Homemade GUACAMOLE


The best guacamole keeps it simple just ripe avocados, salt, a squeeze of lime, onions, chillies cilantro,Serve it as a dip at your next party or do try with any mexican food..

All you really need to make guacamole is ripe avocados and salt. After that, a little lime or lemon juice—a splash of acidity—will help to balance the richness of the avocado. Then if you want, add chopped cilantro, chillies, onion or tomato.

do check my other condiments

INGREDIENTS

2 ripe avocados

1/4 tsp of salt, more to taste

1 tbsp fresh lime juice or lemon juice

2 tbsp to 1/4 cup of minced red

1-2 serrano chillies or any mexican chillies (stems and seeds removed) minced or to taste

2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped

Tortilla chips, to serve

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METHOD

Cut the avocado, remove flesh Cut the avocados in half. Remove the pit. scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Place in a bowl.

Using a fork, roughly mash the avocado. (i prefer smooth , one can leave it Chunky as Prefer)

Add salt, lime juice, and the rest: Sprinkle with salt and lime (or lemon) juice. Add the chopped onion, cilantro, and chillies. 

Start with this recipe and adjust ingredients to your taste.

Serve immediately with tortilla chips .

Tips How to check if Avocados are good or Bad

Always use ripe avocados that are just the right amount of ripeness. Not ripe enough and the avocado will be hard and tasteless. Too ripe and the taste will be not good

gently pressing the outside of the avocado if you not able to press, the avocado is not ripe yet and will not taste good.

if you able to press it means, the avocado is ripe and you can see green from stem side.

if you able to press and its really soft and brown from stem side then avocado may be past ripe and not good. In this case, taste test first before using.

if making a few hours ahead, place plastic wrap on the surface of the guacamole and press down to cover it and to prevent air reaching it. (The oxygen in the air causes oxidation which will turn the guacamole brown.) Refrigerate until ready to serve.

The acid in the lime juice will provide some balance to the richness of the avocado and will help delay the avocados from turning brown.

Chilies(jalapeños, serranos) vary individually in their hotness. So, start with a half of one chili pepper and add to the guacamole to your desired degree of hotness.

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eggless tres leches cake


Tres leches literally means, “three milks”  and tres leches cake is an ultra light sponge cake soaked in a sweet milk mixture. Tres leches cake is a popular cake in Mexico and Latin America.

On September 15, it’s my 39th birthday and day is tuesday when i don’t eat any thing made of eggs so it’s an eggless cake ,i have replaced egg with Sour cream and trust me it taste as good as cake baked using an egg.

Tres Leches Cake

Pineapple cake with whipped cream Frosting

French Vanilla Cake with whipped cream frosting

Chocolate cake with whipped cream cheese Frosting

and many more recipes of cakes

My family favorite cake is Tres Leches, a butter cake soaked in three kinds of milk.This cake is made with three layers: Cake, filling, and topping.

Ingredients

1 package yellow or white Cake mix

1/2 cup Sour cream

Fillings

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Toppings

Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Method

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13×9-in. baking pan.In a large bowl, combine cake mix and read instruction behind box and Follow it.

Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes.

In a 4-cup measuring cup, whisk topping ingredients until blended. Using a skewer, generously poke holes in top of warm cake

Pour milk mixture slowly over cake, filling holes. Cool 30 minutes longer. Refrigerate, covered, at least 4 hours or overnight.

In a bowl using hand mixer or stand mixer, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until soft peaks form.

Spread over cake and smooth

or fill a piping bag and decorate using any nozzle.. Be sure and keep cake refrigerated and Enjoy.

close look of a cake .

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personal Greek Pita Pizza(in a airfryer)


A quick, easy, and flavorful indian -style pizza, made with pita bread and topped with a Homemade Paneer and veggies . personal pizzas with greek pita . Topped with a good quality jarred pizza sauce, shredded cheese ,marinated paneer and lot of veggies.my family love it .

ingredients

3-4 Greek pita

2 tbsp jarred pizza sauce

2 tbsp shredded pizza cheese or shredded Mozzarella or as you like

Paneer Cubes 10-12

onion medium Cube size

Bell pepper cube (yellow,red,green)

tikka masala 1 tbsp

italian seasoning 1 tsp (otional)

red chilli flakes (optional)

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method

Marinate paneer cubes in Tikka masala for an hour.

meanwhile chopped veggies and cut in cubes or sliced

Making your own homemade pizza couldn’t be any quicker or easier! It’s just 10 minutes to build and cook this pita pizza, so there’s no reason not to try it!Spray the inside of the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray.

on top of pita apply pizza sauce and arrange veggies and marinated paneer and sprinkle italian seasoning and red chilli flakes (optional)

put carefully pizza in airfryer and Topped it with cheese.

Cook the pita pizza in the air fryer at 400F for 5 minutes or till cheese melt

Notes

If you haven’t yet cooked pizza in your air fryer, you need to try it! The crust is so wonderfully crispy and light and cheese and tomato sauce meld together so perfectly. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!

It’s also so quick! Just 5-6 minutes cook time, what’s not to love! If you don’t have an air fryer, you can bake these in the oven at 400F for around 10 minutes.

I have use a round white pita bread that fits right in the air fryer basket. I find the white pita gets really nice and crispy, but you can use whole grain one also.

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Homemade Paneer


it is the simplest cheese to make at home. Unlike other cheeses, it needs no special equipment or complicated technique. vinegar, a piece of muslin cloth and a strainer. everyday kitchen stuff is all that one needs to turn out the delicious paneer in a matter of minutes.

do check my other paneer recipes 

Paneer Sandwich 

Paneer Bhurji 

Grilled Paneer 

Paneer Magaz Masala

Matar Paneer

Paneer Butter Masala

Malai Kofta

ingredients

3-litre full cream milk

300 ml cream

120 ml or 8 tbsp vinegar

ice

recipe Courtesy @chefharpalsokhi

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Method

Step by step

Bring three liter of milk to boil. once it boils turn off flame Immediately.

add vinegar and stir slowly till the milk curdles and separates from the whey.

Add ice so it stop cooking and paneer will be soft .

Drain that Split milk(Cheese) in a Dish cover with a muslin cloth or cheesecloth.

wash with fresh water to remove tanginess of paneer.

Dip the cloth in chilled water so that it cools down completely. Squeeze out the water again.

Place the paneer under a heavyweight so that all the water drains away and the paneer sets in a block.

after 2 hours or Untill all water Drained ,Paneer is ready to use.

note : for every liter of milk use 100 ml of Cream

keep extra vinegar with you if milk doesn’t split use it .

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quick idli bites


Idli Bites-Super soft and spongy idlis coated in spicy and tasty masala and tempered with mustard and curry leaves coated with few spices and it really taste yum .

do check my recipe how to make Soft Idli and serve with Green Coconut Chutney or Peanut Chutney or coconut chutney .

Here in united States no one discard leftover food so i always do make something new recipe with my leftover food and even my husband told me i can develop a new recipe with any leftover food either its a snack or desserts.

Normally in South India, they use chutney podi and leftover idlis to make the podi idli or masala coated idlis but tweak recipe and use the simple basic spices, onion slices and just little bit red chilli powder and tomato chilli ketchup for some tanginess and trust me it really taste yummy.

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ingredients

15-16 idlis

2-3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or ghee

1 tsp red chilli powder(to taste)

1 tbsp tomato chilli ketchup

1 tsp mustard seeds

few curry leaves

1 sliced onion

salt to taste

Method

Cut the idlis into four, six or eight equal parts depending upon the size of your idlis.Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves let it crackle .add sliced onion and saute till it become translucent add red chilli powder ,ketchup and salt to taste .Add the sliced idlis into the pan and mix gently to coat the idlis in the masala.

Remove from heat and serve with your favorite chutney

NOTES

Adjust the spices as per your taste and preferences.

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INSTANT POT CHOLE MASALA


This one-pot recipe for the authentic Chana Masala /CHOLE /CHICKPEAS can be made in the Instant Pot or  stove top Pressure Cooker. Chole Masala

Chole with bhatura  is  a popular combo but my daughter prefer with Jeera rice. Chole Masala is such a delicious and healthy dish. Chickpeas take very long to cook, hence they are perfect for pressure cooking.

Ingredients

1 cup chickpeas(soaked in water overnight)

4 tbsp Mustard Oil  or any cooking oil

2 Bay Leaves

3-4 Green Cardamom 

1 big Cardamom

1 Cinnamon Stick 

1 Big Onion finely chopped

1 tbsp Ginger garlic chilli paste(8 garlic /1″ginger /2-3 green chilli)

2 Tomatoes Finely chopped

1 tbsp Chana Masala

Salt to taste

1 tsp Turmeric powder

1-2  tsp Red Chilli powder or to taste

1 tbsp Coriander powder

handful of Cilantro /coriander leaves

1 tsp Ghee (Clarified butter)

1 tsp Garam masala 

water 3 cup

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step by step method

Turn on Instant pot on Saute mode once its display hot add oil then once oil heat & smoke then add dry spices.

then add chopped onion and saute till it turn translucent

once onion become translucent add ginger garlic chilli paste and cook till raw aroma goes away

add all dry spices Turmeric powder Red Chilli powder Coriander powder and Chana Masala and saute.

then add chopped tomatoes and cook till it become soft.

add soaked chickpeas and mix well along with spices

add salt & water and close lid put on pressure cook mode on high for 20 minute and whistle on sealing position.

once pressure release ,open lid put in on saute normal mode then add garam masala powder .

Must add ghee to enhance flavor of curry.or you can skip this if you don’t like.

add handful of chopped cilantro/coriander leaves.

boil your curry as per desired consistency

Serve with Jeera Rice /chapati and Instant Onion Pickle

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Banana Almond Pancake


Soft, fluffy and delicious banana pancakes made without eggs. Indeed these pancakes are one of the yummy and delicious.

These make a great BREAKFAST and can be made under 15 minutes. They can be served with any kind of your favourite toppings.

Like butter /maple syrup or any fruits of yoUr choice or Chocolate syrup with caramelized bananas & choco chips are some of the toppings that go very well for these pancakes.

It work  well with plain flour or whole wheat flour. I have used Self-raising flour and almond Flour.

I have used fat free milk in this recipe, since . You can also use plain water or any nut milk or organic  milk.

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Ingredients

2 overripe banana

3/4 cup Fat Free milk 

1 cup Self Raising flour or all-purpose flour + 1.5 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp Almond flour

Toppings

Maple Syrup

Butter (optional)

Method

In a bowl, mash the peeled banana and add milk and make a smooth paste.in a separate bowl Take self raising flour & Add in Banana and milk mixture.Whisk until incorporated. Let the batter sit for a few minutes.

Spray a flat pan or griddle with oil and heat it up to medium to low heat. Add a small ladle of pancake batter

Let it cook until the middle becomes bubbly and the corners set, then flip with a spatula. Let it cook on the other side until done. Repeat for all the pancakes.

Stack the pancakes, drizzle with maple Syrup add dash of butter (optional ) or top with fresh fruits or whipped cream

Notes :-

If the batter spreads too much in the pan, whisk a bit more flour into the batter. If it doesn’t spread enough, add a bit more milk.Flip the pancakes when you see small bubbles in the center.

If your pancakes are golden brown on the outside but not cooked all the way through, reduce the heat!

If your pancakes stick to the pan, make sure you use a non-stick pan or griddle and to spray the pan with oil before adding the batter.

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overnight oats with chia Seeds


Make breakfast a breeze with a grab-and-go recipe for Healthy Overnight Oats with Chia and your choice of toppings.

Instead of cooking oatmeal and milk, it is refrigerated overnight to become soft and creamy.  The key is to refrigerate the overnight oats for at least 4-5 hours.

After the overnight oats have been chilled, top them with fresh fruits, nuts, coconut, almond butter, or peanut butter anything your heart desires.

All you have to remember is the ratio 1:1. That’s one part old fashioned oats to one part liquid (i.e. milk, yogurt, juice, etc.). Stir in a tablespoon of nutrient-rich chia seeds then pop your breakfast into the fridge.

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INGREDIENTS

1 cup Quaker old fashioned oats

1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy variety)

1 Tablespoon organic chia seeds
 
2 teaspoons organic honey/maple syrup 
 
Fresh fruit, for serving(optional)
 
method
 
Combine the old fashioned oats , milk, chia seeds and dry fruits of your choice in a Mason jar or small bowl. Stir to combine and cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
When ready to enjoy, stir the oats, top with fresh fruit and serve.

Note :-Old-fashioned  oats are the best choice for overnight oats. They soak up the liquid overnight, leaving you with a creamy (but not mushy) texture.

Chia seeds also provides a good amount of fiber, omega-3’s, and protein. but do consult your health provider before using it.

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Fresh Organic Mango Cheesecake


No-Bake Mango cheesecake recipe it’s a delicious cheesecake recipe with fresh mango puree and cream cheese .

An  appropriate dessert for guests or parties. I have used gelatine to set the mango layer but you can use agar-agar or China grass, a vegetarian alternative used for the same purpose.

