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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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Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe is really what it is! This sauce is sticky, rich and absolutely addictive. It comes together with minimal efforts and one could gulp it down by the spoonful! P) !!

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe is truly the best homemade caramel sauce you’ll make! It’s a no fuss recipe that comes together in under 20 minutes 🙂 I’ve tried a couple of recipes in the past and I don’t remember what they really had going but the results weren’t exactly top notch! You’ll see what I mean when you try this recipe.

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe is so good that you’ll stop buying the bottled stuff from the supermarkets which are generally pretty flat in terms of the freshness and that deep vanilla flavor. So good! Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe is just what you need to top your brownies and ice cream with!!!

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

That color, I mean, look at it! It’s liquid gold! Gold that could drink straight of the jar! Hehehe!! You know, when I was shooting it a couple of days ago, the sunlight and the play of shadows in my make shift studio in my home somehow enhanced the golden hue, I didn’t even have to spend much time editing them! That’s always a plus, right?!

Also, pro tip – if want to make it into a Salted Caramel Sauce, you’ll simply need to add about 1 teaspoon of salt to this recipe! Voila! 

So let’s make ourselves some really delicious caramel sauce 🙂

Use a large sauce pan because when the mixture boils and bubbles, it’s safer to have all that extra room in the pan to allow the sauce to expand.

To make it, combine sugar with water in a pan. Whisk them together on medium heat.

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

Then, let them boil away on gentle heat until the mixture turns light golden in color.

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

My mixture took about 6 minutes to turn golden on low heat. Be careful, you are working with hot sugar.

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

Let the mixture boil on low heat for another 2-3 minutes so that it takes up a deeper, perfect amber color.

Be extra careful around this step, it takes just about 10 seconds for this mixture to go from amber to a burnt, sticky mass.

So keep an eye. Incase, if does happen that the mixture sticks to the base and burns, start over!

Once the color has turned amber, turn off the heat, Whisk in the vanilla extract and the cream . (salt too, incase you are making salted caramel sauce).

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

Continue to whisk gently until the sauce is smooth and silky.

That’s done. Let the sauce cool completely before storing it in a dry and clean glass jar.

This sauce stays fresh in the refrigerator for over 2-3 months.

Caramel Sauce | The Best and the Easiest Caramel Sauce Recipe

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: 1 cup + 2 tbsp approximately

A delicious Caramel Sauce that is so buttery, thick, rich and so addictive! The only recipe you'll be needing to make a jarful of this liquid gold!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar (I've used castor sugar)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or whipping cream
  • 3/4 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt (optional, to be added if making salted caramel sauce)

Instructions

  1. Use a large sauce pan because when the mixture boils and bubbles, it's safer to have all that extra room in the pan to allow the sauce to expand.
  2. To make it, combine sugar with water in a pan. Whisk them together on medium heat.
  3. Then, let them boil away on gentle heat until the mixture turns light golden in color.
  4. My mixture took about 6 minutes to turn golden on low heat. Be careful, you are working with hot sugar.
  5. Let the mixture boil on low heat for another 2-3 minutes so that it takes up a deeper, perfect amber color.
  6. Be extra careful around this step, it takes just about 10 seconds for this mixture to go from amber to a burnt, sticky mass.
  7. So keep an eye. Incase, if does happen that the mixture sticks to the base and burns, start over!
  8. Once the color has turned amber, turn off the heat.
  9. Whisk in the vanilla extract and the cream . (salt too, incase you are making salted caramel sauce).
  10. Continue to whisk gently until the sauce is smooth and silky.
  11. That's done. Let the sauce cool completely before storing it in a dry and clean glass jar.
  12. This sauce stays fresh in the refrigerator for over 2-3 months.

Notes

Use a large, deep pan. The sauce will bubble and expand, hence a large, deep pan is safer. Remember you are working with boiling sugar so stay safe and have your kids/ family members away from the hot pan. Maintain a low heat to ensure the sugar doesn't burn.

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3 Ingredient No-Churn Strawberry Ice-Cream

3 Ingredient No-Churn Strawberry Ice-Cream is perfect for the summers. The fresh flavors of the strawberries work so well with the cream. It’s delicious and almost everyone’s favorite flavor! 

3 Ingredient No-Churn Strawberry Ice-Cream is so easy to make that it hardly takes any time from to start to finish. It’s incredibly convenient to make it too as it doesn’t call for an ice cream maker or any manual churning!

