Category: Festive Recipes

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe is a delicious, rich and creamy gravy with cubed cottage cheese and mild spices. The texture of this gravy is made with cashews, butter and cream! It is a rather indulgent recipe from the Mughlai Cuisine. 

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe literally means royal cottage cheese curry. As the name suggests, it is indeed royal. The base of the curry is made boiled and puréed ingredients like cashews and exotic spices. The curry has a final flourish of cream and some more dry fruits (I do not add fried nuts on top of the curry but some restaurants do add some).  The gravy is very mellow and has a touch of sweetness, not very pronounced though. The hint of sweetness does come from the cashews along with some sugar that is added while simmering the curry. One can choose the level of sweetness as per your preference. This curry is however never too spicy. It has notes of warmth from the exotic spices used but they won’t hit you hard. Although you can add more red chilies while making the curry a tad bit more spicy if you so like.

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe can be made in different ways, the basics however, remain the same. I follow my own tastebuds when I make it, we prefer it a bit spicy as opposed to the sweeter versions. Also, I rely on cashews more than the cream for the indulgent texture, again, something we have developed a taste for, you can always swing the other way. This curry pairs well with rice preparations as well as Indian breads, like Kulcha or Lachha Paratha.

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe

Let us quickly make ourselves a bowlful of royalty!

In a pan, boil 2-3 cups of water. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, add the ginger, garlic, chopped tomatoes, onions, cashews and the whole chilies. Boil them for 10-12 minutes.

Cool them down once they have boiled. Drain the water. Purée them together until smooth. Strain the purée and set it aside.

Heat oil and butter in a large pan.

Once they are hot, add whole cinnamon stick, black cardamom and bay leaf. Let them crackle around for a minute.

Add the strained purée. Cook it for 7-8 minutes on low heat. Stir it around in between.

Season the curry with salt, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder, jeera powder. Mix well and let them cook for about 5 minutes or until the oil and the butter separate from the curry. Add sugar, crushed kasuri methi and cream. Mix well.

Add the paneer cubes. Stir around gently. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes. You can add some water if needed, to correct the consistency of the curry.

Turn off the heat, serve it immediately. You can garnish the Shahi Paneer with some more cream and fresh coriander leaves.

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Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe is a delicious, rich and creamy gravy with cubed cottage cheese and mild spices. The texture of this gravy is made with cashews, butter and cream! It is a rather indulgent recipe from the Mughlai Cuisine.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Mughlai
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2 persons

Ingredients

  • 200 gms paneer/ cottage cheese , cubed use tofu/ mushrooms/ veggies for a vegan version
  • 3 nos. tomato, roughly chopped
  • 1 nos. large onion, roughly chopped
  • 4-5 nos. whole, dry kashmiri red chilli
  • 7-8 nos. cashewnuts, whole
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 8 large cloves of garlic
  • salt to taste
  • 1.5 tsp. coriander powder dhaniya powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin powder jeera powder
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 nos. whole black cardamom, bay leaf and cinnamon stick, each
  • 3/4 tsp. Garam masala
  • 4 tsp. cream skip or use almond/ cashew cream for a vegan version
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. butter skip for a vegan version
  • 1 tsp. kasuri methi, crushed dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar, granulated
  • cream and coriander leaves, to garnish skip or use almond/ cashew cream for a vegan version

Instructions

  1. In a pan, boil 2-3 cups of water. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, add the ginger, garlic, chopped tomatoes, onions, cashews and the whole chilies. Boil them for 10-12 minutes.

  2. Cool them down once they have boiled. Drain the water. Purée them together until smooth. Strain the purée and set it aside.

  3. Heat oil and butter in a large pan.

  4. Once they are hot, add whole cinnamon stick, black cardamom and bay leaf. Let them crackle around for a minute.

  5. Add the strained purée. Cook it for 7-8 minutes on low heat. Stir it around in between.

  6. Season the curry with salt, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder, jeera powder. Mix well and let them cook for about 5 minutes or until the oil and the butter separate from the curry. Add sugar, crushed kasuri methi and cream. Mix well.

