Category: Kid Friendly

Lehsuni Pakode aur Teekhi Lal Chutney!

Baarish ka mausam aur garama Garam pakode!! Wow! Awesome combo. And for my ‘chai‘ loving hubby, a mug of steaming ginger tea!ย 

We woke up yesterday morning to the most beautiful climate…breezy, rainy and everything looked green. I looked at my hubby and I knew why he was smiling back at me! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I quickly freshened up and rushed into the kitchen. And 20 mins later … Taddaaaa! A platter full of my special ‘Lehsuni Pakode aur Teekhi Lal Chutney’.

I mean I did have the chutney ready already since the previous day๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜› saves time having this fiery dip on hand.

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We enjoyed it too much…sitting in the balcony..enjoying the view and munching happily on these hot and crispy pakodis. So much so, I was asked to make a ‘round 2‘ by my ever dieting hubby!! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Lehsuni‘ cos I love garlic…love them too much actually! And trust me, the flavour is to die for.. Well then let’s get on with the recipe.

Yield: serves 3-4

Equipment: a wok to fry, slotted spatula, a mixing bowl.

Ingredients:

2 nos large potatoes finely sliced

2 nos medium onions finely sliced

1 nos small white radish finely sliced

10-12 large / 15-18 small cloves of garlic freshly minced

salt to taste

oil to fry

1 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp amchur pwd

1/2 tsp haldi pwd

1/2 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1 tbsp chopped green chillieS

2 tbsp coriander leaves finely chopped

6 tbsp besan ( chickpea flour )

1 tbsp rice flour

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together except the oil to make a thick mixture so that the besan coats everything well but isn’t dripping at all. Heat enough oil in the wok, once it’s hot enough, start dropping a tbsp of the mixture into the hot oil and fry on medium heat. Once the pakodis turn a rich golden colour, take them out of the oil and drain on absorbent papers. That’s it! Serve them piping hot! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜›

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Ingredients for the Teekhi Lal Chutney:

20-25 nos whole dry red chilly

20-25 nos garlic cloves

salt to taste

little water to grind

1/4 tsp cumin pwd

1/2 tsp vinegar

Method:

Soak the red chillies in some water for 30 mins. Drain the chillies and set aside. Peel the garlic cloves and chop them roughly. Grind everything together using little water to make a smooth paste. The chutney is done ๐Ÿ˜ keeps well for 5-6 days in the refrigerator.

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I am sure your gonna love these!!

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ’•

Instant Doodh Peda

Instant Doodh Peda is one of my go to recipes when I want a homemade treat for a pooja or just as some Indian dessert. It’s quick, delicious and can be made with just 5 easy ingredients from your pantry!ย 

Instant Doodh Peda is basically a milk fudge. It is slightly chewy and has very milky yet creamy flavor. I can never resist these and end up making them very often ๐Ÿ™‚ The best part about this recipe is that it doesn’t take up hours of your time nor does it demand a long list of ingredients.

Instant Doodh Peda

Instant Doodh Peda can come in extremely handy when making a list of sweets and savories you wish to make for Diwali. It’s so quick that you can save this one for the very end. Once you have the ingredients ready, prepping the dough takes about 10-15 minutes. Then once the dough id cooled off, shaping these little beauties won’t take too long either.

Instant Doodh Peda

Instant Doodh Pedaย keeps well for two to three days. I suggest that once you have shaped them, let them sit in the refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes so that they set completely. You can shape them as you like, decorate them as you like, they will taste great.

If you like instant recipes, do have a look at these
Mysore Pak
Instant Kesar Peda
Khoya Burfi

Let us make these Instant Doodh Pedas now.

In the non stick pan, pour the condensed milk. Add the milk powder & the cardamom powder.
Use a whisk to mix everything into a smooth, lump free batter.
Turn on the heat now, keep it on medium flame. Keep whisking while it cooks.

Instant Doodh Peda
Once this mixture starts leaving the sides of pan in approximately 5-6 minutes, add the ghee and whisk again until it cooks off and forms a thick dough like consistency.
Took me about 4-6 minutes to get to this stage.