3 Ingredient No-Churn Strawberry Ice-Cream

Strawberry Ice Cream is such a basic flavor but never fails to attract folks! I’m still very fond of it despite finding an array of exotic flavors in ice cream parlors. There is something incredibly comforting about the fruity, berry flavor with the smoothness of the cream! I’d rather have a scoop of Strawberry Ice Cream over any fusion flavor or sugar laden, candy bursting ice creams! Besides, I hate having to look at 40 flavors to choose one flavor! I always end up choosing the same flavors.. hahaha! My hubby rolls his eyes while he’s off trying the new flavors and so many times he ends up with some really unflattering ones!

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I love how smooth this ice cream turns out every time 🙂 This is so delicious and absolutely free of any ice crystal formation. It’s egg-free and hence so much lighter on the palate. If you like egg-free ice creams do try 3 Ingredient No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream, Tutti Frutti Ice Cream, 2 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream  and many more.

Anyways, so I will share this recipe now, it’s quick but needs a few to be done before you start with the actual preparation. Let’s get on with it…

To begin with, keep the whipping cream (I chilled the whipping cream overnight) and the blender jar in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour.

3 Ingredient No-Churn Strawberry Ice-Cream3 Ingredient No-Churn Strawberry Ice-Cream3 Ingredient No-Churn Strawberry Ice-Cream

Pour the chilled whipping cream in to the blender jar along with strawberries and condensed milk.
Blend them altogether for 5 minutes until everything is well incorporated and very smooth.
Pour the ready mixture into freezer friendly container, cover it with some cling wrap and freeze it for 7-8 hours.
To serve, let the tin/ container sit on the kitchen platform for 5 minutes before scooping out the ice cream.

3 Ingredient No-Churn Strawberry Ice-Cream

Prep Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 8-10 small scoops

Strawberry Ice Cream that comes together in minutes with minimum ingredients and efforts!

Ingredients

  • 400 ml condensed milk
  • 1+3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 250 gms fresh strawberry (Frozen berries will have to be thawed)

Instructions

  1. To begin with, keep the whipping cream (I chilled the whipping cream overnight) and the blender jar in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour.
  2. Pour the chilled whipping cream in to the blender jar along with strawberries and condensed milk.
  3. Blend them altogether for 5 minutes until everything is well incorporated and very smooth.
  4. Pour the ready mixture into freezer friendly container, cover it with some cling wrap and freeze it for 7-8 hours.
  5. To serve, let the tin/ container sit on the kitchen platform for 5 minutes before scooping out the ice cream.

Notes

I used Amul Whipping cream (red package).

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Amritsari Aloo Kulcha (no yeast, stove top method)

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha (no yeast, stove top method) – Kulcha is a type of leavened bread from North India, from the state of Punjab. It is made using All Purpose Flour (maida) and usually eaten with Chole or Dal Makhani . The dough is rolled into thick, flat and slightly thick shape and baked in a tandoor (large earthen oven). Once, they are baked to perfection, some butter or ghee is smeared on the top to enhance it’s taste 🙂 The best part about these Kulchas are that we don’t use yeast as a leavening agent. Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is very famous as it has a delicious, spicy filling of boiled, mashed potatoes along with some chopped green chilies and a few other ingredients to add flavor! 

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

I usually make these Amritsari Aloo Kulchas on weekends or on Friday nights. It would seem like a heavy meal but if eaten in moderation, it isn’t half bad 😉 Besides, I always look forward to making something special on Fridays, I mean, the week’s almost over and I’m absolutely relaxed and enjoy spending an hour or so extra in the kitchen. This combination also seems like a pretty hectic menu but trust me, it’s not!

As I mentioned above at the beginning of the post, I usually pair these Kulchas with some Dal Makhani. They taste absolutely delicious together and a side of some onion salad is a must have. Have you guys tried my recipe for the dal makhani yet?

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Once these kulchas are baked/ cooked, it’s customary to smear them with a generous lob of butter or ghee. I mean you must add some just to make sure you get to enjoy the authentic flavors of this rustic flatbread. Besides, when in Punjab, do as the Punjabi’s do! Personally, I prefer butter over ghee. I feel butter adds a little depth to smokiness of these kulchas/ flatbreads.

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Since we are speaking about butter and Punjabi’s, the butter has to be added generously to the Dal Makhani too! I squirt a bit of lemon onto the dal for good measure as the acidity of the lemon cuts through the otherwise buttery dal 🙂

Anyways, coming to these Kulchas, these are not baked in the tandoor. A tandoor is usually large and difficult to fit into one’s kitchen easily. Hence, some folks bakes them in the oven but I prefer to do it over an open flame. I manage to get all the smoky flavors that one gets in tandoor baked Kulchas right on my stove top 😉

Let’s learn how..

