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Matar Mushroom

Matar mushrooms or Mushrooms and peas in a tomato and onion gravy has become our go-to dish, which Jugnu and I enjoy almost every other week. It is easy to prepare, full of flavours, healthy and nutritious.
I remember ordering it in restaurants, and always wondered how do they nullify the strong taste of mushroom and make it so yummy. I know the mantra now, and that indeed is patience :). Let’s quickly check out the ingredients to prepare easy and delicious matar mushrooms.

Ingredients for Matar Mushroom

  • 250 gms white mushrooms (cut into pieces)
  • 1 cup matar (peas) – I took the frozen ones
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1.5 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tbsp chilli powder (Jugni’s Tip – To keep it healthy, I add green chillies instead)
  • Salt as per taste (I added 1tbsp)
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1.5 tbsp tomato paste (I was out of fresh tomatoes, you can add 2 medium tomatoes puree)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • handful of coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp – garam masala (optional)
  • NO BUTTER NO CREAM
Matar Mushroom

Preparation for Matar Mushrooms

  1. Heat 2 pans. Add water and frozen peas (matar) in one of the pans, let it boil for about 10 minutes.
  2. In the mean time, add oil to the second pan (deep one).
  3. Add chopped onion and let it cook until brown (around 4 minutes), then add cumin seeds and ginger garlic paste.
  4. Let it cook for a minute, and then add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric and chilli powder. (keep stirring).
    JUGNI’s TIP – while adding masalas (step 4), put the flame to the lowest so that the masalas don’t get burned out, also splash some water if needed.
  5. After a minute, add tomato paste and give a quick stir, since its a paste, the mixture would look a lil dry, so add 1/2 cup of milk immediately and put the gas on medium flame, wait for it come to a boil.
  6. When boiling, add boiled peas(from step 1), put the gas on the lowest flame, cover it with the lid (add 1/2 glass water if milk thickens out) and let it cook for good 10 minutes. Keep stirring in between.
  7. The water/milk will reduced to half or less than that, in the gravy, then add the mushrooms. Put the flame on medium and stir it for a minute. The mushrooms would leave some water.
  8. After a minute of stirring mushrooms in the curry, check consistency and add rest of the milk (1/2 cup or more as per your liking).
  9. Put the gas on low flame and let the curry cook in the covered pan for another 8-10 minutes. (The mushrooms will reduce in size – the indication that it has been cooked).
  10. Turn the gas off, add garam masala (optional) and garnish with coriander leaves.
    JUGNI’s TIP – Coriander leaves when blend with the curry/gravy of mushroom, gives an amazing flavour and tastes great, so it is highly recommended.
    Jugnu is a big fan of coriander leaves, and makes sure to garnish his bowl with a few of these.

Matar mushrooms can be enjoyed with Indian roti / naan, bread, tortillas , or with steamed or cumin rice. You can make the gravy richer, by adding cashew paste or cream.
I am gonna enjoy this in lunch today with some tortillas, let me know if you would like to give it a try. πŸ™‚

If you like my recipe, give a thumbs up or share it on social media. πŸ™‚

Flying away
Jugni

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Thai Chicken Green Curry

During this lockdown when Jugnu and I were craving for some rich, restaurant style food, especially Thai cuisine, we thought of trying it on our own. And without any exaggeration, this Thai Chicken Green Curry has become one of my most wonderful creations (haha I like to pat myself on the back for all the effort I’ve been putting in cooking).

One of the most popular Asian dish, Thai Chicken Green Curry is amazingly delicious and easy to prepare. Thanks to the readymade curry pastes available in the grocery stores, it has become so easy to relish different types of cuisines these days. I now stock my fridge with Yellow Thai Curry paste, Red curry paste, Panang curry paste and Massaman curry paste, at all times.

Ingredients for Thai Chicken Green Curry

  • Koh Thai green paste – 1.5 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp olive oil and coconut oil
  • a few cloves of garlic (not mandatory)
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 sliced bell pepper
  • 100 gms sliced mushrooms
  • 250 gms chicken cubes
  • Salt and pepper as per taste
  • 2 whole green onions (white and green)
  • 150 ml coconut milk
  • peanuts / cashews (not mandatory)

