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Vegan Bread Rolls | How to make Bread Rolls

Vegan Bread Rolls | How to make Bread Rolls are crispy and delicious, made with a spicy potato filling. They come together really quickly too hence make for great tea-time snack! They can be customised as per one’s choice of ingredients. 

Vegan Bread Rolls | How to make Bread Rolls

I have forever loved Vegan Bread Rolls | How to make Bread Rolls and I never seem to have enough of them! They are literally my favourite snack in the whole wide world! I can have them every day and I would never get tired of them! It all started ever since I was a kid, my Mom would make hem often for us. No one, not even me, can make Bread Rolls as yummy as my Mom could and still can! I really don’t know what recipe she uses and I don’t even bother asking her. To this day, she makes the best Bread Rolls ever!

Vegan Bread Rolls | How to make Bread Rolls

Vegan Bread Rolls | How to make Bread Rolls were sort of a birthday tradition for me, I can’t really remember if my sisters had them for their birthdays, but I for sure did! No birthday of mine was ever complete without the rolls. It was an unspoken thing that Mom would make a large batch of these rolls and I would gulp down as many as I could straight from the wok to my plate 😉 Mom never said “no more” or “enough”, she just kept frying them and dishing them out. I remember my Papa loved them too just as much as I did. I probably get this from, the love for Bread Rolls. Not just any Bread Rolls, my Mom’s Bread Rolls! For some reason, I can’t remember if my sisters enjoyed them as much as I did back then. But then again, I rarely paid attention to them, I was the youngest of the lot and they are really older to me, like really, really older to me, so maybe I skipped a few details about them. Lol!

Coming to why I don’t try to replicate my Mom’s Bread Rolls. Simply because I would hate to ruin the sanctity of the flavour that my Mom magically wraps into them. She doesn’t add like a million things to them but they turn out heavenly every time! I don’t even make them in shape that she rolls them into – cylindrical and narrow. Those to me, are Mom’s rolls remember?! So, I have my own little recipe and I roll them into balls. They taste great and all but nowhere near my Mom’s. Lol! I say that without a twitch.

Vegan Bread Rolls | How to make Bread Rolls

Maybe, sometime in the future, I’ll cave and ask for her recipe and probably even give it go because I want to be able to have them more often. But for now, I am so happy to have her make them for me as often as I want! And the look on her face when I tell her to make me some is priceless. Her whole face lights up when I request for something specifically cooked by her. She keeps saying I can cook so much better and more than her, though I keep reminding her that I’ve taken all the inspiration from her. But she brushes it off with a careless wave of her hands.

Anyways, let me share my version of these Bread Rolls. This recipe is vegan. You can maybe use gluten-free bread and make it a V+GF snack!

Start with the Filling

Peel and mash the boiled potatoes. Season them with all ingredients mentioned below.

Give everything a good mix. Set it aside for 10 minutes so that the flavours are well absorbed.

Vegan Bread Rolls | How to make Bread Rolls

Next, divide the filling into small portions. Set them aside.

For the bread

Cut the sides of the slices. Dip each slice in some water. Squeeze out as much water as possible (if the slices retain too much of the water, they will absorb a lot of oil while frying).

Place a portion of the ready filling in the centre of each squeezed slice of bread. Wrap the filling gently with the bread and then seal the edges well. Repeat this for all the slices of bread.

Vegan Bread Rolls | How to make Bread Rolls

Place the uncooked bread rolls in the refrigerator for 20 minutes (this step is crucial too, as it ensures that the rolls don’t absorb too much oil while frying).

Next, heat some oil in a large wok. Once the oil is hot, reduce the flame to medium.

Drop 2-3 bread rolls in the oil at a time. Fry them on all sides. Remove them from the oil once they have turned golden brown of all sides. Place the fried bread rolls on a kitchen paper to drain any excess oil.

Serve them piping hot with your favourite dips.

Vegan Bread Rolls | How to make Bread Rolls

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Vegan Bread Rolls | How to make Bread Rolls

Spicy, crispy and absolutely scrumptious, these Vegan Bread Rolls will leave you craving for more! Enjoy them with tea/ coffee or just on their own and you'll simply love how yummy they are! 

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch Box, Tea Time
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 12 slices regular white bread use brown /GF bread as per your preference
  • 4 nos. boiled potatoes
  • 1/4 cup finely, chopped onions
  • 1 tsp chopped green chilies
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala
  • 1/4 tsp amchoor powder dry mango powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper deghi mirch
  • 2 tsp chopped, fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/4 tsp minced, fresh ginger

Instructions

Start with the Filling -

  1. Peel and mash the boiled potatoes. Season them with all ingredients mentioned below.

  2. Give everything a good mix. Set it aside for 10 minutes so that the flavours are well absorbed.

  3. Next, divide the filling into small portions. Set them aside. 

For the bread -

  1. Cut the sides of the slices. Dip each slice in some water. Squeeze out as much water as possible (if the slices retain too much of the water, they will absorb a lot of oil while frying). 

  2. Place a portion of the ready filling in the centre of each squeezed slice of bread. Wrap the filling gently with the bread and then seal the edges well. Repeat this for all the slices of bread.

