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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Kothimbir Vadi

Dear Women of the House!

Take a look on recipe to make Kothimbir Vadi.

Ingredients:

  • 1 or 1.5 cups of chopped corainder/cilantro leaves
  • 2 cups of besan - chickpea flour (add more if required)
  • Half tsp - turmeric powder
  • Half tsp - red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp - ginger chilli paste
  • 1 tbsp - seasame seeds
  • One fourth cup - roasted crushed peanuts (optional)
  • 1.5 cups water
  • a pinch of hing
  • salt as required
Instructions:

1. Mix together all the ingredients with water to form a smooth and thick batter.

2. Apply oil at the base and sides of a microwave safe cooker or bowl.

3. Add the batter mixture in teh microwave safe bowl or cooker.

4. Cover it with its lid or a microwave safe lid.

5. Microwave on high for 3 mins or till done.

6. The mixture should be cooked and firm.

7. Insert a knife or toothpick and if it comes out clean, the vadi is cooked well.

8. If after 3 mins, the batter has yet not cooked, then microwave for a minute or two.

9. Let it cool.

10. Then remove the steamed cake on a tray.

11. Cut it into diamond shaped or square shaped slices.

12. Shallow fry or deep fry or pan fry in hot oil till crisp and browed.

13. Serve Kothimbir Vadi hot with green chutney of tomato sauce.

Friday, November 15, 2013

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Karela Sabzi

Dear Women of the House!

Let us know the health benefits of Karela (Bitter Gourd)

- It purifies blood.
- It is excellent for people having diabetes.
- It improves constipation and piles.
- It is helpful in healing skin disorders.

Besides being good in B Vitamins and Vitamin C, Karela is also rich in minerals like Iron, Calcium and Phosphorous.


I always make sure that I include Karela in our food once a week. It is in fact one of my favorite veggie and I simply love this recipe. Just take a look on recipe :

Ingredients :

5-6 : Medium sized karela / bitter gourd
2 or 3 : medium sized onions
half tsp : turmeric powder or haldi
one fourth tsp : red chilli powder
one foruth tsp : garam masala powder
one fourth or half tsp : amchur powder or dry mango powder
2 tbsp : oil
salt

Method : 

Peel the karelas. Wash them in running water. Chop them. You can even slice them. Never discard the seeds when cooking karela, but some people do it.

Slice the onions too.

In a kadai or pan, heat oil. Add the chopped or sliced bitter gourds (karela)

Saute the bitter gourd (karela) on medium heat for two minutes then lower the flame and saute for two to three minutes more.

Add the sliced onions.

Mix the sliced onions with the bitter gourd (karela).

Saute for two ot three minutes.

Now add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt.

Stir, Cook the sabzi without any lid for seven to eight minutes till the both the karela and onions are cooked and sauted well. The onions will become brown. Keep on stirring in between. Check the seasoning. Add more red chilli powder or salt if required.

When the Karela Sabzi is ready, sprinkle the amchur and garam masala powder. Mix it with the entire sabzi.

Garnishing Karela Sabzi with chopped cliantro/corainder leaves is optional, but it really gives it a look and feel and also it tastes delicious.

Serve Karela Sabzi with phulkas, parathas and a bowl of fresh pan curd/yoghurt or sweetened curd/yoghurt. Kareal Sabzi also goes very well as a side vegetable dish or accompaniment with the combination of dal rice or kadhi chawal (punjabi curd kadhi with rice).

Friday, October 25, 2013

Simple Banana Bread Recipe for Your Kids

Dear Women of the House!

For ultimate bonding moments together with your kids during weekends, why not prepare some healthy homemade banana bread for them. Adding more fun is to let them invite their friends over and enjoy making and gobbling down these healthy banana breads together. To fully enjoy the weekends ask them to help you prepare and teach them little by little how to cook this yummy and moist banana bread.


