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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pudine ki Chutney/Mint Chutney

Though many things changed over the period of time… love for cricket is still the same. Thanks to technology….now I can watch any of my favourite matches the repeated times at my ease and can even watch the missed matches. I can check score online and can even watch the match in my mobile on go….No one wants to miss cricket world cup….it is a religion to many…..keeping this mind lots and lots of offers are popping up…even a simple ‘galli’ grocery store in my area is giving out world cup offers on normal grocery items like basmati rice, pulses, sugar, oil, etc., such is the craze for the game in my country…..

My inbox is getting over loaded with coupons, discounts and offers related to cricket day by day. This craze has not left the food industry too….A lot more companies have come up with food offers…Recently I have come across one such interesting offer at foodpanda. Get coupon, order food, save money and enjoy cricket. Returning back from the cricket mania…..straight into today’s recipe….
I found this age old fragile paper where I scribbled some recipes in a very shortcut way….I scribbled these chutney’s just moments before leaving my mom’s house to Bangalore for the first time after marriage…..this piece of paper is very special to me…..
Pudine ki Chutney/Mint Chutney 
In this paper I came across this pudine ki chutney recipe….This chutney is one of my very favourite and I make it more often….but it never occurred to me to make it to my blog…so today just to keep the memory alive…I thought of blogging this simple but yummy chutney.
All you need is steamed hot rice, a dollop of ghee and this tantalizing chutney to treat your taste buds. Fryums will be added glory to a simple food like this….
Pudine ki Chutney/Mint Chutney
  • 1 cup tightly packed Pudina/Mint leaves
  • 2 Garlic pods
  • 4 Green chillies
  • ¼ cup fresh Coriander leaves
  • 2-3 tbsp. Dry Coconut, finely sliced
  • 2 tbsp. thick Tamarind paste
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp. Oil
Pudine ki Chutney/Mint Chutney
  • ½ tbsp. Cumin seeds
  • 2 dry Red chillies
  • 5-6 fresh Curry leaves
  • ½ tbsp. Oil
Pudine ki Chutney/Mint Chutney
  • In a heavy bottom cooking vessel, finely/thinly sliced dry coconut pieces and set aside.
  • In the same vessel add oil and to it add pudina/mint leaves, cut green chillies, garlic pods, salt, coriander leaves and tamarind paste.
  • Fry on low for 4-5 minutes or until everything combines together and leaves are soft. Leave the mixture to cool.
  • First grind the dry roasted dry coconut and then to it add the above made mixture and grind until smooth paste by adjusting salt.
  • For tempering, add oil to kadai and to it add cumin seeds, when they start to splutter add red chillies and curry leaves. Fry till curry leaves turn crisp.
  • Add this tempering to the above made pudina/mint chuntey.
  • Add love to make this chutney taste more ‘yummy’.
  • Serve with rice or paratha or dosa or kichidi.
Pudine ki Chutney/Mint Chutney
  • Adjust green chilies as per your taste.
  • You can even make this chutney with dry red chilies.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Kara Boondi by Lavanya

