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My First encounter with the Buddha





Breath taking panorama with the divine presence of Buddha .The giant Tian Tan Buddha statue was covered with mist.
Lantau Island in Hong Kong is a must visit place for a serene and spiritual experience.
This majestic statue symbolizes the stability of Hong Kong, prosperity of China and peace on earth.

Below the Big Buddha statue , there is Po Lin monastery main temple.
Tian Tan Buddha, a giant Buddha statue completed in 1993, is an extension of the monastery.


Vegetarian food is available near the temple. But if you are not a big fan of traditional Cantonese delicacies, it is better to avoid eating out here.

Visiting the temple was an intriguing experience . The main temple houses three bronze statues of the Buddha – representing his past, present and future lives – as well as many Buddhist scriptures.
Nature was at it's best with heavy showers .What more can one ask for?

The place displayed a unique tranquility as the majestic Buddha statue slowly got covered by thick mist . It was one of my life's memorable moments.
At the MTR station ,Hong Kong.


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Hydrabadi Biriyani

Original recipe from Chef Mehboob Alam Khan

Chicken biriyani no ghee

Ingredients For Special Hydrabadi Chicken Biriyani (No Ghee) recipe

Rice - Tilda Basmati rice- 2 cups

Saffron in Milk - 1/4 cup

Chicken - 500 g (medium sized pieces)

For Marinade

Fried Onions- 1 cup
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 heaped table spoon (for 500 gm chicken)
Turmeric Powder - 3-4 tsp
Chilly Powder-  2 heaped Tb spoons 
Hydrabadi Biriyani Masala - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Yogurt - 2 tbsp
Green Chilly Paste - 2 tsp
Lemon juice- 2 tsp
Coriander leaves -
Use 1 tbsp oil to fry onions(2 nos) and add fried onion along with the oil to the chicken.

How To cook Hydrabadi Biriyani?

1. Marinate chicken after adding all the ingredients .Keep refrigerated for 1 hour.
2. Add 1 cup water to 2 cups rice .Cook this until water is evaporated. Rice should be raw ,only 30 % cooked.

3. Now heat a heavy bottom vessel (non stick) or big  copper vessel if available.

4.Add 2 tsp oil and layer raw ,marinated chicken .
5. Now add rice (30% cooked ) . Mix well with chicken .Now pour in 1/4 cup of milk and saffron mixture.
6. Cook it on slow fire with a tight lid on for about 45 minutes.

Serve hot with your preferred side dishes.

Healthy Biriyani Hydrabadi


Ramadan Kareem!




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Vegetarian Cacciatore Recipe

deepsrecipes version of Italian vegetarian cacciatore
Vegetarian Cacciatore
Cacciatore is a classic Italian Sauce..( basic recipe Courtesy : Laura Vitale.)

Ingredients

Bell pepper : (Yellow) -1 no
Onion -1 big cut into cubes
Egg Plant- Cubes 1 cup
Garlic- 4 cloves
Red Wine/veg.stock - 2 tbsp
Italian Tomato pureed- 1 cup (I used  Sacla Italia )
If it is not available,just puree 2 big red tomatoes.
Fresh Basil-
Salt & Pepper-
Olive Oil

How To prepare this tangy nutritious sauce?

Heat a sauce pan and add 2 tbsp Olive oil and lightly fry eggplant pieces and onion slices. You can add some salt and basil at this stage.
Once it is half cooked add garlic and bell pepper cubes.
Once everything is browned add red wine,if you are using.Or else you can add the tomato puree.
Mix well and allow to cook with out lid.Add salt and pepper as required.When the sauce is thickened ,it is ready.GArnish with chopped basil.


Boil water with salt and cook your favorite pasta/spaghetti.
Serve veg Cacciatore with spaghetti.

Buon Appetito!


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Movie Review Eat Pray Love (2010)

Movie Review

Eat Pray Love (2010)


deepsrecipes movie review Eat Pray Love



"Awareness of the need to change is the beginning of change”.

