Restaurant review- Sigree Pune

I love cooking and me and family prefer healthy food cooked at home. We go out on special occasion and this time it was occasion of our marriage anniversary. Last week we visited Sigree (D.P road Pune) after a gap of three years and were again delighted by their service and food.

According to me a good restaurant is one where customers would want to visit again and again, and I can safely say Sigree is one of my choicest restaurant in Pune.

It was a weekday lunch buffet and on reaching we came to know they are having coastal festival going on. Being a vegetarian I had doubts what would coastal festival have for us.

sigree Pune

However, I was purely delighted by their malabari grill potato, goan roasted mushroom, grill paneer shaslik and some lip-smacking grilled pineapples. Since I’m big lover of grill food, enjoyed their starters.

Sigree-pune-startersYou should try this moong dal tikki if you are fan of some healthy and crispy starters.

Since the starters were spicy, the staff promptly took notice and arranged some non-spicy starters for my kiddo. At times even a small gesture like this makes your day.

Sigree-pune-startersThese baby corns were simple and crisp. A perfect finger food for my daughter. 🙂

starter-baby-corn

I was almost full by starters and subz dum handi just had enough space left for tasting main course. Main course had variety of regular spreads like paneer pepper fry, aloo gobi matar sabzi,  and khatti dal.

But I felt salads could have been more creative. However, raw papaya pickle caught my attention. It’s something I’m going to try soon at home and will definitely share the recipe once I make it. 🙂

raw-papaya-pickle

If you like instant pickles do try this instant and easy to make mix vegetable pickle.

There was also mulligatawny soup and it was worth trying it. I actually called chef and asked its recipe and he was kind enough to share it with me.

Mulligatawny soup

Having said that, desserts were on weaker side. It had rice kheer, pineapple pastry, malpua, strawberry mousse along with melons as fresh fruits and vanilla and strawberry ice-cream.

desserts at sigree pune

Too simple in this age of innovative desserts. Also when you are charging Rs 580 per person more is expected. Dessert is something people usually taste at the last and it has to be too good to keep your restaurant in persons memory. Since I’m not someone with sweet-tooth, it was OK with me. However, its one thing that they can work upon.

They are having this coastal festival till this year end (2016). On the whole it deserves your visit and it’s worth trying.

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Egg-less Banana Walnut Muffins

Making egg-less muffins using banana is quite easy. Banana gives a super moist texture and makes it healthy too. Keeping kids in mind, I try to keep it as healthy as possible. That’s why I use whole-wheat flour and milk which make these muffins a quick healthy breakfast or evening snacks option.

Healthy-banana-muffins

These egg-less muffins stay good for 2 days at room temperature, so it’s a good lunch-box snack as well. If you are looking for healthy tiffin ideas then you can also check these nutritious egg-less banana and oats pancakes which are super yummy and easy to make.

Cottage cheese and its whey protein is very nutritious and should be included in our daily diets. You can easily make cottage cheese at home by following these three steps to make cottage cheese.

Coming back to this egg-less whole wheat muffins recipe, here is the list of ingredients that I use. Proportion mentioned will make 13-14 muffins.

Ingredients

  • Ripe bananas: 2
  • Clarified butter (ghee): 2/3 cup
  • Honey: ¾ cup
  • Milk: 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract: 1 tsp
  • Chopped walnuts: 2 tbsp

Dry Ingredients

  • Whole wheat flour: 1 cup + 1/3 cup
  • Baking soda: ½ tsp
  • Baking powder: ½ tsp
  • Cocoa powder: 2 tbsp

Process

  1. Bring together all dry ingredients and sieve them 3 times.
  2. Line the muffin molds and keep them ready.
  3. Mash banana in a bowl with the help of fork and make puree of it.
  4. At this stage you can keep oven for preheating at 180 degree centigrade.
  5. In another bowl take honey, clarified butter and vanilla extract. Now, beat for 2 minutes with the help of electric beater. Adding vanilla essence while beating fat (butter or ghee) helps in even distribution of flavor in bakes.
  6. Now add dry ingredients in this bowl and fold slowly. You will get a thick paste. Add warm milk – make sure milk is warm (neither hot nor cold).
  7. Beat just enough to form a smooth batter while mixing dry and wet ingredients. Be careful not to over beat.
  8. Add half of the walnut in batter and fold it twice.
  9. Pour the batter in muffin molds and sprinkle remaining walnuts on top of muffins to give muffins a nice nutty look.
  10. Keep muffins in oven to bake for 20-25 minutes. With this same batter you can also make egg-less banana walnut cake. Just pour this batter in a cake tin and then bake it. Things can be pretty simple and versatile. 🙂
  11. After 25 minutes check by inserting toothpick in the center. If it’s sticky bake for another 5-7 minutes.

