Monday, 14 July 2014

Chana Chaat Recipe - How to make Chana Chaat - Beach Side Chana chat

Chana Chaat recipe I have shared here is one of the most healthy chat recipes. We are not adding any fried items like bhel, poori or papdi. Making chana chat is also quiet easy. Once you have the cooked chana in hand, you are 95 percent done and you have only 5 minutes task remaining to get a wonderful chana chat in hand. I would say it is definitely a healthy evening snack option for adults and kids.



Actually I had no plans to make this chana chaat. One day I soaked chana(white chicpeas, konda kadalai in tamil) overnight for making chana pulao for the next day lunch. I had a lot of chana leftover. So, I drained the excess water and kept in fridge for one more day for making chana masala for poori. But I was too busy to make it and I picked up this easy chana chaat recipe to use the leftover chana.



You must have tasted this chana chaat if you like eating chat items in beach. Now let us see how to make chana chaat.

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Beetroot Rice Recipe | Beetroot Pulao

Beetroot rice recipe is a very simple and healthy variety rice recipe. It is a good time saver since we do not need to cook any vegetables or kulambu separately. You can pack it in lunchbox too. The list of ingredients is also not quite big.

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Points to note:

Do not add more ghee as it will spoil the real flavor of beetroot rice. Do not add more chilli powder or ginger garlic paste too for the same reason.

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Side dish suggestion:

My favorite side dish for beetroot rice is plain curd. Onion raitha, Boondi raitha, pappad and fryums also act as great accompaniments.

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Now, let us see how to make beetroot rice/beetroot pulao.

Beetroot Rice Recipe - Beetroot Pulao

Prep Time: 25 mins    |  Serves: 2
Recipe Category : Main course - variety rice


Ingredients:


  • Plain Rice or Basmathi rice - 1 cup
  • Beetroot - 1 cup chopped into small cubes
  • Big onion - 1 chopped lengthwise
  • Tomato - 1 finely chopped
  • Coconut milk - 1 cup taken from 3 tbsp grated coconut
  • Coriander powder/Dhaniya powder - 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp
  • Salt - As required
  • Curry Leaves - few
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 inch stick
  • Cardamom/Elachi - 1
  • Bay leaf - 1
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Ghee - 1-1.5 tsp to sprinkle and mix with cooked beetroot rice
  • Oil - 1 tbsp

Instructions:

1. Heat oil in the pressure cooker or a pan. You can either do it directly in pressure cooker. Or you can do it in a pan and transfer it into a cooker. Saute cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaf till nice aroma comes.
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2. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till nice aroma comes.

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3. Add chopped onions and saute till they turn translucent.

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4. Add chopped tomatoes and saute till till they turn mushy.

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5. Add chopped beetroot, coriander powder, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Saute for 2 minutes.

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6. Add rice and saute for a minute. Add water and required salt.

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7. Pressure cook the rice for 2-3 whistles(based on your cooker) in high flame and 5 minutes in simmer. Once the rice is cooked and pressure gets released, sprinkle ghee and mix well with a fork. Do not mix too much since the beetroot rice will become mushy.

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Now, tasty and healthy beetroot rice is ready.


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Friday, 20 June 2014

Homemade Sambar podi Recipe - How to make Sambar powder at home

Homemade Sambar podi/Sambar powder is always better when compared to the store bought one. By making the sambar podi on our own, we can assure the quality and purity. There is no doubt about the hygiene and added preservatives too.



Also, you have the flexibility to adjust the quantity of the ingredients you add according to your preference and taste. For example, if you want it to be more spicy, you can add more red chillies than the mentioned quantity. I have not added pepper in this recipe. If you like, you can add.

And, I was too busy last week in setting up my online boutique - https://www.facebook.com/fashneeds last week. I kindly request you to check out the collection there and I am sure you will like them as much as I do. You buy salwar kameez, churidars, kurtis and lehengas in lowest price. I can give special discounts to my blog readers too especially.

