For the love of Rice – 10 recipes that you should enjoy!

Rice is a staple diet for most of India. One of the most versatile ingredient, it can be cooked as an entree, mains or a desert! Did you know that there are more than 40,000 varieties of rice? In many cultures, rice is considered to be an auspicious symbol of life and fertility. How many experiments have you done with this chefs’ favorite friend?

If not, it’s never too late! We bring to you a selection of 10 best rice recipes from our kitty.

1. Murgh Koftey Ki Biryani

1Koftas made with spiced chicken and cooked with basamati rice to make a fragrant biryani. Served with a saffron scented, garlic raita to compliment the flavours. A true blue Awadhi dish best suited for a regal feast!

2. Handi Biryani

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Slow cooked rice with layers of vegetables, a variety of masalas and chicken. A beautiful melange that is sure to win many hearts at the dinner table.

3. Garlic and Egg Fried Rice

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A fast and flavour-packed recipe to ward off those untimely hunger pangs! Rice tossed with the goodness of egg, the burst of garlic and a few oriental flavours.

4. Three Layered Rice

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Dig deep into layers of rice, the crunch of the aloo lachchas, fleecy paneer and the tang of tomatoes. All these, topped with some rustic spices, together create an explosion of flavors for your taste buds.

5. Kashmiri Chicken Pulao

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An aromatic chicken pulao bursting with deep flavors of warm whole spices, Kashmiri chillies, sweet raisins and desi ghee.

6. Zaffarani Pulao

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A sweet preparation made with Basmati rice, nuts, saffron, milk and cream.

7. Brown Basmati Rice Pilaf

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For the diet conscious, a healthy recipe with brown rice, olive oil, broccoli and plums. A pilaf is a a Middle Eastern dish in which the rice is cooked in a seasoned broth (stock).

8. Mutton Biryani

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A wintery delight, mutton chunks layered with saffron induced rice and cooked dum style.

9. Mushroom Risotto

9Divya Burman brings to you a steaming plateful of buttery mushroom risotto.

10. Scheherazade Biryani

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Traditional Iranian style biryani layered with marinated fish and fried onions. Topped with raisins and cashews. The aroma of rose water will leave you wanting more.

5 Indian Recipes to Spice up Your Winter

As the weather gets colder, we’re busy creating hot Indian dishes to keep Londoners and visitors going – so here are a few of our favourite Indian recipes to spice up your winter.
1. Indian Winter Soup
There’s nothing like a steaming bowl of soup to fuel your day, and Indian winter soup is an exotic change to your usual tin of Heinz. High in fibre and low in fat, Indian winter soup is a fragrant vegan recipe that traditionally combines lentils, tomatoes, butternut squash, onion and garlic with mustard seeds, chillies and cinnamon.
2. Lotus Root Salad
It might not sound like a winter warmer, but lotus root salad is the perfect pick-me-up, containing everything you need to fight off a seasonal cold. Lotus root is traditionally used in Chinese medicine, as it is believed to restore balance to the body. Snow peas, red onion and coriander are high in vitamin C – essential for recovering from a cold – and there’s a good reason why pomegranate is called a ‘superfood’: it’s packed with multivitamins and antioxidants.
3. Adrakhi Gosht
The hit of fresh ginger is especially welcome on a chilly evening, heating up your palette.  Adrakhi Gosht is made with English lamb and a ginger infusion. Enjoy with a warming glass of rouge for true winter indulgence.
4. Masala Chai
There’s nothing like an aromatic cup of spiced Indian tea to start your morning. Believed to strengthen the immune system, masala chai can fight colds and flu and keep infections at bay.
5. Spiced Sweet Potato
Available in abundance at winter, sweet potato is a popular Asian street food over the colder months. Try making spicy sweet potato wedges for a healthy snack, or try Chakra’s Sweet Potato and Okra to enjoy this traditional delicacy.
Make the most of winter with this ‘hot’ and ‘spicy’ food items. If you have any recipes or food items that you make during winter to fight with cold. Do let us know in the comments below 🙂 We are all ears!

8 Traditional Indian Winter Recipes

Winter is the season in which you can give your taste buds a good treat. Indian winter dishes are not only tasty  but are also beneficial for overall health. These food keep you warm and strengthen immunity.

Sometimes mineral deficiency is caused due to winters which can be supplemented with proper diet. There are some winter foods like Gajar Ka Halwa(Carrot Halwa) and Makke Di Roti and Sarson da Saag which have many nutritional properties.

