Cinnamon Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

I absolutely love cupcakes! They look so pretty…and cheer everyone up! 🍦😋 and easy to whip up for any occasion 😁 I don’t believe anyone has ever said ‘no’ to a cupcake 💓
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I baked these today to welcome my hubby who had been travelling for a few days…I had asked when he was leaving..what he’d like when he was back? Cupcakes! He said ‘cupcakes’ 😚 😚 I know he meant my Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes but I meant to do something different. Easy obviously, but a different flavour….something that compliments this romantic climate…so decided on some warm Cinnamon 😘 Besides, I remember he was so happy when I had made some Instant Doodh Peda to welcome him home the last time he was travelling a few days ago!

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Frosting! I really wanted some frosting on these cupcakes but I am not good at icing/ frosting. Fact be told, have never even tried…someday maybe 😀 Hence, kept it very simple and old-school. I used some Nutella, keeping in mind my hubby’s love for it, and used the easiest frosting technique ever…simply smothering!!! Grab a butter knife..dip it in some Nutella and spread it on the top of the cupcakes! Full of flavour and so simple 😜 and completely approved by my hubby! Happy me! 👏 💃

Lets get to know the recipe,…and it’s eggless!

Yield: 24 mini cupcakes / 12-13 regular cupcakes

Equipment: an electric whipper (optional, use a wired whisk otherwise), measuring spoons/cups, a mixing bowl, cupcakes moulds/tray, cupcake liners, a butter knife, a tablespoon, a wooden spatula, a sieve.

Ingredients:

For the Cupcakes:

2 cups APF (maida)

120 gms softened butter

1+1/2 cups castor sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon pwd

1 tbsp baking pwd

1 cup yogurt (at room temp)

1/2 cup milk (at room temp)

For the Frosting:

1/2 cup Nutella 😀

Method:

For the cupcakes:

Pre-heat the oven @ 180’C and line the cupcake tray with paper liners (skip if using silicon moulds) before you start prepping the batter for the cupcakes.

In the mixing bowl, add the softened butter and sugar. Cream these together until light and fluffy using an electric whipper (you can use a wooden spatula to do this step manually too, it will take about 15 mins to get a fluffy and light consistency). Add the yogurt and mix well. Next add the vanilla essence and the milk. Mix again so that its a smooth mixture. Next, sieve in the flour, cinnamon pwd and baking pwd into this mixture. Fold everything together gently using a wooden spatula. Your batter is ready. Pour 1 tbsp of the batter into each lined mould for mini cupcakes (pour 2 tbsp if making regular cupcakes), basically the mould should be just 2/3 full, leaving some room for rising and getting a even cupcake.

Bake the mini cupcakes for approx 20 mins @ 180’C and the regular cupcakes for 25-30 mins @ 180’C. Once done, let these cupcakes cool for 30 mins on a cooling rack. You can serve them without the frosting as well 😊

For the frosting:

Simply take some Nutella on the butter knife and spread it on the cupcakes generously! That’s it! You can sprinkle some sugar balls, etc for brightening these beauties…I have used some 😉

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Enjoy these…you’ll keep wanting more!

Love,

Shreya 💗

Maska Mathri

Ask any North Indian and they’ll say they love ‘Mathri‘. And pair these with my Teekhi Lal Chutney and you’ll finish the lot in no time! 😜or some spicy ‘achaaar‘…I am salivating right now! Shame, we finished our batch just this afternoon…😬 

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See, how crisp they look! Just so flaky, it actually disintegrates when you bite into it! And the butter just makes it that much more desirable  😬 an impromptu addition into the dough and I am so glad I did it. Instead of using ghee…I played around a bit and used melted butter along with some easy ingredients. They were ready in less than an hour 😚

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Obviously, one can play around with so many flavours when it come to mathris. Whatever works for you can go into it! These are such good snacks, healthy and filling. My mom made these with some different flavours during Diwali and many other festivals, needless to say we enjoyed these crispy, crunchy golden beauties!!

Well, then, we’ll move on with the recipe.

Yield: 15-17 large Mathri

Equipment: a large wok, a slotted spatula, measuring cups/spoons, rolling pin, a fork, a rolling board, a mixing bowl, a microwave safe bowl.

