Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Pumpkin Penne Pasta



Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup Penne Pasta
  • 1 Medium slice of fresh pumpkin
  • 8 ounce of cream cheese
  • 1 cup of mozerrela cheese
  • 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp All purpose flour
  • 2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup of Bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp of oil
  • 1/2 tbsp of salt

Method 


1. Boil the penne pasta with a tablespoon of oil and 1/2 tsp of salt.
2. Drain the water and Rinse in the cold water and drain again.
3. Discard the pumpkin skin and cut into small cubes.
4. Steam the cubbed pumpkin and blend it in the blender.


1. Heat pan.  Add butter and onion, sauté it until translucent.
2. Add all purpose flour, mix until thick.
3. Pour milk in it and stir for couple of minutes.
4. Now add pumpkin puree, cream cheese, mozzerella cheese and cheddar cheese. Stir until all cheese melt.
5. Add Penne pasta into the creamy mixture and cook for about 5 minutes.
6. Sprinkle Bread crumbs and cilantro and serve.


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Carrot Halwa | Gajar Ka Halwa

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இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்


Ingredients
  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 no of Cashew
  • 5 no of Almond
  • 3 tbsp of butter
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • A pinch of salt

Method


1. Heat 2 tbsp of butter in pan, roast cashew and almond.

2. Add grated carrot and milk in it, cook  in medium flame until the milk completely evaporated.

3. Add cardamom powder, salt and give a stir.

4. Add sugar in it, stir constantly and cook till the sugar thickens.

5. Add butter and mix well. Remove from the flame.



Friday, 11 April 2014

Tandoori Chicken

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Ingredients:
  • 2 Chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp of curd
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 tsp Salt

Method:


  1. Wash the chicken and slit it with knife.
  2. Take a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients (expect chicken) and mix well.
  3. Take chicken and rub it in the mixture.
  4. Marinade the chicken for 6 hours or overnight.
  5. Preheat oven to 420 F (Bake mode)
  6. Take a baking pan, place the marinaded chicken and spray olive oil on it. 
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. 
  8. Serve with Ranch dip and sliced onions.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

What's That Smell Boss????

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Incident 1

We friends were returning to home from one of our friend’s wedding reception. It was time 7 in the evening. We had to travel 1 hour to reach our home. So, we thought to take the next bus without making delay. The bus arrived. Omg!!! It was damn crowd inside the bus. But we had no option. So, we entered into the bus.

All seats were full. So, we were forced to stand throughout the journey. The road was heavy traffic and we got struck in the busiest road. There was no place for air circulation inside the bus. All the peoples in the bus (Including us) were holding the garb poles mounted on the bus top.

SMELLY TORTURE BEGINS.......


The whole tiring day, all the peoples in the bus were started smelly and stinky (Imagine they were in hands up posture). Two middle age guys were standing next to us. They were busy in talking about some movie. OMG :(  We were literally dying in the journey. I was about to shout “What that smell, Boss"?????

Finally by God’s grace, we reached our stop. Once we got down from the bus, we inhaled fresh air for minutes. Then we started to move to our house.

After I opened the door. I ran into the bathroom and i switched on the RACOLD instant water heater. I took a hot water bath. I felt that I  relieved from the sweaty and stinky smell and I reborn at that moment with hot water.


Can't move here
Can't move there
Tears align, cries unsaid
My nose got swollen red
What's the smell Boss

Ladies and Gentleman
Make sure we can stand
Life is not that easy
Ah! now I feel queasy

I can bear the heat
Or travel for hours without a seat
But dear, how can I bear
A stinky smell on air
Make no smell Boss

Time to Call for Racold
Take bath and then stand Bold
Come,  Clean and Shine
Make a healthy sign

Incident 2



I am mom of 17 months pretty girl. I want my little one always clean and neat. Every morning, i bath my baby with warm water. My little one after passes stool in her diaper ( Uwww!! Its so stinky). I carry her, run into the washroom and turn on the Racold heater. Wash her with hot water. I make sure, she is always tidy in her appearance.



Racold, Reborn Everyday with Hot Water.
This is part of the contest “What’s that smelly Boss” by Racold in association with Indiblogger.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Our Special Bond with Nature

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Nature is an infinite sphere of which the centre is everywhere
And the circumference nowhere
                                                                     - Blaise Pascal

