Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lunch Plate - Achari Channa Pulao (From VahChef), Egg Masala, Raita

Everyone knows how versatile chef VahChef is! This Achari Channa Pulao recipe was such a hit at our house... The flavor was so unique!

This was our lunch plate today - Achari Channa Pulao, Egg Masala, Raita...



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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Red Cabbage, Carrots, and Beans Stir Fry

Now this is such an easy recipe because I put the veggies in the food processor and did not cut it manually :)
Not to mean its difficult to cut the vegetables... it just saves sooo much time and the cooking time is literally a few mins..so if you already have the veggies cut this is very easy to make.. no need to cut onions or tomatoes as we do for curries...



Ingredients:
Red Cabbage (or green) - 1/4 of a small cabbage
Carrots - 2 big
Beans - 1/2 cup (I used the frozen french cut beans)
Coconut - 2 tbsp (optional)
Salt

To Grind:
Green Chilli - 2
Cumin seeds - 1 tbsp
Cilantro - handful

To Temper:
Mustard seeds
Urad dal

Procedure:

  • Cut the vegetables or shred them
  • Heat oil in a wok, splutter mustard seeds and urad dal. Add the red cabbage and saute well
  • Then add the carrots and saute a few seconds. Add the beans and saute well.
  • Add salt and stir the veggies well. Add the coconut and ground mixture and saute few mins







Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ozeri 360 Tower Fan Review

Writing a blog post after such a long gap! Feels like a fresh new start!

Its almost the end of summer (at least here :) ) and its the perfect timing to write a review about Ozeri's 360 Tower Fan - yes it oscillates 360 degrees. I took my time, since I received this product aptly at the start of summer and feel like I'm completely ready to tell you about it.




We all know that most of the homes or apartments here in US do not have fans attached.. even if we do, it does not come where we actually want it to be... isn't it more useful to have a fan right in the living room or family room when we have guests over??


This tower fan is perfect for those needs. You can just plug it in when ever or where ever you need. Some of the best points that I can tell you right off the bat are:
  • Noise free blades 
  • Different adjustable speeds
  • Handy remote - easy to operate
  • Adjustable oscillations - up to 360 degrees 
  • Easy storage
  • Timer to operate the fan

This was extremely useful for this summer! I'm sure people living in hot and humid weather are looking out for good fans and I do recommend this for a cool and pleasant indoor. Also, wouldn't it be nice to switch on the fan and open your patio doors to let fresh air in rather than stuffing inside the AC all day long?

To get your fan, order here today - Ozeri 360 Tower Fan

Disclaimer: The Product was sent by Ozeri. Review is purely my own experience.



Friday, May 9, 2014

Ozeri's Duo Ultra Salt and Pepper Mill and Grinder Review

Every time I get the opportunity to review Ozeri's products I tend towards their cooking related items. In the first place I like their products mainly for the luxurious look with stainless steel finish at a nominal price. Looks so elegant and stylish for the kitchen :)

Buy the product here : Ozeri Duo Ultra Salt and Pepper Mill and Grinder


This time I was sent their Duo Ultra Salt and Pepper Mill and Grinder. Need I say how elated it made me the first time I unpacked it :) It has the smoothest stainless steel finish and super easy to work with handle. There are numerous ways in which you can use this product. You can not only use it for salt and pepper but also for cumin and fennel which we use so often in Indian cooking. I cannot stress enough on the fact that IT DOES give a unique flavor to the food when ground freshly. Also in tadka. It can be used to grind pepper and cumin for eggs and omelette. Just use your imagination and go creative :)

All the spices have health benefits. I found that after I started using this grinder, I've started adding almost twice the amount of spices than I did before. Not only is this useful, it also adds to the health and taste factor.



Coming to the product, it is very easy to work with. Both the spices has separate opening and grinds separately as you rotate the handle in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions respectively. The glass see through makes it easier to monitor that levels of spices and fill up before hand. Overall, it is such a nice addition to your kitchen and will surely grab the eyes of your guests, as it did with mine :)

Disclaimer: Ozeri sent the product to me for reviewing. Opinions expressed are purely mine after testing out the product extensively.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Green Smoothie

Its been a lot heard of but never tried kind of drink to me until yesterday. As I was cruising the aisles of Costco, came across a Vitamix Rep getting ready to wind up all her work. As I stopped by with my kid to show him the spread of fruits that was placed near the Vitamix blender, she asked me if I would like to try a green smoothie. I said sure, considering the fact that I've never seen one. She made a batch for herself and shared it with us for the taste.

So here goes the recipe as I saw her and made a mental note of the ingredients. I made a batch with the ingredients I had at home and turned out yummiiee!


Ingredients:
Vary the ingredients measure to your taste.
Spinach
Lemon
Ginger
Banana
Celery
Pineapple
Agave
Water
Ice cubes

Procedure:
  • Now, I don't own a vitamix. This was done in my preethi mixer. Blend all the ingredients in a blender.
That is it! I din't have banana, celery or pineapple. This recipe is so versatile, you can replace any fruit/fruits for the pineapple. I just made it with oranges sans banana / celery. So just make it with whatever ingredients you have and mix and match them. 



Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Simple Vegetable Pasta in Spicy Tomato Puree

This is a quick fix recipe for a one pot dish. A good way to add kale to your dishes. Got this idea of adding kale to pasta from a friend... and works so well!



