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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Guava Curry | Amrood ki sabzi | Koiya Pallam Curry

Koiyapallam curry

 My mom makes  very delicious curries and this is one of my fav curry mum makes, I love to have this curry as is. I know this delicious  curry is made in many north Indian homes and My mom used to make this curry often . Yes it is with my fav fruit Guava is the fruit I love to have as is with some salt and red chilli pd spread on them and the second thing I like is having it in the form of curry. Guava is a delicious fruit by itself and when made in form of curry to go with phulkas they are just delicious you will sure make them again if you taste them once .. Yes  it is sweet and spicy curry not so loved by all spicy food lovers , I too don't like adding sugar in spicy curries but trust me you will love this curry even though there is sugar in it .. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Lemon Mor Recipe | Nimbu Chaas | Lemon Buttermilk

Nimbu Chaas Recipe

Chaas/ Mor is perfect thirst quencher for a sunny day. It is so refreshing and healthy to drink. I remember my mom used to make buttermilk/ chaas/ Mor daily for my father after lunch. It is very healthy and wonderful coolant for our body, so my father used to drink a big kalash full of chaas daily as it was so healthy. Our body tends to heat up quickly so this refreshing drink is the natural and yummy way to cool our body. Perfect for a sunny a day especially in India it is always too hot that this drink is perfect to make you smile and refresh. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Raspberry Kalakand | Microwave Raspberry Kalakand

Happy Raksha Bandhan

The day has come when sisters had done all purchasing for the occasion and brothers , oh yeah they really don't have anything to but to fill their pockets with lot of blessing , you know what I mean :P.. Oh yes rakhi has finally arrived and it is that time in a year when brothers are pampered with sweets and sisters are pampered with lots of gifts. When I was kid I only celebrated rakhi for the return gifts, as we grew the meaning of rakhi hit my mind. I have a lil brother who is a prankster , I always have a argument with him all the time . Even now ( after my marriage) we do have a lot of arguments but the thing is we don't take any argument to heart which does not really happen in any of the relationship do you agree??. So this festival is really dear to me , though am away from home town i wish my bro gets all happiness he deserves. I know many brothers and sisters like us are celebrating rakhi staying away. I am so happy we celebrated rakhi in home country last year and my bro gifted me a nose pin which I was obsessed about. Ok coming to the festival, Raksha bandhan is celebrated  for brother sister bond or it can also to put together as a holy thread is tied on brothers hands by sisters to protect their brothers from any kind of negativity. this tradition is followed for years now and it is some modern twists to it too. One week before rakhi you will find lots of varieties of rakhi available in the stores , there some really fancy once which is attract kids a lot.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Chakolaya/ Chakolya Recipe | Maharastrian Varan Phal

Varan Phal recipe

North Indian Cuisine Recipes

I have such lovely memories of childhood making the dhokli's . My Mom used to make me do the discs for the dhokli's. We never missed to make dhokli's on a rainy day.. It was so soothing to have warm dhokli on a cold day. I remember my nani ( mother's mom), when we went for a vacation to rajasthan after all the roaming we reached home late night around 2 with hunger pangs , and My nani made us garam garam dhokli's in charcoal stove. I must say it was the yummiest dhokli I ever had. They say everyone have their own Haath ka swaad which is very true my mom, masi and nani make yummy food even if it is a simple sambhar or rasam it tastes so gud when they make with their magical hands . Though we make rajasthani dhokli at home often the neighbor states also make their own variations of dhokli. There is gujrati dhokli and maharastrian version too.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Easy Home Made Trail Mix | Healthy No bake Trail Mix Recipe | National Trail Mix Day

 American trail Mix

National trail Mix day

Trail mix are very popular snack in America .. It is considered a very healthy snack to indulge , though it is easy to put together the proper proportion and the ingredients combined matters a lot. There should be correct amount of treenuts, dried fruits and candies / chocolates added . Dry fruits are always a healthy option for snacks, in India dry fruits are considered very healthy and it is served for the guest who come for the marriage as a symbol of hospitality. As I belong to a marwari roots we have the tradition of serving dry fruits and nuts to the guest who come to our home. So when ever we have guest before any snacks dry fruits or mawa is offered to them. If some guest are very shy and restraining them to have we try make them feel like home and enjoy the hospitality ( In marwari we call Manwar). In our dry fruit box we generally have a combination of fruits and nuts like cashew, badam, pista are like compulsory  other than that we can have anjeer or dried figs, dried grapes, dried apricots or any even chocolates. In the picture below I have added anardana balls ( pomegranate balls).

Monday, August 01, 2016

Blueberry Rasam | South Indian Rasam with Blueberries

South indian rasam recipes

Rasam recipes

Yes Blueberry it is again !! All the blueberry picking done made me make so many blueberry dishes for past weeks. I made Blueberry peda which i already shared  in my previous post , Then I made blueberry popsicle but unfortunately didn't happen to click as my daughter wanted to have it and I felt sorry for my blog , let see next time I make I have hide and click few so that I can blog. Now Coming to the recipe which I made with , of course blueberry :). The blueberries we picked from the farm were little tangy side so I thought of making rasam out of it.. I love rasam with potato fry, they bring out lot of nostalgic memory from childhood. As a child I used to hate rasam rice like anything but look at me now I love having rasam.. Some body said it right as you grow your taste changes. My mom had to make as eat rasam rice by making potato fry with it as side ,as we ( me n bro) loved eating  potato fry.. We used to do some funny stuffs, you will laugh I tell you. We used to keep the potato fry a side gaze it all time while eating rasam and not used potato fry as a side .. Once all the rasam rice is done, washed our hands, sat down near the potato and indulged it slowly. It was like a heaven, my bro used to finish the fries fast and then lift my potato fries from my plate too ha ha :P That was fun reviving the memories.. 

