December 24, 2015

Ragi Nuts Pakoda – A recipe created with ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser Mobile Phone

     Ragi pakoda ia a healthy snack which will be liked by both kids and adults. It’s a traditional snack which people will want multiple servings. When we add nuts it will be very crunchy and tasty such that nobody can eat just once without asking for more.


Recipe made with ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser:
     Also this a special blog post as I am making the photos and videos for this recipe using the ASUS ZENFONE 2 Laser. ASUS had sent me this phone and asked me to review it. Personally I find ZENFONE 2 Laser as a excellent food blogging tool as I am able to take very high quality photos without DSLR - 13 MP camera with auto focus using laser and multiple modes like Depth of field, effect, manual, beautification etc.,

     In the manual mode you get DSLR like controls like ISO, Shutter speed, Image quality, focus etc., As these advanced controls are available in a small handy phone. It is easy to take pictures in one hand while making the dish in the other hand. Another very useful tool for me is making the collage photos of the recipe making. In Zenfone 2 Laser there is a built in tool to make collages very fast without need for laptop.




Ingredients:
Ragi / Finger Millet Flour
1 cup
Chopped Onion
¼ cup
Red Chilli (chopped)
2
Roasted Groundnut
¼ cup
Cashew nuts
2 tbsp
Curry leaves
 A spring
Chpped coriander
Handful
Salt
To taste
For Deep Fry

Oil
As required

Procedure:
1. Add all the ingredients (except oil) in a wide bowl. Mix them well with your hand.
2. Then add water little by little and make a soft and pliable dough. Close the bowl and leave it for 5 mins only.
3. Heat the oil in a pan, put small pieces from the dough into the hot oil and fry till the sizzle sound stops.
4. Take it out from the oil and keep it on the tissue paper to remove the excess oil.
     Easy, tasty and healthy snack is ready. Serve it with tea or coffee.

Here is a video of making the pakoda – shot with ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser



Note:
You can allow it to cool down completely and store it in a air tight container for later use. You can use 3-4 days at room temperature.


Some Additional Comments of Zenfone 2 Laser as food blogger tool:
     As Photography is very important for food blogging, additional features like depth of field, IN – MOBILE PHOTOSHOP like image editing features and mini movie making can help food bloggers create their recipes very fast and ease.
Other than typing the recipe text all other recipe content creation had been done on the Zenfone 2 Laser (without laptop). This saves lot of time and the hazzles of transferring images between camera and system.

 

Depth of field photo of Fungus formed on a wood in our garden




Flowers video made with mini movie tool:



A Personal Foot Note:
I have not blogged for long time due to Chennai floods. I was marooned in my flat for 4 days without power and communication connectivity. We had foolishly exhausted all the power in our regular use mobile phones on the first day itself. When I wanted to desperately communicate with my parents, my phones were dry.  In a Flash, I remembered the Zenfone 2 Laser sent to me for review. Imagine how lucky I would have felt when I found the phone already charged upto 60%.  I switched it on and off retaining powder only during making calls to my parents communicating our whereabouts. My relatives sent a rescue boat and then a car to pick our family and my cousins living nearby. To my delight, the Zenfone 2 Laser lasted for 3 days, till I reached safety in my native place Palani. I definitely vouch for the Zenfone’s long battery life. My special personal thanks to ASUS.

My flooded neighbourhood:





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