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!!

Peanut butter toast

This post is for tea lovers!

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I am obsessed with tea! My mornings are usually I am sitting here at my desk with a hot steamy cup of tea and a gorgeous toast with peanut butter and banana on the table with me! The temperature is mildly chilly the most amazing feeling when you have like just barely there cold and you take your cup of tea and wrap your fingers around it and than slowly take a sip and it hits at all the right places! Makes me smile both inside and outside!!

And than I reach out for my crunchy crispy toast slathered with peanut butter and topped with banana! It has been like good 15 minutes I made this and got sucked in to facebook! The flavors had the perfect chance to blend in and they did!!!!! the toast is still crunchy and the slathered part has almost melted sweet banana and a slightly salty peanut butter perfectly rhyming with it and balancing all the flavors!

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My love for these toasts has grown tremendously over the past 6 months!

Why the past six months you say

For the longest time ever I have been hunting for a perfect pairing with my cup of tea! Which is healthy (I used to opt for biscuits) and low cal (a call from oat muffins)

This came as the answer to all my prayers!! First off I fell in love with this killer combo! This toast is my absolute favorite!!! my go to! I think I have consumed about three jars of peanut butter using solely to create this toast! (miind you it takes 1 tsp) !!! So probably 100s.

The second…

It takes mins to prepare!! As you can see no preparation at all! For a work day or for my own self I am not looking for wasting my time cooking!

After this tea and toast and a stroll around the web with my favorite bloggers! My mornings feel juuuust right and the world seems a better place!

peanut butter toast 8Although I always stick to the very basic version for me which is the peanut butter banana version. But I have often experimented with other toppings as well. Sometimes when I was looking for variation. Sometimes when I ran out of stuff. And at times when something just sounded right in my head 🙂

They all have same things in common. They are structured to satisfy the sweet tooth in me. There is a bit of fruit and some healthy carbs and a creaminess to gel it all together. You can also drizzle bit of honey on top to boost the sweetness or to intensify the flavor.

The craziest combo that I have experimented with is peanut on peanut combo!!!! Yup that can work too. I won’t say I have converted yet! It definitely steps into more varied taste zones. I won’t say I completely discard it. It just needs better pairing with another tea kind perhaps.

So lets talk about them..

Peanut butter strawberry:

This is a combo which works. Its one of those foolproof gorgeous snacks that you can satisfy your sweet tooth with at all times!

Peanut butter Peanut Toast:

Nutty is the first thing that popped in my head as I sank my teeth into it. Its totaaaaallly nutty!! Bordering savouriness. Esp coz I choose toasted salted peanuts. I felt it could use the help of trusted honey drizzle. I would blame my tea in this combo. It would go perfectly with a sweet apple tea or some other fruity tea. I usually go for plain black tea with milk (and shhhh..sugar ;D ). With that I usu need something tad bit more sweeter than my tea. So loved the combo but would definitely pair it with some other drink.

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Peanut butter almond Toast:

This is another nut on nut experiment. I looooove almonds to the extent of biasness!! 😀 I looove them on almost anything. In stir fries salads you name it. if I am out of ideas for snacks I usually rely on a handful of almonds or cashew nuts. So in this version again not tooo salty not at all sweet. It was like a neutral flavor (if there is any such thing 😀 ) but with my slightly sweet black tea it worked beautifully!! Do try this one and let me know what you think!

Peanut butter banana:

My absolute go to my most favorite reliable breakfast of all times. I am sure we all know what we are talking about here! We all have our own reasons to love it! It just goes without saying your childhood sandwich combo can seep into your adult life as well!!



Do give them a shot and let me know what you think about them. Which one was your favorite. Which combos worked for you and which ones uuuuuuuummmm… not so much.

I seem to have this thing with toasts. Here is some more delish hassle free toast ideas to make your mornings (or evenings!) easier!!

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Grilled Halloumi sandwich

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Red bean breakfast bruschetta

Enjoy!!!!

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!!