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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

#BergerXP IndiBlogger Meet


Being a foodie and a food blogger, I was eager to taste the food first, and I have to say that I am very much satisfied with the food quality. Though, I ate only vegetarian (I am not a vegetarian. Since my hubby is following a 48-day Vratham for Sabarimala, I prefer to eat only vegetarian food.), which I liked so much, and I still liked the way they displayed the food. It was good enough to impress me. After having a good lunch, I along with my hubby Sarav and blogger friend Leo, I met some wonderful bloggers. Though, I was a bit shy to initiate a conversation, Leo helped me by introducing to his friends. It actually helped me to converse well with Reena, Subha and Ramya. We went onto the stage to get ourselves framed. Guess what, I felt like a celebrity.


I was bit nervous – this is my second meet and I am unable to register with the special invite due to technical problems – Aarushi and Anoop helped me register without any problems. In fact, they were so friendly and the way my hubby conversed with IB team, it made me happy. The warm welcome by them made me feel comfortable. I loved it very much.

Karthik – one of the IB core team person – helped us stretch with exercises which only he could teach. It was fun and I guess my hubby captured a video of it. After that they made us play a fun game – Balloon Burst – I was one of the Last Four to last in the game. Happily, I played well.

Anoop was on the roll with a great introduction about #BergerXP, followed by Chandra’s presentation. It was so enlightening. I was hooked to the conversation, as we recently built a new home and we just completed painting a part of the house.

What impressed me much was the tools they used and it suited their tagline – Faster. Cleaner. Better. Remember, it is 40% faster than traditional painting with no additional cost. Had I known this before, I would have definitely opted for Berger instead of Asian Paints. Anyway, not much to worry about, I still have one more floor, which we will try using Berger. I shall write a review after getting my home painted. For now, I shall surely say, they are the best available paint brand in the market. And I am saying this, because I used Berger paints during the meet to create our masterpiece – Wish IndiBlogger team puts it in auction ;)



We were asked to form a team of five, followed by the introduction to the tools, they made us scrub a cardboard that had poor putty. Uff… it was tough to make it smooth. The judges made it tough too… still Team Aakriti – our team – won the round. The second round was to paint a theme and present it on the stage. We did really well. Our theme was “Colors of India” And we drew a masterpiece!

Do you agree that IndiBlogger should put our masterpiece in auction? Hmm… Take your time to answer. In the meantime, let me introduce you to the tools:

SANDING MACHINE: It is Faster and Cleaner with Dust-Free Vacuum Function.

MULTIPURPOSE MIXER: Quick & Hassle-free Mixing that can help you mix putty and texture of your choice.

AUTO ROLLER: Have you ever seen an adjustable roller with automatic paint pumping, giving a superior sexy finish? Watch it below…

HIGH PRESSURE WASHER: The difference between a worst experience and the best experience is when someone start cleaning the walls. And that’s what Berger has done. A Hi-speed Pressure wash with regulators addition to the nozzle adjustment. It’s just amazing!

AIRLESS PAINT SPRAYER: A sprayer that supports water-based paints and primer giving a classic touch.
Experience Berger XP now… Check out latest TVC...


Done with watching the TVC? Even we were done with the meet. Though we did well, we did not win the contest. It’s okay. I am super-duper happy to be a part of this exciting meet.

Guess what we took the Million-Mannequin Challenge! Everyone was on their feet like a statue, and we did it in style. Not to forget the coffee I sipped just before the session. It was so good, tasted like heaven!


The meet came to an end with a surprise element. We know we will be given gifts by the sponsor, but what made it outstanding or surprising was the IndiBlogger T-Shirt! Happy to own one now!


After a fruitful day, we headed back to our home to jot down my experience and share it with all. For more info visit www.bergerpaints.com and make sure you watch Express Painting Success Journey - https://youtu.be/skouMQXEu6U

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Sambar Powder – How to?

Sambar Powder by published on


This recipe guide is first published in June 2016 issue of Writer's Ezine, my first step towards my dream of publishing my own cook book. Thank you, Writer's Ezine and Simran Kaur (Chotti) To view the magazine click below. To order the print, visit WE website.




Nothing can match the taste of homemade Sambar powder. It’s carefully crafted to perfection to satisfy the taste buds. It’s simple to make. Come let’s prepare this delicious important ingredient.
Sambar Powder

Prep time: 5 Minutes | Cook time: 10 Minutes | Total time: 15 Minutes
Serve: Depends on the usage
Recipe Category: Ingredients | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian Cuisine

Ingredients:
Toor dal: 1 tbsp.
Chana dal: 1 tbsp.
Moong dal: 1 tbsp.
Rice: 1 tbsp.
Cumin seeds: 1 tbsp.
Coriander seeds: 1 tbsp.
Fenugreek seeds (Vendayam): 1 tbsp.
Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp.
Curry Leaves: A few
Asafoetida: A pinch

