The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies are originally from Austria. The name “Linzer” comes from the name of the city, Linz in Austria. This city is famous for the Linzertorte. It has a lovely, buttery yet light almond flavored pastry, filled with fruity preserves. The tart is then topped with a lattice pattern using the same pastry dough. 🙂 

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies are made using the same recipe, just that they are cut out as cookies, two of these cookies are sandwiched together with some fruity jam or preserves. Also, the top cookie has small shape cut out in the right which is known as the Linzer eyes. The Linzer eyes shows off a tiny bit of the jam or the preserve inside, thus making these cookies look really dainty 🙂 (Information taken from foodreference.com)

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies can be made with or without eggs. I’ve chosen to go eggless as always, the texture of these cookies turned out amazing. The flavor of these Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies is very delicate as the almond flour renders the most nuttiest aroma and gives it that bite! Almond meal/ flour takes the flavor to a whole another level.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies are different from the egg free shortbread bread Linzer cookies that I posted last year. They are delicious, buttery and absolutely pretty too! You guys could make those if almond meal/ flour ain’t available.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies can have any filling, though traditionally they have a raspberry or strawberry preserves/ jams. You could add some chocolate ganache, salted caramel. I have used my homemade 3 ingredient strawberry jam for these cookies.

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Let us start with these beauties, they seem a little involved but very easy!

Combine salt, almond flour and all purpose flour in a large mixing bowl. Set it aside.

In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until just combined. You don’t need to cream them until fluffy.

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Add vanilla extract and almond extract, mix until combined.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

Add the dry flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture. Mix these together until just combined. Shape the dough and wrap it in a cling wrap.

The Best Traditional Linzer Cookies | Egg free Linzer Cookies

Chill the dough in the refrigerator for a minimum of 60 minutes. You can store this dough in the freezer for about 3 weeks.

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Once the dough has chilled completely, let the dough rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes.

Dust the surface with some flour, roll the dough out to a thickness of about 1/4th inch.

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Use fancy cookie cutters to give them shape. Use smaller cookie cutter to make the cut outs for the Linzer eyes in half of the entire batch of the cut out cookies.

Place these cut out cookie bottoms on a parchment lined baking sheet and chill them for 15 minutes.

Place the tops with the cut out linzer eyes on a separate parchment lined baking sheet and chill them for 15 minutes too.

Pre heat the oven for 10 minutes @ 180’c.

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Bake all the bottoms first for 15 minutes at 180’c. They will turn slightly golden on the edges once they are done. Next, bake the cut out tops for 12 minutes at 180’c as they have lesser surface area. They will turn slightly golden on th edges once they are done.

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Once all the cookies are baked, let them sit on the hot baking trays for 10 minutes as they crisp up. Then move them on the cooling rack and let them cool down completely.

Warm the jam just the little bit. Take all the bottom cookies and spread some jam on each cookie.

Dust the tops of the cut out cookies with some icing sugar. Place the top cookies on the jam covered ones and make cookie sandwiches. Be careful not to smudge the icing sugar while making the cookie sandwiches.

They keep fresh in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

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Delicious fruity jam/ preserves sandwiched between two buttery, almond shortbread cookies not only look so pretty and are absolutely scrumptious!  

Course Breakfast, Christmas, Dessert, Tea Time
Cuisine Austrian
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 10 sandwiches
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 47 grams almond meal/ flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (110 grams)
  • 65 grams icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • powdered/ icing sugar to dust the cookies
  • 1/4 cup strawberry/ raspberry jam

Instructions

  1. Combine salt, almond flour and all purpose flour  in a large mixing bowl. Set it aside.


  2. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until just combined. You don't need to cream them until fluffy.


  3. Add vanilla extract and almond extract, mix until combined.


  4. Add the dry flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture. Mix these together until just combined. Shape the dough and wrap it in a cling wrap.


  5. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for a minimum of 60 minutes. You can store this dough in the freezer for about 3 weeks.


  6. Once the dough has chilled completely, let the dough rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes.


  7. Dust the surface with some flour, roll the dough out to a thickness of about 1/4th inch.


  8. Use fancy cookie cutters to give them shape. Use smaller cookie cutter to make the cut outs for the Linzer eyes in half of the entire batch of the cut out cookies.



  9. Place these cut out cookie bottoms on a parchment lined baking sheet and chill them for 15 minutes.


  10. Place the tops with the cut out linzer eyes on a separate parchment lined baking sheet and chill them for 15 minutes too.


  11. Pre heat the oven for 10 minutes @ 180'c.


  12. Bake all the bottoms first for 15 minutes at 180'c. They will turn slightly golden on the edges once they are done. Next, bake the cut out tops for 12 minutes at 180'c as they have lesser surface area. They will turn slightly golden on th edges once they are done.


  13. Once all the cookies are baked, let them sit on the hot baking trays for 10 minutes as they crisp up. Then move them on the cooling rack and let them cool down completely.


  14. Warm the jam just the little bit. Take all the bottom cookies and spread some jam on each cookie.


  15. Dust the tops of the cut out cookies with some icing sugar. Place the top cookies on the jam covered ones and make cookie sandwiches. Be careful not to smudge the icing sugar while making the cookie sandwiches.



  16. They keep fresh in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori is one of the most popular snacks from Gujarat, typically made in the winters when the markets are a flood with fresh pigeon peas or Toovar dana a.k.a. Lilva dana. These kachoris or hand pies are small in size, they are filled with a sweet and spicy mix made with these fresh pigeon peas and deep fried until crisp and golden!!!

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori are typically made in winters as the fresh pigeon peas are available in the season for just a couple of months. So, these little, golden crispy kachoris are a must have delicacy in Gujarat. Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori are quite famous across the country for their spicy, tangy and yet sweet filling and that super flaky exterior!

