13 Foods that lasts Forever…

                                                                   There are many foods that will last for decades when stored properly (wheat, beans, pasta, etc.), there are some foods that last forever without canning, freezing or dehydrating. If you’re new to food storage, these staples are a great way to start. They’re the longest lasting foods in the world and are often referred to as “forever foods.” Technically, most of them are ingredients, but you can use them to make some great meals if you know how.

  • Honey                                                                                                                                                                           Image result for honey                                                                                                                                                      Honey keeps indefinitely. It may change color and become crystallized, but it will stay safe to eat. If your honey does crystallize, just place the open jar in warm water and stir until the crystals dissolve.                                                                                                       
  • White Rice                                                                                                                                                                                      Image result for white rice                                                                                                                                                                               Even if it develops a frighteningly thick layer of dust on the bag or box, the rice inside is just as good as the day you bought it. This is true for white, wild, arborio, jasmine and basmati rice. Brown rice doesn’t have the same good fortune; its higher oil content makes it turn rancid. Just be sure to store in an airtight container to keep out any bug.                                                                                                                                                   
  • Sugar                                                                                                                                                                                                               Image result for sugar                                                                                                                                                                                                   White, brown or powdered — sugar never spoils because it doesn’t support bacterial growth. The real challenge is to prevent it from becoming rock-hard.Keep it fresh: Keep sugar in a cool, dry area. To prevent sugar from hardening after opening, place it in an airtight container or cover the original package in a heavy-duty plastic bag and seal tightly.                                                                                                                                          
  • Salt                                                                                                                                                                                                Image result for salt                                                                                                                                                                 From the basic table variety to fancier versions like kosher and sea, salt is a flavor enhancer that never spoils or goes stale.Sodium chloride is a mineral that is taken from the Earth, its permanence should come as no surprise. It has also been used for centuries as a tool for preserving other foods (or bodies) because it removes moisture. The salt in your cupboard may not last forever, though. Salt points out that adding iodine to table salt reduces the shelf life, so if your container says iodized salt, expect it to only last about 5 years.                                                                                                                                                         
  • Vinegar                                                                                                                                                                                          Image result for vinegarA reliable standby in everything from marinades to salad dressings, distilled white vinegar will remain virtually unchanged as the years pass by. Store vinegar a cool, dark area and keep tightly capped after each use.                                                                                    
  • Soy Sause                                                                                                                                                                                    Image result for soy sauce                                                                                                                                                                                       The consensus seems to be that it depends on the type and which additives a particular brand uses, but when left unopened, soy sauce will last a very long time. Even after it has been opened, the salty condiment can keep for years in your refrigerator.                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Alcohol Products                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Image result for alcohol products                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All distilled spirits like vodka, rum, gin, whisky, tequila and others will never spoil, not even after opening repeatedly and they are very important in a crises. Store in a cool dark area away from any heat source or direct sunlight. Keep bottle closed when not in use.                                                                                                                                                                
  • Peanuts                                                                                                                                                                                                       Image result for peanuts last longer                                                                                                                                                                                                  Peanuts are rich in monounsaturated fats, the type of fat that is emphasized in the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet.Peanuts are good sources of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese.                                                                                                                                         
  • Powdered Milk                                                                                                                                                                                              Image result for powdered milk                                                                                                                                                            The taste isn’t quite as good, but one of the main reasons that powdered milk exists is because it lasts longer. It is also easier to transport and store than fresh milk.                                                                                                                                                      
  • Corn Starch                                                    Image result for corn starch                                                                                                                                                              A must-have for thickening sauces, gravies, and puddings. Cornstarch will keep indefinitely if it’s kept dry and free from contaminants.Keep it fresh: Store in cool, dry area; keep package tightly closed between uses.

                   

  • Vanilla Extract                                                                                                                                                                                      Image result for vanilla extract                                        This will cost more than the more popular fake version but the advantage here is that it will last forever and you will never waste any. Store in a cool, dark environment and keep the lid tightly closed.It will make for a great flavor boost when needed  and the variety of foods is limited. Just keep in mind that “pure” is the key element for it to keep well for a long time. All you need to do it to keep it in a cool, dry place                                                                                                                                                                        
  •  Baking Soda                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Image result for baking soda                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Baking soda is an important ingredient in many recipes and storing it is key in having it last. Baking soda when left sealed will last indefinitely. Store in a airtight container in a cool dry area.                                                                                             
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13 Maharashtrian dishes to try once in a lifetime…

Maharashtrian (or Marathi) cuisine is cuisine of, those from the state of Maharashtra. Where food is concerned the range and variety are plenty and tongue tickling. Here you will find strong aromas of spices (like black Maharashtrian masala)as well as garlic and ginger in abundance. Maharashtrian cuisine covers a wide range from being extremely mild to very spicy dishes. The staple dishes of Maharashtrian cuisine are based on bread and rice, while lentils (pulses) play an important role as well.