  7. Add the paneer cubes. Stir around gently. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes. You can add some water if needed, to correct the consistency of the curry.

  8. Turn off the heat, serve it immediately. You can garnish the Shahi Paneer with some more cream and fresh coriander leaves.

Love,
Shreya

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Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe

Thandaai Flavoured Bhapa Doi

Holi is just a week away….and I can feel it in the air! Although I am averse to playing Holi, but I do enjoy the array of food Holi brings with it😜 

Dahi Wada happens to be a personal favorite…along with Thandaai. Last year I had made Thandaai Mousse which had turned out great! 😍

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This is year too, I wanted to create something with Thandaai. I was looking at options online but didn’t really like anything. Just then I thought of Bhapa Doi, the famous Bengali delicacy. It is basically a steamed yogurt & condensed milk pudding sans the gelatine or agar-agar . It’s really easy to do…with hardly any prepping involved.

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I knew that the flavours of Thandaai will go very well with Bhapa Doi, but I still looked up on Google if I can find anything interesting, nada! Couldn’t find anything related, so thought I’d try it anyway, see if it actually works. Surprisingly, it does! This tastes very delicious with hints of the Thandaai flavour and the smoothness of the Bhapa Doi!! 😊😊 So, I decided to blog it too.

Let’s get going….

Please note that I have made a small batch as a trial, double or triple the quantities for a larger batch.

Yield: serves 4

Equipment: a large pressure cooker, a mixing bowl, wired whisk, measuring cups/ spoons, a small blender.

Ingredients:

For the Thandaai Powder:

5-6 nos. almonds

5-6 nos. pistachios

4-5 nos. cashews

3-4 nos. peppercorns

1/2 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)

1/2 tsp watermelon seeds (magaz)

1/2 cardamom pwd

a few strands of saffron

For the Bhapa Doi: (adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor)

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup hung curd

200 gms condensed milk

Method:

To make the Thandaai powder, grind all the ingredients mentioned above coarsely in a blender. You can make a fine powder too. Set it aside.

Take about 2-3 cups of water in a large pressure cooker, place the seperator plate at the bottom. Turn on the flame and let the water come to a boil.

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In the meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, take hung curd and beat it well. Then add milk, Thandaai powder and the condensed milk. Whisk them all together until well combined.

Pour this mixture into small single serving bowls or all in a single mould, cover with a cling film, make a few incisions/ cuts on the film to let the steam pass through, place it in the pressure cooker on the seperator plate. Close the lid of the pressure cooker without it weight. Steam it for approximately 35-40 mins on a gentle flame.

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Once done, remove the Bhapa Doi out of the pressure cooker, remove the cling wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for 45-60 mins before serving 😊

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That was easy, wasn’t it!? Hardly took any time to get that going…😁 I strongly recommend trying these once.

Love,

Shreya💞

Pooranpoli/ Puranpoli

I have been wanting to do Pooranpoli for the longest time for the blog…but I wanted to get the exact recipe from my Mom! Yes….she makes the best Pooranpolis..😘

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Since my hubby too is a big fan of these Polis…I decided to let my mom teach the entire process to me once again…as I had made these almost over two years ago and forgotten her recipe😂😂

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Actually, it pretty easy to make these but a involves a lengthy process for making ‘puran‘ or the sweetened split pea filling. The ‘poli‘ or the ‘flatbread‘ which holds the stuffing inside it, usually made of all-purpose flour or wholewheat flour. 

Let’s get started with my Mom’s recipe…

Yield: 15-16 Pooranpolis

Equipment: a pressure cooker, a wok, a mixing bowl, a potato masher, rolling pin, rolling board, measuring cups/ spoons, a non-stick pan, a spatula.

