Gajar ka Halwa – Indian Carrot Pudding

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Talk of an Indian Dessert, something that pops in our mind is Gajar Ka Halwa. This is such a wonderful sweet , irrespective of diversity in Indian Culture ,it is quite  popular and commonly prepared in every household all over on festivals. I chose to prepare this dessert for this Diwali .
This sweet could be prepared in a variety of ways – the traditional way of cooking for long hours , Microwave Method ,With Condensed Milk , Pressure cook method and so on.
I present to you more or less a traditional way of preparing this Indian Carrot Pudding from my Diwali feast.

Paneer Tikka

 Weekend is the best time to try new variety food… After blogging for a while ,  I always prefer to do a variation in my cooking. Morever I wanted to treat 2 big boys – H & his friend yesterday who helped me doing quite a bit of chopping of vegetables for the week. With mylil one around , it is fairly getting difficult to chop vege’s finely on a day to day basis… So this was our first trial week for chopping in advance.

We picked up  farm fresh peppers from the market on the Kingston High Street.. Cant believe he sold me 13 peppers for a 1£  when any other popular grocer like Tesco, ASDA sold them for 60p each. Wot better treat could be rather than PANEER TIKKA full packed with Paneer( Indian Cottage Cheese) and Peppers.

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Tomato Salsa

 

A packet of tortilla chips has been lying in my grocery storage for the last 1 month.. and craving for attention. I have just been putting it off site thinking not today … One fine evening , I was thinking of a starter before Pasta .Then remembered about this recipe which is an ideal medley.. and something tat’s quite fresh n healthy.This mexican side is quite an ideal combi with tortilla chips.

Spice Remedies for All Disease

Hi All ,

I am sharing a forward recently sent to me about Spices Remedies. Just formated it for easy viewing.
Cold , Flu being in Air , I thought this is the right time to share them.

