Saturday, August 1, 2020

Homemade Plantain Chips | Raw Banana Chips



Snacking on the plantain chips which I made yesterday. It’s a mouth watering traditional dish of Kerala. Crispy banana chips, deep fried in coconut oil, seasoned with salt and black pepper. You can deep fry, pan-fry, air-fry, roast or bake them and pair it with your favourite salsa dip or enjoy them as it is.



Crispy banana chips, deep fried in coconut oil, seasoned with salt and black pepper. You can pan-fry, air-fry, roast or bake them and pair it with your favourite salsa dip or enjoy them as it is.



I made a small batch of plantain chips yesterday. It is such a simple recipe that you’ll be amazed to know that it can be made in less than 10 minutes. I made these raw banana chips from my homegrown banana tree. I love how fresh, beautiful produce which is growing in our backyard can feeds our family.

Let’s check out the recipe. Take raw bananas, wash and peel them and chop the bananas into the round shape. Grease your hands with oil before peeling. Heat oil in a pan and deep fried the banana slices for 2-3 minutes. Season it with salt and pepper, mix well.

If you like this recipe pin this picture below, thanks!



How to make Homemade Plantain Chips



Homemade Plantain Chips | Raw Banana Chips



Serve : 2-3 People
Preparation time : 5 minutes
Total time : 8-10 minutes
Author : The Food Root


Ingredients

4 Raw Bananas
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tbsp black pepper
Oil for frying


Method

1. Grease your hands with oil and peel raw bananas chop them into slices.


Grease your hands with oil and peel raw bananas chop them into slices.


2. Heat oil in a pan and deep fried the banana slices for 2-3 minutes.


Heat oil in a pan and deep fried the banana slices for 2-3 minutes.


3. Season it with salt and pepper, mix well.


Crispy raw banana chips deep fried and seasoned with salt and black pepper.


Notes

1. You can thinly slice them, it can in any shape, long or round shape

2. You can deep fry, pan-fry, air-fry, roast or bake them and pair it with your favourite salsa dip or enjoy them as it is.



It’s all about finding calm amidst the chaos.. I know during this lockdown period lot of people are getting anxiety attacks and are getting depressed but see the brighter side to it, as time slows down you can rejuvenate and be grateful to do all your favourite things.

Lately, gardening has been my escape from the stress of quarantine life where I can show my experiences. What is yours? What are you doing during this lockdown period? Let me know in the comments below.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

3-Ingredient Chocolate Cake | Easy Cake Recipe For Beginners


Indulge in this 3-Ingredient Chocolate Cake! This Chocolate Cake is made with just 3 Ingredient - chocolate cookies, milk, and baking powder. It's an Easy Cake Recipe For Beginners. It’s rich, light, moist, decadent and chocolaty. Yes, this is the dessert which I made for my mom's birthday.


3 Ingredient chocolate cake is made with chocolate cookies, milk, and baking powder.  It's an Easy Cake Recipe For Beginners.



I surprised my Mom with this cake on her birthday. And, she was so happy with the homemade cake which I prepared for her. It's a great lockdown cake recipe.

I didn’t like this shot much but everything was made at last moment, I just got 2 minutes to click this before we gobbled up this cake that taste heavenly.

I made this recipe with these 3 ingredients - chocolate cookies, milk, and baking powder. Yes, you heard me right, we made this cake without any flour, eggs, sugar or cocoa powder.

I tried making this type of cake for the very first time, but guess what, it turns out to be delicious. My brother helped me too as i was making this cake at the very last moment.

3 Ingredient Chocolate Lockdown Cake is a great recipe for beginners too. Also in the lockdown period this can be made with whatever few ingredients which are available at your place. 

It's an easy chocolate cake recipe for beginners which y'all can make. This is a no-fuss dessert which can be made with just few ingredients. It's a great recipe for those who don't eat eggs, basically it's an eggless chocolate cake made with just 3 ingredients. It’s my first attempt to this recipe so it’s probably not perfect, though everyone just loved it. It was truly delightful.




