How to Make Easy Garlic Chutney

With the arrival of monsoon request for garlic chutney starts in my family. I feel there is some relation between rain and hot and spicy food combinations. I hear murmurs about garlic chutney on dining table. So, before request becomes demand, I make this spicy garlic chutney. 🙂

easy-garlic-chutneyWhole dry red chili and tomato give this chutney bright and appealing color. Tomato gives a slight tangy taste too. If kept in refrigerator, this chutney can last for more than a month and tastes good with almost everything – be it flavorsome moong dal tikki or multi-grain parathas.

Benefits of Garlic

I would also like to add that garlic has antibiotic properties and it flushes out toxins from our body. It also boosts immunity and provid a shield of protection from common cold that’s so common in rainy season.

There are so many other health benefits of garlic, but in this post I’ll focus on the recipe only. So, 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 small amount of water for 30 minutes. This will make them soft and easy to grind in paste.
  • Peel the garlic – this is the time-consuming task. I usually 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 of 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 it’s dry, add small amount of oil in it.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes while stirring in between. You will notice paste leaving oil, signaling the chutney is ready and it’s time to take it off the 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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How do you keep yourself motivated and focused on your goals?

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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