Wednesday, 30 August 2017

THAI GREEN CURRY PASTE

Thai pastes are one of the essential elements of Thai Cuisine, prepare Thai soup or Thai Curry, Thai stir fry or marinades dishes, Thai pastes plays an important role in these dishes.

The good news is that making your own Thai Green Curry Paste at home is not a tedious job, as long as you have all the ingredients ready. This Thai curry paste can be ready in less than 10 minutes. Get the ingredients, put in a food processor and whizz up till you get a smooth paste. That's it.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

CASHEW CARAMEL MODAK

Modak are Ganpatiji's favourites and these modak are sweet stuffed dumplings are offered as prasad to Lord Ganesha. Cashew Caramel Modak This modak are quick and easy to make and it's super tempting and toothsome, you'll need only five ingredients.

These Cashew Caramel Modak are a delicious and amazing combination of nutty flavours cashews and coconut. These pyramid-shaped cashew sweets are filled with a gooey coconut filling in the centre. The best part? The coconut filling is flavoured with caramel. The amazing and rich tastes and texture will make your taste buds dance.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Saffron and Cardamom Horchata

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.

Call me naive, but I didn't actually know there were different types of Horchata. The horchata that I was familiar with was Mexican horchata using rice milk.

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.

Whilst I was in Barcelona, I ordered horchata at the station and a little google search later at home informed me that Spanish horchata is known as Horchata de Chufa which is made with tiger nuts!

I don't have an issue with dairy but have always loved drinking nondairy milk. I used to buy rice milk when I was younger and my mum suggested that we should have a go at making Horchata. Years passed and we never got round to it!

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.

So after having tried it myself, I wanted to have a go at making horchata at home, and soon! I didn't have time to buy tiger nuts, but we had rice at home so I made Mexican horchata instead.

When there is a kitchen cupboard groaning under the weight of different spices, it made sense to add a different flavour to the horchata.

I settled on saffron and cardamom horchata. My mum was particularly pleased. She is obsessed with anything saffron and cardamom flavoured, as is evident with all of the sweets she has made in the past!

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.

More Saffron and Cardamom Recipes- Saffron and Clementine Mixed Spice Buns | Manda/Mande Roti  | Cardamom Cupcake with Saffron Cream Cheese Frosting

It was a time-consuming process but the end result was worth the effort! It really spruces up plain rice milk. It was perfectly sweet and creamy and will always bring back the memory of Barcelona!

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with saffron and cardamom. A refreshing cooler for all year round.


Notes:-
For a vegan option omit condensed milk and use raw sugar.
For a classic Mexican horchata use a small cinnamon stick and omit the saffron and cardamom.

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Saffron and Cardamom Horchata,
Beverage
Spanish, Mexican
Yield: 4-6 SERVINGS
Author:

Saffron and Cardamom Horchata

Saffron and Cardamom Horchata

A creamy and smooth rice-based Mexican drink laced with Indian saffron and cardamom.
prep time: 10 hourcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 10 H & 15 M

ingredients:

  • 2 cup White Basmati or long grain rice
  • 250ml Sweet condensed milk
  • 6-8 green cardamom pods
  • Big pinch Saffron threads
  • Ice cubes (optional)

instructions:

How to cook Saffron and Cardamom Horchata

  1. Clean, wash and soak rice.
  2. Add 4 cups of cold water and let it soak the rice overnight with cardamom pods.
  3. In the morning in a blender add rice, water, and cardamom. 
  4. Puree it till you get a smooth texture.
  5. Strain the liquid through a cheesecloth and discard the rice mixture.
  6. Whisk the sweetened condensed milk and saffron threads into the rice liquid.
  7. Pour into glasses, add ice cubes if you like.
  8. Top each glass with a couple of saffron threads.
  9. Enjoy!

NOTES:

For a vegan option omit condensed milk and use raw sugar.
For a classic Mexican horchata use a small cinnamon stick and omit the saffron and cardamom.
Calories
414.43
Fat (grams)
7.38
Sat. Fat (grams)
4.52
Carbs (grams)
77.56
Fiber (grams)
0.57
Net carbs
76.99
Sugar (grams)
44.00
Protein (grams)
9.61
Sodium (milligrams)
103.91
Cholesterol (grams)
27.46
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Barcelona - my unforgettable 3-day vacay!

Arc de Triomf-Barcelona, beautiful architecture,a popular tourist destination.

I'm already into August having found myself with no summer plans. After a gruelling year at uni and the last long summer holiday of my life, there was only one thing for it - booking a girls trip away! I am a medical student in my clinical years meaning I now will not get the luxury of many weeks off but just a fortnight. With some hasty last minute decisions, I and my friends landed on Barcelona and got to work planning our 3 days there.


