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20Jun 12

Caramel Custard – Bite Into Bliss

Also known as Flan, caramel custard is truly an amazing dessert. The light brown and smooth custard with the brown caramel glaze on top is a sight for the eyes to behold. Caramel custard is one of the simplest desserts to make and will add lots of oomph to your dinner experience. Caramel Custard Serving Size – Serves Four Estimated Preparation Time – 10 Minutes Estimated Cooking Time – 20 minutes   Eggs-3 Milk-1 cup Sugar-4Tbsp Plus 3Tbsp for Caramel Vanilla extract-1Tbsp Peel of one lemon   For the Caramel In a saucepan take 1/4 cup of water and mix 3 Tbsp of sugar into it. Boil the water till dark brown colored caramel is formed. Pour the caramel into small baking dishes and let it set. For the Custard In the same saucepan in which you made caramel, heat milk and lemon peel together. When milk comes to a […]

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15Jun 12

Dum Alu – When Humble Potato Meets Royalty

The Potato Story The humble Potato finds its roots in its Spanish equivalent – Patata. Consumed in kilos every year (statistics say that on an average a person consumes 103 kgs of Potatoes every year), this spud is one ingredient that forms a part of a poor man’s meal as well as a rich man’s menu. No wonder United Nations had named 2008 as theInternational Year of Potato. Here are a few more interesting facts about this gentle spud Pomme de terre is French for Potato. A pomme is an apple, a pomme de terre is an apple of the ground, and chips are pommes frites or fried apple Potato was the first food to be grown in space. It was taken on Columbia in 1995 The world’s biggest potato weighed in at 3.2 kgs and it was grown in Germany in 1997. Now that’s the weight of a small […]

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14Jun 12

Alu Paratha – Smashed Potato Indian Bread

Here comes the first post in this long series of easy to cook and delicious to eat recipes from Asia. I thought of starting the blog with a few recipes from India. Here’s a breakfast favorite from Northern India. Let us know if you like it Hot stuffed parathas! a breakfast favorite in the northern parts of India. This simple yet tasty bread has evolved quite a lot since the old days. Clarified butter or ‘ghee’ was the cooking medium of choice in the past, but the weight watchers brigade has replaced it with the lighter vegetable oil. The stuffing used in the Parathas has also seen many changes in recent times. From the very classic mashed potato to the now popular minced chicken or egg. Changes or not, stuffed paratha still remains the top breakfast choice for most Indians, after all there is nothing like gorging on these beauties […]

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13Jun 12

Chocolate Mousse – Indulgent Pleasure

A mousse is a dessert that is perfect for any occasion. Even an uneventful day can be turned into an occasion by the rich and creamy texture of a chocolate mousse, – an indulgent pleasure indeed. Serve it to your guests after dinner and compliments will just come pouring in. Though chocolate mousse is the most common forms of mousse, other flavors like mango, white chocolate or strawberry are also equally delicious. Try these to get a more colorful dessert plate. There are very few people who can resist the charm of chocolate and when it comes in the form of a sinfully smooth and creamy chocolate mousse, it just gets better. Very easy and quick to make, chocolate mousse is really a no fuss dessert. You can make it hours before dinner as it keeps well in the refrigerator. Enjoy its decadence as you take a bite off its chocolaty […]

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12Jun 12

Khichdi – Quick Indian Lentil Rice

In my previous post on Rice Pudding I highlighted a few facts from Asia about rice like an average Asian eats about 150 kilos of rice annually compared to an average European who consumes just 5 kilos. Check the post to read more such interesting facts. No matter what the facts say, it is true that Rice is a versatile ingredient. You will find it in every cuisine of the world and while the name changes from Pulao to Pilaaf to Fried Rice, everyone enjoys eating it. More about Rice A lot of people are very conscious when it comes to eating rice, may be due to its carbohydrate content. However, nothing is harmful when consumed in the right quantities. In fact, there are quite a few nutritional benefits of rice as well Rice is easy to digest. It is low in cholesterol, low in fat and high in starch. […]

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