Recipes

Vallarai Keerai Benefits & Delicious Recipes

Vallarai Keerai, commonly known as memory power greens, is a powerful medicinal herb that confers immense health benefits primarily for enhancing brain activity and nervous system functioning, besides helping with joint pain in arthritis, healing stomach ulcers, decreasing stress & anxiety and…being an overall skin and hair tonic too. Phew, this is a power-house greens and you need to include…

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Benefits of Musumusukkai – A Miracle Green

Let’s look at an interesting and lesser known green called Musumusukkai… Musumusukkai / Mukia maderaspatana belongs to Cucurbitaceae family. This is just to give you the necessary details to google it up in case you aren’t familiar with its common name. I was pleasantly surprised at the scientific name “maderaspatana” as in “Madrasa pattinam” the way Chennai was called in olden…

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Magical Colour Changing Lemonade

Magical Colour Changing Lemonade Today while I was at my farm, I walked past these pretty blue flowers. I would always think that I will get back to them later and collect some to show you something magical but always forgot in the rush of other things. This time guess what, I stopped and instantly gathered a few just to…

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Gongura Pickle – A tried & tested family recipe

Gongura Pickle – A tried & tested family recipe Gongura Pickle Recipe: You might have seen my patch of Roselle/sorrel/Gongura as it is commonly called, if not you can view it HERE. I had promised you then that I will share my Gongura or Pulicha-Keerai pickle recipe with you. So here’s it is! Watch how I harvested them and converted…

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Vegetable stock from scraps

I know what you are thinking! Using the discarded scraps to make a stock…yuck! Blame it on our conditioning but we have been brought up to see it as waste and waste is meant to be thrown away. Some might even think it’s a way to live frugally and why should I live this way when I can afford to…

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Easy Homemade Jam

In these unprecedented times we live in, it’s becoming more and more clear that knowing how to do things ourselves is the only thing that will see us through this tough time. Cooking and knowing how to turn some basic ingredients into food is THE MOST essential skill that’s needed right now…So, I am going to share some very simple,…

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A day in the life of an urban farmer

For those of you new here, let me quickly introduce myself. I am a Wife and a Mother, an Organic Farmer, an Entrepreneur running a small organic Skincare Business, a Writer, a Teacher, a Sustainability Coach and a Blogger. And sometimes with all these roles, my life can become pretty crazy. As it happens often, the past few weeks have…

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Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

How to Make Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar If you know me well, you would’ve known that I am forever looking to make everything from scratch, at home, at least as much as possible. I just want to cut down on buying as much store-bought processed things as I possibly can! And so, this was one of the pet peeves of…

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Easy Homemade Pesto Pasta

Fresh Basil Pesto Ingredients Fresh Basil – 2 cups Olive oil – ½ cup Parmesan Cheese – ½ cup (I used mozzarella cheese) Walnuts – 1/3 cups (Essentially pine nuts are used, but I used walnuts) Garlic – 3 cloves Salt – 1/2  tsp (adjust according to taste) Pepper – ¼ tsp (Freshly ground)   NOTE: Basil pesto darkens quickly…

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