This Quick And Easy Mushroom Uttapam Is The Perfect South-Indian Breakfast To Try

One can add a bevy of spices, seeds and herbs to the batter of uttapam.

Highlights

  • Uttapam is a popular south Indian breakfast
  • It is a quick, easy and wholesome
  • Here’s how you can make mushroom uttapam at home

Think of a light, wholesome meal and south Indian food is perhaps the first to pop in our mind! From comforting idli-sambar to stuffed wholesome dosa, south Indian cuisine has some of the most delicious delicacies in India. There’s nothing better than a hearty south Indian breakfast on a breezy morning. Aromatic curry leaves crackling with mustard seeds over a piping hot uttapam – doesn’t it sound like a delightful meal already? Uttapam is one of the most popular south Indian dishes that are quick, easy and simply mouth-watering!

Uttapam is a thick, dosa-like preparation cooked with a mixture of rice and lentil over a pan with some oil or ghee. One can add a bevy of spices, seeds and herbs to the batter of uttapam and can even top it with veggies. There are plenty of varieties of uttapams one can choose from in a south Indian restaurant or make a unique one at home – Oats, rava, soya, paneer and so on. Cooking uttapam at home isn’t a tough job since you need a handful of basic ingredients and just about 20-30 minutes of time! And, if you are someone who likes to experiment with the stuffing and flavours, we have the perfect uttapam recipe for you – mushroom uttapam.

(Also Read: 13 Best South Indian Breakfast Recipes)

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Mushroom uttapam is a fuss-free, wholesome combination of spinach, mushrooms and corn cooked over a batter of rice and urad dal over a pan until crispy. The batter is freshly ground with urad dal and rice soaked overnight, along with salt and pepper. It is poured over heated pan and topped with the veggies to cook till perfectly brown from both sides. Simply pair it with coconut chutney or sambar for a fulfilling meal!

Find the full recipe of mushroom uttapam here.

The addition of corn, mushroom and spinach lends a wholesome, nutritious balance to the uttapam along with a delicious flavour. The crunch of corn is unmissable! Mushroom is low on calories and rich in protein while spinach is packed with nutrients like iron, vitamins A, C and K, protein and iron. Doesn’t this make mushroom uttapam a must-have addition to your next breakfast menu?

Try it at home and let us know your experience in the comments section below.

About Aanchal MathurAanchal doesn’t share food. A cake in her vicinity is sure to disappear in a record time of 10 seconds. Besides loading up on sugar, she loves bingeing on FRIENDS with a plate of momos. Most likely to find her soulmate on a food app.

Brits say the perfect night in involves eating curry and watching TV

A study of 2,000 adults found the ideal evening at home would also include a beer or glass of wine, a relaxing bubble bath, and 27 minutes browsing Instagram. National treasures, Holly Willoughby, David Attenborough and Joanna Lumley are the top three celebs Brits would would spend their night in with.

Cheesecake would be the dessert of choice and three episodes of the latest ‘must-watch’ boxset would also be binged – all before being tucked up in bed by 10.56pm.

Commissioned by Iceland, the research also found 73 percent of adults favour a Friday evening at home rather than a night out – no matter what time of year it is.

In fact, 62 percent consider Friday night to be the highlight of their week, with a fifth admitting they start looking forward to it as early as Monday.

A spokesman for Iceland said: “There are few things nicer than a Friday night in – you’ve had a long, busy week, rushing round, getting things done and now you’ve got the weekend ahead of you.

“All you need to do is get home, change into your comfy clothes, choose something nice to eat and drink, and then relax – hopefully without a care in the world.

“And everyone is in a good mood because it’s Friday – perfect.”

The study also revealed other ingredients for the ideal evening at home include listening to music (33 percent), reading a book (31 percent) and playing video games (11 percent).

Drinking cocktails (11 percent), having a massage (11 percent), and having a natter on the phone to family (10 percent) also feature on itineraries.

The optimum living room also would have a comfortable sofa (30 percent), a big flat-screen TV (13 percent) and a wood fire (10 percent).

For 69 percent of those polled, nights in are so sacred they’ve even made an excuse to avoid having to go out.

The number one fib is ‘I don’t feel very well’ (57 percent) followed by ‘I’m having to work late’ (25 percent) and ‘my kids are ill’ (13 percent).

