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WINTER SWEETS FROM SHASTHA FOODS TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY AND WARM

WINTER SWEETS FROM SHASTHA FOODS TO KEEP YOU HEALTHY AND WARM

Finally winter has knocked North America. Best time to enjoy a hearty meal of hearty soups, Rasams, moong dal halwa, ladoos etc as these provide the much needed warmth during this nippy weather.

Winter is the best season to binge on seasonal delicacies that are not only finger-licking good, but are also packed with multiple benefits that help you stay warm and strengthens your immunity.

Shastha Foods brings you variety of winter specials - tasty and nutritious

Shastha Rasam Mixes
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An authentic South Indian recipe, Rasam is a flavourful dish ideally served before main course. Made with tomato, curry leaves and asafoetida powder, it is an ideal appetizer recipe. Rasam tastes the best when served with crispy papads.

Podis
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A blend of roasted spices that is full of fresh flavors and aroma, podis are very traditional to the south Indian cuisine. Serve the Podi along with hot steamed rice and ghee or sesame oil, or add it to any vegetable curry.

Shastha Kovilpatti Peanut Chikki (Cake)
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Casted with dry groundnuts with a drip of hot jaggery syrup this groundnut candy is a crunchiest treat for your taste buds and heart. This sweet snack has a telling taste which is delicious and at the same time healthy.

Peanut Urundai
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A delicious snack liked by both elderly as well as younger generations.Kids love it as its soft and has a melt in the mouth texture. It is made with peanuts and jaggery as main ingredients and is very easy to make, tastes delicious and healthy too.Manoharam Urundai is basically making thenkuzhal and putting it in jaggery syrup and make balls out of it.

Vellai Ellu Urundai (white-sesame-sweet-ball)
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Ellu Urundai is a kongunadu special sweet made with sesame as its main ingredient. Its healthy and has very minimal ingredients. Ellu urundai is extremely nutritious as sesame contains several B vitamins, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc which is good for health.

Rava Ladoo
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Festival celebrations come alive when delicious rava laddu prepared with coconut, saffron and dry fruits is served. It is a traditional Indian sweet suitable for all occasions and festivals. A sweet recipe that is aromatic and tastes delicious with the slight crunch that comes from roasted semolina. These are sweet balls made using semolina (sooji/rava), ghee (clarified butter) and sugar.

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NAVRATRI FESTIVAL

NAVRATRI FESTIVAL

Navarathri or Navratri literally means 9 nights and 10 days in Sanskrit, and is usually celebrated as a post-monsoon autumn festival across Indian sub-continent. But for most of us it’s time of the year that kicks start Indian festival season, bringing people of all ages together to share traditions and customs, worship and pay gratitude to all, and enjoy good food, fun and laughter with family and friends.

You might recollect seeing your naani or daadi busy preparing yummy snacks and hand rolled delicaies just before the start of Navratri festival. As tradition has it, from cleaning and decluttering to buying new and attractive things to decorate the houses, all forms of Mother Goddesses are heralded, worshiped and adorned with flowers, beautiful clothes and offerings during these 9 days. But the mode of celebration differs across states and among communities in India. In Gujarat it is celebrated with great pomp and show. Communities come together to dance in unison during their dancing festival call Garba. Garba raas and dandiya raas are the two beautiful form of Gujarati dance. Navratri is known as Durga Puja in West Bengal. For South-Indians, Navratri is the occasion to invite friends, relatives and neighbours over to look at the Kolu, which is basically an exhibition of various dolls and figurines. And with these decorations, they make special snacks like Sundal and Pongal that are just mouth watering.

A common thread that binds these celebrations and brings families together is ‘Food’. The saying ‘Food brings people together’ cannot be more true than during this period. Delicacies like Sweet Pongal, Sundal, Rava Laddoo, Coconut Rice, Curd Rice, Payasam etc are made in most South Indian homes to mark this occasion and make this festival special and loving for everyone.

Check out this traditional recipe that is flavorful, mouth watering and will leave everyone asking for more. Lets make this easy, healthy recipe of Samwat Ke Chawal Ki Kheer on this Navratri and continue enjoying the festivities.

