Oats kesari

Ingredients

1 cup oats 
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
3 tbsp ghee
Few cashews and raisins
Pinch of red orange colour

Heat 2 tbsp of ghee and roast the oats well. Keep aside and heat the rest of the ghee. Add cashews and roast till golden brown. Add 2 1/2 cups of water and allow it to boil. Add the roasted oats and cook well. Add sugar and mix well. When it starts getting thick add the cardamom powder and the red orange colour. Mix well..Add raisins and mix again.

Serve hot.
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Super blogger Sunday: Lata Raja of Flavours and Tastes

This week's featured Super blogger is Lata of Flavours and Tastes blog. In almost one and half years of blogging, she managed to post recipes steadily without any break and has more than 200 of them on her blog. She couldnt post anything since the past two months as she has been waiting for her things to be shifted to her new place. She is very active on facebook as well..Hats off to her enthusiasm..


EC: Tell us something about yourself

Lata: I can happily call myself a foodie…so long as it is vegetarian, I do not fuss about food. I used to be ‘a just cook and eat’ person for many years. Later when friends found my recipes interesting and appreciated, my cooking took a different dimension. My blog is just about two years old. It started from the point where I was sent the link to Laavanya’s Cookery Corner.

Around the same time, my daughter and her friends were planning to cook for themselves in University. Thus, as a means of giving them recipes, I started blogging. Then for a few days it was an addiction. Currently, I have enough free time, that I can dedicate to cook and write what I cook.

Initially, I posted almost every day, then slowed down. Currently it is on hold and have not posted anything in the past two months. The recipes are usually regular ones, but I do cook sometimes with a post in mind.

EC: Who and what inspired you to start food blogging

Lata: My husband was and is, the one who inspires me to do this. It was him who went about shaping the blog. Then, my daughter, who is game to try any recipe. I must acknowledge other food enthusiasts who cook and share their recipes. They are the best source of inspiration. Due credit is to Laavanya, who introduced this activity through her blog.

EC: Do you think blogging has widened your perspective and exposure

Lata: Most certainly, it has. Cooking was just about a regular day-to-day activity until I started writing and sharing recipes. Now I take due care about measurements and procedures. I try to concentrate on small details lest I misguide someone who is hoping to try my recipe. And even my everyday cooking has evolved inspired by many other bloggers. Even small changes to certain recipes bring about variety.

EC: How much technical knowledge does one need for successful blogging

Lata: I think if you have basic knowledge, it is fine. All these sites are mostly user -friendly. The best thing is you can ask a fellow blogger to help out and get things in place. Yet, if you possess additional skills, it is so much more fun.

EC: You have baked a variety of bread and cookies ...Any tips on blogging and the recipe you will suggest to a first timer….

Lata: I try to follow the given recipe and go about it when it comes to baking. I hardly try making changes on my own. Once, you are confident, you may try to make slight changes .

EC: Your views on plagiarism and how can we fight it

Lata: It is seriously an offense to simply copy and take credit for what is not your work. If someone can go to lengths of copying posts and pictures, it takes just about an extra minute to credit the source.

As far as food is concerned, many recipes are handed down or tried from other sources. So there may be similarities. But copying right off someone’s pages and taking all credit is quite unpleasant.

EC: Your favourite vegetarian recipe

Lata: Thanks EC for giving me this opportunity.
I would like to share Aval Laddoo with readers of this post.

Ingredients:

1 cup thick beaten rice/aval/poha
2/3rds of a cup powdered sugar
¼ cup ghee
3 pinches of powdered cardamom

Method:

Toss the beaten rice in a large flat plate and remove scum and dust.
Place a heavy rounded pan on the stove. Add few drops of the ghee and a hand ful of the beaten rice.
On a low to moderate heat toss it around until they puff slightly.
Do this in small batches to evenly puff the entire quantity.
Once all of the beaten rice has been puffed, allow to cool. Then pulse it to a coarse powder as in semolina consistency.
In a bowl mix the sugar, cardamom powder and the pulsed poha. Mix well to blend evenly.
Heat the ghee until warm and mix it to the powdered ingredients. Quickly shape balls.
It would be easy to shape while the ghee is warm. So if making larger quantities, it is advisable to do in batches.
I have used the red poha for more fibre content.
You may make the same using part beaten rice and part ground almond powder.

Budding blogger : Ila

Meet Ila of Cookery point blog in the Budding blogger series..

She says - I am Ila , currently living in UK. I am full time home maker now. I got married before a year and came to UK. I dint get time to learn cooking coz I was working in India before marriage. The first day in my kitchen was really difficult for me as i dono cooking. My hubby taught me the basics and i started exploring the world of Indian Cooking. Thanks to my hubby for his patience in my initial days of cooking.

