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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Making these shahi bread rolls stuffed with spicy aloo masala and dry fruits are super yummy to eat and very easy to prepare. Prepare these rolls for any holiday or for any special occasion as a finger food.

Ingredients for Potato Stuffed Bread Roll

  • Bread – 10 slices
  • Boiled potatoes – 3 (350 grams)
  • Green peas – ¼ cup
  • Coriander leaves – 2 to 3 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Ginger – ½ inch piece (finely chopped)
  • Green chilly – 2 (finely chopped)
  • Salt – more than ½ tsp or to taste
  • Cumin powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – less than 1 tsp
  • Red chilly powder – ¼ tsp
  • Garam masala – ¼ tsp
  • Dry mango powder – ¼ tsp
  • Raisins – 1 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts – 10 to 12
  • Oil – for frying

How to make how to make bread rolls

Peel the boiled potatoes and take them in a bowl.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok. When the oil is heated well, add cumin powder, finely chopped ginger, finely chopped green chilly, coriander powder and turmeric powder and saute for a while. Now to the masala add green peas and saute well.
When the peas are cooked through, finely crumble the potatoes and to it add garam masala, dry mango powder, red chilly powder and salt. Mix everything really well and saute the stuffing. Mash the potatoes nicely and keep sauteing. Turn off the flame now.
Add raisins and chopped cashews to the stuffing and mix nicely. Also add green coriander to the stuffing and mix well. Stuffing for making rolls is now ready. Chop off the edges on the bread slices. 
Divide the stuffing into equal portions. Make 10 portions from the stuffing and roll giving them a cylindrical shape. Place them on a plate. 

Take 1/2 to 3/4 cup water in a plate and dip a bread slice in to it. Take this slice on your palm and squeeze out the extra water from it using the other palm. Keep the prepared cylindrical stuffing over it and lift the bread slice to close the stuffing and roll giving it an oval shape. Likewise prepare rest of the rolls as well.
Heat enough oil in a wok. The oil for frying bread rolls should be sufficiently hot. To check if it rightly hot, drop a bread roll into the wok. If it roasts well then the oil is sufficiently hot for frying the rolls. 
Now take 2 to 3 rolls and drop them gently to the oil. Flip the sides and fry until they get golden brown in color evenly. It takes 5 to 6 minutes to fry rolls at once. Drain out the fried rolls and place them on a plate covered with absorbent paper. Likewise fry rest of the rolls as well. 
Serve these steaming hot bread rolls with green coriander chutney or tomato chutney or any other chutney you like eating.
You can also prepare chaat from these bread rolls. For this, take 1 to 2 bread rolls on a plate and pour some green coriander chutney, sweet chutney, cumin powder, black salt, red chilly powder and some sev namkeen and serve. 
  • You can also prepare these shahi bread rolls with brown bread.
  • The oil for frying the rolls should be rightly heated else they will absorb oil.
  • For making 10 bread rolls
  • Time - 40 minutes

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(South Indian Mixture, chivda, bombay mix, Gujarathi mix, Chanachur, Punjabi mix, Bhujia)

Mixture is a spicy Indian Snack which has different variations in different states. It has different names like chivda, bombay mix, Gujarathi mix, chanachur, Punjabi mix, bhujia or even just as 'mixture'. As the name indicates, it is a spicy mixture of different ingredients like sev, fried curry leaves, boondi, fried onions, fried garlic, fried poha (flaked rice), chikpeas, dalia etc. There is no fixed recipe and different ingredients can be assembled and flavoured based on individual taste. The recipe given below is that of a South Indian 'mixture' but feel free to add or change the ingredients based on the availability and individual taste.

