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Eggless Wholewheat Cardamom Cookies | Elaichi Biscuits

Chai and biscuits…have become chai and cookies. The English biscuits have been taken over by chunky cookies all the way from the West! I am not complaining…I never have tea…so the cookies over biscuits dilemma has never haunted me🤗

But my hubby loves his tea…it’s no secret. Although he is not a biscuit or cookie loving kind of a guy…he does like them once in a blue moon…and on that lucky day, he can clean out the tin! 😂

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Store bought cookies are not his kind…he finds them too sweet and the Maida (all purpose flour) makes it way too heavy. I agree…these are precisely the reasons why even I don’t like indulging in them too often. Also, these cookies or biscuits are often made with Dalda (vegetable fat) which isn’t the healthiest choice. Though they are very crisp but definitely not our choice.

So these atta biscuits (wholewheat cookies) were one of the earliest things I learnt to bake for my hubby back when I got my oven! There were few hits and many more misses 😂😂😂😂 I had burned bases to rock solid cookies which wouldn’t come off from the tray…though they were lined with parchment paper! Sometimes, they’d spread so much and turn into a congealed mass…LOL! 😜

But you learn..make your own mistakes and then understand where you went wrong. I referred to so many recipes all over the place just to make a good wholewheat cookie. Finally, almost over a year ago I was able to stick to a recipe where I was happy with each aspect of the result…. It was crisp, perfectly cooked and did not spread much. Just the way I wanted.

It took me almost over an year to bring them to my blog for you as I always bake these at night and clicking pictures isn’t possible then or even if I bake them during weekends, my hubby starts eating them warm off the baking tray! There’s hardly any left for me…forget clicking them 😁

I am going to share a few tips here that I learnt in the process of learning to bake these atta cookies ..

* the very first trial with making these atta cookies was inspired by a recipe I saw in some magazine at my Mom’s place. It had used butter obviously, but I used oil to make it healthy. The result was a congealed mass on the tray even after baking for 25 mins. It simply spread.

* next, after a few hits and misses, I tried them using ghee (clarified butter). They tasted decent but felt a little heavy for our palates. They were crisp but became soggy on the second day. They too spread but not too much. Not satisfactory.

* finally I thought of trying with unsalted cooking butter as per the original recipe but I changed the proportions as per my choice and used just the basic ingredients. By this time I’d already baked the exact same thing over 7-8 times. So I was able to judge the texture and the quantity on sight. Also, extensive research online made me understand the value of refrigerating the cookie/ biscuit dough. It helps. Big time! Using butter does make it crisper and the end result is what you see in the pictures here. The cookies/ biscuits do spread. It will. But it is minimal and gives you perfect looking cookies. These cookies stay fresh and crisp for upto 3 days in an airtight box. (My experience, it never lasts longer than that as I always make a small batch)

Hope you have gone through the tips above before we begin the actual recipe.

Yield: 12-14 small cookies

Equipment: (no fancy equipment is ever used for this, remember I was learning to bake with basic things at home) a wired whisk, a large mixing bowl, a small bowl, baking tray, parchment paper/ baking paper, a cooling rack, measuring cups/ spoons, as small pan, a weighing scale if you have one would be excellent.

Ingredients:

1 cup wholewheat atta (ashirwaad select atta)

75 gms unsalted butter (approximately 3/4th quantity of a 100gm. I used a weighing scale here)

6 tbsp powdered sugar (add more or less as per taste)

1/2 tsp cardamom pwd (Elaichi pwd)

1 small pinch baking soda

Method:

How to measure the atta – fill the cup with spoonfuls of atta. Do not dip the cup into the container with the atta. That way you will always end up with extra atta and the ratio will be wrong.

Seive the atta along with the baking soda once. Set it aside.

Take butter in the pan. Let it melt on very low flame. Once it’s melted, let it cool for 2 mins. Take the butter in a small bowl, then add the powdered sugar and cardamom pwd in the butter. Whisk well to make a smooth mixture.