Nature is God’s gift to all Human beings. I have a special bond with nature throughout my life. I am proud to say that I am a lover of Nature (who hates it!!? ).
Our bond with Nature begins……..
My mummy loves gardening. We have a garden in our home terrace. She is the caretaker of that beautiful garden. We three sisters were used to play there and helping mom to pluck the jasmine flowers and watering the plants. Every weekend we were used to have our dinner in the terrace and enjoying the cold breeze, smell of jasmine flowers, shining stars and stunning moon light.
After I finished my studying, I got married to a lovable person. After a month, my hubby got an offer in Mumbai. So I and my hubby travelled alone to the big city Mumbai and we rented house and stayed there. My hubby knew that I love gardening, so he bought some plants from the carnival and we kept it in the balcony. Afterwards I started taking care of my new garden. Two months later, I got conceived. My mom told me that “Your baby knows how you feel. (Your baby hears and feels your mood). So you should always be happy, think positive and engage yourself with some good activities. Do not be lazy, if you lazy then your baby will become lazy”.  As my mom said, I planned some set of activities during my pregnancy time. Like watering the plant, listening to devotional song or melody song, reading motivational and positive thinking books. The days passed by I was terribly suffered in morning sickness. Since I was pregnant, we hesitated to have outside food. So we bought kissan jam and whole wheat bread. That was our morning breakfast till my fifth month. (Somehow I managed to cook lunch and dinner :))


One day I was watering the plants, I heard some sound from other end of the balcony. I went near that and saw a pigeon with 2 Eggs. Oh my god!! That was so tiny eggs. I was so happy that pigeon laid eggs in my balcony when I was pregnant. I felt it is good sign. From that day, I started feeding the parent pigeons with cooked rice.  After ten days the two eggs hatched. And both the baby pigeons were looks very pretty. It was Pink in color with tiny pale yellow hairs. We named them Mia and Minnie (Cute na??).   Momma pigeon was taking care of the two cute baby pigeon in the morning. After 6 pm, Daddy pigeon was taking responsibility from momma pigeon. I was wondered on seeing their understanding. After a month, Mia and Minne learnt to walk, fly. It was so great and happy to see the Pigeon family in my balcony.


The time passed really very fast and I reached my due date. On November 7th, We blessed with a baby girl, Ishya. She likes to watch me watering the plants and feeding the birds. After 6 months, we started taking her out every weekend.  One day we went to the Botanical Garden. That was her very first outdoor visiting.  She was very excited to see the colorful flowers, green trees, glassy running water and feel the cold breeze. The whole days she was enjoying the Nature’s beauty with her bright smiley face.


She is now 17 months old. She is watching my activities very keenly. She started imitates me too. Whatever I do, she does that. If I sweep the home, she also takes broom and sweeps with me . One day I was feeding her Daal rice and gave her water in sipper. She right away went near the plants and sprinkled the water on it. I was shocked and amazed by her activity. I felt very proud about my pretty girl. To encourage this behaviour, we bought little mug and bucket for her. Every morning she takes her mug and comes near me and says “mamma water plant” in her cute voice. I thank my mom for seeding those habits in me and now that is started reflecting in my daughter’s life. I am eagerly waiting to see many more Nature's friendly activities in my daughter.


“My Mom inspired me to be friends with Nature. I inspired my daughter to be friends with Nature.  I hope that my daughter will inspire my grandchild to be friends with Nature”.


This Post is written for the contest "Nature's Friends" by Kissan in association with Indiblogger.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Braided Chicken Pie

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Stuffed chicken inside the braided pie. I made it like Fish Shape. My Family liked it Lot and I bet you all will like it :)

Ingredients

For Making Dough

2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
1 tbsp of active dry yeast
1 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of sugar
1 egg ( divided for dough and brushing)
1/4 cup Milk
2 tbsp of Butter
4 tbsp of oil

For Making Chicken Filling

1.5 lb Minced chicken
1 Medium onion, diced
1 tbsp oil
1 tomato diced
4 Garlic cloves, chopped finely
1 inch Ginger, chopped
3 Green chillies, chopped
1 tbsp Garam masala or Chicken Masala
1 tsp of salt
1/2 tbsp Fresh ground pepper
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

Method of making Dough



1. Take a mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients and mix well.
2. Add milk,butter, egg and oil. combine all and mix until to form like a soft ball.
3. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 1 hour.

Method of making chicken Filling


1. Heat a tbsp of oil in pan, add ginger and garlic, sauté for 1 minutes.
2. Add onion in it, sauté until translucent.
3. Add Tomato and sauté until it turn soft.
4. Add Chicken, chillies,salt and pepper, cook for 15 minutes over medium flame.
5. Finally add cilantro and give a stir. Switch off the flame and Keep it aside.

Roll the Dough


1. Flour the rolling surface
2. Roll the dough to oval shape and trim the uneven edges with scissor.
3. Put the filling in the centre.

Start Braiding :)


1. Preheat oven to 200 C.
2. With a sharp knife, cut the dough at an angle ( Each slit an equal distance from prior one). Repeat the same on the other side.
3. Take one strip  and lay it across the filling.Take the one facing from other side and lay it across the filling ( Overlap eachother).
4. Do it for the remaining strips ( left to right and Right to left)
5. when reached the bottom, just tuck in neatly (like fish face, place Pepper corn to make eye of the fish). Leave the top like fish tail.
6. Brush the braid using egg and bake for 30 to 45 minutes.
7. Pie is Ready. Slice it and Serve.


Thursday, 27 March 2014

Strawberry Milkshake


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Strawberry, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Vanilla ice cream
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Method:

1. In  blender combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth
2. Serve chill!