Omapodi (Sev) - 2 cups
Boondi - 2 cups
Banana Chips - 1/4 cup
Roasted Peanuts - 2 tblsp
Dalia (Pottukadalai) - 2 tblsp
Curry Leaves - 2 strands
Garlic - 1 whole
Chilly Powder - 1 tsp
Aval(roasted) - 1/2 cup
Roasted Green Peas - 2 tblsp
Roasted Cashews - 2-3 tblsp
Raisins - 2 tblsp

1. In a big mixing bowl, add the bhoondhi, omapodi (sev), banana chips, roasted peanuts and dalia.
2. Heat oil in a small pan and fry the curry leaves. Remove it out and add it to the mixing bowl.
3. Crush the garlic cloves using a mortar and pastle and fry it in the same oil.
4. Add this fried garlic also to the mixing bowl.
5. Add some chilly powder and toss everything together.
6. You can store this in airtight box for more than a month. Serve with evening tea or as a sidedish for rasam rice or curd rice.

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

(KFC Fried Chicken Recipe, Homemade KFC Style Fried Chicken, KFC Like Fried Chicken)


Coating - 1

  • All purpose Flour-1/2 Cup

Coating - 2

  • Eggs (beaten) - 2
  • Milk - 1 1/2 cups
  • Soy sauce - 1/2 tsp. 
  • Knorr chicken bouillon - 1 tsp. 
  • Freshly chopped parsley - 1 tbsp. 
  • Garlic (minced) - 2 large cloves 

Coating - 3

  • All purpose flour - 1 cup
  • Fine bread crumbs - 3/4 cup 
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp. 
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp. (not salt)
  • Onion powder - 1/4 tsp. (not salt)
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp. 
  • Black pepper - 2 tsp. 


  • Cooking oil - 5-6 cups
  • Chicken - 2 lb (cut in pieces)


  1. Mix each coating ingredients in separate bowls.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai put in medium heat(to cook the chicken)
  3. Coat the chicken pieces in first flour coating and dip in milk egg coating and in final coating of bread crumbs. 
  4. Deep fry the chicken in oil. The oil should not be too hot otherwise the outside gets browned before the inside gets cooked. 
  5. Check if its cooked properly and its light brown in color.
  6. Put in paper towel.
  7. Serve with fries or onion rings with tomato sauce.
  8. Tips

    • If you want a juicier chicken, soak the chicken in salt water for 4-5 hours before applying the coating and frying.
    • It is better to have the chicken in room temperature before frying as cold chicken takes longer to cook. As a result the outside will brown up faster before the inside gets cooked.
    • For a healthier twist, you can bake the chicken at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes after applying all the coating. That tastes equally good too.

    Serving Suggestion

    • Serve with french fries or onion rings with tomato sauce as a snack.
    • You can also serve this KFC style fried chickens as a side for variety rice.

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(Breakfast Parfait, Yogurt / yoghurt / yoghourt and Berry Parfait, Mixed berry parfait)

The word parfait originated in France and referred to a frozen dessert.  Like me, many of us know parfait as a popular breakfast or dessert made with yogurt. This American version of parfait has become so widely accepted that very few know about the original parfait.
Well, today I am also going to share the recipe of the popular breakfast from America and Canada - Breakfast Yogurt Berry Parfait. It is very light yet filling breakfast. If you want to make the same as a rich dessert, replace the yogurt with  ice cream or whipped cream or mascarpone cheese.
You can also try the same recipe with ingredients available in India. I have given some ideas at the end of the recipe about the native fruits and other toppings that can be used. 

Recipe for making Yogurt Berry Parfait

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: NIL
Serves: 2


  • Granola - 1 cup
  • Greek Yogurt - 1 cup (or use use the thick part of your homemade curd)
  • Honey - to taste
  • Mixed berries (Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries,Raspberries,etc..) - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 2 tsp


  1. To prepare the berries, toss the berries with sugar and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. You can add some lemon or orange zest for added flavor. If you have any fruit compote, feel free to use that. I have shared the recipe for mixed berry compote here.
  2. For the yogurt, you can buy store bought flavored yogurt. If not flavor your yogurt with some honey. You need thick yogurt. So if you are using homemade curd, be sure to hang it in a muslin cloth for 30 minutes to remove all excess liquid.
  3. Take 2 tall glasses. Clear glasses makes a beautiful presentation.
  4. Layer each glass with 1 tbsp of the flavored yogurt followed by 1 tbsp of the prepared berries and then with 1 tbsp of granola.
  5. Repeat the process till you reach the top of the glass.
  6. Serve immediately.