This mango cheesecake is a great recipe to try during the mango season, fresh mangoes always work best 👍.instead of Cracker i have used leftover cake Slices as a bottom layer and its taste really awesome 👌👌

Do check out My other cheesecake Recipes 🍰

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Ingredients

Cake Slice for Base 10-12

Cream cheese 8 oz pack – 1

Cool Whip Whipped Topping, 8 oz Tub

Gelatin 1.5 tbsp +1/2 tbsp

Sugar 1 tbsp +1/2 tbsp (to mix in gelatin)

Warm Water(in microwave) 1 cup + 1/2 cup(to dissolve gelatin)

Oragnic and Ripe Mango puree 1 cup +3/4 cup

Springform Pan 9″

Method

Step 1
take a springform pan then add cake slices and cover Springform pan and press with a help of a spoon,keep in a fridge for 10-15 min.

Step 2

Take 1 cup warm water in a bowl add 1.5tbsp gelatin & 1 tbsp sugar mix till it dissolved ,cover & keep aside .

take a blender jar add cream cheese,dissolve gelatin ,& mango puree till it blended smoothly and then add cool whip and fold gently till everything mix propertly .take out springform Pan from fridge & pour mix on top of set Crackers crumbs mix,keep in a freezer for 20-30 min or till it set.

Step 3

Take 3/4 cup mango puree in a bowl dissolve same way 1 tbsp gelatin +1/2 tbsp sugar & now add dissolve gelatin in mango puree & mix properly if needed add more sugar in mango puree.

take out springform pan from freezer & check 2nd layer set properly.now pour mango puree on top of it * keep in a fridge to set once it set Cut & enjoy Ur No Bake Mango cheesecake.

 

French Vanilla Cake with whipped cream frosting


On Aug 2nd it’s my daughter 15th b’ day 🎂Mostly on my daughter Birthdays we were celebrating somewhere far away from home.Her birthday is a pretty huge deal in our family.

So big and important that I was too petrified  to bake a homemade birthday cake for the first time in 15 years 😊

 I thought that her special day required a gorgeous professionally decorated cake from the best local bakery .

From this year I started baking special occasion cake at home like my hubby b’day Pineapple cake with whipped cream Frosting 

our anniversary cake Chocolate cake with whipped cream cheese Frosting.

Due to co-vid 19 we cancelled our trip to Alaska during her b’day .as we were celebrating b’day at home she wants me to bake a cake for her 😊

 so, I tried my best to do at this at home with love and she really loved it.at last I am adding few pics of Her bday celebration 🎉

A french vanilla Cake with a Delicious frosting smothered between soft layer of sponge cake, and topped with Strawberry pie filling.

Do check my other cake recipes here https://aayushimanish.wordpress.com/category/bakescakes/

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ingredients

1 packet French Vanilla Cake Mix

1 tin Strawberry pie filling 

Frosting

Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 9-in. baking pan. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and read instruction behind the box and Follow it. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.Cool in pan on a wire rack.

In a bowl whip the 1-1/2 cups whipping cream with sugar and vanilla extract until stiff peak .

When it cool, cut your cake in two equal half,spread the strawberry pie filling on one, layer covered with whipped cream and  Cover with the other caKe layer, and cover with cream all over.

using piping bag insert your decorative tip fill your frosting inside and you can Decorate cake.

chill And Serve Your Cake and Enjoy.

No Bake Vanilla and Strawberry cheesecake


During weekend i prepare this cheesecake dessert to eat after barbecue lunch with family.when you’re in need of a dessert for your family these ideas will take your dessert spread to the next level—no baking required. there’s something for every sweet tooth in here.

this recipe is so simple, it’s endlessly adaptable. Of course one can use different flavored pudding mixes Or extracts to the filling for extra flavor😋

In addition, you can jazz things up by serving the cheesecake with either fresh or cooked fruit on top like strawberries, peach slices, or blackberries ,raspberry or mango  etc.

Do check my other no bake desserts as follow

No Bake Pistachio Cheesecake

No Bake Banoffee Pie

NO Bake Mango Cheesecake

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Ingredients

8 OZ package cream cheese, room temperature
 
2 Cup whole milk
 
1 package Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding
 
For Crust
 
1 cup Graham Cracker Crumb for Crust
 
Butter Melted-1/4 cup

Store bought Strawberry Topping

Whipped Cream for Decoration

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon sugar

 

 
method

Take a bowl add crushed graham crackers or crumbs & melted butter mix properly.take a springform pan or pie pan then add crackers mix in Spring form pan and press with a help of a spoon,keep in a fridge for 10-15 min.Beat the cream cheese with ½ cup milk until smooth. Add the remaining 1 ½ cups milk and the Instant Pudding mix, and beat until smooth.

Pour filling into prepared graham cracker crust and let chill in the fridge for at least one hour.Spread strawberry topping on top of chilled & Set cheesecake

To make whipped cream,add cream and sugar to your mixer and whisk on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Pipe on cooled cheesecake.

Slice ,Serve & Enjoy this delectable dessert🍰

 

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Chocolate cake with whipped cream cheese Frosting.


Baking is an enjoyable endeavour, but it can also get tricky.However, it’s not impossible to make something at home that looks and tastes like the work of a professional.

Do check my other baking recipe here Cakes

When i bake and frost @Pineapple cake with whipped cream Frosting on my husband birthday and he really likes it ,with a positive appreciation once again i baked on our 16th Anniversary Cake.do check my Anniversary pix adding at last 📷

Delicious frosting smothered between soft layer of sponge cake, and topped with Strawberry pie filling.

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Ingredients

1 package chocolate Cake mix

1 tin Strawberry pie filling 

Frosting

1(8 ounce) package cream cheese softened
cup granulated sugar
tsp vanilla
1 1cups heavy whipping cream
Method

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 9-in. baking pan. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and read instruction behind the box and Follow it. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.Cool in pan on a wire rack 20

In a bowl whip the 1-1/2 cups whipping cream until stiff peaks form.In another large bowl beat together the cream cheese with sugar and vanilla until smooth.Using a spatula fold in the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.

When it cool, cut your cake in two equal half,spread the strawberry pie filling on one, layer covered with whipped cream cheese and  Cover with the other caKe layer, and cover with cream all over.using star nozzle and leaf tip you can Decorate Then  chill And Serve Your Cake and Enjoy.

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Dulche de Leche Laddoo


Dulche de Leche (Milk Based caramel ) Laddoo .it’s chewy and caramel flavored delicious sweet. This irresistibly tasty laddoo’s on this occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

An easy sweet recipe for Celebration made with almond powder, desiccated coconut and Dulche de Leche.

Check my other laddoo recipe Coconut Almond ladoo Cashewnut laddu Boondi Laddoo Til Mawa Ladoo Coconut Laddoo

Ingredients

1/2 can Nestle Dulce de Leche

1 cup Dessicated coconutnt

1 cup  Organic almond flour

1/2 tsp Cardamom powder (optional )

1/2 tbsp  Organic Ghee

For Rolling:

2 tbsp Dessicated coconut for rolling

1 tsp ghee for greasing hands

Heat a pan on medium flame and add ghee to it. Add the dulche de leche and let it heat for 2 minutes on low -med flame.

Add almond flour, cardamom powder and mix with the dulche de leche .Add desiccated coconut powder and mix well.

Let it cook for 2-3 minutes while stirring continuously. The mixture should be thick such that you can roll in your hands.

Take the pan off the flame and let the mixture cool for 3-4 minutes.apply ghee on your palm and roll into small ladoo in coconut powder and serve.

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Coconut Almond ladoo


today is 2ndHousiversary 🏡 Home is the place where we keep our families, where we feel safe,And if you have a happy family, there’s no place like home for complete comfort and peace of mind.What I love most about my home is who I share it with.

An easy sweet recipe for Celebration made with almond powder, desiccated coconut and sweetened condensed milk.

Check my other laddoo recipe Cashewnut laddu Boondi Laddoo Til Mawa Ladoo Coconut Laddoo

Ingredients

1/2 can fat Free Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 cup Dessicated coconutnt

1 cup  Organic almond flour

1/2 tsp Cardamom powder (optional ) 

Few drop of rose syrup (optional )

1/2 tbsp  Organic Ghee

For Rolling:

2 tbsp Dessicated coconut for rolling

1 tsp ghee for greasing hands

Heat a pan on medium flame and add ghee to it. Add the condensed milk and let it heat for 2 minutes.

Add almond flour, cardamom powder and mix with the condensed milk.Add desiccated coconut powder and mix well.

Let it cook for 2-3 minutes while stirring continuously. The mixture should be thick such that you can roll in your hands.add few drops of rose syrup.

Take the pan off the flame and let the mixture cool for 3-4 minutes.apply ghee on your palm and roll into small ladoo in coconut powder and serve.

No Bake Pistachio Cheesecake


No-bake dessert is the best kind of dessert! Satisfy your sweet tooth with treats like no-bake cheesecake.it’s perfect for cookouts, picnics, birthdays, and more. Because what party isn’t made better with a delicious dessert?

Happiness is meeting an old friend after a long time for Tea so I prepared this Dessert for her.One can check my other no-bake recipes.

No Bake Banoffee Pie  

NO Bake Mango Cheesecake

Ingredients 

2 Boxes Pistachio Instant Pudding Mix

2 cups Milk

4 oz Cream Cheese

1/3 cup condensed milk (optional)

8 oz Whipped Topping

1 cup Graham Cracker or oreo crumb crust for base

Butter Melted-1/4 cup

Additional Whipped Topping and Pistachios for Topping

method

Take a bowl add crushed graham crackers or oreo crumbs & melted butter mix properly.take a springform pan or pie pan then add crackers mix in Springform pan and press with a help of a spoon,keep in a fridge for 10-15 min.

Whip cream cheese using an electric mixer /hand beater for about 1 minute. Add in milk and pudding mix & condensed milk.Mix 2-3 minutes, until mixture thickens.

Add in whipped topping and stir to combine.

Pour mixture into pie crust.

Cover & refrigerate at least 2-3 hour or overnight .

decorate with additional whipped topping and pistachios (optional)

 

 

 

Vada Pav


My hubby spent his earlier job days at Mumbai still somewhere inside his heart,he is a Mumbaikar  and really like Mumbai street food
one day he asked me ,do you know how to make Vada Pav ??

i had never visited Mumbai but ate this dish at a friend house here at the USA.

it is a vegetarian fast food/street food dish native to the state of Maharashtra. The dish consists of a deep-fried potato dumpling (vada) placed inside a bun (pav) sliced almost in half through the middle then apply a little or as much one prefer Spicy green chutney and dry garlic chutney on the inner sides of the pav and stuff with a hot vada and serve with fried green chillies.

Here I am sharing my version of Vada Pav which I prepared today the first time and he really loved it.

For today’s Vada Pav recipe, I have made everything from the scratch dry and wet chutneys and vada.Except Pav its store bought.

Ingredients

Pav or bun

For vada (potato dumplings )

Boiled potatoes 2-4

Mustard seeds 1 tsp

Turmeric 1 tsp

Curry leaves 10-12

Salt to taste

Garlic /ginger /green chilli crushed  2 tsp

Oil 1 tbsp

Batter to fry dumplings

Gram flour (Besan ) 1 cup

Red chilli 1 tsp

Turmeric 1/4 tsp

water

Salt to taste

oil for deep frying

green chilli 2-3 ( optional)

method to prepare Vada
Take oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and curry leaves Then crushed garlic ,ginger & chilli  and saute well.Now add turmeric powder, a tsp of salt, and boiled potatoes Mix them well.keep aside to cool down and make a ball of round shape or any shape you prefer.

mix all ingredients for batter and make a smooth paste.Add enough water to make a thick batter. Whisk well until you get a lump-free batter.Once the batter is ready, keep it aside for 15-20 minutes.

heat oil in a pan to fry potatoes Dumplings .

Dip the potatoes balls completely in to the besan mix and deep fry in the pan over medium heat & fry till golden brown.

Drain on an absorbent paper and keep aside. (You can make rest of Dumplings  using rest of the batter).

How to Fry Green chillies

In the same pan add green chilies and fry them.
note :- Be careful, as green chilies tend to splutter.so slit green chilli and deep fry .

For green chutney 

1 bunch cilantro /coriander leaves

1 garlic cloves 

1 green chilli 

Salt as per taste 

Lime juice 1tsp or as per taste 

mustard oil 1 tsp

method
In a grinder jar add all ingredients & Grind smooth with little bit water .Empty you jar &  pour your mixture in a container or a bowl. add oil ,i prefer Mustard oil or you can Skip it.

Dry garlic chutney

8-10 cloves 

1/4 cup desiccated coconut or fresh 

2 tsp sesame seeds 

Salt to taste 

Kashmiri red chilli powder or Red chilli 1 tbsp 

Oil 1 tsp

method
Heat pan add oil on med-low heat then add garlic and saute for 30-40 sec or till it starts browning .Same pan saute desiccated coconut on low heat (30-40 sec) & remove it .Same way sesame seeds .Let all ingredients cool down.

In a blender jar add all ingredients & add chilli powder & salt.

Press pulse button (otherwise ingredients will release oil ) once or twice & don’t make it fine leave it coarse .Chutney is ready .

