3 Things Thursday {Week 61}

Posting a little late this week – my 3 things on a Friday! Sharing a few of this weeks happenings. If you are new to 3 Things Thursday and would like to learn more check out my initial post about it. For directions on how to link up, follow the post!

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Made our first Mango Kulfi batch of the season!

Mango Kulfi

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Added some final touches to the Master Bathroom. More about our construction journey here and hereBathroom Updates

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Trying to grow a little basil by our front window, lets see how it goes!

Growing Basil

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DIY Gilded Birthday Candles

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. -Oprah Winfrey

Gilded_Birthday_Candles

EASY DIY alert! A few weeks ago whileI was baking my Salted Pistachio Brownies for Little Mirchi’s birthday I realized we were out of birthday candles. I called my husband to pick up some nice ones on his way home. I was hoping for some long sparklers or number candles, what he brought were the hot pink regular old candles. I wanted to spruce them up so I decided to spray paint them gold – prettiest idea ever! Two light coats is all you need and voila, beautiful gilded birthday candles.
Gilded Birthday CandlesSupplies needed
Gold spray paint (I used this)
Birthday candles
Newspaper/cardboard/area to spray paint candles

Directions
Lay desired number of candles on newspaper (or whatever surface you decided to spray paint on). Holding the spray paint 4-5 inches away from candles, spray until fully coated. Let dry for 15-20 minutes, roll over and repeat. Spray both sides twice and let them dry fully before use. Decorate your favorite cake, make a wish.

DIY Gilded Birthday Candles

3 Things Thursday {Week 60}

This week I’m sharing recipes from the archives that would be great for this Memorial Day weekend {which by the way I still can’t believe its the end of May already}.

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Tandoori Chicken

How to make Tandoori Chicken

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Kokum Cooler

how to make kokum cooler

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Piña Colada Cupcakes

how to make piña colada cupcakes

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Cardamom Milk Coffee

Grandfathers are for loving and fixing things. -Author Unknown

How to make Cardamom Milk Coffee

It’s no secret that if given a choice between chai and coffee, I will always choose chai. This cardamom milk coffee however holds a special place in my heart. Whenever I make it I’m transported back to summers in London, at my grandparents house. Dhood wali coffee, also known as “Papa’s coffee” in our house was my Papa’s {paternal grandfather} specialty. Late at night when would hear ruckus in the kitchen, we would slip out from our beds and come downstairs to find Papa whisking away at the milk, making sure it didn’t boil over. Somehow he always ended up making extra, ensuring we all got a taste. He would pour us our little servings (with extra milk when we were kids) and give us the biscuit tin to pick out our favorite chocolate biscuits. Once we were finished, he would pour himself and my Dadima {paternal grandmother} a cup to take upstairs. Try as she might to decline, he would urge her to wake up and have a sip, insisting that it would help her sleep better… imagine that 😉

How to make Cardamom Milk Coffee

For as long as I can remember this is what I thought to be normal coffee, sweet and creamy with a hint of cardamom. I’m quite sure thats why I was ruined when I tasted office coffee for the time in my twenties, only to realize what I had grown up on was more of a specialty drink vs. actual coffee. Whatever it may be this will always be the perfect cup of coffee to me, my Papa’s Dhood wali elaichi coffee.

How to make Cardamom Milk Coffee

How to make Cardamom Milk Coffee

Cardamom Milk Coffee
 
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A creamy milk based coffee infused with cardamom.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2 Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cup whole milk
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2-3 cardamom pods
  • 2 teaspoon instant coffee (I use Bru or Nescafe)
  • 3 teaspoon sugar
Method
  1. In a heavy bottom pot on medium heat add the water and milk. Lightly crush the cardamom pods and add to the milk mixture. As the mixture starts to heat up add the coffee and sugar. Wisk often to ensure the milk doesn’t burn or stick to pot. Once the cardamom milk coffee comes to a light boil, turn off heat and pour in cups from 8-10 inches distance up top, to help get that frothy top. Makes 2 cups with a few extra sips. Enjoy!

How to make Cardamom Milk Coffee

3 Things Thursday {Week 59}

This past week has been hard as we lost my Papa (paternal grandfather). He is at peace now and is no longer suffering but still it feels as if a piece of childhood is gone. And because so much of this blog includes recipes inspired by my parents, grandparents and family memories, I found it difficult not to talk about it in this space. There are recipes I learned over the phone from my Mom, dishes I remember eating at my grandparents table. This week I am finally getting back into the swing of things and sharing some of my favorite sayings about grandparents.

