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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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 (optional)

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 air fryer 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 used 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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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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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.