Vanilla Phirni Recipe or Rice pudding with Vanilla Flavor

Phirni with vanilla flavor using SPRIG Gourmet sugar
Phirni with Vanilla flavor

 

I am sharing the recipe of Phirni with vanilla flavor. Phirni is a rich, creamy dessert with dry fruits. Phirni tastes best when served chilled in a clay pot or container. The festival season has already begun and I am sure the preparation, shopping, cooking has already started. The best things about these festivals are lots of good food, family time together and a break from our busy schedule. In our culture, festivals are majorly associated with food, sweets, savory snacks especially for Diwali. I am always more excited for the Diwali festival because of the beautiful lights, decorative Rangolis, few crackers (of course), and sweets.

Rice Phirni with Vanilla using SPRIG sugar
Rice Phirni with Vanilla using SPRIG Demerara Sugar
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Traditional Indian sweets are hands down the best, but here I tried to give some twist to the Phirni recipe. In order, that there can be something new on the Diwali special menu. So, this time I gave a slight twist to this rice-based creamy pudding Phirni by giving it a mild flavor of vanilla and cranberries.  For the vanilla flavor, I used Demerara Sugar infused with Real Madagascar Vanilla. It is a different kind of sugar with natural, caramel-like flavor of the rich golden Demerara sugar crystals. Not only does it gives an amazing flavor, but nice color and also a pleasant vanilla aroma to the dish. SPRIG’s vanilla sugar is best for sprinkling on cookies or also for giving vanilla flavor to cakes, beverages or baked items.

SPRIG Sugar with infused vanilla
SPRIG Sugar with infused vanilla
SPRIG products
SPRIG products

I also used a pinch of freshly ground cardamom powder made from SPRIG’s green cardamom from Kerala. This is one of the best aromatic cardamoms that I have used. The aroma of cardamom remains in your hand, even by just holding it in your hand for a minute. I have used dried cranberries, it is optional you can add any berries or dry fruits of your choice.

You can order the Demerara Sugar infused with Real Madagascar Vanilla and Green Cardamom from Kerala – SPRIG from amazon. Link mentioned below:

 

 

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Rajasthan Trip – Photo Blog

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I love travelling and I love food. On the blog, you will find content related mostly to food and few travel stories like Tarkali-Devbag Trip, Staycation experience at Manasi bungalow, Lonavala.

This is a picture blog of our Rajastahan Trip – places we visited during the trip. This post won’t be having any description of places but feel free to drop your questions in the comment section and I will be happy to answer.

Places we visited – Udaipur-Ajmer-Jaipur

Amer Fort, Jaipur
Amer Fort, Jaipur
Amer Fort, Jaipur
Amer Fort, Jaipur
Choki Dhani, Jaipur
Choki Dhani, Jaipur
Choki Dhani, Jaipur
Choki Dhani, Jaipur
Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur
City Palace, Jaipur
Jaipur City from Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Jaipur City from Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Jaipur City from Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Jaipur City from Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur
Brahma Temple, Pushkar
Brahma Temple, Pushkar
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Jagdish Temple, Udaipur
Amer Fort, Jaipur
Jal Mahal, Jaipur
Ajmer City at Night, Ajmer
Anna Sagar Lake, Ajmer
Anna Sagar Lake, Ajmer
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
City Palace from Ambrai Restaurant, Udaipur
kumbhalgarh fort, Rajasthan
Kumbhalgarh fort, Rajasthan
Kumbhalgarh fort, Rajasthan
Kumbhalgarh fort, Rajasthan
Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur
Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur
Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur
Fateh Sagar Lake, Udaipur
Lake Palace in Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Lake Palace in Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Lake Palace in Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Lake Palace in Lake Pichola, Udaipur
Anna Sagar Lake, Ajmer
Anna Sagar Lake, Ajmer
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Cultural Program at Bagore ki Haveli, Udaipur
Udaipur City from City Palace, Udaipur
Udaipur City from City Palace, Udaipur
Udaipur City from City Palace, Udaipur
Udaipur City from City Palace, Udaipur
Karni Mata Temple, Udaipur
Karni Mata Temple, Udaipur

                

 

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Restaurant Review: Genuine Broaster Chicken, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

Finally, Navi Mumbai has a good new addition of Genuine Broaster Chicken in the list of casual dining restaurants. Genuine Broaster chicken is a 60 year old US brand. They have opened their outlets in India and the best part is that they have tied up with Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi, yes the “Namak Shamak” chef to curate a special “Indian-nized” menu. So, I was really looking forward to #getbroasted.