Indulge in this 3-Ingredient Chocolate Cake! This Chocolate Cake is made with just 3 Ingredient - chocolate cookies, milk, and baking powder. It's an Easy Cake Recipe For Beginners.


Easy Cake Recipe For Beginners


Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe



So if you want to make this birthday cake in lockdown follow this method.

1. Process chocolate cookies in a blender or a food processor, choose the more chocolaty and crispy cookies as it will give a flavourful taste to the cake. I used 2 different types of cookies, bourbon and good-day.

2. Add the chocolate cookies powder into a big bowl. Next, add 2 1/4 tbsp baking powder to it, which helps in giving the rise and roughly mix it. Pour 3 1/2 cups of warm milk into it and whisk until smooth and combined. 

3. Preheat the oven to 340 degrees F or 170 degree C. Pour the cake batter in the greased 7’’ pan. Grease pan with butter and line the bottom with the parchment paper.

4. Now, pour the cake batter into the greased pan. Bake it for around 12-15 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake this cake.

5. Allow it to cool down for 10 minutes, turn it over. Remove the paper and your 3 ingredient flourless chocolate cake is ready.

6. For cake frosting, you can either spread nutella on the cake, or make chocolate frosting recipe or can also make a chocolate ganache recipe.

7.  Well, I went with my gut and made a hot chocolate ganache recipe and pour it on the cake and decorated with grated chocolate and thankfully it turns out to belicious


For Chocolate Ganache, we need to cut 1 cup of dark chocolate in small chunks. Next, add those chocolate chunks in a large bowl. Than, add 2 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp sugar and melt it on a double boiler, as it cools down pour 1 cup of lukewarm milk and whisk until it’s smooth and combined. Pour hot chocolate ganache on the cake. Decorate the cake with some grated chocolate, freeze it for an hour and serve this rich, moist Chocolate Ganache Cake to your family or guests.


Note*  Though ganache can become really hard when you keep it in a refrigerator for more than 4 hours but since I have to serve it fast and I have to keep this dessert in a fridge for just 1 hour so Chocolate Ganache was perfect recipe for this dessert else I would have gone for chocolate frosting recipe.


Not just my mom, my whole family loved this cake. She was never a fan of desserts, but when I made this cake for her, she ate a lot of it and I never saw her more happier.



3 Ingredient Chocolate Cake


Lockdown Cake Recipe



Serve : 6-7 People
Preparation time : 30 minutes 
Baking time : 15 minutes
Author : The Food Root


Ingredients 

3 cups of chocolate cookies (1 large packet of Bourbon and 1 small packet of good-day cookies)
3 1/2 cups of warm milk
2 1/4 tbsp baking powder

Method

1. Chop the 3 cups of chocolate cookies roughly with hand and process it in a blender or a food processor. 

2. Add the chocolate cookies powder into a big bowl. Next, add 2 1/4 tbsp baking powder to it, which helps in giving the rise and roughly mix it. Pour 3 1/2 cups of warm milk into it and whisk until it’s smooth and combined.

3. Preheat the oven to 340 degrees F. Use 7 or 8 inch pan. Grease pan with butter and line the bottom with parchment paper.

4. Now, pour the cake batter into the greased pan. Bake it for around 12-15 minutes.

5. Allow it to cool down for 10 minutes, turn it over. Remove the paper and 3 Ingredient Chocolate Cake is ready.


Chocolate Ganache



Ingredients

1 cup chocolate cut in small chunks + 1/2 cup grated chocolate 
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup warm milk

Directions

1. We need to cut 1 cup of dark chocolate in small chunks. 

2. Next, add those chocolate chunks in a large bowl. Than, add 2 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp sugar and melt it on a double boiler, as it cools down pour 1 cup of lukewarm milk and whisk until it’s smooth and combined. 

