Make Crispy French Fries at Home | Recipe

Who doesn’t love French Fries? It was that Summery Monday evening when no one would want to go in the kitchen, the reason being soaring temperature in north India. But as usual I was hungry 😀 and since I wanted good food, I thought to make something easy peasy. And what’s better than the homemade french fries, the Indian style! Last I had these french fries were at Mc Donald’s… The fast-food joint, Mc D and french fries sounds familiar, right? The challenge was to make the french fries crispy and yayyy, I did it!

Before heading to the recipe, I would want you to know that I used this cutter to get the potato french fries evenly, just like the way we get it outside. You can also cut the potato fingers with a knife, but trust me, it gets a lot easier if you have this cutter. I will share the review for the same in coming days.

To know the recipe of crispy french fries and how to make it in an easy way… scroll down.

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How To Make Crispy French Fries at Home

  • Servings: 6 persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A step by step recipe guide to cooking french fries the indian style


Ingredients

  • 5 medium-sized potatoes
  • Cold water
  • Refined oil for frying
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Chat Masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp Red Chillie Powder
  • Oregano (optional, as per requirement)
  • Tomato Sauce (as accompaniment)

Directions

  1. Peel the potatoes, rinse and keep them in cold water.
  2. One by one cut all the potatoes in equal size.
  3. Leave them in cold water for five minutes.
  4. Take the potatoes out and rub it on a towel to remove the excess water.
  5. In hot oil, take some chopped potatoes and fry for 6-8 minutes or just until the potatoes could be easily pricked with a fork. Likewise, fry all the chopped potatoes.
  6. Now, keep the fried finger fries in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  7. After 10 minutes, take out the potato fingers and fry them again in batches. The oil must be extremely hot. Do not simmer at any point.
  8. Sprinkle salt, oregano (optional), red chilli powder and chat masala powder, mix.
  9. Serve with tomato sauce or red chilli tomato sauce.

Step-by-Step Method for Homemade Crispy French Fries, Indian style

Rinse, peel the potatoes and rinse again. Keep the peeled potatoes in cold water. Cut them one by one. As said earlier, I had used the cutter to get equal sized potato fingers to make restaurant-style crispy french fries. You can chop the potatoes with a knife. Cut all the potatoes in equal size.

Now, keep all the chopped potatoes in cold water for five minutes; in this way, the potatoes won’t darken. Take the potatoes out after five minutes and rub the potato fingers on a towel to remove any excess water.

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In a deep wok or kadhai, add refined oil and heat. Fry the potatoes in batches. Fry till they just get soft or could be easily pricked with a fork. Likewise, fry all the chopped potatoes.

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Now, keep the fried french fries in the freezer for 10 minutes. We need to fry them again. Frying french fries twice make them crispy from outside and soft as required from inside.

After ten minutes, take out the potato fingers and fry them again in batches. This time, take note that the oil must be extremely hot. Do not simmer at any point. Take out the fries when dark golden and allow the excess oil to drain.

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Sprinkle salt, oregano (optional), red chilli powder and chat masala powder over the french fries and mix.

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Serve the crispy french fries with tomato sauce or red chilli tomato sauce. Enjoy the evening!

— Recipe shared by Sara Khan


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Ten Must-Have Drinks to Keep You Hydrated during Indian Summers

Even if you are the person who loves summers, the sweltering heat is the one thing you must be hating about it. The hotter months take a toll on each one of us, leaving our bodies sweaty and tired.

During the summer, when we move out under the sun our bodies warm up and releases certain fluids in the form of sweat. Hence, it is advised to keep our bodies well-hydrated during these days of soaring temperatures.

Although water does its task well of satiating our thirst, we also need some summery beverages to give our body that cooling effect against the scorching heat.

These drinks not only keep you hydrated but also refreshes your mood. Moreover, these are age-old beverages require some easily available ingredients and just a few minutes from your busy schedule.

Ten Must-Have Summers Drinks

So, here is a list of 10 must have drinks during summers. What are you waiting for? Let’s give them a look!

Shikanji

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade out of it! Well, this isn’t just a life advice but truly a summer tip. Nimbu Pani or lemonade is one of the easiest and fastest drink to prepare. All you need is – lemons, sugar, salt and cold water. To improve its taste and refreshing component, you can add black pepper, cumin seeds or mint leaves to water, sugar and lemon mixture.

Aam Pana

Aam Panna Recipe
How to Make Aam Panna

This savoury beverage made out of ripe mangoes is perfect to beat the heat and feel light and cool. This refreshing summer cooler is prepared using ripe mango pulp, blended with cumin seeds and mint leaves, with a pinch of black pepper sprinkled over it. The zingy taste of Aam panna can keep you energized for hours. Click here for Aam Panna recipe

Jaljeera

If you are facing digestion issues particularly during summers, then jaljeera is the best-suited drink for you. It is prepared using cumin seeds or jeera by first roasting them then making them into a coarse powder and then mix it in water. You can also buy a readymade jaljeera masala from the market and prepare your glass of goodness.