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Jabong.com Review - My online shopping experience with Jabong.com

Today I am writing my review about Jabong.com. Most of you might have known about this leading online shopping website. Jabong was ranked among top 25 trusted online brands in India according to the 'The Brand Trust Report India Study - 2013'.

About Jabong.com:

Jabong.com is a vibrant and young company selling good quality branded products online. They cater to the fashion needs of men, women, kids across apparel, footwear, jewellery and accessories. 




Products I ordered:

I wanted to buy to a pendant set which does not have a bright golden finish to pair up with my kurthas and kurthis. When I was going through the Jabong website, I found a lot of such pendant sets. Finally, I ordered the below enticing Austrian Diamond Pendant set. The original price is Rs.595. There is a discount of 25% for this product. So, I got this for Rs.446. You can buy this from here.


Lakme Perfecting Liquid Foundation was the another product I have ordered from Jabong. Basically I love all the foundation products in the Lakme range. This one is the cheapest yet perfect foundation in their range. It is available for just Rs.110. You can buy it from here.


Jabong.com Review


Product Delivery:

I have ordered the items on May 30(Friday) and the products reached me on June 2(Monday) itself. So, I got it in 2 business days basically. 





Product Packaging:

You can check how the Lakme foundation worth just Rs.110 was carefully packed. So, they proved their professionalism in packaging too. Both of the items were carefully packed and there was no damage.



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Jabong.com Coupons:

Jabong provides lot of coupons on almost all categories. So, I would highly recommend you to check the coupons page to save more or shop more in the same budget. You can check the latest Jabong coupon codes here - Jabong coupon codes.


Know what's trending this season:

Do not forget to check out the Exclusive collection of Rohit Bal at Jabong.com. I adore Jabong for making the Rohit Bal's signature Designs affordable and accessible for every woman. The collection include sarees, suit sets and beautiful lehngas and choli. Each and every apparel in the collection is unique and colorful. 

Final Verdict:

Jabong proudly says that that it has broader selection of products, superior buying experience, on-time delivery of products and quick resolution of any concerns. Based on my personal experience with Jabong.com, I completely agree their first 3 points. Since I did not have any concern, I was not able to validate the fourth one. I hope that it is also true. Overall, I was happy with my order at Jabong.

So, what are you waiting for? Shop till you drop from the comfort of your couch :) With the unique apparels and colorful accessories, stand out and portray to the world who you are.


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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Aloo Paratha Recipe - How To Make Aloo Paratha - Punjabi Aloo Paratha Recipe

Aloo Paratha is a popular stuffed paratha recipe from Punjabi cuisine. I have never seen a menu card without Aloo Paratha listed in Punjabi Dhaba restaurants. This Punjabi aloo paratha recipe is share to give you a super soft paratha with soft aloo stuffing.


Aloo Paratha is simple to make and requires no side dish. So, I choose aloo paratha for dinner on lazy days. Tomato sauce, curd or boondi raitha are best accompaniments for aloo paratha. I boil potatoes and take the wheat flour to the living room. I leisurely watch television or listen to music while preparing the dough. Once the potato is cooked, it is quite easy to prepare the stuffing. So, I again go back to living room and continue preparing the paratha. Since I do not prepare side dish for it, I feel that it is one of the easiest menu for dinner.

About the Aloo Stuffing:

I have given a very simple and basic recipe for preparing the aloo stuffing. You can add any other ingredients of your choice if you feel they can enhance the flavor of the stuff. I have added carrom seeds or ajwain(omam in tamil) and chat masala powder for additional flavors. Though both are optional ingredients, they give nice taste and additional flavor. If you do not like the taste of ajwain, you can ignore it. Some kids might not like it. Since Ajwain has good medicinal properties, you can consider crushing the seeds and add it. Chat masala powder gives a super twist to the taste. So, try not to miss adding it if you have it in stock.