Instant Doodh Peda
But do not over cook the mixture as that results in hard pedas.
Turn off the flame. Let the mixture cool down for about 10-15 minutes.
Grease your palms with some ghee, take approximately a tbsp. of the mixture, roll it in your palms giving it the desired shape.
Repeat for the remaining mixture. Garnish the pedas with some pistachio slivers and edible silver. Let them sit for about 5-10 minutes in the refrigerator before you serve them.
Store these at room temperature if it is not hot, they sat fresh for 2-3 days.

Instant Doodh Peda

Instant Doodh Peda

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 10-12 medium pedas

Instant Doodh Peda is a delicious Indian milk fudge made with 4-5 ingredients. The prepping takes a little time and it is perfect for the festivities.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk powder
  • 1/2 tin condensed milk ( approx. 200 gms )
  • 1/2 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 2 tsp. ghee + 1 tsp used to grease the palms
  • 1 tbsp. pistachios slivers for garnish
  • edible silver to garnish

Instructions

  1. In the non stick pan, pour the condensed milk. Add the milk powder & the cardamom powder.
  2. Use a whisk to mix everything into a smooth, lump free batter.
  3. Turn on the heat now, keep it on medium flame. Keep whisking while it cooks.
  4. Once this mixture starts leaving the sides of pan in approximately 5-6 minutes, add the ghee and whisk again until it cooks off and forms a thick dough like consistency.
  5. Took me about 4-6 minutes to get to this stage.
  6. But do not over cook the mixture as that results in hard pedas.
  7. Turn off the flame. Let the mixture cool down for about 10-15 minutes.
  8. Grease your palms with some ghee, take approximately a tbsp. of the mixture, roll it in your palms giving it the desired shape.
  9. Repeat for the remaining mixture. Garnish the pedas with some pistachio slivers and edible silver. Let them sit for about 5-10 minutes in the refrigerator before you serve them.
  10. Store these at room temperature if it is not hot, they sat fresh for 2-3 days.

Notes

I have used a condensed milk which was slightly yellowish in color hence the pedas have turned out into a beautiful golden color. If you use white condensed milk, the pedas will be white. These pedas are slightly chewy due to the condensed milk and not powdery.

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Shreya

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Crunchy Veg Tacos ๐Ÿ’“

Let’s go Tex-Mex today! It’s simply delicious…fresh..and irresistible! ๐Ÿ˜ Crunchy Tacos have to top my list when I’m at Taco Bell or Chiles. Vegetarian or Non – Vegetarian, they are all so good!ย 

I have made them at home a few times earlier..and they are a delight. Easy to do, fun to eat! I’m a happy soul. My hubby enjoys them too and says ‘they taste like the ones from Taco Bell’! That’s something!! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜ I paired them with my Iced Green Tea Limeade and our tummies were full โ˜บ๏ธ Nom Nom!

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These are veg..made with some boiled red kidney beans / Rajma…a few spices. And we are sorted! Let’s get going with the recipe ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Yield: 12 Tacos

Equipment: a wok, measuring cups / spoons, a mixing spoon, a baking tray

Ingredients:

12 nos. ready to use Taco Shells

For the Bean filling:

1 1/2 cups boiled kidney bean / rajma (canned beans will work too)

2 nos tomatoes finely chopped

1 nos onion finely chopped

4 nos garlic flakes finely chopped

2 nos green chillies finely chopped

2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves chopped roughly

1 tsp taco seasoning / pasta spice mix will work too

2 tsp chilly flakes

2 tsp lemon juice

salt to taste

2 tbsp oil

For the Salsa:

1 nos onion roughly chopped

1 nos de seeded tomato cubed

1/2 tsp fresh coriander leaves chopped

For the Dressing:

1/2 cup sour cream (use hung curd if sour cream isn’t available)

1/2 grated cheddar cheese (processed Amul cheese can be used)

a few torn lettuce leaves

Method for the Bean filling:

Heat oil in the wok, add chopped garlic and green chillies. Sautรฉ for 2 mins. Next, tip in the chopped onions and cook until they turn translucent. Once that’s done, add chopped coriander leaves & tomatoes. Season with salt, taco seasoning & chilly flakes. Cook until the oil separates from the mix. Then add the boiled / canned kidney beans. Stir everything well and cook for about 4-5 mins. Turn off the flame. Add lemon juice and the filling is done.

