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Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient DipBest Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip is a reality if you can mix together two complimentary flavors 😉 And this dip it just that. Deliciously creamy, tart and a tad bit spicy. Just the right kind of yumminess that one would want to dip their nachos into before gobbling it up!!  

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip takes about 10 minutes to make and requires literally no prepping. This is simply so delicious and goes so well with fries, chips, rolls or even as a spread for sandwiches. Even works a great dip for veggie sticks.

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip is something I’m literally hooked on to these days. I first tasted this dip a few months ago in a restaurant with some nachos and salsa. It was a welcome change from the usual cheesy dip. Although I love the cheese dip but this is definitely something I want to keep enjoying. I use this dip as a sandwich spread and it tastes delicious too! Simply Slather some on a slice of soft bread, lay some lettuce leaves over it and any other topping that you’d fancy and make yourself a real quick snack/ meal 🙂

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

So let’s get this baby going, it wont take more 10 minutes to put this together!! how cool is that??!

Take mayonnaise in a bowl.

Whip it well until it is creamy and smooth.

Chop pickled jalapeno finely. Add these to the whipped mayonnaise.

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Mix well. Serve as you wish.

Store it in a glass or porcelain container in the refrigerator.

It stays fresh for 3-4 days.

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1/2 a cup

Super yummy 2 ingredient dip that you will love!! It's gluten free. Making this is a breeze and you need to have this in your life!!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup eggless mayonnaise (take any mayonnaise, I prefer eggless)
  • 3 tbsp. chopped pickled jalapenos

Instructions

  1. Take mayonnaise in a bowl.
  2. Whip it well until it is creamy and smooth.
  3. Chop pickled jalapeno finely. Add these to the whipped mayonnaise.
  4. Mix well. Serve as you wish.
  5. Store it in a glass or porcelain container in the refrigerator.
  6. It stays fresh for 3-4 days. (Check the notes below for vegan options)

Notes

You can use vegan mayonnaise to make a vegan dip.

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Recipe for my homemade Jalapeno Peppers is here, I’ve used the homemade one, you can use any variant.

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Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

 Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake is a classic sponge cake flavored with vanilla and chocolate. It’s the perfect companion to tea/ coffee. Every bite is a blend of everyone’s favorite flavors 🙂

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake is one of the best eggless cakes I’ve baked in a long time. It is absolutely perfect! 10/10 is how I will rate this cake. It’s soft, melts in the mouth and has that perfect crumb! Flawless to the point of being a fault! It’s that good.

I have always loved these bakery style tea time marble cakes. It’s always perfect and the flavor is the best of both worlds! Even as a kid, my Mom would usually buy me those little slice cake packets from Monginis, as they were always yummy!! I can still remember that distinct aroma of chocolate and vanilla as I’d open the little packet 🙂

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake is a bakers delight! It rises beautifully and holds it’s shape well. I sliced the cake once it was completely cool and it was just beautiful. Can you believe I’ve baked this cake thrice in the last 2 months! Since I perfected it, I thought I’d share it on the blog too!

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

The loaf had this signature crack which I adore in tea cakes. If you are like me and enjoy tea times loafs, try my Egg free Ribbon cake, Rustic Banana Bread or even the luscious Strawberry Snack cake. They are absolutely endearing, the crack makes the cake look so natural and rustic. I prefer rustic 🙂 Anyways, I came across this recipe online and I tried it straightaway, it definitely didn’t disappoint. The recipe originally called for eggs, but I wanted to go egg free and made a couple of changes to it.

Let’s get baking.

Grease a 9 inch loaf tin with some butter, dust it with loose flour and set it aside.

Preheat the oven @160’c.

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Sift flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. set them aside.

In another bowl, whisk together sugar, butter and oil until they are creamy and light.

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Add vanilla extract and the curd. Mix well to combine them. Then add the milk and keep mixing well while pouring the milk.

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Add the flour in two batches, fold it well into the batter but do not over-mix. Over-mixing results in a dense cake.

Take out 1/3 of the batter in a smaller bowl, add the melted chocolate into the batter.

Fold everything together. Do not over-mix.

Pour the vanilla batter into the ready tin. Top it with the chocolate batter. Use a toothpick or a knife to make some swirls but not too much as we do not want the two batters mixing together.

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Bake the cake at 160’c (320F) for approximately 45-50 minutes. Remember every oven works differently so once the top turns golden, the cake have been done. Take a toothpick test, if the crumbs come out too moist, bake for another 10 minutes.

Once baked, cool the cake completely in the tin, then remove from the tin and slice.