Ingredients:

For the Pooran:

1 cup chana dal (split gram)

2-3 cup water

a pinch of turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup sugar (add more or less as per your preference)

1 + 1/2 tsp cardamom pwd

For the Poli:

1 1/2 cup Maida (APF)

a pinch of salt

1/4 cup refined oil

water as needed

Method:

For the Pooran:

Soak the dal for about 1 hour in 2-3 cups of water. Then pressure cook the dal with the same water that it was soaking in, turmeric & salt for 3-4 whistles. The water in the pressure cooker will evaporate considerably. Cool the cooker completely and the open the lid once the steam settles down on it’s own. Then mash the cooked dal using the masher.

Next, heat a wok. Add the mashed dal to the wok. Add the sugar now. Keep stirring it continuously, the sugar will start melting. Keep stirring to avoid the sugar from burning with the mashed dal. The consistency of the mixture will start to thicken and become very dense. Once it looks almost dry, turn off the flame. Add the cardamom pwd at this stage. Mix it well with the mixture. Taste the mixture and adjust the sugar if necessary (in case you add more sugar after tasting, then you will need to cook it again on medium heat and stir the mixture continuously until it dries up again).

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The texture of the filling should look like the picture on the right.

For the Poli:

Take the maida in a mixing bowl, add salt. Add a little water at a time, start kneading a dough. It must be a soft dough. I used about 1/2 cup water approximately. Next, make indentations in the dough at drizzle the oil. Cover and set aside for 30 mins. After 30 mins, knead the dough again until it absorbs all the oil. The dough will be very soft and extremely pliable at this stage. Let it rest for another 15 mins before making the Pooranpoli.

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For assembling the Pooranpoli:

Please follow the pictures for next few steps.

Divide the dough into equal parts, stuff them with the filling and  cover them properly so that the filling doesn’t spill out while rolling them.

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Next, roll them out evenly. Heat a pan, cook them on both sides and smear some ghee or butter while cooking them. Ideally, they should puff up. But it’s ok if they don’t puff up.

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Serve them piping hot with some more ghee or butter.

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Do try these…they are totally worth the effort and taste heavenly!

Love,

Shreya💓

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake is a moist yet light and soft tea time cake. Pair it with some tea/ coffee and enjoy the perfect medley of chocolate and vanilla! One of the most loved combinations ever! 

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake is very easy to put together as well. The crumb is perfect as it should be in any  pound cake. The flavor is so rich and scrumptious, just like the Starbucks style Marble Cake. The rich buttery flavor is absolutely delicious.

As the name suggests, it is a pound cake and a traditional recipe calls for a pound of each – flour, sugar, butter and eggs. These ingredients when whisked into a thick batter, yields a beautiful crumb and an aromatic cake. No leavening agents are used in making a traditional pound cake. The air whisked into the eggs helps the cake rise well. However, I’ve used some leavening agents here today.

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake is a favorite of my hubby. He loves Starbucks style cakes and this is as close as I can get the same taste at home. The chocolate flavor makes it such a decadent cake and vanilla is one of the most classic flavors ever. These two flavors when put together to make this classic cake, the outcome is just so good!!

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake uses the most basic ingredients that everyone has in their pantries. I always prefer recipes that get ready in a jiffy with the most common ingredients. All my recipes incorporate the most easy techniques and ingredients. It makes me really happy to be able to whisk out delicious bakes and treats out of my pantry essentials.

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

Let’s get started with this Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake. 

All ingredients used are to be at room temperature.

Also, I have weighed everything in grams using an electronic weighing scale.

Line a 8″X5.5″ baking tin with parchment paper. Pre-heat the oven @ 180’c. Please note that every oven works differently so adjust the temperature accordingly.

Take butter and sugar in a bowl, cream them using an electric or manual whisk.

Once they look creamy and well incorporated, add one egg at a time and whisk again until well incorporated.