 

Ambiance:

Talking about ambiance, the place has funky, innovative interiors with caricatured tables, plants in helmets, beautiful lights, etc, etc. Board games are also available so that you can enjoy them also along with good food, music and drinks.

Genuine Broaster Chicken in Vashi, Navi Mumbai Genuine Broaster Chicken in Vashi, Navi Mumbai Genuine Broaster Chicken in Vashi, Navi MumbaiGenuine Broaster Chicken in Vashi, Navi Mumbai Genuine Broaster Chicken in Vashi, Navi Mumbai Genuine Broaster Chicken in Vashi, Navi Mumbai

 

Mocktails:

Coming to drinks, the Mocktails we tried were Kokum Twister which I liked because it is a fizzy drink with the taste of kokum sharbat (popular in maharastra), next was Palang Tod which is very contradictory to it’s name because this drink is capable of keeping you awake all night, it is a strong combination of Redbull and Coffee shots so don’t blame me for your sleepless nights after having this. The Coco Mango Mojito was average didn’t like it much but the show stealer was the Chocolate Wreak Freakshake. It is simply Wow! Oreo, Kitkat, waffers blended together with chocolate and presented beautifully.

SavoryTales Review:Genuine Broaster Chicken in Vashi, Navi Mumbai SavoryTales Review:Genuine Broaster Chicken in Vashi, Navi Mumbai

 

You can take the kitchen tour at Genuine Broaster Chicken and see the working of pressure fryer like how they make amazing fried chicken in just minutes. The fried chicken cooked under pressure fryer absorbs much lesser oil compared to the normal frying. I have also uploaded the video my Youtube Channel. Do check it by clicking the link below.

Food:

We tried the Broaster platter which had 2 pieces of each – the legendary chicken, happy fried chicken and hot masala chicken. The best  among them was happy fried and hot masala. Spicy, crispy, juicy chicken pieces fried and cooked to perfection and to make it taste even better it is served with 3 different dips.

SavoryTales Review: Genuine Broaster Chicken, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

The Assorted Wings Platter with six varieties of chicken wings was served. Smoked BBQ & Mushrooms, Butter garlic and Kung Pao were my favorite ( still drooling). And don’t miss the Lamb Rogan Josh Burger which is Harpal Singh’s special item. It is served with fries, these red colored soft bun (naturally colored) with flavorful minced lamb patties and sauces is simply awesome.

Under the grilled chicken section we tried Cheese & Lemon peppery flavored chicken served with rice, fries and butter garlic sauce. The chicken pieces are succulent and have pleasing buttery peppery flavor.

In dessert, I had two of my favorites together chocolate samosa with mango ice cream. The crispy chocolate samosa was complimenting the mango ice-cream very well. The Gulkand Muffin is a very unique dish and is also Chef’s special so give it a try.

SavoryTales Review: Genuine Broaster Chicken, Vashi, Navi Mumbai

I am happy that they have opened their branch in Vashi, Navi Mumai and  it is a perfect place for good food with drinks and good music.

 

 

 

 

Genuine Broaster Chicken Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Other review of restaurants of Navi Mumbai:

Flavors, Sanpada

7th Heaven, Mumbai

The Koffee Works, Kharghar

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No Butter, No Oil – Eggless Chocolate Oats Banana Cake

No Butter, No Oil - Eggless Chocolate Oats Banana Cake
chocolate banana oats cake
No Butter, No Oil – Eggless Chocolate Oats Banana Cake

I have said a big “no” to the all purpose flour cake. When you are baking a cake for yourself why not bake the healthier version of it.I am talking here about a healthy cake, which has oats, banana, flaxseeds and yogurt. No Butter, No Oil – Eggless Chocolate Oats Banana Cake. Sounds healthy and tastes good too.  You know what stops me from baking a cake frequently at home is Butter and yes, oil too. It has happened almost every time that when I came across any interesting cake recipe I very enthusiastically read it. The moment I go read the ingredient section and after reading the insane amount of Butter or Oil and Cream is added to it, my interest is gone. I know it sounds weird and trust me, I have got such reactions like “Come on it a “Cake”, it can’t be butter or oil free.