For the Taco Shells:

Spread the shells carefully on the baking tray without any grease and heat them for 3-4 min ย @130’c. Once done, let them sit in the warm oven until every last detail is prepped for serving them. We have heated the shells just to make them crunchy.

For the Salsa:

Mix the cubed tomatoes, chopped onions & coriander leaves and set aside.

Assembling the Tacos:

Take a crunchy taco shell, spoon in some of the bean filling carefully…do not break the shells while filling them. Next add some sour cream over the beans filling, sprinkle some salsa and some torn lettuce leaves. And end it with some grated cheddar cheese! That’s it! Serve these immediately before they go soggy and moist!

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Bring some excitement to your kitchen today….Go the Tex – Mex way ๐Ÿ˜‰

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ’•

Iced Green Tea Limeade

I believe in keeping myself hydrated ..especially in these relentless summers! I keep on drinking water and somehow I end up feeling even more thirsty. I am sure it happens to all of us out there.ย 

So, we, meaning my hubby and myself choose healthy drinks over aerated ones. Not that we don’t like them..it’s just that we tend to avoid the sugar laden drinks. I believe in sipping on some coconut water, Jaljeera or a glass or chilled Kokom Sherbet is healthy as well as delicious! ๐Ÿ˜€ You’ll know what I mean when you have a look at my Minty Pomegranate Mock Mojitosย orย Tropical Iced Tea… These drinks are easy make and total party pleasers!โค๏ธ

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Green Tea is a regular feature in my household…its loaded with health benefits..keeps you energetic while it flushes out all the toxins! What better could one ask for?! ๐Ÿ‘ŒI am no dietitian…so I don’t exactly know how much does it help in weight loss..but have heard people saying it aids weight loss. We usually have a cup or two in a day..not more as we have it as a refreshing drink.

So, yesterday was a hot day as usual.. And I wanted to make some chilled & refreshing drink for my hubby to have once he’s back from work ๐Ÿ’• hence thought of doing something easy and quick with Green Tea. I know he’d like it even before he’d taste it! ย It goes like this…

Yield: 4 servings

Equipment: a sauce pan, a strainer, a stirrer, measuring cups / spoons, a knife, a grater.

Ingredients:

4 cups water

2 tbsp fresh mint leaves

1 tsp freshly crushed fennel seeds (saunf)

honey to taste to sweeten the tea (sugar can be used as well instead of honey as per your taste)

zest of 1 lemon

4 Green Tea bags (I used Tetley)

Juice of 2 lemons (add more if you wish to but the lemons I used were very sour hence didn’t need anymore)

Method:

In the saucepan, boil water, mint leaves, crushed fennel seeds & lemon zest (use the grater to zest the lemons) and sugar (if using) until the sugar dissolves. If you are not using sugar, then boil the water with all the other ingredients for 5-7 mins and remove from heat. Dip the tea bags into the water for 10-12 mins. Remove the tea bags. Let the warm concoction sit until it comes to room temperature. Strain the concoction into a jug or a large bowl to eliminate the residue from the mint leaves, fennel seeds & the lemon zest, add the honey to taste and the lemon juice. Stir well. Chill the tea for 2-3 hours. It’s done! Simply pour over ice cubes in your favourite glasses and serve!!

Shelf life: the tea keeps well for a day in refrigerator…not that it will last that long ๐Ÿ˜›

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Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ’–

Spiced Mango Popsicles

Summers or no summers …I can’t resist a Popsicle!! I enjoy my Popsicles even in the winters… So how could I ever miss out them in these hot days ๐Ÿ˜‰ LoL!ย 

I like all kinds of Popsicles..except the milky/yogurt based ones…don’t know why, but I don’t really care for those much. Kulfisย are a different story altogether …I adore themโ˜บ๏ธ…but we’ll discuss that some other time!

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Now…Mangoes! It’s raining mangoes everywhere! And I love my Alphonso so much…no summer’s ever complete without it… There are many variants out there when it comes to mangoes…but I usually don’t like any other variant ๐Ÿ˜ฌ Anyways, that’s me! I am sure there are many Alphonso lovers out there..!

Like each year, I made aam-ras to go with Puris and Parathas. Wow! Had so much fun devouring that!

