Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Nutella Banana Icecream - Easy 3 Ingredient Icecream Recipe

Nutella Banana Icecream Recipe

This Nutella Banana Icecream needs just 3 easy to get ingredients yet comes out so creamy and delicious.I wanted to try this icecream for mittu , she loved this icecream .The frozen bananas gives a creamy texture which is perfect for icecreams.Even without churning, this icecream comes out smooth and creamy which is the speciality of this icecream.

You can make this icecream for kids this summer and treat them! I got Nutella for making this icecream but made few other recipes too will share them soon :)


Nutella Banana Icecream Recipe

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Nutella Banana Icecream Recipe

Nutella Banana Icecream Recipe

Preparation Time:10 mins | Processing Time : 8 hrs | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Dessert | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Banana - 2 big
Nutella - 1/4 cup
Vanilla Essence - 1/4 tsp(optional)

Method:

  1. Peel the skin and chop the banana into slices.
    How to make Nutella Banana Icecream Recipe  - Step1
  2. Seperate the slices and place it ina  ziplock and refrigerate it for a day atleast.
    How to make Nutella Banana Icecream Recipe  - Step2
  3. Take it in a blender, blend it well until smooth.
    How to make Nutella Banana Icecream Recipe  - Step3
  4. Now take the star ingredient nutella, add it and blend it well until combined.
    How to make Nutella Banana Icecream Recipe  - Step4
  5. Add vanilla essence and blend it once.Transfer it to a freezer safe box.
    How to make Nutella Banana Icecream Recipe  - Step4
  6. Refrigerate it atleast for 8 hrs.Scoop and serve.
    How to make Nutella Banana Icecream Recipe  - Step4
Sprinkle chocolate shavings / semiya and Serve immediately.
Nutella Banana Icecream Recipe

My Notes:

  • I used yellow Morris banana.
  • You can replace nutella with any chocolate spread too.
  • I freezed it overnight, it is hard when taken out.Leave in room temperature for 2mins then scoop and serve.
Nutella Banana Icecream Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Mango Kesari Recipe / Mango Sheera Recipe

Mango Kesari Recipe

Mango Kesari or Mango Sheera, is one the easiest mango sweet that you can make.Now its mango season and you get all varieties of mangoes available in the market, I am making great use of it by trying our new mango recipes.I love all types of kesari varieties and now this mango kesai has topped my favs list.

I think this mango kesari will be one among my few milestone pics...yes it took around 2 hrs for me to finish the photoshoot, kept on changing the bowls, backgrounds...I even broke a bowl in that hassle :( But finally liked this setup and clicked it to hearts content :) Have I justified enough for the many pics posted here than the usual 4 :)

Mango Kesari Recipe

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Mango Kesari Recipe

Mango Kesari Recipe

Preparation Time:10 mins | Processing Time : 15 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Sweet| Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Rava / Sooji - 1/4 cup
Ghee - 1/8 cup
Water - 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup
Mango - 1 small
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Cashews - 5 whole
Saffron - 6 strands
Note:I used 1(rava):2 and 1/4(water) cup ratio

Method:

  1. Heat half of ghee in a pan add rava and roast for just 2mins in low flame,Set aside.
    How to make Mango Kesari Recipe  - Step1
  2. Take mango,sugar,saffron and cardamom in a mixer and blend it to a smooth paste.Measure and set aside.It came to almost 3/4 cup.
    How to make Mango Kesari Recipe  - Step2
  3. Heat water in a pan when it starts to boil add roasted rava.Cook in low flame.
    How to make Mango Kesari Recipe  - Step3
  4. Cook until it becomes soft and slightly dry.
    How to make Mango Kesari Recipe  - Step4
  5. At this stage add mango sugar mixture.Again it will become goey.Keep stirring to avoid lumps.
    How to make Mango Kesari Recipe  - Step5
  6. Add remaining ghee reserving just a tsp for frying cashews, cook covered in low flame for 3mins.
    How to make Mango Kesari Recipe  - Step6
  7. Fry cashews in ghee till golden brown and add it to the kesari.When it forms a mass and comes together then switch off.
    How to make Mango Kesari Recipe  - Step7
Serve hot / warm with cashews garnished...heaven!
Mango Kesari Recipe

My Notes:

  • I used Neelam variety of mango.
  • Use less fibre fleshy mango variety.
  • Adding saffron is optional but I love mango kesar combo very much, its a match made.
  • Also adding kesar gives a deep yellow color to the kesari even without adding any food color.
  • You can add any nuts of your choice, you can even add chopped almonds.
  • I used 1(rava):2 and 1/4(water) cup ratio.
  • It will become thick, you can heat it up while serving for the ghee to melt and grease the kesari.
Mango Kesari Recipe

Enjoy the kesari hot / warm with a dollop of ghee....yumm!!