  3. Place the uncooked bread rolls in the refrigerator for 20 minutes (this step is crucial too, as it ensures that the rolls don't absorb too much oil while frying). 

  4. Next, heat some oil in a large wok. Once the oil is hot, reduce the flame to medium.

  5. Drop 2-3 bread rolls in the oil at a time. Fry them on all sides. Remove them from the oil once they have turned golden brown of all sides. Place the fried bread rolls on a kitchen paper to drain any excess oil. 

  6. Serve them piping hot with your favourite dips.  

Love,
Shreya

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Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe

Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe is a delicious take on a classic, it is just as fluffy, moist from within and crispy on the edges! A perfect recipe for poultry free and dairy free waffle is hard to come by, but this one does the job! You’ll probably want to make them all the time once you’ve tried them! Besides, you can freeze these waffles too, so yay for that! 

Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe

Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe is thick, has the most moist crumb and the edges have the perfect crispiness. They are not too sweet but you can always adjust that as per your preference. But I would suggest that you don’t load them with too much sugar because then, all the maple syrup and fruits on the side or maybe some vegan ice cream as toppings, will really make the sweetness too overwhelming. So, just saying that you may want to rethink before you add any extra sugar to the batter 🙂

Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe

Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe comes with a bonus!! One batter, three flavors. Yes, these are chocolate waffles, birthday cake sprinkle waffles and the classic vanilla waffles. And not just that, I am going to share with you some tricks to transform this batter into a few more flavors. So, all you need to do is make a bowlful of this batter and go creative with the flavors!!

Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe

As you can see up close, the texture is really nice and the color too is perfect. My husband who is the real waffle lover between the two of us, approved these Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe quite happily. I didtry a few recipes earlier too, but they always lacked the texture somehow. But this recipe worked well without having to use many alternate ingredients. I have made it 3-4 times so far and only when i was fully satisfied, I thought, let me share this with you guys since people often ask me for poultry free recipes and this will fit the bill!

Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe

We had our Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe with classic maple syrup (didn’t drizzle much while I shot these as wanted to focus on the texture). You can enjoy them with vegan whipped cream, Fruit compotes, vegan strawberry jam. If you are not following a vegan diet, honey tastes really good on waffles too. You can pair these with a large scoop of your favorite ice cream! That’s my favorite way, in fact the only way I ever have a few bites of any waffle.

Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe

As you see in the picture just above, these waffles soaked the syrup really well. That’s how soft an fluffy they turn out. I will share in the recipe how we make the egg replacer and also how we make the flavored batters.

I will share the other variations that you can go for in terms of flavors which I have not made with this batter but you can try below.

Choco chip Waffles – Add about 3 tbsp. of Choco chips (vegan or regular) to the plain vanilla batter, mix well and pour onto the hot waffle maker and cook as per my recipe below.

Almond Waffles – Add @ tbsp. of almond flour/ meal to every 1 cup of plain vanilla batter, mix well and pour on the hot waffle maker and cook as per my recipe below.

Strawberry Waffles – Just add some chopped strawberries to the plain vanilla batter, mix gently and pour on the hot waffle maker and cook as per my recipe below.

These are just a few basic ideas for you guys to play around with. You can create more variations if you like.

Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe

Let us quickly get on with recipe.

How to make the flax egg?

Mix 2 tbsp. of flax meal (ground flax seeds, I ground my own flaxseeds to make this meal) with 4 tbsp. plain water. Mix these well. Set them aside in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. It will thicken and develop an egg like texture.

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Heat the waffle maker as per the instruction manual.

Now, mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Make sure there are lumps.

Next, add the wet ingredients the dry ingredients including the flax egg which we had kept ready.

Whisk until the batter is smooth. But do not overmix.

Divide the batter in 3 equal parts to flavor them. I made 2-3 waffles of each flavor.

The first part will remain as plain vanilla.

The second is chocolate batter, add 1.5 tbsp. cocoa powder and mix well. If the batter looks dry, add a few drops of almond/ plant based milk to correct the consistency.

Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe

The third is for birthday cake sprinkles batter. Add 1 tsp. of sprinkles to the batter and mix well.

Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe

Apply some oil on the waffle make plates. Ensure you grease it well.

Now, pour about 4-5 tbsp. of batter in each section of the waffle maker.

Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe

Close the waffle maker and let the waffles cook as per instructions on the waffle maker. My waffle maker takes about 6-7 minutes to make crispy, golden brown waffles. So please check your waffle maker and follow the instructions. Every waffle make has different heat adjustment levels so be careful and do not burn them.

Make all the waffles similarly using the different batters. I could make 9-10 small- medium waffles. You can make 5 large square/ round waffles but we prefer them slightly small and point edged.

Serve them hot/ warm with your favorite toppings!

How to freeze them?

Once these waffles have cooled completely, wrap each waffle in cling wrap and place them in a freezer safe container and place them in the freezer. When you have to consume them, simply thaw them at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. Then reheat them in waffle maker. Do not burn them, just reheat them and they turn nice and crispy again. They can frozen for up to 6-7 days. Maybe more but I haven’t tried.

Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe

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Vegan Waffle Recipe | Waffle Recipe

This a delicious take on a classic, it is just as fluffy, moist from within and crispy on the edges! A perfect recipe for poultry free and dairy free waffle is hard to come by, but this one does the job! You'll probably want to make them all the time once you've tried them! Besides, you can freeze these waffles too, so yay for that!