Banana bread is very good food not only for your children but also for adults since it is made of healthy ingredients that are good and nutritious. If you don't know what the benefits are of this amazing snack, read and learn more:

The main ingredient of course is a banana. And as we all know that the bananas are rich in dietary fiber, potassium, Vitamin C, B6 and manganese. Indeed bananas are a healthy fruit that keeps on giving when eaten in moderation. It's a very good fruit in the morning and you don't need those sweet pancakes and doughnuts as this is already rich in natural sugar. Whole Wheat Flour is also important for your daily requirements of fiber, protein, manganese and selenium. Whole wheat flour can give you the fuel you need to keep your energy levels high throughout the day, while at play or working.




Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
4 bananas, finely crushed
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Another ingredient is eggs which we all know that it is rich in protein, vitamin D and amino acids. Regular intake of eggs for children can help build muscles, is good for their hair and nails, and and it is also proven to improve eyesight.

To give extra crunchiness and nutrition to your banana moist bread many parents put walnuts in as well, but this is optional. It's a great way to get your children to eat nuts which are excellent for them. Walnuts are one of the super-foods that are rich in protein, vitamin B and E, fibers and omega 3 fatty acids.

Directions:

1. Cream together butter and sugar.
2. Add eggs and crushed bananas.
3. Combine well.
4. Sift together flour, soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture. Add vanilla.
5. Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.
7. Keeps well, refrigerated.

Besides these lists of health benefits, moist bread is very delicious every time. It's a great way to use over-ripe bananas that would otherwise be tossed into the garbage or compost bin. These banana breads can be served during breakfast together with hot coffee or late afternoon with a cup of tea. Every person in every age group will definitely say that banana bread is always a welcome addition for family breakfasts and snacks. Have fun baking your best banana moist bread! Just delight your kids with Simple Banana Bread Recipe.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Update your kitchen this Diwali


Updating a kitchen can be expensive. However, the kitchen is typically one of the busiest rooms during the holidays.

A few simple yet inexpensive updates can take your kitchen from worn out to "wow." Follow these kitchen updating tips below to help you - and your kitchen - sail through the holidays with style.

Evaluate your china plates and serving dishes :

Take a good hard look at your everyday and special occasion dinnerware. Is it scratched or chipped? Usually there is no need to replace the entire set; inexpensive decorative salad plates or glassware can dress up most everyday dinnerware.

Inventory your pots and pans :

If you plan to entertain, now is the time to plan your menu and see if you need any additional cookware or appliances. Most dishes can be made without fancy appliances, so to save money, plan your menu around your existing pantry and cookware. Only purchase something if it's an item that you will continue to use.

Replace your dish-towels, cloth napkins and hot pads :

These are the items in a kitchen that most quickly show wear and tear. Since they are the most inexpensive to replace, there is no reason to use that worn out hot pad on your holiday table. When you purchase cloth napkins, buy an extra two or three to have on hand to replace those that get stained.

Consider the lighting :

Many times we make do with whatever lighting is available, but adequate lighting is elemental to having a bright and functional kitchen. Replace worn-out appliance bulbs our outdated overhead lighting. Inexpensive fluorescent lighting works well in a kitchen, and the newer fixtures look great, too.

Organize that messy drawer :

This will be the drawer that guests will always open when looking for a fork or serving spoon. Pretty drawer liners (think scrapbook paper!) and organizing trays can be purchased on a dime.

Do a "Diwali" cleaning :

Before the holidays hit, invest in one day of thorough cleaning of all surfaces, inside and out. Clean out the fridge, oven and pantry, washing the drawers and shelves and discarding outdated food. Vacuum out kitchen drawers, wash the windows and curtains and/or shades, and dust the tops of cabinets and the fridge.

Wipe down or clean cabinet fronts :

It's amazing how many spills and splatters congregate on cabinet fronts. Use a soft cloth dipped in a mild degreaser or diluted dish soap then rinse with a moist sponge. Don't forget to wipe under the edge of the counter tops and along the bottom edge of cabinet doors where grime tends to hide.