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori is super flaky and crisp to the core, as you can see here!! I can’t imagine calling it a kachori if it ain’t crispy and flaky enough. The crispy exterior makes way for this really delicious, melt in the mouth kind of filling. The filling is so, so good that I had to physically keep away from it until I was ready to fill these babies up!! 😉 I personally feel it pairs the best with some spicy green chutney, the sweet and spicy filling compliments the chutney. You can also serve these with sweet tamarind chutney or some mint and yogurt chutney.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori are best consumed fresh and piping hot, with some tea. Though no tea for me but the hubby can’t live without his tea and these golden beauties make for the best tea mate 🙂

Let’s make some kachoris.

For the dough
Take Maida (APF), add salt to taste and the oil.

Rub the flour with the oil for 3-4 minutes. The Maida/ flour must resemble breadcrumb like texture.

Add the lemon juice and make semi hard dough using a little water at a time. The dough must be like a poori dough but not too hard else the kachori will crack when fried.

Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and rest it for 15 minutes. Then divide them into 8-9 lemon sized balls. Cover again and let them rest.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

For the filling
Peel and clean the fresh pigeon peas/ Lilva. Wash and drain them. Do the same for the green peas.

Blanch these together for 10 minutes, set them aside to cool down completely.

Once they are cooled, crush them together either using a mortar pestle or in a food processor. They must have some texture and not turn into a paste. Set this aside.

Heat oil in a non stick pan ( the Lilva/ pigeon peas tend to stick so use a non stick pan). Once the oil is hot, add asafetida, cumin seeds. Let them crackle.

Next add ginger and green chili paste. Cook them for a few minutes. Add turmeric powder. Sauté for a minute.

Add roasted white sesame seeds and the coconut. Mix well.

Next, add the crushed pigeon peas/ Lilva and the green peas. Sauté these together for 5-6 minutes.

Add salt. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir again. Again cover and cook.

Add chopped cashews, sugar and chaat masala. Mix well.

Add lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Turn off the flame. The filling is ready.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Divide the filling into 8-9 lemon sized balls as well.

Now, roll all the balls of dough to a diameter of 2.5″ to 3″.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Place the ball of the filling in the center of the rolled dough. close it tightly. Do the same for all the dough balls. set them aside while you heat the oil to fry the kachoris.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Now fry the kachoris on low flame as they must crisp up and the color must remain light golden brown.

It took me about 15 minutes for frying a batch of 8-9 kachoris. Drain the fried kachoris on absorbent tissues.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Serve them hot with chutney and tea/ coffee.

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A delicious, crispy, sweet and spicy flavored kachoris/ hand pies are a famous Gujarati snacks that go so well with some green chutney/ dip and tea or coffee. 

Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack, starters
Cuisine Gujarati
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 cup maida /APF
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp refined oil
  • salt to taste
  • water as needed to knead the dough
  • enough oil to fry

Filling

  • 3/4 cup fresh pigeon peas/ lilva
  • 1/4 cup fresh green peas
  • 4 tbsp refined oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 sp green chili paste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp roasted white sesame seeds (til)
  • 1/2 cup fresh, grated coconut
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • salt to taste
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp chopped, fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

Dough

  1. Take Maida (APF), add salt to taste and the oil.

  2. Rub the flour with the oil for 3-4 minutes. The Maida/ flour must resemble breadcrumb like texture.

  3. Add a lemon juice and make semi hard dough using a little water at a time. The dough must be like a poori dough but not too hard else the kachori will crack when fried.

  4. Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and rest it for 15 minutes. Then divide them into 8-9 lemon sized balls. Cover again and let them rest.

Filling

  1. Peel and clean the fresh pigeon peas/ Lilva. Wash and drain them. Do the same for the green peas.

  2. Blanch these together for 10 minutes, set them aside to cool down completely.

  3. Once they are cooled, crush them together either using a mortar pestle or in a food processor. They must have some texture and not turn into a paste. Set this aside.

  4. Heat oil in a non stick pan ( the Lilva/ pigeon peas tend to stick so use a non stick pan). Once the oil is hot, add asafoetida, cumin seeds. Let them crackle.

  5. Next add ginger and green chili paste. Cook them for a few minutes. Add turmeric powder. Sauté for a minute.

  6. Add roasted white sesame seeds and the coconut. Mix well.

  7. Next, add the crushed pigeon peas/ Lilva and the green peas. Sauté these together for 5-6 minutes.

  8. Add salt. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir again. Again cover and cook.

  9. Add chopped cashews, sugar and chaat masala. Mix well.

  10. Add lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Turn off the flame. The filling is ready.

Assemble and fry

  1. Divide the filling into 8-9 lemon sized balls as well.

  2. Now, roll all the balls of dough to a diameter of 2.5" to 3".

  3. Place the ball of the filling in the center of the rolled dough. close it tightly. Do the same for all the dough balls. set them aside while you heat the oil to fry the kachoris.

  4. Now fry the kachoris on low flame as they must crisp up and the color must remain light golden brown.

  5. It took me about 15 minutes for frying a batch of 8-9 kachoris. Drain the fried kachoris on absorbent tissues.

  6. Serve them hot with chutney and tea/ coffee.

Recipe Notes

You can store the filling for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.
You can skip the lemon juice in the dough, but it makes the dough white and crisper on frying. 
Fresh Lilva/ pigeon peas can be cleaned and stored in the freezer all year around like green peas.

Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box is an ideal way to prepare a variety of cookies at one go using just one cookie dough! Yes, just one easy eggless cookie dough and turn it into delicious variety of cookies 🙂 This makes for an ideal Holiday present, looks pretty and tastes so good! 

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box seems a little involved to start with but it’s just the dough that needs to be ready. Once it’s ready, you can let your imagination take shape and dole out the prettiest cookies! Since, they dough is very simple to make, you can make these cookies in multiple batches and even freeze some dough for 15-20 days.

