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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Vangi Bhath Recipe | Brinjal Rice |Kathirikai Sadam

Brinjal recipes

Brinjal rice recipes

I love to have rice any time than phulkas , I know rice is not a healthy option but atleast once in a day we love to have rice. As I love rice i love to make variety  rice  and not the usual dal chawal , rasam chawal or kadhi chawal. I and my mom our big fans of brinjal, my mom makes delicious brinjal peanut curry and also how can i forget the kathirikai karakuzhambu . Today's recipe is delicious and aromatic rice from south India, It is almost made in all parts of south India and each state has its own variations. I have made Vangi bhath couple of time and this recipe is my fav. Vangi bhath is made in different methods the karnataka method is to make the curry and mix with the cooked rice and the maharastrian version is make the curry with goda masala and cook the rice with the brinjals. After so many days am happy to blog , I have some array fo rice recipes in my draft. Wish me luck to be regular in blogging so that you see the array coming :).. Lets move on to the recipe now..

How to make vangi bhath ?

Kathirikai recipes

Vangi Bhath

                                             Category  Preparation time  Cook Time       
                                                Rice Varities 
         15 mins                 20 mins

  Rice - 1 cup
  Purple Brinjal/ Green Brinjal -4 no's ( Medium )
  Turmeric pd - 1/4 tsp
  Hing / Asafoetida - a pinch
  Onion - 1 no ( Medium)
  Tomato - 1 no (Medium)
  Bay leaf - 1 no
  Cardamom - 2 no's
  Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  Cumin seeds- 1/4 tsp
  Oil - 2 tbsp

  Vangi Bhath Powder

  Channa dal - 1 tbsp
  Urad dal - 2 tsp
  Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp
  Whole red chilli - 4-5 no's
  Pepper corn - 8-9 no
  Coconut - 2 tbsp (grated)
  White sesame seeds -1/2 tbsp
  Cumin seeds / Jeera - 2 tsp
  Groundnuts -1 tbsp
  Cinnamon - 1 small stick
  Cloves -2 no's

  • In a pan dry roast all the ingredients required for making Vangi bhath pd.
  • Cool the dry roasted spices in a plate , after it cools down put it in a mixer and grind to a not so fine no so coarse powder.
  • Cook the rice in 2 cups water and salt.
  • Cut the brinjal to 4 slices each and put them in water or butter milk to avoid oxidation
  • In sauce pan heat oil add bay leaves, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and cardamom. Let them splutter.
  • Add chopped Onions and saute them till translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and saute them till mushy.
  • Drain the water and add the cut brinjals and saute till they cook well.
  • Add the 2-3 tbsp ( or as needed ) of the vangi bhath masala, turmeric pd, hing  to the cooked brinjal and saute them well.
  • Saute the curry till the masala gets cooked and raw smell goes off. 
  • Add the cooked rice to the cooked curry and mix them till it is well combined.
  • Serve them hot with any raita or some papadams.

Indian eggplant recipes

Monday, September 12, 2016

What is in tap water that isn't in filtered water?

Tap water is readily available in everyone’s homes, so it’s easy to access and it’s free, but is it really the best thing to be putting in your body? When you consider that people undergoing chemotherapy, aids and HIV sufferers, transplant patients, young children (under 6 years old especially), and pregnant women are advised against drinking it, it makes you think that maybe there is something in it that we need to be careful of.

Studies presented at Freshly Squeezed Water have found that tap water contains the following chemicals:
  •    Chlorine
  •    Fluorine compounds
  •    Trihalomethanes (THMs)
   Salts of:
  •  arsenic
  •  radium
  • aluminium
  • copper
  • lead
  • mercury
  • cadmium
  • barium
  •  Hormones
  •  Nitrates
  •  Pesticides
A list which is pretty scary! Now while some of these are essential to get rid of unwanted bacteria, some of it has simply slipped through the cracks, or is in small enough quantities to comply to the regulations – but is that enough for you? If you would rather drink the cleanest water possible, there are a few things that you can do:

    Only drink the water if it’s very cold because that will store less bacteria. Run the tap until the coldest water comes out to help with this.
      Try a different source of water, such as bottled. This can work out more expensive- especially when you consider that everyone in your home needs to drink an average of eight glasses of water per day – and you do need to do your research to ensure that what you’re drinking is high quality, but it will prevent you from drinking these chemicals.
    Filter your water. Using filtered water coolers will remove all the chemicals from your tap water in your own home, saving you that trip to the shop every time you want a drink.

