October 2, 2016

Feast n FEAZT !

Nothing like feasting like a KING on a weekend and that too in the middle of some stressssssssssful days (son's examination). Yeah ! Got an amazing day to pamper ourself with some wonderful food and friends. And in today's post, I would love to share the experience and happiness of that sumptuous meal which we had on last Sunday.

Info about FEAZT :

Feazt is an amazing platform to bring Homechefs and Foodies under one homely roof to enjoy the sumptuous meal in a traditional way. This idea helps in learning new cultures and interesting facts about the tradition and food being served in different states and places. Click HERE  to know more about this FEAZT! The Feazt is organised in many places with some exciting concepts.

Ever since we heard about this Feazt, a social dining experience which is happening in Hyderabad, we three (myself, my husband and my bro) were interested to feel the experience of having home meals along with other unknown foodies. The idea of this event sounds very interesting, Right ?

The listed mouthwatering menu and the keen of knowing kakinada's food culture made us to book Cocanada Stories on 25th October, which was hosted by Saroja Bylluppala.  But the continuous rain for a week before the feast day made us really worried about attending the event, which made by brother to cancel his flights. But the smile of sun before the feast day gave a big relief and increased the anxiety of attending the event. I bet, if you are a big time foodie like us, the menu itself would make you drool ;) 

And finally, the wait was over! We travelled about 15 kms from our place to reach the host place. The warm welcome by Mr. Gopi and his family members gave us a comfortable feel and Oh Yeah, did I mention that the aroma of food made us hungry before entering the house ;) It was so nice to meet the other foodies who shares the same frequency of us on food.

 Our Host !

As we settled ourself, the host brought a couple of bowls filled with crispies to munch. We began our meal with Kodi pulao, chicken which cooked in a one pot meal process along with spices - tasted so delicious with the perfect texture of rice. To accompany the rice, they served a flavourful curry prepared using chana dal and goat, which is called as Chanagapappu Veta Mamsam Koora. I must say this combination was absolutely divine and flavoursome.

Kodi Pulao !

There were quite a varieties of main course like Mulakkada Royyalu Iguru, Chepala  pulusu, Peetala Iguru and Chepa vepudu to go with hot steamed rice. Personally, I felt Mulakkada Royyalu Iguru and Peteela Iguru were the show toppers. The prawns were cooked so perfect and also tasted juicy. The freshness of prawns and the flavour from drumsticks complimented each other to give a finger licking curry. The crab was cooked brilliant along with the spices, in fact the gravy by itself tasted flavourful  which made me to divide the curry into three parts to serve with hot rice, rasam rice and curd rice.

    Mulakkada Royyalu Iguru

Peteela Iguru 

Fish Fry 

The picture itself speaks a lot about this fish fry. The fish was cooked with the perfect blend of masalas and this became my son's most favourite dish. (After returning to our home, he did mention about the fish and asked me to prepare the same :))

My son who enjoyed the yummy fish fry with Rice !

And the meal ended up with some spicy and tangy Miriyali Rasam and Curd. I personally feel that preparing a simple curd is also an art. Being a curd lover, I loved the texture of the curd which actually looked like a cream of ice-cream. Absolutely creamy and thick :)

Food and Chat ! Loved it !

Last but not the least, comes the surprise dish "Minapu Vadiyalu Curry" which is traditionally called Kosaru. According to Kakinada tradition, one surprise dish is served to the guest which was not on the menu. This dish was absolutely new to me and the name itself sounded interesting. The first look of the dish reminded of soya but interestingly it was made of vadiyalu and served along with rice. It indeed tasted delicious and yummy. 

Minapu Vadiyalu Curry

Though my stomach was over loaded, I did not miss the yummy kesari with fruits, which also had the perfect level of sweetness according to my sweet tooth.

Me enjoying meals !

   Co - Foodies  !

Loads of conversions about food while eating was really fun !

 My busy husband ;)

Really appreciate the hospitality rendered by the hosts!!! We never felt as if we were in a new place and new people were around us. We were so comfortable and it felt like we were having lunch with our long time friends and family place.  The food was also served with so much love and care. Infact, one of the hosts taught our guest, the perfect way of eating crab which was so homely and friendly. We were literally pampered so much by serving us great food which made our day :)

After a great meal, we had a group photo session and ended our meet with a small chat. A beautiful rose given by the host while leaving was a lovely send off moment.  We somehow tried to control our sleep after this big feast and reached home.... Then, a BIG nap ;)

Feazzzzttt !

Thanks to Cocanada Stories team for making our day very memorable by serving us a grand feast. The one who missed this event (my bro) is already planning the same feast during his next visit to Hyd.

Happy Eating !

 Photo Credit - Feazt !

