Easy Sweet and Tangy Tamarind chutney

 

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No iftar is complete without the sweet and tangy imli ki chutney!! It is the bestest possiblest accompaniment for almost anything on our traditional iftar table.. Its amazing how a coouple of ingredients combine together to create this heavely creation.

this is my moms simplest recipe and it is insanely good.. Its amazing how a bunch of simple ingredients can come together and create something sooooooo magical

I am obsessed with this recipe and this is the recipe which sprouted me everlasting love for this chutney!!! so much so that it is hard to even imagine my life without it

I remember the early days of my sneaking around naptime with some computer microsoft games in the 90s. Remeber those prince of persia sort of animation things 😀 :D. And in my need for looking for a snack I would stumble upon the bowl of this chilled chutney in the fridge and i would just pour some into a bowl and find some stuff to dip in it or have on its own!!! And I would relish the play of sweet and tangy in my mouth and i would wonder how difficult it must be to create stuff this amazing!!! And marvel at my mom for being such a magician with her cooking skills!!!!

I was not the only one who was hooked to this incredibly gorgoeous thing!! My dad refused to have his meals without it on several occasions at OTHER PPLS place and demanded the said chutney so much so that the females of the family would chase mom around for the popular recipe that had almost everybody hooked to it!

It was not only my first ramadan after being married that i suddenly realized I dont have it and i need to make some asap!!!!! I was shocked to discover the simplicity of the recipe and was actually kind of skeptical that it would work!

Well I tried! First i dipped my spoon in it and taste… BAM I was hit smack in the face with alllllll those childhood memories associated with it!!! I was right there tasting that very same thing savouring the very same flavours!!! I nailed the recipe to perfection in a snap!!!!!!! IT was a snap to make!!

Here is the coveted recipe i am sharing with you all

and I am warning you it gets veeeeeerrrrry addictive!!!!!

 

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ingredients:

tamarind                        1 packet

water                               4 cups

sugar                               1-1.5 cups

red chilie powder         1 tsp

Method:

  1. Soak the tamarid in water for two hours or whole night.
  2. Pour the tamarind water through a seive and take out all the seeds. mesh to squeeze the pulp out of the seive.
  3. Place the saucepan on a medium heat and add sugar and red chilies powder.
  4. let this mixture simmer on low heat for about 20 to 40 mins. Depending on the consistency you need.
  5. For a thinner spicier version: Add green chilies paste and 1/2 tsp of crushed red chilies. And cook only for about 20 mins.
  6. For a thicker more syrupy version: Add 1/2 cup sugar and simmer for an hour!
  7. Enjoy

And there you have it! The easiest simplest most gorgeous no fuss tamarind recipe ever!!!

They are both a staple in my house around ramadan. I not only use it as a dip for pakoras and samosas its also amaaaazing on top of paapri chaat and fuit chaats of all sorts!

Wishing you all an amaaaazing Ramadan!!

Freak Shake

With the winters around for some time now  I always start craving for summer around this time! Although we know that we are gonna get a real good taste of summer! But still we humans!

To bring some of the summer back I treated myself to this freakshake

And loved it soo much I ended up using it for the CARS Birthday Party I recently held for my 3 year old!

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Its a very simple very delicious very (may I say) gorgeous Freak Shake!!

It relies on one of the principle ingredients Nutella to derive its flavour and fun from.

Topppings!!! hmmmm well they vary!

I chose the toppings I relied on the most! a.k.a oreos, and maltesers and a chocolate straw!

Nutella Ice cream shake

Ingredients:

vanilla ice cream                             1 cup

milk                                                     1/2 cup

nutella                                                2 Tbsp

Method:

  1. In a food processor blitz together milk, ice cream and nutella.
  2. Take a mug and smear some nutella on the inside with the back of a spoon. Than using same spoon smear some on the outer rim of the glass. Take oreos and stick them to the chocolate.
  3. Pour the ice cream smoothie in the Mugs and top with chocolate cake and some whipped cream or some more ice cream!!! Add chocolate straw and chocolate syrup or nuts!
  4. Enjoy!!

Easy Snow White Birthday Party

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Already 7!!!!

Before you know it your little girls are out of fairy tales and there is no more princessy dresses or tiaras or pixie dust in our lives!!!

For this reason I celebrated a 7 yr old party a snow white themed party!!

I used the minimum decor to deliver the theme. If you read my birthday posts before like the Jungle Party! or the Princess Party you would know I am a do-the-whole-dessert-table-and-the-decor-and-the-food kind of person. Which is needless to say overwhelming!!

 

For this reason I created the birthday mood board Snow white birthday party planning. To keep the party planning in check!! The goal was to create maximum effect the easiest way possible and have fun!!!!!

I am proud to say we achieved both goals! The party was suuuuuper fun!! and not at all stressfull!!

Here are some pointers:

ARRANGE FOR THE FOOD:

if you want to enjoy your little ones day! Try to stay out of the kitchen! Cater or ask for help with aunts and grannys. You will be tooo grateful and everyoone else will love to chip in!

Arrange someone for the games:

Ideally hire the party host! There is nothing more fun for tweens than the party games!! Not only grown ups the little ones enjoy allot. Make sure to keep on hand some extra favor bags to spice up the games.

Deliver theme from Decor:

Rely more on decor than on food to deliver the theme. Customized cookies and cupcakes are not only more expensive thay are also more time consuming If you take the task upon yourself. Keeping the dessert table basic and bringing more drama with the garland or the colors is simple and effective!

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Just Enjoy the party!!!!