Radhika Vasanth
(@a_wholesome_mess)

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Food and Travel photos from a tiny speck in the cosmos! | All day I dream about food. Check out my blog to see how it manifests๐Ÿ‘‡

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It is the time of the year when I want to take a deep breath and start looking into myself! I will be staying away from insta fam until I feel I am ready to be back! Wishing everyone a very Happy Holidays and a Joyful and Fruitful New Year 2019! I will be back with more stories, recipes and hopefully some new ideas ๐Ÿ’ก! Until then take care all of you ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— #instabreak #timetoponder #innerjourney #newyear2019

#a_wholesome_mess #satvik #interimrefrigeratorfreelife Our last meal before the refrigerator arrived! I was browsing through the Insta stories and bumped into @spiceindiaonline Biriyani recipes. And that Bhai veetu biriyani caught my eye. Rest is history. Adapted this recipe to make it Satvik and OPOS! And finally made it with whatever ingredients I had at my disposal! Little one who was home yesterday enjoyed it thoroughly and even ate the same for dinner. The aroma of the biriyani spices transported me back to Chennai days! So here is #mysatviklunch. - ๐ŸŒบ OPOS Satvik Bhai Veetu Biriyani, ๐ŸŒบ Leftover OPOS Veg Kuruma and Roti, ๐ŸŒบ Apples For dinner we had OPOS Kulith Paige (Horsegram Millet Kanji) and non OPOS Pattanam chutney. #indianfood #indianfoodformysoul #vegan #vegetarian #vegandinner #veganrecipes #southindianfood #chennaifoodie #walkwithchennai #goodfoodindia #biriyani #simpleliving

#a_wholesome_mess #satvik #interimrefrigeratorfreelife Day 9 ๐ŸŒบ OPOS Batata poha ๐ŸŒบ OPOS no water Punjabi chole ( with fresh homemade Punjabi Garam Masala), Store bought whole wheat Naan. ๐ŸŒบ OPOS Ghee Jeera rice ๐ŸŒบ Aatalysis dough for idiyappam served with coconut and jaggery. Made 3 kozhukkatais too ( no pic) Day 10 ๐ŸŒบ OPOS Squash and Mango Olan ๐ŸŒบ OPOS Mix Veg Kuruma with store bought Roti #colorsonmyplate #indianfoodformysoul #nofilters #bbcgoodfood #vegan #vegetarian #dallasfoodie #opos #nosweatcooking #punjabifood #keralafood #walkwithchennai

#a_wholesome_mess #satvik #interimrefrigeratorfreelife Have been cooking for little one and me hence making simpler meals for our lunch and dinner that can be finished the same day! Day5 ๐ŸŒบ OPOS Beetroot Aloo Rasedar with Rotis and Dosa Day6 ๐ŸŒบ OPOS Sourashtrian Kulith paige (Horsegram Millet Kanji) This Kanji is a nutrient powerhouse and so soothing when you have cold/cough or phlegm. This is a popular meal served in Sourashtrian homes. It can be served along with Gojju or any spicy chutney/thokkku or some pappad will do. ๐ŸŒบ Dosa with Peanut Chutney. This is a easy peasy county and needs 1/2c roasted peanuts, 1/4tsp tamarind, 1/2tsp salt, 4 round red chili. Blend with water. Add 1/2tsp oil to emulsify. Add tadka and serve. You may also add some coconut. Day 7 ๐ŸŒบ Sweet Aval / poha for little oneโ€™s breakfast, Lunch at @a2busa and dinner at Panera bread Day 8 (Husband back home) ๐ŸŒบ OPOS Samba Godumai Veg Upma, OPOS Pasta, Pressure baked red pepper and tomato blended into sauce. Mixed both to make a creamy vegan pasta, Guacamole and Chips, Birthday celebration dinner at @seasons52

#a_wholesome_mess #satvik #interimrefrigeratorfreelife Day4 ๐ŸŒบ OPOS No cook Peanut Banana porridge with crackers (Isha recipe) ๐ŸŒบ OPOS Millet Kanji ( added couple beans that were left out and it gave that green hue) with murukku This is a very simple kanji and has become a His and Hers favorite. I can see it being made often in the future. Plus it is very comforting while recovering from fever and cough. ๐ŸŒบ OPOS thali - OPOS Udupi tomato rasam, Carrot Palya, Vazhakkai podi kari made in one shot. For carrot Palya used some saru podi salt and jaggery. For Vazhakkai podi curry used Puliyodhari podi, rice flour, red chili powder, turmeric and salt. Next time I have to set the timer and stop at 5-6 minutes to prevent over cooking of veggies while making thalis. #colorsonmyplate #indianfoodformysoul #nofilters #dallasfoodie #chennaifoodie #southindian #isharecipes #ayurvediccooking #vegan #walkwithchennai #bbcgoodfood #vegetarian #simplefood #wholesomemeals