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Now add this mixture to the sieved atta and baking pwd. Mix it gently and bring it together. This is not like Roti dough so it with crumbly. Let the dough rest for 5-7 mins to absorb the butter. Then gently shape the cookies (takes me 20 mins for just 12 cookies each time). Make sure the shape of cookies is evenly sized and smooth all over. (See the pic above). Place them apart on parchment lined baking tray.

I can make 12 cookies with this quantity, you may have 10 or 14 as well, depending on the size. Once you have shaped the dough, keep them in the refrigerator for 15 mins.

Preheat the oven at 150’c for 10 mins. (Every oven is different so work according to that for setting the temperature and duration for baking).

Take the baking tray out from the refrigerator and place it in the middle of the oven to bake at 150’c for 20-22 mins. They will turn golden on the top and slightly brown at the bottom. Do not bake at high temperatures else the cookies with burn at the base. Once the cookies are baked, keep the baking tray out of the oven for 10 mins on a cooling rack.

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Then transfer the cookies to the cooling rack for cooling them completely. They are soft at first then turn crisp as they cool.

Once completely cooled, store them in airtight box.

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Occasionally, I do like a cup of lemon tea with these cookies! Also, try sugar cookies by me.

Love,

Shreya💝

Slightly adapted.

Homemade Laadi Pav egg free | Mumbai Style Dinner Rolls

Homemade Laadi Pav egg free | Mumbai Style Dinner Rolls are soft, fluffy, delicious and melt in the mouth good! They are eggless and that makes no difference in the texture. They are buttery and have the most beautiful golden crust! 

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Homemade Laadi Pav egg free | Mumbai Style Dinner Rolls need not take hours to make, my recipe here takes less than 2 hours to hit the table, warm and soft, to be enjoyed with some butter or as it is. I personally enjoy baking these beauties when I make Pav Bhaji or Misal Pav. Nothing like some fresh Pav/ dinner rolls with a spicy bhaji or Misal to mop up!! This pav tastes exactly like the pav we get with Vada Pav in Mumbai!!

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Homemade Laadi Pav egg free | Mumbai Style Dinner Rolls are no rocket science. They just need some basic techniques and you’ll be sorted. The four major constituents are…

Yeast – I use active dry yeast which needs proving (that’s when you dissolve the yeast with warm liquid as mentioned in the recipe for 6-8 minutes). If you use instant yeast, then that can be added directly to the flour. Either of these ingredients are easily available and they both work just fine.

Flour – Bread flour is used in most recipes from the West, however I’ve not been able to find any around me so I simply use All Purpose Flour. Bread flour has more protein and hence churns out taller and chewier rolls/ breads. All Purpose Flour will give you slightly shorter and less chewy rolls/ breads but the taste will be excellent.

Hydration – The dough for any sort of rolls/ bread needs to be hydrated just enough to be slightly tacky (sticky), just barely though. Adding way too much flour can result in stiff dough which in turn make stiff, dry rolls/ breads.

Measurements – Just scoop out the flour with the measuring cup and level it flat. Always use some extra flour to knead th dough just incase if the dough becomes too sticky.

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Homemade Laadi Pav egg free | Mumbai Style Dinner Rolls have the most beautiful crumb structure.

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Let us start baking some Pav/ dinner rolls.

Take 1/2 cup of warm milk 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 milk is too hot, the yeast won’t bloom. So be careful with the milk. If the yeast doesn’t bloom, start again).

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See the first picture above, the yeast has bloomed really well. It almost overflowed on the kitchen top.
Next, see the second picture above. For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt.
Add the butter 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 warm milk too, slowly and keep kneading. We may not need all of the milk, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up.
The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. remove the dough on the work surface.
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.
Smoothen the dough with more butter.
Once the dough has become smooth, place it the bowl for it’s first rise/ prove. I gave it approximately 45 mins or so.
See the third picture above, the dough almost tripled after 45 minutes.
Then I gently punched down the dough and released the air within.
I, then greased my hands and divided the dough into 8 equal parts (used a weighing scale for this).
I greased the baking tin and placed the divided dough in it. Brushed each portion with butter.
Then I left them for the second rise/ prove for 30 mins.
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.
This is what they looked like as they came out of the oven! Brush them with some melted butter if you like.

