Saturday, 20 October 2018

Badam Gulkand Katli/Katri

Make your Diwali morning a little more awesome and delightful with these Badam Gulakand Katli/Katri - Almond and Rose Diamond Thins! The best part, these heavenly delicious sweet come together in a record 40 minutes with just 5 ingredients such as ground almond, Sugar and Rose Petal Jam. What's not to love about that? Check out the step by step pictures for the full detailed recipe.

These badam gulkand katli - almond rose katli are sumptuous, soft and melt in mouth Indian sweets. These katlis comes together jsut in 40 minutes. Homemade badam gulkand katli are made from scratch.

These badam gulkand katli - almond rose katli are sumptuous, soft and melt in mouth Indian sweets. These katlis comes together jsut in 40 minutes. Homemade badam gulkand katli are made from scratch.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Farali Mogo Vada

Farali Mogo Vada - Deep fried cassava fritters, is an enticing dish to try out during fasting seasons such as Navratri, Month of Shravan, Maha Shivaratri or Janamasthmi. These delish and moreish cassava fritters are easy to prepare, vegan and gluten-free. A dish that is conjured up with spiced mashed cassava and potato rolled into small balls then coated with farali flours such as Rajgira and Shingada batter and deep fried.

Farali Mogo Vada - Deep fried cassava fritters, is an enticing dish to try out during fasting seasons such as Navratri, Month of Shravan, Maha Shivaratri or Janamasthmi.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

One Pot Pumpkin Pasta

Looking for an easy, quick and healthy autumn lunch or midweek supper? Try this luxurious, comforting and creamy One Pot Pumpkin Pasta, that can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. It is super simple, super easy and a well-balanced heartwarming meal. It's an impressive meal to make for friends and family, just grab a fork and plate and dig in! 

Healthy one pot pumpkin pasta recipe with spinach and chickpeas, a delicious 30-minute recipe for chilly autumn days!

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Fig and Mascarpone Oat Porridge

Skipping your morning breakfasts because porridge sounds boring? Well, not anymore! Jazz up your morning by preparing this deliciously creamy and dreamy Fig and Mascarpone Oat Porridge! A recipe with oats, autumn fruit Figs, nuts, herbs and mascarpone, a well-balanced breakfast that will help you keep full and energised until the lunchtime.

Fig mascarpone and oat porridge a warming and delicious breakfast, topped with roasted figs, mascarpone cheese and pistachio nuts.

I and hubs can't get enough of the oat porridge, we love its simplicity. Almost 5 days of the week we like to have an oat porridge bowl for our breakfast. I make our oats porridge with skimmed milk and topped with multi seeds, nuts and one seasonal fruit because there is no better time to enjoy a perfect warm bowl of warm and toasty porridge when the days get cooler.

In our family, we prefer having seasonal veg and fruit, when they are in the season and abundantly available. Currently, our markets and shops are filled with figs, fresh and tender, just how we like.   We adore figs, they appear for a very short season so while they are in the market, they come in our home too. We eat raw, we bake them, we marinate them. Add them in the yoghurt bowl, in the salad or eat it with Mascarpone as a dessert.

More Figs Recipes - Chai spiced Baked Figs with Ginger and Pistachio Mascarpone | Marinated Fig, Pomegranate and Mozzarella Salad | Figs, Chocolate and Cashew Rolls

Fig mascarpone and oat porridge a warming and delicious breakfast, topped with roasted figs, mascarpone cheese and pistachio nuts.

When your fridge is full of figs, you try to stretch your imagination and the next day wake up a little early and prepare this perfect autumn breakfast, a creamy tasting porridge, topped with roasted figs and rosemary and pistachio.

If you are looking for a comforting, nutritious and filling breakfast recipe, you are on the right page.


Basically, porridge is healthy, filling and cooked hot breakfast dish that is prepared with any grains such as Oats, corn or even rice. It is thick and creamy and can be cooked with milk or just water too or half milk and half water. Once it comes to dressing the porridge, it is extremely personal. Autumn and the winter is the best time to enjoy porridge when mornings are still dark outside and the rain is lashing the windows, and you want to warm up your inner soul too.


It depends on your personal choice, Rolled oats, Steel Cut oats, jumbo or Instant. Only the difference will be in cooking time and texture.  Rolled and Jumbo oats give really chunky texture, Stell cut oats are creamy, delicious with little of bite in it, whereas instants give very smooth and creamy texture and require less cooking time.


