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Monday, August 14, 2017

Lebanese Beans Salad | How to make Lebanese Beans Salad | Salad Recipe



I was very much hoping that I would be able to keep up with my schedule for the blogging marathon this month. I had been taking part in it since last 2 months so that I could keep this blog running. But, this month my schedule went haywire. A little lack of planning on my part and some unexpected writing assignments that came my way kept me busy and this little space was ignored. I am going to make up for it and will be posting my recipes here now.

My chosen theme for week #1 is Lebanese cuisine and as a part of it, I had posted my version of Fattoush Salad and a recipe for Hummus (without Tahini). The third and final recipe for the 1st-week theme is 'Lebanese Beans Salad'.

It is a simple salad but is power packed with protein. Beans are extensively used in Lebanese cuisine and this salad is one of the great ways to add some veggies and beans to your diet.

Let's check the recipe now.

Lebanese Beans Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup boiled chickpeas
1 cup boiled red kidney beans
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, cut in chunks
1 medium cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
a handful of coriander leaves, chopped
a handful of mint leaves, chopped

for the dressing
juice of 1 lemon
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic finely crushed
salt and pepper to taste

Process:

1. Mix all the ingredients of the dressing in a bowl and whisk nicely.

2. In a large bowl add the salad ingredients and drizzle over the dressing. Shake well so that the dressing is well incorporated.

3. Cover the bowl and let it rest for at least half an hour in the refrigerator. Take it out, shake it and serve.

Notes:

1. If you are using canned beans, make sure you rinse them well with water before adding to the salad.

2. When using dried beans, soak the beans overnight and cook separately in a pressure cooker till they are thoroughly cooked but not mushy.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Hummus | How to make Hummus without Tahini | Hummus Recipe

When you think Lebanese cuisine, the first dip that is likely to come to your mind is - Hummus.

The basic version of it is typically made with chickpeas, olive oil, seasonings and lemon juice. So, for my second post of BM #79 under Lebanese Cuisine, I am sharing a simple recipe for this ubiquitous dip.

Hummus is served in many ways - you can serve it as a dip with pita bread, it is also used as a spread for falafel wraps. For those who are interested in healthy snacking, you can have dollops of it with carrot sticks or cucumber pieces.

The recipe for hummus I am sharing today is without tahini. Tahini, one of the optional ingredients in hummus is actually sesame paste made with a little bit of oil. I had hummus for the first time when I was living in Dublin and to tell you the truth, I was not very delighted with its taste. For our Indian palate it seemed a little too bland - in my view, the one I had wasn't seasoned well - it could do with a little more salt and lemon juice.

In the versions I have tried at home, I use lemon juice a little too generously. Let's check out how I make the basic version of hummus.


Hummus with Carrot Sticks

Ingredients:

1½ cup chickpeas, cooked
2 fat cloves of garlic, crushed
2 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Add everything in a blender jar and start churning; add water as needed to make a smooth paste.

2. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Serve drizzled with little olive oil and lemon juice with carrot and cucumber sticks or with some pita bread chips.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Fattoush Salad | How to Make Fattoush Salad | Healthy Recipes

Last month had been an indulgent one for me foodwise. If you have checked my last month's posts, you will notice I posted mostly sweet dishes - brownies, kheer, peda. All that was part of the themes I chose to do for that month's blogging marathon.

But, the result is now seen when I stand on the bathroom scale!

Such is the life of a food blogger - I want to cook all the delicious dishes in the world, but then I have to take some steps back as ultimately I will be on the receiving end.

So, for this month, I decided I would start the blog with something really healthy. My chosen theme for the first week of BM#79 is Lebanese cuisine. And today I am posting the recipe for Fattoush Salad, albeit a customised one. I will tell you why?

Fattoush is a Lebanese bread salad - greens, veggies and toasted pita bread pieces are the main ingredients. But, I have never loved bread croutons in my salad and for that reason, I have skipped the toasted pita chips in the fattoush salad I made.

Second, the dressing typically used for this salad has two vital ingredients among others - sumac and pomegranate molasses. Sumac is tangy dried powder made from a kind of Middle Eastern red berry. Pomegranate molasses as the name says is made from pomegranate and is a commonly used ingredient in Middle eastern cooking. I didn't have both these ingredients at hand, so I made the dressing without them. I have read that these two ingredients can make a lot of difference to the salad and I will surely try them whenever I get to buy them.

