Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows is a comfort drink like no other! It will warm you from the inside out on those chilly, foggy cold winters nights. A cup of this made with my recipe and you’ll be craving for more 🙂 

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

I feel my toes warming up just at the sight of this Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows! It has the smoothest texture and the chocolate flavor comes in every sip. I have added a bit of spice to balance the sweetness 🙂 I will insist on using good quality cocoa powder too. It will make all the difference!! Also, don’t skimp on that full fat milk, the cream, etc. because they built the flavor base. When doing a Hot Chocolate, do it right, add that fat! It’s the winters and the fats will burn off is my theory 😉

Also, the chocolate that you will into the Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows needs to be of a good quality. I’ve used a Lindt milk chocolate bar here, you could use Ghirardelli if you’ve some handy. No, don’t use cooking chocolate here if you can avoid it. I feel the cooking/ compound chocolate takes away the smoothness of the drink. Maybe that’s just me, I don’t know!

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Oh and those Mini Marshmallows, you saw them in my last post. They were my best make for the year 2017 I guess 😉  They turned out better than any store bought marshmallow I’ve ever tried. I believe using a good quality vanilla extract makes all the difference. So, I topped my Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows and I was in heaven! The marshmallows melted slowly into that warm cup of goodness. It couldn’t have been better, if I may say so myself!

I will now share my method and recipe 🙂
Keep all the ingredients at room temperature.
Bring milk to a slow boil in a heavy bottom pan.
Add the cream and stir gently.
Add the sugar and stir gently.
Once the sugar has melted completely, add the cocoa powder. Whisk gently to incorporate.
Next, add the chopped chocolate. Ensure that the flame is on sim/ lowest setting.
Gently mix the chocolate to ensure it melts into the milk.
Add the spices. Mix well. Turn off the flame.
Serve these piping hot in mugs/ cups of your choice, topped with some marshmallows

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves 2-3

Hot Chocolate with Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows is a heart warming, cozy drink that you must make for those chilly evenings!

Ingredients

  • 2 + 1/2 cups full fat milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • sugar to taste
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped chocolate (I used Lindt milk chocolate)
  • a pinch of nutmeg powder
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon powder
  • marshmallows as needed for topping

Instructions

  1. Keep all the ingredients at room temperature.
  2. Bring milk to a slow boil in a heavy bottom pan.
  3. Add the cream and stir gently.
  4. Add the sugar and stir gently.
  5. Once the sugar has melted completely, add the cocoa powder. Whisk gently to incorporate.
  6. Next, add the chopped chocolate. Ensure that the flame is on sim/ lowest setting.
  7. Gently mix the chocolate to ensure it melts into the milk.
  8. Add the spices. Mix well. Turn off the flame.
  9. Serve these piping hot in mugs/ cups of your choice, topped with some marshmallows
  10. You can dust some cocoa powder or add a stick of cinnamon.

Notes

I've used Lindt milk chocolate for this as it is very smooth in a drink like this. You can use Compound milk chocolate if you prefer. Spices are not compulsory, omit them as you please. You can add more or less of chocolate and cocoa powder as per your preference.

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Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

I always wanted to make marshmallows at home and these Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows are the bomb!! These make for the perfect topping for my hot cocoa. I may not have a snowy view outside my window, I still have these little beauties .

Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

I think these look like small puffs of snow 🙂 These Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows taste so good, much better than the store bought ones. I’m really happy I did make them after all! Making these was not difficult at all! So all you peeps out there who’ve been scared of trying them, look no further! I’ve got you the best recipe 🙂

You can make use of this recipe either to make large squares or mini ones like I’ve made here. You can even add flavors of your choice, peppermint, lemon or anything else. I’ve used vanilla as it was my first attempt and I didn’t know if I should take the risk. But, I’m going to be bold the next time 🙂

Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

You will need some instruments needed for making Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows.
A candy thermometer, a sieve, measuring cups, spoons, a large mixing bowl, 7*7 inch baking pan (if making mini marshmallows) or a 5*9 inch loaf pan (if making large squares), a heavy bottom sauce pan, electric hand whisk, a silicon spatula.

Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

Keep all the ingredients ready and measured on the work surface because once you start, this recipe moves really fast.
Choose the pan which you want to use. Line it with parchment paper.
Dust the pan liberally with confectioners sugar and ensure you cover every corner.
Take 3 tablespoons of water in the mixing bowl and sprinkle gelatin over the water. Do not stir. Set it aside so that the gelatin can bloom.
Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows
In a saucepan, add granulated sugar, corn syrup, a pinch of salt and 3 tablespoons of water. Stir them together.
Turn the flame on high and let the ingredients come to a boil, do not stir them.
Clip on a candy thermometer on the side of the pan. Let the ingredients boil till the temperature reaches 238’F.
Once the sugar mixture reaches 238’F, take it off the heat and keep your electric hand whisk ready.
Pour the sugar mixture slowly into the bowl and simultaneously start whisking in the mixture with the bloomed gelatin.
Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

Add the sugar mixture very slowly and keep whisking at a medium speed for 10 minutes.
This is how the texture should be after beating the mixture for about 8-10 minutes.
Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

Next, add the vanilla extract. Give this mixture one last whisk and pour the mixture into the prepared pan using the silicon spatula.
Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

Let this mixture set for about 2-3 hours at room temperature.
After the marshmallow has set, dust the top with more confectioners sugar and let the marshmallow sit in the pan for another 6-7 hours.
Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

Once the marshmallow has completely set, sprinkle some more confectioners sugar on the work surface or on a silicon mat.
Turn the pan over on the surface and use a knife or kitchen shears to cut the marshmallows. Roll the marshmallows in more confectioners sugar before storing in an airtight box.
Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows
They keep fresh at room temperature for about 3-4 days.

Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows

Prep Time: 9 hours, 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 9 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 30 mini marshmallows or 8 large marshmallows

Small Batch Vanilla Mini Marshmallows are the perfect treats for the Holidays. Soft, fluffy and melt in mouth bite sized Marshmallows are so easy to make, do try these soon!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup (clear)
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 tbsp. cool water
  • 2.5 tsp unflavored gelatin (1 sachet)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar ( use half to line the pan and the other half to dust the top of the marshmallow)

Instructions

  1. Keep all the ingredients ready and measured on the work surface because once you start, this recipe moves really fast.
  2. Choose the pan which you want to use. Line it with parchment paper.
  3. Dust the pan liberally with about 1/2 cup confectioners sugar and ensure you cover every corner.
  4. Take 3 tablespoons of water in the mixing bowl and sprinkle gelatin over the water. Do not stir.
  5. Set it aside so that the gelatin can bloom.
  6. In a saucepan, add granulated sugar, corn syrup, a pinch of salt and 3 tablespoons of water. Stir them together.
  7. Turn the flame on high and let the ingredients come to a boil, do not stir them.
  8. Clip on a candy thermometer on the side of the pan. Let the ingredients boil till the temperature reaches 238'F.
  9. Once the sugar mixture reaches 238'F, take it off the heat and keep your electric hand whisk ready.
  10. Pour the sugar mixture slowly into the bowl and simultaneously start whisking in the mixture with the bloomed gelatin.
  11. Add the sugar mixture very slowly and keep whisking at a medium speed for 10 minutes.
  12. The texture of the mixture after beating for about 8-10 minutes should be thick and shiny white.
  13. Next, add the vanilla extract. Give this mixture one last whisk and pour the mixture into the prepared pan using the silicon spatula.
  14. Let this mixture set for about 2-3 hours at room temperature.
  15. After the marshmallow has set, dust the top with more confectioners sugar and let the marshmallow sit in the pan for another 6-7 hours.
  16. Once the marshmallow has completely set, sprinkle 1/2 cup confectioners sugar on the work surface or on a silicon mat.
  17. Turn the pan over on the surface and use a knife or kitchen shears to cut the marshmallows. Roll the marshmallows in more confectioners sugar before storing in an airtight box.
  18. They keep fresh at room temperature for about 3-4 days.

Notes

Roll every edge of the cut marshmallows in confectioners so that they do not stick together. Using a candy thermometer is essential, try with that for perfect results. The texture of the mixture becomes very thick and sticky so work quickly and swiftly.

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These are so fluffy, absolutely melt in the mouth. You guys must try this once 🙂

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Linzer Cookies

Linzer Cookies have been derived from the most traditional Linzertorte from Austria. The Linzertorte is a buttery tart filled with mixed nuts and black currant preserves but the American version has raspberry preserves in place of black currant preserves. Linzer Cookies have the same basic recipe and method, only that the dough is cut and baked as cookies and later sandwiched together with some jams/ preserves. 

Linzer Cookies

Pretty, aren’t they!? I just love how they look! I’ve used a small fondant plunger of star shape here because I’m not too fond of a very large cut-out center. But that is up to you, use any shape or any size that you fancy for these Linzer cookies. Christmas being around the corner, I’m in love with this star shape! In the spirit of the festivities, I’m going crazy over everything that looks Christmassy 🙂 Besides, making these Linzer cookies was a breeze.

I also used a dainty scalloped edge cookie cutter to ensure these cookies look prettier. If you don’t have any cookie cutters or plungers for the Linzer eyes, you can simply use a knife. First cut out square cookies, then use the same knife to make a small hole for the eye. You can even use bottle caps of different sizes to make the Linzer cookies. If you’re willing, you’ll find a way easily. I never had much baking accessories when I started out almost 3 years ago. I slowly built up my collection of necessities. There are still many things out there which I need but I can work without them very easily!

Linzer Cookies

Linzer cookies must taste better than they look, right?? I’ve used my Sugar Cookie recipe here with the addition of some almond extract for that traditional flavor. I’ve used strawberry preserve (store bought), although I wanted to use my homemade strawberry jam but I didn’t find good strawberries in the supermarket. You can even use raspberry preserve or apricot preserve. They all go so well with these Linzer cookies.

Also, these are the traditional flavors, but on could go ahead with robust flavors like rhubarb relish or a lemon curd for a bit of a fresh take on these! The possibilities are endless 🙂

Let’s begin by bringing the butter to room temperature. It must be soft, not melted.
Take butter and icing sugar in a large mixing bowl, mix them well using a whisk. Do not over beat.
Add almond extract and mix again.
Sift in the flour and baking powder.
Mix them.
You can use some milk to bring the dough together. But do not add too much milk.
I used about 2-3 tbsp. of milk approximately. Bring the dough together.
Wrap the dough in some cling and refrigerate for an hour to set the dough.
Linzer Cookies
In the meanwhile, line a baking tray with some parchment paper.
Once the dough has set for 60 minutes, dust the kitchen surface with some flour. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 3-4mm. Cut out the cookies and place them on the parchment lined baking tray. Keep the cookies at least an inch apart.
Linzer Cookies
Cut out Linzer eyes for half of the cookies. Keep the other half plain. Refrigerate the cookies again for 15 minutes. This ensures that the cookies don’t spread while baking.
Preheat the oven 180’c.
Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes or until the edges turn golden.
Linzer Cookies
Remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit on the hot baking tray for 10 minutes as they continue to crisp up further. The cookies are soft when they come out of the oven but they will turn crisp.
Place the cookies on a cooling rack to let them cool completely for about 30 minutes.
Once all the cookies have cooled down, spread some jam on the plain cookies and sandwich it with a cut out cookie. Dust with some icing sugar if you like.
Keep these cookies refrigerated in an airtight box and they stay fresh for up to 4-5 days.

