Friday, 21 November 2014

Orange peel recipe - Orange Peel Pachadi | How To Make Orange Peel Pickle or Thokku

Orange Peel Pachadi is a healthy way to use orange peel which we normally ignore. Orange peel cannot be consumed in large quantity in single sitting as it can induce digestion problems. So, making orange peel pachadi/ thokku is the best way to get the goodness of orange peel. I have already posted recipes of Mango thokku, Tomato Thokku, Citron pickle(Narthangai thokku). So, this one is 4th post on homemade pickles and pachadi. Why don't you make homemade pickles for every week alternatively?

In our region, people include more quantity of pickle every day. We eat rice with curd daily and pickle is the best accompaniment for it which cannot be beaten by any. So, if we make homemade pickles, it is better than store bought one with respect to hygiene, quality of ingredients and health factors.

Orange peel recipes

Benefits of Orange Peel:

Purdue University Horiculture and Landscape Architecture says 100 g of orange fruits has 40 mg of Calcium whereas 100 g of Orange peel has 161 mg of Calcium. Orange peel has almost 4 times of Calcium than the orange fruit. It also 1.5 g of Protein. It also has good amount of vitamins like riboflavin, Vitamin B5 and B6 and  also minerals.

Storage suggestion:

You can store this orange peel pachadi in an air tight container and refrigerate it. It will good for 1 week on average.


You can get the desired consistency of Orange peel pachadi by adjusting water and cooking time. Once the orange peel is cooked well and the spices blend with orange peel, you can switch off anytime. If you want thick, you need to add less water and boil for some more time.


As you know orange peel pachadi has bitterness for sure. But you can reduce it by following the instructions in this post. I have added jaggery powder also for little sweetness. If you do not like the hint of sweetness, you can ignore it. Also, you can adjust the red chilli powder and salt according to your taste buds.

Okay. Now let us see how to make orange peel pachadi.


Orange peel - peel from 2 medium size oranges
Tamarind - 1 small lemon size
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp or more
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - To taste
Water - As required
Jaggery powder - 1 tbsp - 3 tbsp to taste

To dry roast and grind:

Fenugreek seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Coriander seeds - 1 tsp
Dry Red chillies - 2

To Temper:

Oil - 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Hing - 1/8 tsp


1. Soak tamarind in 1 cup water. Chop the orange peels finely.

Orange peel pickle step1

2. Heat a pan, add chopped orange peels and water to cover the peels in high flame. Once the water is boiled, remove the pan from the stove and drain the water from the orange peels. Do this procedure for 3 times. It will reduce the assertiveness of orange peels and reduce the bitterness to a little extent as well.

Orange peel pickle step2 

3. Dry Roast fenugreek seeds and keep aside. Dry roast cumin seeds, coriander seeds and red chillies in the same pan and keep them aside.

4. Powder the roasted fenugreek seeds in a mixer. Keep it aside. Powder the mixture of roasted cumin seeds, coriander seeds and red chillies. Keep them aside. Extract tamarind juice and keep it ready.

Orange peel pickle step3

5. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, urad dal, hing and curry leaves. Saute till they splutter and the urad dal turns golden brown color. Add orange peels, tamarind juice, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Add required water(1 cup approx) to the pan. Allow it to boil. Stir it occasionally.

Orange peel pickle step4

6. Once the orange peel is cooked, add the jaggery powder and mix well. Let it boil for 2 minutes. Switch off the stove once you get the required consistency.

Orange peel pickle step5

Orange peel pickle/Orange peel pachadi is ready to serve.

Refrigerate and use it even for a week.

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Frush Ville in OMR Review - Chennai Corner

You will love Frush Ville at first sight. Yes. Frush Ville is a real treat for your eyes when you cross it. I have seen it so many times while traveling in the OMR. Recently we did a shopping in a furniture showroom in Navalur, OMR. You can read about that furniture shop here. While returning, my hubby asked whether we could go to Frush Ville which is located in OMR itself. I already felt full but I couldn't say no as my hubby told that the ambience is so good. Frush Ville is very close to Polaris, Egattur in OMR.


The restaurant is small but if I say it is awesome, it is an understatement. Until I entered into the restaurant, I did not have plan to write about it in my blog. But I couldn't resist taking pictures after seeing the nice ambience and updating them in my blog. I took it in my phone as it was an unplanned shoot :) So, the picture quality is not so good.


