How to Make Easy Garlic Chutney

With the arrival of monsoon request for garlic chutney starts in family. There is some connection made in heaven between rain and spicy food combinations. I can hear murmurs about garlic chutney on dining table. So before request became demand I made this spicy garlic chutney. 🙂

easy-garlic-chutneyWhole dry red chili and tomato gives this chutney bright and appealing color. Tomato also gives a slight tangy taste too. This chutney can last in refrigerator for more than a month and taste good with almost everything. Be it flavorsome moong dal tikki or multigrain parathas.

Garlic Benefits:

I would also like to add that garlic has antibiotic properties and it discards toxins from our body. It also boosts our immunity and provided a shield of protection from common cold that’s so common in rainy season. There so many other health benefits of garlic but I’m coming back to my recipe now.

This is Rajasthani style garlic chutney and is different from momos garlic chutney. This version is cooked, making it suitable to last for longer time. So here is the process and list of ingredients of this easy to make garlic chutney.

Ingredients:

Garlic: 2 whole bulbs

Whole dry red chilies: 5-6

Red tomatoes of medium size: 3

Oil: 4 tbsp

Cumin seeds (jeera): 1tsp

Salt: 1tbsp

Coriander powder: 1tbsp

Turmeric: 1 tsp

Process:

  • Soak the dry chilies in little water for 30 minutes. This will make them soft and easy to grind in paste.
  • Peel the garlic this is the time consuming task. What I do is roast the garlic on iron girdle for 5 minutes on medium flame. This makes skin peeling task quick and much easier.
  • Chop tomatoes in big pieces. Drain water and take only red chilies. Bring together garlic, tomatoes and red chilies. Blend them in mixer and make smooth paste from it.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet and tamper the cumin seeds in it. Now transfer the paste into skillet and add turmeric, coriander powder and salt into it.

It‘s very important to mention here that you don’t have to add water in this chutney. If you feel its little dry add little oil in it.

  • Cook for 10-15 minutes stirring in between. You will notice paste leaving oil signaling the chutney is ready and it’s time to take it off flame.

So here is lip smacking garlic chutney ready for you.

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Kids Craft Idea – Key-holder

Keeping kids busy is a necessity and what could be better than keeping them occupied in doing something creative. Naturally, all kids are creative and they love creating something. They also enjoy seeing their creation displayed.

Therefore, a key-holder is a wonderful craft idea for kids, because it can be a nice household utility as well. So, in this post I’ll explain the procedure to make a key-holder that even your can make.

Key holder

Things required

  • Hard-board (or thin ply-board of 2mm-3mm thickness) cut-out
  • Hooks for holding keys
  • White M-Seal used for art and craft
  • Acrylic color
  • Baby talc
  • Adhesive (Fevicol)
  • Bowl to make paste
  • Fork
  • Coloring brush
  • Varnish
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife/cutter
  • Water
  • Rough cloth

Process

  • You can use hard-board of any size. I had this rectangular piece with me, so went ahead with it. You can get different (shapes and designs) hard-board cutouts at any art and craft store.  I opted for ‘Om’ symbol because it blended well, and fixed it (with nails) to rectangular hardboard piece.

Key holder hardboard cutout

  • Screw-in the hooks at appropriate position (as shown in above image). My husband helped me in this task. You can get these screws at any hardware store and get it fixed there.
  • Now the fun part for kids begins. First you’ll need adhesive and baby talc.

Key holder adhesive and talc

  • Mix 2 tbsp talc and approx 1 tbsp adhesive (e.g. Fevicol) to make a thick paste. Add just few drop of water to dilute this paste. Spread this paste all over the hard-board. Let it dry slightly for around 10 minutes and then create textures with help of a fork. Ask your child to make any random pattern or texture. Leave it overnight drying.

Key holder base coating

  • You can get white M-seal (used for art and craft work) from any craft store. In India, it’s popularly known as Shilpkar (from Fevicryl). To use Shilpkar, mix the resin base and hardener in equal proportion to form even dough. Sprinkle little amount talcum powder on hands to avoid sticking.

Key holder white mseal

  • Switch-off the fan while working with M-Seal because it hardens very quickly. Additionally keep it covered under its wrapper to protect it from drying. Kids do take time to make shapes from it.
  • With the help of rolling-pin, roll out some dough. Use knife/cutter to cut out one square and triangle shape from it.

Key holder dough-work

  • Apply some glue and stick the shapes on board to make a hut. You can get your your kid to add further detailing using the same dough. To form border, dough is now shaped like long tail and pasted on edges of board with the help of glue.