Prep Time : 16-20 minutes

Cook time : 41-50 minutes

Serve :

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Sweet

Ingredients for Samwat Ke Chawal Ki Kheer Recipe

  • Samwat ke chawal 1/4 cup
  • Milk 5 cup
  • Almonds 10
  • Raisins 10
  • Sugar 1/2 cup
  • Green cardamom powder 1/4 teaspoon

Method
Step 1

Soak almonds in half a cup of hot water for five minutes. Drain, cool, peel and shred. Keep aside. Wash rice thoroughly in plenty of water. Drain. Wash and drain raisins. Take rice and milk in a deep pan and bring to boil. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, till the rice is fully cooked and the milk has reduced to half.

Step 2

Add sugar and cook till the sugar has fully dissolved. Add raisins and cardamom powder and cook for another ten minutes. Garnish with shredded almonds and serve hot or chilled.

Nutrition Info

  • Calories : 1902 Kcal
  • Carbohydrates : 211.9 gm 
  • Protein : 49.4 gm 
  • Fat : 71.5 gm 
  • Other : 0

Link:

https://www.sanjeevkapoor.com/recipe/Samwat-Ke-Chawal-Ki-Kheer.html

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Seer Items -A bond of love and care

Seer Items -A bond of love and care

     India has unique traditions that have been passed on through generation and it is the warm bond that brings people together and keep sharing those with their children. SEER is one of such beautiful tradition practised in South India to maintain a lovable bond between relations through multiple customs & occasions. It is exchange of presents, pleasantries and pay-return respect between relations.

SEER VARISAI  bonds  a boy child or a girl child , throughout his/her entire life, with his/her parents, brothers, sisters, maternal uncles and paternal aunties.

The bride’s parents prepare mouth watering sweets and savouries for the bride to take back with her to her husband’s home. These are known as ‘seer bakshanam’ and are stored in decorated containers by the groom’ family and later distributed amongst friends and relatives.

Seer is an  integral part of South Indian wedding celebrations, the plates of seer varisai for wedding are displayed in an eye-catching array to showcase the grandeur of the ceremony. In any marriage in Tamilnadu, one of the most important things is the seer thattu - A ritual that welcomes the groom into the family, becomes the focus. A lot of emphasis is placed in the decoration as also in the presentation of the Seer varisai.

Aesthetically mesmerising, seer varisai for wedding abound in bling and ensure a rich display of colours. The traditional with contemporary packing techniques are creatively blended to create customised seer thattus. Unique ethnic designs and colours lend a graceful and personalised touch to wedding celebrations and redefines traditional wedding opulence thus marking the affluence of the family.

Shastha Foods brings you variety of Seer Items to make your event special and memorable.
Jangiri, Badhusha, Seer Athirasam, Seer Special Mixture, 5 Spiral Seer Hand Murukku, Seer Mysore Pak, Groundnut Koodu (Cone), Cashewnut Parappu Thengai Koodu (Cone) etc. Living far from home, you can still pass on the traditions and customs to your children and help them develop the bond of belonging and love.

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Navratri Golu - Festival of Dolls

Navratri Golu - Festival of Dolls

Golu is the unique festival of dolls. Golu, also known as Kolu, Bombe Habba (Kannada), Bomma Gullu (Malayalam), Bommai Kolu (Tamil) or Bommala Koluvu (Telugu), is a toy festival celebrated during the time of Navratri in Southern India. Navaratri is a time during which many homes in India are full ofcolors, light, music, and food. People greet their loved ones with gleaming dolls, colorful Kolam (Rangoli), lighted lamps, and traditionally dressed women and girls chanting slokas and singing.

As per the traditions, the first dolls to adorn the Golu should be “Marappacchi”, a pair of male and a female dolls. There are many stories on Golu festival. In earlier days it was done to make adolescents aware of gender morphology.