Its a perfect place if you want to dine with your family. You can have light dinner in the lovely ambience. It was so greenery. I loved it so much. We have ordered juice, falooda and sandwiches.



You can have fresh juices, sandwiches, ice creams and even chat items. OMG, I have never seen so many juice options in my life. There is a lot of options available. They not only have common juices from fruits like Apple, Pomegranate but also fruits from all over the world including western fruits. I do not have the list of juices right now with me. If I have, I would love sharing it too. You should see the menu card to trust me. The options are plenty more than you could  imagine. My hubby is a fan of fresh juices and he was excited to see such a big list of juices.

I do not even remember what my hubby ordered. It is not a simple one. It is a combo of so many fruits and it is so complicated to recollect:)

I did not note whether they have soft drinks. And you do not need to bother about it. You should enjoy the taste of fresh juices.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Paneer Kofta Recipe - How to make Paneer Kofta

Paneer kofta is tempting me even to think about it. It is so soft, tasty and perfect for kids and guests. It is good to learn Paneer kofta recipe especially who make paneer at home. See how to make paneer at home here. I am sure sometimes you will have left out crumbled paneer or you might have not got perfect paneer cubes. At that time you can make this Paneer Kofta very quickly. The ingredients are also not something you have to go out and buy.

I tried it yesterday and we all loved it so much. I cursed myself for making only 8. There was a tough competition from my kid for eating this paneer kofta. Even though I liked it so much, I limited myself to only 2 as he loved it so much. I also wanted my hubby to enjoy his share. So, I had to put boundary myself.

How to make paneer kofta

There was a time when all of my teammates used to compete with each other to eat as far as we can when I was working. We used to order more and more especially starters while going for treat. But now, nobody is there to order for more. Its me who has to prepare :) Laziness becomes a matter too. My kid is the only one in the world for whom I sacrifice my favorite snack items and ice creams :) I am happy about this change.

Aloo Paneer Kofta

Okay. Now let us see how to make paneer kofta at home.

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

A healthy child makes a happy home

Health is wealth. We can regain the lost wealth anytime but not health. We can live happily even if we have poor wealth. But it is not possible with poor health. So, it is important to see health as primary factor of happy living.

If your child is not studying well, you can still be happy. If your child is not doing her exams well, you can still be happy. But that is not the case when child is sick. More than the children, parents become mentally upset when their children are sick.

When they grow up, they can take care of themselves. But in their childhood, we are responsible to keep them healthy.

When I was 8 years old, I suffered from jaundice. I don't know whether vaccination for jaundice was available at that time. My sister was less than one year old at that time. The doctor told my parents to admit me in the hospital. As my sister was a baby, we could not leave her in relatives house also. My parents took her also to the hospital. My parents put a cradle in the room for her. I had to be there for 1 week. I still remember how difficult the time was for the entire family. Only after I got cured, my family was back to normal state. But vaccines are available for jaundice nowadays.

Science has developed a lot and new vaccines have been found. But the germs are also getting stronger day by day. Diseases like Dengue, Ebola are threatening the world. So, it is important for us to make our children more immune.

Prevention is better than cure:

Prevention is much easier than curing diseases. So, please take care of the below points to maintain the health of the children.

Few points to maintain the health of child:

1. Proper nutrition:

Everyone knows the proper nutrition is key to the health of the children. Proper nutrition starts from breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is must for the babies and it is advised to feed them till they become 2 years old. It is the birth right for all the babies. Fruits and vegetables should be given more to the children.

2. Keep yourself healthy:

Please keep yourself nutritious and healthy so that you can concentrate on your child's health. Driver should be good to drive the bus safely. So, you should be healthy first. Take nutritious food and exercise at least 5 days a day. Five hours of walking per week is the best option for every one.

3. Exercise:

Teach them to have exercise as part of their daily routine. Allow them to play a lot. Outdoor games are must for them to be physically active child.

4. Sufficient sleep:

Sufficient sleep is quite essential for children. Make them to sleep early and wake up early. Switch off the television at least one hour before the sleeping time. Also give them dinner at least one hour before they sleep.

5. Proper supplements:

Some children are fussy to eat. Give them proper supplements to balance it. Dabur Chyawanprash is a natural formulation which can increase their immunity by 3 times. It has natural herbs like amla, Guduchi etc.

6. Vaccinations:

Chart for vaccination is available everywhere. It is you who has to track it and ensure that your child is vaccinated promptly.

Let us come forward to put our best efforts to keep our child healthy.