Next, add the vanilla extract/ essence and whisk again.

Sieve in the flour, salt and baking powder next. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet gently.

Lastly, add the milk. Fold again.

Divide the batter into two halves. Add cocoa powder to one half and mix well.

Set it aside. Now, add the plain batter into the prepared tin. Spread it evenly.

Add the chocolate batter on top of it and swirl it around a bit.

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

Bake it at 180’c for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake, comes out clean or with a very few moist crumbs.
Once done, remove from the oven and let it cool for 20-25 minutes on a cooling rack before you slice it.

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

This cake keeps well at room temperature for 2-3 days.

Try these recipes
Egg free Hot Milk Cake
Egg free Marble Cake
Egg free Tutti Frutti Cake
Bakery Style Ribbon Cake
Parsi Mawa Cake 

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Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake
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Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

A delicious chocolate vanilla flavoured pound cake tastes so yummy. This cake is moist and has the perfect crumb. 

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 220 grms butter unsalted
  • 200 grms plain flour maida
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 220 grms castor sugar
  • 04 nos eggs at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Line a 8"X5.5" baking tin with parchment paper. Pre-heat the oven @ 180'c. Please note that every oven works differently so adjust the temperature accordingly.

  2. Take butter and sugar in a bowl, cream them using an electric or manual whisk.

  3. Once they look creamy and well incorporated, add one egg at a time and whisk again until well incorporated.

  4. Next, add the vanilla extract/ essence and whisk again.

  5. Sieve in the flour, salt and baking powder next. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet gently.

  6. Lastly, add the milk. Fold again.
  7. Divide the batter into two halves. Add cocoa powder to one half and mix well.

  8. Set it aside. Now, add the plain batter into the prepared tin. Spread it evenly.

  9. Add the chocolate batter on top of it and swirl it around a bit.

  10. Bake it at 180'c for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake, comes out clean or with a very few moist crumbs.

  11. Once done, remove from the oven and let it cool for 20-25 minutes on a cooling rack before you slice it.

  12. This cake keeps well at room temperature for 2-3 days.

Love,
Shreya

Marble Pound Cake | Perfect Marble Pound Cake

White Chocolate Treats

Ok…so this sounds mushy at the very best..but I did make some Chocolates for my hubby this Valentine’s 💓😍 lol! And he found them cute too 💃🏻

Well…to be honest…I wouldn’t really call it ‘making’ them…unless that’s what we are calling using ‘leftovers’ these days 😁😜

Homemade chocolate Polkapuffs

Why leftovers you may ask….well. I had some odd, broken pieces of Morde’s white Compound in my refrigerator post icing my Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes. Also had some coloured sugar sprinkles lying around…so thought of using these along with my silicon chocolate moulds to make something quick! 😬😬…hence these Treats😊 Let’s get started….these take approx 30 mins to get ready …actually ready to eat!! Cool..ain’t it!?

A few pointers to keep in mind…

Do not try to melt the Compound Chocolate in the microwave…it could burn it as the chocolate is very delicate. Use a double boiler as far as possible.

Do not stir the the chunks of Compound Chocolate while it melts…that can make the melted chocolate very grainy.

Yield: 7-10 pieces

Equipment: a deep saucepan, a heat proof bowl (preferably borosil/ Pyrex), measuring cups/ spoons, silicon Chocolate moulds in any shape.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chopped Morde White Compound

sugar sprinkles or sugar balls as needed

Method:

Heat water in the saucepan until it starts to boil, then place the heatproof bowl over the saucepan in such a way that the base of the bowl does not touch the boiling water below in the pan. Next, keep the chopped compound chocolate in the bowl and maintain the flame on it’s lowest possible level. Let the compound melt slowly and do not stir it.

Polkapuff homemade chocolate

While the compound melts, place the sugar balls/ sprinkles in the chocolate moulds, just a thin layer covering the base only.