Preparation of Thai Chicken Green Curry

  1. Take a pan and saute chicken cubes (for 5 minutes on medium flame) with some salt and pepper and a few drops of olive oil. Place them aside.
  2. Take another deep pan and add coconut oil. Put the gas on medium flame and let the oil melt (if it’s hard).
  3. Add Koh Thai paste and sautΓ©e it for 30 seconds.
  4. Add all the veggies (except green onion) & chicken, and saute it for 5 minutes on low medium flame. Cover the lid and keep stirring in between.
    JUGNI’s tip – you can add chilli paste or garlic pepper at this point if you want the curry to be spicy. πŸ”₯
  5. Then add coconut milk, keep it on low medium flame, and let the veggies and chicken soak in the milk.
  6. Add chopped white part of green onion to the pan, cover with lid, and let it cook with the rest for 8-9 minutes.
  7. After that garnish the curry with the green part of the green onion and switch the gas off.
  8. Cover the pan with lid and let it stay for another 10 minutes.
  9. Enjoy with steamed white or cumin rice.

You can start the curry preparation by roasting garlic. I didn’t use in my recipe because I enjoy the flavours from the paste. But if you are a fan of garlic, add some of it.

Also, you can add peanuts (chopped or raw) when you add green onions, to enhance the flavour, but it can be avoided.

Jugni’s Tips –

1. Add as many veggies as you like, carrots, peas, beans, zuchini, squash, bok choy, broccoli, spinach etc.
2. Add water to adjust the consistency as per your liking.
3. Make sure you cook the curry on low medium heat, as the milk can get curdled.
4. Add a few drops of lime on the final dish to add a tangy flavour.
5. If you like a combination of coconut milk and coriander, this is heaven for you, just add coriander leaves on the final product. I don’t mix both because of my silly taste buds. πŸ™‚
6. You can also add lemon grass if you like.

I came a few querries which I though could be useful for you guys as well:

  1. Can you cook and store Green curry in advance?
    – Well, I would recommend to prepare it fresh everytime, as it is so easy to prepare, or you can refrigerate it for 2 days.
  2. Is the Thai Chicken Green curry sweet in taste?
    – Yes, according to my taste buds, it is kind of sweet due to coconut milk. You can add chilli paste to make it spicy.
  3. Only steamed rice goes with Thai Chicken Green curry?
    – NO, NO, NO. Its totally depends on your taste and likings. It is surely preferred with steamed sticky rice, but you can also enjoy it noodles, cumin rice or even Indian naan (or tortilla). Jugnu loves it with Naan.

I never knew coconut milk could do wonders with the food, I was never a big fan of coconut, but now I love it.
Let me know by hitting the thumbs up button if you like the recipe and do share it with your friends.

Flying (with my chicken wings) Away
Jugni

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Home remedies for Skincare

We all know that a great sign of healthy skin is the ‘glow’ oozing out of your face(skin). As the skin is the most important sense organ and covers the whole body, it demands a lot of attention and care.

I will surely talk about the products I have been using for my skincare routine, in my next post. For now, as we all are locked down and have plenty of time to give attention to our skin, why not try some home remedies.

Disclaimer – The opinion expressed in my blogpost are personal suggestions, about natural remedies for skin; some sensitive skin might get some rashes and acne, so please do a patch test before applying it all on your face. If any skin reaction occurs, please discontinue using it and contact your physician. If you are under a medicated treatment, please consult your doctor before using any.

1. Milk – Raw milk or full fat milk is great for almost every skin type. It has ingredients like saturated proteins, fats, calcium and vitamin C, which will soften and moisturise your skin, and also helps in de-tanning.

How to use – Wipe your skin(face) with soft hands, everyday with milk. Use a paper-towel or a soft cloth, dip it in milk and do the magic.

2. Potatoes – Potatoes are a rich source of carbohydrates and have natural bleaching properties which protects skin from harmful UV rays. Potatoes works like wonder in removing dark spots and retaining glow to the skin.


How to use – Peel and grate a potato, squeeze out the magical juice and apply it on your face for 10 minutes. Then rinse with cold water. You can also add few drops of honey and rose water to make a paste out of it. Practice this at-least 2-3 times a week for remarkable results.

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3. Banana – Bananas are rich in minerals like potassium and vitamins like A, B, C and E. They nourish the skin by providing hydration and moisture, and hence make it softer and glowy. The natural anti-oxidant properties makes the skin look fresh and also works on blemishes.


How to use – Just mash a banana (preferably ripe one) and massage your skin. Rinse with cold water after 5-7 minutes.

4. Papaya – Are you tired of dead skin cells? If yes, Papaya is your best friend. The papain enzyme and vitamin A, present in it acts as gentle exfoliator and rejuvenates the skin by removing inactive proteins/dead cells.