Linzer Cookies

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 12-13 cookies

Linzer Cookies are so pretty and needless to say, one of the easiest cookies to put together! Make these for your loved ones:)

Ingredients

    For the Cookies -
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (or vanilla extract)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2-3 tbsp. milk
  • 5 tbsp. soft unsalted butter
  • For the Filling -
  • 3-4 tbsp. jam / preserve of your choice
  • Icing sugar to dust the cookies - as needed

Instructions

    For the Cookies
  1. Let's begin by bringing the butter to room temperature. It must be soft, not melted.
  2. Take butter and icing sugar in a large mixing bowl, mix them well using a whisk. Do not over beat.
  3. Add almond extract and mix again.
  4. Sift in the flour and baking powder.
  5. Mix them.
  6. You can use some milk to bring the dough together. But do not add too much milk.
  7. I used about 2-3 tbsp. of milk approximately. Bring the dough together.
  8. Wrap the dough in some cling and refrigerate for an hour to set the dough.
  9. In the meanwhile, line a baking tray with some parchment paper.
  10. Once the dough has set for 60 minutes, dust the kitchen surface with some flour.
  11. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 3-4mm.
  12. Cut out the cookies and place them on the parchment lined baking tray.
  13. Keep the cookies at least an inch apart.
  14. Cut out Linzer eyes for half of the cookies. Keep the other half plain.
  15. Refrigerate the cookies again for 15 minutes. This ensures that the cookies don't spread while baking.
  16. Preheat the oven 180'c.
  17. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes or until the edges turn golden.
  18. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit on the hot baking tray for 10 minutes as they continue to crisp up further.
  19. The cookies are soft when they come out of the oven but they will turn crisp.
  20. Place the cookies on a cooling rack to let them cool completely for about 30 minutes.
  21. To Assemble
  22. Once all the cookies have cooled down, spread some jam on the plain cookies and sandwich it with a cut out cookie. Dust with some icing sugar if you like.
  23. Keep these cookies refrigerated in an airtight box and they stay fresh for up to 4-5 days.

Notes

Do not try these with whole wheat flour, they wont taste very nice, besides those aren't traditionally Linzer Cookies. Use jams of your choice as filling, though raspberry and strawberry jams/ preserves taste the best.

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I think I’m getting there, Christmas is in the air and Linzer Cookies spell it!!
Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Healthy Gingerbread Cookies | Eggfree

So it’s that time of the year again when all things Christmas make an appearance, as will these Healthy Gingerbread Cookies (egg free)!! So delicious and absolute cuties! Hehe 🙂 

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free

I had so much fun making these, the whole process of making the dough, using those festive cookie cutters which a appearance every December and baking them to perfection. The best part of making these is the decoration. I am not great at icing cookies but I did manage really well this time! Though it doesn’t take much effort to ice them but for me it’s always been a pretty difficult task. And I don’t have much practice in doing this, so this time when I did it so well, I was really so happy 🙂

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free

Traditionally, Gingerbread cookies are made with molasses and eggs besides flour, brown sugar, powdered ginger, mixed spices, etc. But I’ve never wanted to use molasses, there are two reasons for that. One being that I’d never be able to use up that entire bottle of molasses for any other recipe. Two, I’m not sure how will we like the flavor of molasses with ginger. So, I just have been wanting to skip it and have read numerous articles online about replacing molasses in gingerbread recipes. They suggest honey or brown sugar/ demerara sugar for replacing the molasses. But, I’ve used neither to replace the molasses. You’ll see how I’ve changed this and used another easy ingredient to incorporate that caramel kind of flavor here and it has worked beautifully.

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free

Since these are Healthy Gingerbread cookies (egg free), I’ve taken the risk of using whole-wheat flour here in this recipe. There was a chance that they would spread while baking but they didn’t spread at all! I kept an eye while they were baking and I was happy that they kept their shapes!

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free

I was worried that not adding molasses would cause the cookies to loose shape or probably they’ve bake unevenly. But, they are perfect.

Bring all the ingredients at room temperature.
The butter must be soft, not melted.
Take butter in a bowl, add powdered jaggery and brown sugar.

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free
Cream them but do not over do the creaming, the butter does not have to be light and fluffy. It just needs to be well incorporated with the jaggery and the brown sugar. If it’s over creamed then the cookies could spread as they bake.
Next, add the golden syrup into the butter and sugar mixture. Mix them well but do not over beat them.

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free
Add sifted whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger powder and cinnamon powder to the butter.
Mix these well but do not beat them. Just use a rubber spatula to mix these together.
Once everything comes together, shape the dough into a ball and wrap it in some cling wrap.
Refrigerate the dough for 1-2 hours.

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free

Next, sprinkle some whole wheat flour on the kitchen platform or on a rolling mat, roll the dough to a thickness of 3-4 mm. Use cookie cutters and cut out the cookies and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Refrigerate the cut out cookies for at least 30 minutes further so that they retain their shape as they bake.
Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free
Preheat the oven @180’c for 10 minutes. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes or until the edges turn slightly brown.
Remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes as they crisp up.
Transfer them onto a cooling rack to cool them completely.
Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free
To prepare the egg free icing, mix together the icing sugar and milk.
Add milk a few drops at a time to ensure that the icing does not turn runny. (I used approx. 1.5 tsp of milk)
The consistency must be very thick and not free flowing. Fill the icing in a piping bag and decorate the cookies.

Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free
Let the icing set for a minimum of 1 hour before storing the cookies in an airtight box.
They stay fresh in an airtight box for 5-6 days.
Healthy gingerbread cookies egg free

Healthy Gingerbread Cookies | Eggfree

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 12-13 cookies

Christmas means plump, cute and delicious Gingerbread Cookies. These are made healthier with whole wheat flour which means more cookies!!!