I did search about making pomegranate molasses at home and there were many links that said you could make it by cooking pomegranate juice over a low heat for a long time. But, then I am really wary of cooking fruit juices. So, I dropped the idea and went ahead to make my customised Fattoush Salad.

Let's check out how I made my Fattoush Salad.

Fattoush Salad

Inspired from here
Ingredients:

4-5 Romaine Lettuce leaves washed and chopped
1 large tomato, chopped in chunks
1 small cucumber, chopped in chunks
1 small onion, sliced
a handful of mint leaves
a handful of coriander leaves, chopped
1 cup chopped pita bread pieces toasted ( I didn't use)

Dressing:
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3-4 tbsp lemon juice
1 clove of garlic finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp sumac ( I didn't use)
2 tsp pomegranate molasses ( I didn't use)

Process:

1. Mix all the ingredients for the salad dressing in a bowl and whisk nicely.
2. Mix all the salad ingredients except toasted pita bread pieces.
3. Right before serving, add the dressing to the salad. Top it with pita chips (if you like) and serve immediately.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Oats Mathri Recipe | How to Make Oats Mathri


After posting sweet dish recipes one after the other here it's time I share something savoury. So, for the 3rd day of my special day/festival theme in blogging marathon, I am sharing a recipe for these oats mathri.

Along with sweets, savoury snacks also have their rightful space in the menu during festivals – be it Diwali or Holi you cannot do without munching on a handful of them.

Looking for some more savoury snack ideas check out these:

Namak Pare
Rice Krispi Chiwda/Puff Rice Chiwda
Masala Peanuts

Using different types of flour in cooking is quite in trend these days. So, I decided to make these mathris with oats flour and whole wheat flour. Without much ado, let’s check how I made them

Oats Mathri
Ingredients
2 cup oats flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp ajwain
1/2 tsp crushed black pepper
3 tbsp oil
1 tbsp crushed kasuri methi
About ¼ cup to ½ cup water for the dough
Oil for deep frying

Process:

  1. In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients and using water little by little knead a firm dough. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes.
  2. Divide the dough into 4 balls. Roll each dough balls 1/8 inch thick and using a cookie cutter cut out circles of the dough. Poke a couple of holes in them and transfer the circles to a clean plate. Repeat the process with the rest of the dough.
  3. Heat oil in a pan for deep-frying. When the oil is hot enough deep fry mathri in batches in hot oil turning them in between. They are done when they are light brown in colour on both sides.
  4. Transfer them on a kitchen towel so that excess oil is soaked out. Once they are cooled store in air tight container.
  5. Enjoy with a cup of hot masala chai.

Notes:

1.       I churned rolled oats to get oats flour.
2.       Poking holes in the rolled circles ensure that mathri will not puff up like a puri when deep fried.
3.       Keeps well for 2 weeks when stored properly in an air tight container.
4.       The dough should be firm. A soft dough will not yield crisp mathri.
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Instant Peda Recipe | Peda Recipe with Milk Powder and Condensed Milk


Instant Peda Recipe | Peda Recipe with Milk Powder and Condensed Milk

For the 2nd day of Week 4 of Blogging Marathon under the theme ‘Special Day/Festival’, I am posting the recipe for yet another favourite Indian sweet – Peda. It is rich milk fudge flavoured with cardamom or saffron. It is also one of the favourite sweets of Lord Ganesha. So, it sells like hot cakes during Ganesh Chaturthi.

Traditionally Peda is made with khoya and sugar. Making khoya from milk is a painstaking process where you have to heat milk on low flame for a prolonged time so that all the liquid from the milk evaporates, leaving behind a dense and rich khoya. My mom makes peda from scratch and it is really a long process. You have to be really patient to make it that way.

The recipe I am sharing today is quite instant – by using milk powder and condensed milk you can prepare delicious peda in just 15 minutes. I browsed a lot of YouTube Videos before finally trying it out.