Key holder dough-work

  • After completing the m-seal work, let it to dry for approximately 2 hours. IF you are intrested in m-seal craft have a look at personalized nameplate.
  • Next is coloring stage which kids are really excited about. First, color the background and then proceed to fill color in foreground. Add detailing (keeping in mind kids’ comfort) with a small brush. In this project, detailing was added in the hut.

Key holder coloring-work

  • Leave it to completely dry for 10-12 hours and then apply varnish. Varnish works as a shield from wear and tear. With a coating of varnish, you can also clean it regularly with moist cloth.

Key holder varnishing

So, the key holder is finally complete and can be used to hang keys. Your child will be glad to see his/her creation being used for such a wonderful purpose.

If you like recycling and gifting personalized gifts you will surly like to know how I painted these glass bottles and turned them into vases.

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Ignore the Meaningless Noise

Last night while discussing day’s happenings with husband, a thought came to mind. There are so many noises around us but we react to only those that concern to us directly.

positive-wordsFor example, when we walk on road or are in any marketplace, we get to hear so many sounds. Like, horns of vehicles, conversations among people and endless buzz, but do we respond to all those? Certainly not!

We respond to only those voices that “we think” can affect us. So, why do we react to all the unpleasant and useless talks of people around us? Instead, why not consider these gossips or unproductive talks that bog us down as just a noise worth ignoring.

Why to waste premium space of our mind by storing unpleasant thoughts! Yes, our brain is no less than a high-end, prestigious neighborhood where trash-like things have no place. That’s why we must make a conscious effort to keep our mind free of garbage thoughts. Otherwise, it is no better than demeaning our exceptional mind space by allowing rubbish thoughts to live inside.

This is the way I try to keep myself unaffected and focused on my work and goal. I stay away from superficial talks. I consider all negative and meaningless talks as just a noise. I pretend I’m “listening”, but in reality I just “hear” those conversations.

I let my ears do their job, but keep the doors of my mind totally shut, as I cannot let its precious space to be occupied by rubbish.  When I am not absorbing what I’m hearing, then obviously I won’t react to the conversation.

Focus your energy in creative and constructive work without consuming yourself in aimless gossips. It’s better to be alone doing things you enjoy than sitting in conversation you find meaningless.

That’s why I occupy myself in Zentangles or intricate Madhubani paintings whenever I am free. Playing with my creativity gives me peace and I am able focus on my goals.

So, watch yourself and be careful of what you are letting your mind to absorb. Shut the doors of your brain when people around you question your conviction. For me, dreams are like projects. Just like, completion of any project depends on how well it is executed, fulfilling of dreams depend on how much effort you put in to bring it to reality.

Therefore, as the project leader of your dreams, it is up to you whether you are distracted by external noises or remain passionately focused on completing your project – your dream. Take responsibility of your dreams and actions, and don’t let disturbing talks affect you.

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Kesariya Daliya – Bulgur Wheat Dessert

Before writing about this dessert (kesaria daliya), I had to search for the English term for daliya. It was really confusing as it’s called by so many different names. It’s called bulgur-wheat, broken-wheat and even cracked-wheat. So, I finally came to a conclusion that all are one and the same.

Raw bulgur wheat

I also came to know, in Turkey bulgur wheat is usually par-boiled, dried and then sold in market. In India as well, bulgur wheat is widely used in food preparations and is easily available in stores – though not par-boiled, it’s just raw wheat cracked in small pieces.  In most of the preparations, it’s par-boiled and then the recipe is further processed.

The popularity of bulgur wheat is due to the fact that it is full of fiber and protein, making it quite healthy. Its low glycemic index (GI) makes it a must for weight-watchers. Low GI foods slowly release energy in body which results in reducing food carvings and keeping full for longer duration.

Although, I’m not an expert to talk about food to be taken for weight loss, my family’s healthy eating habits makes me naturally aware of nutritious value of food that we eat.

In this post, I am going to share a dessert made of bulgur wheat. It’s the specialty of my mom who makes it often. However, I must admit that till my college days I always avoided this dish, because I didn’t like the taste of bulgur wheat during those days.

In those days mine favorite Indian desserts were Chandrakala and jalebi with rabdi.

Therefore, one day my mom fooled me and made me try this for the first time by saying, it is sweet boondi of a different kind. Though I suspected, she somehow managed to convince me to eat it, only to disclose later that it was actually kesaria daliya.

Since then, I have developed a taste for it and whenever I make this dessert at home, I still remember how I got fooled by my mom. That’s why I suggest when you make this dish for the first time, don’t disclose about it and let your family guess it. 🙂

So, here is the process of making this dessert.