These water filters can work in varied ways, but here are the most common type of system that you will find:

  •   Activated carbon  – this is the most used water filter, which uses active carbon filters to trap the waters most common impurities.
  •  Reverse osmosis – this system forces water through a very fine filter at pressure to ensure the contaminates can’t get through.
  •  Ion exchange – ions soften the water by splitting atoms, and is very effective.
  •  Distillation  – this takes the water one step further than boiling. It boils the water, steams it, captures the steam and condenses it into a separate container.
These systems work towards getting rid of the chemicals listed above, leaving you with the purest water possible. The more that people learn about the negatives that can be found in tap water, the more popular these systems become, and the better the companies make them. To see which one is most suitable for you, do some research into which system will fit into your home and will satisfy all of your water needs. 

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Friday, September 09, 2016

Indori Garadu Ki Chaat Recipe | Yucca Chaat

Indori Garadu Chaat recipe

How was your long weekend and hope you had a wonderful ganapathi pooja . We celebrated a simple ganesh pooja followed by a visit to the near by ganesh ji temple. If you are following me in Fb you would know I made some musical ganesha this year for ganesh pooja. They are miniature ganesha all my friends just loved after seeing them.Sharing some of my creations here. 

Polymer Clay creations

Modak Recipe

Ganesh Chathurthi is my fav festival to celebrate. I love making some treats for ganesh and also make some hand made ganesha at home.So what was special bhog/ prasad you make for ganesh pooja??..I made 3 varieties of modak and besan ladoo. Sorry for loading this post with lot of pictures , this is wat happen when you are regular in blogging .. I have so many updates that one post is not enough. Ok let me tell you about today's recipe.

Garadu is a variety of yam available in Indian , Indori style garadu ki chaat is the famous street food which people love to have in winter season. I didn't find Garadu so used yucca for making them,you can also use ratalu for making this yummy chaat but traditionally garadu is only used which looks similar to yucca but taste may vary .When I did thali's for Madhya pradesh I wanted to try this too but didn't get a chance. I am so happy I made it and my hubby loved it. This chaat is very easy to make and chaat jiralu masala is main ingredient for making the chaat taste delicious. 

Yucca Chaat

Garadu Ki Chaat

                                                 Category  Preparation time  Cook Time       
                                                    Street Food
         10 mins              10-15 mins

  Yucca - 1 medium size ( Garadu or Ratalu can also be used)
  Oil for Frying

  Jiralu masala 
  Cumin pd- 2 tsp
  Red chilli pd- 1/2 tsp
  Amchur pd- 1/2 tsp
  Chaat masala- 1tsp
  Dry ginger pd- 1 1/2 tsp
  Himalayan Pink salt / Kala namak - 1/4 tsp
  Salt to taste

  To Jiralu
  • Mix all the dry powder's well in a bowl.
  • Store this pd in airtight container for several days.
  • Use it in any chaat.
  To make Garadu/ Yucca chaat 
  • Peel the skin from the yucca, slice them into circles.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, slide in the yucca slices and fry them both side till light brown in low flame.
  • Remove the fried yucca and transfer it to a kitchen towel.
  • Let the fried yucca cool for some time.
  • Make dice sized pieces of the fried yucca slices.
  • Now again fry them in hot oil till nice and golden brown.
  • To the hot fried yucca add the jiralu masala and mix it.
  • Serve them hot or warm.

Chaat Masala Recipe

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.