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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Green Peas Soup




None of our family members are a great fan of soup. This time I attempted to prepare only because I found soup sticks at a supermarket. Once a while I make chicken soup. But with sticks to offer with, I guessed everyone will easily consume veggie soup. And so I made half quantity and four of us had it without much difficulty. This is a green peas soup with roasted garlic, which imparts a unique flavor. The procedure might sound lengthy but is easy to make and perfect for winters.


Ingredients:
For roasting garlic:
  • Garlic- 1 pod
  • Black pepper powder-  a pinch
  • Olive oil- 1 tsp
  • Salt
For soup:
  • Green peas (frozen)- 1 cup 
  • Chicken stock cube-1
  • Onion- 1/2 finely chopped
  • Cream- 1 tbsp.
  • Lime juice- 1+1 tbsp
  • Butter 2 tbsp.
  • Black pepper powder- 1 tsp
  • Salt- to taste

Method:

  • Take an aluminium foil and place the garlic pod on it as it is. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top. Drizzle olive oil. Wrap the foil around the garlic and place it on a baking tray. Roast it in the oven at 250 C for 30 minutes.
  • Take the garlic out of the oven. Unwrap the foil and separate garlic cloves from its skin. Keep aside.
  • Boil green peas for about 5 minutes. Drain the green peas and add lime juice and mix well.
  • In a sauce pan, heat butter on medium low flame.
  • Add chicken stock cube and let it dissolve in the butter and add onion, saute for a while.
  • Add the roasted garlic, mash them with the back of a spoon.
  • Add green peas and saute for about 5 minutes.
  • Add a cup of water and let it boil with lid closed.
  • Now off the flame and transfer to a blender and blend till smooth.
  • To the soup add lime juice, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Serve hot with cream drizzled on top and soup sticks.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Strawberry Yoghurt and Jelly Dessert


 I know, AGAIN, its been so long, I ve been blogging. And last time I posted, I promised about blogging regularly. Every time I promise, it seems to get out of my schedule. Well, Last month I was on one month vacation in India. And this time we visited beautiful nearby places which we never knew existed before. Almost like tourist attraction spots, we had to visit them atleast once being located not too far from my town.  Morning we decided to leave, with our mobile phones as guide and got dresses up and left home then itself. Well it was  a beautiful experience, with long drive and beautiful greenery and beautiful places, never seen before. Not much people knew about it, being in same district and so having not heard about the beauty of those places, it was very refreshing experience that we could narrate about to our relatives and friends.











Sorry for loading this page with pictures. So those were places. Vellikkil boating at Cherukunnu, Madayippara,  and Alakapuri waterfalls, Kanhirakolli. All three place inside Kannur district, Kerala. To get to the waterfalls spot we had to walk through narrow, stony and muddy path with kids for 400 metres and that too on the edges of a cliff that a minor miss can end us up falling deep down that too in deep forest. It was so tiring but the destination spot was all worth it. It had naturally Air-conditioned atmosphere apart from the hot weather outside. Later on returning home, when I asked my brother if he knew about such a place, he said he visited and its not possible to visit that place with kids and family due to the long walk through that narrow path I mentioned earlier. On revealing that we visited that place, he was actually quite surprised. Hehe..


Over to the post, This is a Strawberry Yogurt dessert made from fresh strawberries even the jelly part. It was perfectly sweet with slight tanginess from Yogurt and Strawberries. Perfect even for a non-sweet tooth person. Over to the recipe,

Ingredients:
  • Strawberry- 250 gms
  • Sugar- 1/4 cup
  • Yogurt- 1/2 cup
  • Condensed milk- 1/2 cup
  • Whipped cream/ fresh cream - 1/2 cup
  •  Dream whip powder- 2 sachets
  • Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
  • Strawberry essence- 1 tsp
  • Gelatin- 2 tbsp. soaked in 3 tbsp water
Method:

  • First cook the strawberries with sugar on low medium flame, for about 15 minutes. Mash the strawberries lightly with the back of a spoon. Take off from the stove and keep aside.
  • Soak the gelatin, keep aside. Microwave for 30 secs till the gelatin melts or heat on low on stove top. Keep aside to cool slightly.
  • Now in a blender, blend Yogurt, Sweetened condensed milk, Whipped cream dream whip powder and essences.
  • Add half of the melted gelatin mixture and half of the strawberry puree to the Yogurt mixture and blend for few seconds.
  • Pour in 6 individual glasses or in one large pudding tray.
  • Refrigerate till set.
  • Now prepare jelly by adding the remaining gelatin mixture (if gelatin has set by now, reheat it once again on low heat and remelt it) to the remaining strawberry puree.
  • Add this strawberry puree mix on top of the set yogurt in each glass.
  • Refrigerate till the strawberry jelly sets. Garnish with Strawberries and serve cold.