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Homemade Laadi Pav egg free | Mumbai Style Dinner Rolls

Homemade Laadi Pav egg free | Mumbai Style Dinner Rolls are soft, delicious and so easy to make! 

Course Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Indian
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8 Pavs/ rolls
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour or bread flour
  • 3/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 11/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast or instant dry
  • 1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • oil to grease the baking tray

Instructions

  1. Take 1/2 cup of warm milk 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 milk is too hot, the yeast won't bloom. So be careful with the milk. If the yeast doesn't bloom, start again).

  2. See the first picture above, the yeast has bloomed really well. It almost overflowed on the kitchen top.

  3. Next, see the second picture above. For making the dough add the flour in the bowl, season with salt. 

  4. Add the butter and slowly add the yeast mixture. 

  5. Do not add all the yeast mixture at one go as we may end up with a very gluey and wet dough. 

  6. Keep adding a little bit at a time and make a dough.

  7. Add the rest of the warm milk too, slowly and keep kneading. We may not need all of the milk, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up. 

  8. The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. remove the dough on the work surface.

  9. Knead for about 8-10 minutes. 

  10. 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. 

  11. Smoothen the dough with more butter.

  12. Once the dough has become smooth, place it the bowl for it's first rise/ prove. I gave it approximately 45 mins or so.

  13. See the third picture above, the dough almost tripled after 45 minutes. 

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

  15. I, then greased my hands and divided the dough into 8 equal parts (used a weighing scale for this). 

  16. I greased the baking tin and placed the divided dough in it. Brushed each portion with butter.


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

  18. 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. 

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

  20. This is what they looked like as they came out of the oven! Brush them with some melted butter if you like.

Recipe Notes

Please ensure that the yeast has bloomed well, if it hasn't, start over. 
If using instant yeast, just add it directly to the flour and follow the rest of the instructions. 

Love,
Shreya

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Peanut Butter & Choco Chip Cookies (eggless)

Today seems like such a cookie kinda day to me…all I want to do is grab a good book, some cookies and curl up on the couch! But I won’t, because I am a nice person (😉) and I chose to share a delicious recipe with you guys!! 

May I say I am choosy about my cookies?! I am sure there are many who’ll wholeheartedly agree with me on this. Don’t go putting anything that comes out of a pretty carton into your mouth. Most of those haven’t been made with all the loving that you’d put into a homemade cookie! Yes, love makes all the difference…it tastes better…melts in your mouth and your (my) hubby goes crazy for them! 😍

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Look wise, ahem…I’d say don’t pin your hopes on making every cookie look exactly the same or all perfect around the edges, still if can do that, great! For me homemade cookies should look the part…I don’t go trying to make each of them look even and all…!! Some are bigger than the rest…who cares, get a nibble or two extra😁

I love the bits of Choco chips in every bite and they compliment peanut butter just right. These are absolutely crisp and stay fresh for about 2-3 days in an airtight container, that’s the max they last in my home…maybe they’d keep fresh longer! Who’s to know?! 😂

My suggestion – bake a smaller batch, they taste great when fresh.

Also, you can freeze the dough for upto a week. Portion them before freezing, spread the portioned dough on a plate and freeze. Once frozen, store them in ziplock bags. Later, thaw the number of cookies you want to bake at room temperature for about and hour or until they come to room temperature, then pop them in the refrigerator for 15 mins to set a bit else they will spread too much while baking. Bake them as per the instructions given below.

Anyways…if you are as enthusiastic as me about baking your own cookies, check these out too….. Karachi Biscuits/ Tutti Fruity CookiesBrookies – fudgy mocha flavoured, glutenfree Amaranth cookies (rajgira), Bourbons, Almond Shortbread Cookies, no bake Peanut Butter Cookies, Chewy Butter Biscuits, Sugar Cookies with icing. (Most of these too are eggless…perfect isn’t it!?)

