Friday, December 30, 2011

The Indian gravies, few simple methods . . .

 
The Indian gravies have certain ingredients in common, so preparing and storing one basic could be a great idea. For a basic recipe, all one would need to do. Grind the onion and tomato in a mixer grinder to get a smooth paste.
Heat a pan and add some oil, the paste n stir for 5 minutes.
Add the ginger and garlic pastes and fry for few minutes.
Now add the red chilly powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, salt, coriander powder, cook until oil appears or leaves the sides of the pan.
A BASIC WHITE GRAVY CAN BE OBTAINED
BY BOILING CASHEWNUTS, MUSKMELON SEEDS, IN WATER. IN THIS COULD ADD POPPY SEEDS, ALMONDS AND TEJ PATTA ALSO. BOIL FOR 10 MINUTES AND THEN WHEN COOL, GRIND ALONG WITH ONION, GARLIC TO A FINE PASTE. COOK THIS IN A PAN WITH OIL UNTIL IT LEAVES THE SIDES OR OIL APPEARS.
ANOTHER INTERESTING COCONUT GRAVY:
NEED TO GRIND TO A FINE PASTE. TAKE DESSICATED COCONUT, ADD CUMIN SEEDS, GREEN CHILLIES, A PIECE OF GINGER, ONION, CURD, FEW GARLIC CLOVES, LITTLE RAW RICE. USE WATER AND GRIND TO A VERY FINE PASTE. THEN COOK IN OIL UNTIL LEAVES THE SIDES OF THE PAN. IN THIS ADD BOILED VEGETABLES LIKE POTATO, CARROT, BEANS, PUMPKIN AND DRUMSTICKS.
THE RED GRAVY COULD BE OBTAINED
BY BLANCHING THE TOMATOES (MAKE A PUREE), THEN COOKING. THE TOMATO PUREE WITH THE WHITE GRAVY AND ADDING MASALAS LIKE RED CHILLY POWDER, TURMERIC POWDER, GARAM MASALA, CORIANDER POWDER, ALSO ADD SALT AND KASURI METHI AND CREAM. WHEN THE GRAVY IS READY ADD CUT BOILED VEGETABLES LIKE CAULIFLOWER, BEANS, CORN, BABYCORN, CARROTS AND PIECES OF PANEER WOULD GO WELL IN THIS GRAVY..
ANOTHER OPTION IS THE STUFFED POTATOES:
Cut the boiled potatoes into half and scoop them. Mix the scooped potatoes, paneer, cheese, salt and pepper pd to taste. Fill the potatoes with the filling..

THE GREEN GRAVY COULD BE MADE . . .
FROM SPINACH LEAVES, METHI , CORIANDER LEAVES AND THE MINT LEAVES. BUT THE MOST POPULAR ONE IS USING THE SPINACH (PALAK ) LEAVES. THE SPINACH LEAVES ARE WASHED AND BLANCHED IN HOT WATER THEN GROUND TO A PASTE WITH ONION, GREEN CHILLY, GINGER, GARLIC, TOMATO, MASALAS THEN COOKED IN A PAN UNTIL OIL APPEARS OR LEAVES THE SIDES OF THE PAN.
IN THIS GRAVY IF PIECES OF PANEER ARE ADDED IT BECOMES" PALAK PANEER" AND IF BOILED CORN IS ADDED THEN "CORN PALAK". EVEN ADDING BOILED ALOO, CUT INTO PIECES OR BOILED VEGETABLES WILL GO WELL..
THE BROWN GRAVY CAN BE MADE . . .
BY FRYING SLICED ONIONS UNTIL BROWN THEN WITH CURD MADE INTO A PASTE. COOK THE BROWN PASTE AND LITTLE WHITE PASTE UNTIL LEAVES THE SIDES OF THE PAN. IN THIS GRAVY ADD SANDWICH PANEER PIECES TO SERVE IN A RICH WAY.
THE LAST GRAVY, THE JAIN GRAVY COULD BE . . .
MADE BY BOILING CASHEWNUTS, PUMPKIN SEEDS IN WATER WITH A TEJ PATTA THEN GRIND TO A FINE PASTE. COOK THIS WITH SOME KHADA MASALAS AND OTHER REGULAR MASALAS. ALSO ADD CREAM AT THE END.

Dips, So many can be made......

 
Dips, So many can be made......
Dips and appetizers are all time favorite party food.
They are the most popular appetizer to serve, they are so popular because they taste so good. They are easy to make, delicious and flavorful, and can be served with a huge variety of dippers. What to serve with the dips? Party dips, go well with tooth pick starters and also with Breadsticks, Potato chips, Taco chips, Bruschetta, Crackers, Carrots and Cucumber sticks and Bell pepper strips. Other dips usually are served with simpler dippers like Crackers, flavored Tortilla chips, or the Nacho chips.
Hummus is a dip/spread that is made from chickpeas. In fact, hummus is the Arabic word for chickpeas. It is flavorful middle-eastern dip that is served with fresh vegetables or crisp crackers and pita bread.
The hummus taste varies, Some hummus have a strong lemon flavor, some have an overwhelming garlic flavor, and some hummus has a spicy tone.
A simple recipe of hummus : Hummus: right bottom . . .
Ings : Chickpeas, boiled and drained, lemon juice, Tahini (sesame seed paste), make this by grinding sesame seeds with oil. Cloves of garlic cut, Salt and white pepper.
METHOD: Grind the chickpeas and mix with lemon juice, tahini, garlic, pepper powder and salt. Remember to drizzle Olive oil and sprinkle red chilly powder. Serve with pita crisps, crisp crackers or French bread slices.
Make a creamy dip : top left . ..
Allow cheese to get to room temperature, add milk and salt. Beat until smooth, for 4 minutes. Now add onion.
For a Mayonnaise Dip take… bottom left . . .
Need garlic, olive oil, green onion that are finely chopped, mix mayonnaise.
In the pic top right . . .
For a Nachos, the dip will need chopped onion, chopped garlic, tomatoes peeled and chopped, chilly powder, hot sauce, grated cheddar cheese, oil, capsicum ( roasted ), corn flour.
Method : Put a pan to heat, add oil, cook onion, garlic, tomatoes, capsicum, chilly powder and hot pepper sauce. Mix cornstarch, mixed in cold water; stir all. Lastly add cheese.. Serve with nacho chips..

MAKE THE UNUSUAL 'PANI PURI' DIP :
MIX THICK CURD, SOME MINT PASTE , GINGER PASTE , GREEN CHILLY PASTE, PANI PURI READY MASALA , ALSO ADD SALT, SUGAR . CHECK THE SALT. IF NEEDED THEN ONLY ADD SOME CHAAT MASALA OR CUMIN POWDER OR BLACK ROCK SALT.

MAKE A TASTY CORN DIP : MIX THICK CURD, BOILED N CRUSHED CORN, FINELY CUT ONION, FINELY CUT TOMATO, GREEN CHILLY, SALT, RED CHILLY ,POWDER, SUGAR N CUMIN POWDER.

MAKE THE TASTY 'PAKORAS'

 
MAKE THE TASTY 'PAKORAS'...
RECIPE ONE
INGS :
3\4 Cup Bengal gram flour,
1-2 Tbsp Onion and Potato,
2 Tbsp Carrot and Corn (grated),
1 Tbsp Paneer (grated),
1\8 Tsp Turmeric pd and Coriander pd,
1\2 Tsp Red Chilly pd, A Pinch Soda bi carb,
Salt to taste and 1 Tbsp Hot Oil.
METHOD:
Make a batter of the above listed. Put oil to fry to heat
and drop 15- 20 small pakoras, when golden brown, take them out and put on kitchen tissue.
TIP: Add little rice flour to get more crisp pakoras.