Healthy child makes a happy home. Happy homes make happy India.
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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Tomato Chutney Recipe - How to make tomato chutney without coconut - Thakkali Chutney

Tomato Chutney recipe is one of the easy chutney recipes which have dominating tomato flavor. I have already posted another version of onion tomato chutney without coconut in this blog. Also, I have posted how to make onion tomato chutney with coconut. This is another version of tomato chutney. There are endless options to make chutneys and this tomato chutney is one of the easy chutney recipes. This thakkali chutney(in Tamil) is very famous in Tamil Nadu.

You can check many more chutney recipes here - Chutney recipes. I have posted chutney recipes that can be made with coconut and without coconut too.

This tomato chutney recipe is prepared without coconut. So, people who are in restricted diet can opt for this tomato chutney recipe.

I have few more recipes for the same tomato chutney. I will definitely post them soon here.

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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Quickr is really Quickrrrrrrrrr

Today I am going to share my memorable shopping experience with My sweet 3 years old son always likes to watch Quickr Ads in TV and never forgets to say 'Quickrrrrrrr' along with the advertisement. Not only my son, every one in India should have fallen in love for the words Quickr and Quickrrrrrrrr....  Never mind if I use the word 'Quickrrrrrr' instead of the words 'Quick' and  'Quickr' in this post. I absolutely love that word too much.

Quickr is India's no.1 Online classifieds platform which connects people. It helps them to sell or buy goods and services. Though it was started in just 2008, it has become India's no.1 online classifieds platform because of its salient features which no one else can compete. Quickr has also become the no.1 'Buyer Aur Seller Ka Perfect Matchmaker' with absolutely zero cost for matchmaking. Thank you Quickr :)

My Quickr Shopping Experience:

I have kept my budget as 5000 INR for shopping with Quickr. As I did not fix any particular product in my mind, I spent a lot of time in just browsing through OMG, Quickr is indeed an ocean of products. Unless you have any urgent requirement in mind for a particular good, you will end up in spending lot of time in just browsing the millions of products. That is what I was doing for many days. As I always love shopping, I loved the browsing experience too. As a software engineer, I could say that Quickr application is well designed keeping common people also in mind. It is such an easy-to-use application. It has all the important features which can make your shopping smoother and easier.

Is Quickr really Quickrrrrrr?

As I already said, I just love its name. So, the first thing which I wanted to find out was whether Quickr really stands for its name. I kept a challenge for Quickr consequently. If I could buy what I like in a single day, then Quickr is the winner for sure. 

Products which I bought:

I have bought two items. One item is foldable wooden study table and another one is pillow from the brand 'Sleepwell'. I have crossed my budget but not much. The total price was 5100 INR. Just 100 INR extra but it is definitely worth. 

The study table is something unique which I totally love it. You cannot buy it everywhere easily. I have seen it only in 1 big furniture shop till now. I liked it but did not buy at that time it as the price was too high. I have seen the same foldable study table this time for a steal price. So, I immediately grabbed it. Sleepwell is my favorite brand and there was a need to buy one pillow for my home. So, I bought it as well.

Quickr Shopping Tour:

I had captured the whole process of buying as I wanted to take you all to a virtual shopping tour on Quickr with me. Thanks for MS Paint and Picasa for making my job easier.

1. I logged into and chose 'Chennai' as the city. Below is the screenshot of Chennai's Quickr Page. The option to select the city is one of the good features of Quickr which I extremely love.

2. Next, I selected the  'Home & Lifestyle' option.

Below is the page of Chennai Home & Lifestyle page in Quickr.

3. I have selected Home & Office furniture link in the left side bar and selected 'Old Mahabalipuram Road' as the 'Located In' option. Thank you Quickr for providing such an option. My area is located too far from the city. I am sure most of the ads in Chennai Quickr will be from the city only. If this option was not there, I should have gone through the long list of entries one by one which is quite time consuming. This is my most favorite feature of Quickr as it was quite helpful especially for me. 

Link for Chennai Home and Office Furniture -

My second favorite feature is MSP. You can read more about the MSP in the below screenshot or in the link

Coming back to my search for furniture, the first result displayed itself was I wanted. I clicked on the ad immediately.

I checked the ad details and noted down the mobile number which was mentioned in the ad.

I called the seller and checked whether the shop was functioning that day. Yeah, it was. I called my hubby as I had to get his appointment to take me to the shop. 