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

This cake keeps fresh in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Egg free Marble Cake | How to make tea time Marble Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: one 9"loaf

A light, fluffy and melt the mouth soft tea time cake which has the best of both worlds with the vanilla and the delicious chocolate!

Ingredients

  • 1+1/4 cup all purpose flour/ Maida
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup flavorless refined oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup curd
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 50 gms chopped cooking chocolate (to be melted before use)

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9 inch loaf tin with some butter, dust it with loose flour and set it aside.
  2. Preheat the oven @160'c.
  3. Sift flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. set them aside.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together sugar, butter and oil until they are creamy and light.
  5. Add vanilla extract and the curd. Mix well to combine them. Then add the milk and keep mixing well while pouring the milk.
  6. Add the flour in two batches, fold it well into the batter but do not over-mix. Over-mixing results in a dense cake.
  7. Take out 1/3 of the batter in a smaller bowl, add the melted chocolate into the batter.
  8. Fold everything together. Do not over-mix.
  9. Pour the vanilla batter into the ready tin. Top it with the chocolate batter. Use a toothpick or a knife to make some swirls but not too much as we do not want the two batters mixing together.
  10. Bake the cake at 160'c (320'F) for approximately 45-50 minutes. Remember every oven works differently so once the top turns golden, the cake have been done. Take a toothpick test, if the crumbs come out too moist, bake for another 10 minutes.
  11. Once baked, cool the cake completely in the tin, then remove from the tin and slice.
  12. This cake keeps fresh in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Notes

Use a good quality cooking chocolate. You can use chocolate chips alternately. Curd should neither be too thick nor too watery. Never over mix the cake batter else the cake shall be hard and heavy. Please use baking powder and baking soda that are not too old. That could cause the cake to fall or crack extensively during baking. Measure the ingredients very carefully.

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Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe is one of the most popular Indo Chinese soups. It tastes delicious and the crunchy noodles on the top are the best bit!!

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe can be made with boiled and shredded chicken or  steamed prawns too but I’ve always preferred this vegetarian version. It’s packed with crunchy veggies of my choice!! It has been my favorite forever, I always end up ordering it when we are visiting our favorite Chinese place! 🙂

This soup has to be my go to comfort food when I’m suffering from stuffy nose or a bad throat infection! All that ginger and garlic almost works like a magic potion 😉 And the veggies sure fill me up when I’m not in the mood to eat anything heavier. I also rely heavily on my Mexican Vegetable Soup to cure the sniffles 🙂 It’s a completely different flavor profile and again full of veggies, it’s amazing what some basic ingredients can do!

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe making this soup at home is so easy and I’m always up for a bit of chopping to prep the veggies. I don’t use any chopper, it’s just sitting idle in the pantry, lol! I usually add carrots, French beans, mushrooms, cabbage, capsicum, spring onions, broccoli and anything else that is sitting in the refrigerator! That’s the beauty of this recipe. I love the flavor of ginger and garlic in this soup and I add them generously. Needless to say that the fried noodles added on top of the soup while serving it is absolutely genius! The crunch from the noodles along with the half cooked veggies is just so appetizing!

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Let’s make some piping hot soup 🙂

Wash, dry and chop all the veggies very finely. Set these aside.

Take water in a bowl and add corn starch, mix these to make smooth slurry. Set it aside too

Chop green chilies, fresh ginger and garlic finely. Set these aside too.

Heat oil in a wok, in the meanwhile, dust the boiled noodles with some APF/ corn flour or rice flour, mix well and fry the boiled noodles until crispy and golden.

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Drain the fried noodles on some absorbent kitchen paper. Set them aside.

In the same hot, add chopped green chilies, garlic and ginger. Sauté them for 2-3 minutes.

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Next, add the spring onion whites and sauté for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Next, add all the chopped veggies except the greens from the spring onions. Toss all the veggies on high flame for 3-4 minutes stirring continuously.

Add soy sauce, vinegar and green chilly sauce. mix well

Add the corn starch slurry and plain water. Stir well to ensure there are no lumps. Add a pinch of sugar (optional).

Let the soup come to a boil, then simmer it for 3-4 minutes on medium flame.

Serve the soup piping hot, topped with fried noodles and chopped spring onion greens.

This soup is best consumed fresh.

