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Friday, April 21, 2017

Quaker Feed A Child - Flags Off Feeding Drive in Chennai with Chef Vikas Khanna


I was invited by Quaker India, to be a part of Quaker Feed A Child campaign in Chennai this week. Quaker Feed A Child is an initiative that aims to bring a fistful of nutrition to lakhs of underprivileged children. To mark the launch, Quaker India along with celebrity Chef and Nutrition Brand Ambassador of PepsiCo Vikas Khanna was present for the cause. Popular actresses Shriya Saran and Meenakshi Dixit also wholeheartedly joined to share a meal with the children to mark the occasion.

 Completely ignoring the scorching heat children came over happily wearing  green caps and welcomed New York based Michelin starred celebrity chef Vikas Khanna, noted actresses Shirya Saran and Meenakshi Dikshit. 
Deepika Warrier, Vice President - Nutrition Category PepsiCo India, says "According to recent reports nearly 3,000 children die daily in India due to poor diet related cases and hunger."
To combat this problem Quaker Feed A Child has committed to serve 200,000  under privileged children in India through various initiatives like Cook With Smile, Dine With Smile, Million Dollar through Smile Foundation. 

Giving back to the society was the essence of the event, actress Shriya Saran recalls how her trips to a blind school in Delhi in her school days had a marking impression that later she opened  a spa for visually challenged people in Mumbai. She said "I pledge my support to the Quaker Feed A Child initiative and applaud Quaker India and Smile Foundation for their efforts to bring smiles to the faces of hundreds of children in Tamilnadu."



In the same line PepsiCo's Nutrition Ambassador , Vikas Khanna said "The problem of hunger and malnutrition in India cannot be solved in a day and certainly can't be achievable by one person or entity, so if each of us makes small effort to help even one child, then only we can take a big leap towards ensuring no child sleeps without food."

Echoing the same sentiments actress Meenakshi Dixit said "Even after getting success in my film career, I was not getting inner peace. So when Smile Foundation approached me for supporting this initiative by Quaker, I grabbed the opportunity. I whole heartedly pledge my support to Quaker Feed A Child and urge everyone to feed one child everyday."


Later all the kids got a cap signed by none other than the handsome, humble chef -Vikas with a smile. And when the children enjoyed a fulfilling meal, this was the biggest take away. 

I was feeling privileged to be a part of this wonderful event. Also meeting maestro Vikas Khanna was itself a dream come true. Leaving you with some memorable pictures of Quaker Feed A Child event. 






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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jhuri Aloo Bhaja Bengali Style | Julienne Potato Fries


Jhir-Jhirey-Aloo-Bhaja is a traditional Bengali recipe where finely grated potato sticks are fried till crispy and crunchy. A favorite for all ages as the simplicity of the recipe appeals to all. Jhuri Aloo Bhaja as the name suggests is crispy fried potato julienne, one of a staple side dish at any Bengali home, best accompaniment for Dal-Rice. If you are looking for many such Bhaja / Bhajis that are regular at Bengali's kitchen do check out 





Jhir-Jhirey Aloo Bhaja is a very simple recipe which are super addictive when tossed with few curry leaves and fried peanuts. Very little seasoning is needed as Chat masala, salt and red chili powder does the trick. These munchies are great for tea time snack also.

Ingredients:

3 large Potatoes
handful of Peanuts (optional)
2 sprigs of Curry leaves
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/4 Chat masala
1/4 tsp Red chili powder
A pinch of black salt
Salt
Oil for deep frying

Method:

Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut potatoes razor thin sticks with a sharp knife or you can use Mandoline (*see the video for reference below). 


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Transfer the thinly grated potato sticks on a sieve and run under tap water. Now take a bowl full of chilled water, rinse the potato in cold water to remove the surface starch.

Change the water again with chilled water and dip the grated potato sticks for half an hour. Heat oil in a deep fried pan. Fry peanuts in hot oil and keep aside. Now fry the curry leaves, drain and keep aside. Squeeze out as much water as possible with your hands and keep aside in plate. And divide the razor thin potato sticks into 5-6 batches as we can not crowd the pan /kadhai or else you will end up a huge lump of potato sticks. Add a pinch of turmeric and mix with a fork Do not add salt at this stage.


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Fry one batch at a time and keep stirring as it will ensure even cooking. Fry till they turn crispy, sprinkle salt. Drain on an absorbent tissue. Repeat till all the batches are done. Sprinkle red chili powder, chat masala, fried peanuts and curry leaves. Crispy and super crunchy Jhuri Aloo Bhaja is ready to serve. 

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Monday, March 27, 2017

PepsiCo expands Nutrition Portfolio | Quaker Nutri Foods & Tropicana Essentials


What comes in your mind when you think of having something quick for breakfast cereals category? Perhaps Oats or Conrflaxes, right? World's renowned oats brand from Pepsico has launched Quaker Nutri Food ready to cook packet of goodness and Tropicana Essentials has introduced Tropicana Essentials Fruit & Veggies on 22nd of March 2017 at Chennai. When we talk about Quaker, it is a known fact that it is 130 years old and world leader in the oatmeal segment.