For the dough :

  1. Add maida (APF) in a large bowl, followed by salt to taste, baking powder, baking soda, curd, oil and sugar.
  2. Next, use sufficient amount of lukewarm water to make soft and smooth dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.

               Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

3. Use a damp kitchen towel to cover the dough. Set it aside for one to two hours for the for the dough to rise.

               Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

For the stuffing:

  1. Mash the potatoes, add the other ingredients to the mashed potatoes and mix well.
  2. Set it aside for a few minutes for the flavors to incorporate well.

For the assembling:

  1. Pinch a orange sized ball of the dough.
  2. Roll in in some loose flour and flatten it out a bit.
  3. Place the stuffing on the flattened dough. Pinch the dough together and ensure that the stuffing remains within the dough.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha        Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  4. Sprinkle some flour over it and roll the stuffed kulcha using a rolling pin. Flatten it out and give it a slightly enlongated shape.
  5. Sprinkle some nigella seeds and chopped coriander over the flattened kulcha.
  6. Turn it over and apply some water on the plain side.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  7. Alongside, heat a iron tawa on medium flame.
  8. Place the kulcha, wet side down on the tawa. Press the kulcha a bit and flip it over on the flame.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  9. Keep the flame on high and keep moving the tawa over it to ensure the kulcha gets cooked and golden brown all over.
  10. Once the top is done, place the tawa back on the stove to let the underside cook out evenly.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  11. Brush with butter or ghee before serving it piping hot!!
  12. Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is ready. Serve it with Dal Makhani. 

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha (no yeast, stove top method)

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 5-6 kulchas

Easy to make Aloo Kulchas (Potato Stuffed Indian Flatbread) with some rustic Dhaba Style Dal Makhani.

Ingredients

    For the dough:
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour/ Maida ( APF)
  • 1/4 cup curd
  • lukewarm water as needed to knead the dough
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • For the stuffing:
  • 3 nos. mashed potatoes
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp chopped green chilies
  • 2 tsp chopped coriander leaves + some more to garnish the kulcha
  • 1/2 amchur powder (raw mango powder)
  • butter for smearing on top of the kulchas
  • nigella seeds (mangrela) to sprinkle on top of the kulchas

Instructions

    Dough
  1. Add maida (APF) in a large bowl, followed by salt to taste, baking powder, baking soda, cured, oil and sugar.
  2. Next, use sufficient amount of lukewarm water to make soft and smooth dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  3. Use a damp kitchen towel to cover the dough. Set it aside for one to two hours for the for the dough to rise.
  4. Stuffing
  5. Mash the potatoes, add the other ingredients to the mashed potatoes and mix well.
  6. Set it aside for a few minutes for the flavors to incorporate well.
  7. Assembling
  8. Pinch a orange sized ball of the dough.
  9. Roll in in some loose flour and flatten it out a bit.
  10. Place the stuffing on the flattened dough. Pinch the dough together and ensure that the stuffing remains within the dough.
  11. Sprinkle some flour over it and roll the stuffed kulcha using a rolling pin. Flatten it out and give it a slightly elongated shape.
  12. Sprinkle some nigella seeds and chopped coriander over the flattened kulcha.
  13. Cooking
  14. Turn it over and apply some water on the plain side.
  15. Alongside, heat a iron tawa on medium flame.
  16. Place the kulcha, wet side down on the tawa.
  17. Press the kulcha a bit and flip it over on the flame.
  18. Keep the flame on high and keep moving the tawa over it to ensure the kulcha gets cooked and golden brown all over.
  19. Once the top is done, place the tawa back on the stove to let the underside cook out evenly on medium flame.
  20. Brush the top with butter or ghee before serving it piping hot!! 
  21. Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is ready. Serve it with Dal Makhani.

Notes

Do not use a non-stick tawa for cooking the kulchas as the kulchas will not stick on the tawa when over turned on the flame. I have used an iron tawa. Allow 2 to 3 minutes for the underside of the kulcha to cook as well once the top is cooked. Do not knead a very wet dough. The dough must smooth and soft.

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Homemade Malai Paneer | Indian Cottage Cheese Recipe

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

Indians and Malai Paneer go hand in hand! As many Indians are pure vegetarians, they consume large quantities of milk based products and Paneer tops the list 🙂 So, I thought I must share an easy recipe to make Homemade Malai Paneer / Indian Cottage Cheese at home and it’s better than store bought ones!! 

