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.

Looking Ahead To MPTV Cooking Series (Epsiode 3-13)

I am thankful that so many of you took the time to send me feedback about the first three episodes of my MPTV series titled, “Healthful Indian Flavors with Alamelu”. I hope you are enjoying the cooking shows on MPTV. I want to let you know that I have prepared many of the dishes from my shows for kids in middle schools. I found their response to be one of excitement and enjoyment in trying the flavorful foods. Cooking is love and is very nurturing. As Pensey says,   “Love people, cook them tasty food”!

Let’s look ahead and see what is coming up on MPTV on Saturdays at 12:30PM on Channel 10, with repeats on Sundays at 2PM on Channel 36 and 16, and on Fridays at 6PM on Channel 10. Shall we?  

Episode 3  (Jan. 21st):  Let us see how to cook light and flavorful meals, as follows.. Kohlrabi Sambhar (Kohlrabi vegetables in lentil sauce); Lima Beans Poriyal (a seasoned stir-fry with lima beans with coconut); Tuna Masala…sounds good?

Episode 4  (Jan. 28th):  An all-time Indian favorite…Chicken Biriyani Rice (Aromatic Basmati rice cooked with chicken and garnished with cashews); an easy-to-prepare Garlic and Pepper Chicken; Cabbage with Ginger and Coconut Poriyal ( a quick, flavorful stir-fry) and Onion and Tomato Yogurt Salad!

 Episode 5  (Feb.4th):  A colorful blend of Carrots and Peas Pilaf Rice with Walnuts; Chicken Kurma (tender pieces of chicken cooked in almond, ginger, coconut sauce); vibrant green Brussels sprouts with Chick Peas and coconut Poriyal (a stir-fry)

Episode 6  (Feb. 11th):  An enticing range of flavors….a mouthwatering Lamb Saag (lamb enhanced with fresh baby spinach), a Seasoned Mushroom and Onion stir-fry, and absolutely delicious Seasoned Sweet Potatoes with Coconut!

Episode 7  (Feb. 18th):  Family-friendly meals such as Black Pepper Rice with Cashews, delicious Shrimp Masala and Green Beans with Ginger and Coconut (aka “Green Bay Packer’s Poriyal” as I call it.)

Episode 8  (Feb. 25th):  Cooking made easy……Flavorful Bell Pepper and Radish Sambhar (vegetables in a lentil based saucy dish); Curried Eggplant and crunchy, vibrant Zucchini with Coconut Poriyal and Carrot Raita. 

 Episode 9  (March 3rd):  Home cooking at its best…. Egg Kulambu (hard-boiled eggs in an aromatic tamarind based dish), Cauliflower Kootu (Cauliflower with lentils) and the amazing delicious Broccoli with Coconut.

 Episode 10  (March 10th):  Absolutely delicious dishes…Shrimp in Eggplant Sauce, Potato Masala, and Seasoned Fresh Spinach in Yogurt!

 Episode 11  (March 17th):  Learn the power of the plate through  two wholesome vegetable dishes such as Beets with Coconut Poriyal,  Spinach Poriyal (spinach cooked with moong lentils), spinach poriyal made into Spinach Rice with Cashews, also if you happen to be in a hurry, I will show you how to make Chicken Curry in a Hurry !

Episode 12  (March 24th):  Add spice to your life with Fish Kulambu ( Fish in a seasoned garlic, tamarind sauce); Mixed vegetable blend of Cauliflower, Potatoes and Peas Masala and an ultimate cooling, comfort food Yogurt Rice enhanced with lemon and ginger.

Episode 13 (March 31st):  Turn bland to grand foods using spice and legumes and join me as I prepare Black eye Peas with Mango KulambuSwiss Chard with Lentils and Coconut and Cracked Wheat Uppuma and the popular yard long coffee called Madras Coffee (like cappuccino)

All but a very few recipes from the shows are from our cookbook, “Healthy South Indian Cooking-Expanded Edition”. Cookbook available through MPTV and also on amazon.com

I will be delighted to hear from you with any questions or comments. You can contact me through my website www.curryonwheels.com

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