Ingredients:

2 cups APF (maida)

salt to taste

5 tbsp frozen butter (I used Amul butter)

1 tbsp refined oil (for the dough)

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp chilly flakes

2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves

water to knead

oil to fry

Method:

Take the APF in a mixing bowl. Set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter careful not to burn it. (I heated the butter on high for about 12-15 secs). Next, add this melted butter to the APF and using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles a breadcrumb like consistency. It will take about 8-10 mins to do that well.

Next, add all the other ingredients into the mixture except water and the oil to fry. Add salt very careful if you have used salted butter like me. Mix the dry ingredients well and using very little water, makes hard dough. Slightly harder than that of a puri’s dough. Cover and set aside for 15mins.

Now, make 15-17 equal sized balls with the dough. Roll each one using the rolling pin, thickness being slightly more than that of a puri. Prick each Mathri with the fork a few times to prevent them from puffing up while frying. Moving on, heat oil in the wok, once it’s hot enough, drop 2-3 mathris at a time and fry until they turn slightly golden on both sides. Drain on kitchen paper to absorb excess oil.

One can even bake them, instead of frying, line them in a greased baking tray. Brush some oil on top of each Mathri. Bake in a pre heated oven @ 180’C for 15-20 mins or until they turn golden brown on the top. Cool on Cooling rack for 15 mins before you serve them so that they crisp up. That’s it ! Enjoy them with your evening tea 😁

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Happy Munching Folks!

Love,

Shreya 💖

Kachi Kairi Bhindi Masala

I am at my wits end on week nights for dinner options!! There are many options..I know, but I don’t like a few..and some aren’t preferred by my hubby. Big surprise! I am sure everyone is confused what to prepare for dinner sometime during the week….😁

Now, Bhindi or Ladyfingers are not particularly one of ‘our‘ favourite veggies. But they are flooding the markets almost all year around and look so bright and grassy green! I can’t resist buying a bunch!👌👌 They are fresh and very healthy. But making a simple sautéed preparation of Bhindis isn’t something either of us enjoy!! Even with some dal, salad or a raita, we can’t have a basic Bhindi ki sabzi. 

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I remember my mom made a delicious, tangy Bhindi Masala during summers..! It’s was lip – smacking and so unlike any other Bhindi ki sabzi I’d ever eaten anywhere…I’d wait for this sabzi back then ❤️ So, last summer, I took this recipe from her and have been making it since whenever Kairis (raw mangoes) are in season. Although, one can make the same dish without the Kairis as well, trust me the taste is still yum!! Let’s check out the recipe.. ☺️

Yield: serves 2 – 3

Equipment: a large wok, a mixing ladle, measuring spoons/cups.

Ingredients:

300 gms bhindi, (washed, dried, slit lengthwise and cut into thin diagonal strips)

7 tbsp oil (there are two stages to cooking, hence need a bit extra oil)

salt to taste

1/2 tbsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp haldi pwd

1 tsp each cumin pwd & coriander pwd

2 tsp finely grated raw mango (peels to be discarded before grating)

1 nos onion sliced

2 nos tomatoes chopped

1/2 tsp sugar

Pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1/4 tsp Garam masala

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

some chopped coriander for the garnish

Method:

Heat oil in a wok, once it’s hot enough, shallow fry the strips of bhindi for 6-7 mins. It should have a bright green colour and be half cooked. Remove the half cooked bhindi and set on kitchen paper to absorb the oil. Now, in the remaining oil, add hing and cumin seeds. Once it crackles, add the onion slices and cook until it’s soft and transparent. Now add in the tomatoes with salt, haldi, red chilli pwd, cumin pwd & coriander pwd. Sauté well until the oil separates from the masala. It took me about 5-7 mins for this step.

Next, add the half cooked bhindi and stir well. Cover and cook for 5 mins. Then add the grated raw mango, sugar and Garam masala and mix well. Cook at medium flame for another 8-10 mins. Turn off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves! Done! I served this sabzi with some yellow moong dal, rotis, salad and masala curd. A meal to die for! 👌☺️

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You could easily minus the raw mango and make the same sabzi! It’s still delicious 😚

Love,

Shreya 💗

Lehsuni Pakode aur Teekhi Lal Chutney!

