Dosa Batter Ratio for Perfect Dosas at Home

Dosa is an integral part of South Indian cuisine, and it’s also one of the healthiest snacks in India.

For any dosa, you need to know the perfect dosa batter ratio. If you know this ratio well, you will never have to look somewhere else for the recipes.

Many popular restaurants’ chefs have been making the same batter proportions for decades, which is the reason why you won’t get same taste and texture in other restaurants.

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Munakka – Benefits, Calories & Cooking Ideas

Munakka, generally known as Kishmish or Sultana, is another term for raisins in Hindi.

And if I’m correct, there is also a word called Munakkaya in Telugu that translates to Drumstick vegetableInteresting, isn’t it?

Well today, I want to talk about Munakka – the raisins and their benefits for our health. In my opinion, it is one of the most underrated ingredients in our Indian food culture. People mostly use them in sweets and not much in other recipes.

It could be because of their certain sweet and sour taste, but you should at least start enjoying them in their natural form. They taste quite amazing when they are fresh and uncooked!

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Sulaimani Tea Recipe

We, in India, certainly love our traditional tea, as it has now become one of the most consumed beverages in the country.

Personally, I like to try out various teas, but I’m not much addicted to such caffeinated drinks. I can leave without them too.

So recently, I came across an unfamiliar tea called Sulaimani Tea while finding more information about Biryanis.

It is nothing but a type of black tea, which is very popular in Malabar region of Kerala, India. This tea is generally savored with classic rice delicacies like Biryanis and Pulaos.

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Tips to get the Best Honey in India

Looking for the best honey in India?

In this post, I’m going to share all the important information on how to select the pure and good quality of honey for home use.

So, let’s take a dive into this interesting topic.

Even though there are so many honey brands available in the country, it is said that we Indians consume far less honey than many western countries.

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Chettinad Chicken Biryani Recipe

When I started drafting the Fish Fry Masala recipe, I was also thinking about the next non-veg. recipe for all you foodies.

Then, I found out that I haven’t shared the Chettinad Chicken Biryani recipe on this blog. It is one of the most loved Biryanis in Tamil Nadu, India. So, I believe this is the right time to share its recipe with everyone.

Talking about Chettinad cuisine, it is a well-preserved cuisine in the history of Indian food. The way these people use their spices in traditional recipes is just impeccable.

Chettinad Chicken Biryani comes under the similar category of dishes in which you should know more about the spices than anything else. All other preparation steps are somewhat familiar to everyone due to various popular Biryanis like Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani and Lucknowi Dum Biryani.

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Fish Fry Masala Recipe

Fish fry masala is one of the most common fish preparation styles in India’s coastal regions.

Generally, people from these areas catch their fish from the sea and fry with well-preserved masalas. This quick cooking technique actually helps retain the best flavors and taste of the fresh catch, which you’d never find in restaurants.

If you get some fresh fish from you local market, you can replicate the same method and treat your taste buds with this preparation.

In the following post, I’ll show you the way to make your own masala required for this fish fry recipe. And of course, I’ll also talk about some of its variations served in different parts of India.

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Best Winter Vegetables in India

Even though Indian Winters are not as harsh as other cold weather countries, our health advisers do recommend more Carbohydrate and Protein-based diets for this season.

If you’re a vegetarian, you can include healthy Winter vegetables in your daily meal to stay fit in climatic change. And people who like non-veg. food can, of course, fulfill their quota of nutrients by consuming Eggs, Fish and Meats along with regular meals.

Now, you must be guessing the names of these vegetables, right?

Well, don’t scratch your head. I’ve prepared a list of Winter vegetables for those who’d love to try them out this season.

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Kaddu ki Kheer Recipe

Kaddu ki Kheer is a special dessert from the land of Hyderabad, India. It is generally made with raw White Pumpkin (known as Kaddu in local language) as well as Bottle Gourd.

Occasionally, it is also called as “Gil-e-Firdaus“, which translates to the clay of paradise.

Although the taste of this vegetable is not so great, you will love it in Kheer style. The ingredients and preparation method used to make this delicacy transform the overall bland taste, and you won’t feel like you’re eating same vegetable.

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Best Olive Oil for Indian Cooking

Over the years, I have seen many people getting confused about different types of olive oils available in grocery stores.

Since it is considered as a healthy alternative to regular edible oils, they just buy something that may be selling at low or discounted price. I don’t think this is the right way to select olive oil for cooking.

You will need to understand certain aspects of this oil to get the best out of it.