MAKE THE TASTY MUTHIYA : RECIPE TWO
MIX TOGETHER 2 TBSP BESAN, 2 TBSP METHI LEAVES, 3 TBSP WHEAT FLOUR, LITTLE ( A PINCH ) HING, AJWAIN A PINCH, SALT, 1\8 TSP RED CHILLY POWDER & SUGAR, BLEND ALL TOGETHER AND GIVE SHAPE OF SMALL CYLINDRICAL BALLS, FRY IN OIL.

MAKE THE SUPERB MANCHURIAN BALLS.... RECIPE THREE
MIX ALL TOGETHER 2 TBSP CORN FLOUR AND MAIDA, ADD 3\4 CUP FINELY CUT CABBAGE, LITTLE CORIANDER STALKS, ONE GREEN CHILLY, A PIECE GINGER CUT, SALT,1 TBSP GRATED CARROT,
MAKE SMALL BALLS AND FRY IN OIL.

A QUICK BHINDI SUBZI

 
A QUICK BHINDI SUBZI
INGS:
250 GMS BHINDI (CLEANED AND CUT INTO ONE INCH PIECES),
SPRINKLE SOME SALT AND RED CHILLY PD ON THE CUT BHINDI. PUT A PAN TO HEAT, ADD OIL, CUMIN SEEDS, HING, THE BHINDIS. STIR , SPRINKLE SOME WATER AND ON SLOW FLAME ALLOW TO COOK UNTIL SOFT. KEEP ASIDE. NOW IN THIS PAN PUT ONE TSP OIL ADD CUMIN SEEDS, 1\2 TSP URAD DAL, ONE WHOLE RED CHILLY, CUT ONION AND SAUTE.
MAKE A PASTE OF 2-3 TBSP GRATED COCONUT,  4-5 PIECES CASHEW NUTS, ONE CUT GREEN CHILLY, 2-3 CLOVES OF GARLIC, USE SOME WATER.
GRIND TO A FINE PASTE. ADD THE PASTE TO THE PAN AND ALSO ADD TWO CHOPPED TOMATOES. COVER AND COOK FOR FEW MINUTES. NOW ADD SALT, 2-3 TBSP CURD, SOME RED CHILLY PD AND LITTLE TURMERIC PD, MIX WELL LASTLY ADD THE COOKED BHINDI AND SERVE HOT.
Tip 4 cooking Bhindi . ..
Richa Agrawal says can add few drops of lemon juice or
amchoor pwd to avoid forming sticky threads...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Check a pickle recipe.. Gherkins, Tendlis or the Tindora. . .

Gherkins also locally known as the Tendlis or the Tindora.
Gherkins is the small variety of cucumber, or a young green cucumber used for pickling. The gherkin is a fruit similar in form and nutritional value to a cucumber.
Gherkins are small green cucumbers that have been preserved in vinegar. Gherkins and cucumbers belong to the same species.
Pickled gherkins are served to accompany other foods, often in sandwiches. The gherkins, also called tendlis can be made into a simple subzi or make a typical Goan pickle, which is very tasty.




Check a pickle recipe..
20 Tendlis (gherkins),
1 tps salt.
MAKE A PICKLE MIX..
10 - 12 Use kashmiri chillies,
10 cloves of garlic,
A small piece of ginger,
1/8 tsp fenugreek seeds,
5 tbsp vinegar,
1/2 tbsp turmeric,
2 tbsp sugar,
1 tsp dry mango powder ( amchur )
MAKE A TEMPERING :
4-5 tbsp oil,
1 tsp mustard seeds
Method:
Wash and wipe gherkins, make a slit along length of each.
Slice gherkins into vertical fours.
Place all gherkins, sprinkle salt on them.
Keep aside and leave it for an hour.
Drain the water. In a mixer jar grind all the spices using vinegar, to a fine paste. Heat oil in a pan add the mustard seeds then add the spice paste and fry the spice paste over low heat for a minute. See the spice mixture does not burn. Stir in sugar and add the tendlis, cook till just tender. Store in a glass jar..

Paneer (fresh home made cheese)...

 
Paneer (fresh home made cheese)...
Paneer is a type of soft, crumbly cheese native to India, which is used in some parts of the Middle East as well. It is one of the most common cheeses used in Indian cuisine, and it has a simple, fresh n a versatile flavor.
Paneer is one of the most fascinating dairy products.
Paneer is the Indian cottage cheese and is made by curdling milk with some acidic food. It can be added directly to soups and vegetables, or eaten as it is. Use it by cutting in cubes and deep-fried or used raw in vegetable dishes. It makes a great filling for savories or makes a simple salad a delight.
Paneer is easy to digest. It is actually light on the stomach.
Paneer is high in calcium. Paneer is a good source of protein and it reduces cancer risk.

What is Chamomile?

What is Chamomile?
Chamomile is an herb that comes from a flowering plant from the daisy family. Both fresh and dried flowers of chamomile have been used to create teas for centuries to cure a number of health problems.
The active ingredient in chamomile essential oil is known as Bisabolol, which has a number of anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties.
Benefits of Chamomile?
It is anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial. It also helps Insomnia and other sleep disorders, Anxiety and Panic Attacks, Muscle twitches, Wounds, burns, and scrapes. Gr8 help in various Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and diaper rash n Stomach problems such as menstrual cramps, stomach flu, and ulcers.
Tea bags are the most common form of chamomile tea. Chamomile Tea has many health benefits for everyone, which are : Boosting Immunity, Fighting Infections like Common Colds, Triggers Anti-Bacterial activity in the Body, Relaxes the Nerves, Reducing Inflammation, acts as Analgesic, also Soothes the Stomach, helps greatly in Migraines n Relieving Menstrual Cramps.
The steam of Chamomile tea helps in Asthma & Sinus Infection, Anxiety n Heart Palpitation.

