Monday, December 15, 2008

Vagharela Mamra

I was reading some old issue of Prevention magazine in which they had praised turmeric. It is anti-oxidant and helps stop the inflammation in the body. They had suggested of using turmeric in the daily cooking and also suggested to sprinkle turmeric powder over the cereal. Of course, Indians need no introduction about turmeric powder as turmeric roots, powder and leaves are used in Indian cooking. But pairing turmeric powder with cereal reminded me my MIL's "Vagharela Mamra". It's the simplest possible type of chiwda/trail mix especially loved by kids as it has no spices. It also comes handy for moms for making an impromtu bhel.

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Vagharela Mamra
Turmeric infused Puffed Rice
1 small packet puffed rice/kurmure/churmure/mamra
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 cup roasted peanuts (optional)
salt to taste

1. Heat oil in a big wok.
2. Add turmeric powder. Stir without letting it burn.
3. Add remaining ingredients. Saute on low flame till puffed rice gets a yellow hue.

1. Sometimes this is made even simpler by not adding peanuts. I add them for some protein boost.
2. I used brown puffed rice.


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