Millets are making a comeback into our daily diets. The bygone staple has now replaced the regular cereals and grains in all the recipes - be it Idli, Dosa, Chapathi, Rice and to everyone 's surprise even in baked goods. I see numerous recipes on all platforms, both print and electronic media promoting this healthy practice. With change in eating patterns, Millets are now being incorporated into various dishes and has now gone to the extent where even restaurants across the globe are making conscious efforts to include Millet recipes in their regular menu.
I have a big craving for milk sweets and cannot resist it. When I was blog-hopping one day, I found something very interesting on Pavani's space. I was so impressed with the pictures that it immediately brought back fond childhood memories of eating Doodh peda from Pulla Reddy Sweets (a popular sweet shop chain in Hyderabad). I almost concluded that the recipe would require hours of stirring milk on a stove top while I scrolled only to realize that the preparation time was minimal. The pictures looked so tongue-drawing that I pushed myself to attempt it with whatever stock was left. My family and I were enjoying this delightful fudge within minutes.
The role of a woman in the kitchen has become very challenging in terms of 'cooking up' new dishes that are healthy, tasty and acceptable to her family. With the rising incidence and prevalence of nutritional disorders, the need to research and develop healthy recipes has become the primary focus of every household. As a Food blogger and Nutritionist, there is a shared responsibility on my shoulders to do my part in posting healthy recipes that benefit everyone. Needless to say, this recipe has all the qualities of a regular Pulao but a guaranteed, guilt-free indulgence. With both Basmathi rice and chick peas being low in glycemic indices, a great, yet simple meal is what you will read below.
My FIL had brought home some fresh Figs from the fruit market. As we are all sweet toothed, the first option that came to mind was to prepare Halwa. Making Halwa out of fresh Figs was a Eureka moment at home. It was my MIL's idea and the end result was great. I can even suggest this as an alternative to Kasi Halwa, Wheat Halwa and Kesari that always are routines in South Indian Wedding desserts.
After my husband gifted me a DSLR , I have never taken pictures in artificial light. Ahem!! I am no professional when it comes to photography. Some of the camera functions are still alien to me. But I have realized that the picture quality has a big difference when shot in natural light as opposed to artificial light. Of course, there are number of food bloggers who are exceptionally good at shooting images in artificial light - I don't deny that. I should say that I have still not mastered the nuances of camera handling and need time to experiment shooting in artificial light. Simple.
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