Initially, he was not impressed. He just came along with me for my sake. It was raining heavily on that day.  I was afraid and prayed that the ad should not be a fake one. We went by our car and found out the shop. Wow. The shop was open and it was a big one. I felt really happy and proud too for my taking my hubby and kid to the right shop. Thanks to Quick again.

I couldn't resist myself taking pictures inside the furniture shop too. I have asked their permission to take photographs. 

Once we saw the foldable wooden study table there, we had decided to buy it. My hubby liked it very much as it was something unique which we cannot get easily as I said. It occupies less space but the utility is more. The cost was 6000 INR. But they gave 20% discount and the final price was 4800 INR. We immediately booked it. 

Foldable Study Table at store

Foldable Study Table at my home

I was planning to buy a new pillow for a long time. I always forget when I went outside. I picked a Sleepwell pillow as soon as I saw it there. They gave the pillow also in a stealing price. 

Pillow at store

Pillow at my home

Original purchase value was 6325 INR. We have paid 5100 INR after discount.

I have asked them when they could deliver the items. They told that they could deliver on the same day. They have kept the promise and delivered at 9 PM on that day itself. So, my shopping got over in just one day.

So, Quickr is the winner. "Dear Quickr, You really stand for your name."

Quickr Link for Bawa's Furn Park where we shopped -

I am tired now because of browsing, shopping and writing. But I cannot sign off without telling about the fact that Quickr brings booming transformation in many more lives.

I am not able to see Quickr as just a shopping website. It is more than a shopping website. It is changing the lives of many people each and everyday. It brings smile and happiness in lot of families. Even though I cannot list how Quickr enhances each and everyone's life, I thought of sharing few others' real experiences here. The scenarios below are real life scenarios.

Scenario 1:

Before Quickr:

IT employee Sam likes to upgrade to new mobiles frequently. He used to sell his old mobiles to his friends for very low price. He also used to exchange them in the mobile shop for a negligible amount. He did not bother about exchanging a mobile worth 8000 INR for 300 INR even if it was just 2 months old and in good condition. He never worried for giving the mobiles for throw away prices. These things were happening before Sam got married to Sadhana. Sadhana strongly felt that Sam was wasting money and put a ban for upgrading to new mobiles. Poor Sam had to stop it and started to do only window shopping to quench his craving for new mobiles.

After Quickr:

Sam saw a TV ad about Quickr. Sam logged into Quickr and put an ad to sell his latest mobile. The cost of old mobile was Rs.7500. He put the price as Rs.6500 as the mobile was just 3 months old and in good condition. He got a lot of requests from buyers. One even told that he could pay 200 INR extra to buy that mobile.

Sam told this to Sadhana. Sadhana approved his request and gave him a pat on the back. Now Sam is living happily and upgrading to new mobiles smartly.

Scenario 2:

Before Quickr:

Mr.Rohan was 50 years old. His daughter Sharmi completed her degree and joined one MNC as software engineer. She was buying new home appliances and furnitures for her home as everything looked old. They did not need old furnitures and home appliances anymore.

Mr.Rohan wanted to sell them but he did not like to ask his friends whether anyone needed the old items. He also did not like to sell in throwaway price in the shops which take old items. He usually does not like getting 'No' as answer like many other people who see it as a dignity issue. Sharmi was also a shy person and she also hesitated to ask her friends. As they are all in good condition, they kept all the old items in a side room. Cockroaches started roaming freely and made it as their permanent place for living.

After Quickr:

Sharmi came to know about Quickr. She wanted to try her luck with Quickr and took photographs of all the old items. She put ads for selling those items with reasonable price. Sharmi is now busy in answering buyer's request from Quickr. Mr and Mrs.Rohan are busy in making money and buying jewels for Sharmi's marriage.

Scenario 3:

Before Quickr:

Mr. Madhavan is a post man. His son Arjun is 5 years old. Arjun's friend Jack has a battery operated big car. Arjun liked it very much and wanted to buy. He asked Madhavan to get him such a big car. Madhavan had the desire to get one for son but his salary was not even sufficient for paying house rent and to meet other family needs. Madhavan had to say a big 'No' to Arjun with heavy heart. Arjun became unhappy and he was crying all the day. He refused to talk to his dad and to eat dinner. Finally Arjun had slept whereas Madhavan did not. He was downhearted for not fulfilling his son's desires. That was not just one night. Madhavan used to have so many sleepless nights like this.

