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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Medu Vadai | Black Gram Dumpling | *200th Post*

This happens to be my 200th post on Edible Entertainment! :-) And this is one of my most favorite recipes in the world...
Medu Vadai. (pronounced as May-dhooo V-uh-dye) is a traditional favorite of south Indian, especially Tamil cuisine and is an indispensable part of the menu on festivals.Medu’ means soft, and the dumplings must live up to the name. This is the basic version of the fried snack. There are so many different varieties possible with the same batter.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Ela Ada | Cooking With Kin #10#

A food blog is considered to be the *complete package* when it has short stories associated with a recipe, a simple recipe.. and most importantly, beautiful, appetizing photographs to go along with the recipe. The blogger I'm going to be featuring here today has all the above mentioned qualities in the right amount. And as if that wasn't enough, she names her blog aptly - Hot from my oven. You could smell the smell of fresh bread sitting in front of your computer! Please welcome an Engineer at day and a passionate baker after work - Ramya!!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Cadbury Diary Milk Silk - Orange Peel (product review)

I know its been raining chocolates lately; but who can resist when Cadbury comes knocking on your door? :-)

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Mint & Orange Lemonade | Cooking With Kin #9#

Online Strangers turned best buddies! :) That summarizes my friendship with Manali Shah. We met online 2 years ago and today, she's one of the closest friends in my life! I've always been paranoid of online friends. But I guess Man broke the taboo! ;) She has a superb blog titled Nothing Intellectual. And today, she is here with a cool Mint Lemonade for my CWK Series...
It doesn't matter which part of India you live. Unless you are in some dreamy hill station, chances are, the summer makes you mad. (Kavi interrupts: I love sweaty hot summers! :D)

Counter the heat with Mint and Orange Lemonade. Sounds good? It is! Takes less than 30 minutes to make concentrate that fills up an entire 1kg ketchup bottle. Kids are bound to love it and if you entertain often, this is sure to invite a barrage of questions. ;) 

It's mint-y, lemon-y, orange-y and ginger-y. What else can you possibly want? Did I mention this beverage is super economical?  It looks no different from a nimbu pani (lemon juice), but that's because I don't believe in adding food colours. I can't think of a better summer companion. In case you can, let me know about it on my blog. ;)

Mint - Ginger - Orange Lemonade Recipe
(source: Lite Bite)
1 liter water
1 kg granulated sugar
2 cups Mint leaves
A small piece of Ginger
3 Lemons
2 Navel Oranges
A pinch of Salt
  • Pluck the mint leaves and wash them with clean water. 
  • Scrap the ginger clean and Grate the ginger,
  • Grate the Navel oranges and keep the zest safely. 
  • Grind the mint leaves in a blender for a second. Do not make a paste out of it
  • Take a large vessel and boil 1 liter of water in it. Add the sugar and let it boil till the sugar melts.
  • Take the vessel off the flame and let it cool down completely. 
  • Add the mint leaves, lemon juices, orange segments, orange zest, grated ginger and salt in the sugar syrup.
  • Cover the vessel and keep it in refrigerator overnight for the flavors to seep in.
  • Take out the mix and filter it the next day. Fill the concentrate into clean glass bottles and refrigerate.
To serve -
To serve the drink, add 2-3 tsp. of the above made Mint & Orange Lemonade in a glass and fill it with water and crushed ice cubes. 

Notes -
This concentrate stays good for several months when refrigerated.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

10 Home Remedies for Sore Throats

It's scratchy, irritating and swollen, and you dread the simple task of gulping. But you must gulp, and when you do, you brace yourself for the unavoidable agony. If you have these signs, you have a sore throat for sure. It isn't the end of the world. Everybody gets them. According to some statistics I pulled, around 40 million people hike to the doctor's office for treatment every year!

