Sunday, November 15, 2015

Chicken and Noodle soup

How many times have you heard the words 'keeping it simple', 'less is more' etc etc. If you are an avid Masterchef Australia fan then you know that it's the best advice that the judges like to give the contestant. Respecting the ingredient, it's colour, form. taste, texture, flavour is the key and developing a recipe to celebrate the beauty of seasonal local produce is the mantra of modern day cooking.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Coconut, Cashew and Mawa Laddoo

This laddoo recipe was born just out of the quest to save a crisis. I was newly married and wanted to make narkel naru for Bijoya. After the morning trip to the market to gather the essentials the problem arose when I started scraping the coconut. It was much past it's prime and was hard and fibrous. I knew it could not be turned into a good laddoo. So I looked for options and found a packet of old, unused, unopened pack of powdered milk. All I knew that after half an hour when the hubby came home he was bowled over by the taste and so were all his colleagues a couple of days later. So much so that now a days everyone at home wants me to make this version.

This also makes for a quick Diwali dessert, a saving grace for someone like me. I love cooking and made the usual suspects of Elo jhelo, nimki and jibe goja for Bijoya but after the Diwali cleaning and decoration never feels like making something special. This year the feeling is worse as without the husband the festivities are never enjoyable. I feel like doing everything for the sake of the kids and their happiness. But it's Diwali afterall. Sooner or later you get to be caught up by the Diwali snacks and sweets making frenzy.

So without far ado here is the easy and quick recipe.

And the pictures are inspired by a picture Lakshmi Arvind shared on her page Celebrations Decor from Pinterest.

Coconut-Cashew-Mawa Laddoo

Chire Bhaja or Chivda

Diwali is just around the corner and before the chance is lost for this year let me start this post with Shubho Bijoya greetings. Sorry for being so late but I always find it difficult to get back to the groove after the vacation, however mini it is, coming back from home is never easy.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Food Panda Cuisine Week: North Indian

North Indian Cuisine with its ruby red hue, velvety gravy and  heavy handed use of spices and aromatics is a delicious affair.for all the five senses. The word Curry for which india is so known for in the World, belongs to this cuisine. Think of Butter masala, chicken Tikka, Dal Makhani, Dum Alu...The dishes that have made India reach the Global table were born in this region. undoubtedly North Indian cuisine is our biggest export and contribution to the World palate.

Most probably the fact that it has something to offer to everyone has made it so popular all over the World.
For example if you are someone like me with two small kids then you will start with ordering less spicy food like naan, pulao, dal and malai kebab for them and then feel free to immerse yourself in the more complex, sinful gravies that this cuisine offers. Undoubtedly The way North Indian food satisfies your senses no other food can do.

As a food loving family, we love to dine outside at fancy restaurants but with two kids at tow at times it really becomes stressful. So on a lazy weekend our best bet is to call for home delivery. and with foodpanda's App it has become very easy for us to do so. First you are spoilt for choices, from Lazeez, Bedouine, Ta'am, Chawla's to Aminia almost all the good restaurants in and around our area are offering their services through this app, against a very' min order amount' and in most cases without any extra delivery charges.

You could see the menu, order and pay online sitting in the comfort of your home, without going through the whole ordeal of changing clothes and being ashamed of your kids for ruining the ambience of the restaurant. Not to forget the service is very prompt and professional.

As for the pocket pinch be assured to get great deals with the coupons offered by the Foodpanda App.If that is not reason enough then let me tell you, that you can even pre-order and Pay cash on delivery.

The last time I ordered our favourite biriyani and kebab from Nausinjan, it got delivered in little over than an hour, that too during the most rushed weekend service. We enjoyed our freshly made delicious meal almost piping hot. and most importantly we could lovingly watch the kids enjoying their share all messy and drippy with gravies and crumbs.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bok Phool Bhaja (Agati Flower Fritter)

Yesterday was Mahalaya and hence the count down to Bengal's biggest festivities The Durga puja has started. Right now we are going through the final sorting of the new clothes, accessories, matching bindis, shoes and makeups. A detailed map has been devised to cover the famous pujas around the town along with the pit stops t gorge on the puja special dishes offered by city's famous restauranst. Yes you can feel the suppresses excitement bubbling inside everyone, waiting for Soshti, the first day of Puja to burst open and make merry with friends and families.

Like everyone else I also did my puja shopping. Mainly for the kids, dresses, shirts, denims, matching hairbands, shoes, belts for them but somehow this year all the humdrums around me is not touching me. Nothing, not even the happy faces around me, the twinkling light around the neighbourhood or even the changing cooler weather is making me elated. With the husband away and with so much to take care of am just relieved that 10 days of holidays at least will ensure no waking up at wee hours, not to deal with the bunking house helps, chasing the kids to eat, bathe, sleep, study and everything...