This apparently is the situation of the center character Liz Gilbert starring Julia Roberts in the movie Eat.Pray.Love. 
The movie is the story of a woman's personal growth, how she finds herself after getting out of the safe cocoon.

 The movie starts with Liz Gilbert and her family leading a fast-paced life as any other New Yorker. One night, as she feels empty inside, she decides to pray to GOD, for the first time in her entire life. She feels like, her life lacks something. At that phase of her life, she decides to quit her somewhat perfect life; prepares to get separated from her husband, and to find the true purpose of her life. 

Bored of her stagnant married life, she even tries extra marital affair. But failed miserably since she was not very good at it and identifies herself that she needed something else; needed to recharge and rejuvenate and to pursue her passion to travel. She realizes that leading a passionless life is dreary and decides to get divorced.

She goes to Italy, where she finds food as an addictive. Good food and learning Italian language become her routine there. But it is from Italy, that, for the first time, she learns to enjoy her solitude, doing nothing or not worrying about anything. 

So this movie is all about Liz Gilbert’s travel and life to find her inner self. Looking into the story, in a more spiritual way, we see that even her boyfriend had a vital role in solving her life’s quest, as he was the one who introduced her with his Guru, an Indian Yogini, the reason she later travels to India.
But after her experience with meditation and Ashram life in India she understands
"GOD DWELLS WITHIN YOU AS YOU". So she decides to go back to her routine life, more content this time.
From India, finally, she heads off to Bali, Indonesia, where she finds her true love and the movie ends on a happy note. 


Overall, the movie 'Eat.Pray.Love' gives a touch of mysticism and it is a bold story of a woman who has decided to live her life in her own terms, guiltlessly. The fact that this is the memoir of Elizabeth Gilbert's travel around the world makes it believable to the sceptic, who may otherwise feel how only good things happen to the protagonist.













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Chocolate coated Strawberries


Wish You All A Very Happy Easter...
The spirit of Easter is all about Hope,Love and compassion.

deepsrecipes Easter chocolate strawberries

Today's recipe is a very simple but so very a delicious dessert.
Chocolate and Strawberries..!!! This combination itself is so divine .

How To Prepare Chocolate Coated Strawberries??

Strawberries-
Good quality baking Chocolate-
Butter-1 tsp
Liquid Glucose-1 tsp








1.Wash strawberries under  running  water.Pat dry.
2. In a double boiler,melt  chocolate and butter and add in 1 tsp liquid glucose to this.
3.Dip strawberries in melted chocolate.Dip only 1/3rd of the strawberries.
If you don't get strawberries with the stem,you can use toothpicks for holding  them.
4.Freeze for 30 minutes.

That's it...Enjoy the rich,chocolaty  heart shaped Strawberry is the best dessert on your special day.Roll them in crushed nuts for a different variety.Also you can use white chocolate as an option.




If you want another Easter recipes  you can check out Appam recipe and Mutton Masala recipe.For delicious Mutton Cutlet recipe also check this blog.


Palappam and chicken
Palappam and Mutton Masala

Hope you all will try these recipes .

ENJOY.........!!!!!





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Mustard Fish Curry

deepsrecipes cooking bengali fish curry


Mustard Fish curry is a popular Bengali dish.(West Bengal is a state in Eastern India.)You get this recipe online ,so what is new in this? Let's check.

Bengali cuisine uses the strong flavor of mustard oil in most of their recipes.I know,many of us may not like the flavor.So here,we are not using mustard oil,instead,adding yellow mustard paste to vegetable oil.Also we are adding a paste of mustard seeds with coconut,same as Bengali fish curry recipe.

