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Thursday, October 1, 2015

ABCD Shake

Just give me whatever you have in your pantry and I will give you a ‘scrumptious shake’. This is what our today’s drink is all about. For never ending humid climate of ‘Chennai’…a drink like this is most welcome at any time of the day. I arranged everything before leaving to pick up Lil’M from school and when we were back home…blended the ingredients and served. This was her after school treat for the day.
Delicious, nutritious and most of all it is simple to make….my kind of recipe. Incorporating nuts and fruits in daily meal for kids is bit tricky. Most of the conversation of mom’s when I meet them at school/park/activity class is round eating habits only. Generally very few mom’s say their kids eat everything….most of them complaint of not eating vegetables and some complaint about nuts/fruits.
ABCD Shake
I rather say my darling is little choosy when it comes to food and clothes. Nuts are something she never eats raw. I always have to look for options to incorporate nuts in her diet. In due process of using nuts I landed up making this shake….this shake has got goodness of almonds, crunchiness from biscuits, yumminess of chocolate and sweetness of dates. Overall a rich and creamy shake….by making which mama is happy and relishing which Lil’M is happy too….
ABCD Shake
  • 6 Almonds, soaked for 2-3 hours
  • ½ cup chilled Milk
  • 6 Dates, pitted and soaked for 1 hour
  • 3 tbsp. melted dark Chocolate/Hershey’s syrup
  • 2 Hide & Seek biscuits
  • 1 scoop Vanilla/Chocolate Ice cream {Optional}
ABCD Shake
  • Swirl inside of serving glass with chocolate syrup or Hershey’s syrup and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, in a blender first add almonds and grind them coarsely, then add dates, chocolate syrup and hide & seek biscuits.
  • Pulse and make fine paste by adding little milk. Then add ice cream (if using) and remaining milk and churn until frothy.
  • Pour in the prepared serving glasses and top with coloured sprinkles or fresh fruit of your choice.
  • Add love to make this shake taste more ‘Yummy’.
ABCD Shake
I thought I will mere miss theme based monthly food blog event – ‘Bloggers Monthly Fiesta’, where theme for the month is ‘NUTS’. But happy to join the gang girls….Here is the updates list of the my fellow buddies posting on the theme for the event….

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Cinnamon-Cocoa Flavored Popcorn

If you want me to pick one snack which I never get bore munching is ‘Popcorn’. Till recently I liked rather say tried savoury flavours in popcorn like butter or pepper or red chili or curry leaf powder (idli podi) or chat masala…..but on my recent trip to grocery store , I came across different flavours of readymade popcorn and surprise to see some sweet ones like strawberry and caramel. Wondering how they would taste like I picked up strawberry flavoured popcorns. Somehow, I was not satisfied with the taste of readymade ones…..and dropped the idea of sweet flavoured popcorn.  
Cinnamon-Cocoa Flavored Popcorn
Sundays are most boring in my house. Lil’M mostly glued to TV or drawing/painting and husband busy with next day office presentations, meetings, etc.….It is me who will be left with no work. I end up reading book or magazine most of the Sunday afternoons…When I was sitting in the patio stealing a quiet ‘me’ moment for myself; Lil’M snuggled around and asked me to make something to answer her snack hunger….where something always mean chocolate in her account. I thought of making chocolate milkshake, but then I was also feeling peckish and thought of making popcorn.
Cinnamon-Cocoa Flavored Popcorn
Popcorn is like diet food to me. Not deep fried and can be popped in no time. I always wanted to try chocolate and popcorn together…but never got a chance. So when I was waiting for the popcorn to pop in microwave. I made my mind to add cinnamon-cocoa powder which was waiting in the shelf from long to go into hot chocolate drink. The result was absolutely yum….The first batch went in no time and then I made second batch to click and relish with my evening tea. The popcorn tasted best with fresh brewed mint-lemon green tea.
Cinnamon-Cocoa Flavored Popcorn
I know I know you people are eyeing at that METALLIC BRONZE TRAY….right??? It is from ZAO COLLECTION ‘The Yellow Door’. It’s an eco-friendly product made of bamboo and has gorgeous semi-gloss lacquer finish. Its inspired by traditional Vietnamese lacquer art and is food safe.  The ZAO Collection is eco-friendly food safe kitchenware made of bamboo. It includes Platters, Salad Bowls, Chip and Dip, and other Tableware. The main motto behind the collection is the food served should not only look and taste good but also be toxic free.  The Yellow Door was conceptualized on a walk. The Yellow Door is a bridge between overpriced designer products and clichéd low quality products. The Yellow Door was launched as a one stop shop to address all your décor woes at competitive prices. So if you are on prop hunt, knock ‘TheYellow Door’….where creativity meets style….
  • ¾ cup Popcorn kernels
  • 2 tbsp. Cinnamon-cocoa powder
  • ½ tbsp. sea Salt
  • 3 tbsp. Sugar
  • 3 tbsp. Coconut oil
Cinnamon-Cocoa Flavored Popcorn
  • Pop in popcorn kernels as per your choice. Either in microwave or by stove top method.
  • In a bowl combine coconut oil, sea salt, sugar and cinnamon-cocoa powder. Whisk gently until combined. Add in fresh popped popcorn and toss until well combined. Serve warm.
Cinnamon-Cocoa Flavored Popcorn
  • You can use butter instead of coconut oil and can skip sea salt.
  • You can play around by adding cardamom or vanilla extract.
  • I used unsweetened cocoa powder.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Instant Tomato Rice - Quick Office Lunch Box Recipe

