Monday, June 18, 2018

Theatre Style Buttery Popcorn | Home made Popcorn

How many of you like theatre style buttery popcorn ?? If you're one of them, then this recipe is for you. Trust me, once you have tried this way of making popcorn at home, you never ever thought of buying one of those ready made microwave popcorn. The recipe is so simple and the key ingredients here is Coconut oil, it gives that wonderful aroma to the popcorn just like how you get it in movies.
In addition, if you want those extra buttery flavor, then add a tsp of ghee at the end to make it even more delicious and buttery.I have tried this with and without ghee, either way, it tastes good, so if you're diet conscious and don't want to add those extra fat from the ghee in to your diet, feel free and skip it altogether, still it tastes as good as those movie popcorn. Now let's check out the recipe.

Theatre Style Buttery Popcorn

Preparation Time : 2 mins | Cooking Time : 03 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Snacks | Recipe Cuisine: International
Dried Corn kernels - 1/4 cup
Coconut oil - 1 & 1/2 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Ghee- 1 tsp(optional)

First take a large pot and put it on flame, add the coconut oil and let it hot,then add few corn kernels into it.Wait till it pops, now it's time to add all the corn kernels, mix it with oil well.When it starts to pop, cover it with lid and let all the corns to pop. It takes around 1 to 1.5 mins. Once all the corn kernels are popped, switch off the flame & open the lid, add the salt.Shake the pot to mix it well.Finally add the ghee and cover the pot with lid and shake it well. It helps to coat the popcorn with ghee evenly.Tada Tasty Theatre Style Pop Corn is ready. Serve it immediately.
  • Ghee is optional, without ghee also it tastes good.
  • Use fine salt, it helps to season the popcorn evenly.
  • Serve it immediately, it tends to become soggy when it sits for hours.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Eggless Spinach Muffins | Muffins recipe | Breakfast recipe

Spinach Muffin, a delicious and healthy muffins made from the spinach. Almost a year back, i had tried this recipe from pailin's kitchen for the first time with slight variation and immediately fell in love with it. The original recipe has egg in it, but i replaced it with more curd & milk and the result was awesome with wonderful texture and taste. Ever since i have been baking this muffin regularly at home and it's one of our favorite bakes that i used to make at home. It's very mild in sweet and tastes absolutely delicious. It can be served as breakfast or snacks on the evening, either way it's too good. Now let's check out the recipe for this  healthy spinach muffins.

Spinach Muffins

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 minsMakes :
Recipe Category: Muffins | Recipe Cuisine: International
Baby Spinach - 100 gm
All purpose flour - 3/4 cup
Wheat flour - 1/4 cup
Butter - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1/4 cup
Curd - 1/3 cup
Milk - 2 tbsp
Banana - 1/2 
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Cinnamon powder - 1 tsp
Vanilla essence -1/2 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Nuts and dry fruits - 1/4 cup(optional)

Preheat the oven at 350F
Measure and take all the ingredients, in a mixie jar or blender jar, add the curd, milk, melted butter, vanilla essence and spinach.Grind them into smooth puree and keep aside. Take a bowl for mixing dry ingredients, add all purpose flour and wheat flour in the bowl and then add baking soda.Next add baking powder, sugar and cinnamon powder one by one.Mix it all together and sieve it once to remove any lumps. In an another bowl, mash the banana and keep it ready.To the flour mixture, add the spinach puree and mashed banana. Mix it together well.If you're using dry fruits and nuts, add at this stage and mix it together well.Take the muffin pan and line them with liner and pour the batter evenly on the pan. Bake at 350F in the preheated oven for 20-22 mins or until the tooth pick inserted in the center will come out clean.Tada, Healthy and tasty Spinach Muffins are ready.
  • Instead of baby spinach, normal spinach can also be used here.
  • Make sure everything at room temperature before starting.
  • It makes 8 medium size muffins.
  • You can freeze this muffin and microwave it just before serving.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Oats Upma | Breakfast recipe | Oats Recipe

Oats Upma, a healthy and quick to make breakfast with oats and indian spices.  Few years back oats was getting popular in India like anything and almost all the indian dishes have an oats version like oats upma, oats dosa , oats khichdi and the list goes on. As of now, the whole world had already tried everything possible with oats and moves on to the other grains.But here i'm sharing my first oats recipe now since i'm so reluctant to try instantly when something new comes into market, as usual i have taken my own phase of time to get to know about that and slowly started to use in my cooking. Now for last one year i have been cooking oats regularly at home and now i'm quite confident about how to handle the oats and out of all my experiments with oats, this upma is my most favorite breakfast recipe with oats. It's really very simple and delicious with mild flavors and comes handy on your busy mornings. Now let's check out the recipe.

