Friday, May 9, 2014

Ozeri's Duo Ultra Salt and Pepper Mill and Grinder Review

Every time I get the opportunity to review Ozeri's products I tend towards their cooking related items. In the first place I like their products mainly for the luxurious look with stainless steel finish at a nominal price. Looks so elegant and stylish for the kitchen :)

Buy the product here : Ozeri Duo Ultra Salt and Pepper Mill and Grinder

This time I was sent their Duo Ultra Salt and Pepper Mill and Grinder. Need I say how elated it made me the first time I unpacked it :) It has the smoothest stainless steel finish and super easy to work with handle. There are numerous ways in which you can use this product. You can not only use it for salt and pepper but also for cumin and fennel which we use so often in Indian cooking. I cannot stress enough on the fact that IT DOES give a unique flavor to the food when ground freshly. Also in tadka. It can be used to grind pepper and cumin for eggs and omelette. Just use your imagination and go creative :)

All the spices have health benefits. I found that after I started using this grinder, I've started adding almost twice the amount of spices than I did before. Not only is this useful, it also adds to the health and taste factor.

Coming to the product, it is very easy to work with. Both the spices has separate opening and grinds separately as you rotate the handle in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions respectively. The glass see through makes it easier to monitor that levels of spices and fill up before hand. Overall, it is such a nice addition to your kitchen and will surely grab the eyes of your guests, as it did with mine :)

Disclaimer: Ozeri sent the product to me for reviewing. Opinions expressed are purely mine after testing out the product extensively.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Green Smoothie

Its been a lot heard of but never tried kind of drink to me until yesterday. As I was cruising the aisles of Costco, came across a Vitamix Rep getting ready to wind up all her work. As I stopped by with my kid to show him the spread of fruits that was placed near the Vitamix blender, she asked me if I would like to try a green smoothie. I said sure, considering the fact that I've never seen one. She made a batch for herself and shared it with us for the taste.

So here goes the recipe as I saw her and made a mental note of the ingredients. I made a batch with the ingredients I had at home and turned out yummiiee!

Vary the ingredients measure to your taste.
Ice cubes

  • Now, I don't own a vitamix. This was done in my preethi mixer. Blend all the ingredients in a blender.
That is it! I din't have banana, celery or pineapple. This recipe is so versatile, you can replace any fruit/fruits for the pineapple. I just made it with oranges sans banana / celery. So just make it with whatever ingredients you have and mix and match them. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Simple Vegetable Pasta in Spicy Tomato Puree

This is a quick fix recipe for a one pot dish. A good way to add kale to your dishes. Got this idea of adding kale to pasta from a friend... and works so well!

Number of Serving - 2
Pasta - 1 cup (cooked)
Vegetables - 1 cup
Spinach - a hand full
Onion - 1 chopped
Tomato - 1 and 1/2 chopped and blended to a paste
Turmeric powder
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 spoon
Freshly Ground Cumin and Fennel Seeds
Olive Oil

  1. Heat oil in a wok, temper mustard seeds and urad dal. Add chopped onions and cook well
  2. Add chopped kale and cook. It takes a while for kale to cook.
  3. Add vegetables and salt and saute
  4. Add tomato puree and cook. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, freshly ground cumin and fennel seeds and cook well. Squeeze few drops of lemon
  5. Add cooked pasta and mix well

Here is another way to add kale to your menu... in roasted cracked wheat upma with bell peppers...

Friday, March 28, 2014

Tomato Rice (with Golden Brown Basmati Rice)

This is an easy peasy recipe for a tomato rice. Just in case you woke up late (as was our case today :) ), running late, getting out of ides for lunch box recipes.... try this.

Number of Serving - 2 to 3
Tomatoes - 3
Onion - 1 big
Jalapeno- 2
Red Chilli powder - 1 spoon
Coriander powder - 2 spoons
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Ginger Garlic - freshly shredded 1 spoon
Cumin and Fennel - freshly ground with pepper gringer
Salt as needed

To Temper:
Cinnamon, Cloves, Elaichi

Brown Basmati Rice - 1 cup
Water to Cook Rice - 2 cups (or a little more depending on the rice)

Ever since I got Ozeri's Electric Pepper Grinder... I'm using my old one to grind fresh spices like cumin and fennel together for this tomato rice today... works beautifully!

  • Wash the basmati rice 4 times and cook it in rice cooker as you would do for white rice. Keep aside.
  • For the tomato paste, chop and make paste of the tomatoes in the blender
  • Heat oil in a wok, temper the spices. Add ginger garlic paste, onions, jalapenos and saute well
  • Add the blend tomatoes, add all the powders and salt and let it cook and simmer for a few mins. Add cilantro. Paste is ready
  • Mix the paste with rice
Note: This paste can be made ahead and used for the next day. As an alternative, you could soak the rice and add it to the simmering paste and cook it in the pressure cooker (I've never tried brown rice this way. In fact, this is the first time I'm cooking brown rice at all).