Then came the good, old mango milkshake…yup enjoyed too many glasses..have lost count! ๐Ÿ˜‰ But Popsicles! Ya..now that I wanted to do! Wanted to do a twist on the classic Mango Popsicles ! And twist I did..it’s easy, quick and oh so yummy!

It’s a mildly Spiced Mango Popsicle! I have used some exciting flavours to give it that bit of warmth will take you by surprise between icy cool licks! ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜› the Mr. & I ..we both liked it and I am gonna be making another batch soon! Are you ready to get yours started?! Well, here’s the easy – peasy recipe..

Yield: 6 popsicles

Equipment: a mixing bowl, Popsicle moulds.

Ingredients:

Pulp of 3 large mangoes

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 pinches nutmeg pwd

1/2 tsp chilly flakes

1 tbsp basil seeds ( Sabjaa seeds) pre-soaked in some water

6 ice cream sticks

Method:

Stir together all the above mentioned ingredients except the soaked basil seeds in the mixing bowl well. Pour it into the moulds. Then layer some of the soaked basil seeds onto each pulp filled mould and cover the moulds with aluminium foil and place in the freezer for about an hour. Next, get the moulds out, the Popsicle would have set somewhat by now but would still be slushy. Insert the sticks into each mould right in the centre. Cover & pop the moulds back into the freezer for a minimum of 5-6 hours. To unmould the popsicles , dip each mould in a bowl of water for about a minute or so, and gently pull the stick out.. And voilร ! There you have your popsicles! Ice pops! Whatever you call them๐Ÿ˜€

Tip: You could leave them in overnight too…but I don’t think they’d last that long! ๐Ÿ˜œ

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Enjoy your summers! It’s just the beginning ๐Ÿ˜†

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ’–

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Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares | Oreo and M&M Cookie Bars

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares should be your go to dessert if you are an Oreo lover!! You’ll not give these a second thought before you give them a go! These are really easy to whip up and taste absolutely yummy, gooey & super fudgy. All that in about 45 minutes!!ย 

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares are made with just some leftover Oreos, a large pack of M&Ms and a few other ingredients easily available in the pantry ๐Ÿ™‚ This recipe needs no beating or whipping, so easy that even kids could manage these. And let’s not forget, kids love munching on these. Serve it to them with a glass of chilled / warm milk or their favorite ice-cream shake!

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares taste better than they probably sound. They have a gooey, melt the mouth yet firm texture which is absolutely addictive, if I must say so myself! The man and I, we love theseย Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares and I literally have to hide a few for myself, lol!! Almost makes me forget my Whole-wheat Fudge brownies ๐Ÿ˜‰ which are eggless if you must know. Totally drool worthy! But if you try theseย Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares, you’ll probably love them more than a brownie. Take that from me!

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares are perfect for game night treats or a school bake sale, perhaps for edible gifting too??!! I’ve served these slightly warm with some Vanilla Ice Cream, that makes for a scrumptious dessert. One can pair them with any ice cream of your choice but vanilla seems to work the best for me ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyways, let’s go forward with this recipe.

Preheat the oven @ 180′ C.
Line a 8″X 8″square baking tin with parchment paper and let some of the paper flow out of the tin on all four sides. It’s easier to unmould the squares later this way. Grease the parchment paper with some butter.
Use the large microwave safe bowl and melt the butter in the microwave at high for about 40-50 secs.

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares
Let the butter sit for 5 mins before you add the egg, else the egg will simply scramble.
After 5 mins, add the egg and sugar to the melted butter and mix it well.
Add the vanilla extract to it and mix well.
Now add the flour to the egg & butter mixture and stir until well combined. Don’t over-stir the mixture.
Next, add the chopped cookies along with a few MnMs and stir everything well.

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares
Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin and flatten using a spatula.
Next sprinkle the remaining M&Ms on top of the batter and press very slightly to set everything well.

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares
Bake for about 25-30 mins. When it’s ready, the edges should be slightly brown and the top should be set.
Do a toothpick test, the toothpick if entered in the center, should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs. But no sticky batter.
Allow the squares to rest in the tin for at least 30 mins on the cooling rack before you slice and serve.

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares
Enjoy these squares, either warm or cold. They keep up to a week when stored in an airtight container.
You can freeze them too for over 30 days.

