September 2, 2017

Mussel & Basil Risotto Using FishandMeat Product

Risotto is an Italian rice dish prepared using Arborio rice and cooked in a stock to get a creamy dish. Though the rice takes a while to cook properly, the taste of the final dish will be delicious. The cooking of risotto needs lot of attention and time as we have to add the stock little at a time till the stock gets absorbed. This technique helps the rice to release the starch which in turn gives a creamy and tasty dish. The water or stock should be hot while adding it to the rice which helps to maintain the cooking process and in addition, it saves time. A high starch and low amylose short grain rice is used for Risotto. The variety of rice used in Risotto are Arborio, Cornaroli, Roma etc. Nowadays, Arborio rice is easily available in most of the gourmet shops compared to the other variety of rice. Different varieties of Risotto can be prepared using different ingredients. White wine is traditionally used in the Risotto but it can also be omitted, if not available. My today's post is one of the variety using Mussels and dried basil leaves. When I received the mussels from FishandMeat, I was excited and Risotto was the first dish flashed on my mind. Though I had tasted Mussels in Restaurants, this was my first trail in my kitchen using it. Being a FishandMeat customer, I love their quality of the product which gives me confident and motivation to try their different varieties of product. 

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Here comes the recipe of the creamy and delicious Risotto using Mussels and Basil...

Ingredients :

1 1/2 Cups Arborio Rice (Washed)
3 Tbsp Butter + 4 Tbsp Butter
3 - 4 Garlic pods, Finely chopped
1 Onion, Finely chopped
1/2 Cup White Wine
5 Cups Hot Water or Stock 
250 gms Mussels
2 Tbsp Basil, dried
1 Tsp Freshly ground Pepper
Salt to taste
1/2 Cup Parmeson cheese
Few Coriander leaves for Garnishing

Method :

Heat 3 Tbsp butter in a pan and add finely chopped garlic pods .

Fry it for half a minute and add finely chopped onion.

Saute till it turns translucent and add dried basil leaves followed by mussels.

Saute and add the washed Arborio rice.

Add white wine and cook till the wine gets absorbed.

Then add 1/2 cup hot water at a time allowing the water to get absorbed between each addition.

Cook the Arborio rice for 20- 25 minutes.

The texture of rice will be tender yet creamy.

Add the remaining butter, pepper powder and parmesan cheese to the risotto.

Mix well and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve hot.

Pizza Pull Apart Pumpkin Bread

Being Baking as the Theme in Shhh Secretly Cooking Challenge, two delicious ingredients (Pumpkin and Cinnamon) were given as secret ingredients to me by a wonderful blogger Avin S Kohli who blogs at "". And using the ingredients, tried my hands on an easy and yummy tea time snack using Pizza dough. Pizza dough is rolled into a rectangle shape and topped with pumpkin puree, sugar and cinnamon. The pumpkin puree is prepared by roasting the pumpkin in the oven and made into smooth puree but it can also be substituted with a canned ones. Adjust the quantity of sugar according to sweet tooth. Brown sugar can also be added instead of the granulated sugar.

Are you interested in knowing the secret ingredients given by me to Avin S Kohli ? Then click HERE to check out her page now.... She has prepared a lovely and delicious dish which is loved by everyone :)

Ingredients :

1 1/2 Cup All purpose flour / Maida 
1 Tsp Instant Yeast 
1 Tsp Sugar 
1 Tsp Salt 
1/2 Cup Warm water 
1 Tbsp Oil 
1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree 
5 - 6 Tbsp Granulated sugar 
1 Tbsp Cinnamon powder 
1 Tbsp Butter for brushing 

Method :

Take all purpose flour in a bowl along with an instant yeast, sugar and salt.

Add warm water to the flour along with oil and combine well to form a soft dough.

Once done, place the dough in a greased bowl and keep it aside in a warm place till it gets double its size.

When the size gets doubled, remove from the bowl and knead it again for 10 minutes. ( use all purpose flour for dusting )

Now roll the pizza dough into a rectangle shape sheet with 1/2 inch thickness.

Spread the pumpkin puree on the pizza sheet and sprinkle granulated sugar evenly followed by cinnamon powder.

Now gently roll the pizza sheet and cut into small pieces using knife.

Take a greased baking tray or line it with a baking sheet and place the pizza bread pieces evenly and stack the remaining pieces.

Bake it for 20 - 25 minutes at 180 degree C in a pre heated oven.

Once done, remove from the oven, brush it with a butter and cool it on the rack.


Serving Options :

Serve it with Tea / Coffee. 

