Love Thy Food – Valentine’s Day Special

Love Thy Food – Valentine’s Day Special

There is no sincerer love, than the love of food – George Bernard Shaw

Travelling to any corner of India, we find people who are in love with their food. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, we have food stories which have been told to us by our grannies, and grandfathers all through our childhood. Indians love their food more than anything else.

The way to an Indian’s heart goes through his stomach.

If you want to win over somebody, cook him/her good food 🙂 

Every celebration calls for food for sure, but there are those gloomy days which call for good, homely and comfort food too. Some dishes are our love at first sight and some develop taste slowly as we eat them frequently on different occasions. Here are some love at first sight combos which I am sure you would like too

Dal – Chawal

What is life without Dal (lentil) and Chawal (Rice)?. In good times and bad, this combination stands by our side for sure.

Dal chawal with ghee is the most loved dish for all age groups.

Yellow dal is most famously known as Varan in Maharashtra. The yellow colour of turmeric and tampering of asafoetida along with mustard seeds gives it the necessary zing. Dal Tadka or tampered dal with red chillies, jeera and asafoetida also is the best combination for those who do not like the simple yellow dal. One can trace the origins of Dal Chawal from the era of Mahabharata. It is believed that Bhim, one of the five Pandavas created Pancharatna  (Five Gems) dal while cooking for King Virat’s Royal Kitchen.

We love dal made by someone with loads of love and we also love relishing it come what may :p

Chat

What can’t be fixed with Chat..

items like Pav Bhaji, Dahi Poori, Bhel Poori,Dahi Papdi Chat, Pani Puri, Dahi Samosa,Raj Kachori and the likes. Chat scene in India is amazing. In every city you have fantastic chat joints which serve those amazing delicacies made in a jiffy. Puri with Sweet dahi and the khatti meethi tamarind chutney, topped with sev (oma podi), sprinkled with coriander and finely chopped onions. Life can not get better than this. This is where love happens. Love for food I am saying 😉

Green Tea

Bad day, good day, gloomy day, stressed day, horrible day, tensed day all have only one answer….an amazing hot cuppa of green tea.And if you can carry it along with you in a sleek and wonderful bottle or flask or infuser, thats cherry on the cake. 

My favorite product for carrying green tea/black tea is Instacuppa InstaCuppa Detox Double Walled Glass Bottle Infuser

I have never seen such a versatile beverage in the whole world which is a match to all the mood swings and cravings. 

Love my green tea cuppa and everything comes little later.

Khichadi

A true blue comfort food for those who eat and for those who make it :). Easy to make and packed with nutrition, Khichadi is the way to go when you don’t feel like moving from the couch. Perfect for your Netflix binge, Khichadi, Papad, Pickle is the best bet on lazy Sunday.

If you want to express self love, the best way to go about it is not to order anything from the food delivery services but to cook India’s famous one pot meal in your slow cooker. 🙂

Curd Rice

Say bye to acidity, bloating, mouth ulcers and many other ailments through curd rice.

A very versatile dish from South India which can be even eaten with the toppings of fruits like pomegranate seeds and grapes. Get cooler version of Curd Rice by keeping it in refrigerator for an hour topped with all the fruits. You can also get the savoury version by tempering it with mustard seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves, urad dal and chana dal. Comfort food at its best, curd rice is a new way of loving your stomach. 🙂 If you are having a hangover from previous night party, curd rice is the go-to option to detox.  

Rajma Chawal

The colour combination, the aroma of chawal combined with those nicely cooked grains of Rajma and mom’s love is all that you need on any day. Rajma Chawal is more of an emotion when it comes to comfort food. May be because it takes a little thought to soak in the grains and then cook it in the right way to get the right taste.

This recipe is mostly passed on through generations and that brings in a lot of warmth in it.

Food is not just something to eat, it is something which brings all our five senses together. You just don’t taste food through your tongue, but you smell, feel it with your fingertips, hear the making process from the kitchen, see it’s vibrant colours when it is served in front of you. Food is all about stories too, thanks to our ancestors who have laid such great traditions before us. Food is a love affair which was there and will be there for generations to come.

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Chinese Tea Ceremony – All You Need To Know About

Chinese Tea Ceremony – All You Need To Know About

Watching Sherlock Holmes – The Blind Banker was surprising. The first shot is of the museum which focuses on the tea kettle, a deep blue one and the lady explaining about the Chinese Tea Ceremony. That shot was an iconic shot which remained with me for a long time. May be because when the world is totally obsessed over numbers and money, this girl in the museum had been there to protect the kettle and also finds pleasure in explaining the museum visitors about an ancient tradition related to Chinese Tea. Little offbeat yet surprising!!

It is not a widely known fact that the tea ceremony has been originated from confluence of the philosophies of Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism.

China is pretty known for their tea culture. Tea in China was initially cultivated as a herbal medicine and it was used mostly within temples. Calming effects is the main reason why monks used tea. It is also to show humility and respect to nature.

What is the tea ceremony called?

It is called as He Jing Yi Zhen meaning peace,quiet, enjoyment and truth. Chinese people relate all these important things in human life to the Tea Ceremony.

The importance of the tea ceremony is not limited to personal experience, it is rather a social and traditional event in China.

