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!!

Cars Birthday Party

When you have a 3 year old who cannot get enough of cars you knid of knowww what theme you are going to choose for him.

Throw him a Cars party!!!!!!!!

Works like a charm! 😉

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I had the most amazing time planning and throwing this party!!! And like any parent my focus was to achieve more visual appeal with little effort! I simply hate the stress and how the moments which are actually meant for you and your little one are lost in cakes and cookies and cake pops!

I am not willing to pay that price! But I am not looking to question or sacrifice the aesthetics! So I was left with the hardest task of all. To find the fine balance!!!!

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On the dessert table my favorite was the cupcakes adorned with cutest 2 min flag I glued to the stick and plop there you go!

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These chalkboard cuties are a must for all my dessert tables! I looove the fun they add to it!

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And whats a cars party without some repair!!!! 😀 I set up this cute donut repair station!! Not that they needed any! So kids went creative and some did cupcakes and some just helped themselves to the repairing stuff!! 😀

hey no rules!

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Oreo stack was an absolute hit! It was the perfect muching between the games they would come and grab and go back to the game zone!

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The other absolute party hit was this Nutella Freak shake!!!! It was the first thing everyone reached for on the table! It was suuuuuper delicious and oh so fun!! The recipe will be on the blog soon so watch out for that!

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Here is how I did it:

5 Ingredient Dessert table

  1. The Cake: I opted for a 3D cake! I saved some bucks and did it myself!! You can either go for a custom cake or simple butter frosting cake with some cute cake toppers!! If you are going for a simpler less demanding cake you need to set them on the pedastel so they shine! a.k.a the cake stand!

  2. The Cupcakes: Evvvvvery dessert table needs cupcakes!! Coz evvvvvvvveryone loves the!! So some eaaasy chocolate frosting and some easy cupcakes recipe! If you want to take the simpler road just use the same batter for your cake, and if you are not baking the cake you can buy some packadged ones and dress them up in your frosting!!

  3. The decor:I set up a Decorating table!!! Kids aaaddddddore decorating their cupcakes!!! They looooooove the decorating! So i just popped in some mnms some sprinkles and donuts!!! To decorate!!!

  4. The star: Add some fun! The star of this table was this Nutella Freak Shakes!!! Eveery one just grabbbbbbed them!! As soon as they could and they were a suuuper hit!!!

  5. The munchies: Pre packaged cookies for munching!!!How awesome is that!! And oreos fit right into my theme!!! Who can say no to them!?

So there you go! 5 ingredient dessert table!

I have to say it was a gorgeous evening!!!! With family and food and games and fun and looooots of laughter! Exactly how  a party should be!! :):) Minus all the stress!! 😀

Chai latte

 

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There is nothing in winters than a big pot full of bubbly creamy sweet chai latte simmering with cardamoms and smelling diviiiiiine!!!!!

I have many a fond memories associated with the sweet milk teas on cold winter nights with cracking peanuts!!!!

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There is just sometihing sooooo waaarrrm and cooozy about it

The whole idea just fills you up with warmth!!!

There are homes which are constatnly simmering these concoctions by the minute!!

After a long day nothing beats wrapping your fingers around the hot mug of steamy chai latte and chattering with your loved ones while cuddling in blankets…

Can I say it brings people together 😀 😀

And makes the world a better place?!?!?!?!? 😀

I don’t know about the rest of you but it makes MYYY world a better place!!!

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There are several ways of doing it. There is no particular right or wrong it’s all about preference. As far as I know evvvvveryone has their own version of it. Their own pressure point which they want to meet in each and every cup! And once they create the perfect cup! It makes their day bright and everything easy-ier!!!

Here is what you need to do to make a big pot! Yes I  say pot!!Coz it should be something like bigger like not just for the individual but for the friend dropping by or your spouse coming home after a long day!! Or maybe you need two instead of one!! Like all warmth inducing things we want them BIIIIG and plenty!!!! And to be able to share!!

You can certainly cut it down! With one tea bag one cup of water and milk about 1/2 cup!!

Okay back to the recipe

I use brown sugar for absolutely no particular reason. Plain white sugar would be just as fine! Milk should be full fat. There are skimmed milk version as well. But the traditional recipe calls for good quality full fat creamy milk, and I recommend not replacing it! My favourite ingredient has to be the cardamom pods!! The aroma is just overwhelming!! I love it!!! Some prefer to skip it! (I fail to see Y) and you most certainly can! But I would definintely recommend it always!!

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Ingredients

3 cups milk

3 black tea bags of your choice

2 tbs brown sugar

2 cardamom pods

3 cups water

Method

Step 1: Bring water to a boil.

Step 2: Add cardamom pods and tea bags adn let it simmer for a minute or two. You can add the sugar here as well. Or if not you can add it to your personal mug later.

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Step 3: Pour milk. Bring the pot to a boil and than turn the heat down to a simmer.

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Step 4: Pour it in mugs and serve with your favourite biscuits or cake!

I love mine with these date coconut oat bars!! Soon to be posted!!

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Here is to a warm winter and a cozy coming december!!!!