Category: Appetizers

Cheesy Masala Corn on the Cob

If you love rains…you’ll love your Masala Bhutta (spicy corn on the cob) sold by street vendors! The taste is to die for…spicy, tangy and that smokiness is just perfect! No amount of oven roasting is ever going to give a corn on the cob the taste that you’ll get by roasting it in an open flame. 

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And that’s what I did! Usually I boil the sweet corn on the cob for a few mins and then just season the sweet corn kernels with some cracked blacked pepper & some sea salt! That’s tasty too…but since it was raining…I just felt like doing it this way 😀 A little guilt free indulgence for the both of us 😘

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I just twisted the masala a bit to our liking…let’s get started!

Yield: I used 2 cobs here, so serves 2 or maybe more if you’re sharing!

Equipment: a wired flame grill meant for roasting.

Ingredients:

corn on the cob – as needed

seas salt/ regular salt, red  chilli powder, roasted cumin powder, cracked black pepper – to be mixed  together as per taste

few wedges of lemon

grated cheese (I used processed cheese) – as needed

chopped coriander to garnish

* I am not mentioning any quantities above for the ingredients as this recipe is built more on taste rather than exact measures!

Method:

Husk the corn well. Keep the wired grill on the flame as shown in the picture above, and place the corn on the grill. Keep turning it around a few times until it’s charred well all over and looks cooked.

To serve – dip a lemon wedge in the mixed spices and rub it all over the roasted cob. Place the cob on a plate and add the grated cheese over the it & add some chopped coriander leaves. Sprinkle some more spices if you like. Serve hot!

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Would you not like that!? 😂 I took all of 10 mins for these beauties! The cheese is optional though, but it tasted yum with the spices and the sweetness of the corn. Happy me!

Love,

Shreya💗

Wholewheat Pizza Base | How to make Wholewheat Pizza Base

You like pizza, I know you do! It’s Friday night…you’re watching your favourite rom-com, you scarf down 5 slices of Pizza without pausing for a breath….and then the DOUGH hits you! Hits you hard 😶😶😶 it’s super chewy, hard and weighs you down. Not the best note to start your weekend on, right!?

We are all the same, I am just like you…love to have pizzas…watch movie marathons and hate getting off my couch on weekends! But not at the cost of feeling weighed down and missing the next two meals or so. Hence, my Wholewheat Pizza Base is perfect for satisfying all those pizza cravings in a healthy way 🤗

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They are extremely light, crisp on the outside, moist within and taste way better than the all purpose flour ones. And the toppings…well that’s a whole other topic! Play! Yes, simply play with the toppings…veg..non-veg..greens or just plain cheese and herbs! They all work well with this Wholewheat Pizza Base. Although, if you still feel good about a APF pizza base, click here for a detailed, step by step recipe. Also, learn to make your own homemade pizza sauce, absolutely lip smacking and the quickest recipe ever!

A few things to keep in mind when making your own Wholewheat Pizza Base..

1. Yeast – I have used Active Dry yeast. Keep in mind the manufacturing date and the expiration date. Mine is manufactured in June’16 and expires in February ’17. So that’s the window..but I won’t be using this packet after December ’16. The effectiveness of the yeast diminishes with time. So work according to the dates.

2. Wholewheat Flour – I have used Aashirwaad Select flour here. Also, I didn’t seive the flour before kneading the dough. Just measured it correctly by first fluffing the flour, then adding spoonfuls of the flour into the measuring cup and then levelling it off with a palette knife. This is very crucial, so be measure it right!

3. Hydration – Wholewheat flour based breads need slightly more hydration as opposed to the APF ones. I used olive oil and water to hydrate the dough. (You can use regular refined oil too).

Let’s get baking!

Yield: 4-5 pizza bases depending on the size and the thickness. (I made 5 bases of approximately 7″ diameter).

Equipment: a baking tray, measuring cups/ spoons, rolling board, rolling pin, a large mixing bowl, a small mixing bowl, cooling rack, a fork.

Ingredients:

2.5 cups wholewheat flour + some extra flour to dust the board while rolling the dough

125 ml warm water (you should be able to comfortably hold your finger in the water)

25-30 ml water @r.t.

3 tsp sugar

3 tsp active dry yeast

4 tbsp olive oil + 2 tsp extra to grease the dough

1.5 tsp sea salt

Method:

Activate the yeast – take 125 ml warm water and add the sugar & yeast. Mix well. Cover and set aside for 10 mins without disturbing it, to let the yeast bloom. If it doesn’t bloom, discard & start again. Don’t compromise this step.

