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It’s officially summer and for the last two weeks the heatwaves have swept across the nation. I am not very active on social media these days as it will be considered sin to spend time within the four walls. The windows and doors are wide open, and I spend most of my time pottering around the garden, laying on grass and snoozing under the perfect blue skies. My morning walks have become longer, walking in the woodlands under the protective umbrella of giant trees. The kitchen is the last place in my mind as ice creams and ice popsicles have officially become our meals and washing them with gallons of water to quench the thirst and to keep the body cool.

Apart from herb and berry flavoured waters, I find myself reaching out for a tall bottle of Lavancha (Khus roots or Vetiver) soaked water which I grew up drinking during hot summer months in my native of Udupi-Mangalore. Before this berry and herb infused waters became the rage, this khus root flavoured water has been used in India for millennia. The dried roots or the powdered roots of Lavancha/Vetiver/Khus grass is added to the large earthen/copper pots or bottles to naturally cool down the water. The water is quite refreshing and is mildly fragrant, making it one of my most favourite flavoured waters. You just need to wash and clean the dry roots to remove any soil particles and then soak it in a pot or bottle of water. You can use the roots for 4-5 days and then dry them and reuse them for 3-4 times. They are easily available in most parts of India, and you can buy them online stores like ebay and amazon.

Lavancha is a tall, tufted, perennial, scented grass with long narrow leaves and an abundant complex lacework of underground white roots and is mainly cultivated in the tropics, such as India, Tahiti, Java and Haiti. These Lavancha roots are also used in making sherbet. They are also used in making the mats, blinds, and hand held fans and are sprayed with water to keep the house cool during scorching Indian summers. They not only give rooms an exquisite fragrance but also keeps the insects away. It is a popular ingredient for soaps, toiletries and perfumes and growing the grass protects against soil erosion. Vetiver oil is also known as the 'oil of tranquility' because of its calming properties. They also have an exceptionally health benefits, especially have balancing effect on the hormonal system. They are also a great boon for the skin by reducing the wrinkles and stretch marks while nourishing and moisturising the skin and helping wounds heal. With so many health benefits, won't you give this lavancha/khus root/vetiver infused water a try? :)

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{NEW #RECIPE POST} Gujarti Methi Thepla (Multigrain Gujarati flatbread with fresh fenugreek leaves, flavoured with ground spices and sesame seeds) - http://www.monsoonspice.com/2008/05/cooking-therapy-methi-thepla.html

Here is the updated recipe post from archive with new photographs for simple Guajarati flat bread called Methi Thepla which is one full meal by itself. Packed with amazing flavour and nutrition, this is one dish I can eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and as in between snack :) You can serve it on its own or accompanied with just pickle or yogurt, making it an excellent travel food. Methi or fenugreek leaves have high iron and minerals contents and their bitter taste mellows as the flatbread is cooked making it one of kid friendly recipes. Head to the blog to find more about this delicious Indian flatbread that packs flavour and also a nutritional powerhouse!
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Gujarti Methi Thepla (Multigrain Gujarati flatbread with fresh fenugreek leaves, flavoured with ground spices and sesame seeds) - http://www.monsoonspice.com/2008/05/cooking-therapy-methi-thepla.html

Here is the updated recipe post from archive with new photographs for simple Guajarati flat bread called Methi Thepla which is one full meal by itself. Packed with amazing flavour and nutrition, this is one dish I can eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and as in between snack :) You can serve it on its own or accompanied with just pickle or yogurt, making it an excellent travel food. Methi or fenugreek leaves have high iron and minerals contents and their bitter taste mellows as the flatbread is cooked making it one of kid friendly recipes. Head to the blog to find more about this delicious Indian flatbread that packs flavour and also a nutritional powerhouse!
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Gujarti Methi Thepla (Multigrain Gujarati flatbread with fresh fenugreek leaves, flavoured with ground spices and sesame seeds) - http://www.monsoonspice.com/2008/05/cooking-therapy-methi-thepla.html

