Saturday, March 19, 2011

Home made Chocolate Ice Cream

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Summer is here.............. I am waiting for the exams to get over. The first thing I will do is I will sleep for two days. Then I will clean the messed up house. April month has lot of sweet, bitter, tangy.... experiences. During child hood, till April 10, we used to be like "bheegi billi;" Once we get our result on April 10, and the marks card in our hand with 75%, 60%, 50%(those days, 50% was also a great achievement), our vacation for 2 months was started. We were free birds.. No fixed time for any thing.. Many eatables like fresh home made pickle, paapad, tamarind lolly pop, and then Ice cream.. The man used to come with a pushing box which had wheels. We used to wait for his voice "Femmilaaaaaaaaaaicccccccccccccecream...." We used to search for some elder person to buy those ice cream for us.. :-)))) 
Why am I telling all these to you???? Because, April is only few days away.. and I want my kids to enjoy the vacation. What else will be greater than Ice cream to start this vacation.
Here is the simple home made ice cream, it takes time but kids enjoy each bite.

Milk : - 1 liter (Thick)
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Cocoa powder - 2 tbsp
Corn flakes - 1/4 cup
Fresh cream - 1/4 cup(optional)

Boil the milk in a big vessel. Take 1/4 cup of milk from it. Cool it and add the cocoa powder. Mix well. Keep it aside.
Keep the milk to boil again. Add sugar and boil till the sugar melts fully. Add the cocoa powder mix. Mix well  and boil till the milk thickens and reduces to 3/4th. Add cornflakes, mix well.
Remove from heat and keep it to cool. Once its cold, keep in the refrigerator for an hour. 
Add the fresh cream.
Remove it, put it in a grinder or use blender to mix it properly.
Refrigerate again for an hour.
Remove and blend it well with blender or grinder.
Mix well, Refrigerate again till it sets.
Serve it cool in a serving bowl.
My kids stand with the spoon in their hands... They can't wait till I serve it in the bowls.

Sending this to 
which is My  event

Keep Smiling,

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Minty Cheese Paratha

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I would love to prepare this everyday, because my younger daughter loves it. I am happy that she loves something good food... And ask me!! I am always ready for CHEESE and that too if it is with Mint!! 
A very tasty combo and perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I usually prepare this for an early dinner. A very common paratha, but if you stuff the same with some scrambled paneer, what a healthy way to start your day.
Mint or Pudina is always there in my fridge or many times I keep the mint chutney ready in the refrigerator. I will be waiting for the summer as I dry these fresh mint leaves, powder it and store it again in the fridge.
Mint gives you a very fresh feeling. Add it in the butter milk and have it in the Summer noon. See how fresh you feel.
Here is the recipe:

Wheat flour - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Water to make the dough.
Mix all the ingredients except water. Keep on adding little water to make the flour into soft dough.
Keep it aside.

For Stuffing:
Fresh Mint or Pudina - 1 small bunch, cleaned, washed and finely chopped
Mozzarella Cheese - 1 cup, grated
Salt to taste
White pepper powder - 1 tsp
Mix all the ingredients and keep it aside.(Not for  long time)

Divide the dough into big lime size balls.
Take one ball, roll it to make a big puri size.
Spread the cheese and mint mixture(About big one spoon or more if you like more cheesy paratha) evenly.

Fold it to give square shape(shown in the photo)

Slowly roll the parathas into square and bigger size.

Roast the parathas with little oil on both the sides.
Serve hot with pickle or sauce(I don't recommend) or some wet chutney. I love to roll it and have it just like that to enjoy the cheese in each bite.

Sending it to PJ's Herbs and Flowers In My Platter.

I know I am late, but got confused with the last date and forgot to check. I kept the post half ready before only,  As there was a time constraint, I could not post it before 15th. I am sorry for the same PJ. Hope to maintain the time in the future.
Keep Smiling,

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mouth Watering Pickles(RE remixed and Reposted)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Pickles................. Summer is here, the perfect time to make Pickles and store it for full one year. In our house it never remains for one year :-) 
The life of the pickle depends on the person. I do believe it, the pickle what me or my mom prepares, never remain good after a week or two. My both the kids love pickles, and I don't like to bring the one's which we get in the market. I do bring some good brands, just in case of emergency.But the Garlic Pickle from MTR brand is always there, as I am not able to get that taste at home, and Rajul lovvvvvves it.
But, I keep on trying instant pickles at home. 
The below links are from my archived posts. Recently not tried any pickles. Hopefully I will try this month, as the summer is here.
I think, this reposting of these pickles is last time in my blog. These pickles are participated in most of the events :-)))))