Salt, also known as table salt, or rock salt


Halite  commonly known as rock salt, is the mineral form of sodium chloride (NaCl).
The mineral is typically color.
Halite occurs in vast beds of sedimentary evaporite minerals that result from the drying up of enclosed lakes, playas, and seas. Salt beds may be hundreds of meters thick and underlie broad areas.
Salt domes are vertical diapirs or pipe-like masses of salt that have been essentially "squeezed up" from underlying salt beds.
Salt, also known as table salt, or rock salt, is a mineral that is composed primarily of sodium chloride (NaCl). Table salt is largely rock salt that has been crushed and purified.
Halite is often used both residentially and municipally for managing ice.
Salt is also used extensively in cooking as a flavor enhancer and to cure a wide variety of foods such as bacon and fish. Salt is one of the oldest, most ubiquitous food seasonings and salting is an important method of food preservation. The taste of salt (saltiness) is one of the basic human tastes.
Salt is also used in the production of ice cream. It is not actually used in the ice cream mixture; rather, it is used to melt the ice surrounding the can holding the ice cream.
While people have used canning and artificial refrigeration to preserve food for the last hundred years or so, salt has been the best-known food preservative, especially for meat, for many thousands of years.
Salt was included among funereal offerings found in ancient Egyptian tombs from the third millennium BC. The harvest of salt from the surface of Xiechi Lake near Yuncheng in Shanxi, China dates back to at least 6000 BC.
Mahatma Gandhi led at least 100,000 people on the "Dandi March" or "Salt Satyagraha", in which protesters made their own salt from the sea, which was illegal under British rule, as it avoided paying the "salt tax".
Salt for human consumption is produced in different forms: unrefined salt (such as sea salt), refined salt (table salt), and iodized salt. The completely raw sea salt is bitter because of magnesium and calcium compounds, and thus is rarely eaten.
Unrefined sea salts are also commonly used as ingredients in bathing additives and cosmetic products.
After the raw salt is obtained, it is refined to purify it and improve its storage and handling characteristics. Purification usually involves recrystallization. Table salt is refined salt, which contains about 97% to 99% sodium chloride.
Iodine-containing compounds are added to table salt. Iodine deficiency affects about two billion people and is the leading preventable cause of mental retardation.  The practice began in 1924.
Iodized salt is thus table salt mixed with a minute amount of potassium iodide, sodium iodide, or sodium iodate. Iodized salt is used to help reduce the incidence of iodine deficiency in humans.
Iodine deficiency commonly leads to thyroid gland problems, specifically endemic goiter, a disease characterized by a swelling of the thyroid gland.
In Western cuisines, salt is used in cooking, and also made available to diners in salt shakers on the table. So Table salt is refined salt. For 4,000 years, we have known that salt intakes can affect blood pressure through signals to the muscles of blood vessels trying to maintain blood pressure.
Many chefs prefer kosher salt in cooking certain dishes, usually as a topping, to add special crunch or taste to food. Kosher salt is made by similar evaporation processes as cubic table salt, both plain and iodized.  This condiment is used in India and is used extensively in Indian cuisine during fasting days.
Rock salt is used as a condiment or added to chaats, chutneys, raitas.
Store salt in an air tight container. Salt is salt. So long as it contains sodium (and all forms of table salt do), then it will raise your blood pressure and could damage your body. So people need to be careful when using  salt. 
Sea salt is evaporated sea water. All salts are nutritionally the same. Black salt named Kala Namak in India, is really a blend of minerals having  a strong sulfur odor.  It is commonly used in snack foods in North India. Kosher salt is an additive free coarsely grained salt.
Less intake of salt is good 4 health...
Almost all foods contain some sodium naturally. Dairy products, meats and fish are generally higher in natural sodium than fruits, vegetables and grains.
Most of the sodium we consume comes from the added salt. The salt we add in cooking and at the table, and salt that is added to processed foods. Sodium also occurs in several commonly used food ingredients, such as baking soda, baking powder and soya sauce, as well as in many food additives and preservatives such as sodium nitrate.
To reduce amount of sodium in your diet:
Follow these simple guidelines:
1. Remove the salt shaker from the table:
2 Go easy on spices and condiments:
To increase food taste try adding new flavors like lemon|lime juice, onion, garlic, green chilies, pepper, vinegar or even a pinch of sugar| honey|jaggery
(if you are not diabetic).
3 Use less of canned or processed foods.
4 Less of fast foods.
5 Eat less of non vegetarian food also.

EGGLESS MAYONNAISE RECIPE 4 U ALL....

 
EGGLESS MAYONNAISE RECIPE 4 U ALL....
A ' Mayonnaise is a dressing made from oil, eggs, spices, and seasonings like mustard, wine, salt, vinegar, and garlic that is made into an emulsion.
RECIPE ONE..
INGS
100 GRAMS CONDENSED MILK,
2 TBSP SALAD OIL OR OLIVE OIL,
2 TBSP WHITE VINEGAR OR LIME JUICE,
1\4 TSP SALT,
1\2 TSP MUSTARD POWDER,
1\4 TSP PEPPER POWDER.
METHOD
BLEND ALL WELL TOGETHER, BEAT WELL, THEN STORE IN FRIDGE.
RECIPE TWO
Make tasty homemade mayonnaise. The recipe does not use any eggs..
Take 1\4 cup fresh cream, 1 tsp mustard powder, 1\4 tsp salt, 1 tbsp sugar, 1\4 tsp pepper powder, 2 tsp vinegar and 3 tbsp oil.
Tip: For extra flavor, try using olive oil in place of vegetable oil.
Blend together the fresh cream, sugar, oil, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper powder in a bowl filled with ice.
Taste the mayonnaise, and adjust the seasoning and vinegar to taste.
Store the homemade mayonnaise in a jar or plastic container in the refrigerator.

A BASIC ' NAAN' RECIPE..

 
A BASIC ' NAAN' RECIPE..
350 g Fine flour
5 tablespoons yogurt
5 tablespoons warm water
½ teaspoon active dry yeast
½ teaspoon salt
pinch of sugar
ghee or butter to apply.
METHOD..
Add warm water, sugar and yeast. Mix well until the yeast dissolves. Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Make a well in the center.
Add yeast mixture and yogurt and make into soft dough using water. Apply oil on the dough leave it covered with a cloth for at least 3 hours. Divide the dough making balls, about 4-6 pieces. Roll into 6-8 inch ovals shape.
Cook for three minutes on each side under a preheated griddle,
until brown spots appears. Serve hot with ghee or butter.

A SIMPLE MASALA CHAAS RECIPE...

 
A SIMPLE MASALA CHAAS RECIPE...
INGREDIENTS..
1 CUP YOGURT | CURD,
1 CUP CHILLED WATER,
6-7 CURRY LEAVES,
A PIECE OF GINGER GRATED,
1 GREEN CHILLY CUT,
1\2 TSP CUMIN POWDER,
1\4 TSP CHAAT MASALA,
1\8 TSP BLACK SALT,
1 TBSP CORIANDER LEAVES CUT,
SALT TO TASTE.
TEMPERING...
1 TSP OIL,
1\8 TSP MUSTARD SEEDS,
1\8 TSP ASAFOETIDA,
1-2 CURRY LEAVES,
HALF OF THE GINGER N CUT CHILLY.
METHOD ...
PUT THE YOGURT | CURD IN A MIXER JAR, IN THIS ALSO ADD HALF OF THE GRATED GINGER, HALF OF THE CUT CHILLY, FEW CURRY LEAVES, SALT, CHAAT MASALA, BLACK SALT, CUMIN POWDER AND THE CUT CORIANDER LEAVES. CHURN WELL. ALSO ADD FEW CUBES OF ICE, IF WISH TO SERVE CHILLED.
MAKE A ' TEMPERING'...
PUT A PAN TO HEAT, ADD THE OIL, ADD THE MUSTARD SEEDS, ASAFOETIDA, HALF OF THE GINGER AND HALF OF THE CUT CHILLY, FEW CURRY LEAVES.
MIX THIS TEMPERING IN THE CHURNED CHAAS. A TASTY MASALA CHAAS IS READY. SERVE IN GLASSES OR CHILL AND SERVE..

WHAT ONE CAN DO WITH LEFTOVER SUGAR SYRUP

 
Gulab jamun is a popular dessert in countries of the Indian Subcontinent such as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. It is made of a dough consisting mainly of milk solids, traditionally, khoya, an Indian milk product (buffalo milk,) then rolled into a ball together with some flour and then deep fried. It is then put into in a sugar syrup flavored with cardamom seeds and rosewater, kewra or saffron.
WHAT ONE CAN DO WITH LEFTOVER SUGAR SYRUP OF THE ' GULAB JAMUNS'..
IT WAS FUN AND SEE SO MANY RECIPES CAME UP..'WOW'..

Asha Johari suggest to use left sugar syrup, 2 -3 slices of bread,
ghee or oil to fry.
Method: cut bread into 3 inches length strips. Fry them in the ghee
or oil. In another pan heat left over sugar syrup with some water. Bring it to a boil and switch off. Now put the fried bread in that and serve hot. Your bread gulab jamun is ready.
DEAR ASHA, YOUR RECIPE IS FANTASTIC,
SO IS YOUR PRESENTATION.

