Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta, as exotic as it may sound, it is as easy as making cottage cheese. The quantity that you get is much more due to the rich milk content.

It is an intelligent substitute in dips, spreads and even to grill for a snack.


2lt full cream milk
1 cup cream (I used Amul cream)
Lemon juice


  • Boil milk and cream on a medium flame and stir in between.
  • We want the mix to thicken a bit, it took me about 20 min to reach the state I liked.
  • Add lemon juice, little at a time and the milk cream mix shall start to curdle.
  • Strain on a cheesecloth and let water drain.
  • Store in a box with water. This will prevent the cheese from going hard.




New start

Hello old friend,

Let me cut to the chase. I have been writing but not being fair to you.

So let me make it up to you 🙂

I shall try to do the following posts every month:

1. Ingredient based – 2 per week

2. Review based – 1 per week

Our friendship shall be restored in no time :*



2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 64,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Karwa Chauth Demystified

Read and know more 🙂

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Veero kudiye karwara, Sarv suhagan karwara, Aye katti naya teri naa, Kumbh chrakhra feri naa, Aar pair payeen naa, Ruthda maniyen naa, Suthra jagayeen naa, Ve veero kuriye karwara, Ve sarv suhagan karwara

What do people really know about Karwa Chauth apart from being  the pompous fasting followed by feasting? Bollywood has only added more ghee to the fire.

It is more culturally bound than one can imagine. Women from UP, Punjab, MP, J & k, Himachal and a few parts of Gujarat keep this fast for the long life of the husband. It is a nirjala fast [No water] and must be kept every year on the 4th day of the poornima in the Kartik month. This year it falls on 22nd Oct, 2013, which is tomorrow. Yay.

Let me name a few key elements of this fast:

  • Suhagi- The mother gives the daughter all “Suhaag ka samaan” [signs…

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No. No? No! Nooooooo

Oh She said it all 🙂


In this age of live healthy, eat healthy, do good, be good, breathe deeply, exercise and the likes, I shouldn’t be doing any of the things mentioned below; ideally, but then the articles linked to, say otherwise.

– No egg yolks. But this heresays they are good!

– No nuts coz they have fat! But this here says the fats are the good, heart-healthy unsaturated kinds.

– No other oil except olive oil. But this here says olive is good only when used cold, else use canola.

– No alcohol. But this here says “Moderate amounts of alcohol raise levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good” cholesterol)”.

– No bread. But this here says “Bread products can be the foundation of a healthy, low-fat diet.”


What should I believe in? How do you choose? Gut feel, trust the source, learn from friends and family’s experiences?


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Sprouts Paratha

I for one cannot eat the sprouts raw. Ackkhhhhh….. Hence I find ways to conceal it in the food 🙂

This recipe is a part of BM#28. Check out other participants here in the Blogging Marathon page.

You shall need: [Makes about 6 paratha]

1/2 cup…. Sprouts

Wheat flour Dough for Paratha

Salt to taste

1 tsp… Chaat masala

Red chilly powder to taste

Oil/ghee to fry the parathas.


  • Mix the masalas in the sprout and keep aside for a few min.
  • Stuff the dough balls with the sprouts mix and roll it like a chapati. Tutorial on how to stuff a paratha is here.
  • Shallow fry them on a griddle and serve with love.

sprouts paratha


This dish is specially for Pavani’s event- 5 ingredient fix, which she is hosting this month in Srivalli’s Kid’s Delight event.She has given salt/sugar, chilli powder/pepper powder, oil/butter as freebies and this dish which uses very few ingredients seems apt for her event

Blog Name change

After a lot of thought I have decided to change the blog name. I want to keep it consistent with the URL and yet be unique.

There is a new blog around the block with the same name as mine. I was heart broken to say the least but its not my copyright too 🙂

I hereby rename this beloved blog as Thou Shalt Cook!! 🙂

Please continue to give the same love to the blog.


Flavors of India: Andhra Pradesh – Event Announcement

New event on the blog people. Make way 🙂

Ghar ka Khana..!!

When I hosted my last event, Favorite Recipe: Non-Indian Food, an idea crept in my mind of why not host an event to know the various cuisines in India…

So shared the idea with Pallavi from Cook Eat Burpp.. and we both decided to take it up on an alternate basis… We will take up a state per month (in alphabetic order)…

So here comes the first Flavor Of India, Andhra Pradesh..  So lets get in all the flavors of Andhra in our kitchen and prepare some authentic Andhra dishes like Biryani, Pesarattu, Pappu Koora,  and many many others..


Rules for the event:

  1. You must cook and post the recipe on your blog pertaining to the theme only Authentic Andhra Food.
  2. Looking for fresh entries and to try out new recipes. So, no archived posts will be entertained.
  3. Only vegetarian dishes will be allowed. (Eggs in dishes are allowed).
  4. Multiple…

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