Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Kadhi Pakora #MakeIndiaDiabetesFree


Healthy cooking is very important priority for me throughout my cooking journey. Most of the time in my supermarket goes in selecting the right food after reading the nutrition information.

But given that oil is almost present in most food, I prefer to use healthy oil. So when Fortune Vivo announced the launch of India’s first oil for diabetes care I was super excited. This recipe has been cooked using this oil. The food is not only tasty but gives me a happiness that i am taking care of my family without impacting their taste buds.

INGREDIENTS
To Make Kadhi
  • Yogurt – 1 cup
  • Besan  - 1 tbsp
  • Water - 1/4 cup
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder –  1/4 tsp
  • Cumin – ¼ tsp
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Onion, chopped – 1 small
  • Crushed ginger – ½ tsp
  • Gren chillies, slitted – 2 nos
  • Fortune vivo diabetes care oil  - 1 tbsp
     
To Make Pakoras
  • Onion, sliced – 1 medium
  • Besan  -  1/4 cup
  • Red chili powder   -1/2  tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Baking soda -   a pinch
  • Fortune vivo diabetes care oil-  for frying 


PREPARATION
To Make Pakoras

  • Cut the onions lengthwise.  Add besan, red chili powder, salt and  baking soda to the sliced onions and sprinkle very little water.
  • Add water if required. Occasionally the water which the onion releases will be enough to bind.
  • Heat oil into a pot for frying.   Add spoon full of pakora batter into the oil and fry until golden brown on the both sides.
  • Drain excess oil from the pakora using  a kitchen towel.

To Make Kadhi
  • Add yogurt, besan and salt into one bowl and whisk them together to smooth consistency.
  • Then add 1/2 cup of water to the prepared mixture. Mix well.
  • Heat oil in a pot. Add chopped onion, crushed ginger and slitted green chillies. Saute till onion turns transparent.
  • Now add  the coriander powder, jeera powder, ajwain,  ½ tsp chili powder, turmeric powder. Mix everything well and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Then add yogurt mixture and cook till mixture boils.
  • Pakoras should be added at the time of serving. Otherwise the pakoras turns soggy.
  • At the time of  serving to make your dish look good. You can temper it cumin seeds and red chilly powder.This step is optional.
  • Kadhi pakora is ready to serve hot with plain rice.
 

About Fortune Vivo Diabetes-Care Oil
Called as India's first diabetes care oil, this oil has acted like a blessing in disguise to my family.


This food was cooked using #MakeIndiaDiabetesFree Fortune VIVO Diabetes-Care Oil!
For more details of the oil, check out www.vivobuddy.com

I’m creating a dish using Fortune Vivo Diabetes-Care Oil for the #MakeIndiaDiabetesFree activity at BlogAdda 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Dodha Barfi


 Dodha burfi  is a traditional sweet which is very popular in Indian state of Punjab. This sweet is mainly prepared on festivals in Punjab. It is basically Indian milk fudge prepared with milk, sugar and lots of nuts.   The combination of these ingredients makes the sweet rich and delicious in its own. So lets know how to cook this flavorful sweet enjoy it together.


INGREDIENTS
  • Full fat milk  - 5 cup
  • Heavy cream – 2 cups
  • Dahlia or cracked wheat – 4 tbsp
  • Ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Sugar – 2 cups
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – 2&1/2 tbsp
  • Almonds – ½ cup, chopped
  • Cashew nuts – 1 cup, chopped
  • Coarsely powdered pistachios – 3 tbsp to garnish
  • Extra slivered  almonds to garnish

PREPARATION
Heat ghee in a  pan and roast cracked wheat until it turns light brown in colour.
Combine milk and heavy  cream in a heavy bottom pot and bring it to boil.
The mixture needs to be thicken . Stir the mixture frequently and also clean the sides of the pot to avoid the burning.
Add roasted cracked wheat and sugar together. Stir well and cook  till the cracked wheat is fully cooked in the milk mixture.
 Then add cocoa powder, chopped cashews and chopped almonds. Stir continuously till the mixture turns into the thick dough kind consistency. At this stage the mixture will start leaving the sides of the pan.
Meanwhile grease the tray with ghee. Transfer the mixture into the tray and spread out evenly into the tray.
Allow the mixture to become warm and then cut it into square shape. Sprinkle coarsely grounded pistachios and decorate the burfi with silvered almonds.
Let the dodha burfi cool completely  and then it is ready to serve.



