Amaranth / Rajgira granola is not only incredibly easy to make but also light and delicious . Combine with other healthy grains like oats and millet flakes you get the most healthiest granola to make and enjoy.Do not buy from stores when it can be made cheaply at home with good fresh ingredients and with easily available ingredients. There s nothing fancy about granola, just plain good and healthy. Amaranth Granola also makes a crunchy snack ,as a topping to go with your breakfast smoothies. There are several interesting ways to have Amaranth Granola in your diet. Granola can be made with one or more ingredients so if you cannot get millet flakes, barley flakes or even amaranth , this recipe is good to make a simple delicious oats granola. This is a basic recipe for any granola. The benefits and high nutrition of Amaranth / Rajgira has already been discussed in a different post for porridge. Do check it out for the health benefits in detail and you will make up your mind to buy Amaranth . It is cheap., easily available in most health stores or on line. recipe source from Bobs Red mill with little changes. Ingredients 2 cups puffed amaranth/ rajgira grains 1 cup roasted coarsely broken oats 1/4 cup rolled kodo millets flakes ( skip if not available ) 4 tbsp barley flakes 1/4 cup sliced almonds 1/4 cup dried blueberries 1/4 cup raisins 1 tsp cinnamon powder 4 tbsps pumpkin seeds 2 tbsp sunflower seeds 1 tbsp flax seeds 1/4 cup honey or just enough to coat 2 tbsp brown sugar Pinch of salt 1- 2 tbsp ghee ( clarified butter ) or oil Method Take a large bowl , mix all the dry ingredients well. Heat the ghee / oil and pour along with honey over the amaranth, oats, barley and millet flakes mixture . Coat it well over the grains . Add the brown sugar.Stir well. Now take a greased baking sheet and spread the mixture. Bake at 300 degrees in a preheated oven for 20- 25 minutes till lightly browned or golden . Time varies from oven types. Allow the granola to cool down , they would have become clumped during baking , break them into small clusters and store in a container . Notes Choose any variety of dry fruits or nuts like hazel nuts , pecans, cashew nuts, walnuts , pistachios , raisins., dried apricots , dried cranberries , dried dates , dried figs etc . There is no need to powder or use broken dry oats , you can use the rolled oats variety too . As it cooks faster I prefer to use the broken oats . Adding rolled millet flakes and barley flakes is also optional , if you cannot get it in stores. Oats is easily avaialble so you can make a great tasting granola with just oats or oats and amaranth . Popped amaranth grains. Amaranth granola clusters ready to be stored.
Traditional South Indian , Tamilians to be precise will not be in peace unless they have their daily dose of filter kaapi as it is called in South India. Coffee or Kaapi sound so easy , whats the big deal you may ask. Well everything depends on the strength of the coffee. Life and events revolve around that perfect cup of kaapi. Interestingly this precious brew is served religiously in a steel tumbler and a steel flat cup called dabara or davara! The art of drinking filter kaapi is to keep pouring the hot filter kaapi from the tumbler onto the steel dabara in the other hand from a height and professionals raise the hand holding the dabara to a great height causing fear in the on lookers eye, but they do not blink or miss and the frothy liquid lands with a flourish on the tumbler . Some Kaapi experts use both hands had to lift up and down and it is quite a sight to see. So much for the filter kaapi! Usually you can see this in the coffee stalls where men are at work busily mixing coffee from tumbler to dabara. Well it is justified, if the Japanese have their traditional Tea ceremony, the South Indians have their ritual with kaapi making!. Ingredients: 3 tsp heaped coffee powder, a blend of you choice. 1/2 cup boiling water. 1 small steel filter as shown in the pic 1/2 cup milk 2 tsp sugar 3 tsp filter decoction depends on the strength you prefer. This is the pic of a coffee filter with two chambers and a sieve like press. The top chamber is the one in which we put the coffee powder. The second bottom portion of the filter is the chamber that collects the dripping thick coffee decoction. from the top chamber. Put the coffee powder in the upper chamber. Approx 3 heaped tsp , for 2 or 3 persons depending on the strength of coffee required.This is purely personal preference. Place the filter press with holes on top of the coffee powder gently, dont press too much. Pour boiling water in the upper portion of the filter after pressing with the with the sieved plate. Dont fill the filter with water but only as much as required otherwise you will get a watery decocotion. Close with the filter lid lightly and wait for few minutes for the decocotion to fall through the sieved plate into the bottom collection chamber. The filter will be very hot , but you can open the top portion to check whether the decoction is dripping through Take around 3 tsp of coffee decocotion in a steel tumbler, pour hot milk inot the tumbler, add 2 or 3 tsp of sugar and mix the coffee well by pouring from steel tumbler to the dabara. The filter kaapi will be frothy which is how it should be served. Enjoy hot steaming aromatic filter kaapi.