The first time I tried it, I heated the mixture little longer than necessary, so they came out little hard – but they tasted good nonetheless. So, I tried it again and this time they came out semi- soft but not soft like malai peda. But, they were good enough.


Ingredients:

200 g milk powder
200 g condensed milk
3 tbsp ghee
4 cardamom pods, crushed and finely powdered

Process:
1.       In a non-stick pan on medium flame add ghee. To it add the milk powder and condensed milk and using a spatula stir well such that the mixture is uniform and well mixed.
2.       Keep heating the mixture on medium heat for about 10-12 minutes and using the spatula keep tossing and turning the mixture as it cooks.
3.       Add the cardamom powder and mix well. Take it off heat. At this point, the mixture should resemble smooth soft dough.
4.       Take the dough out into a clean bowl and let it cool down a little.
5.       When the dough has cooled enough to handle (but not completely cold), grease your palm with little ghee and form small bite size balls.
6.       I used terra cotta moulds to get the design impression on the peda. If you have such moulds, you can do the same. Else you can just flatten the balls a bit and put a finger impression.
7.       If you like you can garnish them with chopped pistachios.


Notes:
1.       These pedas were semi soft with a chewy taste – but not soft like malai peda. If you like them little hard, you can heat the mixture for another 5 minutes.

2.       It is very important to keep stirring the dough while cooking, else it can get brown.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Badam ki Kheer | Almond Kheer | How to Make Almond Kheer

I do not get to make kheer often at home as DH doesn't like it much. But, whenever I make it to treat myself, I make 2-3 servings and enjoy a bowl of kheer with every meal. I really like kheer a lot. I like my kheer to be creamy with cardamom and saffron, and there should be lots of dried nuts in it.

So, when I chose 'Festival/ Special Day' theme for week 4 of BM#78, I decided to make almond kheer. With Raksha Bandhan around the corner, I think the recipe fitted the bill perfectly.

On most festive and special occasions in India, Kheer finds a place in the menu. Be it a birthday or an occasion like Raksha Bandhan. There are many version of Kheer - the one with rice being the most common and popular. You can also check out my Carrot and Almond Kheer recipe here.

This Badam Kheer is actually quite rich and should be served in small portion size. Let's check out how I made Badam ki Kheer/ Almond Kheer from scratch.




Almond Kheer

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1-litre full-fat milk
3 tbsp condensed milk
1 tbsp sugar
¼ cup almonds
2 cardamoms, powdered
10 strands of saffron, soaked in 1 tbsp milk
Almond slivers, chopped pistachios of garnishing

Process:

1. Soak almonds in water for an hour. Drain the water after an hour and soak them in hot water for 5 minutes. Peel off the skin from the almonds and grind them into a rough paste.

2. Boil milk in a deep non-stick pan. Let it simmer on low to medium flame for about 15 minutes, such that the milk reduces to about 3/4th volume.

3. Add the almond paste and boil the milk for another 7-10 minutes. Depending on how thick and creamy you like the kheer, you can boil it for another 10 minutes or so.

4. Add the condensed milk and sugar and stir well. Add cardamom and saffron milk. Stir again and take it off heat.

5. Let it cool down and then you can transfer it to a serving bowl and keep in the fridge to chill.

6. Serve it chilled with almonds and pistachio garnishing.

Notes:
1.       If you do not have condensed milk, you can skip it and add more sugar for sweetness. I had some leftover condensed milk so I used it in the recipe.

2.       This kheer takes best when served chilled.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

No Bake Raw Dates & Nuts Brownies | No Bake Brownie Recipe


I had long wanted to try a no-bake brownie. But, being an ardent chocolate lover I had my doubts if such a brownie will be worth the try.

Well, we will never know about it unless we try. So for the 3rd day of the blogging marathon under the 'brownie theme,' I decided to try yet another version of our beloved brownies - No Bake & Raw Dates and Nuts Brownies.

I used this recipe as an inspiration to come up with my version. I didn't use chocolate ganache as I wanted to make it as healthy as possible. 

