Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Basil silky dip

Category :Vegan, low fat , gluten free, Nut free
Preparation Time : 5 min.
Cooking Time: nil
Skill level : easy

1 package silken tofu (12 oz) (I used Mori-Nu organic firm silken tofu)
1 c fresh basil
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
4-5 big cloves garlic
1/4 ts peppercorns
1  ts olive oil

1. Blend everything together until smooth.

*If you can't find silken tofu replace it with soft tofu(silken tofu has creamier texture).

Natural Blue syrup

Nature gave us gift of rainbow and food in colors of the rainbow. We have plenty of food which is Green ... Red ... Orange ... Yellow ... plenty of them, but when it comes to purple ... little is available and blue - RARE.  There are very few foods which are naturally blue. And the tricky part - if blue food comes in contact with acid, it turns purple,  leaving less options if we want to make natural blue syrup. Difficult huh .... yeah it is. Same thing for this syrup if you add something acidic it's no longer blue-it will be purple since it's natural. An interesting property on butterfly blue pea flowers-it is very helpful in the functioning of the brain-for concentration, memory, Alzheimer, etc.

1/2 c butterfly blue pea flowers, dried or 1 c fresh
2-1" vanilla pod
1/2 c sugar
1 c water

1. Boil water with sugar and flowers.
2. When it reaches to 1 strand or soft ball consistency, turn the heat off.
3. After 10 min. add vanilla pods and let it stay there.
4. fill it in a airtight dry jar.


Green Idli with Rasam

Appam (Paniyaram)