How To Make Ginger Garlic Paste That Does Not Spoil

If you love cooking Indian food chances are you’ve used ginger garlic paste at some point in your cooking.

Lots of recipes call for ginger garlic paste and frankly I do agree that a freshly made paste gives the best flavor. But lets face it; its a hassle specially if you need ginger garlic paste on a daily basis.

I remember my mum making the paste fresh every single day but those were different days. Cooking was simpler.

Now days most of us live in a nuclear setup and pressed for time. Given the circumstances this homemade ginger garlic paste comes handy.

But buying ginger garlic paste is not the best solution as I find a peculiar smell in those paste. Infact making them in bulk in storing is quite easy.

Do read the full post as I share the storage and usage in the end!

Directions to make ginger garlic paste at home that does not spoil-

Ingredients-

100gm peeled ginger

100gm peeled garlic

50gm green chilli(optional)

Method-

In a bowl add some water and soak the chillies for 30mins.

** adding chillies is optional

** soaking is optional but helps with grinding. You can also use hot water

Chop the ginger in long pieces.

In a blender add the ginger and garlic and chillies (without water).

Blend as much as you can while scraping the sides.

Now you can add the water you soaked the chillies in. But add little by little.

Start grinding until you get a smooth paste.

Transfer in a glass jar with metal lid.

How to store ginger garlic paste-

Store the paste in a glass jar with a metal lid.

Avoid plastic jar.

Try to keep the same jars for the ginger garlic paste each time you make it.

You can store this paste in freezer up to 3 months and in refrigeration up to 3 weeks.

Metal jars can get spoilt so change the lids if you can or replace jars.

How to use ginger garlic paste so that it does not get spoilt-

When using the paste take out as much you need and put the jar back at the same time.

Avoid keeping the jar on the counter for too long. The temperature difference can spoil your paste.

Use a new dry spoon each time to scoop the paste from the jar.

I like to use wide mouth jars for easy access.

Sometimes I double the recipe and keep use able portion of jars in freezer. So once my current batch is over I can take out a new jar and avoid getting the whole paste spoilt.

Here is a quick video if you are interested-

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Nickelodeon’s New Show ‘The Casagrandes’ Review

In the age of digitization kids are relying more and more on online ways to entertain themselves at home.

The Casagrandes

Gone are the days when there were limited shows to choose from each age category!


If you have a kid around 3+ chances are you’ve heard of the popular channel Nickelodeon.


Nickelodeon is the number one brand for kids with original cartoons, movies, sitcoms, shows etc.
They have there own page on youtube channel and some of the most popular shows are available to watch. Some of my kids favourite are the animated series the SpongeBob SquarePants, teenage mutant ninja turtles, ALWINNN & the Chipmunks.

The Casagrandes


Their new show ‘The Casagrandes’ is a spin off from Nickelodeon’s emmy award winning cartoon ‘Loud House’.


Its a story about Ronnie Anne, a 11 year old whose journey unfolds adventures and excitement as she explores a new chapter of her life of living with her extended family, the Casagrandes.

The extended family has grand parents, cousins, uncles and aunts. Its one crazy family and Ronnie Anne and her mother fit perfectly in there.

The show creators have tries hard to avoid any Latino stereotypes. Its one of the first shows to show mixed mexican american characters and kids will easily be able to relate to the characters.


This show is loud, fun and exciting with an obvious slang of Spanglish that’s clearly heard throughout!
Anne is ever ready with her skateboard and schemes on her mind. The whole family kids of reminds me how we used to live in joint family as kids and how each one of us were together but very different! And loud for sure.


There is love, laughter, discoveries and plenty of food in the story. And its totally worthwhile watching the show!

The opinions, ideas, views expressed in this article is solely my experience based in hope to help my readers. Kindly excercise caution and self judgment.

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Eggless Jaggery Cake, Whole Wheat Zero Sugar Kid/Baby Friendly Cake

Could you believe that this cake is made without sugar. To replace sugar I used Jaggery powder.

Kid friendly cake, baby friendly cake, even adults love it.

Eggless jaggery cake feels like having a bit of healthy cake as I have used whole wheat flour for the cake, no butter is used, no eggs so do try this at home.

Eggless-jaggery-cake

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Here’s a quick video of the Cake-

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Directions to make Eggless Wholewheat Jaggery Cake-

Ingredients-

1 cup jaggery(add a little less for less sweetness)

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup oil(I used olive oil)

1 tbsp curd

1/4 cup sooji/ semolina

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bak ing soda

A pinch of elichi/cardomom powder( add more if you like the flavor)

*you can also add some fennel powder

**add nuts of your choice

Method:

In a bowl add jaggery powder and milk. Mix untill most jaggery is dissolved.