I hadn't really considered Spain as a holiday destination much before even though it is an absolute tourist hotspot. I heard from a lot of friends that they had booked flights to Barcelona and now that I have been there, it is easy to understand why. Barcelona is the perfect cocktail of rustic old charm and young cosmopolitan vibes. With lashings of Sangria thrown in.

Day 1:

We flew in from London Luton to Barcelona - El prat on a 7 am flight. Neither of us was getting much beauty rest.

Upon landing at BCN airport, we bought 3-day (72hr) travel passes called Hola BCN. They could be used on unlimited on the metro, bus and other Barcelona public transport. The pass could also be used to get from the airport to the city via the metro. We took the L9 then changed over to the L5 to get to our accommodation 5 minutes from the Sagrada Familia.

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau,Barcelona 15th century building in Barcelona now a museum.

After dumping our luggage (always overpacked as girls) in our room, we were free to begin exploring the city! We were mere seconds away from the Hospital de Sant Pau i de la Santa Creu, a 15th-century building that used to serve as a hospital and now as a museum and cultural centre.

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau,Barcelona 15th century building in Barcelona now a museum.

There was no chance I was going to Spain without sampling the menu, so it was time to get some Patatas Bravas! Just from being outside for an hour or so was enough to experience the laid back attitude in Barcelona. I was enticed by the tables and tables of people enjoying tapas with a drink filling the streets. It's the kind of scene that is so hard to find back home in London.

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. famous monument.

Now our next stop I was very excited about. We were going to visit the world famous Sagrada Familia. We bought tickets to the Sagrada Familia online in advance to save us from the long queues - I didn't want to take the risk of waiting around. If I thought the outside was spectacular, then I was in for a real treat once we made our way inside!


Colours danced through the stained glass windows and added to the allure of the interior. If I had my way, I could have sat here for hours, gazing at the intricate detail of the architecture. I was surprised to know that construction to the Sagrada Familia has been going on for over 100 years and is set to end in 2026. (An excuse to go visit again?) Even though it was packed with people, it still had a calming quality.

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. famous monument.

Even though we were pretty jet lagged, we pushed on and made our way into the town centre by bus. I think the bus was one of the best ways to get around, we got where we wanted to be quicker than by foot but could still see all of the sights!

Placa Catalunya famous square in Barcelona.

We spent the rest of the evening walking along Las Ramblas, a vibrant promenade in the centre of Barcelona. I just couldn't get enough of the beautiful buildings, I took picture after picture ... it's times like this where having loads of memory cards to hand helps! The evening sun shone through the trees and cast gorgeous lights and shadows over each unique building. I fell in love with the balconies and couldn't help myself but stop and look - sorry to anyone behind me who had to put up with me stopping every couple of meters!

We ventured into La Boqueria market which was an experience all in itself! It couldn't be more packed but it made the market all the better. We were overwhelmed with stalls selling fresh fruit, juices, meats. Wherever you looked was FOOD. So naturally, I had to buy something. I got myself an avocado and coconut juice to cool down and recharge from all of the walking. I also managed to get some pictures. Obviously.

Las Ramblas street popular world famous street.

Las Ramblas street popular world famous street.

Las Ramblas street popular world famous street.

We walked around the town and squares late into the evening and finally found a spot to grab some dinner.

Day 2: 

The whole of the morning was taken up by a free walking tour which was a fantastic way to see the city! We explored the Gothic Quarter and I had the opportunity to learn more about the city I was in and its language.

I ate my first paella in Placa Reial - a picturesque square lined with eateries just off Las Ramblas.

We decided then to take the metro to Placa d'Espanya which was within easy reach from Las Ramblas. I didn't know what to expect from this place but I was not at all disappointed. Far away from the centre, Espanya had a completely different feel. Just by walking up from the steps off the metro, we could see the Venetian Towers and the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC).

Espanya MNAC




Montjuic cable car

We stopped to get drinks at the station. One glance at the menu and I knew what I was going to get. Horchata! One stop on the metro took us to the funicular for Montjuic where we could get on the Montjuic cable car to get panoramic views of Barcelona and the port. We took the cable car up one way and took a short leisurely walk back down again. Seeing Barcelona from a height really helped give perspective on what we were seeing down on the ground. The Sagrada Familia stood out firmly.

Barcelona city view Montjuic cable car

I had a really nice vegan dinner and then we had the evening free to head towards Barceloneta for the famous Barcelona nightlife! This was a girls trip after all and a chance to make use of my over flowing wardrobe back home!