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box can be filled with any variety of cookies. But, I chose to use my sugar cookie recipe with some changes as a base to fill this Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box. Once you’ve perfected the cookie dough and then baked it perfectly, use different ideas to present them. I’ll walk to through the 3 ideas that I’ve used for my Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box.

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box first had the classic stamped sugar cookies. One can never go wrong with these. I have used Holiday stamps to press a design on 8 cookies before baking them. Simply roll out the dough, cut the shapes, stamp them and the refrigerate the cookies  for 15 minutes before baking them for 10-12 minutes. They must not change their color. This way they wont spread much. They will also retain the beautiful design as they won’t spread.

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If you don’t have these stamps, simply keep them plain, cut them out, refrigerate them for 15 minutes and then bake them 10-12 minutes. They must not change their color. They will first be very soft but leave them on the baking tray. They will crisp up as they cool. Once they are completely cooled, store them in airtight boxes, they will remain fresh for 3-4 days.

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box

Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box next had the classic jam filled Linzer cookies! They are so delicious, buttery cookies sandwiched with some homemade strawberry jam is a delight. You can even fill it with a jam any other flavor, but I prefer strawberry or raspberry.

I have used a snowman shaped cookie cutter this time, I cut out the snowman shape from 3 cookies, and cut 3 plain cookies for the base of these linzers (if you don’t have fancy cookies cutters to cut out shapes, simply use the cap of a bottle to cut out  shapes). Then I refrigerated the unbaked cut outs for 15 minutes and then baked them for 10-12 minutes. They must not change their color. They remain soft at first, let them sit on the baking tray so that they crisp up. Fill the plain cookies with the jam, top them with the cut out cookies. Dust the top of the cookies with some icing sugar and then store these in airtight boxes. They too keep fresh for 3-4 days. The tiny snowmen in the pictures are the cut outs which I chose to bake and use as Holiday Décor.

Linzer Cookies 

This picture is from last year’s linzer cookie post. you can use any cookie cutters.

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Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box must have some candy cane cookies! It’s Christmas and they look just apt. They are a bit tricky I agree, but very easy to put together. I suggest you do make these but with gel based color only as that gives the best outcome and don’t tend to stain th white portion at all.

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Please follow the instructions very carefully to nail these candy cane cookies. I took 2 balls of the dough that weighed equally (60 grams each). I colored one ball with red gel color and left the other ball as it is.

Roll the two balls into long thin logs of the same size an width and then follow the steps shown in the pictures below.

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As shown in the first picture here, twist the red colored and the white log together. Then cut out 8 equal sized pieces of the twisted log. Bend one end as shown in the second picture. Repeat for the remaining 7. Place of the baking tray and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Bake these for 10-12 minutes. They must not change color. Let them cool completely on the tray, they will crisp up too. Store them in airtight boxes and they will remain fresh for 3-4 days.

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These are baked, as you can see the shape is perfect, none of the cookies have spread.

PLEASE NOTE THAT I HAVE MADE ONE BATCH OF THE SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH AND MADE THESE 3 VARIETIES OF COOKIES IN SMALL BATCHES.
8 stamped cookies (about 2″diameter each)
3 Linzer cookies (about 2″diameter each)
8 candy cane cookies (about 2.5″length each)
You can double or triple the quantity of these cookies by doubling or tripling the quantity of the ingredients of the sugar cookie dough.
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Here are some more eggless cookie ideas for Christmas-
Tutti Frutti cookies
Oat and Whole-wheat Lemon Sandwich cookies
Almond Shortbread cookies
Rose & Pistachio Shortbread cookies
Sweet & salty Cumin cookies 
Classic Linzer cookies

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We will now see the recipe for a batch of the dough.

In a bowl add the all purpose flour and icing sugar. Whisk these together.

Now add softened butter and vanilla extract.

Use the whisk to mix them together, no need to whip them. (click here to get the best tips to ensure perfect cookies that never spread). The texture of the mixture will resemble bread crumbs.

Now, add 1 tablespoon of the milk at a time and bring the dough together very gently.

Do not over knead this dough. Also, please do not add more milk than necessary. I used approximately 3-4 tbsp. of milk and it was good enough.

Next, wrap this soft dough in some cling wrap and set it in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.

While the dough rests in the refrigerator, prep a baking tray with parchment paper. Set this aside.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator after 30-40 minutes, dust the dough and the rolling pin with some all purpose flour. (I used a silicon sheet to roll this on, the dough won’t stick at all).

Roll the dough to a thickness of 3-4 mm. Use any fancy cookie cutter to cut the dough into shapes or just cut then squares using a basic knife. You can even use any cap of a container to cut shapes, they look just fine and pretty.

Now place these cut out cookie shapes on the parchment lined baking tray. Refrigerate them for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven @160’c for 10 minutes.

Bake the refrigerated cookies for 10-12 minutes. The baked cookies must not change color. Remove them from the oven and let them crisp up on the baking tray for 15 minutes.

Then transfer the cookies on a cooling rack to cool them completely. Then store them in airtight containers.

They keep fresh for 3-4 days. Or follow the steps mentioned in the post above to make different varieties of these cookies.