The Iceland study, carried out via OnePoll, also revealed the most iconic living rooms of all-time – and Monica’s apartment in Friends came top.

The ‘neat freak’ fought off competition from Del and Rodney’s flat in Only Fools and Horses, and the Simpsons’ living room at Evergreen Terrace.

A spokesman for Iceland added: “The nation has no doubt spent countless Friday nights in their living rooms enjoying episodes of Friends, Only Fools and Horses or The Simpsons.

“So it’s very fitting they would finish so high in our poll to find out the most iconic living rooms of all-time.”



Queen Letizia style: Queen of Spain stuns in recycled perfect pink dress

The Queen of Spain kept her jewellery simple like always, wearing just one ring and a silver pair of hoop earrings.

These matched her belt and detailing on the dress perfectly. 

Letizia kept her makeup natural with her classic signature soft brown smokey eye with dark mascara to compliment her skin tone. 

She first wore the dress at Zarzuela Palace last year where she wore the same heels with the designer number.



Rebel Wilson weight loss: Plan behind Pitch Perfect star's incredible 2020 transformation

Rebel revealed she is trying to get her weight down to just under 12 stone.

So, how is she doing it? Jono Castano described his method to Yahoo!

Most important, he said, is to focus on sustainable health.

He said: “I think with any type of transformation, you shouldn’t always look at the easiest option, you know, two months is not enough time to be able to change your body.

“Don’t forget, two months, you’re putting a lot of stress on yourself.

“When your goal is like that and you don’t achieve it, it can cause a lot of mental problems. So, my advice is keep your goals realistic, short and then achieve them and progress from there.”



Prince Charles’ strict rules palace staff MUST follow for perfect cup of royal tea

Prince Charles’ butler must make and serve his tea in a very special way. Evan Samson, Hospitality manager of Dumfries House, explained what the palace staff have to do to make the prince’s perfect brew.

He told The Sunday Times: “The key is to use loose tea and a teapot – one teaspoon of tea leaves per teacup plus an extra one for the pot.

“The water must be heated to 70C for green tea and 100C for Earl Grey or English breakfast tea.

“The temperature of the water must be measured with a thermometer.”

Mr Samson explained how there are different rules depending on the type of tea being made.

He said: “There are different rules for making green and black tea – while green tea should be brewed for three minutes, black tea must be left for five.

“A perfect royal brew should use organic honey instead of sugar which is added to the teacup before the tea is poured in.

“There are specific details about how the teacup should be positioned – the handle of the teacup must be placed to the right, with the teaspoon under the handle.”

Prince Charles’ mother, the Queen, also has specific demands for her perfect cup of tea.

READ MORE:Prince Charles warning: Future king’s ‘impatience’ at time running out

“Lastly, you should always sip from the cup and never slurp.”

Royal expert, Clive Goodman, explained how the future king Prince Charles has his staff do everything for him.

He said: “The Prince of Wales, he doesn’t lift a thing.

“He gets up in the morning, his bathrobe is there waiting for him; he walks into the bathroom, the bath is drawn for him already.

“Even when he gets out of the bath, the towel is folded in a special way so he just has to sit in it and wrap it around himself.

“Then he goes into his dressing room, his clothes are all laid out for him – even his socks, left and right, are in exactly the right spot.”

Clarence House’s staff also have to follow strict rules for when Prince Charles baths.

Paul Burrell, a former royal butler, said the Prince of Wales’ bath towel has to be position is a specific way.

Speaking on a documentary, he said: “His underwear is folded in a certain way and his bath towel has to be placed in a certain fashion.

“When it comes to bathing the bath plug has to be in a certain position, the water temperature has to be just tepid, and only half full. And if anyone gets anything wrong everybody is scolded.”



Indian Cooking Tips – Make Perfect Crispy Aloo With These Smart Tricks

Highlights

  • Do you love crispy and crunchy potatoes for your Indian meal?
  • Here are some easy tips to make the perfect potatoes.
  • Use these tricks to make potatoes crispy just the way you like.

