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Complicated or Simple: Lasagna?

My husband has been pestering me for quite some time now to try and learn how to cook Lasagna, but the mere thought of working hard to make those layers of Lasagna made me feel dazed. However, staying away and handling long distance changes you a lot as a person and changes the feel of your relationship, especially after marriage! Anyways, so my husband was visiting me in Mumbai over the weekend, when I finally decided to try and cook this complicated looking delicious thing, LASAGNA!

Ingredients

Atta dough to make 5 thin lasagne sheets

2 cups milk

2 tsp Maida

½ cup Processed cheese grated

2 tbsp oil

1 tbsp butter

6 cloves garlic

2 medium onion, chopped

7-8 button mushrooms sliced

1 medium zucchini slices

4 tomatoes blanched and chopped

1 medium green capsicum, chopped

1 small yellow capsicum, chopped

1 small red capsicum, chopped

½ cup boiled corn kernels

2 tsp Oregano

½ tsp Chilli flakes

 

Directions

How to make white sauce:

  1. Ass 1 tsp butter and as butter melts, add 2 tsp maida to the mixture.
  2. Add ½ cup of finely chopped onions and saute until light brown
  3. Slowly add 2 cups of milk and stir evenly to ensure no lumps are formed
  4. Burn on slow flame until a slightly thick white sauce is formed

How to make lasagne sheets

  1. Roll the flour chapatis until they turn very thin
  2. Boil 3 cups of water in a deep pan and add the thin chapatis to the boiling water one by one
  3. Cook until the chapatis come on the surface of the water and are completely cooked

How to make the Lasagna Filling

  1. Heat oil and butter in a pan
  2. Add onions and garlic and saute until onions turn golden brown
  3. Make puree of the tomatoes and add to the mixture slowly
  4. Add mushrooms, zucchini, corn to the mixture
  5. Add salt to taste and cook for two minutes
  6. Add red, green and yellow capsicum and cook for 2 minutes
  7. Add oregano and chilli flakes to the mixture and cook for 2 more minutes

Baking the Lasagna

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degree Celsius
  2. Take a baking dish and spread a thin layer of white sauce
  3. Over that spread a layer of vegetables followed by a layer of lasagne sheets
  4. Repeat the layers twice or more
  5. Pour the remaining white sauce on the top and spread evenly
  6. Spread a layer of grated cheese and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes until the cheese has turned golden brown!

Tadaa…your lasagne is ready! I know, it sounds like a task but the task lies only in gathering all ingredients together, rest is a quick easy delicious route to a delish dish!

Au revoir!

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Posted in Recipes

Quick Breakfast Recipe: Besan ka Cheela

Looking for a quick and delicious breakfast item to make, without getting out of your lazy Sunday mood? We have this quick and simple recipe of besan ka cheela, try for yourself, and do let us know how it turned out in the comments section below:

Ingredients

1 cup besan (gram flour)

1 small onion, finely chopped

¼ cup chopped dhania (coriander leaves)

1 small green chilli, chopped

½ inch ginger finely chopped

½ tsp jeera (cumin seeds)

2-3 pinches of turmeric powder

¼ tsp red chilli powder

½ to 2/3 cup water

Salt as per taste

Oil, as required

 

Directions

  1. Add besan to a mixing bowl and add onions to the mixture and mix well
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, ginger, chilli, dhania, jeera, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and mix it well
  3. Add water slowly and stir well to ensure no lumps are formed
  4. Mix the mixture until a batter of smooth flowing consistency is formed
  5. Heat a tawa or a flat pan and add some oil on it on a low flame
  6. Let the pan become medium hot and take a ladle full of batter and pour it on the pan and let it spread on the pan
  7. Add oil on both sides, and cook until the cheela turns light brown and is cooked well on both sides

Enjoy!