Here are 8 traditional Indian winter recipes that you must try:-

1. Gajar Ka Halwa:

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Gajar Ka Halwa is one of the most famous winter dish. It is an all-time favorite dessert of India. It is a must have sweet during chilly winters. This sweet is prepared with ghee (clarified butter). It is filled with dry fruits and tastes really good in winter season as fresh, sweet carrots are available.Carrots help in regulating blood sugar and are rich in dietary fibre. Ghee helps in enhancing the physical and mental health. Ghee provides the body warmth and the dry fruits combat colds.

2. Sarson Da Saag and Makke Di Roti:  

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This is a traditional winter dish, very popular in Punjab. It is best consumed with makke ki roti, jaggery and butter. Sarson Da Saag is filled with nutrients. Sarson is enriched with protein and iron. It is also anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant, making it an essential part of diet.

3. Spicy Sweet Potatoes:

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Sweet potatoes are available in large amounts in winter season. It is consumed in many forms. Some roast it, some boil it and spice it. Most people like to cook it with spices and then consume it with roti (also known as chapati). Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.

4. Gaund ke laddoo:

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It is made of edible gum that is easily available and got from the bark of a tree. Gaund provides warmth in the body and also fights winter chills. These laddoos are made with ghee which is very beneficial in limited amounts. This special winter dish is best consumed with a glass of milk.

5. Rogan Josh:

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This is a Kashmiri dish that is stuffed with dry fruits and nuts. The fiery spices add to the warmth provided by this dish to the body. The mutton used in the dish is cooked perfectly in spices that are traditional. Rogan Josh is a traditional dish that is delicious and hot and protects the body from cold.

6. Paya Shorba:

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Paya Shorba is a soup which is prepared with hoof or trotters of a cow, lamb or goat. The shorba is prepared with spices that make it delicious. This delicious dish is filled with nutrition and is very good for winters as it generates heat in the body.

7. Undhiyu:undhiyu

This Gujarati dish is a specialty that’s made with papdi (a vegetable). A fiery veg dry stew is made using papdi and other vegetables like sweet potatoes, brinjals, peas etc. These vegetables are tossed with heat generating spices. The dish can be consumed with puris or methi muthiyas(a traditional dish).

8. Rasam:  

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Rasam is a very popular South-Indian dish. Rasam contains red lentis, which are rich in fiber, antioxidants and proteins. This soupy dish is spicy and contains traditional masalas like turmeric and other spices. Besides that it contains some vegetables. It can be consumed as a whole meal. If you drink a bowl of rasam, it will help you bear the winter evenings more easily.

 

We have listed best 8 recipes that you can’t miss out on. If you have some Delicious and yummylicious recipes to share.  Leave them in comments below 🙂

HappyDeal-Wali Diwali with Vinod Cookware!

This Diwali, it is Double bonanza at Vinod Cookware.  How???? One is the HappyDeal-Wali Contest where in you have to Participate and share the bucket list of Vinod cookware you wish to buy with maximum budget of Rs5000 and second,we are offering an Exclusive10% flat off on all Range of Vinod Cookware products to make your Diwali as prosperous as never before.

Experience the joy of faster & healthy cooking with Vinod’s Exclusive HappyDeal-Wali Diwali offer. Browse through wide range of products that will not only add a life to your kitchen but will also give you happiness.

Here’s the list of new range that you can look for:

 Vinod 5pc Rasoi Set: The Multitasker in your life which is also considered as a perfect gifting assortment makes the presentation of your food as delightful as the flavor of your food. upgrade your Kitchen to ‘Smart Kitchens’ with Vinod Cookware let it be right from cooking to serving.

Vinod 3pc Tivoli Set: With unique design, stronger durability and functionality this Vinod Tivoli Set not only suits your budget but also makes a great gift for anyone and everyone

Vinod 2pc Superb Plus: Comes in bright and festive colors this cookware will surely match to any decor! Perfect for cooking and this frypan is the multi-purpose tool for anyone who loves to cook.

Vinod Marbilo Range:  With same Nonstick Properties, this marbilo tawa not only fastens your cooking experience but also adds a sense of style in your festive kitchen decor. An idyllic gifting option to the Modern Indian Kitchens that suits all your cooking requirements and needs!

 

 

10 Quick Diwali Sweets Recipes You Must Know

No celebration is complete without a touch of sweet. Desserts are the highlight of every Indian festival. They add much more enthusiasm to the festive spirit. With Diwali around the corner, festivities have finally stepped in. Just like the multicolored rangolis that adorn the entrances of our homes, there is nothing quite like a dessert table decked with a variety of Diwali sweets.

