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Maainji Thokku/ Mango Ginger pickle

Mango Ginger is called as maainji in Tamil. Ma- Mango and Inji is Ginger. This root belongs to the ginger family and is closely related to turmeric. The rhizomes look very similar to ginger and have an excellent taste and aroma of mango. These have cancer cell killing properties as well.  This can be incorporated in our daily cooking in many ways. One such is this Mango Ginger thokku/pickle. 
Mango Ginger- 500 gms Chilli powder - 4 tbsp or to suit your spice tolerance Fenugreek powder- 1 tbsp(dry roast seeds and powder) Sesame oil- 2 tbsp or little more salt to taste
To temper: mustard seeds-1 tsp Hing- 4 generous puffs

Peel and grate the root, Heat oil and temper with mustard seeds and hing, add grated root, give it a good toss so that oil coats all the grated root may be for 2 mts. Then add salt, chilli powder and fenugreek powder. Reduce the heat to low. Keep tossing and turning until oil oozes out.  
This can be mixed with white rice for a quick lunch box meal. A ver…
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Bittergourd Chukka

Bittergourd is very low in calories, rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.
One needs to develop a taste for bittergourd. This preparation is quite addictive.
How to choose bittergourd?
Choose the ones that are firm to hold with no black spots and bright greens.

Slice them thin circles and place it in a single layer in a baking tray. Preheat the oven at 425F. Bake for 20 mts. monitor from 15th minute, let not burn.

Slice one onion and roughly chop one tomato, slit 2 green chillies.
Heat oil in pan, temper mustard, red chillies, cumin, udal, curry leaves and hing.
saute onion and tomato adding one after the other, add green chillies and salt, turmeric pdr.,coriander pdr and chilli pdr.

cook until oil leaves the sides and there is no moisture left.
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Grapefruit Pickle

Cut grapefruit into quarters and pressure cook with salt.
Let cool.
Dry roast mustard seeds, methi seeds, red chillies and powder it.
Add this to the cooled grapefruit.
Mix well.
Heat 1/2 cup of oil and let cool.
Add it to the pickle.

Flax Seed Mint Chutney

This scores 100% on the healthy choice chutney.
Flaxseeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, good source of fiber.
Mint is a blood cleanser, coolant, digestive stimulant.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene.

Heat a tbsp of oil, roast 1 tbsp of flaxseed, 6 red chillies, asafoetida. set aside.
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Finger millet flour- 1/2 cup
Whole wheat flour- 1/2 cup
Light Brown sugar- 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
Vanilla Essence- 1/4 tsp
Butter-1/2 cup -use cold butter
Low fat milk- 2 tbsp to bind

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