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July 20, 2015

EASY CHEESY VEGGIE MACARONI~ for kids


Ingredients-
  • 1 cup macaroni
  • ½ cup mixed vegetables(carrots, beans, cauliflower, beans, corn)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, pureed
  • Ginger and garlic chopped-1/2 tbsp
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp plain flour(maida)
  • Cheese spread- 4 tbsp
  • Oregano- 1 tbsp
  • Chilli flakes-acc  to taste
  • Black pepper-1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Butter-2 tbsp


 Method-

    1. Boil macaroni in plenty of water in a heavy pan, till almost done, drain under running water, splash a bit of oil on top to keep from sticking to each other.
    2. Heat 1 tbsp butter in a pan on low heat and sauté onions till soft, add ginger garlic and then tomato puree, cook well till it starts leaving sides of the pan.
    3. Add the vegetables into pan along with ½ cup water and cook till veggies are tender.
    4. On the other side make the white sauce- heat a tbsp of butter and add flour, roast the flour over low heat for a minute or so, tip in the milk stirring continuously so that no lumps are formed.Let milk thicken, season with salt and pepper and keep aside.
    5. Once veggies are tender, add macaroni to it and toss well, season with salt, pepper n oregano.
    6. Take a serving dish and layer white sauce at the bottom, spread out the macaroni on it and spoon the cheese spread on top, garnish with chilli flakes.
    7. Cheese will melt in a minute.Serve hot with toasted garlic bread.

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July 13, 2015

Restaurant Review- Mithas, Anand Lok, New Delhi

“Rocky and Mayur have ventured out to explore food from all parts of India and curate videos on Askme.com  I'm contributing mypart by relishing my favorite dishes at Mithas, here's my review for you alll!
Located in Anand Lok, near Gargi and Kamla Nehru College, its the best and most popular option for budget food for students. Specially love their Chole bhature, and a wide array of sweets, service is quick and the restaurant is always crowded. I like their mini meal, which is sandwiches and cutlets with coleslaw and chips on the side. And yes..there's some paan also for you just in case ur in the mood!!

 


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June 26, 2014

AN ITALIAN SUMMER RHAPSODY~ MANGO PANNA COTTA


Panna cotta (from Italian cooked cream) is an Italian dessert made by simmering together cream, milk, and sugar, mixing this with gelatin, and letting it cool until set. It is generally believed to have originated in the Northern Italian region of Piedmont although it is eaten all over Italy, where it is served with wild berries, caramel, chocolate sauce, or fruit coulis.(source- wikipedia)
My first tryst with this beloved Italian darling.. Panna cotta is the simplest of desserts — a softly set pudding that, at its most elemental, is made with cream, sugar, and gelatin. which gives it a smooth mouthfeel and a melt-in-the-mouth texture. But you can create a wide spectrum of taste and richness depending on the type of dairy and fruit used. You can create a very light, soft pudding using milk and fruit puree, or an intensely rich, thick pudding using mostly cream. 
Panna cotta can always be the right dessert — whether you're throwing a fancy party or a small one, have lots of time or no time, are gluten-free, dairy-free, allergy-prone, vegan, or simply craving a delicious and creamy sweet. It's perfect.
Before you emabark on this silky journey you might want to lap up some more info, tips and tricks- 3 keys to perfect Panna cotta
This dessert can be made ahead of time and will keep fresh for 2-3 days, the options are almost limitless! I picked the recipe I wanted to try from Deeba’s Blog since she too blogs from India.

Ingredients:
  • 50ml milk, lukewarm
  • 2tsp gelatin
  • 500ml low-fat cream {20-25%}
  • 1 tin sweetened condensed milk {approx 400ml}
  • 2 mangoes, peeled, diced {approx 500g net}
  • Fresh mint to garnish
Method:
  1. Sprinkle the gelatin over lukewarm milk and leave to stand for 5 minutes to soften.
  2. Place the condensed milk and cream in a heavy bottom pan and whisk to blend. Simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, until it comes to a bare boil. Take off heat and whisk the gelatin mixture in well. Strain and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Reserve 3/4 cup diced mangoes for topping. Divide the rest between the serving glasses, alternately you can puree and fold in the mangoes. Gently pour the cooked cream over.
  4. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours {preferably overnight} until set.
  5. Top with the reserved diced mango and garnish with fresh mint.
  6. Serve chilled. {Keeps refrigerated for 2-3 days}


Need more Inspiration to cook this Summer favourite???read on…

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March 21, 2014

CASHKARO.COM WEBSITE REVIEW

Recently I got a mail from Cashkaro.com, to review and join up their site…curious as to what it might be, I logged in asap and believe me I was quite surprised!...for an online shopping freak like me this was godsend!!!!
Initially I was quite wary as whether its legit or not but after reading hundreds of reviews online, I came to know that its actually India’s best trustworthy cashback site!