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

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

I mean I did have the chutney ready already since the previous day😁😛 saves time having this fiery dip on hand.

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

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

Yield: serves 3-4

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

Ingredients:

2 nos large potatoes finely sliced

2 nos medium onions finely sliced

1 nos small white radish finely sliced

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

salt to taste

oil to fry

1 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp amchur pwd

1/2 tsp haldi pwd

1/2 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1 tbsp chopped green chillieS

2 tbsp coriander leaves finely chopped

6 tbsp besan ( chickpea flour )

1 tbsp rice flour

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

Method:

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

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Ingredients for the Teekhi Lal Chutney:

20-25 nos whole dry red chilly

20-25 nos garlic cloves

salt to taste

little water to grind

1/4 tsp cumin pwd

1/2 tsp vinegar

Method:

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

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I am sure your gonna love these!!

Love,

Shreya 💕

Chicken Keema Pav

First rains are so beautiful..everything looks fresh..the fragrance of the damp soil is so rustic. Something I savour! 

And you know what else I savour when it rains??! Greasy & spicy, fried food! Or something definitely not vegetarian 😉😁 even delicious Mumbaiyya street-food  makes me so happy! So I decided to indulge myself. It was the weekend, so had enough time to gaze at the rains all day and then head to the kitchen to fix ourselves a truly delicious meal.

I checked my freezer / refrigerator..and found all the necessary fixings for Keema Pav! The slightly healthier option Chicken Keema Pav!! 😀👌 You’d ask why chicken? Because..my hubby dearest avoids red meat ❤️ hence…Chicken Keema with some warm, buttered Pav bread..some chopped onions….a dash of lemon juice over it all and we were in food heaven! Please note that the Pav bread is store bought… ☺️ a little cheat is ok!! And I added a simple ingredient which makes it taste just like the ones we get at the street vendors in Mumbai  😜

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The recipe is pretty straightforward and easy! It was ready in 30 mins flat! That’s the kind cooking I prefer..fast, yummy and no the no fuss kind 😀 Let’s get on with the recipe…

Yield: Serves 2 – 3

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

Ingredients:

500 gms minced chicken

1 nos large onion chopped fine

1 nos large green capsicum chopped fine

2 tbsp ginger – garlic – green chilly paste

a pinch of asafoetida

salt to taste

3 tbsp oil

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp red chilly pwd

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd

3/4 tsp coriander pwd

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1tbsp Pav Bhaji masala

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp Garam Masala pwd

Method:

Heat oil in the wok, add asafoetida. The onions & ginger – garlic – green chilly paste will go in next, sauté until they turn golden. Then add turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, roasted cumin pwd & coriander pwd. Cook well until the masalas turn slightly brown. Add capsicum and pav bhaji masala now. Cook until the oil separates from the masalas, will take 5-6 mins approx.

Add the minced chicken now. Cook until the moisture evaporates from the chicken, this takes 3-4 mins approx. Then season with salt (season at this stage as the moisture has to evaporate before it combines with the salt). Keep cooking on medium flame until the mince turns a deep brown colour. This takes about 10 mins. Add garam masala, chopped coriander leaves and butter. Add lemon juice  Mix well. That’s it. You are done. Serve hot with warm, buttered Pav bread / dinner rolls and some chopped onions.

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Enjoy! It’s that easy 😇

Love,

Shreya 💗

Instant Doodh Peda

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

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

Instant Doodh Peda

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

Instant Doodh Peda

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

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

Let us make these Instant Doodh Pedas now.

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

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

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

Instant Doodh Peda

Instant Doodh Peda

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 10-12 medium pedas

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Notes

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

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Love,
Shreya

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Crunchy Veg Tacos 💓

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

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

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

Yield: 12 Tacos

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

Ingredients:

12 nos. ready to use Taco Shells

For the Bean filling:

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

2 nos tomatoes finely chopped

1 nos onion finely chopped

4 nos garlic flakes finely chopped

2 nos green chillies finely chopped

2 tbsp fresh coriander leaves chopped roughly

1 tsp taco seasoning / pasta spice mix will work too

2 tsp chilly flakes

2 tsp lemon juice

salt to taste

2 tbsp oil

For the Salsa:

1 nos onion roughly chopped

1 nos de seeded tomato cubed

1/2 tsp fresh coriander leaves chopped

For the Dressing:

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

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

a few torn lettuce leaves

Method for the Bean filling:

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

For the Taco Shells:

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

For the Salsa:

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

Assembling the Tacos:

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

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Bring some excitement to your kitchen today….Go the Tex – Mex way 😉

Love,

Shreya 💕

Pahadi Rajma Masala aur Chawal!

