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Millet Salad Picnic

In Recipes on 6 June 2019 at 1:12 am

Thanks to the kind of friends you can make and ask for help in the same breath, the 5th annual Peace, Justice and You(th) camp featured freshly made millet salad. On one day notice Sireesha got foxtail millet and garbanzo beans, cooked them and brought them to the Kiddie Camp (yes that is what it is called) and on site, several parents jumped in to chop the veggies.  Lo and behold by noon lunch was ready.   Apart from the millet salad we had hummus, bread sliced tomato, cucumber and carrot and plenty of fruit.

Putting together the salad at the picnic table!

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Khorasan Kushari (Bob’s Red Mill Kamut recipe)

In Recipes on 12 May 2019 at 1:30 pm

So in my enthusiasm for new, by which I mean ancient, grains I got a bag of Bob’s Red Mill kamut which for some reason* is always written with a registered trademark symbol, as in Kamut® and after months of wondering what to make with it and thinking I would have to mill it and find a bread recipe I looked at the recipe on the packet. DUH! It was delicious.

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Whole grain spelt waffles (eggless)

In Recipes on 20 April 2019 at 5:27 pm

Is it possible to make waffles out of freshly ground spelt flour? 100% spelt, not even sifted or mixed with a lighter flour, just straight up spelt?

If you have ever wondered this, then you have come to the right place. I just plunged right in and made waffles with spelt flour I milled at home. The recipe is quite simple and you can use it for waffles or pancakes!

Spelt waffle topped with pear, banana and walnut

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So I made the Farrotto …

In Recipes on 11 March 2019 at 12:00 pm
Bob’s Red Mill Farro

As the delighted recipient of a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Farro from my dear friend Lisa who keeps introducing me to new ancient grains, I perused the recipe printed on the bag and became, if such a think can be imagined, even more delighted because I actually had the ingredients. They are: vegetable stock, olive oil, onion, garlic, farro, mushrooms, green peas, butter, cheese, black pepper, and salt.

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Kale Kala Chana Stew

In Recipes on 15 February 2019 at 8:00 pm

I had a pound of kale fresh from the farmers’ market.  I was very hungry and had to go to a meeting, so was wondering what I could make quickly.  Now recently I have noticed that people are making kale salads which are downright delicious, so I thought, why don’t I figure out how to do that?  It requires no cooking and that way I can have an instant meal … as soon as I figure out how to tame this kale.  

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Run Me Down

In Field Notes, Real Talk on 9 February 2019 at 12:38 pm

Guest post by Hema Gopinathan in a new series called REAL TALK where Ask Amma explores issues we face when engaging with womanhood.

I look wistfully at the cute pair of neon running shorts with its matching tank top that I picked up from a big fitness brand store. An expensive waste, when I am fully aware, having been told over and over, that if you want to run you can even do it in a salwar kameez or a saree. The critical point to remember is to never call attention to oneself. Because that’s very bad, calling attention and any consequence would entirely be my fault. So I put on a pair of leggings long past their lycral prime and a XXL t-shirt in a colour that can be only described as puke-sia. The hair is bound tightly as are the breasts, so as to not swing and you know, call attention.

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Live: Amma flips millet dosas

In How on 26 January 2019 at 1:39 pm

Well, if you’ve been waiting for a live demonstration of millet dosa as it is flipped in real time, your wait ends now. Here you go:

Watch as Amma flips millet dosas without using any oil.

Yes, folks, AskAmma goes live, inviting you into the kitchen on just another Friday morning, as she flips dosas in real time. This batter is made with a 1:1 ratio of proso millet and urad aka black gram or మినువులు. Be sure to use unpolished urad, with peel intact, whole or split.

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Yogurt in Winter – Tips for keeping it warm

In How on 24 January 2019 at 7:25 pm

To make yogurt, you need yogurt.  What if you have no yogurt? Ask your neighbor. Like a candle can light another without losing its own flame, fermentation too is a neighborly process.

“How did they make the first yogurt?” my daughter once asked me. That, I replied, was like asking “who was the first neighbor?”

You also need a warm place. What if it is cold?? Here we will give not a philosophical but a practical answer.

Warmth is the key to perfectly set yogurt every time!
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Bel Air loves idli-dosa batter

In Field Notes, Recipes on 8 January 2019 at 2:07 am

Idli-dosa batter is like a hidden treasure that we can produce from scratch any time. A special bit of fun about being a South Indian outside of South India is the way you can win people over with the most staple of staple foods, idli and dosa. And for the truly smitten (and aren’t they all?), idli-dosa batter.

Idli plates are filled with freshly ground batter.

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