Here you are spoilt for choice, literally anything to everything, it just depends on your mood and availability of ingredients. Usually, most of the people like to top it up their porridge with a sweetener such as sugar, honey, agave or maple syrup, but you can jazz up your porridge with so many different other ingredients such as fresh fruit, frozen fruit, fruit compote or roasted fruit. Also add delicious nutty crunch by topping it up with seeds and nuts, or nut butter. Nowadays cacao nibs have become a favourite topping too.


The title says all, surely main ingredients are Fresh figs, Mascarpone cheese and oats. Once you got these ingredients to look out for some dark sugar, cinnamon powder, fresh rosemary and sliced pistachios. Oh yes and milk. It can be dairy milk, vegan choose alternative and use raw sugar and are all set for a wholesome breakfast


Some say it's not suitable for vegetarians and vegan, other say it's completely okay to eat figs if you are vegetarian or vegan. Read both sides of the debate on google and what you feel is right :)

Fig mascarpone and oat porridge a warming and delicious breakfast, topped with roasted figs, mascarpone cheese and pistachio nuts.

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Fig and Mascarpone Oat Porridge

A warming and delicious breakfast, topped with roasted figs, mascarpone cheese and pistachio nuts.
prep time: 3 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 13 mins


120 g rolled oats
500-550 ml milk
3 TBSP mascarpone cheese
Pinch salt
6 fresh figs
Big pinch dark brown sugar
Pinch cinnamon powder
Few  rosemary sprigs 
Pistachio slivers 


Preheat the gas mark oven to gas mark 6.
Wash, pat dry and cut figs into four halves.
Place them on a baking tray with rosemary sprigs, sprinkle sugar and cinnamon powder.
Place it in the preheated oven and bake for 5-7 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare porridge by heating milk in a pan. 
Once the milk starts boiling add oats and cook for 4-5 minutes, until nice and thick. ( stirring continuously)
Remove from the heat, and stir in mascarpone cheese, serve into a serving bowl.
Topped with roasted figs, sprinkle pistachio slivers and juice of the roasted figs.
Enjoy while it's hot.

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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Punjabi Saag Paneer

When you make this classic and homely Punjabi Saag Paneer-Spinach and Indian Cottage Cheese Curry, surely you're going to forget any restaurant style Saag Paneer or Palak Paneer, trust me because exactly that happened in my home. This absolutely delicious and finger licking Saag Paneer is prepared with truckloads of fresh mature spinach (palak), fresh homemade Indian cottage cheese (paneer) and a few basic spices and clarified butter (ghee). You can enjoy this North Indian homely and traditional Saag Paneer with roti, phulka or plain paratha.

Saag paneer is a North Indian style of preparing spinach and Indian cottage cheese, Saag aka spinach and Panner is freshly made Indian cottage cheese. This classic version is an easy and simple recipe, can be ready in less than 30 minutes, freshly cut spinach and paneer is cooked with basic spices and onion, garlic. This saag paneer with plenty of flavours, gluten-free and perfect for a vegetarian dining.

Monday, 1 October 2018

My Legume Love Affair MLLA #121

New month, New event here, it's My Legume Love Affair #121My Legume Love Affair for the October 2018. As known as MLLA, this event which spotlights on Legume has been running since 2008, created by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook.  Currently, this event is successfully running by Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen and for the month of June, I am thrilled to host the 121st edition.

As we all know, this event centred upon Legume, and that can be beans, pulses, lentils, tofu or chickpea or any lentils flour. There are a variety of types of lentils and beans used and different styles they are made in. So, let's start our love affair for Legume and start cooking with them. To make this event successful JCO needs your help and support, I am inviting you to take part in this event. 

Rules and Guidelines for this event 

  1. Cook and post a vegetarian or vegan, sweet or savoury dish on your blog, as long as the main ingredient is the Legume,  in the month of October 2018.
  2. Please link JCO's this event announcement page, Susan's page and Lisa's page ( It's compulsory ) 
  3. One entry per blogger, ONLY new post allowed
  4. This event closes on 31st October 2018.
  5. Any queries please mail me 
  6. Please link your entry below.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Langarwali Aloo Gobi

A must try once in your lifetime, Langarwali Aloo Gobi. A delicious and brilliant Punjabi style potato and cauliflower dry curry usually served in a Gurudwara ( Sikh holy temple). This vegan and extra special sabji can be served as main or side dish, and pairs well with Daal Makhani, rice and roti.