Ingredients:  Serves 4 people

  • Bulgur-wheat: 1 cup
  • Sugar: 1 cup
  • Ghee: 1 tbsp
  • Milk: 1 tbsp
  • Saffron: few strands
  • Almond flakes: 1 tbs
  • Pistachio flakes: 1 tbs
  • Cardamom powder: 1 pinch
  • Water: 4 cup

Procedure

  • Add ghee in heavy bottom skillet and roast bulgur wheat on medium flame for 5 minutes.
  • Add 3 cup of water in the same skillet and boil roasted bulgur on low flame till it gets par-boiled and water gets evaporated.
  • In a bowl, soak saffron strands in 1 tbsp warm milk and cover the bowl. After 5 minutes rub the saffron strands gently by fingers to get a nice color. Use this saffron extract to enhance color and flavor of the preparation.
  • In another skillet take 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar and put on medium flame. Let the sugar dissolve, add saffron extract and par-boiled bulgur wheat in it.

Bulgur wheat in sugar syrup

  • Cover the skillet and keep it simmer on low flame for 15 minutes. Stir in between so that bulgur wheat evenly absorbs the sugar. It will turn tender after cooking in sugar syrup. Take it off the flame when sugar is absorbed completely.
  • Add cardamom powder, almond and pistachio flakes.

Bulgur wheat dessert

Serve it immediately (when warm) to confuse your folks with every bite they have. They will keep guessing while finishing the bowl of tasty and healthy kesaria daliya!

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Tomato Juice – The Splash of Red

Hot weather somehow diminishes my appetite and I don’t feel eating much in lunch. That’s why, in summers I prefer having glass of cool healthy home-made drinks (like – tomato juice, sattu drink, mint drink etc.).

Tomato Juice

A little bit of munching accompanied by a glass of fresh tomato juice refreshes me. The best thing is, it gets ready in almost no time. In fact, it’s pretty simple to make and feels really refreshing gulping down a glass of tomato juice.

Frankly speaking, I frequently make this healthy and tasty drink in summers just because it’s so easy to make. Otherwise, we ladies hardly put extra effort for ourselves. We keep exploring varieties for our kids and family, but when it comes to ourselves, we tend to delay things.

So, why not bring down the temperature this summer with something tasty as well as healthy. I am sure your family will also love the splash of tomato. It’s nutritious, so you’ll not have guilt feeling of taking extra calories.

Tomato Juice Benefits

In fact, tomato is full of vitamins and minerals. Regularly having tomatoes give healthy skin and great lustrous hair. Tell me which woman in the world would not like to have glowing skin and shinning hair!

Believe me, fresh tomato juice is loaded with health and taste.

Ingredients

Fresh tomato and mint

  • Tomatoes: 4-5 big size
  • Few mint leaves
  • Roasted cumin seed (jeera) powder: 1 pinch
  • Black salt: 1 tsp
  • Few ice-cubes

Procedure

  • All you need to do is take some fresh tomatoes, roughly chop them, add few mint leaves and crush them in blender.
  • Sieve the juice, and add black salt (according to your taste) and a pinch of roasted cumin powder. No sugar or water required but some ice cubes are definite welcome.
  • Healthy tomato juice is ready to be served.

Tomato juice to be served

Don’t throw the pulp residue

I don’t like to waste anything, and always to try to reuse things in a healthy way. That’s why I don’t throw away residual tomato pulp which is high in fiber.

I use it in vegetable preparations (like – aloo tamatar ki sabzi). Just sauté this mixture in oil, add the regular spices and add some boiled potato in it. And you have the tasty potato sabzi with subtle mint flavor.

You can even make tomato chutney of this residue. All you need is, fry the residue in oil, and then add salt and turmeric powder. Take it off the flame after 5 minutes and then add tadka of mustard and curry leaves.

So, I think I have given enough reasons for you to try this healthy juice. It will make you look gorgeous while stimulating your taste-buds. 🙂

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Parwal ki Mithai

I guess this Indian confection is a rarity and you won’t find it easily in sweet shops, unless you happen to be in Bihar or Varanasi. The process of turning a vegetable into a tasty sweet course requires some effort. But this mellow comfit is worth the effort and time it takes.

parwal-ki-mithai

My mom makes this every year in summers when pointed gourd (parwal in Hindi) is available in plenty in market. I asked its recipe every summer but somehow never make it. My husband is not found of pointed gourd so whenever I mention him I’m going to make Parwal ki Mithai he would say why you have to make something that I don’t like. He always wants me to make sweets that he is fond of, like jalebi or gulab jamun. 🙂

However, last week when my mom visited me, I asked her to make it in my kitchen. To me, biting this dry sweet felt ambrosia, I missed this indulgence so much. My husband’s reaction was – “OK, I will only have the filling”. But, to my delight he had it completely without leaving the outer layer of parwal.