This Diwali, light up your homes with our festive dessert recipes. Ditch the elaborate presentation and fancy ingredients, here are super-easy solutions to soothe your aching sweet tooth. Most of these can be prepared in advance for those unannounced guests and untimely cravings. Everyday ingredients and a couple of minutes are all you need to spread bright smiles and sparkle with satisfaction. We bring you, the simplest sweets from across the country. There’s something for everyone!

Goan Nevri

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Nevri is a Konkani sweet that is quite similar to a Karanji from Maharashtra or Gujiya from Uttar Pradesh. It is stuffed with a grated coconut along with almonds.

Kaju Katli

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Barfis made with cashew nuts, kaju katli is one of the most popular giveaways during Diwali. This season, surprise your friends and family with home-made treats.

Rava Kheer

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Step away from the usual with this creamy concoction of milk, dry fruits and sooji(semolina).

Chocolate Gujiya

Chocolate Gujia Recipe
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Fusion is the flavor of the season. Serve the good old gujiyas in a modern avatar with a creamy chocolate-chip stuffing.

Badaam Halwa & Barfis

                     

 

With the same ingredients you can choose to make two desserts. Loaded with almonds,khoya, milk and poppy seeds, you can enjoy the warmth of the halwa or serve as barfisdecorated with silver leaves.

Shahi Tukda

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This has been a favourite since ancient times and is super easy to make. Slices of bread are fried, soaked in milk and decorated with nuts.

Mohanthal


Mohanthal is a fudge-like Indian dessert made with gram flour. It is popularly made in Rajasthan and Gujarat, especially during Diwali. 

Patishapta

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This is traditional Bengali dessert. Thin crepes are made with rice flour, maida and sooji and served with a coconut-jaggery filling.

Mysore Paak

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As the name suggests, this original recipe of this Indian dessert is known to have originated in the Mysore Palace. It is a rich mix of desi ghee, gram flour and sugar.

Coconut Til Ladoos

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A three-ingredient recipe with coconut, sesame seeds and dates. Your aching sweet tooth shall be served in minutes.

Courtesy: NDTV FOOD

Make in India: A Vision for betterment

‘Make in India’ is an ambitious initiative by the government of India to promote India as a global manufacturing hub nationally and abroad; thereby boosting the country’s economic prospect. Well, this is a great opportunity for the government to position India as a manufacturing powerhouse able to match up the dominance of the developed countries on the world stage while encouraging entrepreneurship, creating employment for over 10 million people, and attracting Foreign Direct Investment in India.

As we follow Make in India, this welcomes emphasis in our foreign investment policy on efficient and competitive domestic manufacturing which will also serve multiple objectives in India.

Considering that the raw material is available all around the world and by manufacturing the goods here in India itself will enhance job opportunities within the country as the size of our domestic market and the abundant availability of skilled and technical manpower at low cost is a leverage that we need to put to use consciously to induce foreign investors to make India as a manufacturing hub in their operations. Also India is famous for its minimalist engineering and even the smallest scrap in India is put to its best use.

Thus this will lead to the minimization of the import of products into the country, thereby reducing the pressure on our trade deficit. Also in the long run, it will help increase and diversify our exports from the manufacturing sector, thereby increasing the revenue for the country.

Contributing to all the these objectives, this is truly a time of great expectation for India, and this is probably the only time in recent past where our odds of driving breakout growth in manufacturing are very high.

Also, India’s small and medium-sized industries can play a big role in making the country take the next big leap in manufacturing. India should be more focused towards novelty and innovation for these sectors. Also the government has to chart out plans to give special sops and privileges to these sectors so as to make this vision working.

Vinod Cookware being a domestic and a home grown brand who manufactures all its goods in India is a staunch supporter of Make In India contributing to multiple objectives which are essential to make this vision possible.

Overall, ‘make in India’ campaign is ‘extremely progressive’. The fact that we need a robust and powerful “manufacturing” engine to take us in the future is not that difficult to agree with. We need to re-energize and reinvigorate the manufacturing sector, and that is quite the vision of the new government when it launched the ‘Make in India’ program.