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cousins

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Grandparents

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a grandparent

 

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Salted Pistachio Brownies

“Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.” -Jo Brand

Salted Pistachio Brownies

Aside from the occasional banana bread or cardamom walnut chai cake, I generally don’t make sweets, brownies or cakes. In fact, I’d say desserts in general are usually reserved for special occasions or if we have company over. You see, I have a sweet tooth at home ‘ahem’ The Husband, that if given the opportunity would devour an entire box of mithai (Indian sweets) or three-four cupcakes in one go.

Salted Pistachio Brownies

I made these Salted Pistachio Brownies for Little Mirchi’s second birthday. Until recently she hadn’t even tasted chocolate (#MomWin). However, that all changed a few weeks ago when a certain dessert loving someone ‘ahem, again’ The Husband introduced her to Bourbon’s (a chocolate biscuit filled with chocolate cream). Now that I have a mini chocoholic on my hands, I figured brownies would be the perfect birthday treat for her. While I’d love to say these have a hidden vegetable in them, they don’t. They are pure chocolatey goodness, filled with chocolate chips, pistachios and a hint of sea salt. That’s what birthdays are for though right? To indulge, spoil yourself and be spoiled.
Salted Pistachio Brownies

Salted Pistachio Brownies

Salted Pistachio Brownies
 
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A simple brownie recipe filled with dark chocolate chips, pistachios and a hint of sea salt.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 brownies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup raw unsalted pistachios
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter (one stick)
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
Method
  1. Toast the pistachios on medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes; set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease or line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Beat the sugar and butter until creamy. Gradually add the eggs, beating until the mixture is smooth and fluffy. Add the vanilla, cocoa powder and oil. Then add the flour and salt in 2 or 3 parts, mixing after each addition. Mix in chocolate chips and half of the pistachios. Pour batter into pan and sprinkle remaining pistachios over the batter evenly. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes before slicing. Makes 12 large size brownies. Enjoy!

 

Salted Pistachio Brownies

3 Things Thursday {Week 57}

Happy Thursday! This wee has just flown by, in fact this entire month has. I still can’t believe its almost May! If you are new to 3 Things Thursday and would like to learn more check out my initial post about it. For directions on how to link up, follow the post!

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Our sweetheart turned two this week. She enjoyed her day with a bubble dance party followed by park time and homemade brownies. She was wiped by early evening – guess thats the sign of a good day!

Little Mirchi turns 2

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Kal Ho Na Ho Mashup

Loving this Paul Walker tribute Bollywood mashup.

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Chip Chip

I’m searching for a good CHIP FREE nail polish brand. Gel or shellac just doesn’t seem to suit my nails and I’m looking for a nail polish that will last at least a few days without chipping. Any recommendations?

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6 Things My Daughter Has Taught Me

“Children make you want to start life over.” -Muhammad Ali

As we we celebrate our Little Mirchi’s 2nd birthday today I can’t help but think about how amazing the past few years have been. From her first kicks inside me to her first steps and most recently her first day of play school, she’s brought joy in our lives and taught us new lessons along the way. Children seem to have a fresh look at the world, their innocence and zeal for life teaches us about them, the world and more about ourselves. Here are just 6 things my daughter has taught me since she made me a mother.

6 Things My Daughter Has Taught Me

1. Love yourself.

The way you stand in front of the mirror posing, giggling and admiring yourself in that new dress. I hope you always look at yourself with such love. You’ve made me a more confident woman and I often dare step out the house bare faced.

2. Anytime is a good time for a dance party.

Night or day, rain or shine, music or not, you are always shaking your hips reminding us to enjoy every moment. You’ve given your ‘two left feet’ Papa rhythm and your Mumma a full time dance partner.

3. Stay curious and adventurous.

Your need to discover every nook and cranny, open every cabinet drawer, peek under furniture and crawl in tight spaces, continuously reminds us of the wonder and joy of learning and discovery.

4. Pray together.

While your Papa and I prayed even before you were born, I don’t think we realized the importance of praying together until you came along. When you fold your hands together as we bow our heads in respect at the mandir, trying to sing along to bhajans (religious hymns) and mimic us while in meditation – you reaffirm our faith.

5. Smiles are contagious.

The way you greet others with your ear to ear smile, waving with your chirpy “hiii, hii” makes it hard for anyone to pass you by without a smile and hello. Your smile remedies the toughest of days. I hope you always spread your sunshine.

6. The heart has no limits.

The day you were born, my heart burst with love, you filled a hole I never knew was there. I didn’t think it was possible to love you anymore, but I was wrong. I love you more and more as each day passes. I’ll always love you a little less then tomorrow and a little more then yesterday.

