Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Yummy Recipe By Mummy : Homemade Chocolates

Chocolates are the only happiness we can buy (and it can be homemade too). Love for chocolates is unending. The yummilious bites can surely make a bad day amazing. Its a delicious cure to a terrible day and yummiest answer to every questions.

I just love Chocolates ( Who dont *wink wink*) but surely over intake of sweets bother me alot. Especially when my chocolate fanatic kiddo is eating chocolates.

So I always wanted a little healthy option to chocolate carvings and it come to an end when I reaceived a box of yummilious Jagger Chocolates (you can buy chocolates from their website when you dont wanna make it), Jagger substitute sugar in chocolates with healthy substitute jaggery.

And this idea takes me direct to my kitchen and i tried making chocolates at home with jaggery and it come out delicious and loved by everyone at my home.

So here the easy recipe yummilious and healthy  homemade chocolates..

Homemade Chocolates

Milk Powder - 2Cups
(I used Everyday dairy whitener)
Cocoa Powder - 1&1/2Cups
(I used Cadbury Cocoa Powder)
Jaggery - 1/2Cup (Small pieces)
(You can use 1Cup sugar instead of jaggery)
Butter - 1/3Cups
Water - 1/2Cups

Ingredients :
1. Boil jaggery in water in a heavy bottom pan till jaggery melts.
2. Strain the jaggery water to remove any leftover (if any)
3. Boil the jaggery water again for 5minutes on medium flame. 
4. Shimmer and let it boil untill 1strand jaggery syrup is ready and switch off the flame.
5. Add butter to jaggery syrup and let it melt. 
6. Add cocoa powder, milk powder and mix well and make sure no lumps are formed.
(P.S.  - Make sure the mixture is neither too liquid nor thick.
- You can add roasted and chopped nuts )
7. Pour the mixture in chocolate mould. 
(P.S. You can also make balls, or grease the tray, spread the chocolate and cut into desired shapes)
8. Freeze it for half hour and keep chocolates in air tight container and store in refrigerator. 

Yummilious Chocolates Are Ready

Friday, 13 January 2017

Yummy Recipe By Mummy - Til Gur Patti (Sesame Brittle)

Sunder mundriye ho!
Tera kaun vicharaa ho!
Dullah Bhatti walla ho!
Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho!
Ser shakkar payee ho!
Kudi da laal pathaka ho!
Kudi da saalu paata ho!
Salu kaun samete!
Chache choori kutti! zamidara lutti!
Zamindaar sudhaye!
Bade bhole aaye!
Ek bhola reh gaya!
Sipahee far ke lai gaya!
Sipahee ne mari itt!
Sanoo de de Lohri, te teri jeeve jodi!
Bhaanvey ro te bhaanvey pitt!

Lohri is a beautiful punjabi festival but its celebrated around the globe with same enthusiasm. Lohri is a joyous time to eat gur and peanuts, singing songs and share the warmth with your family and loved ones. Lohri marks the end of winter.
Late in the evening, people gather around the bonfire and throw Gachak, Rewri, Peanut and Popcorn into it and sing folk songs.

Here the recipe of Til Gur Patti or Til Gajak , an important part of Lohri Celebrations.

Til Gur Patti  (Sesame Brittle)

Ingredients :
Til (Sesame) - 250gms
Gur (Jaggery) - 200gms (Small pieces)
Ghee - 2tbsp
Saunf (Fennal Seeds) - 3-4tbsp

Method :
1. Roast sesame seeds on medium flame untill they are brown and take them out on a plate and let it cool.
(P.S. Dont over roast else sesame seeds tastes bitter)
2. Grind the roasted sesame into a coarse powder.
3. Take 1tbsp ghee in heavy bottom pan and melt jaggery pieces to it and keep stirring for another 2 mins.
4. Add grounded sesame and fennel seed to melted jaggery and mix well.
5. Spread the hot mixture on a flat surface, let it set for half a minute (30 seconds)
6. Grease the roller and spread the mixture more to desired thickness.
7. Cut the rolled out patti (brittle) in desired shape.
8. Let it cool completely.
9. Take out the pieces and cherish the taste.

Til Gur Patti (Sesame Brittle) is ready.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Book Review: SefiieNomics - A Seriously Funny Guide to Living the Good Life By Revant Himatsighka


Author : Revant Himatsingka
Genre : Non-Fiction
Publisher : Bloomsbury India

Books Epigram -

Original version of a #selfie: Taking a photo of yourself rather than having someone else take it for you. You try out various filters and select the one that makes you look your best. #Selfienomics version of a #selfie: reflecting on different aspects of your life and taking the initiative to improve so that you can be the best version of yourself."
And so begins Selfienomics, the first Indian self-help book written for young people by a young entrepreneur who speaks their language. Offering workable, practical advise on how to manage finances, start a business, complete creative projects and how to be a better citizen, Selfienomics is so funny, upbeat and entertaining, it's not just a must-read but also a mast-read.

