April 21st, 2015

Read about Homemade Yogurt (Dahi)!

Yogurt is more commonly known as curd/curds in India. In Hindi we call it दही (dahi). Yogurt is one of the best sources of calcium for vegetarians. Yogurt is also rich in protein and Vitamin B.

Yogurt is an excellent source of probiotic bacteria, which supports immunity and digestive heath. Yogurt has good bacteria that can be helpful to your digestive tract.Yogurt is made by natural bacterial fermentation of milk. In this process the lactose of milk converts into lactic acid and this makes yogurt more easily digestible than milk.

Making of Yogurt-Yogurt can be easily found at stores but there is nothing that beats homemade stuff. Yogurt is very easy to make at home. It should be made with live and active culture. “Live and active culture” refers to living organisms (heathy/good bacteria) such as lactobacillus, which converts milk to yogurt during fermentation.

In order to make yogurt, we need fresh milk. We can use cow milk or buffalo milk. We can use full cream milk or 2% milk. Pasteurized milk works well for yogurt making. Tetra packs (UHT) milk does not work for yogurt making.Yogurt can be easily found at stores but there is nothing that beats homemade stuff. Yogurt is very easy to make at home. It should be made with live and active culture.

With best wishes,
Shuchi


Homemade Yogurt Homemade Yogurt- Yogurt is an excellent source of probiotic bacteria, which supports immunity and digestive health. Yogurt has good bacteria that can be helpful to your digestive tract. Yogurt is made by natural bacterial fermentation of milk. In this process the lactose of milk converts into lactic acid and this makes yogurt more easily digestible than milk.Yogurt can be easily found at stores but there is nothing that beats homemade stuff. Yogurt is very easy to make at home. It should be made with live and active culture.

Some delicious Yogurt delicacies:

Mango Raita Shrikhand mango strawberry yogurt


April 19th, 2015

New Recipe- Paneer Pesto!


Paneer Pesto Paneer Pesto- Pesto is a very popular Italian sauce made with fresh basil, pine-nuts, garlic, parmesan cheese and olive oil. Many of my readers, who don’t wish to use cheese in their cooking, have been asking for a substitute pesto recipe. Here is a paneer based pesto sauce recipe. Those who want to make a vegan pesto, can replace paneer with tofu. Pesto is traditionally prepared in a mortar and pestle; I have made pesto in a electric blender. .

April 10th, 2015

New Recipe- Palak Paneer!


Palak Paneer Palak Paneer- Palak paneer is a very famous paneer dish. Paneer is an Indian cottage cheese prepared from fresh cow or buffalo milk. To prepare paneer, usually lemon juice/ vinegar/ citric acid / yogurt is added to boiling hot milk to separate the curds from the whey. Paneer is a good source of proteins, carbohydrates and calcium for vegetarians.Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, folic acid, and vitamins. This is an easy to make delicious and healthy green curry. This mild curry also has onions...

April 5th, 2015

A Home cooked South Indian Platter!!

south indian platter

Above picture has - Idli, Sambhar, Dosa, dose ka masala, coconut chutney, onion and tomato chutney, and Tamarind Rice.


Masala Bhindi!!

Dear Readers,

For a long time many of you have been asking about a vaishnav (without onions and garlic) sabji of bhindi. Here we go with a very simple yet delicious recipe of Bhindi sabji. Try this recipe and please share your comments.

With best wishes !!
Shuchi


Masala Bhindi Masala Bhindi- Bhindi is also known as okra or lady-fingers. Bhindi is a good source of vitamin A, C, K, and B6. They are also rich in calcium, magnesium and dietary fibers. There are so many delicacies you can make with bhindi. Bhindi is easily available around the world. Outside India, you can find bhindi in Indian stores/ Asian stores, and also in super market. You can also grow bhindi in your kitchen garden. Here we are making a most popular and simple version of North Indian style masala bhindi recipe.

Some other recipes we have made in past-

Quinoa Salad

Oat-N-Date Laddoos

Bite Size Pizzas

Cheesy Bread Sticks


some photos for party planning and party organization/ bulk cooking.