Resham Rangwani Thakur says, she makes shaahi tukra or maal pua. and uses the syrup in that way..
usha's kitchen says, keep it up. Ideal solution and a good one 2..

Balaji Krishnamurthi suggested: Get some Gooseberries (small variety).
Wash them clean. Dry them on a piece of clean cloth. Set the pan of sugar syrup on low flame. Add a little Chilly powder, Fennel seeds and Salt. Add the gooseberries. Bring to a boil till it reaches a thicker consistency) Consume within one week
(if not refrigerated). Alwaysb use a dry spoon.
(Grated raw mango can also be used instead of gooseberies.)
Goes well with Chapatties and bread.
Balaji Krishnamurthi Chilly powder and salt to be added according to ones taste and preference. usha's kitchen feels this is most innovative way to use a leftover syrup.
Always do cooking as per your taste and your family's taste..

Anandhi Balaji says,
Get a packet of shelled peanuts and roasted gram(pottukadalai)and dry roast them...Thicken the sugar syrup add the peanuts and gram.. it can be spread on flat plate, or make it into small balls by rolling in dessicated coconut.( optional.)
DEAR ANANDHI, LOVELY SUGGESTION AND DESSICATED COCONUT SOUNDS WONDERFUL..

Sadhana Ginde says " You can also mix it w/ cooked rice to make a kesar bhath type of dish."
GR8 SUGGESTION, SADHANA...
" HAPPY WITH ALL TIPS, RECIPES AND SOLUTIONS.."

BUYING N STORAGE TIPS . . . 4 fruits.

BUYING N STORAGE TIPS . . . 4 fruits.
Most fruits are highly perishable. Purchase well-colored apples that are firm, with a fresh smell. Skins should be smooth. Store apples in a cool, dark place.
Or put place the apples in a plastic bag and store in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. 

Select bananas that are bright in color, full and plump. You can speed up the ripening process by placing the bananas in an open paper bag on the counter.
Select fruits that are mostly yellow in case of Papaya. Ripe papayas should be refrigerated to slow down the ripening process. If a ripe papaya is kept in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, and it should last about a week.

Sprouts are the germinated seeds| pulses

 
Sprouts are the germinated seeds| pulses
Sprouting is the practice of germinating seeds to be eaten either raw or cooked. The germination process that lasts few days, can be done at home manually. The seeds are normally first soaked, before soaking, the seeds are rinsed to remove soil and dirt. The soaking increases the water content in the seeds and brings them out of quiescence. Then draining and then rinsing seeds at regular intervals until they germinate, or sprout. The growth process of any sprout can be slowed or halted by refrigerating until needed.
Common seeds for sprouting include alfalfa, fenugreek, lentils, peas, etc. The Mung beans have been sprouted in Asia for thousands of years.
Choose seeds to be sprouted. Put the seeds| pulses in warm water to soak, 8 to 10 hours. Now rinse the pulses| seeds. 
Drain the water, put them in a muslin cloth and tie it tightly. Place it in a jar or a vessel in a warm, dark place. Cover with a lid. Check if the sprouts have attained desired length, or else sprinkle some water again continue to sprout.
When sprouted well then store unused sprouts in the refrigerator.
Sprouts are said to be rich in digestible energy, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, proteins, these nutrients are essential for human health.
"...sprouts nourish and strengthen the whole body, including the vital immune system."

Monday, December 26, 2011

Have you ever heard of a soup against cancer? Tarhana, it is . . .


Tarhana (Turkish), trahanas (Greek) are names for a dried food based on a fermented mixture of grain and yoghurt or fermented milk, usually made into a thick soup with water, stock, or milk.
Tarhana is made by mixing flour, yoghurt or sour milk, and optionally cooked vegetables, salt, and spices , letting the mixture ferment, then drying, and usually grinding and sieving the result. Tarhana are cooked as a thick soup by adding them to stock, water, or milk and simmering. This soup is rich in vitamin A, B1, B2 and lycopene.
Tarhana is a traditional dish in Turkish cuisine refers to a dough or powder made using various vegetables, spices, yeast, and yogurt.
Have you ever heard of a soup against cancer?
Ismail Çelik, the head of Department of Preventive Oncology of Hacettepe University, pointed out the importance of diet to protect our body against cancer. The professor advised people to eat what they learnt from their grandmothers, not from TV programs.
Tarhana soup is a traditional soup... 
Make the tarhana soup : Need
1/2 cup tarhana, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 
4 cups water, tomato paste,1 tsp red pepper puree, butter, grated  cheese.
Soak the tarhana  in  warm water for at 
least 15 minutes.
Put to heat the soaked tarhana and olive oil
to a boil. Stir  for 15  minutes.  Add a little tomato paste, pepper puree  and salt to taste. Serve with grated cheese and some butter.
Also serve with bread croutons.
Things are much easier now as you can buy the Tarhana mix from Mediterranean grocery store.

Hummus can be part of a healthy diet.


Hummus can be part of a healthy diet.
Tip to get best ‘ hummus’, if one soaks the chickpeas

overnight with baking soda to soften them.
Tip two make your own tahini paste, in a food processor 

or blender by grinding toasted sesame seeds.
Toast the sesame seeds in a pan over medium heat until 
golden brown, allow to cool, then grind.
RECIPE ONE :
Ingredients 1 clove garlic [cook with chickpeas], 

1 cup Chickpeas , half the liquid reserved,
4 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsps tahini, 1 clove garlic, chopped,
1 teaspoon salt, black pepper to taste, 2 tablespoons olive oil.
Method :
Boil the chickpeas with garlic, until soft.
In a mixer jar add chopped garlic, chickpeas ,

lemon juice, tahini, and salt in blender. Blend until creamy
and well mixed. Transfer the mixture to a medium serving bowl. Sprinkle with pepper and pour olive oil over the top.
Recipe Two for making the hummus...
1 cup dried chickpeas, 1 tsp baking soda, 3-4 large garlic cloves, unpeeled, 1\8 cup olive oil , 1/8 teaspoon ground cumin, 1\8 cup tahini, ,4-5 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, Salt , Paprik to sprinkle, 4 tbsp chopped parsley, Pita bread, for serving.
Soak the dried chickpeas in water and stir in the baking soda, keep overnight.
Drain the water and cook the chickpeas, also add the garlic cloves and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat until the chickpeas are tender, about 40 minutes.
Keep little water, puree the chickpeas with 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water, 1/4 cup of the olive oil and 4 cloves of garlic. Add the cumin along with 1/8 cup of the tahini and lemon juice and grind until creamy. Season the hummus with salt. Sprinkle the hummus with the cumin and paprika. Also drizzle olive oil on top.
RECIPE THREE FOR HUMMUS..
Contributed by Meghna Chowdhary..
The recipe with photo has been posted with a picture.
You need a paste called Tahini.. which is generally difficult

2 get in India. So you can make it.
Grind 1 cup of Seasme seeds with 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil

till its a smooth paste.
Next, also grind separately 1 cup boiled Chana/Chick peas,

a few cloves of garlic, 1 Tbsp of Tahini paste (recipe above),
a squeeze of Lemon and Salt to taste.
Grind till smooth and no lumps. Serve with Pita bread, fresh mint leaves, onions, tomatoes and pickled cumbers and chillies.

Is there any difference between green tea, and the black tea?


