Spice of Life

Alamelu Vairavan, a Whitefish Bay resident, is an author and culinary instructor. Alamelu has a passion for educating the public about the use of spices and legumes in preparing healthy and tasty foods. She is also interested in educating the public about the growing research that points to the enormous health benefits of spices in preventing many diseases. Her mission is to enrich people's culinary experience and to inspire them to discover that cooking and sharing healthful foods can be an especially joyful experience.

Visit Alamelu's web site, CurryOnWheels.com.

Healthful Indian Flavors-Epsiode 2

“Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu”

Saturday (January 14) at 12:30 p.m. on channel 10.1

Repeats Sundays at 2 p.m. on channel 36.1 or 16

Fridays at 6 p.m. on channel 10.1.

In this second episode of this series, I will prepare two wholesome breakfast dishes with two great accompaniments – dipping chutney, and an aromatic and easy-to-prepare saucy potato dish.

The menu is the following:    Uppuma – a common South Indian breakfast item prepared with cream of wheat, peas and carrots, and garnished with cilantro and cashews  Adai – A  multigrain lentil pancakes made with moong,  red lentils and yellow split peas loaded with nutrients. Peanut Coconut Chutney- a creamy chutney made of peanuts and coconut.  Onion and Potato Kose – a delicious blend of onions and potatoes cooked in a tomato-base sauce!

You will see these breakfast items are loaded with flavors using wholesome vegetables. The pancakes are prepared from multigrain lentils all soaked and ground together with aromatic spices to make a thick batter.

With pancake, instead of sugared syrup, we serve high protein chutney made with peanuts and coconut. You will see how quickly you can whip up this chutney that can also be used as a spread in regular bread or as dip with vegetables.

Cream of wheat in South India is often cooked with mild spices and vegetables. This common South Indian breakfast, called Uppuma, will appeal to everyone including children. Cream of wheat is straight from our grocery store and is also known as “Enriched Farina” (2 ½ minutes cook time). See how quickly we can cook this dish with vegetables.

Onion and potato kose is a thick, flavorful  tomato-based sauce. This aromatic sauce can also be served over rice or as a side dish to any meal.

Let us prepare these breakfast delights with easy-to-prepare accompaniments! Shall we?

Feel free to contact me through my website www.curryonwheels.com and I would love to hear from you. Thank you!


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