Jul 29, 2013

Anar Raita/ Pomegranates Raita

Today I share one of mine favourite raita or curd i.e. “Pomegranates Raita or Anar Raita”. It’s a pinkish and creamy texture curd with flavour of anar. You have to add little crushed and juice of anar which gives baby pink color and taste of anar in raita.



Always try to add milk instead of water in raita for smooth consistency which gives creamy texture and enhance the taste too, even sprinkle little chaat masala at the time of serving. If you want to prepare raita for few hours before then always add salt at the time of serving otherwise it becomes sour or khatta in taste. Now learn how to prepare anar ka raita with the help of following ingredients and instructions.


Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 0 Minutes
Servings: 2 Persons
Category: Side Dish- Curd

Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cup Curd
1/2 Cup Pomegranates
1/2 Tbsp. Milk
Salt to Taste
Black Salt to Taste
1/2 Tsp. Roasted Cumin Powder
Red Chili Powder to Taste
1/4 Tsp. Black Pepper Powder
1/2 Tsp. Sugar
1/2 Tbsp. Coriander Leaves, Chopped

Instructions:
Whisk the curd till to smooth consistency with 1/2 tbsp. of milk.
Crush the 1/4 cup pomegranates or anar roughly.
Combine the crushed and other 1/4 cup pomegranates in curd with spices and sugar. Whisk well.
Place the curd in separate bowl and garnish with pomegranates seeds, coriander leaves and cumin powder on the top of raita.
Serve chilled pinkish anar ka raita with biryani or pulao.

Note: Adjust the spices according to your taste and add little chat masala for enhance the more taste. If you like thin consistency raita or curd, you can add more milk and whisk it.

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Jul 26, 2013

Lychee Ice-Cream



As per Kid’s delight summer special theme, I post Lychee Ice-Cream on third day. Last two days, I was shared Coffee and Vanilla Ice-Cream with all of you... All three recipes are same in cooking technique. I was really enjoyed all three flavor. Hope all my readers also like my all three Ice-cream recipes and please share your experience with us.

For Lychee Ice-cream, you have to boil milk and add flavor of lychee pulp and sugar according to taste. For thickness and creamy look, you have to add cornflour and fresh cream. For fresh lychee pulp, you have to peel the lychee and blend it till to smooth consistency.

Through the high content vitamin C content of the lychee fruit, the fruit benefits those suffering from colds, fevers and sore throats. Lychee also helps the body to digest food properly for the best nutrition and an added boost of health. Along with these health benefits lychee also contains phosphorous, calcium, magnesium and protein. Lychee, the Chinese believe, also has the ability to relieve pain and shrink swollen glands.


The inside of a lychee is a clear, pinkish-white color. The outside of the fruit is a hard spiky shell. Its seed is brown in color and very hard. The seeds are poisonous and should not be eaten. The fruit is rare because dragon fruit climbs the bough on lychee plants, causing them to die. The lychee has a sweet taste, and may be frozen, made into sauces, jam, puree, or preserves. When frozen, the lychee tastes similar to sorbet.

Preparation Time: 10-12 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Chilling Time: 6 Hrs
Serving: 4
Category: Ice-creams

Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Tbsp. Cornflour
1/3 Cup Nestle Milk Powered
1/4 Cup Fresh Cream
1/4 Cup Fresh Lychee Pulp
1/6 Cup Finely Chopped Lychee
Few Drops Vanilla Essence

Instructions:
Boil the 1 cup milk in pan on medium flame.
Dissolve the cornflour and milk powdered in half cup of milk and keep aside.
When milk starts boiling, add cornflour and milk mixture.
Cook for 5-8 minutes on low flame till to dissolve.
Now add sugar and boil for another 5-10 minutes till to little thick consistency.
Remove from the flame and keep aside to cool completely.
Now add vanilla essence, lychee pulp and cream.
Whisk for 5 minutes continuously for smooth consistency.
Pour this mixture into container, cover and place in freezer for 3-4 hours.
Remove from the freeze and blend it completely till to smooth.
Now add roughly and finely chopped fresh lychee.
Again pour this smooth mixture into container, cover and place in freeze till to set
Serve chilled individual scoop of lychee ice-cream in cups.







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Jul 25, 2013

Vanilla Ice-Cream



Today I share very famous and tasty Vanilla Ice-cream with all of you. It’s a basic, rich and creamy Vanilla Ice-cream. For this recipe you have to boil the milk with cornflour and milk powder for thickness. Mostly when prepare any chilled dessert especially ice-creams and cakes, we have to add little extra sugar quantity in recipe to maintain sweetness of desserts. You can use vanilla bean or vanilla extract whatever available instead of vanilla essence. This time I prepare some different flavors of Ice-creams under Kid's Delight summer special theme.