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Egg free Cookie Box | Christmas Cookie Box

Prep Time: 50 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies of about 2"inches each

Buttery, delicious and easy to make eggless Sugar Cookies are a great option for the Holiday Season. Use this recipe to create a to of fancy Christmas Cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp. icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (I used vanilla powder)
  • 70 gms. soft unsalted butter
  • 3-4 tbsp. milk at room temperature

Instructions

  1. In a bowl add the all purpose flour and icing sugar. Whisk these together.
  2. Now add softened butter and vanilla extract.
  3. Use the whisk to mix them together, no need to whip them. The texture of the mixture will resemble bread crumbs.
  4. Now, add 1 tablespoon of the milk at a time and bring the dough together very gently.
  5. Do not over knead this dough. Also, please do not add more milk than necessary. I used approximately 3-4 tbsp. of milk and it was good enough.
  6. Next, wrap this soft dough in some cling wrap and set it in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.
  7. While the dough rests in the refrigerator, prep a baking tray with parchment paper. Set this aside.
  8. Remove the dough from the refrigerator after 30-40 minutes, dust the dough and the rolling pin with some all purpose flour. (I used a silicon sheet to roll this on, the dough won't stick at all).
  9. Roll the dough to a thickness of 3-4 mm. Use any fancy cookie cutter to cut the dough into shapes or just cut then squares using a basic knife. You can even use any cap of a container to cut shapes, they look just fine and pretty.
  10. Now place these cut out cookie shapes on the parchment lined baking tray. Refrigerate them for 15 minutes.
  11. Preheat the oven @160'c for 10 minutes.
  12. Bake the refrigerated cookies for 10-12 minutes. The baked cookies must not change color. Remove them from the oven and let them crisp up on the baking tray for 15 minutes.
  13. Then transfer the cookies on a cooling rack to cool them completely. Then store them in airtight containers.
  14. They keep fresh for 3-4 days. Or follow the steps mentioned in the post above to make different varieties of these cookies.

Notes

Follow the steps given above for ways to make different varieties of cookies using a single dough recipe. This dough can be frozen for up to 2 weeks wrapped in a cling film. To thaw, place the dough in the refrigerator for 12-15 hours. Then follow the recipe to roll them, refrigerate and bake the cookies.

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Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf is healthy, delicious and so easy to put together. We have used whole wheat flour and added walnuts which makes this cake/ loaf very filling too. 🙂 

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf is one of my go to recipes that came across online a few months ago. I have made it quite a few times since then and it always turns out perfectly!! No- fail recipe and the results are so delicious 🙂 Whenever I’ve got some overripe bananas sitting in the fruit basket, I either make this Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf or my Rustic Banana Bread with Yogurt. If you like chocolate then you can make my Banana Breakfast bars, that is loaded with chocolate and butterscotch!

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf is vegan too, has no eggs and it takes a few ingredients to put together. Ingredients that one has in their pantry on a daily basis. Just a few minutes of preparation and in the oven this goes! That’s all, real quick. Great after school snack for kids with some milk or a glass of juice. You can even pack it for their lunch boxes along with some sandwiches. It’s healthy and really delicious.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf has the best texture. It is very soft and is very moist too, despite of it being vegan. Let’s bake ourselves one! 😉

Preheat the oven at 180’c. Grease a 7″loaf tin and dust it with some flour. Set it aside.

Take the ripe bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mash them well with a fork.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Add castor sugar. Mix sugar with a whisk. Add oil and whisk again until it’s well incorporated.

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Add vanilla extract next, whisk gently.

Sieve whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt next into the banana and oil mixture. (reserve 1 tbsp. whole wheat flour aside).

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Mix well. Add cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder. Mix well again but avoid over mixing.

Mix walnuts with the reserved whole wheat flour and add to the ready batter.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Fold the walnuts gently into the batter.

Pour the ready batter into the prepped tin. Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes @ 170’c.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Once the cake baked, take a toothpick test. The toothpick should come out clean or a with just a few moist crumbs.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Cool the cake in the tin for 30 minutes. Unmould the cake and cool for another 30 minutes on a cooling rack. Slice the cake and serve.

This cake stays fresh in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: one 7 inch loaf

A vegan, delicious, soft and healthy whole wheat banana and walnut cake/ loaf is the perfect partner for your tea or coffee!

Ingredients

  • 2 nos. ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup refined oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1+1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 180'c. Grease a 7"loaf tin and dust it with some flour. Set it aside.
  2. Take the ripe bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mash them well with a fork.
  3. Add castor sugar. Mix sugar with a whisk. Add oil and whisk again until it's well incorporated.
  4. Add vanilla extract next, whisk gently.
  5. Sieve whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt next into the banana and oil mixture. (reserve 1 tbsp. whole wheat flour aside).
  6. Mix well. Add cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder. Mix well again but avoid over mixing.
  7. Mix walnuts with the reserved whole wheat flour and add to the ready batter.
  8. Fold the walnuts gently into the batter.
  9. Pour the ready batter into the prepped tin. Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes @ 170'c.
  10. Once the cake baked, take a toothpick test. The toothpick should come out clean or a with just a few moist crumbs.
  11. Cool the cake in the tin for 30 minutes. Unmould the cake and cool for another 30 minutes on a cooling rack. Slice the cake and serve.
  12. This cake stays fresh in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.

Notes

You can skip the spices if you prefer. I used 2 large bananas, use 3 if using smaller bananas. Add nuts of your choice or skip them if you prefer.

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Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe is light, nutritious and makes for the perfect breakfast or brunch. This recipe is instant and very similar to instant rawa Idli with some variations.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe 

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe is a good way to consume oats in a savory form if you are not too fond of sweet oats with milk and honey. Do count me that category! 😉 I can’t have oats at all. But these Instant Oats Idli is really delicious and packed with so many flavors 😊

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe always makes soft and very fluffy idlis. It is definitely looking like that, is it not?! I have made this 3-4 times in the past 6 months, usually on weekends when brunch seems like the way to go 😉 My hubby who is not fond of idlis too much, approved this one. That definitely gives me another option for meals. On that note, have you tried my homemade Idli batter recipe? It is no-fail and absolutely spot on!

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe tastes best with my instant tiffin style sambhar  and green coconut chutney.  You can also try my Udupi Style White Coconut chutney recipe. Or even my tomato onion chutney pairs fabulously with these idlis.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe is very versatile. You can add veggies of your choice or temper it with your favorite spices. But make sure you add ginger and curry leaves simply because they lend an amazing flavor and aroma.

