Banana Cake


Ripe Banana flavor & walnut Crunch make a Delicious cake.

Ingredients
All purpose flour(AFP) 1.5 cup
Ripe bananas 2 (mashed)
Baking powder 1/2 tsp
Brown sugar 3/4 cup
Oil 1/2 cup
Eggs-3
Walnuts 1/2 cup (dust with AFP)
Lime juice 1tsp
Confectioners sugar (toppings optional)
Method
Preheat oven @350 f .
Sift AFP & baking powder keep aside.
In a big bowl cream oil & sugar.
Add eggs & lime juice at a time ..& beat.
Add mashed banana & mix..now add walnut & mix.donot over mix.
Now add dry ingredients.Grease a baking pan..I am using 9″ round pan.pour batter & bake for 25 min or till it baked properly. After 25 min check cake using a toothpick in a center.if it comes clean.cake is baked properly. Take out cake ..from an oven.leave it to cool down.once it cooled down. turn your cake on a plate.
Tips :-
1)Eggs should be to a room temp
2) Dust walnut with AFP .otherwise it will sit at a bottom of a cake.
3) Dust confectioner sugar using stainer.on top of cake .(optional)

Apple Cake


Simple Plain cake Adding apple & cinnamon enhance its flavor.

Ingredients
Red apple -3 chopped
All purpose flour 1.5 cup
Eggs -3 (room temp)
Sugar -1/2 cup
Oil -1/2 cup
Baking powder 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon -1tsp (optional)
Method
Preheat oven 180 c /350 f
In a big bowl cream sugar & oil using an electric beater or manual whisker ..now add 1 egg at a time.till it became fluffy.donot overbeat.now add chopped apples & beat again..till it mixed with egg mixture.
Now in a sieve add baking powder , all-purpose flour & cinnamon .strain it .mix properly ..add in wet ingredients. Using cut & fold baking method (stir once & cut )
Grease a baking tin.I m using two.8″ round tin Place baking tin inside oven & bake for 35 min.
check using toothpick /knife if it comes clean.cake is baked properly.
Take out baking tin out & rest for 10-15 or till.it cool down.Cut & serve !!
Tips :-
1) If u like sweet cake.use 3/4 cup of sugar.not more than that
2) don’t over beat or mix batter.

Semolina Cutlet


Cutlets made by using Semolina ,Paneer & Nuts.

Ingredients
1 cup Semolina(suji)
1 cup Milk
1 cup Water
Salt to taste
1 tsp ghee/oil
fillings
100 g paneer
12-15 raisins(optional)
3-4 cashew nuts, finely chopped(optional)
3-4 almonds, finely chopped(optional)
1/2 tsp green chillies, finely chopped
1/2 tsp ginger, grated/finely chopped (optional)
freshly chopped coriander
black pepper to taste
salt to taste
oil for frying
Method
Add ghee/oil in a pan.when warm, add the suji and fry for 2-3 mins on low heat. Suji should not change colour. Add salt, lesser than what should make ideal taste.mix the water and milk together and add to the suji mixture and keep on stirring.within minutes it will be like a dough.once it is like the Chapati dough switch off the gas and cover the mixture. Set aside for a few minutes until cooled to room temperature.Once cooled mix it with hands to make the mixture smooth.Crush paneer and add all the ingredients. Mix well.take a small portion of dough, make a ball of it and press it.fill up a spoon of filling mixture in it and close the ends to form a ball.give the desired shape. You can shape of u r choice. make all cutlets in a same way .warm the refined oil in a kadahi .put 2-3 spoons of suji on a plate and roll the cutlet on it and then deep fry it in warm oil on medium heat till golden brown.Serve with tomato ketchup/ coriander or mint chutney.

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Grilled Paneer


Paneer Pieces Grilled & serve on a bed of crunchy Veggies.

ingredients

Paneer pieces 8-10
Curry powder 1 tsp
Garlic powder 1/2 tsp
Olive oil 1 tsp
Kasoori methi(Dry roasted) 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
Red Chilli powder 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice few drops
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Oil for grilling & sauteing
Assorted veggies
(any veg of ur choice)
Onion diced 1 small
Tomato 1 deseeded
Corn (Boiled) 1/2cup
Bell Pepper diced 1
Mint leaves for garnish
Chaat masala (optional)
Method
In a bowl add oil ,curry powder,garlic powder,crushed kasoori methi,red chilli powder,salt & Pepper.mix properly make a paste.add paneer coat with mixture leave it for 1 hr.
Grill ur paneer .
Heat oil in a pan then cumin seeds.Once it crackled add veggies saute till it cooked.Add very little salt as we added during marinating paneer.Add leftover marination & mix properly now take out cooked veggies on a plate.Arrange Grilled paneer.Sprinkle chaat Masala.very little lime juice.Garnish with mint leaves.
Enjoy !!