  • If you are in parts of the world where you cannot find berries or granola, do not worry. Follow the same method and make your own parfait. You can use any fruit puree or chopped fruits instead of berries. I have tried with pineapples, peaches, nectarines, banana, strawberries and mango. It all tastes good. Instead of granola, just use oats cooked with some sugar and chopped nuts.You can also use store bought muesli available in India.

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Ever heard about Indian Diet Chart for Weight Loss that can make you active and energetic all day long? I am sure you have not because most of the times weight loss diet has been attached with feelings such as tiredness, deprivation, giddiness, feeling dull throughout the day and being on salads and soups.

Hold back! You don’t have to worry about this anymore, as today on Indian weight loss dieting I would be sharing a complete meal plan for the people who aspire to become thin by following a healthy Indian diet chart for weight loss. 

Before you go through the diet chart, it’s very much necessary that you figure out what’s your aim behind losing weight, as your efforts worth mountain won’t keep you motivated if you don’t have strong enough aim. Secondly, make up your mind to lose weight by following a healthy diet, as its very crucial step if you are not determinant enough you won’t be able to lose or even follow the diet for couple of days.
So once you are all set to lose weight and just need a right guidance, seek Weight Loss Dieting expert help and shed those extra kilos that preventing you to shine bright among your social circle.

An Indian diet chart to lose weight for vegetarians

Early morning (as soon as you wake up) – Detox your body with stomach cleanser like lemon water with honey, amla juice, aloe Vera juice etc.
E.g. have glass of lukewarm water along + half cup of aloe Vera juice.
Breakfast (within half an hour of waking up) – source of high fiber cereal like, oats, wheat flour, bajra, wheat flakes with high protein source like milk and milk product along with one fruit.
For e.g. Bowl of oats porridge + one fruit
Mid-morning (Three hours after breakfast) – 5 almonds
Lunch (around 1-2 pm) – start your lunch with the bowl of salad + one roti with bowl of vegetables + half bowl of rice + bowl of dal
Post lunch (one hour after lunch) – glass of buttermilk + one fruit
Evening snack (Three hours post lunch) – cup of green tea + sprouts be, one bowl
Dinner (2-3 hours post evening snacks) – bowl of soup or bowl of salad 2 + grilled paneer (40-50 g)+ bowl of vegetable

Post dinner (half – one hour before going to bed) – one fruit (preferably papaya)

An Indian weight loss diet chart for non-vegetarians

Early morning (as soon as you wake up) – Detox your body with stomach cleanser like lemon water with honey, amla juice, aloe Vera juice etc.
E.g. have glass of lukewarm water, add tsp. of lemon extract and half tsp. of honey to it.
Breakfast (within half an hour of waking up) – source of high fiber cereal like, oats, wheat flour, bajra, wheat flakes with high protein source like milk and milk product or egg  along with one fruit.
For e.g. 2 slices of multi grain bread/ one roti with two boiled egg white cooked with spinach.
Mid-morning (Three hours after breakfast) – one fruit or cucumber with peel
Lunch (around 1-2 pm) – start your lunch with a bowl of salad + one roti with bowl of vegetables + half bowl of rice + bowl of dal
Post lunch (one hour after lunch) – glass of buttermilk + one fruit
Evening snack (Three hours post lunch) – cup of green tea + popcorn, one small bowl
Dinner (2-3 hours post evening snacks) – bowl of soup or bowl of salad 2 + one roti with grilled chicken+ bowl of vegetable
Post dinner (half – 0ne hour before going to bed) – one fruit (preferably papaya)