It also has a significant connection with agriculture in order to encourage desilting of irrigation canals, Golu was celebrated to create demand for clay materials. It is symbolic of the feminine power and symbolizes that everything on earth has one creator. This festival is celebrated to acknowledge their sacrifice. A very important occasion that promotes creative expression for women and for the family to work together on an aesthetic aspect

Golu dolls are made, by moulding a clay model of the sketch from the book with a knife-like tiny but thick ‘tools’ made of bamboo and rosewood. The tools are used to make the sharp features and sculpt the jewels and attire of the gods. The tiny clay dolls with chiselled nose and well-defined features are readied to make moulds for the festive season. Each year moulds for unique dolls are made and sold  to doll makers. From these moulds, thousands of dolls are made.

Shastha Foods is organising Golu exhibition in its warehouse from Sep 15 - Oct 10. It is a unique display of Golu dolls for the coming festive season. We welcome you all to a grand show of golu dolls and navratri fest.

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BREAKFAST CHOICES FROM SHASTHA FOODS

BREAKFAST CHOICES FROM SHASTHA FOODS

Are your mornings crazily busy, in a hurry to drop the kids off, get ready for work and run out of the house, always. I am sure breakfast is the last thing on your mind, especially a healthy one to give you that energy boost. And finally when the stomach is growling you quickly scramble to find something quick.

The good news is, Shastha Foods brings healthy, wholesome and homemade style breakfast choices that can be prepared within minutes and you can have a hearty start to your day too.

DOSA BATTERS- We have wide range of Ready to cook Dosa Batters, which are higher in nutrition and better in taste. All the batters are Naturally Fermented, gluten free  with No Preservatives. You can enjoy the batters in different healthy flavors like Ragi, Adai, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Oats etc. No need of any preparation just open the jar and enjoy quick health breakfast with real homemade flavors. You can store the batters for 4-5 days in refrigerator and make them in less than 10 min.

IDLY BATTERS- Shastha brings you nutritious and ready to cook Idly batters, Brown Rice Idly batter, Quinoa idly batter, Organic Idly batter. Now you can have a tasty and hearty breakfast everyday in no time. You can also eat this with our instant Rasams and soups and enjoy the real south Indian breakfast daily without any hassle. Idly’s are super simple to make, can be kept overnight and are a wonder food for kids of all ages.

MILLETS- Shastha brings you 20+ millets products that can be eaten in different forms for  breakfast, for a long and energetic day. We have 50+ easy, tasty and healthy millet recipes that you can enjoy in the morning. These gluten-free grains can be easily consumed by everyone. In grains we have Barnyard, Little, Kodo, Pearl, sorghum and Foxtail. Below are some of the easy breakfast recipes that you can try out

Barnyard Paniyaram:

Ingredients:

Shastha Barnyard Millet - 1 cup
Shastha Brown Rice - ½ cup
Black Urad dhal - ½ cup
Green chillies, chopped - 3 nos
Ginger, grated - ½ tsp
Asafoetida - small pinch
Salt as reqd

Preparation

Soak the Shasha Barnyard millet, Brown rice and dhal for 4 hrs. Remove water and grind to coarse paste by adding little water, add green chillies, ginger, salt. Mix well and let the batter ferment for 3 hrs. Heat the kuzhi paniyararn pan in rnediurn heat add few drops of oil pour the batter and cook on both sides. Serve with onion tomato chutney and a glass of filter coffee.

Little Millet Cutlet:

Ingredients:

Shastha Little Millet - ½ cup
Potatoes - 3 nos
Green Chillies - 2 nos
Ginger finely chopped - 1 tsp
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Salt

Preparation

½ cup Shastha Little millet add 1.25 cups of water and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles. Then add 3 Boiled and mashed potatoes, mix well all the ingredients. Make patties out of this mixture. Heat the pan with 2 tsp oil then shallow Fry culet till they are golden brown and crispy.

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COFFEE- We have 30+ coffee flavors to have with your nourishing and rich breakfast. You can enjoy the same flavor of real coffee beans in morning to remain lively always. A healthy combination of idly, Dosa and Coffee with make to feel light and energetic the whole Day. Check out https://shasthaonline.com/collections/coffee-products for different coffee flavors...