Let’s make these instant idlis.

Heat a pan, dry roast the oats for a couple of minutes or until they firm up a bit. Ensure they don’t turn brown.

Cool them completely and blend them into a slightly coarse powder. Set it aside.

Heat oil in the same pan. Once it’s hot, add hing/ asafoetida, mustards seeds, urad dal, chopped curry leaves and Chana dal. Let these splutter for a few seconds.

Add grated ginger and chopped green chilies. Sauté for a minute.

Add the semolina. Sauté for 2-3 minutes but the color must not change. Turn off the gas.

Remove this mixture in a mixing bowl and let it cool down completely. Then add the curd.

Mix well. Next, add the powdered oats. Again mix well and season with salt.

Add chopped coriander and mix well.

Add water and adjust the consistency.

Let this batter sit for 10-15 minutes.

Now, just before steaming the idlis, add baking soda. Mix well until the batter becomes a little frothy.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Now add the batter in greased Idli plates and steam for 12-14 minutes.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Let the idlis rest for 5-7 minutes before you unmould them. Serve them piping hot with sambhar and chutney of your choice.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 10-12 idlis

Instant, healthy and delicious Oats Idli are the perfect option for breakfast or a quick brunch. This is a gluten free meal option which you can even pack for a lunch box. Pair it with some Sambhar and Coconut Chutney.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup bombay rawa/ fine sooji (semolina)
  • 1/2 cup water or a little more as needed
  • 1 cup curd (I used a day old home made curd)
  • 3/4 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 3/4 tsp. urad dal (split white lentils)
  • 3/4 tsp. chana dal (split chickpeas)
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • a pinch of hing/ asafoetida
  • 1 inch grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. chopped green chilies
  • 5-6 nos. chopped curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Instructions

  1. Heat a pan, dry roast the oats for a couple of minutes or until they firm up a bit. Ensure they don't turn brown.
  2. Cool them completely and blend them into a slightly coarse powder. Set it aside.
  3. Heat oil in the same pan. Once it's hot, add hing/ asafoetida, mustards seeds, urad dal, chopped curry leaves and Chana dal. Let these splutter for a few seconds.
  4. Add grated ginger and chopped green chilies. Sauté for a minute.
  5. Add the semolina. Sauté for 2-3 minutes but the color must not change. Turn off the gas.
  6. Remove this mixture in a mixing bowl and let it cool down completely. Then add the curd.
  7. Mix well. Next, add the powdered oats. Again mix well and season with salt.
  8. Add chopped coriander and mix well.
  9. Add water and adjust the consistency.
  10. Let this batter sit for 10-15 minutes.
  11. Now, just before steaming the idlis, add baking soda. Mix well until the batter becomes a little frothy.
  12. Now add the batter in greased Idli plates and steam for 12-14 minutes.
  13. Let the idlis rest for 5-7 minutes before you unmould them. Serve them piping hot with sambhar and chutney of your choice.

Notes

You can added veggies of your choice to this batter. You can added cashew nuts to the tempering too. Roast the semolina and oats well otherwise the idlis will be very sticky.

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Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda is a light, non fried snack. You can even call it a savory trail mix of sorts. It pairs well with some tea or coffee. This is very easy to make and tastes absolutely yummy! 🙂 

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda is super yummy. It’s so addictive, I, for one can’t seem to stop munching on this if I’ve made some of this chivda. I make a large batch thinking it will last me a week or more, but I seem to finish it within 2-3 days! I guess the only reason why I particularly love this chivda is because it barely has any oil as opposed to the store bought variants.

The store bought chivdas are a strict no for me, simply because find them oily and too salty. My Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda on the other hand is light as air!

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda 

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda is actually a family recipe. I’ve simply followed what my Mom instructed me to go on adding to make this chivda. I’ve been eating it since I was a kid, first at my maternal granny’s place because my aunts made the best chivda ever! Then my Mom would make the same thing back home too.

So, I had to learn to make it post my marriage simply because I missed it! After I had made it a couple of times, I realized that is easier to make this than kneading a dough!

This comparison because in my initial months of cooking, some 6 and half odd years ago, I had a terrible time kneading a dough for roti or paratha! So being able to knead a decent dough became my benchmark for the first few months, lol!! Yes, I had a tough time with that. Gladly, that’s behind me now and it’s safe to say I make the best rotis ever!! My Mom and the mister, have both given their nods! Rather enthusiastically, I’d say! 😉

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda can made in many ways. Every family has a different recipe even if they differ ever so slightly!! The thing is I have reduced the additives or the munchies that can go in this chivda or trail mix. Simply because the more munchies I needed to add meant the more frying it involved. That definitely meant all the more oil!

So I stick to munchies that can be pan roasted, but if you have an air fryer then you can add any number of fryums, munchies, etc. I don’t so I refrain from going over with them.

Anyways, let’s get going then. There maybe way too many steps to be followed here but trust me, it makes the job easier. It’s a bit involved but definitely a 30-40 minute task for a week full of yumminess! 😉

Sieve the murmura/ puffed rice once.

Heat a large heavy bottomed wok. Dry roast the sieved murmura/ puffed rice until golden and crisp. This takes about 7-8 minutes on low flame.

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Remove the roasted murmura/ puffed rice in a plate and set it aside.

In the same wok, dry roast peanuts until slightly brown and crunchy.

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Remove the roasted peanuts on a plate and set them aside.

In a pan, brush some oil and roast the papads/ poppadums’ until golden.

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Set the roasted papads/ poppadums’ aside too until they crisp up. Let them cool down then break them into bite sized pieces.

Now, heat the wok again and add oil.

Once the oil is hot, reduce the flame to medium. Add hing/ asafoetida, cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them crackle.

