This week’s Menu

Below is the menu for the week. I know its the middle of the week and I’m posting the menu only now. But its better late than never.

Breakfast:

Graph smoothie
Oats
Cereal
Granola Bars
Waffles

Lunch:

Rice, Sambar, Curry
Kootu
Carrot sticks
Salad
Left over baked pasta
Coconut rice, Eggplant curry
Lemon Rice, Potato fry

Dinner:

Baked Pasta
Idly,
Dosa, Sambar
Wheat Tortillas, Peas Curry
Eat Out
At home Pizza

Snacks:

Home Made French Fries (recipe follows)
Veggie pockets
Fruits
Poptart

Note: We are a family of vegetarians. So all my recipes are only vegetarian. I sometimes use meat-alternatives such as morning star products in my recipes.

Microwave Chai Tea Latte

Microwave Chai Tea LatteOver the years, we stopped limiting our coffee intake and started drinking tea both in the morning and evening. And, I need to add milk in my tea. It’s an absolute must and I’d rather not drink tea at all if black tea is the only option. For someone who needs tea in both morning and evening, we have very limited options when going outside. Starbucks is the only one, I know, is carrying Chai Tea Latte. I can’t find it in McDonalds or some other store.

And, am I the only one who thinks Starbucks chai tea latte is overrated? It’s so expensive when you know how to make it at home for a fraction of the cost. My husband is a big fan of Starbucks’ chai tea latte. I started experimenting different recipes and this one came pretty close to Starbucks version.

With all the limitations and cost, I started experimenting different recipes and this recipe is something that came pretty close to Starbucks version. Yay for that!

You don’t really need fancy ingredients to make this one. Cloves has long shelf life and I’d suggest you buy a small batch from asian stores. It’s much cheaper there. Again, you don’t need fancy tea bags to make this either. You can either use fresh ginger or dry ginger for this recipe. I’m using ginger root tea bags that I got as a free sample. Talk about luck!

When traveling outside, you can make these ahead of time and carry it in a thermal tumbler before heading out. We carry more than one thermal flasks at home and I absolutely love this one. It keeps the liquid hot or cold for 12 hours.

Now our Chai tea latte purchase from Starbucks went down drastically. Check it out how you earn points to get free Starbucks gift card.

Now, let’s talk about the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Microwavable bowl
  • Black tea bags – 2 nos
  • Cardamom – 3 nos
  • Cloves – 2 nos
  • Ginger, Ginger tea bags, dry ginger (any version of ginger works) – 1 tea bag or a pinch of ginger
  • Water – 1 cup
  • 1% Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Tea Strainer

Directions:

1. Crush the cardamom and mix well with all the ingredients
2. Add all the ingredients in the measuring bowl except milk. Microwave for 3 minutes
4. Add Milk
5. Microwave for another 1 minutes
6. Filter the tea and serve hot.

Note: this tea has strong flavor. If you want lighter version of chai latte, use only 1 cardamom. You can make the same recipe using the stove top. But it takes double the time and you might need to wash too many vessels. Within 5 minutes, Chai tea latte will be ready. There shouldn’t be any reason why you cannot make this tea at home. It’s such a lazy recipe.

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How To Increase Coriander Leaves Shelf Life?

how to increase coriander leaves shelf life

The first time I started cooking was right after marriage. Both the husband and I didn’t know cooking and one of us need to cook if we don’t want to go hungry. My initial weeks cooking were horrible that Hubby hates some of these ingredients even know. My intiail days of cooking skills created bad memory I guess :). Coriander is used in majority of the Indian cooking and it’s also something that goes waste after a few days. In the initial days, I threw away at least half of it because I was not able to use the whole coriander bunch within its life time.

Over the last few months, I have been buying Organic coriander for cooking. Nothing worse than wasting half bunch of $2 Organic coriander leaves. So below are the ideas I have tried that help me avoid waste.

How to increase Coriander shelf life:

IDEA 1:

Recently, I came across this idea. Cut the coriander bunches, wash the leaves, dry them on a white cloth for few hours, and keep them in ziploc bag. Below are simple step I follow previously that was effective.

IDEA 2:

Cut the coriander finely and freeze. When the recipe calls for Coriander, use few pieces from the frozen bunch and you’re good to go. You won’t find any change in taste. You can easily keep it at least for a month without it going waste.

It’s my favorite idea and is something I’ve been using lately. After trying it here, even my mom started trying this idea back in India.