Kalakand


During this Diwali festival I made Kalakand. This recipe is very quick and easy.Kalakand can be made in many flavors and ways. Using cottage cheese Homemade paneer to make this. it’s a traditional indian sweet dessert prepared from condensed milk and Paneer ,flavored with cardamom powder. 

traditionally it is prepared by evaporating and solidifying the milk. later this thick milk is curdled, to which sugar is added and then cut into desired shapes.

I am sharing this recipe is a quick and instant version prepared by soft and moist paneer with condensed milk. hence the evaporation and curdling process which takes significant time is totally skipped. moreover no extra sugar is required as condensed milk contains sufficient amount of sweetness.

do check my other indian sweets Recipes,kheer and if you love saffron flavor then check recipes kesar Kalakand

kesar burfi

kesar peda

MilkPowder Burfi

Ingredients

2 cup or 500gm Paneer/Cottage Cheese

1 tin Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 tbsp milk powder

1-2 drops of screw pine Essence (optional)

Almonds Slivered -6-8

Blanched and Silvered pistachios 8-10

1/2 tsp Cardamom powder

1 tsp clarified butter/ghee to greased

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Method

Heat a nonstick pan and add crumbled paneer always use fresh homemade paneer as they will be more moist and fresh.further add condensed milk and milk powder.mix well making sure the condensed milk and paneer are mixed well.

mix and mash continuously till the mixture thickens.keep the flame on medium and keep stirring.cook on medium flame till the condensed milk melts completely and the mixture starts to thicken.

add cardamom powder and saffron water mix well,keep stirring till the mixture starts to separate the pan and forms a like a dough,add screw pine essence and turn off flame transfer the mixture to the greased plate or square box or any dish ,level it up and set to a block making an inch thick.

add finely chopped pistachios and almonds or any nuts of your choice.press gently with the back of spoon so that the nuts stick to kalakand.

cool completely for 2-3 hours, or refrigerate for 30 minutes if you are in hurry,however, cooling naturally will make kalakand more moist and tasty so leave on kitchen counter.

cut the kalakand into square pieces or your choice either rectangle or diamond Shape.

finally serve or store instant kalakand for a week by refrigerating.

Notes

either use grated homemade paneer or crumble with hand.

use any dry fruits for garnishing of your own choice.

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MilkPowder Burfi


It’s a simple and easy burfi recipe or milk powder fudge recipe prepared with just 4 ingredients including milk powder, milk, ghee and sugar. It’s an ideal indian sweet recipe perfect for every indian festivals which can be prepared without much hassle and no complicated steps to follow.i prepared this to offer goddess Durga as Bhog on this pious occasion of Navratri.

Original recipe of famous blogger hebbarskitchen which i adapted and Tweaked so here i am sharing my version of Burfi which i flavored with Saffron and Screw pine essence (kwera water)

do check my other sweets recipes collection , kesar Kalakand ,coconut almond ladoo ,dulche de leche coconut ladoo and many more Sweet Recipes from my blog with this post of milk powder burfi recipe. 

Ingredients

¼ cup ghee / clarified butter

¾ cup milk

2½ cup milk powder

½ cup sugar

10-12 Strands of Saffron thread (optional)

1/2 tsp of Screw pine essence

For toppings

2 tbsp almonds, chopped

2 tbsp pistachios, chopped

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Method

Heat a non stick pan ,firstly, add in ghee and milk.keeping the flame on low,add milk powder and sugar or add more sugar if required or you like more sweetness.

mix well making sure everything is combined well.stir continuously keeping the flame on low and no lumps formed.also stir till the sugar dissolves.

now keep stirring keeping the flame on low till milk thickens and add saffron thread .furthermore, the milk forms dough after stirring for 10 minutes.do not over cook, as the burfi turns chewy.

now the dough separates from the pan.add in screw pine essence and combine well.Turn off Flame.

transfer the prepared dough into greased plate lined with baking paper.set well forming a block.now top with few chopped almonds and pistachios and press slightly.

allow to set for 2 hours, or till it sets completely.now unmould and cut into pieces square or diamond or rectangle of your choice finally, serve milk powder burfi or store in airtight container.

Notes:-

firstly, prepare the burfi on low – medium flame, else the milk powder burns.top the burfi with dry fruits of our choice like Cashew Nuts to make it more attractive or you can skip it.