Note :- i don’t have fresh coconut so i used desiccated one.My family Doesn’t like too much Spicy so i have used kashmiri red chilli powder.

How to assemble Vada Pav

Take buns or pao and put green chutney,  and dry garlic chutney inner side of both bun and keep fried potato dumplings  between them.

Serve with the garnishing of fried green chillies and sprinkle more dry garlic chuney ontop. Serve immediately.

Note :- You can adjust the amount of all chutneys as per preference.

 

 

Homemade Brownie Sundae


Homemade Brownie Sundaes are a classic dessert that never gets old. Thick fudgy brownies topped with hefty scoops of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce.

My Family craving for this delicious dessert for a long time .so finally baked this one and serve with  vanilla ice-cream which is Store bought.

any chocolate lover will love this delicious dessert.check my other chocolate recipe and ice cream

Eggless Chocolate Sponge Cake

Chocolate Cake with Ganache 

Cupcakes with Ganache

Chocolate Avocado Brownies

Vanilla Chocochips Ice cream

Here sharing my version of Brownies recipe

Ingredients

2 eggs

½ cup sugar

1 tsp Vanilla  extract

⅔ cup Self Raising flour

¼ cup cocoa powder

2 tbsp chocolate chips

Method

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
beat eggs, sugar and vanilla extract.Blend until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder and Combine the wet and dry mixtures and fold until a batter forms.

Pour half batter into a greased  13* 9’ inch baking pan and sprinkle chocolate chips and pour another half on top. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Allow to cool and cut in the desired shape.

Tips:- check after 20 mins using a toothpick, as every oven is different.

Adjust sugar as per your own taste buds.

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How do you make a brownie sundae,Here is a step by Step .

Let them cool, and cut them into squares.

Pick your sundae dish whatever you like,For brownie sundaes we like a wider dish so we can eat brownie into the bottom.

Put a little dollop of hot fudge in the bottom of the dish. Place the brownie on top. Add a  scoop of vanilla ice cream. Cover the ice cream with hot fudge.

I used plain old Smucker’s Hot Fudge here.

Tips :- you can Top with whipped cream, sprinkles, and chopped nuts (optional).

Ramadan recipes


 

Happy Ramadan Kareem! May Almighty bless you and your family.

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Prepare for Ramadan with energising recipes to set you up for the day

Check amazing recipe here that everyone will enjoy.👇

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Pineapple cake with whipped cream Frosting


Whipped cream smothered between soft layers of sponge cake, soaked in pineapple syrup and topped with slices of pineapples and Maraschino cherries.

do check my Tres Leches Cake And check my other Cakes

First time on my hubby birthday I prepared cake and frost it .it’s like a birthday gift from my side. he always gives gifts on every occasion. I prepared some sweets or food he likes but this time I just want to Surprise him.and he was astonished.i will add pic at the end 🥰

Ingredients

1 package yellow Cake mix

1 tin Canned pineapple chunks

Maraschino cherries 10-12 (optional)

Toppings

Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 9-in. baking pan. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and read instruction behind the box and Follow it. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.Cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes.

When it cool, cut your cake in two equal half,spread the pineapple syrup on one, layer with whipped cream and the chopped pineapple. Cover with the other cake layer, sprinkle syrup and cover with cream all over.using star nozzle you can Decorate and with pineapple slices and Maraschino cherries chill And Serve Your Cake and Enjoy.

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Zafrani Murgh Korma


Its a creamy chicken curry with a delectable nutty taste. The addition of saffron gives this dish a lovely colour and aroma.

Korma is a popular technique of braising meat with yogurt, cream, and mixture of spices, combined with yogurt kept below curdling temperature and carefully added with meat juices.

It is cooked slowly on a low flame for a longer period to attain various flavours of the spices.

It  is primarily prepared with cashew nuts,  onion paste , ghee and yogurt and saffron.

do check my  other korma recipe Safed Murg Korma

3 tbsp clarified Butter (Ghee)

3 tbsp Vegetable oil

2 Onion

1 kg Chicken Curry cut

5-6 green cardamom

1” Cinnamon stick

4-5 cloves

Red Chilli powder 1 -2 tsp

10-15 Saffron strands  (Soaked)

1/4 cup Fresh cream 

1 tsp screw pine Essence (optional )

for Korma Paste

1/4 Cashew Nut (Soaked ) 

1 inch Ginger 

5-6 cloves Garlic

1 /4 cup Yogurt + 2tbsp 

Salt to taste

1tsp Caraway Seeds (shahi jeera) 

water or milk (as required consistency)

Method

Marinate Chicken with 2 tbsp of yogurt ,Red chilli powder and salt .
Heat ghee and vegetable oil in a pan.Add onion and Fry till it becomes golden in color .Remove and keep aside .

Add chicken and fry on high heat for 3-4 minutes or till it half done.

Make a Smooth paste of cashew nuts, fried onion ginger , garlic and caraway seeds with yogurt with water (initially don’t add water add later while grinding) .

add dry spices in chicken (green cardamom ,Cloves , Cinnamon stick  & Bay leaf )

add paste it in the pan.Fry for 3-4 minutes.

Add water and cover the pan and cook the chicken until it’s done.

Add soaked saffron ,fresh cream and cook for 2 minute .turn off heat .
at last add Screw pine essence for aroma.

Serve with Naan/Roti /paratha.

Tips :Adjust quantity of salt as we added during marination.

Instead of  cashewnut one can use Almond (Soaked & peeled)

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Orange Pound cake


Pound cakes are one of the easiest things to bake. It’s one of those cakes you can just whip together and impress people with. You don’t even need a recipe to make one because the recipe lies within the name.

it calls for a pound of flour, a pound of butter a pound of sugar and a pound of eggs. That’s it.If that sounds like a lot of cake, you can cut the ingredients in half — so long as the ratio remains the same, that’s all that matters.

ingredients 

All Purpose  flour 1 1/4 cups 

Softened Butter or olive oil – 1 1/4 cups

Castor sugar 1 1/4 cups

Eggs 4

Baking powder 1 tsp

Orange juice 1/4 cup

Orange zest 1 tbsp

Orange extract 1 tsp (optional )

Method

Preheat oven to 350 f/ 180°C. Grease a loaf tin/bundt pan with some butter and dust with some flour.

Take butter in a mixing bowl and whisk with an electric beater till light. Add castor sugar gradually and whisk till fluffy.

Break in eggs, one at a time, and whisk. Add orange zest and orange extract / essence and whisk again.

Sift in the flour  stir and combine it into the batter.Add fresh squeezed Juice and incorporate.

Pour the batter into loaf tin or bundt pan and bake for 40 to 60 minutes or till toothpick or a knife inserted comes out clean. If you notice it is browning too much on the top, cover with foil.

Slice and Serve .

tips :- if using self raising flour then skip adding baking powder.

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How to Steam idli using instantpot


In my last post ,i share how to ferment idli batter using instant pot  HOW TO FERMENT THE BATTER IN INSTANT POT?

 It is a savory rice cake, made by steaming a batter consisting of lentils and rice.  This recipe makes steamed Idli in the Instant Pot.

I have a non stock idli mold ,if you have a Stainless steel or Aluminum mold then first grease your mold with ghee or oil.  Then add small amount of batter in each mold.While you are doing this, add water to the instant pot and let it boil in Saute mode.Or you can add boiling water in inner pot and do rest same way.

Ingredients

Idli Batter

1 .5 or 2 cup Water

Oil /ghee for Greasing

Method

Add water to the instant pot and heat it in saute mode until it boils.

While the water is heating, grease the idli molds with oil or ghee. Add small amount of batter in each mold.

Place the idli stand in the instant pot and cover the lid and cook it in steam mode High in venting position.

The thing to note is that the time on the instant pot does not work in the venting position, so you have to use a separate timer.  

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In 12 minutes, the idli will be ready.
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You can make multiple batches of idli with the same batter.
Idli’s can be served with sambar  Sambar And Green Coconut chutney  Green Coconut Chutney  and peanut chutney  Peanut Chutney

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HOW TO FERMENT THE BATTER IN INSTANT POT?


 

Fermenting batter is difficult in colder places like the US, especially during the winter months. But guess what Using InstantPot it come to the rescue.

I used to have a hard time getting the batter right. Sometimes it would not ferment and rise enough, and at other times it would be perfect, keeping me wondering what went wrong. But eventually now I can make perfect batter every time.

Today I am sharing one more method of fermenting Idli batter using the Instant pot. Yes, you read that right…you can ferment batter in instant pot. Mix the rice and urad dal batter very well. Add salt and mix thoroughly using a wooden spatula. Place the batter in the inner pot and place the Instant pot in the “yogurt” setting on Normal for 8 hours.
Ensure that the vent is left open for the Yogurt mode.

 

Using the Instant Pot YOGURT mode is a great idea. With an insulated case, the temperature is maintained for the time we need, giving great results irrespective of outside temperature.

NOTE: i removed instant pot sealing and use Instant pot lid or you can Use normal lid to cover that lets a little air through.if its doesn’t ferment then put on low settings for 1-2 hrs more.

In the 8 hours, the batter would have become lighter and doubled in volume as it ferments and you can tell that from the smell too. Now you are all set to cook the batter for some soft and Spongy Soft Idli

try this with this Accompaniment and check it 

Sambar Green Coconut Chutney Peanut Chutney

 

Eggless Chocolate Mousse


Decadent Chocolate Mousse made with only three ingredients.

It has nice light, airy and smooth texture. It is very chocolaty and perfect for chocolate lovers. My daughter favourite dessert is Anything made with chocolate.so this valentines day i prepare this Special Dessert for her.

Recipe

Ingredients

Semi Sweet or Dak Chocolate grated 3/4 cups

Whipping Cream 1 .5 cup

Powdered sugar 2 teaspoons

Cocoa powder 1/4 tsp (optional )

Method

Melt the chocolate in microwave oven on HIGH for one minute or one can melt it on a double boiler.

Whip the fresh cream along with sugar till stiff.
Remove 1/4 cup for topping and rest Fold the melted chocolate into the whipped cream.

Transfer the mixture into a glass serving bowl or into individual glasses and set in the refrigerator.

Garnish with cold whipped cream and sprinkle cocoa powder and serve chilled.

Tips:- pipe whipped cream using star nozzle or you can just put a dollop or serve without whipped cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Instant pot kheer


Instant pot kesari Kheer (Saffron flavor Rice Pudding)

kheer is one of the easiest traditional Indian desserts one can make ,it’s  Rich, creamy pudding-like texture and flavored with cardamom and saffron.

check my other recipes Seviyan kheer  Fruity & Nutty Kheer   Sabudana Kheer

Today On this auspicious ocassion of BasantPanchmi/Saraswati puja 🙏The festival marks the end of winter season and the onset of spring.Yellow foods are traditionally consumed during the festival 🙂 

Ingredients

2.5 Cup Fat free Milk Or milk of your choice

1/4 cup White Rice preferably small or medium grain, rinsed

1/2 cup Sugar (adjust to taste)

1/4 cup Mixed Nuts chopped or sliced (cashews, almonds, pistachios) (optional)

1 tbsp Raisins (optional)

1 tsp Cardamom powder

1/8 tsp Saffron (optional)

Method

Add all the ingredients in the instant pot steel insert. Close lid with vent in sealing position.

Set instant pot to PORRIDGE mode for 20 minutes on high pressure.

When instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally.Open Instant Pot and mix well. Rice pudding is ready. Serve warm or chilled.

If needed, to get the desired consistency, cook on SAUTE mode for 2-3 mins. Or add more milk, mix and let it boil for a minute.

Tips

If you have an extra sealing ring for sweet foods, use it.

Based on your preference, you can add sugar, nuts and raisins after pressure cooking too.

Safed Murg Korma


 

White Chicken Korma, also called as chicken in white gravy a mild tasting curry recipe.  This easy chicken recipe has cashewnut and poppy seeds which makes the curry creamy and delectable. It  is primarily prepared with cashew nuts, poppy seeds, milk, ghee and yogurt.

The regular spices that we add in other curries are not added here. The spices like red chilli powder, black pepper powder or turmeric are totally not added in this curry.

These spices generally give the dish it’s color. But here we Didn’t used  them at all and added white pepper powder with green chilli.

3 tbsp clarified Butter (Ghee)

3 tbsp Vegetable oil

2 Onion

1 kg Chicken Curry cut

15-20 Cashew Nut

2 tbsp Poppy seeds

4-5 Green chilli

1 inch Ginger

5-6 cloves Garlic

1 cup Yogurt

Salt to taste

1/2 cup Milk

1/2 tsp Garam masala powder

2 tsp Lemon juice

1/2 tsp White pepper powder

1/4 cup Fresh cream(optional )

Method

Heat ghee and vegetable oil in a pan.Make a paste of onion and in a pan ,cook till raw flavor of onion goes off .
Add chicken and fry on high heat for 3-4 minutes.
Make a paste of cashew nuts, poppy seeds, green chilli, ginger and garlic and add it in the pan.Fry for 3-4 minutes.
Whisk yogurt and add it in the pan along with salt and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add milk and cover the pan and cook the chicken until it’s done.
Add garam masala powder, lemon juice, white pepper powder and fresh cream and cook for 2 minute .turn off heat .
Serve with Naan/Roti /paratha.
Tips :Adjust quantity of white pepper powder & no of chillies as per your own tastebuds
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Tres Leches Cake


Tres leches literally means, “three milks”  and tres leches cake is an ultra light sponge cake soaked in a sweet milk mixture. Tres leches cake is a popular cake in Mexico and Latin America.

