Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lemonade With Rooh Afza, Rooh Afza Lemon Sharbat


          Today's post is another summer cooler, Lemonade With Rooh Afza. Actually till this summer, I had never tried anything with Rooh Afza, except for, might be, I would have had a sharbat but without knowing it had Rooh Afza in it. For those of you who are not familiar with Rooh Afza, it's a concentrated squash made with extracts from herbs, flowers, vegetables, roots and fruits. It's usually used to add flavor to sharbats, lemonade, ice creams and milk and when had during the summer months, it's supposed to cool down the body. If you want to know more about it, you can read this article here. Coming back to the drink, I have made the regular lemon juice, but I have flavored it with Rooh Afza syrup and mint and I have also added another healthy ingredient, sabja seeds/ sweet basil seeds, also known as tukmaria seeds or falooda seeds. The seeds are black in color, a little similar to chia seeds and have many health benefits. Rooh Afza, not only gives a flavor to the lemonade but also gives a beautiful pink color to the drink and the sabja seeds and mint leaves makes it look even more prettier..
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Beans Potato Subzi, Aloo Beans Curry For Rotis


          Beans Potato Subzi/Aloo Beans Curry is a perfect side dish to go with rotis, of course, only if you like dry curries. I used to make it whenever I felt that the beans was a little less for making a curry by itself, so I just add a couple of potatoes to make it enough for three people. This is perfect when you have to pack something dry while travelling, serve this with rotis and a dal/lentils for a complete and delicious meal..
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Homemade Marinara Sauce, How To Make Red Pasta Sauce


          Today's dish is going to be the simple and delicious Marinara Sauce or Red Pasta Sauce. Though they are readily available in the market, nothing can beat the freshness and the flavor in the homemade version. Some good quality tomatoes and Italian herbs is all that you need to make it, and the sauce is very versatile too, in the sense you can use it with pasta, on a pizza, make a sandwich along with some cheese slices and it tastes absolutely delicious..
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pesarattu, Moong Dal Dosa, How To Make Green Gram Dosa


          Pesarattu, another healthy and delicious dosa made with moong dal/green gram and very popular in Andhra Pradesh. This dosa is so rich in protein, the main ingredient being moong dal/ green gram. You can use the whole bean with skin or the split monng dal without skin, I use the split moong dal with skin. This soaks a little faster than the whole bean and at the same time has the skin too, which is rich in fiber. The dosa comes out crispy and soft at the same time, it's served with some upma in the center along with sambar and chutney. At home, nobody is interested in upma, so I leave it out and sprinkle some onions while making the dosa, and the best side for this dosa is ginger chutney..
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