If you like plain burfi then don’t add saffron just add 1/2 tsp of cardamom powder,instead of screw pine essence you can add rose essence or don’t add any essence ,you can Skip it .

additionally, add more sugar to make burfi more sweet if you like.

burfi stays good for 2 weeks when refrigerated

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kesar Kalakand


Beginning of this Navratri festival I made Kesar Kalakand. This recipe is very quick and easy.Kalakand can be made in many flavors and ways. Using cottage cheese Homemade paneer to make this. it’s a traditional indian sweet dessert prepared from condensed milk and Paneer ,flavored with Saffron and cardamom powder. 

traditionally it is prepared by evaporating and solidifying the milk. later this thick milk is curdled, to which sugar is added and then cut into desired shapes.

I am sharing this recipe is a quick and instant version prepared by soft and moist paneer with condensed milk. hence the evaporation and curdling process which takes significant time is totally skipped. moreover no extra sugar is required as condensed milk contains sufficient amount of sweetness.

My daughter love Saffron flavor ,so i prepared this one for her and my family loved all type of Sweets.

do check my other indian sweets Recipes,kheer and if you love saffron flavor then check other recipes.

kesar burfi

kesar peda

kesar badam halwa

rava kesari

milk rava kesari

Ingredients

2 cup or 500gm Paneer/Cottage Cheese

1 tin Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 tbsp milk powder

1 tablespoon Kesar/saffron

2 tablespoon warm water

Pinch yellow color(optional)

1-2 drops of screw pine Essence (optional)

Almonds Slivered -6-8

Blanched and Silvered pistachios 8-10

1/2 tsp Cardamom powder

1 tsp clarified butter/ghee to greased

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Method

Soak saffron in warm water and leave aside for 10 minutes. Wait till water changes it colour to yellow-orange.

Heat a nonstick pan and add crumbled paneer always use fresh homemade paneer as they will be more moist and fresh.further add condensed milk and milk powder.mix well making sure the condensed milk and paneer are mixed well.

mix and mash continuously till the mixture thickens.keep the flame on medium and keep stirring.cook on medium flame till the condensed milk melts completely and the mixture starts to thicken.

add cardamom powder and saffron water mix well,keep stirring till the mixture starts to separate the pan and forms a like a dough,add screw pine essence and turn off flame transfer the mixture to the greased plate or square box or any dish ,level it up and set to a block making an inch thick.

add finely chopped pistachios and almonds or any nuts of your choice.press gently with the back of spoon so that the nuts stick to kalakand.

cool completely for 2-3 hours, or refrigerate for 30 minutes if you are in hurry,however, cooling naturally will make kalakand more moist and tasty so leave on kitchen counter.

cut the kalakand into square pieces or your choice either rectangle or diamond Shape.

finally serve or store instant kalakand for a week by refrigerating.

Notes

either use grated homemade paneer or crumble with hand.

if you want to make original kalakand then skip adding saffron water for white kalakand.

I haven’t used food colour ,if you like bright yellow which you see at sweets shop ,then one can add food color , however this is totally optional.

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Airfried Chicken Manchurian


 Made from authentic Chinese flavours, this dish is a must-try! Chicken Manchurian is a dish liked by all age groups as a starter dish at parties. Fried chicken balls cooked in a spicy sauce batter and served with Fried Rice steamed rice or Veg or Chicken noodles.

A traditional indo Chinese dish that can be made at home by some simple ingredients and method.

The creation of Chicken Manchurian is in fact credited to Nelson Wang of China Garden who introduced Manchurian to Mumbai in 1975. He started playing around with quintessential Indian ingredients like garlic, ginger, chilli and just added a splash of soya sauce instead of garam masala – and voila.

Now there are many variations made with  you can check my Gobhi Manchurian and Deep Fried chicken Manchurian

Instead of deep-frying chicken balls in this recipe, I am sharing Air fried chicken balls recipe which will simmer in delectable gravy. And using Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos instead of soy sauce in gravy.

