L Cook With Jovi: July 2018

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Indian Style Jackfruit Dish


The picture below might look like meat but don’t be fooled. If you haven’t eaten jackfruit yet, your life is going to change once you do. Often referred to as the ‘vegetarian chicken’ this stringy fruit (yes its actually a fruit) is the food that vegans dream of! It’s a healthy vegan meat replacement and it’s fast becoming one of the biggest food trends among vegetarians, vegans, and even adventurous meat lovers. Best of all, it's the key to making a large variety of dishes ranging from barbecued stuff to burgers to Indian curries as it pairs well with almost all spices. Here’s just one of the many ways I cook jackfruit. Go on, add it to your grocery list for next time.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Serves: 2

  • 1.5 tbsp olive oil + more for frying
  • 1 tin jackfruit (400gms) in salted water
  • 1 medium sized onion, sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ chilli powder or more if you like it hotter
  • 1-2 green chillies (optional)
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander for garnishing
  1. Remove the jackfruit from the tin and throw away the excess water.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the jackfruit pieces till golden in colour.
  3. Remove the jackfruit pieces and place on a kitchen towel so that the excess oil gets absorbed.
  4. Now heat 1.5 tablespoons of oil in a separate pan, add cumin seeds and let them splutter for a minute.
  5. Add the chopped ginger, sliced onions and sauté till onions start turning slightly golden on the edges.
  6. Once the onions are done, throw in the green chillies and tomatoes, and stir well. Cook for 3-4 minutes on moderately high heat.
  7. Gently stir in the fried jackfruit pieces and start adding all the spice powders-turmeric, coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala and salt. Make sure everything is combined well.
  8. Pour about ¼ cup water into the pan, cook and cover for about 8-10 minutes.
  9. Uncover the pan, give the jackfruit one last stir and check for seasoning.  
  10. Serve hot garnished with coriander.
  11. A hot naan would make your meal perfect.

Jovi’s Notes
Fresh jackfruit is not available in the region where I stay. That is why I use the tinned variety. Make sure to buy jackfruit in water and not in brine. The one in brine turns out rather sour after getting cooked. I have provided below, a picture of the brand I use. 

Friday, 13 July 2018

Liven up your Space with Silk Plants

5 Innovative uses of Silk Plants to Liven Up any Living Space

The presence of greenery provides a relaxed atmosphere and creates a warm and inviting space. Plants and flowers play a major role in beautifying any given area, and artificial plants and trees have completely revamped the outdoor and indoor landscaping market. They lend a very classy and hassle-free touch to any decor. They are very appealing when incorporated in decorating both residential and commercial spaces. As the artificial foliage is made of silk, it looks very similar to natural tree foliage and has the additional advantage of being weather resistant and maintenance free. Another bonus of silk plants is that they will save you money – there is no feeding, repotting or treating for disease, so you can sit back and admire the instant effect. There’s no denying that lots of greenery makes us feel better, so this is a trend that will be here to stay. These silk plants allow you to let nature in, without really having to do so!
Here are five interesting ways to use silk plants to create a lasting impression and give you flexibility to have a variety of fresh looking foliage whenever, wherever!

Tease with a Hedge maze!
Create a hedge maze outside your home or office, or even miniature versions inside, to keep people engaged and stimulated.  Apart from adding a very fresh and different look to the exteriors of the area, it will also serve the purpose of being an attraction and a place for recreation.

Host a tropical party every day!
Use different artificial plants and trees in different sections of your work or home space to create small theme sections. For example, palm trees can turn any given area into a tropical paradise within seconds! Install palm trees of varying lengths in the desired sections of the room to give it the look of a tropical oasis. Hammocks and some books by the side will complete the look and also transform the area into a unique and desirable space.

Create a mini garden indoors!
The best way to achieve this would be by creating small terrarium museums and displaying varieties of artificial plants and flowers in them. These terrariums are miniature gardens that can beautify any section of a room effortlessly. Use combinations of plants, trees, and flowers creatively to make them depict something exciting or follow a particular theme that you may like such as floral or coastal.

Bring Spring to your table!
Artificial flowers come in great variety and as they are life-like, they can be a hassle-free substitute for real flowers. Different types of flowers can be arranged on work tables or dining tables to give the look and feel of spring even when indoors. These flowers do not attract insects or wither and make it easy for you to live with nature.

Work on a Treetop!
This can be a fascinating experience to have while working in a closed environment. Different varieties of artificial plants could be arranged in a pattern, and this could be covered by a glass top. These table-like structures could then be used as workbenches for an exhilarating experience. The feeling of working on a tree top and the constant view of plants can also help de-stress as well activate one’s energy.

These refreshing ideas are sure to bring life to offices spaces, homes and work from home stations. Why not keep a few stored away as well, so you can vary your display or brighten up a room anytime you feel like it?

Here's a small perk that you might find handy.  Just enter the discount code BLOGGER10 and avail a 10% discount on any products you buy on https://www.silkplantsdirect.com/

Happy shopping! Happy decorating!

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Spicy Soya Mince

This spicy soya mince makes for a hearty and nutritious vegetarian meal. A lot of non-vegetarians think that soya is boring but this dish will surely make them change their minds. Try it once and be sure that this veggie soya mince will become a household favourite. I love this dish with warm rotis.

Preparation Time: 1 hour
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Serves: 2
  • 1.5 olive oil
  • 2/3 cup soya mince
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1-2 green chillies
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp chilli powder (optional)
  • 2 tsp chicken masala
  • Salt to taste

  1. Soak the soya mince in ¼ cup milk and about 1-1.5 cups of hot water for about an hour.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf and cloves and allow to sizzle.
  3. Stir in the sliced onions, chopped ginger and green chillies.
  4. Keep stirring gently till the onions start turning golden.
  5. Once the onions are done, add the tomatoes. Stir for a few minutes.
  6. In the meanwhile, drain the soya mince. Press the mince so that it loses all the water it has absorbed. 
  7. Add the soya mince to the onion tomato mix and continue stirring.
  8. Mix in all the spice powders and salt.
  9. Tilt your frozen peas in as well.
  10. Cover and cook for about 8-10 minutes, stirring gently in between.
  11. Adjust salt and seasoning as per taste.
  12. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with chapatis.

Jovi's Notes
The product links are the actual ones I have used in this recipe. Feel free to try other brands. 
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