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To make the dough – take the flour in a bowl, add salt and oil. Next add all the bloomed yeast mixture in one go. Start mixing them altogether using your fingers. At first the dough will be sticky but it will come together with 3-5 mins of kneading. Add 25 ml of water and keep kneading until you have a smooth dough. The more you knead, the better the dough shall rise! Grease the dough with 2 tsp oil and knead again for a 2-3 mins. Totally, you need to knead for about 15-20 mins. Cover with a kitchen towel and place it in a warm place for 45-60 mins to rise.

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After 45 mins, this is what the dough looked like post the first rise. 

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Now, we punch the dough down and divide it into equals sized balls. Cover them again and let them rest for 30 mins for the second rise. The third picture below shows the size of the dough balls post the second rise.

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Preheat the oven for 10 mins at 200’c.

Now, dust the rolling board and the pin with some wholewheat flour and roll out the balls into a flatbread of about 3mm thickness and the diameter of about 6″-7″. Prick them well with fork as shown below.

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Place the rolled dough on the baking tray and bake for 12-15 mins using both, upper & lower heating elements at 200’c to 210’c. (Please note every oven works differently so keep an eye on the pizza base, once it turns golden on the top side, take it out of the oven).

Once baked, cool the base on a cooling rack for 10 mins. Then apply pizza sauce & add other toppings and cheese and bake for another 10 mins or until the cheese melts. Enjoy!

If storing for future use, cool them completely, wrap them in cling wrap and refrigerate. Stays fresh for 2-3 days under refrigeration.

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Do try these out soon…you’ll love them!

Love,

Shreya💖

McDonald’s Style Pizza McPuffs | Bakery Style Vegetable Puffs

Vegetable Puff anyone?! You? And you?! Yes, I guess all of us would grab one the moment we’d set our eyes on these. They are so light, crisp…buttery, flaky…absolutely melt in the mouth yummy! The filling too an integral part…spicy veggies with a dash of tang is what made these Puffs to die for! Even the non-veg version was always so delicious…one Puff would never suffice! 😉

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Hence, I will having 3 of them! Hahah! No, i didn’t, I shared these with my hubby…who couldn’t stop chomping on them. My hubby kept saying that they taste better than the bakery ones. The filling was very different he said, more like the one in a Pizza McPuff from McDonalds! I was like…yes, I did try to replicate the filling, he loved my version.😊

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Why is the filling like Pizza McPuffs, you’d ask me…simply because I love the flavour bomb that is inside a McPuff. It’s so creamy and yet light, perfection in every bite! But I always wanted to make that in Puff Pastry version. So I did.

That filling, those buttery layers made this for the perfect snack…or if I may suggest, a light meal with some soup on the side on a winter night! Wow, sounds about right! 😍

Making the Puff pastry sheet at home is quite a task..trust me! The rolling, the folding, and repeating the steps at least 10-12 times is a challenge that may or may not give you perfect results. I have used ready to use sheets which I always keep in my freezer when I need to whisk quick snacks or pies even! They are handy and absolutely perfect. But there are few tips on using them that I will share here along with the recipe for the McPuffs filling.

Firstly, always buy a frozen pastry sheet which has a manufacturing date closer to the date you are buying it. Say for example, if you are shopping for this on 15 Jul 2016, the manufacturing date should nothing older than 01st June 2016. That way, you will get the freshest product.

They expire in 90 days, so do plan accordingly. Buy 1 or more packets depending on your consumption. (I always buy 2 at a time, because I know I will use it all in about 5-6 weeks.)

Thawing a frozen pastry sheet, it is crucial to know how you thaw (bring a frozen pastry sheet to room temperature) them. Every package once opened cannot be refrozen. To thaw, place the frozen pastry sheet roll at room temperature for about an hour. It also depends where you are, say if the climate is humid, it will soften faster and the same goes for the other way around too.

The size of the frozen pastry sheets is just right to make about 4-5 of these vegetable puffs. But it also depends on how you have sized the puffs, you could even make 6-7 of them. (I usually make large ones)

Let’s get started..

Yield: 4-5 large McPuffs/ Vegetable Puffs

Equipment: a baking tray, cooling rack, a knife, a fork, a small pan, measuring cups/ spoons, pastry brush.

