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Heaven on Tongue, a review…

…And Barbeque Sandwich

 

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I have come across many cookbooks, got quite a few in my collection but the book ‘Heaven on Tongue‘, the latest addition to my collection stands out for many reason. What do I like about the book? There are quite a few reason but let me highlight a few.

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Glazed Mango Cheese Cake – Eggless

 
Make the most of the ‘Mango Season‘!!  That is the mantra this time…well….its the same each year during the season!I can say we have done so and will continue to do so –  that is making the most of this ‘Mango Mania’ at home.  
 
And one of them being ‘Mango Cheese Cake’.
 
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Most of us do look longingly at those Cheesecakes in cafes & bakeries beckoning us, tempting us to indulge. Yummmm….the crusty, buttery base with soft cheese as the topping. And every time I have them i wonder if a cake so soft, light, feathery & heavenly is actually easily possible to master at home?

Cottage Cheese in Red Bell Pepper sauce

 
 
 
Every now and then,
when the world sits just right,
a gentle breath of heaven
fills my soul with delight…
 
~ Hazelmarie `Mattie` Elliot, A Breath of Heaven
 
Sometimes in life its the simpler acts, few happy minutes spent with loved ones, what you do for others rather than for your own self that become a part of the ‘Happy Memories’ list that we carry throughout our life.
 
Now apply the same formula to your every day meals. While you want to experiment and create new and complicated dishes, there are times you crave for simple, soul-comforting food. On my quest to make a list of such simpler and comforting dishes, I came upon this recipe from the book – 660 Curries by Raghavan Iyer.
 
 
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Having read so many good reviews of this book, I just had to buy one! After going through pages and pages of mouthwatering Indian recipes given a special touch and presenting them in attractive, contemporary ways I decided on encounter with this book that it even exceeded my ‘high’ expectations! 
 
At this point my sister`s motto comes to mind, never have ‘high’ expectations, you can be disappointed after you actually ‘see’ it. Well, this was what she concluded after having too many hopes for new movies and then being greatly disappointed on actually seeing it!
 

Baby corn Masala

 
 
 
….with or without sunRise oranGe hued CARROTS or sOft chUnks of PANEER!

The sun slowly rises once again filling the house with a warm light, the rays filtering in through the window and dissolves before reaching the floor. The leaves sparkle from the morning dew as the sun rays seep in between blanket of leaves. In a little while its bright outside and people have already begun their daily chores. And you cannot spare too much time now to take in the wonders and beauty of nature. The maddening early morning rush is a common sight in most homes. A quick glance of the newspaper, a quick gulping down of breakfast and you are ready and set to head for work or classes.
 
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Baby corn Masala

 
 
 
….with or without sunRise oranGe hued CARROTS or sOft chUnks of PANEER!

The sun slowly rises once again filling the house with a warm light, the rays filtering in through the window and dissolves before reaching the floor. The leaves sparkle from the morning dew as the sun rays seep in between blanket of leaves. In a little while its bright outside and people have already begun their daily chores. And you cannot spare too much time now to take in the wonders and beauty of nature. The maddening early morning rush is a common sight in most homes. A quick glance of the newspaper, a quick gulping down of breakfast and you are ready and set to head for work or classes.
 
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Paneer Kohlapuri

 
 
I have some distant memory of promising my readers that it was going to be more healthier recipes. And this post is a slight away from that theme! For there sometimes can be such wonderful moments of your life that you need to recall them time and time again. And then you find yourself giving into to that mode of living those moments again. Slipping into this basket of  memories makes you happy and you forget your present time. You are within your familiar and comforting place and would want to remain there forever.
 

Piping Hot Pan Fried Paneer Tandoori – A Contemporary Version

 
 

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” 
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

 Summer brings with it picnics, fun at the beach, barbeques and so tikkas!

And so here is a quick & easy tandoori dish with an option for Vegan Version

The mention of the word ‘tandoori’ or ‘tikkas’ makes many sit up straight & crave for some spicy, flaming hot tandoori fresh from the tandoor (clay oven).  Like with any traditional & famed dish, this too has a story.
 
Back to History Classes 
 
During the 1920`s a Hindu Punjabi named Kundal Lal Gujral ran a restaurant ‘Moti Mahal’ in Peshwar. After the partition, he fled to India & moved his restaurant to Delhi. He tried out new dishes to keep his customers happy. He experimented dishes on the ‘tandoor’ which was otherwise used only to cook naans (indian bread made from all purpose flour). One of them was the famed ‘tandoori’. The first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru was so impressed by this dish that he made it a regular at official banquets to entertain foreign dignitaries. Such was the taste of the authentic ‘Tandoori’ or ‘tikkas’.Tandoori is and originally was chicken marinated in curd & spices. But today variants are found to cater to vegetarians. We have the paneer, mushrooms, baby corn or even tofu marinated in hung curd & spices & then char-grilled/ cooked on tandoor.
 
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Simple Pleasures and Palak Paneer

 
 
 
“You`ve gotta dance like there`s nobody watching,
Love like you`ll never be hurt,
Sing like there`s nobody listening,
And live like its heaven on earth.”
 
~William W. Purkey
 
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Often the simplest things give great pleasure.Walking barefoot on the sand admiring the sun set over the sea. Sitting by the window looking out at the numerous shades of green of nature with the sound of raindrops as background music.Sighting a rainbow. An evening spent with loved ones. A mug of coffee, laughter and chilling out with friends. To dance, to laugh, to sing out loud.Laughing till you have tears in your eyes. A hug from your mother. The fragrance from a flower.The welcoming sight of the rising sun signalling another brand new day, newer opportunities.And having palak paneer for lunch! Continue reading

Paneer-in-a-Kadai

 
 
 
Festivals, vacations and family gatherings call for memorable dinner parties. Dinner party planning include entertainment, music, decorations, venue et al. And one thing that is bound to take center stage is the dinner menu. Loads of pre-planning has already begun. Menu should of course be such that it can be prepared easily in larger quantities and does not need too many last minute assembling. For the host needs to enjoy the party with family and friends too, right? Paneer is one ingredient that will most of the time be present at the buffet table and is always the most sought out one! Paneer Makhni, koftas, tikka masala, pasanda, kadai are some of the popular paneer gravies at dinner parties.

 
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Paneer-in-a-Kadai

 
 
 
Festivals, vacations and family gatherings call for memorable dinner parties. Dinner party planning include entertainment, music, decorations, venue et al. And one thing that is bound to take center stage is the dinner menu. Loads of pre-planning has already begun. Menu should of course be such that it can be prepared easily in larger quantities and does not need too many last minute assembling. For the host needs to enjoy the party with family and friends too, right? Paneer is one ingredient that will most of the time be present at the buffet table and is always the most sought out one! Paneer Makhni, koftas, tikka masala, pasanda, kadai are some of the popular paneer gravies at dinner parties.

 
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