Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake is one of the most loved tea cakes, it is so citrusy, buttery, moist, yet firm and has the most beautiful crumb. Enjoy this cake with some tea or coffee or a tall glass of warm milk! The mild tang from the burst of orange flavor is very refreshing for any confectionery and this cake is every bit as refreshing! 

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake as most of my cakes, has a beautiful crumb. The crumb structure is well defined, soft yet firm and the cake a beautiful height because every crumb has risen perfectly. Baking pound cakes or tea cakes, as most of you know is my absolute favorite thing to when I think of baking!! And this beautiful cake is all of that, it is the easiest cake to put together in just an hour, is packed with so much flavor you’ll be surprised and as all my bakes, this one too doesn’t call for any fancy ingredients or additions. Just grab all the ingredients from your pantry and fresh oranges is all one needs. 🙂

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

I loved the color on the top of the cake as well, a nice deep amber! Generally fruit juice based cakes do come out the oven looking really pretty and this Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake is no different. They are almost like a little tin full of sunshine on the inside too. That color is all thanks to the beautiful produce we have seen this year. There are oranges and kinnow oranges and little nectarines everywhere and you can use either of these. Although, I am a little conservative here and I used the most famous Nagpur oranges for this recipe as I have been doing for years now, you can use any variety that you are at ease with as long as they are fresh and sweet.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

This cake like any other fruit based cake will taste the best when made with fresh orange juice, so try to avoid anything from a tetra pack or frozen juice cubes which are seemingly easier to lay on your hands on but the flavor and the color of the cake won’t be as good. Just my two cents, it’s all up to you, whatever is comfortable 🙂

I am sharing a few of my go to cake recipes here because we love them and our readers love them !!
Tutti Frutti cake

Egg free Tutti Frutti cake 

Almond and cranberry Loaf

Starbucks Style Marble cake, cos why not?!

Egg free Marble Cake 

and lastly, my all time favorite egg free Pav (dinner rolls) recipe 🙂

And with some friendly links out of the way, I am now going to put in some tips and tricks in here to make the perfect cake every time! Many of you have followed them and come back with happy reviews and that definitely makes me happy too!

Temperature – Please ensure the ingredients used are all at room temperature. Different ingredients take different durations to come to room temperature, for example, butter takes close 2 hours on an average whereas eggs will come to room temperature in about 45-50 minutes. So accordingly, time yourself in advance before you bake a cake.

Creaming – This is an important step, adding adequate amount of air into the butter gives the cake it’s creamy color as well as the soft texture. Cream the butter using the electric whisk or manual whisk without the sugar to start with. Once the butter turns paler, add sugar in 2 or 3 parts and whisk in more air until the sugar has dissolved. Do not rush the creaming procedure, doing so will leave the sugar undissolved which gives a very crisp and wafer like exterior and the interior of the cake will remain too moist. So please pay close attention.

Whisking – To incorporate the eggs perfectly into the creamed butter sugar, you have to first lightly whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and then add them one by one into the creamed butter and sugar for best results. Whisk each egg for about 1 minute before adding the next. This will ensure the batter does not ever curdle. The batter will be smooth and light pale once all the eggs have been whisked. (check the picture below, the crumb shot shows that each step has been followed with care and the batter has been smooth with just the correct amount of air.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Folding – Never use a whisk to mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. That will cause all the air which we have so carefully incorporated into the batter to escape. One of the main reasons why cakes deflate as they cool after baking. Always make it a point to use wooden or silicon spatula to mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. Cut and fold the batter just enough to bring everything together. Do not over mix the batter. That gives a very hard and tough cake.

Baking – Every oven runs differently, I am talking about OTGs. I do not bake in an convection microwave so have zero clue about how that works. But to bake in an OTG, it is advisable to invest in an oven thermometer to see how the heat in your oven runs before you start baking complex recipes. My oven runs about 10’c hotter so I adjust my baking durations accordingly.

So these are the main steps or tips that give those perfect slices every time. And it goes without saying, slice any cake only when it has cooled down completely. 

Now, let’s bake ourselves some Orange Pound Cake!

Bring all the ingredients to room temperature, important step and not to be missed.

Preheat the oven @180’c. Line and prep the baking tin. I have used a 9* X 5* inch loaf tin.
Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Next, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl and set it aside.

Prepare the buttermilk by mixing together the milk and the vinegar, leave it aside to stand for about 5 minutes. Once it looks curdled, it is ready. Set it aside.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Next, cream the butter until soft and very fluffy. Add the powdered sugar in parts and cream until fluffy.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Add one egg at a time but do whisk each egg before adding them. Whisk for a few minutes. Add the zest and whisk for a minute.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Slowly, incorporate the flour mixture, buttermilk and the orange juice alternately. Fold the batter carefully. Do not whisk.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Fold the batter very carefully and do not overmix. Pour the batter into the prepped tin.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Bake for 50 minutes @170’c or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Cool the cake for 20-25 minutes in the tin, carefully unmold and cool further before slicing it.

Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Store the sliced cake in an airtight container and it stays fresh for up to 5 days.

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Orange Pound Cake | How to make Orange Cake

Deliciously citrusy and melt in the mouth good, this buttery Orange Pound Cake should be on your list of 'what to bake next'. Perfect to enjoy with a cuppa or on it's own! 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 9 slices
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 7 tbsp milk for buttermilk
  • 1.5 tsp vinegar for buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 nos. eggs
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 110 gms unsalted butter
  • 1.5 tsp fresh orange zest

Instructions

  1. Bring all the ingredients to room temperature, important step and not to be missed.

  2. Preheat the oven @180'c. Line and prep the baking tin. I have used a 9* X 5* inch loaf tin.

  3. Next, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl and set it aside.
  4. Prepare the buttermilk by mixing together the milk and the vinegar, leave it aside to stand for about 5 minutes. Once it looks curdled, it is ready. Set it aside.
  5. Next, cream the butter until soft and very fluffy. Add the powdered sugar in parts and cream until fluffy.

  6. Add one egg at a time but do whisk each egg before adding them. Whisk for a few minutes. Add the zest and whisk for a minute.

  7. Slowly, incorporate the flour mixture, buttermilk and the orange juice alternately. Fold the batter carefully. Do not whisk.

  8. Fold the batter very carefully and do not overmix. Pour the batter into the prepped tin.

  9. Bake for 50 minutes @170'c or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. 

  10. Cool the cake for 20-25 minutes in the tin, carefully unmold and cool further before slicing it.
  11. Store the sliced cake in an airtight container and it stays fresh for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

You can dust the cake with some icing sugar.

Or drizzle it with a glaze. 

Love,
Shreya.