Mango Kesari Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Podi Uthappam Recipe - Travel Food Idea 18

Podi Uthappam Recipe

Podi Uthappam is a great travel recipe and one of hubbys favorite uthappam varieties.This idea was given to me by my sis.Uthappam stays soft for hours together when mixed with podi just like Idli Podi.I always love trying different podi recipes as both dad and daughter both are fond of homemade podi, I am waiting to see if gugu joins the list too :)

Podi Uthappam Recipe

Podi Uthappam Recipe

Preparation Time:5 minutes | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Shelf life:6 to 8 hrs
Recipe Category: Main | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

Dosa Batter - as needed

Podi Recipes:

Podi
Black Urad Dal Podi
Podi
MTR Style Podi

Method:

  1. Heat dosa tawa.Take a laddle full of dosa batter and pour on the tawa, do not spread.Keep covered and cook for a minute until you see the top half cooked.How to make Podi Uthappam Recipe - Step1
  2. Turn over and cook.Flip over to other side.Don't make it crispy.Get all your uthappams ready.
    How to make Podi Uthappam Recipe - Step2
  3. Now take your idli podi.Add gingelly oil to it and mix well.Now spread the podi mixture on the uthappams.How to make Podi Uthappam Recipe - Step3
  4. Use to spoon to spread it.Stack and pack it.How to make Podi Uthappam Recipe - Step4

My Notes:

  • You can even sprinkle podi while the uthappam is getting half cooked,flip over and cook.But I prefer this spreading way for travel.
  • This uthappam stays soft for 6 hrs atleast.
  • Do not cook the uthappams in high flame and make it crisp.It should be soft and spongy.
  • Cook covered to get soft uthappams.
Podi Uthappam Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sterling by the Valley,Kodaikanal - A Review

Sterling by the Valley - Kodaikanal - A Review
Its been a while since I posted a food and travel post so thought to share my experiences during our recent trip to Kodaikanal.This is more of the resort review as we chose to stay in the resort this time as with the minion I just wanted to relax so didn't explore the places this time.

As soon as mittus vacation started, from day 1 she was asking where are we going for vacation? as most of her friends were on a trip.Finally when we decided on a trip my choice was to go some less crowded place,just sit back relax, and come back.But hubby wanted to go to some hillstation so chose Kodaikanal.I did take my Nikon SLR but couldnt even manage to take it outside so all the pictures posted here are from my mobile.

Note : This is not a paid review and the review is based on the food I tasted and experiences when we stayed there and it totally depends on my taste and preferences.  
Palani Hill

We started our journey around 5:00AM.Hubby wanted to drive so we didn't book any driver this time too.Both the kids were sleeping so we had a calm and peaceful journey.

We reached Palani around 7:30AM, as it was too early and the kids were sleeping, We planned to have our breakfast at Kodaikanal itself.We reached the outskirts of the city around 9:30 but checked into the resort only at 11 as the traffic was heavy and then we had a tough time to find the resort as the name board was missing in the resort.

We planned this trip all at the last minute so couldn't get Sterling for the first day so hubby booked in a resort named RTHillview for the first day alone.The resort was pretty decent with a big room, a lobby and a balcony too(I forgot to click the picture).
Kodai Mist

We put all our baggages in the room and went to a near by hotel for breakfast as there was no food available in the resort at that time.We had our breakfast in the nearby hotel, I liked their egg omlette very much.Atter our breakfast we relaxed at the resort while the dad and daughter went ahead to explore the city.

I took the induction stove so it was easy for me to make the porridges for gugu.

Sterling by the Valley

We spent the rest of the day in the resort itself.The minion was sleeping too so I had a good sleep too :)

We ordered paneer pakora and tea for snacktime.Paneer pakora was like bajji but taste was good.But I could rate the resort restaurant after tasting these :P

Sterling by the Valley

Around 6PM we started out to have our dinner, it started to rain.the traffic was worse vehicles were moving inch by inch and we finally managed to find a hotel and a parking place too.We had our dinner at a hotel named Hilltop Inn, below you can see the pic, the taste was very average.We reached the resort and had a good sleep.

