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A good start to a day is when you eat right and feel healthy. A bed tea followed by a nice morning stroll do wonders for me. I try to bring variations to what I eat ever morning. Though the best I like for my breakfast is toast and boiled egg. I tried poha (rice flakes sauteed with onions and potato) today.

Ingredients :

1. Rice flakes : lightly soaked in water

2. Onions : finely chopped

3. Potato : diced in small cubes

4. Tomato : diced in small cubes

5. Split green & Red chillies

5. Coriander leaves and lemon for garnishing

Method :

1. Add oil to pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves

2. Add chopped onions and potatoes

3. Add turmeric , red chilli powder and salt as per taste . Mix nicely and lid to cook for 5 mins.

4. Add the split chillies and rice flakes and mix well

5. Cover with lid and cook for another 2 mins.

6. Garnish with coriander leaves and squeeze half a lemon.

Serve hot with a cup of ginger tea .

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Note : While serving , you can also garnish the poha with Farsan(Haldiram mixture) or Aloo bhujiya (Haldiram Aaloo Bhujiya). It adds to the taste and you will love the crunch while you eat.

 

Idly Fry

This is a quick recipe that can be easily made when you are in hurry and you have left over idli’s from previous night in your refrigerator. I am very fond of idli’s (steamed lentil and rice cake ..ūüôā ) . They are light to eat and yet very filling and nutritious.

Ingredients :

1. Idli’s

2. Carrot – sliced in julians

3. Bell Pepper (red / yellow / green ) – sliced .

4. Tomatoes

5. Onions – sliced

6. Green & Red chillies – split and sliced

7. Curry leaves

8. Coriander and Lemon for garnishing

Method :

All oil to pan . Once heated put in a few mustard seeds to crackle. Add onions and chillies and saute for half a minute. Add in rest of the vegetable. Add salt as per your taste, red chilli powder and lid the pan to cook for 2-3 mins. Add the idli’s (cut them in 4-6 piece each) and gently mix it all. Let it saute for about a minute or two. Garnish with coriander leaves and squeeze half a lemon in it.

Your dish is ready to eat. Wollaahh !!!

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Cooking is an art , that requires skills and lots of patience . Interestingly I do not have either of them. People who know me closely have seen me cooking really quick and fast. I don’t even have patience to slice the vegetables neatly , equally and properly before starting with any dish. For me, it works a little differently. I’ll put the oil in pan and then directly chop the onions, tomatoes in it .. crazy isn’t ?

Well, this weekend I tried chicken cry ,¬†the recipe for which¬†i don’t remember ever. My chicken tastes different every single time. This time it was a very quick dish with lots of bhunofying of the masala with chicken.

Here are the ingredients :

Chicken : 1.25 kg
For Curry Paste :
Onions : 4 large
Green chillies : 4
Garlic Pods : 8
Slices of Ginger
Cardamom 1
Whole Garam Masala (cumin / cinnamon / cloves / cardamoms / red chillies ): as per taste (some people prefer strong flavours)
Coriander powder : 1 table spoon
Turmeric : 1 tea spoon
Red Chilly Powder : 1 Table Spoon
Salt as per taste

Mix it all with a little water into a fine curry paste .

Add mustard oil in pan and let it heat. Then add half onion finely chopped and fry till light pink . Add chicken and mix for a minute. Add the curry paste and bhunofy it till the masala is nicely absorbed by chicken and starts releasing oil.

Make a paste with 3 tomatoes , 1 cardamom , half tea spoon fennel seeds (Sounf) , 3-4 pepper seeds and few strands of javitri (mace).

Add the paste to the chicken and let it simmer. Add enough water for a thick gravy and cook it for another 10 mins. You can even pressure cook it and give it a whistle. Stay alert that you don’t overcook it .

Once done , garnish it with fresh coriander eaves and serve hot with chapatis and rice.

This happens with me all the time.I fail to curb my desire to purchase stuff when I actually don’t need them. I pondered over and came with this symptoms list which actually warns you whether or not you are a Shopaholic . Have a look .

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1. extensive use of credit card
2. Standing in front of your wardrobe realising you still do not have anything to wear when you have actually purchased a week back
3. Browsing online stores regularly for the latest stuff .
4. Purchasing stuff without actually knowing when to use them and feeling guilty later.
5. Shopping when frustrated , disappointed or angry .
6. Feeling the adrenaline rush seeing a new outfit / accessory / or any stuff of your liking.

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I came across this beautiful website http://kcdecals.blogspot.in/ which shares some beautiful ways to decorate your wall. Its an official blog of KakshyaaChitra Arts (manufacturers and suppliers of wall decals) .

Check it out !!

The hot summers and the cool look. It’s a way too deadly combination !

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For females like us , who are not size zero, we need to spend a little more time to do some intelligent shopping for ourselves. This is a simple and smart look which can be carried off easily.

Jeggings: Nuon
Top. : Nuon
Chappas : Street Side F C Road, Pune
Bangles. : Street Side , F C Road, Pune

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A day without a cup of tea is a day wasted. I can not imagine my mornings without a hot cup of steaming ginger tea.

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I feel active and fresh after every sip . My recipe for a perfect tea would be

1 cup water
1 cup milk
Grated ginger as per your taste
2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon tea

Boil the water with sugar, tea and ginger. Add the milk and brew for 2 mins.

Perfectos.. That is it…

I also add elaichi (cardamon) to it at times .. If I am in a mood to have a special masala chai…

Going to make my cup of tea now, you guys enjoy yours..