Commenting about the expansion, Deepika Warrier, Vice President, Nutrition Category - PepsiCo India said -" With the launch of Quaker Nutri Foods and Tropicana Essentials, we are moving one step ahead to become every consumer's journey towards a healthier lifestyle. She also said that they had got into global mapping of breakfast patterns to understand the micro and macro nutrients."




Quaker Nutri Foods
Keeping South Indian consumers taste bud in mind and of course the rushed lifestyles of office goers, there is a need for healthy options. Tamil Nadu and Kerala are the main key growth market for them. So PepsiCo India is certain that income should not be the barrier to have a proper balanced meal. The new range includes Quaker Nutri Upma and Quaker Nutri Khichdi, Quaker Nutri Idli and Quaker Nutri Dosa, with the goodness of up to 40% -56% Quaker oats to make mornings healthy. Within a week I found the newly launched packets in various departmental stores, More, Spencer to name a few. Since the target is economic class, the prices are INR.40 for 40 gms to start with. All the new varieties will be available in 40g and 150g packs across all stores.
I personally tried Quakers Nutri Dosa and Quaker Nutri Umpa, both tasted good.


Tropicana Essentials
Those who are not familiar with Tropicana, it's world's number one packaged juice brand! On 22nd March 2017, the Tropicana essentials has introduced 'Fruit & Veggies, with Vitamin A and Vitamin C present in fruits and vegetables to the people of Tamil Nadu. So now whole family can enjoy the delicious range of functional juices that have been created skillfully to combat the deficiencies in Indian urban diets and lifestyle. WHO recommends consuming 5 servings of fruits and veggies in a day, a study by ICRIER found that  Indians consume only 3.5 servings. So the picture is younger generation and students were found to consume much less what is being prescribed. Every packet of 200 ml pack of Tropicana Essentials- Fruit & Veggie delivers the goodness of juice of one serve of fruit and veggies each. April 2017 will see the launch of another juice product in the Tropicana essentials category.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Royal Oreo Brownie Recipe



Friends, am I so thrilled to share with you one of the most delicious and chewy dessert of all times. Does the name tempts you that is Royal Oreo Brownie! What not to love about it? I call it Royal because it's got Oreo when mixed with brownie batter is a sure winner. I did a guest post on Lubna's blog during last Christmas when she was hosting Christmas special baked goodies. You could check my post at Yummy Food by Lubna Karim. I guarantee you that the taste of this brownie drowned with coffee would truly make this phrase come alive that “ Way to heart is through the stomach”. Not to mention the emotions of the movie would ensure that you finish up this meal in no time. So please try this exercise and I guarantee that both of you would have a time of your lives. 
Do check out my earlier brownie recipe which is my most searched recipe on my blog 'Nutty Dark Chocolate Brownie'

Ingredients:

1 cup plain Flour plus extra for dusting
140 gms Caster Sugar
3 tbsp Cocoa powder
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1 cup melted Butter (unsalted)
100 gms Dark Chocolate, grated or finally chopped
2 Eggs, beaten
1 tsp Vanilla extract
150 pack of Oreo cookies, broken into pieces
Marshmallows (optional)


Method:

Preheat the oven to 160 Degree Celsius, grease a 9 inch square baking tin and line with baking paper with extra hanging over the sides. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and make a well in the center.



Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. When the butter has melted, remove form heat and add grated chocolate. Leave to stand for few a minutes or until the chocolate melts and then stir together. Whisk the eggs one at a time and pour it in the well of dry ingredients. Combine well and then add broken Oreo cookies again stir until fully combined. Evenly spread batter in the pan and bake for 40 minutes. Just before 5 minutes of finishing time I did add some marshmallows but you can totally omit this step. Let the brownies cool in the pan for an hour or two. Pull the brownies out with the extended baking paper, cut them into squares and serve.



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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Nutella Swirled Moist Banana Bread


Make Nutella Swirled Banana bread whenever you have over ripe bananas sitting at home. The moist bread tastes delicious as the addition of nutella adds more flavour. Don't believe me? Then simple make and watch it go vanish in no time. This Nutella Swirled Mosit Banana bread is great method to turn over ripe bananas into a hero ! Do try this moist and tender loaf, bursting with banana flavour and irresistible nutella.

You can also check out my Eggless Whole Wheat Banana Bread or even Banana Walnut Bread. Both the recipes have been appreciated by my readers who have tried it on their own.

 I remember that whenever I watched British sitcoms, during tea time such type of cakes were surely served and that ensured that the conversation went on along with the munching of cakes and sipping tea. Another advantage is that all the ingredients are easily available at home and no need to go to high end stores to purchase them. 

Ingredients:
3 Ripe Bananas, mashed
1 cup Nutella
1 1/4 cups Flour
1/2 cup Whole Wheat flour
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup Sugar
1 cup Butter (unsalted) {Room temperature}
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
Pinch of Salt

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180 Degree Celsius and lightly grease and flour a 9 * 5 inch loaf pan. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. 