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Adapted from Five Heart Home 

Vegan and Gluten free Bacon | Plant based Bacon recipe

This is a fun post for two reasons! One, I’ve never tasted the real BACON! No, I haven’t. But I was so curious about what it would taste like!! Lol! And two, because I have really not styled or made any special efforts for the shoot of this post. Just made Vegan and Gluten free Bacon | Plant based Bacon recipe for the fun of it and I fell in love with the first bite of this crispy wonder! Zipped across to my tiny shooting space and clicked a few pictures for you guys and that’s it! 😉 

I honestly don’t mind that I couldn’t or wouldn’t style these pictures before shooting! It was so fun to just have made these purely because I wanted to taste some of it! But I am glad I clicked the process steps because blogger instinct you know!! Vegan and Gluten free Bacon | Plant based Bacon recipe are now going to be a regular feature in my kitchen!

Vegan and Gluten free Bacon | Plant based Bacon recipe

This picture here is from when they just came out of the oven an I let them cool down for just about 10 minutes before sliding them off the parchment paper. Vegan and Gluten free Bacon | Plant based Bacon recipe worked perfectly I guess because I’ve always read and heard that the real bacon tastes a bit salty and sweet at the same time, very crisp and are totally addictive! Well these plant based bacon strips turned out to be exactly the way I thought they would taste!

This is not my first attempt on these, I made a batch of Vegan and Gluten free Bacon | Plant based Bacon recipe a few months back, but I made a mess with the marination and I didn’t even taste any as the looked all wonky to me. So I had trashed it all away. well it was a very small batch so no worries. So this time around I followed another recipe on YouTube and tweaked it to suit our preferences.

Vegan and Gluten free Bacon | Plant based Bacon recipe

I am really hooked to these and can munch on them all day. I am going to try them in a burger really soon and fulfil my lifelong dream of having a bacon stuffed burger!! LoL!! Anyways, making them is not at all difficult. In fact, they come together in minutes and stay crisp for up to 24 hours in an airtight container. That’s the max they lasted when I made them, I’ll try making a triple batch soon and see how fresh they stay when stored for a longer time.

Let us get on with recipe, it’s fairly easy but needs a wee bit of patience.

First, preheat the oven for 10 minutes @180’c. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Avoid using baking paper which is not parchment as the cooked vegan bacon strips will stick on those.

Now, in a small bowl, mix together liquid smoke, oil, maple syrup, tamari, garlic powder, black pepper powder, salt and paprika. Give these a good mix and set it aside. (Skip the oil if you wish).

Vegan and Gluten free Bacon | Plant based Bacon recipe

Take the rice paper sheets, I overlapped two sheets, because that is how we are going to use them for the bacon strips. Using a pair of sharp kitchen scissors, cut them as show in the picture below. Set them aside. Handle them with care so that don’t break into smaller pieces.

Vegan and Gluten free Bacon | Plant based Bacon recipe

Next, use a basting brush dipped in water to moisten the strips well. Do not drown them in water but use enough water to get them soft and pliable. Do this for all the strips.

Vegan and Gluten free Bacon | Plant based Bacon recipe

Next, you will repeat the same step as above for all the strips using the sauce we just made and stick two strips of  identical shape and size together to make them a bit thicker like the authentic bacon.

Place it on the parchment lined baking tray.

Vegan and Gluten free Bacon | Plant based Bacon recipe

Repeat the above step until you have used all the strips.

Bake these for 7-8 minutes @200’c. Please keep in mind every oven runs differently and you need to keep an eye on them.

Once they sizzle and crisp up, take them out of the oven and allow them to cool a bit before you slid them off the tray. They crisp up further as they cool down on the hot baking tray.

They are very crisp and sticking two strips of rice paper together ensures they have not too thin else they will just snap as they bake. You can even stick three identical strips together. 

Once cool enough to handle, you can slid them off the tray and let them come to room temperature on a plate and later just store them in an airtight container for 24-48 hours.

Vegan and Gluten free Bacon | Plant based Bacon recipe

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Vegan and Gluten free Bacon | Plant based Bacon recipe

A plant based alternative for all your Bacon cravings! These are crispy, salty and smokey too. So easy to put together and very addictive! 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch Box, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 10 strips
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 10 sheets rice paper
  • 1 tsp tamari
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • a pinch of paprika
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3-4 drops of olive oil optional
  • 1/4 tsp maple syrup

Instructions

  1. First, preheat the oven for 10 minutes @180'c. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Avoid using baking paper which is not parchment as the cooked vegan bacon strips will stick on those.

  2. Now, in a small bowl, mix together liquid smoke, oil, maple syrup, tamari, garlic powder, black pepper powder, salt and paprika. Give these a good mix and set it aside. (Skip the oil if you wish).

  3. Take the rice paper sheets, I overlapped two sheets, because that is how we are going to use them for the bacon strips. 

  4. Using a pair of sharp kitchen scissors, cut them as show in the picture above. Set them aside. Handle them with care so that don't break into smaller pieces.

  5. Next, use a basting brush dipped in water to moisten the strips well. Do not drown them in water but use enough water to get them soft and pliable. Do this for all the strips.

  6. Next, you will repeat the same step as above for all the strips using the sauce we just made and stick two strips of identical shape and size together to make them a bit thicker like the authentic bacon.

  7. Place it on the parchment lined baking tray.

  8. Repeat the above step until you have used all the strips.

  9. Bake these for 7-8 minutes @200'c. Please keep in mind every oven runs differently and you need to keep an eye on them.

  10. Once they sizzle and crisp up, take them out of the oven and allow them to cool a bit before you slid them off the tray. They crisp up further as they cool down on the hot baking tray.

  11. They are very crisp and sticking two strips of rice paper together ensures they have not too thin else they will just snap as they bake. You can even stick three identical strips together. 

  12. Once cool enough to handle, you can slid them off the tray and let them come to room temperature on a plate and later just store them in an airtight container for 24-48 hours.

Love,
Shreya

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Adapted from The Edgy Veg 

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe is a delicious snack made with sweet corn and yummy Béchamel sauce and some mild spices and is spread on some toast. Crisp toast and soft topping of the sweet corn comes together so well and the flavors are spot on!! Do try these and you’ll love them. 

