Tag Archives: Indian

Kitchen Safari at Vivanta By Taj, Yeshwantpur, Bangalore

Kitchen Safari at Vivanta By Taj, Yeshwantpur, Bangalore

Being an ardent fan of the Food Safari program, the very first time when I got an invite for the “Kitchen Safari” at Vivanta by Taj, Yeshwantpur, Bangalore. I was very excited to see what is going to happen and what all the secret recipes of Taj is getting revealed. It was on last Saturday around 3 p.m, took time to travel for almost 1 hour 30 mins, but the safari was damn good, and informative.

Kitchen Safari – Kitchen Safari at Vivanta by Taj is the brain child of Chef. Agnimitra Sharma (Executive Chef of Vivanta by Taj, Yeshwantpur). Kitchen Safari means the safari through their kitchens, as they had 4 restaurants, we bloggers were allowed to explore all their restaurants kitchen, also they demonstrated few recipes and we all had a chance to try over there. The beautiful and the memorable part over here is my son (6 yrs), made a ravioli following the chef’s instruction was totally cherishable moment for me.

Restaurants and about our Kitchen Safari – Our Kitchen safari was Culinary journery, from the rustic essence of Punjab, to the Mediterrean simplicity of Italy, through their 4 restaurants – Shimmer, Paranda, Azure and Caramel with their Executive chef, Chef Agnimitra Sharma and his team.

Our journey started from SHIMMER, where we were served with Pera allo zafferano grigliata can insalata di mascarpone, it was saffron grilled pear served with mascarpone cheese, candied walnut and honey rosemary dressing.

Next, we led to PARANDA, here starts our kitchen safari – We were served with a welcome drink – Masala Chaas and then started our journey towards their kitchen and bloggers were allowed to prepare the food with the instructions of the chef. There were two dishes prepared at the kitchen – Karare Chatpate Khumb (deep fried mushroom filled with bell pepper, cheese and black pepper) and Murgh Chapli Kebab (crushed black pepper, coriander, cumin and minced chicken escalape – shallow fried). After the preparation, we got to taste the dish prepared by us with few more – Hare pyaz ka bharwan paneer tikka (spring onion stuffed marinated cottage cheese, cooked in tandoor), Lahsooni Jheenga (garlic, yogurt, cream marinated tiger prawns cooked in tandoor) and Kesarwali Lassi (Yogurt shakes flavored with sugar and saffron).

Thirdly, we led to AZURE, once we entered the kitchen we found the dough ready for pizza, there Chef revealed us the secrets of making ravioli, tortellini and Pizza, which are awaiting officially launch on August 4th with their new menu, give a try guys. Azure made my day more memorable, that I could cherish all over my lifetime. My son prepared a ravioli at their kitchen, already I knew his passion towards food and this time it was awesome, also he was longing to prepare pizza. Also, here the chef revealed us the secret of spreading the pizza dough, also the pizza, ravioli we made were yum. Later we had to taste the pizza – Pizza Ortaianoa (grilled vegetables, tomato sauce and mozzarella), foccassia bread, double wafer pizza (minced chicken, basil pesto, olive), Gnocchi alla Sorrentina (potato dumpling tossed with tomato, fresh mozzarella and parmesan), Tortellini di pollo (filled with smoked chicken, pest cream, sundried tomatoes and pine nuts).

Last but not least, as this will be everyone’s love – Dessert session at CARAMAL. There were such a beautiful collection of desserts from macaroons, pastries, chocolates to tiramisu, baklava. Had to taste the Éclair with red velvet, white chocolate and definitely the Tiramisu.

On whole Kitchen Safari was a lovely, fantastic, wonderful and an informative safari. Thanks, Vivanta by Taj, Yeshwantpur, Bangalore for this wonderful opportunity and informative session.

 

Eggless Quinoa Pancake / Nutty Quinoa Pancake / Quinoa Breakfast Recipes

Eggless Quinoa Pancake / Nutty Quinoa Pancake / Quinoa Breakfast Recipes

When few of my followers wanted quinoa recipes, my friend who has quinoa most of the time, these made me give a try to quinoa. My friend always says that quinoa has loads of health benefits along with the weight loss fact, why not to give a try – “One Stone but Two Mangoes”. Here starts my first quinoa recipe – Eggless Quinoa Nutty Pancake.

Eggless Quinoa Pancake, Eggless Nutty Quinoa Pancake, images of quinoa pancake, picture of quinoa pancake, how to make eggless quinoa pancake, how to make eggless nutty quinoa pancake at home, quinoa recipe, quinoa breakfast recipes, Indian quinoa recipe, tamil quinoa recipe, Indian quinoa breakfast recipe, food, recipes, Indian recipes, eggless pancake recipe, making of quinoa pancake, making of eggless quinoa pancake, making of eggless nutty quinoa pancake

Eggless Quinoa Pancake / Eggless Nutty Quinoa Pancake

Eggless Quinoa Nutty Pancake is a delicious, yum, healthy and most commonly suits everyone from kids till elders. I have infused nuts along with this pancake to get little crunchiness, a trick to make kids consume nuts. I have boiled the quinoa and used in the pancake, you can also save time by boiling it in your free time, following by refrigeration, so that it stays fresh for few days.