Stir Fry Garbanzo


Boiled Garbanzo sauteed with Veggies & seasoned.can serve as side dish or a healthy snack.

ingredients

INGREDIENTS
Boiled Garbanzo 1 cup; Olive oil /any cooking oil 2 tsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Roasted Sesame seeds (white)1tsp(optional)
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Onion finely chopped
Tomato diced & chopped
Bell pepper finely chopped
Green chillies 1-2
Chaat masala to taste
Lime juice 1 tsp or to taste
Cilantro/green coriander leaves chopped
Method
Heat a wok then add oil & add mustard once it crackled add boiled garbanzo sautee.add veggies saute for min(I like crunch so saute for min one can cook for 2-3 min if u like soft)
..then turn off heat.add roasted sesame.
seasonings mix properly. At last lime juice & garnish with cilantro.

 

Healthy Bowl


Boiled Soya Chunks With Sauteed Veggies & Seasonings

ingredients

Soya chunks cooked 1 cup
Olive oil /any cooking oil 1 tbsp
Curry powder 1/8 tsp(optional)
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
Onion 1 small diced
Green chilli 1-2/tastebuds
Green Bell pepper 1 diced
Tomato (deseeded)1 diced
Dried Oregano to taste
Parsley flakes to taste
Garlic powder 1/2 tsp
Cilantro/Green coriander leaves for Garnish
Method
Boil soya chunks adding salt for 5-6 min.
Rinse properly before preparing.
Heat oil in a pan add green chilli ,add onion saute for a minute.add tomatoes & green pepper .add curry powder,garlic powder ,salt & pepper cook around for a minute.add soya chunks .mix properly.
Turn off heat adding oregano & parsley.
Check seasoning.

Quinoa Khichdi


light & healthy for snacks or breakfast

ingredients
Quinoa 1/4 cup
Roasted Peanuts 1 tbsp
Green Chilli 1
Oil 1 tsp
Curry Leaves 3-4
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice 1 tsp /to taste
water
method
heat a saucepan add oil add mustard seeds & cumin seeds once seeds crackle add Curry leaves & green chilli sauteed.
Add quinoa & salt stir properly add water give a boil.
reduce flame to low & cook till become fluffy.
cover & keep it aside for 5 min.add lime juice.
Serve & enjoy !!!

Quinoa Salad


Cooked quinoa mixed with crunchy  vegetables & Nuts

Ingredients
Quinoa Pre-washed 1/2 cup
Water 1 cup
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Lime juice 1 tsp
Green onion 1 chopped
Baby Carrot 4-5 Diced
Celery sticks 1 chopped
Olive oil 1 tsp
Almond soaked & peeled 5-6
Golden Raisins 4-5
Method
In a pot add quinoa & water.once it boil,cover with lid.Turn heat to low.quinoa takes 10-15 min.once it cooked & fluffy.
Leave it for 5 min more.
After 5 min open lid add olive oil ,salt ,lime juice & black pepper,all veggies almond & raisins.mix it properly
Serve in bowl .

 

Chicken Bezule


Deep fried Mangalorean chicken.

ingredients
1/2 kg Chicken, cut into small bite/ur choice size pieces
To grind:
{ Coriander leaves- a handful
15 -curry leaves
3 green chillies
1″ piece ginger
4 cloves garlic }

1 1/2- 2 tsp Chilly powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
Few drops of red food color(optional)
1 tbsp rice flour
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Curd
Oil to deep fry
Salt to taste
Method
Grind the ingredients listed under to grind into a coarse paste.
To the ground paste add all the ingredients. Marinate for a minimum of four hours or better overnight.Fry in hot oil.Serve hot.
Tips
Adjust chilli powder or green chillies as per taste,originally its Spicy one

Chicken65


Chicken marinated with spices & deep fry .