Maramarala Laddu / Puffed Rice Ladoo Recipe

Maramarala Laddu / Puffed Rice Ladoo Recipe  
Prep Time: 10 mins|Cook time: 20 mins|  Makes: 10-12 laddus
Cuisine: South Indian
Recipe type: snack, sweet

Ingredients:

  • 3 to 3.5 cups Puffed Rice
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Jaggery
  • A pinch of Cardamom Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ghee

Instructions:

  • Heat the jaggery with little water just enough to immerse it. Let the jaggery dissolves completely.
  • Strain the melted jaggery in a strainer to remove impurities.
  • Add the cardamom powder to it and bring it to a boil.
  • Continue heating till it reaches soft ball consistency.
  • To check the consistency, take little water in a cup and pour few drops of syrup into the water. It should not dissolved  and you should be able to gather and form a non sticky soft ball.
  • When this consistency is reached, reduce the flame and add the puffed rice little by little.
  • Stir until well combined.
  • If you feel it is too sticky, add more puffed rice to it and combine.
  • Turn off the flame.
  • When it is still warm, grease your hands with little ghee and roll the mixture into tight round balls.
  • Store them in an airtight container.

 

Celebrate this #festive Season with #VinodCookware !

Your search for the perfect Diwali gift just ended! As you browse through this article you will find over several exhilarating/exciting unique gifts by Vinod Cookware, one of the leading/largest Kitchenware Brands in India that has specially compiled a range of Combo Sets to make the festival of lights healthier and tastier! And that’s not all if you’re looking for the perfect presents/ gifts to buy for your loved ones this year, look no further than Vinod, with some of the most popular gift items, makes your Diwali Celebrations full of flavor!

Indeed as the hub of your home, your kitchen needs to be kitted out with only the highest quality, most innovative tools, to help you prepare, cook and serve the festive fever. While we have shortlisted some products for you from the very popular Brand Vinod Cookware, we also bring you some of the best festive schemes with the value-for-money products of Vinod worth gifting.

INR. 3000 and above

Vinod 5pc Rasoi Set:The 5pc Rasoi set could also be known as the Multitasker in your life which includes 25 cm tawa(4.25mm thickness), 24 cm deep kadai with lid,24 cm deep frypan ,16 cm saucepan without lid and handi small with cover, the perfect gifting assortment to make the presentation of your food as delightful as the flavor. Right from cooking to serving upgrade your Kitchen to ‘Smart Kitchens’ with Vinod Cookware.

INR. 2000-3000

Vinod 3pc Tivoli Set: The unique combination of design and functionality includes Vinod 3pc Tivoli Set includes 16 cm saucepan with lid, 18 cm frypan with lid and 24 cm kadai with lid, which not just suits your budget right but also with its stronger durability &advanced combinations, makes a great gift for the cook in your life, or even better, for yourself!

INR. 1000-2000

Vinod 2pc Superb Plus:Bring in the dash of color with Vinod Superb Plus that comes in bright and festive colors to match any décor! Perfect for cooking and 25 cm dosa tawa(3 mm thickness)as well as 24 cm frypan it is the multi-purpose tool for anyone who loves to cook.

INR. 500 – 1000

Vinod Marbilo Range: Aiding all your ideas for the perfect celebrations, the 5 LAYER finishMarbiloTawa not only fastens your cooking experienceWITH THE SAME NON STICK PROPERTIES but also brings a sense of style in your festive kitchen décor. An idyllic gifting option to the Modern Indian Kitchens that suits all your cooking requirements and needs!

With more than decades of experience, Vinod Cookware strongly boasts around 400 products across seven categories, which surelymakes it difficult to choose JUST one GIFTING OPTION!

To know more on the several other gifting options of Vinod you could also Log on to www.vinodcookware.com and avail the special discounts exclusive to the festive season. It’s time to celebrate Diwali like never before with Vinod Cookware – ‘Jo bhi ho Khana, Vinod mein hi pakana’

Unique Indian Spices

Indian food is known for its distinctive taste and aroma. The delicious Indian food consists of a combination of herbs, flavors and spices. In this article you will find some of the best spices of Indian cuisine. You can try all the spices and explore the variety of tastes present in Indian Cuisine.

TURMERIC

This Indian spice is bright yellow and can be found both in South Indian and North Indian cooking. This unique spice is made from an Indian plant that belongs to the ginger family. It is made by boiling, drying, cleaning and polishing the roots of turmeric plants. It was known as Indian saffron in medieval Europe. In those days, it was very expensive as compared to present saffron spice. It is primarily used in Kashmiri dishes.

