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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Britannia's Nuts & Raisin Romace Cake { Product Review }


Britannia Industries, the one of the leading food companies and a leader in the Bakery and Dairy segments has recently launched " Nut & Raisins romance" cake, a delightful combination of nuts and raisins for an unmatched taste of crunch and crumble.



Speaking at the launch Manjunath Desai, VP – Strategy and Business Development says “Nut & Raisins Romance is our offering for discerning consumers who are seeking ‘Everyday Delight’ in their choice of food products. We are sure that our consumers will enjoy this experience to the fullest. We want to reach out to a large number of consumers through this uniquely delightful product. The product can be consumed at different moments of the day and is even ideal as an on- the- go snack”.

About the Product:
The product comes in a neat, attractive package. When you open the outer cover you can see the cake is completely packed in a plastic case. The cake comes in a slab format, at a convenient price of Rs. 50 for 160gm pack. The product is available at all modern and general trade outlets.

The ingredients used in this are wheat flour, eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, nuts, raisins , orange peels, milk solids, raising agents. Also contains permitted natural and synthetic food colours and preservatives.

Whom the product is designed for?
The product is for the prudent home-maker who always lookout for that special something that she can indulge her family in. A tasty treat for the kids, an evening snack for the family and also a delicious treat for the guests.

Summarise
  • The cake is very moist, soft and delicious. Every bite has generous amount of nuts and raisins.
  • As Diwali and New year is approaching it can be a perfect fit in the gift basket.
  • It is a perfect snack for the kids snack box.
  • It is even ideal as on- the-go- snack.


I would like to thank Britannia for giving me the opportunity to review the product and i like to thank Pooja for sending me the sample product.

This is not a paid review and the views are expressed here are completely my own.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Broken Wheat Payasam

Broken Wheat Paysam

I usually prepare payasam with vermicelli and white sugar. Then it's all changed once my neighbour gave me this broken wheat paysam on vishu. I just fell in love with that. It's a low calorie dessert / low fat dessert because this paysam is made up of jaggery and not the white sugar. And also you all know broken wheat is an excellent source of fibre. This Indian kheer is easy to prepare and also a very healthy dessert. Go ahead, prepare and enjoy this low calorie Indian dessert  for this festive season. Wishing you all a very Happy Pooja Holidays and Happy Diwali.

roken Wheat Paysam

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Broken wheat / Dalia / Bulgar Wheat / Lapsi
  • 3/4 or 1 cup of Jaggery
  • 1 tbsp bite size Coconut pieces
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 tbsp each Cardamom, Raisins, Cashew nuts
  • 2 tbsp Ghee/ Clarified Butter
Method

1. Wash and soak the broken wheat for half an hour.

2. Pressure cook the broken wheat with 1 1/2 cups of water for 5 to 7 whistles.

3. When the pressure is released completely, open the cooker and add the jaggery and mix well.

4. Stir continuously until the jaggery is melted and combined.

5. Add the milk and give a good stir and switch off the flame.

6. Heat ghee in a small frying pan and add the coconut pieces and then cashew nuts, raisins and cardamom and fry it.

7. Serve immediately.

Notes: 
  • As payasam tends to thicken as it cools you have to serve it immediately. Suppose if it cools down or if  you want it to serve later, add the warm milk before serving.
  • You can either decrease or increase the amount of dried fruits to be added.
  • Before adding the jaggery, make sure the broken wheat is completely cooked. Once you add in the jaggery it will not cook.
Broken Wheat Payasam

Sending this recipe to the contest " Indian Dessert Recipes "  hosted by Raksha of Raksha's Kitchen sponsered by Zoutons.com and Collegedunia.com. 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Review : Mast Kalandar's Special Navratri Traditional Thalis - CMH Road, Indiranagar, Bangalore





Mast Kalandar doesn't need much introduction. As many of us know the start up of this small north indian fast food restaraunt that provides homely food and its growth to become a known brand. I would like to skip much of that saga.

Couple of days back I and my friends had a chance to taste their new menu for the people who is fasting (Vrat) for Navaratri/Dussera Vrat thali and Utsav thali. One word to say it was awesome!!

I read it somewhere that it is believed that those devotees who perform Navratri fasting will find happiness on earth and will receive ‘moksha.’  I see the happiness about eating good food you will get in Mast Kalandar.

Both thalis are packaged with good stuffs that provides necessary protiens, vitamins and minerals. It is really a healthy and wholesome food. And this too inspite of not using any grains or garlic or ginger (beacause these may be not acceptable for people keeping fasting). Also common salt is not used and instead rock salt or sendha namak also called as upvaas ka namak is used.