On July 16th ,its first anniversary of my home and first trial of frosting cake using whipped Cream.

My family favorite cake is Tres Leches, a butter cake soaked in three kinds of milk.This cake is made with three layers: Cake, filling, and topping.

Ingredients

1 package yellow Cake mix

Fillings

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Toppings

Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13×9-in. baking pan.In a large bowl, combine cake mix and read instruction behind box and Follow it.

Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes. In a 4-cup measuring cup, whisk topping ingredients until blended. Using a skewer, generously poke holes in top of warm cake. Pour milk mixture slowly over cake, filling holes. Cool 30 minutes longer. Refrigerate, covered, at least 4 hours or overnight.

In a bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until soft peaks form. Spread over cake or fill a piping bag and decorate using any nozzle.. Be sure and keep cake refrigerated and Enjoy .

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Instant Onion Pickle


In india it’s called as a Sirke Wale Pyaaz ,
It’s a great accompaniment for any North Indian style meal and are super easy to make at home.

Ingredients

10-15 small Pearl onion or any small size

Water 1/2 Cup

1/4 beetroot

Vinegar or Chilli Vinegar 1 cup

Salt 2 tsp or to taste

Method
Peel and wash onion then pat dry and cut cross mark onion or you can add whole.
Add water in a pan and beetroot ,till it soft not mushy .around 1 minute.Strain water and keep aside

Add the onions in a jar.Pour the water over the onions.Top with vinegar and salt.
Cover the jar and keep it in the refrigerator.Use the onions after 24 hours.
It can be stored for up to 10 days in refrigerator.

Notes
You can skip beetroot but i used as it gives natural pink color to onion.
The vinegar mixture can be used again to pickle the onions.
Just add more onions after the previous ones are finished.

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No Bake Banoffee Pie


Anyone “ll love this gorgeous Pie. With a buttery cookie crust, dulce de leche (milk based Caramel ) , fresh bananas, whipped cream and a chocolate savings .it’s the ultimate dessert.

It is an English dessert pie made from bananas, cream and toffee, combined either on a buttery biscuit base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. Some versions of the recipe also include chocolate, coffee or both.

i am sharing my version of no bake banoffee pie recipe.

A biscuit layer followed by a layer of dulce de leche topped with bananas and finished off with a generous amount of whipped cream.

Ingredients

1 can Dulce de Leche or homemade caramel

2 Bananas

2 Cup Digestive Biscuits or graham crackers crumb

1/2 cup Melted butter

Whipped cream 

Chocolate shavings to garnish 

Method

Melt the butter. Crush the biscuits into crumbs using a food processor or put into a ziplock bag and crush using a rolling pin or palm . Pour over the melted butter and mix until well combined.

Spread mixture into a springform pan and flatten out over the bottom and sides and place in the fridge to cool and harden. The springform will help later in removing the pie

Keep pressing until you create an even base. Add biscuit crumbs along the cake tin sides and using a spoon, create a “wall”.Refrigerate for 30 minutes or till it set .

Spoon the dulce de leche over the biscuit base, Spread it over the chilled biscuit base. Cover with banana slices.

Spread whipped cream over the banana layer and place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes or overnight .

Finish it off with some chocolate shavings.

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Orange Loaf cake


I love baking and my family love fresh baked good items at home.Why save the joy of baking for the weekend when you can whip up something amazing during midweek .a simple method and tons of flavour🍊

It’s super easy, to prepare, and it tastes amazing. Aromatic moist, tender with  fresh and delicious taste of orange.

You can check my other recipes Banana Chocochips Bread Pineapple Upside Down Cake  BANANA BREAD Eggless Pineapple Cakeand more under bakes/cake menu .

Adapted the original recipe of orange loaf cake from delscookingtwist blog .i am sharing my version of the recipe with tweak.

Ingredients

Self Raising Flour 1 1/3 cup

Eggs 4

Sugar 3/4 cup

Olive oil 2/3 cup

Orange juice 1/4 cup

Orange zest 1 tbsp

Orange extract 1 tsp (optional )

Method

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease a loaf tin.In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy.

Sift in the flour  stir and pour olive oil it into the batter.Add fresh squeezed Juice ,orange zest and orange extract and incorporate.

Pour the batter into the loaf tin and bake for 40 minutes.Allow the cake to cool completely before serving.

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Chocolate Avocado Brownies


Craving for this delicious dessert for a long time .so finally baked this one.its adapted from Tasty with little bit tweak .any chocolate lover will love this delicious dessert.check my other chocolate recipe Eggless Chocolate Sponge Cake Chocolate Cake with Ganache Cupcakes with Ganache

Here sharing my version of Brownies recipe

Ingredients

2 ripe avocado medium

2 eggs

½ cup sugar

 1 tsp Vanilla  extract

⅔ cup Self Raising flour

¼ cup cocoa powder

2 tbsp chocolate chips

Method

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).In a blender or food processor, combine avocado, eggs, sugar and vanilla extract.Blend until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder and Combine the wet and dry mixtures and fold until a batter forms.

Pour half batter into a greased 8×8 inch baking pan and sprinkle chocolate chips and pour another half on top. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Allow to cool and cut in the desired shape.

Tips:- check after 20 mins using a toothpick, as every oven is different.

Adjust sugar as per your own taste buds.

The original recipe is prepared without chocolate chips.so its optional.

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Banana Chocochips Bread


Overripe Banana and few choco chips left in my pantry.so I get an idea to use both and my brain replies lets do midweek baking and here it is my yummy one.

Banana bread is a type of bread made from mashed bananas. It is a sweet, cake-like quick bread.there are a lot of variation Banana raisin bread, Banana nut bread – chopped nuts, often walnuts or pecans, are added to the recipe.

checkmy BANANA BREAD Eggless Banana Nut Bread Banana Cake

Today I am sharing my version of Banana Chocochip Bread using Self-raising flour eggs & olive oil.

It is moist and delicious with loads of banana flavour and oozing chocolate ! Never discard overripe bananas instead a good use to make a yummy loaf.

 Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup olive oil

2 Overripe bananas, mashed

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups self-rising flour

1 tbsp Chocochips

Method

Preheat oven @350 f /180 c. Beat 1 cup sugar and olive oil at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add mashed bananas, 1 egg at a time and vanilla extract beating well.

Sift flour and add it to banana mixture, and chocolate chips and mix properly, don’t over mix.pour batter in a 9″ loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or till it baked. check cake with a toothpick.it should come clean. now leave banana bread to cool down..once it cooled down..cut in pieces & enjoy !!

Tips After 45 min please keep checking cake as everyone oven is different.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake


This recipe is a fuss-free version of the beloved classic that does not require making a caramel. It has the perfect sweetness, and a fluffy cake that oozes of pineapple flavor and fragrance, because the batter itself has some pineapple juice.

Adapted recipe of Nigella Lawson with little bit tweak.

Original Recipe

INGREDIENTS

butter (for greasing)

2 tablespoons sugar

6 slices canned pineapple in juice (plus 3 tablespoons of the juice)

6 Maraschino cherries

100 gm or 2/3 rd Cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

¼ th tsp baking soda

100 grams or 1/2 cup butter, softened

100 gm or 1/2 cup Castor sugar

2 large eggs

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400ºF. Sprinkle the 2 tbsp of sugar on top of the buttered base, and then arrange the pineapple slices to make a circular pattern.

Fill each pineapple ring with a Maraschino cherries,

Beat butter, sugar, and eggs. Sieve and add flour, baking soda & baking powder mixture

Either using a food processor or electric beater or hand whisk until the batter is smooth. Then pour in the 3 tablespoons juice to thin the batter a bit.

Pour this mixture carefully over the cherry-studded pineapple rings; it will only just cover it, so spread it out gently.

Bake for 30 minutes or till a toothpick come clean. then ease a spatula around the edge of the tin, place a plate on top and turn it upside-down.

Note:-

I have added 3 eggs and 1/2 cup oil.

Instead of all purpose flour, baking soda & powder.prepared batter using self-raising flour.

Triple Berry Chia Pudding


Chia seed pudding is a simple and delicious way to easily get the benefits of chia seeds. It takes minutes to make and has enough protein and nutrients to be a quick, on-the-go breakfast option.

I love this with some chopped fresh fruit, for breakfast or a delicious low-sugar dessert.

Ingredients

Chia seed 1 &1/2 tbsp

Almond milk /Any regular Milk 1 cup

Sugar /Stevia /honey /maple syrup as per taste

Blueberries

Strawberries

Raspberries

Method

Soak chia seeds at least for 20 minutes.add sugar in milk .wash your fruits before you use.One can chop or use whole.Take a glass/Mason jar, add soaked chia seeds.then on top pour milk.add your fruits.serve chilled or eat instant.

Tips:- I have used Almond milk.

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Mixed Berry & Oatmeal smoothie with Chia seed


It’s A creamy, thick smoothie filled with ground oats, fresh mixed berries and chia seeds. Healthy and satisfying!

As well as my current obsession with chia seeds.  until the last few months when I started noticing recipes on other blogs and read on the internet.check one more recipe Triple Berry Chia Pudding

Ingredients

1/2 Cup quick oats

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Cup of mixed berries fresh (Strawberries, Raspberries &bluberries)

1 Cup of Unsweetened almond milk or Regular milk

1 tbsp honey or any sweetener optional

Instructions

Blend everything in a blender till smooth.except for chia seeds .pour blended mixture in glass .add chia seeds & keep aside for 15 minutes and drink.

Tips:-One can pre-soaked chia seeds with 2-3 tbsp of water for 15-20 minutes or add chia seeds directly with other ingredients too.

Adjust for sweetness with honey, I didn’t add at all. the chia seeds will make the smoothie get very thick if you let it sit for a while before drinking, so be sure to enjoy the smoothie right after you blend it up!

Please consult your dietician before using chia seeds.

Apple Rabdi


Yesterday it’s my hubby Birthday, he loved the homemade sweet dish and during weekdays we all avoid sweet items and only eat homecooked healthy food, salad, and fruits but he didn’t want to eat especially an Apple.so I thought what special I can prepare which will be healthy and yummy too.So I got an idea to prepare Apple Rabdi which he simply loved it.

It is simply awesome dessert which is healthy yet delicious. Traditionally rabdi is made up by drying up milk in a heavy bottomed pan by heating for several hours. It is very time taking procedure.To lessen the effort it can be made very easily with condensed milk and several other ingredients.

Ingredients

Milk 1 liter

Condensed  Milk 1/2 tin or to taste

Apple 3-4 (grated)

Cardamom powder 1/4 tsp

Assorted Dry Fruits 1 tbsp

Few Saffron strands(soaked in 1 tbsp milk)

Clarified Butter 1 Tbsp

Sugar 2 Tsp 

Method
In a heavy bottomed pan boil milk & saffron to reduce till 1/4th.meanwhile, take a pan add clarified butter & saute grated apple & adding 2 tsp sugar until apples get cooked. It will take around 5-7 min and juice dried up cooked apples, they become mushy and little bit transparent. Turn off flame and keep aside the pan.

Once milk reduces add grated apple & milkmaid and cook till you get desired consistency.add cardamom powder and assorted nuts turn off flame.keep in a refrigerator to chill.Serving cold or hot is an individual choice but I prefer chilled one.

Tips:- It’s very important to Cook grated apples(peeling is optional) before adding in milk else milk will curdle and you may end up in mess.

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Moong Dal Halwa


Halwa is an Indian dessert prepared on occasion or festive.Most types of halwa are relatively dense sweetened with sugar.Textures of halwa also vary for example Flour based wheat and when coarse flour obtained by granulating wheat called semolina by which Sooji Halwa, Rava Kesari.  it is prepared with various other ingredients, including nuts kesar badam halwa milk based halwa milk rava kesari and vegetables Gajar Halwa  fruit based Apple halwa.

I am sharing Moong dal halwa, it is lentil based halwa( Split yellow) moong dal halwa is drier and more crumbly.Roasted in clarified butter cooked with milk adding condensed milk for rich flavor & sweetness to enhance flavor more adding Saffron and green cardamom powder and garnish with nuts.

Ingredients

Moong Dal 1cup

Condensed Milk 1 tin

Milk 3 cup

Saffron strands 10-20 (soaked in 1 tbsp milk)

Clarified butter(ghee) 1 cup

Assorted nuts 1/4 cup

Green cardamom powder 1/4 tsp

Method

Wash & soak moong dal at least for 2-3 hrs then Grind coarsely.Heat a pan add ghee add moong dal paste.Cook on slow flame till mixture golden color & raw aroma goes off.Add milk & saffron cook till it dries.Add condensed milk cook continuously till u get desired consistency.Add cardamom powder.Turn off heat.
Garnish with nuts.
Serve & enjoy !!

