Sep 3, 2015

Gujarati Kadhi Khichdi

Coming to next recipe of Blogging Marathon 56 for day 3rd, I choose Gujarati Khadi and Khichdi under combo theme. Gujarati Kadhi Khichdi is perfect meal for dinner or lunch. This recipe is simple and healthy meal which you can prepared with few ingredients which are easily available at home.

In this recipe kadhi is little mild compare to Punjabi kadhi and taste is little sweet and color is white compare to regular yellow Punjabi Kadhi. It’s a perfect balance of sweet and savory taste.

Mostly steam rice or jeera rice is served with Punjabi kadhi but in Gujarat, kadhi is served with khichdi. In this khichdi recipe, I used arhar dal and rice with tempering ingredients. I always prefer to use desi ghee in my recipes which really enhance the taste and aroma of recipe. It’s really healthy and nutritious meal which you can serve anytime with sabzi and phulkas.

Preparation Time: 40 Minutes
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: 3
Category: Main Course
Cuisine: Gujarati Cuisine

For Kadhi
3 Cups Curd or Buttermilk
4 Tbsps. Besan or Gram flour
1 Tsp. Chili, chopped
Few Curry Leaves
2-3 Whole Red Chilies- Dried
3 Tbsps. Sugar
Pinch of Asafoetida
1/2 Tsp. Fenugreek Seeds
1 Tsp. Cumin Seeds
Salt to Taste
3 Tbsps. Oil

For Khichdi
1 Cup Rice
1/2 Cup Yellow Pigeon Pea/ Arhar dal
1 Tsp. Mustard seeds
Pinch of Asafoetida
2 Whole Red Chilles- Dried
1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
Salt to Taste
2 Tbsps. Desi Ghee/ Clarifying Butter

For Kadhi
Whisk the curd, flour, sugar and salt with addition of 3cups of water.
Heat the oil the heavy bottom pan.
Add asafoetida, curry leaves, whole red chilies, fenugreek, and cumin.
Add green chilies and sauté 1 minute.
Add the curd-flour mixture in pan and stir it continuously on medium flame till to little thicken.
Cook few minutes and garnish with coriander.

For Khichdi
Wash and soak the rice and dal separately for half an hour.
Add the dal and rice together with 3 cup of water. Add salt and turmeric powder in cooker.
Cook the khichdi in a pressure cooker till to 3-4 whistles.
Heat the ghee in tadka pan and add red chilies, asafoetida and mustard seeds.
When they start crackle, pour into khichdi. Serve with Kadhi.

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Sep 2, 2015

National Nutrition Week with Cook Gourmet and Bagrrys

This year National Nutrition week raises awareness of the role of food on our health, and supports the community to enjoy healthy and nutritious food compare to fast food.  The food and life style habits will impact on our health and environment. 

In India, people facing the problem of salvation and Malnutrition due to lack of proper food availability. Nutrition is a focal point of health and well-being. It allows you to be strong, provides you with energy to do the things and makes you look and feel good. A balanced diet is one which provides all the types of nutrients in prescribed amounts and proper proportion. It includes fruits and vegetables, grains, roots, beans, pulses, nuts and animal products. Food security is one of the best way to secure or protect the food from the wastage. Even you can give the leftover food to one who needs. 

National Nutrition Week is celebrated every year from 1st Sept to 7th Sept. The Main objective of this campaign is to create the awareness on the importance of nutrition for health. To promote this campaign Cook Gourmet and Bagrrys aligned together to celebrate the National Nutrition Week this year from 1st Sept to 7th Sept to generate awareness about nutritional value.

Yesterday I got a call from cook gourmet to share this campaign on my blog. I received two wonderful recipes “Bagel Sandwiches with Oats Patties, served with Pickled Onions” and “Cranberry and Pine nuts Granola Oats Bar” from Cook Gourmet. Personally I like the service and style of packaging which products delivered by Cook Gourmet. But this time I got some healthy products from Bagrrys like bagel buns from bagrrys for sandwiches and oats and museli from bagrrys for oats bar. Except these two recipes, I got 4 muffins which were so delicious and healthy made with oats, sunflower seeds and more healthy ingredients. These recipes are really healthy and nutty which served with tea or milk, helps me when I’m in hurry or feeling hungry. Hope everyone understands the value of nutritious food in our lives and helps to spread the importance of healthy food.
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Red Thai Veg Curry and Thai Lemongrass Rice

For the 2nd day of Maha Blogging Marathon#56, I choose Red Thai Curry (Veg) with Lemongrass Steam Rice as the combo theme. When talk about combo theme, it’s about two recipes which are complement to each other like chips and dips, coke and fries. After discovering many recipes of red thai curry on google… I prefer to make this veg red thai curry from Vaishali’s Blog “Ribbons To Pasta’s…. simple and delicious curry recipe. This is completely vegetarian version with simple ingredients. Thai food is simple and aromatic, spicy and creamy in texture.

Red Thai curry is thai cuisine or thai food which made with red curry pasate and coconut milk. This curry is made with vegetables or meat whatever you like but as I’m vegetarian, prefer to add vegetables which are easily available in market.  For this recipe, I prepare red curry paste at home…will be publish soon.