Day 3: 

Park Guell Gaudi popular park in Barcelona.

Park Guell Gaudi popular park in Barcelona.

Day 3 began with a bus journey to Park Guell, a public park designed by Gaudi. It was simply beautiful. The clear blue sky contrasted seamlessly with the bright colours in the park. It was a hot day and we were tiring from our trip but that didn't stop us marvelling at the artistry at hand.

As we took the bus back to the centre, we passed Passeig de Gracia - Barcelona's high-end shopping street. My mouth watered looking at the pristine succession of shops that I wished I had more time to visit. One day I will return with an intention to spend, spend, spend.

Las Ramblas square dining in Barcelona.

One of my friends suggested that we visit El Born for lunch. We left the hustle and bustle of tourist traffic behind and entered a calm oasis. Narrow winding streets, rows of tapas bars and men playing Spanish music in the squares all added to the charm of El Born. My eyes were constantly wandering into the shop windows as I looked for props to bring back as gifts - I am a blogger's daughter after all!

Arc de Triomf-Barcelona, beautiful architecture,a popular tourist destination.

With plenty of time until our late evening flight, we walked to the Arc de Triomf (where a jumping photo is a given) then relaxed in the park next to it. We couldn't have asked for better weather as our trip began to draw to a close.

Arc de Triomf

Next, we meandered our way to Barceloneta beach, ice creams in hand. Normally, when I see pictures of crowded beaches, it really puts me off! But walking along the promenade and simply soaking in the atmosphere was enough! Spending some time at the beach rounded this vacay off in style.

Barceloneta Beach popular and gorgeous view.

Sadly, it was time to make our way back to the Airport to head home. But our love of the city lives on in the memories that we made... and the hundreds of pictures that we took!

Adéu Barcelona!

As I was adding the final pieces to this post, I heard the devastating news of the attacks in Barcelona on the 17th of August. I am shocked and saddened to hear that this has happened to such a beautiful city that is so full of life and energy. Barcelona is in our thoughts.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

MIXED LENTILS AND SUVA BHAJI DAAL

Relish this delicious and nutritious Mixed Lentils and Suva Bhaji Daal with steamed rice or hot phulka roti and experience its outstanding taste!


Lentils or daal is a staple in most Indian homes. This delicious, hearty and comforting quick mixed lentils and dill-suva bhaji daal is a great vegan dish for any day.It is healthy, nutritious and packed with flavours.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Mayfield Copycat Lavender Frappuccino



Lavender Frappuccino, a floral flavoured Frappuccino, perfect for the summer, an instant recipe for when that craving hits.

Lavender Frappuccino, a floral flavoured Frappuccino, perfect for the summer, an instant recipe for when that craving hits.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Vanilla, Caramel and Chocolate Barfi / Fudge

Imagine a perfect slice of Millionaire's shortbread. Now imagine a perfect square of Barfi. Now stretching the imagination a little, picture a fusion of the two: Vanilla, Caramel and Chocolate Barfi.

Barfi is a popular Indian sweet and can be made easily at home. Three decadent layers of barfi with a western twist, a symphony of vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours. Preciously rich and milky, perfect anytime.


Well, you don't actually have to! I've done all of the hard work and made these mouthwatering Millionaire's Barfi. These sumptuous treats are made of three layers of differently flavoured barfi - chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Together, these layers form a perfect symphony of western flavours woven with a traditional Indian recipe.

Barfi is a popular Indian sweet and can be made easily at home. Three decadent layers of barfi with a western twist, a symphony of vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours. Preciously rich and milky, perfect anytime.

These sweets are perfect for the upcoming Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan. The festival celebrates the special bond between a brother and sister (when they aren't fighting for the remote).

Rakhi Special- raksha bandhan - The thread of love Jagrutis cooking Odyssey

It's Hayley here, and I thought that I would write a post today and give my mum a break! The last time I posted was quite a while back, but now I'm home from uni I've found myself with a little spare time on my hands!

More Barfi Recipes-> Barfi | Kesar, Badam, Pista Barfi | Malai Dodha Barfi | Rose Coconut Barfi | Chocolate layered Barfi | Nutella Barfi 


Barfi is a popular Indian sweet and can be made easily at home. Three decadent layers of barfi with a western twist, a symphony of vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours. Preciously rich and milky, perfect anytime.

I've watched my mum making Indian sweets for years, mainly because it meant that I could sneakily eat some of the mixtures, but I did begin to pick up the process over time. It was my turn to treat my brother and family by trying to make an Indian dessert. For the past few years now, I have been cooking the main meals whenever I'm home but never really tackled too many sweet things, only dabbling in baking here and there. My mum suggested that an easy one to try was Barfi, all I had to do was not get distracted and stir constantly! Doesn't seem too bad!

