Easy and yummy breakfast ideas…!

1. SPICY BREAD MASALA STIR FRY

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Here is an easy recipe for breakfast using bread. This Spicy Bread Masala is a welcome change and a good way to finish a packet of bread before it’s expiry date.

Ingredients

  1. Bread Slices – 5
  2. Diced Onions – 1 small
  3. Diced Tomatoes – 1 medium
  4. Slit Green Chillies – 2 small
  5. Curry Leaves – A small sprig
  6. Finely Chopped Cilantro (Malli Ella) – A few
  7. Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  8. Red Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp (Alter according to your spice tolerance)
  9. Ginger Garlic Paste – 2 tsp
  10. Tomato Ketchup – 1 tbsp (optional)
  11. Oil – 2 tbsp
  12. Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp
  13. Salt – to taste
  14. Water – as needed

Preparation Method

  1. Remove the edges from the bread and slice it into cubes.
  2. Heat oil in a non stick pan and splutter mustard seeds. Saute onions until translucent.
  3. Add curry leaves, green chillies and tomatoes along with salt and continue sauteing until the tomatoes are cooked.
  4. Add ginger garlic paste and saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat and add cilantro, turmeric powder and chilly powder. Stir fry for a minute.
  6. If using ketchup, add it to the pan. Add a few tablespoons of water and mix the masala.
  7. Throw in the bread chunks and toss everything together and remove from stove top.

2. BREAD Uttapam

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Uttapam is a popular South Indian dish. Traditionally uttapam is made with rice and lentil batter, which can be a long process. Bread Uttapam, on the other hand, is instant and easy to make. Not to mention it tastes delicious. Uttapam is a thick dosa, or pancake, with vegetables cooked over skillet. It tastes divine served hot and with a side of coconut chutney.

Recipe will serve 3

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 6 minutes
Ingredients:

  • 3 slices of white bread
  • 3 tablespoons sooji coarse (semolina)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, (maida, plain flour)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt, (curd, dahai)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • Approx. 1/4 cup bell pepper finely chopped
  • Approx. 1/4 cup tomatoes finely chopped, remove the seeds
  • I green chili finely chopped, adjust to taste
  • 2 teaspoons ginger finely shredded
  • Approx. 2 tablespoon cilantro finely chopped
  • Approx. 1-1/2 tablespoon oil

Method

  1. Remove the crest from bread and cut them in small pieces.
  2. In a blender add bread, sooji, all-purpose flour, salt, yogurt and water, blend to a thick and smooth paste.
  3. Take out the batter in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients, cumin seeds, bell pepper, tomatoes, ginger, green chili, and cilantro, mix it well. Batter should be thick in consistency add more water if needed, batter should not be too thick but should not be runny.
  4. Heat the skillet over medium heat and lightly grease the skillet.
  5. Pour about 2 tablespoons of batter and spread consistency should be of thick pancake.
  6. Pour little oil around uttapam. Let it cook for about 2 minutes and turn them over, bread uttapam should be golden brown from both sides and this should take about four minutes. Notes: do not cook on high heat, uttapam will not cook through.
  7. Serve bread uttapam with your choice of chutney, I like to serve with coconut chutney or green cilantro chutney.

3. French toast

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“This French toast recipe is different because it uses flour. I have given it to some friends and they’ve all liked it better than the French toast they usually make!”

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 12 thick slices bread

Directions

  1. Measure flour into a large mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the milk. Whisk in the salt, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat.
  3. Soak bread slices in mixture until saturated. Cook bread on each side until golden brown. Serve hot

4. Aloo Puri

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Aloo Puri, spicy potatoes with gravy and puffed whole wheat bread (puri). It is simple and makes a complete meal. This is a popular combination in North India. This can be served for a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Recipe serves 2.
Ingredients:

for Aloo (Potatoes with Gravy)

  • 3 medium size potatoes peeled and cubed in bite size, about 2 cups of cubed potato
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida (hing)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger chopped
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania)
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • About 2 tablespoon cilantro (hara dhania) finely chopped

for Puri

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon soji / semolina
  • 1/8 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Approx. ½ cup water