Aloo fry, jeera aloo or tawa aloo – all these potato dishes are the simplest and the most common Indian dishes that highlight potatoes, and only potatoes, as the star of the dish. Of course, there are spices to add flavour but it is the potatoes that snatch the credit every single time. Its exclusive flavour and texture doesn’t need support from other foods and ingredients, not even onions and tomatoes. But, if the potatoes and not crispy enough, the merit of the whole dish comes crashing down.

Crispy roasted potatoes spiced up with common spices is a regular affair in Indian households, but there may be some of you who are not able to attain the desired crispiness no matter how hard you try. To help you out, here are some easy tips and tricks to get the perfect ‘karare’ aloo‘ that we all love.

(Also Read: How To Get Perfectly Crispy, Fluffy Pooris Every Single Time)

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Crispy potatoes is one of the most common dishes in Indian cuisine.

5 Tips For Perfect Roasted Potatoes

1. Dip In Water

Potatoes are high on starch content, which can make them turn mushy when cooked. To avoid it, you can peel and dip the whole potatoes in water with some salt and refrigerate overnight or for about an hour before cooking. Make sure to wipe the potatoes dry after draining water; you don’t want moisture from water to play the next culprit.

2. Cut The Same Size

It is very important to chop the potato pieces in similar size and shape. Sauteeing uneven potatoes of different size can lead to bigger pieces getting crisp first and if you keep waiting for the rest to come up to the same level, the already-cooked potatoes can get burnt.

3. Use Enough Oil

Use a generous amount of oil in your pan so that all the potato cubes cook evenly at the same time. Oil also helps in making potatoes crispy.

4. Want Healthy Potatoes? Use This Tip

In case you are using boiled potatoes with starch already removed and don’t want too much oil in your potato dish, you can still get crispy potatoes with this genius trick. Once, your boiled potatoes are cooked through on medium flame, turn up the heat and let the potatoes cook further on high flame for a couple of minutes without closing the lid of the pan. You’ll see you potatoes finally turning crispy in the end.

5. Keep Spice Powders For Later

Always, we repeat, always add spice powders like red chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder etc. towards the end after the potatoes are almost cooked. This helps the potatoes crisp up first, which can be difficult to work if the pan is already smeared with masalas.

So, here you have – useful and effective cooking tips to make the perfect aloo ki sabzi with the ideal crisp and crunch in your beloved potatoes.
 

About Neha GroverLove for reading roused her writing instincts. Neha is guilty of having a deep-set fixation with anything caffeinated. When she is not pouring out her nest of thoughts onto the screen, you can see her reading while sipping on coffee.

Shilpa Shetty's Corn Fritters Is The Perfect Recipe To Add Health And Taste To Your Kid's Diet

Shilpa Shetty's Corn Fritters Is The Perfect Recipe To Add Health And Taste To Your Kid's Diet

Team up the corn fritters with curd dip for a lip-smacking snack

Highlights

  • It is quite a task to feed healthy food to kids
  • Shilpa Shetty brings this corn fritters recipe for a healthy snack
  • This recipe includes sweet potato and flaxseed to make it healthier

Every parent will agree to the fact that children are notoriously fussy eaters! Getting your kid to eat fruits and vegetables can be quite a task, most of the times. A healthy meal, including roti and sabzi, is enough to scare them away. Instead, they look for food options that are bright and look delectable. Hence, parents are in constant search for recipes and hacks that might help them include healthy nutrients to the little one’s diet. Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra recently took to Instagram to share one such recipe that will help you add the goodness of corns in your kid’s meal, that too in the yummiest way possible – it’s the crispy and healthy corn fritters. The recipe also includes the healthy flaxseeds that are known to do wonders for overall health. Let’s take a look!

Also Read: Shilpa Shetty Turns Vegetarian; Calls It “Best Decision” For Health

Alongside the video, the 45-year-old fitness enthusiast wrote, “It’s a challenge to get kids to eat healthy without creating a fuss. One keeps experimenting, but creating something that hits that sweet spot of taste & health is no less than a miracle. These Corn Fritters are the perfect solution. They’re loaded with vitamins & minerals, are delicious, and are a hit with the kids & the adults. Team it up with the Curd Dip and they make for a great snack.”

You may also pair the dish with tangy tomato dip or sour cream dip. Click here for the recipe of 5 such DIY dips that can spruce up your snacks instantly.

