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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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