Ingredients

Minced chicken 1 lbs /500 gm

2 tbsp all purpose flour

1 tbsp refined oil or Canola oil

1 carrot, grated

1/2 red bell pepper chopped

1/2 cup shredded cabbage

1/4 tsp minced garlic or garlic powder

Salt to taste

for Gravy

1 tbsp Chilli oil /any cooking oil

1 medium onion Sliced

1-2 chopped green chilli

1/4 cup mixed veggies (carrot/cabbage /red bell pepper)

1/2 to 1 cup chicken stock or Water

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp corn flour

1 tbsp Vinegar

1 tbsp light soya sauce or Coconut Aminos

1 tbsp chilli garlic sauce

1tbsp Tomato ketchup (optional)

salt to taste

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Method

Preheat your airfryer on 360 F or select menu for chicken/poultry.

Meanwhile, Take a bowl and add minced chicken, chopped veggies, minced garlic or garlic powder, all-purpose flour, seasoned with salt (be careful while adding salt as we will add in Gravy too.)Mix all these ingredients properly and prepare a batter. brush your air fryer with oil, before keeping chicken balls to cook.

Apply oil on airfryer basket or use spray oil for cooking it will prevent from sticking uncooked chicken balls.

Next, apply oil on your palm to make chicken balls or with a help of spoon Scoop and make a shape. Place the ball one by one. Make the sure gap between balls so it cooked evenly.

Let it cook for 10-15 min or till its fully cooked, merely turn in between for even color and crunchiness. Just apply little bit oil to balls with brush or spray it(Optional)

Cooked entire chicken mixture in a similar manner.Remove to a plate and keep it aside.

Heat oil in a pan to prepare gravy for Manchurian. I am using chili oil you can take any oil of your choice.

Add sliced onion and green chilies and saute it.

Add veggies and cook it .

Add chilli garlic sauce ,coconut aminos or Soy sauce and then add chicken stock or water and boil it .

Add Chicken balls in boiling gravy and slowly cornflour & water Slurry to thicken gravy and once it starts thickening as per your preference add vinegar,salt to taste and check seasoning then shut off the flame.

Serve it hot With Steamed Rice/Noodles or Fried Rice.

Notes:- Adding veggies to chicken minced is completely optional.

Quantity of Sauce depends on individual preferences (Add green chilli sauce or red chilli sauce or skip it)

Add the sauce mixture, and simmer till the sauce thickens and becomes translucent.

Always break one cooked ball and check as it’s completely cooked from inside

Don’t imbibe or eat half cooked or uncooked its not at all healthy.

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Aloo Gosht (Mutton and potato Curry)


Gosht refers to tender meat, cooked for a long time, and used as an ingredient in a number of Middle Eastern cuisine, Central Asian cuisine and cuisine of the Indian subcontinent. The word stems from the Persian word gosht, meaning “meat” or “flesh”, especially that of a goat.

Aloo Gosht (mutton & potato curry) is a spicy meat gravy that has potatoes cooked with lamb or Goat meat in a thick stew. Different parts of India prepare this dish in different ways.

Today I am sharing my own recipe for Aloo Gosht using a pressure cooker and you can check my other non-veg curry Recipes.and at the end do check important notes.

Mutton Curry

Mutton Biryani

ingredients

1 kg mutton(goat meat )

5 tbsp Mustard oil/any cooking oil

2 onion finely chopped

2 tbsp ginger paste

2 tbsp garlic paste

1½ tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder

2 tbsp coriander powder

1 tbsp cumin powder

Whole garam masala

1 tsp black peppercorns

1 tsp Black Cumin Seeds

5-6 green cardamom,

2 sticks cinnamon

Few threads of mace

1-2 Dry Red Chillies

2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder

1 tsp Mutton Masala

2-3 Potatoes (Peeled and cut into large chunks )

A handful of cilantro /coriander leaves

Salt to taste

Water for Gravy

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method

Wash and clean mutton and keep aside. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pressure cooker. Add potatoes and fry until they turn slightly brown. Remove the potatoes on a plate. Add remaining oil and heat put in the whole garam masala. When they start to crackle, put in the chopped onions and fry till they turn golden brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and fry again for about two minutes or till raw smell goes away.

lower heat while adding dry spices powder to prevent it from burning and fry on medium heat till the oil comes up. Now add mutton and cilantro (you can add at the end but my family don’t like in Non-veg food so I always while cooking only)stir fry on a high flame for 2 minutes. Pour in hot water and add salt. Put the lid and cook for 5-6 whistles and turn off the heat and let it release pressure on its own.once pressure release naturally.open the lid carefully as the gravy will be very hot and 

Check mutton, using a fork or spoon does it cook properly and mutton is very tender .add more water if necessary. You can make this as thick or thin as you like (we prefer it a little thicker Check seasoning, adding more salt if necessary.and at last add fry potatoes and cook until the potatoes are very soft but not falling apart. 