Next, check the compound chocolate that is melting, it should be almost melted by now. Remove the bowl from the top of the saucepan. Stir the melted compound chocolate just once. It must be smooth and lump free.

Next, add 1-2 tsp of the melted compound chocolate over the sprinkles placed in the moulds. Fill the moulds to the top. Do the same for all the moulds and place them on a tray. Place this tray in refrigerator or the freezer for about 10-12 mins. They will be completely set and hard by then. When you break the chocolate in half, you should hear a ‘snap’! That’s the sound of a perfect homemade chocolate.🤓🤓😬

Follow the same recipe for Dark chocolate compound or Milk chocolate compound too. 😊

They keep well for 3-4 days under refrigeration.

Polkapuffs homemade chocolate

I made a small batch of 7-8 pieces! Do try these out…

Love,

Shreya❤️

Paneer Tawa Masala

Another great recipe using cottage cheese (paneer) and an assortment of rustic spices. This makes for a great weeknight meal option which goes well with Wholewheat Naan or Phulkas too☺️

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You can even make this on a weekend and indulge a bit👌🏼 …flavours of kasuri methi along with saunf (fennel) & the tang of chaat masala makes for a great palate pleaser!

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Pretty easy to whisk up too…it was ready in about 30 mins! Let’s get started…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a non-stick pan/ tawa, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

To marinate the paneer:

250 gms cubed paneer

2 tbsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)

1 tsp red chilly pwd

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp chaat masala

salt to taste

2 tbsp oil

To make the Tawa masala:

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp butter

1/2 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)

1/2 tsp saunf (fennel seeds)

1 cup chopped onion

2 tsp chopped green chillies

2 tsp garlic paste

1 1/2 cup tomato purée

1 tsp coriander pwd

1/2 roasted cumin pwd

pinch of sugar

1/2 tsp garam masala 

salt to taste

2-3 tbsp fresh cream

chopped coriander leaves to garnish

Method:

Marinate the paneer with the ingredients mentioned above except the oil and keep it aside for 15-20 mins. After 20 mins, sauté the marinated paneer in 2 tbsp oil for 5 mins in a pan/ tawa. Set it aside.

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Next, add 1 tbsp oil to the remaining oil in the pan, once it’s hot enough, add the jeera & saunf seeds. Let these crackle for a few seconds. Then add the chopped onions, chillies & garlic paste. Cook until the onions turn golden.

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Then add the tomato purée along with coriander pwd, sugar, roasted cumin pwd, salt & garam masala. Sauté for until the tomato purée cooks out and the oil seperates from the masala. Then add the cream, butter & cooked paneer. Mix well and cook for another 3-5 mins. That’s it! Turn off the heat and garnish with chopped coriander leaves & serve it piping hot..😀

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Do try it out soon….you will love the flavours!

Love,

Shreya💞

Adapted from Tarla Dalal

Veg Chilli Milli

Being a fan of restaurant style gravies/ sides….I am often looking forward to make them at home too! Veg Chilli Milli is one such side which tastes excellent and has many veggies which makes it healthy 🤓 

And it also goes very well with some Wholewheat Tawa Naan or Methi Makka Roti👌🏼🤗..however is served with some plain Parathas this time around as my hubby wanted to have them.

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This definitely is something that you will want to have again and again…🍽🍛 and really easy to make too!

Let’s get started…

Yield: serves 2-3

Equipment: a pan, measuring cups/ spoons, ladle.

Ingredients:

1 cup shredded cabbage

1/2 cup sliced carrots

1/2 cup great peas

1/2 cup sliced capsicum

3/4 cup finely chopped onions

3 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1 cup chopped tomatoes

12-14 nos. cashews soaked in warm water for 15 mins

2-3 sliced green chillies

salt to taste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp coriander pwd

1 tsp degi mirch

1-2 each of black cardamom, green cardamom, bay leaf & cinnamon stick

1/2 tsp jeera seeds

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1/2 tsp garam masala pwd

2-3 tbsp Amul cream

1 tsp kasuri methi

1 tsp lemon juice

coriander leaves to garnish

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Method:

Make a smooth purée of the tomatoes & soaked cashews without adding any water. Set it aside.