Let’s bake some cookies….:)

Yield: 9-10 cookies (I make them slightly large, yield depends on how you portion them..maybe if you’d keep them smaller, you’ll make around 12-13 cookies)

Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, baking tray, mixing bowl, fork, parchment paper, a whisk/ electric whisk, cooling rack.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Maida (all purpose flour)

1/4 cup brown sugar (I used Demerara sugar)

1/4 cup castor sugar

1 1/4 tsp milk

1/4 cup softened unsalted butter

5-6 drops vanilla extract/ essence

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup chocolate chips

2 tbsp peanut butter (I used smooth)

Method:

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together butter, both sugars, vanilla extract & milk until well combined and fluffy. (I used a manual whisk as it was a small quantity, but use a electric whisk if making double or triple the batch as they must be well combined)

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Next, add the flour, Choco chips & baking soda. Fold them in gently. Lastly add the peanut butter and fold again.

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The dough is ready, rest it in the refrigerator for an hour to set the dough.

Once chilled, portion the cookie dough in equal sized balls, flatten them using a fork and place them an inch or two apart as they spread on a parchment paper lined baking tray. Chill the portioned dough balls again for 15 mins in the refrigerator.

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Preheat the oven at 180’c for 10 mins. Take the chilled portioned dough balls from the refrigerator and bake them at 180’c for 20-25 mins or until the cookies turn golden brown on all sides. (Bake using just the lower heating rods for first 20 mins, then turn on the upper rods too for the last 5-6 mins, please note every oven works differently so keep an eye on the cookies)

Once the cookies are baked, take them out of the oven, let the cookies first rest on the baking tray for 15 mins as they continue to crisp up further. Then transfer them on to the cooling rack for another 10 mins. Once they are completely cooled, store them in a parchment lined airtight container.

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Hope you bake these soon😀

Love,

Shreya💖

Adapted from Calorie count

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💖

Vanilla Sponge Cake in Pressure Cooker

There are somethings which you learn unknowingly, just by watching it way too many times…although that’s just in your subconscious. You don’t really know whether you already have known it all your life until you’ve tried it – my Mom’s Vanilla Sponge in a Pressure Cooker is just that for me, with a slight variation of my own that I’ve perfected over the years 😘

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Ain’t this a beauty! Such an easy recipe, even easier is the technique which is I’ve learnt from my Mom, she’s an expert with cooker cakes…no, not because she doesn’t own an oven….(she has a very rare flame heated English oven, almost like Nigella’s, that’s over 3 decades old & has seen some of the best bakes in its time)….it’s merely a thing of convenience for her to bake in a pressure cooker and get done quickly! She’s my Mom after all, quick and easy is something that’s been passed on me by her…☺️

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The hand that held mine once, holds on a piece of cake made by the one she made. How ironical! My first time clicking with a model, my Mom💖…the best part, this cake was made in her kitchen…using her utensils & equipments…(the props are mine…I end up stocking up on them wherever I go!)…almost the traditional way. I beat the sugar with the eggs using a manual beater for the first time in my life! That’s how she still does and says that is the correct way to incorporate the air into the batter for a light and airy cake… the results are here for you to see. She has a point. I will follow this more from now…give my muscles a bit of a workout! 😂 Also, no parchment/ baking paper!

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So coming to the recipe, my Mom uses homemade white butter when she bakes a cake. I have used oil in place of the homemade white butter as she didn’t have that ready at home. Also, I have added some milk…it really does make the cake so much more moist, here she agrees with me! You learn some, you teach some!

Yield: a 6″ square cake

Equipment: a mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, baking tin, a large pressure cooker, a spare steel bowl, a cooling rack.

Ingredients:

1+ 1/2 cup powdered sugar

2 eggs at room temperature

1+ 1/4 cup all purpose flour (Maida, sieved once)

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup refined oil

1 + 1/2 tsp baking pwd

3/4 tsp vanilla extract/ essence

Method:

Prepare the tin with some oil and dust maida (APF) all over. Set aside.

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In a bowl, beat together the sugar & eggs until light and frothy.

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Then add the sieved flour, milk & oil. Beat again & add the baking powder with vanilla extract. Beat well, set aside.

Heat the pressure cooker on high flame for 10 mins. Place a bowl or plate inside at the bottom. DONT ADD WATER IN THE COOKER.

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Fill the batter in the ready tin upto half its capacity and place the tin in the heated pressure cooker on the bowl kept at the base. Cover the pressure cooker with it lid but remove its gasket and weight. Bake on medium flame for 40-45 mins.

