What better than a hot cup of coffee with some crunchy onion pakoras on a cool breezy evening. We love our pakoras for sure.
Crunchy Onion Pakoras
1 bunchChopped Coriander
2Chopped Green Chili
saltas per taste
1tspRed Chili Powder
1 1/2cupsBesan / Gram Flour
Servings: 4 People
In a mixing bowl, add the chopped onions, coriander, green chili followed by the salt and spices. Mix well and add the besan/gram flour and add water little by little to make a very thick batter. Once the batter is ready, add a spoonful of hot oil to it.
In medium hot oil, drop in the batter to make big sized pakoras. Shapes don’t matter as these are going to be double fried. Once the balls turn slightly golden and cooked from inside, take them out and let them cool.
Once the big sized pakoras are cooled a little, break them into bite size pieces, one big pakoras can be made into 4-5 smaller pakoras aka sanna pakoras.
Heat up the oil in high this time and drop the sanna pakoras into it. Fry until they turn crispy and get dark brown colour. Relish with some green chutney or sweet and hot ketchup.
You may also add in some more veggies to this, but this is the way I was served and this is the way my neighbor shared the recipe.. I’ve been making this since like 2 years(when I made Black Forest Cake in Oven, that’s when she shared this with me) and every time this is a wonder! Try it and tell us how it turns.
The secret to keeping weight off during the holidays!
Always seem to gain an extra 5 pounds during the holiday season? I’m going to give you 5 Tips to Keep Holiday Weight Off this year!
#5 – Don’t be hungry! Sounds funny right? Eat more so you can eat less! But it’s true; if you’re about to go to a holiday party or a dinner, eat something healthy that’s going to take up room, such as a protein bar, or a shake. That’s going to take up room in your stomach, and send signals to your brain that you’re not hungry!
#4 – Drink water! Typically alcohol will be involved at these parties, and dinners, and the more drunk you get, the more you’re just going to say, meh, whateverrrrrrr!! So just make sure you don’t get too drunk, and you won’t overindulge!!
#3 – Keep on working out! Keep up your workout schedule, and add some cardio in there if you’re not already! Over the holidays is the best time to be putting on muscle, and you definitely want to be adding in cardio to keep the excess fat off.
#2 – Partner up! Find someone who has the same goal as you and the both of you can hold each other accountable to not overeat! Make sure they can slap that 3rd piece of cake right out of your hand!! Click the subscribe button to get the truth in health and fitness!!
#1 – Are you hungry?! This sounds super simple, but it’s actually something very few people do. The holidays are a time to indulge in some home cooked meals that you don’t get throughout the year, but it doesn’t mean it’s a time to gorge yourself! This is related to mindset; just remember your fitness and health goals, and consistently ask yourself if you’re still hungry.
These are the 5 Tips to Keep Holiday Weight Off this year!
We’ll start by making the filling for momos, for the same – add cabbage, onions, ginger, salt & pepper in a bowl & mix really well. After 2-3 minutes, the mixture will feel much more moist & it;ll start oozing moisture.
Take some mixture in your hands, squeeze hard and put the mixture into another bowl. Like so, take out excess moisture from the mixture. See notes for uses of the liquid you are left with.
To the cabbage mixture, add the oil and mix well. Filling is ready. Grease steamer plates with oil.
Roll out the momo dough(see notes) into 3-4″ circles then place about ½ to 1 tsp of filling. Make plates till half(or until semicircle) as shown in video, then press the empty side of dough to the plates. Place into steamer racks. Make more momos like so, then steam for 10 mins in med flame. Let momos stand for 5 mins, then take them out of the steamer and let them cool completely,
For the chili momo prep ; Heat up oil in a pan to fry the momos. Once hot, fry in high flame until golden. Keep aside.
In a bowl mix – red momo chutney, vinegar, chili paste, soy sauce, ketchup.
Heat up a wok, add 2-3 tbsp of oil. Once hot add the slit green chili, garlic. Stir once, then add the onion shells & toss for a minute. Add a pinch of salt & msg and toss.
Pour down the sauce and ¼ tsp of sugar and cook for a minute. Add the fried momos, stir until momos are coated. Sprinkle a bit of scallions & coriander if you wish, then serve hot!
