How to make Chenna Cheese

Learn how to make Chenna Cheese at home with this simple step by step tutorial – use this milk cheese for a variety of dishes!

How to make Chenna Cheese at home Recipe | Milk Cheese written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com
Chenna or Chhenna or Chhanna… differently spelled, but refers to a cheese obtained by curdling milk – similar to that of making homemade Paneer. It is a fresh, unripened cheese make from whole milk that looks crumbly and forms the perfect base for many Indian desserts. It is similar to Ricotta cheese and much softer than paneer.

Not much is required to make Chenna at home, except a few basic but important ingredients. First, the right kind of MILK. Full fat whole milk (preferably buffalo’s) works the best for this cheese. But you can make do with most milks, if you aren’t too particular about the richness of the cheese. Secondly, you need to use something to curdle the milk. You can use lemon juice, citric acid, vinegar or even some kind of yogurt. I’ve always found lemon juice to work the best. Just use enough to separate the milk particles from the whey. Once you’ve got that figured, you only have to filter and squeeze out extra water. (more…)

Indian Masala Chai

A lot can be said about the Indian Masala Chai – this one of a kind, spiced, rejuvenating hot drink can jump-start your day!

Indian Masala Chai Tutorial | Indian Spiced Tea Recipe
You don’t NEED a recipe to make Masala Chai. What you need is a quick walk-though of the method adopted by Indians to make their daily cuppa tea.

I’m not much of a tea or coffee drinker. But I know people who cannot live without 1-2 cups of tea everyday. This Indian Tea has a larger milk content, thus making it milder than its western counterpart. What I’ve shown here is only a sample of how we make tea. You could easily add or leave out as many spices as you like… as long as the flavors blend well together! 🙂

Use your common sense while choosing what spices to use for your tea. Pre-made spice mixes are a no-no, since they come with salt content and other preservatives! Use whole spices like Cloves, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, Nutemeg etc… spices that you wouldn’t mind using in a dessert!   (more…)

Roasted Vegetable Soup

Aromatic roasted vegetable soup with with intense flavors of the roasted veggies is a healthy and hearty dish to include in your daily diet.

Roasted Vegetable Soup Recipe | Healthy Vegetarian Soups written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

1) Use up all the vegetables in your fridge

2) Dump them onto a baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes.

3) Grind to a soup and flavor with salt and pepper.

Lo & Behold! You have a healthy and hearty soup ready! I’m an ardent soup drinker. And tomato veggie soup is used to be my favorite…. until I found out this gem. Roasting the veggies in the oven (or the grill) to let it caramelize and develop a smoky flavor just amplifies the flavor of this soup by a 100 notches! So intense is the flavor that you don’t really need much to season it. Just some salt and pepper would give you an aromatic bowl of roasted vegetable soup that you’re guaranteed to love! And serve it with some crusty wholewheat bread to have a wholesome meal in itself!   (more…)

Microwave Vegetable Pulao

Follow the recipe for microwave vegetable pulao to make a quick & aromatic one pot meal!

Microwave Vegetable Pulao Recipe | Quick Vegetarian Pilaf | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of www.Foodomania.com Today’s microwave vegetable pulao recipe is sponsored by Best Foods Inc. – makers of premium quality Basmati Rice.

I am a rice-a-holic. I eat some kind of a rice dish for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Be it some soft rice idlis to kick of the day or a simple curd rice to end the day, rice is a major component of my diet. I do have a post on how I cook my rice in the pressure cooker. More often than not, it is the tool we use to cook everything from rice, potatoes and even beans!

However, once in a while, I like to put my Microwave to good use. And whenever I do, I like to cook Pulao in it! Only because I can! 😉 And because the texture of the rice is fluffy and wonderful when cooked in the microwave!

It is not much different than making it in a pressure cooker or a pan. If you own nothing but a microwave, then you would love this recipe since you’re essentially making everything in one microwave pan.   (more…)