Ingredients

    For Cookies-
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 50 gms soft unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. golden syrup
  • 1/4 cup soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. powdered jaggery
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger powder
  • 1/4 cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • a pinch of baking soda
  • For Egg Free Icing-
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • milk as needed
  • sprinkles as needed for decoration

Instructions

    For the Cookies-
  1. Bring all the ingredients at room temperature.
  2. The butter must be soft, not melted.
  3. Take butter in a bowl, add powdered jaggery and brown sugar.
  4. Cream them but do not over do the creaming, the butter does not have to be light and fluffy. It just needs to be well incorporated with the jaggery and the brown sugar. If it's over creamed then the cookies could spread as they bake.
  5. Next, add the golden syrup into the butter and sugar mixture.
  6. Mix them well but do not over beat them.
  7. Add sifted whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger powder and cinnamon powder to the butter.
  8. Mix these well but do not beat them. Just use a rubber spatula to mix these together.
  9. Once everything comes together, shape the dough into a ball and wrap it in some cling wrap.
  10. Refrigerate the dough for 1-2 hours.
  11. Next, sprinkle some whole wheat flour on the kitchen platform or on a rolling mat, roll the dough to a thickness of 3-4 mm. Use cookie cutters and cut out the cookies and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  12. Refrigerate the cut out cookies for at least 30 minutes further so that they retain their shape as they bake.
  13. Preheat the oven @180'c for 10 minutes. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes or until the edges turn slightly brown.
  14. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit on the baking sheet for a few minutes as they crisp up.
  15. Transfer them onto a cooling rack to cool them completely.
  16. For the Egg Free Icing-
  17. Mix together the icing sugar and milk.
  18. Add milk a few drops at a time to ensure that the icing does not turn runny. (I used approx. 1.5 tsp of milk)
  19. The consistency must be very thick and not free flowing. Fill the icing in a piping bag and decorate the cookies.
  20. Let the icing set for a minimum of 1 hour before storing the cookies in an airtight box.
  21. They stay fresh in an airtight box for 5-6 days.

Notes

Use honey or molasses, if golden syrup is unavailable. But do not use blackstrap molasses as that will make the cookies slightly bitter. I have used golden syrup which is very thick, so using honey could change the texture of the dough a bit.

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Cute as a button, aren’t they?!!
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Shreya 🙂

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How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

Learn How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri at home with everyday ingredients and enjoy a variety of lip-smacking street food at home! These chutneys are mouthwatering and are a must for making any chaat 🙂

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

I’m a big fan of all kinds of delicious chaats. Just the thought of having Chaat makes my mouth water! Being from Mumbai, I’m constantly having street food and the spicier the better. Sev Puri, Bhelpuri, Ragda Pattice, etc. are my favorites. I guess everyone loves having these and won’t say no to a bite or two..hehe!!

Part of the reason why these Chaats taste so good are the Chutneys. Yes, tangy, spicy and sweet are the basic flavors that are a must for any Chaat. Beside these, Chaat masala is another important condiment that is generously sprinkled on the dishes right before serving them. I’ll definitely share the recipe for that too in the future 🙂

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

Basically, Tamarind chutney, Green chutney and Red Garlic chutney are the 3 types of chutneys used for making Chaat. Apart from these chutneys and the masala, a bit of chopped coriander along with a squirt of lemon juice completes a yummy Chaat. I’m sharing these quick and easy recipes today 🙂

We will begin now,

Tamarind Chutney –
Clean and soak the tamarind in some water for 2 hours. Then, drain the water and mash the tamarind through a sieve to collect the pulp in a bowl.
Heat a non stick pan. Add the tamarind pulp to the pan. Cook the pulp for 5 minutes, stirring all the while. Once it comes to a gentle boil, add sugar, roasted cumin powder and red chili powder. Also, add a pinch of hing (asafoetida).
Keep stirring while the pulp comes to a boil and thickens as the sugar melts. Add salt to taste at this point and mix well. Cook for another 5-8 minutes. Turn off the flame. Cool the chutney completely before storing in clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to a month.

Green Chutney –
Clean and wash coriander and mint leaves. Drain all the water well. Add them to the blender jar. Along with the greens, in goes the salt, garlic cloves, lemon juice, ginger, green chilly and the Dalia. Add a tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Red Garlic Chutney –
Deseed and destem the dried red chilies. Soak them in warm water for a minimum of 30 minutes. Drain the chilies and add them in blender jar. Also add garlic pods, lemon juice, salt and ginger to the blender jar. Add 5-6 tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 10 days.

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Learn How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri at home with easy ingredients and enjoy a variety of lip-smacking street food at home!

Ingredients

    For Tamarind Chutney -
  • 1 cup tamarind
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 8-9 tbsp. sugar (adjust as per your preference)
  • Green Chutney -
  • 2 cups fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. Dalia (roasted split chick peas)
  • 1' piece of ginger
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 nos. green chilly
  • Red Garlic Chutney -
  • 12-15 nos. dried red chili
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2' piece of ginger
  • salt to taste

Instructions

    Tamarind Chutney -
  1. Clean and soak the tamarind in some water for 2 hours.
  2. Then, drain the water and mash the tamarind through a sieve to collect the pulp in a bowl.
  3. Heat a non stick pan. Add the tamarind pulp to the pan.
  4. Cook the pulp for 5 minutes, stirring all the while.
  5. Once it comes to a gentle boil, add sugar, roasted cumin powder and red chili powder.
  6. Also, add a pinch of hing (asafoetida).
  7. Keep stirring while the pulp comes to a boil and thickens as the sugar melts.
  8. Add salt to taste at this point and mix well. Cook for another 5-8 minutes.
  9. Turn off the flame.
  10. Cool the chutney completely before storing in clean glass or porcelain bottle.
  11. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to a month.
  12. Green Chutney -
  13. Clean and wash coriander and mint leaves. Drain all the water well.
  14. Add them to the blender jar. Along with the greens, in goes the salt, garlic cloves, lemon juice, ginger, green chilly and the Dalia.
  15. Add a tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth.
  16. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  17. Red Garlic Chutney -
  18. Deseed and destem the dried red chilies.
  19. Soak them in warm water for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  20. Drain the chilies and add them in blender jar.
  21. Also add garlic pods, lemon juice, salt and ginger to the blender jar. 
  22. Add 5-6 tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth.
  23. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Notes

Store these chutneys in clean and dry glass bottles or porcelain jars. Adjust the spiciness and the sweetness as per your preference. Do not keep a metal spoon in the jar with chutney as that will discolor the chutneys.

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Birthday Cake Bread

Birthday Cake Bread – you’ve got to make this even if it ain’t your birthday yet!! All those colorful sprinkles are just the thing you need to bring you some cheer! 🙂

Birthday Cake Bread

I am not someone who has ever made a proper frosted birthday cake. Although baking is such a stressbuster, I can’t bring myself to frost a cake. I’m afraid that I may not be able to make it look good enough to eat so I’d rather keep a cake naked yet pretty! So for folks like me, this Birthday Cake Bread is the answer!