1. You can watch my momo recipe video for the dough recipe. Also the red chili chutney video, both are embedded below. 2. Locals mostly make it with raw veggies, that’s why I showed this method this time. 3. The liquid from the veggies is very nutritious & delectable.. You can drink it as it is, I do it all the time I drank all of it, I like it a lot! You can also make thupka, or soup with it.. Or use it as a stock if you wish! 4. My mom has been making momos since like many years, like when I was 3-4 years I have been seeing her making.. In my family everyone loves momos, and so she used to make for us almost every week.. Now-a-days once in a month.. She used to say me, make loyi out of the dough(divide the dough into smaller portions).. I used to enjoy that 😀 Experienced hands!
For more visit: http://cookingshooking.in/chili-momos/
Soy granules – 4 tbsp [soaked in ½ cup water for 30 mins]
Onion – 1
Green chili – 2
Coriander – a little
Mint – 2-3 leaves
Paneer – 25g appx.
Ginger garlic paste – 1 ½ tsp
Ginger powder – ½ tsp
Crushed pepper – 1 tsp
Nut Powder – 2 tbsp
Nutmeg Powder – a pinch
Bread Crumbs – 1-2 tbsp
Soy Flour – 3 tbsp
Roasted Besan – 3-4 tbsp
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Salt – to taste
Cumin Powder – ½ tsp
Kashmiri red chili – 1 ½ tsp
Lemon Juice – ½ tsp
Butter – to taste
Preparing Vegetables : Add the potato, carrot, peas, corn in a chopping machine or a mixer grinder and pulse the veggies until very finely chopped – kind of minced.
Transfer the veggies to a muslin cloth lined steamer rack. Squeeze water out of the soaked soy granules and add to the rack along with the veggies. Steam this for 13-15 mins in medium flame. Then let it cool down.
Preparing Kebab MixtureTo the same chopper/food processor add – 1 onion, 2 green chili, coriander, mint leaves and process it to a very fine mixture. Transfer to a plate, also add in : 25g paneer, 2 tbsp nut powder, ½ tsp ginger powder, ½ tsp cumin powder, 1½ tsp kashmiri red chili powder, 1 tsp pepper, 1 tsp garam masala, 1½ tsp ginger garlic paste, a pinch of nutmeg powder, ½ tsp lemon juice & salt to taste.
Using hands, mix all the ingredients together, mashing the paneer pieces well. Add the steamed vegetables to this mixture, along with 3 tbsp Roasted Besan, 2 tbsp soy flour & 1 tbsp bread crumbs. Mix all ingredients making a dough kind of, if it is very sticky and has much moisture and not forming into dough, add more Roasted besan & Bread Crumbs.
After it starts turning into dough kind of mixture, let it rest for 10-15 minutes minimum.
Making & Cooking Seekh Kebabs Divide the kebab mixture into 6 portions. Grab one portion, start shaping into slight oblong shape. Now press it in a Skewer/Seekh. Dip your hands in water, and shape the seekh kebab in the skewer your your hands. Make sure the kebab mixture is nicely distributed over the seekh, thickness should be equal in all sides, otherwise it may fall while cooking. Approximate length of 1 seekh kebab – 5-6 inches. Make more kebabs like so.
Cooking the kebabs In a Coal Lighted Barbecue/Mini Tandoor/Sigree we are going to cook it. Fan the coals well, now place the seekh kebabs in the barbecue/mini tandoor. Keep fanning it to ensure cooking in high heat. Turn the sides of the kebabs after a few seconds.
After getting a good color in them, take one out, and brush the kebab very nicely with melted butter or ghee. Now place it again the tandoor & cook for another 30 seconds. Take the kebabs out.
Serving Suggestions After the kebab cools for 30 seconds, grab the kebab with hand and gently take it out of the seekh. Drizzle a few drops of lemon juice and sprinkle some chat masala, mint powder. Serve it with raw onions, tomatoes, lemon wedges.. Enjoy 😀
Steaming Veggies : You can add the veggies to a utensil, cover it and place it inside a cooker with a stand and steam it like that if you wish to. Alternative Kebab Cooking Choices : You can cook this in your oven at the highest temperature if you wish to, but nothing like cooking it in charcoal the authentic way.