Do a toothpick test and check if the cake is ready after 40 mins, it should come out with a few moist crumbs, if your cake is ready then remove from the cooker using kitchen tongs and cool the tin on cooling rack for 10 mins before unmoulding the cake.

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If the cake in undercooked, then let it cook for another 10 mins. It should be ready by then. Slice and serve.

This cake keeps well in an airtight box for 3-4 days.

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I am in love with it’s texture and airiness!!

Love,

Shreya ❤️

My variation adapted from here.

Roasted Masala Makhane | Roasted Foxnuts

You’d love to chomp on something healthy for a change, wouldn’t you! I know I would…..and I do☺️ These peppery, spicy, very crunchy & absolutely addictive Roasted Masala Makhane (Foxnuts)are our go to snack on most days!  

I can’t seem to get enough of these, I remember grabbing them by the handful when my Mom would make these on the days she’d be fasting..(vrat)….she’d use sendha namak and ever since then I have been a huge fan 😉 Obviously, when you are not fasting, use regular salt or sea salt.

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They are also supposed be very healthy and filling too…besides being yummy and so easy to make!

Yield: depends on how much you wish to make! I suggest, make a large batch because they taste better than your favourite ‘butter popcorn’ 😜

Equipment: a wok, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons

Ingredients:

2 cups makhane

salt to taste

black pepper to taste

3-4 tsp ghee (clarified butter)

any other masalas (spices) you wish to add.

Method:

Cut the makhane into halves and see if they are clean and dry within (see pics below).

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Heat ghee in a wok, add the makhane. If you need to, then add more ghee. I did add about 1 tsp more. The more ghee you add, the crisper they get. The makhane absorb a lot of ghee anyway, so you’d literally not see the ghee in the pan.

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Season with salt & pepper. Add any more spices as per your taste. Let the makhane crisp up on medium flame for another 4-5 mins but keep tossing them around constantly so that they don’t colour up too much.

That’s about it, have it piping hot! They stay crunchy for almost an hour, but that depends on how much ghee you have added while roasting them.

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You got to try these to know how good it actually tastes!

Love,

Shreya💗

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💖

Rassedaar Aloo Tamatar | Indian Potato & Tomato Curry

Considering how much I love Potatoes, I have a very few recipes about them on the blog! Dubkimaar Aloo or Rassedaar Aloo Tamatar is very common in my home…specially for Sunday brunch with some crispy, flaky, layered Parathas😋 NomNom!!

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Rassedaar Aloo Tamatar is very famous all over Uttar Praadesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odissa, Madhya Pradesh and other neighbouring States, but is made differently everywhere you go. The taste changes from from one city to the next!

I am sharing my version of it which I’ve learnt from my Mom. No one makes Rassedaar Aloo Tamatar like she does, it’s irresistible, finger licking good!
The best part is that these are made without onions, garlic or any ginger even! Just some basic spices and you have yourself a yummy curry in a hurry! 😉
Pair it with some Masala Pooris or even Tehri, and you don’t need anything else!

Let’s see how….

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a heavy bottom wok, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle, a lid.

Ingredients:
2-3 nos. peeled, washed & cubed potatoes
1 nos. large washed & cubed tomato
2 tbsp mustard oil (you can use refined oil)
1 nos. slit green chilli
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp Garam masala
1/4 tsp amchoor powder (raw mango pwd)
Salt to taste
Water as needed
Coriander leaves to garnish

Method:
Heat oil in the wok. Once it’s hot, add the green chilli, cumin seeds & hing. Let these splatter for a minute. Then add the potatoes, turmeric pwd, cumin powder & red chilli powder. Stir well and sauté for 5 mins. Season with salt. Then, add some water and cover with a lids to cook for 10 mins or until the potatoes are done.

Open the lid, add the garam masala & tomatoes, mix well. Cover again to cook the tomatoes until they are mushy and form a curry. Adjust the consistency of the curry (rassa). Add amchoor powder and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve piping hot!

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That’s ‘comfort’ in a bowl.

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! 

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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.