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Christmas, Dessert
Cuisine American, Belgian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 small waffles
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds, ground plus 4 tbsp plain water to be mixed in
  • 1/2 cup nuetral flavored cooking oil
  • 2 cups almond milk you can soy/ coconut milk instead

Instructions

How to make the flax egg?

  1. Mix 2 tbsp. of flax meal (ground flax seeds, I ground my own flaxseeds to make this meal) with 4 tbsp. plain water. Mix these well. Set them aside in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. It will thicken and develop an egg like texture.

The Waffles

  1. Heat the waffle maker as per the instruction manual.

  2. Now, mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Make sure there are lumps.

  3. Next, add the wet ingredients the dry ingredients including the flax egg which we had kept ready. Whisk until the batter is smooth. But do not overmix.

  4. Divide the batter in 3 equal parts to flavor them. I made 2-3 waffles of each flavor.

  5. The first part will remain as plain vanilla.

  6. The second is chocolate batter, add 1.5 tbsp. cocoa powder and mix well. If the batter looks dry, add a few drops of almond/ plant based milk to correct the consistency.

  7. The third is for birthday cake sprinkles batter. Add 1 tsp. of sprinkles to the batter and mix well.

  8. Apply some oil on the waffle make plates. Ensure you grease it well.

  9. Now, pour about 4-5 tbsp of batter in each section of the waffle maker.

  10. Close the waffle maker and let the waffles cook as per instructions on the waffle maker. My waffle maker takes about 6-7 minutes to make crispy, golden brown waffles.

  11. So please check your waffle maker and follow the instructions. Every waffle make has different heat adjustment levels so be careful and do not burn them.

  12. Make all the waffles similarly using the different batters. I could make 9-10 small- medium waffles. You can make 5 large square/ round waffles but we prefer them slightly small and point edged.

  13. Serve them hot/ warm with your favorite toppings!

How to freeze them?

  1. Once these waffles have cooled completely, wrap each waffle in cling wrap and place them in a freezer safe container and place them in the freezer.

  2. When you have to consume them, simply thaw them at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. Then reheat them in waffle maker.

  3. Do not burn them, just reheat them and they turn nice and crispy again. They can frozen for up to 6-7 days. Maybe more but I haven't tried.

Recipe Notes

I have used almond milk as I has a carton with me which I had used to try some smoothies. You can use coconut milk/ oat milk, soy milk, etc.

 

Love,
Shreya

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 Adapted from Courtney’s Homestead.

 

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco is a popular Goan tea-time cookie. They are deliciously flavored with cardamom, made with traditional ingredients like coconuts and semolina. These cookies are often baked at home and also found across Goa, in bakeries and cafés. 

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco can be made with or without the egg whites. The traditional version does have egg whites which id definitely very yummy. However, I have made them with just the yolks a few times and we have loved them. My hubby, who loves Goan treats, loves these and completely agrees with ones just with the yolks. The yolks add much richness to these cookies, every bite is full of flavor and freshness from the cardamom. I can assure you, one cookie won’t be enough. It is addictive, I remember having a few at one go as a kid. Back then, our neighbor Penelope, who was a native Goan, would bring these back with her from her trips to her hometown. She would lovingly share some with our family too. It was then, that I had first tasted Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco. Our family loved it’s rustic look and the mild juiciness in every bite that came from the coconuts and semolina.

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco are definitely juicy. You won’t find any juices dripping from them as you eat them. But juicy, as in, the ingredients used tend to retain their moisture to a certain degree even after being baked. That is why one will find the cookies very succulent yet having the perfect texture of an ideal cookie. The flavor is very traditional as I mentioned earlier, but some may use vanilla extract if they prefer. However, I always just add some cardamom. It has the most exotic aroma and very earthy at the same time. So, anyone worrying that these Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco may have a strong aroma of coconuts or egg yolk, be rest assured, you probably will need to be told about the ingredients if you didn’t already know! That’s how amazing these cookies smell!

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Anyone who has been following my little space would know well enough that I prefer egg free cookies, but with Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco, I would have it no other way. It is an age old recipe and best followed similarly for the best taste.

Let us bake some Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco. These can be stored in airtight containers for 4-5 days.

In a blender, add water and freshly grated coconut. Make a grainy paste. Set it aside.

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

In a large bowl, beat together the powdered sugar and ghee. They will look a bit crumbly but just mix well.

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Add the egg yolk. Beat them all again until the mixture looks light and fluffy.

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Now, add the coconut paste, semolina and cardamom powder.

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Mix well. Cover the bowl with some cling wrap or any lid.

Let this mixture refrigerate for 6-8 hours.

Remove the mixture from the refrigerator. Add baking powder and mix well.

Preheat the oven at 155’C.

Grease your palms with ghee. Divide the dough into small balls. Place these balls a little apart on a parchment lined tray.

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

You can make some patterns on each ball using a fork.

Bake them for 15 minutes with just the lower baking rods. After 15 minutes, move one of the cookies on the tray in the oven to set if they have set. If the cookie moves easily, turn on the upper baking rods too and bake until the tops turn golden.