Green tea is made solely from the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea originates from China and has become associated with many cultures throughout Asia. The regular green tea drinkers may have a lower risk of developing heart disease
and certain types of cancer. As long ago as 4,000 years, 
China's inhabitants cultivated and drank green tea. Green
tea has been used as both a beverage and a method of traditional medicine in most of Asia, including China, Japan, Taiwan, and few others.
There are three main varieties of tea, green, black, and oolong. The difference between the teas is in their processing. 
Green tea is made from not fermented leaves.
Green tea is processed and grown in a variety of ways, depending on the type of green tea desired. As a result of 
these methods, maximum amounts of polyphenols and antioxidants are retained, giving maximum green tea benefits. The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant.
The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of 
green tea since ancient times, using it to treat everything
from headaches to depression.
Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the leaves of 
the Camellia sinensis plant.
What sets green tea apart is the way it is processed.
Green tea leaves are steamed, which prevents the EGCG compound from being oxidized. By contrast, black and
oolong tea leaves are made from fermented leaves, 
which results in the EGCG being converted into 
other compounds.
Is there any  difference between green tea, and the black tea?
Both come from the same plant (Camellia sinensis), but the difference is in the processing. Green tea is dried, but not fermented. The shorter processing gives green tea a lighter flavor than black tea.
The flavor of green tea can be described as: fresh, light, green, or grassy. Some varieties of green tea are have a bit of sweetness to them, and some are a little astringent.
Green tea is not usually served with milk or sugar.
The best part is that it is safe for anyone of any age.
It’s just green tea after all.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Joy of Christmas, . . " Merry X'mas " 2 ALL ..


From Home to home,
and heart to heart,
from one place to another.
The warmth and joy of Christmas,
brings us closer to each other.
" Merry X'mas "
Bells are ringing
the wishes of christmas day
the flying snowflakes
sending my most sincere wishes
to you all . . merry christmas.


May your world be filled with warmth
and good cheer this Holy season,
and throughout the year.
Wish your christmas be filled
with peace and love.
Merry X-mas . . .

Homemade Sev . ..

 
Sev is made from Bengal gram flour which is mixed with spices and seasonings. Also mix Salt, spices and lime juice to give sev a tangy flavor and make a dough. This dough is put into the sev making machine. From the machine drop the thin strands of dough, which are then deep fried.
Make tasty Sev at home.
ings:
2 cups Bengal gram flour ( Besan ),
1 tomato puree, blanched, grind in the mixer and strain it.
Also add salt, red chilly powder, pepper powder and a pinch of soda.
method:
Mix all the above ingredients to make a dough, using the tomato puree. Grease your hands and grease the inner side of the sev making machine. Put a long piece of the dough into the greased machine. Move your hands in circular motion to make rings of sev.
Cook for about a minute or two. Allow to fry in oil.
Keep flipping the sev rings till they are yellowish brown.
When Sev is ready. Store in a container.

A Crunchy Party Starter . .Papad Spring Roll


Papad Spring Roll
( a Crunchy Starter ) ( Serves 4 )
Ing:

8 nos urad dal papad
( small size, garlic flavor )
1tbsp oil, 1\4 tsp sugar
2 small size potatoes
( boiled n broken into pieces)
1 cut onion, 1\4 tsp pepper pd
2 tbsp grated paneer n carrot
1tbsp cut capsicum, 1\4 tsp chaat masala
1tbsp boiled corn, 1\4 tsp red chilly pd
Salt to taste
Method :Put a pan to heat , add oil in that add the onion
Cook for few seconds, then add capsicum, carrot and
corn, stir now add chilly pd, chaat masala, sugar, pepper pd
And salt.Take off the heat then add the paneer.
From this mixture, make 8 pieces of cutlet shaped roll to put inside the papad to get papad spring roll. 

(1 to 1 1\2 inch in size ).
Take some water in a plate, dip one papad at a time, take it
Out and put on a kitchen cloth, dab it gently.
Now the papad is very soft this will unable us to make the rolls.
On each papad place one cutlet n roll it n close the edges, seal
the sides firmly . Fry in hot oil n serve hot with tomato sauce.

Tasty party food... Quick Bruschetta..


Tasty party food...
Quick Bruschetta..
ings :
5-6 slices cut from a french loaf,
2 tbsp grated cheese,
2 tbsp cut onion,
2 tbsp cut capsicum,
2 tbsp boiled sweetcorn
1 tbsp black olives cut into pieces,
1\2 tsp chilly flakes,
1\2 tsp oregano,
1 tbsp butter to apply,
salt to taste..
method :
Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade for 10 minutes.
Apply butter on one side of the cut slices of the french bread.
The buttered side is the bottom side and on the above side spread the mixture of the cut vegetables, cheese , chilly flakes, oregano and salt. Put in hot oven the bread slices until crisp.

Serve with tasty salsa type dip..

1 cup Tomato puree ( blanched tomato puree ),
3\4 cup Tomato sauce,
2 Tbsp Butter,
1 Onion cut finely,
1 Tbsp cut Garlic,
2 Tbsp Capsicum cut finely,
1 Tbsp Sugar,
Salt n Pepper powder to taste.
Blanch the tomatoes n grind in a mixer jar.
Put a pan to heat add butter, add garlic n saute for few seconds.
Now add cut capsicum, onion, stir for few minutes.

Also add tomato puree n tomato sauce.
In this add salt, pepper powder n sugar, cook on low heat 

until thickens. Serve as a dip..

Smoothie is pronounced “Smooth-ee”.

 
Smoothie is pronounced “Smooth-ee”.
A smoothie is a blended and sometimes sweetened beverage made from fresh fruit (fruit smoothie). In addition to fruit, many smoothies include crushed ice, frozen fruit, honey or contain syrup and ice ingredients. They have a milkshake-like consistency that is thicker than slush drinks. They can also contain milk, yogurt or ice cream. A smoothie is a drink which is made from fruit or vegetables, usually with added liquids such as yoghurt, milk or juices and often with additional flavorings such as honey, sugar or spices, which is blended in a mixer jar.
There are plenty of variations of smoothies in the world..
Smoothies are very simple to make. A smoothie can be a deliciously healthy way to fortify the body with fruits, vegetables, minerals and vitamins..
Smoothies can be enjoyed any time of the day. A good habit could be having a smoothie, every morning as part of a daily routine. By doing this you'll get the majority of your daily nutrition all before lunch. As it is high in water and nutrient content that will keep you hydrated and provide you with a feeling of well being.
Frozen, cut mixed fruit, n other ingredients would make a frozen smoothie.
A TASTY SMOOTHIE RECIPE..
Ings :
4 Round slices of Pineapple,
1 Apple cut into pieces,
1 Banana cut into pieces,
5 Strawberries cut into pieces,
1\4 Cup Watermelon cut into pieces,
1 Fig cut into pieces,
2 Dates cut into pieces,
2 Tbsp Kiwi crush,
1 Cup Orange juice,
Sugar, Ice, if needed.
Method : Cut all the fruits, dates and fig.
Pour the kiwi crush on it. Put all in the freezer
section of the fridge to chill.
When to serve, put all fruits and the orange juice
in a mixer jar, grind to a thick shake or thick juice.
Serve chilled. Add sugar and ice if needed, while
grinding..

Lime ice . . . PARTY FOODS

 
Lime ice . . .
This x'mas with a snowy effect . . .
INGS:
1Tbsp Kiwi Crush or
1 Tbsp Khus Syrup
Lemon flavor soft drink
1 Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream
1\4 cup Crushed Ice
METHOD:
In a mixer jar pour the khus or kiwi crush,
lemon flavored soft drink, ice cream and
the crushed ice.
Quickly churn 4 few minutes.
Pour in a tall glass or a goblet.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A SIMPLE PARTY DESSERT..Strawberries dipped in chocolate.