Langarwali Aloo Gobi. A delicious and brilliant Punjabi style potato and cauliflower dry curry usually served in a Gurudwara ( Sikh holy temple). This vegan and extra special sabji can be served as main or side dish, and pairs well with Daal Makhani, rice and roti.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Degustabox August - Product Review

If you love surprises, you'll love Degustabox! I am so excited and thrilled to review another product on JCO and I am sure you're going to love everything about this product, and of course, I'll be offering you a discount code if you'de like to get your own box!

Degustabox is a surprise monthly subscription food box

Don't we all like to receive surprise gifts and pressies? I am in very much of favour of this, whether it is a birthday or Christmas, I like to give and receive surprises. I think they are the perfect way to add a spark, make fun and loving memories and a wonderful way to make the relationship stronger.

Recently, the kind folks from Degustabox asked me to review their August box and I agreed as I was so curious to know more about it. After exchanging a couple of emails with them, I was so ready to receive my first Degustabox.  I was aware of the delivery date and on the exact day, I received text and email that at a particular time I was going to receive the box and exactly that time I received the box in perfect condition. There is an option to alter the date and time. I couldn't wait to open the parcel and see those surprise goodies!

Degustabox is a surprise monthly subscription food box. August 2018 box


Degustabox is a surprise monthly subscription food box, that arrives at your home in a neat and perfect condition. Inside the box, there are roughly 12-15 non-perishable food products such as snacks, cereals, sweets and drinks for almost a year best before date. Some of the products are from well-known brands and some of them are completely new to the market. All of these products for much less than you would pay in the supermarkets.


You can subscribe to Degustabox online with an easy and simple method. Per month you'll pay £12.99 including delivery. If you join on or before the 13th of the month you'll receive your Degustabox between 22nd and 26th. Joined on 22nd or after, you'll receive that month's box by the 10th of the following month. Because it is a subscription service, there is no commitment for a certain period, if you change your mind, no question will be asked but just make sure you cancel subscription a few days before the payment for the next month.  It is a great idea to give it as a gift, you can choose from various subscriptions. You can choose an alcoholic or non-alcoholic version of the box.


This box contains a mix of products including some non-vegetarian items, along with 10-15 food products, you'll receive a handy card which explains all of the products inside the box with their prices. Also a couple of money off coupon codes. There are various subscription options for you to choose from.


Degustabox arrived right on time. Because the box is bigger than my letterbox, I stayed home to receive it. Couldn't contain my excitement when the delivery guy handed me this heavy box and was so eager to open the box to see my surprises. The box was so neatly packed with good quality packaging material. And the most exciting part when I opened the box, I was thrilled to see many well known and unseen products that were nicely packed in a suitable packaging material such as bubble wrap so they don't get damaged or broken whilst handling.

So, Let's see what I found in my box and my opinion about the product.


Dorset cereals

My whole family love to indulge in healthy, filling and delicious breakfasts. I was so thrilled to see raspberry and apple with toasted spelt and popped buckwheat cereal box. Being a huge buckwheat fan I had to open the box there and then and tried this cereal straight away. Packed with superfood, fruit and nuts and that too vegan, what not to like about this cereal box, definitely going to buy once I finish it!


Good hemp non dairy milk unsweetened

My daughter is a huge fan of this product, so I had to reserve this for her. This dairy-free hemp milk is unsweetened and made from hemp seeds, surely a glass of this milk is packed with much goodness. Did you know that this milk doesn't split in hot drinks?


Illy instant coffee

And I got this ILLY instant coffee tin in my box too, straight away I handed it over to my dear husband as being a coffee addict only he can do justice to it. But when I prepared a cuppa for him, I ended up finishing that cup as the aroma was incredible, blends so easily and smooth.


Pink Punk Gunna fizzy drinks with low sugar

I had two flavoured of these non-alcoholic fizzy drinks cans in my box, a sparkling blend of natural ginger and cola tonic that is with less sugar, more character. Another one was natural raspberry with lemon. Both are with great taste, with real ingredients and unique flavour. I would love to taste their other flavours too.


Lio bites 100% natural fruit crisps

Mango and coconut and Mango, Banana and passion fruit.  Lio bites are 100% natural fruit crisps, packed in a colourful and eye-catching packaging. These healthy, naturally sweetened, vegan and gluten-free snack is perfect for kids and adults, great for packed lunch or when you crave for something sweet, your taste buds will love this and body will thank you for not eating a huge bar of chocolate :) oh and did you know that one small bag of Lio bites count as one of five a day. Definitely going to order a box for my kids.


Boka Bars, less sugar and healthy green traffic lights bars

As we always love to munch on low sugar, fats and salty snacks, these Boka bars right up my street. I like the idea of all green traffic lights bars, the Boka bars labelled with green nutrition values, which means they are okay to consume without guilt. The flavours I received are Choco Mallow and Apple Cinnamon.

