Puffed Rice with Italian Seasoning

I am in love with pori ever since my childhood. This is one snack no one denied to me at any point in time for whatsoever reasons; no hygiene issues, no fat, no high calories threat and blah blah blah. Not to mention that puffed rice was the first finger food I introduced my kid to and it remains her favorite till date. i stack puffed rice in my pantry like I do cooking rice, it is there always. I keep experimenting with pori and yeah this is the height of it 😉  

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Italian Seasoned Puffed Rice
Serves 1
Puffed Rice seasoned with Italian spices
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Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1. Puffed Rice - 2 cups
  2. 2. Garlic cloves - 3 or 4
  3. 3. Olive oil - 1/2 tbsp
  4. 4. Italian spice mix - 1/4 tsp
  5. 5. Crushed pepper - 2 pinches
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a wide pan and grate peeled garlic cloves into it.
  2. Once it is roast and brown, sprinkle Italian spice mix, pepper and puffed rice.
  3. Mix thoroughly to evenly coat the spice mix and let it in simmered heat for a couple of minuted to get the puffed rice crisp.
  4. Turn off heat and serve or store in air tight container for up to a week.
Grammars of cooking http://grammarsofcooking.in/
Adikaram: அன்புடைமை

Kural: 73

அன்போடு இயைந்த வழக்கென்ப ஆருயிர்க்கு
என்போடு இயைந்த தொடர்பு.

Meaning:

The relationship between the soul and body is the fruit of love.

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Lunch Box Idea 26

Lunch Box Idea 26:

1. Sattu Parata

2.  Mango Pickle

3. Plain Raita

4. Yam Tikki

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Adikaram: அன்புடைமை

Kural: 72

அன்பிலார் எல்லாம் தமக்குரியர் அன்புடையார்
என்பும் உரியர் பிறர்க்கு.

Meaning:

The loveless beings assume everything as their own while loving ones consider even their own as others’.

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Vaazhaithandu Porial (Plaintain Stem Curry)

Banana stem is another vegetable you may not find on menu card in restaurants but is full of wonder nutrients. Preparing it is seemingly a little complicated and so most of us prefer not to make it but it’s not that big a task actually when I tried it out. It came out quite whiter & crunchy and went well with sambar rice.

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Vaazhaithandu Porial (Plaintain Stem Curry)
Serves 2
A Satvic Curry from Banana Stem
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1. Banana stem - 8" long
  2. 2. Buttermilk - 1/4 cup
  3. 3. Tur Dal - 1/2 cup
  4. 4. Salt to taste
  5. 5. Oil - 1/2 tbsp
  6. 6. Mustard seeds - 1/5 tsp
  7. 7. Urad dal - 1 tsp
  8. 8. Curry Leaves - 1 sprig
  9. 9. Dry red chilies - 3
  10. 10. Asafoetida - 1 pinch
  11. 11. Coconut grated - 3 tbsp (optional)
Instructions
  1. Peel the outer layer of banana stem and slice while collecting fiber in between slices by twisting finger after each slicing. Pile few slices and chop into small cubes and collect in a cup of water diluted by buttermilk.
  2. Soak tur dal for half an hour and blanch it with salt just until it is cooked but not mushy.
  3. Using the same water blanch chopped banana stem with required salt and strain excess stock.
  4. Now heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds, add urad dal, chopped dry chilies, curry leaves and sprinkle asafoetida.
  5. Add cooked dal and vegetable to the tempering and mix well for a minute. Turn off heat.
  6. Top with grated coconut and serve with sambar or rasam rice.
TIP
  1. Use the blanched water like you'd use stock or simply add pepper powder, lime juice and have it like a clear soup.
Grammars of cooking http://grammarsofcooking.in/
Adikaram: அன்புடைமை

Kural: 71

அன்பிற்கும் உண்டோ அடைக்குந்தாழ் ஆர்வலர்
புன்கணீர் பூசல் தரும்.

Meaning:

Can the love be latched? The tears of affectionate would reveal it.

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Lunch Box Idea 25

Lunch Box Idea 25:

1. Phulka

2.  Yard long beans Sidedish (Karamani Curry)

3. Cucumber

4. Orange & Mousambi Juice

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Adikaram: புதல்வரைப் பெறுதல்.

Kural: 70

மகன்தந்தைக்கு ஆற்றும் உதவி இவன்தந்தை
என்நோற்றான் கொல்எனும் சொல்.

Meaning:

The best help a son can do to his father is getting him a praise that says his father is gifted to have him as a son.

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Lunch Box Idea 24

Lunch Box Idea 24:

1. Bisibelebath

2. Roasted Papad

3. Grapes

4. Salted Buttermilk with Cumin powder

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Adikaram: புதல்வரைப் பெறுதல்.

Kural: 69

ஈன்ற பொழுதின் பெரிதுவக்கும் தன்மகனைச்
சான்றோன் எனக்கேட்ட தாய்.

Meaning:

For a mother the joy of hearing the praise of her son is greater than the joy of bearing him.

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