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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Chicken Hyderabadi Biryani


A couple of months ago the hubby came across an easy biryani recipe which he wanted me to try out. Till the time I tried it I didn't consider biryani making an 'easy' process but I was stumped after I tried this one. The best part about this biryani is that the only time you spend is preparing the marination for the chicken and after that you just cook the rice, place it on the marinated chicken and cook it together on 'dum' and voila! a mouthwatering biryani is ready! If you want to make this biryani for a party and don't want to kill yourself in the kitchen you can marinate the chicken ahead of time and on the day just cook it along with the rice - so easy yeah?

I tried making this a couple of times as I wanted to perfect it and then I decided to post it just in time for Eid. For those who are celebrating it 'Eid Mubarak!' and may you be blessed richly by the Almighty! Spend precious time with your loved ones and do enjoy the festivities! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Oatmeal Buttermilk Bread #Breadbakers


I am back with another bread folks! This month's theme is oatmeal which I am sure everyone on our baking group welcomed. Since I had baked with oatmeal before I was looking forward to it using it again, this time in a bread. There were tons of recipes on the internet and I shortlisted two. The first one bombed very badly and with little time to experiment with the second recipe before I went on vacation I had to hurry up. The use of buttermilk in bread sounded so good to me that despite the numerous other recipes that I could have selected I decided to go with this one. Although I was baking bread two days in a row (which I rarely do), I had a gut feeling that this time my ingredients wouldn't go a waste and we'd have some delicious bread to munch on for the next few days. As expected, the combination of whole wheat and oatmeal was marvellous. I simply couldn't resist slicing the bread before it had cooled down - a big mistake! If you slice the bread too soon you risk them from drying up soon. The warm air that is trapped inside the loaf actually helps keep it soft and moist for longer. I quickly 'sealed' back the slice and crossed my fingers and hoped that it wouldn't be too dry. Luckily, the bread didn't last that long - we finished it off on the same day.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Kirathyaso Kasai - Herbal Decoction (Kashaya) of King of Bitters/Kirata Kaddi (Andrographis Paniculata) - Home Remedy

The above pic includes the freshly brewed decoction with leaves, this is just for a pictorial representation. The clear liquid needs to be consumed after straining out the leaves

While I was welcomed by the lush greenery on Mangalore's landscape last week, the heat was unbearable. Rains were intermittent, almost non existent and we prayed for a few showers every night to help us sleep less uncomfortably. As always I enjoyed the many sights of Mangalore - the vegetation growing wild, the old landmarks which bring back many memories and of course the food of this place which is the reason behind my blog. Last year when I was here my mum-in-law was brewing some kasai (kashaya) for herself from one of the most bitter herbs called as the 'kirathem'. When I tasted some, I almost died - the taste was just too bitter and strong, but then I was eager to know more about this plant and so she showed it to me. A few pictures were taken, information Googled and the post was prepared but I was never really inclined to post this recipe because there always seemed to be something more delicious that found its way to the blog. 

A year on, I've realised that the most important recipes are actually those that help forgive our sins and help undo at least some, if not all of our careless eating - of foods that are not really good for our health. Nature provides remedies for almost all ailments and I want to specially feature one of the most bitter of all herbs, the King of Bitters (Botanical name : Andrographis Paniculata). Most Mangaloreans I know (at least the older generation) have terrible memories of having had this bitter concoction during their childhood. It was customary and compulsory to have this decoction (kasai/kashaya as it is called in the local language) by the whole family as it was believed to ward off many ailments. People who had this kashaya seldom fell sick and I was really keen to carry this tradition forward.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Chicken Hyderabadi Biryani


A couple of months ago the hubby came across an easy biryani recipe which he wanted me to try out. Till the time I tried it I didn't consider biryani making an 'easy' process but I was stumped after I tried this one. The best part about this biryani is that the only time you spend is preparing the marination for the chicken and after that you just cook the rice, place it on the marinated chicken and cook it together on 'dum' and voila! a mouthwatering biryani is ready! If you want to make this biryani for a party and don't want to kill yourself in the kitchen you can marinate the chicken ahead of time and on the day just cook it along with the rice - so easy yeah?

I tried making this a couple of times as I wanted to perfect it and then I decided to post it just in time for Eid. For those who are celebrating it 'Eid Mubarak!' and may you be blessed richly by the Almighty! Spend precious time with your loved ones and do enjoy the festivities! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Oatmeal Buttermilk Bread #Breadbakers


I am back with another bread folks! This month's theme is oatmeal which I am sure everyone on our baking group welcomed. Since I had baked with oatmeal before I was looking forward to it using it again, this time in a bread. There were tons of recipes on the internet and I shortlisted two. The first one bombed very badly and with little time to experiment with the second recipe before I went on vacation I had to hurry up. The use of buttermilk in bread sounded so good to me that despite the numerous other recipes that I could have selected I decided to go with this one. Although I was baking bread two days in a row (which I rarely do), I had a gut feeling that this time my ingredients wouldn't go a waste and we'd have some delicious bread to munch on for the next few days. As expected, the combination of whole wheat and oatmeal was marvellous. I simply couldn't resist slicing the bread before it had cooled down - a big mistake! If you slice the bread too soon you risk them from drying up soon. The warm air that is trapped inside the loaf actually helps keep it soft and moist for longer. I quickly 'sealed' back the slice and crossed my fingers and hoped that it wouldn't be too dry. Luckily, the bread didn't last that long - we finished it off on the same day.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Kirathyaso Kasai - Herbal Decoction (Kashaya) of King of Bitters/Kirata Kaddi (Andrographis Paniculata) - Home Remedy

The above pic includes the freshly brewed decoction with leaves, this is just for a pictorial representation. The clear liquid needs to be consumed after straining out the leaves

While I was welcomed by the lush greenery on Mangalore's landscape last week, the heat was unbearable. Rains were intermittent, almost non existent and we prayed for a few showers every night to help us sleep less uncomfortably. As always I enjoyed the many sights of Mangalore - the vegetation growing wild, the old landmarks which bring back many memories and of course the food of this place which is the reason behind my blog. Last year when I was here my mum-in-law was brewing some kasai (kashaya) for herself from one of the most bitter herbs called as the 'kirathem'. When I tasted some, I almost died - the taste was just too bitter and strong, but then I was eager to know more about this plant and so she showed it to me. A few pictures were taken, information Googled and the post was prepared but I was never really inclined to post this recipe because there always seemed to be something more delicious that found its way to the blog. 

A year on, I've realised that the most important recipes are actually those that help forgive our sins and help undo at least some, if not all of our careless eating - of foods that are not really good for our health. Nature provides remedies for almost all ailments and I want to specially feature one of the most bitter of all herbs, the King of Bitters (Botanical name : Andrographis Paniculata). Most Mangaloreans I know (at least the older generation) have terrible memories of having had this bitter concoction during their childhood. It was customary and compulsory to have this decoction (kasai/kashaya as it is called in the local language) by the whole family as it was believed to ward off many ailments. People who had this kashaya seldom fell sick and I was really keen to carry this tradition forward.