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Tandoori Aloo Ka Paratha

North Indians love their Aloo ka Paratha! I am no different either…I can actually have it everyday…in all three meals😛😛 yes! I love it that much…😘 

Tandoori food also happens to be a hot favorite between my hubby and I. Smoky, crisp & full of robust flavours! I try to incorporate these flavours in a lot of dishes I make at home…including my Aloo ke Parathe😊 In Delhi and other parts of North India too, tandoori style Parathas are famous as street food and taste best when slathered with loads of butter….sluuurppp!

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Although, I don’t have a gas tandoor like most homes have (it occupies too much of space and I really don’t need it😉😉)….I manage to get that smokiness just right with my Naans and Parathas 👌🏼👌🏼 One simple …no fuss, easy and quick trick and I am sorted! Also, I must say my Mom’s recipe for the aloo (potato) stuffing is just out of the world…lipsmackingly good!

Common, let’s get on with the recipe…

Yield: 7-8 Parathas

Equipment: rolling board, rolling pin, measuring cups/ spoons, a large bowl, a small bowl.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

2 cup wholewheat flour

water as needed

1/2 tsp salt

4-5 tsp ghee

extra ghee to cook the Parathas

Method:

Mix all the dry ingredients with ghee in a large bowl. Slowly add water and make a very soft and pliable dough. Add some more ghee if needed to smoothen the dough. Cover the tough and set it aside for atleast 30 mins.

Ingredients for the surfing:

4 nos. boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes

salt to taste

2 tsp freshly grated garlic

1/4 tsp kala namak (Himalayan pink salt)

3 tsp chopped coriander leaves

1 tsp chopped green chillies

1/2 tsp amchoor pwd (raw mango pwd)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

Method:

In a small bowl, mix all the above ingredients well. That’s the stuffing ready.

Let’s proceed with making the Parathas, make small balls of the dough and stuff them like we do as usual for any stuffed paratha. Roll them out evenly.

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Next, cook them on a non-stick pan on both sides, grease with some ghee or butter.

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Once, it’s cooked properly on both sides, put the Paratha on open flame directly. Flip it with the help of tongs on the flames until they turn crisp and brown on both sides. That’s it, apply more butter or ghee and serve it piping hot! 😋

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Wow….this is just irresistible!! Some green chutney or a bit of pickle..and I am sorted!

Do try these soon.

Love,

Shreya💓

Baked Donuts | Baked Doughnuts

Who can resist these yummy doughnuts a.k.a donuts??! They are soft, spongy and just the right kind of sweet! They are BAKED not FRIED! ☺️😉

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Look at these plump, golden beauties😍 Absolutely melt in the mouth! And so much healthier than the fried ones. Not that the fried ones don’t taste good, it’s just that they are too full of calories and they restrict you from enjoying more than one at a time! So basically, bake your donuts and be as greedy as you wish! 😬

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I chose to go for bright coloured sugar glaze…one can go easy with the colours. Just roll them in a bit of powdered sugar and they will be just as yummy. I’ve tried fried ones earlier, but had been wanting to bake some for many days….and my first try has definitely been very satisfying 😊

Let’s get on with the recipe…

Yield: 8-9 medium sized donuts

Equipment: baking tray, cooling rack, measuring cups/ spoons, baking paper, donut cutter (or any round object with a sharp edge), rolling pin, a few small bowl, spoons, a large bowl.

Ingredients:

For the donuts:

1+3/4 cup Maida (APF, also extra for dusting)

1 tbsp cornflour (optional)

4 tbsp castor sugar

2 tsp active dry yeast

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup warm milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

50 gms unsalted butter

For the sugar glaze:

1 cup icing sugar

3 tbsp milk

few drops of colour of your choice

Method for the donuts:

In a glass, take lukewarm milk (milk must be lukewarm, neither too hot nor too cool else the yeast won’t bloom), sugar, vanilla essence & yeast. Give these a light stir and cover it. Let it sit aside for 15 mins until the yeast becomes frothy.

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Next, in a large bowl, stir together 1 cup of APF, cornflour & salt. Add the frothy milk & yeast mixture to the flour, mix well together to make a sticky dough. Then add the butter and knead a soft, elastic and smooth dough. Make sure all the butter gets absorbed properly. Add the rest of the 3/4 cup of APF slowly as the the dough may be sticky. Knead for atleast 5-7 mins.