Ingredients
Fish - any fish-250 g
Yellow mustard paste- 1 tsp
Onion- 1 big (chopped into small pieces)
Ginger- chopped-1 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder-
Red chilly powder-
Salt-
Whole spice powder or Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Green chilly- slit-4 nos
Grated Coconut- 1/2 cup
Vinegar- 1 tsp
Hot water- 1cup

For Tampering
Shallots- 2 nos chopped
Dry red chilly- 2 nos
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
How To Prepare this Mustard Fish Curry
1.Clean fish with salt and vinegar.
2. Marinate fish with  turmeric powder,some whole spice powder,salt and chilly powder .Keep aside for 15 minutes.
3.In a heavy bottom skillet,add some vegetable oil.Add 1 tsp of yellow mustard paste and some turmeric powder.This is to flavor the oil,in which we are preparing the fish.
4.Add chopped onion,green chillies,ginger chopped and salt to this oil.Saute well.
5.Add marinated fish to the same  oil and allow it to get fried lightly.
6.Now add some chilly powder,a bit more salt and hot water to this and cook the fish well.Add in a tsp of vinegar for tartness.
7. Blend grated coconut with 1 tsp mustard seeds and turmeric powder.
8. Add in the coconut paste to the gravy and mix well.Allow it to start boil .
9.Tamper the curry with mustard seeds,dry red chilly and curry leaves.
10.Serve hot with rice or Chapati.









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Mustard Fish

tasty fish fry deepsrecipes homemade

Mustard fish fry is just another recipe which came out well when tried unintentionally.That is when I felt to share this recipe with you all.Simple ,yet it has got an appealing taste different from usual fried fish varieties.
Ingredients Needed

Yellow Mustard paste-1 tsp
Fish -Of your choice.
Onion- 1 small
Turmeric powder- a  pinch
Salt-
Green Chilly paste-
Oil- 1 -2 tsp (for shallow frying)
How to prepare Mustard Fish Fry?

Easy mustard fried fish recipe

Make a paste with onion,salt,turmeric,green chilly and yellow mustard .
Marinate the fish and keep aside for 15 minutes.Shallow fry in vegetable oil.
Healthy fry



This easy mustard fried fish recipe is very healthy as we are using very little oil.
ENJOY...!


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Gujiya Recipe

Wishing all Indians a very Happy Holi...

I really like Indian sweet Gujiya.This sweet is a must delicacy on Holi day.So why not we try this gujiya today?

deepsrecipes Gujiya and Happy holi

As always,this is an easy version of the traditional recipe.One thing that is guaranteed is the taste.We are using coconut ,Kalonji and dry fruits as the filling.

Ingredients

For the filling 
Cashew nuts
Raisins
Almonds
Dry Apricots
Kalonji/Black seeds(Nigella sativa)
Coconut dry/fresh -grated finely
Cardamom Powder- /2 tsp
Powdered sugar- 4 tbsp
Mix all ingredients as shown in the picture below.
Filling itself is so tasty and so try not to devour it off before we actually proceed with Gujiya recipe.!!

For the outer layer
All purpose flour- 1/4 cup
Wheat flour- 1/4 cup
Ghee- 1tsp
Salt- a pinch
Yogurt- 2 tbsp
Mix all ingredients and make a dough as we make for Chapati/Poori.

How to prepare Gujiya??

First make a small poori and spoon some filling to the center ,As in the figure below.
Now fold this carefully as into semi circle.Pleat the edges and seal it.You can use a fork to give the exact design.
Heat oil and (medium high heat)deep fry Gujiyas.


ENJOY!!!

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How to eat Dragon Fruit

on February 23, 2014 in

How to eat Dragon Fruit

How to eat Dragon Fruit ?

Select a ripe Dragon fruit.

How to eat Dragon Fruit

Cut the dragon Fruit into half.

How to eat Dragon Fruit

 Scoop out the pulp with a spoon or spatula.Remove any pink residue from the bottom of the fruit pulp since skin is not edible.

How to eat Dragon Fruit


You can serve the fruit in the beautiful skin itself.