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

 

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe is loaded with gooey cheesy sauce and bursts with the sweetness of corn and a wee bit of spice from the bits of green bell pepper! It is one my go-to recipes for weekend brunches or evening snacks for the hubby and me! I am personally a big fan of white sauce a.k.a Béchamel sauce. I love it over a red sauce or any other sauce. So I basically love having it over toasts or in my veggies or for my lasagna too! Needless to say I love my pastas with white sauce too. Have you tried my Penne in Basil and Lemon Sauce  ?! It is super loved by my readers and many have tried it and loved it! Though you must try my Bread pizza recipe if you love a good and quick pizza.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe is really easy to put together too, ideal for kids snacks or for party appetizers, even for brunch. I would suggest that you have this fresh out the oven. It makes for a great combo along with some fresh ice tea or some juices/ coffee or shakes.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe can be paired be with dip like ketchup or Schezwan sauce or even a 2 ingredient Jalapeno dip. These dips are yummy and easy to make at home, they go well with a variety of snacks. I keep such homemade dips ready in my refrigerator to serves with snacks or use as spreads too. 

Keeping in mind that summers vacations are soon going to start, I’m sharing some more links here to try for your kids.
Chilli Cheese Grilled Sandwich 
Bombay Aloo Sandwich
Rainbow Mayo Sandwich

Also try some easy Paneer popcorn, they are crunchy and just like the ones you find at cafes. Kids usually love brownies, they are fun to make and make for great dessert ideas.

Coming back to the Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe,  you can add any more veggies too along with corn and bell peppers. It’s a great way to ensure kids have veggies in a delicious way. I won’t suggest this recipe for lunch box because it tastes best when served warm.

Let us start with the recipe now.

Preheat the oven @ 200’c. Toast bread slices for 4-5 minutes @180’c. Set them aside.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

For the topping –

Heat butter in a pan, once it melts, add flour and sauté the flour and butter together for 2-3 minutes.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Add the milk in batches and keep stirring to avoid lumps.

Add the salt and pepper.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Next, add the oregano spice mix and red Chilli flakes next. Mix well.

Add grated cheese.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Add chopped green bell pepper, sweet corn and onions next.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Mix them well and cook for about 2 minutes. Turn off the flame.

The topping is ready.

To assemble –

Again preheat the oven @200’c.

Place the toasts on the baking tray, spread the ready filling on the toasted bread slices.

Sprinkle some red chili flakes and oregano on them.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Bake the topped toasts for about 6-7 minutes @180’c.

corn cheese toasts

Once the toasts are ready, serve them piping hot with dips of your choice.

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe
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Cheese Corn Toast | Easy Corn Toast Recipe

Scrumptious and so cheesy, these Cheese Corn Toasts are absolutely addictive! Made with delicious sauce and veggies, these make for an amazing brunch or evening snacks! 

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 6-8 slices bread i used sourdough, you can use any bread
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1.5 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup steamed sweet corn
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes plus extra for topping
  • 1 tsp dried oregano plus extra for topping
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese I used processed cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 200'c. Toast bread slices for 4-5 minutes @180'c. Set them aside.

For the topping

  1. Heat butter in a pan, once it melts, add flour and sauté the flour and butter together for 2-3 minutes.

  2. Add the milk in batches and keep stirring to avoid lumps.

  3. Add the salt and pepper.

  4. Next, add the oregano spice mix and red Chilli flakes next. Mix well.

  5. Add grated cheese.

  6. Add chopped green bell pepper, sweet corn and onions next.

  7. Mix them well and cook for about 2 minutes. Turn off the flame. The topping is ready.

To assemble

  1. Again preheat the oven @200'c.

  2. Place the toasts on the baking tray, spread the ready filling on the toasted bread slices.

  3. Sprinkle some red chili flakes and oregano on them.

  4. Bake the topped toasts for about 6-7 minutes @180'c.

  5. Once the toasts are ready, serve them piping hot with dips of your choice.

Love,
Shreya

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Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF are a one pot dinner with deliciously seasoned veggies and beans along with herb loaded tangy rice, crunchy lettuce and salsas and a deliciously creamy guac to complete the bowl. The various textures give these bowls a distinct flavor! Basically, if you love tex-mex, then these bowls are your besties! 

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF can be customized to our preferences. Since we love tex-mex, these bowls are a common feature on our menu for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. They don’t take much effort to put together and that is really what makes them so much fun. I usually do an all vegetarian or vegan version with lots of lettuce for the last crunchy bit of topping. They add a lot roughage as well as flavor. My hubby has no complains as far as it’s spicy and tangy!

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Let’s decode what went into these bowls:

The Rice – this is the key, make it or break it sorts for us. I make a Signature Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice which is absolutely flavorful. You can go with kind of Mexican rice you like. This is the base of the bowl so choose the flavor wisely.

The Sides – we love our Pico de Gallo, so that is a must! Along with some sweet corn salsa which is so delicious and refreshing! Actually this is just the basic that I usually do. The staple Chipotle style Fajita Veggies is a must have too! There days when I go all out with the sides but I’ll save that for another time. Keeping it real simple for this version.

The Crunch – you can do a lot of improvisation here, from crispy salads or lettuce leaves to crushed nachos or baked tortilla chips. We stick to gluten free options as far as possible.

The Toppings – jalapeno, grilled tomatoes, fresh cilantro, pickles, guacamole, lemon wedges, anything you fancy! We are extremely partial towards a good, creamy guac so that is our go to topping usually! We skip sour cream when going for a vegan version because I’m simply unable to find a good version around here. And we do not add cheese either if making vegan version.

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF have a good number of components, so start the prep accordingly. Once everything is ready, they come together in a bowl in minutes.

Let us make the easiest Vegan & GF Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowl ever!

For the Cilantro Lime Rice –

Wash and soak any long grained variety of rice for 10 minutes. (I use Basmati rice).

Cook the rice with bay leaf and salt. Drain the rice and set aside until slightly cooled.

Add olive oil, minced garlic and chopped cilantro. Add the lime juice too and mix well. The rice is done. Set it aside.

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

For the Fajita Veggies –

Heat olive oil in a pan, add sliced green bell peppers and onions. Sauté for few minutes.

Add fajita seasoning and salt to taste. Again sauté for a few minutes until the peppers and the onions char a bit.

Turn off the heat, set these aside too.

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

For the Beans- 

I have used fresh red kidney beans here. You can use canned black beans or even pinto beans.

Heat oil in a pan, add the drained beans. Season with salt, smoked paprika and some cumin powder. Mix well. That’s done, set it aside.

For the Guacamole –

Mash the avocado until smooth and creamy, add all the mentioned ingredients and mix well. Set it aside.

For the Pico de Gallo – 

Chop the tomatoes, jalapeno (if you don’t find fresh jalapenos, use regular green chilies), red onion and cilantro really fine.

Chop the pickled jalapenos as well.

Mix all these together. Season with salt, pepper and lime juice. Mix well!