I also received a few non-veg and alcoholic products such as CROOKED ALCOHOLIC SODA, MAGGI FUSIAN NOODLES, JOHN WEST INFUSIONS TUNA and ROWNTREE'S RANDOMS sweets packet. We did not try these products, therefore, I am not reviewing them on my blog, but I am sure they also nice products too.

I and my family enjoyed these new products and surely will look out for when I go for next grocery shopping. Soon I'll be posting my September Degustabox review here, which is just arrived today and can't wait to see what are other surprises are in there.

If you fancy trying new food and drink products, subscribe to Deguatabox now. Degustabox is kindly giving our readers a unique discount code. Type in this code TIH2A when you subscribe to this service and you get your first box for £7.99.

Disclaimer - Thank you Degustabox for sending us Degustabox in exchange for a review. I was sent this box for an unbiased review and not told or paid to write a positive review. All the opinions are my own.
Being a Deguatsabox brand ambassador I get to try all the products (including variation from alcohol/ non-alcohol boxes and products that are only included in some variations of the box), unlike regular subscribers who will receive either one or the other. I received vegetarian and non-vegetarian and alcoholic drinks in this box, but being a Hindu vegetarian I do not consume any egg, meat or fish products.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Farali Rajgiro Magas | How to make Farali Rajgiro Magas

These absolutely sumptuous Farali Rajgiro Magas or Farali Magas (Gluten-free amaranth fudge) are a quick and easy sweet recipe that can be enjoyed during fasting seasons such as Navratri, Shravan month, Mahashivratri or Janamasthmi. These creamy, firm yet melt in your mouth magas (fudge) is also gluten-free, so not only eaten by those who observe fast but who follow the gluten-free diet too.

farli Rajgiro Magas is a scrumptious farali dish that can be enjoyed on fasting days and prepared with amaranth, water chestnut flours, ghee and sugar. These fudge is gluten free.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Vegan Pistachio Olive Oil Cake

A must try dessert for any happy occasion, Vegan Pistachio Olive Oil Cake! This delicious and vegan nutty cake is prepared with good quality olive oil and pistachio nuts. This sublime, moist and dense cake is can be just done in a few tics. Serve slightly warm with ice cream of your choice or fruit sorbet.

A must try dessert for any happy occasion, Vegan Pistachio Olive Oil Cake! This delicious and vegan nutty cake is prepared with good quality olive oil and pistachio nuts. This sublime, moist and dense cake is can be just done in a few tics. Serve slightly warm with ice cream of your choice or fruit sorbet.


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Hometastic Vacuum Sealer - Product Review

It's another review on JCO, I am so excited to be reviewing Hometastic Vacuum Sealer E1800-C, a product that can save you money, and help to reduce waste!

Hometastic Vacuum Sealer E1800-C, a product that can save you money, and help to reduce waste!

It is important to be responsible citizens, and in our household, we take extra care of our planet and it's people into our everyday life. We try to save water by taking shorter showers, recycle plastics, cardboard and newspapers. And most importantly, food. We absolutely hate food waste. If we have any leftovers, I quickly refrigerate or freeze them. However, the disappointing thing is that leftover food doesn't taste as fresh.

In India, we used to buy groceries in small quantity as over there you can ask shopkeeper how much you want, whereas here in the UK you tend to buy bigger sealed packets as obviously, they are much cheaper than loose and small packets. We get here far too many teasing offers on food but again there is the same issue of keeping fresh food fresh, crispier and flavourful.

Luckily there are now products to help us increase the shelf life of our fresh food.

Recently the lovely folks from Hometastic asked me if I was interested in reviewing their best selling Vacuum Sealer, I jumped at the chance as I knew how fantastic and useful this kitchen gadget would be in my kitchen. Actually, this was on my wishlist for Christmas.. guess Santa has come my house bit too early this year :)

Hometastic Vacuum Sealer E1800-C, a product that can save you money, and help to reduce waste!

What is Vacuum Packing?

Vacuum packing is a method of packaging that removes air from the package prior to sealing. This method involves (manually or automatically) placing items in a plastic film package, removing air from inside, and sealing the package. Shrink film is sometimes used to have a tight fit to the contents. The intent of vacuum packing is usually to remove oxygen from the container to extend the shelf life of foods and, with flexible package forms, to reduce the volume of the contents and package. ( Source Wikipedia )

Hometastic Vacuum Sealer E1800-C, a product that can save you money, and help to reduce waste!