If you are getting tempted to make it this summer, here is the process to make this not-so-common sweet!

Ingredients

Pointed gourd (parwal): 250gms

Sugar: 1cup

Water: 1 cup

Ingredients for Stuffing

Mawa: 1cup

Sugar powder: ½ cup

Cardamom powder: 1tsp

Almond and pistachio flakes: 1 tsp

Muskmelon seeds: 1tsp

Procedure

While buying parwal choose of bigger size. As it allows more mawa filling in it, making it more tasty. Wash and peel the outer layer of parwal and make a vertical cut.

parwal-cutting

Scoop out the inside seed filling and keep it aside. These seeds are of no use in this recipe.

parwal-sccoped-out

Take 1 cup of sugar and equal amount of water in heavy bottom skillet or pan. Drop the parwal in it and let it simmer on low flame. Keep checking in between. In approximately in 15 minutes, parwal will get soft. To check if it’s done you need to observe it carefully. Surface of parwal will become shiny, indicating it’s time to take them out of sugar syrup.

parwal-with-sugar-syrup

 

Take them out and drain excess sugar syrup from them. Now proceed to prepare the filling for these shinning beauties.

Procedure for Stuffing

Roast mawa on medium flame on heavy bottom skillet. Roasted mawa increases the shelf life of dry sweets. In around 5 minutes, take it off the heat and add sugar powder and rest of the ingredients. Mix well and stuffing is ready.

parwal-mawa-filling

Stuff each parwal with a spoonful of mawa filling, and press gently by your fingers.

At this stage they are soft and delicate. So, place them in refrigerator for 1-2 hours and they’ll become firm. If store this sweet in refrigerator, it can easily last for 10 days.

parwal-sweet

Even if you don’t like parwal go ahead and try this sweet as after getting boiled in sugar syrup there is hardly any taste of parwal in it. You will find its taste closer to chandrakala (dry sweet which has similar mawa-filling).

Additional info:

One may add green color in sugar syrup or boil parwal in water with a pinch of baking soda to get greener parwals. However, keeping health in mind, my mom forgoes both these beautification steps. Still parwal ki mitahi that she makes is amazingly delicious.

Here I have shared exactly how my mom makes parwal ki mithai. If you happen to make this sweet following this recipe, and you like it then credit goes to my mom. However, if by any chance (although very unlikely), you don’t like it, it’s my fault. As I got you into making it by sharing tempting pictures. 🙂

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Your Glory Lies in Your Struggle

I had read the story of lord Ram in my childhood and it stayed with me forever. The essence of the story was, glory of lord Ram lied in his exile and not as a king in Ayodhya. Had he remained in Ayodhya, he would have been just another king.

Glory in Struggle
Digital art by Sumit Agrawal (my husband).

His struggle in exile set an example for others and his patience, ethics and principles inspired many. The lesson I learned from this story is – even a king can face biggest of hardships in life, but it is his determination to overcome the storm-like difficult phase that makes him worth worshiping.

That’s why, whenever I get surrounded by bumpy phase in life, I recall story of Lord Ram. It gives me immense amount of inspiration and vigor to overcome the low phase in life.

Actually, all of us face some or the other struggles in life. It’s just that we have to find the opportunity in difficulty. After all, world remembers the fighters, not losers. World is inspired by fighters, not losers.

In my opinion, a tough phase in life is nothing but a lesson that life teaches us. The sooner we accept and learn from it, quicker we emerge stronger and winner.

Lot of people follow the principle, “winners don’t make mistake”. However, if you’ll ask me, I’ll say “winners learn from their mistake, so be proud of your failure because that is what leads to success”. This is the principle that never lets me down.

I see so many people passing through difficult times in personal and/or professional life. Mental breakdown, depression etc. have become so common among our generation. My only advice to them is to be patient and follow the above principle. It can be applied to all aspects of life (be it personal, family or professional) and it’s really very comforting.

Here, I would like to share my example when I wanted to have a baby. Trying for pregnancy and every month waiting for a positive result takes lots of patience. I know as I have been through it.  Actually, at one point in time, I felt as if every women around me is capable of getting pregnant, except me!

However, then I realized, only being patient will turn one negative line on testing strip into two positive lines (all ladies trying for pregnancy will relate to what I’m talking about), and this finally happened.

So, all my friends around, be brave and calm. Accept the hardship with a smile on face. Try converting stones into milestones, and you will find the life full of positivity. Hardships will glorify your life and write the new chapters in your book of life.