#a_wholesome_mess #satvik #interimrefrigeratorfreelife We have started moving our stuffs from our apartment to our new home! But we donโ€™t have a refrigerator here and it will take another week or so before we get it. It is truly a blessing in disguise. I had always wanted to have a home without refrigerator so here my dream comes true atleast for few days! With this comes the challenge of storing everyday perishables. I just took a moment to rewind my childhood days! We never had refrigerator back home especially at grandmothers place for many years. Still we got to eat fresh, delicious, wholesome and balanced meals! I hope I can relive those days! I bought few veggies at a time that will last longer like Tomatoes ( slightly raw) , potatoes, raw plantain + carrots, beans, beetroot that are needed for just one or two meal! I have a can of coconut milk next time will get those small cans. Also got freshly made rotis which will last for a day or two. So our first meal in our new home was Day 1: ๐ŸŒบ OPOS Sabudhana khichdi (not in pic) ๐ŸŒบ Roti with OPOS Beetroot subzi (not in pic) Day 2: ๐ŸŒบ OPOS Veg Biriyani, ๐ŸŒบOPOS Kerala style Black eyed pea curry ( both has coconut milk had to use up the can) and Roti Day 3: ๐ŸŒบ OPOS Sweet Potato Kara kari ( used homemade puliyodhari powder from 5mins OPOS book Lemon rice ( not really OPOS as I had to make Chana/urad tadka) ๐ŸŒบ OPOS Sukku kaapi ๐ŸŒบ OPOS Green Mung curry and fresh Rotis picked from the store today. (Added leftover coconut milk from yesterday) I realize how naive I am. Stashing all the veggies in the refrigerator as soon as I pick from the store and let it sit there for days or sometimes rot! I never tried to keep them out and really see they stay fresh atleast for few days in the room temperature other than tomatoes, potatoes and uncut squash! Fortunately or unfortunately this is the norm for many! When I peeled the carrots it felt lot more juicier and fresh than picking from the refrigerator. And ofcourse OPOS helps to bring out their best in the dishes! Btw, I figured out that I can keep perishables like coconut milk in garage for a day and it will still be fresh! Thanks to the chilly weather here.

In Indian tradition sweets are offered to near and dear ones when there is a happy occasion in the family or among friends. If not something exotic sugar is given when we go for exams or start a new job or go on a trip etc. Sweets play a vital role in Indian cuisine. And now I have couple reasons to celebrate ๐ŸŽ‰ So these Almond Katlis are virtually sent to @cwsiri for welcoming her little girl Ananya. God bless the cutest angel and enjoy the little bundle of joy Siri. ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค— And most importantly Welcome to Mommy club! Parenting is going to be lots of fun! Cherish every moment! P.S These Katlis were made using the #opos sugar hack technique and it precisely took 3:42 seconds to make it. #a_wholesome_mess #newarrival #happynews #indiantradition #indianfoodformysoul #indiansweets #walkwithchennai #babyishere #mithaikobhanto #badhaiho

These divine and gorgeous Deviโ€™s were given as Thamboolam during the Griha pravesam ceremony of our new home โ€œSpandanaโ€ @upasanagovindarajan, your art is a joy to the eyes and bliss to the inner soul! Thank you for making these magnets, packing them neatly and sending it across with a hand written note. They were stunning and divine. You are truly blessed and am looking forward to your next Navarathri series and Shiva series already! #thamboolam #divine #indianartform #devi #navarathri #a_wholesome_mess #spandanaveedu #igersdallas

#mysatviklunch - Yet another simple work day lunch. ๐ŸŒบ Lettuce Persimmon Salad with lemon dressing ๐ŸŒบMillet Dosa ๐ŸŒบOPOS GSS style coriander thokku ๐ŸŒบ OPOS mysorepak and ๐ŸŒบ OPOS Thengai burfi from Deepavali bakshanams ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽŠHappy #childrensday everyone! As we grow up we seldom remember to smile and be a simple life like how a child is! We surround ourselves with so many weeds that it gets difficult to breathe. Childrenโ€™s day is a reminder to unleash the child within us and explore the life without any prejudice. #indianfoodformysoul #bbcgoodfood #twomealsaday #a_wholesome_mess #colorsonmyplate #nofilters #dallasfoodie #igersdallas #ayurvediccooking #satvik #wholesomemeals