How to eat Dragon Fruit



 Dragon fruit is rich in Vitamin C,antioxidants,healthy mono saturated fats and lots of fiber.This has got a mild taste similar to the taste of Kiwi fruit.
ENJOY!


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Green Peas Pulao





Mattar Pulao
Here is one Quick and Easy Recipe for lunch or dinner.
To prepare this Indian Pulao, You require

Good Quality Basmati Rice- 1 1/2 cups
Ginger Paste-1 tsp
Onion - 1 small chopped
Green Chilly Paste -  1 tsp
Garam Masala Crushed -with Cinnamon as main ingredient.
Fresh Green Peas boiled- 1/2 cup

Salt - to taste
Olive oil- 1 tbsp

fresh Mint leaves paste- 1 tbsp (optional)- You can use fresh coriander leaves too.

Method of preparation of Peas Pulao
Step1
Boil Rice until almost done. Do not cook it well.
Step 2

Boil Green peas with a little bit salt using very little water until well done.
Step 3.
Heat oil in a sauce pan. Add onion,ginger paste,green chilly paste and saute well. Add garam masala.
Add the cooked peas and mix well.
Add half cooked rice and salt.Finally add mint(puthina)paste and mix well with out breaking the rice.
Now close this with a lid and allow it to cook until rice is well done and all the flavors get assimilated.

Serve with raitha.

Peas Pulav




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Happy Valentine's Day ...Chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting (EGG LESS)

Chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting

Wish you all a very HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY-2014.
This cake in the above picture is a chocolate & coffee cake popularly known as Chocolate Mocha Cake.
Recipe for this low fat cake is available in the link above.Very simple recipe,suitable as a tea cake if made less sweet.
But for this Valentines day, I have given a cream cheese frosting with Rose flavor.
Read the recipe for the cake from the other post.Here goes the recipe for frosting.

Mocha cake with rose cream cheese frosting.


Frosting Recipe

Cream cheese- 200 g
Powdered Sugar- 3/4 cup
Rose water -1 tbsp

Whisk all these ingredients together.Finely coat the cake with this romantic,rose flavored frosting.
Just give a touch of heart shaped strawberries on top.
Serve chilled.

ENJOY!



Deepkrishna


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Avocado Salad


Avocado Salad

Healthy Salad recipes can be a treat .Experiment this quick Avocado salad with ingredients you prefer like almonds,pine nuts etc.
Avocado contains good cholesterol (HDL) with great taste.

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: No Cooking( takes 2 minutes to blanch Broccoli if using)
Serves: 4
Ingredients

1.            Mixed salad veggies- Broccoli,Cucumber,Baby spinach, ,red Onion
2.            1 Avocado , peeled, cubed
3.            Coriander leaves
4.            1 tbs Lime Juice
5.            Salt & Pepper
6.            Garlic- 1 clove
7.            Olive oil- 1-2 tbsp
8.            Strawberries

Blanch Broccoli
Boil water with a pinch of salt and vinegar.
Let broccoli florets blanch in this boiling water for a minute.

Salad Dressing- Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette is a simple yet delicious as well as healthy salad dressing.
Cilantro is one of Nature’s best anti-oxidant foods. In simple words, Cilantro or coriander leaves, protect us from ageing, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer's disease, and many more.

Notes
•             For another healthy salad visit here.
Method

1.            Cut all the veggies into small cubes. Add blanched broccoli. 
2.            To make Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette
Puree coriander leaves, garlic,lime juice, salt ,pepper and olive oil in a blender until smooth.

3.            Top the veggies with this dressing and serve chilled.

Eat Healthy Live healthy .




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Eggplant curry(Tamil style)


Indian curry tamil style


Another eggplant curry for Chapati/rice.Eggplant curry is a delicious side dish for chapati/Roti.
I used this Madras curry powder (1 tbsp) to get the real tamil restaurant flavor.