ingredients

Ingredients
Boneless chicken 1 lb
Marination
Salt to taste
Cumin powder 1tsp
Coriander powder 1tsp
Garam masala 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder /paste to taste
Egg 1
Cornflour 1-2 tbsp
Oil to fry
Method
Clean & cut chicken ..marinate using
above ingredients. .for. 1 hr.now take a wok a fry chicken..keep aside on paper towel.
Ingredients (for coating)
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Ginger (chopped)- 1/2 tsp
Garlic (chopped)-1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp (optional)
Red food color (optional)
Curry leaves 8-10
Red chillies 2-3 dry (to taste)
Coriander powder -1 tsp
Cumin powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Water
Method
Take a wok add oil now add cumin seeds let it crackle.now add red chillies..once it smoke add chopped ginger garlic let it cooked now add paste..of ginger garlic ..curry leaves ..rest of spices..salt water & at last add fried chicken..let it coated wid masala.serve .& .enjoy

Oats & Quinoa Khichdi


Oats & quinoa Cooked with Indian spices & vegetables.

ingredients

Quinoa (pre-washed)1/2 cup
Old fashioned oats 1/2 cup
Assorted vegetables (carrot ,beans,corn,green peas)1 cup
Curry powder 1 tsp
Onion small 1 sliced
Ginger 1/2″ finely chopped
Green chilli 1 or to taste
Garlic Cloves 1-2 finely chopped
Oil for cooking
Water 2 cup
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Green coriander leaves for garnishing
Method
Heat oil in a pot then add cumin seeds once it crackled.add onion & saute till it becomes pink in color.add garlic & ginger .once raw aroma goes off.add vegetables ,curry powder & stir.
Add quinoa & oats saute on med-low heat for 2-3 min.add salt & mix.
Adding water once it started boiling turn heat on med-low flame.
Cook till water evaporates.
Turn off heat.let it covered for 5 min more.
Serve hot garnishing with green coriander leaves.dash of butter or ghee(optional)

 

Chicken Dum Biryani


Biryani is a famous Dish from  Hyderabad, India. It is made using Basmati rice only.Lot of Indian spices and condiments used in it, meat and rice are cooked separately before being layered and cooked together.It is prepared on Dum means cooked on lowest flame after sealing the vessel with dough.The pot is usually sealed with  dough to allow cooking in its own steam and not opened till ready to serve.

Ingredients

Chicken 900 grams( breast pieces & legs)

Basmati rice 2 cups

Oil/ghee for cooking – 3 tablespoons and to deep fry ( onion)

Cinnamon 1-inch stick

Bay leaves 2

Cloves 5-6

Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

Green cardamoms 3-4

Onions sliced 2 medium

Green chillies, slit 3

Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

Tomatoes chopped 2 medium

Salt to taste

Ginger paste 1 tablespoon

Garlic paste 1 tablespoon

Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

Thick yogurt 1 cup

Onions sliced and fried brown 3 medium

Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon

Fresh mint leaves chopped handful 

Fresh coriander leaves chopped handful

Milk 1/2 cup( few saffron strands dissolve)

Rose water a few drops

Kewra water a few drops

Dough -for covering lid

Method
Cut and wash chicken properly. Boil water in a pot (adding salt.1-2 tsp oil & few whole garam masala cardamom.cloves ,black cardamom & black pepper & star anise) once rice cooked 3/4 th ,drain water and set aside. take a pan add oil,& heat properly add cinnamon, bay leaves, cloves, cumin seeds, green cardamoms and sauté for half a minute. Add sliced onions and sauté. Add slit green chillies ,chicken and continue to sauté. Add turmeric powder and mix Add tomatoes and salt and mix. Add ginger-garlic paste, red chilli powder and yogurt.let cooked chicken properly . now take a pot for dum keep a Griddle (tawa) beneath.now first add cooked chicken, Add the boiled rice on top. Mix well. Add half the fried brown onions.Sprinkle garam masala powder, mint leaves, and coriander leaves. Sprinkle milk, rose water& kewra water (few drops) and remaining browned onions.do same for second layer .Cover pot with lid and seal with atta dough and cook on low heat for about 10-15 minutes.turn off heat leave for 10 min sealed only.Before serving, mix the Biryani from the bottom. Serve hot with Raita & Mirch ka salan.

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Thandai


Milk blended with nuts & whole spices.Serve Chilled

Ingredients
Milk 1.5 tr
Saffron strands (soak in milk)
Sugar powdered 1/4 cup or to taste
To make a paste
Almond soaked & peeled 1/4 cup
Cashewnut soaked 10-12
Pistachio 10-12 soaked
Black peppercorns 10-12
Cardamom 5-6
Fennel seeds 2 tbsp
For garnish
Rose water 1 tsp (optional)
Saffron strands
Method
Add ingredients in a grinder .make a fine paste.add mixture in a bowl then add milk & sugar.mix properly keep in a refrigerator.
Pour in a glass serve chilled ..garnish with saffron strands & add rose water.