For the Sweet Corn Salsa- 

Take corn, chopped jalapenos, red onion and cilantro in a bowl, season with salt, sugar and lime juice. Mix well. Set it aside.

To Assemble the Rice Bowl –

In a plate bowl, add the prepped rice, some beans, Pico de Gallo, guac, sweet corn salsa, fajita veggies and lastly some freshly torn lettuce. A squirt of lime juice and it’s ready, serve immediately and enjoy!

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF
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Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls have layers of Cilantro Lime rice, crunchy salsas, creamy guacamole, spicy veggies and some beans!! A final squirt of lemon juice just adds to the freshness of it all! The perfect hearty and healthy GF and Vegan rice bowl. 

Course Lunch Box, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

For the Rice

  • 3/4 cup rice plus water to cook the rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • fresh cilantro, as needed chopped
  • juice of 1 lime

For the Pico de Gallo

  • 2 nos. large, juicy tomatoes chopped
  • 1 nos. large, red onion chopped
  • 1/2 nos. fresh jalapeno chopped
  • 1 tbsp pickled jalapeno chopped
  • salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro, as needed chopped
  • juice of a large lemon

For Guacamole

  • 1 nos. large, ripe avocado
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup red onions, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, chopped
  • fresh cilantro, finely chopped

For Beans

  • 1 cup red kidney beans, boiled or canned black beans/ pinto beans
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika or red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder

For the Fajita Veggies

  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 nos. green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 nos. red onion, sliced
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 tsp fajita spice or a blend of cumin, paprika, black pepper powders

For Sweet Corn Salsa

  • 1 cup american sweet corn, blanched
  • juice of half a lime
  • salt to taste
  • two pinches of sugar
  • 1/8 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, chopped
  • fresh cilantro, finely chopped

To Assemble the Rice Bowl

  • prepped rice
  • prepped Pico de gallo
  • guacamole as needed
  • fresh lettuce, as needed chopped
  • lemon wedges, as needed
  • sweet corn salsa
  • fajita veggies
  • beans

Instructions

For the Cilantro Lime Rice

  1. Wash and soak any long grained variety of rice for 10 minutes. (I use Basmati rice).

  2. Cook the rice with bay leaf and salt. Drain the rice and set aside until slightly cooled.

  3. Add olive oil, minced garlic and chopped cilantro. Add the lime juice too and mix well. The rice is done. Set it aside.

For the Pico de Gallo

  1. Chop the tomatoes, jalapeno (if you don't find fresh jalapenos, use regular green chilies)**, red onion and cilantro real fine.

  2. Chop the pickled jalapenos as well.

  3. Mix all these together. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix well! It is ready. 

For the Fajita Veggies -

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan, add sliced green bell peppers and onions. Sauté for few minutes.

  2. Add fajita seasoning and salt to taste. Again sauté for a few minutes until the peppers and the onions char a bit.

  3. Turn off the heat, set these aside too.

For the Beans-

  1. I have used fresh red kidney beans here. You can use canned black beans or even pinto beans.

  2. Heat oil in a pan, add the drained beans. Season with salt, smoked paprika and some cumin powder.

  3. Mix well. That's done, set it aside.

For the Guacamole -

  1. Mash the avocado until smooth and creamy, add all the mentioned ingredients and mix well. Set it aside.

For the Sweet Corn Salsa-

  1. Take corn, chopped jalapenos, red onion and cilantro in a bowl, season with salt, sugar and lime juice. Mix well. Set it aside.

To Assemble the Rice Bowl

  1. In a plate bowl, add the prepped rice, some beans, Pico de Gallo, guac, sweet corn salsa, fajita veggies and lastly some freshly torn lettuce. A squirt of lime juice and it's ready, serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Add sour cream and Mexican grated cheese blend if you prefer non vegan options.

Also you can add vegan variants of the same if you prefer. 

Love,
Shreya.

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Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake is a soft, buttery and delicious tea-time cake studded with tangy and sweet fruity bits and pieces along with some glazed cherries. Each bite of this cake is filled with so much flavor and texture, you will enjoy it and keep going back for another slice!  

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake can be made in so many ways and there are a bunch of recipes available out there but I have a basic recipe which I have followed here too. It is my trusted recipe and it has never failed me. It is tried and tested by many and it’s always received excellent reviews. The texture of the cake is just perfect. not too crumbly neither too dry. It has the moistness from the butter and a beautiful color on the exterior too. The crust is not dry and flaky yet has the firmness that is just apt for tea cakes.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake as a cake is very easy to make, like most cakes it calls for basic ingredients and minimal efforts. But, as most of my readers know that I am particular about the crumb structure of my cakes, few steps are crucial and need a little attention to detail. If you are following my recipe to the T, it will be absolutely easy to nail crumb structure.

A few pointers on the same.
Temperature – Please ensure the ingredients used are all at room temperature. Different ingredients take different durations to come to room temperature, for example, butter takes close 2 hours on an average whereas eggs will come to room temperature in about 45-50 minutes. So accordingly, time yourself in advance before you bake a cake.

Creaming – This is an important step, adding adequate amount of air into the butter gives the cake it’s creamy color as well as the soft texture. Cream the butter using the electric whisk or manual whisk without the sugar to start with. Once the butter turns paler, add sugar in 2 or 3 parts and whisk in more air until the sugar has dissolved. Do not rush the creaming procedure, doing so will leave the sugar undissolved which gives a very crisp and wafer like exterior and the interior of the cake will remain too moist. So please pay close attention.

Whisking – To incorporate the eggs perfectly into the creamed butter sugar, you have to first lightly whisk the eggs in a separate bowl and then add them one by one into the creamed butter and sugar for best results. Whisk each egg for about 1 minute before adding the next. This will ensure the batter does not ever curdle. The batter will be smooth and light pale once all the eggs have been whisked. (check the picture below, the crumb shot shows that each step has been followed with care and the batter has been smooth with just the correct amount of air)

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Folding – Never use a whisk to mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. That will cause all the air which we have so carefully incorporated into the batter to escape. One of the main reasons why cakes deflate as they cool after baking. Always make it a point to use wooden or silicon spatula to mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. Cut and fold the batter just enough to bring everything together. Do not over mix the batter. That gives a very hard and tough cake.

Baking – Every oven runs differently, I am talking about OTGs. I do not bake in an convection microwave so have zero clue about how that works. But to bake in an OTG, it is advisable to invest in an oven thermometer to see how the heat in your oven runs before you start baking complex recipes. My oven runs about 10’c hotter so I adjust my baking durations accordingly.

So these are the main steps or tips that give those perfect slices every time. And it goes without saying, slice any cake only when it has cooled down completely. 

