Saturday, October 21, 2017

MTR Instant Food Items – A quick Review



MTR Instant Food Items – A quick Review

MTR, popularly known as Mavalli Tiffin Room earlier, has grown big. They offer a series of instant food products both in puch and bag packages. Vegetable Upma, Masala Upma, Kesari Halwa, Poha, Khatta Meetha Poha, Masala Oats are recent items introduced into the market.

All these belong to Three Minute variety. All you need is the add specified quantity of boiling water, stir well and keep it closed with a lid for three minutes. Presto ready to eat breakfast is right there to  be transferred to your plate for eating. In my experience keeping it closed for five minutes gives better results.

I have tried Veg Upma, Kesari Halwa, Poha, Masala Oats and Masala Upma. Among all the items I tried POHA is the best in terms of taste, consistency in prepared item, quantity etc. I will recommend this to all without hesitation. Upma  and Masala Upma  leave some smell of preservative, especially if eaten hot. If you cool and eat problem is less. Kesari Halwa is just plain Rava and insufficient sugar. To call it Rava Kesari is atrocious. Masala oats is OK – nothing superb about it.

All items are priced around Rs 15 to 25, easy on your purse. For small families of 3-4 people larger packs (bags) are available. The products being relatively cheap super markets find it difficult to stock and sell. They are best locatable in medium size kirana shops. In another post I intend sharing my views on MTR powders for preparing pulihora, chitranna and the like.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Navarathri Kolu in Sarojini Narasimhan's house

Last year I wrote about Kolu in Justice Rangarajan's house being exhibited for several decades without a break. Another Tamilian household that upholds this tradition, is Mr VK Narasimhan's daughter in Wahab Nagar, Secunderabad. They have split kolu display in three sections making best use of space available in their hall. It is a mixture of traditional toys and modern ones. Artfully decorated with series lighting, it is a joy to observe not for just children  but for adults too. 

I got a link to a video imitating que sera sera song with changes in wording (lyric) to depict a typical Tamilian Kolu. You may watch it too:


video



Here are some snaps of  this year's Kolu in their house.

Let me congratulate them for their enthusiasm in uplholding our traditions.