 In a bowl peel and mash the bananas using a fork and keep aside. In a mixing bowl melt the butter in a microwave for few seconds and let it cool slightly. Add sugar into it and beat until light in color. Add one egg at a time and beat with sugar batter. Fold in the mashed bananas until just combined.


 Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix till they are uniformly blended {Do Not Over beat}. Heat the nutella in a microwave for about 10-20 seconds to soften it. Drizzle 1/2 of nutella over the banana batter. Pour batter even into the pan and pour remaining nutella and make a thick swirl with a skewer throughout the loaf.



Place the baking pan on a baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the pan to cool for 20 minutes and then transfer it to a wire rack. 
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Phool Makhane Ki Kheer | LotusSeeds Or Foxnuts Recipe


Makhane ki kheer or Phool Makhane ki kheer is a delicious dessert that is often being made at my home during festivals. Makhana is a great traditional substitute of popcorns. Lotus seeds are very light and white in color. These healthy seeds when roasted with ghee and a pinch of salt, tastes awesome during winters.
Makhana or Phool Makhane Ki Kheer is delectable porridge like desse  with milk and dry fruits. This kheer was a must during Puja days in our childhood as Prasad to God. Before adding makhane to the milk we fry these foxnuts in ghee for better flavour and crunchiness. I have crushed some makhanas in the grinder to add in the milk, this gives very nice thickness and texture to the kheer. Another notable addition is the presence of Chironji which add a nice crunch to the kheer.

So learn how to make Phool Makhane Ki Kheer here by following some simple steps. Serve it warm or cold as your prefer. Garnish Makhane ki Kheer with chopped almonds, Pistachios, fried cashews and few strands of kesar.

Ingredients:
1 cup Phool Makhana (Puffed Lotus Seeds)
1 Ltr Full fat Milk
1/4 Sugar
1 tbsp Chironji
5-6 Pistachios
4-5 Almonds, sliced
6-7 Cashews
Few strands of Saffron (soaked in 1 tsp of warm milk)
2 tbsp Ghee

Method:
In a pan add 1 tbsp ghee and roast cashews, chironji and fry till lightly brown. Keep aside. In the same pan add remaining ghee and roast makhanas on low flame for next 5-6 minutes by stirring continuously until they become light brown and look crispy. Set aside to cool. And later crush 1/2 cup  puffed roasted nut which we are gong to add later while boiling milk for thickening porridge. Keep remaining roasted puffed nuts to add them whole. 

In another pan add milk and bring it to a boil. Keep stirring in between and once the milk is reduced to half, add powdered makhanas and whole makhana. Stir occasionally so that the kheer doesn't stick to the pan. Add sugar, add fried dry fruits and cook on low flame for 10-15 minutes. Add the saffron milk now and if you find the kheer very thick then add some hot milk and check the consistency. Turn off the stove. Garnish with sliced almonds, pistachios and silver varak(optional). Serve it warm or chilled. Enjoy !

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Methi Poori | How To Make Methi Poori | Fenugreek Recipes

Today's recipe is Methi Poori, a delicious, aromatic deep fried Indian flatbread. Great way to blend green leafy veggies into whole wheat flour with some spices, which in turn into nice earthy flavour. These pooris are loved by kids and a good option for school snack. Methi is also known as Feenugreek leaves which have a unique taste and flavour. 
We had our own kitchen garden in good old days and never had to buy methi leaves. The sight of dew drops on leaves, the fragrance of fresh methi while plucking from our kitchen garden is beyond words. Sigh !

Coming back to hero of the day -Methi Poori can can serve with Spicy Baby Potatoes Curry / Sukhe Aloo /  Kala Chana Gravy. Or this can be simply served with raita. 

Ingredients:
For Dough-
1.5 cup Whole wheat flour
2 tbsp All purpose flour
1 tbsp Carom Seeds (ajwain)
2 tsp Curd
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
3 tsp Oil to knead the dough
Water required to make the dough
Oil for deep frying the pooris

Method:
Rinse the methi in water thoroughly to get rid of the soil particles. Chop the leaves evenly. In a wide bowl add chopped methi leaves, combine with whole wheat and all purpose flour, curd, ajwain, salt, turmeric, red chili powder. Pour 3 tsp oil in the middle of dry mixture and rub the flour using your hands without water at this stage. The curd in it along with oil will help in binding the dough, now add water little by little to make a soft dough. Cover the dough with a moist cloth and leave it to rest for 20 minutes. 

Make equal balls of the dough (equal sized) and roll out thin and small circles. Similarly shape all the dough same manner.

 Heat oil in kadhai to deep fry the pooris. Ensure the oil is very hot before you start or else you won't get puffed pooris. Slide one poori at a time in hot oil, after a second press it with  slotted ladle. This will make poori puff in no time. Once it starts floating, turn the poori and fry it on a medium flame. Serve hot.


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