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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 …
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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…

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 constan…

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…

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…

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 spectac…

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