Rava Kesari


Rava Kesari is a south Indian sweet dish.Rava means Semolina and Kesari means saffron, It is a pudding made with semolina, sugar, Clarified butter.It is made during the festival and Special puja.Mostly yellow food color is used but I have used Saffron to get color & nice aroma.

On eve of Vasant Panchmi, prepared this sweet dish at my native place we do Puja of Goddess Saraswati There is a tradition of eating different varieties of sweets are offered to Goddess which includes yellow colored sweet as well.

Rava Kesari is like a Sooji Halwa which is prepared using roasted Rava(sooji) till it brown in color and cooked in water and Rava Kesari is lightly roasted to prevent browning & cooked.

Ingredients

Semolina 1 cup

Saffron 20-30 strands

Water 1.5 cup

Clarified Butter(Ghee) 1/4 cup +1 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1 tbsp

Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste

Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon(optional)

Method

Heat a pan add 1 tbsp clarified butter( ghee )and fry the nuts. Set them aside.In the same pan, add Rava and sautéed it continuously stirring often and roast on low flame for 5 minutes or till it turns aromatic and Remove on a plate and keep aside.

To the same pan, add sugar, water, and saffron bring to boil on a medium heat keep stirring so that sugar dissolves properly.Reduce the flame to low. Slowly add the Sauteed Rava to sugar syrup mixture, stirring constantly to avoid lumps, Cook until the moisture is absorbed.Add 1/4 cup ghee and mix well.it will start leaving the sides of the pan. Add green cardamom powder & Switch off the flame
Serve Rava  Kesari hot or warm. Garnish with nuts.

 

 

 

Til Mawa Ladoo


MakarSankranti  is celebrated on 14 January every year in many parts of India with some regional variations.It is a harvest festival known by different names. Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Lohri in Punjab, Uttrayan in Gujarat, Bihu in Assam.

At my native place in Bihar, It is eaten with a delicacy includes Flattened rice (Chura) is clean & soaked in warm milk then add yogurt & Jaggery (Gur) or Sugar &accompaniment with sweets made of til papdi (sesame seeds brittle) and peanut chikki Veg curry like Aloo Gobhi Curry Aloo Rassedar.  

This year for Makar Sankranti I am making Til mawa ladoos for my family, It’s a yummy combination of sesame seeds, mawa(milk solids) and Powdered Sugar. Celebrate the warmth of festivals with these sesame seeds ladoos.

Ingredients

White Sesame seeds – 1 cup

Powdered sugar– 1 cup

Mawa – 1 cup

Green cardamom powder – 1 tsp

Method

Dry roast the sesame seeds until they become light brown. Later, transfer them to a plate and grind them coarsely in mixer grinder when they cool down slightly. Now roast the mawa until the color changes a bit.

Following, turn off the flame and let the mawa cool down a little. Then add the powdered sugar in the mawa followed by sesame seeds coarse powder and mix everything really well. Bind the firm ladoos from the warm mixture and place them on a plate. Til mawa ladoo are ready.

Chilli Prawns


Indian Chinese cuisine is the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes through a larger offering of Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian dishes.Ingredients used to prepare Indo-Chinese cuisines are  Hot chilli, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, dry red chilis, black peppercorns, soy sauce, red chilli sauce etc.Most dishes are served with gravy, dry, deep Fried & stir fried without gravy.Check my more  Indo-Chinese recipe.

I am sharing my version of  Chilli Prawns In its two-stage preparation, the first stage Prawn is marinated & deep fried  & second stage, the deep fried prawn sautéed with chopped green onion, bell pepper &sauce.

Ingredients

Prawns(deveined)   500 gm/1 lb

Marination

Ginger Garlic Paste 2-3 Tsp

Vinegar 1 Tsp

Soy sauce 2 Tsp

Cornflour/cornstarch 4 tbsp

Salt to taste(marination & gravy)

white Pepper Powder 1/2 or to taste

for gravy

Spring onions with greens chopped 2

Green Bell Pepper or any color (diced) 1

Vinegar 1Tsp

Red chilli sauce 1 Tbsp

Garlic chopped 2-3

Green Chilli 2-3

Soy sauce 1 Tbsp

Tomato sauce 1/2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Cornstarch 1tsp (Dissolve with water)

Oil for  Deep Frying

Oil 1 tbsp for sauteeing

Method

Properly Wash Prawns &Pat dry using a paper towel.Take a big bowl put prawns and add marinated ingredients mentioned above.keep aside for 30 min.Heat a pan adding oil deep fry marinated prawns and drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

Heat oil in another pan add garlic, chilli & saute.add white part of spring onion & bell peppers saute.now add sauce mixture & cornstarch dissolve with water and mix properly once it starts boils.add fried prawns.mix properly so that sauce it coats properly.turn off heat & garnish with reserve green spring onion and Serve hot !!

My Tip: Adjust Prawn quantity and sauce as per own taste buds.

BANANA BREAD


Banana bread is a type of bread made from mashed bananas. It is a sweet, cake-like quick bread.there are a lot of variation Banana raisin bread, Banana nut bread – chopped nuts, often walnuts or pecans, are added to the recipe.Chocolate chip banana bread – chocolate chips are added to the recipe.Banana bread muffins.check my Eggless Banana Nut Bread Banana Cake

Today I am sharing my version of Banana Bread using Self-raising flour eggs & olive oil.It is moist and delicious with loads of banana flavour!! Never discard overripe bananas instead a good use to make a yummy loaf.

 Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup olive oil

3 Overripe bananas, mashed

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups self-rising flour

Method

Preheat oven @350 f /180 c. Beat 1 cup sugar and olive oil at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add mashed bananas, 1 eggs at a time and vanilla extract beating well.Sift flour and add to banana mixture, and mix. properly, don’t over mix.pour batter in a 9″ loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or till it baked.check cake with a toothpick.it should come clean.now leave banana bread to cool down..once it cooled down..cut in pieces & enjoy !!

Tips After 45 min please keep checking cake as everyone oven is different.

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Veg Uttapam


Uttapam is a dosa-like dish made by cooking ingredients in a batter. Unlike a dosa, which is crisp and crepe-like, uttapam is a thick pancake, with toppings cooked right into the batter or just a sprinkle red chilli powder.batter is made of a urad dal and rice.The dal and rice are ground and fermented. The outer surface is crisp like Plain Dosa and the inner layers are like Soft Idli.Serve with Green Coconut Chutney & Peanut Chutney .check one more plain mini uttapam recipe

Ingredients

2 cups Rice

1/2 cup Urad Dal (Split black lentils)

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

2 tsp salt

Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp (optional)

Vegetable Toppings

Onion finely chopped 2 tbsp

Tomatoes chopped 1-2

Green chilli finely chopped 1-2

Method:

Wash & rinse rice and dal soak rice & dal along with fenugreek seeds.Grind to a smooth batter adding water gradually add salt and mix well using your hands.Allow the batter to ferment Overnight.

To prepare Uttapams:
Mix the batter well. If it is thick, add a little water.Heat a griddle.When it is hot, grease it with oil.take a ladle full of batter.Pour it in the centre.Do not spread it.Drizzle oil around the corners.After a minute, sprinkle red chilli powder & vegetable toppings flipped it and cook the other side.Serve hot with chutney.

Tips:-If using non-stick pan no need to grease the pan. Tawa/griddle has to be hot. while making uttapams adjust the flame from low to high.before pouring the batter, reduce the flame to low.Cook on medium flame.

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Sooji Halwa


Halwa is an Indian dessert prepared on occasion or festive.Most types of halwa are relatively dense sweetened with sugar.Textures of halwa also vary for example Flour based wheat, rice or lentil based halwa moong dal halwa is drier and more crumbly.

Halwa prepared with various other ingredients, including nuts kesar badam halwa milk based halwa  milk rava kesari  and vegetables Gajar Halwa fruit based Apple halwa

I am sharing Sooji halwa semolina based halwa is gelatinous and translucent, it is Roasted in clarified butter cooked with water adding sugar & flavour with green cardamom powder and garnish with nuts.

Ingredients

Sooji/Semolina 1cup

Sugar 1/3 cup or to taste

Ghee/Clarified butter 1 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1/4 cup

Green cardamom powder a pinch

Water 1 cup

Method
Heat a pan adding ghee.roast sooji on med flame till it changes it colour .add water sugar & cook till start leaving a pan.add cardamom powder.Garnish with Nuts.

Falooda 


Falooda is a cold dessert beverage popular in the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally it is made by mixing rose syrup, vermicelli, sweet basil seeds, and pieces of jelly with milk and often topped off with a scoop of ice cream.

I am sharing my version of falooda which I prepared during the weekend for my family.falooda ingredients need to be ready before assembling to serve in a glass.chilled sweetened milk soaked basil seeds and prepared Falooda Noodles or sev

ingredients
Whole Milk 4 cup
Sugar 2 tbsp or to taste
Rose Syrup 4 tbsp or to taste
Sweet Basil seeds 4 tbsp
Ice Cream 2 -4 scoop
Falooda Noodles 1/2 cup
Assorted Nuts 1 tbsp (optional)

Method

Soak Sweet basil seeds in water to once they swell drain water and keep aside.Boil milk adding sugar and once cool down keep in a refrigerator so it becomes chilled. Prepare Falooda Noodles reading instructions behind packet, it is an easily available at any Indian grocery store.

Pour rose syrup in a glass then add Soaked sweet basil seeds on top add Falooda noodles slowly pour chilled sweetened milk add a scoop of ice cream and garnish with assorted nuts.Serve immediately & enjoy

Prawn Malai Curry


Prawn Malai Curry is an Indian flavor Seafood, Malai means cream in this recipe creaminess in curry which we get using a coconut milk.prawns are deveined clean and cook in aromatic Indian spices with coconut milk and Serve with Steamed Rice.

ingredients

Prawns 1 kg /2 lb
(for marination)

Turmeric powder 1 tsp

Salt 1/2  tsp

Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp

lime juice 1 tsp

For curry

Cooking oil: 2 tbsp +2 tsp

Onion Sliced 2

Green Chilli Slit 1-2

Garlic cloves 8

Ginger pieces 1 ”

Red chilli powder 2 tsp

Cumin powder: 1 tsp

Coriander powder 1/2 tbsp

Turmeric powder  ½ tsp

Garam Masala Powder 1tsp

Salt  to taste

Coconut milk 1 cup

Water 1/2 cup

method

Clean the prawns and marinate with above-mentioned ingredients & keep aside for 10-15 minutes. .Prepare a paste adding onion, ginger, garlic and green chilies in a grinder jar.

Heat 2tsp  Oil in a kadai or pan and cook prawns turning both sides and drain on a paper towel and keep aside add more oil add the paste of onion, garlic, ginger& greenchilli then cook it on medium flame for 4-5 minutes or till raw smell goes off  Add remaining spices and salt mentioned for curry & cook till start leaving oil then add coconut milk and 1/2 cup of water and bring it to boil.add cooked prawns and Allow it to cook for 5-6 minutes.on a medium heat, Turn off the flame and serve with Steamed rice or chappati

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheer Khurma 


Sheer Khurma literally means”milk with dates” in Persian, in this festival vermicelli pudding prepared by Muslims on Eid ul-Fitr. It is a traditional Muslim festive dessert, for celebrations. This dish is made from dried dates.This special dish is served on the morning of Eid day in the family after the Eid prayer throughout the day to all the visiting guests.

The main ingredients used in Sheer Khurma are vermicelli, whole milk, sugar, and dates.In my version of Sheer khurma to enhance flavor, I have added cardamom powder, cashew nuts pistachios, almonds,  saffron & raisins.

ingredients

5 cups full cream milk

1/2 cup or 60 gm vermicelli

1 tbsp Ghee

1/2 cup sugar or to taste

1tsp green cardamom powder

2 Tbsp chopped dates

10-12 raisins

1/4 cup almonds-Pistachios blanched and cut into pieces

10-12 Cashew nuts

Saffron strands soaked in milk (optional)

Method

Heat ghee in a deep pan, add chopped nuts & Raisins fry till starts giving nutty aroma remove from pan & drain on paper towel and keep aside, using the same pan add the vermicelli and cook till it turns golden brown.Add the sugar and milk and cook until cook until the sugar dissolves.Add the fried dry fruits and keep few for garnishing, mix well and allow it to simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.Add the fresh dates,  cardamom powder and saffron soaked in milk and simmer for another 1 to 2 minutes.Remove from the flame and serve hot or cold.

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Saffron Mango Smoothie


A smoothie is a thick beverage made from blended raw fruit or vegetables with other ingredients such as water, ice, dairy products or sweeteners.Smoothies are made of different ingredients such as blended fruit/vegetables, water, crushed ice, fruit juice, and nuts.