Come the Monday, the first thing that spins in my mind is what to be packed in lunch box??? As I need to pack two lunch boxes with different shapes and sizes along with different tastes and flavours…’s quite challenging at times. As lil’M started taking pakka lunch box this year….preparing something that not only keeps her full throughout afternoon but also something which she can eat on her own and most important is something which she likes to eat and come home with an empty lunch box is a big task at times. Allhumdullaih, I can say one thing she is not a fussy about food.
But………………I have got a fussy and picky eater at home when it comes to lunch box….that is my husband. Since the time I started giving him lunch box, he never carried dal, curry and rice separately. I will prepare one pot meals like pulao, methi rice, coriander rice, mint rice, etc. Finding something new to fit in the busy schedule of morning is bit challenging. So I came up with this jhatphat phataphat (instant) tomato rice. This is nothing but quick and simple makeover to routine tomato rice.
Chase those Monday blues with this red spicy rice….So if you are a blogger mom, stay at home mom or office going mom or a new bride googling recipes to pack in lunch box or a bachelor looking out for a quick recipe…..or if you are like me who likes flavoured rice most of the times, then this recipe is surely for you….Check out, prepare it, pack it and enjoy. If you are taking it to office, then pack more to share with your friends.
Instant Tomato Rice
This quick, simple and easy to make office lunch box recipe is going to participate in ‘The Urban Spice Sweet September Giveaway’ at The Urban Spice, where food meets style and travel gets a new destination. You can find me over their as food expert sharing new and interesting recipes to make you more hungry……
  • 1½ cups cooked Rice
  • 2 big Tomatoes, chopped and seeds removed
  • 1 medium Onion, sliced
  • 2 Green chilies, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Ginger juliennes
  • ½ cup packed Coriander leaves
  • 10 fresh Mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp. Garam Masala
  • ½ tbsp. Red chili powder
  • ¼ tbsp. Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • 4 tbsp. Oil
  • 1 Clove, 2 Cardamom & 1 Cinnamon stick
Instant Tomato Rice
  • Grind and make smooth paste of tomatoes, onion, green chilies, ginger juliennes, coriander and mint leaves.
  • In a heavy bottom cooking vessel add oil, when it heats up add clove, cardamom and cinnamon stick. Fry till fragrant.
  • Add above ground paste, red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt. Fry till raw smell wafts and oil starts to leave the sides.
  • Add cooked and cooled rice. Gently using a wooden spoon stir to combine until rice is well coated with masala.
  • Add in garam masala and check for salt. Sprinkle lemon juice and turn off the flame. Serve warm or pack it for office lunch.
  • I packed this with some rice muruku, fried green chilies, onion slices and pomegranate kernels.
Instant Tomato Rice
  • You can even add fried paneer when you are sautéing masala for additional taste.
  • You can even add fried cashew nuts, if you are in a mood for extra workout.
  • If you have time you can even add boiled peas/carrots/potato pieces for extra flavour.
  • Soya chunks can also be added for the protein touch.
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