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves 2

Restaurant Style Vegetable Manchow soup is spicy, crunchy and packed with delicious veggies. This makes for ideal meal in itself. The crispy noodles on the top are my favorite!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped cabbage
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped carrots
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped capsicum
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped french beans
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped broccoli
  • 2 tbsp. each finely chopped spring onion, keep the greens seperately
  • 1 tsp. each finely chopped ginger, garlic and green chilli
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups plain water
  • 2 tbsp. corn starch + 1/2 cup water (to make the slurry)
  • 1 tsp. dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. green chilly sauce
  • a pinch of sugar (option)
  • 1 cup boiled noodles
  • 4-5 tbsp. oil

Instructions

  1. Wash, dry and chop all the veggies very finely. Set these aside.
  2. Take water in a bowl and add corn starch, mix these to make smooth slurry. Set it aside too
  3. Chop green chilies, fresh ginger and garlic finely. Set these aside too.
  4. Heat oil in a wok, add boiled noodles, fry them until crispy and golden.
  5. Drain the fried noodles on some absorbent kitchen paper. Set them aside.
  6. In the same hot, add chopped green chilies, garlic and ginger. Sauté them for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Next, add the spring onion whites and sauté for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.
  8. Next, add all the chopped veggies except the greens from the spring onions. Toss all the veggies on high flame for 3-4 minutes stirring continuously.
  9. Add soy sauce, vinegar and green chilly sauce. mix well
  10. Add the corn starch slurry and plain water. Stir well to ensure there are no lumps. Add a pinch of sugar (optional).
  11. Let the soup come to a boil, then simmer it for 3-4 minutes on medium flame.
  12. Serve the soup piping hot, topped with fried noodles and chopped spring onion greens.
  13. This soup is best consumed fresh.

Notes

You can add boiled and shredded chicken in place of veggies or even some seafood. Add more spices if you like, but this recipe does make a pretty hot and spicy Manchow soup.

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Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada is spicy, filled with so much flavor and tastes absolutely delightful with some hot tea or coffee!! 

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada is a famous street food from Hyderabad and the people swear by them 🙂 Most evenings are spent relishing these Bhajjis with a cup of tea or coffee, specially during the rainy season!! The pairing of these crunchy, crispy and spicy fritters or Bhajjis and the hot beverage can make anyone hungry 😉

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada is made with large Bhavnagri Chilies and they are slit lengthwise in the center and filled with a tangy, spicy, nutty paste and then the chilies are dipped in a thick batter of chickpea flour and deep fried!!!! Bliss! I can finish an entire plateful in one go, lol!! They are very spicy, no doubt 😉

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

I serve these with a spicy raw mango chutney, and some chaat masala sprinkled in the top. A bit chopped onions on top these fritters are just another texture that goes so well with the crispy treats 🙂

Let’s make some Bhajjis….

Wash and pat dry whole Bhavnagri chilies. Slit them lengthwise and de-seed if you prefer slightly less spicy. Follow this for the entire batch.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Take khopra/ dry coconut slices in a pan, sauté them over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Take these out of the pan and let them cool down in a bowl.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Take the sautéed khopra along with chopped green chilies, fresh coriander leaves, garlic cloves, tamarind pulp and salt in a blender jar and make a smooth paste.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Fill this paste in all the de-seeded chilies.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Take besan/ chick pea flour in a large bowl, add sufficient water, salt to taste and baking soda.

Whisk well to make a thick paste.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Heat sufficient oil in a kadhai/ wok. Once it’s hot enough, dip each stuffed chili in the batter an deep fry one or two at a time on medium flame until golden and crispy.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Serve these piping hot.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 10 fritters

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji/ Fritters are a famous, spicy, deep fried snack from the streets of one of the most iconic Indian city - Hyderabad. They are best paired with a cup piping hot tea or coffee and enjoyed as snacks!

Ingredients

    Filling:
  • 10 nos. Bhaavnagri Chilies
  • 2 tbsp. fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 tsp. chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 cup sliced dry coconut/ khopra
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsp tamarind pulp
  • salt to taste
  • Batter:
  • 1+1/2 cup chickpea flour/ besan
  • salt to taste
  • water as needed
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. Wash and pat dry whole Bhavnagri chilies. Slit them lengthwise and de-seed if you prefer slightly less spicy. Follow this for the entire batch.
  2. Filling:
  3. Take khopra/ dry coconut slices in a pan, sauté them over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Take these out of the pan and let them cool down in a bowl.
  4. Take the sautéed khopra along with chopped green chilies, fresh coriander leaves, garlic cloves, tamarind pulp and salt in a blender jar and make a smooth paste.
  5. Fill this paste in all the de-seeded chilies.
  6. Batter:
  7. Take besan/ chick pea flour in a large bowl, add sufficient water, salt to taste and baking soda.
  8. Whisk well to make a thick paste.
  9. Heat sufficient oil in a kadhai/ wok. Once it's hot enough, dip each stuffed chili in the batter an deep fry one or two at a time on medium flame until golden and crispy.
  10. Serve these piping hot.
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Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake is a flavorful, light tea time cake. This cake has a dominant flavor of khoya/ mawa (milk solids) and cardamom. It is traditionally topped with sliced cashews or sliced pistachios and almonds.  