Next add turmeric powder and curry leaves.

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Let these crackle too for a few seconds.

Next, add the roasted peanuts. Mix well.

Then add salt to taste, red chili powder, kala namak/ Himalayan pink salt and chaat masala. Mix well.

Add the papad/ poppadum pieces. Mix gently and avoid breaking them.

Add the roasted murmura/ puffed rice in the end and mix everything well until the masala/ spices coats everything well.

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Turn off the flame. Let this chivda/ trail mix cool down completely in the wok. Transfer it into a clean and dry glass jar or a stainless steel/ airtight container. It keeps fresh for 3-4 weeks if the container is kept tightly closed and away from humidity.

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

You can add more fryums, potato sticks, etc. to this chivda/ trail mix if you like.

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda is a non fried, easy to make snack for Diwali, Holi or for everyday tea time munching.

Ingredients

  • 250 gms murmura/ puffed rice
  • 1 cup peanuts (keep the skin on)
  • 3-4 papads/ poppadums''
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • a pinch of hing/ asafoetida
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder
  • a sprig of curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • kala namak/ pink Himalayan salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala

Instructions

  1. Sieve the murmura/ puffed rice once.
  2. Heat a large heavy bottomed wok. Dry roast the sieved murmura/ puffed rice until golden and crisp. This takes about 7-8 minutes on low flame.
  3. Remove the roasted murmura/ puffed rice in a plate and set it aside.
  4. In the same wok, dry roast peanuts until slightly brown and crunchy.
  5. Remove the roasted peanuts on a plate and set them aside.
  6. In a pan, brush some oil and roast the papads/ poppadums' until golden.
  7. Set the roasted papads/ poppadums' aside too until they crisp up. Let them cool down then break them into bite sized pieces.
  8. Now, heat the wok again and add oil.
  9. Once the oil is hot, reduce the flame to medium. Add hing/ asafoetida, cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them crackle.
  10. Next add turmeric powder and curry leaves.
  11. Let these crackle too for a few seconds.
  12. Next, add the roasted peanuts. Mix well.
  13. Then add salt to taste, red chili powder, kala namak/ Himalayan pink salt and chaat masala. Mix well.
  14. Add the papad/ poppadum pieces. Mix gently and avoid breaking them.
  15. Add the roasted murmura/ puffed rice in the end and mix everything well until the masala/ spices coats everything well.
  16. Turn off the flame. Let this chivda/ trail mix cool down completely in the wok. Transfer it into a clean and dry glass jar or a stainless steel/ airtight container. It keeps fresh for 3-4 weeks if the container is kept tightly closed and away from humidity.

Notes

You can add more fryums, potato sticks, etc. to this chivda/ trail mix if you like.

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Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient DipBest Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip is a reality if you can mix together two complimentary flavors 😉 And this dip it just that. Deliciously creamy, tart and a tad bit spicy. Just the right kind of yumminess that one would want to dip their nachos into before gobbling it up!!  

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip takes about 10 minutes to make and requires literally no prepping. This is simply so delicious and goes so well with fries, chips, rolls or even as a spread for sandwiches. Even works a great dip for veggie sticks.

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip is something I’m literally hooked on to these days. I first tasted this dip a few months ago in a restaurant with some nachos and salsa. It was a welcome change from the usual cheesy dip. Although I love the cheese dip but this is definitely something I want to keep enjoying. I use this dip as a sandwich spread and it tastes delicious too! Simply Slather some on a slice of soft bread, lay some lettuce leaves over it and any other topping that you’d fancy and make yourself a real quick snack/ meal 🙂

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

So let’s get this baby going, it wont take more 10 minutes to put this together!! how cool is that??!

Take mayonnaise in a bowl.

Whip it well until it is creamy and smooth.

Chop pickled jalapeno finely. Add these to the whipped mayonnaise.

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Mix well. Serve as you wish.

Store it in a glass or porcelain container in the refrigerator.

It stays fresh for 3-4 days.

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1/2 a cup

Super yummy 2 ingredient dip that you will love!! It's gluten free. Making this is a breeze and you need to have this in your life!!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup eggless mayonnaise (take any mayonnaise, I prefer eggless)
  • 3 tbsp. chopped pickled jalapenos

Instructions

  1. Take mayonnaise in a bowl.
  2. Whip it well until it is creamy and smooth.
  3. Chop pickled jalapeno finely. Add these to the whipped mayonnaise.
  4. Mix well. Serve as you wish.
  5. Store it in a glass or porcelain container in the refrigerator.
  6. It stays fresh for 3-4 days. (Check the notes below for vegan options)

Notes

You can use vegan mayonnaise to make a vegan dip.

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Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge is rich, creamy and delicious Indian sweet that has a great texture. It is absolutely melt in the mouth good and very addictive ;P 

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge is very easy to make and needs very little prepping. A traditional occasion like Ganesh Chaturthi calls for a special treat, these kesar modaks fit the bill perfectly! The aroma of modaks by itself reminds of Ganesha ji and I can’t seem to stop at one! 10 days of Ganesh Chaturthi festivities and about 100 modaks later, I’m still game for some more!!

The variety that one finds with modaks these days in sweet marts is infinite. All sorts of flavors and colors are really so tempting. But what intrigues me the most is the shape of these modaks. I just love how beautiful they look, the perfection behind each Modak is so breath taking! Anyways, you can achieve that with the moulds that are available these days in shops.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge is made easily using just a few ingredients from the pantry. This means you can make these to offer to the Lord during the festivities without much difficulty. Times of festivities are pretty busy in any Indian household and being to whisk up traditional goodies in the comfort of your home is priceless.