3. Now your Ganache is ready. Pour hot chocolate ganache on the cake. 

4. Decorate the cake with some grated chocolate.

5. Freeze it for an hour and serve your lockdown cake recipe.


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

21 Most Famous Food Quotes



Are You looking for the best inspirational food quotes? Without further ado, here are the 21 Most Famous Food Quotes that encourages you in some way or the other.



The best inspirational food quotes that encourages you in some way or the other.



1. “I can’t stand people who do not take food seriously.”

— Oscar Wilde


I can’t stand people who do not take food seriously.



2. “Drink heavily with locals whenever possible.”

— Anthony Bourdain


Drink heavily with locals whenever possible.



 3. “Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life.”

— Charles Dickens


Champagne is one of the elegant extras in life.



4. “You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.”

— Anthony Bourdain


You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.



5. “A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.”

— James Beard



A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.




6. “Life is too short for cuisine minceur and for diets. Dietetic meals are like an opera without the orchestra.”

— Paul Bocuse


Life is too short for cuisine minceur and for diets. Dietetic meals are like an opera without the orchestra.



7. “Until I discovered cooking, I was never really interested in anything.”

— Julia Child


Until I discovered cooking, I was never really interested in anything.



 8. “Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.”

— Jonathan Safran Foer


Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.



9. “I think the most effective way to run a kitchen is to teach, not to just yell.”

— Tom Colicchio


I think the most effective way to run a kitchen is to teach, not to just yell.



10. “I always try to tell a story to the guest on the plate, I want the plate to speak about me, the other rule is generosity: Food is about sharing something which is inside you, giving a little bit of you.”

— Helene Darroze


I always try to tell a story to the guest on the plate.



11. “I maintain standards and I strive for perfection. That level of pressure is conveyed in a very bullish way and that's what cooking is all about.”

— Gordon Ramsay


I maintain standards and I strive for perfection in cooking.



12. “Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”

— Harriet van Horne


Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.



13. “Cooking is one of the great gifts you can give to those you love.”

— Ina Garten


Cooking is one of the great gifts you can give to those you love.



14. “Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people eat together.”

— Guy Fieri


Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together.



15. “People want honest, flavourful food, not some show-off meal that takes days to prepare.”

— Ted Allen


People want honest, flavourful food, not some show-off meal that takes days to prepare.



16. “If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”

— Mother Teresa


If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one.



17. “Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.”

— Ernestine Ulmer


Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.



18. “People who love to eat are always the best people.”

— Julia Child


People who love to eat are always the best people.



19. “Recipes tell you nothing. Learning techniques is the key.”

— Tom Colicchio


Recipes tell you nothing. Learning techniques is the key.



20. “A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.”

— Pat Conroy



A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.



21. “Oh, I adore to cook. It makes me feel so mindless in a worthwhile way.”

— Truman Capote



Oh, I adore to cook. It makes me feel so mindless in a worthwhile way.




So read these Famous Food Quotes by Chefs and Writers to channelise your inner chef. Also, let us know how you like these Famous Food Quotes Proverbs in the comments below.


Saturday, May 23, 2020

How To Make Corn Palak Recipe


Spinach Corn Recipe is cooked with seasonal spinach leaves, sweet corn kernels for sweetness, topped with fresh cream, which enhances the flavor. This is creamy and flavourful sabzi. It goes well with roti, naan or paratha.



Made with Palak, sweet corn and topped with fresh cream, and served with roti or naan



Winter is the best season to indulge in seasonal delicacies that are not only delicious but are also healthy. Before the winter ends, and spinach bid it's farewell, warm up your loved ones with this delicious corn palak recipe. It's one of my all-time favorite winter dishes.

Corn Palak is consumed throughout the year but mostly eaten during the winters. Corn Palak is a healthy, wholesome and power-packed meal. This authentic meal is much loved in the Punjab regions of India and Pakistan.

Palak Corn is extremely flavorful dish and served in almost all the restaurants and food joints across the country.

It is highly nutritious because spinach leaves contain a lot of iron and protein. Corn kernels are also a good source of calories and Vitamin B. It’s a healthy dish and is rich in vitamins and minerals.



