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Delicious Asian foods one must try… A guest post by Kacie Jones!!!


Woah… WordPress has changed its user interface, can you imagine its been ages since I logged in! I have been really caught up with my home baking business called “Floured” which I run in Bangalore. Hence I play hide & seek here on Keli Paan. But, it’s delightful that I have amazing people like Kacie connecting with me & we have similar love for food & travel…

Kacie Jones is a professional content writer and blogger from UK who shares her travel experiences. Her hobbies include travelling, trekking, Tech, Health, parenting and cooking and she is currently working on a project Srilanka visas which provides visa service to enter into Srilanka.

What Kacie has in store in this post is as lip smacking as it will be when you actually eat it I’m sure. Other than the dragon rolls.. I have not had the opportunity to try anything else myself. Thanks Kacie for introducing us to such wonderful new dishes..!

Over to Kacie….

A great meal always transcends all cultural boundaries, and sharing the food of the country you visit is definitely the best way to connect with its culture, people and land. Here is a compilation of wonderful Asian dishes that will leave you curious for more.

Asian Pot stickers: True delicacy

  • These delicious pot stickers or dumplings are generally cooked with ground pork and served with a tangy sauce that will delight your taste buds.
  • Similar to Dim Sum and Gyoza, these are a favourite of tourists and travellers from around the globe.

Thai Beef & Mango Salad: Asian Pride

  • Thai Beef and Mango Salad has been such an inspiration to the culinary fans in the world that many dishes inspired from this Asian delicacy have been doing the rounds on Internet.
  • A must try for all food lovers, it is a dish packed with amazing flavours and scents. It is an unforgettable reunion of sweet and sour making it a masterpiece on plate.

Beef Pho: You haven’t tried real food if you haven’t tried this!

  • Beef Pho is an amazing soup with equally amazing flavours and colours just like any other Asian dish. Unlike other soups, it involves the addictive flavours of Asian spices you will instantly fall in love with.
  • Beef makes the soup more indulging and gives it the extra edge to give a little something to the meat lovers!

Dragon Roll: Heaven on a platter

  • A true delight for flavour nuts, dragon roll is known for its unique texture and visual appeal. The flavours will hit your taste buds instantly and you will feel yourself craving for more! Burmese Noodle Bowl: Your new addiction!
  • This hearty soup has been a loyal favourite of international travellers and tourists since ages and is steadily gaining more and more popularity with its fans doing its talking!
  • Having being honoured on Food52, it should be on your list as a must try. With egg, noodles, chicken and chili, it offers a wonderful assortment of flavours that will make you fall in love with it effortlessly.

 

Thai Clam Chowder: Oriental delight

  • An absolute favourite of the tourists as well as the locals, Thai Clam Powder is for all the food lovers who are looking for a spicy as well as a tangy dish that gives there taste buds something to cherish forever!

Chinese Crispy Pork Belly: Perfection served on a plate

  • It has been labelled as one of the best dishes by famous and world renowned chefs, which is not a brainer as it is everything you would want your food to taste like!
  • Served as a perfect crispy pork belly with deliciously cooked rice and chili sauce, it presents to you a marvellous combination of flavours of Asia.

Balinese Chicken Lawar: Party in your mouth!

  • Balinese Chicken Lawar is a wonderful assortment of some of the finest flavours: Lemongrass, Turmeric, Thai Green Chilies and Asian apices that makes it an instant favourite of the tourists as well as the chefs all around the world.

Bibimbap: As unique as it sounds!

  • A must try for all the Asian food lovers it is a unique combination of yams, sauces and spices of candied nature giving you and your loved ones a deliciously creative treat.

Panang Kai: Deliciously exotic

  • Essentially a red chicken curry dish, it has been winning hearts not just in Asia but around the world because of its unique and tangy flavours and spices.
  • Spicy as well as sweet, it will surprise your taste buds with the best flavours! Give these local gems a try! If you are planning to visit Sri Lanka, you must apply for Srilanka visas . After you obtain your Srilanka visas and make the necessary arrangements begin your journey to experience the marvel that is Asia!