Pahadi Rajma Masala aur Chawal is regular feature in my house. This is my ultimate comfort food. I remember overeating “rajma-chawal” even as a 4 year old kid! 😋😜 I still do…and I call it “dedication”. 

Pahadi Rajma aur Chawal

My hubby and I, we both enjoy it thoroughly and I diligently follow my Mom’s recipe to the ‘T’. It tastes heavenly. It’s just the right blend of creaminess, luxuriously rich curry. The texture is absolutely divine, just like the ones you get in restaurants. Clichéd as it may sound but it actually melts in your mouth!

Pahadi Rajma aur Chawal

Let me tell you while I am at it, this is also one of the quickest recipes’ for cooking Rajma Masala/ Kidney Bean Curry!! I took about 45 minutes to make this as I always do when this is on my menu.

Now that it sounds so good, it has made me drool all over again. I am getting on with the recipe …☺️ a few basic ingredients, a touch here and a stir there and you’ll be kissing your own hands 👏 💕

Pahadi Rajma aur Chawal

Let’s make some lip-smacking, delicious Rajma.

Soak the raw rajma for 6-7 hours in water. Drain and set aside after the stipulated time. Next, purée the onions with ginger, garlic and green chilies.
Heat oil in the pressure cooker, add the in the cumin seeds and let them crackle. Next, add the asafoetida. Stir a bit and add the onion purée.
Cook on medium flame until the purée turns brownish in color. It will leave a bit of oil on sides.
Now add all the dry spices except the salt. Cook for 8-10 minutes on medium flame.
Now, purée the tomatoes and add that to the masala in the pressure cooker.
Keep stirring it and cook until the color darkens to a rich brown and the oil has separated from the sides, it will take 5-7 minutes.
Add the salt to taste & chopped coriander leaves. Stir and add the drained rajma/ kidney beans and mix everything well and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
Add approximately 3 cups of water, add more or less depending on the consistency you desire.
Cover the pressure cooker, set the weight of the cover and cook on sim for the first 5 minutes.
Then bring the flame to medium and wait for the first whistle to blow, again lower the flame to sim and wait for another 5-6 whistles.
Turn off the flame then and wait for the pressure to settle before you open the pressure cooker.
Add the lemon juice right before you serve and garnish it with some chopped fresh coriander.

I usually serve my Pahadi Rajma Masala with some steamed rice, onions and some curd!

Pahadi Rajma Masala aur Chawal!

Prep Time: 7 hours, 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: serves 3-4

Make delicious Pahadi Rajma aur Chawal with my Mom's recipe at home with simple ingredients and pair it with some steamed rice and a simple salad.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Kashmiri rajma (I used the small dark maroon variety, you can use any variety of kidney beans, even baked beans out of a can)
  • 2 no's large onions peeled and quartered
  • 10-12 cloves of garlic peeled
  • 3" pc of ginger peeled
  • 3 no's medium tomatoes (I used ripe ones as they give a good color to the curry)
  • 3 no's green chilies
  • 2 tbsp. fresh coriander chopped
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. roasted cumin pwd
  • 3/4 tbsp. coriander powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. garam masala powder
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp. oil
  • salt to taste
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • approx. 3 cups of water