CORIANDER

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Coriander powder is popularly known as ‘Dhaniya’ in India. It is available in powdered form or as whole seeds. Fresh coriander, also known as ‘cilantro’ is widely used in Indian Cuisine. The seeds of coriander are used as condiment. Coriander has a sweet and delicate aroma. It can be found in every household of India. It is used in Rasam, Dals, Soups, Curries and Sambar. Many a times, the fresh coriander leaves are used for garnishing finished dishes. Coriander originated in Mediterranean but is found in India and other countries.

CUMIN

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Cumin is also known as ‘Jeera’ in Indian continent. It is available in whole seed form or powdered form. It comes from an annual herb that grows in many parts of the world. Cumin is found in Syria, Egypt, Iran, Mediterranean and India. It also grows in China, Malta, Sicily and Mexico. It is used as a flavoring agent in Indian cooking. It is widely used in preparations that include curry powders, bread seasoning, cheese and cakes and also as a condiment. It is used in small quantities to enhance the taste of the dish. It is being used since 2nd century B.C.

MUSTARD SEEDS

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Mustard seeds are produced from an annual herb. They can be used in vegetables, as flavors or as spices. They have variable colors and sizes which include pale yellow, tiny black, brown or white balls. When they are roasted, they release their full flavors. In South India, they are used as Tadka(for increasing flavor) while cooking. The yellow or white mustard comes from southern Europe while brown mustard comes from China. Black mustard seeds have their origin in Southern Mediterranean region.

CURRY

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Curry leaves are found on curry tree. Curry is used in South-Indian dishes to add flavor and fragrance. It is grown throughout South India and is used in dry or fresh. It is used as a sauce for many Indian recipes. Curry is also used in marinating tikka and tandoori kebabs. The bark of a curry tree and its roots can be used as a stimulant or tonic. According to researchers, curry has its origins before Christ.

Courtesy: indiacanteen.tastyfix Blog

The Top 10 Rules when Using Nonstick Pans

There are basic rules for using nonstick pans that you should remember. Follow these rules and your nonstick pans will last longer and you could enjoy you cooking experience the most

Don’t use metal on your nonstick pan.
Most important rule is not to use Metal utensils as they will easily scratch and ruin the nonstick pan’s surface. Also you should avoid activities that will harm your utensil such as Cutting food in the pan with metal knives or pizza cutters, Turning pancakes with metal spatulas, and using a metal whisk or fork to stir your gravies or vegetable blends.

Instead, you could use nonstick pan-friendly materials such as wood, rubber, silicone, nylon, or plastic.

Avoid major water temperature changes.
Taking a hot nonstick pan and subjecting it to cooler or cold temperatures can cause your frying pan to warp. If you pan is too hot, let your nonstick pan cool for a few minutes. A warped pan keeps the heat from distributing correctly, and they’re annoying to cook with.

Clean your nonstick pans with safe scouring pads.
Nonstick pan surfaces are sensitive to steel wool, metal scouring pads, sharp scrapers, and harsh cleaning detergents (more on detergents later). If your food is really stuck, pour some water( make sure your pan is cool) and allow the pan to soak for a bit. While using a metal scouring pad, you may not see deep grooves in the nonstick coating, but it is slowly wearing off the coating every time you use it. Use scouring pans that say ‘nonstick pan safe’ on them or a sponge instead.

Keep bread pans separate from other nonstick pans.
The nonstick coating in bread pans is made for mostly breads. Don’t cook meats or highly acidic foods in them. By doing this you are inviting a trouble for your cookware as it will remove or make nonstick coating/ finish wear off quicker (sometimes after the first use), the coating may flake, and pan might easily start rusting. Your breads will also bake and release from the pan better if you use them only for breads.

Store your nonstick pans properly.
Best advice is to store pans hanging, with plenty of space between them. In case you are stacking them (which are the case with most of us); make sure you are not placing any sharp metal objects on the nonstick coating.

Clean and dry your nonstick pans after using them.
#1) It’s best if you hand wash and dry your nonstick pans immediately after using them (but don’t forget rule

#2). Waiting too long to clean your frying pan or washing in the dish washer increases the risk of left-over oils baking onto the coating and outside of the pan the next time you use it.

Avoid high heats when using your nonstick frying pans.
Too much heat on your nonstick frying pan can cause your fry pan to warp and the nonstick coating to bubble and lose some if it’s nonstick properties. Most nonstick cookware is made for low to medium heat cooking.

Thus now you know what to do and what not to do. Your Vinod cookware will shine bright forever