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake is really an one of it’s kind of a cake, it has such pronounced Indian flavors, you’d almost mistake it for an Indian sweet but it’s an incredibly light, fluffy and scrumptious tea time cake despite being eggless 🙂 The milk solids or mawa as it’s known in India, gives the Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake a almost caramel like aroma once it’s baked. It’s the signature cake or bakery delight in Mumbai’s popular Irani cafes or restaurants hence the name Parsi Mawa Cake. You can’t be a Mumbaikar and not love these 😛

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake is made without eggs as the name suggests, I had no plans to make this immediately after the Parsi mawa cake recipe that I posted yesterday. But it so happened that I received many messages and some emails asking for an eggless/ egg free version of the same. I felt it was necessary to do soon so that my readers can try if they so wish to, hence today I’m posting an egg free version here.

I saw a few videos on YouTube long back on egg free mawa cake and it is pretty much like my Egg free Ribbon Cake recipe with a few modifications here and there. The texture, to my surprise has turned out well and the taste is really caramel like, which I loved!!

Let’s move on to the recipe.

Preheat the oven @180’c.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together condensed milk and butter until they are fluffy. I whisked for about 5 minutes using an electric whisk.

Add 1/4 cup of milk and whisk again.

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Sieve Maida, baking powder, powdered sugar, baking soda and cardamom powder in the mixture.

Whisk well.

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Add grated khoya/ mawa.

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Gently mix this mawa into the batter. Do not over mix. The batter is thick and a bit lumpy.

Grease a 9″ loaf pan, line the base with a piece of parchment.

Pour the batter into the pan, sprinkle some sliced pistachio on the top.

Tap the pan a few times on the work surface to release air bubbles.

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Bake for 40-45 minutes @180’c. Once baked, do a toothpick test, the toothpick inserted in the center of the cake should come out clean or with a few soft crumbs.

If the cake is under cooked, bake for another 5-10 minutes.

Cool the cake on a cooling rack for an hour before de moulding it and slicing.

I’ll update the shelf life of the cake in the next 2-3 days as I need to see how well it keeps fresh.

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Egg free Parsi Mawa Cake | Egg free Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: one 9"loaf

Light, moist and delicious egg free Parsi Mawa Cake is easy to make and goes well with tea/ coffee!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tin condensed milk (1/2 of 400gm tin)
  • 3 tbsp. soft unsalted butter
  • 1 cup Maida / APF
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp. powdered sugar (adjust this to taste preference)
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 cup grated mawa/ khoya
  • 2 tbsp. sliced pistachio

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @180'c.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together condensed milk and butter until they are fluffy. I whisked for about 5 minutes using an electric whisk.
  3. Add milk and whisk again.
  4. Sieve Maida, baking powder, powdered sugar, baking soda and cardamom powder in the mixture.
  5. Whisk well.
  6. Add grated khoya/ mawa.
  7. Gently mix this mawa into the batter. Do not over mix. The batter is thick and a bit lumpy.
  8. Grease a 9" loaf pan, line the base with a piece of parchment.
  9. Pour the batter into the pan, sprinkle some sliced pistachio on the top.
  10. Tap the pan a few times on the work surface to release air bubbles.
  11. Bake for 40-45 minutes @180'c. Once baked, do a toothpick test, the toothpick inserted in the center of the cake should come out clean or with a few soft crumbs.
  12. If the cake is under cooked, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  13. Cool the cake on a cooling rack for an hour before de moulding it and slicing.
  14. I'll update the shelf life of the cake in the next 2-3 days as I need to see how well it keeps fresh.

Notes

Use good quality mawa. Do not over mix the batter. Let the cake cool down completely before slicing.

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Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

 Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake is a flavorful, light tea time cake. This cake has a dominant flavor of khoya/ mawa (milk solids) and cardamom. It is traditionally topped with sliced cashews or sliced pistachios and almonds.  

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake is really an one of it’s kind of a cake, it has such pronounced Indian flavors, you’d almost mistake it for an Indian sweet but it’s an incredibly light, fluffy and scrumptious tea time cake 🙂 The milk solids or mawa as it’s known in India, gives the Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake a almost caramel like aroma once it’s baked. It’s the signature cake or bakery delight in Mumbai’s popular Irani cafes or restaurants hence the name Parsi Mawa Cake. You can’t be a Mumbaikar and not love these 😛

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake is usually topped with some sliced nuts or cashews. I like the look of the sliced nuts hence went with that option. And I simply loved the nutty aroma of these nuts once they are baked and they did turn a bit crunchy, giving a lovely bite to this soft, fluffy cake.