Grilled Fruit Chaat Recipe | Vegetarian Tandoori Recipes at Home
Pineapple – As desired
Apple – As desired
Grapes – As desired
Kiwi – As desired
Pears – As desired
Salt – ¾ tsp
Black Salt – ½ tsp
Chat Masala – ¾ tsp
Jeera Powder – ½ tsp
Black Pepper – a pinch
Red Chili Powder – ½ tsp
Dried Mint – ¼ tsp
Sugar – 1 tsp
Lemon Juice- 1 tsp
Pineapple Juice / Water – 3 tbsp
Start by skewering the fruits into skewers.
For Dressing : In a bowl, mix – Salt, Black Salt, Chat Masala, Jeera Powder, Black Pepper, Red Chili Powder, Dried Mint, Sugar, Lemon Juice. Pour in the water or pineapple juice and stir well, keep aside.
Grill the fruits over charcoal and then smear the dressing over the grilled fruits & serve warm!
You can grill the fruits in a hot tawa as well.. Feel Free to use any fruits you like, avoid using very soft & pulpy fruits.
Hope you like it, I simply loved it.. Have made it thrice so far, and everytime it just tastes epic.. The dressing is great, so are the grilled fruits
5 Shocking Conspiracy Theories. We don’t believe in any of these conspiracy theories . They are shockingly out there and crazy but a lot of people do and we can be wrong just as much as they can be wrong…
5. AIDS Origin Theories
Despite scientific evidence that HIV and AIDS evolved from a disease found in monkeys called Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV), there are numerous fringe theories regarding the “real” origins of the deadly virus. The most ridiculous of these theories states that HIV was created by the CIA in a laboratory and has been used intentionally to decrease the black, Hispanic and homosexual populations in America.
4. Global Warming Hoax
There is plenty of scientific evidence proving that the rise in Earth’s temperature since the 1950s is unprecedented over millennia, yet many people believe that global warming is a hoax. These people tend to believe that the science behind global warming has been invented or distorted for both ideological and financial reasons. The effects of global warming that have been proven by science apparently aren’t enough to convince people it’s not one big conspiracy.
3. Moon Doesn’t Exist
It’s one thing to believe that the moon landing was staged, but it’s a completely different level of bizarre if you think that the moon itself doesn’t exist. You know that celestial object that you can clearly see at night, the one that controls the ocean tides here on Earth… Yeah that moon! Most theories involve aliens doing sketchy things to trick us, or that the government is simply projecting a hologram in the sky… Because yeah, that would be incredibly simple to do!
2. 9/11 Staged
It’s tough to fathom that the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 could be carried out by the US government, but the conspiracy theory is out there. Some say that the collapse of the Twin Towers was caused by a controlled demolition and that the pentagon was hit by a missile launched by the government. Most conspiracy theories surmise that these planned attacks were done to justify going to war with Afghanistan and Iraq.
1. Holocaust Deniers
There are some people that believe World War II was staged or didn’t happen, but there is even a crazier subset that deny the Holocaust. Some people, even when faced with evidence, refuse to believe that the Nazi party did nothing more than deport Jews out of the Reich and that they never used extermination camps and thus didn’t mass murder around six million people. They claim the Holocaust is a hocrax and a conspiracy, aimed at advancing Jewish interests.
Simply placing Mother’s photo in social site and copying image saying happy mother’s day won’t be enough. If you are mom’s child get up and make this day special if you really care for your mum. Here are the best Five fantastic ways to celebrate Mother’s day .
Give a Break: This could be the best gift for your mother. Wake up early make a breakfast to your mum. Serve her with her best. I Believe you may not know what her best is but be sure what you love to eat is always the mum’s best. Give her a day off. Take care of all the small things that she does daily. Though you know all of her works make sure to ask her in every steps it makes her feel that what she was doing whole life was not easy for others.
Get United: Call your grandparents and the ones whom your mum loves a lot and whom she is missing can be her sister. Invite them home make a good arrangement of food and extra activities where your mum should be the one to lead. Make sure to take part in every activity though you don’t know anything about it.