August 17, 2017

Olan - Onam Special With LAL HIT Integration / #SayNoToFoodPoisoning

The most memorable event in everyone's life is celebrating festivals with family and friends. And if we look deeper, what brings beautiful memories, is apparently the fun and food. Food is an integral part of many festivals and each festival has its own special delicacies like Thandai for Holi, Sweets and savouries for Diwali, Sweet Pongal for Pongal etc. Among all the festivals, there is only one festival which always brings me a nostalgic feeling of a grand feast. Yeah ! You guessed it right, it's the ONAM Sadya :) 

Our three years stay at the God's own country was true bliss. Apart from the gastronomic memories, it also brings me nightmares of my first day house cleaning when we shifted to kerala. Though we rented a beautiful apartment with a lovely scenery, the cockroaches gave me a challenging task as I had my 6 month old son with me. Cockroaches are a major cause of all types of infections like Food Poisoning, Typhoid, Cholera, Diarrhoea, Dysentery and other stomach related infections. They carry germs as well as bacteria from drains and contaminate food and utensils. Kids are the first ones to get such types of infections; so as a Mother, it remains my responsibility to maintain a hygienic place by eliminating these hidden pests from house. / #SayNoToFoodPoisoning

I was lucky enough to get a lovely neighbour on the very first day who helped me to get rid of the hidden cockroaches by giving LAL HIT. I was really impressed by the effectiveness of the product and was surprised by its Fresh Fragrance. The Deep Reach Nozzle is a value - add to the product as it helps reach the unreachable places like sink, cracks, under the cylinder etc where the cockroaches hide safely. According to me, LAL HIT is a user friendly, safe and completely mess-free product.

In a week, the ONAM celebration started in our apartment and since my cleaning was made easy, I happily invited my neighbours for a feast. Onam is a Hindu festival which is celebrated in the state of Kerala in India. Onam falls in the month of Changam, which is considered as the first month according to the Malayalam Calendar. It is a 10 day festival which is celebrated in memory of King Mahabali. The first  day of Onam is called Atham followed by Chithira, Chodhi, Vishakham, Anizham, Thriketa, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradam and concludes with Thiruvonam. Atham and Thiruvonam are the most important among all. 

People of Kerala welcome King Mahabali with beautiful Pookkalams in front of their houses. Pookkalam or Onapookkalam is a flower arrangement which is made on the floor using several varieties of flowers. Onam Sadya is another requisite part of Thiruvonam as it reflects the spirit of the season. The Sadya is a complete vegetarian platter which is traditionally made with seasonal vegetables like yam, ash gourd, cucumber etc served on plantain leaves. The platter has a minimum of 10 varieties of dishes which predominantly includes plantain chips, shakkarameratti, injipuli, Thoran , Olan, Puliseri, Pachadi, Erisheri, Avial, Payasam, Araichivita Sambhar, Rasam, Payasam, Unniyapam and Papadam. Traditionally it is served with Matta rice which has been now replaced with a regular white rice in many restaurants.

In my today's post, I am going to share a tasty and easy onam Sadya recipe which is prepared using Ash gourd and Black eyed peas called Olan. Olan is a light and flavourful dish enriched with coconut milk. This is one of the important dishes of the Sadya menu and it is also a less spicy dish. Apart from Ash gourd, pumpkin or cucumber can also be used as its substitute. 

Ingredients :

250 gms Ash gourd, cut into small pieces
1 cup Black eyed peas, cooked
2 Green chillies,slitted
1 Tsp Cumin seeds
3 Sprigs of Curry leaves
1 cup Thin Coconut milk ( 1/4 cup Thick milk + 3/4 cup water )
3/4 cup Thick coconut milk
1/2 cup Water
1 Tsp Coconut oil

Method :

Take chopped ash guard pieces in a pan along with cumin seeds, green chillies and curry leaves.

Add salt followed by the measured thin coconut milk.

Cover the pan with a lid and cook till it gets 3/4 th cooked.

Now add the cooked black eyes peas and cook it further till the ash gourd gets completely cooked.

Now add thick coconut milk and cook in a low flame.

Once it starts boiling, switch off the flame.

Add coconut oil and one sprig of curry leaves to the prepared Olan.

Keep it aside for few minutes to bring out the flavour.

Serve hot.

Serving options :

Serve with hot rice.

Do try this delicious Olan recipe as Onam is around the corner. Also I hope that this article is useful and helped you in making you aware of the dangers around us which leads to many infections. LAL HIT is an effective solution which indeed reduces the efforts of cleaning to lead a healthy and hygienic lifestyle. Don't let insects to ruin your healthy lifestyle. Regular usage of this product as against using it only during festive days will help us to maintain a hygienic surroundings. And finally, this is worth a buy product as it gives an excellent results. / #SayNoToFoodPoisoning

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  Happy Advance Onam wishes to all my friends :)

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