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Eggless Chocolate Avocado Mousse Recipe by Australian MasterChef


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Eggless Chocolate Avocado Mousse
4 Ingredient Recipe of Easy Peasy Chocolate Avocado Mousse.
Course Sweets
Cuisine Contemporary
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
For Chocolate Mousse
For Plate Presentation
Course Sweets
Cuisine Contemporary
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings
people
Ingredients
For Chocolate Mousse
For Plate Presentation
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
  2. Add the coconut milk and mix.
  3. Add the soaked gelatin and mix. You can use 1 tbspn of powder gelatine if leaf is not available.
  4. Puree the avocados and add the puree to the mousse and blend together. You can add powdered sugar at this stage if you find it less sweet for your taste.
  5. Put the chocolate mousse in a piping bag made of butter paper.
For Plating
  1. Pipe the chocolate mousse on to a plate. Use a spoon dipped in water to gently flatten the top part and make a pillow.
  2. For Garnish Add cherry on top The raspberry. Put some chocolate pills Break and place the chocolate biscuit at angles. Springle beetroot powder.
  3. You can see the step by step plating technique in the video above. Now, Let's eat!
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Eggless Thandai Mousse Trifle | Holi Recipes | Sweets

Eggless Thandai mousse trifle is a colourful Holi dessert. It can be made with Thandai Sryrup or Homemade Thandai Powder.

Know More about the 12 Amazing Health Benefits of Homemade Thandai here

12 Amazing Health Benefits of Homemade Thandai – Why you MUST drink Homemade Thandai on Holi?

Get the Full Recipe of Indian Superfood – Homemade Thandai Powder here and use it in Desserts, Milkshakes and on top of Ice Cream!

 

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Eggless Thandai Mousse Trifle
Eggless Thandai mousse trifle is a colourful Holi dessert. It can be made with Thandai Sryrup or Homemade Thandai Powder. Homemade Thandai powder has tons of Health Benefits. Read more here http://foodmantra.in/recipe/homemade-thandai-health-benefits/
Eggless Thandai Mousse
Course Sweets
Cuisine Contemporary, Indian
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Passive Time 30 mins
Servings
mousse
Ingredients
Course Sweets
Cuisine Contemporary, Indian
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Passive Time 30 mins
Servings
mousse
Ingredients
Eggless Thandai Mousse
Instructions
  1. Mix cold milk with Thandai powder in a pan.
  2. Heat up the mix and allow it to thicken till it coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  3. Soak 1 tsp of gelatin powder in 1 tbs of water for 5 minutes.
  4. Add gelatin to the warm Thandai mixture and mix well. Allow it to cool in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  5. Grind biscuits with butter to a fine powder. Add a spoon full of mixture on the bottom of a cookie cutter or the to the bottom of the glass in which you wish to set the mousse. Flatten the base to about 1 cm in thickness and even it out well. Refrigerate.
  6. In a bowl, whisk whipping cream until it is light and fluffy. It should form soft peaks when the whisk is lifted.
  7. Fold the whipped cream into the mousse. Layer the mousse on top of the biscuit base layer. Set in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  8. In a pan, add 1/2 cup water to 1 tbs watermelon jelly and heat. Cool it for 5 minutes.
  9. Pour the jelly on top of the mousse layer. Set for 10 minutes.
  10. Garnish with chopped cucumber and watermelon.
  11. Serve Chilled.
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12 Amazing Health Benefits of Homemade Thandai – Why you MUST drink Homemade Thandai on Holi?

Thandai Recipe

Health Benefits of Thandai

 

Indian Superfood – Thandai

Fight Indigestion, Loss of Energy & Common Cold with Thandai

We drink Thandai for its amazing health benefits on Holi because it marks the beginning of summer in India. Thandai has every spice and ingredient that is required by our body to maintain good health during the season change. Our body is prone to loss of energy, indigestion and catching a cold around Holi.

Nuts and dry fruits in Thandai give us energy, spices like blackpepper and clove increase immunity and help us fight infections while rose petals, fennel and saffron prevent indigestion. A combination of richness, the heat from spices and the cooling effect of rose and fennel make up the perfect balance of flavours in this perfect cold beverage for the hot summer.

Richness to the Thandai – Energy to you

A mixture of ground almonds, pistachios and melon or pumpkin seeds are added to give body and richness to the drink. These mixed nuts and seeds also give you instant energy when your body feels drained by the summer heat.

#1 Almonds

Almonds are full of good fats and protein. It is also rich in vitamin E making it great for your skin and hair. Almonds are good for the heart. Being rich in fiber they also help in weight loss.

#2 Pistachios

Pistachios help in haemoglobin production because they are rich in vitamin B6. This vitamin also boosts the immunity, so you are less likely to catch a cold when the season changes. Like almonds, they are rich in fiber and Vitamin E, so they make you look good!

#3 Watermelon Seeds (Magaz) or Pumpkin Seeds

While watermelon and pumpkin seeds, both, are a great source of energy and a good source of protein and fiber, these seeds are very rich in vitamins and minerals. Watermelon seeds for instance, are rich in iron while pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc.

Cooling Effect and Better Digestion in the Summer

The beginning of summer along with all those fried snacks during Holi can often lead to indigestion and over heating of the body. Apart from playing with water and colours to cool the body, we must drink thandai to cool our body temperature from the inside. Special cooling ingredients are therefore added to thandai to regulate and balance the body heat.

#4 Poppy Seeds (khus-khus)

Poppy seeds are frequently used in Indian cooking as well as medicine for their cooling effect on the body. They are rich in minerals like iron, phosphorus and zinc. In the summer, they are very helpful in quenching thirst and also help during constipation and irritation of the abdomen.

#5 Fennel (Saunf)

Fennel seeds helps in cooling the body from the inside. Even fennel soaked in water can be sipped in the summer to keep the body cool. Fennel keeps the body internally cool and also is anti-flatulence. Fennel is also good for digestion.

#6 Rose Petals/ Rose Water

Not only are rose petals extremely fragrant and add to the flavor of the thandai, they are also good during indigestion. Rose petals too have a cooling effect on the body and prevent the body temperature from rising during the summer.

#7 Mishri (unprocessed rock sugar)

Mishri not only sweetens the drink but also prevents and cures cough, cold and throat infection. During the beginning of summer, you and I are most likely to catch a cold. Mishri in thandai will prevent and cure this.

#8 Cow’s Milk

Milk from Desi cows, grass fed and hormone free organic milk is actually good for us. It is rich in calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K. It has good quality protein and is also rich in vitamin B12. If you are unable to get pure, desi cow’s milk then you can use almond milk or coconut milk to make your thandai.

Substitute Coconut Milk or Almond Milk for Vegans.