RE- REPOSTING few recipes :


for Hima's ongoing Event:

Keep Smiling,

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Suruttai poli for ICC February

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Surprise!! Surprise!!! Valli! Surprise to see my post? All thanks to my mom and her camera. When I saw the Suruttai poli for February Challenge, (This recipe is taken from  NithyaI thought I will prepare this in advance because, last time it was a last minute preparation and I was not sure whether I will finish or not. This month, I prepared it a week before only and took the snaps and was ready to type the recipe..
But, then, I lost my Camera last week. It was a very bad day! That Camera was my life in blogging. I was upset that night. Then realized, its gone, and I will not get it. Even though its lost in my area(It fell down from my lap,while I was getting down from the car), who is that honest to return it to me?. Who ever has got it, they will come to know, its my camera because it has my daughters photo, everyone knows them, and me, being a teacher, almost the whole area knows me!!
Anyways, gone is gone. I was upset and was thinking what to do? Buying a new camera at this point is not possible. I have to wait for a month or two(its not easy to convince hubby!!!)and that too when the fault is mine :-)
My mother came for my help(as always). Actually I forgot about her camera(which my brother has given her).
I was so happy. Then came the thought. Why not try these poli's again for the challenge. Last night, after the kids slept, I made only few polis. This time, our ajji helped me and she showed our traditional way of making these poli which we call it "Surali Holige" Surali means "rolled" and Holige means "Poli"

(I am still new to my mom's camera, need to learn the settings. Please bear with me)
Now coming to the recipe,
Forgive me for not giving the recipe in my words, This month the time is too short for me, I am not able to cope up with many things. So just giving Valli's link.
Just few things to tell about it, 
I don't know, My poli's(Fried) did not turn out crispy,
but the roasted one turned out crispy. 
If any one can tell me what was the reason, I will be happy and try it the next time.
The photos are two types.
One is what I followed Valli's instructions.
Another one is what we make here in North Karnataka. We roast it dry and roll it immediately. The filling is same.



(This is our method. And we make the longest surali holige in Marriages :-)  )

Waiting for the next challenge. 

Keep Smiling,

Monday, March 14, 2011

ABORT PLASTICS!!! Save the Earth.

By Nivedita
Hi All,
God made Man!
God thought Man will serve His purpose to keep this Earth beautiful and safe. 
God gave the Man, his Real Mother. 
He thought, Man will take good care of the Earth.
But God forgot that he has put the brain in man, which acts many times bad and very few times good.
Man ignored the message, Man ignored the signs, Man became selfish. He created many things, which he thought it is for his comforts. But again he forgot the bad effects.(Or acted like one). 
Man invented the PLASTIC
without being FUTURISTIC
now the life will end in TRAGIC
if you use more PLASTIC
take a step of DRASTIC
to increase the life of Earth like an ELASTIC
say NO  to PLASTIC
My humble request to all of you: SAY NO TO PLASTIC
(Can't you hear my cry? I am crying for many years, Try being in a plastic bag just for one minute. You will know my pain. )

Don't make God  feel ashamed of creating man. Do not test Mother Earth's patience. Its my Earth, your Earth and our Earth. Lets do whatever we can do to stop using plastic. 
Have mercy on those innocent animals, which are dying everyday by consuming the dirty plastic which we throw in the dustbin without thinking much.
Have you ever thought about those water animals, which gets killed by gulping the plastic bags, bottles or many things which we put in the water, sometimes for fun, sometimes in the name of God...
Don't kill other living beings for your comfort.

Some tips to substitute the plastic:
Take a cloth or jute bag when you are going for shopping.
Use paper bags, it saves your money too.
Stop using plastic bottles to carry.

Each great dream starts with one first step.
Let's all of us be that step.

Note – Hope you get the conveyed message. Stop using plastic, or it may choke us all to death. Please support this cause by writing against Plastic use in your own way, and copy-paste this note at the end of your post, so that more and more people write about it, Thank you!
Thanks Sourav C. Pandey for trying to spread this message.

(This subject reminds of my poem, which I wrote for my daughter, its on saving the trees:
Read it here.)
(Actually I posted this Abort Plastics!!! Save the Earth in my other blog, but I thought, as I don't have more followers there, the message will not spread, so reposting it here also)

Keep Smiling,

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