 
A SIMPLE PARTY DESSERT...
Do u all like strawberries dipped in chocolate?
This is so much fun! It will remind you of decorating cookies n cakes.  These are great!! Very easy!! Must try 4 all, this strawberry season. These are excellent, easy and an elegant dessert, 4 which all will say  " FANTASTIC" . . . 
A simple way 2 get 2 these . . .
Wash the strawberries in running water. Put them on a clean kitchen towel to dry completely before you start dipping them in chocolate. One will need chocolate of one's choice whether it is dark, milk, or white chocolate.
Few tips 4 making chocolate dipped strawberries...
If it is a chocolate bar, cut into pieces n do in double boiler or in microwave. Melt the chocolates in a microwave at half power, for 1 minute. Remember just 2 melt the chocolate, not bring it to a boil.
If you are using chocolate chips, then a stir is important while melting it.
If have problem to hold the strawberry, then put on a tooth pick or a skewer. Keep all ready before you start to dip the strawberries, like finely cut nuts or coconut or any other fancy sprinklers.
After tempering the chocolate should look shiny.
Plan whether you wish to dip the whole strawberry or would like to cover 2\3 portion. Then coat the strawberry in your toppings.
While dipping the strawberry in chocolate hold it by its leaves.
Place the dipped strawberry onto a wax paper n in the fridge section.
Until the chocolate coating has hardened, the berries will come off the paper. They will not keep more than a day. Need to be stored in the refrigerator.
A SIMPLE RECIPE
Ingredients: Dark| Semi sweet| Milk chocolate, chopped,
White chocolate, chopped,
Strawberries with stems, washed and dried well.
Method: Melt the chocolate n Stir until smooth.
When the chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from the heat.
Hold the strawberry by the stem, dip the berry into the dark chocolate or any other of your choice. Twirl it around to get it completely coated.
Line a waxed paper on a tray. Roll in nuts, coconut or using a fork, dipped in melted white chocolate make a design| pattern by drizzling. Put the coated strawberries in the fridge section to set, but remember to use within 24 hours.
After dipping your strawberries be sure to put them in the refrigerator not the freezer section..

Party foods ... recipe of onion rings..

 
CRISPY ONION RINGS
ING:
one Onion,
2 tbsp Rice flour
2 tbsp Maida,
1 tsp Besan (Benegal gram flour),
Few pinch of Soda bi carb,
Red chilly powder, Little Pepper powder, Salt to taste,
Oil to fry.
METHOD:
Take a big size onion, peel and cut round slices ( roundals).
(thick slices, separate each ring).
Put oil to heat , make a batter of rice flour, maida, besan,
soda bi carb, red chilly pd, pepper pd, salt to taste.
Use water to make a flowing batter, dip each onion rings in the batter so that it coats all well.
Put one by one in oil to fry, remove when golden on a paper napkin. Serve with some chaat masala sprinkled on top. Serve with green chutney and tomato sauce.
TIP: Add rice flour to get crispy onion rings.

Monday, December 19, 2011

MOCKTAILS N COCKTAILS 4 ANY PARTY..

ALL RECIPES ALREADY POSTED . . . . . .

Strawberry Delight #### Party Foods . . . Recipe one

 
Strawberries are packed with hordes of health benefits,
making it a nutritious fruit for the mind and body.
Party Foods . . . Recipe one
Strawberry Delight
Strawberry puree
1\4 cup strawberry puree,
1\2 cup Ice cream soda,
1 Small scope Vanilla Ice cream,
4- 5 cubes Ice.
Need to make strawberries puree..
5 strawberries, washed n cut,
1 tbsp Mixed fruit jam| Strawberry jam,
1 tsp Sugar, opt,
1-2 tbsp Strawberry Crush.
In a mixer grinder add all to get a strawberry puree.
Keep this in the fridge to chill.
When to serve
In a mixer jar, add the strawberry puree, ice, soda
ice cream. Churn for few minutes. Serve chilled.

A healthy party food| starter... PAPAD CHAAT CONE

 
A healthy party food| starter.
PAPAD CHAAT
Ings:
Small size papad (cut into half) ,
Boiled potato cut into small pieces,
Boiled and salted sprouts or red channa or chola,
1 onion cut finely,
1\2 tomato cut into small pieces,
1 green chilly cut into pieces,
1\4 tsp red chilly pd,
1\4 tsp chaat masala,
1\4 tsp sugar (powdered)
Salt to taste
Few drops of lime juice.
METHOD:
Mix all ingredients except the papad.
Roast the half cut papad, one by one and immediately
give shape of a cone.
Fill the above chaat mixture in the cone shaped papad
and garnish with coriander leaves n anaar dhana.

Masalas form an integral part of everyday cooking.

Masalas form an integral part of everyday cooking.
Bisi Bele Bath involves the use of spicy masala, toor dal (a type of lentil) and vegetables. Spices like nutmeg and asafoetida, curry leaves and tamarind pulp used in its preparation. The ‘chutney pitto/chutney podi/chutney powder’ are easy 2 use plus add lots of flavor. Podis, means powder or spice mix in plain English.
The chutney powder with coconut is very popular among Konkanis. It can be either with or without garlic.
There are special spice powdesr used in most of the Udupi gravies , sambars n Rasams. These are available as sambar powder, the rasam powder.
The MTR puliyogare powder mix must be one of the most popular powders.
The benefit of using readymade masalas is skip the frying| roasting the ingredients and use commonly available Bisi Bele Bath powders or any other popular ones available in stores n supermarkets.
Sambar Powder, Rasam Powder, Garam Masala, Puliogare Powder, Bisibele Bhath Masala, Vangi Bhath (brinjal rice) Powder, Idli/Dosa/Chilli Chutney Powder, Dal Powder or Parupu Podi, Subzi Masala Multi-purpose Curry Powder. There are so many variety of such powders available that has made cooking quick n easy.
There are readymade masala paste, Biryani Paste, Lemon Rice Paste, Tomato Rice Paste, Puliogare (Tamarind Rice) Paste, the list is endless.
Garlic powder is a very popular ingredient with cooks n it is especially popular in Chinese and Mediterranean cooking.
How easy life could be?
Make quick cheesy garlic bread by mixing butter, grated Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and little garlic powder. Spread on cut pieces of French bread; put in hot oven for few minutes until golden brown.
Healthy tip 4 the day . . .
Benefits of Garlic are antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral, and antibiotic.
Always add the Pepper powder to cooked dishes towards the end.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Recipe two ... Party foods..

 
Roasted Corn Satey lolli pops..
Ings :
For Corn Satey Roll..
10 satey sticks,
one sweetcorn roasted,
2 boiled and grated potatoes,
1 green chilly cut,
1 tbsp cut coriander leaves,
2 tbsp grated paneer,
1\4 tsp red chilly powder,
1\2 tsp lime juice,
1\2 tsp powdered sugar,
1\4 tsp chaat masala,
oil to fry.
roll in crumbs..
1\2 cup bread crumbs,
some salt and red chilly powder to taste.
For the paste
1\4 cup maida ( fine flour ),
1 tbsp corn flour,
1 tsp cream,
salt to taste .
Method :
Roast a corn on gas flame, allow to cool.
Remove all corn kernels.
In a bowl take grated potatoes, add the grated paneer.
Also add cut green chilly and coriander leaves.
Now add the coarsely ground roasted corn, add
red chilly powder, chaat masala, salt, sugar and lime
juice. Mix well.
Take 'satey stick' covering half of the stick, put the
above mixture looking like the sheek kabab.
Make a paste of maida, corn flour, salt and cream, use water as needed. In the bread crumbs add the salt and red chilly powder.
Make all corn satey lollipops, first dip in maida batter then in bread crumbs. Put oil to heat and fry the corn satey lolli pops until golden brown.. Serve with a dip in single serving glass..