Serving and side dish suggestion: Serve it hot. As I said, tomato sauce, curd or boondi raitha are the best accompaniments. White butter is also usually served along with aloo paratha in Punjab.

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Pudina Chtuney Recipe with coconut and tomato - Indian Mint chutney recipe - Pudina thogayal

I was planning to make pudhina chutney for idli and dosa in hotel style for a long time. Since my hubby did not like mint flavor at all, I did not try it. But last week I prepared mint chutney with coconut and tomato along with idli sambar for idli so that my hubby can have idli with sambar. The pudina thogayal served in hotels do not have pudina flavor more dominating. The secret is adding coconut and tomato to the thogayal. Even my hubby who do not like mint flavor had it. Last time I have posted kothamalli chutney which is also a super hit.

mint chutney

Pudhina chutney recipe I have given here is made with coconut and tomato. So, the mint flavor is not so dominating like plain pudina chutney. So, even if you do not like plain pudina chutney, you can try this recipe. I would say the mint chutney version I have given here is perfect for serving with idli and dosa. Plain pudina chutney is perfect for rice.
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Everyone knows that mint has cooling properties. It is a very good cleanser of blood. It is good in eliminating toxins from your body.

Now, let us see how to make pudina chutney here.


Pudina Chtuney Recipe with coconut and tomato - Indian Mint chutney recipe  - Pudina thogayal:




Pudina Chutney Recipe - How to make pudina chutney(Pudina Thogayal)

Prep Time: 15 mins    |  Serves: 2 - 3
Recipe Category : Side dish for idli, dosa and rice


Ingredients:

  • Mint/Pudina- 3/4 cup tightly packed.
  • Tomato - 1 medium size roughly chopped
  • Coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Chana dal - 1 tbsp
  • Dry red chillies - 5
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 3/4 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing - A pinch
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Salt - As required


Instructions - How to make Pudina chutney(Pudina Thogayal):


1. Wash the mint leaves and keep it ready. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. Allow it to splutter. Add urad dal, hing and curry leaves. Saute till the urad dal turns golden brown color. Keep the flame in low and transfer the contents to a bowl or small plate. Keep it for later use.

2. Heat 1 tsp oil in the same pan. Add chana dal and red chillies. Once the chana dal turns golden brown color, add chopped tomato slices. Saute till the tomato slices turn mushy. Add mint leaves and saute till the mint leaves shrink. Add grated coconut and saute for 15 seconds. Switch off the stove. Allow it to cool. Grind it in a mixie with required salt to chutney/thogayal consistency.


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3. Add the tempered items(from step 1) to the pudina thogayal and mix well. Mint chutney is ready to serve.

Notes:


1. Take care not to burn the chana dal.  Pudina thogayal

I have posted 14 easy chutney recipes till now in this blog. Do not forget to check them out :)
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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Mango Custard Recipe - Easy Mango Dessert Recipes

Mango custard recipe I have shared here can be easily made with mango and vanilla custard powder. This is my first verrine recipe in this blog. Wondering what is verrine? According to wiki, Verrine is a small thick glass container with no base, which purpose is to contain a solid or liquid dish(starter, course or dessert), rather than a drink. I have used fresh mango and vanilla custard powder with milk to make this layered dessert.



This mango custard recipe is definitely an easy mango dessert recipe to be tried. I am sure your children will be very happy when you have this mango vanilla custard verrine ready for them once they come back after playing in this hot vacation.

Verrine Recipes 

As this is mango season, use it to make this yummy dessert. Recently I made choco vanilla layered pudding for my guests. You can expect the recipe soon in this blog.

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Before you prepare this mango vanilla custard verrine, you need to decide how many layers you are going to create and what is the order you are going to have. Is the order going to be mango then vanilla then mango or vanilla, mango and vanilla? I would suggest having the vanilla layer at the top of the glass since it looks great and it makes garnishing easy. Cherries and other garnishing items look great with vanilla layer.

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