CLICK HERE for more Breakfast recipes. Taking it to Fiesta Friday #175 hosted by Angie@thenovicegardener.

Eggless Quinoa Nutty Pancake is super soft, fluffy, made with whole wheat flour, infused with nuts and coconut milk for more taste. It is an perfect breakfast for school going kids, weight watchers, protein lovers and health conscious people. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Quinoa – ½ cup (uncooked) or 1 cup (cooked)
  • Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
  • Honey or Maple syrup – 5 tbsp
  • Walnuts – 10 nos
  • Badam / Almonds – 10 nos
  • Baking powder – 1 ½ tsp
  • Milk – ½ cup
  • Coconut milk – ¾ cup
  • Light brown sugar or sugar – ½ cup (optional)
  • Salt – ¼ tsp
  • Butter – 4 tbsp.

Making of Eggless Nutty Quinoa Pancake –

Preparation:

  • Rinse the quinoa in water for 4 to 5 times, otherwise it would give slight bitterness to the dish.
  • Boil 3 cups of water, add the rinsed quinoa, cover and cook until the quinoa turns soft and fluffy. It would increase in size once its boiled.
  • Crush the walnuts and almonds/badam to a coarse powder and keep it aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add 1 cup of boiled quinoa, wheat flour, a tbsp. of butter, baking powder, salt, pour in the honey, coconut milk and milk, mix it all together and make sure no lumps are formed.
  • Heat a pan, add ¼ tsp of butter, spread it all over the pan, pour a spoonful of batter, at the center of the pan and spread it gently to a small circle.
  • Drizzle butter along the sides and little over top of the pancake.
  • Cook only in medium flame, otherwise it would get burnt.
  • After it starts leaving the sides of the pan, gently flip the side and cook on both sides.
  • Again drizzle, ¼ tsp of butter along the sides of the pan.
  • Remove it from fire, once it cooked.

Serve it hot with Honey or Maple syrup or Palm jaggery syrup or Hershey’s chocolate syrup. I have served it with palm jaggery syrup, as I have not added sugar to it.

Today’s Kids and Their Lifestyle – Madraasi Scribbles

Today’s Kids and Their Lifestyle – Madraasi Scribbles

I have seen most of the kids even Just a year-old ones, playing with Electronic devices like mobile phones, tablets, laptops … may be during travel or at home. Nowadays we parent, when we need to do our work peacefully or spend our time happily, we just give any of our electronic gadgets to keep them happy (away from us).

Do we ever think is it good for them? Do they get everything that we enjoyed in our childhood? Are they in good health and really happy? These are questions that arise to me, today when we were discussing about a candy man, who use to come along the streets with candy by playing music, we as kids used to rush for candy once we hear the music. He would wrap the candy in the form of watch, bangle, bracelet or chain as we wish. When we were discussing about that my daughter has experienced this but my son never experienced and now the concept is almost gone .

Not only with others, it also happened with me. Being a mother of two kids – daughter (10 yrs) and son (5 yrs). I would say that there are many fabulous and interesting things that my son missed than my daughter and my daughter missed than me 😊

Where does it all go –

                                A Beautiful sand castle, where we dig doors and hold the hands through it.

                                A wooden and mud kitchen set, where leaves and flowers as a dish.

                                A gang of kids playing games – hide and seek, hopscotch, snake and ladders (thayam), stick fighting (kambu suthuthal), pallankuzhi, kho-kho, Killi (similar to cricket 😝), Gusthi (similar to wrestling 😝).

                                Having Koottanchoru (everyone brings an ingredient that is possible by them, all cooks together with the assistance of the elder and eat for lunch sitting together)

                                A street (all the people of that street) assemble together in a central place of their street, have fun and later watch movie and have fun together during the late nights of the weekend.

                                                                         And the list keeps going ……………………….

But today, there exists summer classes, kids stay inside the home watching cartoons or playing with their gadgets, which results in the lack of vitamin-D, due to the lack of sunlight. Completely engaged with electronic gadgets makes them more and more intelligent and talent, but not physically active.

Kids below 3 years, engaging themselves with gadgets and cartoons, takes time to speak but with early sight problems, poor conduct with sunlight, as they are happy in their world and we (parents) are busy in our world.

From my view, just like that I feel kids can engage with electronic gadgets but not the whole time. Enjoy the indoor games but not all time. Let them shout, run, dance, cycle but with care, as childhood is the most precious stage to make memories for the whole life 😊