Thursday, 25 April 2019

A Warm Table:)

Hello.....Hope everyone relaxing after Easter celebration. This week at CG here is a recipe rather a delicacy from our part to share along with a warm table setting.
These days people love to try different cuisines  prepared in different regions and also new trend in modern cuisine. Certain preparations have stories to tell  about it's place, tradition and culture. Savoring delicacies from around the world have become easy to people since everything easily available everywhere.
Paaya is a traditional preparation in Indian sub- continent. The main ingredients of the dish are tender Sheep or Lamb trotters cooked with spices. This has a soup like consistency and can be taken has soup or taken along with bread, pitta breads or naans. It is mainly cooked in pressure cooker these days unlike olden days.(In olden days the trotters are boiled over night in a vessel on low flame).One can try this recipe and thoroughly enjoy the taste of it. 
Move down for glance of the recipe. 

Paaya or Lamb trotters:
Difficulty Level: Easy
Preparation Time: 45 Minutes

Tender lamb trotters- 8
Onion- 3 medium 
Shallots/small onions - 7-8 (pounded)
Tomato- 2 or 3 medium 
Green chili-2 (slit)
Cinnamon- 2... 1to 1and 1/2 inch 
Cloves - 3
Bay leaf- 1
Fennel seed- 1and1/2 teaspoon
Ginger+ Garlic Paste - 1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder- 1 teaspoon
Chili powder- 1and 1/2 teaspoon or according to your requirement
Coriander powder- 1and 1/2 teaspoon 
Cumin-1/2 teaspoon (pounded)
Pepper corns -1/2 teaspoon (pounded)
Curry leaves- Few
Coriander leaves- Handful
Water- 4 to 6 cups
Cooking oil - 3 tablespoons 
Salt- According to taste.
Coconut milk- 1 to 1and 1/2 cup. (optional) 

Pressure cook Lamb trotters in water for 15 whistle. Transfer the boiled trotters to another vessel when the steam subsides. Place the cooker on the stove add oil to it. Put in the cinnamon sticks, cloves, bay leaf, fennel seeds, cut onions, slit green chili and curry leaves fry for three minutes till onions become soft. Add in 1 cut tomato and fry for few seconds. Add ginger garlic paste fry for few seconds then add the boiled trotters without adding water. Now add turmeric powder, coriander powder and chili powder to it. Mix the trotters and the spices well with the spatula. Reduce the flame. Now add again remaining cut tomato to it. Turn for few seconds. Put in the pounded cumin, pepper corns and shallots and mix well. Add the trotter boiled water and coriander leaves and salt. Pressure cook in cooker for 10 minutes. Remove the lid when steam subsides.
People who like to add coconut milk.... coconut milk can be added after removing the lid and keep on the stove till it boils and switch off immediately.   

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Friday, 19 April 2019

Colors Of Easter...:))

Easter brings Fun 
Easter brings Happiness
Easter brings God's endless blessings
       Easter  bring Love & the freshness of Spring   
   'Wishing  everyone a Glorious 'Happy Easter'

Symbolism of Easter colors:
Yellow represents joy and happiness.
Green represents hope, birth and renewal.
Pink is fresh beginning, a healthy start, and playfulness.
Light Orange represents the dawn of a new day and a new season.
Blue is the color of the sky and water.
Lavender represents something special.

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

The Lightness Of Summer...Cold Soup:)

Cold soups are refreshing during this season and also easy to hurl the ingredients in a blender for a quick make. They are sweet, savory, creamy or clear...some have it in the beginning of a meal and some end the course with it. Purees of vegetables and fruits along with creams, stocks, butter milk or curd some time light tea are used to prepare a cold soup.Tropical fruits like Banana, Guava, Pineapple, Mangoes, Melons are pureed and prepared  with whipped light cream also by spicing it with lemon or lime juice and garnishing with mint, fresh cut fruit chunks. For better taste & texture letting cold soups chill over night or at least four to six  hours in the refrigerator is best. A chilled bowl of cold soup on a harried, humid day is just cracking for anyone.
What do you like the most preparing a cold soup? Most of the cold soups require little or no cooking which helps keeping the kitchen cool. 

Ripe mangoes - 2 medium sized peeled and cut into cubes.
Sugar - 1/4 cup or as desired
Lemon zest - According to the taste
Lemon juice - 1/4 cup 
Place mango, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest into a blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Serve when chilled. Garnish it with fruit chunks and with dash of fresh cream.

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Monday, 15 April 2019

The lightness Of Summer.... Perfect Iced Coffee:)

What could be better than a glass of cold coffee on a hot summer day when it calls for a kick of caffeine and the chill of ice? CG suggests you for a cold coffee with a scoop of ice cream on top for a hot humid day. Here is a simple recipe for you to make that perfect glass which you feel it is from the barista. 

Method: Soak 250 grams of coffee grounds in five cups of cold water and leave in the refrigerator over night. Next day , strain through a fine sieve or muslin cloth into a glass jar. This will give around 12 servings of very strong and flavorsome concentrate that can be refrigerated for 10 to 15 days. Pour the desired concentrate to a tall narrow glass, add sweetened cold milk (with sugar or honey)and scoop of ice cream on top before serving.

For the best taste of cold coffee use freshly ground beans instead of instant mix.  Store the grounds in an airtight container and never place in a refrigerator as it attracts moisture. 
Use bottle water instead of tap water while making the concentrate. 
For the sweetener honey is best as it get dissolved quickly in the cold milk. 
Here is a cold coffee scape with a dash of ice cream on top from my kitchen counter.

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