Here is how I made it:

Ingredients:

1 cup dates, pitted and halved
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup walnuts
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp Bournvita powder (optional)

Process:

1. Line a 6 inch tin with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a blender jar, add the pitted dates and blend it till it looks like a fudgy mess. Take it out into a large bowl.
3. Now finely powder the almonds in the same jar, followed by walnuts. I then added them together again in the blender jar together for a quick mix.
4. Add it to the bowl again, add cocoa powder and bournvita powder (if using). Using a spatula mix it and then tip it into the parchment lined tin.
5. Spread it evenly and press it to get an even surface. Dust some cocoa powder or bournvita powder over the set brownies.
6. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then slice it. They are ready to devour.




Here are my thoughts on the No Bake Raw Dates & Nuts Brownies

1. For those looking for really healthy brownies, it is a good choice. You can alter the quantities of nuts to suit your taste. Walnuts might give a slightly bitter taste in the end. So, you can use just 2 tbsp of it or skip altogether.

2. I think they tasted best after a day. The first day they tasted like dates and nuts bar. But, on the second day, the flavour of cocoa was more pronounced giving it a good chocolatey taste.

3. If you want to make it more decadent, go ahead and cover the brownies with a layer of chocolate ganache. Or you might add some ganache into the dates and nuts mix. In that case, you might have to let the set brownies rest for a while before you slice to get neat slices.


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bourbon Biscuit Brownies | Easy Bourbon Biscuit Brownie Recipe



What do you do when you have a sudden urge to have brownies, but do not have any ingredients at hand to bake it? Or maybe you want to bake a brownie but do not have the time to follow a super lengthy recipe.

If you have ever faced such a situation, then this recipe will come to your rescue. For the 2nd day of my brownie theme Blogging Marathon, I decided to post this quick-fix brownie recipe. With just a handful of ingredients making brownies this way is a breeze.

This is cheat's version where bourbon biscuits are used as a vital ingredient – no need of additional flour, sugar, or butter. Looks too good to be true, try the recipe yourself.




Ingredients:

200 grams Bourbon biscuits
50 grams digestive biscuits
2-3 tablespoon Bournvita powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder
About  ¾ cup +2 tbsp milk
1 tsp plain Eno Fruit Salt 
Butter or oil to grease the pan

Process:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease a 8” square cake tin and line it with parchment
2. In a mixer jar, add the broken digestive biscuits, bourbon biscuits and churn it into a powder.
3. Take a large bowl and tip in the biscuit powder, add Bournvita powder, cocoa powder, and stir. Add milk little by little and whisk to get a smooth batter.
4. Add the Eno Salt to the batter and give it a quick stir. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.
5. When baked, insert a skewer in the middle to see it comes out clean.
6. Take it out of the oven and let it cool down for 10 minutes. You can then lift the brownies out of the pan along with the parchment.
6. Once, the brownie has cooled down to room temperature, slice it into squares and serve with a generous drizzling of chocolate sauce.


Notes:

1. These brownies are not intensely chocolatey. So, it is best to serve them with a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

2. You can also add 1/2 cup choco chip or chocolate chunks in the batter for an intense chocolate flavour.

3. This recipe should also work with any other chocolate flavoured cream biscuits, like oreo, etc. Instead of digestive biscuits Marie biscuits or Milk Bikies can also be used.

Still, want to try making brownies the traditional way – check out some other recipes already posted here.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Eggless Fudge Brownie with Beets | Eggless Beetroot Chocolate Brownies Recipe


If there is one thing that can make me forget all about conscious eating and diet control – it is chocolate. There are times when I do control myself from having that extra piece from the chocolate bar. But, on most occasions, it has the better of me. That’s why I prefer not having any chocolate bars at home. Perfect solution, isn’t it?

The intense chocolate flavour in fudge brownies is perhaps one of the reasons why I prefer them over cake any day. Give me a slice of soft, dense chocolatey brownie and I will wander into my chocolate nirvana. When I saw Srivalli had listed a brownie theme in the 78th edition of the Blogging Marathon, I instantly chose it.

I have already tried a number of brownie recipes and have shared a couple of them here. Check out these

Eggless Nutella Brownies
Eggless Chocolate Brownies
Eggless Fudge Brownies
One Bowl Eggless Brownies
Sinful Eggless Walnut Brownies
3 Minutes Microwave Brownies

Yet, there are so many brownie variations that are on my to-do list. I have seen many brownies with chocolate and beetroot combination doing rounds on the internet. So, I decided to try it myself. I used this recipe for fudge brownies as a standard and tweaked it to come up with this recipe. 