Create a yummy ambiance :

Scented candles that release a pie, cookie or yummy holiday cooking smell can do a lot to enhance your kitchen's vibe. You can place these candles at the safe place which is out of reach from your kitchen even by providing refreshing fragrance.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ras Malai : Tempting and Mouth-watering

Indian sweets and desserts are well known world wide and are very tempting and mouth-watering. Be it the scorching summer heat or chilling winter, Indian desserts are too difficult to resist and are certainly not to be missed. There are a large variety of Indian desserts, ranging from the delicious 'kheer' and 'laddoos' to mouth-watering 'gajar halwa' and 'barfi' to 'Ras Malai'.




How to make Ras Malai? Just take a look here :

Ingredients:

Paneer - Made from 1 liter of milk
Full Cream / Whole Milk - 1 liter
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder - 1 tablespoon
Water - 4 cups
Sugar - 1 cup
thinly sliced almonds or pistachios - 1/2 cup

Method :

  • Mix the water and 1 cup of sugar in a pan and boil till all the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the fire and keep syrup aside.

  • Knead the Paneer in a platter till very smooth. Make into balls slightly smaller than the size of a walnut and flatten slightly in the center.

  • When the Paneer balls are made, reheat the syrup to boiling, then simmer and gently drop in the Paneer balls. Cook for 10 minutes. Turn off fire.

  • In another pan boil the 1 litre of full cream milk with the 1/2 cup of sugar, till reduced / thickened to 75 percent of its original volume. Turn off the fire, add the cardamom powder and mix well.

  • Add the syrup soaked Paneer balls (after draining) to the milk mixture and chill for a few hours.

  • Before serving, garnish with silvers of dried fruit.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Madhur Jaffrey's Curry Easy

Indian cooking tends to be complex and slow, requiring many ingredients. Attempts to simplify or even 'Westernise' Indian food have spawned a generation of wannabe TC stars and attendant books, often of highly variable reliablility.

Contrast this with the recipes of Madhur Jaffrey. She has written numerous books and 'Curry Easy' might therefore sound like a dumbling down of classic Jaffrey for the 20-minute-cook market. Not so. This is classic Jaffrey, only better.

As she clarifies in the introduction, it has taken her decades to realise that some classic recipes can in fact be simplified, or ingredients substitued, with little discernable difference to the result.

The vairety of dishes goes beyond the title of the book, 'curry', to many regional dishes from north and south, with only the slightest of geographical or historical context for the dishes - but you will find this in her other books.

This is, indeed, 'Curry Easy' and is a handsome book, clearly laid out and easy to follow with enticing and not overstyled photography. Classic Jaffrey, and a steal at the price.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Alluring Afghani Dishes : Kababs, Qorma and Mantu - 1


Dear Women Of House!!

Spices like saffron and pepper and cooking methods of Pashtuns, Tajiks and Uzbeks define the Afghani Cuisine.

Afghani food is a tasteful fusion of the cuisines from Afghanistan and neighbouring regions. Modern Afghan cuisine is the blend of the cooking methods of the three major ethnic groups - Pashtuns, Tajiks and Uzbeks. Influence of India is obvious in the use of spices like saffron, coriander, cardamom and black pepper. The Afghans prefer food which is neither too spicy nor hot. Here are some of the most common Afghani food items. This article will get you acquainted with them.

Kababs :

Lamb kabab is a favorite of the Afghans. Afghan kabab is mostly served with naan. Lamb chops, ribs, kofta and chicken kababs are served in Kabul restaurants.

Qorma :

Qormas are very popular among Afghan people. Fried onions, meats, fruits, spices or vegetables are added to them.

Mantu :

Mantu are steamed dumplings stuffed with minced meat.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Salad : Always Healthy

Dear Women of the House!!

Surely vegetable salad is always healthy...or is it?

A lot of people are becoming health conscious already. They prefer to prepare their own food to make sure they are eating just healthy foods.