Heat oil in the pan, add all the whole spices, jeera & hing. Let them splatter for a min. Then add the chopped onions & chillies. Cook until they onions turn golden. Then add the purée, turmeric, degi mirch, coriander pwd & ginger-garlic paste, stir well and cook until the raw smell goes away. The paste will start leaving the oil around the edges once it’s cooked.

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Next, add the cabbage, capsicum, carrot & peas. Season with salt and mix well. Cover & cook until the veggies are soft. That takes about 7-10 mins on medium flame. Then add the cream and garam masala. Mix well. If needed, you can add some water to correct the consistency.

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Let it cook for about 5-8 mins. Finally add kasuri methi & lemon juice. Stir well & garnish. Serve with Rotis/ Parathas.

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Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!! 😊

Love,

Shreya💞

Adapted from VROI

Rasgulla

Rasgulla happens to be one of my personal favourites when I am thinking of Indian desserts👌 They are so light…spongy & not at all heavy on the palate.

But, making them can be tricky…right from using the right kind of milk to mashing it to perfection! Then making sure that they cook through well!! 😉

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These were never on my mind…not exactly something I was planning to make, but then…milk splits early one morning & it just pops into mind to give these a go! Looked up some recipes online..and found a really easy recipe & some tips for a first timer like myself😉…but I have adjusted the quantity of sugar as per our liking.

Let’s get going..

️Yield: 7-8 Rasgullas

Equipment: a large plate, a pressure cooker, a ladle, extra bowls, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1 litre milk (I used Amul Toned milk)

1/2 tsp citric acid pwd

2 cup sugar

3-4 cup water

a few strands of saffron to garnish

pistachio to garnish

Method:

Please note that the milk had already split in my case. But to split the milk specially to make these…heat the milk in a large pan, once it comes to a boil, add the citric acid pwd and stir once. The milk will split. Just strain the milk solids in a muslin cloth and wash the solids within the cloth under running water to get rid of any traces of citric acid.

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Keep the milk solids in the muslin cloth under some weight for 30 mins to remove all the whey. Then transfer the cottage cheese/ paneer on a plate. Mash the paneer with the your hands until it’s soft and a little greasy in texture. Next, divide the mashed paneer in equal parts…about 7-8 and make smooth, crack free balls. Set them aside.

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Now, add water and sugar in the pressure cooker. Turn the flame on and let the sugar melt. Once the sugar has melted completely & the syrup starts boiling, add the balls one by one. Close the lid and place the weight too. Let it simmer for 10 mins on high flame. Then after the first whistle, lower the flame and let it simmer for another 5-8 mins. Turn off the flame after that. Let the pressure release on its own. Then take out the cooked rasgulla and the syrup and place them in a bowl to cool down completely. You can squeeze them and see how spongy they have turned out to be! They are ready…garnish & serve them chilled!!

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They taste really nice..and keep well for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. You can make these with full-fat milk too.

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Nisha Madhulika.

Til aur Moongfali ki Chikki

The Kite Flying Season is here! The Harvest Festival or Makar Sankranti as known in most parts of India…or Lodhi in Punjab! It brings us such joy to celebrate this festival…😊 And it marks the beginning of Spring in India! 

