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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Tasty Wholewheat Orange Cake, easy fresh fruit cake

If you like oranges then no doubt you will love this orange cake

For this cake use imported oranges or kinno.

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Directions to make orange cake-

Ingredients-

1 cup whole-wheat flour

1 & 1/4 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

1 tsp orange zest

*For zest with a fine grater peel the orange skin and make sure not to grate the white part under the orange layer.

3/4 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/4 cup oil

3/4 cup fresh orange juice

1/4 cup milk

Method-

In a bowl whisk together sugar and eggs till pale and fluffy.

Add the orange juice and zest and oil. I have use olive oil.

Mix everything. Add milk and again mix.

Now rime to add flour, bak ing powder and salt. *salt balances the sweetness

You can taste check and see if it needs more orange juice. If needed you can add 1/4 cup orange juice more.

Mix everything till the dry ingredients are completely mixed.

Now pour the batter in a round tin. Tap to remove any air bubbles.

Bake at 180°C for 40 mins or untill the centre of the cake is done.

Enjoy!

Orange-cake

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Tari Wala Chicken, Punjabi Gravy Chicken

Tari wala chicken

Tari wala chicken is the easiest chicken recipe that you can try from Indian cuisine.

Its an easy start however to perfect it you may need some tips that will help you make this simple humble curry to an extra ordinary curry.

You will often see that the pictures associated with tari wala gravy chicken have a layer of oil on top and yes traditionally that’s how a good masala is cooked but I dont like to use so much of oil as it feels unhealthy. But certainly using a lot of does make the curry taste better;)

A good punjabi style tari wala chicken has a well roasted masala as the secret. The better the masala the better the curry.

Tari wala chicken

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Directions to make Tari Wala Chicken-

Ingredients-

750gm Curry Cut chicken (skinless, cleaned and washed well)

3 large red onions grinded

4-5 plum tomato pureed

2 tbsp ginger garlic paste

Add green chillies if you’d like as per your taste

Salt as per taste

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder

1 tbsp coriander powder

1 tsp jeera powder/curmin powder

1/2 tsp garam masala

1-2 bay leaf

1 star anise

2 black cardamom

2-4 green cardamom

1/4 cup oil (use any oil)

Method-

In a heavy bottom pan heat oil and add bay leaf, black cardamom, green cardamom and star anise.

As they cook and the oil heats a delicious aroma you can feel. Make sure not to burn the whole spices.

After about 60 sec add the grinded onion paste. Cook well but makr sure the onions dont stick to the bottom.

** a tip from my ma is when onions start sticking at the bottom of the pan add a splash of water and keep cooking till onion paste is golden brown.

Add the ginger garlic paste and chillies if using.

Now time to add the tomato puree. Cook untill you see oil on the sides of the masala. Usually up to 10-15 mins on medium high.

Add the salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder.

And also add the chicken. I like to add 200 ml water (about a glass of water) it helps to cook the chicken evenly and gives a delicious well cooked gravy.

In about 15 min the chicken is done.

Enjoy with roti or rice.

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KFC Style Fried Chicken At Home

There is something about KFC fried chicken that I am drooling just at the mention of it. I fondly remember going to KFC in college and enjoying the chicken. Even then I wondered how they would make the KFC chicken so tender, moist and delicious.

KFC fried chicken

Its only now that I realized how easy it is to make the same chicken at home. So lets begin.

Important points to remember when making KFC Style Fried Chicken-

  1. Marination which is even called brining the chicken. So chicken is basically dunked completely in buttermilk preferably overnight or at least 6 hours. What that does it tenderizes the chicken and keeps it moist. So when you fry the chicken you get a juicy and tender chicken like no other.
  2. The spices which are most important as that’s what the chicken will get flavor from. The spices like onion powder, garlic powder and paprika are important. Try to use all the spices in recipe.
  3. Flavoring the flour too is important. Its basically like double spices but you wont taste that in the fried chicken. But it makes so much difference when you eat the chicken.
  4. Use flour or bread crumbs is totally option. Using flour can make the chicken dough-y if excess flour is not removed. But it gives the original recipe flavor. Some prefer using bread crumbs but i prefer them only when i want to bake the chicken.
  5. Type of chicken is important too. Use chicken legs, thighs will give the best results.

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KFC fried chicken

Directions to Make KFC Style Fried Chicken-

KFC Style Fried Chicken
Prep Time
1 d
Cook Time
30 mins
 

KFC Style Fried chicken that is a KFC copy cat chicken recipe that is brined and then fried. The chicken comes out tender, juicy and moist.

Course: brunch, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried chicken KFC style, fried chicken recipe, kfc copycat chicken, KFC Fried Chicken,
Servings: 4
Author: Avin Kohli
Ingredients
For Buttermilk Marinate
  • 750 gm chicken thighs and drumsticks(legs)
  • 2 cup buttermilk see notes for recipe
  • 1 tsp salt
For Spice Mix
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp paprika or red chilli powder
  • 1 & 1/2 tbsp mix seasoning of oregano, thyme and basil or use pizza seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp all spice or garam masala powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
For Flour Coating Mix
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder that has more color
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Extra Ingredients
  • 1 egg white
  • 3-4 cups oil for frying
Instructions
To Marinate Chicken
  1. Marinate the chicken with buttermilk and salt preferable overnight for best results or at least 6 hours.

Make spice marinate for chicken-
  1. Drain the buttermilk out of chicken and place in another bowl.

  2. Add the egg white and all the spices under spice mix.

  3. Mix well and keep aside for 30 mins.

  4. Till then in a wide bowl add the flour and mix all the spices under flour coating mix. Mix well and keep aside.

  5. Heat the oil to 180C. If you don't have a thermometer then we need medium high heat for frying.

Final frying of chicken-
  1. To fry chicken just take the spice marinated chicken and flour it generously. Once coated pat dry the extra flour and place in the the pan for frying.

  2. Cook for 2 mins each side(my pieces were medium size, adjust according to your chicken cut size).

  3. Drain on kitchen napkin and wait for 5 mins before serving.

  4. I like to sprinkle some chaat masala on top for extra tangy flavor.

  5. Enjoy your KFC style fried chicken.

Recipe Notes

To make buttermilk mix 1 cup curd or yougurt and mix 1 cup water. Mix well with a whisk to make it smooth. This makes 2 cup of buttermilk.

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KFC fried chicken

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