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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mint Limeade – An easy to make ‘Summer Drink’

Today morning one of my neighbour bought fresh limes, which her mom has bought from her home garden. Fresh, juicy and organic limes….woo….hoo….the first thought occurred seeing those green limes is limeade. Chilled, minty and tangy….perfect to pamper my senses on this hot and humid day….
Mint Limeade
As making limeade was running in the background of my mind….we girls started taking about recipes which can be made with limes. The list went endless with mouth-watering tangy recipes…..and slowly the conversation moved towards shopping….as the two foodies were engrossed in talking…the shopping was also all about food…
She was talking about ease of ordering food online and also about the raining discounts on food. Who doesn’t like the word discount….that too on food means it is like icing on a cake…I quickly asked her which the site she is referring to…is?? She named quite a few as she is net savvy and one name which I remember right now and bookmarked after she left is CupoNation. Coupon is a refined word for discount or bargain in e-shopping. They have deals for fashion, electronics, food, health, beauty and lots more with them... I found GoIbibo coupons for myself when I was booking tickets online the other day!! You can get a coupon from the site and avail discount if you are eating out in a restaurant…or ordering home delivery…..how cool is that…??? So grab a coupon and get good discount on food and drinks this season.
Mint Limeade
Coming back to the recipe, I made this before my friend was about to leave and served her. Right now I am having a chilled glass of this limeade while making this post….Nothing can be more refreshing than a glass of limeade this summer. I am ready to watch cricket world cup semi-finals, which will be no less than finals….with my refreshing limeade, homemade popcorn, chips and ordering a pizza online, which is going to come with a discounted price…..hehehehe…..who want’s to join the fun……?????

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup fresh Lime juice (about 15 limes)
  • 1½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 2 limes, thinly sliced, for garnish
  • 2 cups Water
PREPARATION:
MAKING SYRUP:
  • In a sauce pan bring granulated sugar and water to boil on high heat by stirring until sugar is completely dissolved in water. Once the sugar is completely cooled, then turn off the flame and leave it to cool. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • Blend fresh mint leaves in a blender and whisk this puree in the above made chilled sugar syrup. Stain this syrup using a fine mesh sieve and discard solids.
MAKING LIMEADE:
  • In a pitcher or jug, mix in lime juice and above made syrup. Add in chilled water/soda and stir gently. Serve chilled by adding ice cubes to glasses and pouring in the above made juice. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and thinly sliced lime pieces.
  • Add love to make the limeade taste ‘YUMMY’.
Mint Limeade
ADDITIONAL FLAVOURS:
  • Flavour up the mint limeade by adding pinch of roasted cumin powder/chat masala/rock salt.
  • You can even add few thin slices of ginger to sugar syrup for a tickling taste and make ginger-mint limeade.
LIMEADE v/s LEMONADE:

  • Limeade is made by juice green limes, whereas lemonade is made by using yellow lemons. 
  • You can use lemons in the above recipe and make lemonade. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bagarae Chawal/Bagara Khana – Hyderabad Style

Bagara Khana is a typical ‘Hyderabadi Rice Recipe’. Though over the time Hyderabadi Biryani took over this Bagara Khana, the charm of this authentic recipe is still the same. Years back, whenever we use to visit my grand mom this would be our welcome lunch…..The aroma that fills the air when fragrant basmati rice is cooked in spiced water is so wonderful that you will fell in love with this rice recipe right at the moment. Lingering in the yummylicious thoughts of my grand mom’s finger licking food …. I am going to share with you this Bagarae Chawal recipe today but with a healthy twist. Bagare Chawal means, ‘Tempered Rice’. In the authentic recipe we do the tempering of rice in pure ghee or vanaspati, but in today’s post, I tried to play around with ingredients to increase the health quotient of the recipe.
Fortune Rice Bran Oil
Few days back I have received samples of Fortune Rice Bran Oil for review. Going through the pamphlet, I came to know that this oil is enriched with essential micronutrients like Oryzanol, Vitamin E, Tocopherol, Tocotreinol and more, which offer many health benefits. One good thing I liked about this oil is, it doesn’t carry any odour or taste of its own, which makes the oil good choice to add in any recipe of our choice without getting compromise on the taste. Taste and Health hand in hand….
Bagarae Chawal/Bagara Khana – Hyderabad Style
Coming back to the recipe….I used Basmati Rice in making this recipe, for more healthier option you can choose brown rice too…Simple flavours of life are always wonderful…try this flavoursome delicacy to pamper your taste buds with something which is yummy and healthy.
INGREDIENTS:                                                                                            
  • 2 cups Basmati rice
  • 1 big Onion, finely sliced
  • 1 medium Tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 Green chilies slit length-wise
  • ½ tbsp. Ginger-Garlic paste
  • 2 Cloves, 2 Green Cardamoms
  • 1 1’inch stick Cinnamon, 1 Bay leaf
  • ½ tbsp. homemade Garam masala, check NOTES
  • ½ tbsp. Salt
  • ¼ tbsp. Turmeric powder
  • 3 tbsp. Fortune rice bran oil
  • 5 cups Water
  • ¼ cup chopped Coriander leaves
  • 5-6 Mint leaves
Bagarae Chawal/Bagara Khana – Hyderabad Style
PREPARATION:
  • Wash and soak basmati rice in enough water for 30 minutes.
  • In a heavy bottom cooking vessel, add oil and to it add cloves, green cardamoms, cinnamon stick and bay leaf. When the spices start to release their aroma add finely sliced onions and fry until nice light brown. Now add chopped tomatoes and green chilies.  Fry until they turn soft.
  • To this add ginger-garlic paste and fry till raw smell disappears (nearly 1-2 minutes). Now add chopped coriander leaves and mint leaves and fry for 1 minute on high.
  • Reduce the flame and add soaked basmati rice and gently coat the rice by turning up and down. Now add water, salt, turmeric and garam masala powder.
  • Cook on low flame by sealing the vessel with a foil or lid till rice is completely cooked.
  • Once the rice is done, keep it covered for 15-20 minutes before serving.
  • Garnish with fresh mint leaves/coriander leaves and serve hot.   
  • Add love to make this recipe taste 'Yummy'.              
Bagarae Chawal/Bagara Khana – Hyderabad Style
This blogpost is in association with Fortune Foods as a part of their Desi Health Bites activity– The Hunt for the Best Rice Bran Oil Recipes. For more updates and healthy recipes using Fortune Rice Bran Health Oil, follow Fortune Foods on Facebook at  and on Twitter at @fortunefoods.
Bagarae Chawal/Bagara Khana – Hyderabad Style
NOTE:
HOMEMADE GARAM MASALA:
Dry roast 3 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, 1 Cinnamon stick, 6 black peppercorns and ½ tbsp. coriander seeds one by one for 1-2 minutes in a heavy bottom vessel. Once they turn cool, grind to fine powder. Store in a clean and dry air tight container, for future use.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Tandoori Chicken Bites with Mint-Yogurt Dip