#mysatviklunch - It has been extremely busy at work but hearty meals like this is possible only because of OPOS! This OPOS Vegan Butternut squash soup is my new found love ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’› It is adapted from a soup recipe from my upcoming book. This is one of the best soup I have ever had and tasted a lot like the Panera #autumn squash soup. And I also figured out that dunking Roti in soup tastes as good as that hearty bread! ๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡And this is how I felt after the first bite ๐Ÿ˜† OnMyPlate : Multigrain Roti, OPOS dal diluted with hot water (refrigerated Nei paruppu from previous night so mixed it with hot water ), OPOS mysorepa (Followed @chefinyou recipe and I used turbinado raw sugar), Persimmon and Pomegranate. Sometimes it is hard to choose between two pictures hence swipe ๐Ÿ˜Š btw, which is your favorite ? #ayurvedicvegan #a_wholesome_mess #satvik #vegan #fall #colors #twomealsaday #bbcgoodfood #picoftheday #indianfoodformysoul #opos #ayurvediccooking #huffposttaste #colorsonmyplate #nofilters

#mysatviklunch - Yet another Daughter and Mommy lunch! ๐ŸŒฑ Kolu Idli ๐ŸŒฑ OPOS Satvik Hotel Annapurna Sambar ๐ŸŒฑ Peanut chutney ๐ŸŒฑ Moist Vegan Banana Bread ๐ŸŒฑ Grapes ๐ŸŒฑ Pears ๐ŸŒฑ Soaked Almonds (Prashad) Thank you Divya @half_raw_half_cooked for the utterly delicious ๐Ÿ˜‹ Kollu idli and Vegan Banana bread recipes. Both were super duper hit๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— #vegan #ayurvediccooking #satvik #a_wholesome_mess #indianfoodformysoul #twomealsaday #wholesomemeals #southindian #idli #idlidosa #dosa #milletrecipe #goodfoodindia #walkwithchennai #humpday #bbcgoodfood #marthastewart #dallasfoodie

#mysatviklunch - Mexican quinoa salad, Multigrain Roti, GSS coriander thokku, Apples, Almonds(prashad), @meherdeepuโ€™s Kobbari laddo! How is your weekend looking like? #satvik #ayurvediccooking #vegan #plantbased #dallasfoodie #igeradallas #wholesomemeals #a_wholesome_mess #opos #chennaifoodie #bbcgoodfood #balanceddiet #yogicdiet #twomealsaday #picoftheday #friyay

#mysatviklunch - Here is our Vegan Thali for the #worldveganday ๐ŸŒฑ OPOS Moroccan Veggies ๐ŸŒฑ #opos pasta mixed with OPOS Harissa and Pressure baked veggies (leftover after packing Sโ€™s #schoollunch) ๐ŸŒฑ Lettuce honeycrisp apple Salad with Thai peanut sauce ๐ŸŒฑ Grapes ๐ŸŒฑ Soaked Almonds (prashad) ๐ŸŒฑ Dates Fig Nut Burfi ๐ŸŒฑ Roti #vegetarian #vegan #dallasfoodie #satvik #ayurvediccooking #huffposttaste #walkwithchennai #chennaifoodie #goodfoodindia #moroccan #indianfoodformysoul #a_wholesome_mess #wholesomemeals #twomealsaday

I am super elated to write this review about @ecoindian , an organic grocery store revolutionizing the Indian shopping arena. I canโ€™t be more proud because it is managed and run by two of our school buddies @pradeep.naidu.3726 @premantonyraj . These two guys have traveled across the length and breath of Southern India to personally meet the farmers and artisans only to find that it is we consumers who need to be ready to welcome the unadulterated, organic and natural food. Farmers are more than happy to sell it as is. Why EcoIndian? EcoIndian believes in ethical practices and procures directly from farmers, artisans, women empowerment and self help groups and aboriginal tribes. It is an humble attempt from the duo to revive our age old way of living and make it easily available to all the city dwellers. This is the store where I would like to shop for my family. Food nurtures our soul within and hence it is very important to me on how they are produced and procured. I am in love with their products and really canโ€™t wait for these guys to start shipping abroad! Where are they located? EcoIndian has their retail outlet in Adayar but you can conveniently order from home at EcoIndian.com and they will deliver across Chennai. If you are looking to buy organic, sustainable produce, groceries, baby and beauty products #ecoindian is a one stop shop! Please do spread the word around and I canโ€™t wait yโ€™all to go and tell me about your shopping experience๐Ÿ›๐Ÿ›’. ๐Ÿ—ฃBtw, they have their first Deepavali sale going on , so please check out!

