Saturday, October 21, 2017

SOME FOODS EVEN WHEN SPOILED MAKE GREAT CLEANERS !

Now most of us conscientious about protecting environment. So, we always look for natural products to use not only for what we eat but also while using as our cleansers ! So, now these following are such wonderful ones, which are always there at home, let us make the most of their uses.

1. Walnuts
The natural oils that are found in a deshelled walnut are perfect for fixing scratches on a wooden surface. All you have to do is rub the nut’s flesh diagonally into the scratch.
2. Stale Bread
The next time you have a loaf of bread go stale on you, don’t think about the food that you have just lost, think of the cleaning product that you have gained. Slices of stale bread are perfect for picking up pieces of glass, cleaning coffee grinders, and soaking up leftover smells and residue.
3. Salt
Do you have some rust ruining the shine of metals around your house? If so, grab some salt, add some lemon juice, and make yourself a paste that will restore the shine and remove the rust.
4. Cornstarch
This is your secret weapon against carpet stains. Just sprinkle some on the stain, let it sit for one hour, and then vacuum it up for the easiest cleaning ever.
5. Coffee Grounds
Coffee smells so good it makes sense that it can be used as a great deodorizer in your trash can or refrigerate. More impressively, it can also clean your fireplace and restore your scratched floors and furniture.
6. Cucumbers
Most people think that cucumbers are just extra parts of a salad or something to turn into a pickle, but they can do much more than this. They can be used to remove marks from your walls, shine your shoes, or polish stainless steel.
7. Bananas
These potassium-packed fruits are good for much more than your vitamin levels. After chomping down on one, puree the peel, add water, and make a paste that is perfect for polishing your silver.
8. Lemons
Lemons are the most versatile foods on this list. This super fruit can do everything from shining stainless steel, boosting laundry detergent, and deodorizing garbage.
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

ALMOND KHEER

Almonds being expensive, I learnt this trick from a cook.,to make inexpensive  kheer.

INGREDIENTS
almonds soaked 1 cup
potatoes  3 big boiled, peeled and mashed
sugar 2-3 cups or more as per taste
saffron little
water 2 cups
milk 3 cups +
nuts roasted in little ghee as desired

METHOD
grind peeled almonds with little water well, remove in a heavy or non-stick pan
in the same jar, add boiled potatoes, grind adding little water
add to the ground almond mixture, add more water, cook stirring well till it boils
lower the flame, add sugar, saffron, cook stirring till sugar has dissolved and it simmers for a few minutes, add milk once it has come to room temperature, mix well and serve garnished with roasted nuts of your choice.

NOTE- at times, when we add milk last, it curdles, so either add water and milk in the beginning and cook, or you want to add milk later, then always add once the kheer has come to room temperature.


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SIMPLE TRICKS TO USE FOODS THAN THROW IT AWAY

I hate wasting food, as millions go die due to shortage of food. Also, with the inflation, when we pay so much to buy food, why throw it in the bin, when they can be used for making different snacks, or preserved in a better way.

1) OVER RIPE BANANAS- Normally when bananas are ripe, we'll throw it, one way to save them is put them in zip-lock and store in freezer, till we've enough to use for baking an egg-less cake or use it to make a nice smoothie with some yoghurt, nuts, dates. To prevent bananas from ripening too fast, tie plastic wrap around its stem.

2) BREAD GETTING OLD- Normally when bread is old, past the expiry date, we throw it. In case, it isn't spoiled, you may use it to make some nice bread upma , or bread vadai , bread kheer, bread pudding or toast it and powder it to make bread crumbs, or bread halwa or croutons for soups and salads. ( you can see recipes for all in this blog).

3) POTATO- Never store onion and potato together. To prevent, potato from sprouting, store it with an apple ! Or, you're going to use it within a week and you feel, it may sprout or get bad, best boil it with skin and store in the fridge after draining it well. It lasts for some days, as that is what I do. You feel like having a dessert- make kheer by soaking and grinding almonds and boiled potatoes together, Or, potato halwa, for making some cutlets.Or slice it fine, dry it with paper towel, then season it, roast in microwave or oven, to get some healthy chips, which can be stored too.

4) POMEGRANATE- I used to store my pomegranates outside, then found them dried, difficult to peel, by storing in the fridge, I found it fresh, easy to peel and lasts long.

5) MAYONNAISE- When last bit is left in the jar, don't throw it, add oil, herbs, spices, shake it well and use as salad dressing !

6) HERBS= Sadly herbs are expensive and also spoil easily. Best way is to wash, dry them, mix them with butter and freeze them in ice tray, then store those cubes in ziplock bag for later use. It can be defrosted and used when needed by taking out how many cubes we need . Curry leaves can be washed, dried in microwave and stored in a bottle outside. As for coriander leaves, always remove the stem and any other part that looks bit suspicious, put them in those little containers with holes, so they don't sweat. Then each day, when we use, turn the sides and check to discard anything getting bad, so it doesn't spoil the entire lot, OR, after sorting it out, if you store in those little net bags on the fridge door, I found that it gets dried and last long without getting spoiled !

7) CHOCOLATE SAUCES OR NUT BUTTER- when little left in the jar, instead of discarding it, add some warm milk, shake it up to get a nice tasty drink ! Or, you may add little milk and use it while baking a cake.

8) TOMATOES-  Best always choose those tomatoes that are green or semi-ripe when you buy. Tomatoes are best stored outside, than in the fridge, lasts longer for more than 3 weeks ! Suppose you feel they're getting too ripe, then you can always use them to make tomato chutney or puree or soup and enjoy it.