Ingredients:

1 nos. frozen pastry sheet

oil as needed to brush the puffs before baking

For the filling:

1 cup each boiled and chopped carrots & beans (you can add any veggies or meat)

salt to taste

1/4 tsp crushed black pepper

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

3/4 tsp mixed Italian herbs

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

2 tbsp tomato ketchup

3 tbsp Amul fresh cream

2 tsp oil

Method:

Heat oil in a pan, add the chopped veggies. Season with salt & pepper. Mix well & sauté for 3-4 mins.

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Next, add ginger garlic paste, turmeric, red chilly pwd and Italian herbs. Mix well and cook for 5 mins. Now turn off the flame, add cream and ketchup. Mix well. Set the ready filling aside to cool for a few mins.

Assembling the Puffs:

Lay the thawed pastry sheet and cut the pastry into pieces as per your choice. Place the filling in the centre and close the pastry from the other side as shown below. Use a fork and press down the edges to secure the filling within the puff.

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Make small incision on top of every puff and brush them with oil.

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Place the ready to bake puffs in the refrigerator for 10 mins to firm up, that way they get perfect flaky layers once baked.

As they cool in the refrigerator, preheat the oven at 180’c for 10 mins. Now place the baking tray in the oven to bake the puffs for 20-25 mins @190’c using both the upper & lower rods. (Please note that every oven works differently and you may need to adjust the timing and the temperature too. These settings worked for me.)

They will start turning brown on the top as they puff up, so keep an eye on them as they bake. Once done, remove from the oven and place the them on the cooling rack for a few mins to cool them a bit. Serve warm/ hot with ketchup.

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Hope you try these soon and don’t be intimidated by the pastry sheets! They are very simple to use. ☺️

Love,

Shreya💖

Kiwi Agua Fresca

I know that you aren’t exactly looking for a summer drink in a climate that calls for Pyaaz ki Kachori and a cup of hot, ginger tea!! But when it comes to Kiwi, I can only think of Popsicles or some healthy drink (not too cold as I am still recovering from a bout of viral 🙄 So my Kiwi Mojito Popsicles are out question) and a crisp, fruity Agua Fresca is just the answer for it! Delicious, healthy and pretty….all at the same time 😘

Also, because I am in no mood to go into making anything elaborate that’d keep in the kitchen for long..nope, not happening! Meaning, this one’s too easy 😂

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So what’s an Agua Fresca you’ll ask me..well it’s Spanish for ‘fresh water’ and can be made with a variety of fruits for adding a lovely flavour to water. I have made some with watermelons last year..(never blogged that though). This time around, it’s with some juicy kiwis, mostly because I’ve about a dozen of them sitting in my refrigerator and the Mister ain’t a fan of the fruit by itself. So this drink is a good option taste wise and to bring in some colour to these drab, grey rainy days 🤗 And pairs well with some Corn & Paneer Toasties for a quick and filling snack 👌🏼

Let’s see how…

Yield: serves 2-3

Equipment: a blender, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

2 nos. green kiwis peeled & sliced (do not de seed)

1 tbsp honey (optional)

3 cups water

Method:

Place all the above ingredients in the blender and give them a go until the fruit is blended completely. Taste for sweetness and adjust. You can add more water if you like a slightly thinner beverage.

Serve immediately and enjoy! This drink tastes best with the crunch of the seeds from the kiwi fruit so do not strain it. But that’s upto you!

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You can also place a slice of kiwi and few sprigs of mint to make it all dainty…but then again that’s just me! You’d might as well have this out of the blender jar 😜..who’s to know!?

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Averie Cooks

Restaurant Style Chutney/ Dip for Tandoori Snacks

How many times have you enjoyed the dip served at a restaurant more than the actual starters!? Bullseye, ain’t it? It has happened with me too many times to even keep a count. It’s probably because I was too critical of the starters or maybe because I simply enjoy my condiments more than my food! 😬 

Can you blame me? Who likes a piece of tandoori paneer/ chicken all chewy & short of any seasonings…? What you really like then is a good dip/ chutney to pour over your starter and gulp it down. In the process you obviously appreciate the dip/ chutney and wonder what’s it made of??!