The next day morning we had our buffet complementary breakfast at the resort(see the tiled pic below).The spread was limited and also the taste was :(

RTHill View Tile


After breakfast we left the resort and reached sterling around 12PM.

Sterling by the Valley

It was mothers day and a big banner welcomed us at the reception.Mittu quickly went and wrote her wishes and asked me to come and read it...:) We spent the whole day there didnt step out at all.There were lot of activities going on inside the resort itself both for the kids and parents as well.We enjoyed the events too along with the kids.

Sterling by the Valley

The room we stayed in had a nice big lobby with a separate kitchen space then bedroom.Both the lobby and bedrooms had balconies with views where we can sit and relax.The kitchen counter had a microwave oven with few bowls and plates.

Though the pics in the website did not match upto the one we stayed still it was great and we loved it.

Sterling by the Valley


Sterling by the Valley

We had our lunch and dinner buffet there and I could not even explain / click all the pictures of the wide spread of items...yes it was so wide and each dish was so good.Even amidst the huge crowd they were refilling the items as soon as the items got over.

I loved the restaurant it was quite a big one to accommodate even a big crowd during the peak season.
Sterling by the Valley

This was just a part of the lunch buffet we had.As usual I resorted on my fav North Indian menu.Apart from the North Indian and South Indian spread, even a part of Continental and World cuisine was covered too.There was a live counter for roti/nan/phulka which they served us hot.We ate and ate and I must admit I am scared to check my weight after our trip ;)

Sterling by the Valley

The dessert spread was great.....mittu just loved it.I loved the kesari so much that I helped myself with second serving too :)

Sterling by the Valley


After our lunch we went around the resort then returned back to our room.It was a misty rainy evening as you can see.The dinner spread was excellent too,no complaints at all(one pic in the tile)

Sterling by the Valley

Next day morning it was complementary breakfast.Uff  We were tired of eating by then...hte spread had everything...you name tehy have it.Additionally there was a separate dosa counter where they served us all types of dosas as per our demand and omlettes too.

Sterling by the Valley
After our breakfast we went to coakers walk and Kurinji Andavar temple and came back to the resort.

Sterling by the Valley

Though we didn't explore the city much, overall we had a relaxing trip and great family time which was the main motive of this trip :)

Kodai Mist

Sterling by the Valley
NOTE : This is an unpaid review and the review is based on the food I tasted and experiences when we stayed there and it totally depends on my taste and preferences.   Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mango Iced Tea Recipe - How to make Iced Mango Tea

Iced Mango Tea Recipe

Mango Iced Tea is a great combination of mango puree with tea decotion.Its so refreshing to have this drink in summer especially after a tiring day.I love Iced Lemon Tea and now this is going to my fav too.As its mango season now, I am making great use of it trying out new mango recipes to fill in this space and we are enjoying it too.

You can make the tea decotion in advance and store in fridge for few days.While serving time make the puree or make lemon tea and serve.

Iced Mango Tea Recipe

Iced Tea is a refreshing drink for a hot summer day and if you are a mango lover then this Iced Mango Tea is a great choice.


Iced Mango Tea Recipe

Iced Mango Tea Recipe

Preparation Time:5 mins | Processing Time : 10 mins | Serves:2 Recipe Category: Juice | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Water - 2 cups
Tea powder - 1 tsp
Mango Pulp - 3/4 cup
Sugar - 1/8 cup
Lemon - 1 small

Method:

  1. Measure and take water.Bring water to a rolling boil until it bubbles up nicely.Now add tea powder. How to make Iced Mango Tea Recipe  - Step1
  2. Boil in medium flame for 2mins until it gets a nice reddish brown color.Filter through metal strainer. How to make Iced Mango Tea Recipe  - Step2
  3. Add sugar mix well.Then chill it until serving time.Add chopped mang pieces ito a mixer and puree it to a smooth paste.How to make Iced Mango Tea Recipe  - Step3
  4. Take the tea decotion out from the fridge add lemon juice.Then add mango pulp.Whisk it well.How to make Iced Mango Tea Recipe  - Step4
  5. Strain it.Add icecubes and serve with lemon slice.How to make Iced Mango Tea Recipe  - Step4
Serve chilled! Iced Mango Tea Recipe

My Notes:

  • Dont boil for more time after tea powder is added else it will become strong and bitter.
  • Add lot of icecubes and serve.
  • You can add lemon juice to the decotion and store it for few days in fridge.
  • I used alphonso mangoes.Use any  fibre less mango variety.
  • Don't make the tea decotion too strong.
Iced Mango Tea Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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