Birthday Cake Bread

See the pretty colors of the sprinkles in the cake and that crumb! That’s a perfect 10 crumb! The buttery taste is a bonus for sure! This recipe is just right even if you wish to make a Basic Pound Cake, just skip the sprinkles. But I can’t be taking all the credit for this one, I’m thoroughly inspired bake from scratch when I first saw it about 5 months ago. I had decided on making it that very minute but I had to get hold of the recipe, which I eventually did. This is the third time I’ve baked this Birthday Cake Bread and it turns out better each time!

Birthday Cake Bread

I’ve adapted the recipe and then changed it ever so little just to perfect the crumb to my liking. This is the third attempt and it is the version I’ll be sharing with you guys here as it is fool-proof! Minimal efforts and basic pantry essentials are all that one needs to see this one through.

Ensure that you use a good quality of sprinkles so that they don’t bleed their colors into the cake and spoil the beautiful yellow cake. (Still, if you are not sure about their quality, dust them with some flour before adding to the cake batter)**

Bring all the ingredients to room temperature. Preheat the oven @ 180’C. Prepare the cake tin (I’ve used a 7 inch loaf tin) by either lining it with a piece of parchment paper or grease it with butter and dust it with some flour.
Start with creaming the butter and sugar together, scrapping down the sides of the bowl, until light and fluffy. Took me about 5 minutes using an electric whisk.
Next, add the eggs one at a time, followed by the yolk. Pause to scrap down the sides of the bowl as you whisk these together with the butter and sugar.
Add the vanilla extract, whisk again for a minute.
Sift in the salt along with the flour.
Use a rubber spatula to cut and fold the flour into the wet ingredients at this stage.
Make sure you do not over mix the batter. Add the sprinkles** 
Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake @180’c for 45-50 minutes.

Birthday Cake Bread
Once baked, remove the tin from the oven and let it cool for 30 minutes before unmolding the cake.

Birthday Cake Bread
Let the cake cool down for a further 10 minutes before slicing.
This cake keeps well at room temperature for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

Birthday Cake Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: one 9" loaf

Birthday Cake Bread - you've got to make this even if it ain't your birthday yet!! All those colorful sprinkles are just the thing you need to bring you some cheer!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup castor sugar (adjust as per your preference, this tastes good enough)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 nos. large eggs
  • 1 no. egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup All Purpose flour (maida)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2-3 tbsp. sprinkles**

Instructions

  1. Bring all the ingredients to room temperature. Preheat the oven @ 180'C.
  2. Prepare the cake tin (I've used a 7 inch loaf tin) by either lining it with a piece of parchment paper or grease it with butter and dust it with some flour.
  3. Start with creaming the butter and sugar together, scrapping down the sides of the bowl, until light and fluffy.
  4. Took me about 5 minutes using an electric whisk.
  5. Next, add the eggs one at a time, followed by the yolk.
  6. Pause to scrap down the sides of the bowl as you whisk these together with the butter and sugar.
  7. Add the vanilla extract, whisk again for a minute.
  8. Sift in the salt along with the flour.
  9. Use a rubber spatula to cut and fold the flour into the wet ingredients at this stage.
  10. Make sure you do not over mix the batter. Add the sprinkles** 
  11. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake @180'c for 45-50 minutes.
  12. Once baked, remove the tin from the oven and let it cool for 30 minutes before unmolding the cake. 
  13. Let the cake cool down for a further 10 minutes before slicing.
  14. This cake keeps well at room temperature for 2-3 days in an airtight container. 

Notes

Use good quality sprinkles. Adding the extra yolk ensures that lovely yellow color and the batter emulsifies better so the texture is perfect. The extra yolk acts as a butter but cannot replace the butter or vice versa. You can omit the sprinkles if you wish and make a plain cake. Keep the recipe same even if you plan on adding nuts. THIS RECIPE DOES NOT CALL FOR ANY BAKING POWDER OR BAKING SODA (there is no error in the ingredient list). I let the cake sit for 3-4 hours before slicing, it results in neat slices. Do not slice the cake when warm else, it will result in crumbly slices.

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Hope you’ll be baking this soon! It’s worth the 15 minutes of prep! Hehe!! 🙂

Love,

Shreya

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Adapted from Well Floured. Inspired by Bake From Scratch.

 

 

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Baked cheesy corn and peas samosas are very easy to make and taste very delicious. Serve these with some tea or coffee and have a great tea party!

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

These samosas are very easy to put together and use all the basic pantry essentials. You can play around with the ingredients in terms of flavors, the possibilities are endless. Also, great for those make ahead snacking options! Prep a batch and freeze these for up to 2 weeks.

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

I had some samosa patti (pastry) sitting in my freezer for a few days. Making something fried was out of the question due to too many calories. Baking always comes to my rescue 🙂 The last time when I shared my recipe for baked spring rolls, many people had mailed me saying they loved the results! So, these baked samosas are going to be your new favorite 😛

You can always substitute the peas and corn with boiled eggs, mixed veggies, some shredded chicken or minced meat! The options are endless and each one is super exciting! 😉

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

This is what they looked like right before they went into the oven 🙂 I brushed these with some oil and they crisped up so well. Folding these samosas correctly is very important. The samosa patti does dry out a bit while working on these so keep them covered under a kitchen towel. Dried pattis (pastries) tend to crack and folding them is very difficult hence keeping them covered is a good idea.

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Let’s make some..

Preheat oven @180′ C.

Thaw the samosa patti (pastry sheets) at room temperature as per the instructions on the package.

Mix corn, peas, grated cheddar, grated mozzarella, grated processed cheese, paprika, salt, chat masala and freshly cracked black pepper in a bowl and set them aside.

Make the edible glue by mixing the APF and water. Make sure it’s lump free. The consistency of the glue is like that of a pancake batter.

Take a patti, and fold one side over the remaining longer half to make a triangle.