Cool the baked Bolinhas on a cooling rack. Store them in an airtight jar or serve with tea/ coffee.

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Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco

Bolinhas | Bolinhos de Coco are coconut and semolina based Goan cookies, enjoyed with tea/ coffee or just as a snack. They are easy to make and call for just basic everyday ingredients. 

Course Christmas, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine Goan
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 22 minutes
Servings 14 small bolinhas
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 85 gms fresh coconut, grated
  • 85 gms semolina/ rawa/ suji
  • 1 nos. large egg yolk
  • 85 gms powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1.5 tbsp ghee
  • 1/3 tsp baking powder
  • 25 ml plain water to grind the grated coconut

Instructions

  1. In a blender, add water and freshly grated coconut. Make a grainy paste. Set it aside.

  2. In a large bowl, beat together the powdered sugar and ghee. They will look a bit crumbly but just mix well.

  3. Add the egg yolk. Beat them all again until the mixture looks light and fluffy.

  4. Now, add the coconut paste, semolina and cardamom powder.

  5. Mix well. Cover the bowl with some cling wrap or any lid.

  6. Let this mixture refrigerate for 6-8 hours.

  7. Remove the mixture from the refrigerator. Add baking powder and mix well.

  8. Preheat the oven at 155'C.

  9. Grease your palms with ghee. Divide the dough into small balls. Place these balls a little apart on a parchment lined tray.

  10. You can make some patterns on each ball using a fork.

  11. Bake them for 15 minutes with just the lower baking rods. After 15 minutes, move one of the cookies on the tray in the oven to set if they have set. If the cookie moves easily, turn on the upper baking rods too and bake until the tops turn golden.

  12. Cool the baked Bolinhas on a cooling rack. Store them in an airtight jar or serve them with tea/ coffee.

Love,
Shreya

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How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich is a popular snack made with deliciously spicy and sweet coconut chutney layered between two slices of soft bread. They can be served as warm sandwiches or as cold sandwiches. They look so pretty and make the cutest tea time finger sandwiches.

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich is something that my hubby introduced me to soon after we got married. Since he had spent many years in Goa and being in a culinary school, this North Indian boy from Mumbai had outgrown his love regular green chutney sandwiches and developed a taste for these tangy, spicy and yet sweet chutney sandwiches.

The first time he asked me to make them, I was a bit skeptical as it would be sweet and tangy at the same time and he just gave a quick recipe without measurements, nothing! Just something that remembered from his first year at school. I just couldn’t wrap my head around it as I was fairly new to cooking as well and I needed some measurements, lol! I had vague memories of having tasted this kind of sandwich in the school days in someone’s lunch box but I just didn’t remember whether I had liked them back then or not! My hubby encouraged me to make a batch, savor it and thank him later! And thank him I did! It was very delicious and totally different from the regular chutney sandwiches that I’ve grown up on.

The typical North Indian chutney is different from the Goan counterpart. The best part was the sweet flavor accompanied by the tang in every bite. This chutney is a regular feature at my home along with the North India version too. To be honest, I like the Goan version for my sandwiches now and the North Indian version with my Samosas or chaat items, etc.

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich is so easy to make too, just a handful of ingredients and that’s it. We prefer the chutney a tad bit spicy too, but if you make them for kids then do reduce the spice index to your preference. We prefer cold chutney sandwiches. I avoid using butter for the sandwiches as it is not really needed, but you can butter the slices if you prefer. This chutney stays fresh in the refrigerator for a good one week’s time in a glass or porcelain container. The consistency of the chutney is important, do not make it too runny. Keep it nice and thick so that it spreads like a smooth layer on the bread.

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich

I love that bright green color too, it is so vibrant! You can see the consistency of the chutney here, it is very thick and smooth at the same time. That is how it should be, so add very little water when you blend it. This chutney has so many uses apart from using them in sandwiches. We love this chutney with Dhokla too, or with some idlis as well. You can even pair this chutney with dosa or literally anything! But I would suggest that do not make a very large batch, keep making fresh batch every week for sandwiches, etc. That way you can enjoy them fresh. And yes, this chutney is absolutely vegan and gluten free.

Let us make a batch of Goan Green Chutney to make some Goan Chutney Sandwiches!

For the Chutney –

Wash all the ingredients well.

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich

Chop/ grate the coconut roughly. Chop the onions too.

I have used tamarind paste, you can vinegar if you do not have tamarind.

Just blend everything together using 2-3 tbsps. of water. Store this chutney in a glass or porcelain jar. It stays fresh for a week.

To make the sandwiches-

Take a few slices of bread (you can use gluten free too). Apply this chutney on both the slices. Put them together. Slice them and serve them fresh or wrap the sandwiches with some cling film and refrigerate them for a few hours before serving them. You can even use toasted bread.

If you wish, apply butter (vegan or regular) before applying the chutney. I have not used any butter.

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How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich is a popular snack made with deliciously spicy and sweet coconut chutney layered between two slices of soft bread. They can be served as warm sandwiches or as cold sandwiches. They look so pretty and make the cutest tea time finger sandwiches.

