With Summer around the corner and the country under lockdown. Change of seasons almost always results in a viral fever or common cold. During the times of global apprehension surrounding Coronavirus it seems important to take every precaution to avoid, even the common cold. 

Since in India we share our homes with our parents, grandparents, children, siblings and their spouses etc., we need to not only take care of ourselves but also of our immediate family members.  

In such a scenario we have just the solution to help you practice a nutritious intake that strengthens the immune system for all the family members.

This ‘magic drink’ has all the properties that can help build better immunity and provide relief from most flu related ailments such as the common cold, cough and fever

Believe it or not healthy lockdowns can be a thing with this recipe passed down by generations, a recipe as effective as it is timeless.

This ‘magic drink’ has all the properties that can help build better immunity and provide relief from most flu related ailments such as the common cold, cough and fever. It has many names amongst different households like – kadha, kahwa, qaawaa etc.

  • Preparation Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
  • Serves: 1-2

INGREDIENTS:

  • Water: 2 Glasses or 500 ml
  • Tulsi / Basil leaves, whole: 6-7
  • Ginger / Adrak, grated: 1 tsp
  • Salt: A pinch
  • Turmeric / Haldi powder: 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon stick / Dalchini: 1 to 2 inch
  • Carom / Ajwain: 1 tsp

Optional 

  • Lemongrass: As required
  • Black Pepper , whole or powdered: 3-4 or 1 tsp 

Before serving, optional 

  • Lemon juice: 1-2 tsp
  • Honey: 1-2 tsp

METHOD:

In a saucepan add all the ingredients and bring to boil two to three times. 

You will see the colour transform to a deep dark brown and the kitchen will start resonating with the aroma of all the wonderful spices and ingredients.

Strain the Kadha aka Kahwa aka Qaawa into a mug and serve to the ailing family member or just simply enjoy it as a replacement to tea or coffee.

Pro Tip: Once you are confident in your skills you can adjust the quantity of the spices and ingredients as per the preferred taste of the recipient.


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These golden balls are best served with mint chutney, accompanied by a cool refreshing drink on the side.

  • Preparation Time: 1 hour or Overnight
  • Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
  • Serves: 4-5

INGREDIENTS:

  • Moong Dal/Green lentils, Soaked and Grounded: 2 Cups
  • Onion, finely chopped: 1 Cup
  • Green Chillies, finely chopped: As per taste
  • Ginger-garlic paste: 1and1/2 Tsp
  • Curry Leaves: 12-13 Leaves
  • Ajwain Seeds: 1/2 Tsp
  • Coriander Leaves, finely chopped: 2 – 3 Tsp
  • Turmeric Powder: 1/2 Tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder: 1/2 Tsp
  • Coriander Powder: 1/2 Tsp
  • Jeera/ Cumin Powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Salt: As needed

METHOD:

Soak two cups of moong dal for one hour or preferably overnight.

Grind dal to form a textured/coarse/grainy paste. *If the dal doesn’t grind properly in your mixer/ blender add a little bit of water during the process.

Add all the ingredients to your grounded dal batter and mix well.

Heat oil on a low flame.

Make soft balls of the prepared batter and directly dunk them in the hot oil.

Deep fry till the vada/ moong dal balls are golden-brown and completely cooked.

Serve with fried green chillies and mint chutney.

This finger food is best enjoyed when served hot.


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  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 6
  • Calories: 1600 (These are the Approximate Calories Per Person)

The cooking method you follow here will give you the perfect fries – crunchy, salty and golden yellow!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Oil: 100ml
  • Potatoes: Cut into 1/4 inch sticks (200g)
  • Salt to taste

METHOD:

  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan over medium heat until the oil temperature reaches 325°F or 162.7°C. 
  • Fry the potatoes in small batches for 1-2 minutes so they don’t stick to each other while deep frying.
  • Remove the potatoes with a stainless steel strainer and drain on paper towels. Do this for all the cut potatoes sticks. 
  • Raise the temperature of the oil to 350°F or 176.6°C and fry the potatoes again. Fry for at least 5 mins or until the colour turns to a perfect golden yellow. Remove and drain excess oil on paper towels.
  • Season with salt to taste and serve with ketchup or mayonnaise.

For the perfect fresh fry, we suggest investing in a food thermometer. Also for the perfect golden colour you will have to fry the chips twice at different temperatures. This is the industry standard but you can do it as per your own convenience.

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This is a spiciness rating. Salt is the only seasoning added to this recipe. To up this recipe to your liking you can add a good sprinkling of pepper, herbs, red chilli flakes or other assorted condiments.


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