I love cooking now and love to prepare recipes for my friends and relatives and got good feedback too.. hahaha:)

My blog contains general Indian recipes from both Northern and Southern parts of India. It is purely vegetarian and eggetarian blog. All the recipes are tried and tested in my kitchen. Most of the recipes are from my mom and learnt through my own experience and internet. All are welcome to my blog and expecting ur comments to improve my culinary skills.

Meet You guys in my blog :)

Have a happy cooking and eating :)

High Protein salad


Ingredients

2 cups of boiled kidney beans, white chickpeas, peanuts, corn
Salt to taste
Oregano to taste
3 tbsp mayonaise (I used diet veg mayo)
Crushed potato chips

Mix all the ingredients and garnish with more chips. Simple, creamy and yummy...

Sending it over to Priya for the MLLA-30 event started by Susan..
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Super blogger Sunday : Jayanthi of Tasty Appetite

Meet Jay aka Jayanthi of Tasty Appetite blog in the Super blogger sunday series..She has a collection of more than 250 recipes and her blog is a neat and uncluttered one. She also presents her recipes with beautiful pictures and a small description about it..With all these the reader is sure to get hooked on to her blog ..Read more about her...

EC: Tell us something about yourself and your blog

Jayanthi: I started my married life as a student. Then completed my Masters’ and Philosophy in Chemistry. Worked as College Lecturer, turned as Home Executive and Mom of two cute kids & managing all  family affairs, since my dear Hubby is busy with his profession.

Budding blogger: Reva

Meet Reva of Kaarasaaram blog in the Budding blogger segment..dont forget to check out her recipes featured in the media..

She says -

I am Reva [short form of Revathi], a true Coimbatorean [TamilNadu] and a Doctor by profession. I am blessed with a wonderful husband who was my classmate, my friend and now we share our lives together and our 2yr old daughter "Laya". I am not an expert cook or even a normal cook but I am a foodie of all seasons. I love to eat dishes belonging to any cuisine or cooking style. Before I started cooking, I've always thought what was so "hard" or even "great" about cooking. Only when I started doing it myself, I realised how wrong I was. Both my parents are doctors and my mom [bless her] was very efficient at managing the household and work. Weekdays were filled with home cooked delicious food and weekends were reserved for restaurant delights.

Oats sakkarai pongal

Ingredients

1 cup oats
1/4 cup green gram dal (Moong dal)(pressure cooked)
1 cup grated jaggery (adjust as per taste)
Few cashews
Raisins
2 tbsp ghee
1/4 tsp cardamom powder

Heat 1 tbsp ghee and roast the oats for 2-3 mins till you get a good smell. Keep aside.

Super blogger Sunday : Simran of Bombay Foodie

Meet Simran of Bombay foodie blog this week in the Super blogger series...She has been blogging for a little less than 3 years now and has posted more than 300 recipes. Dont forget to check out her interesting collection of cookies recipes.

EC: Tell us something about yourself

Simran: I have been interested in cooking for as long as I remember. In fact, I have notebooks with recipes that date back to my high school days. Then, 5-6 years back, I started reading food blogs. Then around 3 years back I thought, I should do this myself and started writing Bombay Foodie.

I do have a rather hectic job which is why I call myself "A banker by day, a baker by night". I enjoy baking after work and there have been times when I've finished baking bread at 2 am.

Bran rice dosa

Ingredients

2 cups bran rice
1/2 cup blackgram dal (urad)
1/2 cup red poha(flattened rice)
Salt to taste

Soak the rice for 5-6 hours or preferably overnight. Soak the dal and poha seperately for 1-2 hours.

Super blogger Sunday : Kamakshi from Sanctified spaces

Meet the diversely talented Kamakshi of Sanctified spaces blog in the Super blogger sunday series..She writes about temples, food, craft and so many general topics..Its a pleasure to know more about her..She has been blogging for a little more than 2 years now and has a unique style of expressing in her writeups..Read more about her

EC: Tell us something about yourself 
Kamakshi: Well basically I am a Pantheist. I worship nature in her every form. This is me in its truest sense! If this is too vague, I have also worked in IT companies in the marketing side. I was into corporate
communication and was the editor of a newsletter too. After marriage I took a break and now my blog has kept me going. My other interests include traveling, reading, writing alternative cinema and nature. Like R.K Laxman says “the common crow is really an uncommon bird”, the common crow never ceases to amaze me!

Paneer pav bhaji

Ingredients

6 pieces of pav
100 gms paneer cut into small pieces
2 tsp ghee
1 tsp oil
2 green chillies slit into half
1/2 tsp ginger paste
1 medium sized onion chopped finely
2 tomatoes chopped finely
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 1/2 tsp pav bhaji masala powder

For garnishing -

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Simple Indian food blog (author- EC) is the legal copyright holder of the material and pictures in this blog and it may not be used, reprinted, or published without the written consent of the author. All the measures used in the recipes are approximate. Please adjust the spices as per your taste. For any queries, please email us at easycrafts@gmail.com