Quick and Easy Healthy Breakfasts for Your Busiest Mornings. No need to scramble — these breakfast ideas will start things off on the right foot. ... No more skipping breakfast with our super fast and simple recipes.

Bring Home The Convenience Of Healthy Mixes - Only With Shastha Foods Ready-To-Eat range.

Bring Home The Convenience Of Healthy Mixes - Only With Shastha Foods Ready-To-Eat range.

Ready-to-eat Mixes, also known as convenience food, are typical the partially cooked stuff, which can quickly be processed and placed on table.

With our on-the-go lifestyle and no time for cooking from scratch, these mixes serve the right balance of natural flavors without lengthy cooking. They are getting highly popular because they help:

Save Time: Pre-mixed food items are already cooked, and therefore quite less amount of time is required for cooking.

Easily Availability: Convenience foods are available round the year. Consumers now have more number of partially cooked foods available for immediate consumption.

Safe Consumption: Hygiene and quality is always given substantial amount of care during preparation of ready to eat foods as these are produced in authorized facilities. The preparation of food is done in accordance with laid down rules and regulations of government.

Less Of Nutritional Depreciation: Owing to the modern machines and latest technology, ready to eat foods do not have any major nutrient loss. You can get effective nutrient value and a great healthy benefit.

Practical & easy to use: Available in ready-made or in packaged form, ready to eat foods are useful for consumers in various conditions, especially for those who are facing physical deformities, or are in the situation where cooking is not possible.

Now you do not need to compromise on taste, quality and nutrient value even with quick meals. Try using these mixes in everyday cooking and you can achieve similar taste and aroma.

At Shastha Foods, we’ve introduced a range of south indian food mixes that can be cooked in less than 10 min, similar to the flavors you may get from the fresh ingredients.

Each item on our Ready-To-Eat menu is natural, preservative-free and 100% vegetarian. We work very closely with our distributors to ensure complete quality check as per the FDA food guidelines.

And if you are a college student yearning for a spicy rasam of homemade sambhar, you’ve got an option that is homely and flavorful, reminding you of back home.

Shastha foods brings five different types of mixes to add original and homemade flavor and taste to your every meal.

VATHALKUZHAMBU MIX- Vathal Kuzhambu / Vathal Kulambu is a popular gravy for rice served all over South India in a traditional meal setting. The Vathal Kuzhambu  Ready Mix is made from Tamarind as the main ingredient and Manathakkali Vathal.

TAMARIND RICE MIX- This rice mix is used to make one of the best delicious south Indian dish. This is the most easiest way to add zest to plain rice.

NEEM FLOWER RASAM MIX- Neem Flower Rasam is a delicious Indian recipe served as a Curries. Neem is extensively used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine.

LEMON RICE MIX- Just a dash of lemon does wonders to elevate the flavours in a dish. The lemon in the rice aids in the absorption of iron in your body due to its high vitamin c content.

KANDATHIPILLI RASAM MIX- Kandathippili Rasam | Long Pepper Rasam, is one of the traditional Rasam variety in Tamil Nadu. It has many medicinal benefits.

 

SHASTHA INSTANT FOODS – WITH HOMEMADE FLAVORS

SHASTHA INSTANT FOODS – WITH HOMEMADE FLAVORS

Instant food, in almost all cuisines, has become popular with time because of less cost, time and energy savings, and convenience of preparing it. This is even more true for homemade recipes that require grinding, cooking or fermenting for hours. That’s why many of us shy away from making these dishes on weekly basis and they get restricted to special occasions only.
If you love South Indian cuisine and want to enjoy the hearty soups, stews like Sambhar and coconut chutney for everyday meal, then you need to try out our instant mixes that combine the flavor and taste of almost homemade authentic taste of these recipes.

Advantages of having Instant foods:

  1. No extra labour as processing is carried out through specially designed, minimum exposure equipment, keeping it safe and maintaining freshness.
  2. Enjoy a consistent flavor and taste, and you can save the packet in your pantry for a long time.
  3. Preparation is very convenient as many of these foods do not even require any pre-treatments, thus making them ready-to-eat.