I hope this weekend gives you an opportunity to try something from the list of delicious dishes Kacie introduced us to..! Happy Weekend guys.. till next time Ciao..!


Turkey..!!! A must visit for a traveller who is a foodie as well..! Guest Post!


Heylo there..! I know it has been a long long time.. ! Hope you guys have been awesome at what you do.. I’m sure about that!

Long long ago there lived a food blogger who used to blog at her space called Keli Paan… since the time she converted her passion to work, she has not been around much on her blog..! This for sure would have refreshed your memory about me..! Most of you know that starting a new venture is not a joke.. You really need to work hard for the venture to flourish..! That is the reason you do not see me around here.

All of us blogger stumble into other wonderful blogs nearly everyday..! One such thing happened to a fellow blogger James, he landed on my blog one very fine day and he contacted me since he liked what he saw… We connected and a guest post discussion was on.. I must admit I kept James hanging for quite a while, since I’m really caught up with my baking profession. Anyways, let us get to know a about James, in his own words – “James Anderson is from London and is a reader and blogger interested in Sports, Travel, Fitness and Health.While browsing for the same i got something really unique and informative as (kelipaan.com) so thought to contribute here. Currently working on Turkey Visas. Coffee drinker and a passionate Writer. And a big fan of Barclay’s Premier League Football Club, Arsenal .” :).

As many of you know that I love to travel, one of the biggest reasons I love to travel is because of the new food options that come along with it.. ! James in this post will share with us some wonderful insights about Turkey. When we were in the UK, visiting Turkey was on the cards.. but then I had to pass then. This post now reminds me, how much both K & I wanted to visit Turkey..! Over to James….

Turkey – The Best Food Destination in the Middle East West.

We are all used to the visions of Turkey with its sunny beaches, historic architecture and party venues. But Turkey is also a premier venue for those for whom tourism is all about the food. What are the best Food Experiences that Turkey Provides? The best thing about Turkish food is that it is produced using the best of fresh ingredients, including nuts, seeds, and vegetables; it’s a very healthy way to eat.

• Manti is a delicious traditional dish that you will need to venture off the beaten tourist track to find. Mincemeat is encased in dough which is boiled at a very high temperature and served with yoghurt poured over the top. Its well worth finding a local eatery that serves it, and you will have the added benefit of sampling the local culture and meeting local people.

• If you are busy seeing the sights but you still want to sample some Turkish cuisine, Borek are the perfect snack. These pastry slices layered with cheese, spinach, or beef, are relatively inexpensive and readily available from most pastry sellers.

• Sac Kavurma is tastiness with heat. Served over a flame at the table it is an enticing mixture of meat with peppers, onion, and tomatoes. The colors are rich and beautiful adding to the eating experience.

• Many people visit the local kebab house on a Saturday night but a traditional Testi kebab eaten on Turkish soil, is a completely different experience. The delicacy originated in the Cappadocia Region but its popularity has spread country wide. You don’t miss out on any of the taste as it is brought to you in the clay pot in which it is cooked; a perfect mix of meat, peppers, vegetables, and onions. A City of Food Experiences Istanbul is one of the most popular Turkish destinations; either for longer stays or for a short break. The food experiences of the city are something to be savored.

• If you are on a self-catering break, and you are felling adventurous, a visit to one of the city’s fish markets may be in order; add some taste from the Egyptian Spice Bazaar and you have a meal to remember.

• For food on the go sample the Turkish version of the bagel; the simit is a ring of chewy sesame seed covered bread that is perfect for taste on the move.

• Turkish coffee (Turk kahvesi) has a flavor all its own. It’s perfect as a meal accompaniment, or on its own. The beverage is brewed as it should be savored, slowly. This process brings out the provocative flavor.

• They may sound a bit basic but fasulye (beans) are anything but a staple on most Turkish restaurant menus, they are high in flavor and a delight to eat.