No Butter, No Oil - Eggless Chocolate Oats Banana Cake
chocolate banana oats cake

Gulit free and Healthy Cake

And I say “why not” !  I am not a very healthy eater but I think if you are eating out you really don’t have control over it. But if you are at home then you can have the full control over the ingredients. It’s a good idea to find a recipe of a cake, which you can be eaten guilt free and baked more frequently. Ok,  I agree that it might not be that moist or that goooooood like a normal cake is but I think that’s not bad at all. Recipe of another amazing Whole wheat Oats Banana Cake with Egg and without Egg is on the blog (click the link)

No Butter, No Oil - Eggless Chocolate Oats Banana Cake
chocolate banana oats cake

Yes, It’s a no butter or oil cake recipe. I skipped adding any oil or butter to it. Try it you might like it too, and thank me later 🙂

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Non-Fried Dahi Vada Recipe or Steamed Dahi Vada

Non-fried Dahi Vada Recipe
Non-fried Dahi Vada Recipe

Since holi is around so this post becomes special as making Dahi Vada is like a ritual at my place. This Dahi vada post becomes more special because it’s non-fried and steamed. I feel so proud when I make something healthy or find a healthy version of some recipe which tastes as good as the original dish.

Fried Vada or Steamed Vadas?

Why opt for fried food when we can recreate the same taste with the healthy alternative. You should bookmark this steamed dahi vada or non-fried dahi vada recipe or try it on this Holi festival and surprise your guests by telling that it’s not fried.

Steamed Dahi Vada
Steamed Dahi Vada

Soft dahi vada dipped in sweet and salty yogurt and topped with tamarind chutney tastes simply yum. I made this with a combination of urad daal and moong daal. You will be needing fruit salt like eno while making this non-fried dahi vada.  Use your idli maker for making these dahi vadas and dip them in hot water for few minutes and they are ready to be served.

Try out this simple recipe and I am sure you will love it. Share your feedback or suggestions in the comment section and don’t forget to tag me if you post them on social media. I am on facebook, twitter and Instagram.

Non-fried Dahi Vada Recipe
Non-fried Dahi Vada Recipe

 

Few more recipes which you will find interesting:

Khaman Dhokla

Moong Daal Bhajiya

Dahi Sev Batata Puri

 

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Green Coconut Coriander Chutney Recipe

Green Coconut Coriander Chutney
Green Coconut Coriander Chutney

 

Green Coriander Coconut Chutney Recipe

We all love South Indian dishes and the different varieties of chutneys served with these dishes are interesting. I remember my visit to “Chutneys” in Hyderabad and Waao ! they serve five-six variations of chutney to relish with the South Indian dishes. This Green Coriander Coconut Chutney Recipe was tried first time due to unavailability of few ingredients at home. Earlier I used to make only the traditional coconut chutney with idli or dosa which is also served in almost all the restaurants or anna’s stall but now depending upon time and availability of ingredients I love to give it some twist like adding tomatoes and onions. The tomato onion coconut chutney recipe is already on the blog, click the link for the recipe.

This time I made Green Coriander Coconut chutney. It’s very simple to make and can be prepared quickly.  You can serve it with appam, dosa, Uttapam or idllies. To make this green coriander chutney all you need is fresh coriander leaves, coconut, green chilies, curd and garlic pod which is optional. You can add tempering or you can skip it if you want to keep it oil free as I have skipped it.

Green Coconut Coriander Chutney
Green Coconut Coriander Chutney

I have also shared the recipe of tomato-onion coconut chutney, Rawa idli and spicy sambhar on the blog. I am a big dosa fan and if you follow me on Instagram @savorytales you will definitely be knowing this. If you give it a try, do share your feedback and comment about this recipe.

Few recipes you might be interested in:

Green Coriander Chutney

Yogurt-Mint Dip

Beetroot Raita

 

 

 

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Review: Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai

I used to see this restaurant Flavors while going to Vashi, near Sanpada Railway Station and I was planning to go there and finally it happened last Friday. We (Me and S) went for lunch to this place. We got the parking easily and it didn’t seem to be an issue at that time. We went around 1 pm and the place was quite full.