Hometastic Vacumm Sealer is a compact machine that sits on your kitchen worktop and doesn't occupy so much room - it isn't bulky and has a black, glossy sleek finish. It comes with a manual and a few seal bags to get you started. It is very easy to use with one-touch technology. This machine comes with two features, a seal button which seals the bags only, and VAC seal button and Stop button which vacuum and seal the bags automatically. Hometastic Vacuum sealer comes with 10-year warranty, a great peace of mind. If you buy now, you'll receive an incredible 100-day guarantee. If you're not entirely happy with the product, a full refund will be given back and no questions will be asked. But, I bet you won't need to do that as this machine may be compact but it does a mighty job.

Vacuum sealers are just not just for the professionals or restaurant owners, they are a very useful gadget for ordinary people like us who can save money, time and energy. Only with three steps you can vacuum pack your own food - 1. cut the bag into the size you need, 2. place the food item in the bag 3. vacuum seal the bag with only one touch and voila!

Some of the examples of storage guides - NOT vacuum vs Hometastic vacuum sealed food

In the fridge (5 + 3 C)

Soft cheese ( NV) 5-7 days (HVPS) 20 days
Vegetables (NV) 1-3 days (HVPS) 7-10 days
Soup (NV) 2-3 days (HVPS) 8-10 days
Pasta / Rice leftover 2-3 days (HVPS) 6-8 days

Room Temperature (25 + 2 C)

Fresh Bread (NV) 1-2 days (HVPS) 8-10 days
Flour (NV) 4-6 months (HVPS) 12 months
Dry Fruits (NV) 3-4 months (HVPS) 12 months

In the freezer (-18 + 2 C)

Vegetables and fruit (NV) 8-10 months (HVPS) 8-24 months
Meat (NV) 4-6 months (HVPS) 15-20 months
Fish (NV) 3-4 months  (HVPS) 10-12 months

What are the benefits of hometastic vacuum sealer?

If you have bought a hometastic vacuum sealer, you have started your journey to save money and wastage. By vacuum sealing your food with this machine, your food will keep your food fresh up to 8x longer in the refrigerator and freezer, preventing from freezer burn on meat and keep mould at bay.
You can vacuum seal your leftovers and save them for later use, and still, you'll have the same freshness and flavours.

For a single person, you can buy or cook food in bulk, with vacuum seal you can save a lot of time, money, energy and space, especially student like my daughter who doesn't have a lot of time on her hands. Rather than buying expensive bottles of sauce and paste, she can take one portion vacuum sealed pack from home.

Not only vacuuming the food, but it is perfect for marinating too as this seals all the flavours quickly.

Although ingredients sold in bigger packs have best before date, with vacuum seal you can save and keep those ingredients for a long time.

Many ingredients such as nuts and flours like Millet gets rancid very quickly, it's a good idea to keep in small portions in vacuum seal and keep it fresh for longer and use at later dates.

Vacuum sealed food is a more hygienic way to save as no open or odour releases in the fridge or freezer for food such as onion and garlic.

Vacuum sealed bags can free up more space in your freezer. Actually, I noticed that two vacuum sealed packets occupied less room than the original packaging.

If you've bought lots of seasonal fruit and veg such as berries, mangoes just freeze them first, then put the right amount of portions in the bag, vacuum seal and use it for a smoothie at a later date.

How does Hometastic Vacuum Sealer work?

Check out my video below of it in action.

I am pleased to let you know that for our readers Hometastic, has provided you with the promo code if you would like to purchase Hometastic Vacuum Sealer. Use promo code ' JCO30OFF'     (JCO3zeroOFF) to get 30% discount on the Hemestastic Vacuum sealer on Amazon.

This shouldn't be an optional kitchen gadget, it's a must as this will save you money, waste and help to build a better world for all of us.

Disclaimer - Thank you Hometastic for sending us Hometastic Vacuum Sealer. I was sent this product for an unbiased review and not told or paid to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Yaki Onigiri Yutaka

These Yaki Onigiri aka grilled rice balls are a traditional and versatile Japanese side dish or a wonderful snack that can be seen all over Japan - made with a crunchy layer outside and soft and sticky rice inside. These simple rice balls are prepared with sticky rice, covered with tamari soy sauce and then cooked in a cast iron pan on stove or BBQ.

Learn how to make Yaki Onigiri. Yaki Onigiri is a traeditional Japanese grilled rice balls that are easy to make and prepared with only 4 ingredients such as rice, salt, oil and soy sauce.


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