Given a chance, I have every excuse to stay out of diet plans. This was the case until recently.
I pride myself of not falling sick and enjoy street foods to delicacies provided they are vegetarian.
Then the recent set back was an eye-opener. I had to listen to my body and not abuse it. I decided that I will plan and stick to healthy, yet 'no compromise on taste' food pattern.
Result: I cut down my tea intake, switched to green tea, kanjis/porridges, 'low on oil and spices' dishes.
And I am loving it! Feels good to hear people tell you that you look better :) Combined with a mandatory 40 minute @ 6 km/hr walk on the treadmill is keeping me fit. I have no inclination for the afternoon nap, sleep soundly at night and so on.
I made this kanji powder combining whole wheat, almonds and roasted gram. To add flavour, I ground some cardamom and saffron along with. I have this free of sugar every morning.
Today, I had to make payasam for neivedhyam and quickly fixed this with the ready made powder and full cream milk and of course sugar.
As for the kanji, it takes few minutes to be ready with this powder, dissolved in water to cook and one boil with the milk. However, for the payasam, I let it simmer for a while to bring out the creamy texture and the sugar to blend well.
Ingredients for the powder:
1/2 cup whole wheat
1/4 cup roasted gram
10 numbers almonds
3-4 pieces cardamom whole
Few strands of saffron
Dry roast each separately on a heavy bottomed pan on low to medium heat until well roasted but not very brown or charred.
The saffron should take less than a minute if it is done last and the pan is already very hot.
Combine the roasted ingredients. Allow to cool.
Powder coarsely to fine in a mixie. This filled about 3/4ths of a 450 grams Ovaltine bottle.
The powder stores well at room temperature for about a month.
Add 200ml of water to 2 teaspoons of the powder, bring to a boil, add milk as required. Remove from heat when mixed and Kanji is ready.
Add extra powder and extra milk and sugar as desired for the payasam texture.