Party foods recipe one..

Wish 2 create a huge album 4 ' Party Foods ', so it could come 2 help to all n for the ones planning a party 4 the upcoming festival season..
Collection of party foods.. From my own collection...

CHEESE POPS
MAKES 6 PIECES
INGS:
2 Boiled and Grated Potatoes,
6 Small, Cut pieces of Cheese, 1 Tbsp Butter,
2 Tbsp Grated Cheese, 4 Slices of bread made
into Crumbs, 4 Tbsp Fine Flour ( Maida ),
Salt and Pepper pd to taste, Oil to fry..
METHOD:
Grate together the potatoes and cheese.
Mix into this half the bread crumbs and also the butter.
Add salt and pepper pd to taste and make 6 balls ,in
the center put a small piece of cheese and seal well.
Make a paste of fine flour using water and dip each ball
then coat in the remaining bread crumbs. Fry in hot oil,
serve hot with tomato sauce.

PARTY TIME N PARTY FOODS.. RECIPES COMING UP


PARTY TIME N PARTY FOODS..
Parties are best opportunities to socialize, so have fun!
A Party means a  social gathering especially for pleasure or amusement.
It is a social gathering for pleasure, often held as a celebration.
Party food is fun, flavorful and eye-catching.
A party is nothing but the time to get together, relax and have fun while enjoying great food, drinks and music but more importantly it is about being with the people you love.
Attending parties can be an enjoyable experience.
Non-alcoholic cocktails are fun to make, delicious to drink and great for a quick thirst-quenching treat for a party. Everyone loves to party. There’s something about getting together with your friends that really helps you shed the stress n just chill.
Deciding what you’ll serve your guests is a important aspect of party planning.
What types of food can you  prepare for your gathering? 
How much would it cost to prepare food and drinks for 
all people you intend calling.
Do you want to have the party catered (someone else will prepare and serve the food).
Do-ahead preparations 4 the party. Plan food and drink. 
So have a  party menu list. Remember 2 enjoy your guests.
Few healthy food choices| options are gr8 like a salad n as appetizer, select something nutrient-rich, like Bruschetta 
with fresh tomatoes, olives. Served with a fresh salsa. 
How about healthy fresh fruit juice, like the strawberry.. 
 Nuts are a heart-healthy snack choice the ' Roasted almonds '.
Add baked Pizzas, Pastas and baked potatoes on your menu, which all will love it.
For a party bite size or finger starters are a gr8 help.. 
Several smaller bites for people to nibble.
We all  love throwing little gatherings at our house. 
They're really just an excuse to get people together 2 have fun.
Hospitality isn't about house, food or furniture. It's about heart 4 any party 2 be a hit.
BEST PARTY TIP .. If you are invited to a party, be sure to ask what the dress code is, if any?
"life of the party" = a person who makes a party fun for everyone.
Live For Today...Plan For Tomorrow...Party Tonight!
RECIPES COMING UP ..

Paneer (fresh home made cheese)...

Paneer (fresh home made cheese)...
Paneer is a type of soft, crumbly cheese native to India, which is used in some parts of the Middle East as well. It is one of the most common cheeses used in Indian cuisine, and it has a simple, fresh n a versatile flavor.
Paneer is one of the most fascinating dairy products.
Paneer is the Indian cottage cheese and is made by curdling milk with some acidic food. It can be added directly to soups and vegetables, or eaten as it is. Use it by cutting in cubes and deep-fried or used raw in vegetable dishes.
It makes a great filling for savories or makes a simple salad a delight.
Paneer is easy to digest. It is actually light on the stomach.
Paneer is high in calcium. Paneer is a good source of protein and it reduces cancer risk.

Friday, December 16, 2011

The so-called ‘happy foods’

The so-called ‘happy foods’ are foods that contain natural feel, good properties which can ward off low mood swings.
Many different types of foods have been shown to improve our happiness levels.
The mood-affecting foods exist.
So-called "happy foods" affect us physiologically because they contain higher levels of vitamins and minerals that impact the production and release of serotonin, the
neurotransmitter.
Chocolate contains high quantities of phenols, antioxidants which boost mood, but it also has large amounts of fat and sugar and lots of calories. Chocolate is said to have chemicals that stimulate channels in the brain to release endorphins.
Bananas contain plenty of starchy carbohydrate, which sustains your good mood and makes u feel energetic.
Strawberries are healthy and help to change our mood for the better!
Few others are Ice-creams, Pastas, Oranges, French bread|wholemeal baguettes, Grapes, Nuts n Sesame seeds.

Quick Mushrooms n Mix Vegetable Subzi

 
Quick Mushrooms n Mix Vegetable Subzi
INGS
1 Cup Boiled Vegetables,
[ like Potato, Carrot, Beans, Cauliflower,Babycorn ],
10 Mushrooms, cut into half,
1 Tbsp Oil,
Salt and Sugar to taste,
1 Tbsp Cream for garnish,
1 Tbsp Coriander leaves for garnish.
Make a paste
1 Onion cut into pieces,
1 Tomato cut into pieces,
1\4 Cup Curd,
1-2 Green Chilly,
A piece of Ginger,
1 Tbsp Ginger n Garlic paste,
1 Tbsp Grated Coconut,
3\4 Tsp Red chilly powder,
1\4 Tsp Turmeric powder,
1\2 Tsp Coriander powder,
1\4 Tsp Cumin seeds.
Method
Boil the vegetables in water with little salt added.
Except the mushrooms.
Drain the vegetables and keep aside.
In a mixer jar grind all ingredients and make a paste.
Put a pan to heat, add oil, then add the paste, stir.
Cook until oil appears, now add the boiled vegetables,
salt, sugar to taste. If the gravy seems thick, add some
water. Also add the mushroom pieces.
Cover and cook for few minutes. Serve hot with a garnish
of coriander leaves n cream.

A VERY IMPORTANT BAKING TIP..

A VERY IMPORTANT BAKING TIP..
A regular cake recipe will give many - many mini cupcakes.
Try to use the paper liners, which come in various colors and designs.
Always fill liners 2/3 full of batter, give space 2 rise while baking..

