Recipe & Food Styling | Healthy Oats & Millet Porridge – Expect nothing and you’re apt to be surprised..
“Sometimes what you’re looking for comes when you’re not looking at all.”
So hectic, that at times I started to feel the pinch of physical exhaustion and insomnia on the sets. But in all, I have had some great time meeting people, cooking and styling food products for new brands and companies.
I would be lying if I said that I am not enjoying my growth in online world through my work. No matter how hectic these shoots are, I am fortunate that there is no sign of burnout and boredom. Well, how can I ever get bored of working on locations as long as ‘Food’ is the hero 🙂
That apart, the only downside is that my blog is taking a beating ever since I started taking up commercial food styling projects. Nothing has changed on Lite Bite since its inception. It has the same old header, same theme, no seo, no new plugins and God knows how to check those scary sounding Alexa ratings, domain authority and back links.
But just when I was feeling low-spirited looking at my malnourished blog I received a pleasant surprise. I signed in after a long time only to find that I was tagged on face-book, twitter and Instagram by many blogger friends for this post ‘best 20 Top Female food bloggers of India‘!
Hmm…as they say “If you expect nothing, you’re apt to be surprised. You’ll get it.” 🙂
Now all I need is an opportunity to take rest and replenish myself with a short trip to my hometown in Udaipur this weekend.
Here is how the last few weeks went on the sets and locations of commercial shoots. The first shoot was for a Television commercial for a regional brand called ‘Anil‘. Day one was assigned for Anil Atta and day two for Anil Rawa products.
Day one TVC was shot at a hotel set up and here is a quick picture from my phone of a few accompaniments I prepared and styled for the final products.
You get to meet many people and learn many new things on these shoots. ‘Pineapple Tea’ was one such interesting drink I tasted on the location of day two of TVC which was shot at a shooting house.
I could not resist myself asking the chef some tips and recipes for making fruity teas during break time. And yes…I would have had at least 4-5 cups of this amazing pineapple tea that day 🙂
Styling some Fusion Indian drinks for a You Tube video for ‘Put Chutney‘ in a studio.
During the days when I have shoots and need to leave home early, I grab a quick sandwich or make a filling drink like this healthy Oats and millet porridge.
- 2 tbsp. finger millet flour
- 1 tbsp. quick cooking Oats
- 1 tbsp. flax seeds powder
- 1 tbsp. palm Jaggery
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cardamom pod
- Nuts (almonds/cashew) as required
Method; Dry roast flax seeds, cardamom pod and oats in a pan and grind into fine powder. You can prepare this powder and store in refrigerator for a month.
Coarsely ground the almonds and cashew nuts.
Take a vessel and pour milk in it.
Add powdered oats and flax seeds, coarsely ground nuts, finger millet (ragi) flour and palm jiggery in it.
Whisk with a ladle to combine all the ingredients well.
Place the vessel on medium heat and keep stirring till the mixture starts to thicken, it takes about 2-3 minutes of time.
Remove from heat and serve hot.
- Replace palm jaggery with sugar or any other sweetener.
- Increase the sweetness according to your taste.
- Add a little water or milk to adjust the consistency of the porridge recipe.
- Lightly dry roast the finger millet flour before adding it to porridge, it gives a wonderful nutty aroma.
- Serve this healthy porridge with thinly sliced fresh fruits such as banana, apples and strawberries.