Basics behind this effective Indian weight loss diet chart

  • Detoxifying your body with natural ingredients help you cleanse your system and also to wash out impurities of your body.
  • Taking breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up helps to boost the metabolism as the body is in starvation mode throughout the night.
  • Dividing your 3 major meals into 5-6 small meals helps in better digestion and calories utilization.
  • Having 2-3 fruits and 3 servings of vegetables (250- 300 g) per day takes care of all the essential vitamins and minerals required by your body.
  • Having the bowl of salad before meals help you cut down on your overall carbohydrate consumption and eventually calories and provide you feeling of fullness.
  • Having protein rich snack will help you manage your craving of late night snacks and also prevent you from overeating at dinner time.
  • Keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day helps you in proper working of the digestive system and make your hair and skin shine.
  • This plan is designed in such a way that it will help you stay away from unexpected craving and will manage your hunger.

How many kg can you lose with this plan?

If you regularly follow this diet and maintain good hydration level you can lose around 2-4 kg in a month. Remember you need to change your options every week or two to keep getting weight loss result, as single diet plan can’t give you more than 2 kg of weight reduction on an average.

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When it comes to weight loss, most of us are trapped in the vicious cycle of failed diet plans where we start dieting and exercising with great enthusiasm. Suddenly somewhere in the middle of the road we lose interest and determination and give up to the tempting call of butter paneer, biryani, daal makhani and rasmalai. And the few of us who do succeed to lose some weight by surviving a restrictive diet, will not have any clue on how to maintain it so that they don’t return to their previous size. One such example is Indian GM Diet Meal Plan, where you to tend to lose weight in the first week and gain automatically when not followed with a strict diet plan.

The 1200 Calorie Indian Meal Plan:

The secret to maintaining healthy body weight lies in a planned calorie intake that will boost metabolism and induce fat burning. Boosting the metabolic rate is vital for weight loss and it can be done with the home remedies to boost metabolism. This can also be achieved with our new 1200 calorie diet plan. A 1200 Cal meal plan can never go wrong, but the result will definitely depend on what you eat. You cannot take in your stipulated 1200 Cal from junk food, fries, sugary treats and chocolates and expect to see effective results. It should be a well-balanced and nutritious diet, containing all the vital vitamins, minerals, essential fats, and nutrients or else your body can get seriously messed up and the effects will be reflected in your lifeless, limp hair, dull, rough skin along with extreme tiredness and lethargy.

Why 1200 Cal is the Magic Number?

Well, the requirement of every individual is different, and a diet for effective weight loss should be based on several factors such as activity level, age, sex, weight, height, metabolism and medical condition. Therefore, it is best to calculate your BMR (Basal Metabolic rate) that will help determine the minimum calorie requirement of your body.
The basic mechanism of weight loss is to create a calorie deficit in the body by eating fewer calories with a balanced diet chart. A minimum of 1200-1800 calorie is the basic requirement of the body and reducing calorie intake below that will signal the brain to slow down metabolism and the body will start conserving fat and extract energy from muscles instead.

Identifying the Right Calories

Calories are the most important factor that determines both weight gain and weight loss, and a healthy weight loss plan creates a safe calorie deficit to promote weight loss. The game of weight loss is all about calorie intake and calories burnt. In case of weight balance, all calories are same, but when it comes to overall health, all calories are not the same. The three main sources of calories are fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Sources of unhealthy saturated fats are butter, cheese and fatty cuts of meats; whereas sources of healthy unsaturated fats are nuts, vegetable oils, olives and seafood. Just like healthy and unhealthy fats, there are healthy and unhealthy carbs as well.
Simple carbs like white rice, sugar, white flour, soda, fruit juices and baked goods are the ones that make you fat. Complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, wheat flour, beans, lentils, legumes, fruits and vegetables aid in weight loss. Proteins are necessary for increasing muscle mass, and the best low saturated fat natural sources of protein are egg whites and low-fat dairy. So, it is important to identify the good and the bad calories and include the right foods in your 1200 calorie Indian diet plan to make it healthy and balanced.

How to Plan Your Own 1200 Calorie Diet Menu?