After having a slice of these beetroot fudge brownies, I realized beetroot and chocolate is a winning combination. There is no trace of any beetroot flavour. Unless you tell anyone, no one will ever make out this secret ingredient in the recipe. I used wheat flour and oil in this recipe to make it even healthier. Check out my recipe below.

Eggless Fudge Brownies with Beets

½ cup whole wheat flour or atta
¼ cup maida
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp instant coffee
100 g dark chocolate
½ cup beet puree
½ cup powdered sugar + 2 tbsp brown sugar
¼ cup oil
¼ cup whisked yogurt
¼ cup to ½ cup water
2 tbsp chopped walnuts

Process:

1. Line an 8” square brownie pan with parchment paper and set aside. Preheat the oven at 180 C.

2. In a large bowl add atta, maida, cocoa powder, coffee, and baking powder. Use a whisk to mix everything together. Set aside.

3. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and add it to a medium microwave safe bowl. Microwave it for 1 minute so that it melts. Whisk it to get smooth melted chocolate. To it add oil and stir. Add sugar and stir it again. Now add yogurt and beets puree and whisk it nicely.

4. Add this wet ingredients mixture to the dry ingredients mixture. Add ¼ cup water and whisk to make a smooth batter. If the batter looks thick, add another ¼ cup water. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and top it with chopped walnuts.

5. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. When done, a skewer inserted in the middle should come out clean.

6. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes before you can lift it from the pan along with the parchment paper. Slice and serve.


Notes:

1. To prepare beets puree, I pressure cooked 2 medium beets. When cooled, I peeled and chopped them and churned in a mixer jar to get the puree.

2. For fudge brownies, I prefer lining the tin with parchment. Since fudge brownies are quite soft and mushy, it is easier to lift the brownies out of the tin along with the parchment.

3. Slice them after the brownie has cooled a bit for neat slices.

4. You can do away with the maida in the recipe and add whole wheat flour or oats flour instead.

5. You can also double the beets puree and omit the yogurt and half the water amount for red looking brownies.

6. I had run out my regular powdered sugar, so I used 2 tbsp of brown sugar. You can regular sugar too.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Dahi Wali Hari Chutney | Green Chutney with Yogurt


The chutney recipe I am sharing today on the last day of BM#77 under condiment theme, is great as a dip for kebabs, tikkas, cutlets, or for smearing inside of bread slices in sandwiches. It goes well as a dip with veggies too – like cucumber and carrot sticks. 

This green chutney is slightly different from the regular green chutney as yogurt or dahi is added to it. Let's check the recipe straight away.



Dahi Wali Hari Chutney

½ cup hung curd
½ cup mint leaves
½ cup coriander leaves
2 cloves garlic
1 green chili
Salt to taste
½ tsp sugar
½ tsp roasted cumin powder
A dash of lemon juice

Process:

In a chutney mixer jar, add all the above ingredients and blend it till you get smooth chutney.

Check the seasoning and adjust as per your taste.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sweet Pineapple Raita | How to Make Sweet Pineapple Raita

Sweet Pineapple Raita

When I first had pineapple raita for the first time at a restaurant when we were enjoying a holiday in Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, I thought it was a strange combination, even though it tasted great. Since, then I have spotted this dish in the menus of most restaurants and seems like it is quite popular these days. These days whenever I have leftover canned pineapples at home, I make this raita.

I have learned to make pineapple raita two ways - savoury and sweet. I am sharing the recipe for the sweet version today. I learnt this from my DH's aunt. She puts in a lot of effort in making any raita. She first makes hung curd and then whisks the curd using water to get the right consistency for raita. She then sieves it through a nylon net to get a creamy yogurt. After that she she flavours the yogurt as needed. However, most of the time I take a shortcut - I just whisk my set yogurt and proceed with the recipe. If you are not crunch for time, you may proceed with the elaborate process.

The recipe for this version of raita is quite similar to shrikhand - its just that we are adding pineapple here and the yogurt is thinner than that used in shrikhand. Let's check out the recipe now.