I am sharing delicious Smoothie recipe which is prepared using one of my favorites Spice Saffron for added flavor & most favorite fruit Mango

Mangoes are widely used in cuisine.Sweet for lassi(yogurt blend drink), smoothies, Sour & Unripe for pickles, beverage & chutneys check my other mango recipes Mango Mastanimango cheesecake Mango Icecream, Mango Chutney

ingredients

Ripe Mangoes 2

Milk 4 cups

Few saffron strands (Soaked in 1 tbsp warmmilk)

Few Ice Cubes

Sugar to taste

Assorted nuts( optional )1tbsp

method

Blend all ingredients in a blender jar, Serve in a glass.Garnish with Assorted nuts

Paneer Sandwich


A sandwich is a food typically consisting of vegetables, sliced cheese or meat, placed on or between slices of bread, or more generally any dish wherein two or more pieces of bread serve as a container or wrapper for another food type.The bread can be either plain or coated with condiments such as mayonnaise, tomato ketchup or green chutney to enhance its flavor and texture.There are both savory sandwiches, such as sandwiches, and sweet sandwiches, such as a peanut butter or  jelly or jam sandwich.

I am sharing simple Toasted sandwiches with cottage cheese (paneer) using a sandwich maker

Cottage cheese(Paneer) 1 cup

Onion finely chopped 1 small

Grated Cabbage 1/2 cup

Cilantro/coriander leaves chopped 1tbsp

Salt to taste

Black Pepper to taste

Grated Mozzarella Cheese 1/4 cup

Red chilli flakes to taste

Mixed Herb 1 tsp (optional)

Whole Wheat Bread slices 4-6

Method Mix all ingredients in a bowl & check seasoning.Turn on sandwich maker keep bread slices & Spread mixture on bread cover with another slice of bread & toast.Serve hot with ketchup.

Tips: One can use any type of bread whole wheat or white Bread.Either grill Or toast bread with butter on Pan & then use in a sandwich maker.

Rose Lassi


Lassi is a popular traditional yogurt-based drink from the India.it is a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit. Different type of lassi salted, sweet lassi.when it is served as a savory drink, then flavored with ground and roasted cumin, chopped green chilli coriander leaves & mint leaves or simply adding salt. Sweet lassi is a form of lassi flavored with sugar, rosewater, other fruit juices or Flavored syrup.check my salty lassi Mint Lassi

I am sharing a simple sweet lassi Rose flavored lassi few ingredients & easy to make Cool & Healthy Beverage

ingredients

1 cup yogurt

1/2 cup chilled water or Milk

1/4 cup Rose syrup

Sugar to  taste

Few Ice Cubes

Method

Blend all ingredients in a blender Jar.Served Chilled in a Glass.

Tips

Used rose syrup store bought & it contained sugar so while adding extra sugar be careful

 

Chilli Fish & shrimp


Indian Chinese cuisine is the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes through a larger offering of Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian dishes.Ingredients used to prepare Indo-Chinese cuisines are  Hot chilli, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, dry red chilis, black peppercorns, soy sauce, red chilli sauce etc.Most dishes are served with gravy, dry, deep Fried & stir fried without gravy.Check my more  Indo-Chinese recipe.

I am sharing my version of  Chilli Fish & Shrimp, In its two-stage preparation, the first stage Boneless Fish & shrimp is marinated & deep fried  & second stage, the deep fried fish & shrimp are sautéed with chopped onion, garlic, bell pepper &sauce.

Ingredients

Boneless Fish & Shrimp(deveined)   500 gm/1 lb

For marination Ginger Garlic Paste 2-3 tsp

Ginger Garlic Paste 2-3 tsp

Vinegar 1 tsp

Egg 1

Soy sauce 2 tsp

Salt to taste(marination & gravy)

Black Pepper to taste

Cornflour 2 tbsp

for gravy Onion small (diced)1

Onion small (diced)1

Green Bell Pepper (diced) 1

Vinegar 1/2 tsp

Red chilli sauce 1 tsp

Garlic chopped 2-3

Soy sauce 1 tsp

Red chilli flakes 1 tsp (optional)

Tomato sauce 1/2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Cornstarch 1tsp (Dissolve with water)

Oil for  Deep frying

Oil 1 tsp for sauteeing

Method

Wash & clean fish & shrimp.Pat dry using paper towel cut fish into the desired shape.Take a big bowl put fish,shrimp& marinated ingredients mentioned above.keep aside for 30 min.Heat a pan adding oil deep fry marinated fish & Shrimp.drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil.Heat oil in another pan add garlic, chilli & saute.add onion & bell peppers saute.now add sauce mixture & corn starch mix gives a boil.add fried fish & shrimp.mix properly so that sauce coat Fish & shrimp properly.turn off heat & sprinkle red chilli flakes.Serve hot !!

My Tip: Adjust spices & sauce as per own tastebuds

Kesar Pista Kulfi 


IMG_1462.JPGKulfi is a popular frozen dairy dessert from the Indian Subcontinent.The more traditional ones are cream , rose, mango, cardamom, saffron , and pistachio.

Kulfi is traditionally prepared by evaporating sweetened and flavoured milk via slow cooking, with almost continuous stirring to keep milk from sticking to the bottom of the vessel where it might not burn, until its volume was reduced by a half, thus thickening it.The semi-condensed mix is then frozen in tight sealed moulds.

I am sharing an easier version of Kesar means Saffron Pista is Pistachio dryfruits Kulfi without cooking which is prepared with Condensed milk, saffron, dry fruits mixed together, chilled and served.check my other kulfi recipe Kesar Badam Kulfi Strawberry Pistachios Malai Kulfi

ingredients

1 tin Condensed Milk

200 ml Heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup Grated Khoya

Cardamom powder a pinch or to taste

1/4 cup Milk

Pistachios soaked ,Peeled & slivered 15-20

Saffron strands 20-30

Kulfi molds or dish

method

Soaked Saffron strands in warm milk .in a big bowl add condensed milk ,heavy whipping cream & Khoya mix properly .add saffron infused milk & pistachio silvered .Pour in Mould Keep in freezer to set .atleast 6-8 hrs or Overnight.Demould kulfi & Serve.

Mysore Dosa


Dosa is a kind of crepe made from a fermented batter. Its main ingredients are rice and black gram(urad dal). It is a typical  South Indian diet and popular all over the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally, Dosa is served hot along with sambarchutney

This traditional South Indian dish usually ate for breakfast or dinner  They can either be made plain or stuffed.A Lot of variation of dosa can be prepared using a batter like a masala dosa,Onion dosa, Butter dosa, Masala dosa, Mysore masala dosa.one can check other south Indian delicacies on my blog  Plain Dosa Soft Idli Medu Vada Mini Plain Uttapam

Today i am sharing recipe of Mysore Dosa is very different from all the other dosas. It has a soft inside that is coated with Spicy chutney, and is crisp on the outside.

Ingredients for Dosa batter

Black gram (urad dal) 1 cup

Bengal Gram (chana dal) ½ cup

Rice 4 ½ cups

Flattened rice (poha) 1 cup

Salt to taste

Ingredients for Spicy Chutney

Garlic 5-6 cloves

A dash of ginger

Dry Red chillies 4-5

Small onion 1 chopped

Bengal Gram (chana dal)2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Oil 1/2 tsp

Method for preparing chutney

Roast channa dal and red chillies in medium flame with few drops of oil. Add onion, garlic along with and fry for few minutes. Cool down and transfer to the mixer & then Grind it to a thick paste once done add salt & adding a little water for a spreadable consistency.

Method for preparing dosa

Wash & Soak Rice,Bengal gram and Black Gram together.In a separate bowl soak flattened rice .Allow to soak for 7-8   hours or overnight.Rewash the rice by draining the water 2-3 times.Grind to a paste adding flattened rice ,like grains should be felt in the batter or smooth consistency.now take the batter in a large bowl or pan.add salt. mix very well. cover and allow to ferment for 8 to 9 hours or more. time of fermentation will vary depending on the temperature conditions. lightly stir the batter before you begin to make dosa.

Heat the iron griddle or non-stick Tawa well.Pour a spoonful of batter in the center, spread with the back of the spoon to a thin round.Pour a tsp of ghee or oil over and once the dosa is half cooked, then spread a tblsp of red spicy chutney.Pour oil around the dosa and Cooked well.The dosa may then be folded in half and served or rolled as in a wrap.Remove from Griddle & Serve hot with chutney or sambar.

 

 

 

MAWA MALPUA


Malpua is a traditional sweet of north India. It is prepared in during the festival of Holi at my hometown Bihar.the recipe of making one is pretty simple. It is the unique ingredients that make the taste of Malpuas just irresistible. it’s one type of deep fried Pancake Dipped in a Sugar syrup.Variation of Malpua using ingredients like is prepared by mashed ripe bananas, Desiccated coconut, adding flour, and water, milk or yogurt. The mixture is sometimes delicately seasoned with cardamoms powder or fennel seeds.

On Eve of this Holi festival prepared Mawa Malpua recipe for my family. A rich variation is the mawa malpua where mawa or unsweetened khoya is added to the batter. These rich pancakes are also immersed in sugar syrup and served with Instant Rabdi (optional).

For malpua batter:

1 cup All Purpose flour

1 cup Mawa/khoya grated

1 and 1/2 cup warm water

1 tsp Fennel seeds

For Sugar Syrup (one thread Consistency)

1 cup Sugar

1/2 cup Water

Clarified butter or cooking oil for frying

Method

Take a big bowl smooth khoya using palm or back of spoon add all purpose flour & fennel seeds, mix properly.adding warm water it will slowly form a lump free smooth batter of flowing consistency.Keep mixing the mixture aside till you make the sugar syrup.

To prepare sugar syrup, add sugar and water in a vessel and allow the sugar to melt. Simmer the sugar syrup for 10-12 minutes on a low-medium flame and  turn off heat. Set aside.

Heat ghee or Oil in a  pan on a medium-low flame for 3-4 mts. Pour a small ladle full of batter in the center of the pan without spreading it. The batter will spread on its own.As it fries, the batter will flatten out into disk shape and the edges will start to crisp up.Flip it over and cook on medium flame for another 2-3 mts or till it turns golden brown.

Drain the Malpua and place it in the sugar syrup immediately. Fully immerse the Malpua in the sugar syrup and let it sit for half a minute. Remove with a spoon so that the sugar syrup drains off the Malpua and then place it on a serving plate.

Milk Rava Kesari


Milk Rava Kesari is a south Indian sweet dish.Rava means Semolina and kesari means saffron,It is a pudding made with semolina, sugar ,Clarified butter ,Saffron & Milk.It is made during festival and Special puja.Mostly yellow food color is used but I have used Saffron to get color & nice aroma.

Milk Rava Kesari is like a Sooji Halwa which is prepared using roasted Rava(sooji) till it brown in color and cooked in water and milk rava kesari is lightly roasted to prevent browning & cooked in milk.

Ingredients

Semolina 1/2 cup

Sugar 1/3 cup or to taste

Milk 1.5 cup

Saffron 15-20 thread (soaked in 1 tbsp. warm milk)

Clarified Butter(Ghee)  3 tbsp

Assorted Nuts for garnishing

Method

Heat a pan add 2tbsp. clarified butter( ghee )and fry the nuts. Set them aside.In the same pan, add rava and sautéed  it continuously stirring often to prevent it should be light golden brown in color and will have a light sweet aroma.Remove on a plate and keep aside.

To the same pan, add sugar ,milk and soaked saffron bring  to boil on a medium heat keep stirring so that sugar dissolves properly .Reduce the flame to low. Slowly add the rava to the milk, stirring constantly to avoid lumps, Cook until the moisture is absorbed.Add 1 tbsp ghee and mix well.it will start leaving the sides of pan. Switch off the flame
Serve Milk Rava  Kesari hot or warm. Garnish with nuts.

 

 

 

 

 

Peanut Chikki


Chikki is a traditional Indian sweet made from nuts, jaggery or sugar.there are variations of chikkis made out of cashew nuts, almonds, and pistachios.

I am sharing one more Makar Sankranti recipe, using Peanut & sugar.it’s easy to make at home following instruction carefully.

Ingredients
Peanut 1  cup
Sugar 1 cup
Unsalted Butter/ghee- 1 tbsp

Method
Grease back of plate or chopping board & rolling pin.for flattening chikki mix
Roast Peanut on med heat.in a pan and stir continuously to prevent burning approx 4-5 minutes.remove in a plate cooled down a bit, remove skin of peanut when it’s warm only as skin comes out easily & break into halves or one can use deskinned unsalted & roasted peanuts are available in grocery store.

Heat pan on medium heat. and add sugar and stir continuously till it melts. Cook for another two minutes.and add roasted peanuts and  Mix well and switch off the flame.

Pour this hot mixture into the greased plate or board to flatten it with a flat spatula or roll it using a rolling pin.when its warm only cut them into small square shapes using a knife or pizza cutter and let it cool for some time.When it cools down, separate the chikki with the help of a knife.Peanut Chikki is ready & store in a dry container.

Tips

1) To check a correct consistency of caramel drop sugar mix in cold water.if it forms a ball.It’s ready to use.

 

 

Microwave Dhokla


A dhokla is a spongy savory cake made of gram flour, suji (semolina) or rice powder. Dhokla recipe is a very popular Gujarati dish prepared in almost every household in India. Many variations of dhoklas such as Besan Dhokla, Sooji Dhokla, Chawal Dhokla or Khaman Dhokla. it is prepared by steaming.Dhokla can be served as breakfast, evening snack or even as an appetizer. Garnished with split green chilies, mustard seeds, grated coconut and coriander leaves, this dish can be served with accompanied with green chutney.

