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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Taal Shash er Shorbot |Ice Apple Smoothie | Nungu Milkshake


Taal Shash / Ice Apple / Nungu Smoothie: Taal Shash (in Bangla) or jelly like sweet sap kernel of the Palmyra are hot favorites. Loaded cartful of these summer coolants are found being sold at every nook and corner of our city. Though I fondly remember having it from the trees at my grandma's backyard, Kolkata. It has many names Toddy Palm Fruit / Sugar Palm/ Tala Saja in Odiya/ Taati Munjalu in Andhra, Tadgole in Marathi, Taale Ningu in Kannada, Taal Shash in Bengal, With the abundance of Taal Shash in Chennai, we are fortunate enough to have it so often either as a fruit or as refreshing drink. Today's recipe is a very simple drink  made with Ice Apple, milk, sugar and few pistachios. Palm fruit has tons of health benefits hence it is widely consumed during summers.


Ingredients:
4 Palm Kernels
2 cups cold Milk
2 tsp Sugar
2 tsp Rose water
Pinch of Roasted Cumin Powder
2-3 Sprigs of mint leaves
Few ice cubes
Chopped pistachios 

Method:
Peel the brownish skin from the palm kernels and cut into small pieces. Add milk, taal shash, rose water, sugar and few ice cubes in a blender and blend till you get a smooth consistency. Adjust the sugar quantity according to your taste. Pour the liquid in tall glasses and garnish with a small pinch of roasted cumin powder. You may add pudina on top and serve chilled. 



Notes:

  • While buying Taal shash / Nungu, ask for tender and soft ones. 
  • You may add small chunks of ice apple while serving the drink for extra bites in between.




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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Pomelo Juice | বাতাবি লেবু রস



How To Make Pomelo Juice: Pomelo is the biggest  fruit in the citrus family. Perfect combination of sweet orange and mild grapefruit, Pomelo is rich in Vitamin B and C. It has a very thick green rind while the edible pulp inside is white, red and pink, depending on the variety. Being the largest citrus fruit, Pomelo is big in appearance and inside the juice sacs of the segments are bigger. In WestBengal 'Pomelo' is called Batabilebu or Jambura and we make delicious chaat (Jambura Makha) with fresh pink arils of the fruit with black salt, mustard oil, pepper, sugar and chopped green chilies. Ummm nom nom...Jambura makha is a delicacy among Bengalis that's why the mere mention here has bring back flood of memories.


The health benefits of Pomelo are innumerable. Excellent for Urinary Tract Infection, boosts immune system, aids in weight loss, anti -aging, treats cold and cough and maintains normal blood pressure levels. So if you have not tried this amazing source of Vitamin C, go for it right away! After all how could you ignore the benefits and astounding health boosts Pomelo offers?

Ingredients:
1 big Pomelo (Batabi Lebu)
4 tsp Honey or you can use sugar
1/2 cold water
Ice cubes as required
A pinch of black salt

Method:
Cut the pomelo into 4 equal sections and remove the thick rind to avoid the bitterness. While it takes little time to peel the membrane from around the segments but it is worth it. Remove the fairly large seeds. Put everything in the blender and TaDa!
Enjoy the traditional refreshing drink in a healthy way!

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Rice Fiesta From McDonald With A Taste Of Chennai



"Think Global, Act  Local", I thought of this well known proverb when I was asked to taste and share my opinion about two newly introduced meal from McDonald's. This is called as Rice Fiesta which was introduced in Chennai on 25th January to attract to the traditional population who would love to visit McDonalds for it's youthful buzz and at the same time seek out traditional taste in the restaurant.

Now turning my attention towards two distinctly different looking bowls of Rice Fiesta. First about  the Cheese and Veggies Rice. Once you open the lid you are greeted with a layer of thick cheese sprinkled with a generous amount of vegetables like peas,carrot, American corn and Zucchini along with herbs. Just below this layer there is steamed basmati rice. There is also an instruction on the bowl that asks you to mix all the contents to enjoy the full taste of the Cheese and veggies Rice bowl. If anyone likes cheese and is of the less spicy type he or she would love the taste of it.


The next variety is more spicy thanks to the addition of  hot tomato gravy mixed with peas, carrot, chickpeas and kidney beans. This  Beans and Gravy Rice should attract the patrons who like to have gravy rice tastes same as their home kitchen. It was little spicy for my tastebud though.