Lemongrass rice is really simple and quick recipe which made with lemongrass stem. This lemongrass rice is fragrant thai rice recipe which served with stir fried thai recipe or thai curry.

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 25 Minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai Cuisine
Recipe Source: Vaishali (Thai Curry)

For Red Thai Curry
1 Cup Cauliflower, Florets
1/2 Cup Tofu, Diced
1/2 Cup Baby corns, Diced
1/2 Cup Carrots, Diced
6-7 Tbsp. Red Thai Paste
2 Cup Coconut Milk
1 Tbsp Cornflour
½ Tsp Soya sauce
10 Basil Leaves, Chopped
1 Tbsp Oil
Salt to Taste

For Lemongrass Rice
1 Cup Rice
2 Cup Water
2 Sticks Lemongrass
Salt to Taste

For Red Thai Curry (veg)
Mix the cornflour with little water as mixture.
Heat the oil in a large sauce pan, add red curry paste and sauté for few minutes.
Add Coconut milk, soya sauce, basil leaves and vegetables.
Cook for 10 minutes till the vegetables are tender. Add salt.
Boil the curry till to thick consistency. Serve with Steam rice.

For Lemongrass Rice
Wash and soak the rice in water and keep aside for 15-20 minutes.
Wash and chop the lemon grass and keep aside.
Boil the 2 cup of water in separate saucepan. Drain the water and pour the rice in boiling water.
Add lemongrass and salt and mix it. Boil it for 15 minutes on medium flame or till to cook properly.
Discard the lemongrass stalks before serving with red thai curry.

Notes: You can use broccoli, paneer, red bell pepper and more vegetables in curry. I prefer to boil the vegetables separately for this recipe. To cook the rice, you can use microwave method or pressure cooker.

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Sep 1, 2015

Apple Fritters with Chocolate Sauce

Apple fritters can be served as a dessert or as a finger snacks with chocolate syrup as a great combo. It is easy to make and need few ingredients for this recipe. Even you can prepare fritters with other seasonal fruits like green apple, pineapple, bananas, and pears.

For apple fritters, you have to dip the apple slices in a batter and deep fried till to golden crisp and serve with chocolate syrup. Serve immediately after preparation. If you are egg eater, then you can whisk the egg into batter for tastier snacks but it’s an eggless recipe. Even you can serve this crisp golden fritters with vanilla ice-cream or chilled custard pudding.

I prepared Eggless Apple Fritters with Chocolate Sauce recipe for Mega Blogging Marathon#56 hosted by Srivalli under the International Combo theme.

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time:  15 Minutes
Servings: 2
Category: Snacks

2 Red Apples
1/2 Cup Plain Flour
Pinch of Baking Soda
Pinch of salt
1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon Powder
1 Tbsp. Icing Sugar
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
Oil, for deep frying
Chocolate Sauce as a dip

Heat the sufficient oil in kadhai on medium flame. Toss the apple slices with lemon juice and keep aside.
Combine flour, baking soda, salt and pinch of cinnamon powder in a bowl and mix well.
Add 1 Cup of water to make a smooth batter of coating consistency. Keep aside.
Dip a slice of apples one by one and deep fry in oil till to turn golden in color and cook well. Drain on kitchen papers.
Sprinkle cinnamon powder and sugar over them and serve hot with chocolate syrup.

Notes: You can use milk instead of water.
You can use other fruit also like pears, pineapple and banana etc for fruit fritters.

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Aug 31, 2015


This is my second visit to Barcelos, Khan Market and I was invited for a tasting session of White Burger. After trying Salad and Sangria, it was time for the white burger. Regularly brown burger is available in market, but they come in black, red, white color burgers without any artificial colors and preservatives.

Barcelos served completely authentic Afro- Portuguese cuisine in Delhi. Rohit Malhotra, GM Operations, Barcelos Said, “Barcelos had not used any artificial color and preservatives to darken the bun but the herbs, natural and organic ingredients used in it to make colorful and healthy buns”.

Now Barcelos introduces White Burger for foodies. Always give preference to customer’s taste and healthy meal. If you're wondering, that the black, red and white burgers only differ in their color, you're wrong. The taste is very different as the black burger is made with spinach extract, roasted wheat and herb to the dough, the white with coconut, plain flour and milk powder, the red with tomato powder, chili flakes and beetroot. I wanted to try all the flavors.

White burger is made with milk powder, coconut powder to the dough in a baked bun on low temperature for longer time to achieve the color and flavors. The white burgers are available for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian lovers for Rs.175 and Rs.215. This slightly sweet bread provides the fresh bun for the delicious burger. The patties inside are innovative too.
The non-vegetarian one consists on a slab of grilled chicken. But I tried vegetarian one that I love most. It’s not a deep fried regular one, its pan fried patty. So instead of crispy, the patty is soft which made with ricotta cheese, capsicum and slice of orange, completely healthy meal compare to regular junk food. It had a unique and amazing taste from the other burgers I have tried. Even you can choose the level of spice variants in your peri peri sauce like supa peri, veri peri,mild peri and tangy lemon.

Barcelos also introduce a platter of mini burgers with all four variants (white, black, red and brown) in one order… full on with flavors and colors.
Great staff, awesome service and decent muic and nice ambience, gives happiness.
Waiting for more offering in coming months, Keep up the good work!!
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