 Also need oil to fry

Method

  1. For Aloo: In a small bowl, mix the coriander, fennel, turmeric, chili powder, salt, ginger, and green chili with about 2 tablespoons of water. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil. If the cumin seed cracks right away, the oil is ready. Add cumin seeds, and asafetida, as cumin seeds crack add spice mix and stir fry for about 15 seconds
  3. Add potatoes mix with spices, lower the heat to low medium, cover the pan and let it cook for about three to four minutes stirring once in between.
  4. Add about 1-1/2 cups of water and change the heat to medium high heat. As potatoes come to boil cover the pan and lower the heat to medium and let it cook for about eight minutes.
  5. Mix the potatoes and mash some potatoes as mixing the potatoes, this will thickness to gravy. Adjust the water in gravy to your liking; gravy will thicken as it will cool.
  6. Add mango powder, garam masala and cilantro. Mix it well turn off the heat and cover the pan.

Aloo is ready to serve hot with Puries.

  1. For Puri: In a bowl mix whole-wheat flour, soji, carom seeds, and salt. Add water as needed to make firm dough.
  2. Oil your palm and knead the dough until it is pliable. Dough for puri should be firm but smooth.
  3. Set the dough aside and cover with a damp cloth. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes or longer.
  4. Divide the dough in 10 equal parts.
  5. Take couple of drops of oil on your palm and roll the dough in balls and press it between your palms.
  6. Roll the dough into about 5-inch diameter. If the dough is sticking to the rolling pin or rolling surface, put couple of drops of oil on the rolling pin and a couple of drops of oil on the surface.
  7. You can roll 4 to 5 purees before you start frying, but do not roll all the puries at once or they will begin to dry and not puff.
  8. Heat about one inch of oil in frying pan on medium high heat. To check if oil is hot enough place a small piece of dough in oil and dough should float to the top right away.
  9. Place the puri in the frying pan and press it with a skimmer, puri should puff right away.
  10. Turn puri over. Puri should be light creamy brown from both sides. Take the puri out and place it on paper towels to absorb the excess oil.
  11. Serve puri with Aloo. You can store the puries in covered container after they cool to room temperature.

5. Vermicelli Upma

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Vermicelli Upma is a healthy, tasty and colorful dish. It is equally great for breakfast or snack. Vermicelli is also known as seviyan. This is an easy recipe to make.

Recipe will serve 2-3
Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cup vermicelli roasted, available in Indian grocery stores
  • 1/2 cup carrots cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup green beans cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels I am using frozen corn
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds/rai
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric/haldi
  • 1 green chili finely chopped
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons of salt, adjust to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup cashews broken fro garnishing

Method

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a saucepan over low- medium heat, roast the cashews stirring continuously until they are light golden brown. It will take about 2 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat and take out the cashews over paper towel.
  3. Use the same saucepan and add the remaining oil, heat the oil over medium heat until it is moderately hot. Add the mustard seeds as seeds crack add curry leaves and green chili, stir-fry for few seconds. Be careful curry leaves splatter.
  4. Add carrots, green beans, corn, turmeric, and salt stir-fry for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add vermicelli and gently mix them with vegetables, add water. Bring it to boil over high-medium heat.
  5. As vegetables come to boil reduce the heat to low and cover the pan. Let it cook till all the water has evaporated. Stir in between once, it will take about 10 minutes. Vermicelli should be moist.
  6. Gently stir in the lemon juice, garnish with roasted cashews.
  7. Serve hot.
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How to cool Summer with Food ???

What’s so special about eating foods that are in season? They’ve got twice as much flavor, that extra crunch and are extremely high on vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients.

Summer bearings include a lot of green vegetables, melons, peaches, corn, mangoes and other fresh and fragrant herbs. Local markets are at their best during summer, when fruits are abundant, and vegetables are as fresh as can be.

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On women’s day….do these and enjoy .

1. Awaken your spiritual side

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Being born as a woman is a gift from God in itself. To cherish and celebrate womanhood, the first and the foremost thing, which a woman should delicately do, is to thank God for bringing you in this world to make others’ lives beautiful and acknowledge the fact that how special and important you are for your family. On woman’s day, you must make it a point to visit a nearby temple to show gratitude towards the God.

2. Feel close to nature

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It is often said that woman is the manifestation of God and God is the creator of nature, this earth, world and whole universe. All human beings, plants and animals are bestowed by God. So, on a day dedicated to women world-wide, you can plan a date with nature by visiting a park, engage yourself in tree plantation, gardening and bring beautiful flowers to decorate your home.