I must confess, I’m a paneer lover! If it’s Homemade Malai Paneer, then even better! I can have every other day and sometimes, I do…LOL! It’s one of the easiest things to cook if you have some Paneer sitting ready in your refrigerator. All one needs to do is make a luscious gravy base like the one of Reshmi Paneer. It goes so well with some Masala Puris or even with my favorite Wholewheat Tawa Naan bread 🙂

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

My hubby too enjoys paneer and likes his Laccha Parathas with some Paneer Bhurji for breakfast. And I have to agree with him, it’s healthy and very filling. A typical North-Indian start to our day.

But many times, when paneer is store bought, it’s very chewy and particularly sour. It has a very sticky exterior texture, almost slimy in many cases. Such quality can put anyone off paneer. Such a texture can be because of many factors, one – the paneer isn’t fresh and has been packaged for many days, two- the paneer is adulterated and has cornflour and other such ingredients, this results in slimy exterior of the paneer. This can very disgusting and the flavour is always compromised.

But what is more important is that it can be made very easily at home. Most of us feel it’ll be a very time consuming  procedure and could be too tedious! I can assure you, it’s none of that! All I can say is that we need sometime in hand and patience….yes, please be very patient while making fresh paneer.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

You can see the pictures here, it’s a rustic homemade slab of cottage cheese which is absolutely soft, melt in the mouth and just feels very creamy as the name suggests. But, it was not always that i knew the exact method to make this beauty, i referred to many recipes to understand the secret behind that creamy texture like we buy from the stores. It’s Cream – yes, our very own Amul cream or any cream 🙂 I’m sure many may know about it but for me it was a revelation because so many websites don’t mention any cream in the recipe and their end results look very creamy and perfect! So, now even you guys are in on the secret …LOL! Plus a few very important points which I’ve learnt from my Mom.

Let’s follow this step by step method for a better understanding..

1. Heat milk in a large pan, let it come to a gentle boil.

2. Then add the cream and mix well but with a gentle hand.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

3. Then add the lemon juice. Mix well and reduce the flame to sim.

4. In about 4-5 minutes, the milk fats will begin separating from the whey. Turn off the flame at this stage.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

5. In the meanwhile, keep a muslin cloth or a cheese cloth draped over a large bowl, pour the split milk through the muslin/ cheese cloth and immediately squeeze out as much whey as you can.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

6. Dip the squeezed milk fats in the cloth in a bowl filled with water and ice cubes for 2 minutes.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

7. Place a heavy utensil on top of the cheese cloth and keep it that way for about 1-2 hours. This will ensure that all the water is weighed out of the paneer.

8. Once the paneer is set, use it as needed. To store it, keep the paneer wrapped in a damp cloth and refrigerated.

9.The paneer will stay fresh for up to 3-5 days if stored correctly.

That’s your paneer. This recipe is easy to follow and needs no major equipment.

Homemade Malai Paneer | Indian Cottage Cheese Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 450 grams approximately

Creamy, melt in the mouth soft paneer is everyone’s favorite and here’s an absolutely easy, no-fail recipe for your own Homemade Malai Paneer!!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 liters full fat milk (buffalo milk)
  • 200 ml fresh cream (I used Amul Cream)
  • juice of 2-3 lemons
  • 20-25 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Heat milk in a large pan, let it come to a gentle boil.
  2. Then add the cream and mix well but with a gentle hand.
  3. Then add the lemon juice.
  4. Mix well and reduce the flame to sim.
  5. In about 4-5 minutes, the milk fats will begin separating from the whey.
  6. Turn off the flame at this stage.
  7. In the meanwhile, keep a muslin cloth or a cheese cloth draped over a large bowl, pour the split milk through the muslin/ cheese cloth and immediately squeeze out as much whey as you can. 
  8. Dip the squeezed milk fats in the cloth in a bowl filled with water and ice cubes for 2 minutes. 
  9. Place a heavy utensil on top of the cheese cloth and keep it that way for about 1-2 hours.
  10. This will ensure that all the water is weighed out of the paneer.
  11. Once the paneer is set, use it as needed.
  12. To store it, keep the paneer wrapped in a damp cloth and refrigerated.
  13. The paneer will stay fresh for upto 3-5 days if stored correctly.
  14. Refer to notes below.

Notes

Please follow all the steps correctly. Do not over cook the milk once it has split. Pour into the cheese cloth immediately else the paneer will turn chewy. Always store the paneer wrapped in a damp cloth and cover it from all sides. The cream is added to improve texture and taste. Since we are adding cream, it will take a little extra lemon to split the milk so add more of it if necessary.

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Do try this one out, you’ll stop buying paneer from the stores!!

Love,

Shreya

Adapted from You Tube – Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe.