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Look at that crumb!! Moist, fluffy and the cake rose so beautifully (pssst…it has no baking powder or baking soda and yet it rose remarkably well)! I have to admit this my first trial with a mawa cake and I just tweaked my recipe for Strawberry Snack Cake and made this mawa cake a few days ago. I’m really stoked at how nicely it all worked out and it didn’t end up in the bin..hehe!!  Besides, my hubby really enjoyed this, to the last crumb if I must say so myself!! So that’s one cake which is going to feature often in my ‘baking for weekend’ list! 🙂

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

It slices very neatly if you let cool down for 20-30 minutes. This cake stays fresh for 4-5 days in an airtight container at room temperature and up to 7 days in the refrigerator.

Let’s get cracking!

Bring all the ingredients to room temperature. I used a 5″ cake tin.
Preheat the oven @180’C. Line the tin with parchment paper on the bottom and grease the sides with some butter.
Whisk the castor sugar and soft butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. It took me bout 5 minutes with an electric whisk for this step.

Remember to scrap down the sides of the bowl as you whisk them.
Add the cardamom powder into the whisked sugar and butter. Whisk them again for a minute.
Add one whole egg at a time to the mixture and beat to incorporate.
Once both the eggs are well incorporated, add the crumbled mawa and whisk well until the mawa has incorporated into the egg mixture.

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake
Then sieve in the flour and salt.
Use a rubber spatula to cut and fold in the flour with the wet ingredients.
Do not over mix as that will result in a very heavy and dry cake.
Pour the cake batter into the tin. Tap the tin onto the work surface a few times to release any air pockets.
Sprinkle the sliced nuts on top.

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Bake the cake on the middle rack at 180’C for 40-50 minutes. Bake using the bottom heating coils/ rods.
Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to check doneness. If it’s underdone, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
Once baked, let the cake cool in the tin on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes.

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake
Serve warm or at room temperature.

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Parsi Mawa Cake | Bakery Style Mawa Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 5" round cake

Parsi Mawa Cake is a delicious, flavorsome cake to accompany your tea/ coffee. A crunchy topping of sliced nuts adds a lovely texture to every bite!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp. castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 nos. large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour (Maida)
  • 100 gms crumbled mawa
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup sliced pistachios and almonds

Instructions

  1. Bring all the ingredients to room temperature. I used a 5" cake tin.
  2. Preheat the oven @180'C. Line the tin with parchment paper on the bottom and grease the sides with some butter.
  3. Whisk the castor sugar and soft butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy. It took me bout 5 minutes with an electric whisk for this step.
  4. Remember to scrap down the sides of the bowl as you whisk them.
  5. Add the cardamom powder into the whisked sugar and butter. Whisk them again for a minute.
  6. Add one whole egg at a time to the mixture and beat to incorporate.
  7. Once both the eggs are well incorporated, add the crumbled mawa and whisk well until the mawa has incorporated into the egg mixture.
  8. Then sieve in the flour and salt.
  9. Use a rubber spatula to cut and fold in the flour with the wet ingredients.
  10. Do not over mix as that will result in a very heavy and dry cake.
  11. Pour the cake batter into the tin. Tap the tin onto the work surface a few times to release any air pockets.
  12. Sprinkle the sliced nuts on top.
  13. Bake the cake on the middle rack at 180'C for 40-50 minutes. Bake using the bottom heating coils/ rods.
  14. Insert a toothpick in the center of the cake to check doneness. If it's underdone, bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  15. Once baked, let the cake cool in the tin on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes.
  16. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes

This recipe doesn't need baking soda/ baking powder, Use good quality, fresh mawa/ khoya. Let the cake cool before you slice or remove it from the tin.

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Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles are spicy, sour and sweet leaving you refreshed in these sunny summer days. These are totally addictive and absolutely delicious. 🙂 

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles are made from scratch and I have flavored them with lots of fresh spices and lemon juice. They taste just like the ones I’ve enjoyed at Juhu beach all these years. Kala Khatta is my favorite flavor, hands down when I’m thinking of ‘gola‘ or ‘chuski‘ (Indian popsicles). I can probably have 2-3 at one go and still long for more, hahah!! Although, a mixed flavored gola is just as good with a ton of spice powder/ Chaat masala sprinkled all over!! I’m salivating just as I type this draft, lol!!

You know I love popsicles, right?! Here are a few easy ones which will tide you over these summers 😉
Mango Kiwi Pops
Detox Pops
Orange Pops
Volcano Pops

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Kala Khatta can be made easily at home with fresh Jamun/ Indian Java Plum fruits. They are available in plenty around this time in Indian, that is the end of May through mid June. Yes, they are available for a really short time and I make the most of this time! You must try my Jamun Panna / Java Plum cooler. 

