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Bookmarked: 24/02/2014

The last month has been such a roller coaster ride. I have come across so many things that I want to write about but there is just no time!

Here is a small list of some great stuff I came across in the past few days. Hope you enjoy it!i

I found this really great thesaurus for cooks 

Love this post about things you can make with cake-mix

A nice list of books for food lovers

This article answers all questions about dutch processed vs natural cocoa powder

David Lebovitz talks about what to do with the green germ from garlic

Love these custom kitchen storage and organizers

A much-needed way to peel an entire head of garlic in 10 seconds!

Very informative article about uses and ideal temperatures of cooking oils

I would love to visit these fictional restaurants that came to life

20 great time saving cooking tips from the experts

Here is the best way to peel hard boiled eggs

17 facts about pineapples you didn’t know

And to wrap up, for all those living in India, here is the perfect guide on buying mangoes this season!

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Delicious Strawberry Milkshake (No Ice Cream Recipe)

It’s strawberry season in India and I am enjoying every bit of it! I picked up a pack of strawberries on impulse the other day and decided to make a strawberry milkshake post workout. And it turned out so well that I can’t get enough of it!

I must admit that my version of the milkshake isn’t the idle post workout food. It’s a tad bit rich. But, like me, if a few extra calories won’t hurt you, it’s definitely something you want to try.

My recipe is pretty straight forward. I know a lot of milkshake recipes call for ice cream. But I prefer to keep my food as natural as possible. So, in the recipe, as a substitute for ice cream, I have used lot of milk and a good amount of fresh cream.

I hope you enjoy my version of strawberry milkshake 🙂

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Recipe (makes 2 glasses)

Ingredients

200 ml Whole Milk

1 cup Strawberries, stems cut

3 tsp Sugar (You can add more if you like. I prefer to keep the sugar low.)

2 tbsp Low Fat Fresh Cream  (I use Amul Fresh Cream.)

2 cubes of Ice*

Method

1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend.

2. Pour into glasses and put in the freezer for 15 minutes before serving.

*Note: I add the ice cubes only to cool my milkshake quickly. They dilute the milkshake a little if you don’t put it in the freezer before serving. You can skip them if you want.

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Aloo Tamatar Sabzi (Potatoes and Tomatoes in Curry)

I decided to relieve my grandmother of her kitchen duty today and do a little cooking for lunch. I picked a simple Aloo Tamatar Sabzi (Potatoes and Tomatoes in Curry) which goes well with roti and rice, something I used to make often when I was studying in Paris.

But I didn’t want to make the same old recipe as it has always turned out only average. So today I did some research on the internet and put together my own recipe.  And the result has not disappointed me! 🙂

Here is my recipe. Let me know what you think of it!

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Recipe:

Ingredients:

3 medium or 4 small Potatoes (not 4 Baby Potatoes)

2 medium Tomatoes, diced

1 tbsp Vegetable Oil

1 tsp Cumin Seeds

3-4 Bay Leaves

1 pinch Asafoetida Powder

1 tsp Coriander Powder

1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder

1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder

Salt to taste

Water

Method:

1. Peel the potatoes, cut into big pieces and keep aside. (It’s better to keep them soaked in water.)

2. In a pressure cooker, heat oil on medium heat.

20140104-200219.jpg3. Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds, bay leaves and asafoetida powder. Wait until the cumin seeds start sputtering and turn brown.

20140104-200227.jpg4. Add the coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric powder to the oil. Mix well and let the masala cook for about 30 seconds.

20140104-200234.jpg5. Add the diced tomatoes, mix them properly with the masala and let them cook until they turn soft. 20140104-200244.jpg6. Mash the tomatoes a little.

20140104-200251.jpg7. Throw in the potatoes, add salt to taste and mix.

7. Add water to the mixture. The water should cover the potatoes. Mix once again and close the lid of the pressure cooker.

8. Pressure cook upto 1- 2 whistles (this will depend on your pressure cooker) and turn off the heat. The potatoes should not be overcooked.

20140104-200300.jpg9. Once the steam in the cooker goes down, open the lid and stir the sabzi. Mash a few potato chunks to thicken the gravy. If the sabzi is still too watery, put it back on the gas and let some water boil off. Adjust the salt if need be. Serve with roti or steamed rice.

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Some Good Desserts & Bookmarked:22/12/2013

It’s been a really busy week again with no time to blog. Here is a quickpost before I head back to work.

A small list of some really good desserts I have tried:post12pic2Tarte Fraise at the famed La Durée in Paris. 

post12pic3One of the best Tiramisus I have had at this cozy little Italian place in Paris called Little Italy. (Sorry I couldn’t take a photo before everyone started eating it).

post12pic4The Red Velvet cake from Theobrama in Mumbai just melts in your mouth!

post12pic1San Churros in Mumbai has this huge dessert called Beryy Bizcocho which you can’t stop eating.

And here are some good things I read this week:

I really liked this post on 28 must-have dishes in the 28 Indian states.

An interesting article talking about the 6 creepiest lies the food industry is feeding you.

My go-to kheer recipe. (I like Kheer to be thick and creamy, so I cook it for a while after adding all the ingredients mentioned in the recipe)

And lastly, here is a great app to add titles, messages, designs, to your photos!

Have a good weekend!

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Lunch at Britannia Café

Britannia Cafe needs no introduction for anyone living in Mumbai. Opened in 1923, it is one of the few surviving Parsi restaurants in the city.

On most days, you will find the octogenarian owner taking orders of the customers and telling them stories of his time. This blog has a lovely interview of his. The must-haves at Britannia Cafe are the Sali Boti (mutton)/ Sali Chicken and Berry Pulav. Here are some pictures from my visit.

20131211-141054.jpg20131211-141022.jpgI absolutely love the Sali Chicken here. We have tried their Sali Chicken recipe at home time and again but it just doesn’t turn out the same!20131211-141031.jpgThis is the Chicken Berry Pulav. 20131211-141042.jpgThe Chicken Dhansak was not bad either.20131211-141223.jpgChocolate Ball (it had a good dash of alcohol) and Caramel Custard to finish the meal!

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