White Chocolate Treats

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

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

Homemade chocolate Polkapuffs

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

A few pointers to keep in mind…

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

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

Yield: 7-10 pieces

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

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chopped Morde White Compound

sugar sprinkles or sugar balls as needed

Method:

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

Polkapuff homemade chocolate

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

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

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

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

They keep well for 3-4 days under refrigeration.

Polkapuffs homemade chocolate

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

Love,

Shreya❤️

Masala Pav

What’s your favourite snacking option? Can’t think of one?! Well…the same happens with us too😜 I just can’t pick one favourite! My hubby and I are die-hard street food fans….but I make them at home whenever we have a craving to ensure its healthy. ☺️ 

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Masala Pav is almost like Pav Bhaji but so different in terms of preparation using fewer ingredients and time. Also, it’s the best way to use up some left-over Pav bread or even make a instant snack for kids too👌

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Masala pav is spicy, robust and the Pav simply soaks up all the flavours and the becomes so moist..it melts in the mouth! 😉

Common, let’s get started…

Yield: serves 2-3

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

Ingredients:

5-6 nos. Pav

1/2 cup chopped onions

2 tbsp ginger garlic paste

1 tbsp chopped green chillies

1/2 cup chopped capsicum

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp degi Mirch

1 tbsp Pav Bhaji masala

1 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

salt to taste

2 tbsp oil

butter as needed

lemon juice as needed

Method:

Slit all the Pav horizontally, butter them on all sides and set them aside.

Heat oil in the wok, once it’s hot add the onions, green chilli, ginger- garlic paste. Sauté until the onion turns golden. Then add the capsicum and cook for a few mins until it turns soft. Season with salt and add the remaining spices along with the Pav Bhaji masala as well. Mix well and add the tomatoes. Now cover and cook until the oil seperates. You can add some water if the cooked mixture looks dry, about 1/2 cup or so. Turn off the flame.

To assemble the Masala Pav, add butter to a hot pan, place the buttered Pav in the pan and add the prepared mixture and coat the Pav well with it. Cook for about 2-3 mins. Serve hot with some lemon juice and garnish with chopped coriander leaves!

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Lip-smackingly good….😀

Love,

Shreya💖

Rasgulla

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

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

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

Let’s get going..

️Yield: 7-8 Rasgullas

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

Ingredients:

1 litre milk (I used Amul Toned milk)

1/2 tsp citric acid pwd

2 cup sugar

3-4 cup water

a few strands of saffron to garnish

pistachio to garnish

Method:

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

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

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

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

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Nisha Madhulika.

Til aur Moongfali ki Chikki

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

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

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

Yield: 4 large quarters or 8-10 smaller pieces

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

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

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

1/2 cup roasted & husked peanuts (unsalted)

1/2 tsp cardamom pwd (optional)

1 tsp ghee + extra to grease the tray

Method:

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

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

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

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Happy Sankranti Everyone!

Love,

Shreya💕

Gajar ka Halwa

Another one of my favourite winter indulgences…Gajar Ka Halwa..or Gajrela! Too delicious to miss this one. It’s a must in almost every North Indian home during winters…..we enjoy it for breakfast or serve it for dessert post our meals..😀 

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Everyone makes it either by cooking carrots with milk and letting the milk reduce…it takes almost 2-3 hours for this process to happen! Or some even add milk solids (Mava/ khoya)..this takes a little lesser time and the taste is awesome! But I cook my Gajrela with condensed milk as many people do. It’s faster and doesn’t compromise on the taste…it’s soft, moist & just melts in the mouth! Moreover, it’s instant😉😉….

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My Mom had told me I could use condensed milk when I was making it for the first time post my wedding, I hadn’t been keen on spending a long time waiting for it to cook! So I have kept following the same method to cook this all these years…and it always works so well! Let’s get started..

Yield: serves 4-5

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

Ingredients:

500 gms grated red carrot

300 ml condensed milk (I used Amul)

3-4 tbsp sugar (optional)

1/2 cup ghee

1 tsp cardamom pwd

1/2 cup shallow fried mixed dry fruits

Method:

Heat ghee in the wok, once it’s hot enough, turn the flame to low. Add the grated carrot, cook while you stir it constantly until it turns mushy and very soft…it must be about 90% cooked and takes approximately 20-25 mins. Then add the cardamom pwd & condensed milk and keep stirring until the condensed milk gets completely absored into the carrots & dries up well.

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That will take about 10 mins. Next, add the sugar if needed along with the shallow fried dry fruits of your choice..I have used pistachios, cashews, raisins & almonds here. Cook for another 5 mins. That’s it..it’s ready to be served. You can add a scoop of chilled ice cream with the warm Halwa..tastes so good! 😋

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Go on…have a bite!

Love,

Shreya💖

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