3. Read a good book

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Women who love reading should surely buy a book and revive their reading hobby. Being so busy in life leaves no space for reading. Even reading a daily newspaper becomes unmanageable sometimes. So, ladies, on women’s day, leave your mundane tasks for a while and pick up your favorite book, novel or a magazine to satiate your desire of reading and boost your knowledge treasure.

4. Watch a cookery show

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Being a woman, you have to be an expert with culinary skills. Even if you are a hard-core professional or a businesswoman, you must know the art of cooking because after marriage, you must show your cooking abilities to create an undying space for yourself in your in-laws’ hearts. So, we suggest that watching cookery shows will enhance your expertise. And if you are already a pro in making delicious cuisines, then you can surprise your family by participating in a food show!

5. Smarten up

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When you mentally feel calm and peaceful, then you naturally look beautiful. But to buff up your beauty, you should visit a beauty salon to adorn yourself. Give yourself a new makeover and a new hair cut to change your look. It will make you feel younger as well as happier. And it will make you more confident for sure.

6. Pamper yourself in spa

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After tiring but exciting shopping session, you should head towards a luxurious pampering treat where you can wipe away all your tiredness and enter into a relaxing rejuvenating pleasure. And why not take advantage of all the discounts which come on Women’s day from leading women spa centers? If you are a fitness freak, hit the gym or simply exercise by doing pranayam and yoga.

7. Shopping

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Every woman loves shopping, not only for her but for the whole family. By shopping, you can buy house-hold products, your monthly grocery products and apart from that, cajole yourself in buying some branded clothes.

8. Meet your old girl buddies

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Hectic work schedules and demanding pressures totally block your social lives and you often feel alone and miss your best pals. Just getting updates on social networking sites, is not enough always. So, what are you waiting for dear all women? Take some time out to meet your old and long lost friends in the form of kitty party or arrange a get-to gather at one of your friend’s house. Plan a lunch and have a coffee afterwards while gossiping…

9. Spend time with your family

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For most of the women, family always comes first. Women give utmost priority to their families without any compromise. But again, urban lifestyles and erratic working-hours leave no time for family-bonding. So, on this day do spend quality time with your family to make your relation more strong and healthy.

10. Enjoy your own space

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Last but not the least, whether you enjoy dancing, singing, sleeping, playing or whatever, you must treat yourself by enjoying your own space. You can also utilize this day by finishing your pending tasks. This year, women’s day is also accompanied by the festival of colors- Holi. So, you can celebrate this day with lots of colors which you can make at home with flowers and vegetables.

 

 

 

Valentine Chocolate Day

Valentine Chocolate Day…!!!

Chocolate Day is the third day of the Valentine’s week which is celebrated worldwide by the people of age group, especially by the youths, couples and friends, with great passion and joy every year on 9th of February. Chocolate Day is everyone’s favorite day as everyone likes to get and gift the bunch of chocolates to their loved ones, friends, valentines and etc. Mostly it is celebrated by the youths of the country by gifting chocolates to each other.

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Latte art

Love is in the air and lets surprise your love with a Latte art…!!! Cool right?

How to Make Latte Art

While many agree that making a good cup of espresso is an art within itself, latte art refers to patterns made in the foam topping espresso drinks. If you want to get in touch with your inner barista (expert in coffee preparation), latte art is a critical skill, which can take years to master.

Part 1

Making Perfect Foam

  1. Pour enough cold milk (34ºF or 1ºC) for one cup into the steam pitcher.

    • Place your pitcher in the refrigerator or freezer before using if you have the time. A cold pitcher will give you more time steaming your milk, decreasing your chances of scalding it. It also makes the cream more stiff and easy to handle. Try to refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes before use.
    • For the perfect foam, always have a liquid thermometer handy. A thermometer will help you be exact about removing the milk from the steamer before it scalds. The goal is to heat the cream to just below boiling. Don’t keep it at this temperature for too long, though as it can scald anyway.
  2. Put the steam wand at the bottom of the pitcher.