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares

Loaded Oreo & M&M Squares | Oreo and M&M Cookie Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 16 squares

Gooey, yummy and slightly chewy, these Oreo and MnM squares are so scrumptious. They don't call for too many ingredients and come together in a breeze.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup APF (Maida)
  • 15 nos. Oreo cookies broken into pieces (I have used chocolate cream Oreos)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar / Demerara sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract / essence
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms (or Cadbury Gems)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 medium sized egg @ room temperature

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 180' C.
  2. Line a 8"X 8"square baking tin with parchment paper and let some of the paper flow out of the tin on all four sides. It's easier to unmould the squares later this way. Grease the parchment paper with some butter.
  3. Use the large microwave safe bowl and melt the butter in the microwave at high for about 40-50 secs.
  4. Let the butter sit for 5 mins before you add the egg, else the egg will simply scramble.
  5. After 5 mins, add the egg and sugar to the melted butter and mix it well.
  6. Add the vanilla extract to it and mix well.
  7. Now add the flour to the egg & butter mixture and stir until well combined. Don't over-stir the mixture.
  8. Next, add the chopped cookies along with a few MnMs and stir everything well.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin and flatten using a spatula.
  10. Next sprinkle the remaining M&Ms on top of the batter and press very slightly to set everything well.
  11. Bake for about 25-30 mins. When it's ready, the edges should be slightly brown and the top should be set.
  12. Do a toothpick test, the toothpick if entered in the center, should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs. But no sticky batter.
  13. Allow the squares to rest in the tin for at least 30 mins on the cooling rack before you slice and serve.
  14. Enjoy these squares, either warm or cold. They keep up to a week when stored in an airtight container.
  15. You can freeze them too for over 30 days.

Notes

Use Cadbury Gems if MnM is not available. This recipe doesn't need baking powder and baking soda.

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Chocolicious Banana & Butterscotch Breakfast Bars!

Chocolicious Banana & Butterscotch Breakfast Bars!! Breakfast is definitely the most important meal of the day and I take it very seriously! Chocolate…Banana…Butterscotch…Whole-wheat…really serious…and its vegan! A win-win for everyone ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can call it a breakfast bread, banana bread or banana & butterscotch cake. Anything you prefer, trust me, the taste won’t stop you from eating one slice after another..๐Ÿ˜› specially kids, they will enjoy these at anytime of the day..my 9 year old nephew couldn’t stop even after 3-4 slices! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

Chocolicious Banana & Butterscotch Breakfast Bars

Chocolicious Banana & Butterscotch Breakfast Barsย are healthy, though they have a chocolate quotient, like all my cakes do, but these are vegan (no eggs-milk-butter) and made with whole wheat flour. Sounds healthy?!

Besides, this recipe is a really great way to use up all the browning bananas that are sitting on the kitchen table!!

Chocolicious Banana & Butterscotch Breakfast Bars

Let’s start.
Preheat the oven @ 180’C for about 10-12 minutes.
Prepare the cake tin by greasing it with some oil and sprinkle some flour as well or line with parchment paper.
While that’s happening, take the banana purรฉe in a large mixing bowl, add nutmeg & cinnamon powders.
Mix them well using a spatula.
Stir in the sugar until well incorporated. Now sieve in the flours, baking powder, baking soda & the cocoa powder.
Mix everything well. Now pour in the oil and the extracts.
Give everything a good mix to make smooth & lump free batter. But don’t over mix it, else it’ll give you a very heavy cake/ bar (the batter will be quite thick).
Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for about 10 minutes.
Remove the tin out of the oven using a mitten (be careful for the oven will be too hot) & sprinkle the butterscotch chips/ balls on top and put the tin back in the oven ( we do this to avoid the chips from sinking and settling at the bottom).
Bake for another 20 minutes approximately or until a skewer pierced in the center of the cake/ bar comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes, then invert on a cooling rack to demould the cake / bread and cool for another 15-20 minutes. Slice and serve!