Sattu Sharbat

A truly desi summer beverage, sattu can keep your body refresh even during the hottest days. Apart from hydrating, sattu has many benefits to serve. It is made using sattu flour, sugar (or salt for savoury flavour) and water. Moreover, since it is also quite filling, a glass of Sattu sharbat is good to keep you energized for hours.

Coconut water

Cucumber Coconut Water Drink

Mildly sweet taste and refreshing aroma of coconut water can easily give you ease from the summer blues. Moreover, it makes for an electrolyte and, hence, a great option to go for when you feel dehydrated. Click Here for Cucumber Coconut Water Recipe

Sugarcane juice

The sugarcane juice is one remedy to many problems – making for an amazing energy drink, building up plasma and body fluids and eradicating dullness. To improve the refreshing taste of your sugarcane juice, you can add a pint of mint leaves.

Buttermilk

This summer special drink made out of milk (curd) is packed with all the nutrients essential to our body during this hot and sunny weather. Being a traditionally approved summer drink It is definitely favourite of many Indians. Buttermilk or Chhas is good for digestive system. You can add cumin seeds or jeera to enhance its taste.

Lassi

The name is enough to let you think about its creamy texture and sweet and sour taste. This yoghurt-based summer cooler is good to go to not only survive the heat but also revitalise your body. A glass of authentic lassi, topped with a layer of malai makes the drink all the more luscious and fulfilling.

Watermelon Mojito

Watermelon Mint Cooler
Watermelon Mint Cooler

This refreshing summer fruit makes for a super refreshing drink called Watermelon Mojito. Simply, squeeze out the juice of watermelon and read the recipe here to make the perfect summer drink. You can also go to a nearby juice shop or a café to savour this thirst quenching drink.

Barley water

This beverage is not only a summer drink but also known to be a promising remedy for an overall good health. To prepare the drink, all you need is pearl barley, salt, lemon, honey and water.

These summer coolers soothe the body from within and also restore the lost energy during the long and messy days. So, this summer, try not to miss out on any one of them, and also share with us which one is your favourite.

Cookery Workshop with Sanjeev Kapoor – Season -2 | Press Release

Kolkata, 1st June 2018: Media Connect organized a Cookery Workshop with SANJEEV KAPOOR, the Ace Master Chef and the King of Cooking today on 26th May 2018 (Saturday) at Sapphire Banquet (on EM Bypass), Kolkata. Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine today. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel ‘FoodFood’, author of best-selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards! He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering Indian women through the power of cooking to become self-sufficient. Chef Kapoor has also been conferred with ‘Best Chef of India’ award by the Government of India. So, the City of Joy, Kolkata was lucky enough to get a chance to give their cooking dreams a flight by learning culinary skills from the Master Chef himself! The event was attended by eminent personalities as chief guests which included: Mrs. Shobha Indani (Renowned Chef from Pune)Mrs. Ruchika Gupta (Director, Sanmarg) and many others.

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The Cookery Workshop by Sanjeev Kapoor was organized by Media Connect at Sapphire Banquets (On EM Bypass), Kolkata today with hundreds of energized audience who were seen jotting down all tips & tricks while following the recipes. The participants present there got a chance to learn & witness practical demo & Live Cooking of Multi-cuisine, Pure Vegetarian dishes in this workshop along with a lot of Tips, Tricks and interactions to improve their everyday cookingThe list of dishes covered in this workshop included:  Pani Puri Sorbet, Orange Feta Salad With Achari Form, Papad Nachos With Mango Salsa, Beetroot Cheese Tikki, Paneer Paturi, Veg Tagine, Mango Baked Yogurt, Peri Peri Paneer Sliders, Pumpkin Pancake, Ratatouille Lasagna, Three Cheese Samosa, Kothimbir Wadi Waffle, Hibiscus Iced Tea, Brownie Cheese Cake, Ice Cream Three Ways- Paan, Walnut & Chikoo Jaggery, etc.

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On this occasion, Mr. Ankit AgarwalCo-owner of Media Connect as one of the organizer said “After the first season, which was a superhit two years back, we feel honored to organize this event of Cookery workshop with Sanjeev Kapoor once again because as we all know the Chef has been casting magic spell among the foodies, across the globe, through his delightful delicacies. We wanted the Kolkata foodies to get a chance to learn from the King of Chefs once again.”

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Speaking about the event, Mrs. Prerna Kothari FomraCo-owner of Media Connect as one of the organizer said, “Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian Cuisine. It is truly said that the belly rules the mind and the Master Chef has proved this quote, time and again. He was here with us once again to share his cooking secrets with the City of Joy, Kolkata. The workshop provided the participants a flight to their cooking dreams where each & every participant gave this feedback that they started to love cooking even more after the workshop and remarked that It’s not every day that we get a chance to meet celebrated Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, whose recipes we’ve tried to replicate in the kitchen for years.”