Here is the updated recipe post from archive with new photographs for simple Guajarati flat bread called Methi Thepla which is one full meal by itself. Packed with amazing flavour and nutrition, this is one dish I can eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and as in between snack :) You can serve it on its own or accompanied with just pickle or yogurt, making it an excellent travel food. Methi or fenugreek leaves have high iron and minerals contents and their bitter taste mellows as the flatbread is cooked making it one of kid friendly recipes. Head to the blog to find more about this delicious Indian flatbread that packs flavour and also a nutritional powerhouse!
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Gujarti Methi Thepla (Multigrain Gujarati flatbread with fresh fenugreek leaves, flavoured with ground spices and sesame seeds) - http://www.monsoonspice.com/2008/05/cooking-therapy-methi-thepla.html

Here is the updated recipe post from archive with new photographs for simple Guajarati flat bread called Methi Thepla which is one full meal by itself. Packed with amazing flavour and nutrition, this is one dish I can eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and as in between snack :) You can serve it on its own or accompanied with just pickle or yogurt, making it an excellent travel food. Methi or fenugreek leaves have high iron and minerals contents and their bitter taste mellows as the flatbread is cooked making it one of kid friendly recipes. Head to the blog to find more about this delicious Indian flatbread that packs flavour and also a nutritional powerhouse!
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Gujarti Methi Thepla (Multigrain Gujarati flatbread with fresh fenugreek leaves, flavoured with ground spices and sesame seeds) - http://www.monsoonspice.com/2008/05/cooking-therapy-methi-thepla.html

Here is the updated recipe post from archive with new photographs for simple Guajarati flat bread called Methi Thepla which is one full meal by itself. Packed with amazing flavour and nutrition, this is one dish I can eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and as in between snack :) You can serve it on its own or accompanied with just pickle or yogurt, making it an excellent travel food. Methi or fenugreek leaves have high iron and minerals contents and their bitter taste mellows as the flatbread is cooked making it one of kid friendly recipes. Head to the blog to find more about this delicious Indian flatbread that packs flavour and also a nutritional powerhouse!
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Gujarti Methi Thepla (Multigrain Gujarati flatbread with fresh fenugreek leaves, flavoured with ground spices and sesame seeds) - http://www.monsoonspice.com/2008/05/cooking-therapy-methi-thepla.html

Here is the updated recipe post from archive with new photographs for simple Guajarati flat bread called Methi Thepla which is one full meal by itself. Packed with amazing flavour and nutrition, this is one dish I can eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and as in between snack :) You can serve it on its own or accompanied with just pickle or yogurt, making it an excellent travel food. Methi or fenugreek leaves have high iron and minerals contents and their bitter taste mellows as the flatbread is cooked making it one of kid friendly recipes. Head to the blog to find more about this delicious Indian flatbread that packs flavour and also a nutritional powerhouse!
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{NEW #Recipe Alert} Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda (Onion fritters in delicately spiced creamy yogurt gravy) - http://www.monsoonspice.com/2018/03/punjabi-kadhi-pakoda-recipe-how-to-make.html

Everyone has some food that speaks to them, conveying security, exultation, and are the universal cure to any bad day! One bite and all your worries seem to disappear, and you sink into a sense of oblivion. One bite, and it can positively change your mood and make you feel better as they work their magic! That is the power of comfort foods!

Comfort food can be something simple, complex, rich, healthy or downright indulgent! Any meal that conjures up feelings of joy and safety, memories of childhood or good times, or brings simple pleasure is what comfort food is all about. If you are feeling lonely, food can be your new best friend; if bored, let food be your entertainment; if you are stressed, food can be your luxury spa treatment. Whatever the feeling, you can seek help through comfort foods.