Instructions:
1. Heat up the pan well… one by one add chana dal, toor dal, moong dal and roast it for a minute preferably in low or medium flame. Keep it aside if you are making in large quantities.
2. One by one add rice, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and coriander seeds and roast till it becomes golden brown colour. Keep it aside if you are making in large quantities.
3. One by one add red chillies and curry leaves and roast it well. Keep it aside if you are making in large quantities.
Sambar Powder How to Guide
4. Allow all the roasted ingredients to cool.
5. Transfer the roasted ingredients to a blender or a mixer grinders.
6. Add asafoetida and turmeric powder and grind until coarse powder but not finer.
Sambar Powder How to Guide
7. Store it in an airtight container. (I prefer to make it fresh and daily)

This is what we made with this wonderful ingredient. The mouth-watering Shallots Sambar, also known as Chinna Vengayam Sambar.
Shallot Sambar

#Tips:
#1: Roast all ingredients in low flame to avoid complete roasting.
#2: Prefer to prepare in large quantities and store in airtight containers. This will help working women in preparing tasty Sambar in a short while.
#3: Prefer to use asafoetida bar instead of powder as it gives out great aroma.

Sambar Powder, is a very important ingredient in any South Indian Family. It make Sambar, simply delicious. Do try it out and you are welcome to post the pics here.

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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Shallots Sambar - Chinna Vengayam Sambar - Small Onions Sambar – How to?

Shallots Sambar by published on


This recipe guide is first published in June 2016 issue of Writer's Ezine, my first step towards my dream of publishing my own cook book. Thank you, Writer's Ezine and Simran Kaur (Chotti). To view the magazine click below. To order the paperback edition, visit WE website.




Since a few of you requested to write a detailed recipe guide, I am here to write about one of my favourites Sambar, famously known as Chinna Vengayam Sambar. Come let’s prepare this delicious heavenly Chinna Vengayam Sambar.

Shallot Sambar
Prep time: 20 Minutes | Cook time: 30 Minutes | Total time: 50 Minutes
Serve: 3 (Servings) | Calories per serving: 558 | Fat per serving: 39 g
Recipe Category: Curry Items | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian Cuisine

Ingredients:
1. Pressure Cooking:
Toor dal: 1 Cup
Salt: To taste
Turmeric powder: 1/4 tbsp.
Water: 3 Cups

2. Main dish:
Oil: 3 tbsp.
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tbsp.
Cumin seeds: 1/2 tbsp.
Green Chillies: 3
Small onions (Shallots): 10 to 15
Tomato: 2
Sambar powder: 2 Cups
Tamarind juice: 2 tbsp. (As per taste)
Salt: To taste

3. Garnish:
Coriander Leaves: 8 to 10 in Number (Finely Chopped)

Shallot Sambar Ingredients
Shallot Sambar Ingredients

Instructions:
1. Heat up the pressure cooker, add properly washed toor dal, salt, turmeric powder and pour three cups of water. Pressure cook it for three whistles (10 minutes)..
Shallot Sambar How to Guide
2. Once the pressure is released, blend the dal for a couple of minutes and keep it aside. Soak half an index finger sized tamarind in water and extract the tamarind juice and keep it aside. Peel the onion skin and keep it aside. (as shown in in section.)
Shallot Sambar How to Guide
3. Heat up the pan, add 3 tbsp. of oil and allow it to heat well. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, and green chillies. Let it splutter. Add in the onions (Chinna Vengayam) and saute it until translucent.
Shallot Sambar How to Guide
4. Add tomatoes and saute until it get mushy. Preferably in medium flame. Add salt and turmeric powder and mix it well. Add blended toor dal paste and mix it well to combine all together.
Shallot Sambar How to Guide
5. Add sambar powder (2 tbsp. or as per taste) and stir it for few minutes. Usually I prefer to use homemade sambar powder than the ones available in the market. You can find the recipe guide here.
Shallot Sambar How to Guide
6. Add the extracted tamarind juice and let it to boil well. Make sure to reduce the flame to medium before you close the pan. Cook it for 10 minutes or till the oil is up.
Shallot Sambar How to Guide
7. Switch off the stove and garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve it hot with Idly, Pongal, Rice or any South Indian Cuisines. And, this is what we did. Completed everything for lunch.
Shallot Sambar How to Guide

#Tips:
#1: Prefer to add salt right after adding tomatoes. It helps to saute faster.
#2: Prefer to add salt to toor dal while pressure cooking it as it gives a good taste to it. Moreover it decreases the cook time.
#3: Sliced green chillies are always a good tasty option for this type of sambar. Though it is optional.
#4: Tamarind juice should not be thick. It should be as light as possible (It gives a good taste).
#5: I am using cumin seeds as it will help for digestion.

Shallot Sambar, famously known as Chinna Vengayam Sambar. I always loved the flavour the sweet small tamarind soaked onions add to the Sambar. It’s simply delicious, especially for kids lunch box. Do try it out and you are welcome to post the pics here.

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