You can serve this basic Vanilla Ice-cream with chocolate syrup and choco chips. Even you can prepare fruit pudding with Vanilla Ice-cream and fresh fruits. There are lots of other variations with we can serve Vanilla Ice-cream like gulab jamun, brownie, fruits, halwa and lots of others.

Preparation time: 10 Minutes
Cooking time: 15 Minutes
Servings: 3 Persons
Category: Ice-creams

Ingredients
1 1/2 Cup Milk
1/3 Cup Cream
2 Tbsp. Milk Powder
2 1/2 Tbsp. Sugar
1/2 Tbsp. Cornflour
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Essence

Instructions
Boil 1 cup milk in pan on medium flame.
Dissolve the cornflour and milk powder in half cup of milk and keep aside.
When milk starts boiling, add cornflour and milk mixture in pan.
Add sugar and Cook for 10 minutes on low flame till to dissolve.
Cook for few minutes extra till to little thick consistency.
Remove from the flame and keep aside to cool completely.
Add vanilla essence and cream. Whisk for 5 minutes continuously.
Pour this mixture into container, cover and place in freezer for 3-4 hours.
Remove from the freeze and blend it completely till to smooth.
Again pour this smooth mixture into container, cover and place in freeze till to set.
Serve Vanilla ice-cream with chocolate chips and syrups if you prefer.

Note
Add little sugar extra at the time cooking specially in chilled dessert especially in Ice-creams.







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Jul 24, 2013

Coffee Ice-cream



This time I prepared my favorite flavor of Ice-cream “Coffee Ice-Cream”, which you can serve with chocolate syrup and choco-chips. Even you can prepare chocolate milkshake and vanilla milk shake with coffee ice-cream. For this recipe, you have to boil milk with instant coffee granules for flavoring and cream for smooth consistency.


Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Chilling Time:  5-6 Hrs.
Servings:  4 Persons
Category: Ice-creams

Ingredients:
1 1/2 Cup Milk
1 Tbsp. Instant Coffee Powder
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/2 Tbsp. Cornflour
Few Drops of Vanilla essence
100 Gm Cream

Instructions:
Boil the 1 cup milk in pan on medium flame.
Mix cornflour in half cup of milk and keep aside.
Mix instant coffee powder in 1 tbsp. hot water and keep aside.
When milk starts boiling, add cornflour mixture and coffee mixture.
Add sugar and Cook for 5-8 minutes on low flame till to dissolve.
Cook for another 5 minutes till to little thick consistency.
Remove from the flame and keep aside to cool completely.
Now add vanilla essence and cream. Whisk for 5 minutes continuously.
Pour this mixture into container, cover and place in freezer for 3-4 hours.
Remove from the freeze and blend it completely till to smooth.
Again pour this smooth mixture into container, cover and place in freeze till to set.
Serve this coffee ice-cream with chocolate chips and syrups if you prefer.



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Jul 22, 2013

Homemade Almond Powder

Almond called Badam in Hindi and mostly used in dessert and sweets as flavor, garnishing and taste. Even you can make sweet and savory both types of dishes with almonds.




Today I shared homemade almond power recipe with my readers. For this you have to grind the almonds as powdered form and sieve it. Fresh homemade almond powder is ready to use for almond cookies, bread, cakes and gravies. Almond flour is often used as a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour in cooking and baking.
While the almond is often eaten on its own, raw or toasted, it is also a component of various dishes. Almonds are available in many forms, such as whole, sliced (flaked, slivered), and as flour. Almonds yield almond oil and can also be made into almond butter or almond milk.
The almond contains about 26% carbohydrates and may therefore be made into flour for cakes and cookies (biscuits) for low-carbohydrate diets. A standard serving of almond flour, 1 cup, contains 20 grams of carbohydrates, of which 10 g is dietary fiber, for a net of 10 g of carbohydrate per cup. This makes almond flour very desirable for use in cake and bread recipes by people on carbohydrate-restricted diets.



Almonds are a rich source of vitamin E. About 20 percent of raw almond is high quality protein, a third of which are essential amino acids. They are also rich in dietary fiber, B vitamins, essential minerals and monounsaturated fat. Potential health benefits, which have not been scientifically validated, include improved complexion and possibly a lower risk of cancer.

Preparation time: 15-20 Minutes
Cooking time: 0 Minutes
Servings: 1/2 Cup
Category: Basics

Ingredients:
2/3 Cup Almonds

Instructions:
Grind the almonds in mixer till to fine powered form. Sieve the powder using strainer. Keep this Homemade Almond powder in air tight jar for further use. You can use this powder in cookies, cakes and gravy.