Chocolicious Banana & Butterscotch Breakfast Bars!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: makes one 7"square cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 nos large overripe bananas (mashed / purรฉed)
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup refined oil
  • 1 pinch each of cinnamon and nutmeg powder (optional)
  • 3 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-4 drops butterscotch essence (optional)
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch chips / balls

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @ 180'C for about 10-12 minutes.
  2. Prepare the cake tin by greasing it with some oil and sprinkle some flour as well or line with parchment paper.
  3. While that's happening, take the banana purรฉe in a large mixing bowl, add nutmeg & cinnamon powders.
  4. Mix them well using a spatula.
  5. Stir in the sugar until well incorporated. Now sieve in the flours, baking powder, baking soda & the cocoa powder.
  6. Mix everything well. Now pour in the oil and the extracts.
  7. Give everything a good mix to make smooth & lump free batter. But don't over mix it, else it'll give you a very heavy cake/ bar. (the batter will be quite thick).
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for about 10 minutes.
  9. Remove the tin out of the oven using a mitten (be careful for the oven will be too hot) & sprinkle the butterscotch chips/ balls on top and put the tin back in the oven ( we do this to avoid the chips from sinking and settling at the bottom).
  10. Bake for another 20 minutes approximately or until a skewer pierced in the center of the cake/ bar comes out clean.
  11. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes, then invert on a cooling rack to demould the cake / bread and cool for another 15-20 minutes. Slice and serve!

Notes

The batter will be thick, if you need to adjust the consistency, you can add some milk but then the breakfast bars won't be vegan. Omit butterscotch chips or replace it with whatever you like.

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Love,

Shreya โค๏ธ

(P.S. You can add walnuts, pecans, raisins, etc. as well to the cake batter)

Shelf life: 3-4 days at room temperature & 4-5 ย days in the fridge

You may also like Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes, Cinnamon Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting or something savory like my Rustic Pizza Pinwheelsย or something healthy like a Whole wheat Chocolate Cake ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

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Dahi Wadas on a Skewer!

I have to have Dahi Wadas for Holi! Not having them is simply not an option ๐Ÿ˜€ My mom makes the yummiest Dahi Wadas ever!!! And I simply follow her recipe to the ‘T’ ๐Ÿ˜˜

But deep fried Wadas can become a bit too heavy for us…specially when My hubby is perpetually on a diet!๐Ÿ˜ฐ I always have to be careful about calories and stuff like that whenever I’m cooking… Not too easy to do but i have that covered in my own sneaky way…๐Ÿ˜‰

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Every dieters’ dream..the indispensable ‘appe pan’../ aebelskiver pan. I am sure almost everyone of you out there has one… Small or large..cast iron or non-stick! They all work wonders. I’ve been using it for over a year now and don’t think I would be able to function without one. All my Wadas today are made my magic pan ๐Ÿ˜‰ with very little to no oil at all. Seriously good and no worry of they being oily & greasy.

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The Wadas were light, fluffy & so soft just like the ones we deep fry.

And to make it bit more special and colourful, I infused the curd with saffron strands …and presented them on Skewers!!!! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿ˜Ž Now, who doesn’t like food on a stick! I mean we gorge on kebabs & tikkas all the time.. That’s where I got the idea from! And My dear hubby was indeed impressed ๐Ÿ’–

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You can present them in the traditional style or put them on skewer sticks…whatever works for you! ๐Ÿ˜Š Here comes the recipe..

Yield: 21 small or 12-14 large Wadas

Equipment: Appe pan / Aebelskiver pan, skewer sticks, a blender, a large mixing bowl, 2-3 bowls, spice mixer, 2-3 spoons, measuring cups/ spoons, a small saucepan, 2 glass jars

Ingredients for the Wadas:

1 cup skinless white urad dal (black lentil) soaked for 6-7 hrs

10-12 nos black peppercorns

2″ pc ginger

3 nos green chilly

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

1 pinch hing (asafoetida)

salt to taste

oil as required (optional)

Method for the Wadas:

Grind together all the ingredients mentioned above to make a smooth paste using little water. The paste should not be runny. It’s supposed to be thick and sticky. Let this batter / paste sit for 30mins. Whisk the batter vigorously using a spoon for at least 4-5 mins. This will make the batter very light and airy and will ensure that the Wadas are soft.

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Now heat the appe pan, add a drop of oil if needed in every section. Now drop about a 1.5 – 2 tbs of the batter in every section and cook for 2 mins on the first side, then using another spoon flip them over to the other side and cook for another 1-2 mins. Repeat this for the entire batch of the batter. And set aside the Wadas to cool a bit. Then dip them in some warm for 10 mins then drain the water. Squeeze out the extra water. This is done to just soften the wada a little more. Set them aside.