    Turn on the steam, and slowly raise the wand until it is near the top of the milk. Lower the pitcher as the milk rises so the steam wand stays 1 centimeter (0.4 in) away from the top of the milk. The milk should not stretch too much nor should there be any big bubbles. This should create a smooth, velvety milk as opposed to the foam that sits atop most espresso drinks.

  3. Allow the milk to reach 100º F (37º C). Then place the steam wand on the side of the pitcher, deep into the milk, positioning the pitcher to spin counterclockwise.

    • “Turbulate” or spin the milk gently counter-clockwise with the steam wand still positioned near the bottom of the pitcher.
  4. Keep doing this motion until the milk heats to between 150º F and 155º F (65º C to 68º C). The absolute hottest you should get with your foamed milk is 160º F (71º C).

    • Keep in mind: Some commercial steamers heat up the milk so quickly that you’ll need to remove the milk from the steamer about 10º F before it’s at its limit in order to keep it from scalding. This is because the milk continues to heat up even when it isn’t being steamed.
    • Shoot for small, light bubbles (called microfoam) instead of big, dishwater-like bubbles. You want your foam to have lightness without sacrificing body.
  5. Shut the steam and remove the steam wand and thermometer from the milk.Clean the steam wand with a wet cloth.
  6. Let the milk settle for a few seconds. This will allow a more velvety texture.
  7. Swirl the milk vigorously. If you see any bubbles, pound the pitcher on the counter several times and go back to swirling the milk for 20 to 30 seconds
Part2

Pulling Your Espresso

  1. Use between 7-8 grams of ground espresso for each shot of espresso. Start running your shots immediately after you have foamed your milk.

    • Tamp down using between 30-40 lbs of pressure on your portafilter. Press down on a bathroom scale to figure out how hard you’ll have to press on the portafilter. For most adults, this is about as strong as you can press down with one hand.
    • Use a burr grinder for extra freshness. Burr grinders will let you control how fine or coarse your espresso grinds turn out.
  2. Pull your espresso shots. The perfect shot has a little bit of cream in it, and delivers the quintessential coffee flavor.

    • A perfect shot is pulled inside of 21-24 seconds, with the espresso being sweeter when the shots are running closer to 24 seconds.
    • You can control the length of the extraction by how hard you tamp down on the espresso grounds. Tamp just hard enough and your espresso will extract slowly and calmly. Don’t tamp enough and your espresso will extract too quickly.
  3. Pour your shot(s) into your coffee mug or equivalent container. Don’t let your shots sit for longer than 10 seconds without adding milk to them. If desired, place 1 shot of flavor in cup before adding espresso.
Part 3

Pouring Milk and Espresso Art

  1. Try creating a flower pattern. This flower pattern is simple, elegant, and relatively easy. As with all latte art, it might take a while to master.

    • Pour the milk about an inch (2 cm – 3 cm) away from the bottom.
    • Once the cup is about half filled, gently shake the pitcher back and forth while slowly moving it backwards. The flower design will move forward, filling the cup.
    • Do this with a shaking motion originating at the wrist instead of moving your hand back and forth.
  2. Try creating a heart pattern. This pattern is also relatively easy, but should be practiced in order to master.

    • Starting off with the milk pitcher close to the top of the mug, introduce a little bit of milk in the same place.
    • Lifting the pitcher an inch or so up, pour one revolution of a circle, making sure to move the milk pitcher, not the mug.
    • Hold the stream of milk in the same place, but wiggle the milk pitcher back and forth as you make a ringed circle.
    • When your milk is almost completely poured, swing the milk up to create the bottom tip of your heart.
  3. Embellish the design using stencils, powder, and milk foam. This step is optional, as many prefer to limit their latte art to “free form” methods, but you may want to experiment with the possibilities added by “etching.”

    • To write a word, such as “love” in the picture, melt milk chocolate and using a pin as a paintbrush drag the melting chocolate over the foamed milk. More commonly this is done by dipping said pointy object into the cream of the drink being decorated, and then transferring that cream stained foam to the pure white foam to ‘draw’ a design.
    • Embellish with chocolate in other ways, too. Pour chocolate syrup on top of foam and then start decorating with a pin. Make an outline the edges of your foam pattern with chocolate. Taking a pin, cut small circles out of the chocolate, using one continuous motion. This will create chocolate waves.

    For referrence “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYq1pHJYQmw

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