Dec 26, 2014

Instant Chocolate Peda

Chocolate Peda is a recipe which made with cocoa, milk solids and almonds. This time I tried some instant version in which we used Marie digestive biscuits and knead dough by using milk with other dry ingredients. It’s a healthy and simple recipe which you can prepare anytime within 5-10 minutes. It’s no oil and no cooking recipe. For this recipe I used almond powder for nutty flavour but you can replace the almond with walnut or cashews powder whatever you like or available.


Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 0 Minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Indian Sweets

Ingredients
8 Biscuits, Powder
1/2 Cup Milk Powder
1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder, Unsweetened
1/4 Cup Almond Powder
2 Tbsp. Sugar Powder
1 Tsp. Cardamom Powder
3-4 Tbsp. Boiled Milk, for dough

Instructions
Combine all ingredients together in large and make soft dough. Grease your hands with butter or desi ghee, divide the dough into equal portions and roll into round peda form. Garnish with almond halves.

Notes: You can replace the almonds with pistachios or cashews or walnuts, whatever you like.

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Dec 22, 2014

Dal Pakwan- Sindhi Cuisine


Dal Pakwan is very popular recipe of Sindhi cuisine which serves as breakfast or brunch meal, in this recipe spicy chana dal or Bengal dal curry served with crisp puris. For this dal pakwan, you have to prepare whole menu into two parts one is pakwan and second is spicy chana dal and accompaniments with green chutney, crisp fried green chilies, and raw chopped onions which makes this platter more tempting and tasty. You can use imli chutney also for sweetness.



Preparation Time: 1 hr
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Sindhi Cuisine

Ingredients
For Pakwan
1 Cup All Purpose Flour/ Maida
2 Tbsp. Wheat Flour/ Aatta
1 Tbsp. Semolina
3 Tbsp. Ghee
Salt to taste
Water for dough
Oil for deep frying

For Dal
1 1/2 Cup Split Bengal Gram/ Chana Dal
Salt to taste
1 Tsp. Turmeric Powder

For Tempering
Ghee
1/2 Tsp. Amchoor powder/ Raw Mango Powder
1/2 Tsp. Garam Masala
1 Tsp. Red Chili Powder
1 Tsp. Cumin Seeds

For Garnishing
Onion Slices
Fried Green Chilies, Roughly Chopped
Green Coriander Chutney
Fresh Green Coriander, chopped

Instructions




For Pakwan
Sieve the flour and semolina in large bowl, add ghee and salt and mix it with fingertips. Add enough water to knead semi soft dough.
Divide the dough into equal 8-10 portions. Roll each ball into chapati of four inch diameter. Prick lightly with the help of fork. 
Heat the sufficient oil in wok for deep frying. Fry the each pakwan on low heat till to golden and crisp. Remove the fried and crisp pakwan on tissue paper to absorb extra oil and keep aside.



For Dal
Soak the dal for 2 hours. Boil the dal with salt, turmeric powder and 3 cups of water in pressure cooker till to 2 whistles.
Take Tadka pan, add ghee and add cumin seeds.  When they start splutter, add garam masala, red chili powder and raw mango powder. Add the tadka or tempering over the dal.
Garnish with onion slices, fried green chilies and green coriander chutney. Serve this dal with crisp pakwan.

Notes: Dal should be cook, not overcook. Each grain should visible in curry.
For fried green chilies, just take 4-5 green chilies and chop roughly and fried them into oil.
During making green chutney, you can add imli pulp too for tangy flavour.

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Dec 18, 2014

Orange Iced Tea



I have some fresh orange at home and want to taste something chilled, so I tried orange iced tea and shared this recipe with my readers. Look tasty and refreshing and its sunshine color attracts you anytime. You can prepare this drink anytime in summer season for you and your love ones. Zest is a food ingredient that is prepared by scraping or cutting from the outer, colorful skin of unwaxed citrus fruits such as lemon, orange, citron, and lime. Zest is used to add flavor to foods.


Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Category: Beverages

Ingredients
2 Cup Fresh Orange Juice
2 Tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
4 Tsp. Tea
1 Tsp. Cinnamon Powder
5 Tsp. Sugar/ Honey or as taste
4 Cup Water
Few Orange Wedges for garnishing
Ice Cubes

Direction:
Boil the water on medium heat in pot. Add tea, cinnamon, orange zest and sugar until dissolved. Remove the pot from the heat and cool to room temperature for 1 hour.
Take a pitcher, add fill half with tea mixture (discarding solids) and half with orange juice and lemon juice. Put lots of ice-cubes and orange wedges. Serve chilled.

Note: Don’t be over boil the tea; it’s become bitter in taste. You can replace sugar with brown sugar or honey as sweet you like.

Tags: iced tea, tea and coffee, summer, drinks, beverages, party recipes, easy and simple recipes, orange iced tea, orange tea, orange recipes, how to make iced tea, tea recipes, healthy recipes.


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Dec 11, 2014

Review on Dunkin' Donuts @ CP, New Delhi


Dunkin' Donut first started in 1950 in Quincy Massachusetts in the U.S.A. Today Dunkin Donuts can be found in 30 countries worldwide. At Dunkin' Donuts India, you can enjoy a wide section of donuts, sandwiches, coffee and more beverages that will have you slippin & slurpin & gorgin & more. Generally People thoughts Dunkin Donuts means donuts and coffee. Now Dunkin' Donuts comes with new menus and renovation of complete outlet.




On 9 Dec 2014, Dunkin Donuts takes a step forward and arrange the relaunch event @ Connaught place, New Delhi. I already visited DD with my friends for especially donuts but now they offer more than coffee, donuts and sandwiches. Now DD adds burgers, wraps and more variation in beverages and donuts which are the highlights of this launch. The agenda behind this relaunch to aware the foodie with new flavors and variations. As per my opinion, it’s a budget friendly place where you can spend the good time with love ones in affordable prices.


On that day, i get the chance to meet Mr. Dev and DD Chef Peter and Chef Felick, all did really fantastic work on makeover. After met with each other, we were tried lots of eatables and beverages with other foodies who also invited.



First we were tried espresso shot, it’s quite strong and one of the best coffee beans was used. After that Stirr Accino, its look really attractive in tall glass in three color layer of coffee and if you want to sip that you have to stir continuously.


Jamaican Rum Almond is creamy texture drink with flavor of Jamaican rum and almonds. Jamaican rum is not alcohol, just flavor of rum.


In DD, they offer iced tea with three variations i.e. classic lemon, green tea and spiked tea. Spiked Iced tea is fused with some Indian spices includes cloves, cinnamon, black peppers, star anise and nutmeg and serves with lemon wedges and lots of ices. Personally i like green iced tea with perfect flavors and sweetness.


Now time to taste some eatables, first we tried wraps; those are so spicy in taste called wicked wraps available in veg and non-veg both. I tried veg one which prepared with multigrain wrap, baked kasoori paneer, raw mango relish, jalapenos' and chipotle sauce. Raw mango relish is awesome in taste.


After that some burgers were served, first we tried Naughty Lucy burger which made with molten cheese filled with veg patty and collab with chipotle sauce, jalapeno and raw mango relish. 


Second one is Brute Tough Guy Burger Veg made with kidney bean based patty, harissa sauce and chili mayo. 




Now time to taste some sweets which are the specialty of DD, we tried 6 variations in donuts that’s breakup party éclair, it’s a mistake, ugly strawberry, no more blue, stuck on you and death by chocolate. Personally i love death by chocolate and its mistake donuts both. It’s a mistake donut made with white chocolate, guava and chili flakes.


It was completely good experience with Dunkin Donuts and get the chance to meet with other foodies. We had taken loads of pictures on that day. In the end we get mojo kit and want to say big thanks to DD team for invited me.

PS: it’s completely my opinion which I felt, not paid review.
Tag: Reviews, Restaurant Review, Food chain, Dunkin Donuts.