One such food that I find solace in is a bowl of Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda; a delicious and creamy yogurt-chickpeas curry with onion fritters flavoured with basic spices, garlic and ginger. The combination of the simple and fuss-fee flavours is like having a party in your mouth. The bright yellow hued curry is such a mood lifter even on a damp and cold day like today! The sun may have disappeared behind the rain laden dark clouds, but this golden Kadhi Pakoda is like a sunshine in a bowl. Served with a steaming bowl of Basmati rice, the Kadhi Pakoda is the epitome of comfort food; food that has a healing, unexplainable, even magical quality. If its comfort food that you are craving today, then let it be this delicious, creamy and delicately spiced Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda; you own sunshine in a bowl!

πŸ“·: @siakrishna | Image copyright of http://monsoonspice.com | All rights reserved | All rights reserved
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{NEW #Recipe Alert} Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda (Onion fritters in delicately spiced creamy yogurt gravy) - http://www.monsoonspice.com/2018/03/punjabi-kadhi-pakoda-recipe-how-to-make.html

Everyone has some food that speaks to them, conveying security, exultation, and are the universal cure to any bad day! One bite and all your worries seem to disappear, and you sink into a sense of oblivion. One bite, and it can positively change your mood and make you feel better as they work their magic! That is the power of comfort foods!

Comfort food can be something simple, complex, rich, healthy or downright indulgent! Any meal that conjures up feelings of joy and safety, memories of childhood or good times, or brings simple pleasure is what comfort food is all about. If you are feeling lonely, food can be your new best friend; if bored, let food be your entertainment; if you are stressed, food can be your luxury spa treatment. Whatever the feeling, you can seek help through comfort foods.

One such food that I find solace in is a bowl of Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda; a delicious and creamy yogurt-chickpeas curry with onion fritters flavoured with basic spices, garlic and ginger. The combination of the simple and fuss-fee flavours is like having a party in your mouth. The bright yellow hued curry is such a mood lifter even on a damp and cold day like today! The sun may have disappeared behind the rain laden dark clouds, but this golden Kadhi Pakoda is like a sunshine in a bowl. Served with a steaming bowl of Basmati rice, the Kadhi Pakoda is the epitome of comfort food; food that has a healing, unexplainable, even magical quality. If its comfort food that you are craving today, then let it be this delicious, creamy and delicately spiced Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda; you own sunshine in a bowl!

πŸ“·: @siakrishna | Image copyright of http://monsoonspice.com | All rights reserved | All rights reserved
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{NEW #Recipe Alert} Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda (Onion fritters in delicately spiced creamy yogurt gravy) - http://www.monsoonspice.com/2018/03/punjabi-kadhi-pakoda-recipe-how-to-make.html

Everyone has some food that speaks to them, conveying security, exultation, and are the universal cure to any bad day! One bite and all your worries seem to disappear, and you sink into a sense of oblivion. One bite, and it can positively change your mood and make you feel better as they work their magic! That is the power of comfort foods!

Comfort food can be something simple, complex, rich, healthy or downright indulgent! Any meal that conjures up feelings of joy and safety, memories of childhood or good times, or brings simple pleasure is what comfort food is all about. If you are feeling lonely, food can be your new best friend; if bored, let food be your entertainment; if you are stressed, food can be your luxury spa treatment. Whatever the feeling, you can seek help through comfort foods.

One such food that I find solace in is a bowl of Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda; a delicious and creamy yogurt-chickpeas curry with onion fritters flavoured with basic spices, garlic and ginger. The combination of the simple and fuss-fee flavours is like having a party in your mouth. The bright yellow hued curry is such a mood lifter even on a damp and cold day like today! The sun may have disappeared behind the rain laden dark clouds, but this golden Kadhi Pakoda is like a sunshine in a bowl. Served with a steaming bowl of Basmati rice, the Kadhi Pakoda is the epitome of comfort food; food that has a healing, unexplainable, even magical quality. If its comfort food that you are craving today, then let it be this delicious, creamy and delicately spiced Punjabi Kadhi Pakoda; you own sunshine in a bowl!

πŸ“·: @siakrishna | Image copyright of http://monsoonspice.com | All rights reserved | All rights reserved
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