Spicy flavor Boosts Immunity During Season Change

#9 Peppercorns

Pepper boosts our immunity and help us fight cold. It has antibacterial properties and helps fight infections. It is also good for digestion. When pepper is added along with other herbs and spices such as turmeric, it also helps increase the absorption and benefits from the other spices. Along with medicinal properties, it is rich in zinc, iron, calcium and vitamin A.

#10 Cloves

Cloves like peppercorns have medicinal properties that make them a great addition to thandai. Cloves also boost immunity and aid in better digestion during the summer. Apart from this, they are rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Cloves are specially good for bones and teeth.

#11 Green Cardamom (Choti Elaichi)

Cardamom helps fight infection, detoxifies the body and is specially good for nausea and vomiting. It is also useful as a mouth freshener.

#12 Saffron (Kesar)

Saffron is also considered to be a powerful anti-septic and therapeutic spice. Not only does it give a rich flavor to the thandai but also helps in better digestion during the summertime.

You can also add turmeric along with saffron to your thandai to boost its health benefits even more.

Power Up your Summer with Thandai

Homemade thandai is a golden drink for your health. You can use almond milk or coconut milk in place of cow’s milk to make it more therapeutic. It is full of nuts, seeds and medicinal spices balanced together in the form of a tasty summertime beverage. Drink it like a milkshake, shake it like frappe or add it to flavor your lassi!

Do try out this recipe below and let me know how it turns out!

 

 

 

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Homemade Thandai from Scratch
This Thandai recipe is good for energy, digestion and prevention of cold & cough in summer. This recipe makes 1 1/2 litre or 6 to 8 glasses thandai with 250g thandai powder.
Thandai Recipe
Course Beverages
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0
Passive Time 0
Servings
Glasses
Ingredients
Course Beverages
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0
Passive Time 0
Servings
Glasses
Ingredients
Thandai Recipe
Instructions
  1. In a grinder, add almonds, pistachio, melon & pumpkin seeds and poppy seeds. Grind into a fine powder.
  2. Add all the spices to the nuts and seeds powder and grind into a fine powder.
  3. Sieve the powder to a thin powdery texture. Save the leftover pieces for garnish.
  4. Mix 3 tablespoons of thandai powder in 1 1/2 cup milk. Pour from height from one glass to the other, until it is properly mixed.
  5. Garnish with rose petals, crushed almonds and saffron.
  6. Serve chilled or with ice cubes.
Recipe Notes

 

 

 

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A food journalist and researcher. Food, for me, is therapy, emotional and physical. Like you, I was born to eat, I ended up learning how to cook because I love to eat. I use natural foods to make easy, tasty food. Together, let's try to balance what we WANT to eat versus what is good for our body and mind.
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5 Tips to Make Extra Crispy Pakoras, Manchurian Balls

Love Pakoras? Here are top 5 tips to make your pakoras and manchurian extra crispy. Try these tips and tell us what worked best for you.

#1 Mixing Rice Flour

When making the batter for pakoras or coating fried items, mix 1 part rice flour with 1 part besan. Mixing rice flour half and half in the batter gives it a more crispy texture because of the starch in the rice flour.

#2 Adding Hot Oil

Once the frying oil is hot, add a spoonful of the hot oil in the batter. Adding hot oil in the batter makes the fried pakoras extra crispy. Make sure to place them on a paper napkin and do not cover to keep them crispy.

 

#3 Mixing Ice Cold Water or Chilled Soda

Instead of tap water, add chilled soda or ice water to make the batter. Adding cold aerated water makes the pakoras extra crispy.

 

#4 Double Coating in Cornflakes

Once the food is coated in the batter then chill in the refrigerator and roll it in cornflakes before frying. The extra crispy layer of cornflakes will make the pakoras even yummier!

 

#5 Whisk to Aerate the Batter

Whisk the batter in one direction, either clockwise or anti-clockwise to aerate the batter. Aerating the batter will makes the pakoras fluffy as well as extra crispy.

 

Here’s how to make Veg Manchurian on Crispy Noodles?

Make Double Cheese Chilli Pakoras 

Where To Eat in Pune? 20 Must-Try Local Food Places in Pune

Pune’s Foodmantra : Eat Local in Pune 

Don’t forget to carry your rubber slip-ons if you’re leaving for Pune. Drive through the luscious green mountains, feel the cool breeze blow through your hair and smile pointlessly. Lounge with a beer in a city where retired uncles and aunties get-together for karaoke nights, and the college ‘katta’ is colonized by Bengalis, Punjabis and Gujaratis, as they all bite into a vada-pav.

People from around the world come here to spend months in the Osho Ashram, a world-renowned meditation center, and some just drive down for the wildest parties ever. Whatever be your reason, this historical city and now an IT hub makes you feel its spirit. Casual conversations, comfortable climate and its laid-back, what’s-the-big-rush attitude are addictive. If you’ve been here once you will want to keep coming back again. So while you are in Pune, lounge, eat and be merry like the locals. Here is a list of 20 of the local favourites, each has its own vibe and specialty that prints in your head. Remember the time we went to.. kind of places.

#1 Goodluck Café

Opens at 7.30 am, Goodluck Café, located at its namesake Goodluck chowk in the middle of all the hustle bustle in the Deccan area of Pune is not a restaurant but a history. A history of generations that have been coming to this eatery day after day, just for the Keema Pav and Bun-Maska, Chai.  Being close to the Film Institute, this affordable eatery has seen celebrities like Dev Anand, David Dhavan walk through its doors since they were students and through decades for the delicious food. Goodluck used to be among the few places in Pune that offered non-vegetarian food at affordable prices at the time. If you’re in Pune, you can’t give this place a miss, you must try out the Keema-Pav here, it is legend (Wait-for-it)dary! It is still affordable with good quality food, what we call practical pricing, for hygienic food. Try the Chicken ra-ra with rumali rotis during the lunch hour, but before that, you must wait in a long que, only to be seated within minutes, just as your food appears on the table like magic!

What’s Latest on Goodluck Cafe?

#2 Burger King

Not to be confused with The Burger King Chain, this is a local stand-alone. There are two Burger Kings, one around MG Road and the other near Koregaon Park (Let’s call it KP like the locals). The one in KP has great ambience, and by ambience I mean it is full of trees and has three separate seating areas, each isolated from the other. The plastic chairs and tables are worn out but there is one high table with bar stools of-sorts that is right in front of the creeper adorned entrance, that is the most fun place to sit and is usually occupied. It is a cheap, self-service place that almost always has a long line to place the order and their sandwiches get over fast. I usually tell them to skip the ketchup in my sandwich, but I absolutely love their simple salami sandwich and the sausage surprise with lots of egg bhurji. The veg burger is also really big and the massive beef burger takes it away. What I like the most about this place is that it is simple, straightforward and casual, just like the people of Pune.