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Dec 4, 2014

Review for Paper Boat- Iced Tea




Tea is essential part of our day to day lives which refresh us or work as stress buster. Regularly, I prepared my tea with flavor of cardamom, holy basil leaves and crushed ginger at home. 

One more time paper boat brand connect with www.simplytadka.com  for new launched range of paper boat's iced tea in flavor of tulsi and ginger- lemon. It contains flavors and antioxidants, which boost up our immunity power.  

To check my last review for paper boat click here   
http://www.simplytadka.com/2014/05/product-review-for-paper-boat-drinks.html  Personally I like kala khatta , gol gappe ka pani and aamras 

Paper boat make honest Indian beverages with no preservatives, no fuss and ergo, no added color and no hoopla with eco-friendly packaging.  They make traditional sub continental drinks. In paperboat, current variants are gol gappe ka panijaljeera, kokum, aamras, kala khattaimli ka amlana. It comes in two new flavors of Indian tea- Ginger Lemon and Tulsi in iced tea line. These flavors are good for health and reduce the stress. Personally I’m Iced tea lover but I love the packaging, shake and sip style which attracts me a lot. Now come to flavors of these teas. 

Ginger Lemon Tea is quite good in flavor of ginger and lemons, mild flavor of tea, average taste of sweetness. If you want to serve this drink in front of guest, just shake the pack and pour in tall glass and serve with fresh lemon wedges and lots of ice cubes. Overall Average response  

Tulsi Iced Tea is really good and healthy in taste, lovely flavor of tulsi, perfect sweetness, again mild taste of tea. If you want to serve tulsi flavor tea, just shake and pour into glass and serve with lots of ice cubes and straw. Overall refreshing and good in taste.

Recommendation: Personally I vote for Tulsi Iced tea.  

Price: These drinks are easy to get in any departmental store at affordable price, you have to pay just 30rs for 250ml pack.  

For more detail visit official page of Paper boat: www.paperboatdrinks.com 

PS: A special thanks to Hector Beverages and Paper Boat for free samples and it’s completely my opinion, not paid review. 



Sep 28, 2014

Tupperware "Care4Food" Campaign- Review



Few days back, I got a mail from Tupperware, asking me to share my tips, ideas and experience about food resources and promote Care4Food campaign. I happily agreed to share my views about this campaign.

India is a developing country after digitalization still people faces the problem of poverty and hunger issues. Lots of child do not get proper food and suffer with the disease of malnutrition. We have to takes some basic initiative for reduce the problem. Every small step of saving food and reduce wastage helps in reducing such kind of issues to some extent.  The agenda of such help should be protect the wastage and store the food for hunger people. If we have leftover food then utilizes the food in another form which calls recycling or giving the twist to old one.

Today every citizen has objective to understand the value of food resources and secure or store the food to stop the wastage. Now you can protect the food through using Tupperware products like freeze range, microwave range, dry storage range and more.

Tupperware is a leading brand which deals in storage products. These products are completely safe, eco-friendly, non-toxic which are good for food as well as health and stay food fresh for long time. To promoting food storage habits, Tupperware has taken an initiative to spread awareness about the best food storage ideas. Tupperware engages to celebrate the care and love towards food in the form of “Tupperware care4food day” and “6th April” is official day of celebration. Care4Food is a platform that offers methods to take care of food at various levels right from buying, storing, preparation and leftover management. Food lovers can share their own experiences and practices of saving food and support this campaign to become a Food Savior.

Some ideas for care4food in smart ways:-
  • Cook right portions and avoid wastage.
  • Give a new twist to leftover food. Why waste? Just change the taste.
  • Store the food and ensure that the food stays fresh for long period.


Some tips and recipes from my blog Simply Tadka.com in context of leftover makeover:-
  • You can be prepared Idli Manchurian, Vegetable Idli, Idli fries and Idli sandwiches through leftover Idlis
  • You can prepare chop chop chapati with leftover chapati, parathas and puris.
  • You can store the ice-creams in freezer friendly containers.
  • You can store or preserve the leftover vegetables or fruits, green leafy items and bread slices in refrigerator range which makes fresh for long period.
  • Every time when you will buy vegetables or cook recipes... try to purchase or cook in small quantity which avoids wastage.