Watermelon Mint Cooler


Watermelon, ice, and sugar are simply blended together in this quick treat.

Watermelon deseeded & cubes 2 cup
Mint leaves 10-12
Sugar (optional)
Thin lime slices 4-5
Water 1/4 cup
Ice cubes optional
Black salt optional
Method
Add watermelon & water to a blender & puree untill smooth.add sugar & mix properly until sugar dissolve.
Add lime slices,mint leaves & ice cubes.sprinkle black salt.
Pour blended watermelon in a glass.
Garnish & serve!!

 

Egg Curry


Boiled eggs simmered in Indian spices

Ingredients
Boiled egg -6 & saute in pan using 1tsp oil
Onion 1 large(chopped)
Tomato -3 chopped
Garlic ginger & green chilies paste 1tbsp
Turmeric powder 1/2tsp
Red chilli powder 1tsp (to taste)
Cumin powder 1/2tbsp
Coriander powder 1tbsp
Garam masala powder 1/2 tsp
Cilantro 1/2 cup chopped
Salt to taste
Curry leaves 10-12
Cumin seeds 1tsp
Bay leaf (tej patta)-2
Dry red chillies -1
Cauliflower (grated) 1/4 cup
Mustard oil for cooking
Water for gravy
Method
Heat a pan add oil.add cumin seeds, bay leaf & dry red chillies & curry leaves.add onion sauteed till it became pink in color.add garlic ginger & chillies paste.till it raw smell goes .add chopped tomatoes , dry spices (except garam masala) saute 4-5 min till tomatoes cooked .add grated cauliflower & cook.once it starts leaving oil & add cilantro & garam masala.now add boiled eggs & water.boil 5 min or till u get desired consistency.
Serve with rice, chapati /paratha.

Chicken Curry


Chicken Pieces simmered in Indian spices .

Ingredients

Whole chicken 1.5 kg
Red onion 3 med (sliced)
Ginger garlic chilli paste -2 tbsp
Mustard oil 250 ml
Red chilli powder -1/2 tbsp
Cumin powder 1 tbsp
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Yogurt (blend) 1/4 cup
Black pepper 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Bay leaf -2
Dry red chilli 1-2
Black cumin seeds 1 tsp
Cilantro -1 tbsp (chopped)
Water:- 1 cup (boiled)
Whole garam masala paste
(1 big cardamom
4 green cardamom
4 cloves
1″ cinnamon
Roasted coriander seed-1 tsp
1 tsp Mace)
Method
Clean , wash & Dry chicken pieces.keep aside.
Heat oil in a deep pan , add bay leaf , black cumin seeds & dry red chillies.add onion till it becomes pink in color.
Add ginger garlic chilli paste.cook till it raw aroma goes.add chicken & saute for 5 min.
Add all spices , yogurt & salt.cook till it starts leaving oil.
Once chicken almost cooked & whole garam masala paste. .cook till it gives a nice aroma.
Add water to get a nice consistency finally add cilantro boil 10-12 min.turn off heat.
Enjoy ur chicken curry with rice or chappati
Tips :-
heat mustard oil till smoking point.
Whole garam masala paste.smooth consistency.
Boiling water for gravy..
Adjust spice level as per taste bud.

Mustard Flavored Shrimp Curry


Shrimps are an excellent source of low-fat and low-cal protein and are abundant in Vitamins.It’s a great source of Omega3 fatty acids and an excellent way include a protein. It’s also high in iron, zinc and vitamin E but low in saturated fat.
Shrimps is a delicate seafood next to fish. It blends well other flavours and is fast to cook.Shrimps come in a varied range of size and colours.

Shrimps can be cooked in various ways Pan  fried Stir fried & deep fried. Curry or made into fritters. They can be served for starters, side dish or as a main course.For Seafood & Fish variations check my other

Chilli Fish & shrimp Chilli Prawns Prawn Malai Curry
its a mustard flavor Shrimp curry  and really goes well with steamed rice.