This is a motivational book written by a certified health coach ‘Revant’. Revant is a young writer and have tried to share his experience and observation through this book. He tried to touch different aspects of life and expressed his thoughts in a different ways. He has shown his approach and opinion on different aspects openly and honestly, which is really very good. Writer has tried to make this book interactive by adding hashtags. However there are few topics where I found that the things are not clear, like religion topic. Most of the topics that he included are the one we gone though in our daily life in the form of different blogs and article or case studies.

My Critique -
I have to admit that I have read better motivational books than this. Revant has studied in US and experienced US culture very closely, hence he tried to make some amalgamation of India and US culture in his advice. Author needs to remember that when you are motivating someone then you cannot be sheer selfish, for example, author talk about Wingman’s theory which I found sheer selfish in order to make a healthy relationship. My perception is that other people can easily judge you when you are attaching someone with some goal or object. Similarly I don’t think that suggesting someone about their religious belief is at all a good idea. You should leave it on a person’s upbringing or surrounding rather you can suggest parenting tips there. Adding funny Bollywood hashtag idea is really very good and at some points very funny too.

I picked this book as I found the topic new and very unique. The cover page says that it’s a seriously funny guide to living a good life but I didn’t find any kind of fun anywhere rather some serious advice every time. Only funny part for me were the hashtags that way I was misguided.
This book is a good effort from author’s perspective as he is very young and yet to learn a lot from his coming life and experiences. I like health suggestion section most than other topics in the book. For those who have never read any motivational sort of book, this is a good read but definitely not the best read.

Rating : 2 / 5

Best Buy : Best Price Available On 
                  Amazon:  Kindle : ₹199/-  Paperback : ₹209/-


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Yummy Recipe By Mummy - Mooli Patte Ki Sabji ( Radish Leaves)

Winters is known for green vegetables added to Menu, tasty stuffed paranthas and much more.

One addon on vegetables available in market is Radish(Mooli). Winters are incomplete without Radish paranthas and radish in Salad and few add on recipes from the treasure of my Kumauni Culture.

I often wonder why people throw away the radish leaves while they can seriously be one of the most taste enhancing part of your meals if you are a green leaf lover.

So here I m with a yummy and easy recipe with Radish leaves.

Mooli Patte (Radish Leaves) Ki Sabji

Ingredients :
Radish Leaves (Mooli Patte) - Washed And Finely Chopped
(P.S. I bought 1Kg Radish with Leaves and used leaves for this dish)
Radish - 1 (Chopped )
Green Chilli - 1 (Chopped)
Garlic - 4-5 flakes  (Finely Chopped)
Ginger (Finely Chopped)
Turmeric Powder - 1/2tsp
Red Chilli (Sabut/Full) - 2
Cumin Seeds - 1tsp
Hing - 1/4tsp
Mustard Oil - 2tbsp
Salt - To Taste

Method :
1. Take Mustard oil in pan and let it get hot.
2. Now add Cumin seeds, hing and sabut red chilli and saute
3. Add garlic, ginger, green chilli and radish.
4. Add spices salt and turmeric powder.  Mix well.
5. Now add radish leaves, mix well, cover and let it cook untill its dry completely.

Mooli Patte  Ki Sabji is ready. Serve hot with Dal Tadka and roti.

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Yummy Recipe By Mummy - Rum Fruit Cake, Christmas Special

Christmas always calls for celebrations. Not only because its Christmas but also because its brings a long, much awaited holidays and some beautiful family time.

This Christmas, baking Rum Fruit Cake was on top in my To-Do list and hence preparations started a month back with soaking of dried berries, prunes, cherries, blackcurrants, raisins and dired pineapple & mango in rum and caramel syrup.

So today Christmas, for me get started with baking my first ever Rum Fruit Cake and it turn out to be yummilicious (Flaunting *wink wink*)

Here's my recipe for you all, do try :)

My Yummilicious Rum Fruit Cake 

Rum Fruit Cake
Ingredients :
Dried Fruits and Berries - 2Cups (I used blackcurrants, raspberries, carnberries, prunes, blueberries, cherries, raisins, dried mango and dired pineapple)
Rum - For Soaking  (I used Old Monk Rum)
All purpose flour (Maida) - 2½ cups
Sugar - 2Cups
Powdered Sugar - 2Cups
Butter - 1Cup
Eggs - 4 ( Separate yolk and eggwhite)
Orange Marmalade - 4tbsp
Baking Powder - 2tsp
Baking Soda - 1tsp
Vanilla Essence - 1tsp
Cinnamon powder - ½  tsp
Cardamom powder - ½  tsp
Nutmeg powder - ½  tsp
Jeera powder - ½  tsp
Dried ginger powder - ½  tsp
Method :
1. Soak all dried fruits and berries in rum and caramel syrup.
(P.S. *For Caramel syrup - take 4tsp of sugar and heat it with 2tsp of water at medium heat untill sugar melts and turns brown
*Add Rum to soak the berries fully and store in an airtight jar.
*U can soak from 3 days to 3-4months for enhancing the flavour, mix berries once a day)
Berries Mix Soaked For One Month