Sharing Dhokla recipe prepared using a microwave in 4 minutes.

Ingredients

Gram Flour /Besan 1 cup

Semolina (Sooji) 1 tbsp

Yogurt 1  cup

Ginger Chilli paste 1 tsp(optional)

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil 1 tbsp

Fruit salt 1 tsp

Water for making batter

for Tempering (Tadka)

Mustard seeds(black ) 1 tsp

Oil 1/2 tbsp

Green chilies(slit) 1-2

Water 1 cup

Curry Leaves 4-5

Method

Mix the besan, ginger chilli paste, salt, turmeric, sugar and oil and yogurt.Beat till smooth.Add the water and mix well again.Add the fruit salt, stir gently and pour immediately into the greased microwavable dish.cover and cook at HI or Power level 10 for 4 minutes.

Heat the oil for the tempering, add mustard seeds,curry leaves and green chillies. Saute till slightly colored, and add 1 cup water & give a boil.Turn off heat.Unmold & Cut the tempering into desired sized pieces and pour the tempering over.Serve with Green Coconut Chutney.

 

Til Papdi(Sesame Brittle)


MakarSankranti  is celebrated on 14 January every year in many parts of India with some regional variations.It is a harvest festival known by different names. Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Lohri in Punjab, Uttrayan in Gujarat, Bihu in Assam.

Til Papdi or Caramelised sesame seeds is an Indian sweet prepared for the winter festivals Called Makar Sankranti/Lohri etc.At my native place in Bihar, It is eaten with a delicacy include Flattened rice (chura) is clean & soaked in warm milk then add yogurt & Jaggery (gur) or Sugar & accompaniment with sweets made of til (sesame seeds) and seasonal vegetables like Aloo Gobhi Curry Aloo Rassedar.

Ingredients

White Sesame (til) 1 1/3cup

Sugar 1 1/3 cup

Unsalted Butter/ghee 2 tbsp (for greasing)

Method

Dry roast the sesame seeds on medium flame till they are light golden in colour. Remove them from the pan and keep aside in a plate to cool.Heat pan on medium heat. and add sugar and stir continuously till it melts. Cook for another two minutes.and add roasted sesame seeds, Mix well and switch off the flame.

Pour this hot mixture into the greased plate or board to flatten it with a flat spatula or roll it using a rolling pin. Try to make it as thin as possible.Cut them into small square shapes using a knife or pizza cutter and let it cool for some time.When it cools down, separate the square papdi with the help of a knife.Til Papdi is ready & store in a dry container.

Tips

1) To check a correct consistency of caramel drop sugar mix in cold water.if it forms a ball.It’s ready to use.

2)Pour on greased plate or board.flatten with help of greased rolling pin.and cut it into  desired shape..when Sesame mixture is hot only.using sharf knife.once it will cool down u can break only.

 

 

December 2016: Share and Inspire Others! Entries


Thanks for including my simple recipes.

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First and foremost, I wish to extend a hearty and very big thank you to one and all for your partcipation in this new monthly recipe exchange!!  I am overwhelmed with the great response on our very first monthly Share and Inspire Others! Themed Recipe Exchange.

I am so excited with all the fantastic entries, that I have decided to release this post earlier that originally planned.  Without further ado, herewith the December 2016 Share and Inspire Others! entries.

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Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls courtesy of thehappiestpixel
I hope you like it. It’s a sweet Christmas treat. But it’s so nice I want to eat it every day…  They are so nice. trh-eggnog-cinnamon-rollsAlmond Snowball Cookies courtesy of Betsy’s Bakehouse trh-almond-snowball-cookiesBanana Cake  courtesy of Aayushi Manish
Ripe Banana flavor & Walnut Crunch made a Delicious cake
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T’IS THE SEASON: CAKES, COOKIES AND TREATS – December 2016 Share and Inspire Others!


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I am super excited to announce the theme of our very first Share and Inspire Others ! Monthly Recipe Exchange and with being December, it can be nothing other than

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Kesar Badam Halwa


Halwa is an Indian dessert prepared on occasion or festive .Most types of halwa are relatively dense sweetened with sugar.Textures of halwa also vary for example Flour based wheat ,rice or semolina based Sooji Halwa halwa is gelatinous and translucent, while lentil based halwa Moong Dal Halwa  is drier and more crumbly.Halwa prepared with various other ingredients, including nuts ,milk ,ghee and vegetables such as Carrots Gajar Halwa.

I am sharing a nut based halwa Kesar Badam Halwa.Kesar means Saffron and badam means almond.it’s a really delicious using Coarse grind almond cooked in ghee,sugar,Cardamom powder ,Saffron & garnish with silvered almonds.

Ingredients

Almonds 1 cup (soaked & peeled)

Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste

Ghee 4 tbsp

Saffron 10-15 soaked in warm milk

Green Cardamom powder 1 tsp

Milk to grind almond

Yellow Food Color 1-2 drop (optional)

Method

Soak almonds overnight and then peeled almond .Put the peeled almonds in a blender and add milk so it can enough to cover almonds.
Blend it into a coarse paste or fine paste indiviual choice .i like coarse one.

Heat a pan add 2 tbsp ghee once ghee melts add badam grind mixture keep stirring continuously to avoid burning from bottom.

Add sugar then Constantly stir the mixture as it can stick burn from bottom. Add Saffron milk & food color & cardamom powder into it & additional 2 tbsp of ghee so that mixture doesn’t stick to bottom & while its boiling.once mixture start leaving ghee stir for 2- 3 minutes.turn off heat.

Take out in a bowl Garnish with sliced almonds.Serve & enjoy.

Tips
Yellow food color is optional.

30-40 minutes it will take to cook Halwa on low temperature.need patience to cook 😊

Serve hot or at room temperature.

Diwali Sweets Collection


Diwali is a festival of lights celebrated every year during an autumn month of India.Mostly Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) .After puja, fireworks and a family feast Specially Mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends.

I am sharing my homemade Sweets collection On eve of Diwali.Most people bought from a sweet shop but for me preparing sweets at home is a gift for my family and friends.It gave an immense pleasure and satisfaction to me.

Stuffed Gulab Jamun

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Kesar Peda

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Mawa Gujiya

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Seviyan kheer

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Boondi Kheer

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Baby Carrot Burfi

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Cashewnut laddu

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Moong Dal Halwa

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Kesar Burfi

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Boondi Laddoo

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Kheer

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Besan Laddu

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Coconut Laddoo

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Gajar Halwa

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Apple halwa

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Kesar Badam Halwa

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Milk Rava Kesari

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Stuffed Gulab Jamun


Gulab Jamun is among India’s most popular desserts during a festival or major celebrations .It gets its name from two words: Gulab which means rose (for the rose flavored syrup) and Jamun which is a kind of deep purple colored  berry.traditionally it is prepared using milk solids, known as khoya  it’s  kneaded into a dough, and then shaped into small balls and deep-fried at a low temperature .The balls are then soaked in a light sugary syrup flavored with green cardamom and rose water, or saffron.

I am sharing my version recipe  of gulab jamun using milk powder stuffed with raisins

Ingredients For sugar syrup

2 cup sugar

4 cup water

1 tsp rose water

1/4 tsp cardamom powder

saffron strands(soaked)optional

For jamuns

1 cup unsweetened milk powder

1-2 tbsp ghee

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup All Purpose Flour

Raisins (for stuffing)20

1/3 cup whole milk

oil for frying

Method

Place sugar,water and cardamom powder in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and watch for the sugar to dissolve. Once it’s dissolved, add saffron & boil for another minute. Turn off heat & add rose water then keep syrup aside.

In a mixing bowl, add milk powder , baking soda, all-purpose flour & mix well.Then add ghee and.milk a little at a time and mix till it forms a dough. You may not need all of the milk.When a soft, sticky dough forms, stop adding milk. Cover and let the dough stand for about 20 minutes.

After resting, the dough will be less sticky, airy and a little firmer. If it’s too loose, sprinkle a little flour. If it’s too dry, add a little milk.Knead the dough a few times more till it becomes soft .Dip your fingers in oil or ghee, divide the dough ,stuffed with raisins and roll them into balls no cracks. Dip your fingers in oil /ghee or butter to avoid sticking.

Heat enough oil to deep fry in a saucepan pan on medium-low heat. Drop a small pinch of the dough in the oil to test the temperature. The dough should sink to the bottom and then slowly rise to the top. If it sits in the bottom of the oil without bubbling, the oil is not hot enough. If the dough rises and browns too quickly, the oil is too hot.

Add  balls a few at a time and fry in oil on medium-low heat. Stir and turn the balls frequently so they brown evenly.When brown, remove from oil using a slotted spoon and drain on several layers of paper towels.Repeat with all the dough. Let fried ball.Add the ball to the sugar syrup. Stir gently so fried balls are well coated in syrup.Cover and let the gulab jamuns soak in the syrup for at least an hour before serving.

Tips :-
1) soft dough & balls without cracks,make small size ball.once soaked in syrup it became double in size.

2) while frying don’t keep on turning  balls ,once u drop in pan/kadai.let it come up on own.then do it very slowly once -twice

3)Sugar syrup neither very thick nor thin

4)If Gulab jamun doesn’t soak syrup,heat it for 2-3 min ,once u see it’s boiling a bit ,turn off heat & leave .

Namakpare


Namakpare is pastry like crunchy snack prepared using flour ,salt & lightly seasoned with carom seed  then it’s deep fried.One can have it as Tea time snacks.At my native place in Bihar,it’s called Nimki.Prepare & store up to a month in an airtight container.Preparation is easy only time taking is frying process.Usually, it’s prepared during Holi & Diwali Festival.But my family like to have whenever I prepared.

Ingredients

All Purpose flour (Maida) 1 cup

Salt 1/2 tsp or to taste

Carom seeds 1/2 tsp

Warm Oil 2 tsp

Water 1/3 cup or as required for dough

Oil for deep frying

Method
In a large mixing bowl sieve the all purpose flour & add salt, carom seeds and oil in the flour.Now while adding a little water at time start kneading dough for namakpare.and form a stiff dough. It needs to be stiffer than Chapati dough. Cover Kneaded dough &keep  aside to rest for 10 min.Now divide the dough into equal size balls.Roll it on a rolling board Like a round circle or chappati.
Now using a knife cut rolled dough into strips or a diamond shape.Heat oil in a pan for deep frying Check if oil is hot enough by adding a small piece of dough.Once the oil is ready add the dough slices of namakpare  into oil and deep fry it.Fry the namakpare  or nimki until it becomes golden in color.Once fried, take it out and place it on kitchen towel or paper for soaking extra oil.Once it cooled down Keep in a jar.
tips
roll a dough neither too thick or thin cut it into  a shapes you like.deep frying on low temperature.otherwise from outside it will be brown inside uncooked.
while it’s soft when hot once cool down  then get crispy.

 

Mawa Gujiya


Gujiya is a sweet dumpling made of all purpose flour and stuffed with roasted semolina or Milk solid khoya or Sweetened Coconut fillings.The outer layer is crispy & flaky while stuffing is rich & sweet.

Every part of India it’s called by different name. like Ghugra in Gujrat,Karanji @ Maharashtra, & Andhra Pradesh call Kajikayalu.

At my native in Bihar Gujiyas are called Pedakiya.It’s very popular in Bihar during a festival. There are two types of Gujiya made in Bihar: one with Roasted semolina (sooji) in which  added dry nuts cardamom powder sugar & raisins  and then deep fried in a cooking oil or ghee.another one made with filling milk Solid ,cardamom powder ,sugar & dry nuts.

My Family favourite is Mawa Gujiya which I am sharing here.

Ingredients for outer cover

All Purpose Flour – 2 cup

Milk or Yoghurt- 1/4 cup

Ghee – 4 tbsp

Cold water to make dough as required

filling ingredients

Mawa (khoya) – 1  cup

Powdered Sugar -1/4 cup or to taste

Cashew Nuts – 10-20

Raisin – 2 tbsp

Green  Cardamom Powder- 1 tsp 

Oil for frying

Method

In a bowl, add the flour & 2 tbsp of ghee and rub with your palm and fingers such that the dough appears like bread crumbs. Add  enough water to make a dough which can be rolled yet Firm dough. Divide the dough and shape into small balls. Keep aside covered for half an hour.

Meanwhile, heat a pan, add half tbsp of  ghee,add the nuts and roast till golden. Remove and cool. Once cool, make a coarse powder and set aside.In the same pan, drizzle 1/2 tbsp of ghee and add the khoya/mawa and roast for 5-6 minutes. Remove, keep aside to cool.add powdered sugar and roasted nuts into  mawa. Add the cardamom powder and mix well.keep side the prepared filling.

Now, roll each ball with the rolling pin into a thin puri Spread a tablespoon of the filling on one-half of the rolled out dough. Wet your finger and run it along the edges of the spread out dough with water and fold over to the opposite end, enclosing the stuffing to form a semi-circle shaped gujiya. Press the ends firmly so that the filling doesn’t come out during the deep frying process and use a fork to seal the edges. Alternately you can twist the edges around the gujiya.

