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Saturday, May 28, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Mango milkshake is the best thing about summer. In Kerala during summer mangoes are the most available fruit......summers means more mangoes.
Gosh!!! these days I feel I am being baked by the sun.....and not to mention how it is like in the kitchen...and believe me I hate to be in my kitchen during summers.....but with two hungry brats thats ofcourse is inevitable.
The only good thing about summer is mangoes ...hmmm fresh ones, juicy ones, sweet ones.....my favorite is Alphonso mango.....what is your fav??
This is one of my favorite shake......its so easy that all it needs is 2 min....
Just slice the mangoes, pop them in the blender, add sugar, and some frozen or chilled milk and give it a nice blend.....its READY!!!
I kept 1/2 litre packet milk in the freezer overnight. Frozen milk is the secret to this amazing creamy smoothie...I would recommend to use frozen milk only.....
So lets cool ourselves with this shake/smoothie.
Note: I use Alphonso mangoes because it is my personal favorite and it has a deep color and unique taste.
Author: Nisa Homey
Alphonso Mangoes: 2, sliced and chopped.
Sugar: 1/4 cup, depending on the mangoes sweetness.
Milk: 1/2 cup frozen or chilled.
1. Put the sliced and cubed mangoes in a blender along with sugar and frozen milk.
2. Blend it for 1 minute.
3. Serve immediately.
Another of my favorite summer fruit is Jackfruit which is so abundant in Kerala. This one is from our backyard and thought I would share it here......this was so juicy.
Sharing with Hearth and soul hop.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Aloo-Baigan otherwise known as potato-brinjal curry is one of my favorite vegetarian North Indian side dish....it goes well with Indian flatbread/roti and pulav.
I made this curry before I got sick....we had visited a farm on the outskirts of the city....an organic farm to be precise and got these green fresh organic brinjal from there.
I always love to experiment with my favorite recipes...I love to mix and match my recipes.....I made this curry the same way I make my Pujabi aloo-gobi....but ofcourse with very less oil and believe me I was quite satisfied with the outcome.
You can also make this with the purple brinjal....no rules on that....any brinjal will do....
Brinjal: 500 gms.
Potatoes: 2, cubed..
Jeera: 1/2 tsp.
Onions: 2, sliced.
Ginger: 1 inch, sliced or chopped.
Garlic: 1/2 pod, chopped.
Red tomatoes: 2, chopped.
Kashmiri chilly powder: 2 tsp.
Coriander powder: 2 tsp.
Garam masala: 3/4 tsp.
Turmeric: A fat pinch.
Coriander leaves for garnishing.
Little water to add while sauting the tomatoes and lastly while cooking the aloo and brinjal.
1. Cut the brinjal and potatoes into cubes and keep aside.
2. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a kadai. Add 1/2 tsp jeera at let is splutter. Add the sliced onion, ginger, and garlic. Let it fry till it becomes brown.
2. Add 2 tsp Kashmiri red chilly powder, 2 tsp coriander powder, 3/4 tsp garam masala powder, and a fat pinch of turmeric.
3. Mix the masala and let it fry till the raw smell goes....about a min or two. (Note that I used very less oil here).
4. Now add the 2 chopped tomatoes.
5. Add little water to the tomatoes so as to let it incorporate nicely to the masala. Add salt.
6. Mix and let it simmer.....simmer...simmer till it is nicely incorporated....and you really need a bit of patience here....to get the result.
7. Add around half a cup of water......taste and check salt.....let it boil and simmer it.
8. Dunk in the potatoes and brinjal.
10. Cover and let it cook for around 5 to 10 min.
11. I love coriander leaves...so I just lavish on them........serve hot with roti or rice.
It's perfect with roti.
Friday, May 06, 2011
With summer at its peak....kids want cold shakes.....this is one of my son's favorite cold coffee....and its easy to make if you have a packet of milk in the freezer....
Pasteurized milk: 1/2 litre.
Sugar: 1/4 to 1/2 cup (adjust to your taste).
Instant coffee powder: 2 tsp (I used Nescafe).
1. Take the pasteurized milk from the freezer and with your rolling pin soften it by hitting on the frozen milk packet. (Best way to release your anger too lol ).
2. Cut open the packet and put the softened milk into a blender with instant coffee powder and sugar.
3. Blend it for 2 to 3 min until it is nice and soft.
4. Thats it!! cold coffee is ready...pour into glass.
Serve immediately and sprinkle some chocolate sprinkles.
PS: Can add a generous scoop of ice cream....since the milk is really cold here I serve it on its own.
Sharing with Paisley Passions, Mangoes and Chutney.