Barfi is a popular Indian sweet and can be made easily at home. Three decadent layers of barfi with a western twist, a symphony of vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours. Preciously rich and milky, perfect anytime.

Now, I love authentic Indian sweets. Actually, some of the least flashy, and basic sweets are the ones that I hold dearest to my heart. The ones that my mum and dad have grown up eating, such as Sukhdi-Jaggery Fudge. Sometimes though, it is nice to change things up and change the recipe around a little. We all like millionaire's shortbread in the family (only allowed as a treat!) so I thought of adding these flavours to the Barfi.

Barfi is a popular Indian sweet and can be made easily at home. Three decadent layers of barfi with a western twist, a symphony of vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours. Preciously rich and milky, perfect anytime.

And it turned out fab! The caramel, chocolatey flavours complimented the milky barfi impeccably. Each layer stands out distinctly as you bite into the barfi but then melts together. Sumptuous!

Barfi is a popular Indian sweet and can be made easily at home. Three decadent layers of barfi with a western twist, a symphony of vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours. Preciously rich and milky, perfect anytime.

Notes:-
This Barfi can be made with Mawa or Khoya.


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Vanilla, Caramel and Chocolate Barfi, Chocolate Barfi, Millionaire's shortbread
Desserts, Sweets, Mithai
Indian
Yield: 22-25 pieces
Author:

VANILLA, CARAMEL AND CHOCOLATE BARFI

VANILLA, CARAMEL AND CHOCOLATE BARFI

Three decadent layers of barfi with a western twist, a symphony of vanilla, caramel and chocolate flavours. Preciously rich and milky, perfect anytime.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 40 Mtotal time: 45 M

ingredients:

Vanilla Layer - 1 cup=240mls
  • 375g or 3 cups Full fat milk powder
  • 1 tbsp. Desi ghee or unsalted butter
  • 125ml or 1/2 cup whole milk+Double Cream
  • 150g or 3/4 cup Sugar
  • few drops Vanilla extract
Caramel Layer
  • 1 tin 397g caramel
  • 350g or 3 cups Full fat milk powder
Chocolate Layer
  • 350g or 3 cups Full fat milk powder
  • 3-4 tbsp. Cocoa Powder
  • 150g or 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 125 ml or 1/2 cup Full fat milk+Double Cream
Decorating/Garnish
  •  Silver leaf -Varq - optional 
  • 3-4 tbsp.  Almond Slivers - optional 

instructions:

How to cook VANILLA, CARAMEL AND CHOCOLATE BARFI

  1. Grease one plate with ghee or unsalted butter and leave it aside.
  2. First, make the vanilla layer.
  3. Heat milk+cream and sugar in a pan and let the sugar dissolve.
  4. Let the milk simmer gently for 5-6 minutes or looks like condensed milk turn the heat off.
  5. In a heavy bottom pan heat ghee and add milk powder.
  6. Quickly start stirring so milk powder doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
  7. Keep stirring continuously for 4-5 minutes.
  8. Then add milk and sugar mixture to it and mix well.
  9. Keep stirring until the mixture gets thicker.
  10. Turn off the heat and add vanilla extract and mix well.
  11. Mix well and spread evenly one layer over the greased plate.
  12. Leave the plate aside and start making the caramel layer.
  13. In the same pan heat ghee and lightly roast the milk powder on very low heat.
  14. After 5-6 minutes add caramel and quickly give it a good stir.
  15. Mix well and spread evenly on the vanilla layer and leave it aside.
  16. Now make the final layer which is the chocolate layer.
  17. Heat milk+Cream and sugar in a pan and simmer till you get the mixture like condensed milk.
  18. Turn off the heat. Now heat ghee in a pan add milk powder and lightly roast for 5-6 minutes on very low heat.
  19. Add condensed milk and mix well, and add cocoa powder.
  20. Cook the mixture till a little thicker.
  21. Turn off the heat and spread the chocolate mixture evenly on the caramel layer.
  22. Apply silver leaf and press gently with a clean spatula and leave it to cool completely.
  23. Cut into the desired shape and garnished with the slivered almonds.

NOTES:

This recipe can be halved or doubled.
Instead of caramel, dulce de leche condensed milk will work too.
Calories
191.80
Fat (grams)
7.68
Sat. Fat (grams)
4.41
Carbs (grams)
28.64
Fiber (grams)
0.31
Net carbs
28.33
Sugar (grams)
24.34
Protein (grams)
3.54
Sodium (milligrams)
109.53
Cholesterol (grams)
22.42
The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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