Ingredients for the tamarind chutney:

1 cup tamarind pulp

3 tbsp pwd jaggery (use more if you like)

1/2 tsp each of red chilly pwd & roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tsp crushed saunf Dana (fennel seeds)

1/4 tsp salt

Method for the tamarind chutney:

Heat the saucepan, add the pulp along with the jaggery pwd and stir till the jaggery dissolves completely and the concoction simmers slightly..then season with the above mentioned ingredients. Cook for another 5-7mins. The concoction will thicken slightly. Turn off the gas and let the chutney cool down completely before you store it in a clean, dry glass jar. Set that aside for now.

Ingredients for the green chutney:

1/2 cup coriander leaves washed, dried & roughly chopped

1 no raw mango peeled & cubed

salt to taste

1 tbsp tamarind chutney

1-2 nos green chillies

6-7 nos cloves of garlic

Method for the green chutney:

Put all in the ingredients mentioned above in a blender with a little water and pulse for a couple of mins. The chutney will have a smooth texture. Store the chutney in a clean & dry glass jar.

Ingredients for the saffron infused curd dip:

1 cup thick curd

2 tbsp warm water

15-20 strands of saffron

Himalayan pink salt to taste

Method for the curd dip:

Dilute the saffron with the warm water for 20 mins or until it releases a rich yellow /ocher colour. Mix this yellow saffron water with the curd & the salt. Beat everything well and set aside I refrigerator to cool for 15-20 mins before using it.

For the plating & garnish you will need:

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1tsp red chilli pwd

Few pomegranate seeds

2 tsp coriander leaves chopped finely

Plating:

Put 2-4 Wadas on a single skewer stick, drizzle some of the curd dip, tamarind chutney, green chutney. Sprinkle some roasted cumin and red chilli pwd. Add a few pomegranate seeds /jewels. And a final flourish of coriander leaves! Voilร ! Do the rest in a similar way & serve right away.

Or just serve in platters like we usually do! โ˜บ๏ธ

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Hope you will make these soon and enjoy them as much as I did!

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ˜Š

Minty Pomegranate Mock Mojito

So…it’s getting hotter here in Mumbai for the last couple of days..and my lemony, minty, zingy pomegranate mock Mojitos are perfect to beat the heat! ๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿน They are super easy to make and total party pleasers!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I first made these last year coz I absolutely love Virgin Mojitos served at most cafes / lounges… Reason being am I teetotaller! And so is Mr. Polkapuffs โค๏ธ (match made in heaven, right) I wanted to make them at home in the summers and thought why not add some fresh fruit juice and make pretty and healthy. So squeezed some fresh pomegranate juice and got going…

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We don’t consume alcohol by choice and it works for us! Some people have hinted that’s it’s boring, well if drinking yummy, pretty, healthy stuff is boring…them God help me! I want to be boring all my life! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜œ LOL!

Anyways, so made these again yesterday evening for the two of us..it looked nice so got clicking and planned to share it here today. It’s really simple …just mixing a few ingredients and you’re good to go.

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So here goes the recipe … โ˜บ๏ธ

Yield: 2 servings (short glasses)

Equipments: a mortar pestle, a juicer (if using freshly squeezed pomegranate juice) a blender (to crush the ice)

Ingredients:

2 lemons wedged into 4 pcs each

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

5 tbsp sugar syrup (same as the one used in Indian sweets)

200ml Sprite

1 cup crushed ice cubes

1/2 cup pomegranate juice (fresh or canned)

Method:

Muddle the mint leaves and lemon wedges in the mortar pestle (save some leaves n lemon slices for garnish). Crush the ice cubes in the blender but make sure it still has some ice chips / rough chunks in it.

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Choose the glasses you want to use for serving these babies… Add some crushed ice, top it up with half the muddled mixture (serves 2 hence using half the quantity). Add 2.5 tbsp of sugar syrup in each glass, add 1/4 cup of the pomegranate juice and top it up with approx 100ml Sprite! Add the garnish and some more ice chips.. Served chilled! ย ๐Ÿน๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ˜‹

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Hope you will enjoy these as much as me and my hubby did! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’“

Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes !

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

Little did I know that I would fall in love with cooking after I fell for Mr.Polka Puffs! It all happened a little too fast (no complaints there๐Ÿ˜€)

 

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

But my experience with cooking was very limited when we first got married. I didn’t even know how to make a nice, round, soft Roti/ Fulkas (Indian flatbread)…let alone a proper meal (I know, I was too pampered by mom and my elder sisters) Well , that’s a shame coz every Indian girl is supposed to know that, right? But I didn’t. I had a hard time managing cooking but I was hellbent that wouldn’t hire a cook to help me out, I wanted to do it on my own.

Days turned into weeks and weeks into months!! I had pulled it off!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ’ƒ I managed to make full Indian meal in less than 3months into our marriage…(desserts included ๐Ÿ‘†) Mr. PP was super happy ! And me??What more could I have asked for?!

Slowly I started to venture into unexplored territories.. Asked my mom for recipes over the phone and bought them to life. I was one happy wife!

But always wanted to bake a cake for Him… So I did. It was a basic cake and He did like it a lot… Said it was perfect for an amateur baker. I smiled , but somewhere inside me I didn’t like the sound of the word ‘amateur ‘.

I decided to perfect it, and boy I did !! ๐Ÿฐ

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

So life brings it to full circle and here I am, the ‘amateur ‘ cook /baker… With my first ever post on PolkaPuffs! It had to be a cake… But I didn’t want to do whole cake with frosting or layers just yet, so thought of sharing my Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes! ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ This is the recipe which I have been using as the base for almost all my cakes /cup cakes. It’s easy n eggless. With just an addition or two of a couple of ingredients, I end up with a whole new recipe each time!

I thought with Nutella being such a rage (and a personal favourite) why not incorporate the flavours with the slightly bitter flavours of mocha and see if He likes it… Trust me when I say this, you’ll do yourself a favour when you make this! It’s yum with that rich cocoa & coffee & Nutella just melting in your mouth as you bite into it! Okay, so enough said….. Lol. Anyways, here goes the recipe…

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

 

 

Let’s start step by step…

Pre heat the oven @ 180’c.

Line the muffin tray with cupcake / muffin liners.

In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt (if using unsalted butter, I had used Amul butter so skipped it altogether).

In another mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the dry sifted ingredients to the butter and sugar mix, add lemon juice, vanilla extract, mix the coffee powder with the warm water and add that too to the batter. Mix everything well but do not over mix the ingredients as that results in a heavy cake.

Immediately pour 2 tbsp of the batter into the lined muffin tray in each section, add about 1 tbsp of Nutella over it carefully placing it right in the center and then again pour 1 tbsp or so of the batter to cover the Nutella.

Do the same for all the sections. And bake for 12-15 mins @ 160-170’c

Once ready, remove the muffin tray and let it rest for 20-25 mins on the cooling rack before peeling off the liners / frosting / icing them.

Decorate as you please. Keeps well in an airtight jar for 2-3 days.

Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes !

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8-10 cupcakes

Yummy, gooey, moist egg free Nutella filled cupcakes are easy to make and easier to eat!!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup APF (Maida)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee powder
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter (you can use Amul Butter, then skip the salt)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice / vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 ย cup Nutella

Instructions

  1. Pre heat the oven @ 180'c.
  2. Line the muffin tray with cupcake / muffin liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt (if using unsalted butter, I had used Amul butter so skipped it altogether).
  4. In another mixing bowl cream together the butter n sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the dry sifted ingredients to the butter and sugar mix, add lemon juice, vanilla extract, mix the coffee powder with the warm water and add that too to the batter.
  6. Mix everything well but do not over mix the ingredients as that results in a heavy cake.
  7. Immediately pour 2tbsp of the batter into the lined muffin tray in each section, add about 1 tbsp of Nutella over it carefully placing it right in the centre and then again pour 1 tbsp or so of the batter to cover the Nutella.
  8. Do the same for all the sections. And bake for 12-15mins @ 160-170'c
  9. Once ready, remove the muffin tray and let it rest for 20-25mins on the cooling rack before peeling off the liners / frosting / icing them.
  10. Decorate as you please. Keeps well in an airtight jar for 2-3 days.
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Hope you will try these and enjoy them as I did โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜€

Love,

Shreya โ˜บ๏ธ

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

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