South indian recipes

Blueberry recipes

Blueberry rasam is a very delicious and will taste like a rasam with blueberry flavor in it.. My blueberry were farm fresh so they were little tangy, am sure you can use the store bought once to get the "Khatta Meetha" taste. In that case you can skip the jaggery depending on blueberries taste.In our India trip we went for a vacation to Chikmagalur and there I happen to eat Udipi style meals  in which the rasam was made with kokum and not tamarind. So I tried to match the color of blueberry with kokum, and the taste even was good. Not so happy with the pictures, pardon me am still trying to find the best light in our new  place. Here is a innovative and yummy berry rasam for you today ...

Rasam recipes

Blueberry Rasam

                                             Category  Preparation time Cook Time   
          10 mins
 15  mins     


  Blueberry - 1 1/2 Cup
  Toor dal - 2 tbsp ( cooked)
  Curry leaves- 1 sprig
  Kokum -2 nos
  Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  Whole red chilli - 2 nos
  Pepper pd - 1/2 tsp
  Rasam pd - 2 tbsp
  Turmeric pd - 1/4 tsp
  Cumin pd - 1 tsp
  Garlic - 2 clove ( minced)
  Coriander leaves - few (Chopped)
  Oil - 1 tbsp
  Jaggery - 1 tsp
  Salt to taste

  • Soak kokum in 1/4 cup water and extract the kokum water.
  • In a pan heat oil , add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • Let them splutter then add curry leaves, whole red chilli  and minced garlic.
  • Saute them for a while and then add the washed blueberries.
  • Saute the bluberries till the juice from it oozes out.
  • Add 2-3 cups of water , the cooked mashed toor dal, cumin pd, turmeric pd, pepper pd, rasam pd and salt.
  • Add jaggery in the end and mix.
  • Let the rasam boil , turn off the heat when it attains single boil . Don't keep the rasam long in flame after boiling.

Indian recipes with Blueberries

South Indian rasam recipe

Friday, July 22, 2016

Blueberry Peda with Khoya | Peda with Khoya Recipe

Peda with Mawa

Indian Festival Sweets Recipe

I always love to experiment in my kitchen as I have said earlier it is more like a chemistry lab. So today's post is also an experiment which went well and tastes good too. When we were in school we used to make khoya from scratch for making gulab jamun and also for adding in other sweets. The fresh khoya always tastes more yummier than the store bought one. Today I decided to make khoya from scratch, it is a tedious job to stand in one place for more than 40 mins and cooking the milk in very low flame, but I succeeded and the out come was really well made khoya. 

Blueberry Recipes

Home made Peda Recipe

Last weekend we went to pick some blueberries, it was the last picking of the season and am glad we did it. My daughter enjoyed picking the yummy juicy berries. So you will be seeing some blueberry recipes coming in the blog. Usually berries are underestimated and made used only in making preserves and jams, I wanted to make something different and so the idea popped up of making Blueberry flavored peda, he he yes I succeeded again in making them. You can also add blueberry extract for the blueberry flavor to pop up but I could taste the berry in this peda. I didn't add any color but you are open to add purple food color if you like. Now am very excited to share my experiment, it tasted just like store bought peda but with a berry flavor in it..  Before that for all Rajani fans enjoy Kabali fever.. Am a big fan of thalaiva and so desi fiesta is also starting the sweets on Kabali release :).. So awaiting to see the movie in theater..

Milk fudge Recipe

How to make khoya ?

Blueberry Peda with Khoya

                                             Category  Preparation time Cook Time   
          15 mins
 10- 15 mins     

  Mawa / Khoya - 1/2 cup ( I made it at home)
  Blueberry Puree - 1/2 cup ( puree it in mixer and strain it to smooth puree)
  Condensed Milk - 1/2 tin 
  Heavy Cream - 1/4 cup

  Butter - 2 tbsp
  Cardamom pd - a pinch
  Silvered Almonds - For garnish
  •  In a sauce pan heat the butter , after it melts add blueberry puree.
  •  Mix it well and the add mawa, condensed milk, cardamom, heavy cream.
  • Mix it well with a ladle , make sure there are no lumps.
  • Cook the mixture till everything comes together, don't forget to stir it constantly and it should not stick to the pan anymore till that you have to keep on stiring. It should leave the sides and the mixture should come together like a mass or dough.
  • In a plate transfer the mixture and let it cool.
  • Once it cools down a bit, divide them to equal parts and roll it to a smooth ball.
  • Press the ball slightly and give it a peda shape. For the impression on the peda you can use a cookie press or just give designs using a tooth pick or skewer.
  • Store the pedas in air tight container.
  • If the peda mixture is too loose you will not be able to form the shape.So place the mixture on a sauce pan again and cook for some more time , as I said it should form a mass and nothing should stick on the pan.
  • You can adjust the sweet as you like or  depending on the sweetness of blueberries. Mine were freshly picked so it was little tangy .

Sweets with fruits

How to make peda with Khoya ?

PS: Do try the recipe and let me know the feedback but don't blog it back , its a request :) Also don't change the flavor and call it your recipe plz its a humble request .