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Thank You! It’s 100

I had promised to update you all with the good news, and here it is. Bhaili.com has achieved the first milestone of 100 blog subscribers, and it’s all due to the readers of Bhaili.com. I am feeling really very happy and excited! This first 100 will always be very special to me. 🙂

thank-you

I’m enjoying what I’m doing these days, with always learning new things. Earlier, I was least interested in clicking pictures.  However, in company of some great photographers, I’m striving to learn just by observing their work.

Now, I love taking photographs, clicking pictures of food and paintings that I make. This has developed an inclination towards photography and I’m keenly learning with both my eyes wide open.

The other best thing that happened since inception of Bhaili is, now I’m reading a lot. I have always been an avid reader, but somehow didn’t manage the time to sit and read a book. However, my blogging life has once again brought back that spark of reading.

I remember when I was writing first post here, it took me almost 5 days to write a small post. It appeared as if I was running out of words and at one point thought blogging may not be an easy thing. Of course it’s not easy, but then it’s not that difficult as well. After reading posts of some influential writers, I can confidently say that now I can easily write a post. 🙂

Another big thing that happened is, blogging has given me an opportunity to virtually meet so many wonderful people. Interacting with them is so much fun with a great learning curve. Frankly speaking, WordPress is a wonderful place to be, with fellow bloggers helping each other to grow and sustain.

All this was possible because of dear readers like you. You encouraged me by your Likes and feedback. You made me more confident and made me aware of so many more possibilities here. Many thanks to you! I’m happy and hopeful that together we will make Bhaili.com even better.

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Thank You Readers! It’s 99

When I’m writing this post, it’s reflecting 99 WordPress followers and it’s so thrilling. It feels like someone very near is expecting and I could receive the good news any time now. Yes, I’m expecting the good news of achieving the milestone of first 100 blog followers. I know it’s going to be soon. 🙂

I’m writing this to thank you dear readers. It’s you all that gave me this joy. I’m really enjoying blogging, and the best part is interacting with readers. When readers leave a comment it’s so rewarding. When I get new “follows”, it feels like – “yes I’m doing good work”.

So readers keep showering your love. I will share the good news as soon as I get it. 🙂

Healthy Mint Drink in 5 Minutes

During my school days, once I and mom visited her friend’s place and there I tasted mint drink (pudina sharbat) for the first time. It was a hot summer afternoon and after drinking, it felt really refreshing.

Mint Drink

I still remember, that day I had indigestion problem and was not in mood to have anything. However, on aunt’s assurance that it would sooth my tummy, I gave it a try. And let me tell, it was so relieving.

I loved it instantly and its sweet and sour taste remained with me forever. That day I came to know mint leaves are full of antioxidants, helps in digestion process and beat acidity along with other health benefits.

Sattu drink is another healthy (also helps in weight-loss) option for hot scorching summer.

So, next day I tried to make this drink at home. I added paste of mint leaves in lemonade, but couldn’t replicate the same awesome taste. I experimented further by adding roasted cumin seeds powder, but that zing (which I had experienced the previous day at my aunt’s place) was still missing.

Finally, after trying so many things I gave up and asked my mom to ask her friend for the recipe. Thankfully, aunt was gracious enough to share the process.

Contrary to its so many health benefits, this drink is quite simple to make. All it requires is bringing together all ingredients and just a little more work.

That’s why in summers it hardly happens that I don’t have mint leaves in my refrigerator. It’s so handy when you want to serve your guest with something delightful in hot weather. I have served this wonderful drink to my several guests and it has never happened that they have not asked its recipe. So amazing is its taste!

In summer women are tangled with acne and oily skin, and that is when mint helps in cleansing skin and making it free of pimples. So, if you are satisfied with just few of these benefits (it has many more), include mint leaves in your daily diet (like – mint chutney). Search further if you need more reasons! 🙂

So, here is the simple recipe of this fabulous summer drink.

Ingredients (makes 2 glasses)

Mint Drink ingredients

  • Mint (pudina) leaves: 1 bunch
  • Lemon juice: 2tbsp
  • Honey/Sugar: 1tbsp
  • Black Salt: 1tsp
  • Few ice-cubes
  • Water: 2 glasses

Procedure

  • Grind mint leaves, sugar (sweeten according to your taste) and lemon juice in a mixer and make a paste of it. Strain the paste and add water and black salt.
  • Add some ice cubes and serve immediately.

P.S: Make it just before serving otherwise it will not taste that fresh.

Mint drink to be served

So, instead of unhealthy, full-of-preservatives ready-made drink, treat yourself and your guests with this healthy cool mint drink. Go green and be healthy!

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