Let’s make some pops…

Wash the jamuns. Wash a handful of mint leaves.
Boil water in a pan.
Season the boiling water with salt. Add sugar, mint leaves and the jamuns.
Let them boil together until the jamuns become mushy and soft.
Turn off the flame, let this concoction come to room temperature.
Sieve the concoction and collect the puree in a bowl.
Discard the mint leaves along with the jamun seeds and leftover peels, etc.
Add lemon juice, kala namak, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala to the pulp.
Mix well.
You can add more sugar if needed as per your taste.
Pour this mixture into popsicle moulds and add an ice cream stick.
Set them in the refrigerator for 7-8 hours to let them set.
Once set, unmould and enjoy.

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Prep Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 4-5 pops

Sweet, slightly sour and a tad bit spicy Indian Java Plum/ Jamun Popsicles are so delicious and very refreshing during the sunny days! These are the best Kala Khatta Popsicles one can make at home with just a few basic pantry essentials.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • a handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 250 gms jamun/ java plum
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6-7 tbsp. sugar
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 3/4 tsp kala namak/ Himalayan pink salt
  • 3/4 tsp chaat masala
  • 3/4 tsp roasted cumin powder/ bhuna jeera powder

Instructions

  1. Wash the jamuns. Wash a handful of mint leaves.
  2. Boil water in a pan.
  3. Season the boiling water with salt. Add sugar, mint leaves and the jamuns.
  4. Let them boil together until the jamuns become mushy and soft.
  5. Turn off the flame, let this concoction come to room temperature.
  6. Sieve the concoction and collect the puree in a bowl.
  7. Discard the mint leaves along with the jamun seeds and leftover peels, etc.
  8. Add lemon juice, kala namak, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala to the pulp.
  9. Mix well.
  10. You can add more sugar if needed as per your taste.
  11. Pour this mixture into popsicle moulds and add an ice cream stick.
  12. Set them in the refrigerator for 7-8 hours to let them set.
  13. Once set, unmould and enjoy.
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Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

 Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe is refreshing, minty and perfect to beat the heat these summers. They are made in a jiffy with my favorite summer produce and I can’t get enough already!  🙂 

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe tastes so delicious, I’m completely hooked! Fresh mango juice from my favorite Alphonso mangoes is the magic ingredient here in this virgin mojito 🙂 Given that this is a virgin mojito, it’s made with fresh fruit juice and carbonated water. Remember my Pomegranate Mojito?! It is still one my most hit recipes!! Even my Kiwi Mojito Pops are such a refreshing way to cool off this summer.

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe was such a fad a couple of years ago when it appeared on the menus of most cafes, bistros and restaurants. It was such a phenomenal flavor and that too with such basic ingredients. I remember us ordering it everywhere we went and we still do sometimes when we’re out. It’s very rare that a teetotaler couple manages to find a great mocktail!

Since, we loved it so much, I’ve made it a few times at home and it’s so satisfying to be able to recreate this with so much ease 🙂 Fun even, muddling the ingredients and mixing a drink is almost therapeutic.

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

A closer look?! It makes one drool right?! Lol! You should definitely try it out soon.

Let’s make this a quick one! 😉

For the Syrup
Boil equal quantity of sugar and water together to make a simple syrup.
Let it cool completely and set it aside.
You can prepare this syrup and keep it handy in the refrigerator.

For the Base
You can use fresh juice or canned, whatever is available.
I used fresh juice from Alphonso mangoes.
Muddle together fresh mint leaves and lemon wedges.

To serve
Place 4-5 ice cubes in each serving glass, add 2 tbsp. of the muddled mixture.
Add a few extra lemon wedges and mint leaves if you like.
Add the ready sugar syrup according to taste.
Add 1/2 cup of mango juice in each glass.
Finally, add 1/4 cup of carbonated water/ soda water and serve immediately.