Corn Palak is a healthy, wholesome and power-packed meal.



Palak Corn recipe takes a little time to make but it is well worth the wait. To save the time, you can clean the greens a day before, put them in a plastic bag and keep them in the refrigerator.

We have added few spices in palak corn recipe you can easily find them in the Asian or Indian grocery stores. You can also add few mustard leaves along with spinach in this dish.

I have added 2 bunches of spinach leaves in my recipe. Clean the greens, wash and chop them. Heat 2 tbsp of clarified butter, add grated ginger and a pinch of asafoetida powder and fry them for 40-50 seconds. Add 4 chopped tomatoes, 2 chopped green chillies and sauté it for around on 7-8 minutes on low-medium flame. Next, add all the spices. Stir and let the mixture cook, till the oil separates.

You can add a spinach puree, or add the spinach leaves in the pan. Stir for another 8-10 minutes on medium flame. Next, add the corn kernels and stir it for another 4-5 minutes on medium flame. Add fresh cream in the dish and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Turn it off the heat and remove it. Now, transfer the corn spinach curry to a serving bowl and serve the recipe with plain Rotis or naan and enjoy it with raita and salad.



A highly nutritious Corn Palak Recipe




Check out our similar recipe like this : Makke ki Roti and Sarson ka Saag and let us know your feedback on this delicious dish. I hope you give this one a try - it is worth the effort and sure to impress.



HOW TO MAKE CORN PALAK | HOW TO MAKE CORN PALAK SABZI



Preparation time : 1/2 hour
Cooking time : 1/2 hour
Serves : 4 people
Author : The Food Root




INGREDIENTS


For cooking Saag



2 bunches of Spinach
1/2 cup of corn kernels
4 tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp clarified butter
1/2 inch ginger, peeled, grated
pinch of asafoetida powder (optional)
2 green chillis, chopped
1/4 tsp Red chili powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/4 tsp Garam masala
1/2 tsp or Salt to taste


METHOD



1. Clean, wash and chop the spinach leaves : Remove all the hard stems of the greens. Do not discard the hard stems. Wash all the greens for 4-5 times properly and chop them.

2. Prepare the tomato puree tempering : Heat 2 tbsp of clarified butter or oil, add 1/2 inch of grated ginger and a pinch of asafoetida powder and fry them for 40-50 seconds. Add 4 chopped tomatoes, 2 chopped green chillies and sauté it for around on 7-8 minutes on low-medium flame. Next, add the spices - 1/4 tsp Red chili powder, 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp of Coriander powder and salt to taste (1/2 tsp) Stir it well. Let the mixture cook, till the oil separates.

3. Add the spinach leaves : Now add the spinach leaves in the pan. Stir it for another 8-10 minutes on low/medium flame. You can also add the spinach puree.

4. Add corn kernels : Next, add the corn kernels in the pan. Stir it for another 4-5 minutes on low/medium flame. Add 1/4 tsp of garam masala and mix it well.

5. Add Fresh cream: Add fresh cream in the dish and stir it for 3-4 minutes. Turn it off the heat and remove it.

6. Serve and Garnish : Now, transfer the palak corn to a serving bowl and serve Spinach
Corn recipe with plain Rotis or naan and enjoy it with raita, and salad.


NOTES



1. You can also stir fry chopped onions in the dish.

2. To save the time, you can clean the spinach leaves a day before, put them in a plastic bag and keep them in the refrigerator.

3. You can also add few mustard leaves along with spinach in this dish.

4. You can also mash the spinach leaves in a grinder if you are in a hurry to make a smooth paste.

5. Add loads of fresh cream in the recipe.


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Planting, Growing and Harvesting Carrot


Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Carrot

Carrot is the food root vegetable grown and consumed throughout the world. Carrots love to grow in a cool temperature just like Radish, Beet, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Leek and many other root vegetables.

There is something special about homegrown produce. Lately, I grew these carrots in my containers. These are some beautiful carrots which I picked up today. Chunky, long and straight.