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

I had made this loaf a few weeks back and it’s long gone but drafting the recipe is kind of making me crave for a slice or two, lol!! I will probably bake some over the weekend. The beauty about a classic Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake is that it never fails to impress. It is loved by everyone alike and one of the most easy recipes to put together if you are just a beginner at baking. This is one of the earliest recipes I remember baking and perfecting the skill. And it also happens to be my hubby’s and my Mom’s favorite cake that I bake, well they do love all my bakes but this one is the most requested cake! 🙂 I do have an egg free version, just incase you wish to have a look, click here.

Now let us bake a Classic Tutti Frutti Cake! 

Begin with getting all the ingredient to room temperature.

Line and prep your loaf tin. I have used a 9″ * 5″ loaf pan. Preheat the oven at 180’c for 10-12 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, place the softened butter and whisk until it turns pale. I have used an electric whisk to do this and took me about 5 minutes on medium speed.

Add half of the sugar and whisk until it dissolves. Add the remaining sugar next and again whisk until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is fluffy and pale.

In a small bowl, lightly whisk the eggs. Add the whisked eggs to the butter and sugar mixture in 2 or 3 parts. Whisk the mixture for about 1 minute after each addition of the whisked eggs. The mixture will not curdle this way.

Add the vanilla extract. Whisk for a few seconds.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Sieve the all purpose flour with baking powder in a separate bowl. Add the Tutti Frutti, chopped glazed cherries and black raisins to the flour and mix well to coat them.

Add this dry mixture to the wet ingredients alternating with the milk in 2 or 3 parts and gently fold them together using a spatula. Do not over mix the batter.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Pour the batter into the prepped loaf tin, tap the tin on the platform a few times. Bake it at 180’c for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes in the loaf tin, then demold the cake and let it rest on a cooling rack for about an hour before slicing.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

This cake can stored for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Tutti Frutti Cake | How to make Tutti Frutti Cake

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Tutti Frutti Cake

Buttery, light and so scrumptious, this classic Tutti Frutti Cake will be your new tea time favorite. 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Christmas, Dessert, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine British
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2 cup all purpose flour maida
  • 1+1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 nos. eggs at room temperature
  • 100 gms unsalted butter at room temperature, not melted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup mixed tutti frutti
  • 2 tbsp black raisins optional
  • 2 tbsp glazed cherries, chopped optional

Instructions

  1. Begin with getting all the ingredient to room temperature. 

  2. Line and prep your loaf tin. I have used a 9" * 5" loaf pan. Preheat the oven at 180'c for 10-12 minutes. 

  3. In a large mixing bowl, place the softened butter and whisk until it turns pale. I have used an electric whisk to do this and took me about 5 minutes on medium speed.

  4. Add half of the sugar and whisk until it dissolves. Add the remaining sugar next and again whisk until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is fluffy and pale. 

  5. In a small bowl, lightly whisk the eggs. Add the whisked eggs to the butter and sugar mixture in 2 or 3 parts. Whisk the mixture for about 1 minute after each addition of the whisked eggs. The mixture will not curdle this way.

  6. Add the vanilla extract. Whisk for a few seconds.

  7. Sieve the all purpose flour with baking powder in a separate bowl. Add the Tutti Frutti, chopped glazed cherries and black raisins to the flour and mix well to coat them. 

  8. Add this dry mixture to the wet ingredients alternating with the milk in 2 or 3 parts and gently fold them together using a spatula. Do not over mix the batter. 

  9. Pour the batter into the prepped loaf tin, tap the tin on the platform a few times.

  10. Bake it at 180'c for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. 

  11. Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes in the loaf tin, then demold the cake and let it rest on a cooling rack for about an hour before slicing.

  12. This cake can stored for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Love,
Shreya

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Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe is a classic tea cake which has a moist and fluffy texture with a delicious nutty almond flavor. Enjoy a few slices of this cake with some tea/ coffee. Perfect combination for these chilly days.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

I made this Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe with dried cranberries. You can use frozen or fresh cranberries too but I personally find them too tart. Even though the dried cranberries are not as tart as the whole, fresh ones, I kind of still find them a bit too sour. So I have chopped these dried berries a bit, nothing too precise. Just enough so that they are kind of dispersed around as is their intense flavor, also by doing this they don’t sink as much they are likely to do whole. But you can go either ways. 

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Now, let’s talk about this gorgeous texture here! Yes, Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe gets it’s texture from fine almond meal/ flour. It renders the loaf so moist and yet absolutely firm. If you have been around with for a long time and seen my cake posts, you’d know I love a cake with fine crumbs and not larger ones. I am not fond of large crumbed cakes. So the role of almond meal here is pivotal for this texture. I have tried working with various ratios of regular flour and almond flour and they all give different results. So you will have to follow the recipe to the T to achieve the prefect texture, fluffiness and flavor. 

I have added a small quantity of almond extract in this Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe as using almond meal will not necessarily add a distinct almond flavor. If you are not fond of that flavor, please skip it or reduce it by half.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

* Please note I have made two small loaves of 5 inch * 2 inch * 3 inch (length, breadth and height of the loaf tins). You can use the entire batter to bake one 5 inch * 7 inch loaf. 

Now let us start baking these loaves.

Start by bringing all the ingredients to room temperature. I keep the ingredients out on the kitchen platform for about 2 hours before I start prepping the batter.

Preheat the oven at 170’c for 10-12 minutes.

Butter should be soft but not melted or in runny state.

Grease and dust the loaf tins. I used a parchment to line the tins hence skipped this step. *

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter for 2-3 minutes.

Then add the powdered sugar in 2 parts and beat until the butter and sugar mixture turns light and fluffy. I used an electric whisk and it took me 5-6 minutes.

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Next add the almond extract and one egg at a time, whisk well until combined.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Sieve in the flour, almond flour and baking powder next along with the chopped cranberries. Fold the batter gently but do not overmix.

Pour the batter into the prepped loaf tins, bake them for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

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Once baked, let the loaves cool in their tins for about 15 minutes, then remove the cakes from the tins and place then on wired racks to cool completely.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

Once the cakes have cooled completely, wrap the cakes in cling wraps and let them rest in a dry and cool (do not refrigerate) place for 24 hours before slicing. This will give time for flavors to develop well and the slices will be come out perfect.

These loaves keep well in airtight containers for up to 4-5 days.

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Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

A moist, buttery and nutty flavored cake that goes best with tea/ coffee. Adding cranberries gives it a lovely fruity freshness. 