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 servings/ glasses

This is a refreshing virgin Mango Mojito, bursting with the flavors of lemon and mint, a more fruity version of the classic virgin mojito! It's made with everyday ingredients and comes together in minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups mango juice (I used fresh juice)
  • 3/4 cup soda water/ carbonated water
  • simple sugar syrup as needed (see the steps below to prepare this )
  • 6 nos. lemons (cut into wedges)
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • ice cubes as needed
  • extra slices of lemon and mint leaves if needed

Instructions

    For the Syrup
  1. Boil equal quantity of sugar and water together to make a simple syrup.
  2. Let it cool completely and set it aside.
  3. You can prepare this syrup and keep it handy in the refrigerator.
  4. For the Base
  5. You can use fresh juice or canned, whatever is available.
  6. I used fresh juice from Alphonso mangoes.
  7. Muddle together fresh mint leaves and lemon wedges.
  8. To serve
  9. Place 4-5 ice cubes in each serving glass, add 2 tbsp. of the muddled mixture.
  10. Add a few extra lemon wedges and mint leaves if you like.
  11. Add the ready sugar syrup according to taste.
  12. Add 1/2 cup of mango juice in each glass.
  13. Finally, add 1/4 cup of carbonated water/ soda water and serve immediately.

Notes

This sugar syrup can be made and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in a glass jar.

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Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla is a delicious snack from the state of Gujarat. It tastes slightly sweet and tangy at the same time. Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla has a spongy and soft texture which is very appetizing.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Gujarati Khaman Dhokla is an instant recipe and is made by steaming gram flour or as known as ‘besan’. The Khaman or Dhokla is made with a spiced batter made with gram flour which contains ginger, green chilies and some more ingredients that add the tang and flavor to every bite 🙂

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

People love them as snacks to serve with tea, coffee, etc. Gujarat is famous for various snacks made of gram flour, Khandvi is another example of one such exotic and delicious snack! These snacks are really easy to make but proportions do matter which is why I thought of sharing this recipe of Khaman Dhokla today. 🙂

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

This Dhokla is usually served with a dip/ chutney of sesame oil and chili powder. However, we live it with a spicy green chutney/ dip and lots of green chilies. I even add a ton of sesame seeds to the tempering tadka!! I find that crunch very appealing and even my hubby enjoys the crunch with the spongy texture of the Khaman.

There are many recipes that are made in the microwave, termed as instant Dhokla which is made in the microwave. I believe in making things the authentic way and prefer the traditional steaming method. Personally, it just takes about an extra 15 minutes in the steaming method and I will happily devote them to make something delicious!

Now we start the step by step recipe.

For the Batter.

Take sieved besan/ gram flour in a large bowl. Add hing, turmeric and salt.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Add ginger and green chili paste and lemon juice.

Add water a little at a time and make thick, smooth yet flowing batter.

Add water as needed because the quality of the flour determines how much water will be needed to make a smooth batter.

Grease a steamer plate or tin with 1 tsp of oil and set it aside before moving with the batter.

Boil 2 cups of water in the steamer or pressure cooker.

Now add ENO to the batter and whisk the batter well to combine the fruit salt well and avoid unevenly cooked Dhokla.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

To Steam. 

Pour the batter into the prepared plate/ tin.

Place the filled tin/ plate into the steamer/ pressure cooker. Remove the whistle and the rubber ring of the lid.

Place the lid loosely to cover the steamer/ pressure cooker.

Steam the Dhokla for 20 minutes on medium flame.

To check the doneness, use a toothpick and insert it in the center of the steamed Dhokla. If the toothpick comes out with a few wet crumbs, steam the Dhokla for another 5-7 minutes.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Once the Dhokla is steamed and cooled for about 10 minutes, run a knife around the Dhokla and unmould it onto a plate. Cut the Dhokla into pieces.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

For the Tempering.

Heat oil in a pan, add sesame seeds, hing, mustard seeds, sliced green chilies, sugar and curry leaves. Let them all crackle about in the hot oil and then pour the tempering over the sliced Dhokla. Sprinkle some red chili powder for extra spiciness.

Serve with your favorite dip.
Imli ki Chutney 
Sookhi Lal Chutney
Hari Chutney

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8-9 pieces

Gujarati Khaman Dhokla is a popular snack which is made using besan, spices and curry leaves. It has a tangy, sweet and spicy flavor which is loved by everyone.

Ingredients

    Dhokla
  • 1 cup besan/ gram flour
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 + 1/2 cup water approx.
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 tsp eno fruit salt
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • a pinch of hing
  • 1 tsp ginger-green chili paste
  • Tempering
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • a pinch of hing
  • 5-6 sliced green chilies
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • a handful of curry leaves