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Talking about the success of the event, Mr. Siddharth SawansukhaMD , Sawansukha Jewellers said, “The workshop which showcased his magical mastery was open to chefs, housewives, connoisseurs and everyone who could gain immensely on the art of making dishes of the exotic variety from the practical lessons and pep talk that the genial and affable globe-trotting Sanjeev Kapoor delivered. It was indeed a pleasure to be a part of this event.”

The special attraction cum add-on bonus for this cookery workshop was Mrs Shobha Indani (Renowned Chef from Pune) who taught surprise instant sweet dishes after the workshop for the participants. Her part was a surprise for the participants as a complimentary benefit from the organizer’s side. She taught more than 15 Mithais to the participants which included: Rasgulla, Chhena Roll, Chhena Sandwich, Malai Chop, Cham-Cham, Ras Madhuri, Gulab Bhog, Angur Rabdi, Kaju Pista Roll, Instant Kalakand, ANjeer Halwa, Orange Chhena Malpua, Khari Baklawa, Dry Fruit Delight, Crunchy Peanut Butter Ball, Fruit and Nut Balls and many other such sweet surprises.

— The Press Release was published as received.


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How To Boil Rice Perfectly Recipe

Boiling rice perfectly seems very easy task. I must say it is! Many of the Foodeez Junction readers have asked recipe for how to boil rice perfectly. You can make a “chalta hai” rice i.e., overcooked or mushy. The dilemma is when you have guests at home and you want to treat them with a homemade variety of food or when you have that urge of eating to please your palette and you have this overcooked rice in front of you. What do you do then? Browse through the various recipes on Google or other search engines and waste your time?

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Yes, you might search for N no. of recipes thinking of this could be good, or that or the other one. Well, it’s definitely going to kill your hunger and the craving to have something good. Instead, let me share with you an easy-to-remember recipe that gives the answer to all your queries like how much water is required to boil the rice? When you are cooking basmati rice, what’s the method? How much time is required to get perfectly cooked rice?

Oh, and if you want to follow the age-old grandma’s trick, which is a Chinese traditional trick too, while cooking rice, here it is – when you put rice in the cooking pot, pour water just till the knuckle of your index finger. You need to keep the finger right on the rice and not dip it entirely in the pot. The water should just touch the start of your knuckle. If you are good at measuring inches on your fingers then the water level should be right at one-inch above the rice.

Hey, since you got the secret to cooking rice perfectly, would you mind sharing this How to Boil Rice Perfectly recipe with your friends and family. And if you cooked with the below-mentioned, any of the recipes, and sharing of Facebook or Instagram, share with #foodeezjunction . That ways, I too will get to know (unless you make the post public).

How To Cook Rice on Stove

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How To Cook Rice on Gas Stove

  • Servings: 2-3, depends
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A step by step recipe guide to cooking rice

Remember, it’s not necessary to have a rice cooker to cook it. Start cooking on the stove and later you may or may not opt the rice cooker. It entirely depends on your choice and budget.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup White Rice
  • 1 ¾ cups Water
  • ¼ teaspoon Lemon Juice


Directions

  1. Take rinsed rice in a cooking pot.
  2. Add water to it and switch on the stove.
  3. Cover the lid of the cooking pot and let the rice cook on low flame for 20 minutes or till al-dante.
  4. Stir just once and with light hands.
  5. Sprinkle the lemon juice and cover the lid.
  6. After 20 minutes, once check the rice, if al-dante, then turn off the gas stove.
  7. Rice is ready!

Tip: If there is excess water, drain it once you turn off the flame.

Method

Rinse the rice in cold water. Now, take the rinsed rice in a cooking pot. The cooking pot should be big enough. Remember, the rice expands while getting cooked.

Add normal water to the rice and put the cooking pot on low flame on the gas stove. Cover the lid of the rice pot and let it cook for 20 minutes or until al-dante. Stir just once. Do not stir it repeatedly as it may break the rice.

When you open the lid to stir the cooking rice, add ¼ teaspoon of lemon juice. Though you can skip this step, I personally would recommend you to add lemon juice. Adding lemon juice avoids mushiness in the rice.

After 20 minutes, now check the rice, if al-dante, turn off the gas stove. If there is excess water drain it quickly. Keep the cooking pot with closed lid on the same turned-off stove burner. The heat will remove excess water.

The rice is ready. You can have it with Arhar dal, it tastes yummm. Try it yourself.

Ten Health Benefits of Drinking Water in Copper Vessels

Remember your grandma’s advice to use the copper vessel to store water? If you are following her advice and are using a copper utensil, you owe her big time thanks to this million worth lifetime health tip. However, if you didn’t abide by, it’s the time you should start taking the advice seriously.

