An update - Breakfast recipes (Pancakes)

In the previous post I had written a recipe about making pancakes. I am sure that you've had an understanding of how to go about making pancakes, theoretically. What good is theory in comparison to practical step by step explanation which at times is a visual treat?

This post is to quickly give an update about a site I came across today and thought there is nothing that can better what I wanted to do. This site is called Videojug and what's so good about this site that I wanted to give you an update? Trust me I am so excited to share this with you all.

Well, first thing first, it is a website where people can watch straightforward, helpful and informative videos on anything and everything in life- from bite sized 'How-to' films to expert advice on a huge range of topics, all for free. Don't it sounds wonderful? I am sure it does.

The second being I saw a video on making pancakes, a step by step method to prepare the ever loved Great American Pancakes. That's not it there is a whole load of recipes for breakfast, click the link below and you will sure be amazed with the various recipes for breakfast on video all under one roof (Website)
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Breakfast Recipes - Pancakes

Breakfast Recipes - Pancakes

After my previous post about Knowing a vegetable, I wondered what I write about next. That is when I was struck with this thought of writing about breakfast recipes while having a conversation with a friend of mine.
There are a lot of requests from people I know to understand how to go about preparing a few dishes served for breakfast like the waffles, french toasts, etc., A breakfast as the name suggests is to break the 8 to 10 hr fasting that our bodies have gone through. A very important meal of the day and it need to be very nutritious and healthy to keep yourself going for the entire day.

A breakfast need to be packed with energy and you would not have missed that most of the breakfast dishes are sweet. The reason for sweetness is this, sugar equals calories, calories equals energy, the more the energy the better the day.

There is a good saying "Eat breakfast like a King, Lunch like a queen and supper like a pauper" So with this new series on breakfast I would like to start this series with pancakes.
Pancakes are flour based and once cooked are served with any sauce, honey or jams


2 1/2 cups - Flour
1/3 cup - Sugar
3 tsps -Baking powder
2 cups - Milk
2 nos - Eggs (beaten)
1/3 cup - Vegetable oil

Cooking Instructions :

- Mix all the dry ingredients in large bowl.
- Add the liquids to the bowl and fold the ingredients together, ensure there are no lumps in the batter
- Pour the batter on hot, lightly greased griddle.
- Flip when bubbles cover exposed pancake side.
- Makes about 14 pancakes

You can add berries to the pancakes and serve with butter and syrup, cinnamon sugar or jam. In the forthcoming posts I would write about recipes to prepare sauces for the pancakes.
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Knowing a Vegetable - Broccoli

In the same lines of the series that was started for fruits with Avocados, I am starting another series with vegetables, this would be called Knowing a vegetable and we would start this series with Broccoli

What is broccoli?

Broccoli is a plant of the Cabbage family and has been around for more than 2000 years, The name "broccoli" comes for the Latin word brachium, which means "branch," or "arm.". Broccoli possesses abundant fleshy flower heads, usually green in color, arranged in a tree-like fashion on branches sprouting from a thick, edible stalk. The large mass of flower heads is surrounded by leaves. Broccoli most closely resembles cauliflower, which is a different group of the same species, but broccoli is green rather than white.
Americans have grown it in their gardens for only about 200 years! The first commercially grown broccoli was grown and harvested in New York, then planted in the 1920's in California. A few crates were sent back East and by 1925 the broccoli market was off the ground.
Broccoli is available all year, with a peak season from October through April.

How to choose Broccoli?

Select a bunch that is dark green with tightly closed flowerets. The stalks should be firm, without leggy branches. The buds should be tightly closed and the leaves crisp. Also the stronger broccoli smells, the older it is. Refrigerate, unwashed, in a plastic bag, for up to four days.
If you peel the tough fibrous outer layer off broccoli stems, it cooks faster, makes it esier to digest, and is more attractive.


Broccoli was first grown in the Italian province of Calabria and was given the name Calabrese. Today there are many varieties. In the United States, the most common type of broccoli is the Italian green or sprouting variety. Its green stalks are topped with umbrella-shaped clusters of purplish green florets.

Cooking Broccoli

Be sure to cook broccoli quickly, since long cooking not only makes it soft and flavorless, but also destroys it's rich nutrients. Broccoli stems can be cooked in the same length of time as the flowerets if you make "X" incisions from top to bottom through stems.
Salt helps to keep broccoli green. The stalks, when peeled are good toe at also. Leaves are edible but give a better appearance if cut off.


