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Doodhi na Muthiya – Steamed Dumplings made from Bottlegourd and Multigrain Flour!

Muthiyas are a Gujarati snack made from fresh seasonal vegetables and a mix of several flours, that is made into a dough, shaped into logs, steamed and then deep fried or tempered in some oil to give it a crisp texture on the outside and a soft, melt in the mouth center. Mutthi ( મુઠ્ઠી ) translated from Gujarati means a fist, and hence the nomenclature since traditionally, Muthiyas are shaped by shaping the dough into fistfuls. It is not compulsory though, I usually divide the dough into 3-4 portions, each much larger than a fist before steaming them. Once they cool down, I cut them into bite sized chunks and shallow fry them to give them a crisp crust.

The image is from my own instagram account and can be found here

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Rava and Oats Idlis – Semolina and Instant Oats Steamed Cakes!

I have to admit, neither was a big fan of oats nor do I used to pay much attention to the bashing of instant oats as just another cereal producers gimmick as a nutritious breakfast. I still don’t know whether eating instant/rolled oats are absolutely useless nutritionally as people claim on the internet, but the thing is, even if the instant oats have a bit of higher glycemic load, I would not mind them so much for breakfast. Sure, I don’t want to indulgence in a carb fest every morning, but after 8 hours of fasting, I would probably take those extra carbs when my body really needs it rather than, say the less metabolically active times of the day.

 

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Adai ~ One of my favorite tiffins and Dosai’s nutritive cousin!

Snacks are called Tiffin in the Southern India. They come in all forms, steamed, deep fried and even shallow fried. Often served as tea-time snacks, I usually prefer to indulge in a heavy breakfast with on of these tiffins.

Adai is a non fermented, lentils crepe, quite similar to Dosa. The prominent difference between the two, apart from the Adai being non fermented is that, unlike dosa, which has a larger proportion of rice, Adai has more of lentils. It is actually mostly lentils.

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Dibba Roti / Minapa Roti ~ Lentil Rice Breakfast Pancakes from Coastal Andhra Pradesh!

From my previous posts and Instagram feed, it is pretty clear that I am a breakfast person. I stumbled upon this breakfast during my usual food blog stalking sessions. My mother in law once made this once, long before I even knew that this is quite common as a breakfast or an evening households in Andhra households. And to say it was good would be doing a great injustice to this yum, quick to put together breakfast, provided you have the batter sitting in your fridge.

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Methi Dhebra ~ Of Lazy mornings and fresh breakfasts!

I hate rainy and wintry mornings. Period.
No concessions please. I mean, no offence intended, I get up and get about my routine as usual, but something about the cold in the air makes me a bit grumpy. The cold makes it all the more difficult for me to leave the cozy warm confines of my thick and warm comforter and  get out of my bed. The only thing that then improves my mood is a good breakfast.

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