September 24, 2016

Potato Biryani Using Seeraga Samba Rice

Either its veg or non veg, the love for biryani will never change in me ;) My today's post is also a flavourful and aromatic biryani prepared using freshly ground spices, seeraga samba rice and potatoes. Seeraga samba rice is an easily digestible small grain rice with a lovely fragrance which is also very popular in Tamilnadu style Biryani recipes. The most important thing while preparing biryani is patience in each and every step which will enhance the taste for sure. Before adding the rice, the masala should blend well with the veggies or meat or chicken which gives a delicious result.

Ingredients :

For Masala :

1 inch Cinnamon stick
2 Elachi
2 Cloves
1 Tsp Cumin seeds
1 Tsp Pepper corns

For Biryani :

2 Tbsp Oil
1 Tbsp Ghee
2 Bay leaves
2 Elachi
4 Big Potatoes, cut into big cubes
2 Big Onions, Sliced
1 Big Tomato, Chopped ( or use 2 medium sized )
2 Green chillies, slitted
1 Tbsp Ginger - garlic paste
Handful of Mint leaves
3 Tbsp Curd
1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
1 Tsp Chilli powder ( Adjust according to taste bud )
1 Tsp Coriander powder
Salt to taste
1 Tsp Lemon juice
1 1/2 Cups Seeraga Samba Rice
3 Cups Water

Method :

Dry roast the given ingredients in "For Masala" and grind into fine powder.
Keep aside.

Heat oil along with ghee in a thick bottomed pan or cooker and add bay leaves followed by elachi and mint leaves.

Add the sliced onions and saute till it turns translucent.

Add green chillies along with ginger garlic paste to the onion mixture and saute till the raw smell goes off.

Add the chopped tomatoes and cook till it gets soft and mushy.

Now add the ground masala powder along with turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder.

Saute for a minute and add curd followed by chopped potatoes.

Mix well and cook till the oil separates from the masala.

Add the measured water along with the required amount of salt and let it boil.

Meanwhile, wash the rice thrice and drain the water completely.

Add rice to the boiling water and simmer the flame.

Cover the pan or cooker using aluminium foil and place an iron pan on top of it.

Cook it for 20 - 25 minutes or till the rice gets cooked.

Once done, add lemon juice and gently mix well without breaking the rice.

Garnish with mint leaves and serve hot.

Serving Options :

Serve hot with any varieties of Raita. 

Note :

In this recipe, since I have not soaked the rice, I have used 1 : 2 ( Rice : Water ) ratio and if you are soaking the rice, then reduce the quantity of water to 1 : 1 3/4.

Seeraga Samba rice can be substituted with basmati or regular rice.
Adjust the quantity of red chilli powder according to taste bud. 


September 17, 2016

Juice Cleanse - Guest Post by David from "thejuicechief.com"

Trying to shed some weight ? Then, my today's guest post article will help you for sure !

Excited to share a wonderful and informative article by David who run the site over at thejuicechief.com. Thank you David for being my guest on my space. Personally, I am very much impressed over the varieties of healthy juice recipes in his site and its my privilege to share one of his article on my space which in turn helps my readers to get benefited to lead a healthy lifestyle.

The 9 best ALKALINE fruits and vegetables to use for a juice cleanse

Meta Description: Consuming alkaline fruits and veggies have been known to improve a person’s quality of life. Find out the best alkaline ingredients for juicing right here.

Going on a juice cleanse is seen as an effective way to lose weight. It has become quite popular among weight watchers, but HOW effective it is will vary from one person to another.

Of course, there are many things that can affect its efficacy. For one, the juice cleansing concept is the same but the fruits and vegetables you use will vary. Another thing we must remember is that because our bodies are different, they also tend to react differently to the one million and one diets we subject it to.

The key to juice cleansing, aside from getting a superb juicer, is picking the right ingredients for your juices. Rather than just choosing the first fruit or vegetable you come across, you’d definitely benefit from picking alkaline ones. 

9 best alkaline fruits and vegetables to use for juice cleansing

Alka-what? Alkaline. It’s a word that keeps getting mentioned in the world of dieting and weight loss, and for good reason.

Just think of your body as a balancing act. It has to maintain a normal blood pH level, which is around 7.35 and 7.45. This balance is more alkaline than water, and if you upset this balance because of the food you eat, it can be a hindrance to weight loss.

Choosing alkaline fruits and vegetables will help normalize this, ensuring that you’re right on track with your weight loss goals:

  • Cabbage
Cruciferous vegetables are superstars in the juicing world. There’s a reason why your mother forced you to eat green leafy vegetables when you were younger, and chances are it’s because they’re packed with nutrients.

Cabbage is a great source of vitamins C, K, and B6. It also contains manganese, potassium, and alkaline minerals, aside from being an excellent source of fiber. Cabbage is also known to be anti-inflammatory, effective in cleaning your GI tract as well as the rest of your digestive system and body.

  • Spinach
Popeye isn’t the only one who will benefit from eating that much spinach. In fact, you can take your cue from Popeye and understand that spinach is largely beneficial.