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Christmas, Easter, Lunch Box, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine Goan, Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro/ coriander leaves
  • 1 cup fresh coconut chopped/ grated
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste or vinegar
  • 1 nos. medium sized onion
  • 2-3 nos. green chilies reduce the quantity as per preference
  • 3-4 cloves fresh garlic
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds jeera dana
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • sliced bread, as needed regular/ glutenfree as per perference
  • butter, as needed regular/ vegan as per preference

Instructions

For the Chutney-

  1. Wash all the ingredients well.

  2. Chop/ grate the coconut roughly. Chop the onions too.

  3. I have used tamarind paste, you can vinegar if you do not have tamarind.

  4. Just blend everything together using 2-3 tbsps. of water. Store this chutney in a glass or porcelain jar. It stays fresh for a week.

To make the sandwiches-

  1. Take a few slices of bread (you can use gluten free too). Apply this chutney on both the slices. Put them together. Slice them and serve them fresh or wrap the sandwiches with some cling film and refrigerate them for a few hours before serving them. You can even use toasted bread.

  2. If you wish, apply butter (vegan or regular) before applying the chutney. I have not used any butter.

Love,
Shreya

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Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties are packed with veggies, mild spices, textures and a lot of flavor. These patties taste great on their own or paired with any dip or they can even be used for making burgers/ wraps, etc. They make for the perfect party snacks too as they look so pretty! 

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties are one of the easiest ways to incorporate a lot of veggies in your meals. We personally like them the most because they are not too spicy. We do love our spicy food but patties like these need to be mild else you can’t taste the freshness of the herbs and veggies. If you prefer them to be more spicy, please feel free to add some more chilies or paprika.

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties can be made with a mélange of veggies of your choice and availability. These days, owing to the lockdown I am unable to get too many veggies around but I had enough to make these patties easily. You can add any veggies of your choice and these patties will taste great!

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties have an almost meaty texture and the no doubt, the color too. The beets do render the most glorious color here and I simply love how bright these patties look. I’ve been making these for years and I have never changed a thing about them. I stick to my recipe and prefer them just as they are. They are naturally vegan without having to change any ingredient to make them vegan. Although you can make the gluten free if you coat them with something apart from regular bread crumbs.

Few other quick vegan recipes that you may wish try,

Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich
Vegan Canapés
Vegan Rainbow Rice Paper Rolls

I do add one special spice mix to this patty mixture. I will share the recipe here real quick before we move on to the recipe for the patties.

Dry roast the following ingredients for 2-3 minutes in a dry pan over low heat, cool them for a bit and grind them to a fine powder. This spice mix can be added to pilafs, curries or stir fries, etc. This spice keeps well in an airtight container for almost over a month. 
3-4 nos.  whole black cardamom
2-3 nos. whole, dry bay leaves
9-10 nos. whole black peppercorns
1″ piece cinnamon stick

Now coming to the recipe of the Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties, these do take some prepping but they are totally worth it.

Start with boiling the potatoes, cool and peel them. Set them aside.

Grate the raw beets and set that aside as well.

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties
Boil the chopped veggies for approximately 5 minutes in 1 cup of water. Drain the veggies once they are done and set them aside.

Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties

In a large mixing bowl, add the boiled potatoes, boiled veggies and the grated beets. Also add the ground spice mix as per the recipe above, chopped onions, green chilies and chopped cilantro (coriander).

Add the paprika/ red chili powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste and salt to taste. Mash everything together and make a dough. Set it aside for 10 minutes before shaping these patties/ cutlets.

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Then shape the dough into patties/ cutlets. I made 6 medium sized round ones. You can smaller cutlets too, about 9-10 of them. Refrigerate them for at least 30-40 minutes before pan/ shallow frying them.

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I rolled each patty/ cutlet in some breadcrumbs. Shallow fry them for about 6-8 minutes on each side. Drain them on a kitchen tissue.

Serve them piping hot with some dips, salad, etc. Or use them as burger patties. They taste awesome.

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Beetroot Cutlets | Vegan Beetroot Patties

Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these veggies loaded patties work so well on their own as a snack or as a patty for your next vegan Burger!  

Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch, Snack, starters, Tea Time
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 3 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 3 nos. medium sized potatoes boiled & peeled
  • 1 nos. raw beetroot grated
  • 1/2 cup mixed veggies, chopped (carrots, green peas & French beans par-boiled
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1 nos. green chili finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp coriander leaves (cilantro) roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp ground spice mix (recipe mentioned above in the post) garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder/ paprika optional
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste

Instructions

  1. Start with boiling the potatoes, cool and peel them. Set them aside.


  2. Grate the raw beets and set that aside as well.


  3. Boil the chopped veggies for approximately 5 minutes in 1 cup of water. Drain the veggies once they are done and set them aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add the boiled potatoes, boiled veggies and the grated beets. Also add the ground spice mix as per the recipe above, chopped onions, green chilies and chopped cilantro (coriander).
  5. Add the paprika/ red chili powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste and salt to taste. Mash everything together and make a dough. Set it aside for 10 minutes before shaping these patties/ cutlets.
  6. Then shape the dough into patties/ cutlets. I made 6 medium sized round ones. You can smaller cutlets too, about 9-10 of them. Refrigerate them for at least 30-40 minutes before pan/ shallow frying them.
  7. I rolled each patty/ cutlet in some breadcrumbs. Shallow fry them for about 6-8 minutes on each side. Drain them on a kitchen tissue.