These modaks do not have preservatives or any kind of flavor enhancing agents, hence they are the healthy way to go. Since I’m fond of the basic flavored modaks rather than the fusion ones, I’ll share the recipe of kesar modaks. This recipe is adapted from my recipe for basic Burfi.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Let’s start with bringing all the ingredients to room temperature.

Break mawa/ khoya into pieces. Heat a large pan.

Place these pieces in the pan, let them melt on low flame.

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Once the mawa has melted, add powdered sugar, kesar dissolved in milk, cardamom powder and food color. Mix well.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Keep stirring on low flame until the sugar dissolves. The mixture will loosen up some more as the sugar melts into it. Keep stirring continuously on low flame.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

The mixture will become frothy. Do not stop stirring.

Keep stirring on low flame for the next 8-10 minutes.

This mixture will thicken now and leave the sides of the pan. It’s consistency should be like that of a loose dough.

Remove it in a plate and let it come to room temperature.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

This mixture will be like a dough, using the moulds, make modaks of any size you prefer.

Follow the steps in the below pictures to make the perfect shapes. I’ve used modaks moulds.

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Use a little ghee to grease these moulds to enable easy unmolding once they have take the shapes.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Serve these fresh and enjoy the soft, delicious modaks and offer them to Lord Ganesha.

Let these modaks sit in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before serving if the climate is very hot and humid.

They stay fresh in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 10 large or 15 small modaks

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge is rich, creamy and delicious Indian sweet. We have used just 5 ingredients to make these.

Ingredients

  • 200 gms mawa/ khoya
  • 7 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
  • few strands of saffron/ kesar dissolved in
  • 3 tsp. warm milk
  • 2 drops yellow food color, gel based (optional)
  • ghee to grease the moulds

Instructions

  1. Let's start with bringing all the ingredients to room temperature.
  2. Break mawa/ khoya into pieces. Heat a large pan.
  3. Place these pieces in the pan, let them melt on low flame.
  4. Once the mawa has melted, add powdered sugar, kesar dissolved in milk, cardamom powder and food color. Mix well.
  5. Keep stirring on low flame until the sugar dissolves. The mixture will loosen up some more as the sugar melts into it. Keep stirring continuously on low flame.
  6. The mixture will become frothy. Do not stop stirring.
  7. Keep stirring on low flame for the next 8-10 minutes.
  8. This mixture will thicken now and leave the sides of the pan. It's consistency should be like that of a loose dough.
  9. Remove it in a plate and let it come to room temperature.
  10. This mixture will be like a dough, using the moulds, make modaks of any size you prefer.
  11. Follow the steps in the above pictures to make the perfect shapes. I've used modaks moulds.
  12. Use a little ghee to grease these moulds to enable easy unmolding once they have take the shapes.
  13. Serve these fresh and enjoy the soft, delicious modaks and offer them to Lord Ganesha.
  14. Let these modaks sit in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before serving if the climate is very hot and humid.
  15. They stay fresh in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

Notes

Use color if you prefer. It's important to cook this mixture on low flame, else this will simply burn. Increase the quantity of sugar if you prefer these more sweeter.

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Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjal

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals are very popular in Maharashtra. They are a traditional preparation and have a very delicious, spicy flavor 🙂 Small, soft brinjals are stuffed with a coconut based stuffing and then cooked in the semi dry gravy.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjal

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals are a very popular preparation in Maharashtra specially during festivals or weddings. This preparation is usually enjoyed with Jowar Bhakri (millet flatbread), crushed onions and some thecha (Maharashtrian green chili relish). Trust me, it’s such a heavenly combo and the flavors are absolutely earthy and rustic.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals are one of the few things which I can have whenever you ask me to, it’s that delicious. Although I have served these with some regular whole-wheat rotis and some onion rings and green chilies, they still make such an delicious meal. The earthy flavors of coconut, garlic, cumin, etc. make for the perfect spice blend. The texture too is really nice, pair them with rotis or rice.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Anyways, let get started. This preparation is a little involved but pretty straight forward too.

In a blender jar, grind together the desiccated coconut, cumin seeds and sesame seeds to a coarse powder.

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Then add chopped coriander leaves and garlic to the powder and grind everything to a coarse paste. Do not add water while grinding this paste.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a pan. Once it’s hot, add asafoetida and chopped onions. Sauté the onions until they are translucent.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Add chopped tomatoes next, cook them until they are mushy and the oil separates.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Add the ground paste and sauté for a few minutes. Add goda masala, roasted peanut powder, turmeric, jaggery, red chili powder and salt to taste. Mix well.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Cook this mixture for 4-5 minutes. Then turn off the gas. Let this mixture cool down completely.

Wash, pat dry small brinjals. Prep them, keep the stem intact. Make vertical slits and stuff it well with the ready masala.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Follow the above step for all the brinjals. set them aside.

Add about 2 cups of water in the same pan in which the masala stuffing was made, bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat and set it aside.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Heat 1 tbsp. oil in another pan. Once it’s hot, add the stuffed brinjals and sauté them until they turn brown on all sides.

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Next, add the boiled water and salt to taste to the brinjals. Cover and simmer the brinjals in the water until they are cooked and the gravy has thickened. It took me about 15-18 minutes for the brinjals to cook and the gravy to thicken.

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Serve piping hot with roti/ bhakri or some steamed rice.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjal

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: serves 2-3 people

Bharli Vangi or Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals are a traditional dish from Maharashtra flavored with coconut, sesame and spices. They are absolutely lip smacking yummy!