#3 Marz O Rin 

Like every other Puneri, I have grown up on the homely macaroni and cheese, chicken sandwich and coffee of Marz-O-Rin. Why it is named so, remains a mystery to the world even today. Right on the main street, MG Road the big red and white board of Marz-O-Rin cannot be missed. Marz-O-Rin has fed the city since the time the roads used to be empty, and bike races were organized on the main street. The mac n cheese is still the same, so is the make-at-home chicken sandwich and coffee. The people that run this place are still surprisingly quick though they seem easy-going. The sturdy, neat furniture humbly fulfills the purpose of seating you as you grab a quick, cheap bite. Lot of people come here just to sit and take a breather between shopping, but there is a rule, ‘No food on the table, no seat’.

#4 Vaishali

There is always a large crowd outside Vaishali on FC road waiting for a table, and for good reason. Have you tried out the ‘world-famous’ Sev Puri Dahi Puri (SPDP) and sabudana wadas here? No one can make sabudana wadas with coconut chutney like that, and that white butter, or loni they add on their special dosas makes them so butterly drool-worthy, it’s a sin to go on eating like that. If that wasn’t enough reason for you, hop in here for breakfast or for a pav bhaji and you will enjoy this hustle bustle just like the locals do.

 

#5 Amriteshwar Pohe

Hungry at 4am after a great party last night? Join the students after their ‘study-sessions’ and in the middle of a sleepover night, as Amriteshwar at Nal stop signal serves freshly made kaande Pohe, sabudana khichadi, idlis and chai. He is too busy serving to even lift his head, he opens the shop at 4am, and even earlier sometimes, as newspapers are sorted, and street lamps light up the empty road, you will find dozens of bikes parked outside amriteshwar. The mild and humble kaande pohe have a taste that lingers in your memory. Try it out once, and it will urge you to stay up every night.

 

#6 Tiranga Non Veg

Looking for delicious gawti chicken curry and jowar bhakris in the city? Tiranga non-veg is the place to be. With nearly half dozen branches in different parts of the city, Tiranga is where you will find home-style Maharashtrian curry with the perfect blend of hot spices and soft, hot millet (jowar) bhakris straight from the tava. This too, like many other favourite eateries in Pune, prepares fresh food everyday, which is likely to get over if you reach late. Vegetarians don’t step back, I had the freshest, softest, bestest ever palak paneer here, which was equally good, if not better than the non-vegetarian food. They use desi chicken in their curry, which means less meat but more flavour in every bite. I’m not a mutton lover, but even so, the mutton sukha and the mutton biryani here is a out of this world, finger lickingly yummy. It is the best, softest and the tastiest mutton there can be, simply because their maharashtrian spice blend makes it so good. This place is by food lovers, of food lovers and from food lovers. I’m still day dreaming about the food as I speak.

#7 Sinhagad Trek

If you’re in Pune for a weekend and in the mood for a meal on the mountains in a local’s hut, then go for an early morning trek to Sinhagad Fort and work up an appetite. You will be rewarded with a rustic meal of Zunka-Bhakar and Gawti Kombdi (Rustic, desi Chicken curry), and the adventurous picnic will be worth every ounce of effort you put in to climb up that mountain. This place becomes lush green, and 3 times more beautiful during the monsoon, and the roasted bhutta (corn) and chai make it all the more romantic. You will find a lot of couples coming up to the historical site for lovely view and a different, yet wonderfully economical desi meal. The trek may tire you, but the experience is priceless.

Sinhagad Fort

Sinhagad Fort

#8 Shabree 

Thalipeeth, is a local delicacy made with a variety of grains and eaten with chutney, this and many other authentic Maharashtrian delicacies like sabudana khichadi, bhareleli vangi (stuffed brinjal), batatchi bhaji (potato preparation), amti (Maharashtrian pulses), varan-bhaat (Dal-Rice) can be tried and enjoyed at Shabree. Shabree also serves a Maharashtrian thali. Pohe and sabudana wadas are also served, it is very crowded during meal times, but of you’re a vegetarian and want to try the local food, then this is the place to be.

#9 Bedekar Missal 

Missal, is a spicy preparation made with sprouted lentils, topped with farsan (fried munchies) and served with pav. Puneri Missal is considered to be the best missal in Maharashtra, and the most famous missal-pav in Pune is served in Bedekar Missal. This humble shop with steel plates and crowded benches has no branches, and known for selling lip-smacking Puneri missal.

 

#10 Sujata Mastani

Ever tried a mastani loaded with dried fruits, flavoured with kesar or in your favourite fruit flavour? Skip a meal if you want to try this creamy, desi handmade ice-cream, it is no regular ice-cream, you will not be able to finish your glass full right after a meal. Yes, I said glass full, this hybrid ice-cream milkshake is served in a glass and topped with nuts and dried fruits, kesar and in some cases cherry. It is unimaginably creamy, and was whipped by hand over an ice block when it first started almost 50 years ago. Sujata Mastani is very famous and has several branches, you must find the nearest one and try it out.

 

# 11 Kalyan Bhel

They have a number of branches in the city only because no one else makes bhel like they do. I can try to explain what is so great about it, but you will only be able to appreciate the awesomeness of this bhel once you have it yourself. The mélange of sweet, spicy and sour flavours is oh-so-perfect and the flavour of the chutneys they add is a signature that can’t be replaced.

 

# 12 Vohuman’s Omlette

Near Ruby Hall Clinic, go to Vohuman’s when you’re in the mood for breakfast all day, he serves the best bun-omlette, and his cheese omlette gives you both, satiation and hunger-for-more at the same time, what a feeling that is! Just sit back and relax, and enjoy your omlette. And yes, of course it is a cheap and fulfilling meal at any time of the day.

 

#13 JJ Garden Vada Pav

Want to try the best vada-pav in town? Go for JJ Garden vada-pav in Camp area, near MG road.

#14 Arthur’s Theme

Arthur’s Theme has served continental food from the time when people didn’t really know what continental food was, it catered to the world citizens that lived in this area, yet the locals have always loved this place. If you love classic French sauces, gorgeous vegetables with potatoes on the side then Arthur’s Theme with that ‘cosy Pune-feel’ will win you over. It is casual fine-dining, cosy with food that makes you feel cosy. Solomon prawns are yummiliciously popular, and the creamy sauces and fresh herbs with names like Diane and Ferdinand give this place a very English or French restaurant character. They have no branches in Pune, other than the one in Koregaon Park, but they do have a branch in Mumbai.

