The regular Aloo Paratha is too dull for me. That is the reason I am always looking ways to combine aloo stuffing with some additional flavors to create a wholesome flatbread. Sometimes, back we shared the Makki and Aloo Ka Paratha. This time, it is Aloo Methi Paratha. Packed with excitement; that describes the Aloo Methi Parathas best of all! The mashed potato mixture is tucked inside the flavorsome fenugreek-laced dough and rolled out to make pillowy parathas. Who could say no to them? Served with simple raita, freshly churned white butter and aam ka achaar, these Methi Parathas are one of our favorite winter breakfast. Almost, a weekly ritual all over the season, till the family had enough of them.
Meethi Poori Recipe is an ode to all those simple joys of festive celebrations in a small town, where I grew up. In those days, no fancy desserts, puddings or store bought confectionary would frame our Diwali. Instead, it was the simple, homemade sweet dishes prepared by the mom and the aunts that enticed our taste buds and sweet tooth cravings. Recipes like Meethi Poori, Sooji Ka Halwa, Gajar Halwa or Gujia are very close to my heart and evoke a strong nostalgia whenever I cook them. These are the dishes that remind me of cheerful and best Diwali’s celebrated at my ancestral home with the loved ones. No elaborate feasts or royal buffets could compete with these festive comfort foods. Meethi Poori is a cross between mawa kachori and the regular Poori. It has the taste similar to that of a rich Rajasthani Mawa Kachori while the crispness and flakiness of a perfect Poori.
What is a cold-pressed juice? Cold-pressed juice is nothing but the regular juice extracted in a most healthy and organic manner without damaging the nutrient value of the juice. It is a slow and gentle method to extract juice from your favorite fruit or the vegetable. How a cold-pressed juice better than the convention one? The regular juices are extracted using a high speed spinning juicer or grinder which generates excess heat. The heat reduces the potency and breaks down essential nutrients and fibres of the fruit/vegetable. Hence, there is minimal retention of fibres and nutrients in the conventional juices. I have recently discovered my love for cold-pressed juices, all thanks to Kent Cold Pressed Juicer.
Missa Paratha is one our favorite Punjabi Recipes. Why? Because it takes less than 30 minutes to make these Parathas. I mean that literally this a real simple, time saving and easy to remember Missa Paratha Recipe. I, as a cook, turn to this recipe for a quick weekday breakfast, hastily packed lunch box meal or a fulfilling dinner. With Missa Paratha dough sitting in the fridge, you can make the Paratha during any given hour of the day.
Right now we are in the early March and yet the time has come to brew perfect iced coffee at home. The winter this year was gentle, not too many cold days and that means a harsh summer is waiting ahead. And to sail through the midsummer, I need homemade iced coffee. As much during winters, hot cup of cappuccino warm up my senses, similarly iced coffee keep me sane throughout summers. Whether piping hot or iced cold, we are sipping this dark, aromatic, energizing liquid year around. Many ambush the idea of serving coffee brew ice-cold. For them, cold coffee always has to be thick, sugar laced, creamy summer thirst quencher. There is nothing wrong in that cold coffee. Most places out of India, milk is not an additive to coffee, or for that matter even tea. Coffee with ice-cream and milk is often classified as a milkshake. We like to adore and appreciate coffee in it’s purest form. The aroma of fresh beans filling the morning air, that gurgling sound of the coffee filter in the quiet kitchen and finally you proudly drinking homemade brewed coffee with the breakfast. Nothing like it!
Kumaoni Vada or Bada, as we Kumaoni pronounce it, is a crispy, flavorsome, gluten free split black urad dal fritter. Traditionally, the soaked split urad dal is ground in a stone mortar and pestle to get the fine paste for the vada. Then whisked manually till it is light and airy, perfect to make vada. Seasoned with plenty of fresh coriander, green chili, turmeric, red chili and a generous amount of asafoetida to get the sought after taste of the vada. Many might argue that Kumaoni Bada is no different from Medu Vada or for saying any other Vada Recipe. And they are not totally wrong when comparing the two recipes, as the process of making is almost similar. Also, the medieval period saw an influx of high-caste migrants into the Himalayan foothills from Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bengal and other parts of India. Each brought with them a treasure of food heritage from their native region. With time, all these distinctive food cultures blended with the local Kumaoni cuisine. Hence, you could find traces of other regional cuisines in the Kumaoni Cuisine.
How to make perfect Puri is no secret mantra, all it requires is bit of practice. Puri or Poori is renowned Indian puffed bread. These plump, spherical deep-fried breads are native of Indian sub-continent. The culinary tour of the by-lanes of old cities is never considered complete without enjoying Puri dipped in piping hot bold curries. In India, the early morning walk in forage of local breakfast or lust for piquant street food often concludes with Puri-Bhaji. Puri is always considered symbolic of the festive Indian meal. There is a kind of unsaid indulgence involved when we talk about Puri. An ultimate companion of spicy, soupy curries, Puri is quintessential bread to sop up these curries.
Onion and Tomato Uttapam Recipe are soft, flavorsome savory South Indian style mini pancakes. These mini Onion and Tomato uttapam are modernistic and fun approach towards the conventional Utthapams or Utthapaa. The fluffy, pillowy Onion and Tomato Utthapam dipped in creamy coconut chutney is a flavorous breakfast menu. There is a kind of unsolicited comfort in South Indian breakfast dishes, whether it is mouth melting idlis swimming in piping hot sambhar or fluffy Uttapams, all are equally inviting enough for the weekend breakfast. These breakfast items never grew in me, during our stay in Southern region they eventually became part of our eating routine. Even being novice to the South Indian Cuisine we have our taste preferences, our taste buds strictly look forward to Chettinad style of cooking. The Chettinad Cuisine is sought after for the bold flavor of spices with a hint of sweetness to it. The Chettinad Cuisine has made an unfading impression in our food memories which make us crave for dishes from the land of Chettiyars every now and then.