Sweet Bulgar Recipe ~ quick breakfast food or when you have that sweet craving!
1 cup Bulgar
3 tablespoons Powdered Sugar
1 cup Milk
2 crushed Cardamom Pods
2 tablespoons Clarified Butter
Handful of Almonds
1. Add butter and bulgar in a pan and sauté till fragrant.
2. Add milk and stir continuously till 90% of the milk is absorbed.
3. Add sugar and continue stirring till it is mixed well.
4. Continue cooking till the bulgar is done and then serve warm.
5. Top with almonds and crushed cardamom
A one bowl pancake recipe, with the perfect balance of fluffy and dense, sweet, spicy, and packed with pumpkin flavor!
Tender, spiced pumpkin pancakes that require just 1 bowl and 20 minutes to prepare. Healthy, simple and perfect for chilly fall mornings! These are absolutely phenomenal topped with a bit of butter and maple syrup. Add a bit of pumpkin pie spice on top, it takes them to a new level of delicious – highly recommended! If you want it to be a bit more sweet, sprinkle some confectioner’s sugar on top of it!
Inspired: This recipe is inspired by a ton of pumpkin pancakes recipes as well as regular pancakes!
Preheat a large skillet on medium to medium-low heat on the stove stop. You want the surface to be hot but not screaming hot – oil shouldn’t burn when it hits the surface.
Combine 3/4 cup milk and lemon juice in a large bowl and let rest for 5 minutes to curdle. Then add melted butter or oil, honey, pumpkin, maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla extract and whisk to combine.
Next add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices to a sifter and sift over the wet ingredients. If the batter appears too thin, add a bit more ﬂour. If too thick, add a splash of milk. If too thin, add a bit more ﬂour. Let batter rest for 5-10 minutes.
Butter or spray your griddle with cooking spray and pour 1/4 cup measurements of the batter onto the griddle. There should be 6-7 pancakes. Flip when bubbles appear in the middle and the edges turn slightly dry.
Cook for 1-3 minutes more on the other side, then plate.
Look what we received in our mail today!!! It’s the postcard we had sent to ourselves from Port Lockroy, the UK base station in ANTARCTICA! It is the world’s southernmost post office ~ so a must visit on your Antarctica trip. Don’t forget to pack your address books! We posted a ton of these postcards to family back in India, friends all over as well as to our colleagues back in the US. It usually takes around 6 weeks to reach the destinations, but totally worth it just to see the reactions of everyone on receiving them! #ruchyum #instacard #blog #travel #travelgram #travelstoke #traveldeeper #portlockroy #antarctica #antarctica2016 #southernmost #postoffice #travelawesome #traveldiaries #wanderlust #polar #ruchyumtravel #postcards #tripofalifetime
An easy to make and healthy, single layered paratha!
A paratha is a flatbread that originated in the north of the Indian Subcontinent. It is still quite prevalent in the north of India, where wheat is grown and is the traditional staple of the area. Paratha is an amalgamation of the words “parat” and “atta” which literally means layers of cooked dough Parathas are generally served with various curries and side dishes. Parathas could be of various types – plain, stuffed, single layered, multi layered,etc.
The recipe here uses spinach and mustard green leaves to create a simple single layered parathas. Have them with curd or some curry like bengal gram or just like that ~ in any case it will taste good!
Clean the leaves with water and coarsely chop them in a food processor or using knife.
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Knead the dough to make a smooth soft dough. Once it’s done, cover it and keep it aside for 10 min. After 10 min, knead the dough again for another 1 minute.
Divide the dough into 20 equal portion and give a round shape.
Dust it with dry wheat flour, cover it with clean cloth. Take one dough ball on wooden surface, roll it using by rolling pin into round paratha shape.
Heat iron skillet or tava at medium to high heat. Once it’s hot, bring the temperature at medium heat. Place the raw paratha on hot tava. Roast from both side till slightly golden color from both side. Serve warm.
A green interpretation of the regular tomato – onion based egg curry, using a blend of herbs!
Egg curry is a popular dish of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, since it’s simple to make and tastes wonderful. The traditional curry is prepared with tomatoes and onion. To add a bit of vibrant color as well as some herbs, I decided to make the green version of it.
The mint leaves provide a minty/herby flavor whereas the coriander leaves add freshness, together making a refreshing curry! The egg curry can be served with rice/Indian flat bread/ white bread!
Essential oils are a potent, botanical oil more powerful than the plant itself.
In the past few years, the concept of using essential oils for literally everything has gained more and more momentum. This made me wonder – are they really that effective? do they really work wonders? In short, is all this hype really worth it?! Well, there was just one way to find out .. by trying it out myself!
I started by reading online articles and posts about them. While doing so, I came across some interesting facts, a few of them listed here:
It is believed that the Egyptians invented the first distillation equipment, albeit rudimentary, and created oils infused with herbs for use in rituals, medicine, cosmetics, and perfumery.
A painful burn experienced by French chemist René-Maurice Gatttefossé gave birth to the word commonly used to describe the use of essential oils today – Aromatherapy. Gatttefossé is now remembered as one of the pioneers of Aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy was used in WWII for treating the soldiers!
( To know more interesting facts and history, click here! )
After reading about essential oils history, origin, uses for a couple of weeks, I was even more curious to try them out! So, I finally placed an order for 3 of my favorite fragrances last week:
Got my essential oils delivered! The first thing that I wanted to try was to see if it does really help in reducing stress and making you relax. And the timing could not be perfect – I just returned back to work aka in office for full 5 days a week, after almost 3 months of travel 😉 ( hell, yeah! Stay tuned for some travel posts) 🙂
Initial few days, I tried the traditional method of applying few drops on my wrist and sniffing it a couple of times. Later I discovered, this awesome essential oil diffuser necklace at Peloha and ordered one quickly! It’s simple to use – place a few drops of your favorite oil on one of the diffuser pads. Open the locket, place the pad inside and enjoy the scent for several days! I have been enjoying the benefits of essential oils on the go – they surely make me feel better and relaxed! It also makes me eager to learn more about them – the right kind of blends, the various types of oils, etc. I’ll post some recipes, diy and more inspirational stuff using essentials oils as I explore them further 🙂
Note: All opinions in the post about the various products are my own.