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Oats Porridge

Looking to eat something healthy and easy to make? Or something which fills up your tummy well n fast without compromising on the taste and also helps you lose weight? Well, I have the prefect recipe for you! The milk oats porridge! Simple, quick & easy! Here it is:

Ingredients

¼ cup oats

1 cup milk

Honey as sweetener

Directions

  1. Start boiling the milk in a pan
  2. Once the milk comes to a boil, slowly add oats and stir frequently until it forms an even mixture
  3. Boil on slow flame until the oats are completely cooked and the mixture reaches an even thickness
  4. Remove the porridge from the flame and add honey as per preferred taste to the mixture

 

Cooking time for the recipe is well within 10 minutes and it’s a great one if you’re trying to lose weight quickly but can’t stop thinking about food all day! 😉

Hope you enjoy it!

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Paneer Bread Roll Recipe

What do you do when your husband gets hungry at the middle of the night and in mood to try something new? Well, I didn’t know the answer either! Although I love trying new things, but with constraint of ingredients and mood to try something new, I went looking for some quick easy recipes which could bring out some new flavour on the table. And because I am sharing it, you can easily guess, the recipe worked quite well in winning his heart! :p

Ingredients

1 cup crumbled paneer

1 small onion, finely chopped

½ tsp red chilli powder

½ tsp powdered/fine jeera

½ tsp garam masala powder/chaat masala powder

Salt to taste

½ tsp ginger garlic paste

1 tsp tomato sauce/ketchup

A small bunch of coriander, chopped fine

4 slices of fresh white bread

Butter to toast

 

Directions

  1. Place the crumbled paneer in a wide bowl
  2. Add chopped onion, jeera, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, salt, chopped coriander and chaat masala powder to the paneer and mix slightly with you finger tips
  3. Add tomato sauce/ketchup and ginger garlic paste. Blend again with finger tips and set aside while you prepare the bread
  4. Remove the corners of the bread and roll out as thinly as possible
  5. Place about 1tsp or so of filling on one end of the rolled out slice and gently roll in from the end making sure that the filling stays well within the first turn of the roll
  6. Repeat with remaining bread slices until you use up your paneer masala
  7. Lightly toast in a skillet or pan until all sides are browned
  8. Cut and serve with tomato and green chilli sauce

 

The recipe takes around 10-15 minutes’ time for preparation, and you can add masalas of your choice to make it suitable to your needs!

 

Enjoy the recipe, and do write to us if you love it or find any difficulty in making it! J

 

Posted in Chennai

Basil With a Twist: Must Visit!

In love with this place! ❤ ❤ I spotted Basil with a twist on the romantic restaurants shortlist on Zomato and the reviews sounded pretty good!! I visited this place with my fiancé and simply fell in love with it!!

Ambience: The ambience is beautiful and place is exuberant giving you a feeling of excitement and peace simultaneously!! The tables are neatly arranged and the place gives you a feeling of serenity.

Service: The staff is polite and helpful, however takes a lot of time to call them over to your table especially during busy hours which might seem a little irritating at first, but can be overlooked given the quality of food.

Food: In soup, we ordered the roasted pumpkin soup which was yummilicious. I haven’t had something different yet delicious in quite a long time now! In the started we ordered quesadillas. The presentation of the starter made it look delectable. The quesadillas were delish and we both enjoyed them! For the main course we ordered the Mushroom lovers pasta. While we wanted to go for a 4-course meal, after having the white pasta, we were both completely full. The pasta was well-cooked and served well in time!! Overall, the food was simply amazing!!

I’d definitely recommend this place and would love to visit frequenty with family and friends!! Must Visit!!

Basil With A Twist Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Posted in Blogging Contests, Uncategorized

#StyleYourHoliday and Win Vouchers from LimeRoad

Hola beautiful people!!

I know it’s too hot out there, and we all are desparately waiting for the rains to be back and give us some relief. But till then, enjoy the summers with Resourceful Bites!!

Today, we bring to you an exciting holiday and vacation themed Scrapbook contest in association with LimeRoad.com.