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Use the edible glue and secure the edges and repeat the above step again and overlap the longer side of the patti onto the triangle.

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Now add approximately 2 tbsp. of the filling into the triangular pocket.

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Use some more glue and secure the open edges.

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Repeat the same steps for all the samosas. Lay them on a baking tray and brush them with some oil.

Bake them @180′ C for 15-16 minutes. Once they turn golden brown, remove them from the oven and serve piping hot with dips of your choice.

Baked Cheesy Corn and Peas Samosas

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 6 samosas

Baked cheesy corn and peas samosas are very easy to make and taste very delicious. Serve these with some tea or coffee and have a great tea party!

Ingredients

  • 6 no. samosa patti
  • For the filling:
  • 1/4 cup steamed corn
  • 1/4 cup steamed peas
  • salt to taste
  • freshly crushed black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp. grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp. grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp. grated processed cheese
  • 1/8 tsp chaat masala
  • For the edible glue:
  • 1 tbsp. All Purpose Flour (maida)
  • 1-2 tbsp. water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven @180' C.
  2. Filling:
  3. Thaw the samosa patti (pastry sheets) at room temperature as per the instructions on the package. (I left them on the counter for 30 minutes and they were ready to use).
  4. Mix corn, peas, grated cheddar, grated mozzarella, grated processed cheese, paprika, salt, chat masala and freshly cracked black pepper in a bowl and set them aside.
  5. Edible glue:
  6. Make the edible glue by mixing the APF and water. Make sure it's lump free.
  7. The consistency of the glue is like that of a pancake batter.
  8. Assemble:
  9. Take a patti and fold one side over the remaining longer half to make a triangle.
  10. Use the edible glue and secure the edges and repeat the above step again and overlap the longer side of the patti onto the triangle.
  11. Now add approximately 2 tbsp. of the filling into the triangular pocket.
  12. Use some more glue and secure the open edges.
  13. Repeat the same steps for all the samosas.
  14. Lay them on a baking tray and brush them with some oil.
  15. Bake them @180' C for 15-16 minutes.
  16. Once they turn golden brown, remove them from the oven and serve piping hot with dips of your choice.

Notes

Use a good quality samosa patti. Do not let the patti dry in the air, cover them with a kitchen towel. Make sure the edges are sealed well with the edible glue. The texture of the edible glue must be sticky. If making these to be stored in the freezer, them fill, fold and seal them well. Store them in dry and clean Ziploc bags in the freezer. They can be used up to 2 weeks.

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These look scrumptious?! Right!? Then do try these soon and let us know how you enjoyed these 🙂

Love,

Shreya 🙂

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Rustic Banana Bread With Yogurt

Rustic Banana Bread is a great idea for breakfast and adding yogurt makes it much more moist and delicious!

Rustic Banana Bread

I can bet this Rustic Banana Bread will become one of your favorite breakfast options soon! I’ve added some roughly chopped walnuts and almonds to add more flavor and fiber to this bread. The yogurt is seriously the star, I will call it the moist-maker here! 🙂 This bread is perfect for those mid-day hunger pangs or for packing a lunch box for kids. Slice the bread, toast it and slather it with some butter or your favorite jam/ spread! Yum!! You could even serve this as a light tea cake too. It’s rustic and looks gorgeous without making any efforts.

Rustic Banana Bread

I usually avoid buying bananas as neither my hubby nor I have bananas on everyday basis and they tend to sit on my kitchen counter and turn mushy and dark. In other words, the foundation for some of the most delicious bakes/ cakes that you can enjoy. This bread had no different beginnings, humble ingredients and absolute spectacular results! This bread tasted so great even on the second day 🙂

Rustic Banana Bread

I’ve shared many banana breads/ cakes earlier too and they’ve all been loved by the readers! I’ll suggest you make this one son as well! I came across this recipe on another blog and I’ve already made it twice, it’s that awesome! What I particularly loved about this recipe is it is very easy to customize it further. I’ll soon be adding some pecans and cranberries the next time around I’m making this 🙂

Rustic Banana Bread

Let’s make this bread right away, make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature..

Pre- heat the oven to 180′ C. Brush a 9 inch X 5 inch loaf tin with some butter and line with baking paper.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, almond meal, baking powder, demerara sugar, salt. Mix well with a whisk.

In a separate mixing bowl, blend together mashed bananas, refined oil, and yoghurt. Then add this mixture to the flour mixture. Fold the chopped walnuts and almonds and pour the batter into baking tin. Top up with banana split lengthwise (optional).

Rustic Banana Bread

Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a skewer inserted to the center of the bread comes out clean. If the bread begins to look too brown on the top after the first 30 minutes, then cover the top with some aluminum foil. Cool the bread for 10-15 minutes before removing from the tin. Place the bread on a cooling rack and cool for a further 30 minutes before slicing the bread.

Rustic Banana Bread

The bread keeps fresh for 2 days in a bread saver/ tin.

Rustic Banana Bread

Rustic Banana Bread With Yogurt

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Rustic Banana Bread is a great idea for breakfast and adding yogurt makes it much more moist and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 200 gms or 1.5 cup + 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 25 gms or 4 tbsp. ground almonds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 65 gms or 16 tbsp. demerara sugar
  • 4-5 walnuts (chopped)
  • 4-5 almonds (chopped)
  • 50 gms or 4 tbsp refined oil
  • 3 medium ripe bananas (plus one extra to put on top, optional)
  • 100 gms or 6.5 tbsp yogurt (I used homemade)

Instructions

  1. Pre- heat the oven to 180' C.
  2. Brush a 9 inch X 5 inch loaf tin with some butter and line with baking paper.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, almond meal, baking powder, demerara sugar, salt. Mix well with a whisk.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, blend together mashed bananas, refined oil, and yoghurt.
  5. Then add this mixture to the flour mixture.
  6. Fold the chopped walnuts and almonds and pour the batter into baking tin.
  7. Top up with banana split lengthwise (optional).
  8. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a skewer inserted to the center of the bread comes out clean.
  9. If the bread begins to look too brown on the top after the first 30 minutes, then cover the top with some aluminum foil.
  10. Cool the bread for 10-15 minutes before removing from the tin.
  11. Place the bread on a cooling rack and cool for a further 30 minutes before slicing the bread.