Vegetable Salads are generally easy to make, plus it is very healthy. Most are made from vegetables and fruits. It could be topped with a dressing or just seasoned to taste. It may also be an appetizer for your main meal.

Green or garden salads are mostly made out of green leafy vegetables like lettuce, cucumbers and cabbages. It may also be topped with mushrooms, carrots, peppers, onions, celery, avocado, and radishes. You could make your own vinaigrette dressing or just buy ready-made in bottles.

This salad is fun to make, fun to look at and fun to eat! That is why I call it “Happy Salad”. The hint of onion flavor in the dressing makes it rich and tasty. It can add a little brightness to your day!

Ingredients:
8 packed cups spinach, cleaned
10 medium strawberries, sliced
1-2 kiwis, peeled and cut in quarter moons
½ cup almonds, sliced and toasted


Dressing:
1/2 cup agave syrup or honey
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon onion pulp
1 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon poppy seeds


Take half of a peeled onion and rub down the side of a grater. This will make your onion pulp. Blend dressing ingredients (except oil). Turn blender on high and add oil slowly. Cover and chill. Place spinach in bowl and top with strawberries, kiwi and almonds. Toss dressing on to taste. Starting with less and add more if you like. If you have edible flowers they can be a nice addition. When it comes to eating healthy, the first food that many people think of fresh salad on the go.

Serves: 6
Total cooking time: 20 minutes

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Aloo Paratha : Recipes You Can Use

Potato is everyone's favorite. This aloo paratha is filling and tasty and when eaten with pickle and curds it taste even better. A must try for Aloo Paratha!!

Ingredients: 

For the Dough:

2 1/4 cups - whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp - salt

2 tbsp - ghee


For the stuffing:

4 - boiled potatoes
1- chopped onion
1 tbsp - chopped coriander (dhania)
4 - green chillies, chopped 
2 tsp - dried mango powder (amchur)
1 tsp - cumin seeds
Salt - to taste
1 tsp - ghee


Method to Prepare:

For the dough:
Sieve flours with the salt. Add the ghee and mix well. Add enough water and make a semi-soft dough. Keep aside.

For the stuffing:
Mash the potatoes coarsely or cut into very small pieces. Keep aside. Heat the ghee in a vessel, add the cumin seeds and onion; and fry for at least 3 minutes. Add the green chillies and fry again for 1 minute. Add the potatoes, salt, coriander, chilli powder and amchur powder. Mix well and cook for 1 minute. Cook the mixture. Keep aside.

How to proceed:
Knead the dough and divide into 10 portions. Roll out one portion of the dough into a circle of 125 mm. (5") diameter. Place one portion of the prepared filling in the center and seal tightly. Roll out again into a circle of 125 mm. (5") diameter with the help of a little flour. Cook the paratha on a tava (griddle), using a little ghee until both sides are golden brown. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling to make more aloo parathas. It's enjoyable if served hot.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Chance Encounter With a Tattooed Dude

I was selling some stuff online, put some ads up on craigslist, and so I’ve been trying to get the people to come here and buy the stuff. Sometimes they flake at the last second, or you’re expecting them and they never show up. This one guy was interested in a guitar I had. At first his email seemed like spam, because he said he was interested in it but then said to text him. Not call or email, which usually means spam. Anyway, I texted him, and he called, and so he came over. 


It was two in the afternoon, and my roommates were home, and so it wasn’t anything weird or sketchy, but with craigslist, you just never know. Anyway, he wore a tank top and I could see he was covered in tattoos. That was cool I don’t have any tattoos so after we talked about guitars for a while, I segued into tattoo talk, using the fact that he had a tattoo of a Stratocaster on his shoulder! I soon learned that people with tattoos love talking about tattoos and where they got them and what they mean. Sometimes they don’t even mean that much, which is surprising. So I asked him about the ones that were kind of the coolest, and I was surprised to learn that he had done one of them by himself. How did he do that, I asked. He said that they sell tattoo starter kits pretty inexpensively, and that it’s his favorite tattoo supply store.