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In case, you want to know more about the shopping experience with LimeRoad, please read my post about my shopping experience with LimeRoad here.

What you have to do?

  • Log on to www.limeroad.com or download the android app.
  • Click on “Create Scrapbook”.
  • Create your best look on any Holiday template.
  • Tag your look #StyleYourHoliday and #SnehaMittal and share with your friends!
  • 1 winner gets 500 Shopping Credit on LimeRoad
  • Contest closes at midnight, 30th April

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Rules of the Contest:

  1. Please leave the link to your look in the comment section below
  2. Follow our facebook page
  3. Follow me (@genes_recoded) and LimeRoad on twitter to be eligible!

 

So, what are you waiting for?? Start sharing and win easy!!

 

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LimeRoad Experience

Hola beautiful people!!

In this post, I hope to share an online shopping experience which hopefully will help you select the better stuff out there at the right prices, and help you stay in touch with the latest trends.

Limeroad is already making waves and has gained huge traction over the years, but in case you don’t know about the website, check it out here : LimeRoad.com

What’s LimeRoad?

LimeRoad is an online shopping portal for all the fashionable & trendy women out there!! LimeRoad provides you a wide range of products to choose from varying from traditional Indian wear or classy western wear to bags, footwear, accessories, home embellishments, kitchenware, beauty products and much more!

Here’s a screenshot of the look and feel of the shopping portal:

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Limeroad celebrates womanhood and offers a selection of merchandise that women need and desire. While shopping, we don’t just look for a piece of clothing or a footwear, but more than that! We imagine what earrings we would want with the dress, what dresses I can wear with this particular piece of footwear and on and on and on!! Gosh, only if shopping would have been a simpler task!

Well, that’s where LimeRoad works really well than any other online shopping portal. It’s feature of showcasing trends, and creating a scrapbook helps you create the overall look without losing touch with the previous items you finalised, may it be clothing, footwear or home decor!! They offer variety, quality and affordable prices!!

In case you haven’t shopped on the website before, let me guide you a little to make the most out of it! You can either first decide, which category of products you specifically want to shop for, or go with the flow and discover the latest trends to decide what works for you and what not!

While going through the trendy looks, you can click on specific objects like shoes or dress, and discover similar good options from the suggestions provided below the product description. Else, you can go through the traditional way of selecting a product category and browsing through products of interest!

My Experience:

Well, I was looking for a nice pair of shot glasses to add to my collection of barware when I stumbled upon the website. I searched for the hashtag shot glasses and found some really interesting products. In addition,  I found some interesting options to add to my selection!

Here’s what I ordered finally :

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I was happy with the product, the way of packaging it and how quickly it reached me after I placed the order! #Satisfied

What Works well??

  1. Feature of Scrapbooking & earning LR credits by creating your own looks!
  2. Mobile App as well website to make your experience smooth and complete
  3. Customer friendly services & secure payment options
  4. Prompt Customer Support
  5. Wide assortment of clothing & accessories with some exquisite ethnic wear available online
  6. Ability to create different looks and save them to shop later also
  7. Share the look with friends, and get their opinions to make the best of options available to you
  8. Hashtags to dicover the trends and similar products to help you select
  9. Latest looks from bollywood movies, like the one below from Ki and Ka

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Overall, my experience with this shopping was really satisfactory and I am definitely going back to shop more from Limeroad.com.

In case you have any queries or doubts, feel free to leave a comment and I would be happy to sort it out!

 

The big challenge in leadership is not in figuring out what to do but in actually doing the thing you know will produce great results.

The challenge is learning to lead yourself to do what needs doing when it needs doing.

Posted in Life At IIM, Uncategorized

Blue Ocean Strategy : Stay Uncle

What’s Stay Uncle?

An online portal which provides convenient stay options for unmarried couples. They have options like 10-hour tariff & check out options, morning and evening slots to book hotels and no questions asked policy. They make it safe for couples to book hotels without feeling embarrassed about the unmarried status.