MY EXPERIENCE-
I have been bitten by the online shopping bug especially where clothes, shoes and makeup is concerned ;)…coz most of it is hardly available locally, so its basically every month that I am placing an order for my essentials. Now you can only imagine that how happy I would be if I got some of the money back from this amount that I have to spend !!!
So I  placed a first time order for a pair of shoes from Myntra.com , Cashkaro has loads of partner associates but just make sure that you first join up and login and from there place all your orders, there was a good discount going on and I loved a pair from Nike with neon lining…once I placed the order, all I had to do was sit and wait, within 72 hours my order was tracked and I received an email in my inbox regarding it from Cashkaro.

My cashback was however still being reflected as ‘pending”..I guess that was till the retailer paid Cashkaro, well I guess as soon as that happened, the status changed to “Confirmed”but that took about 5 weeks, so definitely there’s a waiting period but I guess as you keep shopping it just builds up a cycle upto the time that you will be seeing some cashback practically every month.
I linked my bank account (thru NEFT transfer) and hey!I get a neat sum back now practically every month!!! So I guess what does anyone have to lose by joining up????
All in all it was a good experience but be prepared for the waiting period, also if your cashback is not tracked immediately, you can raise a ticket and the good guys at Cashkaro will take care of it asap.
That’s my experience… 


You can read more user reviews right HERE

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WHAT I LIKED ABOUT CASHKARO.COM-
EASY AND CONVENIENT TO USE
FREE TO JOIN
YOU SAVE MONEY ON WHATEVER YOU SHOP
EVEN ON PHONE RECHARGES THERE ARE OFFERS AND CASHBACK
RESTAURANT DEALS ALSO AVAILABLE
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OVERALL  A WIN-WIN SITUATION FOR ALL ONLINE SHOPPERS



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March 15, 2014

HOLI SPECIAL!! DAHI BHALLA, CRISPY BESAN SEV, CAPE GOOSEBERRY JAM AND TIPS FOR A SAFE HOLI


 Here's wishing all my beautiful readers a colourful Holi!
We are moving towards warmer weather and the palate craves some spicy cooling foods along with Holi staples like Gujiya and Thandai. Gujiya we bought this year and I made the spicy stuff!!My mom loves Chaat and the likes on Holi and we usually make it every year.So here we go...

 DAHI~BHALLA(Dahi Vada/ Lentil dumplings in spicy yogurt)
FOR Detailed recipe just click HERE 

            AND CRISPY BESAN SEV
                      FOR Detailed recipe just click HERE

Also Cape Gooseberries are in season yet again and I made huge batches of my famous Cape Gooseberry Jam(Rasbhari Jam). For the recipe, just click right HERE
 

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March 5, 2014

PAPER BOAT BEVERAGES- THE HOT NEW WAY TO BEAT THE HEAT!

Its 12pm..I am at work and trust me I am bored..I take a piece of orange colored paper and try to make a boat out of it, one of those paper boats we used to make as kids, especially during the rains and let them loose under rainy torrents. So I fold this way and that but I cant make the boat..its been so long..have I forgotten how to make it???
Weird how I got down  to making this..how did it cross my mind?? Oh yeah .. I received a package from paper boat drinks and that’s how the whole –making the paper boat thing started!! Well more about that later...Right now I am eager to share my package with you!!
 Cute, cute, cute…I loved the packaging, so fresh and hep! Once opened there were some unusual flavours and I could not wait to taste them, so one after the other the packs were opened, poured into a tall glass, clunked in some ice cubes and voila!I am a happy girl!!
AAMRAS
JALJEERA
JAMUN KALA KHATTA
IMLI KA AMLANA
AAM PANNA
Wow! Man I sure was impressed and eager to lap it all up!!
Here is a shot of my favourite- Imli ka Aamlana with Besan methi ki roti and a dollop of butter...yummmm
One click onto their site and a calmness washed over me, I could spend hours here...
I think u guys must try these cutesy yummy drinks and as for me, I' ve found a way to beat the heat and office boredom on sultry summer afternoons!!!!
NOTE: I finally made the orange paper boat, after following instructions at their site lolzzz


Call them at:
+91-124-4222034/33

Mail them at:
paperboat@hectorbeverages.com
hector@hectorbeverages.com

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