Ingredients

shrimp 500 Grams/1 lb

Mustard oil 4 Tbsp

Green chilly 1-2

Garlic 8 Clove

Yellow Mustard seeds 2 Tsp

Black mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp( for tempering)

Tomatoes 5 (medium )chopped

Curry leaves few springs(optional)

Salt -to taste

Red chilly powder 1 tsp or to taste

Turmeric powder- 1 tsp

coriander leaves -chopped (optional)

water -for gravy

method
soak yellow mustard seeds in a water for 20-30 min
take a blender in this add garlic, green chilly and add soaked yellow mustard seeds, make a paste.
Heat mustard oil in a pan add black mustard seeds, reduce the flame add shrimp fry them for a minute and take out from the oil,
using same oil,add paste,saute it add salt, turmeric, curry leaves, tomatoes,chilly powder & cooked till paste start leaving oil & nice aroma comes. put the lid on let it cook for 5 minutes in a slow flame, add water, once come to boil .add fried shrimps put the lid on then it cook for 5 minutes in a slow flame, once u get desired consistency add chopped coriander leaves & served with steamed Rice/chapati .

tips:-
Adjust chilly powder & green chilly as per your Spice level
Enjoy Mustard flavor Shrimp curry .

Boondi Laddoo


Boondis are very small, round deep fried balls that have been soaked in fragrant sugar syrup.

ingredients
Gram flour (Besan) 1 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Water 1/2 cup
Melon seeds-1 tbsp
Raisins 10-12
cardamom powder -1 tsp
crushed saffron strands few
Kewra water few drops(optional)
Unsalted Butter(melted)/ ghee 1/2 tbsp
Oil/ghee for frying
Method
1) make Batter for Boondi
take besan in a bowl ,add little water first & stir properly .now add desired water to make a smooth Batter.
just to check boondi consistency
( we wil fry few Boondi . once u pour with a spoon drop should become round .if it become round it means pouring consistency is absolutely correct)
2) make Sugar syrup
Take a Pan add sugar and water & saffron strands stir once it dissolve let it Boil once it boil put flame on a low
cook the sugar syrup, till it becomes one thread consistency. switch off the flame. keep the sugar solution aside.
(one thread consistency one can check when we Put syrup between index finger & thumb .when we stretch it will be like thread)
the sugar syrup should be hot when we add the boondis.
3)2) heat oil/ghee in a pan ,using perforated ladle drop boondi batter & fry .take it out & drop in hot syrup.
4)add a melon seeds (magaz), cardamom,few drop of kewra water(optional) & ghee/unsalted butter.mix everything properly.
5) apply ghee /Butter make round shape of laddo .
tips
don’t drop batter from height otherwise boondi will not be in round shape
every batch clean ladle using cloth or paper towel from both sides.
make laddoo when its bit hot .u can dip hand in water too.once boondi cools down ,its not easy to make Ladoo

Kesar Burfi


Kesar Burfi or Saffron Milk Fudge is a dense milk based sweet confectionery from India.it’s traditional South Asian Sweet dish (Barfi). Flavor of a barfi is often enhanced with fruits & nuts.They are typically cut into square, diamond, or round shapes. Different types of Barfi vary in their color and texture.The most popular spice used to flavor Burfi dessert is cardamom & saffron.Burfi made with saffron, milk powder & Pistachios.

ingredients

Milk powder(Non-fat) – 1 cup

Powdered sugar – 1/2cup

Unsalted Butter/ghee – 4 tbsp

Milk – 4 tbsp

Saffron strands(soaked)

Green cardamom powder a pinch(optional)

blanched & chopped pistachios (for garnishing)

Method
heat a big heavy bottomed pan add butter.once butter melt .add milk powder, sugar and cook on low flame. Stir continuously so that mixture should be smooth & lump free.
while cooking slowly mixture gets thick in consistency, turn off the flame and pour this mixture over greased plate.smooth top either with a spatula or greased parchment sheet.
sprinkle pistachio on top.keep burfi aside & cool down .cut it in a  desired shape.

Fruity & Nutty Kheer


Delicious Kheer made up of Lotus seeds  & dry fruits .Apple gives a Crunchy taste.

Ingredients

Milk -1 Liter
Apple(Grated) -2
Lotus Seeds- 1 cup
Assorted Nuts(chopped)-1/2 cup
Sugar 1/2 cup +1 tsp or to taste
Green Cardamom Powder 1 tsp
Unsalted Butter/ghee 2 tsp
For Garnishing
Saffron Strands -few
Assorted Nuts(chopped)
Rose water few drops
Method
add 1 tsp butter/ghee in a heavy Bottomed pan add grated apple,1 tsp sugar & saute till water evaporates.take it out Keep aside.Roast Lotus seeds using a pan add 1 tsp butter/gheeAdd Milk in a pan once boil adding lotus seed & cook on med heat
then add saute Apple,Green cardamom powder & nuts
cook till lotus seeds become soft & get desired consistency
Serve hot/chilled
tips:-.garnish above mentioned ingredients