Thursday, January 5, 2017

Orange Peel Tea

This new year (2017) i am motivated to lose weight and in order to achieve and cut down some diary i was searching some tea without caffeine and stumbled upon Orange Peel Tea.This sounded like interesting and I got into grove of preparing the tea as i had all the ingredients which was required for this recipe.

As we know Orange once they come into season we enjoy their delicious juicy flavor almost daily an living in US ,you could get to eat oranges almost all seasons.
Orange peel not only adds its unique citrus flavor, but also contributes medicinal and healthy properties to your teas. When we peel the orange to eat the fruit, we throw away important enzymes, anti-inflammatory flavonoids, and nutrients that concentrate in the peel.
The dried peel of both sweet and bitter orange is a vital component of your herbal tea shelf, as it is used in endless combinations and recipes for herbal tea blends. In general add sweet orange to calming blends, and bitter orange to more stimulating herbal blends.

Ingredients 

1. Orange peel Dried or Fresh-1 teaspoon
2. Cinnamon -1 stick
3. Cardamom - 1
4. Green tea bag - Optional
5. Lemon- Optional According to your taste
6. Mint- Optional
7. Honey- Optional 

Instructions

  • Use up to 1 teaspoon of dried peel or fresh peel for each cup of water. 
  • Add all the rest if the optional ingredients and bring it to a boil.
  • Let your taste buds be your guide, the light taste of orange highlights the taste of many herbal tea       blends
  • Let Orange peel steep for a while
  • Using a metal strainer strain and enjoy the warm herbal tea.

The shelf life of this tea is 2 days if covered and refrigerated.

Hope you all have a wonderful year .Happy New Year.





Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Eggless Date cake.

I am getting back to the grove on getting back to blog which was in the cold storage. Over the weekend my DS wanted me to bake a cake.At 8 in the evening Baking i had a cold feet.Saw the dates box lying in the corner and made this cake with no egg and Sugar.
My friends who tasted my cake rekindled my energy of writing the blog which i think i will keep going at it

So hope everybody likes it.


Health benefits of Dates

The benefits of dates include relief from constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, anemia,   diarrhea, abdominal cancer, and many other conditions. Dates are good for gaining weight also. Dates are rich in several vitaminsminerals and fiber too. These delicious fruits contain oil, calcium, sulfur, ironpotassium, phosphorous, manganesecopper and magnesium which are all beneficial for health. Some health specialists have said that eating one day per day is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet. 


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients:
Dates – 20 (5oz or 150g)
Milk – approx 1/2 cup, for soaking
Walnuts – 1/4 cup (30 g), chopped
Oil – 1/2 cup
Baking Soda – 1 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder – 1 tsp
Wheat flour  – 1 1/4 cups (183 g)
If you would like to use eggs, just add one egg and reduce the amounts to 1 tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp of baking powder.
You can use All purpose flour instead of wheat flour
Method:
1. Soak the Dates in warm milk for about 30 minutes just to soften them.
2. Sift the Wheat flour along with the Baking Powder and the Baking Soda.
3. Press down on any lumps.
4. Make a paste of the Dates using as little milk as possible either in a blender or a food processor.
5. Add  the oil so it is soft to the date paste
6. Mix in the Dates paste and mix in the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda & baking powder).
7. Fold in the Walnuts as well. and you can add them for garnishing also.
8. Spray/Grease a baking pan and pour the batter into it.
9. Bake in a pre-heated oven (180 degrees C/350 degrees F) for 40 minutes in the center of the oven.
10. Once done, take the cake out and allow it to stand for 5 minutes before taking it out of the pan.
11. Loosen the edges and flip the cake onto a cooling rack.
12. Serve hot or cold.
Tips:
1. Replace the dates with fruit – pineapples (sounds good)!
2. If you are planning to frost the cake, allow it to cool all the way thru.
3. If the oven door is open in-between according to the temperature some oven will need 50min to bake.
4. If too much milk is added to dates while grinding, the cake tends to sink.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Tomato Rasam

South Indian meal is never Complete without the Rasam. Traditionally prepared using tamarind juice as a base, with the addition of tomato, chili pepperpeppercumin and other spices as seasonings.Steamed lentils are added along with any preferred vegetables.You get the Rasam powder in the store too,but I prefer preparing the rasam powder at home.

You can grind the Rasam powder and store in a air tight container for a month .The tomato rasam is one of the easy rasam which you can prepare with 10 min if you have the powder in handy .

So here is the recipe I hope you enjoy making the rasam powder and rasam.This rasam can also be had as a soup. It is not only tasty but also soothing when suffering from cold or fever.

This Rasam is requested by my freinds .Here you go ladies.


Ingredients for Rasam Powder


Coriander seeds - 4 tblsp
Red chilli (long variety) - 20(Udupi Byadagi)
Black pepper - 5 tblsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 cup 
Hing - 1/2 tsp

Method

Dry roast red chilli ,hing in a medium flame with constant stirring.Transfer to a plate for cooling and then roast coriander seeds,cumin seeds and black pepper until you get a nice aroma.
Once all the dry ingredients are cool grind in a mixer /magic bullet to a fine powder and store in aair tight container.


Ingredients for Rasam

Toor dal - 3/4 tblsp
Tomato - 1 or 2
Tamarind gooseberry sized.
salt to taste 
Jaggery -gooseberry sized(gudh/bella)
Turmeric 1/2tsp
Green Chilli -1 or 2 

For the seasoning 

   Ghee - 1 tsp
   Mustard seeds -1 tsp
   Curry leaves - few

For garnishing 

  Coriander leaves - finely chopped


In a pressure cooker and the toor dal and tomatoes (full) to cook (just enough water to cover the tomatoes) .After 3 whistles and the pressure of the cooker goes down .You can see the dal /lentils cooked and the skin of the tomatoes are easy to peel.