  8. Serve them piping hot with some dips, salad, etc. Or use them as burger patties. They taste awesome.

Recipe Notes

Skip the breadcrumbs for a Gluten free version.

Add the spices according to your preference and tolerance levels.

These patties can be frozen for up to 3-4 days. They may last longer but I have never tried keeping them beyond 3 days. 

Love,
Shreya

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Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

A Hot Cross Bun is traditionally eaten on Good Friday in many parts of the world. Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns are mildly spiced, slightly sweet and studded with dry fruits with a cross on the top. These buns mark the end of Lent, a traditional time for fasting and/ or abstinence. 

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

As I mentioned that the Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns mark the end of the Lent, every part of these buns represent certain meanings too. The cross on the top is for the crucifixion of Jesus and the spices added stand for the embalming of his body at the time of his burial. So these buns are very significant. I am sure there is much more behind the history of these delicious buns but I am only going to talk about the things I know. Since I am not Catholic myself but having attended a Catholic school for the first 15 years of my life, I have a fondness for the customs and the rich history behind their practices.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns can be enjoyed with some honey, maple syrup or with jam and butter, just the way I did! My hubby on the other hand likes them plain with some tea or coffee. He says the spices and the raisins are just perfect and need no toppings. So, you see, you can choose how to enjoy them. I had made the Traditional Hot Cross Buns, with eggs earlier so I tried the Vegan ones with homemade dinner roll recipe, just turned it vegan. And the results were awesome! The vegan buns turned out to be extremely soft and very flavorful too.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

As I had mentioned in my Traditional Hot Cross Buns post, I first baked them almost a year and a half ago and not around Easter. I baked them because we got talking about Goa, my hubby has spent a few years there and loves the food to bits!! So he suddenly remembers these Easter Buns that he learnt to bake during his first year in college, obviously he wanted me to make them because he had such a craving!! Lol! So I tried it after a few days using Joy of Baking’s recipe, yes because he only knows what he had learnt but doesn’t remember one ingredient or recipe, hehe! The Easter Buns did turn out delicious! So I kept that recipe handy and made some changes in the quantities to make a smaller batch, which were so delicious. Absolutely melt in the mouth good. Little did I know that the Vegan ones will turn out even more delicious.

These Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns are surprisingly easy to make if you try these, mildly sweet and studded with some dry fruits, they are one of our favorite breads so far! The crumb is moist and yet very distinct as you can see in the picture below.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

Please do note that I have small batches here just enough for 2 persons, you can double the recipe or even triple it for a larger batch. Let us bake some Vegan Hot Cross Easter Buns! They are very easy to make and you’ll need very basic ingredients from your pantry.

These steps are for active dry yeast –
Take 1/4 cup of warm water in a glass or bowl, add the yeast & sugar. Stir it lightly. Set it aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom. (Note that if the water is too hot, the yeast won’t bloom. So be careful with the water. If the yeast doesn’t bloom, start again).
For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.
Add the oil and slowly add the yeast mixture.
Do not add all the yeast mixture at one go as we may end up with a very gluey and wet dough.
Keep adding a little bit at a time and make a dough.
Add the rest of the 1/4 cup of warm water too, slowly and keep kneading. We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up. Click here for stepwise pictures.

These steps are for instant yeast – 
For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.
Add the oil and add the instant yeast.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Slowly add the warm water, a little at a time and knead a dough.
We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up.

These steps are for every kind of yeast –
The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. remove the dough on the work surface.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Knead for about 8-10 minutes.
You can add some more flour if it’s the dough is still too sticky and again knead it well. The longer you knead it, the smoother and softer it will be. (avoid adding too much flour, that will make the buns too hard, I added just 1 tsp.)
Smoothen the dough with more oil. (I added about 1 tsp more oil.)

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
Once the dough has become smooth, place it the greased bowl for it’s first rise/ prove. I gave it approximately 50 mins or so.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns
The dough almost doubled after 50 minutes.
Then I gently punched down the dough and released the air within.
Add in the sultanas and some tutti frutti (optional) and kneaded them into the dough.

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I, then greased my hands and divided the dough into 4 equal parts (used a weighing scale for this)

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns.
Grease the baking tin with oil and place the divided dough in it. Shaped them and brushed each portion with some oil.

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Then I left them for the second rise/ prove in the tin for 30 mins.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

Mix together the flour and water to make the paste for making the cross. Fill it in a small piping bag and make the crosses.