Number of Serving - 2
Pasta - 1 cup (cooked)
Kale
Vegetables - 1 cup
Spinach - a hand full
Onion - 1 chopped
Tomato - 1 and 1/2 chopped and blended to a paste
Turmeric powder
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 spoon
Freshly Ground Cumin and Fennel Seeds
Lemon
Salt
Olive Oil

Procedure:
  1. Heat oil in a wok, temper mustard seeds and urad dal. Add chopped onions and cook well
  2. Add chopped kale and cook. It takes a while for kale to cook.
  3. Add vegetables and salt and saute
  4. Add tomato puree and cook. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, freshly ground cumin and fennel seeds and cook well. Squeeze few drops of lemon
  5. Add cooked pasta and mix well

Here is another way to add kale to your menu... in roasted cracked wheat upma with bell peppers...




Friday, March 28, 2014

Tomato Rice (with Golden Brown Basmati Rice)

This is an easy peasy recipe for a tomato rice. Just in case you woke up late (as was our case today :) ), running late, getting out of ides for lunch box recipes.... try this.




Number of Serving - 2 to 3
Ingredients:
Tomatoes - 3
Onion - 1 big
Jalapeno- 2
Red Chilli powder - 1 spoon
Coriander powder - 2 spoons
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Ginger Garlic - freshly shredded 1 spoon
Cumin and Fennel - freshly ground with pepper gringer
Salt as needed
Cilantro

To Temper:
Cinnamon, Cloves, Elaichi

Brown Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Water to Cook Rice - 2 cups (or a little more depending on the rice)


Ever since I got Ozeri's Electric Pepper Grinder... I'm using my old one to grind fresh spices like cumin and fennel together for this tomato rice today... works beautifully!

Procedure:
  • Wash the basmati rice 4 times and cook it in rice cooker as you would do for white rice. Keep aside.
  • For the tomato paste, chop and make paste of the tomatoes in the blender
  • Heat oil in a wok, temper the spices. Add ginger garlic paste, onions, jalapenos and saute well
  • Add the blend tomatoes, add all the powders and salt and let it cook and simmer for a few mins. Add cilantro. Paste is ready
  • Mix the paste with rice
Note: This paste can be made ahead and used for the next day. As an alternative, you could soak the rice and add it to the simmering paste and cook it in the pressure cooker (I've never tried brown rice this way. In fact, this is the first time I'm cooking brown rice at all). 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Ozeri's Electric Pepper Grinder - Review


I've been on the look for a good electric pepper grinder. I have a mechanical one and it is difficult to grind more when needed and hurts my arm. So, when I got the opportunity by Ozeri to try and review their electric pepper grinder, I was obviously excited.



Its been almost 10 days of testing so far and I'm pretty confident by now to write about it. I've already got extensive use off it :) I like to grind fresh pepper to food when ever possible due to its health benefits. Some items I never skip are eggs, fried rice, broccoli stir fry, etc. One trusted and tested use of pepper is with turmeric in milk when you have sore throat, cough, etc.

Please feel free to read more on the health benefits on pepper in a research paper here. (Ref. Source: McCormick Science Institute)


Coming to the product, it is a sleekly designed grinder with a black casing and very ergonomic. The button is like a feather touch operator. There is a knob at the bottom to vary the thickness and coarseness of the pepper from coarse to fine. There is a clear section to the bottom where you can see the level or the amount of pepper so the refill is very easy and never runs out.

Pepper ground at different levels

It saves you time and most of all you don't have to skip on the pepper just because you have to twist the mechanical one. If you do have hand pain, neck issues then I strongly recommend this for you. Also, it makes a great gift to housewarming, gift for friends, parents, elder people who really cannot grind with the mechanical one.

Disclaimer: The product was sent for review by Ozeri. However, opinions expressed are purely mine.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ozeri Green Earth - PTFE- and PFOA- Free Non-stick Frying Pan Review

When I got the opportunity to review the Ozeri Green Earth Frying Pan, I was elated! I've given up using non-stick cookware for quite some years now. This pan caught my eye with the wordings - PTFE-Free and PFOA-Free Ceramic Non-stick Coating. 



I got interested on getting to know more about what these were and how it works. As we all know, generally the information about non-stick cookware is that it gives out harmful fumes when heated and that is about it. I got to know the real detailed explanation behind why I really gave up non-stick and why it is safe to use PTFE and PFOA free non-stick cookware.

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is a chemical used to coat non-stick cookware for many years now. During recent years, the chemical has been a subject of debate and safety concerns. Main product of criticism is perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, which is used in the production of fluoropolymers. New non-stick technologies, like the one Ozeri uses forms the non-stick coating free of these questionable chemicals. (Ref. HowStuffWorks)

Coming to the Pan, Ozeri's Green Earth Frying Pan was the first of its kind I've used. So far, I'm loving it. Not because it was sent to me, but the quality of the pan is so good, thick and heavy with sturdy heat-resistant long silicone handle. I'm really happy I got to know this information regarding non-stick and got to use a green pan. Look how thick the base is!


It heats up easily and cooks within minutes due to its heavy sandwich base, which retains heat evenly for a long time. I mainly use the 8 in pan for a quick omelette and to stir fry vegetables quickly and without burning or over-cooking. 

Now a days whenever I come across a non-stick pan that states PTFE- and PFOA- Free I know what it means :) This is the only non-stick cookware in my kitchen now which I feel safe about!

Here is the link to the pan on amazon: Ozeri Amazon Link

Made this garden omelette today, ready within minutes! 



Disclaminer: The product was sent to me by Ozeri, however the views and thoughts are purely and strongly mine.