Having Sore throat has been a part of my lifestyle forever. I have never consulted a Doc nor taken any medicines for something as simple as sore throat. Here are 10 homemade remedies for sore throat.. The granny and mommy swear by these remedies. Next time you have a sore, pick up one of the 10 & have/do it. You'll feel better! :)

Friday, 16 March 2012

All about Tempeh...

Tempeh is a traditional soy product originating in Indonesia. It is crafted from whole soybeans, water, and a special healthful bacterium, which is allowed to ferment for several hours so that it forms a high Vitamin B Complex content including a substantial amount of B12 which is essential for vegetarians and vegans.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Khus Khus Poori | Cooking With Kin #7#

I have been the biggest fan of Gayathri's Cook Spot forever!!! And to have Gayathri herself do a guest post for my Cooking With Kin series is so cool! :-D Her recipes are egg-free, just the way I like it. She's already worked out many egg substitutes successfully! Go on.. have a look at her recipes.

She sent me two recipes & I'm posting them separately. Watch out for the side-dish ...

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Types of Ovens

Whether you’re looking to buy a gas or electric, microwave, convection or an OTG oven, before you hit the stores, you have to make sure the oven you buy is right for you. So, here are the different options you have. Each of them differ in their cooking method, price, space-occupied etc.
(I'm only including the practical ovens in this list. There are a few like earth oven, ceramic oven, masonry oven which cannot be kept at home. If you are interested, you can read here.. :D)

Obesity .... and its effects

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Yam & Green Gram in Coconut Gravy | Cookin With Kin #6#

Hi friends!! :)
It has been 6 weeks since I started the Cooking with Kin series. And I am so glad to have made such wonderful friends who agree to do guest posts for me so that my blog doesn't remain dead while I go write exams! :-) One such good friend is Priya Sreeram. She is someone I look up to! An ICWA by profession, she writes at Bon Appetit. Before I started blogging, I used to hang out at a few food blogs gazing at recipes all day long. One such blog was hers. Usually, a reader-blogger relation is restricted to answering queries regarding the recipes. But I've been able to forge a friendship with Priya. :) And she is here with a healthy recipe (something my Recipe Index lacks! :D)
What do you guest post for someone who is still in college but boasts of an array of recipes that belies her age and would put seasoned chefs & veteran bloggers to shame ? ! Though, I have no qualms in admitting that my culinary adventures started only after marriage, this blogger's space just puts you in awe ! Yup, I am talking about the bubbly and vivacious Kavita, the star behind Edible EntertainmentAfter much thought, I settled on this simple but tasty gravy with yam & green gram.Veggie & Lentils in a dish is something my hearth loves and this recipe from a keralite friend of mine was an instant winner.
 The gravy gets its oomph from shallots while coconut adds pep and it is a perfect accompaniment to rice.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Top 5 foods to make you feel great

I read this in the newspaper and thought it would be nice to share it with my readers. I did a bit more searching and Voila! Here's a revamped blog post on foods that make you feel fantastic! Stock up your kitchen with these 5 superfoods and munch on them instead of low-fat biscuits or low fat chips. :D  This is my list. If you have any personal favorites, add yours in the comments section. I shall add it to the list at the bottom of this post :)

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Soy Granules Pudding | Cooking With Kin #5#

She has a very simple and uncluttered blog. Beautiful pictures and simple recipes have made her blog a truly pleasurable experience. I'm pleased to feature this innovative pudding from my friend Pratibha Sreejith. She blogs at Cook-Ezee. Go on, have a look! Its a beautiful blog. She agreed to the guest post without second thoughts and sent me this amazing post in no time!
Thanks for sending in your recipe, Pratibha! :)
I wonder how many teens and youngsters these days have the passion and love to cook and I absolutely admire this sweet girl for her eagerness for the same that end up creating such a wonderful blog Edible Entertainment. Her perseverance to succeed in her Studies and Career along with equal passion for her hobby is really appreciable. Yes friends, you guessed her right. She is none other than Kavitha, rather known as Kavi - One of our best blogger buddy and one of the youngest Chef in bloggers world.
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