Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Orange Squash Recipe - How To Make Orange Squash At Home

orange squash recipe

Homemade orange squash recipe - learn to make orange squash at home without any preservatives and enjoy summer!

I don't buy store bought squash or jam as they are really easy to make at home and during summers I make with fruits that are available.  I like to use seasonal fruits and when orange was in season, I made this squash.

This squash has a nice colour and that was attained by adding the orange rind, so when you plan to make this squash try to buy orange with nice orangey rind.

As usual, I did not add any preservatives or food colour and I hope you will try it and enjoy as much as my family did.

Homemade Orange Squash Video Tutorial:

Orange: 6
Lemon: 4
Sugar: 1 kg
Water: 1 liter

Wash orange really well. Peel the orange and keep aside rind of 3 orange.
Put 3 orange rind in a sauce pan and fill with water, let this rind soak for 10 mins. After 10 mins, scrape off the inner white part of the rind. The orange rind is used to give a nice flavour and colour to the squash.
Cook the orange rind for about 10 mins with some water, once it has cooled down, grind it to a fine paste and keep aside.
Add the orange into a blender along with the lemon juice.
Pulse for 30-40 seconds on a blender and pour it into a strainer and squeeze out the juice. Keep the juice aside.
Into a pan add in the sugar and water and bring this to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, remove the impurities with a spoon. Simmer the flame for 10 mins and allow it to cool down completely.
Add the ground orange peel mix into the orange juice and mix well.
Now pour this mix into the sugar syrup through a sieve. Mix well. Homemade orange squash is ready and you can bottle this and keep in fridge.
More tips on my video.


Thursday, May 05, 2016

Overnight Oats Recipe - Mango Lassi Overnight Oats

mango lassi overnight oats

Overnight oats recipe (Indian style mango lassi overnight oats/oatmeal), have you heard of overnight oats? they are quick and easy oats recipe for that busy mornings or if you are on a weight loss plan. Overnight oats are made by soaking oats in milk, yogurt, water, or even fruit juice and kept in fridge for a few hours or overnight.  They can be topped with your favourite fruits and dry fruits and the best of all it's NO COOK!! And it takes just under 5 minutes to prepare them and your breakfast is ready to serve the next day. They will keep you fuller for a long time too. Need any excuse for skipping the most important meal of the day??

overnight oats recipe

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Okay, back to the overnight oats recipe, usually they are prepared in a mason jar or a glass container with a lid for the sole reason they can be able to be carried to work place. If you plan to take this to office/college then make sure you have secured the lid tightly. You can also make this in a bowl also.

You may have doubts regarding using uncooked oats; no worries, quick oats or rolled oats are dehydrated and pre-cooked, and that makes everything easy and quick, right??

To make it low calorie, use only skimmed milk and yogurt (curd), do not use sugar, but if you prefer you can add in honey or maple syrup, but since the mangoes we get here are moderately sweet omitting honey would be wise choice to keep the calories away.

I used mango for this recipe and since I noticed that the fruits mixed in with oats tends to be soggy; I went a step ahead and mixed half of the mango with yogurt, milk...and that made it our good old mango lassi.....mixed in with soggy mangoes too.

I reserved some mangoes to top it and kept it in another container in the fridge.

I have recipes coming up with variations to this, and Homey and myself are really enjoying this easy and filling breakfast.

Since we are in the midst of fiery summer here; we liked it straight from the fridge; but if you like to warm it, then I would suggest you to keep it at room temp for 30 mins (just take them out from fridge as soon as you get up and place on the kitchen counter). I personally do not like to use microwave, so I would not suggest you to warm the oats in microwave.

Mango Lassi Overnight Oats Video Recipe:

Mango: 1 Medium sized
Skimmed Milk: 1/2 cup
Skimmed curd/yogurt: 1/2 cup
Seeds of 4 cardamon
Oats: 1/2 cup
Honey: 2 tsp (optional)
Walnuts: 4, chopped

Chop mangoes and add in half of the mangoes into a blender along with milk, curd, cardamon seeds, and honey. Blend well.
Add oats into a jar/bowl. Pour in the blended mango lassi and mix well. Keep in fridge overnight.
Serve next day morning topped with the rest of the chilled mangoes and crushed walnuts.
Serve immediately chilled.
Watch my video for more tips and tricks.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

2 Ingredient Ice Cream Recipe - Eggless No Churn Ice Cream

2 ingredient ice cream

2 ingredient ice cream? really? yes, you can make ice cream with just 2 ingredients; cream and condensed milk, so easy! and no churning needed. Kozhikode now tops the list of most hottest district in Kerala and ice creams are a blessing to beat the heat.

I used Amul fresh cream with has only 25% fat and hence refrigerated it, so that I can scoop out the cream and not use the watery whey will get accumulated in the bottom of the packet. But if you have access to full fat whipping cream then you can use the whole packet. Keep the ingredients in the fridge for best results.