 Maharashtrian Dishes are not just tempting but lip smacking & delicious too. These dishes are full of flavors and spices. Some people (who are not from Maharashtra) find Maharashtrian food a little hot and spicy, but still can’t keep away.

1)Wada / Vada Pav

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Vada Pav

The Wada-Pav also spelled Vada-Pav is a fast-food snack…The Indian Burger! It consists of a spicy, deep fried potato based patty (called the “Wada”) sandwiched between a thick square of bread that is similar to a burger bun (called the “Pav”). Thus the name Wada-Pav. This dish is usually served with sweet & sour sauces called “chutney” and fried salted green chilies.

2)Puran Poli

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Puran Poli

Puran Poli is one of the most popular sweet item in the Maharashtrian cuisine. It is a stuffed Indian Bread. It is similar to the Paratha except that the stuffing is sweet. It is made from jaggery (molasses or gur), yellow gram (chana) dal, plain flour, cardamom powder and ghee (clarified butter). It is a eaten after meals or as a snack and is present in almost all Maharashtrian festive occasions.

 3)Pav Bhaji

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Pav Bhaji

The traditional hit of Maharashtra, the heart-throb of India.A hurried meal for the man in the street. This is a spicy blend of vegetables in tomato gravy served with pav that is cooked with butter. This is truly an innovation that arose out of the necessity of providing a nice hot meal in a hurry and one that tickles the taste buds.

4)Modak

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Modak

While this mouth-watering delicacy is an inseparable part of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, you can try and make it more often as it is a tasty treat for the whole family, especially the young ones.The sweet filling inside a modak is made up of fresh grated coconut and jaggery, while the soft shell is made from rice flour, or wheat flour mixed with khava or maida flour. The dumpling can be fried or steamed.

5)Misal Pav

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Misal Pav

Basically from Pune. To prepare Misal first ‘Usal’ which is a water based curried preparation of cooked sprouted lentils is first prepared and then topped with batata-bhaji, pohay, Chivda, farsaan, raw chopped onions and tomato. It is some times eaten with yogurt to cut the spice and is always served with dinner roll type bread called Pav and lemon wedges.

6)Shrikhand

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Shrikhand

Shrikhand is an Indian sweet dish made of strained yogurt and one of the main desserts in Maharashtrian cuisine as well as Gujarati cuisine. The yogurt is tied and hung until all the water has drained off, the result being a thick and creamy yogurt. Dried and fresh fruit such as mango are also added to flavor it and other ingredients like sugar, cardamom powder, and saffron are added. It is often eaten along with meals with Puris (deep fried Indian breads). It is served chilled and provides a refreshing counterpoint to hot and spicy curries. It is garnished with toasted nuts and a pinch of saffron.

7)Sabudana Khichdi

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Sabudana Khichdi

“Sabudana” is a local food base prepared from the latex of of the Sago Palm. The name given to it by the English is “Sago” which is tapioca starch or cassava starch white granules. Sabudana is white in color and granular in texture. The grains are globular in shape and look somewhat like the tiny thermocol balls used for packaging delicate materials. The ready-to-eat dish prepared from it is known as “Khichdi,” which roughly mean “mixture.” Sabudana Khichdi is a popular breakfast item and is one of the few food products that are allowed to be eaten when Maharashtrians undertake holy-fasting known in Marathi as “Upaas.”

 8)Shengdanyachi Amti

Shengdanyachi Amti (Peanut Stew )
Shengdana Amti

‘Shengdana’ meaning peanuts and ‘amti’ meaning curry.This is a dish one can prepare in minutes, yet beautifully flavorsome. If you are someone who loves peanuts like I do, this is for you. A very suitable dish for fasting days, you can off course try this when in need for an alternative to sambars/dals/kadhis as an accompaniment to your meal. Trust me you will not regret it.When all of the above comes packaged with nutritional benefits one cannot ignore, there’s nothing like it.

9)Bhakar Wadi

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Bhakar Wadi

Basically a popular evening time snack from maharashtrian cuisine. it is prepared from the combination of all purpose flour and chick pea flour dusted with several dry spices.started to like the bhakarwadi snack recipe since my childhood. most of my childhood was spent in Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh. Balaghat had a great influnece of maharashtra cuisine. Bhakarwadi was one such recipe which i had a developed a great taste since early days. In Maharashtra  you can easily get bhakarwadi in every corner of the street.

10)Zhunka Bhakar

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Zunka Bhakar

Zunka Bhakar is a well known Maharashtrian recipe, eaten using coarse grains like jowar.It is also known by the name of pitla. Its ingredient are, gram flour (besan), is mixed with water to form a stiff paste. It is then sauteed in oil with other ingredients and served with roti or more traditionally with Bhakri (jowar roti). The dish is also referred to as jhunka bhakar.

11)Basundi

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Basundi

The traditonal basundi  is a special Indian sweet prepared during festivals in western part of India especially Maharashtra and Gujarat. There are easier and less labour intensive methods to prepare basundi . Basundi can be prepared using khoya (mawa), condensed milk, cream and evaporated milk powder. We can even flavor the authentic basundi recipe with strawberry, custard apple, orange, mango.