# 15 Coffee House 

Located in the heart of the city, very close to Moledina road Coffee House for years has been the one place every Punekar would to go to. Why? When concept of fast food restaurant was in its infancy, Coffee House was one of its kind in the city. I don’t even have to look at the menu, I can tell you they serve everything! Everything? Yes, everything meaning, Pav Bhajis, Dosas, Idlis, Uttapams, Indian food, Chinese food, Mexican food and lovely, thick milkshakes. They serve everything that a typical Indian fast food eatery serves and what’s more, they are quick, the food is familiarly good (I don’t know if that’s a word, familiarly) and it is like the go-to place for all the locals when we are in that area. The waiters always smile, no matter how busy it is, and it is very busy all the time, they even know your name, and who doesn’t love to go to place like that?

 

For the Late Night Food Hunt

 

Amriteshwar Pohe

Be there at Nal stop signal at 4am for kaande pohe and chai, now don’t keep your hopes up if you reach an hour late, because I told you, there is a big crowd there and kaande pohe get over in no time.

 

Shivajinagar Station Stalls

For pav-bhaji and bhurji-pav, late in the night, drive down to the Shivajinagar station, usually there is mad traffic and hustle bustle here, but later in the night it is quiet and lit up by these little stalls that sell bhurji pav and pav-bhaji outside the station

 

Where to Drink

1st Brewhouse in Corinthian on NIBM Road, try out there Bob Barley and other freshly brewed beer in the open air seating area as you enjoy the music.

High Spirits in Koregaon Park is a very popular place if you wish to go drinking.

The Irish House in Phoenix Mills, Vimannagar is great for International beer brands, don’t miss the happy hours here.

 

For The Road – What to Take Back from Pune?

 

# 17 Kayani Bakery

 

There are literally hundreds of people that crowd inside the shop, the moment Kayani opens in the second half around 3.30pm. Nobody wants to miss out on those Shrewberry biscuits and Mawa cake, and both run out in no time. Why you ask? Visitors and even locals love them so much that people buy 20, 30 and even 50 fresh cakes at one time. The baked goods are freshly made everyday but you never know in how many minutes it will vanish today. So if you want to try these signature of Pune cakes and biscuits, then be there in time, jump in and leap before you get mobbed.

# 18 Budhani Wafers

If you love wafers, and who doesn’t? Do pick up your big bag from Budhani Waferwala for your journey back. Their plain salted wafers are great, but the chili potato wafers are even better. Some soft drinks with these chips, and you’ve got yourself an all nighter to pull. Budhani wafers are available all around Pune, in the local shops.

# 19 Laxminarayan Chiwda

Loaded with nuts and dried fruits, Mr. Laxminarayan, the man behind this chiwda, travelled for 15 years across India, even from Peshawar to Maynmar, and then came up with the perfect recipe for Laxminarayan chiwda. This is probably why people from around the world, love and buy this Puneri Chiwda. Many have tried to ape the flavour, but no one succeeded in replicating it. The credit of this unique flavour is still given to its founder, and the flavour has remained the same over the years. They have a shop and a manufacturing unit in Camp area, but Laxminarayan Chiwda too, is available in local shops across Pune.

 

#20 Chitale 

 

Chitale is famous not only in India, but around the world for its pedas and bhakarwadi. The owners have got new machines to double, and triple the production, people love it so much, no matter how large the quantity they make, it always gets over. The kesar pedas, saakhar pedas and now, the sandwich pedas are very popular, there are a number of varieties, and you can pick one that you like best. Don’t forget to get your supply of bhakarwadis though, cause Chitale bhakarwadis are crunchy and tasty as heaven.

Rethinking Old Favorites 

German Bakery

When everywhere you look there’s a firang (Hindi for foreigner) in a maroon Osho gown know that you’ve hit the vicinity of German Bakery. In the Koregaon Park area of Pune, amidst trees and lavish bungalows, German Bakery on the main road is pretty easy to spot. They have redecorated the German Bakery now, even the added in a few new specials on the menu. We would go here with a book or a friend and lounge for hours with a cup of mint tea and a muffin. In the past it hasn’t really lived up to the expectations of German Bakery patrons, the place is considered over-priced and the old awesomeness is sadly missing as on date (October, 2013). 

 

 

11 Tiffin Ideas with Brain Boosting Foods for Exams

It is challenging to come up with fun tiffin ideas at 7am that will also boost the brainpower during exams. I don’t think my brain will work fast to research and innovate with natural foods so early in the morning. Not just during exams, and not just for kids, all of us concerned about our families’ health and fitness want to come up with innovative lunch box ideas to keep things healthy and interesting.

Don’t forget to include some coconut curry, or use cold pressed coconut oil and turmeric in your families’ diet. While coconut oil breaks into ketones that given brain cells energy and act as brain fuel, turmeric boosts the brains oxygen intake and keeps the mind alert. Apart from these, there is walnut, almonds and even chocolate for good brain health! So here’s a list to make your morning simpler with Tiffin ideas that boost brain.

#1 Chocolate Walnut Pinwheel Sandwich

Dark chocolate has small amounts of caffeine that keep the brain alert. It also triggers the feel-good hormones that will keep you happy during exams. Dark Chocolate with at least 70% cocoa is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Walnuts, which look like brain in their shape, are rich in nutrients and good for memory, concentration. You can read more about the benefits of walnuts here.

To make this sandwich use fresh bread, slightly moistened with softened butter. Then spread melted, dark cooking chocolate on the bread, sprinkle it with crushed walnuts. Now roll the bread into swiss roll style and secure with four toothpicks: two toothpicks at the ends and two in the middle. Now slice the roll inbetween the toothpicks to make the pinwheel.

Chocolate Pinwheel

Chocolate Pinwheel

#2 Spinach Omlette cooked in Coconut Oil

Egg yolks have choline that helps in development of the fetal brain in pregnant women. Eggs, also breakdown bethane, the happy hormone and make you feel happier. Spinach and green leafy vegetables are loaded with vitamins A and K, and studies have shown that they result in better brain health and slower deterioration. Coconut oil, cold pressed is anti-inflammatory; it slows memory loss as you age and also destroys bad bacteria in your gut. Coconut oil is also full of nutrients that benefit the brain, combined with spinach and egg it boosts the calcium absorption in the body. Find this and more recipe for Killer Ideas for Breakfast Eggs here.

Breakfast Eggs

Breakfast Eggs

#3 Broccoli, Tomato & Toasted Almond Spaghetti cooked in Olive Oil

Broccoli with choline and vitamin K help in keeping your memory sharp, and vitamin C helps in boosting immunity. Lycopene in tomatoes is a powerful antioxidant that helps in good brain health by preenting free radical damage to the cells. Almonds, have been given to Indian kids for centuries to boost the brain power before exams. Almonds are known to strengthen memory and concentration because they are rich in nutrients, antioxidants and lean protein that help in repair of brain cells.

Here is a recipe that combines three of these powerful brain-boosting foods. Find how to cook a carbonara pasta here. 