A day together: Leave your entire important task; leave your get together with friends for this day. Mum always loves when her child is around her. Talk about the past share how you used to miss her, how she stills care you. Share what she means for you and how much you love her. Open your heart and ask sorry for your bad behavior. Promise to be loyal with her in every situation.
Gift her: Give her a gift, it’s not necessary that gift should be expensive any gift with love makes gift itself expensive. Try to know what she needs, what she loves most. It can be anything from fruits to clothes or even a good bouquet of flower works best.
Call her: If you no longer stay with your mum or you are abroad for your studies give her a surprise visit if you can and you can’t make it then call her, wish her and tell her how much she mean to you. Tell her how much you love her. Tell her how much you miss her lap, her food and her love.
If your mum is with god then look in the sky and remember your mum with clean heart. Think of her and visit her cemetery or offer garland on her photo. Give food to poor people and thank your mum for giving you chance to see the world and be here.
And as always live your life, enjoy your life and love your life. Did I miss any? Please feel free to comment below and don’t forget to share the mother’s day experience with me. I love to hear from you. Till then take care and love mum.
Thank god you finally thought of it. Nicotine is the most addictive, effective and harmful chemical available all around the world. Smoking is harmful for smoker and non-smoker as well if exposed near smoke. Due to smoking lots of people die each year. It’s a difficult task to quit smoking but it not impossible.
Since you are aware of its effects and harm already, here are few tips and tricks on how to get around of smoking and quit it normally. How to quit smoking ? Seriously ? Follow these steps if you seriously want to quit smoking.
Help Yourself: You know smoking is bad for your health. Build your mind and make strong believe that you can stop smoking from now onwards. At least set a goal for 20 days you won’t smoke. Build your willpower and believe on you that it is possible for you to quit smoking. Help yourself to build real you. Know your believe make strong commitment and stay on it.
Tell your Near Ones: Tell your near ones with whom you are in touch or meet in daily basis from your parents to your friends and colleagues in office that you are quitting smoking from today. Let them know that you mean it this time. Even you can offer them a prize if they found you smoking they will get $1000. These steps make you strong and since they are your near ones and they are with you most of the time you won’t get time/chance to smoke.
Avoid Smoking route: Stop hanging out with your smoker friends. Throw lighters, cigarette and other stuff that pulls you to smoke. Don’t go near to the smoker in public area try to avoid it whenever you can and whatever it takes. Remember again it’s not cigarette that comes to you it’s you who want to go. Believe in your willpower and stay on your commitment.
Make a Group: If you have other friend who smokes with you tell them to join you. Come up with ideas to do some new things in group. Start playing basketball, football or other games. It makes you and your group more powerful and help to stand on your route.
Get Back and Stand Up: Sometime you may slip down and tried to smoke. It will be hard for you for few days. Get back again and stand up on your route. Start again the same routine that you were following to quit smoking. Whenever you slip get back and stand stronger.
Control It: If you are heavy smoker it’s impossible for you to stop at once. If you can’t stop once then slow down try not to smoke as heavy as you used to do normally cut every cigarette as much as possible every time and even try not to finish the whole cigarette every time you smoke.
Calculate: Calculate your daily cigarette intake and check the down flow of cigarette regularly if you are heavy smoker and quitting in slow mode. Decrease the cigarette amount daily and each time. Make track of intake and calculate how you are doing with it. It gives you strength and motivates you to minimize the intake of cigarette.
Replace the Crave: Since there is Nicotine in cigarette it pushes you to take just a puff only. So try to replace it with good warm tea or coffee or even milk (Why not?) Every time you feel crave inside drink a replacement liquid. Gradually your crave starts getting low and you will feel free.
Never think about it: Stop thinking of smoking again. Though you see people smoking and you too wish to smoke. Stop thinking about it. Don’t even notice those people who are smoking look other side of the road where children are playing. Make your mind free of thought which pushes you to smoke or makes you think for smoking.
Question Yourself: Once you cross 7 days without a cigarette ask yourself a question do you want to go back? And the answer would be “no.” If you stop for 7 days why can’t you stop for whole life? Make in your mind it never happened and live normal life.
Advantages: Once you stop smoking you will have great advantages.
-You face will be fresh and clean.
-Your Breath won’t be foul.
-You will save money that you were spending on cigarette.