12)Thalipeeth

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Thali peeth

Maharashtra’s most popular and nutritious delicacies! Made of whole grains, the Jowar Bajra Besan Thalipeeeth is rich in protein, calcium and iron.The dough is prepared from a special flour made from roasted tapioca(sabudana), Rajgira (Amaranth), coriander seeds, cumin seeds, wheat, and rice. Onion, fresh coriander and other vegetables and spices are added when kneading the dough.

13)Kothimbir Vadi

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Kothimbir Vadi

One of the most famous Maharashtrian snacks, Kothimbir is the Marathi word for coriander and is extremely delicious. Kothambir vadi is prepared in various ways but people prefer eating kothambir vadi cooked in steam. Gram flour, coriander leaves and sesame seeds mixture is cooked in steam like that of dhokala and then sliced and fried. This ways kothambir vadi turns out to be more delicious.

Have fun eating them!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

Eggless Chocolate Brownie using Pressure Cooker

 

Preparation time: less than 10 Minutes

Cooking time: 10 Minutes

 

Serving: 2

Ingredients

6 Tbsp. Plain Flour/ Maida

4 Tbsp. Powdered Sugar

4 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder

2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter

2 Tbsp. Oil

3-4 Drops Vanilla Essence

Few Chopped Walnuts

Little Milk

For Garnishing

Vanilla Ice-cream

Chocolate syrup

Glazed Cherries


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Directions
1)Combine all dry ingredients together in one bowl and sieve well.
2)Now add wet ingredients and whisk well.

3)Add milk for smooth consistency and again whisk well.

4)Remove the whistle from the lid of cooker.

5)Heat the cooker (cover with lid) on high flame for 5 minutes.Now grease the baking or aluminum bowl and pour in it.

6)Place the bowl into the cooker and again cook for 10 minutes approx.
Remove the bowl from the cooker and serve it with vanilla ice-cream and chocolate syrup.

SWEETS YOU CAN’T MISS IN THE HEART OF INDIA

                                  Apart from being home to various monuments, forts, temples and lively bazaars, Madhya Pradesh also offers different variety of Cuisines. The Madhya Pradesh Cuisine provides you with mouth watering traditional dishes, representing different cultures. Some of the popular food items of Madhya Pradesh are kusli, lavang lata, jalebi, pilaf with peas, indori puri palak ki, baflas, kebabs and biryani. These cuisines are perfect combination of exquisite taste and essence. Moreover one can relish different varieties of Cuisines as per the changing seasons of the state.This is the list of sweets you can’t afford to miss here.







                                                                     Kusli

                                                            Kusli is a sweet dish that is prepared in whole of Madhya Pradesh and is very delicious. It is like cookies of wheat flour stuffed with sweet stuffing of dry fruits and other ingredients. The main ingredients you need for making kusli are wheat flour, Almond powder, semolina, powdered sugar or khaand, grated dried coconuts, cardamom powder and oil. It is a major food item that is served in the festive season.



                                                                               Lavang Lata
                                                           Lavang lata is another sweet dish that is famous in  Madhya Pradesh. It is a food item rich in flavours and dry fruits like Pistachio, almonds and cashew. For outer covering, wheat flour is used and it is stuffed with a mixture of dry fruits, grated coconut, raisins and spices like cardamom and cloves and then it is fried. After frying, it is dipped in two string sugar syrup.



                                                                         Jalebi

                                                              Another delicious dessert of  M.P is Jalebi. It is a coil-shaped sweet dish that is made from white flour and is deep fried and then dipped in thick sugar syrup. It is served with milk, curd or rabdi and is a major item served n breakfast.
 

                                                                        Khoye ki Jalebi
                                                       
                                                                       Jalebis are available everywhere, but Khoye ki Jalebi has a different recipe giving a taste unlike any of those. The recipe uses thickened milk and dipped in sugar syrup. Rosewater is also added to the Jalebis gives them very strong and attractive aroma and slightly changed taste. Get them in local sweet stalls.

                                                   Kophrapak
                                                          Kopra Pak is one of my childhood favorite sweets that come every Diwali or Holi, it has become a ritual at my home to make these.  It is important to use freshly grated coconut to make this sweet as opposed to using frozen or desiccated versions of the coconut. The taste and the juices that emanate from the fresh coconut give the special richness to this delicacy.


                                                           Meva Bati

                                                  Meva Bati is a rich North Indian mithai made by stuffing a mava based dough with a rich mixture of nuts and mava, and deep-frying the delicate, stuffed balls till golden brown. These Meva Batis are then soaked in sugar syrup for a while and served warm. 

 
 
 
 

                                                             Shrikhand

                                               A dollop of gooey, creamy shrikhand laced with saffron and elaichi, topped with mixed nuts, and served with steaming hot puris – that’s something to yearn for!




Have fun eating them…………