Monday, April 24, 2017

Curd Rice: Thayir Sadam

Honestly I never had curd rice before; it was a year ago when I first ever tried it. My office colleague who is from Chennai introduced me to curd rice and its goodness.  She explained me that curd rice is a solution to any problem-be it bad tummy days, after greasy food to just a lazy meal idea.

Yogurt or curd or dahi as we call it in hindi is one super healthy ingredient. Like all milk or dairy product curd is also rich in calcium which offers us healthy bones and teeth. Curd has ‘good bacteria’ present in it which strengthens your immune system by fighting against several microorganisms that are present in the body. Consuming curd can go a long way in maintaining a healthy heart, it reduces cholesterol levels. Lastly yogurt is great booster for healthy digestion.

Rice as we know when eaten in moderation can be a good source of carbohydrates. It also contains some amount of proteins, folic acid and phosphorus. What I like about rice the most that even little quantity of rice can make you feel full.

So, when these two ingredients curd and rice combines together to form this easy peasy south Indian dish called Curd Rice the outcome is just amazing. Every now then when I want my stomach lining to cool down from the spicy Indian food I only think about curd rice. From the time I have returned back from Dubai my health hasn’t been well, from stomach problems to toothache to headaches to feeling weak-everything is going on; it is only Curd Rice that comes to rescue.

Now, I am not from south India so may be my recipe is different. I would suggest all my non south Indian friends and followers to have curd rice once in their lifetime (if you haven’t, like me ;-). It is a perfect summer meal when you don’t want to slave yourself in the kitchen. Serve it with some pickle or chutney and a papad-just perfect.

1 and 1/2 cups yogurt/curd/dahi
2 cups boiled rice/chawal
5 tablespoons milk/doodh
2 tablespoon oil
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida/hing
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds/sarso/rai
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
6 curry leaves/kadi patta
3 green chillies slit
2 tablespoons coriander leaves/dhaniya
Salt to taste

In a large bowl, add yogurt, milk and rice. With potato masher, mash the rice. Add salt and keep aise.
In a pan heat oil and add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and asafoetida. Let the seeds crackle.
Add in green chillies and curry leaves. Mix.
Pour the oil tempering on curd rice mixture. Give a nice stir.
Add in coriander leaves. Mix and serve.

Never ever serve curd rice hot. It should be served at room temperature.
You can add chopped green chillies; I added whole chillies so that I can remove it easily.
You can add channa dal or urad daal in tempering as well. I kept it as simple as possible.
Some people add water instead of milk. Feel free to add water as well.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

5 Off-Beat Things To Do In Cambridge

Summer is round the corner and it is the best time to explore UK. On our Easter long weekend we planned a day trip to Cambridge. I have been to Cambridge during peak winters with my girl friends, but spring in Cambridge is just amazing.

Cambridge is a university city and the county town of Cambridgeshire, England, on the River Cam. You can reach Cambridge from London in less than 1 hour. If you will Google on what to do in Cambridge, visiting college campus will be the first thing that would come up. But I feel that there some offbeat things that you must surely do in Cambridge, so here is my list.

5 Off-Beat Things To Do In Cambridge

Punting is Cambridge tradition, I would say. You don’t need to book it advance, right on the high street you will find many students offering punting tours. The price is between 10 pounds to 20 pounds per person depending on how busy they are. Just sit back and relax while your chauffeur punts and narrating the tales of Cambridge colleges, scientist and kings. 

Hop on from one canal to another; from one bridge to another. See mathematical bridge (famous Einstein Bridge, the first pic below). Walk to the lanes as you cross from one canal to another. See the spring in full bloom and bed of tulips in between. Sit by the canal and enjoy the punting and boats' magical world unfolding in front of you. If the weather permits, do not forget to open up your picnic basket here.

Market Square:
When in Cambridge, do not miss this market. Monday-Sunday, 10am-4pm, you will find stalls selling a wide range of goods including: Street Food, Books, vinyl, jewellery and bags Fruit and vegetables, second hand bikes, garden plants and so much more. My tip would be to try a Venezuelan Food called Arepa. Arepa is corn meal bread (gluten free) and you can choose your own filling. We had mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil, topped it up with incredible tasty green sauce/chutney.

Petite Cafes:
Oh yeah, I love small, little lovely cafes in Cambridge. If eating street food is not your forte then grab yourself a cup of coffee, ice tea or ‘soup of the day’ in one of the petite cafes. My suggestion would be to visit Indigo Coffee House. Situated in narrow lanes, away from crowd lies this cafe, which has quirky feel to it and food choices range from sweet treats to hot snacks. We had Hot Chocolate, Lemon Ice Tea and Toasted Buttered Bagel.

Free Fudge:
You can not only taste the free fudge samples here but see them make it live. Fudge Kitchen is a fudge heaven. I have tasted their Raspberry Meringue and Salted Chocolate Fudge-both so amazing. After all where do you get to taste warm fudge, right? This is place, I liked it so much that I am listing it as one the thing you must do in Cambridge. 

Below are some random pics that I clicked in Cambridge