Ingredients:

2 cups thick yogurt
3-4 tbsp sugar, adjust to taste
1/2 tsp powdered cardamom
10 strands of saffron, rubbed in a mini pestle and mortar with a pinch of sugar and a few drops of water
1 cup chopped canned pineapple ( I use Delmonte)

Process:

1. Beat the yogurt with a whisk to get smooth beaten yogurt. Alternatively, you can sieve it through a nylon net.

2. Add sugar, cardamom and rubbed saffron to whisk again. Keep it chilled.

3. Right before serving, add the chopped canned pineapple and serve immediately.

4. It tastes best chilled. Enjoy.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lacche Wala Kairi Paak | Instant Sweet Mango Pickle | From Scratch



Growing up I remember my brother loved this and my nanima (maternal grand mother) would make it for him every now and then when green mangoes were in season.

This sweet pickle is one of DH’s favourite condiments too. That is perhaps one of the reasons why you will find a big jar of this raw mango jam or Kairi Paak (as called in my mom’s place) or Mitha Achar (as called in my in laws place) in my house every year during the mango season. Even though it is a staple in my house, I never have to make it on my own.

Every year either my mother in law or DH’s maternal grandmother sends us a bottle of freshly made Kairi Paak as soon as raw mangoes are available in the market. This year was no different. But, may be it was high time for me to make it on my own, so one fine day that jar broke (Thanks to baby M but thankfully no one was hurt).

When I picked the condiment theme for my second leg of Blogging Marathon, a monthly event that is the brain child of Srivalli, I decided to try this out.

Grated raw mangoes is used in making these. So, the texture of the final product is not smooth. This texture sets it apart from the sweet mango chutney which is altogether different both in taste and process of making.

Lacche Wala Kairi Paak

Ingredients:

200 gm raw grated mango
200 gm sugar
2 cardamom, pounded
10 strands of saffron, rubbed in a mini pestle and mortar with a pinch of sugar and a few drops of water

Process:

1. In a thick bottom pan mix the raw grated mangoes with sugar and heat it. Do not add any water. The sugar will melt as the mixture gets heated.

2. Keep stirring while it is getting heated for about 10-15 minutes and you will see that the strands of raw mangoes will start becoming translucent. The sugar syrup will also thicken.

3. At this point turn off the heat and add the saffron and crushed cardamom pods. Stir well and let it cool completely before storing it in a clean airtight glass jar.

4. It stays well for about 2-3 months when kept in refrigerator. You can use it on bread slices as a jam or as a pickle in your regular meal.



Notes:

1. Do not add water to cook the mango and sugar mixture. Even for rubbing the saffron, just use a few drops. If you add saffron without rubbing, you will not get a nice yellow color in the final product.

2. If you make this in larger quantity, cooking time will need to be adjusted accordingly.

3. Typically, equal amount of raw grated mango and sugar is used. But, you may decrease the sugar quantity to suit to your taste buds.

Thank you for stopping by! Cheers!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Roasted Tomato Salsa | How to Make Roasted Tomato Salsa From Scratch


This is my last day of Blogging Marathon under the theme 'Explore Latin American Cuisine' and today I am going to share another Mexican dip that I made to go with my Homemade Tortilla Chips. I make this dip every time, I make anything Mexican for dinner.

It is very easy to make it and the best thing is that it can be made with ingredients readily available in our kitchen. If you like you salsa a bit chunky, chopping roasted tomatoes will do. But, if you like it little saucy, puree half of the tomatoes and chop the rest. I like it both ways but, for this post I have made a chunky salsa.

Roasted Tomato Salsa

Ingredients:
2 large ripe red tomatoes
1 small onion, finely chopped
Handful of coriander leaves, finely chopped
1-2 green chilies, minced
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tsp sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

Process:


1. Insert a metal skewer into the tomato and roast it on open flame over gas stove till the skin turns blackish and cracks in places. Let it cool a bit and peel the charred skin. Chop the roasted tomato finely.

2. In a bowl add all the ingredients and mix it will. Cover it will a cling film and store in refrigerator. Salsa always tastes better if it is prepared a few hours in advance before serving time.

