February 14, 2015

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

How to bake Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

       Happy Valentines Day!! Most of us, already know that we could better off without some of our daily habits. Yet, we prefer to go about our life with in our comfort zones. Be it, taking a different route than usual; changing our parking spot; or cutting down on our caffeine. Although most of our habits are harmless; mine wasn't. If there is a time of the day, that i eagerly await; it was my evening tea/chai time. I don't remember exactly when, I turned into an addict from a casual  tea drinker.

        My cuppa tea was my getaway from all the craziness in my life. Me, my piping hot mug of desi chai & a favorite TV show or a book.  It was a sacred ritual for me. Everything else had to wait; be it the chores, kids or anything else. I started believing that, my mug of caffeine could make my day better. Even my better half had learnt, (through trial and error) not to ask for any favors until I was done with my ritual!! 

        Although, i had known for a few years that my afternoon tea had a detrimental influence on me - It never hit me, that I had an option to quit. My main concern was the significant trouble i had falling asleep. Yet, I attempted in vain to adapt myself to my cup of chai, by altering the quantity, and the time of the day. The changes would only help initially, but caffeine still had the same properties. Decaff just wouldn't cut it for me. So, I finally decided to cold turkey and have been clean for more than month now. I could call it my impromptu new year resolution :)

Ingredients for about 50 cookies:

1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1 egg
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
About 50 milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped

February 1, 2015

Mamidikaya Pappu/Dal with Green Mango

How to make Mamidikaya Pappu/Dal with Green Mango

        Does anyone ever think, they are addicted to something? Not usually! Unless there comes a time when you are deprived of that one thing & your mind is constantly thinking about how good it would be, if you could get your hands on it right now. Aren't I right? One of my friend, often says - You can do anything you want, as long as you don't get addicted to that habit.

      For so many years, I was under the impression - that I had no addictions; but I'm glad that it finally dawned on me that I was, in fact an addict!!! I recently decided to go cold turkey and have been quite successful so far. I have a few more days to go, and then I can declare myself as 'clean'!! And by the way, until my next post - I'll just leave you guys hanging.........Come back soon to find out more :)

Mamidikaya Pappu/Dal with Green Mango


Sour raw Mango, peeled & cubed - 1 no:
Red gram dal - 1 Cup
Turmeric powder - 1/2 Tsp
Salt - to taste
Red chilli powder/Paprika - 1/2 Tsp
chopped, Coriander leaves - 2 Tbsp

For seasoning:

Sesame oil & Ghee mixed - 2 Tbsp (Can skip ghee, if vegan)
Asafoetida powder - a pinch
Mustard seeds - 1 Tsp
Black gram dal - 1 Tsp
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Green chillies - 2 no:s, finely chopped
Grated ginger/Ginger paste - 1 Tsp
1 whole Red chilli/Slit Green chilli - for garnishing

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