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Smooth the dough with some more butter and place it in the bowl. Cover it with a cloth and place the dough for the first rise in a warm place for a minimum of 1-1.5 hours.

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After the first rise, punch the dough down and knead for another 2 mins. Now, dust the kitchen platform with APF & roll the dough using the rolling pin. The thickness should be 1.5 -2 inches so that the doughnuts are plump post baking. Using any cutter, cut the donuts out and place them on a baking paper lined baking tray.

(I don’t have a donut cutter, so improvised using a stainless steel glass with a sharp edge to cut the donuts and a small cap of a soft drink bottle to cut out the holes)

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I made 9 donuts.

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Let these rest for another 30 mins for second  rise. Preheat the oven @200’c. After the second rise, bake them for 15-20 mins using both upper lower & upper rods for the first 10 mins. Post that turn off the lower rod, keep the upper rod on so that the donuts turn golden.

Once done, remove them from the oven and place on the cooling rack for about 15 mins to cool them completely.

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That’s what the texture is like from within! So fluffy…these are baked perfectly👌🏼

For the Glaze: 

I used raspberry red colour & blue colour. Just a drop of each. Take 1/2 cup of icing sugar for the first colour, add 1 tbsp milk and 1 drop of colour, mix well so that there are no lumps. Do not let the glaze sit for too long, else it will set. Dip each donut in the glaze, and set it aside to set. You can decorate them with some coloured sprinkles. ☺️

Follow the same process for the blue glaze..using the other 1/2 cup of icing sugar and the remaining milk along with blue colour. Dip the donuts in this too…let them set.

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That’s it…done! 😁

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from here.

Cheesy Baked Pasta

Come Summers and I hate spending hours in the kitchen! I look forward to making quick meals and getting done as soon as possible😜

My Lemon Rice is one such….even Tehri is another option if you are looking for ‘desi’ one-pot meals. Or simply go Asian with some easy Fried Rice and pair it with my spicy Schezwan Sauce!!

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But coming to today’s post…I had made our absolute favourite last weekend! Cheesy Baked Pasta….white bechamèl (white) sauce and loads of veggies…and cheese obviously!! 😉 Although my hubby is wary of indulging in cheese or too much of calorie loaded meals, this he gobbles up without any complaints!😘

I’d been wanting to share this for the longest time but never did I ever make it for lunch so couldn’t click decent pics…and besides, I usually eyeball the ingredients when I make this, (which is very often) so that make things even more difficult to pen down! That’s why, this time around I used measuring cups and spoons for every ingredient 🤓🤓 and trust me, it took me longer than it usually takes to get this ready…😜😜😂

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I simply love this pasta..it’s gooey, oozing with cheese and is huge on flavours! What’s not to like?! And pair this with my Tropical Iced Tea and you have yourself and really fancy brunch😀

Let’s get going then,

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a baking dish, measuring cups/ spoons, cooling rack, a heavy bottomed non-stick pan, a wired whisk.

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked pasta (I used Penne, they should be al-dentè)

1/2 cup each of chopped green & red bell pepper

1/2 cup sweet corn kernels

2-3 pods grated garlic

salt & pepper to taste

3 tbsp butter

1 tsp Italian seasonings

1/2 tsp red chilli flakes

4 tbsp APF (Maida)

1 to 11/2 cup milk at room temperature

1 tbsp cream (optional)

1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

2-3 tbsp bread crumbs

Method:

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Melt butter in the pan, add APF. Sauté for 2-3 mins. Then add the milk and whisk the flour with the milk constantly until they combine into a smooth paste. If it looks too thick, add some more milk (about 3-4 tbsp). Add grated garlic along with cream and mix well. Season with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning & red chilli flakes.

Next, add the veggies (you can use broccoli, mushrooms, baby spinach, zucchini, olives, fresh basil leaves, etc as well). Mix well and cook for 2-3 mins. Then, add the cooked and drained pasta. Stir carefully, cover and cook for 2 mins on low flame. Turn off the heat.

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Preheat the oven at 180’C.

Pour the cooked pasta with the sauce and veggies into a baking dish. Sprinkle the grated mozzarella on top of the pasta evenly. Top it with bread crumbs too (it gives an au gratin like texture). Bake this at 180’C for 10-15 mins or until the cheese bubbles and the top looks nice & golden brown. Take it out of the oven and cool it for a few mins on the cooling rack. Serve it piping hot 😁

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This is such a comfort meal…and takes hardly any time to get done!

