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
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

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!

  • 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.