Course Breakfast, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine British
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2 small loaves
Author Shreya ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 125 gms unsalted butter at room temperature 1/2 cup approx
  • 125 gms powdered sugar 8+1/2 tbsp approx
  • 02 nos. eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 100 gms all purpose flour 3/4 cup approx
  • 25 gms almond flour 4 tbsp approx
  • 5 gms baking powder 1 tsp approx
  • 40 gms dried cranberries roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Start by bringing all the ingredients to room temperature. I keep the ingredients out on the kitchen platform for about 2 hours before I start prepping the batter.

  2. Preheat the oven at 170'c for 10-12 minutes.

  3. Butter should be soft but not melted or in runny state.

  4. Grease and dust the loaf tins. I used a parchment to line the tins hence skipped this step. (check recipe notes for the size of the tins used) 

  5. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter for 2-3 minutes.

  6. Then add the powdered sugar in 2 parts and beat until the butter and sugar mixture turns light and fluffy. I used an electric whisk and it took me 5-6 minutes.

  7. Next add the almond extract and one egg at a time, whisk well until combined.

  8. Sieve in the flour, almond flour and baking powder next along with the chopped cranberries. Fold the batter gently but do not overmix.

  9. Pour the batter into the prepped loaf tins, bake them for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

  10. Once baked, let the loaves cool in their tins for about 15 minutes, then remove the cakes from the tins and place then on wired racks to cool completely.

  11. Once the cakes have cooled completely, wrap the cakes in cling wraps and let them rest in a dry and cool (do not refrigerate) place for 24 hours before slicing. This will give time for flavors to develop well and the slices will be come out perfect.
  12. These loaves keep well in airtight containers for up to 4-5 days.

Recipe Notes

I have used all ingredients measured by weight. I have included measures in cups/ spoons though they are approximate. 

Please note I have made two small loaves of 5 inch * 2 inch * 3 inch (length, breadth and height of the loaf tins). You can use the entire batter to bake one 5 inch * 7 inch loaf. 

Love,
Shreya:)

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The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

I am sharing The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF, it is very easy to make and tastes way better than the packaged stuff. You’ll never buy that stuff anymore! The flavor is spot on, it’s creamy and superdelicious. 

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF needs just a handful of ingredients and comes together in just under a minute in the blender! I have seen many recipes where they use a food processor to blend the ingredients together but I have always used a blender. It always gives me a more smoother and lump free hummus.

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF is my take on a classic which we love the most. Although you can incorporate so many flavors into the hummus these days but nothing comes as close to the classic one for us. We prefer our hummus a bit garlicky and it took a few runs at perfecting my recipe, you can alter it as you wish to. My hubby and I are particularly fond of Mediterranean cuisine and hummus with some pita and veggie sticks tops the list! Even a salad on the side makes it such a filling and healthy meal. Try my Mediterranean Chickpea Salad (vegan + gf).

I have used freshly boiled chickpeas for this recipe, but I do not peel the skin off as I use a blender to make the hummus. Precisely why I use the blender and not a processor!! Blender for the win! Yes, you can use canned chickpeas and take the skin off and use the processor too. The taste won’t alter, just the texture maybe a bit different.

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

I usually make hummus very often as we love to have it around in the refrigerator as a dipping option for our chips or cucumber sticks (it’s our absolute favorite combo, can’t seem to get enough of it!!). This is perfect for guests too as it comes together quickly and feeds a crowd. So just keep some boiled or canned chickpeas handy and you are good to go!

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

I made this just a couple of days ago for a quick lunch for my hubby and myself as he was working from home so I wanted to treat him to his favorite meal 🙂 So, I thought why not get clicking because every time I make it, it disappears real quick, lol!! So making the most of an extremely busy hubby who didn’t pay close enough attention to what went on in the kitchen and the beautiful wintery sun, I captured a few shots for you guys! The pita you see here in the frames aren’t homemade. We have a swanky new bakery in our vicinity that stocks a lot of gluten free options and I’ve taken a liking to their breads. I got this GF pita just to try it once but we loved it and I will go back for more soon!

So with all that now out of the way, let’s quickly get done with the recipe which I’ve been raving about!

Add all the mentioned ingredients except those mentioned ‘to garnish’  into your blender and attach the lid nicely.

Run the blender on full power for 30-40 seconds. You can add some more of the reserved chickpea liquid (aquafaba) or water to correct the consistency if the hummus looks thick or dry.

Add the prepared hummus into a serving plate/ bowl and drizzle olive oil, some paprika. I like adding some pomegranate arils and some crunchy pumpkin seeds. And some sliced olives if you like them too.

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The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

This is the best recipe for Homemade Hummus and tastes so smooth and absolutely delicious that you'll skip the store bought tubs of hummus!! 

Course Appetizer, Brunch, Lunch Box, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack, starters
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2 cups freshly boiled or canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1/4 cup chickpea liquid (aquafaba), or slightly more as needed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 tsp cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • paprika, olive oil, olives, pomogranate arils, pumpkin seeds etc, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Add all the mentioned ingredients except those mentioned 'to garnish' into your blender and attach the lid nicely.

  2. Run the blender on full power for 30-40 seconds. You can add some more of the reserved chickpea liquid (aquafaba) or water to correct the consistency if the hummus looks thick or dry.

  3. Add the prepared hummus into a serving plate/ bowl and drizzle olive oil, some paprika. I like adding some pomegranate arils and some crunchy pumpkin seeds. And some sliced olives if you like them too.

Recipe Notes

This hummus keeps well in the refrigerator for 5-6 days in an airtight glass container.

 

Love,
Shreya

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Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

I can live on sandwiches and Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich is one of my go to variants! This sandwich is filled with crunchy vegetables, creamy mayonnaise and a ton of flavor and  texture! You will love how easy it is as it comes together in minutes!!

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich is super easy to make too! It comes together in minutes. It just needs a bit of fine chopping! And I personally love chopping, no electric choppers or food processors for me! I love chopping veggies myself as I can control how small or how large I need the “fine chop”  to be! So it took me about 10 minutes to get the veggies ready. The sandwiches take about another 15 minutes from there!

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich can be made with variations to suit your taste buds. You can add boiled eggs or boiled and shredded chicken instead of the veggies. However, the veggie version is our favorite and we never make any changes to them. It is a great way to get on with a good dose of fresh veggies in your meals along with great taste! 🙂 Rainbow Veggie Rolls with Peanut Sauce | GF and Vegan

These are my favorite veggies when I am making a Sandwich or rolls. you can play around with any veggies of your choice. These sandwiches are so delicious, you don’t need any dipping sauce or ketchup, etc. However you can pair these with any dip/sauce as per your choice.