Enjoy our instant mixes next time you are traveling, or had no time to cook on a busy weekday. Here’s why:

Preparation time is reduced to nothing.

No storing, buying or planning of ingredients.

Fulfill your hunger without much effort

Faster presentation and no cleaning required.

Easy and convenient on the go for college, outdoors and travels.

Cost efficient for mass production and distribution.

Our selective range of instant food mixes are made from delicious, homestyle recipes that are perfect for people on the go, students in colleges or frequent travellers. Even if you are a homemaker but your lifestyle doesn’t leave you time to cook, you need to try our mixes that will put your favorite meal on the table for your family.  Each of our instant mixes can serve you tasty food in minutes. No mastering of the culinary skills to cook our instant mixes; anyone can prepare it. Now you can enjoy your favorite flavors in your vacations.

They are as healthy as home-made food. The nutritional value remains almost the same because the way they are prepared and the original flavour of the food never goes missing.

The preparation time of our mixes is a matter of a few minutes; hence they are called 'Instant Happiness' packs.

All of our ingredients are natural; there are no added artificial flavours or colours that are harmful for health.

Instant Madras Sambar Mix with real vegetables- A quick instant sambar with no complicated  process of hunting for ingredients, running to stores etc…simply measure out tbsps of powder into water, boil and a delicious home made sambar,  just like mom made is ready in no time.

Instant Onion Sambar Mix- Made with authentic South Indian way and with the real taste of onions.

Instant Coconut chutney Mix- Coconut chutney provides a definite tang to many of the traditional South Indian delicacies such as idli, dosa, uddin a vada, bonda etc.

Instant Coconut chutney Mix with garlic- Without the seasoning effect of coconut chutney with real garlic tinge, many of south Indian products lose their traditional appeal.

 

Jaggery – A superfood sweetener

Jaggery – A superfood sweetener

         I remember eating jaggery after every meal when growing up and enjoying the sweet flavor that stays in the mouth for a long time. It is true that processed sugar is easy to mix and instant energy giver but natural sweeteners like jaggery are far better than white or brown sugar. Jaggery is made from the juice of sugarcane, heated to produce thick crystals. It contains sugar in sucrose form and is used in many food products as a sweetening agent. It is considered healthier than refined sugar as certain plant phytochemicals and minerals are preserved in it.

Apart from sweet brown colour crystals, people call it with different names in different languages.  The most commonly and popular names of jaggery are  “Gur" in Hindi, 'Bellam' in Telugu, “Vellam” in Tamil, “Sharkara” in Malayalam, “Bella” in Kannada, and “Gul” in Marathi.

Three step process - extraction, clarification and concentration

  1. Press the Sugarcane through machines to extract all juice or sap from it. This process is termed as ‘Extraction’.
  2. In Clarification’ process all juice is collected into large containers so that all thick substances can sit in the bottom and then strained to produce a clear liquid.
  3. In Concentration stage, In a heavy bottom flat pan, the juice is boiled for hours and stirred continuously. While stirring, impurities are skimmed off the top until only a yellow, dough-like thick paste remains in the pan.
  4. Now the thick paste is transferred into the moulds to get it cool and settle into a shape.

The colour of the jaggery ranges from golden brown to dark brown in colour, depending on the quality of sugarcane, juice and its clarification process. However, adding jaggery to your daily diet provides many health benefits and essential nutrients that you may not have thought of.

Benefits of Jaggery

Jaggery is considered as a natural and non-refined sweetener, which is far better than refined sugar from a healthy prospect. Since it is rich in many vital vitamins and minerals, jaggery boosts immunity, keeps the body warm or we can say control the temperature of the body. Apart from this, it helps to boost our immunity system and is a good source of energy.

Like sugar, jaggery is versatile. It can be grated or broken up, and then used as a replacement for refined sugar in any food or drink.

In India, it's often mixed with foods like coconuts, peanuts and condensed milk to make traditional desserts and candies.

