Sunday, November 19, 2017

Home made meals : Improve healthy food dose with Sardine Curry, brown rice and shrimp sabji

We recently were blessed with an angel. She is 4 months now. It has not only changed our life but it has also ensured that we quickly change to healthy lifestyle. One of the biggest changes has been in the choice of food. Suggestion from friends, families and google has been a big influence also. But given the busy schedule, my wife decided to finally call it quits and focus her energy on growth of our angel.

We tried different options by getting external help for food and home cleaning. But the biggest realization we had is that home cooked food is the best when cooked properly. So when baby is taking rest or when one of us is around, we decided to take back the challenge of cooking fresh food at home.
As we scanned our diet charts and cooking styles, one of the biggest things we wanted to try was home cooked fish gravy. Based on our taste and the list of fishes commonly eaten at home, we finally narrowed down on sardines as the first option to explore.

Various researchers have publicized that fish provide an assortment of nutrients that are important for baby's development since key nutrients omega-3 fatty acids – DHA and EPA – are difficult to find in other foods. Fish is also short in inundated fat and great in protein, vitamin D, and other nutrients that are essential for a baby's health that is passed through mother’s milk

Note : We have been advised to avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tile-fish since they have high mercury levels and are not good for new-borns growth
We found an interesting information about sardines at

[ Sardine contains 2.9 milligrams of iron per 100 grams. Sardines do provide a good bit of iron. Two-thirds of a cup of sardines, about one hundred grams, provides a woman about sixteen percent of her daily iron requirement. Sardines are also a rich source of other minerals and of beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids, making them a great choice in a healthy diet] 

So today's home made healthy meals is sardine curry, prawn sukka (shrimp sabji) and brown/white rice. Here are the steps i followed with guidance from my mother

Ingredients for Sardine Curry

  • Sardine -We tried this recipe with10 nos
  • Cilantro - 2 tbsp, chopped
  • Salt -1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp

Ingredients for Sardine ground paste
  • Coconut - 1/2 cup
  • Coriander seeds - 1&1/2 tbsp
  • Dry red chilies - 4 to 5
  • Black pepper cons - 5
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic - 5 pods
  • Turmeric powder -  1/2 tsp
  • Tamarind paste - 1 tbsp
  • Salt as per taste

PREPARATION Steps for Sardine Curry

  • Clean and wash the sardine fish thoroughly in the water. We were lucky that we got freshly cleaned fish. Do note that this fish is smelly
  • Add 1 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of turmeric in the fish . Mix well and marinate for at-least 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Now add all the ingredients of the "grounded paste" column into the blender and blend it into smooth paste.
  • Take out the grounded paste into one pot and add about 1/2 cup of water. check the consistency of the gravy, add in more water if needed.
  • Bring the gravy to boil, then add chopped cilantro. Mix well
  • Now add marinated fish. Cover with lid and cook on medium flame till fish is properly cooked.
Sardine fish curry is ready to serve. Now it is the time to start with preparation for
prawn sukka (shrimp sabji)

Ingredients for Prawns sukka
  • Small sized prawns, cleaned and deveined (remove the main central vein from a shrimp or prawn) – 1 cup
  • Onion,chopped - 2 big
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1&1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 7
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil - 3 tbsp
  • Cilantro – 2 tbsp

  • Wash the prawns thoroughly in the running water after they are cleaned.
  • Chop the onion and cilantro.
  • Place pan on medium flame and add oil into it.
  • When oil heats up, add chopped onion.Fry till onion becomes soft.
  • Then add ginger and garlic paste.Fry till raw smell goes off from the paste. 
  • Add all dry masala powder .Fry for 2 minutes
  • Now add prawns and salt. Cover and cook till the prawns are cooked well.
  • You can add little water,which will help the prawns  to cook fast.
  • When prawns are cooked, uncover the pan and try to remove the water from the mixture by turning flame medium to high flame.
  • If you do not want the masala to be dry, then no need of this step.
  • Lastly mix in the chopped cilantro.
This prawns  sukka is ready. We sometimes have tried with chapathi or just with the plain white/brown rice. today we have cooked sardines curry but if you are in a hurry then dal rice and prawns sukka also makes a good combination

Since brown rice has the characteristics to inspire milk creating hormones in women, i am trying to put  a habit to it. We realized that there are many varieties of brown rice, so we finally narrowed down the organic brown rice which is easy to cook and is the healthiest.  

we did enjoy our home made sea food party. What other foods you feel is good for new mothers?
If you are looking for iron rich dishes, then do check here

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Love Jatao To Our Grandparents

Friends, today(10th September 2017) is special day. Do you know what it is. Well it is Grandparents Day

I am among those lucky one who go to spend childhood with grandparents, but today i just have memories. When i hear through different papers the treatment netted out to senior citizens by some spoiled citizens of this world,  i have hatred. I wonder this unlucky people do not know the importance of parents or grandparents. For me having both my parents and grandparents during my formative years as been a great experience.
My grandma

i was not only blessed with lot of love and care, but also learnt lot of things.Today i wish to do some #LoveJatao to my grandparents. Hope some of this can be helpful to people who have their grandparents. I can only dream. This is how i would have spent my day with my grandmom if they were with me today