-You will be free from Nicotine which is the most harmful, effective drugs in the world. &
-You will remain healthy and you won’t be counted on those who died of smoking LOL.
As always Love your life and live your life. Comment below if you have any other tips and tricks on how to quit smoking.
We all know what the anger is and all of us have been through it weather as an annoyance or in a full explosive rage. Before starting the technique on how to control Anger let’s find out your Anger Style/Behavior. There are few styles of Anger a) Explosive b) Self-Abuse c) Avoidance d) Sarcasm e) Slow Aggressive & f) Habituate Irritation.
Let’s see which one of them you love much. 🙂
Explosive: All of sudden due to small issue your minds get burst, your pressure rises to its top, your heart starts pounding vigorously and you won’t see who is near to you and start shouting. Yes that’s explosive anger. You can’t stand a simple issue that irritates you and you want to take sudden action.
Self-Abuse: “It’s my fault I did it.” Whatever the issue is you will make it your problem and start abusing yourself for the mistake. “If I weren’t there, it won’t happen.” “If she had called me I wouldn’t have acted this way it’s my fault.” These kind of anger is example of self-abuse.
Avoidance: “it’s ok, it’s fine.” You are saying with slight smile but the fire is burning in your heart. You want to show the anger but you are avoiding it by simply saying it’s ok. You want to override your anger.
Sarcasm: “Wow you did a great job, due to you my boss threw me out.” Followed by smile. You believe that expressing negative emotions directly isn’t ok and you will try to go through indirect route. If someone gets mad and it’s not your fault because you were just kidding. Can’t they take a joke
Slow Aggressive: All of sudden without knowing your system crashed and you have got important data on it. Oh shit now you remember it was important and you can’t get it back. You will feel the tension building but somewhere around you will find anger. You can’t do anything it’s the computer whom you can’t blame. What is the option now? The Option is you will be angry, Frustrated and let it go you know very well that you can’t do anything except throwing your computer in bin and which you don’t want to do.
Habituate Irritation: “I can’t type email for you every time I have lot of my work to do.” “I can’t do this every time, why can’t he do?” “Why you borrow my pen every time, why don’t you get your own.” You feel irritate when it cross a limit. It’s easy to cross limit when you are in hard situation and you will come up with Habituate Irritation.
So let’s jump on how to control anger before it controls you . These are few ways to control your anger
Relaxation: Simply take deep breathe, drink cold water and close your eyes or lay back and think your loved ones (if they are not the reason of your anger). There are lots of technique in internet you can find how to train yourself periodically for relaxation to control you anger before it controls you.
Solution: Find a solution of your problem besides being angry and making it even worse. You should know problems are always a part of life and if problem arises think about its solution. You know very well shouting and fighting never solve the problem it only harms you and harms the relation. Try to find the solution of the problem and deal with it.
Wordings: Try to play with words. Never use f%$@#$%, never or always. Shit happens and it’s not the end of world. Use thoughtful, rational world than using rough and violent ones. The rough and violent wordings make your emotion stronger and leave you with anger. Don’t curse or make promises while being on these situation. Play well and be calm and take right step. Think that you are hard enough to deal with these issues.
Better Communication: Never take any fast and random decision while you face the problem. Think of it of course and communicate with your supporters. Deal with the reason which makes you angry. Communicate with people tell them what you don’t like when they do it? Give them options come to the solutions. Always communicate with smooth and polite sounds. Never use violent words use rational and polite words. Everyone understand the polite words easily.
Other Steps: Beside the above there are other few steps that you can do to manage your anger.
Avoidance: Avoid the things, people that makes you angry or due to which you become angry. Try not to deal or deal simple as a professional.
Timing: Make sure if you are irritate of something don’t be in discussion of any type. That timing wouldn’t be good just take a nap, drink coffee, drink cold water, eat snacks etc.
Replacement: Think of replacement. If you are angry with your car replace it, if you are angry with traffic change the route and if it’s the only route change your timings. If you are frustrated with your job change the job or change your way.
Hope these steps leave you with calm mind and stop anger. Live your life and Love your life you are the only creation created with love. If you have more ideas feel free to comment below. Till then be safe, unharmed and Anger less. 🙂
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