And as the Bollywood diva always says- Swasth Raho, Mast Raho! (Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!)

About Somdatta SahaExplorer- this is what Somdatta likes to call herself. Be it in terms of food, people or places, all she craves for is to know the unknown. A simple aglio olio pasta or daal-chawal and a good movie can make her day.



Creamy Strawberry Sandwich Recipe – The Perfect Japanese Breakfast Meal For Kids

Strawberry sandwich recipe is a must-try.

Highlights

  • Ever heard of Japanese strawberry sandwich?
  • This yummy fruit sandwich is perfect for a fun breakfast meal.
  • Here’s an easy recipe to make it at home.

A visit to Japan is incomplete without trying out the splendid food there. I brought back fond memories of my gastronomical experiences from my vacation and thanks to my love for cooking, I recreated some of the dishes I tried there and loved. Japanese strawberry sandwich or strawberry sandos or fruit sandos (as it is called there) is one of the most popular and loved breakfast foods there. In fact, as soon as the strawberry season starts, you can spot this simple meal being sold everywhere – from departmental stores to roadside eateries to plush restaurants. The sandwich looks so pretty that it’ll catch your eye from a distance. Even if one won’t buy it, it would probably be prepared in their kitchen!

You can’t have Japanese strawberry sandwich and then forget about it. That’s what happened with me; its taste lingered on my mind till I blew off the steam by making it back home. Surprisingly, it was super easy to make. So, here I am sharing the recipe with you and insisting you to give it a try. 

(Also Read: 3 Easy-To-Make Sandwich Recipes That Will Satiate Your Hunger Pangs)

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Strawberries add their sweet and tarty flavour to foods they are included in.

Japanese Strawberry Sandwich Recipe –

(Makes 2 sandwiches)

Ingredients –
4 white bread slices
1 cup whipped cream
10 strawberries

Method – 
Step 1 – Cut the crusts of the bread slices and keep aside.
Step 2 – If you can’t find whipped cream, make it at home with this whipped cream recipe.
Step 3 – Wash the strawberries and chop them into smaller pieces.
Step 4 – Smear whipped cream on one bread slice, place chopped strawberries all over it and cover with the other slice also smeared with more whipped cream.
Step 5 – Wrap the sandwich in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
Step 5 – Unwrap the sandwich, cut into two or four parts and serve!

Kids love this creamy, sweet, fruit sandwich that can double up as breakfast meal or evening snack. The fluffy cream and sweet and tarty strawberries make for a great combination. Do try this recipe and let us know you liked it.

About Neha GroverLove for reading roused her writing instincts. Neha is guilty of having a deep-set fixation with anything caffeinated. When she is not pouring out her nest of thoughts onto the screen, you can see her reading while sipping on coffee.

This Classic Kerala-Style Olan Can Be A Perfect Addition To Your Onam Sadya Spread

Olan Recipe: A mildly flavoured vegetable stew prepared with ash gourd, lobia, coconut milk

Highlights

  • Sadya is one of the major highlights during Onam fest
  • Onasadya is a nine-course vegetarian meal served on a banana leaf
  • We bring the classic recipe of Olan – a mildly flavoured vegetable stew

Onam seems incomplete without indulging in an elaborated Sadya spread. Literally meaning banquet (or feast), Sadya is one of the major highlights during this 10-day annual carnival of Kerala. Onasadya (or Onam Sadya) is a scrumptious nine-course vegetarian meal served on a banana leaf. It includes 26 traditional dishes from the region that offers a burst of sweet, tangy, tasty and spicy flavours to your palate. Quintessentially, this meal is relished with hands while sitting on the floor. This year, the celebrations commenced on August 22 and will conclude with Thiruvonam (Sacred Onam Day) on 2nd September.

Here, we bring you one of the must-have dishes in a Sadya spread that is simple and can be put together in no time. It is the classic recipe of Olan – a mildly flavoured vegetable stew prepared with ash gourd or white gourd, lobia and coconut milk.

Olan is best enjoyed as a side dish with rice, idli and appam. It also makes a great combination when paired with Moru curry, another important dish in a Sadya platter – click here for recipe.