Notes

This bread is very mildly sweet but works well for us. Add more sugar if you would like it a bit more sweeter. The bread keeps fresh for 2 days in a bread saver/ tin. If the bread begins to look too brown on the top after the first 30 minutes, then cover the top with some aluminum foil. The original recipe has all the measures in grams only, I've tried to convert them to the best of my capacity to enable you to try this recipe. Use ingredients in grams for best results.

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I even served this bread with some chocolate ice-cream for dessert the other night, warm slices of bread with icy cool ice-cream was so good!! Look at the texture of the bread, it’s moist and holds together very well 🙂 I hope you’ll try this one soon.

Love,

Shreya 😀

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Amritsari Aloo Kulcha (no yeast, stove top method)

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha (no yeast, stove top method) – Kulcha is a type of leavened bread from North India, from the state of Punjab. It is made using All Purpose Flour (maida) and usually eaten with Chole or Dal Makhani . The dough is rolled into thick, flat and slightly thick shape and baked in a tandoor (large earthen oven). Once, they are baked to perfection, some butter or ghee is smeared on the top to enhance it’s taste 🙂 The best part about these Kulchas are that we don’t use yeast as a leavening agent. Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is very famous as it has a delicious, spicy filling of boiled, mashed potatoes along with some chopped green chilies and a few other ingredients to add flavor! 

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

I usually make these Amritsari Aloo Kulchas on weekends or on Friday nights. It would seem like a heavy meal but if eaten in moderation, it isn’t half bad 😉 Besides, I always look forward to making something special on Fridays, I mean, the week’s almost over and I’m absolutely relaxed and enjoy spending an hour or so extra in the kitchen. This combination also seems like a pretty hectic menu but trust me, it’s not!

As I mentioned above at the beginning of the post, I usually pair these Kulchas with some Dal Makhani. They taste absolutely delicious together and a side of some onion salad is a must have. Have you guys tried my recipe for the dal makhani yet?

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Once these kulchas are baked/ cooked, it’s customary to smear them with a generous lob of butter or ghee. I mean you must add some just to make sure you get to enjoy the authentic flavors of this rustic flatbread. Besides, when in Punjab, do as the Punjabi’s do! Personally, I prefer butter over ghee. I feel butter adds a little depth to smokiness of these kulchas/ flatbreads.

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Since we are speaking about butter and Punjabi’s, the butter has to be added generously to the Dal Makhani too! I squirt a bit of lemon onto the dal for good measure as the acidity of the lemon cuts through the otherwise buttery dal 🙂

Anyways, coming to these Kulchas, these are not baked in the tandoor. A tandoor is usually large and difficult to fit into one’s kitchen easily. Hence, some folks bakes them in the oven but I prefer to do it over an open flame. I manage to get all the smoky flavors that one gets in tandoor baked Kulchas right on my stove top 😉

Let’s learn how..

For the dough :

  1. Add maida (APF) in a large bowl, followed by salt to taste, baking powder, baking soda, cured, oil and sugar.
  2. Next, use sufficient amount of lukewarm water to make soft and smooth dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.

               Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

3. Use a damp kitchen towel to cover the dough. Set it aside for one to two hours for the for the dough to rise.

               Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

For the stuffing:

  1. Mash the potatoes, add the other ingredients to the mashed potatoes and mix well.
  2. Set it aside for a few minutes for the flavors to incorporate well.

For the assembling:

  1. Pinch a orange sized ball of the dough.
  2. Roll in in some loose flour and flatten it out a bit.
  3. Place the stuffing on the flattened dough. Pinch the dough together and ensure that the stuffing remains within the dough.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha        Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  4. Sprinkle some flour over it and roll the stuffed kulcha using a rolling pin. Flatten it out and give it a slightly enlongated shape.
  5. Sprinkle some nigella seeds and chopped coriander over the flattened kulcha.
  6. Turn it over and apply some water on the plain side.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  7. Alongside, heat a iron tawa on medium flame.
  8. Place the kulcha, wet side down on the tawa. Press the kulcha a bit and flip it over on the flame.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  9. Keep the flame on high and keep moving the tawa over it to ensure the kulcha gets cooked and golden brown all over.
  10. Once the top is done, place the tawa back on the stove to let the underside cook out evenly.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  11. Brush with butter or ghee before serving it piping hot!!
  12. Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is ready. Serve it with Dal Makhani. 

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha (no yeast, stove top method)

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 5-6 kulchas

Easy to make Aloo Kulchas (Potato Stuffed Indian Flatbread) with some rustic Dhaba Style Dal Makhani.

Ingredients

    For the dough:
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour/ Maida ( APF)
  • lukewarm water as needed to knead the dough
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • For the stuffing:
  • 3 nos. mashed potatoes
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp chopped green chilies
  • 2 tsp chopped coriander leaves + some more to garnish the kulcha
  • 1/2 amchur powder (raw mango powder)
  • butter for smearing on top of the kulchas
  • nigella seeds (mangrela) to sprinkle on top of the kulchas

Instructions

    Dough
  1. Add maida (APF) in a large bowl, followed by salt to taste, baking powder, baking soda, cured, oil and sugar.
  2. Next, use sufficient amount of lukewarm water to make soft and smooth dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  3. Use a damp kitchen towel to cover the dough. Set it aside for one to two hours for the for the dough to rise.
  4. Stuffing
  5. Mash the potatoes, add the other ingredients to the mashed potatoes and mix well.
  6. Set it aside for a few minutes for the flavors to incorporate well.
  7. Assembling
  8. Pinch a orange sized ball of the dough.
  9. Roll in in some loose flour and flatten it out a bit.
  10. Place the stuffing on the flattened dough. Pinch the dough together and ensure that the stuffing remains within the dough.
  11. Sprinkle some flour over it and roll the stuffed kulcha using a rolling pin. Flatten it out and give it a slightly elongated shape.
  12. Sprinkle some nigella seeds and chopped coriander over the flattened kulcha.
  13. Cooking
  14. Turn it over and apply some water on the plain side.
  15. Alongside, heat a iron tawa on medium flame.
  16. Place the kulcha, wet side down on the tawa.
  17. Press the kulcha a bit and flip it over on the flame.
  18. Keep the flame on high and keep moving the tawa over it to ensure the kulcha gets cooked and golden brown all over.
  19. Once the top is done, place the tawa back on the stove to let the underside cook out evenly on medium flame.
  20. Brush the top with butter or ghee before serving it piping hot!! 
  21. Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is ready. Serve it with Dal Makhani.