Gulkand in Hindi: गुलक़न्द

Mouth freshener tip 4 the day..
"Gulkand Mukhwas" is usually eaten after a meal to aid digestion and freshen
the mouth. 
Gulkand in Hindi: गुलक़न्द is a sweet preserve of rose petals from Pakistan and North India. Gul means flower in both Persian and Urdu whereas qand means sweet in Arabic..
 Gulkand is an Ayurvedic tonic. Gulkand is commonly used as an ingredient in Paan.
  A simple gulkand recipe would need equal amount of bright red colored rose petals n sugar, wash n clean the rose petals. Mix rose petals n sugar, add few drops of rose essence. Keep in sun in a glass jar. A healthy homemade gulkand will be ready.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Crunchy Chinese Bhel

 
Crunchy Chinese Bhel
Chinese Bhel is a delicious snack that is wholesome
enough to be eaten as a meal.
Ingredients
1 1\2 cup Noodles boiled n fried,
1 Onion finely chopped,
4 tbsp cabbage shredded,
2 tbsp capsicum cut in thin slices,
1 carrot cut in thin slices,
2 tbsp cornflour,
1 tbsp soy sauce,
1 tbsp red chilly sauce | schezuan sauce,
1 tsp sugar,
1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste,
1 tsp Black pepper powder,
salt to taste,
2 tbsp Roasted Peanuts, coarsely ground,
Few spoons cut spring onions 4 garnish,
2 tbsp Oil,
Oil to deep fry.
METHOD:
Boil noodles in hot water add little oil n some salt. When done,
drain the water. Allow to cool then sprinkle cornflour on noodles and mix well. Put oil to heat to fry the noodles. Fry until golden brown in color. Put a pan, add oil and saute the onion, carrot, capsicum, also add ginger | garlic paste and stir for few minutes, take off the heat.
In a bowl mix salt, black pepper powder, sugar, chilly sauce and soy sauce. Now in a bigger bowl mix the bhel for that take the fried noodles, the vegetables, also add cabbage and mix well. Now add the sauces mixture. Garnish on top with green spring onions.

Why Eat Mushrooms . . .


Why Eat Mushrooms . . . 
Mushrooms are fungi.  There are over 38,000 varieties of mushrooms available with only about 3,000 that are edible.
Mushrooms are source of quality protein having essential amino acids and high digestibility.
Mushrooms are the richest source of protein and are suitable for human consumption. They are fleshy fruiting bodies of higher fungi. No cholesterol and low fat so good for Heart.
Low calorific food with no starch, low sugars, so delight  for Diabetics. Also have high Fiber, low sodium n has high potassium. Good source of vitamin B-complex and Vit C; only vegetable source of Vit D. Rich in minerals like copper (cardio-protective) & Selenium (anti-cancer). The mushroom are considered to be healthy. Some consider it a delicacy, others
use it for medicinal purposes.
Why its good for your health . . 
Mushrooms are an excellent source of Potassium.
Mushroom cap provides more potassium than banana or
an orange.
The  mushrooms are low on sodium and fat.
Mushrooms can help you lose weight as mushrooms contain 80%-90% water weight, so they are filling and low in calories. Also, they have low carbohydrate content, so its great for those on a low carb diet.
Mushroom is a vegetable, so all you vegetarians,
eat your mushrooms and stay healthy!
Mushroom is good for health and adds great texture
and flavor to food.

FEW HEALTHY TIPS

FEW HEALTHY TIPS
Eggs, which are full of protein, will help you feel fuller longer.
One salad a day with dressing had higher levels of vitamins C and E, folic acid, lycopene, and carotenoids, all disease fighters.

A study shows that overweight women who ate three small pears or apples a day lost more weight to who did not eat.

Eat Grapefruit as it has phytochemicals that reduce insulin levels, that may force your body to convert calories into energy rather than flab.
Eat the Pears which come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Pears are delicious fruits that are related to the apple and the quince. They are a delectable fruit that can be enjoyed by all.
Pears are juicy and sweet with a soft, white to cream colored flesh inside. Pears are a good source of vitamin C and copper. Both of these nutrients are antioxidants. Pear's fiber helps prevent constipation.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Marinara (mariner's) sauce ...

 
Marinara (mariner's) sauce ...
Marinara (mariner's) sauce is a southern Italian tomato sauce usually made with tomatoes, garlic, herbs (such as basil), and onion. There are many variations. Some of these include the addition of capers, olives, anchovies, and/or spices.
This sauce to add flavor to pasta, rice, seafood and pizza.
There are at least two folk theories as to the origin of this sauce:
One says cooks aboard Neapolitan ships invented marinara sauce in the mid-16th century. Another theory states this was a sauce prepared by the wives of Neapolitan sailors upon their return from sea.
Marinara sauce is an Italian-American term for a simple tomato sauce with herbs mostly parsley and basil.
Is there any difference between marinara sauce and pomodoro sauce?
Lots of Italians consider the two sauces the same thing.
Marinara sauce is a tomato sauce made with fresh tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and fresh basil and salt, but it simmers for only about 20 minutes.
So its texture is liquid type with chunks of tomatoes.
Since it simmers for a short period of time it retains it's bright red/orange color. While some of the olive oil blends with the tomatoes, some of it does not.
A pomodoro sauce, is a lot like the marinara sauce as it's thicker but still liquid consistency. It feels a lot like minced tomatoes in your mouth rather than the chunks you feel in marinara sauce as it's cooked for a longer time n it's darker in color.

Pomodoro sauce

 
Pasta Pomodoro is an Italian food typically prepared with pasta, olive oil, fresh tomatoes, basil, and other fresh ingredients that may vary. It is intended to be a quick light dish, rather than a dish in a heavy sauce. Pomodoro means tomato in Italian.
Pomodoro sauce is a type of Italian tomato sauce that is often served over cooked pasta. Like marinara sauce, pomodoro sauce is made from tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and fresh basil. Pomodoro sauce is somewhat thicker than the traditional marinara sauce, because it is simmered longer.
Making a fresh Pomodoro sauce at home is easy n simple.
Always use a basic recipe, which would be quick to make.
Pomodoro sauce is a basic and Italian tomato based sauce.
INGS
3-4 Tomatoes; blanched n chopped,
4 tablespoons Olive oil,
4-5 cloves Garlic, chopped,
2 teaspoons Sugar,
1\4 cup of freshly chopped Basil,
2 tsp Cream,
Pepper powder n Red chilly flakes to taste,
Little of any herb enhance flavor,
Salt to taste.
Method
Put the tomatoes into a blender and blend until smooth.
Heat a pan add oil, add the cut onions, garlic, also add the tomatoes. Also add the basil, cream, sugar, salt n pepper powder to taste.
The ' Pomodoro sauce ' is best served over al dente pasta with a sprinkle of fresh grated fresh parmesan cheese. The homemade pomodoro sauce will keep fresh for one week in the refrigerator.

Homemade Mexican Tomato Sauce n Pesto . .

 
Homemade hot sauce is a common on one's dinner table and restaurants. It's easy to make your own, and you'll love the fresh taste of your own homemade hot sauce.
Make A Tasty Mexican Tomato Sauce At Home. 
Ings
1 cup Blanched Tomatoes, cut,
1\4 cup Onion, cut
2 cloves of garlic, chopped,
1 tsp fresh chilly, cut
2 tbsp Oil,
1- 2 Pinch of Sugar,
1\4 tsp Oregano,
Salt to taste,
1\2 tsp Chilly powder.
Method Put a pan to heat, add oil, onion, green chilly,
garlic, stir for few seconds.
Put the tomatoes mixture in a blender and make puree.
Put to heat in a pan and add salt, red chilly powder, oregano, sugar. Stir and cook until thickens.

Make a tasty pesto Dressing or a sauce and add to the pastas.
Pesto is an uncooked seasoning mixture of herbs, fresh basil, and some oil. It can be frozen for a long time. Since pesto is so thick and paste type, it is so easy to combine it with pasta so that it coats the pastas well.
Tasty Pesto
Ings
1 tsp Garlic crushed,
2 tbsp Pistachios,
2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese grated,
2 tbsp Olive Oil,
10 Fresh Basil leaves,
Salt to taste.
Method
Put all in a mixer grinder to get a smooth paste.
Tip Try adding little sugar to the pesto 2 enhance it's taste.
The Southern Italian pesto has a unique regional flavor of capers, raisins, anchovies. There is a balance between the salty, tangy and sweet, which is a tantalizing combination.