Broccoli Almond Pasta

Broccoli Almond Pasta

#4 Roasted Beetroot & Cheese Roll

The natural nitrates in beetroot help in boosting the blood flow to the brain, and that’s how it also improves the performance of your mind. Whole grains in rotis or bread improve the blood flow to the entire body and also give energy. Any sharp tasting or salty processed cheese goes well with roasted beetroot. Grate beetroot on the large perforation of a box grater. Then lightly roast it on a tava. Mix it with grated cheese, cardamom, cinnamon and clove powder and roll it into a roti.

#5 Coconut Curry & Rice with Turmeric

Coconut Oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides, which break down into ketones, which can be used by brain cells for fuel. It is full of vital nutrients that give energy and nourishment to the brain and other organs ensuring quick healing and an active body.

Turmeric also helps in boosting antioxidant levels and keeps your immune system healthy, it also improves your brain’s oxygen intake, keeping your mind alert and able to process information.

Here is a simple curry paste made for maximum turmeric absorption that you can use in different meals.

#6 Hyderbadi Tomato Kut with Boiled Eggs & Roti

Tomato is rich in antioxidant lycopene, while egg yolk is rich in choline that helps improve brain health. Both of these are beautifully combined in a tomato kut. To make tomato kut, simply cook tomatoes without water, add salt, turmeric and garlic on low heat with a fitted lid. Once soft, grind into a fine paste. In a pan, add curry leaves, onion seeds and the paste. Add red chilli powder and garnish with boiled eggs.

#7 Daal Khichdi Balls

As mentioned earlier, turmeric helps in healing the brain and also betters the oxygen intake of the brain. To maximize turmeric absorption, add black pepper and ghee to your khichdi. Once a semi-dry khichdi is ready shape in into balls, coat it with papad brumbs and deep fry in ghee to make khichdi balls.

#8 Egg, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich

Eggs, green leafy along with tomato are full of essential micronutrients. It makes a light and healthy lunch in buttered whole grain bread. It is perfect for a quick bite when you are in a rush for energy and nourishment.

#9 Palak Paneer & Multigrain Roti Rolls

Spinach has lutein. Lutein is a powerful antioxidant. Lutein in comparison to other carotenoids is absorbed well by the brain. It therefore helps in improved function of the brain including memory and learning.

Palak Paneer or any saag with an assortment of leafy greens such as mustard greens, dill leaves and as such is good for digestion and full of powerful micronutrients. Make sure that you don’t over cook the greens, this will reduce its nutrititional benefits. Whole grain wheat rotis will provide energy and nutrition in this meal.

#10 Masala Pumpkin seeds snack – Munchies

Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc. Zinc helps enhance memory and thinking skills. Pumpkin seeds also have stress-busting magnesium, vitamin B and tryptophan, which help the good mood chemical serotonin. Roasted pumpkin seeds are simple munchies that can also be added on top of salads or soups for some texture.

To make them simple dry or buy washed, sun dried, raw pumpkin seeds. Lightly roast the on a tava until golden brown. Add Himalayan pink salk, amchoor, red chilli powder to the toasted seeds. Store them in an airtight container. Use them as an in-between meals munchy.

#11 Prawn Curry Risotto

Coconut oil has come to be known as super food for its aid in calcium absorption, reduction in belly fat and obesity related problems. As I have mentioned before it is brain fuel. This along with curcumin in turmeric, which helps in healing, repair and better oxygen intake by the brain, together make a magic mantra for brain health. In this recipe you can replace the prawns with any oily fish like salmon, tuna or mackerel (bangda). These oily fish improve brain function because Omega 3 fats and essential fatty acids in these fish help in health of the brain cells.

The recipe video is given below.

 

Along with these healthy tiffins, encourage the young and the old ones to spend fifteen minutes each morning in deep breathing and meditation. This will improve concentration, clear the mind and help in stress busting. Such techniques are very useful before exams to calm the mind and think clearly. If you have any more creative ideas to be used with these brain boosting foods, then please share in the comments below.

 

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11 Natural Foods Reverse Diabetes

 

11 Natural Foods Cure Diabetes

11 Natural Foods Cure Diabetes

Both my parents crave sweets but struggle to keep their blood sugar in check, to help them out I started researching natural foods that cure diabetes. It was heartbreaking for me to see my dad who is such a sweet tooth crave sweets but not be able to eat them at all. The artificial sweeteners are often cancer causing and at times even more harmful than white sugar. That’s when I found that there is a way to reverse diabetes naturally and enjoy sweets once in a while without having blood sugar rise and fall drastically.

Freedom from Diabetes

That’s when I go in touch with Dr. Pramod Tripathi of the Freedom from Diabetes program. Dr. Tripathi has helped naturally reverse diabetes with his program for thousands of people. By 2017, 5000 of his patients were completely off diabetes tablets and 1000 patients were off insulin shots. That is a commendable number for people who have been able to stop diabetes medication just through natural foods and changes in their lifestyle.

 

3 Mistakes All Type II Diabetes Patients Make

Dr. Pramod Tripathi has done a lot of research on diabetes and its causes. He has also studied research and theories about diabetes from across the world. He says there are three mistakes all diabetes patients make.

  • Eat Foods that cause high acidity
  • Eat foods that have high fat
  • Eat food that lacks micro nutrients, that is, essential Vitamins and Minerals

According to his research on diabetes, high fat around the muscle, acidity and lack of micronutrients prevent insulin from doing its work properly and sugar to get absorbed in our muscles. He also said hormones like IGF in Milk and dairy products attached to the muscle and blocks insulin from doing its job.

I recently interviewed and played a game to free my dad from Diabetes with Dr. Pramod Tripathi. He gave us a few simple to tips to follow that will help my parents reverse their diabetes naturally and stabilize their blood sugar completely.

 

11 Rules Freedom from Diabetes 

Here are 11 simple food rules to follow which will help you stabilize your blood sugar. These rules are not just for people who have high or low blood sugar. Everyone can follow these tips to maintain general health and fitness.

  • 1. Why Almond Milk & Coconut Milk are better than Cow’s Milk

Cow’s Milk and dairy products like paneer, ghee, dahi, buttermilk and such should be stopped immediately and completely. The reason is that dairy contains IGF which resembles insulin, blocks insulin by attaching itself to the muscle tissue and prevents it from stabilizing blood sugar. I’ve experienced this myself. Just to test the concept I stopped dairy suddenly and completely in a day, and immediately my after-meal blood sugar dropped to 100 with no other change in my diet. Other than this, milk we buy often has a lot of growth hormones and other artificially injected hormones in the cow, making the dairy more harmful than beneficial to us.

If you must have it, reduce the your dairy intake to once or twice in a week and go for grass-fed, hormone free desi cow’s milk. Coconut milk and almond milk are good replacements to have you can also make cashew cheese and cashew curd. I will post the recipe in the recipe section.