Happy 2nd Birthday my Little Mirchi! Thank you for showing us the world through your eyes. We love you xo

Little Mirchi Turns 2

Chicken Dum Biryani

“Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming.” -J.B. Wirthlin

Chicken Dum Biryani

Often we can remember exactly what we were doing or where we were or how we were feeling before major life events. Some of those moments for me include the day I moved from Florida, the evening I met my husband, my last sleep before getting married, the first popcorn like feelings of Little Mirchi moving and the second she was placed in my arms. Similarly, I recall the night before Little Mirchi was born as if it was yesterday, the excitement, anxiousness, the love – everything is still so fresh. The Husband and my mom were watching a marathon of Bollywood movies ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ (1 & 2) and I was in full nesting mode, insisting they let me be in the kitchen; my happy place to make Chicken Dum Biryani. It wasn’t the first time I had made this Biryani, but ever since that night, it’s officially become a part of Little Mirchi’s birth story.

Chicken Dum Biryani

Biryani is a casserole type meal made with meat, rice and spices. It’s a special dish that’s often made for guests, at weddings and celebratory occasions. There are many ways of making the dish and the spices, methods, proteins used vary regionally across India. ‘Dum’ in cooking, means to cook with steam. This recipe incorporates cooked chicken with al dente rice that’s covered and baked until the rice has fully cooked from the steam. Ironically enough, Chicken Dum Biryani was the dish my mom made when my brother first met my husband during our courtship. It was also one of the first dishes I made for The Husband (looking back I don’t know how he ate my food then; I’ve come a long way!)

Chicken Dum Biryani

As with most Indian meat and gravy dishes, this gets better with time. We look forward to left overs as the spices soak in the rice and flavors deeply develop. Because this is a bit of a time consuming recipe (completely worth the efforts I assure you) I generally make it in large batches, dividing one for now and one for later in the week. It also  reheats wonderfully and can be made ahead of time.

Sticking with tradition I’m sharing this recipe a day before Little Mirchi’s birthday.

Chicken Dum Biryani

 

How to make Chicken Dum Biryani

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An Indian biryani recipe of long grain basmati rice layered with chicken and fragrant spices.
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Recipe type: Mains
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken (3-4lbs) (cut into 2 inch pieces)
  • 3½ cups basmati rice
  • 2 large onions; thinly sliced
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 cloves
  • ½ teaspoon crushed fennel seeds
  • 4-5 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 green chili pepper; slit in middle
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 3 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 star anise
  • 3 teaspoon salt; adjust to taste
  • 7-8 saffron strands (soaked in 4 tablespoons warm milk & 1 teaspoon rose water)
  • 1 tablespoon whole tamarind (soaked in tablespoon of water)
  • 3 tablespoon cooking oil
Method
  1. Marinate the chicken with yogurt, crushed fennel seeds, ginger garlic paste, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, and turmeric – set aside for at least an hour.
  2. Heat oil (on medium heat), add the green chili pepper, cumin, black peppercorns, cloves, three cardamom pods, one bay leaf and one cinnamon stick. Once spices start sputtering add the onions, mix and cook until translucent. Add two teaspoons salt and crushed tomatoes, simmer until the liquids reduce. Once reduced add chicken and let cook for 25-30 minutes – mix in garam masala once cooked.
  3. In a large pot add rice, one teaspoon salt, three cardamoms, one bay leaf, one cinnamon stick and star anise in eight cups of water. Bring to a boil until rice is cooked al dente (one boil should be enough.) Strain water and set aside.
  4. In a deep baking dish start with the chicken as the first layer, the next layer should be the rice, spoon the saffron milk over the rice and spread the pre soaked tamarind evenly in the dish; continue this layering with rice being the final layer. Cover the baking dish and bake in a 400 F preheated oven for 45 minutes. Once done, let sit for 10-15 minutes before topping liberally with fried onions and chopped cilantro. Serve hot with yogurt or raita. Enjoy

 

Chicken Dum Biryani

 

Chicken Dum Biryani

3 Things Thursday {Week 56}

Three things Thursday on a Friday! Besides today this week has been gorgeous and we’ve been enjoying every moment with afternoons walks and evenings in the park. More pictures less words this week. If you are new to 3 Things Thursday and would like to learn more check out my initial post about it. For directions on how to link up, follow the post!

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Cheese Toasts

Another super easy lunch – bread of choice, load with your favorite cheese and veggies, toast. Done – enjoy!

Cheese Toasts

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Baking Fail

I thought I was being super creative and experimenting with a chocolatey dessert but I failed terribly. Back to the drawing board.

Baking Fail

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Evening Walks

The weather has been warming up and we have been taking full advantage! Every evening we’ve been going for a walk in the park – its been wonderful to get some fresh air and a nice break from our everyday routine.

Evening Walks

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