• If you have a sweet tooth try a pudding with a certain panache to its simplicity. Finn &Mac is basically a baked rice pudding; a mixture of rice, sugar and corn starch in a simple but beautiful combination. If your mouth is now watering grab your passports and your Turkish visas and head off to Turkey to sample the produce first hand.

 

I’m sure those of you who have visited Turkey will have some more interesting bits to add to what James had to say…. So comment away guys! 🙂 Cheers till next time..!

 

 


Charmure Undo.. A guest post by Manjula..

Charmure Undo

It’s been a while since I had gotten to know Manjula who is a fellow Konkana blogger.  She has a lovely blog called Lakshmi Canteen & she specializes in Konkani cuisine & has some amazing recipe’s. Since she lives in the US she has access to a wider variety of Indian vegetables & ingredients, so I could not help but ask if she was interested in writing out a guest post for me & the foodie spirit in her made her agree instantly even though she was in between moving houses.. So I asked her to take her time & send the post to me whenever she was ready.. ! 

Over to Manjula….

My name is Manjula Pai and I am from Udupi, now living in Atlanta, US. My blog – Lakshmi Canteen is focused on vegetarian recipes, mostly from South Coast of Karnataka. 

 Charmure Undo

I was so happy when Anitha requested me to write a guest post in her awesome blog. This is my first ever guest post, so I decided to post a simple, healthy sweet – Charmure Undo (Puffed Rice Ladoo). I hope you all enjoy this recipe. 

Charmre Undo

I thank Anitha for giving me this opportunity. I truly love her space. Now let’s get back to the recipe.

Ingredients:
Puffed Rice- 4- 4 1/2 cups
Dark Jaggery / Antu Bella – 3/4 cup
Cardamom powder (freshly ground) – 1/2 tsp
Ghee (Clarified butter) – For greasing hands

Notes:

Puffed Rice – It has to be very crispy. If you feel that it is not crispy then dry roast it in a pan for few minutes. 

Jaggery – Jaggery used here has to be the one I have mentioned above. The regular jaggery doesn’t have the binding property.

Procedure:

Making these ladoos is very simple. It is a 3 step process – melt the jaggery, add puffed rice,  and finally form the Ladoos

The jaggery I used looked like this (This jaggery is very soft and is specially used to make ladoos, burfi, chikkis, it differs from the usual one used as a sweetener in coffee’sThis jaggery has good binding capabilities and has a distinct taste).

Jaggery

Take a big pot. Heat the jaggery on a medium flame along with 4-5 Tbsp of water. The jaggery begins to melt and starts to boil. It will look like deep colored caramel.

 Melting Jaggery

Continue heating till the end point. To know the end point, add 1-2 drops of melted jaggery in a small bowl containing water for every 2-3 minutes. The jaggery should form a firm drop. Once this consistency is reached, turn off the heat immediately. Add cardamom powder and mix well. Finally add puffed rice and mix until everything gets uniformly coated with the jaggery syrup.

Mix the puffed rice with the jaggery..

Allow it to cool slightly (remember that the mixture hardens as it cools). Once you are able to handle the mixture, grease your palms with ghee. Then take small amount of mixture and form ladoos of desired size. Continue making ladoos, till you consume all the mixture.

Churum Undo

Charmure Undo is ready!!

Thanks Manjula for this lovely recipe, perfect timing as Diwali is around the corner… 🙂 I always hesitate when it comes to posting sweet-dishes  since I don’t have  a sweet tooth. Been a while since I ate these, thanks for making me take a walk down memory lane with this post… I remember eating them when my grandmother used to make them. I had completely forgotten about these ladoos..  I remember my cousins used to have competitions on how quick you can eat these ladoos. These ladoos are so crispy & yummy you won’t stop at one… they are so light & you can indulge as it is made from jaggery & not sugar… 🙂

If you liked this recipe, you may also like – Madgane – one of the quintessential Konkani Payasam/sweet-dish….Gaajar Halwa/ Carrot HalwaMuhallabia.. a Lebanese sweet dish…. etc.