COLDMix a gram of dalchini/cinnamon powder with a teaspoon of honey to cure cold. Prepare a cup of tea to which you should add ginger, clove, bay leaf and black pepper… This should be consumed twice a day. Reduce the intake as the cold disappears.
GINGER FOR COLDGinger tea is very good to cure cold. Preparation of tea: cut ginger into small pieces and boil it with water, boil it a few times and then add sugar to sweeten and milk to taste, and drink it hot.
DRY COUGHAdd a gram of turmeric (haldi) powder to a teaspoon of honey for curing dry cough. Also chew a cardamom for a long time.
BLOCKED NOSEFor blocked nose or to relieve congestion, take a table spoon of crushed carom seeds (ajwain) and tie it in a cloth and inhale it.
SORE THROATAdd a tea spoon of cumin seeds (jeera) and a few small pieces of dry ginger to a glass of boiling water. Simmer it for a few minutes, and then let it cool. Drink it twice daily. This will cure cold as well as sour throat.
AJWAIN/AJMO FOR ASTHMA.Boil ajwain in water and inhale the steam.
CURE FOR BACKACHE..Rub ginger paste on the backache to get relief.
HIGH BPHave 1-2 pod garlic (lasan) first thing in the morning with water
HIGH BPMix 1 table spoon and 1 table spoon ginger (adrak) juice, 1 table spoon of crushed cumin seeds (jeera), and have it twice daily.
MIGRAINEFor the cure of migraine or acute cold in the head; boil a tablespoon of pepper powder, and a pinch of turmeric in a cup of milk, and have it daily for a few couple of days.
BITTER GOURD/KARELA IS GOOD..A tablespoon of amla juice mixed with a cup of fresh bitter gourd(karela) juice and taken daily for 2 months reduces blood sugar.
TURMERIC/ ARAD CURE FOR INJURIESFor any cut or wound, apply turmeric powder to the injured portion to stop the bleeding. It also works as an antiseptic. You can tie a bandage after applying haldi/turmeric.
CRAMPSYou must do a self-massage using mustard oil every morning. Just take a little oil between your palms and rub it all over your body. Then take a shower. This is especially beneficial during winter. You could also mix a little mustard powder with water to make a paste and apply this on your palms and soles of your feet.
HEADACHESIf you have a regular migraine problem, include five almonds along with hot milk in your daily diet. You could also have a gram of black pepper along with honey or milk, twice or thrice a day. Make an almond paste by rubbing wet almonds against a stone. This can be applied to forehead..
TURMERIC GOOD FOR HEARTTurmeric lower cholesterol and by preventing the formation of the internal blood clots improves circulation and prevents heart disease and stroke. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local action.
TURMERIC FOR ARTHRITISTurmeric can be used in treating arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory property. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local action.
TURMERIC : GOOD FOR INDIGESTIONTurmeric can be used to relieve digestive problems like ulcers,dysentery. Turmeric can be taken as a drink other than adding to dishes to help prevent all problems. Use one teaspoon of turmeric powder per cup of warm milk every day. It is also used as a paste for local
action.
HONEY IS A GOOD CURE FOR ALL DISEASESMix 1 teaspoon honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder and have at night.
HICCUPSTake a warm slice of lemon and sprinkle salt, sugar and black pepper on it.. The lemon should be eaten until the hiccups stop.
HIGH BLOOD CHOLESTEROLIn 1 glass of water, add 2 tbsps of coriander/dhania seeds and bring to a boil. Let the decoction cool for some time and then strain. Drink this mixture two times in a day. OR Sunflower seeds are extremely beneficial, as they contain linoleic acid that helps in reducing the cholesterol deposits on the walls of arteries..
PILESRadish juice should be taken twice a day, once in the morning and then later in the night. Initially drink about 1/4th cup of radish juice and then gradually increase it to 3/4th cup. OR Soak 3-4 figs in a glass of water.Keep it overnight. Consume the figs on an empty stomach, the next day in the morning.
VOMITINGTake 2 cardamoms/elachi and roast them on a dry pan (tava). Powder the cardamoms and thereafter add a tsp of honey in it. Consume it frequently. It serves as a fabulous home remedy for vomiting. OR In
the mixture of 1 tsp of mint juice and 1 tsp limejuice, add 1/2 tsp of
ginger juice and 1 tsp honey. Drink this mixture to prevent vomiting. OR
Limejuice is an effective remedy for vomiting. Take a glass of chilled
limejuice and sip slowly. To prevent vomiting, drink ginger tea. OR In
1 glass water, add some honey and drink sip by sip.
WARTSApply castor oil daily over the problematic area. Continue for several months. OR Apply milky juice of fresh and barely-ripe figs a number of times a day. Continue for two weeks. OR Rub cut raw potatoes on the affected area several times daily. Continue for at least two weeks. OR Rub cut onions on the warts to stimulate the circulation of blood.. OR Apply milk from the cut end of dandelion over the warts 2-3 times a
day. OR Apply oil extracted from the shell of the cashew nut over the
warts. OR Apply Papaya juice OR Apply Pineapple juice.
URINARY TRACT INFECTIONIn 8 oz of water, put 1/2 tsp of baking soda and drink it. OR Drink plenty of water, as it aids in flushing out the waste products from the body.OR Drink Cranberry juice. You can also add some apple juice for taste.
SINUSITISMango serves as an effective home remedy for preventing the frequent attacks of sinus, as it is packed with loads of vitamin A. OR Another beneficial remedy consists of consuming pungent foods like onion and garlic, as a part of your daily meals. OR Fenugreek/methi leaves are considered valuable in curing sinusitis. In 250 ml water, boil 1 tsp of Fenugreek seeds and reduce it to half. This will help you to perspire,
dispel toxicity and reduce the fever period. OR Tie a tsp of black
cumin seeds in a thin cotton cloth and inhale.
TONSILLITISTake a fresh lemon and squeeze it in a glass of water. Add 4 tsp of honey and 1/4 tsp of salt in it. Drink it slowly sip by sip. OR Milk has proved beneficial in treating tonsillitis. In 1 glass of pure boiled milk, add a pinch of turmeric powder and pepper powder. Drink it every night for about 3 days.

Chocolate Chip Muffin

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend ..It was good for me too with lot of activities revolving around the Kitchen. My H bought me a whole new set Pots n Pans to encourage and appreciate me in my Cooking n Blogging. It didnt stop here. He bought me another lovely handblender from Philips with a full bunch of accessories and I m just loving it.. It does all my whisking n blending in a Jiffy….
Thank you H :)for all of it.