The two things that make our grandmothers our favourite people are the bedtime stories they used to tell and the Heavenly meals that we were spoiled with. Does the smell of masala chana make your mouth water and also make you nostalgic? Do you remember the days when your grandma used to convert those plain chickpeas into the most appetising meal you had after a long day at school? Or did you love the occasional aloo Tikki on the weekends that grandma made with a lot of love and spices? From Dal makhani to palak paneer – your grandmother always had an appetising meal on the plate.
In this busy world getting the perfect blend of nutritional and flavourful meals on one plate sounds like a big task. Either it is healthy or it is delicious. This reminds us of the spicy food our grandmothers used to make for us which was healthy and appetising. Not only that but our grandmother’s kitchen also gave us a lot of life lessons. Her kitchen gave us a lot of life lessons for when we were stuck in between experimenting in our kitchen or were in pain. She used to say add a little oil to daal to cook it faster or add a few dry red chillies into your rice bin to prevent it from missing. Did you see her drawing lines with turmeric powder to keep away ants? Do you remember her adding a pinch of sugar while frying spices for curry? Grandma knows how to deal with everything. Not only did she help in the kitchen just with the recipes but also gave a lot of amazing health tips for when you needed them.
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Like she used to suggest turmeric for digestive problems to even heart burns. She used to say that black pepper can help in improving digestion, lower blood pressure, relieve cough and cold and prevent heart diseases. Alcove of cardamom in your tea and drinking it with Grandma while gossiping about what’s going around has always been our favourite evening pass-time. But she also used to say that inhaling steam-infused cardamom will provide relief from blocked sinus. Grandma used to give us ginger for its antioxidant properties, which also help you in relieving pain. From garlic to hing – our grandmothers always knew what to use and how to use it.
Magic Recipe From Grandmother’s Kitchen
Let’s talk about the most famous recipe many grandmothers make which is not only healthy for you but will also make your heart gleam with pleasure. All you need is onions, ginger, garlic, spinach and paneer along with all the spices because you know a grandmother’s recipe is never complete without a box full of those colourful powders.
The first step is to saute onions, ginger and garlic until they are deeply golden. Add the spices with frozen spinach and a little bit of water. The second step is to blend it all until you have a silky smooth vibrant clean puree spinach sauce. The third step is to pan-sear or fry the paneer just the way your grandma used to do it until they are golden brown for that savoury texture. The fourth step is to simmer the paneer in that creamy spinach sauce until both the paneer and sauce are warmed through. The fifth step is to savour the meal with basmati rice or buttery naan. This will take you on a journey of a finger-licking good meal just the way your grandma used to make. The yummy meal that made you forget all your worries.
Grandmothers are truly a blessing from God. She is not only our best friend for gossiping but also our saviour who feeds us with the best combination feast – filled with nutrition and flavour that we all crave at any time of any day.