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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Refreshing drink in two minutes : Mango Lemonade


There's nothing more revitalizing than a glass of unruffled lemonade on any day especially warm days. If you go to any super market, then you will be exposed to many boxes of lemonade brand bottles or packets that are filled with artificial additives and aroma savories. There are many ways to avoid refreshing body of these artificial chemicals by making the lemonade on your own.

Lemonade is quite easy to make without much sweating or learning. Only requirement is that all the basic ingredients should be available at home and then within minute lemons can be juiced to make a great lemonade.

Recently we had a good harvest of mangoes from our garden. To beat the heat and for a change we experimented with a new variation of lemonade using mango

I usually make lemonade at home with lemon pulp. But if you can avoid pulp and strain the lemon juice before mixing it with the simple syrup/sugar and water.



INGREDIENTS

PREPARATION

  • Combine mawana sugar and water into a pot. Heat it till sugar completely dissolves in water. Switch off and allow it to cool down.
  • Put mango pieces into a blender and blend it into a smooth paste. Add mango puree into cooled sugar syrup.
          OR
          Buy dry mango powder online. Put mango powder & appropriate quantity of water into a
          blender and blend it into a smooth paste. Add mango puree into cooled sugar syrup.
  • Mix well. Add lemon juice into mango mixture.  
  • Mango lemonade concentrate is ready to serve.
  • To serve Mango lemonade. Fill in ¼ cup of concentrate and fill remaining ¾ th with chilled water and few ice cubes.
  • Refreshing Mango lemonade is ready to serve.




TIPS
  • Recently one of my friends showed me an electric juicer that juiced fruits. He also juiced lemons in it. Though squeezing a lemon by hand will not take much time, if you have access to a juicer it might be easy to squeeze juice from different fruits such as lime
  • While serving add cold water and ice cubes as required to the mango lemon concentrate and serve chilled. Serve chilled!




Isn’t it easy to make lemonade at home?

Did you make your own lemonade from scratch any time? Did you impress your friends or family with it? What are your favorite variants?






Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Cook "Tawa Pulav" at home




Tawa pulao is one of the easiest recipes famous in many Indian households.  The word tawa pulao can be broken into two words: tawa means cast iron skillet and pulao mean rice dish prepared with many veggies. Many street vendors carry a large tawa for preparation of other famous dishes like pav bhaji, vada pav, masala pav, bhaji pav etc. This pulao can be easily prepared on the tawa or it can also be prepared at home in frying pan or available wok.

In most households, tawa pulao can be easily prepared from leftover rice. Once the veggies are cut and cooked in shortest possible time, then this dish can be easily prepared in minimal possible time. Tawa pulao variation can be easily managed according to taste bud requirement. For instance some prefer spicy version of pulao while there are many who might settle for a mild version. We like spicy version and enjoy it with side dish like raitha.

The main ingredient used in tawa pulao is pav bhaji masala. You can use any Indian brands. All make the same magic. We usually bought most ingredients from store except ginger garlic paste online. ginger garlic paste price was bought online because of the discounts available.

Tawa pulao can be easily served with raita, roasted papad, pickles or simple onion salad with lemon wedges.

INGREDIENTS

  • Cooked rice – 2 cups
  • Carrot, chopped – 1 smal
  • Boiled green peas – ¼ cup
  • Boiled potato, chopped – 1 mediu
  • Tomato, chopped – 1  big
  • Onion , chopped – 1 medium
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Red chilly powder – ¼ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Pav bhaji masala – 2 tsp
  • amul butter – 1 tbsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Lemon juice – ½ tsp
  • Cilantro, chopped – ¼ cup
  • Salt to taste
 




PREPARATION

  • Heat butter and oil in the wok on medium flame. Add cumin seeds and fry till they splutter.
  • Add chopped onion and fry till transparent.
  • Buy ginger garlic paste. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till raw smell goes away from the paste.
  • Add  chopped tomato and chopped carrot. Stir and add all masala powders and salt.
  • Add chopped potato and green peas.  Mix well and cook for 2 minutes on low flame.
  • Add cooked rice and gently mix in the veggies mixture into the rice.
  • Lastly garnish tawa pulao with chopped cilantro and lemon juice.
  • Tawa pulao is ready to serve with raita.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and sprinkle some lemon juice on the tava pulao.
  • Serve tawa pulao hot with onion tomato raita or cucumber raita or plain yogurt accompanied with papad and pickle.





Monday, July 18, 2016

King Of Chaats - Pani Puri




Pani Puri or Golgappas or Puchka is my favorite mouthwatering chat dish.  Among the many popular street foods of india, this chaat item will definitely top the charts. Yes, you heard it right! In Mumbai it is called Pani Puri. In northern states it is called as Golgappa and in Bengal it is called as Puchka.

Found in every streets of Mumbai and I guess most cities of india, this food has become a common household name. The word pani puri can be broken down into pani(it means water) and puri(this is fried puffed crispy dough). The pani in pani puri has many version like tangy, spicy etc.  I prefer spicy version because it has addition of sweet tamarind chutney that is really yummy.

Apart from pani (water), puri has filling of boiled potato, boiled chickpeas along with Indian spices. Some modifications to filling have also been tried. For instance some people add boiled peas instead of chana or chickpeas.

The puris are prepared with sooji or cream of wheat. They are thin and crispy and can hold the filling of tangy chutney into it. If you wish to avoid the pain of prepare puris, then simply buy it from any stores where you can buy tata salt etc.

When it comes to assembling pani puri here are simple steps. First crack the puris, Stuff it with potato filling and add tamarind chutney. Dip it in pani and have it in one shot.

OOOOhhhh it tastes yummmy.





INGREDIENTS

  • Readymade puri – 20
  • Sweet tamarind chutney
For Making stuffing
  • Boiled and mashed potatoes – 2 medium
  • Onion, chopped – 1 medium
  • Cumin powder (roasted) – 1 tsp
  • chaat masala – 1 tsp
  • red chilli powder – ½ tsp
  • Buy from store or tata salt online and add according to your taste
  • Cilantro, chopped – 2 tbsp
 
For Making Pani

  • Mint leaves or Pudina – ½ cup
  • Cilantro, chopped – ½ cup
  • Ginger – ½ ginger
  • Tamarind pulp – ½ tbsp.
  • organic jaggery – 2 tbsp
  • Roasted cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Chaat masala – 1tsp
  • Water – 2 cups
  • tata Salt to taste




PREPARATION


To make stuffing

  • Combine boiled  potatoes, onions, coriander leaves,roasted  cumin powder, chaat masala powder and salt into a bowl . Mix well and keep aside.

To Make Pani

  • Add all the ingredients mentioned above for the pani into the blender.
  • Add little water while grinding. Later you can dilute with lots of water.
  • Once green chutney is ready. Dilute the chutney with 2 cups of water.
  • Pani is ready to use.






Assembling Pani Puri
  • First crack the puris with your finger or a spoon.
  • Add 2 tsp of potato filling in the puri.
  • Add little sweet chutney as per your taste.
  • Then dip it in the prepared pani and serve it immediately.
  •  Crack the top of the puri with a spoon.
  • Add 2 to 3 tsp of the boiled potato-onion filling in the poori.
  •  Stir the green pani first and then it and the sweet chutney as per your taste.
  •  Serve the pani puri immediately.





Did you enjoy the experience of making Pani Puri? would like to hear your stories.