These include jaggery cake and chakkara pongal, a dessert made from rice and milk.

It is also used to make traditional alcoholic drinks, such as palm wine, and for non-food purposes like dying fabric.

In the Western world, this sweetener is often used as a sugar substitute in baking. It can also be used to sweeten drinks like tea and coffee.

Not just after a meal, you can enjoy its timeless taste and sweet flavor in any of your favourite desserts.

NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS... NO CHEMICALS, JUST NATURAL SWEETNER

Shastha Foods is happy to bring “Jaggery” for you pure and natural in powdered form and in lumps.

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IDHAYAM OIL THE PREFERRED CHOICE OF TWO MILLION HOMEMAKERS IN INDIA

IDHAYAM OIL THE PREFERRED CHOICE OF TWO MILLION HOMEMAKERS IN INDIA

IDHAYAM OIL ,THE PREFERRED CHOICE OF TWO MILLION HOMEMAKERS IN INDIA

Gingelly oil is another name for sesame oil. It is also known as ‘TIL’ oil. Its commonly used in cooking, just like vegetable oil and olive oil.

What Makes Sesame Oil Special?
Sesame is considered to be the oldest oilseed crop known to humanity. Primarily found in parts of Africa, they are also present in some parts of India. Sesame oil is highly nutritious and lubricating in nature. It is enriched with essential vitamins like Vitamin E, B complex, D and minerals like calcium, phosphorus and some proteins that helps in the strengthening of hair. Sesame oil is also used as a carrier oil for many cosmetic products.

What’s the Process to produce it?

Sesame oil is extracted from sesame seeds. The oil contains polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, and is low in saturated fats. Sesame oil is rich in magnesium, zinc, calcium, thiamin, iron, manganese, vitamin E and is loaded with B-complex vitamins. These nutrients provide immense health benefits. The yellow colored oil extracted from the seeds of sesame has been extensively used as a healing oil since many years. The oil has a nutty flavor and is rich in nutrients, hence it serves a good cooking oil for many dishes Apart from cooking, it are also used for cosmetic purposes, especially on skin.

Why choose Idhayam Sesame Oil?

Smoke Points: Sesame oil pressed from raw seeds has a smoke point of 420 degrees F; oil pressed from toasted seeds retains a relatively high smoke point for stir-fry cooking as well.

Ingredients: Sesame oil products contain 100% oil pressed from sesame seeds. The pure oil can be diluted with bland oils to make a sesame-flavored dressing for salads or side dishes.

Flavor: Sesame oils are highly flavorful and are used in small quantities in stir-fry and other Asian dishes for their distinct taste.

This powerful flavor booster adds a touch of umami to everything. Sesame oil can be used constantly as a secret flavor in your food.

Some of the dishes in Indian cuisine that become more flavourful because of Sesame Oil  are…

Drizzle it on soups
Instead of topping a soup with heavy cream or yogurt, add a swirl or toasted sesame oil to the bowl after serving. It will add a depth of flavor and creamy texture when stirred in.

Whisk it into vinaigrette
If you’re already in the habit of making your own salad dressings, add a little toasted sesame oil to your vinaigrettes to boost the flavor.

Hit a stir-fry

Although you won’t want to use toasted sesame oil to cook your tofu, meat, or veggies, it is genius when added at the very end of the recipe. As soon as you take the pan off the heat, drizzle in a little sesame oil and toss to coat.

Use it to coat noodles
Need a break from marinara? Whisk a little peanut butter, toasted sesame oil, ginger, and tamari together, then add it to cooked, strained rice noodles.

Dress up popcorn
Better than butter? Hit those popped kernels with some toasted sesame oil, sesame seeds, a little salt, and nutritional yeast.

Drizzle it over ice cream
A little toasted sesame, some crushed peanuts, and green tea ice cream. It’s an unexpected flavor roller coaster that’ll make you forget all about hot fudge.

With numerous benefits to your health, it’s time to keep a bottle of sesame oil in your kitchen and start using sesame oil in your regular cooking.