I was shocked, because it would never cross my mind to tattoo myself, and I mean to get a tattoo or to literally perform the ink application on my own to myself. That seems crazy, but also very cool. I asked him where he got the supplies, not because I wanted to get them myself, but just because I was making conversation – he was in my home after all and had just agreed to buy a guitar I had been trying to sell. He told me he shops at thelashop.com. After he left I looked up the site, and it looks like a good enough place as any to get things. If I’m ever in the market, which I may be someday, I’d go there.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Favourite Peanut Chikki

Dear  Women of the house!

Whether you eat them in the form of chikki, in chivdas/farsaans, in chocolates, in your Peanut butter and jelly sandwich or just plain roasted from the roadside channa vendor, Peanuts are good for you. Peanuts are a rich source of vitamin E, folate niacin, manganese and protein that are beneficial or the smooth functioning of the body.

Peanuts are one of the cheapest costing nuts and can substitute other nuts in dishes. Here is the peanut chikki recipe especially for you. 



- 1 cup peanuts
- 3/4 cup jaggery (gur) (sticky type)
- 1 tbsp ghee

Roast the peanuts. Cool and remove the skin. Roughly pound. Grease a flat plate with 1 teaspoon ghee. Cook jaggery till a thick syrup is formed. To test that the syrup is ready put a drop in cold water. If it forms a firm ball the syrup is ready. Add the peanuts and the remaining ghee. Mix and immediately spread on the greased plate. Roll out to even the surface. Let it cool slightly before cutting into desired shapes. Just taste the peanut chikki.
Source Video : Groundnut Chikki Recipe

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Online Loans : Get the Loan You Need


Yeah! Irrespective of credit histories, there are always Online Loans options out there. Online lenders are much more sensory to bad credit borrowers, but it is not because of any foolishness on their part. In fact, having a poor credit history hardly works in favour of applicants who are hoping to guarantee a loan.

It is also true that when bad credit is a prominent attribute in the loan agreement, then interest rates are going to be higher and pressure to meet repayments greater. Getting a Bad Credit Loans has become a key way to receive funding, whether it be for business or personal use.

Over the past few years, one of the main ways of getting funding, whether it be for personal or business use, is an online loan. Online loans over many advantages in that they are fast and easy. Just follow the three easy steps and get the loan you need.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Paneer Tikka : For Your Most Beloved Hubby

Dear Women of the House..!!!

All we know that India lays eyes on multifariousness in everything, be it culture, religion, language, festivals, dances, art forms, and even food. Every religion every state of the country has its unique preparation and taste when it comes to food.

On the Indian sub-continent one can find the finest collection of food to enjoy but there are certain food items that are extremely delicious and liked by almost everyone. Paneer Tikka is one of those mouth-watering Indian recipes that have delicious taste, seasoning, and flavor.

If you wish to learn the preparation of delicious Paneer Tikka follow the instructions below:

Ingredients : (For Your Most Beloved Hubby)

1 Large block of Paneer
1 Onion
1 Capsicum
1 Tomato
Few Mushrooms
Finely chopped Coriander leaves

To Marinade:

1 tsp Garlic Paste
1 tsp Ginger Paste
2 tsp Tandoori Powder
1 tsp Cumin (Jeera) Powder
Salt to taste
Red Chili Powder to taste

Method:

Cut Paneer into long 1/2 thick cubes. Cut all vegetables into cubes. Mix all ingredients for marinade and keep aside. Add the left marinade to the vegetables. Brush the marinade to the paneer and refrigerate it for 3 hours. Heat oil in a kadhai and fry marinated paneer till fully done. Also fry other vegetables. In a plate arrange fried vegetables and then paneer. (You can also watch Paneer Tikka recipe here.)

Paneer Tikka is ready. Now it is time to serve your most beloved hubby...Let me know the taste if you done.