Homemade Sandwich Bread | Basic White Bread

How many mornings have you had just a slice of toast with a cup of tea/ coffee…or juice and left for work or an early class?! Many, right?  Almost everyone loves their toast..some with butter…some with honey…or plain…me? I like it with my Homemade No Pectin Strawberry Jam 😬 

All these plus an warm, sweet & fresh loaf of bread makes for a beautiful weekend brunch. The aroma of a freshly baked bread can make you so, so hungry!! Yes…this loaf was baked by me for Sunday brunch…and was devoured by my hubby & me in about 15 mins! He, with some honey and me…jam!

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Perfectly moist and light loaf of bread was a dream for me when I started baking breads about more than a year ago..but I kept trying and it’s been a little over six months that I make good breads..though not wholewheat…not yet. I am yet to try those.

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The recipe that I use for this bread is the same as the one I use to make pizza base. It’s pretty easy, but do follow there simple steps to ensure a good loaf. They are all tried and tested by me.

Always fluff the flour and add spoonfuls of it into the measuring cup then level it off with a knife. As simple as that. Measurement is crucial.

Do not try to press down the flour into the cup to add more flour OR Never dip the measuring cup into the bag of flour. Doing these, will always leave you with a lot more flour than necessary and you will positively end up with a very dry and heavy loaf

I have used instant active yeast, never tried baking with fresh yeast. Check the box for the expiry date thoroughly before starting the recipe, make sure you don’t use the yeast if it’s less than two months away from the expiry date.

If your yeast doesn’t bloom or activate, discard and start again.

The water used for activating the yeast must be tepid. That is when you can comfortably hold your finger in the water but it must not be on the cooler side.

Do not try to make this “healthy” by skimping on the fat/ oil/ butter content. Follow the recipe and you will have a moist loaf.

Let’s get baking..

Yield: a small loaf/ 6-7 slices of bread

Equipment: 1 large mixing bowl, a small bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, baking tin, cooling rack.

Ingredients:

2 cups plain flour (Maida/ APF, 1 cup is approx 130 grams)

some extra flour to dust

2+1/2 tsp dry active yeast (1 tsp is approx 3.5/ 4 grams)

2 + 1/4 tsp sugar

3/4 cup warm water (you should be able to dip your finger comfortably)

4 Tbsp oil + extra for greasing

1 tsp salt

Method:

Take warm water in a bowl, add the sugar and yeast to it. Cover it and leave to prove & froth for 10 mins in a warm place.

Next, in a large mixing bowl, add the flour, 2 1/2 tbsp oil, salt to taste. Now add the entire proved yeast mixture & using a fork mix everything together to make a sticky dough. It will be very sticky but should not be falling apart at all. Now, sprinkle some flour on a work surface, and drop the dough on it,sprinkle some more flour over the dough. Using your palms, start kneading the dough well. Add more flour if the dough feels too sticky or some water if it feels very dry.

Keep kneading well for 10 mins. You will have a neat, non-sticky ball of dough. Knead it for a couple of mins more. It should all look like this.

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Now, grease the mixing bowl which you have kept aside & place the dough in it, cover with a lid or cling film & set aside in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours to prove. It should be double or more than double in size after proving. It will look like this.

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Gently, punch the air out of the dough. Next, grease the baking tin with oil. Set that aside.

Roll out the dough in an squarish shape and flatten it out a bit. Start rolling from one side like a Swiss roll. Pinch to close the ends. Keeping the pinched side down, place this roll into the greased tin. Make deep incisions using a serrated knife if you like. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and place it in a warm place for 30 mins for second proving.

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This is how it should look after the second proving.

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Preheat the oven @180’c for 10 mins. Brush some oil over the top of the proved dough. Bake for about 20-25 mins @ 180’c using both, top & bottom heating elements. (Every oven works differently so pls set the temperature and the timing accordingly)

Once done, remove from the oven and cool on a cooling rack for about 15 mins before slicing the loaf as it needs to set well. That’s it, your bread is ready. Keeps well for a day or two wrapped in a parchment paper in a bread box or any container.

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Besides, waking up to a freshly baked bread can be therapeutic!😉

Love,

Shreya❤️

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