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Preheat the oven at 200’c for 10 mins. Place the tin on the middle rack and bake the Pav for 20 mins @ 200’c using both the upper and the lower heating coil/ rods/ elements.
Please note every oven works differently hence adjust the temperature and duration according to that.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

I brushed them with some more oil as they came out the oven. You can even brush them with some melted apricot preserve. These buns stay fresh for about 2 days at room temperature when stored in an airtight container.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

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Vegan Hot Cross Buns | Vegan Easter Hot Cross Buns

These buns are delicious, studded with dry fruits, mildly spiced and sweet with the tradition cross marked over each bun. They mark the end of Lent. I have shared my version of vegan Hot Cross Buns, do try them. 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Easter, Side Dish
Cuisine British
Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 buns
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1+1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar if using active dry yeast
  • 3/4 tsp instant yeast you can use active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water not scaldingly hot
  • 2 tbsp oil plus extra to grease and brush
  • 2 tbsp black sultanas
  • 2 tbsp flour + 2 tsp plain water to make the paste

Instructions

These steps are for active dry yeast -

  1. Take 1/4 cup of warm water in a glass or bowl, add the yeast & sugar. Stir it lightly. Set it aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom. (Note that if the water is too hot, the yeast won't bloom. So be careful with the water. If the yeast doesn't bloom, start again).

  2. For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.

  3. For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar.

    Add the oil and slowly add the yeast mixture.

  4. Do not add all the yeast mixture at one go as we may end up with a very gluey and wet dough. Keep adding a little bit at a time and make a dough.

  5. Add the rest of the 1/4 cup of warm water too, slowly and keep kneading. We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up. Click here for stepwise pictures.

These steps are for instant yeast -

  1. For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt, cinnamon powder and powdered sugar. Add the oil and add the instant yeast.

  2. Slowly add the warm water, a little at a time and knead a dough. We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up.

These steps are for every kind of yeast -

  1. The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. remove the dough on the work surface. Knead for about 8-10 minutes.

  2. You can add some more flour if it's the dough is still too sticky and again knead it well. The longer you knead it, the smoother and softer it will be. (avoid adding too much flour, that will make the buns too hard, I added just 1 tsp.)

  3. Smoothen the dough with more oil. (I added about 1 tsp more oil.)

  4. Once the dough has become smooth, place it the greased bowl for it's first rise/ prove. I gave it approximately 50 mins or so. The dough almost doubled after 50 minutes.

  5. Then I gently punched down the dough and released the air within.

  6. Add in the sultanas and some tutti frutti (optional) and kneaded them into the dough.

  7. I, then greased my hands and divided the dough into 4 equal parts (used a weighing scale for this)

  8. Grease the baking tin with oil and place the divided dough in it. Shaped them and brushed each portion with some oil.

  9. Then I left them for the second rise/ prove in the tin for 30 mins.

  10. Mix together the flour and water to make the paste for making the cross. Fill it in a small piping bag and make the crosses.

  11. Preheat the oven at 200'c for 10 mins. Place the tin on the middle rack and bake the Pav for 20 mins @ 200'c using both the upper and the lower heating coil/ rods/ elements.

  12. Please note every oven works differently hence adjust the temperature and duration according to that.

  13. I brushed them with some more oil as they came out the oven. You can even brush them with some melted apricot preserve. These buns stay fresh for about 2 days at room temperature when stored in an airtight container.

Love,
Shreya

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Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

A Hot Cross Bun is traditionally eaten on Good Friday in many parts of the world. Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns are mildly spiced, slightly sweet and studded with dry fruits with a cross on the top. These buns mark the end of Lent, a traditional time for fasting and/ or abstinence. 

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

As I mentioned that the Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns mark the end of the Lent, every part of these buns represent certain meanings too. The cross on the top is for the crucifixion of Jesus and the spices added stand for the embalming of his body at the time of his burial. So these buns are very significant. I am sure there is much more behind the history of these delicious buns but I am only going to talk about the things I know. Since I am not Catholic myself but having attended a Catholic school for the first 15 years of my life, I have a fondness for the customs and the rich history behind their practices.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns can be enjoyed with some honey, maple syrup or with jam and butter, just the way I did! My hubby on the other hand likes them plain with some tea or coffee. He says the spices and the raisins are just perfect and need no toppings. So, you see, you can choose how to enjoy them. We had them for breakfast the day I baked them but I plan on baking another batch soon.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

I first baked them almost a year and a half ago and not around Easter. I baked them because we got talking about Goa, my hubby has spent a few years there and loves the food to bits!! So he suddenly remembers these Easter Buns that he learnt to bake during his first year in college, obviously he wanted me to make them because he had such a craving!! Lol! So I tried it after a few days using Joy of Baking’s recipe, yes because he only knows what he had learnt but doesn’t remember one ingredient or recipe, hehe! The Easter Buns did turn out delicious! So I kept that recipe handy and made some changes in the quantities to make a smaller batch.

Anyways, so that’s a little bit of the background as to why I baked them to start with and I’ve baked them at least 2-3 times more after that for weekends, for my hubby to have something to nibble with the endless cups of tea that he goes through at times!

So let us get going with the recipe for the Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns. They are very easy to make and you’ll need very basic ingredients from your pantry.

These steps are for those who are using active dry yeast only
Mix together 130 ml milk, 1 tbsp. granulated sugar and the yeast in a bowl or measuring cup. Set it aside until the mixture turns frothy. It should take about 8-12 minutes. Do not touch the mixture until it has frothed up, if it doesn’t, please discard this and start again.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Take flour, salt, cinnamon powder, powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix these dry ingredients well.