Spread the word, take a pledge and say I Care4Food.

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Sep 27, 2014

Britannia Nuts and Raisins Romance Cake- Review


Britannia Launches the new variants with delightful combination of nuts and raisins to undetectable taste of crumble and softness of cakes, which known as Britannia Nuts and Raisin Romance Cake.

About BritanniaBritannia Industries is one of India’s leading food companies and a leader in the Bakery and Dairy segments.  With revenues in excess of Rs. 6000 Cr annually, Britannia is India’s favorite food brand and a storehouse of power brands like Good Day, Tiger, NutriChoice, MarieGold etc which are household names in India.  Britannia’s product portfolio includes biscuits, bread, cakes, rusk, and a host of dairy products like cheese, beverages, dairy whitener etc. Britannia products are available across the country in over 35 lakh retail outlets and reach over 40% of Indian homes.”

When you try this cake with your love ones, will surely love it and enjoy the every bite of cake with combination of richness of nuts and raisin, soft and crumbly cake that takes you at another level of romance.  

Manjunath Desai, VP – Strategy and Business Development says “Nut & Raisins Romance is our offering for discerning consumers who are seeking ‘Everyday Delight’ in their choice of food products. We are sure that our consumers will enjoy this experience to the fullest. We want to reach out to a large number of consumers through this uniquely delightful product. The product can be consumed at different moments of the day and is even ideal as an on- the- go snack”.

Nuts and Raisin Romance is easily available at any confectionary or departmental store in market on affordable price of just Rs. 50 for 160 gm pack.

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Aug 21, 2014

Wheat Germ Kheer | Wheat Germ Payasam- Eat Well Live Well



Few Days back, I got a mail through Ritu who shared two packs of Harmony original toasted wheat germ, each of 250 grams with me. Today I shared some nutrition value of wheat germ and one recipe delicious traditional Indian Dessert “Kheer” with my readers.  The term Germ in wheat germ often gives an impression of bacteria but here germ stands for germination. Wheat germ in hindi will be गेहूँ का अंकुर.



Wheat germ is the part of wheat that sprouts and grows into a new plant. Wheat germ is a nutritious super food, rich in vitamins, minerals, protein enzymes, and much more that the body needs to grow and stay healthy. Wheat germ has more nutrients per gram than any other vegetable or grain. Wheat germ contains complex carbohydrates, protein, fibre, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E & A, B9, B1, Biotin, Calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, and potassium. Wheat germ is a delicious and easy way to add the nutrients to the foods you love.  These days’ wheat germ easily available in supermarkets and the cost of 500 grams pack is 200 INR only; even you can shop through website also. For more detail you can visit the website: http://wheatgerm.in/ or http://www.harmonyfoods.in/ 


How to use Wheat Germ:
You can sprinkle the wheat germ on fruits or salad.
Stir it into your oats and cornflakes.
Blend it with shakes and smoothies.
Add it into curd and yogurt.  Mix with wheat dough to make nutritious chapattis.
Add to baked foods like bread, cookies and muffins and cakes.




Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
Servings: 4
Category: Dessert

Ingredients:
3 1/2 Cup Full Cream Milk
2 Tbsp. Vanilla Flavoured Custard Powder
2/3 Cup Harmony Toasted Wheat Germ
1/2 Cup Sugar or as per taste
1/4 Cup Chopped Nuts (Pistachios, Cashews, and Almonds)
3-4 Cardamom Pods
Pinch of Saffron strands

Instructions:
Mix the custard powder with ½ Cup of cold milk and keep aside.
Boil 3 Cups of milk in deep bottom pan. When milk starts boiling, add custard powder and mix mixture into pan and stir continuously.
Add chopped nuts, cardamom powder and wheat germ and mix well. Cook for 5 minutes until to combine everything.
Add sugar as per taste and saffron strands and mix well. Remove from the flame and serve hot or chilled.


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