Kara Boondi is one of my family favourite munching snack……Apart from indulging it directly….I love topping it on soups, raita and even in some stir fries….so kara boondi is always a must buy whenever I visit nearby bakery or sweet shop until recently….Seeing me grabbing a packet of boondi every time we visit the shop….my neighbour friend Lavanya said, why don’t we try over making boondi at home this weekend…., as I have got recipe from my mom….
Khara Boondi
Wow was the word which came from my mouth instantly….Lavanya, my neighbour and a very friendly human being…..She has got good sense of humour and makes everyone smile with her words….The day when she made boondi for the first time….I had gala time recording the pictures for the post….From that day on…I never bought boondi from store……as I am addicted to this homemade spicy, crunchy and yummy kara boondi.
Khara Boondi
“Kara Boondi” is nothing but savory chickpea flour deep fried balls….which make an addictive munching snack. I never thought making this would be such a simple thing….but all you need to be careful of hot oil….Curry leaves, peanuts and garlic will give extra ting to this boondi. Few simple steps and little expertise will give you crunchy and yum boondi….
Khara Boondi
  • 200 gms. Chickpea flour/Gram Flour/Besan
  • ¼ tbsp. Cooking soda
  • 50 gms. Peanuts
  • 20-25 fresh Curry leaves
  • 2-3 tbsp. Red chili powder
  • Salt
  • Oil, for deep frying
  • In a heavy bottom cooking vessel/deep wok/kadai, heat enough oil for deep frying boondi.
Khara Boondi
  • While oil is heating up, sieve chickpea flour, cooking soda and salt in a wide bowl.
Khara Boondi
  • Slowly start adding water slowly to make a runny batter without lumps. (Slightly thinner than dosa batter).
  • Now check whether the oil is hot enough for deep frying by dropping a drop of batter into the oil. If the batter ball sizzles and reaches the top, then oil is ready for deep frying.
Khara Boondi
  • Reduce the flame and gently pour in the small amount of batter through stainless steel perforated skimming ladle. Using another ladle or small bowl gently spread over the batter on the perforated skimming ladle, allowing batter droplets to fall directly into the hot oil. (as shown in the picture below).
Khara Boondi
  • On medium heat fry boondi, until nice golden and crisp. Using a stainless steel slotted spoon turn boondi up and down in oil for even cooking.
  • Once the boondi turn crisp, carefully remove it onto a kitchen tissue/towel. Repeat the process to complete the remaining batter.
Khara Boondi
  • Once the batter is complete then in the same oil deep fry curry leaves until crisp. Remove onto a kitchen tissue.
Khara Boondi
  • Then fry peanuts until crisp and add remove on to kitchen tissue.
  • In a small kadai or wok, add 1 tbsp. of oil and fry crushed garlic for 1 minute. Drain and set aside.
  • Now in a big bowl, gently mix in boondi with red chili powder and salt along with crisp curry leaves, fried garlic and peanuts.
  • Leave it for 15-20 minutes and then store in a clean and dry air tight container.
  • Our homemade aromatic, fresh, crisp and yum khara boondi is ready to indulge.
  • Add ‘love’ to make this boondi taste Yummy.
Khara Boondi
  • You can even add deep fried cashews to the boondi mixture.
  • You can add little food color like green and red to the batter to get colourful khara boondi.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Eatwell to Staywell

In the ever changing life style these days it is very important to Teach Kids Proper Eating Habits with Eatwell Bingo

Those trying to eat healthy will tell you that one of the biggest challenges that comes with this shift in lifestyle is really just figuring out what to eat. It can be quite difficult, especially when you’ve gotten used to eating unhealthy food for years, before finally deciding to take your health seriously.

More often than not, what you need to really be able to stick to a plan is the support of family and friends, and it’s important to get everyone on the same page with regards to your eating goals. If you want to start planning your meals and arranging your diets and don’t know where to start, and want to get your friends and family in on the fun, you could try a game of Eatwell Bingo.

Eatwell Bingo was developed by the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA), after seeing the rapidly increasing obesity rate in the region. The UK currently has the highest obesity rate in all of Europe, costing their National Health Service millions in emergency, life-saving bariatric surgery for those affected. Of course, as with any problem, they sought to nip this in the bud, and encourage healthy eating with the revamped Eatwell Plate.

You probably remember the Food Pyramid, which we were told was the standard of a healthy diet back when we were younger. Well, the model has matured into what is now known as the Eatwell Plate, which dictates how much of one food we should actually be consuming per day to keep our bodies in tip-top shape. The Eatwell Plate, however, struggles to achieve the popularity that the Food Pyramid enjoyed, and seeing this, the FSA presented the Eatwell Plate with its variation of bingo. Although only gaining foot across other parts of the world, bingo in the UK is booming. Free Bingo Hunter, a website specializing in cataloging Britain’s many bingo sites, has amassed a database of hundreds of online bingo portals, all with their own themes and promotions, and respective fan bases. The industry is worth upwards of $557 million in the UK alone, and the FSA has found a way to use the popularity of bingo to further their cause.

Playing Eatwell Bingo is easy, as all the materials are provided by the FSA free of charge. Picture bingo cards, bingo call cards, and food facts are all included in the pack, as well as a large copy of the Eatwell Plate. Players are each given a bingo card, and the caller draws bingo call cards and says the name of the food on the card. The players then mark off the food on their cards if they have it, and they can begin discussing the many uses of the food and the recipes it can star in, as well as its nutritional value and how much of it should be consumed in a day. This gives parents the perfect opportunity to set expectations with their children, and decide what meals they can plan for the week ahead.

Eating healthy can be a huge undertaking, but luckily, we don’t have to do it alone. With a game of Eatwell Bingo and a new found commitment to better eating choices, we can establish better eating habits that will serve as the foundation of health in the future.
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