Then add the frothy yeast mixture after mixing the dry ingredients. Add the egg. Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

These steps are for those who are using instant (fast acting) yeast only – 
Take flour, salt, cinnamon powder, powdered sugar and instant yeast in a large bowl. Mix these dry ingredients well.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Next, add 130 ml of milk and the egg. Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

Following steps are common for both kinds of yeasts used –
Sprinkle some flour on the work surface and knead the dough for 8-10 minutes. You can use some butter to grease the dough if it is very sticky but avoid adding too much loose flour. I have used just about 2 tsp. of dry flour and approximately 2 tbsp. butter to grease it while kneading.

Adding too much loose flour will result in dry and hard buns.

Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

Place the dough in a greased bowl, place this a warm corner for about 1 hour.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

It will rise to about double or slightly more in size and look like this in the picture below.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Punch down the dough very gently. Knead it again for another 3-4 minutes. Pls don’t add any loose or dry flour at this stage. You can grease the dough if it is sticky/ tacky.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Divide this dough into 4 or 6 equal parts.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Shape them into round rolls crease side down and place them in a greased baking tray.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Cover them loosely with a cling wrap and set it aside for 30 minutes for the second proving. They will double in size after 30 minutes.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Grease the top of the buns with some butter after the second proving.

Prepare the paste for marking the cross by mixing water with all purpose flour. The paste must be very thick and not at all runny. Fill this paste in a piping bag and set it aside.

In the meanwhile, preheat the oven @200’c for 10 minutes after the second proving.

While oven preheats, mark the cross over the proved buns as shown in the picture below.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Bake the buns @200’c for about 20-25 minutes. Note that every oven works differently so adjust the temperature and duration accordingly. Once the buns are done, take them out of the oven and brush them with more butter.

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

These buns stay moist and fresh for up to 2 days when stored in a bread box or an airtight container. You can serve them with honey, maple syrup, jams, marmalades, conserves or good old butter!

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Look at the airy crumb within, it is perfect. Do try it out, it is really so yummy and comes together very swiftly.

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Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns | Easter Hot Cross Buns are mildly spiced, slightly sweet and studded with dry fruits with a cross on the top. Enjoy them warm with a slathering of butter or some fruity jam! 
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Easter, Side Dish, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine British
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 300 gms all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 40 gms powdered sugar adjust it to taste preference
  • 3/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 130 ml milk at room temperature
  • 1 no. small egg at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp black sultanas or any other dry fruits as you'd choose
  • additional flour to dust while kneading I used 2 tsp
  • 2-3 tbsp unsalted butter to grease while kneading and brush on the top at room temperature
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour for the paste
  • 2-3 tsp plain water for the paste
  • a piping bag

Instructions

These steps are for those who are using active dry yeast only -

  1. Mix together 130 ml milk, 1 tbsp. granulated sugar and the yeast in a bowl or measuring cup. Set it aside until the mixture turns frothy. It should take about 8-12 minutes. Do not touch the mixture until it has frothed up, if it doesn't, please discard this and start again.

  2. Take flour, salt, cinnamon powder, powdered sugar in a large bowl. Mix these dry ingredients well.

  3. Then add the frothy yeast mixture after mixing the dry ingredients. Add the egg.

  4. Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

These steps are for those who are using instant (fast acting) yeast only -

  1. Take flour, salt, cinnamon powder, powdered sugar and instant yeast in a large bowl. Mix these dry ingredients well.

  2. Next, add 130 ml of milk and the egg. Mix well and knead into a dough. The dough will be very sticky/ tacky at first.

Following steps are common for both kinds of yeasts used -

  1. Sprinkle some flour on the work surface and knead the dough for 8-10 minutes. You can use some butter to grease the dough if it is very sticky but avoid adding too much loose flour.

  2. I have used just about 2 tsp. of dry flour and approximately 2 tbsp. butter to grease it while kneading. Adding too much loose flour will result in dry and hard buns.

  3. Place the dough in a greased bowl, place this a warm corner for about 1 hour.

  4. It will rise to about double or slightly more in size and look like this in the picture above.

  5. Punch down the dough very gently. Knead it again for another 3-4 minutes. Pls don't add any loose or dry flour at this stage. You can grease the dough if it is sticky/ tacky.

  6. Divide this dough into 4 or 6 equal parts.

  7. Shape them into round rolls crease side down and place them in a greased baking tray.

  8. Cover them loosely with a cling wrap and set it aside for 30 minutes for the second proving. They will double in size after 30 minutes.
    Grease the top of the buns with some butter after the second proving.

  9. Prepare the paste for marking the cross by mixing water with all purpose flour. The paste must be very thick and not at all runny. 
    Fill this paste in a piping bag and set it aside.

  10. In the meanwhile, preheat the oven @200'c for 10 minutes after the second proving.
    While oven preheats, mark the cross over the proved buns as shown in the picture above.

  11. Bake the buns @200'c for about 20-25 minutes. Note that every oven works differently so adjust the temperature and duration accordingly. Once the buns are done, take them out of the oven and brush them with more butter.

  12. These buns stay moist and fresh for up to 2 days when stored in a bread box or an airtight container. You can serve them with honey, maple syrup, jams, marmalades, conserves or good old butter!

Love,
Shreya 🙂

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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

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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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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.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

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.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

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.

Almond and Cranberry Loaf Cake | Almond Cake Recipe

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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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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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