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Jul 21, 2013

Amchoor Chutney/ Amchur ki Chutney



Mango powder is made from raw green mangoes that are cut, sun-dried, and pounded into powder. It is most commonly used in making chutneys, pickle or stir fries and in several food items especially in India. This is often used to add flavor without adding moisture. It is also used to marinate meat and in making chaat masala. It is an important flavoring agent in North India. The Hindi name of this spice comes from Aam means mango and choor means powder. It is a good source of iron thus very beneficial for pregnant women and people suffering from anemia. It is rich in vitamin E and vitamin k which makes our hormonal system more efficient. 



Imli chutney is really important for every street food like chaat, pakoras and other stuffs too which adds extra flavors in food. However, if it is not possible to make imli chutney, you can go for amchoor chutney. It is one of simple and easy to prepare chutney in India.

Preparation Time: 2 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10-12 Minutes
Servings: 1/2 Cup
Category: Side Dish- Sauce

Ingredients:
2 tbsp. Amchoor/ Raw mango powder
1/2 Cup Jaggery/ sugar
1 Cup Water
1/2 Tsp. Roasted cumin powder
1/4 Tsp. Black pepper powder
1/4 Tsp. Red chili powder
1/4 Tsp. Salt
1/4 Tsp. Garam masala

Instructions:
Dissolve the amchoor in water and bring to one boil on medium flame.
Add grated jaggery and mix till to dissolve. Add spices and mix gently.
Cook the chutney on low flame till to right and little thick consistency.
Keep aside to cool and serve with snacks.

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Perfect Journey With Ambi Pur

Ambi Pur is a brand of air freshener products available in the US, Europe, and Asia. Their range of products may be used at home or in the car with a variety of smells and properties such as odor neutralization.




This time, IndiBlogger has conduct one more interesting contest with Ampi Pur car perfume in which we have to describe “Our Perfect Road Trip”. Personally I never preferred to write fantasy trip for this contest, as I want to share something true which I felt during our last trip to Vrindavan with my parents. This time I got Ampi Pur car perfume lavender spa which is our favourite fragrance and is already used in our car.

Last week, I visited Vrindavan and Mathura with my parents. Vrindavan is a small city in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. It is nearly a three and a half hour drive from Sonepat to Vrindavan.

Vrindavan and Mathura is a place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood days and met Devi Radha. Even today you can feel that charm and hear childhood stories of Lord Krishna at that place. This is a small brief about Vrindavan and Mathura.


Google Map

Now coming to trip. We were getting ready with food and luggage. My Mother had prepared some food for journey because my father does not prefer outside food, so my mum prepared some puri (Indian flatbread) and stir fry Okra and packed some snacks and pickles too. My duty was to check the arrangement in car, Santro. It’s a perfect car for personal use for a small family. First I checked Ambi Pur refill and secondly arranged the seats and luggage properly and then arranged the music.

Now it was time to leave home for a perfect trip. First we grabbed the seats and set the music loud. We were really enjoying the weather and journey.  After about more than one hour, when we had reached Ballabhgarh near Faridabad there was a big area of sludge, because of high rainfall and monsoon season. But I was not worried about this disgusting smell because of our Ambi Pur car perfume lavender spa which gave a wonderful fragrance and makes me feel better and comfortable that time. We were really enjoying this trip even that sludge time too.

After that I felt hungry and due to rain, we had not found any good location for tea or coffee. We could not wait any longer, so opened the tiffin in car. Ampi Pur car perfume covered all veggie and pickle smell so nicely. We felt like enjoying food at 5 star rated restaurant with 93.8 Red FM music, fresh lavender spa fragrance and nice weather. It made me so happy and I felt awesome. This song was playing at that moment which is one of my favourite numbers from the movie Sadma.

Ae Zindagi Gale Laga LeAe Zindagi Gale Laga Le
Hum Ne Bhi Tere Har Ik Gam Ko

Gale Se Lagaya Hai….. Hai Na 

Ae Zindagi Gale Laga LeAe Zindagi

Now we reached Mathura, where we stopped the car and enjoyed rain with elachi tea which gave us new energy. Ampi pur car perfume gives a really beautiful feeling and wonderful peace in between the high noise of traffic, dust, bad smells of mud, animals and food smells.
Now we reached Vrindavan, where first we visited the very famous Vrindavan Banke Bihari Mandir. We went there for worship and darshan of Lord Krishna. As per temple a rule, photography is not allowed, so I did not taken any pic. So I am uploading one picture from Google for you.