If you love your sandwiches, then try these too
Bombay Aloo Masala Sandwiches (curried potato sandwiches)
Chilli Cheese Grilled Sandwich

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

I love serving my sandwiches with some classic salted crisps or chips and chilled drink to wash it all down. Let us make some sandwiches!

Begin with finely chopping all the vegetables and set them aside in a mixing bowl.

Add American corn, vegan mayonnaise, salt to taste, freshly cracked black pepper, garlic powder and finely chopped green chilies.
Mix well.

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

Take a few slices of bread, apply margarine and some green chutney.
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Spread the sandwich mixture on one slice. Cover it with the other slice.

Heat a griddle/ pan. Smear some margarine on both sides of the sandwich. Roast it well on both sides until the sandwich turns golden and crisp.
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Take them off the heat, slice and serve!

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Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

Delicious and easy to make Veggie Loaded Mayo Sandwiches make for the perfect breakfast/ brunch or even a light meal! 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch Box
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp vegan mayonnaise or regular
  • 3 tbsp of each, finely chopped coloured bell peppers, purple cabbage, carrots, cucumber
  • 3 tbsp boiled American corn
  • salt to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup green chutney recipe in blog archives
  • margarine as needed or use regular butter or oil

Instructions

  1. Begin with finely chopping all the vegetables and set them aside in a mixing bowl.

  2. Add American corn, mayonnaise, salt to taste, freshly cracked black pepper, garlic powder and finely chopped green chilies. 

  3. Mix well.

  4. Take a few slices of bread, apply margarine and some green chutney. 

  5. Spread the sandwich mixture on one slice. Cover it with the other slice.

  6. Heat a griddle/ pan. Smear some margarine on both sides of the sandwich. Roast it well on both sides until the sandwich turns golden and crisp.

  7. Take them off the heat, slice and serve! 

Love,
Shreya

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Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe is delicious, aromatic and absolutely irresistible! This dish is a staple from Punjab but loved by everyone. It has such a rustic appeal and the textures are definitely so earthy and wholesome. This is truly something which you have to try at least once in your life. 🙂

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe is a very common preparation in most homes but I wanted to share my version which I’ve learnt from my Mom. This is the most delicious version that I’ve ever eaten by far. This recipe is to be savored and revisited time and again! I’ve had guests who love it, my hubby’s colleagues rave about it and my own Mom’s given it a 10 on 10 score when I made it the last time she was visiting us!! It means I’ve nailed it!!

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe would be incomplete without the quintessential Makki ki roti a.k.a maize flour flat breads. It is gluten free, fibrous and has the most earthy aroma. The flavor is deliciously bland that it is what you need to mop up that creamy, aromatic saag!

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe seems a tad involved to begin with but the procedure is very straight forward. The dough for the roti is difficult to roll out as it is made with GF flour and I do not add whole wheat flour or all purpose flour to bind it. I use a small and easy trick my Mom suggested to make the rotis perfectly round every time. It does work like a charm each time 🙂

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe

Let us see the stepwise recipe here.

For the saag –
Clean, wash and pressure cook the spinach, Sarson ka saag (mustard greens) and the bathua (Chenopodium album) together for 2-3 whistles.
Let the pressure release on it’s own and the let the greens cool down completely.
Once they are cool enough, puree the greens along with the green chilies. Set this puree aside.
Heat mustard oil in a large wok. Let it smoke and then turn off the flame for a minute. Turn on the flame again and add asafoetida (hing). Let it crackle.

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe
Next, add the chopped onions and sauté it until it’s golden brown. Then add the ginger-garlic paste.

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Let these cook together until the raw smell of ginger-garlic paste goes away. Then add the chopped tomatoes along with red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix and cook until the oil separates from them.

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe
Next, the garam masala powder goes in. Cook for about 5 minutes.


After that, add the ghee and the green puree that we had kept aside. Mix well and let it come to a gentle boil. Then cover the wok and let it cook on low flame for 10 minutes.

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe
Next add the butter and lemon juice. Turn off the flame. The saag is done.

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe

For the makke ki roti
In a large mixing bowl, add the flour and salt. Mix Well.

Add boiling hot water and cover the bowl with a lid for 10 minutes.

Then knead the dough adding more water if needed. Use some ghee or oil to smoothen the dough.

This is a gluten free dough so it will keep breaking. Keep the dough aside for 10 minutes before rolling the rotis.

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Spread a large parchment paper/ butter paper. Keep a ball of the dough on this paper, cover with another sheet of parchment or butter paper. Roll gently with a rolling pin. Do not roll the roti too thin.

Keep a griddle/ tava ready on medium flame. Set the rolled roti on the hot griddle with the help of the parchment paper.

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Let the roti cook well on one side, then flip gently and cook on the other side too.

Sarson Ka Saag aur Makki ki Roti | Gluten free recipe

Then place the cooked roti on direct flame and allow the roti to puff up. Remove from the flame and apple butter or ghee. Serve these rotis piping hot with Sarson ka saag.

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Sarson Ka Saag aur Makke ki Roti

Rustic Mustard Greens are slow cooked until they turn creamy and aromatic, taste best when paired with gluten free Corn Meal flatbreads. Typically from Punjabi cuisine, this combination is a quintessential winter delight! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Punjabi
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 2 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

Sarson ka Saag

  • 1.5 cups mustard greens, washed sarson ka saag
  • 1.5 cups spinach greens, washed palak ka saag
  • 1 cup Chenopodium album, washed bathua ka saag
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups plain water to pressure cook
  • 4 tbsp mustard oil
  • a pinch of asafoetida hing
  • 1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 3/4 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp ghee clarified butter
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • juice of half a lemon

Makke Ki Roti

  • 3 cups makke ka atta corn meal
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • salt to taste
  • butter/ ghee as needed

Instructions

Sarson Ka Saag

  1. Clean, wash and pressure cook the spinach, Sarson ka saag (mustard greens) and the bathua (Chenopodium album) together for 2-3 whistles.

  2. Let the pressure release on it's own and the let the greens cool down completely.

  3. Once they are cool enough, puree the greens along with the green chilies. Set this puree aside.

  4. Heat mustard oil in a large wok. Let it smoke and then turn off the flame for a minute. Turn on the flame again and add asafoetida (hing). Let it crackle.

  5. Next, add the chopped onions and sauté it until it's golden brown. Then add the ginger-garlic paste.

  6. Let these cook together until the raw smell of ginger-garlic paste goes away. Then add the chopped tomatoes along with red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix and cook until the oil separates from them.

  7. Next, the garam masala powder goes in. Cook for about 5 minutes.

  8. After that, add the ghee and the green puree that we had kept aside. Mix well and let it come to a gentle boil. Then cover the wok and let it cook on low flame for 10 minutes.