Indian cuisine uses a plethora of spices.Let us check out the ingredients for this quick curry.
Use Eggs if you don't like eggplant;yes,you can prepare a mouth watering egg curry using the same recipe.



What do we need ?
Eggplant- 4-5 nos (I used whole eggplant;make 2 slits with out breaking the eggplant as in the picture.This helps it to absorb the gravy )

Oil- 1-2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Chilly powder- 2-3 tsp
(Mother's recipe)Madras Curry Powder- 2 tsp(use a mixture of  Fenugreek powder+Asafoetida,coriander powder if you can't find this ready made.)
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Tamarind puree-1tbsp
                                                        Salt-

For The Paste
recipe for Indian curry


Tomatoes-2 nos
Coriander leaves-
Green Chilly- 1 or 2 nos
Garlic cloves-4 nos
Blend them into a fine paste.

How To Prepare?
It needs very few ingredients and the method of preparation is quite simple.
1.Heat 1 tsp oil and splutter cumin seeds.
2.Add red chilly powder,turmeric powder and our special curry powder to the oil .
3.Now add eggplants and allow them to fry for a minute.
4.Then add the paste and coat eggplants with it and allow to cook until oil separates.
quick sauce vegetarian

5.Add 1 tbsp tamarind paste,salt and enough water for the gravy.Close with the lid and cook well.
6.Add chopped coriander leaves and wait until you get a thick saucy consistency.
Serve hot with your favorite bread/rice.

For North Indian Egg Plant Curry check this out ..

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Chinese Stuffed Bell Peppers




Today,at this happy occasion, sharing a Party recipe .
Stuffed Bell Peppers,Chinese version.We have many varieties of Stuffed Bell Peppers from different cuisines around the world.We have Spanish,Indian,Italian,Arabic,Mediterranean,Mexican,American and many more varieties with ingredients from their particular cuisine.

Let's go for the Chinese version.I am using potato and white rice as the filling,but traditionally,they use ground pork for this.So,all those vegetarians out there,this recipe is for you and of course,others can replace with pork/beef.
As always,I am not sticking to traditional recipe. I can guarantee the taste,Chinese flavor of the dish and also that this is cooked healthy.
Stuffed Bell Peppers Chinese


Ingredients we need
Bell peppers-Use more than one color (4 nos)
Cooked white rice-1 cup
Cooked &Mashed Potato- 1 cup
Soy Sauce-2 tsp
Oyster sauce- 1 tbsp
Salt & Pepper- to taste
Oil- 1 tbsp
Method Of Preparation

Step1


Cut bell pepper  and remove seeds.Steam it or bake it in preheated oven (at 180 degree C).Steaming them for 3-4 minutes would be perfect.
Step2
For  the filling 
Heat 1 tsp oil .Saute shallots and garlic in this hot oil.

Add in mashed potato and rice.



After adding the sauces,salt and pepper ,mix it well.Check the flavors.Stuffing is ready.
Step 3

Now stuff peppers with the filling,tight.



Now heat a non stick skillet,pour some oil (very little oil is needed).Place the peppers inverted with the top side in oil.
Alternatively,you can place the filled peppers in baking dish ,cover it with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes in the oven.

If you are using the stove top method as in the picture above,then after 2-4 minutes cook all sides of the pepper,lightly in the oil and serve hot.
You can even use slow cooker method for the preparation.Then you don't have to steam the pepper beforehand,cook them with the filling for 1/2 to 1 hour.

Kuàilè de yǐnshí...! Happy Eating..!

Nutrition Information and Weight Loss Factor

Capsicum is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants.Red pepper has twice Vitamin C as compared to green.
 Red bell peppers contain more Vitamins and nutrients,also contain antioxidant lycopene.Level of carotene is 9 times higher in red pepper than green.
Vitamin C helps in weight loss.So,incorporating boiled capsicum in your diet ,boosts metabolism ,hence weight loss.
For more info about Vitamin C  refer this post.








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