Sometimes a recipe is born out of nowhere….this is one such recipe. It was last minute call to surprise a friend on her birthday. It is like few of us planned to make and take something along…kind of potluck…As it was last minute call, the menu was decided in hurry burry….I took the charge of appetizers. As I have got less time to spending thinking, I decided to go with chicken satay, but as they were kids also in the group…I thought of making something which even a toddler can nibble easily along with diet conscious friends…..And in no time with a blank picture of the final recipe…I started playing with the ingredients…I chopped boneless bite size pieces of chicken breast and marinated with spice powders and masala.
Tandoori Chicken Bites with Mint-Yogurt Dip
By the time the bite size chicken pieces are getting marinating in the fridge, I got ready and packed all the necessary things for the small surprise party. Wrapping my kitchen apron around, I pulled the marinating chicken from the fridge and gently placed them in the baking tray by greasing it with Fortune Rice Bran Oil, which I received to review few days back. I choose to bake my chicken bites using this oil for two reasons…one is the health factor as this oil is coming from the ‘bran’, the thin brown layer which is present on the unpolished grains. This oil is enriched with heart friendly micronutrient Oryzanol. This oil is enriched with a gamut of nutrients and is good for heart, immunity, skin and hormones. The other is to find out, is there any difference in the taste of the recipe, that too a non-vegetarian one, when baked in.
Fortune Rice Bran Oil
Let me tell you, no one in the potluck can find that these tandoori chicken bites where made with less than 2 tbsp. of oil and that too a ‘Heart Healthy Fortune Rice Bran Oil’ is used in baking these. Everyone loved these bites and these vanished in no time and kids demanded for more….I promised to make this next time when they are coming my place for a play date with Lil’M. Healthy Food, Happy Faces and Hearty Hours……Life is always good with friends….Enjoy life and make this simple but indulging recipe soon…….
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup bite size boneless Chicken pieces
  • ½ cup Yogurt
  • ½ tbsp. Ginger-Garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp. Tandoori Masala
  • ¼ tbsp. Turmeric powder
  • ½ tbsp. Red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • ½ tbsp. Salt
  • 2 tbsp. Fortune Rice Bran Oil
Tandoori Chicken Bites with Mint-Yogurt Dip
PREPARATION:
  • Wash boneless chicken pieces thoroughly with enough water and place them in a strainer.
  • In a bowl beat yogurt and mix in ginger-garlic paste, tandoori masala, turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt.
  • Now gently squeeze the chicken pieces with your fingers and coat them with the above masala.
  • Leave the marinated chicken pieces in the fridge for 1-3 hours or if you have time you can leave it in fridge overnight.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 200C and brush the baking tray with fortune rice bran oil. Place the marinated chicken pieces on the prepared baking tray leaving gap in between the pieces. Bake for 15 minutes by covering with a foil.
  • After 15 minutes, take the baking tray out and turn each piece and bake for another 10-15 minutes by drizzling another spoon of oil over the top.
  • Sprinkle lemon juice and serve warm with mint-yogurt dip.
  • Add love to make these chicken bites taste 'Yummy'.
Tandoori Chicken Bites with Mint-Yogurt Dip
MINT-YOGURT DIP:
INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 cup Mint leaves
  • ½ cup Coriander leaves
  • 1 cup Yogurt, beaten
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 2 Green chilies
  • Salt
  • ¼ tbsp. roasted Cumin powder
Tandoori Chicken Bites with Mint-Yogurt Dip
PREPARATION:

Blitz all the ingredients except yogurt in a food processor until smooth and mix in yogurt. Serve as dip. 
Tandoori Chicken Bites with Mint-Yogurt Dip 
This blogpost is in association with Fortune Foods as a part of their Desi Health Bites activity– The Hunt for the Best Rice Bran Oil Recipes. For more updates and healthy recipes using Fortune Rice Bran Health Oil, follow Fortune Foods on Facebook at  and on Twitter at @fortunefoods.
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