I don’t know why but I always judge the restaurant at first place by the ambiance which has not always been the right approach because I had some amazing food at average or no ambiance restaurants also. But, as usual, the place was analyzed again on this parameter and I liked it this time at the first place only because the beautiful decor, perfect lighting and comfortable sitting space impressed me.

We started the meal with some beautiful looking and totally ” Hatt-ke” (different) Mocktails.

Mocktails:

Icy Lemon was a beautiful blue colored mocktail and it had a very refreshing taste of lemons. It became my favorite in the first sip itself. Next was Chatka Mary ( interesting name .. isn’t it?) This is a crazy spin to the Bloody Mary where the tomatoes are replaced by sweet- spicy guava juice with some lime. The rims were coated with salt and red chili powder and full “khatta-meetha-teekha” combo this one was. Kala Khatta Mojito was another beautiful colored mocktail which was served to us and was a notable combination of the kala khatta and mojito. I liked the taste of this mocktail and enjoyed sipping it. The last one was Green Chilli Mojito.. (Yes ! you read right) an attractive bright green color mocktail was is a unique combination of green chilies, lime, and mint.

Flavors, sanpada, navi mumbai
Flavors, sanpada, navi mumbai

 

Starters:

This is my favorite part of the meal because I am a big fan of dry and tandoor items more than the gravy dishes. The starters were served with a variety of dips and sauces. I liked the starters here more because they were beautifully presented. Murg Hazarvi Kebab was delicious pepper flavored chicken kebabs. The chicken pieces were succulent, spicy and perfectly cooked. Panner Hilltop was served on a BBQ equipped serveware were the paneer tikka was placed on top and the bottom section was filled with burning charcoal which was like a live BBQ. The paneer pieces were soft and this green colored tikka was stuffed with spinach and green peas filling. Veg Kurkure is something that you should not miss. Crispy fried vegetables served beautifully with honey and chilli sauce. Paneer Lotus was beautiful flower shaped fried pastry sheets stuffed with spicy paneer filling which was crispy and yummy. The BBQ chicken was tasty with chicken cooked in BBQ sauce. The Bikarneri Seekh Kebab is a good option for the vegetarian lovers but I found it a bit dry due to the cottage cheese I guess and you need some chutney or dip to accompany it.

Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai
Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai
Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai
Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai

Main Course:

As I mentioned above I absolutely loved the way they presented the food and the quantity is fulfilling too. I would like to mention especially the Singaporian rice served with Prawns in Oyster sauce. The rice was nicely cooked, flavorful and it was presented in a bamboo container. I loved the Murg Musallam which was rich and creamy chicken gravy with minced chicken pieces and was downright delicious. The Subz Diwani Handi was good too and Paneer Lababdar was kind of ok nothing special. The meal was served with Roti ki tokri which had assorted bread right from missi roti, tandoori roti and naan.

Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai
Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai

Dessert:

I think this is the favorite part of the meal for everyone. Since we were already full after such an elaborate meal so we decided to conclude the meal with the hot sizzling brownie. I love that sizzling sound of the chocolate sauce and it’s such a treat to eyes to watch it in front of you. It was absolutely delicious and with moist brownie, vanilla ice-cream and hot chocolate sauce.

Flavors, Sanpada, Navi Mumbai

The service is another thing I would like to mention here. The staff were quick and well aware about the menu items. They left no stones unturned to give us the best service.

They have an ongoing BBQ festival so check out their Zomato and Facebook page for more details.

This place has an amazing variety to offer to all veg and non-veg food lovers. This restaurant is indeed a good option for the residents of Navi Mumbai or anyone who is visiting this part of the city.

“My opinion and words are not biased and the review is totally based on my experience at the restaurant. But rightly said, “Food is subjective and everyone has own taste” so kindly exercise your own discretion, with the understanding that this is reviewer’s personal opinion.”
Flavors Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Punjabi Baingan Bharta Recipe / Baingan Bharta Recipe

Indian Roasted Eggplant Curry/ Punjabi Baingan Bharta Recipe
Indian Roasted Eggplant Curry
Punjabi Baingan Bharta Recipe

At my place, Roasted eggplant or Baingan Bharta is made with Litti or Batti but it is very different from the Punjabi Baingan Bharta. My dad is a big fan of Punjabi  Baingan bharta.  He orders it at almost every restaurant or Dhaba where we had a meal with him. We had some amazing and some horrible experience of Baigan Bharta ordered at a restaurant or Dhaba. (I hope he reads this :P) The Dhaba style Punjabi Baingan Bharta recipe has never disappointed us so far. There is something really amazing about Dhaba style food, rich in taste and it makes you crave for more. For me, road trips are also exciting because of these midway Dhaba lunches or snack breaks and the enticing food they offer.