How to use – Either use it alone, mash the papaya and massage face and neck with pulp for 5 minutes and rinse with milk and water, or, mix the pulp with mashed banana pulp, with some cream and drops of lemon, make a paste/pack. Apply it for 20 minutes and rinse with water.

5. Turmeric (Haldi) and Chick Pea Flour – Most of us might be aware of this combo, as many of the Indian weddings are incomplete without “Haldi” ritual, which exactly is my 5th remedy. Turmeric has antiseptic and skin lightening properties. It produces collagen which improves your skin and fights toxic radicals.

How to use – Mix 1 tsp of turmeric with 4 tsp of chick pea flour. Add water/milk/rose water and make a paste. Apply it to your face and neck, let it dry completely. Finally wash with cold water.

JUGNI’s TIP – After rinsing your face with water, always tap dry it with a towel, NEVER rub it. πŸ™‚

TAKEAWAY
Using natural remedies might not have immediate results, but they surely nourish your skin. Although I recommend doing the CTTMP routine on a regular basis, adding a few home remedies can get you some fruitful results too.

Lastly, speak with your dermatologist if you are having major issues. πŸ™‚

Flying Away
Jugni!

Sources : Stylecraze, fitnesshealthforever, freebeautyguide, ndtv, nykaa.
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Creative and Productive Things to do during Lockdown

The corona era is still going on and has brought our lives at a standstill. The pandemic has hit brakes really hard on our life’s acceleration but I am sure it’ll pass, just hang on there, we humans have the tendency to adjust to every situation.
Internet is flooded with articles/suggestions and videos on “things to do at home during corona times”. Here is my list which is a little different, and more engaging.

creative things to do during lockdown

Corona lockdown has lead to a few good and adaptable changes. Let’s list them out first:

  • we don’t get stuck in traffic now
  • never get late for meetings.
  • no more cribbing to wake up early
  • zero travel time to get to work
  • skin is breathing fresh
  • no pollution
  • home-cooked meals

Along with above-mentioned positives, there are a lot of things we could do to make our lockdown more productive and efficient. I understand we are already trying to adapt, maybe this post could help you do it more expertly and competently.

  1. Netflix / Amazon – yes! yes! yes! I am sure all of you have already watched Money Heist, Tiger King etc. But have you ever made a list of movies/series you would want to watch, there is an option in Netflix app where you could create your list. Now the question is what should be on that list? My recommendations are :
    1. Documentaries – Make a habit to watch atleast one documentary a week. This could be refreshing and interesting.
    2. TedTalks – I know it sounds boring, but if you are planning to go ahead in your career, ted talks could be a great way to enhance your knowledge.
    3. Go back to 70’s 80’s 90’s – We keep ourselves updated to everything new that comes up. What about reliving the old days? Try Netflix Party and enjoy old movies.
  2. Spring Cleaning – This sounds boring, but what if it could become a workout session instead. Watch this video, it might help.
Exercise while cleaning

3. Hobby – Don’t just think of Hobby, which has to be something unique. It could be as simple as you could imagine. For example, paint your nightstand/side table/dresser for fun. Bring color combinations in your wardrobe and match up your outfits for a better and planned tomorrow. Or plant a seed and invest your time in something which could yield results. A DIY project would surely add the thrill.

4. Learn a Language with your mate/partner – It needs a lot of commitment and discipline, and the internet is flooded with this lockdown solution, “learn a language during lockdown“, but the best way to do so is to have a partner along. Practicing while learning adds more fun to it and the challenge of maintaining discipline can also be sorted when you have someone tagged along.

5. Yoga – The entire world is going crazy for yoga, the internet is loaded with this statement “yoga se hi hoga“, which means Yoga can do everything. Special online yoga sessions are arranged by professionals and people are practicing yoga at home without any gym like gears, machines and equipments, just one yoga mat is what you need. So stay fit during the lockdown.

6. Learn a new skill – Learning a new skill could be anything, my Jugnu focussed on learning tricks in the stock market. On the other hand, I learned to ride a bike (when our government announced that we could bike/jog at a distance). Together we learned a few more card games like Code Names, Katan, and ForSale.

Lastly, lockdown is a lot more than you could imagine, it is not just cooking, baking, movies, phone calls, video chats, reconnecting with family and friends, but you could utilise this time for your upliftment as an individual.

Flying Away
Jugni!