UPDATE: MAY 16, 2016
It is with great sadness to note most of my recipes, the techniques, tricks, and tips that I have learned in the last 20 plus years which I have shared on my blog and youtube channel are being copied and shown in blogs; some of them do give credit to me and for which I am thankful that my work is appreciated, but a majority of them and some which I thought were good friends have started to copy the tips and suggestions which I had posted on my blog or on my videos, pls try not to copy my ideas and style. A lot of hardwork and energy is put into this, pls do not copy... it hurts!!!

Amul Cream: 3 pkts (600 ml)
Condensed milk: 1 tin
Lightly mix the cream with a whisk or handled beater.
Add in the condensed milk and whisk/mix again.
Pour into a container and freeze overnight.
Drizzle choc sauce before serving, if desired.
Watch video for more tips.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

How To Make Indian Beaten Coffee In 10 Minutes

Heard of beaten coffee? also known as Indian Cappuccino. If you are a coffee lover, you must try this Indian style beaten coffee and believe me it is better than machine cappuccino and the best part is you can make it at home in just 10 minutes.

Instant coffee is mixed (beaten) with sugar and little water for 10 minutes and the result is a creamy coffee mix and the secret behind this addictive coffee. My daughter, Nidhi simply loves this coffee and I am sure it will be your favourite too :)

How to make beaten coffee video recipe:

Instant Coffee: 1 tbsp
Sugar: 1 tbsp (adjust to your taste)
Water: 1/2 tsp plus a few drops extra
Milk: 1 cup, boiled and hot.

Into your coffee mug, add in the coffee powder, sugar, and 1/2 tsp water. Mix well with a spoon for about 10 minutes or until the mix is creamy, thicker, and lighter in colour. Add few drops of water if needed.
Pour hot milk into the mug and mix well. Once it is mixed well, form with start to come on top.
Serve immediately and enjoy better than machine coffee at home.
Note: Use a teaspoon to mix the coffee.
Check my video for more tips :)


Thursday, April 07, 2016

How To Make Ginger Lime Juice

ginger lime juice

Ginger lime juice is a soothing and relaxing summer juice which can be made really quick with fresh lemon and fresh ginger root. Serving it topped with ice cubes and a sprig of fresh mint leaves is a treat to beat the summer heat.

How to make ginger lime juice video recipe:

Lemon: 1/2 lemon
Ginger: 1/4 inch
Water: 1 glass
Sugar: 1 1/2 tbsp or as needed
Ice cubes: 2-3
A sprig of mint leaves

Into a blender add in the slice lemon, ginger, water and sugar. Blend it for a minute and then pour into a serving glass. Top it with ice cubes and a spring of mint leaves. Serve immediately.


Friday, April 01, 2016

Orange Cake Recipe - How To Make Fresh Orange Cake - Cake Recipes

orange cake

Orange cake recipe, learn to make orange cake with fresh orange and top it with chocolate glaze.
This cake is moist and full of citrus flavour and the chocolate drizzle helped to make it complete. A perfect cake for any occasion.

How to make orange cake video recipe:

Butter: 100 gm (1 stick)
Sugar: 1 cup (I used 200 ml cup)
Eggs: 2
Flour: 1 1/4 cups
Curd/yogurt: 1/2 cup
Orange Juice: Juice of one orange
Baking Soda: 1/4 tsp
Chocolate Glaze:
Chocolate chips: 1/2 cup
Milk: 2 tbsp
White chocolate chips: 2 tbsp, to sprinkle on top
Note: Bring all ingredients to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 180 degree C, butter an line an 8 inch cake pan
Into a large bowl, add in softened butter, sugar, curd (yogurt) and eggs. Mix well until pale and fluffy.
Into the batter grate one orange rind.
Slice the orange into half and squeeze into a bowl and then strain it into the batter.
Mix again. The batter will be curdled but never mind that.
Into a sieve add flour and baking soda and add into the batter and mix well.
The batter will be fluffy and creamy.
Pour this into the prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 mins at 180 degree C or once a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Once the cake has cooled down, invert it to a wire rack.

Chocolate Glaze:
Melt chocolate chips over simmering hot water and add in milk. Mix well until smooth and glossy. Pour this over cake. Sprinkle white chocolate chips on top.

Tip: Check out my video for more tips and tricks.


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

100 % Oil Free Pressure Cooker Indian Curry Gravy Recipe - Healthy Punjabi Matar Paneer

100% oil free curry recipe

Oil free curry gravy recipe, yes this curry gravy with healthy punjabi matar paneer is 100% oil free and the best part is nobody guessed it was oil free when I served them with hot phulkas and in no minutes the bowl was wiped clean....and then only I told hubby and kids was completely oil free much to their surprise.

A reader asked me for an oil free recipe and that got me thinking and finally was able to make this delicious curry, I added peas and paneer to it; but if you want a dairy free curry, you can add boiled and cubed potatoes and skip the curd/yogurt I used to drizzle towards the end.

I have to mention that this curry is so easy to make I mean you just roughly chop the ingredients and put in cooker with water and salt and wait for 5 whistles and then puree and add in peas (matar) and paneer and simmer for 2-3 hardly took 15 minutes for me to make.