For one, Swedish researchers have found that spinach can help suppress your food cravings by as much as 95%. That alone makes it a great ingredient for any juice cleanse, because curbing your appetite is critical to making you last throughout the fast.

Spinach is also packed with carotenoids and vitamins, which keeps unwanted health in check. 

  • Avocado
The benefits of avocados are almost limitless. This article highlights that half a cup of avocado has 8 grams of dietary fiber. Aside from that, it’s rich in glutathione, which is critical in the detoxification process.

Avocado is also a good source of phytonutrients, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Vitamin B6. But more importantly, avocado is one of the best sources of good fat, which you’ll need during a cleanse as you’re depriving your body of its normal food intake. This will give you healthier skin as well as speed up your metabolism.

  • Cucumber
Cucumber is a famous juice cleansing ingredient, and that’s partly because of its legendary water content. About 95% of cucumber is made of water packed with antioxidants, so consuming cucumber will not only give you nourishment, it will also keep you hydrated.

What else can be found in cucumber? All the good stuff you can’t pronounce. Secoisolariciresinol. Pinoresinol. Lariciresinol. These lignans help in reducing the risk of certain cancers as well as cardiovascular disease, contributing to cucumber’s super-food status.

With cucumber, you also get an automatic base for any alkaline juice.

  • Celery
If you think munching on celery sticks is great, just imagine packing all that goodness into a juice concentrate. Celery is an alkaline staple because it’s rich in vitamins that increase your immunity, reduce inflammation, and boost your overall health.

Another thing celery has going for it is that it’s a natural diuretic, helping your body rid itself of excess fluids. If the goal of a juice cleanse is to detoxify, you can only imagine how important celery is.

  • Broccoli
Another one of the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is famous because it’s packed with fiber, which helps in keeping you full. Aside from this, broccoli has potassium, manganese, iron, protein, and vitamins C, A, and K.

The more broccoli you consume, the more you get of sulforaphane, a great compound that is known to fight cancer. Broccoli’s cancer-preventing powers is something everyone can benefit from, whether or not weight loss is the goal.

  • Lemons
If life gives you lemons, make an alkaline solution.

Lemons are the ultimate alkaline superstar, and this is why many people swear by the benefits of drinking water with some lemon squeezed in. This is the best way to start the day, because not only is it refreshing, it boosts your immune system and metabolism as well.

Adding lemon to your juice cleanse recipes will also ensure that you get all of its wonderful nutrients. Aside from that, it gives your juices a little punch or kick, adding the right flavor.

  • Ginger
Ginger is great for the digestive system, but it also has a lot of therapeutic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Because of the compounds that are naturally found in ginger (gingerols and shogaols), the movement of the food through your intestines is increased. This is how ginger helps detoxify.

Aside from that, you’ll also be surprised to know that ginger is a great way to add flavor to your juices. 

  • Garlic
Another way to add a different kick to your juices is to use garlic. Garlic is actually a great way to boost your immune system because it has a lot of anti-inflammatory and nutritional benefits. 

Alkaline foods remind us that it’s not just about how hard you diet, it’s also about how smart you diet. You are not alone in this weight loss journey, and you should actually think of these fruits and vegetables as your friends, cheering you every step of the way.


September 16, 2016

Sweet Wheat Dosa Using Brown Sugar

This simple and tasty dosa brings back a beautiful memories of my childhood days, where all my cousins used to wait for Friday pooja to get over to indulge this yummy prasadam. Easy to prepare yet tastes so delicious. Though my aunt used to add only chopped coconut pieces, I have included almonds and raisins to make it more tasty and rich. Other dry fruits can also be added to enhance the richness of the sweet.

Ingredients :

3/4 Cup Wheat Flour 
1 Cup Water 
1/2 Cup Brown sugar ( Adjust the quantity according to sweet tooth )
A pinch of salt 
A pinch of Cardamom powder 
6 - 7 Almonds, grated 
6 - 7 Raisins, finely chopped 
2 Tbsp Coconut, grated
Ghee for preparing dosa

Method :

Add sugar and water in a bowl and bring it to boil till the sugar melts. ( String consistency does not required ).

Once done, remove from the flame and add the wheat flour.

Mix well without any lumps and add the grated coconut followed by almonds, raisins, cardamom powder and salt.

The consistency of the batter should be like regular dosa batter. ( not too thick nor thin )

Heat a non stick dosa pan, pour one ladle of the sweet wheat batter.

Smear little ghee and cook both the sides in a medium flame.

Once done, remove from the pan and repeat the process for remaining batter.

Serve hot.

Note :

According to the above measurement, approx 4 - 5 medium sized dosas/pancake can be prepared.

The quantity varies according to the size of dosa.

Adjust the quantity of sugar according to sweet tooth.

Brown sugar can also be replaced with jaggery or regular sugar.

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