Both the above meals could be converted to non veg ones by having chunks of crispy and spicy chicken added with them.

As far as my opinion goes both the rice bowls are something new for Chennai which is predominately a rice eating city. So kudos to McDonalds team to cater to this vast majority of the people. The taste of both the bowls are good and even children who are mostly burger eaters could also add these bowls in their menu so that they could enjoy the International taste of burgers along with traditional rice meals.
Pinch on Pocket: Affordably priced at Rs.119 (veg), Rs.139(non-veg)
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Mint Chutney For Tandoori & Kebabs | How To Make Pudina Chutney



Pudina Dahi Chutney or Mint Yogurt Dip for Kebabs is something which is hard to miss if you are visiting any Indian restaurant. Any Tandoori item is served with this Pudina Dahi Chutney, be it Paneer Tikka /Chicken Roast/ Fish Tikka to name a few. Talking about this Pudina Chutney think of all the goodness it has in form of mint, yogurt, lemon and coriander leaves a burst of flavours in your mouth. Mint and coriander when gets added with yogurt gives a splendid flavourful dip. The abundance of Mint or Pudina in the market  at anytime of the year makes it a very popular dip. Mint also has a very strong and refreshing aroma not to mention how good it is for digestion. Moving onto today's Mint Yogurt dip which I have served with Tandoori Prawn. I have another version of Pudina chutney but with Coconut, you may can check the recipe here


Ingredients:

1 cup fresh Mint leaves
1/4 cup Coriander leaves
1/2 cup Yogurt
4-5 Garlic cloves
1 tbsp Lemon juice
2-3 Green chilies (adjust according to your spice level)
1/2 tsp roasted Cumin seeds
Salt as per taste

Method:
Cut off the roots of coriander, pudina and rinse all the greens. Blend all the above ingredients except yogurt and salt. Grind for 30 seconds and open the lid to stir well. Add the yogurt and salt to get nice consistency of chutney. Generally it doesn't need water as yogurt fills the need so add water accordingly. Grind until all blends well into a smooth paste. Shift the chutney into an air tight container. Keep in the refrigerator and serve chilled. Serve this as an appetizing accompaniment with Tandoor dishes.

Notes:

  • Don't skip lemon juice in this chutney if you want to retain the green color of it.
  • Don't forget to discard the stalks of mint while cleaning.
  • Adjust chilli as per your spice level.







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Monday, February 5, 2018

Kesar Pulao Recipe| How To Make Kesar Pulao | Saffron Rice

Saffron Rice

Saffron Rice Recipe or Kesar Rice Recipe is made in many parts of the world because of it's simplicity yet aromatic nature. Kesar or Saffron imparts a yellowish tinge and adds a wonderful flavour. Easy to make, Saffron Rice can be made in very little time. I had made it in my Rice Cooker as I wanted to serve it warm to my guests. Rice cooker lets the food warm in the container after cooking is done. This recipe was made on gas stove. You can also find more Rice recipes like Ilish Pulao, Mumbai Style Tawa Pulao, Bengali Special Mishti Pulao, Paneer Pulao, Corn Veg Pulao or Peas Pulao Without Onion- Garlic


Ingredients:
1 cup long grain Basmati Rice
1/4 tsp Saffron (Kesar) soaked in 1 cup of warm milk
2 tbsp pure Ghee
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp mixed Dry Fruits chopped (Almonds, Pista, Cashews)
1 inch Cinnamon
1 strand of Mace
4 Cloves
Salt to taste

Method:
Take saffron in a small bowl and crush the saffron threads with a back of spoon or in ceramic mortar mash the threads so that a thick paste if formed. Now soak the saffron paste in 1 cup of warm water and keep aside.


Wash the basmati rice thoroughly with water and drain out excess water. Let it soak for 20 minutes.
Heat a heavy pan with well fitting lid on medium heat. Add ghee and throw in mace, cloves and cinnamon, stir for a minute. Now in the same pan add rice and salt, mix it well till rice is nicely coated with spices. Add saffron soaked milk, cover the pan and cook it for 10 minutes or until the rice is done. Sprinkle the chopped nuts over rice and fluff with fork. Serve this with your choice of gravy.


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