Tip: If you have leftovers, let them remain in the baking dish. Cover it with a foil and keep it in the refrigerator. Just heat it in the microwave the next day for about 2-3 mins. It will be as good as fresh 👍🏼

Love,

Shreya💓

Lemon Rice

Some things are so simple and yet never cease to amaze you!! Lemon Rice happens to be just that for me! It’s so full of flavour, refreshing in every bite…I can’t seem to get enough of this! 

Leftover rice means Lemon Rice!! I make it at least once every week if I have any leftover rice.

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Being a non rice eater couple, I make rice just once a week, a little extra to purposely save some for the next day 😁 Even as a kid, my Mother would make it for lunch sometimes, pairing it with some papad, curd, pickle, etc. I always temper it with loads of chana dal, peanuts and stuff to give a crunchy texture!

I guess this is the best one-pot meal for the summers too because it gets ready in a jiffy! 😊

Let’s get going with this easy peasy recipe…

Yield: serves 1

Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, a wok.

Ingredients:

2 cup cooked rice

2-3 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

a handful of curry leaves

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 pinch asafoetida (hing)

1-2 dried red chilli (I used the round ones, called ‘ber mirchi’)

2 tbsp raw chana dal

2 tbsp raw white urad dal

1/2 cup raw peanuts

salt to taste

2-3 tsp lemon juice

Method:

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Heat oil in a wok. Once it’s hot enough, add asafoetida, curry leaves, mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, turmeric pwd, dried red chillies. Let these crackle for 2-3 mins. Next, pop in the peanuts. Fry the peanuts with the other ingredients for 5 mins. Season the ingredients with salt and add the cooked rice. Squeeze lemon juice and mix well. Turn off the flame. Cover with a lid for 2 mins and serve hot.

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Tips to follow for perfectly seperate rice grains:

*Use cold, leftover rice.

*If using freshly cooked rice, then keep it the refrigerator for 30 mins before making Lemon Rice.

*Always use a fork to fluff the rice before adding it to the wok. This keeps the cooked grains of rice intact.

Hope you enjoy this!

Love,

Shreya💖

How to make Laccha Paratha

Being a North Indian myself and married to another, making Parathas is second to my nature! Be it for breakfast or a for meal for travelling….and as an accompaniment to most of the mains…a Paratha is quite important 😉😉 We have to have it….with a some ghee obviously! 

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A few readers had asked me how I had rolled the Laccha Paratha when I’d posted Dhabewale Chole, so this has been long pending from my side!

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Laccha Parathas are very popular these days even at restaurants. They are very flaky, with numerous layers and some ghee between each layer. It’s pretty easy to make them at home once you get the hang of things….I learnt making these from my Mother a few years ago…😀 Today, I am sharing a stepwise pictorial for you. You can pair these with Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer  although, we had it with some chicken Keema (not in pic) 😁

Yield: 7-8 Parathas

Equipment: a rolling board, rolling pin, measuring cups/ spoons, pan, spatula

Ingredients:

2 cup wholewheat flour

water as required to knead

A pinch of salt

2-3 tbsp ghee for the dough

1/4 cup ghee for rolling & cooking the Parathas

Method:

Take the flour, salt and 2-3 tbsp ghee in a large bowl. Mix well with your hands, add water slowly and make soft and pliable dough. Let the dough sit for about 30 mins. This is the same dough that is used for making rotis.

Make a simple Roti but slightly thicker. Apply melted ghee all over it.

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Fold it as shown below like a Chinese fan, alternating the sides.

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Roll it tightly and gently seal the end.

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Dust it with some flour and roll it out with uniform thickness.

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Heat the pan, a put the rolled paratha in the pan on medium heat.

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Apply ghee on both the sides and cook well until brown and crispy.

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That’s it, apply more ghee or butter if required and serve it piping hot! 😁😁

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That was easy, wasn’t it!! Trust me, you’ll be hooked once you start making these at home😉

Love,

Shreya💗

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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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💓

Veg Fried Rice | How to make Veg Fried Rice | GF & Vegan

Veg Fried Rice | How to make Veg Fried Rice | GF & Vegan is a delicious one pot meal that goes well with any Asian curry or noodles. It has a spicy undernote although nothing overpowering, very subtle flavors yet so, so hard to resist! 