  9. Next add the butter and lemon juice. Turn off the flame. The saag is done.

Makke Ki Roti

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour and salt. Mix Well.

  2. Add boiling hot water and cover the bowl with a lid for 10 minutes.

  3. Then knead the dough adding more water if needed. Use some ghee or oil to smoothen the dough.

  4. This is a gluten free dough so it will keep breaking. Keep the dough aside for 10 minutes before rolling the rotis.

  5. Spread a large parchment paper/ butter paper. Keep a ball of the dough on this paper, cover with another sheet of parchment or butter paper. Roll gently with a rolling pin. Do not roll the roti too thin.

  6. Keep a griddle/ tava ready on medium flame. Set the rolled roti on the hot griddle with the help of the parchment paper.

  7. Let the roti cook well on one side, then flip gently and cook on the other side too.

  8. Then place the cooked roti on direct flame and allow the roti to puff up. Remove from the flame and apple butter or ghee. Serve these rotis piping hot with Sarson ka saag.

Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney is a delicious and easy to make breakfast or lunch box combo. These Idlis are light, fluffy and instant, perfect for a filling and nutritious brunch too. The flavorsome red coconut chutney/ coconut dip goes so well with these Idlis and any variant of dosa or wada. 

I’ve used some freshly chopped veggies in the batter for the Vegetable Poha Idli as it makes it more filling and that’s a great way to sneak in veggies in our meals. You can add any veggies of your choice here. Or you can simply keep them plain, sans any veggies and they will still taste really good!

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

As I was saying that these are deliciously fluffy and they melt in the mouth. I have enjoyed them with just some Udupi style tiffin sambhar too and they tasted heavenly!! You can see the texture here, it is soft and the Poha (flattened rice) gives these Idlis the most beautiful pearly white color. I will confess, I love pristine white Idlis. They always look more scrumptious to me than the paler ones. Besides, adding these veggies gives them a very pretty look too, specks of green and orange and some of the mustard seeds peeping from within each Idli makes them attractive for kids too! 🙂 I usually use recipes off YouTube for these idlis but this time around I have tried my friend Gloria’s recipe, who blogs at Pepper, Chilli and Vanilla and I can swear by her recipes! As expected these idlis turned out just as I wanted them, though her version doesn’t include veggies but it’s a killer recipe! 🙂

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney tastes equally delicious with a podi  (lentil and spice powder) mixed with a bit of oil, it is quite spicy though, so I have enjoyed my Idlis with a generous serving of Red coconut chutney. It is mildly spicy but has the most amazing flavor.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Vegetable Poha Idli is best enjoyed when it is fresh. We prefer to consume it within 3-4 hours. The batter is instant, non fermented and making these takes hardly any time. You can also serve them with my Udupi Style White Coconut chutney or Classic Green Coconut chutney.

Also try
Instant Oat and vegetable Idli
Instant Rawa Idli
Udupi Style Idli 

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Let us quickly see the recipe for Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney. 

For the Idli Batter

Rinse and soak Poha with 1/2 cup of curd for 15 minutes or till they turn soft.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Then mash these two together until smooth.

Next add the fine rawa, the remaining 1/2 cup of curd and water as needed to the mashed  Poha and curd.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Again allow the batter to rest for another 10 minutes. Add more water if necessary to adjust the consistency of the batter.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Season with some salt.

Add chopped carrots and capsicum. Mix well.

For the tempering

Heat oil in a small pan, add hing (asafoetida), curry leaves, mustard seeds, split white lentils. Let them crackle for a minute.

Add this tempering to the ready batter and mix well.

Steaming

Add baking soda just before steaming the Idlis.

Brush the Idli plates with oil and pour the batter immediately and steam the Idlis for 10-12 minutes on medium flame.

Once the Idlis are steamed, rest them for a few minutes before unmolding.

Serve them hot with chutney and sambhar.

For the Red Chutney

Grind together grated coconut, dry red chilies, garlic cloves, salt and some water to make a smooth paste.

Temper –

Heat oil in a small wok, add curry leaves, mustard seeds and some (hing) asafoetida. Once these splutter together, add the tempering to the ground chutney/ relish. Mix it well and serve. This chutney/ relish keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 days.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney
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Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Delicious, instant and no ferment Idli is a great breakfast or brunch option. Paired it with some lipsmacking red coconut chutney, these Idlis are loved by everybody! 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch Box
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

Vegetable Poha Idli -

  • 1/2 cup Thick Poha flattened rice
  • 3/4 cup fine semolina chiroti rawa
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • a pinch or two of baking soda
  • salt to taste
  • oil to grease the Idli plates as needed
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped carrots
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped capsicum

Tempering -

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida hing
  • a sprig of fresh curry leaves
  • 1 tsp split white lentils dhooli urad dal

For the Red Chutney -

  • 1 cup freshly grated coconut
  • 7-8 nos. whole red chillies
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • salt to taste
  • water as needed

Temper -

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • a few fresh curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida hing

Instructions

For the Idli Batter -

  1. Rinse and soak Poha with 1/2 cup of curd for 15 minutes or till they turn soft.

  2. Then mash these two together until smooth.

  3. Next add the fine rawa, the remaining 1/2 cup of curd and water as needed to the mashed Poha and curd.

  4. Again allow the batter to rest for another 10 minutes. Add more water if necessary to adjust the consistency of the batter.

  5. Season with some salt.

  6. Add chopped carrots and capsicum. Mix well.

For the tempering -

  1. Heat oil in a small pan, add hing (asafoetida), curry leaves, mustard seeds, split white lentils. Let them crackle

    Add this tempering to the ready batter and mix well.

  2. Add this tempering to the ready batter and mix well.

Steaming -

  1. Add baking soda just before steaming the Idlis.

  2. Brush the Idli plates with oil and pour the batter immediately and steam the Idlis for 10-12 minutes on medium flame.

  3. Once the Idlis are steamed, rest them for a few minutes before unmolding. Serve them hot with chutney and sambhar.

For the Red Chutney -

  1. Grind together grated coconut, dry red chilies, garlic cloves, salt and some water to make a smooth paste.

Temper -

  1. Heat oil in a small wok, add curry leaves, mustard seeds and some (hing) asafoetida. Once these splutter together, add the tempering to the ground chutney/ relish. Mix it well and serve. This chutney/ relish keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 days.


Recipe Notes

You can use eno (fruit salt)in place of baking soda.
Adding veggies is optional.
Use a day old home made yogurt as it has a slightly tangy taste. 
If you wont steam the idlis immediately, then add salt and baking soda to the batter just before steaming the Idlis. 

Love,
Shreya 🙂

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