Well, it must have been heard millions of times by now that the secret to a beautifully chiseled figure is 5-6 small meals per day rather than 3 heavy ones that all of us usually have. The small healthy meals at short intervals help in boosting up metabolism thereby burning more calories. The basic idea of the 1200 Calorie meal plan is the same.

We must divide the 1200 calories into 6 meals consisting of 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) of 300 calories each which comes to a total of 900 calories. The remaining 300 calories should consist of healthy snacks and beverages that will be spread throughout the day. Try to stick to unprocessed, whole foods such as fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, dairy and poultry for meals as well as snacks. Avoid processed foods, starchy vegetables such as potatoes, cabbage, and cauliflower. You can take calcium and multivitamin supplements along with this diet. In many cases though, a strict diet throughout the day is often ruined due to late night food cravings.

A Generalized 1200 Cal Indian Diet Menu for Weight Loss:

Here, I have provided a sample 1200 calorie Indian diet plan for weight loss including both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes that will help you get an idea of what it ideally looks like and what portions you are supposed to eat. But it must be kept in mind that this is a generalized diet chart that may or may not suit the requirements of everyone in which case you should consult your dietician to know more about the 1200 calorie diet plan.

Following is a Generalized 1200 Cal Vegetarian Diet Chart:

Vegetarians have a wide range of option in this diet as they can include vegetables, lentils, pulses, cottage cheese (paneer) and yogurt on their menu as a source of protein, vitamins and nutrients. The Vegetarian diet includes:

TimingFoods To EatCalories
Early MorningLukewarm Water with Lemon 1 glass0
Tea without Sugar + 2 Biscuits90
Breakfast2 Rotis + 1/2 cup Paneer Curry330
Brown Bread Upma 1 plate + Milk 1 cup300
Mid-Morning1 Banana/1/2 cup Melon/20 Grapes50
LunchBrown Rice 1 cup (195 gm) + Mixed Vegetables 1/2 cup + Salad 1 bowl + Raita 1 small bowl345
EveningButter Milk 1 cup35
Dinner2 Rotis + Vegetable Soup 1 bowl + Salad 1 bowl370
Total1220/1190 Cal

Following is a Generalized 1200 Cal Non-vegetarian Diet Chart:

The 1200 Cal non-vegetarian diet chart is almost identical to the vegetarian diet with the exception of eggs, chicken and fish that are included in breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s best to stay away from red meat because of the high level of saturated fats. It’s certainly not a good option for those trying to lose weight.

TimingFoods To EatCalories
Early MorningLukewarm Water with Lemon 1 glass0
Tea without Sugar + 2 Biscuits90
Breakfast2 Hard boiled Eggs + 2 Slice Brown Bread290
2 Scrambled Eggs + 1 Slice Brown Bread+ Skimmed Milk 1 cup (240 gm)310
Mid-Morning1 Banana/1/2 cup Melon/20 Grapes50
LunchBrown Rice 1 cup(195 gm) + Chicken(100 gm) + Mixed Vegetables 1/2 cup + Salad 1 Bowl360
EveningButter Milk 1 cup35
Dinner1 Roti + Fish(50 gm) + Lentils Dal 1/2 cup+ Raita 1 small bowl380
Total1205/1225 Cal

How to Structure your 1200 Calorie Meal Plan?

Although, it is evident that when following the 1200 calorie diet meal plan, a person cannot consume more than 1200 calories throughout the day, but it is important to divide these 1200 calories into 5 to 6 healthy meals and portions in order to keep it well-balanced and nutritious so that it can promote healthy weight loss without causing any side-effects like slowed down metabolism or nutritional deficiency. Nutritionists recommend that the 1200 calories meal plan should be structured as follows:
  • Three main meals, namely breakfast, lunch and dinner should each comprise of 300 to 350 calories.
  • The snacks and beverages should comprise the rest of the 300 calories that should be distributed throughout the day.
  • As for beverages, one can opt for hot or cool green tea and herbal teas. The benefits of green tea for weight loss are well known to all.
  • All the foods consumed during meals and snacks should be whole and unprocessed foods.