Wiki Says “Banke Bihari Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, in the holy city of Vrindavan in the Mathura district. Banke Bihari was originally worshiped at Nidhivana. Banke means “bent in three places” and bihari means “supreme enjoyer.” The image of Lord Krishna stands in the Tribhanga posture.  
Source: Google

After worshiping Lord Krishna, we went in our already booked hotel. In the evening, we were going for very popular and famous “Prem Mandir” founded by Guru Kripalu Maharaj ji at Vrindavan. It is a really beautiful and amazing temple which easily attracts the visitors through fine art and statue. Its main high points are digital and musical fountain show which made us speechless.

Wiki says “Prem Mandir is a religious and spiritual complex in Vrindavan. Construction of Prem Mandir began on January 2001 and the inauguration took place Feb 2012. 30,000 tons of Italian marble have been used in the construction and carved with unique machines like KUKA robotics. The presiding deity will be Yugal Sarkar (Radha Krishn). 73,000 square feet, pillar-less, dome shaped satsang hall is being constructed next to Prem Mandir, which will accommodate 25,000 people at a time”.
 
At Day Time


Prem Mandir at Night time ( all three personal clicks)

After that we went for sightseeing and enjoyed the road trip with wonderful fragrance. I had enjoyed the dinner with my parents and then went to rest in my room. The next day, we get up early; quickly finished our shower and breakfast and then again went for a drive. I enjoyed the time in the car more than the hotel. Again we embarked on a long car trip and ate some samosas, chips and cola in the meanwhile.  After enjoying for two days with parents and Ampi Pur, I was not feeling restless.

Ampi Pur gives fresh and cheerful fragrance in every spray. I keep one extra refill of Ambi Pur in my car for just in case of finishing point. It was really wonderful trip and every trip can be perfect if we have good partner and safe vehicle and perfect collection of Ambi Pur car perfume as all three make our journey perfect and complete. I really enjoyed this trip with Ambi Pur car perfume Lavender Spa.

Jul 19, 2013

Thavala Vadai With Coriander Coconut Chutney



For rainy season, I have plan to cook some crispy snack as fritter or vada, so I choose to prepare Thavala Vadai with coriander coconut chutney for combo theme under blogging marathon. Personally, I don’t like coconut chutney as much imli chutney or coriander chutney. So for a change, I had added some coriander, green chili, ginger and lemon juice with coconut to prepare coconut chutney which really enhance the taste of vadai and chutney both.




Thavala Vadai is South Indian snack which prepared with combo of lentils, grams, rice and sagos which gives interesting taste. For crunchiness, add some coconut chunks and green coriander. You can serve this Thavala Vadai with simple coconut chutney and tea or coffee as evening snack.



Soaking Time: 3-4 Hrs
Preparation time: 15-20 Minutes
Cooking Time:  25 Minutes
Servings: 16 Vadai
Category: South Indian Cuisine
Recipe Source: Rak's Kitchen

Ingredients
For Thavala Vadai
1/4 Cup Rice (Parboiled)
2 Tbsp. Yellow Split Gram/ Moong Dal
2 Tbsp. Bengal Gram/ Chana Dal
2 Tbsp. Red Split Gram/ Toor Dal
2 Tbsp. Split Black Gram/ Urad Dal
2 Tbsp. Sago/ Sabudana
4-5 Whole Dried Red Chilies
2 Tbsp. Fresh Coconut, finely chopped
Salt to Taste
1 Tbsp. Green Coriander, finely chopped
4-5 Curry Leaves, chopped
Pinch of Asafoetida/ hing

For Coriander Coconut Chutney
1/2 Cup Coconut, Chopped
1/3 Cup Fresh Green Coriander, chopped
1/2 Tsp. Ginger, chopped
1/2 Tsp. Green Chili, chopped
1 Tsp. Lemon Juice
Salt to taste

For Tempering
7-8 Curry Leaves
1/2 Tsp. Split Black Gram/ Urad Dal
1/2 Tsp. Mustard seeds
1 Tsp. Oil

Pictorial

How to Prepare Thavala Vadai

How to Prepare Coriander Coconut Chutney


Instructions
For Thavala Vadai
Wash and soak the dals, rice and sago separately for 3-4 hours in water. Grind the rice and whole red chili in mixer till to semolina consistency. Now add soaked lentils and grams in same jar and mix till to smooth consistency.
Keep this mixture in separate bowl. Add soaked sago, chopped coconut, coriander and curry leaves. Add salt, asafoetida and mix well.
Heat the oil in wok on medium flame. Pour spoonful batter in hot oil and deep fry till to golden. Serve hot thavala vadai with coriander coconut chutney.

For Coriander Coconut Chutney
Grind the fresh coconut, green coriander, ginger, green chili, salt and lemon juice together in mixer with little water till to smooth consistency. Place this mixture in separate bowl.

For tempering, Heat the oil in tadka pan. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves and urad dal in it. When start crackle, pour tempering in mixture bowl. Now coriander coconut chutney is ready to serve.

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