After Quickr:

Janani is working as cashier in the same post office where Madhavan is working. Janani asked the reason for Madhavan's dull look on the next day morning. Madhavan explained his helpless situation to her. Janani is a regular user of Quickr and she explained about it to Madhavan. Madhavan requested her to check whether any old car is available for low price.

She logged into Quickr and found a big battery operated car available for sale in very low price. The seller had mentioned that his son had grown up and he did not need it anymore. He had also mentioned that the price was negotiable.

Janani called the seller and told about Madhavan. She also explained about Madhavan's financial situation. The seller agreed to reduce the price further. To Madhavan's surprise, the seller was located close to his home. The seller told that he would come to Madhavan's home on his own to give the car.

Madhavan was very happy. He returned home and kept quiet. Arjun was still angry and he did not talk to Madhavan. The seller knocked the door. Arjun went to open it. The seller took the car inside and gave it to Arjun. Arjun asked the seller whether it was for him truly. The seller told that it was ordered for him by his father only. Arjun saw his dad with tears and sat on the car. He started riding it but he felt like flying in the air.

Madhavan gave money to the seller. After seeing the small house of Madhavan and his family situation, the seller refused to take the money. The seller said, 'This car cannot get any better value than your son's happiness and smile'. He said bye leaving tears in Madhavan's eyes. Arjun refused to take dinner and to sleep as he was busy in playing with his car. Madhavan was also sleepless to watch his son playing happily. Nowadays Madhavan is able to fulfill his son's desires with the help of Quickr.

Do you know how I know Sam, Sharmi and Janani? Sam is my cousin. Sharmi is my ex-colleague. Janani is my ex-roommate. 

There are the lot of Sam, Rohan and Madhavan in this world.  Thank you Quickr for transforming our lives a more prosperous one. You are really a perfect and best matchmaker in the world.

Buying and selling things are no more an imagination. You can do this in just few clicks. Quickr is the best place for all your real estate requirements too. Quickr is really Quickrrrrrr....... 

Although Quickr makes it best effort to ban spam ads through its ad policies and other terms, please take responsibility of checking the quality of product from your side too.

So what are you planning for? Buying or Selling? 

Note: This post is a part of activity at
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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Deals on Online Food Service

Eating out is fun but getting to the restaurant of your choice only to find it crowded is not quite what you had expected. You may like one type of food and may want to go to a particular restaurant whereas your spouse or kids may pick another one. The easiest way to resolve all these issues is to stay at home, watch TV or have a party or just relax and let the food be delivered to your doorstep from the restaurant of your choice. In addition enjoy the benefit of deals on online food services. Services like fulfill a long-felt need of modern families. If you are a foodie but hate having to negotiate traffic and wait in queues then the best alternative is to order food to be delivered to your home. If you are a busy executive and find little time to cook or even visit a restaurant, use your smartphone to visit this site and order food to be delivered to your office so you can work but do not stay hungry.

Intense competition, better deals
  • There is intense competition among restaurants to entice more customers, but they have limited space in their premises to serve customers.
  • Delivering food costs less than serving it on premises considering the overheads so they can offer doorstep delivery at the same price or even offer food at discounts.
  • Restaurants introduce special deals on special occasions such as Mother’s day, Valentine ’s Day, Diwali and other festivals.

Convenience like never before
  • Go online to site, pick your city and your location and find the listed restaurants in your neighborhood. Pick from their menu and place your order, paying online or opting for cash on delivery. If you pay by credit card, you receive a discount.
  • If you are concerned that the restaurant you plan to visit is likely to be crowded, book a seat at the restaurant of your choice and indicate the time when you will arrive. When you do, your table is ready, reserved for you, at no extra cost.
  • Place your order for food in advance for an event or a celebration and you can be sure it will be delivered at the time you specify. Restaurants associated with phone to confirm your order and then again on the day when you want the food delivered, just so if you have changed your mind you are not saddled with food you do not want.
  • If you are ordering from a restaurant you do not know anything about, there are reviews left on the site by satisfied users and that helps you take a decision.
  • You don’t have to access the internet and place order online. also has telephone service.
  • Create an account and become a regular on As a regular customer you become entitled to deals, offers and benefits from time to time. is the perfect solution for people with very busy lifestyles and helps you get exactly the type of food you need at the time you specify, with least hassles. Whether it is for routine dining or for a party or a special event, order food online and enjoy deals on online food service like never before with this wonderful website that makes it all so easy to enjoy the best cuisines at the best prices.

Get the best deal on online food order from leading website justeat( and foodpanda( for more offer and deal on food visit leading coupon website

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