This goes without saying that each oven behaves differently and you have to understand your oven language as much as possible. So keep an eye while baking is in progress.

banana-cake-egg-less

These muffins were looking gorgeous but you know kids are not so easy to please. You have to make food more appealing to titillate their interest in food.

So, by arranging three chocolate chips on a slice of banana I made a face on muffins and sprinkled little amount of icing sugar to add drama. My daughter was pretty amused by seeing these small additions. Her interest perked up and she  instantly wanted to have these healthy muffins.

egg-less-healthy-bakes

Seeing your child smile while having food you cooked gives an immense amount of satisfaction. I know all moms would relate to this awesome feeling.

So, try this easy recipe and make your kids happy. If your child enjoy muffins then you can try this wholesome egg-less cottage cheese muffins and Egg-less banana walnut muffins as well.

Egg-less banana oats pancake makes a easy and healthy lunchbox recipe.

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Madhubani Painting – Sun God Worshiping

In Hindu tradition, the Sun is the symbol of prosperity, progress, courage and overall well-being. Sun God is believed to cure serious health problems and grant long healthy life. It’s a common daily ritual to offer ‘Arghya‘ to the rising sun to seek his blessings.

So, here in this Madhubani painting I have shown the Sun and his younger wife (Chhathi Maiyaa) on the right hand side. While on the left hand side, a woman devotee is standing in water and offering Arghya.

Madhubani painiting depicting Sun worship

Just like Madhubani Painting is the most popular folk art of Bihar, Chhath Puja is the most popular festival of Bihar. It’s also celebrated in Uttar Pradesh and Mithila region of Nepal. However, these days it’s celebrated by devotees in many parts of India.

Significance of Chhath Puja

Chhath Puja is dedicated to worship of the Sun god and his wife Chhati Maiya. It’s a common belief that Sun god’s wife Chhati Maiya fulfills the wish of having child. So, devotees perform Chhath puja to thank the Sun god and his wife for fulfilling their wishes.

My memories of Chhath Puja

Having spent most of my childhood in Bihar, I have closely seen my grandmother performing this ritual. Preparations for this festival start weeks before and lot of emphasis is given on cleanliness and purity during the preparation.

There are lots of rituals – I can recall my grandmother fasting and drinking water only after offering prayers to the rising and setting Sun. During these two days, she would even restrain herself from speaking and used to guide us only through gestures. She used to stand in water, meditate and wait for sun to rise.

All family members would gather at the river bank before sunset and sunrise (the next day) to offer ‘Arghya‘ to the Sun.

This Madhubani Painting is dedicated to Sun god and Chhathi Maiyaa

As you can see I have tried to merge both Sun and his wife. I have kept minimal use of madhubani motifs to add emphasis to focal points.

Madhubani painiting Sun motif

Focal point means where you want your viewer to focus in the painting. My two focal points in this painting are the Sun and the woman devotee. Therefore, I have not created any distraction by adding motifs between these two focal points. You can see popular Madhubani motifs in this painting by me.

Repeated arches were added to create a detailed yet not distracting background. This detailed background gives depth to this other-wise simple madhubani painting. You can learn more about madhubani background here.

Madhubani Border

Border adds frame to a painting and is important part of a painting. Here I have created repeated circles in border. Using circle in border indirectly emphasize on the circular Sun. Have a look at intricate border process in this Ganesha Madhubani painting.

Madhubani painiting depicting Sun god with border

You can easily learn Madhubani painting by reading detailed step by step instructions in this post on Madhubani painting in six easy steps.  You can read more about Madhubani painting in detail in what is Madhubani painting.

Madhubani painting can be either riot of bright colors or even a black and white Madhubani painting can be stunning.

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, objective of sharing my Madhubani paintings is to help others who are keen on learning Madhubani painting. I’m myself learning each day and have fair share of flaws. However, if I can help or inspire others in their creative journey I will be most happy.

If you like intricate art forms, do have a look at how to draw mandala? If you are familiar with joys of coloring then this free printable coloring page might interest you as well. I keep on updating art related post on Bhaili.  You can subscribe to this blog for regular updates.

So, don’t forget to pour in your suggestions and feedback in comments. Your response will encourage me in this endeavor.

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