 

Analysis from MBA Perspective: Classic example of Blue Ocean Strategy

Evolving Market Space:

As our country progresses, the environment has changed. In modern India, youngsters have relationships without or before marriage, and it’s okay to date someone!! In addition, the number of couples in long-distance relationships is also on a rise.

Key Issue:

  1. Most of these young couples live in hostels and meet often, but have difficulty in finding hotels to stay because they are looked suspiciously in many of the options available to them.
  2. With relationships such as friends with benefits and even other serious relationships, many-a-times it becomes difficult to talk about relationships openly, hence, privacy is a key concern.

Uncontested Market Space: 

This is an issue which many of us youngsters would be aware of, and may have even faced it ourselves some or the other time. Given our Indian culture, no one really wants to address such an issue lest it be seen suspiciously as propagating wrong ideas in the society. The truth is that there is a huge uncontested market out there of people looking for such options, but people do not openly discuss it except with friends.

Don’t Contest. Create:

When the other start-ups like MakeMyTrip, Stayzilla, OyoRooms, etc. are trying to fight a battle to get as many customers to choose them over others (red ocean) while Stay Uncle is creating a space of its own without battling in the same customer segment (family or business travelers) with the other existing organizations.

What works?

  1. First-mover advantage: Once customers start using it and feel secure, they will not switch to any other agency due to the trust factor
  2. Capital Investment: No initial or extensive capital investment
  3. Value-Cost Trade-Off: It provides convenience and privacy, however customer experience is the key to success
  4. Differentiating Factor: It targets a niche segment and has a focused long-term strategy
  5. Marketing: Works on word of mouth marketing

What doesn’t?

  1. Being a taboo issue, not everyone will openly talk about it or promote it directly.
  2. The current customers will become repeat customers, but in a year or two they will move to a different segment altogether, then their success depends on how well they can reach to new customers continuously!
  3. No long-time customers, but a single bad experience may destroy many other new customers
  4. They will have to continuously invest in marketing activities to reach out to the youth
  5. Success is judged by referrals more than being dependent on repeat purchase
  6. Inability to book the hotels for a few days, but only in available time slots. It may be incovenient for couples who want to stay together for 2-3 days

 

It’s just a start and as the market evolves a lot can change. Let’s wait and watch how it turns out! 🙂 If you think there is an aspect about the start-up that I failed to mention in my analysis, please be sure to leave it in the comment section below!!

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Coffee Chocolate Pudding

Many of us are constantly watching the cooking shows to get our hand on some good recipes, but we fail to look around us for inspiration!! My inspiration came from where I was not looking, my friend Mahima (soon bride-to-be) :p

This one is her recipe. It’s easy, quick to make and amazingly delicious!! Do try it out!!

 

Ingredients : (This recipe serves 2-4 people)

  • 3 teaspoons of Vanilla custard powder
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 6-8 teaspoons of sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoon of coffee
  • 75g packet of Hide & Seek (Coffee or Chocolate according to taste)
  • A packet of Britannia Chocolate Cake
  • Chocolate Sauce to serve

 

Directions:

  1. Pour milk in a saucepan and start heating it on high flame
  2. While the milk is boiling, take the custard powder in a small bowl and mix 2-3 spoons of water to form a thick paste of custard powder
  3. Add the custard powder to boiling milk and stir continuously
  4. Add sugar as the milk starts to thicken
  5. As the mixture starts thickening, add coffee powder to it and boil for another 2 minutes, until it forms an even mixture
  6. Allow the mixture to cool thoroughly by keeping the custard in fridge
  7. Crush to hide and seek biscuits in its packet, and add the crushed biscuits mixture to the cooled custard
  8. Store the custard in the fridge for another 3-4 hours
  9. Place a slice of chocolate slice cake, pour some chocolate custard on it and top the mixture with some chocolate sauce before serving!

 

Enjoy your dessert!! Hope you enjoy the recipe!! Do leave your feedback in comments section below!!

 

Au Revoir!