 

  • 2. Choose Dals, Beans and Sprouts over eggs, meat & fish

Animal proteins like eggs, meat and fish cause acidity and therefore inflammation in the body. In the long term, this acidity and inflammation prevents insulin from doing its job of stabilizing blood sugar. Reduce animal protein considerably if you can’t cut it down completely.

Lentils, pulses and sprouts are a great source of vegetarian protein. You will find these vegan protein Indian dishes a delicious addition to your daily menu. They are full of vitamins and minerals and do not cause as much acidity as animal protein. Animal protein is also often loaded with artificially injected growth hormones that are harmful to us.

 

  • 3. Start eating Salad & Raw Greens

Raw greens and salads are loaded with micronutrients that are otherwise lacking in our diet. The addition of fiber from raw food also improves digestion and general functions of the body. Raw greens are full of magnesium, which is a mineral that several diabetes patients are deficient in. Eating salad and raw greens in the form of smoothie or chutney everyday helps boost overall health and the micronutrients in raw food is specially for diabetes reversal.

 

  • 4. Eat Rice or Roti, not both in one meal

Excess carbohydrates cause blood sugar to rise. Nearly 70 percent of an Indian food plate is carbohydrate. It is also difficult to digest two types of carb in one meal. Eating either one roti or one katori rice in a meal will reduce the quantity of carb and also ease digestion and stabilizing blood sugar.

 

  • 5. Eat Chutney to make every meal tasty

Chutneys are ancient food wisdom given to us by our ancestors. Eating raw herbs, vegetables, nuts and seeds in the form of chutneys are great for our health. As I had mentioned earlier, raw greens and vegetables are rich in micronutrients that makes them great for diabetes reversal.

 

  • 6. Balanced Meal Plate

Balance your meal by keeping 25 percent of the plate for all essential food groups. As opposed to the age old food pyramid, the plate should now be divided into 25 percent of all for main foods. 25 percent grain for carb, 25 percent protein, 25 percent cooked vegetable and 25 percent raw greens and vegetables for micronutrients.

 

  • 7. Herbal tea or Green tea over Milky, sweet Chai

Drinking Chai first thing in the morning not only causes acidity but also the milk is also not good for insulin function, as we had discussed above. Replacing chai with herbal tea or green tea during the day prevents acidity and aids bodily functions.

 

  • 8. Know your Roti Wheat

The type of wheat you are eating makes all the difference. Lot of people can be allergic to gluten that can cause inflammation in the stomach. Wheat also causes more acidity than rice or other lentil rotis like missi roti. Khapli wheat is indigenous wheat available in India. This wheat is better for daily consumption.

 

  • 9. Buckwheat, Jowar, Bajra Rotis are better

As I had mentioned earlier, wheat can cause acidity and disrupt the function of insulin that stabilizes the blood sugar. Ancient and indigenous grains like sorghum (jowar), pearl millet (bajra) and buckwheat (Kootu) are options that can be used to replace wheat in a meal.

 

  • 10. Vegetables – Cook them right

Overcooking vegetables makes them loose essential nutrients in the process. A quick stir fry on high heat for beans and carrot, a healthy sauté with oil water mixture for peas or steaming cauliflower may the right way to go for cooking vegetables right.

 

  • 11. Starting the Day with Smoothie, No Grain Breakfast

Starting the day with a healthy smoothie loaded with nutrients helps us stay energetic and fit through the day. The Freedom from Diabetes smoothie is loaded with micronutrients and is great before and after your morning exercise. It is made with one macro green, preferably a dark green leafy like spinach. It also has any two micro green likes paan, mint, tulsi leaves or curry leaves. It has a low sugar fruit like apple, pear or strawberry. It has spices like cinnamon, black pepper, rock salt and fresh turmeric if you have any. You can also include nuts and dried fruits for added taste and wholesomeness. If your blood sugar is stable the non-diabetics can also have this smoothie with sweeter fruits like banana and chikoo.

The food rules accompanied by exercising and building muscle (even for women) help counter diabetes. Instead of simply walking, alternate it with a little running to help reverse diabetes.

You might assume that these tips are not for me. But the truth is these foods are beneficial for everyone. If you are having trouble making drastic changes suddenly, start by making small changes like making your chai with coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. You can incorporate what is good for you forst, increase its quantity and slowly reduce the animal protein and excess carbohydrate.

Even if your parents are diabetic or the size of your waist in inches is more than half your height in inches, you might be pre diabetic without knowing it right now. Make the changes now to stop yourself from becoming diabetic later. Diabetes affects your overall energy, fitness and body functions. You become more susceptible to organ failure in the long term. Take necessary measures and incorporate good natural foods including raw foods in your diet.

You can watch this video with Dr. Pramod Tripathi for more information on Freedom from Diabetes. After the sugar control with these tips there’s a test that allows diabetics to eat 8 jalebis without any drastic fluctuation in blood sugar. So the truth is Diabetes can be reversed naturally by following these simple rules. Let me know if you have any questions about diabetes and I will pass it on to Dr. Tripathi for an answer.

 

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11 Vegetarian Romantic Dinner Ideas Using Kama Foods

Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate Fondue

In Ancient India, special Kama Foods were taken after a romantic dinner. Even today, certain practices such as chewing saunf or fennel after a meal, chewing paan and betel nut after dinner and even drinking warm milk with crushed almonds at bedtime are known to improve ones sex life.

A romantic dinner should be pleasing to all the senses; it should be appealing to look at, aromatic and delicious in taste. Here are a few romantic dinner ideas that use food combinations that will not only please your partner’s taste buds but also prepare the body for the romance to follow. These romantic dinner ideas use ingredients rich in zinc and phosphorous for better sex life. Some of these, such as fennel were also used in concoctions as remedies to boost passion and excitement.

  • 1. Chickpeas Tomato Salad with Honey & Peanuts

Chickpeas aka Chhole are rich kn zinc. These are combined with roasted, crushed peanuts to boost energy and stamina. Tomatoes were known as love apples and had as love potion to increase passion and excitement. They are contain with antioxidant lycopene which is a libido enhance in men and women. Honey has been mentioned in sacred texts like the classic Vatasyayana’s Kamasutra as a magical drink for couples to increase sexual desire. These ingredients combined together along with Asian sesame oil and lemon juice will make a satiating dinner for two in every way.

You can watch the video recipe in the link given at the bottom of this article.

  • 2. Hummus Platter & Pita

For vegetarians, Kabuli chana or chickpeas is among the richest sources of zinc. Zinc helps boost the male testosterone. It also helps reduction of acne, making your skin more beautiful. Chickpeas are combined with garlic and tahini made of sesame seeds to make hummus. While raw garlic in hummus improves blood circulation, many ancient civilizations used it to heal and increase sexuality and stamina. Tahina is also rich in zinc and great for your skin and hair.