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Recipes for Cooking - Punjabi Cuisine

After the previous post of avocado chutney, I realised I had not written any posts on popular dishes and recipes. Now, I would get back to writing about popular dishes and recipes of a few cuisines now and then. In this post we would look at Punjabi cuisine.
Punjab a land of wheat is very diverse in its cuisine. Punjabi cuisine is world renowned and it is one of the north Indian cuisines. Find below a few of the popular dishes and recipes of the punjabi cuisine

- Punjabi Kadhi. It is a gram flour based gravy served with steamed rice. A little bland and highly flavoured. Click here for its recipe

- Maharani Dal. A mixture of many lentils cooked slowly creating a lovely delicacy. Served as an accompaniment to any indian bread or to pulav. Click here for its recipe

- Naan/Butter Naan. An Indian bread cooked in tandoor, an earthen pot used as an oven. Naan is served with any veg or non veg gravy, onions, chillies. Click here for its recipe

- Khoya Mutter. Khoya is condensed milk and mutter is green peas. As the name suggests it is a gravy prepared with both as primary ingredients. Served with rice or rotis. Click here for its recipe

- Dhabewala ghost. It is a mutton gravy prepared in ways a dhaba prepares its gravy. A dhaba is an eatery which lines the major highways in the north serving the truckers and highway users. Served with rice or rotis. Click here for its recipe

The punjabi meal is loaded with nutrients and is very healthy. Check for more recipes of the punjab region here Popular dishes and recipes.

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Recipes using Avocado - Avocado Chutney

We saw in one of the previous posts what an Avocado was. Now that we have an understanding of this fruit. We will see what can be prepared using this fruit. The applications are aplenty, we can prepare a simple milk shake, prepare salad, prepare a dip using avocado and the list goes on. In this post we will see one dish that can be prepared using avocado, an avocado chutney. A chutney is a mixture which is used as an accompaniment to breads, dosa, etc.,

Avocado Chutney
Ingredients you would need
1 no - Avocado
1 no - Onion(cut into medium sized pieces)
4 nos - Green chilly
1 clove - Garlic
1 tsp - Oil
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp - Tamarind
1/4 tsp - Mustard

Preparing method
- Heat a tsp of oil in a kadai and sauté onions and green chillies till they become golden brown.
- Add the tamarind and fry for few seconds. Once the mixture cools nicely, grind it along with peeled garlic and salt without water.
- In the meantime, peel the avocado and mash it.
- Again heat 1 tbsp oil and splutter the mustard add the ground mixture and mashed avocado to this and fry for about a minute.
- Garnish with cilantro. Healthy Avocado chutney is ready to serve

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How to Peel a Hard Boiled Egg?

We looked at how to hard boil an Egg and once the egg is boiled it becomes a tedious job to peel the egg without making an art on the egg white. Not any more, we will look at a simple process to negate the painstaking work of removing the shell from the hard boiled egg. This process will guarantee lesser time, say about three seconds every time.
Check the steps below and its a sure way to better your egg peeling skills

Once the hard boiled egg is prepared, you need to let it cool. Soaking in ice water is a good way to speed up this process

Crack the shell at each end by firmly tapping the egg onto a hard surface such as a counter. Do one end, and then the other.

There is an air bubble in the wide end of the egg; you want to crush this.

Place the side of the egg on a counter and roll forward for one revolution with your palm firmly down on the top of the egg.

Submerge the egg in a bowl of warm water and slip the entire shell off in less than a second.

Peel the egg effectively from now on. Until next post.

Knowing a Fruit - Avocado

We would deviate a little from recipes and cooking to enter into the world of fruits, vegetables and other ingredients. Lets admit that these are very much an essential to our everyday cooking and consumption. I would introduce each fruit, vegetable and the likes in posts which will be titles "Knowing a fruit", "Knowing a vegetable", etc., This will be a series of posts having inputs about ingredients. Starting off this type of posts, we will introduce Avocado

What is an Avocado?

Avocado or Butter fruit is a complete food with many essential nutrients like proteins, vitamin E, C, B, folic acid, iron, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. It has no cholesterol and is sodium free. Avocado shake with milk and sugar is a famous drink. It can be used to make salads, shakes, sandwitches etc.

Types of Avocados
The two most widely marketed avocado varieties are the rough-skinned, almost black Hass and the smooth, thin-skinned green Fuerte. The Hass has a smaller pit and a more buttery texture than the Fuerte.

Purchasing & Using Avocadoes
Avocados must be used when fully ripe. They do not ripen on the tree and are rarely found ripe in markets. Fresh avocados are almost always shipped in an unripe condition.
To test for ripeness by cradling an avocado gently in your hand. Ripe fruit will yield will be firm, yet will yield to gentle pressure. If pressing leaves a dent, the avocado is very ripe and suitable for mashing. They are best served at room temperature.

How to ripen Avocados?

To ripen avocados slowly, put them in the fruit bin of your refrigerator (no apples please, that would be mixed signals). Avocados can be kept for up to two weeks this way. They will ripening very slowly, so when you take them out of the refrigerator they will be ready to eat in a couple of days.
To ripen an avocado faster, place in a brown paper bag and set in your oven with only the oven light on.
Once avocados are at a desired stage of ripeness, they may be refrigerated for up to 2 to 3 days

An avocado is a wonderful fruit and can be used to make various items out of it. We will see some food items that can be prepared using avocados in the posts to come.

How to make South Indian Filter Coffee?

I had posted about a few coffee options that we stumble upon. I had also mentioned that i would provide you a step by step procedure to prepare THE FILTER COFFEE. A typical south Indian preparation!!