Carrots are very versatile in various number of dishes. It has a crunchy texture and a sweet taste to it. The color of the carrot is usually red, orange and yellow. They are due to pigments, carotene which makes the carrot orange and anthocyanin makes it bit yellow, red and blue. Here's a step by step guide on how to to grow, plant and harvest carrots from seeds in a pot or a container



Carrot is the food root vegetable grown and consumed throughout the world. It has a crunchy texture and a sweet taste to it.



Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Carrot - Here's a step by step guide on how to to grow, plant and harvest carrots from seeds in a pot or a container.

1. Grow Carrot in a Pot


I'm growing red carrots which is very common here in India. They are very easy to grow in winters. It's a cool weather crop. It prefers well-drained, moist and rich soil. Buy a 6 inches deep round container with holes while sowing carrots in containers.

While growing carrot in a pot you may plant 5-6 seeds in one single pot. Cover the seeds with a layer of soil, and water them gently. It needs well drained soil which are free from rocks. Sprinkle pinches of seeds thinly along the row and cover the seeds with soil. 

Take the containers or pots and fill them with well-drained potting mix by adding compost, manure or any other fertiliser before planting. Soil should be well drained and need to be free of rocks.

I generally grow carrots from the seeds. You can buy these seeds from the nurseries or even order them online. They need to be sown in late spring season, after the threat of frost has been passed.


2. Plant Carrot in a pot


Sow carrot seeds ½ inch to 1 inch deep and about ¾ inch to 1 inch apart. Cover the seeds with a layer of soil, and gently lamp down to firm. It needs well drained soil which are free from rocks. When your plants are 4 inches high, the carrots are ready to harvest.

When growing in carrot in a pot you may plant 5-6 seeds in a pot or containers while growing carrots. Sow the seeds very thinly over the top than cover with the quarter inch (1 cm) layer of potting soil.  Lightly water them in every 1 to 3 days.



Step by step guide on how to grow, plant and harvest Carrot from seeds in a pot or container.



3. Caring of Carrot


Carrot need 6 to 8 hours of sunlight. Water the plant regularly so that the soil do not drive out too quickly. After 2 weeks the roots will come up you need to give the support to the carrots with soil from all the sides so that they grow straight and healthy.

The plant will take 2 months to mature. After 1 month, put some fertiliser, compost or manure into the soil. To help your carrots grow as long as possible, soil surface should be cleared. It should be fertile, healthy, sandy and well-drained. It should be well dug, by removing any stones and rocks, as it tends to impede your carrots growth. 

The flies which can destroy the roots of carrots can be protected by alternatively growing companion plants such as leeks with carrots. Keeping the soil moist will help can also avoid this. Carrots doesn’t need additional feeding but needs organic mulching and fertilisers in the soil, after every 6-7 weeks, so that they remain healthy.


4. How to Harvest Carrot


If you have planted your carrots into the fall it’s best to harvest in winters. When your plants are 4 inches high. You may find that the carrots are large enough to eat.

Carrots take almost 2 months to get the first harvest after planting. Lift the carrots as they as soon as they reach the right size.


Storing and Preserving Carrot


Carrots can be kept in the refrigerator for at least 1 week or can be stored in damp sand boxes which can be kept in a cool, dark place.


How to use Carrots in cuisines


Carrots can be eaten both in raw and in every cooked forms. It can be pickled, stir fried, soups, smoothies, patties, salads and various other cuisines.


Health Benefits of Carrots


Carrots are low in calories and contains no fat. They are rich in Vitamin A, B8, C, L, Folate, Potassium, Iron, Copper and Manganese. Vitamin A keeps eye, skin, hair healthy. Vitamin C stimulates the activity of white blood cells. Potassium helps to increase blood flow and circulation, reduces hypertension and heart diseases. Other nutrients and minerals prevent to fight Cancer and keeps your body healthy.

I hope you loved our tips on Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Carrots and other useful information too. Do, let us know in the comment section below.

You can also go through our tips on Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Radish.

Happy Gardening!
Namaste!