2. Sift together all dry ingredients ( flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon powder , cardamom powder, nutmeg powder , jeera powder and dried ginger powder )
3. In a pan heat 1½ cups sugar with 1tsp water, keep stirring until sugar melts and becomes dark brown in color, then add 3/4 cup hot water.
(P.S. Be careful while adding hot water as sugar syrup will splash while adding water)
4. In a pan take butter add 2cups powdered sugar and beat untill its creamy, now add egg yolk one by one and beat untill its nicely mixed.
5. Now add dry ingredients slowly and mix  untill properly combined.
6. Now add vanilla essesnce, orange marmalade and caramel syrup (prepared in step 3) and mix well.
7. Strain the rum soaked berries and save the rum.
8. Mix strained berries with 1tsp all purpose flour.
(P.S. It will save berries from sinking to the base of cake)
9. Add berries to the mix and fold well.
10. Beat eggwhite untill forthy, add 2tsp powdered sugar and beat untill glossy and gently add it to cake batter.

Cake Better Ready To Be Baked

11. Preheat the oven at 180 degree C.
12. Grease the cake pan and cover it properly with greased parchment paper.
13. Pour the batter in cake pan and bake at 180C for around 50minutes or untill done.
(Check using a toothpick, insert it in cake and if it comes out clean your cake is done. 1 baked at 180C for 55minutes in my Samsung microwave convection mode)
14. Brush the saved rum (from strained berries) over the cake to enhance the flavour.

Rum Fruit Cake 

Yummilicious Rum Fruit Cake is ready :)

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Birthday Made Special , My Three Years Big Construction Vehicles Fanatic

Toothless Grins Turned Into Melodious Laughters,
Constant Stare Converted Into NonStop Chatters,
Crawls Are Now Unending Runs,
Those Ten Little Tiny Toes Are Now Grown Up.

Birthday Boy Super Happy With His Favourite Construction Vehicles Theme Decor 

When it comes to your little ones every moment counts and deserve a mark in life but with those little ones time flies.

My little love turned into three years big boy on 9th October and  I still feels is just yesterday when I hold him very first time.
Birthdays are always so very special and they are more special when it comes to celebrate your little ones big day. They live in their own beautiful world and creating the same aura in his day is surely a dream of every parent. 

My Son is a vehicle lover, his world rotates around construction vehicles which he adore the most. ( Trust me he can identify and name , more construction vehicles then you *Proud Mom Show Off* **wink**)

But his love for construction vehicles becomes difficult to convert into his birthday decor. Here Nidhi, teacher by profession and creative owner of Nidhi Creation by passion comes to rescue, gorgeous lady with a beautiful heart and amazing creative skills made my Son's birthday special.

She can create magic with her creativity. When we first spoke, she was super confident and eager to help me with my Son's birthday decorations as she loved the Theme of construction vehicles and I trusted her confidence.

She made beautiful wall hangings, birthday banner, centre piece for table, an "I Am Three" banner and a beautiful photo prop with the theme i loved and exactly what we shortlisted after a little conversation.

Here's The Glimpse if her beautiful work.

Birthday Banner

"I Am 3 "Banner

Centre Table Decor 

Beautiful Wall Hangings 

Birthday Boy With Photo Prop6

Nidhi kudos to you such amazing work and all your efforts for my Kiddo's birthday and making it memorable. Thanks dearie.

So every parent out there who is looking for some theme based birthday decorations, birthday party favors and much more personalised stuff. Nidhi is the one you should contact. She can make anything in much reasonable price, ships across the country and the outcome is worth a wait.

P.S. This is not a sponsored post. This post is just a small gesture to show my gratitude towards the Gorgeous lady.

Yummy Recipe By Mummy : Chicken Curry

Winters always makes me lazy but the love for chicken is unending. We mostly have chicken in dinner with parantha's or naan but the foodie in me always love and enjoy having chicken curry with plain rice. So whats better than having rice and chicken curry combo for lunch. So here's my quick and super yummy recipe for chicken curry.

Chicken Curry

Ingredients :
Chicken - 500gms
Onion - 3-4 (paste)
Tomato - 2-3 (Pureed)
Garlic paste - 1tbsp
Green Chilly -  2 (Finely Chopped)
Ginger paste -  1 tbsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1tsp
Coriander Powder - 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Corriander Leaves - For Garnish
Oil - 2tsp
Salt - To Taste

Method :
1. In a pan add oil, add cumin seeds and allow them crackle
2. Now add onion paste, garlic & ginger paste and saute till golden brown.
3. Add green chilles and tomato puree. Keep stirring.
4. Once tomato puree dries, add  turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dhaniya powder and salt. Saute.
5. Add Chicken. Mix well and let it cook till its golden brown.
6. Add 1 cup water. Cover and let it shimmer untill chicken is properly cooked.
7. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves

Chicken Curry is ready to be served with plain rice or zeera rice or paranthas.