Shastha Foods is happy to bring to you  'Sesame Oil' from Idhayam in different packs catering to the needs of the Indian Diaspora.

Idhayam's Sesame Oil is made from good quality sesame seeds, carefully sourced from different states of India, during different seasons and are precleaned through a sophisticated cleaning system. Idhayam sesame oil does not froth while heating - a proof for its purity, so It can be used even for deep frying. Palm jaggery, which has the properties of preservative is used in the production of Idhayam sesame oil. Palm jaggery when added gives out a flavour making Idhayam sesame oil an excellent cooking medium. Absence of bitter taste in Idhayam sesame oil makes it the most preferable cooking oil.

NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS... NO CHEMICALS, SO VERY NATURAL

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RICE ELAI VADAM

RICE ELAI VADAM

 A HEALTHY COMPANION TO AN AUTHENTIC INDIAN MEAL

Indian food is mostly healthy with subtle flavors and aroma. One thing that remains common in most Indian cuisines is the inclusion of side dishes like pickles, chutneys or papads. Vadams, commonly used in South India, are almost synonymous with “Papads”. These are usually sun dried preparations, which are made from one or more of the following ingredients: rice, lentils, potato or sago. These need to be deep fried in oil for eating. They are usually served as accompaniments to a meal in India, but they are great as snacks or appetizers. Shastha Elai vadam are made from rice. We make a batter with soaked rice and let it ferment. They are then steamed in the shape of small pancakes (4″-5″ circles). “Elai” means leaves in Tamil. These vadams are called elai vadams because, in earlier days these were steamed on leaves instead of the stainless steel contraptions used today.

It seems to be a dying food but we love it in our house. Its a time-consuming activity, but worth the effort. Basically, it is a batter of rice and sago, mixed with green chillies and cumin. It is ladled over banana leaves and steamed until done. Most of the Indian housewife makes large quantities of Vadam and dry it properly and store it and use it even for 1 year.

Normally in the tamil month Masi, vadams are made because it is the starting season of Summer. Morning time is the best time for doing vadam as the sun won’t be very hot. Vadam is liked by all age groups in any family.

Drying the vadam:

Another good thing about these Vadams is that they do not need to be dried in the sun. They dry up just fine in your bedroom! And they dry up pretty fast, just leave them out overnight and they will be almost dry. Then just let them be, spread on a plastic sheet for 1-2 more days. Then pack them up!! That’s is!! If you do have enough sunlight, or are making them in summer, then you can dry them in the sun.

The roasted elai vadam or the microwaved one is given as an accompaniment in “Patthiya samayal” (the food given to a woman after a child delivery). It tastes heavenly in that menu

This is as traditional an Indian food as you can get! Hope that this beautiful dish doesn't die into non-existence.

Shastha Foods brings you a wide range of Rice Elai Vadams - Pure and Natural taste direct from the Grandma’s kitchen. WE CONNECT YOU WITH YOUR ROOTS.  These vadams are made in different flavors with the same old authentic taste and real ingredients.

Rice Elai Vadam (Omam) – Made with Potato, Sago, Rice Flour and salt this vadam serves as a great snack with evening tea.

Rice Elai Vadam (Red Chilli) - Made with Potato, Sago, Rice Flour and Salt this spicy vadam will be a great accompaniment with any meal.

Rice Elai Vadam (Tomato) - Made with Rice Flour, Tomato, Sago, Asafoetida and Salt-Fresh and tasty

Rice Elai Vadam (Cumin) - Made with Potato, Sago, Rice Flour and Salt with the rich flavor and crunch of cumin

Finger Millet Rice Elai Vadam (Ragi)- Made with Finger Millet (Ragi), Rice Flour and Salt- Lets have a healthy evening tea

Potato Rice Elai Vadam- Made with Potato, Sago, Rice Flour and Salt with the real taste of potatoes.

Coriander Rice Elai Vadam –Enjoy this vadam with the freshness of coriander and garlic.

Vadams-  crunchy, fried side dish add to the experience of a sumptuous south Indian meal. Lets include them in our everyday diet to experience the same taste of our childhood memories.