Ingredients

  • 7 nos. small brinjals/ eggplants
  • 2 nos. medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 no. tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. goda masala
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp jaggery
  • 2 tbsp. roasted peanuts powdered
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • salt to taste
  • For the paste-
  • 2-3 tbsp. desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp. white sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp. cumin seeds
  • 14-15 nos. cloves of garlic
  • 6-7 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves

Instructions

    For the paste
  1. In a blender jar, grind together the desiccated coconut, cumin seeds and sesame seeds to a coarse powder.
  2. Then add chopped coriander leaves and garlic to the powder and grind everything to a coarse paste. Do not add water while grinding this paste.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a pan. Once it's hot, add asafoetida and chopped onions. Sauté the onions until they are translucent.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes next, cook them until they are mushy and the oil separates.
  5. Add the ground paste and sauté for a few minutes. Add goda masala, roasted peanut powder, turmeric, jaggery, red chili powder and salt to taste. Mix well.
  6. Cook this mixture for 4-5 minutes. Then turn off the gas. Let this mixture cool down completely.
  7. Wash, pat dry small brinjals. Prep them, keep the stem intact. Make vertical slits and stuff it well with the ready masala.
  8. Follow the above step for all the brinjals. set them aside.
  9. Add about 2 cups of water in the same pan in which the masala stuffing was made, bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat and set it aside.
  10. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in another pan. Once it's hot, add the stuffed brinjals and sauté them until they turn brown on all sides.
  11. Next, add the boiled water and salt to taste to the brinjals. Cover and simmer the brinjals in the water until they are cooked and the gravy has thickened. It took me about 15-18 minutes for the brinjals to cook and the gravy to thicken.
  12. Serve piping hot with roti/ bhakri or some steamed rice.

Notes

1. I have used small purple brinjals. 2. You can use small green ones too. 3. Add more water if you want to adjust the consistency of the gravy when serving with rice.

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Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is one of my favorite snacks or quick fix meals. It is super spicy, has a ton of texture and every bite is full of flavor. I am sharing an easy recipe to make this at home using sprouted legumes. 

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is a staple breakfast or snack in all of Maharashtra, specially in Pune, Mumbai  and Kolhapur. It is everyone’s favorite go to snack after vada pav!! Misal is basically a curry, slightly thinner in consistency and is made with sprouted legumes. The Kolhapuri version (Kolhapur is a city in Maharashtra) curry has a lot of spice, it is basically red in color because of all the red chili powder, often known as tambda ( which means red in Marathi). The Puneri version is a bit milder, I have tasted it just once and honestly, I didn’t like it! So I have not got much information on that to go on about.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is served in a very typical way. I simply love how a basic stainless steel platter with sections is used to serve this fiery curry along with pav bread (again a staple in Maharashtra), topped with finely chopped onions and a generous handful of chivda or mixture (spicy Indian Trail mixes). I mean this combo is definitely not for the faint hearted. Kolhapuri Misal is fire! It’s often nicknamed zhanzhanit (meaning extremely spicy and hot in Marathi). True to that, this dish is very spicy and hot! I mean look at the fiery color of the kat (the teekhat or spicy gravy of the curry) that is served on the side to be added while enjoying with Pav.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is made using a very typical Maharashtrian spice mix called Misal Masala. I have used a store bought mix which I purchased here in Mumbai itself. Try to buy this mix from a typical Maharashtrian area or brand. That will ensure authentic flavor. Also, this recipe does call for a little more oil and spices and there no alternate to that, so I will follow the authentic way of making it!

Recipe link to home made Pav. However have used store bought for these pictures;)

Let us make some Misal!!

Wash and pressure cook the mixed sprouts for 2-3 whistles in 3 cups of salted water. Set this aside.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Take a large wok, heat oil. Once it is hot, add asafoetida and cumin. Let them splutter for a minute.

Then add finely chopped onions. ginger paste and garlic paste. Sauté until they turn golden brown.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Next, add chopped tomatoes along with turmeric powder, red chili powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder. Mix them well and sauté them for 5-6 minutes.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Then add the Misal masala and season with salt. Sauté for another 10-15 minutes until the oil floats on top of the spices.

Then add the Misal masala and season with salt. Sauté for another 10-15 minutes until the oil floats on top of the spices.

Once the oil floats, add the boiled sprouts and th water in which it was boiled in. Also add extra water if need to make a thin gravy.

Mix everything well, let this come a boil, then lower the flame and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Once ready, serve in individual plates with some pav. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, a handful of mixture, chopped onions and a lemon wedge. Serve piping hot.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: serves 3-4

A spicy, flavorful Maharashtrian snack, Misal Pav is absolutely mouthwatering. It is vegan and gluten free and comes together in minutes!

Ingredients

  • 300 gms mixed sprouts (I have used store bought)
  • 3 cups water + extra to correct the consistency of the gravy
  • 4 tbsp refined oil
  • a pinch of asafoetida/ hing
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 nos. large onion, finely chopped
  • 1.5 tbsp. garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • 3 nos. large ripe tomatoes. finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1 tsp. kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1.5 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1.5 tsp. cumin powder
  • 3 tsp. Misal masala
  • mixed mixture/ chivda + few lemon wedges + chopped onions + chopped coriander for garnish
  • Pav bread to serve as sides

Instructions

  1. Wash and pressure cook the mixed sprouts for 2-3 whistles in 3 cups of salted water. Set this aside.
  2. Take a large wok, heat oil. Once it is hot, add asafoetida and cumin. Let them splutter for a minute.
  3. Then add finely chopped onions. ginger paste and garlic paste. Sauté until they turn golden brown.
  4. Next, add chopped tomatoes along with turmeric powder, red chili powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder. Mix them well and sauté them for 5-6 minutes.
  5. Then add the Misal masala and season with salt. Sauté for another 10-15 minutes until the oil floats on top of the spices.
  6. Once the oil floats, add the boiled sprouts and th water in which it was boiled in. Also add extra water if need to make a thin gravy.
  7. Mix everything well, let this come a boil, then lower the flame and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  8. Once ready, serve in individual plates with some pav.
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, a handful of mixture, chopped onions and a lemon wedge. Serve piping hot.

Notes

Tastes best when served hot and fresh.

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