You can watch the video recipe in the link given at the bottom of this article.

  • 3. Mango Garlic Chili Paneer Sticks – Mexican Style

In Ancient India Mango essence was applied topically on genitals to stimulate desire. That paired with garlic which is known to increase blood flow to both male and female sex organs and boosts libido while chillies added in the dressing are considered a stimulant because they mock reactions similar to sex, like heaviness of breath, heart pounding and as such. Make sure you brush your teeth though, too much garlic breath might be a mood killer!

You can watch the video recipe in the link given at the bottom of this article.

  • 4. Orange, Fennel & Arugula Salad

The Kamasutra refers to fennels as such, ‘if ghee, honey, sugar and liqorice in equal parts, the juice of a fennel plant and milk are mixed together, the nectar is considered to be holy and provocative of sexual vigor’. Rocket leaves or arugula on the other hand, according to modern research blocks environmental contaminants that negatively impact our libido.

So simply toss some olive oil, orange juice and zest with honey and pepper, both ancient india stimulants, with arugula and orange wedges along with pumpkin seeds and you are good to go for a light romantic supper.

  • 5. Leftover Roti ka Meetha with Almonds & Pomegranate

Almonds are loaded with nutrients, they increase passion, act as a sex stimulant and aid in fertility because they are rich in minerals like zinc. As per Indian tradition the groom is given a glass of warm milk with a handful of crushed raw almonds for his wedding night. This combined with pomegranate, which is a symbol of fertility and love in many ancient cultures and adds to the visual appeal with its reddish pearls is simplest recipe for romance. This dish is made with crushed leftover roti, sugar and cardamom powder mixed with hung curd.

You can watch the video recipe in the link given at the bottom of this article.

  • 6. Chocolate Fondue with Strawberries

Chocolate is loaded with libido boosting methyxanthines. It is a great idea to gift chocolate on a romantic dinner date. Chocolate becomes even sexier when it is melted, dipped in luscious pink strawberry and wiped off with fingers in the end.

Here’s the Recipe

Dark Cooking Chocolate Slab (I used Morde)       250g (1/2 slab)

Cream (packaged)           100ml (1/2 cup)

Cognac (use brandy if cognac is unavailable)        30ml

Dark Rum            30ml

Orange zest (remove shavings from the peel with a zester)         2 teaspoons

Cinnamon Powder          1 teaspoon

To Serve

Strawberry         20

Grapes (I prefer Black grapes)                    1 bunch

Marshmellows                  1 large packet

Sliced Cake, cut into croutons                     1 cake

Method:

Heat a steel bowl with water and bring the water to a boil. Break chocolate into pieces and place the chocolate in a glass bowl that fits over the steel bowl with the boiling water. Melt the chocolate in this double boiler.

Add in cream to the chocolate and stir. Let the chocolate be placed over the hot water but turn off the heat.

Now add in the cognac and rum into the melted chocolate and stir.

Add in the orange zest and cinnamon powder. Stir.

Allow it to stand for a 5 to 7 minutes so the flavor is infused in the chocolate (light the candles meanwhile).

Place a fresh bowl full of hot water under the chocolate fondue and serve with strawberry, black grapes, marshmellows and cake croutons if you like.

  • 7. Makana Matar (Fox nut & Peas) Curry with Roti

Makhana or Fox nut is rich in minerals and is known to increase the quantity and improve the quality of sperm. Makhana tossed in ghee is a specially good snack to boost male fertility and sexuality, particularly in older men. Peas is full of protein and micro nutrients to help boost stamina.

To make makhana matar, simple toss the makhana in some ghee and set aside. Do the same with peas. Make an gravy with ginger, garlic, fried onion and tomato masala. Add in coriander powder, red chilli powder and turmeric powder. Add the sauted peas and makhana into the gravy along with salt. Serve with warm rotis.

  • 8. Vegetarian Szechwan Fried Rice with Garlic & Chilli

We have talked about the properties of garlic that boost your sex life. While the heat and chillies in this desi chinese recipe teases the senses by mimicking similar reactions as sex, like shortness of breat, panting and pounding of the heart. Aside from that it is a filling and delicious meal and your partner and you will enjoy.

You can watch the video recipe in the link given at the bottom of this article.

  • 9. Watermelon Tomato Chaat with basil & Pumpkin Seeds

Watermelon is now being called a natural Viagra! It is rich in amino acid citrulline, which relaxes and dilates blood vessels like Viagra. In addition to that, both watermelon and tomatoes have lycopene, which are known to boost libido. The salad is made even more refreshing with fresh sweet basil for a fragrant breath afterwards! Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc and know to pump sexual prowess and vigor in the bedroom.

  • 10. Cut Up Banana with Long Pepper & Pepper Cream, Honey & Almonds

Not just for their appearance, bananas are rich in phosphorus, which is good for a healthy sex life and increased sex drive. Long pepper and black pepper with honey was used in ancient india to boost sex drive. This, along with almonds with also give you energy and better stamina, this is a recipe for romantic success.

Here’s a recipe to make Long Pepper cream from the Telegraph UK

5 Indonesian long pepper catkins, snapped, cracked and ground with a pestle and mortar

300ml cream, thick enough to spoon

4 tbsp pure cane brown sugar

5 cardamom seeds, opened and crushed

1 Madagascar vanilla pod, scraped

1 pinch of icing sugar to dust

Mix or whisk the brown sugar, cardamom and vanilla along with the ground long pepper into the cream just before serving.

Sprinkle a little extra sparingly on top at the end and a dusting of icing sugar.

  • 11. Whole Wheat Pasta with Pumpkin Seed & Spinach Pesto

Pumpkin seeds is rich in nutrients, libido boosting vitamins and minerals like zinc that increase your sex drive. This happens to be one of my favorite Martha Stewart recipes. To make this pasta, simple cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 7 to 9 minutes or until it is firm to bite. Combine toasted pumpkin seeds along with baby spinach, parsley, chives, lemon zest, salt, pepper and garlic in a food processor and pulse until smooth. Toss with pasta and cook with1/2 cup of pasta cooking liquid. Garnish with tomatoes and ricotta.

 

I hope you have a wonderful evening or evenings with your loved one. These foods are not only good for sex and romance but also great for your fitness in general. Don’t forget to show some love to yourself and enjoy these meals just to treat yourself well! Do let me know if you enjoyed these recipes and what you ended up cooking for your special date night.

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Chickpea Tomato Salad 

 

Hummus Platter

Mango Garlic Chilli Paneer

Leftover Roti ka Meetha

Vegetarian Szechwan Fried Rice

Birbal ki Khichdi | Slow Cooked Dum Khichdi Recipe

Birbal ki Khichdi

Birbal ki Khichdi

Have you heard the tale of Akbar’s wise minister Birbal and his Birbal ki Khichdi? I grew up listening to bedtime stories about Akbar & Birbal. Birbal was a clever man, his wit and wisdom was well known in Akbar’s kingdom. He was Akbar’s advisor, he had a simple solution for every problem in the kingdom.