In this post, I’ll try to simplify all the confusion over this topic of using olive oil for Indian cooking. It will surely help you in your next purchase.

So, let’s begin!

Types of Olive Oil

For those who don’t know, there are four major types of olive oils available for consumption. You may also find more varieties in your grocery stores, but let’s stick to these important types for now.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Virgin Olive Oil
  • Pure Olive Oil
  • Olive Pomace Oil

All these oils are different from each other, as the techniques involved in their extraction process are quite distinct in characteristics. Hence, you should select them accordingly.

What’s the best olive oil for Indian cooking?

Well, the answer is simple! You can use all types of olive oils in Indian cooking, but please read the following points carefully before dancing with joy.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

It is a superior grade olive oil and contains very less acidity i.e. around 0.8%. Due to its unique extraction process, it retains the fruity taste in the final product. Of course, you will also see slightly dark color to it as compared to other varieties.

Usage in cooking: Salad Dressings, Meat dressings & marinations, Chutneys or Dips etc.; use it as a condiment.

Note – Although it can be used for daily cooking, it will lose its flavor and aroma quickly. So, there is no point in purchasing extra virgin oil, if you’re going to cook food at the relatively high heat.

For maximum health benefits, you should try to avoid heating up this oil.

Virgin Olive Oil

It is extracted with a similar process but contains a higher level of Oleic acid i.e. around 1.5-2%. However, it still possesses mild fruit-like taste. As far as color is concerned, it’s fainter in its shade.

Usage in cooking: Stir-frying, Sauté-ing, Baking, etc.

Note – Even though you can use this oil for Indian cooking methods, don’t use it to cook at high temperature. Like the extra virgin, it will also start losing beneficial properties in such heat.

Pure Olive Oil

It’s generally a low-quality oil in this category, as it undergoes refining process along with the inclusion of several other ingredients. This industrial process makes the oil lose almost all its properties including taste, flavor, color, and aroma. Some producers blend this oil with Virgin Olive Oil to bring back some of the lost elements.

Usage in cooking: All purpose oil; can be used for most of the preparation methods.

Note – If you want to taste some characteristics of olive oil, don’t use it for deep frying. Also, don’t put it in salad dressings. It won’t serve the purpose!

Olive Pomace Oil

Finally, Pomace is the lowest level of olive oil available in the markets today. It is extracted from the residue of “Pure Olive Oil” extraction process.

In order to maintain some essential properties, manufacturers often blend it with superior Pure Olive Oil.

Usage in cooking: All purpose oil; mostly used for deep frying.

Note – For deep frying dishes, I’d recommend other vegetable refined oils over Pomace oil. You can use refined sunflower or peanut oils for the same.

How to store your Olive Oil?

Now that you’ve learned about selecting the best olive oil for cooking, let’s find out more about its storage techniques.

Glass Bottle vs. Plastic Bottle

Whenever it’s possible, try to purchase olive oil in dark glass bottle. It shields the oil from harmful sunlight.

As observed, the olive oil kept in dark glass bottles tends to last longer and gives you more value to your expenses.

Temperature & Surroundings

You should store the bottle in any dark area of your kitchen. It will help prevent direct sunlight to the oil, which helps in maintaining ideal shelf life.

It should be preserved at relatively cool temperature.

Durability

There is always a possibility that these oils might lose their beneficial properties after some time. So, it’s always recommended to purchase it in a small quantity of 1-2 liter bottles.

Please check the manufacturing date and use it fresh as much as you can.

Best Olive Oil Brands in India

These are some of the best brands for your olive oil adventures –

  • Colavita
  • Borges
  • Bertolli
  • Fragata
  • Rafael Salgado
  • Olivio
  • Dolce Vita

Conclusion

To summarize, olive oil comes under the category of gourmet foods. You pay extra bucks for its premium qualities.

So, if you want the best quality, there is no other option than to shell out some extra bucks for it. This is what I’ve learned and experienced in the food world. And therefore, it’s wise to use this oil for health purpose only.

I hope I’ve resolved your doubts regarding the topic of olive oil for Indian cooking. If you still have any queries, please comment below. I’d be happy to answer them.

Onion Curry Recipe

In most of the Indian curries, we use onions as an important base ingredient for flavor and taste. But have you thought of using them as a main ingredient for the vegetable dish?

For those who don’t know, you can surely make use of onions to prepare the Onion Curry.

If you’re bored with other vegetables, I think you must try out this curry recipe. It’s a great alternative to our Indian veg. curries.

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