Oats Upma

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 10 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Oats | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Quick Oats - 1 cup
Onion - 1/2(small)
Water - 1/2 cup
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Red chili powder - 1/4 tsp
Sambar powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard & urad dal - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Coriander leaves - few

First chop the onion into small pieces, measure and take the oats. Heat the pan with oil, add mustard and urad dal, let the mustard crackle.Add the onions and saute it becomes translucent and then add the oats.Add the spices(turmeric,chili & sambar powder) and salt, mix it all well together and then add the water on the oats little by little and mix it with spatula simultaneously.Make sure that the oats is completely wet, keep the flame in low and close the pan with lid and cook it for 5 mins. Stir it between to avoid sticking at the bottom. Tada, non sticky, fluffy oats upma is ready. Add some coriander leaves on the top while serving. Serve it with your favorite drink, we had it with strawberry smoothie.
  • Depends on the moisture in the onions and oats quality, you may need more or less of 1 tbsp of water as i mentioned here.
  • Don't pour all the water at once. Slowly add the water and gently mix the oats. It helps to make sure that every grain of  oats is completely wet.
  • Add the spices more or less as per your liking.
  • Upma tastes good as it is, but if you like, you can serve them with chutney or sambar.
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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Strawberry Smoothie | Summer Drink | Smoothie Recipe

Strawberry Smoothie, a quick to make delicious smoothie with only 3 ingredients. This is my go to recipe for strawberry smoothie. Since strawberries are in season for a while, though i love to have them as it is, sometimes prefer to make this smoothie or this strawberry lemonade. Both are my absolute favorite and it's bring out the strawberry flavor well. As i like strawberry flavor so much, while make any drink with these fruit, i'm always so subtle on adding other flavors or mostly prefer to skip adding any additional flavor, that's when you get the full flavor of strawberries in your drink. If you're like me, then definitely you will love this simple yet so delicious strawberry smoothie, now let's check out the recipe, honestly there is no such thing as recipe for this smoothie, you have to put together everything in the blender, blend and your smoothie is ready. Since it's my favorite, it has gotten a place here :-)

Strawberry Smoothie

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 0 minsServes : 1 or 2 
Recipe Category: Smoothie | Recipe Cuisine: International
Strawberry - 1/2 lb
Milk - 1/2 to 3/4 cup
Honey - as needed

Wash and cut the strawberries into small cubes, put it in blender along with milk.Add the required honey/any sweetener as per your liking and blend into smooth puree.Tada, Quick to make strawberry smoothie is ready.
  • If you like thick smoothie, put the strawberries in freezer for one hour and then blend.
  • Add more or less honey based on the sweetness of the strawberries and your preference.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Avocado Mango & Pear Salad | Salad Recipe

Avocado Mango & Pear Salad, a healthy and quick to put together salad.Last year i had seen few salsa recipes for tortilla chips on pinterest using avocado & mango, i loved the idea of using avocado and mango together, both are my most favorite fruits and immediately tried it and fell in love with the combination. Later i thought instead of serving them as a salsa for chips, they themselves make a great salad.
To make them as salad, i kind of felt that it need some crunchy element in it. First i had tried it with apples, but didn't like the combination much, second, it tried it with some pears, OMG, it turned out so good, the flavors of fruits complement each other well and really love the combination. If you're making this as salsa for chips, no need to add pears, the chips itself gives enough crunchiness to the creamy salsa. But if you're planning to have them as salad like me, highly recommend to add the pears. Try out the combination and thank me later :-)

Avocado Mango & Pear Salad

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 0 minsServes : 1 to 2 
Recipe Category: Salad | Recipe Cuisine: International
Avocado - 1
Pear - 1 
Mango - 1
Coriander leaves - few
Salt - a pinch
Pepper powder - as needed
Lemon juice - 2 tsp

Take all the fruits and cut into small cubes and place it in the bowl.Squeeze the lemon juice into it and then add a pinch of salt and the needed pepper powder.Finally add the chopped coriander leaves and mix it all together.Healthy Avocado Salad is ready. Serve it immediately.
  • Make sure that all the fruits have equal proportions.
  • Use well ripen yet firm mangoes for better taste.
  • If you're mangoes has more sourness, then reduce the amount of lemon juice.
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Roundup for One Vegetable Different Ways

This is the first time that i'm doing roundup for the BM theme. As usual, this month BM also has some interesting themes and one among them is "One Vegetable Different Ways". The concept is you have to choose one vegetable as main ingredient and cook it in three ways. Really i liked the concept and had chosen "Broccoli" as main ingredients and cooked three dishes. Like me, my fellow bloggers also had chosen the different veggies and came up with some interesting recipes. Here is the compilation of all the dishes that we have shared for this theme.

Here are mine - Broccoli in three ways

Broccoli Soup
Broccoli ParathaBroccoli Stir fry

Harini - Cauliflower in three ways

Cauliflower Mac n Cheese
Microwave Cauliflower RiceAir fryer roasted Cauliflower

Srivalli - Potatoes in three ways

Dum Aloo
Rajasthani Jodhpuri AlooStuffed Potato Masala

Vaishali - Spinach in three ways

Palakchi Patal Bhaji(Maharastra)
Palak Ka Saag(Bihar)Palak Paneer Bhurji

Priya - Onion in three ways

Onion Roti
Onion RasamOnion Capsicum Chutney

Varadha - Red Bell Pepper in three ways

Red Pepper Hummus
Skewered Pepper & PaneerPepper and paneer in tomatoes

Sowmya - Carrot in three ways

Carrot Sandwich
Oven Roasted Carrot SoupHoney Glazed Carrots
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