Baigan ka Bharta is a simple dish made with the eggplant also known as aubergines roasted directly over the fire till it is charred, mashed well and then cooked along with commonly used Indian spice powders, but the smoky flavor of the roasted Baigan is the main highlight of the dish. The smoky flavor adds a different dimension to the dish so I will insist not to miss this step. Baigan Bharta with sattu paratha or tandoori roti with a dollop of ghee tastes really divine. I tried to make this Indian burnt aubergine curry or roasted eggplant curry at home this time and it turned out to be really good.

burnt aubergine curry
burnt aubergine curry

Try out this step by step picture recipe of Baingan ka Bharta and please do share with me on my social media handles – Instagram  Twitter Facebook

You can also check my Youtube Channel which I have created recently.

Also, check these recipes:

Kala Chana Ghughni Recipe

Palak Paratha

Chilli Cheese Toast

 

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Dahi Sev Batata Puri Recipe (Video)

Dahi Puri
Dahi Puri

Dahi Sev Batata Puri or Dahi Puri is a popular snack or chaat item which is especially popular in Maharastra. Dahi Puri is simply yummy with sweet, sour and spicy flavors in it. The puris are filled with boiled potatoes, chutney, onion and dahi. You can use tamarind and green coriander chutney for making Dahi Puri. If you follow me on Instagram you know I love chaats and street food and especially Pani Puri. I start craving for it if I don’t have it for long.

Dahi Sev Batata Puri Recipe
Dahi Sev Batata Puri Recipe

This Dahi Sev Batata Puri Recipe video is also very special because this is my first recipe video and let me tell you this blogging has made me learn so many new things. I was a complete zero in all this video making and editing thing but I thought of diversifying into vlogging as well and thus, my research and study about video making and editing started. I am glad I made my first recipe video ALL by myself and posted it with lots of thoughts and fear in my mind but I am glad as the comments and response are really encouraging.

So, if you are reading this do check out the video and subscribe to my channel.

 

 

Also, check these recipes:

Egg Chops or Dimer Chops

Moong Daal Bhajiya

Moong Dal Chaat

 

 

 

 

 

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Pomfret Fish Masala Fry or Pomfret Tawa Fry

Pomfret Masala Tawa Fry
Pomfret Masala Tawa Fry

 

 

Sundays are usually chicken curry day at my place. Fish curry is made rarely may be because everyone likes only “Rohu” fish at my place which requires time and a lot of patience to eat it. I first time had Pomfret Masala Fry in Daman at a shack and I really liked it. This spicy masala coated pomfret fry was melt-in-mouth and with a dash of lemon, it tasted absolutely delicious. I tried the deep fried version of pomfret fry at Tarkarli (locally called: pamphlet) but didn’t like it much.

Fried Pomfret or Pomfret  Tawa Fry:

I will anytime choose Tawa fry version over deep fried for not only health reasons but also because I like that spicy masala that coats the fish. You can also make Tandoori pomfret by cooking the fish in tandoori masala, this would be a healthier option. Let me share some basic benefits of adding fish in your diet. Fishes are the rich source of essential fatty acids (omega-3 fatty acids)and minerals.  It also contains a good amount of iodine which is critical for the thyroid gland. Thus, Pomfret is good for eyesight, healthy hair and skin.

Pomfret Fish Masala Fry

On one such Sunday morning, we went to the fish market to buy “Rohu” fish but I also got tempted to try making Pomfret Fish Masala Fry at home. It’s really simple and easy to make. The fish gets cooked in 10-15 minutes and marination is advisable for 15 minutes. Cooking this fish in mustard oil adds more flavor to the dish. Use non-stick pan or kadhai to prepare Pomfret Masala Tawa fry so that the masala don’t stick in the pan or kadai.

If you try the recipe don’t forget to tag me in your social media posts Instagram- @savorytales or Facebook @savorytales.

Also check the recipe of:

Chicken Seekh Kebab on Tawa

Schezwan Chicken Wrap

Chicken Momos


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