Friday, July 10, 2015


Guacamole is a very famous Mexican Avocado dip. The trick to make perfect guacamole is using good, ripe avocados. Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado. If it is hard, the avocado is not ripe yet and will not taste good. If it is soft but firm, the avocado is ripe. If it is very soft and feels like pulpy, its over ripe and not good for guacamole.

How to make the perfect Mexican Guacamole at Home
Preparation time : 10 minutes, Serves : 4-6

Ingredients :

Ripe Haas Avocados : 2
Onion : 1/2 of a medium onion or 4 large onion slices, finely chopped
Tomato :  1, Seeded and finely chopped
Cilantro : 1 tbsp, finely chopped leaves
Jalapeno Pepper : 1, seeded, and finely chopped
Lime : 1, freshly juiced
Garlic clove : 1, minced
Cumin powder : 1/2tsp
Kosher salt : 1/2tsp
Black pepper powder : 1/4tap

Directions :

In a large bowl add the seeded, peeled and cubed avocados. To avoid the discoloration, immediately add lime juice and toss to coat. When you are sure that its completely coated, using a potato masher or spoon mash the avocados with salt, cumin, black pepper powder and minced garlic. Then, fold in the onions, jalapeno, tomatoes and cilantro. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve or you can immediately refrigerate and use within 3 days . To avoid the discoloration of guacamole,  place a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the mixture and refrigerate.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

BASIC WAFFLES / How to make soft, fluffy waffles at home

Classic Waffles recipe for weekend breakfast
How to make Basic waffles recipe / Classic waffles recipe
Cooking Time : 10 min , Serves : 4 , Calories : 481 cal

Dry Ingredients 
All purpose flour : 2cups
Baking powder : 1tbsp
Sugar :1/4cup or 4tbsp
Salt : 1/2tsp

Wet Ingredients 
Egg : 3
Melted Butter : 1/4cup or 4oz (make sure butter is not at room tempertature, but melted)
Milk : 1 1/2 cup or 12oz
Vanilla extract : 1tsp

Homemade Classic Waffles recipe for weekend breakfast

Directions :

1. Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions.

2. In a bowl beat together melted butter, eggs and vanilla extract  and then add milk. Keep aside.

3. In another medium bowl whisk together the all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar using a balloon whisk or fork. Make a well in the center and add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined. Make sure there are no lumps and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Refer notes

4. Ladle the recommended amount of waffle batter onto the iron according to the manufacturer's recommendations (I poured batter to cover 2/3 of the griddle ). Close iron top and cook until the waffle is golden on both sides and is easily removed from iron (around 4 minutes). Serve immediately or keep warm in a 200 degree F oven until ready to serve.

Notes : 

By mixing the dry ingredients separately and whisking them a bit before adding them to the liquid, you are making sure that the baking soda/powder/salt, gets evenly distributed throughout the flour. Also, the flour will be able to absorb the liquid easier and more uniformly without the flour becoming over-worked.

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