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Eating Sesame (til), Peanuts (Moongfali) & Jaggery (Gur) is a tradition on this day…and making Chikki (brittle) or Laddoos (fudges) with these ingredients are very common is every household. My Mom would make these too and we enjoyed them for weeks as she’d make them in large batches😁

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A lot of people make these Chikkis with sugar too…and my Mom shared her recipe with me a few years ago…as I wanted to make another variety of these…along with the usual jaggery ones. The ones made with sugar are more crispy! Let’s get started…

Yield: 4 large quarters or 8-10 smaller pieces

Equipment: a non stick pan, a plate/ tray, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds (white/ black)

1/2 cup roasted & husked peanuts (unsalted)

1/2 tsp cardamom pwd (optional)

1 tsp ghee + extra to grease the tray

Method:

Grease the tray and keep it ready. Heat ghee in the pan and the sugar. Let the sugar melt on low flame until it dissolves completely. Then add the cardamom pwd, sesame seeds & peanuts.

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Keep the flame low and mix everything very well. Turn of the flame immediately. Now pour this mixture on the greased tray quickly and spread it out a bit. Take a knife and make lines on the mixture if you want to have evenly shaped pieces later. 

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Wait for the mixture to cool down..it will take about 15-20 mins. Then break it into pieces and store in an airtight container. It remains fresh for upto 2 weeks.

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Happy Sankranti Everyone!

Love,

Shreya💕

Dhaba Style Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani is everyone’s favourite dal when we are at restaurants or dhabas! ☺️ Rustic flavours with the robustness of Garam Masalas and the rich creaminess make it very irresistible. 

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It’s our favourite too…specially when we visit our favourite Dhaba on the outskirts of the city. It tastes just heavenly with some rotis and sliced onions! That’s all…no need to complicate things!

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I have tried many recipe for dal makhani earlier too…but was never really satisfied with the outcome. Recently, when we were at this Dhaba again…I had the luck to find out a secret from the chef himself to make this dal taste absolutely divine! I couldn’t wait to come home and try it again! It tasted just like the one we ate at the Dhaba…so easy that I couldn’t believe I had finally made it just the way we loved it ☺️👌 although he didn’t specify the exact quantity of the ingredients but I had to adjust it according to the quantity I was making for us.

Let’s get started..

Yield: serves 2-3

Equipment: a heavy bottomed wok, a pressure cooker, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Rajma (kidney beans)

1/2 cup black whole urad dal

2 cups water

salt to taste

4 tbsp butter

1/4 tsp hing (asafoetida)

1/2 tbsp ghee

1 cup chopped onions

5-6 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

1-2 nos. black cardamom

1 tsp chopped green chillies

1 cup chopped tomatoes

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp degi mirch

1/4 tsp sugar

1 tsp coriander pwd

1/2 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tsp fennel pwd (saunf pwd)

1/2 tsp Garam masala

1/4 cup fresh cream

chopped coriander & fresh cream to garnish

Method:

Soak the lentils for 6-7 hours. Then pressure cook them with 2 cups of water and some salt until they are soft and mushy. Approximately 6-7 whistles are enough. Let the pressure release on its own before you open the lid.

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Heat ghee & butter together in the wok. Then add the hing, cardamom, chopped onions, chillies & ginger-garlic paste. Cook until they are slightly golden and the raw smell goes away.

(The chef’s tip of adding fennel pwd is what makes a lot of difference due to its earthy aroma & tasted like the one we eat at the dhabas). Then add all the masalas except Garam masala. Sauté well for about 5-7 mins. Then add the tomato. Season with salt & sugar.

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Also add the Garam masala now. Cook for another 2-3 mins…or until the tomatoes are mushy and the oil floats around the masalas, then add the boiled lentils with it’s water too. Mix well and let it cook for 7-8 mins. Then add the cream and let the dal boil for 15 mins on low flame. Keep stirring it around a few times. You can add some water to adjust the consistency too. That’s it…the dal is ready! You can garnish with some coriander and cream before serving. Enjoy it warm with any roti or some rice and salad 😁

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Comfort food at it’s best….😉

Love,

Shreya💖

P.S. If you don’t have fennel pwd, you can make some by roasting it for a couple of mins just to heat it up…the colour mustn’t change and then grinding/ pounding it well.

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