Serve it with white steamed rice /roti /paratha or naan Along with Green salad or PIckled onion.

Notes:-

pressure cook this mixture for about 5-6 whistles on high flame depending on your meat quality.

for open pot wait for the mixture to come to a boil, cover the lid, and let it cook for about 45 minutes or so, depending on your meat goat takes longer than lamb.

This gravy is a blend of many different spices and has to be carefully balanced to bring out the flavours the best quality mutton. The mutton pieces should be pink in colour and with bones. Try to use meat from the hind leg of the goat. They are the best to make curries.

You can make the gravy soupy by adding more water to it but my family prefer thick gravy only. You can use a tbsp Badshah brand Nawabi Mutton Masala or( you can skip )in the recipe too for a delicious flavour

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can cook this curry in a normal heavy bottom pan. Just that it will take more time for the mutton to get cooked properly.

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Guacamole paratha


Guacamole Paratha Recipe is a quick to make flat bread, that makes a wholesome and delicious breakfast. The creaminess of the Avocado in the paratha is keeps the paratha soft and yet crispy from the outside. You can serve it for breakfast, a quick lunch or even pack it into a kids lunch box

I have shared by Guacamole recipe in my last blog . It has become very popular in Indian kitchens these days. so after eating with tortilla chips ,just get an idea to make something which every Indian like something Yummy & healthy too .check my other paratha recipes

Aloo Paratha

Palak Paratha

So here I am sharing Quick Version of Paratha (called as Indian flatbread)

ingredients

2 cups Whole Wheat Flour

Salt to taste

Guacamole 3-4 tbsp

1 grated carrot (optional)

oil/ghee for cooking

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Method

Take a mixing Bowl add the wheat flour and Guacamole and grated carrot then knead all the ingredients together until it forms a smooth dough. Do not add any water. The moisture in the guacamole will be enough to form the dough.

Cover the bowl and leave it aside for about 30 mins.

Divide the dough in small portions. Roll the portions into balls; flatten them with the palm of your hand. Toss them in flour or apply oil on rolling pin to and roll them out into thin circle.

 

As you roll them out, you can keep tossing the dough in dry flour to prevent sticking when rolling them out. Continue the same process of rolling the dough out with the remaining balls. It is ideal when you can roll out the all portions of dough before you can start cooking them.

Place a skillet on high heat, place the rolled out dough on the skillet. After a few seconds you will notice small air pockets popping out.

At this point flip the paratha and smear about 1/2 a teaspoon of ghee or oil and using a flat spatula and do a light pressing and turning motion to cook to the parathas. Flip to the other side and press and turn in a similar way. You will notice brown spots around the cooked paratha. Remove from heat and place on a flat plate. Continue the similar process with the remaining rolled out portions.

Serve Avocado Paratha with pickle or Curd or ketchup or pickled onion and enjoy

notes

if in case at the end you feel that the dough is little too dry, add couple of tbsp. of water to bring it together Dough.

Adding Salt to paratha dough ,just be careful as Guacamole also contain Salt.

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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-litre 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 stops 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 Until all water Drained, Paneer is ready to use.

note: for every litre 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 tastes yum.

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

Here in the United States, no one discards 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 the 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 becomes 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 favourite chutney

NOTES

Adjust the spices as per your taste and preferences.

 

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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 as 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 a few pics of Her bday celebration 🎉

A french vanilla Cake with a Delicious frosting smothered between a 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.

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 a 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 ounces) package cream cheese softened
cup granulated sugar
2 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


Dulce de Leche (Milk Based caramel ) Laddoo .it’s chewy and caramel flavoured 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 Desiccated coconut

1 cup  organic almond flour

1/2 tsp Cardamom powder (optional )

1/2 tbsp  Organic Ghee

For Rolling:

2 tbsp Desiccated coconut for rolling

1 tsp ghee for greasing hands

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

Add almond flour, cardamom powder and mix with the dulce 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 Desiccated coconut

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 Desiccated 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 a 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.

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).

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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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.

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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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.