How to create Text Link or Image Link in Blogger ~ Blogging 101

>>  Thursday, June 28, 2012

This post will explain how to create Hyperlink in your posts.

Though creating Text links is a general concept in a website, I will be talking more in terms of a food blog.

How to create Hyperlink or Text Links in your post

Knowing basic HTML codes is very essential when you are maintaining a blog. Especially if you are a food blogger and you want to participate in the many different food blog events that happen every month.

There are two ways we can create links.

Text Links
Image Links

In Text Links, you simply highlight a text and click on the Link button available on your editor. Give the details and save the setting.

Images Links are little more complicated wherein you will have to go to the HTML part of your editor and give the code.

In image links, the images used, will have to be hosted in a server. For hosting you can use Google Picasa, other third party hosting websites like Photobucket etc.

After hosting the image, you will have to give the Image location in the code that you will be placing.

Now let's first see how we can do Text Linking

How to create hyperlinks:

In your compose, type in the text you want to be a linkable text, in other words if we are talking about Food blog events, enter the event name, highlight the name.

Click on the LINK button on your editor.
 Another new window will open, which will have the text highlighted
 Next give the URL of the link which you want to create.
By default "Open the link in a new window" is enabled. Once done, click ok and save. It will look like the below

Sending to Kid's Delight 

How to create Image Links:

Second method of linking to an external website in your post, is linking directly using the image. In sense Food blog events, all of them have a logo used for the event. You can directly use that image with a link in your post

You can go to the host website and get the Image details.

 If you right click the image, you can get the Image location. Do "Copy Image Location"

This is the code you will have to use

< a href = " URL Link ">
< img sr c = "Image Location "/ >< /a>

Replace the URL Link with the link ending with.html
Replace the Image Location with link ending with .jpg

Remove the spaces before using the code..

 After giving the links, click on "Compose"

 You will see the event logo as below. You can click on the image which will take you to the URL directly.


Vangi Bath | Brinjal Rice | Kathrikai Sadam ~ Step by Step

>>  Tuesday, June 26, 2012

For the third day in blogging about using Ready to use products, today it's about using a ready made Masala powder for making Vangi Bath. I already posted Amma's version of making Vangi Bath. Everybody at home loves the dish. We normally end up making it during weekend.

With Daddy's love for brinjal, we can never make enough. So when I decided to make another dish with ready to make products, I thought making with Vangi Bath would be the best option. I made this mixed rice variety during one of the weekend thalis that I prepared. It was one of those weeks when I was eternally planning ahead on the dishes that I could mix and match for different themes that was taking form.

The entire thali was one delicious mix of different dishes. None were of traditional mix, however by making sure each one complemented, we ended up with a thali that was really very good with balanced blend of greens, rice and accompaniment, even with a delicious fried dish.

The brand I used for making this Vangi Bath was from MTR. They have really come out with many such ready to make masala powders. I even made Bisi belle bath mix, which turned out good.  

Vangi Bhath with Ready made Vangi Bath powder

Ingredients Needed:

Cooked Rice - 2 cups
Brinjal - 1 cup
Onions - 1 cup
Cashew nuts - 10 whole
Curry leaves handful
MTR Vangi Bath Masala - 2 tsp
Ghee - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard Seeds, Urad Dal - 1/4 tsp
Bengal gram - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

How to make Vangi Bath

Wash and soak rice for 15 mins. Pressure cook as you normally do. Once the pressure falls, remove the required amount and spread it.

Wash and cut the brinjals into 2 inch pieces, soak in water until use.

Meanwhile heat a kadai with oil and ghee. Add mustard seeds, Urad dal, Bengal gram, curry leaves. Saute well. 

Then add finely chopped onions. Saute till they turn colour.

Add the whole cashews to the onions, saute. Then add the chopped brinjals. Add salt, vangi masala. Simmer and cover with a lid.

Simmer for 10 mins until the brinjal turn tender. Then add 1/2 cup water. Combine well. Simmer and slowly add the cooked rice. Mix everything well, making sure you don't mash the brinjals.

Before switching off, simmer for 5 mins and serve it hot

The rice really turned out very well. when you are really hard pressed for time and can't make your own Vangi bath masala, you can surely fall back on this.

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Hotel Sambar | Tiffin Sambar ~ Restaurant Style | Step by Step

>>  Monday, June 25, 2012

Being a Madrasi, having a fetish for Sambar is nothing new. However when I see how my colleagues love the Hotel Saravana Bhavan Sambar, makes me wonder if there is a different sambar all together! Afterall a sambar is a simple, everyday dish right!