Add the olive oil and curd. Mix well.

Now add the flour, baking powder and baking soda.

Lastly add elichi and if using fennel powder and nuts(even nuts powder you can add).

Mix in a smooth batter. This is a thick consistency batter. But the cake still comes out soft and spongy.

If your batter is too thick add few tbsp of milk to adjust the batter.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 35 mins.

Enjoy!!

Do watch the video for reference.

Eggless-jaggery-cake

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Cucumber Mint Cooler, Easy & Refreshing Summer Drink

The cucumber mint cooler is a refreshing summer drinks. Its easy, its delicious. Try it.

Cucumbers are the best to keep the heat in summers at bay.

This easy way to drink your cucumbers is super yum. Plus the mint gives the required color and hat busting too.

Use sugar as per your choice. Add coconut sugar or jaggery or even honey.

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Cucumber mint cooler

Directions to make Cucumber mint cooler-

Ingredients-

1/2 cup chopped cucumber

6-7 mint leaves

250 ml water

2 tbsp sugar or jaggery powder

Method-

In a blender add cucumber mint and sugar.

Add water and blend everything.

Strain the juice and serve immediately.

Enjoy!!

** Add small piece of ginger or some lemon juice or chaat masala for extra flavor.

Here’s a quick video for the recipe-

Cucumber mint cooler

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My True Missed Miscarriage Story, What not to do if you miscarry?

Not long ago I suffered a miscarriage. Since it was my second pregnancy I got to know early this time around that I was pregnant because I could almost sense it but I had to wait for a time frame to check even with the home pregnancy kit.

Anyways the test was positive and started the whole process of doctors & ultrasound and test. In my first ultrasound at 5 weeks 2 days the doc could not catch a heartbeat. So they suggested I come back again after a week or so. In between I had a trip planned to Delhi which was a week long and doc gave me a go ahead to enjoy the trip(as it was planned well in advance). The trip went well. Came back on sunday so had to wait till monday to get an ultrasound. By this time I was 7 weeks pregnant and I was very excited to see my baby and hear that fast heartbeat.

BUT!!

Missed miscarriage

Doc said that he could not detect a heartbeat and most probably the pregnancy has been miscarried. I don’t know what came into me that I held my calm till the time they prepared the final report. Literally I was hoping the doc does not know how to do ultrasound or he might have missed something, I mean its no way possible this could happen to me. Meanwhile my husband tried to console me, pay bills, get report and contact the gynaecologist.

It was quite late in the evening and we could not get a hold of her. Then YouTube and Google came to my rescue and I spend my night sleepless, reading stories where they detected heartbeat after a week and so and everything went well. But I guess it was not meant for me.

We visited the doc next day and she confirmed that its a genetic failure and with time the pregnancy will be miscarried. I was given two options- to wait or to get medically aborted.

That’s when I almost lost it, I could not get my tears to stop; I could barely think or talk. So my doc gave me time to think and decide what to do. Meanwhile next day I got another ultrasound done, this time a TVC(vaginal ultrasound). Got the same results (although inside I was hoping for something different). Started bleeding right after. And in the end I opted for a medical abortion.

So in my experience here is what not to do if you miscarry!

  • Don’t blame yourself or try to pin the blame at anybody. In most cases its a natural miscarriage and its nobody’s fault. Thinking that you may have done something differently, would have taken cars of yourself more is no reason for a miscarriage. Early miscarriages (before 12 weeks) are most commonly due to chromosome abnormalities which no can predict or do anything about. But you are very much capable of conceiving again.
  • Don’t push your husband away. He can’t possibly understand the pain, physical or mental. But if your husband wants to be there for you in any way don’t push him. Instead talk to your husband and tell him how you feel and what you need.
  • Don’t dive back to life. Rest, we are capable of forming a bond even with a 5-6 week old baby ; that’s when most of us get to know about pregnancy right! So naturally after loosing that precious one we need to stop and rest. Give our body and mind some time to get out of the trauma. Rest could be a day or two off work or even just take this time to grieve but move on.
  • Don’t hide your pain, Seek help, if you can’t move on seek help from someone who can help you with your loss.
  • Don’t wait long and try again, as I said in most cases you are going to conceive easily and have a healthy pregnancy and baby. {I got pregnant within 3 months of my miscarriage}

Stay positive! Concentrate on your health.

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