Notes

Do not use a non-stick tawa for cooking the kulchas as the kulchas will not stick on the tawa when over turned on the flame. I have used an iron tawa. Allow 2 to 3 minutes for the underside of the kulcha to cook as well once the top is cooked. Do not knead a very wet dough. The dough must smooth and soft.

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Homemade Malai Paneer | Indian Cottage Cheese Recipe

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

Indians and Malai Paneer go hand in hand! As many Indians are pure vegetarians, they consume large quantities of milk based products and Paneer tops the list 🙂 So, I thought I must share an easy recipe to make Homemade Malai Paneer / Indian Cottage Cheese at home and it’s better than store bought ones!! 

I must confess, I’m a paneer lover! If it’s Homemade Malai Paneer, then even better! I can have every other day and sometimes, I do…LOL! It’s one of the easiest things to cook if you have some Paneer sitting ready in your refrigerator. All one needs to do is make a luscious gravy base like the one of Reshmi Paneer. It goes so well with some Masala Puris or even with my favorite Wholewheat Tawa Naan bread 🙂

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

My hubby too enjoys paneer and likes his Laccha Parathas with some Paneer Bhurji for breakfast. And I have to agree with him, it’s healthy and very filling. A typical North-Indian start to our day.

But many times, when paneer is store bought, it’s very chewy and particularly sour. It has a very sticky exterior texture, almost slimy in many cases. Such quality can put anyone off paneer. Such a texture can be because of many factors, one – the paneer isn’t fresh and has been packaged for many days, two- the paneer is adulterated and has cornflour and other such ingredients, this results in slimy exterior of the paneer. This can very disgusting and the flavour is always compromised.

But what is more important is that it can be made very easily at home. Most of us feel it’ll be a very time consuming  procedure and could be too tedious! I can assure you, it’s none of that! All I can say is that we need sometime in hand and patience….yes, please be very patient while making fresh paneer.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

You can see the pictures here, it’s a rustic homemade slab of cottage cheese which is absolutely soft, melt in the mouth and just feels very creamy as the name suggests. But, it was not always that i knew the exact method to make this beauty, i referred to many recipes to understand the secret behind that creamy texture like we buy from the stores. It’s Cream – yes, our very own Amul cream or any cream 🙂 I’m sure many may know about it but for me it was a revelation because so many websites don’t mention any cream in the recipe and their end results look very creamy and perfect! So, now even you guys are in on the secret …LOL! Plus a few very important points which I’ve learnt from my Mom.

Let’s follow this step by step method for a better understanding..

1. Heat milk in a large pan, let it come to a gentle boil.

2. Then add the cream and mix well but with a gentle hand.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

3. Then add the lemon juice. Mix well and reduce the flame to sim.

4. In about 4-5 minutes, the milk fats will begin separating from the whey. Turn off the flame at this stage.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

5. In the meanwhile, keep a muslin cloth or a cheese cloth draped over a large bowl, pour the split milk through the muslin/ cheese cloth and immediately squeeze out as much whey as you can.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

6. Dip the squeezed milk fats in the cloth in a bowl filled with water and ice cubes for 2 minutes.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

7. Place a heavy utensil on top of the cheese cloth and keep it that way for about 1-2 hours. This will ensure that all the water is weighed out of the paneer.

8. Once the paneer is set, use it as needed. To store it, keep the paneer wrapped in a damp cloth and refrigerated.

9.The paneer will stay fresh for up to 3-5 days if stored correctly.

That’s your paneer. This recipe is easy to follow and needs no major equipment.

Homemade Malai Paneer | Indian Cottage Cheese Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 450 grams approximately

Creamy, melt in the mouth soft paneer is everyone’s favorite and here’s an absolutely easy, no-fail recipe for your own Homemade Malai Paneer!!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 liters full fat milk (buffalo milk)
  • 200 ml fresh cream (I used Amul Cream)
  • juice of 2-3 lemons
  • 20-25 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Heat milk in a large pan, let it come to a gentle boil.
  2. Then add the cream and mix well but with a gentle hand.
  3. Then add the lemon juice.
  4. Mix well and reduce the flame to sim.
  5. In about 4-5 minutes, the milk fats will begin separating from the whey.
  6. Turn off the flame at this stage.
  7. In the meanwhile, keep a muslin cloth or a cheese cloth draped over a large bowl, pour the split milk through the muslin/ cheese cloth and immediately squeeze out as much whey as you can. 
  8. Dip the squeezed milk fats in the cloth in a bowl filled with water and ice cubes for 2 minutes. 
  9. Place a heavy utensil on top of the cheese cloth and keep it that way for about 1-2 hours.
  10. This will ensure that all the water is weighed out of the paneer.
  11. Once the paneer is set, use it as needed.
  12. To store it, keep the paneer wrapped in a damp cloth and refrigerated.
  13. The paneer will stay fresh for upto 3-5 days if stored correctly.
  14. Refer to notes below.

Notes

Please follow all the steps correctly. Do not over cook the milk once it has split. Pour into the cheese cloth immediately else the paneer will turn chewy. Always store the paneer wrapped in a damp cloth and cover it from all sides. The cream is added to improve texture and taste. Since we are adding cream, it will take a little extra lemon to split the milk so add more of it if necessary.

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Do try this one out, you’ll stop buying paneer from the stores!!

Love,

Shreya

Adapted from You Tube – Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe.

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