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Veg Fried Rice | How to make Veg Fried Rice | GF & Vegan is packed with a whole lot of yummy, healthy veggies and they pack in such a punch! It is a explosion in your mouth with all that crunch from the veggies, it is so perfect along with the soft rice. I always love different textures in my food and dish totally represents that, I could not be more happier 🙂

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Veg Fried Rice | How to make Veg Fried Rice | GF & Vegan goes really well with Vegetable Manchurian and trust me, it is a combination made in heaven! It is the most delicious Indo- Chinese go to meal 🙂 I can practically live on this combination!

Veg Fried Rice | How to make Veg Fried Rice | GF & Vegan is healthy too with a fun dose of veggies in there, choose any veggie of your choice, although one can add egg or shredded chicken, etc. just for variation. Obviously then it won’t be vegan but that’s up to you, even shrimps work really well.

Let’s make us some fried rice and skip take out!

Heat oil in the wok, once it’s hot enough, tip in the chopped onions & garlic.
Cook for about 2-3 mins. Then season with salt and pepper.
Add the rest of the chopped veggies.

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Cook for about 3 mins.
The veggies should not be too soft and mushy.
Then add the sugar, soy sauce & vinegar. Also, add the cooked rice.
Mix everything well but carefully, take care that the rice should break.

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Let the rice turn slightly golden, that takes about 3-4 mins on medium heat.
That’s it. It’s ready, serve piping hot!

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Veg Fried Rice | How to make Veg Fried Rice | GF & Vegan

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves 1

Delicious one pot Vegan, GF fried rice is easy to make and goes well with any Asian side.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 3-4 tbsp. oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp. roughly chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup each of chopped carrot, green capsicum, spring onion greens, spring onion.
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. vinegar

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in the wok, once it's hot enough, tip in the chopped onions & garlic.
  2. Cook for about 2-3 mins. Then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the rest of the chopped veggies.
  4. Cook for about 3 mins. The veggies should not be too soft and mushy.
  5. Then add the sugar, soy sauce & vinegar. Also, add the cooked rice.
  6. Mix everything well but carefully, take care that the rice should break.
  7. Let the rice turn slightly golden, that takes about 3-4 mins on medium heat.
  8. It's ready, serve piping hot!

Notes

One can add veggies of their choice. Add green chilies if you'd like it more spicy.

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Love,
Shreya

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Herbed Focacia

An awesome aroma fills my home…yes, I am baking a bread! Nothing beats the flavours of a simple home baked bread. ☺️ 

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It’s soft and absolutely melt in the mouth…so much so, that I just brush it with some olive oil, sprinkled a bit of sea salt and chomped down most of the bread…but one could even have these with some soup or pasta!

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The herbs add an amazing earthiness to the bread….every bit worth the effort…which weren’t much to begin with in the first place! 😉 Yes…this is the easiest Focacia ever……

Let’s get started:

Yield: One 6″-7″ round bread

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

Ingredients:

1 cup APF (Maida)

1+1/2 tsp active dry yeast

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 cup warm water

1/2 tsp salt

1-2 tbsp olive oil for the dough + extra to brush on later

2 tsp mixed Italian herbs + extra for topping

1 tsp chilli flakes + extra for topping

1 tsp garlic pwd + extra for topping

sea salt to taste for topping

Method:

Take 1/2 cup warm water in a small bowl, add sugar and yeast in the water. Cover and set it aside for 15 mins to let the yeast bloom.

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In a mixing bowl, add APF, salt, Italian herbs, chilli flakes & garlic pwd. Add the frothy yeast and knead a soft dough. Knead it for 10-12 mins. Add some extra flour if it feels very sticky. Next, add 1-2 tbsp oil and again knead it for 5-6 mins. Grease the dough all over with some more oil, cover the bowl and set it aside in a warm place to prove. It should be almost double the size in about 1.5 to 2 hours.

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Then, after it has doubled in size, press the dough lightly and release the air within. Dust some APF on a rolling board and roll it into a circle of about 3/4″ thickness & 6″-7″ diameter with a rolling pin. Place the rolled dough onto a baking tray and sprinkle the toppings over it. Drizzle some more oil over it. Again set it aside for another 30 mins for second proving.

Then, after 30 mins, pre-heat the oven @210’c. The rolled dough will have doubled again by now & bake it for approximately 20 mins or until it turns golden on the top @ 210’c.

Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few mins on a cooling rack before slicing it. Enjoy it with olive oil or garlic butter or even homemade pizza sauce 😬

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This tastes so good…you won’t have leftovers! 😀

Love,

Shreya💕

Adapted from the book Nita Mehta’s Baking Recipes.

 

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

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

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