Instructions

  1. Soak the raw rajma for 6-7 hours in water. Drain and set aside after the stipulated time.
  2. Next, purée the onions with ginger, garlic and green chilies.
  3. Heat oil in the pressure cooker, add the in the cumin seeds and let them crackle. Next, add the asafoetida.
  4. Stir a bit and add the onion purée.
  5. Cook on medium flame until the purée turns brownish in color. It will leave a bit of oil on sides.
  6. Now add all the dry spices except the salt.
  7. Cook for 8-10 minutes on medium flame.
  8. Now, purée the tomatoes and add that to the masala in the pressure cooker.
  9. Keep stirring it and cook until the color darkens to a rich brown and the oil has separated from the sides, it will take 5-7 minutes.
  10. Add the salt to taste & chopped coriander leaves. Stir and add the drained rajma/ kidney beans and mix everything well and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  11. Add approximately 3 cups of water, add more or less depending on the consistency you desire.
  12. Cover the pressure cooker, set the weight of the cover and cook on sim for the first 5 minutes.
  13. Then bring the flame to medium and wait for the first whistle to blow, again lower the flame to sim and wait for another 5-6 whistles.
  14. Turn off the flame then and wait for the pressure to settle before you open the pressure cooker.
  15. Add the lemon juice right before you serve and garnish it with some chopped fresh coriander.

Notes

This Rajma curry keeps well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

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Pahadi Rajma aur Chawal

P.S. I do not use Rajma Masala spice mix out of a box, never needed to. You can add some as per your preference.

Hope you will enjoy this recipe!

Love,

Shreya 💓

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Summer Siesta!

I love summers …I hate summers.. Don’t really know which is true. I hate it because everything is so hot and humid. It really kills me. 😰😰 But I have more and better reasons to love the summers! 

The drinks…the ice-creams…sorbets..popsicles! The “not so traditional” twist on the desi favourites!

I have done all this and more on PolkaPuffs! this summer…I like to call the Summer Siesta! image

Strawberry Panna cotta..

The name itself sounds so exotic , seductive and not to forget romantic 😍 I love the silken texture and the smoothness! And I am rather good at making them. 😉💃

Strawberry Panna cotta !

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Spiced Mango Popsicle!

I have used some exciting flavours to give these popsicles a bit of warmth that will take you by surprise between icy cool licks!! ☺️

Spiced Mango Popsicles

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Iced Green Tea Limeade!

This delicious twist on the popular lemonade results in a sweet, slightly tart & refreshing drink!

I’ve spiked it with a bit of fennel seeds (saunf) and the taste is amazing!

Iced Green Tea Limeade

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No Churn Orange Ice Cream ! 😀

It’s summertime! It’s ice cream time! Who doesn’t crave ice creams in summers!? I know I do…
Why not start with a no – fail recipe, which requires just under 15 mins of prepping! 😋

No Churn Orange Ice Cream!

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Mint & Kiwi Sorbet!

I adore Sorbets! They are so incredibly fresh and flavourful without being too loaded with calories! For those who haven’t yet tried it so far or heard much about it, Sorbet is a frozen dessert made with mildly sweet water flavoured with puréed fruits or liqueurs…whatever one prefers.. 😊 And it’s really a boon to know that it’s super easy to make these…🍧

Mint & Kiwi Sorbet!

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Tropical Iced Tea!

Summers for me, call for a cooling and refreshing drink! Something healthy and easy to do !
Today I bring to you another of my homemade, easy and delicious drink that will leave you feeling refreshed! It’s my Tropical Iced Tea!

As the name suggests, it obviously has a strong flavour of tea…but what brings a twist to these beauties are the sunny tropical notes it’s sweet and tangy! Chilled and loaded with ice cubes! What more could one ask for on a hot summer day?!

Tropical Iced Tea

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Thandaai Mousse!

My twisted take on everyone’s favourite! ☺️

Thandaai Mousse!

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Dahi Wadas on a Skewer!

I gave our good, old Dahi Wadas a bit of swagger! 😉😉 check these babies out..!

Dahi Wadas on a Skewer!

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Minty Pomegranate Mock Mojitos! 

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

Minty Pomegranate Mock Mojito

I hope you guys will enjoy each of these soon… These are too good to let go!

Love,

Shreya ❤️

Iced Green Tea Limeade

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

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

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

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

Yield: 4 servings

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

Ingredients:

4 cups water

2 tbsp fresh mint leaves

1 tsp freshly crushed fennel seeds (saunf)

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

zest of 1 lemon

4 Green Tea bags (I used Tetley)

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

Method:

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

Shelf life: the tea keeps well for a day in refrigerator…not that it will last that long 😛

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Love,

Shreya 💖

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