Mash the unskinned tomatoes and toor dal .In another vessel add tamarind juice (gooseberry sized soaked in water),add turmeric powder,salt and jaggery little bit of water boil this mixture for 3 min .

Then add the mashed dal /lentils and tomatoes to the boiling water .Add 1 1/2 water to make it to the rasam consistency.

To this add green chilli sliced,coriander leaves and curry leaves.Adjust the taste of the salt .
Then  switch off the flame once froth starts forming at the top.

For tampering heat a tsp of ghee, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add curry leaves and pour it over the rasam.


Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Tips

Always boil rasam on low flame.

Switch off, once rasam becomes frothy at the top. Do not boil after that as it will not taste good.

Adding curry leaves and coriander leaves makes it more flavorful.

Do not avoid seasoning.




Home made Idli Batter

This is another batter which I prepare for a week every Sunday evening , because don't get time after coming back from work .. This is a best way of grinding the batter for a week . I grind Dosa , Uppu Huli dosa  , or neer dosa batter for a week .
Here is the recipe for making Idli batter .


Ingredients
1 - cup Urad dal
2-1/2 cup idli rava.

Method

Soak the urad dal for over night / in hot water for 6 hour if you forgot to soak overnight
Grind the Dal in a mixer /vitamix/grinder . Until the batter becomes fluffy i.e. When you pick the batter and drop back the batter should be light and aerated . Once batter gets ready . I use Udupi brand idli rava I wash the raha and keep aside for a while . Once done add The tabs into the batter and mix well .. Keep the batter for fermenting in the preheated oven ( because this helps in winter as it goes 15degree below zero in CHICAGO )
You can store the batter in fridge for a week and half and relish idli when ever you want
You can have idli with coconut chutney and sambhar.

Enjoy people !!

Akshata

Home made Dosa batter

Hi ,
Lately I have been busy with 2 kids not enough time to continue my interest in writing the blog .
Just recently my friends who encouraged me in starting up to write the blog . Few days back I arranged a birthday party for my lil brat who turned 2 .. My big boy .
In that party I had made Rasam which was appreciated and my ultimate critic friends and Aunty made me release what was a miss in my life ..
Penning down my interest my love of cooking back on my blog ..
Let me start with the Home made Dosa batter ..

Ingredients.
3- cup (idli rice/sona massori rice)
1-cup urad dal
1 Tspn methi/menthe seeds
1 /2 cup poha/avalakki

Method
Soak the above ingredients overnight or6 hrs in hot water (if you forgot to soak overnight)
Except for poha .. Half hour before you start grinding in mixer/ vitamix/ grinder .
Grind until smooth paste
For fermentation the batter , expect ally during winter pre-heat your oven and place your batter in the oven and let it ferment .
The Dosa will come crisp and nice the next day or when ever you want to make the batter will be ready in fridge
You can relish the hot dosa with peanut ️chutney / coconut ️chutney .

Hope  you enjoy making the batter ..

Akshata 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Trip to Key- west and Disney

Just before we complete our 5 years of togetherness Raghu had planned a beautiful get away to paradise ,and my son's dream of going to  Disney Land .We planned to go with our friend so it would be fun.

Just 2 months before going to Florida in DEC we found that we are expecting our second bundle of joy.which we are looking forward to have in July, Pradhan is very much excited to have a sibling .

The first day when we stepped to  loved the weather just escaped winter for a week .We went first to Key west as it was a 7 hour drive from Florida and one of the amazing road to get there is the 7 mile bridge which is also called the overseas highway .

The best part was snorkeling both me ad raghu tried it  we saw the under-life of the sea which was amazing . The amazing part is i could swim learning swimming is one of the skills one and all should learn otherwise we miss one of the beautiful experience.
 We then came to the beach and spent some jolly good time there. The sunset was spectacular. I wanted to pause my life and enjoy that moment for ever. Nature's colors were at its best.

It was fun in keys as we did snorkeling and wanted to try para sailing  but the weather did not permit ,so that was disappointing,but on the way back to Orlando we had lunch in one of the iIndian restaurant it was amazing ,we never had such delicious food back in Chicago.

The journey were the dreams come true for the children of all ages.Pradhan got to see all the character which he loved and it was worth waiting in the queue to see them . The three days of visiting the park was fun .

We also visited Miami south beach which was serene  and walking  in the sands was magical would love to go back to this place without hurrying to couple of places . This is the best place to getaway from winter .

If any one are planning a trip to Disney keep Key west also in your list ,you can put snorkeling ,para sailing in your list and last but not the least the 7 mile drive .But this trip was one of the dreams for me ,raghu and Pradhan,we tried capturing all of it in photos ,but this dreams will always be cherished.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013

Happy New Year to you all .I hope as the  year ends we pave a way for new ones with hopes ,dreams and better tomorrow..I wish everyone a Prosperous and wonderful year ahead.


As the Year was ending  our life was filled with surprises and also hectic as we went to Disney world and Key west, a good escape from winter ;but also for my DS a memorable vaccation he was pretty excited and it went out to be fun 

I hope this year i wont be lazy as last year because i didnt write anything in the blog ;so as a resolution
this year i hope to keep updated.



akshata