Heat enough oil in a wide vessel to deep fry the stuffed gujiya Slowly drop 3-4 gujiyas into the oil and deep fry them on medium flame till golden brown. Turn them carefully to cook the other side as well. Drain the gujiya  with a ladle and remove to a plate.Cool and store in airtight containers. Gujiya will be  fresh for at least a week and can be stored utpo 2-3 weeks.

Plain Dosa


Dosa is a kind of crepe made from a fermented batter. Its main ingredients are rice and black gram(urad dal). It is a typical  South Indian diet and popular all over the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally, Dosa is served hot along with sambarchutney

This traditional South Indian dish usually ate for breakfast or dinner  They can either be made plain or stuffed.A Lot of variation of dosa can be prepared using a batter like a masala dosa,Onion dosa, Butter dosa, Masala dosa, Mysore masala dosa.one can check other south Indian delicacies on my blog Soft Idli Medu Vada Mini Plain Uttapam

I am sharing my recipe of Plain dosa ,this crepe has to be crusty and crisp.

Ingredients

make 10-12 dosa

Plain rice 1/2 cup

Parboiled rice 1/2 cup

Flattened Rice 2 tbsp

Black Gram(urad dal) 1/4 cup

Fenugreek (methi)seeds 1/4 tsp

Ghee or oil for cooking as preferred

Water or as required for grinding

Salt to taste

Method

Wash & Soak Rice and Black Gram together.In a separate bowl soak Fenugreek seeds & flattened rice .Allow to soak for 7-8   hours or overnight.Rewash the rice by draining the water 2-3 times.Grind to a paste adding Fenugreek seeds & flattened rice ,like grains should be felt in the batter or smooth consistency.now take the batter in a large bowl or pan.add salt. mix very well. cover and allow to ferment for 8 to 9 hours or more. time of fermentation will vary depending on the temperature conditions. lightly stir the batter before you begin to make dosa.

Heat the iron griddle or non-stick Tawa well.Pour a spoonful of batter in the center, spread with the back of the spoon to a thin round.Pour a tsp of ghee or oil over and cooked  for a very short time with oil or ghee until golden brown. The dosa may then be folded in half and served or rolled as in a wrap.Remove from Griddle & Serve hot with chutney & sambar.

Tips

1)proper fermentation will double up the volume of the batter and one can see tiny air pockets in the batter with a light sour aroma.

2)cook till the base is nicely golden and crisp. the base will leave the pan when its gets cooked.

Malai Kofta


Malai Kofta is a popular North Indian vegetarian dish consisting of paneer balls afloat a creamy gravy.It’s Main Course of Indian cuisine. In the simplest form, koftas consist of Mashed Paneer with spices.Malai means cream and kofta are fried dumpling balls.usually they are made up of mashed potatoes, with or without paneer. other kofta gravy recipes on my blog are Makhani Chicken Kofta and Chicken Kofta Curry(it’s a non-vegetarian dish)

To prepare this malai kofta recipe the koftas are made with potatoes and paneer. these melt in the mouth koftas are soaked in a creamy, sweet and mildly spiced curry. One can use store-bought Paneer or Homemade.

Makhni means cream based gravy which is prepared using tomatoes cooked along with Indian spice ,butter & cream added for a smooth texture.Koftas in India are usually served cooked in a spicy /mild, curry/gravy and are eaten with Cooked rice or a variety of  Indian flatbreads like Naan

 Ingredients For kofta

 Paneer 250 gm

 Potatoes 2 boiled & mashed

 Salt to taste

 Garam masala 1/4 tsp

 Corn flour 1 1/2 tbsp

 Refined flour 1 tbsp

 Onion Finely Chopped 1 small

 Green chilli finely Chopped 1

Ginger Grated 1 tbsp

Garam Masala 1/2 tsp

Green Coriander leaves 1 tbsp finely chopped

Cashewnut pieces 1 tbsp

Raisins 10-12

Additional refined flour 2 tbsp (for rolling)

Oil for Frying

Ingredients for gravy

Butter 150 gm

Tomato,blanched ,deseeded & pureed 500 gm

Salt to taste

Fresh  cream 100 gm

Kasoori methi powder 1 tsp

Sugar 1 tsp (optional)

Kashmiri chilli powder 1 tsp

Red chilli powder 1 tsp

Cumin powder 1 tsp

Water as required for gravy

 Method

In a bowl add all ingredients mentioned above for kofta except oil ,cashew nut & raisins mix  & make equal size ball.Take a portion of mixture flattened on palm.stuffed cashew nuts & raisins.close properly using palm make a ball.put additional flour in a plate for rolling .make balls of entire mixture & roll in additional flour.

Heat oil in a pan deep fry Fry 3 or 4 balls at a time until they are a golden brown and keep aside on an absorbent paper.In another pan add half quantity of butter .add 1 tsp of oil to prevent burning of butter.add tomato puree,red chilli powder ,sugar,Kashmiri chilli powder ,kasoori methi powder,cumin powder & cook for 5-6 min.then add water  & salt to adjust gravy consistency.  once it started boiling add rest of butter & simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes.add fried Koftas so that koftas in a gravy.Turn off heat & add cream stir carefully .Serve with Rice/naan.

 Tips :-1)While adding salt in gravy always be careful as we added salt in kofta too.Adjust spices as per own taste buds.

 2)Stuffing of nuts are optional if one doesn’t like can skip it.

 3)If serving malai kofta later, you can just prepare the gravy and add koftas while serving. these koftas are really soft. so if you add them before and serve them later, they will break. add only if ready to serve immediately.

Seviyan kheer


Yesterday on eve of my birthday prepared this yummy Indian dessert. Seviyan or vermicelli kheer, is a traditional popular dessert. In India and other countries of the Indian Subcontinent, vermicelli is known by various local names such as seviyan or semiyan in Hindi. it is used to prepare different flavor  of dishes including a variation of kheer, a sweet dessert similar to Kheer (rice pudding)Vermicelli are also used in many parts of India to make a popular dish called  Vermicelli Upma it’s a savoury  dish.

Seviyan is a delicious and an easy recipe to make.It is made with milk,sugar, and then flavored with green cardamom powder. Garnish with Nuts as my daughter didn’t like I always add for me & my husband at a time of serving.

Ingredients

Vermicelli 2 cup

Whole Milk 8 Cup

Ghee or Unsalted Butter 4 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1 tbsp

Sugar 1 cup or to taste

Green Cardamom powder  1 /2 tsp

Method

Heat ghee in a non-stick pan. Add assorted nuts and saute till nuts are brown. Remove from heat, drain on absorbent paper and set aside.In the same pan, add vermicelli and saute till light golden. Remove from heat and set aside.Boil the milk in a deep non-stick pan. Add fried vermicelli, mix well and cook on medium heat for five to seven minutes.Add sugar then mix well and cook on low heat for five minutes.Remove from heat and add cardamom powder & assorted Nuts. Mix well and serve hot or chilled .My family preferred chilled desserts.

Tips

1 )Use a nonstick or heavy bottom utensil to make a seviyan kheer. Add the seviyan and roast them for about two minutes on medium low heat or one can buy Roasted sevaiyan from Indian Grocery store.if using pre-roasted then no need to use ghee or unsalted butter.

2)Sauteed nuts in a ghee or unsalted butter is an individual choice one can add plain nuts or skip nuts completely.

3)when cooled the seviyan kheer tends to be thick. so if you don’t like thick seviyan kheer then don’t thicken the milk.check a consistency of milk as per own taste buds.

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Vegetable Pulao


Pulaos are a very famous dish in India. it is prepared using rice,there are many varieties of pulao Peas pulao Spicy veg Pulao the one here is made without onion & garlic. This recipe is very easy to prepare, as it doesn’t have too many ingredients and can be cooked quickly.One can add any vegetables by choice.Serve with Pickle & Raita.I have cooked in  my electric rice cooker. Today on eve of Krishna Janmashtami I prepared this recipe as we don’t eat onion-garlic food today.One can prepare for kids tiffin if they like a bit spice or for a spouse.

ingredients

Rice 1.5 cup

Ginger Chilli paste 1 tsp

Mixed Vegetable 1/2 cup

Bay Leaf 1

Cardamom 1

Big Cardamom 1

Cloves 2

Cumin Seeds 1 tsp

Turmeric 1/4 tsp

Coriander Powder 1 tsp

Beaten Yogurt 1 tbsp

Mint leaves few

Water 3 cup

Salt to taste

Ghee 1 tbsp or Any Cooking oil

Method

Wash & Soak rice for 20 min.Heat a pan then add ghee .add cumin seeds ,bay leaf Cardamom,Big Cardamom ,Cloves once it gave a fragrant add ginger-green chilli paste.saute & then add vegetables adding turmeric powder & coriander powder beaten yogurt cook till vegetables become soft ,add salt & few mint leaves which enhance flavor of rice,add soaked rice a stir slowly so that rice doesn’t break .Transfer into rice cooker bowl then adding water & press cook mode.once rice cooked & become fluffy.Before Serving remove bay leaves,cardamom & big Cardamom & cloves.Serve hot with Pickles & Raita.

 

Tindora Stir-fry with Onion


Ivy gourd in Hindi called as tindora/kundri/kundru. Tindora is a very healthy vegetable.I was a big fan of tindora and now my daughter too.I like to eat from my childhood.Now I make it at least once a week for my family.mostly we bought vegetables from American supermarket but few specific Indian vegetables we have to make a  trip to the Indian grocery store.My husband &  daughter is not keen to visit  Indian grocery store.One condition they agree if I will buy tindora.Many ways to cook tindora deep fried /with curry.my family like a simple stir fry with onion as a side dish to rice,dal or chappati.

Ingredients

20 Ivy Gourd/Tindora/Kundri

1/2 cups onion sliced(thin)

1  tablespoon oil

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 dry red chili pepper

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon Coriander powder

White pepper powder to taste

Red chili powder to taste

Salt to taste

Method

Wash the ivy gourds/tindora & pat dry.slice off a tiny bit at the two ends to remove the stem and the remains of the flowers if there are any. Then slice them in half and then in fours in thin strips.Heat oil in a thick bottomed skillet. Add the dry chili pepper and the cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle  add the sliced gourds to the pan  along with red chili powder,turmeric powder & coriander powder cook on medium heat,once ivy gourd half cooked add sliced onion ,salt & white pepper powder. Cook until the gourds and onions are soft to bite in. The onions and the gourd might brown and that is okay.Turn off heat.It is a side dish, served along with rice and dal or Chappati.

 

 

Beetroot stir fry


Beetroot stirfry is a preparation where the grated vegetables are sauteed in spices and .It’s a great accompaniment to full meals and is a very hit recipe in the southern part of India Beetroot is a good source of iron and folate.It’s an easy, healthy & nutritious recipe.Being a north Indian we spend few years in a southern part of India @hyderabad.My daughter ate with rice and calls the dish as pink rice. It’s one of her favourites.she ate first at my neighbour home afterwards weekly twice she prefer to eat this vegetable either in lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

Beetroots – 2 grated

Bengal Gram – 2 tsp

Black Gram – 1  1/2tsp

Cumin  Seeds – 1 tsp

Dry Red Chilies – 2

Curry Leaves – 2-3

Turmeric Powder – a pinch

Coriander powder 1 tsp

Salt – To Taste

Oil – 2 tsp

Onion 1 tbsp finely chopped

Method

Wash & peel beetroot then grate it & keep aside.Heat oil in a pan and add Bengal gram ,black gram,cumin and let it splutter. Add in the curry leaves, red chilli .Fry for a minute then adding chopped onions and salt and fry till soft and tender.add turmeric powder and coriander powder fry for few seconds.then adding grated beetroot sprinkle salt and stir.cover and let the veggies cook till they are done.sprinkle some water if the moisture dries in the pan.keep on checking during intervals and sprinkle water whenever required.when the veggies are cooked well.Turn off heat & serve with rice or chappati

Tips :- preparing for small kids then adjust spices.

 

 

 

Mango Mastani


Mango Mastani drink  I never had before @india but heard & read a lot about this delicious drink.Today my daughter want to have mango milkshake but with a dollop of icecream.then only I got an idea to prepare this drink.available ingredients in Pantry & ice cream in a refrigerator.

It’s a popular dessert drink  from Pune city in India. It’s a thick mango milkshake topped with Vanilla or Mango Icecream.& Nuts like cashew nut,pistachios & almonds.

Ingredients

1 cup chopped mango or fresh mango pulp

1 /2 cup chilled whole milk/ full fat milk

Cardamom powder a pinch(optional)

Few ice cubes (optional)

1.tbsp sugar or as required

1 scoop of vanilla ice cream or any ice cream of your choice

Pistachio chopped

Cashewnut chopped

Method

In a blender jar add mango cubes then.add sugar, cardamom powder.Blend to a smooth puree.Now add milk and few ice cubes.Blend again until all blends well.Pour into  the serving glasses leaving half inch space on the top.Scoop out a dollop of ice cream and place them on the top.Garnish with  pistachios & cashew nuts.Mango mastani is ready.Served chilled & drink this before Icecream Melt.

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