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What really goes into making that perfect restaurant style tandoori dip/ chutney as it’s most commonly known amongst most of us. I will tell you…and trust me it’s so yum! Obviously I tried too many recipes before settling with this one..and it’s absolutely easy and requires ingredients that are available easily at home 😊

Yield: a bowl

Equipment: a blender, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1 cup chopped coriander leaves

1 cup chopped mint leaves

1 cup thick curd

salt to taste

water as needed

1-2 nos. green chillies

2-3 pods of garlic

1″ piece of ginger

1-2 tsp lemon juice

Method:

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Add all the ingredients in the blender except lemon juice & curd. Also, use water as needed depending on the consistency you’d prefer (I use about 2-3 tbsp). Blend them together making sure that the texture is fine. Next add the curd and lemon juice and blend again for a minute. That’s it, store in a glass bowl and this keeps well in the refrigerator.

Enjoy with sandwich/ starters/ rolls or just about anything!

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We enjoyed these with crispy aloo bhajiyaas!

Love,

Shreya ❤️

Adapted from Vegetarian Delight

 

Oats Cheela | Savory Oats Crepes

No, I am not fond of Cheela. Period. Never have been and never will be! But my darling hubby is, more than fond I must say. He particularly enjoys it in the rainy weather with a cup of strong ginger tea 😘 And I indulge him! 

Hence, this morning….knowing the climate was perfect for these Cheelas or savory crepes…he asked me if I was going to make some…obviously I would I said! & I did. With my little, sneaky twist of healthy quotient in place and lots of spice too! Just the way he likes it.🤗

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I know everyone makes Cheelas and there is nothing special about them…but everyone makes these slightly differently and here’s how my Mom makes it…& I just add some oats to make it a bit healthier 😉 Let’s see how….

Yield: 5-6 cheelas/ crepes

Equipment: a non-stick pan, a spatula, a mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1 cup besan/ gram flour

2 tbsp oats

salt to taste

water as needed

1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

1/2 tsp chopped green chilli

1/4 cup chopped onions

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

Oil as needed to cook the crepes

Method:

Firstly, in a dry non-stick pan, roast the oats for 1-2 mins. Let them not change the colour. We just need to crisp them up a bit. Turn off the flame. Let them cool down for a min. Then blend the roasted oats to a fine powder in a blender without using any water.

In a mixing bowl add all the ingredients except water & oil. Add little water at a time to a smooth & lump free batter. It should as thick as a dosa batter.

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Heat the pan, spread the batter in a uniformed way. Drizzle some oil aournd it and cook on low flame for 2-3 mins on the first side. Then flip it over and cook other side for 1-2 mins. Add more oil if necessary. But do not cook on high flame, else they will remain undercooked within and will burn on the outside.

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Once cooked, serve hot with some ketchup or green coriander chutney.

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My hubby loves these…and I am happy as they are healthy and super filling!

Love,

Shreya💖

Tortilla Pizza Cups

I am game for a pizza at any hour of the day! Sounds familiar….obviously! Most of us are…I can’t imagine someone who isn’t, literally. The gooey cheese oozing with every bite is just too tempting to deny. Calories.??😱😱 Well, give it a rest…indulge your tastebuds…and they don’t matter much when pizza can fit in a cup! 😉😉Portion control! 

Tortilla pizza cups by PolkaPuffs

Remember my Pizza Pinwheels…they were super hit! I mean…I have made them so often. They make for a great finger food just like the Bread Pizza I’d shared.

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Coming to these Cups, well they are made using readymade Tortillas (someday, I will share how to make Tortillas at home😀) and can be put together in a jiffy. One can add veg or non-veg filling or just keep it simple with some cheese & pizza sauce (kid friendly). In fact, involve your kids…they’ll be so excited.

I will let you in on a quick tip here, these are perfect for portion control as I have said above too and if you do not have Tortillas then simply use Parathas and follow my recipe! They will taste just as good!

2 numbers tortilla sheets
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper (red, yellow & green)
1/4 cup sweet corn
1/2 cup pizza sauce (I used homemade)
to taste Salt & Pepper
Oil to grease the muffin pan

Preheat the oven @180’c. Grease the muffin pan. Set that aside
Cut circles from the tortilla sheets using a round cookie cutter or any object with a sharp edge. You will get 4 rounds from 1 sheet.
Place the cut rounds in the muffin tray and apply the pizza sauce.

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Add the veggies and cheese next, season with salt & pepper.
Bake them @180’c for 7-8 mins or until the cheese melts and the tortilla cups turn a bit crisp from the edges.
Serve them hot with some ketchup.
Don’t they look so tempting!?
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Love,
Shreya❤️

Idea taken from Pinterest.

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