Pootharekulu meaning costed sheet, a Popular Indian dessert from Atreyapuram, East Godavari district. This is a labor intensive process and it is exclusively made by the people living in this village. They first soak a special rice called Jaya and grind it to a smooth batter. An inverted mud pot is kept under the flame ๐Ÿ”ฅ and heated. A fine cloth is dipped in the batter and immediately spread on the pot surface and removed. This process forms a thin layer of starch. The result is a transparent paper like layer which is then used to stuff sugar/jaggery, Ghee, nuts etc and rolled or folded into small pouches. These sheets are available for sale in the local shops in Andhra Pradesh/Telengana. This is an extremely popular sweet which I was totally unaware of until last week when a friend @meherdeepu shared a big box with us. Thank you D ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ I was wondering if those were made out of egg whites but I was stunned when I learned about the whole process! There are many such rare recipes/dishes sprinkled across the Indian sub continent. I hope we take them forward to the next generation!#rareindiandesserts #indianfoodformysoul #telengana #pootharekulu #atreyapuram #southindiandesserts #ndtvfood #food52grams #huffposttaste #buzzfeedfood #walkewithchennai #hyderabadfoodie #hyderabaddiaries #sweets #diwalisweets

#mysatviklunch - #opos Broccoli Mint Soup, Roti, OPOS Grand sweets style Coriander thokku, Almonds and Fig(prasadam) That warm soup felt comforting when it glided through the sore throat. It has been raining ๐ŸŒง here and this warm lunch soothed the ailing soul. OPOS brings the inherent color, taste and texture of veggies. I took just 5 minutes or little less than that to cook the veggies and another couple minutes to blend them to a vibrant soup. #autumn #fall #soups #indianfoodformysoul #vegan #veggiescomealiveinopos #pressurecooking #walkwithchennai #dallasblogger #bbcgoodfood #wholesome #a_wholesome_mess

#oursatviklunch -#opos_southindian_thali Here is Daughter and Mommy Thali! Inspired by Chithra Viswanathan Maโ€™s 12 course live video I made this 8 course thali last Saturday. I was stunned at her attention to detail and see how she put together 12 course feast in minutes inspite of her ill health and age. Since it was just two of us I tried to tone it down and use whatever veggies I had at home. Since I ran out of dates and I so wanted to make that rasam I made Fig rasam instead. ๐ŸŒฟ OPOS Capsicum and Carrot Sambar ๐ŸŒฟ OPOS Fig and Mint Rasam ๐ŸŒฟ OPOS Chow Chow Beets kootu (using CCP paste) ๐ŸŒฟ OPOS Cabbage poriyal (DDโ€™s favorite) ๐ŸŒฟ OPOS Potato Podimas (DDโ€™s favorite) ๐ŸŒฟ OPOS Nei paruppu (non vegan) ๐ŸŒฟ Non OPOS Rice ๐ŸŒฟ Banana Chips ๐ŸŒฟ Cucumber and Cantaloupe As you can swipe and see I made the 5 course in one shot. Made Sambar, rasam, podimas, kootu and poriyal. I first prepared dal and split it in 3 parts. Mixed the first one with Sambar podi, curry Leaves, tamarind paste, salt for Sambar , next one with dal, Coconut cumin pepper paste, salt for kootu and third one with salt and tadka for nei paruppu. This was perfect for me and my daughter and I had little bit of Sambar, rasam and kootu left. This would have been perfect for two adults. A little more of Cabbage and Potato podimas and some salad will make this thali serve two adults and a child. #opos #vegan #indianfoodformysoul #chennaifoodie #chennaiponnu #vegetarian #walkwithchennai #goodfoodindia #dallasblogger #southindian #a_wholesome_mess #satvik #noonionnogarlic #wholesomemeals

#mysatvikthali - OPOS Veg Upma, cara cara oranges and Grapes ๐Ÿ‡ This OPOS Upma is a boon for those โœ… who cannot stand in front of the stove for long time โœ… keep stirring it without letting the lumps form โœ… have one hundred things to do in the morning yet make scrumptious breakfast for the family. It takes just 1 whistle and around 15-20 minutes of rest time to whip up this! The retained heat technique is just one of a kind! It gets rid of the Kesari blues once forever! #recipe adapted from 5 minute OPOS cookbook. #opos #wholesomemeals #a_wholesome_mess #ayurvediccooking #rawfood #vegan #vegetarian #indianfoodformysoul #walkwithchennai #noonionnogarlic