Instructions

    For the Batter
  1. Take sieved besan/ gram flour in a large bowl. Add hing, turmeric and salt.
  2. Add ginger and green chili paste and lemon juice.
  3. Add water a little at a time and make thick, smooth yet flowing batter.
  4. Add water as needed because the quality of the flour determines how much water will be needed to make a smooth batter.
  5. Grease a steamer plate or tin with 1 tsp of oil and set it aside before moving with the batter.
  6. Boil 2 cups of water in the steamer or pressure cooker.
  7. Now add ENO to the batter and whisk the batter well to combine the fruit salt well and avoid unevenly cooked Dhokla.
  8. To Steam.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared plate/ tin.
  10. Place the filled tin/ plate into the steamer/ pressure cooker. Remove the whistle and the rubber ring of the lid.
  11. Place the lid loosely to cover the steamer/ pressure cooker.
  12. Steam the Dhokla for 20 minutes on medium flame.
  13. To check the doneness, use a toothpick and insert it in the center of the steamed Dhokla. If the toothpick comes out with a few wet crumbs, steam the Dhokla for another 5-7 minutes.
  14. Once the Dhokla is steamed and cooled for about 10 minutes, run a knife around the Dhokla and unmould it onto a plate. Cut the Dhokla into pieces.
  15. For the Tempering.
  16. Heat oil in a pan, add sesame seeds, hing, mustard seeds, sliced green chilies, sugar and curry leaves. Let them all crackle about in the hot oil and then pour the tempering over the sliced Dhokla. Sprinkle some red chili powder for extra spiciness.

Notes

Best consumed fresh. Do not rest the batter after adding the ENO. Steam it immediately.

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Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka is a popular Indian dish made from cubes of paneer marinated in yogurt and spices and then chargrilled in a tandoor.

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method is my go to starter when I’m hosting guests or just planning to indulge in a special meal 🙂 Amazingly bold flavors of the spices paired with the tang of the yogurt makes for the perfect Indian snack.

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method

Look how succulent they have turned out! 😛 Perfectly charred on the edges with meltingly soft paneer with bites of crunchy veggies can make anyone drool! The tikkas are seasoned with Chaat masala, some lemon juice and served with some onion rings. Most tandoori snacks in India are served with a Chutney, made of yogurt, mint and some fresh coriander 🙂 This is the most delicious dip ever to enjoy with Indian snacks!!

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method says it all! Most households don’t have a tandoor/ traditional clay oven in their kitchens due space restrictions. And many probably don’t have an electric oven too, so this recipe is specially for them. It’s easy to achieve that perfect charred edge and smoky flavor even on the stove top. Try this easy recipe with my homemade malai paneer.  🙂

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method

Let’s start.
For the Marinate
Whisk together thick yogurt, mustard oil, salt to taste, red chili powder, besan, turmeric powder, garam masala powder , Chaat masala, hing, Kashmiri red chili powder and ginger-garlic paste in a large bowl.
Cut the paneer into equal sized cubes.
Cut the veggies into cubes.
Add the paneer and the veggies to ready marinate. Mix gently.
Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method
Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Assemble the tikkas
Arrange the marinated cubes of veggies and paneer on skewer sticks.
Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method
Cooking on stove top
Heat a pan on medium flame. Brush some oil on the pan.
Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method
Place the skewers on the hot pan, reduce the flame to sim.
Drizzle some more oil over the skewers.
Cook on each side for a few seconds.
The cook the skewers on open flame on all sides until the veggies and the paneer get a bit charred.
Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method
Once done, serve them hot with dip of your choice.

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 4-5 skewers

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka is a popular Indian dish made from cubes of paneer marinated in spices and the chargrilled in a tandoor.

Ingredients

  • 200 gms paneer, cubed
  • 1/2 cup tomato, deseeded and cubed
  • 1/2 onion, peeled in cubed
  • 3/4 cup thick yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. mustard oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. besan
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/4 tsp Chaat masala
  • a ping of hing (asafoetida)
  • 1/4 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • lemon juice as needed

Instructions

    For the Marinate
  1. Whisk together thick yogurt, mustard oil, salt to taste, red chili powder, besan, turmeric powder, garam masala powder , Chaat masala, hing, Kashmiri red chili powder and ginger-garlic paste in a large bowl.
  2. Cut the paneer into equal sized cubes.
  3. Cut the veggies into cubes.
  4. Add the paneer and the veggies to ready marinate. Mix gently.
  5. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  6. Assemble the tikkas
  7. Arrange the marinated cubes of veggies and paneer on skewer sticks.
  8. Cooking on stove top
  9. Heat a pan on medium flame. Brush some oil on the pan.
  10. Place the skewers on the hot pan, reduce the flame to sim.
  11. Drizzle some more oil over the skewers.
  12. Cook on each side for a few seconds.
  13. The cook the skewers on open flame on all sides until the veggies and the paneer get a bit charred.
  14. Once done, serve them hot with dip of your choice.

Notes

The paneer and veggies can be left marinating for up to 7-8 hours as well. I have not added capsicum as my hubby doesn't like it, you can add it too. You can use the same recipe for making non-veg tikkas too. Adjust the cook time accordingly.

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