders. It is very healthy for heart patients.
Now that we gave you all important health benefits of Kerala Matta Rice, remove white rice from your meals right away. Include this amazing variety of rice in your diet and enjoy its benefits. Boil it, cook it, steam it , eat it the way you like, buy Kerala Matta Rice now and lead a happy and healthy life. Tell us below in the comment section, how you chose to savour this rice.
While we are talking about healthy carbs, you can also read our blog on karupatti or authentic palm jaggery here!