Sunday, January 24, 2016

Inventions that have impacted the world

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Have you heard the famous quote "necessity is the mother of invention". Well this famous quote has resembled in many countries across the world. Inventors Day is observed on 29 September by numerous countries, as it is the anniversary of Argentinian inventor László József Bíró, the discoverer of the ball-point pen.

Inventions have a robust influence on the way civilizations are organized, making it intolerable to imagine how we could survive without them. Every device we use in everyday life such as book or house light was once an groundbreaking invention which altered civilization.

Here are some key discoveries that have wedged the world for good

Compass: Before the compass was invented, location and track at sea were mainly dogged by the sighting of milestones, along with the scrutiny of the location of stars and celestial bodies.

Invented by Chinese between the 9th and 11th century, initial compass were made from naturally magnetized piece of the mineral magnetite.


Computer :Considered the "father of the computer", Charles Babbage conceptualized and invented the first mechanical computer in the early 19th century.


Penicillin : Penicillin, which fights many bacterial toxicities in humans without harming the humans was mass produced and advertised in 1944. But the initial discovery was done by Nobel laureate Alexander Fleming.


Wheel : Invented in 3500 BC , this invention had the greatest impact in farming and trade by permitting the passage of possessions from any place. They have transformed lives for centuries and today an important invention present in each and every household.


World Wide Web : Invented by Sir Tim Berners-Lee on 12 March, 1989, world wide web became realistic through a proposal to the management at CERN for a system called "Mesh". With help from his colleagues he improved his proposal in November 1990 to build a project called World Wide Web  as a web of documents to be viewed by internet browsers


Paper : Invented in china during the Han Dynasty, it spread slowly to the other parts of the world as part of trade routes. Earlier material used for producing paper was expensive but as understanding of paper processing improved, cheaper raw materials reduced the cost of paper. Thus it started becoming available to the masses.

Light bulb : The credit for this invention that has lit many houses in the world goes to Thomas Edison in 1879. He created a working lighting system that included a carbon-filament bulb. Apart from him there have been many people who have contributed for creation of lamps, batteries and bulbs.

Telephone : Today the world is connected or just a call away due to an invention of telephone done by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. This invention quickly took off, and transformed global trade and communiqué.

Invention is never ending story. Humans will continue to innovate.

Invention is never ending story. Humans will continue to innovate. I will like to end this blog post with a nice quote from Steve jobs 
"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new."


This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

Musicians that have impacted the world we live in

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Hearing a song can abruptly recover our day and move us strongly. The influential influence that music has had on civilization over so many eras will undoubtedly continue in coming eras. The reputation and wide-reaching possibility of modern music along with old-fashioned forms is still swelling.

Many performers have raised awareness and/or protected causes to reduce human sorrow from social difficulties caused by paucity, natural adversities, civil rights exploitations, environmental exploitation and many others causes. Some have accomplished awareness or protection of causes through their melody, some by using their reputation as musicians and others have used both. Here is a list of some popular musicians

  • Pandit Ravi Shankar: Pandit Ravi Shankar is a traditional sitar player. His reputation around the realm has showed that traditional music can be just as widespread as commercial music.
  • Beatles: The most widespread rock and roll band in the past, Beatles was the first creative boys group that set the realm on a roll. People might argue with many other names but for music lovers, united Beatles created an amazing magic.
  • A R Rahman: A R Rahman is India's applause to worldwide celebrity. There is no type of music that he has not tried with. Although he is fundamentally a Bollywood music director, he has tried traditional, Sufi, rock and every other melodic inspiration in his melodies.
  • Bob Dylan: Initially a country folk singer, Bob Dylan picked up the electric guitar to enter the great list of musicians in rock and roll segment. He has been influential in widespread music and ethos for more than five eras
  • Zakir Hussain : Iconic table maestro Zakir Hussain is talent who has unruffled soundtracks for numerous cinemas precisely showcasing his musical recital both solo and with diverse bands
  • Michael Jackson (MJ): Who does not remember the famous moonwalk? Well MJ has made to the music great and has made it to the history books. After MJ, pop music became famous and people enjoyed like crazy whenever he performed.
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: Bestowed with rough voice, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan created a magical sensation in the audience that has mesmerized many people. Different Sufi kawali's and songs continue to enlighten us today even after he has left planet earth
On famous quote by Pluto that alludes to the influence of music is “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

The list of performers who have jammed us through their music and tools is long. We all have opposing sentiments as to which of them have been the most vital in getting about social change and nurturing awareness of thoughtful social disputes? Do you have any such memorable musician’s songs that have impacted your life or community?

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.