Birbal was the only one who could even teach the King a lesson when he was wrong just by using his wit. One such famous tale about Akbar is called “Birbal ki Khichdi”. This is how the story goes.

One day in winter, Akbar and Birbal were taking a morning walk by the lake, discussing some official matters. Suddenly the king slipped and lost his slipper in the lake. The water was cold that he squealed like a little girl and jumped out of the water. When Birbal giggled at this little mishap, the King, to mask his weakling reaction declared a public dare. Any man who would stand in knee deep water all night in this lake would be given a big reward from the King’s treasure.

A poor man, who needed money to get his three daughters married decided to accept the dare. On a winter evening, he stood all night in knee deep water in the lake to win this reward. When he came in front of the King to claim his reward, the King couldn’t accept his defeat and refused the prize claiming the man had cheated. Akbar said that there was a little lamp lit miles away, at a window in his palace. This man was warming himself up by looking at that lamp all night, and so was he did not deserve the prize.

The man hurt and helpless went away. Akbar was happy that he had outsmarted Birbal this time, and he wouldn’t have to pay the man. Birbal was not one to stand such injustice. He decided to teach Akbar a lesson.

The following day, Birbal did not come to the Darbar. He sent word to the King saying that he would come once he had cooked and eaten his Khichdi. When many hours passed Akbar felt angry and frustrated and decided to go by the lake himself, where Birbal was cooking this khichdi all morning. Akbar was shocked at what he saw.

Birbal had lit a small lamp on the ground and tied a pot of khichdi to a long bamboo over it. The bamboo was really long and it was impossible to cook the khichdi that way. Akbar frustrated to see this said to Birbal, “this is ridiculous Birbal! It is impossible to cook the khichdi from that far.”

Birbal smiled and said to Akbar, “Why my King? If an old man can warm himself with a little lamp far, far away, then why can’t my khichdi cook on this bamboo?”

Akbar realised his mistake right away, he smiled and agreed to pay the old man who had stood all night in the lake. And so, once again, Birbal saved the day.

Since the day I heard this story as a five year old, I’ve been fascinated by what Birbal ki Khichdi would taste like. Slow cooked, rich with lots of ghee, gooey and beautifully garnished for the King and his ministers. Here’s my recipe for Birbal ki Khichdi.


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Birbal ki Khichdi
Slow cooked, rich with lots of ghee, gooey and beautifully garnished for the King. Here's my recipe for Birbal ki Khichdi with 6 different garnishes and toppings. This recipe has a smoky flavour with dungar given with chillies!
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 3 hours
Passive Time 12 for slow cooker
Servings
cups
Ingredients
For the Dum Khichdi
Topping 1
Topping 2
Topping 3
Topping 4
Topping 5
Topping 6
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 3 hours
Passive Time 12 for slow cooker
Servings
cups
Ingredients
For the Dum Khichdi
Topping 1
Topping 2
Topping 3
Topping 4
Topping 5
Topping 6
Instructions
Dum Khichdi
  1. Mix and soak the dals and rice for 2 hours. Then wash and drain out the water.
  2. In a heavy copper bottom vessel, add the soaked dal rice mixture along with 3 cups of water.
  3. Add 1/4 cup ghee, turmeric, salt, garlic and red chilli powder. Mix well.
  4. Line the copper vessel with a heavy, flat tava and cover it with a fitted lid. Place a heavy weight on the lid so no heat can escape. Turn on the heat on high and allow it to cook on high heat for 10 minutes or till you hear bubbling sound.
  5. Open the lid and add the remaining half cup of ghee, mix well. Cover with a fitted lid again and place a heavy weight on top of it. Turn the heat to the lowest setting and cook for 3 hours. Check every 20 minutes, stir to avoid sticking. Add ghee if the khichdi starts sticking to the bottom.
  6. For SLOW COOKER, Simply add all the above ingredients, cover with a lid and cook on the lowest setting for 12 hours or overnight.
  7. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee in a steel bowl until it is piping hot. Place it in the khichdi, add whole red chillies and cover with a fitted lid. Place some heavy weight over it. This ghee can be poured into the khichdi to flavour it. Mix well.
Toppings
  1. Divide the khichdi into 6 equal portions.
  2. Top the first portion with mixed nuts and dried fruits fried in ghee and fresh pomegranate.
  3. Top the second portion with garlic tossed in cornstarch and fried, raw spinach, thinly sliced and few drops of raw mustard oil.
  4. For the third portion, prepare an onion tomato salad with whisked curd and place it on the khichdi along with green chilli.
  5. For the fourth part, add onion sliced and fried in ghee until golden brown, along with a sprig of mint.
  6. Top the fifth portion with a roasted urad dal papad brushed with ghee and sprinkle red chilli powder on top.
  7. For the sixth portion, simply steam green peas and toss them with chaat masala. Place these to top the khichdi.
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Egg in a Hole with Veggies | Breakfast Eggs Sandwich


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Egg in a Hole with Veggies
The classic egg in a hole gets a healthy twist with lost of veggies. Spinach and tomato in this recipe add to the goodness of this breakfast. It is delicious, filling and protein rich.
Egg in a hole with veggies
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Contemporary
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Contemporary
Servings
person
Ingredients
Egg in a hole with veggies
Instructions
  1. Spread mustard paste on both slices on bread. Use a shot glass or cookie cutter to cut a hole in the middle of one slice. Keep aside.
  2. Align the spinach leaves and use the same cutter to cut a hole in the centre and keep the leaves aside.
  3. Use the same cutter to cut a hole in the centre of a cheese slice. Keep aside.
  4. Slice tomatoes. Keep aside.
  5. On the plain slice of bread without the hole, place the slice of cheese with the hole as the first layer of the sandwich.
  6. Put slices of tomato over the cheese, leaving the hole in the middle empty. Tear basil leaves and place over tomatoes. Sprinkle some black pepper powder.
  7. Place the spinach leaves on top of the tomatoes, aligning the hole of the spinach with that of the cheese slice. Keep aside.
  8. In a bowl, whisk an egg with salt and pepper. Keep aside.
  9. Heat vegetable oil in a non stick pan. Add the whisked egg to the pan and allow it to cook until it sets. Now cut a hole in the middle and trim the sides of the egg to match the size of the bread slice.
  10. Place the sandwich with the bread side down and spinach on top in a pan. Align the cooked egg with the hole in the spinach leaves. Top with the cut bread slice, aligning all the three round cuts. This creates a deep hole in the middle.
  11. Break an egg into the hole. Cover with a fitted lid and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat until the egg white sets. Serve hot with mustard and sweet potato fries.
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