Here are six important aspects of Chinese Tea Ceremony:

Attitude: The person who carries out the ceremony should be pleasant, elegant and should be confidant.

Selection of Tea: Aroma, taste, shape is the main criteria for selection. Also, if there is a story behind the type of tea and name then it is a cherry on the cake.

Selection of water: Water should be light, pure and clean to avoid mingling of unnecessary chemicals in the brew .

Teaware: It is the most important part. One should be careful while choosing teaware. It should be such that the participants in the tea ceremony should be appreciative for the beauty and utility of the teaware.

Ambience: One can not have tea when it is chaotic around. The environment should be clean and ambient. Presence of an elegant as well as an intricate artwork is considered to be enhancing for the ceremony.

Technique: Gestures, hand movement, clothing are considered to be paramount while brewing tea. Chinese people believe that the ceremony needs to be complete in all these aspects.

As I travel back from my Chinese Tea Ceremony thoughts, I see my desk which is clean and tidy. I also have an elegant poster in front of me, I am dressed elegantly and have all that which needs to make a perfect brew. Further, I would like to indulge in some peace while sipping on my tea. I slowly take out my InstaCuppa Detox Double Walled Glass Bottle Infuser, which is a glassware and has an infuser which will keep tea leaves in water dipped for sometime.

As a participant of my very own Instacuppa Tea Ceremony, I appreciate the teaware ( which is a fine glass and design is very articulate) and proceed to enjoy the whole ceremony which is centered around me and my Instacuppa.

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Spicy Tales – The 5 AM Mommy

Spicy Tales – The 5 AM Mommy

Life is all about spices, especially when you have taken birth on the mother earth, whatever life happens is surrounded by some chunks of glorious spice.

Sometimes it is as captivating as the smell of nutmeg and the other times it is a good enhancer of the experience much like the cinnamon.

Indian spices have different chapters written in many different scriptures but the understanding of these tiny little important things in Indian kitchen can come only when we fail in putting the exact amount of it in the delicacy. That is the catch in the science of cooking which becomes better as you grow old.  

Indian spice box is a matter of great pride in almost all households. Different states of India has different type of spice box based on the ingredients of the food that they prepare. The food is local, seasonal and as we all know many recipes are passed on from generations to generations. Let’s see what is there in the spice box:

Marathi Masala Dabba

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Marathi especially brahmin food revolves around very few spices and masala dabba has those many spices only. The masala dabba in marathi is also called as “Masala Dani” Dani means container. In my mother’s masala dani, she used to keep Red Chilli Powder, Mustard Seeds, Turmeric Powder, Cumin Powder, Coriander Powder, Salt and Garam or Goda Masala which is often used to make Amti ( Marathi dal) and so on. The other stuff which was sparingly used in the kitchen like Tejpan ( Bay Leaf), Cinnamon ( Dalchini), Chhadila ( Stone Flower ) and so in used to occupy space on the top floor of the spice box. She used these things sparingly. Cloves and Cardamom were used in Mukhwas and had separate place in the shelf. I have two masala dabbas out of which one is “Marathi Masala Dani”

Anjarei petti

A tamil spice box, literally can be translated into 5 (Anjarai) Petti ( Compartments). This box is the holy grail of Tamil cuisine for sure. South Indian cuisine uses red chillies, urad dal, chana dal, black pepper, jeera ( cumin seeds) primarily in cooking and so Anjarai Petti has these 5 ingredients. This combination of spices becomes so handy mostly while making Rasam which is one of the staple food in South India. One can also add fenugreek seeds and mustard seeds to add the finishing touch to the box. Tamil cuisine also needs fresh herbs almost everyday which includes Coriader Leaves, Kadhipatta ( Curry Leaves) , Ginger, Garlic and Green Chillies. Most households use the freshly ground masalas everyday. The ingredients in Anjarai petti may vary based on the region( Kongu Nadu, Chettinadu and the likes) also as per family tradition this spice box changes.

Masaliyu

We all love Gujarati food, from Khakras and Theplas, to Dhokla, Undhiyu Gujarati Cuisine is a combination of various spices like any other state in India. Gujrati spice box is called as Masaliyu and it has Hing, Red Chillies, Coriander and Jeera Powder, Cumin seeds, Mustard Seeds, Fenugreek Seeds and Carom Seeds. Gujarati recipes also use Amchur frequently. The most cherished memory which I have of Gujarati household and their food is that they store their grains and make masalas for the whole year.

Panch Phoran

What is bengali food without Panch Phoran..It is a traditional Bengali Spice mix made from five spice hence the name Panch ( Five ) Phoran. This spice mix has black mustard, nigella seeds, fenugreek seeds and cumin seeds which is an integral part of Bengali Cuisine.Be it gravies, chutneys and pickles panch phoran is all there to throw in that special flavour which every Bengali craves for.

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Whatever are the spices the concept is the same. My grandmother used to say, all these spices are totally different but

the Masala Dani or Anjarei Petti or Masaliyu or The panch phoran box is a great example of how these different spices co-exist and make the most of the things which they are a part of.

They enhance the taste of any dish with their presence. The same goes with family. Having a Masala Dani meaning we have a bunch of crazy people in one home who stand by their loved ones in difficult times and enhance this experience called life.

Every food has a story, because it has the essence of many generations…. The spice box is no exception..here is to the food and its stories..

 

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