Ofcourse, you can add in vegetables of your choice though I would suggest you to add boiled veggies. Check out my homemade paneer recipe.

100% oil free curry video recipe

Onion: 2
Garlic: 6
Ginger: 1 inch
Tomatoes: 4
Cashewnuts: 5-6
Salt: 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves: 1 tbsp chopped
Water: 1/2 cup
Mint leaves: 1 sprig
Kasuri Methi: 1 tsp
Sugar: 1/2 tsp (optional)
Kashmiri chilli powder: 1 - 11/2 tsp
Coriander powder: 1 tsp
Jeera powder: 1/2 tsp
Garam masala: 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
Peas: 1/2 cup
Paneer: 50 gms
Curry Leaves: 1 sprig
Curd: 3-tbsp

Roughly chop onions, garlic, ginger, and tomatoes. Add them into the pressure cooker along with cashewnuts, salt, coriander leaves, mint leaves and all this into the cooker with water. Cook for 5 whistles and then switch off the flame and open when the pressure is released.
Once the cooker is opened, puree it with an immersion blender or if using an ordinary blender, allow it to cool down and then blend.
Heat the pureed mix again and add in the chilli powder, coriander powder, jeera powder, turmeric, peas, and paneer. Cover with the lid for 2-3 mins and then open and add in garam masala.
Drizzle 2-3 tbsp curd or yogurt and then mix and add in chopped coriander leaves and curry leaves.
Serve hot with roti.
Note: Check out video for more tips and tricks
If you adapt my recipe, kindly give link, pls understand that I put in a lot of effort and time to develop and create a recipe. Thanks :)


Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Oreo Blizzard Recipe - How To Make Oreo Blizzard

oreo blizzard

Oreo blizzard recipe, learn to make oreo blizzard at home. This summer time dessert will be loved by kids and adults alike. Oreo, vanilla ice-cream, and milk is lightly blended and served.

How to make oreo blizzard video recipe:

One year ago: Oreo Milkshake
Five years ago: Oreo Muffins

Vanilla ice cream: 21/2 cups
Oreos: 5+2
Milk: 1/4 cup

Crumble 2 oreos in a blender and keep aside.
Into a large blender add in vanilla ice cream, milk and 5 oreos. Blend for 20-30 seconds and serve. Top with crushed oreos.
Note: Do not blend it for long, the idea is just to make the ice cream soften.


Thursday, March 03, 2016

Watermelon Lemonade Recipe - Tarbooj Sharbat Recipe

watermelon lemonade recipe

Watermelon lemonade recipe, a quick and easy summer cooler with a lemony tang. Summer has already set and the heat is unbearable at times, so juice and milkshakes rule my kitchen these days. The watermelon we get now is sweet and has a rich red color and I just couldn't resist myself from making these.

Watermelon lemonade video recipe:

One Year Ago: Watermelon Slush Recipe

Watermelon (seedless): 3 cups, cubed
Sugar: 1/4 cup
Lemon: 1
Ice cubes: As needed
Mint leaves: To garnish

Into a blender squeeze in the lemon.
Add in the seedless watermelon.
Add sugar or honey.
Pulse for 30 seconds.
Pour into a glass filled with ice cubes and garnish with a sprig of mint leaves.


Monday, February 29, 2016

Homemade Mayonnaise In 1 Minute - How To Make Mayonnaise With An Immersion Blender

1 minute homemade mayonnaise

Homemade mayonnaise with hand blender in just 1 minute, hard to believe right? but yes, this is one of the easiest and fail proof way to make mayonnaise, so easy and in just under 1 minute - homemade mayonnaise is ready, so need more reason to ditch the store-bought mayo?

Making mayo in a blender can sometimes be tricky; if you are not experienced as it might curdle and then you just have to throw the whole thing away. So, when I bought my new Panasonic immersion blender, I got this wild idea to try making mayo and it came out perfect and creamy and thick. So, when I went to see Nidhi at NIT; I made a dozen of tandoori chicken hamburgers (will share sometime the recipe) I used this mayo to make the coleslaw (again, will share that recipe too) and kids just loved the burgers and a dozen tandoori chicken burgers just vanished in minutes....that made Nidhi's friends and me happy!

So, coming back to this recipe; I used lemon instead of vinegar and I would advise you to do the same as lemon will help in keeping the mayo free from unwanted bacterias, so try to use lemon though vinegar can be used.

How to make 1 minute mayonnaise video recipe

Egg : 1, room temp
Oil: 1 cup (200 ml)
Sugar: 1/4 tsp
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Pepper powder: 1/4 tsp
Lemon: 1/2

Into the beaker jar of the hand blender, add in the eggs and the rest of the ingredients.
Immerse the blender right up to the end and pulse, slowly bringing it up and pulsing till the mayo is creamy and thick.
Transfer the mayo to an airtight jar and keep refrigerated. This will keep good for 3 days.
Watch video for detailed demonstration.


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