Hotel Saravana Bhavan is a chain of hotels that specialises in vegetarian food. Their chargers are sky high, yet the place is always crowded. That must show you, how much fanfare the place has. We have a hotel close by and trust me their parcels are much sought out, even if the food packed is very less, not enough to feed a person. Same goes for the side dishes like the sambar or the chutneys. Everything comes in a very small packets.

However it is, there is no doubt that people who eat it loves their sambar. Coming to the recipe for today, it's a sambar made with MTR Sambar powder. This recipe is so quick and can be done in flat 15 mins.
Hotel Sambar
Hotel Sambar

The process used is so simple I always wonder why I have not thought of it myself for my tiffin sambar. As I had already said the sambar Amma makes for Idlis is different from what she makes for Rice. She was making this for a while, before I actually asked her why she has been making this sambar constantly. Then I was told how simple she has made this process.

I realized I had to make this myself and till the powder lasted, I must have made this every other week. 

Making this is very simple. Mix everything in one single bowl, pressure cook and temper! How much simpler can it become?

Hotel Sambar:

Ingredients Needed:

Toor Dal - 1 cup
Sambar Onions/ Pearl Onions - 3/4 cup
Tomatoes - 2 medium
MTR Sambar powder - 1 & 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Tamarind pulp, thick
Fresh coconut, grated - 2 tsp
Coriander leaves - handful
Salt to taste

For tempering

Sambar whole spice (Mustard Seeds, Urad dal, cumin, methi) - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves, handful
Asafetida a pinch
Oil - 2 tsp

How to make Sambar:

Wash and pressure the toor dal along with turmeric powder till done. 

Once the pressure falls, mash well, transfer to a bowl. Add the tamarind pulp, chopped tomatoes, peeled small onions, sambar powder, grated coconut, salt and coriander leaves. Add water as per requirement.

Again pressure cook for a whistle. Wait for the pressure to fall down.

Heat a small pan with oil, temper with the sambar whole spice mix. Add curry leaves. Pour this over the cooked sambar. Simmer for 5 mins.

Serve with Idlis

Tiffin Sambar
Tiffin Sambar
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Burgers with Ready to Cook Food ~ Cooking with Kids

>>  Sunday, June 24, 2012

We are starting the final week of BM # 17 today. As cliched it might sound, I still can't believe three weeks have already gone by. For the final week I had selected to make food with Ready to use stuffs. I don't normally go for ready to eat or ready to cook food stuff. However I still remember the first time we ever got introduced to Paneer and wonders of Paneer Butter Masala.

This happened almost couple of decades ago, when our markets were hit with this wonder concept of Ready to serve meals, with some ready to cook or ready to make. Whatever, the market was getting infested with Ready to consume products. Daddy, who normally never promotes such products, happened to think that a packet he saw of Paneer Makhani, was good. When we came back home and made it for dinner, all of us loved it. That was the first time we tasted Paneer. It was an instant hit with everybody at home. To our dismay that particular brand, Tasty Bites, that was selling this Paneer Makhani, went out of stock with this and we never got to taste it again. Tasty bites came back again, though they never got the same stuff again. 

Coming back to the concept, at times I do feel it reduces the pain and hassle one has to undergo when we opt for ready to use, be it frozen or masala powder for cooking. Things like French Fries, though I know I make a better french fries than the frozen ones, I know I save lot of time, energy when I just zip open couple of them for a quick bite. Having said that, this summer when my niece and nephew visited us, I was running short of time. Knowing they love the pizzas, burgers that I normally make from scratch for them, I decided to go the ready made way. I got in everything frozen, and assembled for them. They simply loved it. So I now resort to this quick fixes when there is a need. Of course I keep this to very occasional indulgence.

For today's post, it's cooking with Ready made food. It can be ready to serve, ready to cook (meaning partially cooked) ready to use masala powders.

This burger uses store bought burger buns, Eggless Mayonnaise sauce, Veg Patties aka Aloo Tikkies. All I did was simply assemble everything with extra cheese, onion, tomatoes etc for garnish. 

Step by Step Pictures:

I tried deep frying couple of the tikkis
Rest were pan fried.

This is as breeze as you can make. Best part of making this, is that it's such a great activity to get the kids involved. Whenever I make Pizzas or Burgers, I make sure I involve the kids in grating the cheese, spreading the mix etc. I know Konda keeps complaining that I don't let her do anything. Worse part is, she is not happy doing things like grating, passing the plates etc. She wants the frying, cooking part. I keep telling her that she can still enjoy the days eating the treat!

Disclaimer: This is not a paid post, all feedback and usage are my own.

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