Also Read: Make Your Onam Sadya A Flavoursome Affair With This Ash Gourd Pachadi Recipe

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How To Make Olan | Kerala-Style Olan Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 cups chopped ash gourd, de-skinned and de-seeded

Half cup lobia, over-night soaked

3-4 slited green chillies

1 cup thick coconut milk

Half cup thin coconut milk

2-3 springs of curry leaves

Salt to taste

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Method:

Step 1. Pressure-cook the over-night soaked lobia (cow peas) with some water and salt. Wait until 4-5 whistles, till the lobia turns soft. Strain the excess water and keep aside.

Step 2. Add the chopped ash gourd in a pan with thin coconut milk, green chilli and salt. Close the lid and let it cook till the ash gourds turn soft and mushy.

Step 3. When you are satisfied with the ash gourd’s texture, add the boiled lobia and thick coconut milk to it.

Step 4. On a low flame, cook the whole thing for 3 to 4 minutes. Do not boil to avoid curdling.

Step 6. Switch off the flame. Add curry leaves and drizzle coconut oil and close the lid. Let the flavours infuse for a couple of minutes.

Step 7. The flavourful and soul-soothing Olan is finally ready to be served.

Pro-tip: If you are using canned coconut milk, mix some amount of milk with water to get the thin coconut milk. And for the ones who want to prepare it at home, here’s an easy recipe (click here). 

Happy Onam 2020, everyone!

About Somdatta SahaExplorer- this is what Somdatta likes to call herself. Be it in terms of food, people or places, all she craves for is to know the unknown. A simple aglio olio pasta or daal-chawal and a good movie can make her day.

South Indian-Style Cucumber (Kheera) Chutney Is Perfect For Weight Loss Diet

Cucumber chutney recipe is a must-try.

Highlights

  • Cucumber chutney is commonly consumed in South India.
  • It is made of low-cal cucumber and is great for weight loss diet.
  • Here’s an easy recipe to make it at home.

A side serving of chutney makes a huge difference in uplifting our meal. Dhaniyachutney, pudina chutney, imli chutney – there are so many accompaniment options to pair our meal with; not just roti and parathas, but also sandwiches and rolls. If you want to break the monotony and are looking for something different yet healthy, try this cucumber chutney next time. Cucumber (or kheera) is one of the most popular foods for weight loss diet. With its high water and low calorie content, this refreshing and hydrating food can be fashioned into a wonderful chutney that you are bound to love. 

If you love cucumber in your salad and raita, you’ll love it in this chutney too. The fact that it is so easy to make is just another feather in its cap. Cucumber chutney is popularly consumed in south India, especially in Mangalore and goes by the name of Southekkai chutney. Here, we are making a simple version of this chutney for a quick-fix recipe that you can rustle up in less than 15 minutes.

(Also Read: 3 Quick And Easy Chutney Recipes You Can Make At Home)

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Cucumber is a low-cal food. 

Cucumber Chutney Recipe – 

(Make 1 bowl for 4-5 people)

Ingredients – 
1 cucumber
1 tsp chana dal
2-3 green chillies
1 tsp minced garlic
Half tsp mustard seeds
5-6 curry leaves
2 tbsp grated coconut (optional)
Salt to taste
1 tsp tamarind pulp
A pinch of hing

Method – 
Step 1 – Peel and chop the cucumber. Blend it with coconut, garlic, green chillies, salt and tamarind to make a smooth paste.
Step 2 – Heat some oil in a pan, add, hing, mustard seeds, chana dal and curry leaves till they crackle. 
Step 3 – Pour the tamarind over the cucumber paste, garnish with some chopped cucumber cubes, coriander leaves and serve.

This creamy, tangy, slightly-sweet chutney is so delicious, you’ll end up making it all the time. Perfect to go with dosa, idli and vada, this chutney can also be paired with parathas and biryani
If you don’t want to make cucumber chutney with south Indian flavours, you can simply blend cucumber with ginger, garlic, onion, tomato and spices of your choice. Whichever recipe you choose, cucumber will be your next favourite food to make chutneys with. 
 

About Neha GroverLove for reading roused her writing instincts. Neha is guilty of having a deep-set fixation with anything caffeinated. When she is not pouring out her nest of thoughts onto the screen, you can see her reading while sipping on coffee.