Copper is an essential antioxidant for the human body. As per Ayurveda, the ‘Tamra jal’ (water out of a copper utensil) is highly beneficial for the proper functioning of body organs. Continue reading Ten Health Benefits of Drinking Water in Copper Vessels

We Are Inviting Interviews from Food Enthusiasts

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As you might have noticed Foodeez Junction is undergoing some changes, I’m aiming to re-start the food blog with the newer approach. I hope you will like this food guide. As you know, all the processes require team and efforts, you can get associated with us or send your food-related articles for guest posting on foodeezjunction@gmail.com.

An important thing is — I am right now conducting interviews on my blog, but it is limited to Indian food enthusiasts only. Right now, the interviews are freeee. You only need to fill the questionnaire I’ll send on your email id. If this interests you, I’m sure you want to get featured on India’s Only Food Guide, email me foodeezjunction@gmail.com. Continue reading We Are Inviting Interviews from Food Enthusiasts

Snacks Time! A Quick Recipe for Sweet Corn Chat

Sweet Corn Chat is one of the easiest snacks to make. I would call it a recipe for those who have just started to cook. It’s easy!

You can bookmark this recipe for the time when the guests pay you a visit at home. A healthy snack for munching while chatting with your guests at home. Continue reading Snacks Time! A Quick Recipe for Sweet Corn Chat

Foods Served on Indian Trains Are Cheaper Now!

 

A good news for Rail travellers! Indian Railways Catering has announced the food served on trains will be cheaper.

I had always wished the food served on trains to be fresh and good, both quality and quantity wise.

Why I say quantity-wise? Earlier, whenever I had to buy the dinner, a veg biryani (which was very low in quality standards), a small portion would cost Rs. 120 plus a cup of tea at Rs. 10 sometimes Rs. 15. The sad part was, instead of improvising it, the quantity of tea was lesser than earlier. On train, people who were affected like me, would say ‘loot hai bhai’. Continue reading Foods Served on Indian Trains Are Cheaper Now!

The Cooking Marathon and Me

The story of the marathon starts! I cooked six cuisines all in a day and by myself! Woahhh….

Well, as I said, I’m travelling, I had to prepare something, and additionally when I checked my refrigerator, I found there were many things to be consumed otherwise, once I leave the house they would have been left unattended! And, thus, to avoid the wastage, I decided to cook. Continue reading The Cooking Marathon and Me

Kolkata Don’t Miss This Chance! Cookery Workshop by Chef Shobha Indani | Press Release

Develop your culinary skills with a variety of mouth-watering and delicious dishes from around the world in a 2-day Cookery Workshop by Mrs. Shobha Indani (renowned chef from Pune). The event is organized by Media Connect.

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2-Day Cookery Workshop by MRS. SHOBHA INDANI (renowned Chef from Pune)

Shobha Indani is one of India’s renowned chef and has also been the winner of Golden Book of World Records for achieving the World Record of Largest Cooking Lesson. Many of her students have been her pride on Indian Cooking TV show “Master Chef India”. She has trained more than 75,000 students since past 35 years by teaching her unique style in varied cuisines. Now it’s time to give your cooking dream a flight.!!!Kolkata don’t miss this chance… Continue reading Kolkata Don’t Miss This Chance! Cookery Workshop by Chef Shobha Indani | Press Release

A Simple and Easy Way to Make Arhar Dal | How to Make Tur Dal

Arhar Dal is a very commonly cooked lentil at Indian homes, be it lunch or dinner. There are innumerous ways you can cook Arhar dal. But this simple and easy Toor/Tur or Arhar Dal is one of my favourites.

I call it an easy one because you just need to put everything in the pressure cooker and see the magic! This is simple and tasty. You can even have it instead as a pigeon pea or Arhar dal soup. Continue reading A Simple and Easy Way to Make Arhar Dal | How to Make Tur Dal

Hari Mirch ki Sabzi | How to Make Sabzi with Green Chillies

Here is another Mom’s recipe – Mirch ki Sabzi. It sounds cool but it’s hot! And apt for chilly winters when we want to have something hot!

I like this dish to be served with kachoris. This Sabzi is a big hit in my family. Continue reading Hari Mirch ki Sabzi | How to Make Sabzi with Green Chillies

Bread Pakora with Potato Stuffing Recipe | How to Make Aloo Bread Pakora

When you want to eat something chatpata in snacks, this Bread Pakora recipe is going to help you! These bread pakoras are crispy and spicy. These deep-fried Indian snacks have an appetizing taste. They go well with green chutneys or khajur ki khatti meethi chutney. I’ll be sharing these two recipes of chutneys soon. Continue reading Bread Pakora with Potato Stuffing Recipe | How to Make Aloo Bread Pakora