3. Serve it chilled with tortilla chips or with any other Mexican delicacies.


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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Guacamole | How to make Guacamole From Scratch


I first tasted avocados when I was living in Dublin. To tell you the truth, I found it a little too bland for my taste to eat it raw. A few pieces here and there in a salad is fine, but not more than that. But, avocados in the form of this dip is delicious. I can have spoonfuls of it and yet want more.

When you are making tortilla chips, making this dip is a must. In India, avocados comes under the exotic variety of fruits and it comes pricey. So, whenever I buy it, I make sure that I make the best use of it.

More often than not, I find they they are raw when I buy them. so, I keep them wrapped in paper for 2-3 days, till they are ripe enough to be used.

Here is how I make guacamole from scratch - it is an easy, no-cook dip and can be whipped up instantly.

Guacamole

Ingredients:
1 ripe avocado
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small tomato, deseeded and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
Handful of coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 green chili, finely minced
Salt to taste
Juice of 1 lemon, about 3 to 4 tbsp (adjust to taste)

Process:

1.       Keep all ingredients chopped and minced before setting out to scoop the flesh of avocado as it has a tendency to get brown.
2.       Slit the avocado from the middle and divide into two parts. Remove the stone and using a spoon scoop out the flesh.
3.       Collect the flesh in a medium bowl and using a fork mash it nicely. Add all the listed ingredients and mix it all together. Adjust salt to taste. Cover the bowl tightly with a cling film until serving time.

4.       Serve chilled with tortilla chips. Enjoy!

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Homemade Tortilla Chips Made From Scratch | How to Make Tortilla Chips at Home





Past few weeks had been quite busy for me. That is the reason I could not spend any time on this space for more than 2 weeks now.

First DH fell ill and then it was baby M's turn. When both got well, we had to travel for a marriage ceremony. Travelling with a toddler is so exhausting - there are so many little things to pack for every possible situation. After coming back - unpacking, laundry and getting the house in order! Uff.. the list goes on! To top that my regular maids have left and I feel like I am stranded in the middle of no where. You get my point right! But, then that's life. Nothing always go as planned.

Enough of my rants for today, so, lets talk about food now.

Last month I decided to join Srivalli's Blogging Marathon event for the month of June, so that I could be more regular in blogging here. For my first week, I chose the theme - Latin American Cuisine and spent quite some time exploring vegetarian options for various countries that come under the gamut of Latin America. But, in the end, due to time crunch, I decided to stick to some dishes that I have already tasted many times and I could re-create them at home, thus doing some justice to its taste.

Latin America comprises of 19 sovereign states and many other territories and dependencies. Mexico is one of the Latin American countries. So, I chose to post a recipe for tortilla chips - one of the very popular snack to munch on from Mexico.

Today I am sharing a simple recipe for Homemade Tortilla Chips made from scratch using maize flour. This recipe was shared to me by my sister in law. It is her mom's recipe. The only thing I changed was I used whole wheat flour instead of maida as needed in the recipe. When I searched about homemade tortilla chips online, most of the blogs just used ready made corn tortillas to make them. Since, corn tortillas are not readily available in India, anyone wanting to make tortilla chips at home can try this method of using maize flour - our humble makki ka aata. Since, maize flour is gluten free, we have to add wheat flour or maida to the dough, so that it helps in binding.

Without much ado, let's check the recipe now.


Ingredient:

1 cup maize flour/ makki ka aata
½ cup whole wheat flour/aata
2 tbsp oil
Lukewarm water for making dough
Oil to deep fry
½ tsp salt

Process:

1. In a bowl take maize flour, whole wheat flour, salt and oil and mix well. Using the lukewarm water make stiff but smooth dough.

2. Cover the dough and set it aside for 15 minutes

3. Divide the dough into 7-8 golf size balls. Using some whole wheat flour roll the balls one at a time into round circles of 5 to 6 inches diameter. Slice them into 6 triangle pieces just like we slice pizza. Pierce the pieces with fork.

4. Take the pieces off gently and place on a clean plate. Repeat the process with rest of the dough balls. When done, heat oil for deep frying.

5. Deep fry them in batches till they are light brown.

Notes:

You need to be extra careful while rolling the dough. If you roll it too thin it might break. Use flour for dusting as and when needed.


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