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Monday, 30 March 2015

Iced Tea Soda / Iced Tea Lime Soda

Friday was my daughter's last school from this session and she has been graduated to nursery! Phew, days are running so faster. Now I have to think about more options to keep her engaged all the time otherwise she will keep on watching tv which I don't like :(. Sometimes she listens to me and agrees to switch off the tv, but at times she becomes arrogant, that is where the problem starts. Even I will miss my 'me' time now throughout the vacation. What to do, that's all part of life.

Coming back to today's post, I prepared iced tea soda few days back to enjoy 'me' time :). It came out really good. Normally I drink iced tea during summer days however never tried with the addition of soda. It can be a very good kitty party drink during this summer. Very very simple ingredients, only you have to get a soda bottle with your regular grocery shopping. I used tea bag, you can also use tea leaves and strain them before cooling it. But while using tea leaves, do not boil them much otherwise you could get a bitter taste. 

Iced Tea Soda / Iced Tea Lime Soda (One Long Tumbler)


Water - 11/2 cup
Soda - 11/2 cup, chilled
Tea Bag - 1 
Sugar - 2 tablespoon
Lime Juice - 1 teaspoon
Ice cubes - 4 to5 


Boil water and pour in a glass and dip the tea bag in water. After 2 to 3 minutes take out the tea bag and dissolve the sugar into it, finally allow the decoction to cool. Then put the decoction in the refrigerator for half an hour. After that, take the tea decoction out from refrigerator and add lime juice. Now transfer this decoction into a serving glass and add soda. Serve with ice cubes.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Achari Aloo

Today morning I was checking my Facebook page. While scrolling down I saw one of my classmate has posted pictures of our school building, ground, slide. It took me to my school days and I was nostalgic. I wish I could go back to those days. At times I really miss those days. Even when I go to drop daughter to school, I stand and see their activities and somewhere I try to rediscover myself. How many of you feel alike me??

Coming back to the recipe, I am sharing achari aloo recipe which I prepared using baby potatoes. Normally, I prepare Aloo Dum or baby potato stir fry using baby potatoes. This time I tried making achari aloo which also an easy and tasty dish. Achari aloo goes very well with roti, naan or paratha. I have not used onion or garlic here. However, if you want can use onion to make thicker gravy.

Achari Aloo


Baby Potatoes - 400 gms
Asafoetida - 1/4 teaspoon
Dry Red Chilli - 1
Hung Curd - 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Cumin Seeds - ½ teaspoon
Mustard Seeds - ½ teaspoon
Fenugreek Seeds Powder - ½ teaspoon
Fennel Seeds Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - ½ teaspoon
Green chilli - 2 to 3 finely chopped
Ginger Paste -2 teaspoon
Coriander Powder - 1 teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder - ¼ teaspoon
Aamchur(Dry Mango) Powder - ½ teaspoon
Garam Masala Powder- ½ teaspoon
Mustard Oil - 1/2 cup


Wash the potatoes and peel them. Later put them in pressure cooker and allow 1 to 2 whistles. Once the pressure releases, drain the water. Now heat oil in a pan and fry the boiled potatoes with turmeric powder and salt. Take them out and keep aside. In the same oil add a pinch of asafoetida (hing) followed by dry red chilli, cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Once they started spattering, add ginger paste and fenugreek seeds powder, fennel seeds powder, turmeric powder. Mix them well and add fried potatoes. Next add red chilli powder, dry mango powder, chopped green chilli and coriander powder. Once the masalas are well cooked, beat the curd adding garam masala powder and add into the pan. Cover the pan and reduce the flame. Adjust the salt and when gravy becomes dry  you can switch off gas and garnish with fresh coriander leaves. 

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