1.     Get up early in the morning (5a.m) and help her finish the early morning chores (this includes cleaning the whole house, making sure to apply a layer of cow dung on the yard where things were kept for drying , spray water in the veranda so that mud settles down, making sure the dough is ready to prepare the breakfast for all us, water from the well is fetched and all the utensils are filled for the day, all nights utensils are back to their locations etc )
2.     Go with her to the garden and pick up fresh vegetables and flowers (She was one of the person who believed in self sufficiency and all the veggies for the house were cultivated by her in the own backyard)
3.     Release the chickens and cows to their respective routine of grazing after collecting fresh eggs and milk (I remember she thought me how to milk but for some reasons the cows responded to her touch only)
4.     Once back, it was almost 6.30am. She used to start grinding for the morning breakfast and give wake up calls so that people wake up in the morning ( I would have loved to do that. She had unique ways of calling everyone. She was loud enough to reach everybody ear)
5.      As the grinding on the stone was happening, fresh poories or idlies or poha used to get ready on the  ancient gas ( I has a child used to use a small pipe and blow air so that flames were always awake and cooking food)
6.     All people were allowed breakfast only after bath. If someone was coming after 8.30am he used to get cold breakfast as the choolah used to get used for lunch cooking. My grandma was very strict and hardly anyone broke the rules. Kids were allowed but grandma kept a tab on the number of time we behaved mischievously and she had her own way of hitting back to us by rewarding the rule followers with their favorites dishes and others with their not so favorites dishes
7.     The most interesting part in the day, where she used not take any help from anyone was while mixing the quantities of spices and coconuts in curries and vegetables. She believed that present generation does not have the knowledge of it
8.     She was uneducated , but she loved to listen to world news. So we used to read newspapers stories to her and I used to also make sure she used to listen to everyday news on the radio. 
9.     The most favorite food of her was ice-cream mixed with fresh fruits. Today with so many varieties available, I am sure she would have enjoyed it the most

How did you enjoy your grandparent’s day today? Hope you had fun

I look forward to hear from you how would you celebrate Grandparents Day. Do share a selfie with your grandparents on Sept. 10, 2017 on Twitter or Facebook with #LoveJatao & tag @blogadda to win a goodie from Parachute Advansed.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Black Forest Cake Recipe

Love to cook? Why not a Black Forest Cake for dessert? Perfect! Bake a delicious, mouth-watering, creamy and chocolaty cake loved by most of us at home. Easy as a pie, effortless and more tasteful than the Bakery, alert your taste buds to enjoy this homemade dish from Germany.

First presented in 1915, the dessert has been named after the special liquor in South-Western Germany known as Schwarzwalder Kirsch and is made from cherries, cookies and cream.
Enjoy the German flavour at your dining table amidst the desserts today. Follow the simple recipe and plan a delightful surprise for your family to make every occasion a celebration.


o   Dry ingredients

·         1 ½ cup plane flour(200 grams)
·         ¼ cup of cocoa powder(50 grams)
·         4 teaspoons powdered sugar (40 grams)
·         2 teaspoons of baking powder
·         1 teaspoon of baking soda
·         2 cups of pitted cherries
·         4-5 teaspoons of sugar
·         A bar of chocolate

o   Wet ingredients

·         1 can of condensed milk
·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract
·         150 ml melted butter
·         2-3 cups of whipping cream
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This recipe delivers you a classic German Black Forest cake filled with whipping cream and cherry toppings.
  1. First, prepare the cake turns. Use two 8 inch rounded cake pans. Grease them with melted paper and line the base with baking parchment or butter paper.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients – flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and powdered sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Now, add wet ingredients – canned milk, melted butter, vanilla extract and 1 cup of water to the mixed dry ones.
  4. Blend these ingredients now using hand blender for 2-3 minutes to form a batter. Don’t over blend otherwise it will lead to less softer cake. You can add two table spoons of hot water for a softer cake.  Then mix it for just a few seconds.
  5. Put the batter equally in the two pans. If you have a single pan, you can slice the cake later. Need not to worry.
  6. Pre heat the oven to about 150 degree centigrade. Put these pans into the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the wooden toothpick, inserted in centre, comes out clean.
  7. Then cool the layers in pans for about 10-12 minutes. Finally, loosen the edges, and remove to racks to cool completely.
  8. Let’s prepare the cherry syrup now. Put two cups of pitted cherries in the saucepan. Add 4 tea spoons of sugar and 175 ml (3/4th of a cup) to it. Let’s cook this till the sugar melts completely. You need to stir it continuously and keep the flame low. If the cherries are soft cook for 5- 10 minutes else you need to cook a little longer.
  9. Next step is to whip the cream until soft peaks appear. Use some of the cream to fill the centre and rest to ice the cake. Clean up the extra creams to make it look clean.
  10. Now assemble the cakes and add cherry syrup on top of the layers. Fill the centre with cream and a few cherries. Put cream at the top layer also. Make some creamy flowers at the edges of top layers to look attractive. Then add cherries on top of these.  
  11. Finally, add chocolate curls to your cake to look appealing and decorative. To add chocolate curls slice up the chocolate bar. Once sliced up add these chocolate shavings on all sides of the cake and in between of the icings at top layer.

Still stuck somewhere?

Watch how to prepare this delicacy at your home in this video.

Final words
Homemade dishes are everyone’s favourite. Prepare this frosty and tasty looking cake and spread happiness amongst your admirers. Don’t feel like making? Order this cake online from stores like foodpanda, swiggy etc a to buy it cheaply. Enjoy the dish and embrace the taste like never before.