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MAWA/ KHOYA- EASY WAY TO MAKE AT HOME

Normally for barfis or other desserts, which require mawa, we buy, which at times isn't pure or at times not easily available. No more fretting or worrying , all you need is milk powder and milk !

Milk pdr. 1 cup
milk  1/2 cup

Mix both well, micro high for 30 seconds, stir well, again micro high for 30 seconds, if need be another 30 seconds, as it depends on the power of your microwave and voltage. Then this mawa can be used like the normal mawa that you buy from the shop !
 
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Bottle gourd ( lauki)- carrot barfi


INGREDIENTS
carrot grated/ minced in mixie  1 cup
bottle gourd minced in mixie  1 cup
milk  1 cup
paneer ( cottage cheese) 200 gm
sugar  1 cup + if you like too sweet
cardamom pdr. 1tsp
maida  1 cup or slightly less
ghee 5 tbsp
water  1/4 cup

METHOD
To be frank, I find it difficult to grate veges, as my bones are weak, so I've an easy way out, peel, cut into small pieces and mince in mixie. Those who can grate, well can grate both carrot and lauki finely.
Heat  1 1/2 tsp ghee, fry lauki and carrot till dry on low flame for about 4-5 minutes
Then add maida, fry for another 3 minutes
add paneer crumbles well for 2-3 minutes
add milk, mix well and keep stirring till all milk is absorbed
then to be sure for maida to cook I added about 1/4 cup water and cooked till water is absorbed
then added sugar, cooked on low flame, stirring often, adding ghee  1 tsp after I found it a bit dry each time, so approximately would have added 5 tbsp ghee totally, cooked till it became a mass and left the sides of the kadai. I used normal kadai, not non-stick, added cardamom before removing, mixed well
then I spread it on a greased plate, leveled it and wanted to sprinkle some nuts on top, as I forgot to chop and keep it ready, didn't do it, but that can be done to give a festive look to your barfi for this Diwali I kept it for almost 2 hours to set, as I went for lunch, played cards and came back to cut !

NOTES- sorry ladies, I never actually measure, I go with my instinct measurement, by lady luck or God's grace, including cake comes out fine. So, there is never any hard and fast rule in my recipes. You can do the same by using only lauki or carrot only.
My best wishes to all for a very happy, healthy and peaceful Diwali, Let it be noise and pollution free Diwali too, praying for peace in the world.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

HOW TO TEST THE PURITY OF TURMERIC

Turmeric is such a common and powerful ingredient with so many medicinal properties, that we use it blindly thinking that all that is sold with good brand names should be pure, wish it was so ! Very often scrupulous traders, adulterate most of the products to earn that extra money at the cost of our health. So, for at least now, to test the purity of turmeric, few simple tests will tell you and it can be done by you in your own kitchen !

Turmeric often tends to have unwanted additives such as chalk powder or starch or sawdust and sometimes, it is made to look appealing with the help of synthetic colors. Adulteration in spices is a common situation in many countries and therefore, it pays to ensure that the turmeric you buy and eat is free from Metanil yellow or lead chromate which are some of the toxic chemicals.
Simple tricks that can help you check- 

Chalk powder: You can take a pinch of turmeric powder in a glass flask and add a few drops of water to it. Now add a few drops of hydrochloric acid, and if you see it to give off bubbles, it is indicative of the presence of yellow soap powder or chalk powder or both.   

Metanil yellow: A few drops of hydrochloric acid in a pinch of turmeric will also help you understand whether it has Metanil yellow. Add some water and shake the mixture as vigorously as you can. If you see the mixture to turn pink, then rest assured that it contains this unwanted additive. 

Adulterated turmeric root: Sometimes, we need turmeric root instead of the powder, and you will be surprised to know that it may also be coated with some unwanted substance. To test for it, you will have to place turmeric root on a piece of paper and pour some water on it. If you see it leaving color, it can be impure and polished to give the desired look. 

Simple water test: This is one of the easiest ways to find out if there is any adulteration. You will have to take some warm water in a glass and pour in little quantity of turmeric on the surface. Do not stir or mix it and leave it for around 20 to 30 minutes. If all the turmeric powder settles at the bottom of the glass and the water is crystal clear, then the turmeric is pure. If you find the water to turn cloudy, then change to another brand with the hope that it is pure, again test it !

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Friday, October 6, 2017

SPICY KICHDI / PONGAL

INGREDIENTS
rice soaked 1/2 cup and drained
moong dal washed 1 cup
onion 1 big finely chopped
tomato 1 big finely chopped

jeera 1 tsp
cashew nuts  2 tbsp
red chilies 3-4
pepper pdr.  1 tsp
salt to taste
ghee 2-3 tbsp
turmeric pdr.  1/2 tsp

for seasoning
oil 1 tsp
jeera 1/2 tsp
kasturi methi 1 tsp
garlic chopped 1 tsp ( optional)
curry leaves 8-10

METHOD
in a pressure cooker, heat ghee, add jeera, once it crackles, add cashew nuts, fry till golden, add red chilies, onion, fry a minute, add tomatoes, fry for another minute
add pepper pdr, turmeric, rice drained, washed dal, add salt and enough water needed to cook rice and dal, cover, put the whistle, let it cook for 3 whistles
once pressure goes, remove the cooked kichdi in a serving bowl
for seasoning, heat oil in a pan add jeera, curry leaves, garlic if using, once it browns, off gas, add kasturi methi mix well, pour over the kichdi and serve hot.

NOTE- to make it a complete meal in one- you may add 1 carrot chopped, little peas, cauliflower little, beans a handful chopped, then you can complete the meal with a roasted papad and a glass of lassi  to get all the needed nutrition.

 

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