The ingredients used to prepare are sourced right from the authentic place of produce and are of high quality. The thali is cooked in a traditional manner to meet the fasting norms during these days.

Below is the list of dishes provide in each thali.

Vrat  Maha Thali
Kuttu Ki Poori | Aloo Ki Sabzi | Paneer ki Sabzi | Kuttu ki Pakodi | Salad | Kele ki Chaat | 
Sabudana Pappad | Makhane ki Kheer | Nariyal Ladoo
Price : Rs 229



Utsav Maha Thali
Shahi Kofta | Pinde Cholle | Aloo Gobhi | Masala Poori | Chota Samosa | Papad | 
Shaker Para | Veggie Pulav | Salad | Raita | Makhane ki Kheer | Nariyal Ladoo
Price Rs:229



If you do fasting for this Navaratri and you stay out of home. Don't go anywhere else to complete your fasting, Mast Kalandar is the stop for you. For people who accompany fasters also need not be disappointed ogling at you fasting friend or relative gulping the dishes, MK provides lot more dishes for those who are not fasting also.

Try out Thali once, I am sure you wont return empty stomach.
The Thali will be served from September 25th onwards.

Happy Navaratri and Durga Puja

http://www.mastkalandar.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navratri

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Soya Chunks & vegetable Rice/ Pulao

Today's recipe is Soyachunks and Vegetable Pulao. Since Soyachunks are a great source of protein, i always try to include this in as many dishes i could. In this recipe i have used only the whole spices and a lil garam masala at the end. This pulao is easy to make and it is perfect for the lunchbox recipe.Serve this pulao with simple onion raitha.
pulao

Preparation Time : 30 Min's | Cooking Time : 30 Min's | Serves 2 persons
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Basmati Rice or Boiled Rice
  • 1 cup Soya Chunks/ Mealmaker
  • 1 Onion, Medium sized, Chopped
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Cloves
  • 2 or 3 Cardamom pods
  • 1 Carrot, finely chopped
  • 3 or 4 Beans, finely chopped
  • 3 Green chillies, slit
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garam Masala (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Oil
Method
  1. Soak the rice and soyachunks/meal maker in a separate bowl for half an hour.
  2. Drain and cook the rice with 2 cups of water in a pan and strain the water in a colander and allow it to cool completely and keep aside.
  3. When the rice is cooling, chop the onion and vegetables and keep aside.
  4. Drain the water from soyachunks and also squeeze the excess water from it and keep aside.
  5. Heat 1/2 tbsp of oil in a wok or a pan, add the soyachunks or meal makemaker and fry them in oil for one minute. Remove it from the pan and keep aside.
  6. Heat the remaining oil in the same pan and add all the whole spices and fry for 10 seconds.
  7. Next add the chopped onion, green chillies and fry till the onion becomes translucent.
  8. Add the veggies and stir fry on a low flame for 3 Min's.
  9. Add the soychunks, pepper powder, garam masala and salt. Mix well and saute for one minute.
  10.  Finally add the cooked rice and gently mix. Serve hot with onion raitha.
pulao3

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Baby Corn Gravy ( Pressure Cooker Method )

Baby corn gravy/curry made in pressure cooker. I love to cook all of my gravies/curries in pressure cooker, so that it can be done in few minutes with less effort. One of the advantage of cooking gravies in pressure cooker is, it requires less oil to cook and also can be made in jiffy. So here is the delicious coconut based baby corn gravy made much easier & faster using pressure cooker. 

BabyCorn Gravy

Preparation Time : 10 Min's | Cooking Time: 15 Min's approx | Serves 3 persons
Baby Corn gravy  - Pressure Cooker method
Ingredients
  • 1 Onion, roughly chopped and ground to a paste
  • 2 Tomatoes, roughly chopped and ground to a paste
  • 6 nos of Baby Corn, chopped into pieces
  • 1/2 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Red Chilly powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp grated coconut,  ground to a paste
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1"inch Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Cardamom Pods
  • 2 Cloves
  • Salt to taste
Method
  • Heat oil in pressure cooker, when hot add cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom pods and fry them.Add ground onion paste to it and fry it in the oil for one minute.
  • Add ground tomato paste to it and saute till all the water evaporates from the tomato and become thick. 
  • Next add ginger garlic paste and all the spice powder and mix well.
  • Next add the chopped babycorns to it and mix well.Then add the ground coconut paste and 1 cup of water to it and mix well.
  • Finally add the required amount of salt and mix well and pressure cook for three whistles.Serve with phulkas, chappathi and rice/pulaos.

BabyCorn Gravy

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