Monday, February 27, 2017

Honey oats porridge : The healthy breakfast.

If you are trying to lose weight you must already be aware of the benefits of oats. In short oats are a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants [1]. And they are rich in soluble fibers which help in lowering cholesterol levels [2]. They are also known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and stabilize blood sugar [3]. So if you are trying to restrict yourself to a healthy diet, oats must be on your grocery list. This time around I made a delicious, yummy dessert, which tastes as good as the calorific ones but is extremely healthy. It is a porridge made with oats, tasty, filling and cuts heavily on the calorie intake.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Low-carb pizza with prosciutto and cheese topping.

I was in the mood to try out and innovate a new dish, something I have not found on the internet (at least on the first few pages of Google). I had some minced meat that Mitra got from the farmer’s market and I was forced to use them up (meat from farmer’s market do not contain the horrible dangerous etc. preservatives and so cannot be stored for long). I also had some Prosciutto di Parma which was heading quickly towards the best before date. So the boundary conditions on my innovation were already set. Now let me see, a lot of meat, why not try out a special diet. Though I am quite a glutton and cannot restrict myself and this blog to a particular diet but there is no harm in trying out some from time to time mainly keeping in mind my diverse readers. So this is the result of my innovation, a low-carb pizza.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Lactose-free strawberry pancakes

For simple hassle free breakfasts, pancakes are the clear winners. They are quick to prepare and in fact all it needs is to prepare a batter and cook them on a frying pan. You can check out my basic pancake recipe from my previous post. Albeit their simplicity, pancakes are also the ideal items where one can innovate. They are indeed versatile and can be prepared in numerous ways just by changing the batter. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Berry Love : No-bake dessert for this Valentine's Day.

Valentine’s Day for me hardly means much when I can love, make love and be loved throughout the year. But it surely is an occasion for making lovely beautiful looking dishes and overlook the calories, more like the religious festivals which even today present occasions to party even though we may not be at all religious. So this Valentine’s Day, I thought of making a no-bake dessert with the ingredients which in present times symbolize love.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Pain Perdu : French toast in the French style.

Bread dipped in egg and milk is known across the world by different names, in France it is called the Pain perdu (lost bread). In English (mainly in the USA) and in Mexico it is known as the French toast. So how about making the “French toast” in the way made by the French. First, and foremost, the French way of making it is surely by using the most common French bread, the baguette. The rest is simple and within minutes you have a tasty sweet brunch waiting for you.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Teenkona parotta : The Bengali layered flatbread

My last recipe post was an Indian chicken dish made with Kashmiri chilies. It was a flavorsome but mildly spicy dish and I must quickly give out the recipe for the bread which I believe is an ideal accompaniment for such a dish. If you see a layered flatbread made with flour and fried in oil in Indian cuisine you can safely call it Paratha (for North Indians) or Parotta (for South Indians). 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Kashmiri mirch chicken : Flavorsome and mildly spiced for a cold rainy day

It was a cold rainy day here and I suddenly had a craving for something spicy. The first ingredient that came to my mind was dried Kashmiri chilies (Kashmiri mirch). Now what are they? They are red chilies and they are dried. But a little different from the regular chili or paprika that one may find. In fact this is a typical chili that originates from India and widely used in Indian cuisine. They are different in the sense that they impart a bright red color to the dish, however are not piquant and hot. Thus a perfect chili pepper when we want the heat on a rainy day but not in the mood to burn ourselves with the pungency.