300 Calories Breakfast Plan

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and a healthy weight loss diet cannot be complete without the inclusion of breakfast in it. It has been seen that those who skip breakfast as a precaution to limit calorie intake actually end up consuming more calories towards the end of the day. Having a healthy breakfast supplies energy throughout the day and keeps you going. Although, in the sample diet plan we have suggested a breakfast of 2 rotis and paneer curry or brown bread upma or scrambled or boiled eggs and brown bread, there are several other breakfast ideas for losing weight that you can try out.
  • Boiled beans or lentils with whole grain toast
  • Wheat bread slices with paneer and a banana
  • Scrambled eggs with spinach and brown bread toast
  • 1/2 cup of oats or muesli with low-fat yogurt and an apple

300 Calorie Lunch Plan

We really don’t need to emphasise why is lunch important for healthy weight loss. But the Indian lunch often comprises of white rice that is a high Glycemic Index food which not only causes a sudden spike in blood glucose level, but also causes lethargy and weight gain. Therefore, a 300 cal lunch should always include brown rice or wheat flour rotis. Some 300 cal meal options are:
  • 1 cup of brown rice, 1 small brown of dal tarka, a plate of green salad
  • 2 wheat flour rotis, a cup of boiled bean or rajma curry, a plate of salad
  • 1 cup of brown rice, fish curry with 250 gms of fish, a plate of salad
  • 1 Cup of mixed vegetable rice, 1 glass of buttermilk

300 Calorie Dinner Plan

Most of the dieters lose their reins at the end of the day and stuff themselves at dinner. But a controlled 300 cal dinner can keep things under control. It is best to finish up dinner at 8.30 PM at night because it allows the foods to be properly digested before going to sleep and the body can have a long gap of almost 11 hours before the next meal – breakfast. Some 300 cal dinner options for the 1200 calorie Indian diet are:
  • 2 ounces of roasted chicken, bowl of brown rice, sauteed vegetables
  • 3 ounces of lamb curry, 1/3rd bowl of brown rice and 1/2 cup of mixed sauteed vegetables
  • 2 wheat flour chapatis, a cup of bean or rajma curry and a plate of salad

Combination of 1200 Calorie Meal Plan with Exercise

A healthy and balanced diet in combination with fast fat burning exercises at home or gym is the best way to reduce weight permanently but most of us are confused about the amount and time of exercise that should be done along with the 1200 cal diet in order to promote healthy weight loss. For starters, exercising is absolutely safe while following a 1200 cal diet plan but the maximum recommended rate of weight loss is 2 pounds per week. In order to burn 2 pounds each week you will need to burn 300 calories a day that can be done by either an hour of moderate intensity exercises like brisk walking or swimming or 30 to 45 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercises like running, jogging, hiking or cycling.
While following a 1200 cal diet and exercise routine, you might notice that your body needs more calories to reach satiety in order to maintain this rigorous routine. You must respond to your body’s signs and make necessary adjustments in your diet. You can determine whether the 1200 cal diet and 300 calorie workout is suitable for you with the help of this formula.
Multiply your body weight by 10 (for a woman) or 11 (for man). Then add another 10% to it for calories burned through the digestion and 20% for sedentary activities.

Benefits of the 1200 Calorie Diet:

The best thing about the 1200 Cal diet plan is that you can lose weight and stay fit while enjoying the food you love. You don’t need to starve yourself or say farewell to your favourite foods. All you need is a bit of self-control and restraint.
  • You can lose weight while enjoying your favorite foods.
  • Shows quick results.
  • Fast weight loss with this diet plan acts as a motivational factor.
  • No need for vigorous exercise or workouts.
  • Trying out various types of healthy menus and recipes brings variety to the diet and cuts out boredom.
The 1200 Cal diet plan is a sure way of losing those extra pounds quickly on a short-term basis, but in order to make the effects permanent we need to introduce some healthy changes in the lifestyle that shall include a well-balanced, healthy diet coupled with regular exercise.

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