Step 1: You'll need a traditional south Indian filter, also called the percolator which is made of 4 parts. See the picture below.
In a clockwise direction let me explain the parts starting from the top
1. The lid that comes on top of the actual percolator.
2. The percolator, you can also see the base is punched with holes
3. Strainer, although this looks like an umbrella it is a strainer.
4. Collector, The fourth part forms the base which collects the strained decoction.

Step 2: Get coffee powder, if it is India you can get freshly ground coffee powder mixed with chickory. Chickory is nothing but a real stronger coffee beans blend. It is powdered and added to the coffee powder usually in the percentage ratio of 90 to 10, where 10% is chickory and 90% coffee.

Step 3: Assemble the filter, where the base is fixed with the percolator on the top. Once this is done place the strainer and then keep the lid handy.

Step 4: Put the coffee powder atop the strainer, the usual is 2 heaped tablespoons of coffee powder to make the decoction. This decoction will serve 6 to 8 people depending on the strength of the coffee and the serving quantity.

Step 5: Boil water and pour into the percolator, you can always top up the water once a little water is strained, keep in mind how much of liquid the base can hold. Now be careful of the heat, the entire filter will be hot. Keep the filter aside for it to strain, usually it takes around 45 mins to strain the entire water.

Step 6: Take tumbler and davraa a traditional serving utensils. Or take any cup, the mixture is in the ratio 3:1. Take 3/4 tumbler milk, top it with decoction, add sugar as per requirement mix them well and serve.

There you have a step by step way to make filter coffee. Make sure the following are adhered to
- Never heat the coffee after mixing with decoction.
- If you use decoction stored in the fridge, heat the decoction separately by placing it in boiling water.
- You can also make cold coffee using this decoction.
- Some filters have bigger holes. After filling the coffee powder you can slightly press it with your fingers.
- Some filters have small holes which tend to get blocked. Make sure the holes are clear.
- The filter should be totally dry when you add the powder.

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Recipes for Cooking - Mangalorean Cuisine

Mangalore or Mangalooru (Recently rechristened) is a city and region in the state of Karnataka. One of the popular south indian cuisines the mangalorean cuisine has variety in its dishes and the ingredients used to prepare those dishes. Udupi cuisine which also hails from the state of Karnataka, the other being mangalorean cuisine is a vegtarian cuisine. Mangalorean cuisine is a non vegetarian cuisine as well. Find below a few of the popular dishes of mangalorean cuisine

- Kori Rotti is a chicken preparation prepared with coconut and is served with roti. Click here for its recipe

- Fish Ambot Theek Curry, a fish preparation which is sour and spicy as the name suggests can be served with coconut appam or rice. Click here for its recipe

- Kidyo is a deep fried snack prepared using flour. Click here for its recipe

- Pork Sorpotel is a gravy prepared with pork as a main ingredient. Served with rice or appam. Click here for its recipe

- Coconut Appam is a pancake made with rice batter and coconut milk. Served as breakfast usually. Click here for its recipe

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Popular Coffee options explained

There have been many a times when we have been to the coffee shops and coffee pubs and gotten stumbled with the names given to the coffee. This is to throw some light on the coffee options available in the market and for us to decipher them effectively.

The definition list of some of the most popular coffee drinks available at most upscale cafes and coffee shops are as below to help us not to faulter on the names and types of coffee available.

Though the term "Espresso" can also refer to the roasting method, an espresso is typically a highly concentrated shot of dark, rich, black coffee. It's usually made in an espresso machine and is extracted by shooting hot water through a densely compacted scoop of very fine coffee grinds.
A latte is made by pouring one to two shots of espresso into a mug full of steamed milk. Typically a latte is topped with foamed milk, but this isn't a necessity.
An americano is a shot or two of espresso in a cup filled with hot water. While diluted and not as strong as a straight espresso, it still won't taste like a typical American coffee.
Drip Coffee
A drip coffee is your standard, basic coffee. It's called a drip because it drips out of the percolator or coffee machine. If you're looking for a simple, American coffee - this is it.
A cappuccino is like a latte, but with less milk and more foam. It's also much smaller and typically served in a 5-6 ounce porcelain cup.
Cafe Au Lait
A cafe au lait is typically made with standard drip coffee and two thirds of hot and foamy or steamed milk
Cafe Frappuccino
A frappuccino is actually a drink made by Starbucks - it's a blended mix of coffee, ice, water, milk and flavored syrups. It is often sold at other coffee establishments as an iced coffee, coffee smoothie or blended coffee.
Cafe Mocha
A cafe mocha is made from a single shot of espresso, 5 to 8 ounces of steamed milk and chocolate syrup. It's often topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Basically, the mocha is like a latte, but with a splash of chocolate added.

The last but not the least "The Filter Coffee". A typical name in southern Indian homes especially the ones in the state of Tamil Nadu. In south Indian homes the coffee does not have these many names or varieties. A simple coffee would be "Decoction", prepared by extracting coffee concentrate from the ground beans, with sugar and milk in right proportions.

How to prepare the South Indian Filter Coffee? That would be in another post...

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